ST Report: 1-Nov-96 #1244

From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 11/01/96-10:30:45 PM Z

From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 1-Nov-96 #1244
Date: Fri Nov  1 22:30:45 1996

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     November First!  Imagine that. its almost election time.    This time
around its darn near as important to pay close attention to the local
elections as it is to wonder at the National Scene.  There has been a
controversy brewing in the State of Florida about its Sugar Growers and the
Everglades.  Its really going to come to a head at Election time.  The
matter is on the ballot in then form of three amendments. #s 4,5,and 6.
These "things" could very well prove to be a disaster to the entire nation
over the next decade.  You see, these three proposals allow the for the
taxation of food sales.  Incredibly, as I dug further and further into this
mess the more disgusted I became.  It seems or, at least appears the local
reps for the "Citizens To Save Jobs & Stop Unfair Taxes Campaign" who are
against the passage of the amendments are more interested in promoting the
notoriety of a local politician (Mr. Tony Hill) than they are in informing
the voting public of the specific dangers of the proposed amendments 4, 5,
and 6.

     To make a long story short. I called the local offices of "Citizens To
Save Jobs & Stop Unfair Taxes Campaign", explained my desire to know more
about the issues and my intentions to rebut an endorsement our local Channel
4 TV had given the proposed amendments and was referred to an office in
Orlando, FL..  Here I spoke to the head of the effort or, at least that is
what I was told he was, and informed the gentleman of my intentions.  Just
between you and I, I do not think he took me serious.  But at least he
listed the local "head" simply brushed me off.  To further shorten the
story, I called them back as I was about to leave to go tape the Rebuttal.
Between the time I had left my office and arrived at the TV Studio, they had
called there and insisted they do the rebuttal.  They actually wanted me to
yield my time.  Talk about gall..  Most folks who've ever attended one of my
seminars know I have no problem talking to any size group or, for that
matter, in front of cameras.  Yet these political pros.. <snicker> felt that
the rebuttal would not deliver "their" message.  I wasn't there to deliver
"their" message.  I was there to deliver my message as a civic minded
citizen, taxpayer and voter.

     You can bet on one thing though. Mr. Hill (D Jax) was as surprised as I
was over this maneuvering by the head of the local office of "Citizens To
Save Jobs & Stop Unfair Taxes Campaign" I called Mr. Hill and had a talk
with him.  Then I read my rebuttal to him and he expressed a desire to have
a copy faxed to his office so that he might use it in his various radio
spots. Hopefully, we'll see Mr. Hill's rebuttal on channel four Monday
evening.. the night before the election.


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                     Program Eats Michigan Police Files

An all-points-bulletin has been issued by Michigan police for the man who
sold them a computer program they say now is eating up their case records.
Reporting from Manistee, Michigan, The Associated Press says the Crime
Tracker program was billed as a way for police to keep track of cases and
was sold to around 25 police departments across Michigan.

Manistee County Undersheriff Dale Kowalkowski told the wire service, "It was
user friendly, it was simple and did a lot." But, he says, "The program eats
itself up after a while."  AP say that so far, four years' of data cannot be
found on Manistee's computer, and other departments are having problems too.
To top it off, the software maker has vanished.  "The man used to live in
Battle Creek and is believed to be in Australia. Attempts to reach him have
failed," AP says.

Manistee authorities have the records on paper, but it would take a full-
time employee up to two years to type it back into a computer. The missing
information would not stop investigators from solving a crime. It's
statistical data used for reports and administration.  Said Kowalkowski,
"I've got to believe it's at least $40,000 to $50,000 in lost data."

                      Florida Court Online Page Altered

An online court page from Florida has been restored after a digital vandal
altered the site to include sexually - oriented images.  Reporting from
Tallahassee, the Reuter News Service says the page was taken offline for two
days after the intruder cracked the page and added pictures of nude men and
women in various sexual activity.  "The photos caused a stir among those who
use the court page to access Florida Supreme Court and Appellate Court
decisions," Reuters commented. "The home page is normally a little more
staid, with a plain wood-grained background and hypertext links. Prurient,
but disappointed, surfers looking for thrills on the net gave the court
system home page one of its busiest days ever on Friday, having heard about
the incident or read about it in a local newspaper."

Craig Waters, executive assistant to Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice
Gerald Kogan, told the wire service, "We've had a significant number of hits
today on our home page. With all the publicity surrounding this, a lot of
people are curious."  Waters said no files were tampered with and court
records remained intact. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement was
contacted and was investigating the break in.  The Associated Press adds
state police "were making copies of the offending pages as they try to track
down the hacker, who faces charges punishable by up to five years in
prison."  Waters told AP the site contained more than 500 pages of text, and
so far officials have found only three that were embellished.

                      Compaq Holds Computer Sales Lead

Compaq Computer Corp. continues to lead the computer industry in retail
sales, with latest figures showing its third-quarter revenue growing 16.3
percent over the same period last year.  Numbers from Dataquest Inc. report
Compaq's worldwide shipments totaled 17.2 million during the quarter
compared with 14.8 million a year ago. Its market share is 10.3 percent, up
from 10 percent last year.

However, notes business writer Catalina Ortiz of The Associated Press, all
eyes are on Toshiba Corp., whose skyrocketing sales of notebook computers
have lifted the company to the No. 5 spot among the world's PC makers during
the third quarter. Dataquest reports Toshiba's shipments nearly doubled
during the July-September quarter compared with the same period a year ago.
"Even so," says Ortiz, "Toshiba's jump from the No. 8 spot a year ago was
extraordinary because notebooks make up less than 20 percent of the overall
personal computer market."

In fact, Bill Schaub, Dataquest's director of worldwide tracking,
acknowledged, "It surprised all of us, even those who watch it every day,"
noting Toshiba's market share is now 4.4 percent.  Schaub said that -- along
with PC manufacturers offering lower-priced machines than last year -- means
the industry is well on pace to grow a predicted 19.7 percent for the year,
adding, "We're expecting a really healthy fourth quarter. (Earlier) we were
a little pessimistic about the home market in the U.S., but some
manufacturers have made significant changes with lower prices."

Between Compaq and Toshiba on the list of top sellers are IBM with an 8.6
percent market share, Apple with 5.4 percent, NEC with 4.5 percent.
Dataquest notes Apple's market share was down sharply from 8.7 percent as it
saw shipments tumble nearly 28 percent from a year ago.  Meanwhile, Hewlett-
Packard, No. 5 in the second quarter, didn't make the list this time. Schaub
said the company may be slowing sales of low-end machines to protect its

                         Apple Cuts MessagePad Price

The price of Apple Computer Inc.'s MessagePad 130 has been cut from a
suggested retail price of $799 to a suggested retail price of $699.
Reporting from Apple's Cupertino, California, headquarters, the Reuter News
Service quotes Apple as saying it is offering Win2Go Office Companion for
Newton software free with its MessagePad 130 handheld computer between now
and Jan. 31, 1997.  "Purchasers in the United States and Canada will be
entitled to one free copy of Win2Go software from PICA Information and
Management GmbH, having an estimated retail value of $180 to $190," Reuters

                      Apple Offers New Laptop for Kids

A modified version of Apple Computer Inc.'s handheld Newton organizer is
being turned into an inexpensive portable computer for students, part of the
firm's bid to remain at the head of the pack in the computer industry's
education market.  The Apple eMate 300 is an $800 machine that "looks like a
grown-up's laptop with a keyboard and a flip-up screen, but in a rugged
casing that can survive rough handling," writes Kourosh Karimkhany of the
Reuter News Service.

Reporting from Apple's Cupertino, California, headquarters, the wire service
says Apple plans to sell the machine directly to elementary and high
schools, beginning early next year, as an alternative to personal computers.
For the price of a $2,500 multimedia PC, a school can buy three eMates, says
Jim Groff, general manager of Apple's information appliances group, adding,
"The federal government says we need to get to a three-to-one student-to-
computer ratio by the year 2000. I would say the eMate is the only credible
vehicle for accomplishing that."

And, says analyst Mike McGuire of Dataquest Inc., the product could keep
educators from abandoning Apple as the leading supplier of computers for
classrooms. "The potential for something like this in a classroom setting is
tremendous," he said. "This will be an indication to educators that Apple is
one of the few companies spending time extending computing to more and more

                      Apple Plans New Operating System

A new line of Apple Computer Inc. computers is planned as early as 1998 that
will run an operating system written from scratch, says Apple CEO Gilbert
Amelio.  Speaking to investors at the American Electronics Association
conference in Monterey, Calif., Amelio said the new operating system will
leapfrog Microsoft Corp.'s competing family of Windows software, adding,
"When you are the minority player in the marketplace, as we are, you need
something other than market share to distinguish yourself."  Reporting for
the Reuter News Service, writer Kourosh Karimkhany says Amelio declined to
specify what the new software will look like or how it will outperform
Windows, but promised it will "completely change the way" people get their
work done on computers through applications, such as word processing and

Reuters notes that earlier this year, Apple said it will abandon the
overhaul of its Macintosh operating system, an effort code-named "Copland."
Amelio says Apple programmers will use some of the components of Copland but
will practically start from scratch.  He also told investors that increasing
the struggling computer maker's revenue and market share will not be a
priority until he could improve the company's operations and product lines,
an effort that may take until 1998.  Said Amelio, "I have to have a solid
foundation before I can build a castle." Without a solid foundation, he
said, Apple would improve its financial performance for one or two quarters
but slide again.

                        DVD Copyright Technology Set

Movie producers, computer makers and consumer-electronics manufacturers have
reached agreement on the technical specifications for preventing
unauthorized copying on digital video disk (DVD) players and drives.
The Copyright Protection Technical Working Group says controls will be
achieved through a scrambling scheme based on encrypting the content on the
discs, and licensing the technology for decryption. The organization and its
members intend to ask Congress to adopt legislation prohibiting the
circumvention of copy control technology.  "We are pleased that a means has
been found to allow motion pictures on DVD to be protected by encryption,"
says IBM's Alan  Bell, who is co-chair for the CPTWG's DVD subcommittee.
"Most importantly, it is an effective method that will not undermine
consumers' enjoyment of the product."

"Equipment manufacturers who wish to have their machines play encrypted DVD-
video will be in a position to get a license to do so," adds co-chair Chris
Cookson of Warner Bros. "They will then also be obliged to have their
machines respond to the licensed copy control measures."  The copy-
protection system approved by the CPTWG uses a data scrambling technique
initially proposed by the DVD Consortium, an entity established to
disseminate the basic DVD technology. Representatives of Intel and other
computer companies recommended that the computing power for descrambling be
reduced. The DVD Consortium worked with members of the computer industry to
implement a modification proposed by IBM that reduced the demand on
computational power substantially, without compromising its copy protection

                            NC-PC Wars Heating Up

It's heating up in that contest that pits new stripped-down "network
computers," bred exclusively for the Internet, against traditional personal
computers.  As reported earlier, Microsoft Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc.
are facing off with rival plans for simplified versions of the powerful
personal computers used on most office desks.  "The new computers are
cheaper," notes business writer David E. Kalish of The Associated Press,
"for businesses to buy and maintain than $2,000-to-$3,000 personal computers
because they would download software via the Internet -- instead of storing
applications in a hard-drive that needs to be periodically updated with new

Beyond that, the significance of the NC-PC battling is the lining up of key
players against Microsoft as they try to chip away at the Redmond, Wash.
company's dominance in computer operating software.
In the opening salvo, Oracle Corp. and Netscape have formed an alliance,
endorsing each other's flagship products. The deal calls for Oracle to
include the Netscape Navigator browser with its own operating system
software. Netscape, in turn, will sell Oracle's data bases with its server
products. And the president of Sun Micro's computer division is accusing
Microsoft of playing copycat. As noted, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates
previously has derided the idea that anyone would want a stripped-down box -
- dependent on a network rather than a full-fledged PC, most of which use
Microsoft's operating software.

Said Ed Zander, president of Sun Microsystems Computer Co., "Microsoft, to
me, is putting a Band-Aid on the past. Desktop computing is the paradigm of
the '80s. What they're doing reinforces what we are doing tomorrow as
right."  Meanwhile, Kalish sees skepticism in the business world over the
new computers, because the NCs are seen as harkening back to an earlier age
when networks of bare-bones computers with few customized functions were
hooked to a central mainframe that did all the processing.

Editor Don Willmott at PC magazine, which advocates the traditional PC
desktop, told the wire service, "There's a certain `Back to the Future'
smell to all of this. It's reminiscent of mainframes and dumb terminals
going back to the '60s."  AP says Sun's JavaStation system is to start at
less than $1,000 for each terminal, and cost less than one quarter what it
costs annually to keep up a personal computer. Such maintenance can cost up
to thousands of dollars per year per machine.

And, as expected, Microsoft, in conjunction with Intel Corp., says it is
working with numerous computer hardware and software manufacturers to
develop what it called the NetPC. The computer makers include Compaq
Computer Corp., Dell Computer Corp., Digital Equipment Corp., and Hewlett
Packard.  "The Sun terminals are more dependent on a computer network than
the Microsoft-Intel machines, which would contain hard drives and storage
capability," Kalish says. "Sun's Zander said the new computer networks were
not for everyone; new Sun customers so far include companies with large
numbers of employees who perform simple functions such as data entry."  Sun
said it would begin shipping the JavaStation products late this year.

                       Reno Wants More Computer Access

The world's police chiefs are being urged by U.S. Attorney General Janet
Reno to join an effort to gain greater access to the secrets stored on the
computers of suspected criminals.  Speaking to a Phoenix meeting of the
International Association of Chiefs of Police, Reno said law enforcement
officers are helpless if they are not allowed to decode the data in
criminals' computers, which critics say is a violation of individual rights.
According to United Press International, Reno told the 3,500 delegates, "Few
of you realize just how easy, just how cheap it is (to code information) and
just how helpless all of us in law enforcement are if we can't decode the

She dismissed critics' claims that the push violates individual rights,
saying that being able to obtain the information is key to waging a
successful battle against crime in the future.  "Our ability to protect
public safety," she said, "is threatened. Terrorists will be able to
communicate securely and the value of wiretaps will be lost."  As reported,
the Clinton administration has been locked in a fight with those who say
that their efforts in this touchy corner of cyberspace is a violation of
privacy, with critics contending such attempts also amount to granting the
federal government additional powers.

