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                Microsoft Braces For Landmark Antitrust Suits

        A defiant Microsoft is braced for a landmark antitrust case
        that is casting a cloud of uncertainty over its Windows 98
        operating system and could distract its executives for years
        to come. Federal antitrust regulators and attorneys general
        from 20 states were expected to file closely related
        lawsuits today after settlement talks collapsed over what
        Microsoft executives termed "unreasonable" demands for
        changes in its flagship Windows operating system.

        The pending lawsuit raised questions about the launch of
        Microsoft's next-generation Windows 98 computer system,
        which is scheduled to go on sale worldwide June 25.
        Microsoft officials said they plan to ship the completed
        software code to computer makers Monday, but government
        officials were poised to ask a judge to force changes in the
        system. Federal and state officials were about to sue
        Thursday, charging the Microsoft illegally exploits its
        Windows monopoly to expand into new markets, when the
        software giant reopened negotiations by offering concessions
        including a three-day delay in the shipment of Windows 98.

        But in 11 hours of talks over two days, lawyers for the two
        sides were unable to come any closer to an agreement.
        President Clinton said through a spokesman Sunday that he
        has "full confidence and fully supports the Justice
        Department officials handling this case." According to
        Microsoft's account, talks broke down after Justice
        Department officials demanded that the software maker ship
        Netscape Communications' competing Navigator browser with
        every copy of Windows 98.

        The Justice Department also asked Microsoft to cede all
        control of the look of the Windows screen "desktop" to
        computer makers and to remove all Internet browsing
        functionality from Windows 98, said Microsoft spokesman Jim
        Cullinan. "These demands were simply unreasonable and we
        cannot agree to them," he said. Industry analysts said they
        were not surprised Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates ordered his
        lawyers to return to Seattle.

        "In Microsoft's view there are things they're willing to
        negotiate, but they're not willing to set a precedent in
        terms of asking permission to integrate new features into
        the operating system," said Scott Winkler of research firm
        Gartner Group. David Readerman, analyst for Nationsbanc
        Montgomery Securities, said Wall Street's reaction would
        depend on the scope of the state and federal lawsuits.
        Efforts to block the shipment of Windows 98 would be
        damaging, as would any move against Microsoft's high-end
        Windows NT operating system, a rapidly growing and lucrative
        business focused on corporate and network computing, he

        "There is a lot of uncertainty that could be introduced to
        Microsoft's earnings model," he said. Any delay of Windows
        98 also could affect the plans of dozens of computer
        hardware, software and retailing companies hoping the
        sluggish market will get a boost from the upgrade cycle.
        Cullinan said the Justice Department demands appeared to be
        chiefly in the interests of Netscape rather than consumers.

        But Microsoft rivals said that after eight years of
        government investigation, including a 1995 antitrust consent
        decree widely seen as ineffective, the time had come to
        force the company to fundamentally change the way it does
        business. "Sure, a couple competitors care about this," said
        Ed Black, president of a Washington technology trade group
        aligned against Microsoft. "But to say they shouldn't be
        involved is like saying that victims of a hit-and-run drunk
        driver shouldn't complain when drunk-driving laws aren't

        Indeed the antitrust case is likely to focus on Microsoft's
        aggressive effort to beat back the threat from the Mountain
        View, California-based startup. Netscape's browser once was
        seen as a possible rival to the Windows operating system
        itself, but the company has seen its profits disappear and
        market share plummet since Microsoft identified it as a
        target. In a May 1995 meeting, top executives of the two
        companies met to discuss a potential partnership including a
        possible investment by Microsoft. Netscape executives now
        portray that meeting as an improper attempt by Microsoft to
        push it out of the market for Windows 95 browsers.

        "Netscape's allegations about this meeting are completely
        false and they grow more far-fetched every day," Microsoft's
        Cullinan said. "There was never any suggestion of illegally
        splitting up the marketplace."

                  U.S. vs. Microsoft: The Case at a Glance

        It's a big story. After all, this is the world's most
        powerful government taking on one of the world's foremost
        corporations, led by one of the world's richest men. It's a
        complicated story, too, involving the law, technology,
        business - even politics. What follows is a quick digest of
        the case as it's unfolded so far. There are three main
        parties in the Microsoft antitrust action. They are:

                * Microsoft Corp., based in Redmond, Wash.
                * U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust
                  Division, Washington.
                * Attorneys general from some 18 states.

        Based on reports, these are the government's main demands:

                * Cease integrating Internet access into
                * Allow others to customize Windows startup
                  screen and desktop.
                * No longer require PC makers to accept
                  Internet Explorer browser with Windows.
                * Include Netscape's Navigator browser with
                * Exclude other Microsoft technologies from
                * Remove Windows interface seen by users when
                  they boot up for the first time.

                   Computer Groups Applaud Microsoft Suits

        Computer industry groups applauded the Justice Department
        and 20 states for filing lawsuits against Microsoft that
        could result in one of the largest antitrust actions in U.S.
        history. "Microsoft is a $12 billion business. I don't
        believe they have to engage in the kinds of practices that
        have been part of the lawsuits today in order to succeed,"
        said Ken Wasch, president of the Software Publishers
        Association, at a briefing.

        Wasch's comments came after lawsuits were filed against
        Microsoft accusing the software giant of abusing its
        monopoly power to bully competitors. "The crucial fact here
        is that Microsoft is a monopoly," said the famed
        conservative antitrust scholar Robert Bork. He is now
        representing Microsoft's bitter rival, Netscape
        Communications. "They are an American success story and
        nobody should deny that, but success takes you to a certain
        point," Bork said.

        The U.S. government and the states in their suits asked the
        court to stop Microsoft from requiring computer makers to
        include the Microsoft Internet browser in its Windows 98
        operating system. At present Microsoft's operating system
        dominates about 97 percent of the market, Bork said. The
        computer industry representatives agreed now that regulators
        have taken their actions, more misconduct by Microsoft will
        likely unfold.

        "The immediate effect of today's filing is the public
        disclosure of the many anti-competitive business practices
        which are standard fare at Microsoft," said Ed Black,
        President of the Computer & Communications Industry

                 It's Official -- Windows 98 begins shipping

        Microsoft Corp., as expected, has begun shipping its Windows
        98 operating system to computer makers for retail sale
        beginning June 25, a company spokesman said Monday. The
        software system, which bundles Internet capabilities, has
        been near the center of an anti-trust dispute between
        Microsoft and federal regulators. Microsoft has spearheaded
        a computer industry campaign arguing that blocking Windows
        98 would harm the fastest growing sector of the U.S.

        Following through on its vow to push ahead, the software
        giant Monday ordered its manufacturing contractors to begin
        the process of stamping disks, packaging them and shipping
        them out, Microsoft spokesman Jim Cullinan said. The Justice
        Department and state attorneys general were expected to
        announce antitrust action against Microsoft later Monday.
        The state and federal officials accuse Microsoft of
        illegally exploiting its Windows monopoly.

        The lawsuits reportedly will not seek to halt shipment of
        the disks but will ask for changes in Windows 98 before it
        is allowed to go on sale. Microsoft had delayed shipping the
        product on Friday to allow for last-minute negotiations with
        antitrust regulators. The talks collapsed Saturday.
        Antitrust officials have several concerns with Windows 98,
        including its tight integration with Microsoft's Internet
        Explorer browser, which competes with rival Netscape
        Communications Corp.

              Gore Proposes "Electronic Bill of Rights" for Net

        Vice President Al Gore announced a White House plan Thursday
        to give people greater protection over how personal
        information about them is gathered and used via computer.
        "We need an electronic bill of rights for this electronic
        age," Gore said in a commencement speech at New York
        University. Gore, planning to run for president in 2000, was
        taking up an issue that Americans are increasingly concerned
        about: their loss of privacy in a world increasingly reliant
        on computers.

        Using improved technology, a growing number of companies are
        gathering information about individual habits and spending
        patterns. Most of that data is used by marketers, insurers
        and others. Information brokers on the Internet profit by
        selling names, addresses and credit histories to other
        parties. The ready availability of personal information has
        also led to a growing number of "identity thefts" in which
        fraud artists assume an identity and run up bills in the
        names of unsuspecting victims.

        Gore called on the Commerce Department to convene a summit
        on privacy within the next month to bring privacy and
        consumer advocates together with industry officials to
        explore whether the industry can regulate itself on the
        Internet to assure privacy, particularly for children.
        "Americans should have the right to choose whether their
        personal information is disclosed," Gore said. "They should
        have the right to know how, when and how much of that
        information is being used. And they should have the right to
        see it themselves, to know if it's accurate."

