ST Report: 11-Sep-98 #1429From: Bruce D. Nelson (aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu)
Date: 09/16/98-09:44:44 PM Z
- Next message by date: Bruce D. Nelson: "ST Report: 18-Sep-98 #1430"
- Previous message by date: Bruce D. Nelson: "ST Report: 04-Sep-98 #1428"
- Return to Index: Sort by: [ date ] [ author ] [ thread ] [ subject ]
From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: ST Report: 11-Sep-98 #1429 Date: Wed Sep 16 21:44:44 1998 [Silicon Times Report] "The Original Independent Online Magazine" (Since 1987 - Our 11th Year) [Image] September 11, 1998 No.1429 Silicon Times Report International Magazine R.F. Mariano, Editor STR Publishing, Inc. PO Box 58094 Jacksonville, Florida 32241-8094 Voice: 1-904-292-9222 10am-5pm EST FAX: 904-268-2237 24hrs email@example.com STReport WebSite http://www.streport.com STR Publishing's FTP Support Server 14gb * 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 4.01? Internet Explorer 4.01 is STReport's Official Internet Web Browser. STReport is prepared and published Using MS Office Pro 97, WP8, FrontPage 98, Homesite 3.01 Featuring a Full Service Web Site http://www.streport.com Voted TOP TEN Ultimate WebSite Join STReport's Subscriber List receive STReport Via Email on The Internet Toad Hall BBS 1-978-670-5896 09/11/98 STR 1429 "Often Imitated, Never Surpassed!" - Gates Will Not Testify - Show Me Your EMail - Challenge to Win NT - Graphitek Decals Perfect - E-Commerce Taxing - Intuit WINS Y2k Battle - Biometrics Set to Take Off - SUN vs MS over JAVA - Intelligent Essay Assessor - Compaq-HP-IBM face Intel - CARDINAL SYN - Wipeout Returns APPELLATE COURT DASHES LD HOPES OF BELLS Judge Tosses Internet Fee Lawsuit MS DOJ WITNESS LIST STReport International Magazine Featured Weekly "Accurate UP-TO-THE-MINUTE News, Reviews and Information" Current Events, Original Articles, Tips, Rumors, Gossip and Information Hardware - Software - Corporate - R & D - Imports IMPORTANT NOTICE STReport, with its policy of not accepting any input relative to content from paid advertisers, has over the years, developed the reputation of "saying it like it is." When it comes to our editorials, product evaluations, reviews and over-views, we shall always keep our readers interests first and foremost. With the user in mind, STReport further pledges to maintain the reader confidence that has been developed over the years and to continue "living up to such". All we ask is that our readers make certain the manufacturers, publishers etc., know exactly where the information about their products appeared. In closing, we shall arduously endeavor to meet and further develop the high standards of straight forwardness our readers have come to expect in each and every issue. The Publisher, Staff & Editors [Image] From the Editor's Desk... I have no idea how many have actually read the "Prez.htm" editorial we posted on our Website but this past week I got the "Email of Emails" (shudder) This person. Send me a two line email with gross mis-spellings and foul language trying to tell me how wrong I am about the Republican Party. Yeah Buddy I'm wrong and the tooth fairy is actually an employee of the Mustang Ranch in Nevada. Next?? Speaking of the Republican Party. The ever so staunch a Republican Ken Starr has finally taken his so-called "best shot". Now I have but one question why should we honor this Republican Lackey for having done exactly what Newt Gingrich and his cronies have but trying to do ever since Clinton took the Oath of Office? Why is it an investigation into the failure of a jerkwater bank in Arkansas that went nowhere all of a sudden became a morals inquisition?? I say because the Republicans have been trying to "get even" for Nixon's Impeachment from that day forward. God help us all if we must stand tall for our "extra curricular" activities. Can you imagine if the members of BOTH the House and Senate had to "fes Up?" There'd be NO US Government left only a handful of either liars or wimps! We need another investigation into the after hours activities of members of Congress and the Senate with the House and Senate Pages. I'll bet that would be real juicy. [clint_starr.GIF (4548 bytes)] If ever I held a political party in contempt and as such, would vow to never ever again associate with or join such, it is the Republican Party. They have, in the last six years, flown directly in the face of public opinion and wishes with a zeal and pleasure fitting a Roman Emperor's decadence. Clinton hasn't done anything more or less than any other life loving American or, should I say. "world citizen" would have done. In all honesty, I cannot imagine an adult human being having gone through life without having "experienced life to its fullest". After all, you only live once. I see no reason for having to forgive Clinton. In my opinion he hasn't done anything wrong except allowing his enemies to discover his very private life. One can only wonder how many of the yapping dogs including Starr would behave with a 25 year old man-eater at their "beck and call." I know where or should I say what I'd be "up" to.. [clint_starr1.GIF (31795 bytes)] Had the Republican Party kept the best interests of the Country and its Citizens at heart they would've stopped the "Ken Starr Inquisition" the moment it deviated from the Whitewater Matters it was originally directed to focus upon. But no, vengeance became the cause and key word and today we see the results. No matter what the Goofy Republicans do Clinton will always be remembered as the first President (Republican or Democrat) in decades who was able to balance the Federal Budget and bring true prosperity and wealth to the little guys of this nation who are willing to work for it. The Republicans want it all for themselves and will do anything to keep the little guys DOWN. As far as this reporter is concerned, the Republican Party has committed the foot shot of the century. [Image] http://www.streport.com ftp.streport.com news.streport.com ICQ#:1170279 STReport's managing editors DEDICATED TO SERVING YOU! Ralph F. Mariano, Publisher, Editor Dana P. Jacobson, Editor, Current Affairs Section Editors PC Section Apple MAC Section Shareware Listings R.F. Mariano Help Wanted Help Wanted Classics & Gaming Bits & Bytes Kid's Computing Corner Dana P. Jacobson Ralph F. Mariano Help Wanted STReport Staff Editors Michael R. Burkley Joseph Mirando Victor Mariano Vincent P. O'Hara Glenwood Drake Contributing Correspondent Staff Jason Sereno Jeremy Sereno Eric M. Laberis Angelo Marasco Donna Lines Brian Boucher Leonard Worzala Scott Dowdle Please submit ALL letters, rebuttals, articles, reviews, etc., via E-Mail w/attachment to: Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org STR FTP: ftp.streport.com WebSite: http://www.streport.com STReport Headline News LATE BREAKING INDUSTRY-WIDE NEWS Weekly Happenings in the Computer World Compiled by: Dana P. Jacobson America Online Makes eBay Its Online Auctioneer America Online Inc. (AOL - news) and eBay, an online auction site, said Wednesday they had agreed on a three-year deal that would make eBay the preferred provider of auction services on AOL, the leading Internet service. The pact calls for eBay to make guaranteed payments to AOL totaling $12 million, the companies said in a statement. The deal promises to give eBay more prominent positioning on AOL, expanding on a nonexclusive relationship between the two. The new alliance will make it easier for AOL members to buy and sell merchandise from one another online, the companies said. Through the eBay service, AOL members interested in selling items post the item for sale in the appropriate category within the eBay area. EBay then assists in the online auction for that item. Once the auction is complete and the winning bid identified, the winning bidder and the seller contact each other via e-mail to complete the transaction. The companies said AOL members seeking to buy merchandise can find a selection of more than 600,000 items in one safe and convenient place online. For a minimum of one year, EBay will be the exclusive person-to-person auction service in the general merchandise category of the AOL Classifieds area and in several areas of the hobbies section of the AOL Interest channel, the partners said. As of June 30, eBay said that each day, on average, its more than 850,000 members put up for sale more than 70,000 new items. Gov't, Microsoft Fight Over Papers The Justice Department is accusing Microsoft Corp. of refusing to hand over possibly incriminating documents, while the company says the government wants inappropriately to broaden its case just weeks before an antitrust trial. The government asked U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson Wednesday to force Microsoft to turn over within 24 hours documents that it says show a pattern of illegal behavior by the software giant toward industry rivals. But already close to the Sept. 23 trial date, Microsoft asked the same judge Wednesday to prohibit the government from broadening its case to include new allegations. If the judge allows the new evidence, Microsoft said, he should also delay the trial at least six months. ``We believe the government is clearly trying to delay this case by adding a wide range of unrelated issues at the last minute,'' Microsoft spokesman Mark Murray said. The Justice Department responded: ``It is unfortunate that Microsoft is seeking to delay the trial to avoid confronting all the evidence that the United States has amassed to support the claims contained in the complaint we filed in May.'' The company said the government is threatening to turn the case into ``an IBM-like 'kitchen-sink' monstrosity,'' a reference to the Justice Department's lengthy, unsuccessful battle against IBM. The Justice Department and 20 states suing Microsoft contend they are not broadening their lawsuit but are trying to illustrate how Microsoft operates across the industry, using examples from a number of companies. The original lawsuit, filed in May, focused on Microsoft's actions toward rival Netscape and its competing Internet browser. But it also generally accused Microsoft of ``a series of anticompetitive activities'' to protect its dominant Windows market. The government said Wednesday it wants records of the company's meetings with executives from industry giants Intel and Apple Computer. Microsoft contends the documents aren't relevant to the pending case. The government said details of the meetings came up during recent depositions with executives from Intel and Apple, and during its deposition last week of Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates. The dueling motions were filed on the final day of pre-trial questioning of Gates. He was interviewed for a third time Wednesday at his corporate headquarters near Seattle by Justice Department lawyers. Microsoft disclosed Wednesday that the government is looking into a private lawsuit it's fighting with Bristol Technology of Danbury, Conn., a small company suing Microsoft for preventing access to programming code of Windows NT, the software for high-end business computers. Microsoft said its dispute with Bristol ``has nothing to do with the claims'' made by the government. Murray said demands for Bristol-related documents ``just demonstrate how far afield the government is going in this fishing expedition.'' Bristol President Keith Blackwell confirmed Wednesday that the Justice Department issued civil subpoenas for copies of e-mail messages, contracts and other documents related to Bristol's private lawsuit against Microsoft. ``It's fairly targeted in terms of our relationship with Microsoft,'' said Blackwell. ``Many of these are the same documents we'll be using in our private litigation.'' Bristol's lawyers, including Anthony Clapes, briefed the Justice Department about their lawsuit Aug. 26 in Washington. Justice lawyers asked pointed questions during that meeting, then sent civil subpoenas days later. The government briefly hinted in court papers filed earlier this week that it was tracking Microsoft's actions toward Intel and Apple. Specific allegations about its behavior toward Apple were kept secret because of concerns over trade secrets. But the government said it wants information about Microsoft's efforts to discourage Apple from developing its QuickTime multimedia software for Windows, which competes directly with Microsoft's own Netshow product. The government also is interested in an August 1995 meeting between Gates and Intel's Andrew Grove, when Microsoft allegedly tried to discourage Intel from developing new technology incompatible with Microsoft's own Windows 95. Judge Orders Microsoft To Turn Over Materials A federal judge has ordered Microsoft Corp. news) to turn over a host of new materials, including Chairman Bill Gates' communications with Intel Corp., that government lawyers said could bolster their antitrust case against the software giant. U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson rejected Microsoft's argument that the government's information requests dramatically expanded the landmark antitrust lawsuit less than three weeks before the case goes to trial. The Justice Department and 20 states sued Microsoft in May, charging that the Redmond, Wash., company illegally maintained a monopoly over operating system software with its Windows program and tried to expand that dominance to Internet browser software for the World Wide Web. Much of the complaint focused on Microsoft's attempts to protect its dominance by thwarting rivals Netscape Communications Corp., maker of a popular Web browser, and Sun Microsystems Inc., maker of the Java computer language. At Thursday's hearing, Jackson ordered Microsoft to give government attorneys communications between its top officials and two other computer companies, Intel and Apple Computer, over recent years. Microsoft lawyer John Warden said the new material threatened to overwhelm the case. He said Microsoft lawyers have prepared only to defend against allegations concerning Netscape, Java and other narrow issues. ``There has to be an end to what we have to prepare ourselves to defend against,'' he said. But Judge Jackson disagreed, saying: ``My view of the case as raised by the complaint is not quite so narrow as yours.'' Warden said Microsoft would comply with the judge's order but said he would ask Jackson at a later hearing to exclude the new material from being raised at the trial. ``We intend to press these points with respect to the scope of the trial,'' he said. If Jackson allowed the new material in the trial, Warden said he would seek a delay in the case for six months. Attorneys for the government gave tantalizing glimpses of some of their evidence in a successful effort to show that the additional materials were necessary. Justice Department special counsel David Boies said that when Apple Computer complained to Microsoft that Windows was disabling its ``QuickTime'' program -- used to receive audio and video transmissions Gates wrote a memo saying, effectively, ''I want to use this to get Apple to help us undermine Sun and Java.'' Boise said that showed Microsoft was using its Windows monopoly to enlist others to help undermine its competitor. Stephen Houck, an antitrust lawyer for New York State, quoted an unidentified witness who said Microsoft would ``fight Netscape with both arms -- the operating system and the applications arm.'' That showed Microsoft using its operating system monopoly improperly to help win in the market for Browsers, which are an application, Houck said. Jackson will conduct a hearing on Sept. 11 on Microsoft's motion to end the case without a trial. The trial is set to begin Sept. 23. List of Witnesses in Microsoft Case People who will testify in the government's upcoming antitrust case against Microsoft, scheduled to begin later this month: * Paul Maritz, a Microsoft vice president who the government contends helped decide to bundle the company's Internet browser within Windows and who allegedly worked to persuade America Online and CompuServe to distribute Microsoft's browser but not Netscape's. The government also contends Maritz was partly behind efforts to ``blunt'' the Java programming language, which Microsoft reportedly saw as a threat to its Windows software. * James Allchin, a Microsoft vice president in charge of Windows 98, who the government said wrote in a potentially incriminating e-mail that the company should begin ``leveraging Windows from a marketing perspective.'' Maritz was Allchin's boss. * Joachim Kempin, a Microsoft vice president in charge of its contracts with computer makers. * Brad Chase, another Microsoft vice president. The government said Chase warned in an internal April 1997 memo that Internet browsers could ``obsolete Windows.'' * Yusuf Medhi, the company's Windows marketing director. * Cameron Myhrvold, vice president of Microsoft's Internet Customer Unit and the brother