ST Report: 7-Jan-94 #1002

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 01/10/94-11:06:18 PM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 7-Jan-94 #1002
Date: Mon Jan 10 23:06:18 1994

                            SILICON TIMES REPORT

                       STR Electronic Publishing Inc.

   January 07, 1994                                             No. 1002

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 > 01/07/94 STR 1001  "The Original * Independent * Online Magazine!"
 - ADOBE Cuts Library $$  - Which Monitor?    - Lotus makes BIG deal
 - Intuit's QuickPay      - PC SALES UP!      - LEXICOR NEWS!
 - Delphi Spotlite        - People Talking    - The Old Fishin' Hole

                      -* F/A Hornet 1.1 FAQ SHEET! *-
                -* Microsoft Intro's Multimedia Schubert *-
                   -* CD-Rom Sales Reach $97.1 Million *-

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 > From the Editor's Desk             "Saying it like it is!"

      Hail 1994!  Big things are happening on all fronts.  There's a NEW
 Online service debuting.  New Deals and products galore on all platforms
 and a reaction to our article about the systematic erosion of our civil
 rights.  The response is outstanding.  Over three hundred letters were
 received in response to the article and I might add, each and every one
 of them were supportive.  As an added fact, a good majority of the
 letters were from US Military Service Personel.  Just this afternoon,
 STReport received a call from a local TV station's general manager asking
 for further information relative to the article and if we'd like to offer
 it as an editorial "on the air".  There are meetings planned for next

      My, my Apple is opening it "own" online service.  Perhaps its now
 time for certain MAC sysops to re-think their positions as they seem to
 percieve themselves as high and mighty with everlasting dictatorial
 powers.  Their "moment of truth" is soon to be at hand.  eWorld is
 defintely going to be handing out generous doses of humble pie to those
 who think they're unshakable.  It will get interesting.  In the ratings
 of the online services the "deck" is shuffling rather rapidly.  STReport
 has found most sysops on every platform to be ultra cooperative.  Of
 course there's always going to be a few who seem to have an insatiable
 need to feed their egos by whatever means they find.  Thankfully, eWorld
 will, by its mere exsistance, correct this glaring fault found on only one
 of the major online services catering to the MAC community.  Sooner or
 later this sysop will learn that spouting rules and regs to the paying
 users is not in the service's best interests at all times.  Isn't, the
 customer always right.  You see, in the final analysis.. he's paying the
 bills.  Its ironic but very true... in every 'failed' enterprise one can
 find where the principals "thought" more of themselves and their "rules"
 that they did of the paying customers.  They soon had no customers to
 "rule" over.

      CompuServe, (CIS) while often criticized as being the "most
 expensive", is still the Online Service by which all the others are
 judged.  CIS is a true value in that its online speed and file transfer
 rates are quickest among all the networks.  It has the largest userbase
 and the greatest number of features at this time.  Among the fastest
 growing in popularity is AOL, America Online, right there with AOL is
 Delphi in the growth department... seems the PC and MAC areas of Delphi
 are literally doubling and tripling with every passing month since Delphi
 brought full Internet access into the light of day.  GEnie is doing quite
 well as Prodigy continues to slip due to a number of rather perplexing
 reasons.  One of which is the old fear of "Prodigy reading your hard
 drive"... this fear alone has instigated droves to go online elsewhere.

      Be sure to follow the monitors segments closely as we are getting to
 the "nitty-gritty" as far as which are the best buys and which are liable
 to break not only your heart but your wallet in the long run.



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                        IBM/POWER-PC/PC SECTION (I)

                   Computer Products Update - CPU Report
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                  Weekly Happenings in the Computer World

                                Issue #01

                         By: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

                  ******* General Computer News *******

      ** New Family PC Magazine to be Launched by Disney and ZIFF **

    This week, the Walt Disney Co and Ziff-Davis Publishing Co. announced
 the creation of a joint venture to publish 'Family PC', a new computer
 magazine for parents and children.  It's anticipated that Family PC will
 be launched in the third quarter of this year. Jake Winebaum will be the
 publisher and editor-in-chief.

    J. Scott Briggs, president of the Ziff-Davis Consumer Media Group
 said, "Jake Winebaum created the family magazine category with the la-
 unch of FamilyFun. We're convinced that he'll create a hot new category
 with Family PC. He's shaped much of the thinking that's gone into this
 magazine, played a major role in putting this joint venture together,
 and has the editorial and marketing expertise to make it a big success."

    Family PC will publish two issues this year and will appear monthly
 in 1995.  The magazine's circulation and advertising rates will be an-
 nounced at a later date.

                ** Worldwide Computer Sales Up in 1993 **

    According to a survey from Dataquest, a market research firm, sales
 of computer systems worldwide grew by $7.1 billion in 1993 to a total of
 $120.7 billion. This was due in large part to the increased sales of
 personal computers.

    Reports say that personal computer revenues were up 16.2% to $66.3
 billion, while workstation revenues grew by 8.6% to $10.1 billion.

    Mainframe revenues dropped 9.5% to $21.2 billion, and midrange com-
 puter revenues slipped 3.7% to $21 billion. Supercomputer revenues grew
 6% from $2.06 billion to $2.2 billion.

                ** IBM and Apple to Seek VCR Standards **

    Rumor has it that IBM and Apple Computer Inc. have joined an inter-
 national group seeking to standardize digital video cassette recorders
 for use in high-definition TV sets.  According to reports from Japan's
 business daily, Nihon Keizai Shimbun, the two firms decided to take part
 in the 3-month-old industry council on expectations that the computer
 business would be further involved in home-electronics markets in the

    The council was formed by 10 international electronics manufacturers,
 aiming at completing standardization of digital VCRs by December this

    Japanese participants include Sony Corp., Matsushita Electric Indust-
 rial Co., Hitachi Ltd., Mitsubishi Electric Corp. Victor Co., Sanyo
 Electric Co., Sharp Corp. and Toshiba Corp. Other council members are
 the Netherlands-based Philips Electronics and French concern Thomson
 Consumer Electronics.

                   ** Adobe Cuts Type Library Prices **

    Prices on its Type Library for Macintosh and IBM systems are being
 lowered by Adobe Systems Inc.  Adobe says it hopes the price reduction
 will make its typefaces more available and will help existing customers
 expand their type libraries.

    Overall, individual typeface package prices are reduced by 25%. "For
 example," Adobe said, "Lithos prior to the price reduction had a sugges-
 ted retail price of $185 and is now $145.  Special typeface combination
 packages and products, such as Adobe Wild Type, Adobe Type Basics, and
 the Adobe Font Folio, will retain their current pricing."

    If you are interested, you can contact Adobe at 800/83-FONTS.

                  ** CD-Rom Sales Reach $97.1 Million **

    According to new figures from the Software Publishers Association,
 sales of software on CD-ROM disks reached $97.1 million on 3.86 million
 units for the first three quarters of 1993.

    The SPA's survey of 53 leading software makers in the CD-ROM market
 indicates sales grew progressively. The third quarter saw $38.3 million
 in the total sales on 1.3 million units. Second quarter sales were $28.3
 million on 1.2 million units, while in the first quarter sales were
 $30.4 million on 1.3 million units.

    The survey also found:

    -:- 59% of the CD-ROMs reached the user from the original equipment
        manufacturer, while the remainder were distributed through other
    -:- Because of higher unit prices, revenues were split 69% to 31% in
        favor of non-OEM channels.
    -:- The average price was $42.28 per CD for sales through non-OEM
        channels, compared with $13.09 for OEM-direct purchases.
    -:- Traditional operating systems (DOS, Windows and Macintosh) acco-
        unted for 85% of sales in the first three quarters (90% in the
        third quarter).

    -:- Content-based CDs continued to be the largest selling category,
        accounting for 40% of sales in both the third quarter and the
        first three quarters. Home education software accounted for 21%
        of sales through the first three quarters. Games and other home
        software accounted for 27% of sales.

                    ** Six Face Chip Theft Charges **

    Five men and one woman in San Jose, Calif. have been indicted on cha-
 rges of conspiracy and attempted robbery in an alleged scheme to steal
 $6 million in computer chips.

    The six, all arrested Dec. 17, are being held on $5 million bail each
 with arraignment is set for next week in Santa Clara County Superior

    The suspects are accused of trying to hijack a truck they thought was
 carrying Intel Corp. chips on U.S. Highway 101 in South San Jose. The
 alleged heist was really a sting operation by San Jose police and the

 ** SPA Raids 3 Singapore Firms **

    Announcing raids on three operations in Singapore, the Software Pub-
 lishers Association says it is taking its first action against software
 pirates in Asia.

    Three retail stores were targeted by SPA representatives, who, accom-
 panied by Singapore police officials, seized software at the locations,
 including business application software, education and home software,
 CD-ROM applications and games. Also seized were copyrighted manuals and
 other program documentation, according to a Washington statement from
 the SPA.

    Says the statement, "Under Singapore law, copyright infringement is
 both a civil wrong and criminal offense. Remedies under a civil suit
 would include an injunction, damages including exemplary damages, dis-
 covery and legal costs. Maximum criminal penalties for persons convicted
 of copyright infringement is a $100,000 (Singapore Dollars) fine and/or
 five years' imprisonment."

                  ******* General PC/Clone News *******

                   ** Lotus Makes Big Software Sale **

    Lotus Development Corp. and accounting giant Coopers & Lybrand anno-
 unced this week that Coopers has signed a contract to equip 28,000 of
 its PCs worldwide with Lotus' SmartSuite and Lotus Notes products.

    The companies say the initial order will be distributed to 15 Coopers
 & Lybrand firms and is likely to eventually increase to 40,000 PCs.

                     ** Intuit Offers New QuickPay **

    Intuit Inc. has announced enhanced versions of its QuickPay software
 for DOS and Windows. The firm says QuickPay 3.0 provides more complete,
 faster and more flexible payroll-processing capabilities.

    Among QuickPay 3.0 new features are printing capabilities for W-2 and
 W-3 information on standard forms and additional payroll reports such as
 those showing year-to-date employee earnings, withholdings, hours
 worked, sick and vacation hours, company payroll taxes and a liability
 report listing all payroll liability account balances.

    Both DOS and Windows platforms are included in a single package
 selling for $74.95.

              ** Microsoft Introduces Multimedia Schubert **

    Microsoft Corp has introduced Multimedia Schubert: The Trout Quintet,
 a multimedia software program for IBM-PC compatible computers.

    Reports say that the CD-ROM software highlights composer Franz
 Schubert and one of his most popular works, "The Trout Quintet." It
 features a digital stereo audio track that allows the novice or trained
 listener to explore and experience this lively work of music with a
 freedom and depth unequaled by albums and printed references.

    "The music exploration series brings significant pieces of music to
 life on the home computer and gives both expert musicians and new com-
 puter users a chance to experience music on a new level," said Nils von
 Veh, product manager, consumer division at Microsoft. "High-quality
 interactive products like Multimedia Schubert allow users to signifi-
 cantly expand their knowledge of music and important composers with
 commentary that lets them actually see the shape of the music as they
 listen to it. Full-color reproductions of art works that are expressive
 of Schubert's era heighten the experience."

    Other titles in the CD-ROM music exploration series from Microsoft
 are Multimedia Beethoven: The Ninth Symphony; Multimedia Mozart: The
 Dissonant Quartet; and Multimedia Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring.

    Multimedia Schubert will be available this month and will sell for

                     ******* General MAC News *******

                 ** Microsoft Unveils New Mac Products **

    Microsoft Corp. announced that it's bringing three of its popular
 Windows multimedia titles to the Macintosh.

    The Microsoft Encarta multimedia encyclopedia 1994 Edition, the Mic-
 rosoft Cinemania 1994 interactive movie guide and the Microsoft Book-
 shelf 1994 CD-ROM reference library are scheduled to become available in

    "We are delighted to respond to requests from our Macintosh customers
 for these award- winning titles that demonstrate the extraordinary
 range, power and ease of interactive multimedia," says Tom Corddry,
 manager of the family reference business unit at Microsoft. "Encarta,
 for example, is more complete and extensive than a printed encyclopedia
 because it includes more than the full text of a major, printed ency-
 clopedia, plus color photos, video, animations and hours of audio not
 collected anywhere else. Our editorial staff for Encarta, headed by a
 former senior editor from World Book, has been very busy with this
 latest release."

    Microsoft Encarta 1994 Edition for the Macintosh has a suggested re-
 tail price of $139. Microsoft Cinemania 1994 for the Macintosh has a
 suggested retail price of $79.95. Pricing details for Microsoft Book-
 shelf for the Macintosh will be released upon the product's availa-

                   ** Claris Ships MacWrite Pro 1.5 **

    Claris Corp. reports that MacWrite Pro 1.5, a new version of its
 Macintosh word processor, is now available. MacWrite Pro 1.5 works with
 System 7 Pro, the new Macintosh operating system from Apple Computer
 Inc.  System 7 Pro includes support for AppleScript, QuickTime and
 PowerTalk, a new feature that allows users to exchange electronic mail
 and documents.

    Also new to MacWrite Pro 1.5 is a Table of Contents feature that lets
 users create a customizable table of contents for complex documents.

    MacWrite Pro 1.5 is available now for a promotional suggested retail
 price of $99. The offer runs through May 31, after which the price will
 rise to $249. Claris is also offering "Bonus Bundle" coupons in the box.

