ST Report: 28-Jul-95 #1130

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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 28-Jul-95 #1130
Date: Sun Aug 13 18:33:26 1995

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 to your favorite retailer, please don't rub it in on your "warped" friends
 or your poor, overspent, "macaroon" loving buddies.  They are all well
 aware of Win'95's speed, good looks and even temperament.  So much so that
 they're quite "sensitive" about any discussion relative to the topic. 
 You'll soon find they tend to divert the topic to something more personal,
 like your intelligence level, the manner in which you offer facts instead
 of fantasy or, the tired old story of "my dog's bigger and better than
 your dog".  

      So please, in the interests of maintaining harmony among our less
 fortunate fellow computer enthusiasts, leave them in deep silent thought
 about more of the "things to come" like Nashville, Cairo etc.  They really
 do have more than enough on their soggy paper plates.

      Windows 95 is excellent.  Microsoft Plus!, A companion to Windows 95,
 is like adding the delicate icing to an already fine, light and moist four
 tier layer cake. 


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

                     >> Apple to Bundle MegaPhone <<
    Apple Computer Inc. has agreed to bundle a version of Cypress 
 Research Corp.'s MegaPhone screen-based telephone software with certain 
 Macintosh Performa desktop computers.
    Cypress Research is quoted as saying Apple is pre-installing the 
 MegaPhone for Performa software with Global Village Communications 
 Inc.'s voice-capable Teleport Gold IIv internal telecommunications card.
                    >> Canon Debuts Desktop Camera <<
    Canon U.S.A. Inc. has unveiled the RE-150, a new color desktop video 
    The company notes that the RE-150 can function as a presentation 
 device, image capture peripheral, document camera and portrait camera. 
 The product features a 450-line horizontal resolution. Potential 
 applications include visual presentations, video conferences, distance 
 learning classes and telemedicine.
    The RE-150 includes an articulated three-axis arm and a camera head 
 that can rotate more than 180 degrees.
    The RE-150 is scheduled to ship in October for $1,500.
                   >> Intel Making Toshiba Computers <<
    U.S. chip giant Intel Corp. has begun assembling desktop PCs to be 
 sold in Japan under the Toshiba Corp. name.
    A Toshiba spokesman is quoted as saying the decision to buy PCs from 
 Intel was based on making the best use of Toshiba's facilities.
    Toshiba said it hopes to expand its desktop share by selling about 
 120,000 Intel-made desktop PCs under its own brand name this fiscal 
                   >> Epson Offers PCMCIA Guarantee <<
    Epson America Inc. says it will back its PCMCIA expansion cards with 
 a gurarantee that offers customers 100 percent system compatibility or 
 their money back.
    The guarantee covers all Epson PCMCIA cards offered through retail 
 channels. Customers can identify the covered cards by an Epson 
 "Compatibility Guarantee" logo that's displayed on the products' 
    "Epson is committed to enlarging the market for PC cards by offering 
 this guarantee of compatibility with all desktop notebook systems," says 
 Bob Porooshani, manager of technical marketing for Epson America's OEM 
 division. "This is in response to our research which indicated that the 
 number one issue for PC Card users and potential users is 
                   >> HP Offers New Low-End Printers <<
    A line of low-cost home printers has been introduced by Hewlett-
 Packard Co. to replace the current HP DeskJet 540 and DeskWriter 540 

    The new products, to sell for less than $300, are the HP DeskJet 600 
 and 600C for IBM-compatible machines and the HP DeskWriter 600 for 
 Macintosh computers.
    The 600C, expected to sell for $299, off a $369 U.S. list price, will
 include an HP Color Kit.  The two 600s are color-capable monochrome
 printers expected to sell for $279. They can be upgraded to color with a
 $49-list Color Kit.

    HP says resolution has been increased to 600-by-600 dots per inch for 
 black and up to 600-by- 300 dots per inch for color. Print speed has 
 increased to four pages per minute for black and one page per minute for 
                     >> HP Expands PC Distribution <<
    Hewlett-Packard Co. is expanding its multimedia PC distribution to 
 several additional national retail chains, including Best Buy, Circuit 
 City, CompUSA, Computer City, Incredible Universe, Micro Center, Office 
 Depot, OfficeMax and Staples.
    Since April, HP has been selling its initial line of multimedia PCs 
 through the Circuit City chain. A new line of consumer PCs is expected 
 to become available in stores starting in late August.
                        >> IBM Targets Viruses <<
    IBM Corp. has announced the availability of an integrated suite of 
 anti-virus products and services, including software that protects PCs 
 by detecting and removing more than 6,000 strains of computer viruses.
    IBM AntiVirus scans memory, hard disks, floppy drives and network 
 servers for the thousands of viruses, including polymorphic viruses that 
 change to avoid detection, and viruses previously considered impossible 
 to detect. For defending against previously unknown viruses, IBM has 
 developed heuristics that attempt to detect viruses by watching for 
 appearances or behavior that are characteristic of viruses.
    IBM AntiVirus customers will be able to take advantage of a broad 
 range of optional services, including technical support with rapid 
 technical assistance, virus signature updates and bulletin board 
 support, quarterly software upgrades, electronic updates and guidance 
 from an anti-virus Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT). IBM's CERT 
 has more than seven years of experience in virus emergency response and 
 incident management.
    Designed for home and small businesses, the $50 IBM AntiVirus Desktop 
 Edition runs on OS/2, including OS/2 Warp, DOS and Windows. Support for 
 Windows NT and Windows 95 is planned to arrive later this year. An 
 Enterprise Edition, designed for larger businesses and client/server 
 network environments, includes IBM AntiVirus for OS/2, DOS, Windows and 
 Novell NetWare. It also offers complementary products to distribute and 
 update anti-virus software and administer anti-virus policy across a 
 business. Pricing depends on the number of users covered.
                    >> Prodigy Fights Online Libel <<

      Prodigy says it is taking the offensive in the Stratton-Oakmont
 libel case, in which an investment firm is attempting to hold the
 online service responsible for third-party comments made on a public
 electronic bulletin board.

      The White Plains, New York-based company says it is beginning
 discovery proceedings of Stratton-Oakmont which, according to news
 reports, last year agreed with the Securities and Exchange Commission
 to pay a penalty of $500,000, plus $2 million in compensation to
 investors who lost money because of the investment firm's conduct.
 Stratton-Oakmont, while denying any charges of wrongdoing, agreed to
 the settlement, notes Prodigy.

      Through documents and deposition testimony that Prodigy will seek
 from Stratton-Oakmont, its present and former officers and directors,
 the SEC and NASD, Prodigy says it anticipates developing all the facts
 surrounding Stratton-Oakmont's claims, the specific actions referred to
 in the bulletin board posts in question and the facts surrounding
 Stratton-Oakmont and the SEC. Prodigy's legal counsel says they also
 will consider taking statements from investors who offered to speak on
 Prodigy's behalf after seeing stories about the suit in the media.

      Prodigy also says that the New York State Supreme Court has agreed
 to consider Prodigy's motion for re-argument of the court's decision
 that it is a publisher with regard to third-party comments posted on
 its MoneyTalk bulletin board. Handling the motion will be noted First
 Amendment lawyer Martin Garbus of Frankfurt, Garbus, Klein & Selz, a
 firm specializing in publishing and new media. Prodigy says it is
 furnishing additional evidence to the court, and a decision could come
 by the end of October.

      "Deciding to consider Prodigy's motion was the right thing to do,"
 says Mike Godwin, staff counsel for the Electronic Frontier Foundation
 (EFF), a public-interest civil-liberties group. "In its previous
 decision, which mis-characterized Prodigy as a traditional publisher,
 the court reached legal conclusions that impose great risks on
 providers who try to shape the character and content of their forums."

      Several industry groups, including The Authors Guild and The
 Interactive Services Association (which represents over 300 companies,
 including America Online and CompuServe) have come forward to argue
 that they be permitted to file amicus briefs in support of Prodigy's
 position in the argument.
                  >> NEC Plans New Synchronous DRAMs <<
    Japan's NEC Corp. says it plans to produce 16-megabit synchronous 
 DRAM chips designed for use in PC main memory applications.
    The parts will be offered in both monolithic and 168-pin dual in-line 
 memory module (DIMM) versions. The chips are projected to cost up to 10 
 percent less than standard synchronous DRAMs, making them better suited 
 for use in the high-volume main memory market.
    "Today, fast-page and hyper- page (also known as EDO) DRAMs are the 
 most commonly used devices for PC main memory," says Cecil Conkle, NEC 
 Electronics' senior product marketing manager for memory. "However, in 
 order to support the new higher-speed processors, DRAMs need to be even 
 faster, without substantially increasing system costs -- the solution is 
 new generation, or synchronous, DRAMs."
    The new SDRAMs and SDRAM DIMMs are expected to be available in sample 
 quantities September.
                 >> Radio Shack Unlimited Makes Debut <<
    Radio Shack has unveiled Radio Shack Unlimited, a new in-store 
 catalog service that aims to provide customers with convenient access to 
 more than 100,000 unique and hard-to-find personal electronic products 
 and accessories, as well as replacement parts and components from brand-
 name manufacturers.
    Under the service, customers will have access to resource catalogs 
 that are contained in a specially designed kiosk. The catalogs are 
 indexed by product category and include such items as phonograph 
 needles, batteries, computers and computer hardware and hundreds of 
 computer and video game software titles. Most items in the catalogs will 
 be delivered within five days, says Radio Shack.

                   >> Survey Tracks Average Web Use <<
    A new survey suggests serious Net surfers spend an average of 45 
 minutes a day on the Internet's World Wide Web and that most have 
 positive feelings about the new trend toward advertising found on 
 commercial Web sites.
    Those are among the conclusions reached in research conducted over a 
 two-week period last month for magazine firm CMP Publications Inc.'s 
 Interactive Media unit by independent telemarketing firm Innovative 
 Concepts. The survey polled users of CMP's own TechWeb WWW site 
 (reachable at the Web address of
    "Serious users of the World Wide Web see advertising as another op-
 portunity to gather information about products and services, so it comes 
 as no surprise that our TechWeb audience would respond enthusiastically 
 to cyber-ads," said Mitchell York, managing director of CMP Interactive 
    Other findings:
    -:- Some 53% of respondents regularly visit Web sites of specific 
    companies at least once a week. The most popular were Microsoft Corp. 
    (which 26% of the respondents said they visit at least once weekly), 
    IBM (visited weekly by 18% of the respondents), Hewlett-Packard Co. 
    (10%), Apple Computer (9%), Novell (8%) and Intel Corp. (7%).
    -:- Respondents said they spend 59.3% of their time on the Web for 
    work-related purposes.
    -:- Nearly three quarters of respondents indicated they are 
    interested in receiving electronic newsletters sent directly to their 
    email boxes on relevant subject matters.

                 >> CompUSA Launches Win95 Campaign <<

      Computer superstore chain CompUSA is launching its Windows 95
 campaign with a series of promotions, demonstrations and special

      Beginning Saturday, customers can reserve a copy of Windows 95
 with the purchase of a $10 gift certificate that's redeemable on any
 product or service sold at any of the 85 CompUSA stores nationwide.

      Additionally, CompUSA customers are eligible to receive an
 American Airlines savings certificate with the purchase of Windows 95
 on or after Aug. 24. For each purchase of Windows 95 through Sept. 30,
 customers can get up to $95 off American Airlines air travel.

      Other promotional activities include demonstrations of Windows 95
 to be held in all stores each weekend starting July 15. Also, a
 limited number of Windows 95 CD demo kits will be available for

      "The introduction of Windows 95 is the most significant launch of
 any software product this decade. We believe this product will have a
 tremendously positive impact on the way America uses computers," says
 Larry Mondry, executive vice president of merchandising at
 Dallas-based CompUSA.

      "Because of the huge demand we anticipate, we are pleased to
 announce an opportunity for our customers to pre-book their copy of
 Windows 95. This ensures they will have a reserved copy waiting for
 them on August 24," Mondry says.

                 >> Chip Market to Grow 52 Percent <<

      The worldwide semiconductor production equipment market will grow
 by 52 percent in 1995 to $16.3 billion due to heavy demand for computer
 chips, forecast Dataquest, a market research firm that is a unit of
 Dun & Bradstreet.

      United Press International reports that Dataquest also predicted
 the market would grow an additional 22 percent in 1996. It grew
 56.4 percent in 1994 and 34.9 percent in 1993.

      Dataquest credited persistent high prices for DRAM chips for
 keeping manufacturers profitable, which has spurred strong spending.
 New semiconductor plants usually cost at least $1 billion each.

      "We knew a few months ago that the 1995 market would surprise us,
 and now, with the year half over, 1995 is turning out to be 1994 all
 over again," said Clark Fuhs, senior analyst in Dataquest's
 semiconductor equipment, manufacturing and materials worldwide.

      The largest gains will come from the Asia-Pacific region with an
 anticipated rise of 78.8 percent to $4.58 billion. Spending in the area
 is also expected to increase next year by 44.4 percent to $6.62 billion.
 Europe is the second fastest-growing region with projections of a
 69 percent gain to $2.34 billion.

      Meanwhile, North American spending will grow 40.4 percent in 1995
 to $4.41 billion, and Japanese spending will rise 36.5 percent to
 $5 billion.

                    >> Supra Plans Faster Modems <<

      Modem maker Supra Corp. says it plans to offer products that
 adhere to the forthcoming 33.6K bps standard.

      The company notes that availability of the new modems hinges on
 the finalization of a 33.6K standard by the ITU Standards Committee.
 Supra expects the guidelines to become available in early 1996. Pricing
 and availability information on the modems will be announced at a later
 date, says Supra, which is based in Vancouver, Washington.

     "It is in the best interest of modern users that we wait for the
 ITU standard to be established, thus avoiding potential communication
 conflicts between 33.6K modems," says James Cutburth, vice president
 of marketing for Supra.

                 >> Robotics Unveils 33.6Kbps Modem <<

      US Robotics Corp. says it is the first to unveil software that
 supports the souped-up version of the V.34 modem standard that runs at

      From Robotics' Skokie, Ill., Computergram International says the
 software is for use on the company's Courier desktop modems and Total
 control systems products.

