ST Report: 21-Jan-94 #1004

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 01/23/94-12:59:36 AM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 21-Jan-94 #1004
Date: Sun Jan 23 00:59:36 1994

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

      Earthquakes, Blizzards, Killer Cold Waves and no end in sight.  A
 moment's silent reverence for those who have perished and those who
 continue to suffer as a result of mother nature's madness.  This is
 certainly beginning to look like the year that "was" already.

      Would you believe that... in certain circles some say STReport is
 really "the online magazine"?  No matter how much I like to hear it...
 the truth is we are simply trying to please the most readers with the
 best variety in informative coverage.  Your mail has certainly helped in
 forming the current setup for STR.  We are always open to suggestions for
 further improvement.

      On the entertainment front, its amazing to witness the comments and
 strange postures being taken as a result of Doom becoming more and more
 popular.  As in most everything, there are those who are passionate about
 the game... <g> and those who are equally passionate about not liking the
 game only... that's where the rub lies.  Those who have voiced their
 disapproval the loudest have also stated that as long as the "demonic
 graphics" are in Doom they'll "continue to play the shareware version
 without registering and getting the two additional levels".  This, to me,
 is an exercise in pure hypocrisy!  "Won't pay to play but as a freebie
 its ok!  The demonic symbolisms etc. are ok as long as the almighty buck
 ain't involved but as soon as you have to hit the hip.... the religious
 zealot's "bless me now" nerve is zinged!  This is pure bunk!  It smacks
 of snake oil and smoke dancing nothing more and nothing less.  Anybody
 remember the famous TV preacher caught with a Texas Prostitute?  When he
 was caught... he said he had done "wrong".  But a month or so later, "he
 was there to "teach her the errors of her ways".  True understanding and
 brotherly love are fast becoming a thing of the past.  As it all seems to
 be hooray for me and the he** with you!  Sad but true.

    The folks at ID software have produced a fine software package in Doom
 and deserve every lick of success they can possibly savor.  To ID I say
 Keep up the good work!  You're doing just fine.  Folks, if you haven't
 had an opportunity to see Doom yet, do so owe it to yourselves.
 Its a fine example of the future having arrived early.  Superb


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                        IBM/POWER-PC/PC SECTION (I)

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

                                Issue #04

                         By: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

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

                      ** Microsoft Profits Up 22% **

    A 22 percent jump in profit for the second quarter has been reported
 by Microsoft Corp. Microsoft earned $289 million, or 95 cents a share,
 in the most recent quarter, up from $236 million, or 78 cents a share,
 in the year-ago quarter. Revenues rose to $1.22 billion from $938

               ** HP Color Printer Sales Doubled in '93 **

    Hewlett-Packard Co. reports that it more than doubled its color
 printer sales last year. HP says it sold approximately 2 million color
 inkjet DeskJet printers worldwide in 1993, a 122% increase over 1992 when
 the company sold nearly 900,000 units. HP color printer sales in 1991
 were 120,000.

    HP's says its sale of 2 million color DeskJet printers represents a
 figure greater than all other makes of color printers combined, based on
 statistics supplied by BIS Strategic Decisions, a market research firm
 located in Norwell, Mass.  HP notes that it has sold more than 10 million
 monochrome and color inkjet printers since its first model was introduced
 in 1984.

                  ** Digital Reports 2nd Quarter Loss **

    Digital Equipment Corp. today reported a second quarter loss of $72.1
 million, compared with a loss of $73.9 million for the same period a year
 ago. The computer maker continues to face a tough recovery with revenues
 for the quarter down 12% to $3.25 billion, compared to $3.69 billion in
 the fourth quarter of 1992.

                   ** PC World to List Top Computers **

    PC World this week introduced the PC World Top 20, a monthly listing
 of the industry's leading PCs. Beginning with its February issue, the PC
 World Top 20 will each month provide readers with a top-down ranking of
 the PCs that were analyzed by the PC World Test Center.

    "The PC World Top 20 ranks the first time a monthly computer
 publication has responded to the ever-shortening PC product cycles --
 which is roughly six months for R&D, three months to promote and sell,
 and three months to 'unload' the product," says PC World's
 Editor-in-Chief Phil Lemmons. "The PC market is moving so incredibly fast
 that buyers need continuously updated information and recommendations."

    The PC World Top 20 will be comprised of three PC categories -- the
 Top 20 Power Desktops, the Top 20 Budget Desktops, and the Top 20 Mobile
 PCs (10 power notebooks/subnotebooks and 10 budget notebooks and
 subnotebooks). The top five products in each of these categories will be
 honored as the monthly "Best Buy."

   ** Sega to Work With Microsoft on New Operating System for Games **

    Microsoft Corp. has agreed to supply Japan's Sega Enterprises Ltd.
 with a new operating system for Sega's 32-bit home video game player,
 "Saturn," to be released in November.

    A spokesman with Sega, Japan's largest maker of commercial-use
 amusement equipment,  said the two firms also are considering cooperating
 in developing new game software.

    Saturn is to have two 32-bit RISC (reduced instruction set computing)
 chips in its central processing unit. Reports says Sega plans to sell it
 for less than $450.

    Sega's move follows an announcement last week by Japan's consumer
 electronics giant Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. that it planned
 for the launch on March 20 of a 32-bit home entertainment player jointly
 developed with 3DO Co. of the United States, and six software titles.

              ** Tektronix Unveils Desktop Color Printers **

    Tektronix Inc. this week announced the Phaser 220i and Phaser 220e
 thermal transfer color printers. The 600 by 300 dots-per-inch units
 output at two pages per minute, feature network connectivity options and
 print on most laser papers.

    The Phaser 220 printers include dual-tray configuration options, large
 tray and ribbon capacities and automatic ink- level sensing to minimize
 the need for printer maintenance or operator attendance.

    The Phaser 220e and 220i are priced at $3,995.00 and $5,995.00,
 respectively.  Both printers are available now.

                ** America Online Subscriber Rate Jumps **

    "As a result of strong word of mouth and a growing list of partners
 who bundle America Online with their products, our subscriber growth has
 continued to accelerate," said Steve Case, president and CEO. "These new
 bundling agreements can help us attract new PC owners, further increasing
 our market share."

    Dell, a leading manufacturer of personal computers, will now include
 America Online with all of its PCs sold through consumer channels. By
 preinstalling the Windows version of America Online in these computers,
 Dell purchasers will see an icon representing America Online on their
 Windows desktop. This will provide quick and easy access to the America
 Online service.

    US Robotics, a leading manufacturer of modems, will expand their
 bundling agreement with America Online to include their entire line of
 consumer modems. US Robotics' Macintosh line of modems began bundling
 America Online last year.

    "As 1994 unfolds, we plan to continue to expand bundling and content
 partnerships because we believe they help us attract and retain
 customers.  We plan to continue to add compelling content in a number of
 areas such as news, personal finance and shopping," Case added. "By
 making it easier for consumers to try our services, and providing them
 with compelling reasons to continue as customers, we believe we are
 well-positioned to take advantage of the encouraging market trends for
 consumer online services."

    America Online, Inc., based in Vienna, is a leading provider of online
 services to consumers. The company offers its more than 550,000
 subscribers a wide variety of services, including electronic mail,
 conferencing, software, computing support, interactive magazines and
 newspapers, and online classes. Founded in 1985, the company has
 established strategic alliances with dozens of companies including Time
 Warner, CNN, The New York Times, Knight Ridder, Tribune Company, IBM and
 Apple. Personal computer owners can obtain America Online software at
 major retailers and bookstores, or by calling 800-827-6364.

                   ** Government Sued Over Database **

    Tax Analysts, a nonprofit publisher of legal information, has filed
 suit in federal court asking for portions of the Department of Justice
 (DOJ) JURIS database under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

    The dispute concerns public records which West Publishing, a private
 company, provided to the Department of Justice for use in its JURIS
 online Computer Assisted Legal Research (CALR) database system.

    The data are public records and, by federal law, not copyrightable.
 West, however, claims that it owns the arrangement of the data, and the
 Department of Justice is not free to release it.

    JURIS was established initially for DOJ's use.  The President, by
 Executive Order 12146 (July 18, 1979), directed DOJ and its head, the
 Attorney General, to expand JURIS for use throughout the government legal
 community. All federal agency users share the cost of JURIS operation,
 database management and improvements.

    JURIS is organized into and contains federal case law material,
 statutory law, digest material, tax documents, Federal regulations,
 Federal manuals, work product material, legislative histories, federal
 administrative law opinions and decisions, treaties, DOJ publications on
 the FOIA and other such legal materials. The basis of the suit is that a
 federal agency should not be making exclusive arrangements to give away
 public data to a private company.

    The lawsuit will be heard by U.S. District Court Judge Richey, the
 same jurist who is presiding over an FOIA case involving public access to
 electronic mail records.

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

                ** Autodesk Ships AutoSketch Release 2 **

    Autodesk Inc. is now shipping AutoSketch Release 2 for Windows, a 2-D,
 CAD-based drawing package.

    Autodesk notes that the software "combines the power and precision of
 computer-aided design with the freedom of an illustration program by
 providing tools for creating sketches, technical drawings, diagrams and
 information-based graphics and presentations."

    The latest AutoSketch release features a new user interface, as well
 as improved file import/export capabilities and additional drawing tools.
 It also offers expanded CAD functionality and interoperability.

    AutoSketch Release 2 software is now available through Autodesk
 resellers and the retail channel at a suggested price of $299. Existing
 AutoSketch customers can upgrade to Release 2 for $99 (certain
 may apply).

                  ** OS/2, Valuepoint Machines Unite **

    In a move intended to sharpen its appeal to business, government and
 other commercial customers, IBM PC Co. this week begins bringing its PS/2
 and ValuePoint products under one brand team.

    While PS/2 and ValuePoint computers will maintain their different
 labels for the time being, they will be sold by one team to be known as
 the Commercial Desktop brand, with Stephen Cohen, who led PS-2 marketing,
 directing the group. (The ValuePoint brand was designed to offer less
 costly models that are updated more frequently than PS/2.)

    He said IBM will continue to develop PS/2 and ValuePoint computers
 separately, partly because they have different technical designs for how
 information is moved inside them.

                     ******* General Mac News *******

           ** James Buckley Appointed President of Apple USA **

    Apple Computer Inc. this week appointed James J. Buckley, 43, as
 president of Apple USA effective immediately. Reports say that Buckley
 will be responsible for all of the division's sales, marketing, channel,
 customer service and support activities.

