ST Report: 9-Oct-98 #1433

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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 9-Oct-98 #1433
Date: Sun Oct 11 08:49:08 1998

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  From the Editor's Desk...

  I'm certain most will agree. "The Republican Party, The GOP, has
  indeed committed political suicide. The fools ignored all the warning
  signs and stampeded ahead with their rabid pursuit of Clinton. Its the
  same hotheaded vengeance the "Newt Gang" with their "revolution"
  exhibited in Clinton's very first year. Any fool can easily realize
  that at that point in time Gingrich hadn't a clue about Clinton's
  private life. Yet Newt was very busy from day one trying to undermine
  Clinton's Democratic Presidency.  It is sad to see the Republicans so
  busy chasing Clinton's head that they are seemingly ignoring the
  Nuclear Weapons Proliferation going on in the Mid-East.  Pakistan,
  India and now Iraq and Afghanistan have or are suspected of having
  weapons of mass destruction.   What is our government doing about it??
  Chasing Clinton's sexual life.   What .... is WRONG with this
  picture??  I'll never support or vote for a Republican again.  They
  have sold out the American electorate for useless GOP party lines and
  the good OLE boy system.  They can keep it and all they stand for.  The
  GOP is dead as far as I am concerned.  That also goes for the GUTLESS
  Democrats that backstabbed both Clinton and the voters of this nation.
  The popular opinion polls clearly mandate that this rabid pursuit of
  Clinton cease.... yet the clown politicians ignore the voters...  Well
  our time is coming.

  Sorta reminds one of the Burning Rome and Nero story, the GOP and
  Gutless Democrats horse around on the hill while the world is headed to
  nuclear hell.  Voters... make yourselves heard this November.  I know I

  Now, the time comes to say it like it really is.. History WILL bear
  these comments out to be true. The real powerhouse behind the best part
  of Clinton's troubles is the man he beat at the election polls way back
  when. A man who was coming off a major military victory, a man with
  decades of experience in how to break another man's career through
  sexual exploitation and setups and finally a man with the power, reach
  and political savvy to get all these things done smoothly and
  efficiently. There is only one man is this type of a driver's seat
  these days, that man is George H. Bush.

  One can only imagine the sheer amazement Bush was experiencing knowing
  full well Clinton was going to beat him silly in the elections. Not to
  mention the anguish and pain of tasting defeat as he came off Desert
  Storm and the end to the Cold War. I'm certain Bush was confident that
  with these major events seemingly to his Presidency's credit his
  winning a second term would be a given. But no, he lost. But did he
  really lose it all?? In the future, history will point out just how
  manipulative George was. How much he put his deep experience and
  connections from running the CIA to use in bringing about the
  persecution of Clinton.

  The more we see unfold relative to the Clinton Presidency, the more we
  see a President set up to take a terrible fall. Much like Jimmy Carter
  was setup  when he was running for re-election. The Iranian Hostage
  affair was already brought to a close but the hostages were left there
  to make Carter look so bad when in fact, the actual dealings and
  negotiations were accomplished during Carter's administration. Guess
  who was running the CIA? Who was his best buddy? Check the history of
  the affair Who was running the CIA during the Ford Administration?
  Better yet why is it that even though the Ollie North Hearings
  produced evidence that Ronnie was in fact, involved up to his ears in
  the Iran - Contra Affair nothing was done? Could it be  because his VP
  had full control of what was going on? Poindexter, however, took the
  fall. So Bush would remain clean to run in the next presidential
  election. All the fancy Republican shenanigans .. will it ever end?  I
  think not. I might add; yes, this all sounds scary. But if you take
  the time to do the research, you won't be frightened you'll be
  terrified! There are some really bad people in powerful places in this
  country's government and outside of it too but very well connected.

  Folks in Florida had better think twice about voting for "Jeb" Bush
  Who would they really be voting for? Is it true Jeb moved to Florida
  just to get a shot at running for Governor? Why is Jeb bush so tight
  with the power brokers in NE Florida?? Are they not the same power
  brokers that got Jeb all hooked up so nice with the IDEON Corp.?? A
  deal where untold numbers of people lost their fortunes in investments
  in this dead corp.. There were all sorts of calls for an in-depth
  investigation but nothing ever came of it. What's become of the CEO of
  IDEON?? Paul Cahn was the CEO at the time it failed. Jeb Bush was an
  active board member. The company failed not long after Bush joined the
  board. This matter cries out for a thorough, in depth investigation.
  What became of the investigations into Keating and the bank failures he
  was accused of being responsible for? Better yet why is it the others
  at the top in the Keating Affair were never prosecuted? Wasn't one of
  them a Bush too?

  Think twice Floridians The other problems seen with Bush is he is
  playing up to the Southern Baptist Power Brokers by yapping about being
  against pro-choice. People had better wake up or else they'll be
  condemning the young people to criminal records, interstate flight and
  death. Gun Control, while a sticky wicket, is bound to become an
  absolute nightmare with Bush he is against "cooling off" periods,
  registration and background checks. This guy is dead wrong for Florida.



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                     Town Denies Access to Web Records

 A federal judge has denied an Internet publisher the right to feast his
 eyes on so-called "cookies," computer files showing which Web sites users
 have been browsing. U.S. District Judge Thomas Higgins' dismissed the
 publisher's lawsuit last week but left a legal question up to the state:
 Are the cookies public records? Geoffrey Davidian, publisher of an
 on-line newsletter called The Putnam Pit, wanted to see the files to
 determine whether city employees in Cookeville were visiting pornographic
 and other non-work related sites on taxpayers' time. He said the city
 violated First Amendment rights by denying him access.

 Higgins last week ruled that Davidian's claim was a stretch and left it
 up to the state to decide whether the cookies are public information when
 they are stored on government computers. Davidian has appealed. First
 Amendment experts are watching the case, hoping the courts will set
 clearer boundaries for what computer information is open to the public.
 Cookies are nuggets of information that a Web site can be programmed to
 plant in the hard drives of computers. Depending on the computer, the
 files can be stored for long periods of time, leaving a trail showing
 where the user has visited.

 Evan Hendricks, editor and publisher of the Washington, D.C., newsletter
 Privacy Times, said the Freedom of Information Act guaranteeing public
 access to certain government records should cover cookies. But he said it
 may take a number of court cases to establish that. Jane Kirtley,
 executive director of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in
 Washington, said judges should consider requests for digital information
 just as they do access to ordinary government paperwork.

 "It's possible that sometimes people do get so wrapped up in the
 cyberspace component they can't see the forest for the trees," she said.
 Davidian's case stemmed from a feud with Cookeville officials that led
 him to start publishing the Pit, which focuses on government and politics
 in Cookeville, about 80 miles east of Nashville. City attorney John Duffy
 argued that because the files are created by outside software, they are
 not city property even though they are stored in city computers. Sam
 Harris, Davidian's lawyer, likened the cookies to long distance phone
 records, which are considered public under Tennessee's Public Records

             Court Papers Suggest Microsoft Fears Of Sun's Java

 Microsoft Corp. executives were worried about the threat to the company's
 dominant Windows operating software by Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Java
 programming language designed to run on a variety of computer systems,
 according to newly unsealed court documents. In a court hearing held
 almost three weeks ago and closed to the press, Sun's lawyers presented
 evidence that they allege showed Microsoft was seeking to wrest control
 of Java away from Sun. The Java language was touted in its early days as
 the software that could end Microsoft's dominance.

 Palo Alto, California-based Sun is suing Microsoft for breach of ontract
 in its licensing agreement for Sun's Java, which is designed to enable
 programmers to write a program that will run on a variety of computer
 systems. Sun, which has sought to make sure that all copies of Java are
 compatible, has argued that Microsoft is trying to "pollute" Java by
 developing Windows-only versions of Java and Java programming tools. The
 transcript of the court hearing was released late on Wednesday night by
 the U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Whyte for the Northern District of
 California in San Jose.

 In the unsealed court documents, Sun attorney Lloyd "Rusty" Day quoted
 from internal Microsoft memos about its strategy for Java. "We must seize
 control of the Java platform," Day said, quoting a Microsoft memo from
 the company's head of Java development to its top management. Day told
 the court Java scared "the hell out of" Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates.
 The Sun lawyer said that in October 1996 Gates made it clear in an annual
 "Think Week" for Microsoft top managers that the company needed to offer
 Java client applications code that would be unique enough to preserve
 Microsoft's market position.

 Microsoft's attorney, Karl Quackenbush, in a rebuttal, said "e-mail is a
 wonderful communications tool" and that people use it like they are
 having a conversation in the hall. "But while the e-mail and these
 internal documents are interesting, it's sort of background noise,"
 Quackenbush told the court. "But what the case is really about is the
 contract, what's in the products, what was done, how do they work and
 that's what we'd like to talk about." Quackenbush said Microsoft received
 a license to the technology and broad rights in its contract to modify,
 adapt, create derivative works of the technology. He said that Sun was
 trying to turn its fundamental agreement upside down.

 Quackenbush also pointed to a document created by Sun co- founder Bill
 Joy with the words "Wintel" (for Windows and Intel, the leading chip
 maker), with a big circle around it and a line drawn through it, where
 the year 2000 was written. "The gang of four that Sun organized -- Sun,
 Netscape, Oracle and IBM, all [Java] licensees -- this gang of four
 apparently spent some time thinking about how to kill Microsoft, "
 Quackenbush said, arguing that the notion that Sun was not attacking
 Microsoft's franchise did not stand up. Sun is seeking to enjoin
 Microsoft from shipping versions of its products that have Java,
 including Windows 98.

                      Microsoft Loses Fight for Access

 Two professors do not have to turn over to Microsoft tapes of interviews
 with executives from a rival software company, a federal judge ruled this
 [Thursday] morning. Microsoft had hoped to use the interviews _ research
 for an upcoming book by the two professors _ with rival Netscape as
 powerful evidence to stymie the government's antitrust lawsuit against
 Microsoft. Professors David Yoffie of Harvard University and Michael
 Cusumano of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who recorded the
 interviews, had refused to hand over the tapes and documents in which
 Netscape executives admit mistakes in their efforts to compete against

 U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns ruled against Microsoft, saying the
 professors had shown the tapes were made in confidence. Stearns did say,
 however, that Microsoft lawyers had not been on a "fishing expedition"
 when they sought the tapes to use as evidence in their own antitrust
 defense. And he reserved the right to release sections of the tape if
 necessary once the antitrust case against Microsoft goes to trial in
 Washington later this month.

 Microsoft lawyers had argued the tapes cut to the heart of the U.S.
 government's antitrust case: Did the software giant use unfair tactics to
 dominate its competitors? o win the mammoth antitrust case, the
 government must show that Microsoft crossed the line from innovation to
 calculated schemes that choked rivals and hurt consumers. It must prove
 that Microsoft used its dominance in operating systems - the software
 that runs computers - to force PC makers into installing its Internet
 browser software and exclude competitors.

 Microsoft is eager to find evidence that may show Netscape's own business
 blunders - not its allegedly illegal conduct - caused Netscape's Internet
 browser software to founder while Microsoft's grew in popularity. The
 several hours of tapes, which include interviews with Netscape chairman
 Jim Barksdale, company cofounder Marc Andreessen and more than 40 other
 employees, contain off-the-record comments, private conversations and
 admissions of strategic missteps, Cusumano said.

 The professors had said that the tapes were made with the understanding
 that they would be used for their book - not a lawsuit by a rival
 company. Jeff Swope, Cusumano's lawyer, said this morning in court
 arguments that the case hinged on academic freedom. "It's not just
 chilling. It's freezing," he said. "That's the end of research with
 confidentiality." Moreover, he accused Microsoft of laziness by going
 after the professors' interviews when the company could depose the
 Netscape employees themselves.

 The book, "Competing on Internet Time: Lessons from Netscape and Its
 Battle with Microsoft" is scheduled to appear in stores just days after
 the start of Microsoft's Oct. 15 trial.

                     Senate Defeats Internet Sales Tax

 The Senate rejected legislation that would allow states to force mail
 order and Internet businesses to collect sales taxes for them. In a 65-30
 vote Friday, senators killed a measure that would have authorized any
 state to require companies with significant catalog, mail order or
 Internet sales to collect their sales tax and send it back to the state.
 Sen. Dale Bumpers, D-Ark., the sponsor, noted that every business
 operating in a state with a sales tax must already collect and remit the
 revenue. The measure would effectively reverse a 1992 Supreme Court
 decision preventing states from enforcing sales taxes on companies
 located outside their borders, he noted.

 "If they choose to have a sales tax, the federal government should allow
 them to enforce it," Bumpers argued. But opponents, who prevailed for the
 sixth straight year, called the measure a hidden tax increase. "Since
 this tax has never been collected, there's only one way to view it," said
 Commerce Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz. The issue is sure to
 resurface as the Senate debates a broader Internet tax bill that would
 impose a moratorium on any new state or local taxes while a federal
 commission sorts out tax options for electronic commerce.

 More than a dozen states already have imposed a variety of taxes on
 online subscriptions and on transfers of data. In some cases, this has
 led to contradictions such as a tax on electronic newspaper subscriptions
 that is not imposed on the printed copies. Legislation passed by the
 House would impose a three-year moratorium on new state and local
 Internet taxes but allow existing ones to remain. The current Senate bill
 has a two-year moratorium, but that may change as a final vote nears next
 week. States are already losing $4 billion a year because of mail order
 sales and project at least $12 billion in lost annual revenue to the
 Internet, according to the National Governors' Association.

            Marketers Push To Fight "Spam," Protect Kids On Net

 Marketers want industrial nations meeting in Ottawa next week to adopt a
 global system to protect consumers from junk e-mail, which a top marketer
 calls the "cancer of electronic commerce." Direct marketing experts
 meeting separately in San Francisco next week hoped to agree a global
 code of practice to protect children using the Internet from straying
 onto unsuitable sites, said Colin Lloyd, chief executive of Britain's
 Direct Marketing Association.

 "We are trying to lay the foundations to develop an e-mail preference
 service globally, for consumers to opt out of receiving unwanted e-mail
 solicitations," he told Reuters. "We don't want to ban it because we
 think that would be closing the door to what could be a very exciting
 marketing opportunity in future." An e-mail preference service would
 operate in a similar way to services provided by direct marketing trade
 bodies for direct customer contacts through the post, telephone and fax,
 by which consumers can ask to be excluded from direct mail.

 Lloyd said that junk e-mail, or "spam," was reaching epidemic proportions
 in the U.S. Recent research found that while there was much less of it
 here, 95 percent of such messages coming into Britain originated in the
 United States. Three sites on the global computer network offered lists
 of electronic mail addresses for 10 pounds for a million names, and it
 could take just one hour to reach all one million addresses, Lloyd said.

 But unlike direct mail via the post for which the marketer pays, spam
 pushed costs onto consumers, who paid for telephone access to the
 Internet to receive such messages. Senders of unwanted electronic
 mailshots for porn or timeshares used "all sorts of tricks" to evade
 barriers thrown up by Internet service providers, Lloyd said. Cautioning
 that the technical means of creating an e-mail preference service against
 spam were extremely complex, Lloyd said, "It's the cancer of electronic
 commerce. You either kill it or cure it."

 The direct marketing community was looking to the Organization for
 Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) summit opening in Ottawa on
 October 7 to adopt the proposal as part of global guidelines to unlock
 electronic commerce. Development was also hampered by a lack of global
 agreement on issues like taxation and domain name registration, Lloyd
 said. British, American and Canadian direct marketers hoped to persuade
 colleagues at a separate meeting in San Francisco next week to agree a
 global code of practice for children on the Internet, covering privacy
 issues and content.

 "We need some guidelines to regulate the transmission of commercial
 information to children in online environments. That'll be a very big
 step." Direct marketers wanted to act in the interests of commerce,
 parents and educators, before an anticipated boom in use of the Internet
 by children in homes and schools, Lloyd said. He expected a global code
 to be announced formally in San Francisco after resolution of key issues
 such as the age of a child, commonly interpreted as less than 16 in
 Britain and Europe, but 13 in the U.S.

 Earlier this week Britain's Direct Marketing Association together with
 the Federation of Electrical Industries won $1.19 million of European
 Commission funding to develop a global system to protect intellectual
 property with encryption and digital watermarks, the DMA head said. "It's
 more important to owners of intellectual property rights but I'd be able
 to digitally direct market products all over the globe knowing that
 somebody can't steal them," Lloyd said.

