ST Report: 28-Apr-95 #1117

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 05/03/95-12:32:33 AM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 28-Apr-95 #1117
Date: Wed May  3 00:32:33 1995

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                                Issue #17
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                  ******* General Computer News *******

                     >> Microsoft Ships Wine Guide <<

    Microsoft Corp. has released Microsoft Wine Guide, an interactive 
 multimedia guide to nearly 6,000 wines and the world's most famous wine 
    Hosted by Oz Clarke, winner of the prestigious James Beard award, 
 Microsoft Wine Guide combines tips and insights with an integrated wine 
 reference. A Wine Selector helps users find the right wines for any meal 
 or occasion, says the Redmond, Washington-based software publisher.
    Microsoft Wine Guide is available on CD-ROM for the Windows and 
 Macintosh computers. The software sells for $39.95.
                   >> Epson Sues Over Cartridge Ads <<

    Makers of Epson printers have filed federal suit alleging Nukote 
 International Inc. falsely advertises its replacement cartridge for 
 Epson Stylus ink jet printers are "100 percent compatible" and "meet or 
 exceed original equipment specifications."
    The suit also alleges Nukote infringes Seiko Epson's patents and uses 
 the Epson trademark on its packaging in a way that misleads buyers.
    Director Charles Gunderson of Epson's imaging products unit said in a 
 statement, "Genuine Epson cartridges use patented technology and speci-
 ally formulated inks to assure high-quality printing and the longevity 
 of Stylus printers and their printheads. We had to file this action to 
 prevent customer confusion and protect the Epson trademark."
                  >> Apple Ships Open Transport Beta <<
    Apple Computer Inc. says it has started distributing the beta version 
 of its new Mac OS networking and communications system -- Apple Open 
 Transport -- to developers and customers worldwide.

    The company notes that the software, which is based on industry 
 standards, brings a new level of networking connectivity, control, and 
 compatibility to current Macintosh System 7 and System 7.5 customers. 
 The product also preserves and enhances the hallmark of the Mac OS -- 
 built-in support for easy-to- use networking.
    According to Apple, Open Transport provides significant management 
 capabilities, such as new flexibility in setting up network configur-
 ations. With Open Transport, network managers can determine configur-
 ation settings for network users or allow the users to determine their 
 own settings. Open Transport also supports the Dynamic Host Configur-
 ation Protocol (DHCP), which is a new standard that allows network 
 managers to administer addressing and other configuration information 
 for TCP/IP networks from a central location.
    Apple notes that Open Transport makes it easy for individual users to 
 switch from one network configuration to another. The software also 
 integrates online help and active assistance, based on Apple Guide 
    Apple plans to include support for Open Transport in QuickTime 
 Conferencing, Apple Remote Access, AppleShare, PowerTalk, PowerShare, 
 the Copland release of the Mac OS and other products.
                   >> Intel Halting '486 Production <<
    By year's end, to solidify the Pentium chip as its core product, 
 Intel Corp. says it will have stopped production of most versions of the 
 80486 microprocessor.
    Reports say that, while no formal timetable for phasing out the '486 
 has been announced, Intel spokesman Howard High said the company most 
 likely would make '486 processors only for low-end notebook computers.
    -:- AMD spokesman Chuck Mulloy told the wire service, "We think there 
 is still a very strong demand for '486s. They have left behind an 
 incremental opportunity for AMD."
    -:- Dataquest analysts predict that about half the PCs sold this year 
 will have Pentiums, but that Pentium-based PCs will outsell 486-based 
 machines by nearly 10-1 by the end of 1996.
                     >> HP Reveals Workstation Bug <<
    Hewlett-Packard Co. says it has discovered and corrected a 
 manufacturing-process flaw that affects the behavior of some HP 9000 

    The company notes that the flaw can result in inconsistent system 
 behavior -- a "system machine check" message or data corruption in fewer 
 than 20,000 HP systems worldwide. HP adds that the flaw may affect a 
 small percentage of HP 9000 and HP 3000 servers as well.

    HP is advising owners of potentially affected systems to immediately 
 contact the HP Response Center or their local sales office for further 
 information and direction. If it's determined that a system is affected, 
 HP will incur the costs associated with repair or replacement.
                    >> Win95 Promises Faster Images <<

    A new technology for its Windows '95 operating system that will make 
 imagery in games move quicker is expected to be introduced this week by 
 Microsoft Corp.
    Reports say the technology also includes a way to add pre-recorded 
 sounds to games and will have a way to create 3-D imagery.
    It's felt that Microsoft's effort may help address an impending 
 threat from new souped-up video-game machines from Sega Enterprises 
 Ltd., Nintendo Co. and Sony Corp. The personal-computer industry hopes 
 to match or exceed performance of those game-only machines with the help 
 of add-on circuit boards that make animation and three-dimensional 
 images move more quickly on a regular PC screen.

    The new Microsoft technology for game developers includes DirectDraw, 
 a set of programming code and specifications that allow them to exploit 
 those acceleration boards. David Britton, a Microsoft group marketing 
 manager, said the hardware and software can display 70 frames of 
 animation a second, compared with 30 frames on conventional PCs and 
 videogame machines.
    A new feature called DirectSound offers an easier way for game 
 designers to add combinations of prerecorded sounds to games, such as 
 gunshots, car crashes and background music.
                   >> Novell Launches Consumer Push <<
    Novell Inc. has unveiled a new marketing initiative that's designed 
 to lead the networking giant into the home software market.

    Novell's new PerfectHome brand aims to introduce consumers to an 
 assortment of CD-ROM multimedia software titles that will begin 
 appearing in stores beginning in June and July.
    The company has also announced the establishment of a long-term 
 partnership with Bertelsmann. Novell says the alliance will help it 
 augment its international presence by providing new channels for 
 distribution, sales, marketing, manufacturing and product localization.
    One of Novell's first home titles is PerfectWorks, an integrated 
 software package that includes a word processor, spreadsheet, database, 
 paint, draw and communications module. The product is set to begin 
 shipping in June
    Novell will also release its first entertainment title in June -- 
 Hard Evidence: The Marilyn Monroe Files. Novell says the CD-ROM will let 
 users investigate the death of the superstar and uncover police records 
 and evidence never previously seen by the public.
                    >> USRobotics Offers New Modem <<

    The new Sportster Vi 28.8 Faxmodem from US Robotics Inc. promises to 
 allow PC users to talk and share applications simultaneously over a 
 single analog phone line.
    The company is quoted as saying the product is expected to ship early 
 in the second quarter of calendar 1995 with a list price of $399.
                  >> Lotus Embraces 'Team Computing' <<

    Lotus Development Corp. says it is adding "team computing" features 
 to its leading software applications.
    The software publisher notes that the technology is designed to 
 improve the productivity of organizations by enhancing the way people 
 communicate, coordinate and collaborate on their work.
    The company says unique features built into forthcoming versions of 
 the new Lotus Word Pro word processor, 1-2-3 spreadsheet, Freelance 
 Graphics presentation graphics software, Approach database and Organizer 
 personal and group scheduler will make it easier for people to 
 collaborate on common business tasks such as preparing a budget, writing 
 a business proposal, organizing a sales presentation or scheduling a 
 group meeting. By automating the process of collecting ideas, 
 distributing drafts for review and consolidating feedback into a final 
 document, these new applications will help people work together and 
 increase the productivity of individuals, teams and organizations, says 
                     >> HP Cuts Notebook PC Prices <<
    Hewlett-Packard Co. says it has cut prices on its entire range of HP 
 OmniBook notebook computers by up to 15 percent.
    Prices on the HP OmniBook 4000 series of color notebook PCs have been 
 reduced by 3 to 15%, with entry-level prices now starting at $2,469 for 
 a model equipped with a 50MHz 486DX2 microprocessor, a 260MB hard disk 
 and built-in sound.
    The company has also reduced prices of its high-performance small 
 notebooks by 5 to 10%. HP OmniBook 600 notebook PCs now start at $2,419 
 for models with a 50MHz 486DX2 microprocessor and a 170MB hard disk.
    Prices on a wide range of HP OmniBook PC accessories, including RAM 
 and hard disks, have been reduced by up to 45%. A 260MB hard disk for 
 the OmniBook 600 now costs $582, a reduction of almost $500.
                    >> Shareware Programs Go Online <<

    The Association of Shareware Professionals reports that more than 
 1,200 shareware programs from its ASP Advantage CD-ROM are now available 
 for downloading on CompuServe's ASP CD-ROM Forum (GO ASPCD).
    "CompuServe members can download a wide variety of top- quality 
 games, utilities, educational software and business and financial 
 programs for just pennies," says George Campbell, chairman of the 
 Muskegon, Michigan-based ASP. "Unlike other shareware programs, these 
 programs are written by authors who uphold the ASP's code of conduct, 
 which has many provisions for protecting consumers."
    The programs are sorted into 20 categories, including, Business, 
 Communications, Database Applications, Education, Engineering, Finances, 
 Games/Arcade, Games/Windows, Games/Card/Word, Games/Other, Graphics, 
 Home, Music, Programming, Religion/Philosophy, Sports, General 
 Applications, Utilities, Business/Windows and Miscellaneous/Windows.
    Consumers also can purchase the ASP-CD ROM directly from the ASP for 
 $24.95 plus $2.50 shipping in the U.S. or $3.50 internationally.
                       >> Prodigy Names New CEO <<

    Prodigy CEO Ross Glatzer, who is retiring next Monday, will be re-
 placed by Edward A. Bennett, a former cable executive.

    Glatzer joined Prodigy in 1986 and was named president/CEO in 1992.


                    SPORTSTER VI 28.8 FAXMODEM WITH DSVD

 U.S. ROBOTICS ANNOUNCES DSVD MODEM Digital Simultaneous Voice and Data
 Over a Single Telephone Line U.S. Robotics (NASDAQ:USRX) today announced
 the Sportster Vi 28.8 Faxmodem with DSVD.  The new product allows PC users
 to talk and share applications simultaneously over a single analog
 telephone line.

 The Sportster Vi 28.8 Faxmodem with DSVD is a true V.34 modem that
 incorporates the new DSVD (digital simultaneous voice and data)
 communications specification recently issued by a group of leading data
 communications companies.  Intel's ProShare Premier Edition Softwar
 personal data conferencing application, is included with the modem.

 The open DSVD standard ensures the interoperability of all V.34 modems
 incorporating the specification.  Because the specification is digit type
 of information that can be exchanged is unlimited, including voice,
 graphics, photographs and video.  A digital solution also offers
 scalability, advanced voice compression and the ability to add new modem
 technology at a future date.

 The first version of  the Sportster DSVD modem is an internal PC model
 that is flash ROM upgradable.  The first product is expected to ship early
 second calendar quarter of 1995 with a list price of $399.  An external
 model will follow, with price and shipping date to be determined.

 "DSVD adds a new dimension to PC-based interactive communication," said
 Michael Seedman, vice president and general manager of U.S. Robotics
 Personal Communications Division.  "The specification delivers on the
 collaborative computing over a single telephone line at a very reasonable

 "The DSVD standard delivers a wide range of interactive capabilities to PC
 users, from desktop conferencing applications to interactive gaming,"
 Seedman added.

 The companies issuing the open DSVD specification are Intel, Creative
 Labs, Hayes,  Rockwell and U.S. Robotics.  Communications products
 incorporating the DSVD standard are expected to be introduced by many of
 these companies during 1995.

 U.S. Robotics, headquartered in Skokie, Ill., is a leading designer,
 manufacturer and marketer of information access systems and products, and
 has its Personal Communications Division and Corporate/Systems Division
 located in Skokie.  Manufacturing operations are located in Skokie, Morton
 Grove, Ill. and Salt Lake City, Utah.  Other U.S. Robotics companies
 include Salt Lake City, Utah-based Megahertz Corporation, focused on
 mobile and wireless information access solutions; U.S. Robotics Ltd., with
 offices in Slough and Windsor, England; U.S. Robotics, s.a. in Villeneuve
 d'Ascq, France; and P.N.B., s.a., based in Suresnes, France.

 Please refer reader inquiries to U.S. Robotics at 1-800-DIAL USR

 These products are also available in Canada: for editorial information,
 please call U.S. Robotics Public Relations.  All products mentioned are
 trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective manufacturers.


 > Frankie's Corner STR Feature

 The Kids' Computing Corner

                       Brighter Child Math Challenge!

 Windows CD-ROM
 for ages six to nine
 suggested retail $45

                        American Education Publishing
                    150 E. Wilson Bridge Road, Suite 145
                              Columbus OH 43085

 IBM Requirements

 CPU:  386   OS:  Windows 3.1   RAM:  4 megs   Video:  256 color VGA
 CD-ROM:  Single speed  Misc.:  Mouse, sound card

 by Frank Sereno

 Brighter Child Math Challenge! combines three software products onto one
 CD-ROM.  The disc includes Math Level One for first grade students, Math
 Level Two for second grade students and Math Level Three for third
 graders.  This trio of math programs features more than eighty exercises. 
 Skill building begins with number recognition and will advance to basic
 geometry.  Math problems and concepts are organized to have increasing

 The program's interface may prove difficult for inexperienced users and
 for beginning readers because it lacks audible help.  The interface is so
 simple that the user manual consists of two pages.  The program has a row
 of buttons which allow the user to move forward or backward from the
 current lesson, examine a table of contents and jump to an exercise by
 clicking on it, read a glossary, check his scores or exit the program. 
 Help is often available by clicking on a question mark.  All math
 exercises are explained aloud, but, unfortunately, all help is in text
 form.  Depending on your child's reading level, he may need assistance. 
 The program could have used spoken dialog to explain the many math
 concepts as well.

 Technical assistance is excellent.  You have to call long distance, but
 calls are usually returned within twenty-four hours.  The people at
 American Publishing did make an extra effort to assist me in this review
 and I appreciate their efforts.  To save potential purchasers the cost of
 a tech support phone call, I had a problem running Math Level Three.  A
 Windows file named mci.vbx was outdated.  The fix is to rename the file to
 mci1.vbx and then reinstall the Math Challenge software.

 The math exercises are designed well and should provide a good learning
 experience.  Math Challenge would be much improved if the program provided
 more problems within each exercise and if the problems were randomized. 
 Each time an exercise is done, the problems are presented in the same
 order.  This repetition can become tedious and may diminish the amount of
 time the child will spend with the program.

 Math Challenge has very sparse graphics.  The lack of eye-catching
 graphics and fascinating animations may cause children to have less
 enthusiasm for this product.  The program treats sound in the same manner. 
 The voices are very good, but Math Challenge makes little use of sound
 effects or music.  Another shortcoming in its sound package is that it
 offers little verbal encouragement to the child.  Such encouragement is
 shown as text or fireworks animations.  A parent or teacher can overcome
 this problem by encouraging the child while he works with the program.

 With little visual or aural enticement, Math Challenge does not have a
 high degree of attractiveness to computer savvy children.  I believe the
 program can be rewarding and that a parent or teacher must give
 encouragement to the child to make the program more fun.

