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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Subject: ST Report: 16-Oct-98 #1434 Date: Sat Oct 17 18:58:43 1998 [Silicon Times Report] "The Original Independent Online Magazine" (Since 1987 - Our 11th Year) [Image] October 16, 1998 No.1434 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. 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The trial gets underway Oct. 15. The Justice Department brought suit against Microsoft in May, charging it violated antitrust laws by unfairly using its monopoly in software for personal computers. The trial focuses in particular on Microsoft's allegedly unfair competition with Netscape, a pioneer in browsers for searching the Internet. Barksdale is set to testify for the government in the trial. The forthcoming book, "Competing on Internet Time: Lessons from Netscape and Its Battle with Microsoft," to be published next week, was made available to both Microsoft and Netscape. In it, Barksdale reportedly makes some embarrassing admissions about management and planning mistakes. Microsoft attorney Thomas Sartory said as he pleaded for the tapes' release that the interviews were important because Barksdale was "encouraged to be forthcoming, frank and truthful and he hadn't been prepared by lawyers." When Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Michael Cusumano and his co-author, Harvard University's David Yoffie, questioned Barksdale and 43 other Netscape executives in some 60 to 70 hours of interviews, it was done with the promise of confidentiality. As part of their research, academics are often given in-depth access to corporations -- as long as they allow the company to review the manuscript before publication. Such nondisclosure agreements are intended to protect proprietary information. The professors refused to cooperate with Microsoft and instead accused the software company, which is based in Redmond, Wash., of being "on a fishing expedition." To surrender the tapes "would stifle or chill future opportunity for research as people would be less willing to participate," argued their lawyer, Jeffrey Swope. U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns agreed with the professors -- for the most part. In a rare ruling from the bench, Stearns said Microsoft's arguments were based "on the fundamental premise that a witness in a civil case will lie ... As a general proposition, I don't think I can accept that as a judge." Stearns said the software giant had the resources to question all the witnesses involved and could get the information it sought without forcing the tapes' release. He did add, however, that if Microsoft could show it needed the tapes to test a witness's credibility, he would listen to the material in private and release it to the company if he deemed it would be helpful. In a separate development in pretrial maneuvering for another case, Microsoft subpoenaed documents from a San Francisco reporter for the on-line news service CNET. Microsoft served reporter Dan Goodin with a subpoena at his home on Tuesday, demanding documents he used to write a Sept. 23 story about Microsoft's attempts to compete with Sun Microsystems. In the story, which concerned a suit Sun has brought against Microsoft in San Jose, Calif., Goodin quoted internal Microsoft memos. CNET has retained a Los Angeles law firm to fight the subpoena. Goodin's story is available at www.news.com. Judge Delays Microsoft Trial A federal judge agreed to delay the start of the government's antitrust trial wth Microsoft Corp. four days until Oct. 19. Addinng to the roster of witnesses form high-tech rivals, the government says it will call key executives from Apple Computer Co. and Sun Microsystems Inc. to testify against Microsoft at its antitrust trial. The government wants to use testimony from Apple and Sun to show that Microsoft engaged in a pattern of illegal activities, not just specifically to distribute more of its Internet browser software, but also generally to protect its lucrative Windows operating system. The decision to highlight Microsoft's behavior toward Apple and Sun illustrates the breadth of the case. Executives from Netscape Communications Corp., Intel Corp., America Online, IBM Corp. and Intuit Inc. previously agreed to testify against Microsoft. Both the government and the company updated their witnesses lists Thursday, and Microsoft changeed its mind again today. Microsoft said Thursday it will call its top sales executive and one of its software developers who attended a controversial June 1995 meeting with rival Netscape. But today, responding to the government's new witnesses from Apple and Sun, Microsoft said it will call Robert Muglia, a senior executive with Microsoft who works with Sun, and Chris Engstrom, an executive who handled some of Microsoft 's relations with Apple. The original antitrust lawsuit, filed in May, focused on Microsoft's fight to control the Internet browser market. But it also generally accused Microsoft of "a series of anticompetitive activities" to protect its dominant Windows operating system. Microsoft accused the government again Thursday of trying to broaden the case inappropriately. The company has said if the judge allows what it describes as new allegations, then he should delay the case at least six months. "These new witnesses are further proof that the government has lost faith in its original case and is rewriting its case at the last minute," spokesman Mark Murray said. "The government's case has had more makeovers than Madonna." U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson said previously that he would decide no earlier than today whether to limit the scope of the case. The judge didn't decide today whether to limit in advance the types of evidence the government can cite. But, he invited Microsoft to formally make its arguments in a future written motion. The government will call Sun's James Gosling, lead engineer for the Java programming language, which was designed to run on a variety of operating systems, not just Windows. Gosling likely will explain how Microsoft feared that widespread use of Java could replace Windows. Sun is suing Microsoft in an unrelated federal lawsuit in California, claiming that Microsoft is distributing a Windows-only version of Java in violation of their contract. A Sun lawyer, citing internal e-mail by Microsoft, said last week that Chairman Bill Gates was "scared to death" of Java. Court documents suggest the government will use testimony from Avie Tevanian, a vice president of programming at Apple, to show that Microsoft tried illegally to dissuade Apple from developing future Windows versions of its popular QuickTime software. QuickTime, which lets customers hear audio and watch video across the Internet, competes directly with Microsoft's own Netshow software. Govt. To Use Apple, Sun Evidence The government says it will call key executives from Apple Computer Co. and Sun Microsystems Inc. to testify against Microsoft Corp. at its antitrust trial, adding to the roster of witnesses from high-tech rivals. The government wants to use testimony from Apple and Sun to show that Microsoft engaged in a pattern of illegal activities, not just specifically to distribute more of its Internet browser software, but also generally to protect its lucrative Windows operating system. The decision to highlight Microsoft's behavior toward Apple and Sun illustrates the breadth of the case. Executives from Netscape, Intel Corp., America Online, IBM Corp. and Intuit Inc. previously agreed to testify against Microsoft. Both the government and the company updated their witnesses lists Thursday. Microsoft said it will call its top sales executive and one of its software developers who attended a controversial June 1995 meeting with rival Netscape Communications Corp. The original antitrust lawsuit, filed in May, focused on Microsoft's fight to control the Internet browser market. But it also generally accused Microsoft of "a series of anticompetitive activities" to protect its dominant Windows operating system. Microsoft accused the government again Thursday of trying to broaden the case inappropriately. The company has said if the judge allows what it describes as new allegations, then he should delay the case at least six months. "These new witnesses are further proof that the government has lost faith in its original case and is rewriting its case at the last minute," spokesman Mark Murray said. "The government's case has had more makeovers than Madonna." U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson said previously that he would decide no earlier than today whether to limit the scope of the case. A hearing was scheduled in Washington. The trial was set to begin next week, although both sides agreed to ask the judge to delay the case an extra four days until Oct. 19. Jackson has not ruled on the request. The government will call Sun's James Gosling, lead engineer for the Java programming language, which was designed to run on a variety of operating systems, not just Windows. Gosling likely will explain how Microsoft feared that widespread use of Java could replace Windows. Sun is suing Microsoft in an unrelated federal lawsuit in California, claiming that Microsoft is distributing a Windows-only version of Java in violation of their contract. A Sun lawyer, citing internal e-mail by Microsoft, said last week that Chairman Bill Gates was "scared to death" of Java. Court documents suggest the government will use testimony from Avie Tevanian, a vice president of programming at Apple, to show that Microsoft tried illegally to dissuade Apple from developing future Windows versions of its popular QuickTime software. QuickTime, which lets customers hear audio and watch video across the Internet, competes directly with Microsoft's own Netshow software. Among Microsoft's new witnesses is Jeff Raikes, its head of worldwide sales, who will testify that consumers want an Internet browser integrated with Windows. Raikes is quoted in the government's lawsuit as saying, "Netscape pollution must be eradicated." Thomas Reardon is the software developer who attended a meeting at Netscape in which, the government contends, Microsoft offered to divide the browser market. The judge has limited each side to only a dozen witnesses. Microsoft Subpoenas Reporter Microsoft Corp. is demanding that a news reporter return secret documents used for a story about the company, and is complaining in another lawsuit that other reporters were given other confidential paperwork. Microsoft subpoenaed Dan Goodin, a reporter for the Internet publication CNet, to demand that he return documents showing that Microsoft considered the threat from a rival's Java programming language, which doesn't require Windows, a "top priority." Goodin, in a Sept. 23 story, also quoted a Microsoft e-mail saying executives wanted to ensure that Java's potential to run software on a variety of operating systems "does not happen." Microsoft, which filed the subpoena last week, is demanding Goodin return the documents. The paperwork was part of the lawsuit filed by Sun Microsystems Inc., which created Java and is suing in California over claims that Microsoft is distributing a Windows-only version of Java. "We're not asking CNet where they got the materials," Microsoft spokesman Jim Cullinan said. "We're trying to make sure that, when we send information out in any of our lawsuits, it's protected." Goodin was away from his office in San Francisco until Monday and couldn't be reached for comment. In another lawsuit by rival Caldera Inc., Microsoft is complaining that other confidential documents were turned over to the media. Caldera is suing Microsoft in Utah for designing early Windows software that allegedly was deliberately incompatible with its DR-DOS operating system. In August, The Wall Street Journal and a new book, "The Microsoft File," cited e-mail by Microsoft about an ominous warning that appeared whenever customers tried using an early version of Windows with DR-DOS. Microsoft lawyer James Jardine filed a motion under seal two weeks ago in federal court in Salt Lake City arguing that "local press stories" included "selective confidential information." No subpoenas were filed. The moves come on the heels of Microsoft's unsuccessful attempt to force two professors to hand over recordings and notes from interviews with executives at Netscape Communications Corp. A federal judge in Boston ruled Thursday that the professors don't have to turn over their materials, used to research an upcoming book about the fight between Microsoft and Netscape. The authors said the several hours of tapes, which include interviews with Netscape Chairman Jim Barksdale, company co-founder Marc Andreessen and more than 40 other employees, contained off-the-record comments, private conversations and admissions of strategic missteps. Gates Defense Brings Some Hisses Microsoft Corp. chairman Bill Gates was hissed by some software customers this morning as he defended his firm's disputed practices in a last-minute public tour before the government's historic antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft goes to trial. Gates drew the mixed response after an industry analyst said many business software buyers feel they are forced to buy the latest Microsoft software at often high prices because of the way Microsoft designs its computer programs. Gates insisted most customers choose to upgrade because they want the new features. But some clearly disagreed among the thousands of corporate technology managers attending a computer symposium here. "People like me are forced to upgrade," said Bill Schrier, speaking after Gates' talk. Schrier manages the telecommunications network used by Seattle's city government. The issue is a key one in the government's case against Microsoft, which accuses the software giant of exploiting its monopoly in personal computer operating systems to crush software rivals, limiting consumer choice. Microsoft adamantly defends its practices, which it contends actually bring consumers greater choice of software features at low prices. In the latest accusations to emerge, The Wall Street Journal reported today that Apple - which struck an alliance with Microsoft last year - is privately upset about what its executives regard as Microsoft's attempts to stifle an Apple multimedia technology called QuickTime. The Journal, citing a previously undisclosed account that Apple supplied to state and federal investigators, said engineers at Compaq Computer Corp. were interested in licensing QuickTime in a deal that might have given Apple a $2 royalty for each Compaq machine using the software. But senior Compaq executives overruled subordinates for fear that Microsoft might object to a licensing arrangement, Apple executives said. Gates has been busily criss-crossing the nation this week, just before the Justice Department's case goes to trial, set for Monday. He appeared publicly Tuesday in St. Louis and on Monday in Bloomington, Ind., and in Denver. He was scheduled to appear in Charlotte, N.C. later today. In Florida, Gates defended his company's practice of continually integrating new software features into its Windows operating system. The Justice Department's case hinges on accusations that Microsoft, by giving away its own Internet browser in its latest operating program, has shut out Netscape, which pioneered the market. "We think it was a pretty obvious thing to get the browser capability built into the operating system," Gates said. "We're very confident that kind of innovation is