ST Report: 6-Sep-96 #1236

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Subject: ST Report: 6-Sep-96 #1236
Date: Sat Sep  7 18:31:41 1996

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                       Child Advocates Praise Cybercop

Officials at an international child sex conference are praising establishment
of a "Cybercop" to patrol the Internet seeking out child pornography.
Speaking in Stockholm at the first World Congress Against the  Commercial
Sexual Exploitation of Children, Trond Waage, Norway's ombudsman for
children, said to date  there was very little action that could be taken to
stop the distribution of child pornography on the Internet.

However, he said, establishment last week of an international body to monitor
child pornography on the Net, a task taken on by the Norwegian branch of Save
the Children, was firm action against pedophiles.  "We need some visible cops
on the Net," Waage told Belinda Goldsmith of the Reuter News Service. "If you
undertake these kinds of criminal activities someone will monitor you."

Waage said Save the Children will look out for anything suspicious on the
Internet and encourage other users to contact the group's site if they came
across child pornography on the Net.  "All information will be handed over to
the police and Save the Children would work closely with the international
police authority, Interpol, to track the sources down," Goldsmith said.

Save the Children program coordinator Markus Aksland told the wire service
his group had engaged a team of computer experts over the past month to see
what they could find and affirm whether or not child porn was a problem on
the Internet.  "Even now," he said, "they still found a lot of sites with
very suggestive    names like 'Barely Legal.' But the important thing is not
to get hysterical and censor the net. The Internet is also open to a lot of
good possibilities."

Waage said the past month's search found child porn on three levels on the
Internet: by going into pornography shops and finding the child section,
tapping into pedophile networks, and by contacting people in chat forums.

                      Official Urges No Net Censorship

Asian nations have been urged by a U.S. official to resist the temptation to
try to censor th Internet, telling authorities gathered at a conference in
Singapore that overregulation would ruin the worldwide computer network's
massive potential.  Said Larry Irving, assistant secretary of commerce for
communications and information, "Censoring the Net is one of the worst things
you can do.  You run the risk of slowing down the development of technology
because the capacity for computer power within a country will be used trying
to censor."

As reported earlier, delegates from Southeast Asian governments met this week
to discuss methods of regulating content on the worldwide computer network.
Singapore, which bills itself as an information technology hub for the Asian
region, launched wide-ranging regulations earlier this year aimed at cracking
down on unauthorized political and religious discussion on the Internet.
United Press International says Irving suggested governments could "drown
out" criticism by posting their own arguments on the network rather than
trying to stifle the free flow of information. He said, "When you have
darkness you can either bemoan the dark or light a candle. The best defense
against bad information is good information."

UPI notes government leaders from Singapore, Malaysia and other Asian nations
often have angrily denounced the U.S. "for trying to force its brand of
democracy and freedom of speech on other countries, but Irving insisted he
was only offering advice."  Said the commerce official, "This is our opinion
as a nation. We are not trying to dictate. We respect the sovereign rights of
sovereign nations to do what they think is appropriate for their citizens."

                          John Young to Head Novell

Former Hewlett-Packard Co. President/CEO John A. Young has been chosen to
lead Novell Inc. for the time being, following yesterday's resignation of
Robert Frankenberg as chairman, president and CEO.  As reported earlier,
Frankenberg stepped down after two years of trying to turn around the
slumping business of the famed Provo, Utah, networking company.

The 64-year-old Young, who hs been a Novell board member since 1995, also
will help with day-to-day management chores, while the job of president goes
to Joseph A. Marengi, 43, formerly in charge of Novell's worldwide sales.
Writing in The Wall Street Journal this morning, reporter Lee Gomes says that
while a search is under way for a new CEO, people close to the company said
Marengi will be evaluated as a possible full successor to Frankenberg. "It is
also possible that an outsider will be brought in to fill all three  of the
company's top jobs," Gomes added.

Adds the Journal, "Mr. Frankenberg is invariably praised as a thoughtful,
gentlemanly manager. But several people inside and outside Novell said that
his low-key, consensus style, which was so successful in Mr. Frankenberg's
25-year career at H-P, didn't help him after he joined Novell in 1994."  One
Novell insider told the paper Frankenberg's performance had been a concern to
the board for many months, that in fact, in recent weeks, a special
subcommittee of three board members had regular telephone conferences with
him to discuss his progress.

Ultimately, though, the Novell board "concluded he's just not doing the job,"
the source said, that Novell "needs someone with vision and a street-fighter
mentality, since this a tough business. Bob had a hell of a job to do, and he
worked very hard at it. But he just wasn't the right match for the company."

                     Sierra Leaving Modem Chip Business

Sierra Semiconductor Corp. is abandoning its modem chipset business due to
rough conditions in the sector. The San Jose, California, firm says it
instead will focus on its other semiconductor businesses.  According to
United Press International, Sierra is putting the product line up for sale
and plans to take a one-time charge to earnings of approximately $50 million
to $80 million.

The modem chipsets consist of three to five semiconductors used to operate a
modem. The operations generate about 30 percent of Sierra's $200 million in
annual sales and employ about 150 of Sierra's 500 employees.  Sierra
Chairman/CEO James V. Diller told the wire service, "The decision to no
longer participate in modem chipset products is based on the status of the PC
Modem business today, as well as Sierra's long term goals as a company. As we
have stated in the past, competition in the modem chip business is
increasing, placing pressure on prices and margins."

He said the overall market conditions for modem chipsets has deteriorated
significantly in recent months, adding, "We continue to see excess inventory
in the distribution channel and excess capacity in the supply base. This is
resulting in rapidly declining prices and corresponding declines in margins."
Diller said he does not see evidence that these trends will reverse and it is
in the company's best interest to get out of the business.  Sierra also
announced ichard J. Koeltl will leave his posts as president/chief operating
officer, with Diller assuming his duties.

                         36 Firms Form Chip Alliance

An alliance meant to speed development of so-called systems on a chip -
advanced semiconductors that can do jobs now done by a dozen chips in an
entire computer -- has been formed by 36 companies.  Writing in The Wall
Street Journal this morning, reporter Dean Takahashi calls the alliance
formation a sign of the growing complexity and cost of semiconductor design,
adding, "Such chips could greatly simplify computing and lead to new
generations of advanced video games, cellular phones and other devices."

The Journal says the alliance includes makers of software tools for chip
design, such as Cadence Design Systems Inc., Mentor Graphics Corp. and
Synopsys Inc.; chip manufacturers such as Cirrus Logic Inc. and VLSI
Technology Inc.; and systems heavyweights such as Sun Microsystems Inc.,
Silicon Graphics Inc., Sony Corp. and Toshiba Corp.  "Those companies and
several others have agreed to invest millions of
dollars in the project," Takahashi reports.

Steven Glaser, director of market development at chip-design tool company
Cadence Design in San Jose, California, told the paper, "We're building an
infrastructure so that we can quickly mix and match designs and enable the
system-on-a-chip industry to grow much faster."  Takahashi says the alliance
will enable the companies "to share designs and research that are usually
zealously guarded secrets."

The paper adds, "The idea is to create compatible designs so that each
company's chip components can be  mixed and matched with others. The need for
such an arrangement reflects the numbing complexity of modern chip design,
which increasingly is becoming too much for an individual company to handle
on its own."

                      Merisel Sells Foreign Operations

Computer products distributor Merisel Inc. says it is selling its European,
Latin American and Mexican operations to CHS Electronics Inc. or about $160
million.  The operations employ aproximately 1,000 people and are expected to
generate revenue of approximately $1.5 billion in 1996, says Merisel.  "We
expect to use  the proceeds from the sale to repay existing debt as well as
fund our remaining North American businesses," says Dwight A. Steffensen,
Merisel's chairman and CEO. "With these asset sales behind us, we can focus
on returning to profitability."

"This purchase will be a major step forward in CHS Electronics' continuing
growth," states Claudio Osorio,  CHS Electronics' chairman and CEO. "It
essentially doubles the size of CHS Electronics and significantly strengthens
our position in Western Europe and Latin America. We believe  with this
acquisition, we will  become the second largest distributor in Western Europe
and will have sales in South America approaching $1 billion in 1997. It also
gives us a substantial presence in Mexico, which is an important market where
we have not yet been active."

Merisel's remaining operations are its U.S. and Canadian distribution
businesses, and its ComputerLand  franchise and Datago aggregation
businesses. These units produced $4.6 billion in revenue in 1995. After the
sale, Merisel's only remaining investment in Europe will be a minority
interest in a distribution business in Russia.

                        NEC Electronics Opens New HQ

NEC Electronics Inc. has opened its new corporate headquarters.  Located in
Santa Clara, California, the new facility measures approximately 200,000
square feet on 17 acres and houses the firm's  corporate offices, as well as
its engineering, marketing, sales and U.S. design teams. The company
relocated from Mountain View, Calif., where various business units and
operations were spread over several buildings.

NEC Electronics employs more than 2,800 people in the U.S. in its corporate
headquarters, its semiconductor manufacturing facility in Roseville,
California and through a national network of sales offices and design
facilities.  "We are honored to join the many other high technology companies
based in Santa Clara and look forward to becoming a member of this new
community," says President and CEO, Shigeki Matsue. "We also believe that
moving to a single building will enhance our ability to serve our many
customers throughout North America while increasing the services and
improving the general work environment for our employees."  NEC Electronics
is an affiliate of NEC Corp., a $41 billion international manufacturer of
computer, communications and semiconductor products.

                      WebTV Prepares Launch This Month

In Palo Alto, California, officials with WebTV Networks Inc. expect to launch
an online service this month  that will deliver Internet services through
digital terminals hooked to TVs at $19.95 a month for unlimited access.
According to The Associaed Press, WebTV will start offering its service
through boxes that will be sold by Sony Electronics Inc. and Philips Consumer
Electronics Co. The devices are expected to cost several hundred

The company, founded 14 months ago, told the wire service the WebTV device,
which comes with software already installed, plugs into both a phone jack and
the cable input of a television or VCR and is operated by a remote control.
"WebTV's service charge includes e-mail service for up to five separate
accounts per household," says AP. "It also includes software that lets
parents filter out e-mail and Internet material they deem inappropriate for
their children. The box also comes with built-in 'smart cards' letting
subscribers bank or make purchases online."

                        Wireless Environment Unveiled

Motorola Inc. has unveiled a new open operating environment for wireless
communications devices. The company says its Memos platform includes a
client/server operating system, development tools and applications.  Motorola
notes that Memos is designed to allow economical, efficient, personalized and
non-intrusive communications for a broad range of users. The platform is the
result of a software initiative created to address end-users needs for
connectivity and personalization in their communication devices. Memos will
be incorporated into products developed by Motorola and offered to the
communications industry-at-large.

"As a leading device manufacturer in the wireless communications industry,
Motorola believes the establishment of standard software platforms will
further expand the market, which is beneficial to the industry-at-large,"
says Doug Kraul, vice president and general manager of Motorola's platform
software division. "Memos is one such key enabler and represents a new
opportunity for participation in messaging by other large and small companies
including the independent software vendor community."

                      Robotics Enhances Courier Modems

The Courier line of modems has been enhanced by U.S. Robotics Corp., which
also has made some available in packages developed specifically for Apple
Macintosh computers.  Reporting from Chicago, the Reuter News Service says
the enhancements include caller I.D., carrier loss redial, distinctive ring
and Microsoft Plug and Play. Current users of Courier V.Everything and
Courier V.34 modems can download the features from U.S. Robotics' Internet
site, the company adds, The enhancements also were added to the modems for
use with Macintosh computers.  "U.S. Robotics said the Courier I-Modem with
ISDN/V.34 and the Courier V.Everything will now be available in packages
developed specifically for Macs," Reuters writes. "The packages include
software, cables and manuals for Mac users."