    A nine-year veteran of Apple Computer, Buckley was most recently vice
 president and general manager for Apple USA's Higher Education division
 and was responsible for directing all sales, marketing, customer support
 and service operations to 3,500 colleges and universities in the United

    Buckley held positions as Apple USA's vice president and general
 manager for Northern Operations in Norwalk, Connecticut, vice president
 and general manager for Apple's Central Operations Group located in
 Chicago, area sales director of Apple's U.S. North Central Area, and
 director of educational sales at the company's Cupertino headquarters.

     ** Apple Introduces Macintosh Performa Money Edition Computer **

    Money Magazine and Apple Computer have teamed up to create the
 Macintosh Performa 560 Money Edition, a multimedia computer designed
 especially for those who want to take advantage of the latest technology
 to manage their personal finances.

    Reports say the system features popular personal finance and
 organizational programs such as WealthBuilder by Money magazine, Quicken,
 MacInTax, Willmaker and Personal Recordkeeper; the ClarisWorks integrated
 database, word-processing and spreadsheet package; the Datebook
 Pro/Touchbase Pro Bundle for calendar and address-book capabilities.

    It also includes interactive educational programs such as the 21
 volume New Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia CD-ROM, the TIME Almanac
 CD-ROM and the American Heritage Dictionary as well as entertainment
 programs such as the World Tour Golf CD-ROM and Monopoly, and a special
 Money version of the After Dark screen saver. In addition, the system
 features MacLink Plus/Translators Pro, which enables users to exchange
 information easily with MS-DOS and Windows files.

    The Macintosh Performa 560 Money Edition computer features powerful
 Macintosh multimedia hardware, including a Sony Trinitron color monitor,
 160-megabyte hard disk, an internal double-speed CD-ROM drive, built-in
 stereo speakers, digital sound and microphone, and a send/receive fax

    Sold directly through Apple and at selected Circuit City stores in the
 United States, the computer retails for $2,199.



                           STACKER AND PC TOOLS


 Install Stacker 3.1.  Reboot and RAMBoost may display the message "Error:
 Can't find profile D:\RAMBOOST\DATA\RAMBOOST.INI."  However, RAMBOOST.INI
 does exist in the \RAMBOOST\DATA directory on the uncompressed drive D:.

 This message may occur if DEVICE=C:\STACKER\STACHIGH.SYS is loaded after
 RAMBOOST.EXE and RAMBOOST.INI are on the uncompressed drive.

 Option 1:   Edit the CONFIG.SYS file, move the STACHIGH.SYS device driver
             prior to RAMBoost, and reboot.  This method will not allow
             RAMBoost to load the STACHIGH.SYS driver into upper memory.

 Option 2:
 1.    Move the RAMBOOST.EXE file to the \PCTOOLS directory on the
       compressed drive

 2.    Move the RAMBOOST.INI file to the \PCTOOLS\DATA directory on the
       compressed drive.

 3.    Edit the CONFIG.SYS file and change the path to RAMBOOST.EXE to
       reflect the new directory.  For example:


 However, do not change the loading order of RAMBoost and STACHIGH.SYS.

 4.    Reboot.  This will allow RAMBoost to load the STACHIGH.SYS driver
       into upper memory.

 Prior to Stacker 3.1, RAMBoost had to be installed on the uncompressed
 drive.  With Stacker 3.1, this is no longer necessary.


 Install Stacker 3.1.  Run PC Format, and select "Install System Files."
 PC Format formats the floppy, but will report "unable to locate system

 Run EDisk, and EDisk will report "Could not find system files."  Under
 Stacker 3.0, both PC Format and EDisk could find the system files.

 The method PC Format, and EDisk use to determine where the system files
 are, no longer works under Stacker 3.1, due to changes in how Stacker 3.1
 handles drive swapping.

 Option 1:   Update to PC Tools Pro V9 which solves these

 Option 2:   To create bootable floppy disks, use DOS Format with the /S

 To create an Emergency Disk:

 1.    Format a bootable floppy disk using DOS Format with the /S

 2.    Run EDisk, and select Configure Disk.

 3.    Deselect "Format disk first," and deselect DBLSPACE.BIN from the
       list of files for EDisk to transfer.

 4.    Select Create Disk to make the Emergency Disk, and when EDisk
       prompts for a disk, insert the bootable floppy created with DOS
       FORMAT /S.

 PC Tools Install normally renames DOS FORMAT.EXE to FORMAT!.EXE, so it
 may be necessary to type FORMAT! to run DOS Format.

 Deselecting DBLSPACE.BIN from the list of files for EDisk to transfer is
 necessary.  DOS Format with the /S parameter will place the Stacker 3.1
 DBLSPACE.BIN file on the floppy.  This file is Hidden, System and

 EDisk will default to copying the DOS DBLSPACE.BIN file, which is
 slightly different than the Stacker DBLSPACE.BIN file, to the floppy.
 Because the file on the floppy is HSR, EDisk will display the message
 "I/O Error.  Permission denied error during open for output operation in
 DBLSPACE.BIN" when it attempts to overwrite the file.


 Is a special configuration required for Central Point Backup when running
 a disk compression program such as Stacker or SuperStor?

 No special configuration is required when running a disk compression
 program, such as Stacker or SuperStor.  However, when running a disk
 compression program, CP Backup may require more buffers when
 troubleshooting a problem such as file miscompares or errors reading
 files from the hard drive.  The additional buffers will help with the
 on-the-fly decompression of files.  Start by editing the CONFIG.SYS file
 and set BUFFERS=50.  It may be necessary to increase buffers to 60, 70 or
 even 90 if problems continue.

 In some cases, a disk cache like PC-Cache or SMARTDrive can be used in
 place of increasing buffers.  Even when using a disk cache, buffers
 should be set to at least 30.


 Stacker takes a portion of a partition, compresses that portion, and
 creates a new, software-driven partition that can hold twice as much data
 as the original partition.  The new partition, called the Stacker volume
 or Stacker drive, compresses all data stored to it and decompresses all
 data called from it.

 The Stacker volume is actually a large file stored on the original, non-
 compressed drive, called the Host drive.  Stacker files will always be
 stored in the root directory of the Host drive, and unlike SuperStore,
 there can only be one compressed file per partition.  The file name of
 the Stacker volume will vary depending on the version of Stacker and the
 method used to create the Stacker volume.

     METHOD OF CREATION                        NAME OF STACKER FILE

     Stacker V1.1 or upgraded                  STACVOL.000 for first drive
     to V2.0 from V1.1                         STACVOL.001 for second
                                               drive etc.

     Stacker V2.0 and used the install         STACVOL.DSK for all drives
     program to create Stacker volumes

     Stacker V2.0 and used Stacker             STACVOL.000 for all drives
     commands to create Stacker volumes

 If a system has an 80m hard drive,              +-----------------+
 partitioned as one drive C:,                    | C:              |
 DOS will see this drive as:                     |                 |
                                                 |                 |
                                                 |                 |
                                                 |                 |
                                                 |    80 Meg       |
                                                 |                 |
                                                 |                 |
                                                 |                 |
                                                 |                 |
                                                 |                 |

 The user installs Stacker and instructs the program to compress as much
 hard drive space as possible.  Stacker requires that one or two meg
 remain uncompressed.  After the Stacker volume is created, DOS now sees
 the drive as:
       +-----------------+                       +-----------------+
       | C:              |                       | D:              |
       |                 |                       |                 |
       |     2 Meg       |                       |                 |
       |                 |                       |                 |
       +-----------------+                       |                 |
                                                 |    160 Meg      |
                                                 |                 |
                                                 |                 |
                                                 |                 |
                                                 |                 |
                                                 |                 |

 Assuming 50% compression, twice as much hard drive capacity is available,
 but all data has been moved to D:, a drive that was not present prior to
 running Stacker.  Setup files, environment settings, batch files, etc.
 still point to the C: drive, which means the system is not going to run

 That leads to what causes the most confusion on Stacker drives:

 By installing the SSWAP.COM command in the CONFIG.SYS, Stacker can place
 the drives back to the way they were before the compression.  Stacker
 V2.0 does this automatically with the Install program.  This is how DOS
 will see the drives when SSWAP is used:

       +-----------------+                       +-----------------+
       | C:              |                       | D:              |
       |                 |                       |                 |
       |                 |                       |     2 Meg       |
       |                 |                       |                 |
       |                 |                       +-----------------+
       |    160 Meg      |
       |                 |
       |                 |
       |                 |
       |                 |
       |                 |

 Everything is back to the way it was - almost.  Stacker must make DOS
 aware of the swapping during the boot process.  Unfortunately, the only
 way to do this is to create another CONFIG.SYS and another AUTOEXEC.BAT
 for the second drive. The files are normally identical.  In this example,
 the actual AUTOEXEC.BAT is on drive C: and the actual CONFIG.SYS is on
 drive D:, even though both C: and D: each have an AUTOEXEC.BAT and

 If the /SYNC option is used on the end of the SSWAP line in the
 CONFIG.SYS, Stacker will automatically ask if both files should be
 updated next time a reboot occurs.

 Users are frequently confused as to which drives are swapped and which
 are not.

 The Stacker SWAPMAP command will display exactly which drives are swapped
 and the drive letter that each drive has after swapping.  Following is
 the SWAPMAP display from the preceding illustration:

   Drive A: was drive A: at boot time
   Drive B: was drive B: at boot time
   Drive C: was drive D: at boot time [D:\STACVOL.DSK = 80 MB (physical)]
   Drive D: was drive C: at boot time

 This will tell the user that drives C: and D: are swapped.  After
 swapping, drive C: is the STACVOL file.

 The following lines will be in the CONFIG.SYS on Stacker systems:


 The first line loads the Stacker drive into memory.  If there are two
 Stacker volumes, the line would look like the following:


 The STACKER.COM device driver requires about 34k to 40k of memory,
 smaller if the system has a Stacker hardware coprocessor, and can be
 loaded high.  SSWAP is NOT a TSR, and may be executed from the DOS
 command line.

