ST Report: 30-Jun-95 #1126

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 07/26/95-02:12:36 PM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 30-Jun-95 #1126
Date: Wed Jul 26 14:12:36 1995

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      Well now let's see, we got the goodies for the grill, ribs steaks and
 dogs, the salad fixin's and the keg of Bud, I think we're all set for the
 Fourth of July.  Why all the party stuff??  That's easy..  Its my oldest
 son's birthday and ..mine too!  Sooo..  This is a bigger than ordinary
 weekend for this household every year.  My oldest, Ralph, left this
 evening for Daytona Speedway with some of his friends they took the motor
 home down for the "Daytona Firecracker 400".  I refuse to call it the
 "Pepsi 400" as it almost sounds sacrilegious.  They'll be back sometime
 Saturday night and be well in time for the birthday bash planned for here. 
 He'll be thirty and I'll be thirty nine. <g> Okay ok, I'll be fifty three. 
 Gawd, that sounds old.  But I feel the way I did the day he was born.  In
 fact, I feel great! <g>

      The Internet is spawning a host of other wonderful advancements in
 computing.  Among which Super fast telecommunicatons technological
 advancements are right around the corner.  (Read about it elsewhere in
 this issue.)  ISDN is fast becoming the "by-word" of FTP, Web and other
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      As always before a holiday, I ask, plead and beg that you appoint a
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                  Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
                                Issue #26
                    Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

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

                    >> Microsoft Denies Win95 Delay <<
      Microsoft Corp. yesterday denied rumors it is delaying its August
 release of the Windows 95 operating system. Earlier, investors, panicked
 over such reports, caused the Dow Jones Industrial Average to fall
 15 points in a matter of minutes.

      Writing in The Wall Street Journal this morning, reporter Don Clark
 says yesterday's market consternation began after a wire service
 reported Microsoft company had delayed its Win95 code to PC makers,
 "suggesting the companies might not be able to release their new
 machines by the scheduled launch date of Aug. 24."

      Then, says the paper, "PC Week magazine, in a report distributed
 over the Internet, also quoted unidentified PC makers as saying
 delivery of the code to manufacturers had been pushed back to the end
 of the month from July 7."

      Clark says Microsoft insisted there hasn't been any delay, though
 it declined to disclose the dates it plans to ship the completed code.

      Microsoft Vice President Brad Silverberg told the paper, "We
 haven't told PC makers anything different in a month. They will have
 the code in plenty of time to make Aug. 24."

      Clark says the company's remarks "seemed to reassure investors."
 On the strength of that (and on news of an auto-related trade accord
 with Japan), the Dow Jones Industrials rebounded to advance 14.18 points,
 closing at 4556.79. (Microsoft's shares, which had been off more than
 three points, closed at $87.875, up $1.)

      "Wall Street's hair-trigger reaction," says the paper, "dramatizes
 the high stakes surrounding Windows 95, which is crucial to the fall
 selling seasons for PCs, hardware accessories and other software that
 are tailored to run on the long-awaited system."

      Curiously, Microsoft also is grappling with rumors some PC makers
 will get their machines on retailers' shelves before Aug. 24, giving
 them a head start over rivals.

      "The company had talked about ensuring an even start by
 distributing the code in a scrambled fashion that would be
 electronically unlocked by all manufacturers simultaneously, but it
 later dismissed that idea as unworkable," Clark writes.

      Silverberg said he is barred from scooping the release date by
 terms of their license contracts with Microsoft, but other executives
 think the rules are subject to varying interpretations.

      "To be honest," Silverberg said, "we are more concerned about
 having them jump the gun" than be late.
                      >> Lion King CD-ROM Planned <<
    Disney Interactive and 7th Level Inc. have announced a partnership to 
 develop a CD-ROM game title based on Disney's popular Lion King 
 characters -- Pumbaa and Timon -- for release this Christmas season.
    Disney artists and producers will work with artists, programmers and 
 game designers from 7th Level to create the game. Disney will market and 
 distribute the title, which is scheduled for release in the U.S. in 
 November and elsewhere next spring.
    The Pumbaa and Timon software, Disney's first game title for Windows 
 CD-ROM, will feature arcade-style game-play designed for home computer 
 users ages 8 and older. No price has been announced.
                   >> Apple Acquires E-Mail Software << 
    Apple Computer Inc. says it has acquired MailShare, a Macintosh 
 electronic mail server software package designed for managing messages 
 on the Internet.
    The company says it has renamed the product Apple Internet Mail 
 Server and will continue to make the software available as freeware. The 
 product can be downloaded from the World Wide Web at ailserver.html.
    The software, acquired from developer Glenn Anderson, supports the 
 Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP) and Post Office Protocol version 3 
 (POP3), two mainstream standards for Internet e-mail. The product allows 
 users to send and receive e-mail over the Internet from any personal 
 computer that supports the SMTP and POP3 standards.
    Apple also notes that software developer Anderson will join Apple as 
 a software engineer.
    As is the nature of freeware software, Apple doesn't plan to provide 
 support for the freeware version. Over time, Apple intends to 
 commercialize the Apple Internet Mail Server by further enhancing the 
 product's features and providing technical support.
                     >> IBM to Bring Music Online <<
    IBM says it will make EMI Music Publishing's large library of 
 recorded music available through an online digital database.

    The deal with EMI will allow film, TV and advertisement makers who 
 want to buy the rights to a piece of music to select from EMI's library 
 of 300 hours of specially written themes or commercial music.
    Officials in London said the arrangement allows licenses to be bought 
 and music to be downloaded directly by computer.
    EMI's commercial music division KPM hopes to offer its entire music 
 catalog, including material from performers such as the Rolling Stones 
 and the Beatles.
                   >> Lotus Has Back-to-School Promo <<
    Lotus Development Corp. has unveiled its Back-To-School promotion, an 
 annual event that's designed to make the software publisher's products 
 more affordable to students and academic professionals.
    Lotus SmartSuite and a special bundle of Lotus Word Pro and Lotus 1-
 2-3 are now available for $149 and $99, respectively, to students, 
 educational institutions, faculty and staff. The program will run from 
 July 1, through Oct. 31.
                  >> Apple Updates Windows QuickTime <<
    Apple Computer Inc. has announced a new version of QuickTime for 
 Windows, the software that brings multimedia capabilities to PCs and 
 consumer electronics devices.
    The company notes that QuickTime 2.1 for Windows will take advantage 
 of the latest 32-bit operating systems, including Windows NT and the 
 upcoming Windows 95.
    QuickTime 2.1 for Windows is scheduled to become available this fall. 
 Developers will be able to license the software free of charge for 
 redistribution with their applications, CD-ROM titles and media clip 
 libraries. Home and business users will be able to acquire the software 
 for $9.95.
                  >> Data General Nixes PowerPC Chip <<
    In what is seen as a "mild blow" to the PowerPC chip coalition, 
 computer maker Data General Corp. has decided to switch from the 
 Motorola-IBM- Apple chip to Intel microprocessors for its next 
    While Data General, which makes midrange servers used to run 
 databases and corporate networks, isn't a big chip buyer, as a longtime 
 Motorola customer, it was considered one of the most likely candidates 
 to join the PowerPC ranks.
                   >> Dell Completes Pentium Switch <<
    Dell Computer Corp. says it has completely transitioned its computers 
 to Intel's Pentium microprocessor.
    The computer maker notes that its entry-level Dell Dimension desktop 
 PC series now offers Intel's most powerful CPU while remaining within 
 the price band formerly occupied by 486-based Dimension models. System 
 prices for the 60MHz Dimension P60 start at $1,299.
    Dell also states that its Dimension PCs will now be shipped with 8MB 
 RAM and 64-bit PCI local bus video as standard features.
    "Our build-to-order business model has enabled us to avoid the parts 
 shortages and inventory excesses affecting other manufacturers and lead 
 the transition to the Intel Pentium processor," says Doug MacGregor, 
 vice president of the Dimension series.
                    >> Sticky Disk Envelopes Debut <<
    I & I Specialties Inc. of Jacksonville, Florida, has introduced new 
 floppy disk-size self-adhesive envelopes.  The envelopes' adhesive back
 and resealable flap are designed to give disks a place to live inside file
 folders, book covers, manuals or binders. Boot or configuration diskettes
 can be placed in the envelopes on the particular PCs to which they
 pertain. When fulfilling literature requests, the envelopes are designed
 to keep demo disks in a predictable place. When overprinted, the envelopes
 can take on special meanings in applications ranging from security to
 disaster recovery, or birthday or holiday greetings.  The Stick-A-Disk
 pockets are available in packages of ten for $3.49.
                     >> Britannica Free On The Web <<
    As part of an agreement with Time Warner Inc., an online version of 
 the Encyclopaedia Britannica will be available on the Internet's World 
 Wide Web for free for 60 days.

    Reports say Britannica will be available on Time Warner's Pathfinder 
 World Wide Web site ( with encyclopedia 
 articles linked to more up-to-date information in Time publications.
    The firms said they will integrate and co-market their online 
 information services, adding that while colleges and universities have 
 had access to Britannica Online since the fall, this is the first time 
 independent consumers have had access.
    Britannica now publishes its information in several forms, including 
 on the Internet, CD-ROM, and its 32-volume printed set.
    Britannica Online was named the 1994 product of the year by Database 
    Time Warner's Pathfinder site is free, but users are asked to 
 register as members. Following the 60-day trial period, Britannica 
 Online will be offered as a subscription service over Pathfinder.
                   >> Survey Tracks Web Usage Upward <<
    A new survey says the number of households accessing the Internet's 
 World Wide Web from home rose by 50% in May compared with April, 
 breaking the 2 million mark.
    The research by the NPD Group finds many of these consumers are 
 logging onto the Web via commercial online services, where subscriptions 
 are up too.
    The report indicates that as of April, 5.1% of the nation's house-
 holds -- or 5 million households -- were online, an increase of 11% over 
 the previous quarter, when the survey reported 4.5 million subscribers.
    And says the researchers, the survey suggests the 5 million current 
 online subscribers represent only about a third of modem owners. Some 
 1.3 million households plan to join one of the commercial online 
 services in the next six months, the survey indicates.
    But NPD Vice President Steve Coffey, who compiled the study, cautions 
 against overstating future growth, saying new member acquisition will 
 likely be offset by turnover among existing members, or "churn," a long-
 standing issue among the services.
    Coffey said the April survey indicates more than 7 million households 
 have, at one time or another, been members of a commercial online 
 service, but only 5 million are current subscribers, adding, "Member 
 turnover is an economic reality facing the networks and the marketers 
 who use them. The online marketplace would look much different were it 
 not for churn."
    Other findings from the April survey:
    -:- 33.2% of the nation's homes (32.3 million U.S. households) 
 reported owning a PC, up 1.3% since January, an annualized growth rate 
 of 5.2%. (Since PC ownership traditionally has risen faster in the 
 fourth quarter, with many households acquiring PCs at Christmas, Coffey 
 believes that growth will be higher still.)
    -:- More than 10 million households, current PC owners and non-owners 
 combined, plan to purchase a new PC or upgrade a current model during 
 the next six months.
                    >> PC Market May Double by 1999 <<
    Dataquest Inc. forecasts that 100 million PCs will be shipped world-
 wide in the year 1999, up from 48 million in 1994.
    The market researcher adds that the booming PC market, which grossed 
 $95 billion for PC makers last year, will reach an unprecedented $185 
 billion in 1999.
    "Such phenomenal growth in the worldwide PC market will affect every 
 product in the PC food chain, from semiconductors to software and 
 services," says Philippe de Marcillac, vice president and chief analyst 
 at Dataquest. "All regions will experience strong unit growth brought 
 about by lower prices, continued demand for Windows and its follow-on 
 versions, demand from the home market, demand from emerging markets and 
 small businesses, and the necessity to communicate globally."
    PC revenue is predicted to approach $116 billion this year and have a 
 compound annual growth rate of 14% over the next five years, says 



 Chapter One

                             ISDN - WHAT IS IT?


 by R. F. Mariano

      Before we get started, there's a few points that need to addressed. 
 The first being ISDN is NEW thus, not available everywhere ..yet.  Rest
 assured, this is the coming thing for every business, small or large,
 SOHO, and private home.  Its the Rolls Royce of service at very affordable
 prices.  Sure the initial outlay of the required hardware may seem steep,
 but then if its compared to the cost of a high quality, noise limiting
 v.34 modem, its suddenly very affordable and quite versatile with
 available speed up to 128bps.

      I made a few preliminary inquiries this past week and the results
 were anywhere from "typically expected" to completely knowledgeable,
 helpful and professional.  First let's look at the typically expected... I
 called a local Internet Provider and found out some very interesting
 things..  It would appear that some of these folks want very much to keep
 you "in the dark as much as possible".  The person I spoke to "assumed" I
 wanted a direct connect full time accessible ISDN access account.  I
 listened to the spiel and when he got to the $1000.00 per month fee I
 politely asked why there was such a difference between his quotes and
 those of firms on the west coast (California) and other areas like
 Chicago.  He quickly, it almost sounded gleeful, informed me I was looking
 for hourly dial-up ISDN service.  He immediately added it was not
 available in my city.  He then went on to tell all about how Southern
 California was so far ahead of the rest of the country that it would take
 at least five years for our area to get to where they are now.  I then
 asked about northern Ca and Seattle Wa.  He confidently said they were
 same boat we are.  He explained there was no T3 Network backbone in
 Jacksonville and that to bring one in would cost in the neighborhood of
 one hundred thousand dollars.  I concluded that further conversation with
 this fellow quickly became unnecessary.  The conclusion to be drawn here
 is to SHOP AROUND check and double check everything you are told.  Since
 this ISDN thing is in the "basement", not yet on the ground floor, there
 are certain "entrepreneurs" that'll take you for the full "ride" if you
 allow it.  Caveat Emptor is the key phrase here.  I might add that your
 local Bell office is also a great source of honest but in some cases,
 limited information.

      I then called Southern Bell's ISDN Rep again and informer her of what
 had just occurred.  She told me she had a list of providers who would be
 glad to provide exactly the type of service I was looking for.

 What Is ISDN?
      ISDN, or Integrated Services Digital Network, is a new way of
 transmitting telephone traffic. Your telephone company "converts" a
 central office switch to ISDN by installing new equipment and programming.

      ISDN's digital technology allows the provision of three communication
 paths, called channels, over the same copper wire arrangement that
 provides traditional telephone service. ISDN Individual Line is provided
 through the ISDN Basic Rate Interface, also known as 2B+D. This
 arrangement provides two "B", or bearer, channels and one "D", or delta,
 channel. Each of the "B" channels can carry voice, circuit switched data
 at up to 64 kilobits per second, or packet switched data at up to 64
 kilobits per second. The "D" channel carries signaling information between
 the central office and the subscriber's ISDN equipment and may also be
 used to carry packet switched data at up to 16 kilobits per second. For
 comparison, today's most commonly used modems operate at speeds of 2.4,
 4.8 and 9.6 kilobits per second.

      ISDN was designed to work smoothly with traditional telephone
 service, so that customers who subscribe to ISDN services can make
 voice-calls to, and receive voice-calls from, customers who subscribe to
 traditional telephone service.

 Some major benefits of ISDN include its ability to provide:

   up to 2 simultaneous voice conversations over one physical line
   voice, circuit-switched data and packet data services 
   flexibility in arrangements between services, telephone numbers 
   and telephone sets 
   new applications to the home and office 
   noise-free operation over existing lines

      This article attempts to explain ISDN and its benefits for the
 typical homeowner, apartment dweller or small business. After reading it,
 you should understand how ISDN can meet your communication needs and
 understand some basic ISDN terms. This introduction also describes the
 decisions and arrangements you must make before ordering ISDN services,
 and how to start up ISDN sets after you've plugged them in.

 What is unique about ISDN?
      Wiring ISDN usually requires new wiring and new phone sets in the
 home or small business.  Signaling Your central office knows that you wish
 to make, take or interrupt a call when it receives special signals that
 result from picking up a handset, dialing, or depressing buttons on your
 set. Before ISDN, you frequently had to interrupt or terminate your
 conversation to signal the switch. ISDN lets you to talk and signal at the
 same time. 

      Multiple Simultaneous Conversations The Pre-ISDN network only permits
 one telephone call over your line at one time. Basic Rate ISDN's 2B + D
 architecture, allows at least 3 simultaneous "conversations" over a
 standard phone line. ISDN has two B channels for voice, circuit or packet
 conversations, and one D channel to carry signals between your set and
 your central office. In addition to carrying signal data, the D channel
 can also carry low-speed (i.e., up to 9.6 kbps) packet data calls.

