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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: ST Report: 20-Sep-96 #1238 Date: Thu Sep 26 11:57:37 1996 Silicon Times Report The Original Independent OnLine Magazine" (Since 1987) September 20, 1996 No.1238 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 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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However, some warn the effort may be coming too late to actually halt such attempts at limitations. Communications Daily notes Ira Magaziner, senior adviser to the president for policy development, has offered the first public outline of the initiative, which he says seeks to establish a framework for governments and U.S. states to avoid regulations on electronic commerce and Internet. "We'd be in a market-based mode and would be private-sector driven," Magaziner recently told the State Department Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy, which praised the effort and urged an accelerated schedule for getting something enacted. CD reports a 13-agency task force is completing work on a policy paper Magaziner said could be circulated by the end of year to other agencies and the private sector. In his 45-minute appearance before the committee, he stressed the goal is to keep government out of electronic commerce everywhere, saying he hopes the U.S. can enlist other countries, such as northern European nations, to provide the "critical mass" that would encourage other nations to follow. In addition to major developing countries, the task force also will consider endorsements from emerging nations that could be interested in "leap-frogging" other nations on technology, Magaziner said. However, the effort does require some government role, he said, adding, "If they don't endorse it, they'll be inclined to usurp it." Several experts told CD that timing is critical, as some nations already have announced plans to impose controls, limits or rules on Internet commerce. Magaziner and others noted that removing regulations is more difficult than preventing them. The policy initiative "focuses on (a) contract model rather than regulatory model, wih (the government) providing endorsements for "some kind" of Uniform Commercial Code that would buttress transactions carried out on Internet," the newsletter says. In the same way that two parties sign a contract document in conventional transaction, Magaziner said, a "signature" would be some kind of electronic signal exchanged between two parties seeking to complete a deal. He said the framework shouldn't allow government action other than acceptance of the uniform code. He said the Net also should be a "duty-free" zone in which tariffs are eliminated, adding the action is made imperative by proposals of some nations to set "high duties" on Net commerce. Magaziner said it could take the rest of the decade to achieve multilateral agreements, but the current effort is the critical first step in acting on potential threats to Internet commerce. "We need to act to preempt what may otherwise be action by other governments that would create barriers to trade," he said, such as "non-tariff" barriers being considered in Singapore, Australia and Canada. Microsoft Makes Waves in Washington Word is Microsoft Corp. is becoming a political player in Washington, beginning to influence federal policy with its market muscle and money. "While the effort still pales in comparison to that of Boeing, or the tobacco, auto and telecommunications industries," notes United Press International, "Microsoft's voice is still being heard on many issues, ranging from intellectual property rights to legal immigration." Recently, Tony Williams, chief of staff for Sen. Slade Gorton of Washington state, told the Sacramento Bee newspaper, "They went from not even being in the room to having a seat at the table, and they did it in a very conscious way." UPI says Microsoft began to earn its political wings a few years ago when the Justice Department launched its anti-trust investigation into the company's activities, and Congress became active on such issues as telecommunications reform and software encryption. Mark Murray, the compny's corporate public relations manager, commented, "It's fair to say there are a number of issues currently under consideration at the federal level that affect the software industry. It's clear software companies have to have a presence in Washington, D.C." And the Bee reports that besides campaign contributions, lobbying and appearances by Microsoft CEO Bill Gates with President Clinton, Microsoft has learned the more subtle ways of operating in the capital: "The company donated software to both parties for their conventions and hosted receptions to showcase MS/NBC, its new joint venture with NBC-TV," says UPI. "Company officials supported a dinner for first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in Seattle and the annual Republican House and Senate gala dinner in Washington, D.C." In addition, Microsoft has: z Hired as one of their outside lobbyists, Grover Norquist, a well-connected conservative with ties to House Speaker Newt Gingrich and other Republican congressional leaders. z Made "soft-money" contributions to both political parties. (Soft money, which can be given only directly to the parties and is supposed to be for voter education efforts, has become increasingly popular among major corporations because there are no limits on the amount that can be donated, UPI notes.) The Bee says that through July of this year, Microsoft's political action committee, its top officials and employees, have contributed $167,700 to various political campaigns, more than twice the level during a similar period leading up to the 1994 election and 15 times greater than in 1992, the last presidential election. About 40 percent, or $66,000, was in the form of soft money. In 1992, Microsoft made no soft-money contributions and in 1994 it gave only $10,000, the paper reports. So far, the donations have favored Republicans by more than 2 to 1, "but the rest of its contributions have not been as clearly partisan," UPI reports, adding, "Microsoft's PAC hasn't given to either presidential campaign, although employees have given $10,000 to Clinton's re-election effort, and $2,500 to GOP challenger Bob Dole." The Bee says Microsoft has spent $860,000 on lobbying activities during the first six months of 1996, the bulk on its in-house lobbying team. But the company also paid $180,000 to the Washington, D.C., office of Preston Gates Ellis & Rouvelas Meeds, a Seattle-based lawyer-lobby firm; $80,000 to Swidler & Berlin, another Washington, D.C., lobbying firm; and $20,000 to Downey Chandler, whose partners include Rod Chandler, a former Republican congressman from Washington state. CIA Web Site Vandalized The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency today pulled the plug on its site on the Internet's World Wide Web after a vandal cracked the page and posted a message declaring it the "Central Stupidity Agency." CIA officials told Jim Wolf of the Reuter News Service the Web page was not linked to mainframe computers containing spy secrets or other classified national security information. Said agency spokesma Rick Oborn, "There is no way to access internal CIA information from this home page," adding the site was tampered with on Wednesday night and had been shut down by the agency on this morning while a task force tried to prevent another break-in. Reuters says the digital vandal turned the CIA home page (http://www.odci.gov/cia) "into a crude parody" reading, "Welcome to the Central Stupidity Agency." A picture of an unknown man replaced that of CIA Director John Deutch and fictional links offered "News from Space" and "Nude Girls." The text also read "Stop Lying." The spokesman added, "If there is any major enemy who wanted to do us damage, this is not anything that causes us great concern," the spokesman said, adding that he had no idea of the culprit's identity. He termed the attack "malicious" and said he was not shrugging it off. The site, visited about 120,000 times a week, would be restored when the agency's technicians were confident they had "cleaned it up," officials said. The agency has formed a task force to look into how the page was penetrated and how to prevent a recurrence. The attack resembled one that forced the Justice Department to close its Web site for a few days last month after intruders turned it into the "Department of Injustice," inserting a swastika and picture of Adolph Hitler. Notes Wolf, "The incident highlighted the vulnerability of Internet sites and drove home the need for multiple layers of security to prevent manipulation of data." Net Rumor Causes Lexis Headaches Phones were jammed today at the headquarters of the publisher of the Lexis-Nexis databases as thousands demanded to be removed from a database that allegedly gave Internet users access to Social Security numbers, credit histories and other personal data. Reporting from Dayton, Ohio, The Associated Press notes, "Furious e-mail messages on the Internet this week claim that anyone can use a Lexis-Nexis computer file to obtain names, addresses, telephone numbers and other information." However, Lexis-Nexis spoksman Steve Edwards told the wire service the claims are false and that the company supplied only information publicly available from telephone listings and courthouse documents. "The outcry is over a computer file called P-TRAK operated by Lexis-Nexis to provide information on individuals for lawyers to use when trying to find witnesses, heirs or people delinquent on child-support payments," AP reports. "Subscribers can access the information by dialing into the database with a modem, the same way users access Lexis-Nexis' library of periodicals and court documents." Edwards says P-TRAK provides only names, addresses, up to two previous addresses, month and year of birth, telephone number and in some cases a person's maiden name, adding, "The information we're providing is all publicly available information. It's information you can retrieve from a phone book or a courthouse." Not included in the information, he said, are any credit histories, bank account information, personal financial data, medical histories, or mothers' maiden names. He said that when Lexis-Nexis began offering P-TRAK last June, Social Security numbers were included in the information. However, he said they were removed 11 days later and are no longer available. Nonetheless, he added, Lexis-Nexis will remove anyone's name from the database at that person's request. Sony Ships First PCs The first Sony PCs have arrived at U.S. retailers. The violet and gray "PC by Sony" models can now be purchased at Good Guys, Nobody Beats the Wiz, Best Buy, CompUSA, Incredible Universe, J&R Music World, Circuit City, and Montgomery Ward stores. The $2,499 PCV-70 comes with a 166MHz Pentium processor; the $2,899 PCV-90 features a 200MHz Pentium processor. A 15- inch (13.9-inch viewable image size) Multiscan Multimedia monitor is sold separately for $579. "The initial reaction we have received so far from consumers, analysts, press and retailers clearly shows that Sony has raised the bar for computer audio and video quality -- as well as added a bit of color to the industry," says James Harris, vice president of sales for San Jose, California-based Sony Information Technologies of America. "Our research indicates that consumers today demand a better and more entertaining PC experience. The PCV-70 and PCV-90 delivers this experience by offering the same quality, ease- of-use and innovative design that consumers have become accustomed to from Sony products." Sony notes that the PCs are designed to fit into a variety of home environments. A specially constructed PC mini-tower features a door that slides up and down to reveal the floppy disk and CD-ROM drives inside. When closed, the front cover of the computer looks smooth and uncluttered. Future Sony PC peripherals will be stackable, much like stereo components. Novell Launches Marketing Strategy Novell Inc. has unveiled an aggressive new marketing strategy, launching a $20 million worldwide advertising, corporate identity and brand campaign. The campaign is designed to strengthen Novell's brand awareness with its key audiences, establish the company as a major intranet market player and clearly define the company's networking vision. "This campaign is the first in a series of major marketing initiatives we plan to deliver ver the next several months," says Steve Markman, executive vice president for Novell's products group. "We want the world to know that we are expanding our territory as the networking software leader and a revitalized Novell is ready to meet our competitors head-on." For its campaign, Novell has tapped the resources of several leading advertising and marketing firms, including Hornall Anderson Design Works Inc., Lexicon and Young & Rubicam. The initiative marks Novell's first substantial corporate identity and brand marketing effort in a decade. Apple Updates Mac System 7 Apple Computer Inc. has released System 7.5.5 Update, a set of system software enhancements that aims to improve the overall reliability and performance of Apple Macintosh and Mac OS-compatible systems. According to Apple, System 7.5.5 Update provides reliability improvements by eliminating some causes of system freezes and improves the reliability of sharing a printer over the network. Apple notes that the update is the third in a series of regularly scheduled system software update releases the computer maker has delivered since March. The software provides one update for all computer systems currently running System 7.5.3 and integrates all improvements found in the System 7.5.3 Revision 2 update, released in June. Performance enhancements include: z A revised version of virtual memory that can result in significantly better performance when performing some tasks, such as launching an application, especially for PowerPC- based systems using SCSI drives. z A revised Code Fragment Manager that enables some large PowerPC-native applications to launch faster and some applications to be launched in low-memory situations. z The Universal System Folder, a single user-created system folder stored on an external hard disk or removable media drive and used to boot up a wide variety of Macintosh and Mac OS-compatible systems, that has been enhanced to support the latest Apple computers, including the Apple Macintosh 5400 and 6400 series. Reliability enhancements include: z More dependable use of the floppy drive on DOS- compatible systems. z Improved floppy formatting and better reliability during system startup for 180MHz or higher 604 or 604e microprocessor-based systems. z A reduction of Type 11 errors on PowerPC-based systems. z Better use of sound-intensive applications for Macintosh Quadra and Centris systems updated with the Apple Power Macintosh Upgrade Card. z More dependable operation of the remote control included with the Apple TV tuner and Macintosh TV. Network-specific improvements include: z More reliable operation of Ethernet controllers in the 5400 and 6400 series systems. z Better data integrity when accessing a 5400 series system over the network. z System 7.5.5 Update will install only on computers currently running System 7.5.3, including System 7.5.3 Revision 2. Once the update is installed, the system software version will be changed to System 7.5.5 as indicated in the "About this Macintosh" window. A free copy of System 7.5.5 Update can be downloaded from CompuServe by typing GO APLSUP. 