 American Education Publishing has been producing workbooks under the
 Brighter Child label for several years.  These books are very good.  Math
 Challenge is very much like the workbooks.  The activities are founded on
 sound learning principles, but the programs do not use the full power of
 the computer to enhance the learning experience.  If a parent or teacher
 is willing to work with the child on this program, then I believe Math
 Challenge can be very beneficial to young math students.


                     Graphics ............ 6.5
                     Sounds .............. 6.5
                     Interface ........... 7.0
                     Play Value .......... 7.0
                     Educational Value ... 8.5
                     Bang for the Buck ... 8.0
                     Average ............. 7.25


              Radical Rex for the Sega Genesis from Activision

 Radical Rex is a happening, skateboarding dino.  He lives in a cool,
 prehistoric land where all the dinosaurs live as hip-hopping vegetarian
 brothers.  And then one day, a mammal named Skriitch comes along who gives
 all the other dinosaurs the evil-eye.  Now all Rex's brothers are under
 Skriitch's spell and he means to finish the dinosaurs.

 Your mission is to guide Rex through battles with enchanted dinosaurs to
 foil Skriitch's evil scheme.  He has several weapons to aid him in his
 quest.  He can breathe fire, has an awesome karate kick and his mighty
 roar will send his opposition running.  Explore five different worlds
 featuring different obstacles and opponents!  Enjoy the cool music!

 Radical Rex is a "cute" platform game.  The graphics and gameplay are
 suitable for most children.  The game should also prove challenging to
 most adults.  The many characters are expertly animated.  The faces are
 especially expressive and funny.

 The action is fast-paced and furious.  Rex can do some hair-raising stunts
 on his skateboard.  Opponents attack quickly and furiously.  You must
 develop individual strategies for defeating each enemy.  Player control is
 very good.  Rex is very easy to maneuver, but advancing in some lands is
 more difficult than in others.

 One shortcoming of Radical Rex is the lack of a save game feature.  Once
 the machine is turned off or reset, you cannot begin again from your last
 point in the game.  The game does have a nice feature for saving progress
 while playing.  Spaced along the game are torches.  Simply light each
 torch as you pass it and then you will go to the last lit torch if Rex
 dies during that game.

 Radical Rex is an excellent game for parents to share with their young
 children.  Children simply adore dinosaurs!  The game is fun with simple
 controls, yet it can be challenging for adults as well.  The game is
 filled with humor to make it even more enjoyable.


                     Graphics ........... 9.0
                     Sounds ............. 9.0
                     Control ............ 8.5
                     Fun ................ 9.0
                     Bang for the Buck .. 9.0
                     Average ............ 8.9


 Simon & Schuster Interactive announces the release of "I.M. Meen," the
 first title in the "Action Learning" series of software products.  This
 CD-ROM product combines 3-D maze action similar to "Doom" with grammar and
 writing lessons.  "I. M. Meen" is designed for children ages nine and up. 
 The program features three levels of difficulty based on third, fifth and
 eighth grade reading levels.

 The plot of the game is that the player has been lured into the library
 and tossed into the dungeon of I.M. Meen.  The object of this edutainment
 title is for the player to traverse thirty-six dungeon levels.  In the
 dungeon, he will find more than 150 scrolls which have been poorly written
 by librarian Meen.  To escape the maze, the child must correct Meen's
 spelling, punctuation and grammar errors.  Meanwhile, he must avoid hordes
 of spiders, skeletons and mad scientists who patrol the dungeon.

 "I.M. Meen" promises state-of-the-art gaming combined with fun learning.
 Look for a review of this title in a future edition of the Silicon Times

 Also on the review docket are Hometime Weekend Home Projects, Richard
 Scarry's How Things Work in Busytown, Spellbound!, Super Solvers Gizmos &
 Gadgets and Shanghai: Great Moments.  As always, I thank you for reading.




         Enables Enterprise Workgroups, SOHO Users to Access Modems
           for Both Fax and Data Transmissions Across the Network

 COMDEX SPRING, ATLANTA, GA -- Booth 8415 -- April 24, 1995 -- Delrina
 Corporation (NASDAQ:DENAF, TSE:DC), the worldwide leader in PC fax
 software, today announced Delrina CommSuite<tm> for Networks.  CommSuite
 for Networks includes a new network communications component -- Delrina
 CommServer<tm> -- that supersedes the server component of Delrina's market
 leading network fax software, WinFax PRO<tm> for Networks 4.0.  CommSuite
 for Networks enables workgroups to access and share fax modems across a
 local area network for bothfax and data communications.  It has a new
 DLL-based (Dynamic Link Library) architecture that frees up essential DOS
 memory (and system resources), and ensures greater transmission

 In addition, CommSuite for Networks provides network access to Delrina's
 Fax Broadcast<tm> service so users can broadcast faxes to large groups
 without tying up network resources.  Finally, the new software supports a
 broader range of hardware (more than 600 fax modems),
 including the full array of GammaLink fax modems.  A starter pack of the
 network product that includes two copies each of WinFax PRO 4.0 and
 WinComm PRO 1.1 with Internet Messenger, and one Delrina CommServer will
 be avilable in early June.

 CommSuite for Networks, like WinFax PRO for Networks, is aimed at 
 departmental and enterprise workgroup requirements and for small office /
 home office users (SOHO).  Both network solutions run on Novell<R>
 NetWare<R>, Microsoft<R> Windows<tm> for Workgroups, Artisoft<R>
 LANtastic<R>, Microsoft LAN Manager, IBM<R> LAN Server, and virtually any
 other IPX or NetBIOS based network.  CommSuite for Networks includes all
 of the capabilities that the current WinFax PRO for Networks provides, and
 adds several essential new benefits.

 A Common Modem Pool for Fax and Data Communications
  CommSuite for Networks includes the ability to access and share fax
 modems across the network for both fax and data communications.  WinFax
 PRO for Networks only enabled users to access fax modems for facsimile
 transmissions requiring users to add additional hardware and modem pooling
 software to provide data communications capabilities.  CommSuite for
 Networks, however, enables access of all network fax modems for data
 transmissions as well.  This permits users to access network modems using
 WinComm PRO for on-line communications such as connecting to bulletin
 boards (like CRS Online), on-line services (such as America Online and
 CompuServe), legacy systems through terminal emulation, and the Internet.

 DLL-based Technology Frees Up System Resources
 CommSuite for Networks is DLL-based, which means that accessing networks
 fax modems does not require the pre-loading of memory resident drivers in
 DOS.  This frees up essential system resources, which become scarce
 because of the additional overhead required by network drivers.

 Technology Breakthrough For Improved Reliability
 Delrina CommServer (the workgroup communications server in CommSuite for
 Networks) uses a unique technology to ensure the reliability of fax
 transmissions by compensating for network latency.  All of the competitive
 workgroup solutions today that are based on LAN communication (comm)
 re-director technology, are inherently fallible for faxing.  This is
 because facsimile communications, unlike straight data communications, has
 very critical timing requirements and requires a continuous data stream
 during transmission.  Any delay or miscue in timing of this stream will
 cause a fax to fail.  Comm re-director technology is dependent on the data
 stream being fed to the fax modem through the network and is thus
 susceptible to network traffic delays, known as network latency.  While
 such delays can be measured in milliseconds, the fax protocols are quite
 stringent -- fax transmission failures can occur with delays as little as
 50 milliseconds.  The Delrina CommServer component of CommSuite for
 Networks provides for a continuous flow of data, eliminating sensitivity
 to network latency, to ensure reliable fax transmissions.

 Network Access To Delrina Fax Broadcast Service
 CommSuite for Networks offers direct access to Delrina's pay-as-you-use
 Fax Broadcast service.  The service, which was launched in November 1993,
 enables users to broadcast a fax document to up to 10,000 recipients
 virtually simultaneously with a single toll free call.  Rather than
 utilizing network fax modems and phone lines to execute a fax broadcast,
 users can easily initiate the broadcast by "clicking" on the broadcast
 option built into WinFax from the Send screen dialog.  The document, along
 with the list of recipients, which the user selects form his or her WinFax
 phonebook, is immediately uploaded to the service.  The service then
 broadcasts to thousands of recipients virtually simultaneously, freeing up
 the network for other tasks.  Users can then receive a report to verify
 that the faxes have been delivered.

 Broader Hardware Support Including GammaLink Fax Modems
 CommSuite for Networks supports more than 600 fax modems that are
 compatible with the Class 1 and Class 2 industry standards, and the Pure
 Data SatisFAXtion hardware (formerly Intel SatisFAXtion).  The product now
 supports the range of GammaLink fax modems from GammaLink of Sunnyvale,
 California.  GammaLink fax modems are recognized as one of the leading and
 most reliable fax hardware devices for mission critical applications.

 The Network Fax Ground Swell
 Delrina's network fax and communications solution is aimed at enterprise
 workgroup and SOHO requirements, which are different from the needs of an
 enterprise wide solution.  According to Judith Pirani, Sr. Analyst, Image
 Communications, at BIS Strategic Decisions of Norwell, Mass., "there is a
 distinct market segmentation between the departmental or workgroup
 approach and the enterprise wide solution both in terms of marketing and
 technical requirements.  Typical workgroup solutions, which have grown out
 of the pooling of fax modems and relatively inexpensive fax servers, are
 aimed at networks of up to 50 users, while the enterprise wide solutions
 concentrate on networks of more than 50 users.  In terms of market growth,
 our studies forecast the fax server market to rise from 72,000 units in
 1994 to 461,000 units by 1998.  Of this market total, workgroup solutions
 will come to represent more than two-thirds of the units shipped."

 "WinFax PRO for Networks (and now CommSuite for Networks) has evolved out
 of the grass roots need of stand-alone users to share their fax modems and
 phone lines with others in a workgroup environment," said Dave Wilmering,
 product manager at Delrina.  "The spread of this technology is a
 'ground-up' decision, which contrasts sharply from the proverbial
 'enterprise' fax server, where the decision to provide such a solution is
 typically a 'top-down' MIS decision."  As a result, WinFax PRO for
 Networks has enjoyed overwhelming success in a market that is still in its
 infancy.  Since its release in November 1993, Delrina has registered over
 375,000 WinFax PRO for Networks users making it the world's leading
 enterprise workgroup fax solution.

 Pricing and Upgrade Information
 Available in early June, a starter kit of CommSuite for Networks that
 includes two copies each of the network-enabled WinFax PRO 4.0 and WinComm
 PRO 1.1 with Internet Messenger (i.e. a network-enabled version of
 Communications Suite 2.1), plus the new communications server component
 Delrina CommServer, retails for $549 ($699 Cdn). Delrina will continue to
 market WinFax PRO for Networks but will upgrade the server component with
 the new communications technology.  The WinFax PRO for Networks starter
 kit remains $399 ($499 Cdn).  Delrina WinFax PRO for Networks (3.0 and
 4.0) servers can be upgraded to Delrina CommServer for $29 ($39 Cdn). 
 Delrina is also offering a competitive upgrade for $359 ($479 Cdn). 
 Multiple client packs for 10, 25 and 50 users are also available for fax
 only (WinFax PRO clients) and for both fax and data (CommSuite clients)
 users.  A 50 user pack of WinFax PRO for Networks retails for $4299 ($5589
 Cdn), and a 50 user pack of CommSuite for Networks retails for $5799
 ($7799 Cdn).  As server capacity requirements expand, users can purchase
 Delrina CommServer separately for a retail price of $179 ($249 Cdn).


             Complete Fax Solution for PC Users Turns Fax Modem
                  Into Fax Machine and Printer into Copier

 COMDEX SPRING, ATLANTA, GA -- Booth 8415 -- April 24, 1995 -- Delrina 
 Corporation (NASDAQ:DENAF, TSE:DC) today announced WinFax Scanner for
 Windows -- a simple paper input device with the world's best selling fax
 software -- offering the first complete alternative to the fax machine.
 The all-in-one-box fax solution incorporates Delrina WinFax PRO 4.0 with
 Xerox TextBridge document reading technology and a Fujitsu multi-page
 scanner, allowing individuals to scan, send, edit, file, and copy
 documents.  The result of a venture announced earlier by Delrina and
 Fujitsu Computer Products of America Inc., the WinFax Scanner will be
 available in May at an expected street price of US$299 (Cdn$399),
 including a US$30 (Cdn $50) rebate from Delrina.

 "Our customers have been asking us for a way to get rid of their fax
 machines entirely since we launched WinFax PRO three years ago," said Tony
 Katz, product manager at Delrina.  "Now, coupling the communications power
 of WinFax PRO with the capability of paper scanning and copying, we've
 made faxing from a PC even more attractive -- and the stand-alone fax
 machine virtually obsolete."

 WinFax Scanner
 The compact (11.5 in. by 4.2 in., 3.5 lbs.) Delrina WinFax Scanner easily
 connects to a desktop or laptop computer using a parallel port connector. 
 A second parallel port on the Fujitsu scanner can be connected to a
 printer for copying purposes.  The unit operates just like a fax machine
 using a 10-page automatic document feeder for hands-free operation and an
 "instant on" feature which scans up to six pages per minute from within
 any Windows application.  Business card to legal size documents can be
 input at 100 to 300 dpi resolution, from line art to 256 grayscale.

 Once in the WinFax Scanner desktop, scans can be sorted, straightened,
 cleaned-up or inverted for better viewing.  In the desktop users can also
 select buttons to fax, file, edit, OCR, or copy documents.  The faxing
 function can be preset to be automatically invoked once a document is
 completely scanned into the computer.  The WinFax Scanner can save scanned
 images in more than 25 file formats including BMP, TIFF and PCX.

 Unlike other scanner products, Delrina's product is TWAIN-compliant and
 works with many document imaging and office applications software which
 support TWAIN.

 WinFax PRO 4.0
 Delrina's popular WinFax PRO 4.0 is the easiest way to send, receive, and
 manage faxes in Windows.  The software has an advanced phonebook to
 support sending of scanned documents to multiple recipients and groups,
 whether by fax or company e-mail.  With Delrina's new Fax Broadcast
 Service, accessible through WinFax, one can send a scanned document to up
 to 10,000 destinations virtually simultaneously with a single call.  Fax
 numbers stored in personal information or contact managers can be
 automatically added to the WinFax phonebook.  Included in WinFax PRO 4.0
 is a unique cover page designer program and Cover Your Fax, a collection
 of 101 predesigned cover pages.  WinFax maintains logs of all sent and
 received faxes.

 With WinFax PRO 4.0 users can easily combine documents from multiple
 Windows applications and scanned pages into a single fax transmission. 
 With the built-in Xerox TextBridge optical character recognition software
 users can also automatically turn scanned pages into editable text for
 incorporation into popular word processors or spreadsheets.  Users can
 file all fax or scanned documents electronically into customizable folders
 for later use.

