ST Report: 17-Nov-95 #1146

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                         Borland, Sun Make Java Deal
     Software  publisher Borland International Inc. has formed  an  alliance
with  Sun  Microsystems  to  develop products based  on  the  latter's  Java
programs  for  Internet access.  Reporting from Scotts  Valley,  California,
United  Press International says the new alliance calls for Borland to  work
on  developing  "tools"  that can be used to set up customized  applications
running on Java programs. The product is code named Latte.
     Borland  Vice  President  Paul  Gross  told  the  wire  service,  "This
agreement  with Sun will enable Borland to deliver high quality  development
solutions to the exploding Internet market. We believe that Java's platform-
independent   capabilities  will  drive  its  acceptance  as  a  distributed
computing  development environment and create a need for  high  performance,
rapid application development tools. "
     As  noted earlier, Sun's Java software is designed to simplify  use  of
the Internet's World Wide Web and it has been actively promoting it over the
Internet in order to encourage adoption of it as a standard.  UPI says  Java
is  designed  to  allow companies to set up better-looking Web  home  pages,
adding,  "Rather than the current offering of text and an occasional  photo,
the  program  allows companies to feature moving pictures and  a  constantly
updated  stream  of information, such as stock ticker prices or  multiplayer
     The  wire  service also comments that Borland has been  "scrambling  to
stay  profitable amid brutal competition for customers" from such  companies
as  Microsoft Corp. and IBM's Lotus Development Corp., selling off assets in
recent years to focus on database software development.
                        Softbank Acquires Ziff-Davis
     Japanese  software  distributor Softbank Corp. and  an  affiliate  have
agreed  to acquire Ziff-Davis Publishing Co., the largest U.S. publisher  of
computer  and  high-tech magazines, for $2.1 billion.  Ziff-Davis  publishes
several  major computer magazines, including PC Magazine, Computer  Shopper,
PC Week and MacUser.
          The acquisition creates the computer industry's largest integrated
magazine  publisher  and trade show organizer. Softbank,  which  is  also  a
leading  computer magazine publisher in Japan, recently acquired the  COMDEX
computer industry trade show company.  Softbank President and Masayoshi  Son
says  the company aims to publish 1,000 titles by 2005, compared to  130  in
                        Seagate Buyout of Conner OK'd
     Antitrust  regulators  with the Federal Trade Commission  have  cleared
disc-drive maker Seagate Technology Inc.'s proposed $1.04 billion buyout  of
rival  Conner  Peripherals Inc.  Reporting from Scotts  Valley,  California,
United  Press  International notes the merger, which will make  Seagate  the
world's  top  producer of drives, still must be approved by stockholders  of
both  companies  and  by  the Commission of the European  Union.   "The  two
companies"  combined  share of the booming market for  drives  is  about  35
percent," says UPI, "and will move Seagate into the business of tape  drives
--  used  to  back  up  disc drives -- and software for managing  memory  in
computer networks."
                       Packard Bell Amends Compaq Suit
     In  new charges, Packard Bell Electronics Inc. has accused rival Compaq
Computer  Corp. of falsely labeled shipping cartons on some of its  notebook
models  as  made  in America though they were produced overseas.   Reporting
from   Sacramento,  California,  the  Reuter  News  Service  says  the   new
allegations  amend an October suit in which Packard Bell seeks  damages  for
false   advertising  and  violation  of  the  Lanham  Act   that   prohibits
misrepresentation of the origin of goods.
     Packard  Bell also is asking the court to issue an injunction mandating
the  truthful  labeling  of Compaq product to show  its  actual  country  of
origin.   As  observed  earlier, the suit is part of a  long  running  legal
battle  between  Compaq, the nation's largest computer maker (shipping  1.49
million  in  the  third  quarter),  and  Packard  Bell,  the  fourth  ranked
manufacturer (with 835,000 units shipped in the same quarter).
     "The  legal  disputes  date back to the spring of this  year,"  Reuters
notes,  "when Compaq sued Packard Bell, claiming the company sold  computers
as  new  when in fact they contained used parts. The October suit  filed  by
Packard Bell against Compaq claims Compaq falsely described Packard's return
policies and misled customers in comparing the two companies."
                       Netscape Completes Collabra Buy
     For   $185.5   million   in  stock,  web  browser  publisher   Netscape
Communications  Corp.  has completed acquisition of  closely  held  Collabra
Software  Inc., a producer of a groupware program that competes  with  Lotus
Notes.   From Netscape's Mountain View, California, headquarters,  the  Wall
Street  Journal reports this morning the company issued 1.85 million  shares
of its stock to acquire Collabra.
     Collabra publishes Collabra Share in the groupware category of software
intended for networked computerists. Officials with Netscape have said their
employer  plans to weave Collabra Share with the Netscape Navigator  program
for  browsing  the Internet's World Wide Web.  Meanwhile,  in  Nasdaq  Stock
Market  trading yesterday, Netscape topped $100 a share for the  first  time
since going public in August, closing at $100.25, up $1.25.
                          Netscape Sets Stock Split
     Netscape  Communications Corp. says its board of directors has approved
a  two-for-one  stock  split, subject to stockholder  approval.   A  special
meeting  of the company's shareholders is scheduled for Jan. 23,  1996,  for
the  purpose of approving the split and doubling the number of common  stock
     Upon  completion  of  the split, Netscape will  have  approximately  81
million   common   stock   shares  outstanding.    Netscape   has   achieved
stratospheric  growth  in  its  19 months of existence.  The  company's  Web
browser  tool  has become the most popular tool for surfing  the  Internet's
World Wide Web. Netscape is based in Mountain View, California.
                     LAN of the Future: Data/Voice Link
     Multimedia personal computers can have all the special calling features
of an office telephone when connected to a new phone system designed by AT&T
Corp.'s office systems unit.
     The Wall Street Journal reports from New York that on Monday, AT&T will
announce that its engineers at Bell Laboratories have designed hardware  and
software  for  linking  the  data and voice networks,  allowing  two  people
collaborating  at their multimedia desktop computers to call and  hear  each
other.  The  two  colleagues could collaborate and then one  of  them  could
transfer  the  other to a third person at another workstation.  Voice  mail,
call-waiting, and other features are also available, sources who  have  seen
the new AT&T product told the Wall Street Journal.
                         1-Gigabit DRAM Alliance Set
     IBM, Siemens, Toshiba, and Motorola have announced plans for a four-way
alliance  to  develop  future generations of highly  advanced  semiconductor
chips,  including  a 1-gigabit dynamic random access memory  (DRAM)  device.
The  announcement  builds  on  an  existing high-tech  alliance  among  IBM,
Siemens, and Toshiba that developed a 256-megabit DRAM.  According to  plans
unveiled  by the four companies, the new alliance will continue  to  develop
and  enhance  existing  64-  and 256-megabit chips  and  cooperate  on  next
generation  1- gigabit DRAMs. A 1-gigabit device will offer four  times  the
memory  capacity  of  a  256-megabit chip, making possible  the  storage  of
100,000 double-spaced pages of typewritten text on a single chip.
     While  4-megabit  and 16-megabit DRAMs are currently available  in  the
marketplace,  the  semiconductor industry is pushing to  develop  ever  more
sophisticated  memory  devices  for use in  power-hungry  systems,  such  as
powerful  personal  computers and workstations, as well  as  high-definition
digital   video,   multimedia  and  telecommunications  systems.    Motorola
researchers  are expected to join development teams from IBM,  Siemens,  and
Toshiba, which have been working on high-density memory chip development for
several  years  at  IBM's  Advanced Semiconductor Research  and  Development
Center in East Fishkill, New York.  The alliance is an outgrowth of separate
long-term elationships among the companies.
                        IBM Sets Chip Mfg. Expansion
     IBM  Corp. has announced plans to expand its microelectronics  business
by  investing  $1.4 billion at existing chip-making facilities in  Essonnes,
France and Burlington, Vermont.  The investment in Essonnes, totaling  about
$1  billion, is for manufacturing 64-megabit DRAMs using .35 micron  process
technology.  IBM  notes that a single 64-megabit DRAM can store  over  6,000
pages  of  double-spaced typewritten text. Over time,  the  new  mission  in
Essonnes is expected to employ more than 1,000 people.
     The  $400 million investment in Burlington will add .35 and .25  micron
technology for manufacturing microprocessors, embedded controllers and other
logic  chips,  including leading-edge multimedia devices such as  IBM's  new
Mwave media processors and MPEG-2 video encoders and decoders.
     "Multimedia  chips will play a key role as computing power migrates  to
large networks. They are an important element of our business growth,"  says
Michael  J.  Attardo,  general manager of IBM's  Microelectronics  Division.
"We'll  continue investing to grow our capacity, leverage our leadership  in
process  technology and expand our position in the rapidly emerging consumer
and communications semiconductor segments."
     In  April,  IBM announced $1 billion for capacity expansion  worldwide,
including  Burlington;  Essonnes (in a joint  venture  with  Siemens);  East
Fishkill, New York (in a joint venture with Cirrus Logic called MiCRUS); and
Yasu, Japan. In August, IBM and Toshiba announced plans to build a new  $1.2
billion,  .35 micron, 64-megabit DRAM plant in Manassas, Virginia. IBM  says
program commitments represented by all of these investments total more  than
$3 billion to be spent over the next several years.
                        New Storage Plans Researched
     High-speed  holographic  data storage systems holding  many  times  the
information of today's largest magnetic hard disk drives are the goal  of  a
new research alliance by the University of Dayton's Research Institute, IBM,
Stanford University and others.
     In  Dayton,  Ohio, university officials told United Press International
the   potential   applications   are  enormous,   ranging   from   satellite
communications to high-speed digital libraries.  They added that the optical
storage  system  could  hold more than 12 times the information  of  today's
largest  magnetic hard disk drives and maintain data input and output  rates
more  than 10 times faster than now possible.  "As part of a five-year,  $32
million program," the wire service says,
     "UDRI  will  work  with Texas Instruments, the Air Force  Institute  of
Technology  and  the  Dayton Area Graduate Studies Institute  to  develop  a
reference  beam  spatial  light  modulator  for  holographic  data   storage
     Steve  Gustafson,  UDRI  senior research  scientist  and  an  associate
professor  of  electro-optics, elaborated,  saying,  "To  do  that,  we  use
micromirrors  so  small that 10 of them would fit across a strand  of  hair.
These  mirrors move up and down like a trampoline and are designed to enable
optical interference in the crystal that stores the data."
     Gustafson  notes  that holographic data storage uses  lasers  to  store
information  as  "pages" of electronic patterns within  the  volume  of  the
special  optical crystal. Because a million or more data bits are placed  on
each page and thousands of pages can be stored in material no larger than  a
small  coin, he said, holographic systems offer the possibility  of  compact
devices holding trillions of bytes of information.
     Also,  since there are no moving parts and all the information on  each
page  is accessed simultaneously, the technology also has the potential  for
very  rapid  access to any of the stored data at speeds more than  10  times
faster than is possible today.
                     Camera Firm Claims CD Breakthrough
     Officials with the California- based optical storage division of  famed
Japanese camera firm Nikon say their researchers have found an answer to the
problem  that causes erasable magneto-optical disk drives to take  twice  as
long  to  write as to read.  Computergram International this morning  quotes
those at Nikon Precision Inc. in Belmont, California, as saying the delay is
caused by the need for a separate erase cycle before the write, and it means
that write transfer speeds are only 50 percent of the rated read speed.
     "The  company's  answer,"  says CI, "is a technique  it  calls  'direct
overwrite,'  which  uses  Nikon's light intensity  modulation  to  vary  the
intensity  of  the  laser -- presumably between that  required  to  generate
enough heat to erase and that required for a write, and plans to offer it in
5.25- inch drives that store 2.6Gb."
     CI  says  the company claims a read and write transfer rate approaching
4MB  per second.  "The drives will be fully read- and write-compatible  with
the   several  million  1.3GB  5.25-inch  magneto-optical  platters  in  use
worldwide,"  says the newsletter, adding that Nikon and Hitachi  Maxel  Ltd.
jointly  are working on production of the medium.  Nikon says its  plan  for
direct   overwrite  has  been  submitted  to  the  International   Standards
Organization and that it expects it to become a worldwide standard.
                      Eight-Speed CD-ROM Upgrade Ready
     Diamond  Multimedia Systems Inc. is offering the 8X Multimedia  Upgrade
Kit 800, a product that allows users of double-, triple-, quad- or six-speed
CD-ROM drives to upgrade to eight-speed CD-ROM drive technology.
     The 8X Multimedia Upgrade Kit 800 contains an eight-speed CD-ROM drive,
an  interface  card,  Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia  1996  Edition  and
cables  that are compatible with any sound card.  The IDE eight-speed  drive
provides a 1,200KB per second transfer rate, an access time of 230ms  and  a
256KB buffer. The drive is both Photo CD and Multisession XA-compatible.
     "The 8X Multimedia Upgrade Kit 800 provides an easy and affordable  way
for  users  to  upgrade  their  system hardware  to  the  latest  in  CD-ROM
technology at a price that compares to standalone 6-speed drives," says Paul
Nahi,  director  of product marketing for Diamond, which is located  in  San
Jose, California.  The kit, available now, is priced at $399.
                      Newton to Offer Two-Way Messaging
           Two-way  wireless messaging is being developed for  the  handheld
Newton  2.0  platform in a joint project by Apple Computer  Inc.,  RadioMail
Corp.,  Motorola  Inc. and Ardis Co.  Reporting from San Mateo,  California,
this morning, the Reuter News Service says the service will enable users  to
send  and receive email and send graphic images to fax machines among  other
applications.   Look  for the service to combine "the  power  of  the  Apple
MessagePad,  the Motorola Personal Messenger 100D Wireless Modem  Card,  the
Ardis wireless network and RadioMail's gateway services," Reuters adds.
                     Common IBM-Apple Platform Agreed On
     IBM  and Apple Computer Inc. say they have agreed on details to develop
new machines able to run each other's operating software.  The announcement,
made at the Comdex computer trade show in Las Vegas, comes a year after  the
two  companies  first  proclaimed  their  intentions  to  develop  a  common
platform. They say they hope to offer an alternate industry standard to  the
PCs that use Intel Corp. chips and Microsoft Corp. software.
     Business writer Catalina Ortiz of the Associated Press says the  firms,
along with Motorola Inc., have released specifications of hardware based  on
the  PowerPC  microprocessor,  which the three  developed.   Joe  Guglielmi,
general manager of the Motorola Computer Group, told reporters at the  show,
"The  PowerPC  platform  offers  the first truly  open  model  of  computing
spanning  from  low-cost  portables  to  high-end  servers  and  workstation
systems. The significance of this is tremendous."
     Ortiz  says  machines  conforming  to the  "Common  Hardware  Reference
Platform" should be on the market in the second half of next year.  "Instead
of  one,  common,  operating system," she adds, "the new PCs  will  run  the
Macintosh  OS  and  IBM's  OS/2. It also will  run  UNIX,  used  widely  for
workstations, and Windows NT, Microsoft's heavy-duty OS."
                     Apple Buys 5.1% of American Online
     Apple  Computer Inc. has exercised a warrant and acquired a 5.1 percent
stake  in America Online, paying $12.5 million for 2 million shares  of  the
Vienna,  Virginia, online service.  Reporting for the Reuter  News  Service,
writer Eric Auchard says some analysts think the move signals that Apple may
be moving to dispense with eWorld, its own proprietary online service.
     Analyst Bruce Lupatkin of Hambrecht & Quist told the wire service  that
eWorld,  despite praise for its easy-to-navigate interface,  has  failed  to
make  its  mark as a broad-based online service brand.  Soundview  Financial
analyst John Maxwell added, "At this junction, (Apple) probably won't  admit
it,  but eWorld isn't going anywhere."  Apple acquired the warrant, reported
in  a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, in connection with
a software and licensing agreement it signed with AOL in December 1992.
                          Acquisition Rumors Swirl
           Acquisition  rumors are once again sweeping the PC industry.  The
latest  reports  have IBM Corp. making a bid for Novell Inc.,  and  IBM  and
Hewlett-Packard Co. making separate offers for Apple Computer Inc.
     The  Reuter  News Service says IBM CEO Louis Gerstner is  declining  to
comment  on  the  reports.  "I have no comment  on  rumors,"  Gerstner  told
reporters at the company's booth at the COMDEX/Fall computer industry  trade
show.  "You  know  that I have no comment on speculations."  Apple,  HP  and
Novell representatives also declined to comment.
     Trade  journal Infoworld, citing sources close to Apple,  says  IBM  is
offering  between  $70 and $75 per share for Apple while Hewlett-Packard  is
interested  in  a swap of between 0.8 and 1.1 shares of HP  stock  for  each
Apple  share.  Based  on Monday's closing prices, HP's bid  would  be  worth
between $74.70 and $102.71 per share.
                        Jobs, Oracle Discuss Projects
     Word  is NeXT Computer Inc. chief Steve Jobs has advised Oracle Systems
Corp.  on  ways  the  two companies can work together.   The  San  Francisco
Chronicle reports Jobs has been advising Oracle chairman Larry Ellison on  a
possible alliance with Apple.
     "While he has not been specific, a licensing alliance with Oracle could
be  part  of  that strategy," according to the Associated Press.  Meanwhile,
the  Wall  Street Journal reports Oracle also has discussed with  Apple  the
prospect of using software from its Newton product for a computer that would
cost just a few hundred dollars and be able to access the Internet and other
electronic networks.
                        Most Influential Execs Named
     For a record third time, Computer Reseller News has put Microsoft Corp.
Chairman  and  CEO  Bill  Gates  at the head  of  its  annual  Top  25  Most
Influential Executives list.  Gates has been a part of the computer industry
trade  journal's list for all but one of the past 13 years.  He's  the  only
individual  ever to have topped the list more than once, also  claiming  the
No.  1 position in 1986 and 1991.  "With the launch of Windows 95 this year,
Gates  captured  the  mind share of more than just those  familiar  with  PC
technology,"  says Robert Faletra, Computer Reseller News'  editor-in-chief.
"His  influence  is deeply rooted in this industry and now  in  the  general
"    2. Andrew Grove, CEO and president, Intel Corp.
"    3. Lewis Platt, chairman and CEO, Hewlett-Packard Co.
"    4. Eckhard Pfeiffer, CEO and president, Compaq Computer Corp.
"    5. Chip Lacy, co-chairman and CEO, Ingram Micro Inc., and CEO, Ingram
Industries Inc.
"    6. Louis V. Gerstner Jr., chairman and CEO, IBM Corp.
"    7. Eric Benhamou, chairman and CEO, 3Com Corp.
"    8. Marc Andreessen, vice president, Technology, Netscape Communications
"    9. Craig Goldman, chief information officer, Chase Manhattan Bank N.A.
"    10. Larry Ellison, chairman and CEO, Oracle Corp.
"    11. Steve Ballmer, executive vice president, Sales and Support,
Microsoft Corp.
"    12. John McKenna, president, Entex Information Services Inc.
"    13. Jeff Vinik, manager, Fidelity Magellan Fund, Fidelity Investments
"    14. Jeff McKeever, chairman and CEO, MicroAge Inc.
"    15. Dick Sanford, chairman and CEO, Intelligent Electronics Inc.
"    16. Steve Raymund, chairman and CEO, Tech Data Corp.
"    17. Robert J. Frankenberg, chairman and CEO, Novell Inc.
"    18. Mike Pickett, chairman and CEO, Merisel Inc.
"    19. Beny Alagem, president and CEO, Packard Bell Electronics Inc.
"    20. Scott McNealy, chairman and CEO, Sun Microsystems Inc.
"    21. Ed Anderson, president and CEO, CompuCom Systems Inc.
"    22. John Roach, chairman and CEO, Tandy Corp.
"    23. Robert Palmer, chairman and CEO, Digital Equipment Corp.
"    24. Robert E. Allen, chairman and CEO, AT&T Corp.
"    25. Mike Spindler, CEO and president, Apple Computer Inc.