Reno contends, though, that current efforts carry all the safeguards that go
along with requests for search warrants and other investigative methods,
adding, "It is important to understand that if we fail in this
effort law enforcement agents at every level of government will find their
job increasingly more difficult. We have a long way to go but we must go
together."  The chiefs also were urged to work with the federal government
on a range of computer-related criminal activity. Said Reno, "If a man can
sit in a kitchen in St. Petersburg, Russia, and with his computer steal from
a bank in Chicago, he can steal from your bank too."

                       Net Use Threatens Phone System

Millions of PC users tapping into the Internet threatens to collapse the
U.S. telephone system.  With Internet use rising at 42 percent a year, phone
capacity simply cannot keep pace, warn industry experts. "It is like
gridlock on a highway: If you are close to capacity, traffic still moves
slowly, but just add a few more vehicles and you get gridlock," Amir Atai,
director of network and traffic performance at BellCore, tells the Reuter
News Service.  "This type of (Internet) usage on our network is growing at
10 percent a month and we are watching it closely," adds NYNEX Corp.
spokeswoman Susan Butta.

For phone networks, notes Reuters, gridlock means fewer calls going through
on the first try, more busy signals and even blocked calls, where perplexed
callers hear nothing at all after dialing. The bottleneck is essentially
confined to local networks, and does not affect long-distance carriers.

According to Reuters, industry studies suggest that if U.S. Internet
penetration reaches 15 percent, it would force a $22 billion network
investment by the regional Bells. California currently has the highest
penetration at eight percent.  Action will be required within two years,
when the 15 percent figure is expected to be reached, according to Atai.

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FCC Appeals To Supreme Court On
Telecom Freeze
Microsoft Launches Attack On NCs
Oracle's Response
Federal Networking Council Looks At
Encryption Issues
Wired Offering Grows Cold On Plate,
Is Returned To Kitchen
Academic Systems Hits A Homer With
Mediated Learning
NSF Calls For Better Internet
Search Mechanisms
CD-ROM Shakeout Predicted
E-Mail Will Remain Primary "Killer
NC or Net-PC?
PacTel Ups Capacity Via Wireless
Few Want To Pay For Online News
MCI Ponders New Internet Pricing
Newton Revisited
AOL Bans All Mail From 53 "Junk
Mail" Domains
Basketball Battles The Net
Network For Angels
E-Mail Users Earn More
British Telecom Plans Public Kiosks
Providing Net Access
E-Mail On The Tube
Digital Schmigital
Lotus Weblicator Software Developed
For The Net
Low-Cost Cable Modem From
CSI Issues Security Manual
Schools Eye Internet II Shopping
AOL's New Business Model Looks A
Lot Like Cable
Meanwhile, Software Shifts Toward
Subscription Model
Just-In-Time PCs
Pentium-Based Workstations From
DVD Copyright Agreement Clears
Microsoft Reorganization;  Top
Woman Leaves
Putting A Lock On Laptops
Proposing A "Cray" Scientific Unit
To Honor Seymour Cray

The Federal Communications Commission has asked the Supreme Court to lift a
freeze imposed last week on   the agency's local phone competition rules,
saying it "draws into question not just the timing of competition in  the
local market, but also the timing of full entry by the (regional Baby Bell
phone companies) into the long- distance telephone market."  State
regulators, who oppose FCC's handling of the new telecommunications  rules,
have said that by taking the matter to the Supreme Court, the FCC itself is
delaying competition.  State  regulators and local phone companies have
argued that the new rules usurp states' authority and are unfair to  local
phone companies.  (Investor's Business Daily 25 Oct 96 A30)

                      MICROSOFT LAUNCHES ATTACK ON NCs
Microsoft and allies Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq, Dell and other computer
makers are proposing their  alternative to the widely touted network
computer.  Microsoft's device, which is not yet named, will be a  simpler,
less-expensive PC that uses a modified Windows operating system to access
applications programs  and data stored on servers, much like the NC.  The
strategy is to drive the price of a PC below the $1,000  mark, providing
stiff competition to backers of the NC concept.  "The PC folks have so much
invested that  they are going to do a lot to stave off any change that will
upset the applecart," says a Forrester Research  analyst.  "The idea is to
make the NC stillborn so it doesn't even get out."  Microsoft Chairman Bill
Gates   has said that the alliance will deliver the new machines in 1997.
"With the drop in component prices, it's  becoming possible for a real PC to
cost what the promised NCs will," says one PC maker.  (Wall Street  Journal
25 Oct 96 A3)

                              ORACLE'S RESPONSE
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison isn't worried by Microsoft's new plans.  He's
hoping that Microsoft's ongoing  browser wars with Netscape will distract
Microsoft's Bill Gates long enough to give Ellison a chance to pull  the rug
out from under him:  "Then, if we can sneak underneath Microsoft with
appliances that are much  cheaper and easier to use than PCs, rather than
Windows everywhere, it could be Windows nowhere."  Ellison  is infamous in
the industry for his combative approach to competition -- and everything
else:  "I have never   seen a company that has so much in-fighting," says a
technology strategist with C2 Ventures.  "It's  phenomenal.  At Oracle they
don't hold hands and sing `Kumbaya.'  They'll be holding one hand and have a
dagger in the other."  (Fortune 28 Oct 96 p119)

The White House has asked the Federal Networking Council Advisory Committee
to come up with  recommendations on information security issues, including
the administration's latest proposal for an  encryption "key recovery" plan.
A recent memo published by the Internet Architecture Board and the Internet
Engineering Steering Group protested the key recovery plan, saying that any
type of escrow system would  "inevitably weaken the security of the overall
cryptographic system, by creating new points of vulnerability  that can and
will be attacked... Sound cryptographic practice dictates that users never
reveal their private keys  to anyone, even a certification authority."  The
memo also recommended against any restrictions on key size.   The advisory
committee is working to draft a policy statement on encryption, which will
address many of the  conflicting issues surrounding the controversial topic,
including the offensive and defensive uses of  cryptography, and the impact
of rapid technological advances.  (BNA Daily Report for Executives 23 Oct 96

                           IS RETURNED TO KITCHEN
Operating on the assumption that when you're hot, you're hot, and when
you're not, you're not, Wall Street's  estimation of Wired Ventures' value
has cooled considerably.  Wired Ventures, which owns Wired magazine,  the
HotWired Web site, and the HotBot search engine, has had to withdraw an
Initial Public Offering for the  second time this year:  first in July (when
it withdrew an IPO claiming the company was worth $450 million)  and now in
October (withdrawing an IPO valuing the company at $272 million).  The
company lost $31.3 million in the second quarter of this year, mainly due to
costs of developing HotWired.  Stock market analyst   ark Stahlman of New
Media Associates says there are "doubts about whether anyone likes this
magazine   anymore, which coupled with its inability to make money,
registers in the investment community."  (On the  other hand, the print
magazine is the one unit of the company that generates real revenue.)   Wall
Street  analysts think that Wired's next move will be to offer the company
to private investors -- at a still lower price.  (New York Times 26 Oct 96

Feedback from some 40 campuses now using Academic Systems' three mediated-
learning algebra courses  indicates the software company's approach to
instructional technology is a winner -- with company officials  saying their
research shows higher passing rates for students using the computer-based
course than those using   the traditional lecture approach.  In addition,
students who have taken the mediated-learning courses have done  better in
subsequent math courses.  The courseware works best with the full
involvement of a teacher present,  says a Cal Poly professor.  One
experimental course that used the software only resulted in lower student
grades and many dropouts.  "It's an exquisitely fine tool to allow the
instructor to intervene just at the right  time and just at the right
place," says Cal State-Hayward's provost and VP for academic affairs.  "It's
the best  example of what instructional technology is supposed to do, which
is to make the instructor a better   instructor."  In addition to the
algebra courses, Academic Systems is now developing a mediated-learning
writing course.  (Chronicle of Higher Education 25 Oct 96 A27)

Juris Hartmanis, assistant director of the National Science Foundation's
Computer and Information Science  and Engineering directorate, says the key
to making the Internet useful for research is more sophisticated  search
mechanisms that could weed out some of the superfluous material identified
using typical word-based  searches.  Hartmanis suggests that incorporating a
way to record the number of "hits" associated with a  document or Web site
and allowing users to customize their own search engines could greatly
improve the  value of the Internet.  (BNA Daily Report for Executives 24 Oct
96 A31)

                          CD-ROM SHAKEOUT PREDICTED
Tom Turpin, CEO of Virgin Sound & Vision, is predicting a "market
correction" in the CD-ROM publishing  business because production costs have
gotten so high that each effort must be a "home run."  "What has  happened
in this business is it's pushed up to the point now that everybody's doing
$800,000 productions, and   all of a sudden you're swinging for the fences,
and you can't successfully manage your business because  nobody can
manufacture every single title as a home run.  That's going to create a
massive shakeout in this  business, and a massive restructuring of how much
people are going to pay.  And you're absolutely going to  see it happen over
the next 12 months."  (Digital Kids Oct 96 p12)

Using figures developed by Morgan Stanley comparing e-mail and Web user
patterns, Stern magazine in  Germany reports that e-mail will continue to be
the dominant activity on the Internet into the next century.   The article
predicts the number of e-mail users will increase to 200 million by the year
2000, compared with  152 million Web users.  The Stern article also features
John Gehl and Suzanne Douglas, who write Innovation  < > as well as Edupage.  (Stern 17 Oct 96 p124)

                                NC OR NET-PC?
Sun Microsystems will begin marketing a "network computer" (NC) called the
JavaStation, priced at $742 for  a basic model and $995 with keyboard,
mouse, and color monitor;  data and software will be stored on server
computers and downloaded over the Internet (or an organization's own
intranet) as needed. NCs will also be  marketed by IBM and Oracle, in a
challenge to the PC-oriented network computers (Net PCs) backed by
Microsoft, Intel, and (with the exception of IBM) most of the companies with
established positions in the PC   business, including Compaq, Dell, Digital
Equipment, Gateway 2000, Hewlett-Packard, Packard Bell, NEC,  and Texas
Instruments.  Netscape and Apple have agreed to the NC standard.  Sun chief
executive Scott  McNealy says the network computer represents an opportunity
"to kill Microsoft -- that's the top priority for all of us."  (New York
Times 29 Oct 96 C3)

In an effort to break the telephone line logjam caused by heavy Internet
usage, Pacific Telesis Group has  signed a three-year agreement with WinStar
Communications for wireless links to handle phone and Internet  traffic for
business customers.  Other Bell companies are said to be facing similar
shortages as they scramble  to keep up with the unprecedented demand caused
by Internet use.  Phone networks were designed to  accommodate a typical
three- to five-minute phone call, whereas Internet users often can tie up a
single line for hours.  (Wall Street Journal 28 Oct 96 B4)

                       FEW WANT TO PAY FOR ONLINE NEWS
A survey commissioned by the Radio-Television News Directors Foundation
shows that although more than  half of news consumers polled say they'd be
interested in a news-on-demand electronic service, only about  20% would
consider paying even a nominal fee to receive it.  The survey results
indicate that "far more" of  those interested would prefer to have such
services supported by commercial advertising.  The survey audience  included
three population samples -- a general population group, a group of young
adults aged 18-29, and a  group of online users.  Between 6% and 7% of the
population queried receives online news on a regular basis.   (Broadcasting
& Cable 21 Oct 96 p36)

MCI, which currently carries an estimated 90% of all U.S. Internet traffic,
is considering replacing its flat- payment schedule with a new pricing
scheme based on how much data is transmitted over its lines.  The  company
says flexible pricing will allow it to accommodate what it terms "value-
added" services such as real- time videoconferencing , 3-D graphics and
Internet voice calling.  The company hopes that by charging more  for
services that take more time, overall efficiency will be improved.  "I think
that pricing so as to assure that  increasing capacity can be paid for is
vital," says MCI Senior VP Vint Cerf.  "Ultimately, it must be the case
that the pricing covers the cost of service -- and in circumstances where
usage is not stable but growing, one  needs to price according to use.
While I am a strong advocate of flat-rate methods to stimulate market
development, I think one has to be realistic about relating price to cost."
(Electronic Engineering Times 29 Oct  96)

                              NEWTON REVISITED
Apple Computer is introducing a new computer, the Emate 300,  based on
Newton rather than Macintosh  technology and targeted to the K-12
educational market.  The system is about the size of a notebook PC and  has
a translucent green polyurethane steel-enforced case, a built-in black-and-
white monitor,  and both a  keyboard and a pen device for data input.  The
machine will sell to schools for $800 in quantities of one.   (New York
Times 28 Oct 96 C4)  Apple also has new Newtons featuring improved core
technology and speedier processors than earlier versions.  Still, some
critics think Apple's decision to stick with the Newton   same after
previous market disappointments is a mistake:  "They'd be better off wiping
the slate clean. They  should call it the Einstein or something," says a
Northwestern University professor.  (Wall Street Journal 28 Oct 96 B6A)

America Online's new "Preferred Mail" junk e-mail blocking tool was
activated several days ago on all 6.5  million accounts;  it blocks all e-
mail from a list of (currently) 53 network domains that AOL has identified
as  junk e-mailers.  Many of the domains have been used in the past by
Stanford Wallace, who is suing AOL for  blocking his messages. One blocked
domain, managed by an Internet service provider called Cybercom, has  been
tentatively removed from AOL's prohibited list, after protesting that it had
been placed on the list not  because of its own actions but because two of
its 1500 clients sent adult-oriented junk e-mail, causing AOL  immediately
to block all mail to AOL subscribers from any Cybercom customer.  (Atlanta
Journal Constitution 29 Oct 96 D4)