        President Clinton, in a directive released to coincide with
        Gore's announcement, ordered each head of a federal agency
        to ensure that government use of new information
        technologies sustains, instead of erodes, privacy
        protections. He directed each agency to appoint within 30
        days a senior official to assume primary responsibility for
        privacy policy. "Increased computerization of federal
        records permits this information to be used and analyzed in
        ways that could diminish individual privacy in the absence
        of additional safeguards," Clinton said.

        Gore called on Congress to pass strict medical records
        legislation to restrict the use of such records and to give
        people the chance to correct theirs. In addition, he
        unveiled a new Web site sponsored by the Federal Trade
        Commission and located at that will enable
        individuals to prohibit companies from pre-screening their
        credit records without their permission; prevent their
        drivers' license data from being sold to data banks; and
        remove their name and address from direct-mailing and
        telemarketing lists.

              House Committee Approves Internet Tax Moratorium

        The US House Commerce Committee unanimously approved
        legislation Thursday to impose a three-year moratorium on
        new state and local taxes -- a bill aimed at fostering the
        growth of electronic commerce. The Internet Tax Freedom Act
        (H.R. 3849) would prohibit the FCC and individual states
        from regulating subscriber prices for online services and
        Internet access, as well as setting a three-year ban on
        state taxation of Internet access and online services.

        The bill was introduced 12 May by representatives Chris Cox
        (R-California) and Rick White (R-Washington) to address
        concerns stemming from a previous Internet tax bill, H.R.
        1054, which passed the subcommittee last year. "As
        electronic commerce emerges as the new marketplace for the
        21st century, it's important that we keep the Internet free
        from unnecessary taxation and regulation," said panel
        chairman Tom Bliley, a Virginia Republican.

        Many governors fear that states and localities, which rely
        heavily on sales taxes to help fund health care, education,
        and other critical services, will be shut out of the
        nation's emerging digital economy. A National Governors'
        Association representative said that the group, which backed
        a recent version of Cox's bill, is currently reviewing the
        revised measure. Cox's bill has the blessing of President
        Clinton, who has called for a US and international ban on
        new taxes of cyberspace business transactions that the
        Commerce Department has predicted will hit US$300 billion in
        the next four years.

        Last November, the Senate Commerce Committe cleared a tough
        Internet moratorium bill sponsored by Senator Ron Wyden
        (D-Oregon) that would curb new state and local taxes on the
        Internet for six years. Wyden's bill also calls for a study
        of whether and how the Internet should be taxed in the
        future. But it does not include language backed by governors
        in House versions that would permit states to treat a Web
        shopper's residence as the point of sale for tax purposes.
        That provision is designed to let states tap lucrative
        "remote sales" by out-of-state companies to in-state

        Wyden said Tuesday that Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott
        wants his bill brought up for a Senate vote very soon. A
        study released Tuesday concluded that affluent American
        households - those most likely to have personal computers
        and the credit cards to buy all manner of goods and services
        over the Internet-will benefit at the expense of the poor
        and middle-class should any of the tax moratorium
        legislation moving through Congress be adopted.

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  Microsoft Settlement Talks Collapse                       Senate Passes Online Copyright Extension

  Japan Supports Clinton's Market-Focused Approach To       Moratorium On Cybertax
  Online Commerce

  Call-Waiting On The Net                                   Net Banks On The Rise

  Court Rejects Effort By Bells To Get Into Electronic      Antitrust Suits Filed Against Microsoft

  DOE Will Share Technology With FBI-BAFT                   AT&T Makes Deal With Another Search Engine

  India Sanctions Could Affect High-Tech Exports            Yahoo Replaces AltaVista With Inktomi Search Engine

  IBM To Push Internet Phone Service                        MCI May Sell Its Internet Business To Disarm
                                                            Antitrust Objections

  Navy Turns To Off-The-Shelf PCs To Power Ships            The Internet As Lobbying Tool

  Beeper Blackout                                           WTO Pledges Duty-Free Internet For One Year

  Euro Hologram Is Missing                                  U.S. Encryption Policy Could Cost Companies $9

  New Wireless Technology For Data Transfer                 What's Good For Quest Is Good For AT&T

  Repetitive Stress Injuries To Students                    Is Microsoft Antitrust Suit A Clever Marketing

  Intel Eases Chip Licensing Policy

                                       MICROSOFT SETTLEMENT TALKS COLLAPSE

Negotiations between Microsoft and state and federal officials have collapsed, and the Justice Department will
file a formal antitrust suit against the company. Microsoft says it had made "a number of significant offers to
address the government's concerns, but we cannot agree to their demands without undermining our ability to
innovate for consumers." A Microsoft executive says that the Justice Department's demand that Netscape's
competing Web browser (Netscape Navigator) be included in every copy of Microsoft's new Windows 98 operating
system "would be like telling Coke that they have to have three cans of Pepsi in every six pack." A government
official said of the failed discussions: "Some of the Attorneys General got the feeling that Microsoft was just
fooling around, trying to learn as much as possible about what we planned to do. They really to failed to make
any substantive offers. And we're not in the mood to be jerked around anymore." (New York Times 17 May 98)

                                     SENATE PASSES ONLINE COPYRIGHT EXTENSION

The Senate unanimously approved the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which offers the same protection to online
computer software, music, movies and written works that they enjoy in more tangible form. In a key provision,
the legislation exempts libraries and online services from prosecution for copyright violations committed by
patrons and customers. Individuals who violate copyrights for financial gain will be liable for $1 million in
fines and up to 10 years in prison. (Wall Street Journal 15 May 98)


Japan has endorsed the Clinton Administration's unregulated, tax-free approach to electronic commerce, as well
as its position against theEuropean Union's privacy regulations, which prohibit companies that collect personal
information about citizens of European countries from sending that information to any country that doesn't
insist on the same degree of privacy as the citizens' own countries. The Clinton view is that such restrictions
could hurt U.S. companies trying to collect global marketing data. (New York Times 15 May 98)

                                              MORATORIUM ON CYBERTAX

The House Commerce Committee voted 41-0 for a three-year moratorium on taxes on Internet sales and services, but
allowed state and local governments to keep Internet taxes that were in effect before 1 Mar 98. The bill would
also prevent the FCC from regulating subscriber fees charged by online service providers. (USA Today 15 May 98)

                                             CALL-WAITING ON THE NET

Lucent Technologies has developed software that enables users to receive a call-waiting message on their
computer screens while they're using the phone line for data access or the Internet. If a call comes in, a
message pops up on the screen and the user can choose to ignore it or log off and take the call. The software
will be available this summer. (St. Petersburg Times 16 May 98)

                                              NET BANKS ON THE RISE

Internet banks are catching on, luring customers with higher interest rates and the convenience of banking at
home. According to the Online Banking Report, currently close to 5 million people, or 5% of the U.S. population,
do some form of online banking, but by the end of 2001, that number will go up to about 22 million, or 21% of
the population. Customers of virtual banks can make deposits, check accounts, pay bills, transfer funds, and
apply for loans 24 hours a day, while reaping as much as 4% interest on some checking accounts, compared to 1%
to 1.5% at brick-and-mortar institutions. (Wall Street Journal 15 May 98)


In a decision that blocks BellSouth and the other regional Bell local phone service companies from competing
with America Online and similar companies, a Washington, D.C. federal court of appeals rejected a BellSouth
challenge to a section of the 1996 Telecommunications Act that prevents the Bells from offering such information
"content" services as news, sports, weather, and classified ads. BellSouth had argued that the provision was an
unlawful limitation on its freedom speech and on unfair discrimination applying only to the Bell companies.
(Atlanta Journal-Constitution 16 May 98)

                                     ANTITRUST SUITS FILED AGAINST MICROSOFT

The federal government and 20 state attorneys general have filed two antitrust suits against Microsoft, accusing
it of using monopolistic practices to win control of the Internet and related software products, such as
software for browsing the World Wide Web. However, the government did not take any action to halt the release of
Microsoft's new Windows 98 operating system, which is being distributed this week. Among other things, the suit
demands that Microsoft either sell its browser, Internet Explorer, separately from the Windows operating system,
or reconfigure Windows so that users will have a choice between Explorer and the rival product Netscape
Navigator. Another demand is that other Microsoft products -- such as the Microsoft Word word processing
software and the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet software -- be "unbundled" from Windows 98 and sold separately.
Microsoft co-founder and chief executive Bill Gates told reporters: "This is a step backward for America, for
consumers and for the personal computer industry that is leading our nation's economy into the 21st century. How
ironic that in the United States -- where freedom and innovation are core values -- that these regulators are
trying to punish an American company that has worked hard and successfully to deliver on these values." (New
York Times 19 May 98)