                       AT&T to Plug In 110,000 Schools
     AT&T says it will spend $150 million to help connect the 110,000 public
and  private  elementary and secondary schools in the United States  to  the
Internet  by  year  2000.  According to the Reuter News Service,  the  plan,
called the AT&T Learning Network, begins next spring and includes free dial-
up  Internet access, 100 hours of free usage and free "browser" software  to
navigate the Internet's World Wide Web.
     The   wire   service  adds  that  teacher  support  includes  technical
assistance  to  ensure services are installed and working  properly;  online
mentors  and  access  to teachers who have used technology  successfully  in
classrooms; a model for collaborative online projects, and lesson  plans  to
help integrate technology and extended communications into classes.
     The program also will provide three months of national voice messaging,
allowing schools to broadcast messages to parents and pupils. "Once  schools
surpass  the  free usage threshold," says Reuters, "they will still  receive
discounted  rates on Internet and messaging for the remainder  of  the  five
year  program."  AT&T says the project will be expanded to include libraries
next year.
                       Mexican BBS Leads to U.S. Jail
     A  federal court has sentenced a businessman and a prostitute  to  jail
for  selling child pornography by computer from Mexico. It is the first case
in  which  operators of a foreign bulletin board system have been prosecuted
in  the  U.S.  for child porn.  Robert A. Copella, former vice president  of
research  and  development at Rand McNally Corp., was sentenced  in  federal
court  in Newark, New Jersey, yesterday to 5 1/2 years in prison. Pamela  J.
Kneeland  received  an 18-month sentence.  Associated Press  writer  Jeffrey
Gold reports that Copella told U.S.
     District  Judge  John  Bissell he got Kneeland off  crack  cocaine  and
helped  start  the bulletin board to give her a livelihood off the  streets.
Said Copella, "I tried to help her out and it didn't work out the way either
of  us  wanted  to.  I  made a terrible mistake. I chose  the  wrong  path."
However, prosecutors and Kneeland's lawyer contend Copella took advantage of
a  woman  who  was  socially and physically immature.  Said  Assistant  U.S.
Attorney Donna Krappa, "Mr. Copella's motive was pure greed."
     Judge  Bissell appeared to agree, calling Copella "warped,"  saying  he
was  guilty of "grossly unacceptable conduct," and adding Kneeland "was ripe
for the picking by a manipulator. Although an active and knowing participant
to a degree, Ms. Kneeland is a victim."
     Says Gold, "Copella and Kneeland met on a Chicago street in April 1993.
He  was 49, the father of three and an internationally recognized expert  in
security  devices for airline tickets and baggage. She was 24,  addicted  to
crack,  and had been arrested about 35 times the year before for soliciting.
They  moved in together. Prosecutors say they soon began distributing  child
pornography  on  a  computer bulletin board from  a  phone  line  billed  to
Copella's address in Northbrook, Illinois."
     The  wire service says the U.S. Customs Service and the U.S. Attorney's
office  began tracking Copella when a Customs agent in Newark learned  about
the  Illinois operation in March 1993. Copella and Kneeland moved to  Mexico
in  1994,  reopening  their BBS, which they operated for  about  six  months
before Copella was arrested in San Diego in September 1994 after an 18-month
     Kneeland was arrested two weeks later outside the federal courthouse in
San  Diego,  where  a  hearing for Copella was  scheduled.   AP  notes  that
possession or transmission of pictures, in any form, of children engaging in
sexual  activity is a federal offense.  Authorities have not  disclosed  how
much  money the operation generated, but Special Agent Phillip Padlo of  the
Customs  Service  said the BBS charged $10 for five days of downloading  and
browsing, to $250 for a year's access.
                       N.Y. BBS Closed in Novell Raid
     Equipment operating a Brooklyn, New York, bulletin board system  called
the  Pits  BBS  has been seized in a raid by U.S. marshals  and  members  of
software publisher Novell Inc.'s anti-piracy team.  According to a statement
from  Novell's  Provo,  Utah, headquarters, the firm  took  the  action  "in
response to illegal distribution of its copyrighted software."
     Novell said the raid came after it filed a civil suit last month in the
U.S.  District Court in New York.  "Following the raid," says the statement,
"the  BBS  operator,  Pierre  Barkett,  agreed  to  settle  the  lawsuit  by
forfeiting his equipment and consenting to a $200,000 judgment."
     Novell  said its investigation, launched last May, "revealed  that  the
Pits  BBS had for several years been offering users access to illegal copies
of  copyrighted software programs, including Novell's PerfectOffice  suite."
Adds  the  statement, "Barkett told Novell investigators that he knew  about
Novell's  reputation  for  aggressively pursing  and  shutting  down  pirate
bulletin  board systems, but did not know that PerfectOffice  was  a  Novell
                      Felony Charges Brought in Piracy
     Two  felony counts of fraud and trademark violations have been  brought
against a Californian allegedly ran a big computer-software-piracy operation
in  L.A.   The  Wall Street Journal says bail has been set at  $250,000  for
Thomas  Nick Alefantes, who was arrested last week following a raid  at  his
home by investigators from the Los Angeles County district attorney's office
and software-industry antipiracy sleuths.
     The  paper quotes participants in the raid as saying authorities seized
an estimated $1 million in illegally copied software, high-speed duplicating
equipment  and  $15,000 in cash.  Software-industry officials and  computer-
crime experts told the Journal they believe Alefantes's operation is one  of
the biggest of its kind ever seized.
           Alefantes -- known in some computing circles as "Captain Blood" -
is  accused of selling and renting stolen software through advertisements in
trade  publications and a mail-order business.  CEO Carol Bartz of  Autodesk
Inc.  told  the paper, "We believe our losses over the past five years  from
this  man's  alleged  activities add up to millions of dollars,  so  we  are
extremely grateful" for his arrest. She said illegal copies of its automated-
design-software  programs, which the company sells  for  $4,000  each,  were
found at Alefantes's house during the raid.
                       UK Man Jailed For Making Virus
     A  26-year-old  Briton  has  been jailed  for  18  months  after  being
convicted of creating a computer virus. Christopher Pile, who dubbed himself
"The  Black Baron," is said to be the first person in Britain to  be  jailed
for such an offense.  The Reuter News Service quotes Judge Jeremy Griggs  in
the court in Exeter in southwest England as saying millions of pounds' worth
of damage could be caused when Pile copied programs and games, infected them
with a virus and then put them back on computer bulletin board systems.
     "Those  who seek to wreak mindless havoc on one of the vital  tools  of
our  age cannot expect lenient treatment," Griggs said. "Once Pandora's  Box
is  opened, like Pandora's, it can't be closed."  Reuters says Pile, a self-
taught computerist, created viruses Pathogen and Queeg, based on expressions
used  in a cult television series, Red Dwarf. The detective who tracked down
Pile  told  the court the viruses were the most sophisticated  he  had  ever
     "What made them doubly dangerous," says Reuters, "was another virus, an
encryption  engine  he  called Smeg, which could be attached  to  the  other
viruses,  scrambling  them every time they were run."   Prosecuting  counsel
Brian  Lett told the court many of the viruses were detected within days  of
use, but they could not be defined and cleansed because of the Smeg cloaking
device he had created to disguise the virus.
     Lett alleged the defendant acted deliberately and maliciously, and that
his  actions  remain potentially damaging, adding, "Some further  damage  is
probable  and its extent incalculable."  Prosecuted under the 1990  Computer
Misuse  Act  for creating and planting computer viruses, Pile admitted  five
unauthorized   accesses   to   facilitate  crime   and   five   unauthorized
modifications  of  computer materials between October 1993  and  April  last
year.  Reuters says he also admitted inciting others to contravene  the  Act
via a BBS.