      Data Capacity Before ISDN, normal phone lines could reliably carry
 only 2.4 kilobits per second (bps), or one third of the text in a
 single-spaced one page document. ISDN carries 144 kbps of information over
 the same line, enough to transmit a 22 page document every second. Each B
 channel carries 64 kbps, for a subtotal of 128 kbps. The D channel carries
 another 16 kbps, bringing the total to 144.

      Analog vs. Digital Transmission When you call a friend, pre-ISDN
 telephone sets convert the sound waves of your voice to analog electrical
 waves (analog transmission); ISDN sets convert your voice into voltages
 representing a string of 0's and 1's (digital transmission), like those on
 a compact disc recording. In both cases, these converted electrical
 signals are sent over the telephone network to your friend's set, where
 the earpiece converts them back into the sound of your voice. However, as
 an analog transmission travels through the telephone network, it can pick
 up analog noise from power lines, moisture in telephone cables, lightning,
 or crosstalk from other lines. These analog noise sources cannot usually
 contaminate ISDN transmission, which makes ISDN sound quality and
 transmission reliability far better than traditional voice service.

 User-Friendly Feature Use
      Depending on the individual ISDN set you purchase and local service
 availability, ISDN permits you to activate features (e.g., call
 forwarding) by pressing a button or by dialing the traditional two-digit
 access codes. For each ISDN set you have, if you have ordered optional
 features, your telephone company will provide a template showing which set
 button controls the features you've ordered.

      Flexible Set/Number Arrangements The pre-ISDN telephone network had
 many limitations in the arrangements of service, sets, and telephone
 numbers. For example, each line could have only one telephone number and
 calls could not be directed to individual sets in the home. ISDN removes
 these and other limitations. When you add these features to ISDN's
 multiple-call capabilities and data capabilities, many new applications
 are possible. 

      Traditional telephone sets receive electrical power over the copper
 wires that link your home to the local central office. When there's a
 power failure in your neighborhood, traditional telephone service is not
 interrupted because backup generators in the central office send power to
 your set over your phone line. ISDN phones require more power than your
 phone line can carry, so ISDN sets must be powered from electrical outlets
 in your home. When there's a power failure in your neighborhood, ISDN sets
 must obtain power from internal backup batteries or some other source in
 order to function.

 What can I do with ISDN?
      ISDN's technical features can be combined to create hundreds of
 applications that can't be performed over a single phone line today. This
 section describes just a few of them. The ability of ISDN to carry
 multiple voice or data conversations at the same time over one line makes
 these applications possible. 

      Point of Sale ISDN allows the small business to rapidly authorize
 credit card purchases while answering calls from other customers. A
 typical point- of-sale arrangement connects the merchant's ISDN voice set
 and "card- swipe" machine to a single ISDN line. When the "card-swipe"
 machine reads a credit card number and the purchase amount, ISDN accesses
 the packet data network containing the computer that stores credit card
 balances. This computer verifies that the buyer has sufficient credit for
 the purchase, and sends an "OK" back through the packet network to the
 merchant's card swipe (ISDN) terminal. With ISDN, the entire verification
 usually takes 5-6 seconds, compared to about 20 seconds over an analog
 phone line. 

      Two Simultaneous Calls on 1 Line In many homes and small businesses,
 one person can make/take so many calls that others in the home or office
 have long waits to use the phone. Consequently, families who want to avoid
 missing calls when a talkative teenager is on the phone must buy an
 additional "teenage" phone line to meet that need. ISDN's multi-channel
 structure allows flexibility of additional telephone numbers and
 appearances, all over a single ISDN line.

      Video Phone This application takes advantage of the data capacity of
 ISDN and the technology in video phone sets to let you see, and be seen
 by, the person you're talking to. Special ISDN sets are required for this

      Distance Learning This application is fairly similar to video phone.
 A course instructor buys ISDN equipment that will broadcast a classroom
 image on one channel and his/her voice on the other. Students in the
 course just need equipment that will display classroom pictures on one
 channel and the instructor's voice on the other. 

      Screen Sharing Business associates in two distant locations often
 need to look at the same object while discussing it. The "object" is
 anything that can be displayed on a computer screen - a business letter, a
 product diagram, or a spreadsheet. Some vendors offer screen-sharing
 applications that allow people to both see and edit the information on
 each other's computer screen. 

      Videoconferencing Videoconferencing allows two or more people to hold
 a business meeting in which all parties can speak with each other, view
 each other and share the contents of their computer screens. Each meeting
 participant needs a single ISDN line and videoconferencing equipment.
 Videoconferencing can be considered a combination of video phone and
 screen sharing in which more than two parties participate. 

      In some areas, new anti-pollution laws require large companies to
 reduce the number of days workers must drive to the office. Many companies
 either supply or plan to supply employees with PCs that enable them to
 work at home. Before ISDN, an employee who was working at home had to buy
 a second line to send data between their PC and the company's main
 computer. ISDN eliminates the need for that second line. Employees can use
 one channel for normal calls and a second channel to connect their PC to
 the company computer. (ISDN-compatible access will need to be provided by
 the Employer) The manufacturers for most of the ISDN central office
 equipment used in the United States deliver new ISDN features every year.
 In many cases, they will deliver most features in the same time frame.
 However, one manufacturer may deliver a few features ahead of the others.
 Just as with pre-ISDN services, availability of ISDN services may vary
 somewhat from one Central Office area to another. 

 Arranging Your ISDN Service
      There are a number of decisions you need to answer before ordering
 ISDN service from your local telephone company. The following briefly
 discusses those decisions - in the order that you should make them - to
 simplify your ordering process. Is ISDN available at my location? Your
 local telephone company can tell you whether ISDN is offered in your
 neighborhood and what the monthly charge will be. Prior to the purchase of
 any ISDN equipment you should verify with your local ISDN representative
 that ISDN can be provided to your location -- and investigate the cost for
 the service. If your local central office is not scheduled to have ISDN
 for a while, it may be possible to obtain ISDN service from a nearby
 switch, called foreign central office (FCO) or foreign exchange (FX) in
 the meantime. If you are considering ISDN via FCO or FX, there is an
 additional charge for this service. In some cases, the nearest ISDN
 service may be in an FX office that is outside your local calling area.
 Before subscribing to FX ISDN access, please make sure your service
 provider advises you whether or not your local versus long-distance
 calling area will be affected by the foreign exchange ISDN line. 

 What Do I Want ISDN To Do For Me? 

      Deciding which ISDN application you want will simplify your other
 decisions. Even if all you want now is just the ability to have two (2)
 simultaneous calls over one (1) line, and investigate other applications
 later, that decision will simplify the others you need to make. 

 What will my ISDN service cost? 

      Your local telephone company can tell you what ISDN service will cost
 in your area. 

 Will ISDN Be My Only Phone Line? 

      An ISDN line can serve as the only phone line to your home and
 business - if you have a backup power supply (e.g., batteries in the set)
 to power your set and the NT1 in the event of a power failure. As
 mentioned earlier, standard phone sets receive power from central office
 generators over your phone line - and that's why they work during local
 power failures. ISDN sets won't work in power failures unless you have
 some type of backup power source. Based on what ISDN terminal equipment
 you select, you may want to keep your existing analog line and add ISDN
 for specific purposes that cannot be accommodated by your present line
 (e.g., higher data speeds, etc.) 

 What Set Should I Buy? 

      If you plan to use ISDN for a specialized application like point-of-
 sale, videoconferencing or work-at-home, you will need an ISDN set
 designed for that application. Your local sales representative for your
 telephone company can provide you a list of vendors of ISDN terminal
 equipment that have identified themselves to-date.  After you have talked
 with several vendors and manufactures concerning the choices available to
 support your application, compare your options like you compare regular or
 cellular phones - on price, convenience, durability and features. 

 The Most Critical Technical Question:
 "Will this set work properly with all ISDN switches?" 

      If the answer is "no," this set may only work with the central office
 switch that serves your area. If you move, or later give the phone to a
 relative when you upgrade, the phone may not work in its new area.

      Standard Voice Sets or other 'analog' equipment Since ISDN access is
 not available in all areas at present, if you are not keeping an analog
 line, you may want to investigate ISDN terminal equipment that allow you
 to continue to use your existing (analog) equipment (e.g., standard voice
 sets, modems, etc.).  This will insure that you will still have access to
 all data-destinations that you currently call today even if they are not
 able to access an ISDN data-call.  Analog devices require an ISDN terminal
 adapter to convert the analog signaling commands the device makes into the
 signaling commands your ISDN switch understands.  You will need to ask
 your ISDN terminal vendor what equipment they have that can support your
 existing (analog) equipment.

      PC Terminal Adapters If you plan to use your ISDN to connect your PC
 to a large computer, a local area network (LAN), or an on-line database
 service like Prodigy, you can connect your line to an ISDN card installed
 in the PC, an ISDN terminal adapter built into the PC (if available) AN

 Will I Need To Wire My Home/Shop for ISDN? 

 Just as you had to wire your home to get cable TV or wire your car to get
 cellular phone service, you may have to change, or add to, the wiring
 inside your home for ISDN. 

 Completing the Order for ISDN From Your Phone Company Once you've decided
 on your application, your set and your wiring, you can complete your order
 for ISDN service from your local phone company. 

      Obtaining SPIDs ISDN central offices require each ISDN set to have a
 unique identification number, called a Service Profile Identifier (SPID),
 before the switch will let you make or take calls from that set.  When you
 order your service, the telephone company will give you a SPID for each
 ISDN set you plan to connect.  The instruction manual provided by the
 manufacturer of your set should describe how to enter the SPID. You should
 carefully file or store your SPID number where you can refer to it in
 cases of an ISDN trouble. The SPID will be helpful to telephone repair
 personnel on those infrequent occasions when you have an ISDN service

 Initializing ISDN Sets
      The Basic Steps After your local telephone company puts your line in
 service, you'll need to plug in your ISDN equipment and initialize it. 
 All ISDN sets, PCs, fax machines, etc., must have unique SPIDs and must be
 initialized. Consult the instruction manual for your equipment on how to
 enter SPIDs and then initialize the equipment.  If this information is not
 in the manual, call the technical support number provided by the
 manufacturer of your ISDN device. 

 A Final Word
      Like the personal computer, ISDN gives you new and improved
 capabilities at an attractive price.  And like personal computers, it
 requires a little thought and research before you buy the set and order
 the services that will meet your needs.  However, if you consider the
 issues raised in this pamphlet, your first experience with ISDN can be a
 more pleasant and productive one.

 Some Basic ISDN Terms
 A channel is a communication path that can carry a voice or data
 conversation. ISDN Individual Line has multiple channels [a maximum of two
 (2) "B"s and one (1) "D".]

 B Channel: 
 This is an ISDN communication channel that bears or carries voice, circuit
 or packet conversations

 D Channel: 
 This is an ISDN communication channel used for sending information between
 the ISDN equipment and the ISDN central office switch. This channel can
 also carry "user" packet data at rates up to 9.6 Kilo-bits.

 Call type: 
 ISDN supports three types of calls: circuit switched voice, circuit
 switched data and packet switched data.

 Circuit Switched Data: 
 A conversation between two devices (usually computers) where the devices
 have total use of the channel connecting them.

 B or D Packet mode data: 
 In this type of conversation between two devices (usually computers), each
 device's "dialogue" is broken into small chunks called packets before
 being sent to the receiver. Unlike voice and circuit switched data calls,
 one communication channel can carry several packet conversations at the
 same time. 

 The ISDN switch needs to have a unique identification number for each ISDN
 set to which it sends calls and signals. This ID is called a Service
 Profile Identifier or SPID. 

 The NT1 (network termination 1) is a device (installed with your ISDN
 wiring) that marks the border between your phone line from the telephone
 company and the ISDN wiring inside your home. Your ISDN service will not
 work if the NT1's plug is not connected to a working electrical outlet. 

 ISDN - Individual Line Service

                                Southern Bell
                        Data Customer Support Center
                          1950 West Exchange Place
                                  Suite 500
                              Tucker, GA  30084

                       To place an order: 800-858-9413
                     For technical support:800-256-6923

 Equipment Manufacturers 
      The manufacturers listed below offer ISDN equipment with
 specifications that respond to a broad range of ISDN applications. It is
 not a complete list, however. New products are continuously introduced,
 and equipment from companies not listed here may work equally well. This
 information has been compiled from a range of sources, including Solutions
 '94, the North American ISDN User's Forum catalog of ISDN applications and

      Many but not all products from these manufacturers have been tested
 in various Bell Market Applications Labs to ascertain that they work
 satisfactorily with the applications listed. This list does not imply an
 endorsement of these products, although as part of our joint-marketing
 program, many can be leased or purchased through certain Bell facilities.

      Manufacturers' telephone numbers are correct to the best of our
 knowledge. For more information, contact your Bell Service Account team.

 Other non-ISDN equipment and software is also needed, of course, to
 implement the applications shown in the following pages. This includes
 PCs, workstations, computers and file servers, LANs and LAN-access
 hardware, video and/or sound equipment and the like. Manufacturers of
 these products are not listed here.

 A full range of equipment and lines, as well as installation and
 applications assistance is also offered by many Pacific Bell-authorized
 sales agents, as well as Value-Added Resellers authorized by both Pacific
 Bell, manufacturers and others. 

 NT1s and Power Supplies 
      An NT1 and a power supply are required for every ISDN line. Although
 these devices are sometimes built into other ISDN products, especially
 telephones, the following vendors make standalone systems. 

 Adtran, 800-788-5408, 415-697-2848, 205-971-8000 
 AT&T Distributor: Volt, 800-566-8658 
 Siemens Stromberg-Carlson, 407-995-3037 
 Tone Commander Systems, 800-524-0024

 Terminal Adapters 
      ISDN applications require a terminal adapter, although this function
 may also be built in to other equipment. The companies below make terminal
 adapters that support both voice and data calls for modem replacement,
 remote access to a LAN, telecommuting , BBS access, groupware, large file
 transfers, etc. Some units include an integrated ISDN phone, others
 include a jack to plug an ordinary analog telephone (or fax, or modem, or
 answering machine) into them. 

 Adtran, 800-788-5408, 415-697-2848, 205-971-8000 
 AT&T Distributor: Volt, 800-566-8658 
 Controlware Communications Systems, Inc., 908-919-0400 
 Fujitsu ISDN Division, 800-228-ISDN (4736) 
 Gandalf Systems Corp., 609-424-9400 
 Hayes Microcomputer Prods., Inc., 415-974-5544, 404-441-1617 
 Integral Communications, Inc., 800-ICI-8234 
 ISCOM, Inc., 301-779-1368 
 Motorola UDS, 510-734-8820, 714-285-0824, 205-430-8902 
 Newbridge Networks Inc., 201-818-2766 
 Northern Telecom Inc., 800-992-2303, 919-255-8946 
 Racal-Datacom, Inc., 305-846-6762 
 TelePower, 818-587-5540 
 XAN Communications, Inc., 315-787-8183

 Personal Computer Cards 
      These cards most often install in the personal computer or
 workstation and adapt it for communications with the ISDN network. 

 AT&T Distributor: Volt, 800-566-8658 
 Connective Strategies, Inc., 703-802-0023 
 CoSystems, Inc., 408-748-2190 
 DGM&S, Inc., 609-866-1212 
 Digiboard, 800-344-4273 
 Eicon Technology Corp., 514-631-2592 
 EuRoNis, +33-142334098, Paris 
 Extension Technology Corp., 415-390-8130, 508-872-7748 
 Fujitsu ISDN Division, 800-228-ISDN (4736) 
 Hayes Microcomputer Prods., Inc., 415-974-5544, 404-441-1617 
 Hewlett-Packard, 800-637-7740 
 IBM Corp., 800-IBM-CALL, 919-254-0434, 507-253-7294 
 ISCOM, Inc., 301-779-1368 
 ISDN Systems Corp., 703-883-0933 
 Link Technology, Inc. 215-357-3354 
 Mitel Corp., 613-592-2122 
 Motorola UDS, 510-734-8820, 714-285-0824, 205-430-8902 
 MPR Teltech Ltd., 604-293-6047 
 NCR Network Products Division 612-638-7685, 612-638-7828 
 OST, Inc., 403-817-0400 rSilicon Graphics, 415-390-2522 
 Sun Microsystems Computer Corp., 415-336-4433

 ISDN Telephones 
      These phones link directly to ISDN. Many have the required NT1 and
 power supply built it, and some even incorporate jacks to accommodate
 faxes, answering machines and other devices. 