               ** New Spreadsheet Aimed at Younger Users **

    Davidson & Associates Inc. has developed a spreadsheet program for
 younger Macintosh users.

    The company is now shipping The Cruncher, an easy-to-use, talking,
 animated spreadsheet program targeted to users ages 10 and up. Using
 step-by-step tutorials, The Cruncher teaches spreadsheet and math
 fundamentals. By using real- world examples such as party planning,
 family budgeting and baseball statistics tracking, the $59.95 software
 illustrates how to use math and spreadsheets in everyday life.

    "Everyone knows what a spreadsheet is, and many adults use them every

 day," says Jan Davidson, president and founder of Davidson & Associates.
 "But never before has a spreadsheet been designed specifically for
 students -- one that helps them understand how a spreadsheet works, how
 it can be useful in their lives and how it can be fun to use. The
 Cruncher does just that and it teaches math concepts at the same time."

                    ** Apple Unveils Online System **

    A new online service called eWorld has been announced by Apple Com-
 puter Inc.  Apple says the service is expected to be available in the
 U.S. this spring and worldwide later.

    Reports from Apple's Cupertino, Calif. headquarters say, "The service
 will only work on Apple's Macintosh computers initially. However, Apple
 will expand it to the much wider base of IBM-compatible PCs running
 Microsoft's Windows software later this year and to devices based on its
 Newton technology."

    The computer maker says initial services on the system will be sup-
 plied by the Boston Computer Society, Dow Jones Business Information
 Services, InfoWorld, MacWorld, Regis McKenna Inc. and Reuters America.

    The basic monthly subscription will cost $8.95, including two free
 hours of evening or weekend use. Each subsequent hour of weekend or
 evening use will be $4.95. There will be an additional network surcharge
 of $2.95 an hour during business hours.

          ** WordPerfect Extends Introductory Upgrade Special **

    WordPerfect Corp. has extended to March 15 its $59.95 introductory
 upgrade pricing for WordPerfect 3.0 for Macintosh.

    Besides allowing current WordPerfect Mac users to upgrade to 3.0, the
 program also enables users of competing word processing package to trade
 for WordPerfect 3.0 for $99.

    In a statement from its Orem, Utah, offices, WordPerfect said sales
 of WordPerfect for Macintosh have doubled with the release of version
 3.0, and channel sales have exceeded company expectations.

    The $495 package runs on any Mac with a hard drive and 2M (System
 6.0.7 or higher) or 4M (System 7.x) of RAM.


 > MONITORS STR Review   Monitors - A Comprehensive overview

                           WHICH MONITOR IS BEST?


 by Ralph F. Mariano

      As we opened this series it was stated we would look at the benefits
 of buying a quality monitor as opposed to buying "price".  Most of you
 have experienced the letdown of paying big money for an item only to find
 a less expensive rendition was as good if not better.  Or, so you
 thought.  That may or may not be the case with Computer Monitors.

      The prices of say.. a 14 inch, non-interlaced color monitor can vary
 by as much as two hundred dollars.  One has to ask; "what can the
 difference possibly be to cause such a price difference?"  The answer is,
 of course, not simple.  Some of the main differences are caused by the
 dot-pitch of the monitor and whether its interlaced or not.

      The subtle causes for the price differences are many...  the
 benefits for such differences are not readily realized.  They are,
 however, realized over the long haul.  One's eyesight is not easily
 replaced.  For this reason alone the purchaser should always pay
 particular attention to the monitor's specifications especially in the
 radiation, focus, reflection and dot-pitch size areas.

      Much has been said about "matching the monitor to your needs"...
 something like; "if you're going to be doing word processing and such go
 for a monochrome monitor.  Nothing is said about the above mentioned
 factors at all.  That's sad.  In reality, a quality monitor will yeild
 excellent results as far as readability and ease of use are concerned.
 To go for a monochrome monitor simply because one is focused on word
 processing is rather looney.  What about six months or so down the road
 when the individual may have to put together a presentation requiring
 color?  Oh, I see... that user can go out and buy _another_ monitor..
 Great for monitor sales but not so great for the user.  The smart money
 is on the monitor that's purchased intelligently the _first time_.  A
 monitor that will provide first class performance regardless of the task
 at hand.  This my friends, is what the article is all about.  STR has a
 number of different monitors we are currently using for different tasks
 and at the same time, rotating the monitors from task to task.

      Among the monitors we are working with, two are absolute standouts
 in every positive way imaginable they are; the 17" Mag Innovision Monitor
 and the NEC 17" Monitor.  Both are superb in both performance and overall
 value.  There's a total of seventeen monitors involved at this time,
 ranging from a non-interlaced "no-name" monitor that is doing
 surprisingly well compared to certain of the high dollar disappointments.
 (two, to be spotlighted in a later segment) In this segment, we'll look
 at the reliablity factor of the lower cost monitors, private label and
 recognizable manufacturers.  Samsung, Arex, NonInterlace, CTX and
 Goldstar were among the fourteen inch, 28 dot pitch versions put through
 their paces.  The Noninterlace was by far, the strongest performer in the
 value department.  Half way through the series of use tests being
 performed the Samsung simply went to sleep.  The CTX performed as
 flawlessly as the others but since it cost a little more, we gave it a
 closer look.  For the money, approx 50.00 more than it's competition, it
 offered a nonglare screen that more than made up for the added cost in
 the lower eye fatigue.  All the units were used while Corel Draw 4 was
 running true color pictures and text.  That is a very nice
 Art/DTP/Multifaceted presentation package.  Look for an in-depth review
 of Corel's powerful new packages in the near future.

      In the fifteen inch category, the CTX once again proved to be the
 better monitor in the price range it was in.  The non-glare screen is
 really easy on the eyes.  No squinting to peek through background
 reflections.  The off brand monitors seemed to run on the hot side, by
 that I mean they were far warmer to the touch than the brand name
 monitors.  In terms of long term reliablity, we all know heat in
 electronics ios a killer, so... need any more be said?

      In the seventeen inch category, the MAG Innovision model 17f is
 quite the performer (very impressive in all categories).  The monitor has
 some of the fanciest of features available to the everyday user.  LED
 readout of the screen size and frequency (that's a nice feature)
 especially when checking the video drivers in use.  Programmable presets,
 built in degausser and multi-platform connectors.  Next, we 'll cover the
 NEC and the other seventeen inch models in-depth.  They were, all but
 two, almost equals.  One was a dismal disappointment and two others
 simply were not worth the effort taken in hooking them up and to test.
 Until next time......



                      Secret Openings for DOOM Anyone?


      Level one has two secret doors.  The first is behind the Monsters
 on the high left hand ledge.  They throw fireballs at you as you're
 trying to navigate along the path through the radio-active slime.  The
 second door is just past that room, on the right, it leads outside to
 blue mega armor bonus.

      You can get the chain saw on this level by entering the computer
 area, finding the spot where the hall is flashing and has red ceiling
 lights also, there's a green armor bonus nearby.  Shoot the outside
 wall.  On the far side of this area, you'll find two bright metal strips
 on the wall opposite a free standing monitor pillar. A number of waste
 barrels are nearby. There's a secret door between the strips containing
 an ammo backpack.  Additionally, after getting the chain saw, search
 along the left side of the wall on the way down to the computer area then
 on the way out of the computer area, look in the alcove just to your
 right.  In the main area, the first Chaingun can be found OUTSIDE the
 building.  You must open the secret door by entering another secret door
 in the main lobby.  Its to your right as you enter at the far end of the
 center edifice.  Look for a slightly different color to the wall, push on
 it.  One inside, among the goodies is a switch to open the gate that's
 upstairs on the ramp.  You'll see it when its open... its the only way to
 the ouside.

      This is a very interesting and challenging level.  Don't waste your
 time shooting at the monsters through the half-door.  Its a waste.
 Opposite the half door, is a staircase going down, proceed down there and
 turn to your left.  There's a switch there that opens a passgeway just
 upstairs to the right. After throw the switch, you see a diagonal
 passageway on your map (tab key)that leads to an upper computer room,
 also "diagonal".  The walls don't go N-S-E-W, but NW-SW-SE-NE.  If you
 explore the computer room for secret doors, you'll find two areas where
 your character will not grunt when you push on the walls.  You'll have to
 retreat to the diagonal passageway and wait until you hear the doors
 open.  Then speed to either of them and glide on through.  You'll have to
 be fast so use the right mouse button full out.  The door presents a cave
 with radio-active slime running around the perimeter with a rocket
 launcher and several rockets.  Travel the radio-active slime stream
 through the opening you fit into until you come to a small landing with a
 switch.  Activate the switch, it triggers the bridge across the infamous
 radio-active slime pit.   Also in that alcove is another secret door
 leading to the second chain gun, along with other supplies and an
 elevator leading to one of the rooms you've explored through a one-way
 secret door by the staircase.  Now, speed to the second secret door in
 the computer room, go down the dark spiral staircase kill all the
 Monsters down there.  Throw the switch in the pillar and get the Life
 Power Charge.

      Go across the bridge, open the secret panel, and head down the
 hallway.  Be careful!  There are two places down there which trigger
 secret doors to rooms full of monters.  After you've cleared the room,
 find a small passage in the back of the last room along the gray wall.
 This leads to the exit room to the Military Base, a bonus, secret level.
 Before you go, turn around go straight back, open the wall opposite the
 exit switch, ride the elevator.    Up top, you'll find another box of

      There's a pair of landings at either end of the radio-active slime
 trench.  One leads to a switch, elevator, and a few goodies.  The other
 leads to a room with a monster, more goodies, a switch, and an elevator
 to a Life Power Charge.

      There's blue mega armor you grab while running off of the rising
 platforms in the radio-active slime pool.  Opposite the pool are a series
 of secret doors in the middle of the window.  These lead to a Radiation
 Suit, chain saw, and a Life Power Charge.  On the right, in the room with
 radio-active slime and a rising pathway connecting two
 doors, is another secret door in the lower right.  You may notice the
 discoloration in the wall.

 LEVEL SIX      more next week......  Including the Military Base


                    :HOW TO GET YOUR OWN GENIE ACCOUNT:

      Set your communications software to Half Duplex (or Local Echo)
                      Call: (with modem) 800-638-8369.
               Upon connection type HHH (RETURN after that).
                          Wait for the U#= prompt.

                  Type: XTX99587,CPUREPT then, hit RETURN.

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            Information Services/GEnie, reprinted by permission


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                           MAC/APPLE SECTION (II)
                             Randy Noak, Editor

 by Randy Noak

      Here we are. It's 1994 and the millennium approaches with
 predictions of the apocalypse, continuing assaults on the First and
 Second Amendments, wars, Whitewatergate, Troopergate and Beavis and
 Butthead with their own TV show. At this point though, my main worry is
 just remembering to write 1994 on all my checks! Now that the Holidays
 are over, Mac Report will be getting back to our regular features and
 schedule. Jeff Coe, Senior Associate Editor, and I have been discussing
 changes we'd like to make in the coming year, and I think you'll like
 them. Keep your eyes peeled!

      Last issue I welcomed the new Mac Report staffers. I thought I'd
 take a little space in this issue to let them introduce themselves to

 **Randy Noak - Editor**  That's Me!

      I've published, edited and written for hard copy publications and
 have been involved with computers since I obtained a state-of-the-art
 Atari 400 many moons ago.  I've also toiled feverishly as a beta-tester
 for system and application software for varied platforms.  Besides
 Editing Mac Report, I spend some time as a Quality Assurance Lab
 Technician at one of Northwest Indiana's famous steel mills and am
 President of Southlake, Incorporated.

      I live in the cornfields of Northwest Indiana with my very patient,
 understanding wife, Nikki, and my lovely children, Valerie and Andrew. My
 older daughter, Megan runs a comic book store and my other daughter Anna
 is in the U.S. Air Force.

 **Jeff Coe - Senior Associate Editor**

      Jeff Coe has been an avid computer hobbyist since the early 80s,
 when he purchased his first computer for the sole purpose of playing
 ZORK, and other text adventure games from Infocom. That first system, an
 Atari 800XL, has since been replaced by an Atari 1040ST, a Tandy MS-DOS
 system (which didn t stick around too long), and ultimately, a Macintosh
 LCII. Jeff has been involved in several Users Groups over the years as,
 at various times, newsletter editor, software librarian, and president.
 He is also currently a parent volunteer for tech support in a program
 that has put Macintosh computers in the home of every 4th grade student
 in the local school district (although that s the subject of a future

      Jeff is married to a very loving and patient woman named Debbie, and
 they have two children whose talents he uses extensively to get into the
 higher levels on the game software he reviews for STReport. He lives in
 northwest Indiana, where he makes his living as an automotive service
 technician (a mechanic). Jeff welcomes your comments and suggestions
 about his reviews. He can be reached on-line at the following addresses:
 on America Online, send mail to "STReportJC", and on the GEnie network he
 can be contacted as "J.COE1".

 **Guillaume Brasseur - Associate Editor, Games**

      Guillaume Brasseur is a French student living in San Francisco.  He
 has been living in San Francisco for over ten years and looks forward to
 going to college in the fall. He has been using Macintosh computers since
 the age of twelve and has recently bought a new Mac, the Performa 550.
 He enjoys snow boarding, when he has the chance to head to the mountains,
 reading and talking with others. Guillaume is 17 and single and loves to
 have fun.

