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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: ST Report: 9-Oct-98 #1433 Date: Sun Oct 11 08:49:08 1998 [Silicon Times Report] "The Original Independent Online Magazine" (Since 1987 - Our 11th Year) [Image] October 09, 1998 No.1433 Silicon Times Report International Magazine R.F. Mariano, Editor STR Publishing, Inc. PO Box 58094 Jacksonville, Florida 32241-8094 Voice: 1-904-292-9222 10am-5pm EST FAX: 904-268-2237 24hrs firstname.lastname@example.org STReport WebSite http://www.streport.com STR Publishing's FTP Support Server 14gb * Back Issues * Patches * Support Files (Continually Updated) ftp.streport.com Anonymous Login ok * Use your Email Address as a Password Check out STReport's NEWS SERVER news.streport.com Have you tried Microsoft's Powerful and Easy to Use Internet Explorer 4.01? Internet Explorer 4.01 is STReport's Official Internet Web Browser. 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In closing, we shall arduously endeavor to meet and further develop the high standards of straight forwardness our readers have come to expect in each and every issue. The Publisher, Staff & Editors [Image] From the Editor's Desk... I'm certain most will agree. "The Republican Party, The GOP, has indeed committed political suicide. The fools ignored all the warning signs and stampeded ahead with their rabid pursuit of Clinton. Its the same hotheaded vengeance the "Newt Gang" with their "revolution" exhibited in Clinton's very first year. Any fool can easily realize that at that point in time Gingrich hadn't a clue about Clinton's private life. Yet Newt was very busy from day one trying to undermine Clinton's Democratic Presidency. It is sad to see the Republicans so busy chasing Clinton's head that they are seemingly ignoring the Nuclear Weapons Proliferation going on in the Mid-East. Pakistan, India and now Iraq and Afghanistan have or are suspected of having weapons of mass destruction. What is our government doing about it?? Chasing Clinton's sexual life. What .... is WRONG with this picture?? I'll never support or vote for a Republican again. They have sold out the American electorate for useless GOP party lines and the good OLE boy system. They can keep it and all they stand for. The GOP is dead as far as I am concerned. That also goes for the GUTLESS Democrats that backstabbed both Clinton and the voters of this nation. The popular opinion polls clearly mandate that this rabid pursuit of Clinton cease.... yet the clown politicians ignore the voters... Well our time is coming. Sorta reminds one of the Burning Rome and Nero story, the GOP and Gutless Democrats horse around on the hill while the world is headed to nuclear hell. Voters... make yourselves heard this November. I know I shall. Now, the time comes to say it like it really is.. History WILL bear these comments out to be true. The real powerhouse behind the best part of Clinton's troubles is the man he beat at the election polls way back when. A man who was coming off a major military victory, a man with decades of experience in how to break another man's career through sexual exploitation and setups and finally a man with the power, reach and political savvy to get all these things done smoothly and efficiently. There is only one man is this type of a driver's seat these days, that man is George H. Bush. One can only imagine the sheer amazement Bush was experiencing knowing full well Clinton was going to beat him silly in the elections. Not to mention the anguish and pain of tasting defeat as he came off Desert Storm and the end to the Cold War. I'm certain Bush was confident that with these major events seemingly to his Presidency's credit his winning a second term would be a given. But no, he lost. But did he really lose it all?? In the future, history will point out just how manipulative George was. How much he put his deep experience and connections from running the CIA to use in bringing about the persecution of Clinton. The more we see unfold relative to the Clinton Presidency, the more we see a President set up to take a terrible fall. Much like Jimmy Carter was setup when he was running for re-election. The Iranian Hostage affair was already brought to a close but the hostages were left there to make Carter look so bad when in fact, the actual dealings and negotiations were accomplished during Carter's administration. Guess who was running the CIA? Who was his best buddy? Check the history of the affair Who was running the CIA during the Ford Administration? Better yet why is it that even though the Ollie North Hearings produced evidence that Ronnie was in fact, involved up to his ears in the Iran - Contra Affair nothing was done? Could it be because his VP had full control of what was going on? Poindexter, however, took the fall. So Bush would remain clean to run in the next presidential election. All the fancy Republican shenanigans .. will it ever end? I think not. I might add; yes, this all sounds scary. But if you take the time to do the research, you won't be frightened you'll be terrified! There are some really bad people in powerful places in this country's government and outside of it too but very well connected. Folks in Florida had better think twice about voting for "Jeb" Bush Who would they really be voting for? Is it true Jeb moved to Florida just to get a shot at running for Governor? Why is Jeb bush so tight with the power brokers in NE Florida?? Are they not the same power brokers that got Jeb all hooked up so nice with the IDEON Corp.?? A deal where untold numbers of people lost their fortunes in investments in this dead corp.. There were all sorts of calls for an in-depth investigation but nothing ever came of it. What's become of the CEO of IDEON?? Paul Cahn was the CEO at the time it failed. Jeb Bush was an active board member. The company failed not long after Bush joined the board. This matter cries out for a thorough, in depth investigation. What became of the investigations into Keating and the bank failures he was accused of being responsible for? Better yet why is it the others at the top in the Keating Affair were never prosecuted? Wasn't one of them a Bush too? Think twice Floridians The other problems seen with Bush is he is playing up to the Southern Baptist Power Brokers by yapping about being against pro-choice. People had better wake up or else they'll be condemning the young people to criminal records, interstate flight and death. Gun Control, while a sticky wicket, is bound to become an absolute nightmare with Bush he is against "cooling off" periods, registration and background checks. This guy is dead wrong for Florida. DEAD WRONG! 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Jacobson Town Denies Access to Web Records A federal judge has denied an Internet publisher the right to feast his eyes on so-called "cookies," computer files showing which Web sites users have been browsing. U.S. District Judge Thomas Higgins' dismissed the publisher's lawsuit last week but left a legal question up to the state: Are the cookies public records? Geoffrey Davidian, publisher of an on-line newsletter called The Putnam Pit, wanted to see the files to determine whether city employees in Cookeville were visiting pornographic and other non-work related sites on taxpayers' time. He said the city violated First Amendment rights by denying him access. Higgins last week ruled that Davidian's claim was a stretch and left it up to the state to decide whether the cookies are public information when they are stored on government computers. Davidian has appealed. First Amendment experts are watching the case, hoping the courts will set clearer boundaries for what computer information is open to the public. Cookies are nuggets of information that a Web site can be programmed to plant in the hard drives of computers. Depending on the computer, the files can be stored for long periods of time, leaving a trail showing where the user has visited. Evan Hendricks, editor and publisher of the Washington, D.C., newsletter Privacy Times, said the Freedom of Information Act guaranteeing public access to certain government records should cover cookies. But he said it may take a number of court cases to establish that. Jane Kirtley, executive director of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in Washington, said judges should consider requests for digital information just as they do access to ordinary government paperwork. "It's possible that sometimes people do get so wrapped up in the cyberspace component they can't see the forest for the trees," she said. Davidian's case stemmed from a feud with Cookeville officials that led him to start publishing the Pit, which focuses on government and politics in Cookeville, about 80 miles east of Nashville. City attorney John Duffy argued that because the files are created by outside software, they are not city property even though they are stored in city computers. Sam Harris, Davidian's lawyer, likened the cookies to long distance phone records, which are considered public under Tennessee's Public Records Act. Court Papers Suggest Microsoft Fears Of Sun's Java Microsoft Corp. executives were worried about the threat to the company's dominant Windows operating software by Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Java programming language designed to run on a variety of computer systems, according to newly unsealed court documents. In a court hearing held almost three weeks ago and closed to the press, Sun's lawyers presented evidence that they allege showed Microsoft was seeking to wrest control of Java away from Sun. The Java language was touted in its early days as the software that could end Microsoft's dominance. Palo Alto, California-based Sun is suing Microsoft for breach of ontract in its licensing agreement for Sun's Java, which is designed to enable programmers to write a program that will run on a variety of computer systems. Sun, which has sought to make sure that all copies of Java are compatible, has argued that Microsoft is trying to "pollute" Java by developing Windows-only versions of Java and Java programming tools. The transcript of the court hearing was released late on Wednesday night by the U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Whyte for the Northern District of California in San Jose. In the unsealed court documents, Sun attorney Lloyd "Rusty" Day quoted from internal Microsoft memos about its strategy for Java. "We must seize control of the Java platform," Day said, quoting a Microsoft memo from the company's head of Java development to its top management. Day told the court Java scared "the hell out of" Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates. The Sun lawyer said that in October 1996 Gates made it clear in an annual "Think Week" for Microsoft top managers that the company needed to offer Java client applications code that would be unique enough to preserve Microsoft's market position. Microsoft's attorney, Karl Quackenbush, in a rebuttal, said "e-mail is a wonderful communications tool" and that people use it like they are having a conversation in the hall. "But while the e-mail and these internal documents are interesting, it's sort of background noise," Quackenbush told the court. "But what the case is really about is the contract, what's in the products, what was done, how do they work and that's what we'd like to talk about." Quackenbush said Microsoft received a license to the technology and broad rights in its contract to modify, adapt, create derivative works of the technology. He said that Sun was trying to turn its fundamental agreement upside down. Quackenbush also pointed to a document created by Sun co- founder Bill Joy with the words "Wintel" (for Windows and Intel, the leading chip maker), with a big circle around it and a line drawn through it, where the year 2000 was written. "The gang of four that Sun organized -- Sun, Netscape, Oracle and IBM, all [Java] licensees -- this gang of four apparently spent some time thinking about how to kill Microsoft, " Quackenbush said, arguing that the notion that Sun was not attacking Microsoft's franchise did not stand up. Sun is seeking to enjoin Microsoft from shipping versions of its products that have Java, including Windows 98. Microsoft Loses Fight for Access Two professors do not have to turn over to Microsoft tapes of interviews with executives from a rival software company, a federal judge ruled this [Thursday] morning. Microsoft had hoped to use the interviews _ research for an upcoming book by the two professors _ with rival Netscape as powerful evidence to stymie the government's antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft. Professors David Yoffie of Harvard University and Michael Cusumano of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who recorded the interviews, had refused to hand over the tapes and documents in which Netscape executives admit mistakes in their efforts to compete against Microsoft. U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns ruled against Microsoft, saying the professors had shown the tapes were made in confidence. Stearns did say, however, that Microsoft lawyers had not been on a "fishing expedition" when they sought the tapes to use as evidence in their own antitrust defense. And he reserved the right to release sections of the tape if necessary once the antitrust case against Microsoft goes to trial in Washington later this month. Microsoft lawyers had argued the tapes cut to the heart of the U.S. government's antitrust case: Did the software giant use unfair tactics to dominate its competitors? o win the mammoth antitrust case, the government must show that Microsoft crossed the line from innovation to calculated schemes that choked rivals and hurt consumers. It must prove that Microsoft used its dominance in operating systems - the software that runs computers - to force PC makers into installing its Internet browser software and exclude competitors. Microsoft is eager to find evidence that may show Netscape's own business blunders - not its allegedly illegal conduct - caused Netscape's Internet browser software to founder while Microsoft's grew in popularity. The several hours of tapes, which include interviews with Netscape chairman Jim Barksdale, company cofounder Marc Andreessen and more than 40 other employees, contain off-the-record comments, private conversations and admissions of strategic missteps, Cusumano said. The professors had said that the tapes were made with the understanding that they would be used for their book - not a lawsuit by a rival company. Jeff Swope, Cusumano's lawyer, said this morning in court arguments that the case hinged on academic freedom. "It's not just chilling. It's freezing," he said. "That's the end of research with confidentiality." Moreover, he accused Microsoft of laziness by going after the professors' interviews when the company could depose the Netscape employees themselves. The book, "Competing on Internet Time: Lessons from Netscape and Its Battle with Microsoft" is scheduled to appear in stores just days after the start of Microsoft's Oct. 15 trial. Senate Defeats Internet Sales Tax The Senate rejected legislation that would allow states to force mail order and Internet businesses to collect sales taxes for them. In a 65-30 vote Friday, senators killed a measure that would have authorized any state to require companies with significant catalog, mail order or Internet sales to collect their sales tax and send it back to the state. Sen. Dale Bumpers, D-Ark., the sponsor, noted that every business operating in a state with a sales tax must already collect and remit the revenue. The measure would effectively reverse a 1992 Supreme Court decision preventing states from enforcing sales taxes on companies located outside their borders, he noted. "If they choose to have a sales tax, the federal government should allow them to enforce it," Bumpers argued. But opponents, who prevailed for the sixth straight year, called the measure a hidden tax increase. "Since this tax has never been collected, there's only one way to view it," said Commerce Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz. The issue is sure to resurface as the Senate debates a broader Internet tax bill that would impose a moratorium on any new state or local taxes while a federal commission sorts out tax options for electronic commerce. More than a dozen states already have imposed a variety of taxes on online subscriptions and on transfers of data. In some cases, this has led to contradictions such as a tax on electronic newspaper subscriptions that is not imposed on the printed copies. Legislation passed by the House would impose a three-year moratorium on new state and local Internet taxes but allow existing ones to remain. The current Senate bill has a two-year moratorium, but that may change as a final vote nears next week. States are already losing $4 billion a year because of mail order sales and project at least $12 billion in lost annual revenue to the Internet, according to the National Governors' Association. Marketers Push To Fight "Spam," Protect Kids On Net Marketers want industrial nations meeting in Ottawa next week to adopt a global system to protect consumers from junk e-mail, which a top marketer calls the "cancer of electronic commerce." Direct marketing experts meeting separately in San Francisco next week hoped to agree a global code of practice to protect children using the Internet from straying onto unsuitable sites, said Colin Lloyd, chief executive of Britain's Direct Marketing Association. "We are trying to lay the foundations to develop an e-mail preference service globally, for consumers to opt out of receiving unwanted e-mail solicitations," he told Reuters. "We don't want to ban it because we think that would be closing the door to what could be a very exciting marketing opportunity in future." An e-mail preference service would operate in a similar way to services provided by direct marketing trade bodies for direct customer contacts through the post, telephone and fax, by which consumers can ask to be excluded from direct mail. Lloyd said that junk e-mail, or "spam," was reaching epidemic proportions in the U.S. Recent research found that while there was much less of it here, 95 percent of such messages coming into Britain originated in the United States. Three sites on the global computer network offered lists of electronic mail addresses for 10 pounds for a million names, and it could take just one hour to reach all one million addresses, Lloyd said. But unlike direct mail via the post for which the marketer pays, spam pushed costs onto consumers, who paid for telephone access to the Internet to receive such messages. Senders of unwanted electronic mailshots for porn or timeshares used "all sorts of tricks" to evade barriers thrown up by Internet service providers, Lloyd said. Cautioning that the technical means of creating an e-mail preference service against spam were extremely complex, Lloyd said, "It's the cancer of electronic commerce. You either kill it or cure it." The direct marketing community was looking to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) summit opening in Ottawa on October 7 to adopt the proposal as part of global guidelines to unlock electronic commerce. Development was also hampered by a lack of global agreement on issues like taxation and domain name registration, Lloyd said. British, American and Canadian direct marketers hoped to persuade colleagues at a separate meeting in San Francisco next week to agree a global code of practice for children on the Internet, covering privacy issues and content. "We need some