             Internet Relay Hit By "Trojan Horse" Software Bug

 An estimated 15,000 users of Internet Relay Chat, a global chat network,
 have been infected with a Trojan horse programmed to retrieve a file from
 the GeoCities Web site. It's an especially ominous exploit, since it
 allows malicious users to take control of an infected machine once the
 program has landed. In an email message sent Friday to the Bugtraq
 security mailing list, GeoCities system administrator Debbie Barba said
 the company's Web servers were receiving thousands of requests daily from
 unique computers for the file, which no longer exists on its servers.

 "The specific count for one minute on Friday, September 25 at 10:17 a.m.
 was 3,522 hits," Barba said in the message. Barba said that the request
 does not use a Web browser and occurs every 30 seconds while the user is
 connected to the Internet. The requests have been building up since 18
 August-the oldest date in the GeoCities Web server's access logs-and were
 for "," a file that was stored in the directory of a GeoCities
 member. The Trojan horse currently infects Microsoft's Windows 95 and 98
 operating systems, and so far the mIRC client software is the most
 frequently used.

                   Microsoft Plans Bug Fix For Windows 98

 Microsoft Corp. will release an update to Windows 98 early next year to
 fix bugs in the computer operating system and add support for additional
 hardware, company executives said. The planned Service Pack 1 update will
 be tested beginning this month and posted onto the Internet for free
 download sometime early next year, said Kim Akers, a Microsoft product
 manager. The software release will fix several problems including the
 "date rollover bug," in which the system fails to change years if the
 computer is powered off at a critical moment just before year's end.

 The release also will incorporate Internet mail security updates that
 have been available separately. And it adds support for new hardware
 including USB modems, Akers said. Windows 98 went on sale June 25 and
 immediately jumped to the top of the software best-seller list, according
 to PC Data Inc., which estimated 1.2 million copies had been sold in the
 United States through the end of August. At least 1.5 million additional
 copies have been sold overseas, and millions more have been shipped and
 loaded onto new computers.

 While Windows 98 got a lukewarm response from critics, there have been no
 reports of glaring problems in the system, a relatively modest update to
 the phenomenally successful three-year-old Windows 95. "Fortunately the
 issues that have been reported have been relatively minor and rare,"
 Akers said. Nevertheless, she recommended that all users download the
 service pack when it becomes available. An updated version of the
 operating system also will be made available to computer manufacturers.
 The update will not include separate multimedia enhancements that were
 made available earlier.

            U.S., Network Solutions Agree On Internet Names Plan

 The U.S. government and Network Solutions Inc. reached a deal to phase
 out the company's exclusive authority to register names in the most
 popular segment of the Internet. The agreement, part of the Clinton
 administration's plan to privatize the Internet's name and address
 system, requires the Herndon, Va., company to allow competing firms to
 enter in its registration database names ending in the suffixes, or
 top-level domains, .com, .net and .org.

 While every country has its own top-level domain, like .us for the United
 States, most companies and Internet users prefer to register in the
 generic domains controlled by Network Solutions. A growing shortage of
 names in the .com domain spurred calls to reform the system over two
 years ago. Under Tuesday's agreement, Network Solutions would have until
 June 1, 1999 to create and put in place software allowing other firms to
 register new names in its databases.

 The rest of the Clinton administration's plan would establish a new
 nonprofit corporation, based in California and run by an international
 board of directors, to oversee the system. The corporation would have
 authority to bring more competition to domain name registration and to
 create new domains. Network Solutions also agreed to be subject to the
 authority of the new corporation and to provide it with databases,
 software, documentation and technical support to facilitate competition.

 The agreement was the result of months of discussions between the company
 and officials from the Commerce Department after the Clinton
 administration in July issued a final plan, called the White Paper, for
 privatizing the system. With an extension to the current agreement
 scheduled to expire, talks went until 3 a.m. on Tuesday morning and
 continued during the day Tuesday to hammer out the pact. Becky Burr,
 associate administrator in the department's telecommunications unit, said
 the agreement "delivers on the promises that the department outlined in
 the White Paper and demonstrates (Network Solution's) commitment to
 robust competition."

 Still to be worked out is a fixed price that Network Solutions will be
 allowed to charge new firms for entering registrations in its databases.
 The company said the fee will reflect its "costs and a reasonable return
 on its investment." The company currently charges Internet users $35 per
 year for each registration. Under a 1993 contract that expired last
 month, Network Solutions had exclusive authority to register domain names
 in the Internet's lucrative generic top-level domains, the two- or
 three-letter suffixes at the end of every net address. Computers on the
 global network use the domains to route traffic, like a request to view a
 Web site or an e-mail message, to intended recipients.

 With the phenomenal growth of the Internet, the Network Solutions
 database has grown as well, swelling to over 2.3 million names in the
 .com, .edu, .net, and .org domains.

                      Disney Seeks Porn-Law Exemption

 The Walt Disney Co., already under boycott by some religious groups, is
 seeking to be exempted from a proposed law aimed at keeping Internet
 pornography away from children, according to Republican congressional
 staffers. The GOP-sponsored Child Online Protection Act, the second major
 effort by Congress to protect children on the Internet, would require
 commercial Web sites to verify an adult's age before showing photographs
 or other material "harmful to minors." The House planned to vote on the
 bill today. Disney, the Motion Picture Association of America and other
 groups are lobbying Republican leaders, said the GOP staffers, speaking
 on condition of anonymity. They were pressing for language limiting the
 bill only to a company that displays online harmful material "as its
 primary or principal course of trade or business," according to lobbying

 As written now, the bill would apply to all companies that display such
 material on the Internet "as a regular course of such person's trade or
 business." "That particular loophole could easily be used by the
 adult-oriented sites to circumvent the whole intent of the law," said
 David Walsh, director of the National Institute on Media and Family.
 "You'd have to get into the definition of primary or principal." Disney
 said in a statement it "is extremely concerned that children be protected
 from exposure to inappropriate content on the Internet" and "has been
 working with members of Congress to improve the language" of the bill.

 Others lobbying for the change said they're concerned that a bill aimed
 mostly at pornographic Web sites might inadvertently snare mainstream
 sites, especially as the Internet matures into an entertainment medium
 that could include the delivery of movies. "We have concerns that the
 current language is too broad," said MPAA spokesman Rich Taylor. "We
 support changes to the language that would target and impact commercial
 adult Web sites." Disney, whose business has long been entertainment
 mostly for children, has been the target of a largely ineffective boycott
 by some religious groups, notably the Southern Baptist Convention and the
 conservative Focus on the Family.

 They object to some of Disney's policies, including providing health
 benefits to the same-sex partners of its employees, and to films such as
 "Pulp Fiction" by its Miramax Film Corp. subsidiary. Disney, with $22.4
 billion in sales last year, operates "Disney.Com, The Web Site for
 Families" through its Disney Online business, part of the company's
 massive "Creative Content" division that overall is responsible for
 nearly half its revenues. That division also covers Miramax, The Disney
 Store, home video releases and some television shows.

 But since Disney's "primary or principal business" isn't showing harmful
 material online, the company wouldn't fall under the new law if the
 wording were changed. Most other entertainment companies also would be
 exempted from the law. The Clinton administration opposes the legislation
 - at least pending a study of online pornography - saying it prefers the
 use of high-tech tools by parents over a "static, imperfect solution"
 such as a new law.

 The House bill sponsored by Rep. Michael Oxley, R-Ohio, largely parallels
 legislation offered in the Senate by Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., which is
 part of a Justice Department spending bill awaiting a vote. Congress is
 scheduled to adjourn Friday.

                      Lycos buys Wired for $83 million

 Lycos Inc. has agreed to acquire Wired Digital Inc. -- a deal which
 includes Wired's search engine HotBot -- in an $83 million stock swap.
 Beyond the search site, Lycos, will get its hands on Wired's online
 editorial properties, which include Wired News, Suck, HotWired and
 Webmonkey. "The acquisition of the industry-defining Wired Digital
 further fortifies our position as a premier media company," said Lycos
 CEO Bob Davis said in a release. "In addition to gaining quality products
 and an incredibly talented group of people, the pioneering spirit of
 Wired Digital, its high-profile brands and added reach elevate the Lycos
 multi-brand network strategy to a new level."

 Lycos said that users of its search engine and the HotBot engine do not
 generally overlap. It estimated that by combining the search and
 editorial properties, Lycos' would now reach about 40 percent of the Web
 audience. Lycos will give Wired shareholders $83 million in Lycos stock
 at the close of the deal, expected later this year, as well as an
 undisclosed amount of stock equal to Wired's cash on hand. Lycos will
 also assume Wired Digital's stock plan. Wired will keep its San Francisco
 headquarters and operate as a unit of Lycos, based in Waltham, Mass. Beth
 Vanderslice, president of Wired, will report directly to Lycos' Davis.

 The deal marks the end of Wired's repeated attempts to go it alone on the
 Internet. Wired started as an offshoot of Wired Magazine, which was sold
 in May to Advance Magazine Publishers/Conde Nast for $75 million. That
 deal ended more than a year of financial ups and downs for the pioneering
 publication, one of the first media companies to bring the Internet and
 the Web to a mass-market audience. Wired Ventures Inc. had tried twice to
 go public. At the time of the Conde Nast deal, the online properties
 which later became Wired Digital were generating $3.4 million in revenue
 and were expected to be profitable by the end of the year. The deal also
 marks yet another combination of content with directory technologies.

 Lycos' competitors in the portal world have been signing deals right and
 left with media companies. Infoseek Corp. received an investment earlier
 this year from the Walt Disney Co., and the two will launch an online
 service later this year. And, General Electric's NBC division recently
 acquired part of Snap! the online directory started by CNet Inc. But
 analyst Andrea Williams, at Volpe Brown Whelan in San Francisco, says
 that while Wired's editorial sites have a following, the real hits come
 from HotBot. She applauded the deal, saying that Lycos has been
 successful at buying up Web properties like community sites Angelfire and
 Tripod, to expand its reach.

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 EDUPAGE STR Focus Keeping the users informed


  States Launch EMall Initiative    WVU Adopts Digital Dissertation

  Marketers Take Aim At Spam        Stemming The Flow In Leaky

  Internet Sales Tax Bill Defeated  Feminist Group Supports Library
  In Senate                         Software Filtering

  Blank Spaces In Microsoft
  Antitrust Case                    Congress Likely To Pass Tech Bills

  Banking Network Will Trim
  Check-Handling Costs              IBM Wins Minitel Deal

  Micro-Lattice Sparks Optical      Getting The Word To The World Wide
  Communications                    Web

  Justice Department Wants More     FTC Wants Info On Cisco Meetings With
  Data From Microsoft               Two Competitors

  Bandwidth Boom                    Congress Makes Another Try To Contain
                                    Net Pornography

  Ad Blitz Promotes Privacy On The  Bertelsmann Invests In

  CDnow-N2K To Merge                Long Distance Internet Connections
                                    May Cost More

  Computers Instead Of Cash On
  Cal. State Campus                 Cable-Ready Computers From Dell

  Andy Grove On The Future-The
  Net-The iMac


 Seven state governments are teaming up to test an Internet-based
 procurement system called EMall. During the six-month pilot, the
 Massachusetts-led initiative will handle 50 to 100 orders a day for
 office supplies, computer hardware and software, and lab and scientific
 equipment. Participating suppliers include Dell, Gateway, Micron
 Technology, Software Spectrum, VWR Scientific, W.W. Grainger and Xerox.
 The other participating states are Idaho, New York, South Dakota, Texas,
 Utah and Washington. "The Internet opens the gates between states for
 ways to do business better," says Massachusetts' deputy state purchasing
 agent. "Before the Internet, there was no common place to go." With a
 combined purchasing power of $6 billion annually for maintenance, repair,
 operations and supplies, the project is touted as potentially the largest
 public-sector Web-purchasing effort to date. (Information Week 2 Oct 98)


 Starting this semester, graduate students at West Virginia University are
 required to submit their dissertations and theses electronically. The
 university follows the example of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and
 State University, which instituted a similar rule last year. Unlike
 Virginia Tech's experience, the move by West Virginia U. has been met
 with approval by faculty and students. Some Virginia Tech students had
 worried that after submitting their papers online to a database open to
 the public, their works would be considered "published" by scholarly
 journals, which would then refuse to print them. Since then, the school
 has given students the option of submitting them to a database accessible
 only by students, professors and staff members. West Virginia U. says it
 is considering setting up a similar system. (Chronicle of Higher
 Education 2 Oct 98)

                         MARKETERS TAKE AIM AT SPAM

 Marketing experts meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland say they want industrial
 nations to adopt a global system to fight junk e-mail. "We are trying to
 lay the foundations to develop an e-mail preference service globally, for
 consumers to opt out of receiving unwanted e-mail solicitations," says
 Colin Lloyd, CEO of Britain's Direct Marketing Association. "We don't
 want to ban it because we think that would be closing the door to what
 could be a very exciting marketing opportunity in the future." The system
 would work in a similar fashion to the lists that consumers can pay to
 have their names added to, requesting that no direct mail be sent to
 their address. Lloyd says spam has reached epidemic proportions in the
 U.S.: "It's the cancer of electronic commerce. You either kill it or cure
 it." (Reuters 2 Oct 98)


 Chipmaker Power Integrations Inc. has developed a new chip it says can
 cut up to 90% of the electrical power that is drained by appliances such
 as TVs and battery chargers that use electricity even when turned off.
 The TinySwitch can sense when the AC adapters used to recharge cordless
 appliances are inactive, and shuts them down. Calculating that the
 average home contains five to 10 such appliances, the company predicts
 annual savings that could exceed $1 billion. Nokia Corp. plans to use the
 chips in future AC adapters for phones and other products. The switch
 could also be used to cut the power drain from PCs and cable set-top
 boxes by 30%. (Business Week 5 Oct. 98)


 Although the issue will certainly rise again, the U.S. Senate has for the
 time being rejected, 65-30, an attempt to allow any state set a
 requirement for companies with significant Internet, catalog, or mail
 order sales to collect their sales tax and send it back to the state.
 Opponents such as Commerce Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) said
 the measure was a hidden tax increase: "Since this tax has never been
 collected, there's only one way to view it." (USA Today 2 Oct 98)


 In a case testing the use of software filters to block pornography in
 public libraries, the Dulles, Va., chapter of the National Organization
 for Women (NOW) has filed a friend-of-the-court brief to support the idea
 of filtering. The NOW brief says that "explicitly or constructively
 forcing librarians to deal with displays of pornography could result in
 the development of a hostile or abusive workplace." Opponents of
 filtering include the American Civil Liberties Union, which says that
 libraries have always had adequate policies for addressing misbehavior by
 patrons, and that the use of filtering to censor cyberspace is not the
 way to protect librarians. (New York Times Cybertimes 2 Oct 98)


 Under a judge's protective order, hundreds of pages in public legal
 filings in the government's antitrust case against Microsoft are riddled
 with blank spaces to block out material considered confidential by
 Microsoft or its competitors. Washington lawyer Bruce D. Brown says this
 level of secrecy makes it difficult for reporters and the public to see
 what's going on: "It brings home ... how easy it is to shield documents
 from public view." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 3 Oct 98)


 Pending legislation on Internet copyright law, taxes and employment is
 likely to be passed before Congress adjourns for the November elections,
 says the director of technology policy at the National Association of
 Manufacturers. "More legislation is passed in even years with elections.
 There is also now some increased understanding by Congress of the
 importance of a networked kind of economy. Likewise there's an increased
 awareness by high-tech companies they must get involved with Washington."
 The Senate and House both passed the Year 2000 Information and Readiness
 Disclosure Act last week, and the Senate also voted to move the Internet
 Tax Freedom Act forward with limited debate. Attached to that bill may be
 other legislation that allows digital signatures to replace ink-on-paper
 in some cases.Meanwhile, a compromise bill allowing more foreign
 high-tech workers on H1-B visas passed the House last week. (TechWeb 4
 Oct 98)


 A newly formed banking consortium is setting up an electronic network
 that will enable banks to exchange check data, saving its 12 members as
 much as $900 million in check processing costs over the first five years.
 The new system will mean that checks will still be processed manually,
 but only once -- then that data will be available electronically to other
 banks participating in the system. Members of the consortium are
 BankAmerica, Bankers Trust, Bank of New York, Chase Manhattan Bank,
 Citibank, European American Bank, First Chicago, First Union National
 Bank, Fleet Bank, Marine Midland Bank, Norwest Bank and Republic National
 Bank of New York. (Los Angeles Times 5 Oct 98)