 **Steven Kiepe - Associate Editor, Applications**

      Steven Kiepe has been a writer and editor for several computer
 publications including Current Notes magazine. In addition to his current
 use of Macintosh computers, his computing experience included mainframe
 programming in Fortran in the 1970's and stints as an owner of  Commodore
 64, Atari ST and various MS DOS/CPM computers.  Steve is a Naval Officer
 and helicopter pilot serving in San Diego, Ca.

 **John Donohue - Associate Editor, DTP & Graphics**

      Born and raised in Pennsylvania (suburbs of Harrisburg). Started
 playing golf at the age of 10, turned professional at the age of 23 and
 moved to Florida. Became head professional at a country club in May of
 1976 in Orlando, Florida and remained there until January 1988.

      First computer purchase was a Tandy Model III with a whopping 24k of
 ram and 2 internal disk drives. Soon moved on to the Model IV to increase
 the ram up to 64k. Less than a year later it was on to the Model 1000 and
  PC  compatibility. I soon realized 1 computer wasn t enough for business
 AND pleasure and purchased a PC XT with a  huge  20 meg hard drive. I was
 in heaven.

      In October of 1987 I saw an Atari 1040 ST and thought (because of
 the GUI)  this is computing!  I was hooked on the graphics capabilities
 (Publishing Partner) and soon sold my Tandy 1000 and XT to purchase a
 1040 ST. I gradually increased both power and productivity with purchases
 of a Mega 4, a Mega STe and finally a TT Atari computer. Along with an
 extensive library of clipart and Adobe Typefaces I soon found myself
 completely immersed in  how to  layout a page of text and or graphics.
 There weren t enough hours in the day.

      In April of  93 I made the decision to switch platforms and pur-
 chased my present hardware set-up. Finally made it to the  rest of the
 world . Currently my clients include 3 of the 5 major print shops in
 Highlands County, Florida, and an advertising agency based in Washington

 **Melanie Bell - Associate Editor, Education**

      Melanie Bell, a Mac admirer, fell in love with the ease of use doing
 work study at college.  She is a first grade teacher and taught third
 grade for two years.  She is currently working toward her masters, in
 Early Childhood Education.  Besides teaching she also enjoys reading, and
 meeting new people.

      We are all dedicated to bringing you an even better Mac Report in
 1994. Look for more reviews, more news and more views. In short, more of
 what you've come to expect from Mac Report. Let us know how we're doing.


 > LucasArts NEWS! STR InfoFile

 LucasArts announces...


            LucasArts' Top Ranked "Star Wars" Action/Arcade Game
      Features 3D Graphics, Video, Speech and the Original Movie Score

 San Rafael, CA - January 5, 1994 -- After only one month in the stores,
 Rebel Assault from LucasArts Entertainment Company became the best-
 selling PC CD-ROM entertainment title of all time.  Noted in the Wall
 Street Journal as the #1 multimedia title for the holidays, and hailed in
 PC Review as one more compelling reason for buying a CD-ROM, Rebel
 Assault  s holiday demand nearly outstripped supply.  Riding on this wave
 of success, LucasArts announced its commitment to bring its blockbuster
 game to Macintosh CD in the spring of1994.

 Rebel Assault, with more than 400 megabytes of intense action, will
 mount an assault on the Mac CD-ROM marketplace.  Its ammunition:  a
 riveting story; detailed 3D graphics; dramatic voice-overs; the "Star
 Wars" score as performed by the London Symphony Orchestra; and movie
 footage from "Star Wars", plus original full-screen video footage.  Its
 goal:  To set a new industry standard for Macintosh CD-ROM entertainment
 by combining compelling content, improved interactivity and technical

  "With the rapid installation of Mac CDs in homes and Apple's aggressive
 commitment to multimedia, it makes good business sense to bring our
 leading PC CD-ROM title to the Mac CD marketplace," said Mary Bihr,
 LucasArts' director of marketing.  "We're confident Rebel Assault will be
 as successful a title for Mac CD as it has been for PC CD-ROM."

  Rebel Assault takes full advantage of the CD-ROM platform.  "The game
 art is rendered in camera-perfect perspective using advance 3D modeling
 techniques. The result is astoundingly realistic game visuals," said
 Vince Lee, Rebel Assault project leader.  "Past games, like X-Wing, have
 used 3D art  sporadically, but this is the first time we've used it
 throughout an entire game.  We've immersed the player in a believable
 'Star Wars' universe.  Even human figures - one of the most challenging
 subjects to capture - are rendered exquisitely in  3D."

  The ultra-realisitic graphics are featured in both the cinematic cut
 scenes, which move the story along, and the first-person interactive
 sequences. Additional scenes include the smooth integration of digitized,
 full-screen  video. The result is a visually-consistent world that deftly
 moves between first- and third-person 3D perspectives and live action,
 and between interactive and  non-interactive components.  An innovative
 streaming mechanism allows Rebel  Assault to be accessed directly from
 the CD without compromising game-play speed.

  Complementing Rebel Assault's stunning visuals is composer John
 Williams' original "Star Wars" score as performed by the London Symphony
 Orchestra. Additionally, professional actors provide voices, and "Star
 Wars" sound  effects, borrowed from Skywalker Sound, are used liberally.
 Rebel Assault features an internally-developed, four-channel sound system
 that allows music, speech,  sound effects and ambient sound to be played

  In Rebel Assault, players step into the boots of Rookie One, an  aspir-
 ing Rebel fighter pilot.  Before the action starts, players have the
 option of making Rookie One male or female -- the program will alter the
 character's physique  and voice accordingly.  Fifteen extensive and
 varied levels take Rookie One from training runs through Beggar's Canyon
 in a T16 Skyhopper to the game's climax  -- the trench run on the Death
 Star in an X-wing starfighter.  In between, Rookie One chases TIE fight-
 ers through an asteroid storm, takes out a Star Destroyer, blows away
 Imperial walkers and blasts through a Rebel base overtaken by
 stormtroopers.  A passcode system lets players return to different
 sections of the game, and three levels of difficulty adjust Rebel Assault
 to players' skill levels.

  In addition to the PC and Macintosh CD-ROM versions, Rebel Assault will
 be available for Sega CD (published by JVC) in the spring of 1994.  The
 PC and Macintosh CD-ROM games have a suggested retail price of $79.95.


 > F/A HORNET STR InfoFile

                            **Mac Report Info**
                       **F/A Hornet 1.1 FAQ SHEET!**

 F/A-18 Hornet 1.1 will be shipped to all registered users some time in
 January. Here's a list of new features from the 1.1.0fc read me file.
 1.1.0fc is a pre-release version and there may be some changes when the
 release version ships.

 - A STICK CONTROL pop-up menu has been added to the preferences dialog
 fordirect support of third-party joysticks including Gravis MouseStick(R)
 and thenew ThrustMaster(tm) Flight Control System.

 - A DIFFICULTY DIALOG has been added for more control over SAM, AAA,
 enemy pilot ratings, missile/Gun lethality, etc. In addition, your
 aircraft's sustainable damage can be adjusted from "easy meat" to "flying
 Tank" (minus the clever wording).

 - ARA (Appletalk Remote Access) is now supported allowing direct modem-
 to-modem connections using the built-in networking features in system
 7.x. Please contact Apple Computer for  information on ARA and network-
 ing. Modems speeds of 9600 baud or better are recommended. 2400 will work
 well but is not supported officially.

 - RICHER TERRAIN, bases have more individual character for more flight

 - COMMAND-I will hide all instrumentation leaving the HUD and weapons

 - COMMAND-N will (night/day toggle) adds 12 hours
 to the world time.

 - CYCLE through the four missions at the current pilot
 level by pressing option key while clicking on the "Briefing" button in
 the Pilot Window.

 - ZOOM keys now available in forward (cockpit) view.

 - "MEATBALL" or Freznel Lenz System has been added to all aircraft carri-

 - GENERAL FLIGHT MODEL has been radically altered for more realism.

 - VELOCITY VECTOR now shows accurate flight path in real-time and lags the

 - VELOCITY VECTOR now flashes when HUD limited (at the edges of the HUD).

 - AUTO-GEAR-UP mechanism has been removed  in favor of a breakable gear
   (watch it!)

 - GEAR will now break at speeds in excess of 200 Knots on all NON-PAVED

 - AOA INDEXER is now fully functional and keys only on AOA (as it

 - AOA INDEXER will now shut off as soon as you touch down.

 - NOSEWHEEL steering has been incorporated. Rudder now steers nosewheel on
   ground. - Radar modes now have independent range memories.

 - Coverage for radar modes has been redesigned to take 'look down' into
   consideration when imaging. Therefore, the higher you go, the wider your
   coverage (up to the maximum ranging currently set). In addition 'SIL'
   mode will be much more effective at low altitude.

 - Low altitude now has LESS masking effect in active  modes.

 - Weapons can no longer be released while not flying (on ground).

 -  Electro Optical camera tracks the current target, designated with the
    radar or with the E/O designate "Return."  Camera resets to 'ahead'
    position when AG weapons are cycled. Its now possible to cycle through
    radar targets using (\) in #5 view.

 - All weapons except the B-57 nuclear device are available in training.
 - 20MM Cannon lethality has been increased.
 - Color for "Fast" mode cue will now be the same as HUD color.
 - Ejection seat will work at low altitudes.
 - Missions will now end automatically when you STOP your engines.
 - Panorama mode now also works with just two monitors
   (main and secondary). - Network code has been radically redesigned.
 - New network terrain.
 - It is now possible to enter the net world without other players.
 - Visible flares
 - Autopilot now works at just under 100ft.
 - No more "Altitude" warning when autopilot is on at low altitude.
 - Blackout transition (from clear to black) has been slowed to half of
   1.0. - COMMAND-I: Hides/Shows instrumentation
 - COMMAND-H: Hides/Shows HUD readouts.
 - COMMAND-C: Changes HUD Color
 - COMMAND-R: Resets current mission (only in training and network.)
 - Zoom in and out (0 and 9) now work while you are in the cockpit.
 - COMMAND-N: Adds 12 hours to clock. (night/Day). Works in replay too.

                   ===  These items have been fixed  ===

 - Replay/resume mission inconsistancy.
 - Max. on-ground speed of 135 knots.
 - Radar has been totally re-written to eliminate certain scaling
   problems. - Heading displayed in Moving Map is now correct.
 - AAMs can no longer be locked onto ground targets.
 - Problems with PowerBooks connected to external monitors.
 - Problem with keystrokes sticking on occasion.
 - Panorama mode is now working properly in both color & B/W modes.
 - HUD now defaults to Black on B/W Machines.
 - Instruments now draw correctly in all instances.
 - Custom sound driver has been removed to eliminate confusion.
 - Problem with de-brief screen causing freezes.
 - "SHOOT" cue will no longer flash while cycling through targets.
 - AGM-62s are now modeled as true glide bombs.
 - Some missions have been fixed for consistant play.
 - HUD VSI now show positive numbers for ascent/negative numbers for

       In addition to these changes, these others have been 'found'.

 - Pressing the up and down (or left and right) arrows together shows a 90
   degree straight up view.

 - shift 5 shows a view from outside your aircraft looking toward the
   selected enemy. (Some people report this, others say it's not on their
   copy. It's not on mine.)

 - a full load of fuel is 12000 lbs.  A drop tank brings it to 14500.

 - An Easter Egg that lets you fly any airplane in the mission MIGs).

 The main thing you will notice is that carrier landings are MUCH harder.
 In addition to the glide slope, the AOA will have to be just right or
 you will probably bolter. (I think thats the term.)  It's when your hook
 doesn't catch any wires and you have to add power and go around.

 The scenery is improved, but all the people standing around have gone
 home. No more buzzing people on the beach.

 The airplane seems to be a bit more sluggish than 1.0.  Apparently this
 is more realistic. You'll need about 150 kts of airspeed to even get off
 the ground.  I guess 1.0 was a bit generous with thrust.



                      **Mac Report Hardware Pricing**
                 **Special Apple Pricing to User Groups!**

 Here's some interesting info courtesy Rnady (hey, that's how he spells
 it) Zeitman.

  Apple's User Group Connection is now offering refurbished macs to user
 group members. Here's the latest price list and November's to boot. I
 dunno what happend to January.

  January Price List
  M1383LL/A  Performa 600 5/160 w/CD (monitor not included)  $1,269.00
  M1044Z/A   16 Inch RGB Monitor                             $  999.00
  UGC405 Performa 405 4/80 w/.39 monitor                     $  659.00


  UGC will only accept orders sent in one of the following 3 ways:
  FAXED ORDERS TO:  408-461-5701
  Master Card, Visa or cashier's checks payable to:
  P.O. Box 67249
  Scotts Valley,CA 95067-7249

 January Promotion orders only taken from January 1 through January 31.

 Refurbished products are equipment that has been returned to Apple by
 existing resellers.  It may have been returned for any of a number of
 reasons, including discontinuation of that model, a return by a customer,
 or a malfunction in the product.  All returns are checked for proper
 function, repaired if necessary, repackaged, and marked "refurbished" on
 the box.  Refurbished products include a 90-day warranty.

