ST Report: 8-Apr-94 #1015

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 04/12/94-09:45:21 AM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 8-Apr-94 #1015
Date: Tue Apr 12 09:45:21 1994

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 - CDRom Production UP    - Peachtree Sold         - WinCOMM PRO NEWS
 - Win-Dbase in Beta      - Lotus ScreenCam Out    - Edmark Parents Guide
 - WinFAX Pro 4.0 NEWS    - SAFE FAX?              - The Old Fishin' Hole

                      -* Man's LIFE Saved by E-Mail! *-
                     -* IBM Signs Deal with Stacker! *-
                   -* Symantec, Central Point to Merge! *-

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      STReport, through the years has introduced a number of fine people to
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 "spread their wings" and fly on their own.  Some have done well, others
 well... they've gone on to other things entirely.  This week we find that
 our MAC editor, Randy Noak, has discovered that the writing, compiling and
 gathering of tidbits for the readers every week is no "walk in the park". 
 While with us, Randy did a bang up job and for that we give a hearty thank
 you.  Now, let's all welcome Bob Dean who has agreed to "fill in" while we
 recruit a new editor for our MAC/Power PC section.  Which reminds me, if
 you or, if you know of anyone that may be interested in doing so, tell
 them to get in touch with me.
      Spring Comdex...  the electricity is already in the air.  New
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 silver streaks.  The big story is going to be about the fabulous new
 software and all the hefty upgrades for the familiar titles.  How sweet it
 is.  Look for a "newcomer" to the DTP scene in the Windows NT arena real
 soon now... this newcomer is sure to come swaggering in the door with a
 great deal to offer and confidence to spare.  A seasoned veteran for sure,
 but a new face none the less.


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                  Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
                                Issue #15
                         By: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

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

                    ** IBM Signs Deal with Stacker **

      IBM has signed an agreement to use the Stacker data compression
 technology owned by Stac Electronics. The Stacker feature will be
 incorporated in IBM's PC-DOS and OS/2 operating systems.

      The IBM-Stac pact comes six weeks after a judge ordered IBM rival
 Microsoft Corp. to pay Stac $120 million for illegally using Stacker data
 compression in its new MS-DOS 6.0 package. Microsoft now has released a
 new version of DOS 6 that removes the data compression feature.

      Stac Electronics announced it is extending its Stacker 4.0 for
 Windows & DOS upgrade to users of the new generation DOS's, including
 MS-DOS 6.0 and 6.2, PC DOS 6.1 and Novell DOS 7 through a new universal
 upgrade kit.  The universal upgrade is available through resellers and
 directly from Stac for $49.95.

                      ** Peachtree Software Sold **

    One of the older names in PC software publishing, Peachtree Software 
 Inc. of Norcross, Ga., is being acquired by Automatic Data Processing 
 for undisclosed terms.

    Peachtree, best known for its accounting software for small-and 
 medium-sized businesses, now becomes part of ADP's Employer Services 
 Group and will retain its current management, staff and headquarters in 

    This is the sixth major computer-oriented merger/acquisition this 

                   ** Computer City Adds New Stores **

    Computer City, owned by Tandy Corp., says it will increase its total 
 number of locations to 44 worldwide with the addition of two superstores 
 this month. The new SuperCenters will be located in Miami and King of 
 Prussia, Pa., outside of Philadelphia.

                    ** CD-ROM Output Up 150 Percent **

    The Optical Publishing Association says production of CD-ROM products 
 was up to 100 million discs last year, an increase of about 150% from 
    The trade group is quoted as saying total retail value of CD-ROM 
 titles sold in 1993 approached $1.5 billion and that the growth in the 
 value of publishing products sold this year will be "most drastically 
 impacted" by strong competitive pressure to drive prices down.
    The group estimated 70% of last year's CD-ROM output was from North 
 America, 25% from Europe and 5% from the rest of the world.

    By the end of this year, the group predicted, "it will be difficult 
 to buy a personal computer without a CD-ROM drive installed" and that 
 prices for multimedia machines have been plummeting.

                      ** Windows dBASE in Beta-Test **

    A beta version of Borland International's new Windows- based dBASE 
 database software has been shipped to 500 customer sites for evaluation 
 and testing.

    Borland said independent research by Computer Intelligence/Infocorp 
 indicates the firm has an opportunity to upgrade its current six million 
 dBASE DOS users to the new Windows version of dBASE, which is scheduled 
 to ship this summer.

    "dBASE for Windows," says the statement, "will provide full compati-
 bility with earlier versions of dBASE III PLUS and dBASE IV versions, 
 productive object-oriented tools and technology, openness to the Windows 
 environment, and scalability to client/server. Customers will be able to 
 take advantage of dBASE for Windows' productive new tools and fully 
 object-oriented programming environment for creating powerful mission-
 critical applications."

                 ** Microsoft Word Sales Hit 2 Million **

    Nearly 2 million copies of the Microsoft Word 6.0 for Windows have 
 been sold since the word-processing software was introduced in November.

    Sources say, "More than half the sales of the new program have come 
 (bundled) as part of its Office 4.0 suite of software applications.... 
 Microsoft said sales of Word 6.0 have surpassed company expectations and 
 are continuing at a rate of one copy every four seconds, or about 
 648,000 a month."

                  ** HP Expands Ink-Jet Distribution **

    Hewlett-Packard Co has expanded the distribution of its low-end Desk-
 Jet printers and mid-range ink-jet fax machines.

    The company has signed agreements with a variety of consumer- elect-
 ronics retailers and distributors, mail-order firms and mass merchan-
 disers. The companies are authorized to sell the printers and related 
 supplies and accessories beginning immediately.

    The DeskJet printers covered by the agreements are the DeskJet 310, 
 520, 500C and 560C printers for PCs; and the DeskWriter 310, 520, C, 
 550C and 560C printers for the Macintosh. Fax machines covered by the 
 agreements are the HP FAX-900 and FAX-950.

                  ** Rapid Growth Seen in Multimedia **

    Aggressive investment in advanced chip technology and unprecedented 
 annual research and development expenditure have prompted a research 
 group to predict rapid growth in multimedia hardware and software 

    The Multimedia Research Group has announced the release of "Advanced 
 Multimedia Product R&D: Analysis of Product Strategies and Directions," 
 a 210-page report that highlights applications strategies under 
 development by the 60 most influential U.S. R&D organizations for 1994-

    Priced at $1,795, the report is available in Japanese and English 
 language editions. The contact number for orders and information is 

                  ** Symantec, Central Point to Merge **

    Symantec Corp. announced this week that it has reached a definitive 
 agreement to merge with Central Point Software Inc.  The estimated $60 
 million stock swap deal will unite two of the software industry's 
 largest utility publishers.

                      ** Lotus Releases ScreenCam **

    Lotus Development Corp. says it's shipping Lotus ScreenCam for 
 Windows, a multimedia screen and sound capture utility.

    The software allows users to place application screen activity, cur-
 sor movements and sound into an integrated file that can be saved and 
 distributed to workgroups.

    The software publisher says ScreenCam can be used for training, com-
 munications and presentations. Users can create and share customized 
 learning applications to demonstrate new products and services. Screen-
 Cam also can be used to improve the effectiveness and quality of colla-
 borative work processes, such as developing a budget or editing a 
 document. In such cases, users can show and explain the logic behind 
 their work or why they've made certain changes.

    "ScreenCam will revolutionize the way people work together by lever-
 aging the power to demonstrate and share ideas in action with spoken 
 words," says Steve Barlow, senior manager for Lotus' Multimedia Products 
 Group.  ScreenCam is priced at $79.

                   ** Apple Sued by Computer Dealers **

    Some 400 computer dealers have sued Apple Computer Inc. alleging the 
 computer maker acquired confidential information under the guise of a 
 marketing contract that it never planned to honor.

    Alleging fraud and unfair and fraudulent business practices, the 
 suit, filed in California's Superior Court, stems from the termination 
 of Apple's 1991 agreements with the dealers to give them exclusivity in 
 providing the company's systems to the education market.

    Under the agreements, ended in March 1993, the resellers were known 
 as 'Apple Education Sales Consultants.' The lawsuit claims Apple created 
 the agreements to 'expropriate for its own economic gain every shred of 
 proprietary, confidential and special information' concerning the 
 education microcomputer market.

    The dealers contend Apple used the information to sell its computer 
 hardware directly to the education market.

    Participants in the suit include Southern Photo and News Inc. and 
 Ray's Showcase Inc., both of Florida, and Computer Ware Inc. of Modesto.

                    ** Man Saved by Electronic Mail **

    An inter-office electronic mail system is being credited with saving 
 the life of a worker when he suffered a heart attack at his desk.

    Jack Miller, a computer specialist at Witco Corp. in Woodcliff Lake, 
 N.J., was able to type, "HELP. FEEL SICK. I NEED AID."

    Within seconds, dozens of people ... darted through the maze of 
 cubicles at the chemical company to help... Several administered card-
 iopulmonary resuscitation until an ambulance took him to a hospital."

    The 56-year-old Miller was quoted in today's Daily News in New York 
 as saying, "For me, 'e-mail' means 'emergency mail.' I was going, and 
 nobody would have noticed.... I could barely tap out the words. My chest 
 had this strange coldness and I just couldn't breathe."

                ** MicroNet Debuts Product Storage Line **

    MicroNet Technology Inc. is rolling out a complete line of SCSI data-
 storage products for the Macintosh that mirrors the quality and features 
 of the company's high-end workstation storage solutions.

    The new product line, called the Advantage Series, consists of both 
 internal and external hard disk drives with capacities ranging from 170 
 meg to 1 gig, SyQuest removable drives, internal and external rewritable 
 optical drives with capacities of 128MB and 230MB, CD-ROM, tape-backup 
 systems and accessories.


 > QEMM & STAC 4.0 STR InfoFile

 ID:S4 Stacker 4.0 and Quarterdeck Products
 Quarterdeck Technical Note #270                 Filename: STACKER4.TEC
 by Robert Gaustad                               CompuServe: STACK4.TEC
 Last revised:  3/7/94                           Category: SW3

 Subject: The use of Stacker 4.0 with Quarterdeck products.

 Q.      Is Stacker 4.0 compatible with Quarterdeck products?

 A.      Yes, Stacker 4.0 is compatible with all shipping Quarterdeck

 Q.      I installed Stacker 4.0 on my system and after running Optimize
         I found that I have 2K less available conventional memory.  
         Why is this?

      Stacker 4.0 now uses Novell's DOS Protected Mode Services (DPMS),
 through the driver DPMS.EXE,to place most of the Stacker program into
 extended memory.  When you install Stacker 4.0 on your system, the
 DPMS.EXE driver will automatically be placed into the CONFIG.SYS file
 directly above the STACHIGH.SYS device driver line.  The use of the
 DPMS.EXE driver will reduce the size of the Stacker program from about 44K
 (more or less, depending upon your configuration) to about 17K.  However,
 the DPMS.EXE driver cannot be loaded into High RAM, so it must load into
 conventional memory. This will reduce your conventional memory by about
 2K, but since your Stacker driver is now much smaller, you should be able
 to load more programs into High RAM.

 Q.      Is Stacker 4.0 compatible with QEMM's ST-DBL.SYS (Stealth
 DoubleSpace) driver?

 A.      No.  Even though Stacker uses a file called DBLSPACE.BIN in order
 to load before the CONFIG.SYS file loads, it is not sufficiently
 compatible with Microsoft's DoubleSpace program to allow ST-DBL.SYS to
 work. ST-DBL will only work with Microsoft's DOS 6 DoubleSpace.

 Q.      After I installed Stacker 4.0 over my DoubleSpace program, I
 received the following message:

      ST-DBL: DBLSPACE is not in use, so there is no need to load

 A.      The Stacker 4.0 install does not detect or remove QEMM's
 ST-DBL.SYS driver, which may be in your CONFIG.SYS file if you were
 using Microsoft's DoubleSpace prior to installing Stacker 4.0.  Upon
 installation, Stacker simply places a device line in the CONFIG.SYS file
 that reads:


 This line is placed at the end of the CONFIG.SYS file. If you were
 previously loading the ST-DBL.SYS device driver with a multi-config
 system, replace every ST-DBL.SYS device line with the STACHIGH.SYS device
 line above.  If you are loading it from a single boot CONFIG.SYS, simply
 replace the one incidence of ST-DBL.SYS.

