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                       Junk E-Mail Soon to Get Boost

Expect more junk e-mail in your future.

Officials with Cyber Promotions Inc. -- the Philadelphia firm that has done
battle with all the major online  services -- say the controversial mass
e-mailer next month will launch the nation's first bulk e-mail friendly
Internet provider.  "It will allow computer users to send millions of
commercial ads - also known as 'spam'  -- for a single monthly fee,"
reports Associated Press writer Jennifer Brown.  Of course, most other
Internet  providers now prohibit customers from sending unsolicited bulk
e-mail and will cancel a person's account if they are caught.

Says Cyber Promotion founder Sanford Wallace, "What people are doing is
jumping around from one  (Internet provider) to another, and they don't
have a secure home. We're going to give them a home."  Wallace's new bulk
e-mail friendly network, to be launched March 17, will have local dial-up
numbers in the  Philadelphia area and 800 numbers for use around the
country and, says Brown, "customers will pay about  $50 a month to send
unlimited amounts of mass unsolicited commercial e-mails."

AP notes critics contend junk e-mail costs recipients money to transmit,
store and read, unlike regular junk  mail or phone sales that only use up a
recipient's time, quoting Ram Avrahami of Private Citizen, an anti-junk
mail group based in Naperville, Ill., as saying, "This is just an online
version of how your private life is being sold. And if it gets out of
control, the Internet will soon become worse than what our post office
boxes have become."

However, Cyber Promotions contends the service may encourage more
responsible spamming. Wallace says, "Our goal is to legitimize the bulk
e-mail industry and not abuse it," adding all Cyber Promotions network
customers must honor requests to remove a consumer's name from receiving
such ads.  Cyber Promotions is  an extension of the Internet advertising
service Wallace started in 1994. The company now sends up to 4 million
e-mail ads a day.

                     Nevada May Ban Unsolicited E-Mail

A bill now pending in the state legislature may make Nevada the first state
to bar unsolicited electronic mail advertising.  Presented yesterday to the
state senate's judiciary committee, the bill would make it a  misdemeanor
to send unsolicited ads directly to e-mail accounts, says The Associated
Press in a report from Carson City.  Majority leader Bill Raggio told the
wire service, "Most e-mail users pay for their service, so unsolicited
e-mail is like receiving direct mail with postage due," adding the bill was
modeled on a previous measure that prohibits unsolicited advertising over
fax machines.

AP says that while Nevada is the closest to passing the bill, California,
Virginia and Connecticut are all  considering similar e-mail advertising
bans.  Testified in favor of the bill, Internet lawyer David Kramer of
Palo Alto, California, said the measure should apply only to individual
e-mail accounts and not to e-mail  bulletin boards with multiple users.  AP
adds, "The judiciary committee is considering proposed revisions of the
bill and has not set a timetable for a vote."

                      FTC Wins Order in Alleged Scam

The Federal Trade Commission has won a court order ending what it contends
is an Internet scam that lured customers with the promise of erotic
photographs and cost them thousands of dollars in overseas phone charges.
As reported here earlier this month, authorities in Canada first warned the
public about the operation, after complaints of excessive phone charges
that appeared after some computerists accessed such a World Wide Web site.

Now Associated Press writer Eun-Kyung Kim reports Net visitors to at least
three Web sites were told they could access erotic photographs by
downloading a free software program.  "Unknown to the customers," adds AP,
"the program cut them off from local Internet providers and reconnected
them to a number assigned to Moldova, an eastern European country that
borders Romania. The calls then were routed to a Canadian site that charged
the much higher Moldova phone rates while the photos were transferred to
the user's computer.

Phone charges, up to $3 a minute, continued to mount until the computer was
turned off."  Jodie Bernstein, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer
Protection, told the wire service, "It's a high-tech scam. The defendants
in this case are using software to hijack the computer's modem," adding
computer users didn't find out about the scam until their phone bills came,
"and then it was too late."

AT&T customers who were victimized are expected to pay their bills, which
reached several hundred dollars in some cases, company security manager
Richard Petillo told AP, saying, "The subscribers actually made the calls
and it would be unfair to other subscribers to offer those people the
option of not paying the charges."

And Eileen Harrington of the FTC's consumer protection bureau said a treaty
governing international phone systems requires AT&T to pay the Moldova
phone company for all calls made to the country. The treaty does not
distinguish calls made under fraudulent circumstances.  AP says a temporary
restraining order shutting down the operation was issued under seal last
week by a federal judge in New York. It was made
public yesterday.

An FTC lawsuit on the matter accuses three people and two companies --
Promo Line Inc. and Audiotex  Connection -- of false and deceptive
advertising, failing to disclose information about the computer program
and misrepresenting long-distance phone billing. The Reuter News Service
identifies the individuals as Anna  Grella, William Gannon and David Zeng,
adding that the companies list addresses on Long Island near New  York

Defense attorney Joel Dichter told AP his clients voluntarily pulled their
Internet services at the end of January, several weeks before the FTC
action, adding accurate disclaimers were provided on each Web page.  FTC
officials say the companies received part of the proceeds from the phone
company in Moldova and that the case came to the FTC's attention when AT&T
workers noticed an increase in calls to Moldova.

Writer David Lawsky of Reuters reports the FTC can bring only civil
charges, but that the agency's  Bernstein said the matter may be referred
for criminal prosecution.  Bernstein also told Reuters that for all  the
problems it created, the scam was shut down in record time, lasting only
from mid-December to early  February. She credited AT&T with helping track
down operators of the sites which included  ","
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                      Feds Crack $2.8M Internet Scam

Some $2.8 million that was wired to West Indian bank accounts as part of
allegedly fraudulent marketing  scheme on the Internet has been recovered
by the U.S. Justice Department.   In Washington today, federal officials
sai return of the money is part of a settlement in a case against the
Fortuna Alliance, a Washington state-based company that, according to
United Press International, "promised consumers in more than 60 countries
profits of more than $5,000 a month if they paid an 'enrollment fee' of

The Justice Department says that when the company received the money from
Internet users it immediately  wired it to offshore trust accounts in the
Swiss American Bank Ltd. in St. John's, Antigua.  Last May, the  Federal
Trade Commission filed a suit against Fortuna in Seattle, and obtained a
court order forbidding the  company from promoting the scheme over the
Internet. Acting on behalf of the FTC, says UPI, the Justice Department
then obtained an order from the High Court of Antigua freezing the funds.

Also named in the action were Augie and Monique Delgado, Libby Welch and
Donald Grant, who the  Justice Department said ran the operation from
Bellevue, Wash.  Justice Department officials say the  recovered money is
being put into a fund to reimburse victims as they are identified, adding
the Fortuna case  is the 12th Internet fraud investigation they have

                          Senate Opposes Net Fees

Proposals that would require the Federal Communications Commission to levy
charges on firms that provide access to the Internet are being opposed by
the head of the Senate Commerce Committee.  "The cure for telephone network
congestion isn't putting more toll booths on the Information Superhighway,"
Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, said in a statement.

The Reuter News Service notes the FCC itself, as part of its proposal to
reform the complex set of charges  that long-distance carriers pay to hook
up to local phone networks, has tentatively concluded against imposing such
fees on Internet service providers.  On the other side of the question,
local carriers cite congestion on their networks from Internet traffic as a
reason for the FCC to impose the fees.

However, says McCain, "The solution is to provide incentives to telephone
comanies to install new  data-friendly digital switches that will not only
alleviate congestion but also provide PC users with much higher-speed
access to the Internet."

                      Nebraska E-Mail Campaign Fails

Intent on swaying Nebraska state legislators against trying to regulate the
Internet, an electronic mail  campaign may have backfired.  Reporting from
Lincoln, United Press International says computer users  fired off a
barrage of e-mail to other lawmakers seeking support for an anti-regulation
bill proposed by state Sen. Jerome Warner.  However, says the wire service,
"a number of senators whose e-mail accounts were buried under hundreds of
messages say the mail campaign shows exactly why regulation is needed."

Sen. Owen Elmer told reporters  the storm of anti-regulatory e-mail "just
completely jammed up the works."  UPI says some senators received 64
letters in one day from the same person, and that the peak volume hit 300
messages per day.  Speaking with The Omaha World-Herald, Sen. Gerald Matzke
termed the campaign  "harassment," saying the practice -- sometimes called
"spamming" -- denied other constituents the benefits of  contacting
lawmakers electronically.  A hearing on Warner's bill is set for this week.

                       Croatians Accused of Hacking

Investigators say three Croatian teen-agers may have broken Pentagon
protection codes and copied highly  classified files from U.S. military
bases.  Checking in from Zagreb, writer Laura Lui of the Reuter News
Service says the local press is reporting the three high school students,
surfing the Internet on their home  computer, broke into several U.S.
military installations' databases, including those of the Anderson nuclear
installation and an unnamed satellite research center.

However, Pentagon spokeswoman Lt-Col. Donna Boltz, told Lui, "There is no
way that anybody can tap into classified files via the Internet," adding
such files are almost always on closed systems without outside access.
Still, she acknowledged, invaders traveling the Net may be able to access
personal e-mail or other sensitive files.  Lui says that following a report
in the Zagreb daily Vecernji List, local reporters flocked to the high
school in the Adriatic port of Zadar where the three teen-age hackers, aged
15 and 16, specialize in mathematics and information technology.