64-Bit Windows NT Planned Microsoft Corp. and Intel Corp. say they are working together to develop a version of the Windows NT operating system for Intel's upcoming IA-64 64-bit processor line. The companies note that the combination of Windows NT and IA-64 processors will provide seamless support for existing Pentium Pro (IA-32) applications and new applications optimized for IA-64 processors. The first IA-64 processor, code-named Merced, is set to ship within a couple of years. The companies note that the release schedule for the IA-64 version of Windows NT will be synchronized with shipments of Merced processor-based systems. "Our Windows NT operating system and software development environment, optimized for IA-64, will enable the industry to easily take advantage of Intel's 64-bit family of processors," says Paul Maritz, group vice president of Microsoft's platforms group. "This announcement affirms our commitment to providing customers with high-performance software solutions for IA-64." "Our announcement today represents an important milestone in the progress of Intel's IA-64 processor program," adds Albert Yu, general manager of Intel's microprocessor products group. "The Windows NT operating system, optimized for the IA-64 architecture, will further extend the capabilities and performance already seen today with Windows NT and the Pentium Pro processor." Windows NT Server 4.0 Sales Soar New research from International Data Corp. finds that sales of the Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 network operating system have reached more than 150,000 units in the first 30 dayssince its release, reaffirming its position as the world's best-selling server operating system. "Windows NT Server posted another strong quarter," says Philip Johnson, server operating environments program director at IDC. "In the second quarter of 1996, sales of Windows NT Server grew at nearly double the rate of other server operating system environments, while sales of NetWare were flat compared with the same period in 1995." Jim Allchin, senior vice president of Microsoft's desktop and business systems division, says the rapid customer acceptance of Windows NT Server 4.0 is a direct result of customer-driven enhancements. "During the design process for Windows NT Server 4.0, we spent a lot of time listening to customers in order to deliver the integrated Internet and intranet platform they need," he says. "The incredible rate at which Windows NT Server is being deployed is testament to having delivered a high-quality, rock-solid platform for intranets and the Internet that provides measurable benefits." Boca Plans High Speed Modems Boca Research Inc. says it plans to lead the pack of modem manufacturers building new ultra high speed analog modems. The company, based in Boca Raton, Florida, plans to base its units on a new Rockwell Semiconductor Systems chipset that allows connections at rates up to 56K bps across standard phone lines. "This is record-breaking news for our industry -- in the world of modems, it's like breaking the sound barrier, passing the speed of light, or beating the four-minute mile," says Tony Zalenski, Boca's president and CEO. "With Rockwell developing the technology and overcoming the limitations of the analog connection, the future of the modem, as we know it today, is secure. Rockwell's got the technology, and we plan to ship it." Boca hasn't announced any specific models, prices or release dates. Rockwell Has Fast Modem Technology Rockwell Semiconductor Systems has announced a new modem technology that allows Internet and online service connections at rates up to 5,000 bits per second across standard phone lines. Rockwell says its technology is supported by leading communication equipment providers, and that the technology specifications will be submitted to appropriate standardization bodies in an effort to make the technology a worldwide standard. Unlike traditional modems, which assume an analog connection between users, the new technology takes advantage of the high-speed, digital connection to the telephone network that Internet service providers and corporations already have. For example, when a home subscriber places a local telephone call to an Internet service provider, in many cases the only analog portion of the total connection is the short distance from the user's home to the local telephone company central office. "This new technology gives Web surfers the capability to connect to the Internet at almost double the average connection speed of today's fastest analog modems," says Armando Geday, vice president and general manager of Rockwell Semiconductor Systems' multimedia communications division. Sega Unveils Digital Camera Low-priced digital cameras will be sold in Japan by video game publisher Sega Enterprises Ltd. in its bid to tap a booming market and lure more people to video game centers. In Tokyo, the Reuter News Service says the $270 camera, called the Digio, will be the least expensive digital camera sold in Japan when it goes on sale at the end of November. Reuters notes Casio Computer Co. Ltd. introduced the first personal-use digital camera in Japan, priced at $452, in March last year. Eastman Kodak Co. sells its camera for $361. Sega officials told the wire service the company hopes to use the cameras to draw people into using its game machines and to computer game centers. A Sega spokeswoman added, "We are examining the possibility of providing such services to our digital camera holders as setting up machines at game centers that print out images captured on the camera." Reuters notes quick photo machines "have become a hit in Japanese game centers and are especially popular among teen-age girls." IBM Eyes 3,000-5,000 Buyouts Word is IBM is set to offer buyouts or job transfers to 3,000 and 5,000 employees in order to reduce the number of workers who don't contribute directly to sales. The New York Times reports this morning the new job-reduction plan will offer employees cash to leave the company or the chance to transfer to another part of IBM were jobs are available. Following up on the report, The Associated Press notes IBM has undergone major downsizing in recent years, cutting its staff from more than 400,000 in 1986 to about 230,000 as it tries to revive itself from a slowdown in computer industry. Citing sources familiar with the company's plans, the Times says lawyers, marketing personnel, public relations employees and members of the corporate staff are among those being reviewed under the voluntary plan, which could be presented to workers as early as this week. End of an Era: Boston Computer Society Closes PC Week Online (September 13, 1996) - When personal computers first emerged in force in the early 1980s, users seeking advice or the company of kindred spirits had few options. The vast networks of online newsgroups did not yet exist, and only a handful of publications covered the phenomenon. But the Boston Computer Society had already established a national reputation as a gathering place for IT visionaries. Now, after a whirlwind 20 years of dispensing support, hosting product debuts, and educating computing experts and casual users alike about technology, the 18,000-member organization is shutting down. While declining membership and a dire financial picture were the immediate catalysts for the move, BCS Executive Director Frank Smith said today that the ever-more-collaborative nature of computing (a paradigm shift fueled mainly by the rise of the Internet) led BCS officials to conclude the group had outlived its mission. "Times have changed," said Smith, who was named interim director in July, prior to the board of directors' decision this week to disband the BCS. "If the organization was going to survive, we were going to have to find a different direction." As BCS members began to form subgroups according to their particular interests, including groups for Linux and Unix users and one for virtual reality software users and developers, the main organization's role in dispensing support and fomenting discussion dimnished, Smith said. The situation is vastly different from the early 1990s, when BCS worldwide membership reached a peak of 32,000 and the group produced and sponsored a variety of its own publications, classes and discussion groups. David Drucker, a member of the BCS board of directors and project manager for new product development at Ziff-Davis Publishing's ZD Net, in Cambridge, Mass., recalled the organization's heyday as a time when industry luminaries such as Microsoft Corp. CEO Bill Gates and Apple Computer Inc. founder Steve Jobs were likely to stroll into monthly meetings. "It started out as the East Coast equivalent of the groups of garage hackers you have in California now," Drucker said. "The membership grew because there was a desperate need for information sharing. "Everything you see in the industry today, from newsgroups to the whole idea of shareware and freeware, to the social element of computing, had its start at the BCS," he said. "What happened was that its mission was accomplished." The increasing costs of maintaining office space and providing member services outpaced membership, which declined steadily over the past several years, Drucker said. In the fiscal year ended June 30, 1995, the organization lost $125,000 and had a net balance of zero, according to Smith. "Nobody wanted a gruesome death where the society would slide into insolvency. So the board decided to pull the plug," Drucker said. But BCS members hoping to continue collaborating with other users still have some avenues open. Many of the organization's 100 subgroups today announced plans to continue operations. Links to information on various subgroups can be found on the BCS World Wide Web site at http://www.bcs.org/. NEC Gets First Web Community CompuServe Inc.'s Internet division says it has delivered its first "Private-Label Community" (PLC) to NEC Computer Systems. The Internet destination -- WebWay (www.gowebway.com) -- is available immediately on the company's line of Ready multimedia PCs and PowerPlayer gamer systems. WebWay will also be available with all future retail PC systems from NEC. CompuServe's PLC program offers original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) the SPRYNET community (www.sprynet.com) as the foundation to build a customized online presence. A WebWay icon will be present on the desktop to give NEC customers direct Internet access via CompuServe's worldwide network. With the click of a mouse or the push of a button on the remote control, customers go directly to the NEC- branded WebWay home page. The first month of Internet access is free for NEC customers. Pricing options are available for subsequent months at $4.95 for three hours; $9.95 for seven hours; or $19.95 per month for unlimited access. "CompuServe's PLC program allowed us to create WebWay and provide our customers with an enjoyable Internet experience that offers immediate solutions to their questions," says Murali Dharan, vice president of desktop systems for NEC. "Every software and hardware manufacturer knows the importance of having a strong Internet presence," says Craig McCallum, vice president and general manager of CompuServe's Internet division. "CompuServe can create customized online communities for OEMs for a fraction of what it would cost the to design, create and maintain one themselves. Through our PLC program, manufacturers can easily capture their customers' loyalty -- online." Net Threatens Daily Newspapers A panel of publishing experts agreed yesterday that the print product most threatened by the Internet is the daily newspaper. Meeting at the annual Seybold San Francisco Conference and Exposition for publishing professionals, the panel included Mark Anderson, president of Technology Alliance Partners; Roger Black, creative director of @@Home; Halsey Minor, founder and CEO of c/net; and Richard Patterson, founder and chairman of Cascade Systems International. "People value information, accuracy and timeliness -- attributes that in past eras we would have turned to our daily newspapers for," said Anderson. "Today, one of the real benefits of the Internet is its high information content and the fact that it can be updated frequently and accessed anytime from almost anywhere," observed Minor. Black noted that classified advertising is making breakthroughs on the Internet. "We have a situation in which 40 percent of the average newspaper's revenue base is under fire," he stated. According to Patterson, among the print products safe from the Internet's onslaught are long forms such as novels and magazines that tell great stories, and where a connection between the author and the reader as well as total reading experience is as important as the content. "Good writing, novels and story telling will always survive in print," added Black. Online Service Revenues Climb Led by a surge of business/professional services, online service revenues will reach $30.9 billion by 2000, according to SIMBA Information Inc., a market research company based in Stamford, Connecticut. According to SIMBA, online services experienced record- setting revenue growth in 1995 as a result of the expansion of business/professional services, the exploding consumer market and new entrants in both segments. Online services revenue totaled $17.7 billion in 1995and is expected to grow 16.2 percent to $20.5 billion in 1996, according to SIMBA estimates. Business/professional online services generated 93.2 percent of total industry revenue in 1995. SIMBA divides the business/professional market into seven market segments: brokerage; credit; financial news/research; legal, tax and public records; marketing; professional research and vertical market services. Business/professional services will continue to generate the majority of online sales throughout the rest of the century, accounting for more than 88 percent of total industry sales in 2000, according to SIMBA estimates. Subscriptions to online services reached 16.3 million in 1995, up 63.9 percent over 1994. The total number of online subscribers is forecast to reach 36.4 million by 2000. End user/consumer services such as America Online will continue to dominate the industry. Business/professional services will continue, however, to generate the majority of revenue. "The entire online industry has been affected by several trends, including the Internet, which has had a profound impact on the business and made the role and value of online service providers questionable," says SIMBA analyst Paulette Donnelly. "Other significant themes emanating throughout the past year include online advertising and the surging interest in developing information services for corporate intranets." Adobe Systems Introduces Adobe Photoshop 4.0 New Version of Industry-Leading Image-Editing Tool Dramatically Increases User Productivity and Creative Control; Unprecedented Integration Among Adobe Graphics Applications; Enhances Image Production for the World Wide Web SAN JOSE, Calif. (September 9, 1996)(Nasdaq: ADBE)-Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced Adobe Photoshop 4.0 for Windows and Macintosh, a new version of the world-standard photo-design and production tool. Available in 18 languages, Adobe Photoshop is the product of choice for graphic designers, photographers, Webmasters and multimedia authors for the creation of high- quality print, multimedia and Web graphics. This new version provides features that dramatically increase user productivity and creative control, allow users to work more efficiently with all Adobe's market-leading graphics products, and streamline the process of preparing images for the World Wide Web. "With more than two million users worldwide, Photoshop is the de facto standard for graphic design, digital photography and prepress production," said Bryan Lamkin, director for Adobe graphics products. "In addition, Photoshop has emerged as the leading tool for Web page production. With Version 4.0, we focused on delivering a robust product that gives our users increased functionality in areas that matter to them the most: productivity, creative control, ease-of-use, and image preparation for the World Wide Web." Photoshop 4.0 Enhances User Productivity The Actions feature in Photoshop Version 4.0 dramatically increases user productivity with the ability to automate editing functions, streamlining tasks such as image retouching and downsampling, file conversion, filter operations, and even batch processing of multiple images. A groundbreaking new feature for image editing, Actions allow users to process one image, or multiple images quickly and easily by recording functions as an "action list." Additionally, multiple images can be acquired from a digital camera and processed in batches, so users can be more efficient. To provide consistency within a production environment, Actions can be saved and shared with others. Users will also benefit from pre-saved Actions in Version 4.0 for tasks such as downsampling images to 72 dpi for Web posting, saving GIF and JPEG files with optimal Web settings, and adding drop shadows to text. "Adobe Photoshop 4.0 is a big jump forward, providing users with enormous creativity and productivity gains," said Jeff Schewe, professional photographer and photo-imaging artist in Chicago, Illinois. "The ability to automate routine tasks using Actions provides a huge time-saving benefit." The Guides and Grids feature in Version 4.0 makes it easy to build Web pages, or composites, providing greater accuracy in placing and aligning images. Users will be more productive with precise zooming and panning capabilities using the new Navigator palette. Also, when working with large images, Photoshop