      "As well as the 33.6Kbps speed, the software also supports a
 proprietary 31.2Kbps standard," says CI. "While the International
 Telecommunications Union has yet to agree the standard, the V.34
 working group has now agreed on the enhancements needed to boost the
 speed, and the firm said its software 'closely tracks' this work."

      Robotics Vice President Dale Walsh told CI, "If there are any
 changes to the standard, we'll be able to implement those via software

      The company is being "coy on specifics," the newsletter says, but
 notes it "also claims to have boosted the overall efficiency of its
 software, so that it 'consistently' runs at speeds from 2,400bps to
 4,800bps faster than with the previous version."

      Look for the software to be available at no cost for owners of the
 company's Courier V.Everything and V.Fast Class modems and will ship as
 standard in all new Courier modems, CI says.

      "It will also be implemented on the company's remote access
 servers, modem pools and high-end wide area network systems," CI says.
 "No pricing or availability but the company did say that the 33.6Kbps
 software will be available on all its systems products by the year-end."

                   >> Apple Unveils New Performas <<

      Apple Computer Inc. has introduced two new PowerPC-based Macintosh
 Performa multimedia computer lines designed for first-time and home
 office buyers--the Macintosh Performa 5200CD series and the Macintosh
 Performa 6200CD series.

      Apple has also introduced the Macintosh Performa 631CD, Macintosh
 Performa 640CD DOS Compatible, Macintosh Performa 6116CD and the MPEG
 (Motion Picture Experts Group) Media System.

      The Macintosh Performa computers are packaged as a complete
 solution in one box, including hardware optimized for multimedia
 application, Macintosh System 7.5, pre-installed productivity
 applications and a variety of education and entertainment software and
 CD-ROM titles.

      The Macintosh Performa 5200CD and 6200CD series both feature an
 internal 14.4K bps modem, which provides a full-duplex speakerphone,
 answering machine and a fax send and receive capability. Prices start
 at $1,999.

      The Macintosh Performa 631CD is based on the 66/33MHz 68LC040
 microprocessor and comes with 8MB of RAM, a 500MB hard drive, a 14-inch
 display, an internal double-speed CD-ROM drive and an external
 14.4K bps data/fax send/receive modem.

      The Macintosh Performa 6116CD, based on the 60MHz PowerPC 601
 microprocessor, comes with 8MB of memory, a 700MB hard disk, a double
 speed CD-ROM drive, a 14-inch display and an external 14.4K bps
 data/fax send/receive modem.

      The Macintosh Performa 640CD DOS Compatible is powered by two
 microprocessors: a 66/33MHz 68LC040 and 66MHz 486DX2. The system comes
 with 12MB of RAM (8MB dedicated to the Mac OS, 4MB dedicated to
 DOS/Windows), a 500MB hard disk, a 15-inch display, a double speed
 CD-ROM drive and an internal 14.4K bps data/fax send/receive modem.

      The Apple MPEG Media System, a plug-in card, provides full-motion,
 full-screen video. The card works with the Macintosh Performa 630, 5200
 and 6200 systems. The Macintosh Performa 6230CD comes with the MPEG
 Media System pre-installed.

                  >> Report: Taiwan Plans Own CPUs <<

      Electronic Engineering Times reports that the Taiwanese government
 is planning to develop its own CPUs by 1997, putting the devices in
 direct competition with Intel Corp.'s Pentium chips.

      The Manhasset, N.Y.-based trade publication says Intel's dominance
 in processors, chip sets and motherboards sparked the move.  "Fear is the
 best way to characterize the mood in Taiwan," says Daniel Heyler,
 semiconductor analyst for Dataquest in Asia and a longtime resident of
 Taiwan. "You have a whole IT industry in Taiwan based around the

                 >> Teens Turn Japan's No-PC Image <<

      Computer-hunger teenagers apparently are turning around Japan's
 image as a country that makes PCs but doesn't use them, launching a
 boom that seems to be taking the industry by surprise.

      "It's hard to pinpoint exactly what is starting the current boom
 in PC sales," David Benda, electronics analyst at BZW Securities in
 Tokyo told Velisarios Kattoulas of the Reuter News Service, "but school
 children are definitely playing an important role."

      Reporting from Osaka, Kattoulas reports large discounts on
 powerful new software and hardware also have boosted PC sales,
 according to a report from the Yamaichi Research Institute, the
 research arm of Yamaichi Securities.

      The Yamaichi Research report said that due to interest among
 school children and heavy discounts on powerful and easy-to-use new
 software and hardware, Japan's top four makers -- NEC Corp., Fujitsu
 Ltd., Toshiba Corp. and Hitachi Ltd. -- are likely to increase PC
 production sharply over the next two years.

      Reuters says the research institute estimated an 8 percent rise
 in shipments to 5.3 million units in the year to March 1996 and a
 23 percent jump to 6.5 million in the year after that.

      And Benda said officials at one of the four makers were expecting
 deliveries to rise even more quickly than that. Quoting senior
 officials, he said one maker expected production to top 5.5 million
 units this business year and approach 7 million units next year.

      "Still, the value of computers delivered will not grow as fast
 because of price-slashing sparked by aggressive competition from
 foreign computer giants like Compaq, which are making inroads into the
 Japanese market," Reuters said.

      Yamaichi Research estimates the value of deliveries will rise to
 2 trillion yen in the year to March 1997, up from an estimated
 1.75 trillion yen the previous year.

                 >> Canadian Sentenced in Porn Case <<

      In what is believed to be the first case of its kind in Canada, an
 Ontario man convicted of transmitting child pornography by computer has
 sentenced to 150 hours of community service.  Reporting from Toronto, The
 Associated Press says 20-year-old Joseph Pecciarich of Mississauga also
 was put on probation for two years and ordered to receive psychiatric

      The wire service says Pecciarich was charged in 1993 after police
 started looking for sources of pornography available on computer
 bulletin board systems.  Investigators alleged he "would copy pictures of
 children from books and catalogues onto a computer, alter the images to
 remove clothing and arrange them into sexual positions. He then loaded
 them into a bulletin board. The scenes involved adults, children and
 animals, police said."  The judge said Pecciarich shouldn't go to jail
 because he had no criminal record and there was no proof he ever acted out
 sexual fantasies.  AP said he is believed to be the first person in Canada
 convicted of using a computer to distribute child pornography.

                >> UK Cops Bust Net Child Porn Ring <<

      An international child pornography ring operating on the Internet
 has been discovered by British police who have arrested nine people in
 the UK in connection with the operation.  Reporting from London, the
 Reuter News Service today said the police investigation also targeted
 suspects in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa and
 Germany. The nine arrested later were released on bail pending further
 inquiries. Police also seized a large quantity of computer equipment,
 Reuters says.

      Code-named "Operation Starburst," the effort was launched in
 Birmingham in central England, after police identified several people
 they suspected of distributing pornography on the Internet.  David Davis,
 head of the local vice squad, told the wire service, "This type of
 operation shows that police working together can effectively combat the
 distribution of child pornography across the Internet, no matter how, or
 from where, it is sent."

                    >> Schwartz Convicted of Cracking <<

      Programmer/author Randal Schwartz could be sentenced to as much as
 five years in prison and $100,000 in fines on each of three counts of
 computer crimes after his conviction of invading an Intel Corp. network
 in what he claimed was an effort to point out security flaws.  However,
 the Reuter News Service says that under Oregon state guidelines, the
 33-year-old Schwartz -- convicted Tuesday after a 2 1/2-week jury trial in
 Washington County, Oregon, Superior Court -- he is likely to be treated
 more leniently when sentenced Sept. 11 because he has no previous criminal

      Reporting from Portland, Reuters says Prosecutor Thomas Tintera
 also ask Circuit Judge Alan Bonebrake to order restitution of $60,000
 to Intel.  Schwartz, described by Reuters as a "computer prodigy and
 software authority," was convicted of stealing passwords and making
 unauthorized software changes in Intel's computer network while he was
 working at the company as a $45-an-hour consultant.

      Reuters adds, "Schwartz, who went to work at 16 after graduating
 from high school, is the author of two books on Perl, a programming
 language, but has described himself as a loner with few social skills."


 > OUI by DVORAK STR InfoFile   More great GOODIES from Dvorak!

                                  OUI (tm)
                          Off-line Usenet Interface
                                 for Windows

 (updated July 26, 1995)

 Many NavCIS users have been asking us for an advanced off-line navigator
 that makes Usenet newsgroups as easy to use as CompuServe forums.  We've
 taken our NavCIS experience and applied it, listened to our users, studied
 and tinkered, and soon we'll be releasing our Windows version of OUI
 (pronounced "whee").  Expected target realease: by the end of August.

 Using off-line technology developed and used by thousands of NavCIS users,
 OUI makes using Usenet's myriad newsgroups easy and affordable. OUI uses
 CompuServe's Dialer program (available free via GO NETLAUNCHER) to access
 the Internet's Usenet newsgroups.  OUI can also use other popular dialers
 such as Trumpet and the Windows 95 dialer.  OUI works with PPP, SLP and
 TCP/IP type connections. 

 This product will pay for itself in a month or two if you've been a
 moderate USENET user.  And it's perfect if you've been wanting to learn
 about the USENET but have been put off by the cost (its billed as an
 extended forum) or complexity.

 * Windows MDI interface, makes Usenet easy to learn, easy to use.
 * Built in e-mail support for both SMTP and POP-3 mail servers.
 * Powerful search and index options allow you to quickly find
   Newsgroups, subjects, and messages that interest you.
 * Powerful threading features let you find conversations that
   interest you... you can see threads BEFORE you download messages,
   as well as track, ignore, and store threads according to your tastes.
 * Twit filters allow you to ignore input from selected users or subjects.
 * Watch filters allow you to automatically spot messages that interest
 * Read and reply easily using split windows.
 * User definable auto-quote characteristics.
 * Built in multi-lingual spell checker.
 * Built in automatic UUencoding and UUdecoding.
 * Automatic message part locator for multi-part messages.
 * Extensive dual-window help with Index and Glossary.
 * Supports NavCIS font technology.

 System Requirements:
 You must be using some sort of Winsock compliant dialer such as the
 CompuServe Dialer, Trumpet or the Windows 95 dialer. OUI also works with
 SLP and TCP/IP connections.

 Requires Windows 3.1 running in enhanced mode.  386/40 or faster with 4mb
 RAM minimum.  Mouse, modem and 5mb hard disk space.  Compatible with
 Windows 95 and Windows NT.

 Anticipated Release:
 By the end of August, 1995.  Currently in Beta 2.

 How is OUI packaged?
 OUI is a disk based product and does not include a written manual. 
 Rather, it features powerful on-line help that is concise, well written
 and easy to use.  

 Can I order it now?
 Sorry, no.  We do not want to take your money and deliver something that
 doesn't live up to your expectations.  We'd rather you download and try
 the TE (15 day demoware Timed Edition) before you decide to purchase OUI. 
 The TE version will be located in LIB 1 of the DVORAK forum once the
 product is released.

 IF I own NavCIS Pro, do I get a discount?
 Yes, if you own NavCIS Pro, you can get OUI for just $22.00 ($19 plus $3
 for shipping) on diskette (slighly more if you are overseas).

 What does it cost?
 $39 plus $3 for shipping (shipping is slightly more for our overseas
 cutomers).  We accept MsasterCard,  VISA, American Express and Discover.

 Will OUI be available on the Internet?
 Yes, Dvorak Development is putting in place a direct connection to the
 internet and will sooon have full time servers from where it can be
 downloaded.  Additionally we'll have a Web server supporting our Web

 Can I beta test OUI?
 Sorry, the call for OUI beta testers has already gone out and we have a
 full compliment of hard working testers.  We are no longer accepting

 --Dvorak Development


 > Frankie's Corner STR Feature

                Imagination Express Destination: Rain Forest

 Dual format CD-ROM for Windows and Macintosh
 ages 6 to 12
 approximate retail $40
 by Edmark Corporation
 P.O. Box 97021
 Redmond, WA 98073-9721
 (206) 556-8484

 IBM Requirements                     Macintosh Requirements
 CPU:    386DX-25                     CPU:    Color Mac
 RAM:    8 megs                       RAM:    8 megs
 Video:  256 color SVGA monitor       Video:  256 color, 13" monitor
 HDISK:  2 megs                       HDISK:  2 megs
 CD-ROM: Double-speed recommended     CD-ROM: Double-speed recommended
 OS:     Windows 3.1                  OS:     System 7
 Misc.:  Sound card, mouse

 The Kids' Computing Corner

 by Frank Sereno

 Destination: Rain Forest is the newest addition to Edmark's enchanting
 Imagination Express package.  The program encourages children to explore
 their creative writing skills by allowing them to mix words, graphics and
 sound to publish multimedia stories.

 The setting is the rain forest of Panama.  The program includes a Fact
 Book filled with interesting information about the land, people, animals
 and plants of the region.  This information will also spark children's
 imaginations when they create their stories.  Also featured is a Story
 Ideas section which provides thematic suggestions.  A parent's section
 gives information on the program's educational features and contains
 suggestions for enhancing your child's enjoyment of writing.

 The most important feature is the story editor.  Children can choose from
 many backgrounds for each page.  Then any number of "stickers" may be
 added.  Destination: Rain Forest includes dozens of stickers of people,
 plants and animals.  Some stickers are animated and some even include
 sound effects.  Stickers change in size as they are moved fore and aft in
 the scene to maintain proper perspective.  They can also be placed behind
 objects in the background rather than simply being layered on top of it. 
 Some characters can be rotated in three dimensions.  The creative
 possibilities are endless.

 Destination: Rain Forest offers children the option of recording dialog
 and sounds for the stickers in each page.  They can also record a
 narration for the page.  Simple editing tools can be used to write the
 text for the story.  Several fonts and sizes are available.  The program
 also provides music of the local people which can be used to introduce
 each page.  Children have an infinite array storytelling opportunities
 with these many options.

 With outstanding graphics and excellent audio, Destination: Rain Forest is
 a delight to both the eye and ear.  One small flaw is that the program can
 only be run in 256-color mode.  The authentic music is quite different and
 interesting.  Voices and sound effects were digitized very well.

 The interface is a rather complex point-and-click device.  Audible help is
 not provided so it is best for adults to aid younger children.  The manual
 explains the many interface features and it becomes second nature after a
 short time.  The manual also offers excellent technical tips.  Some of
 these tips keep the program moving at a good pace on older computers.

