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Jacobson Murdoch Sells Delphi Service Analysts are saying Rupert Murdoch's decision to quietly sell Delphi Internet Services just three years after buying the Cambridge, Massachusetts, old- timer indicates the media czar still is uncertain how to jump into the online world. As reported, former Delphi CEO Dan Bruns says he is leading a team of online executives in buying back the Boston area information service from Murdoch's News Corp. Writing in The New York Daily News, reporter George Mannes says Murdoch's decision to sell (for undisclosed terms) "is a continued sign that Murdoch is struggling to define his Internet-related businesses." Mannes notes that in February, News Corp. dropped its plans to launch an Internet-based online service after partner MCI allied itself with Microsoft. "That service was intended to offer proprietary content and provide its members access to the World Wide Web and other parts of the Internet," Mannes observes. "Instead, the company launched a re-configured service called iGuide. It is a general-interest site on the web that includes numerous reviews of other web sites." As reported, Murdoch bought Delphi in 1993, saying it would be the base for the company's online operations, and would even lead to an electronic version of News Corp.-owned TV Guide. Mannes says the buyers led by Bruns, are buying the Delphi name, a computer operations center in Cambridge and a subscriber base of 50,000, which Bruns described as "very loyal and very active." Prodigy Buyout Said to Be Near Word is a deal is imminent for the management team seeking to buy Prodigy Services Co. from parents IBM and Sears Roebuck & Co. "The price could not be learned," says reporter Therese Poletti of the Reuter News Service, "but some analysts speculated that the deal could be as low as $100 million." Vice President Adam Schoenfeld of Jupiter Communications, a market research firm in New York, told Poletti, "I have heard no denials coming from very, very high placed Prodigy executives ... that a deal could be done as early as Friday." Reuters also quoted an executive close to the situation as saying some issues still are to be worked out, that "a deal is not finalized yet, it's still up in the air." However, the executive added a deal could be reached within a week or so. Poletti says price and some other terms and conditions are believed to be the current sticking points. As reported earlier, a management team led by Prodigy CEO Ed Bennett originally was preparing to launch a bid in the range of $250 million a month ago. The team has been working with investment bankers Wasserstein Perella Securities, based in New York. Says Poletti, "Bennett, who wants to move the online service to New York City from White Plains, New York, also is working with other Prodigy top executives that he has recruited since his arrival there in April 1995, after turning around the VH1 cable channel into a competitor of MTV." Currently, president Gary Arlen of Arlen Communications in Bethesda, Maryland, estimates Prodigy's subscribers are under 1 million. "That would place them at No. 4," Arlen told the wire service, just trailing Microsoft Network and far behind industry leaders CompuServe and America Online. Analyst Emily Green of Forrester Research told Reuters, "I think the biggest problem they have had is getting IBM and Sears to perceive that the value (of the company) has dropped." The two firm invested at least $1 billion in developing the service and possibly as much as $2 billion, analysts have said. Early last month, shortly after news of Bennett's move to buy the company from its owners, Prodigy laid off 150 employees, aimed at getting the Service in shape for the management-led buyout. IBM Licenses Mac OS The IBM unit that supplies components and technologies to other companies has agreed to sub-license the Apple Macintosh operating system to other Computer makers. However, IBM officials in Armonk, New York, said the company is not committed to shipping an IBM product using the Macintosh operating-systems at this time. The Dow Jones News Service quotes analyst Eugene Glazer of Dean Witter Reynold Inc. as saying, "It's not IBM's PC unit coming out" with a computer using the Macintosh system. "That would be very different." The wire service says IBM is expected to sub-license the Mac operating system to any manufacturer building a computer based on the IBM PowerPC chip. "It is similar to an agreement reached in February between Motorola Inc. and Apple," Dow Jones adds, "but The Wall Street Journal reported last month that Motorola plans to make its own Macintosh clones in China for sale in that country and abroad." Apple Vice President George Scalise says that from Apple's point of view, the new deal "broadly expands the reach of the Macintosh operating systems. Analysts told Dow Jones that IBM probably views the new agreement as a way to increase demand for the PowerPC chip, which was a joint product between IBM, Apple and Motorola. The wire service notes Apple and IBM also are working on a sub-notebook product, but they declined to provide more details. Tandem, Microsoft Team Up In a move seen as opening potentially huge new markets for both companies, Microsoft Corp. and Tandem Computers Inc. have agreed to marry their server technologies. Reporting from Tandem's Cupertino, Calif., headquarters, The Wall Street Journal reports terms call for Tandem to make its networking and "fault-tolerant" software compatible with Microsoft's hot-selling Windows NT, over the next year. Both companies will sell the software. "That would give Windows NT, now used mostly for small and medium-sized applications, a crack at the $8.5 billion market for massive computer systems favored by stock exchanges, banks, and other companies that risk being paralyzed by a single computer snafu," the Journal comments. The deal means Tandem gets to try for a foothold in the exploding market for low-end servers, which Tandem Chief Executive Roel Pieper predicts could add "more than $1 billion" to Tandem's annual sales. "But the move is extremely risky for Tandem, too," the paper notes. "Until now, Tandem has used its software as the key selling point for high-end computer systems that can cost millions of dollars. By selling the software alone, Tandem may cannibalize at least some of its $1.5 billion high-end computer business." Ziff Names Editors, Publishers Computer magazine giant Ziff-Davis has named new executives at PC Magazine, MacWeek and ZD Net. z Nancy Newman has been promoted from national associate publisher to publisher of PC Magazine, replacing Dan Rosensweig, who is being promoted to executive vice president of the Internet Publishing Group. z Peter Longo is being promoted from associate publisher of Computer Shopper to nationalassociate publisher of PC Magazine. z Rick LePage is being promoted from editor of MacWeek to the publication's editor-in-chief. He replaces Mark Hall, who will remain with MacWeek as the editorial page editor while he works on a book project concerning the Internet. Hall will also continue to write his online column, "Off the Record," carried by ZD Net. z Dan Farber has named vice president and editor-in-chief of ZD Net. He will continue to hold his post as editor-in-chief of PC Week. Wired Mum on IPO Rumors Owners of Wired magazine aren't talking about the rumors that it may be planning to offer public stock in the three-year- old publishing venture. "At this point we are not making any announcements and Wired is a privately- held company," Taara Hoffman, director of publicity and promotions at Wired, told the Reuter News Service in San Francisco. This follows a report in the San Francisco Examiner that Wired publisher Louis Rossetto had retained the investment banking firm of Goldman Sachs & Co. to investigate a public offering at $10 to $12 a share. Reuters notes the report didn't say how many shares might be issued or what portion of the company Wired would be willing to sell, but it did say Rossetto had held a staff meeting early last week in which he informed employees of the prospect. (Rossetto is CEO of the magazine's parent, Wired Ventures Inc.) The San Francisco publishing effort -- founded in 1993 by Rossetto and Jane Metcalfe and backed in part by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab guru Nicholas Negroponte and publisher S.I. Newhouse - achieved an initial readership of some 53,793. Circulation is now estimated to top 300,000 and Wired has formed two other units: its online service HotWired, added in October 1994, and a book publishing division, HardWired. "But," says Reuters, "one industry source said heavy investment by Wired in its new businesses had been a drain on the company, and could be forcing it to consider fresh sources of finance. Industry sources have estimated that Wired racked up around $10 million in losses last year, largely due to fresh investments, on revenues of around $30 million." Adobe Seeks New Look for Web A series of technologies that will allow Internet publishers to use magazine- style graphics and typefaces is being unveiled today by software publisher Adobe Systems Inc., with a boost from Sun Microsystems Inc. and Microsoft Corp. Noting critics complain current Internet graphics are lifeless and boring, reporter Don Clark of The Wall Street Journal this morning characterizes Mountain View, Calif., firm's project, code-named Bravo, an effort to change the look of the World Wide Web. "Adobe, which makes publishing software used by newspapers and magazines, has persuaded Sun to support a new technical format that will spice up Internet graphics," Clark writes, adding that computer maker Sun has agreed to include the new technology with Sun's hit Java programming language. Adobe President Chuck Geschke told the paper widespread use of Bravo will mean that programmers' Web graphics will appear the same on any personal computer, regardless of its microchip technology or software operating system. Meanwhile, Microsoft and Adobe have said they will combine their technologies for creating type fonts in order to develop a single standard for PCs and the Internet, Clark reports, noting the two have competed over type font technology for more than five years. "Now, peace appears to have broken out," the Journal observes, quoting Chuck Bigelow, a typography expert who heads Bigelow & Holmes Inc. in Maui, Hawaii, as saying the two sides wanted to avoid a standards war of the sort that consumers saw with video-recording, that "nobody wants to be a Betamax." Clark says the announcements "reflect a quickening race to make the Internet more useful for vendors and consumers," noting, "While today's Web pages are generally static documents, numerous companies are promoting new standards to make animation and three-dimensional effects commonplace." The Journal says Adobe's Bravo technology solves a separate problem by providing a standard way to display two-dimensional objects and type on PC screens and printing devices. "Using Bravo with Sun's Java programming language could help create programs that reside on server computers and are downloaded over networks to any type of PC," writes Clark. "That technique could reduce the influence of Microsoft in defining the technical ground rules that other software companies must follow." Intuit Offers Free QuickBooks Trial Intuit Inc. says it will allow small businesses to try its QuickBooks 4.0 and QuickBooks Pro 4.0 accounting software on a free trial basis. PC users can obtain the software by dialing 800-781-6999, extension 702656. Beginning May 12, users will also be able to obtain the software by filling out an electronic form on QuickBooks Small Business Online (http://www.intuit.com/quickbooks/), a part of Intuit's World Wide Web site. Customers can use the free Windows trial version 25 times before the program automatically inactivates. Macintosh users can try a full version of QuickBooks 4.0 or QuickBooks Pro 4.0 for 30 days on a delayed billing program. "Our research shows that many small business owners are frustrated because they've spent a lot of time and money evaluating other accounting packages that end up not meeting their particular needs," says Scott D. Cook, co-founder and chairman of Intuit. "We want to solve that problem by allowing all customers to easily evaluate the market leader for free." Survey Finds High DVD Awareness A new survey on digital videodisc (DVD) technology -- the consumer electronics industry's most hyped breakthrough since the compact disc -- shows that the product has already achieved a high level of visibility in the marketplace, even though DVD won't reach stores until late fall or next spring. Results from a Video Business/Chilton EXPRESS poll reveal that 45 percent of the 1,008 consumers surveyed have heard of DVD technology -- a high percentage for a yet-to- be- released product. The survey also showed that the respondents with the highest DVD awareness levels tend to be the traditional "early adopters" -- younger males with higher income and education levels. Some industry analysts believe that DVD will change the way people watch movies outside of the movie theater because of the technology's superior resolution and audio quality compared to VHS tapes. The new discs look like 5- inch CDs and hold full-length movies (in eight different language soundtracks). DVD equipment will also play CDs and can act as computer or video game peripherals. "The survey results support what analysts in the consumer electronics industry have predicted: American gadget-lovers are ready for yet another product that improves the way they view, communicate and play," notes a statement issued by Chilton Research Services Inc. of Radnor, Pennsylvania. "This survey, coupled with the fact that a large number of the 93,000 visitors at the annual Consumer Electronics Show lined up to see the digital videodisc exhibition earlier this year, indicates that DVD hardware and software manufacturers may have an open-arms market for this product." Intel Plans No Boards for Laptops Chipmaker Intel Corp. says that while it has begun developing more laptop computer technology related to microprocessors, it does not intend to make motherboards for portables as it does for desktop computers. Visiting officials in Tokyo, Intel CEO Andrew Grove told reporters that developing laptop technology is becoming more difficult because of demands for high performance, low power and miniaturization, and Intel has been undertaking designs to benefit laptop makers, who are important customers. The Reuter News Service quotes Grove also as saying that at the end of 1995, Intel ended up with more DRAM memory chips than anticipated because of changing demands from customers. Grove said that when there was a shortage of memory chips earlier in 1995, customers had asked Intel to supply DRAMs with the motherboards they ordered, but when the shortage disappeared they began purchasing DRAMs elsewhere. In other developments, Grove also predicted future PCs will be networked multimedia computers that delivered voice, video, 3D and animation data to each other over the Internet. PC Camera Lets Users Monitor Sites Marshall Electronics Inc. is offering a color camera that sends images via telephone lines to any PC. The company says its SECURECam I is designed for remote monitoring applications and is the first in a series of digital color cameras that plug directly into standard telephone lines for the remote viewing and storing of video pictures on any PC. The $599 SECURECam I allows users to dial up a remote site on their PC and view live images at a rate of 2 frames per second in a 2-inch window. Users can also snap high- resolution 640- by 480-dot 24 bit color images. The camera can work up to 250 feet from the phone line. Five or more cameras can be integrated through adapters using the same phone line. Marshall Electronics is based in Culver City, California. Corel Ships WordPerfect Programs Corel Corp. says the 16-bit version of Corel WordPerfect Suite for Windows 3.1x is now shipping. The new line of WordPerfect products, which includes Corel Office Professional, Corel Quattro Pro 6.0 and Corel Presentations 6.0, was created from the WordPerfect software line Corel recently acquired from Novell Inc. Corel Office Professional, Corel Quattro Pro 6.0 and Corel Presentations 6.0 for Windows 3.1x are scheduled to begin shipping in mid-May, while Corel