 Q.      After I installed Stacker 4.0, my system locked up on the
 DOSDATA.SYS line during the reboot.

 A.      If you have QEMM 7.01, you will experience a lockup during
 reboot.  The quickest solution is to disable the DOSDATA feature of DOS-Up
 using the QSETUP program.  From the QSETUP main menu, select "U = Enable
 or disable DOS-Up", followed by "P...Partial" to partially install the
 DOS-Up features.  Toggle "3 = DOS Data...Yes" to NO in order to disable
 the DOSDATA.SYS driver.  After saving the configuration, Optimize will run
 and your system's memory will be optimized.

 Quarterdeck is currently shipping version 7.03 of QEMM, so you should
 upgrade to avoid any DOSDATA conflicts.  For information regarding
 upgrades, please refer to the end of this technote.

 Q.      What if I don't want to use the DPMS.EXE driver?

 A.      If you don't want to use the DPMS.EXE driver, you may remove it
 from the CONFIG.SYS file.  Keep in mind that after removing DPMS.EXE
 and rebooting, the Stacker driver will be about 44K in size, so you may
 need to run Optimize after making this change.

 Q.      How do I go about removing the DPMS.EXE driver from the

 A.      Stacker 4.0 has a new configuration program called CONFIG.EXE.
 To see what changes you can make to Stacker's configuration, simply

      CONFIG /?    <ENTER>

 Two of the listed options that will display are:

      /D       Adds Stacker DPMS driver to configuration files.
      /D-      Removes Stacker DPMS driver from configuration files.

 If you want to remove the DPMS.EXE driver from the CONFIG.SYS file,
 simply type:

      CONFIG /D-    <ENTER>

 You will then be asked if you are sure you want the CONFIG.SYS changed.
 To save the changes made, press "Y".

 Q.      Is there any other way I can reduce the size of the Stacker

 A.      If you want to reduce the size of the Stacker driver without
 using DPMS.EXE, you may still use the /EMS parameter to load Stacker
 into EMS.  Note that the use of the /EMS parameter is no longer
 recommended by STAC Electronics, and the /EMS switch cannot be used when
 the DPMS.EXE driver is being loaded.    To add the /EMS switch to the
 STACKER.INI file, you may type:

         ED  <ENTER>

 ED is the Stacker editor.  Once you are in the editor, press <ALT>-F to
 bring up the FILE menu.  Arrow down to the STACKER.INI selection and press
 ENTER.  This will load the STACKER.INI file.  Add a line in this file that
 says /EMS, save the file and then reboot the machine.  You may have to run
 Optimize again in order to load the Stacker driver into High RAM.

 NOTE:  If you add the /EMS parameter to the STACKER.INI file and you
 want to use QEMM's STEALTH technology, you must add a DBF:2 parameter to
 the QEMM device line in the CONFIG.SYS file (this can be done from ED,

 Q.      What are the different sizes of the Stacker driver?

 A.      If you are using Stacker with DPMS.EXE, the driver's resident size
 should be about 15K to 17K.  If you are using Stacker's /EMS switch, it
 should be about 25K.  If you are not using  DPMS.EXE or the /EMS switch,
 the driver should be about 44K.  The initialization size, the size
 necessary to load the driver before it shrinks down to its resident size,
 is 87K no matter what
 parameters you use.

 All of the above sizes may be different for each individual configuration.
 Issues that may affect the size of the driver might be the number of
 partitions or drives that are compressed, the size of the drives, and the
 compression ratio.

 Q.      How do I get an upgrade to QEMM 7.03?

 A.      The easiest way to upgrade your QEMM 7.01 or 7.02 to QEMM 7.03
 is through CompuServe or the Quarterdeck BBS.

 NOTE:   Upgrading via a patch is only available for those customers who
 already have QEMM 7.01 or QEMM 7.02.  For customers who have QEMM
 version 6.0x or earlier, you must purchase an upgrade through a store or
 directly from Quarterdeck's Customer Service Department at (800) 354-3222.

 The following is a list of the upgrade patch files available on

            701703.EXE   222k  QEMM 7.03: patch for 7.01 to 7.03
            701703.ZIP   207k  QEMM 7.03: patch for 7.01 to 7.03
            702703.EXE   147k  QEMM 7.03: patch for 7.02 to 7.03
            702703.ZIP   131k  QEMM 7.03: patch for 7.02 to 7.03

 The CompuServe patches can be found in LIB 10 - Patches / Programs.

 Quarterdeck BBS (310) 314-3227
 Quarterdeck's Bulletin Board System
 Accessible by modem -- 8 data bits, no parity, 1 stop bit

 The following is a list of the upgrade patch files available on the
 Quarterdeck BBS:

 701TO703.EXE  222k self extracting ZIP version of QEMM 7.01 to 7.03 patch
 701TO703.ZIP  207k patch to upgrade QEMM v7.01 to v.703
 702TO703.EXE  147k self extracting ZIP version of QEMM 7.02 to 7.03 patch
 702TO703.ZIP  131k patch to upgrade QEMM v7.02 to v7.03

 For further information about contacting our offices, please refer to
 CONTACT.TEC in your \QEMM\TECHNOTE directory.

   *This technical note may be copied and distributed freely as long as it*
   *is distributed in its entirety and it is not distributed for profit.  *
   *          Copyright (C) 1994 by Quarterdeck Office Systems            *
   ************************ E N D   O F   F I L E *************************

 > SAFE FAX? STR Feature

                           GUIDE TO SAFE FAX

  A:   Although married people fax quite often, there are many single
       people who fax complete strangers every day.


  A:   Faxing can be performed at any age, once you learn the correct 


  A:   Certainly not, as far as we can see.

  A:   Yes. many people have no other outlet for their fax drives and must 
       pay a "professional" when their needs to fax become too great.

  A:   Unless you are really sure of the one you're faxing, a cover sheet 
       should be used to insure safe fax.

  A:   Don't panic. Many people fax prematurely when they haven't faxed in
       a long time. Just start Over; Most people won't mind if you try

  A:   Being bi-faxual can be confusing, but as long as you use a cover
       with each one, you won't transmit anything you're not supposed to.


 > Edmark Guide STR Review              Kids' Computing Corner

                           Kids' Computing Corner

 by Frank Sereno

      This week I'm going to cover two publications rather than to review a
 program.  First, I would like to thank Edmark Corporation for sending a
 great booklet entitled "The Parent's Guide to Educational Software for
 Young Children."  This booklet is sent to registered owners of Edmark

      Upon reading the booklet, I realized that the information contained
 in it is very valuable to parents and teachers who are purchasing software
 for young children and I wanted to share it with the readers of STR.  I
 contacted Edmark to obtain permission to print two items from the booklet. 
 I called the Customer Support line but the person to whom I spoke did not
 have the authority to approve my request.  Later that day I sent a fax off
 to Edmark and put my request in writing.  The very next day, I received a
 call from Sue Whitcomb, the Director of Public Relations for Edmark.  She
 cheerfully agreed to my request.

      The following worksheet for evaluating software for young children
 and the personal computer reference guide are copyrighted by Edmark
 Corporation and are being reprinted with their permission.

              Parent Worksheet for Educational Software Evaluation

                                    Developmentally             Software to
 Educational Questions:           Appropriate Software         be evaluated

 Is the software child friendly?         Yes                      _______

 Does this software require reading?     No                       _______

 Is the software child speed conscious?  Yes                      _______

 Does the child control the path of the
 software and can the child move in and
 out of activities or sections when
 he/she desires?                         Yes                      _______

 Would you call this software
 "drill and practice?"                   No                       _______

 Is the software able to 
 "grow with the child:" will it allow
 the child to explore concepts and
 skills in levels of increasing
 difficulty?                             Yes                      _______

 Does the software provide children
 with a visual or auditory response
 when the child clicks on an object
 or character?                           Yes                      _______

 Does the software take a long time
 to progress from screen to screen?      No                       _______

 Are the software graphics colorful,
 clear and appealing to children?        Yes                      _______

 Does the software offer animation?      Yes                      _______

 Does the software offer lifelike
 sound and voices?                       Yes                      _______

 Given the developmental stage of your
 child, is s/he ready to learn the
 concepts and skills presented in this
 software?                               Yes                      _______

 Will your child enjoy playing with
 this software?                          Yes                      _______
 Does the software provide strong,
 encouraging positive feedback?          Yes                      _______

 Does the software provide strong
 negative feedback?                      No                       _______

 Does the software encourage children
 to explore the program, using trial
 and error?                              Yes                      _______

 Edmark also recommends filling out the following form and keeping it in a
 purse or wallet for easy reference when shopping for software.

 Computer Platform and Model Type ______________________________________

 Computer RAM __________________________________________________________

 Disk Drive Size?  ________3-1/2"   _________5-1/4"

 Do you have a Hard Drive? _____________________________________________

 Hard Drive Storage Space? _____________________________________________

 If IBM: Graphic Standard ______________________________________________

 If Macintosh:  Monochrome or Color? ___________________________________

 Do you own a Keyboard  __________________  Mouse ______________________

 Do you own a joystick  __________________  Touchscreen ________________

 Printer Type __________________________________________________________

 Sound Card? ___________________________________________________________

      Feel free to print these out for your personal use.  In the computer
 reference guide, I would suggest knowing the CPU and bus of your computer
 as well as specific model numbers.  I would also recommend keeping track
 of how much free space is on the hard drive rather than the total of its
 storage.  You may wish to add a line about a CD-rom and whether that drive
 is single, double, triple or quad speed.  

      The booklet is full of information about resources for software
 evaluations, obtaining software for children with special needs, and lists
 several books and magazines as well as phone numbers for several
 publications which review software or offer parents advice on computing
 and children.  This booklet is available free of charge to all interested
 parties.  Simply write to Edmark Corporation, P.O. Box 3218, Redmond, WA
 98073-3218.  Or you may call Customer Service at 206-556-8484 or fax
 206-556-8998.  When making your request, please refer to the "Parent's
 Guide to Educational Software for Young Children."  The above address and
 phone numbers can also be used for ordering or inquiring about Edmark

      I'd like to thank Ms. Whitcomb for calling me so quickly and for the
 interest she expressed in Silicon Times Report.  She generously offered to
 send review copies of "Millie's Math House" and "Thinkin' Things" to this
 scribe. I hope to review both of these Edmark products in the next month. 

      I also learned about Edmark's upgrade policy for KidDesk Family
 Edition.  If you own KidDesk, you can upgrade to Family Edition for $19.95
 plus $3.00 for shipping and handling.  The Family Edition is supposed to
 eliminate most, if not all, of the problems found when running Windows
 applications from KidDesk.  The Family Edition also has a great many
 enhancements over original KidDesk including electronic mail between
 family members, a notepad, an address book and more.  I will do a short
 review of those features after I receive my upgrade.
      Now a brief look at the second issue of Club Kidsoft Magazine and
 CD-rom.  Kid Clubsoft is a magazine/catalog about educational software for
 kids that is published quarterly.  The articles in the magazine are aimed
 at the children while the ad pages are aimed directly at Mom and Dad's
 credit cards.  Also available is a CD-rom disc featuring activities, demos
 and ads for the programs described in the magazine.  Most importantly, the
 CD is a means to distribute commercial software by purchasing a special
 keyword from Kidsoft to download "ClubCode" products from the cd-rom disc
 to your hard drive.   With the new issue,  they have created separate
 Windows and Mac discs so that more product will be available to users of
 both computer platforms.  They have added reviews of 42 more programs and
 there are more demos and downloadable programs on the disc.  Perhaps the
 best feature is the new "Power Shopping"  database search engine.  There
 are four headings of Categories, Subjects, Age Groups and Titles for the
 database.  With this new feature, you can choose one of five different
 Categories, one of eight different Subjects, one of 12 different Age
 Groups or choose to search alphabetically by Titles.

      The Categories are New Products, Hardware, ClubCode Products,
 Products with Demos and Club Specials.  The Subjects are Creativity, Fun,
 Geo./History, Math, Productivity, Reading, Reference and Science.  The Age
 Groups are Early Learning, then each year individually from 5 though 14
 and then the final option of Older.  For Titles, simply choose one of the
 26 letters of the alphabet.  Now you can do a search by a single field or
 you can combine one choice from each of the four headings.  For example,
 you can choose to search for the Products with Demos or you could greatly
 narrow the field by choosing Products with Demos, the Subject of Math, the
 Age Group of 6 and a title starting with M.  You would end up with Mental
 Math Games as the only program in this issue that would meet those
 parameters.  This makes looking for suitable software much easier.

