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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags
Subject: ST Report: 10-Jun-93 #1024
Reply-To: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Posted-By: xx004 (aa789 - Bruce D. Nelson)
Date: Wed Jun 15 11:17:27 1994



                            SILICON TIMES REPORT
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                        INTERNATIONAL ONLINE MAGAZINE
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   June 10, 1994                                                 No. 1024
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 > 06/10/94 STR 1024  "The Original * Independent * Online Magazine!"
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 - CPU INDUSTRY REPORT    - Influence Released     - Word Perfect NEWS 
 - Fatty Bear Review      - AMD Intros RISC Chip   - DOS 6.22 Adds Comp.
 - ZOOM CUTS PRICES!      - CIS TOPS 2M Subs!      - CN CutBacks!!
 - COREL 5 Features!      - People Talking         - STR Confidential!

                -* HP Unveils Large-Format COLOR Printer! *-
                      -* Apple Stock Rated 'AVOID'! *-
                    -* Gates to Give Away His Fortune! *-

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                   STReport International Online Magazine
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 > From the Editor's Desk             "Saying it like it is!"
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      Summer has certainly arrived around here, the Bar-B-Qs are going full
 blast every weekend and the pool parties are splashin' away.  Summer fun
 is usually the most memorable fun so please, those of you with youngsters
 when it comes to water sports and fun keep an "eye" on those young'uns.
   
      The computing picture around the world is slowly turning to the
 clone, Windows 4, Microsoft etc.  The popular vote is really in.  That
 vote was cast by you, the paying consumer.  As such, you forked over more
 dough for the PC and its related products than any other platform.  And I
 might add, you did it with rather big numbers.  Unless things change
 dramatically, the five year stretch will show the final shakeout.  That is
 unless the holdouts for niche markets finally get with the program.  Wall
 Street is already making its feelings about the future computing marketplace
 well known.  Its mentioned elsewhere in this issue.  

      Companies are merging, buying each other out and joining forces. 
 This is great as far as the consumer is concerned.  You'll soon be seeing
 more products with greater power than you can imagine with better pricing. 
 Like the man says, hang in there you ain't seen nuthin' yet.

                                                 Ralph.... 





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      PC SECTION     AMIGA SECTION       MAC SECTION    ATARI SECTION
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           Doyle Helms              Frank Sereno        John Duckworth
           Jeff Coe                 Steve Keipe         Guillaume Brasseur
           Melanie Bell             Jay Levy            Jeff Kovach    
           Marty Mankins            Carl Prehn          Paul Charchian

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 > CPU STATUS REPORT                 LATE BREAKING INDUSTRY-WIDE NEWS 
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                         IBM/POWER-PC/PC SECTION (I)
                         ===========================


   
   
                   Computer Products Update - CPU Report
                   ------------------------   ----------
                  Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
   
                                Issue #24
   
                         By: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.



                  ******* General Computer News *******


           ** 'Influence', the Influential Pen Now Available **

    With so many controversial issues now being debated in Washington, more
 Americans than ever want to participate in the decisions made on Capitol
 Hill. Influence*, a new IBM compatible software program from Double
 Diamond Technologies, Inc., assists concerned citizens and interest groups
 in quickly and effectively lobbying their representatives at the federal,
 state and local levels.
  
    Influence includes a FREE Ready-lists* directory (regularly $29.95)
 containing over six hundred names, Washington and local addresses, and
 phone and fax numbers for Congress as well as the executive and judicial
 branches of the federal government. In addition, users can create their
 own directories or purchase any of the fifty Ready-lists state government
 directories direct from Double Diamond. Updates for all directories are
 available annually.
  
    Influence is a powerful tool for managing address lists and conducting
 effective lobbying campaigns. It is also great for personal
 correspondence. The built-in word processor lets you easily write and
 merge letters. Influence quickly prints standard and custom labels, phone
 lists, and reports.
  
    Influence regularly sells for $49.95. However, Influence and the FREE
 Ready-lists directory will be available in January 1994 on the Softbank
 On-Hand CD-ROM library at the special price of $39.95 (a $79.90 value). 
 Influence and the FREE Ready-lists directory are available now direct from
 Double Diamond at 1-800-532-8788.
  
  
                  ** Multimedia Music Company Formed **

    Digital Entertainment, a new publisher of multimedia music CD-ROMs, has
 been founded as a joint venture between Navarre Corp., a music software
 distributor, and CD-ROM developer Digital Cafe Inc.

    Digital Entertainment's first release will be Backstage With John Tesh,
 a multimedia music CD-ROM featuring the star of Entertainment Tonight. The
 disc, which will be formatted for both Macintosh and MPC systems, will be
 distributed by Navarre.

    The $40 title is scheduled to ship in September. It will contain
 various music works by Tesh combined with video and interactive segments
 featuring interviews, merchandising sales, sheet music and sound mixing
 capabilities.
  
  
                  ** Fujitsu Claims Faster DRAM Chip **

    What is said to be the world's first 64-megabit synchronous DRAM chip
 -- capable of transmitting data two to three times faster than ordinary
 64-megabit DRAMs -- has been developed by Fujitsu Ltd.
  
    A Fujitsu spokesman said the chip can transmit 100 megabytes of data a
 second and will be used in workstations and mainframe computers.
   
  
               ** 17 Million Multimedia Units Predicted **

    A new study, from SIMBA Information, called "Economics of Multimedia
 Title Publishing", predicts more than 17 million multimedia-capable PCs
 with CD-ROM drives will be installed by the end of 1995.  The number of
 such systems will increase by about 10 million over the next two years,
 the study estimates.
  
    The study also found:
  
    -:- Multimedia PC (MPC) will be the dominant multimedia platform in
 1995, accounting for nearly two-thirds of all multimedia-capable PCs.
  
    -:- Macintosh will account for about 32% of the installed base in 1995.
  
    -:- In addition to computers, more than 1.4 million CD- ROM-equipped
 video game machines were in use by the end of last year, with the total
 expected to increase to 4.9 million by the end of 1995.
  
    The study says SegaCD will be the leading video game multimedia
 platform, estimating about 4.9 million SegaCDs will be sold by the end of 
 1995.
  
  
              ** Book Becomes Magazine and Online Service **

    The highly successful "Net Guide," Random House's guide to the features
 of cyberspace, now is evolving into a monthly magazine and an online
 service.
  
    Rights to the database upon which the book was created have been sold
 to CMP Publications Inc., which will use it as the basis for NetGuide
 magazine, a monthly listing of the services and entertainment available
 online.
  
    The database also will be the center of a "point and click" front-end
 to Internet when Michael Wolff & Co., the New York book packager that
 created the book, launches its "Your Personal Network" online service this
 month.
  
    Net Guide, which was published in January, describes more than 4,000
 online sites by address and description in some 400 subject areas. Company
 president Michael Wolff said the database contains more than 10,000 sites
 and continues to be updated on a daily basis.

    CMP says the premier issue of NetGuide magazine will hit newsstands in
 November with a December cover date with an estimated initial circulation
 of 200,000.
  
  
                  ** Firm Promises Online Video Games **
  
    A new company called Catapult Entertainment -- backed by Blockbuster
 Entertainment Corp. and Hollywood financiers Marvin and John Davis -- is 
 planning to enable video-game players to compete via modem.
  
    Reports say the firm plans to sell the service later this year for a $5
 to $10 monthly fee.
  
    "Catapult's service would offer customers a chance to put a game in
 their Sega or Nintendo game machine, dial into a central data system and
 be matched with other customers who own the same game,". The system "will
 allow video game enthusiasts to compete from different locations and is
 designed to work with most games without modification."
  
    "People have been talking about the potential which could result from
 the marriage of Hollywood and Silicon Valley," Marvin Davis, one-time
 owner of 20th Century Fox, said. "Catapult's new products, we believe,
 demonstrate both the feasibility and the promise of this combination."
  
    Reports say Catapult's modem will be sold to video stores and other
 outlets this fall for $40 to $60. Meanwhile, Blockbuster video rental
 outlets will sell and rent the modem as a way of encouraging traffic in 
 its selection of electronic game cartridges.
  
    Catapult President Adam Grosser said the modem and service are expected
 to be ready for sale in mid-November, adding the firm estimates average
 consumers will pay between 20 and 30 cents per connection to the network,
 not counting any long distance telephone tolls.
  
  
                  ** HP Unveils Large-Format COLOR Printer **
  
    Hewlett-Packard Co. has announced its first large - format color Adobe 
 PostScript printer for the graphic arts market -- the HP DesignJet 
 650C/PS.
  
    The printer can produce full- color output in sizes up to 36 inches
 wide by 9 feet long. It's available in two models: D-size (24 inches wide)
 for $9,995 and E-size (36 inches wide) for $11,595.
  
    Aimed at graphic designers in a variety of businesses, including
 advertising, packaging, publishing and law offices, HP says the product
 offers users greater control over artistic creations by allowing
 largeformat comps, proofs and presentations to be produced in-house rather
 than at a service bureau.
  
    The DesignJet 650C/PS printer offers a 300 dots-per-inch resolution. A
 new rendering method, called "scatter halftoning," helps the printer
 create consistent area fills.
  
    The printer comes with LocalTalk, EtherTalk, Novell Ethernet, TCP/IP,
 Centronics parallel and RS-232-C serial connectivity. Other networks are
 supported through HP JetDirect cards. The DesignJet 650C/PS printer
 includes 4MB of memory, which can be expanded up to 68MB.
   
  
                   ** Gates to Give Away His Fortune **

    Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates, 38, says that when he is in his
 50s he plans to start giving away 95% of his vast fortune, currently
 estimated at $6.1 billion, to charities and scientific groups.
  
    In an interview in the current issue of Playboy magazine, Gates said he
 planned to leave maybe $10 million to his family.
  
    He added, though, "Remember, I don't own dollars. I own Microsoft
 stock. So it's only through multiplication that you convert what I own
 into some scary number."
  
  
                     ** Apple Stock Rated 'AVOID' **
  
    Bear Stearns has downgraded the stock rating of Apple Computer Inc. to
 "avoid" from "hold," citing slower demand for new products.
  
  
                    ** AMD Introduces New RISC Chip **
  
    Advanced Micro Devices Inc. this week introduced the AM29040 reduced
 instruction set computer microprocessor, a chip the company said provides
 a substantial increase in embedded system performance while reducing
 system costs.
  
    Reports the new microprocessor will be available in 33-megahertz, 40-
 megahertz and 50-megahertz operating frequencies.
  
  
                   ** New DOS 6.22 Adds Compression **
  
    Another new version of MS-DOS -- this one with Microsoft Corp's own
 disk compression technology, "DriveSpace" -- has been introduced by the
 Redmond, Wash., software giant.
  
    Two months ago, Microsoft begun shipping DOS 6.21, a product that
 provided the same functionality as DOS 6.2 except without the
 "DoubleSpace" disk compression utility.
  
    In April, Microsoft included a coupon with DOS 6.21 for this updated
 disk compression technology that was expected to be available this month,
 following beta-testing.
  
    Microsoft says the new DOS 6.22, with DriveSpace, is shipping to PC
 manufacturers and is expected to be available in the channel by mid-month.
  
    Says a company statement, "DriveSpace offers users benefits similar to
 those of DoubleSpace, the compression technology that shipped in MS-DOS
 versions 6.0 and 6.2. ScanDisk, a utility that detects, diagnoses and
 repairs disk errors on uncompressed drives, has been updated to support
 DriveSpace drives. DriveSpace also includes DoubleGuard, a feature that
 automatically provides an extra layer of protection for users' data."
  
    The upgrade is available for users of MS-DOS 2.11 and higher. The
 company also is offering a "Step-Up" that allows current licensed users of
 MS-DOS 6.0 and MS-DOS 6.2 to upgrade to MS-DOS 6.22.
  
   
                 ** CompuServe Tops 2 Million Members **
  
    CompuServe Inc. says its roster of active accounts has topped 2 million
 worldwide, making it the largest active membership of any online service.
 And the company says that on average more than 80,000 people join each
 month.
  
  
                 ** Zoom Drops Prices on 14.4K Modems **
  
    Prices for two of Zoom Telephonics Inc.'s 14,400 bps internal fax
 modems, models VFP V32bis and 14.4 PC, have been reduced.
  
    Zoom officials said the new prices will allow many retailers to offer
 at least one of the fax modems for $99.
  
    The company also has established a factory upgrade program for its two
 28,000 bps fax modems, the internal VFP 28.8 and external VFX 28.8. Zoom
 said purchasers of these modems will be able to upgrade them to
 incorporate the new V.34 international 28,800 bps data standard for $99
 plus shipping and handling soon after the standard is adopted.
  
  
                   ** Todd Rundgren Creates Music CD **

    Electronic Arts has announced the release of No World Order, an
 interactive music CD for the Apple Macintosh CD platform.
  
    No World Order was created by rock musician Todd Rundgren. The software
 allows listeners to participate in the creation of the music. The level of
 interaction is up to the user, according to Electronic Arts. One can let
 the disc play unmodified, occasionally change settings or continually
 change parameters in real-time with the mouse.
  
    The CD contains almost 1,000 digital audio musical events. An AI
 engine, developed by Rundgren, interprets users' input to determine the
 order in which the events are played. Depending on the choices made, the
 CD could sound entirely different each time it is played.
  
    "No World Order is an entirely new musical experience that, quite
 honestly, could not have come from any musician but Todd Rundgren," says
 Gary Gettys, an Electronic Arts product manager. "He's always pushed the
 limits of music, technology and interactivity."
  
    The No World Order Macintosh CD is scheduled to ship in late June, and
 is also planned for release on PC CD and 3DO platforms this fall. No price
 was announced.
  
  
                 ** AT&T Supports Feds' 'Clipper Chip' **
  
    AT&T Corp. has announced it will support the U.S. federal government's
 development and use of the "clipper chip," a device that would enable the
 government to eavesdrop with court authorization on personal electronic
 communications.
  
    In an official statement, AT&T said, "As we've said in the past, AT&T
 supports the Government's encryption policy initiative, including the
 prescribed use of the escrowed encryption standard, one application of
 which is known as the Clipper chip."
  