 Even though Stacker will double the hard drive space, there is a price to
 pay. Stacker will slow down faster systems, like 386 and 486 machines.
 It may, however, speed up slow XT machines if a coprocessor is installed.
 It will primarily slow down applications that open many files, such as
 Windows, network applications, scan functions in CPAV and CP Backup, etc.
 It is important to remember that the Stacker volume is just one big file.
 That means that if any part of that big file is damaged in any way, the
 entire contents of the drive may be damaged.  One corrupt file, one bad
 sector, one cross-linked file or one error in the FAT can potentially
 destroy the entire Stacker volume and thereby lose all of the data
 (files) in the volume.  Although some of these problems can be repaired,
 others can not.  It is very important that Stacker users have current

 The amount of free space on a Stacker system causes a lot of confusion.
 PC Shell, CP Backup, and the DOS DIR and CHKDSK commands will all report
 different numbers for the amount of free space on a Stacker drive.  To
 get the most accurate report of free space, run Stacker's SCHECK program,
 which is Stacker's version of CHKDSK.  Following is an example:

       Stacker Drive Statistics
                         Stacker Drive                 STACVOL File
                         Drive D:                      C:\STACVOL.000
       Total Bytes:      139,804,670                   69,907,456
       Bytes Used:       102,277,120 (73%)             53,654,528 (76%)
       Bytes Free:        37,527,522 (26%)*            16,252,928 (23%)***

       Stacker Drive Compression Ratio = 1.9:1
       Projected Bytes Free            = 30,252,184**

 * The amount of free space on the drive with full 2:1 compression.  This
 compression ratio is not always the case, so this number may be a little
 high.  This is the number that Stacker passes to DOS.  PC Shell and
 CHKDSK will report this number.

 ** The amount of free space on the drive with the current compression
 ratio, which is 1.9:1 in the example.  Again, this number is subject to
 change, but it is more accurate than the number that PC Shell or CHKDSK
 will report.  This is the number reported by the DOS DIR command.

 *** The amount of free space on the drive with no compression.  This is
 the actual disk space available without Stacker.  If, for example, a user
 reports that there isn't any free space on the drive after copying a
 number of ZIP files (which hardly compress at all), but PC Shell reports
 that there is 10m free, run SCHECK and look at this number.  This is the
 actual, non-stacked, amount of space free.

 There are two primary errors and both are usually caused when the system
 locks or by rebooting within a large program like Windows or CP Backup.

 "Write Protect Error" or "Volume is Write Protected" is usually a minor
 error. To correct, perform the following:

 1.    From the root of the non-stacked drive, remove the Read-only

       attribute from the Stacker file by typing SATTRIB -R STACVOL.DSK.

 2.    Go to the Stacked drive and type SCHECK /F.  It will report most
       errors, but may not fix all of them.

 3.    Run CHKDSK /F on the stacked drive.

 4.    Reboot.  The Stacker drive will be accessible once more.

 "Read Fault" errors are very serious.  The good news is that they are
 almost always localized to one or two directories, and do not effect the
 entire drive like a write protect error.  In these situations it is best
 to refer the caller to Stacker tech support.

       Bootsafe will always report "Partition / Boot Sector was Modified".
       Simply place the drive letter of the non-stacked drive at the end
       of the Bootsafe line in the AUTOEXEC.BAT.

       Do not immunize the Stacker volume or the Stacker files located in
       the STACKER directory.  CPAV 1.2 has STACKER.COM and SSWAP.COM in
       the Immunization Exceptions List.

       Installing CPAV on a V1.0 or V1.1 Stacker system will cause all of
       the lines added to the AUTOEXEC.BAT, such as SET CPAV=, Bootsafe
       and VSafe, to be added to the wrong AUTOEXEC.BAT file.  This
       normally will cause no problem, but if the lines are to be removed
       or changed, make sure both AUTOEXEC.BAT files are checked.  With
       Stacker V2.0 this doesn't matter, since both of the AUTOEXEC.BAT
       files are the same.

       Compress will display a message as soon as you call up the program,
       reporting "A Stacker volume has been detected", and gives a warning
       message asking the user if they are sure they want to continue.

       Even though this message displays, we have not received any reports
       of data loss from our users or from STAC.  Compress is a DOS level
       application, and since Stacker is a device level driver, there
       should be no problems.  It is important to remember, however, that
       the Stacker volume is just a file, albeit a very large one.  If a
       Stacker user suspects files are fragmented, Stacker has an optimize
       program called SDEFRAG.

       IMPORTANT:  It is generally not necessary to back up the STACKVOL
       file; exclude it from the backup.  If a user has already backed it
       up and is trying to restore it, simply overwrite the existing
       STACVOL file.

       The data in a Stacker volume will be backed up normally.  You can
       even restore a backup done on a Stacker system to a system that
       does not have Stacker.

       Stacker allocates by sectors; DOS allocates by clusters.  CP Backup
       is not fooled by the fact that DOS allocates a minimum of 2k per
       file; it takes the actual size of the file into account.  Therefore
       CP Backup will report a great deal less than Stacker does.  For
       example, SCHECK reports 104m, but CP Backup only reports 82m.  This
       is because CP Backup is reporting the actual space used, not the
       allocated space reported by Stacker and DOS.  CP Backup will still
       backup the entire drive.

       Backing up is usually slower with Stacker.  This is because CP
       Backup calls for a file, Stacker decompresses the file, CP Backup
       compresses the file and writes it to floppy or tape, and Stacker
       compresses the file.

       For troubleshooting, Stacker usually requires more buffers than
       normal; 40 or more.  These buffers are used for on-the-fly

       With Stacker V1.0 or V1.1, it is not a good idea to delete a large
       directory (10m or more) on a Stacker drive.  It may damage the
       volume. This should not be a problem with Stacker V2.0.

       The DiskFix Repair a Disk function in PC Tools V7.1 provides
       Stacker support and will cause no problems if run on Stacked or
       Host drives.

       There is no need to run Surface Scan on a Stacked drive.  Simply
       run it on the Host drive and it will cover both.  Remember that the
       Stacked drive is just a file.

       DO NOT run a BIOS Surface Scan on a Stacker volume.  As noted
       previously, this will make BIOS calls which are potentially
       dangerous to Stacker.

       File Fix cannot fix a file on a stacked drive.  With PC Tools V7
       and V7.1, 9/21/91 file dates will return the error "A serious disk
       error has occurred.  Run Diskfix".  With 10/18/91 file dates, the
       error message will be "Copy to a non-compressed drive before

       Move the file to be fixed to an uncompressed drive and run File Fix
       again.  Make sure that there is sufficient disk space available on
       the drive where the file will be fixed; double the space of the
       damaged file is required.

       The status window for PC-Cache does not show Stacked drives, only
       actual partitions.  Since Stacker is just a file, it IS cached, it
       just does not appear in the status window.

       Stacker (and other compression software) users will get "Cannot
       Find System Files" error message when trying to format a bootable
       floppy.  PC Format will ask the user to place a system disk in
       drive A:.  Once this is done, the system files will be transferred
       to the floppy.

       DESTROY THE ENTIRE VOLUME.  This has been re-created in-house.  The
       DOS VOL command may be used.  Remember that any BIOS call like
       this, that bypasses DOS, is dangerous to the Stacker file and is
       not recommended.

       Remember that the amount of free disk space reported by PC Shell
       will usually be high.  Refer to the example in the Determine Free
       Space section of this document.

       With only a few exceptions, PC Shell and its' applications, Desktop
       and Commute should have no problems with Stacker volumes.

       All three delete protection methods, DOS, TRACKER & SENTRY, have
       been tested in-house.  All run without problems with 100% success

       We have recently received reports regarding Sentry.  During the
       initial Stacker installation, Stacker does not compress hidden

       If a user has a large, 10m for example, Sentry directory (all of
       which is hidden), on an 80m drive, and instructs Stacker to
       compress 78m, Stacker will ignore the 10m Sentry directory and will
       actually compress 68m.  Once the user reboots and loads the Stacker
       driver, the system will lock and the Stacker volume will not be

       NOTE:  This is a serious problem.

       Advise users who experience this problem should report it to STAC

       electronics as they are working on a solution to this problem.

 PC Tools Pro V9 is generally compatible with all versions of Stacker
 through Stacker Version 3.1.  PC Tools Pro V9 DiskFix and Optimzer also
 support fixing, and optimizing, a Stacker compressed volume.


 With Stacker 3.0 installed, PC Format may display the message "Format
 Failure" when trying to format a floppy disk.

 Stacker 3.0 remaps floppy drives via the Stacker driver to allow floppy
 disks to be mounted and stacked.

 Option 1:  Run PCFORM.EXE with the undocumented command-line parameter

 For example:

       PCFORM A: /S /K:8

 /K:8 disables PCFORM routines that normally check for Stacker partitions.

 Option 2:  Remove the A:, B:, or the @ from the end of the STACKER.COM
            line in the CONFIG.SYS file and reboot.


 PC Format may display the message "We were unable to the locate system
 files.  Please insert a system diskette in drive A:" when using the
 option to Install System Files.

 This may occur on a computer running Stacker disk compression software.

 Option 1:  Run the DOS Format program with the /S parameter to create a
            bootable disk.  For example:

       FORMAT! A: /S

 Option 2:  Run PC Format from a batch file that contains the following
            steps.  Refer to the Stacker documentation for the proper
            commands and syntax.

       a.   Unswap the drives with the Stacker utility SSWAP.  For

                   SSWAP D: C:

       b.    PC Format command for the target floppy drive;

       c.    Reswap the drives; reverse the order of the drives used in
             step a; for example;

                   SSWAP C: D:

 This problem may also occur with other disk compression programs, such as


 Run Bootsafe on a drive, which has been compressed with a program such as
 Stacker or SuperStor, and Bootsafe will display the message "The Boot
 Sector and/or the partition table has been modified."  This may occur
 each time the computer is rebooted, even if "Update" was previously

 The compression software rewrites the boot sector of the compressed
 volume each time the computer boots, usually because of drive swapping
 performed by the compression software.  When the boot sector of the
 compressed volume changes, Bootsafe detects the difference and will
 display the warning message.

 1.    When the message is displayed, select "Continue" or "Update."  Do
       not select "Rebuild" as this could cause loss of data.

 2.    Edit the AUTOEXEC.BAT file, and specify the uncompressed volume's
       drive letter on the Bootsafe line.  For example, if drive C: is the
       compressed volume, drive D: is probably the uncompressed volume.
       In this example, the correct syntax for Bootsafe would be:

       BOOTSAFE D:

 Running VSafe and VWatch will detect known boot sector viruses.  Bootsafe
 will detect unknown viruses that may change the boot sector.


 Run Install and select to create a Recovery Disk, select the format
 button, and the message "We were unable to locate system files.  Please
 insert a system diskette into drive A:" may display.

 This may occur on a computer running disk compression software, such as
 Stacker or SuperStor, under MS-DOS or DR-DOS

 Option 1:  During the Install process, specify the boot drive as the
            drive where the AUTOEXEC.BAT file is located.  If running
            Stacker, SuperStor or other disk compression software, and the
            drives have been swapped, the AUTOEXEC.BAT file may not be
            located on drive C:.