users will immediately notice significant improvements in responsiveness with Version 4.0 when scrolling, zooming, moving selections, and compositing layers, allowing them to work more effciently. Adobe Photoshop continues to lead the imaging market with support for the latest hardware and operating ystem advances, offering users increased functionality and performance. Photoshop users will benefit from dramatic speed improvements when using machines with multiple processors on either the Macintosh and Windows NT platforms, due to Version 4.0's extensive symmetric multiprocessing capabilities. Photoshop 4.0 for Window users will also realize performance gains up to 6x throughout the application when running on the new Intel MMX chipset, which is expected to be available in Q1 1997. In addition, Adobe Photoshop 4.0, which runs 32-bit native in Microsoft Windows 95 and Windows NT platforms, fully leverages the desktop improvements of these operating systems, including the soon-to-be-released version 4.0 of Windows NT. Powerful Creative Control Adobe Photoshop 4.0 provides unparalleled creative control with features such as Adjustment Layers, the Free Transform tool and Custom Gradients. With Adjustment Layers, Photoshop users now have the ability to perform image color adjustments without affecting the original image data. This allows for unlimited experimentation with adjustments such as hue and saturation, brightness and contrast and overall color balance, and provides the option to "undo," or refine the adjustments at a later time. "Adjustment Layers are outstanding and will totally change the way color correction and adjustments are done," continued Schewe. "With enhancements such as Actions, Guides and Grids and Adjustment Layers, Photoshop continues to be the most comprehensive, full-featured image editing program available." The Custom Gradients palette lets users achieve new levels of creativity with the ability to customize multi- color gradients, with varying opacity, that can be saved and shared. The Free Transform tool preserves image fidelity with the ability to perform multiple transformations, such as skew, rotate, and scale, in a single step. In addition, Photoshop 4.0 doubles the number of artistic filters offered in the program by adding forty-eight new creative effects. Adobe Photoshop 4.0 offers breakthrough technology for the protection of intellectual property with the addition of digital watermark capabilities. An industry first in an image-editing application, this feature allows users to embed an imperceptible digital watermark containing artist and copyright information in an image. When a watermarked file is opened, Adobe Photoshop 4.0 will automatically indicate that copyright information is present. Adding a watermark to images can also be automated with the Actions feature, allowing users to add a digital watermark to multiple images in a batch process. Strong Integration Across Adobe Graphics Applications User interface enhancements and improved interoperability available in Photoshop 4.0 will enable users to work seamlessly between Adobe graphics applications. Version 4.0 features an updated look-and-feel that will also be found in future versions of other Adobe graphics applications, such as Adobe Illustrator and Adobe PageMaker. Common terminology, shortcut keys, menu structure, and Tab palette design that will be shared among Adobe products will give users a familiar interface and enable them to quickly become more productive with Photoshop and other Adobe software. "Adobe's continual improvements to the interoperability between Photoshop and its other products such as Adobe Illustrator allows us to work much more effectively," said Josh Feldman, creative director for Prophet Communications, a Web design and content creation firm based in San Francisco, California. Enhanced Image Production and Integration for the World Wide Web Already an indispensable tool for print graphics, Photoshop bridges the gap between traditional print and Web publishing, providing the most robust features for the creation of high-quality graphics for both environments. The Actions feature in Photoshop 4.0 not only streamlines graphic artists' design process, but allows users involved in Web image processing to easily perform batch file conversions and downsampling, saving valuable time. "Adobe Photoshop is the ideal tool for our graphics production and Web preparation needs. Features in Adobe Photoshop 4.0 such as Actions make the program even more indispensable to us," continued Feldman. "The Actions palette streamlines the process of working with different file formats while preparing graphics for the Web-a process that is very time-consuming. The ability within Photoshop to automate tasks through Actions such as converting files to different formats will save a tremendous amount of time and effort." New file format support in Version 4.0 provides users with a broad range of useful Web file formats, including Portable Network Graphics (PNG), progressive JPEG and the Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). Additionally, users will save time and money by having direct access to Photoshop product and technical information, updates and plug-ins, on the Adobe home page via a Web link within Photoshop 4.0. Adobe is the first company to provide dynamic access to product information from within a software application, and will extend this functionality to other Adobe products as new versions are released. New Features Improved Productivity Actions-The Actions palette enables users to record a sequence of editing steps as an Action that can then be applied to another selection in the same image, to another image file, or even to hundreds of files in a batch operation. Users can play an action with selected steps disabled or display selected dialog boxes during playback in order to interactively adjust the filter settings. The order in which tasks are executed can easily be edited by simple dragging-and-dropping functions. Multiple actions can be displayed simultaneously in the Actions palette, and sets of actions can be saved and loaded separately. A special feature of Actions is the ability to batch- acquire images from a digital camera, allowing for an entire set of images to be acquired, retouched, and saved to files automatically. Version 4.0 of Photoshop provides basic support for OLE automation on the Windows platform and for AppleScript on the MacOS. Through these two scripting mechanisms, an external program can launch Adobe Photoshop, open image files, and run any named actions lists on those files. The Navigator-The Navigator palette provides an easy way to move quickly to any location in a magnified image, by clicking the desired view area within a resizable thumbnail of the image. Users can adjust zoom levels on-the-fly with a convenient slider control, or specify zoom levels with greater accuracy in a numeric entry field. Users can enter preset zoom levels (1:1, 2:1, 4:1, and so on), or any continuous zoom level between 0.13% and 1600%. Guides and Grids-Guides and Grids provide a means for accurate alignment of objects within an image file. Guides and Grids help users to align objects such as buttons on a Web page, and layer elements in image ompositing. Guides can be pulled from the rulers to provide precise horizontal or vertical lines to which tool operations can be snapped. Similarly, the Grids feature creates a regular pattern of snap points across an entire image. Both Guides and Grids are fully user-definable. Guide settings are also recordable actions, making it easy for one person to define a specific guide setup to be shared with other users or applied to more than one document. Powerful Creative Control Adjustment Layers-Adjustment Layers in Version 4.0 allow for color correction via a mask through which an image adjustment is applied. An adjustment layer does not make permanent changes to the underlying image pixels, and therefore can be modified any number of times without any degradation in image quality. The standard image adjustments can be applied with an adjustment layer: Levels, Curves, Color Balance, Brightness/Contrast, Hue/Saturation, Selective Color, Invert, Threshold, and Posterize. Any number of adjustment layers can be stacked in the Layers palette, each adjustment layer modifying the layers that lie below. Adjustment Layers can be hidden or discarded at any time, or moved up and down in the Layers palette to affect different image layers. They can also be applied with the same opacity and blending mode controls offered for image layers. Color and tonal adjustments can be interactively "painted" on to the image simply by using any Photoshop painting tools on the adjustment layer. Free Transform--The Free Transform command allows users to scale, rotate, skew, add perspective to, or therwise distort a selected image area in a single step, making complex manipulations of images easier. This also results in greater image fidelity, because the image does not need to be recalculated multiple times. Custom, Multicolor Gradients-The enhanced Gradient tool in Adobe Photoshop 4.0 now supports linear and radial gradients with multiple colors and varying levels of transparency. Actual colors can be defined for the gradient designs, or the current foreground and background colors can be inserted automatically whenever a custom gradient is applied. Users can save their own custom gradient styles and share them with other users on either Macintosh or Windows platforms. 48 New Effects Filters-Photoshop 4.0 now includes more than 90 filters, including 48 new filters that offer a wide range of artistic effects, such as colored pencil, crosshatch, film grain, and much more. Formerly offered as a stand-alone product, Adobe Gallery Effects, these plug-in filters feature the updated, more compact Photoshop 4.0 interface, with dynamic previews. Each filter is 32-bit native, enabling greater processing speed. Digital Watermarking The digital watermarking feature in Adobe Photoshop 4.0 introduces an effective method for creative professionals to protect the copyright of their images. Using PictureMarc software developed by Digimarc Corporation, Adobe Photoshop embeds an imperceptible, digital watermark in any image. While not apparent to the human eye, this watermark is still readable even after an image has been edited, or printed and re- scanned. When a watermarked file is opened, Adobe Photoshop will automatically indicate that copyright information is present. A link in Adobe Photoshop accesses the Digimarc Web site, from which users can obtain copyright and artist information for registered images. New Web File Support Adobe Photoshop 3.0 provided support for transparent, interlaced GIF files with the GIF 89a plug-in. Version 4.0 expands the application's support for new Web file formats, including Portable Network Graphics (PNG), a lossless, portable, well-compressed RGB file format that can include mask-channel information; and, progressive JPEG, a compact file format supported by Netscape Navigator for displaying images with increasing detail as they are downloaded, reducing user wait time for viewing image-rich Web pages. Photoshop 4.0 also adds greater user control over JPEG compression settings, and enhanced support for transparent, interlaced GIF files. Additionally, Version 4.0 now supports Portable Document Format (PDF), the Adobe Acrobat format common on the Web, and can write PDF files directly from the program. Strong Integration Among Adobe Graphics Applications Adobe Photoshop 4.0 features an updated look-and-feel that will also be found in future versions of other Adobe graphics applications. The new refined interface found in Version 4.0 not only provides a cleaner work environment, but will also makes it easier for users to work with multiple Adobe applications. Common terminology, shortcut keys, menu structure, and Tab palette design that will be shared among Adobe products will give users a familiar interface and enable them to quickly be more productive with Photoshop, as well as with other Adobe software. Pricing and Availability Adobe Photoshop Version 4.0 will support Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows NT, Macintosh and Power Macintosh, and will be available in 18 languages worldwide. The new version is expected to ship in Q4 1996 for the suggested retail price of $895 and will be available from Adobe Authorized Resellers or directly from Adobe. The program will ship on CD-ROM (floppy disks available upon request for a nominal charge), and will include an interactive tutorial CD-ROM, stock photography, sample plug-ins, a digital gallery and Adobe tryout software. Registered owners of any previous full version may purchase the Version 4.0 upgrade for $149. Upgrades from Photoshop LE to the full Version 4.0 are $249. Users purchasing Version 3.0 on, or after, September 9, 1996, will receive a free upgrade to Version 4.0. For more information, customers may call 800-833-6687. System Requirements Macintosh-68030, 68040, or PowerPC based Macintosh running Apple System Software version 7.1 or later (7.1.2 or later on 603- and 604-based Macintoshes); 16 MB application RAM (32 MB recommended); 256- color or greater display adapter; 20 MB available hard-disk space for installation; 20 MB available hard-disk space for operation; and, a CD-ROM drive. Windows-386 or faster processor running Windows 3.1, Windows 95, or Windows NT; DOS 5.0 or greater required for Windows 3.1; 16 MB of RAM (32 MB recommended); 20 MB available hard-disk space for installation; 20 MB available hard-disk space for operation; 256-color or greater display adapter; and, a CD-ROM drive. Adobe Systems Announces Adobe PageMaker 6.5 First Professional Page Layout Application to Offer Document-Wide Layers and Automatic Layout Adjustment for Creating Print and Web Documents. Mountain View, Calif. (September 9, 1996) (Nasdaq:ADBE)-Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced Adobe PageMaker version 6.5 for the Macintosh, Power MacintoshAE, Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0 Workstsation platforms. Designed for graphics and publishing professionals, version 6.5 adds groundbreaking new features such as document-wide layers, automatic layout adjustment and hyperlinking for creating rich documents for both print and the Internet. Adobe PageMaker 6.5 is expected to ship in the fourth quarter of 1996. The suggested retail price for Adobe PageMaker 6.5 software is $895 (U.S.); upgrades from any previous version of PageMaker are $99. "In 1985 PageMaker launched a revolution called desktop publishing. With the innovative features in version 6.5, PageMaker continues its excellence in print publishing while emerging as a leader in the new revolution of Web- based authoring," said Mike Peronto, vice president, Adobe graphics publishing products. Professional Page Design PageMaker 6.5 adds breakthrough page layout features that expand creative options, save design time and offer new capabilities. By incorporating document-wide layers, PageMaker 6.5 is the first publishing application to enable users to place objects on different layers within a publication. Layers are useful for creating multiple versions, annotations and multilingual documents for print and on-line. To save time when users change columns, margins, page sizes or master pages, automatic layout adjustment reflows text into columns, resizes graphics and repositions objects on the page, eliminating the need to perform these steps manually. With this release, PageMaker becomes the only application to offer both a freeform layout metaphor as well as text and graphics frames, which are useful for designing documents with a fixed structure, such as magazines, catalogs and newspapers. "Document-wide layers will be extremely useful for us when we produce multiple versions of a publication," said beta-tester Tom Tedesco, studio manager at Upper Saddle River, N.J.