 Tim Bajarin, president of Creative Strategies Research International Inc.,
 a market research and business consulting firm, said he is impressed with
 Delrina's new package, "For the price of a high-end handheld scanner I get
 a more versatile, high quality scanner plus the communications
 capabilities.  With this solution I can do away with my fax machine and my
 personal copier."

 Warranty and Support
 Delrina WinFax Scanner comes with a unique 48-hour hardware replacement
 warranty provided by Fujitsu for one year.  Customers dial one number for
 hardware and software support provided by Delrina's award-winning
 technical support team.

 Delrina WinFax Scanner will be available through mail order, independent
 retailers, and national chains throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Upgrades
 are available direct from Delrina.  Existing WinFax PRO 4.0 customers can
 purchase the scanner only for US$279 (Cdn$379) and other WinFax users can
 purchase the complete solution for US$299 (Cdn$399), plus shipping and

 There are more than 10 million small businesses in the U.S. and Canada
 that as one-person operations could benefit from the all-in-one-box
 approach of Delrina's WinFax Scanner.  According to market research firm
 BIS Strategic Decisions, the market for sheetfed scanners is expected to
 reach 230,000 units in 1995 and grow by 50% per year for the foreseeable
 future.  Most users require a simple input device, like a sheetfed
 scanner, to scan in paper documents in order to send them out again by fax
 or e-mail.  By contrast, nine million fax modems shipped in 1994 and
 growth rates are predicted to be about 25% per year.

 "Many users are discovering the benefits of faxing from their PCs, as 
 evidenced by the significant growth in fax modem and fax software unit
 shipments," said Kristy Holch, director of Scanning Market Strategies at
 BIS.  "Delrina's new fax scanner builds on this market momentum through an
 innovative partnership with Fujitsu and the burgeoning awareness of WinFax
 PRO among PC users."  Since 1991, Delrina has shipped more than 10 million
 copies of WinFax and WinFax PRO.

 About Delrina
 Delrina  Corporation designs, develops, markets and supports innovative PC
 software  products and services in the fax, data and voice communications,
 electronic  forms,  and  consumer  software markets.  Founded in 1988, the
 Company  is  ranked  in sales among the top fifteen software publishers in
 North  America  and  is  recognized  as the worldwide leader in PC fax and
 forms.    Delrina employs more than 700 people with offices in Toronto and
 Ottawa,  Canada; San Jose, CA;Kirkland, WA; Washington, DC; Lexington, MA;
 the  United  Kingdom;  France;  and  Germany.  Delrina can be contacted at

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          Corporate Turnaround Points to Reorganization Success
       ATLANTA,  GA,  15  April  1995 -- Hayes Microcomputer Products,
 Inc.'s aggressive reorganization efforts have resulted in operating
 profits of approximately $1.5 million on sales of approximately $65
 million for second quarter of FY 1995. This is the second consecutive
 quarter the company has posted operating profits this fiscal year.
       "The cost reductions and operational improvements we have put in
 place are starting to take hold and are making Hayes stronger," says Hayes
 President and Founder Dennis C. Hayes. "The company has made great strides
 in strengthening its executive team, improving capacity and reducing
 supply constraints.  Clearly we are on track for a solid recovery."       

 Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc., which has been under Chapter 11
 Federal Bankruptcy protection since 15 November 1994, has experienced
 record sales levels during the past two quarters.  Bookings for the
 company set record levels and reached in excess of $74 million for the
 second quarter of FY 1995. Those results reflect a 34 percent increase in
 year-to-year total of unit shipments, and are in excess of 100 percent
 unit growth year-to-year for PCMCIA and high speed modems.
      Several changes in Hayes operations are playing a key role in the
 company's turnaround.  The  merger of Practical Peripherals, Inc. and
 Hayes Microcomputers Products, Inc. is complete and is starting to make a
 significant economic impact; inventories have been reduced by 22 percent,
 or $12 million dollars; and manufacturing improvements have allowed gross
 margins to be virtually restored to 1993 levels.
      Best known as the leader in microcomputer modems, Hayes develops,
 supplies and supports computer communications equipment and software for
 personal computers and computer communications networks.  The company
 distributes its products through a global network of authorized
 distributors, dealers, mass merchants, VARs, systems integrators and
 original equipment manufacturers.


   Supports speeds up to 230,400 bit/s with 8:1 Data Compression
      Atlanta, GA, 24 April 1995 -- Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc.
 today announced immediate availability of Hayes Quad ULTRA Smartmodem
 28800 (Quad ULTRA 288) Line Card for Hayes Millennium 8000 Network
 System.  Quad ULTRA 288 implements four modems per line card and a
 system capacity of 64 modems per chassis in Hayes Millennium 8000
 Network System.  Each modem provides high-speed dial-up communications
 at rates up to 230,400 bit/s - over a megabyte a minute - using 8:1 data
 compression.  Quad ULTRA 288 is now shipping in the United States and
 Canada for US$3599 and CN$4899.
      "The release of the Quad ULTRA 288 line card completes the scope of
 high-speed, high density communications devices," said Hayes President
 Dennis C. Hayes.  "The combination of V.34 technology and a high density
 network system allows information services and corporate LANs to provide
 the fastest dial-up communications available for remote node access,
 multimedia, shared modem pooling, and host computer access."
      Quad ULTRA 288 supports ITU-T V.34 and V.Fast Class (V.FC) for
 28,800 bit/s data transmission; ITU-T V.42 error-control; V.42bis data
 compression featuring Hayes superior implementation of 8:1 data
 compression for 230,400 bit/s.  The new quad cards are fully compatible
 with the installed base of V.34 and V.FC (28,800 bit/s), V.32bis (14,400
 bit/s), V.32 (9600 bit/s), V.22bis (2400 bit/s), and V.22 (1200 bit/s)
      Additional features include asynchronous and synchronous
 communications, Flash ROM for easy upgrading, "Hot Swap" capability for
 continuous services during system modifications and Remote
 Configuration, over the LAN, utilizing Hayes Millennium 8000 Control
 Station Software.
      Hayes Millennium 8000 Network System is a high-density rackmount
 modem platform for integrating local and wide-area data networks.  The
 Millennium 8000 Chassis serves as a versatile front-end platform that
 houses all system components including Modem Line Cards, Controller
 Cards and Connector Cards. Redundant Controller Cards provide complete
 system management and connectivity to an Ethernet local area network.
 Each chassis can integrate up to 16 Quad ULTRA 288 modem line cards for
 a maximum of 64 modems.  Multiple chassis' can be integrated into a
 single system for virtually unlimited line capacity.  All functions are
 managed from a remote PC connected to the LAN using Windows-based
 Control Station Software.
      Best known as the leader in microcomputer modems, Hayes develops,
 supplies and supports computer communications equipment and software for
 personal computers and computer communications networks.  The company
 distributes its products through a global network of authorized
 distributors, dealers, mass merchants, VARs, systems integrators and
 original equipment manufacturers.
 Hayes, Smartmodem, Millennium and ULTRA are trademarks of Hayes
 Microcomputer Products, Inc.  Other trademarks mentioned are
 trademarks of their respective companies.
 For additional information, customers should contact Hayes Sales
 Telephone                       Hayes Online BBS
 404/441-1617 (U.S.)             404/446-6336 (U.S.)
 519/746-6459 (Canada)           404/729-6525 (ISDN U.S.)
 +33 1 34 22 30 15 (France)      +44 1252 775599 (Europe)
 +44 1252 775544 (Europe)        +44 1252 812560 (ISDN Europe)
 +852 2887 1037 (Hong Kong)      +852 2887 7590 (Hong Kong)
 +61 2 959 5544 (Australia)      +61 2 959 5287 (Australia)
                                  GO HAYES (CompuServe Worldwide)

 Hayes is a  trademark of Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc.  Other
 trademarks mentioned are trademarks of their respective companies.


                                SCSI TIDBITS

 There are 2 handshaking modes on the SCSI bus, used for transferring data:
 ASYNCHRONOUS and SYNCHRONOUS. ASYNCHRONOUS is a classic Req/Ack handshake. 
 SYNCHRONOUS is "sort of" Req/Ack, only it allows you to issue multiple
 Req's before receiving Ack's. What this means in practice is that 
 SYNCHRONOUS transfers are approx 3 times faster than ASYNCHRONOUS.

 SCSI1 allowed asynchronous transfers at up to 1.5 Mbytes/Sec and
 synchronous transfers at up to 5.0 Mbytes/Sec.

 SCSI2 had some of the timing margins "shaved" in order that faster
 handshaking could occur. The result is that asynchronous transfers can run
 at up to 3.0 bytes/Sec and synchronous transfers at up to 10.0 Mbytes/Sec.
 The term "FAST" is generally applied to a SCSI device which can do
 syncrhonous transfers at speeds in excess of 5.0 Mbytes/Sec. This term can
 only be applied to SCSI2 devices since SCSI1 didn't have the timing
 margins that allow for FAST transfers.

 Differential SCSI:
 For each signal that needs to be sent across the bus, there exists a pair
 of wires to carry it.  The first in this pair carries the same type of
 signal the single-ended SCSI carries. The second in this pair, however,
 carries its logical inversion.  The receiver takes the difference of the
 pair (thus the name differential), which makes it less susceptible to
 noise and allows for greater cable length.

 Single-ended SCSI (normal SCSI):
 For each signal that needs to be sent across the bus, there exists a wire
 to carry it.

 Wide SCSI: 
 SCSI may now transfer data at bus widths of 16 and 32 bits. Commands,
 status, messages and arbitration are still 8 bits, and the B-Cable has 68
 pins for data bits. Cabling was a confusing issue in the closing days of
 SCSI-2, because the first project of SCSI-3 was the definition of a 16-bit
 wide P-Cable which supported 16-bit arbitration as well as 16-bit data
 transfers. Although SCSI-2 does not contain a definition of the P-Cable,
 it is quite possible that within the year, the P-Cable will be most
 popular non-SCSI-2 feature on SCSI-2 products. The market responds to what
 it wants, not the the arbitrary cutoffs of standards committees.

 Fast SCSI: 
 A 10 MHz transfer rate for SCSI came out of a joint effort with the IPI 
 (Intelligent Peripheral Interface) committee in ASC X3T9.3. Fast SCSI
 achieves 10 Megabytes/second on the A-Cable and with wider data paths of
 16- and 32-bits can rise to 20 Megabytes/second and even 40
 Megabytes/second. However, by the time the market starts demanding 40
 Megabytes/second it is likely that the effort to serialize the physical
 interface for SCSI-3 will attract high-performance SCSI users to the Fiber

 A word of caution. At this time the fast parameters cannot be met by the 
 Single Ended electrical class, and is only suitable for Differential. One
 of the goals in SCSI-3 is to identify the improvements needed to achieve
 10 MHz operation with Single Ended components.

 SCSI Termination: 
 The Single Ended electrical class depends on very tight termination 
 tolerances, but the passive 132 ohm termination defined in 1986 is
 mismatched with the cable impedance (typically below 100 ohms). Although
 not a problem at low speeds when only a few devices are connected,
 reflections can cause errors when transfer rates increase and/or more
 devices are added. In SCSI-2, an active terminator has been defined which
 lowers termination to 110 ohms and is a major boost to system integrity.

 Command Queueing: 
 In SCSI-1, initiators were limited to one command per LUN e.g. a disk
 drive. Now up to 256 commands can be outstanding to one LUN. The target is
 allowed to re-sequence the order of command execution to optimize seek
 motions. Queued commands require Tag messages which follow the Identify. 

 Asynchronous is faster on short cables, while synchronous is faster on
 long cables. The reason has to do with the propagation delay of the cable;
 the turn around time of the silicon; and the interlocked nature of the
 asynchronous handshake.

 1)  We have measured propagation delays from various cables and found an 
     average of 1.7 nanoseconds per foot, which is roughly 5.25 ns per
 2)  The turn-around time is the amount of time the SCSI chip takes to
     change an output in response to an input.  If REQ is an input then ACK 
     is an output.  Or if ACK is an input then REQ is an output.  Typical
     turn-around time for the 53C90 is 40 nanoseconds.  

 3)  The asynchronous transfer uses an interlocked handshake where a device 
     cannot do the next thing until it receives positive acknowledgment
     that the other device received the last thing.  

     First REQ goes true                        /* driven by Target */ 
     then ACK is permitted to go true           /* driven by Initiator */
     then REQ is permitted to go false  
     then ACK is permitted to go false  

 Thus we have four "edges" propagating down the cable plus 4 turn-around 
 delays.  Asynchronous transfer requires 55 ns setup and no hold time 
 (paragraph in in SCSI-1 or SCSI-2) which gives an upper speed 
 limit around 18 MB/s.  A detailed analysis shows that the setup time
 subtracts out.  This is mostly because we are running at one-third the max
 rate, but also because setup for the next byte can begin anytime after ACK
 is received true or REQ is received false, depending on who is receiving. 
 You can either take my word for it or draw the waveforms yourself.  Thus,
 the asynchronous transfer reduces to:

    (4 * 1.7 * 1) + (4 * 40ns) = 167 ns                /* 1 foot cable */
                               = 6 MB/s

    (4 * 5.25 * 6) + (4 * 40ns) = 286 ns               /* 6 meter cable */
                                = 3.5 MB/s

    (4 * 5.25 * 25) + (4 * 40ns) = 685 ns              /* 25 meter cable */
                                 = 1.5 MB/s            

 Note: cables longer than 6 meters require external differential
 transceivers which add delay and degrade the performance even more than
 indicated here.

 Our simulations say that under very best conditions (fast silicon, low 
 temperature, high voltage, zero length cable) we can expect more than 8
 MB/s asynchronously.  In the lab, I routinely measure 5 MB/s on 8 foot
 cables.  So, if you were writing the data manual for this, how would YOU
 spec it?

 The framers of the SCSI spec threw in synchronous mode to boost the 
 performance on long cables.  In synchronous mode, the sending device is 
 permitted to send the next byte without receiving acknowledgment that the 
 receiver actually received the last byte.  Kind of a ship and pray method. 

 The acknowledgment is required to come back sometime, but we just don't
 have to wait for it (handwave the offset stuff and the ending boundary

 In this mode any external transceivers add a time shift, but not a delay. 
 So if you negotiate for 5 MB/s, you get 5MB/s regardless how long the
 cable is and regardless whether you are single-ended or differential.  But
 you can't go faster than 5.5 MB/s, except in SCSI-2.  

 Synchronous mode does have a hold time (unlike asynch) but again, setup
 and hold times subtract out.  In SCSI-1 synchronous mode, the speed limit
 comes from the combined ASSERTION PERIOD + NEGATION PERIOD which is 
 90ns + 90ns = 180ns = 5.5 MB/s.  Our 53C90 family doesn't quite hit the
 max, but we do guarentee 5.0 MB/s.  In SCSI-2, anything above 5.0 MB/s is 
 considered to be FAST.  Here the maximum transfer rate is explicitly
 limited to 100 ns or 10MB/s; you don't have to read between the lines to
 deduce it.