 Option 2:  Run INSTALL /RD while logged onto the boot drive.  For
            example, if the install disks are in drive A:, log onto the
            boot drive, and at the DOS prompt, type:

       A:\INSTALL /RD<Enter>

 Option 3:  Run the DOS Format program with the /S parameter to format a
            system disk for use as the Recovery Disk rather than selecting
            to format the disk through Install.


 > DASHBOARD 2.0 STR InfoFile


                     Dashboard Speeds Past Competitors
                       as Sales Exceed 300,000 Units

    Hewlett-Packard Company is shipping Release 2.0 of Dashboard for
 Windows, a major upgrade to its award-winning, push-button utility panel
 for Windows.  Release 2.0 of Dashboard adds the features most requested
 by its growing base of users, including snap-off toolbars and a DOS

    "Users have driven Dashboard sales far beyond our expectations," said
 Harry W. (Webb) McKinney, general manager of HP's PC Software Division.
 "Release 2.0 gives them the features they asked for without asking them
 to give up a product design they're already comfortable with."

    Release 2.0 of Dashboard adds 25 new features and enhancements that
 help users work faster than ever before in Windows, including:

    o   vertical or horizontal orientation enables users to
        put Dashboard within easy reach in the position they
        like it best;

    o   hotkeys and hot mouse-clicks give users new options
        for toggling, launching and more;

    o   snap-off toolbars let users personalize Dashboard and
        put quick-launch buttons, the printer panel or the
        program menu exactly where they want them;

    o   Dashboard Run Window allows users to use DOS commands
        and drag-and-drop to launch DOS and Windows
        applications and files without ever leaving Windows;

    o   the Resource Gauge's new Drive Watch monitors network
        drives, removable drives and CD-ROM drives;

    o   sizing options, custom colors, custom fonts, custom
        screen backgrounds, launch mini-buttons and new
        gauges let users customize Dashboard to suit their

 User Feedback Positive

    "Whether you're a power user or you're new to Windows, Dashboard puts
 you in the driver's seat," said Howard Kelley, a Dashboard 2.0 beta user,
 and president and chief executive officer of Sally Corp., a maker of
 entertainment robots.  "New users love the instant access to
 applications. More experienced users -- especially in networks -- love
 the gauges and the customizing features.  Release 2.0 of Dashboard builds
 on a great concept with lots of new power, yet HP has kept its promise to
 keep Dashboard simple."

    "Dashboard is ideal for the corporate environment," said Harris Z.
 Tilevitz, director of information systems for New York-based Skadden,
 Arps, Meagher & Flom, a leading U.S. law firm.  "Dashboard makes it
 easier to work within Windows and allows better training and support for
 large corporate user groups.  The new release is even more customizable,
 with features like snap-off toolbars and the vertical orientation."

    According to HP, Dashboard 1.0 has sold more than 300,000 units and
 holds a strong market position among Windows application launchers.

    Dashboard is available in English and German. It received PC
 Magazine's Best of 1992 honors in the January 1993 issue, the Best of
 1992 in the January issue of Home Office Computing and Windows User
 Magazine's Editorial Best Award for 1992.

 Upgrade Prices and Availability

    Dashboard is $99.00 (U.S.).  Users of Dashboard 1.0 can upgrade
 directly from HP for $29.00 or purchase Dashboard 2.0 through retail
 stores and receive a $15 upgrade rebate from HP.

    Dashboard 2.0 requires 1.5 MB of free disk space and Windows 3.1.
 Sales inquiries should be directed to Hewlett-Packard Company, PC
 Software Division, 974 East Arques Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA  94086.  The
 phone number is 1-800-554-1305.

    Hewlett-Packard Company is an international manufacturer of
 measurement and computation products and systems recognized for
 excellence in quality and support.  The company's products and services
 are used in industry, business, engineering, science, medicine and
 education in approximately 110 countries.  HP has 93,800 employees and
 had revenue of $16.4 billion in its 1992 fiscal year.



                   Compuserve - getting there from India

 ctsy CIS

 by Atul Chitnis

 I got a call this morning.  All the way from Bombay.  Wow !  The
 gentleman at the other end had a very interesting query - what's
 Compuserve's Bombay phone number ?

 Oh oh.

      Many moons ago, I wrote a full article on Compuserve.  I never had
 so many responses to anything I wrote in my life before!  Not even after
 that unfortunate incident I had with a cheque I once issued without
 checking my bank balance....

      But the phonecall gave me reason to think - Compuserve seems to be
 indelibly on the Indian businessman's mind.  Am I to blame for that ?
 Yes?  What a nice feeling!

      Anyway, I went back and dug up that issue of PCQ (the one I had to
 steal from Dayanand at PCQ Bangalore because I couldn't get a copy on
 the newsstands), and re-read what I wrote in those days.

      Woefully inadequate.  Surprising that you dear people still read my
 column.  OK, let me make amends - here's the inside dope on how to get to

 Modemer's Paradise
      Everytime I log into Compuserve, I have this warm feeling washing
 over me.  It's like coming home.  The sight of the "You have Electronic
 Mail waiting" notice is like seeing my dog sitting on the doorstep
 wagging its tail seeing me approach.  And, on entering the the various
 forums I frequent, being greeted by "11 messages waiting for you" feels
 like my daughter running down the garden path, arms outstretched, yelling

      Not for nothing does the world speak of Compuserve as "the biggest
 communication service in the universe (unless proven otherwise)".  With
 almost a million people frequenting the place, it is the world's biggest
 meeting place.  And it is just a phone call away.

      It is surprising how easy it is to meet people on Compuserve.  An
 innocent query in a forum, and you get responses from all over the world,
 from people who want to help you, who want to know you, who want to
 interact with you...

      I have made it a habit of signing my name as "Atul Chitnis [India]"
 in forums.  That country tag alongside my name is almost certain to get
 me responses - simply because people can't believe that I am calling from
 India (where people supposedly still live in caves and use smoke signals
 to communicate).

      And it also helps in business - especially since India's markets are
 opening up, and there are plenty of people out there who want to do
 business with our motherland, but were scared because of the lack of
 communication facilities.  The very fact that I am able to communicate
 via Compuserve gives them hope.

 Yes, Compuserve is a modemer's paradise.  Let me get you there.

 Getting to Compuserve
 There are three steps you must take to get to Compuserve.

 1.  You HAVE to have a modem, a phone line and a PC of sorts.
 2.  You have to have a line of communication to Compuserve.
 3.  You have to get a Compuserve account.

 Let's take them one at a time :

 Getting a modem, etc.

      You'll have to have a PC (or a Mac, or a...), you have to have a
 phone, and you HAVE to have a modem.

      The first two are usually already in place (else you wouldn't bother
 reading this article).

      The third part is important, because this is where most people goof.

 Buy a GOOD modem (not a cheap Taiwanese "deal").  The better the modem,
 the better the returns.  Make sure it has error correction (MNP/V.42),
 and make sure it is fast.  If you haven't bought a modem yet, but are
 about to do so, do NOT buy a 2400 bps modem.  Those old clunkers are
 outmoded and will be history in a year or so.  Buy a 14400 bps, V.32bis

      Do NOT buy an internal modem - they are cheaper, but much more
 trouble.  Make sure that your PC's serial port has a 16550AF UART chip -
 without it, you cannot communicate at high speeds.

      Do NOT buy/acquire/steal an imported modem - believe me, you'll be
 sorry (unless, of course, the modem is made by a VERY reputed
 manufacturer such as Hayes, Multitech, Motorola, US Robotics, Supra or
 AT&T - just remember that the Indian P&T may not allow you to use an
 imported modem).  And don't judge the modem's quality by the fact that
 "it sends faxes just fine" - sending a fax is not a real test - it hardly
 strains the modem.

 Getting a line of communication to Compuserve

      There are a number of ways to connect to Compuserve.  Some are
 expensive, some are more expensive, some are ridiculously expensive.

      The cheapest way is retiring to the Himalayas and establishing
 contact via meditation.  That's cheap, but has been know to fail, so
 don't bank on this option.

      A more reliable (but also more expensive) way is calling Compuserve
 directly with an ISD call to the USA.  One of the 14400 bps numbers is
 001-614-764-2917.  Remember that the tariff is one pulse (local call) a

      Cheaper than a call to the USA is calling the Compuserve node at
 Hong Kong.  Since HK is a SAARC country, the tariff is only one pulse
 every 1.2 seconds.  The number is 00852-3041332.  The number takes both
 9600 and 2400 bps calls.

      Cheapest (relatively) is INET (provided you use it wisely).  To get
 an INET account, contact your local Telecom office.  It costs Rs.1820 for
 registration - what you need is a X.28 dialup account.  INET will not
 give you an account unless you are using a modem cleared for use in India
 by the DoT - another reason for buying a reputed modem of Indian
 manufacture.  INET is now available in 89 cities in India.  INET usage
 charges are Rs.200/64kb of data, plus Rs.4 per minute.

      Once you have your INET account, connect to the local INET node
 using your PC and modem.

      When you get to the "*" prompt, type "Npppppp,uuuuu-03132", where
 "pppppp" is your INET account's password, and "uuuuuu" is your INET
 account number.

      In a few seconds, you'll see the word COM on your screen, and a few
 seconds later you'll be prompted for a host name - enter "CIS".  Next you
 will be asked for your Compuserve User ID and password - enter them and
 you are on.

      But we are ahead of ourselves.  Let's first of all get ourselves a
 Compuserve account.

 Getting a Compuserve account

      Actually it is very easy getting a Compuserve account - you can
 register online.  But there is a fatal hitch - Compuserve will only let
 you register if you have a credit card (VISA/MasterCard/AmericanExpress)
 that is valid in the USA.  This rules out your local credit card - the
 RBI rules forbid it, except for a few rare exceptions (such as when you
 are a registered, $$$ earning exporter).

 So how do you get around this?
      One way is to ask your contact abroad to open the account for you,
 based on his/her credit card, and give you the user id and password.
 You'll have to come to some arrangement to pay back the money.  If your
 contact abroad has difficulties getting an account, ask him to call
 Compuserve's service centre (voice) at 1-800-848-8990.  Or you can call
 them from India at 001-614-457-8650.  The service centre will give you
 all the help you need.

      Another way is to ask someone abroad for the use of his/her credit
 card number (you'll also need the date of expiry and the bank on which it
 is drawn).  This is dicey, and usually works only if your contact trusts
 you completely (son/daughter studying/working abroad, relative, VERY good
 friend, etc.) Then you can use that credit card number to register

      Connect to Compuserve using one of the ways mentioned above.  When
 the connection to Compuserve is established,enter "177000,5000" as User
 ID and "PC*MAGNET" at the password prompt.  When asked for the agreement
 number, enter "Z11D9200".  (This may have changed, check a recent copy of
 PC Magazine).  Enter the information that will be asked off you,
 (including the credit card number).