a great thing." U.S. House Finally Passes Digital Copyright Bill The U.S. House of Representatives approved landmark legislation updating copyright law for the digital age, sending the bill to the White House where President Bill Clinton is expected to sign it into law. The bill, approved by the Senate last week, implements the provisions of two international treaties adopted by the World Intellectual Property Organization in 1996 Software makers, movie studios, book publishers and other creators of copyrighted works pushed hard for the legislation, fearing that as their products increasingly became available on the Internet in digital form, pirates and criminals would be able to make and sell illegal copies easily. The legislation creates criminal penalties for anyone who circumvents high-technology anti-piracy protections, such as encryption, used to block illegal copying. The bill also forbids the manufacture, import, sale or distribution of devices or services used for circumvention. "The U.S. Congress today set an international standard for strong protection of creative works on the Internet that will spur the growth of electronic commerce and result in consumers benefiting from quicker and better online access to software, music, movies and other types of copyrighted works," said Robert Holleyman, president of the Business Software Alliance. A variety of exceptions were also included at the request of libraries, scientists, universities and some manufacturers of consumer electronic devices. They feared the law would prevent some kinds of research and would unfairly limit "fair use," a central principle of existing copyright law that allows copies to be made for educational and other non-commercial purposes. The exceptions include allowing circumvention if done for computer security testing, encryption research or limited kinds of computer software development. Internet surfers can also circumvent in limited ways to protect their privacy, and parents could circumvent to monitor their children's travels through cyberspace. The anti-circumvention laws will not go into effect for two years, until the Librarian of Congress, with advice from the Commerce Department, decides whether additional exceptions need to be made. Such exceptions would be reconsidered in a recurring process every three years, at which time new exceptions could also be created. The bill also defined broad freedom from liability for online and Internet service providers, like America Online, which otherwise might have been held financially liable for copyright infringement by one of their millions of customers. Under the bill, service providers will not be held liable for violations they do not know of but if notified by a copyright holder, must take rapid action to shut down the alleged violator. However, if the copyright holder fails to pursue the claim in court within a few weeks, the alleged violator has the right to demand that online access be restored. The procedure "establishes a rational process that will enable service providers to move quickly against copyright violations discovered on their systems without forcing them into the impossible task of monitoring millions of transmissions," said Tim Casey, chief technology counsel at MCI WorldCom Inc. Republican leaders in the House delayed a vote on the bill for several days, angered by a high-technology trade group that last week selected a former Democratic lawmaker as its new president. The Electronic Industries Alliance, which selected former Oklahoma Rep. Dave McCurdy, said it was puzzled by the delay, since members of the group have not been strong supporters of the legislation. Senator to Add Anti-porn Bill to Internet Act Sen. Dan Coats plans this week to offer a controversial amendment to the Internet Tax Freedom Act that would limit online pornography, a spokesman for Coats confirmed Monday. Coats, R-Ind., and other conservative lawmakers see the act, which the Senate is expected to vote on early in the week, as a logical vehicle for their measure, which would bar commercial Web sites from allowing children to access material deemed "harmful to minors." "We are definitely looking at an avenue to have something be germane and address the problem," spokesman Matt Smith said. Smith said the Coats amendment would probably be offered Tuesday morning. Veritas Agrees to Buy Seagate Unit for $1.6 Billion Veritas Software Corp. said late Monday it would buy the Network and Storage Management Group of Seagate Software, a unit of Seagate Technology Inc., for about $1.6 billion in stock, creating a powerhouse in the storage software industry. Veritas, a maker of software to protect data, will issue about 33 million of its common shares to form the new company, which will retain the Veritas Software name, employ about 2,300 people and make a wide range of data storage management products. As the No. 1 maker of disk drives, Seagate has been looking for ways to cut costs and streamline its businesses amid a glut of disk drives. Penton Media Acquires Mecklermedia for $274 Million Business media company Penton Media said it has agreed to acquire Mecklermedia Corp. for about $274 million in a move that bolsters Penton's position on the Internet. Mecklermedia, whose products include the Internet World and ISPCON trade shows, owns several of the most prized Web site names, including Internet.com, on which it locates a network of 18 Web sites. Penton Media said it agreed to tender all outstanding shares of Mecklermedia's common stock for $29 each - a premium of about 44% over Mecklermedia's closing price yesterday of $20.19. Hayes Declares Bankruptcy Modem maker Hayes Corp. has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, saying it will continue to operate while it looks for additional funding. The Norcross, Georgia company had announced a restructuring in August, amid losses of $14.2 million. At the time, the company said it planned to put its Norcross facility up for sale and focus on cable modems and other high-speed devices. Hayes said today that it would continue to "resize" its operations, and narrow its focus on the broadband, RAS and Voice-over-IP markets. The company has secured interim financing and is negotiating for permanent financing. "We made the decision to seek the protection of the Bankruptcy Court in the belief that this action would provide the most viable means of achieving our key goals of refocusing our business strategy and operations," CEO Ron Howard said in a release. AltaVista Enhances Internet Search Capabilities Seeking to set itself apart in a crowded field, AltaVista has unveiled a new version of its Internet search guide that allows computer users to locate information with the help of a simple question-and-answer format unique among major Web sites. In addition, AltaVista (www.altavista.com) said it was now offering a range of new features, such as photo searches, a spell checker to increase the likelihood that a search will yield the intended results, and a family-friendly filter that can screen out potentially objectionable materials. AltaVista became a unit of Compaq Computer Corp. as part of that company's $8.4 billion acquisition of Digital Equipment in June. In bolstering its search capabilities, AltaVista is resisting the rush by rivals such as Yahoo! Inc., Excite Inc. and Lycos Corp. to diversify into catch-all Internet media sites. They are now catering to a range of other activities besides searching, like electronic mail, online chat, news and shopping. "Searching is still the No. 1 activity on the Internet," said Celia Francis, AltaVista's marketing director. "Pretty much of all of our competitors have abandoned" attempts to improve their Internet navigation features, seeing it as a commodity business and yielding the field to AltaVista, she said. To the contrary, the ever-expanding jungle of information available on the Web calls for ever more powerful search capabilities, Francis said. The new AltaVista indexes up to 140 million pages. "People still have a very hard time finding things on the Internet," she said. "Only with our new site have they begun to experience a sense of relief that what they find is relevant," she said, referring to focus groups of users who have tested the new AltaVista Internet guide. With its new search capabilities, Francis said Alta Vista has "leapfrogged" its rivals' capacity to provide quality Web searches. That includes Inktomi, another company largely focused on providing such search tools. By emphasizing its strength as a search tool, AltaVista, which ranks as the No. 10 most-visited Web site, is not conceding any ground to perhaps sexier Internet media rivals like Yahoo. AltaVista remains committed to becoming among the top three busiest sites on the Internet, Francis said. AltaVista now boasts a variety of intuitive approaches to searching the Web, instead of relying on highly structured searchers requiring logical connections like "and," "but" or "or," which often can produce convoluted or overwhelming results. Apple Set For First Annual Profit In Three Years Apple Computer Inc. is set to report its first profitable year since 1995 and the computer maker plans to hold a briefing this week to tout the news and announce new products, industry analysts said. In an unusual move, co-founder and interim chief executive Steve Jobs will host a news conference Wednesday, while the stock market is open, to report fourth-quarter earnings, give an update on the hot-selling Mac computer and roll out the next version of the Macintosh operating system. Apple, like many West Coast technology companies, usually reports earnings after the close of the U.S. stock market. "I don't think they are doing this to report a loss," said Richard Doherty, director of Envisioneering Group, a consulting firm in Seaford, N.Y. "I think they are going to show that they have had the most successful computer launch in history." Apple has reported three consecutive profitable quarters, fueled largely by iMac, and analysts expect earnings of 49 cents a share for the latest quarter and $1.71 a share for its fiscal year ended last month, according to First Call, which tracks estimates. Apple's last profitable year was fiscal 1995, when it earned more than $400 million on sales of $11 billion. But the company that helped popularize the personal computer lost $1.8 billion its last two fiscal years as it struggled to cut costs and refocus its products while customers defected to competitors. Jobs, who has been back at Apple as interim CEO for just over a year, will take center stage at Flint Center, near the company's Cupertino, Calif., headquarters, a venue Apple has used before for special events. In May, Jobs surprised the crowd by introducing the iMac, Apple's first new consumer product in several years, at the center, where the original Macintosh machine was rolled out. Since it began shipping in August, the innovative iMac, priced at $1,299, has sold briskly. Apple shipped a record 150,000 units to retailers, many of whom sold out quickly and reordered. "I am expecting reasonably positive news out of these guys," said Lou Mazzucchelli, an analyst with Gerard Klauer Mattison. Apple Posts $106 Million Profit In Quarter Apple Computer Inc. said it earned $106 million in its fourth quarter as sales of its new iMac personal computer helped the company blow away analysts' forecasts and post its first annual profit in three years. Apple said it earned 68 cents a diluted share in the period, which ended Sept. 25 and was the fourth quarter of its fiscal year. A year earlier, the Cupertino, Calif.-based computer maker lost $161 million, or $1.26 a share. Its per-share income was well above the 49 cents a share forecast by Wall Street analysts surveyed by First Call Corp. but its stock price was down $1.31 at $37.44 a share on Nasdaq. "Apple grew faster than the industry this quarter for the first time in nearly five years," interim Chief Executive Steve Jobs said in a statement. "Apple is regaining operational excellence exiting the quarter with only six days of inventory, surpassing Dell Computer's most recently reported level of eight days." Revenues for the quarter were even with last year at $1.6 billion, while gross margins widened to 27 percent from 20 percent a year earlier, Apple said. Unit shipments in the quarter rose 28 percent year-over-year, and ending inventory dropped to $78 million, or six days of inventory. For the full fiscal year, Apple posted net earnings of $309 million, or $2.10 a diluted share, compared with a net loss of $1.0 billion, or $8.29 a share, the prior year. Revenue for the year fell to $5.9 billion from $7.1 billion. Apple's market share, which had dwindled to about 4 percent in past quarters, now appears to be bouncing back a bit, with the iMac computer luring first-time PC buyers. More than 40 percent of iMac buyers are new customers for Apple, according to a survey of almost 2,000 iMac buyers conducted by Audits & Surveys, Apple said.The findings show that 29.4 percent of iMac buyers are first-time computer buyers, 12.5 percent are "converts" who own other brands of personal computers and the remaining 58.1 percent own a Macintosh, Apple said. The translucent iMac computer, which boasts a unique all-in-one design, has been the fastest-selling Mac ever introduced. Priced at $1,299, the computer is designed to make it easy for customers to get on the Internet.Apple also said on Wednesday it will add Best Buy Co. Inc., which has 300 outlets, as a nationwide retailer beginning next month. The iMac already is available at CompUSA stores. Apple's first annual profit since fiscal 1995 caps a substantial recovery for Apple. In the past 12 months, the company's stock has traded as low as $12.75 a share, but with company co-founder Jobs back at the helm -- albeit on a temporary basis -- and its iMac posting strong sales, its stock has traded as high as $43.75 recently. Opposition to Net Privatization Fearing commercial interests may co-opt cyberspace, scores of educators, activists and computer professionals gathered Saturday to marshal forces in a battle against privatizing the Internet. The two-day meeting, organized by Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility, is aimed at bringing together dozens of organizations with a stake in cyberspace. "Like it or not, decisions are being made, strategies are being set up that will determine how we interact as a society, and it's not just a matter of getting government out of the way," said Harry Hochheiser, director-at-large for CPSR, based in Palo Alto, Calif. Among the topics at the two-day conference was a Clinton administration proposal that would largely hand over management of Internet addresses, or domain names, to a nonprofit corporation yet to be formed. The public has about a week to comment on the plan before a decision is made by the White House. Harvard Law School professor Lawrence Lessig, an expert in cyberspace law, criticized the plan. He said it places critical decisions about internet development in the hands of a commercially minded corporation with a potentially self-perpetuating board. Such an entity is unlikely to pay much heed to democratic values such as privacy, free speech and due process, he said. "If government doesn't protect those values, who will?" he said. Lessig also spoke of the broad challenges facing policy makers. "We're building the most significant jurisdiction since the Louisiana Purchase, but it's outside of the control of traditional Constitutional values," Lessig said. Gartner Group Sees No Threat To Wintel Oct 13, 1998 (Tech Web - CMP via