WordPerfect Suite 7 for Windows 95 is scheduled for release in late May and Corel Office Professional 7 for Windows 95 is slated to begin shipping in mid-July. "We expect a very enthusiastic response to the unbeatable value of our new WordPerfect offerings," says Michael Cowpland, Corel's president and CEO. "The new Corel WordPerfect Suite gives our customers a value-packed collection of business applications for the price of a word processor, while Corel Office Professional adds the strength of Paradox, Group Wise Client License and InfoCentral to meet all of their database, groupware and information management needs." FCC Ponders Internet Phone Calls The Federal Communications Commission is wondering if it should begin regulating telephone calls placed via the Internet. Although the FCC hasn't yet announced whether it will launch formal investigatory proceedings, the agency will hear comments from interested parties through May 8. Several software publishers, including VocalTec Inc. now offer programs that allow computer users to place phone calls through the Internet. While the low-cost connections can be somewhat tenuous and noisy, the specter of increased competition has many established phone companies worried. The America's Carriers Telecommunication Association, an organization comprised of 160 small-to medium-sized long- distance companies, is one of the telecommunications industry trade groups supporting government action. The ACTA recently asked the FCC to create rules governing Internet telephone service, arguing that such service is identical to the services provided by ACTA's members, who are regulated. The ACTA also claims that the anticipated high volume of unregulated calls to be funnelled over the Internet will overload the Net. Additionally, the ACTA states that unregulated Internet phone companies don't contribute to congressionally mandated funding of phone service to low income and rural areas or to the maintenance of the nation's telecommunications infrastructure. Feds Call for Copyright Reform U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch and Patrick Leahy are calling for an amendment to the U.S. copyright law to protect intellectual property rights in cyberspace. Hatch says a change in the law is needed, because of technological advances that have given users all over the world the ability to make "instant and perfect copies" of copyrighted works, such as software, books, movies and musical performances. United Press International notes his remarks came as artists, publishers, computer services and users squared off on the issue yesterday at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is considering a bill to extend copyright protections to digital transmissions over the Internet. Testifying at the hearing, director Kenneth R. Kay of the Creative Incentive Coalition, whose members include most of the bigger media companies in America, said piracy already costs U.S. copyright owners $18 billion to $20 billion a year. The group strongly endorsed the Hatch-Leahy bill, which UPI says is consistent with the recommendations of a Clinton Administration study. The administration also is proposing a similar approach to international organizations as a model for international law. The measure would prohibit the manufacture and sale of devices designed to circumvent copyright protection systems, which could put an electronic tracer on legitimate copies that could pinpoint the source of the piracy. UPI notes online services object to parts of the Hatch-Leahy bill that would seem to make them liable for the copyright violations committed over their networks. William W. Burrington of the Interactive Services Association testified the services cannot monitor everything that is sent over their networks. And Robert L. Oakley, law professor at Georgetown University, said a new copyright law should make it clear that users have the right to make temporary copies of copyrighted works and have the right to give away, lend or sell copies they have legitimately obtained. Survey Finds Poor Computer Security Many U.S. businesses, government agencies and universities are reporting in a new survey that their computer systems have been broken into but that they were poorly prepared to deal with the problem. Reporting from San Francisco, the Reuter News Service says the Computer Security Institute of computer security experts did the survey using questions supplied by the FBI's International Computer Crime Squad in San Francisco. Says CSI Director Patrice Rapalus, "The survey results serve as a warning. There has to be a greater commitment of resources to information systems security and increased cooperation between the private sector and law enforcement. "The information age has already arrived," he added, "but most organizations are woefully unprepared." He said technology has made it easier for offenders to steal, spy or sabotage without being noticed. The 428 organisations responding to the survey -- including corporations, financial institutions, government agencies and universities -- "confirmed that their information systems are under siege," CSI said. Results were: z Forty-one percent had experienced some form of intrusion or other unauthorised use of their computer systems in the last year. z More than half of those who suffered intrusions, or attempted probes of their internal systems, traced the intrusions to current employees. Unauthorised probes of computer systems were also prevalent from remote dial- in sources and Internet connections. z Twenty-two organizations said they had suffered 10 or more "attacks" on their system in the past year. Reuters quotes CSI as saying unauthorized alterations of data - known as "data diddling" -- were the most frequent form of attack reported against medical and financial institutions. "Large majorities of those surveyed considered independent 'hackers' and disgruntled employees likely sources for eavesdropping, system penetration and spoofing -- attacks in which intruders forge a return address to gain access to a computer system," Reuters reports. Also, though, more than half cited U.S.-owned corporate competitors as a likely source of attacks ranging from eavesdropping to system penetration, "and," says the wire service, "many said that information sought in recent attacks on their computer systems would be of use to American corporate competitors." Internet Users Keep on Searching A new survey sponsored by Lycos Inc. finds that American Internet users spend more time searching for information than reading the material they find. While 80 percent of online users say they believe the information on the Internet is useful, 54 percent report they spend most of their time searching for information. "Surfers, it seems, are finding it's messy out there in cyberspace," says Robert Davis, president and CEO of Lycos, which runs an Internet search site (http://www.lycos.com). "More importantly, they seem to be crying out for the Internet to be useful, and not just fun." Of all survey respondents, 63 percent say the Internet does not complicate their life (87 percent of those online and 57 percent of those not online). In fact, 58 percent of all respondents feel the Internet can simplify their lives. Additionally, 66 percent of all respondents report that the prospect of being online is not isolating (87 percent of those online and 62 percent of those not online). Study: Cable Industry Must Adapt The cable television industry can realize new revenue in the range of $3.5 billion to $5 billion by the year 2000 through a combination of new services including cable modems, delivery of personal communications services (PCS) and near video on demand, according to SIMBA Information Inc. The market research firm notes that cable television, like most of the telecommunications industry, is entering a time of intense redefinition. The core business of delivering television services over a wire to homes will not sustain traditional cable concerns in an era of competition and regulatory changes. While SIMBA states that cable will continue to be the predominant subscription television service through the year 2000, its customer base will begin to erode as competitive services boost their subscriber numbers. One of the first ways cable operators will fortify themselves in a newly competitive market is through a continuing wave of acquisitions, trades and mergers. "Cable operators need to shore up their two most valuable resources which are their networks and access to the consumer," says SIMBA researcher Rob Agee. "By 2005, there will be fewer than five primary cable operators controlling more than 90 percent of all subscribers." Agee notes that cable operators will also begin to bundle video, data and personal communications services to compete with satellite, wireless and telephone company video networks. "Data services delivered via cable enable operators to leverage their robust and dynamic coaxial fiber networks to revolutionize a proven and lucrative business almost immediately," says Agee. But in order to succeed, cable operators have to act quickly and aggressively. "Failure to deliver high speed cable modem access is not an option cable operators can afford," says Agee. Gates Foresees Net as Easy as TV Dusting off his crystal ball, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates is predicting that within 10 years, hooking up to the Internet will be as much a part of everyday life as talking on the telephone or watching television. For now, though, he notes, traffic jams are becoming increasingly frequent as more people use the vast global computer network and as more audio and video are passed along. Covering an education conference in Bellevue, Washington, The Associated Press says Gates told educators that as technology develops - including the advanced types of telephone and cable lines needed to quickly deliver information -- those traffic jams will cease. "Gates envisions the Internet," says AP, "as the place where people will eventually go for information on absolutely everything." In his keynote address, Gates said, "Imagine everything being totally available. In the next couple years, we're going to get pretty close to that ideal." Noting the conference is intended to train workers for crucial jobs that don't yet exist, Gates commented that two years ago nobody would have picked "webmaster" as a hot job in 1996. Now, webmasters, along with developers, systems integrators, graphic artists and other jobs related to the World Wide Web portion of the Internet are in high demand. CompuServe Denies FBI Probe CompuServe Inc. officials today denied a Columbus, Ohio, newpaper report that the online service is being investigated by the FBI over a complaint about adult-oriented data. "We categorically deny that there is an investigation being conducted by either the FBI or the Department of Justice," CompuServe spokesman Russ Robinson told The Associated Press. His statement came after The Columbus Dispatch newspaper reported this morning that the FBI had begun investigating a complaint lodged by a Christian watchdog group called American Family Association over what it characterized as sexually-oriented material. AP notes American Family, headed by conservative media critic Donald Wildmon, is the group that last year forced Calvin Klein to cancel a jeans ad campaign featuring young models in provocative poses. The organization also pressured companies to drop ads for "NYPD Blue" because of the program's adult content. American Family's new complaint centers on CompuServe's Entertainment Drive forums, which provide various information about entertainment, such as movies and television programming, and on the MacGlamour Forum, which contains pictures and movies. AP says the Justice Department has forwarded to the FBI the group's complaint that the CompuServe services violate the new Communications Decency Act. However, Justice Department spokesman John Russell told the wire service this afternoon that does not necessarily mean there is an investigation. The federal law in question, part of the massive telecommunications overhaul signed by President Clinton last February, allows for penalties of up to two years in prison and $250,000 in fines for violations. However, as reported earlier, a three-judge U.S. District Court panel in Philadelphia currently is hearing arguments on whether the decency law is constitutional and Justice Department officials have indicated they would not begin prosecuting violators until the case is decided. As reported here, Judge Ronald Buckwalter issued a temporary restraining order Feb. 15 that blocked part of the act, declaring some terms used in it to be too vague. Meanwhile, CompuServe spokeswoman Daphne Kent noted parents who subscribe to CompuServe already can block access to any area of the system by requiring a password to enter those areas. However, she pointed out, so far only 6,000 of CompuServe's 4.7 million subscribers have initiated parental controls, which Kent said suggests people are not very concerned about the issue on the system. FBI Says No CompuServe Probe Officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation have confirmed that CompuServe is not being investigated because of what a Christian watchdog group considers adult-oriented material available online. "As far as I know -- and I should know -- we are not doing an investigation," Theodore Jackson, the agent in charge of the FBI's Cincinnati office, told The Associated Press. "That's news to me." As reported, CompuServe officials also have denied a report in the Columbus, Ohio, Dispatch newspaper that an FBI probe had been launched following a complaint from a Christian watchdog group called American Family Association over what it characterized as sexually-oriented material. CompuServe spokesman Jeff Shafer called the newspaper account "erroneous." And Justice Department spokesman John Russell now has told the Reuter News Service, "They're not under investigation. The FBI has not launched a probe." WinZip 6.1, featuring the WinZip Wizard in Universal Release WinZip 6.1, featuring the WinZip Wizard, is now available for Windows 95, Windows NT, and Windows 3.1. All registered users can download a free upgrade to the English version. Both 32-bit (Windows 95 and Windows NT) and 16-bit (Windows 3.1 and Windows for Workgroups) versions are available. z WinZip for Windows 95 features improved drag and drop support. z German language versions of WinZip are now available. z You can download the latest pre-release add-ons for WinZip from the Beta Test Information Page WinZip Features Include The WinZip Wizard: This optional feature uses the standard and familiar "wizard" interface to simplify the process of unzipping and installing software distributed in Zip files. The WinZip Wizard is not targeted at experienced users, but is ideal for the rapidly growing number of PC users getting started with Zip files. When these users gain confidence or want to use more advanced zipping features, the full WinZip Classic interface is just a click away. The WinZip Wizard is new in WinZip 6.1. Windows 95 Features: WinZip includes long filename support and tight integration with the Windows 95 shell. Drag and drop to or from the Explorer, or ZIP and UNZIP without leaving the Explorer. Drop files on a printer to print. Internet Support: WinZip includes built-in support for popular Internet file formats: TAR, gzip, and Unix compress. Now you can use WinZip to access almost all the files you download from the Internet. WinZip won the Windows Magazine 1996 WIN100 Award, was a finalist for the PC Computing 1995 MVP Awards at Comdex, and was voted "Best Utility" at the 1994 Shareware Industry Awards. Recent magazine quotes include: z "No Windows 95 desktop should be without a file archiving utility, and Nico Mak Computing's WinZip 6.0 is the one to have." PC Magazine 5/96 z "WinZip is THE file Utility everyone should have." STReport Magazine 4/96 z "The best all-purpose file-compression utility for Windows 95 and Windows NT" Windows Sources 3/96 z "These days everyone needs a good unzipping utility. This is the best." PC Computing, 12/95 z "The best zipping and unzipping program you can find" Computer Shopper, 10/95 z "The best of the Windows ZIP utilities" PC Magazine, 9/12/95 Do you need to send files to end users who may not have an unzip utility? If so, click here for information about WinZip Self-Extractor, a finalist for