                                     DOE WILL SHARE TECHNOLOGY WITH FBI, BATF

In a speech today, Vice President Al Gore is expected to announce that the Energy Department will share some of
its valuable technology, which up to now has been used only for Cold War espionage, with the Federal Bureau of
Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The technology includes: portable chemical
analysis machines to gather forensic crime-scene data; software used to track cell-phone fraud, online copyright
violations and Internet fraud; hand-held GPS devices to record video and audio notes; and nuclear-detection
technology and drug-analysis labs. "This new partnership will help law enforcement across the country deploy the
cutting-edge technologies of our national labs to fight drugs, violent crime and terrorism," says Gore. (Wall
Street Journal 19 May 98)

                                    AT&T MAKES DEAL WITH ANOTHER SEARCH ENGINE

AT&T and Yahoo! have developed an arrangement that will allow users to buy AT&T communications services through
buttons located in several places throughout the Yahoo! search-engine Web site; the two companies will also test
a new service allowing users to maintain confidentiality in "chats" over the Internet, by establishing a voice
link without revealing a chat-participant's phone number. AT&T has recently signed up other search services as
well, to offer a variety of "front-ends" for its WorldNet Internet service. (ZDNet 18 May 98)

                                  INDIA SANCTIONS COULD AFFECT HIGH-TECH EXPORTS

Software and computer companies are scrambling to figure out how the Clinton Administration sanctions in the
wake of India's nuclear tests last week will affect them. Cited in the sanctions is a ban on exports of
"specific goods and technology subject to export licensing by the Commerce Department." According to Commerce
officials, the prohibition would apply to workstation manufacturers seeking to ship upgrades to India, a prime
customer for the high-end machines and upgrades. Still unclear is whether the sanctions will be imposed on
electronic transmission of software and design information across borders. A number of U.S. high-tech companies
have subsidiaries or branch offices in India. (EE Times 19 May 98)


Reflecting the rise in competition among so-called Internet "portal" sites, Yahoo! says it's replacing Digital
Equipment's AltaVista search engine technology with that from Inktomi when AltaVista's contract expires in July.
Digital, which has supplied Yahoo! with its search engine for the past two years, says AltaVista's success in
snaring a piece of the Internet portal site market is responsible for the rift, because now AltaVista and Yahoo!
are competitors. "In the beginning, there was not much conflict, but it changed as the business grew stronger
and revenue increased," says AltaVista's communications manager. Digital will now concentrate on selling more
ads on its site and increasing content. (TechWeb 18 May 98)

                                        IBM TO PUSH INTERNET PHONE SERVICE

IBM has cut a deal with Internet service provider IDT Corp., wherein it will promote IDT's Internet phone
service by including IDT's Net2Phone software in its Internet access kit and the two companies will share the
revenue generated. (Investor's Business Daily 19 May 98)


To protect itself from criticisms that its planned merger with WorldCom would give it an excessive degree of
dominance in high-capacity data network services, MCI is apparently considering selling all or parts of its
Internet business. Competitors GTE and Sprint, who are hoping to have the merger blocked by the federal
government, say that the combined company formed by MCI and WorldCom would account for 40-60% of the U.S.
communications traffic flowing over high-capacity networks. (San Jose Mercury News 19 May 98)

                                  NAVY TURNS TO OFF-THE-SHELF PCs TO POWER SHIPS

The U.S. Navy, facing pressure from Congress to cut spending, is maintaining its cutting edge by replacing
expensive custom-built systems with off-the-shelf products. "If we insisted on military specs, we'd be a
generation behind, and they'd cost twice as much," says the intelligence officer on the USS Coronado. The new
strategy, called IT-21 or Information Technology for the 21st Century, is the brainchild of the Pacific Fleet
commander-in-chief Adm. Archie Clemins. "If you use proprietary systems, you can never stay current with
technology," says Clemins. Another advantage is a shortened learning curve: "Everybody knows how to use the
technology so training costs are way down." In addition, using off-the-shelf systems makes it a lot easier to
coordinate joint operations with U.S. allies. "Proprietary computers were too expensive for our coalition
partners." The only downside is that the Navy may be losing some of its computer brain power to the private
sector: "Our people are very valuable in the commercial world," says a spokesman. (St. Petersburg Times 18 May

                                          THE INTERNET AS LOBBYING TOOL

Referring to a U.S. Chamber of Commerce event yesterday demonstrating the use of the Internet as a lobbying tool
for communicating with (lobbying) government officials, James Thurber, director of American University's Center
for Congressional Studies, says: "This is an example of the future... The linkage between a direct lobbying
effort and the Internet is going to improve the capacity of these large organizations to pressure individual
members of Congress to do what they want them to do. With these sites, they can just click an icon, and they
have programs that will automatically send a letter to the right members of Congress." (Washington Post 18 May

                                                 BEEPER BLACKOUT

A malfunctioning Panamsat-owned satellite late Tuesday caused service disruptions to tens of millions of pagers
and other communications devices throughout the nation, and in many states prevented distribution of such
televisions programs as "The News Hour With Jim Lehrer" on Public Television. The malfunction was characterized
as one that would happen extremely infrequently. Normal paging service may not be restored for a full week. (New
York Times 21 May 98)

                                   WTO PLEDGES DUTY-FREE INTERNET FOR ONE YEAR

Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) have agreed to refrain from levying tariffs on Internet business
for one year -- a partial victory for the U.S., which had pushed for a total ban on tariffs. Arguing against the
moratorium were several developing countries that see the Internet as an additional source of much-needed
revenue. The WTO agreement calls for no tariffs on items traded via the Internet, but does not include items
ordered over the Internet but delivered in a conventional manner. (Reuters 20 May 98)

                                             EURO HOLOGRAM IS MISSING

Somewhere between Paris and Munich, a unique hologram design, intended to deter counterfeiting of the new euro
currency, has turned up missing. The French-made hologram was on its way to a high-security printer near
Nuremberg for testing. One European Union monetary official called the disappearance "startling" and there's
speculation that the EU may have to change the design of its high-denomination euro banknotes, due to be issued
in 2002. The hologram was designed by a small business in Paris and was taken to be loaded onto an Air France
flight at Roissy airport by Brink's security services. Officials in Paris say the theft bears the hallmarks of a
well-organized crime, as only an expert would understand the significance of the hologram in the note-printing
process. (Financial Times 21 May 98)


A study released recently the Economic Strategy Institute shows that U.S. makers of encryption software could
miss out on $9-billion worth of sales over the next five years, if the U.S. doesn't revise its export policy.
Although the administration has shown some signs of willingness to relax its stance against encryption export,
companies remain wary. Government officials "continually play this game of offering some meaningless relief,
promising more and never delivering," says RSA Data Security president Jim Bidzos. "They're gridlocked. When
pressed to make concessions, the NSA and FBI never find any compromises acceptable." "We need to get a new
dialogue started," says IBM's public policy director. "As long as there is posturing by law enforcement on one
hand and people advocating total freedom to use and export strong encryption on the other, you're going to end
up in this area of paralysis." (Investor's Business Daily 21 May 98)

                                    NEW WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY FOR DATA TRANSFER

A group of computer and telecommunications companies is backing a new technology for transferring electronic
data over short distances, up to 30 feet. The technology, code-named Bluetooth, uses a portion of the radio
spectrum that was set aside for industrial, scientific and medical devices, and can transfer data at about eight
times the speed of a 56-Kbps computer modem. Bluetooth transmitters are expected to cost about $20 apiece, and
will be able to communicate with a number of different devices. Backers include Intel, IBM, Nokia, Ericsson and
Toshiba Corp. (Wall Street Journal 20 May 98)

                                      WHAT'S GOOD FOR QUEST IS GOOD FOR AT&T

AT&T has approached the regional Bell phone companies as well as GTE, another major provider of local phone
service, and offered to use those companies as sales channels to market AT&T long-distance service to local
companies. Recently, AT&T filed suit against a similar plan offered by long-distance carrier Qwest
Communications and two of the Bell companies (U S West and Ameritech), arguing that such an arrangement violated
provisions of the 1996 Telecommunications Act that put constraints on local companies entering the long-distance
market. If AT&T's attempt to derail the Qwest proposal fails, AT&T at least wants to be able to do the same
thing. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 21 May 98)

                                      REPETITIVE STRESS INJURIES TO STUDENTS

Rising numbers of teenagers and college students are suffering from Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI) as a result
of using computer keyboards. A study at Carnegie Mellon University shows that 22% of students, faculty, and
staff report symptoms of RSI, and vastly increased increases in RSI problems have been reported by Harvard, MIT,
and other institutions. Anita Barkin at Carnegie Mellon says: "Students are using computers earlier and earlier.
They are using them in elementary school and in high school. By the time they come here, they've already gotten
into some bad habits and have not been aware that RSI is a problem." (Washington Post 17 May 98)


Advance sales of Microsoft's Windows 98 have vastly exceeded the company's expectations. An executive of the
CompUSA chain of computer stores thinks the surge of buyers can be explained by the antitrust suit filed this
week against Microsoft: "The government has created more demand for Windows 98 than could have ever been
generated by a marketing program." (New York Times 21 May 98)

                                        INTEL EASES CHIP LICENSING POLICY

Intel is planning to license its P6 chip-set technology, making life easier for companies like Advanced Micro
Devices that make competing products. Intel says it's reached a licensing agreement with one chip-set maker and
is in discussions with other potential licensees. Intel says its recent decision to expand its licensing program
is unrelated to a probe by the Federal Trade Commission, which is investigating licensing policies and other
Intel business practices. (Wall Street Journal 21 May 98)

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                                  ABOUT THE DOJ'S CASE AGAINST MICROSOFT

Charles Rule, former head of the Justice Department's antitrust division, says the DOJ lawsuit against
Microsoft is the work of a group of "fuzzy-headed academics." Rule thinks the government is overreaching
in its case. "It's one thing to ask a company to go the extra mile," he says, "and it's quite another to
ask them to walk off a cliff."

