ST Report: 30-Oct-98 #1436

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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Subject: ST Report: 30-Oct-98 #1436
Date: Sat Nov  7 13:04:12 1998

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  This past Friday, 10/30/98, will long be remembered. My original
  editorial was about the inadequacies of Netscape 4.5. That sucker
  cannot read frames with zeroed borders properly. I ranted and raved
  about how Barksdale is crying before the courts and the world about how
  MS has done his company dirty. Well the truth is Netscape is wearing
  the same dirty underwear. Netscape 4.5 appears to be deliberately
  written to ignore FrontPage 98 extensions.

  Then, as I was about to finish the compilation of STReport I heard a
  strange sounding "hardware click" coming from my main cabinet. Was I
  shocked to find two of my one year old,  4gb Western Digital Caviar
  Drives were going bad. One was generating bad sectors on its own and
  the other was developing a steady, loud clicking noise.

  [syscrsh.tif (922368 bytes)] I was not too concerned because drives are
                               so inexpensive these days that I felt a
  replacement of the drives would go easy and I would be in good shape
  because of my tape back-ups. So, I removed the bad drives and replaced
  them with new MAXTOR 6gb drives. I then discovered I needed to
  re-install Win98 to get the tape backup program running so I could
  restore from back-ups. Not so easy. Three quarters of the way through
  the restoration, I got an error message telling me "media unreadable".
  There goes an easy restoration out the window. I'll tell you now it
  took ALL WEEKEND to straighten this thing out. I eventually had to boot
  from the old sick drive and place the new drive as its slave. I then
  copied everything from the old "C" (boot) drive to the slave. I managed
  to get a tape backup of my "D" drive albeit it was an older tape backup
  that read fine.   I was able to restore that drive to one of the other
  new mechanisms with no trouble at all.

  Here's the beef what is wrong with these programmers or, is it the
  bean counters, who have put together backup software for MS in Win98
  that's obviously stripped down and crippled? Who are they kidding? Its
  the old, nickel and dime you to death $$$$ routine. Seagate provides a
  lame version of Backup Exec and MS puts it in their new Win98 package.
  Of course it'll run fine as long as you have no problems  but the
  minute you have a problem its "jump through flaming hoops time". I am
  now searching for truly adequate tape back-up software. I finally got
  everything going properly but only after hours upon hours of effort.  I
  tried to use Backup Exec v. 2.0b, but when it came to making the
  emergency restoration floppy disks.. it cried and cried about too many
  files for the disk.

  Who wrote the routine to create the emergency boot/restoration disks??
  The Three Stooges? Far too often, the user, like me right now, is left
  in a lurch because of the efforts of a few greedy bean counters who
  feel they must extract the very last soo out of the user.  I will not
  be forgetting my lost weekend too soon!  Not to mention the late and
  enemic issue becuase of lost last minute files.  I'd have them if the
  tape backup routine in Win98 had better coding.......  Bad media my
  foot!   At $22.00 per tape it has to get better than this.



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                      Microsoft Wants Netscape Letter

 Netscape attorneys failed to turn over all documents related to the
 antitrust suit against Microsoft, including a letter that could help the
 software giant's case, Microsoft lawyers said today in court filings.
 That letter was dated two days after a key June 21, 1995, meeting in
 which Microsoft allegedly offered to illegally split the Internet
 software market with Netscape. he letter by Gary Reback, an outside
 attorney hired by Netscape, was addressed to the Justice Department. The
 agency was investigating possible anti-competitive practices by

 Reback's letter, however, never mentioned the alleged Microsoft offer,
 and Microsoft attorneys have asked the judge to impose sanctions on
 Netscape for failing to produce the document among requested pretrial
 material. James Barksdale, Netscape's chief executive officer, admitted
 during sharp cross-examination last week that he never mentioned the
 alleged Microsoft offer in written correspondence after the June 1995
 meeting. Today marks Barksdale's fourth day of testifying in the
 Microsoft's trial, which entered its second week.

 Microsoft was expected to confront Barksdale with e-mails from his own
 employees, who complained angrily in the messages about their own
 Internet software as shabby and bug-ridden. Some even praised Microsoft's
 browser, which provides access to the Internet, as technically superior.
 The e-mails, many laced with obscenities, are important to Microsoft,
 which is trying to show that Netscape's business failures were its own
 fault, not due to allegedly illegal acts by Microsoft. Netscape once
 claimed nearly 90 percent of Internet browsers used, but it now has about
 half the market.

 In the weeks before the trial, Microsoft subpoenaed copies of about 4,000
 e-mails by Netscape employees written over the last two years. The
 messages were part of the company's informal ``bad attitude'' and "really
 bad attitude" forums, in which workers griped about everything from
 cafeteria food to product marketing. The "really bad attitude" forum
 existed as a private e-mail discussion list run by Netscape engineer
 Jamie Zawinski, who wrote about the subpoena on his personal Web site.
 When Netscape lawyer Kent Walker notified Zawinski of Microsoft's
 subpoena, Walker said he hoped "we've followed the document retention
 policy and deleted materials older than 90 days, but I fear we haven't."

 "In hindsight, complying with the document retention policy ... might
 have been a good idea," Zawinski wrote later. The government contends
 that Microsoft's actions contributed directly to Netscape's business
 problems. It released about 150 pages of new evidence Friday that it said
 illustrate Microsoft's illegally aggressive tactics, such as giving away
 expensive business software to Internet providers in exchange for
 converting customers from Netscape's browser. A June 1996 note described
 Microsoft offering "several thousand dollars" of free consulting to Toys
 R Us if the company redesigned its Web site to encourage customers to
 switch to Microsoft's browser.

 Another e-mail, sent by Barksdale in January 1997, described Apple
 Computer Inc.'s decision to distribute Microsoft's browser along with
 Netscape's. Barksdale said Microsoft had threatened not to develop its
 important package of business software, called Office 97, for Apple.
 Barksdale wrote that former Apple Chairman Gil Amelio told him Microsoft
 Chairman Bill Gates "said that was his only requirement to get his
 support for Office 97 on the (Apple Macintosh computer)." The documents
 also illustrate Netscape's troubles selling its own browser after
 Microsoft began giving its away free. Internet providers that had been
 distributing Netscape's suddenly switched to distribute Microsoft's.
 Netscape, in response, began giving away its browser in January.

                Microsoft Says Netscape Meeting Was A Setup

 Microsoft Corp. accused Netscape Communications Corp. of using a meeting
 between the two companies in 1995 to create material for the Justice
 Department's antitrust probe of the software giant. As the landmark trial
 against Microsoft entered its second week, the company also complained to
 the court that the government had kept new documents about the meeting
 hidden until Saturday. What actually happened at the June 21, 1995,
 meeting is crucial to the case brought by the federal government and 20
 states against Microsoft.

 The government and Netscape charge that Microsoft illegally proposed
 dividing the market for Internet browser software and threatened to crush
 Netscape if it did not cooperate. Microsoft has denied any wrongdoing and
 told the court last week that Netscape must have invented its account of
 the meeting. On Monday, Microsoft lawyer John Warden kept up his attack
 on Netscape's credibility in a fourth day of cross examining Netscape
 Chief Executive Jim Barksdale. "Isn't it a fact that the June 21, 1995
 meeting was held for the purpose of creating something that could be
 called a record to be delivered to the Department of Justice to spur them
 on to action against Microsoft," Warden asked. "That's absurd," Barksdale

 The government's case relies in part on notes Netscape co-founder Marc
 Andreessen made of the meeting. The latest documents include those notes
 attached to a letter sent a day later, on June 22, 1995, to the Justice
 Department by Netscape outside counsel Gary Reback. The Reback letter and
 attached note would seem to help buttress the government's position that
 Andreessen's account of events was immediate and accurate.

 In his letter, Reback says: "The general theme of the negotiation has
 been that Microsoft owns the platform (the Windows system needed to run
 Netscape's browser on personal computers) and that if Netscape is going
 to compete with Microsoft in any way... then Microsoft will competitively
 harm Netscape." Government lawyer David Boies told reporters outside the
 court that the Justice Department trial team had not known about the new
 documents until they were alerted by Reback himself. Boies said the new
 documents -- which he called "devastating" to Microsoft's case -- had
 been provided to the Justice Department in 1995 in a different
 investigation. The trial before District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson is
 expected to last into December. The government has plans to release video
 taped excerpts of pretrial testimony by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates on

            Free Speech Groups Sue to Stop Child Protection Act

 The same coalition of free speech groups that successfully fought the
 Communications Decency Act is reprising its role with Thursday's legal
 challenge against a statute the coalition says would effectively be just
 as harmful to online speech. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU),
 the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and the Electronic
 Frontier Foundation (EFF) said in a press conference in Philadelphia they
 are seeking an injunction against the Child Online Protection Act (COPA),
 which passed into law Wednesday along with other technology measures in
 the $520 billion federal spending plan.

 The lawsuit was filed in federal District Court in Philadelphia, the same
 court where the original CDA challenge was filed. The COPA law is set to
 go into effect in 30 days. "Whether you call it the 'Communications
 Decency Act' or the 'Congress Doesn't Understand the Internet Act,' it is
 still unconstitutional and it still reduces the Internet to what is fit
 for a six-year-old," said Ann Beeson, an ACLU attorney, in a statement on
 the lawsuit. The law's passage is proof that legislators are more than
 willing to "make children the excuse for ill-conceived censorship
 schemes," said David Sobel, legal counsel for EPIC.

 "Congress has demonstrated that, when it comes to the Internet, it's
 prepared to score easy political points at the expense of constitutional
 rights," Sobel said in a statement on the lawsuit. COPA would make it a
 crime for the operators of commercial Web sites to post material deemed
 "harmful to minors" under its established legal standard, which includes
 graphic sexual content. Violators would be subject to up to six months in
 jail and fines of up to $50,000 per offense. Sites would be exempt from
 prosecution if they used credit-card numbers or other age-verification
 schemes to block youngsters under age 17 from graphic materials.

 The original CDA, struck down by the Supreme Court in a near-unanimous
 ruling last year, was much broader than the COPA statute. The CDA applied
 to e-mail and newsgroups as well as to the World Wide Web. But COPA
 applies only to "commercial" sites, and replaces the terms "indecent" and
 "patently offensive," which the Supreme Court said were too vague, with
 the already-set "harmful to minors" legal definition.

 Material that is "harmful to minors" is defined under the law as being
 "prurient" and "lacking in serious artistic, political, literary, or
 scientific value" specifically when viewed by minors. A spokeswoman for
 COPA's sponsor, Rep. Mike Oxley, R-Ohio, told ZDNN earlier this month
 that the bill was carefully crafted to avoid the First Amendment
 violations that doomed the CDA. "It is important to note that 'harmful to
 minors' material cannot be sold or shown to minors by commercial
 establishments in other forms, like books, movies and magazines," Oxley
 spokeswoman Peggy Peterson said. "COPA applies that same common sense
 standard to the World Wide Web."

 The law has also been applauded by the anti-pornography group Enough is
 Enough, which was among the most vocal advocates of the CDA. But the ACLU
 coalition, which also includes news organizations, academics, physicians'
 organizations, and gay rights groups, maintains COPA would ban "a wide
 range of protected expression that is provided for free on the Web by
 organizations and entities who also happen to be communicating on the Web
 for commercial purposes." Credit-card age verification schemes, according
 to the ACLU coalition, are unlikely to be effective in screening out
 youngsters, and could not realistically be used by news sites containing
 material that could potentially be viewed as "harmful to minors."

 And since many Web sites now host online chats, bulletin boards and free
 e-mail services, the content in those areas could arguably come under the
 law, making it in effect as sweeping as the CDA, coalition officials
 said. The coalition also noted that even the U.S. Justice Department has
 criticized the new law. In a seven-page analysis sent to President
 Clinton by Justice Department officials on Oct. 5, they concluded the law
 had "serious constitutional problems" and could potentially draw law
 enforcement resources away from efforts to track down online child
 predators and pornographers.