      In my opinion, a few flaws still exist in this product.  The major
 one is that some of the demos for DOS-based programs do not take advantage
 of sound cards.  No doubt this is a fault of the program's publisher
 rather than Kidsoft.  Personally, I think these publishers should make
 their best effort to make their products shine in these demos.  Forcing a
 parent to watch a program run with NO sound is not conducive to selling
 their product.  Information screens about the programs are still a bit
 slow to load, even on my 486 DX2-66 machine with a doublespeed CD-rom
 drive.  I would like to see demos for every program that is available as a
 ClubCode downloadable program so the parent can try a portion of the
 program before buying.

      Kidsoft, Inc., the publishers of Club Kidsoft can be reached via
 telephone at 800-354-6150 or via fax at 408-354-1033.  Current
 subscription prices are $9.95 for one year and $14.95 for two years for
 either the magazine or CD-rom disc only, $17.95 for one year or $29.95 for
 two years for a subscription to both the disc and magazine.  This is an
 excellent product and it seems to be only getting better.  The Club
 Kidsoft CD-rom is a valuable resource for gaining insight into many of
 today's educational software programs.

                    Once again, I thank you for reading!



                            Delrina WinComm PRO

Delrina Redefines PC Communications with "Best-of-Breed" Fax and
Communications Software Solution
Delrina Communications Suite<tm> Combines Delrina WinFax PRO<tm> with Full
Featured Communications Capabilities of New Delrina WinComm PRO<tm>
Delrina Corporation (TSE:DC) has certainly redefined PC communications with
Delrina Communications Suite for Windows<tm>.  The Suite is a
"Best-of-Breed" combination that integrates Delrina WinFax PRO, its market
leading fax software, with new Delrina WinComm PRO -- a powerful and
easy-to-use communications product comparable to Procomm<tm> and
Delrina WinComm PRO is based in part on recently acquired technology from
Hilgraeve Inc., the makers of the award-winning HyperACCESS<tm>, and
integrates with Delrina WinFax PRO by eliminating port conflicts.  Among
the features included are: 1) predefined scripts for accessing 8 major
on-line services, such as MCI Mail and CompuServe; 2) a powerful scripting
language which enables the complete customization of communications
sessions; 3) the industry's fastest file transfer capabilities using any
standard protocol; and 4) extensive support for all popular terminal
emulations.  To purchase an equivalent solution users would have to buy
separate fax and communications applications plus special software capable
of eliminating port conflicts paying in excess of $300.  The suggested
retail price for Delrina Communications Suite is only $179 ($229 Cdn).
"Fax modems have firmly entrenched the PC as a standard telecommunications
device.  In 1993, for example,  we estimate 3 million units will be sold in
the U.S. alone, that's about one in every four PCs shipped," said Craig
Giudici, Industry Analyst with Dataquest of San Jose, California.  "This
convergence has created pent-up demand for an integrated software solution.
Delrina Communications Suite has the right formula to set new price /
performance standards -- powerful features, ease-of-use, fax and
communications components that work together, and a low price."
Delrina WinComm PRO is built upon several ingredients including the solid
technology acquired from Hilgraeve, and Delrina's own experience in
developing Delrina WinFax PRO.  The emphasis on ease-of-use through
intuitive icons, uncluttered screens, spreadsheet-type controls and
complete customizability, follows from Delrina's own market research and
customer feedback during the development cycle.  "We believe that users
familiar with Procomm or Crosstalk will find Delrina WinComm PRO to be as
powerful, yet much easier-to-use," said Delrina President Mark Skapinker.
Key Features:
No Serial Port Conflict -- Since both fax and communications software
address the same fax modem hardware, conflicts inevitably occur.
Typically, users want to leave their fax software in automatic receive mode
to await incoming faxes and engage in communications sessions only as
required.  In order to begin a communications session under this scenario,
they must close down the fax software to release the hardware.  Delrina
Communications Suite eliminates port conflict, allowing Delrina WinFax PRO
and Delrina WinComm PRO to naturally co-exist.  This feature is unique to
Delrina Communications Suite.  Users can also engage in multiple sessions
-- like downloading a file from a bulletin board while checking MCI Mail --
with appropriate hardware.
Pre-Defined Links to the Leading Services -- Delrina WinComm PRO includes
predefined icons for connecting to 8 major on-line services including MCI
Mail, CompuServe, AT&T Mail, Delphi, GEnie, Dow Jones, and BIX.  The icons
appear on the desktop and provide instant point and click access to these
services.  A convenient 5000 line scrollback buffer keeps track of on-line
information, saving users time and money while connected.
A Powerful Scripting Language -- Delrina WinComm PRO features a powerful
scripting language for completely customizing and automating communication
sessions.  A recorder automatically transcribes key strokes and actions
thus simplifying future connections.  In addition, an Application
Programming Interface (API) is provided which can be accessed by any
programming language, like Visual Basic<tm> or C++.  Full DDE support is
built-in thereby extending the power of Delrina WinComm PRO to
non-communications Windows software.
Extraordinary File Transfer Capabilities -- Delrina WinComm PRO supports
all the popular file transfer protocols such as Xmodem, Ymodem, Zmodem,
CompuServe B+ and Kermit, and runs them faster than any of the leading
Windows data communications products on the market today.  It also includes
HyperProtocol<tm> the fastest file transfer capability in the industry to
further lower transmission costs, and HyperGuard<tm> an on-line virus
detector that checks for over 300 common viruses as files are downloaded.
Extensive Support of Terminal Emulators -- Delrina WinComm PRO supports
many terminal emulations including ANSI, TTY, VT-52, VT-100, VT-102,
VT-220, VT-320, IBM3101, IBM3278 and CompuServe, so users need not switch
between different applications to access their mainframe and favorite
on-line service.
Delrina will market Delrina Communications Suite through distributors,
dealers, resellers, warehouse /  superstores, and mail order houses
including Ingram Micro, Merisel, Egghead and CompUSA.  Existing WinFax
users (PRO or LITE) can purchase the Delrina WinComm PRO portion of the
Delrina Communications Suite for only $49 ($59 Cdn).  Owners of WinFax LITE
or users with competitive communications products can purchase the complete
Suite for only $69 ($85 Cdn).
Delrina is recognized as the technical and market leader in PC forms and
fax software and a leading publisher of content software sold worldwide.
Its award-winning WinFax has become the industry standard with over 3
million units shipped.  Nearly 100 manufacturers include Delrina WinFax
with their products, including IBM, Compaq, Gateway 2000, AST Research,
Slate and US Robotics.  Founded in 1988, Delrina employs 350 persons with
headquarters in Toronto, Canada; and offices in San Jose, CA; Washington,
DC; Kirkland, WA; the United Kingdom; France; Germany; and Japan.  Delrina
can be reached at 1-800-268-6082.


> WinFax PRO 4.0 STR InfoFile

                           Delrina WinFax PRO 4.0
                     Major Upgrade of the World's Most
                          Popular PC Fax Software

Usability Improvements, Functionality for Mobile Users, Expanded Messaging
Capabilities and Powerful New Features Take PC Fax to the Next Generation

SAN JOSE, CA and TORONTO, ONT - March 14, 1994 - Delrina Corporation
(NASDAQ:DENAF, TSE:DC) today announced Delrina WinFax PRO 4.0<tm>, a major
upgrade to its popular PC fax software for Microsoft Windows<tm>. Delrina
WinFax is the leading PC fax software in the world with more than 4 million
users.  Most of the enhancements in version 4.0 are the direct result of
user feedback and usability testing.

Among the major improvements in Delrina WinFax PRO 4.0 are:

- Usability improvements focused on the areas of consistency,
  customizability, flexibility, and bringing powerful functionality to the
  forefront of the product.

- Special functionality to address the unique needs of mobile users.

- Expanded messaging capabilities that include: 1) Fax-a-File<tm>, a
  fax-based file transfer capability that makes it as easy to send an
  actual document file as it is to send a fax; and 2) built-in support for
  industry standard electronic mail systems like cc:Mail and Microsoft

- Over 50 powerful new features, including Fax Viewer enhancements and a
  more accurate OCR engine.