                     Videoconferencing Technology Shown

A new technology that delivers television-quality videoconferencing over
ordinary telephone lines has been unveiled by 8x8 Inc. of Santa Clara,
California and San Jose, California-based Amati Communications.  At the DVC
'96 East trade show in Boston, the companies demonstrated H.323 video
communication over ordinary phone lines using 8x8's DVC6 Video Codec
Reference Design and the Overture 8 ADSL modem from Amati. The recently
approved H.323 international standard allows video communication over
corporate LANs, the Internet and otherpacket-based networks. ADSL (Asymmetric
Digital Subscriber Line) is an emerging telephone technology that's designed
to bring high-speed communications into the home.

"ADSL finally breaks the bandwidth bottleneck that has limited the delivery
of high-quality video to the small office or home," says Kevin Deierling,
director of marketing for 8x8. "The 384Kbps back-channel provides TV quality
videoconferencing capabilities and, using the high bandwidth downstream
channel, the same system can decode theater quality movies in the home."
"Integrating the capabilities of 8x8's videoconferencing technology and the
Overture 8 to achieve H.323-standard video communication over copper wires is
quite significant, since all major web browsers have announced support for
H.323 as the only international standard supporting real time multimedia,"
says Benjamin Berry, Amati's vice president of marketing.

                         High-Speed Telecom Test Set

Ameritech Corp. and IBM Corp. next month will begin a Chicago-area trial of a
new high-speed telecommunications technology.  Based on Asymmetric Digital
Subscriber Line (ADSL) technology, the trial will involve approximately 200
Ameritech and IBM Global Network customers. ADSL technology will allow users
to interact with data networks and the Internet at speeds more than 50 times
faster than an ordinary telephone line. Since the technology utilizes a
portion of a customer's existing phone line, there is no requirement for a
telephone number change. Customers will also be able to use the data portion
of the line and talk on the voice portion of the line simultaneously.

During the six-month initial trial, customers will be provided a data access
service that will allow them to  receive or download information at speeds of
up to 1.5 megabits per second.  "Feedback from our customers will go a long
way to determining the viability of ADSL technology and how we turn this
technology into actual services that meet consumer and business needs," says
Tom Reiman, president of product management for Ameriech.

"The growth in telecommuting, Internet use by professionals and new
collaborative computing applications  are all driving customer demand for
economic, high speed data networking," adds Roger L. Dudley, general manager
of marketing and service management for IBM Global Network. "We are excited
about working with Ameritech to explore the potential of ADSL as a means to
better serve our customers."

                        YA-HOO! Takes Yahoo! to Court

Who can be "yahoo?" That's the question for a federal court in Texas.  In
Dallas, Miss King's Kitchens Inc., maker of "The Original Texas YA-HOO!
Cake," has asked a federal judge to require Yahoo! Inc. -- the Internet
search engine that has gained enormous attention on Wall Street and in
cyberspace -- to stop using the word.  U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater
is not expected to rule for a couple of months, according to Associated Press
writer Jaime Aron, who notes Miss King's Kitchens last April sued Yahoo for
trademark infringement.

That suit has not yet gone to trial.   Miss King attorney Roger Mandel told
the wire service, "The intent of filing for the injunction isn't to get them
to pay a lot of money, but to get them to stop using our trademark."
However, Yahoo CEO Tim Koogle said his Internet company has no plans to stop
using its logo.  Notes AP, "The bakery registered its trademark in 1989,
while Yahoo got its trademark in 1995. Trademark laws typically allow the
same word to be used for products and services that don't compete."

                       Japanese Fight Computer Vandals

A special unit aimed at stemming a spread of computer viruses and other
attacks by computer vandals has been established in Tokyo by Japanese police.
The Reuter News Service quotes officials at the National Police Agency as
saying funds for the new unit were requested as part of a new $2.34 billion
budget for  fiscal 1997/98.  The new "Security Systems Countermeasures Team"
is proposed to be created in the next  fiscal year beginning April 1997, a
spokesman for the agency told the wire service.

                       Japanese Chipmakers Downsizing

>From Tokyo comes word Japanese chip manufacturers are set to slim their
workforce in the wake of falling  prices of computer chips.   Business
newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun says:

z    Oki Electric Industry Co. will shed 20 of its employees at a memory
     factory and move them to a telecommunication plant by the end of this month.
z    The VLSI Technology K.K., a Japanese arm of the U.S. VLSI Technology
     Inc., is reported to be considering putting off until at least next year a
     plan to increase its workforce.
z    The Japanese subsidiary of the Advanced Micro Devices Inc. in the U.S.
     will put on hold recruitment until the end of the year while the Nippon
     Motorola Ltd., a Japanese unit of the Motorola the United States, has
     curtailed the number of its contract workers or specialists.

The Xinhua Chinese news service says that also Motorola and National
Semiconductor Corp. have announced payroll cuts of 145 and 500 respectively,
adding, "Payroll-trimming among Japanese chip makers is largely limited to
fine-tuning for the time being."

                         Net Remailer Shutting Down

A major Internet remailer is going out of business.  The Reuter news service
reports that Johan Helsingius, whose anonymous forwarding system is one of
the largest in the world, is closing the service while rejecting allegations
it was being used as a conduit for child pornography.  Helsingius said in a
statement that the remailer, with over half a million users, was closing
because the legal issues governing the Internet in Finland are unclear.

"The legal protection of users needs to be clarified. At the moment the
privacy of Internet messages is  judicially unclear," stated Helsingius, who
added that he created and operated the remailer in his spare time partly as
an way to help abused children.  Reuters explains that Internet remailers are
computers that receive and forward messages with a pseudonym or anonymous
source. "There are about five large ones in the world, and they exist to
enable anonymous discussion of sensitive subjects -- for instance by victims
of child abuse, potential suicides or people in politically repressed

                      Printers Seen as Educational Key

A new survey sponsored by printer maker Lexmark International Inc. finds that
43 percent of U.S. PC users with children believe that printers improve
grades.  The survey also finds that more than 70 percent of teachers prefer
assignments completed on computers with the final output prepared by a
printer.  Additionally, over half (57 percent) of the teachers said that
assignments printed on printers generally receive higher grades than those
typed or handwritten.

"While many parents look carefully at the selection of personal computers
available before purchase, they oten pay less attention to computer printers.
Buying a printer is perhaps more important than buying a PC," says Matt
Zimmer, worldwide product marketing and strategy manager for Lexmark's
personal printing division. "After all, teachers see the printed product, not
the PC. Plus, the quality of printers has improved dramatically, and they are
easier to use than ever. Now a consumer can purchase laser quality output at
more affordable ink-jet prices and get brilliant color as a bonus."  The
survey was conducted for Lexmark by Roper Starch Worldwide.

                      CEOs Hail Information Technology

CEOs of America's fastest growing companies are touting information
technology's positive effect on their  businesses -- and are allocating an
ever-greater portion of their operating budgets for computers, software,
networking systems and other information technology (IT) essentials -- finds
a new survey from Coopers & Lybrand.

According to the consulting giant's "Trendsetter Barometer" survey, 96
percent of the CEOs feel that computers and IT were important to their
profitable growth over the last two years, and 93 percent say IT has met
their expectations for increased corporate productivity. Additionally, 71
percent of the CEOs say IT will add more value to their operations over the
next 12 months, well above the 62 percent expressing such confidence two
years ago.

The survey also finds that product sector growth firms are more convinced of
IT's value than their service sector counterparts: three in four product
firms (76 percent) expect an increase in value derived from IT,  compared to
69 percent of service firms.  "Clearly, CEOs' expectations of the business
value derived from  computers and IT have risen significantly in recent
years, as illustrated by greater levels of spending," says Don Warren,
national director of Coopers & Lybrand's computer assurance services unit.
"In the last several years, growth firms in the service sector have reported
spending more -- and benefiting more -- from IT than have their product
sector counterparts. Today, our findings show a surge in business value
expectations from the product side, where applications are sometimes more

Coopers & Lybrand interviewd CEOs of 434 product and service companies
identified in the media as the  fastest growing U.S. businesses over the last
5 years. The surveyed companies range in size from approximately $1 million
to $50 million in revenue/sales.

                       Etak Offers Maps for Web Sites

Computer mapping specialist Etak has announced a suite of Internet mapping
products and services for Web  site developers.  The Menlo Park,
California-based company says its suite will allow Web publishers to easily
and affordably incorporate color maps and provide online answers to such
location-related questions as  "Where is the nearest...?" and "How do I get
there from here?"

Etak's Internet products include E-Map View, E-Map Route and E-Map Locate.
E-Map View generates a detailed, scalable map of an area specified by the Web
site publisher. Another product, E-Map Route, adds routing capability to a
customer's Web page, provides features needed to generate directions between
two points. E-Map Locate is a geocoding server that assigns latitude and
longitude coordinates to addresses, intersections or cities. The coordinates
(geocodes) are then used to generate and locate an address on a map or plan a

Etak is also offering EZ Maps, a subscription-based service that adds maps
providing geographic locating and displaying features to a Web site. EZ Maps
can be customized to match the customer's Web site -- including icons and
frames. Etak is also introducing EZ Locate, a geocoding service that offers
online interactive services, batch geocoding services and online batch
geocoding.  Etak's Web page is located at

                         Firm Launches New Web Angle

A Los Altos, California, firm thinks it has come up with a new angle on the
Internet called, well, "The  Angle," a system that promises to changethe
World Wide Web from a hit-or-miss quest into a targeted personal service that
changes to suit the user's mood.  Writer Samuel Perry of the Reuter News
Service says  the site (reached at showcases
BroadVision Inc.'s Oe-to-One technology for personalizing the Web.

"The technology enables a person to set up an individual profile, or 'angle,'
combining their interests and preferred style to customize the look and feel
of the Web service," Perry writes. "They can also choose from several
'personalities' to try out different ways of viewing information on the
Internet, or choose different profiles for different moods -- such as one for
the business day and another for use at home."

Use of the site is free and requires no registration. Profiling information
is stored only for the benefit of users, the company said in a statement, to
ensure privacy and enable them to change their profiles at any time.
BroadVision President/CEO Pehong Chen says the technology would serve not
only as a showcase,  but would enable large organizations to develop
co-branded sites based on the BroadVision product, adding,  "People can
choose a personality, somebody they can relate to, or disguise themselves as
sombody else. ... This makes it fun and easy to understand."

Chen is targeting a Global 1000 list of large companies for developing both
co-branded services and for using the technology internally in private
networks known as intranets to communicate with individual employees.  "It
has already begun collaborating with Web partners, and formed a new division,
the Content  Services Group, to provide software products, consulting
services and original content for both consumers and consumer-oriented
businesses," Reuters says.

                          Web Beauty Contest Nears

A Budapest computerist is operating what he says is the first beauty contest
on the Internet. To enter "Miss  Cyberspace Hungary," candidates send in
three photographs that are then scanned and put out on the World Wide Web.
Laszlo Bodor, who launched the contest, told the French Agence France-Press
International News Service, "The competition for Miss Cyberspace will take
place in virtual reality."

