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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: ST Report: 21-Jun-1996 #1225 Date: Sun Jun 30 19:50:44 1996 Silicon Times Report The Original Independent OnLine Magazine" (Since 1987) June 21, 1996 No. 1225 Silicon Times Report International OnLine Magazine Post Office Box 6672 Jacksonville, Florida 32221-6155 STR Electronic Publishing Inc. A subsidiary of STR Worldwide CompNews Inc. R.F. Mariano, Editor Featured in ITCNet's ITC_STREPORT Echo Voice: 1-904-292-9222 10am-5pm EST STReport WebSite http://www.streport.com STR Publishing Support BBS THE BOUNTY INTERNATIONAL BBS Featuring: * 5.0GB * of File Libraries Mustang Software's WILDCAT! 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When it comes to our editorials, product evaluations, reviews and over-views, we shall always keep our readers interests first and foremost. With the user in mind, STReport further pledges to maintain the reader confidence that has been developed over the years and to continue "living up to such". All we ask is that our readers make certain the manufacturers, publishers etc., know exactly where the information about their products appeared. In closing, we shall arduously endeavor to meet and further develop the high standards of straight forwardness our readers have come to expect in each and every issue. The Publisher, Staff & Editors Florida Lotto - LottoMan v1.35 Results: 6/15/96: 3 of 6 numbers with one 3 number match >From the Editor's Desk... The political atmosphere this year is a true spectacle of monstrous negative proportions. How in heaven's name can we as grown adults, citizens and taxpayers expect the younger generations to do "do the right thing" when the politicians form the lowest levels to the Presidential Race are acting like a raft full of anal retentive dolts. They are setting a horrid example for all youngsters, bridging all social or economic levels. There comes a time when the general population should and must be heard from. There was a time, in this country, when a U.S. President was looked upon with respect, admiration and loyalty. Ever since the vicious assassination of President John F. Kennedy, there seems to have been a gradual but very deliberate heightening of disrespect, distrust and apathy toward the Topmost Office in the US Government. It all seems to have begun from the disgraceful whitewash banter the Warren Commission puked out.. to the Nixon Watergate sleeze, the Iran Contra Reagan/Bush Coverup and now the ugly political shenanigans of WhiteWater coming from "Jester D'Amato", "Saint Bob Dole", "Slick Willy", "The Vince Foster MURDER", "WACO", "Beaverton", "Freemen", and this current and very awful presidential campaign that has yet to address any of the real issues facing the USA and the World today to the smoke screens of "Billary". this country's government is obviously in deep trouble. At the very dirty hands of BOTH the Democrats and Republicans. We, as the ultimate bastion of truth and the "American Way" must step in and bring horrible Government for the Feds to our local political hacks back to the basics, back to truth in government, back to honesty in government and most of all, a return to the concept that the American Family is the basic building block of our social structure. If the USA is ever to return to the moral leadership it once offered its citizens and the world, the basic building blocks of a successful social structure must be brought to the forefront of our daily lives once again. That basic building block has always been THE FAMILY. Why is BIG Government so interested in becoming the pseudo family for most every child born in the USA? Must BIG Government have such absolute control over our nation's children from the womb to the tomb?? Why are we, as a nation, allowing this garbage to occur? Solution are in all honesty rare, few and far between. Independence Day is right around the corner. Do we really have "something to celebrate" or, are we, as a nation, simply going to "go through the motions" once again? (Patting ourselves on our Red/White/Blue backs while beneath the pretty facade, corruption and decay is rampant.) Its up to each and every one of us to write to our representatives at every level of government and let them know we are watching them and will not forget them.. come election time. The BAD Politicians; simply put ..must go. Government must be brought back to reality. The lack of any responsible, responsive government in the last four years must stop! Why must we endure the "show" of goofy political parties battling each other and making feeble attempts at destroying each other??? Its a sham! A political SHAM! They're eating up valuable "On the Hill" time that could easily be put to far more productive and responsive activities dedicated to the betterment of our society and country. But no.. they must "fight" each other. Folks, they're playing games at our expense! Write to those who represent you and tell them "all about it"... They really need to know they are flirting with political extinction at Election Time. This time, many of us will not forget when we pull the levers. Ralph... 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Speaking to the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco, Reno said her plan would require people to register with the new agency the secret codes -- or "keys" -- they use to encrypt message online. Reporting on the speech, Sandra Ann Harris of United Press International adds, "Federal authorities could then obtain the information they need to decipher the encryptions using a court order and secretly monitor electronic communication on the Internet the same way wiretaps are used to monitor telephone conversations of suspected criminals." Reno added, "We look only to make existing law apply to new technology," adding new computer programs designed to crack the new complicated encryptions take too long to be useful to law enforcement. "Some of our most important prosecutions have depended on wire taps." She also said registration of keys might end up being a worldwide requirement, since the Internet is used increasingly for international communication, commerce and criminal enterprise. Reno told the group that effectively regulating electronic encryption will depend be finding a balance between protecting privacy interests while stopping criminals from cashing in on the new technology. "If we do our job right citizens will enjoy the Information Age without being victimized" by high technology, Reno said. Attorneys General Probe AOL Rate Amid reports it is the subject of a formal investigation by New York attorney general Dennis Vacco over how it calculates its bills, America Online has confirmed it has been talking to several states' attorneys general about its business practices. New York newspaper Newsday broke the story of the rates probe in that state, but a representative of Vacco's office told The Associated Press that, as a matter of policy, the office does not confirm or deny such investigations. AOL said in a statement, "It is our understanding that several state attorneys general have informally inquired into industry practices and AOL has had dialogue with the New York state attorney general's office with regard to this informal inquiry." AOL spokeswoman Pam McGraw told the wire service she could not specify the topics that attorneys general have talked about with the company and others in the online industry, adding, "It's a give-and-take situation. They come to us on some matters and we go to them on others." AP notes AOL also is a defendant in suits in Pennsylvania and California that accuse it of rounding up per- minute charges. The suit in Pennsylvania, brought by First Mortgage Corp. of Ardmore is being settled, representatives of both sides said. Pentium Counterfeits Halted Five people have been arrested in Taipei and charged with making and selling fake copies of Intel Corp.'s Pentium microprocessors. "After months of investigation," the Reuter News Service reports from Taiwan, "police raided a factory in the central city of Chungli on Sunday and found 11 machines used for making fake Pentiums, the world's most popular microprocessors." A police official told the wire service, "We first received reports from Intel back in March that fake Pentiums were circulating in the market, and we are now investigating to see how many chips the factory has made thatare still out in the market." He added that only 27 chips were confiscated at the factory on Sunday, but the police also found an order form for more chips from a small local computer firm called "Hung Yin." The official said, "We suspect that the counterfeit factory was run by Hung Yin and there's still another factory that we haven't uncovered." Earlier this month, Taiwan customs agents confiscated 10,000 bootleg CD-ROMs containing Microsoft Corp.'s flagship Windows 95 intended for export to the United States. Notes Reuters, "Taiwan has been trying to reverse a reputation for having poor intellectual property protections -- a struggle that has paid some dividends. On May 1, the United States formally removed Taiwan from its so-called Special 301 watch list of countries that tolerate or encourage violations of intellectual property rights." Net Deadbeats to Lose Domain Names The company that registers Internet domain names is planning to pull the plug on customers who haven't paid their bills. On June 24, Network Solutions Inc. of Herndon, Virginia, will begin suspending the service of customers who have been sent a final 15-day notice and have not paid for their domain name registrations. The company says domain names will be restored within one business day of receipt of payment if payment is received within 60 days. During the 60-day period, the domain name will not be assigned to any other party. "We have made every effort to contact these customers and their Internet service providers to resolve payment problems via repeated invoices, e-mails and a final 15-day notice," says Don Telage, Network Solutions' president. "With over 400,000 currently registered domain names and the continuing exponential growth in use and services on the Internet, our priority must be to support our paying customers rather than continue protracted attempts to collect overdue accounts from non-paying customers." Network Solutions is the Domain Registrar under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation. The company provides worldwide registration, online services, database maintenance and help desk support pertaining to the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses and names within the .com, .org, .edu, .net and .gov domains. Further information on domain registration policies and procedures can be found on the World Wide Web at: http://www.netsol.com or http://rs.internic.net/domain-info/fee-policy.htm. Sun Warns of Use of 'Java' Name Sun Microsystems Inc. has drawn a line in cyberspace, warning more than a dozen companies to stop using the word "Java" in their Internet addresses because the name is a protected trademark for Sun's online programming language. Business writer Evan Ramstad of The Associated Press notes, "Some of the companies Sun has warned sell coffee, the thing many people think of when they hear the word Java. Others, such as retailer Javanco of Nashville, Tennessee, just happen to have the word Java as part of their name. And ironically, some of the companies use Sun's Java language to create sites on the World Wide Web." Ray Taft, president of Web Planet, a Web consulting firm based in San Jose, California, told Ramstad, "Sun just doesn't want anybody to dabble in domains that use that word." (One of Web Planet's web sites has the Web address of "javacup.com.") AP notes that on its own Web site and in its warning letters, Sun cites a host of Java-related words it has trademarked, including Javasoft, Javastation, Ultrajava, Picojava and Javaworld. "But," says Ramstad, "the extent to which Sun can apply those trademarks in cyberspace is unclear. If it can prevent coffee shops from using Java in their Internet addresses, can it also stop hotels on the Indonesian island of Java from doing so?" On this Sun associate general counsel Anne Gundelfinger commented, "If the island of Java were to establish a domain name that had Java in it, no we would not go after that, but if somebody is using Java in their domain name or otherwise in a way that's likely to cause confusion with our Java mark, we will police that." Protestors of the Sun action have been gathering at a site operated by Portland, Oregon, programmer Jon Batcheller who received a letter from Sun in mid-May telling him to stop using the "Java" in his address. Instead, he turned his Web site (located at Web address www.javac.com) into an electronic rallying point. Batcheller told AP, "I wasn't going to take it without doing something. To me, it's like Microsoft telling people not to use windows. Windows is a software program but most people think of windows as something to look through." Patent Office Rules in TI's Favor The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has affirmed that Texas Instruments engineer Gary W. Boone is the inventor of the single-chip microcontroller, device that revolutionized electronics by putting all the functions of a computer on a single piece of silicon. The Patent Office ruling is the outcome of a five-year proceeding to determine whether a highly publicized patent awarded in the summer of 1990 to Gilbert P. Hyatt, covered an invention made first by Boone at TI. The patent office proceeding, known as an interference, focused on who was first to invent the single-chip microcontroller. The single-chip microcontroller, also known as a computer-on-a-chip, is a tiny sliver of silicon containing all the essential parts of a computer. Single-chip microcontrollers are widely used in computer keyboards, automatic ignition systems, television and videocassette recorder controls and other household and industrial applications. Unlike microprocessor chips, single- chip microcontrollers contain on-chip permanent computer programs that direct the chip to perform predetermined