  November Price List

  M1383LL/A Performa 600 5/160 w/CD and 14" RGB Monitor   $1,479.00
  UGC405 Performa 405 4/80 w/.39 monitor                  $  659.00
  UGC450 Performa 450 4/120 w/.29 monitor                 $sold out
  M2046LL/A Stylewriter II                                $  229.00
  M1174LL/A PowerBook 170 4/40 without modem              $1,299.00
  M1686LL/A Macintosh Performa 200                        $  549.00


 Thanks Rnady. Here's a _whole bunch_ of Apple press releases that just
 happen to coincide with the San Francisco Mac Expo. I've left most of
 them as they are except for removal of excess hype. One word of warning
 though: Even though some of the hype has been removed, there is still
 plenty left, so those that are overly hype-sensitive may wish to skip
 this part of Mac Report. For those with the courage to go on, there is a
 lot of info here.  We'll be presentiong all the information in two parts
 the first part this week and the remainder next week.  More details on
 Apple's planned on-line service, PowerPC info, AppleShare, StarCore and a
 whole lot more.


              Apple Details PowerPC Technology Upgrade Options
                          Current Macintosh Models

  SAN FRANCISCO, California--January 3, 1994--In anticipation of the
 debut of its next-generation PC platform, Macintosh  with PowerPC ,
 Apple Computer Inc. today unveiled how current Macintosh customers  can
 upgrade to PowerPC technology. Specifically, Apple announced  plans to
 offer both logic board and processor upgrades based on the  PowerPC 601
 chip for a wide range of Macintosh systems. The upgrades  are designed to
 provide current Macintosh customers with access to  the  power and
 performance of the new PowerPC technology, developed  jointly by Apple,
 IBM and Motorola.

 Logic Board and Processor Upgrades to Boost Performance of Current
 Systems Both the logic board and processor upgrade products are designed
 with the PowerPC 601  chip to provide 2-4 times the performance of the
 existing Macintosh models when running native applications. Details on
 the upgrade options are as follows:

       - Apple expects to provide logic board upgrades for the Macintosh
  Quadra  840AV, 800, 660AV, 650 and 610 models, the Macintosh Centris
  660AV, 650 and 610 computers, and the Macintosh IIvx, vi and Performa
  600 products.  Additionally, owners of the Apple Workgroup server 60,
  80 and 95 will be offered logic board upgrades to PowerPC processor-
  based systems which will run a version of the Macintosh System 7.0
  operating system for the PowerPC processor.

       Logic board upgrades will provide these existing Macintosh models
  with the full functionality of PowerPC technology. Dealer
  installation is required.

       -  Apple plans to offer a lower cost processor upgrade card for the
  Quadra  950, 900, 800, 700, 650 and 610 models, as well as the
  Centris 650 and 610 computers.

       This processor card will provide customers with a low-cost upgrade
  option that is also user-installable. The processor upgrade card
  takes advantage of the Processor Direct Slot (PDS) in these Macintosh
  68040-based systems. With the addition of this processor upgrade,
  systems run at twice the speed (megahertz) of the Motorola 68040-
  based system they are upgrading. For example, a 25 MHz system will
  run at 50 MHz with the addition of the PowerPC processor upgrade.

  Availability and Pricing
  Apple plans to ship the PowerPC technology upgrade products
  simultaneously with the introduction of the new Macintosh with
  PowerPC systems in the first half of 1994.  Macintosh desktop upgrade
  products are expected to range in price from less than US $700 to

  Apple and Third-Party Options
  Apple continues to work on upgrades for other Macintosh models. In
  addition, Apple is working in conjunction with selected third-party
  developers to provide an array of options for customers to upgrade to
  PowerPC technology. In November, 1993, Apple announced a licensing
  agreement with DayStar Digital, under which DayStar plans to develop a
  high-performance processor upgrade car for the Quadra 650, 700, 800,
  900 and 950 systems, and the Macintosh Centris 650.



                           MACINTOSH WITH POWERPC

      Momentum Builds For Apple PowerPC Microprocessor-based Personal
 Computers and Servers as New Tools Facilitate Development of Native

 CUPERTINO, California January 3, 1994 Apple Computer, Inc. today released
 a series of developer products that will accelerate the availability of
 native applications for its next-generation of Apple PowerPC microproces-
 sor based personal computers and servers.  Apple announced its Macintosh
 on RISC Software Developer s Kit (SDK) which includes all tools and
 documentation necessary to create new applications or port existing
 Macintosh applications to run native on future Apple PowerPC processor-
 based systems.  Apple also introduced the Macintosh with PowerPC Starter
 Kit and a comprehensive, self-paced training course titled Programmers
 Introduction to RISC and PowerPC.  Additionally, Apple is offering a
 bundle which includes the SDK and training course along with a new native
 PowerPC development environment, CodeWarrior, from Metrowerks.

       These new tools enable software developers to begin adapting their
 applications to run native on PowerPC microprocessor-based computers
 using current Macintosh development systems, before Apple PowerPC proces-
 sor-based systems becomes available in the first half of 1994.  A native
 application is an application that has been recompiled for the PowerPC
 microprocessor.  Native applications take full advantage of the superior
 performance of PowerPC technology.

  Macintosh on RISC SDK
       The Macintosh on RISC SDK is an MPW -based (Macintosh Programmer's
 Workshop) environment that runs on a 68020, 68030 or 68040 Macintosh and
 generates native code for Macintosh with PowerPC microprocessor based
 systems.  The comprehensive, cross-development environment enables
 developers to jumpstart the application development process.  As soon as
 Mactintosh with PowerPC processor-based systems become available, devel-
 opers can finish the port by testing and debugging their native Macintosh
 with PowerPC applications.  The Macintosh on RISC SDK includes:

  -  C/C++ compiler for high quality, optimized code
  -  PowerPC Assembler supporting the full PowerPC instruction set
  -  Two-machine PowerPC Debugger with an easy-to-use interface for
     setting breakpoints, examining and changing memory, registers and 
     viewing  code
  -  Universal System Header Files for both 680X0 and PowerPC processor
     based platforms
  -  MacApp  3.1, an update version of Apple s object-oriented application
     framework for accelerating application development. This gives
     existing MacApp developers a path to port their applications native
     on Macintosh with PowerPC.
  -  Apple Installer 4.0 which is capable of installing either 680X0 or
     PowerPC environments from a common set of files
  -  MPW Development System 3.3 which provides a complete development
  -  Additional Tools and Sample Code including a PowerPC linker, complete
     build tools and scripts and sample applications for Macintosh with
  -  Complete On-line Documentation including all documentation for the
     Macintosh on RISC SDK and the PowerPC System Software

  Macintosh with PowerPC Starter Kit
 The Macintosh with PowerPC Starter Kit introduces developers to the
 basics of the Macintosh with PowerPC. It includes a collection of docu-
 ments for general information as well as detailed technical documentation
 about both the PowerPC microprocessor and System 7 for Macintosh with
 PowerPC.  The kit includes:

  -  PowerPC 601 RISC Microprocessor User s Manual (Motorola, Inc.)
  -  Complete instruction set and overview of the PowerPC architecture
  -  Inside Macintosh:  PowerPC System Software
     Documentation on the new Macintosh with PowerPC system software:
     System 7 for Macintosh with PowerPC
  -  Migrating to Macintosh with PowerPC Checklist
     Tips for developers porting an existing Macintosh application to run
     native on Macintosh with PowerPC
  -  PowerPC Technology:  An Overview for Apple Third Party Developers
  -  An overview of the path to PowerPC for customers and developers

  Programmers Introduction to RISC and PowerPC
 Apple's Developer University course 'Programmer's Introduction to RISC
 and PowerPC' introduces developers to the technical issues associated
 with RISC and PowerPC microprocessor technology.  The format is an
 interactive, multimedia CD-ROM designed as a self-paced learning tool.
 It prepares developers for recompiling existing code for the Macintosh
 with PowerPC while enhancing speed and portability, as well as writing
 new code for Macintosh with PowerPC.

  Metrowerks CodeWarrior
 CodeWarrior is the industry's first native development environment for
 the PowerPC microprocessor-based and 680X0 microprocessor-based
 Macintosh.  With quick turn-around time and an integrated user interface,
 CodeWarrior enables programmers to quickly and easily develop applica-
 tions for both platforms using the same source code base.  CodeWarrior
 comes in three versions, Gold, Silver and Bronze.  The Gold version is
 the most comprehensive and includes development releases of C, C++ for
 the 680X0 Macintosh and for the Macintosh with PowerPC; a development
 release of Pascal for the 680X0 Macintosh; and C and C++ cross-compilers.
 The Silver version supports native PowerPC microprocessor development
 only, and will be released when Apple ships Macintosh with PowerPC
 systems.  The Bronze version, available now in pre-release form, supports
 680X0 development only.

  Price and Availability
 The Macintosh on RISC SDK is being made available at this time in pre-
 release form, with an automatic upgrade to the final version at no addi-
 tional charge.  It includes a non-disclosure agreement, which the user
 agrees to by opening and using the product.

       CodeWarrior Gold is also being made available at this time in pre-
 release form, with an automatic upgrade from Metrowerks to the final
 version at no additional charge.

       The Macintosh on RISC SDK, Macintosh with PowerPC Starter Kit, the
 Programmers' Introduction to RISC and PowerPC and Metrowerk's CodeWarrior
 Gold are available worldwide and can be ordered through APDA, Apple s
 source for developer tools.  The SDK (delivered on CD- ROM) has an APDA
 catalog price of $399, the Starter Kit at $39.95, the Programmers Intro-
 duction at $150 and CodeWarrior Gold at $399. APDA can be reached in the
 United States at (800) 282-2732; in Canada at (800) 637-0029; or interna-
 tionally at (716) 871-6555.

  Apple is offering a bundle including the Macintosh on RISC SDK, the
 Programmer s Introduction to RISC and PowerPC and Metrowerk s CodeWarrior
 Gold for a price of $849 through APDA.  A one-time, special price of $749
 is being offered to all who purchase the bundle during MacWorld Expo,
 January 5-8, 1994.  The promotional bundle and individual products can be
 purchased at the APDA booth in the Apple Developer Central area at
 Macworld Expo in San Francisco (Room 200, Moscone Center). Prices will
 vary outside the United States and customers are urged to contact their
 local Apple subsidiary for pricing and availability information.


  Apple Computer Participates at MACWORLD EXPO/San Francisco  94

  Keynote Address
  Date:  Wednesday, January 5, 1994
  Time:  11:30 a.m.
  Location:  San Francisco Marriott, Yerba Buena Ballroom
  Speaker:   David Nagel, senior vice president and general manager,
             AppleSoft Division

  David Nagel will highlight the successes of the Macintosh platform in
 the ten years since its introduction, and outline some of the key direc-
 tions for Macintosh in the future.

  Apple Online Services (AOS) Press Conference
  Date:  Wednesday, January 5, 1994
  Time:  8:30-10:00 a.m.
  Location:  Hotel Nikko, Nikko Ballroom; Mason and O Farrell Streets
  Host:  Gaston Bastiaens, vice president and general manager, Personal
  Interactive Electronics (PIE) Division

  Apple Computer, Inc. will announce eWorld, a new global on-line service
 with a unique user interface.  Well-known information providers will also
 announce their services.  Please bring your business card or press cre-

  AppleSoft Press Conference
  Date:  Wednesday, January 5, 1994
  Time:  3:30-5:00 p.m.
  Location:  Moscone Convention Center, Room 250
  Host:  David Nagel, senior vice president and general manager, AppleSoft

  Apple Computer Inc. will announce the availability of PowerShare
  Collaboration Servers software.  Updates on System 7 Pro, PowerTalk, and
  the AOCE technology will be provided as well.

  Please bring your business card or press credentials.

  Date:  Wednesday, January 5 - Saturday, January 8, 1994
  Time:  10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  Location:  Moscone Center, Ballroom 102/103

  Apple Computer, Inc. will participate as an exhibitor at MACWORLD
 EXPO/San Francisco in dedicated  Apple Pavilion.

  The year 1994 will mark the introduction of Apple Computer's PowerPC
  technology-based Macintosh systems.  Apple and several of the many
 developers working on applications which tap the power and performance of
 the new Macintosh systems will be demonstrating pre-release versions of
 native  Macintosh with Power PC applications in booths throughout the


 > eWorld ANNOUNCED! STR InfoFile      "...added a new dimension..."

                          Apple Computer's eWorld
                   To Change The Shape Of Online Services

  CUPERTINO, California--January 3, 1994--Apple Computer, Inc. today
  added a new dimension to the world of electronic information services
  by announcing eWorld , a new family of online services which will
  bring the world of electronic information within reach of millions of
  people across the globe. eWorld services will keep people in-touch,
  informed, and entertained, at home, at school, and at work.

       eWorld for Macintosh  will be the first of a series of eWorld
  interactive services, and will be available to Macintosh personal
  computer users in the United States in Spring 1994, with releases for
  the global market later in 1994.  eWorld for Macintosh will be
  distinguished by its collection of meaningful information and
  transactional services from popular, well-known publishers and
  service providers, initially targeted to meet the needs of
  professional users at work and at home, via a simple, intuitive and
  engaging interface.

       These publishers and service providers are expected to include such
  industry leaders as the Boston Computer Society (BCS), Berkeley
  Macintosh User Group (BMUG), Claris Corporation, Dow Jones Business
  Information Services, Grolier Electronic Publishing, Inc., Inc.
  Magazine, INDIVIDUAL, Inc., InfoWorld, MacWorld, Regis McKenna, Inc.,
  Reuters America, Inc., Tribune Media Services, USA TODAY Information
  Center, WordPerfect Corporation, and ZiffNet/Mac, among others.