The public will be the judges. Visitors to the page
( click to see the photographs, together
with the contestant's age, vital statistics and profession. Winners will go
through to the  final, scheduled for December.  "We are not offering a lot of
money to the winners -- only the cost of registering which is about $10 plus
the possibility of being discovered by an agency," Bodor said. Bodor,  who
runs a computer company, is considering organizing contests in other
countries with the ultimate goal of staging Miss World Cyberspace.

                            Computer Salaries Up

A new survey suggests most computer professionals have drawn bigger salaries
in 1996, with largest increases going to top positions in information
systems.  In a statement from its Framingham, Massachusetts, headquarters,
Computerworld magazine, which conducted a nationwide survey of more than
1,100 IS managers, found computer professionals in the hardware and software
industries experienced the greatest salary increase this year at plus 10.65
percent, followed by:

z    The banking industry with 6.31 percent.
z    The transportation industry at 6.23 percent.
z    Business services at 5.93 percent.
z    Industrial equipment at 4.50 percent.
z    The media at 4.40 percent.

Computerworld says its survey also revealed that pay for computer
professionals varies greatly according to  industry.  "For instance," says
the statement, "a chief information officer (CIOs)/vice president of IS
working within business services can earn an  average of $178,192 annually.
Meanwhile, a CIO/VP of IS within the education industry earns $101,000 less,
at an annual salary of $76,919."  The publication says lower-level computer
professionals such as LAN managers can earn an average of $55,989 yearly in
the insurance field while that same position within the non-profit sector
earns $36,091.

The survey "further found that the gap is widening between the bonuses being
given to top-level professionals and those bonuses handed out to lower-level
computer professionals," says the statement.

It found:

z    At the top of the scale are CIOs/vice presidents of IS who are earning
     bonuses averaging $11,061 annually.
z    In contrast, lower-level positions like micro managers/end-user
     computing managers are earning about $2,349 in bonuses.

                      Electronic Commerce Still Elusive

Internet electronic commerce hasn't yet lived up to its potential, finds a
new report from Arthur D. Little, a Cambridge, Massachusetts, technology
consulting firm.   The company, along with market researcher Giga Information
Group, recently conducted an online survey to gauge the effects of electronic
commerce on business. While over 30 percent of the respondents ranked
electronic marketing/advertising and electronic catalogs as the top
activities currently being conducted or planned to be conducted in the next
18 months by their organizations, performing consumer transactions in real
time and completing pre-sale to post sale activities were each ranked as top
activities by less than 10 percent of the respondents.

"Converting today's paper business proceses into electronic form is a good
first step," says Stuart Lipoff,  vice president of Arthur D. Little and
director of its communications and information technology business.
"However, companies must think beyond narrowly defined stovepipes. How they
do marketing today, how  they do fulfillment, how they attract new customers
-- these activities must change in order to fully leverage  the power of
electronic commerce."

                     Allen Creates Frat House of Future

Billionaire Paul Allen has spent $3.1 million to build a new house for the
Phi Kappa Theta fraternity at  Washington State University in southeastern
Washington, where he was a member in the early 1970s.  Associated Press
writer Nicholas K. Geranios, reporting from Pullman, Washington,
characterizes it as the frat house of the future, "without a single toga in
sight. Instead, it's rife with high-speed computers, cyberspace jacks and
bedrooms with individual climate controls."

AP adds that the four-story, red-brick house, with white trim, large windows
and a white cupola on the roof,  "evokes college buildings of the past, but
inside it is strictly the future."  For instance, each double bedroom has
built-in jacks to transmit voice, data and cable television and link its
occupants to all of cyberspace and telephone system that includes an
intercom. The house's computer center contains six Gateway 2000 Pentium
computers, available on a first-come basis.

The 17,500-square-foot house, with a big-screen television and a pool table,
will house 52 people in rooms twice as large as those in other WSU fraternity
houses, "but the monthly room and board of $425 is lower than most because
Allen donated the building and there is no mortgage to pay," AP adds.

                        CD-ROM Trading Cards Released

Topps Co. Inc., best known for its sports trading cards, has introduced a
lines of CD-ROM cards.  The New York-based company describes its NFL CybrCard
line as a collectible series of 28 CD-ROM trading cards featuring 28 National
Football League stars.  Retailing for approximately $19.95 apiece, each NFL
CybrCard contains approximately 90 full-motion, full sound video clips of the
featured player's highlights from the 1995 season, as well as the most
unforgettable plays of his career.

The players included in the first NFL CybrCard collection include Brett Favre
and Reggie White of the  Green Bay Packers; Steve Young and Jerry Rice of the
San Francisco 49ers; Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith and Deion Sanders of the
Dallas Cowboys; and Jim Kelly and Bruce Smith of the Buffalo Bills.

                      Online Advertising Up 83 Percent

Revenues from advertising on the Internet's World Wide Web soared 83 percent
in the first half of the year, says a research report that adds the Net is on
track to become a $5 billion-a-year commercial medium by the year 2000.
Jupiter Communications reports ad income reached $71.7 million in the first
half of the year, and is project to blossom to $312 million for the year as a
whole. Jupiter also estimates near-triple-digit annual growth for 1996.

But, says reporter Dick Satran of the Reuter News Service, the survey also
showed that despite the optimistic  growth in spending, "a majority of
advertisers were still high-tech companies advertising on each other's
sites."  Noting the consumer product companies that are the biggest
advertisers for national magazines and  broadcasters continued to tread
cautiously on the Internet, Jupiter analyst Peter Storck told the wire
service, "When those companies get going, that will be the trumpet call that
Internet advertising has really arrived. But that's only going to happen

Jupiter says the biggest advertiser on the Web right now is -- surprise! --
Microsoft Corp., which shifted its corporate strategy heavily toward the
Internet this year.  "It forked out $2.9 million in the first half as it
promoted its Web browser, the software it hopes will become the standard for
navigating through the new  medium," Satran reports. "Its arch rival
Netscape, whose browser software was virtually unchallenged before
Microsoft's arrival, remained king of the hill in getting advertising
revenue. Its $9.7 million accounted for about 13 percent of the total, while
search engines Infoseek ($5.8 million), Yahoo ($5.7 million), Lycos ($4.1
million) and Excite ($3.6 million) rounded out the top five."  Jupiter says
the search engines, which flash advertising banners to users seeking
information on the Internet, have dominated the medium since the

Adds Reutrs, "Traditional publishers -- those that create and sell content --
have been slower to find a place  in the new order. ESPN Sports Zone, a
sports information service related to cable giant ESPN, and ZD Net,  created
from Ziff Davis's computer magazines, were the only traditional media to
crack Jupiter's advertising top 10. Publishers like Time Warner Pathfinder
and the New York Times which have created Web products were lower on the
list."  Storck predicts the 80 percent plus growth will continue in the
second half of the year, adding consumer product companies could begin to
take up a larger share of the advertising total from the high-tech companies.

                     David Bowie Releases Single on Net

Rocker David Bowie is set to release his latest single, "Telling Lies," next
week exclusively on the Internet.  His record company has told the Reuter
News Service the song will be available Sept. 11 on Bowie's official Internet
site (http:/, and may be heard on the site or downloaded
in compact disc quality, but will not be sold in stores or heard on the
radio.  Virgin Records says Bowie is the first time a major artist has
released a full song on the Internet, the worldwide computer network.  Fans
will be able to download, for free, three different versions of the song,
which was recorded in New York, where Bowie is working on his next album.

                 Adaptec Adds Fuel to IP Switching Firestorm

Milpitas, Calif, -- September 3, 1996 -- Adaptec, Inc. announced today it
will add driver support that will allow its existing ATM products to
incorporate IP switching over ATM. Simply put, IP switching is a networking
technology that combines the flexibility and control of IP routing with the
speed and scalability of ATM to deliver large IP throughput to intranet and
Internet environments. Since its introduction in April 1996, IP switching has
gained widespread industry support and is poised to exploit the simplified,
cost-effective benefits of ATM switching. Adaptec views IP switching as a
significant ATM advancement.

"IP switching over ATM and Ipsilon have already begun to revolutionize the
networking industry, and Adaptec will be a large player in that revolution,"
said Gary Law, vice president of marketing for Adaptec's Network Products
Group. "As customers demand increasingly simple and increasingly powerful
networking technologies, IP switching over ATM shows abundant promise.
Adaptec will support its customers with products that take advantage of IP
switching's ease and ATM's high bandwidth and quality of service."

"Ipsilon and Adaptec are working together to bring IP switching to customers
today," said Larry Blair, vice president of marketing at Ipsilon. "In fact,
Ipsilon uses Adaptec ATM adapters in its product family. The combination of
Ipsilon's switching expertise and Adaptec's NIC expertise gives customers
robust performance and broad interoperability. "

Adaptec plans to have IP switching support fully integrated into its ATM
drivers in early 1997. IP switching complements Adaptec's support for LAN
Emulation (LANE), Classical IP (CIP), and native ATM drivers WinSock 2 and
Mac OS with XTI extensions. This support gives Adaptec customers a broad
array of options to integrate ATM into existing networks.

                 New Adaptec Ultra Kit Offers Plug-and-Play
                        20MB/sec SCSI Transfer Rates

Milpitas, Calif, - August  1996 - Adaptec has begun shipping the AHA-2940
Ultra Kit, the latest addition to the company's line of PCI-to-UltraSCSI host
adapters. The new AHA-2940 Ultra host adapter doubles the current AHA-2940
burst rate of 10 MB/sec to 20 MB/sec. The resulting increase in input/output
(I/O) speed improves the performance of Pentium and Pentium Pro systems,
especially when coupled with multitasking OSs such as Windows NT, Windows 95
and OS/2.

The AHA-2940 Ultra Kit has been developed for "power" desktop users who are
looking for high-performance, multitasking capabilities. The AHA-2940 Ultra
host adapter is certified under Windows NT and Windows 95. The Kit includes
the PCI-to-UltraSCSI host adapter, Adaptec EZ-SCSI software on CD-ROM, an
internal cable, software drivers and complete documentation and has an SRP of
$325. Adaptec's AHA-2940 family also includes the AHA-2940 Ultra Wide Kit,
which transfers data up to 40 MB/sec and is designed for professionals who
require a performance SCSI connection to high-end workstations and entry-
level servers.

"Demands on personal computers are increasing, and it is clear that faster
CPUs alone cannot address the data bottleneck that occurs as files are
transferred between systems and peripherals. The AHA-2940 Ultra is part of
Adaptec's solution to this problem. In order to make maximum use of powerful
desktop platforms such as Windows NT workstation and OS/2, today's PC's need
improved I/O performance. For these reasons, we expect to see SCSI become
more popular than ever on the desktop and the Ultra Kits will help meet these
needs," says Marc Lowe, general manager for the Desktop Products Group.

About Adaptec
Adaptec provides bandwidth management technologies for organizations building
the    global   information   infrastructure.   Its   high-performance   I/O,
connectivity,  and  network products are incorporated into  the  systems  and
products of major computer and peripheral manufacturers. Founded in 1981  and
headquartered in Milpitas, Calif., Adaptec (NASDAQ:ADPT) employs 2500  people
worldwide in design, manufacturing, sales, service and distribution.