COMTEX) -- Although there will be huge changes in computing technologies in the next five years, the companies that pull the strings will be the same, according to Gartner Group, a research company based in Stamford, Conn. At Gartner Group's annual IT/Expo in Orlando, Fla., Monday, analysts said they projected the PC industry will see rapid growth in new markets and continue its "bigger, smarter, faster" trend. Gartner analysts said they predicted PC penetration will rise from 43 percent of U.S. households today to 63 percent by 2002. The aggressive projections forecast rewritable DVD drives will compete with, and eventually supplant, VCRs for video recording, and children will shun Nintendo game consoles for technically superior PCs. According to Gartner, PC sales will more than double from 80 million in 1997 to nearly 180 million units in 2002, fueled largely by demand from developing nations such as China, India, and Brazil. In a session on desktop PC trends, Dataquest analyst Martin Reynolds said PCs will soon no longer be measured in MHz, but in GHz, surpassing the 2-GHz mark. Standard features of the PC of 2002, Reynolds said, will likely include a 30-gigabyte hard drive, 128 megabytes of RAM, a rewritable DVD drive, and 100-megabit-per-second Ethernet network adapters. Those specifications may seem like science fiction to today's desktop computer users, but reliance on Windows and Intel's processor architecture will be reality, according to Reynolds. "The industry is moving to a complete Intel architecture and Microsoft NT solution from server to client device," he said. Microsoft's Win CE mobile computing platform, code-named Jupiter, and Intel's StrongArm processors will make significant inroads in the handheld and PDA markets, he added. "There are no significant threats to the Intel or Microsoft desktop PC franchises through 2003," said Chris Goodhue, another PC analyst at Gartner. Goodhue added the Java-reliant network computer market, previously positioned as a viable alternative to Wintel, won't reach more than 1 million units per year and will thus remain a niche device. But despite Gartner Group's rosy outlook for the Wintel platform, the research company also warned about adopting new products too quickly. Win NT 5.0, scheduled to ship in mid-1999, won't be widely available until 2000, Goodhue said, and he suggested IT managers wait six to nine months before deploying it. He also said it would be wise to wait until after Microsoft releases the first NT 5.0 service pack upgrade to fix bugs. Microsoft's goal of moving Windows users to NT won't happen as quickly as the company would like. "Plan on Windows 9.x being part of your administration requirements in 2002 and beyond," Goodhue said. Likewise, Intel's 64-bit Merced processor won't be adopted widely in desktop PCs before 2002, but will remain a server chip. Reynolds said mainframes will continue to have performance advantages over microprocessor-based servers through at least the next four to five years. The PC's continued growth will keep not only Intel and Microsoft healthy, but will also mean strong bottom lines for PC manufacturers such as IBM, Dell, Compaq, and Hewlett-Packard, the analysts said. Y2K Computer Fix To Eat Up Budgets-Survey Company spending to avert computer breakdowns resulting from the Year 2000 date change will consume a whopping 44 percent of information technology budgets in 1999, according to a survey. While corporate computer budgets are expected to stay relatively flat in 1998 vs. 1997, the portion spent on Year 2000 fixes will eat up 29 percent of the total this year, up from 5 percent in 1997, according to computer consultant Gartner Group Inc. The survey is the latest to suggest a corporate spending pullback has begun that will sap investments in new technology, slowing growth for many computer companies. Gartner Group Chief Executive Manny Fernandez said in a speech on Monday that Year 2000 spending will become the No. 1 technology priority for companies worldwide, beating out spending on nearly all other new computer technologies combined. "This year, 1998, that number is 29 percent," Fernandez told about 10,000 people at the opening day of Gartner's annual Symposium/IT Expo 98 in Orlando, Fla., "Our latest forecast is that that percentage will soar to 44 percent of IT (information technology) budgets in 1999." The statistics are based on a survey of technology managers at 15,000 small, medium and large companies in 87 countries. Gartner has estimated the worldwide cost of preventing potential Year 2000 computer failures will total $300 billion to $600 billion, with $150 billion to $225 billion of that amount to be spent by U.S. companies alone. That's funding robbed from new technology that companies otherwise might have installed in the coming years. Projects that could be delayed or cut back include new software to link key business operations, larger data storage networks, new computer-based customer service phone centers and electronic mail systems, Fernandez said. Overall, computer systems account for an average of between 5 percent and 8 percent of corporate budgets in the companies surveyed, depending on whether the business is an aggressive user of technology or not, according to Gartner. Gartner is the top information technology market research firm in the world, with more than 11,000 corporate clients. It has been a leading voice in popularizing the threat of Year 2000 computer failures. The Year 2000 crisis stems from a once-seemingly-innocent computer programming shortcut begun decades ago that used the last two digits of a year to substitute for the full year. A computer understands "69" to mean 1969 and "98" to represent 1998. But "00" may be interpreted as 1900 in many computers, throwing off other calculations, unless the software is upgraded in time. Many experts say the danger is that computers unprepared for the millennium rollover will fail, potentially causing everything from traffic lights to electric power grids to fail, sparking widespread economic and social dislocation. Lou Marcoccio, a Gartner analyst and Year 2000 expert, said the number of companies initiating computer millennium fixes peaked last January, which explains the sharp jump in spending this year. He said further spending has resulted from a realization that the problem is not confined merely to older mainframe computers used to run large businesses, but extends to a variety of smaller computer hardware, software and so-called embedded systems. Embedded systems include refrigerators, car brakes and elevator circuits. 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 weve 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 U. Of Utah President Critiques Virtual Universities E-Commerce Growth Projections Web Patents Weave Confusion PCs Break $500 Price Barrier No New Taxes On Net Transactions Should The Net Be Privatized? Copyright Suit Over Music Downloading Hayes Files Again For Device Bankruptcy Honorary Subscriber: Frederick William Merger Of Web Measurement Rueckheim Firms Will Smooth Out Differences OECD Reps Set Guidelines For Internet Direct Mail Group Merges With Taxation Web Marketers AMD's New Chip Is Not Off The Old (Intel) Block Hatching A High-Tech Incubator Amazon To Launch Book Sites In The Audio Banner Ads From U.K.-Germany ValueClick IBM & RealNetworks To Offer Training/Presentation Products Apple Turnaround Senate Approves Bill House Approves Y2K Bill Increasing High-Tech Worker Visas Journal Pioneers Online Commentary Internet Provider Not Liable For Messages Of Its Customers Transforming The Network Library Of Congress Opens Collection Of Web Data Value-Added Content Is King Most-Visited Web Sites U. OF UTAH PRESIDENT CRITIQUES VIRTUAL UNIVERSITIES In his inauguration speech, University of Utah president J. Bernard Machen warned the state's governor and other officials that no online curriculum could ever replace the kind of educational experience offered by bricks-and-mortar institutions. Utah Governor Mike Leavitt has been a leading proponent of the Western Governors University, a virtual institution. In his remarks, Machen said that "the use of technology can be an important part of the delivery of certain aspects of education," but referred to WGU as an "experiment," that would be "most appropriate for the job-skills component of education." Speaking of his own institution, he said, "Let us not succumb to the temptation to force a college education to its lowest common denominator. The kind of education I am describing is not the cheapest, but it is the best." A spokeswoman for Governor Leavitt said that this "is not the first time that we have heard a kind of fearful, skeptical reaction from the higher-education community." (Chronicle of Higher Education 9 Oct 98) E-COMMERCE GROWTH PROJECTIONS ActivMedia's fifth annual Real Numbers Behind Net Profits survey examined e-commerce activity in 17 industry sectors and found that overall, industry executives are anticipating a revenue growth rate of 63% this year, up from 58% in 1997. Not surprisingly, the top sector for growth is computer hardware and software. Other areas expecting big gains are real estate, publishing and information services, finance, and Internet services. The largest gains are projected by managers in business-to-business services, telecommunications and broadcast, travel, and in the distribution/transportation/wholesale sectors. (AlleyCat News Sep 98) WEB PATENTS WEAVE CONFUSION A federal appellate court ruling in July confirming that computerized "business methods" can be patented has sparked a wave of patent applications that electronic commerce proponents fear will amount to "holdups in cyberspace." The July case involved a computerized mathematical formula for apportioning the administrative costs associated with a family of mutual funds, but by "claiming the computer as part of the invention, you can make things patentable that weren't patentable before," says a patent attorney in California. Skeptics say many of the new patents won't hold up in court, and will suffer the same fate as the 1993 patent granted to Compton New Media, protecting a method for combining text, audio and video on a compact disk. That patent was revoked in 1994, after critics demonstrated the technology was already in common use. "Everyone is under the impression the Patent Office thoroughly investigates your claims," says a Forrester Research analyst. "They really don't." (Wall Street Journal 9 Oct 98) PCs BREAK $500 PRICE BARRIER The San Francisco Chronicle reports that newly formed Emachines is introducing a fully equipped PC, including a monitor, for less than $500. The $499 eTower sports a 266 MHz Cyrix microprocessor, a 2.1 gigabyte hard drive, 32 megabytes of memory, a 56K modem, a CD-ROM drive and a 14-inch monitor. The same machine can be purchased without the monitor for $399. "Five hundred dollars is the magic number for opening up the next wave of adopters in the home," says the company's CEO. Emachines is a joint venture of two Korean companies -- TriGem and Korean Data Systems. The company is planning to offer several other computers in the next year or so, including a 300 MHz eTower with monitor for $599, an ultralight notebook for under $2,000 and an entertainment device for playing games and watching DVD movies. (St. Petersburg Times 10 Oct 98) NO NEW TAXES ON NET TRANSACTIONS With strong bipartisan support, including support from the Clinton Administration, the U.S. Senate has passed 92-2 a bill called the Internet Tax Freedom Act, which makes the Internet a tax-free zone for most transactions for the next three years. A conference committee will now resolve minor differences between this bill and one that has already been passed by the House. The main sponsor of the House bill, Christopher Cox (R.-Calif.), says it is based on the simple principle that information should not be taxed. (New York Times 9 Oct 98) SHOULD THE NET BE PRIVATIZED? The organization called Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility has begun a battle against a Clinton Administration plan that would largely turn over management of Internet domain names to an as-yet-unformed nonprofit corporation. Harvard law professor Lawrence Lessig, a member of the group, ays the plan is flawed because it gives too much power to a commercially minded corporation with a potentially self-perpetuating board. Saying that such an entity is unlikely to be a strong enough watchdog for privacy, free speech, due process and other democratic values, Lessig asks: "If government doesn't protect those values, who will?" (AP 10 Oct 98) COPYRIGHT SUIT OVER MUSIC DOWNLOADING DEVICE The Recording Industry Association of America has asked a federal court to halt shipment of a device it says violates copyright laws by allowing music to be downloaded from the Net without paying any royalties. The device, made by the San Jose company Diamond Multimedia Systems Inc., will cost $199 when it's released to retailers in November. (San Jose Mercury News 11 Oct 98) HAYES FILES AGAIN FOR BANKRUPTCY The Hayes Corporation, which pioneered the modem market, has filed again for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, to buy time while the company restructures itself. The company has been struggling with slow sales, declining stock values, and a dispute with preferred shareholders. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 10 Oct 98) MERGER OF WEB MEASUREMENT FIRMS WILL SMOOTH OUT DIFFERENCES New York-based Media Metrix and Atlanta-based Relevant Knowledge, two companies that provide advertisers with statistics on how people use the World Wide Web, and that have often provided vastly different ratings from each other and from the Web sites themselves, have agreed to merge. Neither has been profitable. Rich Lefurgy, head of an industry trade group, says: "It was very hard to understand why 10 of the top 25 sites rated by Media Metrix weren't on Relevant Knowledge's Top 25 list. By bringing together the two companies we will have more credible information." (New York Times 13 Oct 98) OECD REPS SET GUIDELINES FOR INTERNET TAXATION Government representatives attending an OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) conference in Ottawa have agreed that business should take the lead in developing e-commerce and regulate itself within a framework of support provided by governments. The group also established an e-commerce tax scheme based on existing principles of taxation, recommending that no new taxes be imposed that would discriminate against electronic commerce, and suggesting that any taxation take place at the point of consumption. The group agreed that digitized products should not be treated as a good -- thus software would not be taxed on the value of the diskette it is stored on, but rather on the value of the content. "This is a big deal for Internet commerce," says a Forrester Research analyst. "To set these proposals for Internet taxation is remarkable. It is one of the biggest issues facing Internet commerce." The OECD group plans to address issues like permanent presence -- for instance, whether the location of a server or Web site implies permanent presence for the purposes of taxation -- during the next year. (TechWeb 10 Oct 98) DIRECT MAIL GROUP MERGES WITH WEB MARKETERS The Direct Marketing Association is taking over the Association of Interactive Media, in an effort to adapt its bulk-mailing techniques to cyberspace. Many of DMA's 4,100 members currently restrict their activities to snail mail, but are eager to use the Internet to get their messages out. "They certainly have an interest in finding out how to do things effectively," says the president of DMA. "This acquisition is going to provide for a technology exchange between the two groups." The acquisition has alarmed some privacy advocates who shudder at the thought of unleashing the junk mail experts on the Internet. "The DMA's attitude is to spam the consumers until they scream, and that's not the way things are done in cyberspace," says the president of New Jersey-based Junkbusters Corp. "In cyberspace, the consumer finds the seller, not the other way around." (Wall Street Journal 12 Oct 98) AMD'S NEW CHIP IS NOT OFF THE OLD (INTEL) BLOCK Advanced Micro Devices will break new ground next year with a K7 microprocessor that is not patterned after the industry-standard Pentium II. "The K7 is the greatest move away from the Intel architecture that AMD has ever attempted," says an analyst at SoundView Technology Group. "They're going down some unpaved ground here." The K7, aimed at the high-end computer market, will fit into the same slot as a Pentium II, but its interface is different, requiring specially designed motherboards and chipsets. Support from other chipset makers will be key to the K7's success, say industry experts, but "it's a chicken-and-egg situation," says one analyst. If the K7 does well in the market, companies likely will support it -- but it is also dependent on that support to do well. (Investor's Business Daily 13 Oct 98) HATCHING A HIGH-TECH INCUBATOR Thursday's opening of the Business Technology Center in Altadena, Calif., marks the debut of the largest high-tech incubator in the state. The 40,000-square-foot center will house between 30 and 50 start-up companies, mostly software and Internet firms, some of which are spinoffs from Caltech and the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena. Incubators assist small businesses in developing business plans, identifying funding sources, and networking into the local business community. "We wanted to reinvigorate the high-tech industry, which had taken such a hit because of defense downsizing," says the manager of regional economic development for the L.A. County Community Development Commission. "The Business Technology Center lends itself to an emerging technology corridor from Cal Poly Pomona to the City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte to Caltech to the Huntington Medical Research Institutes in Pasadena, then to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and all the way out to the media gulch in Glendale and Burbank." (Los Angeles Times 12 Oct 98) AMAZON TO LAUNCH BOOK SITES IN THE U.K., GERMANY Amazon.com is poised to expand its Web presence, opening two new sites in the U.K. and Germany. Amazon's move comes on the heels of German media giant Bertelsmann's announcement that it will purchase 50% of the Internet sales unit of Barnes & Noble for $200 million. Barnesandnoble.com plans to sell foreign language books via Books Online, the online bookseller that Bertelsmann will launch next month in Germany, France, the U.K. and Benelux. Amazon has timed its European debut to preempt the opening of Books Online, and plans to extend to European customers the same discounting strategy that has proven so effective in its U.S. sales efforts. (Financial Times 12 Oct 98) AUDIO BANNER ADS FROM VALUECLICK Online advertising firm ValueClick is now offering to place banner ads that play sound in a variety of formats, including Broadcast.com's, RealNetworks' and InterVU's. The ads will include small animated GIFs and a section that says, "Click here to listen." When users clicks on that banner, it will transport them to another site that checks for plug-ins and plays the audio. The ads could be suite effective, says a Jupiter Research analyst, because audio increases emotional reactions to ads: "The real challenge will be having publishers accept this form of advertising." Many users become annoyed by technically complex media gimmicks that slow their download times or cause other technical problems. (TechWeb 13 Oct 98) IBM & REALNETWORKS JTO OFFER TRAINING/PRESENTATION PRODUCTS In a joint venture of the two companies, IBM's Lotus Notes and Domino "groupware" products that allow a number of people to work together on the same documents will be combined with RealNetworks' RealSystem G2 audio and video technology. The purpose of the venture is to produce a product that can be used by companies for presentation and training sessions. (New York times 13 Oct 98) APPLE TURNAROUND Apple earned $106 million in its fourth quarter and has enjoyed its first profitable year since 1995. Apple cofounder and chief executive Steve Jobs said, "For today at least, we're going to stop and smell the roses." The company's success has been attributed largely to the popularity of its new consumer product, the $1,299 iMac promoted as a computer designed for easy access to the Internet. (New York Times 15 Oct 98) HOUSE APPROVES Y2K BILL The U.S. House of Representative has voted 407-3 to authorize the president's Council on the Year 2000 Conversion to take control of computer systems of critical agencies if they're unlikely to be able to avert a crisis because of the Year 2000 software problem, in which old programs using 2-digit codes for years will be unable to do correct date-based calculations. The Senate has not yet voted on the measure. (AP 13 Oct 98) SENATE APPROVES BILL INCREASING HIGH-TECH WORKER VISAS After blocking the legislation last week, the Senate approved a measure nearly doubling the number of visas issued to high-tech workers over the next three years. The bill was included as part of the omnibus spending package approved late Tuesday. The number of visas will increase from 65,000 to 115,000 by 2001, after which it will drop to 65,000 again. The House approved the legislation, which has been a high priority for Silicon Valley executives, last month. (Wall Street Journal 14 Oct 98) JOURNAL PIONEERS ONLINE COMMENTARY The British journal, BMJ, is testing a new kind of article review. The paper, "The Metamorphosis of Biomedical Journals," was authored by a professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh and has already been rejected for publication by The Journal of the American Medical Association, Nature Medicine and The New England Journal of Medicine. Visitors to the BMJ site ( http://www.bmj.com ) can read the paper, post their comments and read other's opinions about it. Based on those comments and the evaluation of traditional peer reviewers, BMJ will decide later this year whether to publish it in its print journal. "I don't believe in the conventional process of peer review," says author Ronald LaPorte. "This is the model of how scholarly publishing should be done." Other scholars are not so sure: "Raw articles are not worth people's attention," says a professor of psychology who operates a Web site on cognitive science. "They're not worth sending out to gazillions of people. This is no way to run a journal." (Chronicle of Higher Education 16 Oct 98) INTERNET PROVIDER NOT LIABLE FOR MESSAGES OF ITS CUSTOMERS An appeals court in Florida has ruled against a woman who sued America Online because one of its customers, a convicted sex offender, used an AOL chat group to try to sell the woman's 11-year-old son a pornographic video. The court said that federal law protects online services from being held liable for the messages transmitted by their members sell the videotape of the boy. The defeated lawsuit, which is being appealed to the Supreme Court, tried to characterize America Online as "a home shopping network for pedophiles and child pornographers." (AP/Washington Post 15 Oct 98) TRANSFORMING THE NETWORK MARKET Piyush Patel, senior VP of engineering at Cabletron Systems, predicts an almost-exclusively-data network market in just a few years: "If you look at the last 10 years and what's happened in the network market, the Internet is growing at 1,000% per year and voice is growing at about 10% a year. I think six years from now, the voice market will be 2% of the network and the Internet will be 98%." (Investor's Business Daily 15 Oct 98) LIBRARY OF CONGRESS OPENS COLLECTION OF WEB DATA As part of its collection, Library of Congress has created 44 tapes that contain in two terabytes (equivalent in total to about 2,000 copies of the Encyclopedia Britannica) the entire contents of the World Wide Web in the months of January and February 1997. Librarian Robert Zich says: "Every week 1 percent of all Web pages are removed or changed. But some of them are there just as they were in 1994 when we first started.'' The tapes can be seen at http://www.alexa.com (AP 13 Oct 98) VALUE-ADDED CONTENT IS KING Gartner Group analyst David Smith predicts that by 2003, the Internet will become the predominant mechanism for conducting business -- either to consumers or between businesses. "The Internet was an earthquake, and now we're dealing with the aftershocks. We are at the beginning of the effect of the Internet on society and electronic commerce." And while he declares the "content is king" idea dead, he says that the key to success on the Web will be value-added content, for which consumers will pay subscriptions or pay-per-view fees. In addition, Smith predicts that by 2004, most corporations will start becoming enterprise service providers, and will begin managing Internet access as an integral part of the company networking strategy with both Intranet and extranet business services. (TechWeb 15 Oct 98) MOST-VISITED WEB SITES According to the Media Matrix market research company, here are the most-visited Web sites (and number of visitors shown in millions) for August, the last month tabulated: AOL, 57.8; Yahoo, 27.3; Microsoft, 26.4; Netscape, 18.7; GeoCities, 16.7; Excite, 14.9; Infoseek, 12.3; Lycos, 11.8; AltaVista, 9.6; MSN, 9.0. (Investor's Business Daily 14 Oct 98) NEW! [BITSBYTES.GIF (64527 bytes)] by R. F. Mariano Depthsounders, Radar, GPS etc., whatever became of Dead Reckoning?? People began to realize that, in addition to knowing how to use DR, the electronic age was far superior and infinitely more accurate. Having been on the water for well over twenty years, I find myself in a bit of a quandary. When I was a young man, I was taught by one of the best. My uncle. He held a Master's License and I might add, knew his stuff. As I would operate the boat (a 68 foot party fishing boat) he would be in the wheelhouse with me and was always watching me carefully. He would make certain that every mistake brought a cuff in the back of the neck. Believe me, I learned quickly and never forgot my lessons. When I say dead reckoning, I mean using course, time and speed. In those days, one used the tachometer and called the rpm speed. Everyone who cares to operate a boat, in my humble opinion, should know how to use DR and only then should they learn how to use electronic navigational aids. NOT the other way 'round. It will, in the long run, make the difference between the utmost fun or heartbreaking tragedy. With that said, I must admit I am an electronics junkie. I firmly believe in the use of such in a boat. From a strong performing VHF to an accurate Depth Sounder that'll put you on the right bottom and show you the fish. The GPSMAP 235 is quite the device. In the next few weeks we shall put this puppy through its paces. Both in the deep going after Grouper and on the flats chasing Speckled Trout and Red Drum. In either case, you'll be right there with us. [garmin.gif (9279 bytes)] The GPSMAP 235 Sounder really offers three products in one: a GPS receiver, a chartplotter, and a fishfinder. You won't need to duplicate technology to enjoy your sport to its fullest. [gpsmap235.jpg (8877 bytes)] This unit features dual-frequency operation that provides a clear image in both deep and shallow water--1,200 feet in saltwater and freshwater--all from one transducer. GARMIN's exclusive See-ThruTM technology lets the GPSMAP 235 Sounder hear both weak and strong signals at the same time, giving it tremendous dynamic range. The result is a 4-level grayscale display that shows strong fish returns even when fish are inside structure and thermoclines. Over 25 square inches of active viewing area gives you sizable detail coverage. The electroluminescent, backlit screen measures an impressive 7.25" diagonally, yet the unit itself is slim enough-a mere 2.57" deep-for discreet and easy bulkhead flush mounting. A variable zoom window allows you to view increased detail at the touch of a button. You can even mark underwater waypoints to capture the position and depth of objects like reefs, dropoffs, or hazards and permanently store them for future use. The GPSMAP 235 Sounder: It's everything you need for fishing in any condition. Florida Anglers Are Seeing RED [redfish.gif (36184 bytes)] If redfish weren't native to Florida waters, anglers would be pressuring the marine biologists to invent such a fish. Properly, they should be called red drum, but just say "reds" and anyone in Florida will know what you're talking about. Reds can be caught in every coastal county of Florida. They take live, natural, and artificial baits, whether fished on the bottom, at mid-depths, or at the surface, and could care less whether you're using fly, spinning, or casting rods. True, they don't jump, but sizable redfish make long runs and pull with a tenacity that can cramp your hands and make your shoulders hurt, while at the same time saying, "Isn't this great?" And finally, if you're hungry for fish, their flesh is firm and sweet-tasting_fried, baked, broiled, or blackened. All but the neophytes at angling remember that redfish nearly disappeared in the mid-80's, but fisheries managers at both the state and federal level instituted conservation measures that have brought a rebirth to this important fishery. On a statewide basis, redfish are now our most dependable inshore catch. The near-loss of this cherished fishery, followed by its joyous renascence, has given thoughtful anglers a new attitude toward these copper-clad battlers. Anglers are more willing to curb their greed, and be satisfied with one 4-pounder instead of insisting on a cooler full of juveniles. Gamefish status and the one-fish bag limit has had another curious effect: it has created a catch-and-release fishery with three different aspects. First, responsible anglers who catch undersized fish release them with greater care, making sure they survive to be caught again. Second, some people release fish after fish of whatever size, thinking the next one may be the big one to take home. And most important, the assurance that reds bear no price tag encourages a growing number of anglers to release all of them, with the rationale that their value as sport is greater than their worth as food. Redfish enter the offshore spawning population at about 30 inches, and are protected in federal waters. Those below that size are an inshore fish, hanging around oyster bars, swash channels, tidal creeks, and hard-bottom grass flats. They grow fast, and the nine-inch window in the 18- to 27-inch slot limit exposes them to harvest for less than one year. Those above and below the slot are catch-and-release all the time. Along with bonefish, permit and tarpon, reds have prompted runaway sales of flats boats, high-tech vessels that float in eight inches of water or less. Reds, however, are not class-conscious, and those with any small boat can get where they are. Low tide, rather than high, is the time to fish for them. Low water pulls the fish off the shallower flats, concentrating their numbers, and also makes them visible. Boats