-based Prentice-Hall. "We often need to work simultaneously on regional versions of a textbook and this effectively cuts our time and effort in half." Adobe Integration Features Helping users increase their productivity with Adobe software, PageMaker 6.5 looks and works more like Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, with new standard Adobe menus, new keyboard shortcuts and a revamped interface featuring interactive tabbed palettes which provide easy access to tools and organize on- screen work space. Improved compatibility lets users place native Illustrator files directly into PageMaker publications and see full previews on-screen and drag and drop PageMaker elements between PageMaker and other Adobe software. On-line Publishing PageMaker 6.5 empowers users to create creating compelling on-line publications as well as sophisticated print documents. HTML authoring is streamlined as PageMaker preserves hyperlinks and automatically converts graphics to JPEG and GIF file formats. Users also can drag and drop PageMaker elements into Adobe PageMill and Adobe SiteMill for further HTML authoring. To ensure cross-platform color consistency when publishing Web pages, the on- line publishing color library includes 216 browser colors. New on-line importing options include drag and drop of hyperlinks from browsers into PageMaker and import of HTML content with hyperlinks preserved. For easy navigation both within PageMaker publications and to locations on the World Wide Web, the hyperlinking palette adds authoring and management of hyperlinks. And for delivering graphically rich formatted pages, Adobe PageMaker 6.5 supports Adobe Acrobat 3.0 software, which is optimized for viewing, searching, and linking PDF files on the World Wide Web. Color Publishing PageMaker offers designers the most complete set of tools for creating high- impact color publications. PageMaker 6.5 elevates the state-of-the-art in color printing by refining color technologies and enhancing usability. For even greater flexibility when producing high-fidelity color publications using the six-color PANTONE* Hexachrome process, users can now edit hi-fi color values from within PageMaker. New multichannel desktop olor separation support, using a plug-in from VISU Technologies (sold separately), improves workflow by enabling users to edit Hexachrome color images in Photoshop and place them in PageMaker. In addition, the Kodak Digital Science Color Management System that is included with PageMaker now supports the Inter Color Consortium standard which lets different color management systems use the same device profiles. Compatibility with Products from Other Vendors By definition a page layout product must work well with many third party products. In addition to new import filters, version 6.5 adds new compatibility with Windows NT 4.0 Workstation and improved usability under Windows 95 and NT through right-mouse button support for context-sensitive menus. The QuickTime import filter lets users place selected frames from QuickTime movies in PageMaker documents and include the movies in documents exported to PDF or HTML. PageMaker 6.5 also includes the save for service provider plug-in, a utility that consolidates everything needed to output a publication for easy hand-off to a service provider and includes the ability to preflight files. Added Value PageMaker 6.5 ships with a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Distiller software and Acrobat Reader, Adobe Photoshop Limited Edition software (Windows only), Adobe Table 3.0 software, and for the full retail version only, the Adobe Type On Call CD-ROM with 220 free fonts, unlocked upon registration Each full retail product includes 90 days of complimentary technical support; upgrades receive 30 days of complimentary support in the United States and Canada. System Requirements Windows 95 and Windows NT 4.0 Workstation Minimum System Requirements: Intel486 processor, Microsoft Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0 Workstation operating system, VGA display card, CD-ROM drive 3.5" disk set available for purchase), Total RAM installed=DD: 8 MB for Windows 95, 16 MB for Windows NT 4.0 Workstation (Plus default virtual-memory settings), 26 MB of free hard- disk space for minimum installation. Macintosh and Power Macintosh Minimum System Requirements: 68030 or greater processor, Apple System Software version 7.1 or later, 9" (PowerBook) or 13" or larger monitor (640 by 480 pixels), CD-ROM drive (3.5" disk set available for purchase), RAM**: 6 MB of RAM available to PageMaker (Macintosh)*, 9 MB of RAM available to PageMaker (Power Macintosh)*, Additional RAM required to run Apple System Software, 26 MB of free hard- disk space for minimum installation. * Based on PageMaker minimum installation ** PageMaker supports virtual memory Availability and Pricing In the United States and Canada, Adobe PageMaker 6.5 is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 1996. The suggested retail price is $895 (U.S.). Registered users of any version of PageMaker can upgrade to version 6.5 for $99 (U.S.). Customers in the United States or Canada who purchase PageMaker after September 9, 1996 are eligible to receive a free upgrade to version 6.5.. For more information, customers can call Adobe at 1-800-42- ADOBE (23623). Localized language versions and support and upgrade policies for other countries will be announced later. About Adobe Based in Mountain View, Calif., Adobe Systems Incorporated develops and supports products to help people express and use information in more imaginative and meaningful ways, across all print and electronic media. Founded in 1982, Adobe helped launch the desktop publishing revolution. Today, the company offers a market-leading line of application software and type products for creating and distributing visually rich communication materials; licenses its industry-standard technologies to major hardware manufacturers, software developers and service providers; and offers integrated software solutions to businesses of all sizes. For more information, see Adobe's home page at www.adobe.com on the World Wide Web. Adobe, the Adobe logo, Acrobat, Illustrator, Distiller, PageMaker, PageMill, Photoshop, SiteMill and Type On Call are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated. Apple, Macintosh, Power Macintosh and QuickTime are registered trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. PANTONE is a registered trademark or Pantone, Inc. PictureMarc is a trademark of Digimarc Corporation. Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation. Netscape and Netscape Navigator are trademarks of Netscape Communications Corporation. PowerPC is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. EDUPAGE STR Focus Keeping the users informed Edupage Contents Satellite Broadcasters Must Provide Education Too Corporate Spending Up, PC Sales Down System Cracker Got Recipe From Hacker Magazine "Netscape Everywhere" Challenges MS Hegemony Web Surfing By Phone @Home Begins Gradual Rollout HP To Make Ink-Jet Printers For Apple Corel Undercuts Microsoft On Suites The Bottom Line On Electronic Libraries Apple, Sun Want To Get Compatible Windows In The Palm Of Your Hand 3DO Gets Out Of The Hardware Business NCs In Search Of A Niche Intuit Sells Its Bill-Processing Unit Compuserve Cuts Prices For German Customers Motorola To Sell Mac Clones Ottawa To Get NorTel Security Software Internet TV DVD Players Under The Christmas Tree? Vandals At The Gates Of The Internet Lucent's Net Software Makes Internet Calls Easy Vanity E-Mail Bugs College Administrators WIPO Extends Berne Convention To Online Works Money Darts Through Cyberspace ... Where Is It? Diskless PCs From Former Digital Boss Programmable Computer Chips Sega Plans Internet Hook-Up Daimler-Benz Gets Into The Online Business Florida Gulf University Will Rely On Technology SATELLITE BROADCASTERS MUST PROVIDE EDUCATION, TOO A federal appeals court in Washington has ruled that any company providing direct broadcast satellite (DBS) services must "reserve a portion of its channel capacity, equal to not less than 4 percent nor more than 7 percent, exclusively for noncommercial programming of an educational or information nature," in compliance with regulations drafted by the FCC to enforce laws enacted in 1984 and 1992. The unanimous decision rejected arguments by Time Warner and other broadcasters that the law interfered with their First Amendment rights. "It is the right of the viewers and listeners, not the right of the broadcasters, which is paramount," said the court, quoting a 1969 Supreme Court ruling. (Chronicle of Higher Education 13 Sep 96 A29) CORPORATE SPENDING UP, PC SALES DOWN Corporations are spending more than 5% more this year on information technology, but that money isn't going into more desktop hardware and software. In fact, sales of PCs to businesses have declined every month for the past 10 months or so, says Computer Intelligence. Instead, corporations are turning away from the "knee- jerk upgrade" mentality and directing their dollars toward building intranets and training employees. Businesses also are reassessing their investments in client-server systems, which were supposed to streamline processes and empower employees, while eliminating the costly maintenance associated with mainframe systems. Instead, the Gartner Group estimates it costs up to $12,000 a year over five years to maintain a PC on a corporate client-server network. Only 21% of that goes for hardware and software -- the rest is attributable to labor costs, including administration, training and support. (Fortune 9 Sep 96 p104) SYSTEM CRACKER GOT RECIPE FROM HACKER MAGAZINE The person who disabled New York's Panix Internet service probably followed the line-by-line instructions for doing so that appeared in the latest issue of 2600 magazine, the Hacker's Quarterly. "We need to educate the community that it's very, very simple to cause massive mayhem," says 2600's editor, who defended his editorial judgment. "A lot of companies subscribe to us so they can learn before they're victimized." Panix's co-owner says he supports 2600's right to publish such information: "As a matter of principle I don't think they should have been stopped," but adds that unlike most other recipes for breaching security published in the magazine, this one has no known technical defense. (Wall Street Journal 13 Sep 96 B5) "NETSCAPE EVERYWHERE" CHALLENGES MICROSOFT HEGEMONY With Netscape's recent formation of its Navio Communications joint venture company to develop Navigator- based interfaces for consumer electronics appliances, the company demonstrated its intent to challenge Microsoft in the battle for "mindshare" on consumer devices. "Going after these consumer devices is way past due for Netscape," says a Giga Information Group VP. "As soon as Microsoft showed it could make its browser part of the PC operating system, Netscape needed to jump on the consumer device. But it remains to be seen how big the market really is. NCs, set-top boxes and kiosks make sense for a browser, but I'm less convinced about Web telephones." Not surprisingly, Microsoft has already announced its own effort to develop a line of non-PC software products by year's end. "Our strategy continues to be to create synergy between the PC and future non-PC appliances," says a Microsoft senior VP. (Information Week 2 Sep 96 p35) WEB SURFING BY PHONE NetPhonic Communications' Web-On-Call Voice Browser allows users to phone into Web pages rather than use a PC. The system uses voice-recognition technology to dial into a Web site named by the user, and then reads back the text of the Web page. The product is marketed toward people on the go who don't have time to sit at their PCs and surf the Web, but could also be useful for the visually impaired. One drawback -- the NetPhonic software requires a high-end Sun Microsystems workstation to function. (Investor's Business Daily 12 Sep 96 A8) @HOME BEGINS GRADUAL ROLLOUT Several months later than originally planned, the high-speed @Home cable Internet access service is beginning to offer commercial service in Fremont, Calif. for $34.95 per month. The package includes unlimited Internet access, use of a cable modem, e-mail and chat functions, and a customized Web browser. TCI, the cable provider in the Fremont area, will charge an installation fee of $150, which covers a dataport, Ethernet card and @Home software. TCI will gradually expand the service to cable subscribers in Arlington, Ill. and Hartford, Conn. later this year. Meanwhile, Comcast plans to offer @Home in Baltimore and Philadelphia in the next few weeks, and Cox Cable will introduce the service in San Diego and Orange County, Calif. next year. (Broadcasting & Cable 9 Sep 96 p55) HP TO MAKE INK-JET PRINTERS FOR APPLE Apple and Hewlett-Packard are negotiating a deal that would have HP manufacturing ink-jet printers that would be manufactured to Apple specifications and sold under the Apple label. If the agreement is reached, Hewlett-Packard would displace Canon as manufacturer for Apple's ink-jet printers. (New York Times 13 Sep 96 C2) COREL UNDERCUTS MICROSOFT ON SUITES Corel is planning to give away a suite of programs that run on Microsoft's Windows NT systems, charging a flat fee of $895 for each server connected to a company's desktop systems, but nothing for each PC connected to that system. Conventional pricing schemes used by both Corel and Microsoft charge as much as $200 per user hooked up to the system. "This is going to send a shock wave through the industry," says Corel's CEO. "It's a gigantic savings." (Wall Street Journal 13 Sep 96 B7B) THE BOTTOM LINE ON ELECTRONIC LIBRARIES A former Public Library Association official estimates the cost of wiring the nation's libraries at somewhere between $2- and $3-billion -- "a sum nearly equivalent to that spent by the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie during the great spurt of library building," notes journalist Nicholas von Hoffman. But, "being able to afford the hardware is one thing," says a senior VP of New York Public Library's Research Libraries. "Being able to replace it year after year and being able to afford the staff to help people use it is another. We could put workstations everywhere, but we don't have enough staff. The equipment is on a three-year, six-thousand- dollar replacement cycle. If people are using things like the World Wide Web, we need one staff member out on the floor for every 20 workstations in use... Right now we have 250 workstations for the public, so one staff member for every 20 workstations becomes a major investment." (Architectural Digest Oct 96 p130) APPLE, SUN WANT TO GET COMPATIBLE Apple Computer and Sun Microsystems have plans to make their computers and Internet software work together more smoothly -- Apple will adapt Sun's Java programming technology to work with Apple's QuickTime Internet video technology, and the companies plan to provide a single support service for Apple desktop users who are linked to Sun servers. (Wall Street Journal 17 Sep 96 B5) WINDOWS IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND Microsoft's new Windows CE software looks and works like Windows 95, but is designed to run on limited- memory, hand-held computers. More than 40 hardware and software companies, including Hitachi, Hewlett- Packard, SkyTel, Casio Computer and Symantec have endorsed the new system, and Casio and HP have said they will use Windows CE in new hand-held devices. The machines will be able to share information with Windows-based PCs and link to the Internet using Microsoft's Internet Explorer software. (Investor's Business Daily 17 Sep 96 A3) 3DO GETS OUT OF THE HARDWARE BUSINESS Video game maker 3DO has surprised investors with its announcement that it will sell all or part of its hardware business by the end of the year, and concentrate instead on making game software for PCs and the Internet. The company has invested millions of dollars developing its Interactive Multiplayer, but was never able to compete effectively against Japanese rivals Sega Enterprises and Nintendo. 