Adds Reuters, "One of the teenagers, identified only as V.M., told the
state news agency HINA he accessed the Pentagon database while surfing the
Net on Jan. 2. Despite a warning that he was not allowed to proceed, he
continued to browse the site until data fro the Anderson base were
displayed on the screen, HINA said."    V.M. told the agency, "The data are
compressed and need to be extracted, so I don't really know everything they
contained, but it sure was very interesting," adding he was unaware of any
possible consequences.

Meanwhile, assistant Interior Minister Zeljko Sacic told state radio that
invaders broke into the U.S. Defence Department computer system of the
airbase on Guam island and several other bases.  Vecernji List says the
U.S. Defense Department had contacted Croatian police through Interpol to
demand an investigation while  local police searched the youngsters' flats
and confiscated their computer equipment.  Adds Reuters,  "Computer-hacking
is not illegal in Croatia, but the three may be banned for life from
accessing the Internet  under the current Croatian penal code."

                     U.S. Says Vandals Got No Secrets

A report this week that high school computer users in Croatia had broken
Pentagon protection codes and  copied highly classified files from U.S.
military bases has been flatly denied by the U.S. Defense  Department.  As
reported, Zagreb press is reporting the three students, surfing the
Internet on their home computer, broke into several U.S. military
installations' databases, including those of the Anderson nuclear
installation and an unnamed satellite research center. The papers say the
trio broke codes and copied highly classified files.

"They did not," Defense Department spokesman Ken Bacon told reporters in
Washington. "The Croatian  newspaper was in error on that issue. They did
apparently get into some computers at Anderson Air Force  Base in Guam. But
to the best of my knowledge, they did not get into any classified files. It
was entirely  unclassified territory."  Reporting for the Reuter News
Service, writer Charles Aldinger quotes Bacon as saying the matter is being
investigated by the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations, but
"I'm not aware that action has been taken against these fellows, whom I
believe are teen-agers, at ths time."

U.S. defense officials say there is no way classified files could be broken
into via the Internet. They said such files were almost always on closed
systems without outside access, but that personal e-mail or other sensitive
files might be invaded by hackers on the Internet.

                       Malaysia's Web Hack-Attacked

Hacked twice this week by online vandals, Malaysia's site on the World Wide
Web has been taken down  temporarily by the country's national
telecommunications company.  Reporting from Kuala Lumpur, the  Reuter News
Service quotes officials with Telekom Malaysia Bhd as saying its TMnet home
page was struck  on Tuesday by someone who did not sabotage any data on the
site, but left a message on the page saying:  "This site has been

Then on Thursday, the message, "This site has been hacked again!!!," was
seen on the TMnet page.  Reuters  says the perpetrator in the first
incident has been identified following an investigation, though Telekom has
note named the person. However, the second vandal "has used much more
sophisticated methods to bypass  the log-in procedure and exploit what is
obviously a security vulnerability," a company statement said.

                         Web Virus Seeker Launched

An artificially intelligent software snoop called "Bloodhound" that
searches the Internet's World Wide Web for new and unknown viruses has been
introduced by Symantec Corp.  In Cupertino, California, the Dow  Jones news
service quotes the company as saying Bloodhound is based on two of its
advanced anti-virus technologies, the Symantec Seeker system and the new
Symantec AntiVirus Research Center Heuristic Scanner.

                     Southwestern Bell to Wire Schools

Southwestern Bell says it is launching a massive campaign called "Operation
SchoolNet" to wire nearly 6,200 classrooms in Texas, Missouri, Oklahoma,
Arkansas and Kansas for Internet access. The Baby Bell  says it will rely
on the participation by as many as 5,000 members of the Southwestern Bell
Pioneers, one of  the nation's largest volunteer organizations, and other
Southwestern Bell employee groups.  Lucent  Technologies Inc. is donating
equipment that will be necessary for schools to connect to the Internet.
The cabling kits include wiring, computer connectors and a central
connecting block.

"Southwestern Bell has a long tradition of leadership and investing in the
communities we serve, especially in the area of education," says Edward E.
Whitacre Jr., chairman and CEO of SBC Communications Inc., Southwestern
Bell's parent company. "We believe our children should have access to this
great educational resource to learn more about the world around them,
expanding their knowledge and encouraging their thirst for learning."  Only
14 percent of the nation's 55 milion school children currently have
Internet access in  their classrooms, according to the latest government

                        HP to Acquire Symantec Unit

Hewlett-Packard Co. and Symantec Corp. have signed a non- binding letter of
intent for HP to purchase the  assets of Symantec's networking business
unit and incorporate it into its OpenView system and network management
business. The deal's terms weren't disclosed.  The companies say the move
will strengthen HP's position as a provider of information-technology (IT)
management software and services and allow Symantec to focus on its core
competencies in productivity and security software.

Symantec's networking business unit is responsible for Norton Administrator
Suite, which includes Norton Administrator for Networks, the Expose
server-management solution and Norton Desktop Administrator. These products
are designed to allow IT administrators to increase productivity and reduce
the total cost of ownership of networked PCs and servers.  "Symantec has
achieved great success with its networked  PC-management solutions," says
Olivier Helleboid, general manager of HP's network and system  management
division. "The incorporation of Symantec products into OpenView will help
customers  implement a well-managed environment, the secret to reducing the
total cost of  ownership of networked  computer systems. HP OpenView is
critical to HP's strategy to help customers successfully manage their
enterprise networked systems."

"In HP, we found a strong partner that could provide customers with the
best combination of management  tools, services and support," says Mark
Bailey, senior vice president of business development and emerging
businesses for Symantec. "This move allows us to focus our strengths in
software applications that improve  the reliability and productivity of
computers. The Norton Administrator product line complements HP's  OpenView
system and network-management strategy, and the combination will bring even
more value to our  mutual customers."

                    3Com, U.S. Robotics Announce Merger

Computer networking specialist 3Com Corp. and modem maker U.S. Robotics
Corp. have announced a  definitive agreement to enter into the largest
merger in the history of the data networking industry.  The  combined
company, which will bear the 3Com name, will be a communications industry
powerhouse with  more than $5 billion in annual revenues and over 12,000
employees in approximately 130 countries. The companies note that the
combined firm will have leading positions in each of its core markets and
an installed  base of more customer connections to corporate intranets and
the Internet than any other company.

Under the agreement's terms, each share of U.S. Robotics stock will be
exchanged for 1.75 shares of 3Com  stock. The transaction will be accounted
for as a pooling of interests. Based on the closing price of 3Com  stock
Tuesday, the deal is valued at $6.6 billion. Subject to several conditions,
including regulatory  approvals and approval of both companies'
shareholders, the transaction is expected to close this summer. There will
be a one-time charge against earnings during the quarter in which the deal

Eric Benhamou, 3Com's chairman and CEO will retain his posts after the
merger. U.S. Robotics' chairman  and CEO, will join 3Com's board as vice
chairman.  "The combination of 3Com and U.S. Robotics  dramatically alters
the networking landscape with the industry's broadest set of innovative,
feature-rich  network access solutions," says Benhamou. "Together, with an
installed base of over 100 million network  connections, we can offer
network users the fastest access to their local and wide area networks.
The  leadership and momentum we have will continue to define the next
dimension of networking. This  combination will be good for customers, good
for shareholders, and good for our employees."

"3Com and U.S. Robotics share a common vision," adds Cowell. "By providing
faster, more intelligent and easier-to-use products for connecting the
broadest array of users to local and wide area networks, we can accelerate
the deployment of networking worldwide. The combination of 3Com and U.S.
Robotics' technology, products, brands and global distribution will allow
us to bring the power of networking to the widest possible range of
customers, including large enterprises, small businesses, telephone
carriers, network and Internet service providers and consumers."

                      Borland to Lay Off 300 Workers

Some 300 jobs -- or nearly 30 percent of its work force -- will be cut by
software publisher Borland  International Inc. as part of a global
restructuring program aimed at restoring the company to profitability.
Reporting from Sotts Valley, California, the Reuter News Service quotes
officials with the firm as saying the  restructuring plan involved
significant reductions in operational expenses, as well as the
implementation of  new programs aimed at raising the company's revenues.

Borland Chairman Delbert Yocam said the restructuring is "the beginning of
a plan to grow Borland into a thriving company known for the value it
provides to organizations building client/server and Internet/intranet
applications. We plan to leverage Borland's rich heritage of high-quality
and high-performance software development tools to expand our business into
new markets."

Reuters says that after the restructuring, Borland will employ about 700
full-time employees worldwide.  In  addition, Borland says it aims to
achieve cost reductions through new marketing and support programs that
will replace programs that no longerfit its core business or strategic

                        Apple Dismisses Layoff Talk

A report that Apple Computer Inc. will lay off 40 percent of its workforce
when it announces a restructuring in late March is being dismissed by the
computer makers as speculation.  Published on MSNBC's World  Wide Web site,
the report yesterday cited "a well-placed Apple executive" as telling the
television net Apple will cut 4,400 of its 11,000 full-time employees and
take a charge for severance benefits of $300 to $350 million.  However,
Apple spokeswoman Katie Cotton told the Reuter News Service, "Those numbers
are  based on speculation, because we have not determined what the final
numbers will be."