guidelines to regulate the transmission of commercial information to children in online environments. That'll be a very big step." Direct marketers wanted to act in the interests of commerce, parents and educators, before an anticipated boom in use of the Internet by children in homes and schools, Lloyd said. He expected a global code to be announced formally in San Francisco after resolution of key issues such as the age of a child, commonly interpreted as less than 16 in Britain and Europe, but 13 in the U.S. Earlier this week Britain's Direct Marketing Association together with the Federation of Electrical Industries won $1.19 million of European Commission funding to develop a global system to protect intellectual property with encryption and digital watermarks, the DMA head said. "It's more important to owners of intellectual property rights but I'd be able to digitally direct market products all over the globe knowing that somebody can't steal them," Lloyd said. Internet Relay Hit By "Trojan Horse" Software Bug An estimated 15,000 users of Internet Relay Chat, a global chat network, have been infected with a Trojan horse programmed to retrieve a file from the GeoCities Web site. It's an especially ominous exploit, since it allows malicious users to take control of an infected machine once the program has landed. In an email message sent Friday to the Bugtraq security mailing list, GeoCities system administrator Debbie Barba said the company's Web servers were receiving thousands of requests daily from unique computers for the file, which no longer exists on its servers. "The specific count for one minute on Friday, September 25 at 10:17 a.m. was 3,522 hits," Barba said in the message. Barba said that the request does not use a Web browser and occurs every 30 seconds while the user is connected to the Internet. The requests have been building up since 18 August-the oldest date in the GeoCities Web server's access logs-and were for "nfo.zip," a file that was stored in the directory of a GeoCities member. The Trojan horse currently infects Microsoft's Windows 95 and 98 operating systems, and so far the mIRC client software is the most frequently used. Microsoft Plans Bug Fix For Windows 98 Microsoft Corp. will release an update to Windows 98 early next year to fix bugs in the computer operating system and add support for additional hardware, company executives said. The planned Service Pack 1 update will be tested beginning this month and posted onto the Internet for free download sometime early next year, said Kim Akers, a Microsoft product manager. The software release will fix several problems including the "date rollover bug," in which the system fails to change years if the computer is powered off at a critical moment just before year's end. The release also will incorporate Internet mail security updates that have been available separately. And it adds support for new hardware including USB modems, Akers said. Windows 98 went on sale June 25 and immediately jumped to the top of the software best-seller list, according to PC Data Inc., which estimated 1.2 million copies had been sold in the United States through the end of August. At least 1.5 million additional copies have been sold overseas, and millions more have been shipped and loaded onto new computers. While Windows 98 got a lukewarm response from critics, there have been no reports of glaring problems in the system, a relatively modest update to the phenomenally successful three-year-old Windows 95. "Fortunately the issues that have been reported have been relatively minor and rare," Akers said. Nevertheless, she recommended that all users download the service pack when it becomes available. An updated version of the operating system also will be made available to computer manufacturers. The update will not include separate multimedia enhancements that were made available earlier. U.S., Network Solutions Agree On Internet Names Plan The U.S. government and Network Solutions Inc. reached a deal to phase out the company's exclusive authority to register names in the most popular segment of the Internet. The agreement, part of the Clinton administration's plan to privatize the Internet's name and address system, requires the Herndon, Va., company to allow competing firms to enter in its registration database names ending in the suffixes, or top-level domains, .com, .net and .org. While every country has its own top-level domain, like .us for the United States, most companies and Internet users prefer to register in the generic domains controlled by Network Solutions. A growing shortage of names in the .com domain spurred calls to reform the system over two years ago. Under Tuesday's agreement, Network Solutions would have until June 1, 1999 to create and put in place software allowing other firms to register new names in its databases. The rest of the Clinton administration's plan would establish a new nonprofit corporation, based in California and run by an international board of directors, to oversee the system. The corporation would have authority to bring more competition to domain name registration and to create new domains. Network Solutions also agreed to be subject to the authority of the new corporation and to provide it with databases, software, documentation and technical support to facilitate competition. The agreement was the result of months of discussions between the company and officials from the Commerce Department after the Clinton administration in July issued a final plan, called the White Paper, for privatizing the system. With an extension to the current agreement scheduled to expire, talks went until 3 a.m. on Tuesday morning and continued during the day Tuesday to hammer out the pact. Becky Burr, associate administrator in the department's telecommunications unit, said the agreement "delivers on the promises that the department outlined in the White Paper and demonstrates (Network Solution's) commitment to robust competition." Still to be worked out is a fixed price that Network Solutions will be allowed to charge new firms for entering registrations in its databases. The company said the fee will reflect its "costs and a reasonable return on its investment." The company currently charges Internet users $35 per year for each registration. Under a 1993 contract that expired last month, Network Solutions had exclusive authority to register domain names in the Internet's lucrative generic top-level domains, the two- or three-letter suffixes at the end of every net address. Computers on the global network use the domains to route traffic, like a request to view a Web site or an e-mail message, to intended recipients. With the phenomenal growth of the Internet, the Network Solutions database has grown as well, swelling to over 2.3 million names in the .com, .edu, .net, and .org domains. Disney Seeks Porn-Law Exemption The Walt Disney Co., already under boycott by some religious groups, is seeking to be exempted from a proposed law aimed at keeping Internet pornography away from children, according to Republican congressional staffers. The GOP-sponsored Child Online Protection Act, the second major effort by Congress to protect children on the Internet, would require commercial Web sites to verify an adult's age before showing photographs or other material "harmful to minors." The House planned to vote on the bill today. Disney, the Motion Picture Association of America and other groups are lobbying Republican leaders, said the GOP staffers, speaking on condition of anonymity. They were pressing for language limiting the bill only to a company that displays online harmful material "as its primary or principal course of trade or business," according to lobbying documents. As written now, the bill would apply to all companies that display such material on the Internet "as a regular course of such person's trade or business." "That particular loophole could easily be used by the adult-oriented sites to circumvent the whole intent of the law," said David Walsh, director of the National Institute on Media and Family. "You'd have to get into the definition of primary or principal." Disney said in a statement it "is extremely concerned that children be protected from exposure to inappropriate content on the Internet" and "has been working with members of Congress to improve the language" of the bill. Others lobbying for the change said they're concerned that a bill aimed mostly at pornographic Web sites might inadvertently snare mainstream sites, especially as the Internet matures into an entertainment medium that could include the delivery of movies. "We have concerns that the current language is too broad," said MPAA spokesman Rich Taylor. "We support changes to the language that would target and impact commercial adult Web sites." Disney, whose business has long been entertainment mostly for children, has been the target of a largely ineffective boycott by some religious groups, notably the Southern Baptist Convention and the conservative Focus on the Family. They object to some of Disney's policies, including providing health benefits to the same-sex partners of its employees, and to films such as "Pulp Fiction" by its Miramax Film Corp. subsidiary. Disney, with $22.4 billion in sales last year, operates "Disney.Com, The Web Site for Families" through its Disney Online business, part of the company's massive "Creative Content" division that overall is responsible for nearly half its revenues. That division also covers Miramax, The Disney Store, home video releases and some television shows. But since Disney's "primary or principal business" isn't showing harmful material online, the company wouldn't fall under the new law if the wording were changed. Most other entertainment companies also would be exempted from the law. The Clinton administration opposes the legislation - at least pending a study of online pornography - saying it prefers the use of high-tech tools by parents over a "static, imperfect solution" such as a new law. The House bill sponsored by Rep. Michael Oxley, R-Ohio, largely parallels legislation offered in the Senate by Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., which is part of a Justice Department spending bill awaiting a vote. Congress is scheduled to adjourn Friday. Lycos buys Wired for $83 million Lycos Inc. has agreed to acquire Wired Digital Inc. -- a deal which includes Wired's search engine HotBot -- in an $83 million stock swap. Beyond the search site, Lycos, will get its hands on Wired's online editorial properties, which include Wired News, Suck, HotWired and Webmonkey. "The acquisition of the industry-defining Wired Digital further fortifies our position as a premier media company," said Lycos CEO Bob Davis said in a release. "In addition to gaining quality products and an incredibly talented group of people, the pioneering spirit of Wired Digital, its high-profile brands and added reach elevate the Lycos multi-brand network strategy to a new level." Lycos said that users of its search engine and the HotBot engine do not generally overlap. It estimated that by combining the search and editorial properties, Lycos' would now reach about 40 percent of the Web audience. Lycos will give Wired shareholders $83 million in Lycos stock at the close of the deal, expected later this year, as well as an undisclosed amount of stock equal to Wired's cash on hand. Lycos will also assume Wired Digital's stock plan. Wired will keep its San Francisco headquarters and operate as a unit of Lycos, based in Waltham, Mass. Beth Vanderslice, president of Wired, will report directly to Lycos' Davis. The deal marks the end of Wired's repeated attempts to go it alone on the Internet. Wired started as an offshoot of Wired Magazine, which was sold in May to Advance Magazine Publishers/Conde Nast for $75 million. That deal ended more than a year of financial ups and downs for the pioneering publication, one of the first media companies to bring the Internet and the Web to a mass-market audience. Wired Ventures Inc. had tried twice to go public. At the time of the Conde Nast deal, the online properties which later became Wired Digital were generating $3.4 million in revenue and were expected to be profitable by the end of the year. The deal also marks yet another combination of content with directory technologies. Lycos' competitors in the portal world have been signing deals right and left with media companies. Infoseek Corp. received an investment earlier this year from the Walt Disney Co., and the two will launch an online service later this year. And, General Electric's NBC division recently acquired part of Snap! the online directory started by CNet Inc. But analyst Andrea Williams, at Volpe Brown Whelan in San Francisco, says that while Wired's editorial sites have a following, the real hits come from HotBot. She applauded the deal, saying that Lycos has been successful at buying up Web properties like community sites Angelfire and Tripod, to expand its reach. 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A T T E N T I O N ** A T T E N T I O N ** A T T E N T I O N EDUPAGE STR Focus Keeping the users informed [Image] Edupage Contents States Launch EMall Initiative WVU Adopts Digital Dissertation Requirement Marketers Take Aim At Spam Stemming The Flow In Leaky Electronics Internet Sales Tax Bill Defeated Feminist Group Supports Library In Senate Software Filtering Blank Spaces In Microsoft Antitrust Case Congress Likely To Pass Tech Bills Banking Network Will Trim Check-Handling Costs IBM Wins Minitel Deal Micro-Lattice Sparks Optical Getting The Word To The World Wide Communications Web Justice Department Wants More FTC Wants Info On Cisco Meetings With Data From Microsoft Two Competitors Bandwidth Boom Congress Makes Another Try To Contain Net Pornography Ad Blitz Promotes Privacy On The Bertelsmann Invests In Net Barnesandnoble.com CDnow-N2K To Merge Long Distance Internet Connections May Cost More Computers Instead Of Cash On Cal. State Campus Cable-Ready Computers From Dell Andy Grove On The Future-The Net-The iMac STATES LAUNCH EMALL INITIATIVE Seven state governments are teaming up to test an Internet-based procurement system called EMall. During the six-month pilot, the Massachusetts-led initiative will handle 50 to 100 orders a day for office supplies, computer hardware and software, and lab and scientific equipment. Participating suppliers include Dell, Gateway, Micron Technology, Software Spectrum, VWR Scientific, W.W. Grainger and Xerox. The other participating states are Idaho, New York, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Washington. "The Internet opens the gates between states for ways to do business better," says Massachusetts' deputy state purchasing agent. "Before the Internet, there was no common place to go." With a combined purchasing power of $6 billion annually for maintenance, repair, operations and supplies, the project is touted as potentially the largest public-sector Web-purchasing effort to date. (Information Week 2 Oct 98) WVU ADOPTS DIGITAL DISSERTATION REQUIREMENT Starting this semester, graduate students at West Virginia University are required to submit their dissertations and theses electronically. The university follows the example of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, which instituted a similar rule last year. Unlike Virginia Tech's experience, the move by West Virginia U. has been met with approval by faculty and students. Some Virginia Tech students had worried that after submitting their papers online to a database open to the public, their works would be considered "published" by scholarly journals, which would then refuse to print them. Since then, the school has given students the option of submitting them to a database accessible only by students, professors and staff members. West Virginia U. says it is considering setting up a similar system. (Chronicle of Higher Education 2 Oct 98) MARKETERS TAKE AIM AT SPAM Marketing experts meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland say they want industrial nations to adopt a global system to fight junk e-mail. "We are trying to lay the foundations to develop an e-mail preference service globally, for consumers to opt out of receiving unwanted e-mail solicitations," says Colin Lloyd, CEO of Britain's Direct Marketing Association. "We don't want to ban it because we think that would be closing the door to what could be a very exciting marketing opportunity in the future." The system would work in a similar fashion to the lists that consumers can pay to have their names added to, requesting that no direct mail be sent to their address. Lloyd says spam has reached epidemic proportions in the U.S.: "It's the cancer of electronic commerce. You either kill it or cure it." (Reuters 2 Oct 98) STEMMING THE FLOW IN LEAKY ELECTRONICS Chipmaker Power Integrations Inc. has developed a new chip it says can cut up to 90% of the electrical power that is drained by appliances such as TVs and battery chargers that use electricity even when turned off. The TinySwitch can sense when the AC adapters used to recharge cordless appliances are inactive, and shuts them down. Calculating that the average home contains five to 10 such appliances, the company predicts annual savings that could exceed $1 billion. Nokia Corp. plans to use the chips in future AC adapters for phones and other products. The switch could also be used to cut the power drain from PCs and cable set-top boxes by 30%. (Business Week 5 Oct. 98) INTERNET SALES TAX BILL DEFEATED IN SENATE Although the issue will certainly rise again, the U.S. Senate has for the time being rejected, 65-30, an attempt to allow any state set a requirement for companies with significant Internet, catalog, or mail order sales to collect their sales tax and send it back to the state. Opponents such as Commerce Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) said the measure was a hidden tax increase: "Since this tax has never been collected, there's only one way to view it." (USA Today 2 Oct 98) FEMINIST GROUP SUPPORTS LIBRARY SOFTWARE FILTERING In a case testing the use of software filters to block pornography in public libraries, the Dulles, Va., chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) has filed a friend-of-the-court brief to support the idea of filtering. The NOW brief says that "explicitly or constructively forcing librarians to deal with displays of pornography could result in the development of a hostile or abusive workplace." Opponents of filtering include the American Civil Liberties Union, which says that libraries have always had adequate policies for addressing misbehavior by patrons, and that the use of filtering to censor cyberspace is not the way to protect librarians. (New York Times Cybertimes 2 Oct 98) BLANK SPACES IN MICROSOFT ANTITRUST CASE Under a judge's protective order, hundreds of pages in public legal filings in the government's antitrust case against Microsoft are riddled with blank spaces to block out material considered confidential by Microsoft or its competitors. Washington lawyer Bruce D. Brown says this level of secrecy makes it difficult for reporters and the public to see what's going on: "It brings home ... how easy it is to shield documents from public view." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 3 Oct 98) CONGRESS LIKELY TO PASS TECH BILLS Pending legislation on Internet copyright law, taxes and employment is likely to be passed before Congress adjourns for the November elections, says the director of technology policy at the National Association of Manufacturers. "More legislation is passed in even years with elections. There is also now some increased understanding by Congress of the importance of a networked kind of economy. Likewise there's an increased awareness by high-tech companies they must get involved with Washington." The Senate and House both passed the Year 2000 Information and Readiness Disclosure Act last week, and the Senate also voted to move the Internet Tax Freedom Act forward with limited debate. Attached to that bill may be other legislation that allows digital signatures to replace ink-on-paper in some cases.Meanwhile, a compromise bill allowing more foreign high-tech workers on H1-B visas passed the House last week. (TechWeb 4 Oct 98) BANKING NETWORK WILL TRIM CHECK-HANDLING COSTS A newly formed banking consortium is setting up an electronic network that will enable banks to exchange check data, saving its 12 members as much as $900 million in check processing costs over the first five years. The new system will mean that checks will still be processed manually, but only once -- then that data will be available electronically to other banks participating in the system. Members of the consortium are BankAmerica, Bankers Trust, Bank of New York, Chase Manhattan Bank, Citibank, European American Bank, First Chicago, First Union National Bank, Fleet Bank, Marine Midland Bank, Norwest Bank and Republic National Bank of New York. (Los Angeles Times 5 Oct 98) IBM WINS MINITEL DEAL In a deal with France Telecom, IBM will develop software and services to bring Web access to France's 35 million Minitel subscribers. The move is a major part of France's efforts to jump-start its population to become more active on the Internet. Currently, only about 3% of the French population uses the Internet, compared with 20% in the U.S., and 9% in the U.K. and Germany. In addition to upgrading the aging Minitel, both France Telecom and IBM will jointly market the new Java-based system to national telecommunications providers in other countries. (Wall Street Journal 6 Oct 98) MICRO-LATTICE SPARKS OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories have developed a micro-lattice of woven silicon slivers that can bend light in the infrared range, permitting improved transmission of light-based data, such as images. The device is considered a key component needed in the development of an optical -- or photon-based -- computer that would be capable of running faster and cooler than today's electron-based ones. (Investor's Business Daily 5 Oct 98) GETTING THE WORD TO THE WORLD WIDE WEB Motorola, SAP, Visa, Broadvision, and the Nuance Communications unit of SRI International have formed an alliance to extend the Voice Markup Language (VoxML) speech recognition standard to various commercial applications. Called V-Commerce, the new standard will allow people to use voice commands to interact with the World Wide Web or corporate Intranets via phone, pager, or personal computer. Nuance chief executive Ron Croen says, "So far, electronic commerce has been constrained by the PC. We're intent on making the audience larger by an order of magnitude." Visa has created some prototype applications for financial services, including credit card activation, lost and stolen card replacement, travel planning, voice banking, and bill payment. (New York Times 6 Oct 98) JUSTICE DEPARTMENT WANTS MORE DATA FROM MICROSOFT Saying Microsoft has turned over data from only two of a much larger group of databases, the U.S. Justice Department is asking the federal judge presiding over its antitrust case against that company to open up databases containing information on its operating systems, royalties, sales forecasts and actual revenues. Microsoft says it has already complied with the government's requests: "We provided the government with all the data they requested and we even offered to run any data query the government wanted, recognizing how complex these databases are. The government refused our offers to assist them. We provided all of the data they requested and now they're coming back and saying they can't read it and saying that's Microsoft's fault." (San Jose Mercury News/Reuters 5 Oct 98) FTC WANTS INFO ON CISCO MEETINGS WITH TWO COMPETITORS Antitrust regulators in the Federal Trade Commission are looking into meetings Cisco Systems executives had with executives of rival companies Lucent Technologies and Nortel Networks, to determine whether Cisco illegally tried to divide up the market for communications hardware systems. Cisco promises to "cooperate fully," and says it views the inquiry as a "preliminary and routine matter." (USA Today 5 Oct 98) BANDWIDTH BOOM Industry analysts see a communications bandwidth boom on the horizon, with AT&T, WorldCom and Mindspring making major enhancements to their networks and with four other companies (Qwest, Level 3, ITXC, and Williams Communications) building "the equivalent of 80 AT&Ts" (according to North River Ventures). Whereas in 1985 it took six fibers in a fiber-optic line to broadcast a football game, one fiber today could handle such 700 such broadcasts. Experts say that these developments could drive the cost of a long-distance phone call to 1 cent a minute within a year, and should soon thereafter make possible full-fledged TV over the Internet. (USA Today 8 Oct 98) CONGRESS MAKES ANOTHER TRY TO CONTAIN NET PORNOGRAPHY To limit online pornography and protect children navigating the Internet, the House of Representatives has voted to require companies with Web sites offering "obscene or indecent material" to demand that their customers give a credit card number, adult access code, or "any other reasonable measure" to prove they are at least 16 years of age. Some comments made during the Congressional debate: Michael Oxeye (R-Ohio): "Unfortunately, the Web is awash in degrading smut." Barney Frank (D-Mass.): "This will further erode the notion of freedom of speech." John Micatin (R-Ariz.): "There may be some questions about the bill's constitutionality. Fine, we'll let the courts decide that." (AP 8 Oct 98) AD BLITZ PROMOTES PRIVACY ON THE NET In an upcoming advertising blitz organized by the nonprofit organization Trustee, along with AOL, Yahoo, and other firms, the Internet industry will be attempting to demonstrate that it can effectively protect individual privacy rights online without new federal regulation or laws. However, there are some privacy advocates who are unenthusiastic about the blitz, because they believe that the government has a role to play in protecting individual privacy online. (Washington Post 7 Oct 98) BERTELSMANN INVESTS IN BARNESANDNOBLE.COM German media giant Bertelsmann AG is buying a 50% stake in bookseller Barnes & Noble's online business, barnesandnoble.com. Following the announcement, Barnes & Noble said it would temporarily postpone its planned initial public offering of its online unit. "It does provide a deep-pocket investor at a time when the notion of going public is a little bit more uncertain in these markets," says an analyst with J.P. Morgan Securities, who adds that Bertelsmann has "everything except a brand name and Barnes & Noble is probably the biggest brand name in books. The combination is going to be terrific." Bertelsmann owns BMG Entertainment, which includes Arista Records and RCA Records, as well as Bantam Doubleday Dell and Random House. The deal is expected to help barnesandnoble.com obtain exclusive book deals, as well as expand into music and video sales. (Los Angeles Times 7 Oct 98) CDNOW, N2K TO MERGE Online music retailers CDnow and N2K are engineering a merger that will consolidate operations under the CDnow moniker, considered to be the more recognizable of the two names. The two companies were pioneers in the online music business, a field that is projected to grow to $1.8 billion in annual sales by 2001, up from $71 million today. N2K specializes in music genres such as classical, jazz and country, whereas CDnow has built its reputation on its MTV relationship and expertise in pop and rock. "It makes sense to basically come up with one million customers overnight," says one new media analyst. If they continue to just compete against one another, he adds, "the big threat out there is, does Amazon.com eat their lunch?" (Wall Street Journal 7 Oct 98) LONG DISTANCE INTERNET CONNECTIONS MAY COST MORE MCI WorldCom Vice Chairman John Sidgmore told attendees at a conference in England Wednesday that customers expecting to pay low prices for high-speed, long-distance Internet connections may be disappointed. "The idea of a 2-Mbps access for 25 pounds [$42.50] per month -- we can probably do that for access to local content. But the problem is long distance. We're not going to provide a full 2-Mbps pipe between Frankfurt and Denver for 25 pounds per month." The problem is significant for Internet users outside the U.S., because most of the Internet's content currently is housed on U.S. servers. To lower prices for that access, Sidgmore suggested that more companies use caching and mirror technology to offer U.S. content on local sites. In addition, he predicted that content "growth in Europe will outpace U.S. over the next few years." (TechWeb 8 Oct 98) COMPUTERS INSTEAD OF CASH ON CAL. STATE CAMPUS California State University at San Marcos is offering needy students computers rather than tuition money as part of a new scholarship program. The students receive a laptop, a set of software and technical training. If they graduate, they get to keep the computer. "We're a very high-tech university with a lot of low-income students," says the school's financial-aid director. "We have been wrestling with a problem of the 'have/have-not.'" The university requires all students to demonstrate computer literacy during their first year. (Chronicle of Higher Education 9 Oct 98) CABLE-READY COMPUTERS FROM DELL Dell Computer is outfitting some of its Dimension PCs with cable modems, in an alliance with @Home Corp., which offers its customers speedy Internet access via cable. @Home currently has 147,000 subscribers in select areas of the country, and plans to become more widely available next year. (Bloomberg News 8 Oct 98) ANDY GROVE ON THE FUTURE, THE INTERNET, AND THE iMAC Intel chairman Andy Grove thinks that the extremely rapid growth of the Internet is leading the industry into "the Valley of Death" -- a destructive period in which "the technology will change and the devices will change." He says computers are essentially designed as standalone general-purpose devices to which networking has been added as an afterthought, whereas future computers will have to be designed as networking machines that also do computing. What would they be like? "The iMac embodies a lot of the things I'm talking about. Sometimes what Apple does has an electrifying effect on the rest of us." (Time 5 Oct 98) [image83.gif (18866 bytes)] by Frank Sereno firstname.lastname@example.org The Kids Computing Corner Computer news and software reviews from a parents point of view In deference to the late Gene Autry, "Im back in the saddle again." Ive been on a long hiatus, but Im ready to get back on track. The birth of our youngest child really made some big lifestyle changes. Despite having two older boys, we werent fully prepared for Nathans arrival last December. The entire family has settled into a new routine and I should be a regular contributor to STReport once again. Please feel free to send any questions, comments or suggestions to email@example.com. It is an honor and a priviledge to be writing this column again. Im hoping to have a software review of Knowledge Adventures Print Artist Craft Factory ready for next week. As a preview, Craft Factory is a fun and easy program that will have your children creating crafts, cards, stickers and more in less time than it will take to read this column. With cooler weather and the holidays ahead of us, children will have more time and plenty of inspiration to create party decorations, invitations and gifts. In the News Dr. Brain on the WEB If you are looking for a fun and educational web site for your child, be sure to check out the newest offering from Knowledge Adventure. Its the Dr. Brain Thinking Games web site at http://www.drbrain.com. With cool games and neat extras, it also features a boffo contest. Children who are victorious in an online game can then enter the "Win the Ultimate Game Room" contest. The grand prize features a state of the art computer, hardware accessories and a terrific software bundle. The value of this package is $6500. Additionally, twelve first prize and 120 second prize winners will receive Knowledge Adventure software titles. The contest will end on December 6, 1998. If you remember Dr. Brain from his days with Sierra, he was an eccentric, older gentleman with white hair. The new Dr. Brain is a hip, young dude with a shock of red hair. The new Doctor is the star of two new CD-ROMs from Knowledge Adventure. The first is Dr. Brain Thinking Games: IQ Adventure and the second is Dr. Brain Thinking Games: Puzzle Madness. Both games are aimed at children ages nine and up, although Im sure many parents will enjoy the challenging puzzles, 3D graphics and compelling storylines. The titles will retail for about $30 and be available at many computer retailers and discounters. Travel the World with Timmy Edmark recently released its newest early learning product. Travel the World with Timmy takes children ages four to seven on journeys to three distinct countries. Children have the opportunity to learn about the customs, languages and cultures in order to understand the worlds diversity. Timmy, a friendly alligator, travels by hot-air balloon to Argentina, Japan and Kenya. Children can engage in many activities including singalongs of native songs and playing problem-solving games. Other activities are writing stories and making crafts. The program features colorful graphics and an easy-to-use interface. Edmark promises that Travel the World with Timmy will build valuable learning and social skills. The program is available for both Windows and Macintosh with a price of $29.95. High School Success Knowledge Adventure and Kaplan Educational Centers have combined talents to create a comprehensive program to increase students skills and knowledge, High School Success. Designed for youngsters ages twelve and older, it features four CD-ROMs filled with diagnostic tests and interactive lessons on grammar, vocabulary, math and reading comprehension. It also includes desktop publishing, paint and video capabilities for creating presentations or reports. Students will first take assessment tests to determine their skill levels. High School Success will then generate individual lesson plans to improve the students weaknesses. The program tracks each students progress. Once a student has completed his personalized lesson plan, he can take the assessment test again to determine his progress. High School Success is available for the Macintosh and Windows computers with a suggested retail price of $40. Kids! Spanish Ships from Syracuse Language Kids! Spanish promises to be fun and easy to teach youngsters a second language. Designed for children ages six to ten, it requires no keyboarding or reading skills. Children can learn over four hundred Spanish words and phrases in thirty-seven colorful activities. Skills learned include speaking, listening comprehension, pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar. The program features a record/playback feature to compare their pronunciation to that of native speakers. Experts agree that an early introduction to additional languages makes for better pronunciation skills, increased fluency and better retention. If you want to learn more about Kids! Spanish, more information is available on the Web at http://www.languageconnect.com or you can call 1-800-797-5264. The program is available for Windows on CD-ROM at around $30. Apple Giving Away iMacs and Software Each day during October, Apple Computer will be giving away a new iMac computer to celebrate Computer Learning Month. Teachers, school board members and PTO/PTA members can register on Apples website at http://www.apple.com/education/. So, if your school could use new computer equipment or software, be sure to register as soon as possible. Britannica Online Features Dinosaurs Starting this week, Britannica Online is highlighting an incredible dinosaur exhibit at http://www.dinosaurs.eb.com. With stunning animations, detailed drawings, expert photography and interactive content, the site gives new details on the lives of dinosaurs and how the experts perceptions have changed over the years. If your child has an interest in dinosaurs, this will be a favorite website. Take Your Children on the Internet Week Women in Technology International (WITI) will participate in Take Your Children on the Internet Week (October 26 through November 1) by hosting a series of educational activities from the organizations website at http://www.witi.org Children and parents will be able to participate in a World Wide Web scavanger hunt, building home pages, participate in an interactive story and to write a scary story. Prizes will be given to some participants. Among the sponsors last year were Apple Computer, AT&T, Broderbund, Disney, The Family Channel, Intel, Microsoft and many more. This years sponsors include IBM, Microsoft and New Horizons Computer Learning Center. To participate in this years activities, simply go to the WITI website anytime between October 26 and November 1, 1998. Edmark Announces Lets Go Read! 2: An Ocean Adventure With cuddly and colorful characters, Edmark teaches five to seven year-olds how to read in Lets Go Read! 2: An Ocean Adventure, a CD-ROM for Windows and Macintosh computers. Robby the Raccoon and Emily the Squirrel will host children through a series of activities will teach your child with phonics, pictures and spoken words. In addition, the program features IBM. Speech Recognition. With this technology, the computer can actually monitor your childs words and then respond. The adventure begins when Paige the Bookworm and the Bookmobile are somehow lost at sea. Your child must rescue Paige and the Bookmobile by participating in a series of underwater adventures. Along the way, they will meet new friends such as Manray the Manta Ray, Marvin the Whale and Ernie the Eel. Lets Go Read! 2 features eleven learning locations and nine interactive electronic stories. Lets Go Read! 2: An Ocean Adventure will be available later this month with a suggested retail price of $39.95. It will be widely available at computer stores or it can be ordered online at Edmarks website at http://www.edmark.com. A teachers version with supplemental materials will also be available. More information can be obtained at the website or by calling Customer Service at (800) 691-2985. NEW! [BITSBYTES.GIF (64527 bytes)] by R. F. Mariano The boat..... is in the water. [bnb38.GIF (65062 bytes)] Here she is getting readied for some trial runs.... [bnb39.GIF (55398 bytes)] All set now, fuel tanks topped off, and away we are about to go. [bnb40.GIF (75648 bytes)] Here's the Bits & Bytes under way.. at approx 35mph We are so close to getting the aciton on its got all of us antsy. The boat is doing so well. I really have to thank the able hands at Pablo Creek Marina. In particular, Matt Smith and Mike Adams for their expert advice and workmanship. They're among the very best in my book. MORE.... about DGPS The global positioning system is a satellite-based navigation system consisting of a network of 24 orbiting satellites, eleven thousand nautical miles in space, in six different orbital paths. The satellites are constantly moving, making two complete orbits around the Earth in just under 24 hours. If you do the math, that's about 1.8 miles