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Computers Asked To Identify Suspicious Baggage
Alliance Targets "Systems On A Chip"
Sun Offers Trade-In On Rival Systems
Sports Leagues Vs. Online Media
Wired At Albany
Intel Inside Kiosks
Microsoft Sets Sights On Starsight
Anonymous E-Mail Service Shut Down
AOL Blocks Junk Mail Sites
China Screens Out "Spiritual Pollution" On The Net
Governmental Incentives To Buy A Computer
Cisco To Buy Granite Systems
Palm's Pilot Is Popular PDA
Boston College Eyes NCs For Students
IBM To Sell PCs Made By Acer
Ya-Hoo! Cake Company Wants Yahoo! To Change Its Name!
Intuit And America Online Offer Banking Software
Packard Bell Settles With Feds

Officials working on an aviation commission headed by Vice President Gore and
formed after the TWA Flight  008 crash are recommending that computerized
background checks of passengers should be made to determine  which customer
luggage to search.  Names, addresses, phone numbers, travel histories and
billing records of  passengers would be examined to look for irregularities
that would suggest the possibility of terrorist activity.   Civil
libertarians are expected to object to the plan as an invasion of privacy.
(New York Times 1 Sep 96 p17)

Thirty-six high-tech companies are joining forces to develop advanced
semiconductors that single-handedly can  manage jobs currently processed by
up to a dozen different chips.  These "systems-on-a-chip" could greatly
simplify computing and lead to new generations of advanced video games, cell
phones and other electronic  devices.  The alliance, which includes such
companies as Cadence Design Systems, Mentor Graphics,  Synopsys Inc., Cirrus
Logic, VLSI Technology, Sun Microsystems, Silicon Graphics and Toshiba, will
focus  on creating compatible designs so that each company's components can
be mixed and matched with others.   "The system-on-a-chip era will change the
way all electronic systems are designed," says a Dataquest analyst.   "It
will make possible all kinds of electronic gadgets we never dreamed up
before."  (Wall Street Journal 3 Sep 96 B6)

Sun Microsystems is offering discounts up to 40% off of its new Ultra
Enterprise workstation to customers  who opt to trade in Hewlett-Packard or
IBM systems equipped with EMC Corp. storage systems.  The trade-in  units
must be no more than five years old.  "We want to hurt HP and IBM - and
impact their market share and  their ability to compete," says a Sun
marketing director.  HP and IBM each hold about 30% of the workstation
market, while Sun's is only about 15%, according to the Meta Group.
(Investor's Business Daily 3 Sep 96 A25)

                       SPORTS LEAGUES VS. ONLINE MEDIA
The National Basketball Association's lawsuit against America Online for its
practice of reporting real-time  game developments online is testing the
proposition that sports news is proprietary data owned by the  professional
league involved, and aims to set a new precedent for a new medium.  "The
effort to protect the  facts so you can sell them is anathema to First
Amendment principles," says a New York attorney who filed a
friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of AOL.  "This is part of the mad
scramble to redefine intellectual  property," says the VP for NFL
Enterprises, the NFL's new media unit.  "Just as we control the rights for
the  game in television and in radio, we intend to control the way the game
appears on the Internet."  (Wall Street Journal 30 Aug 96 B1)

                               WIRED AT ALBANY
Approximately 3,000 residential students at the University of Albany will
enjoy dedicated access to library and  central computing services as well as
Web-based course materials, as part of the network services provided to  the
school's residence halls. In conjunction with this ResNet effort, the
university has hired students to help  faculty prepare and mount course
materials such as class notes and outlines, images, and lectures.  \
< >  (Heller Report Sep 96)

                             INTEL INSIDE KIOSKS
Intel Corp. is deploying 1,000 demonstration kiosks in big-name computer
retail stores, offering curious  customers a chance to log on and check out
the Internet in an effort to convince them to shell out $2,000 or so  for an
Intel-powered PC.  "It's one of the largest retail and advertising programs
that Intel has rolled out," says  an Intel marketing manager.  The kiosks
will also demonstrate video phone capability, using Intel's Proshare
software.  An additional 2,500 to 3,000 stores will run simulations of
Internet connections, flashing a series of  canned Web site images to attract
buyers.  "The Net is hard to understand for most people, and this helps  make
it real," says the president of market research firm Creative Strategies.
"Intel is beginning to understand  what product evangelism means.  They're
about to introduce some new multimedia technology and the only  way to
explain it is to show it."  (Wall Street Journal 30 Aug 96 B2)

Microsoft has inked a $20 million deal with Starsight Telecast to use
intellectual property connected to  Starsight's electronic program guide. The
implication is that Microsoft will use Starsight's property to create a
navigation platform that will serve as a hybrid medium for its PCTV service.
"Starsight has some unique  capabilities.  We're in the business of building
great platforms," says a Microsoft senior VP.  "We see this as  leading the
way to some exciting products that will open the industry."  The pact is non-
exclusive on either  side, leaving Microsoft free to pursue deals with other
electronic program guide creators and Starsight free to peddle its technology
to other software makers.  (Broadcasting & Cable 26 Aug 96 p53)

The world's largest anonymous e-mail service has shut down following a local
court order requiring the  operator to identify one of the system's users.
The service, located in Finland and serving approximately  100,000 users, was
linked to promotions of child-sex tourism.  (Wall Street Journal 3 Sep 96

                         AOL BLOCKS JUNK MAIL SITES
America Online is blocking all electronic mail sent from five Internet sites
that have been used to send  hundreds of thousands of unsolicited messages to
AOL customers.  In turn, Cyber Promotions Inc., which is  associated with
three of the sites, has accused America Online of hypocrisy for "censoring"
commercial  messages sent from other sites but allowing AOL itself to sponsor
commercial promotions.  AOL dismisses the charge as an "apples and oranges
comparison."  (New York Times 5 Sep 96 C2)

The Beijing government has begun blocking as many as 100 Internet sites that
offer material the government  deems unsuitable for its citizens - including
dissident viewpoints from Hong Kong and Taiwan, sites sponsored  by U.S.
major media organizations such as CNN and the Washington Post, and sexually
explicit sites such as  Playboy and Penthouse.  An official described the
blocked sites as suspected purveyors of "spiritual pollution."   (Wall Street
Journal 5 Sep 96 B12)

                     GOV'T. INCENTIVES TO BUY A COMPUTER
The New Brunswick government is offering an "unusual" sales tax rebate of up
to $250 for anyone buying a  computer before the end of the year.  The
program is part of an effort to accelerate the province's information
highway.  Two major private sector businesses have joined the initiative with
additional incentives for  computer buyers:  a bank will offer special low-
interest terms to anyone wanting to finance their computers, and the local
phone company will add three months of free Internet access for new buyers.
(Toronto Globe & Mail 4 Sep 96 B1)

                        CISCO TO BUY GRANITE SYSTEMS
As part of its continuing strategy to purchase companies whose businesses
complement its growing networking  empire, Cisco Systems has agreed to
acquire Granite Systems, a leader in advanced high-speed switching
technology.  Granite's "Gigabit Ethernet" technology, which is expected to
hit the market next year, can move  data at speeds up to one gigabit per
second and is expected to compete head-to-head with the ATM  (asynchronous
transfer mode) technology already in use in many networks.  Cisco will pay
$220 million for Granite Systems.  (Wall Street Journal 4 Sep 96 B9)

                         PALM'S PILOT IS POPULAR PDA
The much-maligned PDA (personal digital assistant) market may be poised for a
turn-around say industry  analysts, who note that while Palm Computing's $299
Pilot PDA doesn't do everything, its strength lies in its  limitations. The
sleek, 5.7-ounce gadget is marketed as a "PC accessory" (rather than a
portable, stripped- down laptop like Apple's Newton) and is used primarily by
traveling businessmen who need an easy way to  update the kind of information
generally kept in an organizer -- names, addresses, phone numbers, etc. --
making sure it's in synch with the corresponding entries in desktop machines
and corporate databases.  Palm  plans to add more features gradually, such as
an attachable telephone modem for making phone calls.   (Business Week 9 Sep
96 p111)

Boston College is testing the network computer concept this year, doling out
about 500 Internet Client Stations  to college service employees for
accessing personnel data on an intranet.  If the trial goes well, BC wants to
make NCs available for lease to its 6,700 students.  The Internet Client
Station, made by Mass.-based Idea,  sells for about $500 and uses a 40-MHz
RISC CPU.  (Information Week 26 Aug 96 p22)

                        IBM TO SELL PCs MADE BY ACER
Under a new $2 billion agreement, IBM will send under its brand name more
than a million desktop PCs  produced by Acer, the world's 7th-largest PC
manufacturer.  (USA Today 5 Sep 96 1B)

Miss King's Kitchen, a Dallas, Tex., company that has been selling cakes
called YA-HOO! since 1980, has  filed a lawsuit against Yahoo! to make the
search company change its logo and stop using the name on the  Internet.
(Computerworld 2 Sep 96 p118)

Intuit's new software called BankNow will allow the customers of 22 banks to
manage their bank accounts  from home even if they don't use home-finance
software such as Quicken or similar programs.  America  Online subscribers
can download the software free of charge.  (USA Today 5 Sep 96 B1)

                       PACKARD BELL SETTLES WITH FEDS
Packard Bell will pay more than $5 million to settle federal government
charges alleging that the company sold  as "new" computers that contained
recycled parts.  (San Jose Mercury News 5 Sep 96)

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     Super Snoop has found that CIS eliminated approximately 150 management
positions in the past few weeks.   Someone (or more) in top management at CIS
obviously haven't a clue.  The new NISA software doesn't work correctly and
the new WOW service has been on the brink of complete failure for quite some
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CIS.. Who ever heard launching an online service exclusively for one
operating system, Windows 95!! It is absolutely ridiculous.  Talk about
giving away marketshare.  Even more ridiculous is the fact that they
developed forum software that doesn't work well at all and then incredibly,
placed it online and in live areas!  It's no wonder they've lost $30 million
so far and have a rapidly declining membership rate.  Obviously, the Piper
has arrived at CIS with his collection basket in full view.


     Access' Links LS is indeed gorgeous.  It has terrific playability,
beautiful graphics, excellent audio, super smooth animations and the look and
feel of top drawer, high dollar software quality.  It is by far, the very
best golf simulation on the market today.  ...and its not expensive!  Links
LS, for those interested,  BURIES EA's PGA 96 for the PC!  PGA 96 for the PC
is really a terrible loser.

New York City,  NY                                NINTENDO CUTS N64 MSRP!

           This is an interview between Next Generation and NOA's
                            Howard Lincoln on the
                 drop in N64's price to $199.00 from $249.00

"Lincoln and Nintendo had been extremely quiet about the price drop, and the
reasons behind that decision. In  this extract from the interview, he
explains Nintendo's thinking at the time.   Lincoln goes on to regret the
manner of the 'announcement' and reveals that the decision to drop was taken
as early as July.

NG: Firstly, I guess the big news; why the sudden drop to $199? Howard:
"Quite frankly, if I had it to do  again I think I probably would have
handled it a little bit differently. What actually happened, was that we
made a decision in July for a number of reasons that I'll mention in a
second, to reduce the hardware price  from $249 to $199.

"Our plan had been to make this announcement a little bit later in August -
the latest we could for competitive  reasons. We had some pretty good ideas
about how we would make the announcement. But, we realized that  we had to
alert our key retailers to what was going. Well, What we did in very early
August was to inform our  retail partners and give them the information and
ask them to keep it confidential.

"Our plan had been that we would ultimately come out (we had a pretty good
idea of how we would do that) but before I knew it, word was out. You guys do
an even better job than I give you credit for. We ultimately  concluded that
there was no way that we were going be making the big announcement and so we
simply  confirmed the rumors that were rampant out there.

"Having said all of that, let me explain why we did what we did.  We really
did it for a couple of reasons. First  of all, we did it because we have been
the leader in the video game business for many years, in the US, despite  the
ups and downs of the market share of one platform or the other. But, in terms
of making money and in  terms of total installed base, and in terms of where
you end up at the end of the day.