 Justice Department officials also said in their analysis that the law
 would be ineffective because minors could still access newsgroups and any
 Web sites generated outside the U.S. "It is our fervent hope that
 Attorney General (Janet) Reno will concede that the new law is
 unconstitutional so we can avoid prolonged litigation," said Barry
 Steinhardt, president of the EFF, in a statement. Among the members of
 the ACLU coalition are Time Inc., Warner Bros. Online, CNet, the New York
 Times Online, OBGYN.Net, Philadelphia Gay News, Salon Magazine, the
 American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, MSNBC, CBS New
 Media, Playboy Enterprises, PlanetOut Corp., and ZDNet, publisher of

               AOL Complaints Surface in Maine, New Hampshire

 Some America Online users in New Hampshire and Maine have found that
 getting connected to the Internet can carry an unpleasant surprise -
 long-distance telephone bills that were not supposed to exist. "We had in
 excess of 20 (complaints) in the past couple of months ... localized
 around the Nashua area," said Walter Maroney, chief of the consumer
 protection bureau of the New Hampshire attorney general's office.
 Maroney said complaints to his office involve only AOL, the country's
 largest online service, with 14 million subscribers. "I'm not familiar
 with similar complaints regarding ... other companies. It appears to be
 limited to America Online," he said. "We are looking into it." The
 problem - which appears to have bypassed Vermont - involves people
 joining America Online for the first time, according to Maine and New
 Hampshire officials.

 New subscribers choose telephone numbers they want their computers to
 dial when connecting to AOL, usually a local number. But the software
 reportedly dials a different, long-distance number sometimes and there's
 no way to tell until the telephone bill arrives. America Online disputed
 that allegation, but would not comment on the specific Nashua-area
 complaints. AOL has said the problem happens when users don't choose
 local phone numbers or choose long-distance numbers as backups, which are
 dialed when the local number is busy. America Online also has pointed
 fingers at telephone companies, saying they misroute some calls. But
 Maine and New Hampshire officials challenge that claim.

 "There's no way for Bell Atlantic to divert those calls. It's not a
 switching problem," said Maryann Lutz of the New Hampshire Public
 Utilities Commission. "It's not the phone company. It's solely AOL, their
 installation disk," said Phil Lindley, spokesman for the Maine Public
 Utilities Commission. "It has access to AOL's database of numbers ... but
 it's not dialing the right one." In Maine, some consumers have complained
 about phone bills that in one case topped $1,200. Maine and New Hampshire
 have only one area code in the entire state. Vermont also is a
 one-area-code state, but it has gotten few complaints about unexpected
 long-distance calls, perhaps because Vermont handles in-state
 long-distance calls differently.

 "We haven't received very many complaints about this. And I'm sure that
 the reason is that we do have 11-digit dialing," said Dina Frankel,
 director of consumer affairs for the Vermont Department of Public
 Service. When area codes started being used up, telephone companies gave
 states the option of dropping the requirement that in-state long-distance
 calls be preceded by a 1 and the state area code. New Hampshire and Maine
 dropped the requirement, which is why seven digits will dial any number
 in the state, whether local or long distance. Vermonters, however, are
 stuck with having to dial 1 and the state area code to call telephone
 exchanges outside their local calling areas. Officials surmise this makes
 it difficult for software to choose a long-distance number accidentally,
 and alerts AOL customers to long-distance dialing because they hear four
 extra beeps from the modem. Whatever the case, officials say the
 situation is not only expensive but irritating.

 "People get frustrated because they call the phone company, and they say
 to call America Online, and America Online says to talk to the phone
 company," said Lutz of the PUC. n Maine, Lindley urged people to check
 phone bills so they can catch mistakes early. "Some of these bills have
 gone on for two or three months before they were noticed," he said.
 However, he also said the problem reflects the increasing complexity of
 society, from complicated phone bills to complicated computers. "AOL is
 like computers, and computers still aren't user-friendly. Until computers
 are as easy to use as the telephone or television, you're going to have
 this problem," he said. "My grandma can use the telephone 100 times out
 of 100," he said.

                   SEC Unveils Internet Stock Fraud Sweep

 Federal regulators announced Wednesday a first-ever nationwide sweep
 against fraud over the Internet by people promoting stocks and deceiving
 investors. The Securities and Exchange Commission said it took 23
 enforcement actions against 44 people and companies for allegedly
 violating federal securities laws by not disclosing payments they
 received from companies whose stock they promoted. The stock promotions,
 known as "touting," were made in Internet junk mail, online newsletters,
 message board postings and Web sites. Such touting is not illegal in and
 of itself, but any compensation received from the companies must be fully

                         Open Code Frees Up the Net

 To date, the idea that software developers working within multiple
 organizations without compensation to call their own could possibly mount
 a serious challenge to Microsoft's hordes of wealthy or
 soon-to-be-wealthy programmers -- working from the safe solidity of a
 near-monopoly in the programs that control the operations of desktop,
 portable and server computers -- has been scoffed at as the wishful
 thinking of the company's plentiful but weak detractors.

 Indeed, the dissemination of free software whose basic instructions are
 open to a worldwide community of developers to improve or alter has made
 little dent in mainstream corporate planning. Such "open source" code and
 the entire free software movement have been seen as occasionally
 successful, mainly in the delivery and maintenance of the widely used
 Apache Web server that still outguns Microsoft and Netscape
 Communications Corp.'s commercial challengers.

 But a closer look at the record of development of Web-based computing
 puts the efforts in a much different light. In fact, the free software
 movement has delivered commercial-quality products in every key component
 of software infrastructure for computing in a hyperlinked world. Free
 software gave the Internet much of its start, from the Mosaic browser to
 the basic Web server. Obscure innards such as the Domain Name System,
 which translates numeric Internet addresses into English names such as, and domain name servers come from the same heritage. Now,
 operating systems are in the collaborative developers' crosshairs, from
 the much-publicized Linux flavor of Unix to Free BSD, the software that
 is at the heart of the most heavily trafficked site on the Web, Yahoo!
 Inc.'s And with the use of Web sites to conduct electronic
 commerce likely to spread like wildfire -- some estimates put the amount
 of worldwide e-commerce at $344 billion by 2002 -- more and more
 companies are likely to move to adopt the programs that become Web
 standards, with the fact that they are free as an extra, compelling
 incentive. Earlier this year, SBC Communications Inc. replaced 36 Windows
 95 and Windows NT workstations at its Kansas City, Mo., operations center
 with Linux workstations because they handled the results of a giant
 network monitoring system better. The system displays warning alarms
 triggered on the network of a subsidiary, Southwestern Bell. The
 graphics-intensive system caused the Windows 95 workstations "to lock up
 on average every 4.2 minutes. The Windows NT workstations locked up every
 2.58 minutes," said Randy Kessell, a manager at the center. The Linux
 workstations haven't had a problem.

 Gary Nichols, manager of network administration at WavePhore Inc.'s
 WaveTop business unit which distributes content from Time Inc., People
 and Money magazines and Warner Bros., was asked to rebuild the corporate
 network a year ago. "I completely modeled the network around the
 Internet," and was surprised to find free source code such as the Apache
 Web server, the PERL scripting language, the Samba network connection and
 the MySQL (Structured Query Language) relational database, "were just as
 useful inside the company as on the Internet." Nichols runs Linux on 30
 of WaveTop's 45 servers for such tasks as e-mail, Web servers and the
 firewall. He figures he saved $30,000 in license costs of Windows NT and
 Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Solaris by using the open source code.

 "I bought $100 worth of Linux CDs and books and got the same
 functionality," he said. These examples illustrate how Microsoft no
 longer dictates the standards that determine the business computing
 environment, and how difficult it will be to dominate the standards set
 for doing business on the Web. Microsoft acknowledged as much in a Sept.
 25 financial filing that said one of the few threats on its horizon was
 Linux. The company still dominates in desktop applications. There are no
 open source code equivalents -- yet -- for Office-style word processing,
 presentation graphics and spreadsheets. But the importance of the
 operating system itself has receded. Both browsers and Web servers can do
 their jobs while remaining indifferent to the underlying operating

 Of course, skeptics doubt that complex software can be developed
 consistently by open source code groups, which tend to form voluntarily
 under loose leadership. "I'm very leery of the shared source code
 movement," primarily for the known difficulty of complex software
 development, said Hadley Reynolds, director of research at the Delphi
 Group, himself a Microsoft skeptic. Support of open source code, often
 provided by e-mailed responses from its developers, strikes information
 systems managers as a key weakness. They want someone under contract to
 fix glitches on demand.

 Still, the Apache Web server is so reliable that it has gained 52 percent
 of the market against commercial competition from Netscape (7 percent)
 and Microsoft (23 percent). IBM Corp. recently joined the Apache Group as
 a contributing developer and announced it will support Apache for
 customers of its WebSphere application server product line, another form
 of commercial support for an open source code product. What looked like a
 few amateurish success stories is now turning into a movement with much
 larger implications. Microsoft may be able to stretch out an antitrust
 showdown with the U.S. Department of Justice. But software developers
 have a way of changing the nature of computing on their own.

 Indeed, free solutions come because developers confront a problem "that
 has no commercial solution, or the commercial solution is viewed as
 overpriced," said Larry Wall, developer of PERL. But it is the very
 nature of these new economics that makes many companies worry. The rap
 against the free software movement is that it will fall down from
 eventual lack of momentum -- meaning that source code developers can't
 continue to do this without some means of financial support.

 The developers themselves disagree. They don't need to be paid for their
 efforts. It's intrinsic to the Internet culture to collaborate in solving
 the next problem, and they enjoy the camaraderie of doing so. They also
 save their companies' money, while their employers make money on other
 software or services for which they can charge. If this drive is true, it
 means the ability of one company to maintain a stranglehold over any key
 aspect of computing will draw to an end. Neither Microsoft nor any other
 commercial company will be able to position itself as controlling access
 to the Internet. And that means the DOJ with its antitrust suit has
 arrived on the battleground too late o play a decisive role in
 overturning any monopolies in software.

 "We're building the infrastructure for what the world will look like" as
 it switches over to a digital economy, said Eric Tachibana, co-founder of
 Extropia Inc., a developer of open source Web site applications, such as
 WebStore and Groupware, which are available from its site. Its
 applications are in use at Boeing Co. and General Motors Corp. It wasn't
 intended to be this way. Proponents of the open source code movement,
 such as the Apache Group's Brian Behlendorf and Wall, said they didn't
 set out to beat commercial companies, and in many cases it wasn't on
 their agenda to produce something that the rest of the world would use.

 "Open source developers are technical people who sense a need for a piece
 of system-level software that doesn't exist yet," said John Ousterhout,
 author of the TCL scripting language used to tie together disparate site
 elements. He was an open source code advocate as a computer science
 professor at the University of California at Berkeley when he invented
 TCL in 1988. TCL now is widely used on Web sites to pull together Common
 Gateway Interface scripts, Java applications and database access

 But sharing source code in 1988 was a more laborious effort. In those
 days, a developer interested in TCL would send him a big, half-inch
 magnetic tape reel of the sort used to store mainframe data, and
 Ousterhout would take it downstairs from his office to the machinery room
 in Evans Hall, where he would load it on a Unix host and copy the data
 onto it. Then he'd take it to the post office to mail back to its sender.
 That method would make it impractical to send out the 8,000 to 10,000
 copies of TCL that go out to prospective users per month over the
 Internet, he said.

 So far, open source successes "have been largely infrastructure
 software," said Tim O'Reilly, publisher at O'Reilly and Associates Inc.
 ( That's the kind of software that made IBM and Microsoft
 powerful, each in their own eras of computing. Now, that very
 infrastructure -- the Internet -- makes possible both the long-distance
 developers' collaboration and the distribution of their software, he
 said. Never before could a piece of free software have instant worldwide
 availability and testing by thousands of developers.

 The Linux example has begun to elicit interest among venture capitalists.
 Kevin Harvey, a partner at Benchmark Capital in Menlo Park, Calif., sees
 "a community of developers working together [as] a big and proven trend."
 They are likely to find the bugs in a system as they configure and use it
 with a wide variety of other components. Both Benchmark and Greylock
 Management Corp., a Boston venture capital firm, have taken minority
 positions in Red Hat as the company seeks to expand its staff and more
 vigorously push the distribution of Linux.

 Robert Young, president of Red Hat, "is doing exactly the right thing. He
 knows where he wants to go and the market is behind him," said Michael
 Tiemann, founder of Cygnus Solutions, a tools and services open source
 code company. Cygnus is built around its GNU's Not Unix open source code
 project, which was founded by Richard Stallman to create tools and
 compilers for Unix developers. Cygnus gained the backing last year of two
 venture capital firms, August Capital of Palo Alto, Calif., and Greylock.

 Some developers fear venture capital could prove to be the undoing of the
 movement. If developers start counting on making money on open source
 code by creating private companies around it, they may get into struggles
 over who controls the code, and it may cease to be open code. But they
 also acknowledge that venture capital and private companies are needed to
 address the Achilles' heel of open source code: technical support for
 products that have on around-the-clock technical staffs or on-site
 assistance. The business model for open source companies is to add to the
 open source developers' efforts in packaging, marketing and support, but
 not to try to take control, said John Oltsik, an analyst at Forrester
 Research Inc.

