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                  eBay Roars Ahead As First IPO In A Month

 eBay Inc., an online auctioneer that sells everything from Beanie Babies
 to computers, soared more than 163 percent in its first day of trading as
 investors heartily welcomed the first initial public offering in a month.
 eBay gained $29.375 to close at $47.375, as more than 9 million shares
 traded hands on Nasdaq. With the successful offering, the company has a
 market capitalization of about $1.88 billion, topping the $1.05 billion
 worth of venerated art auction house Sotheby's.

 The stock had an offering price of $18 a share. But excitement from
 investors, who had recently been too w orried about global market
 volatility to focus on new deals, sent it sharply higher as trading
 commenced. eBay, with more than one million registered users, matches
 buyers and sellers for 650,000 items, ranging f rom Hollywood memorabilia
 to antiques and computers.

 Analysts had said that Goldman Sachs, the lead underwriter for the deal,
 was one of only a handful of firm s that could pull off a smashing IPO in
 this shaky market. "People want to see big names with stocks that don't
 equivocate," said David Menlow, president of the IP O Financial Network
 in Springfield, N.J. "They want someone to be the prophet and lead them
 into the promised land." Goldman itself has been struggling with the
 timing of its own high-profile IPO.

 eBay was seen by some analysts as the catalyst that could breathe new
 life into a market that hasn't seen much excitement about new issues,
 especially Internet stocks, since free Web site provider GeoCities went
 publ ic on Aug. 11. "This is preordained," said John Fitzgibbon, editor
 of the IPO Reporter newsletter. The price range had increased and there
 had been a 28-day drought in the IPO market." Many technology firms that
 started out as hot IPOs are now money-losers. For example, DoubleClick
 Inc. posted a second-quarter loss in July of $4.7 mil lion on sales of a
 whopping $17.3 million.

 But three-year-old eBay is already profitable. It had 1997 net income of
 $874,000 on sales of $5.7 million "We have a stock that is an Internet
 company, an Internet IPO that is making money," said Menlow. "This is
 unheard of." Others saw the fact that Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, ranked
 by Securities Data Co. as the No. 1 underwriter for new issues, with
 bookings totaling $3.89 billion in 1999, initiated coverage of eBay with
 a n outperform rating even before it opened for trading as a sign of the
 firm's strength.

 Typically, Wall Street firms will not place a rating on a stock until 30
 days from its IPO. While the excitement over eBay was warranted, another
 analyst was more cautious about touting a rebound in the IPO market.
 "It's more deal-specific than any signs of recovery," said Ken Fleming at
 Renaissance Capital Corp. Ther e's a lot of excitement about the company
 but I don't necessarily think it means a rebound in the market. "But it
 may help other Internet IPOs that have filed already and haven't gone
 public yet," Fleming added.

                 Prodigy To Sell Stock In A Public Offering

 Prodigy Communications Corp., a pioneering online service that has shed
 its extensive content services to focus on providing Internet access,
 announced today it will sell shares in a public offering. The news came
 on the heels of a highly successful public offering by online auctioneer
 eBay Inc., whose stock soared more than 163 percent in its first day of
 trading Thursday. eBay Inc. was the first IPO to come to market in a
 month because investors had been too worried about global market
 volatility to look at new issues.

 Prodigy said the size of its IPO has not been set. It said the timing of
 the offering will be determined by market conditions, but that it does
 not expect to come to market before November. Prodigy, once the leading
 consumer online service in the United States with more than 2 million
 members, was founded in 1984 as a joint venture by International Business
 Machines Corp., Sears, Roebuck and Co. and CBS Corp. It was the first
 major effort to make an online service easy for ordinary people to use
 and presaged the success of a similar approach by America Online Inc.

 But Prodigy was eventually eclipsed by AOL and the advent of the
 Internet. In 1996, IBM and Sears sold Prodigy to a group of investors
 backed by International Wireless, a telecommunications investment group
 controlled by Mexican industrial firm Grupo Carso SA de CV, for $250
 million, far below the more than $1 billion invested by Prodigy's
 founders. CBS dropped out long before, in the late 1980s.

 Earlier this year, Prodigy handed content responsibility to Web
 navigation company Excite Inc. "Although AOL dominates the Internet
 access space, it's still a highly fragmented industry with opportunities
 for smaller players, especially one with the brand recognition that
 Prodigy has," said Ryan Jacob, portfolio manager for The Internet Fund.
 In July, Mexican phone company Telefonos de Mexico invested $49 million
 in Prodigy.

       AOL 4.0 Arrives ... And a Million Free CD-ROMs Are In the Mail

 If there's one overriding theme to Monday's launch of the latest America
 Online upgrade it's this: Keep it nice and simple, but don't keep it
 quiet. AOL 4.0 will be heralded by the same kind of Desert Storm-style
 marketing campaign that drew such heavy criticism in the past  including
 a major launch party in New York, national TV and radio campaigns, an
 online $40,000 AOL 4.0 sweepstakes contest, and the mailing of a million
 free AOL 4.0 CD-ROMs every week.

 Marketing considerations aside, company officials are upbeat about the
 online service's new features. The AOL 4.0 user interface offers:

    * even more tips and instant assistance with using e-mail
    * accessing the Internet than the preceding version
    * adding a tool bar that users can customize to provide single-click
      access to their favorite sites
    * the ability to switch screen names, or user IDs, without signing off
      from the service
    * a spelling and grammar checker for e-mail messages
    * a tool that allows photo images to be embedded in e-mail messages

 All the improvements are aimed at making the service easier to use, AOL
 (NYSE:AOL) officials said. Considering that the simple-is-better strategy
 arguably has helped the company shut out virtually all rivals in the
 online service space, these changes are natural, AOL officials said.

 "AOL has continued its growth momentum by attracting consumers with its
 convenience and ease of use," said Bob Pittman, AOL's president and chief
 operating officer.

 Netizens can be excused for having a sense of deja vu about the 4.0
 release -- it actually began nine months ago. To head off potential
 network access problems, the company released the first AOL 4.0 betas in
 January, and the beta process continued until the final version was
 debuted on July 30. The rollout process culminates this week with a
 return to the company's carpet-bombing marketing program, which will even
 include delivering AOL 4.0 disks to airline passengers, magazine readers
 and fans at sporting events. In the midst of the AOL's network access
 woes last year, the marketing program was suspended when the company was
 criticized for recruiting so many new members while existing members had
 trouble accessing the service.

 While the company brags that more than 5 million members have already
 downloaded the new software, continuing the momentum after the 4.0
 rollout won't be without its challenges, according to observers.
 Considering that the service has grown to encompass 13 million users  40
 percent of all Internet users go online through AOL, by one estimate --
 analysts said the company's challenge now is to maintain that growth.
 With the newbie market now well in hand, this means coming up with an
 original approach that will continue to grab online neophytes while
 appealing to more-sophisticated technology users, some observers said.

 "The next hurdle for them is to get to cable TV audience numbers," said
 Patrick Keane, a senior analyst at Jupiter Communications in New York. To
 do this, the company must continue to come up with creative new
 proprietary content as well as speeding users to the Internet and
 offering reliable e-mail service -- all crucial aspects of user
 retention, he said. "Retention of existing users is just as important for
 AOL as acquisition of new users at this point," Keane said.

 While some consumers have complained about the aggressive marketing, the
 service's huge growth over the past couple of years proves the approach
 works, he added. And AOL should also hope it works because it is much
 easier to provide support to a user base that is standardized on a single
 version of client software, said Rob Enderle, an analyst with Giga
 Information Group in Santa Clara, Calif.

 "They need to get everybody for support reasons on the (4.0) client,"
 Enderle said. "And while they want you to download it, most folks aren't
 willing to go through the trouble to make the conversion. It's too big a
 time suck." The software, which requires 16 MB of RAM and 30 MB of hard
 disk space, will take anywhere from one hour to two hours for many users
 to download, AOL officials said. "They got as many people to download as
 they could, and now they've got to go to the disk," Enderle said.

                        AOL Plans CompuServe Upgrade

 America Online Inc. plans to upgrade CompuServe, the competing online
 service it bought earlier this year, saying the move should end
 speculation about folding the former rival. "Since we announced the
 acquisition a year ago, there has been talk that this was a conspiracy to
 buy the competition and shut it down," said Steve Case, the chairman and
 chief executive officer of AOL. "We are committed to CompuServe as a
 separate brand," he said Tuesday.

 The company employs about 500 people at its headquarters in Upper
 Arlington, a Columbus suburb. AOL's investments include renovations and
 upgraded computers at the Upper Arlington headquarters, said Mayo Stuntz
 Jr., president of CompuServe. In January, AOL acquired the content and
 subscribers of CompuServe from WorldCom, which bought CompuServe for $1.2
 billion. AOL, based in Dulles, Va., is the world's largest online
 service, with 13 million subscribers. CompuServe has about 3 million

   Disney Boss Says He Fears Microsoft  Who's afraid of the big, bad ...

 Michael Eisner is. In his new book, "Work in Progress," the Chairman and
 Chief Executive of Walt Disney Co. says the Redmond-based software
 company "may be our most daunting competitor." Unexpected words coming
 from the man who runs a world-renowned company with annual revenues of
 $22 billion and stakes in virtually every form of entertainment,
 communication and tourism.

 Microsoft, while a giant in its field, has annual revenues of only $14.5
 billion and a spotty record in trying to generate entertainment content.
 But Eisner doesn't see it that way. In a telephone press conference
 Thursday, he said Microsoft's cash flow, its "enormous buying power," its
 aggressiveness, and the youth of its employee base are "a formula for

 Additionally, Bill Gates, the company's chairman, is "a competitor to be
 watched" because he combines youth, money, intelligence and an interest
 in the entertainment business, Eisner said. He didn't hazard a guess on
 exactly how Gates will use his interest and cash in the entertainment
 field, but said that Microsoft has a tradition of starting slowly in
 other businesses only to make improvements and become highly successful.

 Disney has been sufficiently intrigued by the potential of the Internet
 to add it to its portfolio of theme parks, movies, broadcast and cable
 television networks, radio, professional sports franchises and even
 cruise ships. It's already selling merchandise online. In June, Disney
 agreed to pay $70 million cash plus its interest in Bellevue, Wash.-based
 Web development company Starwave for a 43 percent stake in Infoseek
 Corp., the nation's seventh-largest search and directory service.

 According to Eisner's book, Disney and Infoseek plan to introduce a new
 "portal" - the first place users would go to find what they want on the
 World Wide Web - known as Go Network. The portal will act as a "central
 hub through which people can gain access to every business and every form
 of information and entertainment that Disney offers," the book said.

                 Universities Fight Microsoft Over Research

 Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology are fighting
 a demand by Microsoft Corp. for research gathered by two professors on
 Netscape Communications Corp., charging that it threatens their First
 Amendment rights and ability to conduct research, the Wall Street Journal
 reported. Separately, Microsoft released some of the evidence it will use
 in the pending antitrust case to refute a government charge that it tried
 illegally to carve up Internet-software sales in a 1995 meeting with
 Netscape, the report said.