As reported, Apple early this month announced a plan to consolidate its
marketing and development units  into fewer groups to cut costs and
concentrate on key computer market. However, specifics of the plan --
including layoffs and possible charges -- won't be announced until next
month, Apple has said.

                     CompuServe KOs Infringement Suit

CompuServe has won in a patent infringement case brought against it by Elk
Industries Inc. in U.S. District Court in Florida.  Frm its Columbus, Ohio,
headquarters, CompuServe released a statement noting Elk sued it in early
1996, alleging infringement of a patent entitled "Audio Storage and
Distribution System."  Elk  alleged CompuServe was liable for infringement
when CompuServe subscribers retrieved audio files from its service or from
the Internet.  CompuServe denied liability and filed a counterclaim seeking
attorneys fees.

Now Elk Industries has agreed to withdraw its suit and CompuServe has
agreed to withdraw its counterclaim  and request for attorneys fees.  To
avoid potential disputes between Elk and CompuServe, CompuServe  obtained a
license under Elk's other patents for a nominal fee of $7,500. The parties
will finalize the  dismissal and license in the near future.  The Dow Jones
news service notes Elk had filed suit against  Netscape Communications
Corp., alleging that company's Internet browser software also infringed the
patent. Elk is closely held by inventor Robin Elkins.

                      Robotics Delays Modem Shipment

U.S. Robotics Corp. hopes to ship its new high-speed modems by the end of
the week.  This is about a week later than some retailers had expected,
notes the Reuter News Service, which quotes a company  spokeswoman in
Skokie, Illinois, as saying, "We're shooting for either later today or
tomorrow, but I can't guarantee that at this point."

The wire service notes retailers had been expecting the new modems, which
can download information from the Internet at a rate of 56 kilobits a
second, in stores last weekend.  "Though the company did inform  retailers
of the delay, one retailer was unable to pull an advertising circular
featuring the new modems,"  Reuters says. The spokeswoman added, "We're
working with them to make sure everybody's happy."

The U.S. Robotics spokeswoman downplayed the delay, saying, "We feel a few
days one way or another is not going to make a difference," the spokeswoman
said.  Meanwhile, Motorola Inc. has said it has formed an alliance with
Rockwell International Corp. to develop a 56-kilobit modem it expects to
introduce early next month.

                     U.S. Robotics Begins x2 Shipments

U.S. Robotics Inc. reports that it has begun shipping its x2 56K bps
modems.  The Skokie, Illinois, company  notes that x2 is a breakthrough in
modem technology that provides Internet and online connections, over
standard telephone lines, at speeds nearly twice as fast as 28.8 Kbps
modems.  "x2 is here now and  consumers will be thrilled when they begin to
use this high-speed technology to connect to their online  service provider
and the World Wide Web," says Casey Cowell, chairman and CEO of U.S.
Robotics.  "We're delivering the  technology that will enable online users
to download all the Web's complicated  graphics faster than ever before."

                         Lotus Ships SmartSuite 97

Lotus Development Corp. has begun shipping SmartSuite 97 Edition for Windws
95 and Windows NT 4.0,  the latest version of its personal productivity
software suite.  SmartSuite 97 features new collaborative tools  and
enhanced Internet integration, including customized delivery of Net-based
information such as news,  weather and stock quotes from the Web, or
company news from the corporate intranet. The package also provides 1-2-3
97 Edition, an updated version of the venerable spreadsheet program.

Other features include new editions of the Word Pro word processor,
Freelance Graphics presentation application, Approach database, Organizer
personal information manager, ScreenCam multimedia tool and the SmartCenter
command center.  "In what is becoming a two-player, $5 billion office suite
market, we're   number two, so we try harder when it comes to delivering
better value for business users," says Lotus President Jeff Papows.
SmartSuite 97 is priced at $399. Current users will be able to upgrade for

                       ClarisWorks for Kids Readied

Claris Corp. will target younger computer users with ClarisWorks for Kids,
a productivity software package designed specifically for kids in grades
K-5.  The all-in-one product incorporates writing, painting, graphing,
list-making and educational software. Users can also create graphs, slide
shows and pictures or form a thematically-organized collection of clip art
images, sounds, movies and templates that mirror what they're learning in
school. The software is compatible with ClarisWorks 4.0.

ClarisWorks for Kids is scheduled to become available this summer for Mac
OS and later this year for Windows 95. It will sell for about $49. A free,
time-limited beta test Mac OS version will be available for downloading
from the new ClarisWorks for Kids Web site ( this
spring.  "There is a great need for an integrated software solution for
younger kids," says Richard Zwetchkenbaum, director of consumer computing
and educational markets for market researcher IDC/LINK. "ClarisWorks for
Kids provides the tools younger kids can relate to and enjoyusing, helping
them learn and excel."

                     New Aptiva Offers Remote Control

IBM Corp. is offering a remote control designed for Web surfing on its
upgraded Aptiva S line.  The  company notes that the device allows users to
browse the Internet as well as launch programs at the touch of a button.
The remote control also lets users navigate around the desktop, eliminating
the need to sit directly in front of the computer and click on icons, pull
down menus and open folders with a mouse.

"IBM will continue to meet the growing demands of Aptiva customers for
quick and easy access to the Web.  Simple buttons on the remote control
make it easier to perform a variety of functions, including specialized
Aptiva telephony functions and Internet access," says Elaine Lack, director
of marketing, operations and  services for IBM's consumer desktop systems
group. "With the remote control, consumers have a new and  unique way to
interact with their IBM Aptivas and the Internet."

                      SyQuest Ships Hard Disk Drives

SyQuest Technology Inc.'s new SyJet removable cartridge hard drive, with a
storage capacity of 1.5 gigabytes, are now being shipped.  Reporting from
Fremont, California, the Reuter News Service quotes the company as saying
it already has a company record $26 million backlog of orders for the new
product.  Also, Syquest now is shipping its EZFlyer 230 drives and
cartridges, as well as the SyJet drives, to Chinese  computer distributor
Legend Group.

                          CyberMalls Discontinued

The firm incorporated last year to prepare, develop and sell virtual
shopping malls on the Internet has been discontinued.  The CyberMalls
subsidiary of CyberAmerica Corp. has folded because it "had large
unanticipated start up costs and its revenues did not meet projections,"
says the Reuter News Service in a  report from Salt Lake City.  Reuters
notes CyberMalls President Nathan Tippetts resigned on Feb 7, but the
company said he would remain with CyberAmerica as an independent consultant
while CyberAmerica  focuses its operations primarily on its real estate and
financial consulting divisions.   The wire service says Cyberalls also was
developing the product-specific Internet search engine called WebSafari.

                        Feds Worry About Year 2000

A congressional investigator has warned that some U.S. government computer
systems failures are likely when the year 2000 begins.  Speaking yesterday
before a House of Representatives Government Reform Committee hearing, Joel
Willemssen, the General Accounting Office's director of information
resources  management, said, "I think there is a high probability that
there will be some failures," adding, "Every  government program that
provides benefits in any way is subject to these problems, from Social
Security and  veterans' benefits to student loans and subsidized housing.
This is not simply a government issue, it is  something that will touch us

Robert Green of the Reuter News Service notes the problem would occur when
the date changes from Dec. 31, 1999 to Jan. 1, 2000. As reported, many
computers that only use the last two digits of a year will read the date as
1900.  Willemssen told Congress the problem could be corrected but would
need major action by all departments and agencies because the government
uses a wide variety of computer systems, many with computer languages that
are old or obsolete. "It will take long, hard effort, but it can and must
be done," he said.

And the GAO's Keith Rhodes says some problems already are happening. He
said a three-year defense  contract awarded last month for completion in
January, 2000 caused a computer to issue a 97-year  delinquency notice to
the contractor.

                       Digital Camera Boom Steadfast

Dataquest Inc. is forecasting that the worldwide digital still camera
market will reach 5.9 million units by the  year 2000. But the San Jose,
California, market research firm warns that while the market will show
positive growth, it's not likely to become the consumer bonanza that many
manufacturers anticipate before the end of the century.  "Digital cameras
will be used primarily as a computer peripheral for at least the next three
years," says Jonathan Cassel, a Dataquest analyst.

According to Cassell, a major reason why these cameras won't replace
traditional film cameras by the year  2000 is price. He says consumer
purchases will increase when the camera's price drops into a more
affordable price range.  The average selling price (ASP) for manufacturers
of digital still cameras was $315  in 1995. Dataquest forecasts the
manufacturers' ASP of digital still cameras will drop to $177 by the year
2000.  "Because of their digital nature and large semiconductor
content,digital still cameras will settle into a price  dynamic similar to
that found in the PC market, with features steadily improving at fixed
price points,"
says Cassell.

                       IBM Sells Used PCs on the Web

IBM Credit Corp. has started selling used PCs over the Internet with the
debut of the IBM Refurbished Computer Warehouse
(  The company says the site
offers visitors the opportunity to purchase refurbished IBM PCs
electronically with a credit card. It notes that card transactions are
secured by encryption/decryption software. Customers will also be able to
place orders via e-mail or an 800 number.