    The statement went on to explain that current applications of the
 "clipper chip" would provide secure voice, fax and low-speed data
 transmissions.   (Big Brother will be watching & listening)


                   _______________________________________




 > Corel 5.0 STR FOCUS!                COREL 5.0  SUPER GOOD STUFF!
   """"""""""""""""""""



                       50 Reasons to Buy CorelDRAW 5.0
                       ===============================


 Overall Improvements
 --------------------
 1.   Over 22,000 clipart images and over 825 fonts (an increase of over
      4000 CDRs and 75 fonts)
 2.   OLE 2 (drag and drop) capability
 3.   New color management system which calibrates scanners, monitors and
      printers; displays colors on your monitor as they will appear on your
      printer 
 4.   Dozens of UI enhancements including new tabbed dialogs and standard
      ribbon bar
  
 DRAW
 ----
 5.   PostScript interpreter provides improved connectivity
 6.   Much faster text performance
 7.   Standard font downloading
 8.   Sixty new fractal textures
 9.   Exciting preset Effects
 10.  PowerClip, a powerful new clipping tool
 11.  Transparency of colors
 12.  Trim, a "cookie cutter" effect
 13.  Intersection object creation
 14.  Lenses which add special camera-like effects
 15.  More powerful Extrusions
 16.  Ability to copy and clone special Effects
 17.  PANOSE font substitution
 18.  Square fountain fills
 19.  New text formatting including strikeout and underline
 20.  Live dimensioning
 21.  Added convenience: Delete all guidelines, access to .ini settings
      from the Preferences dialog
  
 PHOTO-PAINT
 -----------
 22.  Photoshop standard plug-in filters
 23.  Ability to convert to and edit in 32 bit CMYK format
 24.  Improved masking (load, save, node-edit, color shield)
 25.  Creation of objects which remain easy to edit
 26.  Easy manipulation of large files: open partial areas, crop or    
      resample upon opening
 27.  Mesh warp capability
 28.  New artistic filters
 29.  New text functionality: edit and format directly on-screen
  
 MOVE
 ----
 30.  Morphing: blend one image into another
 31.  New import and export capabilities
  
 VENTURA PUBLISHER
 -----------------
 32.  Completely new user interface
 33.  Support for the full ANSI character set and all standard Windows text
      editing conventions
 34.  Advanced color and prepress capabilities
 35.  New publication-wide lists eliminate the need to manually keep track
      of cross-references, markers, index entries, variable definitions,
      etc.
 36.  Improved import/export filters for text and graphics
 37.  Improved font and file management
 38.  Ability to wrap text around irregularly shaped objects
 39.  Arbitrary rotation of text and graphics in 0.1 degree increments
 40.  Built-in story editor
 41.  Precision sizing and placement controls
 42.  SGML and ODBC support
  
 SHOW
 ----
 43.  Much faster performance
 44.  Create bullet slides directly in CorelSHOW
 45.  Print speaker notes
 46.  Improved and highly portable player to distribute shows
  
 CHART
 -----
 47.  Ten new chart types, including linked pie-bar, pseudo-3D, radar,
      polar and bubble charts
 48.  New spreadsheet format
 49.  Over 250 new spreadsheet functions
 50.  Powerful utilities also included: Corel MOSAIC, CorelTRACE,      
      CorelQUERY, Corel CAPTURE, Zandar TagWrite, ARES Font Minder and
      Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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 > TRADE UP! STR InfoFile       Diamond offers a Jewel of a Deal!
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                          DIAMOND COMPUTER SYSTEMS
                         Product Support Department
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                          UPGRADE EXCHANGE PROGRAM
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 OBJECTIVE:     The purpose of this program is:
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             program.  

           - To offer an unique program which is state of the art.

           - To convert users from competitor's product to Diamond 's
             products.
           
 PROGRAM OUTLINE:
 ---------------          
           - Customer's video board is exchanged for a current product at a
             promotional price.

           - All Diamond video boards are included in the program.

           - All competitor's products are included in the program.

           - The program will utilize the current RMA system.

           - All boards will have the same exchange value.

           - Contact Diamond Customer Service for procedures.

           - This offer only applies to US and Canadian customers
             PRICING STRUCTURE:

      ISA                           VLB                      PCI

 Stealth Pro/1mb  $165.00  Viper VLB/2m   $265.00  Viper PCI/2m    $280.00
 Stealth Pro/2mb  $230.00  Stealth 64/2m  $259.00  Stealth 64/2m   $259.00
 Stealth 24       $115.00  Stealth 64/4m  $379.00  Stealth 64/4m   $379.00
 SpeedStar Pro    $ 75.00  Stealth 32/1m  $125.00  Stealth 32/1m   $125.00
 Stealth 32/2mb   $165.00  Stealth 32/2m  $165.00  Stealth Pro/1m  $170.00
 SpeedStar 64/1mb $105.00  Stealth Pro/2m $235.00  SpeedStar 64/2m $145.00
 Stealth 24       $115.00  
 SpeedStar Pro    $ 75.00


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 > Fatty Bear STR Review
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 Kids' Computing Corner
 ----------------------


                            FATTY BEAR'S FUNPACK
                            ====================

 by Frank Sereno

      Fatty Bear's FUNPACK from Humongous Entertainment is a collection of
 five learning games for children ages 3 to 8.  Program requirements are a
 12mhz 286 or higher CPU, 3 megs of free hard drive space, a sound card
 with a DAC chip (Sound Blaster and compatibles), 550k of free memory and
 VGA graphics.  FUNPACK will use a mouse if it is installed.  The version I
 have came on a CD-rom but it is identical to the floppy disk version. 
 Fatty Bear's FUNPACK runs from DOS but it can be run under Windows using
 the PIF file Humongous Entertainment provides.  FUNPACK is also available
 for Macintosh computers requiring an LC III or more powerful system  with
 256 color graphics, 3 megs of hard drive space and 2 megs of ram.

      FUNPACK consists of five games.  These are Reversi, Lines and Boxes
 (called Dots here in the midwest), Go Fish, Tangrams and the Fatty Bear's
 Paint Set.  Four play levels are available for the first four games
 listed.  All games are single-player games in which one player will play
 against the computer as represented by Fatty Bear.

      Reversi is a nineteenth century game of logic.  Playing on a grid,
 the player tries to trap the tokens of the other player between two of his
 tokens, thus changing the captured tokens' color.  If a player cannot
 capture any of his opponent's tokens, he passes his turn to the other
 player.  Legal moves are shown by the flashing of the square when the
 cursor passes over it.  The player who captures the most squares on the
 game board wins.  This is a good game for teaching strategy and logic.  At
 the higher difficulty levels, it can be quite challenging for adults.

      Lines and Boxes is another strategy game.  The players take turns
 drawing lines either vertically or horizontally between dots on a large
 grid.  The object is to make complete boxes by drawing the fourth line. 
 The player gets another turn after every completed box.  When the human
 opponent completes a box, a stick figure graphic is drawn in the box. 
 When Fatty Bear completes a box, a picture of Fatty Bear is placed within. 
 The player who makes the most boxes wins the game.  This game is very easy
 to understand, but again the higher levels can be challenging for adults.

      Go Fish is a classic children's card game.  To begin, each player is
 dealt several cards.  Then the players take turns trying to "fish" or find
 a card in the other player's hand matching one in his hand so he can
 complete a set of four matching cards.  If a player finds a match, he can
 then select another card.  If unsuccessful, he draws a card from the deck.
 Strategy involves remembering which cards the opponent seeks from your
 hand because if you get one of those cards, you can then steal those cards
 from his hand.  Again, this is a simple and fun game and it can be
 challenging enough for adults on the higher levels.

      Tangrams is a puzzle game invented in China hundreds of years ago. 
 In FUNPACK, an empty polygon will be shown on the upper half of the
 screen.  Below are several objects which will make that shape if properly
 manipulated and then placed in the empty shell.  Some pieces may need to
 be rotated on the Rotate Icon before being dragged and dropped on the
 shell.  At the higher levels, some of the Tangrams may take many attempts
 to solve.

      Finally, Fatty Bear's Paint Set is a click and fill paint package. 
 The child may choose from 5 colors to fill shapes in the picture, or he
 can mix is own colors by using a dropper cursor to draw paint from the
 five original colors and place it one of 16 tins.  He may then mix in
 other colors with the dropper to create new and unique colors.  An eraser
 icon is used to remove all color from the picture and the "oh no" icon
 will remove the last action that has been performed on the picture. 
 Unfortunately, Paint Set does not allow the saving of colored pictures
 (except if the game is installed on the hard drive) or the printing of
 either the completed pictures or the blank ones for use as coloring books.

      The retail version of Fatty Bear's FUNPACK also includes a Junior
 Adventurer's Handbook and crayons.  Since I purchased an OEM or bundle
 version from a computer show, I cannot say how much value this book may
 have.  Humongous Entertainment does offer to sell additional books and
 crayon sets for $3.00 each by contacting them at:

                           Humongous Entertainment
                              Customer Service
                          13110 NE 177th Pl., #180
                         Woodinville, WA 98072-9965

 Technical support is available from 9am to 5pm Pacific Standard time at
 206-485-1212.

      The sounds used in Fatty Bear's FUNPACK are good, but not
 overwhelming.  All voice tracks used are clear and distinct but more sound
 and music should have been used.  In the graphics department, the visuals
 are very plain.  Animation use is very limited.  The interface allows the
 use of a mouse or keyboard.  No audible help files are used.  Positive
 encouragement is used but I feel there should be a greater variety of
 expressions and intonations used.  Children need more enthusiasm from
 these programs.  The games are fun but I'm not certain how long children
 will continue to play them.  These games are fine but there are more
 attractive and interesting products on the market now.  If you already
 have one these on your system, your child may ignore Fatty Bear's FUNPACK. 
 Educational value is only average at best.  Children will learn a bit
 about using strategy and logic in games and about mixing colors to make
 new ones.  The program is advertised as a FUNPACK so it is more like a
 Hoyle's Book of Games for children rather than a full-fledged educational
 program.  Overall value is only fair.  I paid $17 for the package,  but it
 costs a bit more in the full retail package.  I just can't be impressed
 with a product on CD-rom which only uses about 3 megabytes of storage
 capacity out of 680 megabytes.

                     Graphics                 5.0
                     Sounds                   6.5
                     Interface                5.0
                     Play Value               5.0
                     Ed. Value                5.0  
                     Bang for the Buck        5.0

                     Average                  5.25

      As always, I thank you for reading!



                   _______________________________________



 > WORD PERFECT SETS THE PACE! STR FOCUS!
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 users can access their e-mail and calendars through the telephone. The
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 > NDW Q&A STR Feature                   An In-Depth View
   """""""""""""""""""



                     Frequently Asked Questions for NDW
                     ==================================



 Section 1 - Install
 -------------------
 1.1 - Sharing Violation while copying last disk or while Creating Groups.
 1.2 - Error expanding WIN.INI or SYSTEM.INI
 1.3 - Install fails when trying to restart Windows
 1.4 - After choosing the drive to install NDW on or after installing when
       Windows is restarting, the install hangs.
 1.5 - Windows indicates an error involving symunzip2.dll.
 1.6 - Error when SHELL.DLL is being copied (approximately 3%).
  

 Section 2 - Startup Errors
 --------------------------
 2.1 - Since upgrading to NDW 3, I frequently get thrown out of Windows to
       a DOS prompt or a completely black screen. Is there anything I can
       do to make NDW run on my system?
 2.2 - Why do I get a Sharing Violation error message whenever I change
       video modes and then restart Windows?
 2.3 - Why can't NDW find its files? It reports about 7 missing ones
       including NDWCFG.DLL, TREASURE.DLL, and NWIN2.DLL, ETC.
 2.4 - Why does NDW say, "Can not start NDW as the Shell"?
 2.5 - WHy does NDW say, "Error Loading PROGMAN.EXE"?
 2.6 - Why do all the items in a group other than my StartUp group run when
       I load NDW?
 2.7 - Why does NDW say, "Unable to verify product registration" when I try
       to run it?
 2.8 - Why does NDW report a General Protection Fault at 0004:03FC? I'm
       using NDW 2.0.
 2.9 - Why does Windows say "VNDWD.386 not installed...."?


 Section 3 - General GPFs
 ------------------------
 3.1 - Why does NDW produce a General Protection Fault error when I try to
       change the associations by choosing Associate in NDW?
 3.2 - Why can't I use WIndows communications programs to transfer files
       since installing NDW 3?


 Section 4 - Layout and Tools
 ----------------------------
 4.1 - How do I get rid of items added to the main menu and the drive
       window menu's?
 4.2 - Why does NDW show all of my icons as black and white blobs after I
       have changed video drivers?
 4.3 - I've reset my icons and many of them have switched to the generic
       one.  How do I get the correct icon back?
 4.4 - Why does NDW change my icons when I add a new icon to a Norton Icon
       Library?
 4.5 - Why doesn't NDW keep the custom icon for DOS applications in the
       Startup group?
 4.6 - Why doesn't double-clicking the right mouse button on the desktop
       bring up Quick Access? And why aren't the Quick Access groups listed
       on the Window Window menu?
 4.7 - How can I prevent NDW from realigning my drive icons whenever I
       refresh a drive window?
 4.8 - Why doesn't NDW align desktop buttons correctly? Particularly, I
       can't put anything in the top-right corner.
 4.9 - Why doesn't NDW save my configuration even though the check-box to
       save on exit is on and I've tried saving manually?
 4.10 - Why can't I get NDW to display my printer icon?
 4.11 - Why can't I use all of the commands I've added to the Launch List?
 4.12 - How can I reduce the size of buttons on the NDW toolbar?
 4.13 - I tried to use SuperFind to find some files but it reported no such
        files existed. I was certain I had the files so I searched with a
        drive window and after checking several directories, I finally
        found them. What's wrong with SuperFind?
 4.14 - Sometimes, I will start NDW and a group that I normally don't have
        open is opened. How do I keep NDW from changing my group setup?
 4.15 - Why can't I use the Compare command on Desktop Editor's File menu?
 4.16 - How do I get rid of the treasure chest buttons?
 4.17 - When I start Windows, I get a picture of a computer and "The Norton
        Desktop" while NDW loads. How do I stop this so I can see my
        wallpaper?
 4.18 - How do I prevent Sleeper from complaining that it can't update one
 of
        its modules configurations?
 4.19 - How do I get Sleeper to show me all of my After Dark modules?
 4.20 - I like File Assist but I can't get it to appear in all of my 
        Windows  applications. How do I get it to appear if it doesn't
        appear by default?
 4.21 - Why doesn't File Assist appear when I use Word for Windows?
 4.22 - I am using File Assist in Word for Windows and when I try to save
        to an alternate format, I get the wrong file format. How do I get
        File Assist to save to the correct format?


 Section 5 - Problems Launching Applications
 -------------------------------------------
 5.1 - Why do all of my WIndows programs start minimized?
 5.2 - Why has NDW suddenly started getting slower - particularly the
       groups?
 5.3 - How can I get NDW to recognize environment variables in the
       Properties of an icon?
 5.4 - Why can't I run any DOS applications - including Command.Com?
 5.5 - Why does NetWare report that it is unable to load Unicodes? This
       works fine with Program Manager as the shell.
 5.6 - Why doesn't NDW keep the icon I have set for DOS applications in the
       StartUp group?