      Following the introduction of eWorld for Macintosh, Apple will also
  provide eWorld interactive services for Windows-based PCs, and for
  devices based on Newton technology.  The first eWorld messaging
  service for Newton , NewtonMail , was announced in November 1993 and
  will become commercially available during the first quarter of 1994.

  Real World Metaphor
      Recognizing the appeal of the familiar, eWorld is modeled on a real
  world metaphor, presenting people with a bird's eye view of a
  colorful and attractively-illustrated online community.  The eWorld
  community consists of an electronic neighborhood of buildings, each
  representing a specific area of the online service--the Library for
  research, the Newsstand for news and sports publications; the
  Business and Professional Plaza for business information and
  services; the Arts and Leisure Pavilion for after hours entertainment
  and hobbies; the Computer Center for computer assistance and
  software; the Marketplace for purchasing products and services; the
  eMail Center for worldwide electronic mail; and the Community Center
  for interactive communications ("chats" and discussion areas) and
  online events.

       As people explore eWorld--to read up-to-the-minute news, to plan a
  business trip, or to scan reviews of the latest movies--the online
  experience is made familiar and comfortable through the use of a
  consistent interface design.  This extension of the real world
  metaphor is supported by color-coded organizational schemes, a
  carefully-designed language of icons representing standard eWorld
  functions, and a thoughtful sound design to provide useful cues and
  helpful feedback.  For example, each area of eWorld is distinguished
  by a different color, and each online publication within eWorld is
  represented by a unique icon.  Both these navigational aids prevent
  subscribers from getting lost or disoriented, and clearly indicate
  when they have moved from one area of the eWorld community to

       This attractive, understandable, and familiar interface empowers
  people to filter and select information according to their
  professions, their interests and their needs.   eWorld enables people
  to find what they want efficiently, and revisit that location
  quickly; to purchase goods and services conveniently; and to exchange
  information interactively in real time.

      eWorld provides customers with a powerful, easy-to-use global e-mail
  service that offers professional features and reliability.  eWorld
  users can also easily communicate with users of the Internet, as well
  as many other electronic mail services, through mail gateways that
  allow the use of simple address abbreviations instead of complex
  network addresses.  eWorld offers a range of real-time interactive
  communications capabilities, including lecture and information
  sharing forums, or town meetings, that enable up to 250 people to
  participate simultaneously.  People can witness lectures, debates,
  and discussions of topical issues by experts in a wide variety of
  fields.  Smaller groups of eWorld users can chat and collaborate
  electronically in both public and private forums.  In the future,
  eWorld's communications capabilities are expected to include
  incorporation of Apple's Open Collaboration Environment (AOCE)
  technologies to provide integration with PowerTalk services.

      eWorld is uniquely designed to be a global online service.
  Incorporated into eWorld"s distributed architecture are numerous
  capabilities specific to supporting worldwide operation.  These
  include support for multiple languages for both content and
  applications, a global/local content model that allows publishers of
  all sizes to reach a global market and still offer information of
  local interest, and network services from multiple vendors providing
  local access points around the world.  While initial availability
  will be provided in the United States, eWorld services will steadily
  expand their reach toward worldwide access and availability.  English
  language versions of eWorld for Macintosh will be extended to
  countries around the world in 1994, followed by native language
  versions for German, Japanese, and French.

      eWorld services will be made available on a range of devices,
  including Macintosh personal computers, Windows PCs, and Newton
  devices, and people will be able to access common features across the
  different platforms.  For example, an eWorld customer will be able to
  use the same e-mail  address and mailbox from any supported device,
  allowing consistent  communications across a variety of situations.  An
  eWorld customer who uses a desktop computer for electronic mail in the
  office or at home will be able to use a Newton MessagePad, or other
  device based on Newton technology, to send and receive e-mail while
  traveling.  Services and information will also be consistent across
  supported platforms, allowing Macintosh and Windows users to interact in
  forums, post messages to bulletin boards, send mail, and perform
  transactions without boundaries related to platform.

  Publishing Tools
      Publishers will find eWorld an appealing environment, rich with
  intriguing business opportunities.  Building on the principles of
  empowerment which Apple pioneered with great success in the desktop
  publishing industry, Apple Online Services has designed powerful
  publishing tools to simplify dramatically the creation and
  maintenance of online publications.  Under the name eWorld Press,
  these tools allow publishers to design and prototype new online
  products and then to update those products cost-effectively by
  migrating information from the publisher's existing repositories to
  eWorld's global servers and online services infrastructure.

      In the United States, the basic monthly subscription fee will be
  $8.95 which will include two free hours of evening or weekend usage.
  Each subsequent hour of evening or weekend usage will be $4.95.  An
  additional network surcharge of $2.95 per hour will apply during
  business hours in the United States.  For customers who receive the
  software bundled on their hard disk, there is no sign up fee.
  Neither is there a surcharge for use of the Internet Mail gateway or
  9600 baud access.  Pricing for services outside the United States
  will be announced later.

      eWorld for Macintosh will begin beta testing in January of 1994 with
  commercial launch slated for Spring of 1994 in the United States.
  Some of the publishers currently working with Apple will be
  furnishing eWorld with pilot versions of their services during the
  beta testing period.  eWorld for Macintosh will be bundled in most
  Macintosh computers by the end of 1994 in the United States.  eWorld
  services will be made available outside the United States in stages,
  starting with native language versions in French, German and

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                            Delphi's Atari Advantage

                           TOP TEN DOWNLOADS (1/5/94)

        (1) WORLD CONQUEST V.0.7B       (6) US MAP
        (2) STORM PATCH 1.01>1.02       (7) WARP9 CP UPDATE 1.51 --> 1.6
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           Look for the above files in the RECENT ARRIVALS database.

                  DELPHI-It's getting better all the time!


                WHAT'S NEW IN THE ATARI FORUMS (January 07)

      Please  join us  in welcoming  PMC  to the  Atari  Vendors Forum  (GO
 ATARIVEN)!  Message  Section 15  and  Library  15  are  now available  for
 PMC-related messages and files.  You can address messages to Oscar  Steele

 The following initial files are available in LIBRARY 15:

   GML8_P.TXT - Gemulator 3.0 information and special
   GBNCH3.ZIP - Gembench 3.25 benchmarking for ST/Gemulator users
   COMPUB.ZIP - Catalog of over 3000 books at 50% + discount!
   CB_REA.TXT - Ordering information for used book catalog.

 Download the following files from LIBRARY 6 of the Atari Productivity

  RN161P.LZH - Runner 1.61 Alternate Desktop
  RN161N.LZH - New features and overview of Runner 1.61
  RN161D.LZH - Docs for Runner 1.61(RUNR161P.LZH)
  RN161B.LZH - Background pics for Runner 1.61

      This is  the  newest  release  of  Runner  (1.61)  by  Dave  Thorson!
 Organize programs  into easy-to-use  menus, assign  them to QuickKeys  for
 fast  access. Use  any PI1,.PI2,.PI3,.PC1,.PC2,.PC3  pic  as a  background
 pic.   You can also run programs and view text  files from the file selec-
 tor,  for those that you don't place in  menus.  Built-in text file viewer
 lets  you search  and  move forward/backward  and  print screens  as text.

      Download file TOOL.LZH  from LIBRARY 14 of  the Atari Arts Forum  (GO
 ATARIARTS)  for a  replacement  of version  1.0  of cadtool.  This program
 provides  a nicer user interface, somewhat faster operation and a few bugs
 were found  and squashed.   Cadtool  V1.1 offers  3D2 object  modification
 similar  to the  object functions  found in  CAD3D  but it  is faster  and
 completes the operations correctly.

      Also download LANDMN.ZIP  from LIBRARY 2 of the  Atari Arts Forum (GO
 ATARIARTS) for a  simple but habit-forming game, similar to the Minesweep-
 er  game that comes with  Windows. Find  out where the mines are buried...
 carefully! Shareware, from the PTAUG Nov. 1993 disk.  High rez or low rez,
 source code included.


                          ATARI/JAG SECTION (III)
                           Dana Jacobson, Editor

 > From the Atari Editor's Desk              "Saying it like it is!"


      I knew it.  I could have predicted it was going to happen.  Not me;
 I haven't had as much as a sniffle in over 5 years.  Why do I need a flu
 shot?  Well, I'm certainly paying for it now, along with double the
 interest!  I can't recall ever feeling this sick before.  I do know that
 whatever I can do in the future to prevent this from happening, I will
 do! (Famous Last Words)  Cough syrups, aspirin, gel-caps this and
 liqui-caps that, salves, lozenges, and whatever else could be found at
 the local pharmacy just didn't seem to help at all.  Solid food hasn't
 touched my lips in over a week; and sleep, what's that?

      I mentioned last week that if you didn't see the initial installment
 of our online support staff article, it would be due to illness.  Well,
 the article was done and in - it just mysteriously never appeared!!
 Don't ask...

      Anyway, the Delphi Atari Advantage staff are highlighted in this
 week's issue.  If any of this medication starts to work, we'll have some
 of the staff from Compuserve in next week's issue, with the remaining
 staff the following week.

      For the moment, I'll be content to let John Duckworth do some online
 fishin' for me and Joe Mirando let me know what's happening in the
 hallowed halls of Compuserve's Atari forums.  A little of this and a
 little of that, and I'm going back to bed!

                                                      Until next time...


 > SUZY B Software STR InfoFile             "A Honey of a Deal"

                 Suzy B's Software..."A Honey of a Deal"

 Suzy  B's  Software   is  buzzing  onto  the  scene   of  the  Public  Do-
 main/Shareware supply  services with  a difference.   Supplying  single or
 double-sided disks  as requested, we  will fill the  disks full  with com-
 pressed self-extracting  files (compatible with all  TOS versions).   That
 in itself  gives you a good  deal, but Suzy B's  goes on to  give you what
 the owner, Suzy B, calls "a  honey of a deal."  She asks, "How  many times
 have you wanted a utility  and a game from  a P.D. service but had to  buy
 two disks to get  them both?  With Suzy B's we put  your individual selec-
 tions on a  single disk so you  can pick and choose  and get more of  what
 you want.  Do  you want a  game, a children's  program, a picture file  or
 two, the most recent version of ST  Writer, and a NASA press release?  You
 can have  them  all on  one  disk!   All our  files  are compressed  in  a
 self-extracting format to  give you even more of what you want.  Right now
 we have about 8,000 files from which  to choose--our catalog is about  950
 pages long--2.75  Megabytes of ASCII  text, and it  keeps growing! It's  a
 lot more work for us, but you get "a honey of a deal!"

 To All Shareware Authors (please pass this along!):
 Suzy B's  Software  is  offering  you  an  opportunity  to  increase  your
 Shareware registrations.   If you will  place a brief text  description of
 our  service in your  software's documentation (see below)  we will give a
 free  two disk Suzy B's Software catalog (value $2) _and_ a $3 discount on
 a Suzy B's  Software disk to  each person who  registers one of  your pro-
 grams.   If they register  two they  will get  a total of  $6 in  credits.
 Even if a  person is  just _upgrading_ your  software (and  if you  charge
 money for  the upgrade!) they still  get the $3  discount!  Please  get in
 touch with us if you wish to participate  in this program, or if you  wish
 to get  one of our catalogs  and see our selection  first hand.   Maybe we
 can help each other!

                             Suzy B's Software
                             3712 Military Road
                      Niagara Falls, N.Y. 14305 U.S.A.
                    Phone: 716-298-1986 or 716-297-8514

 Suzy B's carries an ENORMOUS  selection of Atari PD/SHAREWARE  software as
 well as having  a VERY  unique approach  to software  distribution.   Call
 today for a catalog, I think you'll be pleased!

 Suzy B's  Software puts your  individual selections on  a disk so you  can
 pick and  choose and get more  of what you  want.  Do  you want a game,  a
 children's program, a  picture file or two, the  most recent version of ST
 Writer, and a  NASA press release?   You can  have them all  on one  disk!
 Right now  they have about  8,000 compressed files  from which  to choose!
 With Suzy B's software you get "a honey of a deal!"

 Good  News!   Everyone  who registers  one of  my Shareware  programs will
 receive  a free two disk  Suzy B's Software catalog  (value $2) _and_ a $3
 credit towards the purchase  of a disk from the Suzy B's  Software collec-
 tion.  Register two programs, get a $6 credit  towards the purchase of two
 or  more disks;  register three  programs,  get a  $9  credit towards  the
 purchase of  three or  more disks...and  so on!   What  if you've  already
 registered, but have an older version of my software?   Just upgrade for a
 fee of  $x and you'll still  get the Suzy B's  discount.  Now  that sounds
 like "a  Honey of a Deal!" Just include a  SASE with your registration fee
 so that I  can mail a certificate of registration back to you for use with
 Suzy B's.



                           DIGITAL ARTS PRODUCTS
                        Lexicor Software Corporation
                        North American distributors!

 Recommended Retail:                     - 199 U$D

 DA's PICTURE works in any resolution with  a minimum of 640x400 Pixels  on
 any Atari Computer with/out Graphics Board.