                         BASKETBALL BATTLES THE NET
The legal skirmish that started when National Basketball Association sued
Motorola and Stats Inc. for  providing real-time sports updates is heating
up as the basketball season approaches.  The second U.S. Court  of Appeals
ruled earlier that Motorola and Stats Inc. were making money off the
SportsTrax paging service,  using information that is proprietary to the
NBA.  Motorola and Stats Inc. are appealing that decision, and are  allowed
in the interim to continue operating SportsTrax.  To overturn the second
court's decision, lawyers for  SportsTrax must prove that it is not crossing
"the boundary from mere media coverage of the NBA games"  because it doesn't
rebroadcast pictures or sounds from the games.  The NBA had argued that
SportsTrax's frequent updates violated similar agreements it had with
television and radio stations, which are allowed to  report game updates
three times each quarter, plus during half-time and at the end of the game.
Business Daily 28 Oct 96 A6)

                             NETWORK FOR ANGELS
The U.S. Small Business Administration is sponsoring an online matchmaking
service, connecting so-called  angel investors -- private investors who help
finance growing companies -- with small businesses seeking a  cash influx.
The businesses will pay a fee, varying by state, to be listed on the
service.  "The idea is to create  a whole new generation of angels and a
whole new generation of businesses," says an SBA official.  Initially,
businesses will be able to sign up for the Angel Capital Electronic Network,
or AceNet, through two nonprofit   organizations -- the Capital Network,
affiliated with the University of Texas in Austin, and the Technology
Capital Network at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  (Wall Street
Journal 28 Oct 96 B2)

                           E-MAIL USERS EARN MORE
A new study conducted by a professor of economics and business
administration at Ursinus College shows that  workers who use e-mail earn,
on average, 7.4% more than colleagues in similar situations who don't.  The
data comes from a 1993 U.S. Census Bureau survey of nearly 10,000 workers.
The study showed that the   discrepancy between wages of e-mail users and
non-users was greatest among service workers.  Executives   who used e-mail
out-earned their non-wired peers by almost 10%.  (Chronicle of Higher
Education 1 Nov 96 A25)

British Telecommunications (BT) plans to build Europe's largest network of
Internet-accessible touchscreen  terminals that will allow users to book
flights and theater tickets, order products, and display maps and news  on
screens.  The  "Touchpoint" terminals will have a coin slot for collecting
fees from users, but the main  revenues will come from advertising and agent
commissions on goods sold through the system.  Though the  systems will not
support e-mail, they will allow a user to navigate the World Wide Web by
touching the  sensitive screen, similar to an automated teller machine.
(Financial Times 29 Oct 96)

                             E-MAIL ON THE TUBE
Satellite SuperHighways is launching a Hypercast service that will transmit
e-mail messages via the airwaves,  using the television's vertical blanking
interval -- a portion of the TV signal that is now used for closed-
captioning.  (Investor's Business Daily 28 Oct 96 A6)

                             DIGITAL SCHMIGITAL
Wired, which has just withdrawn its second attempt to issue an initial
public offering, is not the only Digital  Age company now being viewed
skeptically by Wall Street;  the list of corporations whose stock prices are
substantially lower than they were earlier in the year include companies
engaged in the whole range of   Internet-related businesses: Internet search
engines and directories, electronic commerce, Internet telephony,  Internet
service suppliers, Internet information services, and commercial online
services.   The reason?    Richard Shaffer of New York-based research firm
Technologic Partners says that investors "have become more  realistic about
how long it will take for many of the Internet companies to show any profit
and more  enthusiastic about the continuing growth prospects for established
technology companies...  It's the Internet  plumbing companies that are
making money."  (New York Times 28 Oct 96 C10)

IBM's Lotus Development Corporation will introduce software called
Weblicator, designed to offer some of  the features of the Lotus Notes
"groupware" software for users of Netscape, Explorer, and other tools for
browsing the World Wide Web.  A user of Weblicator would be able to download
information from the Web,  revise it offline on a personal computer, and
then post the changes to the original common document being  worked on
simultaneously by a group of colleagues.  Weblicator will be sold for $29
early next year.  (New York Times 31 Oct 96 C7)

Scientific-Atlanta will soon be selling a new cable modem to cable operators
(not consumers) for $199, which  is about half the price of competing
products.  The company says the relatively slow 1.2 megabit-per-second
speed will not detract from its usefulness, because most personal computers
can't accept data any faster than that.  (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 30
Oct 96 F1)

                         CSI ISSUES SECURITY MANUAL
The Computer Security Institute has published a "Manager's Guide to
Cyberspace Attacks and  Countermeasures," offering advice on thwarting every
known form of electronic threat, including the recent  denial-of-service
attacks, viruses, system break-ins, equipment theft and interception of
network traffic.  The  book is written by Georgetown University professor
Dorothy Denning, and is free to CSI members and  available for $10 to
nonmembers.  (Information Week 28 Oct 96) < >

As colleges and universities gear up to take advantage of Internet II, the
proposed high-speed backbone  network for researchers and scholars who need
beefed up connectivity, a debate is emerging on which  switches, cables,
software, etc. will enable schools to reap the most benefit from their
investments.  "It's not  as simple as, `You change the backbone and all will
be well,'" says Princeton University VP Ira Fuchs.  "For  individual users
to take full advantage of this change in the infrastructure, you'll have to
change everything."   A key policy decision to be made on most campuses is
who gets access to the higher speeds.  Administrators  at Case Western
Reserve have opted for the Cadillac approach -- wiring the entire campus for
ATM  (asynchronous transfer mode) technology.  Other schools are hoping that
fast Ethernet at variable speeds will  provide more customized connectivity
options based on individual need.  And some schools are just sitting  tight
for the moment, waiting to see what the final Internet II looks like: "We're
not ready to declare a  university direction and strategy on those issues,"
says University of Virginia VP Polley McClure.  "But we  are nonetheless
moving ahead in order to support specific areas within the university that
really need faster   networks."  (Chronicle of Higher Education 1 Nov 96

America Online's recent reorganization has some investors scratching their
heads, as the company begins to  focus more on advertising rather than
subscription payments for its revenue.  "This cable-network model we  think
is a reasonable one," says AOL Chairman Steve Case, who's counting on ads
and "alternative revenue  streams," such transaction fees for goods
purchased over the network, to make up the difference.  But some  Wall
Street analysts say the cable model doesn't compute:  The online and cable
industries "are like night and  day.  The cable model isn't correct, because
cable is a monopoly that had high recurring revenues and high  margins.
It's hard to value AOL like a cable company without a meaningful cash flow,"
says an analyst at  Chicago Corp.  "The real question is, can they get
enough revenues from advertising, transactions and  merchandising so that in
three years they can sustain themselves from those sources," says a Yankee
Group  research director.  "My gut feeling is that online services, Internet
service providers and content developers all  will be struggling to say
yes." (Wall Street Journal 31 Oct 96 B4)

Microsoft has sold its software packaging operation and is planning to
distribute most of its Windows  upgrades over the Internet, says the
company's CFO:  "We are starting to evolve our revenue model to
subscriptions."  The major barrier to adopting that strategy whole-heartedly
right now is the lengthy download  times it can take users to upgrade their
favorite software.  The next version of Windows (97 or 98, depending on
release date) will definitely be shipped in shrink-wrapped boxes, say
company officials, but beyond that,   they're hoping that the flexibility of
the Internet will allow them to offer more of a cafeteria-plan type
approach to incremental enhancements.  (Investor's Business Daily 31 Oct 96

                              JUST-IN-TIME PCs
Atlanta-based start-up Monorail Inc. is marketing a powerful, Pentium-based
PC that runs Windows 95, plays  music CDs, and connects to the Internet, all
for $999.  The streamlined machine is built around an inexpensive  10-inch
flat-panel display connected to a simplified box that eschews multiple
microchips and expansion slots,  sporting instead a Pentium-class
microprocessor, 16 MB of RAM, and a speedy 33.6-Kbps modem.  The  company
promises a two-day turnaround on orders, relying on "just-in-time"
manufacturing to reduce its  costs.  Monorail's offbeat approach to PC
selling "will redefine distribution and customer service," says the
president of Creative Strategies Research.  (Business Week 4 Nov 96 p52)

Introducing its first line of $4,300-10,200 "workstation"-class computers
used for computationally intensive  tasks such as 3-D modeling, PC-maker
Compaq Computer is broadening its product line to show corporate  customers
that it can satisfy a full range of customer needs.  Unlike Unix-based
workstations offered by Sun,  Silicon Graphics, and Hewlett-Packard, the
Compaq machines will be based on Microsoft's Windows NT, and  will use Intel
microchips.  (New York times 30 Oct 96 C4)

An agreement on how to protect data on digital videodisks has been reached,
paving the way for DVD players  and disks to start appearing on store
shelves in the next couple of months.  The deal between consumer
electronics companies and Hollywood studios calls for an encryption system
that will prevent movies issued in  DVD format from being copied and resold
on videotape or being distributed over the Internet.  "It gives an  enhanced
level of security that we have never had before," says the president of Time
Warner's home video  unit.  (Wall Street Journal 30 Oct 96 B6)

A Microsoft reorganization has created two product groups:  a platform and
applications group headed by Paul  Maritz and an interactive media group
headed by Pete Higgins.  The reorganization was announced along with  the
resignation of Patty Stonesifer, who as senior vice president had been the
highest ranking woman at the   company, and who is now going to Dreamworks
SKG as a special consultant.  Some industry watchers believe  that, as a
woman, she had run into a "glass ceiling" at Microsoft.  (New York Tmes 30
Oct 96)

                          PUTTING A LOCK ON LAPTOPS
California-based Qualtec Data Products makes an anti-theft device that
operates like a leash on your laptop.   The Notebook-Kit consists of a cable
that slides through an extra disk slot in the back of some notebook
computers (if there's no slot, a small plate can be attached for the cable
to loop through), and the machine can  then be lashed to a desk leg or
table.  Although the cable can still be snipped through with bolt-cutters,
just  like a bike lock, would-be thieves who use the grab-and-run approach
will be discouraged.  (Investor's Business Daily 30 Oct 96 A8)

                            TO HONOR SEYMOUR CRAY
To honor the achievements of recently deceased computer pioneer Seymour
Cray, Wim Nieuwpoort of the  University of Groningen has proposed using the
unit "Cray."   "This would be a very just and appropriate way  to keep
Cray's name alive among those of other pioneers of science and engineering."
To show support for  the suggestion, you can send mail to Professor
Nieuwpoort at  (HPC Wire 25 Oct 96)

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SAN JOSE, Calif.--Oct. 31, 1996--Diamond Multimedia Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:
DIMD) today announced  certain software enhancements for its award-winning
Supra NetCommander ISDN modems.  The new driver software, version 3.00,
provides support for Microsoft's recent updates to the Windows 95  operating
system, including the ISDN Accelerator Pack for Windows 95 (version 1.1) and
the Windows 95  OEM Service Release 2 (OSR2). Current Supra NetCommander
ISDN customers can obtain the new driver  software directly from Diamond's
Web site (, ISDN BBS, electronic services or
through customer service.

By supporting the new ISDN Accelerator Pack, Supra NetCommander ISDN users
now have the choice of  selecting either Microsoft's Multilink-PPP or
Diamond's bandwidth-on-demand Multilink-PPP. "Diamond's bandwidth-on-demand
feature is valuable because it enables our customers to save money by paying
only for  the bandwidth they need," said Paul Corning, ISDN product
marketing manager for Diamond Multimedia.  "The Supra NetCommander ISDN can
initiate a call using a single channel, then automatically add or drop a
second channel depending on the amount of data demanded by the user."

The new ISDN Accelerator Pack 1.1 from Microsoft supports Multilink-PPP
which allows multiple data links  to be combined. For example, two 64,000
bps ISDN "B" channels can be combined for a 128,000 bps connection.
Additionally, Microsoft's new ISDN Accelerator Pack enables the Supra
NetCommander ISDN to  answer incoming ISDN data calls, allowing Windows 95
PCs to function as ISDN servers. Microsoft's  Windows 95 OSR2 will be
included in the shipments of new PCs from a variety of system manufacturers.

With Diamond's new driver software, users can install the Supra NetCommander
ISDN over any combination  of Microsoft's Windows 95 software (original
release or OSR2) and Microsoft's ISDN Accelerator Pack (versions 1.0 or
1.1). To download the Supra NetCommander ISDN version 3.00 drivers including
Microsoft's new ISDN Accelerator Pack for Windows 95, check the Diamond
Multimedia Web site at

 SAN JOSE, Calif.--Oct. 31, 1996--Diamond Multimedia Systems Inc. (Nasdaq:
DIMD), the world's leading  supplier of PC graphics subsystems, this
Halloween day announced the retail version of its Monster 3D(TM),  a new 3D-
only gaming accelerator that brings the same level of technology used in
today's state-of-the-art  video game arcades to personal computers.
Positioned for dedicated PC gamers, the Diamond Monster 3D is  a 4MB pass-
through 3D graphics subsystem that works seamlessly with most VGA and 2D
Windows  accelerators that users may already have in their PCs. The
accelerator comes bundled with more than 10  frightfully popular games and
will retail for approximately $299 this November. Also debuting is Diamond's
first multimedia-based "shocked" audio file about the Monster 3D at

The Diamond Monster 3D utilizes 3Dfx Interactive's highly touted Voodoo
Graphics(TM) engine, one of the  highest performing 3D-only chipsets
available to consumers. With Monster 3D, PC gamers can experience  photo-
realistic 3D graphics, lightening-fast, real-time action and incredible
freedom of movement while  playing today's most advanced 3D games.

Monster 3D's dedicated 3D engine delivers all the high-end 3D special
effects gamers have come to demand,  without compromising overall system
performance (see accompanying chart). Previously, these advanced 3D
features were only available in commercial arcade systems or professional
workstations costing up to hundreds   of thousands of dollars.