that draw little water are great, but once you're near the fish, staking out the boat and wading is more fun You need polarized glasses and a wide-brimmed hat, both for better vision and for protection against the glare of the sun. When looking for fish, act like there's no water there, but merely a pane of clear fluid between you and the quarry. Reds ghost along, gliding smoothly, stopping now and then to root a crab out of its hideyhole. This makes them tip forward, and if the fish is appreciably longer than the water's depth its tail pops up in view. On a calm day this can be seen from several hundred feet. In profile, the redfish's tail is squared off, reddish in color, its margin outlined in blue. Sheepshead are on the same flats, and also tail, but their caudal fins are nearly colorless, or tinged with green. Black drum show their much darker tails when feeding. In bonefish country, tailing reds can easily be distinguished from tailing bones by the latter's widely forked tail. Much of the time you will see only the top lobe of a bonefish's tail. When reds are hungry, the entire tail is exposed, including the eye-like spot at its base. Jim Dupre, a Gainesville-based redfish guide, says, "Sometimes reds tip up until they get vertical and then nose over, before they right themselves." Tailing reds are feeding reds. Waste no time, and move toward them quietly. Approach no nearer than the length of your maximum cast. The redfish have probably seen dozens of boats, and from familiarity might be able to identify the manufacturer of your gold spoon, so they're not reckless. If you're wading, crouch down as you get nearer, to reduce the height of your profile. Once a red is hooked, the others seem to lose their caution. They mill about the hooked fish, some trying to get the lure out of the mouth of the unlucky one. If the second angler can get a bait near the excited fish, a double is nearly assured. Fly rodders use this technique deliberately. Spinning outfits can throw a spoon much farther than most anglers can toss a fly. The person with the spoon hooks the fish and brings the school closer to the boat, the fly rodder casts a streamer into their midst, and the resulting bedlam is long remembered. Two anglers once found a school of feeding reds in the air-clear water off Crystal River. One of them had an underwater video recorder and taped the behavior of hooked and released fish in great detail. When hooked, reds of less than 3 pounds did a lot of head-shaking and tail-twisting, and if hooked in the lower jaw scraped their chins along the bottom. Bigger redfish acted surprised when first hooked, moving about aimlessly, but as soon as they realized they were in trouble, they seemed to square their shoulders and take off on a hard run. As their strength ebbed, they faltered and appeared to lose equilibrium, often coming toward the surface. After that, they got into head-shaking, much like the younger fish did when first hooked. There was also a pattern in the behavior of released reds. First they dived for the shadow of the boat, even though the water was less than 3 feet deep. They rested, sometimes tilting from side to side while shock wore off. Then they darted away, always in the direction of the school. They knew right where their buddies were. With the onset of cool weather in the fall, redfish move into tidal creeks, deep passes, and the coastal rivers. Once they enter tannin-stained water, their drab tints of red deepen to glistening coppery bronze, a color that would be inspirational to the most jaded artist. That must have been when the person who named them "redfish" first saw them. Save some film for photographing cold-weather reds; that's when they're pretty as a newly-minted penny. No, biologists, anglers don't need a new species; they already have redfish. [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... [email14.gif (38893 bytes)] [Image] STReport's "Partners in Progress" Advertising Program The facts are in... 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Wow, some people actually read this column? :) I just wanted to say thanks to Edmund Horner, Bob Carpenter and John Helms for sending me some email. Bob and I actually got into a discussion about ApplixWare and KDE and I hope to twist his arm gently enough to get him to write an article or two for this column. If I had a prize to send out to you guys I would. I'm trying to do a better job of what I present in the news section. A few months ago one would see a couple of articles about Linux a week. Then it went to a dozen or so a week. Now it's to the point where there are usually five or more press articles about Linux per day and it is just too much to keep up with both for me and column readers. I'm not sure how long Linux is going to remain the darling of the computer industry press but while the traffic is so busy, I'll flatly ignore any columns that don't provide any new information. I think I've had my fill of "What is Linux?" columns. While I didn't get around to writing any spotlight pieces myself, I did borrow a few for your reading pleasure. NEWS: Item #1: Oracle has announced that it will ship and support a Linux distribution - That's the lead story this week over at the Linux Weekly News site. At press time it appears that Oracle is in the process of picking a Linux distribution to include with their database software although they state that the Linux versions of their software will run on all of the popular Linux distributions so it won't be tied to the one they pick. My guess is that they will go with either Red Hat or Caldera although it's about time Debian got the attention it deserves. What's exciting about this news to me is that they say they will offer technical support for Linux too, although no formal announcement has been made. Read the lead story at the following URL: http://lwn.net An additional story entitled "Oracle backs Linux to fight off Microsoft threat," can be found at the following URL: http://webserv.vnu.co.uk/www_user/plsql/pkg_vnu_msn.homepage?p_story=65174 Item #2: Richard Stallman: Linux's Brave GNU World - Mr. GNU speaks yet again... this time concerning the recent announcements from Intel and Netscape about their investments in Red Hat Software. He makes some really good points and I actually agree with him that Linux isn't an operating system, it's just the kernel of an operating system... although it is plain to everyone who reads this column that I commonly refer to the "Linux Operating System." You can read the article at the URL below and follow along with the RealAudio clip also available. http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB19981009S0019 Item #3: Bring It All Back Home - A fantastically detailed article about a web site making some serious decisions about its future and what it decided to use to meet its current needs as well as have scalability for the future. I wouldn't be mentioning this unless they had chosen Linux, right? :) This is a very well written article... on several topics that I've been dealing with at work myself. The only flaw in the article is the author claims that there are not any friendly text editors and that simply isn't true. I sent him off an email telling him about one of my favorite text editors for X named nedit and actually got a reply back from him saying he'll check it out. Anyway, read this well done article at the following URL: http://webreview.com/wr/pub/98/10/09/wt/backhome.html Item #4: Another Pretty Face, For Free - The InternetWeek column on TechWeb was devoted to the developing GUIs for Linux. The article focuses mostly on GNOME but does mention the friction that exists between GNOME and KDE... which I've mentioned a few times in previous LA columns. There is not much new in this article but if you are not already familiar with the GUI developments going on for Linux, this is worth your reading time. You can find the article at the following URL: http://www.techweb.com/se/directlink.cgi?INW19981012S0042 Item #5: Unix Wars, Part Deux - A "Mac Skeptic" mentions a previous article where he glossed over Linux and BeOS as he focused on the upcoming MacOS X... which ended giving him the most email responses he has ever gotten. He decided to take a closer look at Linux and actually calls it, "The most important software in the world today." He breaks down the history of software into three waves and calls Linux the leader of the third wave. I happen to like this article even though the author seems to get a little confused by separating the GNU Free Software Foundation movement and that of Linux... they are really related (see Richard Stallman news item above). Check it out at the following URL: http://macopinion.com/columns/macskeptic/oct98/981009.html SPOTLIGHT: Cathedrals, Bazaars and the Town Council I originally saw the following piece posted on slashdot.org but have since noticed it on on a few other sites as well. Aiding this piece in getting spread around can't hurt. I believe I've mentioned Alan Cox before but for any who needs an intro, Alan currently works for Red Hat Software but has a long history as a core Linux kernel developer being responsible for such things as the modularization of the sound drivers as well as fine tuning many different driver sub-systems. He is also a top notch bug spotter and fixer. Alan is one of the greater contributors to the Linux and Free Software movements. He is also a pretty darn good writer... witness for yourself. (begin long quote) Cathedrals, Bazaars and the Town Council by Alan Cox These are some of my thoughts on the Bazaar model that I figure are worth sharing. Its also a guide to how to completely screw up a free software project. I've picked a classic example of what I think is best dubbed the "Town Council" effect (although town councillors may think otherwise). There are certain things you have to understand about software developers. The first thing to understand is that really good programmers are relatively unusual. Not only that but the difference between a true "real programmer" and the masses is significantly greater than that between "great" and "average" in many other professions. Studies have quoted 30 to 1 differences in productivity between the best and the rest. Secondly you need to understand that a lot of the wannabe real programmers are very good at having opinions. Many of them also catch buzzword disease or have some speciality they consider the "one true path". On the Internet talk is cheap. The third part of any software project is what we shall call "the masses". They range between people who don't program but contribute massively in other areas - documentation, helping users and artwork to the sort of people that are often used to argue that you should require a license to connect to the Internet. The project I'm going to take as an example of how to screw up completely is the Linux 8086 project. Porting a subset of Linux to the 8086 is one of the worlds more pointless exercises on the whole, and something that started as a joke and got out of hand. There are a very small number of real programmers with the time and the right (or is that wrong) kind of mental state to contribute to a project whose sole real worth is "Hack Value". As a result of this at any given time the project has two or three core contributing people. Unfortunately there are a lot of people who think it would be neat to run Linux on an 8086 who feel obliged to "take part". Most of them in this case are in the "wannabe programmer" category as the masses spotted the "silly" factor of the project from a safe distance. The problem that started to arise was the arrival of a lot of (mostly well meaning) and dangerously half clued people with opinions - not code, opinions. They knew enough to know how it should be written but most of them couldn't write "hello world" in C. So they argue for weeks about it and they vote about what compiler to use and whether to write one - a year after the project started using a perfectly adequate compiler. They were busy debating how to generate large model binaries while ignoring the kernel swapper design. Linux 8086 went on, the real developers have many of the other list members in their kill files so they can communicate via the list and there are simply too many half clued people milling around. It ceased to be a bazaar model and turns into a core team, which to a lot of people is a polite word for a clique. It is an inevitable defensive position in the circumstances. In the Linux case the user/programmer base grew slowly and it grew from a background group of people who did contribute code and either had a basis in the original Minix hacking community or learned a few things the hard way reboot by reboot. As the project grew people who would have turned into "The committee for the administration of the structural planning of the Linux kernel" instead got dropped in an environment where they were expected to deliver and where failure wasn't seen as a problem. To quote Linus "show me the source". If someone got stuck they posted questions and there was and is a sufficiently large base that someone normally has both the time and the knowledge to reply. In the Linux8086 case the developers had long since walled themselves off. Given a better ratio of active programmers to potentially useful wannabe programmers would have rapidly turned some of the noise into productivity. The project would have gained more useful programmers and they in turn would have taught others. As with any learning exercise you are better off having only a few trainees. There is an assumption some people make that you can't turn the "lesser programmers" into real programmers. From personal experience in the Linux project there are plenty of people who given a little help and a bit of confidence boosting will become one with the best. There are many who won't but enough that will.  