 AT&T Distributor: Volt, 800-566-8658 
 Cartelco, Inc. 901-365-7774 
 Fujitsu ISDN Division, 800-228-ISDN (4736) 
 Lodestar Technology, Inc., 800-378-6316 
 Motorola UDS, 510-734-8820, 714-285-0824, 205-430-8902 
 Northern Telecom Inc., 800-992-2303, 919-255-8946 
 Siemens Stromberg-Carlson, 407-955-3037 
 Telrad Communications, 516-921-8300

 ISDN LAN Bridges 
 Products from these manufacturers let PCs connect from a remote location
 to a LAN or host computer, but do not include a voice capability. Most of
 the voice/data terminal adapters listed above will also provide dial-up
 access to a LAN or host. 

 AT&T Distributor: Volt, 800-566-8658 
 Combinet, Inc. 408-522-9020 
 Develcon Electronics Limited, 306-933-3300 
 Digiboard, 800-344-4273 
 Gandalf Systems Corp., 609-424-9400 
 ISCOM, Inc., 301-779-1368

 Communications Servers, Routers, Bridges 
      LAN-to-LAN connectivity equipment to link one LAN to another, with
 dialed connections over ISDN made on demand. 

 Advanced Computer Communications, 408-864-0600 
 Ascend Communications, Inc., 510-769-6001 
 AT&T Distributor: Volt, 800-566-8658 
 Cisco Systems, Inc., 415-326-1981 
 Connective Strategies, Inc., 703-802-0023 
 Digiboard, 800-344-4273 
 Engage Communications, Inc., 408-688-1021 
 Gandalf Systems Corp., 609-424-9400 
 Hewlett-Packard, 800-637-7740 
 IBM Corp., 800-IBM-CALL, 919-254-0434, 507-253-7294 
 International Transware, Inc. 800-999-6387 
 ISDN Systems Corp., 703-883-0933 
 MPR Teltech Ltd., 604-293-6047 
 NCR Network Products Division 612-638-7685, 612-638-7828 
 NEC (Dr. Bond), 800-222-4NEC 
 Network Express, 800-553-4333 
 OST, Inc., 403-817-0400 
 Racal-Datacom, Inc., 305-846-6762 
 Rockwell Network Systems, 800-262-8023

 Inverse Multiplexers, Multiplexers and Communications Servers 
      Equipment to connect one LAN to another, with dialed connections over
 ISDN on demand. Also automatic back-up equipment which dials one or more
 ISDN lines to handle emergency outages or data overflow on a private-line

 Ascend Communications, Inc., 510-769-6001 
 AT&T Distributor: Volt, 800-566-8658 
 Controlware Communications Systems, Inc., 908-919-0400 
 Newbridge Networks Inc., 201-818-2766 
 Primary Rate Inc., 800-950-ISDN 
 Promptus Communications, Inc., 401-683-6100 
 TyLink Corp., 508-285-0033

 Video Conferencing and Videophones 
      The following companies make videoconferencing codecs, room and
 desktop video sets, as well as other specialized equipment for video

 AT&T Distributor: Volt, 800-566-8658 
 BT Visual Images, 800-778-6288 
 Compression Labs, Inc., 408-428-6759 
 Hitachi America, 404-242-1410 
 Intel Corporation, 800-538-3373 
 ISCOM, Inc., 301-779-1368 
 Northern Telecom Inc., 800-992-2303, 919-255-8946 
 PictureTel, 800-742-8351 
 Vitel, 800-856-8835 



                         THE KIDS' COMPUTING CORNER

                       Hometime Weekend Home Projects
                           CD-ROM for Windows 3.1
                           approximate retail $40
                             from IVI Publishing
                           7500 Flying Cloud Drive
                         Minneapolis, MN 55344-3739

                          Program Requirements
                          CPU:      486SX-25   
                          RAM:      8 megs
                          Video:    SVGA     
                               Hdisk:      1.2 megs
                          CD-ROM:   Double-speed  
                          OS:       Windows 3.1  
                          Misc:     sound card, mouse

 by Frank Sereno

 "Hometime Weekend Home Projects" is intended to help the home weekend
 warrior to improve his living environment.  This multimedia educational
 program mixes QuickTime videos culled from the Hometime television show
 with instructional text and a calculator which helps the user create an
 accurate shopping list for his next project.

 "Weekend Home Projects" has a very friendly and intuitive interface. 
 Simply use the mouse to start a video on the subject of your choice.  The
 user can then choose to watch more videos, read related text, calculate
 project supplies and equipment or move to a new subject by clicking on the
 corresponding icon.  The video can be advanced, paused or reversed by
 clicking on icons resembling the controls of a VCR.  The program also
 includes a help video featuring Hometime host Dean Johnson in which he
 explains all the different aspects of the interface.

 Twelve project categories are covered in "Weekend Home Projects."  These
 are ceramic tile, plumbing, framing, power tools, windows and doors,
 wiring, cabinets, wallpaper, flooring, painting and staining, drywall and
 decks.  A lot of suitable topics weren't covered such as roofing,
 insulation, pouring concrete walks or driveway, etc.  Perhaps these will
 be covered in an additional title.

 The main flaw in this program is that on some topics it simply doesn't
 provide enough information for a beginning rehabber to accomplish that
 task.  The videos are really too short to convey all the information
 needed.  The user must rely heavily on the text portion of the program. 
 That text can be printed out but it will not include the illustrations
 which are shown on the computer.  This is a terrible omission considering
 the advent of laser and ink-jet printers which can print the illustrations
 very competently.  I doubt many people want to drag their desktop
 computers or an expensive laptop to a project site to view the
 illustrations which can be very critical if someone is doing wiring work.

 The calculator could use improvement as well.  It only accepts
 measurements in inches and has a limit of 999 for an input measurement. 
 If you are doing a large project, such as painting the exterior of your
 home, you will have to do several calculations to get the proper shopping
 list.  The list of needed tools provided by the calculator is quite

 Overall, this is a nice program with an excellent interface.  In my
 opinion, the program lacks enough information on several projects for
 beginning rehabbers, but it is excellent for the moderately-experienced
 handyman (or handywowan).  "Weekend Home Projects" is easy to use and it
 is very entertaining.  


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

                             STReport's MAILBAG

                     Messages * NOT EDITED * for content

 A voice from the past brings some very fond memories back...

 #5          19-JUN-1995 16:23:52.88                                    
 From:   IN%""  "John Townsend"
 To:     IN%""  "Ralph Mariano"
 Subj:   Howdy!

 Return-path: <>
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 Date: Mon, 19 Jun 1995 13:23:09 -0800
 From: John Townsend <>
 Subject: Howdy!
 To: Ralph Mariano <>
 Message-id: <>
 X-Mailer: Mail*Link SMTP-QM 3.0.2
 Content-transfer-encoding: 7BIT

 Hi Ralph!

 Just wanted to drop you a line and congratulate you on the move to the web
 with the new STReport site. It looks great and its really nice to be able
 to get even easier access to the magazine through the web!

 I hope everything is going well for you and the rest of your team. Say
 hello to everyone for me.

 -- John Townsend

      Happy Fourth to you and Ken!  (Give my regards to Ken.)  Good to hear
 from you again.  Everytime I do hear from you brings back fond memories of
 the "old days".  Gotta admit we all had fun. 

      I put this note in the issue because its the fastest and best way to
 convey your "hello" to everyone.  Almost all the old timers will see it. 
 The STR Team is doing dandy.  I wish you the very best and please, do stay
 in touch.

 Ps; Now, all we need is for Dave Small to pop in for a quick hello.  Hey   
   Dave!!  How you and da family iz??

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                           MAC/APPLE SECTION (II)
                         John Deegan, Editor (Temp)

 > APPLE Email STR InfoFile

                       Apple Acquires E-Mail Software

     Apple Computer Inc. says it has acquired MailShare, a Macintosh
 electronic mail server software package designed for managing messages
 on the Internet.

     The Cupertino, California- based company says it has renamed the
 product Apple Internet Mail Server and will continue to make the software
 available as freeware. The product can be downloaded from the World Wide
 Web at ailserver.html.  The software,
 acquired from developer Glenn Anderson, supports the Simple Mail Transport
 Protocol (SMTP) and Post Office Protocol version 3 (POP3), two mainstream
 standards for Internet e-mail. The product allows users to send and
 receive e-mail over the Internet from any personal computer that supports
 the SMTP and POP3 standards.

     "Our acquisition of the MailShare technology provides us with one
 more tool in our ongoing effort to make the Internet easy to use," says
 Doug McLean, director of Apple's CyberTech Products group. "Apple intends
 to leverage the technology in its Internet server products, such as the
 Apple Internet Server Solution for the World Wide Web, and in its
 existing e-mail products, PowerTalk and PowerShare."

      Apple also notes that software developer Anderson will join Apple
 as a software engineer.  "We are excited that Glenn is moving from his
 Dunedin, New Zealand, home to join the Apple development team here in
 Cupertino. We expect he will be a great asset to our ongoing Internet
 software development efforts," says McLean.

      As is the nature of freeware software, Apple doesn't plan to
 provide support for the freeware version. Over time, Apple intends to
 commercialize the Apple Internet Mail Server by further enhancing the
 product's features and providing technical support.


                           ATARI/JAG SECTION (III)
                            Dana Jacobson, Editor

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

      The dominant news these days continues to be the attempt of
 government to regulate what can and cannot be viewed on the Internet.
 Specifically, the message is that if it's obscene, keep it off or pay
 the price.

      From the few feedback messages that I received regarding last
 week's editorial, most agreed with me that it should be an individual's
 choice; and that the parents should have the ability to either screen
 what might be objectionable, monitor their children's online activity,
 or have software capabilities to lock out areas within the Internet
 that contain the objectionable topics.

      I realize that it's not an easy task to monitor your children's
 online activity.  But, there should be an attempt.  I also feel that
 online services such as CompuServe, America On-Line, etc. should do
 their part to make sure that [true] pornography (i.e. child
 pornography) should not be tolerated and removed, when found.  The
 other alternative, which is starting to see the light of day, are
 programs which will allow users to lock out the objectionable areas.
 An example of one such program is discussed below in one of our
 industry news clips.

      This is just one example of allowing the industry the opportunity
 to monitor itself, as it should.  There's no need for politicians to
 get involved.  Cyberspace is still a relatively new entity, and a
 growing one.  Let it grow and develop naturally - it'll take care of
 itself soon enough.

      Now onto my usual holiday public service soapbox.  The July 4th
 holiday weekend is rapidly approaching.  This is one of the most
 busiest times of the year for vacationers and other road travelers.
 Please, be careful out there on the highways.  Do NOT drink and drive!
 Also, if you're using fireworks, do so safely.  There are hundreds of
 careless accidents each year which can lead to serious injuries.  Have
 a safe and enjoyable holiday!

      Until next time...


 > Flash II! STR NewsFile!   -  Flash II 2.23 Now Shipping!

                           FLASH II V 2.23 SHIPS!!

 Now shipping version 2.23!

                       354 N. Winston Drive
                  Palatine, Illinois   60067-4132
                     United States of America
                        phone 708-359-9565

 Missionware Software is pleased to announce the release of version 2.23 of
 Flash II.  This is our sixth update.  Flash II originally went up for sale
 in April of 1992.  Version 2.23 fixes a number of problems discovered by
 our customers and beta testers over the past few months.  (See the end of
 this file for details.)  We've added a number of enhancements as well!  If
 you already own a version of Flash II just download the file F223UP.LZH
 and use it to patch your current version.

 Flash II is the update to the most popular Atari ST telecommunications
 program ever!  It's available exclusively from Missionware Software and at
 an affordable price!  Flash II is completely rewritten by Paul Nicholls of
 Clayfield, Australia.  But don't let that fool you!  Flash II has the same
 look and feel as previous versions of a slew of new features
 to boot! And it's just as easy and fast to use for the telecommunications
 beginner or pro!

 The new features of Version 2.23 include:

 * Fully Falcon030 compatible!

 * Enhanced DEC VT Terminal emulations including the ability to swap 
   the functions of the Delete and Backspace keys for conformance to 
   standard DEC terminals.

 * Enhanced ANSI terminal and graphics.

 * History buffer is now included for Type Ahead editor.

 * Full support for all Atari serial ports on TT030 and MegaSTe as well
   as baud rates up to 153600.

 * Terminal mode now displays either the real time clock or a timer.  
   When the timer is displayed, it now runs all the time.

 * Search-Next mode added in editor.  Control-F9 keystrokes can be used
   for this new function. 

 * Enhanced DO scripting language, including:

    PORT:       Selects the port to be used.
    CLOCK:      Selects Clock display in terminal mode.
    TIMER:      Selects Timer display in terminal mode.
    DBPATH:     Sets path for Block file operations.
    KERMIT:     Selects various Kermit transfer options.
    BREAK:      Sends a BREAK during script operations

 Naturally, all of your old favorite Flash II features are still available:

 * DO script files compatible with older versions of Flash!

 * All macros use the familiar Flash DO script format!

 * Easily setup the parameters for each BBS you call...this includes 
   everything from ASCII upload/download options to baud rate!

 * You can program up to 20 individual and separate macros for each 
   BBS plus an additional 10 global macros !

 * Displays RLE & GIF pictures either on or off line!  You can also 
   save or load these pictures for later review!

 * Supports the following terminal types:  TTY, VIDTEX, VT52, ANSI, 
   VT100, VT101, VT102, VT200, VT300 & PRESTEL.

 * Includes full support for RTS/CTS.  This mode can now be turned 
   on and off by the user.

 * Includes Automatic Answer mode!

 * Includes Auto Boards mode - Preselect the board(s) you wish to dial 
   and when Flash II is launched either manually from the desktop by 
   you, or automatically by some other program launcher, Flash II will 
   wake up and dial the board(s) you've got selected.  It will also wait
   for the proper time to dial these boards.

 * Includes full featured GEM text editor with: merge, block 
   commands, cut &  paste, search & replace, paragraph reformating; user
   tab settings, page width, full keyboard cursor and delete control 
   and more!

 * Supports the ST, IBM and DEC character sets, including IBM/ANSI 
   graphics characters!

 * Includes Silent Line for background file transfers!

 * Supports the following upload/download protocols: ASCII, Xmodem, 
   Ymodem, Ymodem-G, Zmodem, Modem7, WXmodem, CIS B, Kermit and SEAlink!  
   And all of these protocols are built into the external 
   modules required!!!

 * Zmodem supports the selection of AutoStart and Streaming  options.
   If you prefer to use an external Zmodem protocol with  Flash II, you
   can now force Flash II's Zmodem autostart mode to off.  For BBS' that
   don't support "streaming", this too can now be turned  off. 

 * Logs all on line time and calculates your approximate costs for you!

 * New version written in assembler!  Fast!

 * Runs on all ST, STe, TT030 and Falcon computers!

 * Supports "Install Application".  You can create a DO script that
   can be used to launch Flash II from the desktop and force it to dial
   up and go online for you, all automatically!

 * Both the Terminal and Editor have been enhanced significantly for 
   both speed and ease of use.  You'll be amazed at how fast the new 
   Flash II is!

 Changes from Flash 2.22 to Flash 2.23...

 + Color Problems Resolved With SpeedoGDOS 5.0c

 + VT200/VT300 Consecutive Control Codes

 + Crashing After Using Block Delete

 + Menu - Download Option - If you selected a file that exists, an alert 
        popped up and when you clicked on "No" the filename wasn't erased 
        from the download entry.

 + Terminal ALT-W fixed.

 + ANSI Reverse Text In Terminal now works properly

 + "Let 'em Fly" Now Works Properly With Flash II

 + Odd Or Even Parity On SCC Ports automatically selected.

 Missionware Software's upgrade policy remains the same for the new Version
 2.23!    We  will  continue to upgrade any old version of Flash! (c) Antic
 Software)  for just $30 US, plus $4 shipping and handling (US and Canada),
 $8  worldwide.   Or, you can purchase Flash II, version 2.23 outright, for
 only  $49.95  US plus the shipping and handling charges applicable to your
 area.  To order, or for more information, contact:

                            Missionware Software
                            354 N. Winston Drive
                          Palatine, IL   60067-4132
                          United States of America

                             phone 708-359-9565


 > DUftp! STR InfoFile!  -  DUftp FTP Client for GEM Available!