 DA's PICTURE  has an internal Virtual Memory Manager  which will allow you
 to handle large  screen animations and pictures,  even if you do  not have
 OUTSIDE, the Virtual Memory Manager and a 68030 Atari Computer.

 Pictures can be zoomed in and out (31 different levels), has an  effective
 Palette handling  system, elaborate lasso  cut and paste functions.  Great
 Retouching  and Painting tools such  as Finger, Water, Detailer, Enhancer,
 Spray can, crayon  etc. Masking tools that  allow you, for instance,  only
 to take the K-values of a CMYK color picture.

 A very useful feature is also the definable UNDO buffer.

 DA's  Picture Animation  Tools are  very good  and intuitive  and have  an
 internal format that compresses faster  and better than FLI/C/X/M  and can
 handle 24bit as well!

 Recommended Retail:                     - 189 U$D

 DA's Vector is  a color  vectorgraphics program for  an Atari ST(e)/TT  or
 Falcon Computer, with at least 2 Mb Memory.  Runs in all color resolutions
 from monochrome to 16,7 million colors  with at least 640x400 pixels,  and
 with any graphic board that has a good and stable VDI.

 Vector Graphics Editor
 - Animation - Objects created with straight lines and bezier curves
 - Vector animation editor for multimedia applications
 - Scaling and Rotation of Objects
 - Key frame animation techniques
 - Projection into 3D bezier curves, mathematically transformed
 - Movie player and full screen viewing
 - Extrusion with user defined depth - light positioning - Auto Tracer
 - any vector area can be filled with halftone or color pictures
 - Automatic vectorization of halftone or color pictures
 - Vector Text Functions
 - Chart Generator
 - Text can be be justified, circular, multiple lines
 - Graphical presentation of statistics with pie charts
 - Text can follow a linear user defined path - 2D or 3D bar charts
 - Uses Postscript Type I fonts and CFN fonts - Self defined vector

 - Import/Export vector formats CVG, GEM-Metafile, Didot-VG
 - On-line Manual and tutorial supplying help where you need it
 - Added Utilities such as Graphics converter and Font Converter
 - Gradient fill creator

 Recommended Retail:                     - 289 U$D

 DA's VECTOR  big  brother, more  enhanced, more  features, and  inevitably
 larger in size!

 - Extended fill patterns

 - Improved Animation tools for retouching and editing, post production
 - Modular Port for external addition and extension
 - Photo-CD Import, CLC 10 Scanner Support, Screen Eye Color Digitizing
   control via Modular Port
 - Various Filter Models

 DA's VECTOR PROFESSIONAL  has added external animation tools and will load
 in also  animations made by PHOENIX  or ANM-Link. It  has effective Anima-
 tion tools to not only handle its  own animation functions but has  simple
 editing tools available as well.


 DA's Layout (CD) and DA's REPRO (CD) for photo retouching and editing

                      LEXICOR SOFTWARE CORP.
                        1726 Francisco ST.
                        Berkeley, CA 94703

                        Phone 510-848-7621
                        FAX   510-848-7613


 > The Old Fishin' Hole STR Feature

                          The Old Fishin' Hole
                 -A Guide to the Online PD/Shareware Waters.

                          by John R. Duckworth

     The holiday hustle and bustle is finally over, I hope all of our
 STReport readers had a safe transition into 1994. Many of us
 finally have our Jags in our grubby little hands, and after a brief
 test period most have proclaimed the system a breakthrough. With the
 proper support from Atari, the Jaguar should become a success with at
 least the die hard game fans. But the Jaguar isn't the first Atari
 system to play awesome games...our lowly ST's have been providing
 gaming enjoyment to many of us for years. Maybe Atari will soon
 release the long awaited Jeff Minter Falcon game supposedly finished as
 well as some of the other promised games which were touted when the
 Falcon was being promoted. While we wait for miracles to happen, I will
 continue to fish the online waters for great PD/Shareware games that
 are worthy of download. One of these gems I will review in this weeks

     "Towers" by JV Enterprises, is a 3-Dimensional Dungeon type game
 for all Atari TOS computers. The game may be played solo or with a
 friend via a midi connection or a null-modem cable. The game is
 shareware (or as JV Enterprises like to call it...Tryware) and must
 be registered in order to get the manual to play more than a couple
 of demo levels.

     The game is very reminiscent of "Dungeon Master", one of the all
 time classic Atari ST games familiar to most users (unless they have
 been living in a box for the past several years). The game will load on
 any TOS based computer with at least one meg of RAM.  A patch
 program may be needed if you have a later TOS version and _only_ one
 meg. The program even ran flawlessly on my Falcon and didn't even
 need to be started in low resolution...other programmers should take
 note. Another nice touch was the inclusion of an installation program
 for those wishing to run the game from a hard drive. If a hard drive
 is not utilized, the game needs two disks to fit all of the data
 files, and a second floppy drive may be used to alleviate disk
 switching agonies.

     Once the game is up and running the user may watch a brief
 introduction (which is nicely done in 16 colors), start a new game,
 continue with a saved game, or allow a second computer to be
 connected so that a friend may join in the quest. After a user has
 selected the new game button, another menu appears so that he/she may
 select which adventurer to incarnate. The characters apparently have
 different traits and qualities, so ease of success may depend on what
 characted a user is playing. After this important decision has been
 made, the main playing screen will appear. This screen is divided
 into several areas...a 3-D view of the dungeon, a spell list, a
 character status window, and a representation of your character which
 depicts items worn and carried. Players who have used the "Dungeon
 Master"  interface should feel right at home with the game.

     The player may be moved through the tower (hence the name!) by
 using the mouse pointer or with the cursor keys, the latter being
 easier and faster. The screen updates rapidly, although scrolling is
 not smooth like Wolfenstein 3D on the clones. Many items will be
 found throughout the tower such as food, weapons, keys, and *gasp*
 monsters (what fun would a game be without villains after all?). Scrolls
 may also be found throughout the game which may reveal spell chants
 which can be used the help the adventurer progress deeper into
 the tower.

     Perhaps the most interesting feature of "Towers" is the
 multi-player capability. Many Atari users have dreamed of a "Dungeon
 Master" type game which would allow for such computer
 seems our dreams have come true. If the author receives enough
 registrations...who knows...maybe he will program us a sequel which
 allows for more than two players. Imagine, a sixteen player dungeon

     If you are a fan of the exploration/dungeon role playing yourself a favor and download "Towers" immediately.
 Although the game is obviously not a commercial effort, it is worth the
 $15 registration fee. Now if I can just find those blasted keys
 so I can get some sleep...

                               Until next week...happy fishing!

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  |   Towers                                                       |
  |      Delphi: Atari Advantage - read TOWERS                     |
  |      GEnie: Atari RT (#31277,#31278,#31508=patch)              |
  * The Tackle Box is meant to provide assistance in finding files
  mentioned in the column. It should not be considered a COMPLETE listing
  and is provided for convenience only. Delphi Atari Advantage
  files should be found in the Recent Arrivals section of the database
  until moved to their appropriate sections.

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 > DELPHI'S AA AREA STR InfoFile  Atari Online Community Support Staff

                     Part One - Delphi's Atari Advantage

 by Dana P. Jacobson
    STReport Atari Editor

      Ever since I got my first modem back in '87, I've been bitten by the
 urge to learn more about my Atari computer and how to use it as effec-
 tively as possible.  Local bulletin board systems were plentiful, and
 terrific for generalized info most of the time, but the need for more
 information and new programs on a very limited computing budget existed.
 Many recommended signing up for an online service, but the immenseness of
 such a service scared me.  Eventually, I did sign up for one, but limited
 my usage to the downloads.  Even then, the online time generated some
 huge bills at only 1200 baud and a penchant for files larger than 50k!
 Eventually, my online service activity was limited to perhaps a call or
 two a week; and I forced myself to getting on and off as quickly as

      About two years after my initial taste of online life, our user
 group was fortunate to arrange a meeting with a representative from
 Delphi.  Since Delphi is local to us, it made sense.  I had heard of
 others in the group belonging to the service, but it didn't sound too
 impressing at the time. Anyway, we got a first-hand look at what Delphi
 had to offer.  We were even offered the opportunity to start our own
 Atari support area in the local Delphi/Boston area, which we readily
 accepted.  Since then, Delphi has been a personal favorite for me.  The
 people online have been extremely helpful and congenial.  The support
 staff, although much smaller than their counterparts, are some of the
 best that I've come across in all of my years of online computing.  It
 gives me great pleasure to start this series of articles with Delphi's
 Atari Advantage area.

      These series of articles will focus on the various support staff;
 their interests, background, responsibilities, and "history."  We at
 STReport thought that starting off the new year with providing you with
 information about these individuals will help to give you a better
 understanding of the people behind the online personae.

      Clayton Walnum, perhaps best known for his recent achievements with
 Taylor Ridge Books, is the manager of Delphi's Atari Advantage area.
 Clay has been around Atari computers since 1981.  His experiences in the
 Atari arena have certainly played an integral part in his responsibili-
 ties on Delphi.

      He got his first computer, a Radio Shack Color Computer, sometime in
 '81.  About a week later, he saw the Atari 400.  After comparing the two,
 he realized that the 400 had 16K of RAM whereas the CoCo had 4K.  The 400
 also beat out the CoCo in just about everything else!  His one complaint
 was the Atari's membrane keyboard while the CoCo's was "real."
 Nevertheless, he returned the CoCo and bought the 400 along with the
 BASIC programming cartridge and the then-famous game, "Caverns of Mars."

      Once he got the Atari 400, he spent every available waking hour
 learning how to program it.  Similarly to most of our wives' and other
 loved ones' dismay, he was hooked.  After a couple of years, he sold his
 first program to a magazine long gone and even forgotten.  The magazine
 didn't even last long enough to see his work being published.  That
 program, a Yahtzee-type game would eventually appear in ANALOG Computing

      But, determined to keep at it, Clay kept on writing and releasing
 his programs via Compuserve.  Most of his early works were text adven-
 tures such as "The Slave Masters of Golgoloth," "Slave II," and "The
 Horrible Secret of Erotica-X."  These games on Compuserve eventually
 caught the attention of an ANALOG Computing magazine staffer named
 Charlie Bachand; and a regular correspondence started between the two via
 E-Mail.  At the time, Clay was working on something to submit to the
 Atari Program Exchange (anyone remember that?!)  It was a checkbook
 program called MicroCheck, but exemplary to the time, the Atari Program
 Exchange went belly-up as well, along with the $10,000 prize he had hoped
 to win.  Clay mentioned MicroCheck to Charlie during one of their online
 sessions, and he was asked to submit the program to ANALOG Computing

      ANALOG bought the program; and like a proud new businessman, Clay
 still has a photocopy of that first check!  MicroCheck "went on to be one
 of the most popular programs of its kind ever published in ANALOG Comput-
 ing (if I can boast for a moment)," added Clay.  He continued to write
 programs for ANALOG, selling quite a few.  Some that Clay recalled were
 Dragonlord, Nightshade, and One for the Road, a few popular games; and

      Less than a year after he started selling programs to ANALOG, Clay
 got a call from Charlie Bachand.  Bachand informed him that Tom Hudson,
 ANALOG Computing's resident programming wizard, was leaving.  Bachand
 wanted to know if Clay was interested in interviewing for the position.
 According to Clay, "I thoroughly hated my job at the time (an industrial
 x-ray technician), and I couldn't think of anything I'd like more to do
 than to be on the staff of ANALOG Computing.  It was a dream come tru e."

      He interviewed with one of ANALOG's publishers, Lee Pappas, got the
 job and became the Technical Editor for the magazine.  One of his first
 assignments was to write a programming column for the Atari ST, which was
 recently released.  Little did he know at the time, but this was the
 birth of "C-manship Complete."  This column was a monthly series of
 programming columns that lasted for several years.  These taught ANALOG
 Computing's readers not only how to program in C but also how to handle
 "the confusing and touchy GEM operating system."  In addition to the
 programming columns, he wrote a series of articles on adventure game
 programming, along with a number of games and applications which included
 "Mr. Scratch" (written in what Clay referred to as "the bug-ridden ST
 BASIC, shudder!"), "Atarzee" (the Yahtzee-type game mentioned earlier),
 "Moonlord," "Moonlord ST," and "MicroCheck ST."

      It was while at ANALOG that Clay was first introduced to Delphi.
 ANALOG decided to take over the Atari area on Delphi and make it their
 official on-line home.  He and Charlie Bachand were in charge of the
 area.  Not only did it offer the usual uploads from typical Delphi
 members, but also programs that were published in ANALOG.

      As history has shown, the Atari ST, although starting off with a
 bang, began to lose popularity.  ANALOG Computing's subscriber list "took
 a big nose dive;" and "in order to avoid bankruptcy, Mike Deschenes and
 Lee Pappas sold ANALOG Computing to Larry Flynt Publications (yes, _that_
 Larry Flynt, he of Hustler fame)."  The magazine's production was moved
 to Beverly Hills; Walnum and Pappas were all that was left of the origi-
 nal staff.  Although not able to move to California, Clay ended up as the
 Executive Editor.  His sole responsibility was to prepare and send two
 complete magazines (ANALOG Computing and ST-Log) to LFP every month from
 his office in Connecticut.  Managing the ANALOG on-line h ome on Delphi
 was also Clay's responsibility.  So, not only did he have to produce two
 monthly magazines; but he also had to check out new uploads, read the
 various message bases, help Delphi subscribers, and every other conceiv-
 able on-line duties!  As Clay put it, "my candle was burning at both ends
 and the wax was melting fast.  My family started referring to my office
 as 'the cave,' from whence the bear who was once husband and father
 rarely emerged."