3DO will unveil the first of its PC games today, which can be played over the Internet and will come bundled with Netscape Navigator. (Wall Street Journal 17 Sep 96 B5) NCs IN SEARCH OF A NICHE "There is certainly a role for thin clients in the business community," says a Gartner Group analyst of the ighly touted network computer, "but it won't replace the PC. Most people will stick with fully configured devices, but employees who can't justify full-function PCs still deserve access to browsing and e-mail." Oracle CEO Larry Ellison concurs -- he sees the NC niche as an inexpensive way to connect everyone -- "from the CEO to the security guards" -- at a cost far below the estimated $12,000 annual expense of keeping a PC user functioning. "People are exhausted from PCs," says the president of Performance Computing Inc. "The NC story sells itself up and down the line. There's a very low cost of ownership." (Information Week 9 Sep 96 p20) INTUIT SELLS ITS BILL-PROCESSING UNIT In order to focus on its core software business and expand its Internet activities, Intuit is selling its electronic bill-payment processing system to the Checkfree Corporation for $227 million in stock. (New York Times 17 Sep 96 C1) COMPUSERVE CUTS PRICES FOR GERMAN CUSTOMERS CompuServe has reached an agreement with Germany's Deutsche Telekom to allow CompuServe subscribers to dial into the online service for the price of a local call. Currently, some users pay a long distance charge. The deal is part of CompuServe's strategy to bolster sagging sales by boosting its European subscriber base. The service now has about 270,000 German users. (Investor's Business Daily 16 Sep 96 A19) MOTOROLA TO SELL MAC CLONES Motorola is introducing a line of personal computers running Apple's Macintosh operating system, with plans to sell the machines throughout the world, including in China. The company is also introducing a new line of PowerPC-equipped computers running Microsoft's Windows NT operating system. The two product families are expected to merge into one a year from now. (New York Times 17 Sep 96 C4) OTTAWA TO GET NORTEL SECURITY SOFTWARE The Canadian government will spend $7.3-million to buy data security software from Northern Telecom so departments can trade information and conduct business securely over the Internet. Ottawa will incorporate NorTel's Entrust encryption technology into its systems, allowing secure financial transactions and exchanges of sensitive information on the Net. (Toronto Globe & Mail 16 Sep 96 B5) INTERNET TV Atlanta company ViewCall will include its Internet access service on one million TV sets made by Mitsubishi. Pricing for the service will be comparable to that of AOL, CompuServe, and AT&T. (Atlanta Journal- Constitution 17 Sep 96 D8) And Microsoft will use technology from Toronto- based Digital Renaissance to broadcast original, interactive television programming over the Net. (Toronto Globe & Mail 16 Sep 96 B1) Finally, and NTN Communications Inc. of Carlsbad, Calif. will develop and distribute programming for an interactive TV network Bell is proposing. (Toronto Star 17 Sep 96 B2) DVD PLAYERS UNDER THE CHRISTMAS TREE? The four electronics companies engaged in designing and marketing the new digital video disk players have decided they'd rather work together than miss out on Christmas sales. Electronics makers Philips Electronics, Sony Corp., Toshiba Corp., and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. have agreed to joint-licensing terms that allow Philips to license the patents for all four companies with royalties to be split according to an agreed-upon formula. Philips and Sony, which developed the original CD design, had come up with one concept for the DVD, and Toshiba and Matsushita had developed another. The move to cooperate will mean that DVD players and movies will be on the shelves in time for holiday shopping. (Wall Street Journal 16 Sep 96 B7) VANDALS AT THE GATES OF THE INTERNET At least a dozen World Wide Web sites in this country have recently been attacked by vandals who bombard the site each second with more than a hundred requests for service coming from randomly generated false addresses that tie up the machine. Although the attacks are primarily the work of individuals who are merely passing around a cookbook recipe for mischief, there is no simple defense against them. Computer security expert Eugene Spafford of Purdue University says: "I wish there was cheery news here. It's clear that antisocial individuals with a grudge and a PC can do tremendous damage." (New York Times 19 Sep 96 C1) LUCENT'S NET SOFTWARE MAKES INTERNET PHONE CALLS EASY New software developed by Lucent Technologies is designed to give Internet callers quicker access to one another and allows them to converse via their computers as if they were on a regular speaker-phone. Previous software has been half-duplex -- one party must stop speaking before the other can "capture" the line. Lucent plans to market the software to AT&T, the Bell companies and Internet service providers for distribution to their customers. By the end of the year, Lucent plans to enhance the software so that users can video conference over the Internet. (Wall Street Journal 18 Sep 96 B8) VANITY E-MAIL BUGS COLLEGE ADMINISTRATORS A new e-mail service offered by New Century Technologies gives customers an e- mail address sporting a prestigious university domain name for $25 a year. The customer, who must have a valid e-mail address somewhere else, then receives mail addressed to user@DukeU.com, or whatever school is chosen. The vanity address closely resembles the real thing, except it ends in .com instead of .edu. The universities aren't happy about the impersonation: "You can't assume people understand that the address isn't affiliated with the university somehow," says Florida State's director of Web development. A member of Georgia Tech's licensing committee is even more adamant: "They can't do that. People can't sell anything over the Internet and use our name without paying us royalties. We will fight this." (Chronicle of Higher Education Academe Today 19 Sep 96) WIPO PROPOSAL EXTENDS BERNE CONVENTION TO ONLINE WORKS The World Intellectual Property Organization has proposed extending the right of communication defined in the Berne Convention to all categories of works, including communications over the Internet and other electronic networks. The proposed treaties address literary and artistic works, databases and phonograms, and clarify that the right of reproduction includes direct or indirect reproduction, including copies made on a hard drive or in the working memory of a computer In terms of database protection, the draft treaty says that the "maker of a database eligible for protection under this Treaty shall have the right to authorize or prohibit the extraction or utilization of its contents," and includes a clause that allows contracting parties to limit subsequent use of the database after a copy has been sold or otherwise transferred, creating a restriction similar to the first-sale doctrine in conventional copyright law. The accompanying Chairman's Notes fail to address one of the major points of disagreements -- the extent to which Internet service providers are liable for acts of copyright infringement committed by their subscribers. (BNA Daily Report for Executives 16 Sep 96 A3) WHEN MONEY DARTS THROUGH CYBERSPACE ... WHERE IS IT? Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin asks: "If someone in Washington buys something over the Internet from someone in London, where on the wire under the Atlantic did the transaction take place?" To answer this and other questions involving electronic money laundering, cybercounterfeiting and bank runs on the Internet, the Secretary is announcing two new initiatives to examine consumer protection issues raised by new technologies capable of transferring monetary value. (New York Times 19 Sep 96 C18) DISKLESS PCs FROM FORMER DIGITAL BOSS Former Digital Equipment president Ken Olsen has a new cause -- as chairman of Advanced Modular Solutions, he's pushing a new diskless PC as the perfect solution for companies that want to limit viral exposure by controlling what software is installed on their employees' machines. The tissue-box-size CPUs are used at NASA's space-shuttle operations, ensuring that all 400 workstations have uniform configurations and the network remains free from viruses introduced through workers' home-grown software and pet programs. (Wall Street Journal 18 Sep 96 B8) PROGRAMMABLE COMPUTER CHIPS Next month, Metalithic Systems Inc. will release a $1500 sound board called Digital Wings that uses field- programmable gate array computer chips that can be personalized, allowing the user to create and edit up to 128 soundtracks. When used in combination with Windows 95, Digital Wings will give users access to audio synthesis and editing tools comparable to those of a professional sound studio. (Business Week 23 Sep 96 p86) SEGA PLANS INTERNET HOOK-UP Sega of America has a new $200 Net Link device -- basically a modem for their Sega Saturn game machine -- that allows users to access the Internet and send and receive e-mail using a television screen and the game player. Typing's a little cumbersome, though, unless you also purchase a special keyboard -- otherwise, users must press arrow keys to point to letters on an onscreen keyboard. The company hopes by Christmas to offer users multiplayer games that can be played against opponents anywhere in the world over the Internet. (Wall Street Journal 18 Sep 96 B9) DAIMLER-BENZ GETS INTO THE ONLINE BUSINESS Daimler-Benz's Interservices AG division, known as Debis, is buying a 50% stake in publishing giant Bertelsmann AG's Media-Ways subsidiary, which provides dial-up access to America Online in Germany. Bertelsmann and America Online jointly operate AOL in Europe. (Wall Street Journal 19 Sep 96 B7) FLORIDA GULF UNIVERSITY WILL RELY ON TECHNOLOGY Florida Gulf Coast University, now being built in Ft. Myers on the edge of the Florida Everglades, has been designed to accommodate learning by computers and multimedia and to allow an important role for "distance learning." 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I graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a B.A. in English and I got my M.F.A. from Columbia University in New York City. I don't like most computer books because they're dry and they read like math problems. I fight to bring spirit, humor and insight to my readers and many publishers don't know hot to handle that sort of creativity in a computer book. STR: What authors do you like to read? What book or books have had a strong influence on you or your writing? D.B.: My base influences include Aristotle, Buchner, Plato and Jamison. They are the Masters. I am the student. There's nothing new being written, so the challenge is to look back, read and understand what has come before you and give the ideas a new challenge and shape with your understanding of how these historic influences affect you as a writer. An old agent of mine said writers are "The Soul of Humanity" and in many ways that's true... because without writers, the spirit of understanding of where we are, where we came from (and why) and where we need to go will not be clear. STR: Could you describe the mundane details of writing: How many hours a day do you devote to writing? Do you write a draft on paper or at a keyboard (typewriter or computer)? Do you have a favorite location or time of day (or night) for writing? What do you do to avoid -- or seek! -- distractions? D.B.: Here's the secret to good writing: "Ass on chair." There's nothing romantic about writing. It's a job. You sit down and you do it every day even if you don't feel like it. Those who find romantic notions in putting words together don't do it for a living -- it's a hobby for them. Working writers don't get Writer's Block because they can't afford to -- they gotta eat and pay the rent! The internet itself is the biggest boon to writing and education because you must read and write well to be understood. Email is also a Godsend in many ways, because it forces you to write every day, to be clear, and to form your thoghts quickly and on-the-fly. I rue the day that the gigabit-byted Internet pipes are in place and we all go back to just "entertaining the eye while the body follows" on the internet as we do now watching television. STR: Do you meet your readers at book signings, conventions or similar events? Do you interact with your readers electronically through e-mail or other on-line forums? D.B.: My readers visit me at http://boles.com and they send me email. I also am the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of INTERNET INSIDER magazine, POET POURRI and BOLES: THE MAG! I also founded THE UNITED STAGE OF AMERICA so Playwrights can direct their own plays. You can drink this all in on my website if you want more detail. STR: When and how did you get started on the 'Net? Do you read any newsgroups, such as rec.arts.books and rec.arts.sf.written, mailing lists or other on-line forums? Do you use the 'Net for research -- or is it just another time sink? Are you able to communicate with other writers or people you work with over the 'Net? D.B.: The Net is the ultimate resource tool because it is bottomless and quite inspirational. Everything you need to know as a human being is presently available online... if you know where to find it. STR: Feel free to use this space to write about whatever you wish: your family, your home town, hobbies, favorite places, where you've lived, where you went to school, what jobs you have had, your last (or planned) vacation, your favorite color/food/pet/song or movie, what books you'd take to a desert island, what you intend to do before you die, or what you think of just about anything. D.B.: If there's one thing I'd like to leave with you -- it is the idea to be gracious in every situation. It's a difficult task. It challenges me every day. Being gracious in hateful moments is the paramount issue facing Humankind today and I confess it is my biggest continued challenge. With grace comes understanding and humanity and that goal of eternal graciousness can only better us all. Memory Lane Last Week's picture was of Darlah J. Potechin, long time sysop of the GEnie Atari RT . Darlah recently became a Head Sysop on CompuServe in the Time Life Forum She was correctly identified by Ron Luks of Florida and Derek Mihocka of Canada. z Each week, we'll present a different new photo for our readers to identify. z Tell us who or what is in the photo.. then send us your answer to; firstname.lastname@example.org z The first correct entry will be published in the following week's issue along with the new photo to be identified. POLITICS AS USUAL or. WHERE'S THE BEEF? an opinion by R.F. Mariano Has anybody been really paying attention to Dole & Kemp?? Dole called the LA Dodgers the BROOKLYN Dodgers the other day when he was yapping about their no-hitter the night before. Yep! It's said to be a sign of OLD AGE! Or, perhaps it is really an omen of what's to come. Wanna bet Dole will try to run this country much as Eisenhower did. Only, this is 1996 and we are nowhere like the country we were forty years ago. Another anomaly. Anyone notice how Dole got intense religion while speaking before the Religious?? Quoting from the scriptures a mile a minute. Funny. he then went right out and yapped about abortion and taking away the meager benefits available at this time for the impoverished and needy youngsters. What's wrong with this picture?? NOTHING! Dole hasn't changed his spots one lick! He's for BIG BUSINESS no matter how you slice or dice it. Trouble is.. Dole fails to mention the little guy (aka the working man) has more DISPOSABLE INCOME now than he has had in the previous Republican administrations since the days of Jimmy Carter. Ronnie Baby and old, "Read my lips" Bush have a great deal to be ashamed of. but Dole is very quiet about the cover-ups of Iran-Contra as is the "Oh so Righteous" D'Amato investigations committee. D'Amato; Now there is a political Jewel. he has about as much right to be a politician as an Orangutan has. Come to think of it. maybe the `Tan has more rights to do so. Folks, if you think I'm being harsh on the Republican ticket. I'm not. I'm only calling it as I see it. The last decade has been the most disgusting politics-wise this nation has ever seen. Backstabbing at its very worst and repeated scandalous investigations. But has anyone noticed?? Under Billy Boy.. "I didn't inhale" Clinton.. the deficit has been halved and yes Minerva, the economy is doing just fine. The little guy HAS got more disposable income to spread around. As a result, everyone gets to wet their beaks. Also.. South Florida's major smuggling problems and incidents like MAC10 shoot outs in the streets have dropped considerably. This is no accident .. this is directly attributable to Bill Clinton's effective war on drugs and his drug Czar's excellent interdiction efforts. Anyone notice the greatly hoopla'ed noise of Dole, Gingrich & Co.. promise, last Spring, to America to repeal a portion of the gas tax to bring down the price of gas?? They swore it would be done by Memorial Day 1996. Was it?? NOPE! It still hasn't been done. Dole and entourage have to be the very best at "blowing smoke" at the masses and delivering nothing. What happened to the "Contract with America" it died in agony just like all the other Republican promises to the little guy. Now, if they, The Republicans, promise something to big business. HAH! That's a horse of a different color. Anyone remember the sign on the side of the car when Dole was prancing around the Nascar opening race?? WINSTON!! I'm certain everyone realizes it had nothing to do with Mr. Churchill and everything to do with BIG TOBACCO. Dole sez. "I don't know if tobacco is habit forming." (its not the tobacco, its the Nicotine that's habit forming) What has to