of the company's chief technology officer, Nathan Myhrvold. Cameron Myhrvold was in charge of dealing with Internet Service Providers, which distribute Internet browsers to their online customers. He told government lawyers in April those Internet companies and computer makers are ``the two most important channels'' for distributing browsers. * William Poole, Microsoft's senior director for Windows Business Development. * Daniel Rosen, Microsoft's general manager for new technology. * John Rose, senior vice president at Compaq Computer. * Richard Schmalansee, interim dean of the Sloan School of Management at MIT; one of the nation's top economists; a former member of the Council of Economic Advisers during the Bush administration. He worked with Microsoft during the last Justice Department investigation that ended in a 1995 consent decree. * Michael Dertouzos, director of MIT's computer lab, an expert in computer science. * Michael Devlin, president of Rational Software Corp., a small California company with a long business relationship with Microsoft. * James Barksdale, president and chairman of Netscape, which makes the popular Internet browser that competes directly with Microsoft's. Former executive with ATT a nationally known economics expert described as "Justice's star witness." Fisher was IBM's economics expert during its lengthy fight with the Justice Department decades ago, when he worked with IBM lawyer David Boies, who is now leading the government's case. ``Fisher is one of the heaviest heavyweights you can bring out, one of the leading economists in the world,'' said Robert Litan, an economist with the Brookings Institution. * Frederick R. Warren-Bolton, another well-known economist. Former chief economist during the Reagan administration; has worked in the high-tech area. * David J. Farber, telecommunications professor at the University of Pennsylvania. * Edward Felten, assistant computer professor at Princeton University. * Glenn Weadock, president of Independent Software Inc. * David Sibley, economics professor at the University of Texas, who specializes in public utilities. Gates Won't Testify for Microsoft Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft Corp. and a controversial leader of the computer age, will leave it to others to testify in defense of his company at its antitrust trial later this month. Eight Microsoft executives, but not Gates, will appear in federal court to dispute the government's claim that the company acted illegally toward industry rivals to preserve the profitable role of its Windows operating system. Bill is a visionary for this company and the overall leader, but these people on our witness list were there handling the day-to-day operations,'' company spokesman Jim Cullinan said Friday. The presiding judge also will weigh testimony by executives from some of the nation's leading high-tech companies, who will appear on behalf of the Justice Department and 20 states suing Microsoft. The case is widely viewed as among the most important antitrust actions this century. The government and the company on Friday each identified their dozen witnesses allowed for the trial, a list that offers an important glimpse into possible legal strategies. The roster of companies willing to align themselves against Microsoft - including Intel Corp., IBM Corp. and America Online - also suggests the level of fear and resentment directed at the influential software company, even among some of the industry's most powerful players. Also testifying for Microsoft will be John Rose, a vice president for the world's largest computer maker, Compaq Computer Corp. Compaq, a long-time ally of Microsoft, is expected to dispute arguments that Microsoft sought to pressure computer makers to carry its own Internet browser over one made by rival Netscape Communications Corp. The government contends that Microsoft feared that, as the Internet grew in popularity and in its ability to serve as a platform to run software programs, Netscape's Internet browser posed a threat to its Windows dominance. The witness names offered few surprises, except for one person listed for the government: Scott Vesey, an executive of The Boeing Co. who reportedly works at the company's computer offices in Bellevue, Wash., close to Microsoft's headquarters in nearby Redmond. Neither Vesey nor Boeing have previously surfaced in the case. Boeing is a customer of ours,'' Cullinan said. ``I don't know what the exact issue is, but they're a customer.'' The Justice Department declined to comment further on its list. Robert Litan, a former senior Justice Department official who has been following the case, said Microsoft's decision not to use Gates surprised him as much as the government's mysterious decision regarding Boeing. The government recently took a deposition from Gates over three days at his corporate offices, but it complained in court documents that he ``displayed a particular failure of recollection at his deposition.'' Several times in its lawsuit, the government quoted excerpts of e-mail from Gates to try to illustrate that he had acted illegally toward rivals, especially Netscape, whose popular browser competes directly with Microsoft's. Netscape's chairman, James Barksdale, leads the government's witness list. In one e-mail, Gates is quoted as saying he was ``quite frank'' with Intuit founder Scott Cook ``that if he had a favor we could do for him that would cost us something like $1 (million), to do that in return for switching browsers in the next few months.'' Intuit makes the popular Quicken personal finance software and had been a supporter of Netscape until a business agreement with Microsoft. The government listed its chairman, William Harris, as one of its witnesses. Microsoft has accused the government of mischaracterizing e-mails from employees as policies approved by its highest executives. ``Their defense to the bad e-mails (was) that this was office chatter and wasn't approved by the guy at the top,'' said Litan, now an economist at the Brookings Institution. ``One would have assumed they would offer the guy at the top.'' U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson decided in June to limit the number of witnesses who can testify, in an attempt to keep the trial from bogging down. It's already expected to last weeks. The judge limited each side to six to 12 witnesses, but he agreed to allow additional people, ``if good cause is shown.'' Judge Tosses Internet Fee Lawsuit A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit opposing part of the $100 fee people paid to register Internet addresses. Lawyer William Bode, representing a group of people who paid the fees, said he will appeal the ruling and seek an emergency freeze of roughly $62 million already collected by the government's contractor. At stake are millions of dollars in potential refunds for Internet address holders. U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan's ruling to dismiss Bode's lawsuit frees the money, kept in the National Science Foundation's Intellectual Infrastructure Fund, to be spent on Internet development and research. The judge initially sided with Bode, ruling in April that the disputed $30 fee was actually an illegal tax and imposing a freeze on the money. But the judge decided last week that a law passed by Congress just weeks after his original ruling makes Bode's lawsuit moot, because the new law retroactively authorizes the government's contractor, Network Solutions Inc., to collect a $30 tax for each Internet address registered. ``The tax is now legally imposed,'' the judge said. Between September 1995 and March 1998, Network Solutions collected the $30 fee from customers who registered Internet addresses with the suffixes "com", "net" and "org". Neither Network Solutions nor the government collects the fee any more. The $30 of the $100 cost for a two-year registration went to the science foundation's infrastructure fund, and the contractor kept the remaining $70. About a third of the roughly $62 million has been earmarked for spending to develop the next generation of the Internet, but none of the money has been spent. Bode believes it should cost no more than $10 to register an Internet address. He argued that the new law that derailed his case was added to an emergency spending bill late in April without the appropriate notice to lawmakers, but the judge dismissed that claim as ``baseless.'' ``There is no evidence that Congress as a whole was mistaken in its assumptions, or that either the House or the Senate lacked reasonable grounds to vote for the statute,'' the judge said. Citing the new law, the judge dismissed Bode's lawsuit last week, but the decision was revealed only Wednesday, even to Bode and the science foundation, the two central parties in the case. Net Use May Boost Depression Spending just a few hours a week online appears to leave people feeling more socially isolated, lonely and depressed, according to a 2-year study of nearly 100 families with Internet access. Although the effect is slight, the more time people spend online, the more isolated, lonely and depressed they appear to become. The study is the first to take an in-depth look at the social and psychological effects the Internet has on the people who use it. According to marketing and other reports, more than 50 million Americans have Internet access, and that number is increasing rapidly. ``We were surprised to find that what is a social technology has such antisocial consequences,'' the lead author, Dr. Robert Kraut, of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, said in a statement to the press. Over the course of the HomeNet study, Kraut and colleagues monitored the families' Internet use. The researchers interviewed family members both before and after they obtained Internet access, and gave them a range of tests to measure their social and psychological well-being. The researchers report their findings in the current issue of The American Psychologist. The results were particularly surprising since most of 169 family members the researchers studied used the Internet moderately -- between 2 to 3 hours per week. Moreover, those in the study used the Internet primarily for interpersonal communication, spending more time exchanging e-mail, for instance, than surfing the web. The research team found that the more time spent on the Internet, the higher the study subjects scored in measures of loneliness and depression. Interviews with those in the study suggested that many were spending time on-line that they previously spent with family and close friends, the researchers report. Among other things, family members reported spending less time talking with one another, and keeping up with friends and acquaintances. And the researchers report that teens appeared to be the most vulnerable to the negative effects of using the Internet. ``Perhaps, by using the Internet, people are substituting poorer quality social relationships for better relationships, that is, substituting weak ties for strong ones,'' Kraut and colleagues write. The findings suggest that ``development and deployment of services that support pre-existing communities and strong relationships should be encouraged,'' the researchers conclude. Rather than encourage students to use the Internet solely for research, for instance, teachers might give pupils online group homework assignments to complete with classmates. Local groups might build websites that allow neighbors to discuss local affairs and community projects. ``Until the technology evolves to be more beneficial, people should moderate how much they use the Internet and monitor the uses to which they put it,'' Kraut and colleagues advise. To limit and monitor their children's use, and encourage family interaction, parents might consider putting the computer in the living room, rather than the basement or a child's room, they suggest. A T T E N T I O N ** A T T E N T I O N ** A T T E N T I O N [Image] LEXMARK OPTRA C COLOR LASER PRINTER Folks, the LEXMARK Optra C has to be the very best yet in its price range. It is far superior to anything we've seen or used as of yet. It is said that ONE Picture is worth a thousand words. The output from the Lexmark Optra C is worth ten thousand words! Send for the free sample now. Drop us an Email with your address. A T T E N T I O N ** A T T E N T I O N ** A T T E N T I O N EDUPAGE STR Focus Keeping the users informed [Image] Edupage Contents Compaq-HP-IBM Challenge Intel On Analysts Foresee "Portal Melee" Bus Design Cadence To Acquire Chip-Design Appellate Court Dashes Software Maker Ambit Long-Distance Hopes Of Bells The Intelligent Essay Assessor Feds Revise Estimate For Fixing Year 2000 Problem Gates Won't Testify Internet Outranks Beer-Drinking In What's Cool On Campus E-Commerce's Taxing Issue DOD Fears Dependence On Foreign Technology Intuit Wins A Year 2000 Fight TriStrata Security Unveils New Security Software Net Depression Study Criticized Show Me Your E-Mail Chemical Group Warns Against Net Via TV Airwaves Is Slow To Get Putting EPA Plan On The Internet Off The Ground Biometric Technology Set To Take Sun And Microsoft In Court Over Off Java Dispute Challenge To Windows NT Financial Firms Web Strategies Still In A Tangle Gemstar Positions Itself As IBM'S Powerful Yet Tiny Disk Drive Universal Portal For Consumer Devices Berkeley Cracker Steals Thousands Xerox Technology Teams Up With Of Passwords Lotus Notes COMPAQ, HP, IBM CHALLENGE INTEL ON BUS DESIGN Compaq Computer, Hewlett-Packard and IBM have developed a new design for a computer bus -- the circuitry hat routes data and instructions between a computer's microprocessor and peripherals such as the hard drive or a networking device. The companies are trying to persuade Intel to adopt their technology rather than pursue its own proprietary next-generation bus. The computer makers fear that if Intel's newest technology is widely adopted, they will be forced to make royalty payments for its use. Since 1991, many computer makers have used a technology called Peripheral Component Interconnect, or PCI, which is now governed by an industry committee. "Control of PCI bus is a very important issue because it is a technology that is used widely throughout the industry, not just in Intel computers," says a Dataquest analyst. (Wall Street Journal 4 Sep 98) ANALYSTS FORESEE "PORTAL MELEE" With companies scrambling to take on Yahoo! as the top "portal" -- the site that Web users use as a "home base" for their Internet activities -- analysts are predicting a major shakeout in the portal industry. "This is the first time since Yahoo started that it will be vulnerable," says rival CNET CEO Halsey Minor. "In the next nine months, things will be vastly different." Most experts are placing their bets on America Online, whose 12.5 million subscribers comprise 36% of the Web traffic that comes from households, but Microsoft's new msn.com site launched late last month is also expected to garner a healthy share of Web surfers. The stakes are big -- by 2003, portals are expected to grab 20% of all Web traffic and $3.2 billion in Web advertising dollars. (Business Week 7 Sep 98) CADENCE TO ACQUIRE CHIP-DESIGN SOFTWARE MAKER AMBIT Cadence Design Systems is acquiring competitor Ambit Design Systems for $260 million, its second purchase in a week of a semiconductor-design company. Last week Cadence announced it was buying a chip-design unit of Lucent Technologies' Bell Labs division for $90 million. The consolidation will give Cadence an extensive set of software tools for designing systems-on-a-chip. (Wall Street Journal 4 Sep 98) APPELLATE COURT DASHES LONG-DISTANCE HOPES OF BELLS Overturning a lower court ruling, the Fifth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals has upheld provisions of the 1996 Telecommunications Act that restrict the regional Bell telephone companies from offering long-distance service until they have opened their own local phone service markets to meaningful competition. The ruling is likely to extend the status quo. The Bells have so far been unable to prove to the FCC that they have opened up their markets, and the FCC has already rejected four separate requests to let them offer long-distance service. (New York Times 5 Sep 98) THE INTELLIGENT ESSAY ASSESSOR A psychology professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder is spearheading the creation of an Intelligent Essay Assessor, a computerized tool to assist professors in grading students' written essays. Thomas Landauer says that to use the program, a professor must first teach it to recognize both good and bad essay writing by feeding it examples of both, which have been manually graded. The program can also be trained using what he calls a "gold standard" -- passages from textbooks or other materials written by experts on the same subject as the essay to be graded. While earlier digital essay graders work