      Once you have registered, you'll be issued a user id, but not a
 password.  The password will be sent to you by post after about 10 days,
 after Compuserve has verified the credit card information.  Once you get
 your password, go online and change it immediately (GO PASSWORD).

      At the end of all this, you will have a valid Compuserve account.
 Congratulations.  Sit back and have a Coke.  Now don't call Compuserve.
 You ain't ready for it.

 Using Compuserve effectively
      Before you call Compuserve (after you get your own account), please
 sit down and think.  Communication of any form can be expensive unless
 you do it right.  Standard Compuserve rates are  $12.80 per hour at 2400
 bps, $24 at 9600/14400 bps.  If you use only e-mail and some selected
 services, then these rates can be $8.95/$16.00 per month, but it is easy
 to go outside these selected areas.

      Go out, and buy all the back issues of PCQ you can find that have
 1993 in the masthead.  Read my past articles.  I have spent a good part
 of the year writing about effective communication methods, bone up on
 them.  While you are at it, get a PCQ subscription so that you don't miss
 out on anything in the future.

      Get a copy of OzCIS 2.x (the world's best Compuserve automation
 program).  OzCIS 2.x is shareware, but you can download it only from
 Compuserve (GO CIS:OZCIS) or get it from a friend.  BBSs (including mine)
 CANNOT offer OzCIS 2.0 or later because the author, Steve Sneed, does not
 permit it.  OzCIS saves me thousands of dollars a year, because it
 accepts all input from me before calling Compuserve, then goes online and
 rips through all requested actions and logs off, allowing me to peruse
 the results offline. You'll need a special script to use it with INET -
 you can pick it up from my BBS in the PCQ forum (filename OZINET2.ZIP).

 Getting help
      Once online to Compuserve, the best place to ask questions about
 Compuserve is in the Practice forum (GO CIS:PRACTICE).  This area is free
 of Compuserve charges (but you will still be paying for communication

 Ask your questions, and you are sure to get answers.  Just remember the
 following golden rules when posting a message :

 1.  Do not send a message that is ALL CAPITAL LETTERS.  This is
 considered rude and may get you banned off the area.

 2.  Be brief and to the point.  State your question in a couple of
 sentences - long messages are frowned upon.

 3.  Don't send unsolicited messages to anyone using e-mail.  You usually
 will make friend with people in the forums, then can carry on your
 relationship with them using e-mail if they indicate that this is

 There are various other ways of getting help.
      The best way to learn about Compuserve is to pick the brains of a
 friend who has a Compuserve account.

      There are also consultants who can help you (yup, guys like me), but
 since it is their profession, they'll charge you for it.  Dependant on
 how good the guy is, a consultant can very quickly get you up to speed.
 Make sure that HE has a Compuserve account himself and verify this on
 Compuserve by checking the membership directory (GO CIS:DIRECTORY) for
 his name.  I know a number of conmen who say that they have "extensive
 Compuserve experience" after having seen a distant acquaintance log in
 once, and who'll gladly take you for a ride at your expense.  Beware of
 such parasites.  And NEVER divulge your INET or Compuserve passwords to
 anyone, even your friends.  Always type them in yourself when needed.  A
 "shady" friend/consultant will show his true nature when he asks you for
 the password instead of asking you to type in the passwords yourself.

      As a Compuserve member, you will also receive a free subscription of
 the Compuserve Magazine, which is also an invaluable resource.

      There are some excellent books in the market - browse through your
 local computer bookstall, you are sure to find something.

      Become a member of a BBS near you.  Many Compuserve members also
 frequent BBSs, and you could ask them.

      And finally, explore Compuserve online (carefully).  Make sure that
 you have your capture/log file open, so that you can read everything that
 happened later when you are offline.  Do not spend time online reading
 what appears on the screen.

      I hope that this time round I have really given enough details on
 how to get to Compuserve.  And I hope this article helps all those people
 abroad who wish to have their Indian counterparts contact them via
 Compuserve, but didn't know whether (and how) it could be done.

 See you on the other side.


    Note  : This article appeared in the PC Quest magazine in January,
     1994 and has been uploaded here with permission of the magazine.

      ATUL CHITNIS is the Managing Director of A.R.B.Constellation, a
      Communications Consultancy firm in Bangalore, India and can be
             contacted via E-mail at 70620,563 on Compuserve,
  70620.563@COMPUSERVE.COM via InterNet, via his BBS at +91-(80)-3341137
    (User ID SYSOP or log in as GUEST) or c/o PC Quest, New Delhi.  He
        writes a regular column called COMversations for PC Quest.

              PC Quest is India's leading Computer magazine.
                      A subscription costs $50/year.
                                 Write to:

                                 PC QUEST
                         D-74, Panchsheel Enclave
                         New Delhi 110 017, India
          Make subscriptions payable to: CYBER MEDIA (INDIA) LTD.


                    :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.

          GEnie Information copyright (C) 1991 by General Electric
            Information Services/GEnie, reprinted by permission


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                             Randy Noak, Editor

      I had written an opening editorial carping and complaining about the
 bitter cold that we've been experiencing here in the Midwest.  Then the
 earthquake hit California, and the cold didn't seem like such a big deal
 after all.  All of us at Mac Report wish for a speedy return to normalcy
 for our Los Angeles readers.

      Circle March 14 on your calendar.  It looks like that will be the
 release date for Apple's PowerPC computers.  From all reports, they are
 faster than greased lightning and priced to make even the most jaded
 DOS/Windows user ready to dig into his/her pocketbook.  After March 14
 will also be the time to find great bargains on all those "obsolete" Mac
 Quadras gathering dust on the dealer's shelves.

      Who remembers Winky Dink? For those readers who don't, Winky Dink
 was the first Interactive TV show.  Aired in the early 1950's, Winky Dink
 fans could, with the aid of a special "magic screen" that was stuck on
 the picture tube and "magic crayon" assist Winky Dink in his endeavors.
 When Winky Dink came to a chasm, no problem.  Kids across America busied
 themselves drawing a bridge for Winky Dink to cross.  Winky Dink needs a
 canoe to cross a river and evade the bad guys? No problem.  Kids from
 California to Virginia were busy drawing the means of Winky Dink's
 escape.  Kids _loved_ Winky Dink.  Parents _hated_ Winky Dink.  It seems
 that some children, in their haste to help their favorite cartoon hero,
 would "forget" to place the "magic screen" over the picture tube
 resulting in a Crayola-covered mess.  Needless to say, Winky Dink didn't
 last too long.  With all the talk lately about "Information Highways" and
 Interactive Television" it's nice to look back and realize that,
 baby-boomers had the opportunity to participate in some of the latest and
 future technologies earliest experiments.

      Enough of my reminiscing.  On to the column.  This week there's a
 review of Inline Software's Deliverance, a press release about Apple's
 new Performa, and the Mac Report Mail Bag.  Remember, something big is




 From Inline Software

 by Jeff Coe
    Senior Associate Editor

      Sharpen up your battle axes folks, we ve got some serious monster
 bashin  to do.   Deliverance  is a good old fashioned Hack-and-Slash game
 with a few unusual twists thrown in to keep it interesting.  You control
 the barbarian warrior called  Stormlord  as he sets out on his quest to
 rescue some fairies from the castle of the evil  Tnarom .  Armed with an
 unlimited supply of throwing axes, Stormlord must search the many levels
 of the castle, free the fairies from their bondage, and guide them back
 home.  To get home, he must pass through the Pits of Fire (stage 2), the
 Enchanted Forest (stage 3), and even fly on the back of a mechanized
 dragon in the Winged Warriors Filled Skies (stage 4).  Each level is
 different enough in game play, graphics and type of bad-guys to make sure
 you don t get tired of the whole thing.  In fact, the final stage on the
 flying dragon could even be a different game completely.  The first three
 stages have our hero on foot, doing hand to hand combat with the evil
 ones.  He either throws an axe at them, or hold the axe and hacks away
 when things get real close.  The dragon riding section is more of a
 sideways scrolling shoot em up, so none of the experience you gained
 early on in the game will be of any use to you there.

      Since the majority of the game is played on foot, I ll tell you a
 bit more about it.  Your perspective on the game is from the side.  You
 control Stormlord as he walks left or right, jumps up, crouches down or
 uses his weapon.  The same keyboard command for jumping will also make
 your man climb ladders.  The standard key assignments have you using the
 arrow keys to control direction, and the spacebar to attack.
 Combinations of an arrow with the spacebar permit Stormlord to throw long
 or short, or to hold on to the axe and just swing it in an arc all around
 himself.  Combinations of arrow key presses will make your fighter jump
 left or right.  These keys can be reassigned if you have a layout you
 think might be better.

      Personally, I hate the arrow keys all in a row along the bottom of
 the Apple Keyboard II that I use.  A separate cursor control pad is much
 more natural to me, so I set my left, right, up and down keys to be the
 4, 6, 8 and 2 keys on the numeric keypad.  The game also supports the
 MacFly , Gravis GamePad  and  MouseStick II  controllers.  Unfortunately,
 I don't have any of those so I can't comment on how they respond here,
 but this game just screams for a joystick!  At any rate, back to the game
 play.  In addition to hacking monsters into little pieces, you also gotta
 save the fairies, remember?  Some of them are locked up in these fancy
 closet things on all the different floors of the first section.  To open
 a closet, you center your fighter in front of it, press up, which in this
 case makes him turn to face it, and press up again which then actually
 opens it.  If there was a fairy in there, she ll come flying out and buzz
 around a bit.  Touch her to add her to your collection.  It s possible
 that the closet could also contain something else.  It might be a giant
 spider or a couple of bats, which you need to kill quickly before they
 drain too much of your health.  Or, the closet might contain a key, which
 you ll need in order to pass through doors.  Watch your reflexes when
 opening closets! It s all too easy to instinctively hit the spacebar
 after opening one in order to slice a bat, and then find out you just
 whacked a fairy.  You can t save them if you kill them!

      Lets talk monsters.  Each section of the game has unique creatures
 not found elsewhere.  The main nasties in the first section look alot
 like the monsters from the movie  ALIEN .  These guys come after you
 usually one at a time, but occasionally in groups.  They also spray a
 delightful green blood when you get a good hit in.  This is also the
 section with the spiders and bats I mentioned before.   The second
 section, the Pits of Fire, is where the neatest monsters are.  They look
 kind of like devils, but they have the unique ability to fade into the
 walls and disappear.  Occasionally you ll see one as a blur on the wall
 behind you as it moves about.  They can only be killed when they re solid
 though, and they don't stay solid for very long.  As in the first
 section, there are some flying nasties to contend with, as well as a lava
 monster that pops up through a hole in the floor to spit fire at you.
 Section three as flying and walking monsters too, but your battle ground
 is on platforms up in  the trees.  I'll leave the details up to you to
 discover on your own.  Each level also has the traditional end of level
 Boss monster that must be defeated in order to progress onward.  These
 range from giant fire-breathing dragons to mechanical hero smashers, to
 combination animal machine type creatures.  Probably the coolest is a
 giant mechanized spider thing that throws exploding spheres at you.  Very
 tough to kill, too!