 Populated with 4MB of EDO DRAM, the new 3D subsystem supports Microsoft's
Windows 95 and MS-DOS  operating systems and accelerates games utilizing
Microsoft's Direct3D API (Application Programming  Interface), the de facto
development standard for creating 3D titles under Windows 95; Glide, a
popular API  used for development of DOS, Windows and coin-op/arcade titles;
and other leading APIs. This broad API  support is important to developers
who want to easily migrate their games from one platform to the other.

Scorching Hot 3D Game Bundle -- A Monster Value
Diamond will package more than 10 popular 3D games with the Monster 3D,
including Activision's  MechWarrior(R) 2 and Hyperblade; Criterion Studio's
OEM version of Scorched Planet; Eidos Interactive's  OEM versions of Tomb
Raider; Interplay's Descent II: Destination Quartzon 3D, VR Soccer '96(TM)
and   Whiplash; and Ocean's EF2000; plus Microsoft's Game Sampler 2 for
Windows 95, which contains a variety  of Direct3D and DirectDraw game
samples, including Hellbender and Monster Truck Madness (see attachments).

 Numerous top game designers are currently working on titles utilizing
Voodoo Graphics technology,  promising a steady flow of games in the future.
Gamers can expect to see more than 50 Voodoo Graphics- enhanced titles by
early 1997, according to 3Dfx Interactive, in addition to all the Direct3D
games coming to  market.

Top game companies currently working on Voodoo Graphics-enhanced games
include Argonaut/GTE  Entertainment (FX Fighter),  Criterion/Virgin
Interactive Entertainment (Aqua'Tak), Digital Dialect/Playmates  Interactive
(Toshinden), Psygnosis (WipeOut XL, Formula 1) and Rocket Science (Rocket
Jockey), among others. More than 125 developers have already joined the 3Dfx
Total Immersion developer program.

"The Monster 3D's high performance 3D engine will meet the needs of even the
most die-hard gamer," said  David Watkins, vice president and general
manager of Diamond Multimedia's Visual Systems Division.  "We've included a
selection of some of today's hottest 3D titles in the box so that gamers can
begin enjoying  their Monster 3D accelerator the minute they install it. The
Monster 3D literally brings commercial arcade  gaming to the PC."
"Immersive 3D graphics for the PC gamer have arrived with Diamond's Monster
3D,"  said Andy Keane, vice president of marketing of 3Dfx Interactive.
"Diamond's driver design and speed  enables Monster 3D to incorporate all of
Voodoo Graphics' core and advanced 3D features. The result is  games powered
by arcade technology, bringing realistic 3D graphics and unprecedented
performance to the PC  gamer."

Product Features and Benefits

With 2MB of dedicated texture memory architecture and 2MB of frame buffer
memory, the Monster 3D  delivers advanced 3D rendering without sacrificing
system performance. High-end 3D features include full- speed Z-buffering;
perspective corrected texture mapping; bi-linear and tri-linear filtering;
MIP-mapping;  double-buffered Gouraud shading; texture compositing, morphing
and animation; and per-pixel special effects  for transparent and
translucent objects.

Additionally, the Monster 3D features a  Diamond-designed utility to change
refresh rates and power levels. This unique utility gives the user the
ability to select different performance levels when running their 3D  games
and applications.

Wide Industry Support

"Direct3D has gained acceptance in the developer community as the premier 3D
API for games," said Kevin  Dallas, DirectX group product manager for
Microsoft's Internet Platform and Tools Division. "Diamond's  Monster 3D
takes maximum advantage of Direct3D to deliver compatibility and performance
for the new  Direct3D-based titles scheduled for the holiday season."

"Falcon Northwest will use only the fastest, highest quality, most
compatible components in our gaming PCs.  That's why we've chosen the
Diamond Monster 3D," said Brent Caldwell, director of marketing and sales
for  Falcon Northwest Computer Systems, a leading high-end PC gaming system
integrator. "The Monster 3D is  yet another example of Diamond's ability to
combine cutting-edge graphics with full compatibility and great support."

"Diamond is targeting gamer enthusiasts who are looking for high-performance
3D and better content," said  Jon Peddie, president, Jon Peddie Associates,
Tiburon, Calif. "Our research of the game ISVs indicates the  Monster 3D's
Voodoo Graphics engine is receiving strong support from the game development
community.  Combined with its Direct3D capability, gamers should have plenty
of titles to use with this board."

"Diamond and Interplay have a long history of bringing the industry's most
advanced gameplay to the PC,"  said Jill Goldworn, vice president, OEM,
Licensing and Merchandising, Interplay Productions. "By providing  our
Descent II: Destination Quartzon 3D, Actua Soccer '96 and Whiplash titles
with Diamond's Monster 3D,  gamers can look forward to one of the most
cutting-edge 3D gaming experience available today."

"The Voodoo Graphics architecture will enable MechWarrior 2 fans to
experience high-polygon count  graphics and ultra-realistic fast-action
gameplay for a premium 3D entertainment experience," said Bobby  Kotick,
chairman and CEO, Activision, Inc.

"The Diamond Monster 3D complements perfectly Scorched Planet's fast paced
all out action, full 360 degree movement and fully perspective textured
landscapes. Scorched Planet is ideal in maximizing the benefits from   The
Monster 3D," said Mike King, VP marketing, Criterion Studios.

"The graphically intense worlds in Tomb Raider really come to life when the
game is played using Diamond's  Monster 3D with Voodoo Graphics technology,"
said Paul Baldwin, vice president of marketing at Eidos Interactive.
"Diamond's Monster 3D provides PC gamers with the 3D power to completely
immerse  themselves in the incredible world of Tomb Raider."

Monster 3D will be available in November through distribution and retail
channels. For more details, please  contact the Diamond Multimedia web site

3Dfx Interactive

3Dfx Interactive, Inc., founded in 1994, is a privately held company
headquartered in San Jose, California.  3Dfx Interactive brings together a
team of leading professionals from the 3D graphics, video game,  multimedia,
PC, and semiconductor industries to provide advanced technology that enables
new levels of  interactive 3D electronic entertainment.

Major consumer and coin-op/arcade OEMs have announced support for the
chipset, including Acclaim  Entertainment, Diamond Multimedia, Falcon
Northwest Computer Systems, Hewlett-Packard Company,  Interactive Light, NEC
Technologies, Orchid Technologies, and Williams-Atari-Bally-Midway.

Diamond's Monster 3D Software Bundle

Descent II: Destination Quartzon 3D
Developer/Publisher: Interplay Productions

Interplay's popular Descent II: Destination Quartzon 3D expands the original
3D, 360 degree world of  Descent with eight new levels of intensive head-to-
head combat against unpredictable, energy-depleting robots.  Die-hard gamers
will find it difficult to control the adrenaline rush while playing this new
mind-scrambling,  stomach-turning adventure using Diamond's Monster 3D

Developer: Gremlin Interactive
Publisher: Interplay Productions

Interplay's Whiplash is an intense 3D racing game that allows up to 16
players to compete against each other  or artificial intelligence drivers in
real-time, full-contact racing with one-of-a-kind death-defying stunts.
Players test their skills in one of eight prototype Supercars on a racing
circuit that pushes both driver and car to the limit.

VR Soccer '96
Developer: Gremlin Interactive
Publisher: VR Sports, the sports division of Interplay Productions

VR Sports' Actua Soccer '96 is a state-of-the-art soccer simulation that
uses Virtual Field Visiona technology  that lets gamers view the perspective
on the field the same way real players see the action. Featuring 360
degree, 3D environments, gamers can change camera angles to view the action
from any position. The game  also incorporates VR Sports' Interactive Motion
Capture technology, resulting in very smooth, real-time  player movements
and increased player control. Up to twenty players can compete in network

MechWarrior 2
Developer/Publisher: Activision

One of the best-selling action-simulation games, MechWarrior 2 unleashes 15
customizable BattleMechs(R)  and more than 20 intense missions in real-time
3D. Strapped into a virtual cockpit that thunders with every blast, players
battle across a variety of planetary terrain in the ultimate 31st-century
combat experience.  MechWarrior 2 is available on PC CD-ROM and Windows 95.

Developer/Publisher: Activision

Launching a new generation of cyber-sports, Hyberblade is one of the first
fast-paced multi-player futuristic  ports titles. Featuring real-time 3D
graphics, outstanding gameplay and sensational sound design, the game
combines the hard-hitting action of hockey, soccer, lacrosse and extreme
skiing. Competing in a 3D virtual  arena, players plunge into the ultimate
21st century battle sport without any rules. Armed with a jak (throwing
device), a rok (projectile) and a custom armor suit, players charge and
penetrate the opposing team's zone as they avoid bone-jarring body checks
and attempt to score goals.

Scorched Planet
Developer: Criterion Studios
Publisher: Virgin Interactive Entertainment

Scorched Planet is a fast paced 3D action/strategy game featuring 19 action-
packed missions across  seven  huge and hostile terrains. With the ultimate
balance of strategy and pure adrenaline, the player must emerge  from his
void existence as a drunken has been and ex-commander Alex Gibson, and take
to the skies in his Type 16 Morphing craft to rescue the humans from Dator
5. The Monster 3D version of Scorched Planet  being played on a Pentium 120
computer at 640x480 runs at double the frame rate and features realistic
environments that are fully lit, fogged and have bilinear filtered textures.

Tomb Raider
Developer: Core Design
Publisher: Eidos Interactive

Tomb Raider is a graphically intense, real time 3D action-adventure game
that is played from a behind-the- back point of view. Gamers become the gun-
toting Lara Croft, a take-no-prisoners "Indiana-Jones-meets-La- Femme-
Nikita" character. When played using the Diamond Monster 3D accelerator with
Voodoo Graphics  technology, the speed of gameplay and the heroine's fluid
movement and texture detail are accelerated to pure   beauty. Special
effects provide glowing light reflections and shadows like no other.

Microsoft's Game Sampler 2 for Windows 95 Developer: Microsoft
Publisher: Microsoft

Microsoft's Game Sampler 2 for Windows 95 includes demos of the Direct3D
games Monster Truck Madness  and Hellbender, in addition to various samples
of DirectDraw games.

Developer: Digital Image Design, Inc.
Publisher: OCEAN of America

The storyline of EF2000 occurs within the next decade, when the key front-
line defensive fighter plane for the  United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and
Spain will be retired from service. The need to provide a replacement to
defend the sovereignty of these four nations, at a time of increased
instability in the world, is an urgent and  critical issue. The EF2000 is
the answer -- an agile, single-seat air superiority fighter with a ground
attack  capability. It is designed to defeat all known and projected
adversaries in the air in the defense of our  homelands and in support of
our allies for at least the next 30 years!

Diamond Multimedia

Diamond  Multimedia is driving the Internet multimedia market  by  providing
interactive  and connectivity  solutions for home, business and professional
desktop  computer  users, enabling them to create,  access  and   experience
compelling  new media content from their desktops and through the  Internet.
Products  include the   tealth and Monster 3D series of media  accelerators,
the  Fire  GL  series  of  professional 3D and CAD   accelerators,  and  the
Supra(R)  series  of  modems and NetCommander ISDN  adapters.  Diamond  also
markets     sound   cards   and  multimedia  and  Internet   upgrade   kits.
Headquartered  in San Jose, CA, Diamond has sales, marketing  and  technical
facilities  in  Vancouver (Wash.),  Singapore, Tokyo,  Starnberg  (Germany),
Clichy (France) and Winnersh (U.K.).  Diamond's products  regional, national
and  international distributors as well as to major computer retailers, mass
merchants  and   OEMs worldwide. Diamond's common stock  is  traded  on  the
Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol DIMD.

       Microsoft Unveils "Internet Studio" at Site Builder Conference

Newest Microsoft Visual Tool for Active Server-Based Web Application
Takes Full Advantage of Active Platform Initiatives and Products

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Oct. 28, 1996 - Microsoft Corp. today delivered an alpha
version of its highly anticipated Web application development tool, code-
named "Internet Studio," to more than 2,000 attendees at the Microsoftr Site
Builder Conference. A public beta version of Internet Studio will be
available for downloading from the Microsoft Web site later this year.

Internet Studio is the complete, integrated development tool for building
Active Server Web applications based on open Internet standards. Internet
Studio enables developers to take full advantage of server-side processing
using Active Server Pages and Active Data Objects - new features of
Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) version 3.0. In addition,
Internet Studio enables developers to incorporate Active Desktop features
such as advanced HTML, ActiveXT, JavaT and scripting in the Visual Basicr
programming system, Scripting Edition or JScript.

"The vision for Internet Studio is to make it easier to build dynamic Web
applications that use server-side processing and corporate databases," said
Bob Muglia, vice president, developer tools at Microsoft. "In the past,
developers have had to jump through hoops to build such applications.
Internet Studio integrates the Active Server and Active Desktop tools in an
easy-to-use, visual development environment."

Internet Studio Makes Web Development Easier, Drives Web Benefits for

Businesses have rapidly adopted Web technologies for building intranet and
Internet Web applications because of the seamless deployment, cross-platform
accessibility, and low-bandwidth capabilities they provide. At the same
time, the demand for richer, more user-driven and interactive experiences
within these applications has increased the complexity of both Web server
and client development. For example, connecting Web applications with
corporate databases while preserving the security and data integrity
required for a mission-critical application has been very difficult.

"Our customers want solutions based on industry standards to address the 70
percent to 80 percent of their internal development that requires database
access," said Ken Miller, chief technology officer of 32X Inc., a leading
solution provider. "Internet Studio provides the solution they're looking
for by delivering platform-independent HTML to the front-end browser and
easy, reliable access to virtually any database on the back end."

Internet Studio Builds Upon Active Server Platform

Microsoft Internet Information Server 3.0 provides server-side scripting
(with both VBScript and JScript), state management and access to Active
Server Components. Internet Studio provides a work space for building the
Active Server Pages that provide these features to Web applications. In many
cases, Internet Studio automatically creates the logic and Active Server
Pages for the developer.

Active Server Components are any COM-based component that runs on IIS. For
example, a financial analysis component (developed as a dynamic-link library
[.DLL] or executable [.EXE] component) could be integrated into the Web
application using Internet Studio to provide investment results that are
returned to the client as standard HTML. Active Server Components can be
developed in any COM-enabled tool, including future versions of Microsoft
Visual Basic, the Visual C++r development system, the Visual J++T
development tool and third-party tools.