by analyzing essays mechanically -- looking at sentence structures and counting commas, periods and word lengths -- Landauer says his program can actually "understand" the student's writing using sophisticated artificial intelligence technology called "latent semantic analysis." It does so by comparing the patterns of word usage in student essays with the usage patterns it has learned from the initial samples, enabling the computer "to a good approximation, to understand the meanings of words and passages of text." If an essay appears to convey the same knowledge as those used in the examples, the computer gives it a high score. The Intelligent Essay Assessor is not meant to be used to grade essays in English-composition or creative-writing assignments, where a student is being graded more on writing skill than subject knowledge. (Chronicle of Higher Education 4 Sep 98) FEDS REVISE ESTIMATE FOR FIXING YEAR 2000 PROBLEM The federal government's Year 2000 Conversion Panel now says it will cost the government at least $5.4 billion to reprogram its computers to solve the Year 2000 problem caused by old programs using two-digit year codes that leave a computer not knowing what century's it's in. This new estimate is about $400 million higher than the last one. (New York Times 6 Sep 98) GATES WON'T TESTIFY Microsoft chief executive Bill Gates will leave it to eight other senior company executives to testify in Microsoft's defense in the antitrust suit brought against it by the U.S. Justice Department. A Microsoft spokesman says, "Bill is a visionary for this company and the overall leader, but these people on our witness list were there handling the day-to-day operations." (AP 5 Sep 98) INTERNET OUTRANKS BEER-DRINKING IN WHAT'S COOL ON CAMPUS A survey of 1,200 students at 100 colleges and universities nationwide, conducted by research firm Student Monitor LLC, shows that when asked what was "in" on campus, 72.5% of the respondents answered "the Internet," whereas only 70.8% named "drinking beer." Up until now, beer-drinking has held the top spot since the biannual surveys began in 1988. (Information Week 31 Aug 98) E-COMMERCE'S TAXING ISSUE While the federal government is leaning toward a two-year moratorium on electronic commerce, and six states have already passed laws to that effect, a number of states are lining up on the other side of the issue. Nine states already tax Internet services, as do some local governments. The National Governors Association estimates that state governments now lose $3 billion to $4 billion a year on mail order sales, and states fear the Internet moratorium will exacerbate the problem. "We think the Internet has the ability to increase that dramatically," says an NGA policy analyst. Utah Gov. Michael Leavitt, head of the NGA task force on Internet development, says, "If the Internet is going to grow, it ought to be because of the advantages in the way it delivers goods, not in the way it is taxed." Jupiter Communications predicts that online shopping revenue, excluding cars and real estate, will exceed $37 billion in the U.S. by 2002, up from $5.8 billion this year. (Reuters 7 Sep 98) DOD FEARS DEPENDENCE ON FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY The Department of Defense is once again concerned about over-dependence on foreign suppliers of technology used in its weapons systems. In response, DOD is forming a special advisory panel to look into the problem. The advisory panel on National Security and the Globalization of Business and Industry will focus on the special concerns surrounding growing reliance on foreign chip makers and software developers. Previous DOD efforts to reduce reliance on foreign suppliers by funding domestic flat-panel display and ceramic packaging industries have produced mixed results. (EE Times 7 Sep 98) INTUIT WINS A YEAR 2000 FIGHT Ruling that no demonstrable damages have been suffered by the plaintiffs, California judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit alleging that Intuit was unfairly forcing consumers to pay $20-40 to upgrade older versions of Quicken software if they wanted to avoid banking problems associated with the Year 2000 problem. The Attorney who led the case for the plaintiffs has argued that to force all computers to wait until damages actually occurred before seeking legal redress would be "counterproductive" and would add to the overall cost of responding to the Year 2000 problem. (New York Times 7 Sep 98) TRISTRATA SECURITY UNVEILS NEW SECURITY SOFTWARE TriStrata Security Inc. has developed a new approach to encrypting computer files that it claims is hundreds of times faster than conventional cryptographic techniques, which rely on mathematical algorithms and their "keys." The TriStrata approach was inspired by a concept developed in 1917 by Gilbert Vernam, where each letter of a message is changed to a code by an addition process determined by randomly generated numbers. In the old days, spies kept code books containing pages of random numbers, but today's computers are powerful enough to generate a set of random numbers so large that the same set can be used in every server that manages encryption operations. In its demonstration, TriStrata was able to use its software to encrypt a standard word-processing file in one-hundredth of a second. Larger files containing video, for instance, can be scrambled the moment they're sent over the Web. In its endorsement of the new software, Pricewaterhouse Coopers says it will use the TriStrata product for its internal communications, and the accounting firm is setting up a business to help other companies install and use it. (Wall Street Journal 8 Sep 98) NET DEPRESSION STUDY CRITICIZED Various researchers, including Vanderbilt University's Donna L. Hoffman, are criticizing the recently released Carnegie Mellon University study that suggested that the Net may be a lonely place, causing depression in many people who used it extensively for e-mail, chat, and similar purposes. Noting that the subjects of the study ere not randomly selected (and not matched with a scientific "control" group of people who didn't use the Net but were otherwise like the people in the study), Hoffman says the CMU research is "not ready for prime time. This is not saying that Internet does not cause depression. Maybe it does -- but this research does not prove that." She adds that the CMU finding is hard to believe because it runs "counter to experience, anecdotal evidence, practice and scholarly research." (Washington Post 7 Sep 98) SHOW ME YOUR E-MAIL As part of the effort to find evidence it can use to defend itself against an antitrust lawsuit brought against it by the U.S. Justice Department, Microsoft has subpoenaed the archives of two e-mail lists used by rival Netscape Corporation to encourage employees to make complaints and offer suggestions. One prominent intellectual property lawyer urges against allowing unrestricted feedback in an electronic forum and advises organizations to erase e-mail as a matter of course, so that they don't find themselves "creating a pool of bad evidence." (New York Times 7 Sep 98) CHEMICAL GROUP WARNS AGAINST PUTTING EPA PLAN ON THE INTERNET A study commissioned by the Chemical Manufacturers Association warns against a plan to use the Internet to distribute worst-case scenarios for thousands of industrial facilities, saying making such information public could raise the risk of terrorist attacks sevenfold. The CMA suggests instead that the information be disseminated via paper and CD-ROM only. (Investor's Business Daily 8 Sep 98) NET VIA TV AIRWAVES IS SLOW TO GET OFF THE GROUND Video datacasting, which delivers Internet data over television airwaves, was expected to take off this summer thanks to a version of it called WaveTop, which is included in every Microsoft Windows 98 operating system. But computer manufacturers have resisted including the critical add-on circuit board necessary to use the technology, because it adds $100 or more to the price of a PC in an extremely price-sensitive market. The result is lackluster demand for the service, despite its ability to reduce some of the frustration associated with the limited bandwidth of conventional modems. "From a consumer perspective, this technology is pretty damn impressive right now with really limited bandwidth," says the chief operating officer of National Datacast Inc., the PBS spin-off that's signed up to transmit the WaveTop service. "And the price is right: it's free. Our stations have gotten a number of calls from viewers inquiring about the technology, although I will admit for those not fully familiar with the concept of a TV tuner card" interest has been slow to develop. (Los Angeles Times 7 Sep 98) BIOMETRIC TECHNOLOGY SET TO TAKE OFF "Biometrics will be pervasive within two years," predicts Barry Wendt, CEO of SAC Technologies. The advent of low-cost, high-power PCs is making it possible to implement biometric security systems without spending a lot of extra cash. Compaq is now offering a $99 fingerprint reader as a peripheral for its Deskpro PC line, and voice recognition and facial verification technologies are also becoming more affordable. "A little software, some hardware, 8-bit digitization, a $1.50 microphone, and you have some pretty discriminating (voice-recognition) technology," says Wendt. "Facial-verification technology can be implemented for less than $50." (TechWeb 3 Sep 98) SUN AND MICROSOFT IN COURT OVER JAVA DISPUTE A federal court has begun hearing the Sun law suit charging Microsoft with abusing a licensing agreement for the use of Sun's Java programming language by illegally modifying the language. Sun maintains that "Microsoft is drawing on its vastly superior distribution channels for desktop operating systems and Browsers to inundate the market for desktop computers with an unlicensed, incompatible version of Sun's Java environment" -- "a blatant effort to devalue Sun's technology and establish its own, corrupted version as a de facto industry standard." Microsoft's contention is that the suit is an attempt by Sun to use the courts as a backdoor way of competing against Microsoft's Window's operating system. (New York Times 9 Sep 98) CHALLENGE TO WINDOWS NT At the same time it challenges Microsoft in court (see above), Sun is posing a new challenge to Microsoft's Windows NT operating system by bringing out a new add-card that will make it for possible for Windows applications to operate on Sun workstations at high speeds, thereby offering direct competition to Microsoft's dominance of the operating system market. (Financial Times 9 Sep 98) FINANCIAL FIRMS WEB STRATEGIES STILL IN A TANGLE A survey conducted by consulting firm Ernst & Young LLP shows that despite considerable spending on Internet ventures, most financial companies don't have a clear idea of what they're doing or why they're doing it. Only 1% of the companies listed "selling more products and services" over the Internet as a top e-commerce goal. Thirty-three percent listed retaining existing customers and 23% cited reducing operational costs as driving forces behind their Web strategies. Meanwhile, 40% hadn't coordinated their Web offerings with their other distribution channels, and 70% had not come up with a pricing strategy for their e-commerce efforts. "A lot of people are just patching (the Internet) on as another stovepipe," says an E&P partner. "There's a lot of defensive posturing going on." Still, financial companies are budgeting twice as much money for e-commerce this year as last, and by 2001, they predict they'll spend about 14% of their technology budgets to Internet commerce. (Wall Street Journal 9 Sep 98) GEMSTAR POSITIONS ITSELF AS UNIVERSAL PORTAL Forget the scrambling going on among Web sites to be the No. 1 Internet portal -- Gemstar International Group Ltd. is aiming to be the exclusive licenser of an electronic program guide that can sift through everything -- TV shows, video-on-demand and Internet access. "This technology gives you both a search engine and a delivery mechanism that can include broadcast, cable, satellite, and the Internet," says Gary Arlen, president of Arlen Communications. The company has patented its Guide Plus technology, and anticipates reaping fat license fees from TV and set-top-box manufacturers, along with big advertising revenues. Gemstar president and CEO Henry Yuen is hoping to have Guide Plus installed in 2 million homes by the end of next year, and estimates that users will view about three pages of the guide four times an hour, or 168 million page views a day -- "Bigger than Yahoo! And Netscape combined," says Yuen. "We're launching on a seven-hour-a-day habit, vs. he typical 20-minute Internet session, and we're the only program guide on the box." (Business Week 14 Sep 98) IBM'S POWERFUL YET TINY DISK DRIVE FOR CONSUMER DEVICES Intended for use in handheld computers and consumer devices such as digital cameras and digital cell phones, IBM has developed a disk drive that can store as much as 340 megabytes of information, yet weights only half as much as a golf ball. The drive (called Microdrive) fits into a new industry standard called a Flash Type II slot. Industry analyst James Porter says, "This is an engineering marvel. However, they still have to create a new market. I think they will probably take some time for these to develop." The new drives are unlikely to be used in laptop or subnotebook laptop computers, which uses another type of small disk drive. (San Jose Mercury News 9 Sep 98) BERKELEY CRACKER STEALS THOUSANDS OF PASSWORDS A malicious hacker using a computer in the University of California at Berkeley's mathematics department this summer has managed to crack 47,642 passwords of computer users around the world, using a software program called "John the Ripper," according to a report by the CERT Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University. "This is a very large attack," says Calvin Moore, chairman of Berkeley's mathematics department. "This is obviously somebody who invested a lot of time." The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating the attack. Some of the affected computers are located at U.S. universities, including the California Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and the University of California at Los Angeles. Officials at Berkeley have now changed the departmental passwords that had been compromised and notified users. "I'm not aware that we suffered any damage or had any files stolen," says Moore. (Chronicle of Higher Education 11 Sep 98) XEROX TECHNOLOGY TEAMS UP WITH LOTUS NOTES Xerox is adapting its digital copier and printer technology to use Lotus Notes and Domino software for anaging and exchanging e-mail and computer files among users. A document scanned through a Xerox copier would be converted to an electronic file, which could then be shared across a network. In a related move, both companies will begin next year making their products compatible with a technical standard proposed by the Salutation consortium, a nonprofit group of about 35 technology companies. The standard is aimed at enabling different fax machines, copiers, printers, laptops and other devices work with each other across a network. (Wall Street Journal 10 Sep 98) NEW! [BITSBYTES.GIF (64527 bytes)] by R. F. Mariano This past week the weather played the villain role. Rain, wind and especially nasty lightning and thunder almost every day with a number of days where it rained all day. It rained so much, (how much did it rain?), ...a lake not too far from here that had been, for all intents and purposes, dry for a number of years was now at the full levels it was twenty five years ago. We could've gotten a great deal more done had mother nature been more cooperative. In any case, we designed an "antenna farm" (as good a name as any.. I guess) for the boat. It will accommodate the Radar Dome, two GPS antennas, a differential antenna, an anchor light and three night fishing lamps. The actual fabrication and installation of the antenna farm will be done by the folks at Pablo Creek Marina. 