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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: ST Report: 15-Aug-97 #1333 Date: Fri Aug 22 17:26:21 1997 Silicon Times Report "The Original Independent Online Magazine" (Since 1987) August 15, 1997 No.1333 Silicon Times Report International Magazine Post Office Box 6672 Jacksonville, Florida 32205-6155 R.F. Mariano, Editor STR Publishing, Inc. Voice: 1-904-292-9222 10am-5pm EST FAX: 904-268-2237 24hrs STReport WebSite http://www.streport.com STR Publishing's FTP Support Server 10gb - Back Issues - Patches - Support Files (Continually Updated) ftp.streport.com Anonymous Login ok - Use your Email Address as a Password Check out STReport's NEWS SERVER NEWS.STREPORT.COM Have you tried Microsoft's Powerful and Easy to Use Internet Explorer 4.0? Internet Explorer 4.0 is STReport's Official Internet Web Browser. 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Chairman Larry Ellison to Apple's board is a good move, but they were less decisive when asked if they would approve of Steve Jobs as chairman of Apple Computer. Only 36 percent of the users surveyed felt Jobs should hold the position, while 31 percent said no and 34 percent were undecided. Respondents also split on the question of whether Apple's adoption of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser is a good thing for Apple, with 47 percent approving, 41 disapproving and 12 percent undecided. Ax Falls on Apple Perks The ax has fallen at Apple Computer Inc. on sabbaticals, cash bonuses for executives and generous severance pay and the man wielding it is co-founder Steve Jobs, who is calling on the company's "egalitarian, entrepreneurial" heritage. Announcing the changes in an electronic mail memo to employees earlier this week, Jobs also calls for more modest travel arrangements and continued consolidation of employees. The Associated Press characterizes the memo, which was signed "Steve and the Executive Team," as "the latest evidence that Jobs is essentially running the company he co-founded 21 years ago -- despite his refusal of the chairman and chief executive officer's posts." As reported, Apple's board of directors has ousted chairman/CEO Gil Amelio and last week replaced most of its board and announced an alliance with Microsoft Corp. Said Jobs in his memo, "Today we are taking a few more steps which will begin to take Apple back to its roots as a more egalitarian, entrepreneurial company." He said the company is: z Eliminating cash bonuses for executives, replacing them with stock options. z Reducing severance pay to one week of salary for every year worked at Apple from one month of pay for every year worked. Employees still get a 60-day notice with full pay and benefits. z Now requiring all employees to fly coach on trips shorter than 10 hours and business class for longer trips. Employees can pay for their own upgrades or use mileage awards. z Eliminating sabbaticals, a perk it adopted early on and a popular benefit with employees. Said Jobs, "Apple needs all hands on deck for the foreseeable future as we turn our company's fortunes around." Apple spokesman Katie Cotton told the wire service that while some employees might be disappointed by some changes, "there's a widespread understanding that the company has to take steps to cut costs and tighten business wherever possible." Apple Clone Makers Note Silence Nerves are jangling in the computer cloning business, because Apple Computer Inc. still has not made it clear whether it will continue licensing its Macintosh operating system. The New York Times noted this morning that at last week's MacWorld Expo trade show Apple executives were nearly silent on the issue, which is considered of strategic importance to the company. The Times observes the absence of any straight answers on the issue is fueling speculation that Apple seems to think the clones do Apple more harm than good. These days, clones account for one out of every five Macintosh computers sold. Steve Jobs Dumped Apple Stock Time magazine is reporting Steve Jobs dumped all but one share of his stock in Apple Computer in June. That was two months before Apple's surprise alliance with Microsoft Corp. and the coup that changed the company's board of directors. In its Aug. 18 issue, Time reports Jobs, now a member of a reshuffled Apple board, holds only a single share as a symbolic gesture. Time quotes Jobs as saying, "I pretty much had given up hope that the Apple board was going to do anything. If that upsets employees, I'm perfectly happy to go home to Pixar." United Press International notes the 1.5 million shares of stock Jobs sold in June were worth $22 million at the time. "If he had hung on to those shares," the wire service adds, "they would be worth about $38 million as of Friday." Apple stock has been on the rise after last week's announcement that a new Apple board includes Jobs and Larry Ellison, founder and chief executive of Oracle. Microsoft also announced that it would invest $150 million in Apple, or about 7 percent of the computer maker's worth. The 42-year-old Jobs, who co-founded Apple 21 years ago with Steve Wozniak, returned to the company as an advisor in December when Apple bought his Next Software Inc. Adds UPI, "When he turned down the position of chief executive after the departure of Gil Amelio, Jobs said his 'heart, mind and body' are at Pixar, the Richmond-based animation company that produced the all computer-animated film 'Toy Story.'" Professor: Net Changing Politics Like earlier technology breakthroughs -- such the telegraph, telephone, radio and television -- the Internet already has led to the transformation of political organizations by easing the flow of communication, says a University of Illinois professor. And, says Michael Ward, grass roots lobbying from citizens using the Net could change the federal government's day-to-day regulatory and legislative decision-making process. Speaking with United Press International in Urbana, Illinois, Ward said wider access to, and use of, the Internet creates the potential for closer communication between elected officials and their constituents, without the intercession of a large interest group. Faced with the views of their constituents, he said, "Policy makers will be less able to pander to the traditional interest groups." He added that if Net use expands throughout the population, Ward says it might lead to a reduction in returns, and consequently, resources devoted to professional political lobbying, "however, until Internet usage is substantially broadened, those groups that are disproportionately represented in the Internet -- high income, professional, educated, white and male -- are likely to fare better in the political decision process." California Bill to Test Teachers A California bill now moving to the governor for approval would require the state's teacher to demonstrate their competency in classroom computer use. United Press International says the bill, sponsored by San Rafael Democrat Assemblywoman Kerry Mazzoni, "responds to a survey that found only 15 percent of teachers nationwide have had at least nine hours of training in computer technology." The measure has support of the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, state schools chief Delaine Eastin and the American Electronics Association. Under the bill, the commission would be authorized to revise its standards for computer competency for the professional multiple or single subject teaching credential to select advanced computer-based technology. "Credentialing commission staff members," says UPI, "found in a recent study that the current education technology requirement fails to cover teachers who may be in classrooms for up to five years before acquiring any computer competency. Mazzino says teachers need the required training to keep pace with increased public and private investment in education technology." Tax Break for Computer Donations Companies donating computers to schools within two years of purchase will be allowed to deduct the full price of the systems, thanks to a new tax law change. The 21st Century Classrooms Act, signed into law Tuesday by President Clinton, is expected to stimulate a flood of donated computers. "Smart companies will rush to accelerate their purchasing cycle to turn over their computers every two years," says Diana Detwiler, executive director of the Detwiler Foundation Computers for Schools Program, the largest supplier of donated computers to California schools. "The tax deduction they get for donating to schools is so large that it pays a good portion of the cost of buying their new computers." Further details are available on the Web page operated by Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, R-California, the legislation's author. Visit http://www.house.gov/cunningham and look under "What's New." Judge Upholds Child Porn Law A federal judge in San Francisco has upheld an expanded federal child pornography law that bans computer-generated sexual images of children and porn that features adults who are depicted as minors. U.S. District Judge Samuel Conti rejected by sex film distributors and the American Civil Liberties Union in saying the new law protects children from sexual exploitation without violating freedom of speech, reports Associated Press writer Bob Egelko. In this first court ruling on the law's validity, the judge wrote, "Even if no children are involved in the production of sexually explicit materials, the devastating ... effect that such materials have on society and the well-being of children merits the regulation of such images." Dismissing ACLU concerns that the law could criminalize a film of "Romeo and Juliet" or a doctor's sex education manual, Conti said the law covers only pictures that are marketed as child pornography. Following the ruling, ACLU lawyer Ann Brick, who filed a supporting brief, said the law was broader than Conti made it out to be, adding Congress did not merely ban computer-generated images of children in sexual activities, but also declared that it was "illegal to use young-looking adults if we don't like the way you marketed it." Brick said the rationale used by Congress and Conti -- that the images would help molesters recruit young victims -- would apply equally to "literature that describes sex in a way that makes it seem beautiful." AP notes the law was passed last September to enlarge the federal definition of child pornography, which previously covered only erotic pictures of actual minors. Although such material may not be legally obscene, its prohibition has been upheld by the Supreme Court to prevent sexual exploitation of minors. "The new law," says Egelko, "applies to