functions. "This ruling rightfully establishes Gary Boone and TI as the inventor of the single-chip microcontroller, settling the broad speculation that followed after Mr. Hyatt received a patent," says Richard Donaldson, senior vice president and general patent counsel for TI. "Gilbert Hyatt has absolutely no claim on the invention." The Patent Office also granted TI's request for a statutory invention registration, which will officially recognize Gary Boone and TI as the inventor of the single-chip microcontroller. TI holds several patents covering the commercial implementation of the computer- on-a-chip, based on work done by Boone and other TI inventors, resulting from TI's effort in the late 1960s and 1970s on TI's TMS100 and TMS1000 microcontroller families. A notice will be attached to Hyatt's U.S. Patent No. 4,942,516 explaining that his claims for invention of the single-chip microcontroller have been canceled. "TI has nothing to gain financially now from receiving another patent on Boone's basic invention of the computer- on-a-chip," adds Donaldson. "What is important is the Patent Office's confirmation that Gary Boone and TI were first to invent the computer-on-a-chip." TI says the ruling will have no effect on its royalties or intellectual property licensing program. Apple Tops Multimedia Sales For the second year running, Apple Computer Inc. has been named the top vendor of complete multimedia PC desktop systems worldwide with 18.8 percent of the 1995 market, according to a report from Dataquest researchers. Reporting from Apple's Cupertino, California, headquarters, the Dow Jones News Service says Dataquest reported Apple Computer shipped nearly 4 million of the 20.9 million PC desktop units. The 20.9 million units were slightly more than double the 10.4 million units shipped in 1994, the wire service added. Dataquest also reported the regions outside of North America had the majority of shipments for the first time ever in 1995, accounting for 52.4 percent of worldwide shipments, up from 30.9 percent in 1994. These regions include Europe, Japan and Asia/Pacific. Gateway Offers Ditto Drive Iomega Corp. reports that Gateway 2000, the PC direct marketer, has started offering the internal Ditto Easy 3200 as an installed option in any of its PCs. The Ditto Easy 3200, a 3.2 gigabyte tape backup drive, supports most leading QIC tape formats, including Travan, QIC-WIDE and standard QIC cartridges. "Gateway's offering of the Ditto Easy 3200 is an important step in establishing the Ditto line as the standard for tape backup," says Timothy L. Hill, vice president of worldwide marketing at Roy, Utah-based Iomega. "Their customers will be very pleased that Gateway has made it so easy to choose an affordable and convenient way to insure the stuff on their computers." Gateway 2000, a Fortune 500 company based in North Sioux City, South Dakota, sells more PC-compatible systems through the direct market channel in the U.S. than any other PC manufacturer. Acer Rolls Out Net Computer The notion of a network computer -- a low-end under-$500 system specifically designed for the Internet -- generally has been talked up by Oracle Corp., but Taiwan's Acer Group has become the first big computer maker to actually launch an NC. However, if you're in the U.S., don't be rushing off to the store to look for it just yet. Acer Chairman Stan Shih told Jeffrey Parker of the Reuter News Service the company initially will not sell the machine in the huge U.S. market, settling instead for sales in poorer markets. "Yet in the long run," Parker comments, "Acer's Internet-minded AcerBasic could bedevil the U.S. giants' symbiotic mainstays -- Intel's speedy Pentium chips and Microsoft's Windows 95 and Windows NT system software -- jointly nicknamed the 'Wintel standard.' That's because the AcerBasic does not have a Pentium processor, Microsoft Windows 95 or Windows NT. They cost too much." Instead, Acer's NC relies on cheaper "Pentium-like" chips made by Intel's rivals and, says Reuters, "on Microsoft's almost-antique Windows 3.1, which clings to life even though Microsoft has lavished hundreds of millions of dollars to promote its fancier successors." Reporting from Taipei, Parker adds, "Though some new NC will junk Intel and Microsoft altogether, Acer's Shih says the AcerBasic is less radical and poses no immediate challenge to Intel/Microsoft market dominance." Shih told the wire service, "Actually, our approach is still Wintel," adding AcerBasic's slow 75MHz Pentium clone and Windows 3.1 were "not necessarily the most up-to-date" but kept its price at $500, a benchmark set by NC visionary and Wintel detractor Larry Ellison of software maker Oracle. Says Reuters, "Shih's message: Connectivity is everything, while Wintel compatibility, long the industry's bedrock, is less important." As noted, Intel and Microsoft both openly scoff at a $500 network computer, saying consumers want more than single-function "appliances." But Shih, whose AcerBasic plugs into any TV set, says Intel will find ithas to make cheap chips for low-cost NCs. Today's faster Pentium chips alone cost more an AcerBasic. Says the Acer chief, "Today its best interest is to sell more high-end (chips), but in the long run, if this is to become a huge market, Intel is also going have to serve these requirements." And as far as Windows goes, "Our target (for now) is developing countries, so DOS and Windows 3.1 is good enough," Shih says. "We support Microsoft, so it is supporting us in our move to make PCs more popular in developing countries. And if PCs become more popular, Microsoft will get benefits." Shih told Parker Acer NCs developed for the United States and other advanced markets may use Pentium chips and Windows 95 or NT, and will have to cost "hundreds of dollars more." IBM Creates Cordless Modem A cordless modem prototype that operates without a cable link has been developed by IBM, which says the unit, about the size of a pocket calculator, allows use of a PC or laptop up to 100 feet from the nearest phone jack without plugging in. The Reuter News Service quotes IBM officials as saying the device works with standard PC built-in modems, off- the-shelf PC cards and external modems, requires no software changes to the system and supports speeds up to 28.8Kbps. Bill Pence, director of an IBM Research division, told the wire service, "We've modified low-cost cordless phone technology and integrated it with standard analog modems, eliminating cumbersome phone cords." Reuters says a user connects the modem output to a small cordless remote unit and plugs the companion base unit into a standard phone jack. Also, IBM says, the technology can be integrated into next-generation cordless phones, by adding a jack directly into the phone handset. CompuServe Unveils 'Smart Rules' CompuServe Inc. has announced the availability of advanced Smart Rules -- tools that are designed help users customize e-mail and receive online information anytime, anywhere and on any device. Smart Rules allow users to set up individual, personalized profiles that automatically filter and send specific online information to their CompuServe electronic mailbox for forwarding to their choice of devices. In addition to the traditional access through a computer, e-mail and online information can be accessed through any touch-tone phone or sent from CompuServe to a pager and, soon, to a fax machine. Users can determine the times they want information forwarded or have data automatically sent as needed. Smart Rules will allow users to: z Forward a copy of electronic mail to a pager. z Periodically receive the status of any five stock issues. z Receive selected notification of changes in a stock's price. z Get final sports scores from college and professional teams as they are reported. z Read news bulletins and see important stories that relate to selected stock issues. CompuServe users will be able to set up and change their profile through an easy-to use online interface. Future enhancements will include the ability to get localized traffic updates, travel information, weather forecasts, in- progress sports scores, lottery information, messages from CompuServe Forum areas and more. "This is a major step by CompuServe into the proactive delivery of personalized information," says Dave Eastburn, vice president of product management and support at CompuServe. "As part of our on-going Stay In Charge communications strategy, we are giving our users the broadest, most versatile array of communication tools in the industry. These tools essentially let our users create their own personalized electronic information portfolio, with all the information that is important to them. And they can have it delivered any time, anywhere and on any device." "We will make information available on multiple devices through many means of access, and we will give users the tools to manage the flow of that information," adds Steve Owens, marketing manager for CompuServe Communications. "These tools are just the beginning of CompuServe's development of personalized information services. CompuServe will change the way people look at information, and we will change their expectations for an online service." Today's launch is the latest in a series of announcements by CompuServe that represent the implementation of CompuServe's Stay In Charge strategy. These include offering new paging services that allow users to receive e-mail, stock quotes and sports scores on any pager in the U.S.; the activation of the CompuServe Communications Card; and upcoming partnerships to extend the reach of CompuServe communications services. The Stay In Charge strategy is designed to help mobile professionals and others keep in touch with crucial information anytime, anywhere and through any device. The paging services are brought to market in conjunction with CompuServe's business partners MobileComm, PageMart and PageNet. Users on these networks will receive paging services at no incremental charge. The calling card services have been developed with Premiere Technologies and will be marketed through several soon-to-be-announced business partners aswell as existing CompuServe and Premiere channels. Sony Introduces First PC Japan's Sony Corp. introduces its first personal computer today, a $2,000 to $3,000 unit powered by Intel Corp.'s top-of-the-line 200MHz Pentium Chip. The Wall Street Journal reports this morning the system "will offer high- quality sound and graphics but isn't radically different from other computers on the market," adding, "Complete with a 28.8-kilobit-per-second modem, the dark gray computers will provide owners with a direct service line, enabling Sony staffers to make software fixes over the telephone." Analyst Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies Research International Inc. told the paper that while the new computer is a bit more expensive than others, Sony may emerge as a major factor in the home PC business, noting, "Their brand name and overall clout in the (retail) channels make them a player." TI Offers New Notebook Line Texas Instruments Inc. has launched a new line of mobile computers called the TravelMate 6000 series, which will be priced from $4,199 to $4,999. Reporting from Dallas, the Reuter News Service says the series uses Intel Corp.'s 120MHz and 133 MHz Pentium processors, has a 12.1-inch active matrix display, the new Zoomed Video port technology and a 6X CD-ROM, and weighs 5.9 pounds. There are two models in the series: z The TravelMate 6020 is available this month and has an estimated price of $4,199. It utilizes 8MB of high speed memory standard. z The TravelMate 6030 will be available next month and has an estimated price tag of $4,999. It features 16 MB of memory. Reuters says both have removable hard disk drives and come with modems and communications software prefigured for one-click connection to the Internet. TI Unveils Notebook Accessory Line Texas Instruments Inc. has introduced Livegear, its new notebook computer accessories brand. TI says the Livegear line includes products that augment TI's and other PC maker's notebooks. According to TI, Livegear includes several product categories: Storagegear, which include CD-ROMs and hard drives; Performancegear products such as RAM and EDO memory modules; Powergear accessories ranging from auto adapters to batteries; Communicationsgear such as synchronized personal organizers, speaker and answer phone modems and MPEG cards; Totegear, including backpacks, pouches and briefcases; and Desktopgear, which includes TI's DockMates desktop docking stations. "The birth of Livegear accessories gives us the opportunity to provide to the customer what we know they need: custom product solutions that work together anytime, anywhere to increase productivity," says Steve Lair, vice president of worldwide marketing and sales for TI's personal productivity products unit. "Mobility and connectivity are the heart of our business. Livegear accessories are the next step in supporting that end." CompuServe Has 'Virtual Passport' CompuServe Inc. has introduced "The Virtual Passport," a technology initiative that will allow the company to deploy its fee-based services using Internet technology. The Virtual Passport will also permit other Internet sites to identify CompuServe members and enable them to use just one password, such as their CompuServe password, to gain access, often at no extra charge, to many sites on the Internet. According to CompuServe, The Virtual Passport also: z Enables Web sites to verify who is visiting. This means that the extent of access to specific information on the Web and within a Web site can be controlled and monitored both by the individual user and the Web site. z Verifies the authenticity of a Web site for the user, helping to ensure that a site being accessed is not a fraudulent "copy-cat" or "spoofed" site. z Benefits content providers by delivering a large customer base to their content in a secure, authenticated way. z Enables small businesses to set up a secure Web site that can be accessed only by approved, authenticated users, delivering global networking and communications power to any size business. "Today's announcement will