                                  Industry Giants Back Wireless Standard

An industry consortium lead by IBM, Intel Corp., Nokia Corp., and Toshiba demonstrated wireless
technology designed to make data communications using notebooks and personal digital assistants simpler
and cheaper by eliminating the need for wireless modems and cables. The technology, code-named
Bluetooth, will be available commercially during the second half of 1999 in the form of wireless
transmitters and receivers that will be included in cellular phones, notebooks, and other devices.
Bluetooth devices will transfer data between themselves at 1 megabit per second at up to 30 feet.

                                       AOL looking at Mirabilis Ltd

America Online is said to be close to signing a deal to purchase Mirabilis Ltd., an Israeli-based
software company, for $300 million, the electronic edition of the Wall Street Journal reported. Reston,
Virginia based AOL, the largest on-line service in the U.S. is expected to make the deal for the
start-up, which doesn't take ads and doesn't charge users, within the next week or two, the Journal
said, citing executives familiar with the negotiations. Mirabilis makes a successful Internet chat
software program, dubbed ICQ, that allows users to know when their friends are on-line. Reports of the
possible deal also appeared in Israel's Globes business newspaper. AOL was not immediately available for

                               Microsoft, Sega to develop new game machine

Microsoft announced a tie-up with Japanese gamemaker Sega Enterprises Ltd to develop Sega's new home
video game machine, Dreamcast. The new game machine carrying Microsoft's Windows CE operating system is
scheduled to be launched in Japan on Nov. 20 and in 1999 outside Japan, Microsoft's Japan unit said.
Sega separately announced the planned launch of its new game machine, which it said will carry high
graphics capacity and a 64-channel sound system. It will be equipped with a 33.6Kbps modem for fast
network connections and online functions, the gamemaker said.

                                    Food illness computer web planned

All 50 states will be linked together by next year on a computer web to track and respond to outbreaks
of foodborne illness under a new Clinton administration initiative. Vice President Al Gore, who is
scheduled to formally unveil the network Friday, said it would enable investigators to identify
outbreaks five times faster than is possible now. The move is the administration's latest effort to
reduce the estimated 9,000 deaths and 33 million illnesses caused by foodborne pathogens each year.
Previous efforts include issuing new guidelines to farms and food processors on how to guard against
contamination and adopting new inspection techniques at meat and poultry plants. The network, dubbed
Pulsenet, will use the Internet to link the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and
Drug Administration, the Agriculture Department, four laboratories and state health departments
together. This will enable officials to quickly identify pathogens like E. coli in illn! ess outbreaks
using the DNA of the bacteria found in the contaminated food and in patients who are suffering from
gastric problems.

                                   Groups target Internet access fees

Providing cheap Internet hookups for schools, libraries and rural health care providers is going to cost
someone, probably phone users, consumer groups contend. Saying they want to avoid higher phone bills,
the Consumers Union and the Consumer Federation of America asked the Federal Communications Commission
Thursday to stop collecting money from phone companies to pay for the discounted Internet hookups. The
groups said the commission should make deep cuts in access fees, which long distance companies pay to
local phone companies, in order to pay for continued funding of the Internet program. Access fees help
pay for connecting calls and typically get passed along to long-distance customers. Reductions in those
fees are also supposed to flow to customers. But FCC Chairman Bill Kennard said paying for the Internet
program and keeping phone bills stable is not an either-or proposition.

                                     Web users wary of Internet sites

Digital commerce across the Internet offers customers more convenience with 24-hour shopping from their
living rooms. But the fledgling industries hawking products online admit they need to persuade consumers
that purchases can be trusted and that personal information will be kept private. "The majority of Web
users today will not provide personal registration information, and many say they do not trust sites
that collect personal information," said Madeline Mooney, a vice president for Lycos Inc., in testimony
prepared for a congressional hearing Thursday. She was among executives from some of the nation's
companies on the cutting edge of digital commerce describing to members of the House Subcommittee on
Telecommunications, Trade and Consumer Protection the awesome potential of the future of Internet

                                      The CWSApps Weekly Newsletter

Volume 3.04 - May 13, 1998


New Additions to CWSApps
Updated Apps for the Week
Top 25 Downloads for the Week
Cool App of the Week - DU Meter


1. Introduction


Welcome to the CWSApps Weekly Newsletter. Each week we will be delivering a message to your mailbox that
is designed to help keep you up to date with the Internet software scene. The newsletter will offer a
summary of the latest and greatest Net software updates as well as breaking software news and revisions
made to the CWSApps Web site.

As always, any feedback you have on the newsletter will be greatly appreciated. Please send comments
(good and bad) to or fill out our comments form at



2. New Additions to CWSApps


* DU Meter v2.0 - a Net Diagnostic Tool

CWSApps Location:

Download: (0.3 MB)

Rating: 4 Stars

* XiRCON v1.0 Beta 4 - an IRC App

CWSApps Location:

Download: (0.9 MB)

Rating: 4 Stars

* Netscape Next Generation Layout Source Code (for developers only)

CWSApps Location:

Download: (4.5 MB)

Rating: Untested

-- Servers --

* WinProxy v2.1c - a Proxy Server

ServerWatch Location:

Download: (1.2 MB)

Rating: 4 Stars

* Spaghetti Proxy Server v2.2 - a Proxy Server

ServerWatch Location:

Download: (0.7 MB)

Rating: 3 Stars


3. Updated Apps for the Week


* Internet Neighborhood v1.5 Build 3 - a FTP Client

CWSApps Location:

Download: (1.3 MB)

Rating: 5 Stars

* WebPhone v4.0 - an Internet Phone Client

CWSApps Location:

Download: (3.0 MB)

Rating: 5 Stars

* DynamIP v3.30 Beta 4 - an Internet Utility

CWSApps Location:

Download: (3.4 MB)

Rating: 4.5 Stars

* RAS+ 95 Beta 4 Build 140 - a Winsock App

CWSApps Location:

Download: (1.0 MB)

Rating: 4.5 Stars

* VDOPhone 3.03 - an Internet Phone Client

CWSApps Location:

Download: (3.9 MB)

Rating: 4.5 Stars

* WinStock v1.16.2 / Winstock Pro v2.2.2 - Online Stock Tickers

CWSApps Location:

Download: (3.7 MB)

Rating: 4.5 Stars

* OrbitIRC v2.1 Official Release - an IRC Application

CWSApps Location:

Download: (2.2 MB)

Rating: 4 Stars

* Trumpet Winsock v4.0 Beta 3 - a Winsock Package

CWSApps Location:

Download: (1.1 MB)

Rating: 4 Stars

* PolyView v3.0 Beta 19 - a Graphics Application

CWSApps Location:

Download: (1.2 MB)

Rating: 3.5 Stars

* Ladybird v2.5 - a 16-bit Mail Client

CWSApps Location:

Download: (0.1 MB)

Rating: 3 Stars

* NewsBin v2.2 - a News Reader

CWSApps Location:

Download: (0.1 MB)

Rating: 3 Stars

* ThunderBYTE AntiVirus May Virus Definition Update

CWSApps Location:

Download: (0.1 MB)

Rating: Untested

-- Servers --

* Netscape Collabra Server v3.51 - a News Server

ServerWatch Location:


(14.5 MB)

Rating: 5 Stars

* Xitami v2.3b - a Web Server

ServerWatch Location:

Download: (0.6 MB)

Rating: 4.5 Stars


4. Top 25 Downloads - Movers and Shakers


The May 11th update for the Top 25 Downloads on CWSApps is now available. Here are the apps that have
moved up (the 'movers') or have fallen (the 'shakers') 10 or more places during the past week. For the

Top 25 results for the past week, check out:

--The Movers--

* Microsoft Media Player v5.0 Beta 2 - an Audio/Video App

Debuts this week at #1!

