ST Report: 20-Dec-96 #1251

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                         Americans Split on V-Chip

The issue of V-chips -- the technology that will allow parents to block out
certain TV programs -- apparently is splitting the American public.  A new
survey by the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center/Roper Center finds 49
percent of respondents say they would be likely to use the device, while 50
percent say they would probably ignore it, according to United Press
International.  As reported, TV manufacturers must place V-chip technology
in new sets within the next few years under the Telecommunications Act of
1996. The device automatically blocks programs according to a certain

In other results, the poll also found:

z    Three in five respondents said a television ratings system would be
        useful to them.
z    More than half say the current movie ratings system is "very" useful
        in helping them decide what movies to watch.
z    Three-fourths of those surveyed would support a content-based rating
        system, against the 15 percent who like the idea of a system based on age.

UPI says the survey of 1,000 Americans was conducted Dec. 2-10 and has a
margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

                          Ex-IBMers Suing the IRS

More than 2,000 former employees of IBM are set to sue the Internal Revenue
Service to try to win back $46 million in taxes they paid on severance
benefits.  "Echoing a suit filed in March on behalf of 750 ex-IBM workers,"
says business writer David E. Kalish of The Associated Press, "the group
contends the severance they received amounted to a settlement of personal
injury claims because they had to sign a document releasing IBM from
liability when they left."  AP notes that under IRS rules, settlement of
personal injury claims are exempt from federal income taxes.

The wire service has learned the new plaintiffs plan to file a lawsuit in
the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington on Monday.  The suit claims
the job cuts "subjected IBM employees to considerable pain and suffering,"
and that workers experienced "a variety of emotional and physical symptms,
including insomnia and other sleep disorders, weight gain, headaches,
hypertension, heart trouble and other trauma."  AP says the plaintiffs also
allege their stress hurt their families -- driving up alcoholism and
causing marital  problems, including sexual dysfunction.

                        Judge Rules on Net Gambling

A judge in Minnesota has ruled the state can regulate betting on the
Internet, a decision observers say could have a far- reaching effects on
online gambling and the World Wide Web itself.  At issue is state Attorney
General Hubert H. Humphrey III's efforts to block a Las Vegas company from
soliciting gambling business on the Internet from Minnesota residents.
Humphrey has contended sports betting on the Internet is illegal under
Minnesota's consumer fraud laws.

On the other side of the issue, Granite Gate Resorts Inc. argues the state
had no jurisdiction, claiming that the service had not mailed anything or
advertised in Minnesota. It also contends states cannot impose laws on each
other.  On this point, Granite Gate President Kerry Rogers has said, "If
Minnesota has jurisdiction over a Las Vegas Web site, then Canada has
jurisdiction over a California Web site."

However, Associated Press writer Rochelle Olson reports State District
Judge John Connolly yesterday came down on the side of the state, calling
Granite Gate's argument "not sound in the age of cyberspace."  In his
decision, Judge Connolly wrote, "Once the defendants place an advertisement
on the Internet, that  advertisement is available 24 hours a day, seven
days a week, 365 days a year to any Internet user until the defendants take
it off the Internet."

Olson notes the company online offered computer users betting information
on sporting events if they provided a credit card number or called its 900
number, and promised to set up a service in which people could place bets.
UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh, who specializes in constitutional,
copyright and computer technology cases, told the wire service the decision
will "set a mood" as judges i other regions grapple with Internet law. He
said the ruling wasn't a surprise. Although the federal government has
ultimate jurisdiction over interstate commerce, he said, states have
widespread powers to regulate themselves.

                      Prodigy Gets E-Mail Injunction

The Prodigy online service has joined CompuServe and America Online in the
court battles against Cyber Promotions Inc. and its use of e-mail to send
advertisements and other unsolicited promotions to subscribers.  Prodigy
officials have received a permanent injunction against Cyber Promotions to
stop sending online ads and promotions through that service and an order to
cease using Prodigy's name in its e-mail.

As reported here earlier, CompuServe last October obtained a restraining
order to prohibit Cyber Promotions from falsely identifying its electronic
mail as coming from CompuServe. And AOL also has been to court to fight the
online ad firm.  Writing for the Newsbytes computer news service, Bill
Pietrucha says the latest ruling came as the result of a suit filed by
Prodigy against Cyber Promotions in the US District Court, Southern
District of New York about six weeks ago.

Prodigy spokesman Mike Darcy told the wire service that while Cyber
Promotions was using Prodigy accounts as its return e-mail address, the
company actually was mailing the advertisements from its own server.  Cyber
Promotions was ordered to immediately cease using Prodigy's name to deliver
e-mail advertisements and to pay Prodigy an undisclosed amount in damages.

                       WebCom Trashed by 'Syn-Flood'

One of the nation's larger Internet service providers was shut down for 40
hours over the weekend -- blocking access to more than 3,000 World Wide Web
sites -- because of a computer vandal's stream of messages.  At Santa Cruz,
California-based WebCom, officials told Elizabeth Weise of The Associated
Press no one has any idea why someone launched what's known as a "denial of
service" attack, which began 12:20 a.m. Saturday.

Weiss said the assault blocked service by sending as many as 200 messages a
second to the WebCom server, or host computer.  "The offending messages
were traced to CANet, an Internet service provider based in Ontario,
Canada, and from there to BC.Net, a small network provider in Vancouver,
British Columbia," she reports, adding, "WebCom believes the attack was
launched from a BC.Net account that had been broken into by an unknown

WebCom engineers were unable to stop the flood of messages, so MCI
Communications Corp. blocked all traffic from CANet to WebCom, finally
allowing WebCom customers' sites to come back online at 4 p.m. Sunday.
"This was a completely irresponsible act by whoever did it that inflicted
major damage upon hundreds and thousands of individuals and businesses,"
said Thomas Leavitt, WebCom's lead network engineer, adding, "If we can
find out who it was, we will seek legal redress."

This kind of attack involves sending a continuous stream of forged messages
to a targeted computer, keeping it constantly busy and locking out
legitimate users.  It's called a "SYN-flood," Weise notes, because it
exploits the so-called "synchronization feature" of the transmission
control protocol, the agreed-upon set of rules by which the Internet runs.

"SYN-flood attacks are technically sophisticated and formerly only a few
hackers had the necessary technical skills to attempt them," AP observes.
"A few months ago, however, two hacker magazines published the source code
for this type of attack and at least four networks have been hit since
then."  Dale Drew, a senior security engineer with MCI who helped WebCom
trace the attack, told the wire service, "As soon as the code was
published, anyone, whether or not they had the talent, could basically take
down a network."

                         FBI Probes WebCom Outage

The FBI has been called in to investigate charges that sabotage caused that
40-hour outage last weekend at one of the nation's larger Internet service
providers.  As reported, service at Web Communications Inc. (WebCom), a
Silicon Valley service hosting 3,000 World Wide Web sites,  was shut down
because of a computer vandal's stream of messages.  WebCom said it believes
a vandal using a college computer network in British Columbia, Canada,
flooded its server, a central computer, in San Jose, California, with
requests for connections from phony addresses.  The attack ended Sunday
after MCI Net, a unit of MCI Communications Corp., blocked telephone
traffic between WebCom and CA-Net of Canada at the request of WebCom and
its local service provier.

WebCom Vice President Thomas Leavitt told the Reuter News Service the sites
the company hosts were unreachable much of Saturday and Sunday, causing
customers, some of which operate retail sites, to suffer "extensive"
damages.  "One customer," he said, "lost about $20,000 in revenue due to a
special event that was not able to occur. Others said they lost business on
one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year."

WebCom, headquartered in Santa Cruz, California, told authorities its own
investigation helped by three Internet service providers traced the origin
of the flooding message to a computer on a college network in British
Columbia linked to BC-Net, a local Internet service provider there.
Leavitt said a network administrator at Malaspina University-College in
Nanaimo, British Columbia, had identified the computer used for the
sabotage and that it was broken into by someone without authorized access
to that computer or to the college network. The individual has not been

FBI spokesman George Grotz told the wire service the FBI was working with
the information tracing the requests for connection to British Columbia but
noted the actual perpetrator may have nothing to do with the college or
BC-Net, adding, "BC-Net may just be another link in the case."  Leavitt
also told Reuters that if the industry, or specifically Internet service
providers, adopt certain "source filtering" coding they can prevent people
from using one network to send messages that appear to come from somewhere

                         Computer Firm Is 'Erased'

It isn't every day a computer company gets "erased," but that's what police
say happened to Digital Technologies Group, a small Internet service
provider and computer design company in Hartford, Connecticut.  The
Associated Press says authorities have arrested a man who lost his job at
the company just before the problems started.  "One night in October," says
AP, "the company's owner, Mark Ambrose, was at home trying to call up the
company's home page on the Internet's World Wide Web when an error message
flashed on the screen. When he tried to retrieve one of his major accounts,
the file was gone. Ambrose then rushed to the office to log on to the
system, only to find more error messages."

Ambrose says everything was deleted, even the backup copies, and that the
company lost about $17,000 in business equipment and records. Months of
work were also gone. The business was closed for a week while a new
computer system was set up.  Only someone with intimate knowledge of the
company's system, including client and employee passwords, could have
created such havoc, Ambrose reasoned, leading him and police to suspect
Charles Morrell, the primary computer technician, who was handed a pink
slip the day before the computer files started disappearing.

Morrell -- who was let go because the work he had been hired to do was
completed -- was arrested yesterday on a charge of computer crime. He was
accused of sabotaging the business by infiltrating the computer system from
home. He could face up to 20 years in prison.  However, the charges are
"totally baseless," contends Morrell lawyer Richard E. Cohen, who say the
situation stems from a business dispute.

                         PGP IPO Set for Mid-1997

Officials with Pretty Good Privacy Inc., which makes computer encryption
software, say the firm is on track to hold an initial public offering in
the middle of next year, and that its market position was strong.  As
reported earlier, at this week's Internet World trade show in New York,
programmer Philip Zimmermann -- who was investigated by the federal
government for three years because his encryption software given away over
the Internet was classified as a weapon -- announced he was launching a
commercial venture and going public.

Now PGP Inc. President/CEO Thomas Steding has told the Reuter News Service,
"In general, the company is more than six months ahead of schedule," adding
the San Mateo, California, firm is in the process of raising its second
round of financing, after receiving an initial tranche of about $7 million
from a variety of private sources in August.  Said Steding, "We want to do
an initial public offering in the middle of next year. We've been fairly
open about that." When asked about the company's cash position, he said,
"We are raising  on the order of $10 million."  Reuters says Pretty Good
Privacy also projected both the e-mail and desktop encryption markets --
two key markets for the company -- would each grow to $1 billion by the
year 2000.

                     Judge Says Encryption Is a Right

A federal judge in San Francisco has ruled a government export ban against
encrypted computer programs is a violation of First Amendment rights.
Judge Marilyn Hall Patel rules U.S. citizens have wide-ranging rights
involving computer programs dealing with encryption, and can even publish
them on the Internet.  Writing in The Wall Street Journal this morning,
reporter Lee Gomes calls the decision "a setback to a controversial federal
law that treats encryption programs as weapons, strictly controlling their
dissemination and prohibiting their 'export' without a special license."

The ruling isn't binding on other courts and is the second by Judge Patel
this year involving the encryption controversy. Last April, she ruled the
law banning encryption exports could be challenged on First Amendment
grounds.  "That ruling," says Gomes, "was primarily procedural, but set the
stage for yesterday's more far-reaching order."  The latest decision comes
in a case brought by math professor Daniel Bernstein of the University of
Illinois-Chicago. As reported, the State Department in 1993 prohibited
Bernstein from posting on the Internet an encryption program he had
written, called Snuffle. Bernstein argued that the ban violated his free
speech, and Judge Patel concurred.  Said the judge's 41-page ruling,
"Software related to encryption is simply a topic of speech employed by
scientists involved in applied research. Hence, Snuffle is speech afforded
the full protection of the First Amendment."

                       Look for a government Appeal.

Attorney James Wheaton, representing Dr. Bernstein, notes the decision
applied only to citizens dealing with encryption programs in noncommercial
settings, adding companies might still be prohibited from exporting
encryption software, because there is a lower constitutional threshold for
banning commercial activity.

Some in the software industry argue the government's policy has blunted
their competitiveness because they are prevented from selling strong
security software abroad while foreign companies  can sell encryption
software unfettered. Also, they say, the export controls on encryption
could  stunt the growth of electronic commerce over the Internet, which
requires such security if online banking and transactions are to flourish.

President/CEO Jim Bidzos of RSA Data Security Inc., a unit of Security
Dynamics Technology  Inc. and one of the foremost producers of encryption
technology, told the paper, "It's obviously   wonderful news. But I'm not
going to be exporting any source code tomorrow."

                      Adobe Offers New Type Packages

Adobe Systems Inc. has significantly expanded its Adobe Type Library. The
San Jose, California, company is now offering 12 new typeface packages,
including multiple master versions Kepler, Kepler Expert, Conga Brava,
Cronos and Cronos Expert. Also available is Adobe Jenson for Windows in an
expanded multiple master type family. Adobe notes that each multiple master
typeface includes one or more design axes -- weight, width, style and
optical size -- that allw the creation of thousands of individual font

"The wide variety and outstanding versatility of these new Adobe Originals
packages add creative liveliness to many kinds of design projects and the
Adobe Type Library," says Sharon Wienbar, director of Adobe's type products
unit.  The new typeface packages can be viewed and purchased on Adobe's Web

                          Updated PageMaker Ships

Adobe Systems Inc. has begun shipping Adobe PageMaker 6.5, a new version of
its professional-level desktop publishing program for Windows 95 and
Windows NT 4.0 systems.  The enhanced software includes new online publishing 
tools and page design features, as well as improved integration with Adobe's 
other graphics products.  PageMaker 6.5 is priced at $895. Upgrades from any 
previous version of PageMaker cost $99.

                     Royalty-Free Images Debut on CSi

CompuServe Interactive (CSi) now brings thousands of high- resolution,
royalty-free images direct to small businesses, communications
professionals and Web designers worldwide with the debut of a new Forum,
the CompuServe Picture Gallery (GO PICTURE).  Launched by the U.K.'s
largest Internet provider, the Picture Gallery gives more than 3 million
CSi members access to thousands of world-class images -- without the fees
associated with traditional stock library photography. The pictures are
available as low-resolution thumbnails for browsing and high-resolution,
24-bit, razor-sharp images to download and use. "This is a great example of
how CompuServe adds value to the online experience through compelling
content, particularly for small businesses," says Martin Turner, CompuServe
UK's general manager.

Photographs in the Picture Gallery can be chosen from a number of
categories including, Business & Industry, Cities, Food, Leisure, People,
Nature, Transport, The Americas, Asia, Africa and Europe, as well as
Backgrounds. All images are scanned to 24-bit color at 2,100 dpi to
stringent quality control standards.

To access the CompuServe Picture Gallery GO PICTURE, PICTURES or IMAGES.
For more information about the service and to sample full-sized images,
visit the Web site at

                          OS/2 Navigator Released

IBM Corp. reports that a native OS/2 version of the Netscape Navigator
World Wide Web browser is now available.  Running on OS/2 Warp 4, the new
software allows users to surf the Internet with simple voice commands.
Without voice support, the software also runs on OS/2 Warp Version 3 and
OS/2 Warp Connect. It is available as a free download from both the
Netscape home page at and the IBM Software home page at

"The marriage of the industry's most popular Web browser with the
industry's premier client operating system solution for network
computing-based environments is ideal," says Donn Atkins, vice president of
marketing for IBM Personal Software Products.  IBM says it will continue to
work with Netscape on  the development of native OS/2 versions of upgrades
to Navigator 2.02, including version 4.0, code-named "Communicator."

                     C&T Has Plasma Display Interface

Chips and Technologies Inc. reports that it has developed a computer
graphics interface for Fujitsu's 42-inch Color Plasma Display.  The Fujitsu
display is the world's largest commercially available color plasma panel
for multimedia presentations and wide-screen television viewing. Chips and
Technologies' plasma display panel controller software will allow standard
personal computers to drive the Fujitsu display. Potential applications,
leveraging the convergence of television entertainment and computer
graphics, included videoconferencing, distance learning, multimedia
presentations, 3-D simulation, point-of-presence displays, video walls,
video game arcades, home theater systems and set-top box Internet displays.