                         The Kids' Computing Corner
                               by Frank Sereno
     First, I'd like to apologize to the publisher and to you readers for
not completing any reviews this week.  I have several reviews in the works
and hopefully they will be ready for the next issue.
     Since Thanksgiving is next Thursday, I'd like to wish everyone a happy
holiday in advance.  Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday.  Of secondary
importance is the great feast many will eat or the holiday sales on the
following Friday.  It is a day to thank your deity for what is good in your
life and to thank your family and friends for being part of your life.  I've
been blessed with a wonderful family and some great friends.  One person who
deserves a special tip of the cap is my friend Bob Wysocki who uploads each
issue of this magazine to AOL.  He uploads the ASCII and PDF versions of
each week's issue to the E-zines file area.  But more than that, he helps
lift the darkness that sometimes colors my soul.
     Last week's Andy Rooney routine did have some benefits.  I received a
letter with some tips to avoid a recurrence of a tape restore operation
nightmare in Windows 95.  This is from Bill Halvorsen:
     "I just happened by the STR article where you told of your restore
nightmare.  I had the same thing happen, and now `I think' I know what the
problem is (not that I can explain it very well, but maybe you'll get the
     First, when I have to restore, I do a quickie minimal installation of
'95 from CD (have real mode drivers on my emergency boot diskette) so I can
get the restore program.  Then on to the tape.  Now the important part is
that when the restore is done, you get an error about a problem restoring
the registry.  Ignore that.  But the important thing is SHUT DOWN
immediately and reboot.  You mentioned that you went on using your system.
If you did, you were `running' on the `minimal' registry without any of your
data from system.dat or user.dat because didn't reboot.  Then the first
thing you did that affected the registry, wrote a new copy, and overwrote
the backup (.da0 I think).  You're basically sunk at that point.
     Two things you can do, ignore that registry error message but at any
and all costs, just OK that dialog and immediately exit Windows and reboot.
As a total fail-safe you run a backup to floppy of your system.dat and
user.dat every time you do a backup.  Bill Halvorsen, who once owned an ST
(great machine at the time, but the company was vapor)."  And that's all for
this week's extremely brief article.  Remember the e-mail address is and I thank you for reading.

                              The Wait is Over
                            The Experience Begins

     Irvine, California-- For those who were betting that Stonekeep(TM)
would miss its November 8th street date, it's time to pay up! After over
four years in development, a budget of just under five million, and the
talents of more than 200 individuals, Stonekeep has arrived.
     "What we wanted to do was take the role-playing genre to the next
level, to create an experience that was pure.  No buttons, no icons, just a
pure screen that allowed you to totally immerse yourself," said Brian Fargo,
CEO of Interplay.
     Using innovative technology, Stonekeep draws the player into its dark
reaches so completely the player will forget it's just a game. The player's
feet will walk the ancient corridors and his hands will wield weapons of
metal and magic. Battle disembodied foes, rescue allies from evil, liberate
a massive dragon from bondage and discover an experience more realistic than
anything ever imagined.
     "It's the hundreds of details, from the graphics and sound to the
intuitive interface, which went into making Stonekeep that creates the
suspension of disbelief experienced when playing it," explains Michael
Quarles, producer of the project. "We had a vision for Stonekeep and we
didn't want to miss that mark."
     In Stonekeep, the highly advanced interface allows for an environment
of unparalleled realism in which 3-D rendered dungeons and creatures combine
with live actors and stunning special effects. Detailed scriptwriting
creates characters that think, act and react depending on each person's
style of play. An intelligent journal accompanies the player in his quest,
automatically mapping the player's path, the characters encountered and
important clues heard along the way. State-of the-art 3-D sound effects, an
original music score and beautiful cinematic sequences integrate into the
experience that is Stonekeep.
     Stonekeep was produced by Interplay's Michael Quarles. Michael Quarles'
other production credits at Interplay include Star Trek: 25th
Anniversary(TM) and Clayfighter(TM) for the Super Nintendo (R);
Entertainment System. Mr. Quarles began his career at Interplay as the lead
programmer on Battlechess(TM) and Wasteland(TM).
     Available on CD-ROM, Stonekeep will run on any 486SX 33Mhz or better
with DOS 5.0 or newer and at least 8 Mb RAM. A CD-ROM drive, 40Mb free hard-
drive space, 256-color VGA card, a Microsoft or compatible mouse and a Sound
Blaster or compatible sound card are required.
     Interplay has released three back-to-back top-10 titles this year:
Descent, Virtual Pool and Dungeon Master II: The Legend of Skullkeep. The
developer/publisher has added Frankenstein: Through The Eyes Of The Monster
and Stonekeep to the stream of products this fourth quarter.


Delrina NewBits STR Focus

                 Delrina Ships WinFax PRO 7.0 for Windows 95

World+s Most Popular Fax Software Delivers Benefits of Communications Under
Windows 95 with More Robust and Reliable Faxing; Over 100 New Faxing
Features, Functional Improvements, and Usability Enhancements

Comdex/Fall 95, Las Vegas, NV -- Sands Convention Center Booth #3544 --
November 13, 1995 -- Delrina Corporation (NASDAQ:DENAF, TC:DC), the world+s
leading supplier of PC communications software for Windows, today announced
the general availability of its much awaited WinFax<tm> PRO 7.0 for
Microsoft<R> Windows<tm> 95.  WinFax PRO 7.0 is a fifth generation product
that takes full advantage of the new Windows 95 operating system, adding a
host of new features, functionality and benefits.  The product is designed
to attract the non-technical mass market to computer-based faxing, while
providing all the necessary "power" features for more advanced users.

A New Generation of PC Fax
WinFax PRO 7.0 continues to set the standard by which all other PC fax
software is compared.  The new version raises the level of PC faxing to a
new plateau with over 100 new fax-based features, functional improvements
and usability enhancements that include:

z    The ability to transmit up to 1/3 faster, saving users time and money,
  especially on long distance faxes.

z    The ability to fax high quality gray scale images, such as photographs
  with devices like the WinFax<tm> Scanner, for better looking faxes.

z    The ability to define recurring fax transmissions that are sent
  automatically, saving users from repeating tedious tasks.

z    Automatic hard copy confirmations of transmissions, so users can easily
  track faxes, and for billing purposes.

z    New fax preview and annotation capabilities that are easier to use and
  enable the user to ensure the fax they are sending looks the way they want
  it to.

z    Enhanced cover pages, with an easier to use cover page designer and a
  greater variety of business-oriented cover pages.

z    An enhanced database engine that provides faster access to phonebook
  entries and transmission logs for easier fax management

z    The new award-winning Xerox TextBridge<tm> 3.0 OCR (Optical Character
  Recognition) engine for more accurate conversions of faxes to text.

Realizing the Benefits of Communications Under Windows 95
WinFax PRO 7.0 is Windows 95 logo+d, meaning it takes advantage of all the
new communications capabilities of the Windows 95 platform.  WinFax PRO 7.0
is rearchitected 32-bit, multi-tasking, multi-threaded code, which delivers
faster, more reliable fax communications that run completely in the
background, even while running other computer-intensive applications.  Now
users can load a big application without worrying that their fax will be
interrupted.  WinFax also includes the ability to receive faxes in the
background using a mini receiver (Delrina CommBar<tm>), so users do not have
to load the full application, thus saving on system resources.  In addition,
WinFax PRO 7.0 takes advantage of Plug +n Play (through Unimodem) for easier
fax modem installation and configuration, and is able to seamlessly share
the communications port with other communicating applications (through
TAPI).  It includes full OLE 2.0 (Object Linking & Embedding) support for
easy integration with other applications, so for example, users can drag and
drop a document from Explore on to WinFax PRO (in the task bar) to fax it

Delrina CommBar sits on the desktop and reports the communications status of
the computer.  Like the flashing red light on a telephone that indicates
messages are waiting, CommBar enables the user to see all waiting messages
-- faxes, e-mails, and voice messages -- directly from the Windows 95
desktop without having to launch and check each application separately.
Further, since communications now run in the background, users may not know
what is actually going on.  CommBar provides an instant snapshot of on going
or current communications activities, such as the progress of an inbound

Easier To Learn and Use
WinFax PRO 7.0 has a refined user interface based on Microsoft Office
conventions (the product is MS Office compatible), which provides
consistency, ease-of-use, and reduces the learning curve between WinFax PRO
7.0 and other Office compatible applications such as Word 7.0, Excel 7.0,
and Powerpoint 7.0 for Windows 95.  WinFax PRO 7.0 also includes a send fax
Wizard that steps the novice user through the task of sending a fax.

Integrated Messaging
Combined with the other components in Delrina CommSuitea 95, WinFax PRO 7.0
enables the user to manage mixed message types: faxes, voice messages
(through Delrina+s TalkWorks<tm> option that provides voice mail, telephony
and fax-on-demand with +voice-enabled+ modems), e-mail and paging
notification.  Under CommSuite 95, WinFax PRO 7.0 administers each of these
messaging types in their own unique way by adapting its own interface and
offering the full functionality for each message type.  It also integrates
with other client messaging software through MAPI, so WinFax capabilities
can be directly accessed by, for example, Microsoft Exchange and vice versa.
Under CommSuite 95, WinFax PRO goes a step further by enabling users to use
these mixed messaging types pro-actively with its rule-based autoforwarding
feature.  For example WinFax PRO can notify the user upon receipt of an
urgent fax (identified by the fax CSID or Caller ID) by pager through its
built-in paging notification.

Pricing and System Requirements
Delrina WinFax PRO 7.0 has a suggested retail price of US$129 (Cdn $159) and
includes Delrina+s no hassle 60-day money back guarantee.  Users with any
previous version of WinFax PRO can upgrade for only $49.95 (Cdn $69.95) or
WinFax LITE for $59.95 (Cdn $79.95).  WinFax PRO 7.0 is also included in
Delrina CommSuite 95, which includes the TalkWorks telephony option, Delrina
Cyberjack<tm> 7.0 (suite of Windows 95 Internet tools), and WinComm<tm> PRO
7.0 (general purpose data communications program).  WinFax PRO users can
upgrade to CommSuite 95, which list for $179 (Cdn $229) for $69.95 (Cdn
$89.85) or from WinFax LITE for $79.95 (Cdn $109.95).  WinFax PRO 7.0
requires a minimum 486-based PC running Microsoft Windows 95, a compatible
fax modem, 8MB RAM (16 MB recommended) and 25MB hard disk space for a full

                  More US Federal Agencies Expand their Use
                    of Delrina FormFlow  Enterprise-Wide

GTSI and Loral Select FormFlow for Air Force+s Desktop IV Contract and
Army+s SBIS Contract

Editor's Summary:
z    Organizations such as Air National Guard (ANG), Army Medical Command
  (MEDCOM), and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) adopt enterprise-
  wide licensing of FormFlow with their respective 31,000, 30,000, and 5,000
  user license acquisitions

z    Government Technology Services, Inc. (GTSI) selects FormFlow for their
  $655 million Air Force Desktop IV (DTIV) contract

z    Loral Federal Systems Group (formerly IBM Federal) selects FormFlow for
  Army+s $474 million Sustaining Base Information Services (SBIS) contract

z    Air Force Air Combat Command (ACC) completes FormFlow Filler
  acquisition of 25,000 users from Navy's Desktop Companion contract through

z    FormFlow is now available to US Federal Government customers through
  nine multi-year Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts

WASHINGTON, DC and TORONTO, Ont. -- November 13 1995 -- Delrina Corporation
(NASDAQ:DENAF, TSE:DC), the leading supplier of electronic forms to the US
Federal Government, today announced that its industry leading Delrina
FormFlow<tm> has been selected by Government Technology Services, Inc.
(GTSI) and Loral Federal Systems Group (formerly IBM Federal) for the Air
Force+s Desktop IV (DTIV) contract and the Army+s Sustaining Base
Information Services (SBIS) contract. FormFlow+s inclusion on these
contracts facilitates its broader distribution, allowing more government
agencies to take advantage of the opportunity for cost reduction and
increased productivity through the implementation of electronic forms.
FormFlow enables organizations to replace their paper forms with electronic
versions, allowing users to fill in those forms on their computers and
process them electronically. In addition, FormFlow lets organizations
automate many of their existing business activities through its powerful
form application development environment.  GTSI is one of two prime
contractors for Air Force+s $1.4 billion Desktop IV program. Effective
November 7, 1995, DTIV was modified to include FormFlow and is effective
through February 1998. SBIS, a $474 million ten year contract, was awarded
to IBM Federal, now Loral Federal Systems Group, in June 1993.

GTSI Vice President and General Manager, Integrated Systems Division, Alan
Lawrence, said, "Delrina's electronic forms products have been a huge
success within Department of Defense [DoD] agencies as indicated by GTSI's
sales in excess of 500,000 user licenses on Navy's Desktop Companion
contract alone. GTSI's belief in this technology is further demonstrated
with the recent inclusion of FormFlow on Air Force's Desktop IV contract,
NASA's SEWP contract, the NIH Electronic Computer Store contract, and our
GSA schedule."

"FormFlow's addition to the Desktop IV and SBIS contracts continues the
strong partnership between Delrina and our Federal Government customers,"
said Teddy Rosenberg, General Manager, Delrina Electronic Forms Business
Unit. "The growing demand from the Federal Government and the high
visibility of FormFlow within DoD reaffirms Delrina's leadership position in
this marketplace and our depth of experience as the technology pioneer of
electronic forms automation."  Both contracts include the FormFlow Starter
Kit and FormFlow Filler quantity packs up to 1000 users. They are available
without limit to DoD agencies and, in addition, DTIV is available to
Civilian agencies.