 Uploaded to:


 What is DUftp?
 DUftp is a GEM based FTP (File Transfer Protocol) program for use
 with MiNT and the MiNT-net networking drivers. You can use DUftp
 under MultiTOS, or just under plain GEM, as it uses non of the
 MultiTOS AES extensions. You can use DUftp to fetch files from
 any FTP server on the Internet (or any other TCP/IP based network).
 This was inspired by Rapid Filer on the PC, which provides a very
 simple way of transferring files (although Rapid filer does a lot
 more than DUftp, as it's very like Kobold in the way it speeds up
 disc access).

 Why Should I Use DUftp?
 Well, the standard FTP for MiNT-net is a text based Unix port, and
 although it works well, it looks a bit naff. DUftp is loads easier
 to use. As well as the just transferring files you get the following

       o Web-browser style bookmarks for fast access to your fave sites.
       o Automatic logins.
       o Full modern GEM interface (windowed dialogs all round).
       o Runs under MultiTOS or plain GEM.
       o Drag & Drop style file transfer.
       o Multiple connections at the same time (under MultiTOS).
       o Abuse from unix fans for being a pussy and wimping it.
       o Fast, reliable transfers (code based on the BSD Unix ftp).
       o Envy from PC users who have to pay for this sort of thing.
       o AES 4.1 iconify support.
       o Pretty colour icons.
       o No command lines to fart around with.
       o Integrated with DIP to handle your dial-up SLIP connection
         for you (simple Connect/Disconnect menu options).
       o Only uses 200K when running.
       o Context sensitive help.

 (C)1995, Data Uncertain Software

 Written by Craig Graham of Data Uncertain Software.
 GUI done with Interface2, coded using Lattice C 5.52, all on a
 falcon030 4/32Mhz.  Thanks go to the following people:

 o Steve Sowerby for the initial work porting the MiNT-net libraries to
   Lattice C.
 o Chris Ridd for the MiNTLIBpl46 port to Lattice.
 o Kay Roemer for MiNT-net.
 o All the folks who do beta testing for me (DUftp & CLA).


  __                              _
  | \        | |                 / | Watch this space - something wonderful
  |_/ A T A  \/| N C E R T A I N  /   is happening on 'Distant Earth' ?
 -------------------------------- o
  Craig Graham.


 > Atari User Groups! STR NewsFile! - Calling All User Groups!

 JUNE 1995: This is a effort to list all known active Atari users Groups
 and BBSes.  The last list was around Oct 1993, and includes info mostly
 from Atari User and Atari Classics magazines.  Is assumed to be out
 of date.  Please fill out and return via email or regular mail.  Also,
 pass this around as we need as much information as possible.  Save a
 copy for future changes.

 SOAPBOX:The Atari market and active User base is shrinking.  Many
 people are isolated, many have been lost.  The available users must
 support the User Groups, BBSes, Vendors, Magazines, and Online Services
 to the fullest extent possible.  Compuserve, Genie, and Delphi all have
 weekly conferences at the lowest prices ever.  We must let people know
 support is still available.  Only in doing this will Atari support and
 the end user survive.
 The results of this survey will be posted to online services as a list
 and possibly as a file for importing into databases.  Updates will be
 posted as needed.  Please include 8 bit, ST/TT/Falcon, Games systems,
 Lynx, Jaguar, Portfolio, etc.
           Atari Computers User Group and BBS Information Survey
    General:                                   New/Update:
    Group Name:                                Acronym:
    Systems Supported:                         Year Started:
    Online Contact:                            Online Address:
    Mail Contact:                              Phone:
    City:                               ST:      ZIP:       Country:

 Would you share your member list for future mass mailings(Y/N):
    Frequency:                       Disk/Paper/Electronic:
    Contact:                              Phone:
    City:                               ST:      ZIP:       Country:
    Would you be interested in contributing/subscribing to a national
     or global Atari Support newsletter (details)?
    Yearly Dues:                    Prorated:(Y/N)
    Number of members (by System):
    Contact:                              Phone:
    City:                               ST:      ZIP:       Country:
      Name               Day/Time                     Location
      ----               --------                     --------
    City:                               ST:      ZIP:       Country:
      System          Size           Avail by Mail           Cost
      ------          ----           -------------           ----
    City:                               ST:      ZIP:       Country:
    Name:                                               phone 1:
    System on:                     Size/Storage:        Phone 2:
    Systems Supported:                                  Phone 3:
    Baud Rates: 3/12/24/48/96/14.4+     Hours:          Fee:
    Members only:            Run by User Group(Y/N):
    City:                               ST:      ZIP:       Country:
 COMMENTS and other Info:(Events, Dealers, etc.):
 (Use a word processor to add things.  If you need a separate contact
 for each meeting or library, then replicate those lines.)
 Please fill out and send via email to:

 Rick Detlefsen  Compuserve:74766,1561
 Or by Mail:     USER GROUP SURVEY
                 C/O RICK DETLEFSEN
                 8207 BRIARWOOD LANE
                 AUSTIN, TX  78757-7642
 Please pass along to other User Groups.  Also, pass along to all
 known BBSes, so that the BBS list can also be updated.  I'd like
 a copy of a newsletter if available.  I'd appreciate volunteers
 that could be responsible for getting information in a

 Send 8 bit vendor info to Michael Current at:
 I do not have a contact for ST or other vendors lists.
 Thank you very much, Rick Detlefsen.

 > Homa Systems House! STR InfoFile! - Homa Announces New Atari CD!

                                New Atari CD!

 Homa Systems House is proud to announce a New product, the ATARI CD
 MASTER (ACM).  ACM is a an authoring system for a number of DOS/WINDOWS
 popular CD ROMS. ACM has the following features:

 - easy user interface, fully multitasking in a window
 - pictures are viewable on 2, 16 color, 256 color modes, including
   graphics cards and the Falcon
 - Powerful search features, with "narrow down" option. On TIME
   almanac, you can search the whole CD for a particular key word(s)
 - Up to 4 text windows open, with one picture window
 - Save, print, ....

 The following CDs are supported so far:

 1- TIME ALMANAC OF the 1990s. This CD contains all the TIME magazine
 articles from Jan 1 1989 to May 4 1994, will all the pictures.  It also
 has the TIME MAN OF THE YEAR, the CIA FACT BOOK (tons of data/picture
 on various countries (>150), organizations, world statistics), MAPS,
 Almanac charts and articles. View portrait profiles on 12 major persons
 and events of the 20th century, highlights of each decade and all the
 presidential elections, and more! This is a great encyclopedia of world
 events.  With ACM, you can access all the data files, pictures on any
 ST with monochrome graphics, or on VGA 16 color or 256 colors (TT,
 Falcon, graphics cards) up to 1280x1024, save and/or print them. You
 can also do a thorough search on all the articles/ pictures, and/or
 narrow down your selection to reach to your desired information.

 2- TIME ALMANAC, REFERENCE EDITION, This CD is very similar to the 1990s,
 except it only has the articles up to the end of 1993; however, it has
 the complete TIME MAN OF THE YEAR, from year 1927  to 1993, plus hundreds
 of other text and graphics.

 3- UFO (I or II): This is an exciting CD with over 1300 articles, many
 of them with amazing graphics describing UFO events from prehistoric
 times to the present.

 4- Space Missions: This CD contains over 1600 articles, with over 700
 with astounding pictures on all the space missions form all over the
 world (USSR, USA, CHINA, England, ...)

 5- Audio CD Master  v4, "NOW IN 3D" which is the ultimate Audio CD player
 on the ATARIs. With this program (or accessory), you can play Audio CDs
 in the background of any application using any SCSI CD ROM, even the
 popular NEC 25, which no other player supports. It requires -> no <- other
 drivers (i.e., metados, extendos). Version 4 has lots of new
 features/enhancements, 3D buttons.

 Audio CD Master offers the following:
 Play, stop, pause, resume, FF, REW, eject, track. skip options.
 Track options allow you to specify a range of tracks, i.e., from 2-11,
 or play a single track, or play programmable tracks. You can assign up
 to 16 tracks to play, and also save them, so the next time you insert
 the CD, the program automatically asks you whether you want to play the
 previously saved sequences. You can play anywhere within a track, i.e.,
 track 4, minute 3, and second 11, for ultimate control eg: for
 musicians. Displays the track names (by their name of the albums/and
 tracks) for the current CD, and also you can select tracks by their
 names (if you have a lot of CDs, you don't need to memorize all the
 track numbers anymore). Works as a program or accessory, with any
 resolution above 640x400. It is also multitasking. Has an alternate
 window (a much smaller one) with all the main buttons (play, resume,
 pause, stop,track, rew, ff,...) in order to have instant access from
 within any program, and avoid cluttering.

 ATARI TT, Falcon, ST (with ICD) is required.
 Atari CD MASTER will have new drivers added to it periodically, for a
 nominal fee. Pricing is as follows:

 ATARI CD MASTER, complete 4 pack for only ...... 39.95 US$
 Upgrade for Audio CD Master(v3) owners    ...... 25.00 US$

 Upgrades can be done by sending your disk directly to Homa Systems
 House or It's All Relative. We can also supply you the CDs for $15 for
 Time Almanac and UFO. The price of Space missions is not yet known, but
 will be around the same figure. As mentioned previously, you can expect
 more CDs to be added to the list (we are working really fast, there are
 two more CDs in the works, estimated release time, two weeks).

 At Homa Systems House, we are dedicated to bring you quality software
 and hardware. If you want to be on our mailing list, please send your
 name and address to one of the following:

                             Homa Systems House
                                P.O.BOX 52127
                             OTTAWA, ON  K1N 5S0
                             TEL: (613) 722-0901
                             FAX: (613) 722-9061
 genie: NIMA

 You can expect to see ATARI CD MASTER on your friendly dealer's shelf,
 or directly from us.  We accept Visa/MC, or money order, or cheque for
 methods of payment.  3% surcharge on credit cards.

 CALLED "1995 INTERNATIONAL AUTO ALMANAC". Interactive graphics and text
 (specs, ....) about all the 1994/1995 cars.

 /\/\   Nima Montaser                    /\/\
 /\/\   |=>    /\/\


 >Atari FTP List Update! STR InfoFile! - Atari Internet Sites Update!

 Posted to newsgroups:,,
 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Last edit: 20-June-1995
 Additions/changes since last list: 3
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   //  _/      _/  _/ Archives //  //
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   \\                         \\//
 (log in with "anonymous" as name, and full name/e-mail address as
 password)  FTP instructions after this list!

                  A T A R I   S T   F T P   S I T E S :
   email and
 -------- /pub/atari/
 -------- or /pub3/atari/
   email /pub/atari/
   email ......./pub/atari/
 --- ( ............/micros/atari/
 FTP "mirror"-sites:('back-door' to other FTP sites when they are too busy
 -------------------  or there are other problems accessing them!) or ( or
  ( or ( or (
                                                 - (, USA) (
                                                 - (, USA) or (
                 /mirror/atari/                  - (, USA) (
  PS!!! is more reliable!!!         - (, USA) (
  PS!!! is more reliable!!!         - (uni-paderborn, GERMANY)
 - to find the numbered address of the FTP site, use the following command,
   while inside FTP:  ftp> !host FTP-address [CR]  i.e. "!host"

 DOWNLOADING FILES, Instructions:    [CR]= carriage return/return/enter

 1) Go to the directory where you want the files to be downloaded.
 2) ftp [CR].
 3) open {ftp address} [CR].            i.e. "open" [CR]
    OR use the (IP) number address, NOT both!
 4) "Name": anonymous [CR].
 5) "Password": {full e-mail name/address}. i.e. "" [CR]
 6) use "cd" to access the appropriate directory. i.e.  "cd pub/atari" [CR]
 7) bin [CR].    (set `binary` transfer mode)
 8) hash [CR].   (shows 'hash` signs (#####...) when transferring data)
 9) get {filename} [CR].      i.e.  "get rename.lzh" [CR]
 10) mget [CR] to get several files at once.
     i.e. "mget syst12.Z fixdsk.arc" [CR]
 11) prompt [CR] to download several files with "mget" without having
     to reply "y" for each file when asked "get {filename}?".
 12) quit [CR] to end FTP session and go back to UNIX
 13) close [CR] to close the FTP site you're currently on, so that
     another site can be opened without having to set bin, hash, prompt
     etc. again.

 - bin, hash, prompt will be turned on/off each time it's typed!
 - Be sure to check if all modes are set correctly (especially 'bin')!
 - stat [CR] or; status [CR] will show all modes and where you are
 - Most files are compressed. Use an appropriate program on your
   computer on which the programs were intended, or in UNIX .......
 - uncompress [CR] if ".Z" file
 - uudecode [CR] if ".uu" file
 - very often, files are still compressed in another format after
   uncompressing .Z and/or .uu.
   Use the appropriate decompression program for this.
 - ls [CR] lists files (shows all files in current directory).
 - pwd [CR] shows path.  i.e.  /pub/mirrors/umich/atari/utilities
 - If down-loading several files with similar names use "*".
      i.e.   "mget *sys" [CR]  (will get f.x.; datasys, lm23isys,
     xlinksys etc...) (ALL files with "sys" in their names)
     i.e.   "mget *.lzh" [CR] (will get f.x.; stest.lzh, dw3.lzh,
     xlba.lzh etc...) (ALL files ending with ".lzh")
     i.e.   "mget * [CR]  (will get ALL files in the current directory!)
 - If your computer doesn't have a disk drive you can "remote login" to
   another  computer (use an other terminal's disk drive);
 - rlogin {computer name} [CR].    i.e.  "rlogin hnoss" [CR].
 - You can now access the disk just as if it was on your own machine.
 - eject [CR] to eject disk on disk-drives without "eject button"

 Part of this is dependent on you having the GNU msdos-utilities
 available at your site. If you don't, ask your local system operator
 how to transfer files to/from MSDOS disks.
 - mcopy {filename} a: [CR] i.e.  mcopy microtcx.zoo a:
                            i.e.  mcopy microtcx.zoo icone.lzh shblr.arc a:
 - mdir [CR] to show disk-directory/space left.
 - fdformat -d [CR] to format an MS-DOS 3.5" 1.44mMb disk ("-d" for
 - fdformat -l -d [CR] to format an MS-DOS 720Kb 3.5" disk ("-l" for
   "low density")
 - mcopy a:{filename on disk} {copy filename} [CR] to get a file from
   disk to computer.         i.e. "mcopy a:dlist.txt"
 - mdel a:{filename} [CR] to delete a file on disk. i.e. "mdel
 - eject [CR] to eject disks from disk-drives that don't have "eject
              - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
 Original idea and list compilation by Hallvard Tangeraas, Oslo, Norway
 Now handled by Mark Stephen Smith ( with permission from

 This list may by all means be reproduced and distributed freely, but
 only with all data intact.
 Copyright (C) 20-June-1995
 + Mark Stephen Smith : or           +
 + Atari Web Pages    :           +
 +                                                                      +
 + Atari FTP List maintainer, Atari Web Page creator and maintainer.    +
 + Member and writer for CAIN (Central Atari Information Network)       +
 + Atari 1040STF, 4Mb Falcon 127Mb HD, Atari Jaguar, Atari Lynx         +


 > STR NewsPlus

                   -/- Murdoch Names Online Editor -/-

      Media magnate Rupert Murdoch, sending a message to the online
 industry that he doesn't want to be left out of the race to dominate
 the Internet, has moved his top editor from TV Guide to a new position
 as "online editor."

      Anthea Disney, who has been editor-in-chief of TV Guide for more
 than three years, was named to the top editorial post for online
 services from Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

      Murdoch told The Associated Press 48-year-old Disney will be
 editor-in-chief worldwide for the Delphi Internet Services Corp.,
 acquired by News Corp. last year.

      The wire service notes Murdoch, who hopes to build Delphi into a
 major online competitor, has designated Disney to design and develop
 editorial content that will be delivered over Delphi Internet's
 expanded service to debut this fall.

      In addition to editing TV Guide, Disney has been editorial
 director at Murdoch Magazines, where she oversaw magazine development
 and acquisitions and the development of on-screen and online versions
 of TV Guide. She has formerly been an executive producer at "A Current
 Affair," a TV show produced by another Murdoch-controlled property, Fox

                    -/- Playboy Wins CD-ROM Suit -/-

     Chicago-based Playboy Enterprises Inc. says it has been awarded a
 $1.1 million judgment in the copyright infringement suit it brought
 against Starware Publishing Corp. of Deerfield, Florida, and Starware's
 President D. Andrew Kasanicky.