 Destination: Rain Forest has great play value.  Children will enjoy
 manipulating the many animals and bugs which are native to the rain
 forest.  They will spend many hours discovering the features of each
 sticker and then writing stories.

 The educational value is excellent.  Products which can ignite creative
 thought are still rare in the educational software market.  Destination:
 Rain Forest and Imagination Express inspire creativity by giving children
 the tools and information to create original multimedia electronic books
 based on unfamiliar scenarios.  Most children will never visit a rain
 forest.  By using the fact book and their imaginations, they can go to
 this important ecosystem in their minds.

 Destination: Rain Forest provides a rich learning experience at a
 reasonable price.  It is an excellent value.

                     Graphics ........... 9.5
                     Sound .............. 9.5
                     Interface .......... 9.0
                     Play Value ......... 9.5
                     Educational Value ..10.0
                     Bang for the Buck .. 9.5
                     Average ............ 9.5

                                Frank Sereno
                              STReport Magazine
                                P.O. Box 6672
                         Jacksonville, FL 32221-6155

 Thank you for reading!


 > INTEL PENTIUM STR FOCUS!   Good Stuff!  No matter how you look at it!


 Today's compute-intensive applications require vast amounts of data to be
 processed and moved faster than ever before. To meet these needs, Intel
 has made dramatic advances in processor architecture, design, and
 manufacturing technology, resulting in the Pentium(TM) processor, the
 fastest microprocessor Intel has ever made. Not only has the Pentium
 processor become more powerful and efficient, but system designs have also
 moved forward. The high-performance systems available today both leverage
 the strengths of the processor and integrate other advanced features to
 provide the best performance from the total system.

 This technical overview focuses on the key components and specifications
 of a high-performance desktop personal computer -- a system that is not
 only well-designed, but also affordable to home and business computer

 After these elements are described, other PC features such as multimedia
 capabilities and ease-of-use are discussed. Finally, the performance gains
 provided by various key system components are summarized.

 Today's best PCs are well-balanced systems with each component optimized
 to take full advantage of the processor's capabilities, highly tuned and
 working together to give you the best possible results.

   1. PENTIUM PROCESSOR. The Pentium processor's advanced superscalar
      architecture enables it to execute up to 166 million instructions per
      second (MIPS).

   2. MEMORY SUBSYSTEM. Key components of a memory subsystem are: large     
      fast RAM, second-level write-back cache, and wide processor-to-memory
      bus.  8 to 32 Mbytes of RAM will enable the processor to efficiently 
      run large applications and advanced operating systems. A 256 to 512 
      Kbyte write-back cache increases memory performance by helping
      coordinate the speed of the Pentium processor with the slower RAM. 
      And a 64-bit bus increases the flow of data between the processor and
      the system's RAM and memory cache.

   3. HARD DISK. High-performance hard drives have at least 340 MBytes of
      capacity, provide an average seek time of 12 milliseconds, have a 128
      to 256 KByte hard disk buffer cache with both write-caching and
      read-caching capabilities, and spin about 4,500 rotations per minute.

   4. PCI AND VIDEO GRAPHICS CARD. The PCI local bus greatly improves I/O
      performance, especially graphics. The PCI bus can transfer data
      between the processor and the peripherals at up to 132 MB/second, far
      faster than the ISA bus rate of 5 MB/second. A full-featured
      PCI-compliant VGA card, with at least 1 to 2 MB of video RAM, will
      further accelerate graphics performance.


 The highest-performing PC designs today incorporate the Pentium processor.
 Intel's Pentium processor combines the performance traditionally reserved
 for high-end workstations with the flexibility and compatibility required
 for desktop systems. In addition, it maintains complete compatibility with
 the large installed base of software currently running on Intel

 The Pentium processor family includes the fastest processors in Intel's
 line--Pentium processor 510\60MHz, Pentium processor 567\66MHz, Pentium
 processor 735\90MHz, and Pentium processor 815\100MHz. These processors
 achieve exceptional performance levels by incorporating new features and
 improvements made possible by advances in semiconductor technology. For
 example, the Pentium processor has a superscalar architecture
 ("superscalar" refers to a microprocessor architecture that contains more
 than one execution unit) which enables it to execute more than one
 instruction per clock cycle. In addition, the Pentium processor
 incorporates separate 8 Kbyte on-chip code and data caches, an enhanced
 floating point unit, and a high-performance 64-bit data bus.

 The Pentium processor family was designed using an advanced process
 technology and has features that are less than a micron (one-millionth of
 a meter) in size. The Pentium processor (510\60, 567\66) was developed
 utilizing 5V, 0.8 micron technology, while the Pentium processor (735\90,
 815\100) was designed using 3.3V, 0.6 micron technology.

 As a result of these design, architecture, and process innovations, the
 Pentium processor (815\100) has over two and a half times the performance
 of the Intel486TM DX2-66 microprocessor. This performance allows the
 Pentium processor to meet the rigorous computing demands of areas such as
 advanced operating systems, compute-intensive graphics applications,
 large-scale financial programs, high-throughput client/server software,
 and real-time video applications.

 The Pentium processor can handle data faster than many memory subsystems
 can supply it. When that happens, the processor sits idle and the overall
 efficiency of the system is greatly reduced. That's why it's critical to
 have a memory system that can keep up with the data processing
 capabilities of the Pentium processor.

 Well-designed memory systems increase system performance primarily using
 three techniques: wide processor-to-memory buses, second-level cache
 systems, and large fast random access memory (RAM) subsystems.

 Wide Processor-to-Memory Data Bus
      The data bus is the highway that carries information between the
      processor and the memory subsystem, so a wider bus simply increases
      the flow. While some of the early systems introduced with the Pentium
      processor in mid-1993 did not fully utilize the processor's 64-bit
      data bus, today's PC designs are better. The Pentium processor-based
      PCs available now have 64-bit processor-to-memory data buses,    
      enabling extremely fast data flow between the processor, second-level
      cache, and RAM subsystem.

 Second-level Cache
      Second-level caches are blocks of high-speed memory that are placed
      between the processor and system memory. This memory acts as a
      temporary storage place for commonly-used instructions and data,
      replacing the need to always go to the system's slower main memory to
      fetch information. The size of the second-level cache in
      high-performance systems is at least 256 Kbytes to 512 Kbytes. Larger
      cache sizes improve performance, because more memory is available to
      store the needed data. More advanced caches are also write-back
      designs rather than write-through implementations (1). The write-back
      approach reduces bus utilization and prevents needless bottlenecks in
      the system by caching data both written to and read from main memory
      (system memory is only updated when the cached data is replaced). In
      contrast, write-through cache implementations transfer data to the
      external memory each time the processor writes data to the cache
      (i.e., write-through designs do not cache data written to memory).

 Large Fast RAM system
      Memory systems, which are generally constructed from dynamic RAM
      (DRAM) modules, can easily become a system bottleneck. For example, 
      if the PC does not have enough DRAM, then the processor has to   
      frequently retrieve information from the much-slower hard disk.

      PCs have large memory subsystems (larger RAM systems increase    
      software performance, because more of the program currently executing
      can reside in RAM rather than on the hard disk). With 8 to 32 Mbytes 
      of RAM, the PC can minimize hard disk accesses and efficiently   
      execute large applications and advanced operating systems such as 
      Windows*, OS/2* and UNIX*. In addition, advanced RAM systems use 
      interleaving to reach peak performance levels. Interleaving reduces 
      memory access time by segmenting the memory system into two      
      coordinated banks. During a particular request, one bank will supply 
      information to the processor while the other prepares data for the 
      next cycle; during the next access, they switch roles.

 During a data read from the hard disk, the processor spends most of its

 time waiting for the disk to retrieve the requested information. As a
 result, hard disk performance can have a significant impact on system
 performance.  Hard disk drives are categorized and ranked based on various
 metrics. Four common selection criteria are average seek time, on-board
 disk cache, disk caching features, and platter rotation speed.

 Average Seek Time
      The average seek time, the most readily available specification and
      arguably the most important criterion, is the amount of time that the
      drive heads require to move from one sector to another. Seek times 
      for fast hard disks generally range from 10 to 15 milliseconds.

 Hard Disk Buffer/Cache
      A hard disk cache stores commonly used data, so that the disk's  
      tracks and sectors do not have to be accessed each time the processor
      requests data. And like second-level caches, more disk cache memory
      improves performance -- the larger the cache, the more likely it 
      holds the desired data.

 Intelligent Caching Features
      Many disk drives have features that off-load work from the processor,
      freeing it to perform other functions. One such function is
      read-caching, or pre-fetching, where the disk drive fetches data
      before the processor requests it. This technique "reads ahead" by
      assuming that the sector following the one most recently accessed 
      will be next requested by the system. Another advanced disk feature 
      is write-caching, where the cache accepts data before the drive is 
      ready to write it. Write-caching can improve hard disk performance

 Platter Rotation Speed
      As with seek times, faster platter rotation speeds yield higher disk
      performance. Rotation speeds for today's PC drives typically range
      from 3,600 to 7,200 rotations per minute (RPMs). While there is some
      inherent correlation between platter speed and average seek time,
      faster rotation speed does not guarantee shorter seek times. For
      example, some drives have platter speeds of 4,300 RPMs with average
      seek times of 16 ms, while other drive platters rotate at 3,600 RPMs
      but have average seek times of 13 ms.

      A high-performance hard disk drive provides an average seek time of 
      12 milliseconds, has a 128 to 256 Kbyte cache with both read-caching 
      and write-caching capabilities, and spins about 4,500 rotations per
      minute. In addition, it has a minimum of 340 Mbytes in capacity to
      meet the storage needs of today's applications and operating systems.

 The industry-standard 16-bit/8-MHz ISA expansion bus, the decade-old bus
 currently found in most computers, cannot adequately transport the large
 amounts of data generated by today's compute-intensive applications.
 High-performance processors, operating at speeds of 100 MHz and beyond,
 are forced to wait as hard disks, video boards and other peripherals send
 and receive data along a path that is not only narrow and slow, but
 inefficient as well. As a result, serious bottlenecks occur as large files
 vie for the limited bandwidth offered by the ISA system bus. Enhanced bus
 standards, such as EISA and Micro Channel*, have been introduced to
 alleviate these concerns, but none has provided an adequate
 cost-effective, long-term solution.

 To solve this problem, the PC industry developed a local bus specification
 based on the Intel486(TM) processor bus and a standard local bus

 Known as VESA's VL local bus, it allows high-performance peripherals to
 bypass the I/O bottlenecks of traditional system buses and take a shortcut
 to the system processor. While the specification is a good intermediate
 solution and has resolved some of the I/O issues, it has a number of
 limitations. Its most significant disadvantage is incompatibility; because
 the VL bus design is tied to the processor's speed, not every VL bus card
 is compatible with every VL bus-based system.

 To eliminate incompatibilities and provide a more robust solution for
 Pentium processor-based systems, the Intel Architecture Lab along with its
 industry partners developed the PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect)
 local bus specification. PCI is an advanced high-performance local bus
 design that supports multiple peripheral devices. It is optimized to take
 advantage of today's microprocessor and personal computer technology and
 provides a total system solution. PCI provides increased performance for
 network adapters, hard disk drives, full-motion video, graphics and the
 wide range of today's high-speed peripherals, while maintaining
 compatibility with today's existing ISA/EISA/Micro Channel expansion

 Running at a clock speed of 33 MHz, the PCI local bus employs a 32-bit
 data bus that supports multiple peripheral components and add-in cards at
 a peak bandwidth of 132 Mbytes/second, a substantial improvement over the
 5 Mbyte/second peak transfer rate of the standard ISA bus. This increased
 bandwidth allows the PCI local bus to provide more than four times the
 graphics performance of the ISA bus. The PCI local bus achieved a WinMark*
 test score of 84.1 million WinMarks compared to the 20 million WinMarks
 attained with the ISA bus (3). The PCI local bus, however, offers much
 more than high bandwidth. It allows peripherals to take full advantage of
 available processing power without being dependent on processor speed or
 architecture. It also supports auto-configuration of Plug and Play-enabled
 add-in cards and offers system designers a standardized design path.
 Finally, PCI provides built-in upgradability to accommodate future
 technical advances.

 Today's advanced graphically-intensive operating systems and applications
 have fueled the need for high-performance video graphics adapter (VGA)
 cards. In yesterday's text-based DOS operating environments, the processor
 could effectively perform both displaying and number-crunching tasks.
 Today windows and images are frequently created and moved on PC monitors,
 requiring the manipulation of tens to hundreds of thousands of pixels.
 Without an advanced video graphics adapter, this would be an incredibly
 processor-consuming task.

 Video graphics adapters are designed to enable high-speed data
 communication between the processor and the VGA, and between the VGA and
 the display monitor. Advanced VGAs also have intelligent functions, such
 as drawing, zooming, pixel manipulation, and pattern replication, which
 relieve the processor of some of its workload. Using these features, the
 processor can send a simple command to the VGA and then perform some other
 task while the VGA updates the monitor. The result is increased system

 In addition to having "smart" functions, a high-performance VGA enables
 high-resolution displays (at least 800-by-600 with 256 colors) and has a
 minimum of 1 to 2 MB of on-board RAM to store the information that needs
 to be displayed on the monitor. In addition, the VGA is PCI-compliant so
 it can take advantage of PCI local bus designs.

 The processor, hard disk, memory design, and I/O and graphics systems are
 not the only factors that influence performance and usability. Other
 elements, such as CD-ROMs for multimedia and Plug and Play technology for
 easy installation, also come into play.

      Fast, affordable, and fueled by an increasing number of available
      software titles, CD-ROM drives are becoming a standard part of
      personal computers. Although CD-ROMs are read-only and transfer data
      at a considerably slower rate than hard disk drives, they can store 
      up to 680 Mbytes of information. Because of this immense capacity,
      CD-ROMs are being used for everything from multimedia games and
      reference materials to operating systems and software applications.

      When selecting a CD-ROM drive, the most important specification is
      speed, or data transfer rate. The faster the transfer rate, the
      smoother video and graphics playback will be on multimedia
      applications. Although CD-ROM data rates range from 150 to 600
      Kbytes/second, the transfer rate should be at least 300 Kbyte/second
      (i.e., double-speed) to obtain good multimedia performance.