Compared with heavy and bulky CRT monitors, the Fujitsu Color Plasma
Display is only 68mm deep and weighs only 18kg. At a fraction of the depth
and weight of a comparably sized CRT monitor, large-screen plasma panels
can serve as practical wall-hanging displays.  "Flat panel technology
clearly represents the future of both television and computer displays,"
says Tim Erjavec, director of marketing at Chips and Technologies.

Chips and Technologies says it adapted its 64-bit HiQVideo graphics
accelerator hardware to the unique requirements of the Fujitsu display by
developing new prorietary software. The display's unusual requirements
include a non-standard 852- by 480-dot resolution, a very wide 16:9 aspect
ratio (4:3 is standard on computer displays), 16.7 million true colors and
a non-standard timing frequency.  More details are available on Chips and
Technologies' Web page,

                       3-D Shopping Arcade Launched

VRcade, the new-look 3-D shopping center from CompuServe Inc. is now open
for business.  Believed to be the world's first commercial application of
virtual reality technology on the Internet, VRcade was built by virtual
reality software specialist Superscape VR as part of a major deal to
distribute its 3-D Web browser, Viscape, through CompuServe Interactive
(CSi). CSi is offering members a 60 day evaluation copy of Viscape.

The 3-D UK shopping center -- complete with a Christmas tree and lights for
the festive season - is the latest addition to CompuServe's suite of
Web-based products. VRcade is based on London's Piccadilly Circus shopping
area, with links to in-town and out-of-town shopping "worlds" to which the
shopper can travel by jumping into a black cab or going to an underground
train station. Millions of online shoppers outside the UK can also take a
virtual shopping trip to London's Piccadilly Circus -- stores which deliver
to international addresses outside the U.K. include Interflora,
Waterstones, Shoppers Universe, Innovations and the Jaguar Collection.

"I firmly believe a more realistic, compelling 3D environment will make the
shopping center on CSi even more attractive to potential merchants and
on-line shoppers," says Chris Warrender, commercial services manager for
CompuServe U.K. "We want to provide the ultimate online shopping experience
for our members -- and our partners."

                       Steve Jobs May Upgrade Mac OS

Apple Computer Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs reportedly is one of the people
the computer maker has negotiated with as it tries to update its graying
Macintosh operating system.  Word is Apple will unveil its new software
strategy at the MacWold expo in San Francisco early next month and, says
The Wall Street Journal, recently discussed with Jobs the possibility of
buying or licensing software from Next Inc, the company he founded after
leaving Apple in 1985.

As reported, Apple also has been in talks with Be Inc. about using its
operating system, but those discussions have stalled over price, according
to several published reports.  Also, Apple has talked with Sun Microsystems
Inc. about using its Solaris operating system, according to the paper.
Jobs acknowledged talking to Apple but downplayed the discussion, telling
the paper, "I've given them a little bit of advice, but that's about it."
As noted, Apple is trying to revamp the operating system for its Macintosh
personal computers, which have lost ground to PCs using Intel Corp. chips
and Microsoft Corp. software.

                         Gateway Ad to Court Women

Women -- largely ignored by computer manufacturers -- are being targeted by
Gateway 2000 Inc. in advertising campaigns for its personal computers and
related products.  Luanne Flikkema, Gateway's director of global research,
told the Reuter News Service, "I think you can expect to see our ads be a
little less male and a little more diverse in terms of gender."   In a
recent study using Gateway surveys and focus groups and other research,
Flikkema found women play a significant role in purchasing a PC for the

In fact, she said, women are more likely to control the family finances,
making them an important sell, adding, "The biggest reason why women
shouldn't be ignored is if Mom's head isn't nodding up and down, the PC
doesn't get bought. If you can't convince her it's worth spending that
money, there is not going to be a PC in the home."  For instance, a random
survey of about 1,200 people found 47 percent of the time the male head of
household played the major role in the purchase, 22 percent of the time it
was the female and 28 percent of the time the purchase was handled equally
by the male and female. Children drove purchases 3 percent of the time,
Gateway found.

                         Survey Says WebTV Not Hot

WebTV and other products providing simpler and cheaper access to the
Internet by television may be a media darling, but a new survey says the
concept isn't catching on with average households.  Market researchers at
Dataquest Inc. say that in a telephone survey of nearly 7,000 home
consumers they've found:

z    Only 4 percent of America's 98 million households currently plan to
        purchase a TV Internet device.
z    Some 3 percent were undecided.
z    93 percent had no intention of purchasing such devices.

Van Baker, director and princpal analyst of Dataquest's digital consumer
program, told the Reuter News Service, "As it stands right now, with the
products that are currently being offered in the market, we think the
potential for it is relatively small."  The wire service notes the survey
comes just weeks after the launch of WebTV, a set-top box which enables
consumers to access the Internet through WebTV Networks Inc.'s service, and
at the height of the pre-Christmas shopping season.

"The report contrasted with a Yankelovich Partners Inc. survey in October
which found that 52 percent of respondents without Internet access would
prefer to use their TV to access the World Wide Web," Reuters adds. "The
Yankelovich survey was sponsored by WebTV Networks and WebTV Vice President
of Marketing Chip Herman said he found the Dataquest data to be 'quite
surprising' compared with the earlier survey's findings of a preference for
television access."

Reuters notes roughly a third of U.S. households have personal computers,
although only around 10 percent of all households use online or Internet
services, according to surveys.  But Baker notes the Dataquest data appears
"to conflict with anecdotal feedback from some retailers that it was hard
to keep sufficient stocks of the WebTV devices, marketed by Sony Corp. and
Philips Electronics NV."

               AAA Makes Preparations Should Santa Need Tow
                             On Christmas Eve!

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Santa's sleigh is not exactly the
newest vehicle in the sky and concern over possible breakdowns has led the
39-million-member AAA to raise the preparedness level of its emergency road
service fleet in case jolly old St. Nick needs a tow on Christmas Eve.
AAA wants children everywhere to go to sleep knowing that one way or
another Santa will get through.

With gifts for an estimated 35 million American children who believe in
Santa, his sleigh will be laden with goodies like "Tickle Me Elmo" and
"Nintendo-64" -- roughly five pounds of toys per child. This will put a
hefty load on Santa's sleigh -- some 17 million pounds, depending on

Though an antique, Santa's sleigh has to be well built to withstand the
rigors of so many rooftop landings.  So AAA estimates the vehicle's weight
at 4,000 pounds -- about the same as an old chrome-laden Buick.   Not
counting Santa -- who is, admittedly, a tad overweight -- the fully
stocked sleigh, eight reindeer and, of course, Rudolph, probably weigh in
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EDUPAGE STR Focus        Keeping the users informed


Database Copyright Agreement:  Not Any Time Soon
Computer Tariffs To Be Abolished Duty-Free Zone Proposed For E-Commerce
Scams On The Net
Digital Slashes Alpha Chip Prices In Half
Virtual Supercomputer
Comcast Launches @Home Service In Baltimore
Junk E-Mail Update
Labour's Web Site Violated
E-Mail Stalker
DOE/Intel Supercomputer Now Fastest On Earth
Web Attack Knocks Out Sites
AOL Problems To Continue For Awhile
FCC May Revisit Access Charges For Internet Providers
Apple Meets With Next In Search For New OS
IBM & Motorola Drop Windows NT Support On PowerPC
Simon & Schuster Sets The Benchmark For Digital Archiving
Cablevision Launches High-Speed Modem Service
Oracle's Project Apollo Targets E-Commerce
Better Than Average 
Encryption Restrictions Ruled Unconstitutional
FCC Has Plans For Slashing Overseas Phone Rates
Netcom Abandons Flat-Rate Pricing
Losing Information
Extension Of Chip-Dumping Agreement
Merger Madness In '97
Cleaning Up The "Garbage In, Garbage Out" Syndrome
Businesses Reluctant To Try E-Commerce
Internet TV -- An Idea Before Its Time?
Battle Heats Up Over Cyberspace Copyrights

U.S. Patent & Trademark Commissioner Bruce Lehman says that most of the 160
member countries  participating in a Geneva meeting of the World
Intellectual Property Organization want to postpone  consideration of a
proposed treaty on database copyright.  Instead, they want to concentrate
on two other  draft agreements:  one being an update of the 25-year-old
Bern Convention and the  other being the so-called  "new instrument"
proposal, which for the first time would extend international copyright
protection to sound  recordings.  But even those proposals face an
uncertain feature, according to Lehman:  "Frankly, we are  having an awful
lot of difficulties with the other two treaties, and this meeting ends on
Dec. 20th."  (New  York Times 14 Dec 96 p26)

Countries meeting under the auspices of the World Trade Organization have
agreed to eliminate tariffs on  computers, software and related goods - a
boon for U.S. high-tech companies hoping to peddle their wares  overseas.
"This could mean $100 million a year at least for IBM," says IBM's public
policy director.   Microsoft's chief operating officer agrees:  "This will
be a win-win for every country and every consumer."   The agreement was
reached after the U.S. agreed to lower tariffs on European cognac, whiskey
and other  liquors.  Officials predict that global trade in information
technology products, which is now about $500   billion a year, will double
to $1 trillion a year by 2000.  The pact covers some 500 products,
including fax  machines, calculators, CD-ROMs, and automatic-teller
machines.  (Wall Street Journal13 Dec 96 A2)

The Clinton administration has proposed establishing a duty-free trade zone
for electronic commerce,  according to a recently released draft report
entitled "A Framework for Global Electronic Commerce."  The  report
recommends developing a Uniform Commercial Code for both domestic and
international electronic  transactions, and international intellectual
property protection agreements.  The report also urges  governments not to
place "undue restrictions on electronic commerce," including "unnecessary
regulations,  bureaucratic procedures, or new taxes and tariffs on
commercial activities that take place via the Internet."   The framework
encourages governments to respect the decentralized nature of the Internet,
and the  fact that  the "Internet's unique structure poses significant
logistical and technological challenges to current regulatory models."
(BNA Daily Report for Executives 12 Dec 96 A33)

                             SCAMS ON THE NET
Federal Trade Commission officials say that a three-hour hunt this week for
scams on the Internet identified  more than 500 Web sites that may be
fronts for illegal pyramid schemes.  Says the FTC's Jodie Bernstein:
"Ten years ago, pyramid scams were all but a thing of the past.  Today we
have a new marketplace, the  Internet, which is hot and high-tech. ... And
here come the old pyramid scams again, disguised in electronic  garb and
New Age jargon and trying to make a comeback."  (PC Week 13 Dec 96)

Digital Equipment has cut the price of its Alpha chip by as much as 50% in
an effort to boost sales.  Despite  being one of the world's fastest
microprocessors, the Alpha has been unsuccessful in cutting into sales of
Intel Pentium chips, which now power about 85% of the world's PCs.
(Investor's Business Daily 13 Dec 96 A17)

                           VIRTUAL SUPERCOMPUTER
Andrew Grimshaw at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville has
designed a virtual parallel  supercomputer with mix-and-match components
(including traditional supercomputers, modern parallel  computers,
workstations, and a variety of types of personal computers) distributed
across the Internet.  His  system, which now includes more than 100
computers from different manufacturers, appears to its users as a  single
machine that hides the peculiarities of the particular operating systems of
the component systems.  (The Economist 14 Dec 96)

Comcast is offering a localized version of the @Home cable online service
to about 500,000 subscribers in  Maryland's Baltimore and Howard counties.
The company plans to gradually expand the service in  Maryland, and over
the next couple of years offer it to subscribers in Florida, New Jersey,
Pennsylvania,  Michigan and California.  In all cases, the cable company is
creating localized content -- in Baltimore, for  instance, subscribers can
take a virtual tour of The Walters Art Gallery or browse material from the
Baltimore magazine.  (Broadcasting & Cable 9 Dec 96 p108)

                            JUNK E-MAIL UPDATE
Prodigy has reached an understanding with junk e-mail promoter Sanford
Wallace, who has promised not to  open any new Prodigy accounts and has
agreed to pay the company an undisclosed sum in settlement of a  trademark
infringement case it brought against his Cyber Promotions company. Wallace,
who sends more  than 3 million e-mail messages daily to persons throughout
the Internet, will still be allowed to send  messages to Prodigy
subscribers. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 14 Dec 96 H3)

                        LABOUR'S WEB SITE VIOLATED
A computer hacker in the U.S. has broken into the World Wide Web site of
Britain's Labour party, changed  the content of the masthead, and replaced
the image of Labour Leader Tony Blair with a caricature.   (Financial Times
12 Dec 96)

                              E-MAIL STALKER
A Florida man has been sentenced to a year's probation and 200 hours of
community service after pleading  no-contest to a charge of using his
computer for stalking another individual.  The man claims he was just
joking when he sent the individual a series of threatening e-mail messages,
one of  which said:  "How do you  want to die!  I know your wife.  I know
where you live. Weasels will rip your flesh."  Police were able to  trace
the messages after contacting the man's Internet Service Provider.
(Washington Post 13 Dec 96)

A new $55 million supercomputer designed by the U.S. Department of Energy
and Intel Corporation can  perform one trillion floating point operations
(teraflops) per second, and will be used to simulate nuclear  weapons tests
now banned by international treaty.  The system is about three times faster
than the current  record-holder, a supercomputer made by Hitachi.   The new
supercomputer uses a "massively parallel  computing" design that links
7,264 Pentium-based desktop computers to operate as one machine. IBM and
Silicon Graphics are using different technologies in separate projects
aimed at developing 3-teraflop machines by early 1999.  (Washington Post 17
Dec 96 A1)

                        WEB ATTACK KNOCKS OUT SITES
A "denial of service" computer attack, similar to the one that shut down
Panix computers in New York for  more than a week last September, disabled
servers at Santa Cruz-based WebCom, one of the nation's larger  Web service
providers.  The attack, which WebCom suspects was launched via a small
network provider in  Vancouver, British Columbia, sent as many as 200
messages a second to WebCom's server, disabling it for  40 hours this past
weekend.  The outage was particularly hard on Web sites that were counting
on weekend sales to boost their Christmas revenue.  (St. Petersburg Times
17 Dec 96 E1)

America Online says it will be another six months before it finishes a $250-
million systems upgrade that will  put an end to the frequent busy signals
and unexpected disconnections AOL users have been experiencing  since a
lowered subscriber price plan resulted in major increases in system use.
(Atlanta Journal-Constitution  16 Dec 96 C6)  But the problems are not
limited to AOL.  Millions of subscribers to computer network  services are
experiencing frustrations with network congestion that accelerated after a
number of service  providers began offering their customers unlimited
Internet access for $19.95 a month. (New York Times 17 Dec 96 C1)

Citing a 13-year-old access charge exemption for "enhanced service
providers," the FCC's general counsel  has recommended looking into the
matter to determine whether a price distortion is occurring as an
unintended result, now that Internet usage is growing at such phenomenal
rates.  Currently, Internet service  providers are not required to pay
local carriers to connect calls to the local loop -- a provision enacted
back  when the enhanced service provider industry was in its infancy.  But
some  telecommunications companies   are complaining that their lines are
being unfairly overburdened by Internet users who tie up lines for hours
at a time or all day, without any compensation.  Various industry players
have called for an end to flat-fee  Internet pricing as a way to make the
system reflect the real costs of individual usage patterns.  (BNA Daily
Report for Executives 16 Dec 96 A24)

With discussions with Be Inc. stalemated over price, Apple Computer has
been looking further afield for its  next-generation operating system.  The
company is negotiating with former chairman and co-founder Steve  Jobs
regarding the possibility of Apple buying or licensing Next's NextStep
operating system, and  reportedly is also talking with Sun Microsystems
about its Solaris operating system.  But time is running out,  because
Apple would like to make a definitive announcement at the MacWorld trade
show, which  will be held in three weeks in San Francisco.  (Wall Street
Journal 16 Dec 96 B6)

IBM and Motorola are discontinuing support for Microsoft's Windows NT
operating system on the  computers designed around their PowerPC chip,
which the two companies developed in 1991 with Apple.   Windows NT had been
seen as the PowerPC's chance to find an audience beyond Macintosh and IBM
Unix users.  (New York Times 16 Dec 96 C4)

                           FOR DIGITAL ARCHIVING
In an effort to realize its goal of generating half of its revenues from
electronic rather than traditional  publishing by 2000, Simon & Schuster
has invested $750,000 in a new Corporate Digital Archive system  developed
by SRA International Inc.  The digital archive "will become the centerpiece
of how  we develop  and produce everything as we move forward.  It will
give us the ability to reuse information over and over  again," says the
company's chairman.  The system enables researchers in the in Higher
Education department to access all 40,000 of the publisher's photos when
looking for images to illustrate a textbook, for  instance.  The CDA can
then tell another set of in-house systems to create a print-ready copy in
just the right  size and image resolution for the use specified (high for
traditional print and low for the Web).  The CDA  then tracks the image's
use, adding a "digital watermark" and automatically calculating any royalty
payments. (Business Week 23 Dec 96 p80)