     Playboy sued the defendants in the Southern District Court of Florida
 for copyright infringement and violations of the federal Lanham Act,
 for the unauthorized use and distribution of photographs from Playboy
 magazine in a CD-ROM.

     Playboy says the trial court's award is more than three times
 higher than the defendants' reported sales of the accused CD-ROM,
 Private Pictures I. 

     The court had previously granted Playboy a summary judgment that
 Starware and Kasanicky were liable for infringing 53 of Playboy's
 copyright registrations by including digitized GIF files of Playboy's
 published photographs in their CD-ROM.

     At trial, the defendants argued that they had downloaded the
 Playboy images from a BBS or copied them from another CD- ROM,
 believing the material was in the public domain. The court, however,
 ruled that publishers should be "acutely aware" of copyright issues,
 and that there was sound reason to believe that high-quality
 photographs of models, particularly well-known actresses or others in
 the news, were not in the public domain.

     "We are very satisfied with the judgment and will continue to
 aggressively pursue the unauthorized use of Playboy's materials," says
 Playboy general counsel Howard Shapiro. "This case is similar to other
 lawsuits we have filed against bulletin board operators that transmitted
 Playboy images on their systems without our authorization, and the
 outcomes are nearly identical. The court ruling sends a clear message to
 new media publishers about their responsibility to secure rights to the
 materials they use."

                   -/- Time Focuses on 'Cyberporn' -/-

      In the cover story of its July 3 issue on sale today, Time magazine
 focuses on "cyberporn," saying online pornography is much more popular
 than surveys may indicate.
      According to the Reuter News Service, the Time cover story "was
 based on an exhaustive study by Carnegie Mellon University that used
 computer records of online activity to measure what people actually
 download as opposed to what they say they want to see."
     In other words, says Marty Rimm, the study's principal
 investigator, "We now know what the consumers of computer pornography
 really look at in the privacy of their own homes."

      The wire service says that in Time's 18-month study, researchers
 surveyed 917,410 sexually explicit pictures, descriptions, stories and
 film clips.

      "Trading in sexually explicit imagery is now 'one of the largest
 (if not the largest) recreational application of users on computer
 networks,'" the study comments.

      It also reports porn is profitable in cyberspace, "particularly for
 adult-oriented computer bulletin board systems whose operators lure
 customers to their private collections of pornography... There are
 thousands of these bulletin boards, which charge fees and take credit
 cards; the five largest have revenues of more than $1 million."

      As reported, the U.S. Senate has focused on computer pornography
 recently, passing a measure that would make some online service
 providers criminally liable for obscene communications passed through
 their systems. Supporters say the measure would protect children;
 opponents say it would violate freedom of speech.

                -/- Voluntary Smut Controls Proposed -/-

      A voluntary system to let people identify and block offensive
 materials that come into their homes from the Internet is being
 proposed by the Information Technology Association of America, whose
 members include IBM, AT&T and Microsoft Corp.

      Association President Harris Miller told Associated Press writer
 Jeannine Aversa that components of the proposed system could include:

      -:- Rating a particular service or adopting an industry-wide code
 of standards certifying that a user group or a chat room contains
 acceptable contents. (The group compared the rating to a digital "Good
 Housekeeping Seal.")

      -:- Running a campaign to teach people how to use the Internet

      -:- Making it easier for people to gain access to technologies
 that would permit them to block objectionable materials from their home

      The ITAA effort comes on the heels of the U.S. Senate's approval
 of a bill to ban smut on the Internet and other computer services.
 (Violators would be imprisoned for up to two years and fined up to

      Miller told Aversa his group wants to submit a plan to lawmakers
 before they begin reconciling House and Senate telecommunications bills,
 adding that even if the anti-smut provision became federal law, the
 association still would adopt a self-policing plan.

      Said Miller, "If people genuinely believe that the Internet is
 something bad ... then people aren't going to use it."

      AP says the Arlington, Virginia, ITAA plans to consult with online
 services and civil liberties groups in crafting its plan. The
 association's 6,700 members range from software companies and service
 providers to communications companies.

                  -/- Program Keeps Kids From Porn -/-

      Solid Oak Software Inc. has released CYBERsitter, a Windows program
 that's designed to give parents the ability to block or be alerted to
 the access of adult-oriented pictures and pornography on the Internet
 as well as major online services.

     CYBERsitter can also be used to block access to files on the
 computer's own hard disk, floppy disks and CD-ROM drive.

      Solid Oak says CYBERsitter works by monitoring all computer
 activity. When a child tries to download or view an adult-oriented
 picture, the process is automatically aborted and/or an alert to the
 parent is generated for later viewing.

       CYBERsitter is available now for $29.95 directly from Santa
 Barbara, California-based Solid Oak Software. A trial version of
 CYBERsitter is available for downloading from Solid Oak Software's
 CompuServe forum (GO SOLIDOAK).

                  -/- Blockbuster Expands to CD-ROM -/-

      Blockbuster Video's movie guide is being adapted for home computers
 and the firm says it will be the only CD-ROM guide with monthly
 electronic updates.

      Reporting from Portland, Oregon, United Press International says
 the CD-ROM version of the Blockbuster Video Guide to Movies & Videos,
 already out in paperback, will be in stores July 1 at a suggested retail
 price of $19.99.

      Written by the Philip Lief Group and edited by Blockbuster, the
 guide will have monthly updates to reflect new titles on the video
 market and recent movie reviews.

      Blockbuster Vice President Ted Innes told the wire service the
 CD-ROM will include more than 21,000 film and video titles, video clips,
 biographies, trivia questions and electronic updates, adding, "This
 CD-ROM is a great complement to the book it's based upon. With the
 monthly updates available to customers through an online electronic
 service, it becomes a living, breathing piece of software that is never
 out of date."

      The disc will enable users "to create and print a personal movie
 list identifying a user's preferences -- or listing those titles already
 viewed -- which should make it easier to choose wisely from the video
 rental shelves," UPI reports. "Users can dial in on a toll-free phone
 number for monthly updates at a cost of $3. Blockbuster says each
 month's update will include 50-100 new titles and reviews."

                  -/- Packard Bell Demands Apology -/-

      Packard Bell Electronics Inc. is demanding that Compaq Computer
 Corp. issue an apology to all members of the Mexican-American and
 Chinese-American communities following allegedly disparaging comments
 made by a senior executive to an Associated Press reporter.

      Ross Cooley, Compaq's senior vice president for North America,
 reportedly made the comments at PC Expo in New York following a speech
 by Eckhard Pfeiffer, Compaq's CEO. Packard Bell has written a letter to
 Compaq asking for a formal apology.

      "Ross Cooley's comments are ignorant, irresponsible and certainly
 insensitive," says Beny Alagem, Packard Bell's president and CEO. "To
 suggest that Packard Bell or any other company would at any time be in
 jeopardy because it hires Mexican-Americans, Chinese-Americans or
 members of any ethnic group is uncalled for. Moreover, Cooley's comments
 are disrespectful and an insult not only to Packard Bell's workforce
 but to all members of the Mexican-American as well as Chinese-American
 communities. No one should engage in this kind of behavior.

      "Packard Bell is proud to have an ethnically diverse workforce
 representing a broad cross-section of the American community. Compaq
 owes an apology to our employees and to every American of ethnic
 background," says Alagem.



                               JAGUAR SECTION

   -  Theodore Hoff Hired!
   - CATnips! - Game Schedule Updated!
   - Rayman! - Super Burnout Ships!
              ...  And more!

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

      The latest news is that Super Burnout is at the Atari warehouse,
 and started shipping to dealers on Thursday.  July reportedly has at
 least five titles scheduled: Air Cars, Fight For Life, Ultra Vortek,
 White Men Can't Jump (packed with the Team Tap!), and Flashback.  The
 latest Jaguar games schedule is included in this week's issue, as
 mentioned last week.
      I'm not a big gaming magazine reader, but occasionally I like to
 pick up a magazine to check it out, especially if I know that there's
 an interesting article inside.  I've read a few issues of "Next
 Generation" magazine lately.  The July issue (#07) contains an
 interesting interview with Atari's Sam Tramiel.  This interview is not
 your typical Tramiel interview in which Mr. Tramiel replies to
 questions with his standard answers.  It's actually an interesting
 piece; and if you're looking for a new gaming magazine to check out,
 I'd recommend starting with this issue.  Next Generation is not a major
 fan of the Jaguar, but it seems from various editorial comments that
 I've noticed, that they're willing to give the machine and Atari an
 opportunity to make them, and us, believers.

      Speaking of gaming magazines, I wish that the editors of these
 magazines would teach their game reviewers how to write a review.  I
 wonder if these reviewers actually play the games that they write
 about; or if they just run the introductions and play a game for an
 hour, or less.
      One thing that reviewers need to do is establish some integrity.
 If they can't do a review of a game without any preconceived biases,
 they shouldn't be doing reviews.  Play the game, take a lot of notes,
 and sit down and give an honest evaluation of the game.  Forget what
 you feel your readers want to read, or what your editors want you to
 write.  A review is an evaluation, your opinion of the game.
      For those of you who rely on game reviews as a true indicator of a
 game's "worth", take reviews with a grain of salt.  Read a number of
 different reviews if this is to be your method of making a purchase
 decision.  Remember, each review is just ONE person's opinion.  A
 reviewer may love a game which you may not; he may hate one that you'll
 enjoy for hours on end.  I'm so tired of seeing messages online from
 people who say that so-and-so magazine gave Jaguar Title-X only a one
 out of ten - avoid it at all costs - and then I see replies that state
 that the game is tremendous!  I can't believe that people take game
 reviews as the ultimate gospel!  I've written a number of game reviews
 and I wouldn't want people to make a purchase decision SOLELY on my
 opinions.  In my defense, however, my goal is to give an honest and
 unbiased opinion of the games that I review.  If I review a game genre
 that I'm not particularly crazy about - you'll know it from the onset.
      We've got a lot of interesting news and information for you this
 week, so I'm not going to lecture you any more!  We're looking forward
 to the upcoming games for the Jaguar, and the variety of hardware
 peripherals that will be arriving shortly.  We've got a number of
 articles, reviews, and other interesting pieces planned, so stay tuned.
 In the meantime, enjoy the current crop of games and we'll keep you
 posted as the new ones arrive!

      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 $29.99           Atari Corp.
      J9005  Raiden               $29.99           FABTEK, Inc/Atari Corp.
      J9001  Trevor McFur/
             Crescent Galaxy      $29.99           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    $39.99           Atari Corp.
      J9003  Club Drive           $59.99           Atari Corp.
      J9007  Checkered Flag       $39.99           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/C-West
             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.
      J0144E Pinball Fantasies    $59.99           C-West

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

      CAT #   TITLE               MSRP          DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER

      J9052E  Super Burnout         TBD               Atari
              Air Cars              TBD        MidNite Entertainment
              Fight For Life        TBD               Atari
              Flashback             TBD             U.S. Gold
              Power Drive Rally     TBD                TWI
              Rayman                TBD              UBI Soft
              Ultra Vortek          TBD               Atari
              White Men Can't Jump  TBD               Atari
              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


 > Industry News STR Game Console NewsFile  -  The Latest Gaming News!

  CONTACT: August Liguori
           Atari Corporation
           (408) 745-2069
           Jessica Nagel and Patricia Kerr
           Dorf & Stanton Communications, Inc.
           (310) 479-4997 or (800) 444-6663
 For Immediate Release...
 SUNNYVALE, CA -- (June 26, 1995) -- Earlier this morning Atari
 Corporation announced that Theodore M. Hoff has joined the company's
 core management team as President of North American Operations. Hoff
 will oversee Atari Corporation's North American operations, which
 includes the United States, Canada and Mexico.
 "We are very pleased to have Ted Hoff at Atari," said Atari Corporation
 President/CEO Sam Tramiel. "His extensive industry experience will
 play an integral part, both in the planning and execution of our long
 and short term corporate strategies."
 Prior to joining Atari Corporation, Mr. Hoff was Senior Vice President
 and General Manager of Fox Interactive, a division of Twentieth Century
 Fox.  During his tenure, Hoff launched Fox's interactive entertainment
 division, establishing the company's mission, structure, five-year
 strategic and financial plans, and led the launch of multiple titles
 based on their film and television properties.
 From 1990 to 1994, Mr. Hoff held the key position of Senior Vice
 President of Time Warner Interactive, Inc. (TWI), the home
 entertainment software publisher subsidiary of Time Warner, Inc. At
 TWI Hoff directed  sales and marketing and established annual and
 long-range strategies and financial objectives.
 Hoff hired and directed senior staff, including directors of marketing,
 sales, licensing and acquisition, and third party publisher affiliates.
 Under Hoff's direction, Time Warner Interactive launched 15 to 20 new
 titles per year including arcade, theatrical, and sports licenses.
 Mr. Hoff's previous experience also includes senior management
 positions at United Brands Co. and  Philip Morris, where Hoff launched
 new products and directed retail sales, marketing, and operations at
 both corporations.
 Atari has been in the video game business for over twenty years.  Today,
 Atari markets Jaguar, the only American made, advanced 64-Bit
 entertainment system. Atari Corporation is located in Sunnyvale CA.

                  Ultra Vortek News Story/Beyond Games

 By David Clifton, The Salt Lake Tribune  Knight-Ridder/Tribune Business

 Jun. 23--Chris Johnson hoped the first game produced by his company,
 Beyond Games of Salt Lake City, would propel him into the competitive
 video market.  But he soon discovered how brutal the video-game business
 can be.  Johnson, 28, and friends spent countless hours making "Battle
 Wheels" for Atari's hand-held Lynx system. The machine was discontinued
 shortly after "Battle Wheels" hit store shelves.

     "We got no exposure," Johnson chuckled. "That machine had been out
 two years, and they phased it out right when we released the game."  Now,
 Johnson and his crew are about to release "Ultra Vortex" for Atari's
 Jaguar system.

     "Ultra Vortex may not be a blockbuster," Johnson said. "But it will
 definitely be a decent seller."  It's the dream of every small game
 manufacturer: produce a unique game, get a big company such as Sega or
 Nintendo to buy it and cash in on the voracious appetites of video-game
 buffs. In 1994, Americans spent $21 billion on video machines and games.

     Many try, but few succeed, says Ron Johnson of Electro Brain Corp.
 in Salt Lake City.  It's been six months since his company produced a
 game. The market is saturated, he said, and the only way to compete is to
 keep up with changes in  technology. And that costs money.  "Only a few
 companies capture 80% of the video-game market," said Johnson, no relation
 to the Beyond Games owner.

     Two Utah firms that have made it big are Sculptured Software Inc.
 and Access Software, both of Salt Lake City. Sculptured converted the
 game program for the popular, ultra-violent "Mortal Kombat" games for
 Sega and Nintendo. Access stormed the market several years ago with the
 "Links" golf series and recently, the interactive personal computer game
 "Under a Killing Moon."

     "There are literally tens of thousands of products out there," said
 Mindy Cook, Access Software's marketing representative. "I am sorry for
 anyone trying to get into the market."  Kelly Zmak, executive producer for
 Sculptured Software, said video-game manufacturers -- especially small
 ones -- cannot focus on past successes if they want to compete. The game
 industry, she said, is getting too expensive to be passive.

     "It can cost $3 million to $5 million to produce one game," Zmak
 said. "It's not tough to get a single hit, but it is hard to be
 consistent." Beyond Games has spent nearly $100,000 to produce "Ultra
 Vortex." Chris Johnson would not say how much Atari paid for the game,
 but said his crew should "have some fun" with the money.

     "Ultra Vortex," which took a year to make, will be shipped to Atari
 in four days and should be on the market in July or August, Johnson
 said. It will retail for $69.95.

     The game is similar to "Mortal Kombat" and "Street Fighter" in that
 different characters battle each other to the death. To make their game
 unique, Beyond Games used 3-D computer renderings, stop-motion puppets
 and costumed adults to create the movements of warriors such as Grok, a
 rock monster, and Volcana, a woman who burns everything in her path.

     "Most companies only use one or two formats when making their
 characters," said Clark Walker, who helped bring Grok to life.  Artist Jim
 Meier created several backgrounds for the game, including two that mirror
 a Salt Lake City warehouse and the burned-out Irving Jr. High School in
 Sugar House. He even drew his colleagues into several scenes, either
 cheering on the combatants or lying dead on the street.