 Section 6 - Drive Windows
 -------------------------
 6.1 - Why won't the Disk Format in NDW make bootable diskettes?
 6.2 - Why does opening a drive window on my Bernoulli drives cause them to
       be dismounted? They are being mounted by DoubleSpace.
 6.3 - Why don't my NDW 2.0 drive windows have a scroll bar?
 6.4 - Why do I get the error message, "Not enough file handles" when
       opening a drive window?
 6.5 - Why don't any files appear in the drive windows? The directories
       show up but every one shows "No Files Found"
 6.6 - Why won't NDW show me drive icons for A: and/or B:?
 6.7 - Why won't NDW show me a drive icon for my compressed drive?
 6.8 - Why won't the drive windows show anything except the last 3 digits
       of the file sizes?
 6.9 - When I have two drive windows open, NDW crashes when I try to close
       the second one. Sometimes, I can't even open the first one. How do
       I get NDW to work with my drives?
 6.10 - I have some File Manager extensions that appear in File Manager but
        I cannot get them to show up in NDW? Will these work in NDW?
 6.11 - Why does NDW exit out to DOS if I try to open a drive window with
        an audio CD in my CDROM drive?
 6.12 - How do I prevent NDW from deleting directories by accident? I've
        used the right mouse button to select files which left directories
        selected and NDW delete those too.
 6.13 - How do I get the volume labels for floppy disks to appear in the
        drive window? I get the drive labels to appear in the drive windows
        for all my hard drives and network drives but not the floppy
        drives.  If I go to the Label Disk item under the Disk menu in NDW,
        I can see the label.


 Section 7 - System Information
 ------------------------------
 7.1 - Why does System Information show a negative amount of RAM available?
 7.2 - Why does System Information shows a very low benchmark when I have
       what should be a very fast system?
 7.3 - Why does System Information show me the incorrect system files?




 Section 1 - Install
 -------------------
 1.1 - Sharing Violation while copying last disk or while Creating Groups.

 There is a conflict between Share and SmartCan. Disable either of those
 TSRs, set SHELL= to PROGMAN in SYSTEM.INI and rerun Install. 

 1.2 - Error expanding WIN.INI or SYSTEM.INI

 Check the WIndows directory for SYSTEM.* WIN.* and NDW.*. Delete any file
 with a $, ! or _ as the last Character. Example: NDW.IN$. Then Start
 install again.

 1.3 - Install fails when trying to restart Windows

 Check the TEMP environment variable for a trailing backslash or space. You
 can avoid future problems by editing AUTOEXEC.BAT and making sure the
 backslash and/or space is removed from the SET TEMP line.

 1.4 - After choosing the drive to install NDW on or after installing when
 Windows is restarting, the install hangs.

 Use the "ATTRIB -r" command to turn off the read only attribute on
 autoexec.* and config.* in C:\ and system.*, win.* and ndw.* in the
 Windows directory. Restart the install program.

 1.5 - Windows indicates an error involving symunzip2.dll.

 Copy disk 1 to a temporary subdirectory on the hard drive (but not the
 directory where the TEMP environment variable is set. It may also be
 necessary to use a stripped-down conffiguration by preparing a bootable
 floppy with a config.sys that loads HIMEM.SYS and sets FILES=50. In
 addition, the autoexec.bat for this disk should set TEMP to a directory on
 an uncompressed drive(if possible) with at least 1MB free and a path to
 Windows, DOS and NDW.  If there is an error coping the diskette over in
 preparation for this, the disk itself is proably bad. Contact Customer
 Service for a new diskette.

 1.6 - Error when SHELL.DLL is being copied (approximately 3%). 

 Make a copy of Disk #1 to either a directory on the hard drive or to
 another floppy disk. Edit INSTALL.INF on that copy and search for
 SHELL.DLL. This should show a line that reads:

 SHELL.DLL,     TARGET

 Place a semicolon (;) at the beginning of the line and restart the 
 install from the copy of the first disk and use the remaining disks as 
 normal.

 Section 2 - Startup Errors
 --------------------------
 2.1 - Since upgrading to NDW 3, I frequently get thrown out of Windows to
 a DOS prompt or a completely black screen. Is there anything I can do to
 make NDW run on my system?

 There are several things to check here. First, if you use NAVTSR or
 NAVTSRW, go into NAV in DOS and choose Options from the Tools menu. Choose
 the AutoProtect category and click the Startup button. Under the group of
 options labeled "Types of Memory to Use", turn off the option for
 "Expanded Memory (EMS)". Click OK to get back to the main dialog and click
 Options dialog and click the Advanced button. In the Check Floppies group,
 turn off the checkbox for "Check Floppies For Boot Viruses Upon Access".
 Click OK until you're back at the main NAV screen, exit NAV and reboot to
 allow those changes to take effect.

 Also, check CONFIG.SYS and make sure there is a FILES= setting and that
 this is set to at least 50. Make sure there is a BUFFERS= setting and this
 is usually best when set to a multiple of 8. 16 is normally sufficient
 but, in some cases, 24 may be better.

 More importantly, check the SHELL= setting and make sure the environment
 size is set to at least 1024 and 2048 is recommended. If there is no
 SHELL=setting, refer to your DOS manual on how to add this and add a
 setting to specify the number of bytes reserved for environment variables.

 One other thing you might want to try is adding the line
 "EMMExclude=A000-FFFF" to the [386Enh] section of system.ini in the
 Windows directory. This will keep Windows itself out of the upper memory
 area and let the DOS memory manager control that region.

 Finally, before attempting to restart Windows, go to the NDW directory and
 delete ICOCACHE.DAT. It may be a simple matter of NDW trying to overwrite
 this file and running into a problem with SHARE.EXE or VSHARE.386.


 2.2 - Why do I get a Sharing Violation error message whenever I change
 video modes and then restart Windows?

 When you change video configuration, NDW will update some files when you
 restart Windows and this can trigger a sharing violation. To prevent this,
 delete the file ICOCACHE.DAT in the NDW directory before restarting
 Windows with the new video driver. This means that you should not click
 the Restart Windows button in the Windows Setup program since this will
 not give you the chance to delete that file. Either use the DOS-based
 Setup program in the Windows directory or exit Windows after changing
 video drivers, delete the file and restart Windows.


 2.3 - Why can't NDW find its files? It reports about 7 missing ones
 including NDWCFG.DLL, TREASURE.DLL, and NWIN2.DLL, ETC.

 Most often, this caused by NDW not being in the path. Check the
 autoexec.bat for multiple path lines and make sure that all lines after
 the 1st PATH setting refer to "%PATH%" so they will add to the path rather
 than reset it.

 If the NDW directory does appear in the path then check the path at a DOS
 prompt with the SET command to ensure NDW is there. If the path is very
 long, NDW may not fit since DOS limits the path to 127 characters.

 If the path is correct check for a WIN.BAT or a WINSTART.BAT or a network
 login batch file that changes the Path. If all else fails set the path to
 C:\NDW;C:\WINDOWS;C:\DOS (i.e. just set the path to the NDW, WIndows and
 DOS directories) so we are certain of the path when Windows starts.

 2.4 - Why does NDW say, "Can not start NDW as the Shell"?

 NDW is unable to load the .DLL files it needs to run as the shell. To
 correct:

     1)  Try running PROGMAN as the shell, then running NDW as an app.
         A. If this works, more than likely the path is incorrect. Check
            for a path that is more then 127 Characters. If this is the
            case, reduce the number of entries on the path.

     2) If it will not run as an app, try the following:
         A. Increase the environment space to at least 1024.

         B. Increase the file handles to at least 60(3.0 requires 50
            minimum).

         C. Be sure there is enough XMS free with the MEM command NDW 2.x
            will need 2MB while NDW 3 requires 4MB.

         D. Delete the .EXE's and .DLL's from the NDW directory and
            reinstall NDW. An individual .DLL may be damaged or missing and
            it is normally faster than easier to reinstall than try to
            determine which one(s) is(are) missing.

 2.5 - WHy does NDW say, "Error Loading PROGMAN.EXE"?

 This is usually caused by the Microsoft or Central Point Anti-Virus.
 MSAV's default creates checksum files for all program files on disk during
 a scan. If a program is updated or added after the initial scan, the
 checksum file is not automatically updated.  It is then  allowed to
 execute, but not to open any other files.  The result is that NDW.EXE
 executes as shell, can not run NDWMAIN,  and  cannot run PROGMAN,
 resulting in the error.

 To correct this, delete CHKLIST*.* from all directories or start MSAV,
 choose Options, check Create New Checksums, and rescan each drive. Or
 remove MSAV from WIN.INI and CONFIG.SYS.

 Another possibility is that the shell= in the SYSTEM.INI is incorrect.
 A failed install may leave the shell set to the install program or the
 program name is incorrect or misspelled. Setting this to load NDW.EXE with
 the full path to the NDW directory should correct this.

 2.6 - Why do all the items in a group other than my StartUp group run when
 I load NDW?

 NDW has set the StartUp group incorrectly. To fix this, go to the Quick
 Access settings in Control Center and click the AutoStart button. Make
 sure the group you want selected has the checkmark next to it.

 2.7 - Why does NDW say, "Unable to verify product registration" when I try
 to run it?

 This is most often caused by a failed install where the Windows shell is
 still set to INSTALL.EXE. This occurs most often when chhosing the Reboot
 option after installation and the disk cache does not have time to flush
 completely. To correct this, change the shell= setting in SYSTEM.INI in
 the Windows directory to NDW.EXE with the full path to the NDW directory
 specified. Also, check in the [386Enh] section and verify that NDW has
 added lines such as these:

 device=symevnt.386
 device=vfintd.386
 device=vnss.386


 2.8 - Why does NDW report a General Protection Fault at 0004:03FC? I'm
 using NDW 2.0.

 This is usually a problem in of NDW's group files and almost always in
 QAMAIN.QAG. In the NDW directory, delete QAMAIN.QAG then try to start
 Windows. Assuming Windows loads OK, open a drive window for the drive that
 Windows is installed on and hit the Tab key to move to the file pane. Go
 to the View menu, choose Filter, choose Custom and type "*.QAG". Click OK,
 go to the File menu, choose Select, and choose All from the secondary
 menu. All the files listed in the drive window should now be selected.
 Position the drive window and the Quick Access window so that both can be
 seen and then drag the files from the drive window to the Quick Access
 window. Either all of them will become group icons in the Quick Access
 window or you will get a GPF. If you get a GPF, reboot and restart
 Windows. Then open a drive window for the Windows directory again but this
 time, drag the QAG files to Quick Access one by one to determine which one
 causes the crash. Once you have isolated this, you should be able to drag
 all of the QAGs - except QAMAIN.QAG - in the NDW directory into Quick
 Access. Once you have added all the groups back that you can, you can then
 save your configuration.
  
 If you don't get a GPF, select the NDW directory in the drive window and
 drag each QAG - except QAMAIN.QAG - from the file pane to Quick Access
 until you find the one that is corrupt. Again, restart Windows and
 continue adding groups until you have recovered all of the groups except
 the corrupted one.

  
 2.9 - Why does Windows say "VNDWD.386 not installed...."?

 Search all local hard drives for VNDWD.386 and be sure there is only one
 occurrence, in the proper directory (\NDW  for 2.2, \windows\system for
 previous versions).  Then check the date and be sure it is the same as the
 NDW.DLLs. If it is search the entire drive for n*.DLL and be sure all
 Desktop DLLs on the disk are the same date.


 Section 3 - General GPFs
 ------------------------
 3.1 - Why does NDW produce a General Protection Fault error when I try to
 change the associations by choosing Associate in NDW? This works fine in
 File Manager and I can edit these in WIN.INI.

 Edit WIN.INI and check for two possible problems. First, do a search for
 the word "extensions". If you find it anywhere beside the [Extensions]
 section header, misspell the word (for example, remove the 1st "e".)
 Second, put the cursor on the first line within the [Extensions] section
 and hit the End key. If the cursor goes past the last character in the
 line, backspace to remove any trailing spaces. hit the down arrow and the
 End key to do the next line. Repeat this for each line in the [Extensions]
 section. Also, check for invalid entries in the [Extensions] section of
 the Win.ini - such as an entry that doesn't have an extension associated
 to it.  Once this is done, restart Windows and the Associate command
 should work properly.


 3.2 - Why can't I use WIndows communications programs to transfer files
 since installing NDW 3? The transfer begins but then Windows crashes.

 This is caused by a conflict between File Assist and the way some
 communications programs open a file that is being received. Run your
 telecommunications program and bring up the File Save As or File Open
 dialog box (how to do this will depend on the application in question) and
 click the "Config" button listed along the bottom of the dialog with the
 File Assist extensions. Turn off the checkbox labeled "File Assist Enabled
 For:" and File Assist will ignore that one application. If you use more
 than one Windows communications program, you will need to do this for each
 one individually.


 Section 4 - Layout and Tools
 ----------------------------
 4.1 - How do I get rid of items added to the main menu and the drive
 window menu's?

 Edit WINFILE.INI in the Windows directory and delete or comment out the
 line for this File Manager add on from the [AddOns] section.

 4.2 - Why does NDW show all of my icons as black and white blobs after I
 have changed video drivers?

 The icons are cached in a separate file so that NDW doesn't have to reread
 these every time a group is opened. To rebuild this file with the new
 settings, choose Customize from the Options menu, click Quick Access,
 click Adavanced and click Reset Icons. Alternatively, go to the NDW
 directory before starting Windows and  delete ICOCACHE.DAT.

 4.3 - I've reset my icons and many of them have switched to the generic
 one How do I get the correct icon back?

 Try Reset Icons as described in 4.2 but first verify that the FILES=
 setting in CONFIG.SYS is at least 50. Also, make sure that the file that
 the icon is supposed to come from still exists. If that file has been
 moved or renamed, NDW will just use the generic icon rather than issue a
 warning message.

 4.4 - Why does NDW change my icons when I add a new icon to a Norton Icon
 Library?

 When adding new icons to a library, it is necessaery to append the new
 icon to the end of library. NDW and Program Manager will keep a pointer to
 indicate which icon to use when specifying a file with multiple icons and
 inserting icons will throw the pointers off.

 4.5 - Why doesn't NDW keep the custom icon for DOS applications in the
 Startup group?

 The ability to set an icon for a DOS application requires carrying on a
 DDE conversation with the module in WIndows that actually handles the DOS
 application. The code to handle this is not loaded until after the
 processing of the StartUp group and so NDW does not respond when WINOLDAP
 asks for this information. This yields a decrease in the time needed to
 load Windows and NDW.

 4.6 - Why doesn't double-clicking the right mouse button on the desktop
 bring up Quick Access? And why aren't the Quick Access groups listed on
 the Window Window menu?

 Quick Access is not currently loaded. In NDW 2.x, go to Configure,
 Preferences, Advanced and turn on Load Quick Access. In NDW 3, go to
 Options, Defaults, Advanced and select Load Quick Access.