* Eudora Pro v4.0.1 - a Mail Client

Up to #3 from #22

* Microsoft Liquid Motion v1.0 Beta 1 - a Web Graphics Tool

Debuts this week at #7

* AtomTime 98 v2.0 - an Internet Utility

Debuts this week at #15

--The Shakers--

* RealPlayer v5.0 - an Audio/Video App

Down from #15 to #25

* TweakDUN v2.10 - a Winsock App

Exits the list (#28) from #13

* VirusScan DAT v3104 - a Virus Definition Update

Exits the list (#32) from #20

* Outlook 98 - a Mail Client

Exits the list (#30) from #19


5. Cool App of the Week - DU Meter


CWSApps Location:

Download: (0.3 MB)

Version: 2.0

Rating: 4 Stars

DU Meter (Download/Upload Meter) is an inexpensive utility with one major purpose in mind--to let you
know how much of your bandwidth potential is actually being utilized at any given point in time.

In addition to supporting all 32-bit Windows platforms (Windows 95/98 and NT 3.x/4.x/5.x), DU Meter also
supports all types of Net connections-- from dial-up connections to cable modems to T3 lines and

in between. The utility even supports LAN network devices.

One particularly beneficial use for DU Meter is as a sidekick to TweakDUN . You can use DU Meter to get exact transfer rate results
when trying out different MTU and similar settings in TweakDUN. The DU Meter results will then allow you
to accurately determine which combination of TweakDUN settings works best for your connection.

Another useful feature is DU Meter's stopwatch, which can be used to measure data transfer rates over a
given period of time. After pressing start, the stopwatch will track elapsed time, accumulated data (in
Kilobytes), maximum transfer rate (in kilobits per second--kbps), and average rate of transfer (again in
kbps) until you press stop. The only downside to the stopwatch is that there aren't any user
configuration options, i.e., you can't change the average and maximum rates to Kilobytes per second
(Kbps) instead of the default kilobits per second.

DU Meter isn't the only utility available that will display download and upload transfer rates. One such
tool, Net.Medic, displays not only your upload/download speed but also your overall connection status;
status of local, intermediate, and host computers; bottlenecks and dead servers; average data transfer
speed; and much more.

Combined with its extensive reporting capabilities and problem logging, the set of features in the $50
Net.Medic make it a must-have app for advanced users. But for users looking for a less expensive way of
monitoring the performance of an Internet connection, DU Meter is definitely the more cost-effective

Your Web browser is another utility that reports transfer speeds, but only for files downloaded via the
browser itself. Both Netscape and Internet Explorer will give you an average rate of transfer for the
file currently being downloaded. While being of some use in letting users know the rate of a download,
Web browsers aren't designed to provide advanced transfer data rates, so it shouldn't come as a surprise
that both Net.Medic and DU Meter offer many more features in this area.

Despite some advantages of using other utilities, DU Meter has a number of its own distinctive
competencies. While Net.Medic displays transfer information only in kbps, or kilobits per second
(one/eighth of a Kilobyte), DU Meter will display speed rates in either kbps (the term often associated
with transfer speed in analog modems) or in Kbps (Kilobytes per second--a term that is more useful in
terms of relaying how long it takes to download a given file).

Like Net.Medic, DU Meter can be configured to scale its graph automatically depending on your
connection, or you can use one of several preconfigured values (28.8 kbps, 33.6 kbps, 56 kbps, etc.) In
addition, with DU Meter you can manually set your own transfer speed scale, a feature especially useful
for cable modem users who are unable to utilize the automatic settings or one of the preconfigured

Another advantage of DU Meter is its small size--in terms of desktop space used, system resource
utilization, and overall footprint--and the configurable ability to make itself even smaller. You can
modify the program settings to display numeric and/or graphical results, use a window caption (or not),
start minimized, or minimize when idle. DU Meter also offers system traybar icon support with an icon
that graphically displays upload and download transfers.

DU Meter is not without its shortcomings, but with a price tag of only $10, you won't find a less
expensive net diagnostic tool that gives as accurate results for download and upload transfer rates.
Users needing more information on transfer speeds than the data provided by their Web browser but a bit
less than that provided by the super-deluxe tool Net.Medic will find DU Meter to be an excellent

     Pros: Supports all types of Net connections, inexpensive, minimal use of resources/desktop
     space, stopwatch tool

     Cons: Few configurable options for the stopwatch, lacks some advanced features found in
     competing offerings

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                                     RUNNING UNCHECKED and DERANGED?

An Opinion

Part 4

By R.F. Mariano

I refuse to harp on things I've already said but... (there's always that but)! The comedy or, should I
call it a tragedy of the Hatch Stage Show.  Better yet the crybaby instigated persecution of Microsoft
has taken a number of daffy turns. At this point in time, the best that can be said is its going to get
very interesting.

My take on the entire matter is as plain as an open book. If I were Bill Gates, I'd look at it this way.
Microsoft has an extreme responsibility to its employees and stockholders. I'd fight to last soo. The
Government Control Freaks have got to be put down once and for all. Everything these goofs get their
hands on becomes SNAFU'd so bad and became so expensive as to predate the demise of said item(s) being
controlled. The likes of Orrin Hatch, who by the way, had to resort to all kinds of "crib sheets" during
his interview on TV thus letting the whole world know just how badly informed and ill-experienced he is
when it comes to computers and their use, further sunk himself with the personal attacks on MS and
Gates. How very professional of the good Senator.

While I paid close attention to Hatch .. It "dawned" upon me. What might really be "up". These elderly
clowns are vying with each other for immortality!! Incredible as it may sound, the more I think about
it, the more it makes sense. Look at Dole with his ill-fated Presidential bid, then his goofy check card
commercials, his jumping on the hate MS bandwagon and now his loudly proclaimed love of Viagra! Perhaps
just perhaps, its about time we as taxpayers and voters demanded an upper age limit and stiff term
limits on the House and Senate. The senility and power bases would NEVER have a chance to set in.

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        Vacation!! Today marks the first day of a long-awaited
        vacation. I'll be spending most of my time doing work around
        the house, but I'm not looking at it as "work" but some
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        setting up the pool - and that's just the outside work! Some
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        couple of rooms will almost complete the "moving-in" stage.
        And who knows what else I might start!

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               Nintendo Enjoys Healthy Rise In 1997/98 Profits

        Japan's Nintendo reports a strong rise in profits for the
        1997/98 business year thanks to brisk sales of its video
        game machines in domestic and overseas markets. The
        company's group net profit rose 27.8 percent to $624
        million. Nintendo's earnings were buoyed by a sharp increase
        in sales of its 64-bit video game player, Nintendo 64, in
        the United States and Europe, as well as by the popularity
        of its Gameboy portable video game in Japan.

        Accumulated sales of Nintendo 64 in overseas markets reached
        12.99 million units as of the end of March, while domestic
        sales totaled 3.15 million units, the company said. For the
        last business year ended in March, sales of the game machine
        totaled 8.91 million units in the overseas markets, while
        sales in the domestic market totaled 1.11 million units, it

        Nintendo said it expected sales of Nintendo 64 in the
        current business year to March 1999 to reach nine million
        units in the overseas markets and two million units in
        Japan. We will seek to expand sales of Nintendo 64 in the
        domestic market by introducing new software and stepping up
        advertising activities," a Nintendo executive told a news

        The company also sold 11.02 million units of Gameboy
        globally last business year, riding on the popularity of its
        Pocket Monster game software. Global sales of software for
        the game machine were seen reaching 54 million units in the
        current business year, it said. It also forecast global
        sales of its Gameboy portable video game player in the
        current business year to reach 11.5 million units.

        However, uncertainties loom over the business outlook for
        the current year as parents are likely to tighten their
        wallets amid prolonged weakness in the domestic economy,
        analysts said. The company also faces severe competition
        from Sony, which entered the home-use video game market in
        late 1994 with its 32-bit game player PlayStation.

        Sony earlier said it sold 19.4 million PlayStations in the
        global market last business year, more than double the
        previous year's volume. PlayStation sales in the current
        business year are expected to be 18.5 million units, it
        said. Another rival, Sega Enterprises is suffering from slow
        sales of its 32-bit game console, Sega Saturn.

           3DO Plans Multi-Platform Releases, 'Incredible Growth'

        May 18, 1998 (MULTIMEDIA WIRE, Vol. 5, No. 95) -- 3DO plans
        to ship "a handful of PlayStation titles and one or two N64
        titles" this year in addition to PC titles as it bids to
        make its software business profitable by 2000, CFO John
        Adams tells MMWire. "As we grow from fiscal '98 with three
        titles, we're looking at 10 to 15 this fiscal year (until
        April '99) and then 15 to 20 the following year," Adams
        says. The company will broaden its multi- platform plans the
        following year. It is investing in infrastructure this year
        to get there, he adds, and will decrease pace the following
        year. "The focus is on developing quality games and building

        Titles scheduled to ship this fiscal year include Heroes of
        Might & Magic VII; a sequel to High Heat Baseball; Battle
        Tanks on N64, a PSX adaptation of Army Men, followed shortly
        afterward by a release on N64; Requiem (from 3DO's Cyclone
        Studios); and Vegas Games (from its New World Computing
        arm). The company has no Project X plans so far, but the
        platform is "definitely on our radar screen."