     Christopher Salmon put together working models for several characters,
 while Dale Meier programmed music and sound effects. Bruce Johnson, who
 came late to the project, is helping put finishing touches on some scenes.
 The crew, which looks more like fans of the grunge rock band Pearl Jam
 than mainstream computer game creators, is already working on a sequel to
 Atari's "Predator vs. Alien." They hope it will sustain any success they
 may gain from Ultra Vortex.


 > Jaguar Developers STR InfoFile  -  Current Developer Lists & Titles

 Game Title             Date   Game Type           MSRP      Publisher
 Air Cars                7/95  Racing/Combat       $59.99    MidNite Ent.
 Alien vs Predator       NOW   Role Play/Adventure $69.99    Atari
 Alien vs Predator CD    2/96  Role Play/Adventure  TBD      Atari
 Arena Football         10/95  Sports               TBD      V Reel
 Assault                2Q/95  Action/Combat       $59.99    MidNite Ent.
 Atari Kart             11/95  TBD                  TBD      Atari
 Att. of Mut. Penguins  10/95  Arcade               TBD      Atari
 Baldies (CD)            9/95  Action/Simulation    TBD      Atari
 Batman Forever (CD)     4/96  Action/Adventure     TBD      Atari
 Battlemorph (CD)        9/95  Flying/Action       $59.99    Atari
 Battlesphere            9/95  Space/Combat         TBD      4-Play
 Battlestar             11/95  Space/Combat         TBD      ?
 Battle Wheels          2Q/95  Racing/Combat        TBD      Beyond Games
 Black ICE/White Noise  12/95  Action/Adventure     TBD      Atari
 Blue Lightning (CD)     8/95  Flying/Action       $59.99    Atari
 Braindead 13 (CD)      10/95  Action/Adventure     TBD      ReadySoft
 Breakout 2000          11/95  Puzzle               TBD      Atari
 Brett Hull Hockey (CD) 11/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 Brutal Sports Football  NOW   Sports/Combat       $69.99    Telegames
 Bubsy                   NOW   Action/Adventure    $49.99    Atari
 Cannon Fodder           NOW   Action/Adventure    $69.99    Virgin
 Chas Barkley Basketball 9/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 Checkered Flag          NOW   Racing              $69.99    Atari
 Club Drive              NOW   Racing              $59.99    Atari
 Commando (CD)          11/95  Action (3D)          TBD      Atari
 Commander Blood (CD)   11/95  RPG                  TBD      Atari
 Creature Shock (CD)     8/95  Adventure/Sci-Fi     TBD      Atari/Virgin
 Cybermorph              NOW   Flying/Action       $59.99    Atari
 Dactyl Joust           11/95  Action               TBD      Atari
 Dante (CD)              6/96  Action               TBD      Atari
 Deathwatch             11/95  Arcade               TBD      Atari
 Defender 2000          10/95  Arcade               TBD      Atari
 Demolition Man (CD)     9/95  Action/Combat       $59.99    Atari
 Doom                    NOW   Action/Combat       $69.99    Atari
 Double Dragon V         NOW   Action/Adventure    $59.99    Williams
 Dragon:Bruce Lee Story  NOW   Combat              $59.99    Atari
 Dragon's Lair (CD)      8/95  Adventure            TBD      Ready Soft
 Dragon's Lair 2 (CD)   10/95  Adventure            TBD      ReadySoft
 Dreadnought (CD)       2Q/95  Adventure            TBD      Atari
 Dune Racer (CD)         1/96  Racing               TBD      Atari
 Dungeon Depths         2Q/95  Action/Adventure    $59.99    MidNite Ent.
 Evolution: Dino Dudes   NOW   Puzzle/Adventure    $49.99    Atari
 Fight For Life          7/95  Combat               TBD      Atari
 Flashback               7/95  Action/Adventure     TBD      US Gold
 Flip-Out                8/95  Puzzle               TBD      Atari
 Formula Racing (CD)    12/95  Racing               TBD      Atari
 Frank Thomas Baseball   4/96  Sports               TBD      Atari
 Hardball Baseball      2Q/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 Highlander I (CD)      11/95  Action/Adventure    $59.99    Atari
 Highlander II (CD)      2/96  Action/Adventure     TBD      Atari
 Highlander III (CD)     4/96  Action/Adventure     TBD      Atari
 Horrorscope            2Q/95  Combat               TBD      V Reel
 Hover Strike            NOW   Action/Combat       $59.99    Atari
 Hover Strike CD         9/95  Action/Combat        TBD      Atari
 Hyper Force             TBA   ?                    TBD      Comp. West
 Ironman/XO-Manowar      4/96  Action               TBD      Atari
 Iron Soldier            NOW   Action/Strategy     $59.99    Atari
 Iron Soldier II (CD)    1/96  Action/Strategy      TBD      Atari
 Jack Nicklaus Golf(CD) 2Q/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 Kasumi Ninja            NOW   Combat              $69.99    Atari
 Magic Carpet (CD)      12/95  Action/RPG           TBD      Atari
 Max Force               9/95  Action               TBD      Atari
 Mindripper (CD)         2/96  Adventure            TBD      Atari
 Mortal Kombat 3         4/96  Fighting             TBD      Atari
 Myst (CD)               8/95  Interactive Novel    TBD      Atari
 NBA Jam T.E.           12/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 Phase Zero             10/95  Action/Arcade        TBD      Atari
 Pinball Fantasies       NOW  Arcade              $59.95     Comp. West
 Pitfall                 9/95  Arcade               TBD      Activision
 Power Drive Rally       8/95  Driving              TBD      TWI
 Primal Rage (CD)       12/95  Fighting             TBD      TWI
 Rage Rally             2Q/95  Racing               TBD      Atari
 Raiden                  NOW   Action/Adventure    $49.99    Atari
 Rayman                  8/95  Action/Adventure     TBD      UBI Soft
 Redemption (CD)        11/95  Action/Adventure     TBD      Atari      
 Rise of the Robots (CD)11/95  Action/Arcade        TBD      TWI
 Robinson's Requiem (CD) 9/95  Adventure            TBD      Atari
 Rocky Horror Inter.(CD) 4/96  Adventure            TBD      Atari
 Ruiner Pinball          9/95  Arcade               TBD      Atari
 Sensible Soccer         NOW   Sports                        Telegames
 Sky Hammer (CD)        12/95  Flying/Action        TBD      Atari
 Soccer Kid             2Q/95  Sports               TBD      Ocean
 Soul Star (CD)          9/95  Action/Sci-Fi        TBD      Atari
 Space Ace (CD)          9/95  Space/Combat         TBD      ReadySoft
 Space War               9/95  Action/Adventure    $59.99    Atari
 Starlight BowlaRama CD 10/95  Simulation/Sports    TBD      Atari
 Star Raiders           2Q/95  Space Simulation     TBD      Atari
 Sudden Impact          12/95  Action               TBD      Atari
 Super Burnout           6/95  Racing              $59.99    Atari
 Supercross 3D           9/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 Syndicate               NOW   Simulation          $69.99    Ocean
 Tempest 2000            NOW   Action/Adventure    $59.99    Atari
 Thea Relm Fighters (CD)10/95  Action/Fighting      TBD      Atari
 Theme Park              NOW   Simulation          $69.99    Ocean
 Tiny Toon Adventures   2Q/95  Action/Adventure    $59.99    Atari
 Trevor McFur            NOW   Action/Adventure    $49.99    Atari
 Troy Aikman NFL Ftball  NOW   Sports              $69.99    Williams
 Ultimate Brain Games   2Q/95  Puzzle               TBD      Telegames
 Ultra Vortek            7/95  Action/Adventure    $69.99    Beyond Games
 Val D'Isere Skiing...   NOW   Sports              $59.99    Atari
 Varuna's Forces (CD)   11/95  Action/Adventure     TBD      Atari
 VidGrid (CD)            8/95  Puzzle/Music Video   TBD      Atari
 Wayne Gretzky NHL (CD) 12/95  Sports               TBD      TWI
 White Men Can't Jump    7/95  Sports (w/Team Tap) $69.99    TriMark
 Wolfenstein 3D          NOW   Combat/Action       $59.99    Atari
 Zool2                   NOW   Action/Adventure    $59.99    Atari

 [Editor's note: Titles, scheduled release dates, and prices are
 verified from Atari - all subject to change]


 > Jaguar Easter Eggs/Cheats/Hints STR InfoFile  -  Solving Those Riddles!  

      We've been promising game tips and cheats for what seems like an
 eternity.  I apologize for not getting these put together as rapidly as
 I would have liked, but our compilation of game tips, cheats, etc. is
 just about complete.  In this week's issue, we're providing you with
 just some of the game cheat codes for Hover Strike.  We'll have more
 for this enjoyable game, next week.  We also have an "invincibility"
 cheat, but we'll only send this to you if you request it, unless
 there's an overwhelming demand from our readers!

                              Hover Strike
                            Game Cheat Codes

                             Night Missions

 Enter this code during normal game play to turn any mission into a
 night-time mission.  Flares will be automatically added to your
 alternate weapons system.
                    Press UP+A+B+C+7 simultaneously.

 Rotate the Globe
 Press Key 4 at the mission select screen to spin the globe left.
 Press Key 6 at the mission select screen to spin the globe right.

 Jump Ahead One Level
 Enter this code at the mission select screen to advance one level each
 time the code is entered.
                    Press 2+4+6+7+8+9 simultaneously.

 Additional Lives
 Enter this code at the mission select screen to add one extra ship each
 time the code is entered, up to a total of NINE ships.
                      Press 3+6+9+# simultaneously.

 Alternate External Monitor Frame
 Enter this code at the mission select screen to see different artwork
 when viewing the external monitor.
                   Press C+4+RIGHT+1+5 simultaneously.

 We'll have the cheat codes for the secret bonus missions in next week's


 > Jaguar Online STR InfoFile         Online Users Growl & Purr!

       CATnips... Jaguar tidbits from Don Thomas        (95.06.22)

 Yes, this is still another edition of CATnips. I thought I included
 everything yesterday, but a lot of people are working hard and things
 are changing by the hour.
 One of the first things to do is update the tentative software schedule
 from the one I sent out a week ago or so. The schedule had changed
 since E3, but I didn't know what all the changes were so I sent out the
 information I had. The schedule below includes up-to-the-minute
 additions, corrections and changes. I will remark about key changes 
 after the schedule. Again, these are NOT promises or guarantees. The
 information is taken directly from up-to-date project status reports
 with projected release dates based on realistic developer projections.
 Some of the information WILL change, but as always we will make every 
 effort to keep changes to a minimum. Please note that titles noted by
 (*) are third party releases. Also note that some titles remain
 unannounced and are not yet placed on this schedule. I apologize in
 advance for any typos I may have made.
    JUNE '95:
        Pinball Fantasies(*)        cart   simulation   
        Super Burnout               cart   racing    
    JULY '95:
        Air Cars(*)                 cart   racing/combat
        Fight For Life              cart   fighting
        Flashback(*)                cart   action/adventure
        Ultra Vortek (formally Ultra Vortex)
                                    cart   fighting
        White Men Can't Jump (with Team Tap pack-in)
                                    cart   sports
    AUGUST '95:
        Blue Lightning              CD     flying/action
        Creature Shock              CD     adventure/sci-fi
        Dragon's Lair(*)            CD     adventure
        Flip-Out                    cart   puzzle
        Myst                        CD     interactive novel
        Power Drive Rally           cart   driving
        Vid Grid                    CD     puzzle/music video
        Rayman                      cart   action/adventure
    SEPTEMBER '95:
        Baldies                     CD     action/simulation
        Battlemorph                 CD     flying/action
        Battlesphere(*)             cart   space/combat
        Charles Barkley Basketball  cart   sports
        Demolition Man              CD     action/combat
        Hover Strike CD             CD     action/combat
        Max Force                   cart   action
        Pitfall(*)                  cart   arcade
        Robinson's Requiem          CD     adventure
        Ruiner Pinball              cart   arcade
        Soul Star                   CD     action/sci-fi
        Space Ace(*)                CD     space/combat
        Space War 2000              cart   action/adventure
        Supercross 3D               cart   sports
    OCTOBER '95:
        Arena Football              cart   sports
        Attack of the Mutant Penguins
                                  CD/cart  arcade
        Braindead 13(*)             CD     action/adventure
        Defender 2000               cart   arcade
        Dragon's Lair 2(*)          CD     adventure
        Phase Zero (formally Hover Hunter)
                                    cart   action/arcade
        Starlight Bowl-a-Rama       CD     sports
        Thea Realm Fighters         CD     fighting
    NOVEMBER '95:
        Highlander I                CD     action adventure
        Atari Kart                  cart   TBD
        Brett Hull Hockey         CD/cart  sports
        Commando                    CD     3D action
        Dactyl Joust                cart   arcade  
        Deathwatch                  cart   action
        Rise of the Robots(*)       CD     action/arcade
        Varuna's Forces             CD     action/adventure
        Breakout 2000               cart   puzzle
        Commander Blood             CD     RPG
        Redemption                  CD     action/adventure
    DECEMBER '95:
        Black Ice/White Noise       CD     action/adventure
        Formula 1 Racing            CD     racing
        Magic Carpet                CD     action/RPG
        NBA Jam Tournament Edition  TBD    sports
        Primal Rage(*)              CD     fighting
        Wayne Gretzky NHL Hockey(*) CD     sports
        Sudden Impact               cart   action
        Skyhammer                   CD     flying/action
    JANUARY '96:
        Dune Racer                  CD     racing
        Iron Soldier II             CD     action/strategy
    FEBRUARY '96:
        Alien Vs. Predator: The CD  CD     RPG/adventure
        Mindripper                  CD     adventure
        Highlander II               CD     action adventure
    APRIL '96:
        Batman Forever              CD     action/adventure
        Frank Thomas Big Hurt Baseball
                                    TBD    sports
        Ironman/XO-Manowar          TBD    action
        Mortal Kombat 3             TBD    fighting
    JUNE '96:
        Dante                       CD     action
        Rocky Horror Interactive    CD     adventure
  Here are key changes:
  # To avoid confusion with an existing title called Vortex, 
    Ultra Vortex is now "Ultra Vortek".
  # "White Men Can't Jump" will be packed with a Team Tap, 
    multi-player peripheral. The bundle will be $69.99 MSRP.
  # Hover Hunter will be changed to "Phase Zero". It may turn 
    out that it is written "Phase 0", but I doubt it since it 
    could be read as "Phase Ohh" if it is.
  # "Defender 2000" (as previously announced) is now on cart.
  # UBi Soft has changed the release of "Rayman" to be "late 
    summer" according to an inquiry my staff placed this 
    afternoon. One source suggested that they know that 
    translates to September, however, I have reason to believe 
    it will actually be early August. The change is strictly 
    due to the desire of putting out a quality product. Some 
    rumors have been floating around that the change is 
    connected to changing formats or other things... not true.
  # Some new titles have been added to the list which have not 
    appeared on it before... mostly for November and December 
    1995 release.
  # Note that an error was contained in the software 
    descriptions in yesterdays CATnips. "Flip-Out" is a cart, 
    not a CD.  
 I spoke this afternoon with Joe Harabin of Sandwich Islands Publishing.
 The official Jaguar Tips Book is now in blue line and will be shipping
 from their Michigan printers beginning July 12th. The book is an
 authorized compilation of pro tips for over 25 Jaguar software titles.
 In addition, other features include popular reprints of online articles 
 and ads for our favorite online services.
 If you did not yet order this book, I urge you to do so now. It's been
 a long wait for many of us, but now that the book is finished, it won't
 be that long now. It includes exclusive maps and illustrations, cheats,
 tips and strategies so you can play better and reach higher levels of 
 To order, call 808/661-8195 and have your credit card ready... or fax
 your order to: 808/661-2715. The price is only $16.95 plus $3.00
 shipping and handling.

     This game will get your adrenaline pumping and pin you to 
     your seat with its 'G' force. As you lean into the first 
     bend you'll feel like you're really there. Go for it! 
     Twist the throttle hard and ride that curve like a pro.
     * Choose from 6 great custom sport bikes.
     * Pit your skills against 8 of the world's meanest race 
     * Race against the computer or go head-to-head with a 
       friend for a truly competitive experience.
     Take the ride of your life on these fantastic bikes!
     Turn your Jaguar into the ultimate amusement arcade with 
     Pinball Fantasies - the greatest pinball simulator ever. 
     This classic game offers four scorchingly addictive 
     tables with the most realistic ball movement you'll ever 
     see in a video game. If you're looking for instant 
     playability, speed and excitement, Pinball Fantasies is 
     the game for you.
     But be warned - one game and you're hooked.