 Interesting tid-bit: given a SCSI-2 FAST period of 100 ns and a cable
 delay of 131 ns on a 25 meter cable, you can actually stack 1.31 bytes in
 the 8-bit cable.  In FAST and WIDE SCSI you can stack 5.24 bytes in this
 copper FIFO.  

 Active Termination:
 An active terminator actually has one or more voltage regulators to
 produce the termination voltage, rather than using resistor voltage

 This is a passive terminator:

 TERMPWR     ------/\/\/\/------+------/\/\/\/-----  GND

                      SCSI signal

 Notice that the termination voltage is varies with the voltage on the
 TERMPWR line.  One voltage divider (two resistors) is used for each SCSI

 An active terminator looks more like this (supply filter caps omitted):

 TERMPWR   -----| in    out |------+------/\/\/\/-------SCSI signal
             |   gnd     |      |
             +-----------+      |
               |             +------/\/\/\/-------SCSI signal
               |             |
 GND  ---------------+             |
                       +------/\/\/\/-------SCSI signal

 Assuming that the TERMPWR voltage doesn't drop below the desired
 termination voltage (plus the regulator's minimum drop), the SCSI signals
 will always be terminated to the correct voltage level.

 The SCSI specification is available from:
    Global Engineering Documents
    15 Inverness Way East
    Englewood Co  80112-5704
    (800) 854-7179
    SCSI-1: X3.131-1986
    SCSI-2: X3.131-199x
    SCSI-3 X3T9.2/91-010R4 Working Draft

 Global Engineering Documentation in Irvine, CA (714)261-1455

    SCSI-1: Doc # X3.131-1986 from ANSI, 1430 Broadway, NY, NY 10018

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                           ATARI/JAG SECTION (III)
                            Dana Jacobson, Editor

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

      I try to spend a lot of time considering a good editorial topic
 for each of our weekly issues of STReport.  Sometimes, a topic will be
 so obvious that it makes life here very easy.  At other times, it's
 quite difficult.  And at times, my mind simply can't focus on anything
 in particular!  For the most part, the difficulty lies with the fact
 that Atari computing, in general, has shrunk.  New developments, while
 not always plentiful in the past, has certainly decreased in the
 present.  I know, tell you something you don't already know!

      What I'd like to do this week is solicit YOUR ideas, your
 opinions, and your concerns.  What would you like to see us cover in
 these pages?  What would you write in this editorial space if you had
 the opportunity?  Well, here's your chance to make your voices and
 opinions public.  Drop me a line with your questions, thoughts, or
 whatever concern that you might have - we'll put you in the editor's
 chair for a week!

      The world has become an arena for bad news lately.  It seems that
 every newspaper front page that we see everyday is full of the latest
 tragedy.  However, somewhere hidden in a back section is some joyous
 news.  Since this is the Atari section of STReport, let's report some
 terrific news.  There was a message posted on CompuServe this week from
 one of our friends from ACT, the organizers of the Connecticut
 AtariFest folks:

      Congratulations are in order for Brian Gockley @ ST Informer...and
 his lovely wife Angela. A few days ago (Tuesday, I think) Angela delivered
 their second child, David Andrew, an 8-pound, 6-ounce bundle of joy. If
 we don't see Brian in the Atari forums for a few days, I suspect he
 might be catching some shut-eye from a demanding evening schedule. Best
 wishes from a Gockley fan. Doug Finch

 Congratulations Angela and Brian, from your friends at STReport!!

 Until next time...


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 > Substation! STR GameFile!  -  New Falcon/STE game


 Story line

 In 1996, Mitushi Industries, a small Japanese industrial group, is
 researching alternative energy sources. What they come up with is so
 unbelievable it might just be possible.

 Three years later, Mitushi's 'IEE' (Inside Earth Energy) base Substation
 at 2500 meters below sea-level provides Japan's two largest cities with
 all their power needs.

 June 6th 2004, 11.15am: Contact with Substation is lost. In panic,
 Mitushi's Board of Directors pay the U.S. government an unknown amount
 of money to lease an 'M.E.M' (Multi-Environment Marine) to find out
 what has happened.

 SubStation is an incredible action game in which the player moves freely
 in an extremely fast real-time gouraud-shaded 3D world. The screen
 refresh rate for the 3D world alone is an amazing 25fps (frames per
 second) in a resolution of 320*160 using 3 bitplanes.

 The 3D system is a state of the art development solution written by
 Mikael Emtinger and Oskar Burman, and will make Substation one of the
 most technically advanced games ever to appear on the STE or Falcon.

 Substation runs on any  Atari STE 1Mb or Falcon with RGB or VGA monitor.
 Your character is controlled either using the keyboard or Jaguar
 PowerPad. You can run, walk, strafe, pick up items, choose between a
 great number of weapons, open doors, access elevators between the
 different sub-levels and even strafe, rotate, run and fire your gun at
 the same time, giving you total control of your actions!

 DD Audio
 To further increase the horrifying atmosphere in Substation, Tord
 Jansson (responsible for the amazing sound routines in Obsession)
 developed a special sound effect system called DD Audio
 (Distance & Direction) which enables you to hear where monsters are
 lurking. The combined effect of foggy colours and pit-pat of tiny
 monster feet from the far left will give you nightmares....

 By utilizing the link capabilities of Substation, you can play against
 other humans in special combat levels using the MIDI ports. Up to four
 players can take part in a game, either by forming two teams, or every
 man for himself... In MIDI-Link Mode you gain credits for which you can
 buy extra ammo, first-aid kits, food or new weaponry.

 Scheduled Release Date : May 1st 1995
 Price : 24.95GBP (UK)
                                          26.95GBP (Europe)
                                          29.95GBP (Rest of the World)

 Available from : MERLIN
                         PO Box 77
                         GL6 9YD
 Telephone : 01452 770133
 Fax:     01452 770133

     Credit Cards only. Cheques/Cash/Postal Orders must be sent.
     All Payment must be in Sterling.


 > Soft-Logik Support! STR InfoFile!  -  Tech Support Policy Update!



 Soft-Logik offers several levels of technical support to make getting
 help easy and accessible. You can choose the technical support option
 which best suits your needs. Technical support via telephone is available
 only for customers paying for support.

                       FREE BASIC SUPPORT SERVICES

 If you don't want to pay for technical support, Soft-Logik offers a
 variety of basic support services to answer your questions free of

                           FREE ONLINE SUPPORT

 We normally answer questions within 24 hours every business day on
 GEnie, CompuServe and the Soft-Logik BBS. (Good support is also
 available from a designated volunteer on Portal.) The latest program
 modules and patches are available online.

  GEnie:      type SOFTLOGIK
  CompuServe: type GO AMIGAVEN
  Portal:     type GO SOFTLOGIK
  BBS:        314-256-8971
  Internet:   comp.sys.amiga.applications (email

                            FREE MAIL SUPPORT

 Please include your name, address, registration number and full details
 of your problem when mailing or faxing us questions. We will MAIL you a
 reply as soon as possible; technical support cannot phone or fax you
 back. If you are in a hurry, please use a different technical support

  Fax:  314-256-7773
  Mail: Soft-Logik Support, 315 Consort Drive, St. Louis, MO 63011 USA

 PAID ANNUAL SUPPORT --- For those who always need someone to turn to.

 If you are a desktop publishing professional, you know how frustrating
 it can be to need an answer and not have anyone to turn to. With the
 Soft-Logik Annual Support plan, help will only be a toll-free phone
 call away. For a low annual charge, Soft-Logik Annual Support provides
 unlimited toll-free support for one user. It's like having your own
 consulting service on hand!

 Call 1-800-829-5816 toll-free for Paid Annual Support, 314-256-9595 if
 you live outside the United States or Canada.

 If all our representatives are busy, we'll call you back!

 Fax us your questions, we'll fax you answers --- fax 314-256-7773.

 An additional 25% discount off the price of new Soft-Logik releases.

 An additional 25% discount off the price of major updates. Free minor
 updates (3.0g, 3.0h...) sent automatically. $149 per year for each
 Soft-Logik application.

 PAID PER CALL SUPPORT --- For those who have the occasional question.

 Not everybody needs the benefits of the Annual Support plan, so it may
 be more cost-effective for you to pay whenever you need help. The fee
 per call is $15. If we solve your problem in less than 15 minutes, you
 can ask additional questions up to the 15 minute limit. If your problem
 takes longer than 15 minutes to solve, or if it requires follow-up calls,
 you'll still only be charged a single flat fee.

 Call 1-800-829-5816 toll-free for Paid Per Call Support, 314-256-9595
 if you live outside the United States or Canada.

 $15 per problem resolution; 15 minute maximum for multiple questions.

 VISA, MasterCard, Discover or American Express card required.

                        BEFORE YOU CALL FOR HELP

 1. Know your program version and registration number.

 2. Be prepared to discuss your computer system and program setup.

 We will not provide support to those who do not have their registration

                           QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

 Q. I received a defective disk. How do I get it replaced?

 A. Call sales at 1-800-829-8608 (314-256-9595) to request a free

 Q. I just have a quick question. Can I call for free help?

 A. No. Soft-Logik does not provide free telephone support. Most of our
 customers have chosen to use one of the online networks for convenient
 and affordable support. We highly recommend getting a modem and using
 our BBS, GEnie, CompuServe or the Internet. The Soft-Logik BBS and
 GEnie have the largest numbers of PageStream users.

 Q. I don't have a modem. What's the next best way to get free support?

 A. You should either mail or fax your questions to us. A written reply
 will be mailed to you as soon as possible.

 Q. I think I found a bug. Should I call to report it?

 A. No. The best way to report a problem with a Soft-Logik program is
 to mail or email us a detailed description of the problem.

 Q. Can I get technical support for any Soft-Logik product?

 A. Technical support is available for current Soft-Logik products.
 Support is not available for discontinued products or older versions
 of some programs. At this time, technical support is available for:
 PageStream 2.2-3.1; TypeSmith 2.0-2.5; Wordworth 3.1; Datastore 1.0;
 and Digita Organizer 1.0.

                             THE SMALL PRINT

 Soft-Logik Publishing will provide support as detailed here. Access to
 technical support services is restricted to registered users of
 Soft-Logik products. Your access to Soft-Logik technical support will
 be terminated if you sell your program. The Annual Support plan cannot
 be transferred to another user. If the Annual Support plan is terminated
 during the term of your service, your sole remedy will be a refund for
 the prorated portion of the annual fee for the remaining period. You are
 entitled to the resolution of one incident for the Per Call plan.
 Soft-Logik reserves the sole exclusive right to define the scope and
 resolution of the incident. In no event shall support for an incident
 exceed four weeks after the initial call. Soft-Logik makes no warranty
 or conditions of any kind, express, implied, or statutory, related to or
 arising in any way from technical support. In no event, shall
 Soft-Logik's liability exceed the amount received from you for the
 services you ordered. All prices subject to change without notice at
 Soft-Logik's discretion.

 Q. What happened to free telephone support?

 A. Soft-Logik has discontinued free telephone support due to the current
 state of the Amiga market. Free technical support is still available
 via online services such as GEnie, CompuServe, Portal and the Internet,
 as well as via mail.

 Q. I can't justify buying the Annual Support Plan, and I can't afford
 $25 for each tech call.

 A. We have lowered the price of the toll-free Per Call option from $25
 to $15 to help make paid technical support more affordable.

 Q. What is the single best way to get technical support now?

 A. There is no better way to get fast and affordable help than with a
 modem. GEnie and the Soft-Logik BBS are home to the largest groups of
 users of PageStream and other Soft-Logik programs.

 Q. I hadn't used the 90 days of free phone support I received with my
 program. Has it just evaporated?

 A. We regret that we have had to discontinue free phone support, but
 we hope to offer free support again when the Macintosh version of
 PageStream is available. Our records detail who did and did not use
 their free phone support for PageStream3 Amiga, so we will make the
 appropriate arrangements then.

 Q. Does this mean that Soft-Logik is going to follow other Amiga
 companies out of business?

 A. Definitely not. We wouldn't be investing so much money into Macintosh
 and Windows development if we were going to go out of business. But
 we have employees to pay and bills to meet, and Amiga sales are too low
 at this time to continue the luxury of free phone support.

 Q. So does this mean Amiga development will come to an end?

 A. Definitely not. PageStream for Macintosh, Windows and Amiga are all
 the same program. Aside from re-compiling the program and making some
 small platform specific changes, the only files that have to be
 rewritten are the libraries in your SoftLogik/Libs directory. The Amiga
 versions of the libraries have already been written---only the DTP code
 will see major changes from now on. So it would be silly for us to
 abandon the Amiga now when it is so easy for us to keep the Amiga
 version up to date.

 Q. You keep mentioning the Mac and Windows versions are coming. So tell
 us when.

 A. Forgive us for being a bit tight-lipped on this, but our release date
 prediction abilities are somewhat lacking. ;-) Having been burned a
 couple of times, we're reluctant to do it again. That being said, we
 believe the Macintosh version will be released in the fourth quarter of
 this year. The Windows version will not be done until after the
 Macintosh version, so the first half of 1996 is as specific as we want
 to get now. These dates are subject to change, but we're working as hard
 as we can.

 Q. Are you going to offer a discounted price for us Amiga and Atari

 A. Yes. You will be able to upgrade to PageStream for Macintosh or
 Windows from either the Amiga or Atari versions. The price will depend
 on which version of PageStream you own. PageStream3 Amiga owners will
 get the best price. PageStream2 (Amiga or Atari) owners will pay a
 slightly higher price, while PageStream1 owners will pay a bit more.
 We'll even have a discounted price for people who own other Soft-Logik
 programs but not PageStream, including Publishing Partner! We haven't
 decided on the suggested retail price for the Macintosh and Windows
 versions yet, so we can't tell you the upgrade prices now.

 Q. I have a Macintosh emulator for my Atari or Amiga. Will PageStream
 Mac run on it?

 A. PageStream for Macintosh will require at least System 7, so it won't
 run on the Atari Mac emulator. We don't know at this time if it will
 work on the Amiga Mac emulators, but using the native Amiga version
 would be better anyway, so it's a non-issue.

 Q. Back to the Amiga now. When are we going to see the final version of

 A. We're getting tired of updates too. 3.0h will be the next release
 and will see the completion of the remaining text attribute features
 such as hyphenation. If we have time, we'll work on text speed some
 more. The following release will concentrate on the remaining object
 features such as the Pen and Reshape tools. The version after that will
 be called 3.1 and will wrap up the remaining miscellaneous features and
 bug fixes. Version 3.1 will be mailed free of charge to all PageStream3
 owners. There will be some features missing from it that are in the
 manual, such as anchored objects, but it will essentially be the program
 you've been waiting for.

 Q. So we get 3.1 and then what? Is that it?

 A. Of course not. There will probably be a 3.1a. (There's always a dot
 something.) Other feature upgrades will follow, but we don't need to get
 that far ahead of ourselves now.