FormFlow's Continued Success in US Federal Government Since 1992, Air Force,
Army and other DoD agencies have used Delrina's electronic forms products to
create more than 1,000 DoD-level forms. This has dramatically driven the use
of FormFlow throughout DoD. Of particular importance is the trend in the way
FormFlow is used. While many desktop users perform only electronic fill and
print functions, a growing number of organizations such as Army's Personnel
Information Systems Command (PERSINSCOM) and Army Medical Command (MEDCOM)
based in Ft. Sam Houston, have taken more advanced steps with FormFlow to
implement sophisticated form applications with workflow routing

The Air Force Air Combat Command (ACC) recently completed acquisition of
25,000 FormFlow users from Navy's Desktop Companion contract through GTSI,
and is now distributing FormFlow enterprise-wide throughout their
organization. Jonathan Futrell, Delrina's Director of Federal Sales, stated,
"Enterprise licensing is quickly becoming a preferred method of software
acquisition, distribution and control. We have already seen this trend with
several large organizations such as Air National Guard (ANG), MEDCOM, and
Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) with their respective 31,000,
30,000, and 5,000 user license acquisitions." The Department of Defense is
expected to expand its use of FormFlow as facilitated by the DTIV contract,
the SBIS contract, and seven other multi-year IDIQ contracts that include

About Delrina FormFlow
Delrina FormFlow electronic forms software allows organizations to leverage
their existing technology investments to automate business processes.
Organizations use FormFlow to create intelligent forms - electronic
representations of paper forms with built in intelligence such as
calculations, links to databases, and customized toolbars and menus. In
addition, organizations can create form applications with conditional
routing and deploy them enterprise-wide using their e-mail systems. These
form applications present and move information using the existing networks,
databases, and e-mail infrastructure. Examples of such automated business
processes include travel requests, expense reporting, procurement and human
resources applications.

FormFlow is currently available for Windows, DOS, UNIX (SunOS, Solaris,
SGI), and Macintosh, with IBM AIX, HP/UX, Windows NT, and Windows 95
versions to follow. Delrina's Electronic Forms Business Unit strategy is to
support all client platforms used extensively by its customer base and
prospective customers. With the rapid adoption of distributed LAN-based
computing, more organizations are seeking a complete forms workflow offering
like Delrina FormFlow.

Press Contact:
Erin Hintz, Delrina Corporation, (416) 446-8119

Press Contact:
Shelly Sofer, Delrina Corporation, (416) 441-4702

About Delrina
Delrina  Corporation designs, develops, markets and supports  innovative  PC
software  products  and services in the fax, data and voice  communications,
electronic  forms,  and consumer software markets.   Founded  in  1988,  the
Company  is  recognized as the world leader in PC fax and  electronic  forms
software.   Delrina recently announced a definitive agreement to merge  with
Symantec  Corporation  (NASDAQ:SYMC)  of  Cupertino,  CA.   Delrina  can  be
contacted  for  more  information  at 1-800-268-6082  or  through  Delrina's
Internet Web site at
Microsoft  and  Windows are either registered trademarks  or  trademarks  of
Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.


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 Plucked Strings                        Traditional
   Acoustic (Steel) Guitar              Solo Flute
   Chapman Stick                        Section Strings #1
   Dulcimer                                  Section Strings #2
   Electric Jazz Guitar                 Solo Trombones
   Electric Sitar                            Solo Trombone Wah
   Funk Bass Guitar                     Solo Trumpet (w/fx)
   Fuzz Guitar Selection                Solo Trumpet Wah
   Mandolin                                  Baritone Saxophone
   Nylon String Guitar                  Alto Saxophone
   Orchestral Harp                      Tenor Saxophone
   Pizz Bass (Acoustic)                 Soprano Saxophone
   Pop Guitar Selection                 Brass Section
   Rock Bass Selection                  Section French Horns
   Twelve String Guitar                 Cartoon Horn Effects

 Percussives                         Keyboards & Tuned Percussion
   Jazz Drum Kit (Brushed)              B3 Slow Rotor Organ
   Pop Drum Kit                         B3 Fast Rotor Organ
   Ratty Rock Drums                     Electric Piano
   Heavy Metal Drums                    Bright Grand Piano
   Latin Hand Percussion                CP-70 Electric Piano
   Latin Drums                          Harpsichord
   Electronic Percussion                Accordion
   Bass Drum & Timpani                  Xylos (Glock & Marimba)
                                             Steel Drums
 Vocals & Mouth Sounds                  Tubular Bells

World Vox (all E-mu Choirs)
   Soul Oohs (Group)                    Synthesizers
   Soul Ahhs (Group)                    Synth 01 (Strings)
   Pop Oohs (Group)                     Synth 02 (Brass)
   Pop Ahhs (Group)                     Synth 03 (Comps)
   Jaw Harp                                  Synth 04 (Basses & Leads)
   Harmonica                                 Synth 05 (Pads)
                                             SynFX 01 (Rumbles & Loops)
                                             SynFX 02 (Rays & Hits)

*  "Guitars, Drums & Synths Collection"

 Plucked Strings                        Percussives
   Acoustic (Steel) Guitar              Jazz Drum Kit (Brushed)
   Chapman Stick                        Pop Drum Kit
   Dulcimer                                  Ratty Rock Drums
   Electric Jazz Guitar                 Heavy Metal Drums
   Electric Sitar                            Latin Hand Percussion
   Funk Bass Guitar                     Latin Drums
   Fuzz Guitar Selection                Electronic Percussion
   Mandolin                                  Bass Drum & Timpani
   Nylon String Guitar
   Orchestral Harp                           Vocals & Mouth Sounds
   Pizz Bass (Acoustic)                 Harmonica
   Pop Guitar Selection
   Rock Bass Selection
   Twelve String Guitar

   Synth 01 (Strings)
   Synth 02 (Brass)
   Synth 03 (Comps)
   Synth 04 (Basses & Leads)
   Synth 05 (Pads)
   SynFX 01 (Rumbles & Loops)
   SynFX 02 (Rays & Hits)

 *  "Traditional, Voice & Keys Collection"

 Traditional                         Vocals & Mouth Sounds
   Solo Flute                                World Vox (all E-mu Choirs)
   Section Strings #1                   Soul Oohs (Group)
   Section Strings #2                   Soul Ahhs (Group)
   Solo Trombones                       Pop Oohs (Group)
   Solo Trombone Wah                    Pop Ahhs (Group)
   Solo Trumpet (w/fx)                  Jaw Harp
   Solo Trumpet Wah
   Baritone Saxophone                   Keyboards & Tuned Percussion
   Alto Saxophone                       B3 Slow Rotor Organ
   Tenor Saxophone                      B3 Fast Rotor Organ
   Soprano Saxophone                    Electric Piano
   Brass Section                        Bright Grand Piano
   Section French Horns                 CP-70 Electric Piano
   Cartoon Horn Effects                 Harpsichord
                                             Xylos (Glock & Marimba)
                                             Steel Drums
                                             Tubular Bells

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USR & Bell Atlantic STR Spotlight

                             FOR RETAIL CHANNEL

SKOKIE,  Ill.,  and PHILADELPHIA -- U.S. Robotics (NASDAQ:  USRX)  and  Bell
Atlantic  (NYSE: BEL) have signed a letter of intent to bring  a  co-branded
ISDN  product  to  the  retail market in time for the holiday  season.   The
product, the Sportster ISDN 128K terminal adapter, would represent the first
of  several  types  of  co-branded ISDN customer  premises  equipment  (CPE)
available  for  sale in retail stores.  The product also  will  be  marketed
directly by Bell Atlantic.
The  companies plan a strategic relationship to promote widespread  adoption
of  Integrated  Services Digital Network (ISDN) services by residential  and
business markets. The first relationship of its kind between a regional Bell
operating company (RBOC) and an ISDN equipment supplier, this joint approach
will help Bell Atlantic offer residential customers a turnkey ISDN solution,
including ISDN service, equipment and installation.
"Consumers are more likely to want ISDN services if we make them  easier  to
order,  install  and  use  by  providing  a  turnkey  solution,"  said  Fred
D'Alessio,  president of Bell Atlantic Consumer Services.   "This  agreement
with  U.S.  Robotics  allows us to provide that  solution.   The  co-branded
product  will  leverage  the  U.S.  Robotics  reputation  for  technological
advancement, quality and established leadership in ISDN."
"Our  companies'  combined  strengths give the consumer  the  best  of  both
worlds," said Ross Manire, senior vice president and general manager of U.S.
Robotics' Corporate/Systems Division.  "Bell Atlantic is an industry  leader
in   providing   ISDN  services;  U.S.  Robotics  provides  a   variety   of
complementary information access products.  This powerful combination offers
customers U.S. Robotics' advanced features and Bell Atlantic services  at  a
price that we believe will drive consumer acceptance of ISDN."
U.S.  Robotics  will sell the jointly branded Sportster  ISDN  128K  in  its
established  retail channels throughout Bell Atlantic's service  area;  Bell
Atlantic  will sell the product directly to customers through Bell  Atlantic
InfoSpeed,  a  sales, provisioning and service center.  The  Sportster  ISDN
128K terminal adapter is expected to be available in late November.
U.S.  Robotics  and  Bell  Atlantic plan several joint  promotions  for  the
upcoming holiday season to raise awareness of Bell Atlantic's consumer  ISDN
services.  These activities will encourage Bell Atlantic customers to  adopt
ISDN services and purchase the Sportster ISDN 128K.
Bell  Atlantic recently began rolling out its new residential  ISDN  service
through its entire service region, priced at approximately $30 a month  plus
a  small  usage  fee.  This service and U.S. Robotics' competitively  priced
Sportster  ISDN  product  will  provide  a  cost-effective,  complete   ISDN
In  addition,  Bell  Atlantic offers more services to  assist  consumers  in
making  ISDN communications decisions.  Customer contact personnel  at  Bell
Atlantic  InfoSpeed, the ISDN sales, provisioning and service  center,  work
closely  with  customers  to  determine  appropriate  service  features  and
equipment  for  their  specific applications.   Bell  Atlantic  also  offers
consumers installation for ISDN equipment and premises wiring.  When an ISDN
line is installed, Bell Atlantic can install the inside wiring and CPE,  and
test  the  connection and configuration to ensure the customer's application
will run smoothly.
The Sportster ISDN 128K's features allow customers to take full advantage of
ISDN's increased bandwidth.  U.S. Robotics' Turbo PPP feature set works with
industry  standards for maximum performance, including: enhanced  throughput
with  any Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) application; multiple types of  data
compression for potential
throughput up to 512 Kbps; and Multilink PPP, for an aggregate line rate  of
128  Kbps.  The product also includes voice support, with dynamic allocation
of  a  64  Kbps  voice channel; and an integrated NT-1 (network  termination
device).  No other device is needed to connect to ISDN services.
The  Sportster ISDN 128K also supports NDIS, ODI, Packet Driver, WinISDN and
TAPI  interfaces  for  use with popular Internet,  remote  access  and  data
communications  software  packages.  It also provides  enhanced  performance
with Windows 95.

            U.S. Robotics/Bell Atlantic: Complementary Strengths
"U.S.  Robotics  was the logical vendor to assist us as we  deploy  consumer
ISDN  services  in  the  retail market," said Curt  Koeppen,  Bell  Atlantic
Consumer Services vice president-ISDN.  "Name recognition is important,  and
U.S.  Robotics  has a very well-established name for its information  access
equipment.  U.S. Robotics' market presence and products, combined with  Bell
Atlantic's complete service solutions, will give consumers the confidence to
embrace high-speed ISDN offerings."
In addition to designing and manufacturing single-user client products, U.S.
Robotics  has  a  range of ISDN remote access servers for data  centers  and
branch  offices.  This full range of products allows U.S. Robotics  to  meet
information access needs of any size.
"The  relationship gives both companies the opportunity to  explore  working
together on other information access applications," said Manire.  "As one of
the  most  progressive RBOCs in the ISDN arena and the largest  supplier  of
ISDN lines in the U.S., Bell Atlantic recommends a variety of solutions  for
business  customers.  Our broad product line allows them  to  solve  a  more
comprehensive range of business applications that include ISDN."
Bell  Atlantic,  through its subsidiary Bell Atlantic  Network  Integration,
Inc.,   currently  recommends  and  resells  U.S.  Robotics'  Total  Control
Enterprise Network Hub for high-capacity network access needs.  The  release
of the PRI Access System for the Enterprise Network Hub allows Bell Atlantic
to recommend a complete, end-to-end solution for ISDN access.  Bell Atlantic
has  installed  more  than  133,000 ISDN lines for business  and  government
customers  throughout  its  service area, making  the  company  the  largest
supplier of local ISDN lines in the U.S.
U.S.  Robotics  is  one  of the world's leading suppliers  of  products  and
systems   that   provide  access  to  information.   The  company   designs,
manufactures,  markets  and  supports  remote  access  servers,   enterprise
communications  systems,  desktop/mobile client  products  and  modems  that
connect  computers  and other equipment aver analog,  digital  and  switched
cellular networks, enabling users to gain access to, manage and share  data,
fax   and   voice  information.   Its  customers  include  Internet  service
providers, regional Bell operating companies and a wide range of other large
corporations, businesses, institutions and individuals.  The company's  1994
sales  were  $499.0 million; sales for the first nine months of fiscal  1995
were $596.0 million.
Bell  Atlantic  Corporation is at the forefront of the  new  communications,
entertainment  and  information industry.  In the mid-Atlantic  region,  the
company  is  the premier provider of local telecommunications  and  advanced
services.   Globally, it is one of the largest investors in the  high-growth
wireless  communication marketplace.  Bell Atlantic also owns a  substantial
interest  in  Telecom Corporation of New Zealand and is actively  developing
high-growth national and international business opportunities in all  phases
of the industry.

 Atari Jaguar/Computer Section
Dana Jacobson, Editor

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

     The holidays are rapidly approaching.  It's easy to tell that winter is
coming, also.  The northeast was hammered this week with a number of
"nor'easters" various areas have been buried under a lot of snow already and
it's only mid November!  We got hit good in Boston earlier in the week with
heavy rain.  As usual, we lost power here for awhile, which is typical.
Life is never boring in New England!
     Still extremely quiet on the computing side of things Atari.  You may
have noticed that I didn't even have an Atari computing section last week.
Even my usual editorial was bumped and all of my comments were left to our
Jaguar section since that's where they really belonged last week after the
news of the recent layoffs at Atari hit the streets.  We're still looking
for people who are interested in writing some articles or two to include in
this section of STReport.  Have some fond memories or disaster stories
related to using Atari computers?  Why not reflect on those events and share
them with everyone?  Drop me a line.
     Until then, we've got the holidays to look forward to while we continue
to take advantage of our favorite Atari computers.
        Until next time...