 If open source code development broadens, it is not likely that there
 will be a single company that ever takes Microsoft's place in the center
 of networked computing. Instead, there will be many cells, each making
 its own contribution. Indeed, Red Hat's Young jokes that his goal is not
 to make his company as big as Microsoft, but to make Microsoft as big as
 Red Hat. At open source company Extropia, Tachibana, 29, said his
 company's giveaway applications attract so much development work that he
 farms it out to selected developers. He and his partner, Gunther
 Birznieks, also 29, continue to develop generic Web site applications to
 be given away, such as Extropia's WebChat for group interaction.

 The practice keeps a steady flow of work passing through the doors of
 Extropia as the pair builds a network of 20 skilled developers with whom
 they wish to collaborate. And if they develop an application that becomes
 part of every Web site, there will be many ways to convert that success
 into a long-term business. It's as if Lilliputians came to hold sway over
 Gulliver. Size will not matter on the Internet, only usage of your
 product. "I feel we could have an open source code company that is just
 as successful as Microsoft," Tachibana said. With the advent of the
 Internet, the free software movement has flourished, rendering the U.S.
 Department of Justice's antitrust case against Microsoft too little too
 late. It's not altogether necessary to pay for software if you want to
 run an effective Web site. Networks of developers have collaborated on
 creating free software whose lines of code are "open" to improvement by
 other parties for key pieces of Web infrastructure.

             Paralyzed U.S. Man Controls Computer With Thoughts

 A paralyzed Georgia man who received a tiny brain implant has become the
 first human to control a computer using only his thoughts. Known only by
 his initials, J.R., the 53-year-old man was the second person to receive
 the implant, about the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen, but only the
 first to successfully communicate with a computer using his thoughts, Dr.
 Roy Bakay, who developed the implant with Dr. Phillip Kennedy, told

 "What we've done is enabled a patient who was unable to move his limbs or
 speak to communicate through a computer," Bakay, an Emory University
 researcher, said. "We have him think about movement. This sends a signal
 to a receiving unit in his scalp, which sends a message to the computer
 screen." "It's like operating an on/off switch." he said. "The person
 thinks about the activity, electrical activity in his brain increases and
 sends a message to control the cursor."

 The implants consist of two tiny hollow glass cones coated with
 neurotropic chemicals extracted from the recipients' peripheral nerves.
 The chemicals encourage nerves to grow into the cones, penetrating the
 glass, Bakay said. "This puts the cells inside the cone so it keeps the
 cells going for a very long time. It is critical to train these cells in
 a stable environment," he said. "The nerve tissue grows into the cone and
 forms contacts or synapses.

 "It's those signals that we pick up. It's like having a little piece of
 isolated brain within the glass cone. We are able to run electrical
 activity off of that." Although Bakay said the research, which began 12
 years ago, is in its infancy, future steps may include training "a whole
 series of cells to do things. There is tremendous potential." He said the
 goal is to improve a recipient's ability at the computer so he would be
 able to type letters and send e-mail. "We'd like to get them on the
 Internet and open communications to the rest of the world, and vice

 "After that, we'd like for them to use the computer to control their
 environments, turn lights on and off, adjust a bed, call an attendant,
 turn the TV on or off. Finally, we hope they will be able to run
 prosthetic devices, wheelchairs, even prosthetic limbs" Bakay and Kennedy
 decided to use glass cones because metal "pokes holes into cells and they
 die," he said. The two people who have received the implants were both
 very ill, Bakay said. The first recipient died of amyotrophic lateral
 sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) before she could be trained to control
 the computer cursor, he said. J.R. is also in poor health, hospitalized
 at the U.S. Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Decatur, Georgia, near
 Atlanta. A massive stroke paralyzed him and left him on a ventilator.

 Bakay said the first recipient was "only able to move her eyes up and
 down and sideways a little bit," but died three months after receiving
 the implant. "She was able to prove all our basic premises for us," Bakay
 said. "She helped us identify the cells we were looking for in this
 project." The prognosis for the second patient, who has mastered such
 simple computer commands as up, down, left and right, remains uncertain.
 Bakay said he was taken to a hospital intensive care unit Wednesday night
 after developing respiratory problems.

 "When he gets sick he can't work," Bakay said. "The mind doesn't function
 well. It's difficult working with him when he is at his best, but we're
 learning a lot from this fellow." Bakay said a third recipient likely
 would be chosen next year after he and Kennedy fully understand how much
 the current subject can accomplish. But he said the project has very
 limited financing. Bakay and Kennedy experimented first with monkeys at
 Yerkes Regional Primate Center in Atlanta, then won permission from the
 U.S. Food and Drug Administration to try the implants on three human
 recipients. The project's biggest impediment has been money. "Dr. Kennedy
 and I are two overworked clinicians who still have patients to see,"
 Bakay said. "We need some help. We are hoping some venture capitalist
 will be interested."

                  Sun To Unveil Next Generation of Solaris

 Sun Microsystems Inc. will unveil a major upgrade of its Solaris
 operating system Tuesday as part of an increasing focus by the computer
 workstation maker on its growing software business. Sun will host a news
 conference in New York to roll out its 64-bit Solaris, its version of the
 UNIX operating system that will run on the highest performing servers and
 workstations. Sun said its new software is a generation ahead of the next
 much anticipated upgrade of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT. Sun's upgrade
 of Solaris, called Solaris 7 (which skips several numbers in the upgrade
 cycle from the current Solaris 2.6), moves data in chunks of 64 bits, as
 opposed to the 32-bit chunks that most computers process currently.

             Danish Scientists Develop Atom-size Computer Chip

 Danish scientists said Monday they had created a chip where a single atom
 jumping back and forth could generate the binary code which is the basis
 of digital information used by computers. Applying this technique - which
 might only become commercially viable in a decade or two - information
 stored today on a million CD-roms could be stored on a single disc, said
 physics doctor Francois Grey, the team leader. "Society seems to find use
 for this," he said, referring to the search for ever smaller units in
 various technological applications.

            Vice President Gore Unveils World's Fastest Computer

 Vice President Al Gore unveiled the world's fastest computer Wednesday,
 able to make 3.9 trillion calculations per second. The computer is about
 40 million times more powerful than the one that put John Glenn into
 space 36 years ago. Glenn, 77, America's first man in orbit, returned to
 space aboard the space shuttle Discovery Thursday. The Department of
 Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will use the new
 computer, called Blue Pacific, in California as part of a program that
 uses simulations to test the safety, security and reliability of nuclear
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  Is Key To Worker Shortage          AT&T

  Gov't Tells ICANN It Can't (Yet)   Fractal Models For Managing Internet

  Spammer Sued By Washington State   E-Books To Come Singing Down The

  NEC Chairman Takes Responsibility  Court Rejects Attempt To Block
  For Scandal And Resigns            Recording Device

  Mike Roberts Chosen As Interim     MS Charges NS And DOJ Of "Setup"
  Head Of ICANN

  IBM HotMedia Tackles Online        Unix News From Sun-IBM-Sequent-SCO

  Intel Touts "E-Health"             Group Strives To Set E-Book

  Virtual Components Exchange        Complaints About AOL In 2 New
                                     England States

  Western Digital Debuts             FCC May Change The Rules On Internet
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  A Day In The Life Of The           PointCast Unveils Online Shopping
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  Unix Growth Still Outpaces NT      Stock Fraud On The Net


 Pleased over the recent passage of the American Competitiveness and
 Workforce Improvement Act, which raises the annual number of temporary,
 professional-worker visas from 65,000 to 115,000 over the next three
 years, members of the high tech say better education in the U.S. is the
 long-term solution to worker shortages. "Now that employers have some
 temporary assistance with the high-tech worker shortage, our nation needs
 to turn its attention to ensuring that American students are getting the
 proper education to make them competitive in today's and tomorrow's job
 markets," says the director of human-resources policy at the National
 Association of Manufacturers. "What we're most interested in are those
 skill sets not available here," says the president of CTS International,
 a high-tech recruiter. "It's a global marketplace. In order to be
 competitive in the marketplace, we must have [access to] the best
 technology and personnel." (EE Times 24 Oct 98)


 The Prince George's Coalition Against Hidden Taxes, supposedly a
 grassroots lobbying effort organized in Maryland, has been revealed to be
 a massive effort by AT&T to defeat proposed legislation that would charge
 a fee of 3% of gross revenues generated by telecom companies seeking to
 use public rights of way to lay cable, string wire, or plant cellular
 towers to provide new services. AT&T considers the legislation unfair
 because it singles out telecommunications companies from other users of
 public land, such as sanitary commissions and gas & electric companies.
 Calling the Coalition's media campaign a "massive fraud," the Prince
 George's County chief executive said, "This isn't any citizens coalition.
 This is a bunch of giant companies trying to profit off the public for
 free." (Washington Post 24 Oct 98)

                      GOV'T TELLS ICANN IT CAN'T (YET)

 U.S. Commerce Dept. officials have told the authors of the leading
 proposal for domain name privatization that their plan still needs some
 work: "The Department of Commerce regards the ICANN [Internet Corporation
 for Assigned Names and Numbers] submission as a significant step toward
 privatizing management of the domain name system," wrote Becky Burr,
 associate administrator of the department handling the issue. "We note,
 however, that the public comments received... reflect significant
 concerns about substantive and operation aspects of the ICANN." The
 proposal for the new corporation was submitted by the Internet Assigned
 Numbers Authority (IANA), the University of Southern California group
 that has long contracted to manage the technical aspects of the
 Internet's address system. A Washington, D.C., lawyer who helped IANA
 draft its proposal notes that his group will examine the comments and see
 what changes should be made, but added, "It would not be successful to
 accept ideas from small groups of people and then lose the support of
 large groups." (TechWeb 23 Oct 98)


 Researchers at AT&T Labs and the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab are
 looking for new ways to manage networks that carry more data than voice
 traffic, and suggest the mathematics underlying so-called fractal
 behavior could serve as a b basis for more efficient models of data
 networks. (A geometric object has fractal characteristics if a magnified
 piece of the object resembles the original pattern.) In the case of data
 traffic, bursts of activity show up in approximately the same spiky
 pattern over a wide range of time scales -- from milliseconds to minutes.
 "The finding the of fractal nature of Internet traffic can be viewed as a
 promising start toward solid characterizations of Internet traffic,"
 Walter Willinger and Vern Paxson conclude in the September issue of
 Notices of the American Mathematical Society. (Science News 17 Oct 98)


 The owner of a company called Natural Instincts is being charged by
 Washington State for violation of its four-month-old legislation against
 sending unsolicited bulk e-mail ("spamming"). The solicitations --which
 used forged return addresses and were sent under the subject line "Did I
 get the right e-mail address?" -- offered customers access to 50,000
 e-mail addresses for $39.95. Washington's attorney general Christine
 Gregoire says that the messages "clearly crossed the boundary from being
 annoying to being illegal." (ZDNet 23 Oct 98)


 Saying that "if you can get to the Web, you can buy a book -- instantly,"
 the chief executive of NuvoMedia unveiled his company's paperback-size,
 22-ounce $499 electronic Rocket eBook at Barnes & Noble, the bookstore
 and publishing company that will make titles available for downloading
 onto a personal computer. Books will sell for $18 to $25, and downloading
 of a book will take 2 to 5 minutes. Tapping a button will allow the
 reader to scroll through the book, which will include a built-in
 dictionary and allow electronic underlining, note-taking, word search,
 and font changes. Generally similar products are being developed by other
 manufacturers, including SoftBook Press and Everybook Inc. (AP 23 Oct 98)


 Tadahiro Sekimoto, the 71-year-old chairman of NEC, the world's
 second-largest manufacturer of computer chips, has resigned because of
 NEC's involvement in a scheme to overcharge the Japanese military on
 procurement contracts. Although Mr. Sekimoto was not personally linked to
 the scandal, it is Japanese practice to demand the resignation of senior
 executives when the companies they run have sinned. (New York Times 24
 Oct 98)


 Mike Roberts, who recently retired as vice president of Educom (the
 nonprofit organization that merged with CAUSE to form EDUCAUSE), has been
 selected as interim president and chief executive officer of ICANN
 (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers). ICANN is the new
 California-based nonprofit corporation that will assume primary
 responsibility for administering Internet address assignments. Roberts,
 who says he will not serve as president beyond the group's organizing
 stage, was a co-founder of CAUSE, the first director of Internet 2, and
 the first executive director of the Internet Society. The interim
 chairperson of ICANN will be Esther Dyson, who is a well-known figure in
 information technology. (AP 27 Oct 98)