Integrated Data Connectivity Tools

Internet Studio enables developers to add data connectivity to their Web
applications, making their sites smarter and more interactive. Internet
Studio provides this functionality through the use of the following

    Design-time controls, a new class of ActiveX Controls that
  automatically generate the HTML and server scripting logic necessary to add
  database functionality
    Microsoft Active Data Objects, a new feature of IIS 3.0 that provides
  server-side database access to any ODBC database, including Oracle, Sybase,
  Microsoft SQL ServerT, Microsoft Access, the Microsoft FoxPror database
  system and IBM DB/2
    Data View and Query Designer tools, which work with any ODBC database
    Database Designer tool, which brings the ease of Microsoft Access table-
  definition tools to the creation and modification of Microsoft SQL Server

Team-Based Development With Internet Studio and Microsoft FrontPage 97

Internet Studio is specifically designed for developers, and looks and works
like other products in Microsoft's line of visual development tools.
Internet Studio uses the same project model as the Microsoft FrontPageT 97
Web authoring and management tool so Web developers and Web authors can
collaborate on the same projects and Web sites. They also share the same
WYSIWYG HTML and Microsoft Image Composer editing tools.

"We have been working with an early, prerelease version of Internet Studio
and are very excited by its development capabilities," said Jonathan
Kutchins, president of Exeter Group Inc. "The combination of Internet Studio
and Microsoft FrontPage 97 offers a true team-oriented development platform.
Our nonprogrammers and programmers can work simultaneously on the same Web
site, using tools tailored for their specific needs."

Pricing and Availability

Microsoft is scheduled to release a beta version of Internet Studio in the
fourth quarter of 1996 and is targeting the commercial release for 1997.
Pricing has not yet been announced. For more information, visit the Internet
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Kids Computing Corner
Frank Sereno, Editor
                         The Kids' Computing Corner
                     Computer news and software reviews
                        from a parent's point of view
The first Tuesday in November will be here on November 5th.  Please take the
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                            Word Munchers Deluxe
                                Hybrid CD-ROM
                                Ages 6 to 11
                           6160 Summit Drive North
                        Minneapolis, Minnesota 55430
                               (612) 569-1500

reviewed by Angelo Marasco

If learning is fun, is it really learning?  Is it possible to get a good
laugh and learn something at the same time?  I suspect that if you asked the
people at MECC, they would answer "Yes!" to both questions.  I also strongly
suspect that a lot of fun and games take place in their offices every day.
How else can you explain the high degree of humor in Word Munchers Deluxe?

Word Munchers Deluxe stars the Word Muncher, one of the funniest and most
lovable characters I've ever seen in a piece of software.  The Muncher is a
green, frog-like character with an attitude.  His huge smile and antics are
hilarious.  At various times he dances, laughs, makes funny sounds, does
flips and flexes his muscles.

The object of Word Munchers Deluxe is to direct your muncher to eat the
words on the board that correctly answer the question presented.   You
choose to play in grade levels one through five.  All the grade levels allow
you to choose grammar, phonics, vocabulary or sentences.  In grammar you may
be asked to find action verbs, singular pronouns, plural possessives, etc.
In phonics you're asked to find the words that contain certain sound
combinations.  In vocabulary you'll find rhyming words in grades one and two
and antonyms and synonyms in the higher grades.  In the sentences category
you'll find words that fit in the blank in the sentence.  Select "Challenge"
and the program will present random selections from all categories.  Grades
one and two include an additional category, classification.  Here you'll
find objects that fit the description given.

On the opening menu you are given the option of playing with or without
Troggles.  What are Troggles?  They're mean little characters who are
constantly in search of ways to stop the Word Muncher from completing his
task.  You can play the game without them around which makes it easier to
concentrate getting the correct answers.  Playing with the Troggles around
adds challenge and a little bit of urgency to the game.  It is also on the
opening menu where you'll choose the grade level to play at.

Clear three boards and you're treated with a Word Munchers Deluxe fractured
version of one of several popular fairy tales such as Humpty Dumpty, Old
Mother Hubbard, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel and a few others.  This stuff is
really funny!  They always feature the Word Muncher and he's no more serious
in the fairy tales than he is in the regular game.

The graphics in Word Munchers Deluxe are bright, colorful, sharp and quick
with few delays.  Delays did occur in some screens, but the length and
number of delays varied depending on the video driver I was using.
Considering the fact that the hardware requirements ask for a minimum of a
486/50 and I'm still using a 486SX-33, I'd say that the graphics ran very
well.  All of the images are very highly detailed.

The sounds in this software are constant, varied and of very high quality.
Background music is playing constantly.  The sounds that the Word Muncher
makes are really funny.  The Troggles also have a full repertoire of sounds.
All the voices are clear and pleasant.

The interface is excellent.  Buttons are large and easy for younger children
to hit with the mouse cursor arrow.  Labels are large and easy to read.
Select help and you are taken on a multimedia tour of Word Munchers Deluxe,
something I prefer to the standard, dry help you might get from other

The play value of this software is also excellent.  I really got a kick out
of Word Munchers Deluxe.  I found it hard to quit the program because I
always wanted to see what the Word Muncher was going to do next or what new
surprise was going to pop up.  Educational value is very high.  This
software challenged me several times.  While playing it is fun, Word
Munchers Deluxe does not cut any slack in the learning department.  The
categories present questions and words that really force you to think.  I
did a lot of laughing while I was researching this software, but I also
brushed up on some language skills while I did it.

Bang for the buck is excellent.  At a retail price of $24.95, Word Munchers
Deluxe fits within my price comfort zone.  Actually, because of the
exceptionally high quality of this program, it fits way within my comfort
zone.  I think that this is an excellent price for a wonderful piece of
software that is sure to entertain, educate and delight the little ones.

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

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Gaming & Entertainment Section
with Atari User Support

Editor Dana P. Jacobson

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

As I sit here putting together this week's column, it's Halloween night and
I'm looking for a way to sneak past my wife and attack the bowl of candy
sitting near the door!  I live in the city, and "trick or treaters" are
sparse in the neighborhood; we usually end up eating most of the Halloween
treats eventually...  But, it's still fun to see the kids all dressed up,
walking up and down the streets...the squeal of "Trick or Treat!" echoing in
the air.

We've got that "Emulator Wars" article for you this week; it's interesting
reading.  If you're contemplating purchasing an Atari emulator for your PC,
this article may provide some assistance.  If you've been wondering what's
been happening at JTS Corporation  you know, the people that allowed Atari
to merge with them we've found some news pertaining to their latest
endeavors.  So, let's get to this week's issue.  While you're reading the
issue, I'm going to try and find out where my wife hid the leftover
Halloween candy!

Until next time...

AtariFest '96 STR ShowNews

                        ATARIFEST '96 A GREAT SUCCESS


10/29/96 Last Saturday we were pleased to host Toad Computers' ATARIFEST
'96, our most recent (and probably final) Atari event. We are most pleased
to say that the turnout was not some whimpering echo of years gone past, but
was in excess of last year's turnout. Over 200 people came to what some
playfully called "the wake," and a great time was had by all.

Darek Mihocka sold a pile of GEMULATOR '96 by demoing its full screen
DirectDraw features. Tom Harker of ICD/4-Play was having fun, as always,
demonstrating BattleSphere and a new PC-based video capture device called
SnapDragon. Greg Kopchak and his daughter Irene came out from Missouri to
show off the latest Atari CD-ROMs.  And Matt Norcross of Floating Fish
Studios showed off their latest creation, the BIRD OF PREY CD-ROM, as well
as their Falcon MK-X, EXPOSE, and the audio/video work they do with it. And
lastly, Tim and Lynn Hebel (SPUD BOY and his wife) treated us to an all-day
live performance of some popular 80's and 90's tunes, all powered by their
Falcon, an Ensoniq ASR-10, and a pile of other cool hardware (plus, of
course, a generous helping of musical talent).

All in all, it was an event not to be missed. We all had a great time.
Again, thanks for coming out and proving, once again, that Atari means
something to people's hearts. We pulled out thousands of ST games, thousands
of pounds of surplus parts and supplies, and (I think) really wowed people
by showing them just how much stuff we've accumulated over 10 years in
business. But hey, that's what it's about, isn't it? We moved an awful lot
of stock, and in general poised ourselves for a new era in our existence.

Thanks again, everyone.

Emulators STR Feature

                              THE EMULATOR WARS

by Alejandro Aguilar R.


When Atari dropped support for its own line of computers, the computer
specialists predicted the end of the ST/TT/Falcon systems a couple of years
ago. But time shows the opposite of that prediction, and today we have five
companies making clones:  C-Lab (with its Falcon line), Medusa Computers
(with its Medusa and Hades TT clones), Eagle Computer (with its TT clones),
Computer Direct (with its DirecT40 and DirecT60 TT clones and its DirectFX
Falcon Clone) and even a new contestant in town:  A french company called
CENTEK that is in the process of creating a new Falcon clone with a 68040
CPU and a few nice extras. This fact positions us in second place after the
PC compatibles in the category of max number of clones (Apple at this moment
only has one or two Mac clone makers).

But this is not the end of the story. Some companies realize that it was a
very good idea to find a way to make a standard PC compatible computer run
Atari programs. And they appear to have succeeded...  Wait a minute... Why
make an emulator program to run Atari ST programs on PC compatibles?. The
answer is very simple and it's contained in two facts:

    Some ex-Atarians have left our community and have bought PC-compatible
  computers; and
    buying a PC compatible is in many cases more "affordable" than buying
an Atari clone.

Add to the above two facts that the actual Atari compatible programs are
very capable when compared with their Windows counterparts and are less
expensive as well; and you have all the ingredients needed to convince
yourself to buy an Atari Emulator.

The Contestants:
In this review we use only three emulation programs that have their demo
files posted in the Internet. The only requirement is that the emulator
works entirely in software. This requirement only leaves out two Emulator
programs: the Janus Emulator, which uses a board that contains the
processor, and a new Emulator that C-Lab is developing and is also a board
with the processor and other things. (I don't have any more information
about it, but it's supposed to be Falcon Compatible). These types of
emulators will be the subject of another review.

I want to say that this review isn't related to or sponsored by any of the
companies which develop the programs described here. Even this review was
written without any knowledge on the parts of any of these companies (sorry
boys!, it's more impartial this way).

The three companies are the following:

1.   EMULATORS Inc. (formerly Branch Always Software), was the first company
  to produce this type of program. They created Gemulator at the beginning to
  put in the Atarians' hands an affordable alternative to buy a real Atari ST
  (at that time some models of PCs were cheaper than buying a similar ST
2.   AIXIT, not much to say about this company. It appears that the other
  product that it manufactures is a memory expansion for the TT that permits
  the use of SIMMs in that machine.
3.   APPLICATION SYSTEMS HEIDELBERG, first known for a VDI accelerator
  program that struck the  Atarians in Europe and is now to be found on our
  side of the Atlantic:  NVDI. Later they came up with another innovation:
  MagiC, a re-engineering of the standard TOS/GEM, written 100% in assembler
  and faster than our standard O.S., even in Multitasking, that is their
  strong point. MagiC_PC is based on this new O.S.

The machine that we used to perform the programs and tests is an IBM
ValuePoint 6482, with a 80486/33Mhz processor, 8 MB RAM and a 1GB EIDE hard
disk. The system comes with an S3 chip set that speeds Windows operations.
The Operating System is Windows95 (required by two of the three emulators to
work). For comparison purposes, I ran the test and the same programs on my
1040STe with 4MB of RAM, monochrome monitor and a Hard Disk.

Although the three programs have the same purpose - to run Atari programs on
a PC - the strategy for each one of the three programs is different:

    For GEMulator, the aim is the perfect emulation of a plain Atari
    For Tos2Win, it is the integration of your Atari programs into the
Windows95 Environment.
    For MagiC_PC, the goal is to build a complete platform that can run the
  same programs - without recompiling on an Atari, a Mac, and a PC, with each
  taking advantage of the latest features of the newest

Operating Systems.
Now that the different programs have been presented, it's time to put the
three emulators to the test and let them compete head to head.

The first point (and maybe the most important in a graphic environment like
the Atari systems) is the method of displaying things on the monitor.
Although the three would seem to generate the display in the same way,
actually the three emulators work differently.

Tos2Win emulates the ST standard modes and you can also configure its own
display resolution with the option of color mode (256 colors only). It tries
to create the display the same way as all the other Win95 programs. It even
uses the same pointer as Win95. For that reason the display has been
optimized for the drawing of windows, alert boxes, text output and other
types of standard VDI calls. The problem resides in the times when you try
to run programs with extensive graphic output, like PageStream, Positive
Image, game programs and other types of graphics software. When you try to
write directly to the display (as most game programs and paint software
does) some programs slow down and appear almost to freeze. Others, like
PageStream, simply present a black-filled window when you open a document.
Another problem found is its inability to display Inverse Video, for
example, as some programs do in sections of the display when you choose
something in it, like a selection button or an object in a game.

GEMulator96... business as usual. It emulates the three ST displays almost
perfectly. There is another mode which uses the DirectX display mode of
Win95 to speed things up and use the full display, but I can't use it
because it is disabled in the demo version. The program uses its own
pointer, so you must click on the window, or on the button in the Win95
taskbar to activate it. It runs all the programs that I have tested without
any problem, and almost as fast as my STe. No more to say.

MagiC_PC also has the three standard ST resolutions, and also has the
ability to reprogram the display in the resolution of your choice - you can
even choose a higher resolution than the one your display has -, and you can
choose the colors that you need (2, 4 or 16 colors). You can use more
colors, but this requires the help of an additional utility (see below).
This program also has its own pointer, so you need to click in the
window to activate the emulator pointer. It is slower than GEMulator96 (in
fact, the two programs are the slowest of the group, I guess because of the
better emulation). There are no major problems in compatibility here. As a
rule, if you can run a program under MagiC on an ST, you can run your
program here.