"We want to maintain that leadership and certainly, that depends on a very
competitive price point and a point  that we think that we would have
ultimately gone to anyway.

"Second, by going to the $199 price point now it really does enable more
people to get into the category, and  more people to play Super Mario 64, and
quite frankly, that was in our thinking.  I guess the flip side of that is  I
just really uncomfortable about gouging people, or let me put it this way:
having people think that they have  been gouged.

"They pay a lot for a hardware system and the next day it starts dropping in
price? You know, you leave a bad  taste in consumers' mouths. So it really
was that reason as well."

The US market was to receive a million units between September and March.
That figure has been increased to  anything up to 1.4 million.  Some industry
watchers believe that slowing sales in Japan have freed up hardware  for the
US. They also believe that it was this which forced Nintendo to drop the
price to $199. Lincoln, and Nintendo deny both charges strenuously.

In the second installment of Next Generation's interview with Lincoln he
talks about the predicted shortages.  Next Generation asked about the
damaging rumors of slow sales and the increased allocation...

"That's as a result not only of increased manufacturing capability, but of
our begging, screaming, and yelling  and pleading. I can tell you that the
demand will far exceed the supply in the United States. There is absolutely
no basis to these rumors [disappointing Japanese sales] and the only thing I
can say is; see what happens on  September 29th.

"If you want to be the consumer that waits and says 'well, there's really not
going to be a shortage, this is not a  cabbage patch season again' be my
guest. But I think you're going to be walking around empty-handed. The
people at Toys-R-Us, as an example, from the CEO on down, are begging and
pleading for more products.  They can read their numbers probably better than
we can read ours. And they know the explosive demand in the United States.

"We know from what's going on in Japan that we will, without question, make
the total numbers [of sales]  that we had said and those numbers are going to
be phenomenal.  I guess, we ultimately are going to prove the  fact that this
story and all of these rumors are false by the software that we put out. When
you see Wave Race, Shadows of the Empire, and Killer Instinct you're going to
say to yourself 'here we go again, they are talking  with software'. That
speaks for itself."

Kids Computing Corner
Frank Sereno, Editor

                         The Kids' Computing Corner
                     Computer news and software reviews
                        from a parent's point of view
                                 In the News
               SoftKey Expands Availability of Premium Bundles
SoftKey International and The Learning Company are making two premium bundles
available to all retailers after extended trials in Sam's Club and
PriceCostco.  Each bundle includes three complete CD-ROM programs.

Super Solvers Super Learning Collection features "Super Solvers Midnight
Rescue!", "Super Solvers Outnumbered!" and "Super Solvers Spellbound!"  These
programs are designed for children ages 7 to 12 and teach reading, writing
and spelling skills.

The Treasure Trio is designed for children ages 5 to 9.  It consists of
"Treasure Mountain", an exploration game that increases children's reading
and thinking skills; "Treasure Galaxy" is a math adventure covering topics
such as geometric shapes, fractions and more; and "Treasure Cove", an
undersea exploration game that builds reading, thinking and math skills.

Each bundle has a suggested price of $89.00 and has estimated street prices
of $69.99 to $79.99.  These bundles will only be available for a limited

                           Virgil Reality to Debut
7th Level has announced the imminent release of The Universe According to
Virgil Reality.  This multimedia offering combines a comedic science
professor with the content of The Columbia Encyclopedia to create a rich,
entertaining learning environment.

An icon-driven interface makes the program easy to operate for children ages
8 and up.  Children can access hundred of photos and video clips or they can
play fun activities.  They can print activity sheets and experiments.

Professor Reality is portrayed by Charles Fleischer, the vocal gymnast who
brought Roger Rabbit to life.  7th Level claims Fleischer is "like a
combination of Albert Einstein meets Robin Williams.  His uncommon knowledge
of science couple with his comedic talents and desire to motivate children
about science made him our obvious choice as the voice of Virgil Reality."

     New Website Provides a Television Guide to Educational Programming
Cable in the Classroom, a public service effort of 33 national cable networks
and more than 8500 local cable companies, has opened a new website.  Cable in
the Classroom Online ( provides a searchable
database of commercial-free educational software for teachers and parents.
Searches can be done based on topic, air date, close-captioning availability,
age group and taping rights.  More than 540 hours of programming is broadcast
monthly by this coalition.

The site also includes links to cable networks that provide the programming
and a database listing the more than 8500 participating cable companies so
local schools can join the program.  This site should help teachers and
parents to find enriching programming for students of all ages.

             Knowledge Adventure Soon to Release JumpStart Pre-K
Knowledge Adventure will be releasing a new addition to its JumpStart series
at the end of this month.  JumpStart Pre-K is aimed at children ages 3 to 5.
It will teach the alphabet, counting, sequencing, early phonics and more.

The program's interface is based on lively village inhabited by friendly,
engaging characters.  The program is filled with songs and fun activities to
encourage your child's participation.  He will be rewarded with animations
that he can use to create his own customized Parkland next to the town.

Knowledge Adventure has an award winning website located at

                 Microsoft Creates Online Adventure Magazine

As of September 5th, Microsoft has made available more Web content.  Mungo
Park Online Adventure Magazine ( will feature
interactive expeditions, multimedia content and exhilarating adventure.

The first expedition will be a descent of the Tekeze River in Ethiopia.  The
adventure will be broadcast live on the Internet by satellite communications
and digital photography.  Some of this area has never been explored.  Danger
and fantastic discoveries await.

The online magazine will feature exciting stories, a library of graphics and
videos of past expeditions, sightseeing recommendations and more.  To access
Mungo Park, you must have Internet Explorer 3.0 or greater, or Netscape
Navigator 2.0 or greater.

                         Living Books Now on the Web
Living Books has just launched an interactive Website at  The site features Macromedia's ShockWave
technology for an animated interactive world that will delight children and
adults alike.  Living Books' Corner of the Universe includes three distinct
planets for exploration.

Kids' Planet features an online coloring book and fun surprises.  In the
future, the site will allow the posting of artwork and stories, go on
scavenger hunts, learn about current events and share ideas in the club

Grown-Ups' Planet contains interactive demos of actual Living Books story
pages.  Using a new Internet streaming technology developed by Narrative
Communications, EnlivenT will allow the loading and playback of a story page
in less than a minute.  This planet will be the location for special events,
chats, forums, and promotions.

Finally, Corporate Planet features company info, press releases, a guest book
and more.  It even includes a classified section for available positions with
Living Books.
                          Children's Bible Stories
                            Hybrid-format CD-ROM
                                 Ages 3 to 8
                           suggested retail $39.95
                             Compton's New Media
                              6943 Kaiser Drive
                              Fremont, CA 94555

                            Program Requirements
     IBM                                     Macintosh
OS:       Windows 3.1, Windows 95            OS:            System 7.0
CPU:           486DX/50                      CPU:           Performa
500/PowerPC 6100
HD Space:      6 MB                                         HD Space:      ?
Memory:        8 MB                          Memory:        4 MB
Graphics:      640 by 480 with 256 colors                   Graphics:
256 colors, 13" monitor
CD-ROM:   Double-speed                       CD-ROM:   Double-speed
Audio:         8-bit Windows compatible sound card
Other:         mouse

Reviewed by Angelo Marasco

You know, it's tough for us Christian parents to keep our kids interested in
God these days when entertainment is so plentiful and easy to come by.  I
find myself losing my kids constantly to many things that I don't want them
to see or hear.  Maybe it's because for them God just isn't as entertaining
as what they can find on TV, radio or CD-ROM.  So, it was a delight to be
given the assignment to review Children's Bible Stories by Compton's New
Media.  I really wanted to do this one, just to see if Christians can present
God's Word to kids in a way that will hold their attention without demeaning

Children's Bible Stories does an excellent job of presenting the best known
stories in the Bible in a loving and respectful way that is greatly
entertaining.  This CD quickly became the favorite in the collection for my
two young boys ages 8 and 10.  I've gotten to know the theme song very well
because I've heard it quite often over the past several weeks.

This program is extremely attractive.  The colors are bright and alive, the
sounds are interesting, the music is cheery and the voices are both
interesting and obviously interested in their work.

The opening screen shows a bright and colorful picture of Noah in his ark
along with the animals that will join you on the journey through the stories
of the Bible. Four selections are available: Begin, Tutorial, Introduction
and Quit.   Begin leads to the Old Testament stories screen.  From here you
can choose to play the Lost Scrolls game, listen to one of the twelve Old
Testament stories or go to the New Testament stories screen.  There you can
choose from among twelve New Testament stories or again go to the game.  The
tutorial shows you how to use the control items on the screens by a little

Introduction leads to a screen where all the animals gather and sing the
words to the theme song.  The theme song plays anytime you are on the opening
screen, so you'll get used to hearing it.  However, it takes on a new, and
pleasant, dimension when you hear the words to it being sung by the animals
to full instrumentation.  I played it several times over just because I
enjoyed it so much.  I think younger children will like it even more than I

The stories Children's Bible Stories tells are among the best known and loved
from the Old and New Testament.  For the sake of brevity I won't list all the
stories.  The Old Testament stories include the creation, Adam and Eve, Noah,
a couple about Moses and the Israelites, David and Goliath, and Jonah and the
whale.  The New Testament stories are all Gospel stories: the events leading
up to the nativity, events in the life of Jesus and some parables.

Choose a story and the storytellers take over.  The words to the story appear
on a scroll that acts as a movie screen.  As the storyteller speaks, the
program highlights the words.  This enables those children who interested in
reading along.  The scroll is surrounded by Noah's animals.  Click on one of
them and they make remarks about the Bible stories.

The Lost Scrolls game is an added treat.  Up to four children can play.  The
Lost Scrolls is a board game that is faintly reminiscent of Trivial Pursuit.
In this game you spin an arrow and move to a space to answer a New Testament
or Old Testament question, listen to a piece of Bible trivia or spin again.
Get all four of the scrolls and you win the game. The playing pieces are
Noah's animals.  They make sounds as they move around the board.  The Lost
Scrolls game was the most popular part of the software for my two boys.  For
a couple of weeks, every time they were at the computer it was guaranteed
that they were playing The Lost Scrolls.

Now for the ratings.  Graphics gets a high score.  The entire program is very
colorful and attractive.  Graphics are done in an unusual cartoon style that
is attractive to young children.  The pictures that accompany the stories are
more like mini-movies.  While the movements of the characters aren't very
detailed, the pictures are definitely attractive and interesting to children.

Sounds also gets a high score.  Children's Bible Stories uses several
different voices.  A pleasant woman's voice narrates the stories while
several different voices are used for the characters in the stories, all of
whom have their own distinct and interesting voices.  The voice that does The
Lost Scrolls game is exciting, reminding you of an old TV game show host.
That theme song keeps coming to mind as I write this review.  I really like
it!  Believable background noises accompany the stories.  The only hit the
sounds rating takes is for the aggravating repetitive sounds the playing
pieces in the Lost Scrolls game make as they move around the board.

Interface is excellent.  Installation is quick and easy.  Children's Bible
Stories includes an uninstall feature that completely removes the program and
all the changes it makes to your computer.  How many computer programs
surgically remove themselves when you're done with them?  I really appreciate
this thoughtful feature.  You will too.

It's easy to navigate through the program.  One click of the mouse, which is
easier to manage for young hands, is all that's needed to tell it what you
intend to do.  You will probably want to slow the mouse cursor down a bit for
those little hands, but it isn't absolutely necessary.  Anything you choose
to click on is large and easy to target.