 In the Microsoft antitrust trial, Microsoft has accused Netscape of
 setting up a June 1995 meeting between executives of the two companies
 "for the express purpose of manufacturing evidence against Microsoft."
 With Netscape president James Barksdale in the witness stand, Microsoft
 attorney John L. Warden asked: "Isn't it a fact, Mr. Barksdale, that the
 June 21, 1995 meeting was held for the purpose of creating something that
 could be called a record that could be delivered to the Department of
 Justice to spur them on to action against Microsoft?" Barksdale's answer:
 "That's absurd." (Washington Post 27 Oct 98)


 IBM's HotMedia software enables Web site operators to create ads with a
 variety of special and interactive effects -- including audio, video,
 zoom and panoramic views -- without the delays normally associated with
 downloading rich graphical formats. "The future of e-business depends on
 making the user experience as natural as possible," says IBM's VP for
 Internet media. "This is a set of tools to add rich media for commerce
 and advertising in a way that is completely transparent and painless."
 The technology works by delivering the packets of data that make up an
 interactive ad on a piecemeal basis and then reassembling them, rather
 than trying to push the entire format through at once. (Wall Street
 Journal 27 Oct 98)


 Microsoft's year-long delay in bringing to market the newest version of
 its Windows NT operating system has provided a window of opportunity for
 Sun to introduce Solaris 7, the 64-bit-addressable and latest version of
 Sun's version of the Unix operating system. Solaris runs on the Sun Sparc
 microprocessor and on Intel-based servers. Sun executive Ed Zandler is
 claiming a three-year lead on Microsoft, and suggesting that the leaner
 Solaris (with only 12 to 13 million lines of code) will make it more
 stable than Windows NT, which is reported to have more than 35 million
 lines of code. In other developments, IBM, Sequent and the Santa Cruz
 Organization have agreed to develop a single Unix-based operating system
 that will run on both Intel and IBM microprocessors. (New York Times 27
 Oct 98)

                           INTEL TOUTS "E-HEALTH"

 Intel plans to jump-start Web-based consumer health services by investing
 in about a dozen companies that use the Internet to manage chronically
 ill patients, sell vitamins and baby supplies, and distribute
 health-related information to consumers. "It's one area that touches the
 lives of virtually everyone, and at the same time it's underrepresented
 on the Net," says Intel VP Steven McGeady. "Consumers are champing at the
 bit to get access to health information and services online." McGeady
 points out that the cost savings from eliminating unnecessary doctor's
 visits would be enough to cover the cost of a PC for every patient.
 "Everybody in this country knows the phrase 'e-commerce,' but nobody
 knows the phrase 'e-health.'" (Los Angeles Times 26 Oct 98)


 A group of publishers, software makers and electronics manufacturers have
 pledged to work together to set technical standards for electronic books.
 Among the supporters of the standards are Microsoft, SoftBook Press,
 Bertelsmann, HarperCollins Publishers, Penguin Putnam, Simon & Schuster,
 and Time-Warner Books. The standards are based on HTML and XML coding
 systems. Publishers are attracted to the e-book, both because of the
 savings on printing and distribution costs, but also because they could
 include more illustrations, charts and even raw data -- material that
 might be excluded now to save on printing costs. "Publishers could
 present vast quantities of data without loss of trees or muscle strain
 for our readers," says the director of online publishing for McGraw-Hill.
 On the other hand, publishers still have reservations regarding the
 security of the technology and fear that e-books will provide a new
 channel for copyright violations and intellectual property piracy.
 (Chronicle of Higher Education 30 Oct 98)

                        VIRTUAL COMPONENTS EXCHANGE

 The Virtual Components Exchange is a consortium of companies organized by
 a Scottish economic development group, formed to provide a forum for
 buying and selling semiconductor chip designs. The idea behind this
 virtual shopping mall for chip intellectual property is that one day
 chips might be assembled using parts ordered one by one from an online
 catalogue, and then plugged into highly integrated chips, building-block
 style. Such an exchange of technology could usher in the era of the
 "system on a chip" -- a long-sought goal of chipmakers. "The trends tell
 us that in five years, you could see billions of dollars" in licensing
 transactions on such an exchange, says the senior VP of market
 development at Cadence Design Systems. (Wall Street Journal 26 Oct 98)


 Some new AOL subscribers in New Hampshire and Maine have found that local
 calls to connect to that service were routed to a long-distance number
 and resulted in unexpected long-distance bills. AOL claims that phone
 companies have been misrouting the calls, but that assertion is disputed
 by an executive of the Maine Public Utilities Commission, who says: "It's
 not the phone company. It's solely AOL, their installation disk. It has
 access to AOL's database of numbers ... but it's not dialing the right
 one." (AP 26 Oct 98)


 Western Digital Corp. is taking the wraps off its newest hard drive -- a
 magnetoresistive-based drive that holds 13 gigabytes of data. The drives
 also come equipped with new technology that automatically detects,
 isolates and repairs possible problem areas on the hard drive. The
 13-gigabyte drive, part of Western Digital's Caviar line, is due out in
 mid-November, priced at about $339. (Los Angeles Times 26 Oct 98)


 The Federal Communications Commission is leaning toward a decision that
 would make telephone connections between PCs and Internet service
 providers more like long distance calls, and therefore subject to the
 agency's jurisdiction. If a majority of the commission's five members opt
 for this approach, the "reciprocal compensation" agreements between the
 regional Bell companies and new local carriers serving ISPs will expire
 or be greatly reduced. Under the current arrangement, companies must pay
 each other a small fee for completing the local calls of each other's
 customers, but not for long distance calls. New carriers have turned
 these arrangements to their advantage by serving the modem banks of ISPs,
 which receive thousands of calls but never make any. "The current
 reciprocal compensation gravy train is running out of track," says an
 industry analyst with Legg Mason Precursor Group. "This may come as a
 surprise to some people, but they were in denial." (Reuters 29 Oct 98)


 The U.S. Department of Energy now has at the Lawrence Livermore
 Laboratory in California an IBM-built supercomputer claimed to be the
 fastest in the world, capable of a peak performance of 3.88 trillion
 calculations (or teraflops) a second and employing 5,800 processor chips
 connected in a "massively parallel" architecture. Energy Department
 officials hope to have a 10-teraflop IBM system running at Livermore by
 2000 and a 100-teraflop computer by 2004. (New York Times 28 Oct 98)

                    APPLE MAKES $30 A MONTH iMAC OFFER

 In a challenge to Gateway's $49.95-a-month Your: )Ware PC leasing
 program, Apple Computer says it will offer its popular iMac machine to
 customers for $29.95 a month. The company hasn't said whether the new
 arrangement, which will debut Nov. 2, is a lease or a loan program, but
 by lowering the initial cost, the company hopes to lure new users to its
 line of products. Apple has sold 278,000 iMacs, with almost a third going
 to first-time buyers. (Investor's Business Daily 29 Oct 98)


 Microsoft's lead attorney has accused America Online and Netscape of
 engaging in the same kind of conduct the government calls illegal and
 abusive if Microsoft did it (and that, of course, is what the government
 is hoping to prove). The attorney, John L. Warden, produced a message
 written by AOL chief executive Steve Case summarizing a meeting with
 Netscape executives and saying that Netscape "states unequivocally that
 there are no plans for interest in entering the online services business
 and/or related businesses such as Internet access. Netscape agrees that
 it will not enter

 these businesses for a minimum of 3 years following the completion of the
 licensing agreement with AOL." Warden used the message to show that
 Microsoft's two rivals were trying to "divide the market." Outside the
 courtroom, government attorney David Boies said that the discussions
 between AOL and Netscape were irrelevant to the charges against
 Microsoft, because "neither Netscape or America Online approached the
 market share or the market dominance of Microsoft." (Washington Post 29
 Oct 98)


 PointCast, which was one of the first companies to pioneer "push"
 technology that automatically delivers information to a user's desktop,
 is opening an electronic-commerce shopping service called MarketPlace.
 The MarketPlace Web site, which will offer links to computer hardware,
 books and other merchandise, will be sponsored by Visa. (Bloomberg
 News/Los Angeles Times 29 Oct 98)

                       UNIX GROWTH STILL OUTPACES NT

 A recent Dataquest survey shows that Unix growth is accelerating and
 outpacing that of its main competitor, Windows NT. Unix market share has
 grown from 36% in 1996 to 42.7% in the second quarter of this year. The
 NT market has increased from 9.7% to 16.2% during the same time period.
 "NT is far behind where the state of the art is, and it has a long way to
 go," says a Dataquest analyst. Meanwhile, Sun's recent program to offer
 its Solaris 7.0 operating system free to developers and educational
 institutions is also making inroads in the server software market. "Where
 the Solaris giveaway will eat up market share is Windows and NT on PCs,"
 says the group marketing manager for Solaris. Sun is also reinforcing the
 Linux system by licensing its source code for the Java Development and
 Compatibility Kits. "That's a good combo, Linux and Java," says a former
 SunSoft programmer who's now working on a Linux port. "They both cater to
 quick, more simple types of applications. Getting Java on Linux is one of
 the items I've felt Linux needs to make into the enterprise." (TechWeb 29
 Oct 98)

                           STOCK FRAUD ON THE NET

 The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed 23 enforcement actions
 against 44 individuals and companies who used Internet junk mail, online
 newsletters, message board postings and Web sites to illegally tout
 stocks. The individuals charged with fraud for allegedly lying about the
 companies they touted or their independence from those companies. (USA
 Today 29 Oct 98)


 Federal District Judge Audrey B. Collins of Los Angeles has denied a
 request by the recording industry to stop production of a 2.4-ounce $$188
 handheld recording device called Rio, which can record and play back
 digital music found on the Internet. The industry is concerned that the
 recorder will encourage widespread piracy, and that manufacturers of such
 devices "have a moral obligation to protect creative works." But a lawyer
 for Diamond Multimedia Systems, the company that makes Rio, asks: "Are
 they saying no one can develop a new technology without their
 permission?" (New York Times 28 Oct 98)


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 [speckled seatrout.gif (33458 bytes)]     Catching BIG Trout

 To begin with, pretend to fish for reds, but you would really be fishing
 for trout--big trout. This idea was born out of a series of articles in
 recent outdoor publications that described various not-so-well-known
 approaches to catching large seatrout in Florida waters. The reason for
 the apparent flood of seatrout articles is a statewide resurgence of
 trout populations.  This a direct result of stronger commercial and
 recreational fishing regulations going into affect in the past few years.
 More trout means more big trout. "It seems that the best way to catch big
 trout is to fish for reds or snook, for NE Florida that leaves only

 Apparently "gator" trout rarely inhabit the same places as the younger,
 smaller fish most of anglers pursue diligently on the grass flats every
 summer. Instead, large seatrout lead a more solitary lifestyle,
 preferring areas more often associated with reds such as oyster bars,
 creek mouths and the shallows along the marsh-covered shoreline. With a
 flats boat to improve your "stealth" factor, and you would be fishing in
 less than two feet of water, the least that could happen is a few reds
 wind up being caught.

 Begin by fishing topwater plugs around oyster bars in the Ft. George
 River and Simpson's Creek areas. When that slowed try fishing along the
 marshy shoreline of Little Talbot Island, concentrating your efforts on
 sections of the shoreline that slope away into deeper water. Take turns
 paddling and casting gold spoons next to the marshgrass and reeling them
 slowly down the sloping bottom. It's a time-tested method for catching
 reds, and it usually worked.

 Spring and fall are the best times of the year to catch one or more of
 these big trout in NE Florida. That's also when it's more likely to catch
 reds and trout in the same space or, there abouts . Look for areas where
 there is deep water, four-to-six feet, or more, near oyster bars or the
 shoreline. With the rising tide, trout will move into the shallows to
 forage for small baitfish that normally rely on the shallow water for
 protection from predators. When done feeding the larger fish will return
 to near-by deeper water until the urge strikes again. "Sometimes they
 feed for an hour, sometimes less, but if you fish through most of the
 rising tide you'll be there when they show."

 The same applies for oyster bars where the gamefish will roam over the
 newly-covered bars just long enough for a good meal. The trick is to be
 there when they come out of their "comfort zones" for food. Fishing in
 shallow, clear water presents many other problems. "The fish are very
 nervous and will quit feeding at the slightest disturbance." Its
 recommended that you keep your boat as far away from your target as
 possible. When wading, keep a low profile and cast sidearm when you're
 close to the fish. When fishing oyster bars, wade from bar to bar,
 fishing 360 degrees around each one.

 Live bait is another way to nail large trout. Use large finger mullet or
 other live native baitfish at least six inches long. As seatrout grow
 larger, they get slower because the amount of water they have to push out
 of their way. As a result they seek baitfish that are also relatively
 large and slow. Of course, even a small trout will grab a large bait, but
 if you're catching small trout you're fishing in the wrong place anyway.
 Use a popping cork to keep the bait from hiding and/or snagging on the
 bottom, and a splitshot or two to slow it down even more. The same
 applies to fishing with artificials: work topwater plugs very slowly, and
 gold spoons just fast enough to make them wobble. The final ingredient
 you'll need is patience. You're simply not going to catch as many fish,
 but the fun of catching even one or two "gators" is worth all the hours
 of casting. Believe me.