 Q. When Art Expression disappeared, you said something about replacing
 it with a PageStream3 module. What's up with that?

 A. It will be released later this year. The primary features that Art
 Expression had that PageStream3 lacks are text effects such as text on
 a curve. We plan to release a module that will add these features to
 PageStream. If you already own Art Expression, you will receive a
 discount on the price of this module.

 Q. I recently bought Wordworth. When is the Wordworth document loader
 module for PageStream3 going to be released?

 A. It will be released about the same time as PageStream3.0h, which
 will also have a much improved Wordworth text import/export filter.

 Q. Escom just bought the rights to Commodore's technology and plans to
 start making new Amiga computers soon. What does Soft-Logik think of

 A. Like you, we're very happy that the Amiga has found a new home, and
 are looking forward to more exciting Amiga development in the years
 ahead. We plan to continue improving PageStream and our other Amiga


 > Commodore Update! STR NewsFile! - Escom to Buy Commodore?

  . . By Dan Stets, The Philadelphia Inquirer  Knight-Ridder/Tribune
 Business News
 NEW YORK--Apr. 21--Escom AG, of Germany, picked up the assets of
 Commodore International Ltd. for the bargain-basement price of $6.6
 million at an auction here Thursday.
 About a half-dozen companies interested in Commodore's assets appeared
 at the auction, but only Escom and Dell Computer Co. submitted bids
 backed up by the required $1 million security deposit.
 Dell's bid was disqualified because the company attached some
 unspecified conditions.
 Escom president Manfred Schmitt said his company would resume
 manufacturing Amiga and other popular Commodore products and start
 making Apple- and IBM-compatible computers with the Commodore name for
 the European market.
 Schmitt said he would attempt to manufacture all of the traditional
 Commodore products, even the advanced Amiga 4000, in China. He said he
 planned to approach Motorola Co. about microprocessors for a new
 Commodore PowerPC, which would be similar to the PowerMac manufactured
 by Apple Computer Co.  This new PowerPC would likely be built in
 Escom has no plans to resume any of Commodore's American manufacturing
 operations. Commodore had its North American headquarters in West
 Chester, Pa.
 However, before Escom can launch its new strategy, the purchase must be
 approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York and the Supreme Court
 of the Bahamas, where bankrupt Commodore was incorporated.
 That approval is not yet certain since Commodore's creditors have not
 yet agreed to the sale price, and both IBM and the trustee for
 Commodore's assets in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the
 Philippines are objecting to the sale.
 Judge James L. Garrity Jr. has scheduled a hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy
 Court for Friday to consider the proposed sale to Escom as well as the
 objections.  Commodore's creditors are owed more than $100 million.
 Previous estimates of Commodore's auction value were as high as $20
 million, so the creditors are likely to have reservations about the
 Escom sale price.
 The auction, which was supposed to be the end of Commodore's bankruptcy
 saga, was a bizarre affair. A standing-room-only crowd of 65 people
 filled a conference room at the Midtown headquarters of Fullbright &
 Jaworski, the American law firm representing Commodore's Bahamian
 Almost half the group were lawyers. There were representatives of the
 creditors' committee and of two creditors, Prudential Insurance and
 Microsoft Co. Also on hand were representatives of a Chinese
 electronic-game company, New Star, as well as another Chinese company,
 Tietsin Trust & Investment Co., which is the parent firm of yet another
 game company.
 If its proposal is approved, Escom plans a joint venture with Tietsin
 to manufacture the traditional Commodore products at a factory near
 Also represented were several small American technology companies,
 including Computer Connection,of Stockton, Calif., which submitted a
 bid which was disqualified because the firm failed to include the
 required $1 million deposit.
 One attorney joked that never had he seen so many people show up for an
 auction prepared to pay so little.
 Schmitt said he was not surprised that Escom apparently had been able
 to acquire Commodore for such a low price. If the other companies had
 been willing to pay more, they would have signed a contract with the
 liquidators months ago.
 Another likely bidder, Creative Equipment International, of Miami,
 apparently teamed up with Dell in its unsuccessful bid. The managers of
 Commodore's United Kingdom team, who have been trying to buy
 Commodore's assets for months, withdrew before the bidding began.
 Dell was represented at the auctions by Dalton Kaye, the company's vice
 president and treasurer, who said after the auction that his company
 had not yet given up its attempt to buy Commodore.
 Kaye complained that Dell had become aware of the auction only two
 weeks ago and had nt yet had time to evaluate either the bid documents
 or Commodore's assets.
 Dell, of Austin, Texas, makes personal computers for businesses and
 individuals. In its latest fiscal year, which ended in January, sales
 rose 21 percent to $3.5 billion, and the company had a profit of $149
 million compared with a loss of $36 million the year before.
 Neither the amount of the Dell bid nor of the Computer Connection bid
 was made public. Kaye declined to specify what conditions Dell had
 attached to its bid.
 If Dell is really serious about pursuing Commodore, a shoot-out with
 Escom could prove interesting. Dell had sales last year of $3.4
 billion. Escom, which is the second largest computer company in
 Germany, had sales of about $1.1 billion.
 Escom will end up paying the Bahamian liquidators no more than $5
 million for Commodore's assets. The company already has paid the German
 bankruptcy trustee of Commodore's German subsidiary 2.2 million German
 marks, the equivalent of about $1.6 million for the right to use the
 Commodore logo in Germany.

                 -/- Escom AG Buys Commodore Assets -/-

     At a New York auction, Germany's Escom AG has bought the assets of
 the fallen Commodore International Ltd. for $6.6 million, described by
 The Philadelphia Inquirer as a "bargain-basement price."

     Inquirer reporter Dan Stets says some half-dozen companies
 interested in Commodore's assets appeared at the auction, "but only
 Escom and Dell Computer Co. submitted bids backed up by the required
 $1 million security deposit."

     Stets says Dell's bid was disqualified "because the company attached
 some unspecified conditions."

     After the auction, Escom President Manfred Schmitt told the paper
 his company will resume manufacturing Amiga and other Commodore products
 and start making Apple- and IBM-compatible computers with the Commodore
 name for the European market.

     He said the firm will attempt to manufacture all of the traditional
 Commodore products, even the advanced Amiga 4000, in China, adding, he
 plans to approach Motorola Inc. about microprocessors for a new Commodore
 PowerPC, to be similar to Apple's PowerMac but probably built in Europe.

     In fact, the Germany company says it has no plans to resume any of
 Commodore's American manufacturing operations. (Commodore had its North
 American headquarters in West Chester, Pa.)

     "However," writes Stet, "before Escom can launch its new strategy,
 the purchase must be approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York
 and the Supreme Court of the Bahamas, where bankrupt Commodore was
 incorporated. That approval is not yet certain since Commodore's
 creditors have not yet agreed to the sale price, and both IBM and the
 trustee for Commodore's assets in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom
 and the Philippines are objecting to the sale."

                      -/- New Comdex Show Added -/-

     Softbank Comdex says it has scheduled new computer industry trade
 shows for Britain and Quebec.  The Needham, Massachusetts-based company
 notes that the first annual Comdex/UK event will be held on April 23 to
 26, 1996 at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre in London. Comdex/Quebec
 will run from Oct. 8 to 10, 1996 at the Place Bonaventure in Montreal.

     Softbank Comdex already currently produces two Comdex events in
 Canada: Comdex/Canada, which will be held in Toronto this year on
 July 12 to 14, and Comdex/PacRim which will convene next year in
 Vancouver on Jan. 16 to 18. The 1996 London event will mark the entrance
 of Softbank Comdex into Britain and Europe. "The U.K. market is perceived
 by the industry to be important in its own right, and also useful as a key
 entry point into Europe," says Peter Shaw, Softbank Comdex's marketing
 vice president. 

     Softbank Comdex produces 19 information technology events in the
 U.S., Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Singapore and Britain.

                -/- Online Hoax Fools 'Dateline NBC'-/- 

     Television's "Dateline NBC" fell for an online hoax in reporting
 Friday night that Timothy McVeigh, a suspect in the Oklahoma City truck
 bombing, had described himself as a "Mad Bomber" in a file on a
 commercial computer network.  The show broadcast a report that a listing
 for "a Timothy McVeigh" on America Online contained the quote, "Let us
 take back the government ... or die trying. Boom."

     America Online released a statement yesterday saying the membership
 entry was created on Friday, after the suspect already had been in
 custody for two days.  AOL spokeswoman Pam McGraw told the Reuter News
 Service the account was later cancelled by the person who had created it,
 adding AOL members are allowed to create their own screen names, and that
 there is no verification process. "It is a violation of terms of service
 if a member is impersonating another person," she said.

     McGraw declined to say what action, if any, will be taken against
 the member who created the hoax profile. She declined to identify the
 person, but said AOL will cooperate if approached by the authorities
 with a court order.  Meanwhile, says Reuters, "On Saturday the AOL
 membership directory listed another Timothy McVeigh, from 'Gullible,
 U.S.A..' The personal quote in that profile? 'Don't believe everything you
 hear on NBC.'"

                 -/- Cops Get 135 Guns for Computers -/-

     In San Francisco, about 135 weapons were turned over to authorities
 yesterday in the police department's offer to swap computers for guns.  As
 reported earlier, the effort to hand out used computers to anyone turning
 in a working handgun, no questions asked, follows police programs that
 sought turned-in handguns for cash, guns for groceries and guns for
 concert tickets.

     Police Capt. Tim Hettrich told the Reuter News Service, "The goal
 was to get weapons off the street," adding that the plan would also
 reduce the potential for accidents at home.  The PCs were handed out to
 people who turned in a working handgun, shotgun or rifle at an event in
 San Francisco's Bayview District, where there have been many drive-by

     Hettrich says people turning in guns also will get three free
 computer training classes.  The exchange was developed by Hettrich,
 community leaders and the Computer Recycling Centre, a local group that
 recycles computers discarded by businesses.  The latter donated the
 IBM-compatible computers with monitors and keyboards. Computer training
 will be donated by the Black Chamber of Commerce.

                 -/- Kentucky Bulletin Board Raided -/-

     Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. report that U.S. Marshals in
 Lexington, Kentucky, raided one of the world's largest pirate bulletin
 boards (BBSes), Assassin's Guild, for distribution of copyright
 protected software.  According to the software publishers, Assassin's
 Guild is the worldwide headquarters for two large pirate groups, Pirates
 With an Attitude (PWA) and Razor 1911. The firms note that the board had
 been offering access to hundreds of pirated software programs to users
 throughout the U.S. and around the world.

     During the raid, U.S. Marshals seized over 13 computers, 11 modems,
 a satellite dish, 9GB of online data and over 40GB of offline data
 storage dating back to 1992, say the software makers. Marshals also
 seized the principal operator's business records, tax returns and asset

     "Bulletin board piracy is one of the fastest growing forms of
 software theft worldwide," says Bob Kruger, director of enforcement for
 the Business Software Alliance. "We're pleased with the increased effort
 by law enforcement agencies to help us eradicate this problem both in
 North America and around the globe."

     Both Microsoft and Novell are members of the BSA, an industry
 alliance formed to promote the growth of the software industry through
 public policy, education and enforcement initiatives.

                   -/- A Home Page in Every Home? -/-

      Is there an Internet "home page" in your future?  At this past week's
 Internet World show, it was bandied about that an estimated 5 million
 World Wide Web users now have created introductory home pages, and that
 the number doubles every 57 days, according to Computergram International.
   This prompted a PC Week staffer to figure that at that rate, there
 will be one Web site for every person in the world in four years.


                               JAGUAR SECTION

      - Hover Strike Review!
      - Pinball Fantasies!
      - E3 Video Offer!  More Catnips!
      - White Men Can't Jump!
      - And much more!

 > From the Editor's Controller  -  Playin' it like it is!

      I'm hoping to get some time to really get involved with a number
 of Jaguar games this weekend.  Time just doesn't seem to be something
 of an abundance.  I've been trying to finish up Cannon Fodder in order
 to get a review finished - somehow, I haven't been able to get past
 Level 5!!  We also have Pinball Fantasies on the way, so I hope to have
 a chance to test out my "crazy flipper fingers"!!!  I just love pinball
 games, having grown up with pinball machines as a favorite form of
 entertainment - long before video games became popular!
     We're going to be going through some re-evaluations here in the
 Jaguar section in the next few weeks.  As interest grows, and wanes,
 with the Jaguar - so does the support staff.  Some things that we've
 wanted to do from the beginning have fallen short of our goals.  However,
 there's some renewed interest from the online community to take part in
 what we're trying to accomplish here at STReport, and our Jaguar coverage. 
 So, we hope things progress smoothly and quickly.  You shouldn't see any
 disruption during this process.
     Well, there's plenty of news, information, and opinions for this
 week's issue - let's get to it!

      Until next time...


 > Jaguar Catalog STR InfoFile  -   What's currently available, what's
   """""""""""""""""""""""""""      coming out.

     Current Available Titles ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

     CAT #   TITLE                 MSRP      DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER

      J9000  Cybermorph           $59.99         Atari Corp.
      J9006  Evolution:Dino Dudes $49.99         Atari Corp.
      J9005  Raiden               $49.99     FABTEK, Inc/Atari Corp.
      J9001  Trevor McFur/
             Crescent Galaxy      $49.99         Atari Corp.
      J9010  Tempest 2000         $59.95     Llamasoft/Atari Corp.
      J9028  Wolfenstein 3D       $69.95       id/Atari Corp.
      JA100  Brutal Sports FtBall $69.95          Telegames
      J9008  Alien vs. Predator   $69.99     Rebellion/Atari Corp.
      J9029  Doom                 $69.99        id/Atari Corp.
      J9036  Dragon: Bruce Lee    $59.99         Atari Corp.
      J9003  Club Drive           $59.99         Atari Corp.
      J9007  Checkered Flag       $69.99         Atari Corp.
      J9012  Kasumi Ninja         $69.99         Atari Corp.
      J9042  Zool 2               $59.99         Atari Corp
      J9020  Bubsy                $49.99         Atari Corp
      J9026  Iron Soldier         $59.99         Atari Corp
      J9060  Val D'Isere Skiing   $59.99         Atari Corp.
             Cannon Fodder        $69.99          Virgin
             Syndicate            $69.99           Ocean
             Troy Aikman Ftball   $69.99          Williams
             Theme Park           $69.99           Ocean
             Sensible Soccer                      Telegames
             Double Dragon V      $59.99          Williams
     J9009E  Hover Strike         $59.99          Atari Corp.