                           IBM WINS MINITEL DEAL

 In a deal with France Telecom, IBM will develop software and services to
 bring Web access to France's 35 million Minitel subscribers. The move is
 a major part of France's efforts to jump-start its population to become
 more active on the Internet. Currently, only about 3% of the French
 population uses the Internet, compared with 20% in the U.S., and 9% in
 the U.K. and Germany. In addition to upgrading the aging Minitel, both
 France Telecom and IBM will jointly market the new Java-based system to
 national telecommunications providers in other countries. (Wall Street
 Journal 6 Oct 98)


 Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories have developed a micro-lattice
 of woven silicon slivers that can bend light in the infrared range,
 permitting improved transmission of light-based data, such as images. The
 device is considered a key component needed in the development of an
 optical -- or photon-based -- computer that would be capable of running
 faster and cooler than today's electron-based ones. (Investor's Business
 Daily 5 Oct 98)


 Motorola, SAP, Visa, Broadvision, and the Nuance Communications unit of
 SRI International have formed an alliance to extend the Voice Markup
 Language (VoxML) speech recognition standard to various commercial
 applications. Called V-Commerce, the new standard will allow people to
 use voice commands to interact with the World Wide Web or corporate
 Intranets via phone, pager, or personal computer. Nuance chief executive
 Ron Croen says, "So far, electronic commerce has been constrained by the
 PC. We're intent on making the audience larger by an order of magnitude."
 Visa has created some prototype applications for financial services,
 including credit card activation, lost and stolen card replacement,
 travel planning, voice banking, and bill payment. (New York Times 6 Oct


 Saying Microsoft has turned over data from only two of a much larger
 group of databases, the U.S. Justice Department is asking the federal
 judge presiding over its antitrust case against that company to open up
 databases containing information on its operating systems, royalties,
 sales forecasts and actual revenues. Microsoft says it has already
 complied with the government's requests: "We provided the government with
 all the data they requested and we even offered to run any data query the
 government wanted, recognizing how complex these databases are. The
 government refused our offers to assist them. We provided all of the data
 they requested and now they're coming back and saying they can't read it
 and saying that's Microsoft's fault." (San Jose Mercury News/Reuters 5
 Oct 98)


 Antitrust regulators in the Federal Trade Commission are looking into
 meetings Cisco Systems executives had with executives of rival companies
 Lucent Technologies and Nortel Networks, to determine whether Cisco
 illegally tried to divide up the market for communications hardware
 systems. Cisco promises to "cooperate fully," and says it views the
 inquiry as a "preliminary and routine matter." (USA Today 5 Oct 98)

                               BANDWIDTH BOOM

 Industry analysts see a communications bandwidth boom on the horizon,
 with AT&T, WorldCom and Mindspring making major enhancements to their
 networks and with four other companies (Qwest, Level 3, ITXC, and
 Williams Communications) building "the equivalent of 80 AT&Ts" (according
 to North River Ventures). Whereas in 1985 it took six fibers in a
 fiber-optic line to broadcast a football game, one fiber today could
 handle such 700 such broadcasts. Experts say that these developments
 could drive the cost of a long-distance phone call to 1 cent a minute
 within a year, and should soon thereafter make possible full-fledged TV
 over the Internet. (USA Today 8 Oct 98)


 To limit online pornography and protect children navigating the Internet,
 the House of Representatives has voted to require companies with Web
 sites offering "obscene or indecent material" to demand that their
 customers give a credit card number, adult access code, or "any other
 reasonable measure" to prove they are at least 16 years of age. Some
 comments made during the Congressional debate: Michael Oxeye (R-Ohio):
 "Unfortunately, the Web is awash in degrading smut." Barney Frank
 (D-Mass.): "This will further erode the notion of freedom of speech."
 John Micatin (R-Ariz.): "There may be some questions about the bill's
 constitutionality. Fine, we'll let the courts decide that." (AP 8 Oct 98)


 In an upcoming advertising blitz organized by the nonprofit organization
 Trustee, along with AOL, Yahoo, and other firms, the Internet industry
 will be attempting to demonstrate that it can effectively protect
 individual privacy rights online without new federal regulation or laws.
 However, there are some privacy advocates who are unenthusiastic about
 the blitz, because they believe that the government has a role to play in
 protecting individual privacy online. (Washington Post 7 Oct 98)


 German media giant Bertelsmann AG is buying a 50% stake in bookseller
 Barnes & Noble's online business, Following the
 announcement, Barnes & Noble said it would temporarily postpone its
 planned initial public offering of its online unit. "It does provide a
 deep-pocket investor at a time when the notion of going public is a
 little bit more uncertain in these markets," says an analyst with J.P.
 Morgan Securities, who adds that Bertelsmann has "everything except a
 brand name and Barnes & Noble is probably the biggest brand name in
 books. The combination is going to be terrific." Bertelsmann owns BMG
 Entertainment, which includes Arista Records and RCA Records, as well as
 Bantam Doubleday Dell and Random House. The deal is expected to help obtain exclusive book deals, as well as expand into
 music and video sales. (Los Angeles Times 7 Oct 98)

                            CDNOW, N2K TO MERGE

 Online music retailers CDnow and N2K are engineering a merger that will
 consolidate operations under the CDnow moniker, considered to be the more
 recognizable of the two names. The two companies were pioneers in the
 online music business, a field that is projected to grow to $1.8 billion
 in annual sales by 2001, up from $71 million today. N2K specializes in
 music genres such as classical, jazz and country, whereas CDnow has built
 its reputation on its MTV relationship and expertise in pop and rock. "It
 makes sense to basically come up with one million customers overnight,"
 says one new media analyst. If they continue to just compete against one
 another, he adds, "the big threat out there is, does eat their
 lunch?" (Wall Street Journal 7 Oct 98)


 MCI WorldCom Vice Chairman John Sidgmore told attendees at a conference
 in England Wednesday that customers expecting to pay low prices for
 high-speed, long-distance Internet connections may be disappointed. "The
 idea of a 2-Mbps access for 25 pounds [$42.50] per month -- we can
 probably do that for access to local content. But the problem is long
 distance. We're not going to provide a full 2-Mbps pipe between Frankfurt
 and Denver for 25 pounds per month." The problem is significant for
 Internet users outside the U.S., because most of the Internet's content
 currently is housed on U.S. servers. To lower prices for that access,
 Sidgmore suggested that more companies use caching and mirror technology
 to offer U.S. content on local sites. In addition, he predicted that
 content "growth in Europe will outpace U.S. over the next few years."
 (TechWeb 8 Oct 98)


 California State University at San Marcos is offering needy students
 computers rather than tuition money as part of a new scholarship program.
 The students receive a laptop, a set of software and technical training.
 If they graduate, they get to keep the computer. "We're a very high-tech
 university with a lot of low-income students," says the school's
 financial-aid director. "We have been wrestling with a problem of the
 'have/have-not.'" The university requires all students to demonstrate
 computer literacy during their first year. (Chronicle of Higher Education
 9 Oct 98)


 Dell Computer is outfitting some of its Dimension PCs with cable modems,
 in an alliance with @Home Corp., which offers its customers speedy
 Internet access via cable. @Home currently has 147,000 subscribers in
 select areas of the country, and plans to become more widely available
 next year. (Bloomberg News 8 Oct 98)


 Intel chairman Andy Grove thinks that the extremely rapid growth of the
 Internet is leading the industry into "the Valley of Death" -- a
 destructive period in which "the technology will change and the devices
 will change." He says computers are essentially designed as standalone
 general-purpose devices to which networking has been added as an
 afterthought, whereas future computers will have to be designed as
 networking machines that also do computing. What would they be like? "The
 iMac embodies a lot of the things I'm talking about. Sometimes what Apple
 does has an electrifying effect on the rest of us." (Time 5 Oct 98)

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 by Frank Sereno

                         The Kids Computing Corner

                     Computer news and software reviews
                       from a parents point of view

 In deference to the late Gene Autry, "Im back in the saddle again." Ive
 been on a long hiatus, but Im ready to get back on track. The birth of
 our youngest child really made some big lifestyle changes. Despite having
 two older boys, we werent fully prepared for Nathans arrival last
 December. The entire family has settled into a new routine and I should
 be a regular contributor to STReport once again. Please feel free to send
 any questions, comments or suggestions to It is an
 honor and a priviledge to be writing this column again.

 Im hoping to have a software review of Knowledge Adventures Print
 Artist Craft Factory ready for next week. As a preview, Craft Factory is
 a fun and easy program that will have your children creating crafts,
 cards, stickers and more in less time than it will take to read this
 column. With cooler weather and the holidays ahead of us, children will
 have more time and plenty of inspiration to create party decorations,
 invitations and gifts.

                                In the News

                            Dr. Brain on the WEB

 If you are looking for a fun and educational web site for your child, be
 sure to check out the newest offering from Knowledge Adventure. Its the
 Dr. Brain Thinking Games web site at With cool
 games and neat extras, it also features a boffo contest. Children who are
 victorious in an online game can then enter the "Win the Ultimate Game
 Room" contest. The grand prize features a state of the art computer,
 hardware accessories and a terrific software bundle. The value of this
 package is $6500. Additionally, twelve first prize and 120 second prize
 winners will receive Knowledge Adventure software titles. The contest
 will end on December 6, 1998.

 If you remember Dr. Brain from his days with Sierra, he was an eccentric,
 older gentleman with white hair. The new Dr. Brain is a hip, young dude
 with a shock of red hair. The new Doctor is the star of two new CD-ROMs
 from Knowledge Adventure. The first is Dr. Brain Thinking Games: IQ
 Adventure and the second is Dr. Brain Thinking Games: Puzzle Madness.
 Both games are aimed at children ages nine and up, although Im sure many
 parents will enjoy the challenging puzzles, 3D graphics and compelling
 storylines. The titles will retail for about $30 and be available at many
 computer retailers and discounters.

                         Travel the World with Timmy

 Edmark recently released its newest early learning product. Travel the
 World with Timmy takes children ages four to seven on journeys to three
 distinct countries. Children have the opportunity to learn about the
 customs, languages and cultures in order to understand the worlds

 Timmy, a friendly alligator, travels by hot-air balloon to Argentina,
 Japan and Kenya. Children can engage in many activities including
 singalongs of native songs and playing problem-solving games. Other
 activities are writing stories and making crafts. The program features
 colorful graphics and an easy-to-use interface.

 Edmark promises that Travel the World with Timmy will build valuable
 learning and social skills. The program is available for both Windows and
 Macintosh with a price of $29.95.

                            High School Success

 Knowledge Adventure and Kaplan Educational Centers have combined talents
 to create a comprehensive program to increase students skills and
 knowledge, High School Success. Designed for youngsters ages twelve and
 older, it features four CD-ROMs filled with diagnostic tests and
 interactive lessons on grammar, vocabulary, math and reading
 comprehension. It also includes desktop publishing, paint and video
 capabilities for creating presentations or reports.

 Students will first take assessment tests to determine their skill
 levels. High School Success will then generate individual lesson plans to
 improve the students weaknesses. The program tracks each students
 progress. Once a student has completed his personalized lesson plan, he
 can take the assessment test again to determine his progress.

 High School Success is available for the Macintosh and Windows computers
 with a suggested retail price of $40.

                Kids! Spanish Ships from Syracuse Language

 Kids! Spanish promises to be fun and easy to teach youngsters a second
 language. Designed for children ages six to ten, it requires no
 keyboarding or reading skills. Children can learn over four hundred
 Spanish words and phrases in thirty-seven colorful activities. Skills
 learned include speaking, listening comprehension, pronunciation,
 vocabulary and grammar. The program features a record/playback feature to
 compare their pronunciation to that of native speakers.

 Experts agree that an early introduction to additional languages makes
 for better pronunciation skills, increased fluency and better retention.
 If you want to learn more about Kids! Spanish, more information is
 available on the Web at or you can call
 1-800-797-5264. The program is available for Windows on CD-ROM at around

                    Apple Giving Away iMacs and Software

 Each day during October, Apple Computer will be giving away a new iMac
 computer to celebrate Computer Learning Month. Teachers, school board
 members and PTO/PTA members can register on Apples website at So, if your school could use new
 computer equipment or software, be sure to register as soon as possible.

                    Britannica Online Features Dinosaurs

 Starting this week, Britannica Online is highlighting an incredible
 dinosaur exhibit at With stunning
 animations, detailed drawings, expert photography and interactive
 content, the site gives new details on the lives of dinosaurs and how the
 experts perceptions have changed over the years. If your child has an
 interest in dinosaurs, this will be a favorite website.

                  Take Your Children on the Internet Week

 Women in Technology International (WITI) will participate in Take Your
 Children on the Internet Week (October 26 through November 1) by hosting
 a series of educational activities from the organizations website at Children and parents will be able to participate in a
 World Wide Web scavanger hunt, building home pages, participate in an
 interactive story and to write a scary story.

 Prizes will be given to some participants. Among the sponsors last year
 were Apple Computer, AT&T, Broderbund, Disney, The Family Channel, Intel,
 Microsoft and many more. This years sponsors include IBM, Microsoft and
 New Horizons Computer Learning Center. To participate in this years
 activities, simply go to the WITI website anytime between October 26 and
 November 1, 1998.

           Edmark Announces Lets Go Read! 2: An Ocean Adventure

 With cuddly and colorful characters, Edmark teaches five to seven
 year-olds how to read in Lets Go Read! 2: An Ocean Adventure, a CD-ROM
 for Windows and Macintosh computers. Robby the Raccoon and Emily the
 Squirrel will host children through a series of activities will teach
 your child with phonics, pictures and spoken words. In addition, the
 program features IBM. Speech Recognition. With this technology, the
 computer can actually monitor your childs words and then respond.

 The adventure begins when Paige the Bookworm and the Bookmobile are
 somehow lost at sea. Your child must rescue Paige and the Bookmobile by
 participating in a series of underwater adventures. Along the way, they
 will meet new friends such as Manray the Manta Ray, Marvin the Whale and
 Ernie the Eel. Lets Go Read! 2 features eleven learning locations and
 nine interactive electronic stories.

 Lets Go Read! 2: An Ocean Adventure will be available later this month
 with a suggested retail price of $39.95. It will be widely available at
 computer stores or it can be ordered online at Edmarks website at A teachers version with supplemental materials
 will also be available. More information can be obtained at the website
 or by calling Customer Service at (800) 691-2985.


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 advice and workmanship.  They're among the very best in my book.

                            MORE.... about DGPS

 The global positioning system is a satellite-based navigation system
 consisting of a network of 24 orbiting satellites, eleven thousand
 nautical miles in space, in six different orbital paths. The satellites
 are constantly moving, making two complete orbits around the Earth in
 just under 24 hours. If you do the math, that's about 1.8 miles per
 second. Now that's really moving!

 The GPS satellites are referred to as NAVSTAR satellites. Of course, no
 GPS introduction would be complete without learning the really neat stuff
 about the satellites too!

 The first GPS satellite was launched way back in February, 1978. Each
 satellite weighs approximately 2,000 pounds and is about 17 feet across
 with the solar panels extended. Transmitter power is only 50 watts, or
 less! Each satellite transmits on three frequencies. Civilian GPS uses
 the 'L1' frequency of 1575.42 MHz. Each satellite is expected to last
 approximately 10 years. Replacements are constantly being built and
 launched into orbit. The GPS program is currently funded with
 replacements through 2006. The orbital paths of these satellites take
 them between roughly 60 degrees North and 60 degrees South latitudes.
 What this means is you can receive satellite signals anywhere in the
 world, at any time. As you move closer to the poles (on your next North
 Pole expedition!), you will still pick up the GPS satellites. They just
 won't be directly overhead anymore. This may affect the satellite
 geometry and accuracy--but only slightly.

 One of the biggest benefits over previous land-based navigation systems
 is GPS works in all weather conditions. No matter what your application
 is--when you need it the most, when you're most likely to get lost--your
 GPS receiver will keep right on working, showing right where you are!

 So what information does a GPS satellite transmit? The GPS signal
 contains a 'pseudo-random code', ephemeris (pronounced: ee-fem-er-is) and
 almanac data. The pseudo-random code identifies which satellite is
 transmitting--in other words, an I.D. code. We refer to satellites by
 their PRN (pseudo-random number), from 1 through 32, and this is the
 number displayed on a GPS receiver to indicate which satellite(s) we are
 receiving. So why there are more than 24 PRN numbers? This simplifies
 maintenance of the GPS network. A replacement satellite can be launched,
 turned on, and used before the satellite it was intended to replace
 actually fails! They simply use a different number (again from 1 through
 32) to identify the new satellite.