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                               The Linux Advocate

 Column #25

 October 30th, 1998

 by Scott Dowdle
 ICQ UIN: 15509440


 Wow, it's been a very busy week at work. I wonder how that Microsoft trial is
 going? This past weekend was the Atlanta Linux Showcase show. From what I've
 read about it, it had record turn outs... too bad I couldn't attend. There's
 always next year. I did find some decent coverage of the ALS and included it
 as a spotlight. Also, a friend of mine submitted a spotlight that talks about
 installing Linux over the Internet. Let's see you do THAT with Windows 2000.

 At the ALS, one of the keynote speakers was a fellow from Corel. He happened
 to mention that Corel has decided to give away WordPerfect 8 for Linux for
 personal use... which will be available online sometime next week. There are
 quite a few other juicy tidbits that Corel announced but I'm saving that for
 next week. Be sure and get signed up with Corel so you can download
 WordPerfect 8 when it comes out.


 Item #1: The future of computing starts with an L - One columnist from ZDNET
 details her experience at the Atlanta Linux Showcase. Although she spells
 GNOME as GENOME, I'll forgive her. She points out that Linux is a better
 solution to the industries problems than, you know... that other thing. Check
 out the following URL:,4351,364470,00.html

 Item #2: Mozilla for X moves from Motif to GTK - All I can say is wow. Jamie
 Z. at Netscape was quoted in an interview on a few months ago as
 saying that Motif was the only way to go on Unix because it was the standard:
 I guess standards are changing. Since the goal of Mozilla is to offer an open
 source browser, they finally decided to go with an open source GUI API. I
 think this is a big push for GTK, which as you will remember was originally
 created by the GIMP developers. GTK has come a long way since then though. To
 read more about the development roadmap for Mozilla visit the following URL.
 You can search for gtk in the page if you want to see that part.

 Item #3: Stuart Anderson on the Linux Standard Base Project - The head of the
 LSB gave a talk recently and the following URL contains a transcript. I think
 it is very important to watch what's going on with this Linux distribution
 standardizing effort. After it is concluded, there shouldn't be any disparity
 between Linux distributions, which is something that third party software
 makers are concerned about. Check it out at the following URL:

 Item #4: Unix gaining in NT rivalry - Who'da thunk it? The backlash against
 Windows NT is finally noticeable. Well, in all fairness, Windows NT is still
 growing but Unix is gaining more in marketshare. This just goes to show that
 the death of Unix was announced prematurely. Enjoy the following URL:

 Item #5: Linux inventor assesses future of open-source software - Yet another
 interview with Linus. Find it at the following URL:

 Item #6: Mexico's Project Scholar Net adopts Linux - The Mexican school
 systems seem to have decided o adopt Linux in a big way and will be installing
 Linux at various schools starting soon and continuing over the next five
 years. The estimated number of Linux machines in the school systems of Mexico
 at thecompletion of of Project Scholar is 140,000. Not too shabby, eh? Check
 it out at the following URL:

 Item #7: Oracle firms stance on Linux - Although Linux is legendary for it's
 technical quality, the Linux community is also very well known for its support
 system. InfoWorld Magazine gave the Linux Community the Best of Technical
 support award last year but you'd think the industry press never heard about
 it. In his opening speech at the Atlanta Linux Showcase this past weekend,
 Allen Miner, vice president of strategic business development for Oracle said
 that the tech support from Red Hat, SuSE and Caldera is faster and better than
 Oracles own. He also said that Oracle wants to learn from the Linux model and
 hopefully achieve the level of customer satisfaction the Linux community
 enjoys. Good luck. Read the full article at the following URL:

 Item #8: Open Response to Microsoft France - I don't know if anyone noticed,
 but I made a brief reference to the General Manager of Microsoft France and a
 FUD campaign against Linux somewhere in the last column. I didn't cover it in
 a news item last week because the URL in question was all in French and, for
 one thing, I don't speak French. Anyway, there have been several responses to
 the Microsoft France GM and the following URL is the funniest one I've seen so
 far. Be warned, it does contain a few racy words. It can be found at the
 following URL:

 SPOTLIGHT: Atlanta Linux Showcase 1998 - As mentioned in the Login section
 above, the ALS was this past weekend. Below are two URLs for great coverage of
 the show. I did get the permission of one ALS vendor to reproduce his account
 of the show which follows. Enjoy.

 --- begin long quote here ---

 Brief report on:

                             Atlanta Linux Showcase

 by Eric Lee Green
 Sunday - Oct 25th, 1998

 Now that I'm back from Atlanta...

 All in all, a successful show. The "nerd" factor was low at this one. At
 LinuxExpo there were all these hacker types walking around who would talk your
 head off about the technical details of your product but who would never buy
 it in a thousand years. There were real people at ALS -- people with money.
 System administrators. Technical directors. Company presidents. Consultants.
 We were approached by people wanting some big-time Linux systems -- a guy who
 needs to support 250 simultaneous telnet users while running the Progress
 database, for example (No problem, with the ICP-Vortex 5-channel RAID
 controller and enough Seagate Cheetah hard drives we can get him all the disk
 bandwidth the PCI bus is capable of passing), and a university researcher ("I
 have a grant, but not enough for an SGI") who wanted the absolute
 highest-performance Linux system he could get, 2gb of system RAM, etc. I also
 found the answer to another question there. There was a guy who needed 45
 megabytes per second throughput for a video application. He sent me email last
 week asking if I had any ideas. I had to admit that the fastest I'd managed
 was 28 megabytes per second sustained throughput in a multi-channel RAID
 setup. Well, some researchers in Wisconsin have released a distributed
 fiber-channel disk filesystem with drivers for Linux. One of their guys came
 by our booth, talking about it, and I mentioned my problem. He said "45
 megabytes per second? No problem!". He left me the literature for all the
 stuff involved -- Fiber-Channel disk drives, interface cards, etc.

 A Motorola rep approached me, wanting to sell us some Power PC motherboards in
 ATX form factor to run Linux. I told him I couldn't see the market, we sell
 lots of Alphas to research labs and etc. that need power and they're not going
 o buy a slightly-slower PowerPC to do their molecular modeling etc., but I
 told him I'd give his card to our marketing guys to see what they can come up
 with. I think I'm going to call him Monday anyhow just to get the technical
 goodies on it :-) (What can I say, I may know a bit about marketing but I'm a
 tech nerd at heart).

 By far the most impressive product, though, was hardware-accelerated OpenGL
 running under Linux. Thomas Rouell of XI Graphics came by our booth on
 Thursday, prior to the show opening, and asked if he could install the demo on
 one of our machines. I asked my boss and he said sure, so we popped the cover
 on a low-end RAID server (this one had a PII-400, 128MB of RAM, a
 single-channel RAID controller and three hot-swappable 9gb Cheetah hard
 drives), replaced the piece of junk S3 video card (hey, it's a server, it's
 gonna sit in a back room somewhere and gather dust) with a Number Nine
 Revolution 4 with 32mb of SDRAM (these things go around $200-$300, i.e., we're
 not talking Elsa Gloria territory), and then... then he started up four
 simultaneous OpenGL demos, each running in its own window, each running at
 speeds similar to an SGI of three years ago (alas, even AGP framerates can't
 keep up with current SGI hardware). Combined with the 600Mhz Alpha next to it
 that was running Mandelbrots in real time, this was a real show-stopper.
 People were always stopping and saying "Wow! Is this a dual-processor Xeon?"
 and I had to say no, it was the video card doing the work, the processor was
 just a plain old PII-400. I asked Thomas what the framerate for Quake was on
 this thing. I forget what he told me, but he also told me it was faster than
 with that same video card under Windows 95  and OpenGL only works in
 full-screenm mode under Windows 95! I.e., rendering into a window (even a
 window expanded to the full size of the screen, with windows on top of it!) we
 can get faster rendering than Win95 in full-screen mode. To say that I was
 impressed is to understate it.

 Our booth was right across from Metro-Link's booth (Xi Graphic's big
 competitor in the Linux video market). One of their programmers had the "C"
 source to their own accelerated OpenGL open on a window, trying to make it
 work. They kept glancing over at our booth and I overheard one of them tell
 one of their programmers (who was in the booth) "Hurry up, hurry up, get it
 working, we gotta show ours too!". Alas, their hardware-accelerated OpenGL
 kept crashing every time they tried to double-buffer, but they promised "Give
 us two weeks and we'll blow their doors off." Ain't it great?

 A Microsoft guy came wandering by our booth, looked at the Mandelbrots running
 in real time, looked at three simultaneous OpenGL demos running in separate
 windows in real time, and shook his head. "What's this?" he asked. I said
 "Hardware accelerated OpenGL. Impressive, isn't it?" He clicked on the "Start"
 menu (the system was running the FVWM95 window manager, which looks similar to
 Windows 95) and the Linux "Start" menu came up, and he shook his head again.
 "This is Linux? I didn't know it was going to be like this," he said. I asked
 "What do you mean?" He said "All these windows and graphics and everything.
 When they said Linux was a Unix clone, I came in here expecting to see a bunch
 of dumb terminals."

 I don't think so, Toto :-).
 -- Eric

 --- end long quote here ---

 SPOTLIGHT: Installing a Linux distribution over the Internet

 A friend of mine recently moved from Billings to Missoula, Montana in order to
 start college. He moved into the dorms and it just so happens that each dorm
 room has a 10BaseT Ethernet network connector for Internet access (which
 includes access to the campus network via SMB). Having a high speed connection
 opens up many new possibilities and Peter talks about doing a network install
 of the SuSE Linux distribution. All this entails is downloading an file and
 making an install floppy disk out of it, booting from that disk and answering
 a few questions. Being able to install over the network means that when the
 install program asks what media do you want to install from, rather than
 picking CD-ROM, or local hard drive partition, you pick an FTP site on the
 Internet from which the install program will access all of the files it needs
 to do the install. This is very cool, trust me, I've done an install on my
 laptop over my home LAN. What follows is Peter's write up. Thanks for the
 submission Peter!

 --- begin long quote here ---

 Installing SuSE Linux over the Internet

 by Peter Schmiedeskamp

 Yeah, I know. Yet another product review of yet another Linux distribution.
 The goal of this article is to be slightly off the beaten path by reviewing a
 network install of the new S.u.S.E. Linux version 5.3. As a student with a
 newly found high speed internet connection, Linux becomes a very viable option
 when compared with many operating systems that rarely see revisions and are
 solely distributed on CD-ROM. Several students I have met are amazed that they
 don't need to put in a Windows 98 CD and go through an agony comparable to the
 dentist's office to get a good solid system. With S.u.S.E. I really found it
 to be as easy as putting in a disk (created by the old standard rawwrite
 utility or some linux equivalent like "cat eide01 > /dev/fd0") and I was off
 and running.

 The notion that Microsoft supporters spread that Linux is difficult to install
 is laughable with the advent of installers like the one contained in S.u.S.E.
 One would have to be brain dead to not be able to reason through this simple
 install process. I started my installation on the hardest of all
 Intel-compatible hardware: A laptop with a PCMCIA ethernet card. It goes
 without saying that the average linux installation is going to work smoothly
 on most desktop systems (On a side note, the desktop from which I'm typing
 this installed swimmingly as well). Laptop computers tend to separate the real
 operating systems from the mediocre. My Pentium 233 MMX complied without the
 slightest hesitation. I loaded from the "Kernel Modules" section the PCMCIA
 support. That was all I had to do. My 3Com card was no longer an issue. This
 was, in fact, easier than my desktop where I had to (Gasp!) select the type of
 network card. For those who regularly spend time on the net hunting for that
 elusive driver for Windows, you have no idea the satisfaction of having
 everything "right there."

 From this point it was a matter of telling S.u.S.E. to do an FTP install and
 punch in my IP address and the other various numbers that the University gave
 me. Assuming you know all of this information, this is cake. One caveat: when
 selecting an FTP site, S.u.S.E. asks for an IP of a server. You can enter a
 real hostname instead. I used After
 pausing to bask in the glory of an easy kill I continued onward. The next
 stage of the install involved the typically daunting task of partitioning the
 hard disk. For the linux new-comer, the typical response is, "What the hell is
 disk partitioning?" S.u.S.E. does a nice job of giving a small crash course in
 partitioning (provided the novice is literate and is willing to actually read
 the concise online help). Disk partitioning is often a tricky issue even to
 the experienced user. Frequently partitioning becomes a guessing game as to
 how much space should be allocated and where it should be allocated to.
 Unfortunately this is how it is. Linux uses a much more robust way of doing
 things than Windows and it is simply necessary to spend the time to learn what
 it is and do it right. S.u.S.E. did the best thing it could possibly do and
 created a clear layout of a partitioning utility that is far easier than
 RedHat's much acclaimed "Disk Druid" software.