simplify the Internet by letting users go to many places with just one password for just one price," says Denny Matteucci, CompuServe's president of online services. "The Virtual Passport is the next critical step in the evolution of CompuServe's fee-based services from proprietary technology to the open standards of the Internet. It will enable us to control access to content, like CompuServe Forum areas, on the Internet." The Virtual Passport will also be deployed as part of CompuServe's Internet-only service, SPRYNET and WOW!, the new home and family service. Penril Sells Modem Biz for $120M For $120 million in stock, Penril DataComm Networks Inc. has agreed to sell its modem business to computer network products specialist Bay Networks, leaving Penril with its remote access business. Reporting from Gaithersburg, Maryland, United Press International reports the deal calls for Penril shareholders to receive Bay Networks stock worth $10 a share. "Penril will then distribute shares of Access Beyond to shareholders in a spin-off transaction establishing Access Beyond as a new, publicly traded company," the wire service adds. Penril Chairman/President/CEO Henry D. Epstein told the wire service, "We believe these transactions represent a 'win-win-win' situation," adding Penril shareholders will receive a strong return on investment; Bay Networks, which will add high-end modem technology; and those affiliated with Access Beyond, which can establish itself as a prominent player in the burgeoning remote access market. Also Penril Vice President Ronald A. Howard, developer of the Access Beyond concept, said, "Access Beyond will immediately be among the best-positioned to serve a remote access market that is expected to reach $2 billion by 1999." He added the Access Beyond products will work on any system, making the lines attractive to customers and resellers. UPI says that after the spin-off, Access Beyond will designate a new board of directors and management team with Howard expected to serve as chairman/CEO. It is anticipated both the spin-off and sale transactions will be completed by early fall. Meanwhile, at its Santa Clara, California, headquarters, Bay Networks officials said the deal, which will transfer about 40 employees from Penril, will make it better able to quickly respond to service providers' requirements, further strengthening the company as the access leader inthe internetworking market. President/CEO Andy Ludwick commented, "Owning this technology is critical to our success in the enterprise segment of the marketplace as well. As our enterprise customers expand their networks beyond the backbone, we see similar requirements for high density, extensive scalability, and accelerated time to market in our dial- up products. Ownership of DSP modem technology will allow Bay Networks to quickly support new application areas beyond data, including video, fax and voice." Nixon CD-ROM Debuts on Anniversary On the 24th anniversary of the infamous Watergate break- in, Graphix Zone has released Nixon The CD- ROM, an interactive analysis of one of America's most controversial presidents. The disc's users can explore a navigable 3-D "Secret" White House and examine thousands of pages of unpublished documents, Watergate tape transcripts, interactive timelines, Oliver Stone's Academy Award-nominated screenplay and create custom searches using a Boolean search engine. "While exploring the disc, I saw a memo dated July 16, 1970, which seems to be the earliest evidence documenting the Nixon administration's intent to break into the Brookings Institution," notes John Dean, former Nixon White House counsel and a consultant on Nixon The CD-ROM. "At one point, events got so out of control that the "plumbers" were talking about renting a fire truck, setting a fire and going after documents in the Brookings Institution. Fortunately, that one got called off." Other Nixon-era figures who contributed to the CD-ROM include Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsburg, former Nixon aide Alexander Butterfield (who first revealed the existence of the White House taping system); former Counsel to the Senate Watergate Committee Sam Dash; former Watergate Prosecutor Earl Silbert; Jerry Ziefman, former Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee (which voted to impeach President Nixon); and former Time Magazine correspondent Hayes Gorey. The disc provides online links to a Graphix Zone-managed Nixon Web Site (www.gzone.com/nixon) containing an interactive Nixon biography and scores of links to valuable Nixon resource sites on the World Wide Web. Macintosh Leads in Brand Loyalty The Macintosh led the personal computer industry in repurchase loyalty again in 1995, as it did in 1994, according to statistics compiled by market researcher Computer Intelligence InfoCorp (CII). CII says its repurchase rate calculations measure the percentage of each brand's users who purchased a new computer in 1995 based on the same brand they had previously owned. According to the CII research, about seven in eight of Apple Macintosh users who purchased a computer in 1995 purchased another Macintosh. Following Apple were Dell, Hewlett Packard, Acer and Gateway 2000, ranking second through fifth. IBM, Compaq, AST Research, Packard Bell and NEC completed the list of top ten brands, in that order. "In spite of the highly publicized troubles Apple suffered in late 1995, Macintosh users remained the most loyal users of all PC brands, with repurchase rates in 1995 nearly identical to what we measured for 1994," says David Tremblay, CII's senior industry analyst for PCs. Tremblay adds that user loyalty is a key to Apple's future. He notes that CII research shows that Apple has done very poorly in enticing other brands' users to cross over to Macintosh. 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"We have geared CorelCAD towards the 3D designer who values accuracy and ease- of-use above all else," said Dr. Michael Cowpland, president and chief executive officer of Corel Corporation. "Whether the user is a professional using computer models to represent real world objects, or a hobbyist creating mockups or digital models of their designs, this new modeling tool will add a whole new dimension to their end result." "ACIS is the most widely used 3D geometric modeler in the world. Hundreds of thousands of users already work with PC-based CAD/CAE/CAM software products based on ACIS. CorelCAD users especially benefit from the automatic interoperability with this huge community of engineering professionals and their products," explained Jerry Sisson, president and COO at Spatial Technology. "ACIS is the standard for 3D modeling because products like AutoCAD, Microstation Modeler, and now a new generation of lower cost 3D modeling products like CorelCAD have made it so." CorelCAD allows the user to create intricate shapes and models based on a simple to use building block approach. A wide selection of primitive shapes are available and powerful Boolean operations allow one shape to be added or subtracted from another. New shapes can be created from the intersection of two solids, and 3D solids can be created by the extrusion or sweeping of 2D profiles. Powerful blending capabilities allow the smoothing of edges on the model, while advanced rendering allows the model to be viewed with realistic material textures, lighting and shadows. The solid model can be queried and information such as volume, surface area and center of gravity can be extracted. CorelCAD takes advantage of many of the user interface standards used in other Corel applications. With its native 32-bit architecture, CorelCAD is designed to take advantage of the speed and memory management enhancements of the Windowsr 95 and Windows NTT operating systems. Superb drawing management features, print capabilities, along with dimensioning and 2D drafting features round out the program. The CorelCAD box includes: z CorelCADT z Corel Print SpaceT: an advanced printing application that allows CAD models to be printed along with any other type of OLE objects. z Corel DREAM 3D 6: allows users to import CorelCAD generated DXF files, position various CAD models and create photo-realistic scenes with advanced lighting controls. z Corel MULTIMEDIA MANAGERT 6: allows the user to manage files graphically, create albums of files and logically group files across multiple drives or networks. z Corel SCRIPT: an OLE enabled scripting language that allows users to automate repetitive tasks by writing macros. z 7,000 + 2D drafting symbols 600 + 3D symbols z 750 + 3D models for Corel DREAM 3D z 200 + house plans z 750 seamless bitmap tiles for Corel DREAM 3D z 200 + Corel Professional Photos on CD-ROM backgrounds for Corel DREAM 3D z 100 sample drawings z 120 TrueTyper fonts z Corel House SelectT: allows users to select house plans from the library based on search criteria such as square footage, number of bedrooms and more. z CorelMEMOT: allows users to add notes to Corel Print Space. System Requirements Users will require a minimum of a 486-33 (Pentium recommended), 16 MB of RAM (32 MB recommended), Windows 95, Windows NT 3.51 or higher, VGA display (800 x 600 pixels recommended), CD-ROM drive with 32-bit drivers and a Mouse or drawing tablet. Pricing and Availability Shipping since May 31, 1996 , CorelCAD is available for a suggested list price of $895 US. Upgrades are available for CorelDRAWT, AutoCADr, Generic CADDr, CADKEYr, MicroStationr and VisualCADDT users for a suggested list price of $249 US. ACIS ACIS is an object-oriented, boundary representation geometric modeling toolkit, written in C++, designed for use as the "geometric engine" within applications. ACIS provides an open architecture for wireframe, surface and solid modeling. Linear and quadric geometry is represented analytically, free-form geometry is represented as NURBS. ACIS capabilities can be accessed through its API. Developers writing in C++ can add, derive or extend classes. ACIS can be licensed as object code or source code. Spatial Technology Inc. Spatial Technology Inc. introduced ACIS in 1989 as the world's first commercial, object-oriented, 3D geometric modeling toolkit. Since then, ACIS has become the industry-standard 3D modeling technology. To date, there are 351 ACIS licensees worldwide and 58 commercial ACIS-compatible products, including AutoCAD Release 13T, AutoCAD DesignerT, AutoCAD Mechanical DesktopT, MicroStation ModelerT, TriSpectivesT, CorelCADT, and Solid EdgeT. ACIS is used as the foundation for applications in CAD/CAM/CAE, animation, architectural engineering, virtual reality, entertainment, multimedia, education, industrial design, geophysical modeling and architectural design. For more information, visit Spatial Technology on the internet at http:/www.spatial.com/spatial. Corelr Click & CreateT Set to Make Multimedia Presentations Come Alive Ottawa, Canada - June 17, 1996 - Corel Corporation has begun shipping Corelr Click & CreateT, an easy and powerful multimedia authoring tool to be used in the development of CD-ROM games, corporate presentations, interactive training and educational materials, multimedia titles, screen savers and much more. Shipping since May 31, Corel Click & Create is available for a suggested list price of $695 US, with competitive upgrades available for $249 US. The authoring program operates under Windowsr 3.1x and Windowsr 95, with a Macintosh runtime player scheduled for September of this year. The Macintosh runtime player, which allows distribution and playback of multimedia applications, will be available free of charge at that time to allow for cross platform development of titles. Corel Click & Create was developed for Corel Corporation by UK-based Europress. "Corel Click & Create is one of the most innovative multimedia authoring tools on the market," said Dr. Michael Cowpland, president and chief executive officer of Corel Corporation. "Its exceptional ease-of-use, short learning curve and amazing flexibility will make this package a powerful addition to anyone's multimedia software collection." "Corel Click & Create is the result of many years development both in the UK and France. This development will continue, making Corel Click & Create and future associated products into brand leaders in this area of the growing multimedia market," said Michael Meakin, managing director of Europress. Corel is excited to continue its foray into the realm of multimedia, which is quickly becoming the most popular way to present all types of information. Complete multimedia presentations include a combination of static (text and graphics) and time-based (audio, animation and video) elements. It is therefore necessary to use a powerful authoring tool to seamlessly combine text, graphics, video, animation, audio and other multimedia elements into a single application. Corel's product is designed to do just that and is geared towards a range of professionals, including multimedia designers, graphic artists, game developers, corporate executives and training coordinators. Corel Click & Create is designed to put the user on the cutting edge of 16- and 32-bit multimedia authoring with powerful tools and comprehensive libraries that offer great flexibility. Learning a complicated scripting language is not necessary with this product. Powerful programming functions are available through mouse-driven menus that simplify and speed up the application development process. Other ease-of-use features include customizable application menus; easily resizable applications; step-by-step tutorials, online help and example files; and, animation, picture, morphing and button editors. Support for DirectX, WinG and multiple palettes are added bonuses. Users will find this multimedia authoring tool incredibly powerful for a number of reasons. The package offers, among other features, video game performance, complete object-oriented development, open-development architecture, ODBC (Open Database Connectivity) support, specialized game building tools, as well as drag-and-drop event editing. With convenient runtime testing features, users can test applications with just one click to see instant results, and save their