the 1995 Ziff-Davis Shareware Awards. A pre-release version of WinZip Self- Extractor 1.1 is also available. This version includes optional support for Windows 95 long filenames, MS-DOS support (one .exe file works on either MS- DOS or Windows), and improved automation and customization for software installation. Adaptec Power Storage(tm) Hard Drive Upgrade Kit How to solve your data storage needs, enhance your PC's performance, and open the way to the hottest new peripheral devices...in One Easy Step. The Power Storage is the all-in-one external hard drive kit, so it's incredibly easy to add storage to your PC. And because it's external, you don't have to throw away your old internal drive that came with your PC. The Power Storage Hard Drive Kit can be used by you and the kids, in a home or small office, or for multimedia applications. One of the best things about the Power Storage Kit is that the hard drive is a SCSI (Small Computer Systems Interface, pronounced "scuzzy") drive. SCSI peripherals and devices are known for their superior performance and compatibility. Expandability For Any PC! Today's computing requires more data storage than ever before -- for new Windows(reg) 95 applications, for multimedia and games, for video, graphics, and those large files you download off the Internet. Now there's an easy way to solve your storage needs and open your PC to today's hottest new peripherals. Adaptec Power Storage kit, gives you the high-speed, high-capacity hard drive you need for today's storage needs -- and, at the same time, provides a convenient external expansion platform that lets you add up to six more peripherals just by plugging in a cable. Power Up Your PC Adaptec Power Storage kit gives your PC a SCSI interface. With SCSI, you'll get the fastest disk access times available. You'll be able to take advantage of true multitasking under Windows 95. And you'll be able to add high-performance peripherals like Zip drives, tape drives, scanners, even recordable CD-R drives. Installation's A Snap Simply install the SCSI connections card in the ISA bus slot of your 386/486 PC, or the PCI slot of your Pentium PC. It takes less than 30 minutes, and requires no technical skill. Then plug in your new Power Storage hard drive and other SCSI peripherals, just like that. You'll never have to open your computer case to add peripherals again! SCSI: The Secret To Your PC's Future Inside every PC is an input/output (I/O) interface, which controls the flow of data between your computer and its peripheral devices (hard drives, printers, scanners, etc.). Most PCs come standard with an I/O technology called IDE or EIDE, a workable solution, but slow and very limited. Computer users today are finding it makes sense to upgrade their I/O technology to SCSI (Small Computer Systems Interface) for a lot of good reasons: z Only SCSI lets you use high-performance peripheral devices -- fast, high- capacity hard drives like your new Power Storage drive, recordable CD-R drives, and removable media devices like Zip drives or magneto-optical drives. z SCSI lets you add up to seven peripheral devices to a single expansion port, just by plugging in a cable. What could be simpler? z SCSI lets you add external peripherals, not just internal ones (as with IDE/EIDE). z SCSI moves data in and out of the system at a much faster rate - essential for today's demanding applications and peripherals. z It provides significantly faster disk access and frees your computer's CPU to work faster at its own tasks. z Only SCSI supports true multitasking under Windows 95. So while you're scanning an image or backing up your hard disk, you can continue working (or playing) on other things. Take It Outside! The Advantages of External Expansion PC owners have traditionally been limited to internal expansion - and limited is the word for it. With Adaptec Power Storage, you can expand externally, with all these advantages: z Once you've installed the Power Storage connections card, you can add additional peripherals just by plugging in a cable. You'll never have to open your PC's case to add a new SCSI device. z Take your SCSI peripherals with you when you're working at a different site -- or when you buy a new system. z You'll never run out of expansion bays. Add your new high-performance Power Storage hard drive and up to six additional SCSI peripherals to a single expansion point. z No need to trash your old drives -- you can save your existing hardware, and avoid the laborious floppy-by-floppy transfer of data and applications to your new drive. Adaptec Power Storage Key Features High Capacity: z One gigabyte external SCSI hard drive. High Performance: z Connections card -- SCSI connections card supports 10 MByte/sec Fast SCSI-2 burst rate on the SCSI bus; (32-bit bus mastering data transfer for Power Storage/PCI) Hard Drive z Power Storage hard drive provides 12 ms average seek time. Widest Compatibility: z Adaptec is the industry standard in SCSI technology, the one that peripheral manufacturers design to. You can count on reliable performance and the widest possible compatibility. Easy Installation: z SCSI connections card installs in minutes into the ISA slot of your 386/486 PC or the PCI slot of your Pentium PC -- no jumpers or switches to set. One-click software installation; supports Plug-and-Play under Windows 95. Multi-Platform Support: z Works under Windows 95, Windows(reg) 3.1, MS-DOS, Windows NT(tm), OS/2, NetWare, UNIX. Includes Free Software: z Adaptec EZ-SCSI(reg) Software -- suite of 32-bit applications for your Power Storage hard drive and other SCSI peripherals. z Remove-It(reg) Software by Vertisoft(tm) -- Safely and easily lets you uninstall Windows and DOS applications and files you no longer need. Adaptec, Inc. 691 South Milpitas Boulevard Milpitas, California 95035 Adaptec Europe Belgium Tel: (32) 2-352-34-11 FAX: (32) 2-352-34-00 Adaptec Japan Tokyo Tel: (81-3)-5276-9882 FAX: (81-3)-5276-9884 Adaptec Singapore Tel: (65) 278-7300 FAX: (65) 273-0163 Literature: 1-800-934-2766 (USA and Canada) (510) 732-3829 Ordering Software: 1-800-442-7274 (USA and Canada) (408) 957-7274 Interactive FAX : (408) 957-7150 Adaptec USA Bulletin Board: (408) 945-7727 (up to 28,800 baud, using 8 bits, 1 stop bit, no parity) CompuServe: GO ADAPTEC Microsoft Network: GO ADAPTEC Internet ftp server: ftp.adaptec.com World-Wide Web: http://www.adaptec.com/ Copyright 1996 Adaptec, Inc. All rights reserved. Adaptec, the Adaptec logo, the IOware logo, Power Storage, AHA, and EZ-SCSI, are trademarks of Adaptec, Inc., which may be registered in some jurisdictions. 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Corel Begins Shipping New WordPerfect Products for Windowsr 3.1x (U.S. Versions) in the U.S. Ottawa, Canada--May 8, 1996--Corel Corporation and its subsidiaries today announced that the 16-bit version of Corelr WordPerfect Suiter for Windows 3.1x (U.S. version only) has begun shipping in the U.S. This new line of WordPerfect products, which also includes Corelr Office Professional, Corelr Quattror Pro 6.0 and Corelr PresentationsT 6.0, has been created from the WordPerfect family of software programs that Corel recently acquired from Novell, Inc. Corel Office Professional, Corel Quattro Pro 6.0 and Corel Presentations 6.0 for Windows 3.1x are scheduled to begin shipping in mid- May, 1996, while Corelr WordPerfectr Suite 7 for Windowsr 95 is scheduled to be available in late May, and Corel Office Professional 7 for Windows 95 is scheduled to begin shipping in mid-July. Canadian and international versions of these products and pricing details will be available soon. "We expect a very enthusiastic response to the unbeatable value of our new WordPerfect offerings," said Dr. Michael Cowpland, president and chief executive officer of Corel Corporation. "The new Corel WordPerfect Suite gives our customers a value-packed collection of business applications for the price of a word processor, while Corel Office Professional adds the strength of Paradoxr, GroupWise Client LicenseT and InfoCentral to meet all of their database, groupware and information management needs." Corelr WordPerfectr Suite for Windowsr 3.1x: This integrated suite for Windows 3.1x is an entire office suite for the price of a word processor. It features Corel WordPerfect 6.1, Corel Quattro Pro 6.0, Envoy 1.0, AT&T WorldNet Service software including Netscape NavigatorT Internet browser (US and Canadian versions only), Corel Presentations 3.0, CorelFLOW 2, Starfish Software's Sidekick 2.0 and Dashboard 3.0, Corel Screen Saver, thousands of clipart images and 150 fonts. The Corel WordPerfect Suite will be available in CD-ROM only format and diskette with a companion CD-ROM format for a suggested retail price of $395 U.S. (CD-ROM) and $449 U.S. (diskette and CD-ROM). The diskette and CD-ROM version contains Corel WordPerfect 6.1 on the diskettes and all other applications, fonts and clipart on the CD-ROM. Upgrade pricing is $129 U.S. for the CD-ROM version and $179 U.S. for the diskette version. Corelr Office Professional for Windowsr 3.1x: This professional office suite for Windows 3.1x offers powerful software solutions, incredible ease of use, OLE functionality and open network integration. It includes Corel WordPerfect 6.1, Corel Quattro Pro 6.0, Corel Presentations 3.0, Envoy 1.0, AT&T WorldNet Service software including Netscape NavigatorT Internet browser (US and Canadian versions only), InfoCentral 1.1, Borland's Paradox 5.0, a GroupWise 4.1 client license, CorelFLOW 2, Starfish Software's Sidekick 2.0 and Dashboard 3.0, Corel Screen Saver, thousands of clipart images and 150 fonts. This 16-bit professional office suite will be available on CD-ROM only and will carry a suggested retail price of $695 U.S. Upgrade/trade-up pricing is $295 U.S. AT&T WorldNet Service software including Netscape Navigator T Internet browser AT&T brings to Corel customers its "Internet for Everyone" service, with directories and topical areas to help people find useful information, guided tours for newcomers, navigational aids for users of all skill levels and electronic mail. AT&T WorldNet Service will work with most of today's popular Internet browsers, although an AT&T-branded version of the Netscape Navigator browser software, which is included in the package, is preconfigured for easy installation. The service also includes an AT&T toll- free, 24-hour hotline and world-class customer care. Corel Corporation Incorporated in 1985, Corel Corporation is recognized internationally as an award-winning developer and marketer of productivity applications, graphics and multimedia software. Corel's product line includes CorelDRAW, the Corel WordPerfect Suite, Corel Office Professional, CorelVIDEO and over 30 multimedia software titles. Corel's products run on most operating systems, including: Windows, Macintosh, UNIX, MS_DOS and OS/2 and are consistently rated among the strongest in the industry. The company ships its products in over 17 languages through a network of more than 160 distributors in 70 countries worldwide. Corel is traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (symbol: COS) and the NASDAQ National Market System (symbol: COSFF). For more information visit Corel's home page on the Internet at http://www.corel.com. All products mentioned are trademarks or registered trademards of their respective companies. Corel, WordPerfect and Quattro are registered trademarks of Corel Corporation and its subsidiaries. CorelDRAW, CorelFLOW and Presentations are trademarks of Corel Corporation. GroupWise and Envoy are trademarks of Novell, Inc. *All pricing information is current as of March 29, 1996. AT&T reserves the right to modify the pricing for the AT&T WorldNet Services at any time. Dvorak STR Spotlight Dvorak Development Founded in 1993, Dvorak Development & Publishing Corporation is the world- leader in second-generation off-line navigators. Dvorak's mission is to design, develop and promote the next generations of navigation front and back- end tools for information navigation and retrieval, agent transactions and automated "two-way" information exchange on the Internet and on-line commercial services. Our Navigators: Imagine the Internet (or another cybernet such as CompuServe) as a skyscraper. Once inside, it's a real mystery just to get around. The rooms have no signs, no one is manning the information desk and even the elevators are hard to find. A first generation browser (like Netscape) would search floor-by-floor and room-by-room to see what's there. Dvorak's second- generation navigators, on the other hand, already possess a blueprint of the skyscraper's layout and are smart enough to know which floor, room and file cabinet to search for desired information. The Products: NavCIS Pro is a second generation Windows off-line navigator for CompuServe. OUI is a second generation off-line navigator for the Usenet portion of the Internet (newsgroups and e-mail). NavStar is a second generation off-line navigator for the Prodigy Information Service. Management: John C. Dvorak: Chairman, is a world-famous PC industry observer and writer. John currently writes fourteen columns each month which appear in a variety of newspaper and magazines including PC Magazine and the San Jose Mercury News. He also hosts a radio show each week and appears regularly on C/Net. Michael Ceranski: President & CEO, is the co-founder of Dvorak Development. This is the third successful software company Mike has founded and bootstrapped. He has also co-authored several books, and currently writes a bi-weekly column, Inside Cyberspace. David W. Holmes: 26, Vice President, Engineering, has been programming since the age of 10. David is responsible for the design and implementation of the Company's core authoring technology. In addition, the Company employs 5 engineers, 3 technical support staff, 2 G&A support staff and two marketing staff members. The company also has one full time employee based near Stuttgart, Germany. Mike Ceranski ... is the co-founder and CEO of Dvorak Development. This is the third successful software company Mike has founded and boot-strapped. The first was co-founded in 1982 with two partners and $25,000 and specialized in security access software for the IBM-XT, IBM-AT and compatibles. After growing that company to 10 people, Mike moved on. In 1989, Mike and a partner founded Athena Software, which specialized in network utilities for Netware. Athena's product line was quickly bought by the software utilities giant Central Point Software (maker of PCTools). Mike worked at Central Point for the next year in a variety of positions including Microsoft liaison, Global Area Network designer, product management and strategic planning, before returning to Colorado. Mike's interests in cyberspace began in 1982 when he first began surfing local bulletin board systems. After learning the arcane arts of Xmodem, Ymodem and Zmodem, he moved onto CompuServe. Mike quickly learned CompuServe was not affordable unless it was used with an off-line navigation tool. Unfortunately, only difficult to use and primitive DOS based navigators were available. With the early 90's came the Windows revolution and Mike patiently waited for a Windows based navigation tool to appear. "It became apparent that no one was going to release a useable, easy-to- understand navigation tool for CompuServe, so I decided to go ahead and do it," Mike said, and thus was born NavCIS. Being a Colorado semi-native, Mike enjoys skiing and mountain biking. Other interests include raising Burmese cats, gourmet cooking, and wine collecting. Mr. Huxley, you ain't seen nothing yet by Mike Ceranski It seems like only yesterday that the "w" word was an arcane term used only by computer gurus. Today the "web" is pervasive and web addresses show up everywhere: newspaper ads, television ads, business cards, junk mail, even give-aways like pens and refrigerator magnets. This is creating further pressure, and everyone from the local insurance agent to neighborhood priests are wondering if they should put up a web site. I can hear them now. "Father, those darn Methodists have just put up a web site and do you know what they called it? `www.god_is_us.org'!! We've got to do something!" I received a call yesterday from a fellow who works for a printing company which specializes in computer manuals. He called and explained his wife was moving from desktop publishing to web publishing and wanted to create a web- based