 4.7 - How can I prevent NDW from realigning my drive icons whenever I
 refresh a drive window?

 Set AlignDrives=0 in [Defaults] section of NDW.INI.

 4.8 - Why doesn't NDW align desktop buttons correctly? Particularly, I
 can't put anything in the top-right corner.

 To change how buttons realign, adjust SnapFactorX and SnapFactorY in
 [Defaults] section of NDW.INI. In NDW 3, this can be modified in the
 Desktop Layout section of Control Center. Making these values smaller
 should help improve the ability to fine tune where buttons are placed.

 4.9 - Why doesn't NDW save my configuration even though the check-box to
 save on exit is on and I've tried saving manually?

 This almost always indicates a problem updating NDW.BIN. Before starting
 WIndows, go to the NDW directory and rename this file to something else
 such as NDW.NIB. Start Windows, make some configuration changes, save the
 configuration, exit and restart Windows. All the changes should still be
 there. Unfortunately, most of the customization you have made previoulsy
 will be lost in this process since NDW.BIN holds the bulk of the NDW
 configuration but that should correct the problem you're seeing. After
 verifying this has corrected the problem, delete the renamed NDW.BIN.

 4.10 - Why can't I get NDW to display my printer icon?

 If you have recently changed printers in Control Panel, reselect the
 printer button in the Tool Icons section of Control Center. In NDW 2.2 and
 earlier, this is in the Preferences - Printers dialog.

 If the printer is selected properly, this may indicate a problem in
 updating NDW.BIN. Follow the steps outlined in 4.9 above and that should
 correct this.

 4.11 - Why can't I use all of the commands I've added to the Launch List?

 This menu is limited to 29 items - additional items are displayed, but do
 not function.

 4.12 - I am running my VGA in 1024x768 mode.  When I installed NDW 3.0,
 the icons on the toolbar were small and I assumed I could add a lot more.
 When I changed the toolbar, the icons got bigger. How can I get them small
 again?
  
 The icons are all sized evenly and the size will be set so that the
 longest label will fit. In the toolbar editing screen, look for the button
 with the longest label, modify it and give it a shorter label. The icons
 will then be resized to conform to whatever is the longest label at that
 point. To get the absolute maximum number of buttons, turn off the text
 altogether.

 4.13 - I tried to use SuperFind to find some files but it reported no such
 files existed. I was certain I had the files so I searched with a drive
 window and after checking several directories, I finally found them.
 What's wrong with SuperFind?

 Open Superfind and press Alt-X to move to the With Text field. Hit Delete
 to make sure there is nothing in that field. There may be either one or
 more spaces there or some characters that don't display normally and so
 the box appears empty. If SuperFind still won't find the required files,
 check the Attributes settings and make sure the boxes for Read-Only,
 Archive, System and Hidden are all greyed and the one for Directory is
 clear.

 4.14 - Sometimes, I will start NDW and a group that I normally don't have
 open is opened. It seems to think that Save Configuration on exit is
 turned on even though I have turned it off and saved the configuration.
 How do I keep NDW from changing my group setup?

 The original design in NDW 1 was that NDW would not save anything about
 the configuration if you turned Save Configuration on Exit off. However,
 we received numerous complaints from people who had this option turned
 off, installed a new application that then required them to restart
 Windows or at least exit to DOS and they would loose the group that had
 just been created. This could also happen if they had been customizing the
 groups and forgot to save before exiting. In NDW 2, we added a flag so NDW
 will know if you do anything to your groups like adding or deleting an
 item and the exit code checks that flag. If it is set, NDW saves the group
 configuration so those group changes won't get lost. However, it seems
 like NDW gets confused on just what exactly constitutes a group change and
 may be setting this flag when you merely open a group that is normally
 closed or move the group to a different position. With NDW 3, you can add
 the line Autoclave=0 to the [Quick Access] section of NDW.INI in the
 Windows directory. This will still keep the safety feature in place (there
 is no way to completely disable it) but it should eliminate most of the
 unwanted group configuration saves.

 4.15 - Why can't I use the Compare command on Desktop Editor's File menu?
 I click it but nothing happens even though it is enabled.

 This will happen if NDW is not the shell and is not running. NDW must be
 running for Compare to work.

 4.16 - Now that I've installed NDW 3, I have little pictures of treasure
 chests on the title bars of all my NDW windows. How do I get rid of them?
 Run Desktop Editor or Notepad and open SYMCFG.INI in the Windows
 directory.  If this file does not exist, just use the editor to create a
 new file. Add the following lines:
  
 [Treasure]
 Buried=1
  
 and save it to your Windows directory as SYMCFG.INI. Exit and restart
 Windows. The treasure chests will be gone from the title bars but
 they'll remain in the dialog boxes.

 4.17 - When I start Windows, I get a picture of a computer and "The Norton
 Desktop" while NDW loads. How do I stop this so I can see my wallpaper?

 First, edit NDW.INI in the Windows directory and add the line
 NDWSplashScreen=0 to the [Defaults] section. Also, go to the NDW directory
 and delete the file NDWSPLSH.BMP.


 4.18 - When I start Windows, everything comes up fine except Sleeper which
 tells me it is unable to update one of its modules configurations.

 This happens when there is a problem updating NDW.BIN. See the answer to
 4.9 above.

 4.19 - Sleeper does not show me all of my After Dark modules even though I
 have installed After Dark and I can see the modules in After Dark. How do
 I get Sleeper to find these modules?

 If you have After Dark 1.0, make sure you have an AD_PREFS.INI in the
 Windows directory and that that file has an [After Dark] section and that
 section has a Path= setting which points to the correct drive and
 directory for After Dark.

 If you have After Dark 2.0 or later, you'll also need to make sure you
 have the ADRUNNER.NSS or AFTERDRK.NSS (there are two possible versions) in
 the AD directory. If it still doesn't work, copy that module to the NDW
 directory and rename it to anything that does NOT start with an "a" - for
 example, B4DARK.NSS. Then start Sleeper and it should list the module
 "After Dark Runner". Be sure not to select the module listed as "(MS)
 After Dark Runner". This module is designed to be run from Windows itself
 through Control Panel and having Sleeper use it to start After Dark can
 cause Windows to hang.

 4.20 - I like File Assist but I can't get it to appear in all of my
 Windows applications. How do I get it to appear if it doesn't appear by
 default?
  
 File Assist can only link itself to applications that use the common
 Windows 3.1 dialog boxes for File Open and File Save As. Unless an
 applications uses those dialogs, it can not use File Assist.


 4.21 - Why doesn't File Assist appear when I use Word for Windows?

 The macros probably are not loaded. If you have installed the update for
 NDW 3, run Word for Windows and open FASSIST.DOC from the NDW directory.
 Double click the line of text in italics that reads:

        -->Install FileAssist Macros<--
  
 After that, File Assist should attach itself to the File Save As and File
 Open dialogs in Word.

 If you have not installed the NDW 3 update, do not install the File Assist
 macros for Word until you have done so. The originaly macros will cause
 some problems with the Word dialogs and should not be used.


 4.22 - I am using File Assist in Word for Windows and when I try to save
 to an alternate format, I get the wrong file format. How do I get File
 Assist to save to the correct format?

 Download NDW3UP.EXE from library 3 of the SYMUTIL forum or from the
 Symantec BBS and use it to update the macros. This should correct the
 problem. If it still fails, check WINWORD6.INI in the WINWORD directory
 and make sure the following lines appear:

 [MSWord Text Converters]
 MS-DOS Text with Layout=MS-DOS Text with Layout,C:\WINWORD\TXTWLYT.CNV,
 asc Text with Layout=Text with Layout, C:\WINWORD\TXTWLYT.CNV, ans

 Make sure "C:\WINWORD" actually specifies the correct path to Word for
 Windows. If there are any other lines in that section, delete them or
 comment them out by placing a ";" at the very beginning of the extra
 lines.


 Section 5 - Problems Launching Applications

 5.1 - Why do all of my WIndows programs start minimized?

 Use SuperFind (or any such tool) to search for SHELL.DLL and delete any
 copies not in the \windows\system directory dated 3-10-92 (if you are
 using (WORKGROUPS 3.11 the date will be 11-1-93). If there is one in there
 with a different date, reload the one from the Windows disks there. To
 decompress this, copy the file SHELL.DL_ to the \windows\system directory
 and enter:

 expand shell.dl_ shell.dll

 Then delete *.dl_. Start Windows and programs should run normally.

 5.2 -  Why has NDW suddenly started getting slower - particularly the
 groups?

 NDW keeps the icons for the group items in a cache file which normally
 allow it to work much more quickly but as time goes by, this cache file
 which become filled with obsolete information. Before starting Windows, go
 to the NDW directory and delete ICOCACHE.DAT. NDW will rebuild the cache.
 Note that it will be necessary for it to reread all of the icon files at
 that time so if these files have been moved or deleted, the items they
 were used for will resort to the generic icon.

 5.3 - How can I get NDW to recognize environment variables in the
 Properties of an icon?

    A.  For DOS apps, you can use a .PIF and specify the values there.

    B.  For Windows apps, create a script such as:
        sub main
            ChDrive Environ$("TEMP")
            ChDir Environ$("TEMP")
            tid = Shell("myapp")
        end sub

 5.4 - Why can't I run any DOS applications - including Command.Com?

 There are several possible causes. First, check in CONFIG.SYS for two
 things - make sure that the environment space is set to at least 1024
 bytes and 2KB is even better and make sure that the FILES= statement is
 set to at least 50. If they aren't change those settings and reboot and
 see if that helps.
  
 If those were OK or if changing them doesn't help, start Windows in
 enhanced mode and run SysInfo. Click the 2nd button and look at how much
 free disk space is available on the drive where your TEMP environment
 variable is set. If this is less than 2MB, try freeing up some space on
 that drive or set TEMP to a drive that does have 2MB or more available.
 When checking TEMP, you might also want to determine what COMSPEC is set
 to and make sure this is correct; NDW and/or Windows may be failing to
 load the command processor if this is not set correctly.
  
 In addition, you might want to check the Virtual Memory settings in
 Control Panel in the 386 Enhanced section and make sure the swapfile is
 not being created on a compressed drive.
  
 Also, in the windows\system directory, use expand on commdlg.dll,
 shell.dll, ver.dll, and toolhelp.dll. Then do a superfind on these files
 and remove them from any other directory you find them in.
  
 Finally, there's a couple of odd remedies that may or may not apply.
 First, check if there is a MAXBPs= setting in the [386Enh] section of
 SYSTEM.INI. If not, try adding:
  
 MaxBPs=768
  
 to that section and see if that helps.
  
 The other one is to see if there is a TimerCriticalSection= setting in
 SYSTEM.INI and, if there is, try commenting it out. Let me know how it
 goes.
  
 One last thing to check is a problem with the 386GRABBER. If you use the
 WIndows Setup program to switch the video driver to any other driver and
 then switch it back, this should update the driver. When switching away,
 it doesn't matter if the other driver is already on the hard drive and
 will actually make this process faster if it is. What is critical is that
 when you reinstall the video driver and it reports there is currently a
 copy of that on the hard drive, tell it to overwrite that driver so that
 Windows will reload this from the floppies and overwrite the driver files.

 5.5 - Why does NetWare report that it is unable to load Unicodes? This
 works fine with Program Manager as the shell.

 When NDW is the Windows shell and you are connected to NetWare 4.0x, you
 must make sure that the directory that contains the Unicodes is in the
 DOS PATH. Add this directory to the PATH and Windows and NDW will load
 properly.

 5.6 - Why doesn't NDW keep the icon I have set for DOS applications in the
 StartUp group?

 NDW does not maintain the custom icons of DOS applications in the StartUp
 group and will sometimes not use custom icons for DOS applications that
 are run normally. The 1st is a design decision; communicating that
 information adds some overhead to NDW's load time and we try to minimize
 that as much as possible. The failure to retain those icons at other times
 is being looked into by the NDW development team.



 Section 6 - Drive Windows

 6.1 - Why won't the Disk Format in NDW make bootable diskettes?

 This usually occurs when the boot drive has been swapped via Stacker,
 DoubleSpace, or some othe disk compression program. The boot record from
 the swapped drive is copied to the floppy, making it unbootable. You can
 make the disk bootable later with the SYS command in DOS.

 6.2 - Why does opening a drive window on my Bernoulli drives cause them to
 be dismounted? They are being mounted by DoubleSpace.

 This is a problem with the Bernoulli drives and DoubleSpace - Iomega is
 working on a fix.

 6.3 - Why don't my NDW 2.0 drive windows have a scroll bar?

 That version of NDW would have this problem with custom drive windows. You
 can use that version and avoid this problem if you use the Norton Desktop
 Defualt setting for the drive windows.

 6.4 - Why do I get the error message, "Not enough file handles" when
 opening a drive window?

 The files NDW uses to record the directory tree structure are damaged. Go
 to the root directory of that drive and delete the TREEINFO.* files. Open
 a drive window for the drive and rescan the drive.

 6.5 - Why don't any files appear in the drive windows? The directories
 show up but every one shows "No Files Found"

 Under the View menu, choose Filter and verify that the check boxes for the
 Archive and ReadOnly attributes are set to grey (the 3rd state in these 3
 state checkboxes) and clear the boxes for Hidden and System. Then click
 the Set Defaults button and the OK button.

 6.6 - Why won't NDW show me drive icons for A: and/or B:?

 There are two common causes for this - either DRIVER.SYS is being loaded
 in CONFIG.SYS or there is disk compression software active and it is
 AutoMounting compressed floppies. Remove DRIVER.SYS and/or disable
 AutoMounting and the drives will be able to be displayed.

 6.7 - Why won't NDW show me a drive icon for my compressed drive?

 Make sure the drive is selected under Options/Configure/Drive Icons. If it
 is selected and is not showing Click Refresh. Quit Windows and restart. If
 the drive is gone again then there is a problem updating NDW's
 configuration file. Open a drive window for the NDW directory and delete
 NDW.BIN. Save the configuration to rewrite this file with the current
 settings and then try configuring the drive icons again.

 6.8 - Why won't the drive windows show anything except the last 3 digits
 of the file sizes?

 Go to Control Panel, International, and enter a Thousands Separator. If
 this is set to nothing, this will occur; setting it to anything - even a
 space - will avoid this.

 6.9 - When I have two drive windows open, NDW crashes when I try to close
 the second one. Sometimes, I can't even open the first one. How do I get
 NDW to work with my drives?

 NDW will load the File Manager add-ins that are listed in WINFILE.INI in
 the Windows directory and some of these add-ins are not designed to have
 more than one copy of themselves loaded. When the 2nd copy is unloaded,
 this causes the system to crash. To correct this, exit Windows, go to the
 Windows directory and edit NDW.INI. Go to the [Defaults] section and
 change the MaxWinFileExtensions to 0. NDW will no longer try to load the
 add-ins and won't run into problems with add-ins that don't want more than
 one instance loaded.