      Installing an add-in card can be a challenging process. Sometimes
      cards need to be configured manually, which means selecting a variety
      of system resources -- interrupt requests, I/O and memory addresses,
      and direct memory access channels -- for each card. Every PC has a
      limited number of these resources available, and each card is    
      designed to use a small group of them. And since there are no    
      standards stating which cards can use which resources, conflicts can 
      arise between cards.

      Plug and Play technology consists of hardware and software components
      that add-in card, PC, and operating system manufacturers incorporate
      into their products to eliminate the need for manual configuration.
      With this technology, an expansion card can identify itself and the
      resources it requires, and the system software can automatically set
      up a suitable configuration for the card. As a result, add-in cards
      can be easily inserted into the PC.

      Although Plug and Play technology is still maturing, Plug and
      Play-enabled Pentium processor systems are readily available.

 System performance can be optimized by ensuring that, in addition to the
 Pentium processor, the PC has top-performing subsystems. This can be seen
 by examining the numbers.

 A PC's subsystems can provide considerable performance improvements. For
 example, by making sure that the PC has a 256 KB write-back second-level
 cache, the performance of the system can be improved by 26% to 31%. In
 addition, including a high-performance hard disk rather than merely an
 average hard disk can provide an 11% performance boost. These and other
 typical performance gains are summarized in Table 1.

 While subsystems can significantly affect the PC's speed, the processor is
 the component that most influences system performance, and the Pentium
 processor provides considerably higher performance than other
 PC-compatible microprocessors. This is clearly shown by the SYSmark93 for
 Windows benchmark. SYSmark93 is a system-level benchmark suite that tests
 a processor's ability to handle everyday desktop computing operations such
 as word processing, spreadsheets, desktop graphics, desktop publishing,
 database management, and software development. It is a reliable benchmark
 to judge a system's performance for everyday use.

 The SYSmark93 for Windows rating for a high-performance system based on
 the Pentium processor 815\100 MHz is 384.2. This is approximately twice
 the performance of a system based on the 66MHz Intel486 DX2 processor.

 The highest-performing PCs available today are based on Intel's Pentium
 processor. Incorporating state-of-the-art design principles, the Pentium
 processor meets the performance needs of today and tomorrow's

 In addition, it maintains complete compatibility with the large installed
 base of software currently running on members of the Intel family.

 The best PCs have not only fast processors but also high-performance
 subsystems. A well-designed memory subsystem, high-performance hard disk,
 PCI local bus, and full-featured PCI-compliant VGA card can greatly
 improve a personal computer's performance by allowing the PC to operate at
 maximum efficiency. This means that the Pentium processor will too. And
 the cumulative effect is a more powerful computer all the way around.


 > A PEEK at Prodigy STR FOCUS!

                           A QUICK LOOK AT PRODIGY

 (More to follow)

 For Tech Eyes Only: Gateways, LANs, T1s.

 Description of Prodigy's Network
 In contrast to our competitors, Prodigy was one of the first and still
 remains the largest distributed client server network. (See the glossary
 below.) Currently AOL and CompuServe use a host-centric technology.
 Prodigy's powerful and extensive configuration allows us to distribute the
 network with greater flexibility in the recovery of disturbances such as
 those caused by outages or by natural disasters.  What this means to our
 members is faster overall connect time with fewer session interrupts.

 The top section of a box diagram focuses on mainframe activity.  All
 Prodigy data, including applications and content, is transmitted to the
 mainframe server, and then distributed over the T1/T3 network. These
 applications and content are created on producer workstations, both remote
 and in-house.  The Prodigy mainframe processes a multitude of tasks, for
 example, it:

 handles basic systems management. 

 handles membership service communications, such as Chat. 

 runs new applications, such as the Web Browser. 

 accepts incoming wire feeds, such as API and Reuters. 

 maintains Prodigy gateways for transaction applications, such as EAASY
 SABRE (sm) for airline reservations and PC Financial Network (sm) for

 Maintains our newest gateway for access to the Internet's World Wide Web. 

 The lower half of the box diagram focuses on distribution activity.  All
 Prodigy data is streamed through the T1/T3 network and then distributed to
 Prodigy local sites, or PLSs.  They, in turn, distribute the data to users
 through a variety of channels, such as LANs, POTS, local and national
 VANs, cable and ISDN (see Glossary below).  This results in a constant,
 interactive dialogue between the service and the users which is
 continually transmitted throughout the network.

 Cable - (TV). Antennas, receivers, and associated distribution equipment
 that receive weak signals from a distant city and relay them to
 subscribers via television coaxial cable.

 Datakit - An example of a local VAN (Value Added Network).

 ISDN - Integrated Services Digital Network. A network architecture that
 enables end-to-end digital connections. Also described as a set of
 communications standards allowing a single wire or optical fiber to carry
 voice, digital network services and video. ISDN is intended to eventually
 replace the plain old telephone service. ISDN uses mostly existing Public
 Switched Telephone Network switches and wiring, upgraded so that the basic
 "call" is a 64 kilobits per second, all-digital end-to-end channel.

 IP - Internet protocol. A protocol that provides for transmitting blocks
 of data between hosts identified by fixed-length addresses. Because IP has
 no mechanisms to augment end-to-end data reliability, flow control,
 sequencing, or other services, these routines are provided by other

 LAN - local area network. A private network offering high-speed digital
 communications channels for the connection of computers and related
 equipment in a limited geographic area. LANs use fiber optic, coaxial, or
 twisted-pair cables or radio tansceivers to transmit signals.

 MCI TymNet - An example of a national VAN (Value Added Network). POTS -
 plain old telephone service. Basic telephone service without any enhanced
 features. It is the common term for residential telephone service.

 T1 - An AT&T term for a digital carrier facility used to transmit a DS-1
 formatted digital signal at 1.544 megabits per second.

 T3 - A digital carrier facility used to transmit a DS-3 formatted digital
 signal at 44.746 megabits per second.

 TCP/IP -Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol. A set of
 protocols developed by the U.S. Department of Defense that facilitate the
 interconnection of dissimilar computer systems across networks.

 UGAP - Universal Gateway Attached Program. A program providing protocol
 conversion and enhanced network management.

 VAN - Value Added Network. A data network, usually packet-switched, that
 provides products or services beyond the basic transport of information.
 Often, the services are offered by a private vendor over facilities leased
 from a common carrier. Value-added services include network management,
 error control, and protocol conversion.

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 Folks, the FARGO Primera Pro has GOT to be the best yet.  Its far superior
 to the newest of Color Laser Printers selling for more than three times as
 much.  Its said that ONE Picture is worth a thousand words.  Send for this
 sample now.  Guaranteed you will be amazed at the superb quality. (please,
 allow at least a one week turn-around)

         A T T E N T I O N -- A T T E N T I O N -- A T T E N T I O N

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

 > Adobe & the WEB STR InfoFile

                     Integrated Solution for Publishing
                            to the World Wide Web

 Adobe Systems and Frame Technology Announce An Integrated Solution for 
 Publishing to the World Wide Web

 Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and FrameMaker offered together for
 authoring on Sun Netra and Workstation Platforms

 Mountain View, Calif., (July 24, 1995)   Adobe Systems Incorporated 
 (Nasdaq:ADBE) and Frame Technology Corporation (Nasdaq:FRAM) today
 announced an integrated solution for authoring documents to be printed or
 published on the Internet's World Wide Web.  The Frame & Adobe Internet
 Publishing Solution, which combines Adobe Illustratort, Adobe Photoshopt
 and FrameMakerr software with a Cookbook showing users how to author
 documents for Web and print using all three products,  is expected to be
 available in early August for Netrat and other Sun systems. 

 Published estimates are that the number of Web sites exploded from 30,000
 to 60,000 between April and June of this year. Much of that growth is from 
 organizations using the Web to share information that they also need to
 print. The Frame & Adobe Internet Publishing Solution integrates the key
 components required for authoring color publications for print and
 electronic distribution - illustrations, images, text and hypertext links
 - on the leading Internet platform.  According to a 1994 survey conducted
 by the Internet Society, the Sun platform is used for 56 percent of all
 servers on the Internet.  

 "The synergy between Framer and Adobet products unifies the authoring 
 environment  for Web and print publishing, offering businesses the richest 
 solution available today," said Doug Kaewert, Director of Market
 Development at Sun Microsystems, Inc. "It gives Sun Netra customers a
 powerful  environment for creating and publishing original content." 

 The Frame & Adobe Internet Publishing Solution
 The Frame & Adobe Internet Publishing Solution consists of three
 applications that are the standards for high-end desktop publishing: Adobe
 Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and FrameMaker. Each application excels in a
 different area to contribute to the final document, but cooperate smoothly
 with the others for easy authoring. Together, they provide unprecedented
 ability to quickly produce high-quality, color documents for publication
 in print and for viewing on the World-Wide Web using browser software such
 as Netscape Navigatort or Mosaict. 

 "At most sites, Web publishing is a laborious process in which engineers
 program page layout and convert images to make documents accessible," said
 Bill Sawyer, president of Digital Publishing Specialists, a publishing
 consultancy based in Sausalito, California.  "The Frame & Adobe Internet
 Publishing Solution offers our clients brand-name products from leading
 software companies that automatically create documents which can easily be
 printed and published on the Web." 

 The Frame & Adobe Internet Publishing Solution's Cookbook walks users
 through the fundamentals of using the three products together to prepare
 information for the Internet and for print.  Adobe Illustrator excels at
 creating logos, illustrations, diagrams, titles and icons used for Web
 push-buttons. Authors can combine illustrations with Adobe Photoshop
 images to create composite artwork and special effects that can be saved
 in the GIF format required by the Web as well as in standard printing
 formats. Finished artwork is brought into new or existing FrameMaker
 documents. FrameMaker's long document handling features such 
 as automatic table of contents and index generation; hypertext linking and
 HTML; Adobe PostScriptt and software support for the Adobe Portable
 Document Format (PDF) output make authoring easy for printing and for the

 The combined products offer high precision printing and display, with
 easy-to-use font handling capabilities and the ability to share Adobe's
 industry-standard Type 1 fonts across applications. They also take
 advantage of the strengths of Sun's Solarisr operating system, such as
 multi-tasking, high computation throughput, easy Internet access, and ease
 of workgroup collaboration across networks. Completely compatible versions
 of all products are also sold separately for Sun Solaris, Microsoftr
 Windowsr, and Apple's Mac OS. 

 The Frame & Adobe Internet Publishing Solution will be available from
 Adobe and Frame authorized UNIXr resellers in North America. Resellers may
 obtain product from Sun Netra partners Access Graphics and Merisel. The
 suggested retail price is $3,995, compared to $5,485 for the products 
 purchased separately. For product information or the name of a local
 reseller, call 1-800-843-7263. 

 The Companies
 Adobe  Systems,  founded  in  1982,  is  headquartered  in  Mountain View,
 California.    Adobe  develops,  markets  and  supports  computer software
 products  and technologies that enable users to create, display, print and
 communicate  electronic documents.  The company licenses its technology to
 major  computer,  printing and publishing suppliers, and markets a line of
 applications  software  and  type  products  for  authoring  visually rich
 documents.  Additionally, the company markets a line of powerful, but easy
 to   use,  products  for  home  and  small  business  users.    Adobe  has
 subsidiaries  in Europe and the Pacific Rim serving a worldwide network of
 dealers  and  distributors.    Adobe's 1994 revenue was approximately $598
 Frame   Technology,  founded  in  1986,  provides  award-winning  document
 creation,   management  and  distribution  software  for  individuals  and
 workgroups.    Frame's  products  are  widely  recognized  for  their  PC,
 Macintoshr  and  UNIX  cross-platform compatibility, enabling individuals,
 companies,  government  agencies  and  academic  institutions  to increase
 productivity  by leveraging their valuable business and research data. The
 company is located in San Jose, California.  

 On June 22, 1995, Adobe announced a definitive agreement to acquire Frame 
 through an exchange of common stock of the two companies. The transaction
 is subject to approval by Frame shareholders, and to other conditions.



                 Windows/MPC Is a Player, But Not the Winner
                          in CDROM Titles Platforms


 Fast, affordable, and fueled by an increasing number of available software
 titles, CD-ROM drives are becoming a standard part of personal computers.
 Although CD-ROMs are read-only and transfer data at a considerably slower
 rate than hard disk drives, they can store up to 680 Mbytes of
 information. Because of this immense capacity, CD-ROMs are being used for
 everything from multimedia games and reference materials to operating
 systems and software applications. 

 When selecting a CD-ROM drive, the most important specification is speed,
 or data transfer rate. The faster the transfer rate, the smoother video
 and graphics playback will be on multimedia applications. Although CD-ROM
 data rates range from 150 to 600 Kbytes/second, the transfer rate should
 be at least 300 Kbyte/second (i.e., double-speed) to obtain good
 multimedia performance.

                 Windows/MPC Is a Player, But Not the Winner
                          in CDROM Titles Platforms

 Columbus  OH, July 27, 1995 ----  The latest edition of a comprehensive 
 directory to CDROM titles shows that the Windows-based MPC platform is 
 certainly a player, but hardly the clear winner as the platform of 
 choice for CDROM developers.  In fact, the most popular platform remains 
 MSDOS with nearly 65% of titles currently for sale, according to Richard 
 A. Bowers, editor of the database, and executive director of the Optical 
 Publishing Association (OPA).

 Both the MPC platform and the Macintosh have seen continually growing 
 support from publishers, and remain virtually neck-and-neck in the 
 title-support count.  The MPC platform is supported by 38.3% of current 
 titles, the Macintosh platform is supported by 37.3%.  If recent 
 statistics about respective market shares of Windows-based computers and 
 Macintosh are accurate, then MPC titles are greatly underrepresented, 
 and Macintosh titles are over-achieving.  

 The real surprise - aside from the continued strength of MSDOS - is in 
 the number of CDROM titles that support multiple platforms.  In1994, the 
 titles that supported both MPC and Macintosh platforms represented only 
 3.5% of the database.  One year later Mac and MPC compatible products 
 constitute 22.5% of the database.