Hardware Emulation:
The second point of comparison between the three contestants, but no less
important, is the hardware emulation that they perform. As you know, the
PC's don't use a Motorola 68K or compatible CPU, but an Intel one. For
overcoming these problems, the three emulators have 68000 CPU simulators
inside them. Why a 68000 CPU and not a 68030 or higher CPU? The answer is
simple: this makes the emulator more compatible with the majority of
programs made for the Atari computers (remember when the TT first went on
sale? Only a few programs could run on it).

GEMulator seems to forget nothing that is known to a real ST/STe. You find
the blitter, the Yamaha sound chip, the STe 8-bit sound capability, and the
other things that make an ST just an ST. It even includes in the Quick ST
screen accelerator program (if you use the ROM card), and a 68000 debugger.
One interesting thing about the port emulation is that, if you like, you can
redirect the parallel and serial ports for use exclusively with GEMulator
(if you want to use your PC only to run Atari programs !!!!), or "freeze"
the port temporally. With GEMulator you can't use the ports in Multitask
with other Win95 programs. The years that Darek M. (the author of GEMulator)
dedicated to the program makes it the most efficient of the three (see table

MagiC_PC appears only to emulate a plain ST. It only has the Yamaha sound
chip support. The ports are emulated so that you can share with other Win95
programs the standard way. So you can't manipulate it directly. The hardware
emulation is the most speedy of the three (in contrast to the display speed
- it's the slowest - but A.S.H. promises to fix it in a standard way - see

Tos2Win only has the basics for a workable ST. It has no sound, no blitter
emulation, etc. It appears that the most important thing in the emulator is
the O.S., that also appears to have to compatibility with any ROM TOS that
Atari has made. The only apparent hardware strength is their MIDI ability.
It even has a switch to accelerate the internal clock for MIDI purposes. But
the question is where the ports have to be connected, or how to connect

TABLE 1 GEMbench 4.03:
Time taken to perform the Tests:

               1040STe        GEMulator96    TOS2WIN        MagiC_PC
Total Time:         2:12.28        2:25.00             2:13.53
Display Time:       1:27.35        1:53.97             1:27.28
CPU Time:      0:47.09        0:34.29             0:46.48

O.K. Now we have all the components to run a ST program. But where will you
save those programs and their data?. The three programs resolve this in
different ways.  The king of the CPU in this category is MagiC_PC. Not only
can you use the actual Hard Disk configuration on your PC, but you can use
Virtual Hard Disk Drives (in fact you must load your auto programs,
accessories and MagiC support files from one of these). If you have a
diskette that is formatted in an ST format, you can also configure a Virtual
Diskette Drive, and with the help of the startup window, you can "download"
the diskette to the VDD and use it without any problem. And the best of all
is that you can use all of the above at the same time. Add to all these
features the ability of MagiC 5 to use long filenames and Win95 compatible
file systems, and you have the most complete system in town (remember that
you can have the same features on both Macs and Ataris thanks to the MagiC 5

GEMulator has the same characteristics, but with a limitation: if you want
to use VDD or read an ST formatted disk, you can't use a normal PC
partition, only the VDDs. The other limitation is that you can only use four
VHDDs with a capacity of 30 MB each. It's assumed that GEMulator can use the
extended file system features of MagiC_PC, but I haven't been able to make
it work at this time.  Tos2Win only uses the standard Hard Disks of the PC.
So you can't read ST formatted disks or do other nifty stuff.

Performance Tests:
What is life without the little challenges. Here are some tests performed to
give an idea of how each one of the three contestants measures up. First is
the remaining portion of the GEMbench test that is referenced in table 1:

GEMbench 4.03: Percentages of each test as displayed:

Test:                    1040STe   GEMulator96    TOS2WIN        MagiC_PC

GEM Dialog Box:     146%        98%               57%       269%
VDI Text:      239%      178%                1043%          273%
VDI Text Effects:   156%      230%                1189%          358%
VDI Small Text:     161%      176%           862%      301%
VDI Graphics:  108%      162%           738%      264%
GEM Window:    225%        44%               110%      391%
Integer Division:     98%          557%           511%      1030%
Float Math:           98%          165%             53%          - - -
RAM Access:           98%          172%             85%          121%
ROM Access:           98%          190%             86%          116%
Blitting:      624%        95%               268%      128%
VDI Scroll:         310%      163%           778%      315%
Justified Text:          248%      112%           433%      244%
VDI Enquire:          94%          100%             93%          169%
New Dialogs:        113%        76%                 49%          176%
Stat. Display       220%      130%           510%      262%
Stat. CPU:            98%          246%           183%      422%
Average:       187%      161%           423%      296%

Note that some Emulators distort the internal clocks and represent the tests
as if the emulator is faster than it actually is. Believe only in Table 1's
reported timings. (I have used this table (Table 2) only for informational
purposes).   The features listed in the next two tables represent exactly
what you would expect them to. I chose the image programs because they use
intensive CPU processing for decompression and preparing the image, and
extensive display operations for displaying the selected image. The first
program uses a window to display the image, and the second writes directly
to the display:

Time taken to load a TIFF image (486x287 pixels, 256 colors / 156989 Bytes
long) into Positive Image ver. 1.1:

Test:                    1040STe        GEMulator96    TOS2WIN
Time (Minutes):     1:53.72        2:22.21             2:56.10

Time taken to load a GIF image (500x400 pixels, 256 colors / 103,533 Bytes
long) into MGIF 5.2 Beta:

Test:               1040STe        GEMulator96    TOS2WIN
Time (Minutes):     0:12.90        0:21.54             >5:00.00

We've mentioned this above, so there's not much more to say. In general, the
better compatibility in all aspects is GEMulator96. Only protected programs,
games that do strange things to or expect strange things from the hardware,
do not work in it. Programs that write directly to the display (or any other
hardware) will probably work with it.  As I wrote earlier, if you work with
programs that are MagiC compatible, you can use MagiC_PC (GEMulator also can
work with MagiC).  With Tos2Win I had mixed feelings. I suggest that you try
your programs before you buy this emulator. Also at times one program may
work, but other times it seems not to.

Programs used to perform the compatibility tests are PageStream 2.2b,
Positive Image 1.1 (graphics package), Coltris (game), MahJong II (game),
Stello (game), Three Yahoo (game), 7th Up, Everest 3.5e, Zcontrol 0.24 (that
does not work in the MagiC_PC demo), Selectric File Selector (does not run
in Tos2Win), Oxyd (game) (mono & color - only works in GEMulator), Atari
Works (does not run in Tos2Win and I can't run SpeedoGDOS in GEMulator due
to the lack of loading of Auto programs in it) and Gemini 1.2e. I expect in
the future to test other programs that are more CPU intensive.  One
potential problem during the tests is that GEMulator doesn't work at all
with the MagiC that comes with MagiC_PC. It can't copy or move files between
folders or drives, load the programs in the auto folder, run Appline, use
the VHDD mode, and the file selector of MagiC had errors reading directories
(I had to run Selectric manually). Other than these problems, it runs fine.

In this world nothing is quiet.  Everything changes with time, even
computers and programs. And our three emulators aren't exceptions.  With the
addition of the special characteristics that aren't available in the demo
version, Gemulator96 promises that a coming update will emulate a TT, with
its 68030 processor. And it appears to be the base for another emulator for
the PC: a Macintosh version (code named Recycler).  Tos2Win also promises
several updates (that will be free - they only want the initial fee for the
CD - which, in my opinion, is not cheap - approx. D.M. 250 (almost U.S.$
200.00 as I read on some sites), one of them is the fix for some display

MagiC_PC has suffered from some transformations since it was conceived.
Early versions work with MagiC 4, then later they added the long filename
support and support for big DOS partitions, perfecting the Multitasking and
they created the new MagiC 5. So the final demo - and the final product - is
a finished product. The only weak point of the product - the display - will
be fixed with an add-on:  the new NVDI for MagiC_PC. It will substitute
various routines of the VDI part of the MagiC O.S. with optimized code for
the GDI (the equivalent part of Windows). In addition to speeding up the
display, and of course permitting SpeedoGDOS compatibility, it will expand
the number of colors displayed by the display of MagiC_PC to thousands and
millions, depending of course of your PC video card.

All three of these programs are very good. But, as we saw above, each one
has characteristics that differentiates one from another. I personally can't
recommend Tos2Win as your definitive new Atari-in-a-PC clone. It is very
incompatible and unstable (in the tests I had to reinstall it several
times). If your goal is to run some Atari programs that strictly follow the
Gem conventions (not the MagiC ones), Tos2Win could be your emulator, but it
limits you greatly.

If you want an "Almost-Exact Image" of your ST/STe, Gemulator96 should be
your choice. It even emulates STe sound via a Soundblaster card. One
recommendation instead: buy it with the card (if you plan total
compatibility), or use with an original MagiC (2 or 4 for Atari - not
MagiC_PC). My experience here demonstrates that it is not very compatible
with the MagiC_PC O.S., as Emulators Inc. tries to convince us. Do not buy
it as an upgrade to MagiC_PC!!!!!.

If your plan is to take advantage of the latest in operating systems for
your Atari and maintain good compatibility (as far as the MagiC O.S. permits
us), and you have a little more money to spend, MagiC_PC will satisfy you.
Buy it with NVDI for MagiC_PC, or you will have several frustrating hours in
front of your new emulator because of the lack of True-Color resolutions and
good speed if you want to run it with other Win95 programs. In this aspect
it is the better of the three emulators.

              JTS Corp. Announces Far East Distribution Network

SAN JOSE, CALIF. (Oct. 29) BUSINESS WIRE -Oct. 29, 1996--
Leading Asian Distributors to Support JTS' Full Line of Hard Disk Drives JTS
Corp. (AMEX:JTS), a world leader in the development of ultra-slim hard disk
drives and portable storage solutions, on Tuesday announced major
distribution agreements with leading Far East distributors Karma Asia,
Alpine Australia, Synnex (Japan and Australia) and TriGem Korea.  The
agreements call for Far East distribution of JTS' full line of 3.5-inch and
3.0-inch hard disk drive storage products.

"With a good percentage of the worldwide hard disk drive demand coming from
Asia, it was critical that we put the resources in place to meet the needs
of this vital market," said Tom Mitchell, president and chief executive
officer of JTS Corp.  "By working together with leading Far East
distributors, JTS' line of storage products will now be well supported in
these key channels."   "The Asia Pacific region is increasingly becoming an
important region for disk drive sales," said Crawford Del Prete, vice
president, Storage Research IDC.  "In 1996 we expect that 21 percent of
desktop drives and 47 percent of mobile drives will ship from OEM drive
suppliers into this market."

JTS' current products include a family of low profile, high capacity 3.5-
inch disk drives designed for desktop applications and JTS' Nordic line of
ultra-thin, high-capacity 3.0-inch disk drives for mobile computing with
heights as thin as 10.5mm.  JTS products are encapsulated to lock in quality
and protect against handling and ESD damage, improve drive reliability and
provide easier installation.  By encapsulating the drive, the installer is
able to handle the unit on all surfaces without touching the PCBA.  This
encapsulation technology has allowed the company to achieve field return
rates approximately 300 percent lower than industry averages.

"JTS' durable hard drives provide cost-effective solutions for both the
desktop and portable segments," said Paul Lee, executive managing director
at TriGem.  "By adding the JTS line, we are better able to meet the needs of
these aggressive markets."   "We are confident that JTS will open new
avenues in the Far East hard disk drive market," added Mitchell.  "With
Karma, Alpine, Synnex (Japan and Australia) and TriGem's distribution
efforts, JTS will be able to offer consumers both 3.0-inch portability as
well as a very competitive line of 3.5-inch hard disk drive storage

             JTS Shipping Portable Computer Industry's First...

SAN JOSE, CALIF. (Oct. 29) BUSINESS WIRE -Oct. 29, 1996-- Nordic 3.0-inch
family reaches capacities up to 1.6GB JTS Corp. (AMEX:JTS), a world leader
in the development of ultra-slim hard disk drives and portable storage
solutions, on Tuesday announced three additions to its Nordic family of 3.0-
inch hard drives including the portable computer industry's first ultra-slim
1GB hard disk drive.

The N1080-2AR measures just 10.5mm high making ideal for low-profile,
lightweight portable computers.  For the high-end portable capacity market,
JTS added the 12.5mm high N1620-3AR and the N1440-3AR hard drives offering
1.6GB and 1.4GB respectively.   "The N1080-2AR, which is now shipping, packs
a full gigabyte into one of the most compact portable form factors
available," said Tom Mitchell, president and chief executive officer of JTS
Corp.  "The merits of this ultra-slim high capacity drive are already
causing the mobile computing industry to take action on implementing the3.0-
inch form factor in their next generation of lightweight portable products."

"JTS has opened the door for a new storage solution for the future of mobile
computing," commented Phil Devin, vice president, Storage Research,
Dataquest.  "These drives will allow portable OEMs and integrators to
achieve leading capacities, quality and performance all at a lower cost per
megabyte than 2.5-inch drives."
The thin profile of these three new drives provides reduced size and weight
benefits without sacrificing storage capacity.  Storage intensive
applications, such as large databases, multimedia and video are not limited
to desktop PCs.  Mobile users now have the capacity and performance they
need to enable their use of more demanding computing applications.

JTS designed these drives to achieve exceptional performance, with SMART
capability, industry leading power management commands, seek times of less
than 14msec, disk rotation speeds of 4103 RPM, cache buffer sizes of 128K
and PIO Mode 4, Fast ATA-3 interface for transfer rates of up to 16.6MB/sec.
Advanced patented electronics and a unique voice coil motor manufacturing
technique provide these drives with higher performance, better noise
immunity, improved heat dissipation and higher reliability than competitive
alternatives. Embedded servo eliminates the need for thermal recalibration
making these drives ideal for multimedia applications.   Additionally, the
compact, rugged Nordic family of 3.0-inch hard disk drives are encapsulated
to lock in quality and protect against handling. Able to withstand 350Gs,
the new Nordic drives offer high reliability and shock resistance.