 The case is set to go to trial October 15 in federal court, the report
 said. The new evidence, and Microsoft's subpoena for the professors'
 research, reveals the company's likely legal strategy at the trial, the
 report said. It will use the 1995 evidence to show that such meetings
 between competitors are common in the software industry, and it hopes to
 use the research on Netscape to show that Netscape's business misfortunes
 were caused by its own errors, not by unfair competition by Microsoft, as
 alleged by the Justice Department and 20 states in lawsuits filed in May,
 the report said.

 The universities filed their objections in federal court in Boston on
 behalf of faculty members David Yoffie, of Harvard Business School, and
 Michael Cusumano, of MIT's Sloan School of Business, the report said.
 They are co-authors of a book, "Competing on Internet Time: Lessons from
 Netscape and its Battle with Microsoft," that is scheduled to be
 published days before the of the start of the Microsoft trial, the report

                     Challenge To Microsoft Get Backing

 Intel Corp. and Netscape Communications Corp., two of the biggest names
 in the high-tech business, Tuesday threw their financial weight behind
 Red Hat Software Inc., an upstart challenger to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows
 operating system. The two minority stakes in Red Hat drew the attention
 of Microsoft and rivals who accuse the software giant of trying to muscle
 the competition to protect its monopoly in desktop operating systems.

 It also represents a potential new rift in the informal alliance between
 Microsoft and Intel, whose microprocessors supply the brainpower for 85
 percent of the world's personal computers. Red Hat chief executive Bob
 Young said the companies reached agreement Tuesday. He declined to give
 details, noting Red Hat is privately held. But he said the backing should
 help his company meet its goal of doubling its revenues, which ranged
 from $5 million-$10 million last year.

 Even more important than money, said Young, are the new relationships
 with Intel and Netscape, which makes software for browsing the World Wide
 Web. During the past year, Linux has risen to the forefront among the
 relatively unknown products that can substitute for the Windows software
 program. Distributed free over the Internet or sold in a commercial
 version for $50, the system has an estimated 8 million to 9 million users
 worldwide, who prefer the flexibility of the system.

 By comparison, Microsoft's Windows and Windows NT operating systems have
 about ten times as many users. Red Hat offers a service to Linux
 customers that Windows doesn't: Sharing the source code over the
 Internet, which makes it easier to blend in improvements. Clay Ryder, an
 industry analyst at Zona Research, Inc., in Redwood City, Calif., said
 that while Linux is a true competitor of Windows and Windows NT, it's
 important to keep the deal in perspective against Microsoft, the world's
 most successful technology company.

 "Even if Red Hat doubled next year, tripled, it's almost a rounding error
 to Microsoft," he said. At Microsoft, enterprise marketing group manager
 Edmund Muth said they are closely watching Linux's growth. "We take all
 competitive threats seriously, and we number Linux among those
 competitive issues," he said. But Muth said Intel's investment "does not
 affect the strong and postitive relationship that our two companies

 Neither Intel nor Netscape would discuss details of the investment. Young
 disclosed the deal after speaking on a panel with Netscape co-founder
 Marc Andreessen, Intel's corporate vice president Sean Maloney and Linus
 Torvalds, creator of Red Hat's Linux operating system at a trade show in
 San Jose, Calif. George Weiss, an industry analyst at Gartner Group in
 Stamford, Conn., said Intel's interest in a company directly competing
 with Windows "is a little weird if you think that Intel and Microsoft are
 bedfellows that are tightly coupled in marriage."

 But Weiss said that relationship has been overstated. Recently, for
 instance, Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel began licensing its technology
 for advanced video software to RealNetworks Inc., which competes with
 Microsoft. Tuesday's deal could give more ammunition to Microsoft critics
 who are closely watching the Justice Department's antitrust lawsuit
 against the company, which goes to trial Oct. 15. In June, for instance,
 consumer activist Ralph Nader pointed to Linux when urging the Justice
 Department to make sure Microsoft allows computer makers to sell machines
 with system software other than Windows.

                Netscape Wins One, Loses One In Browser War

 In the past two days, Netscape Communications Corp. has won a deal to
 distribute its Internet browser to millions of new customers, and lost a
 major deal to Microsoft Corp. On Thursday, Netscape sealed an agreement
 with the Internet service Snap to distribute a customized version of the
 Netscape Communicator.

 However, the day before Dell Computer Corp. announced a deal to bundle
 Internet access and services into some of its new PCs, and said it would
 include the Microsoft Internet Explorer in the package. Both deals are
 expected to reach millions of new consumers. While this recent activity
 shows Netscape and Microsoft remain locked in a close competition over
 the growing Internet browser market, some people are beginning to
 question what benefit this broad distribution is bringing to either

 Since both Netscape and Microsoft give away their browsers, analysts say
 their only real value is in helpi ng steer customers to their other
 products and services. Browsers can be particularly useful in directing
 people to a company's online directory or "portal." Microsoft's Internet
 portal,, and Netscape's Netcenter both generate ad revenue based
 on the numbe r of visitors and can also serve as a showcase for other
 software products.

 The problem with the two recent deals is that neither browser will
 directly link to the company's Internet portal. Instead, the Microsoft
 browser in the Dell Computer deal will default to Excite Inc.'s portal,
 which is actually a competitor of Likewise, the deal Netscape
 entered with Snap, calls for its browser to link customers to the Snap
 portal, which also is one of its competitors. Some critics say that in
 the race to expand browser reach, both companies may have lost sight of
 the real value of their browsers, and may even be helping promote their

 "The Netcenter portal is what's important to Netscape," said PaineWebber
 analyst James Preissler. "If Netc enter is not bundled with the browser,
 it's a complete wash. The value of the browser is where it defaults to.
 Still, Netscape said it is important to get its browser to more
 customers, if only to promote the Netscape brand. "It is a further proof
 that it's a great product and it reinforces our brand," said Skyles
 Runser of Netsc ape's Netcenter division. Recent surveys have indicated
 most Internet users still use a Netscape browser, although Netscape and
 Microsoft are approaching parity. "From a publicity perspective, not
 having at least 50 percent would be a big deal for Netscape," said Zona
 Research analyst Clay Ryder, who tracks the browser business and will
 release new figures next month.

                    Some Internet Access May Be Limited

 When Lois Gibbs learned in 1978 that 20,000 tons of toxic chemicals were
 buried under her Niagara Falls, N.Y., neighborhood, she tried to make
 sense of all the information and scientific names suddenly thrown at her.
 She turned to her local library, wading through medical journals and old
 newspaper articles to understand the chemicals and the diseases they
 caused. Gibbs credits this immediate access to information with helping
 her organize parents in Love Canal and spread the word about toxic dumps.

 Now, thanks to the Internet, there's more information than ever before.
 But educators and librarians fear that average citizens won't be able to
 get at it because of proposed changes in copyright laws. Congress is
 trying to balance protecting the work of authors, songwriters and others
 with making important information available to students and other
 researchers. The House and Senate could agree this week on legislation
 that would implement two copyright treaties adopted in 1996 by the U.N.
 World Intellectual Property Organization.

 Current "fair use" laws allow personal use of copyrighted material
 without obtaining advance permission. Students can quote from books in
 their research papers and cable systems can relay television programs,
 for example. The new version could lead to the encryption of some
 material, keeping it out of the hands of anyone without a password or
 other authorization. Hollywood and publishing industry officials say they
 are not trying to keep information from the general public. But they want
 to protect the work of their artists and writers from being downloaded
 and mass distributed with a few keystrokes.

 "Everyone hopes that the Internet will become a great resource for
 education, entertainment and commerce," said Allan Adler, vice president
 for legal and governmental affairs at the Association of American
 Publishers. "But one of the problems is that the medium represents an
 extraordinary capability for flawless reproduction and instantaneous
 distribution." Country singer Johnny Cash witnessed this when he came
 across a Slovenian website that carried his hit, "Ring of Fire." In
 CD-quality sound, the song was ready and waiting for anyone to download,
 Cash told Congress this fall.

 "Maybe I should be flattered that someone in Slovenia likes my song, but
 when he or she makes it available to millions of people, this hardly
 seems fair," he said. Both the House and Senate versions of the copyright
 legislation would limit access, but the House version adds time to
 consider how to institute the restrictions without limiting fair use. The
 American Library Association and others say this is an important first
 step but does not provide a blanket guarantee that citizens will have
 access to information.

 "It will remain to be seen whether this rulemaking structure, which can
 be time-consuming and expensive, adequately protects the public," said
 Adam Eisgrau of the Chicago-based association. Opponents of encryption
 devices say they block access even for those who could legally use the
 material, and those people would be breaking the law if they went around
 the devices. Some fear copyright holders could start charging for each
 time someone wants to use or copy material, even if a library or school
 already has paid for it.

 "There is this paranoia that anybody who breaks down an encryption
 algorithm is a crook and a copyright violator," said John Scheibel, vice
 president of the Computer and Communications Industry Association. "You
 are trying to fix a watch, but you are using a two-by-four to do it."
 Industries representing copyright holders deny that these devices would
 lock up the work from all users. If students and library patrons can't
 get to the material, Adler says, they will turn to other resources,
 driving online publishing out of business.

 But Gibbs says the potential barriers carry a price that average citizens
 needing information quickly and easily cannot afford. "There is no way
 local folks are going to be able to jump through those hoops in a timely
 fashion," says Gibbs, who now heads the Falls Church, Va.-based Center
 for Health, Environment and Justice, an environmental activist group.
 "People need that information to move forward with their lives."

      Proves It Has Right to Annoy on Web

 The day before the House Commerce Committee approved an Internet
 anti-smut bill, a federal court upheld a civil challenge to the bill's
 legislative parent, the Communications Decency Act. "The courts have said
 that indecent speech cannot be made criminal on the Internet," declared
 Michael Traynor, who represented ApolloMedia, the publisher of
 The site ( is specifically designed to flout a
 provision of the act that bars "indecent material with intent to annoy"
 from the Internet.

 ApolloMedia said that the law amounted to censorship, and brought a
 lawsuit against Attorney General Janet Reno in January 1997 to challenge
 the constitutionality of the Communications Decency Act. On Wednesday, a
 three-judge federal panel handed down a divided ruling to ApolloMedia.
 The court found that the right to communicate indecent material with
 intent to annoy over the Internet is constitutionally protected.

 But two of the judges stopped short of declaring the statute itself
 unconstitutional, so they did not technically rule in favor of
 ApolloMedia's lawsuit against the government. Any way you slice it, this
 is still a victory, said Electronic Frontier Foundation's Stanton
 McCandlish. "ApolloMedia wins either way. The outcome of this case helps
 narrow obscenity law, and neatly ties up the loose ends left over from
 the other lawsuits like ACLU v. Reno, that helped overturn the rest of
 the Communications Decency Act."

 The ApolloMedia suit took on the only remaining section of the CDA left
 unchallenged by other suits. ednesday's court ruling found that while the
 term "obscene" had a reasonably clear legal definition offering little
 constitutional protection, the term "indecent" was more vague, and is
 protected by the First Amendment. was created in January 1997
 for the sole purpose of drawing attention to this disparity. The site is
 aflame with stinging attacks on conservative political targets, and
 flashing four-letter words. Readers are invited to send lewd hate e-mail,
 complete with soft-porn images and ransom-note graphics.