 Ephemeris data is constantly transmitted by each satellite and contains
 important information such as status of the satellite (healthy or
 unhealthy), current date, and time. Without this part of the message,
 your GPS receiver would have no idea what the current time and date are.
 This part of the signal is essential to determining a position, as we'll
 see in a moment.

 The almanac data tells the GPS receiver where each GPS satellite should
 be at any time throughout the day. Each satellite transmits almanac data
 showing the orbital information for that satellite AND for every other
 satellite in the system.

 By now the overall picture of how GPS works should be getting much
 clearer. (Clear as mud, right?) Each satellite transmits a message which
 essentially says, "I'm satellite #X, my position is currently Y, and this
 message was sent at time Z." Of course, this is a gross
 oversimplification, but you get the idea. Your GPS receiver reads the
 message and saves the ephemeris and almanac data for continual use. This
 information can also be used to set (or correct) the clock within the GPS

 Now, to determine your position the GPS receiver compares the time a
 signal was transmitted by a satellite with the time it was received by
 the GPS receiver. The time difference tells the GPS receiver how far away
 that particular satellite is. If we add distance measurements from a few
 more satellites, we can triangulate our position. This is exactly what a
 GPS receiver does. With a minimum of three or more satellites, your GPS
 receiver can determine a latitude/longitude position--what's called a 2D
 position fix. With four or more satellites, a GPS receiver can determine
 a 3D position which includes latitude, longitude, and altitude. By
 continuously updating your position, a GPS receiver can also accurately
 provide speed and direction of travel (referred to as 'ground speed' and
 'ground track').

 First the good news; now the bad news! What makes a GPS receiver perform
 below its best capability or accuracy? There are several items which add
 error to your GPS position, preventing you from achieving the best
 possible accuracy. The first of these items, and the largest source of
 position error, is Selective Availability (or SA). SA is an
 intentionally-imposed degradation in the accuracy of civilian GPS by the
 U.S. Department of Defense. Under SA, GPS accuracy can be degraded to a
 maximum of 100 meters (328 feet). Of course, they don't typically degrade
 GPS accuracy to that level, but errors of 30 meters or more are not

 Why does SA exist? GPS was originally designed and built for military
 applications. As the system evolved, many folks realized that it has
 numerous civilian applications as well. By presidential proclamation,
 Ronald Reagan declared in the early 1980s that GPS would be made
 available to everyone--with the exception that the best accuracy would
 still be reserved for the military. Since that time, satellites capable
 of being degraded with SA have been launched regularly. Today, all GPS
 satellites are capable of and subject to SA degradation. The rationale
 behind SA is to deny hostile military or terrorist organizations the
 maximum accuracy benefits of GPS.

 Another factor affecting GPS accuracy is satellite geometry. In simple
 terms, satellite geometry refers to where the satellites are located
 relative to each other (from the perspective of the GPS receiver). If a
 GPS receiver is locked onto four satellites and all four of these
 satellites are in the sky to the north and west of the receiver,
 satellite geometry is rather poor. In fact, the GPS receiver may be
 unable to provide a position reading! Why? Because all the distance
 measurements are from the same general direction. This means
 triangulation is poor and the common area where these distance
 measurements intersect is fairly large (i.e., the area where the GPS
 receiver thinks our position is covers a large space, so pinpoint
 positioning is not possible). In this scenario, even if the GPS receiver
 does report a position, accuracy will not be very good (maybe off as much
 as 300-500 feet).

 With those same four satellites, if we spread them out in all directions,
 our position accuracy improves dramatically. Suppose these four
 satellites are separated equally at approximately 90 degree intervals
 (north, east, south, west). Now satellite geometry is very good since
 distance measurements are from all directions. The common area where all
 four distance measurements intersect is much smaller, meaning we're much
 more certain where our exact position is. In this scenario, even with SA,
 our accuracy may be within 100 feet, or better.

 Satellite geometry also becomes an issue when using a GPS receiver in a
 vehicle, near tall buildings, or in mountainous or canyon areas. When the
 GPS signals are blocked from several satellites, the relative position of
 the remaining satellites will determine how accurate the GPS position
 will be (and the number of remaining satellites will determine if a
 position can even be determined). As more and more of the sky is
 obstructed by buildings or terrain, it becomes increasingly difficult to
 determine a position. A quality GPS receiver indicates not only which
 satellites are available for use, but where they are in the sky (azimuth
 and elevation) so you may determine if the signal of a given satellite is
 being obstructed.

 Another source of error is multipath. Simply put, multipath is the result
 of a radio signal being reflected off an object. Multipath is what causes
 'ghost' images on a television set. We don't see this on a television
 much nowadays since it's most likely to occur with those old style
 'rabbit ears' antennas, not on cable. With GPS, multipath occurs when the
 signal bounces off a building or terrain before reaching the GPS
 receiver's antenna. The signal takes longer to reach the receiver than if
 it travelled a direct path. This added time makes the GPS receiver think
 the satellite is farther away than it really is, which adds error to the
 overall position determination. When they occur, multipath errors
 typically add well under 15 feet of error to your overall position.

 Are there any other sources of error? Sure. Propagation delay due to
 atmospheric effects can affect accuracy. So can internal clock errors. In
 both cases, the GPS receiver is designed to compensate for these effects
 and will do so quite efficiently. But, very small errors due to these
 items can still occur. If you're wondering, propagation delay is the
 'slowing down' of the GPS signal as it passes through Earth's ionosphere
 and troposphere. In space, radio signals travel at the speed of light,
 but they are significantly slower once they enter our atmosphere.

 How accurate is GPS, really? A typical civilian GPS receiver provides 60
 to 225 feet accuracy, depending on current status of selective
 availability, number of satellites available, and the geometry of those
 satellites. More sophisticated and expensive GPS receivers, costing
 several thousand dollars or more, can provide accuracies within a
 centimeter by using more than one GPS frequency. However, a typical
 civilian GPS receiver's accuracy can be improved to fifteen feet or
 better (in some cases under three feet!) through a process known as
 Differential GPS (DGPS). DGPS employs a second receiver to compute
 corrections to the GPS satellite measurements. How are these corrections
 provided to your GPS receiver? There are a number of free and
 subscription services available to provide DGPS corrections. The U.S.
 Coast Guard and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (and many foreign government
 departments as well) transmit DGPS corrections through marine beacon
 stations. These beacons operate in the 283.5 - 325.0 kHz frequency range
 and are free of charge. Your only cost to use this service is the
 purchase of a DGPS Beacon Receiver. This receiver is then coupled to your
 GPS receiver via a three-wire connection, which relays the corrections in
 a standard serial data format called 'RTCM SC-104.'

 Subscription DGPS services are available on FM radio station frequencies
 or via satellite. Of course, in either case you need a separate receiver
 to pick up these transmissions and then send them to your GPS receiver.
 In some cases, the prices vary according to the level of accuracy

 So what's the best GPS receiver for me? Now, that's the ultimate
 question, isn't it? And certainly the hardest one to answer. A number of
 issues come into play here:

 What is the intended application? The most important issue is finding a
 GPS suitable for your application. If your particular need is for an
 panel-mounted GPS in your airplane, a handheld designed for the
 recreational boater is obviously of little value! You can quickly narrow
 your choices down by identifying which models are available for your
 application. In some cases, you may still have alot of choices from which
 to choose. For example, if your intended use is hiking or hunting, a GPS
 for outdoor recreation is suitable--but so is a handheld GPS designed for
 boating or flying. In this case you may have to examine specific features
 more closely. Unless you plan on flying too, all the extra information of
 airports contained in the aviation handheld GPS probably isn't worth the
 extra price. A marine GPS which uses cartridges to show navigation
 markers and depth contours won't help out much on the trail either
 (unless you also want to use the GPS on your yacht!). What is the price
 range? Once you've narrowed the field, you'll most likely still have
 several models over a range of prices from which to choose. Examine each
 model closely. What do the higher-priced models have that the
 lower-priced models do not? Do you need the extra features or accessories
 that come with the higher-priced model or is the lower-priced model
 sufficient to do the job? Which model do you like the best? Choosing the
 right GPS receiver for you is two parts rational planning and one part
 simple preference. If rational planning still leaves you with two or
 three models to choose from, find a dealer for these models and try
 operating each one. Sometimes the differences in operation are dramatic.
 You may find one real easy to use and understand, while another seems
 much more complicated and difficult to use. Choose the GPS receiver that
 you LIKE best! You're more likely to still be happy with the decision you
 made after one month or one year.

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 Hello folks. I really would like to stick with writing original content. You know, software spotlights and
 things like that but it seems that I've been so busy lately, I'm just barely able to keep up with all of
 the Linux news. Since Linux appears to have become the darling of the computer industry press these days,
 there are literally dozens of mainstream articles a week. I figured that if I don't make some attempt to
 do a weekly column, I'm going to fall behind way fast. Until I can find someone to help me with this
 column (and I have a person in mind), the quality is just going to have to suffer... not that it could get
 any worse, right? :)

 NEWS: (in no certain order)

 Item #1: Mac, Windows and Now Linux - Katie Hafner writes a piece for the New Your Times. If you don't
 know who Katie is, just go to the library and do a title search on that name. She co-wrote two of my
 favorite books (Where Wizards Stay Up Late and Cyberpunks). This was published on Oct. 8th and I haven't
 even read it yet but I know it has to be good because when Katie writes, she usually does a lot of
 background work and knows all about it... unlike some industry speculators. Check it out at the following

 Item #2: The man behind Linux - Linus speaks again, this time to the Dallas Morning News newspaper. You
 can find it at the following URL:

 Item #3: Gates pushes hometown to Linux - Here's a piece from the Computer News Wire from New Zealand that
 tells the story of the small city that is dealing with all of the building permits on Mr. Gates' house.
 The simply couldn't store all of those documents any more and needed a digital document storage system.
 Guess what operating system it uses? Well, the title tells it all. My favorite quote from the article
 follows along with the URL.

 "When I asked the guys at town hall if they minded that the idle screen would display a big Caldera logo,
 they told me I could point it toward the window so everybody walking by could see it," Jones says.

 Item #4: Compaq Embraces Linux Groundswell - "Linux is a hot commodity among ISPs. I think we'll be doing
 something in this space in the near future," says Compaq ISP marketing manager Jeff Edwards, who was quick
 to point out that Linux developer Red Hat Software Inc. was showcased in its booth at last week's ISPCon

 Item #5: The Linux Alternative Gets Serious - The article presented at the following URL has my favorite
 quote of the week,"I predict that Linux will kick major butt." Check it out:

 Item #6: An abundance of Linux online magazines - 32 Bits Online has decided to become a Linux centric
 publication. Read their announcement at the following URL:

 Item #7: The Linux story promises entertainment - Eric Lundquist of PC Week Online wrote an article that
 isn't too bad. Check it out at the following URL:,4351,357354,00.html

 Item #8: Linux outselling Windows 98 with some vendors - C|Net's maintains a list of the top
 1000 software titles they sale. According to their list, the Simon and Schuster package of Red Hat Linux
 5.1 is at #14 on the charts while the Microsoft Windows 98 Upgrade is #25. I'm sure there are other
 examples with contradictory results.

 Item #9: Server Makers Cast An Eye Toward Linux - Red Hat's Young expects six of the top 10 PC server
 makers to offer Linux on their machines by next March.,4153,357428,00.html


 Enjoy the news. I hope to write an editorial piece for next week if I can find the time... and in the not
 too distant future, a spotlight on SuSE Linux 5.3. As always, feedback is welcome and enjoy!

 Scott Dowdle

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                             T H E   F i x e r


 ctsy Salon

 How Kenneth Starr's law partner covertly worked for six years to trap
 President Clinton in a sex scandal.


 WASHINGTON -- Richard Porter, a law partner in Whitewater independent
 counsel Kenneth Starr's private practice, provided advice and shared
 information with a covert investigation of President Clinton's sex life
 conducted between 1992 and 1994.

 In addition, Porter has been involved in a wide variety of efforts to
 damage the Clinton presidency, including "opposition research" for the
 Bush campaign in 1992, the "Troopergate" scandal, the Paula Jones case
 and the Linda Tripp tapes getting into the hands of Starr's staff last
 winter. These revelations raise new questions about whether Starr's
 inquiry has actually been independent from parallel efforts by
 conservative partisans to discredit the president.

 Porter, a partner of Starr's at the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis
 and a former senior aide to President George Bush, worked in the spring
 of 1994 to find competent legal counsel to represent Jones in her sexual
 harassment lawsuit against Clinton, according to two attorneys who worked
 on the case.

 In addition, as the New York Times has reported, Porter is one of three
 conservative attorneys who secretly assisted Tripp in obtaining legal
 counsel, and in bringing her tapes and other information about Monica
 Lewinsky to the attention of the independent counsel's office. The
 information about Porter's role in the earlier investigation of the
 president's sexual conduct and in assisting Jones in finding legal
 counsel has not been previously reported.

 The private investigation of Clinton's sexual conduct was initiated
 during the 1992 presidential campaign and privately financed by Peter W.
 Smith, a Chicago businessman and conservative activist and a major
 fund-raiser for House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

 Porter's role in these various endeavors has been a particularly
 sensitive and contentious issue both for Starr and for Porter's employer,
 Kirkland & Ellis. During his tenure as Whitewater independent counsel,
 Starr has been under constant attack from partisans of the president, who
 have criticized Starr because he has been a part-time prosecutor and some
 of his law firm's clients have been adversaries of the president. Earlier
 this year, the law firm began an internal investigation into whether
 Porter had worked on the Jones sexual harassment case without the
 approval of the firm's other partners. To date, the firm has declined to
 comment about that inquiry.

 At the time that Porter first began assisting Smith, he was directing an
 "opposition research" effort against Clinton for the Bush reelection
 campaign. Sources say that Porter continued to advise Smith regarding the
 private investigation of Clinton after Porter became a partner at
 Kirkland & Ellis, practicing from its Chicago office. Through his
 attorney, E. Mark Braden, Smith declined to comment. Porter did not
 return phone calls seeking his comment.

 Smith spent at least $80,000 from September 1992 to March 1994 to fund a
 private investigation of the president's sexual conduct. Much of that
 money was ultimately spent to publicize the allegations of four Arkansas
 state troopers, who had served on the personal security detail of Clinton
 when he was governor, that Clinton carried on numerous extramarital
 affairs with their assistance.

 Indeed, it was Smith who first introduced the troopers to reporter David
 Brock, who published the first story about their allegations in the
 American Spectator in January 1994. Smith also paid some of Brock's
 expenses for researching the article, according to Brock.

 Smith was assisted in his efforts to promote the so-called Troopergate
 story by a Republican consultant, Eddie Mahe, a longtime friend and
 advisor to Gingrich. In an interview with Salon in April, Mahe said that
 Smith had paid him $25,000 in consulting fees over a two-year period for
 providing advice about how best to publicize the troopers' allegations:
 "I evaluated what they came up with to see if there was any way that the
 establishment press might be attracted to the story," Mahe said.

 In March 1994, Smith also made $21,000 in payments to two of the troopers
 and one of their attorneys. Roger Perry, one of the troopers, said that
 he had requested the money from Smith after he lost a part-time job as a
 result of having spoken to the press about Clinton's indiscretions.

 Two people involved in Smith's investigative effort of the president said
 that Porter provided advice about how Smith might financially assist the
 troopers if they were fired from their state jobs for speaking out about
 what they knew about Clinton.

 The American Spectator article by Brock indirectly led to the Jones
 lawsuit. The Spectator first described an encounter between Clinton and a
 woman identified only as "Paula" at the Excelsior Hotel in Little Rock,
 Ark., in May 1991. Angered over the article, Jones sued the president and
 one of the troopers.

 Two lawyers who have played a role in the Jones lawsuit have told Salon
 that in the spring of 1994, Porter was one of numerous attorneys who
 worked behind the scenes to help Jones obtain legal counsel to sue the
 president. Porter's assistance came at a crucial juncture for Jones'
 legal battle against the president. The statute of limitations was
 quickly approaching, and Jones did not have adequate legal counsel to
 pursue her claim.

 During the Jones case, attorneys for Clinton subpoenaed Kirkland & Ellis
 in an attempt to find out more about Porter's possible role in the case.
 Kirkland & Ellis fought to quash the subpoena, according to attorneys
 involved in the Jones case. But the question became moot last March when
 a federal judge dismissed the case.

 And on Sunday, the New York Times alleged that Porter was one of three
 conservative attorneys who assisted Linda Tripp in finding legal counsel,
 and also in bringing her tapes of her conversations with Monica Lewinsky
 to the attention of Starr.