 The CDROM Pocket Guide is a database partnership of Pemberton Press and 
 Richard A. Bowers.  It has been available in print, and will soon be 
 available as a basic service, searchable database on CompuServe. The 
 current edition of the database contains records for over 9200 titles.

 "Publishers apparently believe the impact of the Macintosh is much 
 greater than its purported market share," said Bowers.  "MPC/Windows has 
 obviously gained strength with new products and new versions released 
 over the last year.  But Macintosh remains critical as well."

 Bowers suggested that reasons for the persistence of MSDOS as a platform 
 leader lay at two ends of the consumer spectrum.  "Schools, libraries 
 and many business environments do not yet use multimedia or require a 
 '486 or Pentium to do the research work with bibliographic and full text 
 databases they require.  And, on the consumer side, few high-powered, 
 graphical games utilize Windows because of the substantial resources 
 Windows requires, conflicting with the needs of the game.  Many heavy 
 games consumers may have a high-end machine, with Windows installed, but 
 they run in MSDOS to access their favorite games."  

 The growth in MPC and Macintosh cross-compatibility may result from both 
 market reality and coincidence.  "Many publishers - and as they perceive 
 their customers - see the Macintosh as an easier-to-assemble and easier-
 to-use computer than MPC/Windows machines.  There have been troubling 
 rumors of substantial returns, following 1994's record Christmas 
 computers season.  And, coincidentally, many publishers use Macintosh 
 machines to produce titles for MPC/Windows, so the Macintosh version is 
 nearly ready when the Windows product is ready to ship, so they get two 
 versions at very little extra cost," explained Bowers.

 The platform issue is of utmost significance to CDROM publishers, said 
 Bowers, because the machine is a point of access to the customer.  And 
 the most complicated part of the consumer's CDROM experience.

 "Publishers and consumers understand something computer companies have 
 not yet taken to heart.  CDROM titles are publications.  The computer 
 component of their nature is not a feature, but rather an obstacle for 
 both the publisher and his customer to overcome," said Bowers.  "In the 
 overall process of production, marketing and distribution, the 
 computer's complexity remains the weakest link in the relationship 
 between the publisher and the customer."

 "We approach the introduction of Windows 95 from Microsoft with some 
 trepidation.  Given the current mix of CDROM title platform targets, 
 Windows '95 cannot be seen as anything but a major complication - it 
 represents yet another platform that must be installed and configured by 
 the customer adding another barrier to access.  And this is assuming 
 that MPC titles will all work properly under Windows '95, something no 
 one really expects.  Windows '95 will greatly increase the technical 
 support burden for publishers."

      Platforms supported by CDROM Publishers for 
      over 9200 Titles in the CDROM Pocket Guide Database

                     Summer 1994 vs 1995
      (Percentages of total titles in database per each edition)

      Titles playable/accessible on these platforms:
                          1994           1995
      MSDOS               68.7%          64.5%
      Macintosh           29.3%          37.3%
      MPC/Windows         12.0%          38.3%

      Cross-compatible products
      Mac & MPC           3.5%           22.5%
      Mac & MSDOS         14.9%          17.2%
      Mac, MSDOS, MPC      1.7%          10.2%

 More details about this topic and others important to new media 
 publishers are available in the upcoming Summer 1995 Edition of the "OPA 
 Executive Summary" available at no cost to OPA members.

 OPA is a not-for-profit trade and professional association for the CDROM 
 and digital publishing industries.  Founded in 1988 and comprised of 
 some 400 members, OPA provides information and business assistance 
 through its semi-annual reports and online forums on CompuServe.  

 For more information contact:
                              Richard A. Bowers
                             614/442-8815 (fax)
                          71333,1114  (CompuServe)

                       Optical Publishing Association
                                PO Box 21268
                           Columbus  OH  43221 USA

 Online contact:
                           71333,1114 (CompuServe)


 > STR Unix/Linux             Hanging in there!

                      THE ATARI ST EMULATOR FOR UNIX/X

 compiled by Scott Dowdle

 My Atari ST Emulator is currently in Alpha Testing stage. It works fine on
 a SPARC IPC under SunOS 4.1, but is still a bit slow. I will try to make
 it easily portable across different flavours of Unix. At the moment it
 will require a fairly standard Unix System and an X Server which supports
 1-bit StaticGray or 8-bit PseudoColor visuals.

 Here is a 1152x900 screen shot (34KB) of a slow SPARC (SPECint92 13.8)
 running STonX with the VDI driver and with GEMBench being run. Note that
 the GEMBench results have to be divided by 2, since the 200Hz system timer
 was emulated at 100Hz. Also, the results for the VDI functions are likely
 to change once the implementation is complete.

 The system components currently emulated are:

    *  MC68000 CPU
    *  4 or 14MB RAM, ROM starting at $E00000
    *  Color or Monochrome Atari ST graphics modes
    *  IKBD (partly)
    *  BIOS-level disk routines are available
    *  MFP (partly)
    *  Mega ST(E) clock chip (buggy)

 TOS 2.06 runs under the emulator without modification. TOS 1.0, 1.2 and
 1.04 should work too, but haven't been tested (and aren't supported at the

 A VDI driver for X Windows is also available, which will speed up the
 graphics output of GEM applications by a factor of 20-70 (roughly).

 System Requirements
 You will need a fairly "standard" Unix and the X Window system to run the
 emulator. A lot of (physical) memory is also recommended (at least 20MB
 for the 14MB emulation, for the 4MB emulation 9MB will suffice), and a
 SPECint rating of 30 or more is a good idea too.

 At the moment, speed is quite disappointing. On a SPARC with a SPECint
 rating of 13.8, the emulator runs at 25-200% of the speed of an 8 MHz
 Atari ST, depending on the operation (on average 45-50%). This is mainly
 due to the many cache misses during the emulation (the main loop is much
 larger than the 64KB the cache can hold). Performance should be much
 better on machines with large L2 caches.

 However, compared to other portable emulators this isn't bad at all!

 Latest News

      Thu Mar 30 21:18:46 MET DST 1995
      Managed to run the Emulator on an SGI in Germany (!), while the
      output was directed to the screen of my X-Terminal here in
      Austria over a very slow (1-3KB/s) link.
      Amazing. :-)

      Fri Mar 31 14:16:10 MET DST 1995
      The Emulator runs on SGIs now - on a machine with MIPS R4600 at
      133MHz, the speed is apparently somewhere between 2.5 and 25
      times that of an 8 MHz ST!

      Fri Mar 31 16:53:53 MET DST 1995
      Compiled & ran the Emulator on a little-endian DECstation, and it
      seems to work! However, it still doesn't work with X displays
      that use LSB bit/byte format for bitmaps.

      Fri Mar 31 20:31:23 MET DST 1995
      I just sucessfully compiled the Emulator on a DEC 3000
      (Alpha-based), and it runs smoothly with 200Hz system timer and
      20Hz VBL, even though the bitmap format is different on the
      Alpha, and it needs to reverse all bytes (the bits in them) for
      20 frames per second! In monochrome mode it runs at 115% ST
      speed. While it still flickers a bit in monochrome mode (because
      the drawing takes much longer), in color mode there is no flicker
      at all, and the emulation is also much faster (171%).
      Unfortunately, the byte ordering is still wrong in color mode for
      8 bit displays, since my conversion routine was written for
      big-endian machines. One lesson I've learned is, that the
      emulation will always be much faster on big-endian machines...

      Fri Mar 31 21:11:34 MET DST 1995
      Fixed the problems with LSB bitmaps - all graphics modes work
      correctly now, on both MSB and LSB displays! On a DEC 3000 I can
      run the emulator with true 50Hz VBLs(!!!) and 200Hz system timer,
      and it's still faster than the original!

      Sat Apr 1 16:05:06 MET DST 1995
      Made a few modifications, to provide for easier distribution of
      binaries. A binary for the Sun SPARC series of computers with
      SunOS 4.1 will be made available shortly (when tested

      Thu Apr 13 17:32:17 MET DST 1995
      A first "package" has been made, including a `configure' script.
      Some basic VDI functions have also been implemented as native
      Xlib calls (monochrome only), and the speedup (which may become
      less in the future) is appoximately 75 x compared to that of the
      emulated TOS routines, and around 25 x the speed of an 8 MHz ST.

      It is possible to switch between emulated and native VDI support
      at runtime, by moving the mouse pointer into the corresponding
      window. A compile-time option to make a less memory-intensive
      version of the emulator, which provides 4MB ST memory and
      requires approx. 9MB is also supplied now.

      Sat Apr 15 13:29:47 MET DST 1995
      The VDI driver looks very good already, programs have been
      written to convert the system fonts to the BDF format, so they
      can be used by the X Server directly. A bug has been fixed which
      prevented large diskfiles from working; I have a 10MB diskfile (a
      copy of one of the partitions of my ST harddisk) on the Unix disk
      now. A public version should be out in less than two weeks (I
      hope), once the serial/parallel port drivers are finished.

      Wed May 17 19:43:55 MET DST 1995
      Sorry for the long break, I was (and still am) quite busy. I've
      started writing an emulator-generator which will probably help
      increase STonX's speed by a factor of 1.5 (I hope), while at the
      same time the current code is being optimized by Griff's eager
      hands (yes, the Griff of DSP coding fame).

 The Future

 I am or will soon start working on
    *  Better portability (esp. support for little-endian architectures)
    *  Support for arbitrarily sized screens (X windows)
    *  GEMDOS-level filesystem routines to allow access to the Unix FS
    *  Speed optimizations
    *  MC68020 emulation (maybe)
    *  A VDI driver for an "X window" device, which will allow the emulated
      system to use the full graphics capabilities of your X terminal
      (currently being worked on - will take a while)

 Copyright status:

 It will most probably be released under the GNU Lincense.

 More information:

 ... will be available soon.


                           ATARI/JAG SECTION (III)
                            Dana Jacobson, Editor

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

      Well, I was all set to try and get out of these summer doldrums,
 find some cool spot to relax, and get this week's editorial put
 together.  Well, the best laid plans...  This week's vacation has been
 like living in a blast furnace - this heat and humidity has been
 brutal!  And, to top it all off, a trip to the dentist for a root
 canal!  Hey, can it get any better than this?! <g>

      Yes, it can - fortunately.  The MIST Atari show is this weekend.
 If you're in the Indianapolis area, check it out.  If all goes well,
 expect to see the upgrade to Flash II, version 3.0.  I've been beta-
 testing this program for awhile and you're going to enjoy it.  I can't
 go into any details (NDA, you know) - just take my word for it!  Look
 for a lot of other great products available at the show.  As usual,
 Atari shows are the best - the people make it all worthwhile.

      Well, I know what awaits you with the rest of this issue, so while
 you're enjoy this week's issue I'm going to grab a couple more aspirin
 and an iced-cold drink.  We'll see you back next week!

      Until next time...


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 > It's All Relative/MIST Show! STR InfoFile! - CD Selection At MIST!

 It's All Relative's Greg Kopchak announces CD selection to be available
 at this weekend's MIST show:

 We have a great selection of Atari specific CD's coming to MIST:


 Crawly Crypt 1

 Crawly Crypt 2


 CD Service - Volume 1

 CD Service - Volume 2

 CD Service - Volume 3

 Atari Software Treasury (2 disc set)

 That's right, 9 CD's to select from!


 We have a super selection of Atari readers too:

 Image Library Viewer for MPC Research True Color Military Series

 Atari CD Master with support for 4 CD's

 SARA 5 pack with support for 12 CD's

 SARA for Groliers and a SUPER SHOW SPECIAL on the set

 SARA Movie Guide

 Photo Show with support for over 500 CD's

 Photo Show Pro with support for over 500 CD's

 Photo Show STe with support for over 500 CD's


 Virtual BookMaker support disc

 Shareware M.O.S.T. with support for 19 CD's


 We have some great news on disc utilities too:

 ExtenDOS Pro - Version 2.1

 CD Recorder Version 1.0    (YES YOU CAN WRITE AS WELL AS READ A CD)

 Advance orders will be accepted. CD-Recorder Version 1.0 is now


 We also have the entire Walnut Creek Line of CD ROM discs 52 CD's
 including the new "Best of Walnut Creek" and the just released Amazing
 Animations with a 3-D full motion CD case!

 A large group of  CD's for use with SARA, Atari CD Master, and Photo
 Show Pro, or Photo Show STe.

 If your the least bit interested in CD ROM, stop at the It's All
 Relative booth at M.I.S.T. this weekend and see the largest group of
 CD-related items for your Atari computer ever gathered together at
 one place.

 While your there, pick up a special deal on "Art for Kids" for the
 family. The world's LOUDEST paint program.


 > STR News TidBits

                 -/- Leahy Warns of Fed Rules Online -/-

      U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says "government regulation will stifle"
 the new industry of online services.

      In a recent floor speech, the Vermont Democrat added, "Heavy
 handed attempts to protect children could unduly chill speech on the
 Internet and infringe upon the First Amendment. What are we doing as a
 legislative body if we discourage the Project Gutenberg from placing
 online the works of Geoffrey Chaucer or D.H. Lawrence for fear of
 prosecution because someone, somewhere on the Internet might find the
 works indecent?"

      Communications Daily notes the Senate Judiciary Committee, on
 which Leahy serves, holds hearing today on the cyberporn issues.
 Witnesses include Jerry Berman, executive director of the Center for
 Democracy & Technology; Dee Jepsen, executive director of Enough Is
 Enough, a group fighting pornography, and parents and representatives
 of the online industry.

      Also today, Interactive Working Group, a private sector group, is
 to release report describing the availability of software and
 technology to help parents supervise children's use of Internet and
 online services.

      The report "also will show how existing federal laws in (the)
 criminal code already prohibit sale or distribution of obscene material
 over computer networks, provide criminal liability for transmitting
 threatening messages and have other means to handle problems created by
 online pornography," CD writes.

                 -/- Cops Downplay Internet 'Smut' -/-

      A U.S. House of Representatives panel has been told by law
 enforcement authorities that, while pornography and pedophiles do
 exist on the Internet, the problem has been exaggerated by the
 attention the issue has gotten lately.

      Mike Geraghty, a New Jersey State Police trooper who uses networks
 in law enforcement, told lawmakers yesterday, "You can't find
 pornography unless you go looking for it. If you want to find
 pedophiles, you have to look for them. Those instances are few and far

      Also, Kevin Manson of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
 said Congress and the public should avoid "demonizing the Internet"
 because of the actions of a tiny minority.