per second. Now that's really moving! The GPS satellites are referred to as NAVSTAR satellites. Of course, no GPS introduction would be complete without learning the really neat stuff about the satellites too! The first GPS satellite was launched way back in February, 1978. Each satellite weighs approximately 2,000 pounds and is about 17 feet across with the solar panels extended. Transmitter power is only 50 watts, or less! Each satellite transmits on three frequencies. Civilian GPS uses the 'L1' frequency of 1575.42 MHz. Each satellite is expected to last approximately 10 years. Replacements are constantly being built and launched into orbit. The GPS program is currently funded with replacements through 2006. The orbital paths of these satellites take them between roughly 60 degrees North and 60 degrees South latitudes. What this means is you can receive satellite signals anywhere in the world, at any time. As you move closer to the poles (on your next North Pole expedition!), you will still pick up the GPS satellites. They just won't be directly overhead anymore. This may affect the satellite geometry and accuracy--but only slightly. One of the biggest benefits over previous land-based navigation systems is GPS works in all weather conditions. No matter what your application is--when you need it the most, when you're most likely to get lost--your GPS receiver will keep right on working, showing right where you are! So what information does a GPS satellite transmit? The GPS signal contains a 'pseudo-random code', ephemeris (pronounced: ee-fem-er-is) and almanac data. The pseudo-random code identifies which satellite is transmitting--in other words, an I.D. code. We refer to satellites by their PRN (pseudo-random number), from 1 through 32, and this is the number displayed on a GPS receiver to indicate which satellite(s) we are receiving. So why there are more than 24 PRN numbers? This simplifies maintenance of the GPS network. A replacement satellite can be launched, turned on, and used before the satellite it was intended to replace actually fails! They simply use a different number (again from 1 through 32) to identify the new satellite. Ephemeris data is constantly transmitted by each satellite and contains important information such as status of the satellite (healthy or unhealthy), current date, and time. Without this part of the message, your GPS receiver would have no idea what the current time and date are. This part of the signal is essential to determining a position, as we'll see in a moment. The almanac data tells the GPS receiver where each GPS satellite should be at any time throughout the day. Each satellite transmits almanac data showing the orbital information for that satellite AND for every other satellite in the system. By now the overall picture of how GPS works should be getting much clearer. (Clear as mud, right?) Each satellite transmits a message which essentially says, "I'm satellite #X, my position is currently Y, and this message was sent at time Z." Of course, this is a gross oversimplification, but you get the idea. Your GPS receiver reads the message and saves the ephemeris and almanac data for continual use. This information can also be used to set (or correct) the clock within the GPS receiver. Now, to determine your position the GPS receiver compares the time a signal was transmitted by a satellite with the time it was received by the GPS receiver. The time difference tells the GPS receiver how far away that particular satellite is. If we add distance measurements from a few more satellites, we can triangulate our position. This is exactly what a GPS receiver does. With a minimum of three or more satellites, your GPS receiver can determine a latitude/longitude position--what's called a 2D position fix. With four or more satellites, a GPS receiver can determine a 3D position which includes latitude, longitude, and altitude. By continuously updating your position, a GPS receiver can also accurately provide speed and direction of travel (referred to as 'ground speed' and 'ground track'). First the good news; now the bad news! What makes a GPS receiver perform below its best capability or accuracy? There are several items which add error to your GPS position, preventing you from achieving the best possible accuracy. The first of these items, and the largest source of position error, is Selective Availability (or SA). SA is an intentionally-imposed degradation in the accuracy of civilian GPS by the U.S. Department of Defense. Under SA, GPS accuracy can be degraded to a maximum of 100 meters (328 feet). Of course, they don't typically degrade GPS accuracy to that level, but errors of 30 meters or more are not unusual. Why does SA exist? GPS was originally designed and built for military applications. As the system evolved, many folks realized that it has numerous civilian applications as well. By presidential proclamation, Ronald Reagan declared in the early 1980s that GPS would be made available to everyone--with the exception that the best accuracy would still be reserved for the military. Since that time, satellites capable of being degraded with SA have been launched regularly. Today, all GPS satellites are capable of and subject to SA degradation. The rationale behind SA is to deny hostile military or terrorist organizations the maximum accuracy benefits of GPS. Another factor affecting GPS accuracy is satellite geometry. In simple terms, satellite geometry refers to where the satellites are located relative to each other (from the perspective of the GPS receiver). If a GPS receiver is locked onto four satellites and all four of these satellites are in the sky to the north and west of the receiver, satellite geometry is rather poor. In fact, the GPS receiver may be unable to provide a position reading! Why? Because all the distance measurements are from the same general direction. This means triangulation is poor and the common area where these distance measurements intersect is fairly large (i.e., the area where the GPS receiver thinks our position is covers a large space, so pinpoint positioning is not possible). In this scenario, even if the GPS receiver does report a position, accuracy will not be very good (maybe off as much as 300-500 feet). With those same four satellites, if we spread them out in all directions, our position accuracy improves dramatically. Suppose these four satellites are separated equally at approximately 90 degree intervals (north, east, south, west). Now satellite geometry is very good since distance measurements are from all directions. The common area where all four distance measurements intersect is much smaller, meaning we're much more certain where our exact position is. In this scenario, even with SA, our accuracy may be within 100 feet, or better. Satellite geometry also becomes an issue when using a GPS receiver in a vehicle, near tall buildings, or in mountainous or canyon areas. When the GPS signals are blocked from several satellites, the relative position of the remaining satellites will determine how accurate the GPS position will be (and the number of remaining satellites will determine if a position can even be determined). As more and more of the sky is obstructed by buildings or terrain, it becomes increasingly difficult to determine a position. A quality GPS receiver indicates not only which satellites are available for use, but where they are in the sky (azimuth and elevation) so you may determine if the signal of a given satellite is being obstructed. Another source of error is multipath. Simply put, multipath is the result of a radio signal being reflected off an object. Multipath is what causes 'ghost' images on a television set. We don't see this on a television much nowadays since it's most likely to occur with those old style 'rabbit ears' antennas, not on cable. With GPS, multipath occurs when the signal bounces off a building or terrain before reaching the GPS receiver's antenna. The signal takes longer to reach the receiver than if it travelled a direct path. This added time makes the GPS receiver think the satellite is farther away than it really is, which adds error to the overall position determination. When they occur, multipath errors typically add well under 15 feet of error to your overall position. Are there any other sources of error? Sure. Propagation delay due to atmospheric effects can affect accuracy. So can internal clock errors. In both cases, the GPS receiver is designed to compensate for these effects and will do so quite efficiently. But, very small errors due to these items can still occur. If you're wondering, propagation delay is the 'slowing down' of the GPS signal as it passes through Earth's ionosphere and troposphere. In space, radio signals travel at the speed of light, but they are significantly slower once they enter our atmosphere. How accurate is GPS, really? A typical civilian GPS receiver provides 60 to 225 feet accuracy, depending on current status of selective availability, number of satellites available, and the geometry of those satellites. More sophisticated and expensive GPS receivers, costing several thousand dollars or more, can provide accuracies within a centimeter by using more than one GPS frequency. However, a typical civilian GPS receiver's accuracy can be improved to fifteen feet or better (in some cases under three feet!) through a process known as Differential GPS (DGPS). DGPS employs a second receiver to compute corrections to the GPS satellite measurements. How are these corrections provided to your GPS receiver? There are a number of free and subscription services available to provide DGPS corrections. The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (and many foreign government departments as well) transmit DGPS corrections through marine beacon stations. These beacons operate in the 283.5 - 325.0 kHz frequency range and are free of charge. Your only cost to use this service is the purchase of a DGPS Beacon Receiver. This receiver is then coupled to your GPS receiver via a three-wire connection, which relays the corrections in a standard serial data format called 'RTCM SC-104.' Subscription DGPS services are available on FM radio station frequencies or via satellite. Of course, in either case you need a separate receiver to pick up these transmissions and then send them to your GPS receiver. In some cases, the prices vary according to the level of accuracy desired. So what's the best GPS receiver for me? Now, that's the ultimate question, isn't it? And certainly the hardest one to answer. A number of issues come into play here: What is the intended application? The most important issue is finding a GPS suitable for your application. If your particular need is for an panel-mounted GPS in your airplane, a handheld designed for the recreational boater is obviously of little value! You can quickly narrow your choices down by identifying which models are available for your application. In some cases, you may still have alot of choices from which to choose. For example, if your intended use is hiking or hunting, a GPS for outdoor recreation is suitable--but so is a handheld GPS designed for boating or flying. In this case you may have to examine specific features more closely. Unless you plan on flying too, all the extra information of airports contained in the aviation handheld GPS probably isn't worth the extra price. A marine GPS which uses cartridges to show navigation markers and depth contours won't help out much on the trail either (unless you also want to use the GPS on your yacht!). What is the price range? Once you've narrowed the field, you'll most likely still have several models over a range of prices from which to choose. Examine each model closely. What do the higher-priced models have that the lower-priced models do not? Do you need the extra features or accessories that come with the higher-priced model or is the lower-priced model sufficient to do the job? Which model do you like the best? Choosing the right GPS receiver for you is two parts rational planning and one part simple preference. If rational planning still leaves you with two or three models to choose from, find a dealer for these models and try operating each one. Sometimes the differences in operation are dramatic. 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Your company's color ad, banner or teaser as described/submitted by you or designed by us, will appear in either STReport International Magazine or on our Website (your choice). STReport is published and released weekly on Fridays Evenings. (except for July and August when it is released once a month) Trade-outs and Special Arrangements are available. MAIL us at: STR Publishing, Inc. PO Box 58094 Jacksonville, Florida 32241-8094 Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or, for quick action call us at: VOICE: 904-292-9222 10am/5pm edt * FAX: 904-268-2237 24hrs The Linux Advocate October 9th, 1998 by Scott Dowdle email@example.com ICQ UIN: 15509440 LOGIN: Hello folks. I really would like to stick with writing original content. You know, software spotlights and things like that but it seems that I've been so busy lately, I'm just barely able to keep up with all of the Linux news. Since Linux appears to have become the darling of the computer industry press these days, there are literally dozens of mainstream articles a week. I figured that if I don't make some attempt to do a weekly column, I'm going to fall behind way fast. Until I can find someone to help me with this column (and I have a person in mind), the quality is just going to have to suffer... not that it could get any worse, right? :) NEWS: (in no certain order) Item #1: Mac, Windows and Now Linux - Katie Hafner writes a piece for the New Your Times. If you don't know who Katie is, just go to the library and do a title search on that name. She co-wrote two of my favorite books (Where Wizards Stay Up Late and Cyberpunks). This was published on Oct. 8th and I haven't even read it yet but I know it has to be good because when Katie writes, she usually does a lot of background work and knows all about it... unlike some industry speculators. Check it out at the following URL: http://www.nytimes.com/library/tech/98/10/circuits/articles/08linu.html Item #2: The man behind Linux - Linus speaks again, this time to the Dallas Morning News newspaper. You can find it at the following URL: http://www.dallasnews.com/technology-nf/techbiz205.htm Item #3: Gates pushes hometown to Linux - Here's a piece from the Computer News Wire from New Zealand that tells the story of the small city that is dealing with all of the building permits on Mr. Gates' house. The simply couldn't store all of those documents any more and needed a digital document storage system. Guess what operating system it uses? Well, the title tells it all. My favorite quote from the article follows along with the URL. "When I asked the guys at town hall if they minded that the idle screen would display a big Caldera logo, they told me I could point it toward the window so everybody walking by could see it," Jones says. http://www.idg.co.nz/nzweb/b252.html Item #4: Compaq Embraces Linux Groundswell - "Linux is a hot commodity among ISPs. I think we'll be doing something in this space in the near future," says Compaq ISP marketing manager Jeff Edwards, who was quick to point out that Linux developer Red Hat Software Inc. was showcased in its booth at last week's ISPCon show. http://www.zdnet.com/sr/stories/news/0,4538,2144990,00.html Item #5: The Linux Alternative Gets Serious - The article presented at the following URL has my favorite quote of the week,"I predict that Linux will kick major butt." Check it out: http://www.techweb.com/se/directlink.cgi?IWK19981005S0041 Item #6: An abundance of Linux online magazines - 32 Bits Online has decided to become a Linux centric publication. Read their announcement at the following URL: http://www.32bitsonline.com/cgi-bin/miva?htmlscript/miva/articles/article.mv+Issues/oct98/editorial1005+1 Item #7: The Linux story promises entertainment - Eric Lundquist of PC Week Online wrote an article that isn't too bad. Check it out at the following URL: http://www.zdnet.com/pcweek/stories/columns/0,4351,357354,00.html Item #8: Linux outselling Windows 98 with some vendors - C|Net's Shopper.com maintains a list of the top 1000 software titles they sale. According to their list, the Simon and Schuster package of Red Hat Linux 5.1 is at #14 on the charts while the Microsoft Windows 98 Upgrade is #25. I'm sure there are other examples with contradictory results. http://www.shopper.com/top1000/0.html Item #9: Server Makers Cast An Eye Toward Linux - Red Hat's Young expects six of the top 10 PC server makers to offer Linux on their machines by next March. http://www.zdnet.com/pcweek/stories/news/0,4153,357428,00.html LOGOUT: Enjoy the news. I hope to write an editorial piece for next week if I can find the time... and in the not too distant future, a spotlight on SuSE Linux 5.3. As always, feedback is welcome and enjoy! Scott Dowdle On the Hill [06puppets.gif (15147 bytes)] T H E F i x e r ILLUSTRATION BY ZACH TRENHOLM ctsy Salon How Kenneth Starr's law partner covertly worked for six years to trap President Clinton in a sex scandal. BY MURRAY WAAS WASHINGTON -- Richard Porter, a law partner in Whitewater independent counsel Kenneth Starr's private practice, provided advice and shared information with a covert investigation of President Clinton's sex life conducted between 1992 and 1994. In addition, Porter has been involved in a wide variety of efforts to damage the Clinton presidency, including "opposition research" for the Bush campaign in 1992, the "Troopergate" scandal, the Paula Jones case and the Linda Tripp tapes getting into the hands of Starr's staff last winter. These revelations raise new questions about whether Starr's inquiry has actually been independent from parallel efforts by conservative partisans to discredit the president. Porter, a partner of Starr's at the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis and a former senior aide to President George Bush, worked in the spring of 1994 to find competent legal counsel to represent Jones in her sexual harassment lawsuit against Clinton, according to two attorneys who worked on the case. In addition, as the New York Times has reported, Porter is one of three conservative attorneys who secretly assisted Tripp in obtaining legal counsel, and in bringing her tapes and other information about Monica Lewinsky to the attention of the independent counsel's office. The information about Porter's role in the earlier investigation of the president's sexual conduct and in assisting Jones in finding legal counsel has not been previously reported. The private investigation of Clinton's sexual conduct was initiated during the 1992 presidential campaign and privately financed by Peter W. Smith, a Chicago businessman and conservative activist and a major fund-raiser for House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Porter's role in these various endeavors has been a particularly sensitive and contentious issue both for Starr and for Porter's employer, Kirkland & Ellis. During his tenure as Whitewater independent counsel, Starr has been under constant attack from partisans of the president, who have criticized Starr because he has been a part-time prosecutor and some of his law firm's clients have been adversaries of the president. Earlier this year, the law firm began an internal investigation into whether Porter had worked on the Jones sexual harassment case without the approval of the firm's other partners. To date, the firm has declined to comment about that inquiry. At the time