 The Times alleged that one of the attorneys, Jerome Marcus, provided the
 first tip to Starr's office about the president's relationship with
 Lewinsky. According to the Times account, Marcus contacted Starr's office
 about the Lewinsky allegations at least a week before Tripp contacted
 prosecutors. Yet, in his impeachment referral to Congress, Starr asserted
 that it was Tripp who first contacted his office about Lewinsky.

 Tripp ally Lucianne Goldberg told the Times that Marcus was used as a
 "cutout" to obscure Porter's role in helping Tripp, because of Porter's
 close ties to Starr.

 Charles G. Bakaly III, a spokesman for the Office of the Independent
 Counsel, said in a statement that although his office received a
 "heads-up call that some information may be coming or may be out there,"
 the information provided at that time was at best "vague" and "sketchy."
 Therefore, he asserted, it was too insignificant to have mentioned in the
 impeachment report to Congress.

 In private comments, Starr had much harsher things to say about the Times
 account: "Did Sidney Blumenthal get a job at the Times?" Starr commented,
 according to two people who heard the comments. Blumenthal is an advisor
 to the president who has spearheaded a public relations effort to
 discredit Starr and his investigation.

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                            Mistakes Were Made

              A close reading of the Starr Report shows that
           the independent counsel cut several legal corners too
                   many when laying his impeachment trap.


 Rep. Henry Hyde assures the American people that the impeachment inquiry
 of President Clinton will demonstrate that "no person is above the law,
 nor beneath the law." In the next breath, however, Hyde insists that
 there will be "no investigation of the investigation" -- no inquiry, that
 is, into the motives and methods of independent counsel Kenneth Starr.
 These goals are in hopeless conflict. If Clinton can't question how
 Starr's evidence against him was gathered, he'll have been denied what
 the Constitution defines as "due process of law," his basic right as an
 American citizen.

 In an editorial, the New York Times also endorses the idea that the
 president has fewer rights than the rest of us. The Starr Report buried
 Monica Lewinsky's testimony that Clinton never asked her to lie, nor did
 he promise her anything to keep their affair a secret. Starr's decision
 to ignore these valuable bits of exculpatory evidence are dismissed as
 "legal klutziness," by the Times, which concludes that this "does not add
 up to prosecutorial misconduct. The impeachment process is not governed
 by the rules of criminal law."

 Klutziness implies clumsiness. Are we to believe Starr left out Monica's
 direct denial of the central premise of his investigation by some sort of
 clumsy accident? In probing Clinton's sex life, the Times says, Starr was
 merely following orders, "as an officer of the court, operating under
 Justice Department aegis and the supervision of three federal judges."

 But what if Starr obtained his authority to investigate the Lewinsky
 matter by illegitimate means? What if corners were cut, falsehoods
 disseminated and laws broken in a manner decidedly more sinister than
 klutzy? Would that matter? Because the evidence of all of this is there,
 much of it in the Starr Report itself, although it does require very
 careful reading to dig it out.

 According to what has been presented to the public, Starr offered four
 main pieces of evidence to Attorney General Janet Reno and the
 three-judge panel in order to get the original OK to expand his
 Whitewater inquiry into the sex scandal. We now know that there is
 something critically wrong with each one of the four pieces:

      1. Starr argued that Vernon Jordan's effort to find Monica a
      job resembled his Whitewater "hush money" investigation of Webb
      Hubbell, and therefore represented a possible criminal pattern.
      Trouble is, Starr indicted Hubbell for tax fraud (an indictment
      since dismissed) precisely because he never found real evidence
      of "hush money." Suspicion isn't evidence. If it were, Starr's
      investigation would have no legal boundaries whatsoever.
      According to Brill's Content, the OIC may also have withheld
      exculpatory information from Janet Reno: Specifically, that
      Jordan's efforts began long before Monica was subpoenaed in the
      Jones case, and that Jordan was an old friend of Monica's
      mother's fianc, Peter Straus, and therefore may easily have
      had innocent reasons for helping Monica find a job.

      2. Linda Tripp's tapes were recorded illegally, hence could
      probably not be used as evidence in an American court. Even
      more worrying, the Starr Report clearly states that two crucial
      phone conversations recorded by Tripp on Thursday, Jan. 15 --
      two days after the FBI wired her lunch meeting with Monica, and
      one day before Starr received permission to proceed from the
      three-judge panel -- "were made under the supervision of the
      Office of the Independent Counsel." The report says the tapes,
      designated "Tape 22," show Monica telling Tripp that she and
      Clinton [would] tell the same story under oath -- a crucial bit
      of evidence, if true.

      Tripp had previously been told by her lawyer Kirby Behre that
      surreptitiously recording phone calls was a felony in Maryland.
      Granted immunity by Starr on Jan. 12, she was then advised by
      the OIC to do some more taping on Jan. 15. In brief, she was
      acting as the OIC's agent. Did Starr have authority from the
      judges? He did not. Does any federal prosecutor have authority
      to deputize a civilian to violate a state law? Again, no. This
      is KGB territory.

      So how can Starr's team have been so reckless as to print the
      evidence in their report? Maybe they were gambling that the
      report would force President Clinton to resign. Also, to put
      this thing together, it's necessary to read footnote 1020, then
      follow its cryptic reference to "T-22" into Volume II, page
      262, for the date and disclaimer. (I'm indebted to Jack Gillis
      of the University of Southwestern Louisiana for this research.)
      The issue takes on added significance in view of another
      footnote accusing Tripp of doctoring certain tapes and dubbing

      3. Then there are the "talking points." Long presented as the
      "smoking gun" that would prove White House malfeasance, this
      document was actually written by Lewinsky herself at Tripp's
      urging. According to Monica's testimony, also discreetly edited
      in the Starr Report, Tripp phoned her on the morning of Jan.
      14. Tripp told Monica that she was meeting her attorney Kirby
      Behre later that day, and asked for help in composing an

      The call was a setup. Unknown to Monica, Tripp had actually
      fired Behre on Jan. 9, and hired conservative lawyer James
      Moody. After sweating over a hot word processor all day,
      Lewinsky met Tripp after work in a Pentagon parking lot and
      handed her the so-called talking points. Their contents
      reflected Tripp's stated incredulity about Kathleen Willey's
      charges against Clinton. Also unknown to Monica, Tripp then
      took the document directly to Starr. The OIC immediately called
      Assistant Attorney General Eric Holder on his cell phone at a
      the Washington Wizards pro basketball game, setting in motion
      the process that gave Starr his investigative authority.

      In short, the talking points never were evidence of anything
      except Tripp's deviousness. Yet for months they were treated
      like the Rosetta Stone. Did Starr ask Tripp to produce better
      evidence? Did he ask her how she got them? He had to. If she
      lied, that's a crime. If she told the truth, yet Starr's team
      encouraged the Justice Department and Janet Reno to believe
      that the talking points were something they weren't, wouldn't
      that be prosecutorial misconduct? Given that Monica would
      almost certainly have asked Tripp on Jan. 15 how the meeting
      with Kirby Behre went, it's going to be really interesting to
      see which tapes Tripp edited.

      4. In her Jan. 16 letter to the three-judge court, Janet Reno
      wrote that Monica "may have filed" a false affidavit, a
      statement that can mean three things to a lawyer. Either an
      affidavit may have been filed, may be false or both. Why such
      vagueness? Because Starr appears to have been making, and
      losing, another calculated gamble.

 Lewinsky's lawyer Frank Carter had sent the Jones lawyers a copy of her
 Jan. 7 affidavit on Monday, Jan. 12. Carter informed them that unless he
 heard from them by Jan. 15, he would file a motion to quash her subpoena
 with Judge Susan Webber Wright's court in Little Rock. On Jan. 16, he
 sent the Jones lawyers a copy of his motion. That same morning, in the
 apparent belief that Carter had filed with the Little Rock court, Starr's
 newly empowered agents grabbed up Lewinsky, held her for 11 hours,
 refused to let her phone attorney Carter, threatened her with 27 years in
 jail for breaking federal law and tried to get her to wear a wire (she
 says) into the Oval Office.

 But the motion hadn't been filed. An affidavit has no legal force until
 it's stamped by the court. Here's what the Starr Report says: "On January
 16, 1998, Mr. Carter arranged for the overnight delivery of the motion to
 quash and the accompanying affidavit to Judge Susan Webber Wright's law
 clerk and Paula Jones' attorneys (1027)." Read the footnote, and there's
 another surprise. Starr's team may not have known it, but Little Rock
 courts don't accept faxed motions. The courthouse is closed weekends.
 Monday, Jan. 19, was a federal holiday. Thus the footnote: "Although the
 motion (and affidavit) reached the Judge's chambers on January 17, the
 file stamp date was January 20, 1998."

 In picking up Monica, Starr's zealous prosecutors jumped the gun by five
 days; a [probable] mistrial in any federal court in America. Follow the
 document reference in footnote 1027 to document number 921-DC-0000775,
 and what do you find? Well, no document. It's simply not there. But the
 documentary Table of Contents lists the source as the Campbell Law Firm,
 Paula Jones' lawyers. So how does a document provided to Starr by the
 Jones lawyers prove that Monica's affidavit reached Judge Wright's
 chambers on Jan. 17? It doesn't.

 We know that Judge Wright saw the Lewinsky affidavit on Jan. 17, because
 Clinton attorney Bob Bennett produced a copy during the president's
 deposition. But how on earth did Starr's prosecutors know on Friday, Jan.
 16, that Carter had sent it? Much less what was in it? On Linda Tripp's
 and the FBI's tapes, Monica was still saying she'd sign nothing until she
 had a job. (A lie, she's since testified.) That leaves only one possible
 source: the Jones lawyers, a clear violation of Judge Wright's stringent
 gag order, and possible evidence of collusion.

 And what was the big hurry on Jan. 16? Why not wait until the affidavit
 was legally filed with the court? Simple: Starr's prosecutors had to
 spring their "impeachment trap" before Clinton testified and before
 Newsweek published, or lose the whole thing. Combine all this with Linda
 Tripp's briefing of the Jones lawyers on Friday, Jan. 16, and what
 emerges is the disturbing impression of a legalized coup attempt. Are the
 American people prepared to countenance that?


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 Editor Dana P. Jacobson

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

 Time is running short this week to really sit here and reflect on what I
 might like to say. The days just seem to fly by; Halloween is rapidly
 approaching! Seems like yesterday that I was throwing some steaks on the
 grill for a July 4th barbecue!

 The Republican party is about to make an ass of itself, joining Bill
 Clinton in an act of stupidity. And just to prove how incredibly foolish
 the American public is by throwing money away - the most popular costumes
 for Halloween this year are Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky! Truly
 scary, but for kids?? Weird...

 Have to disagree with Joe Mirando this week: golf is a terrific game and
 a lot of fun. I wish that I could play more than I do. It's not just
 "chasing a little white ball around" as Joe portrays. Perhaps for a
 beginning player it appears that way, but after a few rounds.... Don't
 feel bad, Joe, my wife and countless others agree with you. Makes the
 courses less crowded for the rest of us! Wanna join me and some friends
 for a quick 18 this weekend? <vbg>

 Until next time...

 Welcome to your channel Atari Member Update for the month of Oct.

 In this Member Update, you'll find:

    * MyMail update
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 1. M Y  M A I L  U P D A T E

 MyMail by Erik Hall is now up to v0.69 and here's some update info sent
 from him:

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 Printer icon - print the mail

 Disk icon - save mail text to file

    * - Save mail to text file was not working if ram disk was installed
      Now it works with ram disk.
    * - Fatal error found in address field

 if no alias file existed the field was cleared at enter. This is now

    * - A small assembler bug fixed in string copy functions.
    * - Added save mail as html. This function is very simple and no
      special chars are converted in this version.

 There is 2 versions.

   1. * Save mail as HTML - Saves/converts one selected mail into one file
      specified by the user.
   2. * Save all mail as HTML - Saves/concerts all mail into a directory
      specified by the user

 mail 1 is converted to file 1.htm

 mail 2 to 2.htm and so on.....

 Then there is a file index.htm created with links to all the html-mail

 - Bugfixes in editor.

   1. * Randomly was wrong number of chars copy to clipboard This is now
   2. * Too slow adding of new line. this is now done faster.
   3. * Randomly was bad chars inserted in text when moving cursor with
      arrow keys. This is now fixed.
   4. * Home key is now working correctly.
   5. * Ctrl-C, Ctrl-v and Ctrl-x was inserting the ctrl chars in text
      buffer causing strange functionality of the editor.
   6. * If there was only one cr/lf in text buffer and user pressed Delete
      key then only the cr char was removed. This is now fixed.
   7. * It was possible to delete chars from empty text buffer this was
      causing strange results. This is not possible now.
   8. * Internal fault: If block bigger than text buffer was deleted then
      the program crashed.
   9. * Trying to delete the last char and in text buffer and the char is
      a cr/lf combination only the cr was deleted.

    * - Bug fixes in filter functions.
    * - Dialer communication bugfixed.
    * KRfree was called randomly with a faulty pointer.
    * - Added abort function to the dialer function in mymail it will only
      abort mymails communication and will not send any abort messages to
      the      sting/stik dialer.
    * - Internal buffer for clipboard was too small this is now 20K
    * - Bugfixes in "Receive mail details".

 My MyMail support page is to be found at:

 and the official webpage, made by the author:

 2. T H E  I N F I T R A  R E M O T E  D I A L E R :

 A remote dialer is under construction to use with Infitra as a module
 plug-in. It can also be used without Infitra for other purposes. The
 dialer is Freeware and you will find it at my Infitra support webpage. To
 use the dialer with the STinG socket there's an environment variable to
 include in the DEFAULT.CFG file, the dialer must be set.

 3. N E W S i e

 Johns Rojewski's NEWSie for email, News and FTP is also updated into
 version 0.92, some weeks ago.

 Among lots of fixes and so on, here's some of the news:

    * Bug Fix - Remove extra space following IP address in "helo
      [nn.nn.nn.nn]" message
    * Support for Mail Directories
    * Expanded MAILBOX.PRG (UTILITY folder) to support mail directories
    * Support for Case Sensitive/Case Preserving File Systems (Requested
    * Rework Full/New Groups sort to eliminate 28000 newsgroup limit
      (Requested Improvement)
    * Bug Fix - Window width (w) used instead of window index (wx). Caused
      memory corruption
    * Bug Fix - Changed 'windows[12].id' to 'wid' in put_html_line() and
    * Bug Fix - Corrected problems with auto-sizing windows on open, added
    * Bug Fix - Support saving of windows in 'full-screen' size
    * Bug Fix - Startup with HTM file broken in 0.90, works again
    * Bug Fix - Could not delete news article from Overview if file did
      not exist
    * Implement selective Retrieve/Delete of Mail messages (Requested
    * Expand support of Status display in window information line
      (Requested Improvement)
    * Support selection/use of Multiple Address Books (*.abk) (Requested
    * Use AES popup menus for file lists for Address Book, Mailbox, and
      Preference selection

 4. N V I E W

 Nview is a multiformat picture viewer for Atari and other systems such as
 MS Windows, Linux. Nview can display 58 formats, including well known
 Atari formats:

  JPEG          TrueVision     RGB Silicon    TIFF Revision Sun Raster
                Targa                         5             Images

  Macintosh                    Portable       CompuServe
  Pict          Amiga IFF      Network        GIF

  Sun TAAC      Adobe          MTV /
  file format   Photoshop      Rayshade

  Windows Icon  Windows        Photo CD       Degas / Degas Neochrome
                Cursor                        Elite

                               X Windows
  GFA Raytrace  Spectrum 512   System window  Mac Paint

 Art Director, Digital Research (GEM Paint) and a couple of other formats.

 Nview and Nconvert is available as TTP-programs without a shell, but you
 can install them in a modern desktop and put them on the desktop to use
 with Drag&Drop. The shell is available for MS Windows/Linux and is called
 XNview (Extended Nview), this also means that you can read all your
 favorite Neochrome and Spectrum 512 pictures from the MS Win.

 A GEM-shell would be something, maybe someone can compile a such? The
 Nview TTP works fine on the desktop, but the Nconvert takes some
 parameters that would be easier with a shell.

 The author is a frenchman called Pierre-E Gougelet.

 I have written a swedish support page at:

 You will find a download link there and some snapshots

 5. M I L A N - T H E H O M E P A G E

 The Milan homepage is now available in the english language too. My
 swedish contribution will have a face lift next week.

 and my own swedish webpage:

 The Atari Show at Neuss (Dusseldorf) is held this very weekend under the
 theme "The ATARI is back!". This sounds very interesting for the future,
 indeed. The Milan "TV-karte" will be showed, the Milan Motherboard will
 be sold separately and other related news is to be shown.