Cablevision is offering subscribers in North Oyster Bay, N.Y., high-speed
Internet access via cable modem.   Over the coming year, the cable company
plans to expand the Optimum Online service, which includes e- mail, sports
information, traffic reports and other content, to 150,000 subscribers in
Long Island and Connecticut.  (Wall Street Journal 17 Dec 96 B6)

Following the lead of Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems, Oracle will
launch its Java-based merchant  server, code-named Project Apollo, during
the first quarter of 1997. Apollo will offer secure shopping,  automatic
tax calculations, and multiple payment options to online buyers.  Apollo
sites will collect site  visitor information for use in target marketing
and profiling, and will also be capable of integrating with  companies'
existing information systems.  (InfoWorld 16 Dec 96)

                            BETTER THAN AVERAGE
U.S. News & World Report says that one poll of university professors found
that 94% of the respondents  thought that they were better at their jobs
than their average colleague.  (U.S. News & World Report 16 Dec 96 p26)

A federal district judge in San Francisco has ruled that the U.S.
government's attempt to prevent Illinois  math professor David J. Bernstein
from exporting an encryption program he created is an unconstitutional
restriction of his right to freedom of expression. Bernstein had wanted to
share his program with researchers  around the world.  The Clinton
Administration has insisted that tough restriction on exportation of
encryption software is necessary to foil criminals and terrorists.  The
decision of Judge Marilyn Hall Patel  was based on the fact that the law
fails to provide for prompt judicial review of export restrictions and thus
acts as "unconstitutional prior restraint in violation of the First
Amendment." (Washington Post 19 Dec 96  A1)

The Federal Communications Commission has developed a new set of
substantially lower benchmark   settlement fees," which are the payments
that phone companies make to each other for completing each their  calls.
Because U.S. carriers send more calls overseas than they receive, the
system results in a net outflow  of $5 billion from the U.S. to foreign
phone service providers, who in many cases have used the funds to  build
their own networks.  Some analysts say that the FCC plan could harm
developing countries, which have the least competitive phone markets.  (New
York Times 19 Dec 96 C4)

After two years of being in the red, California-based Internet service
provider Netcom On-Line  Communications Services is doing away with its
flat-rate pricing plan for unlimited Internet access, and will  raise rates
in order to provide more services and more software.  Netcom chief
executive David Garrison  said:  "We decided we could chase the industry
and continue to spend more and more to provide lower and  lower quality."
Garrison now says that flat-price plans are "crazy."  (Wall Street Journal
19 Dec 96 B10)

                            LOSING INFORMATION
Almost eight out of 10 companies surveyed across North American by Ernst &
Young say they have lost  valuable information over the past two years to
computer viruses, crackers, bitter employees, spies or  disasters.  Most of
those losses -- 63% -- were the result of viruses, while nearly one-third
were caused by  the malicious acts of insiders.  The vast majority of
companies refused to say how much money they lost, but  E&Y director John
Kearns says those losses were significant.  Of the 30% that would describe
their losses,  4% say they lost between $250,000 and $1-million, while 2%
said they lost more than $1-million. (Toronto Globe & Mail 17 Dec 96 B15)

The U.S. Semiconductor Industry Association and the Electronic Industries
Association of Japan have  concurred on extending the 1991 agreement not to
sell "commodity" chips (DRAMS or E-PROMS) at anti- competitive below-cost
prices.  DRAM stands for Dynamic Random Access Memory, and E-PROM stands
for Electronically Programmable Read-Only Memory).  The 1991 agreement was
forged after U.S. chip  manufacturers were severely hurt by chip-dumping
practices in the 1980s.  (Wall Street Journal 19 Dec 96 B11)

                           MERGER MADNESS IN '97
An astonishing 72% of North American information technology firms are
planning a merger or acquisition in   the coming year, says Broadview
Associates L.L.C., a New Jersey-based M&A adviser.  That's up from the  64%
that responded positively last year in a poll of 175 senior executives in
strategic development positions  in IT companies.  Most of the anticipated
activity can be traced to the influence of the Internet, with
telecommunications companies buying Internet service providers, software
developers acquiring Net surfing  specialists, etc.  (Investor's Business
Daily 19 Dec 96 A8)

Data warehousing -- the storage of a variety of data about customers,
buying patterns, inventory supply,  seasonal trends, etc. -- is yielding
powerful marketing information to businesses that take the time and
trouble to ensure the data they warehouse is accurate.  Without high-
quality data, "there can  be no useful  data mining for trend analysis, no
targeted business and consumer marketing initiatives, and no effective data
warehouse," says the president of Vality Technology, a data cleansing firm.
Such firms analyze data for  possible errors and duplicate values and then
attempt to correct them, a process that's especially crucial when  multiple
legacy systems are consolidated into one data warehouse.  According to the
Meta Group, the market  for data-cleansing tools will approach $1 billion
by 2001. (Information Week 16 Dec 96 p88)

U.S. businesses are reluctant to set up shop on the Internet, although
consumers are becoming more willing  to try electronic commerce, according
to an AT&T survey.  Nearly 40% of adults polled said they expect to  make
purchases on the Internet next year, and 55% say they expect to shop online
within the next five years,  according to the first-time survey conducted
by Odyssey, a San Francisco-based Internet research firm.  Of  the 2,003
American adults surveyed, 7% said they already have made online purchases,
while 20% said they  use the Internet for information about products.  Of
the 503 executives surveyed, 20% expressed concern that  "customers aren't
ready" for electronic commerce. While 33% predicted the Internet will be a
significant  marketing tool in five years, only 17% said online sales are
"very important" to their businesses today.  The  study found that 45% of
American adults, or 80-million people, have access to commercial online or
Internet-based services through home or work, while about 71% have access
to personal computers. (Ottawa Citizen 12 Dec 96 D13)

A Dataquest Inc. poll of 7,000 households indicates that a whopping 93% of
the respondents are not  interested in buying an Internet-enabled TV set or
set-top box.  Furthermore, while companies such as  WebTV have primarily
targeted consumers who don't yet own a PC, the Dataquest survey results
indicate  that households with PCs are more likely to buy an Internet
device that works with their television set than  ones without.
(Investor's Business Daily 18 Dec 96 A6)

The music industry turned up the heat yesterday in its battle to protect
copyrights on the Internet, accusing  service providers of scare-mongering
in an effort to protect their multi-billion interests.  Online firms say
new treaties to revise copyright laws to include cyberspace expose them to
multi-billion dollar liabilities and  give broad powers to music and other
copyright-based businesses.  The International Federation of the
Phonographic Industry accused online firms of "turning the truth on its
head," maintaining they have nothing   to fear from the treaties.  In
Geneva, copyright industries are trying to ensure they get a portion from
the   distribution of literature, music, software and other commerce on the
Internet. (Toronto Financial Post 17 Dec 96 p13)

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                  Corel Ships Academic Graphics Products
                                 for both
                      Windows and Macintosh Platforms
For Immediate Release
OTTAWA, Canada -- December 12, 1996 -- Corel Corporation has begun shipping
the Academic versions of CorelDRAWT 7 and CorelDRAWT 6 Suite for Power
Macintoshr.  Available for a suggested retail price of $139 US, the
academic versions provide users with the same features and software as the
standard retail shrink-wrap products.   Academic versions are available in
CD-ROM format only and manuals are sold separately.  Both versions are
currently available in English only, with French, Italian, German, Spanish,
Dutch, Korean and Japanese versions of CorelDRAW 7 scheduled to become
available in Q1 1997.  French and German versions of CorelDRAW 6 Suite for
Macintosh are also scheduled to be available within the same time frame.

"By offering incredible price points on our flagship graphics products to a
variety of eligible institutions, we are ensuring that groups that might
not otherwise have access to such state-of-the-art technology are able to
in fact take advantage of it," said Dr. Michael Cowpland, president and
chief executive officer of Corel Corporation.

CorelDRAW 7 and CorelDRAW 6 for Power Macintoshr (Academic Editions) are
available to eligible students, faculty, educational institutions, museums,
hospitals, public libraries, correctional institutions, senior citizens and
non-profit organizations.  Users may purchase Academic software and manuals
from any Corel Authorized Academic Reseller.  Manuals may also be purchased
from Corel customer service at 613-728-3733.  For more in-depth product
information and to determine eligibility, please refer to the Education
Division of Corel's home pages at

             Corel Announces Release of New CorelXARAT Update

OTTAWA, Canada -- December 12, 1996 -- Corel Corporation announced today
the availability of CorelXARAT 1.5, a new English-only update to versions
1.1 and 1.2.  Registered CorelXARA customers may order the CD by contacting
customer service at 1-800-772-6735.  This new update will also be
slipstreamed into existing product, which is available to new customers for
a suggested retail price of $289 US.  The update adds significant
enhancements to the product, both for the traditional designer and for the
increasing number of designers specializing in Web graphics.

Due to its ability to combine vector and bitmap graphics and to apply such
unique special effects as transparency, CorelXARA allows users to produce
high quality, distinctive graphic images. The original version of CorelXARA
became a popular tool for Web graphics due to features such as smooth
dithering and anti-aliasing, along with transparent and interlaced GIF
support.  The product's strength as a web graphic design package has been
extended in this update with the introduction of a vector format designed
specifically for the Web.

Updates in CorelXARA 1.5 include:
z    support for full-colour separations
z    spot colours and Pantone support
z    OLE 2 support
z    three new complex fill types (diamond, three point and four point)
z    three new graduated transparency types
z    Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0 QuickViewer support for CorelXARA and
        Corel CMX files
z    CMX 5 and 6 import and export for greater inter-operability with other
        Corel products
New Internet highlights include:
z    Netscape Navigator and Microsoft Internet Explorer palettes and
        browser plug-in support
z    animated GIF creation and support for transparent GIF files
z    diffused dithered bitmap output for higher quality GIF creation
z    embedded JPEG image support that retains compression information
System Requirements
Minimum system requirements include a 486 or higher processor, 8 MB of RAM,
Windowsr 3.1, 3.11, Windows NTr (3.51 and 4.0) or Windowsr 95, a CD-ROM
drive, VGA card and monitor and a mouse or tablet. A sound board and
speakers are optional for online demonstrations.

             Corel Corporation Ships New Medical Series Title

Ottawa, Canada - December 12, 1996 - Corel Corporation has begun shipping
Breastfeeding, a new title from the Corelr Medical Series.  This
comprehensive introduction to the physical and sociological aspects of
breastfeeding was developed for Windowsr 3.1x and Macintosh, and also runs
on Windowsr 95.  Shipping as of November 27th, it carries a suggested
retail price of $69.00 US.

"This addition to our Medical Series is a complete reference title for
health care professionals and parents who want to know more about
breastfeeding," said Dr. Michael Cowpland, president and chief executive
officer of Corel Corporation.  "The detailed medical illustrations,
narrated videos and medical dictionary are great complements to the CD-
ROM's written material."

Breastfeeding was written by Susan Moxley, a former pediatric and neonatal
intensive care nurse, and is based on "Promoting and Supporting Healthy
Lifestyles: Breastfeeding," a credit course for health care providers which
she teaches at the University of Ottawa.  Mrs. Moxley also works as a
Public Health Nurse teaching prenatal classes and counseling new mothers by
telephone, at breastfeeding support drop-in centers and in the home.

Breastfeeding is designed for health care providers, family physicians,
pediatricians, obstetricians, midwives and nurses who work with
breastfeeding families.  This new addition to the Corelr Medical Series
addresses not only the scientific and practical aspects of breastfeeding,
but also issues which have an impact on health care providers.  In
addition, it contains information which will be helpful to breastfeeding
families or families who are considering breastfeeding, and covers special
situations such as breastfeeding after a premature birth, breast surgery
and the birth of twins.

The information in Breastfeeding is divided into the following sections:
z    History and Evolution: The historical influences that have led to the
        increase or decrease in popularity of breastfeeding throughout the ages is
        described.  Also addressed are several myths related to breastfeeding.
z    Physical and Scientific Aspects:  This section discusses the
        immunological properties, nutritional constituents and the changing
        composition of human milk, and describes the breasts'development and
        physiology during the lactation period.
z    Health Issues: The impact of human milk and breastfeeding on the
        infant and the mother are described, along with an assessment of the
        potential dangers of artificial baby milk.
z    Special Situations:  This section shows how, by taking the appropriate
        precautions, breastfeeding is possible in many cases where people might be
        tempted to think otherwise, such as breastfeeding after breast surgery,
        premature birth or neonatal jaundice.  It also mentions the times when
        breastfeeding may be discouraged.
z    Breastfeeding management:  In this section, readers will find basic
        recommendations for breast preparation in pregnancy, and ways to prevent,
        identify and manage the most common problems encountered by breastfeeding
        mothers and their infants.  Readers will also find information on when and
        how to wean, and how mothers should plan to return to the workforce.
z    Individual perspective:  This section discusses the role played by
        personal experience and the cultural environment in influencing a woman's
        decision on how to feed her infant.
z    Societal Perspective:  This section focuses on how the demise of
        breastfeeding in many developed and non-developed countries has turned
        artificial baby milk and bottles into the "gold standard" against which
        breastfeeding is measured.  It also covers the efforts to raise awareness
        of the impact of formula feeding on infant morbidity and mortality, and
        explores the social, political, economic and cultural ramifications of the
        use of artificial milks.
z    A Database, which contains breastfeeding evaluation charts for
        feedings, bowel movements and urinary output.  Users can print them out and
        use them in order to monitor their infant's health and be alert to any
        changes which might indicate a problem.

Breastfeeding has cut and paste capabilities which allow users to create
slide shows, lectures and presentations using Corel PresentationsT.  It
also comes with a fully narrated glossary and comprehensive index, and
Stedman'sr Electronic Medical Dictionary.

System Requirements
Minimum system requirements for Windowsr 3.1x users include a 486DX 66, 8
MB of RAM, a 640x280, 256-color display, a Windowsr-compatible sound card
and a double-speed CD-ROM drive.  Minimum system requirements for
Macintoshr users include a 68030 processor, System 7.1, 8 MB of RAM, a
color or grayscale monitor that can handle 640x480 display and a double-
speed CD-ROM drive.

        Corel Corporation Ships a New Title from its Medical Series

Ottawa, Canada - December 12, 1996 - Corel Corporation has begun shipping
Child Well Being, a new title from the Corelr Medical Series.  This fun and
informative CD-ROM, which helps all members of the family understand the
importance of child care, was developed for Windowsr 3.1x and Macintoshr,
and also runs on Windowsr 95.  Shipping as of November 27th, it carries a
suggested retail price of $69.00 US.

"Child Well Being is an ideal reference tool for schools, child care
facilities and families with young children," said Dr. Michael Cowpland,
president and chief executive officer of Corel Corporation.  "Its animated
interactive module makes it appropriate for young children to use as well."

Child Well Being was produced in association with the Canadian Paediatric
Society and is based on Li'l Well Beings, a book published by the Society
in 1994.  Corel Corporation and the Canadian Paediatric Society joined
forces earlier this year to produce another title in the Corelr Medical
Series, called Child Care, a resource guide for childcare center directors
and caregivers.

The information in Child Well Being is divided into two modules: a
practical guide aimed at parents and caregivers, and the Children's
Version, an interactive animated module designed for children aged four and

The sections in the practical guide include:
z    Health:   This section helps parents devise a simple, practical
        strategy in order to keep their children healthy, and teaches how to
        identify and interpret the signs of sickness in children.
z    Safety:   Parents should refer to this section in order to develop an
        awareness of the risks to which children are exposed both outside and
        inside the home.  In this section, parents will also learn the basics of
        injury prevention.
z    Guidance:   This section contains answers to common questions about
        how to nurture babies and children, and includes suggestions for promoting
        children's self control, play and creativity.
z    Nutrition:   This practical guide for feeding babies and children
        discusses the role of proper nourishment in children's health.  It also
        includes information on items such as meal planning, safe food storage and
        preparation, and bottle feeding.
z    Your Health:   This section offers suggestions to parents on how to
        maintain their emotional and physical health.  It helps to prevent burnout
        and to establish a support structure with reliance on trusted
        babysitters/caregivers and other resources in the community.
z    Tools:   The Tools section contains a number of practical charts and
        guides that parents can use on a daily basis.  They include emergency phone
        numbers, a safer home checklist, a child development chart and a
        recommended foods list.