 6.10 - I have some File Manager extensions that appear in File Manager but
 I cannot get them to show up in NDW? Will these work in NDW?

 Before starting Windows, go to the Windows directory and edit NDW.INI. Go
 to the [Defaults] section and change MaxWinFileExtensions=10 (or 0) to
 MaxWinFileExtensions=100. Save that and start Windows and the add-ins
 should come up fine. If they still don't appear, run NDW's Control Center,
 choose the Defaults category and click the Advanced button. Turn on the
 option for "File Manager Extensions on Main Desktop Menu" and they should
 then appear on NDW's main menu.


 6.11 - Why does NDW exit out to DOS if I try to open a drive window with
 an audio CD in my CDROM drive?

 The problem arises because the CDROM drivers do not provide a way to ask
 about the status of the drive(s) it controls without it having to read
 data from a disk. NDW polls all the installed devices whenever it needs to
 know about the drives (mainly, to see if they're still active) and so it
 gets the system error reading the CDROM. You might check to make sure you
 have the latest versions of MSCDEX and whatever custom driver your CDROM
 drive requires since newer drivers often do add this capability and can
 prevent the error. If you do have the latest version of these drivers and
 if you have SmartCan loaded, try disabling SmartCan in autoexec.bat as
 SmartCan can sometimes cause this to happen also. Otherwise, the only
 workaround is to keep a data CD in the drive.

 6.12 - How do I prevent NDW from deleting directories by accident? I've
 used the right mouse button to select files which left directories
 selected and NDW delete those too.

 The ability to extend file and directory selection with the right mouse
 button without having to use ctrl and/or shift-click combinations is one
 of the most powerful and most deadly of the NDW extensions.
  
 There's two way to deal with this: (A) never forget to left click on the
 first directory or file when making a selection and then use the right
 mouse button to add files or, (B) go into NDW's Control Center and go to
 the Drive Windows category. Click the Advanced button in set the options
 for Right Mouse Button to Pop-up Menu. OK your way back out and then try a
 right click on a file or directory. Instead of extending the selection,
 you'll get a menu of commands from the File menu to act on the selected
 items. This means you'll have to use Shift click to extend multiple files
 in the selection and Ctrl-click to add entires one by one but it is much
 safer.

 6.13 - How do I get the volume labels for floppy disks to appear in the
 drive window? I get the drive labels to appear in the drive windows for
 all my hard drives and network drives but not the floppy drives. If I go
 to the Label Disk item under the Disk menu in NDW, I can see the label.

 The problem is that the entries in the drive list are updated every time
 there is drive access. If we include the labels for floppies, this would
 cause two problems: A) if there wasn't a disk in the drive, NDW would wait
 for the timeout on the drive and B) if there was a disk in the drive,
 you'd need to wait for NDW to read this information and that takes almost
 as long as the timeout. So, we removed this early on in the NDW 1
 development to speed things up with NDW's drive access. So, there is no
 way to determine the label of a floppy disk in the drive window. You can
 see the label in the Label Disk dialog.


 Section 7 - System Information

 7.1 - Why does System Information show a negative amount of RAM available?

 SysInfo is limited to 32MB or RAM. With more than 32MB, SysInfo's internal
 variable overflows and becomes negative.

 7.2 - Why does System Information shows a very low benchmark when I have
 what should be a very fast system?

 This can happen with a disk cache over 1.5 MB. Check also Stealth mode
 (QEMM) or other Programs that might slow the system down (screen savers,
 schedulers, etc. Part of the problem is that the benchmark doesn't have
 complete control of the CPU and can be interrupted during the test.

 7.3 - Why does System Information show me the incorrect system files?

 There is a chance that SysInfo is looking at the Host drive instead of the
 boot drive. To correct this, add StartupDrive= in the
 [System Information] section of the NDW.INI where "" is the
 correct letter of the boot drive.





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                         UPDATE ON MATT DEATHERAGE 
                            Friday, June 3, 1994
  

 As you may have read in the initial document on Matt Deatherage (which we
 distributed to all of the major online services and the Internet at the
 end of April, 1994), he was incarcerated in March on three charges related
 to having sex with a minor.  The original document goes into much greater
 detail about the charges, Matt's plea of no contest on all counts, the
 D.A.'s version of what happened, and Matt's version of what
 happened---including information directly from Matt.  If you have not read
 that file yet, we urge you to examine it closely so you can understand the
 entire situation.  (If you don't have a copy, please send a request to
 dland@netcom.com and we'll email it back to you.)
  
 The original document refers to a deadline of April 28th for letters to be
 received.  For various reasons, Matt's sentencing has been delayed until
 late June.  As a result, the deadline for letters is now June 21st.
  
 As we explained clearly and at length in the original document, we are
 urging letters in support of Matt---NOT in support of his actions and what
 he did (Matt himself does not support that and says now that he clearly
 made a horrible mistake).  These letters are in support of Matt and who he
 is, and should be written out of a desire to see a fair portrayal and
 treatment of someone we know and respect as a part of our online
 community.
  
 In a recent news story about Matt, the District Attorney responded to the
 suggestion that Matt is not some kind of sexual predator by saying, "He's
 an absolutely sex-craved maniac.  It seems that's the only thing he thinks
 about." We find this amazing and ridiculous not only based on what we know
 of Matt, but because the D.A. said this to the press in spite of never
 having spoken to Matt, or to any of Matt's friends---in fact, Matt
 believes the D.A. has not even spoken to the young man Matt had sex with! 
 The D.A. doesn't even KNOW Matt!  Despite this, that has not stopped the
 D.A. from calling Matt a "maniac" and _telling the press_ what Matt
 constantly thinks about.  We point this out not only because it's
 inaccurate but also because we find it extremely unethical for the D.A. to
 be speaking to the media about a man he knows practically nothing about.
  
 We are also concerned because extreme pressures from the media and the
 D.A. have already had a strong influence on the case and they may
 influence the judge.  The D.A. has made no effort to _ascertain the truth
 for himself!_
  
 The point is that events are already occurring (such as Matt being fired
 from Apple Computer) which have nothing to do with the case itself but
 rather happened because of the media hype surrounding the D.A.'s fictious
 version of the situation.  We emphasize that Matt is NOT a predator and as
 very close friends of his for all of his professional life, we absoutely
 do not agree that Matt is a "sex-craved maniac" or that it's "the only
 thing he thinks about."  We find these statements extremely offensive and
 as far from the truth as possible.
  
 Unless we write to the judge with our _true feelings_ about Matt and the
 situation, the D.A. and the media's version of the story will be accepted
 as truth.
  
 It's occurred to us that some of you are thinking you have to write and
 say a lot.  Or you're having second thoughts about what Matt's done and
 how you feel about it.  But we'd like to encourage you to write anyway,
 because you _really_ don't have to say much.  You don't have to commit
 yourself to anything much more than a paragraph or two saying who you are,
 how you know Matt, and how you feel about the situation.
  
 The letter should give your full name and address, and should say a bit
 about yourself -- who are you, what you do, how old you are, and how you
 know Matt (that's all very important).  It should also state that you are
 aware that he is being sentenced on a number of felonies relating to
 sexual misconduct with a minor.  And it should give your opinion of Matt
 Deatherage; essentially, how you feel about him as an individual, and what
 you feel about the idea that he is some sort of dangerous, malicious
 person given to preying upon young boys sexually.
  
 You might say other good things about him, such as that it's clear that
 he's a knowledgeable, productive member of society.  (We've spoken to
 people at Apple who work with Matt who wanted us to say he is well liked
 there and did good work for the company.)  You could mention that the
 knowledge he gained through his job allowed him to do many helpful things
 for people online in his spare time.  You might mention that he's never
 seemed to you to be a disturbing sort of person prone to talking about
 sexual matters with you online (i.e. he never seemed sleazy or
 disgusting).
  
 You might also want to keep in mind the following things when writing to
 the judge:
  
  - Matt is extremely penitent.
  - He admits his crime and has done so from the start.  He has never
    attempted to lie about this thing.
  - It is his first crime.
  - We believe he will not repeat his crime; he's sworn that he will not.
  - Just by the news exposure he's getting, he's already begun to pay,
    and will almost certainly be paying for the rest of his life.  Matt
    has already lost his job and there are real concerns that he may never
    work at Apple Computer again if he goes to prison.
  - He'd likely be harmed in prison.  (Matt is a large man, but anyone who
    knows him personally knows that he is very unthreatening in personality
    and probably easy to victimize physically.)
  - Justice would probably be better served by work-release probation
    and some sort of treatment that would give him a chance to put his life
    back together after all of this.
  
 What you write is up to you.  You should NOT send form letters or simply
 copy and paste the things in this document.  Most important of all, you
 should not make things up or say things that you couldn't possibly know
 about Matt.  Just be honest and write what you feel, in your own words. 
 The judge isn't going to check your spelling and grammar, he just needs to
 know how you feel.  ;-)
  
 We must emphasize again that these are not letters asking you whether or
 not you are "friends" with Matt.  The question is how ANY of you who have
 watched or seen or encountered Matt, whose lives online have been affected
 by this man, feel about what the prosecution is saying... and if you can
 somehow help him by sending a letter.
  
 Letters should be mailed as quickly as possible to:
  
   The Honorable Judge Charles Gordon
   Judge of the Superior Court of Santa Clara County
   c/o Dennis Lempert
   100 Saratoga Avenue
   Santa Clara, CA 95051-7305
  
 It will help an individual who could use your letter more than anything
 else right now, and it won't take much of your time.  Please take a minute
 to send a letter on Matt's behalf.
  
 Thank you.
  
 Some of you have also written to us, asking how to write to Matt.  Matt
 has asked that his mail address be publicized; he's lonely and would like
 to hear from his friends.  Since the email connection in his jail cell
 isn't quite working yet, you'll can send a note to:
  
  D.M. Deatherage
  P.O. Box 360910
  Milpitas, CA 95036-0910
  
 On the front of the envelope, in the lower-left hand corner, you need to
 write "Donald Matthew Deatherage #9411580".  Additionally, the envelope
 and the letter you mail to him needs to have your name and address. 
 Please do not send any staples or paperclips; they'll be removed before
 they get to him.  Other restrictions on mail are as follows: no more than
 five photos (and the photos can not be cut open or tampered with), no more
 than five newspaper or magazine clippings, no blank stationery, envelopes,
 stamps, or cards, no violent, racial, obscene, or gang-related material,
 no stickers, tape, paste or glue, or surfaces covered with any of those
 objects (this includes labels, so your envelope should have your return
 address hand-written), no "questionable substances or stains" (don't ask
 us, we don't know), no oversized envelopes (no larger than a standard
 large manila envelope), no laminated or glued-together greeting cards, and
 no packages.
  
 Thank you again for your time in reading this and please find in your
 heart to send a letter.
  
 Sincerely,
  
  Many friends of Matt
  (who may be reached at dland@netcom.com)


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 standard in terms of technology, graphics, sound and music-every aspect of
 the gaming experience. In turn, you have come to expect more and more from
 ORIGIN with each subsequent release.  During the past few weeks, it's
 become apparent that we've fallen short of some of your expectations with
 Pacific Strike.  When we shipped the game worldwide, we felt it was a
 strong addition to our product line.  In retrospect, we may have jumped
 the gun. Since ORIGIN has always valued its one-on-one relationship with
 its cutomers, we want to make sure that we address the problems up front
 and offer some solutions.

 Pacific Strike was originally scheduled for Christmas of 1993. As that
 date drew closer and we discovered the game would not be ready in time, we
 made a conscious decision not to rush it out and to put more polish into
 it to make it a quality title. Many retail outlets "drop-ship" our games,
 meaning they have them shipped overnight from our manufacturing center
 just as soon as they are ready.  When a new release date seemed achievable
 in March, we sent the Speech Accessory Pack ahead to retail stores so it
 would already be there when the game arrived.  What followed was another
 unforeseen delay that left the Speech Pack stranded alone on the shelves. 
 We have learned from that mistake and  won't let it happen again. Still,
 some of you bought the Speech Pack early and held on, past the point where
 the retail store would take it back. We don't want you to feel stuck; if
 you're not happy with the Speech Pack, you can return it to ORIGIN
 Customer Service.  Send the full product, along with proof of purchase
 dated before May 1, 1994, to: 

                           ORIGIN Customer Service
                   attn: Pacific Strike Credit Department
                            12940 Research Blvd.
                              Austin, TX 78750

 Some players have expressed problems with Pacific Strike's frame rate.
 ORIGIN has always developed games to exploit the full capabilities of
 high-end computers, but we also understand that anything less than a
 perfectly fluid frame rate can lead to frustration.  Others have
 registered complaints about sound pauses and joystick jerkiness. To that
 end, we are working on patches that will be available for downloading
 through online services where ORIGIN provides product support:

                          CompuServe (GO GAMEAPUB)
                      America  Online (KEYWORD: ORIGIN)
                        GEnie (Scorpia's Roundtable)

 Patches may also be downloaded from ORIGIN's BBS at (512)331-4446.
 Customers without modems or access to online services may receive patch
 disks free of charge by calling ORIGIN Customer Service at (512) 335-0440.

 Sometimes, even the best of intentions can backfire. Such was the case
 with the Japanese plane you can fly in the game. That was added just
 before the game released; that's why it's never mentioned on the box back,
 in the advertising or even in the documentation. The development team
 thought it would be a bonus; however, there was not enough disk space 
 left for the accompanying artwork, so an American wing appears when you
 pan your view outside the cockpit. Nice idea, but not the kind of
 compromise players have come to expect from ORIGIN.

 We would like to offer our apologies to all of you who are disappointed
 with Pacific Strike. ORIGIN was built on the loyalty and satisfaction of
 its customers and we intend to keep it that way. Your patience and
 understanding is all we ask.

                                             Thanks,


                                Eric Hyman Producer, Pacific Strike


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 > From the Atari Editor's Desk              "Saying it like it is!"
   """"""""""""""""""""""""""""

      
      As mentioned in last week's issue, an end of an era at Atari
 occurred when Bob Brodie completed his last official day at Sunnyvale.
 Bob conducted his last formal "Dateline: Atari" conference, as well.
 Before some of you sit up in your chair, thinking here it comes, a
 final bashing from STReport - relax.

      I read the transcript of that conference knowing ahead of time
 what it would contain.  Naturally, the final conference would be used
 to convey final tributes and well wishes, to the users and to Bob.
 There was also the last valiant efforts to get some new information
 about new Jaguar titles, and also any hints about Atari computers for
 the future.  There was even the final "best and worst" moments in Bob's
 career with Atari.  Bob was true to form, even to the last.