        Sales of Might & Magic VI are "beating all of our initial
        forecasts," Adams says. "In a number of our retail outlets
        we're number one in sell through." Army Men is also selling
        well. "We're in the top five in the retail market for both

        Sell through on High Heat Baseball is "about where we
        planned. But if you read press, all the reviewers are saying
        it's the best game," Adams says. "It's the first in a series
        of baseball games. We would expect the second and third to
        go far beyond the initial sales." The company's Team .366
        unit has been developing the baseball franchise, but 3DO is
        also looking at other sporting activities, Adams says.

        On Thursday 3DO posted net income of $22.5m on revenue of
        $38.9m. The company also gained $18.0m plus interest from
        the sale of its hardware business to Samsung in May, which
        balanced R&D expenses of $19.1m. But with no hardware left
        to sell, 3DO will have to stand or fall by its software
        business this year. With Q4 net losses of $6.3m on revenue
        of only $1.5m, the company is looking to healthy sales and
        new releases to bring it back into profit.

        3DO expects its software business to turn a profit by 2000.
        "We expect to see profits improve by another 50% year over
        year," Adams says. The company will get there, he adds, by
        building primarily on its existing properties instead of
        relying heavily on the development of new titles.

        With $9m software publishing revenue in fiscal '98 and a
        planned $40m in fiscal '99, the goal is $100m in fiscal
        2000. "The beauty is that we're doing it with existing
        titles and developing sequels."

        Adams says 3DO has succeeded in persuading the investment
        community to back it as a software-only company. He
        describes feedback as "overwhelming." "A lot of the concern
        has been whether CEO Trip Hawkins still has the passion he
        had a few years ago...His passion is unmatched by anybody.
        Trip is back and he's here to play."

        Hasbro Interactive Unveils Its New Centipede(TM) Action Game

        BEVERLY, Mass., May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Swarms of pesky
        spiders, menacing fleas, mushroom-poisoning scorpions and
        the QueenPede herself are waking up from their decade-long
        naps, reborn in Hasbro Interactive's new Centipede action
        arcade game for the PC and video game platforms. Based on
        the legendary Atari game of the 1980s, Hasbro Interactive's
        new Centipede will delight nostalgic game players who
        remember blasting away those irksome insects in the arcades
        and challenge today's action gamers with its new
        high-powered 3D adventure modes. Centipede will be Hasbro
        Interactive's first release from its recent acquisition of
        the Atari assets from JTS Corporation and is scheduled to
        ship this fall.

        "We can't wait for our customers to take a look at our new
        Centipede game at E3," said Tom Dusenberry, President of
        Hasbro Interactive. "The game play is a thrill ride and
        those insects never looked so good in their new 3D worlds,"
        added Dusenberry. "We think Centipede will be one of Hasbro
        Interactive's top-selling titles in '98."

        The Story of Centipede...

        As the tale is told, every hundred years an eclipse occurs
        which causes a metabolic metamorphosis in the insect
        kingdom, triggering the awakening of the boss centipede, the
        QueenPede, and her mindful minions -- the spiders,
        scorpions, and fleas. Their mission is to wreak havoc on the
        nearby colony of Wee People. The Wee People, a peaceful
        sort, must defend themselves against the insects and have
        built "The Shooter," a powerful vessel especially designed
        to defeat the creepy crawlers. One very brave soul must man
        "The Shooter" and this time the faithful town bean counter,
        Wally, has been chosen to tackle this daunting deed. Wally
        needs your help in his quest to defeat the Centipede!!
        Caution -- the squeamish need not apply!

        The Game Play

        In Hasbro Interactive's new Centipede game, players have two
        ways to battle the bothersome bugs -- the Arcade mode and
        the Adventure mode. In the Arcade mode, the designers of
        Centipede are modeling the mechanics of the game so it will
        play exactly like the classic arcade game that fans from the
        80s remember -- but the Arcade mode will have a cool 3D
        perspective. Since the game play is based on the 80s
        version, the bugs will behave exactly the same way they did
        in the original game -- centipedes are still winding toward
        the player, the fleas are still building mushrooms, the
        scorpions are still poisoning the mushrooms and the
        spiders...well, they are still as annoying as ever. The most
        important element in this mode is, of course, to ascend the
        top ten list with the highest score.

        In the Adventure mode, players can break out of the classic
        arcade-style rectangular board interface and take on bugs
        face to face in six exciting new 3D worlds. Following the
        story line, players must direct our unsung hero Wally in his
        mission to exterminate the insects in these magical new
        lands. In the new Centipede, there will be even more
        distasteful vermin to conquer -- each one with unique battle

        In addition to the new game play modes there will be new
        perspectives that players can choose from including top
        down, third-person (over Wally's shoulder), and first-person
        views. Players can switch their perspective whenever they
        want to help them out of any precarious situation! Centipede
        will be available this fall.

              Midway To Launch Mortal Kombat 4 for Nintendo 64

        CORSICANA, TEXAS (May 18) BUSINESS WIRE - May 18, 1998 -
        Midway Home Entertainment prepares for the launch of Mortal
        Kombat 4(R) (MK4) with the announcement of an aggressive new
        price point for the Nintendo 64(R) version and a
        multi-million dollar national TV advertising campaign.
        Midway is responding to retail buyer and consumer demand for
        lower priced Nintendo 64 games by reducing the wholesale
        cost of MK4 for the platform. This reduction will result in
        a new suggested retail price of $49.95 as opposed to the
        previous MSRP of $59.95.

        "MK4 is the type of high profile title that can generate
        substantial excitement for the Nintendo 64 hardware," said
        Byron Cook, president of Midway Home Entertainment. "The
        popularity and huge success of the Mortal Kombat franchise
        coupled with the new low price and our national TV ad
        campaign will cause the title to fly off retail store
        shelves." The sneak previews of the "music video" style
        advertising spot start Sunday, May 17 (9 p.m. & 11:15 p.m.
        EST) with the airing of the Mortal Kombat movie on TBS. The
        spot will be featured four times during each of the five
        airings of the movie that month. The campaign supports the
        pre-sale efforts of MK4 for the Nintendo 64 and the
        PlayStation(R) game console system.

        The largest portion of the multi-million dollar MK4 TV
        campaign coincides with the launch of the game on June 29
        and continues through July 13 on cable networks including
        Comedy Central, USA, TNT, TBS, and MTV. The commercial will
        be featured on programs such as South Park on Comedy
        Central, Beavis & Butthead and Daria on MTV, WCW Thunder on
        TBS, and Saved by the Bell and Baywatch on USA.

          Hasbro Interactive Kicks Off Soccer Summer With Monopoly
                                World Cup '98

        BEVERLY, Mass., May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The wheeling and
        dealing of the Monopoly(R) game has teamed up with the
        world's most anticipated sporting event this year! Hasbro
        Interactive, leading all-family interactive games publisher,
        announced it is shipping the Monopoly World Cup '98 CD-ROM
        at the end of the month.

        Faithful to the original Monopoly game play that everyone in
        the family knows, players buy and sell the world's 22 best
        soccer teams in Monopoly World Cup CD-ROM as they compete
        for soccer supremacy. Game tokens are fully animated 3-D
        soccer players that kick passes across the board to the next
        player or dribble the ball elegantly to the next team. Just
        as on the real field, a soccer player gets heated when he's
        sent to the bench (jail) or receives a yellow or red
        card-all with the realistic soccer crowd fanfare in the
        background. The railroad stations of the original Monopoly
        game are now the top four soccer stadiums for 1998 World Cup
        in France and instead of hotels, you're buying stadiums. The
        goal of the game is to bankrupt your opponent and own this
        soccer lover's universe. Monopoly World Cup CD-ROM will be
        available in seven languages and playable on Windows 95 for
        a suggested retail price of $29.95. For more information on
        this game and other Hasbro Interactive titles visit

           Get Ready to Burn Rubber: ASC Games' Jeff Gordon Racing
                                  Peels Out

        DARIEN, CONN. (May 13) BUSINESS WIRE - May 13, 1998 - Ladies
        and gentlemen start your engines - the checkered flag is
        about to fly for the launch of ASC Games' JEFF GORDON
        RACING, a new video game series developed with NASCAR
        Winston Cup Champion and racing prodigy Jeff Gordon at the
        wheel. JEFF GORDON RACING is the first game in which a
        NASCAR superstar is hands-on in co-designing and
        co-producing a racing game series. Showcased at this year's
        Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) trade show from May 28-30
        in Atlanta, Georgia by leading video game developer and
        publisher ASC Games, JEFF GORDON RACING will land on store
        shelves beginning first quarter 1999 for the PC CD-ROM,
        PlayStation, arcade, and N64 platforms.