projects as stand alone EXE files. A speed-independent option also allows games to run at the same speed regardless of the PC on which they are played. The following items are included in the Corel Click & Create package: z 210+ fonts z 1,100+ clipart images z 250+ video clips & animation files z 1,400+ sound effects in 8-bit and 16-bit WAV files z 100+ graphics-packed libraries including complex 3D images z 100+ pre-made transition effects including wipes and dissolves z 150+ background images in BMP file format z musical clips in midi and WAV files z 7 multimedia examples z 6 game examples z 5 screen saver examples z 3 step-by-step tutorials Technical Support Corel will provide Corel Click & Create customers 30 days of free technical support on a toll-line (613-728-1010) from the first phone call and paid for support on a toll-free line for any support requirements following this time period. For further information on paid for support, call the toll-line number. Development and System Requirements Minimum system requirements for Windowsr 3.1x include IBM PC or compatible 386 33 (486 33 recommended), 4 MB of RAM (8 MB of RAM recommended), CD-ROM drive, 3 MB of hard disk space (12 MB recommended), and a VGA (24-bit video card and 16-bit sound card recommended). Minimum system requirements for Windowsr 95/Windows NTT include IBM PC or compatible 486 33, 8 MB of RAM (12 MB recommended), a two-button mouse, 6 MB of hard disk space (12 MB recommended), CD-ROM drive, and a VGA (24-bit video card and 16-bit sound card recommended). Europress Europress is a family owned company, dedicated to good business practice and the maintenance of high standards. These principles and the quality of its products have brought Europress many successful partnerships worldwide, and made it the UK's leading producer of educational software. The company's product line is divided into five ranges - education, lifestyle, multimedia, bookshelf and productivity. Europress retains intellectual rights to Click & Create and will also continue to market its games creation package, Klik and Playr, which is now available in 35 countries and 14 different languages. Europress maintains a home page at http://www.europress.co.uk. Corel Corporation Incorporated in 1985, Corel Corporation is recognized internationally as an award-winning developer and marketer of productivity applications, graphics and multimedia software. Corel's product line includes CorelDRAWT, the Corelr WordPerfectr Suite, Corelr Office Professional, CorelVIDEOT and over 30 multimedia software titles. Corel's products run on most operating systems, including: Windows, Macintosh, UNIX, MS-DOS, OpenVMS 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. EDUPAGE STR Focus Keeping the users informed Edupage Contents Who Owns The "Image" Of A Building? Wireless E-Mail With An Attitude Comcast, Cox Invest In @Home The Enemy Inside Laptops As "The Sole Machine" Virtual University Moving Ahead Coupons Online Texas Instruments Has Notebook Ambitions AOL Denies Report Of New York State Investigation Wired: Business Or Hobby? Gleick On Digital Cash And Non- networked Hotdogs Freedom Of Information Dallas Is Laughing, But The Times Owns The Joke Resolution Urges Congressional Internet Use Compaq, Toshiba Battle For King Of The (Laptop) Hill Sony's PC. Think ... Purple Autodesk Wins Piracy Settlement Software For Rent On Cheap Terminal AT&T Launches Business Service On The Net Verifone Offers Internet Payment System Students Fund More Campus Kiosks Andersen, BBN Team Up On Internet E-Mail While Driving Is On The Rise Communications From The Electric Company Founder Of SGI And Netscape Starts Health Service On Net Internauts Anonymous PC Makers Want To Trim Costs By Trimming Bundles IBM Ponders Unbundling Notes Electronic Copyright Compromise? Outsourcing Boom New Software Lets You "Ask The Wizard" Laptop 54, Where Are You? Acer's Stand-Alone Internet Computer Intel Ventures Into Internet Content Agreement Samsung Gets License Digital's Alpha Chip Cultural Notes On Automated Banking WHO OWNS THE "IMAGE" OF A BUILDING? In a precedent-setting intellectual property dispute, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, is suing a photographer for infringing its trademark by selling posters made from his photo of the architecturally distinct museum. Photographers, artists, filmmakers, and publishers are concerned about the implications of allowing trademarks for buildings, but lawyers for the museum argue: "If we lose our rights on posters, we'll lose it on T-shirts and hats." Trademark protection generally is intended to prevent someone from copying a building's distinctive shape (such as that of the famous McDonald's golden arches). The issue is whether the photographer's profits from the poster are due mainly to his own creativity as a photographer or rather to the beauty and fame of a building designed by others. (New York Times 16 Jun 96 p1) WIRELESS E-MAIL WITH AN ATTITUDE RadioMail Corp. now includes "agent" software with its wireless news and e- mail service, allowing users to launch Web "agents" that are programmed to seek out and download only the information that has been specified. The service runs on a variety of wireless networks, including Motorola's wireless service and RAM Mobile Data. (Investor's Business Daily 17 Jun 96 A8) COMCAST, COX INVEST IN @HOME Comcast Corp. and Cox Communications have agreed to buy a stake in Tele- Communications Inc.'s @Home cable online access venture, giving them the option of launching similar services in their own markets. "It validates once again the seriousness of these guys going after the online marketplace," says a Forrester Research analyst, who adds that a nationally branded service would provide stiff competition to telco offerings. (Broadcasting & Cable 10 Jun 96 p52) THE ENEMY INSIDE The CEO of CheckPoint Software Technologies, which markets Firewall-1, one of the leading Internet firewalls, thinks companies worry too much about outside crackers, and not enough about corrupt employees. "It's ironic, because 80% of security breaches are internal. Companies doing intranets will realize that internal security is more important than perimeter defense. The outside world seems scarier, but the inside world is more dangerous." (Information Week 3 Jun 96 p12) LAPTOPS AS "THE SOLE MACHINE" With more and more corporations deciding they can't afford two expensive machines per employee -- a laptop and a desktop PC -- companies are replacing obsolete desktops with a laptop that does everything, and the laptop market is thriving. Analysts predict 28% growth in laptop sales this year, twice the growth rate of desktop PCs, and the Giga Information Group estimates laptops will garner a 35% share of all PCs sold by the year 2000. "The notebook used to be a complementary product," says a Texas Instruments VP. "Now, it's the sole machine." (Business Week 17 Jun 96 p134) VIRTUAL UNIVERSITY MOVING AHEAD The Western Governors' Association is hammering out details on its proposed "Virtual University," and is expected to endorse the creation of a central governing body and a system of local "franchises" for participating states at its annual meeting this month. The group has hired the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems to come up with a viable assessment system, to ensure that students have mastered the subject matter of the courses they take. The Center is also examining licensing and accrediting laws in various states that will participate in the venture, to determine how college credit can be awarded and transferred. In addition, the Western Interstate Cooperative for Education Telecommunication has produced a prototype of a "virtual catalogue," which will interview prospective students on their interests and equipment availability, and then list the courses or products that match their needs. (Chronicle of Higher Education 14 Jun 96 A30) COUPONS ONLINE In case you're not getting enough coupons bundled in with your Sunday paper, now there's a Web site that offers coupons from supermarkets and manufacturers, weekly grocery store sales, recipes and electronic shopping lists. "I don't think primary grocery shoppers are on the Internet right now, but some statistics show that young adults are spending more time on computers and the Internet," says the marketing company's president. < http://www.supermarkets.com/ > (Tampa Tribune 15 Jun 96 B&F1) TEXAS INSTRUMENTS HAS NOTEBOOK AMBITIONS Texas Instruments is offering two new Pentium-based notebook computers with 12-inch color monitors. Texas Instruments is now seventh in the notebook computer market and wants to move up to No. 2 or No. 3 by the end of the year. A company executive says: "We're on everybody's radar screen now. A year ago, we were just a speck." (Wall Street Journal 14 Jun 96 B3) AOL DENIES REPORT OF NEW YORK STATE INVESTIGATION America Online has denied a story reported in various new media saying that the company is the target of a probe by New York state attorney general's office because of allegations that it has been overbilling its customers. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 14 Jun 96 F3) WIRED: BUSINESS OR HOBBY? Financial analysts are not of one mind when it comes to evaluating the Initial Public Offering being made by Wired Ventures, the owner of Wired magazine and various Internet-focused activities. Although the valuation is 17.9 times the company's revenues for last year and the company continues to post losses, Wired Ventures is felt by analyst Richard Shaffer to "have done well at positioning itself in the middle of the Internet hype because it's caused a lot of the Internet hype." Another analyst, Tony Perkins, is more skeptical: "The bottom line is if you're doing $7.5 million in revenues and you're losing $3.5 million, you're still pursuing a hobby, not a business." Shaffer's view of that issue is that Wired "has real advertisers, real paying subscribers, and an audience. There is a real business there; it just doesn't happen to make money." (New York Times 14 Jun 96 C6) GLEICK ON DIGITAL CASH AND NON-NETWORKED HOTDOGS Writing about digital cash, Internet entrepreneur and author James Gleick says that "as money enters a new age, so does counterfeiting. The ultimate threat is the perfect copy -- the virtual coin that proves mathematically identical to the real thing. If money is a string of bits, then someone, somewhere, can make a perfect copy, and another and another. An arms race is already raging between those working to armor-plate digital cash with doubly and triply secure cryptography and those working to pierce the armor. Security experts assume that nefarious characters, in search of an unending stream of money, are already investing millions in the next stages of research and development." His advice for the moment: "For now, if it's not too inconvenient, why not reach into your pocket for a few last vestigial dollar bills, make sure you have exact change for the bus and buy yourself a secret, non-networked hotdog." (New York Times Magazine 16 Jun 96 p26) FREEDOM OF INFORMATION Congress will soon be considering a bill requiring federal agencies to provide records online "so that agencies use technology to make government more accessible and accountable to its citizens." The bill would allow the information requester, rather than the federal agency, to choose the format for releasing information. (Computer Industry Daily 17 Jun 96) DALLAS IS LAUGHING, BUT THE TIMES OWNS THE JOKE The New York Times says that, with the advent of e-mail, office jokes "can spread like lightning, from desk to desk, city to city. Within minutes, Dallas can be laughing at the same joke that doubled-over New York. These are the jokes we want to hear." Send your office jokes to email@example.com but understand that "submissions become the property of The Times and may be republished in any medium." (New York Times 16 Jun 96 p11) RESOLUTION URGES CONGRESSIONAL INTERNET USE A resolution introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives last week by Rep. Rick White (R-Wash) and Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va), and in the Senate by Sen. Larry Pressler (R-SD), is intended to promote lawmakers' use of the Internet to communicate with constituents, make information more accessible to voters, and induce Congress to work with the Internet community to find out more about Internet-related issues. "We need to bring Congress online for the 21st century," says White. "The Communications Decency Act is a pretty good example of what can happen when Congress passes laws on something it knows little about." White predicts that when Congress revisits the Act next year, "a more educated Congress will develop a solution that protects our children and protects our free speech." (BNA Daily Report for Executives 14 Jun 96 A1) COMPAQ, TOSHIBA BATTLE FOR KING OF THE (LAPTOP) HILL Compaq Computer has just introduced three new portable computer models in a move to oust Toshiba from its top spot in the laptop market. Meanwhile, Toshiba is racing ahead with five new models of its own. Toshiba's market share was about 20% the first quarter of this year, with Compaq a trailing No. 2 at 9%. In addition to plans for more aggressive product roll-outs, Compaq will copy Toshiba's strategy of marketing its laptops through retailers, a move that's been successful for Toshiba. (Wall Street Journal 18 Jun 96 B6) SONY'S PC. THINK ... PURPLE Sony, the electronics industry giant, is re-entering the personal computer business with two Pentium-chip- based PCs accented in purple trim and equipped with 16 or more megabytes of main memory, hard drives of 2.1 gigabytes, and 28,800 bps modems. Made in collaboration with Intel, the machines will have high-quality video and audio capabilities and will be priced in the $2-3,000 range. (San Jose Mercury News Center 18 Jun 96) AUTODESK WINS PIRACY SETTLEMENT Autodesk Inc. has settled with Westech College, a California trade school operator, for more than $220,000 after Westech admitted that it used a single copy of AutoCAD to make more than 75 illegal copies that were used on three campuses. Autodesk says it's recovered more