PCMIDE (Personal Computer Memory Integrated Drive Electronics) Connectors
make the Nordic family ideal for hot-pluggable applications. This innovative
ATA-3 enhanced IDE interface was designed by JTS and adopted by the Small
Form Factor Committee.  Allowing more than 10,000 insertions, it ensures
data safety when power is disconnected and protects the circuit board from
ESD damage.  The N1080-2AR, N1440-3AR and the N1620-3AR hard drives are now
shipping. Offered with a three year warranty, the 3.0-inch drives allow for
80 percent more capacity at a lower cost per megabyte than competitive 2.5-
inch products.

JTS Corp., with headquarters in San Jose, was founded in 1994 to design,
manufacture and supply enhanced-capacity hard disk drives for the notebook
and desktop personal computer market.  JTS offers an innovative line of
ultra-slim 3.0-inch disk drives that provide higher capacity and lower cost
per megabyte than competitive alternatives in the portable computer market.

The president and chief executive officer of JTS, Tom Mitchell, was formerly
the president and chief operating officer of Conner Peripherals and co-
founder, president and chief operating officer of Seagate Technology.  The
company currently employs more than 4,300 people worldwide including
manufacturing facilities in Madras, India.

                            Entertainment Section

More 'Big News' From Don Thomas!
PlayStation News!  PSX Games!
And more...

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

Still no new information regarding the pending releases for the Jaguar, due
next month.  We have contacted Telegames and we're awaiting news of review
copies to arrive.  In the meantime, we have started to get feedback from
Sony, including one of their latest games.  It's interesting how much
difference there is in two companies and their respective products.  There
was a ton of red tape to go through to get Jaguar product, from Atari and
the third party publishers;  Sony has been more responsive, and quicker.
There is still some time lapse, but I feel more confident dealing with Sony
and its third party supporters than I ever felt with Atari and
theirs...overall.  And, still no word from Nintendo...

Like you, we're all anxiously awaiting to see these new games for the
Jaguar.  We're looking forward to reviewing these games for you; to see what
types of games we've all been waiting for the past months.  As we learn
more, we'll pass the info along.

Until next time...

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

             Psygnosis' Highly Anticipated Wipeout XL Blasts ...

FOSTER CITY, CALIF. (Oct. 29) BUSINESS WIRE -Oct. 29, 1996--Psygnosis
announces the release of Wipeout XL(TM), the highly anticipated sequel to
the original ground-breaking futuristic racer, WipeOut(TM), which virtually
defined the notion of next generation video games.  Like the original game,
Wipeout XL pits the player against the fierce competition of anti-gravity
ballistic racing.  This time around, however, the developers have taken out
all stops with a wide range of improvements and enhancements.

Wipeout XL features eight all-new tracks and two hidden tracks. Players
choose from four racing classes (double the original), including difficulty
curves for the novice driver, and a super-fast hidden Phantom class for
WipeOut veterans.  There are 15 ships (the original has eight), 11 weapons
(up from the original six), along with other enhancements such as
checkpoints and pit-stops. An energy bar has been implemented and, unlike
the first game, ships will be destroyed after too much collision damage
(although pit-stop energy blocks give you a fighting change of staying in
the race).

Wipeout XL's pounding techno soundtrack features some of the most popular
electronic underground music artists, such as Future Sound of London, Fluke,
The Chemical Brothers, Underworld, Photek, The Prodigy, Daft Punk, Source
Direct, Orbital, and Leftfield. Psygnosis has teamed up with Astralwerks,
the electronic music division of Caroline Records to produce a compilation
Wipeout XL soundtrack which is now separately available.  "This is the first
time a separate album of the exact soundtrack found in a U.S. PlayStation
game will be sold under a major record company label,"  said Mark Beaumont,
senior vice president, marketing for Psygnosis, U.S.A. "The techno-style
music in Wipeout XL is as cutting-edge as the game, making the two

                     PlayStation Shipments Hit 9 Million

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Oct. 31 (UPI S) -- Sony Corp. has reported (Thursday)
that shipments of its PlayStation video-game console have reached 9 million
units worldwide, including 4 million in Japan, 2.8 million in North America
and 2.2 million in Europe. Sony says it will increase PlayStation hardware
production at its manufacturing facilities in Japan to 1 million units per
month in November and December.

                Yen Fall Brings Production Back Home For Sony

Sony Corporation is to begin producing all Sony PlayStation game terminals
in Japan in the light of the recent fall of the yen. In the last few months,
the currency has slipped from rates of around 105 yen to the dollar to 114
yen making Japanese made products more attractive to overseas buyers. The
move will also make it easier for Sony to source components from Japanese
manufacturers. Production will be centered on its plants in Kisarazu, Chiba
prefecture, and Minokamo, Gifu prefecture. The former plant is already
making PlayStation machines.

                Sony To Stop U.S. Production of Game Machines

TOKYO, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Japan-based Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. plans
to stop manufacturing its popular PlayStation home video game machines in
the United States and step up production in Japan, a company spokesman said
Wednesday.  "PlayStation is enjoying a large increase in demand, so we are
shifting  production to Japan because it is more efficient," Sony spokesman
Konosuke Shimizu said.   The company  hopes to speed up production by
procuring parts from domestic suppliers.  Sony plans to increase its current
monthly production target of 700,000 units to meet higher-than-expected
demand.  "Starting in December, we will start marketing PlayStation in Hong
Kong, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia," Shimizu said.

              The King's Armada Has Arrived! King's Field II...

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. (Oct. 31) BUSINESS WIRE -Oct. 31, 1996--With the
incredible success of King's Field for the Sony PlayStation, and in response
to hundreds of requests for more, ASCII Entertainment is proud to announce
King's Field II, an all new action-adventure role playing game.  A whole new
quest is set before you as you wander an even bigger, more menacing world of
beautiful, fully rendered 3D polygon texture mapped splendor!

Great Expectations
The sequel to the smash hit, King's Field II will be released November 20 by
ASCII Entertainment.  Already receiving praise, one game tester said,
"King's Field II is the closest thing that you can get to a virtual reality
action-adventure without buying a headset. It is a highly immersive 3D
adventure that is completely captivating. It's so addicting, they're going
to have to cut the power to my house to get me to stop!"

Featured in King's Field II are a barrage of innovative changes from the
original epic adventure.  ASCII Entertainment has made improvements and
additions in all of the major categories of gameplay.  A great deal of
energy has gone into listening to the suggestions of the consumers,
enhancing the quality of an already near-perfect game, and coming out with
possibly the most advanced game yet for the PlayStation.

Graphically, ASCII Entertainment improved the character definition for the
villagers and enemies.  In the surrounding world, ASCII Entertainment
included more of everything -- villages and outside scenery, towns folk,
enemies, hidden treasures, weapons, and secret areas -- all in the same
captivating graphic quality as the original!

Of course, ASCII Entertainment didn't stop there!  In the sound department,
improved CD quality music has been added.  Enemies grow louder as the player
approaches, and the music provides an eerie, haunting realism.  A new
overall soundtrack will keep your speakers pumping with live CD quality
music throughout the game.

With all of these new factors, plus a larger quest in a world so entirely
huge, it could take months to explore every nook and cranny! King's Field II
is destined to be a hit!  With all the other enhancements carefully being
added in, who knows what else ASCII will think of before the game hits the

Jaguar Online STR InfoFile        Online Users Growl & Purr!

                                  BIG news!
By Donald A. Thomas, Jr.

The election is coming up. That seems to be important. It's big news each
night on radio and television lately. When I think hard about it, I am not
sure why. Many people feel, as do I, that politicians say what they have
to in order to be elected. Who knows what they'll really do in office. Even
if I gloss over that admittedly defeatist viewpoint, there remains another
popular viewpoint that the election is already decided... at least this year

I suppose it's tradition. We all have to talk about it and hear about it
just because it's America's ultimate soap opera. After all, obvious slam
dunk elections have turned up as big misses at the polls in the past. It
could happen again. As for me, I'd just love to see an innovative game
company develop a program that pitched famous politicians against each
other. Since the early days, when Activision released their blocky "Boxing"
game in 1980, one-against-one bouts have been a popular video game subject.
I'd love to see Clinton and Dole go at it in a video game. Perot makes a
great on-deck challenger too! I suppose they'd have to V-Chip the game and
gray out any blood scenes. I should run for President. I'd love to be in
that game to throw some punches. Hey, everyone, write me in! <g>

"Turning Point", a popular television news magazine, featured an in-depth
life-after-death segment the other night. Do you suppose there's a
coincidence that Halloween is around the corner? Nah, they wouldn't be that
corny, would they? The only explanation is that it must be big news.
Personally, the entire concept seems to me to be more philosophical than
newsworthy. If it wasn't for my family tying up the television, I would have
preferred to play "Crypts of Chaos" (20th Century Fox, 1982), "Demon Attack"
(Imagic, 1982), "Entombed" (USgames, 1982), "Frankenstein's Monster" (Data
Age, 1983), "Ghostbusters" (Activision, 1984), "Ghost Manor" (Xonox, 1983)
or "Haunted House" (Atari, 1981). Although none of those equal the notoriety
earned by the likes of "Asteroids" (Atari, 1981) or "Missile Command"
(Atari, 1980), they were all fun, share a spooky theme and helped wear the
metal contacts thin on my Atari 2600 cartridge port.

So the world is changing. No one cares if our President ever inhaled and
schools turn in six year olds for kissing classmates to show affection.
(Just imagine the outcry if "Custer's Revenge" (Mystique, 1982) was released
in today's climate.) Sports games are hot news to gamers, but the mainstream
press never mentions them. There_s not enough room in the newspaper after
you cover the more important non-sports news you know what I mean, don't
you? The strikes, the spitting, the car crashes while boozed up. I think
there's more real game action at Little League. For me, a good game of "Real
Sports Baseball" (Atari, 1982) or "Bowling" (Atari, 1978) gives me all the
virtual sports action I ever needed and the players never wind up being
arrested.  Yes, the world is changing. "PacMan" peaked when he made the
cover of "Time Magazine" in the October 25, 1982 issue.

They don't still sell Ralston's "Donkey Kong" cereal (1982) any more, right?
I don't know. I stopped helping to pick cereal when I stopped seeing those
cool video game promotions on the backs of packages each month. Yeah, I see
them sometimes now for a complete PlayStation system or a Big Screen TV, but
it's not the same. They used to give away trips to Atari Headquarters and
full size arcade games. I still have a couple dozen of the scratch off cards
handed out at McDonalds restaurants in 1982 based on popular video games.
Why don't they do things like that anymore?

It was April 1976, when Atari first released the coin-op version of
"Breakout". I remember sharing time with a friend at a convenience store
well past midnight on one of those machines. Through the cigarette-stained
glass and our own smoke filled eyes, we would stare at colored "bricks" and
bouncing pixels for hours on end driving the four-cornered ball past the
front rows of bricks and into a wild frenzy against the back rows through a
corridor at one side of the screen or another.  Back then, things were
different. No one heard of Aids and teenagers were afraid of being caught at
something rather than catching something.

I wish I kept the old newspaper clippings I saved back then. I one day threw
them away because it was clear to me then that video games and home
computers were front-page topics forever. I never had enough room to store
all that paper. There were great video game magazines then just as there are
now too. Back then, though, even "Playboy" and "Popular Science" talked
about the new form of adult toys that integrated sizzling visuals,
tantalizing sounds and responsive joysticks into one heck of a good time. Do
they still cover those topics anymore?

So who is buying these great new video games in stores today? Do none of
these people watch television or read newspapers? Why is it that the video
game industry is so huge, but new product releases and great top-notch
programmers hardly ever rate in the entertainment sections? Where is Warren
Robinett lately? Who's he dating? Is he married? Children? Why isn't he ever
in the celebrity round-up section of USA Today? (Please don't tell me you
don't know who he is. You'll really make me sob.)

By the way, one of the institutional founders of the gaming industry
proverbially died a few weeks ago. JTS, a disk drive company, absorbed all
of Atari Corporation's assets and pretty much soaked it all up with few
traces of the monolith that once stood. Ever see the witch melt in Wizard of
Oz? Kind of the same thing, except muted.  No big deal though. After all,
Atari's final fall is not nearly as big news as predetermined elections,
kissing babies, spitting athletes and Halloween stories of an afterlife. Is

--Don Thomas

(The best people to ask these questions are those who have exposure to the
public. If you believe Atari left us without saying goodbye, contact
Dateline" at If you REALLY believe, then send this article
to 10 of your friends in e-mail. AND if YOU REALLY, REALLY believe, mail a
few to newspapers or other news programs. A letter in your own words would
be great!) Permission is granted to freely reprint this article provided the
author duly credited. (10/26/96)

Below please find descriptions of the events PlayStation will be
participating in through January 1997:

                       LOOK WHAT PLAYSTATION IS UP TO!
                       THERE'S SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!
                             NATIONAL PROMOTIONS

Next time you eat your favorite candy bar from Nestle, you'll have a chance
to win a game for your PlayStation game console!  Collect one free
designated PlayStation video game and you're automatically entered in the
Nestle and PlayStation Extreme Excitement Sweepstakes.  All you have to do
send in 10 UPC Symbols (bar codes) from any Nestle singles including
Butterfinger, Baby Ruth, Nestle Crunch, 100 Grand, Butterfinger BB's, Buncha
Crunch, and one UPC from a selected PlayStation video game.  You can win one
of the following games:

Beyond the Beyond, Samari Showdown III, Blades of Blood, Bogey Dead 6,
Epidemic and King of Fighters.
When you send in your UPC's you are automatically entered in the Nestle and
PlayStation Extreme Excitement Sweepstakes.  Grand prize is a Sea Doo.
First prize is one K2 snowboard. 100 second prizes include a PlayStation
game console and video game and 5000 third prizes of a limited edition
PlayStation t-shirt.  So eat, play and win one PlayStation game when you
enter the Nestle and PlayStation Extreme Excitement Sweepstakes.