      United Press International says Manson, testifying before the
 House Science Basic Research subcommittee, asserted that a small
 fraction of the communications on the Net are of an obscene nature. He
 pointed out it was a recent study frequently cited by
 Internet-censorship advocates that concluded most objectionable
 postings can only be found in private sites not linked to the network.

      Said Manson, "We need to be a little more level headed."

      Lee Hollander, a state prosecutor from Naples, Florida, told the
 panel authorities still face problems prosecuting the crimes because
 they lack basic knowledge of computers.

      Subcommittee Chairman Steve Schiff, R-New Mexico, agreed, counting
 himself and other lawmakers among a vast group struggling to understand
 computers, adding, "We're very intimidated by the whole thing. We've
 got a bunch of frightened parents. This is a mystery to people my age
 and older."

      Meanwhile, a family advocacy group has urged Congress to reject
 arguments that software alone is the answer to shielding children from
 the dissemination of pornography on the Net.

      According to the Reuter News Service, Cathy Cleaver, director of
 legal studies at Family Research Council, said, "There are serious
 flaws to the approach of relying solely on software to screen out the
 offensive material. It is wrong to shift the entire cost ... to the

      Reuters says the group says software and regulation "are
 complementary approaches to this problem."

                  -/- Packard Bell Settles Charges -/-

      Packard Bell Electronics Inc. has reportedly agreed to spend up to
 $1 million and change its warranty policy in order to settle
 allegations it deceptively sold new computers with substandard used

      The Wall Street Journal says Packard Bell admitted no wrongdoing
 in the proposed settlement. The paper reports that the settlement
 received preliminary approval on June 29 from the California Superior
 Court in Los Angeles.

      If approved, the settlement would reportedly end nine California
 class-action suits that have been consolidated, although it would not
 resolve lawsuits pending in other states on the same subject. Among
 those suits is one filed in federal court in Delaware by Compaq
 Computer Corp. of Houston, which has accused Packard Bell of using
 substandard parts from returned computers in machines that are sold
 as new.

      Meanwhile, another computer maker is facing charges similar to the
 ones reportedly resolved by Packard Bell.  Pan American Commerce Corp., a
 San Francisco-based export company, says it has filed a $10 million
 lawsuit alleging fraud against Dell Computer Corp.

      John C. Kaufman, Pan American's president, says Dell fraudulently
 sold his firm a computer system it billed as new, but in fact contained
 spare parts, including a used motherboard.

       Pan American said the used equipment resulted in lost business
 because of repeated instances of motherboard and hard disk failures.
 Kaufman says that Dell-designated technicians who visited his firm to
 repair the system replaced the faulty motherboards with still more used
 parts which, several weeks later also failed.

      "It's outrageous and it's cheap. It falls into the same category
 as rolling back odometers on used cars," Kaufman says.

                 -/- Microsoft to Settle School Suit -/-

      To settle a suit accusing it of "untrue and misleading
 advertisements" -- but without admitting any wrongdoing -- Microsoft
 Corp. has agreed to give California schools $6 million of software.

      Reporting from San Rafael, Calif., The Wall Street Journal quotes
 Deputy District Attorney Robert Nichols as saying Microsoft will equip
 one classroom in each of California's 1,058 districts with a full
 software package.

      "Under terms of the settlement, reached after two years of
 negotiations, Microsoft also agreed to a $175,000 civil penalty," the
 Journal reports this morning. "In addition, it will pay Marin County
 $90,000 for legal fees and investigative costs."

      The California suit was prompted by a complaint from a consumer
 that the Microsoft Office software package came in a box showing four
 software programs, yet contained only three. (The box showed a drawing
 of Word for word processing, Excel for spreadsheets, PowerPoint for
 graphics and Mail for email, implying all four were contained inside.
 Yet it only contained a license to copy and use electronic mail, not
 the program itself.)

      Microsoft spokeswoman Erin Carney told the paper her employer
 settled only to avoid a technical dispute and to end the case, adding,
 "We feel we caused no actual injury to consumers."


                               Jaguar Section

 Ted Hoff Speaks Out, FFL Delayed!
 Onliners React to News!
 CATnips!  STR/Jag Contest!
 More Vintage Minter!  And more!

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

      Look for 'White Men Can't Jump' and 'Flashback' to appear in the
 next few days.  These should be a couple of games to take people's
 minds off of the recent announcement that 'Fight For Life' is being
 sent back to be re-worked.  I've seen video clips and an assortment of
 screen shots of both these games - they look great.  I think these two
 games are going to be a lot of fun to play.  We're standing by for
 Atari to send review copies so we can provide you with an in-depth
 review of both these games soon.
      Also on tap, hopefully what appears to be a great end of summer
 push, will be the JaguarCD.  Yes folks, it is coming out next month.
 We're anxiously waiting to get a review unit of the player along with
 some of the CD-games.  Like our staff here at STReport, we're all
 waiting for this new peripheral to add to our gaming enjoyment.
 Personally, I can't wait!  I've even been practicing with the Lynx
 version of 'Blue Lightning', which I've always enjoyed - the CD version
 looks fantastic!  I'm also looking forward to checking out Jeff
 Minter's VLM - shades of the 60's!!

      Atari's Ted Hoff speaks out about the decision behind the
 postponement of 'Fight For Life' in an article included in Don Thomas'
 latest CATnips report.  As you'll see from the online reactions
 included in that article, the decision was a good one.  Although it's
 not the best of news, Atari needs to make these difficult decisions.
 Better to delay or cancel a game before it hits the streets rather than
 be forced to listen to its customers complain about a game that just
 doesn't deserve to be on the shelf.  It took a few "lemons" before
 Atari got the message, but at least they finally listened.  Hoff, and
 Atari, deserve a lot of credit for going public with this announcement.

      It's contest time again!!  We haven't had one in a number of
 months; the last was before the holidays last winter.  Atari's Don
 Thomas was gracious enough to call the other day and asked if we'd like
 to "give some stuff away again?"  Of course, we alway like giving stuff
 away!  I'm not going to go into details about this, and next week's,
 contest.  You're just going to have to finish reading this issue to get
 the details.  I will suggest to you, however, that you don't skip over
 too much in the issue - you may miss some important information! <g>

      So, let's get to the news and information for this week.  Stay
 tuned as we're gearing up for a lot of activity on the Jaguar front.
 We'll be there every step of the way!

      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
      J9052E Super Burnout        $59.99           Atari

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

      CAT #   TITLE                MSRP         DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER

              White Men Can't Jump $69.99             Atari
              Air Cars              TBD        MidNite Entertainment
              Flashback            $59.99           U.S. Gold
              Ultra Vortek         $69.99             Atari
              Flip-Out              TBD               Atari
              Rayman                TBD              UBI Soft
              Power Drive Rally     TBD                TWI
              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

 > Game Console Segment STR News TidBits

                  -/- Toys 'R' Us to Sell Software -/-

      Toys 'R' Us has announced it will revamp all 618 of its U.S. toy
 stores to include a special section of family-oriented computer
 software.  United Press International reports that all the products will
 be supplied by NewMedia Express, a joint venture of Mattel Inc. and
 Davidson & Associates Inc. Electronic Arts will be a major supplier of
 the entertainment software.

      The section, which will boast more than 150 titles, will include
 entertainment programs and educational items.  "There has been an
 explosion in computer software for children, and we intend to be a major
 player," said Michael Goldstein, chief executive officer for the retailer.
 "We know that family-oriented computer software can be a big business for
 Toys 'R' Us."

      About half the chain's stores have already begun selling the
 software. The rest will begin doing so within two weeks.  "We have been
 seeing a lot of customer requests in recent months," the executive said.
 "One of the problems in setting this up is that there are so many titles
 for us to choose."

      Jill Barad, Mattel's president and chief operating officer, said
 personal computers outsold television sets last year, making multimedia
 software one of the fastest growing categories. "It's a different kind
 of product, and mass merchants need special tools to help with
 inventory management and in-store merchandising."

      Bob Davidson, chairman and CEO of Davidson & Associates, said
 channels such as Toys 'R' Us will be key in the expanding multimedia
 software market.

      "Family-oriented software has the potential to rival or surpass
 platform-based video games in market size," Davidson said. "It's just
 a matter of getting the right selection of titles into more locations
 where consumers do their everyday shopping."


 > 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          TBA   Combat               TBD      Atari
 Flashback               7/95  Action/Adventure    $59.99    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
 Gotcha!                 1/95  ?                    TBD       ---
 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           NOW   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            9/95  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
 Zero 5                  1/96  ?                    TBD       ---
 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 Online STR InfoFile         Online Users Growl & Purr!

       CATnips... Jaguar Tidbits from Don Thomas        (95.07.24)

 On Friday last week (7/21/95), Mr. Ted Hoff, President of Atari's North
 American Operations, released a statement regarding Atari's formal
 position on "Fight for Life". The statement was in response to a swell
 of online rumors regarding the title which was brought to Ted's
 I usually would not transmit something twice through my distribution
 channels. In this case, however, since I did not send Ted's statement
 under a CATnips masthead and the online response has been so
 overwhelming. I felt I would share that response with everyone. If you
 have already read Ted's statement, please jump past it for a sampling
 of the online reaction plus other news.

 An open message from Mr. Ted Hoff, President of North American
 operations for Atari Corporation...


 Of those of you who follow Atari's progress and 64-bit Jaguar momentum,
 some have expressed interests (and concerns) with regard to the
 disposition of the much anticipated Jaguar software title, "Fight for
 Life."  Right away, let me address the rumors/flames by stating that
 "Fight for Life" is alive and well and a solid Atari development effort
 continues on that title. Due to the online concerns passed on to me
 recently, I see there's a need to make Atari's official position clear
 with regard to its current status.
 Since the development effort began on "Fight for Life," Francois
 Bertrand and the "Fight for Life" team have seen significant progress
 in the development tools and the capabilities of the Jaguar machine.
 What was underestimated was the development time and effort necessary
 to take advantage of the machine's capability.  In our most recent
 evaluation of "Fight For Life," we were concerned that the game (in its
 current stage) did not exploit the capabilities of the Jaguar, nor
 would it deliver to the gamer the quality or depth of game play
 expected from the Jaguar 64 system. For this reason, newer development
 efforts are being explored, including the evaluation of new software
 engines to enhance the speed, smoothness and graphics handling of the
 Jaguar 64.
 I personally wish to assure you that every step will be taken to
 provide a game that meets your expectations and shows off the strength
 and capability of the system. Most of all, I insist that each game
 provides hours and hours of fun and challenging game play. I am
 demanding these principals to be maintained on all games from Atari;
 not only on "Fight for Life." If we change schedules, it will be for
 good reason; namely to meet high standards of graphics appeal and
 incorporate the "fun factor" for which Atari products are so well
    Francois wants to add...
      "Due to the acquisition and implementation of new
      resources, my 'Fight For Life' team has been inspired
      to enhance 'Fight For Life' in the areas of graphics
      and animation. We are really excited with the changes
      we have made so far. The enhancements will well be
      worth the wait."
 I know the online community has hung in there with us!  Thank you. You
 are our loyal user base and we are determined not to disappoint you.
 For those of you interested, Jaguar CD-ROM will ship August 24, 1995
 and should be available throughout our retail distribution base by the
 last week of August and early September; depending on how different
 stores have set up distribution.
 If you are not presently a Jaguar gamer and wish to own the power of
 the 64-bit Jaguar, please call Atari Corporation at 1-800-GO-ATARI and
 we will help locate a retailer near you. For about $150.00 each (system
 or CD-ROM), you can't beat it. We will continue to monitor your
 comments and feedback regarding our products... both positive and
 negative. I'm hoping that we can continue to be open and constructive.
 We have a big job ahead of us; your input continues to be important
 and your loyalty and interest are greatly appreciated.
    --Ted Hoff (July 21, 1995)


    Open Letter from to Mr. Ted Hoff and Francois Bertrand:

    Thank you for your press release. It shows courtesy and
    respect for your user base and provides encouragement to
    me that Atari is really trying to be the best it can be.
    Thanks again,
    David Fairweather
    From: Naina Jahangir <>
    Subject: 1st sighting of Intelligent Lifeforms at Atari?
    I don't know about you guys, I was extremely happy after
    reading Ted Hoff's recent letter to the on-line community
    reassuring us about the FFL. I think finally, someone
    with a modicum of clue is at the helm of Atari. His well
    reasoned decision to completely re-write FFL from scratch
    makes perfect sense. If this is the kind of hard-nosed
    business decisions that Atari is going to make from now
    on, then Atari has a very real chance at success with the
    Ted is a great addition to the Atari Corporation I see.
    I like his style, and he also talks English I understand.
    Does Mr. Hoff have an online mailbox for suggestions (not
    a bad idea for Atari to do)?  If not, tell him;
    Dear Mr. Ted Hoff
      I think you're doing a good job. Usually new execs
      aren't noticed very well, but the online community has
      recognized you, Mr Hoff, as the person to make the
      Jaguar a high-quality system. I see Atari is focusing
      not only on graphics, but on "fun factor" (which I'm
      sure also means good control). Most newer games on
      other 16 and 32 bit platforms provide extraordinary
      graphics, but poor gameplay and a short "life" game.
      Online (on CompuServe), there were multiple comments on
      you style of talking in the Activison/Atari press
      release.  They thought, and I do to, that you made it
      stick to the competitions minds. And, they noticed you
      saying "Jaguar 64", instead of just "Jaguar". Many
      online think that this is very good, by actually
      showing that the Jaguar is a 64 bit system and this is
      what is happening with it. I'm glad to see that the
      Jaguar CD is coming on August 24. Although I probably
      won't pick one up until the holiday season (I'm 15, and
      my parents get us big-ticket items at Christmas. When
      it comes to birthdays, tho, they're to cheap!) I am
      happy to see it (finally) come out. I'm sure this won't
      be another Sega CD!
    Warmest Regards,

    Jeffrey Norwood
    Publisher/Editor-in-Chief -- The Jaguar Journal
    Date: Sat, 22 July 1995 09:59:43 -0400
    From: aa399@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Len Stys)
    Subject: Re: FFL UPDATE
    Hi Don,
    I have to tell you, I am really impressed by Ted Hoff's
    message to the online community. I am REALLY impressed.
    And you know how hard it is to impress me! :)
    His message is open and honest with Atari's customers.
    He also addresses the online community as if they are
    intelligent. He stated truth that the game is being
    delayed (as everyone knows anyway), but he assured
    everyone that it is being delayed to make the game
    better. I have to tell you that a lot of people thought
    that Atari would just rush the game out to get it out no
    matter if it was good or not. And we both know that when
    this happens, there are a lot of unpurchased Checkered
    Flag games taking up space on retail shelves.
    Mr. Hoff's message also gives people an indication of
    what kind of leader he is. He has that common-sense
    attitude that (as an Atari supporter) you hope to God
    that he has. He also has the no-nonsense attitude that
    this is the way it is going to be. And finally, he also
    appears to have the attitude of there being no compromise
    when it means hurting the future of Atari Corporation.
    And the releasing of poor quality games does hurt the
    future of Atari.
    After reading his message, I left with the feeling that
    I'm glad this guy is in there. I hope to see good things
    result because of it.