Play value gets a perfect rating.  As I wrote earlier, this program is
extremely popular with my ten-year-old as well as my eight-year-old, though
it is rated for children three to eight.  The bright colors, attractive
visuals and cheery voices keep their attention.  The Lost Scrolls game keeps
them coming back.  My children continue to have a blast with this program.

Educational value took a little hit.  On the package, Compton's promises a
parent's guide which "highlights the values found in each story and offers
questions for discussion."  These are very valuable to Christian parents who
want their kids to learn God's Word and the message of salvation behind all
these stories.  Yet, I couldn't find the parent's guide anywhere!  I hope
that Compton's plans on doing something to correct this oversight.

Nevertheless, I feel that this program has a great deal of educational value.
Only Christians can understand the value of their children learning Scripture
from an early age.  These stories are simplified for young children and help
to nurture a curiosity about the Bible.  They will definitely generate
questions for you to field.  My eight-year-old had several for me.

The suggested retail price is $39.95 and the street price should be in the
$30 to $35 range.  That fits within my price comfort level.  Since Children's
Bible Stories is such an attractive package, any price around $30 makes it a
good addition to a software collection and an excellent addition to your
Christian software collection.
                              Graphics       9.5
                              Sound               9.5
                              Interface      10.0
                              Play Value          10.0
                              Educational Value   9.0
                              Bang for the Buck   9.0
                              Average        9.5


           Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About 1394 FireWire
                           But Were Afraid To Ask

The IEEE-1394 High Performance Serial Bus is on its way to becoming the
standard method of connecting digital audio and video electronic devices to
personal computers. IEEE-1394 is the industry-standard implementation of
Apple Computer, Inc.'s FireWire digital I/O system. IEEE-1394 provides wide-
bandwidth delivery of high-quality video and DAT-grade audio via simple, low-
cost cables. There's no question that IEEE-1394 makes a fat pipe out of a
thin wire.

Sony's new Digital Video (DV) camcorders are the forerunners of a whole new
breed of video and audio systems that bridge the gap between professional and
consumer electronic gear. More than 50 manufacturers of broadcast and
consumer video equipment have adopted the DV format, which incorporates IEEE-
1394 as the standard digital audio/video interface for all DV gear.

Adaptec's FireWire pages bring you up-to-date information on every aspect of
IEEE-1394, ranging from consumer applications to professional non-linear, all-
digital video editing technology. Click the hyperlinks below to learn more
about the technology and the present and future status of the IEEE-1394
standard and developments leading to widespread adoption of FireWire

z    What Is 1394 FireWire?
z    How Does It Work?
z    Applications
z    Adaptec's Role

                                What Is 1394?

The IEEE-1394 High Performance Serial Bus is a versatile, high-speed, and low-
cost method of interconnecting a variety of personal computer peripherals and
consumer electronics devices. The IEEE-1394 bus began life in 1986 as Apple
Computer's alternative to the tangle of cables required to connect printers,
modems, external fixed-disk drives, scanners, and other peripherals to PCs.
The proposed standard (P1394) derived from Apple's original FireWire design,
was accepted as an industry standard at the December 12, 1995 meeting of the
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Standards Board. The
official name is IEEE 1394-1995 Standard for a High Performance Serial Bus.
The 1394 Trade Association was formed in 1994 to accelerate adoption of the
Bus by personal computer and consumer electronic manufacturers. The 1394
Trade association has dubbed IEEE-1394 the MultiMedia Connection. Adaptec has
licensed Apple's FireWire technology, trademark, and logo; FireWire is used
interchangeably with IEEE-1394 in these pages.

The primary advantages of FireWire over other current and proposed serial
buses are:

z Versatility: FireWire provides a direct digital link between up to 63
  devices without the need for additional hardware, such as hubs. Digital Video
  (DV) camcorders, scanners, printers, videoconferencing cameras, and fixed-
  disk drives all share a common bus connection not only to an optional PC, but
  to each other as well. FireWire is a candidate for the "Home Network"
  standard initiated by VESA (Video Electronic Standards Association) and other
  industry associations.
z High speed: The present implementation of IEEE-1394 delivers 100 Mbps
  (Megabits per second) or 200 Mbps of data (payload) and control signals
  (overhead). Future versions that support 400 Mbps are in the development
  stage, and a 1.2 Gbps (Gigabits per second) version of IEEE-1394 has been
  proposed. Isochronous data transmission lets even the lowest-speed
  implementation support two simultaneous channels of full-motion (30-frame-per-
  second), "broadcast quality" video and CD-grade stereo audio.
z Low cost: The cost of the integrated circuits and connectors to
  implement FireWire is often less than the cost of the connectors and
  circuitry it replaces. FireWire uses a flexible, six-conductor cable and
  connectors derived from Nintendo's Gameboy to interconnect devices. (A four-
  conductor version of the standard cable is used to interconnect consumer
  audio/video components.) Use of FireWire for consumer electronics gear, such
  as camcorders and VCRs, will provide the high-volume market needed to achieve
  low-cost implementation of FireWire on PCI adapter cards and PC motherboards.
z Ease of installation and use: FireWire extends Plug and Play features
  far beyond the confines of the personal computer. When you add a new device,
  FireWire automatically recognizes the device; similarly, on disconnect
  FireWire automatically reconfigures itself. The standard FireWire cable
  provides up to 1.5 amps of DC power to keep remote devices "alive" even when
  they're powered down. You don't need a computer to take advantage of
  FireWire; as an example, a VCR can act as a FireWire controller for
  camcorders, TV sets, receiver/amplifiers, and other home theater components.

Sony Corporation was the first to commercialize IEEE-1394 with its highly-
successful Digital Video Handycam products, the DCR-VX1000 and DCR-VX700
camcorders, introduced to the North American market in Fall 1995. Sony also
produces a high-performance IEEE-1394 video camera, the CCM-DS250, for use in
videoconferencing and similar applications. On January 8, 1996, Microsoft, in
conjunction with Sony, Adaptec, and other major manufacturers, issued a press
release announcing Microsoft's intention to support the IEEE-1394 High
Performance Serial Bus in future versions of Windows. Without question, 1996
will be the "Year of FireWire."

                           How Does FireWire Work?

The IEEE-1394 High Performance Serial Bus is a remarkable engineering feat
that has occupied many highly-creative digital circuit designers and software
programmers for the past 10 years. FireWire is a very complex serial bus
protocol, as evidenced by the hundreds of pages that comprise its standard
specification. The following list, with links to pages providing more
detailed information, is a very simplified description of the external and
internal workings of the FireWire bus:

z Standard cables and connectors replace the myriad of I/O connectors
  employed by consumer electronics equipment and PCs. FireWire multiplexes a
  variety of different types of digital signals, such as compressed video,
  digitized audio, MIDI, and device control commands, on two twisted-pair
  conductors. Multiplexing is used in virtually all analog and digital
  networking systems, but usually only a single type of signal is involved. As
  an example, Ethernet multiplexes digital data streams from workstations and
  servers over one (10Base2, "Thin" Ethernet) or two (10BaseT, 100BaseT) pairs
  of conductors. (FireWire cabling is quite similar to that of 10BaseT
  Ethernet.) Sending real-time, high-quality audio and video data over
  Ethernet, however, requires special protocols presently implemented only by
  proprietary multimedia networking systems. FireWire is much more flexible in
  its accommodation of different data types and topologies than alternative
  networking systems. FireWire uses a "fairness" arbitration approach to assure
  that all nodes having information to transmit get a chance to use the bus;
  standard Ethernet does not provide this type of arbitration. To implement
  home FireWire networks, bridges isolate local traffic on individual groups of
z Special integrated circuit chips implement the FireWire protocol. Like
  Ethernet and other high-speed digital data transmission systems, FireWire is
  a layered transport system. The IEEE-1394 standard defines three layers:
  Physical, Link, and Transaction. The Physical layer provides the signals
  required by the FireWire bus. The Link layer takes the raw data from the
  Physical layer and formats it into recognizable 1394 packets. The Transaction
  layer takes the packets from the Link layer and presents them to the
  application. Link chips provide all link functions as well as a limited
  number of transaction functions. The remainder of the transaction functions
  are performed in software.
z Consumer audio/video applications use logical "plugs and sockets," which
  are analagous to the physical RCA phono jacks and mini-DIN S-video connectors
  used by TV sets, VCRs, camcorders, receivers, amplifiers, and other
  audio/visual components. A "plug" corresponds to an audio or video output and
  a "socket" represents an input connector. The implementation of logical plugs
  and sockets is defined by the pending Digital Interface for Consumer
  Electronic Audio/Video Equipment specification, an extension to the IEEE-1394
  standard proposed by members of the Japanese Digital Video Consortium (DVC),
  which is responsible for establishing the consumer DV standard. The Digital
  Interface specification has been prepared by the DVC for submission to
  ISO/IEC (International Standards Organization/International Electrotechnical
  Committee), rather than the IEEE.

                          Applications for FireWire

There are an extraordinary number of applications for FireWire-compliant
devices because FireWire is an extraordinarily versatile I/O subsystem.
Following is a list of some of the important applications for new FireWire-
compliant devices, classified by their distribution channels, with links to
pages with additional information for each category:

z Consumer electronic devices and future home networking systems provide
  the impetus for development of FireWire interfaces for personal computers.
  Apple, Compaq and Texas Instruments each have announced the intention to
  produce PCs with built-in IEEE-1394 connectivity. Virtually all press
  coverage today concentrates on FireWire as facilitating the convergence of
  computers and consumer electronic devices. Consumer audio/video gear in the
  under-$1,000 price range provides the sales volume needed to bring FireWire
  integrated circuits into the "commodity chip" class. Initial applications for
  PCs with on-the-motherboard, general-purpose FireWire I/O connectors are
  likely to be limited to audio and video signal routing, plus programmed
  remote control functions that presently are handled by handheld infrared
  units. Video gaming devices, such as Sony's PlayStation, are candidates to
  sprout FireWire connectors for PC and TV-set connectivity. On-board FireWire
  I/O also is likely to be aimed at connecting conventional PC peripherals,
  such as fixed disk drives (using SCSI's Serial Bus Protocol, SBP), printers,
  and scanners. Home networks using low-cost FireWire cables and connectors
  look like a good bet for 1997. Second-generation DVD drives, third-generation
  DTH (direct-to-home) satellite receivers, cable modems, and future electronic
  musical instruments also are sure to include a FireWire connector.
  Manufacturers can maintain market segmentation by limiting the consumer
  implementation of the FireWire bus to S100 (100 Mbps) speed.
z Prosumer electronic components that bridge the gap between low-end
  consumer audio/visual systems and high-priced industrial and broadcast video
  components are likely to generate the first major market for FireWire adapter
  cards that plug into the PCI bus of Wintel PCs and PowerMacs. Although Sony
  markets its Digital Video (DV) Handycam camcorders through its consumer
  electronics distribution channels, the $2,500 to $4,000 street price of the
  DCR-VX700 and DCR-VX1000 camcorders places them in the prosumer category.
  Sony's forthcoming DVCR has a front-panel FireWire connector (consumer-type,
  four-wire) and may include a couple of additional FireWire connectors on the
  back panel. (The first Sony DVCR is likely to be priced at $2,000 or above,
  putting it in the prosumer, rather than the consumer class.) The first PC
  adapter cards for FireWire devices, expected in Fall, 1996, probably will be
  destined for prosumer-grade non-linear video editing applications with the
  Sony DCR-VX-series camcorders. Although the battery-operated Sony DV
  camcorders run at S100 speed, most AC-powered prosumer FireWire devices will
  be capable of handling S200 (200 Mbps) data rates. Another potential prosumer
  application is multichannel digital audio mixing and digital special effects
  systems. In the music industry, FireWire is likely to make its first
  appearance on high-end keyboard synthesizers, sound modules, and samplers.
z Professional and industrial markets offer a substantial potential for
  FireWire I/O at the high-end of the price spectrum. Panasonic announced in
  late February, 1996 that their DVCPRO product line, designed for TV broadcast
  applications, will support IEEE-1394, either as an option or a standard
  feature. High-end DV-over-FireWire adapter cards will provide professional
  component (YCrCb) analog outputs, plus parallel (ITU-R-601, formerly CCIR-
  601) and serial (SMPTE 259M) digital video, along with AES/EBU serial audio
  data streams. S400 (400 Mbps) FireWire can support transmission of 10-bit
  uncompressed digital video and several simultaneous channels of 16-bit, 48-
  kHz stereo digital audio. Another potential application for FireWire is as a
  substitute for the 8-bit parallel bus of the IEEE-488 Standard Digital
  Interface for Programmable Instrumentation, which connects programmable
  electronic instruments to PCs.