The Children's Version covers the topics "Health," "Illness," Nutrition,"
"Safety" and "Emotions and Feelings."   The information in this section is
presented in narrated form, and children have the choice
between listening only or listening and displaying the written text as
well.  This section also contains a coloring book.

Child Well Being features an intuitive graphical interface, a music
soundtrack, a topic index and text search and printing capabilities.
Parents will be able to check their knowledge with the many random quizzes
in the different sections.  The children's module contains full animation
and narration, an electronic coloring book and animated hotspots and

The Corel Medical Series
The Corel Medical Series is a line of multimedia CDs that provide
comprehensive information to medical professionals, patients and their
families, and the public.  Using the power of multimedia, the titles
combine text, graphics, pictures, videos and three-dimensional objects to
provide a detailed review of the subject.  Other available titles in the
Corelr Medical Series include Epilepsy, Child Care, Breastfeeding  and The
Amputee.  Upcoming titles include Cancer, Aids and the Public, and First
Aid & CPR.

System Requirements
Windowsr 3.1x and Windowsr 95 users will need a minimum of an IBMr PC or
compatible 486 66Mhz processor, 8 MB of RAM, a double-speed CD-ROM drive, a
Windowsr-compatible sound card and a 640x480, 256-color graphics display.
Macintoshr users will need a minimum of a 68030 processor, System 7.1, 8 MB
of RAM, a double-speed CD-ROM drive and a color or grayscale monitor that
can handle a 640x480 display.

            Corel Corporation Ships Thumbnail TheaterT: Macbeth

Ottawa, Canada - December 12, 1996 - Corel Corporation has begun shipping
Thumbnail TheaterT: Macbeth, a lively and animated rendition of
Shakespeare's darkest play.  Targeted primarily at students aged 12 and up,
this educational CD-ROM was developed for Windowsr 3.1x and Macintoshr, and
also runs on Windowsr 95.  Shipping as of November 28th, it carries a
suggested retail price of $39.95 US.

"Thumbnail TheaterT: Macbeth makes one of Shakespeare's most complex plays
incredibly fun and easy to learn," said Dr. Michael Cowpland, president and
CEO of Corel Corporation.  "With this title, users will develop a better
appreciation of this fascinating play and learn about Shakespeare's life
and times."

Thumbnail Theater: MacbethT offers three different ways to study
Shakespeare's text.  Users who have never read or seen the play can access
the Watch Me section, which contains a witty and entertaining nine-minute
animation summarizing the tragedy's plot.

The Guide Me section will be particularly interesting to those who wish to
gain a better understanding of the Elizabethan era and the tragedy of
Macbeth.  Users will see the animated summary of the play again, but this
time they will be able to stop the animation at any time in order to
explore different topics related to the story.  These topics are accessible
by clicking on the different icons that appear throughout the animation.

Those who want to read about different topics but without having to hear
the story can go directly to the Self Guide section.  This section also
contains the entire text of Macbeth.

The topics available in the Self Guide and Guide Me tours are divided into
the following sections:
z    The Lives and Times of Shakespeare:  This section contains information
        about Shakespeare and aspects of daily life in the 1500s.
z    Characters in Macbeth:   In this section, users will find informative
        character studies of Macbeth, Lady Macbeth, Banquo, MacDuff, Duncan and
z    The Supernatural:  Developing the theme of the witches in the play,
        this section discusses superstition and witchcraft in 16th-century England
        and the supernatural elements in Macbeth.
z    The Works of Shakespeare:  This section contains a complete list of
        Shakespeare's plays, as well as information on the quartos and folios, the
        alternation of verse and prose in his plays, and a host of common
        expressions in modern English coined by Shakespeare.
z    The Theater:  In this section, users can learn about the theater as an
        institution of popular culture in Elizabethan England, contemporary theater
        troupes and the importance of children in theatrical productions.  They
        will also find examples of how censorship affected Shakespeare's works.
z    Scotland the Brave:  This section is invaluable to users who want to
        learn more about Scottish history.  It contains information on the real
        Macbeth and other historic Scots, mentions the country's best-known
        castles, and describes the state of weaponry and warfare in Shakespeare's
        times.  It also contains a thumbnail history of Scotland with dates and
        brief descriptions of pivotal events in the country's history.
z    The Text of Macbeth:  Users can read, copy and print  the entire text
        of Macbeth in this section.
z    The Animation:  By clicking here, users can watch the nine-minute
        animated summary of the play.

Thumbnail TheaterT: Macbeth also contains the Timeline, a chronology of
historical events from times before Macbeth to the present day, Maps of the
world and the British Isles, and a section with on-line help.  It allows
users to print the current page or copy it to the clipboard, as well as
print the entire text of the play.

Development and System Requirements
Thumbnail TheaterT: Macbeth was developed by Michael Mills Productions.
Minimum system requirements for Windowsr 3.1x users include a 486 DX66, 8
MB of RAM,  a 640x480, 256-color graphics display, 8-bit audio capabilities
and a double-speed CD-ROM drive.  Minimum system requirements for Macintosh
users include a 68030 processor, System 7.1, 8 MB of RAM, a 640x480, 256-
color graphics display, standard Macintosh audio and a double-speed CD-ROM
drive.  This product also runs on Windowsr 95.

Corel Corporation
Incorporated in 1985, Corel Corporation is recognized internationally as an
award-winning developer and marketer of productivity applications, graphics
and  multimedia software. Corel's product line includes CorelDRAWT,  Corelr
WordPerfectr Suite, Corelr Office Professional, CorelVIDEOT, CorelCADT  and
over  30 multimedia software titles. Corel's products run on most operating
systems,  including: Windows, Macintoshr, UNIX, MS-DOS  and  OS/2  and  are
consistently  rated among the strongest in the industry. The company  ships
its  products  in  over 17 languages through a network  of  more  than  160
distributors  in 70 countries world-wide. Corel is traded  on  the  Toronto
Stock   Exchange  (symbol:  COS)  and  on  NASDAQ-National  Market   System
(symbol:COSFF).  For  more  information visit  Corel's  home  page  on  the
Internet  at  Corel and WordPerfect  are  registered
trademarks and CorelDRAW, CorelVIDEO and CorelCAD are trademarks  of  Corel
Corporation  or  Corel  Corporation Limited.  All  products  mentioned  are
trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

STR Feature

                     Freeware and Shareware on the Web

By Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.

Since I browse the web a lot and am on several online networks, Ralph asked
me to put together listing of some of the new shareware and  freeware
software that I run into.  My listing will be gathered from the many
different sites and areas that I frequent - Tucows, Slaughterhouse,
Windows95, ZDnet, AOL, and CIS....just to name a few.

With the 100's (1,000's?) of new files that are released each week, all I
can do is scratch the surface of all of the new files that are available
each week.  All of the files I'll list will be for Windows 95, but that
doesn't mean there aren't Windows 3.x and DOS versions available.  I'll
concentrate on files that I think will interest the average user (I'm a
fairly new PC owner and so what I find of interest might be boring to you
'old timers').

There are usually many sites and areas where these files can be d/led from,
but I've found the best bet (where the latest versions usually are) is the
program's web site - so that's the d/l area that I'll list for each file.

Will this be a weekly column?  Maybe, perhaps, I'll try, but no promises.
One thing you won't find here is a rating on any of the files.  I found out
a long time ago, what pleases me might not please you - and vice-versa.
This first week, I will concentrate mainly on updates of utility type of
programs that I think many of our readers might use or be interested in.

Release Date            Size               Price

RealAudio Player for Windows95 - 3.0 Official release
12/17/96                 770k           Freeware

One of the most popular real time audio app's goes 32-bit.  RealAudio
allows you to listen to audio in real time across the internet with no
downloading required.  Free for individual use.  The RealAudio Player 3.0
brings broadcast quality audio to the Internet. For the first time, the
RealAudio Player 3.0 offers stereo sound for 28.8 Kbps modems.  In
addition, near CD quality sound can be delivered for ISDN and LAN

The RealAudio Player 3.0 beta is available for two Windows formats:
RealAudio Player 3.0 beta for Windows 95 and Windows NT, and RealAudio
Player 3.0 beta for Windows 3.1x.

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QuickTime Plug-in - 1.1 Official release
12/17/96                770k             Freeware

Allows you to view quicktime movies (.MOV) in your Web Browser.  QuickTime
is the multi-platform industry-standard multimedia architecture used by
software tool vendors and content creators to create and deliver
synchronized graphics, sound, video, text and music. QuickTime is not only
the best choice for "author once, playback anywhere" multimedia, but the
leading choice: an estimated 20,000 sites on the web now offer QuickTime
content, and 1,500 leading CD-ROM developers are releasing over 200 new
QuickTime enhanced titles every month!

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Crescendo Plug-in - version 2.3
12/3/96                 1192k           Freeware

Crescendo is a Web "Streaming" music player for Netscape and Microsoft
browsers that lets you listen to MIDI music as you browse a web site. Over
one thousand sites already have it...and hundreds more are being added each
month.  "Streaming" is the ability to listen to music while it is being
sent to you over the Internet.

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Release Date            Size               Price

Norton Antivirus Definitions Updates for December
12/16/96                6775k          Freeware

Monthly updates for your Norton Anti-Virus program.

   Download Site -

Release Date            Size               Price

McAfee Viro Scan Monthly Update - November Update               11/29/96
374k            Freeware

The November Update for McAfee's Award-Winning Virus Scanner!

   Download Site -

Release Date            Size               Price

Ping Thingy 2.0
12/3/96                  1700k           Freeware

Ping Thingy has just about every feature available. Packet Sizes, Intervals
between sends, Timeouts (ttl) and Hops are all configurable. Ping Thingy
can now also be started with command line arguments. Output can be saved
and or printed for later use. The interface reports everything that's going
on and shows all configuration details as well. A lite lookup tool is also

   Download Site -

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Microsoft Windows 95 Font Smoother - 1.0
12/15/96                 100k           Freeware

Font smoothing is one of several system enhancements originally included in
the Plus! pack for Windows 95.   Now you can make full use of the benefits
of this technology, making text easier to read and more pleasant to look
at, without having to purchase the Plus! Pack  Smooth fonts works by adding
levels of grays to the corners, curves and diagonals of characters in order
to make them appear smoother and less jagged than they would otherwise.

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Release Date            Size               Price

Power Toys Complete Set - 12/1/96 Release
12/1/96                   204k            Freeware

Full collection of Microsoft's shell add-ons from the Win95 Shell
Development team.

   Download Site -

Release Date            Size               Price

Kernel Toys Set - 7/4 Release
7/4/9                      657k           Freeware

More power for your Windows95 system.  For the folks who don't like
intuitive user interfaces.

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Microsoft Media Manager - Beta
12/15/96               5400k           Freeware

A new program that helps you organize and easily locate multimedia files.
Using Media Manager is easy-in fact, most of the tasks that you want to do
in Media Manager resemble things you already do every day using Windows
Explorer. You don't need to do anything special to your files in order to
use Media Manager. Simply move your multimedia files into Media Manager
folders, and Media Manager will start cataloging the contents, properties,
and annotations in your files.

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Adobe Acrobat Reader - 3.0
12/4/96                  3.9mb         Freeware

Allows you to view Acrobat (.PDF) files.  The free Adobe Acrobat Reader
allows you to view, navigate, and print PDF files across all major
computing platforms.  Acrobat Reader is the free viewing companion to Adobe
Acrobat 3.0 and to Acrobat Capture software.

   Download Site -

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EditPad 32-bit 1.2.0
12/16/96                   210k


EditPad is a replacement for the standard Windows NotePad.  EditPad
requires Windows 95 or later to run.  No additional DLLs or whatever are
required.  It has a few very interesting features:

z    EditPad can open as many files at a time as you want.
z    You change between the open files by clicking on their tabs. No hassle
        with heaps of overlapping windows.
z    If you run EditPad again when their is already an instance running,
        the file(s) you wish to edit will be opened by the existing
z    EditPad window. This means there will be at most one EditPad window
        open, which will save you from a lot of task switching.
z    Of course, if you do need more instances, simply pick View|New editor
        from the menu.
z    Block functions: save parts of your text to disk and insert a file in
        the current text
z    Specify many print settings: font, margins, headers/footers, etc.
z    Reopen menu that lists the last 16 files opened.
z    Configure the open and save dialog file filters.
z    MAPI support
z    Easy and working installation and uninstallation.

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AtomTIme95 32-bit - 1.2a
12/16/96                   94k            Freeware

AtomTime95 is a 32-bit Win95 Internet (Winsock) application which will
connect to the Atomic Clock time server in Boulder, CO and fetch the
current atomic clock time value.  It then compares this value to your PC
time and displays the difference.  You then have the option of updating
your PC clock to match the atomic clock value.  There are also advanced
settings that allow the application run in a much more automated nature.

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Easy Icons 32-bit - 5.1.5
12/17/96                 586k


Easy Icons was designed as a complete Icon Management System for windows
users." For example some of the things you can do are Save any Icon as a
separate (.ico) file, Save any icon as a separate (.bmp) file, Create and
maintain icon libraries with simple drag and drop operations and much more.

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Windows 95 Drivers for ZIP, Jaz, and Bernoulli - win9552.exe
11/21/96            1.52meg          Freeware

Zip Installation Floppy                                           -
flpy52.exe              11/21/96                820k        Freeware

Iomega Web Site - Update your Windows 95 Drivers for ZIP, Jaz, and
Bernoulli drives.  This site carries all of the current releases of the
Iomega driver sets for Windows95, Windows3.x, DOS, NT, and the Mac.

   Download Site -
   Download Site - America Online

The Iomega support forum on AOL offers two software libraries: PC and Mac.
To access this area use the
AOL Keyword "IOMEGA."

Download Site - MSN (Microsoft Network)
The MicroSoft Network is a new service, and only offers the new Win95
drivers from Iomega.
Use the GO word "IOMEGA" to access this forum.

[Note:  I found the latest versions at the web site.]

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GatherTalk 32-bit - Final beta 5
12/18/96Size        1.14mb        Freeware

"GatherTalk is a phone for the Internet. It allows interactive voice
conversations around the world. GatherTalk does even more than a phone.  It
allows teleconferencing on Internet, even with modem connections. It can
support 3 people conferencing using 14.4kbps modems and 5 people
conferencing using 28.8kbps modems.  No special chat servers are required,
all connections are direct.  This shortens the transmission and processing
delays, and also allows the most valuable feature, private conferencing.
i.e.  You can make your own conferencing groups as you wish.  This version
started a concept of GatherTalk PlugIn.  TextTalk and WhiteBoard are two
new Plug-ins for the first distribution.

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Release Date            Size               Price

Pegasus E-Mail 32-bit - 2.50
12/18/96              1.39mb          Freeware

Pegasus Mail is an electronic mail system for use with Novell NetWare
(versions 2.15A and later), and on stand alone systems using the WINSOCK
TCP/IP interface.  It is a full-fledged mailer, with a lot of nice features
like a spell checker, mailing list support, and much more.  One of its more
unusual characteristics being that it is freeware - not shareware, but
"free".  You can use it without charge, restriction or obligation on as
many servers and machines as you wish.

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WinExit 97 32-bit - 6.0
12/18/96                  430k       Shareware $15

Win Exit 97 for WIN95 is a utility that provides a quick and easy way to
Exit or Reboot Windows, jump to DOS, run programs.  Win Exit allows you to
place the icon in the Windows 95 System Tray.  With 2 mouse click you can
run the dialer, format your disk, defrag your disk run notepad, wordpad, cd
player, card file and much more.

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PKZIP for Windows - 2.50
11/11/96                 676k         Shareware $49

PKZIP is now available, as a 16-bit and 32-bit version with enhanced
features such as: spanning files to multiple diskettes, creating self-
extracting files, creating spanned self-extracting files, integration with
Windows 95 Explorer and much more.

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WinPack32 Deluxe - 1.10 Beta 2
11/26/96                1,000k        Shareware $20

WinPack32 Deluxe is the 32-bit version of WinPack.  WinPack32 Deluxe
supports Zip, Gzip, Arj, Lharc, Tar, Unix Compress (with LZW option) Zoo,
UUEncode, XXEncode, Binhex 4.0, Mime, and Base 64.  You can create as well
as extract from any supported format.  Features include, ability to view
any file type within an archive, archive conversion, built-in self-
extractor, drag-n-drop, recursive subdirectories, multipart archive
support, subarchive support, disk spanning, self-extracting disk spans, zip
decryption and encryption.