computer-generated images as well as films and photographs. It bans any visual depiction that 'is, or appears to be, of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.'" He adds distributors of sexually explicit pictures of adults who appear to be minors can avoid conviction if they can show that they did not advertise or present the material in a way that would "convey the impression" that it showed sexual acts by a minor. That defense would not apply to computer simulations. In their suit, a group of more than 600 adult film producers and distributors argued the law was so broadly worded that it could cover any picture in which an adult portrays a minor engaged in sexual activity. The suit said terms like "appears to be" and "convey the impression" are so loose that it would be difficult to know what material was illegal. However, the judge said any ambiguity in those terms "can be resolved by examining whether the work was marketed and advertised as child pornography." AP says the ACLU argued the only justification for a child pornography ban recognized by the Supreme Court is the prevention of harm to children used in the production of such material. But Conti quoted congressional language in saying such laws also can seek to stop molesters from whetting their appetite with pornography and using it to break down their victims' resistance -- effects that do not depend on the use of actual children in the production. Publishers' CD Rights Upheld A federal judge has ruled publishers may reproduce articles by freelance writers in electronic databases and CD-ROMs without their permission. In New York, U.S. District Judge Sonia Sotomayer ruled it is not the fault of publishers that technology had provided them an unexpected way to make money in a manner unforeseen by Congress. Associated Press writer Larry Neumeister says the ruling came in a lawsuit brought by six freelance writers against The New York Times Co., Newsday Inc., Time Inc., The Atlantic Monthly Co., Mead Data Central Corp. and University Microfilms Inc. Now grounds for appeal are being studied, by says president Jonathan Tasini of the National Writer's Union, lead plaintiff, who added, "The fight for a fair share continues. When multimillion-dollar media companies make a dollar from the sweat of their contributors' brows, those creators deserve to share in the profits." Defense attorney Bruce P. Keller contested the assumption that there is a windfall for publishers because of new technology, saying, "This case involves the 1990s equivalent of microfilm. It is very important but it is not an enormous gang-busters market. It's not been a windfall for publishers and it's not likely to be a windfall." The defendants argued electronic reproductions of their articles were improper under the federal Copyright Act, alleging their rights were violated with 21 articles sold for publication between 1990 and 1993. The judge ruled the act -- written during the 1960s and early 1970s to protect freelance writers from having their work sold by publishers for lucrative movie or television deals -- does give publishers the right "to revise their collective works." She said that right is "then perceived to have only limited economic value" but technological changes have since made it more valuable. But it may not be over yet. Neumeister observed, "With the increasing popularity of the Internet and importance of electronic publishing, both sides in the lawsuit predicted the judge's ruling would not be the final word on the conflict between freelancers and publishers." Sympathizing with the argument by freelancers that Congress never intended for publishers to receive a windfall from new technology, the judge wrote, "This may well be. If today's result was unintended, it is only because Congress could not have fully anticipated the ways in which modern technology would create such lucrative markets for revisions." Raid Strikes Singapore Pirates The Business Software Alliance says the pirate CD-ROM industry "could come to a grinding halt in Southeast Asia" following a major 15-hour raid on what it says is a major player in the illegal software business. Targeted by Singapore detectives and industry experts were the CD-ROM manufacturing operations of stock market listed SM Summit Holdings. Reporter Jacqueline Wong of the Reuter News Service, reporting from Singapore, says the Stock Exchange of Singapore suspended trade in SM Summit shares after they plunged nearly 38 percent to $0.655, down S$0.39. "They began falling," Wong reports, "when market rumors named it as the target of a raid, then plunged when the BSA confirmed that. The raid was a major operation, involving experts from the United States, Australia and Hong Kong as well as Singapore." Reuters says the Singapore High Court then gave approval for the raid by the detectives accompanied by experts from the BSA and the three American companies. BSA says that while piracy rates have fallen in Asia as a whole - often from very high bases -- they have risen six percentage points in Singapore, from 53 percent in 1995 to 59 percent in 1996. Digital Wants to Sell Net Unit Digital Equipment Corp.'s computer-network equipment business is up for sale. Citing people familiar with the situation, reporter Jon G. Auerbach of The Wall Street Journal says Digital is seeking to sell the unit in the face of stiffer competition. The Journal says the computer maker sees the unit as a growing cash drain that would take a huge investment to revive. So far talks about the unit's sale have been held with Bain Capital Inc. and Lucent Technologies, the paper says, quoting industry insiders as saying Sun Microsystems also would be a logical buyer for the business. Digital's Network Product unit, which employs about 1,200 people, reportedly had about $100 million in operating profit in the company's fiscal year ended in June 1996, but slipped into the red in the fiscal year just ended, Auerbach reports. the unit makes switches and other equipment used to build corporate computer networks. FrontPage 98 Beta Released Microsoft Corp. is offering a pre-release version of FrontPage 98, the latest version of its Web site creation and management tool. Microsoft says the updated software offers intelligent design assistance, expanded site management functions and compatibility with the latest Web technologies. "Our goal with FrontPage has always been to bring the power of Web publishing to the broadest possible set of users," says Chris Peters, vice president of Microsoft's Web authoring unit. "With FrontPage 98 we will meet the needs of both beginners and advanced users by delivering a comprehensive Web creation and management tool that is easy to use, yet powerful and flexible enough to support the latest Web technologies." A free copy of the FrontPage 98 beta is now available at http://www.microsoft.com/frontpage/. The software can also be ordered on CD-ROM for a nominal shipping and handling charge. The software expires and becomes unusable on Dec. 31. Europe OKs Compaq-Tandem Deal In Brussels, Belgium, antitrust authorities with the European Union today gave their blessing to Compaq Computer Corp.'s takeover of Tandem Computers Inc., saying the fusion of the U.S. companies won't hurt competition in Europe. In a statement, the European Commission said, "The overlaps between the two companies' activities ... were not such as to give rise to competition concerns." The Associated Press notes the commission has powers to review large mergers or acquisitions that will affect EU markets, including those involving only non-European companies. "It can ask for changes to deals it judges harmful to fair competition within the 15 nations in the European Union and impose heavy fines on companies that don't comply," AP adds. Compaq, the world's biggest PC maker, announced in June it would purchase Tandem in a $3 billion stock deal that boosts Compaq's bid to expand beyond PCs into more powerful business machines. Broderbund Updates Print Shop Line Broderbund Software Inc. is adding five new products to The Print Shop series, including The Print Shop Premier Edition 5.0, a completely revamped version of its classic product. Broderbund's new Windows 95 software slate also features The Print Shop Publishing Suite, a products that combines The Print Shop Premier Edition 5.0 and The Print Shop PressWriter; and The Print Shop Signature Greetings, a tool that allows consumers to create high quality greeting cards at home and deliver them online. Other new titles include The Print Shop LiveMail, an Internet communications program that enlivens E-mail messages with animation, sound and graphics; and The Print Shop Standard Edition, an introductory consumer graphics product. "This is truly the next generation of The Print Shop series. The Print Shop Premier Edition 5.0 has been completely redesigned to be the easiest and best desktop publishing tool for home and small business users," says Harry Wilker, senior vice president of the Novato, California, software publisher. The Print Shop Premier Edition 5.0 ($49.95), The Print Shop Publishing Suite ($69.95), The Print Shop Signature Greetings ($29.95) and The Print Shop Standard Edition ($29.95) are shipping to stores now. The Print Shop LiveMail is set to become available in October for $29.95. Iomega Readies Color Zip Disks Taking the lead of floppy disk makers, Iomega Corp. has unveiled color versions of its 100MB Zip disks. The Roy, Utah, company's $149.95 "Gig-O-Color" 10-pack includes disk pairs in green, red, gold, blue and gray. "Gig-O-Color Zip disks are for the computer user who likes to stay organized -- but also likes a little flair," says Jackie Finch, Iomega's product line manager for Zip media and accessories. "They provide creative, high capacity storage." The Gig-O-Color Zip pack is expected to ship this fall. Visit Iomega's Web site at http://www.iomega.com. Online Ads to Top $7.7B in 2002 A new research report is predicting that advertising spending on the Internet and online services will reach $7.7 billion in 2002, up from $301 million last year. Compiled by the New York communications research group by Jupiter Communications, the forecast, says the Reuter News Service, "is generally in line with other predictions, which show a rapid increase in ad spending as more people go online and advertising models become more refined." Jupiter predicts revenue from direct marketing on the Internet and over online services will grow from $13 million in 1996 to $1.3 billion in 2002. Reuters notes a recent report from Cowles/Simba Information, a unit of Cowles Business Media, projected that online advertising spending would reach $538.2 million this year and $2.57 billion by 2000. The Internet Advertising Bureau has reported that first-quarter 1997 online advertising revenues were $129.5 million, an 18 percent jump over fourth quarter 1996 levels. Nonetheless, Reuters says one panelist at the conference -- Norman Lehoullier, co-director of Grey Interactive -- thought the projections were "very optimistic," observing that many companies are still trying to figure out the best way to market on the online medium. McVeigh formally sentenced to death for bombing Convicted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was formally sentenced to death Thursday for the 1995 explosion that killed 168 people and brought political terror to America's heartland. Before being sentenced, McVeigh broke his courtroom silence to read a cryptic one-sentence quote from the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis: "Our government is the potent and omnipresent teacher for good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example." Then he added, "That's all I have to say." Mayor: Police shakeup after alleged attack Top police officers were reassigned Thursday in a shakeup at a police precinct where a Haitian immigrant was allegedly beaten and sodomized with a toilet plunger. The immigrant, Abner Louima, remained in a hospital in critical and guarded condition after the alleged attack Saturday at the precinct in the city's Brooklyn borough. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani warned police at the 70th Precinct not protect their fellow officers. Louima, 30, told investigators he was arrested in a late-night brawl outside a nightclub. Suspect in Detroit killings falls from window A suspect in the stabbing deaths of five people either jumped or fell from a fifth floor window Thursday at Detroit Police headquarters and landed on the steps at the front of the building, police said. The man was rushed into surgery at a Detroit hospital in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman said. 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EDUPAGE STR Focus Keeping the users informed Edupage Contents Blackout In New England Motorola Expands Chip Venture In China UUNet Moves To Limit Spam Internet Site Blamed For Hurting CIA ACM Opens Its Digital Library Vonnegut Comments On Internet Hoax Computer Vandals Charged With Crimes No Surfing On The Senate Floor Apple Polishing Digital Wants To Sell Its Network Equipment Group Opposition To FBI Wire-Tapping Plan Taking Stock Of Apple Faculty Interaction: Sometimes Necessary, Sometimes Not The Chinese PC Market Ameritech Tests Make MCI Testy WWWooing New Customers Freelancers Lose To Publishers Over Electronic Reproduction Oracle's Plans For Integrating Web With TV Sony, Philips, And HP Want To Do It Their Own DVD-RAM Way Leading Software Companies An Extension Of Life For "Moore's Law"? Intel Countersues Digital Babes In Boyland BLACKOUT IN NEW ENGLAND More than 200 New England businesses experienced a four-hour Internet blackout Thursday evening after an explosion knocked out electrical power in the Boston area. One person was killed in the blast, which overloaded a panel switch at MIT, causing a fire and cutting off Internet access to BBN Planet customers. Access resumed around 10:00 in the evening. The speed with which the incident happened made it impossible to reroute traffic, said a BBN spokesman. (TechWire 8 Aug 97) MOTOROLA EXPANDS CHIP VENTURE IN CHINA Motorola is ramping up its chip activities in China to develop products such as power semiconductor devices and integrated circuits. The company has already spent $50 million on phases one and two of its semiconductor venture, and phase three is expected to cost $200 million more. (Investor's Business Daily 8 Aug 97) UUNET MOVES TO LIMIT SPAM After a group of vigilante computer users blocked 80,000 e-mail messages in a 24-hour period, Internet service provider UUNet is moving to limit the number of junk e-mail messages it transmits to Usenet groups. (Investor's Business Daily 8 Aug 97) INTERNET SITE BLAMED FOR HURTING CIA A Central Intelligence Agency report says that the Web site called Gulflink -- created by the Defense Department to give Gulf War veterans possible explanations for health problems developed after the war - may have provided the Iraqis with clues to the identity of individuals who provided intelligence information to the U.S. The report said that documents posted on the site were not adequately reviewed before being made generally available on the Internet. < http://www. Gulflink.osd.mil/ > (New York Times 8 Aug 97) ACM OPENS ITS DIGITAL LIBRARY The Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) is providing free public access to its Digital Library during an "open house" lasting through September 30, 1997. The library contains tables of contents of twenty ACM journals and more than 400 conference proceedings. Full texts of selected articles and conference proceedings are also available. (Communications of the ACM Jul 97) < http://www.acm.org/dl > VONNEGUT COMMENTS ON INTERNET HOAX What conclusion is drawn by novelist Kurt Vonnegut about the Internet hoax falsely attributing to him a speech he hadn't written or delivered? "Some jerk infected the Internet with an outright lie. It shows how easy it is to do and how credulous people are." The "MIT commencement address" that Vonnegut never gave was actually an essay written by Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich (whom Vonnegut has praised). The essay began: "Ladies and gentlemen of the class of 1997: Wear sunscreen.'' The origins and purpose of the hoax have not yet come to light. (AP 7 Aug 97) COMPUTER VANDALS CHARGED WITH CRIMES Prosecutors in Fairfax County, Virginia, have filed criminal charges against two Georgia Mason University students for hacking their way into university computers and sending derogatory e-mail under the names of random students and staff members. Altering computer data is a felony and willfully using a computer network without is a misdemeanor. (Washington Post 8 Aug 97) NO SURFING ON THE SENATE FLOOR Senator Michael B. Enzi (R., Wyoming) wants to use his laptop on the floor of the U.S. Senate, but many of his colleagues are opposed to the idea. Senator Diane Feinstein (D., California) says: "I'm not against computers, but I think they have their place and it's not everywhere. When you're speaking on the Senate floor, you should be speaking from a lifetime of experience, not from what you punch up on a computer." Senator Robert G. Torricelli (D., New Jersey) agrees: "The entry of an electronic notebook on the floor of the United States Senate will inevitably lead to staff instructions on voting and the scripting of all remarks." And the idea makes Senator Robert C. Byrd (D., Virginia) positively cranky: "What will be the next step if we take this? I would be a bit irritable, I think, if I looked around and saw someone sitting beside me, typing on this thing." (New York Times 10 Aug 97) APPLE POLISHING Apple is rehiring TBWA Chiat/Day, the ad agency responsible for the famous "1984" commercial that introduced Apple's Macintosh computers in the mid- eighties. The ad suggested that using a Mac was a blow for freedom in an Orwellian "Big Brother" world dominated by IBM. The company (then known as Chiat/Day of Venice, California) was fired in 1985 after it produced an unsuccessful Apple commercial depicting non-Mac- using business executives as "lemmings" lining up to jump off a cliff. (USA Today 8-10 Aug 97) DIGITAL WANTS TO SELL ITS NETWORK EQUIPMENT GROUP Digital Equipment Corporation has been talking with possible buyers of its network equipment unit, which makes switches and other network devices in competition with companies such as Cisco Systems. Possible purchasers for the 1200-employee unit include Bain Capital (a Boston buyout firm) and Lucent Technologies -- the equipment manufacturer created from the AT&T spinoff. (Wall Street Journal 11 Aug 97) OPPOSITION TO FBI WIRE-TAPPING PLAN Privacy advocates, along with telephone companies, are challenging an FBI- developed plan that would require modification of the nation's phone system to give law enforcement agencies the ability to retain wiretapping capabilities in the digital age. Opponents of the FBI-proposed standard say it would allow the government to exceed its authority by letting enforcement agencies capture the full content of phone communications when wire-tapping authority is restricted to interception of merely the addressing or signaling data. (New York Times 11 Aug 97) TAKING STOCK OF APPLE Ten days before the resignation of Apple chief executive Gil Amelio earlier this month, company co-founder and special advisor Steve Jobs sold 1.5 million shares of Apple stock in a trade that contributed to the stock's decline to its lowest point of the year. Since Jobs was not an officer or director of the company and not a majority shareholder, he was not required to disclose the sale. Jobs recently told Time magazine: ``I pretty much had given up hope that the Apple board was going to do anything. I didn't think the stock was going up." about a week after unloading the shares he called Microsoft CEO Bill Gates to tell him that Amelio was about to be forced out of the company. Asked about his maneuvering Jobs says: ``If that upsets employees, I'm perfectly happy to go home to Pixar,'' the digital animation company where he serves as chief executive. (San Jose Mercury News 12 Aug 97) FACULTY INTERACTION: SOMETIMES NECESSARY, SOMETIMES NOT Comparing higher education to national health care, Educom vice president Mike Roberts told the Washington Post: "The doctors wouldn't do anything about controlling costs by themselves, and things finally got so bad that they took the control away from them. The faculty need to face up to those aspects of learning that really require interaction with a faculty member and those that don't." As examples, Roberts mentioned introductory freshman and remedial-level courses in composition, math, science and languages. (Washington Post 10 Aug 97) THE CHINESE PC MARKET China has overtaken South Korea as the largest market for personal computers in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a Dataquest report. Legend, mainland China's largest producer of personal computers, sold 100,000 PCs in the second quarter of this year, and the president of Intel in China recently predicted that within a few years China will be the that company's third largest market after the U.S. and Japan. (Financial Times 12 Aug 97 AMERITECH TESTS MAKE MCI TESTY Long-distance phone company MCI Communications wants the Federal Communications Commission to stop local phone service provider Ameritech from testing its own long-distance capabilities in the same area in which it offers local phone service. In the test, Chicago-based regional Bell operating system Ameritech is giving free long-distance service to its own employees. Ameritech argues that, since it is not charging for the service and not offering it to the public, the tests do not require FCC approval. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 12 Aug 97) WWWOOING NEW CUSTOMERS A number of Web sites are busy planning advertising campaigns this Fall to make themselves known as media brands (such as CBS, NBC, MTV, etc.) that will stick in the public mind. Using radio, print and outdoor advertising, the campaigns will mainly target novice computer users. (USA Today 11 Aug 97) Note: Edupage, a strictly low-budget enterprise, will content itself with a tasteful amount of soothing, mindless repetition to make its brand name memorable. Edupage. Are you ready for the quiz? FREELANCERS LOSE TO PUBLISHERS OVER ELECTRONIC REPRODUCTION A federal judge in Manhattan has ruled against freelance journalists who argued that publishers should not be allowed to reproduce their work on CD ROMs or in electronic databases without their permission and without paying them beyond what they were paid for the original material. At issue was whether or not electronic reproduction of that sort is essentially equivalent to archival versions of print media on microfilm, which are a publisher's right under the Copyright Act of 1976. The decision will be appealed. (New York Times 14 Aug 97) ORACLE'S PLANS FOR INTEGRATING WEB WITH TV Oracle is planning to use a broadcasting technology called "the vertical blanking interval" - a space between TV signals that can be adapted for sending data - to automatically integrate data from the World Wide Web into TV programs in progress. One example of use for the system is that a person viewing, say, a football game could interact with other viewers through a Web-based chat session appearing in one window on the screen. (Wall Street Journal 13 Aug 97) SONY, PHILIPS, AND HP WANT TO DO IT THEIR OWN DVD-RAM WAY Sony, Philips, and Hewlett-Packard have decided not to support the industry's proposed technical standard for reusable DVD-RAM disks that allow users to copy digital computer disks or record TV programming digitally. A Sony spokesman claims that the companies have superior technology that can store 3 billion bytes of information on a disk compared with the 2.6-billion byte standard proposed by the rest of the industry. Industry analyst Richard Doherty says that "the DVD-RAM market at present is computers, but everyone knows the big reward coming in 18 months to two years is the consumer video disk recorder." (New York Times 14 Aug 97) LEADING SOFTWARE COMPANIES The ten leading companies in software revenue last year were (in descending order): IBM, Microsoft, Hitachi, Computer Associates, Oracle, Fujitsu, SAP, Bull HN Information Systems, Digital Equipment Corporation, and Novell. And of the top thirty companies, 37% are in California, 13% in Massachusetts, 10% in Pennsylvania, 7% in New York, and 33% in other states, provinces, and countries. (Investor's Business Daily 13 Aug 97) AN EXTENSION OF LIFE FOR "MOORE'S LAW"? Texas-based Sematech consortium has developed a technique for replacing a chip's microscopic aluminum wiring with copper, which is a superior conductor of electricity and therefore able to allow data to travel much faster through the chip circuitry. The advance may extend the life of "Moore's Law" (declared by Intel Corp. co-founder Gordon Moore in 1965), which asserts that chip performance will double every 18 months. (San Jose Mercury News 13 Aug 97) INTEL COUNTERSUES DIGITAL Intel has responded the patent-infringement charge made against it in May by Digital Equipment Corporation by filing a countersuit alleging that Digital's Alpha processors infringe on Intel patents dating back to 1984. Industry and legal analysts are speculating that the countersuit may set the stage for bringing the two parties to an out-of-court settlement. One lawyer not involved in the case says: "It's going to be nuclear winter before these passels of lawyers get done with each other. Now that they can see the magnitude of what they are going to do to each other, it is a good time for the businessmen to step in before things get out of control and see if they can reach a settlement." (New York Times 13 Aug 97) BABES IN BOYLAND Is there sexism is Silicon Valley? Senior researcher Anita Borg in Palo Alto says: "You run into subtle sexism every day. It's like water torture. It wears you down." 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Box 6672 Jacksonville, Florida 32205 Apple/Mac Section Help Wanted Jason's Jive Jason Sereno, STR Staff firstname.lastname@example.org IF-22: The Realistic Simulation of the F-22 Raptor Windows CD-ROM Street Price: $49.95 for all ages (violence to realistic objects) Interactive Magic P.O Box 13491 Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 www.imagicgames.com Program Requirements OS: Windows 95 CPU: Pentium 90 HD space: 45 MB free hard disk space Memory: 16MB RAM Graphics: SVGA CD-ROM: 4X Speed Audio: Supports most popular sound cards Other: Keyboard or mouse Direct3D supported but not required Review by Jason Sereno (email@example.com) Interactive Magic's new combat simulation, iF-22 Raptor, puts the player in a realistic, point and click cockpit. You fly the F-22 Raptor. It is an actual fighter pilot used by the USAF. The game is the first flight simulation to take advantage of Direct3D in two unique environments, Bosnia and the Ukraine. It also uses satellite imagery to create the realistic terrain. The dynamic campaign system and mission generator create unpredictable land and air enemies. The game has truly an unlimited amount of game playing capabilities. Although some gamers might not appreciate the complicated controls, iF-22 is a breakthrough in flight sims. iF-22 is the first flight simulation to have a fully point and click cockpit. Almost every control from radar, locking systems, and the ejection seat is manageable with a few clicks of the mouse. Not all of the jet's controls are mouse activated. However, most of the controls needed during combat are mouse-manipulated. With a click of a button you can lock onto targets, launch missles, drop bombs, or communicate with your allies. Each of the five displays on your MFD (Multifunctional Device) are switchable with the mouse. You use a mouse for commands on your HUD (Heads Up Display) as well. As I said before, F-22 Raptor is the first flight sim to use this largely mouse-oriented cockpit. It creates a simple atmosphere for large portions of the game. iF-22 is also the first flight simulation to use Direct3D. You will see the breathtaking terrain that accurately depicts that of which is in Bosnia and the Ukraine. The land, you may discover, is photorealistic and rendered from satellite photos and elevation data of these two distinctive areas. You cannot get anymore real than that! To view the land, iF-22 Raptor contains a large assortment of camera angles. You can track your bombs with a camera or even take a look at your enemies as they are disintegrated by your missile. Also within the game is a detailed map of Bosnia in case you want to plot your waypoints to chart your course. Even without a map for the Ukraine, you can be rest assured that the game is accurate in depicting your battlefield. Each of the two "theaters" as they call them in the game, have two individual sets of missions. Each set differs in the main goal and the number of aircraft and ground vehicles. The player themselves can change options to make gameplay more difficult or create new missions. If you wish for the aircraft to be invulnerable to crashes, these and many other options can be toggled in the game's setup menu. This will allow the player to fly in an almost unlimited amount of combat simulations and levels of difficulty. As I mentioned before, the point and click cockpit creates a simple atmosphere for most of the game. The mouse interface is most helpful during the actual combat you will face. However, iF-22 does become complicated just as most flight-combat sims. This game comes with a 162 page manual! It covers everything from taking off, combat, locking on to targets, and about everything else within the game. 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When using the mission generator, you will realize that your missions are seemingly endless in their options. You can be as creative as you want while making your own missions too. iF-22 will prove to be a trendsetter to other flight sims in the future. I would recommend this game to any combating gamer that is looking for an easier approach to a flight simulation. Pick up a copy of Interactive Magic's iF-22 Raptor today! Special Notice!! STR Infofile File format for Articles File Format for STReport All articles submitted to STReport for publication must be sent in the following format. Please use the format requested. Any files received that do not conform will not be used. The article must be in an importable word processor format for Word 6.0 and/or Word Perfect 7.. The margins are .05" left and 1.0" Monospaced fonts are not to be used. 