that Porter first began assisting Smith, he was directing an "opposition research" effort against Clinton for the Bush reelection campaign. Sources say that Porter continued to advise Smith regarding the private investigation of Clinton after Porter became a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, practicing from its Chicago office. Through his attorney, E. Mark Braden, Smith declined to comment. Porter did not return phone calls seeking his comment. Smith spent at least $80,000 from September 1992 to March 1994 to fund a private investigation of the president's sexual conduct. Much of that money was ultimately spent to publicize the allegations of four Arkansas state troopers, who had served on the personal security detail of Clinton when he was governor, that Clinton carried on numerous extramarital affairs with their assistance. Indeed, it was Smith who first introduced the troopers to reporter David Brock, who published the first story about their allegations in the American Spectator in January 1994. Smith also paid some of Brock's expenses for researching the article, according to Brock. Smith was assisted in his efforts to promote the so-called Troopergate story by a Republican consultant, Eddie Mahe, a longtime friend and advisor to Gingrich. In an interview with Salon in April, Mahe said that Smith had paid him $25,000 in consulting fees over a two-year period for providing advice about how best to publicize the troopers' allegations: "I evaluated what they came up with to see if there was any way that the establishment press might be attracted to the story," Mahe said. In March 1994, Smith also made $21,000 in payments to two of the troopers and one of their attorneys. Roger Perry, one of the troopers, said that he had requested the money from Smith after he lost a part-time job as a result of having spoken to the press about Clinton's indiscretions. Two people involved in Smith's investigative effort of the president said that Porter provided advice about how Smith might financially assist the troopers if they were fired from their state jobs for speaking out about what they knew about Clinton. The American Spectator article by Brock indirectly led to the Jones lawsuit. The Spectator first described an encounter between Clinton and a woman identified only as "Paula" at the Excelsior Hotel in Little Rock, Ark., in May 1991. Angered over the article, Jones sued the president and one of the troopers. Two lawyers who have played a role in the Jones lawsuit have told Salon that in the spring of 1994, Porter was one of numerous attorneys who worked behind the scenes to help Jones obtain legal counsel to sue the president. Porter's assistance came at a crucial juncture for Jones' legal battle against the president. The statute of limitations was quickly approaching, and Jones did not have adequate legal counsel to pursue her claim. During the Jones case, attorneys for Clinton subpoenaed Kirkland & Ellis in an attempt to find out more about Porter's possible role in the case. Kirkland & Ellis fought to quash the subpoena, according to attorneys involved in the Jones case. But the question became moot last March when a federal judge dismissed the case. And on Sunday, the New York Times alleged that Porter was one of three conservative attorneys who assisted Linda Tripp in finding legal counsel, and also in bringing her tapes of her conversations with Monica Lewinsky to the attention of Starr. The Times alleged that one of the attorneys, Jerome Marcus, provided the first tip to Starr's office about the president's relationship with Lewinsky. According to the Times account, Marcus contacted Starr's office about the Lewinsky allegations at least a week before Tripp contacted prosecutors. Yet, in his impeachment referral to Congress, Starr asserted that it was Tripp who first contacted his office about Lewinsky. Tripp ally Lucianne Goldberg told the Times that Marcus was used as a "cutout" to obscure Porter's role in helping Tripp, because of Porter's close ties to Starr. Charles G. Bakaly III, a spokesman for the Office of the Independent Counsel, said in a statement that although his office received a "heads-up call that some information may be coming or may be out there," the information provided at that time was at best "vague" and "sketchy." Therefore, he asserted, it was too insignificant to have mentioned in the impeachment report to Congress. In private comments, Starr had much harsher things to say about the Times account: "Did Sidney Blumenthal get a job at the Times?" Starr commented, according to two people who heard the comments. Blumenthal is an advisor to the president who has spearheaded a public relations effort to discredit Starr and his investigation. [05starr.jpg (9365 bytes)] Mistakes Were Made A close reading of the Starr Report shows that the independent counsel cut several legal corners too many when laying his impeachment trap. BY GENE LYONS Rep. Henry Hyde assures the American people that the impeachment inquiry of President Clinton will demonstrate that "no person is above the law, nor beneath the law." In the next breath, however, Hyde insists that there will be "no investigation of the investigation" -- no inquiry, that is, into the motives and methods of independent counsel Kenneth Starr. These goals are in hopeless conflict. If Clinton can't question how Starr's evidence against him was gathered, he'll have been denied what the Constitution defines as "due process of law," his basic right as an American citizen. In an editorial, the New York Times also endorses the idea that the president has fewer rights than the rest of us. The Starr Report buried Monica Lewinsky's testimony that Clinton never asked her to lie, nor did he promise her anything to keep their affair a secret. Starr's decision to ignore these valuable bits of exculpatory evidence are dismissed as "legal klutziness," by the Times, which concludes that this "does not add up to prosecutorial misconduct. The impeachment process is not governed by the rules of criminal law." Klutziness implies clumsiness. Are we to believe Starr left out Monica's direct denial of the central premise of his investigation by some sort of clumsy accident? In probing Clinton's sex life, the Times says, Starr was merely following orders, "as an officer of the court, operating under Justice Department aegis and the supervision of three federal judges." But what if Starr obtained his authority to investigate the Lewinsky matter by illegitimate means? What if corners were cut, falsehoods disseminated and laws broken in a manner decidedly more sinister than klutzy? Would that matter? Because the evidence of all of this is there, much of it in the Starr Report itself, although it does require very careful reading to dig it out. According to what has been presented to the public, Starr offered four main pieces of evidence to Attorney General Janet Reno and the three-judge panel in order to get the original OK to expand his Whitewater inquiry into the sex scandal. We now know that there is something critically wrong with each one of the four pieces: 1. Starr argued that Vernon Jordan's effort to find Monica a job resembled his Whitewater "hush money" investigation of Webb Hubbell, and therefore represented a possible criminal pattern. Trouble is, Starr indicted Hubbell for tax fraud (an indictment since dismissed) precisely because he never found real evidence of "hush money." Suspicion isn't evidence. If it were, Starr's investigation would have no legal boundaries whatsoever. According to Brill's Content, the OIC may also have withheld exculpatory information from Janet Reno: Specifically, that Jordan's efforts began long before Monica was subpoenaed in the Jones case, and that Jordan was an old friend of Monica's mother's fianc, Peter Straus, and therefore may easily have had innocent reasons for helping Monica find a job. 2. Linda Tripp's tapes were recorded illegally, hence could probably not be used as evidence in an American court. Even more worrying, the Starr Report clearly states that two crucial phone conversations recorded by Tripp on Thursday, Jan. 15 -- two days after the FBI wired her lunch meeting with Monica, and one day before Starr received permission to proceed from the three-judge panel -- "were made under the supervision of the Office of the Independent Counsel." The report says the tapes, designated "Tape 22," show Monica telling Tripp that she and Clinton [would] tell the same story under oath -- a crucial bit of evidence, if true. Tripp had previously been told by her lawyer Kirby Behre that surreptitiously recording phone calls was a felony in Maryland. Granted immunity by Starr on Jan. 12, she was then advised by the OIC to do some more taping on Jan. 15. In brief, she was acting as the OIC's agent. Did Starr have authority from the judges? He did not. Does any federal prosecutor have authority to deputize a civilian to violate a state law? Again, no. This is KGB territory. So how can Starr's team have been so reckless as to print the evidence in their report? Maybe they were gambling that the report would force President Clinton to resign. Also, to put this thing together, it's necessary to read footnote 1020, then follow its cryptic reference to "T-22" into Volume II, page 262, for the date and disclaimer. (I'm indebted to Jack Gillis of the University of Southwestern Louisiana for this research.) The issue takes on added significance in view of another footnote accusing Tripp of doctoring certain tapes and dubbing others. 3. Then there are the "talking points." Long presented as the "smoking gun" that would prove White House malfeasance, this document was actually written by Lewinsky herself at Tripp's urging. According to Monica's testimony, also discreetly edited in the Starr Report, Tripp phoned her on the morning of Jan. 14. Tripp told Monica that she was meeting her attorney Kirby Behre later that day, and asked for help in composing an affidavit. The call was a setup. Unknown to Monica, Tripp had actually fired Behre on Jan. 9, and hired conservative lawyer James Moody. After sweating over a hot word processor all day, Lewinsky met Tripp after work in a Pentagon parking lot and handed her the so-called talking points. Their contents reflected Tripp's stated incredulity about Kathleen Willey's charges against Clinton. Also unknown to Monica, Tripp then took the document directly to Starr. The OIC immediately called Assistant Attorney General Eric Holder on his cell phone at a the Washington Wizards pro basketball game, setting in motion the process that gave Starr his investigative authority. In short, the talking points never were evidence of anything except Tripp's deviousness. Yet for months they were treated like the Rosetta Stone. Did Starr ask Tripp to produce better evidence? Did he ask her how she got them? He had to. If she lied, that's a crime. If she told the truth, yet Starr's team encouraged the Justice Department and Janet Reno to believe that the talking points were something they weren't, wouldn't that be prosecutorial misconduct? Given that Monica would almost certainly have asked Tripp on Jan. 15 how the meeting with Kirby Behre went, it's going to be really interesting to see which tapes Tripp edited. 4. In her Jan. 16 letter to the three-judge court, Janet Reno wrote that Monica "may have filed" a false affidavit, a statement that can mean three things to a lawyer. Either an affidavit may have been filed, may be false or both. Why such vagueness? Because Starr appears to have been making, and losing, another calculated gamble. Lewinsky's lawyer Frank Carter had sent the Jones lawyers a copy of her Jan. 7 affidavit on Monday, Jan. 12. Carter informed them that unless he heard from them by Jan. 15, he would file a motion to quash her subpoena with Judge Susan Webber Wright's court in Little Rock. On Jan. 16, he sent the Jones lawyers a copy of his motion. That same morning, in the apparent belief that Carter had filed with the Little Rock court, Starr's newly empowered agents grabbed up Lewinsky, held her for 11 hours, refused to let her phone attorney Carter, threatened her with 27 years in jail for breaking federal law and tried to get her to wear a wire (she says) into the Oval Office. But the motion hadn't been filed. An affidavit has no legal force until it's stamped by the court. Here's what the Starr Report says: "On January 16, 1998, Mr. Carter arranged for the overnight delivery of the motion to quash and the accompanying affidavit to Judge Susan Webber Wright's law clerk and Paula Jones' attorneys (1027)." Read the footnote, and there's another surprise. Starr's team may not have known it, but Little Rock courts don't accept faxed motions. The courthouse is closed weekends. Monday, Jan. 19, was a federal holiday. Thus the footnote: "Although the motion (and affidavit) reached the Judge's chambers on January 17, the file stamp date was January 20, 1998." In picking up Monica, Starr's zealous prosecutors jumped the gun by five days; a [probable] mistrial in any federal court in America. Follow the document reference in footnote 1027 to document number 921-DC-0000775, and what do you find? Well, no document. It's simply not there. But the documentary Table of Contents lists the source as the Campbell Law Firm, Paula Jones' lawyers. So how does a document provided to Starr by the Jones lawyers prove that Monica's affidavit reached Judge Wright's chambers on Jan. 17? It doesn't. We know that Judge Wright saw the Lewinsky affidavit on Jan. 17, because Clinton attorney Bob Bennett produced a copy during the president's deposition. But how on earth did Starr's prosecutors know on Friday, Jan. 16, that Carter had sent it? Much less what was in it? On Linda Tripp's and the FBI's tapes, Monica was still saying she'd sign nothing until she had a job. (A lie, she's since testified.) That leaves only one possible source: the Jones lawyers, a clear violation of Judge Wright's stringent gag order, and possible evidence of collusion. And what was the big hurry on Jan. 16? Why not wait until the affidavit was legally filed with the court? Simple: Starr's prosecutors had to spring their "impeachment trap" before Clinton testified and before Newsweek published, or lose the whole thing. Combine all this with Linda Tripp's briefing of the Jones lawyers on Friday, Jan. 16, and what emerges is the disturbing impression of a legalized coup attempt. Are the American people prepared to countenance that? [Image] Special Notice!! STR Infofile File format for Articles File Format for STReport All articles submitted to STReport for publication must be sent in the following format. Please use the format requested. 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Mariano, Editor firstname.lastname@example.org STReport International Online Magazine [image87.gif (45316 bytes)] Classics & Gaming Section Editor Dana P. Jacobson email@example.com From the Atari Editor's Desk "Saying it like it is!" Time is running short this week to really sit here and reflect on what I might like to say. The days just seem to fly by; Halloween is rapidly approaching! Seems like yesterday that I was throwing some steaks on the grill for a July 4th barbecue! The Republican party is about to make an ass of itself, joining Bill Clinton in an act of stupidity. And just to prove how incredibly foolish the American public is by throwing money away - the most popular costumes for Halloween this year are Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky! Truly scary, but for kids?? Weird... Have to disagree with Joe Mirando this week: golf is a terrific game and a lot of fun. I wish that I could play more than I do. It's not just "chasing a little white ball around" as Joe portrays. Perhaps for a beginning player it appears that way, but after a few rounds.... Don't feel bad, Joe, my wife and countless others agree with you. Makes the courses less crowded for the rest of us! Wanna join me and some friends for a quick 18 this weekend? <vbg> Until next time... Welcome to your channel Atari Member Update for the month of Oct. In this Member Update, you'll find: * MyMail update * The new Infitra Dialer * NEWSie v0.92 * Nview a multiformat picture viewer * The Milan Homepage * Video software * The CAB Internet Overlay module * StringServer 1. M Y M A I L U P D A T E MyMail by Erik Hall is now up to v0.69 and here's some update info sent from him: * - Fixed problems with locked buttons in "Timer dial" window. * - Delete key was not working in object edit fields. * - It is now possible to select next or prev. message from a mail read window. * - There is 5 new icons in read mail window. Up arrow icon - selects prev. mail Down arrow icon - selects next mail. Info icon - shows info about the mail. (Mailer, from, to, ....) Printer icon - print the mail Disk icon - save mail text to file * - Save mail to text file was not working if ram disk was installed Now it works with ram disk. * - Fatal error found in address field if no alias file existed the field was cleared at enter. This is now fixed. * - A small assembler bug fixed in string copy functions. * - Added save mail as html. This function is very simple and no special chars are converted in this version. There is 2 versions. 1. * Save mail as HTML - Saves/converts one selected mail into one file specified by the user. 2. * Save all mail as HTML - Saves/concerts all mail into a directory specified by the user mail 1 is converted to file 1.htm mail 2 to 2.htm and so on..... Then there is a file index.htm created with links to all the html-mail files. - Bugfixes in editor. 1. * Randomly was wrong number of chars copy to clipboard This is now fixed. 2. * Too slow adding of new line. this is now done faster. 3. * Randomly was bad chars inserted in text when moving cursor with arrow keys. This is now fixed. 4. * Home key is now working correctly. 5. * Ctrl-C, Ctrl-v and Ctrl-x was inserting the ctrl chars in text buffer causing strange functionality of the editor. 6. * If there was only one cr/lf in text buffer and user pressed Delete key then only the cr char was removed. This is now fixed. 7. * It was possible to delete chars from empty text buffer this was causing strange results. This is not possible now. 8. * Internal fault: If block bigger than text buffer was deleted then the program crashed. 