According to IBM Credit, U.S. customers can order a wide variety of PCs
from low-end '486 machines up  through PCs with Pentium processors. The
availability of systems and models changes routinely. Once a PC  is
ordered, it will be shipped to a U.S. site within 48 hours. Each system
comes with a seven-day money  back guarantee and a 90-day quality

                      Study Finds Workforce Shortage

The Information Technology Association of America says its new "Help
Wanted" survey finds a labor  shortage of over 190,000 technically-skilled
jobs in mid- and large-sized U.S. companies -- firms both inside  and
outside the information technology industry.  The actual number of openings
is thought to be even larger  because the organization's random survey of
2,000 respondents doesn't include small companies,  not-for-profit
organizations or government agencies - all highly dependent on such

"The `Help Wanted' study is a wake up call to the nation," says ITAA
President Harris Miller. "We can no  longer take our leadership in high
tech markets for granted. For many years, our industry has been  concerned
about the declining erollments in computer science departments and the
difficulty employers have in finding appropriately skilled IT workers. Now,
for the first time, we have the systematically generated data to
substantiate these concerns and to demonstrate that `business as usual'
solutions are not getting the job done."

Among the study's other major findings:

z    One in ten information technology job openings goes unfilled.
z    Eighty-two percent of respondents expect to increase the number of IT
z    Seventy-one percent of respondents see a greater demand for IT workers
        than for other types of skilled  employees.
z       Sixty-eight percent of respondents see the labor shortage as a barrier
        to growth.
z    Increased recruiting and training remain partial solutions.
z    Universities are not doing an adequate job of graduating appropriately
        skilled students in sufficient numbers.
z    Labor shortages will slow economic growth as companies curtail plans
        to meet implementation realities.

A report summary is available on the ITAA Web site at

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                           For Immediate Release
                 Corel Develops Corel WordPerfect Suite 7
                           Construction Edition
OTTAWA, Canada -- February, 1997 -- Corel Corporation has released a new
and innovative version of its Corel WordPerfect Suite -- the Construction
Edition for Windows 95.  This edition provides companies in the
construction business with a complete and fully integrated package of
office programs.  This specially designed suite includes such applications
as Corel WordPerfect 7, Corel Visual CADD 2.04, Corel Quattro Pro 7,  Corel
Presentations 7, Corel Time Line and InfoCentral 7.  The Construction
Edition delivers all the software that a builder, architect, engineer or
other professional in the construction business requires.

"Corel recognizes that professionals on the cutting edge of the
construction industry require a CAD program as well as a Word processor,
spreadsheet and scheduling program," said Dr. Michael Cowpland, president
and chief executive officer of Corel Corporation.  "Corel WordPerfect Suite
7 - Construction Edition offers some of the world's most innovative CAD and
business software in a new integrated environment at an affordable price."

Corel WordPerfect Suite 7 - Construction Edition includes the following

z    Intuitive, task oriented Wizards which link all of the programs and
z    Corelr WordPerfectr 7:  Innovative key features such as Guidelines,
        Make It FitT and
z    Spell-As-You-GoT as well as Internet capabilities, continue to make
        this the word processor of choice.
z    Corelr Visual CADDT 2.04: A professional design and drafting program
        that allows both new and experienced users to complete any project quickly
        and efficiently.  Includes powerful drawing and editing tools, multiple
        line and dimension types, Symbol Manager and on-screen Wizards.
z    Corelr Quattror Pro 7:  This award-winning spreadsheet contains new
        chart styles, a new mapping feature, QuickTemplates, Internet connectivity,
        and right mouse-button support for fast access to formatting options.
z    Corelr PresentationsT 7:  This presentations graphics program includes
        the ability to move from a slide to an Internet site or to other slides
        with a single click, as well as the ability to convert slide shows to HTML
        format, and the option to combine multiple backgrounds, graphics, text,
        video and sound within one presentation.
z    Corelr Time Liner: Makes staying on top of work effortless, allows
        users to manage multiple projects simultaneously by creating a network of
        related projects.
z    InfoCentralTM 7: A powerful database information manager.
z    EnvoyT 7:  The perfect workgroup electronic publishing tool for CD-ROM
        and the Internet.
z    Netscape NavigatorT 2.01 Internet Browser:  Obtain access to the
        Internet through a
z    best-of-breed Internet browser.
z    CorelFLOWT 3:  Powerful business graphics.
z    Starfish Software's SidekickT 95:  The most popular personal
        information manager and scheduler
z    DAD:  Desktop Application Director
z    150 top quality fonts
z    10,000+ clip art images
z    400+ house plans in VCD format, 350+ house plans from HDA in bitmap
z    7,000 CAD symbols
z    Construction forms
z    Building specifications with macros that automate standard editing
Unique Integration

The task oriented Wizards integrate the many programs and features in the
package.  Included are wizards which sort the house plans by user specified
criteria and make it easy for users to extract information from a Visual
CAD drawing into Corel WordPerfect or Corel Quattro Pro.  Using Corel
QuickTasks makes it possible to automatically complete entire projects in
several applications.

Putting the Internet to Work

Make the most of full Internet connectivity by converting core application
files to and from HTML in a single step. Other features include:

z    Link information directly to Corel WordPerfect Suite 7 documents
        through URL cell support.
z    Import and export to and from HTML in Corel WordPerfect 7 and Corel
        Quattro Pro 7.
z    EnvoyT 7 electronic publishing solution for sharing Internet documents
        with all fonts, graphics and formatting intact.
z    QuickConnectT instantly connects users to Bookmarks in Netscape
        NavigatorT 2.01 or favorite places in America Onliner, CompuServer or
        Microsoftr Network.
z    Envoy 7 document viewing directly from Internet browser.
z    Create web-ready Corel WordPerfect documents that can be directly
        exported to HTML.
z    Link InfoCentral records to Internet sites using URL fields.
System Requirements and Pricing

The minimum system requirements for Corel WordPerfect Suite 7 -
Construction Edition are a PC 486/25 processor, Windows 95 or Windows NT
4.0, at least 8 MB of RAM (16 recommended), 200 MB of hard disk space (for
a typical installation) a VGA monitor, and a double-speed CD-ROM drive.
The Corel WordPerfect Suite - Construction Edition  will ship for a
suggested retail price of $449 U.S., with upgrades available for $229 U.S.
(Dealers may sell for less.)

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.  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.

EDUPAGE STR Focus        Keeping the users informed


Borland Cuts Staff, Changes Focus
CompuServe Pares Down To Get Ready For Spinoff
High-Speed Wireless Communications
Back To The Future With Paper Post-It Notes
Password-Sharing Thwarts Web Revenues
Gov't Committee Chair Calls For Duty-Free Internet Trade Zone
Discovery Invests In New Photo Technology
Nerve-Wracking Demo News From U.S. State Department
Russians Buy IBM Supercomputer Through Middleman
AOL Sued Over Accounting Practices
Modem Wars Escalate
Rupert's Reach For The Sky
Jobs On Top Of Things At Apple
Academics Challenge Indecency Law
Auctioning Off Extra Ad Space On Web
IBM & NTT Collaborate On Network Project
C-Cube's Decoder Chip Could Mean Cheaper DVD Players
Virtual Intranet
3Com Acquires U.S. Robotics
AOL And Tel-Save Strike Big Marketing Deal
AT&T Unveils Wireless Link To Long-Distance Network
Scholars Propose Strengthening Peer Review Electronically
Silicon Graphics Sold Supercomputers To Chinese
AT&T Ends Free WorldNet Service
SEC Settles Internet Fraud Case
Net Hate
Taxing The Net
Drucker Says "Universities Won't Survive


Reducing its staff by 30% (to 700 people), Borland International, the
company now best known for its  Delphi, dBase and Turbo products, is
refocusing its efforts on helping organizations build client-server
applications and Intranet applications.  Some industry analysts believe the
company is reorganizing itself for  sale to the highest bidder.  (New York
Times 21 Feb 97)


Several days after the resignation of its chief executive, CompuServe has
cut 14% of its workforce through  resignations and other voluntary means.
The online service provider is hoping that the cuts will allow it to
become profitable enough to allow parent company H&R Block to spin off its
remaining 80% stake in CompuServe to shareholders.  (USA Today 21 Feb 97)


Israel-based New Media Communications has licensed its high-speed wireless
modems to CellularVision  Technology & Telecommunications, which plans a
commercial rollout of its wireless communications service  in Manhattan in
about six months.  The modems, which are linked to little 6-inch-by-6-inch
antennas, can  download at speeds up to 54 megabits per second, although
users won't be able to take advantage of those  speeds right away.  Most of
today's PCs can handle only about 10 megabits per second, but as technology
improves, the higher capacity will come in handy, say CellularVision execs.
The modems use local  multipoint distribution service technology to provide
connectivity.  (Business Week 24 Feb 97)


3M's ubiquitous little paper Post-it Notes changed the way offices
communicate 20 years ago, and recently  the company issued an electronic
version that allows you to attach notes to electronic files.  But 3M's Post-
it  Software Notes 1.5 for Windows now lets you print out your electronic
Post-its, insert a date and time  stamp, and even personalize them with
clip art.  "We don't have paperless offices," says a 3M software
specialist.  "Customers want tools to bridge the two environments."
(Information Week 10 Feb 97)