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WinZip for Windows 95 and NT - 6.2
10/22/96                615k          Shareware $29

WinZip brings the convenience of Windows to the use of ZIP files without
requiring PKZIP and PKUNZIP.  The new WinZip Wizard makes unzipping easier
than ever.  WinZip features built-in support for popular Internet file
formats, including TAR, gzip, Unix compress, UUencode, BinHex, and MIME.
ARJ, LZH, and ARC files are supported via external programs.  WinZip
interfaces to most virus scanners.

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Paint Shop Pro 32-bit - 4.12b3
12/19/96                3200k      Shareware $69.00

Paint Shop Pro version 4 is an all new Windows 95 version of the award
winning shareware program that  is one of the easiest and most powerful
image viewing, editing and converting programs you may ever use.  With
support for over 30 image formats, and several drawing and painting tools,
this may be the only graphics program you will ever need!

Now, Paint Shop Pro version 4 is available for Windows 95 and Windows NT
4.0. The new version has an all new Windows 95 look and many new features
and enhancements.  The new enhancements and features include dockable tool
bars, enhanced selection options, built in special effects filters, RGB
color separation, support for new image formats (Progressive JPG, Mac PICT
and PNG with transparency), enhanced resampling, enhanced masking options
and much more!

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                          "Video Gaming Central"
Game: NFL Gameday 97 Publisher: SCEA Genre: Football System: Playstation
Rating: 93% The much awaited sequel to the original Gameday is finally here
and it doesn't dissapoint. Gameday 97 is  thus far the most realistic and
true to life football game on the Playstation.  Gameday 97 gives you a full
package of options. Included are statistical tracking, full season play,
real NFL teams and players, and plenty  of other goodies that arm chair
quarterbacks should enjoy. The features however are just one of Gameday
97's many strong points.

I was extremely impressed with Gameday 97's control. All moves were
extremely easy to execute on both  defense and offense. Gameday also seemed
to have several more moves on both sides of the ball when  compared to
Madden. The developers even included moves for defensive players to use
when trying to get  around the big offensive line. This is something that
has never been done in a football game to date and it  was a good move by
SCEA Sports to do this. Even if your not satisfied with the controls, it is
possible to change them under the options menu.

The best part about Gameday 97 is without a doubt the realism. This game by
far eclipses Madden in the  realism department. The only major flaws that I
found were that recievers after taking a hit don't hold on to  the ball.
For some reason your secondary can't deflect the ball, instead you have to
nail the reciever right  when he catches the pass to cause an incompletion.
There also seems to be a lack of interceptions and turnovers. They happen
but not as often as in the NFL. Besides these minor flaws the tackling,
running, and passing games are very true to the NFL.

AI wise, the computer is a very worthy opponent. There's no dumb computer
defense and the computer  offense is able to drive the ball quite
effectively if you don't make good defensive selections. Even the easy  AI
level is difficult if you haven't mastered the advanced special moves on
defense and offense.   The only  real weak point of Gameday is the poor
animation and sound. Madden feels so much more natural due to the  fluid
movement of the players. Gameday feels stiff and choppy and lacks detailed
graphics such as the ones  found in Madden 97. I did like the option to
customize your own camera angle, but besides that the graphics need to be
improved for next year. The sounds are OK but haven't been improved by much
over last years  Gameday. Overall I'd say that the graphic and sound
interface is average, it doesn't hurt the gameplay but it doesn't help it

Despite a few minor flaws, Gameday 97 is the football game to get on the
Playstation. This is definetly the  most realistic, and challenging
football game that's come our way.

Game: Kowloon's Gate
Publisher: Sony Music CorporationDeveloper: Sony Music CorporationGenre:
AdventureRelease Date: February/March 97 (Japan)

                              KOWLOON'S GATE

Generally, PlayStation games comprised primarily of computer generated
images, with little or no actual  gameplay, tend to get looked down on.
Pretty pictures are nice, but at the end of the day you want real-time
control to go with your nice images. The folks at Sony Music have kept this
firmly in mind while working on  Kowloon's Gate, and have come up with a
hybrid of the two.

In development since before the PlayStation launched, Kowloon's Gate
represents one of the most ambitious  projects ever undertaken for our
machine. Reported to come housed on four CDs, and including both CG  point-
and-click type levels and real-time areas, Kowloon's Gate will be a force
to be reckoned with. Based in  a cyber-punk Hong Kong, the adventure
concerns both mystical Chinese practices,  and modern technology.  The
ancient walled city of Kowloon has reappeared in the middle of Hong Kong,
throwing the worlds of Yin  and Yang, or light and darkness, out of whack.
As a master of feng-shui, an energy source that courses through the earth,
you must enter the walled city to help align the Yin and Yang.

Kowloon's Gate will feature a highly stylized graphic presentation, and is
worth looking into almost for this  reason Described as "Asian Gothic," the
game depicts morphing hallways, strange demons, and eerie  passageways. If
you've ever seen the movie Blade Runner, you'll have some idea of the outer
part of the city. But once you're into the dungeons, there's nothing else
like it.

Kowloon's Gate is something of an anomaly, and it will be interesting to
track the reaction of gamers to its  hybrid format. one thing's for
certain, though. Graphic adventures may never be the same again.

Game: Mario Kart 64
Publisher: Nintendo Corporation
Developer: Ninetendo Corporation

                               Mario Kart 64
                          Review by Ravi Hiranand

Mario Kart 64 does not tamper with the original's formula. Instead,
consider it more of an upgrade. The  tracks are longer and more detailed,
there are a few new weapons, and (as Scott says) in keeping with this  new
Miyamoto tradition, there is speech.  The game has 16 tracks, and unlike
the first one, they aren't just  the same theme (Ghost House, Koopa Beach)
repeated with a different layout. Almost all the tracks (with the
exception of Mario, Luigi and Peach Circuits) are completely different. The
designs for the tracks are  extremely good and original. Donkey Kong has a
cool jungle track by a river (with a steamboat that you  jump over), there
is a desert with a train whose tracks you must cross, you go inside Koopa's
Castle  (complete with a Koopa fire trap and Thwomps), and the Ghost House
returns (now on top of a lake).

The characters are divided into 3 groups. There are the lightweights (fast
acceleration, slow top speed):  Peach (Princess), Yoshi and Kinopio (Toad);
the heavyweights (slow acceleration, high top speed): Wario,  Donkey Kong
and Koopa (Bowser); and the Mario Brothers, the average characters. There
may be more attributes (damage?), as I have seen Kinopio "nitro" (mushroom)
into Koopa and spin out, wheras Mario would knock out the Princess when he
uses the mushroom.

The weapons are largely the same, although there have been a few changes.
Now there are: Banana (makes  people slip), Bunch of Bananas, Green (shoots
straight-forward or backwards) or Red (homing) shell, 3  Green or Red
shells, Lightning (shrinks opponents for a short time), Blue Spiked Shell
(takes out multiple  opponents), Mushroom (nitro boost), 3 Mushrooms,
Golden Mushroom (unlimited nitro for a short time),  Star (invincibility)
and fake question block (a trap-opponent thinks they will collect an item,
but instead spins   out). You can now hold down the shoot button and have
your weapon stay behind you, where it may hit a  tailgator or block an
incoming shell. The multiple shells rotate around you where they will
deflect obstacles  until you shoot them.

The modes are the same as the original. 1 player can play Time Trial and
Grand Prix, 2 players can play  Grand Prix, Versus and Battle, and 3 & 4
players can play Battle and Versus. In the original, many thought  that the
Battle mode was clearly the best, but this one was rather disappointing.
The arenas were too big and  complex (unlike the simple originals) and many
times the arena itself would kill you, rather than an  opponent. However,
it does boast an interesting feature. Once you die, you become a bomb to
take out any  opponent (only one balloon). This keeps losers in the game
and adds an interesting element-revenge!

The 4-player Versus race is quite simply the most fun I've had since Super
Bomberman 2. I'll even say it  surpasses it. The new weapons, and the facts
that the race is much longer and you get multiple items, adds up  to an
experience you and 3 friends won't want to miss.

There are a few other missing details. In several places there are video
screens that show you racing. The  frame rate is at something like 1fps
(even in time trial!). Has the power of the N64 run out? Also, in a 4
player mode you can almost powerslide off your little screen, making banana
peels unavoidable  (how can  you see them?). The voices are terrible. Mario
and Luigi sound like they have had a dose of helium. Donkey  Kong doesn't
sound remotely like any sort of animal (and I'm not saying that from a
scientific standpoint)  and despite the fact that the Princess looks
Western, she says "You want me to lace?" (no offense to any  Asians). The
one massive, terrible fault in this game is the other drivers. No matter
how many mushrooms you get, they are always right behind you. And even in
100cc mode, they are much faster than you  (although incredibly stupid-are
they blind or what? Can they see banana peels?).

Despite the bad, there is a lot of good in this game. Even though the
Battle mode wasn't very good, the  "revenge" factor certainly made it more
interesting. The graphics are great and detailed. The characters were
rendered while the tracks are polygons. And the game is very fast-even in a
four-player race! The control is  pretty much dead-on, and the analog
thumbstick is a tremendous improvement over the old d-pad. The  game's main
feature, and by far the best, is the 4-player Versus race. I don't think
that fun can be matched in  a long time. An instant classic, one that every
N64 should have in its cart slot.

        9 (out of 10) + Smooth and fast, quite detailed
        7 + Decent music  - The voices are rubbish, sound effects aren't too
        9  + The analog stick provides great control - You sometimes spin out for
        no apparent reason, jumps are difficult

        9.5 + Each of the courses provide a unique challenge, gameplay simple to
        get into but deep to master

        10 + What can I say? The new party game. 4-player racing has to be
        experienced to be appreciated + The 1  player mode is quite challenging
        (partly due to insane AI-see above)


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Game: Mario Kart 64
Publisher: Nintendo Corporation
Developer: Ninetendo Corporation
Genre: Adventure

                               Mario Kart 64
                           Review by Marc Baime

Well Allright! Mario Kart 64 arrived today with the postman. I have had a
pre-order with Joe at Tronix for  months and was really excited to see that
the game is here. Joe at Tronix, as always, providing excellent  service
for all video games (see Thanks Joe. The game
came in a box approximately 7"x7"x4". On the front is a picture with mario
driving his kart  towards you. There are  various scenes from the game
showing 1, 2, and 4 player games, and pictures of the included controller.
It  says Mario Kart 64 in English and then there's quite a bit of Japanese
writing on the box. Opening  the box   there is a partition. One side
contains the included black and grey controller which is very nice looking
but,  in all respects other than color, is identical to the standard N64
controller. On the other side of the partition  is a standard Japanese N64
game box which has pictures on it like those outside the bigger box which
contains it. Opening the game box there is the cart for the Kart, some
instructions which seem to indicate you  shouldn't plug you N64 into the
wall if your hands are dripping with water, a nice little reference card
which is mostly in indecipherable (for me...and probably you) Japanese, and
an instruction booklet. The  instruction booklet is all in Japanese but
contains a back portion which has some nice diagrams of the 16  immediately
accessible tracks and the 4 battle tracks. Someone please provide us with a

On to the game. When you start the game up a golden Nintendo sign comes up
spinning faster and faster to  the doppler sound of a racing car passing by
and then you are placed ina front-end screen with 5 of the  characters, a
rippling racing flag, and a flashing 'Press Start Button' sign. If you
don't press the start button  a demo race comes up within about 5 seconds.
If you do, you are taken to another menu which allows you to   choose 1, 2,
3, or 4 player game, Grand Prix or Time attack mode or to move to separate
menus which have  Game Options or racing records for the 16 grand prix
tracks. While the text in these  menus is Japanese, any  selections that
you make are done in English voice (yeah!) with the exception of the Game
Options screen  (boo!..someone please translate this...Marty Chinn are you
out there?). So now were ready to play.  Unfortunately I was alone so I had
to play 1 player Grand Prix mode initially.  When you enter Grand Prix
mode you can choose from 50cc, 100cc, and 150cc go-karts. After you choose
the engine type, you select  your player. You can choose from Mario, Luigi,
Peach, Kinopio (Toad), Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Wario, and Koopa (Bowser). When
you choose one they say some short English phrase e.g.  Mario says Let's
Go'. Then  you must choose from one of four groups of courses each
containing 4 tracks (total of 16 tracks). While not  every one of the
tracks provides you with an extraordinary gameplay experience, all of them
are good and  some are excellent. Gameplay is excellent throughout. The
game is like a significantly updated version of the  Super Nintendo
version. Updated graphics. Updated sounds. Shigeru Miyamoto!!!

The tracks. In the first group of tracks(called the Kinoko Cup), track one
is a Daytona type. At the beginning  of each track the little guy, who was
the camera man in Mario 64, comes out flying on his little cloud to start
the race. To accelerate you use the A button. But be careful, if you're
tramping hard on that button when the race starts you will find your wheels
spinning in place as everyone else passes you by. On the first track  there
is a cool camera view of you coming down the track as you enter a tunnel.
You will immediately notice  that the tracks are no longer flat e.g. the
first track has sides that go up in turns so it looks a bit Nascar-like.
in addition there are cool ambient noises like echoes in the tunnel. Track
two is a farm track. This is  basically a brown dirt track with some
interesting obstacles. In this case, the obstacles are  gophers with  spiny
backs that pop up out of their holes and blow you into the air if you run
them over. The third track is a  tropical island track. Here you have sand
and water you can drive through, little crabs for obstacles, and  large
bright colored jumps. There is also a shortcut over a jump and through a
waterfall. The graphics are  exactly what you'd expect from the N64 with
very little glitching (although I have seen a little occasionally).  The
final track in the Kinoko cup is a western track filled with sandy soil,
cactus, and a train with train  crossings. You can use the train tracks as
a shortcut. A lot of fun!

All the power-ups you'd expect from a Mario Kart game are here and more.
There are bananas (and you can  not only leave them behind but throw them
forward) which cause you to twirl around. Bananas come in  singles and
bunches. There are the beloved red and green shell missiles, which also
come in singles and  bunches. There is the star, which makes you
invulnerable and everyone else  vulnerable i.e. crash into them   and they
get zapped when you've got the star.  There are a number of mushroom speed-
up power-ups. There  is a lightning bolt which turns the sky dark, causes
thunder, and slows all your opponents down.  There is a ?  mark block which
you leave behind and, even though it looks like a power-up block, it blows
up whoever  tries to pick it up. I'm sure there are more as well. The
tracks get more interesting as you progress to the  other 3 categories with
tremendous jumps, ice and snow, cool lakes with interesting water effects.
The game  makes great use of reflection and transparency effects. Some of
this stuff has to be seen to be believed.

The ambient sounds in the game are really great and enhance gameplay. There
are things like echo in   taverns, train whistles, tunnel noises, etc.
Throughout the game there is all kinds of interesting roadside animation.
Everything from rotating roadside signs to a full size Paddlewheel
Steamboat on a river. Some of  the levels have shortcuts and some have
alternate routes. There is an incredible level with a rainbow road  riding
through a night sky filled with stars and blinking neon signs of all your
favorite Nintendo characters  that must be seen to be appreciated. Terrain
includes dirt, ice, snow, concrete, jungle, etc. This is just a taste.

I had a chance to play two player for just a few minutes and the horizontal
split screen seems to be done  really well. There seems to be little loss
in frame rate though the characters are a little scrunched. I checked  out
the battle mode but since the only other person available in my home today
to play it with me was my 3  year old, I didn't get a chance to really try
it. He indicated to me that he didn't think the idea of the game  was for
me to bump into his character and 'stop it Dad!'. There are 4 battle
tracks. One on top if  a building  (with a cool animation of you falling if
you accidentally venture into the open atrium in the center). One a  large
circular track surrounding a lava pit with some obstacles. A maze like
track. And another slippery  maze like track. Anyway, it's obvious they
will be great fun as soon as I find someone a little older to play
against. The time attack mode is nice as well. It allows you to practice
any of the 16 menu accessible tracks  and will record your time and allow
you to race against record times.

Views in the game are nice. The views are third person. You can have a
close up or more distant view. And  you can change the screen so that it
has a track picture in the lower right corner, a speedometer in the lower
right corner, or a frame around the track which shows the character order
in the race with pictures which  move around the outside of the frame
(sounds odd but it's cool). I'm sure there is tons of hidden stuff as well
but after playing for only four hours I don't know about it yet. GET THIS
GAME and you won't be sorry.  You may want to wait until the price comes
down a bit (probably soon). I paid the most I've ever paid for a  game
($155) but don't regret it as it's as good as any other two games plus it
comes with the neat black and  grey controller. I only wrote about 1/4 of
the game here as I don't want to spoil all the cool surprises waiting for
you when you play. Enjoy the game. Nintendo 64 has another winner.