 "Whatever the outcome of this ruling, or whether we challenge it in the
 Supreme Court, we've still forced the government to apply meaning to
 vague words affecting free speech," said creator Clinton Fein.
 "It's been a lot of work, but the only regret that I have is this: The
 most indecent and annoying thing I have yet to see on the Internet is the
 Ken Starr report, and with this ruling, we've just saved his ass!"

                       New Web Site Won't Let You Go

 Pity the soul who comes across a Web site run by Brett Wright. His pages
 are like ocean riptides, pulling Internet surfers under and whisking them
 against their will to resurface elsewhere. Three of Wright's Web sites
 use a high-tech, behind-the-scenes method to route visitors automatically
 to other commercial sites, which pay Wright for such "referrals." When
 puzzled surfers try to close those browser windows - for sites they never
 even intended to visit - other browser windows open automatically. And
 those can spawn still more browser windows.

 It can be a nearly endless, frustrating cycle to regain control of the
 computer. "You fell into my trap," says Wright, who lives near Atlanta.
 "It bounces you all over the place, doesn't it?" Wright's technique is
 becoming common among sexually oriented sites like the ones he operates,
 which boast 250,000 visits daily. But the online porn industry is
 renowned for its innovation, first to use the Web's newest tools and
 techniques - from live video to payment schemes - that months or years
 later become mainstream for the rest of the Internet.

 So will mainstream Web sites hunting bigger audiences and elusive profits
 soon lure visitors into this loop? "The whole goal is to move traffic
 like cattle, which sounds terrible, I know," explains Wright, whose sites
 use the "" Javascript programming command. "But the easiest
 way to send traffic somewhere is to not give them the opportunity not to
 go there."

 Critics say the notion of even briefly kidnapping visitors is
 antithetical to the Internet, where the allure is the ability to jump
 among sites without regard for boundaries, physical distance or software
 compatibility. On the Web, ideally, you just click and go. "Once you put
 someone on a path where they can't get out, the natural inclination is to
 quit," says Jonah Seiger of Washington-based Mindshare Internet

 Wright acknowledges the practice outrages some visitors - especially
 those with less powerful computers, which can crash if too many windows
 are open. Some experts doubt the technique ever will be embraced by
 mainstream sites, such as the most popular online bookstore.

 "You won't see Amazon.Com use that. People wouldn't tolerate it," says
 Michael Willis, who co-wrote a book about the worst Internet sites. "It's
 almost like if you went through the doors of a Wal-Mart store to buy some
 pants and walked into a 7-Eleven," Willis says. "You want pants, not a
 Slurpee. It would create ill will for both parties." Donna Hoffman of
 Vanderbilt University, an expert on Internet businesses, agrees it is
 hard to imagine the model working on more traditional sites. "People
 don't want to be sent places," she says. "They want to choose where to

 A particular concern is children. A young intern at the National
 Institute on Media and the Family, a nonprofit group that rates video
 games, searched the Web for a research project using the keywords "teen"
 and "games." She stumbled instead onto a porn site and could not back out
 - each time she closed a browser window, two more opened automatically.
 "Being an intern in her first week, she was concerned that her internship
 might come to a quick stop," recalls David Walsh, the group's executive
 director and the intern's boss. "People who kind of wander into those
 sites find themselves unable to get out."

 Wright says pages with never-ending loops, while technically possible,
 are "frowned upon highly." Most sites eventually set visitors loose.
 There are legitimate uses for what experts call "redirects." Web authors
 sometimes register several Internet addresses with different suffixes,
 but prefer visitors to enter through a particular page. Web sites are
 reorganized or even moved - but the old address can send visitors
 automatically to the new location.

 "But that's different than forcing someone through a whole series of
 sites," Seiger said. Web surfers can disable Javascript commands in
 modern browsers. But Javascript is among the most common Internet
 programming languages, so disabling it would kill many other functions
 computer users may want. Even Wright says he is not happy helping to
 perpetuate the technique. "I'm one of the people who mainstreamed this,"
 he says, "and every day I wish I hadn't."

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  Can Linking Make You Liable?        NSF Still Battling Over Internet

  Legislators Working To Ban Online
  Pornography                         Will The Country Lose Its Memory?

  Lawsuit Involving Software
  Filtering In Virginia Library       China Attacks Its Y2K Problem

  Pentagon Orders Sensitive Info
  Removed From Military Web Sites     Intel-Netscape Eye Red Hat Software

  OECD Study Says E-Commerce Future   New CD From Kodak And Intel For
  Is Overhyped                        Photos On The Net

  Oracle Resists Microsoft Subpoena   Flaw Found In Browser

  Gateway Merges Retail Sales With    FCC Dashes Hopes Of Bells To Enter
  Direct Model                        Long-Distance Market

  Online Service Image Improving      U.S. Delays Handing Off Domain Name

  AT&T- IBM Team Up In Outsourcing    Motorola Introduces Voice
  Deal                                Technology For The Net

  Sony And Toyota Challenge NTT For   Tapscott Says "E-Business
  Data Traffic In Japan               Communities" Are Wave Of Future

  Cable Industry To Provide Net       Microsoft Edging Netscape In
  Access To U.S. Libraries            Browser War

  Microsoft Network Branches Out

                        CAN LINKING MAKE YOU LIABLE?

 If your Web site links to a site that links to a third site and the third
 site contains illegal reproductions of copyrighted material, can you be
 sued for damages? So far, the answer is no, because Los Angeles Federal
 District Court Judge Manuel A. Real dismissed one of the defendants from
 a case brought by Hollywood glamour photographer Gary Bernstein, charging
 that such linking is illegal. After the judge's ruling, Bernstein
 withdrew his lawsuit, but legal experts say the issue will come up for
 court review another day. Law professor Mark Lemley says that "the
 consequences of holding an end user liable for copyright infringement
 would be disturbing for the Net... It might deter surfing. It might also
 give some unscrupulous groups the power to suppress speech or critics."
 (New York Times 25 Sep 98)20


 The National Science Foundation is confronting a new challenge from
 Congress over plans to spend the $60 million collected by Network
 Solutions Inc. as part of the registration fee paid for Internet domain
 name addresses. The atest obstacle came when the Senate Finance Committee
 announced it is considering repealing part of a 1998 law that had cleared
 the way for the NSF to spend the money, which up until then had been
 locked up in a court proceeding. "This would put a wrench in the plans we
 have to help universities connect to high-speed networks," says the
 deputy director of NSF's office of legislative and public affairs. "There
 seems to be a problem brewing." The money has been earmarked for the
 Clinton administration's Next Generation Internet initiative. (Chronicle
 of Higher Education 25 Sep 98)


 The House Commerce Committee unanimously approved legislation called the
 Child Online Protection Act which would require commercial Web sites to
 collect a person's credit-card number or some other adult access code
 before allowing access to material deemed "harmful to minors." The
 measure will go to the full House of Representatives, and if passed will
 be reconciled with a companion bill passed earlier by the Senate. A
 spokesman for the San Francisco-based civil liberties group called the
 Electronic Frontier Foundation has criticized the bill of the wide net it
 casts: "When you look beneath the veneer, you quickly discover that it
 applied to any Web site that contains a commercial component and material
 that some community could consider 'harmful to minors.'" (AP 25 Sep 98)

                     WILL THE COUNTRY LOSE ITS MEMORY?

 Although National Archivist John W. Carlin says he cannot meet a
 Wednesday deadline for formulating new instructions on which government
 records must be saved and which may be deleted, he has steadfastly
 acknowledged the importance of the problem, saying: "How do we identify,
 manage, preserve and provide ongoing access to e-mail, word processing
 documents and other kinds of electronic records that are proliferating in
 formats, mushrooming n quantity and vulnerable to quick deletion, media
 instability and system obsolescence?" Carlin says he can't meet a
 court-appointed deadline to deal with the problem because the government
 has a higher priority: getting its computer programs revised to avoid the
 Year 2000 problem. But Michael Tankersley, a lawyer representing Public
 Citizen, the American Library Association, and various other groups
 accuses Carlin of wasting time: "This is a totally unjustified stall to
 cover the fact that they haven't done anything for the past 11 months."
 (USA Today 25 Sep 98)


 A federal judge in Virginia will decide next week whether a trial is
 needed in a suit filed by library patrons who object to the decision of
 the Loudoun County Library to install filtering software called X-Stop on
 library computers. The intention of the decision is to protect children
 from being exposed to pornographic material on the Internet, but the
 filters also prevent what adults can view and often inadvertently blocks
 nonpornographic sites, such as the site of the American Association of
 University Women. (AP 25 Sep 98)

                       CHINA ATTACKS ITS Y2K PROBLEM

 Although less exposed to the Year 2000 problem because its institutions
 are less computerized than their Western counterparts, the Chinese are
 determined to make up for a late start in preparing to avoid Y2K
 problems. Without specifying possible punishments for failure, China's
 State Council warned: "Senior officials of government departments and
 units that fail to solve the bug promptly and create huge losses and
 serious consequences will be investigated." (C/Net News.Com 23 Sep 98)


 Having become aware that some military Web sites were offering "too much
 detail on Defense Department capabilities, infrastructure, personnel and
 operation procedures," the Pentagon has ordered the elimination from
 those sites of all information that might compromise national security or
 endanger Defense Department personnel. A senior government official says:
 "One of the things we're finding over time is that, in this new
 environment, the distinction between classified and unclassified
 information in some respects is diminishing." (Washington Post 26 Sep 98)


 Intel Corp. and Netscape Communications have been named as "potential
 backers" for Red Hat Software, a company that distributes a commercial
 version of the Linux operating system. No one involved in the deal is
 talking about it at this point, but industry observers say the move would
 give Linux a major boost toward becoming a mainstream alternative to
 Microsoft operating systems. Netscape recently agreed to provide a Linux
 version of its server software. Intel, in the meantime, wants to keep its
 options open by investing in operating environments other than its
 mainstay Wintel alliance. "Intel and Microsoft, regardless of what both
 companies say, they don't have the closest relationship," says a research
 director at Giga Information Group. "But I think this has more to do with
 Intel's generic investment policy, which has them investing irrespective
 of whether these companies are competing with Microsoft or not. This
 investment would be consistent with past investments in that it enables a
 market for Intel and provides a potential for growth that wouldn't exist
 otherwise." (Computer Reseller News 29 Sep 98)


 A new report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
 (OECD) says that despite eye-popping projections of the future of
 electronic commerce, those numbers, when viewed in the context of overall
 commerce, are minuscule. The estimated revenue from e-commerce totaled
 $26 billion last year, but that represents only 0.5% of total retail
 sales for the OECD's seven largest economies. "There is no other area of
 technological change with such a discrepancy between the actual, current
 phenomenon and what people, policy makers and businessmen believe and
 expect from the future," says an economics professor at Maastricht
 University. "If you consider the things that are still necessary to
 really make e-commerce work, it is amazing that people are expecting
 growth anything near what they are." The projections for e-commerce
 growth in Europe are especially bleak, where inhibiting factors include
 narrow bandwidth, expensive phone calls, language barriers, multiple
 currencies and heavy taxation. Currently, an estimated 80% of global
 e-commerce sales come from the U.S., and that is unlikely to change much
 in the future. (Wall Street Journal 28 Sep 98)