      Each section of the game will give you a password when you beat it.
 All the information about your current game will be the same when you
 enter the next level, including the number of lives you have left, the
 number of fairies you have, and the amount of health you hero currently
 has.  An interesting project for someone might be to try to decode the
 password system.  With a bit of luck, you could then enter each level
 with all of your three lives and full strength, not to mention lots of

      Just a quick note on strength or health.  You start with a bar
 across the bottom of the screen that gets longer or shorter depending on
 the number of hits you ve taken.  Resting will allow your health to
 gradually increase up to full again.  If it gets too short, you loose a
 life.  You have three lives.  Enough about that.

 More Technical Stuff...

      Deliverance can be played on any Macintosh with a color monitor.
 You need at least System 6.0.7 or higher, a hard disk, and 4MB or RAM.
 The game can be played in several different modes, depending on your
 hardware.  You have the choice of playing in 16 or 256 color modes, and
 in a large full screen mode or a smaller window mode.  The small mode
 gives you a total gaming area that takes up about 25% of your screen
 area.  The graphics are very sharp this way, but I found it more
 difficult to play.  The graphics at full screen are just a touch on the
 blocky side, but still very good.  One sour note here though.  If your
 Mac is on the slow side (like an LC II or a Performa 400 through 430) the
 large graphics in 256 color mode don t scroll very smoothly.  In fact it
 could make you sea-sick to watch it.  Fortunately, dropping down to 16
 color mode helps alot, and there is also an option they call  FASTER
 that darkens the screen a touch, but seems to pick up the pace a bit too.
 Small screen graphics were great no matter what, and this mode also
 offers you the added bonus of being able to switch between applications
 if you re the type that enjoys doing more than one thing on your computer
 at a time.  Sound in the game is pretty good, but nothing to get excited
 about.  All things considered, Deliverance is a pretty good game.  The
 graphics are good, the sound is fair, and the game play is good.  On a 1
 to 10 scale I'd give it about an 8.

 Deliverance is published by:

           Inline Software
           308 Main Street
           Lakeville, CT 06039-1204
           (203) 435-4995

 They can also be reached on-line:

           AppleLink: INLINE.TECH
           America Online: INLINE
           CompuServe: 75300,2014
           GEnie: INLINE
           MCI Mail: INLINE

      If you ve read this far and you decide to buy the game, I have a
 little cheat for you that can help make the early stages a little easier.
 If you make your character walk up to a wall, turn him around to face the
 other direction, and then press down and towards the wall, most of the
 time old Stormlord will crouch down, turn around and begin floating
 straight up the wall through floors and everything.  You need to be very
 careful with this because if you go above the top of the playing field
 into unprogrammed areas you crash your Mac.  There are some places where
 it doesn t work too, but it saved my butt a couple times.  I owe this one
 to my son Chris, who figured it out just messing around.

      Now...  go get those beasties!

 Jeff Coe is a 36 year old computer hobbyist with experience on a variety
 of platforms.



               Macintosh Performa 560 Money Magazine Edition

 Here's an interesting press release.  It looks like Apple has realized
 that software sells computers.  This is a package that answers the
 question, "What the heck do I need a computer for?" Hopefully, Apple will
 pursue this in future models.


  Money and Apple Team Up to Offer Multimedia Personal-Finance Computer

  January 17, 1994--Money magazine and Apple Computer, Inc.  today
  introduced a multimedia personal computer system aimed at providing
  consumers with a complete solution for home and financial management.
  The Macintosh Performa 560 Money Magazine Edition offers a unique
  combination of power, performance and programs with 19 preloaded
  software packages worth more than $1,900 MSRP.

      The system features popular personal-finance and organizational
  programs such as WealthBuilder by Money magazine, Quicken, MacInTax,
  Willmaker and Personal Recordkeeper; the ClarisWorks integrated
  database, word-processing and spreadsheet package; the Datebook
  Pro/Touchbase Pro Bundle for calendar and address-book capabilities;
  and an introductory subscription to the America Online interactive
  information service.

      It also includes interactive educational programs such as the 21-
  volume New Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia CD-ROM, the TIME Almanac
  CD-ROM and the American Heritage Dictionary as well as entertainment
  programs such as the World Tour Golf CD-ROM and Monopoly, and a
  special Money version of the After Dark screen saver.   In addition,
  the system features MacLink Plus/Translators Pro, which enables users
  to exchange information easily with MS-DOS and Windows files.

      The Performa Money Edition was designed specifically for people who
  want to take advantage of the latest technology to manage their
  personal finances.   It features powerful Macintosh multimedia
  hardware, including a Sony Trinitron color monitor, 160-megabyte hard
  disk, an internal double-speed CD-ROM drive, built-in stereo
  speakers, digital sound and microphone, and a send/receive fax modem.

      The Macintosh Performa 560 Money Edition will be sold directly
  through Apple via a 24-hour toll-free phone number, 800-351-6111, and
  carries an Apple price of $2,199.   The system, available Jan.  15 in
  the U.S.  only, will also be sold nationwide at selected Circuit City


 > STR Mail Call             "...a place for the readers to be heard"

                           STReport's MAC MailBag

    Adobe's recent announcement of prices cuts on their popular Font
 packages was welcome news, but now Adobe has announced even further cuts
 for their Type On Call customers.  Priced from $25 to $179, Adobe's high-
 quality fonts are now an even bigger bargain.  Call 1-800-682-3623 for
 more info.

 The Cobb Group announces ThePage for Mac desktop publishers, Full of
 "Ideas, Tips & Hints.", ThePage is available for $59 per year.  Write The
 Cobb Group at P.O.  Box 35160, Louisville, KY 40232-9719.

 Whoa! An envelope with "FINAL NOTICE - Please Open Immediately" written
 on the front.  Boy, this really frosts me.  Of course it's a final notice
 for a software offer, but, in my opinion, sending a potential customer a
 letter that makes it appear that he/she is a deadbeat is not the way to
 get them to purchase your software.  I won't give this company the
 benefit of a mention.

 C-WUG, the ClarisWorks User Group is offering a free upgrade to
 ClarisWorks 2.1 to new members.  Join C-WUG and they will send you the
 upgrade when it is released by Claris.  There are a lot of benefits
 available for C-WUG members including book discounts, access to C-WUG's
 extensive library of templates, graphics, and help files, MacAcademy
 videotape rentals, free telephone help and more.  For a limited time the
 first year's membership is only $29.  Call C-WUG at 1-313-454-1969.

 That's it for this week.  I hope to make a special announcement in the
 next week or two, so keep your eyes open! As always, please feel free to
 send your comments or questions to me at:

                        America OnLine: STReportRN
                          Compuserve: 70323,1031
                               GEnie: R.NOAK



                         WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF GOD
                       HAD TO DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN?

 From the Jerry Pournelle RT on GEnie...


 a Notice of Violation and a class action lawsuit for failing to file a
 Part A notification and an environmental impact statement with HEPA
 (Heavenly Environmental Protection Agency), an angelically staffed agency
 dedicated to keeping the Universe pollution free.

 God was granted a temporary permit for the heavenly portion of the
 project, but was issued a "cease and desist" order on the earthly
 portion, pending further review by the HEPA.

 Upon completion of His construction permit application and environmental
 impact statement, God appeared before the Heavenly Environmental
 Protection Commission to answer unresolved questions regarding His

 When asked why He began these projects in the first place, God simply
 replied that He liked to be "creative." This was not considered adequate
 reasoning; and God was required to substantiate this further.

 HEPA was unable to see any practical use for earth, since "THE EARTH WAS
 said, "LET THERE BE LIGHT." He really should never have brought up this
 point, since one Commission member was very active in the Sierrangel Club
 and immediately protested, stating "How was light to be made? Would it be
 a nuclear-powered or coal-fired generating plant? Would there be strip
 mining? What about thermal pollution? Air pollution? Universal warming?"
 God explained that the light would come from a huge ball of fire. No one
 on the Commission really understood this, but it was provisionally
 accepted assuming (1) there would be no smog or smoke resulting from the
 ball of fire, (2) a separate burning permit would be required, and (3)
 since continuous light would be a waste of energy, it should be dark at
 least one-half of the time. And so God agreed to "DIVIDE THE LIGHT FROM
 (The Commission expressed no interest with in-house semantics.)

 When asked how the earth would be covered, God said "LET THERE BE
 WATERS." One ecologically radical Commission member accused Him of
 double-talk, but the Commission tabled action since God would be required
 first to apply for a "firmament" permit from the ABLM (Angelic Bureau of
 Land Management), would be required to obtain water permits from the
 appropriate agencies involved, and further, insure that construction of
 any firmament would result in no net loss of wetlands.

 The Commission asked if there would be only water and firmament, and God
 UPON THE EARTH." The Commission agreed to this, as long as only native
 seeds were to be used.

 About future developments, God also said "LET THE WATERS BRING FORTH THE
 UNDER THE FIRMAMENT OF HEAVEN." Here again, the Commission took no formal
 action, since this would require approval of the Game and Fish
 Commission, coordinated with the Heavenly Wildlife Federation and the
 Audubongelic Society.

 It appeared that everything was in order until God said that He wanted to
 complete the project in six days. At this time He was advised by the
 Commission that His timing was completely out of the question. HEPA would
 require a minimum of six to nine months to review the permit application
 and environmental impact statement, and then there would have to be a
 45-day public comment period followed by public hearings. After any and
 all public comments were considered, it could feasibly take 12 to 18
 months before a permit could be issued.

 And God said, "THE HELL WITH IT!"

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                          ATARI/JAG SECTION (III)
                           Dana Jacobson, Editor

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

      Well, I'm still alive (if you call this living!).  I had a follow-
 up doctor's appointment late last Friday evening, including another
 x-ray.  I got a chance to see the x-rays, and see the comparison
 between the two sets.  I also learned that I'm suffering from _double_
 pneumonia.  Apparently, the infection is in both lungs.  It looks weird
 in an x-ray, but shows that it's clearing up.  I don't feel any better
 physically, but I'll take the doc's word that I'm improving.  He also
 told me to stay out of work another week, at least; and gave me an
 additional prescription to continue with the antibiotics I'm currently
 on.  I've never been this sick for this length of time; I hope none of
 you ever experience this.