than $20 million in piracy penalties since 1989. (Investor's Business Daily 18 Jun 96 A8) SOFTWARE FOR RENT ON CHEAP TERMINAL Wyse Technology is demonstrating its belief in the inexpensive Internet device concept, converting an existing line of terminals into $500 machines that consumers can use to rent software by the hour or cruise the Internet. The software programs, available for about $1 an hour, are not transferred to the user's terminal -- instead they reside on the servers operated by the user's Internet service. Modem connections are too slow for games and other software that relies on speed, but Wyse's senior VP thinks the concept has merit: "We're breaking new ground. The economic model for this will get worked out over the next few months." A Zona Research analyst notes the approach, if successful, could be emulated by other terminal makers: "This is something that will generate a lot of interest in the software community." (Wall Street Journal 17 Jun 96 B2) AT&T LAUNCHES BUSINESS SERVICE ON THE NET AT&T's newest service, the AT&T Business Network, debuted yesterday on the Web, targeting managers, entrepreneurs and professionals with links to more than 1,000 business-related sites and other online information. "Business users tell us that while they sense the Web's immense potential, they are frustrated with inconsistencies, inefficiencies and lack of business focus," says the president of AT&T New Media Services. The new service will be free with revenue initially generated through advertising. Over time, subscription or other fees will be charged for additional services. (Investor's Business Daily 18 Jun 96 A9) VERIFONE OFFERS INTERNET PAYMENT SYSTEM VeriFone Inc., which makes credit-card processing technology, has lined up Wells Fargo, Royal Bank of Canada, Discover & Co., and Novus Services, a unit of Dean Witter, to use its new payment software to encrypt credit card payments over the Internet. Wells Fargo is already using proprietary software from CyberCash to process Web-based payments, but notes the VeriFone product is more comprehensive and is based on the SET (secure electronic transaction) standard. (Wall Street Journal 18 Jun 96 B4) STUDENTS FUND MORE CAMPUS KIOSKS Seniors at the University of Colorado have elected to spend their class gift funds on additional information kiosks to be placed around the campus for accessing transcripts and financial aid records. The $22,000 fund will be matched by the University of Colorado Foundation to purchase at least 40 computers -- the University has three kiosks on campus now. "We wanted to find a gift that students are going to see every day, and to demonstrate what really happens when you give a gift back to the school after you graduate," says one recent graduate. (Chronicle of Higher Education 21 Jun 96 A17) ANDERSEN, BBN TEAM UP ON INTERNET Andersen Consulting and BBN Corp., one of the largest business Internet access providers, have formed a joint venture to design and sell Internet- based services to large corporate customers, such as airlines, who require large-volume transaction processing services. (Wall Street Journal 18 Jun 96 B4) E-MAIL WHILE DRIVING IS ON THE RISE Computing and driving is on the rise in California, and the California Highway Patrol warns the practice is potentially dangerous. "There's nothing specifically in the vehicle code that says you can't compute while driving," admits one officer, but with studies showing cell phone use raising the chance of an accident by 34%, they're suggesting people leave their laptops switched off while at the wheel. Still, some habits are hard to break. "I do my Radio Mail at 80 mph," says Andrew Seybold, editor of an industry publication. "I go from appointment to appointment catching up on e-mail and phone calls while I drive. By the time I'm at my next appointment, I'm caught up." (St. Petersburg Times 17 Jun 96 p14) COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE ELECTRIC COMPANY Southern Company, owner of Georgia Power and other Southeastern utilities companies, has won approval from the Federal Communications Commission to provide telecommunications service through the company's fiber optic system. A Southern Company executive says: When you deliver electivity you have to deliver information. So, for example, we have a large fiber-optic system in place that we use to control the flow of electricity. It has excess capacity." The company has no immediate plans to enter telecommunications but wants to be prepared. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 18 Jun 96 E1) FOUNDER OF SGI AND NETSCAPE STARTS HEALTH SERVICE ON NET Jim Clark, who founded the successful companies Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) and Netscape Communications, has created a new Net-based business called Healtheon, which will use the World Wide Web to help companies manage their employee health plans. Clark said: "We are providing a standard health care community interface, using the Internet as a medium, and providing services to health care providers." (New York Times 18 Jun 96 C4) INTERNAUTS ANONYMOUS The Canadian Medical Association Journal reports that "Internet addiction disorder" (IAD) has entered the medical lexicon and quotes University of Pittsburgh researcher Kimberly Young as saying IAD is as real as alcoholism. Young describes the social problems that parallel other addictions, including loss of control, cravings and withdrawal symptoms, social isolation, marital discord, academic failure, excessive financial debt, and job termination. (Toronto Globe & Mail 15 Jun 96 A1) PC MAKERS WANT TO TRIM COSTS BY TRIMMING BUNDLES With profit margins on PCs at a perilously low point, computer makers are looking for ways to cut costs without sacrificing quality. Compaq, Packard Bell, Acer America and NEC all have announced they plan to cut back on their software bundles this fall, noting that much of the software isn't used anyway. "The bundling craze was a reaction to the need to target those first-time buyers," says an Apple Computer manager. "Now we're seeing the market mature a little bit." Customer surveys have show that most people typically use fewer than 10 of the up-to-60 programs pre-installed on their new computers, discarding the rest. (St. Petersburg Times 19 Jun 96 E6) IBM PONDERS UNBUNDLING NOTES IBM, in a potentially risky move, is considering unbundling the features in Lotus Notes and possibly licensing them to other companies in an effort to set a standard for "groupware" software products. The company is in discussions with Netscape on a variety of issues, and a Netscape senior VP says that although talks have not focused on licensing a key Notes technology called replication, "if Lotus were to propose such a thing it would be evaluated seriously." The replication feature ensures that when databases are linked, and information in one is changed, a similar change is made on all computers on the network. (Wall Street Journal 19 Jun 96 B12) ELECTRONIC COPYRIGHT COMPROMISE? Yale University Associate Librarian Ann Okerson offers a suggested compromise between the recommendations of the Lehman Commission's recently issued white paper and the desires of the higher education/librarian community. The National Information Infrastructure Task Force's Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights, as the commission is officially known, has suggested that any information residing in a computer's memory for any length of time is "fixed" for the purposes of copyright, which could conceivably make even the brief perusal of a Web page without prior approval of the Web page's owner a copyright violation. "One way around these controversies might be disarmingly simple. The commission emphasizes technological aspects of `transmission' and `fixation,' but many critics have found those discussions imperfect precisely on technological grounds. A more thorough analysis of the range of technological possibilities for transferring files -- including cryptographic methods that effectively limit the number of permanent copies produced -- might make the Lehman approach more useful than it now seems likely to be." (Scientific American Jul 96 p80) OUTSOURCING BOOM A recent study by California research firm Input predicts Internet-related outsourcing services will grow from less than $1 billion last year to $9 billion by 2000. Included in the Net outsourcing services were such things as Internet and intranet server management, firewall security services, and maintenance of Web page content. The overall market for information technology outsourcing is expected to rise from $19 billion last year to $42 billion by 2000. (Investor's Business Daily 19 Jun 96 A6) NEW SOFTWARE LETS YOU "ASK THE WIZARD" SystemSoft's SystemWizard self-help software enables users to trouble-shoot many of their PC problems without have to resort to an afternoon on hold with a computer company's help desk. The software automatically detects, diagnoses and corrects common PC problems. SystemSoft has agreements with AST Research and Digital Equipment Corp. to begin shipping SystemWizard with their PCs by the fourth quarter of this year, and Lotus Development Corp. and Microsoft are working with SystemSoft to enable SystemWizard to answer questions about Windows and Lotus Notes. "The PC industry can't keep putting head count on the phone, because it is just sucking the life out of the industry's profitability," says a Dataquest analyst, who estimates that SystemWizard could help reduce help-desk calls by 20% to 30%, saving as much as $1 billion a year. (Wall Street Journal 19 Jun 96 B12) LAPTOP 54, WHERE ARE YOU? Over the last two years, the FCC has purchased 200 laptops at a per-unit cost ranging from $2,455 to $6,149. But a recent audit of the agency's entire 307- laptop population found that, based on a 54-laptop statistical sample, six were not located, one was reported stolen and 11 were "not physically produced for verification," resulting in a 33% "where-the-heck-are-they" result. (Multichannel News Digest 17 Jun 96) ACER'S STAND-ALONE INTERNET COMPUTER Acer Inc. has come out with its own version of the $500 network computer called AcerBasic. The machine is targeted at the lower income population unable to pay $1,500 or more for a personal computer, but unlike similar products on the market or the drawing boards, AcerBasic can function as a stand-alone machine. Acer's position is that other NCs, when not connected to larger computer servers, "are essentially useless." (Investor's Business Daily 19 Jun 96 A7) INTEL VENTURES INTO INTERNET CONTENT AGREEMENT Intel Corp. will buy a 4.5% stake in CNET, a closely held company that provides MTV-style reports on technology-related subjects to cable television and the Web. The two companies will collaborate on a new Web site, although other details about the venture were unavailable. The agreement represents Intel's first foray into the Internet content business, a move that has caught the attention of industry observers. Intel, however, is downplaying its actions, noting that it's invested in "dozens" of technology start-ups over the years. "Intel is looking to showcase the most innovative technologies," says a company spokesman. "We are doing this as a facilitator, and not as an owner of content." (Wall Street Week 20 Jun 96 B6) SAMSUNG GETS LICENSE DIGITAL'S ALPHA CHIP Digital Equipment Corporation is licensing Samsung Electronics the right to make and market Digital's 64-bit Alpha microprocessors, which are expected to have increasing sales in conjunction with the growing market for Microsoft's Windows NT operating system. (New York Times 19 Jun 96 C2) CULTURAL NOTES ON AUTOMATED BANKING Interac says that Canadians are heavier users of debit cards than Americans, with each debit card in the U.S. used about 3.5 times, while per-card usage in Canada was 15.2. The average Canadian used an automated banking machine 41 times in 1994, compared with 31.8 times for Americans and 22.1 times for British citizens. (Toronto Financial Post 20 Jun 96 p7) Edupage is written by John Gehl (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Suzanne Douglas (email@example.com). Voice: 404-371-1853, Fax: 404-371-8057. 