Publisher: Sony Music Corporation
Developer: Masque Maker Designs Genre: RPG-Adventure
Release Date: February/March 97 (Japan)


Having had a chance to play a fair bit of Persona, I thought I'd go ahead
and post my initial impressions.Honestly, I wasn't expecting all that much
out of this game.  Most RPGs outside of the Big Three series  (Final
Fantasy, Lunar, Phantasy Star) haven't been much more than agreeable
timewasters -- the two  exceptions being Chrono Trigger (another Square
game) and Vay (solely for the Working Designs  translation).  So even
though RPGs are one of the few genres I enjoy, I'm choosy.  One thing I'll
say upfront: this RPG is one for the veterans.  It's relatively tough, and
the game mechanics  are complex and initially daunting.  If you're new to
RPGs, I'd recommend waiting until the hint book comes out.

I guess I'll go ahead and break this review up into sections:

INTRO: Serves notice that you're in the presence of something different and
just maybe a little special.  It's  a very nice, evocative montage of
rendered artwork and photography which sets a melancholy mood and a  sense
of place, set to some of the most beautiful music I've heard coming out of
a game.

Summary: I still watch it occasionally.GRAPHICS: The game looks good,
definitely next-generation.  Persona uses three different graphic  engines,
depending on what you're doing.  There's a polygonal, overhead perspective
used to get from place  to place in the city, which is simple but
effective.  (Though I kind of wish your character didn't look quite so
much like a Christmas tree.)  In corridors and other 'dungeons' you get a
nice Doomish perspective with  clean, attractive texture maps.  You do not
move freely in these corridors but are constrained to a grid, so  those who
are susceptible to motion sickness should be safe here.  Finally, rooms
within "dungeons" are  portrayed in the traditional tile-based isometric
perspective.  The detail in these rooms varies from nice to  excellent.
Your characters are not squash-deformed, which is a refreshing change.
(One quibble: navigating  the isometric perspective is somewhat less than
intuitive.)  The character portraits are well-done, though  those of you
who lust after huge eyes and pink hair may be disappointed.  The graphics
are all done in a more-or-less realistic, rather than "cartoony" anime,

Summary: Not FFVII, but what is?  Closer in  look to FFVII than to Suikoden
or Grandia.

MUSIC/SOUND: The music varies in quality from mediocre all the way to
phenomenally good.  Though it  all sounds like Redbook or PCM, most of it
is system-generated (my boyfriend occasionally removes the CD  to check --
of course, he does this while *I'm* playing...).  It sets the mood very
well, but doesn't feel as  much of a piece as does the music in Final
Fantasy 3.  There's no spoken dialogue and very few cut scenes.   Sound
effects are fine overall, but the sound effects in battle scenes, both for
your characters and the  monsters, are delightful.  (Just wait until you
hear Alana call out for her Persona like she's trying to get the  attention
of a cute boy at school.)
Summary: It rocks.  If Suikoden's music is better, Suikoden is a musical

STORY/TRANSLATION: The story, at least so far, is one place where the game
stands out.  I say "so far"  because, even at ten hours, I don't think I
have more than an inkling of how the story will unfold.  It looks  like it
will be refreshingly free of many of the cliches that burden so many RPGs.
The game takes place in  the "real" world, in a small town beset by very
strange occurences.  A group of high-school students have  been fooling
around with a "game" called Persona, which seems to involve calling up
spirits.  Through this  they discover the power of Persona, the "ability to
call on other selves within you."  (It's something of a  cross between
multiple-personality disorder and demonic possession.)  This makes these
characters well- suited to addressing the problems at hand, which include
demons running amok, corporations building  doomsday contraptions,
disappearing buildings, alternate realities, and two little girls who might
just be  intimately related to one of your circle of friends.  And I'm
pretty sure that's just scratching the surface.  Not  a game that could be
conceived and executed in America.  If playing fast and loose with
demonology offends  you, give this one a pass.  (And, although the game's
rated K-A, I wouldn't recommend this one for pre- teens.)
The translation is good overall.  It doesn't read like the work of native-
born Americans, but neither is it  Janglish; the occasional less-than-
idiomatic phrasing seems to just add to its charm.  The personality of the
individual characters comes through easily.  (The text in battle scenes,
when negotiating with the monsters, is less well-translated than the rest
of the game, though still not badly done.)

Summary: Excellent so far, though the story may not be for all tastes.
Definitely different.

GAMEPLAY/MECHANICS: Battle is turn-based.  Combats are random, but (at
least so far) not overly  frequent.  In fact, I think this game has less
combat than most RPGs of its sort, but then, the combat it has is  usually
longer and more involved.  I won't go into too much detail on the mechanics
of persona and magic,  because I want to finish this review and play some
more... <grin>  It's very different, very cool, and very  complex.  It has
a little bit of the flavor of the Espers of Final Fantasy III, but MUCH
more elaborate.

The most outstanding aspect of battle in Persona is -- you can negotiate
with monsters!  In fact, you need to  negotiate in order to get the spell
cards you need to make new persona and cast new spells.  Different monsters
have different personalities.  Some are charming, some are tragically
pathetic, and some are just plain annoying.  Helpful hint, though: although
you can avoid all battles with a monster whose spell card you  already
possess, DON'T.  Unless you're trying to get a spell card (or the monster
could kick your butt),  fight.  Otherwise you won't go up enough levels,
and you'll find things even more difficult later in the

Combat is complex and challenging.  Already some monsters can wipe out your
party if you're especially  unlucky.  It reminds me most of Lunar II
(Eternal Blue) in this regard.  On the plus side, your characters
regenerate health and magic just by walking around, and most persona can be
used constantly without fear of  running out of magic points.

Summary: Different, a lot of fun, but not for beginners.OVERALL: Sony could
learn a thing or three about what a good RPG is like by playing this game.
The  graphics are good, and the music is mostly great, but what makes this
game really stand out is its game  mechanics, its setting (fantasy is fine,
but there's a bit of a glut), and its mood.   And, although it's still too
early to make a final judgement about the story, it's shaping up to be
unusually strong as well.

RECOMMENDED FOR: All veteran RPGers who are not liable to find the subject
matter disturbing or offensive.

NOT RECOMMENDED FOR: A first RPG.  Players under 13.  Anybody likely to
find offensive a non- Christian portrayal of demons.  (It's a Japanese game
with a Japanese worldview, after all.)

IN CONCLUSION: Excellent so far, well worth a purchase.  If the rest of the
game maintains the high  standard of the first ten hours, the Big Three
will have to make room for a new contender.

(Initial shipments of this game were low) -- the local EB only got four
copies.  Get your copy now!

Kids Computing Corner
Frank Sereno, Editor
                        The Kids' Computing Corner
                    Computer news and software reviews
                       from a parent's point of view

                   ClickArt Incredible 65,000 Image Pak
                        Windows or Macintosh CD-ROM
                      street price approximately $50
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                           Program Requirements
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HD Space:      2 MB                                         HD Space:
1 MB
Memory:        4 MB                          Memory:        4 MB
Graphics:      EGA                                Graphics:      256
colors, 13" monitor
CD-ROM:   single-speed                       CD-ROM:   single-speed

reviewed by Frank Sereno

This 5-disc set is a cornucopia of graphics delights for the desktop
publisher.  This collection features not only quantity, but quality as
well.  It contains 60,000 clip art images, five thousand photographs and
two thousand fonts that are all neatly categorized in a 1,100 page catalog.
You can purchase either a Windows version or a Macintosh version of the
Image Pak.

The catalog makes this the easiest to use ClickArt collection yet!  It is a
full-color book so you can see each image as it will appear in your work.
As an added bonus, the book has a chapter devoted to publishing and design
hints including the creation of World Wide Web pages.

The contents of ClickArt Incredible Image Pak 65,000 can be used with most
word processors and desktop publishing programs.  The images are all
royalty-free so you can use them whenever and as often as you wish. This
package was originally produced by T-Maker, but that publisher was
purchased by Broderbund this fall.  Broderbund is currently offering a
special bundle to owners of The Print Shop to upgrade to Ensemble III and
purchase Incredible Image Pak 65,000 at the same time for a very reasonable

This is a really fantastic clip art collection.  You'll be able to jazz up
all your publishing projects with the fine fonts, detailed art and
exquisite photos contained in the ClickArt Incredible Image Pak 65,000.  If
you enjoy DTP, then this is the clip art collection to buy.

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

Only a few more days until the holiday, and then another week to New Year's
- where has this year gone??  Simply amazing!  I'm going to keep this
week's comments to a minimum; I know people are going to be  busy with
holiday preparations and all, so you're likely not in the mood to listen to
my ramblings this week.  <g>

This week we have another edition of Michael Burkley's "Unabashed
Atariophile" column - great reading once again.  The Boston Computer
Society seems to be "re-formed" as a new organization, as you'll see below.
A little Atari history snippet and even a Christmas ditty to finish off
with a holiday flavor.

Have a great holiday and we'll see you next week after you finally clean up
all of the gift wrapping paper and other remnants of the holiday.  Party
safely and remember those designated drivers!

                                             Until next time...

STR Feature

                         The Unabashed Atariophile

By: Michael R. Burkley
or Genie: M.BURKLEY1

It's a busy time of the year!  Not only do I still need to buy a number of
presents (I generally finish my Christmas present buying the day before
Christmas!),  but I also need to prepare for all of the worship services
that our church is having around and on Christmas. The one event coming up
that is going to engage the largest portion of my time is our church's
Living Nativity Scene.  This is the fortieth year that we've built a
stylized stable in the front lawn of our church building,  peopled it with
shepherds, angels, Mary and Joseph, and occasionally a real baby Jesus.

Along with them we have a cow, a henny (a cross between a male horse and a
female donkey), two sheep, and two goats.  For two years we had two llamas
in our Scene.  We justified that by saying they were our stand-in camels.
The owner of the llamas offered to lend us some pigs, but we declined,
telling him that there probably hadn't been any pigs in that Jewish stable
in Bethlehem.  The scene lasts for eleven nights from 7-10 p.m., and people
stand in the Scene for 1/2 hour at a time.  Over the eleven days of the
Scene over 350 people will participate, not to mention the far more who
drop by for a visit.

I take my turn being a shepherd or Joseph (somehow, no one thinks I'm an
appropriate substitute for an angel!), but most of my time is spent down in
"The Bethlehem Inn" in our Fellowship Hall where people come to warm up,
eat the goodies, talk, and learn something about our church.  Oh, there is
one last thing I'm responsible for.  The chairperson of the Scene has given
me the job of shoveling out the manure from the stable.  He says that I do
a lot of that every week, so he's confident that I'll do a good job.  Now I
wonder just what he means by that...? <g>

I am very glad to be writing my column again, this time in STR.  I need to
write this column, otherwise I will just go on collecting software (which
is fun) and never getting around to writing the descriptions for them
(which is -work-).  I also do like the complements I get for writing it!
My special thanks go out to Dana J. and Joe M. for their wonderful words of
two issues ago.  I showed them to my family, and my wife (the wonderful
Suzy B) said, "That's nice," and my son said, "Gee!" and glowed as he
looked at me.  You can imagine how that made me feel!

Thanks also to those of you who wrote me with suggestions for getting my
clone and GEMulator up and running in a reasonable fashion.  Well, all that
I can say is that it has its good days, and it has its bad days.  Today was
one of its bad days!  It isn't Atari hatred though. It crashes just as
nicely just running Windows 95!

But enough of all the ramblings!  Let's get on to all the software!

I've been concentrating on downloads from the Internet lately.  There is so
much material available!  I've been finding out that the proverbial
helpfulness of Atari users and developers is still an ongoing thing.  Many
of the programs I've downloaded are in German, but so far when I've
contacted the authors through e-mail, almost all of them have told me about
their programs, and have offered some help in providing English helps.
That's great!

Unfortunately, I don't have the time, space, or ability to tell you how to
get online and surfing the Internet on your Atari.  I can tell you about
the software you may use (see below), and where to find it, but not how to
get it, or how to set it up.  You're on your own there, but there is help
(I'll tell you about that, too).

There is an astounding amount of information on the Internet.  Some of my
favorite sites that I have discovered are at:

The University of Kaiserslautern (UNI-KL.DE./PUB/ATARI);
The STiK homepage (WWW://FLINNY.DEMON.CO.UK), and
The STOSSER Software home page NEON.AIRTIME.CO.UK).

There are scores more available!  Along with the online services such as
Delphi, Compuserve, and Genie, I recommend them all to you!

Finally, on to the software.  The Internet software was all taken from the
STiK site, though it may also all be found on Delphi (and most likely
Compuserve and Genie, though I'm not sure about that).

WWWI_100 is the WWW-Installer v.1.00 by Manfred Ssykor (dated Sept. 12,
1996).  Using this install program, and the installation files included
with the below internet software files (such as STiK, ATARIRC, FINGR122,
etc. you will be able to install a complete Internet access package on your
Atari ST-Falcon.  The docs are very detailed, and it looks as if it isn't
all that hard to do.  Just put the compressed program files in the ARCHIVE
folder and the program takes care of the rest!  I do recommend that you try
to read the directions!  The program allows you to use English, French,
German, Swedish, Spanish, or Italian in your setting up.  Directions on
setting up batch files for use in the installation are included.  The below
mentioned files all have standard batch files included for you to modify
for your particular system.

STIK1_12 is STiK, the freeware TCP/IP Network Layer v.1.12 by Dan Ackerman
dated Nov. 18, 1996 (based on the original version by Steve Adam).  STiK
implements TCP/IP on the Atari ST/TT/Falcon series of computers.  This
software will allow you to connect to the Internet. STiK is in 2 parts,
STIKTSR.PRG creates and manages the STiK Cookie and STiK.ACC handles the
USER/Protocol interaction.  Currently, STik only supports SLIP and CSLIP
for Internet connection.  A PPP implementations is being worked on.  STiK
will run on ALL ST/TT/Falcon computers, even those with only 512K of RAM
(though you can't run CAB, which I recommend, with less than 1 meg of RAM).
This file comes with detailed docs, and it doesn't look that hard to
configure, though I admit I haven't done so yet.  This version is mostly a
fix for the JPEG/binary file transfer bug of v.1.11.  This archive contains
an INSTALL.BAT file for use with WWWI_100.

CAB15 is the Crystal Atari Browser v.1.5 by Alexander Clauss (October,
1996).  CAB is a wonderful addition to the Atari world.  With it you may
browse HyperText Markup Language (HTML) documents, the standard type
document for display on the Internet World Wide Web (WWW).  All by itself
CAB can only be used to display HTML documents offline, but when you add
CAB.OVL to CAB itself you can look through online WWW pages CAB cn be used
to browse HTML documents.  CAB now conforms to all HTML2 specification and
offers most draft HTML3 specification and NetScape features.  The program
comes with English, German, Swedish, Spanish, and Italian resource files
and German and English documentation.  There is ST-Guide format hypertext
help (you need ST-Guide to use it).  Believe me, it's great to be able to
double-click on an HTML document and have it appear in all it's glory
onscreen!  You may configure CAB to use external picture viewers (such as
GEMview), and texteditors, or just let CAB do it all by itself. Usable in
all resolutions, but ST High or above is better.  TOS 1.0-4.04, Geneva,
MultiTOS, Magic compatible.  GET THIS!  Freeware, but please register and
send the author a contribution.  He's worked HARD on this.  This archive
contains an INSTALL.BAT file for use with WWWI_100.

CAB_030 is a version of the main program of CAB v.1.5 which has been
compiled for 68020/30 processors (Falcon, TT, Macintosh (MagicMac), 68030
upgrade cards).  It is faster than the 'normal' version.  This archive
contains *only* the main program. You still need the 'normal' CAB release

COVL_121 is the Overlay file for CAB v.1.21 (CAB.OVL) by Dan Ackerman
(dated Dec. 10, 1996).  CAB.OVL lets you browse the Web and on-line HTML
documents by interfacing with STiK (STIK1_12). Place in the same directory
as CAB.APP (from CAB15) and enjoy the benefits of the Internet!  This
archive contains an INSTALL.BAT file for use with WWWI_100 (but only the
version on Delphi, because that's what I uploaded there).