 6. V I D E O  A N D  A N I M A T I O N S  S O F T W A R E

 M_Player (Falcon030, TT030), MP_STE (Atari ST(F/FM/E) by TELLO Guillaume
 and AniPlayer (Falcon030, TT030, Milan) by Didier Mequignon is updated
 into v2.95, 2.91 resp 2.03 (Oct 3). AniPlayer also contain a MagiC Setup
 program by Joachim Fornallaz for a comfort install of add-ons etc. My
 support page have turned to be a Scandinavian support webpage now, but
 you can always download the original multilingual apps from there. Here's
 all the addresses you need:

 7. T H E C A B I N T E R N E T O V E R L A Y M O D U L E

 The OVL module is up to 1.3011beta and is to use with STiK or STinG.

 8. S T R I N G S E R V E R

 You can use StringServer for different purposes, one of them is that you
 can "pass" a URL-address from TextView (In the distribution) to start or
 pass it to CAB.

 Heres some excerpts from the StringServer manual by Odd Skancke that
 explains its functions and possibilities:

 ~~~ StringServer ~~~

 The StringServer is the program that receives strings from other
 applications, checks this string and starts the relevant application
 according to the configuration. The StringServer is either loaded as a
 application at bootup or installed as an Accessory.

 ~~~ ConfigSS ~~~

 ConfigSS is the application you use to configure the StringServer. It
 let's you edit the configuration, send/receive configuration to/from the

 ~~~ A bit of history ~~~

 Some two years ago, I (Odd Skancke) was reading newsgroups/my mail using
 NEWsie. The Internet was a new experience for me, and I was very curious.
 I wanted to look at all the interesting Atari sites, get in touch with
 people and so on. After a while, I got really sick with having to load
 cab and/or typing in the URL too look at. Same with ftp-sites and email
 addresses. This is GEM, I thought, it should not be necessary to do that
 much typing. Then the idea for the StringSevrer started to crawl into my
 mind. And now, I don't have to type anything anymore. It's even
 simplified my everyday GEM use, as I don't have to drag files all over
 the place. I program in ASM under MiNT/Thing/n.aes, and now I can click
 any *.s files and view them in my TextView!! textviewer. If I hold shift
 down, the StringServer sends the *.s file to QED. When I click the *.s
 file with ctrl held down, the StingServer fires up GenST.ttp, and it's
 immediately assembled. I think this is great!. Well, I hope you will like
 it too... :) The StringServer can use environment variables to look for
 destination applications. So, while you are in the systems configuration
 file, you might as well set up some environment variables to your
 favorite programs. This package was initially developed for use with GEM
 Internet clients, although it can be used for anything.

 I use it with NEWsie to read mail/news, Airc when IRC'ing and certain
 other things. I have the following environment variables set, examples
 from my n_aes.cnf. Remember that you can define those variables as you
 wish (I hope someone will propose "standard" names soon).

 export BROWSER= e:\kommunik\www\cab2d\

 export FTP_CLIENT= e:\kommunik\aftp13b1\aftp.prg

 export MAIL_CLIENT= e:\kommunik\stik\newsie\newsie.prg

 export NEWS_CLIENT= e:\mommunik\stik\newsie\newsie.prg

 export IRC_CLIENT= e:\kommunik\stik\atariirc\


 StringServer is to be found at:

 M Y H O M E P A G E :

 My homepage is located at the address below, all other URLs that you
 might have is mirror sites

 Bottnia Internet Provider (BIP) is a swedish provider that gives free
 services to the Net.

 M Y  E - M A I L  A D D R E S S:

 My new e-mail address provided by BIP for Atari related mails is:

 If you have my old address in your address book. don't bother, the old
 ones   or  works just fine,
 so send me some mails about your summer vacation or your Atari interests.
 Its always nice to get in touch with you.

 Best Regards

 Mille Babic


                               Gaming Section

    * "Axis & Allies"!!
    * "WonderSwan"!
    * Board Games Come to Life!
    * DreamCast News!
    * And MUCH more!

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

 I've always been a games-player. Whether it was sports, shooting pool,
 playing cards, tilting a pinball machine, board games, or arcade/console
 games - I loved them all. Most games require more than one player, so
 even if you're in the mood, you can't always play what you want, when you
 want to play it. I always loved board games (Parcheesi, Monopoly, Risk,
 Easy Money, and many others). Well, more and more board games are being
 made available on PCs and game consoles. For people like me, this is
 terrific! Included in this week's issue you'll find news of just some of
 the latest games to be arriving. Retro-gaming is here to stay!

 Until next time...

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

              Sega Moves Forward to Produce Dreamcast Machine

 Japanese game maker Sega Enterprises Ltd said Tuesday that Namco Ltd
 would develop game software for its new home-use game machine Dreamcast,
 which is scheduled to hit the Japanese market on Nov. 27. "I am counting
 on Namco (to attract a wider a audience for our new game machine)", Sega
 president Shoichiro Irimajiri told a news conference.

 Irimajiri said the reason Sega's previous game machine did not attract as
 many customers as its rivals was because it did not attract as varied a
 user group. Sega also announced it would tie up with Web TV Networks, a
 Microsoft Corp subsidiary, to offer Internet functions on the Dreamcast
 game machine. Customers of the U.S.-based Web TV will be able to access
 the Internet using read-only-memory compact discs, Sega said.

 They will also be able to play with other Dreamcast users via the
 Internet, the company said. Sega announced its tie-up with parent
 Microsoft Corp in May. Sega on Tuesday also introduced a line of game
 software compatible with the new game machine. Dreamcast offers high
 graphics capacity and a 64-channel sound system and is based on
 Microsoft's Windows CE operating system. It will retail for $250, Sega

      Seven Additional Video Game Publishers Pledge Support for Sega's

 The list of third party video game publishers supporting Sega's(R)
 Dreamcast(TM), the ultimate gaming machine, continues to grow. Sega of
 America today announced that seven additional video game publishers are
 officially supporting the Dreamcast platform. The companies include some
 of the industry's most prolific publishers  Accolade, Capcom, Hasbro
 Interactive, Konami(R), Mindscape, Take 2 and THQ.

 The Dreamcast publishers announced today join an elite group of companies
 that pledged their support for the system at the Electronic Entertainment
 Expo in May. Those companies include Acclaim, GT Interactive Software,
 Interplay, Microprose (a division of Hasbro Interactive) and Midway.
 These companies hold a special place in the world of interactive
 entertainment, representing 11 of the top 25 PC and video game publishers
 in the world today based on overall sales.

 All 12 of the announced publishers are currently developing games for
 Dreamcast in the genres they know best. Dreamcast launches November 27 in
 Japan and next fall in North America and Europe. Dreamcast gives
 developers the freedom to design video games without limits. The
 gaming-specific architecture of the system provides 128-bit 3D graphic
 performance, 64 channels of sound and a blazing-fast CPU. Dreamcast will
 also open doors for publishers to create games that expand far beyond the
 past definition of console gameplay.

 It is the first console to feature multiplayer network gaming
 capabilities. In addition, the system features a Visual Memory unit, a
 portable memory card with a built in LCD screen, allowing game designers
 to create titles that can literally travel outside the Dreamcast console.
 "The announcement of these important video game publishers is yet another
 milestone we have reached in building toward the North American launch of
 Dreamcast," said Bernard Stolar, president and COO, Sega of America. "We
 are confident that all major third party publishers will support

              Bandai, SCE To Sell New Hand-held Game Machines

 TOKYO, Oct. 8 (Kyodo) -- Bandai Co. and Sony Computer Entertainment
 (Japan) Inc. separately announced Thursday that they will introduce new
 hand-held computer game machines within the next six months. Bandai's
 WonderSwan, due to be released next March, is 7 by 7 by 12 centimeters,
 smaller than Nintendo Co.'s best-selling Game Boy, and weighs 110 grams,
 50 grams lighter than the Game Boy. Its images are in black and white.

 Bandai will offer the machine for 4,800 yen, with first-year sales
 targeted at 4 million to 4.5 million units. SCE will put its
 PocketStation on sale Dec. 23, using games from the company's popular
 PlayStation home-use machine. The new machine is 6 by 6 by 4 centimeters
 and will be priced at 3,000 yen. To meet the two rivals, Nintendo will
 begin marketing a color-screen version of the Game Boy for 8,900 yen on
 Oct. 21.

              Sony Computer To Launch PDA Game Tool On Dec 23

 Sony Computer Entertainment Inc, a unit of electronics giant Sony Corp,
 said today it plans to launch a small personal digital assistant (PDA)
 game tool, "PocketStation" in Japan on December 23. Sony Computer said in
 a statement the game tool, which can be used as memory card to save
 Sony's PlayStation video games, will be priced at 3,000 yen, with an
 initial output of one million units per month.

 Sony said 31 titles compatible with the PocketStation were expected to be
 released by early next year by several software manufacturers, including
 itself. PocketStation carries a programmable 32-bit RISC processor
 together with liquid crystal display, speaker and bi- directional
 infrared communication capability. With its clock and calendar function,
 users can use applications utilizing flow of time or change of season
 with appropriate software, not only with the new PDA tool, but also with
 the PlayStation console when the tool is attached to the memory card
 slot, the statement said. Application software can be downloaded into the
 PocketStation through the memory card slot for the PlayStation console.
 The Sony's announcement came ahead of the three-day Tokyo Game Show,
 scheduled to start on Friday.

        Sony Computer Entertainment America Announces Destruction of
                      Counterfeit PlayStation Software

 Sony Computer Entertainment America announced today, in conjunction with
 the IDSA and U.S. Customs Service officials, the destruction of nearly
 40,000 counterfeit PlayStation(R) software discs seized in Miami,
 Florida. A U.S. Customs Service inspection discovered two shipments of
 the counterfeit PlayStation software en route from Taiwan and Singapore.
 The shipments, with a retail value of more than $1.5 million, were
 destined for Paraguay, a major outlet for counterfeit videogames in Latin

 Sony Computer Entertainment America officials flew to Miami to observe
 U.S. Customs inspectors destroying the counterfeit discs, which will then
 be recycled by GreenDisk. The counterfeit software seized was comprised
 of forty-four different first and third party PlayStation software
 titles, including such hits as Parappa The Rapper(tm), Rally Cross(tm)
 and NBA Shoot Out 98(tm).

 "We applaud the diligent work of the U.S. Customs Service who has
 demonstrated tremendous success in both identifying counterfeit
 PlayStation software and thwarting the efforts of counterfeiters," said
 Kaz Hirai, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Sony
 Computer Entertainment America. "With the assistance of the U.S. Customs
 Service and the IDSA, we aim to protect the entire gaming industry,
 particularly the first and third-party software developers.
 Counterfeiters cast a shadow over the entire industry by making it
 difficult for software developers and manufacturers to benefit from the
 hard work that goes into creating quality, cutting-edge games."

 According to the IDSA, U.S. videogame and PC game companies lost more
 than $3 billion worldwide in 1997 to pirates who copied and distributed
 games without permission, not including losses caused by Internet piracy.
 "U.S. Customs is a key line of defense in the fight to prevent pirate
 software entering the United States from Asia, Latin America and Eastern
 Europe," said Douglas Lowenstein, President of the Interactive Digital
 Software Association, the U.S. trade body representing the $5.6 billion
 U.S. video and PC games industry. "As our industry battles international
 piracy, we rely heavily upon customs officials around the world to seize
 pirated goods. The Miami Customs office has struck a blow against the
 international game pirate network and helps our industry send a message
 that the United States is committed to protecting intellectual property
 rights of game software companies."

 As the videogame demographic continues to expand making interactive
 entertainment a mass-market entertainment option similar to television,
 music or movies, the fight against production and sale of counterfeit
 video game products will remain a significant focus for industry leaders.

     Hasbro Interactive Brings Everyone's Favorite The Game of LIFE to
                         Computer and Video Screens

 Leading family entertainment software publisher Hasbro Interactive brings
 another all-time favorite board game to life on the PC and PlayStation
 game console. The Game of LIFE puts players behind the wheel on a richly
 animated 3D road of life's little ups and downs. Set to the tune of a
 catchy soundtrack that travels in time with the player, this new age
 version of the classic board game will keep friends and family members
 laughing and playing for hours.

 "The Game of LIFE has been a centerpiece for families everywhere for
 decades," says Hasbro Interactive president, Tom Dusenberry. "We've taken
 everything people love about the classic board game and added new twists
 and features to bring that endearing nostalgia to life." At the beginning
 of the game, players must choose either college or career. They then hit
 the road to see what life will bring. Win the lottery, buy stock or
 insurance, take a vacation, bid on artwork, swap salaries with another
 player -- every game of life is different! But the goal is always the
 same -- retire wealthy, because whoever has the most cash at the end of
 the game wins!

 Starting in the 1950s, players cruise through five decades, where the
 music, car models and themes change to match the style of the decade.With
 each spin, the screen changes to a uniquely animated "car camera" view of
 the board, allowing players to feel as if they really are driving down
 the road of life. The Game of LIFE CD-ROM can be played in two ways,
 Classic Board Game or Enhanced Game. Both have as the ultimate goal to
 retire with the most money. Classic Board Game plays true to all the
 rules of the original board game. The Enhanced Game replaces the
 accumulation of LIFE tiles (which in classic mode are redeemed at the end
 of the game for money) with a variety of different "LIFE's Little Games."
 Each time a player lands on a LIFE space, such as "Get Married," "Buy a
 House," or "Baby Girl," they have a chance to play one of eight little
 games, where they can spin to win more money or exact revenge on other

 A host voice narrates the road trip, while rich animation sequences
 accompany every move on the board and hilarious cartoon panels explain
 the result of each move. Players can choose to play the game from a
 "bird's eye view" of the 3D board, or zoom in on their location for a
 better look at what life has in store for them. Up to six players at a
 time can hit the road of life in both modes of play. The Game of LIFE is
 Network and Internet playable over Microsoft's Internet Gaming Zone(TM)

 ( ). The Game of Life PC CD-ROM can be played on
 Windows 95 and Windows 98 systems and is available in stores at the
 suggested retail price of $29.95. The game will also be available for the
 PlayStation game console in late October at a suggested retail price of

      Hasbro Interactive Brings Kid's Favorite Toys and Games to Life

 Leading family and children's interactive games publisher Hasbro
 Interactive delivers fun to the youngest computer users with the release
 of the My Little Pony(R), Operation(R) and Candy Land(R) CD-ROM games for
 the PC.

 Hasbro Interactive is shipping its first game for girls based on the
 popular My Little Pony toy brand. In the My Little Pony(R) CD-ROM game,
 pre-school girls make friends, play games and take care of their very own
 My Little Pony characters. When a new pony has been born in the magical
 world of Ponyland, players name her, keep track of her birthday, brush
 her mane, grow food for her, feed her, and put her to bed when she is
 sleepy. The goal is to give the pony enough confidence to cross the
 Rainbow Bridge to venture away from her home and go on her very own

 The My Little Pony CD-ROM is full of activities and games for players to
 enjoy with the help of ponies like Sweet Berry(TM), Light Heart(TM),
 Morning Glory(TM), Sundance(TM) and Ivy(TM). Girls can play dress up or
 give their pony a new hair-do at Ivy's Beauty Salon; play a dancing
 memory game at Sundance's Dance Studio; and create their very own fun,
 printable projects in the Schoolhouse. In Light Heart's Game Cottage,
 girls can play Tic-Tac-Hoof, a pony-style version of Tic-Tac-Toe; test
 their wits at the Switch Puzzle; color in the Pony Books; bake a cake and
 decorate it in Sweet Berry's Kitchen; print cut-outs to use away from the
 computer or watch fun home videos of the ponies. The My Little Pony
 CD-ROM game is for players ages 3 to 7 and is playable on Windows 95 and
 is Windows 98 compatible. It is available for a suggested retail price of

 In the Operation(R) CD-ROM game, it's surgery like never before! Kids
 choose one of five crazy emergency rooms like Main Hospital, Haunted
 Hospital, Rain Forest Hospital, Space Hospital and Dino Hospital to try
 to prove how steady their hands are! Each ward is equipped with an
 unusual clientele in need and has its very own resident doctor to help
 guide kids through the game. In the Haunted Hospital, players operate on
 monster patients in the company of Dr. Klaus Von Kookenheimer; at the
 Space Hospital players join Chill Jones in operating on martians and
 other spacey patients; and jungle veterinarian Maxine Harmony will help
 players operate on animal patients in the Rain Forest Hospital.