                               NATIONAL TOURS


October - December 1996

Check us out at our cool, 18 wheeler PlayStation truck at the following
events around the country through January 15, 1997.  You'll find the truck
at various colleges, NASCAR events and music events.  Don't miss out on the

DATE                MARKET              EVENT
November 1-3             Miami, FL                NASCAR Busch Grand Nat'l
November 15-17           Ellenton, FL             Sony Gulf Coast Retailer
November 19-21           Jacksonville, FL         U.of No. Florida
Collegiate Health & Fitness
November 23              Miami, FL                H&C Retailer PR event
November 24              Miami, FL                Battle of the Bands
December 2-3             Tuscaloosa, AL           U. of Al. Collegiate
Health & Fitness
December 5-6             Montgomery, AL           Alabama St. Collegiate &
December 13-15           Jacksonville, FL         Cruisin Tunes Retailer


October - December 1996
Winter Mission is a 30 college campus tour in the Northeast featuring
extreme sports including: skiing, snowboarding, in-line skating and rock
climbing.  The Tour will be featured in the quad area of each campus.  The
exhibit area features sponsor tents including Mountain Dew, Jeep, Fila, Paul
Mitchell, Airwalk and of course, PlayStation.  Sponsors will showcase their
products, conduct promotions, and provide interactive entertainment such as
a Trampoline demonstration of aerial maneuvers on skis and snowboards, a
trial riding demonstration, an inflatable climbing wall, skiing and
snowboarding video games and simulators, in-line skate demos, and Learn to
ski and ride tents.  Sony's Big MO 9' x 12' outdoor television will display
ski and snowboard videos throughout the day.

DATE           CITY/STATE     SCHOOL              RETAIL PARTNER
November 2          Villanova, PA       Villanova University     Circuit
November 4          Newark, DE     University of Delaware   Circuit City
November 6          Fairfax, VA         George Mason University  Circuit
November 11    Washington DC       American University      Circuit City
November 12    College Park, MD    University of Maryland   Circuit City


Tour Routing
You think you've got what it takes? Show off what you've got and score big!
Play for a chance to win our grand prize of a trip for two to the Sugar Bowl
in New Orleans, a DSS Satellite System, a PlayStation game system, T-shirts,
hats, discounts and more.

Two trucks will appear at the following university stadiums:

Promotion Date University          Game Opponent       Game Location

11/5/96        U. No.Carolina      U. of Louisville         Chapel Hill, NC
11/5/96        U. Wisconsin        U. of Minnesota          Madison, WI
11/12/96            U. Florida          U. of South Carolina
Gainesville, FL
11/12/96            Notre Dame          U. of Pittsburgh         South Bend,
11/19/96            Florida State       U. Maryland         Miami, FL
11/19/96            Boston College      Miami University         Chestnut
Hill, MA
12/3/96        Philadelphia/Army   Philadelphia/ Navy
Philadelphia, PA


Come and visit this incredible, hands-on promotion which is appearing at a
university near you! Over the course of the day, students will compete
against each other on our newest hit release, NCAA GameBreaker.  There will
be many on-site giveaways and the winner from the day's competition will
receive a PlayStation game console, a copy of the game, as well as a chance
to compete for a trip to California to continue the challenge. The grand
prize will be an all expense paid trip to the National College Football
Championship game in New Orleans on January, 2 1997.

SCHOOL              DATE
Fresno State             November 6

ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine          The wires are a hummin'!

                            PEOPLE... ARE TALKING

 On CompuServe

Joe Mirando
CIS ID: 73637,2262

Hidi ho friends and neighbors.  Well, another week has passed us by and
there are now fewer than sixty days  until Christmas. I can remember back to
when our chosen platform had as many offerings as the "big boys"  did, and
you could walk into just about any computer store and find software for your
ST.  For the past  several years I've grown nostalgic around the holidays.
I think back to the Christmas animations posted on  Online Services by users
like you and I.  They were charming, not to mention tasteful and quite
competitive  with the best available on any platform.

While those days are gone, I still have some of those animations and
delight my nieces and nephews with them when they come over.  Do _you_
remember the "morphing cat"  watching television and becoming the characters
that it was watching as it flipped through the channels? Their  other
favorite is the "Santa BBS" program which connects them to The Jolly One on
his BBS at the North Pole.

Why, you might ask, would I be getting the "holiday warm-fuzzies" now, at
Halloween?  The reason is  simple:  Nostalgia.  RIght now, it's about all
we've got and I'm bound and determined to make the most of it.     For those
of you who've written and asked me about my health and not received a reply
in the last few days,  thank you.  While I'm not back to normal yet, I'm
doing much better and am digging out from under the pile
of work that I've let accumulate over the past month or so.

While there is still no word on the commercial Web Browser for the ST line
of computers, there is a new  version of CAB available which I've heard is
much more stable than the last one.  Funny, but I've been  hearing that
about each version that's come out for the past six months or so.  I'm not
berating the authors,  simply stating a fact... and lamenting it.

Well, let's get on with the reason we're here, all the news, hints, tips,
and info available on CompuServe.

 From the Atari Computing Forum

Terry Cano asks:

"O.k. what goes?  Is CIS slowly dropping Atari users?  I just tried to
access the MUSICARTS FORUM and  got a messgae...that my current software
will not access the FORUM to get and upgrade!!!!  If this is the  NEW CIS
then I'll keep the money I pay them and go to a movie.......BTW, I spend
about $300 a year on  CIS... not much but a lot of movies can be bought for

Albert Dayes tells Terry:

"Some forums are moving to the new software which requires the HMI host
protocol which is only available  on the Mac and PC at the current time. CIS
does not seem to be too interested in giving out information on it.  I
believe they are trying to get everyone internet ready browser type client
software instead."

Sysop Jim Ness tells Albert (and everyone else):

"The current strategy is to switch all forums over to new NT-based Pentium
machines, which required a  rewrite of the system software for all services
that are moved.  They've decided on two sets of access software  for most or
all of those services.  One set is the "HMI" interface used in WinCIM and
most other current PC  access programs (and a couple of Mac programs).  The
other set is a Web interface, which will be available to  anyone with Web
software, once it's finished (still some months away).  Forums like this one
will remain on the old DEC-compatible minicomputers for the foreseeable
future.  It  would not make a lot of sense to move an Atari support forum to
a PC/Mac environment, at least until we  have decent Web access software.
There are over 100 forums moved over already, out of maybe 700-800  total.
They've taken it very slowly, because of initial teething pains with the new

Our old friend Lloyd Pulley tells Jim:

"In my opinion, another stupid move on CIS's part.  I own a PC and can't
access those 100 Forum's that have  switched over.  I use NavCIS and it
can't handle the new format - and CIS isn't too fast on supplying them  (and
other 3rd party people) the information needed to support the new format
(according to the folks at   NavCIS). So what happens?  I, and others, use
CIS less and less."

Sysop Jim tells Lloyd:

"There is no doubt that the changeover has cost CompuServe some members,
mostly due to access problems.  On the PC issue, there are a number of
access programs which do very well with the new software.  I  currently use
OzWIN, with TAPCIS as a backup.  TAPCIS has a DOS interface, so it's kind of
"old- fashioned" compared to OzWIN.  I'm surprised that the Dvorak people
are claiming CIS is slow to provide the new software to them.  I happen  to
know that they have had full access to it for quite awhile.  It could be
that there is a private beta going on,  and only those users have access to
the newer version."

Volker Schellberg asks:

"Does anyone know where to get suitable software for an ATARI-ST to connect
it with an IBM-PC?"

Albert Dayes asks Volker:

"What kind of software?  Are you talking about networking software or just a
serial connection between two  computers. You should be able to use any
telecommunications program to send files back and forth using the serial
connection.  For networking the only one I know of is called Bio-Net. Not
sure of the price but I believe  it allows connection to a Novell network
maybe even tcp/ip networks."

Volker tells Albert:

"Yes, I just want to connect two computers. There is in fact an Accessory on
the ATARI-ST-Language-Disk,  the VT52-Emulator. Furthermore there's a short
Listing in the manual called  'Mini'-Terminal. Can I work
with that ?"

Sysop Bob Retelle tells Volker:

"The VT-52 emulator accessory is a simple "dumb terminal" emulator.. that
is, you can send and receive text  with it, but it will not do file
transfers.. no uploading or downloading of files between the two computers.
For  full transfer capabilities you'll need a better terminal program for
the ST.  It's not as bad a "chicken or the  egg" situation as you might
think though (how do you download a terminal program if you don't already
have  a terminal program?).  You can download Atari programs with your IBM
compatible computer and transfer them to the Atari on a 3.5  inch floppy
disk..  IF ..  you remember to format the floppy  ON THE IBM, and format it
as a low density 720K disk.  Then you can download a program from our
software library here and save it to the floppy,  transfer it to the Atari
and run it there.  Most of our files are compressed with as either LZH or
ZIP files, and you can uncompress them on your IBM  with either  LHA.EXE  or
any of the PKUNZIP utilities before saving to the floppy if you don't
already have the proper Atari versions of those utilities.  Then once you
have a terminal program running on the Atari,  you'll need a standard DOS or
Windows terminal program on the IBM, and what's known as a "null modem
cable" (available at Radio Shack) to plug them into each other.  Let us know
if you have any problems getting all this to work..."

P.Walding adds:

"There is a program that allows connecting an ST to a PC via serial
connections that then allows you to access  the drives on the PC from your
ST for file copying , storage , etc.  I can't remember the name off-hand.  I
uploaded it to someone here a few months back and I believe it worked fine.
I have removed it from my hard  drive to an EZ cart , but will try to find
it tonight and upload it here if I can."

Carl Katz tells us that he's...

"...trying to communicate with a library terminal over the phone with my
Atari Mega 2. I try to send my  configuration to the library's computer as
VT52 (the option it offers is VT52 digital) and the screen sizing just
doesn't get right, stuff is all in the wrong place. I tried copying the VT52
file from the USA language disk and  making it an .ACC file...still to no
avail. Does this VT52 .acc file kick in automatically. Am I missing

Albert Dayes tells Carl:

"I would try using a terminal program that supports VT-100 protocol.  Most
of the commercial  telecommunciations programs do very well at that. There
should be some shareware telecommunications  programs that work just as well
for VT-100.  You are just using the terminal program to connect to the
library  and not performing file transfers right?"

I jump in and add:

"The VT52 emulator on the language disk has definite negative-pressure
properties (it sux <grin>).  To be  fair, it does emulate a VT52 terminal
fairly well, but it's a dumb terminal with no upload/download  capabilities.
Search the libs for a good shareware term program (STorm, FreezeDried Term,
or one of the  others that I can't recall at the moment. Most if not all of
them provide a range of terminal emulations _and_  upload/download
functions.  If this is going to be more than a one-shot deal, I'd recommend
popping for Flash  II.  It's my term program of choice now and it does VT-52
quite well.  I just had a thought... what are you  using right now to log on
to CIS? If you're using Flash II or STalker, you've already got what you
need. They both do VT-52 very nicely."

Alex Magdaleno posts:

"Last year I got some good information in here on how to move my letters
from my ATARI to my IBM. I  rememer the part about formating the disk, but i
forgot how to convert the files to word for window files after  they are in
my IBM. Anyone remember how? I'll keep better notes next time."

Our friend Albert Dayes tells Alex:

"Marcel, the shareware program on the Atari ST (in the library), can convert
most of the more popular Atari  ST word processing formats to RTF. Most if
not all Microsoft Windows based word processors can import  RTF. The file
conversion needs to occur on the Atari ST. Someone mentioned in the past
that Marcel was  available for the PC but I have not seen it."

Over in the Atari Gaming forum last week, Kevin Tekel posted this about
Nintendo's assertion that the N64 is the first 64 bit video game system:

"HAH! LIAR! Obviously Nintendo of America, Inc. has never heard of the ATARI
JAGUAR. A fully 64-bit  video game system designed in 1993!!

Jeff Model replies to Kevin:

"No, Jaguar is NOT 64-bit!!!!  Read the Brochure they used to give out. THE
JAGUAR IS NOT 64-BIT!!!!!!!  It has a 64-bit wide bus, but so does my mac.
Does that mean my mac is 64-bit?  NO!! it is only 32-bit, like the Jaguar.
atari said the Jag is 64 because it was great marketing (although it was
incorrect) and because the bus is 64 bits wide. That means it can move info
64 bits at a time. But the Jag can Think at only 32 bits at a time.  It
doesn't have a single 64-bit chip in it!!  With Atari Marketing/thinking,
the n64 is really the n128. The n64 thinks at 64-bits, but it move info 128
bit at a time."

Kevin tells Jeff:

"OK, whatever. IMO it's not the "bits" that counts but the quality of the
games.  Sometimes I enjoy 4-bit  Atari 2600 games better than the latest
1024-bit super-whazoo turbosystems. The new stuff has too much blood & guts
(read:  realism) for my tastes. I'll take Pac Man over Mortal Kombat any

Sysop Bob Retelle jumps in and tells Jeff:

"We've been through all the arguments a hundred times or more...  What it
boils down to is that in the   **computer**  world, there are standards and
accepted definitions for hardware and performance.  Thus a  CPU chip with 32
bit registers is a "32bit machine", and one with only 16 bit registers is a
"16 bit machine".  But in the  **video game**  world, all bets are off..
it's the marketing department that calls the shots and makes up the
"definitions".  Thus a video game console with two 8 bit processors can be
called a "16 bit game system", and one with a 64  bit bus can be called a
"64 bit game system" and no one can say any differently.  It's the company
making the product which defines what it's called.  (It's like the 128K game
cartridges which are advertized as being a  "Meg"... a Mega BIT game
cartridge.  That kind of thing would never fly in the computer world, but in
video gaming, as I said, all bets are off.)  In my opinion, the only true
measure of a game system is what you see on  the screen...  what the
manufacturer  **claims**  doesn't matter."

     Well folks, on that auspicious note, we'll pause 'till next week.  Tune
in again, same time, same station, and  be ready to listen to what they are
saying when...

                             PEOPLE ARE TALKING

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