 Following partitioning the drive(s), the user is faced with what software to
 install. There are a number of configurations that are pre-defined. I rarely
 use these as they always seem to include some software that I know I'll never
 use. In RedHat installations I'm often afraid to play with much of this
 because I always manage to break something. In S.u.S.E. I found that it
 detected discrepancies in package requirements that I've blundered into in the
 past with other distributions. Time to kick back and relax! Unlike some other
 operating systems, (i.e. Windows) Linux does not need to be baby sat. O.K. I
 could never leave a freshly installing linux system either. I'm too much of an
 addict to not play around in the other consoles by pressing Alt-F1-8. One
 thing I noticed in S.u.S.E. was that during an install, I was able to use
 utilities such as telnet. For those of you who regularly use a remote shell,
 this feature is really fun. I used the time that my system spent installing to
 check e-mail.

 Unlike many distributions, I feel that S.u.S.E. lives up to the ease of it's
 installation. Administration is a snap. It is called "YaST." Simply type
 "yast" at the command prompt and you are up and running. This is the same
 interface that is used during installation, so the user should already feel
 somewhat at home with the menus. From here you can configure everything from
 your network devices to X.

 On a whole, I have to say that S.u.S.E. is very, very impressive. With an
 easy-to-use bundle like the Linux Office Suite, S.u.S.E. Linux is in a
 position to nip some market share from the big players. I expect that as
 people discover the simplicity of S.u.S.E. it will win more and more converts.
 As the S.u.S.E. people are fond of saying, "Have a lot of fun!"

 --- end long quote here ---


 I hope you enjoyed this edition of LA. Remember, if you have any questions or
 comments, please.. send me some email.

 Scott Dowdle

                             Happy Halloween!!

  Halloween in Jacksonville Florida 1998....

  [JSR2.tif (922368 bytes)]The classy costumes and the numbers of parents
                           escorting the youngsters was wonderful.  What
  made it all even better was the costumes the parents and grandparents
  were wearing.

  [kevin.tif (922368 bytes)]Some of the getups were absolutely stunning
                            with originality and creativity.

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  Four Pounds of Bach's Candies later.... and all was quiet again...  I
  hope these youngsters and grandparent had as much fun as I did.
  [hween1.tif (922368 bytes)]

  Hey Taylor?  Who did the "make-up" job???   Its pretty good!  You DO
  look like a DEAD Rollerblader!  Nice job.


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 Editor Dana P. Jacobson

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

 Is it already the end of October? Wow! Halloween is tomorrow night; I
 enjoy this holiday more than ever now that I'm out in the 'burbs! Seeing
 all of the kids in costume is really a treat (no pun intended); it's
 something I really didn't have when living in the city. Our house is
 lightly decorated for the festivities and we're almost ready for the
 hordes of little ghosts and goblins that will be dropping by. A terrific
 holiday here during a fun season of the year. Please, drive carefully on
 Halloween night - the streets will be full of trick-or-treaters and may
 not be as visible to you because of their costumes.

 I don't have much to say this week, so I'll move right into this week's
 issue and then finish up my scary preparations for Saturday night!

 Until next time...

 Welcome to your channel Atari Member Update.

        1. New MyMail update
        2. A MP3-player/decoder for Falcon030.
        3. Alexander Clauss Homepage
        4. Webpages made by me

 M Y M A I L U P D A T E

 My Mail by Erik Hall is now up to v0.70 and he is asking for more
 beta-testers for MyMail. Here's the news and bug fixes since the last
 version: info sent from him:

         * Fixed problems with decoding of base64 encoded attachmens
           from SUN mailer.
         * It was not possible to close "Edit Address card" cause of
           bad return value for a function. This is now done
         * Problem with popup menu opened outside the top of screen
           is now fixed.
         * Added sound functions.
         * MyMAIL is NOT doing the playback; it is only sending a
           va-start message so it works if there is a soundplayer
           installed correctly on the computer.
         * New setup added for sound events.
         * If gemjing is used do select the button "Use GEMJing"
         * Now settings are saved directly at change and the save
           settings icon are removed.
         * Rewrite of setting window handler.
         * Prev/next buttons in editor caused mymail to crash caused
           by a NULL pointer.
         * Internal ram buffert for clipboard is now dynamicly
         * Fixed problems with mail from outlook express coding
           filenames in base64; these filenames are now decoded
         * As usual this is violating the specifications so mymail
           only decode this and will never encode in this format.
         * Bug in call to file selector in save mail as text or html
           was randomly causing mymail to crash.
         * One memory release error fixed.
         * Now mymail is telling the user the if the mail server
           refuse to accept a mailaddress when sending a mail but not
           if it is to a mailing list where the error addresses is
           saved in the file FAILED.TXT.
         * This is a must because some servers checks if it is a
           "real" address by contacting the destination server.
         * If the server is down then it is not possible to send mail
           to that address. This is not any fault in mymail this is
           only a way for providers to protect them from being used
           as "Spam" server.
         * A bug in the logging of mail was causing the log to be
           closed and re-opened many times in a mail send and this
           was slowing down the transmit of the mail.
         * A small speed optimization is done in the base64(mime)
         * Some spelling errors fixed in dialogs.
         * Empty text in mail was some times causing mymail to bomb
           this is now fixed.
         * Faulty pointer in "Depack" window was causing problems.
           This is now fixed.
         * CTRL-V was causing mymail to hang randomly this is now
         * Faster encoding of fileattachments (base64)
         * Some times text after links was not displayed this is now
         * At export of mail to html format the links inside a mail
           is converted into a selectable link.
         * Now the keys Shift-upp arrow/Shift down arrow is now
           supported by mymail to scroll pages up and down.
         * Fixed a bug causing problems when there was more mail in a
           mailbox than mymail could handle. The limit was 512 but is
           now increased to 1024 but the program do not crash if
           there is more mail.

 My MyMail support page is to be found at:

 and the official webpage, made by the author:

 A M P 3 - P L A Y E R F O R F A L C O N ?

 The authors behind MPEG Audio Layer II PRG/ACC Realtime DSP Decoder,
 Fredrik Noring and Tomas Berndtsson have now started to continue work
 with their MP2-player from dec 1996. After a discussion with them Ive
 been told that they might try to compile a MP3-decoder, just, might. I
 told them that if theres someone who can try to make a mp3-player for
 Falcon in near future, they can.

 There's a pre-beta alpha version out of their mp2-player to download from
 this path:

 This is the version 0.99 release of the MPEG Audio Layer II decoder

 You can find info and more about this app and their developments at
 following URLs:

 Fredrik Noring:

 Tomas Berndtsson:

 Ive also been told that if theres a wide interest of a mp3-player/decoder
 they might give it a chance. You have to mail them at the following
 address and give the your own opinion about this:

 They also have started to use the Falcon MP3 mailing list. If you want to
 became a member of this list, just mail them at the address above and
 tell them that you are interested to follow the development of a
 MP3-player for Falcon. This list uses the address

 Do something good for the Atari market, mail them and encurage them to
 start writing a MP3-player/decoder. The whole Internet is full of the
 MP3-files and this is growing popular every month. We need a player for
 our machines too.

 A L E X A N D E R C L A U S S H O M E P A G E

 The author of CAB, Alexander Clauss has moved his homepage to a new

 His new e-mailaddress is:

 W E B  P A G E S  M A D E  B Y  M Y S E L F

 I have since the month of july constructed some pages related to the
 Swedish Atari Users Association SAK. The Nordic Atari Show 1999 will be
 held here in Gotheburg next June. Info and more about this show, is
 available at:

 Theres also pictures to view taken by a webcamera from the show 1998 at
 there. We have a own members magazine too, called Atarimagasinet. It is
 distributed to our members four times a year. If you can read the swedish
 language why dont you join us and receive this magazine? I now that
 theres lots of norwegian, danish and finnish that can cope with the
 language. After the close down of the norwegian Atari user group AOUN we
 invite the membrs to come and join us now.

 The Atarimagsinet homepage is located at:

 I also have made a starting point for our new members to discover the Net
 with several links, Atarirelated documents and more at:

 Best Regards

 Mille Babic

                               Gaming Section

    * "Starship"!!
    * "Soldier"!
    * "Xenogears"!
    * "Contender"!!
    * "Vegas Games 2000"!
    * And much more!

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

  SouthPeak Interactive to Publish Game Based on the Warner Bros. Feature
                               Film, Soldier

 SouthPeak Interactive announced that it will publish a PC CD-ROM and
 PlayStation game based on the Warner Bros. film ``Soldier'' starring Kurt
 Russell. The PC version of this real-time, 3-D action-arcade computer
 game developed by Gigawatt Studios will be released in the summer of
 1999, with the PlayStation version to follow in the fall. "We are
 genuinely impressed with the terrific acting, directing, writing and
 production talent working on the 'Soldier' film," said Armistead Sapp,
 president of SouthPeak. "We're flattered that the team at Warner Bros.
 decided to choose SouthPeak to extend Soldier into the gaming realm."

 The "Soldier" game is the latest in a long line of games and
 entertainment software to be developed or published by SouthPeak based on
 select Warner Bros. properties. SouthPeak is also publishing four PC
 puzzle collections named Looney Tunes Animated Jigsaws, four interactive
 coloring books titled Crazy Paint, an action-arcade maze game called
 Pinky & The Brain World Conquest, a side-scrolling adventure game
 Animaniacs: A Gigantic Adventure, and a Daily Desktop computer calendar

 "We have a tremendous working relationship with everyone at SouthPeak,"
 remarked Michael Harkavy, Vice President Worldwide Publishing, Kids' WB!
 Music and Interactive Entertainment. "They develop and publish
 technologically superior software that's just as much fun to play, and
 the 'Soldier' game will certainly add to that reputation." The "Soldier"
 film, a Jerry Weintraub Production to be released worldwide by Warner
 Bros. this Friday, October 23, 1998, stars Kurt Russell, Jason Scott Lee,
 Connie Nielsen, Gary Busey and Michael Chiklis and is directed by Paul
 Anderson from a script by David Webb Peoples. Jeremy Bolt co-produces and
 R.J. Louis and Susan Ekins executive produce.

 In "Soldier," Russell plays Todd, a veteran of numerous galactic
 conflicts and maneuvers who finds himself rendered obsolete by a new
 generation of specially bred warriors led by Caine 607 (Lee). Following a
 government test conducted by the Makers where Caine powerfully defeats
 Todd, the vanquished First Generation soldier is left for dead on a
 remote garbage outpost at the edge of the galaxy. Gradually nursed back
 to health by the inhabitants of this harsh planet, Todd begins to learn
 about the everyday aspects of life beyond the battlefield until he is
 called to defend the outpost and its overmatched settlers against Caine
 and his scientifically engineered squadron.

 The game serves as an extension of the movie, where players assume the
 role of Todd or another of his First Generation comrades-at-arms who have
 been skilled in the use of all types of weapons and military equipment.
 This unit of elite soldiers scours the universe to protect the weak and
 root out all the remains of their Makers and their new breed of weapons,
 both human and technological. "Soldier" is a real-time,
 three-dimensional, level-based game. Each of the six levels is
 constructed of a series of 3D environments containing a number of
 missions and objectives that must be completed by using lightning-quick
 reflexes and a variety of weapons. Level objectives are diverse and
 include challenging tasks like saving hostages, freeing settlers, and
 defeating the formidable foes dispatched by the Makers. ictory can only
 be achieved through pure brawn tempered by intelligent, strategic game

 "Soldier" is being developed by Hollywood, California's Gigawatt Studios,
 creators of Men in Black: The Game and Pinky & The Brain World Conquest.
 Brothers David and Yoni Koenig are leading the team facing the challenge
 of bringing director Paul Anderson's and writer David Webb Peoples'
 vision to life. "The movie is going to wow hard-core gamers with its
 ultra-cool environments - a bleak, wind-swept wasteland of a planet with
 mountains of industrial debris like transformers, spacecraft and outdated
 machinery," said Yoni Koenig, president of Gigawatt. "We're going to take
 this brilliant artistic vision and extend it into six gaming environments
 that remain true to the film and give gamers ever-increasing levels of
 visual excitement."