CACHE_ED is CACHE.CAB-Tool v.0.40 by Manfred Ssykor (dated August 9, 1996).
This program (when run through ABC will allow you to edit your Cab Cache
folders contents.  Free up lots of space and clear out lots of old URLs
(site addresses) with a discriminating hand! English and Swedish docs and
ST-Guide Hypertext files included. This archive contains an INSTALL.BAT
file for use with WWWI_100 (by this same author).

FINGR122 is Finger v. 1.22 by Lonny PUrsll (dated June 2, 1996 -- that's my
17th wedding anniversary!).  Finger is a client program designed to work
with the STiK internet software (see STiK1_12).  It allows you to check
e-mail addresses, get more detailed information on an account, check your
own account for waiting e-mail, search for other users, and more.  Finger
works with TOS 1.0-4.04, Geneva, Magic, Multi-TOS, etc. with ST medium or
greater and some free disk space on your system to store some downloaded
files.  Detailed docs included.

FORECAST is Forecast v.0.3 by Jim Baumgardner and Dan Ackerman (dated
1995).  Forecast is a tool for getting the current weather conditions for
almost any major city in North America via the Internet.  You must have
STiK (see STIK1_12 or higher) installed, enabled and connected to use
Forecast.  If you know the airport code for the airport nearest the city
for which you want the weather report.  I don't know what you do if you
don't know the code!  But when the code is entered you will get the
temperature (in degrees fahrenheit), barometer, wind speed and humidity.
This information is both displayed graphically and in text (at the bottom
of the window). Forecast should work in any planar video mode (2,4,16,256
colors) It does not work in 16bit color mode. (High Color Mode on the F030)
A resolution higher that ST Low is also recommended, but not required.
Docs included. This archive contains an INSTALL.BAT file for use with

HSMODA07 is HSMODEM V.7.0 by Harun Scheutzow (Dated Aug. 6, 1996). This
package of utilities (several different utilities are included for your
specific machine) that is a serial fix/serial port accelerator for all
ST(e)/Mega ST(e)/TT/Falcon machines/MultiTOS/MagiC/MagiCMac/Geneva.  Put
this program in your AUTO folder and you will find that you no longer have
a problem your serial-port speed limitations on Modem Port 1.  The author
claims a reliable speed increase to 38 kbps on an 8-mHz ST and much more on
a Mega STe and TT. ZOOM!

JPEG_OVL (dated Oct. 18, 1996) is a all Atari comatible computer overlay
module for CAB (see CAB15 or higher) which also supports the DSP (the DSP
is only for Falcon users though) for load and decompressing JPEG images.
Falcon users benefit from Brainstorm's JPEGD AUTO folder program which is
up to 15 times faster then the regular method.  This archive includes an
AUTO folder program (JPEGD.PRG) which is the DSP-Decoder, an accessory
(JPEG.ACC) which is a demo for use with JPEGD which shows up to 16 color
gray, from 256 colorized), and the CAB_JPEG.OVL file itself, which is the
CAB Overlay module using JPEGD.  CAB_JPEG.OVL is shareware by Dieter
Fiebelkorn (the GEMView author).  Limited docs included.  But, since the
author doesn't include his address (get it from GEMView) or any shareware
registration fee, I would guess it's up to you how to register it.

MGFTP103 is MG-FTP v.1.3 by Michael Guse (dated March 6, 1996).  This
program will allow you to use the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) to get files
off of the Internet.  It requires STiK (see STiK1_12 or higher). The usage
is pretty simple, and the docs tell you how to use this program.  Mouse
controlled.  German and English docs, resource files, and source code (.H)

NEWSIE66 is NEWSie v.0.64 by John Rojewski (dated Dec. 5, 1996). NEWSie
uses the NNTP Internet protocol to read UseNet News articles. It provides a
standard GEM interface complete with menu, windows, and mouse selection.
As with most of the Internet packages for the Atari, NEWSie uses STiK as
the Internet access manager via a SLIP connection (though STiK is not
required when using NEWSie offline). This version provides you with the
ability to read, save, and print NEWS articles, and full Posting and Reply
capabilities.  Articles can be downloaded and read offline.  Offline
Posting and Followup functions are now available.  Newsie supports a full
complement of e-mail services, including Send, Reply, and Forwarding of
mail messages.  Multiple mailboxes are supported, with transfer of mail
between mailboxes.  Includes the "Almost Foolproof UUdecode" v.3.7 dated
1987 used to decode UUencoded Binary files.  English Program and Docs.

TELNET is Telnet v.1.01 by James E. Baumgardner II (and I think Dan
Ackerman from a note mentioning "Dan" in the archive). Detailed docs are
included, but, as always, it helps if you are familiar with the concepts
involved.  Telnet is a GEM program based on a program of the same name
originally developed by the Regents of the University of California at
Berkley as a program used to get their clients and servers talking to one
another in a platform-independent virtual terminal.  How is Telnet useful
to you?  Well, if you have some sort of login account somewhere on this
vast planet of ours, you can login to it.  Also, some libraries and other
servics have areas that are accessible only after a login (through Telnet).
Use this program to get at them!  This archive contains an INSTALL.BAT file
for use with WWWI_100.

Wow!  The Internet software is getting here fast!  Check it out!

I also recommend that you check out the STOSSER Software site in England.
There is piles of software there:  Games, Children's Educational,
Programming, Disk Magazines, and more.  Here are reviews of just two of the
games I downloaded.

HEARTLND is Heartland by Tony Greenwood and Dean Chadwick of STOSSER
Software (dated Sept. 28, 1996).  HEARTLAND is a fast, multi-directional (8
ways!) scrolling (with a HUGE play area) platform game programmed in STOS.
The basic (pun intended) story behind it is that while you and a friend are
playing a game of cards you notice that all of the hearts are missing.  Now
you can't play the game with those cards gone, so, guess what?  You go out
to find them.  Bad move for your longevity, but you can be revived, and
this game is worth it! You have to search the play area looking for a whole
set  of hearts, the Ace, King, Queen and Jack are scattered around in plain
sight, but all of the other cards are hidden behind doors.  Once you go
through that door to collect the card you are teleported to another area of
Heartland, forever unable to return to where you just were (that means you
have to collect all the energy, coins, potions, etc. you can before you go
through a'll need them.  The key to this game is to remember
where everything is--the online map helps in this. It's not as easy as it
sounds, but it sure is fun!  You may save your games, too, which is a very
nice when a game is as long an involved as Heartland.  Excellent music when
run with an STE, earlier machines will have sound but no music.  Heartland
will run in ST Low on all ST/STE computers with at least one meg of RAM (I
don't know about the Falcon and TT--try Backward and STOS FIX if you have
one of those machines).  You can even run it from your hard drive! Joystick
contrlled.  Docs included.  Commentware, in that you must send them your
comments about the game.

DIAMOND is Diamond-Ice by Tony Greenway (Programmer) and Dean Chadwick
(Graphic Artist) of STOSSER Software (dated Dec. 1996).  Diamond is the
sequel to the popular game Heartland.  While the heros of that game were
out saving all of the heart cards, someone stole all of the diamonds!   But
instead of hiding them all over the place, they have encased them in a
block of DIAMOND-ICE. Your mission should you choose to accept it is to
find the cards (this is quite simple) and then find some  way  of melting
the Diamond Ice (Not so simple). This game again boasts, like Heartland, a
very large play area, eight directional movement, and more. Not only is it
an arcade style platform game, it also incorporates a challenging puzzle
element.  There are lots of colorful animations and background.  In order
to succeed you must find and use certain objects, meet and interact with
charactors such as Eric and Ernie or Phil and Grant the Devious Bruvvers.
To play this game well you certainly have to keep busy!  Diamond will work
on all Atari ST computers with no "fixes" required.  It will work on a
Falcon if you use Backwards and ST Low rez at 8 MHz.  Sorry you TT users.
This game is not TT compatible (even using STOS Fix?  I don't know). You
get enhanced sound with the STE and Falcon. You can even run it from your
hard drive! Docs included.  Joystick controlled.

Well, that's all for now.  I'm late in getting this to Dana as is (come to
think of it, I usually am late!  Oh well!).

I wish you all a blessed Christmas.  May you remember whose Birthday it
really is!


Michael is the Pastor of The Niagara Presbyterian Church in Niagara  Falls,
NY,  the co-owner of Suzy B's  Software, and a former Polyurethane Research
Chemist (He gets almost as enthused about Chemistry as he  does about Atari
Computers, but they both come in second place to someone else--you guess!).

                   The Boston Computer Foundation, Inc.
                 Established a New Non-Profit Organization
                 Dedicated to Promoting Computer Literacy

BOSTON, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The creation of The Boston Computer
Foundation, Inc. (BCF) was  announced today by the group's new Executive
Director, Gretchen Hardey.  The Boston Computer Foundation, Inc. has been
established by a generous personal donation from Arthur Nelson of The
Nelson Companies as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting
computer literacy to individuals and groups not reached by the commercial
market.  Nelson is the former Chairman of The Boston Computer Society.

"Since the BCS closed its doors in September, many computer user groups
have decided to continue  independently.  I felt strongly that the public
service initiatives started by the BCS were vital and that if discontinued
would leave a large void in the community.", Nelson said. Foundation board
members and consultants met with public and private sector business
resources for advice in building successful partnership programs.

The mission of the BCF is to identify clients with limited access to
technology, and to seek corporate  partnerships in order to provide a wide
range of computer training in schools, libraries and other community
settings.  The first major project of the Foundation will be to implement a
city-wide computer training program, funded by Microsoft Corporation
(Nasdaq: MSFT), which will help bring computer technology to select
under-served communities throughout Boston.  The Boston Computer Foundation
is founded on the idea that computer education should be accessible to
everyone.  "New England has an abundance of technology firms and educated
people.  The goal of the Foundation will be to educate and inspire people
of all ages and backgrounds about technology," said Gretchen Hardey,
Executive Director of the BCF.  "The BCF will help people to take control
of the Information Age, develop new skills, explore the world and express
themselves with technology. People interested in supprting the Foundation
should contact the BCF office, 617-737-6111 or email at

CONTACT: Boston Computer Foundation, 617-737-6111 or

                Newsbytes NewsReel - 12 Years Ago This Week

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S.A., 1996 DEC 18 (Newsbytes) -- By Nick Gorski.
Please note that this week's stories are from the week of December 25,
1984. Twelve years ago these Newsbytes stories were filed: Fame And
"Fortune," Atari Retrenches; A Kaypro Christmas; and Robot Power. These
stories were taken from the extensive archives at the Newsbytes Website at

Fame And "Fortune"

For the third time, IBM was Fortune magazine's "Most Admired Corporation,"
based on a poll of 8,000 executives. Hewlett-Packard ranked fifth and was
the only other computer firm on the list of either the most or
least-admired company. IBM won kudos for management, investment, financial
soundness, and use of assets. However, the magazine reports "innovation"
was not exactly supreme on the tally for IBM.

Atari Retrenches

It won't be a very nice holiday for residents of Limerick, Ireland -- 250
members of that community were told last week that Atari's plant in
Limerick will close on Christmas Eve. Also, "between 30 and 40" workers
were laid off from Atari's Sunnyvale, California headquarters. Jack Tramiel
told the "San Jose Mercury News" that he's hoping to build a new, automated
plant in Europe, and in the meantime, all production has been shifted to
Taiwan. Irish officials, meanwhile, are aghast at the closure. Frank
Prendergast, Mayor of Limerick, has been quoted as saying, "Irish workers
are suffering so Atari could benefit from slave labor wages in the Far

A Kaypro Christmas

Kaypro has gotten into the Christmas spirit by donating 400 computers to 35
third-world countries. The "International Grants Program" has been in
progress for a year now. Thai tribesmen are using Kaypros to keep track of
their handicraft sales, remote Mexican people are using Kaypros to catalog
their medicinal plnts, and Indonesian Kaypro recipients use Kaypros to
pioneer linguistic analysis of unwritten languages. Now that's progress!

Robot Power

A report in Reuters says that a Japanese company has created a "super
robot" which can demolish a supertanker in 120 hours flat. Nippon Sempaku
Kaihatsu says its torch-wielding robots go through a tanker at a rate of 47
inches a minute -- "four times faster than a man." Anime and Manga fans
probably won't find these at the local toy discounter.

                           Entertainment Section

PlayStation, $1 Billion Sales!
AlpsPad!  Santa Says...
And More!

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

Well, it appears that the gaming console fans will have a terrific holiday
this year, unless you're one of the few unfortunate ones who still cannot
seem to find an N64.  The PlayStation is selling extremely well and
supplies have been restocked so customers shouldn't have a problem finding
one, or plentiful games.  Even we Jaguar owners will have the opportunity
to have a "good" holiday with the availability of Breakout 2000 and Towers

Speaking of these two games, supposedly both are on their way to us for
review.  JV Enterprises sent me a complimentary copy of Towers II and I
hope to take a good look at it over the weekend, if I'm not mall-bound
doing last-minute shopping!

Have a great holiday and I hope that the games/systems that you've been
looking for somehow manage to find their way to you.

                                                  Until next time...

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

                Sales Of PlayStation Hardware And Software
                        Exceed One Billion Dollars

   Revenue for Sony Computer Entertainment America Has Soared Since the
               System's Introduction Just Fifteen Months Ago

FOSTER CITY, Calif., Dec. 17, 1996 -- Sony Computer Entertainment America,
marketers of the PlayStation(tm) game console and leading software
developers for the platform, announced today that North American hardware
and software revenues for the PlayStation brand have, through December 1,
exceeded $1 billion, with significant additional revenues expected during
the holiday season.

"Revenues have far exceeded our initial expectations and are a testament to
the PlayStation's dominance in the next-generation videogame industry,"
said Kaz Hirai, chief operating officer, Sony Computer Entertainment
America.  "We entered this market one year ago and now we are the
undisputed worldwide leader."  With more than two million PlayStation game
consoles units already sold in North America, and one million more expected
to be sold by the end of the year, the PlayStation game console has
achieved a critical mass far faster than expected.

"We're understandably delighted with our tremendous success," said Hirai.
"In essence, the PlayStation's success reflects consumer confidence in our
technology, the strength and quantity of our games, and the importance of
the Sony brand name."

            SingleTrac Entertainment Launches Independent Model

SALT LAKE CITY (Dec. 16) BUSINESS WIRE -Dec. 16, 1996-- Developer of
Award-Winning Twisted  Metal(TM), WarHawk(TM) and Jet Moto(TM). Titles
Poised to Deliver Quality Interactive Content for Next  Generation
Platforms  in a move to address the changing dynamics of the next
generation entertainment software marketplace, SingleTrac Entertainment
today announced that it is launching an independent publisher business

SingleTrac -- developer of the award-winning PlayStation(TM) titles Twisted
Metal(TM), Twisted Metal 2(TM), WarHawk(TM) and Jet Moto(TM) -- has become
recognized for its arcade-quality real-time 3D  ction and uniquely
entertaining genres that consistently elevate gameplay standards.   Market
research points to the PlayStation console and the multimedia PC as two of
the fastest growing next generation gaming platforms.  In addition,
Internet-based multi-player game sites represent an exponentially expanding
market.  SingleTrac's new publishing strategy enables the company to
aggressively pursue these and other commercially viable platforms, and to
own and exploit its intellectual property franchises.

"In a world where 'bigger' is often misperceived as 'better,' we believe
there is a tremendous opportunity for  an independent publisher with the
right formula,"  said Mike Ryder, president and CEO of SingleTrac.  "Our
business plan is simple: create, own and exploit superior-quality
interactive entertainment content on key  viable platforms; leverage
strategic partnerships; and build an experienced professional management

SingleTrac is supporting this move by building an internal and external
infrastructure ensuring leading  development, marketing, sales, and
distribution capabilities.   This initiative includes substantially
enhanced  product development efforts as well as a marketing and sales
organization that leverages direct sales, an independent product
representative network and third-party distributor relationships.  As
importantly, SingleTrac is committed to building world-class strategic

Already, SingleTrac has been chosen by Microsoft for an exclusive equity
investment and a product  marketing and distribution agreement, giving
SingleTrac worldwide PC reach as well as support for multi-player online
game development.  SingleTrac continues its relationship with Sony Computer
Entertainment as an investor and customer and has secured a PlayStation
publishing license.

"SingleTrac's leadership in combining real-time, 3D graphics with great
gameplay fits with Microsoft's  vision of interactive entertainment for the
multimedia PC,"  said Ed Fries, general manager of the games group at
Microsoft.  "In a short period of time, SingleTrac has not only proved to
be a dynamic new player, but they have also demonstrated their ability to
exploit emerging technologies and remain on schedule, making this an
attractive collaboration."