       CATnips... Jaguar tidbits from Don Thomas        (95.06.25)
 Bonjour from the 64-bit highway.
 In my software release schedule I posted in my last CATnips, I
 inadvertently listed "Max Force" to be a cart game when it will
 actually be a CD-based title. I knew better, but I was in "mindless
 copy" mode when I typed the list. My apologies to Mr. Chris Howard of
 Genus Microcomputing!

 It may be a few months before these new Jaguar gamers are beating their
 Dads at gruelling 64-bit Jaguar head-to-head competitions, but I wish to
 congratulate them now for their pending victories.
 Atari's own, Dan McNamee, officially became a new Dad on May 11th at
 2:37am CST. Weighing in at 8 lbs. 9.8 oz, Trevor Lee Cluney (not to be
 confused with Trevor McFur) measured 22". Send your congratulations to
 Dan through the Internet at [ ].
 Mr. Randy Magruder runs the Jaguar and Portables section of the VIDGAM
 Forum on Compuserve. His daughter, Erin Leilani, was born last week.
 She weighed 7 lbs. 8 oz. at birth and was 21" long. Randy says his
 "nerves are shot to hell", but "mother and baby are doing just fine!".
 (Sounds like a strong dose of Doom is in order, Randy)! <g>
 Congratulations go to Randy via the Internet: [

                           JAGUAR AT WAL*MART?

 Mr. Jeffrey Norwood, publisher of Jaguar Journal online magazine, has
 stated that the Jaguar will be sold at Wal*Mart.
 "It's true", he writes to me and Dan in an open message on CompuServe.
 "Wal*Mart agreed to sign to distribute Jaguar items at many of their
 locations... I got a second confirmation today... my uncle works for
 a Wal*Mart distributing company, McKlein, and he did mention that the
 Jaguar will be on shelves later this year."
 In the interest to answer the flood of E-Mail that came in to me to
 confirm this report, I checked with Mr. Garry Tramiel at Atari. He told
 me that Wal*Mart has sent to Atari a vendors kit which may have been
 sent to us (Atari) via their distributing company. The distributing
 company may be aware that, statistically, those things go to new vendors,
 and we also find that to be a good sign. On the other hand, neither
 Atari nor Wal*Mart have yet made any announcements regarding Wal*Mart
 carrying Jaguar products.
 In the meantime, Atari does remain faithful to its goal of expanding
 the Jaguar's use of shelf space at existing and new retail locations.
 While speaking to Mr. Garry Tramiel Friday, he said I could pass on to
 everyone some GREAT news. Jaguar exposure on retail shelves and in
 popular consumer catalogs will be outstanding. As always, information
 is subject to change.  The purpose of sharing this is to help keep
 people informed...
 The Jaguar will be featured in the new Sear's Christmas Wish Book and
 in upcoming Speigel and J.C. Penney catalogs. The Jaguar will also be
 at ALL Venture locations sometime in October. Montgomery Ward will carry
 Jaguar in their San Francisco and Los Angeles locations this fall. A
 big St. Louis chain called Grandpa's will carry the Jaguar within the
 next few months approaching the fall and Christmas. The Jaguar will be
 in the top Software Etc. locations and K-Mart is looking carefully at
 how the Jaguar does at a location where FunCo is a concession operator
 in the store.
 People in many areas have already told me they have noticed our efforts
 to get the Jaguar's exposure in Toys R Us locations to expand and
 improve. Look for similar successful efforts in many other retail,
 chains too such as Tower Records, Electronics Boutique and the
 Wherehouse locations.
 There are a lot more pending success stories which are simply waiting
 for the ink to dry on the paper.

        CATnips... Jaguar tidbits from Don Thomas        (95.06.29)

 Any of you who feel I tend to exaggerate just because I work at Atari,
 may wish to turn down the "glowing review knob" of their text editor
 now. I am about to do it again. The first batch of "Super Burnout" carts
 began shipping today to qualify as a June release and I snagged one
 (Thanks Garry!) as they began to bundle them for the carrier.
 I often don't know very much about a new software title until the game
 is released. While a game is being developed I have to hope I can catch
 a glimpse on monitors left unattended during the lunch hour (if the
 developers even take a lunch). At trade shows, I can only hope to play
 unfinished games between visits from inquisitive guests in the booth.
 Once a tester gets hold of a game, forget it. They cling to the carts
 like squirrels protecting their winter's keep. Once in production, the
 temporary carts are converted to new things to test and the cycle starts
 all over. The end result is that I often get as excited when new 
 software starts shipping to stores as the gamers do.
 I usually have a lot of catch up things to do when I get home from the
 office so, after dinner, I gave the cartridge to my 12 year old son to
 check out. My son is very choosy about games and it means a lot to me
 if any particular game keeps him occupied for any length of time. Next
 thing I knew I haven't heard from him for a while, but there he was...
 Jaguar connected to an SC1224 color monitor, a set of stereo headphones
 and a posture of relaxed anxiety. I couldn't take it any longer, but he
 made me wait until his race was over before setting up two players.
 For those of you that don't know, "Super Burnout" is a motorcycle racing
 simulator. It will have a lot of appeal to those of you who enjoyed the
 classic, "Night Driver", "Grand Prix", and "Pole Position" games. After
 my son completed his laps, he reset the cartridge and changed it from a
 single player game to "versus" mode. We choose our cycles based on
 acceleration and maximum speed features, then we chose the number of
 laps and the course to run.  Courses are labeled by country. There were
 so many, I couldn't remember them all. There was U.S., Hungary,
 Australia, France, Germany and what not else.
 The results of each race report the average time to complete each lap
 and the best time that any one lap was completed. Those statistics
 become (my son just came in and "informed" me that he beat my record
 on the Brazil course with a time of 0' 33'' 96. He has also "informed"
 me he's going to destroy all the records I set before beginning to
 write this report. Rotten kid! <g>) Anyway... those statistics become
 the basis of establishing records. New records are rewarded with the
 privilege to set three initials.
 One of the Jaguar's most prominent features is the ability to play carts
 as well as the upcoming CDs with the optional CD-ROM coming in August.
 "Super Burnout" looks like it's another one of those games that is
 packed with fun factor. The graphics for a cart game are terrific...
 just wait until you race into the gorgeous midnight moon on the horizon.
 There are details such as blimps, clouds, spectacular skylines and lots
 of obstacles to trip you up if you take corners too fast. The control is
 perfect in my opinion... no "Checkered Flag" debates here that I can see.
 There's still a lot more to the cart for me to play, but I know people
 like to have some feedback on new Jaguar software as soon as they are
 released. As far as initial tips, get used to the tire blackened
 pathways in the road. They are there for a reason... the good pilots
 know where to steer for speed and performance... try to hug corners
 tight and avoid the brake (which is hard because the brake light looks
 cool when lit! <g>).
 I strongly urge gamers to set up a small personal fan to blow against
 their face as they play "Super Burnout" and they should wear stereo
 headphones on this one... the soundtrack sounds cool!
 "Super Burnout" will be in stores as early as this 4th of July weekend.
 Burn rubber to your favorite Jaguar gaming store and get a copy before
 they "cycle" out of them. The MSRP is $59.99.
 Okay, the "glowing review knob" can be reset now. <g>


 > Atari Lynx! STR InfoFile!  -  New Lynx Titles Are Coming!

 Sb: #New Games
 Fm: Laury Scott [ATARI] 75300,2631
 To: all

 Just thought I would let you know that we will be releasing a couple
 of new titles on Lynx (in August or September).  They will be
 Battlezone 2000 and Super Asteroids/Missile Command.  I'll let you know
 the exact date as we get a little closer.



 > UbiSoft/Rayman News! STR InfoFile! - UbiSoft Does Rumor Control!

 Sb: #Ubi Soft on Rayman
 Fm: Frank Slater 100072,661
 To: all

 To all Rayman fans,

 Wow! I check in after a few weeks' absence and there are 67 messages
 about RAYMAN!

 Here is the official story:
 Rayman for the Atari Jaguar is currently in the very final phases of
 quality control (a nice way of saying "debugging"). As you all know,
 Rayman is the first game Ubi Soft has made for the Atari Jaguar, and
 just like for any process, there is a learning curve to programming and
 debugging a product on an unfamiliar system. The delays that have taken
 place in our launch plan were not intentional. There are no secret
 strategic implications whatsoever, the delays to Rayman Jaguar have
 absolutely nothing to do with the other versions of Rayman. We just
 wanted to make this product the best game available for the Atari Jaguar,
 and that objective forced us to take the time necessary to do things
 the right way. We obviously wish we could have released this game many
 months ago (believe me...!) but we didn't feel it was ready then.

 Ultimately, you will be the judges -- but I am certain that once you
 play Rayman you will agree that it was well worth the wait.

 As of the current schedule, Rayman for Jaguar will be ready for
 production by the week of July 17th. Because we can't pin down an exact
 date for its subsequent release into stores, we've been saying "late
 summer." (It will theoretically be in stores 4 to 5 weeks after
 entering into production.) I'll try to visit this Forum more often to
 keep you all informed. As we get closer to the end, it will be easier
 to know the exact dates.

 Rayman for Jaguar can be pre-ordered now at both Electronics Boutique
 and Babbage's, and will be for sale in a wide variety of retail stores
 once it is released.

 I know it must be hard to be patient - as a marketing professional for
 Ubi Soft I have had "punch-the-wall" moments myself over the delays in
 this game! But I really think you'll all agree that it was worth the

 I'll be looking forward to hearing what you think once it's released.

 Thanks for your attention,

 Frank Slater
 Ubi Soft
 (US informational hotline: 415-332-5011)


 > ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine          The wires are a hummin'!
                            PEOPLE... ARE TALKING
 On CompuServe
 compiled by
 Joe Mirando

 Hidi ho friends and neighbors.  Ah, the lazy days of summer... they're
 finally here!  That's right, it's that time of year when the swimming pool
 and air conditioner become our best friends.  I don't know about you,
 but as long as I've got my friend, Mr. Air Conditioner, I'm happy.  Oh,
 one other thing, I've simply got to have my CompuServe fix!  Hey, going
 online fits right in with the summer motif because CompuServe is COOL.
 After a long day, there's nothing I like better than to kick back with
 my modem and trusty ST and cruise through my favorite areas on
 CompuServe.  C'mon along with me and I'll show you what I mean...

 From the Atari Computing Forums

 For the past month or so, we've been hearing quite a bit about a program
 called NOS which provides Internet access for Atari ST users.  Jerry
 Kent posts:

   "I have just down loaded the latest version of NOS 0.42 and found it a
   breeze to set up. It worked first time with no problems so far. Many
   thanks to Michel Vanhamme for doing such a fantastic job, especially in
   making the instructions so very clear. I have just received the July
   edition of STFormat and Frank Charlton has written an article about a
   gem shell for AtariNos called Oasis which sounds interesting. He says
   its available on Of course I can't get to it not being
   a Demon subscriber. Has anyone used this? Can anyone tell me where else
   I could get it? Could it be put on file at compuserve?"

 Christian Roth tells Jerry:

   "You CAN get Oasis without being a demon subscriber. Just do a
   anonymous-ftp on ''. You'll find Oasis in the
   pub/atari/oasis directory. I have had severe problems in setting it up
   a few weeks ago, maybe there's a newer version right now, who knows. It
   seemed to hate the CIS-style user id (it couldn't create a file with
   the name of the user id!)."

 Meanwhile, my friend Myles Cohen asks:

   "I've seen several files listed on BBS systems with the extension
   What are they and how does one use them..."

 Sysop Bill Aycock tells Myles:

   "The "tgz" extender is really shorthand for ".tar.gz". It indicates
   that a bunch of files have been archived by 'tar' (Tape ARchiver, a
   Unix thingie) and then compressed by 'gzip' (I would guess the Gnu ZIP
   program). In the Unix world, one would gunzip the file to standard
   output, then pipe it into tar for extraction (all on one command line
   :-)... I could swear I've seen untar and gunzip/ungzip prgs in the libs
   here, but my feeble memory can't remember what they're called..."

 Carl Barron tells Sysop Bill, Myles, and all the rest of us:

   "gzip - search for gzip*.* it should appear... if not, holler.
   tar   - should show up searching for tar*.*.

   If you have mint and a mint aware shell, you can do the unix pipe
   approach gzip -dc filename.tgz |tar xf -.
   I have a mint aware tar that does the above gzip pipe for you. Without
   mint you will need twice the space of the uncompressed file available
   to decompress and detar the file.  With mint its a 'unix pipe'...  With
   out  a 'real shell'

     gzip -dc filename.tgz >tempfile.tar tar xf tempfile.tar

   [It] Is almost certain to work... It may still complain about xmodem
   padding if xmodem was used during any of the current files transfers."

 Myles tells Carl:

   "I gather that I will have to download a bunch of MINT files and read
   a whole bunch of new...and probably confusing...instructions that are
   Then I'll most likely need more hard drive space...lots more...maybe I
   should buy a ZIP drive...I wonder if Toad sells them configured for
   ATARI computers...
   Does anyone know..."

 Carl tells Myles:

   "NO you don't need to know unix,download Mint,etc. to do this, a cli
   will help immensely even a crude msdos shell will work.

      # decompress the file
      gzip -dc filename.tgz >tempfile.tar
      # debunch the tar file
      tar xf tempfile.tar
      # remove the temp file
      era  tempfile.tar/n

   Using Mint will be faster and consume less disk space.  Also beware
   tarfiles can contain particularly if they
   did not originate from a tos/msdos environment. What is the file,
   where is it? If its not too huge, I can do it and zip it up and upload
   it. [I hate lzh too confusing a command line structure it has :)]"

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine tells Myles:

   "There is a file in the library that shows how to use the *.tgz files.
   It is from a message Carl Barron posted earlier.
   With regard to the ZIP drive ... ICD is still working on the driver
   for it.  They have a beta for it currently but it still has some
   problems that ICD is working on."

 Thomas Bretschneide posts:

   "I'm using CompuServe via IBM-PC WinCIM.  How do I get Atari Prg.files
   out of this forum from my MS-DOS Harddisk to my ATARI Computer?"

 Albert Dayes tells Thomas to...

   "Format a 720K disk on the PC and copy the files from the hard disk to
   it. After that you can use the files directly on your Atari ST. This is
   assuming your ST has a double sided 720K drive."

 Denis Postle tells us:

   "I bought my usual copy of the Dutch Atari ST Niews mag today and there
   it lists among many other PD progs, a Web Browser called Oasis
   Internet-pakket. From the screen shot this looks to be a clone/copy of
   Netscape which I run on a Powerbook, even down to the N at the right of
   the buttons.
   Have you tried Oasis? Is it not a viable alternative?"

 Michel Vanhamme tells Denis:

   "I have a version of Oasis sleeping on my HD and doing
   nothing...because I haven't been able to install it. The installation
   program copies files from the NOS folders for its use, BUT it looks for
   a file called ACTIVE in the NEWS directory of NOS. I have never had
   such file in my folders... ->Installation aborts. I did run the program
   just to have a look at its user interface. I suspect it to be not
   entirely GEM-compliant, because I've had 'strange' redraws when reading
   the online help. Regarding the WWW, there's a menu for it, but my
   version (1.00) doesn't support it. I don't know if it's the latest,
   So, has anyone managed to install this thing?
   Meanwhile, the next time I do an FTP session, I'll look up the Demon
   site and see if there's a newer version."

 Neil Newman posts this about using NOS:

   "[I] thought I better re post the contents of that fist message I sent
 which some
   how got distroyed when I posted it....
   "Regarding that "Can't lock file /spool/news/history" problem a few
   people were having, I had the same problem myself.
   I had Nos up and running from the root directory of E drive with the
   spool folder in the root dir of E also, I was getting the newsgroups
   without any problem. I then moved the lot into a folder to tidy things
   up an thats when I got the "can't lock...." problem.
   I added the command;
   'nntp directory /ka9q-nos/spool/mail /ka9q-nos/spool/news'
    to the startup.nos file and it corrected the problem."
   Adding this command with the other NNTP commands allowed the spool
   folder run in the ka9q-nos folder, I no longer have NOS running  in the
   root directory of my HD."