9. * Trying to delete the last char and in text buffer and the char is a cr/lf combination only the cr was deleted. * - Bug fixes in filter functions. * - Dialer communication bugfixed. * KRfree was called randomly with a faulty pointer. * - Added abort function to the dialer function in mymail it will only abort mymails communication and will not send any abort messages to the sting/stik dialer. * - Internal buffer for clipboard was too small this is now 20K * - Bugfixes in "Receive mail details". My MyMail support page is to be found at: http://home.bip.net/atari/mymail/ and the official webpage, made by the author: http://www2.tripnet.se/~erikhall/programs/mymail.html 2. T H E I N F I T R A R E M O T E D I A L E R : A remote dialer is under construction to use with Infitra as a module plug-in. It can also be used without Infitra for other purposes. The dialer is Freeware and you will find it at my Infitra support webpage. To use the dialer with the STinG socket there's an environment variable to include in the DEFAULT.CFG file, the dialer must be set. http://home.bip.net/atari/infitra/ http://www.worldaccess.nl/~koenrad9/index.htm 3. N E W S i e Johns Rojewski's NEWSie for email, News and FTP is also updated into version 0.92, some weeks ago. Among lots of fixes and so on, here's some of the news: * Bug Fix - Remove extra space following IP address in "helo [nn.nn.nn.nn]" message * Support for Mail Directories * Expanded MAILBOX.PRG (UTILITY folder) to support mail directories * Support for Case Sensitive/Case Preserving File Systems (Requested Improvement) * Rework Full/New Groups sort to eliminate 28000 newsgroup limit (Requested Improvement) * Bug Fix - Window width (w) used instead of window index (wx). Caused memory corruption * Bug Fix - Changed 'windows.id' to 'wid' in put_html_line() and put_html_subline() * Bug Fix - Corrected problems with auto-sizing windows on open, added clipping * Bug Fix - Support saving of windows in 'full-screen' size * Bug Fix - Startup with HTM file broken in 0.90, works again * Bug Fix - Could not delete news article from Overview if file did not exist * Implement selective Retrieve/Delete of Mail messages (Requested Improvement) * Expand support of Status display in window information line (Requested Improvement) * Support selection/use of Multiple Address Books (*.abk) (Requested Improvement) * Use AES popup menus for file lists for Address Book, Mailbox, and Preference selection http://home.bip.net/atari/newsie http://www.primenet.com/~rojewski/newsie.html 4. N V I E W Nview is a multiformat picture viewer for Atari and other systems such as MS Windows, Linux. Nview can display 58 formats, including well known Atari formats: JPEG TrueVision RGB Silicon TIFF Revision Sun Raster Targa 5 Images Macintosh Portable CompuServe Pict Amiga IFF Network GIF Graphics Sun TAAC Adobe MTV / file format Photoshop Rayshade Document Windows Icon Windows Photo CD Degas / Degas Neochrome Cursor Elite X Windows GFA Raytrace Spectrum 512 System window Mac Paint dump Art Director, Digital Research (GEM Paint) and a couple of other formats. Nview and Nconvert is available as TTP-programs without a shell, but you can install them in a modern desktop and put them on the desktop to use with Drag&Drop. The shell is available for MS Windows/Linux and is called XNview (Extended Nview), this also means that you can read all your favorite Neochrome and Spectrum 512 pictures from the MS Win. A GEM-shell would be something, maybe someone can compile a such? The Nview TTP works fine on the desktop, but the Nconvert takes some parameters that would be easier with a shell. The author is a frenchman called Pierre-E Gougelet. I have written a swedish support page at: http://home.bip.net/atari/viewer/ You will find a download link there and some snapshots 5. M I L A N - T H E H O M E P A G E The Milan homepage is now available in the english language too. My swedish contribution will have a face lift next week. http://www.milan-computer.de/html_swe/index2.html http://www.milan-computer.de/ and my own swedish webpage: http://home.bip.net/atari/milan/ The Atari Show at Neuss (Dusseldorf) is held this very weekend under the theme "The ATARI is back!". This sounds very interesting for the future, indeed. The Milan "TV-karte" will be showed, the Milan Motherboard will be sold separately and other related news is to be shown. 6. V I D E O A N D A N I M A T I O N S S O F T W A R E M_Player (Falcon030, TT030), MP_STE (Atari ST(F/FM/E) by TELLO Guillaume and AniPlayer (Falcon030, TT030, Milan) by Didier Mequignon is updated into v2.95, 2.91 resp 2.03 (Oct 3). AniPlayer also contain a MagiC Setup program by Joachim Fornallaz for a comfort install of add-ons etc. My support page have turned to be a Scandinavian support webpage now, but you can always download the original multilingual apps from there. Here's all the addresses you need: http://home.bip.net/atari/movie/ http://perso.wanadoo.fr/gtello/ http://perso.wanadoo.fr/didierm/ http://www.stud.ee.ethz.ch/~jfornall/aniplayer.html 7. T H E C A B I N T E R N E T O V E R L A Y M O D U L E The OVL module is up to 1.3011beta and is to use with STiK or STinG. http://www.netset.com/~baldrick 8. S T R I N G S E R V E R You can use StringServer for different purposes, one of them is that you can "pass" a URL-address from TextView (In the distribution) to start or pass it to CAB. Heres some excerpts from the StringServer manual by Odd Skancke that explains its functions and possibilities: ~~~ StringServer ~~~ The StringServer is the program that receives strings from other applications, checks this string and starts the relevant application according to the configuration. The StringServer is either loaded as a application at bootup or installed as an Accessory. ~~~ ConfigSS ~~~ ConfigSS is the application you use to configure the StringServer. It let's you edit the configuration, send/receive configuration to/from the StringServer. ~~~ A bit of history ~~~ Some two years ago, I (Odd Skancke) was reading newsgroups/my mail using NEWsie. The Internet was a new experience for me, and I was very curious. I wanted to look at all the interesting Atari sites, get in touch with people and so on. After a while, I got really sick with having to load cab and/or typing in the URL too look at. Same with ftp-sites and email addresses. This is GEM, I thought, it should not be necessary to do that much typing. Then the idea for the StringSevrer started to crawl into my mind. And now, I don't have to type anything anymore. It's even simplified my everyday GEM use, as I don't have to drag files all over the place. I program in ASM under MiNT/Thing/n.aes, and now I can click any *.s files and view them in my TextView!! textviewer. If I hold shift down, the StringServer sends the *.s file to QED. When I click the *.s file with ctrl held down, the StingServer fires up GenST.ttp, and it's immediately assembled. I think this is great!. Well, I hope you will like it too... :) The StringServer can use environment variables to look for destination applications. So, while you are in the systems configuration file, you might as well set up some environment variables to your favorite programs. This package was initially developed for use with GEM Internet clients, although it can be used for anything. I use it with NEWsie to read mail/news, Airc when IRC'ing and certain other things. I have the following environment variables set, examples from my n_aes.cnf. Remember that you can define those variables as you wish (I hope someone will propose "standard" names soon). export BROWSER= e:\kommunik\www\cab2d\cab.app export FTP_CLIENT= e:\kommunik\aftp13b1\aftp.prg export MAIL_CLIENT= e:\kommunik\stik\newsie\newsie.prg export NEWS_CLIENT= e:\mommunik\stik\newsie\newsie.prg export IRC_CLIENT= e:\kommunik\stik\atariirc\atarirc.app <snip> StringServer is to be found at: http://www.bright.net/~atari/html/download.htm M Y H O M E P A G E : My homepage is located at the address below, all other URLs that you might have is mirror sites http://home.bip.net/atari/ Bottnia Internet Provider (BIP) is a swedish provider that gives free services to the Net. M Y E - M A I L A D D R E S S: My new e-mail address provided by BIP for Atari related mails is: firstname.lastname@example.org If you have my old address in your address book. don't bother, the old ones email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org works just fine, so send me some mails about your summer vacation or your Atari interests. Its always nice to get in touch with you. Best Regards Mille Babic E-mail: email@example.com WWW: http://home.bip.net/atari/ Gaming Section * "Axis & Allies"!! * "WonderSwan"! * Board Games Come to Life! * DreamCast News! * And MUCH more! From the Editor's Controller - Playin' it like it is! I've always been a games-player. Whether it was sports, shooting pool, playing cards, tilting a pinball machine, board games, or arcade/console games - I loved them all. Most games require more than one player, so even if you're in the mood, you can't always play what you want, when you want to play it. I always loved board games (Parcheesi, Monopoly, Risk, Easy Money, and many others). Well, more and more board games are being made available on PCs and game consoles. For people like me, this is terrific! Included in this week's issue you'll find news of just some of the latest games to be arriving. Retro-gaming is here to stay! Until next time... Industry News STR Game Console NewsFile - The Latest Gaming News! Sega Moves Forward to Produce Dreamcast Machine Japanese game maker Sega Enterprises Ltd said Tuesday that Namco Ltd would develop game software for its new home-use game machine Dreamcast, which is scheduled to hit the Japanese market on Nov. 27. "I am counting on Namco (to attract a wider a audience for our new game machine)", Sega president Shoichiro Irimajiri told a news conference. Irimajiri said the reason Sega's previous game machine did not attract as many customers as its rivals was because it did not attract as varied a user group. Sega also announced it would tie up with Web TV Networks, a Microsoft Corp subsidiary, to offer Internet functions on the Dreamcast game machine. Customers of the U.S.-based Web TV will be able to access the Internet using read-only-memory compact discs, Sega said. They will also be able to play with other Dreamcast users via the Internet, the company said. Sega announced its tie-up with parent Microsoft Corp in May. Sega on Tuesday also introduced a line of game software compatible with the new game machine. Dreamcast offers high graphics capacity and a 64-channel sound system and is based on Microsoft's Windows CE operating system. It will retail for $250, Sega announced. Seven Additional Video Game Publishers Pledge Support for Sega's Dreamcast The list of third party video game publishers supporting Sega's(R) Dreamcast(TM), the ultimate gaming machine, continues to grow. Sega of America today announced that seven additional video game publishers are officially supporting the Dreamcast platform. The companies include some of the industry's most prolific publishers Accolade, Capcom, Hasbro Interactive, Konami(R), Mindscape, Take 2 and THQ. The Dreamcast publishers announced today join an elite group of companies that pledged their support for the system at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in May. Those companies include Acclaim, GT Interactive Software, Interplay, Microprose (a division of Hasbro Interactive) and Midway. These companies hold a special place in the world of interactive entertainment, representing 11 of the top 25 PC and video game publishers in the world today based on overall sales. All 12 of the announced publishers are currently developing games for Dreamcast in the genres they know best. Dreamcast launches November 27 in Japan and next fall in North America and Europe. Dreamcast gives developers the freedom to design video games without limits. The gaming-specific architecture of the system provides 128-bit 3D graphic performance, 64 channels of sound and a blazing-fast CPU. Dreamcast will also open doors for publishers to create games that expand far beyond the past definition of console gameplay. It is the first console to feature multiplayer network gaming capabilities. In addition, the system features a Visual Memory unit, a portable memory card with a built in LCD screen, allowing game designers to create titles that can literally travel outside the Dreamcast console. "The announcement of these important video game publishers is yet another milestone we have reached in building toward the North American launch of Dreamcast," said Bernard Stolar, president and COO, Sega of America. "We are confident that all major third party publishers will support Dreamcast." Bandai, SCE To Sell New Hand-held Game Machines TOKYO, Oct. 8 (Kyodo) -- Bandai Co. and Sony Computer Entertainment (Japan) Inc. separately announced Thursday that they will introduce new hand-held computer game machines within the next six months. Bandai's WonderSwan, due to be released next March, is 7 by 7 by 12 centimeters, smaller than Nintendo Co.'s best-selling Game Boy, and weighs 110 grams, 50 grams lighter than the Game Boy. Its images are in black and white. Bandai will offer the machine for 4,800 yen, with first-year sales targeted at 4 million to 4.5 million units. SCE will put its PocketStation on sale Dec. 23, using games from the company's popular PlayStation home-use machine. The new machine is 6 by 6 by 4 centimeters and will be priced at 3,000 yen. To meet the two rivals, Nintendo will begin marketing a color-screen version of the Game Boy for 8,900 yen on Oct. 21. Sony Computer To Launch PDA Game Tool On Dec 23 Sony Computer Entertainment Inc, a unit of electronics giant Sony Corp, said today it plans to launch a small personal digital assistant (PDA) game tool, "PocketStation" in Japan on December 23. Sony Computer said in a statement the game tool, which can be used as memory card to save Sony's PlayStation video games, will be priced at 3,000 yen, with an initial output of one million units per month. Sony said 31 titles compatible with the PocketStation were expected to be released by early next year by several software manufacturers, including itself. PocketStation carries a programmable 32-bit RISC processor together with liquid crystal display, speaker and bi- directional infrared communication capability. With its clock and calendar function, users can use applications utilizing flow of time or change of season with appropriate software, not only with the new PDA tool, but also with the PlayStation console when the tool is attached to the memory card slot, the statement said. Application software can be downloaded into the PocketStation through the memory card slot for the PlayStation console. The Sony's announcement came ahead of the three-day Tokyo Game Show, scheduled to start on Friday. Sony Computer Entertainment America Announces Destruction of Counterfeit PlayStation Software Sony Computer Entertainment America announced today, in conjunction with the IDSA and U.S. Customs Service officials, the destruction of nearly 40,000 counterfeit PlayStation(R) software discs seized in Miami, Florida. A U.S. Customs Service inspection discovered two shipments of the counterfeit PlayStation software en route from Taiwan and Singapore. The shipments, with a retail value of more than $1.5 million, were destined for Paraguay, a major outlet for counterfeit videogames in Latin America. Sony Computer Entertainment America officials flew to Miami to observe U.S. Customs inspectors destroying the counterfeit discs, which will then be recycled by GreenDisk. The counterfeit software seized was comprised of forty-four different first and third party PlayStation software titles, including such hits as Parappa The Rapper(tm), Rally Cross(tm) and NBA Shoot Out 98(tm). "We applaud the diligent work of the U.S. Customs Service who has demonstrated tremendous success in both identifying counterfeit PlayStation software and thwarting the efforts of counterfeiters," said Kaz Hirai, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "With the assistance of the U.S. Customs Service and the IDSA, we aim to protect the entire gaming industry, particularly the first and third-party software developers. Counterfeiters cast a shadow over the entire industry by making it difficult for software developers and manufacturers to benefit from the hard work that goes into creating quality, cutting-edge games." According to the IDSA, U.S. videogame and PC game companies lost more than $3 billion worldwide in 1997 to pirates who copied and distributed games without permission, not including losses caused by Internet piracy. "U.S. Customs is a key line of defense in the fight to prevent pirate software entering the United States from Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe," said Douglas Lowenstein, President of the Interactive Digital Software Association, the U.S. trade body representing the $5.6 billion U.S. video and PC games industry. "As our industry battles international piracy, we rely heavily upon customs officials around the world to seize pirated goods. The Miami Customs office has struck a blow against the international game pirate network and helps our industry send a message that the United States is committed to protecting intellectual property rights of game software companies." As the videogame demographic continues to expand making interactive entertainment a mass-market entertainment option similar to television, music or movies, the fight against production and sale of counterfeit video game products will remain a significant focus for industry leaders. Hasbro Interactive Brings Everyone's Favorite The Game of LIFE to Computer and Video Screens Leading family entertainment software publisher Hasbro Interactive brings another all-time favorite board game to life on the PC and PlayStation game console. The Game of LIFE puts players behind the wheel on a richly animated 3D road of life's little ups and downs. Set to the tune of a catchy soundtrack that travels in time with the player, this new age version of the classic board game will keep friends and family members laughing and playing for hours. "The Game of LIFE has been a centerpiece for families everywhere for decades," says Hasbro Interactive president, Tom Dusenberry. "We've taken everything people love about the classic board game and added new twists and features to bring that endearing nostalgia to life." At the beginning of the game, players must choose either college or career. They then hit the road to see what life will bring. Win the lottery, buy stock or insurance, take a vacation, bid on artwork, swap salaries with another player -- every game of life is different! But the goal is always the same -- retire wealthy, because whoever has the most cash at the end of the game wins! Starting in the 1950s, players cruise through five decades, where the music, car models and themes change to match the style of the decade.With each spin, the screen changes to a uniquely animated "car camera" view of the board, allowing players to feel as if they really are driving down the road of life. The Game of LIFE CD-ROM can be played in two ways, Classic Board Game or Enhanced Game. Both have as the ultimate goal to retire with the most money. Classic Board Game plays true to all the rules of the original board game. The Enhanced Game replaces the accumulation of LIFE tiles (which in classic mode are redeemed at the end of the game for money) with a variety of different "LIFE's Little Games." Each time a player lands on a LIFE space, such as "Get Married," "Buy a House," or "Baby Girl," they have a chance to play one of eight little games, where they can spin to win more money or exact revenge on other players. A host voice narrates the road trip, while rich animation sequences accompany every move on the board and hilarious cartoon panels explain the result of each move. Players can choose to play the game from a "bird's eye view" of the 3D board, or zoom in on their location for a better look at what life has in store for them. Up to six players at a time can hit the road of life in both modes of play. The Game of LIFE is Network and Internet playable over Microsoft's Internet Gaming Zone(TM) at ( http://www.zone.com ). The Game of Life PC CD-ROM can be played on Windows 95 and Windows 98 systems and is available in stores at the suggested retail price of $29.95. The game will also be available for the PlayStation game console in late October at a suggested retail price of $29.95. Hasbro Interactive Brings Kid's Favorite Toys and Games to Life Leading family and children's interactive games publisher Hasbro Interactive delivers fun to the youngest computer users with the release of the My Little Pony(R), Operation(R) and Candy Land(R) CD-ROM games for the PC. Hasbro Interactive is shipping its first game for girls based on the popular My Little Pony toy brand. In the My Little Pony(R) CD-ROM game, pre-school girls make friends, play games and