      I hope that all of our southern California friends made it through
 Monday morning's earthquake unscathed.  I can't understand how you
 people do it, how you accept this as a common occurrence and rarely
 think twice about it.  I mean, I live in the Northeast and hurricanes
 are a common weather phenomena here.  But, hurricanes can be tracked
 and we have plenty of advance warning and plenty of time to prepare.
 With quakes, there's no real warning and no real preparation!  Or, have
 we just all become numbed to these kinds of "natural" disasters?  It's
 a scary thought, regardless...

      Last week I had wanted to make a few comments about the CES, but I
 just didn't have the energy to think.  I'm planning better this week,
 and started my column _very_ early to prepare for the periods of no
 energy.  Anyway, is Trip Hawkins really a bozo; or did he seriously
 underestimate the significance of Atari and the Jaguar?  I couldn't
 believe some of the remarks this man made at CES!!  Kudos to Ron Luks
 for raising Hawkins' consciousness with his poignant question!  I also
 hope that someone mailed Hawkins a copy of the "rebuttal" that Atari's
 Don Thomas (unofficially) made last week, and was printed in STReport.
 Don did a great job of countering all of Trip's comments.  I think it'll
 be awhile before Trip makes another speech at one of these events; at
 least before screening the audience!

      All I keep hearing these days is a plethora of praise for the
 Jaguar.  The only negative messages that I've seen have been on CIS and
 posted by a self-proclaimed Nintendo employee.  To-date, the games
 available have been getting rave reviews from the users.  It's
 reminiscent of when the Atari 2600 first came out!  I believe that the
 excitement is going to continue for quite some time.

      Still nothing on the computer side of things, however.  There have
 been a few tidbits here and there, but no real indication as to what
 the future holds for Atari computers.  Take, for example, some
 questions and answers from last week's Delphi online conference with
 Bob Brodie regarding the CES and other topics:

    (Editor's note: The following questions, answers, and comments
    were taken from an "unofficial" transcript of the CO.  Formatting
    and spelling corrections were made to make reading easier. DPJ)

 Tony> Yes, tonight at the user meeting a question came up. Are the
       proceeds for the Jag going to be used to help out the computer
       end of the Atari line ??

 BOBBRO> Yes, that is our plan.  Naturally, we cannot devote 100% of the
         resources generated by the Jaguar to the computer line.  We
         must be sure to re-invest in the Jaguar as well.  But we are
         very much still interested in the computer business.

 Gordie> In the meantime, can we take the last answer as a confirmation
         that TOS is not dead?


 Bry> I don't know too much about CES, but I would like to know if Atari
      plans to (with the current computer climate) put future Falcons

      into production, or will Atari continue its efforts with a
      next-generation machine?

 BOBBRO> No comment is the real answer to that.  Sorry.

 (Editor's note: ...and later on in the conference...)

 BOBBRO> We are looking at the idea of making the Jaguar chipset on a
         card, or perhaps a whole new computer.

      On the one hand, it certainly sounds like Atari is still
 interested in staying in the computer business, but with no clear cut
 indication as to direction.  But, when pressed for specific answers for
 future plans, the reply was 'no comment.'  Somehow, I don't get that
 warm & fuzzy feeling when I see this.  I realize that Atari is
 presently unwilling to make any commitments with regard to non-Jaguar
 issues; but that lack of commitment is what has me and many other Atari
 users concerned.  Atari's focus these days is on the Jaguar.  The
 Jaguar's CD player apparently is scheduled to go on sale sometime this
 summer.  If Atari's energy is on the Jaguar, for how long?  What will
 be the determining factor for Atari to say it's time to re-invest in a
 computer line?  There are just too many intangibles here.  Speculation
 can drive us all insane, but what else is there?  What of the dealers
 and developers?  I can just imagine what's going on in their minds
 these days!

      Where is Atari headed?  A fair question, but I don't think even
 Atari is quite sure at this moment.  They have an apparent winner and
 plan to let it ride.  Atari has gone full-circle: from the 2600 game
 console to the Falcon 030 computer.  That circle is starting over again
 with another game console, the Jaguar.  Will the path bring any new
 variations this time around?  It's impossible for anyone to say.

      I haven't forgotten Part 2 of our online support staff article.
 I've begun work on the Compuserve section, but it's far from complete
 at this moment.  I apologize for the lack of continuity in this piece,
 but it just can't be helped.

      STReport's resident online fisherman has landed another big one
 this week.  Check out John Duckworth's column as he describes CoNnect
 2.44, a communications program that keeps getting better.  And, our
 resident Compuserve columnist, Joe Mirando, has found the usual variety
 of interesting tidbits while perusing the various Atari Forums.

      So, let's see what's happening with these folks, and anything else
 of interest along the way!!  Meanwhile, I'll get ready for another
 appointment with my doctor Friday and see if I'm anywhere close to
 being near "normal" again!!  This has got to break sooner or later!
      Until next time.....

                                                  Dana P. Jacobson

                         From Delphi's Atari Advantage
                          TOP TEN DOWNLOADS (1/19/94)

           (1) CD ROM INFO                 (6) TOAD'S SYSINFO
           (2) ST ZIP 2.4                  (7) DIRECT-DRIVE
           (3) PREMIUM MAH JONGG           (8) MYCLOCK V.1.07
           (4) LHARC VERSION 2.99          (9) PFXPAK V3.0

                              HONORARY TOP 10

    The following on-line magazines are always top downloads, frequently
    out-performing every other file in the databases.

               STREPORT (Current issue: STREPORT #10.03)
      ATARI EXPLORER ONLINE (Current issue: AEO - VOLUME 2, ISSUE 22)
         Look for the above files in the RECENT ARRIVALS database.


 > The Old Fishin' Hole STR Feature

                           THE OLD FISHIN' HOLE

 -A Guide to the Online PD/Shareware Waters.

 by John R. Duckworth

     As I watch the evening news I feel a great deal of sorrow as I
 watch the hundreds of people who have lost their homes, cars, and in
 some cases friends and relatives to the earthquake in California. I
 sincerely hope that our friends in California will be able to recover
 quickly and move on with their normal day to day lives. This week
 I'll be taking a look at a shareware terminal program from Germany
 which may just be the answer for those who are outgrowing their old,
 dated terminal packages. By having an easy to use, dependable
 communications program, we will be more able to stay in contact and
 ultimately help those who are faced with situations like those in the
 Los Angeles area.

     "CoNnect 2.44" by Lars & Wolfgang Wander is a wonderful GEM
 compliant shareware communications package from Germany. "CoNnect"
 works on any Atari TOS computer and even works fine with
 multi-tasking operating systems such as MultiTOS.

     Although many of the options and features in "CoNnect" may only
 be obvious with the manual (available by registering), I will try to
 cover those features that most users will look for (and need) in a
 terminal program. The first task after unpacking the file is to set
 up the program for your specific needs, which is fairly
 straightforward and intuitive. Most users will want to start with the
 options available within the terminal window itself such as emulation,
 file transfer settings, terminal window and buffer sizes, and the port
 to use for communication. Most of these settings are fine at their
 default settings, but it is nice to know that everything is virtually
 customizable...right down to the terminal window title and colors used
 for the window.

     Next phone numbers for bulletin boards and online services will
 need to be entered into the dialing directory. This is a simple as
 clicking on an empty slot and entering a name and phone number. I
 looked for an area to set emulation for each service, but was unable
 to find such an option perhaps it can be changed from a CoSHy script.
 BY this time you are probably asking..."What exactly is a CoSHy
 script?"...well, CoSHY (not sure what it stands for since the demo
 version I received didn't contain a detailed document file) is a
 scripting language which seems mighty powerful for a terminal program
 which isn't commercial. Some parts of the CoSHy language can be
 pieced together from the extensive (and humorous) online help system,
 but the easiest way to program a useful CoSHy script is by the learn

     By choosing the "Learn a script" option from the miscellaneous
 menu, "CoNnect" will basically intercept all keyboard events and
 write them to a script file. In this way automatic log-on scripts can
 be written painlessly and effortlessly. It took all of 10 seconds for
 me to create a script to automatically log-on to Delphi. No strange
 syntax needed to be was natural, as it should be. More
 complex scripts can apparently be written, but a manual may be
 helpful when attempting such a feat.

     Most users appreciate it when programmers include keyboard
 shortcuts for menu options. The "CoNnect" author take this concept a
 step further by letting the user choose which keys he wants for each
 selection in the program. Default settings may be chosen which will
 assign hotkeys automatically. Another useful option is the ability to
 track online charges (and automatically log calls) for online
 services. Probably the most unique feature of "CoNnect" is the
 ability to assign sounds and/or .mod files to certain system and
 program events. "Paula" is needed when using .mod files from within

     "CoNnect" is a very professional and complete communications
 package. Some other features (which I wasn't able to test) were its

 fax and answering machine (voice mail) capabilities...I am a bit
 tempted to get a ZyXEL just to use the answering machine feature!
 "CoNnect" has just about everything needed in a telecommunications
 package (and probably more). If you feel you are outgrowing your
 terminal program which you are now using, then by all means take a
 look at "CoNnect". The only feature missing is background
 downloading, so I may just hang on to STalker for a while more.

     Until next week, hang in can only get better! I always
 appreciate constructive e-mail, if you have any questions or

  |   Old Fishin Hole Tackle Box     *                             |
  |  CoNnect v.2.44                                                |
  |      Delphi: Atari Advantage - (READ CONNECT)                  |
  |                                                                |
  * 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.


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

                            PEOPLE... ARE TALKING

  On CompuServe
  compiled by Joe Mirando

   Hi there everyone.  I'll tell you right off the bat that this week's
 column is going to be shorter than usual.  I'll explain right after the
 applause dies down <grin>.

   This past week my grandmother lost her battle with cardio-pulmonary
 problems after more than four months.  As anyone who has lost a close
 relative knows, it is quite a shock (even if, as in this case, it is

   My grandmother, although un-aquainted with most of today's technology,
 was always interested and amazed by what it had to offer.  I can remember
 many times when she would watch over my shoulder as I accessed online
 services, displayed digitized pictures, or did anything else that my
 computer can do.  She was in awe of e-mail, stock quotes, downloading,
 and Desktop Publishing (If on-line bingo had ever caught on she would
 have run out and bought a computer for herself).  She would often utter
 those well-worn words: "What'll they think of next?" as she watched, and
 always supported me in my electronic endeavours, even though the
 reasoning for some of them eluded her.  For this, and for so much more,
 I will miss her dearly.