Whether your interest lies in automating or expanding the capabilities of
your home theater system, desktop video editing, composing MIDI music, or
taking advantage of the new DV camcorders for broadcast electronic
newsgathering (ENG) operations, you'll find the FireWire bus to be an
indispensable addition to your Wintel or Macintosh PC.

                           Adaptec's Role in 1394

Adaptec's business is all about making the movement of data between computers
and the world as fast and easy as possible. Our expertise in creating high-
performance I/O systems for personal computers -- from SCSI to IR to ATM --
places us at the forefront of developments in new high-speed serial

As a leader in high performance I/O and connectivity products and as an
active member of the 1394 Trade Association, Adaptec is playing a leading
role in the commercialization of FireWire, and will be introducing 1394 host
connection products in 1996. We are spreading the word, not only in these Web
pages, but in the consumer and trade press.

Just as Adaptec was instrumental in bringing high performance I/O and
connectivity technology to the personal computer (like SCSI, IR, ATM), so we
will work to make 1394 easy to integrate into the PC environment.

Read Adam Silver's (Adaptec Senior Product Manager) article "FireWire: The
New Serial Bus That Drives Digital Video to the Desktop," from the February
1996 issue of Camcorder magazine.

Atari User Support
Jaguar/Computer Section
Dana Jacobson, Editor

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

     Okay, things are finally starting to get back to normal.  School must be
in session - the Usenet is booming with a new class of "brats" already.
Hurricane Edouard passed us by last week and we escaped the onslaught by a
few miles, in the Boston area.  Here comes Fran and it doesn't appear as the
east coast will get away so easily this time around.  Batten down the

     Anyway, let's forget the brats and the weather for now...  We're getting
closer to providing more original articles and bringing online some names
that you've grown to respect.  More on that at another time!  It's quiet this
week, especially while we spend some more time to getting better organized.
Promised articles from weeks (months?) past are coming, finally.  In the
meantime, sit back and relax, and enjoy another issue.

Until next time...

                      Fall Atari Shows Start Up Again!

Dallas - October 12th 1996

The Atari Users of North Texas (AUNT) are sponsoring the DEUCE II show at the
Dallas InfoMart, 1950 Stemmons Fwy (I-35 at Oak Lawn).  DEUCE II is held in
conjunction with the DFW Xchange Super Saturday user group and computer
vendor area at the InfoMart.  Several hundred vendors will be in attendance
at Super Saturday, including many of the remaining Atari vendors in the Texas

Houston - February 22nd, 1997

The Houston Atari Computer Enthusiasts (HACE) are sponsoring the 7th annual
Houston Atari Safari show at the Four Points Hotel, 7611 Katy Freeway
(Interstate 10 on the west side of Houston).  Safari '97 will be held from 10
am to 5 pm on Saturday (Feb 22nd) only.  Vendors signed up to date include
ChroMagic  Software Innovations, Crawly Crypt Corporation, Systems For
Tomorrow, Toad Computers, Trace Technologies, and several local user tables.
Tables are available for $20.  Write to HACE (PO Box 820335, Houston TX
77282-0335) or call (713) 493-0122 (George Iken) for more information.

George Iken
Houston Atari Computer Enthusiasts

               Branch Always Software - Gemulator News Update!

First of all, Branch Always Software now has a new name:

                               EMULATORS, INC!

We also have a new web page at:

But don't worry, we're still the developers of Gemulator, the de facto Atari
ST emulator for PCs that a few people have unsuccessfully tried to clone
lately. Well, I'm happy to announce that earlier this summer we released
Gemulator 96 version 4.15M and next week, by popular demand, we'll be making
available the first ever demo version of Gemulator and releasing the
Gemulator 96 version 4.50 upgrade. So don't miss it!  The place to be is and the date is Sep. 3.

In a nutshell, Gemulator 96 does everything the Magic PC and TOSWIN emulators
are desperately trying to do:

z    Runs on Windows 3.1, Windows For Workgroups, Windows 95 and Windows NT.
     You won't need to change emulators when you change operating systems.  Our
     competitors either don't support Windows 3.1 or they don't support NT.
z    Runs in both hardware and software modes. Gemulator 96 still supports
     TOS 1.0, 1.2, 1.4, 1.65, and TOS 2.06 ROMs on a card, allowing you to emulate
     any model of Atari ST. Gemulator now also runs on notebook computers using
     the software based MagiC operating system. Both MagiC 2 and MagiC 4 are now
z    Super fast speed. Gemulator 96 has been optimized even more to the point
     where a 75 Mhz Pentium now matches the full speed of a 32 MHz Atari TT. Our
     competitors barely match the speed of an 8 MHz ST.  (Our competitors fix
     their emulators to give bogus benchmark results to make it look like they run
     faster. But if you do a side-by-side comparison with a real Atari computer,
     you'll see the trick).
z    Full screen support. Gemulator 96 can run either in a windows or full
     screen, just like the DOS version of Gemulator, only faster.

And the best part, PRICE: while our competitors continue to charge from
between $200 to $500 for their emulators, complete ready to run Gemulator
packages cost about $120 to $150 So go ahead and try the others, then on
September 3 come try Gemulator 96.

By the way, does anyone know what the status is of the So. California show
that was scheduled for Sep. 21? I'd love to come down and demo the new
products but I haven't heard anything first about that show or any other show
coming up. If you have any info about upcoming shows send me an email.

- Darek @ Emulators, Inc.

 Darek Mihocka. Worldwide distributors of Gemulator and Xformer.
 Emulators, Inc., 14150 N.E. 20th St. #302, Bellevue, WA   98007
 phone:206-236-0540  fax:206-236-0257

                               Jaguar Section

Doom Networking To Be Fixed?
"You Don't Know Jack", TV Show Pffft?
And more...

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

Not much happening on the Atari front these days.  The same with JTS.  Most
everything, as little as it is, is happening on an independent focus these
days.  Still no definitive word from Peter Curry of Computer West.  We did
learn that he's received about 100 independent Atari/Jaguar dealer names from
his recent inquiry.   My guess is that Peter is trying to gauge what's left
out there for Jaguar support/interest to see if there's some benefit to
publishing some of those games waiting to see the light of day.  With the
Nintendo 64's release in the States imminent, it may be too late to generate
interest in a few more games for the Jaguar.  However, if there's a
possibility that more games will appear, my hat's off to him for the attempt.

The latest word from Telegames is that Towers II will be out before
Christmas.  We're trying to learn more and see if we can tell you something
more definitive in that regard.  Nothing else brewing relative to other
potential/ongoing titles.

Until next time...

Publisher Opinion & Comment....

     I do not agree with Dana... Peter Curry's seemingly recent games playing
with the remainder of the Atari Userbase is contemptable.  After the manner
in which the Atari userbase was "hosed" by the Tramiels, the very least this
guy could do is be straight forward with them.

     If Curry is planning on doing something positive with and for the
userbase for profit, he could do one of two things; do the ground work
himself with the help of his co-planners (One of which probably has one of
the largest Atari related dealer lists in the world) or if he is going to
recruit the users themselves to do his "dealer list development" he would be
well advised to inform the userbase of his plan even if quite vague.  To
offer an "untold secret" to the users as a reward for doing his bidding is

     Further, repeated efforts to reach Peter Curry of Pacific Software,
Computer West etc., have proven to be more difficult than trying to talk to
Bill Gates personally.  He has not returned calls or replied to repeated
attempts at asking about the "secret whatevers" both telephonically and
through the use of Email.


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

                     CD-ROM-Inspired TV Show in Trouble

The first CD-ROM game to be transformed in a TV game show may never reach
viewers.  Variety reports that development snags are plaguing the TV version
of "You Don't Know Jack," the pop-culture trivia game. According to the trade
journal, the show's TV production staff in Chicago has been dismissed, and
"there's a chance it will not go forward as planned in 1997."  Sources told
Variety that initial show run-throughs and audience tests failed to impress
Time Warner and production partner Jellyvision. The problems centered mainly
on translating the computer game to a TV  format.  Variety notes that while
there are plans to re-tool the show, it's unclear when a new staff will be
hired and a pilot produced. Time Warner had no comment.


Videogame and PC Industry Veteran Brings 14 Years Experience to Company
ALAMEDA, Calif., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Spectrum HoloByte, Inc. (Nasdaq
National Market: SBYT), a worldwide interactive entertainment company, today
announced the appointment of Derek W. McLeish to the position of senior vice
president, marketing.   McLeish comes from Xatrix Entertainment Inc., where
he was president and chief executive officer, responsible for the launch of
Cyberia and Cyberia2 which totaled sales of over one million units.
Previously, in the same position at Velocity Development Corporation, McLeish
was successful in raising capital for the company, building value for the
shareholders culminating in a significant offer to merge the company.
McLeish's 14 years in the entertainment and software industries have included
marketing positions at Amaze Inc., Panavision International, Nucleus
International, Monogram and Atari Inc.  McLeish served ten years at The
Gillette Company prior to entering the entertainment software industry.

McLeish's responsibilities at Spectrum HoloByte include providing leadership
for domestic product marketing and product public relations, in-bound and
out-bound licensing and worldwide corporate communications.   In other
company news, Gregory Kennedy was promoted from vice president,  general
counsel to senior vice president of legal and business affairs.   Stephen M.
Race, chief executive officer for Spectrum HoloByte, said, "I am very pleased
to continue building the company's senior management team.  Derek has
significant experience in the video game business, starting back in his Atari
days.  He has a combination of hardware and software experience.  He has
depth of experience in both traditional video games as well as PC
entertainmet software.  He will be an invaluable addition to our management
team.  Additionally, I am pleased to announce Greg Kennedy's promotion.  His
contribution to the company has been significant."

Spectrum HoloByte, Inc. is a leading developer and publisher of interactive
entertainment software for use on CD-ROM based personal computer systems.
The company is also developing software for use on next generation console
machines. The company's five development studios are located in Alameda,
California; Hunt Valley, Maryland; Chapel Hill, North Carolina; Austin, Texas
and Chipping Sodbury, England.  Products are available nationally and
internationally under the MicroProse brand and are sold through major
distributors, retailers and mass merchants. Product information is available
for download from the MicroProse World Wide Web site at

CONTACT:  Holly Hartz, VP,
Corporate Communications of Spectrum HoloByte, Inc.,

Jaguar Online STR InfoFile    -    Online Users Growl & Purr!