The Atari Community E-mail Address Book  An Online Who's Who

Revised 5-Nov-95

     Hello all!
     This list has been compiled to provide Atarians worldwide with the
addresses to contact other members of our ever-changing Atari community.
There are 4 distinct sections - user groups, Atari computer contacts, Jaguar
and Lynx contacts, and World Wide Web pages.  Please note that addresses
that are of interest to both Atari computer users AND Jag/Lynx owners will
be found in the computer section.
Using this list -
     I created this list to encourage communication between Atarians
everywhere.  If you have a question without an answer, or are moving soon
and need to find a new user group, this list should help. It is also a great
way to distribute Atari related press releases, such as upcoming Atari shows
and new product announcements. And I would LOVE to see user groups sharing
newsletter articles via these addresses! However, it SHOULD NOT be used as
an advertising tool.  If you are a retailer looking to advertise, please
contact the individuals on the list and ask if they want to receive your
mailings. Some people must pay for their e-mail by the character and would
not want unsolicited commercial mailings.
     If you have any changes, additions, or suggestions, please contact me
via private e-mail. My addresses are listed under AUNT.
     Dan Mazurowski, AKA Sir Smedley
     Semi-official e-mail contact for AUNT
     PS - This list may be printed and distributed at will, though I would
like credit for compiling it.

Atari Computer User Groups

Group:    Name/E-mail addresses:                  Location/Contact:
AA        Anonyme Atarianer                       (Tuebingen, Deutschland)
              Marianne Herdt
               Heiko Schaefer
                   Axel Voges
     Paul Novak

AACE      Alabama Atari Computer Enthusiasts      (Tuscaloosa, AL)
          LHL0032@UABDPO.DPO.UAB.EDU              Joe Moudry

AACE      Austin Atari Computer Enthusiasts       (Austin, TX)
            David Mann
                   Jerry Dunham
                Jerry's alternate
     All online AACE members

ABUG      Atari Boise Users Group
                     Ron Whittam, Pres.
          tderrick@acpu                           Tom Derrick, Editor

ACEC      Atari Computer Enthusiasts of Columbus  (Columbus, OH)
        Michael Steve

ACE-HI    Atari Computer Enthusiasts of Hawaii
           John Perez, President

ACE-NSW   Atari Computer Enthusiasts, NSW         (Sydney, Australia)
                         Ian Mackereth

AKA-Frbg  Anwender Kreis Atari, Freiburg          (Freiburg, Deutschland)
          Werner Laass

ASP       Atari Selbsthilfe Projekt               (Tuebingen, Deutschland)
              Marianne Herdt

AUNT      Atari Users of North Texas              (Dallas, TX)
                      David Acklam, Pres.
                      J. L. Battey, Editor
                     Lonnie Webb, Sysop
                   Dan Mazurowski

BLAST                                             (Indianapolis, IN)
        Stu Shuffman, Sec/Treas

CACE      Canterbury Atari Computer Enthusiasts   (New Zealand)
                 Scott G. Stringer, Sec.

EACH      Edmonton Atari Computer Hobbyists       (Edmonton, Canada)
    Leslie Hartmier, VP

FOG-F     Falcon Owners Group, Finland
                           Peter Sebastian Bach

FOG-UK    Falcon Owners Group, United Kingdom
              Richard Davey

GCACE     Garden City Atari Computer Enthusiasts  (Canada)
            Gordon Hooper, Pres.
            Ted Skrecky, ST Lib.

GRASP     Greater Richmond Atari Support Group    (Richmond, VA)
                 Mickey Angell, President

HBO-AUG   Hamilton-Burlington-Oakville            (Canada)
                         Jon Dinga

KCAC      Kansas City Atari Connection
                        Jeffrey Krzystow, Pub

MGAUG     Middle Georgia Atari User's Group       (Macon, GA)
                  Lee Benjamin, Editor

NEOSTAG   North East Ohio ST Atari Group
          ab164@yfn.ysu.edo                       Tom Lamparty, Sec & Treas

NSACUG    Nova Scotia Atari Computer User Group   (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
                       Brian Harvey, Pres.
                     Len Mitchell, Sec & Treas

PAC       Portland Atari Club
       Martin Crommie, Sysop
   Max Denebian, Sec
PARATARI  ParAtari Users Group                    (Valladolid, Spain)
                Joaquin Ferrero, Pres.

SAGE      Spectrum Atari Group of Erie            (Erie, PA)
                 D. Mcguire, Pres & Sysop

SCAT      Suburban Chicago ATarians
                   Nick Dimasi, Pres
                    Nick's alternate address

SPACE     Saint Paul Atari Computer Enthusiasts

TAF       Toronto Atari Federation                (Canada)
                          Peter Zaleska, Pres
                          Stephen Christian, ST VP
                      Howard Carson

WAACC     Western Australia Atari Computer Club   (Midvale, W. Australia)
                Lance H. Barrett

WAUG      Washtenaw Atari User Group              (Ann Arbor, MI)
           Michael Olin, Treas

WMAUG     W. Massachusetts Atari User Group       (Springfield, MA)
                      Arthur Santos, Pres.

YAC       Yolo Atari Club                         (Davis, CA)
                      Eric Hays, VP

Atari Computer Developers, Dealers, Gurus, etc...

Name:               Internet e-mail address:      Who & What:
16/32 Systems                       Falcon dist, (
Anodyne Software          Roger Burrows
Atari                    Atari Customer Support
               Atari Europe
                     Dan McNamee, Testing
                      Don Thomas, Dir Cust Rel
               Don Thomas (alt.address)
                  Jeff Minter, Programmer
               Laury Scott, Prod Dev?
               Ron Beltramo, VPMarkting
               John Mathieson
               Darryl Still, Europe
Atari Explorer             Travis Guy, Editor
                      Travis Guy (alt.address)
                           Adam Urbano, reviewer
                    Michael Burkley shareware
Atari World    Steve Delaney, News
BlowUp        Georg Acher
Branch Always Soft      Atari emulators for PCs
Computer Studio            Atari retailer
Current Notes                Atari computer magazine
                  News/Press Releases
Cyrel Research           TT hardware manufacturer
DMC Publishing          Nathan Potechin
Ensley, Tomas             Advice & troubleshooting
Fair Dinkum Tech.               ST/STe/TT Developer
Gribnif Software             Gribnif tech support
              Rick Flashman
ICD Inc.                Atari HD utilities, etc.
Istari Software              Sven Karlsson
It's All Relative                Atari dealer, esp CD-ROM
JV Enterprises             George Gaghon
Keylard, Frans      TT & Jag info source
Lexicor                 Atari software/hardware
                 European sales
                    North American sales
                       Games they import
                     Tech support
                       The Lexicor staff
                        Yat Siu
Missionware Soft.        ST/STe/TT Software
Mountain Software           Andrew Watson,Programmer
                    Andrew's alternate
Musicode Software         Melinda Turcsanyi, Prog.
Oregon Research            Atari retailer/dist.
Scriba Communis     R.            The Society of The
                    Answer        Gard Eggesboe Abrahamsen
                       Kai Trygve Holst
Sinister Dev       Mike Watson, Programmer
            Gordon Gibson
Small, David          Super guru, Mac emulator
ST Informer       Atari computer magazine
STReport Magazine                Dana Jacobson, Atari Ed.
               Dana's alternate
                   Dana's other alternate
                   Editor, Publisher
Steve's Software         Atari dealer
                        Alternate address
                      Another alternate
Suzy B's Software          Atari shareware distrib.
                    Alternate address
Systems For Tomorow      Atari computer dealer
TEAM Software           Marshall Lake, Developer
Toad Computers                 Atari retailer
TLC Software         Jeff Wisniewski, owner
Vesperman, Andrew      Atari guru
WALU Software     PD & Shareware Dev.
Wilson, Walter            Enthusiast, answer man
                       Wally's alternate

Jaguar & Lynx Developers, Dealers, etc...

Name:               Internet e-mail address:      Who & What:

4-Play        Scott LeGrand,Programmer
                Scott's alternate
                       Doug Engel, Programmer
                      Doug's alternate
               Stephanie Wukovitz, Music
                          Stephanie's alternate?
Beyond Games    Tim Huntsman, Programmer
               Kris Johnson
Castle, Edward    Lynx fanatic
Dark Science Soft.          Steve Karstensen (Prog?)
Digital Design   Jag developers
EGM            Game magazine
GamePro                   Andy Eddy, Sr. Editor
               Letters to the Editor
Gano, Kerry        Jaguar Programmer
Gorilla Systems            Brian Geiger
HandMade Software       Jag & Lynx developers
Hyperimage Prod.          Paul Good, Director
                  Jeremy Gordon,Programmer
Id Software           Jag developers
                 American Mcgee
                   Shawn Green
Interplay Software           John Price, Programmer
Jaguar's Edge Mag           John Marcotte, Publisher
Jaguar Journal      Jeff Norwood, editor (?)
Jaguar list         Subscriptions
                     Send to list
Jung, Robert A.              Lynx FAQ and reviews
Level 7 Software    Jeff Schlicht
Millerville Games         Rob, programmer?
Next Generation      Game magazine
Photosurrealism         Al Braunsdor, Programmer
Pixel Satori        DB@CHO004.CHO.GE.COM          Duncan Brown, Programmer
Rebellion Software     Jaguar developer
Shiny Entertainment      ccmshe! Game developer
Springer Spaniel        Jag, PC Software
SWAT Pro magazine             General mail for SWATPro
Ubi Soft       Frank Slater
Visual Impact     Jag Developers

World Wide Web Points of Interest

Name of page:            Address:
Activision Corp.
Atari Corp.    
Atari Computer page                          
AUNT Info                               
Beyond Games   
Demand Systems 
Jag Homepage   
Jag programming info                              http://www-
It's All Relative
Lynx page      
Mountain Software
Scriba Communis Responsi
ST Informer/A&D Software
Steve's Software    
STReport Online Magazine
Toad Computers      
Ubi Soft            
Yolo Atari Club     
Yak's Zoo (Jeff Minter)

                               Jaguar Section

Layoff Reactions!  More Run PC News!
Hover Strike CD Review! CATnips! And Much More!

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

     Last week's news regarding the recent layoffs and firings at Atari
continue to generate discussion, on*line and off.  It's amazing to see the
rumors and speculation fly on the Usenet these days.  It's not surprising
that people are reacting this way; we're always wondering what is going on
in Sunnyvale.  However, it is surprising to see this speculation being
represented as facts as to what happened, by people who would have no idea
as to what actually happened.  We've included some comments made, with
responses, later in this issue  judge for yourself.
     The games are still coming, contrary to reports that Atari has shut
down and abandoned the Jaguar!  We just got word that "Dragon's Lair" has
started hitting dealer shelves on Thursday.  This is another CD title, and
one that I'll personally be looking for shortly * I'm one of those people
who has never seen this game on any platform, including the ST!  More games
are on the way folks; just check out our "coming soon" list below. I've been
splitting my playing time among a number of games lately. Rayman has been
getting most of my attention, but I've been playing more and more with Hover
Strike (CD) and Pitfall, The Mayan Adventure.  I'll be the first to admit
that I can't believe that there are too many games out there that I want to
devote some playing time to, and can't find the time! But, I like it this
way * keep 'em coming Atari!
     Even though we're going to fall far short of that "approaching 100"
games in time for Christmas, I have to admit that the recent couple of
month's game releases have all been excellent, either from experience or
online reactions.  I hope that this situation continues; and it appears that
     I've just learned that there will be a large Jaguar promotional event
going on in the El Paso, Texas area sometime soon.  Although information is
sketchy at the moment, it appears that about 30 McDonalds will be giving
away Jaguars.  There will be radio promotions and likely other events
occurring.  We've been told to expect more news soon, so stay tuned.  Also,
I've been told that this is a local promotional event, not an
Atari*sponsored one (just to prevent those "why did Atari limit this
promotion to one city?" comments!).
     Our Jaguar game listing has been updated recently; and after the
shake*ups at Atari which included the delays or cancellations of some
expected games, we suggest that you give the current list a look to see what
the progress is on those games you're anticipating.
     We've also got that review of "Hover Strike: Unconquered Lands" review
that I've been promising.  Other games in the process of being reviewed
include Power Drive Rally, Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure, Highlander, and
Ruiner Pinball.  There are others, as well, on the way.  It should be an
exciting next couple of months if things continue as they have been with
regard to new game releases.
Until next time...

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

    Current Available Titles
                                                                                    							 CAT #  TITLE
        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 FootBall          $69.95  Telegames
        J9008   Alien vs. Predator              $69.99  Rebellion/Atari
        J9029   Doom                            $69.99  id/Atari Corp.
        J9036   Dragon: Bruce Lee               $39.99  Atari Corp.
        J9003   Club Drive                                 $59.99  Atari
        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                   $49.99  Virgin/C-West
                Syndicate                          $69.99  Ocean
                Troy Aikman Football            $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 Corp.
        J9070   White Men Can't Jump            $69.99  Atari Corp.
                Flashback                          $59.99  U.S. Gold
        J9078E          VidGrid (CD)            Atari Corp
        J9016E          Blue Lightning (CD)     $59.99  Atari Corp
        J9040   Flip-Out                           $49.99  Atari Corp
        J9082   Ultra Vortek                       $69.99  Atari Corp
        C3669T          Rayman                     $69.99  Ubi Soft
                Power Drive Rally               $69.99  TWI
        J9101   Pitfall                         $59.99  Atari Corp.
        J9086E          Hover Strike CD         $59.99  Atari Corp.
        J9031E          Highlander I (CD)       $59.99  Atari Corp.
        J9061E          Ruiner Pinball          $59.99  Atari Corp.
                Dragon's Lair                   $69.99  Readysoft

Available Soon

    CAT #       TITLE                           MSRP    DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER

    J9069               Myst (CD)                  $59.99                           Atari Corp.
                ...Mutant Penguins              $59.99          Atari Corp.
                Atari Kart                         TBA          Atari Corp.
                Battlemorph                        $59.99                           Atari Corp.
                Breakout 2000                   $49.99          Atari Corp.
                Supercross 3D                   $59.99          Atari Corp.
                Fever Pitch                     TBA                                  Atari Corp.
                Missile Command 3D              TBA             Atari Corp.
                I War                           $49.99                               Atari Corp.
                Max Force                          $59.99                            Atari Corp.
                NBA Jam TE                      $69.99          Atari Corp.