   I would like to thank those of you who expressed interest and concern
 after I mentioned my grandmother's heart attack back in September.  Your
 e-mail messages have shown me that electronic interaction need not be
 cold and impersonal.  Thank you once again.

   Well, I guess that I should start the column now, huh?  Okay, let's
 get busy...

 From the Atari Productivity Forum

 Steven Russell tells us:

   "First off, I want to say that I am fairly new to this forum and have
   been reading a lot of the messages from here on various subjects. I
   believe that this is the place for someone to go if they are looking
   for help in a particular area or need information about a given
   subject. I have owned an Atari computer for only a little over two
   years now and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

   I have question about the RAM Gizmo board for the Falcon030. When I
   install it on the Falcon and boot the computer the screen stays blank
   and you can hear some clicking, like the computer is trying to read the
   RAM but can't find it.  The board is brand new and has 4 MEGs installed
   on it and the jumpers are positioned in the correct locations ( I think
   ). Can anyone tell me what the problem might be and a probable solution
   for a fix? I'm hoping that the board isn't damaged or bad from the
   factory. That would be a bummer."

 Rob Rasmussen tells Steven:

   "Hopefully someone familiar with the RAM Gizmo board can answer your
   question. I am curious how to install a board into a Falcon - it has no
   slots like TT, right? Tell us more about Gizmo. I might get a Falcon.
   How do you like yours?"

 Brian Gockley of ST Informer tells Steven:

   "We've installed RAM boards without any trouble, I would strongly
   recommend you contact the manufacturer and get a new board. It may have
   damaged RAM on it. I assume that everything works again when you take
   it out again?"

 Sysop Bob Retelle adds his voice to Brian's:

   "It would probably be a good idea to contact the manufacturer of the
   RAM expansion board about your SIMMs..

   While in theory all 1 Meg SIMMs should be functionally equivalent, in
   practice there are some differences that can render particular SIMMs
   incompatible with some applications.

   In particular, sometimes "3 chip SIMMs" are not fully interchangable
   with "9 chip SIMMs", even though they have the same pinouts and

   It might be that your SIMMs are perfectly OK, but just incompatible
   with the expansion board.  Hopefully the manufacturer of the board
   would have some experience with this and would have recommendations
   about what kind of SIMMs would be fully compatible."

 Steven replies:

   "The board came unpopulated and we are using Seimens Sims. Yes, When we
   took the board out, everything worked like brand new. I have the same
   problem with two different boards now and am begining to wonder if the
   sims might be bad as well. I guess that I will give the manufacturer a
   call and find out what they think. I really do appreciate your help

   I will give the manufacturer a call and find out if they have
   experienced this sort of thing in past or present.

   It seems that they would some how find a way to make the SIMMs more
   compatible with other SIMMs and different expansion boards. Sounds like
   a tall order, but if they could some how get together on a standard
   then the consumer would benefit greatly. I'm not sure if it would be to
   their benefit or not though.

   I have another question for you. I was wondering if you watch Computer
   Chronicles on Sunday afternoons? Do you remember the show that was on
   Sunday before christmas when they did coverage of the CES show? I was
   wondering why they do any coverage of Atari? they had coverage of
   almost everyone else but them. I really think that they should have had
   some sort of coverage of Atari for the efforts that atari has put forth
   in the past few months with the release of the Falcon030 and now the
   Jaguar. I guess that I'm just upset because Atari has not done a whole
   lot of advertising in the past and I would sincerelly like to see Atari
   get back to the for-front of the game and computer industry. Maybe
   wishful thinking.

   One more question before I go. Do you know of any Boot managing
   software that will work on the Falcon? Something like superboot v8.0 or
   Desk Manager. I really hate the fact that if you want to load any boot
   programs or desk accessories, you have to rename them and then reboot
   the system. Not only time consuming but a little bit of a hassle as
   well. I have been looking at the BBS's and Atari Base, but to no

 Boris Molodyi jumps in and tells Steven:

   "Re: your boot manager question. Take a look at XBOOT from Gribnif
   (they have a section in ATARIVEN). It can handle AUTO programs, ACC's,
   and CPX's, also ASSIGN files (or any other kind of files you might want
   to use), and has many very nice features. It also uses GEM-like
   interface, with mouse support, and works on Falcon."

 Steven thanks Boris:

   "Thank you for the advice about XBoot, I think that was maybe the only
   boot manager that I haven't tried yet. I will look into it though. You
   know, If I were a programmer I would write my own boot manager program,
   but alas, I am not so I have to rely on others to come up with idea and
   hopefully there will be one strictly for the Falcon in the near

 Boris Replies:

   "I've tried many boot managers, too, and I've found that IMHO, XBOOT
   is the best. It has all the features, is compatible with all ST to
   Falcon machines, manages AUTO, ACC and CPX files, data files, has a
   scripting language etc."

 I'd like to add my "thumbs up" to that.  XBOOT is a truly useful
 program.  It skillfully bridges the gap between novice and expert.  It
 can do as little or as much as you wish it to.  It's a nice piece of

 Meanwhile, Ian Fleming asks about modems:

   "I am thinking of upgrding to a V32,fax modem.The Supra and the Zoom
   seem very good value.I would appreciate any feedback from users or
   other recommendations.  What fax software is available for the ST?"

 Sysop Jim Ness tells Ian:

   "I've had very good luck with Practical Peripherals modems.  My current
   one is a 14400.  And, Ron Luks swears by Supra modems.

   I know you can GO SUPRA and GO PPIFORUM for Supra and PPI support

 Rob Rasmussen tells Ian:

   "I can't comment on Zoom since I've never used one. I use a Supra
   FaxModem v32bis and STraight FAX! Recommend them highly."

 Charles Smeton tells Ian:

   "My company, NewSTar Technology Management, makes STraight FAX! 2. It
   supports Class 1 and Class 2 Send/Receive FAX Modems such as the Supra
   and Zoom FAX Modems. It is available in the UK from System
   Solutions/Atari Workshop. Look for a review of STraight FAX! in an
   upcoming issue of ST Review Magazine.

   We also have a press release in the file area here with the features of
   STraight FAX! 2."

 Steve Adams posts:

   "I have a couple of questions about the Falcon:

    - Will 520 peripherals work with it (monitors, floppy drives, hard

   - How much memory can be put into a Falcon?"

 Bob Wilson tells Steve:

   "Technically one can put 14 megs into a FALCON. You can not use any
   floppy drives with the falcon and all hard drives externally must be
   SCSI. The standard ATARI expansion port is missing (you can not use an
   ATARI laser either). You can use ATARI monitors."

 Sysop Jim Ness posts this little bit of info:

   "Some cost trivia for folks who enjoy such things...

   14400 service (available in 10 major cities) provides an average of
   about 1550 bytes per second for file transfers and message downloads.
   Under the new pricing, this means a cost of $1.76 per meg of data.

   9600 service averages about 930 bytes per second, thus costs $2.94 per

   2400 service averages about 230 bytes per second, thus costs $5.94 per

   It's pretty clear that if you are using an autonavigator to download
   files and messages, faster is better.

   The above average data speeds are typical for my area (Chicago) and
   may differ depending upon how you connect to CompuServe.  The costs
   quoted do not include surcharges which may apply to your connections."

 Jonnie Santos posts:

   "Today's silly question of the hour is:

   Is there voicemail available (software/hardware) for the ST?"

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Jonnie:

   "As far as I know, there is no voicemail product available for the ST.
   There is one under development (I'm not sure if it's been released or
   not) for the Falcon, but that one requires the DSP in the Falcon, so
   it's not likely there'll be a version for the ST..."

 Yat Siu corrects Bob:

   "Actually Bob...Voice Mail is sort of supported in Connect version
   2.40 and 2.50 will have Class I Fax implementation as well.

   It can function as a Answering Machine too...EXCEPT that for this it
   requires the Zyxel Modem specifically...probably not quite THE
   VOICEMAIL but it's something for a regular ST User :)"

 From the Atari ST Arts Forum

 Chris Punton tells us:

   "I was wondering if I can view LHZ and other pictures on an IBM PS2.
   More importantly are the IBM and ATARI compatible?  I thought they

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Chris:

   "The IBM and Atari computers are not compatible, at least not in the
   normlly understood sense of an "IBM compatible" computer.

   The CPU chip is quite different, so the software won't run between the

   On the other hand, there ARE some areas of compatibility, for example
   the compression methods you mentioned are compatible..  ARC, LZH and
   ZIP to name a few can be compressed and uncompressed by either kind of
   system interchangiably.

   Any GIF file we have here in the Atari libraries can be viewed by IBM
   picture viewers, but so far there is no IBM picture viewer that we know
   of that will display Atari specific file formats like  .SPC or .SPU,
   although there is one IBM program that will display DEGAS (.PI1, .PI2,
   .PI3) format picture files."

 From the Atari Vendors Forum

 Beth Jane Freeman tells us:

   "I discovered something very interesting.  When you import a graphic to
   the picture window, you can used variable zoom to make the image
   larger. This makes it MUCH easier to clip out a part of it."

 Mike Mortilla thanks Beth:

   "That could be very helpful. I also like to keep the "show pictures"
   option off until the set-up of the page is done. Then I don't have to
   wait forever for the screen to re-draw.

   PageStream is such a great program. I only wish they'd upgrade it. The
   only reason I have Calligrapher is to do flex-text. But I wouldn't
   consider working in it regularly. I think it would be very good for
   someone who publishes mags & newletters, but for the one page at a time
   user (me, f'rinstance) PgStream isthe cat's Meowwwwwww!"

 Beth tells Mike:

   "Yes, I agree, PGS is the Cat's Meow!  I have a Tif file of my friend's
   cat, done on the IBM with Logitech's Fotoman, and I've used him as PGS
   clip art, and it comes out terrific.  Thank goodness for all the import
   modules they have for PGS.

   I think you could flex the text by doing the text as an object and then
   using slant and/or twist under the Rotate menu. Perhaps that would do
   what you want to the text.  Me, I love to collect fonts."

 Mike replies:

   "Actually, Beth (that;s my wife's name, tooo...<g>) I sometimes need
   to wrap words around curves (like a circle) the PgStrm features don't
   allow this and also distort the letters.

   Not a *BIG* deal but something I need to do at times. Yeah! Fonts are

   Well folks, I told you that this would be a short column.  I hope that
 you enjoyed it and got something out of it anyway.  That's what
 CompuServe is all about... enjoyment and learning.  It's a winning
 combination.  So tune in again next week, same time, same station, and
 listen to what they are saying when...

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