      Available Soon ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      CAT #   TITLE               MSRP          DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER

              Pinball Fantasies   $ 59.95         Computer West
              Jaguar CD-ROM       $149.99             Atari

      Hardware and Peripherals ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

      CAT #   TITLE               MSRP          MANUFACTURER

      J8001  Jaguar (complete)   $189.99        Atari Corp.
      J8001  Jaguar (no cart)    $159.99        Atari Corp.
      J8904  Composite Cable     $19.95      
      J8901  Controller/Joypad   $24.95         Atari Corp.
      J8905  S-Video Cable       $19.95
             CatBox              $69.95         ICD

 > Jaguar Hover Strike STR Review  -  "Hover Strike" 
                          -= Available Now =-  

                             By Craig Harris

                    Published by: Atari Corp.
                           Price: $59.99

 Federation colonists are in trouble. A group known as the Terrakin
 Pirates have seized all control of the planet they inhabit, and the
 colonists are being killed to provide organic compounds for
 God-knows-what. We've *got* to get them out of there!

 There's a catch: The planet is well protected. Our armada doesn't stand
 a chance against their planet defenses. What we need to do is sneak
 through enemy lines and destroy these defenses bit-by-bit. And this is
 where you come in.

 You will pilot the effort's final hope, a top secret, all-terrain,
 heavily armored, heavily weaponed military vehicle known as a
 Hovertank. Your mission: to knock out strategically placed targets that
 prevent any kind of full-assault planet-wide strike.

 It's not going to be easy. The Terrakin Pirates will do anything and
 everything necessary to protect these "targets," which include hydraulic
 power plants, missile silos, underground bunkers, and radar dishes to
 name a few.

 Let's get moving, soldier. The entire effort is now up to you. Don't


 Hover Strike can be thought of as a low-riding Cybermorph, with all the
 quirks ironed out. You must pilot your Hovertank through 30 missions, 6
 missions per level, all with the basic idea: Destroy X (insert target
 here). Each of the 6 missions takes place on different terrain: Desert,
 Urban, Ice, Water, Volcanic, and the painfully annoying Unknown (Night)
 mission. Desert missions are generally flat with the occasional
 mountain thrown in; Urban missions are chock full o' buildings and
 streets to pilot through. Water missions make you drive your craft over
 wavy seas; Volcanic missions, VERY mountainous. Night missions? Well,
 aside from your plasma bursts lighting the way, visibility is nil; you
 won't know *what* the heck you're piloting over.

 You select your mission at the start of a new game, or at the end of a
 successful mission. During a mission, if you feel you're not quite ready
 for what's ahead, you can abort and jump back to the mission select

 Controlling the craft takes a little to get used to. The 'A' button is
 the accelerate button. Pushing it will give you a little boost forward.
 The longer you hold it, the faster you go. However, since the craft is
 a hovering vehicle, there's no friction to slow you down. Once you let
 go of the accelerate button, the inertia will push you in that
 direction, no matter what direction you spin yourself to face. Slowing
 and stopping the vehicle is accomplished by pressing and holding 'C',
 respectfully. Pushing left and right on the directional pad will spin
 you in that direction. Up and Down controls the vertical movement of
 your gun turrets, which essentially move your gun sight up and down.

 Once you get used to the controls, you'll find the best way of steering
 the craft is by boosting and braking, boosting and braking, turning the
 vehicle during the stops. Remember, you're piloting a hovercraft. If
 you don't have enough inertia to get over hills, you'll start moving in
 the direction of the slope. Give hard boosts of power to get over them.
 Button 'B' fires your main gun: a plasma ball. The top row of the keypad
 (as well as the Option button) give access to your secondary weapons:
 standard and guided missiles, mortars (movement-triggered grenades), and,
 for those annoying Night missions, flares.

 The hovertank's "dashboard" displays how much shields and energy it has,
 the active secondary weapon, the enemy target selected, and the radar
 (which doubles as a compass). You can also push a button on the keypad you
 jump out of the cockpit and view a smaller, external shot of the tank.
 (I find this external view completely useless; even though you can
 adjust the camera view closer, further, and totally around your
 vehicle, the angle is too low to be of any help. If you zoom back, the
 distant scenery fades out of sight. Zooming in will *really* reduce
 your field of view.)

 Even though you should be watching where you drive, you really
 shouldn't worry about getting hurt by riding around like a maniac. Like
 the acid pools in AVP, any damage from hard jumps and bumps are
 minimal.  Actually, due to you're half-assed deployment into enemy
 grounds, you take damage at the beginning of every mission. (I'm sure
 the designer(s) took flak from testers/reviewers in regards to this
 "feature," but I think it adds realism to a non-existent war vehicle).
 Your main focus of shield depletion should be directed toward enemy
 fire. They'll come at you from all sides throwing laser bolts, plasma
 shots, missiles...pretty much any projectile in lethal form.

 These enemies include different kinds of "Floaters," each with their own
 attacking strategy. Some Floaters offer paydirt when destroyed (shields,
 weapons, energy), while others just explode when shot. Turrets and tanks
 are also out for blood. Magnetic mines will seek and destroy your craft
 in some missions, too.

 Once you're shields and/or energy reserves have been depleted, you get
 an outside view of your craft biting the dust. If you have any crafts
 in reserve (you start out with 3), you must start the current mission
 over again. Go through all your lives, and you're treated to a
 spectacular cinema of your air-assault fleet getting annihilated. Finish
 the mission intact, and view your transport ship lifting you off to
 another mission.


 Graphically, the game boasts 100% texture-mapped 3D surfaces and enemies.
 Even the fuel pods are solid objects. But this graphic detail does come
 at a cost: the game has a slightly low frame-rate. You'll get used to
 the choppiness of the game, but the screen update will annoy you when
 you're stuck between a rock and an enemy, and you can't figure out
 where he is.

 The textures are beautiful, though. Rocky surfaces look as they should,
 water waves up-and-down, and the metallic, futuristic cities are dead-on.
 There are even snow-peaked mountains lining the horizon in the Ice
 missions. During Night Missions, firing your plasma gun will light up
 cavers and enemies as it travels out of view.

 And, as a retaliation to all those Cybermorph complainers, scenery fades
 into the foreground. Nice touch.

 Sound is another story. While music in some levels fit the atmosphere,
 others are just downright annoying. The music and sounds have a high
 -pitched whine to them that might give some people headaches. All sound
 f/x are of standard, generic flair. The only outstanding part about the
 sound is the sexy female computer voice. And they didn't attempt to try
 and graphically represent her, either (read: Skylar).

 Most of the landscapes are large and thought out well. And they have
 limits, too; none of this Cybermorph "'round the world in 4 seconds"
 crud. I just wish the boundaries were higher and less tempting to


 At the start of a new game, you can select one of three difficulty
 levels: Easy, Medium, and Hard. The higher the selection, the higher
 amount of enemies per level. You can also decide to save your game
 during the mission select screen. Saving your game will store your
 score, missions completed, and hovertanks left in reserve.
 Unfortunately, the cartridge only has one saved game slot...and the
 program doesn't warn you when you save over it.

 The programmers also threw in a two-player cooperative mode. If you have
 two Jaguar pads plugged in, Player Two can simply jump in and control
 the weaponry whenever he/she wants. Button B fires the turret, Button
 A cycles through the secondary weapons, and Button C launches it. But
 this two-player mode doesn't lock out Player One's ability to control
 weapons. The one benefit to the Two Player Coop mode is that Player Two
 can move the turret all over the view screen, not just up and down.


 With the release of Hover Strike, Atari seems to be doing something
 right. After a string of ported softs that don't even make the system
 break a sweat, it's great to see that *some* programmers are taking
 the initiative to create games that take advantage of the hardware.
 While Hover Strike isn't the perfect 3D "go anywhere game," it's a step
 in the right direction.

                        Graphics:               8.0
                        Sound FX/Music:         6.5
                        Control:                8.0
                        Manual:                 9.5
                        Entertainment:          7.5

                        Reviewer's Overall:     8.0

 Gameplay tips:

 1) READ THE MANUAL. Even though you can eventually figure out the
 controls, they are explained well in the book.

 2) LEAVE THE NIGHT MISSIONS ALONE. Don't touch 'em until you have to.
 They look cool, but are DEADLY. Save your lives and SAVE YOUR GAME
 before going to these annoying levels.

 3) LEARN TO SIDESTEP. Especially in the Urban areas, you can take out
 enemies hiding in cubby's by sliding left and right. Plus the fact that
 it's harder for missiles to hit you when you're moving parallel to the

 4) TAKE TANKS HEAD-ON. You can shoot down their missiles before they even
 get out of the tube.

 5) WATCH YOUR RADAR. Sometimes you won't know what's hitting you. Watch
 your radar. It even shows projectiles...follow those moving blips to
 their source and lock-on.

 6) ALWAYS LOCK-ON TO A TARGET. Use it as a guide, red shows up better
 than green on the radar.

 dropped into a mission, you'll be in motion due to the inertia. Stop
 and get a good look at the surroundings before venturing forward.

 > Jaguar Online STR InfoFile         Online Users Growl & Purr!

                CATnips... Jaguar tidbits from Don Thomas

 E3 (Electronics Entertainment Exposition) is fast approaching and
 exciting things are on their way.

 "Hover Strike".... It's shipping NOW! In stores by Monday or Tuesday,
 June 24 or 25. I purchased a copy Friday and played it several hours
 to offer an early report...

 "Hover Strike" is what you get when you combine the virtual surrealism
 of "Cybermorph", the strategic mission-by-mission approach of "Iron
 Soldier", the high-impact visuals of "Val D'Isere Skiing and
 Snowboarding", the true-to-life virtual aspects of "Doom", the audio
 presence of "Tempest 2000" and the 64-bit power of the Atari Jaguar
 64-bit game system. Oh, I almost forgot, you have to add the fun
 factor... you know, the most important ingredient Atari strives for in
 all games... If you had fun playing "BattleZone", "Robot Tank" and
 "BallBlazer" in the eight-bit days, well welcome to "Hover Strike" and
 a major step into the next century.

 Lately, I've been playing the Jaguar on my SC1224 RGB monitor and with
 stereo headphones. I cannot imagine playing "Hover Strike" any other
 way. The enemy approaches with aggressive ambience and attacks from the
 sides that you hear it coming from. The soundtrack grabs you and
 enhances the experience.

 "Hover Strike" is a hovering armored war vehicle of the future. It is
 equipped with advanced weapons and sufficient force field technology.
 You pilot the hovercraft over a great many different terrains, find
 fuel and supplies and encounter relentless enemy crafts. There are
 three initial skill levels and there is "Save Game" feature as well as
 a high score screen. The game commences with a story line and ends with
 a cool animated sequence.

 Your A button propels the craft in the direction you are facing. The
 control pad allows you to change the direction you're facing. If you
 head and one direction, then turn, you will maintain the previous
 course heading and watch the landscape pass beneath and in front of
 you until you hit the A button again and begin to push the craft into
 whatever new direction you are heading. Obstacles in the terrain affect
 maneuvering and hits taken from enemy fire push you away from the point
 of impact. The more you play "Hover Strike" the more you appreciate the
 level of realism that was added to simulate the experience of piloting
 the craft. Just like Cybermorph, "Hover Strike" allows full access to
 the virtual world. "Hover Strike" offers many more complexities,
 however, in visual impact, sound, animation and strategic play.

 The C button slows and stops the vehicle. The B button is your cannon.
 There are radar and missile options outlined by the keyboard overlay
 provided with the game.

 I only had the opportunity to complete the first series of missions so
 I know there is a lot more to see and do. I did not uncover any secrets,
 but knowing those Atari developers, they're there. I do not know how
 much variety there is to the soundtrack. Everything I heard was
 fantastic, but there were only a few selections. There may be more I'll
 hear as I improve and advance to different levels. The sound effects
 are awesome.

 I think the craft responds exactly as it should (no Checkered Flag
 steering debates on this one <g>). It does seem to keep an exact
 distance from the ground, however. There are a few times you'd expect
 a slight bounce up and down at one side or on the whole vehicle and
 there is no bounce, but that can be explained by extremely effective
 "anti-grav units".

 The suggested retail on "Hover Strike" is $59.99. It is a one or two
 player (cooperative play) game and published by Atari Corporation.

 I know a lot of people like to know what the box description is so here

                            "THE ULTIMATE WAR
                             MACHINE IS HERE!

 You fear the worst for the missing colonists. Terrakian Pirates have
 taken over the distant planet, with their deadly machines patrolling
 every section of the surface.

 The Federation has chosen you to launch a preemptive strike. Your
 vehicle is a state-of-the-art armored hovercraft, equipped with rapid
 fire cannon and powerful missiles. Anti-grav units enable it to float
 over any terrain. Battle through 30 fully texture-mapped 3D levels,
 including Night Vision missions. Knock out key targets and make way
 for the Federation armada. Save the colony before it's too late!

 HOVER STRIKE is a trademark of Atari Corporation. (c)1995 Atari
 Corporation. Atari, the Atari logo and Jaguar are trademarks or
 registered trademarks of Atari Corporation. All rights reserved. This
 software is authorized by Atari for use with the Jaguar 64-bit
 Interactive Multimedia System. Made in the U.S. of domestic and
 imported components. J9009E

     *~* ------------------------------------------------------ *~*

 Trivia: The "E" on the Atari Jaguar model numbers on software
 ("J9009E") stands for "Everywhere". That indicates that the packaging
 includes multi-lingual materials.

     *~* ------------------------------------------------------ *~*

 Jaguar Journal is now available on CompuServe. Here is the contents of
 the April issue.

      April 1995 - Jaguar Journal - Cat's Club Publication
             * Theme Park  * Troy Aikman NFL Football
        Quick Reviews: * Double Dragon V   * Sensible Soccer
              Special: * Kasumi Ninja Move Guide
                 Press Releases, Conference Report
                 Poll: Your 5 Most Wanted Games

      Jaguar Journal is published by Jeffrey Norwood, a Jag
      owner and an avid Atari follower since 1983.

 Atari Explorer Online is expected to release their next issue late on
 Monday night (April 24). Look for the new issue or recent back issues
 on GEnie, CompuServe, Delphi, CATscan as well as prominent BBS and WWW
 pages worldwide.

 The most recent issue of Silicon Times Report has just been released
 (April 21). Look for the new issue or recent back issues on CompuServe,
 Delphi, GEnie, CATscan as well as prominent BBS and WWW pages worldwide.
 Silicon Times Report includes industry news and a comprehensive section
 on the Atari Jaguar.

     *~* ------------------------------------------------------ *~*

 CATscan UPdate...

 You may or may not recall that CATscan has had the benefit of a
 software upgrade. Consequently some of the popular features were
 temporarily lost until I could make time to rewrite new scripts.

 Effective immediately, the T-shirt Lottery and Dealer Referral services
 are back on line. The Lottery allows you to pick four digits and see
 if you can have them match a random draw. This feature is limited to
 one time each day; first call only. To play the Lottery, press P from
 the Welcome Menu as you enter the system.

 The Dealer Referral feature enables onliners to locate a Jaguar
 retailer nearest them 24-hours a day. This includes Canada and mail
 order lists. It is impossible to offer a complete list because so many
 retailers purchase their products through independent distributors, BUT
 this offers hundreds and hundreds of suggestions and the list is
 updated regularly. Dealer lists are viewed through an easy menu
 selection process to enable users to get a list of the ones in their
 state. To access the Dealer Referral system, press D from the Welcome
 Menu or N (for Nearest Dealer) from the Main Menu.