take care of their very own My Little Pony characters. When a new pony has been born in the magical world of Ponyland, players name her, keep track of her birthday, brush her mane, grow food for her, feed her, and put her to bed when she is sleepy. The goal is to give the pony enough confidence to cross the Rainbow Bridge to venture away from her home and go on her very own adventures. The My Little Pony CD-ROM is full of activities and games for players to enjoy with the help of ponies like Sweet Berry(TM), Light Heart(TM), Morning Glory(TM), Sundance(TM) and Ivy(TM). Girls can play dress up or give their pony a new hair-do at Ivy's Beauty Salon; play a dancing memory game at Sundance's Dance Studio; and create their very own fun, printable projects in the Schoolhouse. In Light Heart's Game Cottage, girls can play Tic-Tac-Hoof, a pony-style version of Tic-Tac-Toe; test their wits at the Switch Puzzle; color in the Pony Books; bake a cake and decorate it in Sweet Berry's Kitchen; print cut-outs to use away from the computer or watch fun home videos of the ponies. The My Little Pony CD-ROM game is for players ages 3 to 7 and is playable on Windows 95 and is Windows 98 compatible. It is available for a suggested retail price of $29.95. In the Operation(R) CD-ROM game, it's surgery like never before! Kids choose one of five crazy emergency rooms like Main Hospital, Haunted Hospital, Rain Forest Hospital, Space Hospital and Dino Hospital to try to prove how steady their hands are! Each ward is equipped with an unusual clientele in need and has its very own resident doctor to help guide kids through the game. In the Haunted Hospital, players operate on monster patients in the company of Dr. Klaus Von Kookenheimer; at the Space Hospital players join Chill Jones in operating on martians and other spacey patients; and jungle veterinarian Maxine Harmony will help players operate on animal patients in the Rain Forest Hospital. In Classic Operation, players operate in the "traditional" way, using virtual tweezers to remove out-of-place objects from the patients' bodies. For a whole new way to perform surgery, players can select other fun games where the object is to help a stranded frog get out of a patient's throat, to swallow nasty germs by jumping on them, or to blast away gas bubbles with special stomach medicine. Operation is equipped with a print feature so kids can save pictures of their patients to share with friends and family. For kids ages 4 to 8, Operation is playable on Windows 95 and Windows 98 systems and is available at a suggested retail price of $29.95. Kids' sweet favorite the Candy Land board game is coming to life in 3D on the computer. In the Candy Land(R) CD-ROM game, kids click on the gum-ball machine and they're off on a fun-filled journey through the Gumdrop Mountains, Peppermint Forrest, Lollipop Woods, Ice Cream Sea and Molasses Swamp. The game captures the classic fun of the Candy Land game, but on the PC kids get a unique first-person view as they move along the Candy Land board -- trying to be the first to make it to the Candy Castle and become the Hero of Candy Land. Along the way, players are invited to participate in fun activities with friendly characters like Princess Lolly, Plumpy, Mr. Mint, Lord Licorice, Gramma Nutt, Jolly, Queen Frostine and Glumpy. Kids can make music on Mr. Mint's unusual pipe organ; plant candy seeds and help them grow in Gramma Nutt's garden or make a luscious ice cream sundae with Queen Frostine. Candy Land is for ages 3 to 6 and is playable on Windows 95 and Windows 98 systems. It is now available for a suggested retail price of $29.95. Hasbro Interactive Ships Highly Anticipated WWII Strategy: Axis & Allies BEVERLY, Mass., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- It's the spring of 1942 and the world is at war. The two Axis powers, Germany and Japan, and the Allies, England, the Soviet Union and the United States, are in a struggle for world supremacy. In the highly anticipated CD-ROM version of the most revered world war II strategy board game of all time, Axis & Allies, the military and economic destiny of the powers is now in the hands of the computer player. "We've worked closely with the board game's creator Larry Harris to ensure that the PC version is as challenging and rewarding as the original," said Hasbro Interactive's president Tom Dusenberry. "The original game has maintained a very dedicated and loyal following and we believe these fans will be thrilled with playing their favorite game on CD-ROM." The Axis & Allies CD-ROM is the ultimate WWII strategy game. You and your opponents control the two Axis powers and the three Allies challenging their expansion through strategic and tactical maneuvering. Players must choose their battles carefully, move troops and equipment thoughtfully throughout the world and plan strategically in order to insure victory. Faithful to the rules of the best-selling board game, the CD-ROM version is a superbly designed and executed counterpart for the Windows 95 environment. Authentic WWII stock footage, stills and sound effects make strategic bombing raids, submarine attacks, battleship salvos and anti aircraft barrages seem like the real thing. Axis & Allies players can customize every aspect of the game from the intelligence of their computer opponents, to the cost, attack and defense ability of each available unit. State-of-the-art graphics make for smooth and fast navigation, and even the most experienced Axis & Allies players will be tested by the CD-ROM's challenging computer opponents. As in the board game, each turn is made up of six action sequences - developing weapons/purchasing units, combat movement, combat, non-combat movement, placing new units on the map and collecting income. Each step is important in waging a winning conquest and players must choose their steps carefully if they hope to win the war. The Axis & Allies PC CD-ROM features multi-player options for up to five players, including LAN, modem-to-modem, serial or Internet play at Microsoft's Internet Gaming Zone Axis & Allies is playable on Windows 95 and available for a suggested retail price of $39.95. Visit the official Axis & Allies Web site at www.axisandallies.com for more information about the game, to interact with other Axis & Allies players and to take part in a fully interactive, online battle against players from around the world. Accolade Ships Test Drive 5 for the PlayStation Game Console Accolade, a leading software publisher and developer of video games, announced that its Test Drive(R) 5 racing game began shipping yesterday for the PlayStation(R) game console. Pitting supercars of the present against muscle cars of the past, the game features more than 28 licensed cars, 18 courses in real world locations and branching technology. A version for personal computers will be available in November of this year. "We are excited to have Test Drive 5 out on store shelves and available to gamers," said Slade Anderson, producer of Test Drive 5. "The hot licensed cars racing through real world locations gives users an incredible racing experience." The game features such licensed supercars as the 1998 Dodge(R) Viper, 1998 Chevrolet(R) Corvette(R), 1998 Aston Martin Vantage, 1998 TVR Cerbera, 1998 Jaguar XKR, 1998 Saleen Mustang S351-R, 1997 Chevrolet(R) Camaro(R) SS(TM) LT4(TM), and the 1998 Nissan(R) Skyline. The muscle cars in Test Drive 5 include: the 1966 Shelby Cobra 427SC, 1967 Pontiac GTO, 1968 = Ford Mustang 428CJ, 1969 Chevrolet(R) Camaro ZL-1(TM), 1969 Chevrolet(R) Corvette ZL-1(TM), 1970 Chevrolet(R) Chevelle(R) SS LS-6, 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda and the 1969 Dodge(R) Charger. Additionally, 12 "super-charged enhanced" cars and "secret" cars are included in Test Drive 5, producing a total of 40 cars accessible to the player. Test Drive 5 lets users race in traffic with high-intensity police chases across exotic locations throughout the world, such as Moscow, Russia; Honolulu; Blue Ridge Parkway, N.C.; Tokyo, Japan; Edinburgh, Scotland; Sydney, Australia; Munich,Germany; Keswick, England; Kyoto, Japan; San Francisco; Washington, D.C.; and Bern, Switzerland. Circuit track courses include: Cheddar Gorge, England; Newcastle, England; Maui, Hawaii; Jarash, Jordan; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and Courmayeur, Italy. Most of the game's 18 courses are reversible and can be driven at night, producing a total of 31 unique driving experiences. A drag racing option is available to users as well. Players also have the ability to play as the police and race after speeding cars. Test Drive 5 features a new 3D engine developed by driving game experts, Pitbull Syndicate, that gives users a more lifelike feel of racing. MultiDynamic Environment Mapping recreates the look and feel of traveling under trees and bridges by adding multiple reflections and shadows to the vehicles. Branching technology is also included and allows multiple paths, off-course driving and short-cuts through streets and mountains. Test Drive 5 also offers high resolution graphics, making it one of the few console racing games to possess 512 x 240 graphics running at more than 30 frames per second. The Test Drive 5 soundtrack features songs from Wax Trax! Records' industrial rock band KMFDM; gold-selling alternative band Gravity Kills of TVT Records; Geffen recording artist Pitchshifter; futuristic rock artist Fear Factory and Holland's mix-master Junkie XL, both of Road Runner Records. The game offers both horizontal and vertical split screen modes on circuit tracks allowing exciting two-player action. Test Drive 5 supports the Sony Dual Shock(R) Analog Controller. Test Drive 5 is currently available at an estimated street price of $49.95. Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. to Ship Space Station: Silicon Valley Exclusively for the Nintendo 64 Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. announced today that Space Station: Silicon Valley, for the Nintendo 64 has begun manufacturing, and is expected to ship to retailers worldwide in the month of October (the product will be available at retail in the United States on Oct. 23, 1998). Space Station: Silicon Valley, was developed by DMA Design, Ltd. a subsidiary of the Gremlin Group, who most recently developed Take-Two's worldwide best seller Grand Theft Auto. Touted as a "stellar title" by Gamefan Online, Space Station: Silicon Valley, has been enthusiastically received by the videogame community. The game has been described as "genre-busting," "totally fresh and original," and "addictive and extremely fun." Electronic Gaming Monthly stated it "could very well be the sleeper hit of the year." IGN64.com noted, "This is what videogames should be." In Space Station: Silicon Valley, gamers must save humanity from its doom when a mysterious space station suddenly reappears on a collision course with Earth. During the adventure, players take control of over 40 outrageous, humorously mutated animals as they solve puzzles and unlock the secrets of the 30 levels spread over four richly detailed environments. Space Station: Silicon Valley, marks the first title Take-Two has published under its own label for the Nintendo 64 system. Previously, the Company acted as an exclusive distributor for Gametek, Inc.'s Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! for the Nintendo 64. Space Station: Silicon Valley, is available exclusively for the Nintendo 64. "Space Station: Silicon Valley is quite unlike anything ever seen on the Nintendo 64," stated Sam Houser, Vice-President of Worldwide Product Development. "The unique storyline and game structure gives gamers the ability to take control of dozens of characters while offering gameplay that is diverse, action-packed and downright hilarious, making for a gaming experience unmatched on any system." Nintendo of America Chairman, Howard Lincoln, noted "We are pleased to have Space Station: Silicon Valley exclusively available for the Nintendo 64. Take-Two is introducing a truly original game, which is a strong addition to an outstanding Nintendo fall lineup." Classic '80s Blockbuster Compilation, Activision Classics, Hits Sony PlayStation at a Value Price SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Activision will deliver dozens of the most popular games from the '80s onto the next-generation PlayStation game console with the release of Activision Classics the week of October 5, 1998. At a groundbreaking price of about a dollar per game, this collection of 30 legendary Atari 2600 games includes Pitfall!, River Raid and Kaboom! -- some of the absolute best titles from computer gaming history. Activision Classics will be available at retail outlets throughout the United States and Canada and will carry a suggested retail price of $29.95. "In the early 1980s, Activision created some of the most fun and best remembered games for the Atari 2600," said Eric Johnson, senior vice president, North American marketing, Activision, Inc. "Old favorites such as Pitfall! and Kaboom!, which captured the hearts of gamers of years past, now will have the chance to appeal to the new generation of console players." Due to platform-perfect technology, all the games featured in Activision Classics will look and play exactly as they did on the original Atari 2600 console. The compilation is comprised of such legendary titles as Pitfall!, a revolutionary video game that established a new genre of adventure gameplay by incorporating never-before-seen elements like vine swinging, pit hopping, log jumping and crocodile avoiding; River Raid, in which players jet down the "River of No Return" using a B1 StratoWing Assault Jet to break the enemy blockade and halt advancing troops; Kaboom!, in which players must use their stamina, reflexes and concentration to douse rapidly dropping bombs before they explode; and H.E.R.O., featuring the exploits of R. Hero, who players must maneuver through a tricky maze of mine shafts filled with lava rivers, vile vermin and creepy critters to rescue trapped miners. Activision Classics also includes such nostalgic favorites as Chopper Command, Grand Prix, Boxing, Crackpots, Fishing Derby, Freeway, Frost Bite, Sea Quest, Sky Jinx and Spider Fighter. Fasten Your Seat Belt! GT Interactive Revs Up Car Combat Games With Launch of 'Rogue Trip' for PlayStation-R Game Console Unleashing another critically acclaimed game from its internal studios, GT Interactive Software Corp. announces the release of its new car combat game, Rogue Trip for PlayStation. Designed by its SingleTrac development studio -- the creators of the million-selling hit car combat game series -- Rogue Trip is being supported by a multi-million dollar marketing campaign that includes a humorous new TV spot, extensive print advertising, cross-promotions and aggressive online outreach. "Rogue Trip is the game fans of car combat have been waiting for," said Holly Newman, vice president of Marketing for GT Interactive. "Our SingleTrac studio has once again created the dynamic, original entertainment experience they are experts at and we believe Rogue Trip has the potential to become a cornerstone property and dominate its category this holiday season." GT Interactive is supporting Rogue Trip with a multi-tiered, multi-million dollar marketing program that includes a national television campaign airing now through the holiday season; cross-promotions with Dragon Optical and other apparel companies; extensive print advertising including four-page `mini-magazine' inserts; integrated Internet support; customized pre-sell programs as well as point-of-purchase initiatives. Developed by GT Interactive's Salt Lake City-based SingleTrac development studio, Rogue Trip is set in a dark, post-apocalyptic future, where players are sent on an all-out rampage of wanton destruction and pure mayhem to famous vacation spots around the world in search of a coveted "photo opportunity." Rogue Trip also unveils SingleTrac's new technologies, including Dynamic Interactive Fodder, Pyro-Physics, and Genetic AI, all designed to provide Rogue Trip with unprecedented levels of interactivity and realism. Rogue Trip has already garnered critical acclaim from leading industry publications: * "If you thought it couldn't get any better, you were wrong. Rogue Trip is one of the best reasons we can think of to own a PlayStation...go buy it now!" September 1998, Tips & Tricks; * "Its tongue-in-cheek delivery and over-the-top action make this one helluva enjoyable ride." GameFan, July 1998; * "Rogue Trip plays like a dream...very playable as well as completely addictive." Electronic Gaming Monthly, November 1998. Cyrix MediaGX Processor Selected to Power New Game: Site4 RICHARDSON, TEXAS (Oct. 5) BUSINESS WIRE - Oct. 5, 1998 - Cyrix Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of National Semiconductor Corporation, announced today that Atari Games Corporation has designed the MMX-enhanced MediaGX processor into a new video arcade game, Site4, released this month. The MediaGX processor, which played a key role in enabling the sub-$1,000 consumer PC market, delivers the power of an x86-based platform to the arcade gaming industry, providing exceptional performance and versatility. Atari Games, a subsidiary of Midway Games Inc., has been a revolutionary leader in the arcade industry for more than two decades. Atari Games selected the MediaGX processor because it provides a highly-integrated system-level solution enabling optimum game performance at low-cost. "The MediaGX processor allows us to cut costs at the system level while delivering graphics that are rich and detailed," said Mary Fujihara, vice president of marketing for Atari Games. "The powerful yet inexpensive MediaGX processor provides compelling innovation and stunning visuals for our new game, Site 4, while allowing us to deliver a product to the arcade marketplace that is an exceptional value and return on investment." The Cyrix MediaGX processor provides an innovative system-level solution that lowers system cost by integrating graphics, audio, memory controller and the PCI interface onto the processor, reducing the number of separate components. This system-level integration allows manufacturers to bring high-quality products to market quickly and inexpensively. "The Atari Site 4 coin-operated video game provides this competitive market with a next-generation game at a compelling price," said Mike Bereziuk, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for Cyrix's parent National Semiconductor. "Site4 is an excellent example of how the MediaGX processor platform can cost effectively bring x86 processing into innovative consumer entertainment products. Integrated processor technology is the wave of the future for high-impact gaming platforms as well as Information Appliances, such as set-top boxes, web browsers and Windows Based Terminals." 