1-904-221-4228 Matt Smith, service manager, is among the best in my opinion. He is also the man in charge. The boat's outdrives are now rebuilt and the transom, gunnels and cap were compounded and waxed and the teak swim platform was cleaned, sanded and given four applications of teak oil. We're getting there. This coming week is the week we have Shimp Sign and Decal 1-904-241-3957 apply the custom Scotch Print Decals, the Marina's folks install the antenna farm electronics hardware and finally put Bits & Bytes in the water and her slip. Let me tell you a little about the Decals. They were made in Vermont by Graphitek. Folks, these guys are the best in my book. I designed the Bits & Bytes Logo and sent them an Adobe Photoshop .psd file to work with. Within a week, the job was done. We had the main Port and Starboard decals, the Transom name decal and the dodger name decal. Oh, I almost forgot to mention the two small decals for the truck. The decals look exactly like the logo for this column. Graphitek did a wonderful job. If you need anything in the way of Boat Letters, Logo Work or, just about anything graphical,from design to finished product, give Graphitek a call...They can be reached at 1-800-423-4371 ask for Tom Sheppard. http://www.graphitek.com/index.html [northstar1.gif (8273 bytes)] [nstar_951.GIF (48085 bytes)] [Casts.GIF (10988 bytes)] Got a question relative to something.... * We have covered or reviewed? * Want something reviewed? * Want to tell us a thing or two? * Request a Brochure about a product? * This is the place... click on the mailbox [email14.gif (38893 bytes)] [Image] STReport's "Partners in Progress" Advertising Program The facts are in... STReport International Magazine reaches more users per week than any other weekly resource available today. Take full advantage of this spectacular reach. Explore the superb possibilities of advertising in STReport! Its very economical and smart business. In addition, STReport offers a strong window of opportunity to your company of reaching potential users in seventeen countries, on major online services and networks, the Internet, the WEB and more than 200,000 private BBS's worldwide. With a readership of better that 250,000 per week, this is truly an exceptional opportunity to maximize your company's recognition factor globally. (STReport is pronounced: "ES TEE Report") STR Publishing's Economical "Partners in Progress" Plans! "Partners in Progress" Program.. Call Today! STR Publishing, Inc. (STR, STReport, CPU Report); * maintains a commitment to utilizing the power of the Internet and Web to keep computer users, worldwide, both private and commercial, informed of new trends in equipment, upgrade reports and future planning. * offers highly informative Hardware and Software Reviews, Press Releases, hands-on stories, user experiences and show reports. * presents the NEWS about new hardware, new software and how-to publications within HOURS of its being made public. * is dedicated to keeping the users informed of what your company has to offer at incredibly, almost the moment its offered! * Will maintain the free status STReport has the very best value in online magazines today Take full advantage of STReport's Exciting "Partners in Progress" Programs! MAXIMIZE your Company's Presence Worldwide. TODAY! Your company's color ad, banner or teaser as described/submitted by you or designed by us, will appear in either STReport International Magazine or on our Website (your choice). STReport is published and released weekly on Fridays Evenings. (except for July and August when it is released once a month) Trade-outs and Special Arrangements are available. MAIL us at: STR Publishing, Inc. PO Box 58094 Jacksonville, Florida 32241-8094 Email us at: email@example.com or, for quick action call us at: VOICE: 904-292-9222 10am/5pm EDT * FAX: 904-268-2237 24hrs The Linux Advocate Column #19 September 11th, 1998 by Scott Dowdle firstname.lastname@example.org ICQ UIN: 15509440 LOGIN: I've been real busy at the new job... which I'm really loving. Forgive the briefness of this edition. Hopefully the next edition will be more substantial in size. I did notice that the screen captures I did for the VNC spotlight last edition got messed up in the print edition. Just check my archive page for a correct presentation: http://www.icstech.com/~dowdle/LA/LA-18.html NEWS: Item #1: Intel Plans to Offer Support for Linux on Merced - While it's been said several times, Intel made it more official via some public statements from Sunil Saxena, the principal engineer of the Microcomputer Software Labs at Intel. This support is said to, "run deep within its engineering ranks, where many staffers use it as their desktop development system." Another quote I like that you'll find at the following URL is, "Intel engineers currently test Wired for Management features on actual Linux systems rather than running them in compatibility mode on Windows-based hardware." Read the entire article at the following URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/zdnn_smgraph_display/0,4436,350012,00.html Item #2: Dell Ships PCs, Servers With Linux - Although there are over 40 (I'm told) PC makers that sell Linux pre-installed on their hardware, Dell recently announced that they will officially allow their customers to pick Linux as an alternative OS to come pre-installed on their machines. There are some limitations to this s o refer to the URL below. Unfortunately, Dell wants an additional $250 for Linux pre-installed machines. I'm not sure to be happy about this or outraged but I guess it's a start. http://www.zdnet.com/intweek/daily/980908c.html Item #3: Ballmer: Microsoft taking notice of free rivals Linux, Apache - In what is viewable as evidence supporting my SPOTLIGHT from last edition (What will Microsoft's strategy be against Linux?), MS President Steve Ballmer made some public comments about Linux being a threat to Microsoft. See the following URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdnn/stories/zdnn_smgraph_display/0,3441,2134010,00.html Item #4: A Fight to the Finnish: Why Linux Quite Appropriately Scares the Bejesus Out of Microsoft - PBS' Robert X. Cringely recently wrote an editorial where he talks about met and talked with Linus Torvalds. He contrasts this with his meeting of Bill Gates and offers a little contrast between the two. This is a very well written article that goes into some of the subtler details about this industry we so love. Check it out ASAP at the following URL: http://www.pbs.org/cringely/pulpit/pulpit19980910.html Item #5: Cover story of Software Magazine - It seems as if Linus Torvalds is making more and move magazine covers and stories. As I mentioned before, Linux stories in the mainstream press seem to be a dime a dozen these days. Anyway, check out the following URL if you want to see yet another intro story on Linux. http://126.96.36.199/Sept98/sm098cv.htm Item #6: Linux/etc, the other free Unixes, part 1 of 2 - Linux certainly isn't the only free flavor of Unix out there... in fact, there are several. The following URL does a good job of providing an overview of the various flavors that are available: http://www.computerbits.com/archive/19980900/lnx9809.htm Item #7: The Saint of Free Software - Maverick Richard Stallman Keeps the Faith and gives Bill Gates the Finger. This is my personal favorite of all of the stories I ran into since the last LA edition. I respect Mr. Stallman a whole lot and feel that without his voice, our computer communities would be greatly lacking. While I don't agree with him on some issues (I'll not get into which ones), he offers a counter-balance in our culture that is greatly needed. Anyway, read the article for yourself: http://www.salonmagazine.com/21st/feature/1998/08/cov_31feature.html Item #8: The Elements Of Style: UNIX As Literature - Here's another good online article that helps identify the Unix sub-culture. Check it out and see if you fit the pattern: http://www.performancecomputing.com/features/9809of1.shtml Item #9: Forbes names top ten "Heros of the Internet" -- Guess who won. Let's just say that Bill Gates came in 7th. I especially love the quote, "A free operating system 10,000 times better than anything Microsoft has ever made. Need I say more? ... The ripples from his pebble toss will be felt for decades to come. ... He ha s made computing fun again. A Microsoft operating system can be learned in its entirety in a week, and then one has nowhere to go, except for crashes and instability. With Linux, a week gets you basic proficiency, then the only limit you have is set by your ambition and creativity." Anyway, see who picked up the other 8 of the top 10 list: http://www.forbes.com/forbes/98/0907/6205216a.htm Item #10: Infighting in the Linux community? - It appears that some of the mainstream press has picked up on the conflict that exists between the KDE and the GNOME folks. While the conflict has gotten much better over the last week or two... you can stil l read about it in the following article: http://www.infoworld.com/cgi-bin/displayNew.pl?/petrel/980824np.htm Item #11: SCO adding Linux binary compatibility to UnixWare. - Ever heard of SCO aka Santa Cruz Operation? Well, they make a popular commercial flavor of Unix for the PC. In fact, they have two Unix products: the original Sco Unix and the REAL Unix (Unix Ware) that they bought from Novell had gotten it from AT&T. SCO announced that they are adding Linux binary compatibility to UnixWare... which to me means that the real, brand name UNIX is being adapted to be more like Linux. Weird huh? Anyway, the press release I read can be found at the following URL: http://www.infoworld.com/cgi-bin/displayStory.pl?980821.whsco.htm Item #12: Dissension in the Closed Source Software Community - An editorial on Open vs. Closed source software with user feedback... from the author of the Linux Community piece mentioned last column. It's about time someone took a more objective view ab out the whole commercial software vs. open source software thing. The author of the following URL does a good job of stating that open software was here long before proprietary, closed systems and that open software isn't some freak in today's market. http://www.techsightings.com/cgi-bin/ts_review.pl?74 SPOTLIGHT: IP Masquerading What is IP Masquerading? Since I'm rushed to make a deadline, I'm not going to cover installation and setup (I bet your are glad anyway) of IP Masquerading with Linux. I'm just going to touch on what it's all about and offer some comparisons to a recent experience with proxy server software on Windows. The following is taken from the Linux IP Masquerade mini HOW TO by Ambrose Au email@example.com (begin quote here) If a Linux host is connected to the Internet with IP Masquerade enabled, then computers connecting to it (either on the same LAN or connected with modems) can reach the Internet as well, even though they have no official assigned IP addresses. This allows a set of machines to invisibly access the Internet hidden behind a gateway system, which appears to be the only system using the Internet. Breaking the security of a well set-up masquerading system should be considerably more difficult than breaking a good packet filter based firewall (assuming there are no bugs in either). (end quote here) What can you do with IP Masquerading? A very simple example: Here's how I use it at home... I have a homebrewed P200 desktop machine as well as a modest Toshiba laptop networked together with 10BaseT Ethernet cards. I went the cheap route and didn't buy a hub since with only two machines, a 10BaseT cable with the send and receive lines crossed works fine (sort of a null modem cable for networking) for connecting two network cards directly. If and when I get more machines on my network, I'll have to get a HUB. I only have one phone line but my wife and I often discover that we both want to use the Internet at the same time... but how do you do that over a single phone line and a single modem? Easy, have my Linux laptop handle the PPP connection and then, using IP Masquerading, use the Linux machine as a gateway for the Windows desktop machine. I originally read about the extreme things that can be done with IP Masquerading in a print article in Linux Journal. I was fascinated with it ever since. The article I read has since been made available online. Just check out the much more complex example of some of the things you can do with IP Masquerading can be found at the following URL: http://www.ssc.com/lj/issue41/2210.html What services are provided with IP Masquerading and how does it differ from a Proxy server like WinProxy on Windows? IP Masquerading supports everything I've tried with it. Some TCP/IP based services have to be loaded dynamically via included modules (done automatically) because some protocols were specific enough they had to be specifically implemented. These include IRC and RealAudio for example. Every Internet service I've tried (including a friend who added a Linux box to his home network just to play multi-player Ultima Online over a single phone line) has worked without a hitch. This even includes VNC (Virtual Network Computing) that I talked about last column. The great thing about using IP Masquerading is that none of the software on your client machines have to be reconfigured at all. All you have to do to configure your client machines is to go the properties for TCP/IP protocol for your network card and tell them to use your Linux machine as the gateway. At home I left the dial up networking option the default so even when my wife tries to open up a WWW document in Netscape for the first time, Windows will bring up it's dialup networking dialog box and re quest to dial up our ISP. A simple click on the cancel button tells Windows to go through the Gateway rather than using dialup networking. While this might seem like an annoyance, it's actually how I want it to be done so when I'm not home, my wife can still use her machine to connect to the Internet... without needing mine. She simply switches the switch on our Serial A/B box so that the modem is connected to the desktop and away she goes. On Labor Day weekend I sat down with my father-in-law and tried to setup the same arrangement on his home network... which consists of two desktop machines and a laptop. Since my f-i-l is running Windows 95 and Windows 98 on those things we had to pursue what software was available... and the only thing I could find was a slew of Proxy servers... all commercial software packages ranging from $50 to about $300. We opted to test drive one of the more professional looking packages named WinProxy. While my discussion of WinProxy isn't intended to be a review of the product, it'll give you some idea of what setting up this sort of services on a small Windows based network is like. WinProxy is a nice piece of software I must add. We got his network working relatively well but we had to go through and reconfigure the network settings on every piece Internet client software he ran. This might not sound like much at first but it is a major pain. Ok, granted you only have to change the settings on any application once and it'll work through a proxy BUT remember the problem we were trying to solve... when more than one person wants Internet access, allow for that, but when only one person wants Internet access, using traditional dialup networking so all of the machines don't have to be on just so one of them can access the Internet. My point here is that using a PROXY based solution creates more headaches and isn't as flexible. My f-i-l has two solutions to allowing the machines to be flexible and choose between dialup networking and PROXY services. He can reconfigure each and every piece of client software (mail, browser, icq, messenger, telnet, ftp, etc) every time he wants to switch OR he can install two copies of every piece of client software (ass uming that's possible) and maintain different configurations for everything that way... as well as manage which copy to run when. I hope it is obvious just how flexible and handy Linux' IP Masquerading even when compared to all of the PROXY server software that exists on the market today. LOGOUT: Next time I hope to have a spotlight on Caldera's WABI package that allows for running Windows 3.x software in the X Window System environment. Feedback is desired so email me with any comments or questions. Remember this Guy??? AND his Antics of Havoc and Mayhem? Gingrich, Cell Phones, and Privacy [Image] Newt "The Beaut" Gingrich Early January it was hard to imagine how things could get any worse for House Speaker Newt Gingrich, considering his formal reprimand by the House of Representatives (the first time ever in U.S. history a speaker has been disciplined) and the $300,000 fine that was levied against him. Yet things did get worse: in mid-January a recording of a phone conversation was made public in which the speaker seemed to be breaking his promise not to orchestrate a counterattack against the ethics committee that reprimanded him. Editor Note: (That $300,000.00 fine, by the way, was paid for by Republican Robert Dole in the form of a personal loan to Newt) However, the fact that the phone conversation had been illegally taped by a Florida couple diverted some of the attention from Gingrich to the questionable actions of the Democrats. Their release of the tape was illegal, creating an opportunity for the Republicans to deflect attention from Gingrich. In the midst of this odd melodrama, President Clinton was inaugurated, and in his speech he appealed for an end to the bickering and called for greater bipartisanship. * "Don't believe the talk about bipartisanship," says John Pitney, professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. "There