STReport's "Kid's Corner" Editor Frank Sereno passed this info along to me
regarding a potential project to patch/fix the Doom networking problem:

The following was culled from the Jaguar Interactive message center:

Wish me luck. My first project is going to be to decompile and rewrite the
networking code for DOOM so that it does not hang up as frequently.  I'll
probably have to make some sort of small EPROM attachment that is dedicated
to network synchronization. If I can get the price down low enough I may be
able to sell it to those interested as a sort of shareware patch for $9.99.
My biggest problem is finding a large supply of Atari MegaBus connections. If
you have any information on where I might be able to come across such a
motley collection of creatures without having to destroy any existing
cartridges please e-mail me at Again: Wish me luck.

Here's the e-mail exchange I've had to date with Steve Finton who is hoping
to write a shareware patch for the networking code for Jag Doom.

First is my letter to him, then attached should be his reply.

Subject: Networking Doom Code
Date:  Sat, 31 Aug 1996 07:34:27 -0700
From:  Frank Sereno <>

I admire your tenacity in supporting the Jaguar.  Fixing the networking
problems with Doom would be terrific.  I have a question though.  Are your
intended actions legal?  If you use any of id Software's code in making your
patch, couldn't that be considered piracy?

I guess I have more questions.  Who is going to be able to use the patch?
What hardware will people need to add to their Jags to load the patch?  Who
will be selling it?  How large will the market be? I have sent your post from
Jaguar Interactive along to Dana Jacobson so he may be contacting you as
well.  We both write for STReport and I think Dana would be interested in
covering your efforts.

Thank you for your time and consideration,
Frank Sereno, STReport

Legal?  If something does not work to begin with how can it be considered a
threat to copyright.  I live practically right next door to id, so it should
not be a problem contacting them on that matter.  Pride would be the only
reason that I could see them forbidding me adding my two cents to their
program, so I plan on stressing the point that they were probably rushed at
the time and that is why they did not have the time to polish their code.  At
least I could cut out some of the sound info being transferred in the game.
That seems to be one of the major problems with their code; keeping track of
events.  I don't think that the machines go  out of synch per se.  At worst,
with less sound, you could sneak up silently on the veteran players that are
good at remembering where certain doors and lifts are by listening to the

BRAINSTORM: Perhaps the machines hang up because they are layering sound
code.  Every sound info packet that is shipped down  the link should be the
code that is responsible for creating the sound that shows up on the other
machine and vice versa.  I think that the machines are producing twice as
many sounds when an event happens.  I've got to keep linked information
original and disallow the machines any use of their own resources when it
comes to positioning information.  That should be the serial link's job.
Sorry about the strange bantering.  I hope you follow.  I have a tendency to
be vague when under the influence of coffee.  My thoughts seem to
out-distance my means to express them.  Especially when I am trying to
type........  Feel free to edit and distribute any bit of this message as you
see fit.  Everyone needs a little gratuity every once in a while.

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                            PEOPLE... ARE TALKING

On CompuServe

compiled by
Joe Mirando
CIS ID: 73637,2262

Hidi ho friends and neighbors.  It's been a slow week here on CompuServe.
After the flood of posts directed  to former Atari employee Don Thomas and
the secondary messages that folks left about things Atari while they were
wishing Don well.

The long and short of it is that things are slow.  Well, I guess that it's to
be expected.  I mean after all, Atari  hasn't made a computer in several
years.  There are, of course, other companies making 'clones', but they
won't ever become "mainstream".  So what we're left with is a close group of
folks who don't need the glitz  and glamor of the latest Intel-based machine
and are happy with their current computers.  I don't know about  you, but
that description fits me quite well.

Let's take a look at how other folks feel...

>From the Atari Computing Forums

Phillip Lamarche asks for help with viewing GIF picture files from FLASH II:

"So far I have not been successful in viewing " gifs " although they seem to
download allright. I don't have  Compuserve B on my transfer menu. I do have
CIS B +, but I,m not sure if it is operational because when I  click on it
and then click on the window that it evokes, there is no check mark beside it
in the menu, ,  although, the check mark remains on other itemson the pull
down menu when I click on them. Maybe as Jim  Ness suggests, Flash does not
correspond to the type of GIF that I'm trying to view."

Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine tells Phillip:

"[It] That might be true about Flash II not supporting Gif89a format compared
to the earlier format. I have  never used that feature so I will have to test
it to see how the feature works."

My pal John Trautschold of Missionware Software, the FLASH II folks, tells

"Flash II does *not* support GIF89a format.  It was something we wanted to
add, but with all of the problems  surrounding rights to the GIF format, we
decided not to."

So then Phillip asks:

"I would like to know what books might be recommended for a better
understanding of the St 1040. I have a  copy of " The Atari St Book" by
Turner but it is pretty old. I might be interested in Assembly programming .
I  hope to find the kind of interesting publications that I found when I
originally started computing with an early  Radio Shack model one computer."

Sysop Bob Retelle tells Phillip:

"Unfortunately Atari ST books are a bit difficult to come by these days.
There used to be a variety of books on  a wide range of topics available, but
in recent years they're harder and harder to find.

You might want to try calling a store like Toad Computers (410) 544-6943 to
see if they have anything still in  stock, or every now and then someone will
post a list of books they're selling here in our message base."

Albert Dayes adds:

"You might try Technical book stores also. For assembly language programming
the best supported assembler  currently is HiSoft DevPak 3.x. You might try
to find a Motorola 68000 book for a reference.

Other books include the Atari Compendium, 1st Revision around $50 if you can
find it new. Another good  68K book is "The Concise Atari ST 68000
Programmer's Reference Guide", by Katherine Peel, ISBN: 1- 85181-178-8 (the
latest revision for this book is January 1988). This book also includes a
list of most if not all Motorola 68000 instructions."

'John' asks for help with a telecom package:

"What software does everyone use for accessing CIS with their Atari? I have
an Atari Falcon030 &I'm I'm  using QUICKCIS but it seems to be a little out
of date as far as automatic messaging & mail goes."

Sysop Bob Retelle tells John:

"Unfortunately there really aren't very many updated telecommunications
applications available for STs and  Falcons...  QuickCIS hasn't been updated
in some time, and new features on CompuServe can be a little tricky  to "work
around" even with the most recent version in our libraries.  As for regular
telecom software, as  Albert mentioned, Flash II is still being supported by
Missionware Software, and is updated occasionally."

'Thomas' tells John:

"I am using a program called Taz.  It is okay, but it doesn't support the
protocol necessary to download  programs.  I have to use ST-Talk II.  And it
is a difficult program to use unless you have been working with it  for a
while.  So, i am getting myself Flash II Version 3.01 to use and I hear it is
a great program to use.  But I  still have not found a program than will do
the graphic support for atari machines.  I guess I'll have  to update  and
get what I don't want."

Jeez, another person with just one name... where are we?  The MTV music
awards??  <grin>  Meanwhile, Carl Katz asks:

"Does anyone know if it's possible to Email a MIDI file through Compuserve.
I'm using FLASH V1.6 and it  doesn't seem possible. Any info would be

Sysop Jim Ness tells Carl:

"Yes, you can send binary files through CIS Mail to other CIS members. At the
Mail menu, choose Upload to  upload the file.  You'll be prompted for
everything that's needed from there."

Good old, knowledgeable, Albert Dayes tells Carl:

"The easiest method is to the ZIP the midi file and then send it as a binary

Bob at Printline Graphics asks for help with contacting a developer:

"I am having a hard time getting any response from Derek at Branch Always
Software. Purchased his PC   xformer 3.1 and was told I would receive my
first upgrade FREE. All I received was a card to upgrade to CD  for $30 US.
Sent him a disk with a file that gave problems, but received not a word.
Faxed him 5 times in last  year ---Nothing.  Received glossy new product
flyer.   I tried a message on internet, tried an upgrade order,
left phone#, email and mail addresses. Blank response.

How is this OUTFIT??"

Richard Heldmann tells Bob:

"I got one response in one year.  "I will add it in the next release later
this month."  I have sent several other  messages, all UNANSWERED. The
homepage is not frequently updated. If you check out the homepage, it
suggests you contact them again on August 5.  That of course has passed.   I
also bought version 3.1, and then  bought 3.5(CD).  Free upgrade? My opinion
of emulators is, they have not reached the level of the real  thing.   But I
guess something is better than nothing.    One good thing about the CD was
the umich archived files.   PCXformer itself is faster than other emulators,
but has no Spartados support, limited sound,  won't load  MOST commercial
software(i.e.  via APE .PRO format files), and the PC Xformer cable only
supports one printer port."

Bob replies to Richard:

"Thank you for your response. I spent $55 talking to Derek when I orginally
purchased the program and he  told me it would run 90% of the software
available. He then told me on one contact that the com port  wasn't  working
with BobTerm too well. I sent him a disk with a file that wouldn't work after
transferring it by  modem, also by disk. Never got any kind of response."

Brendan Owens posts:

"I'm new to compuserve and I was wondering if anyone on the Atari forum would
have news of how to get  hold of a half way decent PCB designer (not just an
art package though) for the Atari ST. I have an old version  of CLA with bugs
to drive you insane. Also it only prints to a dot matrix double size. I have
a dot matrix but I  would prefer to print it to my hp850 for better
definition. Maybe you know of one or better still, hove one I  could use. I
am also looking out for information on a modular flat screen display. The
kind I mean is the sort  you just supply the voltage, send ascii to and it
has it's own chips to drive the screen. I'm hoping to build my  own upgrade
of a sort of Alesis Datadisk  with hard disk and screen display. The software
is mostly done I'm  just trying to get info on the hardware available."

Albert Dayes of... oh, the heck with it... Albert Dayes tells Brendan:

"I recall there was a program called PC Board Designer by Abacus Software for
around $200. This was back  in 1987 so I do not know the status of the
product.  There was another program but more logic oriented called
CircuitMaker by a company in Utah. That company sent me a fly several months
ago to annouce a windows  version.  You might contact Toad Computers and see
if they have any suggestions for software."

Richard Rives tells Brendan:

"I don't know what version of CLA you have, but I think its beyond version
2.0.  Look in the Hensa Libs for a later version."

David James adds:

"I recently read a magazine review about a program call Platon for PCB
design.  It requires a minimum of 2  meg, ST high-res and 12 meg of disk-
space according to the review.  It seems to support a large range of
printers.  The manufacturer is VHF softwarewho can be contacted on 00 49
7031 750190 from England.  The  program documentation is in German but all
the screens are English.  The price mentioned in the magazine  was DM 490 to
DM 980, don't know what the difference is."

Henrik Zawischa asks:

"Does anybody know a way to read Signum! files (*.sdo) on a PC, preferrably
with WinWord? My Atari is not  running any longer and I'd really like to get
my texts restored."

Albert Dayes tells Henrik:

"Not that I know of. The two methods that work well for transfering files are
ascii and RTF formats."

Henrik tells Albert:

"Hm, that does not help me, as I have only the Signum!-format files."

Albert replies:

"You might try to get someone else to perform the conversion or export to
ascii on the Atari for you. That is  probably the easiest method since I do
not know of any word processing conversion program on the PC that
supports Signum format."

Carsten Baron tells Henrik to...

" an Atari-Emululator for your PC. It quite excellent. And about the
clipboard you should convert it to WinWord."

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

                             PEOPLE ARE TALKING

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