      Lee Pappas went on to start new magazines for LFP, including
 VideoGames & Computer Entertainment and PC Laptop Computers Magazine.
 Both are still around although with practically none of the original
 staff.  Clay acted as Executive Editor for the first few issues of these
 new magazines, but Pappas soon brought in other editors who could work
 out of the Beverly Hills offices.  The new editor of VG&CE was Andy Eddy,
 a free-lance software reviewer who had worked often with Clay at ANALOG.

      According to Clay, "Andy started to make a lot of good contacts in
 the publishing world.  A year or so after Andy had taken over VideoGames,
 he recommended me to an editor at Macmillan for a Nintendo gaming book.
 Andy and I worked together on the book, which was called "Beyond the
 Nintendo Masters" and sold close to 30,000 copies."

      At about this time, LFP decided to shut down ANALOG Computing,
 leaving Clay out of work.  He decided to see whether or not he could make
 it as a free-lance writer.  He also decided that he wanted to continue to
 run the Atari area on Delphi.  He started putting together book propos-
 als, and, in addition, officially became the main guy for what was soon
 to be reborn as "The Atari Advantage" area on Delphi.

      "Delphi still keeps me pretty busy, although the attendance has
 dropped down alarmingly in the last year or so.  Thanks to the help I get
 from my assistant managers: Gordie Meyer, Jim Cannon, and James King, I
 manage to keep the bill collectors from the door by turning out as many
 books as possible every year.

      Walnum has now written 15 books, including "Master Populous"
 (published by Sams), "Powermonger: The Official Guide" (co-authored by
 Paula Spiese and published by Prima), "The First Book of Microsoft Works
 for Windows" (Sams), PC Picasso (Sams), "DataMania" (Alpha Books),
 "Borland C++ Power  Programming" (Que), "QBasic for Rookies" (Que),
 "Turbo C++ for Rookies" (Que), and "Adventures in Artificial Life" (Que).
 His newest book, "Object-Oriented Programming with Borland C++ 4.0" will
 be published in the first quarter of 1994.  He also has two other books
 in the works.

      Knowing that Clay had other titles not listed above, I asked him
 about them.  To round out the complete list: "C-manship Complete," "The
 ST Assembly Language Workshop," "AES Quick Reference," "VDI Quick Refer-
 ence," "C for Rookies" (written with Paul J. Perry), "Show Me Excel 4,"
 "Mathemagic" (a kids book for which he wrote the program only), and "The
 Trouble with Harold (a short story).  Walnum also added that he wrote the
 book but not the accompanying paint program for "PC Picasso;" and for
 "DataMania" he wrote both the book and the accompanying children's
 database program.

      Clay's final comments: "Hopefully, the Atari Advantage on Delphi
 will be around for a long time to come.  As long as it is, I'll be
 there." (Editor's note: we hope so too!)

      Rounding out the Atari Advantage area are three other hard-working
 individuals: Gordie Meyer, James King, and Jim Cannon.  We also should
 give them their due, profiling them in the order that they came onto the
 Atari Advantage scene.

      Gordie Meyer is the Assistant Area Manager for Delphi's Atari
 Advantage SIG.  He "reluctantly" divulged himself as "pushing 40."  He
 hails from central Iowa.  He attended college for 5 or 6 years, with no
 degree. "...during the attempt," he adds, he majored in Advertising and
 Public Relations.  His real education, he says, is "running a small
 business for almost 15 years."  He's also happily married; his wife Jane
 he call his "computer widow."

      Gordie has a variety of Atari hardware, including an upgraded 4MB
 1040STe with TOS 2.06, hard drive and 2 Syquest 44's, HP IIP laser
 printer, ViVa Fax/modem and other typical paraphernalia.  He also hopes
 to soon add D.E.K.A. and a PC-keyboard.

      "Being an a.m. (Assistant Manager) on Delphi occupies a sizable
 chunk of the time I spend in front of my computer.  And, I have to admit
 that I find that time very enjoyable.  It has given me the opportunity to
 get a much larger view of the Atari community than I would have had
 without it. And, I have met many fellow Atarians online, which has
 greatly enriched my chosen hobby.  I have always been something of an
 information sponge, and having an online service to provide daily doses
 of information is a dream come true.  I have found that being able to
 help others online has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have

      Gordie's other computer-related interests include desktop publishing
 and the closely-related task of collecting fonts, an occasional game of
 "Demolition Man" (a Clay Walnum game, BTW) or one of the "Unnkulian
 Unventures."  He also enjoys "surfing the bitstreams."  According to
 Meyer, "the opening of a full Internet gateway on Delphi greatly expanded
 the well of information I have available; and I have often found myself
 turning a bleary eye to the clock and finding 3 a.m. staring back at me."

      Gordie's computing 'regret': "I wish I knew how to program on my
 machine.  I have found that I have become a computer user in the truest
 sense of that phrase.  I no longer use a program with an understanding of
 the programming that lies beneath it.  I only know how to use them.
 <sigh> Of course, I can always learn to program.  In my spare time..."

      Like most Atari people who help support the Atari userbase, Gordie
 has a "real" job.  He and his partner run a pizza restaurant.  "In fact,"
 he adds, "the restaurant was the reason I got an Atari back in 1980.  I
 got tired of doing payroll by hand, and wrote a program to compute all
 the taxes and give me the numbers I needed to write the payroll checks.
 I wrote it all in Atari BASIC on a 32K membrane-keyboarded Atari 400.  I
 did move up to a 48K 800, and eventually a 130XE.  I translated the
 program I'd written into Turbo BASIC when it came along, too.  But, ever
 since I moved up to my first 520 STfm, I've gone back to writing payroll
 by hand.  I guess the work involved in learning how to program overshad-
 owed the work involved in doing payroll.  As it is, we don't use a
 computer at the restaurant although we have been looking at the idea
 again.  I work 3 days a week at the restaurant, but before anyone gets
 excited, I do put in between 45 and 50 hours a week.  It may only be 3
 days, but they're looonnnggg days.  I do try to log onto Delphi after I
 get finished working, to help unwind.  Which, keeps me pretty current
 with what's happening online and in the larger Atari community."

      He and his wife, Jane, enjoy travelling in their "little" 20-foot
 RV. They usually trek to some mountainous region of the western U.S. or
 Canada, taking along the family greyhound.  They tend to avoid the more
 popular tourist attractions to get away from the pressures of everyday
 life. Actually, Gordie states, "that's why we take them in the first
 place, after all."  They also enjoy gardening and canning every year.
 Gordie enjoys reading, interests running anywhere from science fiction
 and fantasy, to an occasional high-tech thriller.

      As to how he got involved with Delphi, Gordie claims "this just
 sorta snuck up on me.  I was just a regular member, albeit an active one,
 uploading as many files as I could find, and trying to post items that
 I'd pick up from Atari developers and fellow users.  Evidently, I at-
 tracted Clay's attention at the right time, and got asked to join the
 staff.  I was a little worried about not knowing what to do, but I soon
 got the hang of it all, and haven't really looked back.  Clay and I share
 some basic attitudes about how an online SIG should be run, and I think
 that's greatly helped keep the place as friendly and informal as it is.
 I tend to be more enthusiastic about some things, and thankfully, Clay
 hasn't objected enough to have to slap me down."

      Gordie sums his feelings up pretty closely to Clay's comments by
 saying: "All in all, I've enjoyed the ride immensely and look forward to
 many more years on the road."

      James King is the Atari 8-bit Assistant Manager in the Atari Advan-
 tage area.  To sum up his activities, he's responsible for maintaining
 everything 8-bit related.

      He's a 25-year old DP Technical Specialist for the state of Utah.
 His duties include maintaining Unix, Internet, statewide E-Mail, and BBS
 system administration.  He administers a SUN Sparc, an SCO Unix Server
 (both attached to the Internet), the state-wide E-Mail system (using Word
 Perfect Office 3.1, 4.0a, Office-Vision (Mainframe) and WANG mail).

      His non-career work not only includes his 8-bit activities on
 Delphi, but he's also the Exchange Editor for Atari Classics Magazine.

      James' computer systems include a 1-meg upgraded 130XE, 320K upgrad-
 ed 130XE, 256K upgraded 800XL all tied into a multiplexed LAN system
 (using Bob Puff's CSS Multiplexer), 2 x hi-speed Hayes Ultra v.32 modems,
 256K MIO, XF551 disk drive, Indus GT disk drive, 250MB hard drive, XEP80
 80-column board, and miscellaneous printers (3 attached to the MUX
 Server).  Due to work requirements, he also has an NEC 486 running
 Windows 3.1 and a "ton of other Peecee programming."

      James has lived in Germany for most of his life, the son of a career
 Army serviceman.  He came stateside 6 years ago to Fort Douglas, Utah.
 He decided to stay, and attended the University of Utah.  He enlisted
 into the Army and went to Warrant Officer Candidate school.  From there,
 he went into Helicopter School at Fort Rucker, in Alabama.  After a year
 there, he completed his studies and returned to a flight unit in Utah.
 He got married, bought a house, left the Army, and started his computing
 career with the State of Utah government.

      Jim Cannon, the newest addition to the Atari Advantage area, is the
 Database Assistant Manager.  His responsibilities include checking out
 new uploads and maintaining the various databases available to the

      He and his wife reside in Seattle.  They have 3 kids: 2 boys (18 and
 12) and a daughter, 6, "who is the one that takes after me and the one I
 will watch the closest..."

      "I've spent the last 20 years living, working, and travelling around
 the country and can say without a doubt that it's the most beautiful
 place to live.  I enjoy hiking in the mountains, roaming the city, and
 strolling on the ocean."

      "I play rock 'n' roll and the blues on my talent,
 but my neighbors think it sounds good and don't complain.  Problem is
 that I've got a lot of soul, but no rhythm."

      Jim got his first computer in 1979, an Atari 800 with 16K.  He also
 eventually worked his way up to a 400 and 130XE.  He currently has 2
 STes, one of which is currently a "doorstop waiting a trip to the shop'
 while the other is a 4MB machine that keeps him busy on Delphi.

      As to his responsibilities on Delphi, "I do a little of everything
 and keep learning and expanding.  I ready files in Preview (new uploads
 area) for moving to Recent Arrivals."  Jim is currently still going
 through the several thousand files in the databases and removing old
 versions, duplicates, reorganizing and cleaning up files.  He's also been
 working with Clay and Gordie on changes to the databases, which, accord-
 ing to Jim, "should make life a lot easier for everyone."

      In closing, Jim states that "I enjoy being able to contribute to the
 Atari Advantage and I enjoy the education I'm getting -> from everyone <-
 ...user support as always comes from other Atari users.  I think the
 forum proves that."


 > ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine          The wires are a hummin'!

                            PEOPLE... ARE TALKING

  On CompuServe
  compiled by Joe Mirando

   Hidi ho friends and neighbors.  As I write this, the second major snow
 storm in a week is beginning to swirl around me.  I love snow!  I like
 the feel of it under my feet, the way it looks when the sun breaks over
 the hills in the early morning, building snowmen... ummm, snowpersons to
 be politically correct.  About the only thing don't like about snow is
 that I have to "dig out" but, hey, you can't have everything... right?

   At this point, many of you are probably scratching your heads and
 asking "what does any of this have to do with computers"?  The answer
 is: Absolutely nothing.  Now that I've set your mind to rest, let's get
 to the hints and tips to be found every week here on CompuServe...

 From the Atari Productivity Forum

 Rob Rasmussen asks:

   "What are JPEG's? A different picture format?"

 Jim Ness, creator of Quick CIS (and an all-around good guy), tells Rob:

   "Yes, JPEG pics have the .JPG extension, and are the new second
   "standard" on CompuServe, behind the old standby .GIF pic.

   JPEG are heavily compressed using a routine which loses some of the
   detail of the picture.  Typically, JPEG is used for 24-bit (1.6M
   colors) pictures, which would otherwise by extremely large files.  It
   brings a 1meg file down to 150k, or so.

   GIF only supports 256 colors, so another pic spec was needed to handle
   High Color and True Color pics."

 Sysop Bob Retelle pops in and, as he so often does, adds even more

   "Actually, Jim..  JPEG is only a compression standard like ARC or LZH..
   the graphics remain in whatever format they were in before being JPEG
   compressed..  GIF, TIFF or whatever.

   After being uncompressed (unfortunately a necessary step to actually
   view a JPEG compressed picture), the file is in its original format

   (There are JPEG viewers, but all they do is uncompress and display the
   GIF file "on the fly"..)"

 Jim tells Bob:

   "I've never seen a utility which returns a JPG file to some original

   As far as I know, JPG is a pic format in the same way that GIF is a pic
   format.  Both use compression schemes, both are included in modern
   viewer utilities as separate format options.  Both need to undergo a
   decompression routine, before the results can be viewed, and the
   decompression is performed with the aid of info stored in the header of
   the file.