In a separate yet related announcement today, SingleTrac has added two
industry veterans to its management  team.  The company, which is moving
into expanded facilities in December, is also building an innovative
usability lab to enhance its products through ongoing, live user testing.
SingleTrac's new product development efforts will be focused on delivering
great gameplay through a combination of cinematic-style entertainment value
and superior execution.  The company's renowned development team will
continue to push the boundaries of real-time 3D, movie-quality sound
tracks, immersive environments, character development and unique genres.

In addition, a unique platform-specific system design approach will ensure
that its multi-platform titles are built from the ground up to maximize the
power and strength of each individual game engine. The company is creating
a strong line-up of SingleTrac branded games that will be released for the
PlayStation, PC (Windows(R) 95) and the Internet, with the first title
scheduled for the Holiday '97 season.

"Grade 'A' titles and marketing execution are what's required in today's
market in order to gain shelf space  -- anything less is unacceptable to
today's demanding gamers and retailers,"  said Todd Kelly, executive vice
president of SingleTrac.  "Our 'quality over quantity' and 'no ports
allowed' approach, combined with our  strategic relationships, ensures that
we will meet these requirements for success."

Founded in 1994, SingleTrac is a leading independent interactive
entertainment publisher for next generation consumers who demand a superior
quality gameplay experience that exploits the power of emerging platforms.
SingleTrac's first products, published by Sony Computer Entertainment
America -- the award-winning Twisted Metal, Twisted Metal 2, WarHawk and
Jet Moto -- are among the most critially acclaimed titles for the

A focus on quality content development, coupled with strategic partnerships
with Microsoft and Sony, enable the company to take interactive
entertainment publishing to a new level.  SingleTrac sells its products for
the PlayStation, multimedia PC (Windows 95) and the Internet through
domestic and international consumer software and electronic toy retail
markets.   Headquartered in Salt Lake City, SingleTrac can be contacted at
801/521-5644 or through its Web site at

Entertainment Online STR InfoFile    -    Online Users Growl & Purr!

I recently received a note from JV Enterprises' Jag Jaeger regarding Towers
II.  I thought that I'd pass it along as it had some interesting advice,
and the promise for an extended version of the storyline (which was cut
from the manual as a cost-savings factor).  Even a tip or two to round it

>From Jag Jaeger:

Just wanted to tell you that your copy of Towers II has been sent. You
should be getting it Monday.  I also wanted to give you some extended
information because I know you're a pro at these type of games :)

Towers II was developed with the beginner in mind.  With that meaning,
things on the first couple of levels can be kinda slow.  They were designed
that way so people can get used to the controls and the style of play.
About the fourth to fifth level things start to pick up and quickly. This
also isn't your normal RPG were you just go around hackn' & slashn' to
raise your character up in levels. The story line is very intricate and
subtle.  If you pay close attention to the scrolls you read, the story,
(like a good book), will fall into place. One final warning, THIS ISN'T
DOOM, if you blaz around with blood in your eyes and kill everything in
site, you will not be able to finish the game.  Eye for an Eye is a good
rule of thumb.

PS. Not to burn any bridges with Telegames, In the manual they removed a
lot of the story to save on  printing costs.  In a week or so, I will be
posting the complete story on our website.  It's nothing imperative to the
game, it just adds to the story line.  I will let you know when I have
posted it.

PSS.  Above all, enjoy the game, have loads of fun, and thank you for all
your support.

Jag Jaeger
JV Games
Jag <>

We had a few inquiries about the Alps Interactive limited-offer gamepad
that we reported on last week.  So, Sony's Don Thomas sent along the


Special "Limited Edition" Gamepad from Alps Interactive in metallic red.
Available only at Electronics Boutique or from Alps Interactive.

Only 5,000 gamepads were made!
Each one comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity.

Available Friday, December 13
Cost is approximately $39.95 at EB
or $44.95 SRP direct from Alps Interactive

If you don't order before we sell out, you could win one in January by
visiting the following websites where we will be hosting online

Next Generation
Ultra-Game Players
VGOL - Video Games Online

Alps Interactive:
Call Alps Interactive direct at 800-720-2577 (ALPS)
  a. Suggested Retail Price is $44.95
  b. Domestic shipping/handling charge $4.95 USD
  c. International shipping/handling charge $21.00 USD.
     Please fax international orders to 408-432-0206 or
  d. If you can not reach us at the above 800 number, please call
     Dorisene Bursey at 408-432-6446. 2.Order by using the internet
     (Purchase Order)

  1.Electronics Boutique
  2.Incredible Universe
  3.Kaybee Toys

  1.Mecca Distributors (

Santa: You Don't Have To Buy Nintendo

ACROSS AMERICA, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- A survey of department store Santas across
America found Monday that children are still asking for bicycles and train
sets, not just for the toys that are advertized most heavily  on
television.  The Santa Survey, released Monday, was conducted by the
National Retail  Federation,  which  represents 1.4 million U.S. retail
outlets, and Santa Plus, a company that supplies Santas to shopping  malls.
The Santas were polled about what kids are asking for.  Such ballyhooed
gifts as Nintendo and Tickle  Me Elmo did figure into the children's
requests. But so did such older favorites as Power Rangers and Barbie  and
even more venerable presents like trains and bikes.

Other heavily requested items including Cool Tools, Baby Bye-Bye, Power
Wheel, Sega, and computers.  Bob Riggs, owner of Santa Plus, puts it this
way, "Santa says you can't go wrong with traditional gifts like bicycles
and train sets."

ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine          The wires are a hummin'!

                           PEOPLE... ARE TALKING

On CompuServe

Compiled by Joe Mirando
CIS ID: 73637,2262

Hidi ho-ho-ho friends and neighbors. Yes, just a few more days to
Christmas. Even if you don't observe the  holiday, take a moment to be
thankful for what you have. It is far too easy today to take for granted
all the  things we've come to see and use, and to forget what it is to have
to do without them. For me, key among  these necessities has always been
friends.   Because I tend to choose close friends carefully, they are what
I'm most thankful for. It really is true that you are known by the company
you keep and I'd rather have a  few good friends than professional success.
 What has this got to do with Atari computers? Nothing whatsoever. I just
thought it was worth thinking  about.  Let's take a look at what what's
going on with the Atari folks on CompuServe.

>From the Atari Computing Forums

Mark Showalter asks:
"Can someone tell me what mag's are still available for the Atari? I have a
1040ste & would love to get some  more info. I uswed to get St mag, but
unfortunatly all the copies & discks went into the divorce black hole in
another state far, far away."

Our own Classics & Entertainment Editor, Dana Jacobson, tells Mark:
"Domestically, there's ST Informer and Current Notes available."

Joe Lensbower tells Dana:
"I don't know about St Informer... I sent in for a year's subscription
almost a year ago, the first - and last-  issue I got was dated August..."

Dana replies:
"I just sent in my renewal recently also.  I have word from Rod MacDonald
that ST I is still ongoing, but has  changed to a quarterly publishing
schedule.  I trust Rod."

Ian Taylor tells Dana:
"You can still get ST Applications from the FAST club here in the UK"

Dana replies:
"Thanks for the additional info, Ian.  I hate to admit it, but I've lost
track of all the recent changes in the UK  mags these days - I can't
remember which ones are still around! <g>  Have you seen Atari Computing
yet?  I'd like to get my hands on one of those to check out."

Simon Churchill tells Dana:
"I have now recived the first two issues of atari computing and must say
it's the best there is.   It is the same  quality as Atari Review, just in
black and white.  Yes, there's no fancy colour, but, do you need colour??
No!! The articles are well laid out with pictures, the lot.  A reader's
disk is available with each issue and on issue two came a special Atari
Computing version of  'THING'  The shareware alternative desktop,  which I
have got quite fond of, still more playing.     But  with this and the easy
chance to obtain multi tasking O/S and AES modules makes for a complete
mutli  tasking system.  It's worth the hunt for it.

PS, the first print run was done for 60,000 copies.  They were so over
welmed with order's that they did a  special reprint of the first issue!!
Issue two had a trebled print run.   And some say the ST is dead?    Is
this dead?"

Guy Rausch asks:
"Does anyone know if there exists an ATARI ST->MACINTOSH Emulator and where
to get it?  I was told such an emulator had been presented on German TV
(3SAT) some days ago."

Peter Richards tells Guy:
"There was the one from gadgets by small ages ago.  From memory there was
Aladin - Magic Sac - Spectre 128"

Carl Barron tells Peter:
"All known to me, your list, of mac emulators for the atari, will not work
with system 7.x software. [Most  of it now a days] If you have old mac
software looking for a used emulator is possible.  A more modern approach
is a mac emulating atari software:)  This approach is also more expensive.
If you only have system  7 software and you want both os'es on one machine
it is the only alternative."

Albert Dayes adds:
"Gadgets by Small had one called Spectre-GCR. You should probably be able
to find one that is used since it is no longer being made."

George Iken tells Guy:
"Spectre GCR (by Gadgets by Small) is an older emulator that will run as a
Mac Plus.  Obviously it doesn't  do any 68020 or above mac stuff, so no
Quadra emulation or anything like that.  Lots of used carts (it plugs into
the cartridge port and the Floppy port .. both ports are used by the
Spectre) are available from users  (Gadgets by Small is out of business).
I myself have two of them laying around somewhere.  Prices range  are
probably in the $50 on up range now (most I've seen are $75 on up).  Note,
this works on an ST, and  MegaSt for sure as well as on STe's.  I have used
mine on a TT as well.  Doesn't work on a Falcon though  (no Floppy port for
one thing)."

After I post a question about getting a larger hard drive, several people
tell me that almost any SCSI HD will  do.  Notice that they said "almost"?
That turned out to be the thorn in my side.  I ended up ordering a
reputable brand name from a reputable company.  Unfortunately, the drive
just won't work with my  MegaSTE.  Or with my Stacy.  Or with my old backup
1040STF.  It turns out that the drive I ordered uses  arbitration, which
Atari-compatible host adaptors don't like. So the drive is going back and
will be replaced with another one.

In the meantime, Dana Jacobson tells me:
"Hey, good luck with the new drive!  Keep me posted as I'm also in the
market for a new/larger drive for the  BBS - people like Myles are looking
forward to a larger assortment of files (which are now sitting on my other
BB's slower system/line).  And, I have plans to greatly enlarge _that_

Myles Cohen tells Dana:
"That is truly great news...I have been waiting breathlessly for it to
happen...I guess you can call me a  Fileophile..."

Dana sends a reply to...
"Mr. Fileophile..... <grin>  Once the holidays are over and I know where I
stand with, ahem, disposable cash, I'll be making the switch.  We've had a
number of setbacks and I just can't wait any longer to enlarge the storage.
I've also had a few  cash contributions, so I want those people to also see
a quick "return" for their generosity.  It's won't be long now!"

After having found out that the drive I had chosen wouldn't work, I tell
"HAVE I GOT A DRIVE FOR YOU!... The 1.2 gig quantum that I received today
just plain won't work.  So I'm willing to sell it to you! <grin>  Has
anyone here had any luck at all getting an Atari host adaptor to
recognize a Quantum FIREBALL TM? (yes, that is actually a "TM" and not a
trade mark symbol)  I've tried  several different ways to get this sucker
to work, all to no avail.  I've tried with and without termination, as
SCSI IDs 0-7, with the internal Atari HA, with an ADSCSI+ (the Atari HA
only works for SCSI ID #0),  and with and without prayers.  ICDBOOT 6.5.5
doesn't even see it as a SCSI device.  The only other thing I can think of
it Parity.  I see no jumper for enabling/disabling parity, so I guess I'm
stuck.  Luckily, MegaHaus will allow me to return the drive... for a re-
stocking fee.   So, who's got a 1.x  gig drive that works for them?  Gimme
a make and model so I can get this doorstop out of my hands, and I'll  be
in your debt for ever...  well, maybe just for a very long time. <grin>"

Carl Barron tells me:
"Yes I have and the 'old news' is they won't work) Arbtiration if I recall,
is the problem.  Try the HDDriver  demo before 'ditching' it if it is not
the boot drive."

Bill Anderson tells me:
"I've been useing a Seagate ST51080N 1.2 gig drive internally on a TT030
with ICD Pro 6.5.5.  I had a  little trouble at first when I partitioned it
into 4 equal sized partitions.  So then I made the first partition smaller
(I can't remember how much) and everything seems to be OK now."  When I
mentioned the price of the drive I had ordered, it spurred Sysop Bob
Retelle to post:  "When were  doing a little "cleanup" in my department a
few months ago, I found a box of old PC Magazines and flipped through a few
of them...  One had an ad for a hard drive upgrade for a floppy only IBM PC
(the original PC with a single floppy and  a cassette tape interface)...
it added a huge 20 Megabyte hard drive, and only cost a little over $500..!
Such a deal..!   Then again, I remember paying over $500 for my first Atari
810  *floppy drive* ...!!!
Ain't progress great..?"  Never passing up a chance to take a shot at PC
users, I tell Bob:  I think the first hard drive I ever saw was a  whopping
5 meg and was _almost_ as fast as a 5 1/4" floppy for reads and writes.  Of
course back then there  were no Operating Systems that took up 70 or 80 meg
to start... You could do it all with a half-full floppy."

Well folks, that's about it for this week.  Enjoy the holiday and please,
please, please, do it safely.  I'd be  upset if I found out any of my
friends took a dumb chance and lost. I need you to be here next week to
read  this column... that's the only reason they keep me on here! <grin>
'till then, as always, be ready to listen to what they are saying when...

                            PEOPLE ARE TALKING

                            EDITORIAL  QUICKIES

                         The Night Before Christmas

        'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the ship
               Not a circuit was buzzing, not one microchip;
               The phasers were hung in the armory securely,
             In hopes that no aliens would get up that early.
             The crewmen were nestled all snug in their bunks
              (Except for the few who were partying drunks);
             And Picard in his nightshirt and Bev in her lace,
             Had just settled down for a neat face-to-face...
             When out in the halls there arose such a racket,
         That we leapt from our beds, pulling on pants and jacket.
                 Away to the lifts we all shot like a gun,
            Leapt into the cars and yelled loudly, "Deck One!"
        The bridge Red-Alert lights, which flashed through the din,
                 Gave a lustre of Hades to objects within.
          When, what, on the viewscreen, should our eyes behold,
         But a weird kind of sleigh, and some guy who looked old.
            But the glint in his eyes was so strange and askew
                 That we knew in a moment it had to be Q.
              His sleigh grew much larger as closer he came.
          Then he zapped on the bridge and addressed us by name:
              "It's Riker! It's Data! It's Worf and Jean-Luc!
                It's Geordi! And Wesley, the genetic fluke!
             To the top of the bridge, to the top of the hall!
               Now float away! Float away! Float away all!"
            As leaves in the autumn are whisked off the street,
            So the floor of the bridge came away from our feet,
                And up to the ceiling our bodies they flew,
          As the captain called out, "What the hell is this, Q?!"
             The prankster just laughed and expanded his grin,
               And, snapping his fingers, he vanished again.
             As we took in our plight and were looking around,
           The spell was removed, and we crashed to the ground.
             Then Q, dressed in fur from his head to his toe,
                Appeared once again, to continue the show.
                    "That's enough!" cried the captain,
                        "You'll stop this at once!"
              And Riker said, "Worf! Take aim at this dunce!"
                "I'm deeply offended, Jean-Luc," replied Q,
              "I just want to celebrate Christmas with you."
           As we scoffed at his words, he produced a large sack.
             He dumped out the contents and took a step back.
         "I've brought gifts," he said, "just to show I'm sincere.
             There's something delightful for everyone here."
                He sat on the floor and dug into his pile,
            And handed out gifts with his most charming smile:
             "For Counsellor Troi, there's no need to explain.
                 Here's Tylenol-Beta for all of your pain.
          For Worf I've some mints as his breath's not too great,
                And for Geordi LaForge, an inflatable date.
              For Wesley, some hormones, and Clearasil-Plus;
                For Data, a joke book; for Riker, a truss.
               For Beverly Crusher, there's sleek lingerie,
        And for Jean-Luc, the thrill of just seeing her that way."
           Then he sprang to his feet with that grin on his face
             And, clapping his hands, disappeared into space.
            But we heard him exclaim as he dwindled from sight,
            "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good flight!"

         Based on "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement C. Moore
                Adaptation Copyright 1990, Eric R. Rountree

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