Hardware and Peripherals

     CAT #      TITLE                   MSRP            MANUFACTURER
        J8001   Jaguar (no cart)        $149.99         Atari Corp.
        J8904   Composite Cable         $19.95
        J8901   Controller/Joypad       $24.95          Atari Corp.
        J8905   S-Video Cable           $19.95
                CatBox                  $69.95          ICD
        J8800   Jaguar CD-ROM           $149.99         Atari Corp.
        J8908   JagLink Interface       $29.95          Atari Corp.
        J8910   Team Tap
                4-Player Adapter)       $29.95          Atari Corp.
        J8907   Jaguar ProController    $29.95          Atari Corp.
        J8911   Memory Track            $29.95          Atari Corp.
        J8909   Tempest 2000:
                The Soundtrack          $12.99          Atari Corp.

Jaguar Developers STR InfoFile  -  Current Developer Lists & Titles

Game Title              Date            Game Type       MSRP    Publisher

Air Cars                                TBA     Racing/Combat           $59.99   MidNite Ent.
Alien vs Pre+dator                      NOW     Role Play/Adv   $69.99          Atari
Assault                                 2Q/96   Action/Combat           $59.99   MidNite Ent.
Atari Kart                              12/95   Driving                 TBD     Atari
Att. Mutant Penguins                    12/95   Arcade          $59.99          Atari
Baldies (CD)            12/95           Action/Sim              $59.99          Atari
Battlemorph (CD)                        12/95   Flying/Action   $59.99          Atari
Battlesphere                            12/95   Space/Combat    TBD     4-Play
Battlestar                              11/95   Space/Combat    TBD     ?
Battle Wheels           2Q/95           Racing/Combat   TBD     Beyond Games
Blue Lightning (CD)                     NOW     Flying/Action   $59.99          Atari
Braindead 13 (CD)                       10/95   Action/Adv              TBD     ReadySoft
Breakout 2000           3/96            Puzzle          $49.99          Atari
Brett Hull NHL Hockey                   2/96    Sports          TBD     Atari
Brett Hull Hockey (CD)                  3/96    Sports          $69.99          Atari
Brutal Sports Football                          NOW     Sports/Combat   $69.99
Bubsy                                   NOW     Action/Adv              $49.99   Atari
Cannon Fodder           NOW             Action/Adv              $49.99          Virgin
Chas Barkley Bball                      1Q/96   Sports          $59.99          Atari
Checkered Flag          NOW             Racing          $69.99          Atari
Club Drive                              NOW     Racing                  $59.99   Atari
Commander Blood(CD)                     2/96    RPG             $69.99          Atari
Cybermorph                              NOW     Flying/Action           $59.99   Atari
Dactyl Joust                            TBA     Action          TBD     Atari
Dante (CD)                              6/96    Action          TBD     Atari
Defender 2000           1/96            Arcade          $59.99          Atari
Doom                    NOW             Action/Combat   $69.99  Atari
Double Dragon V         NOW             Action/Adv              $59.99  Williams
Dragon:Bruce Lee Story                  NOW     Combat          $59.99  Atari
Dragon's Lair (CD)                      11/95   Adventure               TBD     ReadySoft
Dragon's Lair 2(CD)                     12/95   Adventure               TBD     ReadySoft
Dungeon Depths          2Q/95           Action/Adv              $59.99          MidNite Ent.
Evolution: Dino Dudes                   NOW     Puzzle/Adv              $49.99   Atari
Fever Pitch Soccer                      12/95   Sports          TBD      Atari
Flashback                               NOW     Action/Adv      $59.99          US Gold
Flip-Out                                NOW     Puzzle                  $49.99   Atari
Formula 1 (CD)          1Q/96           Racing          TBD     Atari
Highlander I (CD)                       NOW     Action/Adv              $59.99   Atari
Highlander II (CD)                      3/96    Action/Adv              TBD     Atari
Highlander III (CD)                          5/96       Action/Adv      TBD     Atari
Horrorscope             2Q/95           Combat          TBD     V Reel
Hover Strike            NOW             Action/Combat   $59.99          Atari
Hover Strike CD         NOW             Action/Combat   $59.99          Atari
Hyper Force             TBA             ?               TBD      Comp. West
Iron Soldier             NOW            Action/Strategy         $59.99          Atari
Iron Soldier II (CD)                    1Q/96   Action/Strategy $59.99  Atari
I-War (aka Netwar)       12/95          Action/Adv              $49.99          Atari
Kasumi Ninja             NOW            Combat                  $69.99          Atari
Magic Carpet (CD)        3Q/96          Action/RPG              TBD     Atari
Max Force (CD)           12/95          Action          $59.99          Atari
Missile Command 3D       12/95          Action/Arcade   TBD     Atari
Mortal Kombat 3          4/96           Fighting                TBD     Atari
Myst (CD)                12/95          Interactive Novel       $59.99          Atari
NBA Jam T.E.             12/95          Sports          $69.99          Atari
Phase Zero               2/96           Action/Arcade   $59.99          Atari
Pinball Fantasies        NOW            Arcade          $59.95          Comp. West
Pitfall/Mayan Adv.       NOW            Arcade          $59.99          Activision
Power Drive Rally        NOW            Driving         TBD     TWI
Primal Rage (CD)         12/95          Fighting                TBD     TWI
Raiden                   NOW            Action/Adv              $49.99          Atari
Rayman                   NOW            Action/Adv              $69.99          Ubi Soft
Rise of the Robots(CD)   11/95          Action/Arcade   TBD     TWI
Robinson's Requiem        2/96          Adventure               $59.99          Atari
Rocky Horror (CD)        4/96           Adventure               TBD     Atari
Ruiner Pinball           NOW            Arcade          $59.99          Atari
Sensible Soccer          NOW            Sports                  Telegames
Sky Hammer (CD)          3/96           Flying/Action   TBD     Atari
Soccer Kid               2Q/95          Sports          TBD     Ocean
Soul Star (CD)           1996           Action/Sci-Fi   TBD     Atari
Space Ace (CD)           TBA            Space/Combat    TBD     ReadySoft
Super Burnout            NOW            Racing          $59.99          Atari
Supercross 3D            12/95          Sports          $59.99          Atari
Syndicate                NOW            Simulation              $69.99          Ocean
Tempest 2000             NOW            Action/Adv      $59.99          Atari
Theme Park               NOW            Simulation              $69.99  Ocean
Trevor McFur             NOW            Action/Adv              $49.99  Atari
Troy Aikman Football                    NOW     Sports          $69.99          Williams
Ultimate Brain Games                    TBD     Puzzle          TBD     Telegames
Ultra Vortek             NOW            Action/Adv      $69.99          Beyond Games
Val D'Isere Skiing       NOW            Sports          $59.99          Atari
VidGrid (CD)             NOW            Puzzle/Music     ---            Atari
Wayne Gretzky (CD)       2/96           Sports          TBD     TWI
White Men Can'tJump (w/Team Tap)        NOW     Sports          $69.99          Atari/TriMark
Wolfenstein 3D           NOW            Combat/Action   $59.99          Atari
Zero 5                   2/96           Space/Combat    TBD     Atari
Zool2                    NOW            Action/Adv              $59.99          Atari
Zoop                     1/96           Puzzle          TBD     Viacom

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

Jaguar Game Title STR Review  -  "Hoverstrike: Unconquered Lands" (CD)

                      "Hoverstrike: Unconquered Lands"

by Dana P. Jacobson

Developed by:  Atari Corporation
Published by:  Atari Corporation
Price:  $59.99

Hover  Strike: Unconquered Lands (HS-UL from now on) is the first Jaguar  CD
title  to  come out, excluding the pack in games.  For a first title,  Atari
has a major hit.
The  premise: "Fear the worst for the missing colonists.  Terrakian  Pirates
have taken over a distant planet and they're patrolling every section of the
surface.   Only  a state-of-the-art armored hovered craft, equipped  with  a
rapid  fire  cannon and powerful missiles, can battle through 40  levels  of
fully texture-mapped 3D levels, including Night Vision missions.  Knock  out
key  targets and make way for the Federation armada.  Save the colony before
it's too late!"
HS-UL initially reminded me of Cybermorph, one of my early Jaguar favorites.
The  basics are there: travel to a planet and knock out pre-defined  targets
before  going on to the next.  Once you've achieved your goal, you have  the
option to select your next mission.
Like Cybermorph, once you arrive at your selected destination, your goal  is
to  fly  your fully-armed hovercraft all over the planet searching for,  and
destroying,  your  targets.   Along the way, you're  confronted  by  various
defenses which you must destroy, or flee.  To help you in your goal,  you'll
also find fuel and ammunition on the planet's surface.
I've played both the cart version of Hover Strike and the CD version.
The  CD  version contains the same missions as the cart, but there are  many
additional  missions  as well as some improvements and  options.   Both  are
quite good, but I prefer the CD version.
When  you  load  the game, you're greeted with some nice Full  Motion  Video
(FMV)  sequences.  I prefer the FMV, if done well and it's fairly short,  to
"set  up" the game and to aid the transitional stages of the game.  The  FMV
in  HS-UL  is really done well, if somewhat repetitious in areas.  But,  you
can  always bypass any of it at the press of a fire button, at any  time  (a
useful feature!).
After  the introduction sequences, you're faced with selecting your  initial
mission.  If you're fortunate to have a Memory Cart (highly recommended  for
a  game of this nature), you'll have the option of starting a new game or  a
previously started one.  You can also change your saved options.  To make it
easy, let's start a new game.
You  begin  the game with three hovercrafts (lives).  Before  you  select  a
mission to start playing, it's important to select your various options. You
can  leave the background music on or off * a nice feature for those  hectic
missions  where  you  need total concentration!  You can  also  control  the
volume  of  the  sound  effects  (leave them loud!).   Joypad  controls  are
important  so  you'll be able to get the right feel for you.   The  controls
involve  acceleration, weapons firing button, and the brakes.  You can  also
change the gunsight control, up and down, via the joypad.
What  I feel is a significant change from the cart version to the CD version
is the ability to alter the controls of the hovercraft with regard to how it
reacts  during  gameplay.   Although there are  defaults  depending  on  the
difficulty  selected, they are configurable.  The cart version doesn't  have
these options.
The hovercraft controls are:
Hover Mode:
Like  the  cart  version,  controlling your hovercraft's  movement  requires
getting  used to doing.  Once you're adjusted to maneuvering the  hovercraft
well,  you'll  be able to concentrate on the mission at*hand.   However,  in
HS*UL  you  have the ability to turn off the hovercraft's "characteristics".
Unlike  the  cart version, if you let up on the accelerator, your hovercraft
Terrain Damage:
In the cart version, running into any of the planet terrain causes damage to
your hovercraft; in the CD version, you can turn on/off this characteristic.
Reactions When Hit:
In the cart version, your hovercraft will move when hit by an attacker;
in the CD version, you can turn on/off this characteristic.
You have the option to see all FMV or shut it off.
Save Game:
Only available on the CD version with the Memory Track in-use.  You can save
up to two games in progress.  With the cart version, you can save a game but
I'm  not  sure  how many saved game "slots" are available.  To control  your
craft,  you need to use two of the three fire buttons. The 'A' button allows
you  to  accelerate  and  the 'C' button is the brake.  Using  both  buttons
simultaneously  allows you to go backwards.  These are the  default  options
which can be changed.  The 'B' fire button is your main fire button, using a
photon cannon.
Alternate  weapons,  if available, include missiles,  guided  missiles,  and
mortars.   In some missions, you'll automatically have access to  flares  to
light  up parts of darkened planets.  I've found that my mortars and  guided
missiles  are  my  dominant weapons, but I'll use the  normal  missiles  and
cannon quite a bit also to save my supply of the others when not needed.
I've  found the game to be quite enjoyable, although frustrating  at  times.
Controlling the hovercraft is very important, and sometimes difficult.  This
is  something that is necessary to overcome before you can really enjoy  the
game.  The only times that control plays a major factor, other then when you
turn  all  of the "hovercraft modes" on, is when you're flying into  craters
and other "valleys" during the game.  It's not simple to get yourself out of
these areas of a planet's terrain.
This  brings me to one other factor of the game that I was disappointed with
*  pilot  perspective.  You have two options, when flying, to view the  game
looking out the windshield or far above and behind your craft.  I prefer the
windshield  option, but it's a limited view * you can only see  directly  in
front  of  you  with little peripheral vision.  I would have  preferred  the
external view to be slightly above and behind my craft.
Perhaps I'm being picky, but I think I'd enjoy the game more in this mode. I
haven't  found a really good use for the existing external view,  yet.   The
graphics  are  excellent in this game.  I understand that the  graphics  are
fully  textured  3D.  The landscape on the planets is really nice,  although
repetitious after a while.  The enemies encountered look  terrific!  Whether
they  be  stationary  defenses, mobile land attackers, or  various  ships  *
they're  unique and look (and play) very well.  When being fired  upon,  the
incoming  salvo looks good.  Likewise, when you fire and hit  your  targets,
the resulting explosions make it all worthwhile.
The  music is pretty good, but I tend to turn it off after awhile as I  tend
to  get  distracted.  The game's sound effects are very good; and I  usually
have  the  volume turned all the way up for the best effect!  The manual  is
better  than  I expected.  There's a good description of the  game,  how  to
control   your  craft,  weapons,  options,  enemy  descriptions   (including
pictures),tips and strategy, and much more.
The  entertainment value of this game I rate very high.  This is a FUN  game
to  play.  It's not easy, but not so difficult that you'll be likely to  try
it  a  couple of times and put it aside.  I keep finding myself  playing  it
even replacing my gaming time with Rayman, which I was hooked on and haven't
completed  yet!   I  wish  that  I had more free  time  to  really  work  at
completing  this  game.  I'm currently in the second set of missions,  about
half  way  through them.  This is a game that I really want to keep  playing
and  beat; and I know that after beating it I'll still be enthusiastic about
starting   all  over  again  and  bettering  my  scores,  trying   different
strategies,  and  enjoying it all over again!  I'm also looking  forward  to
playing  this game in two player cooperative mode where one player  controls
the   flying  while  the  other  controls  the  weapons.   This  should   be
Reviewer's Rating        8.5
Entertainment:                9.5
Reviewer's Overall:           9.0
Overall,  this  is one game that I would highly recommend.  If  you  have  a
JaguarCD,  I'd suggest the CD version over the cart.  There's nothing  wrong
with  the cart version, but the CD has more missions and a number of options
that the cart version doesn't, as mentioned earlier.
HS  UL  looks great, sounds good, plays well, and is very enjoyable.  I  can
find very little to complain about with this game other than getting used to
controlling the hovercraft and the view perspectives.  One comment I'd  like
to  make about the various FMV sequences is that it's quite good.  There  is
one  humorous sequence if you're not a perfect player.  Since you start  off
with  three hovercrafts, there's a good chance that one of your crafts  will
be  destroyed.  When you succeed in a mission, the FMV that you encounter is
your  hovercraft being picked up from the planet's surface and brought  back
to  your  base  of  operations.  Looks nice, sounds nice,  but  gets  boring
eventually.  However, if your hovercraft is disabled or destroyed,  the  FMV
sequence  is a little different!  When returned to your base, the  transport
ship  enters the hangar, maneuvers to the docking area, and then just  drops
your hovercraft!  The first time that I saw that sequence, I almost fell out
of my chair laughing.  It was just so unexpected and funny.