may be lulls in war, but a lull in war is not the same as peace." * The melodrama will continue: among the next acts will be further investigation by the IRS of Gingrich, as well as an investigation ordered by FBI director Louis Freeh into the illegal taping. * Where did it all start? The underlying answer seems to be that it's the nature of our current political system the posturing, sniping, attacking, and counterattacking. But the immediate answer is that Gingrich may have used a tax-exempt foundation to promote partisan political views. * Organizations that apply for tax-exempt status claim that they exist not for profit but for public good. They can better serve the public by not paying taxes on money that they earn or raise. The government says, fine, you don't have to pay taxes. Just make sure that the money you raise isn't used to promote a particular candidate or political agenda. In a sense, by not requiring these organizations to pay taxes, the government is subsidizing them with taxpayers' money. So it's not fair to use taxpayer money to promote a partisan agenda. * Which is what many claim that Gingrich did. He used his tax-exempt foundation to finance a college course that he taught. And critics claim that the course promoted his political agenda. And this is what the IRS will be investigating. * The ethics committee did not formally find him guilty of this offense. The reprimand was because, first, he failed to take proper legal advice about the implications of having his foundation fund his college course, and second, he made misleading statements to the ethics committee as part of the inquiry. In January he admitted this before Congress and formally apologized. Because of Gingrich's slippery statements, the committee will need to investigate further, at an estimated cost of $300,000which is how the committee arrived at the figure that Gingrich was fined. * The forthcoming investigation will not be easy because of the complexity of the tax code, says Dr. Louis Gasper, director of the Center for Business Ethics at the University of Dallas. He says there is a deliberate gray area in the tax laws. It is legal for a partisan political organization and a tax-exempt organization to share the same personnel and facilities. How do you decide where bipartisan activities end and partisan politics begin? A secretary sitting at a desk can legally be working on nonpartisan matters in the morning and promoting a political agenda in the afternoon. * Dr. Gasper points out that if this gray area were ended, and strict separation required, a range of organizations, from Planned Parenthood to the National Rifle Association, would have to be closed down. Further, he says, some 40 percent of House members and 51 senators have similar tax-exempt organizations that partly do research and partly promote a political agenda. A Partisan Course? This is not to claim that Gingrich isn't guilty. Rather, he was operating in a gray area that, as speaker, he may have been wise to avoid. Also, some who have looked at his Renewing American Civilization course say that it is not especially partisan. One who makes that claim is Christina Jeffrey, an associate professor of political science at Kennesaw State University, one of the two Georgia colleges where the course was taught. She participated in a conference which reviewed the course. She says that while the course was not particularly partisan, biased, or radical, it could have been richer, with a wider variety of sources. The claim that the course wasn't overtly partisan is echoed by Professor Pitney. He invites people to look themselves at the full text of the lectures on the Internet at http://www.cpac.org/pff/renew So the bottom line is this: Gingrich isn't out of hot water yet, and the complexities of the gray area in tax laws and in the evaluation of whether his course materials were partisan make it probable that the situation won't be resolved soon. And Gingrich, by his very personality, seems to invite scrutiny. Dr. Sandy Maisel, chair of the government department at Colby College and author of books on political parties and elections, points out that it was Gingrich himself who led an ethics crusade against an earlier speaker, Jim Wright. He says that because Gingrich went after Wright so vigorously, he has in a sense brought this on himself. "Do you set one standard for one speaker and another standard for another speaker, particular when it was Gingrich himself who led the attack?" asks Dr. Maisel. Is Gingrich's position so weakened that he'll eventually have to step down? Probably not, says Pitney. "He will probably hold on unless there are damaging new revelations." Is his position as speaker weakened? Yes, says Maisel, who feels that Gingrich had been the most powerful speaker since the turn of the century. Maisel says that Gingrich must now re-establish himself and that "he hasn't gone very far toward doing it." He points out that not long after the reprimand Gingrich was back to attacking and blaming what he terms the "liberal" press rather than being contrite. Also, the illegally taped telephone conversation has put Gingrich in a poor light, giving the impression that his word cannot be trusted. Though now that the tape itself is becoming an issue, this seems to be drawing attention away from Gingrich a real gift to the Republican cause. Danger to Privacy The tape has had the effect of bringing attention to a danger to privacy that has been largely overlooked by many Americans. The controversial tape relates to an agreement Gingrich made with the ethics committee. He promised that he wouldn't oversee a counterattack against the committee's judgment. However, a Florida couple, John and Alice Martin, were in their car when their scanner picked up a conference call involving Gingrich. Among the participants was Representative John Boehner, who was using a cellular telephone. When the Martins realized that the call involved Gingrich, they taped it. On the tape Gingrich, Boehner, and others are heard discussing how to deal with the media in regard to Gingrich's admission of guilt. Two weeks later, the Martins illegally turned the tape over to Representative Jim McDermott, the ranking Democrat on the ethics committee investigating Speaker Gingrich. Not long after, the tape was leaked to The New York Times and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which published excerpts. Now the Republicans are pointing their fingers, saying that the Democrats are so eager to get Gingrich that they'll resort to illegal acts. [Image] Rep. Jim McDermott Not a Felony As it turns out, legal experts say that while the listening and taping were illegal, they probably weren't a felony offense. Clifford Fishman, professor of law at The Catholic University of America, says that only if you record a "hardwire phone" is it a felony offense. Congress, he says, has simply acknowledged the ubiquity of scanners and the ease of using them for eavesdropping and hasn't made it a serious offense, especially since even a radio or TV can sometimes pick up a signal. Professor Fishman jokingly says, "We're all on a party line now," referring to the days when consumers shared lines and could listen in on each others' conversations. His advice: don't ever say anything confidential on the telephone even if you're using a hardwired phone, because the other person may be using a cordless or cellular phone. "The popular culture has basically portrayed these [wireless phones] as hardwired phones," he says, and people have ignored the danger. He goes so far as to say that anyone whose profession involves hearing things in confidence lawyers, doctors, priests, ministers, and rabbis should never use a cordless or cellular phone. Professor Lawrence Young at the University of Cincinnati Center for Information Technology and the Law goes even further. He says that if you have an obligation to keep something confidential and you use a cellular phone, you yourself could become liable. Both a lawyer and a computer engineer, he says that the danger in our society is not Big Brother, an all-knowing government as envisioned by George Orwell. The greater exposure is coming from below, from Little Brothers and Cousins. The Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association is having none of this. According to spokesman Tim Ayers, they will testify before Congress that it's time for the government to crack down on the sales and modification of scanners. "It's simply immoral to listen in to others' conversations," he says. People have a right to privacy. He feels that anyone using a cordless phone should receive the same privacy as those using hardwire phones. Digital Communications With the development of new digital communications, the point may become moot. PrimeCo Personal Communications is one of many companies now offering digital technology, which they say can prevent eavesdropping. New in 1996 and poised to take over wireless communications in the next two years, this technology may be the solution. Yet even then, we may not be safe. According to Bill Brown, an expert on workplace privacy at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., "People have lost the ability to control the ring of privacy that used to surround them. These were things that only you, or people close to you, knew. That's ended." He says that there are hundreds of publicly-accessible databases that contain megabytes of information about every individual. The answer? Well, if you're Newt Gingrich, maybe you just want to behave yourself in the first place. If you're someone who has a secret, keep it to yourself. Commentary: Here we are now..... as Clinton rides the Republican Skewer.... Newt is busy acting like a Senior Statesman, worthy of an OSCAR any day. Gingrich is STILL a cornpone, tobacco road politico from Georgia no matter how much of an act attempting to exhibit polish, poise and decorum he puts on! Republican Members of the House and Senate are carrying on like they are all cloistered members of a Religious Abbey practicing a vow of celibacy. You gotta admit this is the best show in town right now. What with the Demos abandoning Clinton like RATS from a sinking ship to the "ever so PIOUS" Republicans ripping shards of flesh from Clinton at every turn. One must, at all times, ask why are so concerned about Clinton's private life? Its really none of our business! Besides, I'd like to remind each and everyone of you as I do myself..... these most incisive words: "LET HE WHO IS WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE!" The CWSApps Weekly Newsletter Shareware & Apps Updates Volume 3.20 - September 10, 1998 Contents 1. Introduction 2. New Additions 3. Updated Apps for the Week 4. Top 25 Downloads for the Week 5. Cool App of the Week 1. Introduction Welcome to the CWSApps Weekly Newsletter. Each week we will be delivering a message to your mailbox that is designed to help keep you up to date with the Internet software scene. The newsletter will offer a summary of the latest and greatest Net software updates as well as breaking software news and revisions made to the CWSApps Web site. 2. New Additions * HoTMetaL Pro 4.0 - a HTML Editor Location: http://cws.internet.com/32html.html#hotmetal Download: http://www.sq.com/products/hotmetal/hm4ev.exe (20 MB) Rating: 4 Stars * CyberSpyder - a Web Analysis Tool Location: http://cws.internet.com/32agents.html#cybersp Download: ftp://cyberspyder.com/cyberspyder21.zip (4.9 MB) Rating: 3.5 Stars * Internet Explorer 4.0 Cross Frame Navigation Security Fix Location: http://cws.internet.com/32www.html#ie Download: http://www.microsoft.com/ie/security/?/ie/security/xframe.htm (1.8 MB) Rating: Not Reviewed -- Servers -- * Wildcat! Interactive Net Server - a Web Server Location: http://serverwatch.internet.com/webserver-wildcat.html Download: ftp://www.mustang.com/wcpersnl.exe (23.6 MB) Rating: 4.5 Stars * Avenida Web Server - a Web Server Location: http://serverwatch.internet.com/webserver-avenida.html Download: http://www.avenida.co.uk/cgi-bin/download (941 KB) Rating: 4 Stars * Internet MailBridge - a Mail Server Location: http://serverwatch.internet.com/mailservers3.html#mailbridge Download: ftp://ftp.virtualmotion.com/updateuser/imb20.exe (4.5 MB) Rating: 4 Stars 3. Updated Apps for the Week Note: The '*' icon identifies apps that have shown significant improvement since their last updates. These apps typically exhibit important new features that make them 'must-have' updates. * Allaire HomeSite v4.0 Beta 5 - a HTML Editor Location: http://cws.internet.com/32html.html#homesite Download: http://www.mn.allaire.com/beta/hs40b5.exe (5.8 MB) Rating: 5 Stars * TweakDUN v2.21 - a Winsock Utility Location: http://cws.internet.com/32crit.html#tweakdun Download: http://www.pattersondesigns.com/tweakdun/tdweb/td_22s.exe (0.4 MB) Rating: 5 Stars * VirusScan v3.2.0 - a Virus Scanner Location: http://cws.internet.com/32virus.html#scan Download: ftp://ftpweb.mcafee.com/pub/antivirus/win95/v95i320e.zip (4.4 MB) Rating: 5 Stars * WinAmp v2.0 - a MP3 Audio Player Location: http://cws.internet.com/32audio.html#winamp Download: http://winamp.com/download/locations.html (0.6 MB) Rating: 5 Stars * WinZip v7.0 Beta 4 - a Compression Utility Location: http://cws.internet.com/32comp.html#winzip Download: http://http1.winzip.com/wzbeta32.exe (0.9 MB) Rating: 5 Stars * SocketWatch v3.0 - a Time Sync Tool Location: http://cws.internet.com/32win.html#swatch Download: http://www.locutuscodeware.com/sswatch.exe (0.4 MB) Rating: 4.5 Stars * AbsoluteFTP v1.5 Beta 3 - a FTP Client Location: http://cws.internet.com/32ftp.html#absolftp Download: ftp://ftp.vandyke.com/pub/AbsoluteFTP/aftp15b3.exe (1.1 MB) Rating: 4 Stars * HyperCam v1.34 - a Screen Capture Client Location: http://cws.internet.com/32image.html#hypercam Download: http://members.aol.com/snap32/HyperCam.zip (0.3 MB) Rating: 4 Stars * Interactive Koan Music Control v5.0 - a Plug-in Module Location: http://cws.internet.com/32plugin.html#koan Download: http://www.sseyo.com/images/ikmcsd50.exe (0.7 MB) Rating: 4 Stars * QuickTime v3.0.2 - a Multimedia Viewer Location: http://cws.internet.com/32video.html#qtw Download: ftp://ftp.info.apple.com/QuickTime/qt30.exe (7.0 MB) Rating: 4 Stars * Trumpet Winsock v4.0 Revision C - a Winsock Package Location: http://cws.internet.com/32crit.html#tcpman Download: ftp://ftp.trumpet.com/winsock/twsk40c.exe (1.3 MB) Rating: 4 Stars * WebEdit Pro v3.1 - a HTML Editor Location: http://cws.internet.com/32html.html#webedit Download: http://armitage.luckman.com/webeditpro31/WebEditS3p.exe (10 MB) Rating: 4 Stars * Web Media Publisher Pro v2.36 - a HTML Editor Location: http://cws.internet.com/32html.html#publish Download: ftp://ftp2.pwi.net/wmp/pubpro236.exe (4.6 MB) Rating: 4 Stars * Netscape 5.0 Source Code 9/4/98 Release For Developer Use Only Location: http://cws.internet.com/32auxx.html#netscom Download: http://www.mozilla.org/download-mozilla.html (19 MB) Rating: Not Reviewed It's back. The Jacob K. Javitz Convention Center in New York City is ready to welcome Fall Internet World 98, the world's largest event for e-business and Internet technology from Monday, October 5 - Friday, October 9, 1998. From Intranets...to security issues...to knowledge management, the Enterprise Internet Forum covers high performance Internet, intranet and extranet applications, including 3 tier IT networking strategies, legacy systems integration, on-line purchasing, HR, ERP, supply chain automation, knowledge management and enterprise security systems. Visit www. internet.com for complete details. -- Servers -- * DNEWS News Server v4.7b Beta Release - a News Server Location: http://serverwatch.internet.com/newsservers.html#dnews Download: http://netwinsite.com/dnews/download.htm (2.8 MB) Rating: 5 Stars * Netscape Messaging Server for Windows v3.6 - a Mail Server Location: http://serverwatch.internet.com/mailservers2.html#nsmessage Download: http://home.netscape.com/download/selectplatform_100_18.html (16.5 MB) Rating: 5 Stars * Lyris v3.0 Beta 3 - a List Server Location: http://serverwatch.internet.com/listservers.html#lyris Download: http://www.lyris.com/down/beta (3.1 MB) Rating: 4.5 Stars * ATRLS for Windows NT v2.5 - a Telnet Server Location: http://serverwatch.internet.com/telservers.html#atrls Download: http://www.ataman.com/atrls/atrls_cv.zip (0.6 MB) Rating: 4 Stars * DMail Email Server for Linux v2.3d - a Mail/List Server Location: http://serverwatch.internet.com/mailservers4.html#dmail Download: http://www.netwinsite.com/dmail/download.htm (1.6 MB) Rating: 3 Stars 4. Top 25 Downloads - Movers and Shakers The Sep. 7th update for the Top 25 Downloads on CWSApps is now available. Here are the apps that have moved up (the 'movers') or have fallen (the 'shakers') eight or more places during the past week. For the complete Top 25 results for the past week, check out: http://cws.internet.com/top25weekly.html