   Programs like GEMVIEW for the ST, or Graphics Works for DOS or Windows
   can convert from any of about 20 different formats to any other on the
   same list.  JPG is one of the choices, as are TIFF, GIF, BMP, etc,

 Bob tells Jim a bit more:

   "It's unfortunate that JPEG has been lumped in with all the "native"
   graphics formats like that...

   It's a situation like the  .TNY  graphics here in the Atari world,
   although not an exact parallel..

   TNY took a DEGAS picture and compressed it, but required a special
   viewer to see the compressed form.  It also allowed it to be
   uncompressed back into the original DEGAS format.  (NeoChrome files
   worked too)

   JPEG compression does the same for today's common formats..  the pair
   of programs  CJPEG/DJPEG compress/decompress the graphics from and back
   to their native form...   ufortunately so far we haven't seen the same
   functionality in the Atari world.. only some viewers that do "on the
   fly" uncompressing.

   Essentially what the JPEG utilities do is to internally uncompress the
   GIF images (which you were correct about.. they're LZH compressed
   themselves), and recompress them using the "Joint Photographic..
   er..Something" compression method.  The main feature of the JPEG
   routines is that they can achieve far greater degrees of compression
   because they're "lossy" compression.. that is, when you uncompress the
   image you lose some detail.. the greater the compression, the greater
   the loss.  You can control the tradeoff between file size and loss of
   detail, depending on which is more important to you.

   The DJPEG utility uncompresses the JPG file into a raw format, then
   recompresses it into a normal GIF file (or TIFF, or whatever it was

   It all adds an extra step of handling, but the compression makes it
   worth the extra hassle...  I've never been tempted to try viewing JPG
   files on my 8 Mhz ST though..!"

 Robert Birmingham asks:

   "Does anyone happen to know of any software/hardware for connecting a
   TT to a Novell or Appletalk (or whatever it's called) network?"

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine tells Robert:

   "There is a German company that allows one to connect Atari's to a
   Novell Network.  The price is close to $1000 for it.  Someone commented
   about it before in this forum.

   For networking Ataris together there is Power-Net which is marketed by
   View Touch in Oregon.  I'm not sure of the current version but it
   should work with TTs, STs and Falcons.  Chris Latham is the author of
   UIS, Universal Network, and Power-Net which is a newer version of
   Universal Network...

   I don't have the phone number for view touch off the top of my head.
   But I will get it for you."

 Yat Siu of Lexicor Software asks:

   "Will someone please clarify the situation about the PowerNET. Is it
   Dragonware or View Touch?"

 Albert Dayes tells Yat:

   "It was both actually.  Dragonware had distribution rights for a while
   until Chris Latham pulled the rights.  Then View Touch had them and
   that is the last one to date.  I think the switch came in mid to late

 Charles Smeton of NewStar Technology adds:

   "Power NET is written by Chris Latham. It is composed of 2 parts, one
   is the networking part and the other is called Power DOS. Power DOS is
   a multitasking replacement for the GEMDOS part of TOS, similar to (but
   different in implementation than) the MiNT part of MulitTOS.

   The Power NET/Power DOS combo is descended from the Universal Network
   software in one form or another, as Chris Latham developed both (and
   also Universal Item Selector).

   When Power DOS was first released, it was distributed by Dragonware
   (Chris Roberts). Dragonware actually released on-line the Power DOS
   part of the package, while the complete Power NET package was available
   via Dragonware commercially.

   About a year ago Chris Latham joined View Touch, which is owned by Gene
   Mosher. View Touch now sells Power NET, which is now Falcon030
   compatible via the SCC LAN port.

   View Touch is located at:
   4001 Potter Street
   Suite 66
   Eugene, OR 97405


 Meanwhile, continuing a conversation from last week, Brian Gockley of ST
 INFORMER fame tells Milton Horst:

   "If there is any computer I would _definitely_ stay away from, it would
   be a NeXT! Falcons really should come down in price, as a purported
   replacement for the 1040, it needs to get into that price range. If
   they sold for around $599, they would move a lot more!"

 Milton replies:

   "If I could get a Falcon in a usable configuration for $599, I'd buy
   one tomorrow!  (And I imagine most other ST owners would do the same.)"

 Brian tells Milton:

   "I have seen so many ads for Macs and PCs that include monitors/hard
   drives/ fax modems/software/toll free phone support etc., all for
   $1,200.00. I don't know why huge companies like Compaq and Mac can
   react to the market price structure - but Atari can't. At the same
   time, they simultaneously show themselves to be astute re: pricing by
   releasing the Jaguar at the perfect $."

 From the Atari ST Arts Forum

 Chief Sysop Ron Luks posts:

   "I'll be offline for a few days to attend the Consumer Electronics Show
   in Las Vegas and look at the neat new Jaguar system and games.  Back
   online next Monday, but until then, the rest of the sysop staff will be
   here to serve your needs.  Espect some show reports upon my return."

 Dazzz Smith takes the opportunity to "bust on" Ron:

   "I dont know, these people who can wander off for a few days having
   'Lovely Times'"

 Rob Rasmussen asks about different types of GIFs:

   "A lot of GIF pictures are in the 89a format which I've had to convert
   to 87a to view on the Atari (hope I didn't get this backwards). I
   assume those GIFs don't have to be converted by most people who view
   them,namely IBM and Apple users.  I want to send a GIF from a picture I
   scanned to my cousin, who uses an IBM and just joined CIS.

   My questions are: If I save the scan a a GIF in TouchUp, is it saved
   in the 87a format?

   If so, do I need to convert it t 89a for him to be able to use it?

   What is a simple GIF viewer h could use on the IBM?"

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Rob:

   "One of the best GIF viewers for DOS is  "CompuShow"  and for Windows,
   "WinGIF".  Both should be available in the Graphics Support Forum.

   I'm not sure what format TouchUp would save in, but unless it's been
   updated since the 89a standard went into effct (oddly enough, in 1989),
   it's likely to save files in GIF87a format.  Even an updated version
   might do that for the sake of compatibility.

   It shouldn't matter however, as both those viewers I mentioned (and
   probably most any other IBM GIF viewer) will correctly display either

   Any GIF file you create on your ST should be viewable on an IBM..."

 George Tyson asks about a viewer for the ST:

   I need a GOOD slide show program for GIF images. I want it to show all
   images in a directory until told to stop. I also want the picture
   quality that you get with 'SPEED OF LIGHT' or one of the better
   viewers. Can anyone suggest a name ?"

 Yat at Lexicor tells George:

   "Unfortunately SOL is the only program I know that does the little
   hardware tricks to give it's excellent display."

 From the Atari Vendors Forum

 Rob Rasmussen talks about buying a computer:

   "...don't worry, I intend to haggle when it comes down to that ;^) I
   could get a Falcon locally for $1100 (price to be haggled down, that
   it). It comes with 4 megs RAM but only 65 meg HD. I thought the later
   Falcons had an 80 meg drive.  So I'm looking into the possiblity of
   mail order. I just hope it wouldn't break in transit. Then again if it
   was going to break it could happen between Sunnyvale or Korea to the
   store. What am I saying, it WON'T BREAK, it WON'T !"

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Rob:

   "Actually, Rob.. the last we heard from Atari, you weren't suposed to
   be able to mail-order a Falcon from anywhere outside your "local"

   I don't know if that's still in effect, or if it's been quietly
   forgotten about."

 CodeHead Extraordinare, Charles F. Johnson adds:

   "Actually, it's starting to look like the whole computer line has been
   quietly forgotten about..."

 Bob Retelle mentions something that I had heard about, but haven't seen

   "Ummm... have you seen the product registration card for the Jaguar..?
   It asks what other systems you have... Nintendo, Sega, IBM, Macintosh..
   One particular brand of computers is notably missing."

 Rob Rasmussen asks another question:

   "What is NEWBELL? What kind of sounds does it use?"

 Bob Ledbetter tells Rob:

   "[NEWBELL]... is a program that gives one a different bell sound than
   the one that came with our 'puters.  I don't know what kind of sounds
   it uses, but the extenders are SND or SPL.  I was looking for another
   program on one of the local BBS's and in my search I noticed this file
   called NEWBELL.ARC, and the description sounded interesting, so I

   downloaded it and found there were no sounds with it.  Hence the note
   to the Gribnifs.  I'll let you know what happens."

 When Bill Tunczynski posts a message about having problems while using
 another on-line service, Jeff at Intersect Software tells him:

   "I stopped using Genie a couple of years ago.  It's too slow, suffers
   from bugs in the software (the system will ignore your user defaults
   and change you to 7n1 no echo randomly).

   As to your problem it's probably the system can't keep up with you.
   Make sure you have RTS/CTS turned on (in your computer) and use the
   latest RS-232 patch (The RS-232 drivers in the various versions of ROMS
   before the Falcon have bugs in the RTS/CTS software)."

 Bill tells Jeff:

   "I don't lose my echo here.  I don't lose it using my old Atari
   800/Supra 2400/BOBTERM either.  I've even switched modems and the same
   thing happens.

   I've tried every combination of XON/XOFF and RTS/CTS but nothing works.
   It's some friction between InterLink and GEnie but everyone on GEnie
   thats tried it, says no echo for them either, so I'll just forget about
   it.  The operation works but I just can't see it I'd like to, just in
   case I get some line noise or whatever."

 Jeff now understands what the problem is and explains it to Bill:

   "The problem with echo loss is GENIE.  It's one of their bugs.  The
   Genie OS defaults to 7N1 no echo.  After a download or sometimes when
   you change form one area to another, no mater what your terminal
   defaults are set to, GENE switches to 7n1 no echo.  It's very

   You won't see the echo loss on any other service."

 Peter Bradshaw asks:

   "Does the ICD Micro work inside the Mega STE?"

 Howard at ICD (which, by the way, stands for "Incredibly Cool Devices")
 tells Peter:

   "The AdSCSI Micro ST is designed for the Mega ST. The bracket and the
   power cable are only useful in this computer. However, if you are able
   to build your own bracket for a drive in the Mega STE, to make your own
   power cable and make your own interface cable (if you have the pin
   layout) you should be able to use the AdSCSI Micro ST board in a Mega
   STE. Get the point?!

   We do not have any information on how to do it nor any pin layout. You
   have to do it on your own risk. Nevertheless I have seen Mega STE's
   where people used the AdSCSI Micro ST."

 Phil Jensen asks a good question of the folks at Gribnif:

   "I'm curious - does Geneva drive hard and floppy disks with the
   interrupt on?  I.e., can computation requested by another process
   proceed while a disk read/write is happening?

   Also (if you happen to know) what is the answer to the same question
   as regards MultiTos?"

 Rick Flashman at Gribnif tells Phil:

   "Geneva is a multitasking AES.  That mean's that it needs regular
   system "events" to do its tricks.  Most programs stop sending system
   events when accessing a floppy drive or hard disk.  Therefore, Geneva
   is paused until that program is finished.  However, some programs are
   written so that they continue to send events even while accessing the
   drives.  GEMVIEW and NeoDesk 4 are examples of this.  With these newer
   programs, you can do other things while the drives are being accessed.

   P.S.  This is basically the same way Windows 3.1 works (for Windows

 From the Palmtop Forum

 George Parsons tells us:

   "I think I have solved a compatibility problem that I was having
   between 'Port *.WKS files and Lotus 1-2.3 Version 3.1.  I could always
   go from *.WKS to *.WK3 but not from *.WK3 to *.WKS.  With Symphony 2.0,
   it was possible to go either way and therein lies the solution.  Lotus
   1-2-3 has a translation utility (TRANS.EXE) that enables translation of
   1-2-3 files to earlier 1-2-3 versions and to Symphony.  I used that
   utility to convert the 1-2-3 files to Symphony format and then renamed
   them as *.WKS files.  Everything came through just fine.  Hope that
   this helps some other frustrated 'Port/1-2-3 user."

 Don Thomas at Atari tells George:

   "That's a GREAT tip... Thank you!"

 Now THAT is how you know that you've found something useful: a "thanks"
 like that from Don Thomas... the guy at Atari who's done more on-line
 support for the Portfolio than anyone else.  Usually, Don is the guy
 with the hot info, so if you find out something that he hasn't yet,
 you're the cat's whiskers!

 Duane Pendergast recounts a similar problem:

   "I've found that Portfolio files transferred to Quattro Pro Version 5,
   saved with the WKS extension and then moved back to Portfolio are
   unworkable. Cell references are changed. Maybe this tip will work on

 Sysop Marty Mankins tells Duane:

   "Bummer!  I use Quatro Pro 5.0 for Windows.  I will have to get some
   time to test this and see what we can come up with.

   You may need to have some sort of translation utility to get the files
   to the right format...

   I just got Quatro Pro 5.0 for Windows and am going to try some
   conversions for the WKS format.  The manual says it will work, but I
   hope that it will work well enough to make it easy, with no pains."

   Well folks, that's about it for this week.  I've just gotten a "ZOOMER"
 which is a palm-sized Personal Digital Assistant (PDA).  It is in direct
 comtetition with Apple's Newton (I mention this not to create a rivalry,
 but to give you and idea of what the zoomer is).  You enter notes,
 addresses, phone numbers, etc., by writing on the screen with a
 plastic-tipped pen and retrieve data by using the pen like a mouse
 pointer.  Look for me to begin adding more and more info on systems like
 this in the near future.

   And speaking of the future, c'mon back next week.  Relax in that
 easy-chair and listen to what they are saying when...

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