 "But one of the most powerful themes in the movie is the power of
 redemption and the belief that, no matter how much a person may have been
 trained to disregard his emotions, we can always find the humanity deep
 within him," observed Gigawatt Chief Executive Officer David Koenig. "
 'Soldier' willrequire gamers to be quite skilled in combat, but in order
 to succeed, they too will have to connect with their own humanity by
 protecting the weak and defenseless from tyranny."

                       Star Trek Cousin Coming to TV

 Mainframe Entertainment has begun pre-production efforts for a 3-D
 computer-animated series based upon Gene Roddenberry's "Starship." The
 story is the last property by the creator of Star Trek that hasn't been
 produced for TV or film. Following three years of negotiations,
 theVancouver-based animated television series producer acquired the
 rights to produce the Starship series in all media. "This is one of the
 last unproduced Roddenberry properties or ideas," said Chris Brough,
 Mainframe's CEO and vice chairman. Brough said the Roddenberry Group
 selected Mainframe because the company's ideas were in accord with
 Roddenberry's philosophy and content.

 The 3-D CGI-animated television series is molded after Roddenberry's
 vision of a vast starship built and launched to scientifically explore
 the galaxy. Mainframe is initially gearing the series for prime-time
 television. Mainframe has begun pre-production activities including
 animation tests, character modeling,and production design. The series
 will begin production in mid-1999.

              Square Soft Launches Xenogears in North America

 Square Soft, provider of one of the most successful gaming franchises in
 interactive entertainment history, today announced the launch of
 Xenogears for the PlayStation game console. Xenogears features
 traditional role-playing gameplay combined with exquisitely hand-drawn
 and computer- generated animation. An intricate storyline involving many
 human and non-human characters will prove to captivate audiences of all

 Following the release of Parasite Eve, Square Soft's critically acclaimed
 cinematic role playing game (RPG), Xenogears is the second of four new
 titles to be marketed and distributed in North America during 1998 under
 the recently-formed Square Electronic Arts joint venture between Square
 Soft and Electronic Arts. Square Soft has once again proven themselves as
 a leader in role playing game (RPG) development with the release of
 Xenogears. Xenogears provides the elements that made Final FantasyVII
 popular, and adds original features such as giant fighting robot action,
 dramatic hand-drawn cell animation, and unique real-time battle systems.

 Players can rotate the amazingly detailed 3D gameplay maps 360 degrees,
 and have the ability to navigate around the environment by jumping and
 climbing. In battle, mega-robots can be controlled, adding great variety
 to play. A new real-time combat system eliminates restrictive menus,
 using button commands to provide fast-paced, intuitive action. Players
 can wield dramatic magical spells or engage in real-time polygonal robot
 vs. robot battles. Combined with dynamic camera angles and intense
 lighting effects, Xenogears is an experience that won't be forgotten.

 "Square Soft knows RPGs," stated Jun Iwasaki, president of Square
 Electronic Arts. "Xenogears brings the best RPG development know-how and
 combines the utmost in current technological innovation to bring a new
 type of RPG to the gaming world. Our goal, as always, is to provide our
 customers with the highest quality gameplay experience available.
 Xenogears reinforces Square Soft's commitment to this goal." A gigantic
 colony ship is forced to evacuate immediately after it is invaded by a
 foreign organism. After leaving a greatly overpopulated home and becoming
 severely crippled with the destruction of its major operating system the
 ship plunges into a remote area by the name of Ignas when the captain
 activates the self-destruct sequence.

 Upon Ignas' continent, a war has been raging between two countries for
 hundreds of years. In the north of the continent lies the Kislev Empire,
 in the south lies the desert kingdom of Aveh. The story begins in the
 remote village of Lahan, in the outskirts of Aveh, near the border with
 Kislev. The new robots found by the Ethos institution and excavated by
 both countries changed the way that combat was fought. What lies beyond
 is a story of intrigue, treachery, allies becoming enemies and enemies
 becoming allies. Fei Fong Wong, a marital artist extraordinaire, makes
 many remarkable discoveries along the way, challenging past doubts and
 resolving issues regarding his current mission.

 Xenogears is a 2 disc RPG available for approximately US $45.00 and
 carries an ESRB rating of "Teen." It is available now in leading retail
 outlets throughout North America.

      The Main Event in January is Contender - Only on the PlayStation

 FOSTER CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 26, 1998--Bringing pure
 fighting enjoyment to the videogame ring in January is Sony Computer
 Entertainment America's premiere boxing title, ontender(tm), available
 only for the PlayStation game console. Contender offers head-to-head
 boxing action with arcade-style gameplay and control, and is compatible
 with the new Dual Shock(tm) Analog Controller.

 "Combining crisp 3D polygonal graphics with fast and furious arcade
 boxing action, Contender is sure to appeal to a very broad range of
 gamers," said Peter Dille, senior director, product marketing, Sony
 Computer Entertainment America. "This is one of those games that you can
 just pick-up and have a blast with. You don't need to know a ton about
 boxing appreciate the game. It's amazing how quickly the competitive
 juices get flowing when your are trying to knock your friend out."

 Contender features 40 different boxers, 20 playable characters, each with
 their own unique look, fighting style, strengths and weaknesses. When
 playing in the Single Player Main Event Mode the ultimate goal is to jab,
 punch and knock out competitors till you rank as World Champion of the
 boxing ring. With every fight, you can build your fighter's speed,
 strength and stamina. These fighters can be saved on to memory cards to
 fight against friends. Contender includes ringside cheers from the crowd
 that grow louder with each progressing game, as well as realistic
 character reactions like twitching on the mat when lying unconscious,
 faces grimacing and eyes blinking when hit, and even facial bruises and
 black eyes after a brutal fighting match.

 Utilizing a true boxing scoring system, it'll take proven boxing skills
 and mastery of the three different fight styles, including Detroit, Open
 and Peek-a-boo to outmaneuver each competitor and earn the ultimate title
 as boxing Champion of the World. A Super Punch can also be used, which
 has three times the power of a regular punch.

                Cool Boarders 3 Shreds Onto the Playstation

 FOSTER CITY, Calif.--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Oct. 27, 1998--989 Studios
 announced today the availability of Cool Boarders 3 for the PlayStation
 game console. Equipped with revolutionary graphics and unparalleled
 gameplay, Cool Boarders 3 is setting the standard for realism in
 snowboarding videogames by providing the look and feel of real
 snowboarding action. "Cool Boarders 3 was designed to be the most
 realistic and fun-to-play snowboarding videogame available," said Jeffrey
 Fox, vice president, marketing, 989 Studios. "We have even taken a page
 out of our licensed sports games playbook and motion captured actual
 snowboarders to provide the most realistic experience in any snowboarding

 Gamers will experience the breathtaking beauty of numerous realistic runs
 as they compete on 34 newly designed courses with razor sharp turns,
 intimidating jumps, unforgiving moguls and slippery ice. With its
 advanced 3D game engine, Cool Boarders 3 lets you feel every rock, bump,
 ice patch and jump, while competing on five diverse and tenacious
 mountains. For those who feel up to the challenge, there are two hidden
 courses: Avalanche Run -- where gamers must maneuver through a tight
 course while trying to outrun an avalanche, and the Tree Run -- a long,
 narrow run, which demands flawless control in order to avoid hitting an
 obstacle course of trees.

 Depending on the gamers own personality, there are 20 different
 snowboarding competitors to choose from, each with their own unique
 styles, strengths and weaknesses. To further increase the realism of the
 Cool Boarders 3 experience, professional snowboarders' signature moves
 have been motion captured to provide the most realistic snowboarding game
 animations possible. Players select from 22 authentic snowboards, which
 include sixteen Burton Snowboards and six Ride Snowboards, each created
 with real performance ratings for acceleration, control, responsiveness
 and flexibility.

 For the adventurous snowboarder, Cool Boarders 3 is packed with 35 real
 jaw-dropping snowboarding maneuvers and thousands of combos like Front
 Side 540's, Back Side Ally-Oops, Back Flips, Tail Grabs and 360's.
 Whether gamers are sticking a Misty in the Half Pipe or hitting a 720
 Back flip in the big air competition, they are destined to have an
 adrenaline pumping experience. Cool Boarders 3 is a 989 Studios
 production, developed by Idol Minds, LLC.

 Cool Boarders 3 Key Features:

    * One or two-player action allows friends to compete head-to-head
    * Choice of 20 daredevil snowboarders, each with specific attributes,
      skill strengths and weaknesses
    * Select from 22 authentic snowboards: sixteen Burton Snowboards and
      six Ride Snowboards, each individually designed with their own
      performance rating
    * 34 new, beautifully designed courses with razor sharp turns,
      intimidating jumps, massive moguls and slippery ice
    * Tons of snowboarding tricks including the Reverse 360(degree), Front
      Side 540's, Rodeo, Misty, Flips, Board Slides and Tailgrabs
    * Five challenging mountains including Powder Hill, Mt. Koji,
      Devil's Butt, Alps and Mt. Everest
    * For the first time in any snowboarding game, players will be able to
      fight other snowboarders on the course in the heat of competition
    * State of the art 3D game engine featuring polygonal characters,
      unprecedented courses and real time rendering that provide the most
      realistic, entertaining snowboarding experience
    * Race against opponents in six World Class Events including the
      Downhill, Boarder Cross and Slalom events or compete in the tricks
      competition while boarding in the Half-Pipe, Big Air and Slope Style
    * Two hidden courses -- Avalanche and Tree Run -- where flawless
      control is mandatory

 Electronic Arts to Ship ESPN Digital Games' "X Games Pro Boarder"

 Electronic Arts, the world's largest interactive entertainment software
 company, today announced it will soon release ESPN Digital Games' "X
 Games Pro Boarder" on both the PC and PlayStation. X Games Pro Boarder is
 the only snowboarding game that features eight of the world's best
 professional snowboarders. In addition, the game's soundtrack will
 include tracks from several well known alternative bands including the
 Foo Fighters, Lunatic Calm, Rancid and Pennywise, to name a few.

 The game will be published by Electronic Arts (EA) under its new action
 game division. Frank Gibeau, vice president of marketing for EA, said,
 "We are very excited about the addition of X Games Pro Boarder to our
 line-up of quality games. There is already a tremendous amount of buzz
 and anticipation for X Games Pro Boarder, as it is the game that truly
 captures the snowboarding lifestyle, including professional snowboarders,
 signature moves, boards, gear, courses, music and attitude."

 X Games Pro Boarder is the only snowboarding game in which players can
 ride as their favorite pro, compete against the best snowboarders in the
 world and pick their own line down a 3-D mountain with no boundaries. The
 game will feature nine intense levels of gameplay that mirror the
 broadcast presentation of the Winter X Games, the signature winter
 alternative sports competition featuring the world's best athletes. The
 PlayStation version can be played by 1 - 2 individuals and PC version
 will support up to eight players via LAN or the Internet.

 3DO Ships Vegas Games 2000 For PC

 REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 23, 1998--The 3DO Company
 this week began shipment of Vegas Games 2000, the fifth title in the
 award-winning Vegas Games series. An easy-to-play collection of
 twenty-five classic casino games, Vegas Games 2000 features new
 high-resolution graphics and simple "plug-n-play" set-up for matching
 wits with friends and family over the Internet.

 Whether you're a first-time player or a keno king, there's something for
 everyone in Vegas Games 2000, including Video Poker (five versions),
 Slots (five versions), Blackjack (four versions), Video Keno, Roulette,
 Craps, and more. Card sharks can ante up in the poker lounge, where 5
 card stud, 5 card draw, card stud and Texas Hold 'em are always ready to
 go. "Everyone will find something they love to play in this package,"
 said Trip Hawkins, founder and CEO of The 3DO Company. "The simple
 interface makes it easy for both savvy players and novices to jump in and
 play, even over the Internet, and the rich sound effects and graphics
 make for an absorbing experience that's just plain fun."

 Players may choose to compete against up to six other players, either
 human or computer, in "table" games for free over a network or across the
 Internet via, the Internet's fastest growing multiplayer
 game service. Vegas Games 2000 players can talk gaming strategy with
 other enthusiasts around the world through an easy-to-use chat interface,
 and the "pop-in-out" feature allows the player to join or leave games in
 progress at any time. Vegas Games 2000 is now available at an estimated
 retail price of $29.95 for Windows 95/98. The game is also available
 through direct sales at The 3DO Company by calling 800/336-3506 or online
 at the 3DO Internet site at

 ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine The wires are a hummin'!

                             People are Talking

 Compiled by Joe Mirando

 Hidi ho friends and neighbors. Yet another week has come and gone. It's
 often hard to believe that the time goes so quickly and that so little
 seems to get accomplished.