You can also check out the results for the entire month at: http://cws.internet.com/top25monthly.html --The Movers-- * PGPfreeware - an Encryption App http://cws.internet.com/32auxx.html#pgp Debuts this week at #3! * WS-FTP Pro - a FTP Client http://cws.internet.com/32ftp.html#ws-ftp Returns to the list at #24 * Norton AntiVirus - a Virus Scanner http://cws.internet.com/32virus.html#nav Debuts this week at #25 --The Shakers-- * HyperTerminal Private Edition - a Telnet Client http://cws.internet.com/32term.html#htpe Exits the list (#30) from #21 * McAfee VirusScan Virus Definition Update http://cws.internet.com/32virus.html#virus Exits the list (#29) from #23 * NetTerm - a Telnet App http://cws.internet.com/32term.html#netterm Exits the list (#27) from #24 [Image] 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. Please use proportional fonting only and at Twelve (12) points. * No Indenting on any paragraphs!! * No Indenting of any lines or "special gimmicks" * No underlining! * Columns shall be achieved through the use of tabs only. Or, columns in Word or Word Perfect format. Do NOT, under any circumstances, use the space bar. MS Word is Preferred. * Most of all. PLEASE! No ASCII "ART"!! * There is no limits as to size, articles may be split into two if lengthy * Actual Artwork should be in GIF, PCX, JPG, TIF, BMP, WMF file formats * Artwork (pictures, graphs, charts, etc.)should be sent along with the article separately * Please use a single font in an article. TTF Times New Roman is preferred. (VERY Strong Hint) If there are any questions please use either E-Mail or call. Many grateful thanks in advance for your enthusiastic co-operation and input. Ralph F. Mariano, Editor firstname.lastname@example.org STReport International Online Magazine [image87.gif (45316 bytes)] Classics & Gaming Section Editor Dana P. Jacobson email@example.com From the Atari Editor's Desk "Saying it like it is!" It's been a short (and quick) week!! I hope that you all had a terrific "last hurrah" for the summer. Here we had the last "official" summer barbecue with my sister-in-law and her husband - quiet and enjoyable. So now it's time to pack up the "truly-summer" things and prepare for the fall. We'll be closing up the pool soon even though we get some hot days in September. The water's been really cold; and with all the trees around us, the pool can get really dirty quickly. As soon as we purchase a new cover, the pool is done for this season. I'd like to mention a few things in reference to Joe Mirando's comments last week (and again this week) regarding CompuServe's continuing move to an HMI graphical format for its Forums. I understand the need to move forward. I also understand that the internet is the current "fad" of this part of the decade and likely the future. As an Atari user, and one who has been affected by this decision, I find it disturbing that "orphaned" computer users are being "forced" to go "mainstream" or be left out in the proverbial cold. Most of these soon-to-be more-orphaned users were the building-blocks for CompuServe and the other online services. They deserve better. "We" helped put these services on the map. In return, we get "Sorry, but we have to move forward" to stay competitive. No problem with that, in my opinion. After all, it's their business. However, provide the resources so all users can take advantage of your services. As Joe mentioned, attempts were made to obtain tools for the orphans (at least some) to write software in an effort to continue to access CompuServe. Nada. How is a Forum such as the Computer Club (aka the orphans' forum) expect to have many users? Buy a Mac or PC in order to dial up to keep abreast of the news pertaining to my other computer? I'm sure some who use multiple platforms will do just that, but doesn't the premise sound ridiculous? I'll be leaving CompuServe also but I haven't determined when yet. The Club was my last Forum being accessed. However, I still access other areas for news articles for STReport. Once I've established other solid sources, I'm outta there. After all, I still have Delphi as an excellent online choice in which I can use via text or the web. I've also been providing Delphi sign-up info to those users on CompuServe who want it. It'll be CompuServe's loss, and the orphan's gain. Delphi will obviously also gain. It's a real shame. I've been a longtime user on CompuServe and I'll miss the service. But, once the Atari Forums closed down a year ago, it just hasn't been the same atmosphere. At least I still had Delphi to call home. Until next time... [Editor's note: If you're currently a CompuServe user and will either be affected by its move to HMI or just want info regarding Delphi, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org - I'd be happy to provide you Delphi sign-up information.] Gaming Section * 'Xtreme 3D'!! * 'Cardinal Syn'!! * 'NCAA Final 4'!! * 'Sentinel' Returns! * 'WipeOut' Returns! * And much more! Industry News STR Game Console NewsFile - The Latest Gaming News! 989 Studios Rolls Out Xtreme 3D On Bikes, Boards & Skates FOSTER CITY, CALIF. (Aug. 21) ENTERTAINMENT WIRE - Aug. 21, 1998 - Studios, creators of the top-selling Xtreme games series, announced today that the first-ever 3D polygonal extreme sports game, Xtreme 3D, will be available in March 1999 for the PlayStation(R) game console. Xtreme 3D builds upon its predecessors' success by adding high-resolution 3D graphics, more players, and challenging new maneuvers, courses, and obstacles. Xtreme 3D is an intense combat racing game where one to two players compete in highly detailed and realistic environments. Each polygonal player is unique, enabling each character to have distinct looks and attributes. Gameplayers can choose to race on skateboards, in-line skates and BMX bikes. There are 22 different 3D tracks stretched across five challenging locations, such as islands, coastlines, subway stations, city parks and the Los Angeles River. Each track features the ability for players to take shortcuts. "Extreme-style sports continue to grow in popularity and we have truly captured the feeling of each unique sport in Xtreme 3D," said Jeffrey Fox, vice president, marketing, 989 Studios. "Xtreme 3D builds upon the success of its two predecessors and has added dozens of new moves and tricks that will leave the gamer craving one more run." Hidden throughout each course are a variety of "power-ups" that provide the player with speed bursts, improved jumping ability, health points and strength, which players can use to gain advantages during competition. Players will also be able to find special keys that unlock secret passages, open paths to short cuts or provide the player with control over traffic signals and other interactive elements. Gameplayers can use special moves to grab power-ups or avoid obstacles. Each bike, skateboard and in-line skate has its own unique move, and players performing awesome tricks will be rewarded with cash to upgrade their equipment. Gamers can pull off radical maneuvers to become the Extreme Champion, like backside tail grabs on the skateboard, tabletop air on the BMX(TM) bike or rail slides on the in-line skates. Xtreme 3D Key Features * First-ever 3D polygonal extreme sports game with high-resolution player models * Race on skateboards, in-line skates and BMX(TM) bikes * Choose from 12 individual polygonal racers -- each with their own distinct attributes and looks * Five unique locations: Island, Coastal, Subway, Park and Los Angeles River * Twelve different tracks in season mode, 5 different freestyle tracks, 5 different time trial tracks * Twenty-two track variations * Choose one or two player split-screen * Five modes to choose from: Season, Freestyle, Time Trial, Head-to-Head and Exhibition * Perform awesome tricks with your character to earn money * Unlock new courses, hidden characters and secret short cuts * Upgrade your equipment as you earn more money NCAA Final Four: Bring Home the Madness FOSTER CITY, CALIF. (Aug. 21) ENTERTAINMENT WIRE - Aug. 21, 1998 - Sports, creators of the top-selling PlayStation(R) basketball videogame, NBA ShootOut(TM) '98, announced today that their first college basketball videogame, NCAA(R) Final Four(TM), will be released this January. NCAA Final Four, which includes all of the NCAA Division I teams and players, will set the standard for college basketball videogames by being the most competitive and realistic. NCAA Final Four features 3D player and stadium models that generate incredible polygonal graphics and gameplay. TV-style presentation brings basketball fans dramatic camera angles, and authentic audio play-by-play by announcer Quinn Buckner, the voice of college basketball. "We are proud to add college basketball to our 989 Sports videogame line-up," said Jeffrey Fox, vice president, marketing, 989 Studios. "NCAA Final Four includes the subtle details of college basketball like animated crowds, fight songs and arena chants, which truly captures the excitement and emotion of the college game." NCAA Final Four players are scaled to their real height and weight, and designed to play to their actual abilities. To further increase the realism of the game, motion capture animation was used to incorporate the movements of real college basketball stars, including All-American and Stanford grad Brevin Knight, University of Houston grad Charles "Bo" Outlaw, University of Alabama grad Robert Horry and University of California star Jason Kidd. NCAA Final Four is the only college basketball videogame with a Shot Meter(TM), which gives the gameplayer ultimate control of his shooting. Other unique features include Icon Switching(TM) (defense and offense), Icon Passing and Icon Cutting(TM), which allow the gamer to respond to different game situations by picking any player to cut to the basket or receive a pass. NCAA Final Four Key Features * All NCAA Division I teams and players * New polygonal players scaled to actual height and weight * TV-style presentation -- camera cuts and stat panels * Play-by-play done by college basketball announcer Quinn Buckner * Motion capture animation by several former college standouts (and now NBA pros) Brevin Knight from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Charles "Bo" Outlaw from the Orlando Magic, Jason Kidd from the Phoenix Suns and Robert Horry from the Los Angeles Lakers. * Real college atmosphere with animated crowds, chants and fight songs * New Shot Meter gives the gameplayer control over his players' shooting abilities * All new Icon Passing and Icon Cutting gives the gamer complete control over which player cuts to the basket * Icon Switching for both defense and offense allows the gamer to toggle between players during gameplay for complete control * 3 game modes: Tournament, Exhibition, and Season (including Final Four and Sweet 16) * Individual and team stats * Full season and game statistics * Awards -- 1st and 2nd team All Americans, National Player of the Year and Conference Player of the Year * 4 gameplay settings -- Freshman through Senior * Up to eight players can play with Multi-tap adapter NBA ShootOut '99 Brings the Gamer Closer to the Real Thing FOSTER CITY, CALIF. (Aug. 21) ENTERTAINMENT WIRE - Aug. 21, 1998 - Sports announced today that NBA ShootOut(tm)'99, which features all the NBA teams, more than 350 players and an all-new NBA playbook, will be available for the PlayStation(R) game console in November. All-new features added to this year's game include: high resolution 3D player models, a new TV-style presentation, play-by-play commentary from New Jersey Net's Broadcaster Ian Eagle, Authentic Basketball Intelligence(tm), Total Control Shooting(tm) and the Team Momentum Bar(tm). "NBA ShootOut '99 incorporates the latest technology as well as all of the great 989 Sports exclusive features that have made the NBA ShootOut series so popular," said Jeffrey Fox, vice president, marketing, 989 Studios. "We have received rave reviews from NBA players who have tested and consulted on this year's game. No other PlayStation basketball videogame has the moves, look, feel and features of NBA ShootOut '99." Exclusive to NBA ShootOut '99 is the all-new Total Control Shooting, Team Momentum Bar and Authentic Basketball Intelligence. Total Control Shooting lets the gameplayer control the loft and accuracy of his shot.The Team Momentum Bar meters the flow of the game by capturing and enhancing shooting streaks by a team. Authentic Basketball Intelligence makes teams and players think and react just like their real life NBA counterparts. Every subtle and personalized move of the NBA, including more than 35 signature dunks, has been motion captured to amazing detail with the help of real NBA stars such as Brevin Knight from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Charles "Bo" Outlaw from the Orlando Magic, Jason Kidd from the Phoenix Suns and Robert Horry from the Los Angeles Lakers. The gameplay control features -- Icon Cutting(tm), Total Control Dunking(tm) and Icon Passing(tm) -- have been updated in NBA ShootOut '99 to give the gamer ultimate control and an authentic NBA feel. Gamers can call plays on the fly from specific team playbooks, or call for cutters, screens and double teams with the press of a button. NBA ShootOut '99 also includes complete roster management, a new salary cap option, full season and game statistics and a variety of different gameplay modes, from exhibition to the NBA Finals. NBA ShootOut '99 features NBA All-Star Jason Kidd of the Phoenix Suns on the package. NBA Shoot Out '99 Key Features * All 29 NBA teams and the most complete player rosters (more than 350 NBA players) * New Total Control Shooting lets the gameplayer control the loft and accuracy of his shot, while the new Team Momentum Bar captures the flow of a real NBA game * Updated Total Control Dunking, Icon Cutting and Icon Passing * New TV-style presentation with dramatic new camera perspectives and play-by-play commentary from New Jersey Nets' broadcaster Ian Eagle * Authentic Basketball Intelligence make teams and players think and react just like their real life NBA counterparts * All-new arenas, each with specific architecture and animated crowds * New Motion Capture animations from real NBA players, including Brevin Knight from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Charles "Bo" Outlaw from the Orlando Magic, Jason Kidd from the Phoenix Suns and Robert Horry from the Los Angeles Lakers * All-new large 3D polygonal players designed with the motion blending and "skinning" technique translates into eye-popping realism * Realistic player performances and sizes * Complete roster management: create, trade, release, sign, draft players and even control salary cap * Gameplay modes: Exhibition, Tournament, NBA All-Star game, Playoffs and the NBA Finals * Full season and game statistics * Real NBA awards: MVP, scoring, rebounding, defensive player of the year and Rookie of the Year * Up to eight players can play with Multi-tap adapter Cardinal Syn Provides Ultimate 3D Fighting FOSTER CITY, CALIF. (Aug. 25) ENTERTAINMENT WIRE - Aug. 25, 1998 - 98 Studios announced today that Cardinal Syn(TM), the ultimate real-time 3D fighting videogame, is now available at retailers nationwide. Exclusively for the PlayStation(R) game console, Cardinal Syn is a departure from traditional fighting games, with its added dimension of interactivity for players. "In the videogame industry, where the fighting game genre makes up about 20 percent of total sales, Cardinal Syn will do extremely well because it not only delivers the fundamental elements of a true fighter but goes beyond that to deliver an entirely new dimension in fighting," said Jeffrey Fox, vice president, marketing, 989 Studios. "Cardinal Syn replaces the typical battle arena found in most fighting games with impressive interactive environments, all within an evolving 3D world." Unique to Cardinal Syn are non-traditional, 3D arenas that challenge the player with interactive elements, allowing players to trap, corner or dispose of their opponents. The interactive elements include lava streams, spike-lined walls and sizzling acid pools. Gameplayers can gain the upper hand by maneuvering around the environmental hazards or using them against their enemies. Treasure chests containing health-replenishing tonics and weapon power-ups add a challenging risk-reward element unlike any other fighting game. The unique risk-reward element forces players to be completely aware of the game environment and provides incentive to explore. Cardinal Syn pits medieval warriors against each other using weapons such as battle-axes, swords and maces -- magical powers and hand-to-hand combat. Through motion-captured animation, the game has 18 original characters, which includes two secret warriors. Players will be able to execute hundreds of complex precision moves, multi-hit aerial combos, juggles, dismemberment and gruesome