3DO to License Engine for Requiem: Avenging Angel The 3DO Company today announced plans to license the engine for its highly anticipated game, Requiem: Avenging Angel(TM), which is slated for release in January 1999. The Requiem Engine is a state-of-the-art foundation for the development of next-generation, first-person action games for the PC. Trip Hawkins, chairman and CEO, said, "Many brilliant engineers have spent three years developing this engine and have taken full advantage of the newest PC hardware capabilities. The outstanding quality of Requiem: Avenging Angel, and the critical acclaim that is building for it, is validation that our engine is first-rate. The Requiem Engine will allow the best new games to be developed and we look forward to working with other developers to make our engine a force in the market. "The Requiem Engine has a notable pedigree, having been developed at 3DO's Cyclone Studios' division, which last year won numerous awards including 'action game of the year,' for its debut PC game, Uprising. Cyclone has a strong culture of 3D action gamers, and 3DO has a long history of expertise in 3D graphics." Added Hawkins, "Cyclone co-founder Ron Little led the development of the Requiem Engine, and industry legend Bill Budge is at Cyclone, where he is the driving force behind 3D technology for 3DO as a whole. Requiem: Avenging Angel serves notice that we're taking it to the next step in the marketplace, and the Requiem Engine is what makes it possible." From the development team, Cyclone Studios' General Manager, Helmut Kobler added, "In Requiem: Avenging Angel, we focused on giving players a more realistic experience in an incredibly fast-paced first-person game. Three key technologies combine to give the player a rich visual experience not seen before. The custom engine features refined portal technology that uses visible surface determination to enable a substantially higher frame rate. Additionally, we used 16-bit color and created a stunning lighting system featuring the first-ever use of real-time character shadows accurately mapped to architecture. "It all adds up to a break-neck frame rate of 60 frames-per-second that moves fluidly and smoothly allowing players a fantastic gaming experience. Players will love the rich colors and the astounding detail of shadows that are so life-like and subtle, they even ripple up a staircase. We designed our game to look great today on current PCs without 3D support, and adapt and expand with the player's next system. The custom engine in Requiem: Avenging Angel is one of the first to be fully optimized for the Voodoo2 3D card." ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine The wires are a hummin'! PEOPLE ARE TALKING by Joe Mirando firstname.lastname@example.org Hidi ho friends and neighbors. I'll tell you right off the bat that this week's column is going to be a short one. I've been putting in extra hours at my "real" job, and it's catching up with me. While it's true that I enjoy writing this column, it's also true that I need time for other things... sleep being primary among them, along with time to eat, some time with my wife and best of all, time alone. I'm one of those people who NEED to be alone for a while every so often. With me it seems to be more and more often that I feel the need to leave everyone and everything behind and enter a peaceful state of vegetation for as long as I can. If you ask me, that's one of the primary reasons that people have such a hard time dealing with their lives today... they have forgotten the art of "vegging out". It's an art form that needs to be practiced every so often in order to be good at it, and by the time you actually NEED to do it, you're so out of practice that it's actually a chore (which defeats the whole purpose of the art form in the first place!). Some tell me that golf is the best way to relax. I tried golf once. Chasing that little ball around the course drove me nuts. I did alright for a beginner (or so I was told), but the game itself held no allure for me. I guess it just wasn't my cup of meat (don't be afraid to show your age by emailing me to say you know what song that phrase came from, by the way). My apologies to those of you who abstain from ingesting animal flesh for the turn of phrase, but I don't believe that we fought our way to the top of the food chain to become vegetarians, so just deal with it. <grin> Anyway, with the quickly approaching arrival of a new production machine at work, and the just-as-quickly-approaching job of interfacing it with a computer (a PC, unfortunately), it seems that I'm only going to get busier over the next few months. I just over-saw the installation of the new electrical lines and the necessary fail-safes such, so all I need now is the machinery itself. It's not due to arrive for another two weeks, but I'll have to use that time to get ahead of the production requirements we'll have while the machine is being installed and modified to our specifications. If this sounds like fun... I must have worded it incorrectly. <grin> Well, let's get on with the reason for this column: All the news, hints, tips, and info available about our favorite machines... From the comp.sys.atari.st NewsGroup Odd Skancke tells us: "The StringServer is now available in a "Public Beta" version at Lonny Pursell's download area, Check it out!!" Terry May tells Odd: "I did [check it out], but unless I'm missing something, it offers nothing more than what John Eidsvoog's oldie but goodie Applier does. And Applier doesn't have to be in memory, and multitasking makes no difference. I'm not knocking you or your program. I'm just wondering if maybe I'm missing something. For those that want to check out Applier, it can be found at my web site: http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Sector/9449/" Pascal Ricard tells Odd: "Very good ! By the way, what software support your server at the moment, except for your text viewer and FireNews (If I recall, it does)?" And then, Pascal tells Terry: "StringServer allow you to click on a string and pass this string to the server to launch an application. The application have to support this protocol. Could be interesting to have this feature in Okami." Terry tells Pascal: "I guess the difference between it and Applier is that Applier only works by acting as an installed application, whereas StringServer can take strings from within programs. But as you said, it doesn't do you any good if the application doesn't support it." Mario Becroft asks: "So just what does the stringserver do?" Odd replies: "I think that FireNews supports it. I've not tested FireNews yet, so I can't tell. AtarIrc supports it and a program called Farmer. Farmer is a TosWin "clone", which is used to run TOS programs in windows under MiNT. I hope more programs will support this, since it's very easy to do. Read the SUPPORT.TXT in the archive to find out how. Well, there are some nice uses for it other than the "String-serving" feature. I've installed it as a viewer for all programs in Thing, so that when a file is opened in thing, it gets sent to the stringserver. This allows me to sent the file to different applicationds depending on the keyboard status (shift, control, alt). Like, when I click on a .s file, it goes to a viewer (textview, for example). With shift held down, it goes to QED, and with control held down, GenST.ttp does its work. Same with picture files. If I want to view the picture, I just click on it. If I want to process the picture, I hold shift down, and then some big heavy image processor is loaded. I hope that more programs will be supporting this, since supporting it is very easy for programmers to do. Our old friend Rob Mahlert posts: "I remember seeing a message on a web page to e-mail ICQ. So they would release the rights so an Atari user could write an ICQ program for the TOS. What was the "official" response from ICQ? There are other programs like ICQ out, has anyone tried to get the rights for one of them?" Chris Good tells Rob: "There wasn't any reply as far as I know. I think ICQ is being developed for MINT/LINUX users." Pascal Nowak tells Rob: "The official answer by mirabilis was no! I've just started to make a GEM ICQ clone for STING & MiNTnet." Jeff Jewell asks for help with his ST's AUTO folder: "I don't remember my STs as well as I thought... After getting back from WOA '98, I tried to install some new stuff in my auto folder on my C:\ drive. The computer boots, gets to two bombs, and I end up looking at a desktop with a mouse that moves but can't click on anything. I think I just need to get the ST to bypass the AUTO folder, but I can't remember how to do that, and I couldn't put my hands on the right manual... Any quick help for a guy who should have known better?" Tom Carman tells Jeff: "If you are using TOS 2.06 or higher, after the Atari logo appears (which is almost immediately) press and hold the Control key. This should allow the computer to boot from the hard drive but bypass the AUTO folder. I can't remember if this works on earlier versions of TOS, but I believe so." Paul Nurminen posts this about NEWSie: "I just noticed that despite having all LOGging functions of NEWSie de-activated in version .92, NEWSie will still (occasionally) create a LOG file in my WORK directory. After seeing this, I ran Diamond Edge to check for lost clusters etc, but none appeared. I do however, remember NEWSie version .88 also creating this LOG file from time to time (even with LOGging de- activated), and when I ran Diamond Back III for a routine backup of that partition, the program couldn't copy that LOG file - as if there was something wrong with the file itself. It was deletable though. But so far, with version .92 of NEWSie, I haven't experienced any lost clusters or other HD errors. And my STinG (.STX) files haven't become corrupted yet. And the correct article number appears to be saved when downloading newsgroups for offline reading. I also haven't experienced any lockup of NEWSie after reading e-mail or newsgroup articles. But then I always "disconnect from server" and quit the program (and re-run it) before trying to read any newsgroup articles that were downloaded for OFFLINE reading. For the record, I'm running NEWSie .92 on a Falcon030 (standard with 14megs RAM under MagiC 5.11)." John Rojewski tells Paul: "Yes, turning off the LOG options does not stop the creation of a LOG file, or writing to it. You should not have LOST Clusters on a normal basis. When NEWSie quits, it closes the LOG file and everything should be fine. When NEWSie bombs, or when your system locks up while NEWSie is running, the LOG file is not correctly closed, and some LOG records are not written to disk. LOST CLUSTERS means: allocated, by not found in any FAT entry. This can happen with buffered files, typically used in C programs, when there is some problem closing the file. If you attempt to copy the LOG file while NEWSie is running, there could be some problems with software not being able to copy a currently open file. (i.e. there is no 'end-of-file', the file is still being created.)" Paul also posts this about WDialog: "Well, I remember right after I got the commercial version of CAB from Systems For Tomorrow (version 2.5) I installed WDIALOG so that I would be able to use GEMjing, since at the time, I hadn't yet started using MagiC - I was still running TOS 4.04 on my Falcon. Anyway, WDIALOG made all the CAB 2.5 icons look like the icons from the early version of CAB (1.5). As a result, I thought my 2.5 had somehow reverted back to some sort of demo version or something. That is, until I found a little blurb in the CAB manual about older versions of WDIALOG causing this problem with CAB. But, regardless of which version of WDIALOG I use now, it still does this to the CAB 2.5 icons. But, since I started using MagiC 5, I haven't even loaded WDIALOG, and I don't feel I'm missing anything. As far as what WDIALOG actually does, I've never been 100% clear on that either. I know it's supposed to allow more customization of printer drivers, and adds some other system extensions to TOS, but other than that, your guess is as good as mine." Michael Clemmetsen tells Paul: "I'd like to add my name to the list of those who are confused about Wdialog. I've seen posts here which indicate that you still need WDialog even if you have Magic installed. Is this true? I thought Wdialog simply provided MagiC-compatible AES-extensions to those OSes that did not have them." Now Paul asks about MagiC: "I just had something rather bizarre happen with MagiC 5 and my boot (C:\) partition... I don't recall doing anything unusual, but after a re-boot, everything seemed to be loading in the normal way, but right _before_ MagiC finished loading MAGXDESK, the file selector popped up, in the C:\GEMSYS\GEMDESK directory, asking which program I wanted to run (?!). And if I hit CANCEL, the file selector would just continue to prompt me for a file to run. If I hit OK, the same thing would happen. If I selected a program, then hit OK, depending on the program, I would either get an error message (ie. program exception error - which is equivalent to 2 bombs in TOS), or the file selector would just come up again. Despite turning everything off for several minutes and cold-booting, the same thing kept happening. So, I re-copied my C:\ partition from a (very) recent backup, and re-booted - however, the same thing happened again!!! At this point, I was starting to worry a bit, to say the least!!! So, I wiped my C:\ partition (an activity that doesn't exactly make one feel comfortable!), and re-copied it from an older backup. And when I re-booted, everything worked ok... <wheeeeeeeeeew!> What the $%@^# is going on here?!?!?! No programs crashed prior to this strange behavior, and there were no problems with the hard drive partition. There were no new AUTO programs or ACC installed either. I changed NOTHING before this happened. I'm running MagiC 5.11 on a 14meg "standard" Falcon030." Pascal Ricard tells Paul: "It looks like there was something wrong with your desktop. For example, if I rename magxdesk.app to apx the file selector will be prompted." Roger Cain tells Paul: "I've had this. Forget how it all came about but the problem will be that Magic does not know what to run after initialising. Check your MAGX.INF is readable and make sure that the path to the desktop is not corrupted. If you want to re-install anything then try all the MAGXDESK components. You could try selecting MAGXDESK.APP if it gives you the file selector again as this (or Thing or Jinnee) is the sort of program it's looking for." Paul tells Pascal and Roger: "Before I recopied the whole C:\ partition from a backup, I of course, first tried selecting and running MAGXDESK.APP, but that didn't work (it gave me an error message). Then, I tried copying all the MagiC-related stuff, including the entire GEMSYS, GEMDESK, and MAGIC directories and all included files, as well as MAGX.INF from a recent backup. This didn't solve the problem either as the file selector still came up at the end of the bootup cycle. I then copied (from a backup) my AUTO folder and ACCs. Problem still there. So, I recopied (from a backup) the entire C:\ partition. Problem still there. That's when I went to a slightly earlier backup of C:\, and it finally worked. So whatever corrupted the original MagiC file(s) was also in the most recent backup. Anyway, all is well now, and I'm certainly glad I had a second backup! :~) And if this should happen again, at least now I'm a little more "informed" about what's going on..." The old SwampDog himself, Guy Harrison, tells Paul: "MagiC can't load application id zero (ie the desktop application). It is prompting you to select one (although other apps might run). I use Ease. If something happens to corrupt one of its critical files Ease will die leaving MagiC no choice but to bring up this file selector. When this happens to me I simply point it at the original MagxDesk program and use that temporarily while I locate the corruption and fix it." Joshua Kaijankoski tells us: "I desperately need some sort of graphics card for my TT that is compatible with Magic and most applications. Could somebody please sell me one or give me some info on where to get one. I'd appreciate it a lot." Brian Becroft tells Joshua: "This is NOT an official announcement, but I want you to know that Mario is now in the circuit design stage of making a graphics card/accelerator which will work on the TT030. It will be made initially to work on the ST/STE with the idea of bringing the machine into the 'modern world' so to speak. You will then be able to plug a SVGA monitor into it and use the internet and have decent graphics. With the new CPU it will be faster than the TT030 also. TT030 owners will get more than the usual 16 colors for a change - and the full screen being used for a change!! Not to mention photographic quality graphics... CPU upgrade to boot... So if you can wait or spread the word to other TT030 etc owners we would like to know how many would buy this upgrade and how much you would pay. I mean, if you want to pay, I'm sure Mario will upgrade the CPU to a 68060 if you want. I can't wait for him to finish it! Other serious suggestions are welcome. I'm using his PC mouse adapter and I'm most impressed. Especially using the Genius Net Mouse with the double click and left-click-and-hold on the middle rocker-button. I didn't realize how it makes the computer easy to use, you don't realize it 'til you try it!" Well folks, that's about it for this week. Tune in again next time around and always be ready to listen to what they are saying when... PEOPLE ARE TALKING EDITORIAL QUICKIES Wyatt Earp It's 1880, the decade of gunslingers and gentlemen. This is a story of one such young man that wanted more than anything to be the fastest and most respected gunslinger in the west. The place was Dodge City, Kansas in the Sawdust Saloon. The young man walked into the Sawdust Saloon and, to his surprise, saw Bat Masterson sitting at a table playing poker. The young man walked up to Bat and said, "Mr. Masterson, I would like to be a gunslinger just like you. Could you give me some tips?" Bat Masterson put his cards down, looked up at the boy and said, "Son, I don't usually give out tips like this cause it could someday be detrimental to my health, but step back and let me take a look at you." The boy stepped back and Mr. Masterson said, "You look good. You're wearing black, you've got two ivory handled guns with waxed holsters, and you look like a gunslinger. But what's more important, son, is: Can you shoot?" The young man, happy to show how good he was, quickly drew his pistol from his right holster and without aiming shot the cuff link off of the piano player's right sleeve. Bat Masterson said, "That's good shooting son, but can you shoot with your left hand?" Before Masterson could even finish, the boy had already drawn the pistol from his left holster and shot the cuff link off of the piano player's left shirt sleeve. Very proud of himself the young man blew the smoke away from his six shooter and holstered his gun. "How was that?" the boy asked Masterson. Bat Masterson smiled and looked up and the boy and said, "That was pretty good shooting son. I couldn't do better than that myself, but I do have one good tip for you." "What's that?" the boy asked. "I suggest that you go to the kitchen and ask the cook for a large can of lard. Then take both guns of yours and stick them down deep in the lard." Puzzled the young gunslinger asked Masterson why he should do that. Masterson put his cards down again, leaned back in his chair, and said, "Well son, when Mr. Earp gets done playing the piano over there, he's going to take those two guns of yours and. . . " The boy didn't wait for the rest of the answer. Best experienced with [ie_animated.gif (7090 bytes)] Click here to start STReport International Magazine ICQ#:1170279 [S]ilicon [T]imes [R]eport http://www.streport.com Every Week; OVER 850,000 Readers WORLDWIDE All Items quoted, in whole or in part, are done so under the provisions of The Fair Use Law of The Copyright Laws of the U.S.A. Views, Opinions and Editorial Articles presented herein are not necessarily those of the editors/staff of STReport International Magazine. Permission to reprint articles is hereby granted, unless otherwise noted. Reprints must, without exception, include the name of the publication, date, issue number and the author's name. 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