      Please don't take this as my parting shot; that's not my
 intention, in all seriousness.  Of course, STReport and Bob Brodie had
 differences.  Ralph and Bob had differences.  Bob and I had some
 differences over the years.  I'm sure that there were others.  The
 point is, it's in the past now.  Ralph has "moved" on to a new
 platform, as has Bob, so to speak.  It's an end of an era, and the
 start of another.  I've talked with a number of our staffers since
 Bob's notice; and it came up in the conversation.  Bottom line is we
 wish Bob the best of luck in his new position.

      The summer CES is rapidly approaching, with a few weeks to go.
 Atari is gearing up for a terrific showing.  Many of us would wish that
 Atari was planning to show the latest in computer hardware, but alas,
 that may be a thing of the past.  It'll be strictly a Jaguar (and
 possibly the Lynx) show, this year.  That's not a bad thing, unless
 games aren't part of your activities.  Let's hope that Atari attracts a
 lot of attention!

      Speaking of CES time, one of our Jaguar-edition writers has
 offered to do a professional-quality video of the CES.  Make sure that
 you check out the "ad" for it in the Jaguar section of this issue.
 Craig Harris has some great ideas for the video, so if you're
 interested in seeing the "best of the sights" at the show, you'll want
 to have this video!!

      I have a few "nibbles" on our search for a new online PD software
 "fisherman."  If you're interested in writing mini-reviews of public
 domain/shareware programs, a few at a time, drop me a line.  I hope to
 have an alternative column up and running within the next few weeks.
 This is a great way for you to help share your thoughts about what's
 available to the Atari public in the form of public domain software.

      As this is our "double issue" this week, let's get to the meat of
 the issue!


      Until next time...


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 > Current Notes Update! STR InfoFile!
   """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""

               Current Notes Announces New Schedule and Pricing
               ================================================

      Sterling, VA, 1 June 1994 -- Below is a reprint of my "editorial"
 from the June/July issue of Current Notes, currently at the printer.  It
 outlines several changes I have implemented for Current Notes, effective 1
 June 1994. It also indicates many of the factors that have influenced my
 decisions.  Current Notes is in its 14th year.  I, personally, have been
 publishing this magazine for over 10 years now.  We have witnessed, and
 chronicled, the ups and downs of the Atari market as well as the
 excitement and enthusiasm (and trials and tribulations) of Atari computer
 owners.  With the changes I am launching, I trust we shall be able to
 continue helping Atari users for quite some time.  Following the
 "editorial" is a listing of the contents of our current June/July issue.   
                                         
                                            - Joe Waters, Publisher, CN.


                              * * * * * *

 FROM THE PUBLISHER'S DESK
 =========================
 by Joe Waters

      It should be no surprise to anyone that the Atari market is
 shrinking.  That decline is clearly evident in the circulation figures of
 Current Notes.  From May of 1990 to May of 1992, we lost 10% of our
 subscription base.  In the last two years, however, we have lost an
 additional 1/3 of our subscribers, a trend that shows no signs of abating. 
 With a shrinking market size, and fewer "new" Atari owners, sales of
 Atari-related products have suffered.  This trend has impacted all vendors
 supporting Atari, and many companies have folded.  This, too,
 unfortunately, affects CN, since now there are fewer companies to
 advertise and fewer Atari stores in which to sell CN.

      While circulation has been declining, neither the cover price, nor
 the subscription rate has changed since they were set back in 1990. Even
 the cost of public domain disks has remained unchanged.

      I can not, of course, say the same thing for the costs of operation.
 Our costs for printing, postage, shipping, telephone, etc., have all
 increased.  Any clerical support we used to have, is now gone.  Indeed,
 the return on both investment and labor in this "family" business has been
 zero for quite some time.  So, what do we do?

      I have given this question a good deal of thought.  I don't think
 there is any help available from outside.  Stores continue to disappear. 
 Of the 140 Atari vendors that were mentioned in CN last year, fully 2/3
 never placed even a single advertisement with us.  Atari Corp, of course,
 has never advertised in CN, nor have they, with very minor exceptions,
 ever supported us.  Atari has never sent us a Falcon nor, to date, have we
 seen the Jaguar.

      It has also become more difficult to produce CN.  There is a slower
 pace in the Waters' household.  It's not so much that things are less
 busy; no indeed, things are as busy as ever.  But, while there are more
 things to do, there are fewer of us to do them.  In addition, I, at least,
 (I'd better not speak for Joyce) have grown older and a bit more tired. 
 The energy needed to work an 80-hour week is just not as bountiful as it
 used to be.  My normal job is keeping me busier than ever and Joyce, back
 teaching as a Chemistry Professor and District Chairman for the Boy
 Scouts, has very few hours left for CN.  This may help explain why your
 call is often met with an answering machine, or why the disks you ordered
 don't seem to arrive as fast as they used to.

      A very real option considered was to just close up shop.  Another
 option was to not do anything; just wait for another month or two and see
 how things develop.  I have rejected both options.  If we must make a
 change, we might as well make that change now.  But, we have to ease up on
 the production schedule, retard the slippage in circulation, and increase
 our revenue.

      My solution is to move Current Notes to a bi-monthly format. 
 Starting with this "June/July" issue, CN will be produced every two
 months, for a total of six issues a year.  Effective June 1, the cost of a
 subscription will be $24 per year; a disk subscription will be $48.  The
 cover price will be increased to $4.95.  Current subscribers will receive
 the number of issues (and disks) they originally contracted for.  If you
 have six issues left in your current subscription, you will receive six of
 the new "double-month" issues.  Columnists will now have more time to
 complete their columns.  Advertisers will have more time to get their ads
 in.  Two month's of new subscribers can help offset the loss of one
 month's current subscribers.  And, finally, it won't be quite so hectic in
 the Waters' household; there may now be time to cut the grass, wash the
 car, clean up my office, maybe even take a weekend off once in a while.

      If you'd like to help, you might encourage your Atari colleagues to
 sign up for a year of CN.  If every reader found one additional
 subscriber, our circulation would double and be higher than ever.  On the
 other hand, even with all these changes, if the number of renewals and new
 subscribers continue to slip behind the number of people moving on to
 other platforms and letting their subscription lapse, Current Notes, like
 so many other Atari-related products, will just quietly slip away and
 become a memory of days gone by.


                 ============================================
                                Current Notes
                              Table of Contents

                        Vol. 14, No. 5: June/July 1994
                 ============================================

         REGULAR FEATURES:

         8-Bit Tidbits, Rick Reaser................... 42

         Atari in the STicks, Henry van Eyken......... 22
           "Tiptoe, Through the Tulips"

         Atari Myths & Mysteries, David Troy.......... 12
           "Requiem for a Faith"

         AtariWorks, Michael Hebert................... 16
           "The Finishing Touches"

         Big City Byte, by Howard Carson.............. 19

         Running Out of Ram, David Barkin............. 28
           "What's New in User/Developer Ethics"

         Woods Music, Gary Woods...................... 44
           "Fostex RD-8 Digital Multitrack Recorder"


         SPECIAL FEATURES:

         Diamond Icon Basics, by Kevin Packard........ 40

         Prism Studio, Review by C. Steinman.......... 42

         DataDiet V2, Review by Andreas Barbiero...... 48

         Data Rescue, Review by John Godbey........... 50

         Pure Pascal, Review by Rick Schokman......... 52

         Reach for the Skies, Review by R. Raymond.... 55

         Towers, Review by Sam Van Wyck & Dan Brown... 56


         DEPARTMENTS

         NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS.......................  4
           New Products and Product Upgrades:
             MARS 8
             Musicom 2 and Digital Box
             The Ultimate Fractals CD
             Qwikforms CD
             Studio Convert
             ICD Link 2
             Digital Storefront
             MultiSync Gizmo
             Rainbow 1.0
             ACPC Atari Classic Programs
             Atari Classic PD Software
             PPP for XL/XE
             Marcel V2.3
             Audio CD Master 3.0
             Mastering AtariWorks
           Atari Industry News:
             Atari Announces 1st Quarter Results
             Warner Increases Share in Atari to 27%
             Atari Licenses Jaguar Technology
             Commodore Calls It Quits
           Sales/Price Reductions
             DGS Summer Special
             RUN-PC Atari Catalog
             MultiWriter Price Reduction
             Supra Modem Update Offer
           Atari Shows
             Mid Indiana ST Atarifest VI
             Connecticut Atarifest '94

                                 * * * * * *

 Current Notes is published bi-monthly by Current Notes Inc., 122 N.
 Johnson Rd., Sterling, VA 20164. Subscriptions are $24/year. A disk
 subscription is available for $48/year.  Foreign subscription cost 
 is $30/year (disk subscription $57/year). For quickest delivery, 
 call (703) 450-4761 and reserve your copy now!

                 __________________________________________


 > comp.sys.atari.announce Update! STR InfoFile!
   """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""

 Please read this information on comp.sys.atari.announce


 1. What is comp.sys.atari.announce about?
    (includes Charter and Justification as well as moderator)

 CHARTER (Yat Siu)

 The proposed group will provide a forum for the announcement and release
 of new Atari related products:

 * Atari computer hardware and software * commercial as well as shareware
 or related * announcement from individual authors, companies or
 distributors * press releases

 Yat Siu (ysiu@lexicor.com) is the moderator, Annius Groenink is the
 co-moderator (Annius.Groenink@cwi.nl)  If you wish to email to the
 moderators then you can email atari-moderator@lexicor.com

 Justification:

 There are currently comp.sys.atari.st, comp.sys.atari.st.tech,
 comp.sys.atari.8bit and comp.sys.atari.advocacy, the first three groups
 are discussion forums for their (specific) related hard and software.
 Product announcements in these discussion forums of new releases by
 either commercial, shareware groups can often be considered a service
 but not encouraged. The Atari computer market is not very widely
 distributed and it is getting increasingly harder to know more about
 new products.

 To begin with, a product announcement group would encourage the people
 to announce their new products for the benefit of all Atari computer
 users. It will also allow the reader to focus for a new newsgroup only
 for product announcements or press releases and will also make the reader
 more aware of his/her options.

 Discussion will then follow-up to comp.sys.atari.st

 2. Posting an article to comp.sys.atari.announce (details)

 If you post an article to comp.sys.atari.announce it will me mailed to
 comp-sys-atari-announce@uunet.net, this is completely normal as it will
 be sent to the moderator this group, who will make the final post in
 comp.sys.atari.announce, this will not happen immediately and therefore
 it could take some time before you see you post on comp.sys.atari.announce
 (24 hour time frame)

 3. I would like to make use of this new newsgroup however I am one of:
     a) my site doesn't yet honor comp.sys.atari.announce
     b) I have an account at Compuserve or Genie and cannot read Usenet

    Then, you can email to atari-announce@lexicor.com via the Internet, on
 Compuserve this would be INTERNET:atari-announce@lexicor.com on Genie
 this would be atari-announce@lexicor.com@inet#

 4. Regarding returned articles and moderator work

 If the article is not relevant to comp.sys.atari.announce it will be
 returned and not posted, if it contains any rude or abusive language
 aimed at someone or some group it will not be posted, general etiquette
 applies. Generally the moderator for comp.sys.atari.announce will post
 the article as-is. It is the job of the moderator to possibly clean up
 the article and/or also check for spelling or grammar errors. The
 moderator will try his best to perform this task, however no guarantees
 can be made on the quality of the post. If you take care in creating your
 announcement it will be easier for the moderator.

 If the announce article is not readable, damaged (missing files),
 incomplete or incoherent it will be returned to the original poster for
 re-submission.

 5. RESULTS for Comp.sys.atari.announce

 moderated group comp.sys.atari.announce passes 266:33

 There were 266 YES votes and 33 NO votes, for a total of 299 valid votes.
 There was 1 abstain.

 For group passage, YES votes must be at least 2/3 of all valid (YES and
 NO) votes.  There also must be at least 100 more YES votes than NO votes.

 There is a five day discussion period after these results are posted.
 If no serious allegations of voting irregularities are raised, the
 moderator of news.announce.newgroups will create the group shortly
 thereafter.

 Newsgroups line: comp.sys.atari.announce  Atari related hard/software
 announcements. (Moderated)

 This vote is being conducted by a neutral third party.  For voting
 questions only contact rdippold@qualcomm.com.  For questions about the
 proposed group contact Yat Siu 

 Disclaimer:

 The moderators or sponsors can take no responsibility on the content of
 the original post, comp.sys.atari.announce is a free service for the
 Atari community.

 Sponsor: Lexicor Software Corporation


 > Speed Of Light Viewer! STR NewsFile! - Speed Of Light viewer upgraded
   """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""

 From the newly formed Internet Newsgroup, comp.sys.atari.announce,
 comes this announcement of an upgrade for a terrific picture viewer:
 Speed Of Light!

 Speed of Light version 3.1 Image Processor/View has been uploaded to the
 following ftp sites: (file name spoflt31.zip)

 atari.archive.umich.edu ftp.funet.fi ftp.uni-kl.de ftp.tu-clausthal.de
 ftp.std.com


 It should be appearing on Delphi, Compuserve and Genie soon too.

  Thisis the first shareware release of Speed of Light since version 2.6,
 and it is TOTALLY new!  It works on all Atari computers and also works
 under MultiTOS and Geneva.  Loaded with features, the major ones include:

    Loads many image formats, including GIF, >>JPEG<<, GEM XImage, Prism
    Paint, and others.

    Save in GIF, GEM XImage, PNT, and others.

    Multiple images in memory with separate display parameters for each.

    Histogram editor for complex colormap manipulation and transformations.
    Load and save histograms.  Automatically create gamma-correction
    histograms or linear transformations.  If you don't like the complex
    histogram stuff, just switch back to simple RGB slider bars.

    Dithering with many patterns, loads in .DIT (from GEMview) dither
    files as well for ordered dithering.

    Filtered Image Rescaling - Allows you to scale images and apply
    filtering to smooth is out (similar to averaging on version 2.6, but
    works for enlarging as well).  This is kind of hard to explain, so
    read the manual and look at the sample images included.

    Manipulation tools like FLIP, ROTATE, and instant SCALING to any pixel
    size!

    The most complete color editor available on Atari Computers.  Tools
    include Copy, Swap, Shift, Gradient, Color Sorting, etc.

    Speed, speed, speed....fastest JPEG uncompressing without a DSP!

    Access accessories or other programs (in MTOS).

    Tested with the Nova graphics board

    Tons of other stuff!


 Anyway, this has been a long time coming, so I'd like to thank those of
 you who registered for version 2.6...here it is...finally!  I hope it
 was worth the wait.

 Complete documentation is also included in the ZIP file as well as sample
 images, dither and histogram files, and desktop icons. Please upload this
 program everywhere and spread it around!

 As always, comments and non-flames can be sent to:

 sdenman@cs.washington.edu
 Have fun with this one...