 Kodak and Intel have joined forces to develop a CD that will make it easy
 for computer uses to edit and e-mail photographs. When dropping off film
 at a Kodak developing outlets, a consumer would pay an extra $8.95-$10.95
 for a CD loaded with developed photos as well as Adobe Systems imaging
 software that would allow him or her to edit the photos (enlarging,
 shrinking, brightening flesh tones, etc.) and to send the photos over the
 Internet as an attachment to an electronic message. The CD, which is
 called Picture CD, is the first product to include imaging software along
 with the photographs. (New York Times 28 Sep 98)


 Oracle has asked a federal judge to quash a subpoena obtained by
 Microsoft in an effort to get possession of documents Microsoft says will
 help it defend itself against the antitrust lawsuit brought by the
 government. Microsoft says the documents are "plainly relevant," whereas
 Oracle calls the request "far too vast" and charges that Microsoft
 "apparently believes that its status as an accused monopolist entitles it
 to use judicial process to delve into its competitors' most sensitive
 commercial information." Microsoft is seeking information about an
 alleged 1994 meeting of Oracle, Sun, IBM and other executives to discuss
 ending competition among themselves; an alleged agreement by Oracle to
 use Netscape's browser and end development of Oracles's own
 "PowerBrowser"; and a similar alleged agreement by Sun to use Netscape's
 browser and end development of Sun's own "Hot Java" browser. (AP 28 Sep

                           FLAW FOUND IN BROWSER

 A computer consultant has identified a flaw in the Netscape browser that
 would allow a malicious programmer using JavaScript to read the contents
 of another user's cache (the temporary storage on a computer's hard
 drive), and thereby get access to the user's files. However, encrypted
 information, including credit card numbers, would not be vulnerable from
 this flaw, because they are not stored in cache. Emphasizing that the
 flaw is hypothetical and that no one has reported being affected by it so
 far, a Netscape executive says the company is taking immediate steps to
 verify and fix the problem. Industry analyst Stan Dolberg says that the
 next 18 to 24 onths will amount to a normal "shakedown cruise" for
 e-commerce, and that "this kind of stress-testing is going to discover
 all kinds of flaws... Today, in and of itself, this particular flaw is
 not earthshattering." (USA Today 28 Sep 98)


 While many computer makers are adopting the direct sales strategy
 pioneered by Dell Computer and Gateway Inc., Gateway is moving in the
 opposite direction, building an empire of retail outlets. There are
 already 74 Gateway Country Stores, and CEO Ted Waitt is pushing for 400.
 But rather than stocking its bricks-'n'-mortar with a PC inventory that
 can pile up and get expensive, Gateway's stores house sales assistants
 that perform a function similar to its telephone sales force -- customers
 walk in, sit down, and order a custom-built computer. The store model
 simply enables Gateway to try to reach the 30% of computer buyers who are
 unlikely to use the Net or the telephone to make a purchase. Analysts
 estimate that the stores cost Gateway about $1.5 million a year apiece,
 but provide a more tangible profile with consumers: "It's better than
 being a nameless, faceless entity on the Internet," says an analyst at
 Gerard Klauer Mattison & Co. "Gateway's putting down some roots in
 communities. The stores come up to speed pretty quickly and earn their
 own keep -- typically within six months." (Investor's Business Daily 29
 Sep 98)


 Citing provisions of the 1996 Telecommunications Act that constrain the
 Bell operating companies from complementing their local phone service
 offerings with long-distance ones as well, the Federal Communications
 Commission has nixed a proposal by Bell companies Ameritech and U S West
 to offer long-distance service in an alliance with Qwest Communications,
 a new long-distance phone company. In order to offer long-distance
 service, a Bell company has to convince the FCC that it has opened its
 own local markets to competition, but so far none has done so. However,
 the rules in question pertain only to the Bell companies, and not to
 companies such as MCI WorldCom, which has announced a plan to combine its
 local, long-distance, and international networks to offer lower rates to
 business customers. (New York Times 29 Sep 98)


 The latest Homefront Study of online usage, conducted by research firm
 Odyssey Ventures Inc., shows increased consumer satisfaction with online
 services, with 32% of respondents indicating a favorable opinion, up from
 17% a year earlier. Odyssey president Nick Donatiello attributes the
 increase to an improved image of American Online, which, with 13 million
 subscribers, leads the industry, with 27% of PC households using its
 service. Of services based on the Web, Yahoo has maintained its lead,
 with household awareness rising to 83% in July, up from 77% in January.
 Meanwhile, Yahoo rivals Excite and Infoseek are gaining market
 awareness,with 38% and 32% respectively. (Wall Street Journal 28 Sep 98)


 The U.S. government is extending by one week Network Solutions Inc.'s
 long-standing contract to manage the Internet domain name system. The
 contract was slated to end on Oct. 1, but government officials say
 Internet policy makers need a little more time to finalize the new plan
 for a private corporation to take over the responsibility. The final
 plan, put together by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, will be
 submitted this week, but will still require 10 days of public comment
 before becoming official. Some of the organizations and individuals that
 spent the summer helping to create the plan says the Authority ignored
 reaching a consensus on certain points in making last minute changes, and
 they have submitted a competing plan that they say more accurately
 reflects the planning discussions. (TechWeb 1 Oct 98)


 AT&T and IBM are joining forces in a $2-billion deal to handle the
 telecommunications network for BancOne in what is claimed to be the
 largest telecommunications outsourcing arrangement to date. In addition,
 AT&T is in talks to acquire IBM's Global Network operation, although both
 companies acknowledge that there are other telecom companies interested
 in purchasing the unit. IBM says it hopes to sell only its
 telecommunications infrastructure, not the network management operations
 it provides to other companies. If a suitable deal is not reached, the
 company says it's prepared to make the necessary upgrades to maintain its
 network. (Financial Times 1 Oct 98)


 Motorola Inc. is unveiling its new Voice Markup Language, or VoxML, which
 will enable people to use simple voice commands over the telephone to
 retrieve information, such as banking records, stock quotes or weather
 reports, from the Web. The company plans to distribute a software
 development kit for VoxML, and hopes to make the new programming language
 an industry standard. "People don't have the time or inclination to learn
 how to program things, but they know how to speak," says an analyst with
 Cahners In-Stat Group. The new technology "could really turn out to be
 something for Internet connectivity," especially for wireless service
 providers who need to promote special services in order to differentiate
 themselves from competitors. (Wall Street Journal 30 Sep 98)


 In a challenge to the Nippon Telegraph and Telephone company, which
 currently controls more than 90% of the data communications market in
 Japan, Sony Corporation and Toyota, the car manufacturer, are joining
 forces to create a company that plans to offer businesses a cheaper way
 of transmitting data. Sony, which sees the alliance as a relatively
 low-cost way of melding the audiovisual and technology sides of its
 business, thinks its use of leased data lines will be more efficient than
 NTT's phone lines, which were designed to carry voice rather than data
 communications. (New York Times 1 Oct 98)


 Technology and management guru Don Tapscott says that today's
 state-of-the-art virtual corporation is really just a transitional
 structure that's nearly obsolete. What will replace it? E-business
 communities, which he defines as "networks of suppliers, distributors,
 commerce providers and customers that carry out a lot of communications
 and transactions through the Internet and other electronic media." The
 hub-centric virtual corporation based on the rigid core network
 technology of electronic data interchange (EDI) will yield to today's
 more flexible and robust network technologies based on the Internet.
 "Rather than building internal information systems, companies should
 embrace the Internet as a new infrastructure in the creation of wealth
 and the evolution of the business structure." (Computerworld 28 Sep 98)


 National Cable Television Association executive Torie Clarke says that
 the cable TV industry is developing plans to provide this country's
 public libraries with free high-speed connections to the Internet, with
 the general goal of wiring all public libraries nationwide. (Atlanta
 Journal-Constitution 1 Oct 98)


 International Data Corporation (IDC), a market research firm, says that
 as of July Microsoft's share of the market for browsing software has
 grown to 43.8, compared to 41.5 share for Netscape. Three years ago
 Netscape had more than 80% of the market. IDC says, "It appears that
 Microsoft's current battle with the U.S. government and Netscape's
 software giveaway have had little effect in keeping Netscape's share from
 eroding." A Netscape executive says that there are more important things
 than browser share: "What's more significant is making our portal the
 number one site" as the preferred way for surfers to enter the Internet.
 (Washington Post 1 Oct 98)


 Microsoft will launch local language versions of its Microsoft Network
 Internet service in 24 countries by year's end, in addition to the seven
 countries where MSN is currently available. "This move signals that we
 aim to be a major global presence," says a company spokesman. "We want to
 position MSN to be the useful place where people go to get stuff done
 more quickly and easily." The new sites will be created in nine different
 languages, and will serve areas in Asia, South America and Africa.
 Currently, MSN is offered in English, German, French and Japanese. (Wall
 Street Journal 1 Oct 98)


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 Georges... what a terror!  Below, in most of the pictures, you can see
 the daily tremendous cloud build-up.  It poured everyday this past week.
 Not all the time, at least an hour or two per day.  And to top all that
 off... it drizzled on and off almost all the time.  In any case, we
 would've been in the water already had it not been for all the rain.  You
 see, the bottom has to be painted with anti-fouling paint before the boat
 can be launched.  We shall see what happens next week.  Keep your fingers

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 Matt Smith, pictured above, is the head honcho of Pablo Creek Marina's
 Service Dep't.   He has more going on than a three ring circus in the
 middle of a Chinese fire drill.  As we proceed with coverage of the
 progress of Bits & Bytes, we shall delve deeper into Pablo Creek Marina
 and the excellent services they offer.  Matt is the man as far as I am
 concerned.  I'll tell you this much... no matter what the problem is with
 your boat, he'll have an answer for you.  As for the revitalization of
 the Bits & Bytes, whatever came up in the area of repairs, refurbishing,
 or customizing; Matt had the proper solution to each and every
 situation. Stop by and say hello to Matt.

 This is the time of the year the snowbird sailors start their voyages
 down the Intracoastal on their way to South Florida.  There's an open
 invitation to all ... stop by - say hello,  we're right on the
 Intracoastal just south of the Atlantic Blvd. bridge, you can even stay
 for a while.... fuel up, top off those Freshwater tanks, do other
 housekeeping chores or, just kick back have a cold one or two and enjoy
 Florida weather.  As old Tom Dooley used to say... Come on Down!

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 Above we see the Port side of Bits & Bytes.   Please note the DGPS
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 What is GPS?

       The Global Positioning System is a satellite radionavigation
       system deployed by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).  At
       power on, a GPS receiver roughly determines which satellites
       are visible and where in the sky they're located.

       The receiver tracks these satellites, and down loads precise
       satellite-position data from each one.
       Using range measurements to each satellite, the GPS receiver
       calculates position, time, and velocity.

       Because of intentional DOD signal degradation, civilian GPS
       horizontal accuracy is limited to about 100 m, with velocity
       of about 1 to 2 KT (95 percent).  This intentional
       degradation is called Selective Availability (SA) and is a
       normal characteristic of civilian GPS.