    FR: Larry Tipton  74127,601
    TO: Don Thomas  75300,1267
    DA: July 22, 1995
    SV: CompuServe
    Please let Mr. Hoff know that I am pleased that he came
    forward to clear up the "FFL" matter once and for all.
    No smoke and mirrors!  Ted seems to be a
    tell-it-like-it-is kind of guy. I like that.
    FR: Dana Jacobson  71051,3327
    TO: Don Thomas  75300,1267
    DA: July 22, 1995
    SV: CompuServe
    I'm glad that Ted came out with an official statement in
    this regard, as well. I also applaud the decision to
    avoid the risk of releasing a game that just might not be 
    up to snuff with regard to "fun factor" and other things
    that might cause undue negative reactions.
    Dana @ STReport International Online Magazine
    FR: Bob Retelle  76702,1466
    TO: Don Thomas  75300,1267
    DA: July 22, 1995
    SV: CompuServe

    Please pass on our thanks to Ted too, for the official
    statement about FFL..
    That's probably the best way to make sure the real story
    gets out, and keeps all the wild rumors from spreading.

    Subject: Re:Ted Hoff...Whoaaa, now someone is listening.
    I too felt really good about this Ted Hoff guy's post. At
    least now we know that someone is at least listening.
    Before, it was like Atari had the Heavy Duty AC/DC Ear
    Plugs stuffed into its ears.
    Actually I think that Atari should have kept their ear to
    ground all along. Having someone check on the Jaguar
    List, while not really a scientific sampling of
    demographics etc., at least gives them some kind of real
    first person feedback on how their games are and what the
    public opinion is.
    Sure maybe they have there focus groups and they have
    their sales reports, but it is listening to the real
    gameowners, players, and buyers' opinions comments, and
    suggestions that will really get Atari moving and the
    internet with its email and newsgroups, is a very
    convenient and rapid form of communication for those who
    have the access.
    Sales figures only tell you whether something is wrong or
    good, not why it is such; which is the only way to either
    solve the problem or continue to please the consumers.
    I appreciate that Atari is listening in on the Jaguar
    mailing list. I also appreciate that Ted Hoff thought it
    important enough to take the time to respond to our
    concerns. If this is what we can expect from the new Atari
    management, I say thank God.
    Daniel Marsalone
    From: Frans Keylard <>
    Subject: More positive Ted Hoff stuff
    Everywhere I look there's very positive reactions to Ted
    Hoff's statement. Heck, even the stocks went up! :) Ok,
    ok, so there might be no connection...
    Here's another:
      Wow!  This new guy actually cares enough about us
      'netters to keep us informed.  I'm very impressed so
      far.  Of all companies that make systems, none have
      been too obliging in letting the 'net' know information
      before the magazines have already published the info.
      This is one very nice exception.
      Davey <dhaupert@gae.nett>

  Here's another great comment regarding Super Burnout!
    Date: Sat, 22 July 1995 21:09:40 -0400
    Message-Id: <>
    Subject: Super Burnout
    Wow! Just got the game today and I must say I enjoy it
    more than Tempest 2000 and I generally don't like racing
    games! It actually feels real. The trees pass you by so
    fast and the frame rate is so good! This is one of the
    better games I have played.
    Great job on Super Burnout! Could there possibly be a

 Here are some new images just placed into the libraries of CompuServe,
 GEnie and CATscan [209/239-1552]. By the way, these and other images
 are also being placed in to numerous other sources as well such as
 Delphi, where you'll find Andy Eddy and a great bunch of Jaguar gamers.
    STRAMIEL.JPG --+-- JPEG file of Mr. Sam Tramiel
    JPEG of Mr. Sam Tramiel, Chief Executive Officer, of
    Atari Corporation. Scanned from a recent publicity photo
    taken in front of Atari headquarters in Sunnyvale, CA.
    Atari is the U.S. manufacturer of the 64-bit Jaguar
    gaming system which sells for about $150. Image may be
    re-posted in areas public access areas complimentary to
    Atari. (c)1995 Atari Corporation. Image scanned and
    uploaded by Don Thomas.
    ALIGUORI.JPG --+-- JPEG file of Mr. August Liguori
    JPEG of Mr. August (Augie) Liguori, Vice President
    Finance and Chief Finance Officer, of Atari Corporation.
    BELTRAMO.JPG --+-- JPEG file of Mr. Ron Beltramo
    JPEG of Mr. Ron Beltramo, Vice President Marketing, of
    Atari Corporation.
    JCORRELL.JPG --+-- JPEG file of Mr. Jon Correll
    JPEG of Mr. Jon Correll, Vice President Software Product
    Development, of Atari Corporation.
    WMCJPLYR.JPG --+-- JPEG file cartoon for WMCJ
    "White Men Can't Jump" is an exciting new basketball game
    coming to the Atari Jaguar. Here's a cool looking player
    I found on the sell sheet for the game. The actual
    players in the game look like real people; not cartoons,
    but this can serve as a great image for Web Pages! Image
    may be re-posted in areas public access areas
    complimentary to Atari. (c)1995 Atari Corporation. Image
    scanned and uploaded by Don Thomas.
 I have just received clearance to grab five (5) "Ultra Vortek" screen
 shots and box copy. Look for these files within the next few days on

 CATscan, GEnie, CompuServe, Delphi and, well, all over! <g> Ultra
 Vortek will be in stores by mid-September and sell for $69.99.
    ULTRA VORTEK - box copy
    product shipping to stores in Sept. '95... $69.99 MSRP

    Prepare Yourself for the Final Test

    Mankind must prove that it is worthy of the powers of the
    Ultra Vortek--the eternal energy source for all life on
    Earth. Failure to meet this challenge will result in the
    Earth's destruction. Seven of the planet's mightiest
    warriors have been chosen to pit strength and cunning
    against the Guardian for complete control of the Ultra
    Vortek. Who will prevail? The fate of mankind is in your
    ULTRACOV.JPG  - JPEG image of Ultra Vortek screen shot
    Prepare Yourself for the Final Test! (25,059 JPG file)
    Mankind must prove that it is worthy of the powers of the
    Ultra Vortek--the eternal energy source for all life on
    Earth. Failure to meet this challenge will result in the
    Earth's destruction. Image (c)1995 Atari Corporation. May
    be re-posted in other areas complimentary to Atari. Ultra
    Vortek is coming September 1995. $69.99 MSRP. File
    uploaded by Don Thomas.

    ULTRA_V1.JPG  - JPEG image of Ultra Vortek screen shot
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         CATnips... Jaguar Tidbits from Don Thomas        (95.07.27)

 Hi there, ho there, hey there...
 Here's some great events coming up... (fast!) These people have put a lot
 of work into their events. PLEASE help get
 onliners involved! Spread the word!

 Jaguar Giveaway!   Win at the Mid-Indiana  MIST AtariFest
                     Indianapolis, Saturday, July 29
                     10 am Indiana & Illinois Time (11am EDT)  

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                               Valued at $200!
 CatBox Bonanza   -- See ICD's "Jaguar Jet-scape" and three                 
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 Plus FIVE (* 5 *!) More Jag Games for a Silent Auction:
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         Admission Tickets Still $3
         Best Western Waterfront Plaza Hotel
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           Double the space is available and we expect
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           Phone NOW if you want space!
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               of Purdue/Lafayette.


  prodigy mail:  Personal Message                07/26/1995  
    Subject: SUPER BURNOUT
    Sent On: 07/27  12:19 AM PM ET
 Just a brief note to tell you that I appreciate your 
 updates on the Jag and game releases. In spite of what I 
 have read from others you seem to be up front and on target  when asked a
 I just picked up Super Burnout yesterday and really enjoy  it.
 Graphics/controls/and overall game layout is great.
 Picked up pinball fantasies a few weeks ago and can't stop  playing it. My
 friends think it's a great game as well. 
 I've had my Jag from the initial release and although I am  also
 frustrated with the rate of new game release I still  have faith in Atari
 and the Jag.
 Thanks for the updates!
 Larry Mahler


 > Yak's Zoo - Update! STR InfoFile!  -  Jeff Minter and D2K Update!

 Thanks to CompuServe member Chris Russo for the Internet re-post!

 Here is the latest from Yak's WWW page on the Internet.

 July 23rd update, Yak writes:

 "Well, it's been an interesting few weeks. Yak has been hosed with
 data on a variety of different fronts. The brain hurts from the
 grokking of it all.

 The new graphic artists are not only in place but churning out
 excellent bitmaps at a high rate. There is now a complete background
 level with all parallax layers running, and the Jag is handling a full
 game happening over the top without shredding the OLP - this is a Good
 Thing. Much more structural stuff has been overlaid on 2K mode - we
 now have waves that have a beginning and an ending, player ship
 collision and explosions, enemy shots, and all kinds of good stuff
 which makes it more of a game and less of a demo of 2K graphic
 elements.. I'm getting more graphics from the new guys than I know
 what to do with, never mind where to put in my ROM image.. but that's
 normal at this stage, don't worry. We should have audio happening in
 the next few days too. Last couple of days, between the artists and
 the musicians, Yak has been hosed all over again. I am awash in data
 and running out of hard disk space.. but there's a Pentium with a
 bottomless hard disk on the horizon, so it's not gonna stop me.

 I've also implemented a couple of bonus/Easter Egg games - working
 titles 'Pong On Acid' and 'Gridrunner 4 July Mix' - which are kinda
 fun.. re-did all the game select/intro screens to my exacting standards
 of digital pulchritude.. hoping to have the first 5-10 levels more or
 less running within the next week. Once they're in I should be into
 tweaking of the gameplay to make it excellent - it's pretty good so
 far, but acceleration is not quite correctly balanced at the moment.
 Then, once the gameplay is balanced, it should be a simple case of
 jamming on new graphics, levels and weapons until I run out of ROM...

 More as it happens. Now I have my web page at a better site I hope to
 be able to update it more frequently..

 (:-) - Mama do you think they'll like this song...

 Fm: Darryl (Atari Europe) 75162,2024
 To: Dominick J. Fontana 74766,2154

 To prove we have a sense of humour, I thought you guys might like to
 have some fun with this at my expense.

 Darryl Still and his wife have announced that their first child has
 officially entered production. It is believed that the development will
 produce only one unit, but the Still's are not aware whether the
 product will be released before Christmas or even this year!




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                            PEOPLE... ARE TALKING
 On CompuServe
 compiled by
 Joe Mirando
 CIS ID: 73637,2262

 Hidi ho friends and neighbors.  Boy, I lucked out this week... Imagine,
 hotter than average temperatures, and the highest humidity on record and,
 lucky me, I'm on vacation.  While it's just to darned hot to do anything
 active on my vacation (which kind of takes the fun out of vacation,
 doesn't it?), I'd probably have gotten heat stroke if I had been at work.
 True, I'm not _quite_ as bad off as the folks in Chicago, but it's bad
 enough for me.  Smog warnings (in Connecticut??), thunderstorm
 advisories, power brown-outs, and all manner of nasty things make
 me quite happy to be on vacation this week.  As it is, the most active
 thing I can manage is to log onto CompuServe to catch up on all the
 "cool" stuff that's going on.

 Y'know, I have to laugh whenever I hear one of these nouveau cyber-jocks
 bragging about downloading files, e-mailing, and chatting over their
 computer.  Heck, lots of folks have been doing that since CompuServe
 went into business all those years ago.  Since then, lots of others have
 decided that they'd try to make a buck doing the same thing.  Not that
 there's anything wrong in making a buck... heck, we're _all_ trying to
 do that.

 It's the _way_ that some of these folks have done it that catches my
 attention.  Some decided that they'd make a buck by using their existing
 computers in their "slow" time, some decided to show "commercials" down
 at the bottom of the screen to make a buck, and then have their special
 software "peek" at things on your hard drive to see what interested you
 (not a malicious attempt at invasion of privacy, but an invasion of
 privacy none-the-less), and _make_ you use their software to access
 their service.  I have no problem with dedicated programs, but I see no
 need to require a person to use them... especially since, if you use
 more than one online service as I do, the necessary programs could add
 up to many megabytes of storage space.  And should you be esthetically
 opposed to DOS and Intel, and... shall we say, too economically
 challenged to afford a Mac, you're just plain out of luck with those
 dedicated programs.  If you don't believe me, just place a call to
 Prodigy or America Online and ask for an Atari ST, Amiga, or any other
 "orphan" computer  version of their software.  Just hold the phone away
 from your ear because these folks tend to laugh pretty loud when they
 hear that question.  Heck, they feel like martyrs because they even offer
 a Mac version.  Well, I've got news for them, I can do the things I need
 to do, the things I want to do, faster and more efficiently on my own
 using a "generic" terminal program.  And I don't end up paying for their
 control codes that cause all those pretty little graphics that clutter up
 the monitor and do absolutely nothing to enhance the posts I read, or the
 programs I down load.

 I'm sure that some folks prefer the glitzy screens and option boxes, and
 for them, sure, they should have these programs available to them.  But I
 don't think that it should be mandatory.

 Well, let's get on with the reason for this column (and no, it's not
 simply a place for me to rant and rave... I can do that anywhere <grin>).