The Linux 8086 project has mostly recovered from its 'infestation' and is now a small quiet project, using CVS trees and led by Alastair Riddoch who has been doing a sterling job. With the town councillors De-camped its now possible to ask questions, join in and help the project. The lessons from this project, and others that went the same way (and sometimes died - remember the earlier Linux word processor projects) are fairly clear: Release code right from the start. It doesn't matter if its not very useful. The best way to sort a town council is to simply do the job then tell them it has been done. Linux, KDE and GNOME have all taken this attitude and all done well from it. You can argue about the right way to program for a lifetime. Once there is code out there people (whatever their skill) can play with it. Appreciate there are people who with a bit of help will contribute very much to a project. If their first patches are buggy don't put them down, explain why there is a problem and suggest solutions or places to look for examples of solutions. Every minute spent answering real questions helping someone work on a project will be paid back ten-fold to the project, and incalculably to society. Don't forget non programmers. I find it sad that many people when asked "name the most important five Linux kernel people" rarely name some of the most important folk of all - the all to forgotten people who maintain web sites, change logs, mailing lists and documentation are as important. Linus says "Show me the code". That is a narrow view of a real project. When you hear "I'd love to help but I can't program", you hear a documenter. When they say "But English is not my first language" you have a documenter and translator for another language. Try and separate useful people from the noise. It is hard to separate people trying to help from a mass of pointless discussion and in the Linux 8086 case I definitely did the wrong thing by giving up on that goal. How to remove just those who talk and do not do anything is a research topic 8). So next time someone wants to vote on a project, or discuss issues for a month and then implement it - be warned. They may end up with the right solution. The odds are however in your favour for carrying on regardless. Just ask them to send you a patch when it works. Beware "We should", extend a hand to "How do I"... Alan  As an example of this claim the original author of the Linux IPv6 code used to sit on irc from Portugal playing with a few basic ideas and asking questions. After we helped him figure some of the kernel internals he wrote probably 75% of the Linux IPv6 stack and was last seen working in the USA for cisco. (end long quote) SPOTLIGHT: Compaq Announces Linux Support This brief spotlight was a little too big to be a news item so I made it a spotlight. The following passage was borrowed from the Linux Resources site and I originally saw a link for it on slashdot.org. (begin long quote) Compaq Announcement at Decus Wednesday, October 14, 1998 Compaq Computer Corp. announced at the Decus shows in Paris, France and in Los Angeles, California that it plans to extend its support of the Linux operating system to include Intel as well as the Alpha platforms, and is in the process of putting together a comprehensive program of support for Linux. Compaq will provide support in several ways: * Working with the Linux community to port Linux to new platforms * Qualification of Linux on both Intel and Alpha platforms * Providing selected platforms with no license, specifically for Linux and other freely available operating systems * Working with the Linux community and distributions to provide world-wide telephone and hardware support * Porting selected Compaq software products to both Intel and Alpha platforms Compaq also plans to increase Linux support through its extensive channels partner programs in order to provide the broadest possible selection of products and solutions. Welcome aboard, Compaq! (end long quote) LOGOUT: Well, I haven't placed my order for the upgrade to ApplixWare 4.4.1 yet but I am planning on doing so today. I hope to have some future material contributed by column readers if I can talk them into it. Anyone want to write up something about a piece of software they use on Linux or some project they solved with Linux? I can hunt down Internet news resources easily and present them here in the column but I think items written by non-professionals (like me) tend to be more interesting and they also get more people involved which is always a plus. If anyone has any story ideas or suggestions, feel free to send me some email. Enjoy! Scott Dowdle Pet Peeves Ex-president Bush sees Republican victory in 2000 TOKYO (Reuters) - George Bush, former President of the United States, said Thursday he expects the Republican party to win the next U.S. Presidential election in 2000. "I believe the Republicans will capture the White House in the year 2000, for a lot of reasons," he told a group of Japanese business leaders, without elaborating. Although he said he felt his son, Texas Gov. George W. Bush, was a good candidate, Bush said he would have to first be selected from a field of Republican candidates likely to include Dan Quayle as well as several others. Asked if he had any advice for President Bill Clinton, currently facing a potential impeachment inquiry, he declined to comment in detail but did say he was "very concerned." Old Georgie Boy must have a helluva crystal ball or, he simply hasn't realized he lost the last presidential election. Here, we find him running off in Japan about how well the Republican party is gonna do. Hahhahhah! The only thing the Republican Party is going to do is prove that hateful politics yields a most severe backlash from voters. George also yaps about the next Presidential Election like he has "plans" for his son, the governor of Texas. Hah! if he is anything like either his father George or his brother "Jeb".... he's already lost the election. Do a little checking you'll be surprised at some the questions that'll pop up like.... are the voters satisfied with his performance in Texas?? Has the question of trust in the electoral process and vote counts in Texas ever come up? Why is there such vicious lawlessness in Texas?? Then we see OLE Georgie jump up and act like he KNOWS something the rest of the world doesn't know about the Clinton Administration and its current "orchestrated" sex problems. Sure he does... after all, he WAS the head of the CIA... and it was Clinton who defeated Bush. rfm... Netscape wins office browsers Netscape Communications' Navigator has increased its lead over Microsoft's Internet Explorer as the primary browser used in North American corporations, according to a new study. According to the report released Thursday by Zona Research, 60% of the 113 enterprises questioned said they use Netscape's Navigator as their default browser, compared to 40% which said they use Internet Explorer. Zona's study contradicts research released last month by International Data Corp., which found that Navigator's market share dropped from just over half the installed base at the end of 1997 to two-fifths by mid-year 1998. Duh!! Since when and where?? Is this "according to" anything like the old, "according to Hoyle" or, is it just a comfy phrase to help SELL an idea?? Who really cares if NS is the preferred browser or not? What really should be asked is: "Is your browser of choice actually doing the things you want it to?" Better yet.... where do all these so-called information gatherers get this highly volatile, ultra reliable information? Zona??? From Carona?? What's the story here?? I have no idea where they get their info and I'm willing to bet they went out on the street and asked some twenty five or so business-like appearing people; "which browser do you use"? Upon this "info" they come forward with a "study." Study schmuddy! From Dataquack to Zona we now have almost the entire alphabet covered with hot air magicians that have a tendancy to sway the weak-minded market, change fickle public opinion and give rise to the making or breaking of any product out there. It's time the general population and of course the computer users began to think for themselves once again. Whatever happened to the open forums? The friendly chats by the water cooler? The easy banter over lunch? These demographic yahoos are, without a doubt, the biggest rumor mongers to ever hit the ether. They are, for the most part, usually wrong. When they want to lend real credibility to what they are proffering... they say: "Industry Analysts say".... Notice how the word analyst is made up as anal-yst. All that's missing in the second half of the word is a "c". Then the word fits 99% of the so-called "demographic pros" "anal-cyst". rfm... The Kids Computing Corner Computer news and software reviews from a parents point of view Frank Says: This old magazine has been dominated with political editorial comment over the last few months. I have felt that it was a bit out of place in a computer magazine, but Ralph is the publisher and he decides the content of STReport. So with that in mind, next week Ill have a politically-oriented editorial right here. It isnt going to be on the Clinton saga. It is intended to be totally non-partisan and I hope it will get everyone to think. By the way, if anyone would like to comment on this column, please send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for now. Seems I lost the password for my streport.com mailbox. Mea culpa! Featured Review [Pacf.gif (191485 bytes)] Print Artist Craft Factory Windows95 CD-ROM About $20 Knowledge Adventure, Inc. 4100 West 190th Street Torrance, CA 90504 (800) 545-7677 www.KnowledgeAdventure.com Program Requirements OS: Windows 95 CPU: 486 DX2/66 HD Space: 32 MB Memory: 16 MB Graphics: 640 x 480, 256 colors CD-ROM: Quad-speed Audio: 16-bit sound card Other: printer Review by Frank Sereno email@example.com Parents, if you are looking for a fun and easy way to unleash your childs creativity, youll be quite pleased with Print Artist Craft Factory from Knowledge Adventure. This CD-ROM includes hundreds of projects in more than 40 categories, thousands of cool clip art images and more. Kids will quickly and easily construct their own board games, busines cards, airplanes, party supplies, greeting cards, etc. It also includes a sample supply of Avery Kids paper products to make reusable stickers and other projects. Based on Sierras Print Artist, the program has been simplified for younger users, yet it still contains much of the power of the adult version. The interface moves the user through each step of the creative process of each craft project. Just click on an icon to make the project. You can choose to print a project as it exists on the CD-ROM, modify an existing project or build one completely from scratch. You can even import or scan your own graphics into the program. As the user selects different items on the screen, the available options will change. Numerous graphics and text options allow for artistic expression and creativity. If your child has difficulty with the programs icons, audible help is available by clicking on the question mark icon or right clicking on an icon. Print Artist Craft Factory comes with a very complete and competent manual. It includes step-throughs on creating several projects, plus a pictorial listing of the graphics available on the disc. While it is rated for children 5 and up, I recommend helping your youngster with the program for several projects before letting him play on his own. While printers are fun, the consumables are VERY expensive. With winter blahs fast approaching (or even on a rainy day), Print Artist Craft Factory can be a wonderful diversion. With a few suggestions from you and the nearly endless variety of projects in the program, children will find many hours of creative fun. This disc comes with a $10 rebate offer and a 90-day 100% satisfaction guarantee. Print Artist Craft Factory has been a very popular product in my household and I am sure your family will enjoy it too. Corel Gallery 1,000,000 Corel Corporation for Windows 95/98 and Windows NT 4.0 [Corel Gallery Box Shot.gif (9041 bytes)] Suggested Retail Price -- $129 US Estimated Retail Price -- $99.95 http://www.corel.com Review by Donna Lines (firstname.lastname@example.org) Corel Gallery 1,000,000 is a GIGANTIC collection of high quality clipart, royalty-free photos, sounds, videos, animations, fonts, and web images on 14 CD-ROMs. Included are 815,000+ web images, 140,000 vector clipart images, 60,000 photos, 1,000+ fonts, 530+ sounds, and 125 videos. Also included is the WebSpice. Collection, a special collection of images that users can use to create Web pages. The WebSpice. Collection includes arrows and buttons; backgrounds; bullets; and rules. Thats not all -- Corel has included Photo House 2.1, the easy-to-use photo-editing software that allows you to alter and enhance your digital images in a myriad of ways. It features over 30 image enhancements and special effects, from the very practical red-eye reduction or dust/scratch remover to the fascinating twist or pinch effects. Corel Gallery 1,000,000 features a powerful search engine that makes it easy for the user to find just the right image for a project. Using the Search Page, just enter what youre looking for -- such as "cat", then select the type of image you need. For example, say youd like to see both clipart and photo images of cats, choose "all categories". If you search on "cat" in "all categories", the search finds over 1000 files. Since the program will only list the first 1,000 images, you will want to restrict your search. You can narrow your search by typing in more specific information, such as "Siamese cat", and choose to match all keywords. This time the program returns 12 clipart and photo files. The filenames listed will tell you which CD contains the images -- i.e., 7:458085.wi indicates photo image 458085 is on CD 7, while 9:Anim261.ccx is a clipart image on CD 9. The Browse Page allows you to view thumbnails (low resolution versions) of the images on the current CD-ROM. You can open an image by double-clicking it. This will launch Photo House, where you can view and change the image. One quirk about the program is that every time you double-click an image, another copy of Photo House will launch. This can use up system resources quickly. A better way to view multiple images is to drag and drop them into Photo House, CorelDRAW, or a similar program. You can also search for an image by looking through the color thumbnails in the user manual. Once you determine the image you wish to use, make a note of the category at the top of the page/section. Next check the Table of Contents in the front of the clipart section of the guide to find the corresponding CD number. A word of caution: the first edition of the user guide contained errors wherein the CD numbers were not listed for the categories in the Table of Contents. Corel has corrected the error and is now shipping the corrected user guide. Corel should also make this information available on their web site for those who received the first edition. Corel could improve the user guide by providing the corresponding CD number at the top of each category/section on the clipart page. Understandably, due to the size of this collection, there are also numerous files not documented in the user guide - 60,000 photos, many clipart images, and the WebSpice. interactive content. The clipart images are saved in Corel Compressed Exchange file format (CCX), and the photos in Wavelet Compressed Bitmap (WI) format, which can be simply dragged and dropped from Corel Gallery 1,000,000s user interface into many of your favorite applications. If you require a different image format, Corel Gallery can convert the image to a number of different file formats including Windows Bitmap (BMP), Paintbrush (PCX), Adobe Photoshop (PSD), Tiff Bitmap (TIF), Wavelet Compressed Bitmap (WI), CompuServe Bitmap (GIF), JPEG Bitmaps (JPG), Corel Photo-Paint Image (CPT), Corel Presentation Exchange (CMX), etc. The WebSpice. Collection contains GIF images for use in HTML Web pages. Many of the images can be accessed directly by browsing CDs 2 - 6. There is also an interactive program to help you select Web images. To access the interactive guide, place CD #2 in the drive, and select "WebSpice Startup" from the Corel Gallery menu. WebSpice will start your browser (you must be connected to the Internet to use this feature). From the WebSpice menu you may select arrows, backgrounds, rules, or buttons by first selecting the style of the object, then the size, and finally the color. You then save your selection to your computer for importation into your HTML editor. I found the program to be very straight forward and user friendly. (Corel has included a 15% off coupon good towards purchases of other WebSpice products.) During the review period, I received the following error message when I double-clicked an image, and Photo House was launched: "Cannot find the file (the file name) or one of its components. Make sure the path and filename are correct and all the required libraries are available." The image would load properly in Photo House 2.1, but I found the error message annoying. Deleting Photo House 2.0 (included with Corel Print House Magic Deluxe) from the system and rebooting corrected the problem. The first edition of the user guide also did not have installation instructions, this has also been addressed in the new edition. I found the program to be user friendly and easy to navigate. The search feature is very simple and a great tool, especially if youre short on time. This is the most comprehensive collection of photos, clipart, and Web images to date. You would be hard-pressed to find a more complete collection of high quality images compatible with most software. I highly recommend this product, it is well worth the asking price. System Requirements: 486 DX or better processor; Windows 95/98 or Windows NT 4.0; Netscape 3.0 or Microsoft Internet Explorer 2.0 or any browser that supports HTML 3.0; 16 MB System; SGVA Card and Monitor; mouse or tablet; and CD-ROM drive [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. 