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Educom -- Transforming Education Through Information Technology ISDN Info Series STR Infofile >From Compuserve's ISDN Forum. MORE ISDN FACTS EXPLAINED by Ray Oschger The specifications for ISDN allow for up to 8 circuit and/or packet switched devices to be connected to a single ISDN BRI. These devices must be connected on the S/T side of the interface. This type of setup is referred to as a Point to Multipoint environment. Only one NT1 is allowed to be connected to a BRI so if you have a TA with a built-in NT1 (such as a BSPro) you will not be able to establish a multipoint environment. Each circuit switched device on the S/T bus has a unique identifier referred to as a Service Profile ID (SPID). The SPID must be entered into each terminal before it is connected. When the telco switch senses the presence of the terminal it requests the transmission of the SPID and uses the information to initialize the terminal and establish a dialog with it on the D-channel. There are parameters which are set on the telco switch which control the number of circuit switched devices which can be connected on a given BRI. The majority of telcos limit you to only two devices. This two device limit probably was imposed because, until recently, the NORTEL DMS-100 switch was not capable of supporting more than two circuit switched devices on a single BRI. The Lucent 5ESS and the Siemens EWSD have been able to support up to 8 devices on a BRI provided that they were allowed to do so by the telco. NORTEL has released a new version of switch software, NA05, which will support 8 circuit switched devices on a BRI and it is possible that the telcos will begin to offer such support in the future. So. let us assume that someone will let you do it. ISDN is a time division multiplexed service which provides 144kb to the user. The 144kb is divided into two B-channels of 64kb which can be used for circuit switched voice or data calls and a 16kb D-channel which is used for signaling and can also be used for X.25 packet data service. Each of the 8 devices can contend for the two B-channels but only two of the devices can be active in a circuit switched mode at one time. A B-channel remains dedicated to a specific terminal until it is released by that terminal. It is important to understand that these terminals are not extensions as in the analog world. Each terminal must use a B-channel to operate. You cannot have more than two terminals active in a circuit switched mode at any one instant. The wiring setup is very simple and can be done with "two for one" RJ45 connectors plugged into each terminal. The connections between the NT1 and the first terminal and the subsequent daisy chained terminals can be made with standard twisted pair RJ45 cables. (Do not use flat cable.) Plug the single jack of the two for one connector into each of the terminals except for the last one. Now connect the NT1 to the first terminal, the first terminal to the second, and so on. The S/T bus is a true bus and there are timing and termination considerations just as their are on a LAN. There are two configurations which can be supported. The first, called a short passive bus, supports a total wire run of up to 200m between the NT1 and the last terminal. The second, called the extended passive bus, allows a total wire run of up to 500m between the NT1 and the last terminal but requires that all terminals be located within 50m of the end of the run. A 100 ohm termination must be set at the NT1 and at the last terminal for each of these configurations. (NT1s have built-in terminating resistors which can be set by DIP switches, some terminals also have switchable terminating resistors. If the terminal does not have an internal resistor you can purchase an external terminating resistor with RJ45 connectors for about $12.00.) Timing is also a consideration and is set on the NT1 using a DIP switch. (The Tone Commander NT1 is the exception as it has circuitry to automatically sense and set the required timing.) Timing should be set to "fixed" for the short passive bus and "adaptive" for the extended passive bus. If timing and terminations are not set properly you will see some random problems creep in over time and eventually one or more of the terminals will cease to work. This problem is caused by "timing slip" on the NT1 and is cured by unplugging and reconnecting the terminal. Better to do it right the first time. About 95% of the "strange" problems that I am called in to resolve are related to timing and termination issues. All 8 of the terminals can simultaneously use the D-channel for data transmission if they are equipped to do so. They will share 14 to 16kb (depending on the signaling load which has priority). Each device can operate up to 9.6kb and contention is managed by the NT1. D-packet is a great way to provide long duration but low traffic connections. It is under used in the current ISDN environment. Hope the above provides the information you need. Raymond Oschger & Associates ISDN Related Consulting Services 847-292-0192 (Chicago) How Secure are Your ISDN Calls? ANNOUNCING THE LAUNCH OF THE 7800 ADVANCED ISDN ENCRYPTION DEVICE FROM DATA TELEMARK GmbH Vocality, the UK distributor of specialist ISDN and satellite technologies, announce the launch of the D.I.C.A. 7800 Encryptor from innovative German ISDN and satellite specialists, DTM Data TeleMark GmbH. Targeted at corporates as well as government organisations who use the ISDN network for the transmission of private information, the 7800 provides a secure encryption facility allowing complete security over the ISDN network. The D.I.C.A. 7800 allows users to encrypt B-channel information of any ISDN BRI (Basic Rate Interface) regardless of the application. Supplied in pairs, each device presents two BRIs and is installed between an ISDN Terminal device and an ISDN network interface (NT). Configuration can be set to allow the use of randomly allocated encryption keys, which are different for each B- channel whilst D-channel information is transmitted transparently. Supplied with one of two available cryptographic algorithms, the 7800 offers FEAL 16X (16 bit key) or DCA 32 (DTM Crypto-Algorithm, 32 bit key). A special toolkit offers the ultimate of flexibility allowing an integration of customer specific, private encryption algorithms. In a time of rapid increase in public awareness of information security, the 7800 provides the user with peace of mind that the information they are transmitting is strictly for intended eyes only. For more information, contact Julian Bashford at Vocality on +44 (0) 1494 485 021 or e-mail email@example.com WS_FTP95 PRO Reprinted with Permission Previously Published in cIEx. The Official Online Magazine of Club IE. by David Boles June 18, 1996 Every Power User I know uses John Junod's excellent dedicated FTP program -- Ws_ftp32 -- for moving files on the internet. The reason for this is simple. Ws_ftp is quick and easy to use. The good news is that there's a updated Windows 95 specific, high-octane version of Junod's program distributed by Ipswitch called WS_FTP95 PRO! This new version of a web standard leaves no file unturned: client/host- host/client transfers are faster, the program is a "true" Windows 95 re-build instead of a port over from 16 to 32-bit, and the great sound effects that create a Pavlov's response for web-o-philes are unchanged. As you can see below, the beloved interface hasn't changed. It's the guts that have been fueled and fired up for faster transfers and interaction with your system. Here's the file view you've come to know and love. If you don't use WS_FTP for your transferring files on the internet, then you're working too hard to get information exchanged up and from the internet. There's a "lite" version of the rebuilt application called WS_FTP95LE that you can use, but the "Pro" version (selling for ~$30) gives you a great suite of helper applications to help you work better and faster on the internet. The Pro version of WS_FTP95 includes support for Ping, Whois, Trace Route, Lookup and Finger. Here's a peek at how the Whois client looks and works under WS_FTP95 PRO. I've done a Query on "boles.com" and I'll touch the OK button when I'm ready to look up my domain with the InterNIC. As you can see below, almost instantly, Whois returns the domain registration information on file with the InterNIC. This is a handy tool to find out who owns a domain. Or, if you want to register a domain yourself, you can use Whois to see if someone snatched it up before you. If you'd like to download WS_FTP95 PRO and try it out, you can visit Ipswitch at http://www.ipswitch.com If you want immediate contact information, here's the About screen from the WS_FTP95 PRO Trace Route applet. I couldn't do business on the web without WS_FTP95 PRO. If you haven't tried it yet, give WS_FTP95 PRO a shot and then tell me what you think. Copyright c 1996 by David Boles Kids Computing Corner Frank Sereno, Editor There are always a few great games in the works around here. As soon as we can, we will share any info, screen shots, press releases or demos we can get our hands on from the producers and artists. If you would like to see some of the amazing games that are currently available, check the What's Hot page. Here is a partial list of some of the games we will be releasing during the next few months. Click on the game logos for more details. NORAMLITY Because no one should have a thought of their own. SHATTERED STEEL Lanois 3, OREC and Planet III must be defended against deadly robotic alien enemies. Fail, and Earth is the next target for destruction. JETFIGHTER III Global Peace Through Deadly Force. DRAGON DICE Search the worlds of dark forces, fantasy, extraordinary characters, fantastic battles, fascinating places, happenstance, magic, chance and illusion. FRAGILE ALLEGIANCE In the year 2380, Sector K240 was made available for colonization by Tetracorp. The Empire must expand... MAX The mechanized commander must colonize, defend, and if he must, destroy... MUMMY TOMB OF THE PHARAOH Survival depends on outmaneuvering your adversaries and untangling the mysterious secrets of the Egyptian afterlife. PRISONER OF ICE Board the H.M.S. Victoria for a voyage to places beyond your wildest imagination! REALMS OF THE HAUNTING A macabre and brooding fantasy in the Realms of Sheol(Hell), Hellud (Earth), Raquia (Spirit) and Arqua (Divine) SHADOAN Seek glory in the wondrous world of imagination and legend. STARFLEET ACADEMY Are You Bold Enough? Descent Win95 LOADED Revenge, corruption mean that big guns get Loaded for the Sega Saturn!! CASPER Coming soon for the 3DO!!! BLOOD & MAGIC Prepare for sweeping tales of enchantment and conquest in the most popular fantasy world of all time... TSR's Forgotten Realms Knight's Chase. Most battles lines are drawn over a distance .... Yours spans time. U.S.C.F. Chess The only chess program advanced enough to offer players an official USCF National Rating. Interplay targets edutainment market with launch of Brainstorm tm line. Interplay's newest division kicks off with sponsorship of major U.S.C.F. CHESSathon Irvine, California - Long seen as a forerunner in the software gaming industry, Interplay Productions announced today that it is actively pursuing the growing children's market with the release of five titles this Fall under the new BrainStorm tm line. The first titles to be released under BrainStorm include three brand-new releases, ChessMates tm , Learn To Draw tm and Flipper tm , as well as two upgrades: Mario Teaches Typing 2.0 and Mario's FUNdamentals tm . BrainStorm, Interplay's newest division, will kick off as the proud and only sponsor of the United States Chess Federation's annual Charity CHESSathon being held June 1, 1996 in New York City. "Interplay has had a foot in this market for many years with its Mario Teaches Typing series - a frequent top 10 best-seller," explains Trish Wright, vice president of marketing at Interplay. "We feel we can bring more to this market by introducing BrainStorm - a dedicated line of children's titles that build and enhance skills in an entertaining fashion. Our development strategy, going forward, is to take complex fundamental skills and break them down into fun yet easy-to-master pieces. BrainStorm's current lineup is very exciting and very unique, and its future lineup will have some very pleasant surprises." Showing proof of its commitment to the education of children, BrainStorm is the proud sponsor of this year's U.S.C.F. Charity CHESSathon being held Saturday, June 1 high atop the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in New York City. The event will be comprised of nearly 2,000 children playing chess against dozens of the best chess players in the world. The event is a simultaneous exhibition in which each master plays up to 30 kids concurrently. ChessMates will be the only featured software title on display at this year's CHESSathon which is expected to draw several thousand spectators. All titles in the BrainStorm line will be hybrid CD-ROM tiles for PC computers supporting Windowsr 3.1, Windows '95, and Macintosh computers. BrainStorm will launch an additional 3-5 titles throughout 1997. The goal of BrainStorm is to create products that build valuable life skills and lead children on a path of developing self-esteem, logic, problem-solving capability, creativity and a sense of wonder. While primarily targeting those in the 6-11 age range, focus groups have consistently shown high levels of interest among adults as well as children in terms of mastering chess, drawing and typing in particular. The package design for the BrainStorm line will have a very distinct line look for maximum shelf presence. Packaging is streamlined and brightly animated to catch the eye of both the parent and child. Each package will have four large, bright screen shots and a simple checklist of product features and of what the child will learn from using the title. "We worked with parent-and-focus groups to discover packaging hot buttons," adds Wright. "Parents will be able to easily pickout a BrainStorm title with our consumer- friendly line look." BrainStorm will be branded with a strategy and focus similar to Interplay's #1 MacPlay brand. BrainStorm will be supported by a comprehensive marketing program which includes broad-based advertising, demo days at retail outlets nationwide, cross-promotions, a dedicated website, dedicated scholastic programs and much more. ChessMates tm , endorsed by the United States Chess Federation, uses fun and innovative technology developed from the ground up to teach children both the fundamentals of chess in addition to its in-depth strategies. Highly animated and colorful to keep the child's attention, ChessMates features Wigby tm the magical wizard, who comes to life as teacher and guide along with lively and entertaining chess pieces, allowing kids to experience in a fun, lighthearted way how to search out and find the next "right" strategic move that will allow them to play Chess at progressively higher levels. Learn to Draw(TM) is the only completely interactive instructional program that teaches kids to draw with easy step-by-step instructions. Learn to Draw develops visual and motor skills as well as building confidence and self- esteem in a supportive and encouraging environment. Players can draw on the screen with the mouse or draw using pen and paper with up to 12 in-depth art lessons. Pictures can be colored on screen, or printed out in color or black and white. After mastering the basic drawing concepts, the program leads young artists to experiment with the basics to create a "modern" piece or to develop their own original look. Children will also learn about fascinating animals, geography and cultures of Africa in addition to picking up a few words of Swahili. Flipper tm is an interactive storybook based on the recently-released MCA feature film Flipper starring Elijah Wood and Paul Hogan. This is the tale of a rebellious teenage boy, Sandy, who learns some valuable lessons about life thanks to a feisty orphaned dolphin. The title Flipper, featuring actual movie footage, offers