 From the Atari Computing Forums

 Rob Rasmussen tells us about capturing video on his Falcon:

      "I ended up getting VideoMaster for the Falcon. It came with a free
      copy of True Paint (which I already have!). When I save a still
      picture, it saves it in True Paint format. I am enjoying using this
      program. My video camera's hooked to my VCR which is hooked to the VM
      cartridge. When I aim the camera at something, the action appears
      on the screen. Details are not well defined though, and a person can
      look like a cartoon in black and white. It looks kind of surreal,     
      I've seen used in some music videos. It also records sound and I have
      synced up audio to a video clip to make several little "films." With
      audio and video, it does eat up a lot of memory, stored in the buffer
      that you define separately for video & audio. It saves films as .FLM
      files, and I hope to find out if I can convert this to something that
      an IBM PC can view.  Anyone know how I can do this? It has other
      things like a sequencer for stringing video clips. I also got
      ColorMaster add-on board for color stills. I hope to get into that in
      the next few days."

 Now THAT sounds like fun, doesn't it?  It makes me wish I could afford
 all that cool stuff.  Meanwhile, Mike Myers posts:

      "I've been browsing the library, and I find what seems to be three or
      4 programs to use in the Internet facilities. However, I don't know
      which is best for a "newbie". Recommendations?"

 Daniel Osborne tells Mike:

      "For just browsing around the Internet for files to lownload, NOS ver
      0.42 works great.  It is command line driven and you can run it from
      your GEM/TOS desktop.
      For viewing WWW sites for text and graphics, the TAF(Chimera) works,
      but requries to install the 7 disks on a Minit XF partition and some
      working knowledge of Unix commands.  While I have been able to get it
      to work, others are no so successful.  It can also do FTP file
      The only other one I know of, is DuFTP, which I am working on to try
      and get functionaly working.  It also allows FTP site downloands, but
      has a GEM window interface, but also requires the installation of
      Mint-Net on your system.
      I would suggest to start off with the NOS 0.42 and work from there."

 Nic Garton asks:

      "Having retrieved my trusty ST 520 from the attic, and brushed of the
      cobwebs, I find I need to load a tos program automatically at switch
      on. I remember something about a startup.inf file, but it's all
      a bit hazy. Can someone explain to me (in lots of detail) how to get
      a .tos file to boot automatically?"

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine tells Nic:
      "You place the file into the AUTO folder and it will boot/run

 Nic replies:

      "Simple as that... Thanks.  What was I thinking about with the
      startup.inf file, or is that complete rubbish?"

 Michel Vanhamme takes a stab at it:

      "Maybe you were thinking of a utility like Startgem, which was used
      on old machines to automatically start a GEM program? That one used a
      STARTGEM.INF file."

 It could also be that he was thinking of the DESKTOP.INF file... one
 garbled DESKTOP.INF file, and you'll have nightmares about them for a

 Simon Churchill tells us about his new monitor:

      "I just got a multi-frequency monitor today, does all ST modes.  Out
      goes the old B&W TV so been playing for the last few hour's in
      gloriouse colour and mono, it's bliss on the eye's!!"

 Jon Sanford tells Simon:

      "I got a ATARI color monitor with my MegaSte but stubbornly use the
      SM124. got to get a switch box & bigger desk so i have room for all
      this C**P.
      I am getting back into my old electronic stuff. Transistors, Vacuum
      Tubes, piles of broken consumer electronics & surplus scrounged. My
      plan is to find a cheaper hobby.  I still like the computer stuff
      but the upgrade path is getting steep."

 Martin Weber-Casper posts:

      "Hello everyone, greetings from Amsterdam!
      I am using ST for Music/MIDI for years. It's great.
      Now I am wondering if it's possible to connect an SLM804 to my new PC
      (386 running Win 3.11)."

 John Trautschold of MissionWare Software tells Martin:

      " far as I know it can't be done.  Atari laser printers all
      work off the Atari DMA port. There's no such beast for a PC. Plus the
      SLM printers depend on memory and computing power in the Atari
      computer itself. You might consider the SLM a "dumb" printer, which
      is why the cost, back when they first came out, was much lower than
      other "standard" laser printers.
      You'll need to purchase something else for your PC."

 In the Portfolio section of the Palmtop Forum, Paul Shears poses a
 question about using Atari's FT program for transfer to a PC:

      "I am connecting the cable [ which I am 99.9% sure is a 25 pin
      straight thru cable ] to the port into which my printer goes. I dont
      seem to have anywhere else to fit it to, The other ports are 2 serial
      8 pin ] and mouse and joystick.

      I am using the FT.COM software and am wondering what the procedure is
      when I have connected the Portfolio to the Pc, Do I press File
      Transfer on the PC software and File Recieve on the Portfolio or Just
      on the Pc and not on the Portfolio etc etc.

      I have only had the Portfolio a few weeks [bought it second hand]
      and seems to be difficult finding people who know much about
      it in my neck of the woods [Leeds - England], which is quite a shame
      really considering the machines qualities, Its easy to see where      
      Psion got their ideas from, and a shame that Atari don't push their
      products any further than they do."

 Andrew Hosler tells Paul:

      "Hopefully I can help with your problem. Hook up the cable to your
      computer.  Select setup on the portfolio, then file transfer, then
      server.  This lets FT.COM do the work . Then you just use Recieve or
      Transmit to send your files. It's not a bad idea to set up a file on
      your PC for downloads, uploads etc. I use FT.COM with Portman(in the
      library). Portman sets up text files for use on the portfolio. 

      Another excellent program is Portbook. This is a windows program for
      adr. files.  Good luck with your portfolio! If you have any questions
      drop us a line."

 In the Atari Gaming Forum, Julie Lagan asks:

      "My son has my old ST and got a hold of a game called Alternate
      Reality some years ago. At that time sequels were to come out called
      Arena and Wilderness.  Does anyone know if those disks were ever made
      and if they were does anyone have them for sale???"

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Julie:

      "Unfortunately the Alternate Reality series was never finished.
      It was more of a "political" thing than any technical problems, but
      only two of the parts of the game were ever released.  The original,
      which your son probably has is "Alternate Reality - The City".
      The only other "module" in the game that was finished was "Alternate
      Reality - The Dungeon".
      I never did play the second one, although I really enjoyed the first
      Probably the best thing to do is ask here, and on any local BBSs that
      still have Atari sections, to see if anyone has a copy they'd like to

 Julie tells Bob:

      "Thanks... My son will not give up that st machine because of that
      program..He is now 27 and has been playing that game off and on since
      it came out. I will do as you suggested and see if I can pick up the
      other module.
      BTW are they making any programs for the ST? He actually used that
      machine through college with the Word Writer program..people kept
      calling him "cave man" but that didn't seem to deter him."

 Bob replies:

      "Unfortunately software development for the ST has become very, very
      slow...  there are still a few excellent products being supported, 
      but it's nothing like the "good old days".
      Has your son played "Dungeon Master" on his ST..?   That was one of
      the most popular games on the ST, and at one time even hit the #1 
      spot for ALL computer games..!
      Every now and then I see one for sale.. it's a classic..!"

 Julie tells Bob:

      "I will check with him and see. If he hasn't maybe I can locate one 
      for him.  I can't believe this kid is so hooked on Alternate     
 Reality.. The kid seems normal otherwise!!"

 From the Graphics Support Forum

 Remember a while back when Unisys announced that they would begin
 enforcing their patent on LZW compression, the form of compression used
 in all GIF picture files?  Well, the talk still rages on.  Gini Schmitz
 posts her theory on Unisys:

      "I think they probably deliberately waited until all the programmers
      were GIF-dependent, so they could spring their surprise, and force
      people to pay.
      Why aren't people YELLING their heads off about the giant software
      companies' practices? People are always trying to be "nice" which
      actually makes them sheep. I am so furious about paying $25 per call
      for technical support for very expensive (and  buggy software), but 
      the giants think they have the people by the throats. If only a few 
      people YELL, it won't make much difference. With CompuServe and the 
      Internet, people can YELL all over the world, and soon the giant will
      get scared.  Remember David  and Goliath. It can be done."

 Rollie Jones tells Gini:

      "I wonder if yelling like that will have much effect on Unisys. Their
      existance is (or at least was) dependant on government contracts for
      their mainframes. They have yet to develope more than a clue as to 
      what is going on in the rest of the country. The idea of Shareware 
      and Freeware seemed to baffle them thoroughly when, in fact, the
      developement community yelled rather vehemently about their original
      royalty offers.
      As to the $25 tech support call, the best way we can yell about this
      is to discontinue buying from companies that do this. Let me guess, 
      it has to do with tech support on a 900 number. I would venture  Hold 
      is a popular button in that situation. So, if they charge for tech 
      support and particularly if the support doesn't help or they leave 
      you hanging while the bill racks up, don't buy their product          

 Ray McVay adds:

      "Actually, Unisys will realize very little out of the GIF/TIFF
      debacle.  In fact I bet it's costing them money.  In a relatively 
      short time everyone will move their GIF and LZW TIFF dependences to 
      PNG and Unisys will be out of the picture.  Still it's a good example
      of the problem with software patents in general."

 Gini asks about PNG:

      "PNG is new to me. Is it  a royalty-free compression method? Is it
      unpatented?  Are we sure of that? Maybe Unisys was not as "dumb" 
      about shareware as they acted. Maybe they did it because the big  
      companies can pay, and they knew the small shareware companies can't.
      I think I keep seeing a trend to put all the small guys out of   
      business, so the big ones  can have all the pie."

 Howard Thue tells Gini:

      "The entire system of Patents and cross licensing is designed to 
      drive innovative small business to the point they are either set up 
      for acquisition or put them out of business.
      PNG is royalty free and great effort by the developers and Compuserve
      has been put forth to make sure the GIF/LZW situation shall never 
      raise its ugly head with it."

 Steve Rimmer adds his own thoughts on Unisys:

      "I don't think there's any question that Unisys deliberately
      entrapped developers into using LZW. We did a fair bit of yelling 
      about this... got a patent lawyer involved and all... but Unisys 
      didn't want to listen. We're about to yell to other quarters and see 
      if they catch the echos. I'm of the opinion that we might not be able
      to talk them out of ripping us off for royalties, but we can cost 
      them more than they cost us. I figure that if I can talk someone out 
      of buying one mid-size Unisys banking terminal system, I can set 
      Unisys back many times more than all the royalties they'll collect 
      from us over the life of their patent.
      Of course, one of the ironies in yelling about the LZW situation over
      CompuServe is that CompuServe is almost as responsible for it as
      Unisys is. It was, after all, CompuServe who initially granted a
      royalty-free license to GIF to all developers who wanted it, having
      failed to do a patent search first by the looks of things, and then
      left all those developers to twist in the wind when Unisys appeared
      with its patent.
      I agree with your yell about big software companies. We've had... and
      actually, are in the midst of having... similar experiences. The
      problem, of course, is that in order to make the prices of their
      products look competitive, the big companies cut out all the support
      costs & added them back in after you buy the stuff. Then, in order to
      get their stuff to market faster they didn't beta test it very well,
      making it a near certainty that you'll need support.
      I really enjoyed your messages about yelling at that company who
      ripped off your graphics and actually getting somewhere, in a way, it
      makes up for some of the bad experiences we've had with Microsoft and
      Borland and IBM... and of course, Unisys... and had them respond with
      music on hold."

 Gini asks Steve...

      "...a few questions. The principle party involved in ripping me off
      lives in Canada. He comes down here to California for chemotherapy (I
      don't feel sorry for him, because I am disabled too, and he knew it)
      and to do business the X company--whom I have not yet publicly named.
      X company tells me this man in not an employee of the company, and
      that he told them that he had paid me for the designs.
      I know there are international copyright laws. How can I get more
      information about these laws, before I contact an attorney? I want to
      go for the guy's throat. I was lied to and treated most shabbily, and
      I want to go for his throat.
      Also, I think it is time for all of us small guys to unite in a very
      massive campaign to stop the major companies from taking over the
      world--literally!! If the present trend continues, we will all be
      slaves to a few companies. I fear for my children and grandchildren.
      As far as CompuServe goes, I have had some dealings with them; and I
      feel  they are much better than most. They themselves are now
      threatened by a giant engulfing them."

 Steve tells Gini:

      "I'm not an authority on international copyright law... I just feel
      like I've paid for enough lawyers of late that I ought to be. I can
      tell you what I think I know, but it's all very unofficial, and only
      somewhat likely to be correct.  You really need to speak to an
      attourney for advice you can do something with.
      Yo, everyone else... feel free to jump in if you know more about this
      than I do.
      First off, as I understand it, most of the civilized world is
      signatory to the Berne copyright convention, which allows that
      copyright is effectively international. If you copyright something in
      California, that copyright pertains to someone in Canada... whether 
      or not they need chemotherapy.
      It's my further understanding that copyright exists on any
      intellectual property from the first date you can prove it existed. 
      As such, if I publish a book, it's copyrighted the date it was
      published. It's your responsibility to announce that it is a
      copyrighted entity by affixing the little (c) symbol, the word
      "copyright", the date and the party it's copyright by.
      This last bit is so you can't dull what Unisys pulled, of course... a
      submarine copyright, by letting people think something isn't a
      copyrighted entity 'til they're using it. Under copyright law, you 
      have to tell everyone it's copyrighted before it's protected.
      If it gets to court, of course, you'd have to prove that your
      copyrighted entity really did exist at the time you say, and so on.
      All our copyright stuff is handled by our lawyers, and to tell you 
      the truth I have no idea what they do.
      I love the idea of uniting to stand against the tide of massive
      corporations...  it seems to me that with all this connectivity we
      should be able to do something about that. I'm not sure I'd know 
      where to begin, mind...
      I'd agree that CompuServe is better than some... they don't censor
      e-mail like America OnLine, for example. They went down a few fathoms
      in my estimation when they ducked and ran over the GIF issue. On the
      whole, I hope Microsoft doesn't succeed in its Microsoft Network 
      plans for all sorts of reasons -- although if fighting them off costs
      CompuServe a few hundred thou I'll probably feel better about what
      we've had to spend to defend ourselves against Unisys."

 Well folks, that's it for this week.  Tune in again next week, same
 time, same station, and be ready to listen to what they are saying

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