Web entrepreneurs who charge subscription fees for accessing their Web
sites are finding their customers are  passing along their passwords to
friends, relatives, etc., thus diminishing Web operators' potential for
making their venture pay off.  "Everybody on the Internet who sell
subscriptions has this problem to one  degree or another," says a producer
for SportsZone.  A technical fix is possible, but Web site operators are
reluctant to make things more difficult for legitimate subscribers to log
on.  Meanwhile, Internet Billing  offers software that allows Web sites to
limit how many times the same password may be used each day -- a  solution
that would probably keep some of the piracy down, but runs the risk of
alienating paying customers who just want to log on a lot.  (Wall Street
Journal 21 Feb 97)

                      GOV'T COMMITTEE CHAIR CALLS FOR
                       DUTY-FREE INTERNET TRADE ZONE

In a statement entitled "A Global Free Trade Zone on the Internet,"
Representative Christopher Cox (R- Calif.) advocates a duty-free Internet
trade zone, noting that "the idea, if implemented, would benefit the
Internet, the United States, and the cause of free trade everywhere... by
creating a comparative advantage for  people and firms that produce
competitive, high-quality services and goods that will be in demand without
protective tariffs."  Cox chairs a House Policy Committee now examining
Internet taxation issues.  (BNA Daily Report for Executives 19 Feb 97)


Discovery Communications has bought a multi-million dollar stake in
Omniview Inc., which has developed a  technology that enables Web site
designers to create 360-degree photo images of environments that can be
explored online in real time.  Discovery used the technology when it
explored the remains of the Titanic last  August, and plans to incorporate
it when it previews its Planet Explorer CD-ROM on Istanbul.  "It will help
us bring down the cost of field production," says the VP for Discovery
Online.  "And we can create these  wonderfully engaging and immersive
environments."  (Broadcasting & Cable 17 Feb 97)

                       NERVE-WRACKING DEMO NEWS FROM
                           U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was positioned at her terminal in the
American Library in Moscow,  ready to chat via the Internet with high
school students in 48 countries, when the screen appeared to freeze  up.
While waiting for technicians to resolve the problem, she chatted live with
on-site reporters about the  degree of her personal technological
readiness. "I do know how to type.  I am not good at the mouse.  People  of
a certain age do not have very good eye-hand coordination."  When a new
terminal was brought in, the  chat session resumed, and the Secretary
answered a few questions about such things as the weather in  Moscow and
what she had for dinner. (Washington Post 20 Feb 97)


To conduct computer simulations of nuclear tests, Russia's Ministry of
Atomic Energy Affairs has paid a  European middleman $7 million for an IBM
RS/6000 SP supercomputer capable of performing 10 billion  calculations per
second.  Last year, the U.S. government rejected requests by IBM and
Hewlett-Packard to  sell supercomputers to the Russians, and a senior
American official says:  "We have made a policy decision  not to assist the
Russians in their stockpile stewardship program.  Even though relations
with the Russians  are good, we are potentially a target for their nuclear
forces if relations change."  (New York Times 25 Feb 97)


Unhappy shareholders have filed a lawsuit against America Online, alleging
that directors and outside  accountants violated federal securities laws
when the company took a $385 million charge for marketing  expenses last
October.  The suit claims the write-off "instantly eliminated in its
entirety the  largest single  asset on its balance sheet (capitalized
subscriber acquisition costs), reduced its shareholders' equity by 80%  and
wiped out by five times over the total pre-tax net income it had ever
reported...  It is now clear that AOL  had never earned any profits and, in
fact, had been incurring huge operating losses in prior years rather than
the profits it had claimed."  The plaintiffs, who are seeking class-action
status for their lawsuit, have also  named Ernst & Young, AOL's
accountants, and 18 AOL insiders in their suit, claiming that top execs
"took  advantage of the artificial inflation in AOL's stock... to pocket
$95 million in illegal insider trading profits."   An AOL spokeswoman says,
"We're confident that we acted in full compliance with all applicable
securities  laws."  (Wall Street Journal 25 Feb 97)

                            MODEM WARS ESCALATE

The race between Motorola and U.S. Robotics to get the first 56-Kbps modems
to market is heating up, in  the wake of U.S. Robotics' acknowledgment that
it couldn't meet its shipping deadline last week.  Because  the products
from the two companies will not be compatible until a world standard is set
sometime in 1998,  pressures are mounting on both sides to sell as many
devices as possible in the hope of establishing a de facto  standard via
the market.  (Tampa Tribune 24 Feb 97)  U.S. Robotics announced it has now
shipped the first  of its 56-Kbps modems, after postponing shipment earlier
so it could fix some bugs in the software.  Motorola plans to introduce its
products in a couple of months.  (Wall Street Journal 25 Feb 97)

                        RUPERT'S REACH FOR THE SKY

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. will spend $1 billion for 50% ownership of
Denver-based Echostar  Communications and will sell more than 500 channels
of digital TV service in all 50 states beginning in 1998  under the brand
name Sky, offering serious competition both to cable TV operators and to
such direct  broadcast satellite (DBS) operators as DirecTV.  In contrast
with other DBS systems, Sky will have enough  satellite capacity to offer
local television programs, and the company will use "spot beams" that
target local signals down toward small geographic areas.  (Washington Post
25 Feb 97)

                      JOBS ON TOP OF THINGS AT APPLE

Steve Jobs, who returned to Apple Computer in December after an 11-year
hiatus, is rapidly becoming the  focal point for the computer company's
revival strategies, say analysts.  "It may not be official, but Jobs is
the guy," says a market researcher at Dataquest Inc.  "He will -- either
through influence or direct control --  have a say in what happens to this
company."  Meanwhile, a number of top Apple executives have left over  the
past couple of months, and several Next executives have assumed key posts -
Avie Tevanian now runs  Apple's software unit while Jon Rubinstein manages
the hardware unit.  "When you are running hardware  and software -- that
doesn't leave much left over," says an analyst with Wasserstein Perella
Securities. (St. Petersburg Times 24 Feb 97)


A group of 25 individuals and organizations has filed a brief with the U.S.
Supreme Court, urging it to  overturn a federal law restricting "indecent"
content in cyberspace.  The Communications Decency Act  (CDA) specifies
punishment for anyone who knowingly provides "indecent" material to minors.
One of the  signers, the American Association of University Professors,
wrote that it "is concerned that the CDA will  chill online expression and
discussion on a wide variety of academic subjects (e.g., medicine, biology,
anatomy, social work, art, and journalism), impairing use of this promising
new medium for legitimate  pedagogical and research purposes."  (Chronicle
of Higher Education 28 Feb 97)


FlyCast Communications Corp. is aiming to become the Web's advertising
liquidator, selling unused ad  space through an electronic auction system.
The company estimates that most Web sites fill only about 50%  of their
allotted space, often using the remainder for house ads or giving it away
free to steady customers.   FlyCast doesn't see its business as dominated
by blue light specials at rock-bottom prices, however.  It's  setting up
its system so that agencies can snap up highly targeted ad space on short
notice, for premium prices.  (Wall Street Journal 24 Feb 97)


IBM and Japan's Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) will work
together to develop  computer network products and services in Japan, using
NTT's communication and IBM's "middleware"  software (probably Lotus
Notes).  The ultimate goal of the collaboration will be to develop
technological  standards for corporations that want to use data networks to
offer commercial services such as electronic shopping.  (AP 24 Feb 97)


A new digital video disk (DVD) chip from C-Cube Microsystems could drop the
price of DVD players  below $500 -- the price point at which the new
devices are more likely to experience significant market  success.  C-Cube
says its new chip can do the work of six chips installed in existing DVD
players, and  analysts say machines containing C-Cube's chips will appear
later this summer in the U.S.  Hollywood is  expected to begin releasing
their first DVD titles in the next several weeks, with computer software
makers  expected to follow suit eventually.  (Wall Street Journal 24 Feb

                             VIRTUAL INTRANET

A virtual intranet created by Netscape for a fictitious company allows
visitors to see the kinds of things an   Intranet can do and then choose to
accept a free download of the Netscape AppFoundry applications used to
create the intranet.   (Financial Times 24 Feb 97)

                        3COM ACQUIRES U.S. ROBOTICS

3Com Corporation is buying modem-maker U.S. Robotics for $6.6 billion,
creating a combined company  with $5 billion in annual revenues and more
than 12,000 employees.  3Com's move will make it one of the  two top
competitors in the networking business, the other being Cisco Systems.
(Washington Post 26 Feb 97)


Tel-Save, a reseller of long-distance phone service, will spend $100
million marketing its services through  America Online.  The deal will
allow Tel-Save to save on marketing costs and administrative costs, and
will  make AOL less reliant on subscriber revenue as it switches its
business model to offer flat-rate pricing -- a  strategy that has enabled
it to keep its huge numbers of subscribers, thereby attracting advertisers
and online  commercial enterprises.  (New York Times 26 Feb 97)


AT&T has developed what it calls the "communications medium for the 21st
century" -- a wireless system  that bypasses the local phone network to
link residential and business phones directly to the company's long-
distance network.  The system, which operates via a small transceiver
attached to the side of a house or   building, provides at least two phone
lines and data transmission at twice the speed available over Bell  company
lines.  "When we call this a breakthrough, we're placing it in the same
category as satellite and  fiber-optic transmission and electronic
switching," says AT&T President John Walter.  The company claims  its new
system, nicknamed Project Angel during the development phase, will beat
regular wired service in  call quality and error-free data transmission.
(Wall Street Journal 26 Feb 97)