"WinFax PRO 4.0 represents a new generation of fax-based communications
software, said Mark Skapinker, Delrina president. Our challenge was to
build on the simplicity that WinFax provided first time PC fax users while
making our product even more powerful and expanding its messaging
Usability Enhancements
Since the release of version 3.0 in November 1992, Delrina WinFax PRO has
been accepted throughout the PC world as the most powerful and the only
complete fax package available.  Much of the emphasis of the new version
4.0 is on making enhancements to the product's interface to make it more
approachable to users of all skill levels.
Usability Testing
     Delrina conducted extensive usability testing both internally and with
Usability Sciences Corp. of Irving, Texas, in the development of WinFax PRO
4.0 with the goal of making the tasks of sending, receiving and managing
faxes on a computer faster and simpler.  This testing resulted in some
breakthroughs that fundamentally improve the usability of WinFax PRO, such
as the new AdapTable<tm> interface and the Quick Cover Page.
"Our objective at Usability Sciences is to work with a vendor in
researching how both novice and experienced people use, in this case fax
software, in various environments to gain a better understanding of their
unique needs," said Jeff Schueler, president.  "As a result of our work
with Delrina, WinFax PRO 4.0 delivers the features and functionality
advanced users demand without alienating those trying PC fax for the first
     AdapTable<tm> Interface Places Fax Management on a Drag-and-Drop
Desktop WinFax PRO's AdapTable interface provides a consistent and flexible
UI (User Interface), customizability, and drag and drop features. The main
informational components in WinFax PRO 4.0 - the event logs (Send, Receive,
Scheduled Events), Cover Page Library, Phonebook and Attachments list (i.e.
fax-ready files) - have been designed so that once users learn one
component of WinFax PRO 4.0, they will know how the other components of the
application work.
     Each of these components is fully drag-and-drop customizable so that
WinFax PRO users can simply and intuitively arrange their desktops to be
exactly as they like to work.  Building on design principles seen in other
popular Windows applications like Microsoft Excel and Lotus cc:Mail, the
drag-and-drop fax desktop enables users to personalize their work
environments without even necessarily realizing that's what they're doing.
And since WinFax PRO comes configured for use right away, users can
discover and take advantage of this flexibility at their own pace.
     For example, information about sent and received faxes is presented in
a tabular format, each column of which represents a different informational
field (date, time, or status of the transmission, for instance). These
columns can be resized simply by dragging their edges to the left or right. 
Or they can be reordered by dragging entire columns.
- Consistency Speeds Learning -
     Since the same set of rules applies to each major component of the
interface, the user requires significantly less time and effort to learn to
use WinFax PRO's full functionality. For example, each fax, phone book
record, folder or other interface component is an object with a menu of
appropriate options available by right clicking on it.  Once users learn
the principle of right clicking on an object to perform operations on it,
they can use those principles throughout WinFax PRO. This sort of rigorous
consistency greatly reduces the time to learn the product by reducing the
number of actual procedures to be learned into a fraction of what it would
be otherwise.
- Track, Sort, and Manage Faxes in Drag-and-Drop Folders -
     WinFax PRO 4.0 stores all faxes, attachments, cover pages, and
phonebook records in user-definable folders and sub-folders.  Users can
drag and drop items into folders, which represent and do different things
depending on which component of the application the user is in.  For
example, when a fax is dragged into an Archive folder, the associated
images are automatically compressed to reduce disk space, while in the
Phonebook, fax broadcast groups are created by dragging and dropping
individuals into Group folders.
- Variable "Views" - 
     Users can get various expanded "views" of a highlighted item in the
AdapTable interface.  Expanded views, which appear along the bottom portion
of the screen, provide more information about an item. For example, in the
receive log, the user can see the actual fax, a detailed
synopsis of the fax transmission (date, time, status, transmission speed,
etc.) or the thumbnails of the fax.
- Context-Sensitive Menu Bar and Menus -
     The main menus in WinFax PRO 4.0 have been reorganized along common
lines, so that tasks such as setting up a fax modem or setting up receiving
options are accessed from a single Setup menu.  As users move through the
various components in WinFax PRO 4.0, the Menu Bar changes, offering only
the capabilities which are relevant to the component.  Alternatively, users
can access the most common tasks, such as viewing a fax or changing an
expanded view, from context-sensitive menus by clicking the right mouse
Object-Oriented Customizable Button Bar
     WinFax PRO 4.0 has an object-oriented, customizable button bar that
provides instant access to commonly used functions, such as sending or
viewing a fax, or for quickly accessing different components, such as the
logs or Phonebook.  For example, a user who wants to resubmit a failed fax
can drop it onto the SEND button on the button bar.
Special Functionality for Mobile Users
     An increasing number of portable computers today come equipped with a
fax modem.  WinFax PRO 4.0 includes special functionality that caters to
the unique needs of these mobile users including:
- Fax Autoforwarding<tm> -
     Fax Autoforwarding lets a user automatically forward faxes received on
his PC to another location. This enables the mobile user to receive faxes
at another location, while out of the office.
- Fax Polling and Remote Fax Retrieval - 
     WinFax PRO now supports fax polling and remote fax retrieval with
Class 1 fax modems, which enables a mobile user to dial into his desktop
PC, check for received faxes, and then automatically retrieve them on to
their portable computer.
- Built-in Support for Enhanced Fax Services - 
     WinFax PRO 4.0 includes a new drop-down menu that enables users to
easily access the Delrina Fax Broadcast Service.  Delrina Fax Broadcast is
a service that enables users to broadcast a fax, while retaining the full
formatting, font control and graphics of the original document, to up to
500 recipients with a single call. A special introductory offer for up to
US$50 worth of Delrina Fax Broadcast usage is included with WinFax PRO.
- Robust Dialing Sequences - 
     In order to access different services or use different credit cards
for long distance fax calls, users need to quickly change and maintain many
different dialing sequences - with prefixes and suffixes.  Many mobile
users use more than one service or long distance credit card, so having the
flexibility to change and maintain multiple dialing sequences is essential. 
In WinFax PRO, this is accomplished from a single Setup dialog which
supports up to 6 different dialing sequences.
- Phonebook Preferences - 
     Users can maintain settings for up to three different locations.  For
example, this would allow a mobile user who lives in one area code but
works in another, to maintain a different area code and dialing prefix for
each location.  The user can quickly change his locale from the Setup menu
when he changes locations.
     Expanded Messaging Capabilities Including E-Mail Support WinFax PRO
4.0 includes expanded messaging capabilities for faxing actual documents
rather than fax images, sending and receiving electronic mail within WinFax
PRO, and transmitting error-free faxes.
- Fax-a-File<tm> - 
     Until now, sending a fax meant sending a bit-mapped rendition or image
of a document.  However, new fax transmission protocols enable users with
Class 1 fax modems to send their original documents or actual files (binary
file) in the same easy way they currently transmit bit-mapped images. 
WinFax PRO 4.0 supports binary file transmission through several protocols:
1) the ITU's (formerly the CCITT) T.434 protocol for transmitting binary
files; 2) Microsoft At Work, which Microsoft has included in the latest
Windows for Workgroups product and plans to add to its future versions of
Windows. WinFax PRO 4.0 also supports all the security and encryption
capabilities under Microsoft At Work; 3) a special binary file transfer
capability between WinFax PRO 4.0 users that does "on-the-fly" compression
to reduce transmission time; and 4) CAS file transfer, a special protocol
available for Intel and other CAS compatible fax modems.  Transmission
preferences for individual recipients are maintained in the Phonebook,
enabling a user to fax an image to some recipients and fax a file to
- E-Mail Support - 
     WinFax PRO 4.0 has "universal messaging" capabilities the enable users
to send, receive and manage electronic mail as well as faxes.  Direct
support is built in for industry standard LAN-based systems cc:Mail (VIM
2.0) and Microsoft Mail (MAPI 1.0). Users can even send a single
document to several people and WinFax PRO will automatically fax it to some
and e-mail it to others using cc:Mail or Microsoft Mail.
- Error Correcting Mode - 
     The current protocol for fax transmission relies on perfect line
conditions to ensure quality faxes.  However, adverse line conditions cause
errors in fax data transmission, which typically appear as random blemishes
or half-lines on a page.  The problem is further magnified when attempting
to fax at the higher transmission speeds of 14.4kbps. WinFax PRO 4.0
supports Error Correction Mode (ECM), which allows fax data errors
to be fixed during transmission and is an essential requirement for
Fax-a-File. ECM enables users with Class 1 fax modems to send perfect
faxes, over any phone line, at any speed to other fax devices that also
support ECM.
Over 50 Powerful New Features
     WinFax PRO 4.0 adds powerful new features and enhancements for
Attachments, Cover Pages, the Fax Viewer, converting faxes into editable
text, and much more.
- "On-The-Fly" Attachments - 
     Attachments are fax-ready files that are documents which have been
saved to disk.  In previous versions of WinFax users had to create
Attachments before sending them.  In WinFax PRO 4.0, Attachments can be
created "on-the-fly" by selecting documents from a Windows file list when
sending the fax.
- Cover Page Enhancements - 
     WinFax PRO 4.0 includes several enhancements for cover pages that
provide greater user control and speed up faxing. There is a quick cover
page option for users who want to simply select a recipient and add a quick
message without going into the WinFax Cover Page dialog.  Full font control
is now available so users can mix different fonts, attributes and sizes
within a single text block. This feature is available within the Cover Page
Designer and for a cover page selected at the time of transmission.  An
on-line spell-checker is included that can be accessed in a cover page at
both the design and filling stage.
- Fax Viewer Enhancements - 
     The Fax Viewer in WinFax PRO 4.0 has been optimized for speed. For
example, rotating a page is about 50 times faster than in previous
versions.  Additional functionality includes Invert, a feature that changes
the fax image to display white characters on a black background making them
easier to read on monochrome and LCD displays. A Highlight and Zoom feature
lets users quickly frame any part of a fax and zoom in up to 200%.
- New Annotation Tools - 
     New annotation and image manipulation tools similar to those found in
paint programs have been added that enable users to quickly mark-up and
modify a fax at the bit-map level.  The object-oriented annotation
capabilities from version 3.0 - in which annotations can be saved as a
separate layer - are still available in version 4.0 with some added
features.  For example, users can "stamp" their signatures or other
graphics directly on to Cover Pages and faxes. Also, users can mix multiple
fonts, sizes and font attributes within text annotations and in text blocks
on cover pages.
- Xerox TextBridge<tm> OCR - 
     Delrina WinFax PRO 4.0 includes improved OCR technology from Xerox. 
TextBridge is substantially more accurate and faster than the OCR
capability in WinFax PRO 3.0.  It also directly exports the text converted
from a fax to 26 different file formats including Microsoft Word,
WordPerfect, Ami Pro, Microsoft Excel, and Lotus 1-2-3.
System Requirements, Availability and Pricing
     Delrina WinFax PRO 4.0 requires an IBM PC or compatible with 386 or
higher microprocessor; Microsoft Windows 3.1 or higher; 4MB of memory and
10MB of hard disk space.  Worldwide availability of the English version of
WinFax PRO 4.0 through resellers is March 1994 at a suggested retail price
of US$129.  Customers who purchased WinFax PRO 3.0, the Delrina
Communications Suite or Delrina WinFax PRO for Networks 3.0 on or after
February 1st, 1994 can upgrade to version 4.0 at no charge. Users of WinFax
PRO 3.0, WinFax LITE or previous versions of WinFax can upgrade directly
from Delrina for $49.  In addition, Delrina has initiated an aggressive
Channel Upgrade Rebate Program so users can easily purchase an upgrade to
WinFax PRO 4.0 from their local retailer.
     Delrina is recognized as the technical and market leader in PC fax and
forms software and a leading publisher of content software sold worldwide.
More than 100 system manufacturers, fax modem makers and software vendors
include Delrina WinFax with their offerings including IBM, Compaq, AST
Research, and Hewlett Packard.  Founded in 1988, the company employs over
450 people with headquarters in Toronto, Canada; and offices in San Jose,
CA; Kirkland, WA; Washington, DC; the United Kingdom; France; and Germany. 
Delrina can be contacted at 1-800-268-6082.


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 From Randy Noak;

      As a result of last week's diatribe I received a grand total of zero
 pieces of email. I guess that says something. Perhaps it says that even
 owners of orphaned systems realize that time cannot stand still. Perhaps
 it says that owners of orphaned systems don't care as much as some would
 have us believe. Perhaps it's none of those things. I do know that, no
 matter how much we, as humans, want to deny it, time marches on. 

      As time marches on, it's usually a good thing to reflect on where
 you've been and where you are going. This is one of those times for me.
 I've been doing this column for a little over six months now and have, I
 think, done the best I could under increasingly difficult circumstances.
 Those circumstances (entirely external to STR) have reached the point
 where I no longer have the time to give this column the attention that it
 deserves. For that reason, this is my last column for STReport. 

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 > Power PC Info STR InfoFile

                     Apple Debuts Power Macintosh Line


 Three New Models Combine the Power of RISC with Mainstream Software,
 Including Macintosh, DOS, and Windows; Prices Start at Less than

 Apple Computer, Inc. has unveiled Power Macintosh --a superb new line of
 Apple Macintosh personal computers that offers the power of workstation
 computers,the affordability of mainstream personal computers, and the
 capability to run applications for Macintosh, MS-DOS, and Microsoft

 The company believes that Power Macintosh represents the platform for
 the next generation of personal computing.  Power Macintosh running
 System 7 marries, for the first time, the power of RISC (reduced
 instruction set computing) technology with a mainstream personal
 computing operating system. As such, Apple believes that it has
 established a foundation that is,at once, so robust and approachable that
 it will catalyze the development of richer applications, more intuitive
 software, and--ultimately--wholly new ways of using computers.

 The three new Power Macintosh models--the Power Macintosh 6100/60,
 7100/66, and 8100/80--join the midrange and high-end of the Macintosh
 family. Fueled by the PowerPC  601 microprocessor, which was jointly
 developed by Apple, IBM, and Motorola as part of their historic 1991
 alliance, Power Macintosh computers offer the highest performance of
 any personal computer available today.

 When running new versions of application software optimized for
 PowerPC, Power Macintosh systems offer two to four times the
 performance of today's Intel 486 and Motorola 680x0-based personal
 computers.  Power Macintosh computers also outperform systems based
 on Intel's advanced microprocessor, Pentium.  Applications that require
 complex computation, such as graphics and engineering applications, may
 run up to 10 times faster on Power Macintosh than on current personal
 computer offerings.  More than 150 software developers worldwide have
 committed to shipping PowerPC optimized or "native" versions of their

 Apple is also providing a bridge from its Power Macintosh systems to
 thousands of existing applications for DOS and Windows with a new
 software program called SoftWindows from Insignia Solutions.
 SoftWindows comes bundled with certain Power Macintosh configurations
 and is also sold separately.

 "This introduction marks a major milestone in personal computing,"
 said Michael Spindler, Apple's president and CEO.  "Just as Macintosh
 changed the course of computing ten years ago, today we are defining
 a new era in personal computing with Power Macintosh.  For customers,
 this means unequalled price/performance today, preservation of their
 past investment in Apple products, and unmatched potential for future
 growth.  And for DOS and Windows customers, Apple offers a smooth on-
 ramp to the platform.

 "Unlike previous new platform introductions in the industry, this is
 a rare occasion when a new platform comes to market with thousands of
 applications already available on day one, and allows customers to
 carry forward their previous investments," Spindler added.

 With their cross-plaftorm compatibility, Apple expects the new
 systems to attract Macintosh, DOS, and Windows users. Power Macintosh
 computers should be particularly popular in professional and
 mainstream business sectors with customers whose appetite for
 increased speed and power was only previously met through more costly
 workstations.  These customers would typically use computers for
 high-performance tasks, including publishing, graphic arts, science
 and research.

 Mainstream Operating System

 Power Macintosh computers run an optimized version of the Macintosh
 System 7 operating system. This means Power Macintosh users can enjoy
 the ease of use, simple plug-and-play, and thousands of software
 applications that have distinguished the Macintosh platform to date.
 Additionally, System 7.1.2, the version of the Macintosh operating
 system for Power Macintosh, has key features, such as the QuickTime
 multimedia architecture and QuickDraw  graphics architecture, that
 have been tuned for even better performance.  Apple plans to add
 additional new features for the PowerPC processor and introduce new
 technologies that capitalize on its advanced power.

 Exceptional Compatibility

 Because Power Macintosh computers run the mainstream Macintosh
 operating system, these new systems are compatible with previous
 Motorola 68000-based Macintosh systems.  This means that Power
 Macintosh customers can choose from thousands of current Macintosh
 applications, peripherals, and cards--including Apple's existing
 family of LocalTalk , Ethernet and Token-Ring products--and run them

 With the addition of the SoftWindows emulation software, DOS and
 Windows users have the ability to run most of their current
 applications on their Power Macintosh computers with performance
 similar to that of Intel 386 and 486 computers, depending on the
 application and system configuration.

 "At Ernst & Young we have always been strong advocates of the
 Macintosh.  Apple's PowerPC strategy again proves we were right in
 our platform choice.  Moreover, with Power Macintosh running
 SoftWindows at 486 speeds, we are able to run DOS-based, CD-ROM
 applications so well that we'll likely replace many of our last
 remaining Intel PCs," said Yves Tiberghien, senior manager, Ernst &
 Young Accountants, Belgium.