finishing moves. The fighting action evolves around a dark and intriguing plot riddled with clans of evil warriors, dangerous weapons and devastating fatalities as intense as they are gory. Cardinal Syn is a 989 Studios production, developed by Kronos Digital Entertainment Inc. Cardinal Syn Key Features * Fully interactive 3D environments * Medieval, non-traditional arenas * 18 compelling characters, including two hidden warriors * Power-ups on every level * Secret areas Survival, training and tournament modes * Immersive 3D graphics * More than 100 moves, including special attacks, projectiles and elaborate combos * Dismemberment-based finishing moves Award-Winning Sentinel Returns From Psygnosis FOSTER CITY, CALIF. (Sept. 8) BUSINESS WIRE - Sept. 8, 1998 - Sequel To Classic Strategy Game Features Same Addictive, Chilling Gameplay with Musical Score by John Carpenter and Advanced Graphic Redesign. Sentinel(tm), a 1980s strategy game by Geoff Crammond became an instant classic, with an elegantly simple design, sparse yet chilling landscape, and the slow tension of a psychological thriller. The sequel to this first true virtual reality game, Sentinel Returns(tm) combines the same intensely compelling gameplay with 3D graphics and digital sound enhancements -- including a chilling score by John Carpenter, director and writer of the soundtrack for horror movie, Halloween. Sentinel Returns is now available for both PC and PlayStation(R) game console in August, for an estimated retail price of $49.95. Winner of Unified Gamers Online prestigious Best of E3 1998 Award in the Puzzle category, Sentinel Returns is produced by No Name Games, and developed by Hookstone, a UK production studio. The game takes advantage of over ten years of technical improvements to produce a graphic theme that is both distinctive and haunting. The stunning 3D graphic redesign uses advanced texturing, animation and lighting techniques to create four eerie and themed play environments; Earth, Air, Fire and Water -- as well as a final, most terrifying level called the Void. Johnny Wilson, editor in chief of Computer Gaming World, comments on the game: "A fascinating action/puzzle game with an eery, surreal ambiance, Sentinel Returns has an addictive quality due to its steadily increasing puzzle complexity and an adrenalin-accelerating capacity due to the ability to destroy "sentinels," the techno-guards at the top of each mountain summit, or be destroyed by them. The music by John Carpenter of horror film fame adds to the unsettling feeling of the game. Sentinel Returns is a worthy remake of a famous classic." As in the original title, the gameplay in Sentinel Returns is unnervingly abstract. Rather than being an object in the game universe, the player is a presence that moves through the landscapes by transferring to different bodies. Alternately absorbing and expending energy, the player seeks to gain control of each level by rising to its highest point in an effort to reach to the final, ultimate battle against the nightmare that is the Sentinel. At each level, the player must also avoid the invisible yet deadly, energy-draining beams of the opposition. Sentinel Returns also features a unique sense of claustrophobia and panic, which comes from the unearthly, atmospheric environment, the music, and the players limited ability to survey the landscape. Scrolling is slow and deliberate, engendering a sense of sweating paranoia as players, feeling their energy being drained, struggle to look around in order to escape the deadly beams. Other refinements that enhance Sentinel Returns include a more gradual learning curve that lures in the gamer, then becomes progressively more addictive and challenging. Sentinel Returns also features more than 650 crafted levels, all of which must be sequentially attained and conquered. Another major enhancements is a PC network play option, which adds an entirely new dimension to the game by allowing multiple players on a single playfield -- racing against each other to finish each level. Midway Secures Worldwide Publishing Rights to Psygnosis, N64 CORSICANA, TEXAS/LIVERPOOL, UK (Sept. 3) BUSINESS WIRE - Sept. 3, 1998 - Midway to publish popular Psygnosis(tm) Franchise for Nintendo(R) 64 in Mid-November. Midway Home Entertainment and Psygnosis today announced an agreement which will give Midway worldwide publishing rights to the Nintendo 64 version of Wipeout. The futuristic racing game is the latest release for this celebrated franchise built by Psygnosis, which includes Wipeout and Wipeout 2097, (Wipeout XL in the US), already available for the PlayStation(R) game console and PC CD ROM machines. Midway's release of Wipeout 64 in mid-November marks the first time this franchise will be available on the Nintendo(R) 64. "Wipeout is a great racing franchise, as proven by its success across a variety of platforms to date," said Byron Cook, president of Midway Home Entertainment. "Psygnosis' leadership of the racing genre together with an excellent pre-launch build up for the game will combine with Midway's strength in retail penetration and marketing to make a terrific formula for success for Wipeout 64." Gary Johnson, managing director of Psygnosis, commented, "We're pleased to find a distribution partner who will build on the work done to date and one who is well positioned to fulfill the game's retail potential. We will be continuing our efforts to grow the Wipeout brand across a variety of platforms and to a broad audience." Retaining the post-apocalyptic look and feel prevalent in the previous multi-format versions, Wipeout 64 also boasts mind-numbing speed, eye-popping graphics, outstanding sound effects, a high-quality techno soundtrack and extremely precise analogue control. The soundtrack includes two tracks from Fluke, Absurd and Goodnight Lover and one from the Propellerheads, Bang On! (all three are exclusive mixes). The Nintendo 64 game also offers split-screen races, allowing up to four players to compete at the same time for the first time in any Wipeout game. Fans of the original can also expect to find all of the depth that has made the Wipeout series such a favorite among gamers. Securing rights to Wipeout 64 follows on the heels of another significant Midway announcement. Recently Midway reported that its highly anticipated NFL(R) Blitz(tm) football video game for the PlayStation and Nintendo 64 will be available September 12, weeks before its scheduled release date. NFL Blitz will be available on the PC in early October and Nintendo's Game Boy(R) Color by Thanksgiving. In addition to NFL Blitz and Wipeout 64, Midway's fall release schedule includes Rush(tm) 2: Extreme Racing for Nintendo 64 and PC; the sci-fi action/RPG game Body Harvest(tm) for Nintendo 64; Micro Machines(R) V3 for Nintendo 64 and PC, and other exciting titles for various platforms. Konami Kicks Off Hit Soccer Game for N64, PSX, and Game Boy SEP 1, 1998, M2 Communications - Konami of America, Inc., leading developer of electronic entertainment for the home video game and PC game markets, announces the shipping of three new Konami Sports Series titles, the next-generation versions of its worldwide hit, International Superstar Soccer. The original hit game, which sold over a million units worldwide, was created exclusively for the Nintendo 64 and recently won an Academy Award for Best Console Sports Game of 1997. The game was enhanced for 1998 and is being released in three different versions: International Superstar Soccer '98 for the N64, International Superstar Soccer Pro '98 for the Sony PlayStation and International Superstar Soccer for the Game Boy. The Nintendo 64 version features "head tracking" elements, allowing the player's eyes and head to follow the actual ball movement on screen. It also features precise player movement with variable speed due to 3D analog joystick control. Other new features to both console versions that bring more realistic play include multiple camera angles; extensive motion-capture technology providing more than 17,000 player animations; and play-by-play with Tony Gubba, BBC soccer announcer. "We're thrilled to ship these multiple versions of International Superstar Soccer," said Jon Sloan, Konami's director of Marketing. "This truly is the best soccer game ever released and it's a pleasure to bring the game to so many users." An excess of 500 different words and phrases, including commentary and crowd reactions, add to the stunning realism of this game. Depending on the platform used, International Superstar Soccer allows the gamer to choose from up to 54 international teams and eight international stadiums. Additionally, players can enjoy the realistic game settings based on actual soccer strategies, including all-member offense, counter attack, zone press, center offense and more. Basic movements, such as pass and kick, are made by simple button settings. Once players feel comfortable at the basic levels, they can change to more complicated button settings to enjoy advanced game techniques. "International Superstar Soccer takes the Konami Sports Series to another level. Plain and simple, it is just amazing," adds Sloan. "This game offers everything a gamer can ask for in a sports gamerealistic player movements for great gameplay and tons of options. All this makes the most incredible soccer game to date--one you have to play to truly believe." Network Games Seen as Next Battlefield in Japan TOKYO, Sep 08, 1998 (Asia Pulse via COMTEX) -- Makers of video game machines are gearing up for a new round of competition. This time, their focus is on network games, which enable players to compete with each other through computer networks such as the Internet. With a network-ready video game machine and network game services expected to hit the market shortly, some analysts believe network video games will be among the hottest items during the year-end sales season. Sega Enterprises Ltd. is planning to make a comeback in the home video game market with the release of its DreamCast machine in November. The unit is the first to offer a modem as standard equipment, a feature that will result in a higher price tag. Network video games are becoming popular, especially in the U.S., because they allow players to compete against other people, including those from overseas. Shoichiro Irimajiri, president of Sega, believes Japanese consumers will also embrace network video games in the near future because, as Sega Chairman Isao Ohkawa puts it, "communication is the best entertainment for people." The Sony group, which has become the leader in home-use video game machines with the success of PlayStation, is also expanding into network games. Sony Music Communications Inc. started operating a pay network game service in the summer, offering the local version of popular U.S.battle-tank network game, Tanarus. The company hopes to attract around 25,000 subscribers by the end of this year. Makers of game software are also showing great interest in network games. Irimajiri expects Japanese-made network video games to start hitting store shelves the next spring. According to statistics released by an industry group, 71.9% of Japanese households owned a video game machine but sales fell 7.9% year on year to 174.9 billion yen in 1997. The industry is hoping the popularity of network games will unleash new demand. ECTS 98: Sony/Nintendo to Outline Christmas '98 Plans AUG 11, 1998, M2 Communications - London -- As the interactive entertainment industry begins to outstrip both film and music in terms of global revenues, ECTS 98 kicks off on Sunday 6th September at London's Olympia, bringing together the companies, products and people driving the market at Europe's biggest trade expo dedicated to the market. The rival companies at the very forefront of the boom, Sony and Nintendo, will be two main exhibitors at ECTS. Both are expected to unveil key new products as well as outline spectacular Christmas marketing strategies. Elsewhere, the biggest independent software publishers from Europe, the US and the Far East will be spotlighting a new generation of titles for the PC, PlayStation and N64 as the market heads for worldwide sales of over 15 billion dollars. Over 1,000 new games and consumer software products are expected to be unveiled during the three day event. As well as the many exhibitors, ECTS 98 also boasts a diverse line-up of features and affiliated events offering an overview of the business that will be invaluable for newcomers and revealing for veterans. For the third year in a row, specialist research firm Datamonitor will be using the event as a launchpad for a major new report into the market. Entitled 'The European Games Industry', the research will focus on three key areas. It will look closely at the electronic games markets in Europe, it will take a probing look at the development of online games markets in Europe and deliver new findings and predictions for games CD-ROM publishing markets. A wealth of fresh data and statistical analysis will put the burgeoning European marketplace in sharp focus. Through dozens of monitors positioned throughout Olympia during the event, ECTS TV, sponsored by MicroProse, will provide visitors with updates on news from around the show floor plus a series of one-on-one interviews with leading industry figures, debates on the hottest topic of the day as well as many product launches and promotions. The ninth annual ECTS Interactive Entertainment Awards(a) ceremony, sponsored by chip giant Intel, takes place on the first evening of the event (Sunday 6th September) at Chelsea Football Club, with comedian Jack Dee as host Amongst the most hotly contested titles will be Game of the Year (Console and PC), Developer of the Year and Publisher of the Year. The heart and soul of the event however, remains the thousands of new products being unveiled. by the exhibitors and their affiliated organisations. Eidos (Stand G500) has confirmed that ECTS will mark the European debut of Tomb Raider II Daikatana, the new game from ION Storm; Omikron will also be unveiled as will Championship Manager 3. Expect some of the Premiership's leading footballers to make appearances. Mad Frankie Frazer (of the Kray's gang) will be attending ECTS 98 on the afternoons of Sunday 6th and Monday 7th September to promote Eidos' Gangsters game and Lara Croft (Nell) will also be at ECTS and will attend the ECTS Interactive Entertainment Awards 1998 on the evening of Sunday 6th September. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (Stand G700) will have its big Christmas 98 titles, including Crash Bandicoot 3, Spyro the Dragon, Tekken 3 and Medieval, the first title from its Cambridge development studio. Disney title Bug's Life is expected to be at ECTS alongside Popcorn, the first title from the former Rare developers, Eighth Wonder. Around 150 new titles are promised for the PlayStation before the end of 1998. Nintendo (Stand G410) has confirmed the European debut of colour Gameboy and development gum Shigeru Miyamoto will be attending ECTS 98 to promote his; latest game 'Zelda 64'. The genius behind 'Mario' is a rare visitor to these shores and his presence at ECTS is guaranteed to generate enormous press attention. Hasbro Interactive (Stand HS160) will have its first original title Hedz (developed by Viz) for the PC on HS160. A new version of Cluedo is expected as are Axis and Allies and Stratego, two games based on popular board games. Chip giant Intel. (Stand N360) has a significant presence. It will be focussing on 3D graphics software run through its Pentium II chips. There will be a press conference on Monday 7th September, at 11am in the Pillar Hall where for the first time you will be able to see the fastest ever Pentium II processor in action. 3Dfx Interactive (Stand HS110/120) will be showing its Voodoo Banshee chip for the first time at ECTS 98. Voodoo Banshee combines an entirely new 2D engine with the core of its most powerful 3D-only chipset, Voodoo 2. 