 In Classic Operation, players operate in the "traditional" way, using
 virtual tweezers to remove out-of-place objects from the patients'
 bodies. For a whole new way to perform surgery, players can select other
 fun games where the object is to help a stranded frog get out of a
 patient's throat, to swallow nasty germs by jumping on them, or to blast
 away gas bubbles with special stomach medicine. Operation is equipped
 with a print feature so kids can save pictures of their patients to share
 with friends and family. For kids ages 4 to 8, Operation is playable on
 Windows 95 and Windows 98 systems and is available at a suggested retail
 price of $29.95.

 Kids' sweet favorite the Candy Land board game is coming to life in 3D on
 the computer. In the Candy Land(R) CD-ROM game, kids click on the
 gum-ball machine and they're off on a fun-filled journey through the
 Gumdrop Mountains, Peppermint Forrest, Lollipop Woods, Ice Cream Sea and
 Molasses Swamp. The game captures the classic fun of the Candy Land game,
 but on the PC kids get a unique first-person view as they move along the
 Candy Land board -- trying to be the first to make it to the Candy Castle
 and become the Hero of Candy Land.

 Along the way, players are invited to participate in fun activities with
 friendly characters like Princess Lolly, Plumpy, Mr. Mint, Lord Licorice,
 Gramma Nutt, Jolly, Queen Frostine and Glumpy. Kids can make music on Mr.
 Mint's unusual pipe organ; plant candy seeds and help them grow in Gramma
 Nutt's garden or make a luscious ice cream sundae with Queen Frostine.
 Candy Land is for ages 3 to 6 and is playable on Windows 95 and Windows
 98 systems. It is now available for a suggested retail price of $29.95.

  Hasbro Interactive Ships Highly Anticipated WWII Strategy: Axis & Allies

 BEVERLY, Mass., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- It's the spring of 1942 and the
 world is at war. The two Axis powers, Germany and Japan, and the Allies,
 England, the Soviet Union and the United States, are in a struggle for
 world supremacy. In the highly anticipated CD-ROM version of the most
 revered world war II strategy board game of all time, Axis & Allies, the
 military and economic destiny of the powers is now in the hands of the
 computer player. "We've worked closely with the board game's creator
 Larry Harris to ensure that the PC version is as challenging and
 rewarding as the original," said Hasbro Interactive's president Tom
 Dusenberry. "The original game has maintained a very dedicated and loyal
 following and we believe these fans will be thrilled with playing their
 favorite game on CD-ROM."

 The Axis & Allies CD-ROM is the ultimate WWII strategy game. You and your
 opponents control the two Axis powers and the three Allies challenging
 their expansion through strategic and tactical maneuvering. Players must
 choose their battles carefully, move troops and equipment thoughtfully
 throughout the world and plan strategically in order to insure victory.
 Faithful to the rules of the best-selling board game, the CD-ROM version
 is a superbly designed and executed counterpart for the Windows 95
 environment. Authentic WWII stock footage, stills and sound effects make
 strategic bombing raids, submarine attacks, battleship salvos and anti
 aircraft barrages seem like the real thing.

 Axis & Allies players can customize every aspect of the game from the
 intelligence of their computer opponents, to the cost, attack and defense
 ability of each available unit. State-of-the-art graphics make for smooth
 and fast navigation, and even the most experienced Axis & Allies players
 will be tested by the CD-ROM's challenging computer opponents. As in the
 board game, each turn is made up of six action sequences - developing
 weapons/purchasing units, combat movement, combat, non-combat movement,
 placing new units on the map and collecting income. Each step is
 important in waging a winning conquest and players must choose their
 steps carefully if they hope to win the war.

 The Axis & Allies PC CD-ROM features multi-player options for up to five
 players, including LAN, modem-to-modem, serial or Internet play at
 Microsoft's Internet Gaming Zone Axis & Allies is playable on Windows 95
 and available for a suggested retail price of $39.95. Visit the official
 Axis & Allies Web site at for more information
 about the game, to interact with other Axis & Allies players and to take
 part in a fully interactive, online battle against players from around
 the world.

        Accolade Ships Test Drive 5 for the PlayStation Game Console

 Accolade, a leading software publisher and developer of video games,
 announced that its Test Drive(R) 5 racing game began shipping yesterday
 for the PlayStation(R) game console. Pitting supercars of the present
 against muscle cars of the past, the game features more than 28 licensed
 cars, 18 courses in real world locations and branching technology. A
 version for personal computers will be available in November of this

 "We are excited to have Test Drive 5 out on store shelves and available
 to gamers," said Slade Anderson, producer of Test Drive 5. "The hot
 licensed cars racing through real world locations gives users an
 incredible racing experience." The game features such licensed supercars
 as the 1998 Dodge(R) Viper, 1998 Chevrolet(R) Corvette(R), 1998 Aston
 Martin Vantage, 1998 TVR Cerbera, 1998 Jaguar XKR, 1998 Saleen Mustang
 S351-R, 1997 Chevrolet(R) Camaro(R) SS(TM) LT4(TM), and the 1998
 Nissan(R) Skyline.

 The muscle cars in Test Drive 5 include: the 1966 Shelby Cobra 427SC,
 1967 Pontiac GTO, 1968 = Ford Mustang 428CJ, 1969 Chevrolet(R) Camaro
 ZL-1(TM), 1969 Chevrolet(R) Corvette ZL-1(TM), 1970 Chevrolet(R)
 Chevelle(R) SS LS-6, 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda and the 1969 Dodge(R)
 Charger. Additionally, 12 "super-charged enhanced" cars and "secret" cars
 are included in Test Drive 5, producing a total of 40 cars accessible to
 the player.

 Test Drive 5 lets users race in traffic with high-intensity police chases
 across exotic locations throughout the world, such as Moscow, Russia;
 Honolulu; Blue Ridge Parkway, N.C.; Tokyo, Japan; Edinburgh, Scotland;
 Sydney, Australia; Munich,Germany; Keswick, England; Kyoto, Japan; San
 Francisco; Washington, D.C.; and Bern, Switzerland.

 Circuit track courses include: Cheddar Gorge, England; Newcastle,
 England; Maui, Hawaii; Jarash, Jordan; Montego Bay, Jamaica; and
 Courmayeur, Italy. Most of the game's 18 courses are reversible and can
 be driven at night, producing a total of 31 unique driving experiences. A
 drag racing option is available to users as well. Players also have the
 ability to play as the police and race after speeding cars.

 Test Drive 5 features a new 3D engine developed by driving game experts,
 Pitbull Syndicate, that gives users a more lifelike feel of racing.
 MultiDynamic Environment Mapping recreates the look and feel of traveling
 under trees and bridges by adding multiple reflections and shadows to the
 vehicles. Branching technology is also included and allows multiple
 paths, off-course driving and short-cuts through streets and mountains.

 Test Drive 5 also offers high resolution graphics, making it one of the
 few console racing games to possess 512 x 240 graphics running at more
 than 30 frames per second. The Test Drive 5 soundtrack features songs
 from Wax Trax! Records' industrial rock band KMFDM; gold-selling
 alternative band Gravity Kills of TVT Records; Geffen recording artist
 Pitchshifter; futuristic rock artist Fear Factory and Holland's
 mix-master Junkie XL, both of Road Runner Records.

 The game offers both horizontal and vertical split screen modes on
 circuit tracks allowing exciting two-player action. Test Drive 5 supports
 the Sony Dual Shock(R) Analog Controller. Test Drive 5 is currently
 available at an estimated street price of $49.95.

 Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. to Ship Space Station: Silicon Valley
                      Exclusively for the Nintendo 64

 Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. announced today that Space Station:
 Silicon Valley, for the Nintendo 64 has begun manufacturing, and is
 expected to ship to retailers worldwide in the month of October (the
 product will be available at retail in the United States on Oct. 23,
 1998). Space Station: Silicon Valley, was developed by DMA Design, Ltd. a
 subsidiary of the Gremlin Group, who most recently developed Take-Two's
 worldwide best seller Grand Theft Auto.

 Touted as a "stellar title" by Gamefan Online, Space Station: Silicon
 Valley, has been enthusiastically received by the videogame community.
 The game has been described as "genre-busting," "totally fresh and
 original," and "addictive and extremely fun." Electronic Gaming Monthly
 stated it "could very well be the sleeper hit of the year."
 noted, "This is what videogames should be." In Space Station: Silicon
 Valley, gamers must save humanity from its doom when a mysterious space
 station suddenly reappears on a collision course with Earth. During the
 adventure, players take control of over 40 outrageous, humorously mutated
 animals as they solve puzzles and unlock the secrets of the 30 levels
 spread over four richly detailed environments.

 Space Station: Silicon Valley, marks the first title Take-Two has
 published under its own label for the Nintendo 64 system. Previously, the
 Company acted as an exclusive distributor for Gametek, Inc.'s Wheel of
 Fortune and Jeopardy! for the Nintendo 64. Space Station: Silicon Valley,
 is available exclusively for the Nintendo 64. "Space Station: Silicon
 Valley is quite unlike anything ever seen on the Nintendo 64," stated Sam
 Houser, Vice-President of Worldwide Product Development. "The unique
 storyline and game structure gives gamers the ability to take control of
 dozens of characters while offering gameplay that is diverse,
 action-packed and downright hilarious, making for a gaming experience
 unmatched on any system."

 Nintendo of America Chairman, Howard Lincoln, noted "We are pleased to
 have Space Station: Silicon Valley exclusively available for the Nintendo
 64. Take-Two is introducing a truly original game, which is a strong
 addition to an outstanding Nintendo fall lineup."

    Classic '80s Blockbuster Compilation, Activision Classics, Hits Sony
                        PlayStation at a Value Price

 SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Activision will deliver
 dozens of the most popular games from the '80s onto the next-generation
 PlayStation game console with the release of Activision Classics the week
 of October 5, 1998. At a groundbreaking price of about a dollar per game,
 this collection of 30 legendary Atari 2600 games includes Pitfall!, River
 Raid and Kaboom! -- some of the absolute best titles from computer gaming
 history. Activision Classics will be available at retail outlets
 throughout the United States and Canada and will carry a suggested retail
 price of $29.95.

 "In the early 1980s, Activision created some of the most fun and best
 remembered games for the Atari 2600," said Eric Johnson, senior vice
 president, North American marketing, Activision, Inc. "Old favorites such
 as Pitfall! and Kaboom!, which captured the hearts of gamers of years
 past, now will have the chance to appeal to the new generation of console

 Due to platform-perfect technology, all the games featured in Activision
 Classics will look and play exactly as they did on the original Atari
 2600 console. The compilation is comprised of such legendary titles as
 Pitfall!, a revolutionary video game that established a new genre of
 adventure gameplay by incorporating never-before-seen elements like vine
 swinging, pit hopping, log jumping and crocodile avoiding; River Raid, in
 which players jet down the "River of No Return" using a B1 StratoWing
 Assault Jet to break the enemy blockade and halt advancing troops;
 Kaboom!, in which players must use their stamina, reflexes and
 concentration to douse rapidly dropping bombs before they explode; and
 H.E.R.O., featuring the exploits of R. Hero, who players must maneuver
 through a tricky maze of mine shafts filled with lava rivers, vile vermin
 and creepy critters to rescue trapped miners. Activision Classics also
 includes such nostalgic favorites as Chopper Command, Grand Prix, Boxing,
 Crackpots, Fishing Derby, Freeway, Frost Bite, Sea Quest, Sky Jinx and
 Spider Fighter.

    Fasten Your Seat Belt! GT Interactive Revs Up Car Combat Games With
           Launch of 'Rogue Trip' for PlayStation-R Game Console

 Unleashing another critically acclaimed game from its internal studios,
 GT Interactive Software Corp. announces the release of its new car combat
 game, Rogue Trip for PlayStation. Designed by its SingleTrac development
 studio -- the creators of the million-selling hit car combat game series
 -- Rogue Trip is being supported by a multi-million dollar marketing
 campaign that includes a humorous new TV spot, extensive print
 advertising, cross-promotions and aggressive online outreach.

 "Rogue Trip is the game fans of car combat have been waiting for," said
 Holly Newman, vice president of Marketing for GT Interactive. "Our
 SingleTrac studio has once again created the dynamic, original
 entertainment experience they are experts at and we believe Rogue Trip
 has the potential to become a cornerstone property and dominate its
 category this holiday season." GT Interactive is supporting Rogue Trip
 with a multi-tiered, multi-million dollar marketing program that includes
 a national television campaign airing now through the holiday season;
 cross-promotions with Dragon Optical and other apparel companies;
 extensive print advertising including four-page `mini-magazine' inserts;
 integrated Internet support; customized pre-sell programs as well as
 point-of-purchase initiatives.

 Developed by GT Interactive's Salt Lake City-based SingleTrac development
 studio, Rogue Trip is set in a dark, post-apocalyptic future, where
 players are sent on an all-out rampage of wanton destruction and pure
 mayhem to famous vacation spots around the world in search of a coveted
 "photo opportunity." Rogue Trip also unveils SingleTrac's new
 technologies, including Dynamic Interactive Fodder, Pyro-Physics, and
 Genetic AI, all designed to provide Rogue Trip with unprecedented levels
 of interactivity and realism.

 Rogue Trip has already garnered critical acclaim from leading industry

    * "If you thought it couldn't get any better, you were wrong. Rogue
      Trip is one of the best reasons we can think of to own a
      PlayStation...go buy it now!" September 1998, Tips & Tricks;
    * "Its tongue-in-cheek delivery and over-the-top action make this one
      helluva enjoyable ride." GameFan, July 1998;
    * "Rogue Trip plays like a dream...very playable as well as completely
      addictive." Electronic Gaming Monthly, November 1998.

         Cyrix MediaGX Processor Selected to Power New Game: Site4

 RICHARDSON, TEXAS (Oct. 5) BUSINESS WIRE - Oct. 5, 1998 - Cyrix
 Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of National Semiconductor
 Corporation, announced today that Atari Games Corporation has designed
 the MMX-enhanced MediaGX processor into a new video arcade game, Site4,
 released this month. The MediaGX processor, which played a key role in
 enabling the sub-$1,000 consumer PC market, delivers the power of an
 x86-based platform to the arcade gaming industry, providing exceptional
 performance and versatility.

 Atari Games, a subsidiary of Midway Games Inc., has been a revolutionary
 leader in the arcade industry for more than two decades. Atari Games
 selected the MediaGX processor because it provides a highly-integrated
 system-level solution enabling optimum game performance at low-cost. "The
 MediaGX processor allows us to cut costs at the system level while
 delivering graphics that are rich and detailed," said Mary Fujihara, vice
 president of marketing for Atari Games. "The powerful yet inexpensive
 MediaGX processor provides compelling innovation and stunning visuals for
 our new game, Site 4, while allowing us to deliver a product to the
 arcade marketplace that is an exceptional value and return on

 The Cyrix MediaGX processor provides an innovative system-level solution
 that lowers system cost by integrating graphics, audio, memory controller
 and the PCI interface onto the processor, reducing the number of separate
 components. This system-level integration allows manufacturers to bring
 high-quality products to market quickly and inexpensively. "The Atari
 Site 4 coin-operated video game provides this competitive market with a
 next-generation game at a compelling price," said Mike Bereziuk, senior
 vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for Cyrix's parent
 National Semiconductor. "Site4 is an excellent example of how the MediaGX
 processor platform can cost effectively bring x86 processing into
 innovative consumer entertainment products. Integrated processor
 technology is the wave of the future for high-impact gaming platforms as
 well as Information Appliances, such as set-top boxes, web browsers and
 Windows Based Terminals."

             3DO to License Engine for Requiem: Avenging Angel

 The 3DO Company today announced plans to license the engine for its
 highly anticipated game, Requiem: Avenging Angel(TM), which is slated for
 release in January 1999. The Requiem Engine is a state-of-the-art
 foundation for the development of next-generation, first-person action
 games for the PC. Trip Hawkins, chairman and CEO, said, "Many brilliant
 engineers have spent three years developing this engine and have taken
 full advantage of the newest PC hardware capabilities. The outstanding
 quality of Requiem: Avenging Angel, and the critical acclaim that is
 building for it, is validation that our engine is first-rate. The Requiem
 Engine will allow the best new games to be developed and we look forward
 to working with other developers to make our engine a force in the

 "The Requiem Engine has a notable pedigree, having been developed at
 3DO's Cyclone Studios' division, which last year won numerous awards
 including 'action game of the year,' for its debut PC game, Uprising.
 Cyclone has a strong culture of 3D action gamers, and 3DO has a long
 history of expertise in 3D graphics." Added Hawkins, "Cyclone co-founder
 Ron Little led the development of the Requiem Engine, and industry legend
 Bill Budge is at Cyclone, where he is the driving force behind 3D
 technology for 3DO as a whole. Requiem: Avenging Angel serves notice that