children a variety of fun and educational activities. An interactive animated book assists in building reading skills. In the title section, kids can put together a jigsaw puzzle, match wits with Rusty the Pelican in a game of concentration, put together a coloring book, and build fun crafts with a marine life theme. Children will also learn about environmental issues and the fascinating marine wildlife that inhabits the world ocean all in a fun-to-learn environment. Mario Teaches Typing tm is the sensational four-level sequel to the award- winning original title. All-new animations and an interactive screen combine to make this title more exciting and fun for students. New features include an on-screen magical keyboard with color-coded keys and fingers, the ability for students to choose or create their own lesson plans, and a lesson editor which enables parents and teachers to control all aspects of the lesson and generate reports and certificates of completion. Old favorites such as Checkers, Backgammon, Go Fish, Yacht and Dominoes come to life in Mario's FUNdamentals tm . Featuring the well-known and well-loved Nintendo characters, this title helps children develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills and works to increase attention spans through its use of lively, entertaining animation's. Founded in 1983, Interplay Productions is a company dedicated to manufacturing and distributing a wide range of award-winning entertainment and educational software designed by gamers, for gamers. Interplay releases products through its Interplay, MacPlay, VR Sports and Shiny Entertainment divisions and its affiliated labels for personal computers as well as leading console game platforms. In addition, the company's OEM division represents a wide variety of publishers software to the OEM community for hardware bundling. More comprehensive information on Interplay and its products is available through the company's worldwide web site at http://www.interplay.com. Portable Computers Section Marty Mankins, Editor Creative Introduces Complete Line of Sound Blaster Speakers Family Of Multimedia Speakers Designed To Enhance Creative's Total Entertainment Solution Milpitas, CA, June 11, 1996-- Creative Technology Ltd. (NASDAQ: CREAF) today began shipping Sound Blasterr Speakers, a complete line of speakers designed for multimedia and gaming enthusiasts. The Sound Blaster family includes four price competitive speakers, each designed to fit the diverse needs of PC users. Sound Blaster Speakers combine with Creative's sight, sound and communications products to deliver the total entertainment solution for the PC. "Our goal is to provide our customers with the ability to turn their PCs into an entertainment center that can deliver awesome audio performance," said Craig McHugh, vice president and general manager of Creative Labs, Inc. "Our Sound Blaster Speakers enhance the user experience with our industry standard Sound Blaster multimedia solutions." Pricing and Availability Sound Blaster SBS380, CS200 and CS46 Speakers are available immediately and are priced at approximate street prices of $99, $59, and $14 respectively. The Sound Blaster SBW500 Subwoofer is priced at an approximate street price of $99, and will be available at the end of July. Features and Benefits Sound Blaster SBS380 Speakers: z 2-way 10 watts per channel RMS multimedia speakers with Creative's 3D Stereo Enhancement Technology. z Volume on/off switch, balance control, separate bass and treble controls, headphone jack Sound Blaster CS200 Speakers: z Full range 5 watts per channel RMS speakers with Creative's 3D Stereo Enhancement Technology z Volume on/off switch, separate bass and treble controls Sound Blaster CS46 Speakers: z Full range 3" passive speakers z Compact design for easy portability Sound Blaster SBW500 Subwoofer: z 25 watt per channel RMS z Volume on/off control to adjust bass levels All Sound Blaster Speakers are magnetically shielded to protect computer equipment and include all necessary cables and adapters. Creative Ships Internet Blaster 33.6 PnP The First Complete High-Speed 33.6 Internet Solution First Instant Solution To Provide Web Space For Home Page Creation, And Web Site Designed Specifically For Internet Blaster Customers PC EXPO, NEW YORK -- June 17, 1996 -- Creative Technology Ltd., (Nasdaq: CREAF) today enhanced its Internet product offerings with the introduction of Internet BlasterT 33.6 PnP, the first all-in-one 33.6 Kbps Internet solution. Internet Blaster 33.6 PnP is a fast, powerful and comprehensive Internet solution that provides instant and easy Internet access for the beginner interested in exploring the Net, or users seeking faster connectivity. Creative's Internet Blaster includes a 33.6 Kbps/V.34 Plug and Play modem; Microsoft Internet Explorer; Netspeak's WebPhone; SoftQuad's HoTMetal Light; and SpryNet from CompuServe. It also includes 5MB of free space on the WEB for home page creation, as well as voice and communications software, that will make it the most comprehensive Internet solution available in the marketplace. "Our relationship combines the industry's leading access, hardware and software offerings to make getting onto the Internet easy," said Craig McCallum, vice president and general manager of CompuServe's Internet Division. "Creative's retail expertise and brand recognition increases our ability to deliver our superior service, support and access to a growing number of consumers." Pricing and Availability Internet Blaster 33.6 PnP is available at an estimated street price of $129, and begins shipping at the end of June through Creative's extensive network of distributors and retailers. "With Internet Blaster, we're making it easy for our customers to access the Internet and create their own content." said K.S. Chay, president, Creative Technology Ltd. "We built a solution that takes the guesswork out of the technology and simplifies the installation and creative process - making the Internet experience instantly rewarding." Internet Blaster Home Page In order to make the Internet experience as rewarding as possible, Creative has also established the Internet Blaster Home Page, a special World Wide Web site designed specifically for Internet Blaster customers. This provides users with instant access to the latest technology upgrades, "hot tips," "cool links," and access to Creative's award-winning home page, the Creative Zone. "Internet Blaster combines the very best in access, home page design, communications technology, and includes a specially designed home page that introduces the user to the exciting world of the Web," said Micah Stroud, product manager for communications at Creative Labs. "With the Internet Blaster Home Page our goal is to create an on-line community where customers can obtain current information, up-to-date software and a launching pad to explore the Web." Internet Blaster 33.6 PnP Features And Benefits Internet Blaster 33.6 PnP is a high-speed Plug and Play internal modem that includes: z 33.6 Kbps/V.34 Plug and Play performance making it one of the fastest modems available z 5MB of free space on the NET for home page design z Direct access to Creative's Internet Blaster Home Page designed specifically for Internet Blaster customers z Microsoft Internet Explorer (Windows 95) for Web browsing, e-mail and FTP. z Netspeak's WebPhone for making toll free calls on the Internet z SoftQuad's HoTMetal Light 2.0 for easy home page creation on the Net. z SPRYNET for quick and easy Internet access z SuperFax 6.0 software for fax management and communications z 100 percent Plug and Play design z Designed for Windows 95, Windows 3.1 and DOS 5.X systems z Free trial memberships to on-line services such as America Online and CompuServe Creative Teams with Industry Leaders to Offer High Speed 33.6 Internet Bundle Internet Blaster 33.6 PnP is First Complete Internet Solution Product to Include Microsoft Internet Explorer PC EXPO, NEW YORK - June 17, 1996 - In its commitment to offer powerful, high- value, easy-to-use Internet technology, Creative Technology Ltd. (NASDAQ: CREAF), today announced that it is bundling software from many leading on- line technology companies in its newly announced Internet BlasterT 33.6 PnP. Internet Blaster 33.6 PnP combines Creative's high speed plug-and-play modem with Internet and communications software tools from some of the biggest names in the industry including Microsoft Corp., Spry, Inc., NetSpeak Corp., SoftQuad, Inc. and Pacific Image Communications, Inc. Internet Blaster 33.6 PnP is Creative's first product focused specifically for people who want a complete easy- to-use Internet package that includes all the tools needed to get on-line. The company's current product line, which includes sight, sound and communications technology, has been used in the Internet environment since the Internet first became popular. "Already a leader in the telephony market with our modem-based products, Internet Blaster is a natural extension of Creative's popular, industry- leading technology," said Craig McHugh, vice president and general manager at Creative Labs. "Our long-standing relationships in the industry as underscored by today's announcement, give us the ability to bundle popular, industry leading software with our technology to provide the consumer with the best Internet experience possible." Internet Blaster 33.6 PnP--announced today--is the only Internet solution product that offers users all the hardware and software they need to connect to the Internet. Microsoft Internet Explorer 2.0 is the preferred browser in this total solution and Creative plans to upgrade to Internet Explorer 3.0 when the final product becomes available later this year. Internet Explorer 2.0 offers easy Internet access and use, high performance and advanced security. In addition, Microsoft Internet Explorer is compatible with all major Internet standards. "Microsoft Internet Explorer puts users a step ahead on the Internet by enabling exciting, active content," said Brad Chase, general manager in the Internet platform and tools division at Microsoft. "By having Internet Explorer be the default browser for Internet Blaster, Creative and Microsoft now deliver easy access to the exciting possibilities of the Internet." Complete Software Bundle Creative has bundled the leading Internet software tools in Internet Blaster to give the user a robust, easy to use experience with the Internet. They include the following: z Internet Blaster users will be able to easily access the Internet with SPRYNETT software, one of the leading Internet access services and software for the home and business markets. SPRYNET gives users 5 MB of disk space for building their own home page, unlimited pricing plans and 24-hour on-line technical support. z Customers can take full advantage of the Internet with WebPhoneT from NetSpeak Corp. WebPhone is a professional Internet telephone with integrated voice mail. This powerful home and business product provides telephone quality, real-time, full duplex, point-to-point communication over the Internet and other TCP/IP- based networks. Using WebPhone, customers can talk to anyone without incurring long distance charges. z In addition to Internet services and access, Internet Blaster 33.6 PnP gives users the ability to create personalized home pages with HoTMetaL LightT 2.0 from SoftQuad, Inc. HoTMetaL Light enables users to easily create and publish hypertext-linked Web documents with easy-to-use markup tools and powerful word processing features. z Internet Blaster 33.6 PnP also features SuperFax 6.0 from Pacific Image Communications. This versatile fax and data software provides a wealth of features to make PC communications simple. SuperFax 6.0 includes fax broadcasting, a phonebook, fax viewer, TWAIN support and SuperTerminal for high speed data transfer. Creative Technology Extends Industry Leadership In Desktop Videoconferencing Company Drives Standards, Outlines Strategy for Business and Consumer Markets PC EXPO, New York -- June 18, 1996 -- Creative Technology Ltd. (Nasdaq: CREAF), the world's leading provider of multimedia peripherals for the PC, is extending its leadership role in desktop videoconferencing by driving industry efforts to set standards and produce interoperable products. Creative is committed to delivering products that interoperate with other systems and adhere to standards such as H.324 for POTS (plain old telephone system), H.320 for ISDN (integrated services digital network), T.120 for data conferencing, application sharing and future standards that work over multiple mediums. Creative continues to drive market and technology development as a member of the International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium committees that recommend standards, by designing test suites and by chairing on-going interoperability testing for H.324. Creative is committed to producing standards-based product that is targeted at business and consumer markets. Creative's current success in the POTS videoconferencing market is a direct result of its ability to deliver low-cost, high-performance products that are easy to use and provide a rewarding end-user experience. "To date, desktop videoconferencing solutions have been targeted primarily at corporate markets," said Barry Raskin, director of marketing for ShareVision at Creative Labs, Inc. "Creative believes that the next wave of growth will occur in the small and home office market for users wishing to improve communications with their corporate customers/ partners, and in the home in the form of easy-to-use, value-priced video telephones or the PC that can be enjoyed by family and friends." Creative plans to leverage its videoconferencing expertise and channel presence in delivering easy-to-use videoconferencing solutions at aggressive price points to these emerging markets. Our standards-based initiatives underscore our commitment to spurring market growth and providing maximum long-term value to our customers. Commitment to POTS Creative played a key role with its participation in the Study Group 15 -- the committee responsible for the ratification of the H.324 standard for