 What is DGPS ?

       The U.S. Coast Guard has installed a nationwide system of
       DGPS base stations to null-out the intentional degradation
       effects of SA.

       Each base station is a high-accuracy GPS receiver placed at a
       precisely surveyed location.
       The base station then tracks all GPS satellites in view.

       As the base station knowns its location, it calculates
       satellite range corrections to line up its known position
       with the position reported by the GPS satellites. These
       corrections are then broadcast to remote GPS receivers, which
       apply them to their satellite measurements.

       The end result: Northstar DGPS receivers provide horizontal
       accuracy of 3 meters and 0.1 KT (95 percent).

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 Item #:1 Big name backers for Red Hat Software - It seems as Intel, Netscape
 and a few other big names have decided to put their money where their mouths
 have been lately... into the Linux community... specifically in Red Hat
 Software, who still remains a private company. It wouldn't surprise me to see
 Red Hat Software go public within 6 months but I'm not sure if that's such a
 good idea or not. Anyway, the most of the computer industry media has picked
 up on the story, writing about it as a rumor before it was announced, then
 then after it was announced. I think I ran into somewhere around 15 articles
 or so but I'll spare you all that. Check out Red Hat's press release at the
 following URL:

 Intel, Netscape, Greylock and Benchmark Partners Take Equity Positions in Red
 Hat Software published an article where Red Hat details what they intend to do
 with their newly acquired investment capital and more importantly, the other
 things that come along with the partnerships that these investments build:

 Connections key to Red Hat deal,4,26946,00.html

 What I feel is a good analysis of the Red Hat situation is available as the
 lead story of this week's Linux Weekly News so check it out:

 Item #2: I decided to slap together a column this week because of the lead
 news item: Big name backers for Red Hat Software. After having read so many of
 the articles before and after the announcement of the investments in Red Hat
 software, I think the most centered or subjective view of the situation came
 from Linus Torvalds himself in an online interview. ZDTV News correspondent
 Lisa Bowman caught up with Linus and filed a 17 minute RealVideo interview.
 Oddly enough, they even kept in an outtake. Check it out for yourself at the
 following URL:,4436,2144165,00.html

 Item #3: Avalon gets bigger, faster - Remember the press release on Avalon? It
 was a Beowulf system made up of 70 DEC Alpha workstations that was set up in a
 matter of days, just in time to submit a performance standing and attain 315th
 fastest super-computer in the world? Well, they are back at it. They  have
 increased Avalon from 70 nodes to 140 nodes. This increase in hardware, given
 the linear nature of the Beowulf parallel processing model, has increased
 their performance drastically. It now runs the parallel Linpack benchmark at
 47.7 Gflops (up from 19.7).

 A new paper that details the use and performance of Avalon when it was still
 7- nodes is available at the following URL:

 The Avalon folks have also produced a FAQ which does provide updated
 performance information. You can find it at the following URL:

 Item #4: Microsoft, legal expert question Linux's free model - It appears to
 me that the FUD has started flowing... from Microsoft. It's hard to build a
 business on free software, or so they claim. I, for one, don't believe a word
 of it.,4436,2143512,00.html

 Item #5: Linux Leaps Ahead: New Developments Could Put Linux in the Limelight
 for Good - Jesse Berst, ZDNet's AnchorDesk Editorial Director wrote a piece
 where he starts off with, "Okay, I admit it. Linux could be gaining momentum
 faster than I expected." Seems like he is straddling the fence to me. Find it
 at the following URL:

 Item #6: Microsoft Windows NT 5.0 vs. Red Hat Linux 5.1 - Rex Baldazo from does a review that compares the NT 5 beta 2 with Red Hat Linux
 5.1. While his review gives Linux the winning mark, there are a few things
 that he overlooked that would have given it even more of a win. For example,
 he talks about remote administration and limits his discussion to the raw
 command line system administration as if there weren't any other way to
 administer the system. I guess he wasn't aware of the linuxconf package that
 Red Hat adopted with 5.1 that allows for complete administration from every
 display type you can think of: 1) Full screen text mode, 2) X Window System
 GUI based, and 3) WWW Form based. Even though he over looked that part, it's
 still a darn good review so check it out at the following URL:

 Item #7: Transmeta transmogrified by Linux founder - Here's a story that
 claims, without siting the source, that Linus Torvalds has helped reshaped
 Transmeta into a company that is designing a CPU specifically for Windows NT 5
 and Linux. I find this story questionable but it's all we have for info on
 what Transmeta is doing so it's worth a read. Treat it with a grain of salt

 SPOTLIGHT: Wabi Revisited

 Last column I neglected to include a screenshot of what Wabi looks like in
 action so I rectified the situation this column. Below you will see a screen
 capture from my desktop machine running the X Window System at 800x600
 resolution at 8-bit color. I packed a lot into the screenshot but that's KDE
 as the window manager.

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 As you can see, I have a number of Windows 3.xx programs loaded. I didn't
 haven't gotten around to installing any third party software Windows software
 to run under Wabi yet, so everything you see there comes with Windows 3.x. If
 you look closely enough you see: 1) the Program Manager, 2) the File  Manager,
 3) Paintbrush, 4) MS Write, 5) Solitaire, and 6) the Control Panel. I had
 Mindsweeper running too but couldn't but my display was so cramped I couldn't
 find room to put it where it too could be seen. If you look at my KDE taskbar
 you'll see button listed as "???". The windows that Wabi opens up on the
 desktop don't show up in the taskbar individually and instead show up as a ???
 button. That is to say that Wabi doesn't register all of the windows it
 creates with KDE's panel but that's not a big deal. Anyway, another look at
 the taskbar shows I'm also running a KDE terminal, and Netscape with two
 windows open. My point here is that under Wabi, MS Windows 3.x and all of the
 Windows programs you run under it are just another X Window System  window. MS
 Windows is just another program to Linux. Performance of all of the
 applications you see in the screenshot was snappy. The windows themselves look
 a tiny bit different, cosmetically speaking, then the real MS Windows windows
 but that's by design.


 That's enough for this second-week-in-a-row column. Sorry for yet another, "I
 am in such a hurry to get the darn thing out I didn't get a chance to proof
 read it very well," column so enjoy my mistakes. Thanks for reading.

 Scott Dowdle


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                    Messages * NOT EDITED * for content

 From: Frank Sereno


 Subject: Quick comment (for me anyway)

 About John Mitchell's note in the 9/25/98 issue of STR, it wasn't
 Clinton's lies about Monica that got Jones' suit thrown out. The judge
 ruled the Clinton/Lewensky relationship was not relevant to the Jones'
 suit. I wish I could remember the exact term used when it was tossed out
 of court.

 Jones' suit claimed that she suffered emotionally and that she was
 discriminated against in the work place because of Clinton's sexual
 advance. The judge ruled that there was no evidence of either and tossed
 the case. She did not rule on whether Clinton made the advance and I
 think she basically made the decision considering the allegation of the
 sexual advance as being true.

 As I understand it, there are three different stories regarding Paula and
 none are in agreement.

         * In the first, Paula claims to be offended by Clinton's
           lewd request and runs from the room in tears.
         * Clinton claims to be unable to recall the meeting.
         * The third, from the state trooper that supposedly took
           Paula to the room, claims Paula was with the Arkansas
           governor for 20 minutes, left with a smile on her face and
           then said something to the effect that if Bill wanted
           another girlfriend, he knew where to find her.

 I suppose all three could be wrong...

 But it is interesting that supposed perjury in a civil case during
 testimony that was ruled inadmissible in a case that was dismissed are
 being used as one of the main charges for impeachment of President

 Personally, I wish Clinton would resign for the good of the office and
 country. The President should be held to higher standard of moral
 character and Bill Clinton just doesn't measure up to the standards I
 choose. Al Gore is supposedly capable of performing the duties and at one
 time had a sterling reputation for his character. Of course, given the
 nature of Washington at the present, I'm sure he'll be dragged through
 the mud soon as well (at least one investigation about campaign finance
 practices is underway). I propose that Paul Simon, the former Senator
 from Illinois and proponent of bow ties, be selected to fill a possible
 vacancy in the vice presidency. I don't believe there any skeletons
 hiding in his closet.


 Frank Sereno

 Thanks for the input Frank.

 In reply:

 Before I look further I believe the word you are looking for is
 "germane" as far as the Jones dismissal ruling is concerned.

 I do not believe Clinton should resign, be impeached or, for that matter,
 be "anything" but admonished for having been stupid enough to allow
 Monica Lewensky to entice and ultimately entrap him. (The soiled dress
 being kept that way for better than six months is enough to hint at
 "setup" -- Not to mention Starr's RAT, Linda Tripp illegally taping
 Lewensky's phone calls).

 Clinton didn't do anything that any other red-blooded heterosexual male
 wouldn't do. What's the big deal?? I'll tell you what it is the
 Republican Party is trying to get even with the Democrats over Richard M.
 Nixon's "forced exit." Get comfortable with that as I'm certain history
 will bear me out to be correct.

 I'm sure you've noticed this past week that it was announced by Clinton;
 the Budget being balanced for the first time in thirty years and that a
 large surplus exists. A surplus, which by the way I also pointed out, the
 Republicans are trying to dissipate by pushing through tax cuts that
 will, in addition to benefiting only the wealthy, most assuredly, put the
 country right back in the hole.

 The Republican Party (G.O.P.) has, in pushing and bolstering the Ken
 Starr (also a rabid Republican) Inquisition, committed Political Suicide.
 As a result, some good GOP candidates are going to get trounced in the
 upcoming elections. All because the Newt Gingrich and Orrin Hatch gangs
 have been screaming for Clinton's head on a platter. What these fools
 didn't realize and probably still do not is the American Electorate the
 voters, are more sophisticated and worldly than these GOP clowns and all
 their demographic studies give them credit for. This gross oversight is
 going to cost the GOP dearly in the upcoming National Elections.

 I would not be the least bit surprised if the voters hung the GOP "out to
 dry" as some sort of a statement making it abundantly clear they are sick
 and tired of watching the GOP having wasted another four years they
 could've put to good use in helping this country come closer to solving
 its social ills. Instead the GOP blew millions on chasing Clinton not to
 mention the tens of thousands of hours of time lost peering "luridly"
 into Clinton's ever so private and personal life.

 Clinton will finish his term out and the GOP will come away with the
 Starr, Jones, Lewensky, Tripp slime all over them. The GOP lost out on
 this matter big time. When you mud wrestle with a pig, all you manage to
 do is piss off the pig and get mud all over yourself. A very wise and
 learned plain old gent taught me that idiom some time ago.


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 mood the past couple of weeks - "end of fiscal year budget blues" has
 occurred again and senior administration can't seem to make a decision
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                          AtariNews: On The Prowl




 Protector, a 2D shooter in the spirit of Defender, is making its way to
 the Jaguar. Carl Forhan has obtained the rights to the complete source
 and graphics, and estimates it to be about 80% complete. He has
 everything necessary to finish Protector, and has already made some
 improvements to the code. This game will offer rendered enemies and
 explosions, Three layers of parallax scrolling, Enhanced audio and
 in-game music, Lots of enemies in over 40 levels, and all running at 60
 frames per second! If you like classic shooters like Defender and Raiden,
 this sounds like one game you have to get!