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When will the madness end?!? Moving is one big pain and I haven't even moved into the new house yet! Packing, and more packing, and then some more... I have to keep telling myself that it will all be well worth it in the end and that this is just the beginning of some terrific times for my wife and I. And it will be. Keep on packing Dana....! It looks like CAB 2.5 will be released here in North America a lot sooner than anticipated - hopefully by the end of this month, or sooner. This should be a big plus for those who wish to be able to use commercial Internet providers for access but couldn't because of PPP limitations by the providers. And those who utilize SLiP accounts can still do so with CAB 2.0 (or earlier) and STiK. Things are looking up for Atari users and the Web; and, Oregon Research's program as well as ASH's are still in the wings. We've got a lot of STuff for you this week, so let's move forward. It will also provide me with a graceful exit and opportunity to get back to my packing! Until next time... >From Delphi's Jim Collins (chro_MAGIC): Hi All, I have an update on the English version of CAB 2.5 - the HOPED for release date is "the end of August" - this is for both the full CAB 2.5 release and for the CAB 2.0 -> 2.5 upgrade kits. Please bear in mind that this "hoped for" date is when it will hit the street in the UK, it will take another week or so to get to the United States. Of course chro_MAGIC will have both the full version and the upgrade kits available just as soon as they arrive from the UK. Oh yeah, CAB 2.5 will cost more than 2.0 - and 2.0 will continue to be available for those who want to use STiK and/or don't need PPP. Newsbytes NewsReel -- 12 Years Ago This Week MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S.A., 1997 AUG 13 (Newsbytes) -- By Nick Gorski. Twelve years ago these Newsbytes stories were filed: DG Goes "Compatible;" Cut Some Slack Jack; Japanese Mac From Canon; and Apple To Break South African Sanctions. These stories were taken from the extensive archives at the Newsbytes Website at http://www.newsbytes.com. DG Goes "Compatible" Data General, DEC's arch-competitor, joined the PC "compatible" sweepstakes last week with the announcement of the Dasher/One Model 1. The unit has an 8088 microprocessor and runs MS-DOS, but DG isn't counting on selling them as stand-alone units. In an increasingly common tack among computer makers aiming at the business market, they will be selling the Dasher/One as a "workstation" hooked up to their Comprehensive Electronic Office System. The unit comes with a 12-inch monochrome monitor and a single 3.5-inch disk drive and sells for $2,100. Meanwhile, in a move some observers feel presages a major move by DG into low-end personal computers, a former Epson executive has joined DG. Cliff Bream, formerly vice president of marketing for Epson, has moved from Torrance, California, to DG's headquarters in Westboro, Massachusetts, where he will be vice-president of DG's Desktop Division. Rumors are that Bream will attempt to increase sales of the Data/General One laptop, whose sales have been reportedly below DG expectations. Cut Some Slack, Jack A funny thing happens when you access ASCII positions 28-31 on the new Atari ST "Jackintosh" computer. You get a face. The face, buried in the ASCII character set, only occurs when you request print of numbers 28 through 31 side-by-side. The crewcut man's smiling face, pipe extended to the left, was originally thought to be Jack Tramiel. Another said it was Hugh Hefner. But no, that face appears to be none other than J.R. "Bob" Dobbs, High Epopt of the Church of the SubGenius. In case you still don't recognize that name, go into any bookstore and ask for "The Book of the SubGenius." "Bob" is the brainchild of a group of art students who wanted to invent a bogus religion based on flying saucers, lunatic conspiracy theories, and the occult. Among "His" (Bob's) slogans are "You'll PAY To Know What You REALLY Think," "Give Me Slack Or Kill Me" and, "F--- 'em If They Can't Take A Joke." An Atari source says "some crazy programmer" is responsible. He doesn't think Jack knows there's a Bobhead in the machine. Japanese Mac From Canon / Newsbytes Japan The Japanese version of Macintosh called "DynaMac" has been developed by Canon, the Apple dealer in Japan (8/5). DynaMac is a version of a 512KB-Mac with a Kanji ROM and a Japanese interpreter-tool "Eg-Bridge" that provides Japanese language for the use of MacPaint and Multiplan. It will be available on Aug. 20 at US$3,592. For the users of original Macintosh, Canon is planning to provide an upgrade service with some charge starting the end of September. Finally, the Mac language barrier has been removed. However, its costly price is very likely to create a new problem. Presently, a powerful 16-bit business computer in Japan costs US$1,100, which is merely one-third of DynaMac. Meanwhile, ErgoSoft Inc., the company founded by Canon and Apple Japan, has developed Japanese wordprocessing software called "Advanced EgWord." This is a tremendous development because a whole sentence of simple Japanese fonts (Kana) can be automatically transformed into a Kanji sentence with this software. "Advanced EgWord" will be released in September, says an ErgoSoft spokesperson. Apple To Break South African Sanctions / Britbytes Apple's South African supplier, Base 2, claims that it will be bypassing sanctions against supply of computers to South Africa, by buying via the Far East or even direct from the US. The statement follows the announcement by Apple's international president in Paris earlier this month that retailing of their product in S.A. will cease. Base 2 counters Apple's reasoning behind the ban (which they say penalizes them for the sins of others) by saying that they train appreciable quantities of black workers - the current lack of which Apple says is behind the company decision to cease trading with South Africa. Base 2 says that discussions are under way with Far East companies based in Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, whose economies are "hungry for dollars." THE BIG SPIN by Donald A. Thomas, Jr. [firstname.lastname@example.org] (c)1997 - permission granted to distribute/reprint for non-profit There are different types of spins. There is the spin around the block. There is the spin programmers use to rotate sprites in a video game. There are spins on the way stories are told. There are dance spins and toys that spin. There is also the BIG SPIN as it applies to the evolution of the computer industry. On Wednesday, August 6, Mr. Bill Gates and Mr. Steve Jobs cooperatively announced that Microsoft was contributing to Apple's bottom line with a monetary figure of $150 million. Assuredly, there are undisclosed stipulations Microsoft is placing on that contemporary bail out, but Jobs says Microsoft wants to "own the industry". In theory, Microsoft now has influential control over Apple-based proprietary PCs as well as traditional IBM-compatible PCs. Microsoft will tell you that consumers deserve a choice and that they are protecting their investments in Apple-based applications by helping to revitalize the platform. It is as if the investment community does not care about the whys. They simply see "Microsoft" and "Apple" in the same press release and stock values bend up on the speculation. But, what are they speculating on? All they really know is that Apple's dike is being plugged by Microsoft. They know that Microsoft will benefit in some way by having some non-active share in the company. If we spin the world back to 1994, Wednesday, September 28 to be exact, there was an announced $90 million bailout Sega promised to Atari. Terms included Sega's acquisition of Atari shares, tentative agreements to exchange software titles and a forgiving of a pending lawsuit Atari had registered against Sega. Hmmm, what parallels exist there? Are there any? For $150 million, has anyone bothered to find out? Some answers are revealed with an understanding of motivations. There are two types of motivations in making business decisions; both start with "P". They are "Performance" and "Pride". Companies get in serious trouble when these motivations are not spinning together in a synchronized balance. These two categories can be demonstrated by looking at advertising decisions. There are "institutional" ads. Those are advertisements that promote brand awareness, but lack any sense of urgency. For instance, there are no prices, no sales and no limitations on the act to purchase. An ad that simply states "Drink Coca-Cola" is an institutional ad. Institutional ads fall under the category of "Pride". If you run nothing but institutional ads and never give consumers motivation to buy now, the competition storms in with a strong price/value message and steals the consumer. A "Performance" orientated ad is one that creates some urgency. The ad is strictly placed to generate a measurable profit after backing out the cost of manufacturing, distribution and advertising. The ad features a sale price or a value message or places some type of "get it now or lose" theme such as limited edition collectable items. Running too many performance-orientated ads teaches the consumer to only buy the product when there is a deal. Companies need the "Performance" advertising to get people to often think about purchasing their product. A basic example is the decision to buy Coke or Pepsi in the grocery store. Many consumers will buy either one first based on price- secondly what they prefer. Personal preferences are statistically based on name recognition. Therefore, the institutional ads help to make decisions when the prices are virtually the same. Rather than dwell more deeply in the philosophies of business principles, let us look specifically at the motivations between Apple and Microsoft while keeping the philosophies in mind. Apple is in serious trouble. They have had consistent quarterly losses, write-offs and lay-offs. They are desperately trying to make "Performance" orientated decisions to compensate for the years and years of imbalance of a "pride" orientated business philosophy... decisions that successfully built a huge dedicated base of users, but failed to lure new generations of new users. Instead, novice purchasers were swayed by the appeal of universal compatibility offered by the IBM clone. Microsoft, on the other hand, is so immensely successful that they very well may face litigation for forming a monopoly. They do not have a dire need to generate quick profits, but they do have a need to make sure the population is pleased with them as a company and for the products they sell. Imagine the problems if/when Apple fails and Microsoft seems to be standing over them with the dagger in their hands. In the long run, it is healthier for Microsoft's image to show they made every effort to help Apple be successful. Not to belittle the value of $150 million, but Microsoft will not feel the loss. It can be compared to many of us buying a new microwave oven... we certainly have to juggle some finances around, but it won't come close to bankrupt most of us. On the flipside, $150 million is a big bite of what Apple needs to survive and Microsoft (Gates) knows the public views $150 million to be a great deal more than a couple annual salaries. So why did Microsoft give Apple the money? Last evening my wife and I had an occasion to stroll the Hillsdale shopping mall. I always enjoy ducking into a B. Dalton when I can and I did again. Predictably, the magazine rack was full of cover stories of the Apple/Microsoft deal. If it was not a picture of Bill Gates, there was a headline about him or Apple. I picked up three of them... BusinessWeek, Newsweek and Time. Each of them is chuck full of stories that provide Gates and Jobs a forum to express their views. Just for fun, have any of you ever checked what it would cost to buy the cover of BusinessWeek, Newsweek, Time, every computer journal, newspaper as well as formidable exposure on television and radio? Assuredly, $150 million would not make a down payment except, perhaps, with the agency placing the exposure. The sum of $150 