 Strong Developer and Applications Support

 Virtually all the major players in the software developer community
 today have announced strong support for the platform worldwide,
 including industry leading vendors such as Adobe, Aldus, Claris,
 Lotus, Microsoft, Quark, and WordPerfect.  More than 50 native
 applications are scheduled to ship at or within 30 days of
 introduction, with hundreds slated to be available in the first six
 months. Native applications (meaning those written specifically to
 tap the power of PowerPC) span a broad range of titles and
 categories, including publishing, education, multimedia, technical
 markets and general business (see related release, March 14, 1994,
 "Hundreds of Optimized Applications Announced for PowerPC").

 "The speed and performance inherent in the new applications are
 extremely important in high-end applications such as publishing.
 With Power Macintosh, Apple has not only removed a performance
 bottleneck, but is providing an open road for future advancements,"
 said Terry Schwadron, managing editor of the Los Angeles Times and
 president of the Worldwide Publishing Consortium (WWPC), a nonprofit,
 independent consortium of key publishing solutions providers.

 The first wave of Power Macintosh applications will primarily take
 advantage of improved speed. Apple expects that, in the future, Power
 Macintosh will enable new and enhanced capabilities in the area of
 intelligent software, animation and high-resolution video, integrated
 video and telecommunications, and advancements in speech recognition
 and language processing.

 Availability and Pricing

 Power Macintosh systems and a range of PowerPC 601 processor-based
 upgrades will be offered worldwide through Apple authorized
 resellers. Systems are available immediately in the U.S. and other
 selected regions worldwide.

 The U.S. Apple price ranges from $1,819 for the Power Macintosh
 6100/60 base system equipped with 8MB of DRAM and a 160MB hard disk,
 to $4,249 for the Power Macintosh 8100/80 base system offered with
 8MB of DRAM, a 250MB hard disk and 2MB of VRAM.

 Product availability and pricing will vary outside of the U.S.

 Server Products

 Apple Business Systems also announced that it plans to introduce
 Apple Workgroup Servers based on the PowerPC microprocessor in May.
 The client software for Apple client/server applications, including
 AppleShare , AppleSearch  and Apple Remote Access, is compatible with
 Power Macintosh systems today.  Apple server software, including
 AppleShare and AppleSearch, will also be upgraded to run under
 emulation on the servers and will be available in May.  Specifics on
 the various server upgrade options will be made available in the
 coming weeks.

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 develops, manufactures, and markets personal computer, server, and
 personal interactive electronics systems for use in business,
 education, the home, science, engineering and government.  A
 recognized pioneer and innovator in the information industry, Apple
 does business in more than 120 countries.

            Power Macintosh Specifications, Upgrades and Pricing

 Power Macintosh 6100/60

 The most affordable Power Macintosh  computer runs at 60-MHz, offers full
 storage and expansion features (including one 7" NuBus  slot and an
 optional built-in CD-ROM) in a slim-line design. The base model, equipped
 with 8MB of DRAM and 160MB hard disk, has an Apple price of $1,819.

                                                  Apple Price/CPU Only
   .............................................  ....................

   8/160                                          $1819.00
   8/250CD                                        $2289.00
   8/250CD/AV/2MB VRAM                            $2599.00
   16/250/SoftWindows                             $2519.00

 Power Macintosh 7100/66

 Running at 66-MHz, this is ideal for general business computing. Based on
 Apple's Macintosh Quadra( 650 design, it offers greater expansion (three
 NuBus slots) and support for more colors and larger displays.  The Apple
 price for a configuration with 8MB of DRAM, 250MB hard disk, and 1MB of
 VRAM starts at $2,899.

                                                  Apple Price/CPU Only
   .............................................  ....................

   8/250/1MB VRAM                                 $2899.00
   8/250CD/1MB VRAM                               $3179.00
   8/500/CD/AV/2MB VRAM                           $3989.00
   16/250/SoftWindows/1MB VRAM                    $3379.00

 Power Macintosh 8100/80

 Based on the familiar Macintosh Quadra 800 mini-tower design and running
 at 80-MHz, this is the highest-performance Power Macintosh model with the
 most flexibility.  It accommodates three NuBus expansion slots, built-in
 video support for up to 16.7 million colors, extensive storage options,
 dual-channel SCSI and Level 2 cache memory.  A configuration with 8MB of
 DRAM, 250MB hard disk, and 2MB of VRAM starts at $4,249.

                                                  Apple Price/CPU Only
   .............................................  ....................

   8/250/2MB VRAM                                 $4249.00
   8/250CD/2MB VRAM                               $4519.00
   16/500CD/AV/2MB VRAM                           $5659.00
   16/1000CD/2MB VRAM                             $6159.00
   16/500/SoftWindows/2MB VRAM                    $5309.00

 Configuration Details

 All models come equipped with a built-in floating-point math coprocessor;
 on-board Ethernet; 16-bit, CD-quality stereo sound; and connections for
 the Apple GeoPort Telecom Adapter, so users can send faxes from the
 computer and connect to on-line information.  In addition, there are
 separate configurations of each Power Macintosh model to support a CD-ROM
 drive, SoftWindows, and Apple AV Technologies--speech,
 telecommunications, and advanced video capabilities. PlainTalk
 speech-recognition and text-to-speech software comes standard with AV
 systems, and is also sold separately for all models.

 In addition to Apple's existing family of LocalTalk (r), Ethernet, and
 Token-Ring products, Apple plans to offer a high performance, 7"
 Token-Ring card for all NuBus-based Macintosh systems.  The new card
 includes driver software that supports Novell Inc's Netware protocols
 when used in conjunction with Insignia Solutions' SoftWindows product. 
 This new driver is planned to be included with version 1.4.4 of Apple's
 Network Software Installer disk and will provide performance enhancements
 and Netware support for the existing Apple Token-Ring 4/16 NB card.

 PowerPC 601 Processor Upgrades

 Apple announced it has begun shipping a range of logic board and
 processor upgrades based on the PowerPC 601 chip for many current
 Macintosh systems.  Logic board upgrades, which provide existing
 Macintosh models with the full functionality of PowerPC technology, are
 available for the Macintosh Quadra 840AV, 800, 660AV, 650, and 610
 models; the Macintosh Centris 660AV, 650, and 610 computers; the
 Macintosh IIvx and IIvi, and Performa 600 products.

 Lower-cost processor upgrade cards are now available for the Macintosh
 Quadra 950, 900, 800, 700, 650, and 610 models, as well as the Macintosh
 Centris 650 and 610 computers.  The processor upgrade card takes
 advantage of the processor-direct slot (PDS).

 Additionally, Apple Business Systems will provide PowerPC microprocessor
 upgrades to customers of Apple's Workgroup Server 60 and 80 models. 
 These PowerPC processor upgrades will allow customers of Motorola 68000
 server systems to upgrade to servers running Macintosh System 7 on

 In the future, Apple plans to provide PowerPC technology upgrade products
 for the Macintosh Quadra 605; LC 550, 575, and 520; and the Performa 550.
 Apple also plans to continue to work on upgrades for other Macintosh
 models.  In addition, Apple is working in conjunction with third-party
 developers to provide an array of options for customers to upgrade to
 PowerPC technology.

                                                  Apple Price
   .............................................  ...........

   Power Macintosh Upgrade Card                    $699.00

   Power Macintosh 6100/60 Logic Board Upgrade     $999.00
     8MB DRAM
   Power Macintosh 6100/60AV Logic Board Upgrade  $1399.00

   Power Macintosh 7100/66 Logic Board Upgrade    $1499.00
   Power Macintosh 7100/66AV Logic Board Upgrade  $1699.00

   Power Macintosh 8100/80 Logic Board Upgrade    $1899.00
     8MB DRAM/2MB VRAM, 256K Cache
   Power Macintosh 8100/80AV Logic Board Upgrade  $1999.00
     8MB DRAM/2MB VRAM, 256K Cache

 Power Macintosh Accessories

                                                  Apple Price
   .............................................  ...........

   Power Macintosh 6100/60 NuBus Adapter Card       $99.00

   Power Macintosh 256K Cache Card                 $299.00
     (for the 6100/60 & 7100/66)

   Power Macintosh Display Adapter                  $29.00




 Taiwanese computer manufacturer Acer is designing machines with
 swappable processor boards that will allow PowerPC, Pentium and
 perhaps other processors to be swapped into same machine. UK
 marketing manager David Tanner told PowerPC News that the company
 should have the motherboard ready during the next quarter, and a
 range of swappable processor daughter-boards will follow in the third
 quarter this year. Tanner says that the company has yet to decide how
 the new machines will be marketed: both OEM and end-user options are
 still available. Likewise cost of manufacture and preliminary pricing
 has yet to be pinned down.

 Until now most PC manufacturers, including IBM have said that
 swappable PowerPC/Pentium boxes would be difficult to produce at
 realistic prices, however Tanner characterises the problems as
 "fairly trivial, to be honest". He points to the company's ability to
 design and manufacture its own application specific integrated
 circuits (ASICs) as one factor which will help Acer along. Moreover
 the company is apparently aiming at PReP compliance. A population of
 PReP-compliant machine that can have Pentiums slotted in would,
 paradoxically, be a blessing for the PowerPC industry. Currently,
 betting on PowerPC requires a major commitment from a manufacturer,
 while the ability to build a single chassis with support for
 alternative processors would lower the stakes.

 So who will end up buying these boxes? "I think the answer is that we
 don't know" Tanner admits, likening the move to Acer's initial
 adoption of Windows NT - ship it and see who buys it. 

 *Meanwhile Zenith Data Systems, owned by Compagne des Machines Bull
 says that it has PowerPC laptops at the "very early" design stage.


 As announced in our newsflash on Monday, Motorola has announced a
 100MHz version of the PowerPC 601 microprocessor. The new version
 introduces improved fabrication techniques - it will be built on 0.5
 micron CMOS, for the first time compared to 0.6 micron in the
 existing 601s. "Typical" power consumption has dropped from eight to
 four watts. Initially the new processor will be manufactured by IBM.
 But as with the other MPC601s, Motorola has the right to build it,
 should it so desire. In fact, the move to 0.5 micron makes it much
 easier for Motorola to build - the company has suitable fabs, whereas
 it didn't have easy access to 0.6 micron plants. 

 But perhaps most significant, in the long-run is the reduction in
 die-size. The new 601 measures 74mm square, compared to 120mm on the
 existing model. This means that the processor, which still contains
 around 2.8m transisters is actually smaller than todays 603, which
 with only 1.6m measures 85mm square. Both are fabricated in 0.5micron
 silicon, so what's going on? A new transistor geometry, that's what -
 according to a Motorola spokeman. The new design lets components be
 packed onto the chip more tightly. Expect the new geometry to spread
 throughout the PowerPC line in time. 

 The new chip is expected to ship in limited quantities in the second
 quarter with volume production set for fourth quarter - timing that
 is uncannily similar to that of Intel's 100MHz Pentium. The part has
 an  estimated SPECint92 rating of 110, and SPECfp92 of 130.  No
 price will be given until closer to the launch date, however Fred
 Sporck, director of PowerPC products for IBM Microelectronics, was
 quoted in the announcement as reiterating the strategy of:
 "delivering twice the performance of comparably-priced CISC

 Neither Apple nor IBM had any thoughts regarding their strategies for
 using the chips in new machines. In fact IBM's PR machine was caught
 on the hop by the announcement of the new chip, which Motorola
 apparently dragged forward, to miss the Easter break.

 The new perfomance comparison table runs thus:

 |   Processor     | SPECint92  | SPECfp92   |
 |MPC 601   50MHz  |    51      |    6       |
 |          66     |    62      |   80       |
 |          80     |    80      |  105       |
 |         100     |   110      |  130       |
 |Pentium   90 MHz |    90      |  72.7      |
 |         100     |   100      |  80.6      |
 |MPC 603   66 MHz |    60      |   70       |
 |          80     |    75      |   85       |
 So, PowerPC once again takes the lead in the continuing leap-frog war
 - or it will once the new chip ships - Intel, don't forget is already
 shipping the 90MHz processor in volume. Intel also has that 150MHz
 version up its sleeve - though it is probably saving the official
 launch of that chip to coincide with the announcement of the MPC604

 The switch to 0.5 micron technology is a surprise: there were no
 indications from either company that the 601 would be fabricated in
 anything other than 0.6. However it gives the processor's performance
 a much-needed kick  and provides a useful performance differential
 between the 601 and the 603.