 As mentioned in a previous AtariNews, Mark Santora is producing a video
 taped at WOA '98. It is running in at just under two hours, and there are
 a couple of added bonuses. Stephanie Wukovitz of 4Play and the music of
 BattleSphere will be producing original music for the video. And a bonus
 video clip from the future Jaguar game Protector was also added as a way
 of helping current Jaguar projects.


 In a continuation of its classic-themed handheld electronic games, Tiger
 is now offering three titles familiar to any long-time Atari fan:
 Pitfall, Keystone Cops, and Rampage. Pitfall in particular promises to be
 a "carbon copy of the original" according to text on its packaging. Check
 out your favorite toy or discount store for these new titles.


 Carl Forhan is still taking pre-orders until Sept. 30th for his new audio
 cartridge for the Atari Lynx called SFX. Check out The Lynx Domain for a
 description and ordering information.


 Atari Gaming Headquarters now has a complete recap to what happened at
 the World of Atari '98, including pictures and audio clips in the Real
 Audio format. So if you couldn't make it, be sure to check this out.


 You may have already heard about this, but there is a problem in the
 release of BattleSphere. Hasbro seems to have lost the encryption key,
 and without that, BattleSphere won't work on normal Jaguars. 4Play and a
 group of people working behind the scenes are trying to correct this
 situation. AtariNews will keep you up to date.

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    * "Wild 9"!!
    * "Deadly Arts"!
    * 3Dfx
    * Playstation vs. Nintendo 64!
    * Moody's Report!
    * And more!

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

                  Clash Of The Titans -- Nintendo vs. Sony

 Sep. 25, 1998 (Computer Retail Week - CMP via COMTEX) -- Sony Computer
 Entertainment and Nintendo of America are preparing for the next round in
 their ongoing fight for the hearts and thumbs of console game-players. As
 they step into the retail ring for another fourth-quarter bout, both
 vendors are seeking market-share victories in video game and console

 In Sony's corner, new games featuring well-known characters Lara Croft,
 Crash Bandicoot and the Rugrats aim to help the reigning champion retain
 its title. But archrival Nintendo has other ideas, as it prepares to ship
 an N64 version of its popular Zelda franchise. Industry watchers said the
 game is unlikely to deliver a knockout blow to Sony, but itcould rattle
 the champ. Sony and Nintendo threw preliminary punches this summer by
 lowering prices on their most popular consoles. In the latest round of
 cuts, Sony and Nintendo in August whittled $20 from the suggested retail
 prices of the PlayStation 7000 Series and Nintendo 64 systems, which now
 sell for $129 each. The move fueled sales at a traditionally slow time of

 Next-generation console sales increased 25 percent during the first eight
 months of this year, compared with the same period of 1997, but the
 market will likely end the year up only 15 percent, according to The NPD
 Group's TRSTS video-game tracking service, Port Washington, N.Y. Last
 year, retailers sold about 11 million PlayStation and N64 consoles, NPD
 reported. There's also evidence that Nintendo is narrowing Sony's lead in
 the market. Nintendo's unit share has steadily increased from slightly
 less than 30 percent in January to about 40 percent in August. At the end
 of August, the installed base of N64 systems was between 7.5 million and
 8.5 million, vs. PlayStation's 11 million to 12 million, NPD reported.

 "Nintendo has been much more realistic about their market position," said
 Sean McGowan, senior vice president of Gerard Klauer Mattison, New York.
 "They know where they stand, and they know what they have to
 do....They're also a lot more credible than they've been in the past."
 McGowan predicts Nintendo will sell 5 million to 6 million N64 system
 units this year, and Sony will sell at least 8 million PlayStation units.
 This would be an increase over sales of about 4 million N64s and 6
 million PlayStations in 1997.

 Headed into Q4, Nintendo is hopeful that The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina
 of Time can further lift its fortunes. A first-party action and
 role-playing game, it is expected to drive N64 hardware sales,
 particularly to game-players in their 20s who remember the franchise from
 previous Nintendo hardware platforms, McGowan said. "Zelda's going to be
 the biggest title ever for the N64," he predicted. "Each iteration of it
 in the past was a hardware driver. The 8-bit version was one of the top
 five games for that platform. People devoted their lives to solving that

 McGowan said the installed base of N64 users is large enough that a
 blockbuster title could result in sales of more than 1 million units
 during the holidays. Designed by Shigeru Miyamoto, whose credits include
 Donkey Kong and Super Mario Bros., the game follows protagonist Link as
 he travels through forests, mountains, swamps and canyons. The game's
 dynamic lighting corresponds to the changing weather, time of day and
 glow of Link's guardian fairy.

 "I hope this combination of a fantasy-adventure story, exciting action
 and magical environments will evoke new kinds of emotions in players,"
 Miyamoto said in a Nintendo press release. Zelda is scheduled to ship
 Nov. 23 with a suggested retail price of $69.95. Conversely, Sony plans
 to look for incremental hardware sales among game-players in their early
 teens by launching first-party games such as Cool Boarders 3, a
 snowboarding title, and Bust-A-Groove, an urban dancing game similar to
 last year's Parappa the Rapper, according to one product manager for a
 game distributor. The next installment of Crash Bandicoot, due in
 November, is also expected to sell well.

 Meanwhile, stalwart sequels such as Tomb Raider III and Quake II should
 resonate with PlayStation's action-hungry core audience, and new
 Electronic Arts sports games are expected to mimic past levels of
 success, according to several retail buyers. Retailers are also
 enthusiastic about Metal Gear Solid, a PlayStation action title scheduled
 to ship in October. The Konami of America military shoot-'em-up is based
 on an 11-year-old franchise.

 When it comes to deciding which PlayStation and Nintendo titles will
 knock out the competition, retail buyers and distributors look for
 consistency. As with PC games, they bet heavily on sequels to successful
 titles, and consider the vendor's commitment to television advertising
 and to producing a video game in high volume. "The bottom line is, if
 it's on TV, it's going to be a big title," said the product manager for a
 game distributor.

 Eric Johnson, senior vice president of North American marketing for
 Activision, said video games in the sports, driving, fighting and action
 genres consistently sell well, and many publishers are mixing genres in
 an attempt to provide players with new experiences. According to a
 national retail buyer, that's part of Zelda's appeal. The title's action
 elements make the game play faster than traditional "turn-based"
 role-playing games, in which players must wait for others to make a move
 before they respond. Retailers have big plans for Zelda. Electronics
 Boutique, for example, plans to bundle the Nintendo 64 system, a copy of
 Zelda (which it also will sell separately for $59.99), an EB gamepad,
 Nintendo Performance TremorPak, a Zelda strategy guide book and a
 one-year extended service plan covering the hardware for $199.99.

 The offer becomes $10 sweeter with Nintendo's Bonus Bucks coupon program
 for all the company's retailers, which began this month. The coupons,
 valid through March 31, may be applied to Nintendo 64 controllers, the
 RumblePak accessory and 23 first-party games, including Zelda. A Nintendo
 spokeswoman said the $10 rebate is an aggressive move for the
 conservative company. "That kind of pricing allows new consumers to enter
 the fray," she said.

 Prior to the August price cuts, Sony and Nintendo lowered the minimum
 price at which retailers may advertise the companies' systems. At the
 Electronic Entertainment Expo in May, Sony announced its PlayStation 7000
 series package-a PlayStation system with an upgraded Force Feedback
 controller-priced at $149. The older 5000 series PlayStation was reduced
 to $129 to clear inventory from the channel. Nintendo reacted by reducing
 the price of the N64 to $129 through September, calling it a temporary
 measure. The company held its minimum advertised price at $149.

 Nintendo in June reduced its N64 MAP to $129, which let retailers use
 that price point to draw customers into stores. Meanwhile, Sony held its
 MAP for both PlayStation systems at $149. But in August, Sony reduced the
 price of the PlayStation 7000 series to $129. Nintendo followed by
 announcing its $129.95 SRP would become permanent, and provided a further
 incentive to buy with the Bonus Bucks program.

             Moody's Says Sony Leads in Video Game Software War

 TOKYO, Sept. 29 (Kyodo) -- Sony Corp.'s PlayStation video game machine is
 outpacing its rivals amid a shift in the game industry to
 "software-driven demand" from "hardware-driven demand," Moody's Investors
 Service said in a report released Tuesday. The game industry is
 undergoing rapid change and the pace is accelerating year after
 year...The current winners are Sony's PlayStation hardware, and software
 developers which strongly allied with PlayStation, such as Namco Ltd.,
 Capcom Co. and Square Co.," the U.S. credit rating agency said.

 "The key to Sony's success lies in PlayStation's software lineup, which
 it improved through alliances with major video game software developers,"
 Moody's said, noting that more than 500 new software titles were
 developed for the PlayStation platform in 1997 alone. But Moody's said it
 is uncertain who will lead in producing the next-generation video game
 machine, as Sega Enterprises Ltd. is about to launch its 128-bit game
 machine Dreamcast in November 1998, hoping to recoup losses from sales of
 Sega Saturn, its current game machine. "The outcome of the next stage is
 unpredictable, since previous stages have proven that leadership in this
 industry is transitory," Moody's said.

               Sega Selects The Duck Corporation's TrueMotion

 NEW YORK (Sept. 28) BUSINESS WIRE - Sept. 28, 1998 - The Duck
 Corporation, a major provider of video software solutions for the
 computer and videogame industries, today announced that Sega Enterprises,
 Ltd. of Japan has licensed The Duck Corporation's award-winning
 TrueMotion(R) video compression technology for inclusion in
 Dreamcast(tm), Sega's ultimate gaming system. With TrueMotion, Dreamcast
 will provide gamers with theater-quality video sequences.

 Scheduled to launch Nov. 27, 1998, in Japan and in the fall of 1999 in
 North America and Europe, Dreamcast has been hailed in the press as "an
 amazing machine." Dreamcast features a graphics engine delivering 128-bit
 performance in 3D graphics calculations, a 64-channel audio processor
 with surround sound capabilities and modem support for point-to-point or
 massive multiplayer networked gaming.

 Dreamcast also offers developers a choice of operating systems. One is an
 optimized version of the Microsoft(R) Windows(R) CE operating system with
 DirectX(R) services. The other is a set of application programming
 interfaces provided by Sega. Both options were customized for advanced
 gaming applications and offer efficiencies in game development. With Duck
 video compression technology optimized for Dreamcast, TrueMotion delivers
 superior quality video to this revolutionary gaming platform.