 Stuart Denman

             __________________________________________________



                               Jaguar Section 
                               ==============



 > From the Editor's Controller  -  Playing It Like It is!
   """"""""""""""""""""""""""""  

      It's only a couple of more weeks until the Summer CES in Chicago!!
 Jaguar enthusiasts, and holdouts, are eagerly waiting to see what Atari
 pulls out of the magic bag of tricks.  Word has it that Atari is going
 all out for this show, with 35 displays and whatever you can imagine.
 The CES has all the earmarks for a major success for Atari.  Make sure
 that you stay tuned to your favorite online service or BBS for special
 show bulletins and then a full report (or more!) in a subsequent issue
 of STReport.  We have two reporters going to the show and both are
 anxious to provide you with full coverage.  In fact, for those who are
 "wish I could be there" types, one reporter, Craig Harris, will be
 taping a lot of the show and producing a video which you can purchase
 and get a first-person feel to the CES!!  Look for the ad for this
 video later on in this section!

      So, what's coming out soon for the Jaguar?  Things have been slow
 on the new games level, but that should change shortly after CES.
 Telegames' "Brutal Sports Football" will be the first 3rd-party game
 release, and it's in production NOW!  From Atari, look for
 "Wolfenstein3D" to be the next game out.  It'll be a race to see what
 comes after that, but "Checkered Flag II", "Doom", "Alien vs Predator",
 and "Kasumi Warrior" are some of the titles that are expected.  It
 sounds like it's going to be a hectic summer for Jaguar owners, getting
 a wide selection of games for those rainy vacation days!   Heck, you're
 probably going to spend more time in front of the TV set than soaking
 up the sun!

      For something out of the ordinary, we're brainstorming here at
 STReport's Jaguar "headquarters" to come with some interesting ideas to
 get you, the readers, a little involved and have some fun at the same
 time.  With the help of Atari's Don Thomas, we want to come up with an
 idea or two for some type of contest.  Naturally, we'll be offering you
 incentives to take part, with some prizes of sorts!  So, keep tuned so
 you won't miss out on the fun.

      Since I brought up Don's name above, I did want to take a moment
 to publicly thank Don for all of his support over the past few months.
 Don has bent over backwards to do whatever he can, within reason of
 course, to provide us with information, loaner carts of Atari's Jaguar
 releases, ideas, feedback, and whatever else possible.  Don will even
 call me to see how things are going and to see if there's something he
 can do for us that perhaps we haven't considered.  In fact, I just got
 off the phone with him while writing this piece!  It's a good feeling
 to have this working relationship, for both sides.  And, it's not only
 STReport and our readers who are benefitting from Don's presence.  He's
 online at CIS daily, and also on Prodigy.  He's also started his own
 BBS to also provide a medium for users to have access to Jaguar
 information.  He's really been busy doing whatever he can to be visible
 online and answer questions and provide everybody with whatever
 information he can.  For us at STReport, it means a great deal and we
 all appreciate the effort and support that Don has provided us and our
 readers.  Thanks Don!!

      Let's get to the rest of the good stuff!!  It's a shorter than
 usual installment this week, due to the temporary slowdown of new
 games.  But, don't worry, future issues are guaranteed to be full of
 new and exciting things for the Jaguar!

                                           Until next time...

   
                   _______________________________________




 > Jaguar Catalog STR InfoFile  -  What's currently available, what's
   """""""""""""""""""""""""""     coming out.


    Current Available Titles ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    CAT #   TITLE                 MSRP      DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER

     J9000  Cybermorph           $59.99         Atari Corp.
     J9006  Evolution:Dino Dudes $49.99         Atari Corp.
     J9005  Raiden               $49.99     FABTEK, Inc/Atari Corp.
     J9001  Trevor McFur/
            Crescent Galaxy      $49.99         Atari Corp.
     J9010  Tempest 2000         $59.95     Llamasoft/Atari Corp.

     Available Soon ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

     CAT #   TITLE               MSRP          DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER

             CatBox              TBA           ICD

     Hardware and Peripherals ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

     CAT #   TITLE               MSRP          MANUFACTURER

     J8001  Jaguar (complete)   $249.99        Atari Corp.
     J8904  Composite Cable     $19.95      
     J8901  Controller/Joypad   $24.95         Atari Corp.
     J8905  S-Video Cable       $19.95      

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                       Nintendo Loses Court Fight
                       ==========================

      A jury has ruled Nintendo Co. Ltd.'s home video game system infringed
 upon Alpex Computer Corp.'s 1977 patent for a general purpose personal
 computer that could play video games.

      Reporting from New York, the Reuter News Service quotes Nintendo as
 saying this is only the first of several phases of the trial.

      "Nintendo said it would ask Judge Kimba Wood to enter judgment for
 Nintendo before any other phases of the trial," Reuters added.

      Reports from Reuter News Service are a regular feature of
 CompuServe's Executive News Service (GO ENS).

                      Nintendo Jury to Return in July
                      ===============================

      A New York federal jury will return next month to determine the
 amount of damages Nintendo Co. Ltd. must pay the estate of bankrupted
 Alpex Computer Corp. for allegedly infringing 1977 Alpex video game
 technology patents.

      After a three-week trial, the jury late last week found against
 Nintendo and in favor of Alpex, which after the bankruptcy filing is
 being administered by a trustee.

      Patrick McCarten of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, the Cleveland, Ohio,
 law firm representing the Alpex estate, told the Reuter News Service the
 jury will reconvene on July 18 to determine damages.

      McCarten said the jury will decide reasonable royalties to be paid
 the Alpex estate based on the $3.5 billion sales generated by the games
 that used the patents over the last 17 years, adding the estate will be
 seeking about 10 percent to 12 percent of those sales as royalties.

      As reported earlier (GO OLT-260), Nintendo says this is only the
 first of several phases of the trial and that the company will ask Judge
 Kimba Wood to enter a judgment for Nintendo before any other phases.

      Reports from Reuter News Service are a regular feature of
 CompuServe's Executive News Service (GO ENS).


                    Firm Promises Online Video Games 
                    ================================

      A new Cupertino, California, company called Catapult Entertainment --
 backed by Blockbuster Entertainment Corp. and Hollywood financiers Marvin
 and John Davis -- is planning to enable video-game players to compete via
 modem.

      Reporting from Los Angeles, United Press International says the firm
 plans to sell the service later this year for a $5 to $10 monthly fee.

      "Catapult's service would offer customers a chance to put a game in
 their Sega or Nintendo game machine, dial into a central data system
 and be matched with other customers who own the same game," says UPI.
 The system "will allow video game enthusiasts to compete from different
 locations and is designed to work with most games without modification."

      "People have been talking about the potential which could result
 from the marriage of Hollywood and Silicon Valley," Marvin Davis,
 one-time owner of 20th Century Fox, told the wire service. "Catapult's
 new products, we believe, demonstrate both the feasibility and the
 promise of this combination."

      UPI says Catapult's modem will be sold to video stores and other
 outlets this fall for $40 to $60. Meanwhile, Blockbuster video rental
 outlets will sell and rent the modem as a way of encouraging traffic
 in its selection of electronic game cartridges.

      Catapult President Adam Grosser said the modem and service are
 expected to be ready for sale in mid-November, adding the firm estimates
 average consumers will pay between 20 and 30 cents per connection to
 the network, not counting any long distance telephone tolls.

      Reports from United Press International are accessible in CompuServe
 NewsGrid database (GO NEWSGRID) and through the Executive News Service
 (GO ENS).


                     Sega, Blockbuster, IBM Team Up
                     ==============================

      Testing electronic delivery of video-game software for retail sale
 is the point of a new cooperative venture by game publisher Sega of
 America, video rental giant Blockbuster Video and IBM.

      Look for the companies to launch the market test in 10 to 15
 Blockbuster stores in one or two markets in August and run the test for
 two to four months.  After the tests, they will decide whether to offer
 the system for sale to all retailers. Blockbuster has more than 3,000
 stores nationwide.

      Reporting from Deerfield Beach, Florida, United Press International
 says the pilot project calls for some Blockbuster stores to offer
 customers Sega video games on blank, reusable cartridges using IBM
 technology.

      "The companies noted that since the blank cartridges will be rented
 and returned to the stores, they can then be reprogrammed an unlimited
 number of times," UPI observed.

      David Lundeen, president of Blockbuster and IBM's joint NewLeaf
 Entertainment, told the wire service, "We believe the system offers
 retailers and game publishers the ultimate in just-in-time inventory.
 With the ability to program game cartridges at retail locations, retailers
 and game publishers can maximize their opportunity to put products into
 customers' hands and increase overall transactions."

      Sega President/CEO Tom Kalinske added the project is designed to
 make certain that game rental customers can obtain the nearly 1,000
 Genesis and Game Gear software titles available.

      Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Blockbuster agreed last year to
 form the NewLeaf venture with IBM to use digital technology to give
 stores access to vast libraries of records and movies through a central
 computer system.

      "While the move has positioned Blockbuster to take advantage of the
 technologies that eventually will make its stores obsolete," UPI comments,
 "analysts are unsure whether record companies and film studios will be
 willing to work out the licensing agreements for the new system."

      Reports from United Press International are accessible in CompuServe
 NewsGrid database (GO NEWSGRID) and through the Executive News Service
 (GO ENS).


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                  Jaguar Bumper Stickers Still Available!!
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 CatNIPS ..... (Jaguar tidbits from Don Thomas)
  
 Atari has had some real CooL bumper stickers made up.  They are black and
 feature the yellow Jaguar eyes as  well as the blood-red Jaguar logo. I
 understand these are being shipped to the upcoming C.E.S. show, but I
 have managed to, well let's say, "put some aside for my friends" .
 So here's another freebie for everyone... (YEA!)
  
 Send me a self-addressed and pre-stamped envelope and I'll put one of
 these "hot-off-the-press" three-color eye-poppers in it right back to you.
 The dimensions are 3"x12" so keep that in mind. If you really do not want
 a gentle fold in it, send an envelope at least 12 inches long and make
 sure there's cardboard in it.  If you are not sure how long 12 inches is,
 try a ruler.

  Send to: Don's Really Hot Jaguar Bumper Sticker Freebie
           Atari Corporation
           P.O. Box 61657
           Sunnyvale, CA  94089-1657
  
 The bumper stickers are FREE as long as you promise that you'll proudly
 display it where all your friends will see it. I recommend getting Mom and
 Dad's permission before slapping it on their furniture, appliances or
 automobiles. Maybe they'll let you tape it in the back window of the car
 (tape it so the logo faces out please).
  
 I hope everyone likes these. Consider it a "THANKS" for your patience as
 we work our "bumpers" off getting some more software into your hot hands
 as fast as we can!
  
  --Don Thomas
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      Hidi ho again friends and neighbors.  I hope you don't mind, but I'm
 going to turn a bit philosophical for a moment.  You see, today is my
 birthday and I always like to look back on the past year and take stock of
 what has and what hasn't happened.

      So, at the ripe old age of 34, I find that I'm doing pretty well! 
 I've just gotten married, I'm healthy, happy, and, most importantly, among
 friends.

      I know that this sounds like a lot of hype, but I really do feel that
 a lot of the people that I've met here on CompuServe are my friends.  Ron
 Luks, Bob Retelle, Brian Gockley, BJ Gleason, Myles Cohen, and of course
 Dana and Ralph here at STReport are all people that I've met online and
 now consider friends.  All of the people that I've mentioned routinely go
 out of their way to help others online.  That, in my opinion anyway, is a
 friend.

      Well, I think I'll end my monologue here and get on with the purpose
 of this column... all the great news, hints, and tips available here every
 week right here on CompuServe.  So let's take a peek!


 From the Atari Productivity Forum
 =================================

 Rob Rasmussen asks a few questions about his Falcon030:

   "1. Apparently I didn't get S.A.M with my Falcon. Also no D2D demo. Are
   they no longer available, or am I missing something obvious?
   
   2. I haven't hooked the Falcon to my stereo yet. Is there a way to
   adjust the volume of the internal speaker(s) and keep it that way? The
   Sound CPX has volume controls which seemed to work for this, although
   it may be for the sound going to a stereo. When I set it to a lower
   volume and saved it, next time I booted up it was loud again -
   keyclicks, chimes, demo music, etc.
   
   3. Many times when I hit the key combination for a warm or cold boot,
   the key click goes crazy with repeating, as if I were holding down a
   key. It won't stop til I hit another key. Occasionally this happens on
   my ST but not this bad.  What causes this?
   
   4. What is different in a Newdesk.INF from a Desktop.INF? I viewed the
   Newdesk.INF and saw several file extensions listed - PRG, TOS, GTP,
   etc. Is this for Install Application?
   
   5. Pressing Control-C,D,E, etc, opens directory windows for those
   drives. Is there a way to edit this? I saw no mention of it. Also in
   Desktop Configuration, I can't get function keys to launch programs.
   Nothing I click on has any effect. Anybody know the secret? (yes I am
   reading the manual!)"

 Mike Mortilla tells Rob:

   "After changing the volume, I suspect you'll have to save the desktop
   to preserve settings. Again, I don't have a Falcon, so if you want to
   send me yours, I can try this out for you...."

 Kevin from PG Music tells Rob:

   "You have to save the volume settings from XCONTROL to save the
   settings. NOTE:  The volume won't be lower on a reboot until
   XCONTROL.ACC gets loaded and sets up everything.
   
   You'll probably want SPEAKOFF2.PRG in your AUTO folder to shut off the
   blasted internal speaker early in the bootup process."

 Let's join a conversation in progress.  Brian Gockley of ST Informer
 tells John McCarthy:

   "Geneva is a much more compatible multitasker than MutiTOS, faster and
   better documented!"

 John asks Brian:

   "I would like to get something that works. When you say compatible, are
   you refering to existing software for the ST for example? I ask this
   because I would guess that most new software developers would tend to
   make their new products compatible with Multitos(Atari) rather than
   help a competitor out?"

 Brian replies:

   "On the contrary, I think that most developers are delighted to see
   the new opportunities and flexibility that Geneva offers, as well as
   being aware that the end users are _buying_ it in droves!"

 Paul Gutterman posts:

   " My father-in-law has been using an Atari computer for several years
   (no hard drive, though).  I have a Macintosh IIsi (system 7).  He and
   I would like to exchange some files.  Is there a relatively easy (and
   hopefully cheap) way to make Atari files readable on a Mac, and
   visa-versa?"

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Paul:

   "To expand a little on the situation...
   
   The Atari computers use the same floppy disk format as the IBM PC
   does. That means both systems can read the same disks, and files can be
   transferred back and forth between the two quite easily.
   
   Some Macs have floppy disk drives which can read IBM floppy disks,
   thus they can also read disks which have Atari files on them.
   