store-front for her services. He went on to describe how hard it is for new users to figure out how to do this. Even finding out how to locate the experts is a perplexing and disheartening process. I provided the contacts I could while explaining I was already overcommitted and unable to help more directly. He also mentioned that he'd noticed our company wasn't ordering manuals lately, to which I explained things were moving so fast with our software that the only way to keep our documentation current was to write detailed, built-in help files. He agreed with my reasoning and went on to say the trend was clear, "printed software manuals are going to be a thing of the past. that's why I'm learning as much as I can about cyberspace. I'm not going to be left behind." This guy realizes that things are changing at a fundamental level and that the printing company he works for isn't the bastion of security he once thought. He doesn't know exactly what he'll do in this Brave New World, but he certainly plans on being prepared for whatever opportunities come his way. I find that both comforting and alarming. Comforting because it demonstrates the resiliency of human nature, alarming because it's another clear example of automation destroying precious jobs. If the web lives up to its potential, numerous industries will be impacted. Much of our current economy is based upon distribution: a manufacturer builds a widget, then sells that widget to a national distributor. In turn, the national distributor sells that widget to a regional distributor who will probably sell it to a chain of stores. From there the widget finally makes it onto a shelf, and is bought by a consumer. If web-based commerce continues the way it is, manufacturers will sell more and more of their products directly to consumers. This allows the manufacturer to offer lower prices while increasing profit margins, gives the buyer direct support and feedback, and removes three layers of distribution and their associated jobs. Another area that will be impacted: shopping malls and sales. If people buy more stuff online, the need to go to a shopping mall will be diminished. As for the sales people who work in these malls today, where will they go when the malls close? Other professions which find themselves safe today may be impacted as well. take Banking for instance. If your latest copy of Quicken can pay all your bills online, balance your checkbook to the penny daily, and do other useful banking chores, the need for personnel at the bank will certainly decrease. Eventually banks might consist of nothing but vaults stuffed will valuables and secure-transaction web servers. Finally, the long distance carriers will be whacked. Why pay 20 cents a minute when you can use the Internet for long distance calls for a buck an hour or less? As Internet sound-transmission technology improves, AT&T's stranglehold diminishes. That's why numerous long distance carriers are already backing legislature to impede non-text data transfer. Besides causing job loss, the Internet will provide many new jobs and job types. Already, people are using new titles such as WebMaster, WebWonk, and WebSpinner to describe their functions in designing and maintaining web sites. As this Brave New World unfolds, one thing can be counted on: the future belongs to the nimble. c1996 Mike Ceranski EDUPAGE STR Focus Keeping the users informed Edupage Contents NO MERGER IN CARDS FOR BRITISH TELECOM AND CABLE & WIRELESS Abandoning merger talks that would have created the world's fifth-biggest communications group in terms of revenue, British Telecommunications and Cable & Wireless said that financial and regulatory obstacles were too great to overcome. However, a business partnership between the companies will continue, and the chairman of C&W said that "you can do a lot of things without mega-mergers." (New York Times 3 May 9 C4) THE SELLING OF ADA The U.S. Department of Energy is committing $2 million to promote commercial software products written in Ada 95, a programming language developed with substantial government support. (Computer Industry Daily 6 May 96) PENTIUM PRO PC PRICES POISED TO PLUNGE A senior Intel official predicts deep cuts in prices for computers powered by Intel's top-of-the-line Pentium Pro microprocessor, from an average of $4,000 now to about $2,500 by the end of the year. This trend is expected to spark a new round of corporate upgrading, augmented by new Intel motherboard and chip set technology that are both cheaper and easier to maintain than current models. The new technology, called Desktop Management Interface, uses hardware and software standards designed to facilitate remote diagnosis of PC problems and reduce repair and maintenance costs. (Wall Street Journal 3 May 96 B4) EU TAKES A CLOSER LOOK AT THE INTERNET European Union culture and telecommunications ministers met last week to discuss ways of controlling access to the Internet to prevent criminal activity and protect children. "Many member states perceive the need now for some discipline, some kind of regulatory framework or code of ethics," says the Italian telecommunications minister. Some European governments, such as Germany and Great Britain, have already adopted Internet-related laws and others are considering it. (Wall Street Journal 3 May 96 B5B) $500 INTERNET PC WON'T FLY, SAYS FORRESTER A new report released by Forrester Research predicts that the $500 Internet PC "won't deliver" and aren't cheap enough to qualify as a successful consumer electronics product. "The technology is not good enough, the content will be inadequate, and distribution will pose a substantial hurdle." Forrester says that low-cost full-feature PCs priced in the $1,000 range will present a more viable alternative. (Investor's Business Daily 6 May 96 A6) THE PC'S A PRINTING PRESS, NOT A TV Jonathan Wallace, co-author of "Sex, Laws and Cyberspace," (Henry Holt, 1996) thinks Congress made a mistake in its attempt to ban "indecent" content from the Internet: "If Congress had taken a deep breath, it would have realized the correct analogy for the Net is the printing press. Every computer can be used as a tool to create text or redistribute text created by others. The analogy is so exact that there's no justification to apply laws that are different than those for the printing press. What Congress did instead was to treat the Net like broadcast TV -- a grievous mistake." (Information Week 29 Apr 96 p12) The Communications Decency Act is now being challenged in court by the American Library Association, whose legislative counsel Adam Eisgrau notes, "Fear plus ignorance shouldn't equal public policy." (Business Week 6 May 96 p58) CHIPPING AWAY FROM WITHIN The problem of microchip theft from high-tech industries is so widespread that law enforcement officials estimate it adds about $150 to the cost of a personal computer system. Though an increasing number of chip thefts have taken the form of violent armed robberies, the majority of such thefts are accomplished by company insiders. A 1994 survey released by the American Society for Industrial Security indicated that employees were responsible for 57% of all component thefts, with vendors and independent contractors accounting for another 13%. (San Jose Mercury Center News 5 May 96) CANADIAN SATELLITES TARGETED The race into space with direct broadcast satellite TV has created a regulatory black hole that the U.S. government is struggling to fill. A plan by Telesat Canada to finance its $1.6-billion satellite program by leasing capacity to American broadcasters has prompted the Federal Communications Commission to hold special hearings in Washington to investigate whether it can regulate the use of Canadian satellites. (Toronto Financial Post 4 May 96 p1) "THE FLOPPY IS OBSOLETE TECHNOLOGY" Kim Edwards, CEO of removable-disk-drive-maker Iomega, says the days of the floppy drive are over: "We believe that the floppy disk is essentially obsolete technology. It isn't big enough to do anything with, and it's very, very slow. Software is all shipped on CD-ROM. In fact, it's really shipped on the hard drive. Gateway 2000 Inc., for example, preconfigures their machines with software right on the hard drive. Microsoft Crop. Has announced that they're going to stop providing software on floppies. I think that's a huge signal. But to make the Zip the floppy for the multimedia age, we're going to have to do more than just sell the drive as an external box. We've got to get inside the computers." The Zip drive, which sells for $200, uses special removable disks that hold 100 megabytes of data, compared with 1.4 megabytes on a conventional floppy. Iomega's Jaz drive stores one gigabyte on each disk. (Investor's Business Daily 6 May 96 A6) PAYMENT BY THE WORD James Gleick reports that some Web-searching services will now let advertisers sponsor an individual word. For example, if you search for "golf"at Yahoo, an ad for golf offers to let you win a set of clubs, and a click on "golf" at Lycos gets you an ad and a contest offer from Cobra Golf. Another example: AT&T and Sprint both have bought the word "telephone" from various search services. (New York Times Magazine 5 May 96 p32) DIGITAL'S NEW SERVERS DISH UP A CHALLENGE Digital Equipment Corp.'s new line of computer servers, with prices starting at $50,000 each, are taking aim at the lucrative mid-range server market now dominated by Sun Microsystems, IBM and Hewlett-Packard. "This finally gives Digital a workhorse in the midrange," says an industry analyst, who predicts that "within an 18-month ramp-up period, they could be doing one billion dollars of business with this machine." The new products can handle large memory and database functions previously available only on Digital's high- end Turbolaser machines, which start at $100,000 each. (Wall Street Journal 3 May 96 B4) LCD TVs Sharp's new 43-inch rear-projection TV uses a liquid crystal display panel to display images. The system is nearly as slim as a conventional 14-inch CRT TV, and is about 1.5 times brighter than conventional rear-projection TVs. The TV is currently sold only in Japan (for about $3,600), but will be available in the U.S this fall. (Popular Science May 96 p12) IBM LICENSES APPLE MAC/OS IBM has worked out an agreement to license Apple Computer's Macintosh operating system, and although it doesn't plan to manufacture Mac clones itself, IBM will be allowed to sublicense the system to other computer makers and will be able to offer hardware components, such as the PowerPC chip and motherboards, to other clone manufacturers. "This will help Apple expand the low end of the market... where they've had problems," says an industry analyst. A similar agreement with Motorola, signed in February, will allow Motorola to make and sell its own Mac clones as well as sublicense the system. (Investor's Business Daily 7 May 96 A9) LUCENT'S INFERNO SPARKS INTEREST AT&T spin-off Lucent Technologies Inc. has unveiled a versatile new networking software package called Inferno, designed to run over a variety of networks, including the Internet, private data networks and telecommunications etworks. The software consists of operating-system software and a programming language called Limbo, which can be used by programmers to make compatible software for a broad range of consumer electronics devices. "With Inferno, any device can communicate and share information with any device over any network," says the president of Bell Labs. "Inferno is designed to take the chaos out of the electronic Tower of Babel," says the president of Infonautics Consulting. Inferno's versatility puts it in direct competition with Sun Microsystems' Java programming language, which also works across most platforms. Inferno's advantage lies in the inclusion of an operating system, which Java does not yet have, and its lean design, requiring only one megabyte of memory to run, making it suitable for low-cost hand-held devices. (Wall Street Journal 7 May 96 B4) EXPANDED UNIVERSAL SERVICE DEBATED Participants in a May 1 Cato Institute policy forum debated whether the FCC will expand the definition of universal service to include more advanced services beyond voice-grade dialtone. "The real motivations of some of these policies, it seems to me, have very little to do with economics and very little to do with telecommunications," says Cato's director of telecommunications and technology studies. "I think they're part of a wider agenda which says, `Look, we can't have big social program bills any more. God knows, look what happened to the health care program. But we can tack on social aspects to other bills, especially ones that are very widely popular, like the Telecom bill.' So it's sort of social policy by default." A representative from Citizens for a Sound Economy was a little more optimistic that market forces would prevail: "The Telecommunications Act is a lot like sausage made with very high quality meat and a certain amount of fat. What do you do with a sausage? You put it over the fire and you give it plenty of heat. And if you do that, you burn off the fat. The meat of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 is to allow for competition." (BNA Daily Report for Executives 2 May 96 A26) CREDIT-CARD ACTIVATED COMPUTER SYSTEM INTRODUCED USA Technologies, Inc. has teamed up with Dell Computer Corp. to produce a credit-card activated computer system, the C3X. The Credit Card Computer Express system is targeted at libraries that wish to offer their patrons affordable access to computer technology and the information superhighway without having to invest in a time-monitoring and billing system. (The Heller Report May 96) ADOBE'S BRAVO GIVES WEB GRAPHICS A NEW LOOK Adobe Systems' new Bravo technology will bring added zip to the Web, allowing online publishers to use magazine-style graphics and typefaces. Sun Microsystems has agreed to include the Adobe software in its Java programming language. Bravo-produced Web graphics will appear the same on any PC, regardless of the computer's configuration or operating system. (Wall Street Journal 7 May 96 B4) DAYS OF THE SMALL ISP ARE NUMBERED With the telephone and cable companies entering the Internet service provider market, the days of the small ISP are numbered, predicts the Yankee Group. Yankee estimates that of the 1,400 ISPs now in the U.S., fewer than 200 will still be around by 2000. (Internet Business Advantage May 96 p4) ASIAN-BACKED GROUPS WIN WIRELESS LICENSE AUCTION A special Federal Communications Commission auction of wireless licenses for "small business" yielded more than $8 billion from five companies, four of them backed by Asian corporations. The biggest winner was NextWave Personal Communications, which spend $4.2 billion for licenses that will give them potential access to 93.8 million customers in 56 markets. Other big winners were DCR PCS, GWI PCS, BDPCS, and Omnipoint PCS Entrepreneurs. (New York Times 7 May 96 C6) BELL CANADA WANTS SAME FREEDOM AS AT&T Bell Canada president John McLennan says his company and other members of the Stentor alliance of phone companies are handicapped by regulations not faced by alternative long-distance carriers such as Unitel and Call-Net. McLennan points out Bell must currently files proposed prices increases with Canadian regulators where all competitors can review them, and the company cannot change its charges without first obtaining federal approval. McLennan wants the same regulatory freedom enjoyed in the United States by AT&T. (Toronto Financial Post 7 May 96 p 3) ZENITH RECLASSIFIED AS "INTERNET STOCK," AND SHARES SOAR Zenith Electronics, after announcing that its partnership with U.S. Robotics will soon be marketing a new system for providing high-speed Internet access via cable technology, has been reclassified by traders as Internet stock, resulting in its stock tripling in value in just a week. (New York Times 7 May 96 C1) MCI WILL QUADRUPLE BACKBONE CAPACITY A major switching equipment upgrade will enable MCI to cut network congestion and offer high-speed multimedia services. The upgrade will achieve an increase in capacity from 2.5Gbit/sec to 10Gbit/sec without company having to lay additional fiber. (Computerworld 6 May 96 p1) MICROSOFT PLANS "DELICIOUS" JOURNALISTIC ONLINE SMORGASBORD "Slate," the online journal of opinion being developed for Microsoft by former Crossfire television journalist Michael Kinsley ("From the Left, I'm Michael Kinsley") was