 Although the structured order system is still under construction, those
 wishing to order Tempest 2000 Soundtracks, posters, videos, Jaguar
 software or Lynx software can do so by sending private E-Mail to the

 It appears that CATscan is now working at high speeds. I will know if
 this is functioning properly as more people provide feedback. So far
 it seems flawless.

 Other features planned for CATscan as soon as possible are a glossary
 of Jaguar terms, on call game descriptions and more.

 As always, expect the latest online magazines, public access tips and
 reviews, sample screens and sounds for downloading. Or interact with
 enthusiasts in the message areas.

 Joining CATscan is free. The only costs are long distance charges. To
 access CATscan, dial 209/239-1552 any time day or night. If you get a
 busy signal, please try back. Users are limited to 20 minutes (most
 downloads are not timed).

 Please Note that CATscan is not an official or licensed site of Atari
 Corporation. Atari is not responsible for its operation or content.

     *~* ------------------------------------------------------ *~*

 I know everyone is asking for updates on the CD-ROM. An official
 document I received last week indicated that the CD will be available
 in mid-summer along with a healthy selection of CD titles. Yes, we all
 know everyone wishes it was already released and we do monitor the
 supportive demand for this product. The change from our first quarter
 tentative release to mid summer is strictly based on making certain we
 are prepared for proper release along with ample software.

     *~* ------------------------------------------------------ *~*

 This has been a bit longer CATnips than usual and I apologize for its
 verbosity. I hope everyone had a great Holiday last week. Thanks for
 supporting the 64-bit Jaguar system.

  --Don Thomas
    Atari Corporation

                            ** END OF FILE **


 > Pinball Fantasies! STR JagUpdate!  -  PF in Production!

 Sb: Pinball Fantasies
 Fm: Peter Curry 75373,2203
 To: All

 Pinball Fantasies entered manufacturing last Friday.

 We are looking at a street date of June 9 (Friday).

 SRP $59.95

 If you have questions you can E-Mail me here or call me directly
 at (805)543-8197 / Fax (805)549-0549.

 Peter Curry
 Computer West

                     "White Men Can't Jump" Preview!

 Sb: #Preview 
 Fm: Laury Scott [ATARI] 75300,2631
 To: All

 Since it is Friday and the weather is nice I just thought I would give
 you all a little 'preview of coming attractions'.  I walked past one of
 the offices today and watched 4 people playing White Men Can't Jump
 using the Jaguar (look for a summer release) 4 player adaptor.

 That's right - 4 people playing together on one TV - one player
 controlling each of the players.

 From the shouting and excitement coming from that office it looks HOT.


 Comments regarding last week's game preview video, from CompuServe":

 Sb: #77404-#Game Previews-Long Post
 Fm: Darryl Still Atari Europ 75300,2632
 To: Larry Tipton 74127,601 (X)

 Thanks for posting this. As the person who put the video together I'd
 like to post back a few comments/explanations and clear up a couple of

 Firstly the sound on Primal Rage. this was recorded externally through
 an arcade cabinet. there is no sound in the Jag version yet.

 Blue Lightning was recorded from the developers kit. using a version
 of the game which was far from complete. Expect major improvements.

 Highlander was also a very early version. We did receive a later, better
 version for ECTS, bit too late for the video shoot.

 The Demolition man on the tape was a direct port of the 3D0 version.
 The finished Jag game will not have such large borders.

 Varuna's Forces. We also received a more advanced show version after
 the shoot I expect big things from this game as it looks a lot of
 strategic fun, with a nice arcade balance. With respect to the pauses,
 this was due to video hardware problems and did not occur when the CD
 was run unconnected to the editing suite we used. They were glitches
 that will not occur when you play the game!

 F1 - An early version. T-mapping to be added for the CD.

 Rayman - We used existing Beta, but there is a much later version which
 looks just great.

 Ultra Vortex. The date on the tape was conservative and is likely to be
 wrong. I hope you will see UV a lot earlier than September. It has not
 slipped again.

 White Men Can't Jump. Again quite early, but shows the style well and
 the "street speech" already a lot of fun to play muthas....whoops the
 influence is rubbing off      8-)

 Super Kart. Extremely early footage

 FFL. the Fight for Life shown was to illustrate how well the texture
 mapping worked. There was 2 main problems. a) the version shown only
 had a selection of the 40 moves per character implemented. b) the sucker
 playing could only use a couple of that selection whilst handling the
 pad! I am not good at beat 'em ups and apologise.

 Finally to clarify, the tape was not produced as a dealer tape, it was
 produced as a looped demonstration for the Atari stand at ECTS.



 Sb: #77444-Game Previews-Long Post
 Fm: SYSOP*Jeff Kovach 74777,3071
 To: Darryl Still Atari Europ 75300,2632


  > Ultra Vortex. The date on the tape was conservative and is likely to
  > be wrong I hope you will see UV a lot earlier than September. It has
  > not slipped again

    The person who wrote the original message on the net has acknowledged
 that he made an error, and the date on the tape for this game was May.
 Just thought I'd clarify that for our members and your peace of mind :).


 User Reaction to the latest JagCD delay, from CompuServe:

 Sb: #77566-Jag CD due in August
 Fm: Gil Gulick 76347,110
 To: Dana P. Jacobson 71051,3327 (X)

 Oh, well.  Looks like I won't be buying a JagCD after all.  August is
 just too close Saturnday September 2nd.

 I'm sorry, but I am beginning to believe that Atari has been
 INTENTIONALLY deceiving us.  I don't see how they could possibly be as
 far off on the release dates as they have been recently.  I have
 recommended the Jaguar to friends in the past (after all the CD is only
 going to be $150 and it will be available very soon), but I can no
 longer do so.  I will have to recommend that they wait until the
 next-generation systems are available.

 I used to honestly think the Jaguar had a serious chance of being
 moderately successful.  I now seriously doubt it.

 Remember, "50 titles by Christmas" then "50 Titles by Summer".  There
 is ABSOLUTELY NO EXCUSE FOR THIS, ATARI!  Nearly all Jag titles have
 been six months behind schedule!  If this were a few titles, I could
 understand it.

 Sorry guys, but I am just VERY angry right now.

 I think we deserve an answer from Atari.  I think Atari has always
 heavily relied on word of mouth advertising.  Well, right now, that is
 what they should fear most.


      //// Subspace Publishers Announce Dual E3 Videotape Projects

 Subspace Publishers are pleased to announce two new NTSC videotape
 projects - "AEO at E3 '95" and "E3 1995: NextGen Debuts" - to bring to
 you the best video coverage of the video gaming industry's showings at
 May's Electronic Entertainment Exposition (E3) in Los Angeles.

 Last summer, hundreds of orders were filled for our "AEO at SCES"
 video featuring exclusive interviews with Atari notables, and direct
 video and audio feeds from over 20 Jaguar games. Customers were
 uniformly pleased at what a direct-from-the-floor videotape brought
 them, and Subspace Publishers hope to have lightning strike once
 again, this time not only for Jaguar fans, but for owners of/those
 interested in offerings for Nintendo, Sega, Sony and 3DO consoles

 Christian Svensson and Jim Marsteller both have their bookings set to
 attend, and will provide the on-floor talent, shooting on S-VHS. Mark
 Santora (Subspace Publishers' own DGA applicant) will professionally
 edit the videos on S-VHS or 3/4 inch tape, and all VHS videotapes will
 be commercially duplicated.

 Turnaround time will be kept to a minimum. The E3 show will take place
 May 11-13th, and after editing and duplication, Subspace Publishers
 hope to begin shipping orders by May 29th.

 //// AEO at E3 '95

 The AEO video will focus on interviews with personalities and
 exposure for games for the Atari Jaguar 64-bit Interactive Multimedia
 System. Every effort will be made to obtain direct audio/video feeds
 from floor Jaguar machines of as many games as possible. AEO has
 always been regarded as the best source of information on the Atari
 Jaguar, both online and off, and we hope to maintain that standing
 with this planned two-hour video.

 //// E3 1995: NextGen Debuts

 But there's more going on at this expo. Nintendo, Sega and Sony are
 all expected to debut their next generation video game consoles here,
 and 3DO may have a few surprises as well. This two-hour video will
 focus on the titles shown on these platforms, as well as a more
 general look at E3 itself.

 There will be very little crossover between the two videos, perhaps
 five minutes worth on each.

 Here are the videotape ordering details. If you have any questions,
 please write:

 --Travis Guy
   Subspace Publishers

 //// Pricing

 Either video can be ordered at a special pre-show price of $15.00 US,
 plus shipping. All videotape orders postmarked on or after May 11,
 1995 will be for the regular price of $20.00 US, plus shipping.

 Only personal checks drawn on U.S. banks in U.S. currency; cashiers
 checks drawn from U.S. or large international banks in U.S. currency;
 or money orders payable in U.S. currency (Preferred!), will be
 accepted. Make all instruments of payment payable to Travis Guy, and
 send them to:

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 > ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine          The wires are a hummin'!
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 Joe Mirando
 CIS ID: 73637,2262

 Hidi ho friends and neighbors.  Another week has come and gone with its
 own special combination of fun, info, news and all the other things that
 make our lives interesting.
 Early this week a good friend of mine sent me a fax labeled "URGENT".
 Now, I don't remember ever having gotten a fax from this friend before,
 so I quickly grabbed the flimsy paper as soon as the fax had been fully
 "VIRUS ALERT! VIRUS ALERT" was what struck my eye first.  It seems that
 someone reported a new virus that could be transferred not by programs
 as normal viruses are, but by e-mail.  Simply reading a message that was
 titled GOOD TIMES could wipe out your hard drive.  And if that wasn't
 bad enough, it would also make sure that copies of itself also got sent
 out to anyone in your online address book.
 I chuckled a bit because I had heard the same rumor almost a year ago.
 That one turned out to be either a hoax or a false alarm, just as this
 one will.  Current computer wisdom holds that a virus must be
 transmitted via a program because instructions need to be carried out,
 memory addressed, and peripherals accessed.  Simply reading a text file
 cannot transmit a virus.  The process simply lacks the elements
 necessary for a virus to 'do its stuff'.
 Well that, as I said, is the _current_ wisdom.  Who knows what the
 future will bring.  It may well be possible to transfer a virus in this
 way... in the future.  Back in my early days of computer usage, I was
 told by my professor that there was no way to change the portions of the
 operating system that were in ROM in our Apple ][+'s.
 I've never been one to take statements like that at face value, so I
 thought about it for a while.  Let's see... first, we should copy the ROM
 portions of code into RAM.  Tricky, but do-able.  Now all I had to do was
 substitute some of my codes for the originals and tell the rest of the
 operating system to look at the RAM copy instead of the ROM copy.  Well,
 that wasn't so hard after all.  The problem was that one of my codes
 caused the machine to 'tick' the built-in speaker repeatedly so that it
 sounded like a canary with the hiccups.  After a long night of trying to
 nail down the problem, I decided to hang it up until the following day.
 I turned off the light to the computer lab and started off for my dorm
 room.  On the way out of the building I met up with my professor and
 exchanged greetings.  I was about half way to my dorm when I realized
 that I had not re-booted the computer... my 'version' was still
 running.  If the professor tried to print anything out, the feathered
 bug, as I later named it, would fill the computer lab with its
 monotonous song.
 I raced back to the lab and entered just as the professor hit the enter
 key and tried to print out a classroom notice.  Damn!  Too late.  He
 heard me panting from my race against time and turned.  Then he heard
 the chirp and, without skipping a beat, yelled "What in the hell did you
 I explained, as I removed his floppy and re-booted the system, that I
 didn't believe that there was anything that _couldn't_ be done with a
 computer and so had 'messed' with the operating system.
 Once I explained what I had done he relaxed a bit and even offered to
 help me hunt down the bug.  I don't remember if we ever found it or not,
 but from that day on, every time there was a computer glitch, he would
 look at me and ask "Any special projects running today, Joe"?
 The moral of the story is ...
 Never say never.
 Well, let's get on with the reason for this column... all the great
 news, hints, tips, and info available every week right here on

 From the Atari Computing Forums
 On the subject of noisy hard drives and cooling fans, Carl Katz posts:

   "...I have been thinking about mounting my hard drive under my computer
   table station, which would definitely cut down on fan noise which
   intrudes on the high frequency range. Whenever I am doing crucial work
   such as mixing, I don 't even turn on my hard drive and use my floppy
   drive since once my sequencing is finished I don't need the speed of my

 Frank Heller tells Carl:

   "I guess I can deal with the minimal fan noise that comes out of the
   NuDesign 1.2gig HD in my control room. It was the indamnible noise from
   the Falcon that almost drove me looney. That turned out to be both the
   80meg internal HD and the fan. I removed them both. That led to an
   interesting discovery: You can't format or partition an external HD
   without the internal HD's presence>>>UNLESS<<< you instal ICD's
   ICDBOOT.PRG (v6.5.2 I think). Then, you can have an external HD without
   the accursedly noisy IDE internal drive. If you use Cubase Audio
   Falcon, this software is an ABSOLUTE must. It solves a lot of problems
   TOS4.04 causes for HD audio recording."

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine tells Frank:

   "The most current version of ICD software is 6.5.5."

 Chris Roth asks Albert:

   "Does the current version of ICD software still create
   AHDI-incompatible partitions?
   If yes, there are other, at least as fast and reliable hard

 Frank Heller asks Chris:

   " you've got me curious. What is an ADHI-incompatable
   partition? Once I've formatted partitions with ICD...I am actually able
   to use HD's larger than 1gig and partitions larger than 256meg. For CAF
   use...this is wonderful. With AHDI/HDX you can't. I threw those crappy
   little utilities out of my system over a year ago and haven't looked
   back since. (I see I've typo'd AHDI in my second's been so long since I used it that I've
   forgotten how to spell it.)"