million was a bargain for the measure of "Pride"-orientated exposure the two companies are now enjoying. Microsoft certainly did not deliver $150 million to Apple believing that Jobs already has a plan to turn things around. As of this writing, no one at Apple really knows who will be in charge. Jobs is making decisions now, but he makes it clear that he does not want to be the CEO. Jobs wants to remain faithful to his Pixar endeavors. He knows that the Apple problems are too big and he does not want to go down with the ship. On the other hand, Pixar is doing well and is a better career bet. Jobs does more than hint that facility and headcount downsizing is imminent. This should have been clear long ago anyway. Every business must bring expenditures to be below income. This provides us to another opportunity to spin back the hands of time. Let us return to Monday, July 2, 1984 and the takeover of Atari by the Jack Tramiel regime. At that time, Atari was losing hundreds of millions a year and Warner Communications was literally bleeding money and in desperate need to stop the crisis. Jack walked in and, almost overnight, offices and buildings were vacated. People left so fast that over $100,000 in unsigned travelers checks were left in an unlocked safe in the finance office according to one takeover executive. The casualties of personnel and real estate proved to be a key part to Atari's saving grace. Within a few years, Jack made Atari profitable, transformed it into a publicly traded company and repaid Warner for all outstanding debts. In the mid to late eighties, PCs and Apples still cost a lot of money and Tramiel's Atari found success selling a new generation of 16/32-bit machines for a fraction of IBM-compatible investments... especially in Europe. But as IBM compatible prices dropped so did Atari's ability to be competitive and make money. All along the mass market really wanted 100% compatibility with office computers. When they became almost as affordable as Atari computers, they won the "Performance" war against any "Pride" that Atari's proprietary systems built with their users over the years. So now, we spin ahead again to present day. We see Apple hanging on to proprietary technologies just like Atari did. The are defending their niche markets in graphics and education just like Atari did in the music industry with integrated MIDI ports and with affordable desktop publishing solutions using Calamus or Pagestream. We know $90 million did not save Atari when Sega gave it to them and we know there is historical proof that companies that attempt to sell proprietary closed environments such as (Atari, Commodore, Texas Instruments, Coleco Adam, Next, etc.) to the mass markets ultimately fail. The consumer wants his home applications to work at the office. The retailer does not want to carry multiple versions of like software. Software developers do not like having to provide like development and support functions for multiple platforms. Just spin the dial in history and these examples appear again and again. Another recurring spin is that technology companies fail to look at historic evidence to make decisions for the future. They too often feel what they have is so cool that everyone will want one, regardless of price compatibility, trend or overall business sense. It is enough to amaze anyone that Apple encounters a $150 million windfall without having to expose a firm and conservative plan to turn things around... not just philosophical, but itemized actions. Actions that will expand the amount of Mac software exposure in retail stores. Actions that will inspire die-hard Apple users to give up the machines and buy new ones. Actions that attract new customers. Actions that attract new software developers. Actions that satisfy creditors. Yet again, $150 million cannot do all these things, so we will have to see how Jobs applies his newfound capital assets. By looking at the industry spin over the years, Apple's charter should be quite clear with or without the infusion of $150 million. They need to build affordable personal computers that are 100% cross compatible with the rest of the world. They need to cater to their established base with optional PC-compatible emulation cards that permit the use of Mac software. They need to divert their technologies to a strong software development plan based on a MS-Windows framework. Alternatively, they need to put 100% energies into a relatively small, yet focused high-end solution that will be out of reach to the mass market (a.k.a. Silicon Graphics). Steve Job's pride may prevail and insist on downsizing Apple to a model that he remembers in days when consumers were willing to consider incompatible platforms. He may downplay the corporate image of boardrooms and office formalities. Just like Jack Tramiel at Atari, he may not see that the world has spun around and has different buying trends than they did ten or more years ago.... that the money and power of IBM couldn't make OS/2 fly and that we are now a world that ultimately must have a Start icon in the corner of their computer screen. It is amusing to watch the industry spin so fast that it never slows down to take a look at where it has been already. --END-- Gaming Section "Resident Evil" #1! "BassMaster!" Sony WWF! "Colony Wars!" And more! Industry News STR Game Console NewsFile - The Latest Gaming News! Capcom's Resident Evil Voted Best PlayStation Game SUNNYVALE, CALIF. (Aug. 11) BUSINESS WIRE - Aug. 11, 1997 -- Capcom Entertainment today announced that Resident Evil, the company's multi-million selling horror masterpiece, was honored with the Consumer's Choice Best PlayStation Game Overall award from Sony Computer Entertainment America. Over a four week period leading up to the 1997 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Atlanta, consumers were directed to "Vote for the Best PlayStation Game Ever" on the official PlayStation website (www.playstation.com). Each game title from launch (Sept. 9, 1995) until April 1997 was listed in one of eight categories. After selecting their favorite game from each category, consumers selected their all-time favorite game from their respective lists of category favorites. The all-time favorite "Consumer's Choice" was Resident Evil. More than 20,000 consumers voted and the votes were tabulated using a secure internet application program resident on the PlayStation website. "Receiving the Consumer's Choice Award for Best PlayStation Game Overall is fantastic news for Capcom and it couldn't have happened to a better title," says Robert Lindsey, senior VP of sales and marketing for Capcom Entertainment, Inc. "To date, Resident Evil has sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide and continues to be one of the highest selling PlayStation game of all time. The timing of this award is perfect as we are gearing up for the September release of Resident Evil Director's Cut, an enhanced version of the game which comes with an interactive demo of Resident Evil 2, which is destined to become one of the hottest games of 1998." Resident Evil Director's Cut is a two-disc set containing three uncut and enhanced versions of the classic game and includes more enemies, new camera angles and rearranged items and puzzles. In addition, Resident Evil Director's Cut comes packaged with an interactive demo of Resident Evil 2, easily the most anticipated games 1998. Resident Evil Director's Cut will sell at a suggested retail price of $39.99. Resident Evil 2 is slated for a January 1998 release. Both titles are appropriately rated "M" for mature audiences. Sony PlayStation To Sponsor World Wrestling STAMFORD, CONNECTICUT, U.S.A., 1997 AUG 8 (Newsbytes) -- By Sami Menefee. Sony [NYSE:SNE] Computer Entertainment America's PlayStation brand will jump into the muscular world of physical wrestling again this year by sponsoring 18 live, televised World Wrestling Federation (WWF) events. The PlayStation's 32-bit venue for virtual reality starts interfacing with wrestling's roped-off ring starting August 15 in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA, and will wind up no doubt bruised but smiling in Buffalo New York, USA on September 22. In return for its sponsorship, Sony's PlayStation brand of game machines will receive US national television exposure and on-air mentions by the commentators during the events, and will be authorized to put its name and logo on items shown or distributed at arenas during the events. Sony PlayStation has long been seen as the opponent, and perhaps even the underdog opponent, of the 64-bit Nintendo game machine. In an announcement, Jim Rothschild, vice president of advertising and sponsorship sales for Titan Sports Inc., promoters of the WWF tour, stated: "Last year PlayStation's sponsorship of our 'October In Your House' pay-per-view, and this year's sponsorship of Wrestlemania, proved to be very successful." Uncharacteristically of the sport, however, Newsbytes found it surprisingly difficult to find anyone available and willing to go on record about the sponsorship or the wrestling matches scheduled during the tour. One spokesperson told Newsbytes the match between PlayStation and the WWF is a good one because so many young people watch wrestling on television. On the record, in a formally worded statement, Jeffrey Fox, a Sony spokesperson, said his firm and the WWF "have constructed a great promotion which intensely focuses on the PlayStation brand." Epic Space Shooter Colony Wars Shaping Up FOSTER CITY, CALIF. (Aug. 11) BUSINESS WIRE -Aug. 11, 1997--One of the most enthusiastically received titles from Psygnosis at E3, Colony Wars(TM) is set to be one of the must-have PlayStation(TM) game console releases of the Fall, when it ships in early November. The PlayStation-exclusive space shooter features the most dynamically executed space-combat yet experienced on any console, created by an in-house Psygnosis development team who continue to tap into new levels of graphic potential on the PlayStation format. Based on an early version of the game, industry pundits at 'Next Generation' magazine have noted, "already it displays a cohesion that suggests the game as a whole will be worth more than the sum of its parts (this is the same feeling that infused pre-release copies of Tomb Raider and Wipeout(TM))." Psygnosis' Mark Beaumont, executive vice president and general manager, commented, "One of our key messages at E3 was that Psygnosis simply has more experience than most publishers when it comes to the PlayStation format . No game more clearly demonstrates this than Colony Wars. It's the product of an enlightened development philosophy, where creativity and originality are given more worth than empty licenses