described in a Kinsley staff memo in April as follows: "In short, I propose that we embrace our destiny as a new form of journalism and abandon the conceit that any particular article or feature is attached to a particular 'issue.' ... Each article in the TOC [table of contents] could simply indicate the day it was posted and the day we're planning to archive it... As we and the readers get used to this new form of journalism, we could abandon the one-week-up convention completely, and simply have a smorgasbord of stuff to which we add new dishes and remove old ones on no fixed schedule, but simply to keep the whole meal tasting as delicious as possible." (New Yorker 13 May 96 p58) PIPEX TO BLOCK PORNOGRAPHY Unipalm Pipex, the U.K. Internet access provider associated with UUNet in the U.S., will provide a means for British companies to block staff access to electronic pornography. Pipex managing director Peter Dawe said that corporate users "would be horrified" at the kind of pornography that is available on the Internet. Mr. Dawe is also the political officer of the Internet Service Providers Association in the United Kingdom. (Financial Times 6 May 96 p6) REGIONAL BELLS WANT RATE HIKES FOR WIRING SCHOOLS The United States Telephone Association would like to raise the average U.S. monthly phone bill by about $10 over the next five years to pay for wiring schools and libraries with new lines for phones and computers, and to subsidize poor and rural customers. The proposal assumes an $11 billion cost for wiring schools and libraries, with local phone companies paying about a third to a half of that. The rest would come from a surcharge on other services, such as cellular. "No single industry should be held responsible for fulfilling this major goal," says USTA's president. "Each has a role and should make a significant contribution to the national education technology mandate." (Investor's Business Daily 8 May 96 A7) APPLE WILL FIX FLAWED MACHINES Acknowledging defects in many of its Macintosh Performa and Power Mac computers, Apple Computer has pledged to repair any faulty machines over the next seven years. Users have complained that the systems freeze up, and some of the monitors change color intermittently. The company also said it will fix problems found in some of its Power Book laptops. (St. Petersburg Times 9 May 96 E1) ALLIANCE SEEKS ELECTRONIC SECURITY An alliance of software companies has established the Electronic Licensing and Security Initiative to develop a system that uses electronic tokens linked to a software package to securely track software rentals, licenses and purchases. The group also plans to develop an electronic clearinghouse to provide and track licenses. Several major software producers, including Microsoft, IBM and AT&T have said they will support the Initiative's technology. (Wall Street Journal 6 May 96 B6) SENATE ELECTRONIC COPYRIGHT BILL BACK ON TRACK Legislation on copyright rules for the Internet, sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), is scheduled for hearings and Hatch has made it clear he wants the bill to "move ahead." The bill would make any electronic copy of copyrighted material an infringement, and does not include a fair use provision for libraries or educational institutions. The Creative Incentive Coalition, a group of software makers, publishers and entertainment companies, is supporting the bill, warning that without protection, content providers will be reluctant to put material on the Internet. The Digital Future Coalition, on the other hand, opposes the legislation, saying it goes too far when compared with protections for analog material. "A few horror stories are not an appropriate guide to public policy... There is middle ground." The DFC is urging specific amendments, including fair use specifications, and a statement that makes clear that a temporary copy of a program running on a computer is not an infringement. (Investor's Business Daily 9 May 96 A4) IBM'S INFOMARKET TOLL BOOTH IBM has persuaded some 30 companies, including Eastman Kodak, Xerox, Reuters, America Online and Yahoo!, to use its new infoMarket electronic-content clearinghouse for displaying and distributing their wares. The infoMarket concept requires customers to pay for only what they use, with the content providers controlling the information and setting their own prices. "Charging only for what you want is a very attractive scheme," says one electronic database provider. The system is based on "Cryptolopes" -- secure electronic packaging that, when opened, bind the user to a contractual agreement regarding the use of the content. If the content is distributed beyond that agreement, the technology can track its usage and bill the original purchaser for subsequent viewings. "It's a complete break from all other ways information has been published on the Net to date," says an industry consultant. "It turns pass-along from a business threat to a business opportunity." (Business Week 13 May 96 p114) GARTNER GROUP GEARS UP FOR TRAINING 'The Gartner Group plans to purchase three well-known firms that offer computer-based information technology training to professionals on the job. Relational Courseware Inc., J3 Learning Corp., and Mindware Training Technologies Ltd. all have agreed to be acquired by the Stamford, Conn. technology consulting company. Gartner has no plans to offer classroom-based learning: "For the busy IT professional, classroom training requires more time and travel," says Gartner's CEO. "Computer-based training gives IT professionals the chance to learn in bit-sized portions, at their own pace." (Information Week 29 Apr 96 p82) COMPUSERVE & NETSCAPE TO OFFER GROUPWARE CompuServe and Netscape are joining forces to use the Internet to offer "groupware" that will allow workers throughout an organization collaborate simultaneously on documents. The product will compete directly with Lotus Notes, a groupware program offered by IBM's Lotus group. (Wall Street Journal 9 May 96 B5) LOWER-END PENTIUMS STILL POPULAR IN EASTERN EUROPE, ASIA Although computer makers were left holding thousands of lower-end Pentium PCs after holiday shoppers bought out the high-end models, there's still a market for those machines in Eastern Europe and Asia. "If you told U.S. resellers you'd sell them a 70-megahertz Pentium for $1,000, they'd call you crazy," says a Hewlett-Packard spokesman. "Those machines are obsolete. But that offer would be competitive and state of the art in the Eastern bloc and China." Meanwhile, other regions are closing the technology gap with the U.S. "The technology time lag between the U.S. and Europe was close to a year just a few years ago. Now it's between three and six months," says the president of Creative Strategies Research International, who adds that the Latin American market is just six to nine months behind the U.S. (Investor's Business Daily 8 May 96 A6) PEACE PIPE FOR MICROSOFT AND ADOBE After feuding for more than five years, Microsoft and Adobe Systems have decided to collaborate on type font technology, and are now working on a universal format called OpenType. Both companies hope that others will back their efforts to make OpenType the standard for software and the Internet. (Investor's Business Daily 9 May 96 A8) AOL, MITSUI, & NIKKEI TO OFFER ONLINE SERVICE IN JAPAN America Online, in partnership with the Japanese trading company Mitsui and the business publishing company Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei), will establish an online service in Japan offering a broad range of Japanese- language material. 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New 'OpenType' initiative to create TrueType Open version 2, an extension to the TrueType format aimed at streamlining the management of existing fonts and the next generation of type. What exactly is OpenType? OpenType is the name being given to an initiative involving both Microsoft and Corporation and Adobe Systems, Inc. The collaborative effort will result in the TrueType Open version 2 font file specification - a format that will make font use and management much more transparent and trouble free. We've put together an OpenType FAQ designed to answer initial queries you may have about the OpenType initiative. Please remember that this initiative is currently in progress and that exact details are still being worked out. Please do not send questions about OpenType to the addresses listed on this site - more information will be available here as soon as possible. For more details please see the OpenType Press Release made on Monday May 6, 1996. Further details of Microsoft's Web font strategy can be found in our Typography on the Web section. Microsoft and Adobe Systems to Deliver Universal Font Format For immediate release, May 6, 1996 New "OpenType" Initiative to Create Definitive Font Standard SAN FRANCISCO - May 6, 1996 - Microsoft Corp. and Adobe Systems Incorporated - today announced they are collaborating on a new universal font format that will combine today's leading TrueTyper and Type 1 font technologies. Called "OpenType TM," the effort will streamline management of existing fonts and provide a font format to handle the next generation of type for personal computers and the Internet. As part of the initiative, Adobe and Microsoft will broadly cross-license the Type 1 and TrueType font technologies to each other and make the OpenType specification available to other operating system and Internet-based vendors. OpenType will include compression technologies that will ensure efficient, high-quality representation of fonts on the World Wide Web. In conjunction with the announcement, the companies will present a proposal based on the OpenType initiative for a standard mechanism to embed fonts in HTML documents on the Internet at the Fifth International World Wide Web conference this week in Paris. This new proposal is intended to consolidate previous proposals the two companies have been developing with industry partners. "OpenType promises to simplify the way customers use today's fonts and set the stage for significant innovation in the quality of type both on-screen and in print," said Bill Gates, chairman and CEO of Microsoft. "We look forward to collaborating with Adobe to advance type technology still further, and to making the process of installing, and using fonts seamless for all customers." "This initiative is great news for users and developers," said John Warnock, co-founder and CEO of Adobe. "By having both TrueType and Type 1 available in Windowsr we're providing customers with the best type solution regardless of whether they're working with print or on-line documents." Microsoft expects to incorporate OpenType into future versions of Windows Operating Systems. Adobe plans to support OpenType in upcoming releases of its graphics, publishing, dynamic media and Internet products, beginning with an update to Adobe TM, Acrobat TM, due out later this year. Adobe and Microsoft are also working together to ensure that OpenType works with all Adobe PostScript TM, printers and on cooperative type development for Windows 95 and Windows NTr operating systems. Based in Mountain View, Calif., Adobe Systems Inc. (NASDAQ "ADBE") develops and supports products to help people express and use information in more imaginative and meaningful ways, across all print and electronic media. Founded in 1982, Adobe helped launch the desktop publishing revolution. Today, the company offers a market-leading line of application software and type products for creating and distributing visually rich communication materials; licenses its industry-standard technologies to major hardware manufacturers, software developers, and service providers; and offers integrated software solutions to businesses of all sizes. For more information, see Adobe's home page at www.adobe.com/ on the World Wide Web. Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day. Microsoft, OpenType, Windows, and Windows NT are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. TrueType is a registered trademark of Apple Computer Inc. Adobe, Acrobat and PostScript are trademarks of Adobe Systems Inc. OpenType initiative FAQ We've put together a list of answers to questions you may have about the OpenType initiative announced in the Press Release on Monday May 6, 1996. Please remember that the exact details of OpenType are currently being worked out. Please do not send questions about this subject to the addresses listed here. More information will be available on this site as soon as possible. Technology issues Q What is OpenType and how does it relate to Type 1 and TrueType? A OpenType, also known as TrueType Open version 2, is an extension of Microsoft's TrueType Open format, adding support for Type 1 data. An OpenType font can have Type 1 data only, TrueType data only, or both. The Type 1 data can be rasterized by a Type 1 rasterizer (such as Adobe Type Manager) if installed, or converted to TrueType data for rasterization by the TrueType rasterizer. The exact rasterization behavior will be a function of the rasterizers present in the system, and user preference. Clearly, this new font format is a superset of the existing TrueType and Type 1 formats, which is designed to provide great support for type in print and on-screen. In addition, the subsetting and compression technology of OpenType makes the OpenType initiative especially relevant to the Internet and the World Wide Web, since it allows for fast download of type. Q What is the benefit of the OpenType initiative to the end-user? A So far as customers are concerned, fonts just work. OpenType handles all fonts with a unified registry, which means that both Type 1 and TrueType fonts will be reliably supported across all platforms. In addition, by working together Adobe and Microsoft will drive innovations in quality and on- screen support, resulting in better more viewable fonts for customers. Q What will happen to existing Type 1 and TrueType fonts? A From a customer perspective, all existing Type 1 and TrueType fonts will be supported by the OpenType initiative. As part of the agreement between Microsoft and Adobe, however, Adobe will convert popular existing Type 1 fonts to the new OpenType format, and Microsoft and Adobe will jointly promote and develop new OpenType fonts. Q If I'm an existing user of one font type or the other, what will I do? A You should continue working as you always have. OpenType will seamlessly support both TrueType and Type 1 fonts. Q What does this mean for all the type vendors who have large libraries of fonts? Are they obsolete? A Font vendors don't need to worry. Their existing fonts just work. Q Will all data types continue to be supported by the OpenType initiative? A Yes. Because the OpenType font format is a superset of Type 1 and TrueType font technologies, it will continue to support both standards. In the future, both Microsoft and Adobe will invest in promoting and developing OpenType fonts, and as part of the agreement between Microsoft and Adobe, Adobe has agreed to convert some of the existing popular Type 1 fonts to the new format. Q Which vendors will be supporting OpenType? A The OpenType initiative is an open standard that will generate broad industry support from publishers, designers, OEMs, printer manufacturers, ISV's, and operating system vendors. We will be announcing partner support throughout Q2 and Q3. Q Will my fonts just work with new releases of Windows? Do I have to do some kind of funny upgrade? Will things break? Will the fonts be identical between Windows 95 and Windows NT or will there be incompatibilities? A Fonts just work. There is no need to upgrade, and fonts will be identical between Windows NT and Windows 95. Q Will MS Windows include a Type 1 rasterizer? A This issue has not been decided yet, and will be discussed in further detail as the two companies determine how to merge Type 1 and TrueType technologies. Business issues Q Why did Adobe and Microsoft decide to end the font wars? A Both companies realized that merging Type 1 and TrueType is the best solution for customers because now both font standards will be seamlessly supported on the Windows and Macintosh platforms. Additionally, OpenType will allow the industry to drive font innovation, display quality, and print output into new publishing arenas, such as the Web. Q What does the OpenType initiative mean to Adobe's font business? A The OpenType initiative represents a new