 Chris Roth tells Neil:

   "That's a way it will work as long as you won't like to process e-mail
   with NOS (I know it won't work with CompuServe, but anyway <g>...). As
   I said previously, I'd recommend creating an /ka9q-nos/spoool/news/in
   folder four your incoming batch.txt file and adding that path in the
   'nntp dir' command for future use with Oasis (when it comes to work

 When Neil Burton asks about using Spectre GCR (The Mac emulator) with a
 Fast Technology T-25 accelerator, Daniel Osborne tells him:

   "I don't know about a T-25 working with Spectre, but I am using a
   Spectre GCR 3.0 on my Mega ST4, with a Turbo030 board (68030 at 50
   Mhz) and no problems.  So the increased speed of the processor,
   probably is not the problem.
   Exactly what happens when using Spectre in 25 Mhz mode?"

 Neil tells Daniel:

   "I can't get to the point of using Spectre wit the T-25 coz when
   booting from the ST the cartridge isn't recognised !! I get the old
   'Cart isn't loaded or is upside down' routine !!!"

 On the subject of using the Gemulator, the ST emulator for PCs, Robert
 Carpenter posts:

   "I haven't run Gemulator on a Pentium (I understand it's quite fast on
 but it runs fine on my DX2/66.

   "As far as limitations, when Gemulator 4.0 comes out (hopefully within
   a month), most of the current limitations will be gone (MIDI support,
   joystick support, CD-ROM support, no more 32 Meg hard drive partition
   limit (if using real DOS partitions)).  It runs great for productivity
   software (PageStream, Calamus, WordWriter, etc).
   Games are another matter.  Currently (don't know about 4.0 since it's
   still in beta), Gemulator doesn't do well when trying to run
   auto-booting games.  However, if it's a game that you can run from the
   GEM desktop, then you've got an excellent chance of it working.
   Bottom Line:  what apps are you looking to run with Gemulator?
   There's a good chance that someone here can tell you if they work with
   Gemulator or not.  However, please keep in mind that 4.0 (Windows
   version of Gemulator) may take care of the remaining compatibility
   problems.  It's quite a nice thing to have around, though."

 Rob Rasmussen tells John Trautschold of Missionware Software:

   "Your advice has really been helpful, like with setting Falsh 2 for
   RTS/CTS, turning off control characters, and using the macros. It works
   great but I still have a few questions.
   I would like to have the Type Ahead buffer come up automatically when
   I first make a call. How can I do this? Many settings are saved for
   individual phone numbers when I Save Boards. I can also make the same
   settings under the Options menu, like for terminal or RS232. Are these
   Options settings global - do they apply to any number being called?
   Other settings, like turning off control characters and carriage
   returns under Editor options seem to be saved in Save Defaults. What
   else is saved under Save defaults? The path I presume and what else -
   could find this in the manual.
   When I type OFF to log off of CIS, it quits CIS then goes to the Host
   prompt where it remains connected. I have to select Terminate Call from
   the menu for it to disconnect. How can I make my modem automatically
   disconnect after I type OFF?"

 John tells Rob:

   "Glad to hear you are making progress with Flash II.  Let's see if we
   can't tackle some of your other questions now!
   That's easy.  In your auto macro line, just enter the command (without
   the double quotes): ">TA ON|".  Everytime you log onto that board, your
   type ahead window will automatically open.
   No, the settings you set under the Options menu work only when Flash
   II is used to dial manually from the terminal screen or when using Dial
   Number from the Phone menu.  You must reset all of those settings for
   each individual board in Edit Boards.
   With that said, if you are creating a new board list from scratch,
   there are a number of things you can do to make life easier for
   yourself. Set up, under the Options menu, the settings you use most
   often.  Those settings will be transferred into the black Edit Board
   slots.  Also, things like macros get transferred from the first board
   slot in Edit Boards to all of the others.  If there are some standard
   macros you use everywhere it makes sense to load them into Edit Boards
   Slot 1 first. It saves a bunch of typing.
   Everything under the Options menu is saved in the default file.
   Likewise, the options you set for each transfer protocol are saved in
   the default file.  Finally, Memory Options, under the Capture menu, are
   also saved in the default file.  If you set a path for transfers, that
   is *not* yet saved in the default file, however, when our all-new
   version is released later this summer, the transfer path will be saved.
   F2 remains connected because CIS' node is still active.  When the Host
   prompt appears, CIS' computers are waiting for you to log back on
   again. I do that regularly since I have 2 accounts here - 1 personal
   and 1 for business.
   In any case, there are a couple of ways to handle this.  The first is
   to just type OFF again when you see the Host prompt.  That tells CIS
   that you are definitely going away.  The second is to let F2
   automatically do it for you.  Included with the CompuServe setup that
   came with F2 is an F10 macro.  If you go into Edit Boards and look at
   the CIS macros I've set up, you'll see one for F10.  To log off, just
   press the F10 key.  It sends CIS a "bye", then waits for the Host
   prompt and does a disconnect.  It make life really simple.
   Let me know if you have any other questions."

 Sysop Jim Ness jumps in and adds:

   "Just FYI, you can use the LOG command instead of the OFF command when
   you want to redo a login.  The LOG command gets you back to the User ID:
   prompt instead of the Host Name: prompt.  Saves a step or two.
   Also FYI, since we're talking shortcuts, you can give your password and
   User ID at the same time if you use the following format:
     User ID:71333,1003\your*password
   The backslash tells CIS that your password is coming, and CIS turns off
   echo to keep it from appearing onscreen.  The whole thing save another
   Hey, I've got a hundred of 'em..."

   John tells Jim:

   "Thanks for the shortcuts.  Learned something new again today!  :-)
   My brain is just overflowing.
   The LOG command sounds nifty.  I'd probably use it except I don't log
   on to my personal account that often - no more than once a day.  I
   usually log on with the business account a least a couple of times a
   day. I'd have to write to function key macros then and remember which
   one to use!  :-)
   You'll have to write up a short list of secrets for making shorter
   macros for logging on!"

 Jim tells John:

   "Here's the ultimate login short cut.  It assumes you always wish to
   visit the same first area:
    User ID:71333,1003/GO:ATARIV\your*password
   In one line you enter your User ID, your first destination, and your
   password (which is not echoed).  The colon between the GO and the
   destination is required."

 Rob Rasmussen, after trying out John's advice, tells him:

   "The type ahead line now comes up automatically when I call a phone
   number since I added what you said to the auto macro. Great! Still
   having problems when I want to log off. I used your F10 macro, which
   types "bye" and then goes to the Host prompt where after about 15
   seconds it disconnects. I'm still curious why I can't get it to
   disconnect immediately without going to the Host prompt.  Since I only
   have my one account I never need to re-dial from the host prompt.  I
   tested this using the Flash 1 factory disk, a manual call. After
   logging on manually, I type OFF and it takes me to the Host prompt too.
   But when I use the DO file that I have used for ages with Flash 1, when
   I type OFF, it logs me off immediately and I get the No Carrier with no
   Host prompt. It seems something in the DO file sets it up so that when
   I type off, it will not go to the Host prompt. This sounds crazy,
   because the DO file only logs me _on_ automatically.  Here is the Flash
   1 DO file I use. Can you see anything in here that I also may need to
   set in Flash 2?
    >ED AS 0MS|
    >MO VI|
    >ED XM CLZ|
    >PA 1|
    >WA ID:|
    >WA :|
    >CA ON|
   BTW, looking forward to the new 2.23 upgrade."

 Sysop Keith Joins tells Rob:

   "I think you probably have another entry in your Flash 1 DO file that
   the CIS message editor weeded out and that is a little heart shaped
   character that represents a Control-C sent when you get a carrier.
   When you log on that way you get a user ID: prompt rather than a Host
   Name: prompt and when you log off are you are disconnected at once.
   Your Flash 2 log on is sending a carriage return on carrier detect
   which will cause a prompt of Host Name: with a reply of CIS.  Logging
   off from this type of connection does take you back to the Host Name:
   prompt where you must enter OFF or BYE again to disconnect."

 In answer to Rob's slow disconnect problem, John tells him:

   "Well, it shouldn't be taking 15 seconds.  It takes about 5 seconds
   when I use the macro.  The reason you can't disconnect immediately is
   because that's the way CompuServe set up their system.  Perhaps Jim
   Ness or someone else knows a faster way to do than I do.  Again, 15
   seconds is way too long.  Make sure you've got Disconnect Time set to a
   low value (assuming you modem can handle it) of 0.1 or 0.2 seconds
   instead of the default of 2.0 seconds.  That'll help speed things up.
   Actually, I suppose there is a quicker way to get off, but it's not
   clean. when you're done you could just do a >HG| command in F10.  That
   forces F2 to hangup the modem immediately.  CIS should be able to
   handle it, but I've always preferred a clean off, just to make sure my
   billing time ends when I want it to end.
   Without seeing the macro you use with Flash 1, I can only guess that it
   shortcuts the procedure.  Again, as noted above, there's nothing to
   prevent you from just logging off with a HG command when you're done.
   I programmed the macro to do it the right way mainly because I don't
   want folks coming back complaining that my logoff macro cost them
   money!  :-) If you wish to circumvent that, be my guest!"

 Dante Turrini asks about his Spectre cartridge:

   "I am having trouble with the GCR cartridge, like this:  I am the user
   of Notator Logic by EMAGIC, a music sequencing software that runs on
   the TT, and has a MIDI port expansion/dongle that connects on the ROM
   port (like the GCR does).
   If the GCR is connected thru this other cartridge, it cannot see the
   ROMs. I have asked to EMAGIC, and they say their cartridge leave the
   signals to pass thru, and they claim the problem is generated by the
   GCR or by the emulator software.

   What can you suggest to solve my problem?
   And finally, the old nasty song: Is there any possibility to have the
   new Spectre version in reasonable time? Is there anybody that will take
   over it's development?"

 Mark at Gadgets by Small tells Dante:

   "This one has popped up before.  Dave Small's research revealed that
   the ST and TT cartridge port signals are just too weak to handle
   multiple cartridges connected in parallel.  Apparently, the GCR draws a
   bit more power from the cartridge port than most cartridges, thus
   making the GCR a problem cartrdige when used with other "pass through"
   cartridge devices.
   As it is, I'm afraid there is no fix that I can offer.  Sorry.
   As for a new version of Spectre...  Dave has indicated an interest in
   continuing to develop Spectre but he has expressed doubts that there
   is enough interest to warrant the time and money.  Of course, due to
   the Bankruptcy of Gadgets by Small, any future version will have to be
   called something else besides Spectre."

 Daniel Osborne adds:

   "Yes, but you can CartMaster from Wizztronics.  You can have up 4 carts
   connected to your ST or TT and switch between the various carts via a
   program that can be run through your AUTO folder, desktop, or as an ACC
   Works just fine with my Sepctre GCR and Discovery cart."

 Well folks, that's about it for this week.  Tune in again next time,
 same time, same channel, and find out what they are saying when...

                             PEOPLE ARE TALKING


 > STReport CONFIDENTIAL    "Rumors Tidbits Predictions Observations Tips"


      Matsushita Consumer Electronics Company (MCEC) announced a $100.00
 reduction in the suggested retail price of the Panasonic FZ-10 REAL 3DO
 Interactive Multiplayer system. The new suggested retail price is $299.95. 
 The FZ-10 will continue to come bundled with the hit software title, GEX,
 from Crystal Dynamics.

      The reduction in suggested retail price comes as the 3DO format
 enjoys continued strength in the marketplace.  The Panasonic unit is
 available in over 9,000 outlets, encompassing new, expanded distribution
 channels, and the library of 3DO software continues to grow rapidly. Over
 200 titles are currently available for the Interactive Multiplayer, with
 185 more in development.  Panasonic Software Company alone has published
 15 titles, with at least 10 more scheduled for introduction before


      Our "super snoop" discovered a fancy tidbit..  About future serial
 port speeds...  The best the standard high speed serial port can do now is
 115.2Kbps., which is nothing to be ashamed about.  However, next year you
 will begin to see a NEW SERIAL PORT called the Universal Serial Bus (USB)
 with MULTI-MEGABIT speeds.  Btw, _that's_ FAST!

 - Ottawa, Canada       CorelDRAW 6 @ $695 US FOR THE CD-ROM VERSION 

                           Corel Finalizes Pricing
         Outlines New Support Policy for CorelDRAW 6 for Windows 95

 "Our move from a 16 bit to a 32 bit application has resulted in a huge
 investment in development, coupled with the acquisition of the new
 technologies. We are offering our customers a robust and dynamic 32-bit
 graphics suite," said Dr. Michael Cowpland, president and chief executive
 officer of Corel Corporation. "In addition to major upgrades to the
 CorelDRAW and Corel PHOTO-PAINT( modules, users will gain a new and
 exciting 3D animation module with CorelDREAM 3D, as well as a complete and
 easy-to-use presentation package with Corel PRESENTS." 

 CorelDRAW 6 is Corel's first 32-bit Windows 95 offering.  The product will
 ship in late August and will contain four full-featured modules and nine
 utilities, plus extensive libraries of fonts, clipart images and symbols
 and photos. The four main modules include the following:

 CorelDRAW:          a comprehensive vector-based drawing application.
 Corel PHOTO-PAINT:  a powerful paint and photo retouching application.
 CorelDREAM 3D:      a 3D modeling and rendering application.
 Corel PRESENTS:     a business and multimedia presentation application.

 There will be a single upgrade path to CorelDRAW 6 from all previous
 16-bit versions. The suggested retail price of the CorelDRAW 6 upgrade
 will be $425 US for the CD-ROM version*. 

 New Technical Support Policy for CorelDRAW 6
 Corel has adjusted its technical support policy and expanded its in-house
 support team.  In order to help customers through the initial learning
 curve, Corel will offer 90 days of free support on a toll line from the
 official release date of the product.  Thereafter, customers will be
 offered 30 days of free support on a toll line from the date of their
 first technical support call. 

 Corel's in-house support technicians will provide all customer support
 during the warranty period in order to monitor customer feedback and
 quality control.  Extended support will be offered by third party
 providers after the initial warranty period has expired.  Existing support
 plans will remain in effect for all other products.

 Corel provides these additional support options:
 IVAN:  Corel's Interactive Voice Answering Network that provides customers
 with rapid access to the most current product information.  Customers can
 obtain this service, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, on a toll line by
 calling (613) 728-1990.

 Bulletin Board Service (BBS):  A 24-hour information resource that lets
 customers access product information and helpful program files.  To
 contact the BBS, customers dial (613) 728-4752 or (613) 761-7798.
 Automated Fax System:  Customers may obtain faxes of technical information
 by dialing (613) 728-0826 ext. 3080 and requesting document number 2000.
 CompuServe Information Services:  CompuServe( subscribers can access the
 Corel Technical Support forum by typing GO COREL.
 Corel's Home Page:  An Internet World Wide Web site with product and
 technical information.  Customers may access Corel's site at

 *** CorelDRAW 6 registered users may purchase the equivalent of 40
 diskettes through Customer Service centers as a special order item for the
 additional price of $149 US. For current pricing please contact Corel
 Customer Service at (613) 728-3733.





 NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D., June 19, 1995 --Gateway 2000r, Inc. (Nasdaq:
 GATE), the leading direct market of personal computers in the United
 States, today reached another milestone in the company's ten-year history. 
 At approximately 10 a.m. today, system number 3,000,000, a Gateway 2000
 P5-120, rolled off the production line of the South Dakota manufacturer. 

 In recognition of Gateway 2000's continued growth, company President and
 CEO Ted Waitt, pulled the completed system off the line and made a
 telephone call to Clint Cormier in Bossier City, Louisiana.  Cormier is
 the customer who placed the order for the Gateway 2000 Pentium-based
 system that turned out to be PC number 3,000,000.  After thanking Cormier
 for his loyalty to Gateway 2000, Waitt informed the customer that his new
 Gateway 2000 P5-120 would be arriving at his home at no cost as a way of
 expressing the company's gratitude to him for his business. 

 Cormier is a recent graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. 
 He told Waitt that he had "done his homework on PCs" and came to the
 conclusion that the logical choice was a Gateway 2000 system.  Cormier
 will soon enter LSU Medical School and said his new PC will be an
 invaluable tool to him as he continues his education. 

 Since its founding in 1985, Gateway 2000 has grown from a 2-person
 operation with sales of $100,000 to a Fortune 500 company with more than
 5,400 employees and revenues in excess of $2.7  billion a year.  Today's
 shipment of its 3,000,000th system begins a year-long schedule of
 activities that highlight the company's 10 year anniversary. 


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