                        PEER REVIEW ELECTRONICALLY

An editor at The Journal of the American Medical Association and an adjunct
professor of medicine at the  University of California at San Francisco
have recommended an electronic peer-review system that would  allow
researchers to have ready access to all comments related to a particular
paper through a consolidated  database.  Editors could review readers'
comments, request responses from authors, and update the database  on a
quarterly basis.  Journals could make publishing a work conditional upon
such participation, and people  who submit comments would be required to
disclose any conflicts of interest or affiliations that might affect  their
response.  (Chronicle of Higher Education 28 Feb 97)


On the heels of their admission that they sold supercomputers to a Russian
nuclear weapons lab without the  required export license, Silicon Graphics
has now acknowledged that it sold two similar computers to China's  Academy
of Sciences, which also is involved in nuclear weapons and missiles
research.  The company says  the China deals were conducted "in full
compliance with U.S. export regulations," but records show it was  sold in
June 1996 without an export license.  The Clinton administration began its
policy of requiring licenses  for the export of supercomputers to foreign
entities involved in nuclear weapons research in January 1996.   The
computer sold to the Chinese is twice as powerful as the one recently sold
to the Russians and will be  used as a "backbone" for "hundreds of
institutes" in the Chinese academy.  (Wall Street Journal 27 Feb 97)

                      AT&T ENDS FREE WORLDNET SERVICE

AT&T is ending its introductory offer for long-distance customers of five
free hours a month on its  WorldNet Internet access service.  After March
31, a new pricing plan kicks in, at a flat-rate of $19.95 a  month, or
$4.95 for the first five hours.  (Investor's Business Daily 27 Feb 97)


The Securities and Exchange Commission has settled the case it brought
against a Florida-based online  investment newsletter.  George Chelekis and
two companies he controls -- KGC Inc. and Hot Stocks Review  Inc. - have
agreed to pay fines totaling $162,727.  The SEC alleged that Chelekis
knowingly made "false and   misleading statements" about six companies:
Luminart Inc., Nona Morelli's II Inc., Urban Resource  Technologies Inc.,
Advanced Viral Research Corp., Canmine Resources Corp., and Quest
International resources Corp.  Some 150 companies had paid Chelekis to
promote them on the Internet, and he was  charged with failing to disclose
those payments.  (Wall Street Journal 26 Feb 97)

                                 NET HATE

The Anti-Defamation League's annual report says that "electronic hate is
the dark side of technology, and  anti-Semites have particularly taken to
the medium." In 1996 anti-Semitic incidents in traditional forms  declined
by 7% from 1,843 to 1,722 incidents, but "anti-Semites and Holocaust
deniers" shifted to the Net.   The report says that, because the Internet
is unregulated, "bigots can spew their hatred without ever running  the
risk of being identified."  (USA Today 26 Feb 97)

                              TAXING THE NET

Advising state and local governments not to consider the Internet as a
potential source for new tax revenue,  the technology director of the
American Electronics Association says that the imposition of a multitude of
state and local taxes would "degrade and demean the technology."  At the
federal level, the Clinton  Administration, the U.S. Treasury, and House
Republicans have all indicated rejection of the idea of taxing  sales on
the Internet, but at the state level, Connecticut, Massachusetts,
Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Texas,  Ohio and Wisconsin are taxing some
Internet services. New York Governor George Pataki made his the first
state to exempt Internet service providers from state taxes. (AP 26 Feb 97)


Renowned management consultant and author Peter Drucker says:  "Thirty
years from now the big university  campuses will be relics.  Universities
won't survive.  It's as large a change as when we first got the printed
book.  Do you realize that the cost of higher education has risen as fast
as the cost of health care? ...  Such  totally uncontrollable expenditures,
without any visible improvement in either the content or the quality of
education, means that the system is rapidly becoming untenable.  Higher
education is in deep crisis...   Already we are beginning to deliver more
lectures and classes off campus via satellite or two-way video at a
fraction of the cost.  The college won't survive as a residential
institution. "  (Forbes 10 Mar 97)

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                            How ShareFun Works

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Once the ShareFun virus finishes composing the email, it automatically
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                        The Kids' Computing Corner
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                            Travel Talk Spanish
                              Windows CD-ROM
                            $54.00 Street price
                              ages 12 and up
                           The Learning Company
                             6493 Kaiser Drive
                             Fremont, CA 94555

                           Program Requirements
                              OS:            Windows 3.1
                              CPU:           486DX
                              HD Space:      ? MB
                              Memory:        8 MB

                      Graphics:         640 x 480, 256 colors
                      CD-ROM:      Double-speed
                      Audio:            16-bit sound card
                      Optional:    microphone

review by Jason Sereno (

Travel Talk Spanish is a new release from The Learning Company.  This
program is for people who go on trips of work or play to Spanish-speaking
countries and unfamiliar with the Spanish language.  The program uses the
QuickTime movie format and a 3D interface.  The audio and the video in this
program are remarkable and it presents information in many different and
exciting ways.  There is also an option that allows you to respond to
characters using a microphone.

Travel Talk Spanish uses a 3D interactive interface.  First, you arrive on
a plane into a Spanish-speaking resort. Bill Harvey greets you as you begin
your language journey.  He will be your guide through most of the program.
You can enter three different rooms from the main lobby of the resort. This
program then puts you in real situations that you could experience while on
a trip in a Spanish-speaking country.  It uses games and activities from
the three different rooms that can be accessed from the lobby: the game
room, travel lab, and language studio.  Each room has its own
characteristics and activities that help you to learn and comprehend the

The language studio is the first room that you should enter when using this
program.  It has vocabulary words and phrases in interactive sections that
deal with subjects anywhere from arrival to any unexpected events that may
occur.  This is the most important section in the program.  It teaches you
the fundamentals of Spanish and phrases that may come in handy for you.

The virtual travel lab is the place where you can put your newly learned
vocabulary to work.  It has simulations that you respond to using a
microphone.  This is a very useful section.  The interface lets you feel
like you are right there with the person on the screen.  There are really
no limits as to what you can say.  As long as you speak clearly and you are
using the words that are in the Spanish dictionary, the computer can give
you multiple answers.  You can also ask the person on the screen to repeat
what they have just said and they can also ask you to repeat yourself if
they do not understand you.  You can also watch slideshows on different
aspects Spanish culture.

The game room features a juke box that displays the words to some favorite
Spanish lyric songs.  It also has a video matching game.  You must match
the question that to the correct response.  There is a conquest game
available, too.  You can be play against the computer and it is a fun way
to brush up on your Spanish vocabulary skills.

If you would prefer just to build your vocabulary, you can visit the lobby
and use the dictionary and grammar books.  The dictionary contains the
basic words that you will need to know.  The program presents these words
in Spanish-to-English or English-to-Spanish format.  You can browse for the
word that you are looking for also.  This can be helpful if you wish to
take your laptop with you and find words quickly and easily.  The grammar
book shows some basic verb conjugation, and uses example sentences for you
to study.

The software contains upbeat music that really adds to the fun.  Travel
Talk Spanish has great sound along with the QuickTime movies. The movies
are not the same all the time because different situations can occur based
on what you say in the interactive section.  I really enjoyed the use of a
microphone in the travel lab room.  It is an excellent addition to the
program.  All these factors add to the overall fun level of Travel Talk

This program teaches you Spanish by giving you phrases.  If you are buying
this program for your child, you should reconsider.  Travel Talk Spanish is
not designed for younger children nor is it a full language course.  The
program is most useful to business people or travelers who are planning
trips to Spanish-speaking countries.  People can quickly brush up on
Spanish vocabulary and learn some useful phrases.  If you want your child
to learn the language efficiently and correctly, then they should learn the
meaning of each word in a phrase.  Knowing phrases in Spanish is little
help in the long run, because when someone speaks a phrase that you do not
understand then you can no longer speak with them.  However, if you can
identify each word by its definition, then you can talk to that person
without interruption.  If you are looking for a good program for teaching
your child Spanish the more correct way,  you should consider picking up
Practice Makes Perfect Spanish.  It is another fine product from The
Learning Company.

Travel Talk Spanish is a great program for people that are planning a trip
to a Spanish speaking country.  With this program you will learn vocabulary
and phrases that will be useful to you during your travels.  This is a
great program to use.  It never gets repetitive or boring because of the
many different scenarios that you can experience.  If you or someone you
know is planning a trip to a Spanish speaking country, pick up a copy of
Travel Talk Spanish today.  It's simpatico por negocios gente usar para
hablar en espanol.

                        Nickelodeon 3D Movie Maker
                             Windows 95 CD-ROM
                                around $40
                               ages 8 and up
                           Program Requirements
                              OS:            Windows 95 or NT 3.51
                              CPU:           486/50mhz
                              HD Space:      12 MB
                              Memory:        8 MB
                              Graphics:      640 x 480, 256 colors
                              CD-ROM:   Double-speed
                              Audio:         16-bit sound card
                              Optional: microphone

review by Frank Sereno (

Nickelodeon 3D Movie Maker from Microsoft is one of the coolest creativity
programs available for children.  It combines many beloved cartoon
characters from "Nick" with eye-popping graphics and powerful animation
tools.  With this potent program, your children will have no limits as they
create their own amazing cartoons.