opportunity for Adobe to expand its font business into the Windows market because Type 1 fonts will now work out of the box on all Windows systems. In addition, because Adobe will license TrueType technology, it will now be able to develop and market TrueType fonts. Q What will Adobe and Microsoft be cross-licensing? A Both companies will license their respective font rasterizers, production tools, and conversion software. Implications for the Internet Q How will OpenType improve the quality of type on the Web / in printed documents? A OpenType will make it possible for Web page creators to include high quality on-screen fonts with their online documents. The net effect is that page designers will be able to produce richer documents, and at the same time reduce the time required to download and display these documents on the viewers PC. Microsoft and Adobe will jointly submit a proposal to the World Wide Web Consortium for a standard to embed OpenType fonts in WWW pages to make this happen. Q What is being proposed to the World Wide Web Consortium? A Adobe and Microsoft together will submit a proposal for web page font embedding using OpenType to the W3C's working group on style sheets. This proposal supersedes previous separate proposals by Microsoft and Adobe for font embedding mechanisms based on TrueType and Type 1 respectively. The W3C membership will be asked to comment on this proposal. Ultimately we hope that this proposal, or a modified version of it, will be endorsed by the W3C as the standard way to use fonts on the Web. Q What does the OpenType initiative mean to the Microsoft font announcement made in February? A The OpenType initiative supersedes previous announcements and incorporates core elements in the Microsoft initiative. Q Which compression technology will by incorporated into the OpenType initiative? A Adobe's CFC compression technology and Microsoft's AGFA compression technology will both be supported by the OpenType initiative. Q When will Microsoft Internet Explorer support font downloading? A Later this year. Q When will MS authoring tools support it? A Later this year. Kids Computing Corner Frank Sereno, Editor The Kids' Computing Corner Computer news and software reviews from a parent's point of view EduSoft Releases New Series of Children's Multimedia Software EduSoft recently announced the release of Multimedia Kid Playgroundsc, a new series of interactive educational programs for children ages five to ten. The series is Windows 95 compatible and will be produced in two versions for the home and school markets. Additionally, Spanish and Portuguese versions of the program are being developed. The titles aim to enhance EduSoft's market share in the school and consumer markets. EduSoft has a Spanish-English web site at http://www.edusoft.co.il Edutainment Catalog Goes Online TEC Direct, publishers of The Edutainment Catalog, have made their catalog available via the World Wide Web at http://www.edutainco.com. The site includes promotions, contests, downloadable demos, links to many kid-friendly web sites and a secure site for online purchases of products from the company's inventory. TEC Direct offers software products from more than eighty publishers. Many sample or demo versions of the programs will be available for "test driving." In addition, the site will feature software reviews from trade and consumer magazines, top seller lists and an interactive bulletin board where kids and parents can ask questions or express opinions. Essex Interactive Opens Web Site Essex Interactive Media is the latest software publisher to take its product catalog to the Internet. Their web site is located at http://www.essexinteractive.com. The catalog of more than 150 titles is neatly organized into nine categories for easy browsing and selection. The web site also has sections including press remarks on Essex products, monthly incentive programs and company information. Essex Interactive titles sell at $9.95 and are available from a myriad of retailers and discounters. In addition to their own web site, Essex Interactive products are available on the Internet at Online Interactive's atOnce Software (http://www.atoncesoftware.com) and CD-ROM Inc. (http://www.cdrominc.com). atOnce Software features ZipLock technology that allows credit card transactions without sending card numbers across the net. Diamar Interactive Releases "How To Draw Cartoons" Have you ever been interested in cartooning or creating comic books? DiAMAR Interactive has just produced an instruction CD-ROM entitled How to Draw Cartoons based upon famed cartoonist Christopher Hart's book Everything You Wanted to Know About Cartooning But Were Afraid to Draw. Hart worked for several years on Blondie, has been published in many publications including Highlights Magazine and is currently a contributor to Mad Magazine. The interactive CD-ROM teaches drawing techniques through a series of easy-to- learn lessons. As opposed to other cartooning programs that give you a set of stock characters to manipulate, How to Draw Cartoons teaches its students how to create their own pencil and ink masterpieces. The program's lessons cover more than fifty topics covering everything from basic concepts through character development to the fine details that characterize a finished product. If your browser supports Macromedia's ShockWave, you can sample portions of the program on the World Wide Web at http://www.diamar.com. The program has a suggested retail price of $49.95 and is available on a hybrid CD-ROM for Windows and Macintosh. It is suitable for ages ten and up. For more information on DiAMAR Interactive products, call 1-800-234-2627. Mercer Mayer's Just Me and My Dad Hybrid format CD-ROM for Macintosh and Windows suggested retail price $39.95 ages 3 and up Produced by Big Tuna New Media, LLC Distributed by GT Interactive Software 16 East 40th St. New York, New York 10016 http://www.gtinteractive.com Program Requirements IBM Macintosh OS: Windows 3.1, Windows 95 OS: System 7.1 CPU: 486SX-33 CPU: 68040-33 HD Space: 1 MB HD Space: ? Memory: 8 MB Memory: 8 MB Graphics: 640 by 480 with 256 colors Graphics: 256 colors, 13" monitor CD-ROM: Double-speed CD-ROM: Double-speed Audio: SoundBlaster 16 or compatible Other: mouse, speakers Other: mouse, speakers reviewed by Frank Sereno Mercer Mayer's delightful Little Critter character has again been transferred to multimedia. The first book given such a treatment was Just Grandma and Me, one of the first titles in the Living Books series. It was a critical and financial success. Just Me and My Dad is the first program offered by Mercer Mayer's own company, Big Tuna New Media, LLC. Can they repeat the past success of Just Grandma and Me? Little Critter's friendly and comedic manner will certainly amuse your children for many hours, but I feel the educational content could have been improved. If you are familiar with Living Books, you will immediately recognize the basic format and interface of Just Me and My Dad. The program is an interactive book that is read to the child. He has the option to play in each page by searching for hotspots in the scene. He will be rewarded with humorous animation sequences when he succeeds. He can also click to have the sentence read again or he can click on individual words to hear them pronounced. In addition, the program also includes a QuickTimeT movie conversion of an animated Little Critter book. The program's educational benefits are promoting an interest in reading, expanding the child's vocabulary, spelling and word pronunciation. I think a word definition function would be an excellent addition to this program. My other quibble is that the program doesn't feature safety instruction in several scenes featuring dangerous situations. For example, Little Critter and his father have set up camp under a tree. One hotspot causes a lightning bolt to start a fire across the river. Little Critter gasps in fear, yet he and his father continue to camp under the tree. Why not teach children an important safety lesson by showing the Critters moving the camp to a safer location? In another scene, a bear steals their dinner while it is cooking over the campfire. Their reaction is inappropriate in my opinion and I believe that a better means of dealing with a bear encounter should have been shown. And unfortunately, much of the humor in this program is derived from the accident-prone Critters' reactions to mishaps. In the QuickTimeT movie, one of the scenes is a near-accident that is caused by Little Critter losing a map onto his father's face because the car windows were letting in the wind. His father continues to drive with the map shielding his eyes from the road, barely missing a billboard and traversing across a field before regaining his vision. It's funny, but is that really the message that kids should get from computer software? Would we want them to emulate this behavior? The graphics are delightful. Bright colors and cute characters make for eye- catching scenes. The animations are smooth and fluid. The program's excellent production values are carried over into the sound portion also. The voice characterizations are professionally done. The soundtrack features many wonderful, entertaining sound effects. The interface is an example of extreme simplicity and efficiency. It features point-and-click ease combined with audible help. Perhaps the only improvement that could be made would be support for Win95's Autoplay feature. Technical support is available via e-mail, mail and telephone. Younger children will enjoy the program's beautiful graphics and humorous animations. Just Me and My Dad will provide many hours of delightful learning fun. I do think the program should have provided more learning opportunities and limited the amount of slapstick humor. All in all, Just Me and My Dad offers a good value in edutainment software. I've seen it selling at several locations for only $29.95, a very reasonable price. As a first offering from Big Tuna, this maiden effort is good. Future efforts can be expected to be much improved. Ratings Graphics . . . . . . . . . 9.5 Sound . . . . . . . . . . . 10.0 Interface . . . . . . . . . 9.5 Play Value . . . . . . . . 9.0 Educational Value . . . 6.5 Bang for the Buck . . . 8.5 Average . . . . . . . . . . 8.83 # # # Piper Windows 3.1/Windows 95 CD-ROM For ages 4 to 12 MSRP $39.95 Splash Studios 8573 154th Avenue NE Redmond, Washington 98052 1-206-882-0300 http://www.splash.com Program Requirements OS: Windows 3.1, Win95 CPU: 486/50 HD Space: 1 MB Memory: 8 MB Graphics: 640 x 480, 256 colors, local bus video card CD-ROM: Double-speed Audio: 16-bit sound card Other: mouse reviewed by David H. Mann Splash Studios has embarked on a very ambitious project with the 1.5 million dollar release of Piper. Banking on the popularity of actor Jason David Frank (the famed White Ranger of TV's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), it is touted as another "interactive video," or as they put it, VideoActiveT. It is a twist on the classic Pied Piper of Hamelin. The setting is the American wild west with giant rats and the piper as the bad guys. The game starts with a prospector narrator explaining the characters and the background of the tale set in a small mining town. The giant rats and the piper dupe the town's inhabitants out of their money by causing a panic with the rats, and calling on the piper to get rid of the rats, for a fee. While causing the panic, the rats learn of an abandoned gold mine (full of untold riches, of course). They plot to double-cross the piper so that they can have the town (and the gold) all to themselves. The game has three levels of difficulty and contains four half-hour episodes. There are two screen sizes to choose from (to aid slower machines) and practice levels for all puzzles encountered in the game. There are four puzzles per episode involving logic, hand-to-eye coordination, and problem solving. The puzzles range from easy to challenging to accommodate the selected age range. The backgrounds were rendered, to give a 3D effect to the game, and all the action was shot using blue screen techniques. There are songs (also included on a separate music CD) and video sequences (that can be bypassed) to aid in the flow of the game. The control panel is accessed (after the game is started) by pressing the ESCape key, the TAB key fast forwards the video, and all other keys pause and restart the game. There is no save game feature (each episode is started at the beginning) and there is violence but no gore. Some of the dialogue is pretty hokey, and the acting overdone, but I guess that is to be expected in a kids' game. You do not have direct control over the actors in Piper, but kids can find hidden items, and interact with actors during puzzles and certain video sequences. Piper has some replay value because the puzzles have random sequencing of the action. The interface has some nice sound effects and the encouragement given in the puzzles, helps children to complete each of the puzzles. Piper carries the strong moral message, that we can all change our behavior and become better people. Although I have never understood the popularity of the Power Rangers, children love them. Splash Studios may have something by using the most popular Power Ranger (Jason David Frank, the White Ranger) as the piper. I don't know if I can call the game "Video Active," but it is easy to play once installed. The real actors and puppeteer operated rats do add realism to the game and make you feel like you are playing a movie. I would suggest a Pentium processor and a local bus video card with VRAM, to speed up the video. The Editor's Viewpoint I also evaluated Piper. I found the program to be very demanding of your computer. This program would have been reviewed several weeks ago, but I could not get it to run on my computers. Of five computers it was installed on, it would only run on one (David Mann's system). I finally got it to run on one of my home systems by upgrading the sound and video cards. Though Splash offers excellent technical support through their fascinating web site, I just didn't have time to track down the problems on three different systems and moved on to other software. My advice is to be certain your computer meets the minimum requirements, especially the 16-bit audio card restriction. My boys, ages five and seven, were fascinated by the video segments in Piper. The segments are basically acts in a melodrama. As David pointed out in his review, some of the acting was "over the top." That is the traditional method for this type of play. The characters were well-defined and excellently portrayed. The cast is attractive and talented. Besides The Piper, there are the three young orphans, the beautiful and young school marm, her handsome and strong blacksmith fianc, the miserly mayor and many townsfolk. The music was not my favorite genre, but each performance was excellent and my sons were mesmerized with each tune. The games are fun and easy to play. A mixture of action and thinking games are provided to entertain and educate your child. In my opinion, the educational content isn't as good as it could have been. If you view Piper as an educational tool, it doesn't measure up, but it has good entertainment value. The games do have replay value because high scores are saved. Unfortunately, the program does not track multiple player scores. If your child finds a favorite game, he can play it repeatedly from the practice menu. Don't be too surprised if he wants to whack the rats! Piper features documentation in a gazette using "aged" paper. It helps enhance the "Old West" atmosphere of the story. It is filled with humorous entries and important information. The packaging is unique for computer products. Piper uses a plastic clamshell container similar in style to that used for Disney videotapes. It stands easily on the shelf. The CD-ROM's are inserted on plastic hubs on one half the clamshell while the documentation is contained in a hollow of the other half. This will prevent the loss of documentation. And as opposed to paperboard cartons, you don't need to fumble with cardboard reinforcements. I always find these cardboard inserts to be clumsy and tiresome. Piper is reasonably priced and is backed by a 30-Day moneyback guarantee. Splash Studios is also offering a contest featuring a grand prize of a trip to Splash's Seattle studio to meet Jason David Frank. Piper offers parents