 Meanwhile, Infoworld reports that a 135MHz version of the MPC601 will
 be announced in June. The magazine says that the clock-multiplied
 processor will support bus rates of 33MHz or 66MHz. IBM declined to
 comment on the story.


 IBM engineers are trying to finish the beta version of NT-on-PowerPC
 in time to release the code to select developers April 1. Sister NT
 publication ClieNT Server News reports that a release candidate has
 been in the lab for a couple of weeks. Releasing it on April Fools
 Day lends some credence to reports that general availability could be
 as soon as the end of May. The beta includes a new optimized compiler
 written by Motorola plus TCP/IP support and other features. 

 Up until now the development team has been limping along, hobbled by
 a compiler from IBM's Watson Research Center think tank that was way
 too esoteric. The beta release is built around the current NT Build
 528, rather than Daytona, although the production release is expected
 to include the Daytona changes. The beta will include the Microsoft
 Service Pack 1 and 2 bug fixes as well as the alterations dictated by
 the Stac victory over Microsoft. Although the kernel is done, comms
 are still dicey and work on device drivers continues. 

 Only a small group of ISVs will get the beta initially in large part
 because hardware shortages. Earlier it appeared IBM would ship them
 pre-production prototypes of a new PowerPC-based system, but what
 they'll actually be getting is an extended production run of the
 PowerPC reference platform, a fairly grim-looking little black box
 housing a 66MHz 601 and an ISA bus. IBM's also planning to give ISVs
 who don't get the hardware a CD-ROM of the code that will get them
 98%-99% of the way there. It will run on any 486 box, with IBM
 offering to do the rest of the work at its own porting facility in
 Kirkland, Washington. 

 That lab has been available for the past few months to a super-select
 group of ISVs, and IBM last week confirmed that so far about 30
 companies have been in to do early ports. The number is limited, it
 seems, by real estate considerations since there are only eight
 spaces in the lab that can be used simultaneously. IBM is aiming to
 nail 50 "strategic" applications including "volume leaders" in
 spreadsheet, word processing and presentation graphics as well as
 "technology exploiters" like CAD/CAM and database servers. Apparently
 then there'll be another 200 packages in tow. 

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                Power Macintosh Wins Support from Customers

 Large Corporations, Higher Education Institutions, Professional Services
 Firms and Industry Consultants Line Up Behind Apple's New Computing

 As shipments of Power Macintosh  computers hit resellers and distributors
 around the world, customers who have evaluated beta units during the past
 six months are expressing their support and endorsements for Apple's new
 platform in personal computing.  These major corporations, higher
 education institutions, professional services firms and industry
 consultants are looking for ways to increase productivity within their
 organizations that will give them a competitive edge.  Key criteria in
 making their purchase decisions, and the attributes which the customers
 applauded most about Power Macintosh, include compatibility with existing
 Macintosh  software, DOS/Windows cross-platform compatibility,
 breakthrough price/performance and significant performance increases
 through native PowerPC applications.

 Large Corporations

 Customer acceptance of Power Macintosh has been particularly strong
 from enterprise customers who appreciate the substantial performance
 gains in addition to the ease with which Power Macintosh fits into
 their complex computing environments.  Lockheed, Monsanto, The Los
 Angeles Times, Group Health Cooperative, Val-Pak Direct Marketing
 Systems, Inc., SaskTel of Saskatchewan, Canada and JP Morgan &
 Company Incorporated are among the enterprise customers who have
 evaluated PowerPC technology and are considering or have expressed
 intent to purchase Power Macintosh.  At Monsanto's World Headquarters
 in St. Louis, MO., for example, Power Macintosh computers will be
 integrated into their existing enterprise computing environment.

 "Because of its excellent compatibility with existing Macintosh and
 DOS/Windows applications, we will need to do little to accommodate
 the transition to Power Macintosh," said Tom Koballa, senior systems
 specialist at Monsanto.  "Power Macintosh is going to allow the user
 access to information, not only from the Macintosh family of
 applications and capabilities, but also from the DOS/Windows world.
 This faster access to information will allow our users to make better

 Higher Education Institutions

 Dartmouth College, The Anderson Graduate School of Management at
 UCLA, Cornell University Medical College and Oberlin College are
 among many universities and colleges who have evaluated Power
 Macintosh and are making plans to incorporate the new systems into
 their campus computing environments.

 "Power Macintosh addresses our university's computing and budget
 requirements of needing to be able to do everything at a price that
 we can afford," said David VanMiddlesworth, network manager at UCLA's
 Anderson Graduate School of Management.  "It allows us to run both
 Macintosh and DOS/Windows software at probably the best
 price/performance that we've seen in any new computer in a long time.
 Power Macintosh, with its capabilities and RISC architecture, is a
 machine that's going to take us into the future because the longer we
 own it, the better it's going to perform."

 Professional Services Firms

 Firms in the professions that have evaluated Power Macintosh and have
 announced their intent to purchase Power Macintosh include Howrey &
 Simon, a law firm with offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.
 and Boston-based architectural firm Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and
 Abbott (SBRA).  Based on an extremely favorable evaluation of Power
 Macintosh, SBRA has decided to purchase only Power Macintosh systems
 and to upgrade existing Macintosh Quadra  systems.

 "The significant performance increases we've seen using native
 PowerPC applications will dramatically reduce the time it takes our
 designers and architects to perform the processor-demanding high-end
 graphics work we do," said Duncan Keefe, Macintosh systems manager at
 Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott.  "Power Macintosh will play a
 key role in our overall computing strategy, allowing us to further
 streamline office automation and graphics tasks."

 Industry Consultants

 Power Macintosh has also gained enthusiastic support from industry
 consultants in the fields of multimedia, entertainment, publishing,
 graphics and law.  Consultants who have expressed support for the
 product include David Biedny, a multimedia and graphics consultant;
 Michael Backes, screenwriter, multimedia and special effects
 consultant; David Weinstein, a law firm consultant; and Wayne
 Gabriel, musician and multimedia producer.

 "Power Macintosh will provide the best price/performance for the
 commercial video production and multimedia industries," said
 consultant David Biedny of San Rafael, CA.  "Even the smallest video
 production shops were having to turn to workstations to remain
 competitive, at an entry cost of $100,000.  We're now going to see a
 $4,000 Power Macintosh going up against $35,000 workstations.  Video
 software developers will implement new features in native PowerPC
 applications such as particle systems or ultra-realistic radiosity
 rendering that were previously available only on workstations."

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                          ATARI/JAG SECTION (III)
                           Dana Jacobson, Editor

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

      Spring is here.  The not-so-obvious signs are there: Atari users
 are coming out of their long winter hibernation and starting to realize
 that things aren't as rosy as they'd like.

      Let me take a philosophical outlook on this for a minute or two.
 These "thoughts" are my own and may or may not agree with others on the
 staff here, but I feel that there's a need to express them.

      Most Atari users, past, present, and future are users of Atari
 computers.  That's the impression one gets when talking about "Atari
 users" in general.  For all intents and purposes, Atari as a viable
 computer company is dead.  I didn't say that Atari is dead, just the
 computer side of it.  They aren't actively moving ahead with new
 projects.  If they are, it's very low-key and minimal.  All of their
 resources are being directed to the Jaguar.  The Jaguar, as most will
 agree, is Atari's last hurrah.  If it doesn't succeed, they may be
 faced with the same predicament that Commodore is nearing.

      Has Atari made the right decision here?  That's depends on who you
 ask, obviously.  Atari does not have the resources to produce and
 market computers and Jaguars.  Game consoles, such as the Jaguar, are
 always going to be major hits if the hardware warrants it; the Jaguar
 does.  Computers, at least non-PC ones, aren't selling as well as the
 parent companies would like.  If you were Atari, which option would you

      I know, I don't necessarily like that choice and the obvious
 answer either.  I've been an "Atari" consumer since the days of the
 2600.  That product satisfaction led me to buy the 520ST.  That same
 satisfaction subsequently led me to purchase the Lynx and now the
 Jaguar; it was a natural progression.  I want to be able to use that
 same "logic" on future computer purchases as well, but there are too
 many factors prohibiting that from happening, for _me_.

      This isn't something new, but it is something that _many_ Atari
 users are finally realizing, and admitting.  There is an extremely
 limited number of available dealers.  I'm not referring to the
 occasional music store, touted as an official Atari dealer, who sells a
 minimal amount of Falcons and MIDI software.  I'm talking full Atari
 dealers with various hardware, software, peripherals, and some service.
 You could probably count them all on both hands, perhaps adding a toe
 or two.  Two to three years ago, new software was not arriving in
 truckloads; today it's even worse.  Many of the developers are still
 around, but not active in the Atari market as they once were.  Sure, much
 of our favorite software has seen a number of updates for which we're all
 very grateful, but new software from them is rare.  Take a look at a
 current list of IAAD members and name any new products in the last 6
 months from them. There are some, but not that many overall.

      Where are the new users?  The old?  Every week I see another
 message from a long-standing user who has finally given up the ghost.
 At best, he/she keeps the computer but also buys a Mac or a PC and
 spends the majority of their time with it rather than the Atari
 machine.  They keep it around because it's hard to get rid of it, both
 financially and emotionally - it was a good friend.  And, in the back
 of their mind, is some faint glimmer of hope that things might turn

      What bothers me the most about this current dilemma is how it's
 affecting the userbase, in a number of ways.  The diehards (and I
 occasionally see myself in this category) are hoping that the success
 of the Jaguar will enable Atari to fulfill their "promise" that they
 will pick up where they wanted to leave off with new computer
 developments.  Reality tells me that Atari will have to surpass the
 hold that the likes of Nintendo and Sega have on today's game console
 market.  The profits will have to be so great that they can afford to
 take another chance with the computer industry and achieve and hold on
 to a toe-hold, perhaps achieve a marginal success to maintain that
 support.  If they don't have the means to do this successfully, they're
 not likely to waste their time and money to do so.  It's a business
 decision that makes sense, much to the chagrin of us all.

      Will the Jaguar be successful?  It has all of the capabilities to be
 so.  History Lesson #42: So did all of their past products and look where
 they are today.  Atari has to do it right this time if they are ever
 going to survive.  The Jaguar is going to have to provide very early
 successes before the competition comes along with an equal or better
 product.  Atari has had a quick start, and a few stalls in the almost 6
 months that it's been available.  It appears that Atari is back on track
 again, and moving ahead fairly well.  Let's hope that it continues, and
 improved a thousand-fold!

      The other thing that's bothering me in this regard is the current
 attitudes that I'm seeing online.  I see current users and those
 sitting on the fence (or recently jumped off) at odds with each other.
 It's similar to what we're all used to seeing in the form of platform
 bashing, but amongst Atari users.  There are those, as I mentioned
 earlier, who are the diehards who will never admit (publicly) that
 anything is wrong with Atari; that they're on track and things will get
 better in the near future.  There are those who have continued to stay
 with the Atari platform, but realize that things aren't likely to
 improve anytime soon.  But, the fact that they feel comfortable and
 moderately satisfied with what their machines can do, they're still
 sticking to their systems.  And then there are those who have finally
 said, for whatever reason, that's it, I'm going to buy a Mac or PC so I
 can have all the software that I could ever want.

      Seeing all of these people, probably all "friendly" with one
 another at some point in the recent past, at odds with each other is a
 strange feeling.  There has always been a controversy or another to
 liven things up, but that's not what I'm referring to here.  It's the
 comments from a recently-departed user who tells someone that he's a
 fool for sticking with Atari computers.  It's another who tells someone
 that he should show his support of Atari by purchasing a Falcon or a
 Jaguar. It's another..... I think you get my point.

      I think a lot of boils down to sheer frustration at not being part
 of the majority.  Peer pressure, perhaps?  It's hard to pinpoint,
 actually.  Atari users are close to being unique - we're a loyal bunch,
 somewhat fanatical, but loyal nonetheless.  I think it's going a bit
 overboard to blindly maintain loyalty to the company; we've already
 made that singular major purchase with our machine of choice.  As long
 as there are developers bringing out new products, albeit in dribs and
 drabs, there's a reason to maintain what we have as long as we can
 still do what it is we want to do with them.  Why buy a PC just for the
 ability to have more software choices if we already own software that
 will do it on an Atari machine?  Granted, if you need to be able to do
 something and that capability _isn't_ there, you'd be making a right
 decision to go elsewhere.  Should someone begrudge you for that?  Of
 course not.  On the other side of the coin, don't begrudge me for
 staying with the Atari platform when it aptly performs the functions
 that I require of it.  Atari, the company, isn't going to change that
 whether it's still around, or not.