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Mariano, Editor email@example.com STReport International Online Magazine [Image] STR Editor's Mail Call "...a place for the readers to be heard" Editor's MailBag Messages * NOT EDITED * for content From: John O'Hare [firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Monday, October 12, 1998 11:17 AM To: email@example.com Subject: Florida I plan on voting straight democratic on election day, however it's sort of sad that we live in a state which seems to blindly follow the crooked republicans. For once I would like to see the republican's lose most of their elections in this state. It's important that everyone votes this year. As for Jeb Bush, I'd sooner not vote than vote for that jerk. To bad the democrats couldn't come up with someone better than Buddy though. That guy acts like he just fell off the turnip truck. Good Luck! Lord knows, I couldn't agree more with you. Bush and his entourage have some pretty neato skeletons in their closets. Elsewhere in this issue, we have a piece that confirms my contentions that Daddy, G. H . Bush is at the helm and...as he always has been stumping for the party and running his mouth. Georgie boy hasn't slowed a bit I'm willing to bet he is remotely but very directly behind all of the Demo's and Clinton's problems, from the lack of cooperation in The House to the tape setup with Starr, Monica and Tripp. As for Buddy Mackay and his ticket, they're pretty good. After all, Buddy has plenty of experience in Florida Government and he DOES know the State's needs and wants. I think he'll do ok. As will Senator Bob Graham if re-elected. Tillie Fowler is another Republican "party-line" puppet! She has to go.... Active Florida Republican Politicians are so.... doggone SMUG.. they need a good slap in the form of election losses. Oh well, don't get me "started". Thanks for writing and of course, reading our humble offering. rfm... [image87.gif (45316 bytes)] Classics & Gaming Section Editor Dana P. Jacobson firstname.lastname@example.org From the Atari Editor's Desk "Saying it like it is!" Not much to say this week. The weather has been dreary for seven straight days (no sun) and I've felt just about the same. Autumn in New England can be terrific, but consecutive cloudy/rainy days tend to ruin it. Mac users should feel good that Apple had a successful quarter for a change. If they're fortunate, they'll survive a bit longer. I'm curious as to the outcome of the pending Microsoft case; it should be interesting. Until the next time... Diamond Back Owners - New Version From: Michael White Date: 13 Oct 1998 All, As the new owner of Diamond Back, I'm happy to announce that there will be a new version. I'm still in the learning and experimentation stage, so there's still a ways yet to go (sorry, I'm not going to give any dates). As for new features for Diamond Back 4, here's what I've got planned (not set in stone): * Support of Minix and VFAT file systems * Re-structuring the tape backup to make it more robust (I've lost too many log files to version 3.5) * Support of Tar-format tapes * (Maybe) CD ROM support I know this list isn't large, but remember I'm in the learning stages. And the Minix/VFAT stuff will require quite a bit of work (a lot of the current code has the 8+3 stuff ingrained). The look and feel will remain the same, except as needed to expand functionality or fix bugs. What I'd like from current owners of Diamond Back is: 1. Any bugs you've seen (please include your system info, the backup method used, how you've got Diamond Back's options set, your version, etc...) 2. Any new features that -won't- require a large re-work of Diamond Back (another file system, maybe, if it's close to Minix or VFAT; working with a PC's tape drive under MagicPC, I kind of doubt it) 3. And yes, I do plan on keeping it a commercial product. Note that I am also the new owner of Diamond Edge, but, I thought it would be prudent to have a way to restore a file system -before- I start experimenting with optimizing and repairing it. Hence the new version of Diamond Edge will have to wait. But, if there's sufficient interest, I can release the current version (with any current bugs it may or may not have). I just won't be able to provide any "real" support. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email me. Thank you, Michael White email@example.com Gaming Section * Can DreamCast Succeed? * "H.E.D.Z."! * "Elmo Kids"! * "Tomb Raider"!! * "WCW Nitro"!! * DVD Games, RSN?? * Game Boy Color! * And much more! From the Editor's Controller - Playin' it like it is! It's going to be an incredible holiday season for gaming fans! Not only will Sony and Nintendo be bringing out tons of new games, but new gaming options such as Dreamcast and Game Boy Color will add to the fun. If only Atari had had the wherewithal to capitalize on the seriousness of the console gaming market. And I still remember the throng of people stating that Nintendo was going to take over the market with the N64. Nintendo, like Atari, should have realized that name recognition alone will not bring success. Anyway, I'm looking forward to hearing about all of the upcoming games and hardware to come out, and bringing that news to you. For a change, I'm actually not jealous not owning a console other than my Jaguar; I'll manage to save some money for a change. Maybe in the near future I'll consider another console, but for now I'm "happy" just reporting about them! Until next time... Industry News STR Game Console NewsFile - The Latest Gaming News! Sega's Dreamcast May Not Topple Game King Sony Sega Enterprises Ltd's new Dreamcast player will open a new front in the lucrative home video game market, but analysts doubt whether it can erode Sony Corp's commanding market position. Sega hopes to win market share by introducing Dreamcast, which offers high-resolution graphics and a 64-channel sound system, in Japan on November 27. The 128-bit Dreamcast platform, along with several new hand-set games, should be the focus of attention at a three-day Tokyo Game Show that opened today. Dreamcast, priced at $256, is based on Microsoft Corp's Windows CE operating system and has Internet access capability. Sega should take the industry lead in offering home video game hardware with communications capability, analysts said. They said that on the back of its high-quality graphics and attractive software line-up, which will include Capcom Co Ltd's new Biohazard series, Dreamcast was likely to achieve its shipment target of one million units by year-end. But they said Dreamcast might only manage to recoup the falling market share of the 32-bit Sega Saturn games console. Few said Sega could beat Sony. Following its launch in Japan in December 1994, Sony's 32-bit layStation game console quickly captured the leading position among game machines, riding a wide variety of games software. At the end of March, PlayStation enjoyed a 55 percent global market hare, followed by 30 percent for Nintendo Co Ltd's 64-bit Nintendo64. Sega, hit hard by poor sales in the United States, had about 15 percent. "I think Sony will take more than one year to introduce a new-generation games console, so until then Dreamcast can take advantage. Its quality graphics capability and attractive software titles may encourage buying," said Nobumasa Morimoto, a senior analyst at Wako Research Institute of Economics. He said Dreamcast sales might top five million units within a year of its launch, and good demand was expected after Sega's new model began retailing overseas next September. "Still, I don't see any big change in current market share structure," he said. Yuichi Kobayashi, a New Japan Securities analyst, said he could not find an overwhelming strength in Dreamcast. "Sony can produce a new machine with similar functions sometime later, so those who began gaming with PlayStation, in particular, may just wait for Sony," he said. Nintendo, meanwhile, is going its own way. Instead of joining the race to grab a larger slice of the home video game market, Nintendo has built up a dominant position in hand-set game machines with its popular Gameboy. "I think that in terms of portable game machines, no company can beat Gameboy," said New Japan's Kobayashi. Nintendo plans to retail a new Gameboy with a color screen in Japan on October 21, and in overseas markets by December. The new products will be priced at about 8,900 yen. Analysts said Nintendo's strength was based on recent run-away sales of its popular "Pocket Monster" game a craze among school children. Shipments had exceeded 11 million units by the end of September, since its launch in February 1996. Rivals have been quick to react. Sony plans to begin retailing in Japan on December 23 a small personal digital assistant (PDA) game, PocketStation, which can also be used as a memory card to save PlayStation video games. PocketStation will be priced at 3,000 yen. Nintendo Adds Color to Its "Rainbow" of Products With New Game Boy Color Titles Nintendo of America Inc. announced the line-up of full-color games to launch with its new Game Boy(R) Color system in time for the height of the holiday shopping season. The pocket-sized, portable game system displays games in bright colors and will be available in two hardware variations: purple and transparent purple. Set for a November 23rd simultaneous release with Game Boy Color, the Nintendo-published titles include: * Tetris DX - Features Marathon, the classic Tetris game, along with three other twists on the popular puzzler, Ultra, 40 Lines and VS, a two-player game mode * Pocket Bomberman - A new platform-style Bomberman adventure with classic Bomberman game play elements * Quest For Camelot - Based on the Warner Bros. animated film of the same name, players collect weapons and various powerful items, interact and battle with many of the same characters from the movie * Game And Watch Gallery 2 - Original and updated versions of five classic Game and Watch games: Parachute, Vermin, Chef, Donkey Kong(R) and Helmet In addition to the Nintendo titles, more than 10 third-party Game Boy Color-compatible titles are expected to hit holiday store shelves next month. The new Game Boy Color units are similar in size to the existing Game Boy pockets, and can display up to 56 different colors simultaneously from a 32,000-color palette. The system features a new, proprietary technology making it possible for the screen to display sharp and vivid graphics so you can play both indoors and outdoors and see images clearly. Notably, Game Boy Color will play more than 1,000 titles already released for the Game Boy system since its introduction in 1989. "With the holidays near, Game Boy Color makes a perfect gift or stocking stuffer," says Peter Main, Nintendo of America's executive vice president, sales and marketing. "Game Boy pocket continues to be a hot seller, so we expect the same will happen with Game Boy Color. This is what consumers have been asking for." Midway's NFL Blitz and Mortal Kombat 4 Among Game Boy Color Titles Seven Midway Titles To Be Available for Nintendo's New Handheld Game System - Three as System Ships in November Feel the adrenaline of San Francisco Rush: Extreme Racing, the crush of NFL Blitz or the nostalgia of Defender & Joust on the go! Midway Home Entertainment today announced that seven of its most popular games will soon be available for the Nintendo Game Boy Color system. Three of the titles will ship simultaneously with the expected November 23 launch of Nintendo's enhanced portable play platform. The November releases are NFL Blitz, Mortal Kombat 4 and Rampage World Tour which will be followed later by San Francisco Rush: Extreme Racing and double-packs Spy Hunter & Moon Patrol and Defender & Joust, as well as the skateboard sim 720 degrees. "With over 65 million units sold worldwide and the likelihood of strong sales of the color version, Game Boy is a great selling platform and Midway is fully supporting it with the release of seven of our most popular titles for the system," said Paula Cook, director of marketing for Midway Home Entertainment. "Titles like NFL Blitz, Mortal Kombat 4, San Francisco Rush: Extreme Racing and Rampage World Tour have already enjoyed great success for coin-op and home platforms. Were excited to extend our platform independence even further." Midway's Line-Up for November Game Boy Color Features: NFL Blitz - Based on Midways "No Refs. No Rules. No Mercy." coin-op hit, NFL Blitz is packed with everything fans love about NFL football. The game boasts seven-on-seven football action with easy arcade-style controls in an everything goes version of the NFL. An officially licensed NFL and Players Inc product, NFL Blitz features all 30 teams, comprised of seven of the best offensive and defensive players from each team. Mortal Kombat 4 - Released this summer on multiple platforms, MK4 continues the carnage that has captivated both the coin-op and home gaming community. This fight-to-the-finish slug-fest features fifteen characters including returning favorites Sub-Zero, Sonya, Reptile, Jax and Scorpion. MK4 features interactive arenas with hand-to-hand battle, and the ability to steal their opponents weapons to use against them. Rampage World Tour - Take out your frustration on this sensational smash 'em up game that has entertained coin-op and home gamers alike. Simple enough for anyone yet full of depth and challenge to appeal to the serious gamer, Rampage World Tour sends up to three players on a quest to damage, demolish and destroy scores of city streets, skyscrapers and soaring aircrafts. Secret moves help fend off the constant stream of bullets, fire and explosives. Sony, Nintendo Console Sales Soar After Price Cuts Oct. 09, 1998 (Computer Retail Week - CMP via COMTEX) -- San Mateo, Calif. - Sales of video-game systems have nearly doubled in the two months since the Nintendo 64 and Sony's PlayStation 5000 series assumed a lower price. According to figures from The NPD Group, Port Washington, N.Y., unit sales of Sony and Nintendo's video-game systems increased almost 100 percent from May to June. Analysts said the PlayStation continues to outsell N64 by about 2-to-1. Each manufacturer dropped its system's suggested retail price from $149 to $129 in early June. Since the price change, PlayStation hardware and software sales have increased by 30 percent to 100 percent, depending on the week, said Jack Tretton, vice president of sales, Sony Computer Entertainment of America. "The numbers are very, very hot for what would normally be about the slowest time of the year," Tretton said. etailers report greater video-game sales, too. "I'd say we have seen a 25 percent to 50 percent increase," said a sales associate