Stick Stickly is the amiable and helpful host for the program.  Your
children know and love him from his day job as the host for Nickelodeon's
afternoon programming.  He'll explain the steps needed to produce original
animated shorts.  Stick is available to assist your budding director
whenever he needs help using the numerous tools and gadgets included with
the program.

The program includes some of your child's favorite characters including Ren
and Stimpy, Rocko, Heffer and Real Monsters.  Each has a wide array of
facial expressions and action modes.  The characters are in 3D so you can
view them from any angle.  Nickelodeon 3D Movie Maker also includes many
recorded dialogs using the voices from the animated series.  If these
aren't enough to satisfy your child's script, he can create original
recordings provided he has a microphone and sound card.

To further spur your child's creativity, the program includes some pre-
recorded movies.  These short movies can provide many ideas that your child
can include in his own projects.  He can also use the Choosometer to gain
inspiration.  It works like a slot machine for ideas.  Pull a handle to
change scenes, characters or music.  If an interesting scene comes up on
the screen, you can click on an icon to immediately begin work with that

Nickelodeon 3D Movie Maker can be a bit daunting at first.  The program has
many tools and the learning curve can be steep.  Just remember that any
time your child needs assistance, Stick is only a mouse click away.  In a
matter of only a few hours, your child can be creating original animations
starring some world-famous characters.  Even adults will be fascinated by
this powerful and engaging program.  It's backed by Microsoft's 30-day
moneyback guarantee and it has a very reasonable price.  If you are looking
for a fun and powerful program to encourage your child to be more creative,
Nickelodeon 3D Movie Maker is your ticket to stardom.

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Classics & Gaming Section
Editor Dana P. Jacobson

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

This week has flown by quickly; I feel like I've missed a few days
somewhere along the way!

I could excuse such a feeling if it occurred the past few weeks.  After
all, I was "consumed" with the challenge of working on some web pages and
getting the bugs worked out.  Now, it's some occasional "maintenance" and
the addition of newly-found sites.  I guess time just flies by these days!

Speaking of adding new sites, I want to thank all of the people that have
sent me sites to add up to now - the response has been terrific.  Most of
the response has been garnered from my posts on the Usenet, but a few also
came about from the readership here.  Keep them coming; I hope to have a
comprehensive list of web sites available.  Don't worry about sending me
ones that I might have already (in case you haven't been to my pages), or
the ones that you feel I should already likely have.  It's usually the
"obvious" ones that are missed along the way.

I'd like to especially add those sites that belong to dealers and
developers.  I feel it's important to provide such information to keep the
Atari userbase as informed as possible, at the source.  Also, user groups
and BBSs, even if they don't have a web site.  An e-mail address or a BBS
phone number will suffice.  We need to keep supporting those who help to
keep supporting us.

I saw a posting on Delphi this week regarding CAB.  Apparently, and this
hasn't been verified yet, CAB will become a commercial product.  Here's the
post, courtesy of Greg Evans:

"Someone in the Afterburner 040 email list mentioned that Applications
Systems Heidelberg has bought CAB and will be releasing it as a commercial
product.  That's all he wrote, but I'll try to track down some more

Interesting news, if true.  With the coming of Termite from Oregon
Research, and possible others, CAB has a good head start and a good
following.  It should do well if the reported enhancements and fixes make
it to the next release.  We'll keep you posted as we learn more.  No
articles for you this week, just my ramblings.  We're waiting for Michael
Burkley's next "Unabashed Atariophile" column as well as some other
projects in the making.  So, stay tuned!

Until next time...

                              Gaming Section

"Iron Soldier II" To Ship!
Reviews, and more...

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

Well, the word on the streets is that the Jaguar's 'Iron Soldier II' will
be going on sale March 7.  The game was scheduled for February, but I guess
a week or two delay at this point can't be much of a problem.  'World Tour
Racing' is slated for March; we'll see if it arrives on time.  As mentioned
in a past issue, we've finally received the recent releases from Telegames.
Both of these games are now in reviewers' hands and we hope to have these
reviews soon.  I'm waiting to hear about IS2, also.  There's not much
happening on the gaming front, typical for this time of year.  We'll keep
our eyes and ears alert, however.

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of the world's most sought-after publishers of entertainment software, and
Boss Game Studios, the game development arm of Academy Award-winning Boss
Film Studios, today unveiled Spider, a visually-compelling, 3-D action
title for the Sony PlayStation.

Available now from BMG Interactive, Spider demonstrates Boss Game Studios'
mastery of creative game development that leverages the same advanced tools
and technology used to create spectacular special effects in major motion
pictures such as Species, True Lies, Multiplicity, and Cliffhanger, to name
a few.

Understanding that it takes much more than striking imagery to create a
great game, Boss has combined visual depth and complexity with incredibly
fun game play action that is both engaging and easy to grasp. Summing up
Boss Game Studios approach to game development, Colin Gordon, the company's
vice president of product development states, "cool graphics, features and
a great story are important extras, but the bottom line is game play -- and
our mission is to create titles that are challenging, highly re-playable,
and really, really fun."

In Spider, players are enslaved inside the body of a cybernetic tarantula
and travel through six 3-D, real-world environments. Relentlessly searching
for the kidnappers of their original human body, they will indulge in over
30 levels of rich and challenging action -- climbing walls and underneath
objects to battle deadly cybernetic beasts, including phase bats, mecha
wasps, giant rats, and other artificial life experiments.

Loaded with an arsenal of cybernetic weaponry, Spider provides the player
with nearly 15 power-ups such as lethal flame throwers, devastating
boomerangs and homing missiles, which can be used during travel through
sewer pipes, down wells, across city streets, in the museum, and in
factories and labs.  The Spider can also use its head, abdomen and legs as
defense mechanisms against a multitude of deadly enemies.

Technical and Creative Edge

With Spider, Boss Game Studios' development acumen shines through with the
use of advanced 3-D computer animation, proprietary motion capture
technology and in the creation of extraordinary characters.

Every detail contributes to the visually commanding, life-like look and
feel of the game, from the fully-textured images and sharper-edge
characters, to the richly-animated backgrounds and seamless integration of
motion in a virtual environment.  The game's use of a "floating camera"
further engages players as it continuously tracks motion to ensure that the
player stays at the center of the action.

An  Accomplished Team of Experts

Although Boss Game Studios is a young start-up operation, the creative and
development team behind Spider boasts over 100 game credits to date,
including Disney's Lion King, Fever Pitch and Dune II.  The game's
compelling soundtrack was also developed by an industry veteran, Barry
Leitch, Boss Game Studios' music director, who has composed music for over
80 titles across all platforms. The entire group, from the  designers,
animators to technical specialists, comprise a development dream team.

Spider, a first release for both Boss and BMG Interactive, will illustrate
their talents.

Operating under the studio model, BMG Interactive continues to attract and
foster the abilities of some of the industry's most innovative game
developers worldwide, providing the ideal environment where they can
produce great games.

In addition to Boss Game Studios, BMG Interactive's current roster of
independent game developers includes BLAM!, Delphine Softwae International,
DMA Design Ltd., EAI, Interactive Studios, NMS Software, New Level
Software, Pixel Multimedia, Z-AXIS, and Zombie.

Boss Game Studios is the sister company of Academy Award-winning Boss Film
Studios, recognized for its remarkable contributions to special effects in
motion pictures.  Leveraging its technical and creative acumen, the company
will produce break-through video games for leading, next generation
platforms.  Boss Game Studios is based in Redmond, Washington.

              Video games come of age - UPI Computer Comment

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- The year is 2073 and the World Federation has
gone to war against the might of the Drakken, a conglomeration of the
world's biggest businesses.  You have to wonder, at this point, if Sony
Entertainment might just be one of those mega-conglomerates. Sony Computer
Entertainment America is the place where the Drakken come from. They're the
bad guys in the company's new CD for the PlayStation game system, Carnage

This new battle simulation/strategy game is part of a new breed of video
game, designed for present-day technology game systems, that require a lot
of skill and savvy to win. This is not a kid game. The packaging says the
skill level is intermediate to difficult and Sony says it is targeting this
particular CD at males ages 17-28.

Older games shared a very similar interface for almost all titles, but the
improved technology in machines like the PlayStation and the Nintendo 64
allows software engineers and programmers a lot more room to experiment.
Carnage Heart requires users to pick options from a menu and battle robotic
combatants who possess simulated skills rivaling those of a human.

Sony expects this title to sell for between $40 and $60, which is a bit
more than previous generation video games.  The PlayStation is also the
platform of choice for Spider, another of the new-generation action
adventure games.   As a player, you find yourself imprisoned in the body of
a cybernetic tarantula, required to navigate six worlds in search of your
old body. Along the way, you do battle with phase bats, mecha wasps and
giant rats. Working in your favor are your access to such non-spiderly
devices as flame throwers and homing missiles.