Jaguar Cheats, & Hints STR InfoFile  -  Solving Those Riddles!

            Hover Strike: Unconquered Lands  Tips and Strategies
This  is  not an "official" tip-sheet, but I thought I'd offer some strategy
suggestions and tips that I've found to work fairly well while checking  out
the game for review.  Keep track of your available weapons (missiles, guided
missiles,  and  mortars)  and watch your fuel and shield  energy.   You  can
accomplish  your  mission  without  the  special  weapons,  but  I  wouldn't
recommend  it as it will take more time and energy to do so.  Once  you  run
out of fuel, or your shields are depleted, it's all over.
The  second  important factor to remember is to utilize  the  hover  craft's
radar and target "lock" to your advantage.  Many players will be tempted  to
find  their targets and go up against them head-to-head.  Wrong!   While  it
can  be  fun and exhilarating, it's dangerous.  This is war.  You have  some
great  "artillery"  so  use  it.  Your radar scope  has  three  rings  which
determine the distance from your targets.  Anything within the inner ring is
close,  and  possibly  right on top of you.  Why wait  until  this  happens?
Attack from a distance and wipe out many of your targets without even coming
close!   What  I recommend is the use of your mortar to do this  works
great!  Find a target and move your craft into mortar range by flying  until
your  target  appears on the radar and on or just outside  the  inner  ring.
Line  up  your gun sight to the direction of the target, and fire.  You  can
watch your mortar fire on the radar, and make adjustments to your "range" if
you  miss.   Use your target lock to identify the target so you don't  waste
mortars on flying targets.  You'll know you scored a hit when the target  is
no longer on the radar screen or the target display panel.
I've found that it's best to use my guided missiles in areas where there are
a  lot  of  enemy  ships  around, or those that fly  erratically  that  it's
difficult  to hit them with a direct shot from my cannon or normal missiles.
Just hit the target lock and watch those enemy crafts get knocked out of the
sky!   Use  your normal missiles for stationary targets or slow-moving  land
enemies.  Remember not to panic (it happens!) and start firing your  special
weapons in barrages and rapidly depleting them.
Use  your radar to find power-ups (fuel, shield energy, and weapons) and  go
after  them  when you start to get low.  Remember, if you're  already  well-
stocked  with either, you may waste a valuable asset if you go  after  these
power-ups and not needing them * your arsenal capacity is a fixed level.
To  achieve  the  highest scores, you need to defeat  all  enemies  on  each
mission.  Once you destroy the mission targets, the mission ends and  you're
not  "allowed"  to  roam the planet searching for more power-ups  and  enemy
targets.   Save the last mission target for last whenever possible.  If  you
have  other tips or a strategy that works well for you, drop me a  line  and
let  me know ..we'll publish them in a future issue.  With the weekend  upon
us, I'm getting ready to take on more Terrakians!  Happy hunting!

Jaguar Online STR InfoFile       Online Users Growl & Purr!

An open message from  Mr. Jon J. Willig,  President, Run PC

Quick intro from Don Thomas...

This  message is in response to multiple reviews of the new Run  PC  Jaguar-
only  store in Colorado. I have been sending many of them to Jon and he  has
taken  a  lot of pleasure in the praise and coverage. I promised  to  openly
route his reaction to those reviews.    --DT

     I would like to say we appreciate the interest people have in RUN PC as
much as we do Atari for their efforts to help increase Jaguar distribution
through our store. Thank you for taking the time to visit our Jaguar
presentation. I hope your were able to find what you were looking for and
aid in our efforts by purchasing a Jaguar related product. I would like to
take the opportunity to update curious Jaguar owners on our progress, as
well as give you some insight into our goals.
     I would like to focus a moment on the impressions that customers have
about the physical store and location. The Run PC Jaguar display is located
in center court of the Twin Peaks Mall. It is not off at the end of some
hall or disguised by an inset store front. We chose this format for several
reasons: First, we wanted as much exposure as possible, being in the center
of the mall with exposure from all four sides gave us the best opportunity
to achieve this. Second, we are strategically placed directly across form
the Santa Display (as close as we could get to our target market). As we
come closer to Christmas, the Jaguar will be on many wish lists.
     I would also like to point out that our location is much larger than
one reviewer mentioned. Some say we are a "kiosk" since we are in the middle
of the mall, but we actually encompasses about 220 square feet;  more than
enough space to stock cases of jaguars and Jaguar CD ROMs, as well as
display every product made for the Atari Jaguar and Lynx. In fact, more than
enough to be classified more of a store than a kiosk. Granted, there isn't a
lot of storage. As we sell out, more units are transferred from our Ft.
Collins retail storefront. The display boasts shelves stocked with Jaguars
and other related product. I will post a JPEG image for those who are
curious on our WEB page (currently under construction).
     The monthly rent for a setup this size is several thousand plus a
percent of gross sales. On top of this expense, we must add another 1200-
1900 hours of manpower for just 2 months. At our current sales rate we are
already well ahead of our forecasted break-even point.
     As noted in the reviews, Atari provided two arcade style "hands-on"
Jaguar and Lynx kiosks, which attract a lot of game play, but we also have
on display a Jaguar and CD ROM connected to a 35" SVHS Monitor which gets a
lot of use.  We rotate games every 30 minutes or so; mostly between Rayman,
AVP, Ultra Vortek and Highlander. Customers can request to try any game
available before a purchase. This allows more consumers to see and touch
more Jaguar related hardware and software than any traditional retailer can
     Atari was most supportive. I have yet to work with a manufacturer who
has been as cooperative as Atari Corp., and Run PC deals with literally
hundreds. Don Thomas has been great to work with, and Atari's cooperation is
evidence of its strong new leadership. I know that they are as interested as
RUN PC Inc. in the success of this venture. If this proves to be profitable
we will not stop here.
     Sales have been much stronger than anticipated, according to all our
sources 60-85% of our sales will come the last 3 weeks before Christmas. We
never expected to sell out of product this soon.  The three Jaguar units
mentioned in one review were sold on Friday, November 10th by a single
employee, who works 1/2 of one day each week.
     In fact, although it was a fairly slow day, we sold just under a couple
grand in Jaguar and Lynx related product. We understand that Run PC sold
twice as much volume (in Atari-Only products) that day as the KB Toys in the
mall sold in total. Currently the Jaguar is out selling the Playstation in
this mall over 20 to 1.  The first weekend sales were well beyond what we had
expected and we actually sold out of cases of Jaguar product including AVP.
     On a typical day we have two employees working the mall store, the
exceptions are Tuesdays and Fridays where we only have one person until 6:30
p.m. and two employees after 6:30. Indeed, we will need more staff to work
this location as we approach the Christmas season.
     Run PC chose the Twin Peak location after a lot of intense research. It
is not quite a large as the Crossroads Mall located 20 minutes away, but it
has seen a growth rate in the immediate area of over 10 times the national
average. The mall is over 55,0000 square feet and has 92% occupancy. All of
the information Atari included in the original press release was taken
directly from the ligature provided my the mall and the county of Boulder.
This area growth rate is literally exploding. The majority of the growing
work-force is involved in high-tech and computer related products. IBM,
Maxtor, Quantum, Conner, Storage Tech, are among the many companies located
within minutes of this shopping area.
     The real reason we chose this location was that Atari has had no
exposure in this market. Our goal was to test market in an area where the
Jaguar was not already present. Both Run PC and Atari want to increase
product awareness. I honestly believe the we have already been very
successful in getting that well on its way. Most of our customers thus far
had seen the Jaguar for the first time, and were very impressed. We actually
had customers who wanted to trade in their recently purchased "next-
generation" game systems towards a purchase.
     I want people to know that I appreciate the honest and positive
assessments of our efforts. I hope that I have been able to shed some light
on our motivations and goals as we have been bombarded by people calling and
asking us for details. Run PC is dedicated to the Atari Jaguar and our
customers and will continue stride towards total customer satisfaction. If
your are interested in any Atari related product please come by or call 800-
326-2344, or e-mail us at We will match any legitimate
price on Atari related equipment & software.
     Jon J. Willig, President
     Run PC

Atari's Don Thomas responds to last week's IG Online comments:
     2 points.
     One is that I can understand why a legitimate news media would protect a
source and I can understand a statement like: "We have no reason to doubt the
source of the information." I do not know how a legitimate news media can
unequivocally say their source is telling the truth unless they were somehow
as involved as the source themselves. AND, if they are as involved as the
source, then their biased involvement negates their claim to be a legitimate
news media.
     Secondly, I do work at Atari and I am involved. I can say unequivocally
that the essence of IGO's report is fabricated by someone. If that someone
isn't IGO, then there is something very wrong with their eagerness to stand
behind the "100% truthfulness" of the reports.
     You are welcome to repost my message. I am also willing to prove my
point by inviting anyone to call our 800/GO-ATARI number during business
hours. If our doors were locked last week, ask them how they got in and why
they are still answering phones.
     I hope the people who have read and believed IGO's reports hold IGO
responsible for conveniently sensationalizing small bits of data to attract
attention to themselves. It sure is convenient to hide behind "protecting
their source", but the story they tell should be open to many forms of
validation by this time.
Don Thomas
Atari Corporation

IG Interviews Don Thomas

Finally, IG Talks to Someone at Atari:

        "Atari layoffs, future strategy: An Interview with Don Thomas

By Brian Osserman

In an attempt to get official word on a number of rumors that have been
flying across the globe in recent days, I called Don Thomas, Atari's Vice
President of Customer Service to see how much he could tell me.

First I asked about the issue that has spurred the most rumors: the round of
layoffs that occurred last week. Don Thomas told me that there were a number
of layoffs of internal developers, but he emphasized that internal developers
have produced very few Jaguar games; most are being done either through
outside contracting or as fully 3rd party games. Mr. Thomas also stated that
Atari still has a fully active testing department, as they do much of the
testing for outside contractors, and are still committed to testing 3rd party
games to be sure they are up to par. Finally, to emphasize his point, he
stated that only about a dozen people were laid off last week.

On the subject of specific people, I asked him what Jeff Minter's situation
is. He confirmed that Minter has always officially been an outside
contractor, so his situation has not been affected at all (...cue collective
sigh of relief from Jaguar owners worldwide). Francois Bertrand has been let
go, although Don Thomas stated that as far as Atari is
concerned, Fight For Life's situation hasn't changed; it is still on
indefinite delay. He stated that rumors either that FFL has been killed or
that it is already in final testing are both incorrect.

So, how does this affect Atari's future plans for the Jaguar? Mr. Thomas
stated that no projects have been cancelled as a result of the layoffs
(although he also added that if the question had been whether any layoffs
were caused by cancelled projects, his answer would have been "no comment.").
In response to rumors that Atari might not be present at E3 this year, he
stated that they do in fact plan to attend, and that any rumors to the
contrary are completely unfounded. He stated that Atari plans to continue to
push the Jaguar heavily, with new games being produced through outside
contracting, and he pointed to immediate plans for increased marketing,
including mailings and TV spots, as well as the Jaguar mall store as evidence
that Atari has no plans whatsoever to back away from Jaguar development.

Thomas also confirmed that Atari intends to develop a new line of PC games,
but stated that this is unrelated to the internal development cutbacks, and
is independent of, and will not replace, Jaguar product development. The PC
conversion of Tempest 2000 will one of the first games in this line, and they
are holding up any announcements regarding its status until they are ready to
make announcements about the entire line of PC games. He did, however, state
that the new line will include ports of Jag games.

Finally, he confirmed that the Jaguar VR headset is up in the air until a
number of issues have been resolved; Atari rejected Virtuality's optics,
although Mr. Thomas wasn't sure as to whether the problem was a lack of
quality or an unfeasible production cost. He stated that for the project to
continue, the optics problem would have to be resolved, but he also stated
that some other factors would have to come together, with an emphasis on the
need for convincing research that the market is ready for a Jag VR headset.
He pointed out Virtual Boy's poor sales and suggested that Atari wouldn't
want to have the same thing happen.