a chance to introduce their children to the old-fashioned melodrama and morality play in a package featuring games and music. It is very entertaining to watch Mephisto, the rat king, get his just desserts in the old gold mine. Most children will enjoy the program and I think many parents will too. If your machine has the horsepower, Piper can be a good addition to your entertainment library. Be sure to check out Splash Studios' web site at http://www.splash.com. It contains an excellent magazine just for kids. Frank Sereno The Playroom Windows/Mac CD-ROM for ages 3 to 6 MSRP $39.95 Broderbund 500 Redwood Blvd. Novato CA 94948-6121 1-415-382-4740 http://www.broder.com Program Requirements IBM Macintosh OS: Windows 3.1, Windows 95 OS: System 7.0.1 CPU: 386DX/25MHz CPU: 68030/20 HD Space: 1 MB HD Space: N/A Memory: 4 MB Memory: 5 MB Graphics: 640 by 480 with 256 colors Graphics: 256 colors, 13" monitor CD-ROM: Double-speed recommended CD-ROM: Double-speed recommended Audio: 8-bit Windows compatible sound card Other: mouse, printer optional Other: printer optional reviewed by David H. Mann The Playroom is one of three programs in the Active Mind series produced by Broderbund for kids. It is classified as letters and numbers (the other two are math), and is a great start for pre-schoolers to kindergarten. The program gives kids two animated mice (the female Ginger and the male Pepper), to guide them through activities. When the program starts, Ginger and Pepper are playing and singing outside The Playroom. A child selects one (with the mouse cursor) and the playmate leads them into the Playroom. Once inside there are a variety of activities to choose from set up like a kid's room filled with toys. With the cursor, a child can select either major or minor activities (some toys are just there for fun), with Ginger or Pepper as a guide. The two give encouragement and act as peers (or playmates) in the activities. This, I think, helps to keep children from becoming bored. The Shape/Color Toy (located in a trap door on the floor), is a toy that creates shapes and allows children to experiment with primary colors by changing the color of the shape. The Sign (a whale bulletin board), allows children to view and hear safety words, and view animations associated with the words. The Clock allows kids to pick, view, and hear time in analog and digital. The Computer is composed of an on-screen keyboard and monitor. Words or pictures are displayed on the monitor that can be spelled out on the real keyboard. The Mixed-up Toy allows kids to experiment with mixed up body shapes and colors, and print them out on a color printer, or in black and white to color later. The Mousehole one or two children can play against the computer (or each other) one of three hopscotch games, that deals with numbers three through nine respectively. The ABC Book, is setup like a real two-story house (with family, pets, and furnishings) with the ABC's on the top, directly relating to things in the house. The Spinner Toy is an activity with two spinning wheels, one of items and one of numbers. In direct relation to each other, the dials show the number of characters (or items) animated in screen above the spinners. The Playroom helps children explore counting, letter recognition, number recognition, word recognition, phonics, vocabulary, spelling, keyboarding, addition and subtraction, telling time, problem solving, and creativity. There are parental suggestions on what activities to follow up on, and difficulty levels to go to as a child progresses. This is an excellent program for parents with small children. Portable Computers Section Marty Mankins, Editor EDITOR'S NOTES - May 6, 1996 Boy that was a long week wasn't it? I was supposed to have reported sometime ago, which was back on February 23rd. But my life as a network consultant keeps going on. Setting up networks for small busnesses and installing T1 lines for Internet access have taken the lion's share of my time these past few months. The Internet is a hot thing today and people are scrambling to get out there. Most settle for a SLIP connection at first until they outgrow that and need the expanded capabilities of a leased line. Anyway, enough of that. We've got lots of coverage this week. The first piece is the story of how busy I've been as a network consultant. Thank goodness, it has slowed considerably this last week, which has freed me to continue my writing career. I outline pretty much what I've been doing, along with some advantages and disadvantages of putting networks together. And as a bonus, I'll talk about my use of portable computing, which without it, network administration is simply not possible. REVIEWS GALORE!! As promised, we have PlayStation reviews. As I write this, there are two reviews here for your reading. with quite a few more on the way. This game system is hot and has pretty much taken over as the game machine of choice in the retail scene. My constant visits to stores like Software Etc., Toys R Us, Incredible Universe and others has shown more PlayStation exposure than any other game system. SOFTWARE ETC. UPDATE It seems people are interested in my little blurbs about Software Etc. I guess it's become some measuring point for local sales here in Utah. Well, the latest from the Orem store is that they have now removed the Sega Saturn section, replaced by more PlayStation games. When talking with the manager, he simply said sales were not good enough to justify leaving the games in stock. The other Software Etc. store I visit often is in Murray, which is part of Salt Lake valley. They have removed all games except for PlayStation and some closeout titles for the Super Nintendo. ULTRA 64 UPDATE Nintendo has finally told us, the gaming audience, when to expect the new Ultra 64 game system. Unfortunately, September 30th is much longer than we expected. The last delay pushed the unit back to April. Well, that's just about gone and we know the hype hasn't been at our local store. Let's hope they learn some lessons for waiting so long. Nintendo has been at the top before. Let's see if they can knock Sony from their coveted tower. We'll do our best to cover the N64 when it reaches these shores with game reviews and more. PORTABLE COMPUTING NEWS Laptops are becoming a standard piece of society, as well as in the home. I got talking with a friend from Los Angeles this last month. He mentions how sales of laptops at Fry's Electronics, Good Guys and CompUSA have increased, with a good 40% of those sales going to people who will use the machine at home. Most of these people used their own money to buy the laptops. There were no specific brands that dominated in these sales, but it appears that all purchases were to satisfy a need to be mobile. It would be nice to see what sort of other portable electronics these people have been using. My guess would be a cellular phone, a pager or both. Also, the growing number of PDA users who find that a PDA is not the toy they thought it would be, but actually a usuable device for keeping track of notes, names and calendar functions. These mini-electronic PIM units are gaining their acceptance without hype, but pure usability. OVER AND OUT Well, that's all for this week. Next week (I promise) we'll take a look at portable storage media. It's the hottest thing around and with numerous choices, there are many options to consider. And more game reviews are being worked on. Stay tuned. As always, if there are any questions or comments or suggestions, feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com. Marty [Personal Info on Marty: owner of Perfection Applied, offering publishing and freelancing services. Our web site is currently under development, as is our new World Wide Web publication, Megafone Expressus. Stay tuned for web site updates. Also co-owner of InfoStream, providing network consulting and web site management, as well as publishers of printed and online periodicals. Check us out at http://www.info-stream.com ] Atari Interactive - software/Jaguar/Computer Section Dana Jacobson, Editor >From the Atari Editor's Desk "Saying it like it is!" Atari stock is climbing .. what an oxymoron if I ever heard one! <g> There are apparently some things being planned with JTS that are positively affecting these current trends in Atari stock. It's nice to see the investors realize some fruition from their investments for a change. It would be nice to know what's really generating this interest; I certainlydon't see the Jaguar as having much influence. This past week, I came across a few references to Atari's 10K filing, so I thought I'd re-post what I found, here. I've been delinquent with regard to the computing section (again), so it seemed a likely spot for this material in its stead. In the meantime, I'm looking forward to a good weekend for a change. The weekend will start off with a charity fund raiser golf tournament which should be fun, and for a good cause. I also need a break from "things Atari" for a change of pace .nice weather is a perfect excuse to do so. <grin> Until next time... Gleanings from Atari's latest Form 10-K, dated April 11, 1996: From: Frans Keylard :Atari's latest Form 10-K, dated April 11, 1996: Atari has placed no manufacturing orders for the Jaguar console since mid- 1995. Based on current and expected sales and inventory levels, Atari does not intend to pursue additional Jaguar manufacturing. Atari currently has a substantial inventory of finished products and product components for which there are no orders. Sales of Jaguar continue to be disappointing, and Atari is test marketing different price points and software bundles for the Jaguar in an attempt to sell its substantial inventory of such product. Atari expects sales of Jaguar and related products to decline substantially in 1996 and thereafter. Marketing and distribution expenses for 1995 were $12.7 million compared to $14.7 million for 1994. Atari believes that most of its competitors have greater experience and expertise in 3D graphics and multimedia technology and have substantially greater engineering, marketing and financial resources than Atari. Atari's current development efforts are dedicated to developing a very limited number of Jaguar software titles and porting certain existing Jaguar titles to the PC platform. Atari is not aware of any current development of Jaguar titles by independent software (i.e., third-party) vendors and does not expect any such development in the foreseeable future. As of March 31, 1996, Atari had approximately 25 employees in the U.S., including five in engineering and product development, 12 in marketing,sales and distribution, two in purchasing and six in general administration and management. Atari is currently a plaintiff in a civil action against Phillips Laser Magnetic Storage for "breach of contract and breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing arising out of Phillips' failure to deliver goods to Atari." Atari is a plaintiff in a civil action in the United States District Court, Northern District of California brought against Probe Entertainment Limited and Acclaim Entertainment for, "breach of contract and related claims." Countersuits have been filed against Atari in both cases. In connection with the restructuring of Atari's business in 1992 and 1993 and Atari's decision in late 1995 to significantly downsize its Jaguar operations, Atari has terminated and plans to terminate numerous contracts and business relationships, including several related to software development activities. The termination of contracts and relationships has, from time to time, resulted in litigation, diverting management and financial resources. There can be no assurance that the parties to such contracts will not commence or threaten to commence litigation related to such contracts. Any such litigation or threatened litigation would further divert management and financial resources and could have a material adverse effect on Atari's business, operating results and financial condition. Atari's % beneficial Stockholders ownership Jack Tramiel 19.6% Time Warner, Inc. 13.6 Sam Tramiel 8.9 Leonard Tramiel 8.2 Bear Stearns & Co., Inc. 7.4 Sega Holdings USA Inc 7.4 Garry Tramiel 6.4 August J. Liguori <1.0 Michael Rosenberg <1.0 Leonard I. Schreiber <1.0 Laurence M. Scott, Jr. <1.0 Base rent, for Atari's new offices at 455 South Mathilda Ave.; Sunnyvale, CA 94086; (408) 328-0900: $6126.80 per month ("Base Rent"), payable on the 1st day of each month. Comments & Reactions from the Usenet: "Atari is currently a plaintiff in a civil action against Phillips Laser Magnetic Storage for "breach of contract and breach of implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing arising out of Phillips' failure to deliver goods to Atari." Sounds like something to do with the Jaguar CD ROM. Wasn't Phillips the manufacturer of that? "District Court, Northern District of California brought against Probe Entertainment Limited and Acclaim Entertainment for, "breach of contract and related claims." Uh oh ... this has to do with the Jaguar version of Mortal Kombat III, I think! Probe is the developer, Acclaim was the licensee. Here's some more relevant information from form 10K: "The Merger. At the Effective Time (as defined in Section 1.2) and subject to and upon the terms and conditions of this Agreement, a Certificate of Merger prepared in accordance with Delaware Law (as defined herein) and Nevada Law (as defined herein) and reasonably acceptable to counsel to JTS and counsel to Atari (the "Certificate of Merger"), and the applicable provisions of the Delaware General Corporation Law ("Delaware Law") and Nevada General Corporation Law ("Nevada Law"), Atari shall be merged with and into JTS, the separate corporate existence of Atari shall cease and JTS shall continue as the surviving corporation. JTS as the surviving corporation after the Merger is hereinafter sometimes referred to as the 'Surviving Corporation.' Jaguar Section Myst Review! Tips/Cheats for FFL Ultra Vortek & Iron Soldier! >From the Editor's Controller - Playin' it like it is! It's been a really lean week for Jaguar news and information. Fight for Life is still receiving lots of feedback, and mostly positive still. That's great news and a relief for the many that heard that the game was poor, as of a few months ago. We hope to have this one reviewed in the near future, as well as others. A long-awaited Myst review appears this week, so we hope that you check it out. I've managed to sneak a peak at Battlemorph this past week. My wife was busy doing some other things so I grabbed the opportunity. So far, I like what I've seen/played. As others before me mentioned, even if you didn't like Cybermorph, this sequel is more impressive, and challenging. I hope to get a quick glimpse of Baldies over the weekend, if I'm able to move after the golf tournament this weekend (second time out this year after a year lay-off)! I hope to get a lot of playing time in for an upcoming review, as well. So, enjoy the issue and get some playing time in of you're one of the unfortunate who won't have nice weather this weekend. You deserve some relaxation with your favorite game machine of choice! Until next time... Jaguar Game Title STR Review - "Myst" -= Available Now =- By Thomas Sherwin Developed by: Cyan Published by: Atari Price: $59.99 Unless you've been locked in a closet for a while, you've probably heard about the puzzle game "Myst". At the start of the game, you find yourself on an island with no idea about where you are or what you're doing there. Your job is to explore the island, unlock its secrets, and find out what happened. Sounds easy? Don't get your hopes up. Clues are everywhere but it's not readily apparent what they mean... until you've learned enough. I've known people to spend MONTHS on this game so if you're not the patient type of person, don't even try it. Actually playing the game itself is very simple. You just point to where you want to go and click on the button. Movement simulated through a series of stills, all developed with ray tracing/texture mapping software. It's the puzzle aspect of the game that makes the game such an attraction. I'd continue on with the puzzle part, but I don't want to give away any clues. ;) Graphics: All of the stills are at least 16 bit color... better than the PC version which made Myst so famous! If you've ever tried to make ray traced pictures, you can appreciate the effort that