3Dfx will also be unveiling unreleased games running on 3Dfx hardware and new demos from some of the European development groups. Interplay (Stand G450) has confirmed One of its biggest ever new product line ups for ECTS. Messiah on PC and Wild 9 on PlayStation both developed by Shiny Entertainment will be backed up by Earthworm Jim 31) on PlayStation and N64. Other titles include Star Trek: Colonials, Kingpin on PC, Descent 3 and RC Stunt Copter. Konami's (Stand G170) much talked about Metal Gear Solid and Silent Hill on PlayStation. will both make their European debuts at ECTS. Both titles are xpected in 1999. A worldwide debut for G-Police 2 from Psygnosis (Stand GL430) is being lined up along with around 12 other titles including European debuts for Drakan for the PC, WipeOut 64 and F1 98. LEGO Media International (Stand G560) -- a new subsidiary of the LEGO Group -- is extending the LEGO Group's traditional concept and values into media products for children aged between two and sixteen. LEGO Media's initial focus will be PC and console software with the first three titles being launched this November: LEGO Creator; LEGO Chess; and LEGO Loco. There will also be a preview of three forthcoming 1999 titles: LEGOLAND; LEGO Racers; (also available on Nintendo 64 and Sony Playstation and LEGO Friends. LEGO Media plans to be a major force in children's software -- setting new standards in the software industry by providing high quality titles that captivate and benefit children. LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Invention System, which allows you to program LEGO robots from your PC, will also be featured. Rage Software (Stand HS330) will debut Ruud Gullit's Striker, Expendable and Hostile Waters The company is looking at a worldwide first showing of Midnight GT. SCI's (Stand G550) eagerly anticipated follow up to Carmageddon will have its European debt Carmageddon II: Carpocalypse Now on PC, PlayStation and N64 will be accompanied by a new action puzzle game Wired. Several key titles are promised from THQ (Stand HS140), including a first European showing the eagerly awaited PlayStation game Rugrats. Other titles will include G-Darius and Penny Racers on N64. Wild Things (Stand G625) will make its debut at ECTS with a force feedback steering wheel for N64, PlayStation and PC alongside a new Dual Shock game pad. Product exclusives at ECTS from Labtec (Stand N110) include the first European demonstration of the APX-4620 speaker system. Other products on show will be the LCS 1030 computer speaker LCS 1040 USB speaker; the 'Voice Access' range of products for PC speech recognition and PC telephony. Ubi Soft (G360) will be revealing Football World Manager and Playmobil for the first time at ECTS and will also be promoting Rayman 2, Buck Bumble, Tonic Trouble and Scars. Leda Media Products (N320) will premier the latest in mass-market PC control technology at ECTS with the launch of the all-new Destiny PC accessory range of steering wheels, joypads and joysticks. The NxN Media Station 3.0 will be launched by NxN Digital Entertainment (N242) at ECTS. It the only integrated development environment for game production. It incorporates new feature. requested by game and high-end multimedia developers. There will be a press demonstration every day at 2 pm on their stand. Grand Prix driver Johnny Herbert will be on the Midas Interactive Entertainment stand (G525) on Sunday 6th September between 1pm and 3pm, promoting Johnny Herbert's Grand Prix Championship 1998. Want a new look? Then visit the Roderick Manhattan Group (Stand N210) to experiment with the Cosmopolitan VirtualMakeover. One click and you're a blonde, a redhead or a brunette. You can even reshape your lips or eyebrows and change the colour of your eyes! ECTS 98 also plays host to hundreds of other new products including 'Akuki the Heartless', and 'Gex3' from Crystal Dynamics (Gallery 2); 'A bug's Life and a title based on 'Simba's Pride' from Disney Interactive (Stand G300); the first showing of real-time tactical military, sim, 'Shadow Company', from Interactive Magic (Stand HS100); 'Pizza Syndicate' and 'Swing' will be promote on the Software 2000 stand (Stand HS320); and the launch of 'Wargasm', 'Tweety & Sylvester' an 'Asterix' amongst others, from Infogrames (Stand G420). ECTS is organised by Miller Freeman. It also runs a series. of other events for the European interactive entertainment industry, including Develop!, Online Games and the ECTS Interactive Entertainment Awards. ECTS is sponsored by Europe's leading trade newspaper CTW and ELSPA, the European Leisure Software Publisher's Association. ECTS 1998 took place between Sunday 6th and Tuesday 8th September 1998. ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine The wires are a hummin'! PEOPLE... ARE TALKING Compiled by Joe Mirando email@example.com Hidi ho friends and neighbors. You may not believe it, but I actually enjoy being back on the regular publishing schedule. I've been submitting articles and reviews or this column for so long now that it's just become a part of who I am. Of course, I DID find ways to occupy my free time over the past few months, but it's always nice to get back to familiar territory. So here we are again, ready to dive into the current batch of questions and answers, and who knows, you might even find the answer to a question that you've had but never got around to asking. But before we get to that, I'm going to go off on a Dennis Miller style rant or two (you just knew that was going to happen, didn't you?). This whole Kenneth Starr thing is getting to me again. The word I hear is that his report will be submitted to Congress in the next day or two (I'm writing this on Tuesday) and it's going to be 'all encompassing'. For the almost fifty million dollars it's cost us, it had damned well better be. While many question the reason for the high price tag, I've got a pretty good idea of one of the reasons for it. Did you ever notice what good old Kenny Starr is holding in his hand in almost every picture or clip of footage you see him in? A large Starbucks Coffee. Those babies aren't cheap! Hey, Kenny! As Shakespeare might have said, "Get thee to a Dunkin' Donuts!" The philosophy of austerity that his political party keeps trying to steer the masses toward might be a bit more palatable if we saw some action from the top instead of lip service. I will be hugely satisfied when, after the report is submitted to Congress and everything is out in the open, someone stops to think about Mr. Starr's conduct... Everything from mismanagement of funds (yes, he does have to submit reports, but I've seen examples of them, and they are typical examples of the government's bureaucratic paper chase) to badgering of potential witnesses to breaches of both conduct and protocol. It's true that every dog has his day... even a hound dog. Okay, one more rant. It's this CompuServe thing that I talked about last week. The fact that CompuServe is forcing a Forum dedicated to and serving users of orphan computers to use a graphical interface that will, by virtue of CompuServe's refusal to release the code necessary to write a program capable of accessing that graphical interface, will effectively prevent those who use any of these orphan computers from accessing the Forum. In short, it's CompuServe's way of saying, "Sorry, you can't access the information about orphan computers because you use an orphan computer". Does that sound silly to anyone other than myself? If pressed, I'd have to admit that I'd love to blame this on AOL's acquisition of CompuServe. But the plain and simple truth is that this has been in the wind for quite a bit more than a year now. Member web pages on CompuServe can only be constructed using a program that is only available for PC or Mac. The newer Sysop tools are available only for Microsoft's Windows or for the Mac. After this past Christmas, it took an act of God for an ASCII user to sign up for CompuServe. Do you see a trend starting here? Now, I'm not going to say that this is all a plot to squash all but the two major platforms, but the effect will be the same in the end, so I don't see that the motives or justifications make all that much difference. As a marketing tool the president of CompuServe, Mayo Stuntz, sent out an email to all members telling us about all the wonderful things that CompuServe has in mind for the future. At the end of the email, he mentioned that thoughts and comments were always welcomed. So I sent a reply to him telling him that I was happy that CompuServe had such high hopes for the future, but that I was going to cancel my membership as soon as The Computer Club Forum went to HMI-only format, and also outlined my reasons and disappointments with their decisions. I also mentioned that, since I have been a member of CompuServe for so many years, I felt it only right that I give an explanation even though it's probable that no one would care. I had hoped to receive some sort of reply, be it "Tough luck, go elsewhere", or "We're sorry that you can no longer take advantage of all that CompuServe has to offer, please consider us when you have purchased a more up-to-date computer", but as of this writing, there has been no reply. At least they have not taken the liberty of un-subscribing for me... yet. I had attempted to email a copy of the letter I sent to one of my other email addresses so that I could share it with you but, as if by some cosmic act of foreshadowing, CompuServe's mail system hiccuped and the email never went through. I will, of course keep you informed of any reply I do receive. Well, let's get on with the reason for this column... all the great news, hints, tips, and information that's floating around out there. From the comp.sys.atari.st NewsGroup Geert Poels posts: "Atari Software for Download...Some great software was released in the 80's. I bought most of it and don't want it to disappear." Nick Bales asks Geert: "Do you mean you bought the rights to distribute the software freely on the net, or are you just another lamer trying to destroy what's left of the Atari community. Anyway, you've hardly bought "most of" the games produced in the 80. A tiny portion maybe, but not "most"." Geert asks Nick: "What's lame about trying to prevent certain software to disappear ? Most of those companies don't exist anymore or don't have the originals. So if certain games cannot be bought anymore (new or secondhand) then you rather see the originals to be left to disappear somewhere ? Tell me then where to buy those games." Nick replies: "Ok, here we go again. This has been discussed hundreds of times before. 1) True, these games are no longer sold as new, but most of them are around on the second hand market. So what if I have some of these games for sale, and you come around saying "oh, people, don't buy them, you can get them for free on my homepage". You would be ruining the value of my property. I certainly wouldn't appreciate. 2) Some companies actually try to earn a living by selling new and second hand stuff, including games. Take a look at Best Electronics or B&C, or Bravo Sierra. This time you are actually harming them. These companies already struggle to support our community. When they disappear, there will be no more dealer support for the Atari, which means no more outlets for new products in the "offline" Atari community. 3) It's just damn plain illegal. Ok, so nobody cares. But in our society we have rules and laws. Just because "you won't get caught" doesn't make them irrelevant. When you're driving and you come to a red light, and there are no cops around, you know that "you won't get caught", but do you go through anyway?" Tony Greenwood adds: "4) Existing ATARI Games programmers do not want to compete with a flood of free commercial quality software, When a web surfer is offered the choice to download free commercial software OR Freeware/Shareware to try.. there's a good chance they will pick the former and that harms the developing side of the ATARI Community. <frown>" I'll just add my two cents worth by saying that it WAS wrong to pirate, it IS wrong to pirate, and it WILL BE wrong to pirate. There are no victimless crimes. If you want to pirate software or make it easy for others to do so, at least have the testicular fortitude to call it what it is. You can call it software preservation if you wish, but it's still piracy, and it's still wrong. Kenneth Medin asks about his sick laser printer: "My SLM605 prints a diffuse horizontal line across the paper at 1/3 from top. I have tried to clean it with no positive effect. The drum looks OK. Has anyone been able to fix this? Someone else did ask the same question some time ago with no response." Jo Vandeweghe tells Kenneth: "It's the drum, I have the same printer and the same problem ... it seems to be the drum where it is in contact with some other mechanical piece ... the toner stay on the drum at this place because the photosensitive coating went away from the drum surface ... Change the drum or clean it with a special liquid ... I can't remember where I have read about that, but some people were able to clean the drum and set it to a new life ..." Derryck Croker tells Kenneth: "Unlikely to be the drum? I'm thinking that the drum would "start" at a different place each time you print IYSWIM. Tricky one. Anyhow, the manual for my laser says that a line across the printout can be caused by a dirty glass in front of the laser scanner so have a go at cleaning that? Otherwise your best bet might be to try a laser printer repair shop, the printer is a Mannesmann Tally MT900 series so shouldn't be unfamiliar - but you'll need to take your Atari along with you to demo of course!" Paul Nurminen asks: "I've seen others ask this, but have not yet seen any responses. Is there any work being done on CAB so it can understand JAVA? I seem to be finding more and more web sites that use JAVA, and obviously with CAB, I'm out of luck. If not CAB, then is there another browser for the Atari that _does_ support JAVA?" Nick Bales tells Paul: "Java is just so huge, bloated, and power consuming, that I doubt it will ever be a viable option on our platform. It is just the opposite of what TOS is all about: a small OS in ROM, making things fast because of the lack of bloatware. Webmasters who make their sites Java-only don't deserve to be webmasters. The Net is all about connecting all kinds of computers, using all kinds of clients, to share information. A site on which form counts more that content is so interesting in my opinion." Nick Bales asks: "Does anyone know exactly how CAB identifies itself to HTTP servers ? I'm using the webcounter CGI from www.fxweb.com for my Quick FAQ pages, and it gives you stats on Browsers and OS that visit. Apparently they don't seem to identify Atari or TOS as an OS." Erik Hall tells Nick: "It depends on the CAB.OVL and the settings. When I am using CAB I have it to fake Mozilla cause some servers do not accept other Browsers than IE and Netscape. In this mode CAB is identifies as Mozilla compatible browser and the server thinks it is Netscape." Nick replies: "I see, and what OS does it pretend to be running on? And which version of Netscape does it pretend to be ?" Mark Bedingfield posts: "G'day, could someone PLEEEEESSSSSSEEEEE write a utility to limit the Memory on the Falcon? I have 14 meg and some of my ST software (which worked fine under 4meg) is not functioning properly. What I would like to see is a Falcon version of Ram limiter for the ST. It was an auto folder Prog. that allowed you to set the limits on the amount of memory your machine has, 512k, 1meg, 2meg etc. I hate having to use backward every time I want to use the spell checker in wordwriter (yes I know its old)." Pascal Ricard tells Mark: "I've just found a cpx to do what you want and more: cpx_030.cpx, available on http://wwwperso.hol.fr/~sbrmv/download.htm Look for Falcon Tools (archive name: falcontl.zip, 17 kb)." Well folks, that's it for this week. Drop me a line and let me know what you're thinking. I always read your thoughts and questions with interest. And you might even be immortalized right here in this column... how's THAT for cool? <grin> 'Till next time, be sure to listen to what they're saying when... PEOPLE ARE TALKING EDITORIAL QUICKIES What do you call a Lawyer who passed the BAR with the lowest possibles scores?? A.... JUDGE!! Best experienced with [ie_animated.gif (7090 bytes)] Click here to start STReport International Magazine ICQ#:1170279 [S]ilicon [T]imes [R]eport http://www.streport.com Every Week; OVER 850,000 Readers WORLDWIDE All Items quoted, in whole or in part, are done so under the provisions of The Fair Use Law of The Copyright Laws of the U.S.A. Views, Opinions and Editorial Articles presented herein are not necessarily those of the editors/staff of STReport International Magazine. Permission to reprint articles is hereby granted, unless otherwise noted. Reprints must, without exception, include the name of the publication, date, issue number and the author's name. STR, CPU, STReport and/or portions therein may not be edited, used, duplicated or transmitted in any way without prior written permission. STR, CPU, STReport, at the time of publication, is believed reasonably accurate. STR, CPU, STReport, Bits & Bytes, Casts & Blasts are copyright and trademarks of STReport and STR Publishing Inc. STR, CPU, STReport, its staff and contributors are not and cannot be held responsible in any way for the use or misuse of information contained herein or the results obtained therefrom. STReport "YOUR INDEPENDENT NEWS SOURCE" September 11, 1998 Since 1987 Copyright)1998 All Rights Reserved Issue No. 1429
- Next message by date: Bruce D. Nelson: "ST Report: 18-Sep-98 #1430"
- Previous message by date: Bruce D. Nelson: "ST Report: 04-Sep-98 #1428"
----------------------------------------- Return to message index