happen here to make him aware?? This guy wants to be President and he doesn't have a clue as to what's killing thousands of Americans every year?? Can't he hear the anguished cries all across America about Lung Cancer and its major cause?? How about the arms business?? Remember the Brady Bill and how it was so diluted that you could brew tea in its pages?? Sure, most tried to blame or, should I say, shift the attention away from the real causes to the NRA. Truth is, the NRA had very little negative influence on the Brady Bill. Especially when compared to a number of special interest groups representing the major arms manufacturers, munitions and ammunition manufacturers and arms import groups. Follow the money dearies. follow the money. Campaign contribution records will tell you so much more than any politician's voting record ..any day. Check the way the Republicans went with the Brady Bill.. Then let us all listen to Dole and his Anti-Crime Rhetoric. Pass the barf bag please. Take a moment and listen to the Dole advertisements.. Has he ever address today's issues?? You know, the economy, where the country is headed, the space exploration programs, the National Deficit and other matters like Health Care and its infiltration by Organized Crime? No, of course not! We don't see these politicians offering to do the right thing and address the very things that are undermining your and this country's future. They'd rather hammer away at some advisor who's fooling around with a floozy and showing off by allowing her to hear what she thinks is the President's voice on a phone. So what was this guy doing that many others wouldn't do if the opportunity presented itself? Floozies have been around since almost the beginning of time so have their patrons. Big deal! Better they (Dole's Spooks) should be exposing the "Power Brokers" trying to buy their way into the political future of the nation. Better they should open the doors of all the secrets termed as such due to National Security. Like the Land Deals in the Midwest. the unrest in the Middle East. No, they'd rather distract the voting American public with all this trash campaigning and leave the real issues alone and in the background. After all, its only going to be the little guy and his children who'll have to pay for it all sooner or later. Because of these matters. my vote will go for Clinton. At least we know what we have and He seems to be doing a good job for the little guy and the preservation the family. That's my opinion. I could be wrong, I don't think so. What's yours? Let's hear from you! For Immediate Release Corel Corporation Announces Shipping Delays OTTAWA, CANADA - September 16, 1996. Michael Cowpland, president and chief executive officer of Corel Corporation today announced that as a result of a combination of factors the Company has experienced delays in shipping of Corel Office Professional 7 ordered in the third quarter of fiscal 1996. The amount of product ordered but not shipped and therefore not included in the revenue for the quarter is approximately $15 million. Dr. Cowpland noted, "We focus on shipping the highest quality product with the greatest functionality possible. As a result, delays can be encountered in engineering as every effort is made to include the latest functionality and to eliminate all significant bugs prior to releasing a product to manufacturing. As well, the normal pattern of sales orders in the industry results in a substantial weighting of orders to the end of a quarter. Being a multi-product company, it is frequently difficult to project accurately which particular products will be ordered in any particular quarter where there are no new releases. All of these factors have an impact on the production scheduling. These difficulties are attributable to our continuing integration of the new products acquired by the Company and all our systems and programs are under ongoing review to address and correct any deficiencies in these areas." During the third quarter of fiscal 1996 the Company completed the sale of its CD Creator product line to Adaptec Inc. for proceeds of $11 million. The results for the third quarter of fiscal 1996 are expected to reflect a shortfall in revenues of approximately $15 million as well as the gain on the sale of CD Creator, which will be treated as a reduction in expenses in the quarter. The revenue shortfall, coupled with various price protection programs during the third quarter will likely result in a loss per share of approximately $0.05 - $0.07, including the gain on the sale of CD Creator of approximately $0.10. The Company is enthusiastic about the current pace of Corel WordPerfect sales. Recent PC Data figures indicate that unit sales of Corel WordPerfect Suite represented approximately 50% of the retail office suite market for the months of June and July. In addition, the Company plans to release CorelDRAW 7 in the fourth quarter. Reports from Beta sites lead the Company to believe that CorelDRAW 7 will be a robust and significant upgrade to the Company's flagship graphics software suite. The above is a forward looking statement as that term is defined by US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. As such the projections stated above may be affected by the following factors which are more fully discussed in the company's annual 10K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission: Competitive factors including performance, product features, ease of use, reliability, hardware compatibility, brand name recognition, product reputation, pricing, levels of advertising, quality of customer support, and product upgrades, Competitors with larger technical staffs, more established and larger sales and marketing organisations, and significantly greater financial resources than Corel, Limited effective copyright protection, Dependence on key personnel, and the timing, accrual, allocation and final tabulation of expenses applicable to the quarter. Corel Ships CorelMEGA GALLERYT Ottawa, Canada - September 16, 1996 - Corel Corporation has begun shipping CorelMEGA GALLERY T, a value-packed collection of over 50,000 vector clipart images, 60,000 Internet-ready professional photos, 1,000 TrueTyper and Type 1 fonts, 200 sounds and 100 videos - all for a suggested list price of $99 US. "This super collection of top-quality clipart and fonts, combined with its ease-of-use and drag-and-drop capabilities, make it the ideal companion for all of our users' word processing, presentation and desktop publishing needs," said Dr. Michael Cowpland, president and chief executive officer of Corel Corporation. "The package offers excellent quality at an incredibly low price." Corel MEGA GALLERY includes capabilities for powerful multimedia file management, file viewing and editing, batch file conversion, batch printing, slide shows, font management and screen capture. A wizard-style search interface ensures the simple location of images across libraries or discs, and a full-color manual displays all clipart images and fonts found in the collection. The Corelr Photo CD Browser is also included. Every clipart image, sound and video clip may be dragged and dropped into any OLE 2 compatible word processing, presentation, page layout or graphics application. Clipart images, sound and video clips may also be copied and pasted across the clipboard into any Windows application. System Requirements System requirements include an IBM-compatible 486, a VGA resolution monitor or higher, a minimum of 8 MB RAM, a CD-ROM drive and Windowsr 3.1x or Windowsr 95. Corel Explodes Onto the Science Scene with Corelr ChemLab New interactive laboratory set to entice budding chemists Ottawa, Canada - September 17, 1996 - Corel Corporation has begun shipping Corelr ChemLab, a new interactive laboratory on CD-ROM geared towards high- school students or anyone else wishing to uncover the mysteries of this scientific discipline. Developed in-house, this fun and inexpensive way to learn about chemistry is much more than just a reference tool. Budding chemists can discover the secrets of evaporation, acids, bases, buffers, kinetics and radioactivity in a safe lab environment by using a host of realistic scientific instruments and equipment. How safe it can be compared to a real lab is obvious when the aftermath of an explosion can be cleaned up with a simple mouse click. Users can also perform fully-documented experiments, or conduct their own, with over 30 chemicals and 25 dynamic objects. Corel ChemLab carries a suggested list price of $79 US. "Teachers and students alike will really enjoy this realistic, 3D lab complete with a fully-functioning Gas Lab, periodic table and 3D molecule viewer - all with the added bonus of amazing visual and sound effects," said Dr. Michael Cowpland, president and chief executive officer of Corel Corporation. "With Corel ChemLab, learning chemistry is fun, educational and safe at the same time." Corel ChemLab offers over 25 fully-documented experiments that enable users to learn about such standards as dilution, titration, pH indicators and heat transfer. It also includes a variety of chemicals, refillable beakers, a pH meter, a Geiger counter, and a graph component to allow for the observing, recording and printing of titration results. Users can take advantage of a fully indexed, on-line textbook that is linked directly to the experiments, as well as over 10 minutes of video clips depicting real-world lab experiments and chemical reactions. This intuitive program also provides for easy on-screen navigation between experiments and the ability to conduct and record original experiments. In the GasLab, users will learn about the properties of ideal gases and ideal gas mixtures through five documented experiments, with many more original experiments possible. They can work with the gases by varying pressure, volume, amount of gas, temperature and the composition of the gas mixture, as well as work a pump to evacuate the main gas cylinder. Users can discover the 3D structure of molecules with the 3D molecule viewer. A collection of over 100 molecules, which are fully rotatable in three dimensions, allows users to examine bond lengths, bond type and bond angles. The name, formula and other information are provided with each molecule, and new molecules can be easily added to the file. Users can set a slideshow up to automatically cycle through the molecule list, view them at full screen, or play a game to learn the names of all the 3D structures shown. The periodic table is color coded by classifications, such as alkali, alkaline earths, transitions metals, metalloids, nonmetals, halogens noble gases, lanthanides and actinide, and offers `hints' to help users name each group of elements. Detailed information on isotopic abundance is provided for all naturally occurring elements. Users can refer to the table to find historical and chemical information about each element and can find the molecular weight of a molecule or ion quickly and easily using the Molecular Weight Calculator. This calculator includes a database of over 750 common compounds and molecules with their isomers and molecular weight. This section also allows users to play a game to learn the name, atomic symbol and position of each element on the periodic table. For added interest, users can choose between four different lab environments, including a contemporary classroom setting, a dark and gloomy dungeon, a futuristic space station or a tropical paradise. Windowsr 95 users also have the option to set the appropriate atmosphere by selecting original music to play as a background to each one of these scenes. System Requirements Minimum system requirements include Windowsr 3.1x, a 486 33, 8 MB of RAM (12 MB recommended), SVGA video card and monitor at 640x480 (800x600 recommended), 256 color graphics display (16-bit recommended), 8-bit audio capabilities, and a double-speed CD-ROM drive. 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. Corel and WordPerfect are registered trademarks and CorelDRAW, CorelMEGA GALLERY and CorelVIDEO are trademarks of Corel Corporation or Corel Corporation Limited. All products mentioned are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Gaming & Entertainment Section with Atari User Support Editor Dana P. Jacobson >From the Atari Editor's Desk "Saying it like it is!" Well, as of today, I can notch another year onto my belt and say that I'm still not as old as Ralph Mariano; but, I am catching up to him...slowly. Another birthday/year passes into oblivion! Oh well... It's been a hectic week all around and I seem to have missed another self-imposed deadline for a few of the articles I've been trying to get finished. I hate to make excuses for this kind of stuff, but even the best of intentions seem to find a way of getting put off time and time again. If I could only find a way to lock myself in a room somewhere and stop the clock for a few hours... The Atari computing news is light this week, but the message I've included below is worthy of note. It seems that one of the things lacking for the Atari line of computers is a good Web browser/navigator. Many of us have tried a few that are, but found them to be extremely complicated and haven't had any success getting them up and running - for whatever reason. It sounds like there's going to be a new program to test our skills, called Webspace. We hope to learn more about this product in the near future; and be able to pass that info along to you. For the time being, maybe there's some hope for us yet! Until next time... >From CompuServe's Atari Computing Forums: Sb: #New WWW browser info Fm: Michel Vanhamme 100422,651 To: ALL Hi, I caught this on Oxo Concept's web site yesterday. Since it may interest WWW-deprived fellow Atarians, I thought I'd pass it along. The web site also shows a screenshot of the thing. Michel Webspace is a HTML browser, so it permits the consultation of the WWW internet servers. It is compatible with the quasi-totality of the HTML 3.2 specifications, and also with the Netscape (registered trade mark) extensions. Its 100% GEM interface is very intuitive. The usage of indexed dialog forms is an innovation (see the screenshot). Webspace integrates a file manager dedicated to the managing of the consulted pages, the bookmark and the HTML cache. Webspace manages a HTML pages and pictures disk cache. Thus the access to the pages may be 10 times faster. Furthermore, the cache storage respects the original name and structuration of the files, It is possible to consult HTML pages after disconnection. The cache automatically manages the equivalence between the UNIX long names and the 8.3 Atari format. Webspace permits two types of software extensions: the services and the modules. The services are non-HTML extensions: newsgroups, e-mail, ftp... Les modules are programs witch manages HTML code. It already exists a disk directory module (the C source code of this module is furnished as example) and hypertext database modules. The modules developer documentation is furnished. This modular system permits to test cgi-bin programs prior to compile them on a big HTML server. Webspace is compatible with all machines, it works in 2, 16, 256 and TRUE COLOR, from 320 per 200 points. The JPEG unpacking takes usage of the DSP present. It works with at least 1 Mb of RAM. The recommended configuration is 4 Mb and a hard disk (a free space of 10 Mb to 100 Mb permits a good usage of the cache). Entertainment Section JTS Layoff? Nintendo 64! Bushnell & Aristo! Sega Surfer! 