 we're taking it to the next step in the marketplace, and the Requiem
 Engine is what makes it possible."

 From the development team, Cyclone Studios' General Manager, Helmut
 Kobler added, "In Requiem: Avenging Angel, we focused on giving players a
 more realistic experience in an incredibly fast-paced first-person game.
 Three key technologies combine to give the player a rich visual
 experience not seen before. The custom engine features refined portal
 technology that uses visible surface determination to enable a
 substantially higher frame rate. Additionally, we used 16-bit color and
 created a stunning lighting system featuring the first-ever use of
 real-time character shadows accurately mapped to architecture.

 "It all adds up to a break-neck frame rate of 60 frames-per-second that
 moves fluidly and smoothly allowing players a fantastic gaming
 experience. Players will love the rich colors and the astounding detail
 of shadows that are so life-like and subtle, they even ripple up a
 staircase. We designed our game to look great today on current PCs
 without 3D support, and adapt and expand with the player's next system.
 The custom engine in Requiem: Avenging Angel is one of the first to be
 fully optimized for the Voodoo2 3D card."

 ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine The wires are a hummin'!

                             PEOPLE ARE TALKING

 by Joe Mirando

 Hidi ho friends and neighbors. I'll tell you right off the bat that this
 week's column is going to be a short one. I've been putting in extra
 hours at my "real" job, and it's catching up with me.

 While it's true that I enjoy writing this column, it's also true that I
 need time for other things... sleep being primary among them, along with
 time to eat, some time with my wife and best of all, time alone. I'm one
 of those people who NEED to be alone for a while every so often. With me
 it seems to be more and more often that I feel the need to leave everyone
 and everything behind and enter a peaceful state of vegetation for as
 long as I can. If you ask me, that's one of the primary reasons that
 people have such a hard time dealing with their lives today... they have
 forgotten the art of "vegging out". It's an art form that needs to be
 practiced every so often in order to be good at it, and by the time you
 actually NEED to do it, you're so out of practice that it's actually a
 chore (which defeats the whole purpose of the art form in the first

 Some tell me that golf is the best way to relax. I tried golf once.
 Chasing that little ball around the course drove me nuts. I did alright
 for a beginner (or so I was told), but the game itself held no allure for
 me. I guess it just wasn't my cup of meat (don't be afraid to show your
 age by emailing me to say you know what song that phrase came from, by
 the way). My apologies to those of you who abstain from ingesting animal
 flesh for the turn of phrase, but I don't believe that we fought our way
 to the top of the food chain to become vegetarians, so just deal with it.

 Anyway, with the quickly approaching arrival of a new production machine
 at work, and the just-as-quickly-approaching job of interfacing it with a
 computer (a PC, unfortunately), it seems that I'm only going to get
 busier over the next few months. I just over-saw the installation of the
 new electrical lines and the necessary fail-safes such, so all I need now
 is the machinery itself. It's not due to arrive for another two weeks,
 but I'll have to use that time to get ahead of the production
 requirements we'll have while the machine is being installed and modified
 to our specifications. If this sounds like fun... I must have worded it
 incorrectly. <grin>

 Well, let's get on with the reason for this column: All the news, hints,
 tips, and info available about our favorite machines...

 From the NewsGroup

 Odd Skancke tells us:

 "The StringServer is now available in a "Public Beta" version at Lonny
 Pursell's download area, Check it out!!"

 Terry May tells Odd:

 "I did [check it out], but unless I'm missing something, it offers
 nothing more than what John Eidsvoog's oldie but goodie Applier does. And
 Applier doesn't have to be in memory, and multitasking makes no
 difference. I'm not knocking you or your program. I'm just wondering if
 maybe I'm missing something.

 For those that want to check out Applier, it can be found at my web site:"

 Pascal Ricard tells Odd:

 "Very good ! By the way, what software support your server at the moment,
 except for your text viewer and FireNews (If I recall, it does)?"

 And then, Pascal tells Terry:

 "StringServer allow you to click on a string and pass this string to the
 server to launch an application. The application have to support this
 protocol. Could be interesting to have this feature in Okami."

 Terry tells Pascal:

 "I guess the difference between it and Applier is that Applier only works
 by acting as an installed application, whereas StringServer can take
 strings from within programs. But as you said, it doesn't do you any good
 if the application doesn't support it."

 Mario Becroft asks:

 "So just what does the stringserver do?"

 Odd replies:

 "I think that FireNews supports it. I've not tested FireNews yet, so I
 can't tell. AtarIrc supports it and a program called Farmer. Farmer is a
 TosWin "clone", which is used to run TOS programs in windows under MiNT.
 I hope more programs will support this, since it's very easy to do. Read
 the SUPPORT.TXT in the archive to find out how.

 Well, there are some nice uses for it other than the "String-serving"
 feature. I've installed it as a viewer for all programs in Thing, so that
 when a file is opened in thing, it gets sent to the stringserver. This
 allows me to sent the file to different applicationds depending on the
 keyboard status (shift, control, alt). Like, when I click on a .s file,
 it goes to a viewer (textview, for example). With shift held down, it
 goes to QED, and with control held down, GenST.ttp does its work. Same
 with picture files. If I want to view the picture, I just click on it. If
 I want to process the picture, I hold shift down, and then some big heavy
 image processor is loaded. I hope that more programs will be supporting
 this, since supporting it is very easy for programmers to do.

 Our old friend Rob Mahlert posts:

 "I remember seeing a message on a web page to e-mail ICQ. So they would
 release the rights so an Atari user could write an ICQ program for the
 TOS. What was the "official" response from ICQ? There are other programs
 like ICQ out, has anyone tried to get the rights for one of them?"

 Chris Good tells Rob:

 "There wasn't any reply as far as I know. I think ICQ is being developed
 for MINT/LINUX users."

 Pascal Nowak tells Rob:

 "The official answer by mirabilis was no! I've just started to make a GEM
 ICQ clone for STING & MiNTnet."

 Jeff Jewell asks for help with his ST's AUTO folder:

 "I don't remember my STs as well as I thought... After getting back from
 WOA '98, I tried to install some new stuff in my auto folder on my C:\
 drive. The computer boots, gets to two bombs, and I end up looking at a
 desktop with a mouse that moves but can't click on anything. I think I
 just need to get the ST to bypass the AUTO folder, but I can't remember
 how to do that, and I couldn't put my hands on the right manual... Any
 quick help for a guy who should have known better?"

 Tom Carman tells Jeff:

 "If you are using TOS 2.06 or higher, after the Atari logo appears (which
 is almost immediately) press and hold the Control key. This should allow
 the computer to boot from the hard drive but bypass the AUTO folder. I
 can't remember if this works on earlier versions of TOS, but I believe

 Paul Nurminen posts this about NEWSie:

 "I just noticed that despite having all LOGging functions of NEWSie
 de-activated in version .92, NEWSie will still (occasionally) create a
 LOG file in my WORK directory. After seeing this, I ran Diamond Edge to
 check for lost clusters etc, but none appeared. I do however, remember
 NEWSie version .88 also creating this LOG file from time to time (even
 with LOGging de- activated), and when I ran Diamond Back III for a
 routine backup of that partition, the program couldn't copy that LOG file
 - as if there was something wrong with the file itself. It was deletable
 though. But so far, with version .92 of NEWSie, I haven't experienced any
 lost clusters or other HD errors. And my STinG (.STX) files haven't
 become corrupted yet. And the correct article number appears to be saved
 when downloading newsgroups for offline reading. I also haven't
 experienced any lockup of NEWSie after reading e-mail or newsgroup
 articles. But then I always "disconnect from server" and quit the program
 (and re-run it) before trying to read any newsgroup articles that were
 downloaded for OFFLINE reading. For the record, I'm running NEWSie .92 on
 a Falcon030 (standard with 14megs RAM under MagiC 5.11)."

 John Rojewski tells Paul:

 "Yes, turning off the LOG options does not stop the creation of a LOG
 file, or writing to it. You should not have LOST Clusters on a normal
 basis. When NEWSie quits, it closes the LOG file and everything should be
 fine. When NEWSie bombs, or when your system locks up while NEWSie is
 running, the LOG file is not correctly closed, and some LOG records are
 not written to disk. LOST CLUSTERS means: allocated, by not found in any
 FAT entry. This can happen with buffered files, typically used in C
 programs, when there is some problem closing the file. If you attempt to
 copy the LOG file while NEWSie is running, there could be some problems
 with software not being able to copy a currently open file. (i.e. there
 is no 'end-of-file', the file is still being created.)"

 Paul also posts this about WDialog:

 "Well, I remember right after I got the commercial version of CAB from
 Systems For Tomorrow (version 2.5) I installed WDIALOG so that I would be
 able to use GEMjing, since at the time, I hadn't yet started using MagiC
 - I was still running TOS 4.04 on my Falcon. Anyway, WDIALOG made all the
 CAB 2.5 icons look like the icons from the early version of CAB (1.5). As
 a result, I thought my 2.5 had somehow reverted back to some sort of demo
 version or something. That is, until I found a little blurb in the CAB
 manual about older versions of WDIALOG causing this problem with CAB.
 But, regardless of which version of WDIALOG I use now, it still does this
 to the CAB 2.5 icons. But, since I started using MagiC 5, I haven't even
 loaded WDIALOG, and I don't feel I'm missing anything. As far as what
 WDIALOG actually does, I've never been 100% clear on that either. I know
 it's supposed to allow more customization of printer drivers, and adds
 some other system extensions to TOS, but other than that, your guess is
 as good as mine."

 Michael Clemmetsen tells Paul:

 "I'd like to add my name to the list of those who are confused about
 Wdialog. I've seen posts here which indicate that you still need WDialog
 even if you have Magic installed. Is this true? I thought Wdialog simply
 provided MagiC-compatible AES-extensions to those OSes that did not have

 Now Paul asks about MagiC:

 "I just had something rather bizarre happen with MagiC 5 and my boot
 (C:\) partition... I don't recall doing anything unusual, but after a
 re-boot, everything seemed to be loading in the normal way, but right
 _before_ MagiC finished loading MAGXDESK, the file selector popped up, in
 the C:\GEMSYS\GEMDESK directory, asking which program I wanted to run
 (?!). And if I hit CANCEL, the file selector would just continue to
 prompt me for a file to run. If I hit OK, the same thing would happen. If
 I selected a program, then hit OK, depending on the program, I would
 either get an error message (ie. program exception error - which is
 equivalent to 2 bombs in TOS), or the file selector would just come up

 Despite turning everything off for several minutes and cold-booting, the
 same thing kept happening. So, I re-copied my C:\ partition from a (very)
 recent backup, and re-booted - however, the same thing happened again!!!
 At this point, I was starting to worry a bit, to say the least!!! So, I
 wiped my C:\ partition (an activity that doesn't exactly make one feel
 comfortable!), and re-copied it from an older backup. And when I
 re-booted, everything worked ok... <wheeeeeeeeeew!>

 What the $%@^# is going on here?!?!?! No programs crashed prior to this
 strange behavior, and there were no problems with the hard drive
 partition. There were no new AUTO programs or ACC installed either. I
 changed NOTHING before this happened. I'm running MagiC 5.11 on a 14meg
 "standard" Falcon030."

 Pascal Ricard tells Paul:

 "It looks like there was something wrong with your desktop. For example,
 if I rename to apx the file selector will be prompted."

 Roger Cain tells Paul:

 "I've had this. Forget how it all came about but the problem will be that
 Magic does not know what to run after initialising. Check your MAGX.INF
 is readable and make sure that the path to the desktop is not corrupted.
 If you want to re-install anything then try all the MAGXDESK components.
 You could try selecting MAGXDESK.APP if it gives you the file selector
 again as this (or Thing or Jinnee) is the sort of program it's looking

 Paul tells Pascal and Roger:

 "Before I recopied the whole C:\ partition from a backup, I of course,
 first tried selecting and running MAGXDESK.APP, but that didn't work (it
 gave me an error message). Then, I tried copying all the MagiC-related
 stuff, including the entire GEMSYS, GEMDESK, and MAGIC directories and
 all included files, as well as MAGX.INF from a recent backup. This didn't
 solve the problem either as the file selector still came up at the end of
 the bootup cycle. I then copied (from a backup) my AUTO folder and ACCs.
 Problem still there. So, I recopied (from a backup) the entire C:\
 partition. Problem still there. That's when I went to a slightly earlier
 backup of C:\, and it finally worked. So whatever corrupted the original
 MagiC file(s) was also in the most recent backup. Anyway, all is well
 now, and I'm certainly glad I had a second backup! :~) And if this should
 happen again, at least now I'm a little more "informed" about what's
 going on..."

 The old SwampDog himself, Guy Harrison, tells Paul:

 "MagiC can't load application id zero (ie the desktop application). It is
 prompting you to select one (although other apps might run). I use Ease.
 If something happens to corrupt one of its critical files Ease will die
 leaving MagiC no choice but to bring up this file selector. When this
 happens to me I simply point it at the original MagxDesk program and use
 that temporarily while I locate the corruption and fix it."

 Joshua Kaijankoski tells us:

 "I desperately need some sort of graphics card for my TT that is
 compatible with Magic and most applications. Could somebody please sell
 me one or give me some info on where to get one. I'd appreciate it a

 Brian Becroft tells Joshua:

 "This is NOT an official announcement, but I want you to know that Mario
 is now in the circuit design stage of making a graphics card/accelerator
 which will work on the TT030. It will be made initially to work on the
 ST/STE with the idea of bringing the machine into the 'modern world' so
 to speak. You will then be able to plug a SVGA monitor into it and use
 the internet and have decent graphics. With the new CPU it will be faster
 than the TT030 also. TT030 owners will get more than the usual 16 colors
 for a change - and the full screen being used for a change!! Not to
 mention photographic quality graphics... CPU upgrade to boot... So if you
 can wait or spread the word to other TT030 etc owners we would like to
 know how many would buy this upgrade and how much you would pay. I mean,
 if you want to pay, I'm sure Mario will upgrade the CPU to a 68060 if you
 want. I can't wait for him to finish it!

 Other serious suggestions are welcome. I'm using his PC mouse adapter and
 I'm most impressed. Especially using the Genius Net Mouse with the double
 click and left-click-and-hold on the middle rocker-button. I didn't
 realize how it makes the computer easy to use, you don't realize it 'til
 you try it!"

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

                             PEOPLE ARE TALKING

                             EDITORIAL QUICKIES

                                 Wyatt Earp

 It's 1880, the decade of gunslingers and gentlemen. This is a story of one
 such young man that wanted more than anything to be the fastest and most
 respected gunslinger in the west.

 The place was Dodge City, Kansas in the Sawdust Saloon. The young man
 into the Sawdust Saloon and, to his surprise, saw Bat Masterson sitting at
 table playing poker. The young man walked up to Bat and said, "Mr.
 I would like to be a gunslinger just like you. Could you give me some

 Bat Masterson put his cards down, looked up at the boy and said, "Son, I
 usually give out tips like this cause it could someday be detrimental to
 health, but step back and let me take a look at you."

 The boy stepped back and Mr. Masterson said, "You look good. You're
 black, you've got two ivory handled guns with waxed holsters, and you look
 a gunslinger. But what's more important, son, is: Can you shoot?"

 The young man, happy to show how good he was, quickly drew his pistol from
 right holster and without aiming shot the cuff link off of the piano
 right sleeve.

 Bat Masterson said, "That's good shooting son, but can you shoot with your

 Before Masterson could even finish, the boy had already drawn the pistol
 his left holster and shot the cuff link off of the piano player's left
 sleeve. Very proud of himself the young man blew the smoke away from his
 shooter and holstered his gun. "How was that?" the boy asked Masterson.

 Bat Masterson smiled and looked up and the boy and said, "That was pretty
 shooting son. I couldn't do better than that myself, but I do have one
 tip for you."

 "What's that?" the boy asked.

 "I suggest that you go to the kitchen and ask the cook for a large can of
 Then take both guns of yours and stick them down deep in the lard."

 Puzzled the young gunslinger asked Masterson why he should do that.

 Masterson put his cards down again, leaned back in his chair, and said,
 son, when Mr. Earp gets done playing the piano over there, he's going to
 those two guns of yours and. . . "

 The boy didn't wait for the rest of the answer.

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