 Heck, it seems to me that it was only yesterday that John Glenn made news
 around the world by going... well, by going around the world. "First
 American in Orbit". What a title! Even now, 36 years later, it brings to
 mind the true pioneering spirit that most of us can only aspire to.

 All these years later SENATOR Glenn is about to make history again by
 becoming the oldest man to go into space. But unless you live in a cave
 in outer mongolia you already know all about this.

 Anyone who knows me knows that I'm an absolute fanatic about space and
 its exploration. It's simply something we need to do. We need to explore.
 We need to reach. We need to stretch the limits of what we can do. John
 Glenn has spent a a large part of his life doing just that. I've always
 admired him... first as an astronaut, then as a senator, now as an
 astronaut again. While it's true that there are, at this very moment, as
 many astronauts on the space shuttle DISCOVERY as there were in the
 entire space program during its early years, Glenn has again succeeded in
 centering our attention on the skys and beyond.

 Lest I make it sound like Senator Glenn is doing this out of some
 altruistic impulse, I should mention that Glenn probably jumped at the
 chance to join a shuttle mission. Wouldn't you? ANY person with a lick of
 adventure in them would jump at the opportunity to fly on a shuttle
 mission. And it's not like he's going to be a visiting celebrity either.
 As Payload Specialist he's a true member of the crew with
 responsibilities to perform and experiments to carry out.

 I'm sure that there will be some heated discussions about the cost of the
 space program and what 'little' knowledge there may be to learn on the
 current mission for the next several weeks, and the results might even
 end up supporting that point (although I doubt it). But as I said, it's
 something we need to do. In this world of corporate mergers and
 disposable everything, knowledge, intelligence, and courage are still not
 for sale. Knowledge must be earned, intelligence must be cultivated, and
 courage must be built from a combination of the other two. I'm sure that
 it's been said thousands of times since its original pronouncement, but
 I'm going to say it again...

 Godspeed, John Glenn.

 Now let's take a look as what knowledge we can garner from the UseNet.

 From the NewsGroup

 Tony Cianfaglione asks for help with his Falcon:

 "I attempted to copy the contents of an 800k floppy to a 1.44mb floppy on
 a Falcon. Since they report a size mismatch by direct copying, I decided
 to add a step in the middle by simply the contents of the 800k to a
 folder and then transfer it the rest of the way to the high density
 floppy by the following steps:

    * copy the 800k contents to a folder on the Falcon desktop
    * format a 1.44mb PC floppy to 1.46mb Atari Falcon format
    * copy the contents of the folder to the newly formatted floppy

 After only 300k has transferred the Falcon reports: Destination disk does
 not have space to continue copying. Attempting the identical transfer to
 an unformatted PC 1.44mb floppy renders the same report.

 An info check reveals at least 111,000k remaining on the disk yet the
 Falcon refuses to continue copying, saying that there isn't enough room.
 Anyone have any ideas as to what's happening here? Is the Falcon senile?"

 Nicholas Bales tells Tony:

 "[Copy the contents] To the harddrive, do you mean ? Sounds ok. The
 formats are exactly the same. You shouldn't need to reformat the disk.
 The falcon format is 100% DOS compatible. Sounds like maybe a bad disk.
 Have you tried another disk ? When you format it, does it go through ok
 without reporting any bad sectors and a full 1.44Mb at the end ? [It]
 Could also be a bad drive, or even a bad sector on your hard disk from
 which it is copying. 111000 bytes or Kbytes ? That would be over 100Mb,
 which is not possible on a 1.44Mb floppy."

 Thomas Binder tells Nick:

 "Nope, if I recall correctly, the formats aren't exactly the same. TOS
 formats HD disks with 2 sectors per cluster, whereas DOS expects them to
 have 1 sector per cluster. TOS also handles DOS disks, though, but Falcon
 TOS has a stupid bug which causes a crash when creating folders in the
 root directory of disks with 1 sector per cluster." 'Louis' posts this,
 the first installment of STUPID GEMJING TRICKS: "[I] Just started working
 with MyMail 0.70 and of course I tried the options to add sound stuff
 thru' Gemjing.

 So now on startup MyMail says "meepmeep", at quitting it shouts "I'll be
 back" and in case of new mail a fanfare is sounding. (Note this will
 probably annoy after sometime, but it's nice to show to all the peecee
 suckers...) Now the strange part: the first time I started MyMail with
 it, all the samples ran at half speed.

 Next I did some testing with Aniplayer, and after that went back to
 MyMail and that time it played at normal speed. This morning I sorted
 some more WAV's with Aniplayer, next worked with MyMail again and then it
 played at double speed... So just to check again, I just started
 Aniplayer once more, played a WAV and next started up MyMail and this
 time it plays at right speed again... Anyone with a clue here? I don't
 think Gemjing is configurable on the playing speed, but there must be
 something funny going on.

 BTW: this fanfare at new mail keeps on repeating, making it HARD to click
 the "details" and next the "get mail" buttons... Erik, any chance of
 changing something? The meepmeep only sounds once, so does the "I'll be
 back" but the sound for New Mail keeps on looping...?"

 Roger Cain tells Louis:

 "This sort of thing was happening to me when I was using CAB + GEMJING. I
 would load the KUH htm and get a VERY low-pitched MOO. At other times I
 got the expected MOO. So I don't think it is anything to do with MyMail
 in particular. More to do with Gemjing and, more likely, to do with other
 apps. which may be running at the time."

 Jason Watson asks about one of my favorite subjects: hardware hacks:

 "I have just fished the Atari out off the attic and set it up to see if
 it still works. It does, great I thought might as well get some use out
 of it. One problem though. It takes up a hell of a lot of desk space,
 Atari 520STFM, external HD, Monitor etc. Anyway I have a an old PC AT
 desktop case that could easily hold everything with one problem. The
 keyboard. So to my question (finnally). How easy is it to hack a PC AT
 keyboard onto the Atari keyboard interface. Anyone have details?"

 Joshua Kaijankoski tells Jason:

 "Why don't you use the ST keyboard? Just build a little case for it and
 get some cable etc. I did it and it worked just fine. It's so darn easy

 Brian Becroft tells Jason:

 "A good option IMO would be to get the PC/MS mouse/AT keyboard interface
 made by Mario Becroft, I'm using it now, without a doubt this is a great
 little add-on. I'm testing it, but I believe it is near ready to

 Ian Sadler asks:

 "Is it possible to run inkjet colour printers with the Atari 1040 STe and
 if so, does anyone have experience as to which printers will/won't work?
 (The info I have with mine only referes to dot & daisywheel printers)."

 Lewis Simcox tells Ian:

 "Not much help now as this printer has been superceeded, but Epson stylus
 color 11 works with the STFM."

 Terry May adds:

 "The DeskJets work very well with Ataris, and there are many programs out
 there that support them directly. Just make sure you don't get one that
 requires Windows. Most support Windows, but still work on other machines.
 However, some absolutely require Windows."

 Stephen Green tells Ian:

 "I've used a LEXMARK 1020 with good results on STE, STacy and (best of
 all) FALCON. Use HP500c or HP550c print drivers for colour. It makes
 Pagestream much more fun. NOTE, don't confuse it with some of the recent
 Windows only models Lexmark have graced the market with, these are
 totally software driven. You can't even change an ink cart without probs
 on these. ARGOS in the UK were selling the 1020 up to a few months ago
 for 89pounds inc colour + b/w ink carts."

 Martin Wilson asks about connecting up his ST to the internet:

 "First the hardware... Atari Falcon 32MHZ 4MEG 4.04 with hard drive etc
 Atari 4MEG STe with Toplink interrace and 16mhz accelerator The provider
 Uk Online (PPP only)

 Previous efforts have been hopeless mainly because half way though I
 realised the software didn't have PPP compatibility and then there was
 Oasis which fared no better. However I believe Sting does provide PPP
 which I have downloaded and I can make use of an old Cab version. But
 before I start on the wrong foot again is there any where there is a step
 by step guide or email addresses of people who might be able to help.
 What is the best software to use? Please note I'm not after a commercial
 solution. I'm using a PC at the moment and would stick with that in
 preference to coughing up money but would really like to get my Ataris on
 the net. I tried installing HSModem before and while I did install it I
 was never sure if I had done so completely correctly."

 Louis tells Martin:

 "First off, make sure you get the latest HSModem bunch (version 7 I
 believe), then get DRVIN, MFP and SCC in that order in your Autofolder.
 Have no clues as to special Falcon related stuff, but that should be in
 he docs anyway.

 Then, I would opt for Sting (up to v. 1.15, but beware, it may be
 necessary to replace TCP.STX by an older version in case you experience
 slow speeds). Sting's OK for PPP too. Should be LAST in the autofolder.
 Other options are PPP-Connect (commercial, comes with the CAB 2.5 upwards
 packages) or the Draconis stack (which up to now is still free for
 evaluation but I couldn't get it running from MagiC. TOS was OK. Don't
 know how compatible it is for clients based on STIK/Sting).

 As a browser I'd opt for CAB (1.5 latest freeware) but the commercial
 2.5, 2.6 and now 2.7 have more options and are faster. Demo's available,
 but then no online-browsing. Note that for CAB-on-Sting you need CAB.OVL
 from Dan Ackerman, CAB-on-PPPConnect uses CAB.OVL from the package).
 Other browsers: Adamas (part of the Draconis stuff) but I had nightmare
 experiences with it, Wensuite (commercial but simply a laugh; it's a No-

 For E-mail, FTP, IRC, Telnetting there is a broad variety of clients
 available. Nice option is Newsie, which does Newsgroups (on- and
 offline), FTP, E-mail and basic webbrowsing (no graphics). Oasis was
 abandoned and from what I gathered was messy too. No regrets! Best thing
 is to check with UK-online users for a correct Sting setup."

 Bill Platt adds:

 "Use STing for PPP. Use HSmodem(drvn and scc) you do not have to change
 any settings. Put drvin then scc then sting in you auto folder. put
 dialer.acc in you root directory put the *.cpx in your cpx directory. The
 difficult part is setting up the script file. I had a hard time with the
 script until I found out that my ISP dynamically sets the IP address. The
 only info I needed in the script was the phone number, name and password.
 CAB 1.5 works fine with STing and so does Newsie."

 Paul Williamson tells Martin:

 "I do not know which provider you are using, but I have found zetnet
 really good. They have support for Atari users and you should be able to
 get sample scripts to help with setting up StinG. Mail me direct if you
 want more details."

 Bill Platt now posts:

 "I need to access a few web sites which have streaming stock quotes. CAB
 cannot handle these, actually CAB doesn't seem to be able to login to
 these sites with the password. Kinda like it won't log onto Yahoo's
 investment challenge. I also need to access servers which use proprietary
 software that's only available for Windoze and Mac and Unix. Is Mint a
 Unix variant? also Would my Falcon be slower runing mint/linux/netbsd?"

 Ronald Hall tells Bill:

 "I can't comment on whether or not Mint will help with your CAB problem,
 but as to speed...Mint/Naes/Thing is much faster than any other OS I've
 tried on my Falcon. (note that I've not tried Magic). For an example,
 even though I'm running quite a few more "layers" and apps just to get at
 my Thing desktop, its still faster. Programs like Aniplay-give a higher
 fps from the desktop than from Neodesk/Geneva I can run the lines program
 that comes with Multitos, and its easily twice as fast as my
 Neodesk/Geneva setup, and just as fast as single- TOS. This is under GEM.
 If you run a Unix port from a virtual console, then the scrolling/general
 speed is remarkable. Also, I can run more apps at the same time with much
 less slowdown than Neodesk/Geneva or plain Multitos.

 Hope this helps some."

 Jo Even Skarstein tells Bill:

 "MiNT itself won't help you much, but since your problem most likely is
 he CAB.OVL you're using the CAB.OVL for MiNT/MiNTnet might."

 Well folks, that's about it for this week. Tune again next time and we'll
 talk some more about what's being discussed on the UseNet. Remember:
 while the John Glenn is in orbit, keep your eyes on the skys. And always,
 always keep your ears open so you don't miss what they're saying when...

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    to photograph anything from ground level. He requested permission to
    rent a plane and take photos from the air. His request was approved
    and arrangements were made. He was told to report to a nearby
    airport where a plane would be waiting for him.

    He arrived at the airport and saw a plane warming up near the gate.
    He jumped in with his bag and shouted, "Let's go!'' The pilot swung
    the little plane into the wind, and within minutes they were in the

    The photographer said, "Fly over the park and make two or three low
    passes so I can take some pictures."

    "Why?" asked the pilot. "Because I am a photographer," he responded,
    "and photographers take photographs."

    The pilot was silent for a moment; finally he stammered, "You mean
    you're not the flight instructor?"

                                 John Hole/WUGNET [Enfield,Middlesex,UK]

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