3DO Layoff! And More! >From the Editor's Controller - Playin' it like it is! It appears that all is not rosy in the Atari/JTS deal these days. I've learned from reliable sources that JTS layed off 10% of its work force late last week. What's ironic about this news, and interesting to those who have been following this merger, is that the layoff had been a result of the merger with Atari. While I'm still in the process of getting more specifics, it seems odd that a $25 million influx into JTS would cause a layoff, much less one of this magnitude. As I said, there hasn't been a lot of specific information made available yet, but we do hope to learn more shortly. But, it does appear that Atari is still managing to find a way to create controversy and heartaches, even from the proverbial "grave". As mentioned briefly last week, as Jaguar news continues to slowly creep to a halt, we're trying to find ways to make sure that you don't feel abandoned with no gaming news. Many of you have kept your Jaguars, but have also moved on to other consoles to fill the gap. We want you to be able to continue to have a source for your new and growing gaming needs. So, we're in the process of adding to this section. While the Jaguar is still this editor's game console of choice, as may likely be yours, we need to move forward. In the coming weeks, we'll be providing more widespread gaming news and information, as well as specific coverage of the Sony Playstation, the Nintendo 64, and the Sega Saturn. And naturally, we'll be following all of the Jaguar activity as it happens. We're in the process of making contacts, getting lined up for hardware and software for reviews, and much more. We're trying to get geared up to provide you the news and information that we all had started out to do, and had hoped would grow, when we began covering the Jaguar. We see a lot more potential with these other machines; and we feel we'll succeed in much the same way that we hoped "might have been" with the Jaguar. We hope that you'll enjoy it as much as we anticipate the fun we'll have covering these machines. So, for the present, we'll be bringing you more industry news and information in the next few weeks, as witnessed further on in this issue, while preparations for the additional coverage get completed. So stay tuned, and be prepared for a lot of fun! Until next time... Industry News STR Game Console NewsFile - The Latest Gaming News! 3DO To Cut 150 Jobs REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Sept. 16 (UPI S) -- 3DO Co. has announced (Monday it plans to reduce its software business and enter into a joint venture or sell 3DO Systems, its hardware business, in order to focus on its Internet business. 3DO expects the resulting software company will have approximately 300 employees compared with the current total of 450. CONTACT: The 3DO Company Diane Hunt,415/261-3214 Tuesday Uhland, 415/261-3142 3DO To Become Internet, Game Software Company REDWOOD CITY, CALIF. (Sept. 16) BUSINESS WIRE -Sept. 16, 1996--The 3DO Company today announced that it will restructure the organization to focus on Internet and game entertainment software, including Meridian(TM)59, the company's first Internet-specific product, which will be introduced tomorrow. As part of the reorganization 3DO intends to streamline its software business and enter into a joint venture or sell 3DO Systems, its hardware business. "The Internet, and Internet entertainment in particular, is a huge opportunity," said Trip Hawkins, chairman and CEO, The 3DO Company. "We are moving toward focusing entirely on the challenge of building a strong entertainment software studio, with the Internet as a catalyst for growth. Meridian 59 is only the beginning of our Internet plans." In the reorganization, 3DO president Hugh Martin will assume full operating control of the company. Hawkins, who will remain chairman and chief executive officer, will shift his focus to the role of creative director. Software product development will be reorganized into five production units reporting to senior vice president Bob Lindsey, who will report to Martin. The largest of the production units will be the Internet group. Studio 3DO will be reorganized into two units. The other two units are Cyclone Studios and New World Computing, both acquired in the last year. As part of the reorganization, the company has taken steps to reduce its cash consumption rate by eliminating entertainment projects with outside developers and reassigning internal staff to its most promising software titles. "The game business climate right now dictates that we make hits and conserve cash," said Martin. "Now we can concentrate on our most compelling entertainment software projects, while spending less capital, making better products, and getting into position for Internet-driven growth." Internet growth will begin tomorrow with the official introduction of Meridian 59, the first 3-D multi-user dimension (MUD) game on the Internet. With very little marketing expenditures, 3DO surpassed 25,000 player accounts in an early free trial of the game. "Hardware and software are very different businesses, and 3DO needs to simplify and focus its efforts," said Hawkins. "Our potential hardware technology customers would like broader access to 3DO's proprietary technologies and a closer partnership, and that argues for a potential joint venture." 3DO is currently exploring partnering opportunities with several candidate companies and expects to complete ajoint venture or sale of the hardware business by year end. 3DO successfully licensed its 64-bit M2 technology to Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. for $100 million recently. The company remains committed to supporting Matushita's efforts to launch consumer products based on its technology and does not expect the decision to pursue a joint venture or sell the hardware business will impact its M2 project with Matsushita, which is largely completed. "3DO Systems has the management team, the technologies, and the engineering talent," said Martin. "We feel that as a partner we can play a key role in numerous product areas including next-generation video compression, multimedia, video game systems, DVD players, and Internet boxes. Our goal is to eliminate the overhead expense and cash burn while retaining profit upside and strategic relationships." Upon completion of the joint venture or sale of the hardware business, 3DO expects the resulting software company will have approximately 300 employees, versus the previous total of 450. The timing and amounts of the fiscal effects of the reorganization and the potential joint venture or sale of 3DO Systems cannot be determined at this time. "We're excited about these changes because we can focus on our strengths and growth opportunities, while conserving cash," said Martin. "Although it's been a tough market climate, we found ways to achieve operating profits in the last two quarters. Moving forward, we feel our management is strong, our balance sheet is strong, and we have a solid core of Internet and game software talent and technology to build upon." This release contains forward looking statements, including statements relating to future growth offered by the Internet and Internet entertainment, marketability of software titles under development and of Meridian59, and the company's ability to complete a transaction for the joint venture or sale of the hardware business within calendar 1996. The forward looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties. The recent growth in the Internet may not be sustained for a variety of reasons, including limited telecommunications capacity. The software industry has not yet generated significant revenues from Internet entertainment, and particularly multi-player games on the Internet. Early acceptance of beta test Internet software entertainment products may not be indicative of future market demand for fully developed products provided to users for a fee. Transactions such as the joint venture or sale of advanced hardware technology are subject to a range of contingencies, including a limited number of potential partners or acquirers, the price and structure of a transaction, competitive conditions in the industry, and the company's ability to retain its technical personnel pending completion of the transaction. The particular transaction or the absence of a transaction could cause the company to recognize significant write-offs or incur other costs which could produce operating losses. Further information on potential factors which could affect these forward looking statements and the company's financial results are included in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commision, including the company's Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 1996, its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and reports on Form 8-K. The 3DO Company (NASDAQ: THDO), headquartered in Redwood City, Calif., designs, licenses and distributes advanced interactive technology and software titles for the mass market. With offices in North America and Europe, the company licenses technologies and creates entertainment software for 32-bit and 64-bit video game platforms, the personal computer market, and the Internet. Video Game Maker Reorganizes The 3DO Co. says it will restructure to focus on Internet and game entertainment software. As part of the reorganization, the Redwood City, California, company intends to streamline its software business and enter into a joint venture or sell 3DO Systems, its hardware business. "The Internet, and Internet entertainment in particular, is a huge opportunity," says Trip Hawkins, chairman and CEO of 3DO. "We are moving toward focusing entirely on the challenge of building a strong entertainment software studio, with the Internet as a catalyst for growth. Tomorrow, 3DO plans to release Meridian59, its first Internet-specific multiuser game software. In the reorganization, 3DO president Hugh Martin will assume full operating control of the company. Hawkins, who will remain chairman and CEO, will shift his focus to the role of creative director. Software product development will be reorganized into five production units reporting to senior vice president Bob Lindsey, who will report to Martin. The largest of the production units will be the Internet group. Studio 3DO will be reorganized into two units. The other two units are Cyclone studios and New World Computing, both acquired in the last year. As part of the reorganization, the company has taken steps to reduce its cash consumption rate by eliminating entertainment projects with outside developers and reassigning internal staff to its most promising software titles. "The game business climate right ow dictates that we make hits and conserve cash," says Martin. "Now we can concentrate on our most compelling entertainment software projects, while spending less capital, making better products and getting into position for Internet-driven growth." Online Games Market to Soar The online and Internet games market will grow rapidly over the next few years, becoming a revenue source to be reckoned with in the overall online/Internet industry, says market researcher Jupiter Communications. The New York-based firm notes that the online and Internet games market currently represents only 2.5 percent of overall online/Internet industry revenues for 1996, but is expected to increase to over 11 percent of total industry revenues by the year 2000. Revenues in the online and Internet games market will be derived from a variety of sources, says Jupiter, including pay-per-hour charges, advertising on games-related Web sites, subscriptions and pay-per-play revenues. Jupiter notes that the online and Internet games market differs from the market for standalone, or boxed, games market in a very important way: users do not need to purchase a game outright to play it. Instead, consumers are overwhelmingly willing to pay as they go to play a game online, says Jupiter, similar to the way the market for coin-operated games has developed. Overall, Jupiter estimates that revenues from pay-per-play charges and advertising, which each accounted for 1 percent or less of the market revenues in 1995, will account for 37 percent and 25 percent, respectively, of total online and Internet games market revenues by the year 2000. CONTACT: Aristo International Rita Zimmerer, 212/586-2400 or Torme & Kenney Steven Freemire/Stephen Kenneally, 415/956-1791 Aristo Debuts its "Global Party;" Introduces ... DALLAS (Sept. 18) BUSINESS WIRE -Sept. 18, 1996--Patrons of bars, restaurants and hotels throughout the country and eventually the world soon will be linked together through a new line of pay-per-play Internet entertainment products being introduced by Aristo International on September 26 (NASDAQ Smallcap: ATSP) at the Amusement & Music Operators Association (AMOA) International Expo '96. With a star-studded team of industry leaders including Nolan Bushnell, whose creation of "Pong" and founding of Atari is credited with launching the video game revolution in the 1970s, Aristo International is debuting three products that will "create a new form of global entertainment, revolutionizing social play," according to Mouli Cohen, Aristo president and chief executive officer. They are TouchNET, PlayNET Music and TeamNET. Aristo expects its units to be in operation in bars, restaurants and hotels in many locations throughout the United States during fourth quarter 1996. "By simply popping in a couple of quarters, a dollar bill or even swiping a credit card, you can truly bring the world to your barstool," says Bushnell. "You can play games, pick up e-mail and get the latest news and sports scores. You can 'chat' with others across the bar or in other bars thousands of miles away. You can join in local and national networked sports tournaments. And you can select from over 10,000 songs and buy merchandise." The three products Aristo is introducing at AMOA are: z TouchNET - Totally operated by on-screen touch, TouchNET pts a global party at your fingertips. It is a new compact, pay-per-play system that sits on a counter top and can accommodate 8-12 different games at any one time. Participants can also access the Internet to look up the latest news, sports and personal ads; "chat" by sending recorded voice as well as text messages; buy merchandise; and send e-mail. Aristo will regularly update game play by downloading the most popular new games. z PlayNET Music - This 21st century juke box can satisfy anyone's musical tastes. It provides access to thousands of titles via an Internet connection to Aristo's central server database. Reproduction will be of the highest quality. In addition, PlayNET Music allows customers to purchase merchandise from their favorite band and get information on upcoming concerts. z TeamNET - Challenge the world in Aristo's global tournaments! This is the first pay-per-play Interactive system that allows two teams of up to four players each to compete against each other in sports and other games. Both teams may be present in the same location, or in separate locations competing through an Internet connection. The TeamNET system as been specifically designed to support tournament play. According to Cohen, "We have a unique business model with profitable economics. Unlike most Internet businesses that depend on advertising dollars to make a profit, we depend on the entertainment value of the products. Hospitality locations will make money by getting a portion of the revenues from our products, and increased traffic will generate increased sales." Aristo International designs and develops global, networked entertainment. The company is headquartered in New York City, and has development studios in Foster City, CA and Sterling, VA. CONTACT: Access Communications Dave Karraker/Jennifer Walker 415/904-7070, Ext. 265, 283 dkarrakeraccesspr.com jwalkeraccesspr.com or Virgin Interactive Entertainment Michelle Nino/Kris Kraves 714/833-8710 michelle--ninovie.com kris--kravesvi.com Virgin Interactive Entertainment spreads holiday ... IRVINE, CALIF. (Sept. 18) BUSINESS WIRE -Sept. 18, 1996--Fruit cake? Polyester ties? Sausages of the World? It really is better to give than receive, and this holiday Virgin Interactive Entertainment (VIE) is giving game players what they really want. VIE on Wednesday announced a holiday line-up of video game and computer game titles that will make mince meat out of the end-of-year competition. VIE is covering all the bases this fall, with titles available for the Sony Playstation, Sega Saturn, PC CD-ROM and Macintosh platforms. Each game will push the envelope in game design, from the hyper-fast 3D engine in the explosive helicopter combat game BLACK DAWN to the amazing live-action/animated lunacy in TOONSTRUCK, featuring Christopher Lloyd of "Back to the Future" movies. This holiday season VIE will also offer consumers America's favorite soda pop mascot Spot, in the anxiously-anticipated SPOT GOES TO HOLLYWOOD. For adventure and strategy fans, VIE will feature the critically acclaimed animated adventure CIRCLE OF BLOOD and the outrageous, in-your-face, real-time strategy game Z. The holidays will also be a perfect time to hit the ice in VIE's realistic hockey title NHL POWERPLAY '96 or hit the world's most exquisite casino with GOLDEN NUGGET and play games such as Black Jack and Poker. These, along with a slew of other titles, are sure to keep a smile on every gamer's face well into the new year. "This holiday we really do have something for everyone," said Rand Bleimeister, VIE's senior vice president of sales and marketing. "We have titles for every age group on all the major platforms. Supported by an extensive advertising and marketing campaign, this Fall will definitely be a very Virgin holiday season." Virgin Interactive