videoconferencing over POTS. Creative has been contributing to the ITU (International Telecommunications Union) committee that adopted the standard in March 19, 1996. Creative's commitment to the POTS standard continues with the on-going interoperability testing most recently hosted by Creative and Intel last week. Creative Chairs POTS Activity Group For The IMTC Creative has been playing a key role in chairing the IMTC's POTS activity group -- the group responsible for the interoperability testing of H.324 products. The testing sessions are designed to ensure that videoconferencing products from all vendors can connect to each other over standard telephone lines using the H.324 standard. The ultimate goal is to provide the same worry-free connections end users experience with the telephone today. Creative has spearheaded this effort -- teaming with other industry vendors - - with the intent of preparing for the anticipated explosive growth in home videoconferencing over the next several years. ISDN Strategy Creative plans to leverage its strengths by producing complete, all-in-one solutions that meet customer expectations both at home and at work. As ISDN increases in popularity for use in the home and small office, Creative plans on producing high-quality, consumer-priced ISDN videoconferencing solutions that focus on performance and ease of use. Creative is partnering with a number of industry leaders to provide the best ISDN package, including the desktop tools, connectivity and support. "At Creative we believe that offering the customer -- either a business or an individual -- the smoothest and most affordable path to desktop videoconferencing is the key to expanding the market as a whole," said Sim Wong Hoo, chairman and chief executive officer of Creative Technology Ltd. "Videoconferencing is no longer the communications solution of the future, it is the requirement of the present. Creative is proud to take the lead in helping to bring videoconferencing to the mass market. Whether for business or consumer use, whether through a POTS or an ISDN connection, we will provide the right solution." Convergence of Technologies Carving out a leadership role in videoconferencing was a natural process for Creative as the industry converges around the company's three areas of expertise: sight, sound, and communications. By combining these three strengths into its video conferencing products, Creative is able to deliver cost effective, industry standard solutions. Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The future product availability dates, future financial guidance and other non-historical information contained herein and/or in the accompanying conference call are subject to the attached cautionary statements which are provided pursuant to The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Creative Technology Ltd. is the world's leading provider of advanced multimedia solutions for personal computers, including sound, graphics, communications and video conferencing products. The company's Sound Blaster technology has been accepted as the worldwide standard sound platform for PCs, and the company's global distribution network is the most extensive in the multimedia industry. Creative is focused on enhancing the overall user experience by providing powerful, enabling, high-value technology for the mass market. Sound Blaster is a registered trademark and Blaster is a trademark of Creative Technology Ltd. All other products mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners and are hereby recognized as such. Safe Harbor for Forward Looking Statements: Except for the historical information contained herein and in the accompanying conference call on today's date, the matters set forth herein and in the accompanying conference call (including our guidance on future revenues, margins, expenses and earnings) are forward looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others: potential fluctuations in quarterly results due to the seasonality of Creative's business and the difficulty of projecting such fluctuations; reductions in the cost of products sold by Creative; the short product cycles that characterize most of Creative's products; the increasing proliferation of sound functionality at the chip and OEM level; Creative's reliance on sole sources for many of its chips and other key components; the timely ramp, delivery and market acceptance of new products, including Creative's graphics accelerator, video conferencing, CD-ROM drive and communications products; the availability of operating capital and capital to refinance Creative's outstanding long term debt on acceptable terms; the volatility of share prices for companies in Creative's industry and the effect on those prices of events beyond Creative's control; and the other risk factors described in Creative's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission over the past twelve months. Dave Gurney PR Contact: David Jones Chairman and CEO SoftQuad Inc. SoftQuad Inc. (416) 239-4801 Brad Chase PR Contact: Kathy Gill General Manager in the Internet Platform Waggener Edstrom and Tools Division (503) 245-0905 Microsoft Microsoft Corp. Bob Kennedy PR Contact: Robin Rednor President and COO NetSpeak Corp. NetSpeak Corporation (407) 998-8728 Craig McCallum PR Contact: Tamese Robinson Vice President and General Manager CompuServe Internet Div. CompuServe Internet Division (206) 957-8288 CONTACT INFORMATION Theresa Pulido Karen Gordon Creative Labs, Inc. Copithorne & Bellows Atari: Jaguar/Computer Section Dana Jacobson, Editor >From the Atari Editor's Desk "Saying it like it is!" It continues to be fairly quiet on the Atari front these days. I wish that I had more hours in the day to peruse all of the Internet sites and see what's going on all over the world with regard to new programs, discussions, and other projects. So much going on in the real world that it leaves little time these days to devote to various interests. Now, if I can only hit the lottery and take some time off to smell the roses... A few people have asked me about the progress of the BBS, since we've been trying to switch over to "new" software. Well, there's been a SNAFU and we're still wading through tons of red tape with the Boston Computer Society, not to mention the political games going on during this time of leadership changes. In other words, we're still waiting to get approval for the requested new hardware. In the meantime, we're running Toad Hall on two systems (two phone lines) using two different BBS programs. We haven't been able to really work on new additions to the new system due to the hard drive storage restraints currently available to us. But, we're still having fun. Oh well, it will all come together soon enough, one way or another. Drop by sometime and join us Toad Hall is the largest and longest running Atari support system in the New England area (and maybe the northeast!). The numbers are (617)567-8642 and 569-2489. We're always open! There isn't going to be a Jaguar section this week. Frankly speaking, other than a few reviews in various stages of completion, there isn't a whole lot going on...still. And, even though I've thought it over a number of times in the past months, I see very little happening for the future. There are a number of games (don't ask me how many) that are completed, officially and unofficially. But, they aren't being released. The bottom line is money. If there's no money to be made releasing them, they aren't going to be released. So, if this is true (and I have no reason to disbelieve it), what's going to happen to Atari Corporation once the merger with JTS becomes reality? Good question? Got an answer? I don't. But, I can only speculate that "support" for the Jaguar will continue for a time longer (sell existing stock, license a few games, etc.), but beyond that? The info that has been publicized by Atari is that Atari and JTS will still continue as independent entities after the merger. But, if Atari isn't publishing any more games, what will they do? Food for thought stock up on the Rolaids, though. We're considering taking another look at existing games and re-reviewing many of them with a fresh look (and longer playing time), taking some polls, and a variety of other articles. So, while the Jaguar has slowed down tremendously, we'll be doing what we can to keep things moving. Stay tuned! It's our understanding that AEO publisher and editor Travis Guy was married this past Wednesday. Our congratulations to the newlyweds! Until next time... DIGITAL PRESS RELEASE: Triple SSS Shareware Triple SSS Shareware is a new Public Domain/Shareware service, specializing in the Atari 8-bit computer. The Atari 8-bit line includes such models as the Atari: 400/800/1200XL/600XL/800XL/65XE/130XE/800XE/XEGS All of our disks will work with a "stock" 1050 disk drive. We endeavor to use high quality 5.25 inch disks which are new out of the box. However, we reserve the right to use previously formatted disks when necessary. Whatever brand disk we use, you can be assured that your disk will arrive with a clean new disk jacket. With the departure of "Bellcom" from the 8-bit Atari market, a void was created. Triple SSS has been created to not only meet, but EXCEED Bellcom's high standard of service. Bellcom was considered one of the best Public Domain Shareware services ever to enter the Atari 8-bit market. How is Triple SSS better? We are glad you asked! Triple SSS feels that the major strength of the Bellcom library was reliability. Each program was tested and documented well. However we also feel that the quality of the offerings in the Bellcom library was much lower than the Triple SSS library. Only the highest quality programs make it into the Triple SSS library. Most, if not all of the offerings in our library could be considered "commercial quality". Triple SSS is operated on a part time basis by two Atari 8-bit enthusiasts. Therefore, you can be assured that Triple SSS will be around, regardless of the level of sales. Bellcom on the other hand, was a "one man show" who required a certain level of sales to continue. Our costs are lower with the advent of Internet technology. We do not print up catalogues on paper at this time. We hope to spread by word of mouth and the Internet. Triple SSS has always felt that the reason people use a Shareware service is convenience. They do not want the hassles of downloading and copying disks. We hope to fill a need with only the highest quality Shareware/Public Domain software. Triple SSS means: Shareware, Software, Support! For an Email Catalogue, send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org TOAD COMPUTERS ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL RELEASE OF "BIRD OF PREY" CD ROM It takes real Falcon enthusiasts to create a Falcon-only CD, and no doubt about it, Matt Norcross and Scott McConnell are the ultimate Falcon enthusiasts. They use every aspect of the Falcon, from its MIDI and digital recording capabilities using Cubase Audio to its graphics and animation features using Apex Media. These two are uniquely qualified to give you a complete and comprehensive collection, and this is exactly what they have done in "Bird of Prey," their first CD-ROM for the Falcon030. Matt and Scott, who front the band "Any Questions?" and are owners of the industrial-music oriented Floating Fish Studios (which, in character as Ttam Troll and MC2P4, they will proudly tell you stands in the shadow of Three Mile Island's cooling towers), have spent the last six months collecting, collating, and sorting Falcon software from diverse sources. And being observant of what has already been done in terms of Falcon-only CD's (All Things Falcon, Transmission), they felt it was particularly important to put together a disc that was up to date, avoided duplication of others' efforts, and was application-heavy and light on filler, like graphics files and MOD's. Files come from diverse sources, but particularly from GEnie, their own BBS, and other files they have hand collected from sources around the world. They didn't see any point in creating yet another disc that includes a copy of the Umich/Merit Falcon archive, so files from this source have been kept to a minimum. Again, the focus was really to provide a wide variety of files (some of which are very hard to find) that can help someone really get to know and use their Falcon030 to its fullest -- much the way Matt and Scott havetried to do themselves. This limited-edition disc includes professionally produced full-color printing (in jewel case) and a two color silkscreen. At just $29.95, it's truly the best disc for getting the most out of your Falcon030. >From the liner tray of "Bird of Prey": This CD ROM contains what we at Floating Fish Studios consider to be the very best public domain and shareware software available for the Atari (and C- LAB) Falcon030 today. You have at your fingertips, "the ultimate Falcon collection!" These files have been collected from around the world and are now assembled, for you, on this one CD ROM. In addition, you will find pictures, films, and information regarding Floating Fish Studios and the band "Any Questions?". We hope the software and examples on this disc will be helpful in the exploration of your Falcon030 and your owncreativity. What's On Here? What's NOT on here? - The Ultimate Falcon Collection - Duplicate Files - Complete Web Browser Package - Packed, Uncompressed Software - Commercial Software Demos - Tons of GIFs - Falcon Demos - Tons of FLIs - Falcon Games - Tons of MODs - Every Falcon Utility Known - Long, Boring File Descriptions - Only TOS 4.0x Friendly Software - Useless Garbage "The Floating Fish Studios 'Bird of Prey' CD ROM is the ultimate Falcon collection. This disc is filled with software that no Falcon user should be without. Over 649MB of pure excitement waiting to be unleashed! Over 21,000 files!" There's no denying that the Floating Fish Studios "Bird of Prey" CD ROM is the Ultimate Falcon Collection! Explore for yourself and we guarantee you'll learn something new about your Falcon030!! $29.95 -- "BIRD OF PREY" CD ROM -- In stock now! 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