      As you'll notice, there is no Jaguar coverage in this week's
 issue.  In case you missed it in previous issues, our expanded coverage
 of the Jaguar will be on an alternating weekly basis.  Last week's
 issue brought a number of positive comments which we were all glad to
 see.  The new staff members are feverishly working to make some
 improvements and additions to our coverage.  Next week, we hope to
 provide you with reviews of Cybermorph and Crescent Galaxy, or perhaps
 Tempest 2000 if it's received in plenty of time to give it the look it
 deserves!  We're also updating developer lists with proposed titles, a
 "tips and cheats" section, more industry news, and much more to come.
 We hope that you'll continue to enjoy the expanded coverage.

      On another happy note, I finally have my own Jaguar and I've been
 excited with what I've seen so far.  Unfortunately, there hasn't been
 all that much time to enjoy it these past few days, but what I have
 seen so far has been impressive.  With the current selection of games,
 and a lot more close to release, I foresee a lot of enjoyment in the
 upcoming weeks!

      Well, enough of this kibitzing.  John Duckworth celebrates his
 20th fishin' trip this week; and as usual, he's got a few 'keepers'
 this week.  Must be the bait he's using these days!  Joe Mirando shows
 us that people are still active in the Compuserve Atari forums and the
 advice is still flowing!  And, there's even more.
      Until next time...


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                 STREPORT (Current issue: STREPORT #10.14)                 
       ATARI EXPLORER ONLINE (Current issue: AEO - VOLUME 3, ISSUE 6)      
           Look for the above files in the RECENT ARRIVALS database.       


                             THE OLD FISHIN' HOLE

 -A Guide to the Online PD/Shareware Waters.

 by John R. Duckworth

     I was lucky enough to fall into a virtual 'school' of new programs
 this week, so I'll be taking a look at no less than four fantastic new
 shareware offerings. The packages include a terrific little utility for
 Falcon owners from the mind of genius Keith Gerdes, a great Yahtzee type
 game for all Atari users, a wonderful new SoundTracker module editor, and
 yet another game from the makers of the popular shareware game "Towers".

     "TOS4 Trap" by Keith Gerdes of Trace Technologies is an almost'must
 have' program for Falcon users wishing to use certain programs which do
 not work quite correctly on their systems. It seems that STalker,
 NeoDesk, MaxiFile, and others do not function 100% on TOS 4 systems.
 Certain GEMDOS calls in TOS 4 were fixed from their 'broken' state in
 earlier TOS versions. This means that any program written which uses
 certain GEMDOS system calls (even though they worked fine before) will
 not execute properly under TOS 4. A few other problems crop up with
 folder deletion functions as well as certain printer output calls. All of
 these problems have now been addressed with "TOS4 Trap". This TSR program
 may be installed by running it directly from the desktop, or by simply
 placing it in the AUTO folder of the boot drive and forgetting about it.
 When installed, "TOS4 Trap" "monitors certain GEMDOS calls to make passed
 parameters 'TOS 4 GEMDOS compatible'".  Now users can print blocks of
 text from STalker and those using NeoDesk will have no problems with
 folder deletions as well as similar problems in many other programs.
 Keith is asking $5 for his efforts, and for many of us using those old
 dependable programs, "TOS4 Trap" is well worth it.

     Next up is a terrific GEM based game called "Triyahoo" by Stuart
 Denman. Essentially a triple Yahtzee clone, "Triyahoo" will work on any
 Atari TOS computer in single or multi-tasking environments. The game also
 supports digitized sound effects for users of an STe or greater, as well
 as GDOS fonts for display purposes with GDOS or SpeedoGDOS installed. The
 object of the game is to get as high of score as possible by placing dice
 rolls where appropriate on the score card.  Some strategy must be used
 since the three columns of the score card are added differently,
 therefore it is best to fill in the columns worth the most first. As the
 game progresses it is harder to fill in the columns which are left on the
 score card so inevitably some will be left as zero. The game is very
 enjoyable to play, extremely configurable, and the graphics (while
 sparse) are fitting to the theme and style of the game. If you are tired
 of solitaire, give "Triyahoo" a may become addicted.

     For years Atari owners have been asking for an easier way to create
 SoundTracker module files than the cumbersome interface used in programs
 such as ProTracker. While they can be effective, they are not very
 intuitive. "STORM!" (the working title of the demo which will be changed)
 is a new module editor from David Oakley of ASTRAsoft for Atari computers
 with DMA sound (STE's or greater) and ST high resolution or above. What
 sets "STORM!" apart from it's predecessors is it's module creating
 interface, which is entirely set around a musical staff similar to the
 old classic "Music Construction Set". Adding notes to your module
 couldn't be easier, simply left click the mouse pointer at the position
 on the staff where you want your note to delete a note just right
 click. Gone are the days of cryptic music note lists and confusing
 keyboard charts.

      A full sample editor is provided to perform editing of loaded
 samples, either the signed or unsigned variety. Block editing functions
 allow the user to 'cut & paste' sections of the song pattern to new
 positions or delete unwanted ones. While the demo is not complete, it
 does give a very good idea of the direction which "STORM!" is going...and
 in my opinion it's headed for greatness. The full version is promised to
 be available sometime in May under a new name. If you are interested in
 music or editing module the demo...then hope the real
 version gets delivered as promised.    

      The last program I'll take a look at is a game by JV Enterprises
 called "Magno-Ball". The game is very similar to the classic "Ball
 Blazer" except that the view is from above the arena instead of
 first-person perspective. The game will work fine on any Atari TOS system
 but users of an STe or better will find that play is smoother. The object
 of the game is to run a ball to the opponents end of the field (either
 human or computer controlled) and shoot it into their goal. Any contact
 with an opponent or the arena boundaries or blockers will cause the ball
 to escape the players control in which case you'll have to chase it down
 before your opponent does. The game is simple but fun, and offers a few
 skill levels to choose from when playing against the computer. Download
 this game for a bit of entertainment break when the pressure of real work
 gets too great. 

     Until next week...keep the keyboard warm for me. E-mail:

  |   Old Fishin Hole Tackle Box     *                             |
  | TOS4 Trap                                                      |
  |    GEnie: Atari ST RT - # 32491                                |
  |    Delphi: Atari Advantage - READ TOS4                         |
  | Triyahoo                                                       |
  |    INTERNET: FTP from                            |
  | STORM!                                                         |
  |    Delphi: Atari Advantage - READ STORM                        |
  | Magno-Ball                                                     |
  |    GEnie: Atari ST RT - # 32446                                |
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  listing and is provided for convenience only. Delphi Atari Advantage
  files should be found in the Recent Arrivals section of the database
  until moved to their appropriate sections.


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                            PEOPLE... ARE TALKING
  On CompuServe
  compiled by
  Joe Mirando

      Hidi Ho friends and neighbors.  Deadlines of all kinds are closing
 in on me.  With moving, wedding plans, writing assignments, and the like,
 times are about as hectic as they can get.  But I still make it a point
 to log on to CompuServe and check out what's going on.  It constantly
 amazes me that there is such a wealth of information available every
 week.  You can always pick up tips on how to get the most from your
 favorite computer, or find the latest news about industry goings-on. 
 C'mon along with me now and you'll see what I mean...

 From the Atari ST Arts Forum

 Yat Siu of Lexicor Software posts:

   "Compuserve finally got it's Internet Access up and rolling,
   unfortunately they still only support 9600 access (or lower) if you
   login via Internet which really doesn't make any sense. :)
   However..for people with slow CI$ access but fast Internet access you
   can now login via (it used to be with
   ++$$ surcharge)."

 John Amsler tells Yat:

   "Yes, recently there were two announcements from CompuServe.  People
   can now access CIS from within the Internet.  Later on during the year,
   people will be able to access Internet hosts (including file transfers
   and Usenet newsgroups) from within CIS.  It's been a LONG wait, and it
   should have been done a LONG time ago, but I guess patience has its

 From the Atari Productivity Forum

 Continuing a conversation from last week about Digital Research
 International's (they're the people who gave us GEM) DR DOS and the fact
 that DR DOS will read any Atari ST formatted disk on a PC, Sysop Bob
 Retelle posts:

   "Aha...!   I'd forgotten that DR DOS was "Digital Research DOS"..!
   That's a good point about the ST being a pioneer in using 3.5 inch
   drives.. it wasn't until much later that people had those kinds of
   drive on PCs to even worry about swapping disks with..."

 John Feagans tells Bob:

   "Also recall that the original ST external floppy drives were offered
   in 360k and 720k 3 1/2 " versions.  These certainly seem like antiques
   by todays standards!"

 Bob joins in the reminisince:

   "John... how true..!
   I remember struggling with one single sided and one double sided
   floppy for about a week after I "upgraded" to two floppies...  the SS
   drive disappeared VERY quickly after that..!
   It does seem like a looooong time ago..!"

 It has been reported that the most recent version of Marcel, a popular
 word processor which is now shareware, conflicts with Warp9, CodeHead
 Technologies screen accelerator, Henri Tremblay posts:

   "I won't buy another screen accelerator.  Warp 9 is just fine with
   every other program I use.  I don't have the latest version, though.
   Marcel is the first software that has problem with my copy of Warp 9."

 Our own Editor Emeritus, Lloyd Pulley, tells Henri:

   "Same here - Warp 9 works so well with everything I use that I've seen
   no use in upgrading it either (I still use version 3.75/1.4)."

 Lloyd, the only thing I can say is: "GET THE UPGRADE!... It just keeps
 getting better and better."

 That having been said, let's check out Scott Mueller's plea for help:

   "I am in need of a new typewriter keyboard and mouse for my Atari
   Mega2 ST.  The Keyboard is missing a few keys, and I also need a cable
   to connect the keyboard to the computer with.  Is this a cable I could
   make myself?
   I have no luck finding any dealers providing these things.  I am in
   Bergen county NJ, NYC area.."

 Brian Gockley of ST Informer fame tells Scott:

   "I would contact Sheldon Winick in N.C. He has an excellent reputation
   and is always available for advice. His number is (704) 251-0201."

 Henri Tremblay tells us:

   "I have been trying to make Invitation cards with my ST, but it is not
   easy. Is there an easy program to do it.  My brother uses First
   Publisher (I think) on his PC and it is very easy.  I had such a
   program on my old Adam computer. I have tried with different draw/paint
   packages and also with Wordflair but there is always something wrong.
   To make a card some sections must be inverted text, so I made the text
   with a paint program, inverted it and saved it as an IMG, but when I
   import the IMG the dimensions are not right. Any suggestion?"

 That Brian Gockley guy <grin> tells Henri:

   "What is wrong with the dimensions, in WF you can just grab the IMG
   with the right mounse button and then resize it with the handles that
   What monitor are you using? You should have a mono monitor if you want
   things to look the same on screen as they do on the printer. A color
   monitor would give you problems with proportions...
   Do things look alright when you print them? WF should be able to make
   almost anything you want!"

 Henri tells Brian:

   "I type an invitation message using Hyperpaint then 'snapshot' it and
   had it flipped vertically.  All letters look fine but upside down.
   When I look at the image file using for instance Picswitch all
   dimensions are OK but when I import the file in a block area created in
   Wordflair, the file is either larger or smaller which makes some
   letters seem 'fatter' but not all thus the bad appearance.  I'll try
   once again."

 Brian asks Henri:

   "Why don't you just type the invitation in Wordflair and then print it
   out in landscape mode? That will get your letters oriented the right
   way, and you won't have to worry about importing."

 Sysop Bill Aycock, who also writes some of the best shareware programs
 for the ST, posts:

   "New in LIB 6...
   [76703,4061]    Lib: 6
   WHATIS.ZIP/Bin  Bytes:  20084, Count:  748, 05-Apr-94
     Title   : Identifies 160+ file types: ARCs/PRGs/pics/more!  Keywords:
     New version! WHATIS 6.7 identifies over 160 file types - ARCs,
     LHarcs, PRGs, pics, ACCs, animations, etc... no more "what kind of
     file is this?" problems! Runs as a PRG or ACC or a TTP-like program
     on any ST/TT in any rez. Short docs included in the ARC. All the
     features of previous versions, plus adds RTF (Rich Text Format) files
     to the list."

 Dan Danilowicz asks:

   "...Just a general question (for now). Why are hard drive partitioned?
   This here STe has a 20 meg hard drive that seemed to have all 20 megs
   available at once as Drive C. After downloading the Atari HD Utility
   files from here, I started experimenting (I did back everything up this
   time) and reading, and I decided that maybe I should reformat and let
   the bad sectors get marked. (I was getting error messages frequently.)
   Now, it seems, that the only way I have access to the full 20 megs is
   by installing drives.  Those are the partitions, no? They weren't
   necessary before I reformatted, or might that have been part of my
   error problems?"