        "This video game will be the ultimate combination of my two
        passions - racing and video gaming," says Jeff Gordon,
        NASCAR Champion. "I'm really looking forward to creating
        games in which players can virtually experience the pure
        rush of driving at lightning-fast speeds and the heat of
        fierce competitive racing. I want gamers everywhere to know
        the intense thrill of a Victory Lane ride!" JEFF GORDON
        RACING is a turbo-charged, arcade-style, stock car racing
        game that features Jeff Gordon as your personal mentor,
        teammate, and ultimately, your toughest competition. The
        game combines extreme high speeds with a wild spin on stock
        car racing and tracks of the future.

        "ASC Games is developing the Jeff Gordon Racing games to be
        unlike anything on the market," says David Klein, president
        and COO of ASC Games. "So gamers -- get ready to shift into
        high gear because Jeff Gordon Racing will be a new racing
        experience." A prodigy in the racing world, Jeff Gordon is
        one of the most successful drivers in NASCAR Winston Cup
        history. A Winston Cup Series Champion in 1997 and 1995,
        Gordon was the youngest driver to ever win the coveted
        championship. Last season alone, Gordon won 10 victories,
        including the coveted Daytona 500 - as the youngest driver
        ever. Gordon's awards include the 1998 NASCAR Future Legend
        Award, Time Magazine's 1996 Top Ten Sports Phenoms of the
        Year in 1996, a 1995 ESPN ESPY award for Racing's
        International Driver of the Year, the 1995 National
        Motorsports Press Association's American Driver of the Year
        award, among others.

             Sega to Release New Video Game Machine In November

        TOKYO, May 21 (Kyodo) -- Sega Enterprises Ltd. said Thursday
        it will release a new home-use video game machine in Japan
        on Nov. 20. The machine is equipped with a 128-bit processor
        produced by Hitachi Ltd. at its central processing unit and
        a customized Windows CE operating system developed by
        Microsoft, Sega officials said. The Dreamcast, which carries
        a Yamaha Corp. 64-channel sound system, will allow users to
        freely transform stereoscopic pictures on the screen when
        playing games, the officials said.

        Sega, which has been fighting an uphill battle in the
        home-use video game machine industry, is scheduled to
        release the software for the Dreamcast in mid-September,
        they said. At the end of March this year, Sony Corp.'s
        32-bit PlayStation was the best-selling video game machine
        in the world with the cumulative total 32.82 million units
        shipped. Nintendo Co.'s 64-bit NINTENDO 64 ranked second
        with 16.14 million units shipped. With the shipment of only
        8.86 million units, Sega's 32-bit Sega Saturn was far behind
        the Sony and Nintendo machines.

        Jaguar Online STR InfoFile - Online Users Growl & Purr!

        The Jaguar's Domain

                              NEW JAGUAR GAME!

        Worms has just been released for the Atari Jaguar as of May
        15, 1998! Other recent Telegames releases include Iron
        Soldier II and Zero Five. See for more
        details, and show your continued support by ordering a
        Jaguar game from Telegames.


        BattleSphere, the much-anticipated Jaguar game, is very near
        to completion! Yes, I know, you've heard that before, but
        this multiplayer network space combat game will finally be
        available in 1998. Please fill out the official BS feedback
        form even if you've done so in the past. 4Play would like to
        confirm how many carts need to be manufactured for the first
        run. The form is linked to the below page:

        1998 ATARI SURVEY

        Please stop by the Jaguar's Domain and fill out my 1998
        Atari Survey at:

        Hopefully this feedback can be used to convince companies
        such as ICD and Telegames to continue to release completed
        Jaguar games that have been sitting on the shelf for several
        years. Thanks to all who've already completed the form!

        STILL PURRING IN 1998...

        Sharpen the claws of your Atari Lynxes... there should be at
        least two, and possibly more, new releases for the Lynx this
        year. Stay tuned to the Lynx Domain (linked to the Jaguar's
        Domain) for details.

        Thanks for your time,

        Carl Forhan

        ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine The wires are a hummin'!

                             PEOPLE ARE TALKING

        Compiled by Joe Mirando

        Hidi ho friends and neighbors. Another week has come and
        gone, and it's time to take a look at what's going on in the
        Atari section of the computer world. Not much as far as new
        products and things of that nature are concerned, I'm
        afraid. But that's to be expected since Atari hasn't made or
        sold a computer in several years.

        There are, of course, the usual questions and answers that
        are the mainstay of this column though, and hopefully you've
        found them informative or interesting. I know I always find
        some useful information in the posts I grab every week.

        Before we 'get down to it', I'd like to say a word about all
        this Government vs. Microsoft business. You might have
        noticed that I've remained quiet about it recently and
        wondered why. Well actually, I'm of two minds about it.

        First of all, I don't believe that Microsoft or any of its
        minions started out with the idea of driving anyone else out
        of business. The object of any business venture is to sell
        as much of your product as you can. In the computer world
        (as in most other product-oriented businesses), that means
        continuously upgrading and improving your product.... If you
        make a product that forever be the best in its class,
        customers will buy only one. It's much better to produce a
        product that will, either by design or by nature, wear out
        or be superseded by another. This, Microsoft has done
        exceptionally well. The time between products is not too
        short (three years or so between Windows 95 and Windows 98),
        the advances are modest and for the most part simply take
        advantage of new or updated technology. A corollary product
        (Internet Explorer) is also available which, because it was
        designed and implemented by the same company, meshes quite
        well with the new Windows OS. It's probably not Microsoft's
        fault that other companies sell products like the ones that
        Microsoft gives away for nothing, but they are the
        convenient scapegoat simply because of their size. Whether
        or not Microsoft is deserving of the accusations is a matter
        that I prefer to leave up to the legal system.

        On the other hand, other companies do have a hard time
        competing against this giant. Whether or not Microsoft has
        an unfair advantage is something best left to the legal and
        industry experts. And while there's been plenty of chaff
        thrown around about the Department of Justice and the
        Attorney General, let's remember that it is their job to
        investigate. The very nature of our system of justice
        demands that investigations be thorough and not simply
        cursory examinations presupposing guilt.

        I hear one or two people muttering about Waco and Ruby Ridge
        at the moment (you didn't think I could hear that, did you).
        Without commenting too heavily on those situations, let me
        just say that certain portions of our society have begun to
        think that it is acceptable to simply ignore or disobey laws
        that we don't like. Let me (and a large portion of the
        general population) assure you that this is not the case.
        Great pains have been taken to ensure that there is legal
        recourse when you feel that you have been wronged.
        Unfortunately, this means that you will be held to the same
        standard as everyone else and some people just don't like
        that idea. So when a law enforcement official, be it Janet
        Reno or Barney Fife, says "Surrender your weapons" or
        "Release the children into our custody", you have a legal,
        moral, and social obligation to do so. Enough said about
        that. Let's get back to Microsoft.

        As a less-than-perfect test, I set up my web page 'hit
        counter' to tell me what operating systems and browsers
        people who visit my page are using. The results were not
        surprising. Out of the last 215 visits, 143 computers were
        using Windows95, 6 used Windows NT, 8 used Windows 3.1 or
        3.11, 22 people used the Macintosh OS in one version or
        another, 1 intrepid soul used Linux, and 35 used 'something
        else' which includes all other computers. That's a grand
        total of 157 Microsoft OS users to 58 'something else's. As
        for the bowsers, 105 people decided that Microsoft's
        Internet Explorer fit their needs best, while 77 people
        opted for Netscape Navigator version 3 or 4. There were also
        33 others who used alternate browsers which include CAB on
        the Atari.

        As usual, this brings more questions than answers to the
        forefront. Did the people who used Explorer do so because
        they really liked it better? Or because Microsoft had seen
        to it that it was included with their computer's operating
        system CD? Were the folks who used Navigator doing it
        because it provided them with something that the other one
        didn't, or because they were practicing their own form of
        monopoly busting? And those 'others'... what were THEY
        thinking? If they were anything like me, they were thinking
        "Just let me browse in peace and make my own decisions while
        the rest of the world fights it out.

        Well, let's get on with the reason for this column... all
        the news, hints, tips, and info available every week... no
        matter what operating system you use.

        From the NewsGroup

        Kevin Dermott asks for help with formatting an IDE drive on
        his Falcon:

        "I've been trying to formatt a 3.2 gig ide with ahdi 6.6 and
        keep getting the message "reserved sectors are bad" I have
        used bigger but never needed to format. I do a sector test
        with hd driver all is fine. Does it look like i have a bad
        drive? Will anything else formatt ide?