>From Atari's official description, the layoffs last week  were an indication
more of Atari's dissatisfaction with the development that has been done in-
house up to this point (and which includes such notoriously poorly-done games
as Trevor McFur in the Crescent Galaxy and Club Drive) than of any plans to
drop the Jaguar. We will know for sure in the weeks and months to come.

Online reaction to the recent layoffs at Atari:

Message : 52429 [Open] 11-12-95  4:14am
>From     : Binney Stone
To         : Sysop
Subject   : Atari bye bye?
Sig(s)     : 1 (General Interest)

12 Nov 1995

     Lost technology is probably what Atari computers will become.  It had
the potential to overtake Apple in the mid 80's and didn't.  Apple almost hit
the skids back then and didn't.  It could have been that the two major
platforms ended up being IBM and Atari, but it didn't happen that way.
     Having extensively used Power Mac and IBM's from the XT to a 486 pentium
machine, I have no compulsion to go out and buy them.  The only concern I
have is keeping my Atari running.  I have all the software I need (and then
some).  I can do everything I want with this rig.
      After having read about the layoffs and resignations of Atari in the
most recent STReport (10 November 1995) I want to spit in the Tramiels'
faces. Of course, that wouldn't help them see how they destroyed a potential
giant.  Perhaps they were hired by IBM to sabotage Atari.  Or perhaps they
couldn't stand to see something good happen to many people (Atari users).
Maybe it was just plain greed.
     One local ex-Atari dealer told me how the company screwed him by making
him buy thousands of dollars worth of spare parts before granting him the
right to be an authorized Atari dealer.  The big Boston music store down the
street didn't have to spend any money to become such a dealer.  This
eventually killed his (and many others', I imagine) Atari business.  Also,
     I recall his complaints regarding broken promises of promotional support
in the form of national advertising.  Is there a good side to this?  Taking a
look at the bigger picture may indicate a reason...perhaps some truth.  The
popular view for any deception is that greed is the motive.  I don't know the
Tramiels.  I don't know what their motive was for destroying Atari.  But the
intent WAS to destroy.  It wasn't to help boom the company, because these
guys had enough smarts to deceive, so they must have had the intent to wreck
Atari.  Why?  Because they did just that.
     Now it may be overstating the obvious to make such a statement.  Look at
it this way.  How many times have you heard people say, "well, I didn't MEAN
to____(kill the cat, spill the milk, crash the car etc.).  Of course they
meant to!  It is a lie to say one didn't mean to do this or that. Every
accident was intended by someone.  This point of view requires that a person
is responsible for his/her own actions.  When someone messes up and says that
he was really looking out for the best interests of  everyone, or that he
wasn't responsible for what he did, DON'T BELIEVE IT.
     I don't expect to be popular from holding this point of view.  I am not
a big fan of being human if it means allowing the insane to rule, the con
artists run businesses, and the good, hard-working people of the world to
have less than the bums in $500 suits "running" countries.  If being human
means spending billions of dollars on research to cure the incurable, year
after year, decade after decade, resulting in no cure, then count me out. All
these people INTEND exactly the results, or lack thereof, that you and I see.
There's no cure for cancer because it isn't profitable.  All the research
facilities would go out of business if there were such a cure. There isn't a
center for polio research because there is a way to prevent it now.  The
amount of money to be made in "research" is astounding.  Tens of thousands of
people make their livings doing this research.  But they're not interested in
a cure!  They're interested in keeping their jobs.  Think about it.  If you
were working at some cancer or AIDS or muscular dystrophy research lab, and
some guy came along and said, "here's your cure," and it worked 100% of the
time on all cases, wouldn't you get a little nervous about your job?  I'd be
sending my resume out in volume that very evening!
     The way I see it, the Tramiels decided somewhere along the line that the
only way to help people would be to get as wealthy as possible and go off and
live in their own private island in the South Pacific.  How would that help
people?  By removing the Tramiels from the main channels of business,
preventing them from doing any further harm.  It is only a question of when
they actually make the move and where they end up.  Basically, the Tramiels
are insane.  They only appear sane.  Their actions show their intent.  Get a
company and run it into the ground.  I hope they take over all the world's
medical research organizations and run them into the ground.

ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine          The wires are a hummin'!

                            PEOPLE... ARE TALKING

On CompuServe

compiled by
Joe Mirando

     Hidi ho friends and neighbors.  I promise right at the start that I'll
be more upbeat than I was last week.  If you remember, last week we heard
that CompuServe will be dropping support for ASCII (including TTY and Vidtex)
access.  What this means is that, in the future, you'll have to access
CompuServe with either a DOS/Windows PC or (for now) a Mac.  While this
change won't take place immediately, it doesn't bode well for those of us who
don't use "acceptable" computers.
      For the time being, ASCII access is still available.  However, as more
and more of CompuServe's stuff (that's a technical term, folks) is moved to
new host machines, less and less of the system will be available to ASCII
users.  Time will tell whether there will be any option for us
     On another front...
     Last week in my other column, TECH... No Babble, we learned about PGP
and RSA compression.  This past week, the author of PGP, Phil Zimmerman, was
in the news.  It seems that our friends in the U.S. government decided that,
since Phil's new product, an encrypted phone program for the Macintosh, was
so good that they couldn't eavesdrop on it, he should have to have to apply
for some sort of munitions license.  Mr. Zimmerman did send in the
application, along with the requisite fee of $250.00.  What's wrong with this
     Now, on with the reason for THIS column:  All the great news, hints,
tips, and info available every week right here on CompuServe.

>From the Atari Computing Forums

Bruno Kozlowski posts:

  "Hello! I'm new to Compuserve, and I dont know how to download
  files... I curently use Connect 2.46 on my Falcon, and dont know how to
  configure the download protocols... it always say something like "time
  out" or "bad checksum" and I never have one byte of the files... could
  you please help me?"

Sysop Jim Ness tells Bruno:

  "Tell us how you set up the download.  Do you select a CIS protocol
  from a menu, or do you use a command line?  What protocol do you select
  within Connect?"

Bruno Replies:

  "I use the Connect 2.46 internal protocols, and have made a lot of
  tests, but downloading has never worked... here are the choices I have,
  and my actual config:

   - XMODEM7
   - CompuServe B
   - CompuServe B+    * (actual setting)

   -  128 byte blocks
   -  256 byte blocks
   -  512 byte blocks
   - 1024 byte blocks  *

   - No escapes     *
   - escapes on

  type of file:
   - Binary files     *
   - ASCII files
   - Bin/Asc (autom)

   - no CRC
   - CRC16
   - CRC32      *

  My port is set to 115200 bps 8N1, but compuserve using 7 bits and a
  parity bit, i have an option "strip 8th bit" in a compatibility menu...
  hum, nothing other to say, the download window opens automatically when
  I ask a file. And with all this, all I have is a serie of <Checksum
  error> (10 times), then a <Remote is not responding>, a <File Transfer
  Failed>, the dl window closes and reopens immediately, and a last
  <Checksum error>... that's all! the file is not created on my disk (I
  say this because with I-dont-remember-what other settings, I sometimes
  got a zero length file...) (but NEVER a good file) (and various error
  messages, from <timeout> to <unexpected data block>)."

Jim tells Bruno to...

  "Tell me about how you are commanding CIS to begin the download.  I'm
  trying to make sure CIS is trying to use the same protocol you are
  trying to use.

  It sounds as though you have Connect set up right (8N1, strip bit)."

Bruno tells Jim:

  "...compuserve uses thes same protocol as connect, I've set in my
  profile the option "choose protocol by menu" or something like this...
  but it works now! it was the "strip 8th bit" problem... strange,
  because I tested this... hey, now dl works, I'm happy!"

Michel Vanhamme tells Bruno:

  "In my experience, to download you must _not_ strip the 8th bit when
  using Connectt.  That's how it's worked for me in the past. When I
  download, I get one CRC error mmessage, and afterwards everything goes

Bruno tells Michel:

  "Yes! thats it! downloading works now, when I unset the "strip 8th
  bit" just before dl (and reset it just after), I have _ONE_ error crc
  message (why?), but the download then continues normally...

  Well I'm _sure_ I tested this hint before, but it didn't work...
  probably this day another parameter was not good...

  now I set in my compuserve profile to not emit this 8th bit (Parity
  zero/none) (well, I think it's rather zero than none) and no more use
  the Connect strip bit option...

  I've downloaded 2 files, at a good 1060 CPS (good for my 9600 no
  compression access, because zmodem on V34 BBS it's rather 3300 CPS...).

On the subject of CompuServe's dropping ASCII support, which CompuServe
management hasn't confirmed by the way, folks started talking about
using Spectre GCR, the Macintosh emulator to use the Mac version of the
CompuServe-specific software.  Dan McNamee posts:

  "I have a GCR, and MacCIM is not completely compatable and runs very
  slowly on it.  The one big thing that will not work on it is the CIM
  usenet reader.  It either loads VERY slowly (I don't know, I gave up
  and reset after 30 min) or it just does not work.  I would also not be
  too suprised if the new 3.0 software would require System 7.0+, which
  does not work on the GCR."

Sysop Ron Luks mentioned CompuServe's decision not to do a
CompuServe-specific program for the Atari ST and other "non-upgradeable"
systems.  In a rare post, I tell Ron:

  "I'm not completely clear on the "non-upgradeable systems" thing...

  This makes it sound like a technical problem rather than a choice (no
  matter how well grounded in economics).

  Which is the case?"

Ron replies:

  "It is partly a technical problem.  One of the reasons CIS didnt do an
  Atari ST version of CIM years ago was due to the technical limitations
  of the machine.  Little things like the fact that the vast majority of
  ATari ST's only support 4 color or 16 color modes.  Unless you have a
  Falcon (and how many of those were sold? 300? 400? at best) you can't
  even get to the minimum target resolution of 640x480 with 256 colors.
  To port HMI to the Atari, you'd have to make some real technical
  limitations.  Add to the cost of doing this and the extremely small
  potential customer base, the technical nightmares of supporting a
  discontinued computer with a small installed base that uses a
  discontinued operating system (TOS) which is designed around yet
  another discontinued system (GEM from Digital Research) and you can get
  an appreciation for the problems they would have faced even if CIS
  tried to accommodate the Atari users."

Dan McNamee tells Ron:

  "So, I take it from this that there are no plans to support monochrome
  Macs either?  If so, that is a large chunck of the userbase that is
  going to be written off as well.  It so, then the arguement about the
  ST only having 4 and 16 color modes is hogwash then.  If CIS does not
  want to have to do support for small platforms, then they should
  release the HMI interface standards to those users that would generate
  the software themselves."

I reply to Dan:

  "It seems to me that there could have been alternatives to the 256
  colors and other things of that nature (using patterns instead of
  colors _might_ have worked out since this part could've been done by
  the Atari but I tend to think that it would've looked like hell), but
  the bottom line is... the bottom line.  If I were a company such as
  CIS, I too would tend to look at the largest segments of the market.
  It just doesn't make sense to spend as much money (or more) on
  developing a front-end for a machine with "x" machines as you spend on
  "x *100" machines.  These folks have to look at the bottom line.  As
  long as they don't "sink below it", I can't really blame them.

  I can't really blame them for not supporting a machine that isn't even
  supported by the company that manufactured it.

  To be sure, I'm VERY unhappy about this, but I do understand their

  If CompuServe had on-line elevator music, I'd be playing the blues
  right now."

Dan, who has had the pleasure of debating with me in the past, tells me:

  "Believe it or not, I agree with you.  Compuserve can not afford to
  support the older platforms with the smaller userbase, but that does
  not prevent them from making their HMI information secrete.  As we all
  know, most of the support for these older machines comes from the
  userbase hacking around with the machines, and I'm sure that someone
  out there would be willing to write a CIS HMI interface on their own
  just for the fun of it.  There have been messages in here from people
  that have asked for this information to do just that."

I reply:

  "Believe it or not I _do_ believe you.   <grin>

  I've left several messages to feedback about this situation and
  suggested exactly what you've just said... that they make the HMI
  toolkit info availiable to willing developers (with a NDA, of course).

  I know that _someone_ would be interested in doing it.  My only
  concern is that the finished product might not live up to our
  expectations. While I believe that a an ST could handle a lot of the
  things that CIM does, a lot of it would end up being below "CIM

  I really hope that someone in CIS management decides that it might be
  worth a try.  CIS was my first online home, and still my favorite.  I'd
  hate to have to find another neighborhood just because I drive a Buick
  instead of an Olds.

  By the way folks, the response from FEEDBACK was that "...the rumor
  has been heard quite frequently..." and that they ..."have made no
  definite plans to do away with the connection process."

  Enough leeway to give them some manuevering room.  Not that this is a
  bad thing... just painful for those of us who rely on ASCII because
  it's the only option."

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

                             PEOPLE ARE TALKING

STReport CONFIDENTIAL    "Rumors Tidbits Predictions Observations Tips"

- Rockville, MD-    General Electric Co is selling GEnie Online Service

GEnie,  an  online service currently targeted at game users,  reportedly  has
been declining for a number of reasons for some time ..industry sources said.
A spokesman for General Electric Information Services, the GE unit that GEnie
is part of, declined to confirm or deny GEnie Online Services is up for sale.
The  sources  said  GE has decided to focus on its GEIS  network  to  connect
corporations to corporations.  They said GE is working with Allen  &  Co,  an
investment bank that has done several deals for GE in the past.  Allen  &  Co
officials  did  not return calls seeking comment.   The GEnie Online  Service
has an estimated 70,000 subscribers.  "GE has decided that GEnie plays little
or  no  role  in  GEIS,"  said  Peter  Krasilovsky,  an  analyst  with  Arlen
Communications in Bethesda, Md. "They are not willing to put the  money  into
an all-out war (in the consumer online service industry)."

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