Entertainment Inc., based in Irvine, is a worldwide publisher and developer of interactive entertainment. Publishers of the best selling THE 11TH HOUR: THE SEQUEL TO THE 7TH GUEST and COMMAND AND CONQUER, both on PC CD-ROM, and distributors of MONOPOLY on PC CD-ROM, VIE is an operating unit of Spelling Entertainment. The company recently released NHL POWERPLAY '96 for PC CD-ROM, the Sony PlayStation and Sega Saturn, and will soon be launching the action/adventure TOONSTRUCK, starring Christopher Lloyd. More information about Virgin Interactive Entertainment and its products can be found at http://www.vie.com. The Spot character is a registered trademark of Dr. Pepper/Cadbury North America Inc. NHL is a registered trademark and overplay is a trademark of the National Hockey League. All rights reserved. Is Mario Playing In The Cabbage Patch? REDMOND, WASHINGTON, U.S.A., 1996 SEP 11 (Newsbytes) -- By Richard Bowers. Nintendo is about to release Nintendo 64 with its super game Super Mario 64, and all the signs point to the Cabbage Patch phenomenon all over again. Whether by intention or not, Nintendo is going to ship only a fraction of the platforms needed to meet the demand for the game this Christmas. Nintendo announced that sales Nintendo 64 surpassed the one million mark just 10 weeks after launch in Japan. Of the more than one million systems shipped to more than 20,000 Japanese retailers, Nintendo says more than 90% have now sold through to customers. Scheduled for release in the United States on September 29. Nintendo already anticipates demand will exceed supply. American retailers have already requested more than one million units by Christmas. However, initial United States shipments of Nintendo 64 are expected to be half that amount. David Cole, president of gaming market research firm DFC Intelligence, told Newsbytes, "Super Mario 64 is the killer application that will guarantee strong sales for the Nintendo 64. If the sales in Japan are any indication, then Nintendo 64 will be out of stock well before Christmas, creating the mystique of the Cabbage Patch. One major retailer has publicly said that they would take all 500,000 Nintendo 64 units if they could." "It's apparent from our conversations with our US retailers that our projected shipments will be exhausted well before the holidays," said Peter Main, Nintendo of America's executive vice president, sales, and marketing. "We're asking our parent company to do everything possible to increase total shipments to North America. Furthermore, it's obvious that in the so-called next generation, software quality is as important as ever. We've seen Super Mario 64 purchased with virtually every Nintendo 64 system sold in Japan, which means it's reached the one millon sales mark quicker than any game ever debuting with a new system." Nintendo 64 will go on sale in North America at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $199.95. Super Mario 64, and Pilot Wings 64 also will go on sale that day. Nintendo says they will have twelve 64-bit titles available by Christmas. Cole pointed out to Newsbytes that there is some risk to Nintendo. Its two major competitors, the Sega Saturn and Sony PlayStation, will also have strong sales during the Christmas season, and Nintendo takes a risk that not having enough supply will lose permanent customers to the other system. Cole says many other analysts believe that only two hardware systems can survive. DFC Intelligence offers a different opinion. "The market is likely to be split almost evenly among the three major systems," said Cole. "It is the beginning of the end for the monopoly that hardware manufacturers have had." Nintendo 64, Saturn, and PlayStation each have unique attributes that will allow them to appeal to different segments of the market. According to Cole, "Never before have there been three high-end systems with such strong marketing and software support. The Saturn boasts Internet access and a strong line of arcade titles. The PlayStation dominates the sports titles. The Nintendo 64 has Mario and a 64-bit claim. Each of these systems will carve out a portion of the market." Sega prices Internet surfer at $200 REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Sega of America announced Tuesday it will start selling an Internet surfing machine on Oct. 31 at a price of $200 as an add-on to the Saturn videogame player. The Sega Saturn Net Link will be marketed as making Internet access as easy as playing a videogame. "Sega's research shows that consumers' No. 1 reason for using the Internet is for entertainment," said Shoichiro Irimajiri, chairman and chief executive officer of Sega of America. "Sega Saturn Net Link is inter-tainment in a box -- a combination of Internet applications and entertainment activities packaged in an engaging, easy-to-use format only Sega could deliver to the consumer market." The announcement is the latest shot in the war between Sega, Sony Corp. and Nintendo of America for dominance in advanced video-game consoles, which use CD-ROM discs. Sega and Sony are selling their 32-bit players for $200 each and Nintendo is preparing for the launch of its 64-bit machine. Sega said it will market the Net Link as the only affordably priced TV Internet product offering both compact disc functions combined with Internet access, giving users the ability for online gaming and fast access to particular Web sites. Sega also said the browser uses new image processing and text display technologies to give Internet content a crisp, clean look and prevent picture flicker on the TV screen. The $200 price includes a modem cartridge that plugs into the Sega Saturn, a phone cord and a CD containing the Web browser. Sega said it has hired four companies to work on its own site for starting Internet "surfing" -- Ark Interface Inc., PlanetWeb Inc., Excite and Concentric Network Corp. CONTACT: Manning, Selvage & Lee Christopher Kingry/Ann Backowski, 213/782-6600 ckingrymslpr.com/abackowsmslpr.com Fox Interactive's Die Hard Trilogy ships over ... LOS ANGELES (Sept. 17) BUSINESS WIRE -Sept. 17, 1996--Fox Interactive's three-in-one blowout experience Die Hard Trilogy will it approximately 10,000 retail locations nationwide simultaneously on Sept. 18. More than 125,000 units of the PlayStation version of Die Hard Trilogy are being shipped initially, which will be compatible with nearly a half dozen different video game peripherals. Inspired by Twentieth Century Fox's hit "Die Hard" movies, Die Hard Trilogy is the first "next generation" video game title to offer three original and different games on one disc. Die Hard Trilogy is rated M (Ages 17+) and will carry a suggested retail price of $54.98. "We know the anticipation has been building in the wake of unprecedented positive reviews. The PSX version is here," said Jon Richmond, president, Fox Interactive. "When gamers load in Die Hard Trilogy, they're getting three totally different games -- each one an amazing adventure on its own. Even better is the fact that there are some incredible peripherals available to make the Die Hard experience even more captivating." Peripherals currently ready to "plug and play" for Die Hard Trilogy include Konami's "Enforcer," Namco's "Negkan," Mad Katz' "Steering Wheel," Nyko's "Cobra Gun" and the PlayStation mouse. Additional Die Hard Trilogy-compatible peripherals are currently under development by additional manufacturers. Richmond added that the Sega Saturn and Windows 95 versions of Die Hard Trilogy will be available for holiday shoppers, with an equally-impressive selection of peripherals. Fox Interactive, an operating unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, a News Corp. company, is committed to developing bold and engaging interactive entertainment. Drawing from the hottest properties that Fox Filmed Entertainment, Fox Television and other News Corp. companies have to offer, Fox Interactive creates truly interactive products that capture the excitement of proven entertainment. Check out Fox Interactive at www.foxinteractive.com. ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine The wires are a hummin'! PEOPLE... ARE TALKING On CompuServe compiled by Joe Mirando CIS ID: 73637,2262 Hidi ho friends and neighbors. Well, it's been another slow week. It seems that people are still busy. I know the feeling. Everybody has a claim on your time... except for you. It seems to be part-and-parcel of this new age we live in. The things we _have_ to do usually outweigh the things we _want_ to do. It used to be that we could manage both most of the time, but no more. It's becoming harder and harder to make it work. There's always an emergency at work, or the overtime that will allow you to pay the rent this month, or the hundred other little things that erode your free time away before you realize it. The sad part is that it's happening to everyone, so we don't even realize that it's happening at all. Someone once told me that it took the average caveman about twenty hours per week to gather everything he needed to support his family. It now takes over fifty hours for the average adult to do the same. Isn't progress wonderful? Well, let's get to the reason for this column in the first place: all the great news, hints, tips, and info available every week right here on CompuServe. >From the Atari Computing Forums Rob Riddell asks for help extracting an LZHed file: "I keep getting bad CRC's every time I try to unpack a downloade LZH file ( from all sources). ZIP and TOS files and unpack 100%. Have you any idea what the problem might be. I have tried LZH11318.TTP & UNLZH172.PRG without success." Albert Dayes tells Rob: "You need to download Lharc v3.0x from the library. It will handle the newer compression used in LZH files." Mike Huggins asks Michel: "I have just read your post, are you saying that there is now a web browser that works on/for the Atari computer? At this moment the only computer in my house is an Atari 1040stf upgraded to 4meg with a 30 meg hard drive. I have been dying to "surf the net", but I'm forced to go to my neighbors house to do so." Michel tells Rob: "Well, not *now*, but they say it will be released in September, so it shouldn't take too long. Oxo Concept is a Swiss/French outfit with a good reputation in France, I think. This will probably be a commercial product, so it better be good... By the way, Oxo Concept's web site is at www.oxo.ch, if anyone's interested." Yves Debilloez asks the question that was on my mind: "Does it support Compuserve as an Internet Provider?? (PPP)" Michel tells Yves: "I don't know, the text I pasted here is all I know at the moment. You may ask them if you want: their e-mail address is email@example.com" While we're on the subject of web browsing via CompuServe, Rob Riddell asks: "Can anyone tell me how to configure Oasis to wrok on compuserve? I tried but the programme keeps locking up on me when I try logo on. Thanks in advance." Having had a bit of experience with Oasis (the same experience as Rob, unfortunately), I tell him: "As far as I know, most folks who have tried to use Oasis here on CIS have encountered the same problem... I certainly have. Every time I try. I just hope that it ends up a useable solution." Andreas Eschbach asks: "What does "TOS Error #35" mean? I cannot find any information on that. It appears (sometimes) after I copy a disk and try to start the 1STWORD program. And the windows doesn't open. Any help is welcome. This worries me a lot." Jack Hughes tells Andreas: "I am not sure that the "GEM" error codes I have are the same as "TOS" errors but...... according to my list GEMerror #35 Is "No handles left". Now what that means I'm not sure. But what always works for me is the "Magic Button", also known as the "Reset Button". Not that I recall _that_ particular error and I've had a bunch. Probably what has happened is that any previous prgms you have run have grabbed space and not given it up on exit." Albert Dayes jumps in and tells Andreas: "TOS Error #35 can mean a few differnt things. Usually it means the program you are trying to run has been corrupted. You might try using a different copy of 1ST Word and see if that works." Joe Villarreal tells Andreas: "According to one file I have, TOS error 35 is "Too many open files". I used to get that error quite often When I was using a ST520 with TOS 1.0; I thought that error meant that I did not have enough memory to run a program that required more than 512k of memory. I also have heard at least one other definition for that error which I can't remember right now." Andreas tells Joe: "I can hardly imagine... I use an ATARI 1024 with one poor disk. I usually open one file and that's it. Not possible it has something to do with the quality of the copied file?" Joe adds: "Actually that is what I found on a text file that I had on my hard drive. Don't remember where I downloaded the file from. Here's another definition I found today on another file I had in HYP format: Tos Error #35, probably the most common error alert that is not self explanatory, happens when a program you are trying to run has somehow been corrupted. What it means is that TOS can not find some magic numbers it expects to fine either at the beginning or at the end of the program file. This error is usually attributable to operator error (as in trying to execute an archive or text file as a program), or to bit rot." Well folks, I told you that there wasn't much available this week. Let's hope it gets better as time goes on. Tune in again next week, same time, same channel, and be ready to listen to what they are saying when... PEOPLE ARE TALKING STReport's "Partners in Progress" Advertising Program The facts are in... 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(NASDAQ: MGXI), a leading graphics software developer that defined the greeting card software category, and American Greetings( Corp. (NASDAQ: AGREA), the renowned greeting card company, today announced the availability of American Greetings CreataCard( Plus(. Designed primarily for personal use, this exciting social expression CD-ROM product offers innovative new ways for the entire family to create and send personalized greeting cards utilizing PC and Internet technologies. "CreataCard Plus provides a new world of content-rich, personalized card creation and sending options to ensure the most personally expressive greeting is delivered on time, every time," said Doug Richard, Micrografx vice president of marketing. "The relationship between American Greetings and Micrografx is a winning combination based on mutual appreciation for the importance of technology, experience in the market and desire to achieve the highest standards of quality and value." Creating and Sending Cards is Fun and Easy CreataCard Plus is a convenient and enjoyable way to design personally expressive cards, awards, announcements, invitations, certificates, signs, stationery and more. Social expressions can be personalized for any occasion using imagination and the American Greetings fonts, artwork and verse. Or original cards can be created from scratch using the fun and easy-to-use tools to add favorite images, family photographs, clip art and text. Cards can be printed and mailed from home or ordered and sent from American Greetings for Personal Delivery -- a convenient service for customers who prefer to have cards printed and mailed for them via U.S. mail. Cards can also be sent to the recipient via the Internet. CreataCard Plus makes it easy to remember important dates with the Forget-Me-Not(tm) reminder, which combines calendar and address book functions to track personal and special event information for individuals and families. In addition to 3,000 specially-designed cards contained in the retail package, new card designs and other thematic and seasonal content will be regularly available via our Internet card shop located on the Internet at www.creatacard.com beginning mid-September. Micrografx also offers CD ROM Variety Packs that make obtaining additional designs convenient and fun. "CreataCard Plus is fun, fast and convenient," said John Klipfell, American Greetings senior vice president for Electronic Marketing. "And by offering a full array of greeting card products through electronic mediums, we are enabling people of all ages to use their computers for social expression." Availability and Pricing CreataCard Plus is available from retailers including Best Buy, Computer City, CompUSA, Egghead, Office Depot and Office Max, and distributors including Ingram Micro, Merisel and Tech Data or directly from Micrografx by calling (800) 368-5409. CreataCard Plus has a suggested retail price of $29.95. 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