they must have put into the stills. Some of them are simply gorgeous. Animation is sparse but what is there is simple and smooth. My only gripe is that sometimes the load time from the CD causes small pauses in some animation sequences. Sound FX/Music: Sound FX are also rather sparse. Most of the FX are background noise as you change scenes (birds in the forest, waves near the ocean, etc.). There's also some noises when you do something, like turn the page to a book or flip a switch. Nothing outstanding but a game like this doesn't need it. Control: Very simple. Just point your cursor and click. Response time may sometimes seem to lag, but so far, I haven't discovered anything that requires lightning fast reflexes. Manual: You actually get three booklets with Myst. The first is the standard "This is how to work the game" booklet. It's clear enough, though you hardly need it. The second is a little book they provide for you to take notes. The beginning of the book says that almost any detail can be an essential clue towards solving the overall riddle of Myst. Thus, you should use the little book to jot down everything you can. Trust me, you WILL make us of it. The third has three hints for those who are hopelessly stuck. FWIW, those three hints are a START, but not much else. Entertainment: Myst was designed to be an "all consuming" game and it comes darn close to that. Even though you don't move in 3D "real time" (a la Doom), it really doesn't matter. You still get sucked in and find yourself losing track of time. It's not quite virtual reality, but it does a lot to get you involved given its simple delivery. As a puzzle game, it excels for those who prefer much more complex mysteries. If you're looking for something with "simple" strategy, Myst will be way over your head. Each single puzzle is part of a much larger puzzle. The key is to figure out how the puzzles/clues all fit together. If the worst happens and you just don't want to discover things on yourown, there are strategy guides for Myst which should apply to all versions. A warning to those with low patience levels: this game CANNOT be played for just a few minutes at a time. If you're going to play, have at least an hour and a lot of paper to spend. Other Tidbits: With a game of this complexity, you really ought to purchase the memory track. Technically you don't need one as it comes with a sophisticated password system. But the password system doesn't save EVERYTHING you've done so you may have to repeat steps each time you start. Some of these steps can take several minutes you might be best off investing in the memory track. Graphics: 9.0 Sound FX/Music: 6.5 Control: 8.5 Manual: 9.0 Entertainment: 9.0 Reviewer's Overall: 9.0 If you've been looking for the puzzle game that will keep you wrapped up for a while, Myst is what you want. It's complex enough to keep you going for weeks (at least for ME it is) and has nice graphics to boot. It's extremely simple to play but very tough to figure out. So give up those weekends, kiss your spouse/S.O. goodbye, and explore the Island of Myst. Jaguar Cheats, & Hints STR InfoFile - Solving Those Riddles! >From CompuServe: While playing around with FFL this morning (about 2 hours or so), my brother and I found out some more codes: codes we already knew: z IWANTPOWER z JAGUARTIME new stuff: (name in bracket are the ones who were chosen when we put in the code....) z GIVEMETIME (KARA) z GIVEMEMOVE (KARA) z GIVEMEPOWR (MRG) z GIVEMEXXXX (POG) z IWANTDRUGS (LUN) Weird code, huh? (I was looking at my medicine bottles when I found this one!) z IWANTPINKY (POG) Anyone working on an FAQ? juan -- Juan M Gonzalez firstname.lastname@example.org Here are some cheats for IS and UVortek: IRON SOLDIER z Cheats (at Options Screen, unless otherwise noted): z All Weapons & Levels: 3,7,6,6,8,2,4,2 (border flash confirms) z Unlimited Ammo : 2,7,2,8,3,7 ("CRATES" on phone pad) z Extra fast rotation : A+C while turning (during gameplay) z Repair : Hit yourself with a Cruise Missile (only during the low energy warning!) z Mission Pass/Fail : 2,8,8,8,6,6,7,7,3,7,7 (then during gameplay press: = Fail, # = Pass) z Easter Eggs (at Options Screen, unless otherwise noted): z Insane Difficulty : 6,8,2,4 ("OUCH" on phone pad) z Display Mission Stats: 8 (during gameplay) z Single-Frame Advance : Pause, 1/3 (during gameplay) z Swivel Mech View : At mech configuration screen, select add or remove weapon then press 1 or 2 to swivel mech. z Scroll Title Screen : At "Iron Soldier" logo, use joypad to manually scroll screen up or down. ULTRA VORTEK Cheats (at options screen): "Uppercut" Annihilations (during "Annihilation Time"): Uppercut opponent (D+Punch). Works with any character only on the "Stoned Poseidon", "Hell's Kitchen", or "Temple of the Vortek" stages. "Anvil" Annihilations (during "Inner City Chaos Stage" only): Do this far from opponent so you don't get crushed by the anvil that drops from the sky. D, D, D, then: z Punch (for Lucius, Dreadloc, and Skullcrusher) z Kick (for Volcana and Grok) z Jab (for Buzzsaw and Mercury). Easter Eggs: z Enable speed selector option (at title screen): 1+5+9 ("fight" confirms) (can select "normal" or "turbo" speed) z Hidden Backgrounds (during background select screen): Subway Passage: Hidden Palace : # Hidden Characters: z Carbon: Must be on Hard or Killer level, one-player mode, "Earthquake Zone" stage, win a double perfect, perform Annihilation near "NO fighting-- this area only". Carbon will be on "Subway Passage" stage. z Enable voice modem (at title screen): 9,1,1 (emergency on phone pad) CODE: D-Down U-Up T-Towards Opponent Aw-Away From opponent Charge-Hold button in direction given a second or so Hidden Moves: Buzzsaw z Airgrab & Slam : (in air), D + Punch z Bolo Low : T, T, Jab z Gut Grinder : (in close), Aw + Punch z Gut Spear Uppercut: Charge Aw, T, Punch z Hi Buzzsaw : T, T, Punch z Pain Machine : Charge Aw, T, Kick z Ricochet Blades : (in air but not T), D + Jab Annihilation z Bolo Beheading : T, T, T, Jab z Core Breach : (not close), D, T, Punch Dreadloc z Angle Spear Dive : (in air), D, D, Punch z Back Off, Man! : T, Punch z Come to Daddy : T, T, Punch z Fire Breath : T, Aw, Punch z Speed Slice : Charge Aw, T, Punch z Spin Staff : D, T, Jab Annihilation z Clean Slice : (not close), Aw, T, Jab z Jamaican Shish Kebab: (not close), T, T, T, Jab Grok z Boulder Bounce : Jump T, D + Jab z BoulderMorph : Charge Aw, D + Jab z GroundPounder : Charge Aw, release, Jab z The Tenderizer : (in close), Aw + Punch Annihilation z Avalanche Crush: Jump over opponent, D + Kick. z Rocky Uppercut : (in close), charge (& hold) D, Jab. Lucius z ElectroTherapy : (in close), T, Aw, Punch z Ground Spark Wave : T, T, Kick z Hawk Attack Low : Jump, D, Jab z Hawk Attack High : U, D + Punch z Hawk Teleport : Jump, Jab z Lightning Blast Low : D, T, Punch z Lightning Blast High: U, T + Punch z Spinning Back Kick : Aw, Kick Annihilation z Electric Death : (in close), T, T, Aw, Punch z Hawk Decapitation: U, Aw, Aw, Punch Mercury z Big Gooey Pounder : (in close), Aw, T, Punch z Porcupine Spike : D, D, Kick + Punch z Sawblade : Charge Aw, T, Kick z Spinning Blade Sweep: D, D, Kick + Jab Annihilation z Ground Beef : D, T, Jab z Rock'em Sock'em : (not close), T, T, Punch SkullCrusher z Brain Fryin' Microwave: T, T, Punch z Charged Particle Blast: Aw, T, Jab z Choke & Thump : Charge Aw, T, Punch z Creeping Ground Blast : T, T, Jab z Grim Dive of Death : Charge D, U z Knife Head Butt : (in close), Aw, T, Punch z Stride & Slide : T, Kick Annihilation z Fatal Grip : (not close), T, T, Aw, Jab z Head, Well Done : Charge Aw, T, Jab Volcana z Fire-Bomb : (in air but not T), D + Punch z Fire-Breath : (in close), Aw, Punch z Fireport Behind : D, Aw z Fireport Uppercut: Charge D, U z Fire-roll : (in air), T, Jab z Fire-wall : Charge Aw, release, Kick z Flame Blast : D, T, Punch z Flying Firedive : Charge Aw, T, Jab Annihilation z Blowtorch : (in close), T, T, Aw, Punch z Shake 'n Bake : D, T, Jab ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine The wires are a hummin'! PEOPLE... ARE TALKING On CompuServe compiled by Joe Mirando 73637,2262 Hidi ho friends and neighbors... Neighbors... now there's an interesting term. (What the heck, a couple of issues ago I did an introduction with a "FRIENDS" theme, why not neighbors?) Since I became "online-enabled" all those years ago, I came to think of everyone in the United States who had a modem as a neighbor. Then, as the fad of telecommunications caught on in Europe, I came to think of the British, French, Belgian, German, Swiss, and Spanish with modems as neighbors too. But now, out of nowhere, I get email from someone in Central America. Alejandro is from Costa Rica and was nice enough to drop me a line to share his thoughts. He made some very astute observations and I enjoyed reading his message. I immediately replied to him and asked if he would mind if I posted his message here in this column. Unfortunately, two days later, I got a message from the Internet Mail System telling me that the reply could not be delivered. So I tried it again. Same response. So, Alejandro, if you are reading this, please feel free to write to me soon and often, anytime you feel like it (and please state if I can post parts of your email here in this column). That also goes for any reader. If you've got something you want to say, something you want to ask, or just want to vent, feel free to drop me a line. What the heck, we're neighbors! Well, enough of that. Let's get on with the reason for this column in the first place... All the great news, hints, tips, and info available every week right here on CompuServe. >From the Atari Computing Forums On the subject of CompuServe's "Send" command, Isaac Moore posts: "I've been greeted several times by others, in this forum, but do not know how to respond. Can you explain?" Sysop Don LeBow tells Isaac: "Assuming you're using the regular ASCII based interface, and not one of the CIM programs, you can respond with the SEN command. There's a short text file in the Forum Help & Info library (LIB 1) named USTSEN.TXT that shows how to use it." Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine tells Isaac: "You can use the send command ... send <user number> <your message goes here>" It really is that easy. Meanwhile folks are asking about how to access CompuServe and all of its new "HMI" options using their Atari computers. Markus Dillinger asks P.Walding: "I have read that you have a full access to CompuServe with your Atari. I am also interested to get such an access with my 1040ST. Would you please forward some information to me?" P.Walding tells Markus: "I am sorry , but my Compuserve access is via my Mac. I haven't tried the Atari on here , so don't know how well it would go. There are a couple of Navigator - type programs for the Atari on here somewhere , but I don't know how graphically advanced they are. I'm sure I have them noted here somewhere if you can't find them." Dennis Bishop adds: "Well, I vist at lest 6 other areas here on CIS, and when they have gone to the new software and it just leaves this area for me to use, I will then have to figure if the money is worth it or not, I do have access to the Com.Atari.ST of the Usenet for a whole $20 a year, this includes all the Usenet newsgroups I want. It's a shame that they can't do the same thing that the other platforms are doing. No wonder people jump ship. Doesn't seem to have any good programmers around these days." Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine jumps in and posts: "I know they have said the source code is available for those who wish to do other platforms. I do not know what is involved when it comes to licensing, etc, etc. I believe it was said the CIS was swamped by requested for info on getting the source code." Mark Kelling tells Albert: "Looks like the best non PC or Mac system programmers will get is a document showing what each HMI subroutine expects in the way of data and what it sends to the user. Maybe an outdated "framework" program showing how it all works together and that's all! Still, us talented Atari, Amiga, UNIX, etc., programmers would be able to whip something out that would be more than acceptable if CIS would just give us a chance!" Albert tells Mark: "It should not be that bad. There is a HMI section in the (GO IBMCOM) forum which might prove useful. At least a document/spec is better than trying to reverse engineer everything. <grin>" Mark tells Albert: "Reverse engineering is the American way! <grin> The docs available online are minimal at best, severely outdated at worst. But you are right -- better than nothing! <grin>" On the subject of transferring files between an ST and a Mac Andrew Dawkins asks: "I need to transfer Atari based text files on to a Mac using a floppy disk. Any ideas on how this may be achieved?" Frank Heller tells Andrew: "This is an easy thing to do. If your Mac is running system 7.xx it can format also format floppies with a PC format. Use these PC formatted disks to transfer the data from the Atari to the Mac. The final step is running the MAc control panel: PC Exchange. This will set up the Mac so it knows which Mac word processor to open when it sees a particular kind of Atari extension...ie: .TXT, ASC...etc. I use this all the time and it works quite flawlessly." Robert Studzinski posts: "I have a Supra hardisk 60mg with 5 partitions on it,the problem I am having is with the C: Partition it has many bad block's on it , how do I get rid of these bad block's?" Albert Dayes tells Robert: "It depends on what type of problems you are having. Have you checked your cables on your hard drive? Also you might purchase a program like Diamond Edge v2.x if you do not already have it. It is like fixes many different type of disk errors (floppy and hard drive). If the problems still continue it might be best to reformat the entire hard drive (after backing everything up of course)." Dick Pelland posts: "I hope someone can help with the following: 1. What is TOS error #35 2. How do I tell the version of TOS on my machine (Mega ST 2) 3. My Mega won't keep the time with the power off. It usually gives the time it was last shut off. The batteries are good...in fact, what are the batteries for? 4. My Mega has Warp 9 installed. Why can't I use the ST without it? Even with a new boot disk or no disk it reboots if I move the mouse into the menu bar. Is Warp 9 doing anything useful besides holding the machine hostage? 5. Does anyone have a copy of Dr.T's KCS Omega for sale?" Albert Dayes tells Dick: 1. TOS #35 error usually means the file or program is corrupted. 2. There is a program in the library called SYS-INFO or something similar that will tell you almost everything you need to know about your Atari ST. 3. For your mega clock did you try different batteries and see if that is a possible cause of the problem? 4. That can be due to loose cables between your ATARI and your hard drive if you have one. It can also be due to loose chips such as glue,mmu or shifter in your computer. Have you tried reseating those 3 chips in your computer? Have you tried copying Warp9 from the original disk to your boot disk and see if that works? What version of Warp9 are you using? The latest version is 3.8x and it works fine on my Atari. Another thing you might also consider is the order of programs in your auto folder could be causing conflicts with Warp 9. Try changing the order of programs in the auto folder and see if that helps." Well folks, that's about it for this week. I've tried to make sure that I've included more posts that are not CompuServe- specific, because as Alejandro pointed out to me, not everyone who reads STReport has a CompuServe account. Y'see that? You can always learn something by just listening. See you next week, same time, same station, and be ready to listen to what they are saying when... PEOPLE ARE TALKING EDITORIAL QUICKIES HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY STReport International OnLine Magazine [S]ilicon [T]imes [R]eport http://WWW.STREPORT.COM AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE ON OVER 100,000 PRIVATE BBS SYSTEMS All Items quoted, in whole or in part, are done so under the provisions of The Fair Use Law of The Copyright Laws of the U.S.A. Views, Opinions and Editorial Articles presented herein are not necessarily those of the editors/staff of STReport International OnLine Magazine. 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