 "Dreamcast's optimized architecture combines the very best features of
 console, PC and Internet gaming into one system that outperforms all
 other in-home gaming technologies. In designing Dreamcast's fundamental
 tool set, Sega turned to The Duck Corporation with its leadership in
 digital video to ensure that Dreamcast is equipped with the ultimate in
 high-performance video," said Mr. Hideki Sato, corporate senior vice
 president, Consumer Products Business Group, Sega. Dan Miller, president
 of The Duck Corporation, said: "Dreamcast, with its extremely
 high-performance architecture and unrivaled level of total system
 performance, is going to change the competitive landscape in video
 gaming. We at Duck are pleased to be a partner in this revolutionary
 development. In selecting TrueMotion, Sega has chosen to provide gamers
 with a super exciting video experience. In addition, the community of
 game developers can make their creations even more realistic, more
 suspenseful - an edge-of-the-seat experience that can come only

 Reporters covering the video game industry are eagerly anticipating the
 arrival of Sega Dreamcast. Steven L. Kent, Seattle Times video game
 reviewer, writes, "With 16 megabytes of memory, a floating
 point-optimized 200 megahertz processor and an NEC PowerVR graphics chip,
 Dreamcast is an amazing machine." In the July 1998 edition, Game Informer
 News predicts, "Right now it seems that the new Dreamcast is poised to
 make a big splash, with superfast calculating abilities and high polygon
 counts." And Dean Takahashi writes in The Asian Wall Street Journal, "By
 all accounts, Dreamcast is expected to surpass Sony and Nintendo in
 technical capability because it will use the newest graphics, memory and
 microprocessor chips."

     Attention PlayStation Gamers...Wild 9 Wants You to Push the Limits

 LAGUNA BEACH, Calif., Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Shiny Entertainment, a
 subsidiary of Interplay Entertainment Corp. and the company who brought
 you Earthworm Jim(TM), is pleased to announce the release of Wild 9(TM)!
 This single player, save the universe, action game from Shiny
 Entertainment was created exclusively for the PlayStation(R) and will hit
 PlayStaton retail shelves just in time for wild fun this weekend! As
 Wex-Major, players will join a team of nine ragtag teenagers in their
 quest to save the universe, torturing their enemies every step of the

 "The Wild 9 development team are a talented group that sought to push the
 limits of PlayStation gaming," stated David Perry, president of Shiny.
 "Wild 9 is proof that the days of simple puzzles and side scrolling are
 long behind us. Gamers want to be challenged; they want unique weapons
 systems and diverse levels that offer varied game play. Wild 9 delivers
 this kind of sophistication while never losing track of the fun factor."

 As Wex-Major, a 21st century earthling teenager lost in the midst of
 another universe playing host to a galactic war, Wild 9 players will
 venture through 13 levels in search of the evil Karn. Accompanying him on
 his voyage are a band of eight other teenage aliens whose homes and
 families have been destroyed by the evil Karn and his tyrannical
 organization of LEGM (Little, Evil, Green Men) bent on universal
 destruction. Gamers will pole-vault walls and chasms, float on air
 currents, ride a jet bike and a wild beast, launch a kaleidoscope of
 flashing hoops of fire and explosions and burn their enemies to a crisp
 using The Rig (the ultimate torture weapon).

 "Just as it should be, the Wild 9 marketing effort has been a direct
 reflection of the kind of game it is, unique and HUGE!" exclaimed Karen
 Schohan, director of marketing at Interplay. "We've created four print
 campaigns, a pre-sell video direct mail campaign, a now infamous 99 hour
 marathon gaming contest at the Playboy Mansion and a multi-million dollar
 national television campaign that begins to air October 6th. We've even
 partnered up with Sony to include a Wild 9 demo packed into every
 PlayStation game console through the holiday season. Wild 9 has merited
 the largest PlayStation marketing campaign in Interplay's history!" For
 more information about Wild 9, visit the official Wild 9 website at Better yet, head down to your local PlayStation retailer
 to pick up the complete Wild 9 experience!

                      3Dfx Gunning For Console Parity

 Sep. 25, 1998 (MULTIMEDIA WIRE, Vol. 5, No. 186 via COMTEX) -- 3Dfx
 Interactive believes its brand can transcend the PC platform in gamers'
 eyes, and is using 3Dfx-optimized software to drive sales of hardware
 featuring its chips. The company -- probably the first 3D chip
 manufacturer to recognize the crucial importance of branding -- is
 working to make 3Dfx a gaming platform in itself, alongside PlayStation
 and N64.

 "We believe strongly that software does sell the hardware," says Darlene
 Kindler, VP, developer relations. "We're keen to educate the consumer."
 Lacking the margins necessary for significant marketing dollars, the
 company instead partners with retailers, such as Electronics Boutique and
 Babbage's. These partnerships can take the form of in-store 3Dfx
 sections, for example. And this strategy is bearing fruit, the company
 claims. Sales of hardware and games optimized for 3Dfx technologies at EB
 (3Dfx's leading retailer) are approaching those of "major console
 vendors, like Sony PlayStation and Nintendo 64," 3Dfx said this week.

 That somewhat vague statement could be read as an attempt to throw a sop
 to anxious investors, whom 3Dfx warned last week could expect
 less-than-anticipated retail sales for fiscal Q3 due to a
 larger-than-expected seasonal slowdown. 3Dfx and its competitors are at
 the mercy of the retail and OEM channels, and tend to experience a lag
 time of 60-90 days, as chips make their way onto boards and into stores.
 Nevertheless, 3Dfx sales have been strong, Kindler says. "In the gaming
 community, console has been king...The fact that we're tracking and
 challenging those [PSX and N64] numbers really puts us in a platform

                    Infogrames Returns To PSX, Boosts PC

 Sep. 28, 1998 (MULTIMEDIA WIRE, Vol. 5, No. 187 via COMTEX) -- Its US
 business built largely on the back of N64, Infogrames Entertainment will
 look to PlayStation and PC for additional growth in the coming year. The
 company is on target for five times more revenue in calendar 1998 than it
 generated in 1997. With just under 20% of their worldwide revenues
 generated in the US this year, the focus is to bump US revenues to
 30-40%, VP of Sales and Marketing Mike Markey tells MMWire.

 Infogrames opted to build its US business on N64 because the competition
 is less frenetic. "The N64 market for us was [one] that we determined
 much easier to stand out in," Markey says. Mission Impossible led the
 charge, with shipments of about 600k units and sell-through of about 85%.
 3D action platform game Lucky Luke will be the company's first PSX title
 in a couple of years, Markey says. It will form part of a renewed
 commitment to PSX with "realistically four or five" titles slated to
 launch in 1999. However, Infogrames' PSX support won't equal its N64
 offerings next year, which should be between eight and 10 titles.

 PC is the slow-burner for Infogrames. At this point console represents
 65-70% of US sales, with PC the remaining 30-35%. While Markey says
 Infogrames feels confident about the company's console achievements, "Our
 real focus is to really grow our PC business and become more of a known

    Hasbro Interactive Names Gilman G. (Chopstick) Louie Chief Creative

 BEVERLY, MASS. (Sept. 29) BUSINESS WIRE - Sept. 29, 1998 - Gilman Louie,
 Chairman of the Board of MicroProse, Inc. has been named Hasbro
 Interactive's Chief Creative Officer, it was announced today. In his new
 position Louie will be responsible for developing high level creative
 concepts and product designs for Hasbro Interactive's growing line of
 interactive games. In addition, Louie will be supporting the company's
 online games initiative.

 "Gilman is a legendary game creator and visionary and we are so pleased
 he will be joining Hasbro Interactive," said Tom Dusenberry, President of
 Hasbro Interactive. "Gilman will not only provide us world class
 expertise in game design and development, but a passion for making the
 highest quality products in the industry."

 Gilman Louie has held the position of Chairman of the Board of
 MicroProse, Inc. since 1992. In 1982 at the age of 22, Louie founded the
 Nexa Corporation, an entertainment software developer that later merged
 with Spectrum HoloByte. Gilman Louie broke new ground in the simulation
 game category with his creation of the legendary Falcon air combat
 simulation, the most realistic and critically-acclaimed flight sim ever
 developed for the PC. Louie holds a B.S. in business administration from
 San Francisco State University and recently completed the AMP program at
 Harvard University.

     Konami Ships Deadly Arts, Its First "Create & Train" Fighting Game

 SEP 29, 1998, M2 Communications - Konami of America, Inc., leading
 developer of electronic entertainment for the home video game and PC game
 markets, is now shipping Deadly Arts, a unique fighting game for Nintendo
 64. With Deadly Arts, Konami makes history by introducing the first
 fighting game that allows players to create and train their own fighter.
 Gamers choose from a dozen versatile characters and have the ability to
 create new fighters, then change their physical likeness and hone their
 fighting prowess. Upon creating their fighter, players enter a training
 mode, where they can sharpen their fighting skills by defeating opponents
 and learning new moves. In addition, the myriad of realistic backgrounds
 available are interactive, allowing players to use them to their
 advantage while fighting. Deadly Arts combines real martial arts moves
 with full-polygon, 3D fighting, allowing players to go anywhere in the
 arena. "I believe this new aspect in fighting will have a monumental
 affect on the gaming circuit," said Jon Sloan, Konami's director of
 Marketing. "Not only can players choose a ready-made fighter, they can
 build their own fighter from scratch. The true 3D aspect of the game is
 amazing and adds an extremely realistic feel."

           THQ Eyes a Strike With 'Brunswick Circuit Pro Bowling

 CALABASAS, CALIF. (Sept. 29) BUSINESS WIRE - Sept. 29, 1998 - Game
 publisher THQ Inc. is looking to roll a strike with "Brunswick Circuit
 Pro Bowling," which ships Tuesday to retailers worldwide. The game is
 available for a suggested retail price of $34.95 for personal computers
 and $39.95 for the PlayStation game console. The most realistic 3-D
 bowling simulation on the market, "Brunswick Circuit Pro Bowling"
 features the sport's best known license, including 13 Brunswick pro
 bowlers, authentic tournaments, state-of-the-art equipment and family

 "No other game that we've seen compares to the realistic ball and pin
 action in 'Brunswick Circuit Pro Bowling,'" said Germaine Gioia, vice
 resident, marketing, THQ. "We set out to create a game that was both
 true-to-life and fun to play. We think we've achieved both of those
 goals." "We couldn't be happier with the game's honest bowling simulation
 aspects that will appeal to both competitive and recreational bowlers,"
 said J.T. McDonald, director of marketing, Brunswick Consumer Products.
 "This game is a strong entrant into the interactive entertainment arena,
 and provides a great opportunity to extend the appeal of the sport to new
 and younger fans."

 In "Brunswick Circuit Pro Bowling," play against, or as, any pro. Video
 introductions of each of the 13 masterful Brunswick Pro Staff bowlers --
 each with their unique bowling style -- give insight into their
 personality and approach to bowling. All of these impressive athletes
 have talent to spare, but their real genius is rolling strikes.
 "Brunswick Circuit Pro Bowling" features six options for casual fun or
 high-pressure competition: Exhibition Mode offers friendly competition
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                            PEOPLE... ARE TALKING

 Compiled by Joe Mirando

 Hidi ho friends and neighbors. Well, it's happened again... that look on
 a PC user's face when I tell them that I use an Atari. This time, it was
 an acquaintance who does system integration for a living. That's where
 you interface a machine or group of machines with a computer for the
 purpose of data recording and/or controlling the machine(s). He's a real
 wiz-kid and knows things about interfacing that I doubt that I ever will.
 And yet, he stood there agog when I mentioned that I not only still used
 an Atari, but that I access the internet with it and used it to create my
 web pages. The funny part was that he kept looking for loopholes like
 this was a game of "Twenty Questions". "Did you upgrade the processor to
 an Intel model"? "Did you switch to a Microsoft OS"? "Did you emulate a

 Of course, the answer to all of these questions was an emphatic "no", but
 he still kept on, steadfast in his belief that Intel and Microsoft were
 the only way to do anything with computers.