A lot of effort in this particular title went into designing the artificial
environments and a "floating camera" to provide perspective to users as
they play along.  Three dimensional environments are also featured in the
new version of 3-D Kart Racing from Nintendo, which plays on the immensely
popular Nintendo 64 game system.

Unlike a lot of other games being introduced this spring by the big game
makers, this one isn't a lot different from earlier games. And there's a
good reason for this. 3-D Kart Racing already exists for the Super Nintendo
game system, and a lot of people like it. They're also likely to appreciate
the game on the new platform.

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                           PEOPLE... ARE TALKING

 On CompuServe

Compiled by Joe Mirando

     Hidi ho friends and neighbors (jeez, I've just got to find an new
opening line... any suggestions?).  Another  week has come and gone, and
it's time to check out what's happening on CompuServe.  But before we do,
let's talk a little bit about this program for copying your ST's TOS to a
file that others can use to 'upgrade' their machine.

     In my view, it's piracy unless you are the owner of the machine that
the "image" was taken from.  TOS is a copyrighted product.  The fact that
the old copyright holder no longer exists is irrelevant, as is the fact
that the new copyright holder doesn't seem interested in making the product
available.  When you bought an ST, Mega, Falcon, or TT, you also purchased
the rights to use the TOS included in the product.  It's not the chips that
contain the code that is important, it is the code itself... and that's
still owned by the copyright holder.  The 'product' is the code itself.
The chips are simply a convenient medium.  You OWN the chips because you
bought them with the computer, you can only LICENSE the code.  I don't have
a problem with someone who has an old ST that's been in the closet for a
year who 'clones' TOS from it to run on his or her GEMulator.  If you still
own the Atari, in my view, you still have the right to use the TOS.

     MY problem is with the folks who use circular reasoning to support
their collecting and trading TOS  versions with others.  One intellectual
giant put out a public call for someone to send him a copy of their  TOS
for him to use with his GEMulator because he no longer had an ST that he
could take the TOS image  from and, even if he did, his ST had an older
version of TOS and he was looking for 2.06.  When someone  pointed out that
the rights to TOS were still owned by someone, he got quite indignant and
said that he surely  wasn't going to pay for TOS since it was such trash.
The thought that sprang to my mind was, "if it's such
Trash. do without it".

     Now I have, in the past, supplied other writers here at STReport with
one TOS version or another for testing programs and comparing versions.  To
be honest, this too is piracy, but the the image was used for testing
software for review and not for profit or as a means of getting around
something.  The people I have  supplied these images to do not have PCs,
and therefore will not be using the TOS for an emulator.  And since it is
both easier and more compatible to run the version of TOS on the ROM chips
of your own machine, I know the TOS images won't be used for long or for a
purpose other than just testing.

     But as I said, this is still piracy.  That makes me _almost_ the same
as our rocket scientist friend with the attitude.  The difference is that
_I_ understand the concept of someone besides myself owning the rights to
something.  In a perfect world JTS would release TOS to the public so that
we could all enjoy and benefit  from it.  But this is not a perfect world
and the fact that you CAN do something does not mean that you have  the
right to do it.  Okay, I'll step down off of my soap box now. <grin>  Let's
take a look at "The CIS Files"...

>From the Atari Computing Forums

In response to a question about booting MagiC from GEMulator Rob Rasmussen
"I asked similar questions as your friend did recently about Gemulator, and
got a reply from Derek M who wrote the program. He told me-

"Boot up MagiC from floppy, create a C: drive icon on the GEM desktop, open
in, and then copy MagiC's  GEMSYS folder to that C: drive. Then reboot and
it'll boot up from the virtual C: drive."

I had problems trying to create a C drive with MagiC, and thats why I'm
anxious to talk to any others who  use Gemulator/MagiC... Does anyone know
if I can have Speedo installed on my PC so I can print documents from
AtariWorks under Gemulator? I don't know whether to try installing Speedo
from the  installation disk or copy the files from my Atari to the PC, and
I'm kinda afraid of it crashing my PC.

Also if anyone else is using Gemulator I would love to discuss how to do
certain things - like how to have  access to the hard drive instead of only
floppy disks."

Steve Wilson posts:
" that it could well come in handy transporting stuff between my old ST and
the PC.  I tried searching the  library here for a driver/installation
program, but to no avail. Can anyone help??"

Albert Dayes tells Steve:
"ICD has a driver for the ZIP drive. I am not sure of what the cost for it
is unfortunately. ICD or another  forum member will probably post more

Steve tells Albert:
"Thanks for the info...  How are things in the Atari camp, by the way? I
originally bought my ST (in 88) for  midi, and was using it for all sorts
up until a year ago when I finally succumbed to PC fever :) I read that ST
/ Falcon technology had been sold to a German co called CLab, but then I
lost touch. Are CLab actively  investing? Is the Atari story on-going, or
are we talking epilogue here?"

Ben at TOC OZ tells Steve:
"C-Lab Falcons are alive, and well. Check out the Frankfurt music show. New
peripherals are coming out,  and prices are gradually comming down."

Albert adds:
"C-lab Falcons are still being made and there are some other clones as
well. I believe one of the previous  issues of ST Report had more extensive
specifics on one of the new Falcon clones."

Dennis Larson tells Steve:
"I also bought my Atari (in about '87?) for use with midi and have been
happy for the most part.  I presently  use Notator LOGIC for most of my
work.  Due to compatibility problems with work and telecommunications  I'm
considering switching platforms <ugh!>.  How has the pc platform worked out
for you with MIDI applications?  I'm particularly interested in notation
software (FINALE, etc.) but have heard about midi  timing problems, card
compatibility, etc.  What can you tell me about it?"

Back to the original topic, James Spielman asks Steve:
"Is your Zip parallel or SCSI?  ICD does indeed make both an adapter and
utility s/w (it supports the ZIP)  that allows a SCSI connection through
the DMA port on the ST.  As for a parallel ZIP, I'm not sure if the  ST's
parallel port coudl be used this way.  It _should_, but I don't know if any
s/w is available that would  support the parallel connection for disks."

Gary Parkington asked last week about his keyboard, which tends to
"sizzle" when he turns the computer on.  Our pal Simon Churchill gave him
some pointers about  troubleshooting the problem.

Gary now tells Simon:
"I am quite capable of taking the thing apart and have done a few times. My
problem is I am not an engineer  but like messing - sometimes this can be a
mistake!  What is the 'power rail'? The noise could be coming  from the
board beneath the keyboard but if you imagine me sitting typing away at the
moment I can hear the  noise to my left and in the region of the letter 'D'
This may not be where it is but I have already replaced  one keyboard when
the letters M,N,<,>,? & the SPACE bar stopped working. This may also be
unrelated  to the noise...

I've taken the computer to pieces but not applied power as yet. There are a
few capacitors in the general area  of the noise, one is marked C216 or it
could be the larger one to the right. As I explained I am not an engineer
so need advice on purchasing a replacement. What do the markings mean on
the capacitor and  would a replacement look exactly the same or not if it
had the same values? The power supply doesn't get  any warmer than I would
expect but this is my ST and I've only had it a few months."

Sysop Bob Retelle jumps in and tells Gary:
"Simon will probably get back to you about the capacitors, but just in case
you want to take a look this  weekend, there are two values you need to get
from the old capacitor (if that indeed turns out to be the

One is the "capacitance" of the part, and the other is the voltage. Neither
is absolutely critical that you match  them exactly, a general rule is that
you can replace a capacitor (in this type of application,  where the
capacitor is being used to filter the power supply) with one of slightly
higher value with no problem.  The  only thing you would have to be careful
of is to find one of similar physical size so the new part will fit between
the motherboard and the keyboard.  The capacitance will be (hopefully!)
clearly marked as  something like 100uf (where uf means microfarads, the
unit of capacitance measurement).  The voltage should be also clearly
marked as something like  25vdc.

Again, you could use (in this example) a 150uf, 50vdc replacement, as long
as it fits in the same space.  Radio Shack should probably have suitable
capacitors, and since they're all "blister packaged", you can  check out
their physical size easily.  This kind of capacitor uses a liquid as part
of its "dilectric", or insulator, and with age and heat this liquid can
begin to leak and may cause the kind of "sizzle" sound you've  been
hearing.  Usually (although not always) there'll be some sign of leakage
(or actual bubbling if the  power is on) around the base of the capacitor.

You can safely operate your ST with the covers off, to try to localize the
sound, as long as you stay away  from the area of the built-iin power
supply.  Some parts ot the power supply (notably the heat sinks) may be
electrically "live" with high voltages that may be harmful.

Oh.. the "power rails" that Simon mentioned are the +5 volt and ground
power buses... Simon's from  England, and probably thinks we talk kind of
funny here in the US..."

Kevin Sheridan takes the opportunity to ask Bob a question:
"As long as you're on the subject of keyboards... My control key stopped
working about 8 months ago.  I've  had the keyboard completely apart but
couldn't see any obvious problems with it.  Any ideas what I sould be
looking for?"

Bob tells Kevin:
"The ST keyboards are usually pretty reliable, but a key that gets a lot of
use, like the Control key, can some times be a problem...  Did you try to
clean the place under the actual key where the key makes contact?
Unfortunately there's really not much that can be done for a single
intermittant or non-working key, other  than making sure there's no foreign
substances under the key..."

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

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