 Simon Churchill tells us:

   "To those who may be interested.  8-)
   A compatable 'AHDI' partition is simply thus:

   (X Bytes logical sector = 1 sector) * 32768   (Doubled if TOS =>1.4)
    Where 'X' is 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, 8192.
   Ok it's a bit thin I know but the basic idea when the AHDI was first
   used was each sector equaled 512 Bytes.  TOS'es blow 1.4 could use
   32768 sectors which meant a partition size of 16Meg.   TOS's 1.4 and
   above has this figure doubled and can use 32Meg partition's.
   A compatable AHDI formated drive MUST have the first partition
   formated as a normal GEM type which is 16Meg (or less) or 32Meg (or
   less) dependent on TOS used.  The following partitions are normaly
   called BGM partition and can be up to 16 times larger. That is insead
   ofusing 512 Byte sector's, X byte logical sectors are assigned to each
   So we still have 32768 sector's (TOS <1.4), (Double for TOS =>1.4) but
   the logical sector can be 512, 1024, 2048, 4096 or a maximum of 8192
   Bytes in length.  That mean's we have 32768 sector's each up to a
   maximum of 8192 Bytes making a maximum sized AHDI compatable partition
   of 256Meg. (512Meg for TOS=>1.4)
   And giving on a suitably sized drive(s) a maximum of 3.5Giga Bytes for
   TOS <1.4 and 7Giga Bytes for TOS =>1.4.   8-)
   Now how's about that for some starage space!
   This compatability gives a maximum of 16 times partition size over the
   original AHDI system and is still backward's compatable.  I have a
   270Meg drive in my towered system (STFM) and I have set it up as
    C: About 14Meg (GEM)
    D:-K: 32Meg (BGM's)
   The reason for this is I have TOS 1.2 and 2.06 in the tower and
   require the back compatability for some rograms which don't like TOS
   So I am using 8 partitions and each is using 1024 Byte Logical
   Sector's with 32768 actual sector's (Compatability for TOS 1.2) giving
   me 32Meg partition's.
   Each has been assigned to a different type of program. EG
  C: is for boot and utils.
  D: is for WP
  E: is for DTP
  F: is for something that I can't remember.  Could be STOS
  G: - J: are for music art sampling and games.
  K: is reserved empty at all times for odd commpressions, decompressions,
     Partition to partition copying and somewere safe to save a file IF
     the Partition it would normaly go in get's full.  (With sound
     sampling a few 3.5Meg files soon fill a partition!)
   Well, I hope this has clouded your mind!
   PS - I have a towered STFM with 270Meg HD and TWO PSU's inside and NO
        fan, all is cool. (Got a built in heat monitor near the PSU's to
        worn me - just in case!)   I don't realy notice the drives whrrr
        it's SOOO quite, Even at 4am when I am playing Frontier........."

 Frank Heller tells Simon:

   "Quite the little history lesson, Simon.  I am downloading this for
   future (unclouded) reference. Nice job. Thank you, I appreciate the

 Greg Montano asks another hard drive related question:

   "I have a question with ICD 6.5.5 I am currently using it and have a
   slight problem.  I have a 540 meg drive.  For some wacky reason when i
   format with 1 partition to 540 megs, the drive apperas to work, but I
   can't get the boot sector recognized with Diamond Edge.  But if I make
   two partitions, 1 5 megs and the other 53 it works?  For some reason
   thats the default that ICD pro gives the 5 meg and the 535.  This is
   not my boot drive but a secondary drive.  I now plan to use my syquest
   270, so this may be mute, but what could this be?"

 Frank Heller tells Greg:

   "Send some EMAIL to ICD: Tom Harker. They have a forum section on GO
   ATARIVEN. I think the guy that wrote the software will give you a
   better answer than I ever could. BTW: I don't have a clue."

 Mark Westendorf tells us that he's...
   "Looking to replace a mouse for a 1040 ST. Anyone know where I can get
   one? ANd can an IBM mouse be made to work on an ST?"

 Frank Heller tells Mark:

   "There are two decent mice replacements (as far as I know) for the
   Atari. One is a device known as the Beetlemouse. The other is made by a
   company called Golden Image. Both of these units have hardware drivers
   that are INFINATELY superior to the stock Atari units. Try one for 3
   seconds and you'll immediately know what I'm talking about. I think you
   can get these thru TOAD Computers 800-448-8623. As to modifying an
   IBM...I dunno. The early Golden Image's had a switch that let you
   choose Atari or PC it may be possible to modify a PC

 Matthew Szewczyk tells mark:

   "An IBM mouse won't work.  Try getting a Golden Image mouse - they work
   great, alot more sensitive and faster on the roll."

 Albert Dayes adds:

   "The Golden Image mouse is around $34 or so. It is available from Toad
   computers and other Atari dealers. There are some drivers that allow
   STs to use PC mice but I have no experience with them personally."

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Mark:

   "As the other messages indicated, there are a few direct replacements
   for the Atari mouse that are very good...
   Also, you CAN use a PC mouse, with some changes..
   DMC Publishing sells a software driver that will let you use a PC
   *serial* mouse with no hardware modificatons.. they have a section in
   the Atari Vendors Forum (GO ATARIVEN) for more information.
   You can modify the connections to a PC *bus* mouse to use it directly
   on an ST with no software changes.  We should have several text files
   in our libraries here that tell how to do that.. try searching with
   keywords like IBM and MOUSE."

 Mike Myers asks for...
   "Help (Again)
   I'm having a most interesting time right now. It seems that something
   or other keeps corrupting files, and it seems to be associated with one
   hard drive partition, C. I cannot load Neodesk, because the Neodesk.exe
   file seems to be shot. Also, I moved my wordprocessor, Wordwriter to
   partition D, because it was (possibly) making it impossible to get
   anything but a coloured screen, with no icons. One time, I
   repartitioned the hard disk, hoping to clean out whatever was causing
   the trouble. The C partition has been zeroed, using Diamond Edge twice.
   Somebody give me some suggestions, I'm just waiting for the next time.
   I still have the STe Language disk that came with the ST1040, would
   putting that back thru and rebuilding work?"

 Albert Dayes asks Mike:

   "Did you check your DMA cable? What host adapter are you using? Are
   you using ICD and if so what software? Have you tried reformatting?
   Also it might be a problem of loose chips (MMU, SHIFTER and DMA) that
   need to be reseated."

 Mike posts:

   "First, this is an odd one, but a lot of people have given me good
   advice lately in this forum, and because of problems with corrupted
   software, I haven't been able to say "Thank you". If you're one of
   them, thank you.  Second, I have GDOS that came with the software. I
   tried to get Fontgdos to work, as downloaded from a library, but either
   it was corrupt, or my system corrupted it. So, how do you install plain
   old GDOS? Is there anything in a library that would help, such as
   directions? I have GDOS.PRG, and double clicked it, but nothing

 Simon Churchill tells Mike:

   "Welcome to the land of GDOS, I am a bit of a guru on GDOS these day's
   as I have used many of the ahum releases.
   If you have FontGdos and require some help in installing it then look
   up a text file which was a reply I wrote but got stored in the library
   by request from other's.  (Those sysop's are lovly guys)
   First the main GDOS.PRG should be put in the AUTO folder as it is
   required to load as the machine boot's. Ie before gem get's in full
   But, before GDOS is any good you need a directory with some font's in
   it and preferably a printer driver.
   First the directory is normaly call 'FONTS' or 'GEMSYS'  these are the
   most common anyway.
   In the directory shoud be screen and printer font's at variouse sizes EG
   This is not a be all and end all as the format of the name changes
   quite abit, there is no real common standard but you will find a few
   guide lines in variouse text's.
   The first letter in the above is 'S' for screen and 'L' for a laser
   printer or a 300*300 or 360360 Printing device.   The next two are the
   type face name, I have used 'SS' in the examples as SANS SERIF.  The
   numbers '012' means the font is a 12 point font.  (there are 72point's
   to the inch so a 12 point font is about 1/6 of an inch high)  The 'RM'
   stands for Roman or upright.  Sometimes you get 'I's for itablics, 'B's
   for bold,  'C's for condenced,  'O's for outlined and other's.    You
   know it's a FoNT by it's extension.
   Once all the required ont's are collected together you need a printer
   drive for your attached printer.  This gose in the same directory.
   Once all that is sorted all you need is the ASSIGN.SYS file,  this is
   what the GDOS program will first look for as it boot's and contain's a
   PATH to the font's and driver's, a list of the FONT names for each
   screen resolution, a list of FONTS after the printer driver entry for
   the printer's FONT's.
   This file is placed in the root directory so that GDOS.PRG can find it
   when it is executed.    If you then run a GDOS compatable program like
   Timework's DTP (After fontwid - this is for timeworks only, it's a
   special program that check's high detail's and put's the info in a file
   called publish.wid which timework's need's to load) you then get access
   to the font's for the screen ad printing.
   Look out in the lib's for all TXT files to do with GDOS and if you
   don't have it a complete download of the GDOS main archives.
   These are essential files!!
   Have fun and let's me now how you get on."

 Frank Heller reminds us of one of the most important rules in the
 computer world:

   "First rule of Maintenance: If It Don't Work...Whack It. Once is
   Maintenance, Twice Is Abuse. 90% of everything that goes wrong with
   electronic gear is mechanical in nature. Your story proves the point,
   once again. Glad it's workin'."

 John Randone asks about using a CD-ROM with his Atari:

   "I downloaded the CD list for atari computers, and finally got it
   unarchived with ST ZIP 2.6.  So now, if I wanted to get a CD ROM for my
   ST, what kind of hardware and software do I need?  I suppose the items
   I've listed below, plus more?  If more, what else?  Thanks for your
   Hardware:  any SCSI compatible CD ROM drive, 2x or better.  This can
   plug directly into the second terminal of my Double Hard Disk Deluxe
   Software:  Extendos to enable the system to recognize the CD ROM, as
   well as VARIOUS READERS to be able to retrieve the data from the disks
   on the list.  Each reader can only read the data for the particular
   disks listed.
   Are these readers commercially or otherwise available?  Where can they
   be obtained, and at what cost?  Also, do any of these things do the
   "tricks" the Windows ones do?  Like showing sound and motion clips of,
   say, a beating heart?  Or a helicopter in flight?  Or any kind of
   interactive activities?"

 Greg Kopchak of It's All Relative Software tells John:

   "You need a SCSI-2 CD rom drive, ExtenDOS Pro (available from us or
   from all the better Atari dealers), and connecting cable. On a ST or
   STe series you also need the Link or AdSCI Plus adapter. For a TT or
   Falcon all you need is the cable.
   The revised CD list coming in May will have over 1,100 titles on it.
   For an animations disc, we suggest Awesome Animations, Animation
   Festival, or Hot Stuff. All three are loaded with tons of animations.
   What computer do you have? We can suggest a few animation viewers for
   Leave me e-mail with a mailing address and I'll get the latest It's All
   Relative newsletter out to you and the 40 page color catalog of CD's
   from Walnut Creek."

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine tells John:

   "Software-wise ExtenDOS PRO is the way to go. Hardware wise there are
   many choices. I would consider a 4x drive since prices are not too
   high. Also you need an ICD host adapter on your ST.
   There are a few readers and SARA is one that comes to mind. Greg of
   Its All Relative can tell you the precise details on SARA."

 Alberto Sanchez jumps in and asks:

   "What is SARA?"

 Albert tells Alberto:

   "SARA is a software program to read different CD-ROMs. One of the CDs
   supported is Compton's Encyclopedia."

 Patrick Wong asks:

   "Since you're talking about SARA maybe you could help answer this.  I
   have a friend who wants to buy a CD-ROM for his STe and he was
   wondering if he'll be able to run some of his reference CDs.  They're
   just basic Windows CD-ROMS that's sort of like the encyclopedia except
   it's nothing but text.  Would you know if he'll be able to run this on
   the STe?"

 Greg Kopchak tells Patrick (and the rest of us):

   "There are two SARA packages, one that reads twelve DOS CD's........

                CD-ROM Deluxe Toolworks Reference Library

                    The Family Doctor - DOS Version

                  Sherlock Holmes on Disc (Disc Passage)

                   Shakesphere on Disc (Disc Passage)

                       Multimedia Audubon Animals

                       Wayzata World Fact Book 1993

                        Time Man of the Year

                 The Powerhouse Art History Encyclopedia

                  Software Toolworks Reference Library

                      Total Baseball 1993 Edition

                      Total Baseball 1994 Edition

                      Parenting - Prenatal to Preschool

   The other SARA is for Groliers only. They are available through all the
   better Atari dealers. You need version 6 of Groliers for use with the
   SARA reader.
   SARA is not a CD rom driver. You still need ExtenDOS to read the disc.
   SARA reads the data on the disc and acts as an interface to the data.
   On an STe you can access text and sound. A TT or Falcon is required for
   graphics. Most of the value of the discs supported by SARA is in the
   text, not in the graphics, so you don't lose too much with an STe.
   See our CDLIST.ZIP here in the libraries for over 800 CD's you can use
   with an Atari computer. Along with SARA, our Photo Show Pro supports
   over 400 commercial CD's in the Kodak Photo CD format or Corel Photo CD
   format. Photo Show Pro comes in a special STe version too.
   The shareware M.O.S.T. viewer is most likely available for download
   here too.  With it you can read M.O.S.T. format CD's.
   For DTP, there are close to 100 clip art and font CD's that can be used
   with your favorite DTP program. Fouch Software just released a special
   front end to use with one of these on an Atari. heeler Clip Art has an
   Atari CD out too.
   There are also fifteen Atari shareware / public domain CD's released to
   date including Crawly Crypt 2, just published March 30. Actually it
   went on sale April 1 at the TAF Show in Toronto but I hate to use that
   date :->
   If you have any questions about CD rom and the Atari, feel free to

 Will  Dwinnell jumps in and asks:

   "I just got here, so I think I may have missed some basic material.
   Here's my setup:  Atari 1040 STe (1 meg RAM, original TOS 1.06 chips).
   The STe is connected to a SyQuest 88 drive, which it shares with an IBM
   clone via a SCSI switch box (so only one of them can access it at any
   given time, obviously).  The cartridge drive/switch box (it's all in
   one housing) also has a free port marked "OUT - other DMA".  Can I
   connect a CD-ROM to the STe? So that both the IBM and the STe can use
   it?  Oh, the controller is an ICD+."

 Albert Dayes tells Will:

   "In the library there is a list of all known CD-ROM titles that work.
   It was uploaded by Greg of Its All Relative.  From what I recall it is
   close to 1100 titles in that list (that work on the ST).
   It really depends on what CD-ROM title authoring software was used.  I
   would assume if they require Windows they probably use something that
   proprietary.  Greg of Its All Relative can give you more details on how
   SARA works."

 Woody Windischman asks an interesting question:

   "Something I always wondered...
   On the original 520ST boxes, they have lots of screen shots.  If you
   look carefully, you will find that several of them represent the
   TOS/GEM desktop in a HIGH-RES COLOR mode that never existed.  Anyone
   here know where those shots came from?"

 Albert Dayes tells Woody:

   "I do not recall those screen shots on the 520ST boxes. I could guess
   that the shots were either from a prototype machine or the PC version."

 The last item this week is from our good friend Doug Finch.  He posts:

   "Congratulations are in order for Brian Gockley @ ST Informer...and
   his lovely wife Angela. A few days ago (Tuesday, I think) Angela
   delivered their second child, David Andrew, an 8-pound, 6-ounce bundle
   of joy. If we don't see Brian in the Atari forums for a few days, I
   suspect he might be catching some shut-eye from a demanding evening

 Well, that's it for this week folks.  Congratulations to Brian and
 Angela Gockley....
 And to you for making it all the way through this column! <grin>
 Tune in again next week, same time, same station, and be ready to listen
 to what they are saying when...
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