        Dennis Bishop tells Kevin:

        "You do NOT format an IDE drive, only Partition it."

        Chris Gray adds:

        "I think more recent IDE drives are designed to ignore
        attempts to format them. Note also that PCs tend to call
        partitioning "formatting" and formatting "low-level
        formatting", just to confuse us."

        Dennis Bishop asks:

        "Can someone e-mail me a copy of Atari IRC? Does it work
        with STinG?"

        *** For those of you who don't know (I didn't until
        recently), IRC is techie-talk for 'Internet Relay Chat'.
        It's a type of program that allows you to participate in
        chats all around the internet. One of these days I'm
        actually going to have the time to check out how IRC works.

        Peter Rottengatter, the author of STinG, tells Dennis:

        "[Work with STinG?]... 'f course it does. Surf to which is Flinny's STiK page.
        You can download it there."

        Since I've been without a good, solid backup for a few
        months now, I post and ask for opinions on backup software:

        "I'm in despirate need of GOOD backup software. I've tried
        ELFBACK and SYBACK, and found them wanting in several areas.
        Whatever I end up using should be TT, Geneva/NeoDesk, and
        MagiC compatable, and fairly fast. I've got a new SyQuest
        EzFlyer 230 that's just begging for backup data...Any

        Terry Kelly tells me:

        "I too have an EZ flyer and use it to backup my TT's
        harddrive. All I do is set the backup mode in MagiC, select
        the whole partition and copy it to the flyer. Only updated
        files will be copied. It takes less than a minute after the
        initial backup."

        Matt Faehnle asks Terry:

        "How do you set 'backup mode' in MagiC? I have never heard
        of this before."

        Terry tells Matt:

        "When you copy files, the dialogue that comes up has a
        number of options: confirm, rename, overwrite, and backup.
        If you select backup, MagiC will compare date stamps and
        only copy the ones with a newer date. It does the comparison
        very quickly, so even if you select hundreds of duplicates
        that don't need to be copied as you would in backing up a
        partition regularly, it zaps through them in a few seconds.
        It's really very handy, and with the flyer I'd just as soon
        not mess with compression."

        Carsten Krumnow adds:

        "This refers to MGCOPY (one of the special programs called
        on by MagiC), the file copy client of MagiC 5.0 and above.
        Before starting to copy it asks for the mode. "Backup mode"
        means that only these files are overwritten whose last
        change dates are older than the ones of the files to be
        copied. Not clear, huh? It means that you can always copy
        complete folders without the fear that a newer file could be
        replaced by an older one (presuming that your hardware clock
        works alright)."

        Ken MacDonald adds his thoughts:

        "Kobold is also very good, you can create *.job files to do
        specific backups, including only backing up changed files.
        very fast also. This is Kobold 2.5 by the way, Kobold
        3.5(German) I can't say."

        Neil Roughley adds his praise of Kobold:

        "Buy Kobold v2.5, the high-speed file copier which can also
        do incremental backups. In NeoDesk, you can even install
        Kobold by running it as an accessory and having 'Use Kobold
        for file operations' selected. This way most common file
        operations in NeoDesk are automatically handled by Kobold
        instead of the slow GEMDOS routines (something Geneva
        doesn't replace, unlike MagiC). The difference in speed
        while copying, moving or deleting files is stunning. This
        feature alone is worth the cost, but like I say Kobold can
        also do backups (including the use of batch files). Another
        nice feature is Kobold's 'identical sequence' mode, perfect
        for backing-up the boot partition, where running order is
        important. And, of course, it runs under MagiC (Kobold v2.5
        doesn't support long filenames, though).

        Frank Lockwood tells me:

        "I just use STZIP 2.6. I have an external hard drive setup
        (in an ICD expansion box) that I use strictly for backups -
        it has enough room for two complete sets from my internal
        hard drive. ZIP archives take up far less space than ELFBACK
        or DIAMONDBACK archives. Once I've done a complete backup,
        you can set STZIP to add only those files that have changed
        since the last backup (update mode). For a third backup, for
        long term storage, I'll do a complete backup to a ZIP
        archive, and then segment these large files with "SCHNIPP"
        to put the segments onto floppies. Doing it this way take
        far less time than using ELFBACK. I moved a year ago and was
        very paranoid about losing data while my computer sat in a
        box in a moving van. I decided not to take my hard drive out
        of the machine, but rather to take my ZIPed and SCHNIPPed
        archive in my personal luggage when I travelled. The
        computer arrived in fine shape, with no data loss, but it
        was nice to have the archive anyway."

        John Kormylo, the author of ELFBACK, asks me if I would...

        "Care to be more specific w.r.t. ELFBACK? I could always use

        I haven't replied to John yet, but I will. I would like to
        say that I found ELFBACK to be a good piece of software, but
        it lacks two things that I consider mandatory in backup
        software.... FAST compression, and the ability to back up
        several partitions with a script file so that I can start
        the backup and walk away. Other than that, I highly
        recommend ELFBACK. A few weeks ago, I included a post about
        the VDI implementation for the Nova graphics card caused a
        'memory leakage' problem with CAB.

        Neil Roughley tells us:

        "NOVA VDI has been updated:

        -2.67: Memory leak detected when playing animated GIFs with
        CAB Thanks to Alexander Clauss for troubleshooting a problem
        that wasn't his in the first place, and to Gerhard Huber for
        updating his VDI."

        Magnus Kollberg asks Neil:

        "Aha! Great! Gerhard refused to look at it as long as the
        author didn't send him a short bit of code with the problem.
        Great!!! Does anyone have the Falcon/AB040 version yet?"

        K.Hampf asks about picture viewers for his Falcon:

        "I would like to know if there's any picture viewer
        (GIF/JPEG) for Falcon 030 using DSP and that has slideshow

        I have been using JPEGView v2.22 and it's great ... but it
        won't work good enough with MagiC and I can't read big DOS
        partitions from GEM/TOS due to BigDOS problems. The 1st
        Guide is not using DSP and it's lacking slideshow
        capabilites, and so are the Apex viewers I've tried. The
        JPEG thingie you start up in the AUTO folder and that has
        this demo-ACC is probably using the DSP but it's also slow.
        I think I've been a little spoiled by using GraphicConverter
        on Macintosh, but I no longer have a color Mac, I'm now
        forced to use my Falcon on a TV-set. That also makes me not
        using Interlaced resolutions, and gives all programs not
        switching resolutions this strange tall look."

        Neil Roughley tells K.Hampf:

        "Try GrafTool:

        It has fast JPEG decoding and a slideshow feature. However,
        it doesn't support the DSP or progressive JPEGs found on the
        'net (these have to be converted beforehand using
        jpegtran.ttp from The Independent JPEG Group's software).
        GrafTool also makes an excellent external viewer for use in
        CAB, as it understands the AV Protocol and is robust while
        multitasking, among other things."

        Johan Klockars adds:

        "If you want to do something with images that don't include
        drawing, chances are always good that MGIF will handle it.
        ;-) MGIF can do slideshows directly from the command line or
        via a 'script' file. Normal wildcards are supported and
        slideshows can be repeating, random and timed. It's even
        possible to do some image processing operations on the
        images before they are displayed, but I can't recall exactly
        what the limitations are on that (at least scaling should be
        possible). Naturally, all graphics modes are supported (only
        256 colours on graphics cards). JPEG'D (Brainstorm's DSP
        jpeg decoder) will be used if available and you won't find a
        faster GIF decoder/viewer anywhere. The latest actual
        release version is v5.01, which should be available on most
        ftp sites, but you should really always use the latest
        'beta' version available from my ftp/WWW site (the beta
        archives are not complete, though, so you need a regular
        distribution as well). The fifth v5.10 beta was released in
        July last year and is a _lot_ better than v5.01. Speedups,
        new functions, windowed dialogs etc."

        Well folks, that's it for this time around. Be sure to tune
        in again next week, same time, same channel, and be ready to
        listen to what they are saying when...

                             PEOPLE ARE TALKING

                             EDITORIAL QUICKIES

           Two Texans were seated in a fast-food restaurant when a
           young lady seated a few tables away began to choke on a
          piece of hamburger. She was turning blue and obviously in
                       serious respiratory distress.

           One said to the other, "That there gal is having a bad
        time!" The other agreed and said, "Think we should go help?"
          "You bet," said the first, and with that he ran over and
         asked, "Can you breathe?" she shook her head no. He asked,"
                Can you speak?" She again shook her head no.

           With that, he pulled up her skirt and licked her on the
        butt. She was so shocked, she coughed up the obstruction and
         began to breathe. With great relief, the Texan walked back
         to his friend and said, "Funny how that hind lick maneuver
                               always works."

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