and 'me-too' product design. The results speak volumes." Colony Wars puts the player at the center of an epic space battle between the colonized forces of the League Of Free Nations and the colonists of Earth (for once, native Earthlings are the enemy in this game). There are over 70 levels which can be played, though the branching mission tree will ensure that, at most, 30 or so are seen in even the most successful campaign, giving the player plenty of replay value and true variety. The missions themselves build into increasingly elaborate deep-space dog-fights designed to test players' piloting skills, trigger-fingers and strategic smarts (training levels are provided to bring rookies up to speed). Objectives vary from rescuing prisoners from heavily guarded outposts to escorting cargo ships through hostile territories and conducting intelligence-gathering reconnaissance missions. "Space" itself is a fantastically realized free-flight environment of five solar systems featuring warp-tunnels guard stations, asteroids, communication stations and star nebulas. "Colony Wars is what a space-shooter should be all about," observes Psygnosis product manager, Mike Lustenberger, "being in the thick of fast, real-time, 3D action with intelligent, true 3D enemies and amazing weaponry. Not flying on rails, fighting enemies with repetitive attack routines or worse, making the FMV sequences the star of the show." Game features include true 3D virtual cockpits (a different one for each of the six craft the player will pilot), a unique 3D space-map (a boon to navigation when there's no up or down) and two highly detailed 'live' data-bases, one covering both allied and enemy ships, the other, the planetary systems in which this epic conflict will be played out. No detail in presentation has been overlooked, from the game's inspiring orchestral score to the mission briefing and debriefing screens, which have the distinctive look and feel that characterizes the best of Psygnosis' PlayStation games. While the intense gameplay and visually stunning in-game graphics are the most outstanding features of Colony Wars, also of note is the in-game audio, particularly the extensive use of content-specific voice-overs from "wing men" and your mission HQ, which further add to the sense of "being there" at the center of raging space-battles. Computer animated link sequences from some of the most talented animators in the business further the story line of the war between the League of Free Nations and the Colonial forces of Earth. THQ Hooks "BASS Masters Classic" Attendees CALABASAS, CALIF. (Aug. 8) BUSINESS WIRE -Aug. 8, 1997--THQ Inc. (Nasdaq/NMS:THQI) is demonstrating upcoming PC CD-ROM (Win 95) and Sony PlayStation versions of the company's successful "BASS Masters Classic" video game series at the BASS Masters Classic tournament in Birmingham, Ala., this week. The more than 160,000 bass fishing fans and Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S. Inc.) members attending the three-day event will get a first look at the bass fishing simulations, titled "BASS Masters Classic: Tournament Edition." The games will give armchair anglers the kind of realism, authentic equipment and advice from top bass pros that only the B.A.S.S. license can provide. THQ plans to release these next generation "BASS Masters Classic" titles on PC CD-ROM and Sony PlayStation, nationwide, Spring 1998. "BASS Masters Classic: Tournament Edition" features tips and techniques from renowned BASS Master pro and nine-time Angler of the Year, Roland Martin; actual U.S. lakes loaded with the appropriate species and populations of birds, reptiles, mammals and fish; official name brand bass fishing equipment; as well as THQ's signature, 3-D underwater view. The PC CD-ROM version will offer gamers a single player option, modem play for two players, and network play for up to eight players over Win 95-IPX or a TCP/IP connection. Numerous difficulty settings in both versions include a "Practice" lake, an "Amateur" setting that allows the player to fish any lake, and a "Professional" mode with "Easy," "Normal" and "Expert" settings. "With over 30 million bass fishing fans who have made the sport one of the nation's favorite pastimes, THQ is pleased to be providing this broad demographic with more of our successful 'BASS Masters Classic' titles," said Brian J. Farrell, president and CEO of THQ. "We are delighted to be represented on these latest, next generation game systems with such realistic, entertaining, quality titles," said Diehl Unger, president of B.A.S.S. Outdoor America. "We have certainly found that the bass angler and B.A.S.S. member enjoys computer and video game play, and are delighted at the reaction we see at this year's Classic to our upcoming game offerings from THQ." The "BASS Masters Classic: Tournament Edition," developed by Inland Productions Inc., for PC CD-ROM and PlayStation are the only next generation bass fishing software titles officially licensed by the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society and based on the BASSMASTER Tournament Trail. H2O Announces Nintendo Adds a New Piece to the Puzzle CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Canadian Corp News, AUGUST 13, 1997)--Video game lovers can take their puzzle solving skills to a new dimension today with the launch of the newest Nintendo video game - Tetrisphere, for the Nintendo 64 system. Tetrisphere, which retails for $79.95, is a puzzle game based on the principles of Nintendo's smash hit, Tetris. Developed by Calgary-based software developer H2O Entertainment Corp. Tetrisphere combines the enticing solving skills of Tetris with fast-paced action, captivating 3-D graphics and explosive sound. "Tetrisphere is one of Nintendo's most challenging and intricate games to date since it uses three dimensions and spheres consisting of blocks. It's also really exciting because the game was designed by a Canadian game developer, H2O Entertainment Corp. This is just one example of the vital contribution Canadian companies are making in this industry," says Peter MacDougall, General Manager, Nintendo of Canada Ltd. "In developing Tetrisphere we have redefined the concept of Tetris. In this game, the object is to get to the core of a sphere and free a character by removing pieces. The strategy is to match similarly shaped pieces on the same layer or through multiple layers to create combinations for destruction. To make things even more fun we added six modes of play, including head to head competition. You don't actually have to be a nuclear physicist to play Tetrisphere, but playing the game is great mental training." says Michael Tam, President, H2O Entertainment Corp. Tetrisphere appeals not just to younger video game players but also to adults looking for challenging video game entertainment. There are six different modes of play and up to eight players can participate in a tournament at a time. Players choose from a series of seven robotic characters with varying speeds and capabilities on the 64 Megabit game. Midway Home Entertainment and Kemco America Enter Partnership CORSICANA, TEXAS (Aug. 14) BUSINESS WIRE -Aug. 14, 1997 -- Midway Teams With Kemco America to Co-Publish TOP GEAR(R) RALLY For The NINTENDO 64 Midway Home Entertainment Inc. announced today that the company has agreed to partner with Kemco America Inc. to co-publish the highly anticipated off-road racing home video game, TOP GEAR RALLY, exclusively for the Nintendo 64. The announcement was made today by Byron Cook, president of Midway Home Entertainment. According to the agreement, Midway Home Entertainment will release TOP GEAR RALLY for the Nintendo 64 in October 1997. Originally released in 1992 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES), TOP GEAR was met with great critical acclaim and retail success and has subsequently spawned two phenomenally successful SNES sequels, TOP GEAR 2 and TOP GEAR 3000. Developed by Boss Game Studios, TOP GEAR RALLY for the Nintendo 64 promises to deliver an unparalleled fast and furious off-road racing experience. TOP GEAR RALLY incorporates all of the most popular elements that established the original 16-bit series as a worldwide classic and infuses the state-of-the-art graphics, hi-tech wizardry, and a multitude of all-new advanced game play features, made possible only on the Nintendo 64, to bring home the most sophisticated and mind-blowing game of its genre. TOP GEAR RALLY features five challenging tracks, complete with short cuts and hidden tracks, in the player's choice of four gaming modes (Championship, Arcade, Time Attack, and Practice) for the ultimate on and off-road racing challenge. Boasting an incredible array of updates and improvements over its 16-Bit predecessors, including a real-time physics engine, hyper-realistic graphics and 3-D effects, multiple perspective and camera viewpoints, and one or two player split-screen modes, TOP GEAR RALLY offers players endless hours of exciting, edge-of-your-seat game play. According to Cook, "Midway is thrilled to team-up with Kemco America to bring an all-new chapter of TOP GEAR RALLY to the Nintendo 64. The dynamic combination of TOP GEAR's long standing popularity, Kemco's extensive experience in producing top notch racing games, and Midway's powerful marketing and distribution capabilities will guarantee a win/win situation for retailers and consumers alike. "We are extremely pleased to partner with Midway to release TOP GEAR RALLY for the Nintendo 64. Midway's position as the leading third party developer, marketer, and distributor of Nintendo 64 software guarantees the continued success of the TOP GEAR RALLY franchise," emphasized Kemco America's president Ken Nagata. ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine The wires are a hummin'! PEOPLE... ARE TALKING On CompuServe Compiled by Joe Mirando email@example.com Hidi ho friends and neighbors. Well, I haven't gotten a heck of a lot of email concerning including posts from the UseNet and from Delphi here in this column, but every one of the notes I did get said something along the lines of, "YES! Include those! That'd be great!". If you have an opinion either way, or even if you have a different idea, drop me a line. The only stupid idea is the one that remains unspoken. I won't be including posts from the UseNet this week because I haven't quite figured out the best way to go about gathering the posts yet. Another thing that I've got to keep in mind is that some posts from the UseNet are already used in STReport's other columns and features. I don't want to step on any toes. I fully expect to have more posts from Delphi in the future, but for the moment I'm still working on the best way to capture those too. I've been reading the posts on Delphi for years, but that's very different from capturing them for inclusion in the column. On another note, I got my TT030 this week. The only thing I can say is. this is one sweet machine. I wish that I had been able to afford one when it came out years ago, but that was not to be. Having this machine now makes me wish all the more that Atari had done better than it had in the face of the competition. Taking into account that the machine design is six or seven years old, it's still a damn good computer. I look forward to using it for at least a while before I'm forced to get a PC. Heck, by that time maybe one of the big boys will see the advantages of an operating system like TOS and resurrect it. Hey, I can dream, can't I? Well, let's get to the reason(s) for this column... all the great news, hints, and tips available every week on CompuServe and Delphi. From the Atari Computing Forums on CompuServe Let's join a conversation in progress about whether or not Oxo Concept (the Wensuite browser folks) are still around and whether or not Wensuite works, Ben @ TOC Oz. posts: "As far as I know, OXO are still there, and still working on Wensuite. I've had WS 1.45 Demo working on a local server, for a few hours before my modem decided to die. <frown> I've just got the modem running again, and I'm trying connections out. As you can see, this one's back to normal. A tip for Wensuite experimenters, take out the '%w and %r's etc. It puts them in itself now. OXO said a full release is not untill Feburary ? But it's best to get onto their web site, and check it out yourself. www.oxo.ch" Elizbeth Frayne asks for help: "I am still trying to get my ST hooked up to the web using stick and cab. My server provides a slip connection. Does anyone know what the stick acc should look like for a dynamic connection? For instance the other stuff show IP is black for me. Also how much memory should be free in the other stuff? I am wondering if speedodos eats it up even though I have 4 mB." Joe Villarreal tells Elizabeth: "You shouldn't have to worry about what the Stik accessory shows. I've been connecting using Stik from a local BBS and from another online service. I have ALLOCMEM = 150000 for both connections although I started with it being set at 210000. I even tried it at 75000 for a bit. These are the settings that make a difference in speed in the Default.CFG file and am currently using: TTL = 64 PING_TTL = 255 MTU = 1500 MSS = 960 DFB_SIZE = 8192 RCV_WND = 16000 You might try playing around with the default buffer line. A value of 4096 or 8192 did not seem to make much of a difference on a 14,400 baud connection while a value of 8192 did make a difference at 28,800 baud. The RCV_WND line did make a diffence in speed also. I had problems if I tried to increase it much more over a value of 16000 though. I'll leave TTL, and PING_TTL alone. A value of 1500 for MTU is standard for a lot of internet providers; I read that somewhere. You might be able to tweak MSS in small increments, a lower value increases speed while a higher one decreases it. BTW, with some of the values that I tried for MSS and RCV_WND, I could not get connected or got "bumped" off; either the values were wrong or I happened to try connecting at a bad time." Dana Jacobson asks: "Has anyone been able to successfully uncompress the recent upload called DEMOJINN.TOS? I've downloaded it twice and could not uncompress it either time. STZIP claims it isn't a ZIP file, to boot!" Carsten Baron, the good guy who uploaded the file, tells Dana: "TOS-file aren't ZIP-Files. They are LZH-files. In this forum is the actual LZH-tool for such files." This is one of those cases when everyone is right. Both ZIP and LZH files can be turned into self-extracting archives. Dana tells Carsten (and the rest of us): "Double-clicking on the file didn't do anything so I just renamed the extender to LZH and my everyday LZH utility took care of the rest." Oh, by the way folks, Dana is the new "Boss" on Delphi's Atari forum... It's about damned time! Dana has been a force in that forum, as he has on CompuServe, for years and he's one of the best there is. Congratulations, Dana! And I'm not just saying this because he's the head of the Atari/Gaming section of STReport and, therefore, my boss. <grin> Don Thomas posts this bit of info about what is left of Atari: "John Skruch is the last remaining person at JTS with any job-directed obligation to follow up with Atari issues. His primary focus is to deal with the small number of licensing inquiries that flow in. I understand JTS encountered some recent layoffs and may encounter some new ones. They have no secret weapon on schedule and the defect rate on drives is reportedly high. Their stock has dipped under a dollar and dances between .5 and .75 on a daily basis. JTS has never had an interest in video games other than to liquidate the inventory they inheirited from Atari. I don't say that in any vindictive way. They were always a disk drive company and want to remain as one." From Delphi's Atari Advantage Well, how good an egomaniac would I be if I didn't start off this part of the column with a post from myself? <grin> I post: "Okay folks, I've got another bunch of questions to brighten all our days <grin>... I've just agreed to purchase a TT for a _very_ good price and then realized that I have no idea of what the TT resolutions are, or what monitor I need to make use of them. To the best of my knowledge the machine has no extra video card, just the stock 15 pin connector. I seem to remember that there was no single monitor that did all of the TT resolutions and ST resolutions too. That might not be a major consideration for me, since I'm not a big game-player and intend to use the TT mostly for surfing the web and online services. Can someone in-the-know explain the resolutions/# of colors and what monitors can handle which? I'd be grateful." Joe Villarreal tells me: "I am using an NEC MultiSync 3D monitor on my TT. It'll display all the resolutions except for TT High. The TT will display a 640x480 window in 16 colors (TT medium) and a 320x480 in 256 colors (TT low), as well as all the standard ST resolutions, on the NEC. I am using a Nova VME Plus on the TT and normally use a 640x480 256 color window but switch to 32,000 colors to use CAB; I'd be using true color (16,000,000 colors) except that I only have one meg of video ram on the Nova card. I bought a second NEC to use on my Mega STe. The display is a lot better than a SC1224 and the NEC will also display ST High. A switch is needed to toggle between color and monochrome." I tell Joe: "I'll have to do some checking around... my local computer store couldn't even find a listing for the NEC 3D. Looks like I may have to give Toad a call." Joe replies: "The NEC 3D is no longer being made. The newer NEC's don't sync to the normal resolutions of the ST. I bought both my NEC 3D monitors used from Atari users. You can probably locate a 3D used. I saw one for sale a month or two ago at a local electronics repair shop." Michael Burkley of Suzy-B SOftware adds: "The standard TT can do all the ST res and TT Low (256 colors in a squashed display on anything other than an Atari TT color monitor) or TT Medium (16 colors). You need a standard VGA or SVGA monitor to hook up to the TT. No ST compatible monitor from Atari will do. The TT also has a TT High res which requires the Atari TT mono monitor. I have that and it is Wonderful. It's a double page monitor that is just huge. When I need to use an ST res or color TT res I just run VGA Emulator, a freeware or shareware (depending on the version) program. If you can find the TT high I would recommend that, otherwise any VGA/SVGA monitor will do. Oh, the TT high will only work with the TT High monitor. That's because Atari chose a VGA mono (?) standard for the TT that never made it. I think the standard was by Sony. Figures that Atari chose the one that didn't catch on!" I ask Michael: "Will a VGA/SVGA monitor handle all those resolutions (ST LOW, ST MED, ST HIGH, TT LOW, and TT MED)? I thought I read that, for the ST resolutions, a Multi-sync was required. Hmmm. I guess I can borrow a VGA monitor and check it out before I actually have to purchase one. As for the TT Mono monitor, I've seen them at shows and you are quite correct... it's probably the nicest 2 page paper-white display available. If I was heavy into DTP, that'd be my choice. But I'm looking for an all-around choice (read as many colors as possible without spending a fortune <grin>)." Well folks, I can now report that, as most folks here on Delphi told me, the TT works just peachy-keen with an out-of-the-box SVGA monitor. I got a mid-priced 14 inch model and can report that, aside from the slight shift to the left side of the screen, the display is very good. I'm a happy camper. RMAHLERT posts this for CAB/STiK users: "The latest version of the cab.ovl has been released. I uploaded it to the databases this morning. If you don't feel like waiting for it to show up in the recent arrivals, it's on Flinny's page. http://www.flinny.demon.co.uk It's on the "Downloads" page. The version is Cab.ovl 1.2618, yes, 1.2618. It seems to work a little faster, but I'm also using a 33.6K modem now. It has a timer when it's "waiting for data". I kinda like it, I know how long it's been waiting for the data. It does not support cookies, I tried to log on to delphi from the web, NO cookies with our milk... There is a notice in the docs that the new overlay may not work with some versions of Cab 1.5. For you 1.5 users.." Jim Collins of chroMAGIC Software posts this: "Concerning the speed of CAB 2.0's display... If you run the program in True Color mode, the display gets A LOT faster. Cab seems to spend a lot of time scaling down the images for display in 256, 16, or less colors. When run in True color, the images just pop onto the screen. Of course I only have a 9600 connection to the Net now (via my local Delphi connection which is limited to 9600) so I don't know how well it performs with a HIGH SPEED connection. By the way, I did find out that upgrades from CAB 2.0 to 2.5 will be available whenever 2.5 is released. 2.5 will cost more and the US pricing of 2.5 and the 2.0 -> 2.5 upgrade hasn't been set yet. Unfortunately, a release date hasn't even been set yet :-( I will certainly post a message here when CAB 2.5 and the 2.0 to 2.5 upgrade is available! I would really like to try the PPP version myself as then I could go through a local provider at 33.6K!" Well folks, that's it for this week. Tune in again next week, same time, same station, and be ready to listen to what they are saying when... 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