   There are some restrictions on compatibility, although I don't
   remember the exact details...  in general the best compatibility is
   obtained when the disks are formatted on an IBM system originally, then
   the files can be written to them on the Atari with assurance that they
   can be read anywhere.
   
   I think I recall that disks formatted by the Mac using the Apple File
   Exchange program will work too...
   
   Note that while the disks can be read, *programs*  for the various
   types of computers won't run on the other systems.  Only text and data
   files are really useful..."

 John McCarthy asks a question about upgrading his Falcon:

   "In shopping for RAM upgrade kits for my 4meg Falcon, I've been told
   that one kit requires the removal of the Falcon's speaker, and another
   kit causes some kind of protrusion arount the keyboard area. Does
   anyone know of a kit that does not suffer from these ridiculous side
   effects?"

 Brian Kolins tells John:

   "The upgrade from Wizztronics uses a single SIMM. Can't imagine it
   takes up that much room."

 Mike Myers tells us:

   "I'm working with GIF Files, and I find the word "dither" used a lot in
   the dialog boxes.What does it mean? Also, is there a library file of a
   glossary of such words?"

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Mike:

   "Dither" is a term for the technique where the color of two adjacent
   pixels is chosen so that when viewed on the screen it gives the visual
   impression of a third color...
   
   It's also used to give the impression of a higher resolution than the
   display is normally capable of showing.
   
   If the program you're using has the option of turning dithering on and
   off, try experimenting by viewing the same picture both ways and see if
   you can see the difference.. (it may be more pronounced on some
   pictures than on others).
   
   Dithering can be used on black and white displays (or on a black and
   white printer) to give the visual impression of grey-scale shading, when
   in fact there are only the two colors available."

 Yat Siu of Lexicor Software posts:

   "I am happy that Compuserve is so succesful, I also heard that their
   European nodes are becoming much more active than they used i.e. rather
   than use Radio Austria in VIenna they have their own number in several
   cities now in Europe (and around the globe).
   
   This would make Compuserve the single largest commercial online server
   in the U.S.A. would it not? (not counting anything on the internet
   naturally)."

 Sysop Jim Ness tells Yat:

   "CompuServe is claiming to be the largest online service in the USA,
   yes.
   
   At one time Prodigy also claimed 2 million members, but they did it by
   multiplying their number of accounts by 1.4, because they felt that
   1.4 members of each family used the account.  Other online services
   only count their number of paying accounts.
   
   More recently, industry sources say Prodigy's membership has fallen
   somewhat, and they no longer claim 2 million.
   
   My understanding is that the order of size is now:  CompuServe,
   Prodigy, America Online, GEnie, Delphi, BIX, all in the USA.  The
   membership drop after Prodigy is pretty large, then AOL and GEnie are
   close together, and Delphi and BIX are close together.
   
   In general, the entire industry is growing very rapidly, as the quote
   from Cheryl Currid indicated.  The falling costs of computers and
   modems, the increasingly competitive costs of the online services, and
   the publicity surrounding the "data highway" are all contributing to
   the growth."

 The big Kahuna himself, Chief Sysop Ron Luks, tells Yat:

   "Not counting the Internet, CompuServe is the worlds largest commercial
   information service.
   (This doesnt count the government sponsored service in France, of
   course)."


 From the Atari Vendors Forum
 ============================

 Thomas Heard asks about "what's hot" in the Atari world:

   "I run a data transfer business using Atari hardware and custom
   software I've written ... I need to know the fastest new Atari ST
   compatible computer available. Would it be the TT030 or perhaps the
   Jaguar? Someone please educate me and get me in touch with a good
   dealer ... right now I run on a Mega ST2 with an external array of SCSI
   drivers using ICD controllers."

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine tells Thomas:

   "The TT030 is currently the fastest Atari computer.  You can try Toad
   Computers which is based in Maryland.  Don't have the phone number on
   me.  I'm sure someone else will be able to rattle off the number for
   you."

 Sysop Ron Luks adds:

   "As others have already replied, the TT030 is the "fastest" atari
   branded computer at 32 Mhz.  The newer FALCON model runs at the slower
   16Mhz speed (both are 68030-based units) but may be more compatible
   with your existing software.

   In any case, its only fair to let you know that although both are
   still sold by Atari Corp, Atari is essentially focusing ALL its
   activities on the video game marketplace with no new computer
   development or significant support for computers going on at this time.
   
   One possible alternative is the new Atari-clones coming out of Europe.
   There's a 68030 based "Medusa" computer which is reported to be very,
   very fast.  Lexicor, a US company based in California has reported
   delivering their first units to pre-orders and they contemplate more
   coming in soon. They put together a special package for this Medusa
   system that they call the PANDORA.

   Also, as others have mentioned you can investigate accellerator boards
   for your Mega ST2.
   
   If you want to contact Lexicor, they are active online here (they have
   their own support section in this forum).  they'll be happy to provide
   details about the Medusa/Pandora clones."

 Yat Siu from Lexicor tells Ron:

   "Thanks, a small correction though is that it is a 68040 BASED computer
   and I have also posted NBM Benchmarks over at ataripro, the Medusa
   averages 4-6 times faster than a Stock TT'030."


 Sysop Bob Retelle adds to the info:

   "The Jaguar is a dedicated games system, not a computer...  it appears
   that Atari is devoting all its resources to supporting it at this
   time."

 Tom Harker, the boss at ICD (Incredibly Cool Devices), posts:

   "For the Atari computers our main products are:
   
   The Link 2
   ICD SCSI Pro Utilities
   AdSpeed ST
   AdSpeed STE
   AdSCSI ST Plus
   AdSCSI ST
   AdSCSI Micro ST
   Cleanup ST
   Tape Software
   
   (In order of popularity)
   
   We will be dropping most products in favor of The Link 2 and the SCSI
   Pro Utilities as our stocks run out unless a large order comes in.  (We
   did make more AdSpeed STEs.)
   
   The Link 2 is now our main SCSI host adapter for all Atari DMA port
   computers.
   
   The ICD SCSI Pro Utilities is our main software product for all Atari
   16 or 32 bit computers.

   The Link 2 retails at $119.95.
   
   ICD SCSI Pro Utilities retails at $49.95.  Our Falcon support is
   unsurpassed.  We support 2GB partitions on the Falcon and CuBase Audio
   Falcon."


 From the Video Game Publishers Forum
 ====================================

 Andrew Salmon asks:

   "Has anyone got any ideas when the next version of Doom (which I
   believe is v1.4) is coming out. As I understand it, this will fully
   support four player mode over a network.
   
   Appreciate any news/rumours."

 Sysop Ron Luks tells Andrew:

   "I dont know about the PC version, but there is one video game company
   (whose name I cannot mention at this time) who has liscensed DOOM for
   their video game unit, and they are looking into multi-unit and over a
   network support."

 Bill Goldman asks:

   "I heard that Spectrum HoloByte suspended their production of STTNG for
   3DO - is this true?  If so it's a shame, it's possible that Star Trek
   could be THE hit that 3DO needs to jumpstart its sales."

 Sysop Mike Schoenbach posts this:

   "SPECTRUM HOLOBYTE ISSUES CLARIFICATION

   ALAMEDA, Calif., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Spectrum HoloByte (Nasdaq:
   SBYT) today issued a clarification in response to the June 13, 1994
   issue of Newsweek article entitled "Lost in Cyberspace," by Nancy Hass.

   Gilman Louie, chairman and chief technical officer of Spectrum HoloByte
   said, "Our company is committed to developing products for 'Star Trek:
   The Next Generation(R),' under its license from Paramount Pictures.
   We've just launched a Super Nintendo product and expect to launch a
   CD-ROM product prior to the end of the fiscal year."
   
   He continued, "Part of Spectrum HoloByte's product strategy with
   respect to its 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' license is to develop
   and introduce additional Star Trek products on other platforms.  We
   currently intend to continue allocating resources toward developing
   'Star Trek: The Generation "A World for All Seasons"' for use on the
   3DO Interactive Multiplayer System(R).  When this product is completed
   to our satisfaction, the company would introduce it for use on the 3DO
   Interactive Multiplayer System or any other viable platform."

   Spectrum HoloByte, Inc. is a developer and publisher of interactive
   entertainment software for use on CD-ROM and floppy-based personal
   computers.  The company also develops and publishes software for
   cartridge-based video game machines manufactured by Nintendo(R) and
   Sega(TM).  The products are available nationally and internationally
   through major distributors, retailers and mass merchants.  -0- 6/9/94
   /CONTACT:  Holly Hartz of Spectrum HoloByte, 510-522-3584; or Jenny
   Roelle or Dean Bender of Bender, Goldman & Helper, 310-473-4147, for
   Spectrum HoloByte/ (SBYT) CO:  Spectrum HoloByte Inc. ST:  California
   IN:  CPR SU:"

 Sysop Jen Kuiper asks:

   "...  do people really think that Atari's headstart on the Jaguar can
   keep them in the game once Sega and Nintendo's machines are released...
   or will it eventually die a slow death?"

 Sysop Ron Luks replies with...

   "My opinion:

   Yes-- Atari can make it in this business, even if going head-to-head
   with Sega or Nintendo.  They do have the resources to do this, even if
   they didnt have the resources to win in the computer wars.

   Atari's weakness was that they couldnt get up to speed as fast as Sega
   or Nintendo, but they will have had over a year to work out the bugs at
   their end (like the manufacturing problems they recently cured). If
   they had started at the same time as Sega, I would have voted
   otherwise, but the 1 year+ headstart was very significant.
   
   There will inevitably be comparisons between Ataris performance in the
   video game business and their performance in the computer business. I
   dont think the comparisons are valid.  They really are two very
   different marketplaces in my opinion.

   Realistically (and this ought to get some people pretty upset), the
   investment in a video game unit (not the games themselves, just the
   unit) is significantly less than computers.  People will frequently put
   $3000-$6000 into their computer systems and they are therefore very
   dependent on the long range viability of the underlying company.  they
   cant afford to spend this kind of cash and risk the company faltering
   in 3 years.
   
   However, a video game unit is a couple hundred bucks.  In the case of
   the Jaguar-- $250 at retail price.  Lets look at the very worst case
   scenerio (which I dont believe will happen, but lets play devil's
   advocate for a moment).  What if Atari comes out with 50 good games and
   the company loses direction and founders.  Does the unit itself need
   ongoing support?  No. It will function as well 5 years from now as it
   does today. Even if it doesnt, what is your loss for the unit itself?
   $250, which isnt going to break anybody's finances permanently.  The
   risk in this business for the customer is significantly less than for
   the com puter system buyer.
   
   Now, I'm going to go put on my flak jacket and start ducking the flame
   balls which will surely be sent in my direction. [g]"


 Well folks, that's about it for this week.  Tune in again next time for
 more of the kind of information that can help you to work and play
 smarter with your computer.  All you need is a comfortable chair, a
 little bit of time, and a good ear to listen to what they are saying
 when...


                             PEOPLE ARE TALKING


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 - Chicago, IL                         NEW "LIFE" for CALAMUS SL??
   -----------

      According to our sources in the European marketplace... Calamus SL,
 long recognized as a premier DTP package in Europe, is to be supported by
 a new company, Adequate Systems, having been formed by a splinter group
 composed of the original programmers responsible for the Atari modules and
 code.  The group broke away from DMC GMBH recently after the announcement
 made at this year's CeBIT that DMC GMBH would no longer support Calamus SL
 for the Atari marketplace.  It was further reported that DMC GMBH has put
 all their efforts in the making of the Windows NT version.  At CeBIT of
 1994 the following happened. DMC GmBH has told their Atari customers,
 because of the market situation and Atari, we recommend that you buy a
 system capable of using Windows NT.

      This upset many Calamus customers both present and future.  Concerned
 customers switched to the Mac, which was fast becoming less expensive due
 to repetitive discounting by Apple.  Since NT had, so far, proved very
 disappointing to DMC Germany's expectations, especially after Microsoft
 announced that it will NOT market the product on a wide scale.  NT was NOT
 the OS to replace windows for your everyday PC and PC Clone.  

      It was further reported that Adequate Systems, unfortunately,  does
 not hold any of the copyrights to Calamus or SL or any portions of the
 code contained therein.  At this point DMC GMBH is not willing to
 relinquish any (c) holdings.  However it is rumored that Dr. Reidhl, newly
 appointed to the board of Directors of DMC GMBH and marketing manager,
 formally of Atari GMBH, is attempting to reach an amicable agreement with
 the newly formed Atari SL programming group's company Adequate Systems. 
 Hopefully, another Chagall-like episode is not in the wings. 



 - Baltimore, MD                 NEW GEM GROUP DRAWS UNWARRANTED HEAT!
   -------------

      Recently a new international support group for GEM was organized. 
 Its reception was very positive and widespread.  One of its sponsors is
 Lexicor Software.  Lexicor, in attempting to offer first class support to
 the waning Atari Computer marketplace took the initiative to help with
 this new group and to initiate the opening of a Newsgroup for Atari in
 UseNet.  In comes the grinch.  According to our sources, a number of IAAD
 members had a desire to be part of this new GEM Group.  As such, they
 suggested the IAAD join.  The outcome; a letter (unsigned) was sent to a
 volunteer spokesman for the group which was less than gracious in its
 content in refusing participation with the new group on behalf of the
 IAAD.  As if that wasn't enough, a follow-up effort to discredit and
 otherwise disgrace Lexicor Software, a co-sponsor and volunteer
 participant, came in the form of a rather unusual intercontinental
 telephone call.  A call where the caller, alleged to be a past officer of
 the IAAD, seemingly did everything possible to cause harm to Lexicor. 
 Reportedly, this party blamed Lexicor for almost every worldwide calamity
 for the last ten years.  The caller literally begged that they remove
 Lexicor as a sponsor and replace Lexicor with a representative from the
 IAAD.  The final outcome was reportedly a terse thank you and a dead line. 
 Initiated at the European end.



 - New York City, NY       MEDUSA ONLY BEING SOLD BY LEXICOR IN N.A.
   -----------------

      According to a recent communique, the Medusa, a higher powered TT030
 style clone that offers more speed and versatility, is only being sold by
 Lexicor on this side of the Atlantic.  Reportedly, Compo USA has replied
 to inquiries of their status with the Medusa and vindicated Lexicor with
 the following:

      "I regret to inform you that we will not be distributing or  
       otherwise supporting Medusa.

   
       Best regards,

       Robert Engberson
       COMPO Software Corp."
   
      




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 One day this week....

 A customer was looking over some products in a variety store.  As he was
 doing so, he sadly noticed most _everything_ was imported.

 As a result he asked the clerk ...a bright looking young man, if anything
 was made in the USA any longer?

 The young clerk looked up, pondered the question for a moment or two, and
 then exclaimed...




                     Yessir, there is.... UNEMPLOYMENT!  




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