 Sysop Bob Retelle explains to Dan:

   "Partitions are just another way of organizing hard drive storage
   Just as sub-directories will subdivide a directory into separate areas
   to make it easier to organize your files, partitioning a physical hard
   drive will subdivide it into two or more "logical drives" which can
   have several advantages.
   One of these is helping organize files...  for example, I had my ST
   drive partitioned into C: and D: drives.  The C: drive I used for
   applications that seldom ever changed, like Flash for
   telecommunications, Degas Elite for graphics work, and STWriter for
   wordprocessing.  Then the D: drive was used for more "transient" files,
   like games or graphics files I might download to check out.  Also, the
   data files from the C: drive applications were stored on the D:  drive.
   That also leads to another advantage of having separate partitions on
   a hard drive...  the C: drive, since the files seldom ever changed,
   wouldn't get "fragmented" as files were added or deleted, so the
   applications would load faster.  The D: drive, which did get fragmented
   a lot was easier to backup and restore, being only half the total size
   of the entire disk.
   Backups were easier and quicker too, since I only had to back up the
   C: drive if I added anything.  The D: drive backups took only half the
   time as backing up the whole drive would have taken.
   Smaller partitions may also help with access speed, as it takes longer
   to locate a specific file in a large directory/subdirectory structure.
   The reason you ended up with several partitions when you reformatted
   the drive was probably that the WINCAP entry was set up that way.  If
   you edit the entry for that style drive as was detailed earlier, but
   only include one partition with the entire storage of the drive
   assigned to it, you'll end up with just one large C: drive like you had
   Just for comparison, the hard drive on my IBM clone is partitioned
   with 1 Meg for the OS/2 Boot Manager, 20 Megs for DOS, 60 Megs for
   OS/2, 10 Megs for the OS/2 swap file, and 70 Megs for games.. er..
   applications.  It helps keep all that diverse stuff separated and

 Dan tells Bob:

   "Thanks for the thorough explanation of the uses of partitions. I
   thought maybe they had some kinda AUTORUN.SYS use, like they can on
   the Atari8.  I still have a lot to learn about this beauty... I'm glad
   you Elders here are willing to help fill in the many blanks.  Oh yeah,
   here's another one: I can't seem to get all of the elements of the
   desktop to boot up when I like when I use the HD, and I can't find any
   reference to what I should do in the skimpy ST manual. Also, I
   remember reading here that a book published by Index Legalis was
   considered the most valuable printed resource for the ST. Is that still
   true, and where might I find a copy?"

 Bob tells Dan:

   "I think the address for Index Legalis is in the VENDORS files in the
   library here...  the list includes a lot of the suppliers still
   supporting the Atari computer line.
   If I understand what you were saying about the desktop not being right
   at boot up, have you saved the desktop back to disk after arranging it
   the way you like it..?
   After you get all the icons and everything set up just right, go to the
   OPTIONS menu and choose  SAVE DESKTOP.  That should write a DESKTOP.INF
   file to your hard drive so that when you boot up everything will be
   arranged the way it was when it was saved."

 Mike Mortilla tells Dan:

   "Other computer experts may want to tackle this, but it's my
   understanding that partitions help keep the HD from fragmenting so
   quickly. Also, if you keep the boot partition (usually "C") seperate
   from the rest of the drive and the is a crash, you can usually (or most
   of the time...) reconstruct the C section and the rest of the drive and
   data are still ok.
   I like to keep music seperate from DTP and "utilities" so I *LIKE*
   partitions <!>...
   Anyone else care to tackle this ???"

 On another hard drive related topic, Scott Mueller tells us:

   "I really need to get a hard drive for my Atari Mega2 ST.  I have been
   hearing different stories about hard drives for it.  I talked to a guy
   in Sam Ash, and he said there was only one 105Meg drive that he knew
   worked 'correctly' with the Mega2 with ICD link.  I forget the name of
   the drive, but it was $500+ for 105M!!? I see many cheaper SCSI drives
   that are twice that size.  Someone please clarify what drives I can
   use, and possibly some recommendations?"

 Lloyd Pulley tells Scott:

   "I'm running dual Quantum 105's on my MegaST4 - one a P105S and one a
   LP105S (both are the same size - the second one is faster) and had no
   problems.  I use one of the older ICD host adaptors (it has to be 5-7
   years old - at the minimum - HOST.TOS shows "Original STHA")."

 Scott continues:

   "I really don't need a removable hard drive,  I just need it for making
   life easier!  I bought an IBM comp with a HD and can't think of going
   another day w/o a HD for the Atari.

   I'm not sure what my price range is,  I haven't done much browsing. I
   really don't think I'll need more than 200 megs or so.."

 Kevin at PG Music tells Scott:

   "HDrives are like "potato chips". You'll ALWAYS want/need more once
   you get used to it. That's why I like removeables. 105Meg SyQuest carts
   can be had from $55 to $69 depending on where you buy. :)"

 Dazzz Smith joins the discussion and tells Kevin:

   "Too true, I've pretty much made up my mind to go for a 128 meg MO
   (magneto-optical) drive later this year, for the amount of stuff I go
   through it will be very handy, plus I can back up this 121 meg HD on a
   regular basis with one cart!"

 Marty Hall tell us that he's...

   "Looking for the cheapest, quickest way to go to use a DOS driven
   CDdrive with my Atari 520 expanded to 2 Meg. I have available a used
   pc-ditto II for $100 but not sure that's the way I want to go. This CD
   will be used to read data on full sized aircraft in which there is some
   searching to be done. a D Base based program comes with ( or on ) the
   CD. It is read only.
   Any suggestions.............?"

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine (who just happens to be
 one of the most knowledgeable people around) tells Marty:

   "If your CD-ROM drive is a SCSI device is should work with your ST.
   Provided you have an ICD LINK or ADSCSI host adapter.  Also you need
   ExtenDOS v1.1 which is a CD-ROM driver that will cost you around $19.95
   or so.  Its available from Its All Relative who is also online here on
   I am assuming that the CD-ROM is ISO-9660 complaint so it will work
   with ExtenDOS.  Since ExtenDOS gives you a drive letter you can easily
   access the dBASE data files without any problems.  This assumes that
   you Atari based database program can read dBASE data files.  Also if
   the Atari based program doesn't need to apply locks to the data file on
   the drive.  Since nothing can be written to a read-only CD-ROM it may
   pose a problem.  But I would assume that shouldn't be a problem.
   IBM AT-bus based CD-ROM drives are cheaper but they won't work on the
   Atari.  With a SCSI CD-ROM it should work on almost any platform, for
   example (MAC, IBM, Atari, SUN SPARCstation, IBM RS/6000, DG AViiON, DEC
   mips based Unix box, etc."

 Well, it had to happen... designating a list of programs for a specific
 computer platform as "classic" usually means that there aren't any new
 programs (or, at least not many) for folks to talk about.  Dan
 Daniliwicz posts:

   "Being pretty new to the ST world, I'm wondering if there's general
   agreement as to what the Greatest Hits for this platform might be. In
   the 8-bit world of Atari, the productivity and game classics are pretty
   well-known. What does everyone run around here? How does Atariworks fit
   in? That looks mighty tempting, but its package doesn't say much, and I
   can't find a press release or anything else around here that tells me

 Mike Mortilla gives Dan his list of favorites:

   "I've been thru a number of ST programs and don't mind telling you
   what my all time favorite (or otherwise still useable...<g>) programs
   EditTrack/SmpteTrack from Barefoot (sequencing)
   Dr T's Copyist DTP(notation...could be better supported)
   WordPerfect (needs an upgrade!)
   Pagestream (needs an upgrade...)
   Warp 9 (still a little problem with reversing the main screen?)
   Intersect RAMBaby (RAM DISK)
   GenEdit (MIDI editor librarian)
   OutBurst (print accellerator...very useful!)
   DC SHOWIT Touch Up (w/Migraph scanner)
   DB MAN V (well, almost a useful database...)"

 Jonnie Santos posts this about his "hunting expedition":

   "I finally got down to see a Jaguar in action.  Don't beat me with a
   rubber hose, but...  Is that all???
   Now mind you San Diego is not real big on Atari anything.  We have one
   local store and they had 1 demo unit.  And there's a large appliance
   store that had one but they had it unplugged for the Sega CD-X unit -
   they weren't real anxious to demo the Jag.  I hope to venture out today
   and see if I can find maybe one more source.
   Here is where I need some input, please.
   I'm not a big game person but I do like something like the old Zork
   (IBM) and the 7th Guest (IBM-CD) is pretty slick.  I expected to see
   that type of stuff (live video mixed with animation) on the Jaguar.
   The specs sound like the thing is right out of future but my first
   impressions don't make me rush out to buy it.
   What am I missing?  By what I'm describing what type of video game is
   close to what it sounds like I'm looking for.  And does anyone else
   have less than fantastic review opinions about Atari's new fair-haired
   I'm not stirring the pot but I would like some opinions, please?  Since
   I'm not big on traditional video games my opinions may be heavily
   biased and worthless to those that really understanding gaming

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine asks Jonnie"

   "What games did you see on the Jaguar?  Did you get to play any of
   them? If you did get to play any of them which one did you like?"

 Jonnie tells Albert:

   "I played briefly the one with the tunnel that has red things that
   come from the back of the tunnel to the front and you're supposed to
   shoot them. Bleck!!!
   But you can slap me now as I drove 40 miles this afternoon and ended up
   bringing one home.  The sales people sold me a SVHS cable they swore
   worked with it - WRONG.  So I'll figure out who to call for the SVHS
   I bought RAIDEN and it came with CYBERMORPH - which is prett neat
   actually.  Played for 2 hours straght (even missed 60 minutes) and
   didn't know it.
   Call me fickle!
   ps - even with the stock coax cable it looks twice as good on my 27"
        RCA TV that's patched into my stereo.  The subwoofer gets a good
        workout too!

   (oh my poor neighbors...)"

 Albert tells Jonnie:

   "I assume that you were playing Crescent Galaxy?  I try to play
   Cybermorph at least once a week myself.  Cybermorph is very addicting,
   its easy to spend hours and hours (or is that weeks and weeks <grin>)
   playing with the game.
   Atari and Redmond Cable are two places that have cables.  Also your
   Atari dealer might have some too."

 Jonnie replies:

   "Yes, CyberMorph is addicting - I caught myself at 5:00am this morning
   with the headphones on playing it before going to work (and was almost
   late too!). Guess this is a good sign of a good product!
   Also, I saw for the first time the commerical on TV for the Jag!  :)
   As for the cable...   I called Toad and ordered the cable (which is in
   stock) and I'm in backorder status for Tempest 2000.  I'm really
   anxious to hear the sound effects in stereo on CyberMorph - Raiden
   doesn't seem audibly as interesting but it's hard to tell until I get
   the new cable installed."

 Danny Bull asks:

   "Do you know if any other controllers will work with the Jag? Do to a
   spinal cord injury I have limited use of my hands.  This makes the
   stock Jag controller a little dificult for me to use (although I've
   still managed to go down fighting in Cybermorph!)
   A controller with large buttons would be great. I remember (way bacdk
   in the good 'ol days) when the Atari 2600 was released, I was
   determined to find a joystik/paddle combo, which I did (made by an
   engineer friend from Lockheed, he used large plastic aircraft buttons.
   The controller still works with my Mega today. Made in America what can
   I say.)
   Now what the Jag needs is a super version of the Classic 4 player
   Warlords game (who say video games will make you anti-social?)"

 Albert tells Danny:

   "I don't know of any other controllers so far.  I know there is talk
   about a paddle controller for Tempest.  There is a company called
   Thrustmaster which makes other types of controllers is a developer
   listed in the most recent AEO vol 3 Issue 6.  I think that is the
   correct name.
   Other than that the Jaguar controller is supposed to use the same
   pin-outs at the STE series of computers 15-pin controllers.  So I would
   assume if your friend (the Lockheed Engineer) could get access to one
   it wouldn't be to hard to make one.  I think the connectors are the
   same type used on VGA monitors so it shouldn't be too hard to find

   Why stop at only 4 players for  Warlords ... why not 16 players?

      Well folks, that's about it for this week.  It's getting late and
 the morning rolls around far to quickly.  Tune in again next time for
 more news, info, hints, and other interesting tidbits.  And remember:  no
 matter where you are, always listen to what they are saying when...

                             PEOPLE ARE TALKING


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