 You can call me a sadist if you want to (many people have), but I still
 relish 'the look'. It's always the same. It's always as if the universe
 is crashing down upon the 'expert'. True, many people do understand what
 is truly involved in these things and that all that is required is the
 proper software and some perseverance on the part of the user. But the
 simple fact is that there is so much information about computers out
 there today that no one could reasonably hope to know all of it. If
 someone did take this task upon themselves, I feel sure that one of two
 things would happen: Either the new facts would push older ones out of
 his or her ears and they would then dribble down the neck, or the new
 ones would fail to sink in and would run down the back of the head.
 Either way, they'd be all wet. <grin>

 Oh, by the way, that expert I mentioned has asked me for help in
 designing a web page for his company. Yes, I love 'the look'.

 Now let's get to the news, hints, tips, and info from the UseNet...

 From the NewsGroup

 In a message thread listing the types of internet applications that
 people would like to see, Mike Freeman posts:

 "Here are some internet programs that I'd like to see made (if they are
 already done, let me know):

   1. An ONLINE News reader/viewer/poster besides Newsie or an update to
      Newsie that can let the user define what programs to use for E-mail,
      FTP, and Web Browser. For instance, I like Newsie's News handling,
      but I'd like to use a different program like My Mail for E-mail, and
      would like any URL links in the Newsgroups to be sent to CAB instead
      of having to either deal with the incomplete browser in Newsie or
      write it down and switch programs. Perhaps allow any one of these to
      be opened automatically (if I want it to check e-mail immediately,
      for example). This would make an awesome shell program for Internet
      use. I really hate having to switch back and forth between programs
      for everything I want to do.
   2. An E-mail program that lets you print your e-mails. For one of my
      classes at the University here, my teacher sends us class outlines
      for the next lecture, which I have to print out and bring to class.
      It's a bit of a chore to once again run my E-mail program, save the
      E-mail to a file (which My Mail doesn't do - or does it and I just
      can't figure it out?), then switch to a text editor, print, then go
      back to whatever. This program should also be one that checks E-mail
      automatically every x seconds.
   3. An MP3 player and a Real Audio Player (streaming or not doesn't
      matter to me) for the Falcon
   4. An ICQ chat program for Sting.

 Then I'd be very happy!"

 Bill Platt tells Mike:

 "I believe you can use POPwatch in conjunction with Newsie. As far as
 saving the URL, enable history logging on Newsie, and use the history
 file as your default home page. You can use the reply option in Newsie to
 bring up Everest, or whatever text editor you choose. Newsie will
 automatically send the E-Mail to the editor. You can then clean it up and
 print it out Hope this helps a bit."

 Peter Rottengatter, the author of STinG, tells us:

 "Apparently Christian Anderson has taken up the challenge to write an ICQ
 client. His trouble right now is that he hasn't got Internet on his Atari
 right now, so testing will be difficult. So don't expect it to soon, but
 stay tuned."

 Jeff Brown asks about doing backups:

 "I am trying to backup the data on my Maxtor 7120 Scsi Drive, to a
 Syquest EZ135. I have a MegaST4 with an ICD Link2 adapter connected to
 the Maxtor drive and then to the Syquest. When I boot up, only the
 Syquest is accessible. If I disconnect the Syquest then the Maxtor is
 available. Is there any info available on getting these two drives
 running simultaneously? I've searched the FAQ sites and have no manuals
 or documentation on this Atari stuff. I am an Atari newbie here and any
 suggestions would be greatly appreciated!"

 Paul Williamson tells Jeff:

 "I had a similar problem connecting two Hard drives to an STe. Turned out
 in the end that they both had the same ID number. This is usually changed
 physically on the drive, maybe a switch on the case or maybe some
 dip-switches inside. My Syquest 230 can be changed by a switching
 sequence using the eject button. Having said that, it came with the
 default ID set to 4 which I suppose is unlikely for your Maxtor. What HD
 driver software do you have ? It should have a way of scanning for the
 drives and telling you what ID's they are set to. With my earlier
 software I has to "relog hard drives" before it would recognize the extra

 Kevin Dermott tells Jeff:

 "If it's any help, the ez 135 has no internal termination."

 Paul Nurminen adds:

 "Are you sure you have a different SCSI ID set for each drive? This can
 usually be set with a little numerical switch on the back of the
 drive(s). Set one to "0" and one to "1" (as an example)."

 James Haslam adds his views:

 "Generally with this type of problem on SCSI drives, it tends to be a
 clash of ID numbers. On the back of each drive, there is usually a single
 digit in a window, which can be changed using a couple of buttons beside
 it. Basically these numbers have to be different to each other. Change
 one or the other and you'll probably find it all works."

 Dan Willars asks:

 "I was wondering if it is possible to connect a PC IDE or SCSI drive to
 an STfm. How would I go about doing this?"

 Nicholas Bales tells Dan:

 "IDE is hardly possible, but SCSI is with a SCSI host adaptor such as the
 ICD Link, the Link'97 or the Top Link.

 Hundreds of questions. One answer: The Atari ST Quick FAQ."

 Alan Gauton tells Nick:

 "I was going to say the The Upgrade Shop did IDE controllers, but now I
 think about it, isn't that STe only?"

 Nick replies:

 "Yep, it is. That's why I didn't mention it. It's in the FAQ though

 Remember last week when I mentioned the latest version of NEWSie? Well
 Charles Mario posts this:

 "Version 0.92 seems to have a few bugs. I can't edit nick names for

 John Rojewski, the author of NEWSie, tells Charles:

 "Edit Nicknames was not changed in 0.92."

 Roger Cain tells John that...

 "It gives me 2 bombs when I click on the menu entry."

 Charles Silver tells Roger and the other Charles:

 "Ahhh, x-out wdialog.prg from your autofolder. Your welcome <g>. Version
 2.00 gave me some problems. Never did understand wdialog very well..."

 John replies about WDialog:

 "I don't have wdialog (any version). I just use what is built into Magic
 5.03. Do you guys have wdialog.prg and if so, what version? Can you
 remove it and remove the bombs? It may be some incompatibility with
 wdialog, but I'm quite sure there were no changes in the Nicknames
 processing. It still works fine for me."

 Frank Lockwood tells John about his setup:

 "Yes. TT030, Magic 5.11, WDIALOG 2.something and Newsie 0.92 = 2 bombs
 when accessing the Nicknames dialog. Upon removing/rebooting without
 WDIALOG, the nicknames works fine. Jury's still out whether this has any
 effect on hard disk cluster corruption/loss."

 Charles Silver posts:

 "...If someone feels that they *must* run wdialog from their auto folder,
 try version 1.98. It doesn't cause the "Nickname" bomb, at least on my
 Falcon. Of course, that may play games with something else."

 Roger Cain tells Charles:

 "Yup, that's right, Charles. I have 2.03 installed (which gives the
 bombs). I just replaced it with v1.92 and the 'Edit Nicknames' works OK."

 Trystan Negus asks about memory for his computer:

 "Having lost my STE manuals a long while ago, I have a question regarding
 the SIMM RAM: What types do STEs take? Are they readily available in the
 UK anywhere?"

 Nick Bales tells Trystan:

 "Standard 30pin 1Mb SIMMs. Any speed <120ns (ie: ANY speed), and parity
 doesn't matter. You can find them in any second hand computer shop."

 Back to the latest version of NEWSie, Dennis Bishop posts:

 " As you'll note I'm on v.88, because every time I'm done reading and
 replying to e-mail with v.92, when I close the e-mail widow, the program
 locks up on me, I can move the mouse pointer but no menus will drop down
 or anything else and all I can do to get out is hit the reset button. Is
 anyone reading this bug report?"

 Charles Silver tells Dennis:

 "Yes, we all see the posts <grin>. Ahh, try deleting wdialog from your
 auto folder, if your using it. As I've mentioned before, it seems the
 TT's have more problems with NEWSie that others. Such is life ;) Using a
 Falcon, I just can't duplicate your problem, so I can't help much. As a
 Doctor said when replying to a patient's problem. "Don't do that",
 (hehehe). Leave the box open and see what happens otherwise when you
 continue doing the dance."

 Martin Byttebier tells Charles:

 "Newsie locks on my Hades too and that without wdialog as I don't use it
 at all. I noticed one thing however. Under my usual setup, N.AES/freeMiNT
 1.15-beta-3/Thing 1.27/NVDI 5 Newsie doesn't hang. It only happens when I
 use it under singleTOS. I normally don't use Newsie but to solved a few
 problem a friend of mine had with Newsie I tried v 0.92 a few times
 offline. Guess what? 2 lost clusters (log files)."

 "Root" asks for info:

 "I have been a long time ST user, but know little about any Atari
 computers above that line. Which is better the TT030 or the Falcon?"

 Nick Bales replies to Root:

 "They are different beasts. The TT030 was designed as a professional
 workstation, whereas the Falcon was designed as a replacement of the ST
 home-computer range. The TT is a bigger number cruncher, but the Falcon
 has extra hardware that compensates.

 Basically, the main differences are:


    * Case: Mega STE style desktop case
    * 68030/32MHz complete 32 bit data path
    * ST-Ram and TT-Ram memory (I can't remember details)
    * ST and TT specific screen resolutions
    * Internal SCSI support
    * Stereo DMA sound
    * 68881 coprocessor standard (I think?)
    * TOS 3.06 (latest)
    * VME slot


    * Case: STF/STE style case.
    * 68030/16MHz 16 bit data path
    * ST-Ram memory limited to 14Mb
    * ST and VGA screen resolutions
    * Internal IDE/External SCSI support
    * Stereo DMA sound + DSP sound matrix
    * 68881 comprocessor optional
    * TOS 4.04 (latest) support for colour icons, etc...

 I'm sure you'll get other answers to complete this!"

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

                             PEOPLE ARE TALKING

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 Food for Thought..

    * If you yelled for 8 years, 7 months and 6 days, you would have
      produced enough sound energy to heat one cup of coffee.
    * If you fart consistently for 6 years and 9 months, enough gas is
      produced to create the energy of an atomic bomb.
    * The human heart creates enough pressure when it pumps out to the
      body to squirt blood 30 feet.
    * Banging your head against a wall uses 150 calories an hour.
    * Humans and dolphins are the only species that have sex for pleasure.
    * On average people fear spiders more than they do death.
    * The strongest muscle in the body is the TONGUE.
    * It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
    * You can't kill yourself by holding your breath.
    * Right-handed people live, on average, nine years longer than
      left-handed people do.
    * A pig's orgasm lasts for 30 minutes.
    * Polar bears are left-handed.
    * A cockroach will live nine days without its head, before it starves
      to death.
    * The male praying mantis cannot copulate while its head is attached
      to its body. The female initiates sex by ripping the male's head off.
    * Some lions mate over 50 times a day.
    * Butterflies taste with their feet.
    * Elephants are the only animals that can't jump. (thankfully)

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