for a video-game store in Stockton, Calif. The price cut jump-started stalled N64 sales, he said, but PlayStation benefited the most. "We've completely sold out of the 5000 series," the sales associate said. At press time, there were about 200,000 unsold 5000 series units, Tretton said. Nintendo officials declined to comment. At the Electronic Entertainment Expo in May, Sony said it would include the Dual Shock Analog Controller, a force-feedback gamepad, in the PlayStation 7000 for a $149 SRP. The 5000 series systems, which include a standard digital controller, were marked down to $129. Following suit, Nintendo of America lowered the N64's SRP to $129, calling it a "temporary" reduction that would last through September. Despite the cuts, both companies continued their minimum advertised price of $149. Nintendo has since reduced its MAP to $129, fueling speculation that the price move is a permanent one, retailers said. Tretton said Sony's $149 MAP policy will stay in effect for all PlayStation systems, but he said that a price change this fall for the 7000 series is possible. DVD-ROM Watershed: No Time Soon Software Oct. 05, 1998 (MULTIMEDIA WEEK, Vol. 7, No. 39 via COMTEX) -- Don't expect even 10 percent of the new PC titles out for the holiday selling season to be DVD-ROMs. The software's evolution has been so much slower than expected, industry watchers are uncertain if the media will take off enough in the next 12 months to make Christmas '99 a blockbuster DVD-ROM season. "A few companies are putting a toe into the water; that's about it," said Ann Stephens, principal of retail tracker PC Data, based in Reston, Va. "There are next to no DVD titles out there." Stephens doesn't expect DVD to make a significant dent in retail shelf space until 2002 - so far into the future she's unwilling to say what percent of the software market DVD-ROM will grab in the next one or two years. And Stephens isn't the only market watcher skeptical about the new media's ability to penetrate the market. Walter Miao, vice president of New York-based Access Media International, can count only five or six DVD-ROM titles out of the 1,800 planned to ship in time for the fourth quarter. Miao cited the sub-$1,000 PC market momentum and incompatibility as the two major trends working against DVD-ROM growth. At the OEM level, DVD drives cost about $100 each, compared to $25-$35 for ubiquitous CD-ROM drives, Miao said. That's a huge cost burden for PCs selling from $500 to $1,000. Incompatibility also is inhibiting the growth of DVD-ROM. Despite improvements in Windows 98, there is a lack of compatibility among DVD drive manufacturers. A title might work on one drive, but not another. PC OEMs and drive manufacturers must resolve compatibility issues before consumers rush to embrace the products. Gamers just don't want to deal with the hassles, or the frustrations, analysts said. Meanwhile, game manufacturers are waiting for the installed base to grow before they start issuing old and new game titles on DVD-ROM. The installed base of drives will have to reach one million or so before game publishers jump on the technology in a big way, Miao said. And that number is at least a year away, given the slow growth of high-end PCs featuring DVD-ROMs. Lack of a significant installed base of DVD-ROM-and few promises of a return on development costs-are keeping publishers from embracing the media. Officials with Hasbro Interactive concurred that the sub-$1,000 PC market is having a negative impact on DVD-ROM software. "We're in a tough position," said Dana Henry, Hasbro spokeswoman. "The sub-$1,000 market is our market." Hasbro is considering shipping one or two DVD-ROM titles by Christmas '99. The Learning Co. [TLC] of Cambridge, Mass., just released The Complete National Geographic Magazine, a DVD-ROM containing issues from the last 109 years. The company also is issuing the popular Oregon Trail on DVD-ROM for the fourth quarter. Broderbund Software Inc. [TLC] has been quick to jump on DVD-ROM through the company's Red Orb division, with a version of Myst's sequel Riven and The Journeyman Project 3: Legacy of Time, both of which shipped last month. The company has a few other ROM titles in the works. Sierra On-line Inc., a dominant PC game company, continues to take a wait-and-see approach to DVD-ROM. The company has no plans for DVD releases this holiday season and is withholding a decision on the '99 holiday season. Developers skilled in the ways of MPEG-2 and other DVD components, are seeing business for the technology pick up slightly. "It's nothing drastic, but we are getting more inquiries and much more savvy questions, said Blaine Grabois, co-founder and creative and technical director for developer Zuma Digital in New York City. "It's not the flood everyone predicted." Macworld First to Bring Tomb Raider II Demo to Non-web Users SAN FRANCISCO (Oct. 8) BUSINESS WIRE - Oct. 8, 1998 - Macworld Online Announces Tomb Raider II Available for Download; For Non-Web Users, Macworld's December Newsstand Issues to Feature Tomb Raider II CD Macworld magazine, the leading Macintosh monthly published by Mac Publishing, L.L.C. announced today that the long-awaited Tomb Raider II demo is available for download on its web site at Internet surfers will find the demo on the home page of the site today at 12:00 p.m. PDT. In addition, for Mac gamers who would rather not download the 8.5MB file, Macworld's December newsstand copies will feature a special Lara Croft cover with a CD-ROM of the Tomb Raider II demo. December issues with the CDs will hit newsstands November 10. "We're thrilled to be the first to bring Tomb Raider to the legions of Mac gamers who have been anxiously awaiting Lara Croft's premier appearance on the Mac platform," said Andy Gore, editor-in-chief of Macworld magazine. "Offering the demo online and as a cover mounted CD ensures that Mac fans everywhere will have access to one of the most popular games ever." Tomb Raider, originally created by Eidos Interactive, a leading developer of games for the PC, PlayStation, and Nintendo 64, has been one of the most successful computer games ever with sales of over nine million copies of the entire Tomb Raider series. Tomb Raider II is being brought to the Mac platform by Aspyr Media, Inc., maker of popular Macintosh games like Carmeggedon and BonkHeads. Heads Up! Hasbro Interactive's Action-Packed H.E.D.Z. BEVERLY, MASS. (Oct. 8) BUSINESS WIRE - Oct. 8, 1998 - Hasbro Interactive's first original content game is coming at gamers head-on! In H.E.D.Z. -- Head Extreme Destruction Zone(tm), players put their heads together, literally 225 of them, to collect the most heads. H.E.D.Z. delivers hours of heart-pumping game play, with over 25,000 different head-to-head battle combinations in solo or multi-player modes. "H.E.D.Z. is like nothing you've ever played before, or even imagined," says Tom Dusenberry, president of Hasbro Interactive. "From the story line to combat methods to the collectible nature of the game, H.E.D.Z. is a truly original, totally exciting gaming experience." eek and destroy is the name of the game as players battle to become the best head hunter in the galaxy. H.E.D.Z. is the national sport of an alien race, set in a series of interconnected asteroid zones called the Nappa Flux. The ultimate goal of the game is to pillage and plunder through more than 20 levels in eight 3D worlds to collect the most heads. Players begin the game by selecting five of the 225 heads to enter the zone. Each head is equipped with a unique battle power to attack and defend against opponents. Some powers are physical, while others are vehicle- or aerial-based. For example, the "Aircraft Carrier Head" launches a fleet of fighter planes from his runway-flattened head, while the "Poodle Fancier" combats her opponents by unleashing her feisty French poodle -- don't let those pink ruffles fool you, her bite is much more ferocious than her bark. In each combat zone players go head-to-head with any of the 225 different "Hedz" characters. Players must use their weapons to make their opponents' head pop off, all the while trying to protect their own! After a few dozen hits against an opponent their head will pop off and appear as a token in the environment - a "dead head." Once a head is "dead," players can pick them up and store them in their "backpack." In order to use the heads in the backpack, "DeadHeads" must be re-charged with "Zedz," Hedz money, that can be collected throughout the different levels. H.E.D.Z. is an action game full of strategy and risk - every time a player enters combat, he is literally putting his head on the line. Players must be strategic from the outset, choosing and using the right head or combination of heads at the right time to maneuver the different levels. If defeated by the opponent, the player's head can be collected by rival players and can only be regained by winning it back in future combat. H.E.D.Z. PC CD-ROM can be played on Windows 95 systems and is available in stores at the suggested retail price of $39.99. Players also can challenge others to combat in the Head Extreme Destruction Zone, over LAN, modem-to-modem or over the Internet. Check out more about H.E.D.Z. at www.hedz.com For more information on other Hasbro Interactive games, visit www.hasbro-interactive.com. THQ Brings Explosive World Championship Wrestling to PC CALABASAS, CALIF. (Oct. 8) ENTERTAINMENT WIRE - Oct 8, 1998 - THQ Inc., publisher of three top-selling and critically acclaimed WCW wrestling titles for Nintendo 64 and PlayStation, is climbing the top rope and preparing to slam the explosive "WCW Nitro" onto home PCs. This first-ever WCW wrestling game for the personal computer features all of the rants, flavor and excitement of the top WCW and NWO superstars. The title is scheduled for launch in December 1998. "THQ has made its mark by publishing award-winning wrestling titles on other major gaming platforms," said Brian J. Farrell, president and CEO, THQ. "It is time to give wrestling fans with home PCs the chance to experience the phenomenally popular WCW brand of in-your-face wrestling excitement." "WCW Nitro" features photo-realistic 3-D graphics and is the first WCW PC wrestling game available. Building on the award-winning PlayStation version, "WCW Nitro" for PC features the top WCW and NWO wrestlers, new moves -- such as "Goldberg's Jackhammer" and "Hogan's Leg Drop," and lightning fast four-player action. Players will be able to control and play as any of the more than 60 grapplers, each with their signature move and personalized rant. In addition to an updated roster of WCW and NWO characters, "WCW Nitro" also features all new intro and winner movies. Under its agreement with World Championship Wrestling, THQ published "WCW Nitro" for PlayStation, which was voted "Best Fighting Console Game" and was presented "The Platinum Award" by Sony to commemorate the manufacture of more than 500,000 copies of the game for 1998. THQ also published "WCW vs. NWO: World Tour" for the Nintendo 64 (which was recognized by the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences as "1998 Fighting Game of the Year," and by GamePro magazine readers as "Best Fighting Game") and "WCW vs. the World" for the PlayStation (which was presented "The Gold Award" by Sony to commemorate the manufacture of more than 250,000 copies of the game for 1998). NewKidCo Creates a New Market for Nintendo's Game Boy Color Continuing its mission to become the leading developer of interactive games for children, NewKidCo will introduce Elmo's 123s and Elmo's ABCs for the Nintendo Game Boy Color helping extend the appeal of the popular hand-held game system to an untapped, younger audience. Targeted to children ages 3-6, each immersive title features the wildly popular Elmo character leading preschool-aged players through entertaining and challenging activities. Both Elmo Game Boy titles offer hours of engaging gameplay for young children just grasping letter and number recognition, while providing a head-start on learning simple spelling and math skills. Elmo's 123s and Elmo's ABCs are expected to ship in early November for the suggested retail price of $24.95 each. Elmo's 123s and Elmo's ABCs mark NewKidCo's second collaboration with Children's Television workshop to develop interactive games for young children. The first titles in their partnership, Elmo's Number Journey(TM) and Elmo's Letter Am), represent the first-ever PlayStation(R) titles designed for the preschool set (children ages 3-6). Designed for easy use by young children just developing eye-hand coordination, Elmo's 123s provides valuable and fun activities such as "Beam That Number" and "Sum Up, Sum Down" that enhance number recognition and help children comprehend simple addition and subtraction concepts. Hosting the title from his Flying Saucer, Elmo is accompanied by tiny spacemen called Stars that children must count, add or subtract. To provide children with a sense of accomplishment, players are rewarded for successfully completing each activity through a special on-screen demonstration -- such as Elmo blasting off in his spaceship. A variety of skill and difficulty levels promotes replayability for hours of portable edutainment. Children will delight with the opportunity to utilize their new knowledge of the alphabet to identify upper and lower case letters and spell simple words. Similar to Elmo's 123s, controls are easy-to-use for young children and many levels of play are available for long-time enjoyment. In the most basic level, children identify letters on a ferris wheel by their case and are rewarded for three correct answers with a congratulatory dance performed by Elmo. Once they have mastered letter cases, children continue learning with simple spelling activities including "One Little Word" and "Spell The Secret Word." These spelling games range from picking the missing letter from a short word, to eventually creating a three-letter word from six letters provided. 989 Studios Running Wild for Young PlayStation Owners Oct. 09, 1998 (MULTIMEDIA WIRE, Vol. 5, No. 196 via COMTEX) -- As Nintendo reaches for the older console gamer, Sony Computer Entertainment America guns for Nintendo's bread and butter, kids. With that strategy in mind, SCEA daughter company 989 Studios is shipping kid-targeted racing game Running Wild. In the last eight months PlayStation ownership among 6- to 12-year-olds grew 50%, 989 Studios Product Manager Michael Lustenberger tells MMWire. It's those 6- to 12-year-olds who are buying (or receiving as gifts) Sony's console. With the recent launch of Sony's Spyro The Dragon, a character with the rare chance to put a chink in Mario's armor, youthful PSXers are looking for something to augment their game libraries and that's what 989 believes it has provided. Running Wild asks players to pick an animal, like a zebra, bull or panda, to run through six worlds. Consider it a cute driving sim in the same way that Nintendo's Diddy Kong Racing and Mario Kart 64 are cute, not-so-realistic driving sims. Crashing the kids market, however, doesn't offer as high a return on investment for Sony as bolstering its current demographic of dominance, the 17- to 34-year-old male. "I don't know if it's a good strategy," Fairfield Research analyst Gary Gabelhouse says. It's a lot easier to "make good customers great and regular customers good" than it is to convert consumers from Nintendo, he says. Sony's strategy isn't a losing proposition but especially from a marketing standpoint, it is expensive, Gabelhouse adds. 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