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Article #486 (730 is last):
From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags
Subject: ST Report: 16-Sep-94 #1038
Reply-To: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Posted-By: xx004 (aa789 - Bruce D. Nelson)
Edited-By: xx004 (aa789 - Bruce D. Nelson)
Date: Sat Sep 17 11:21:54 1994



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      As I sit here at 3:45pm listening to the thunderous noise coming from
 the surrounding Naval Air Bases with their aircraft taking off left and
 right, I have no choice but to remotely think that even while CNN is
 claiming the Haitian leadership still has the chance to get out and spare
 the Haitian people from an invasion, it might eventually happen.  I wonder
 who'll claim responsibility when and if it happens.  Truthfully, I am
 saddend by the whole sordid affair.  I can honestly say that everyone I
 asked about this "invasion business" was clearly against its occurring.
 Hopefully, it will never come to pass.  If it does, I'll support our
 troops until its over but never the decision to do so.

      One can only wonder how this great nation can justify such actions in
 this decade when only five decades ago, we fought against nations who were
 "doing" the same thing!  (Forcing their will upon others)  Why must we, as
 a huge super power, find Haiti's petty politics a major "threat" to our
 national security?  Because a few thousand of its starving masses seeking
 refuge?  Or, is it because of the clamoring of those large US Corporations
 whose "business life" is threatened??  Those very same corporations have
 been greedily taking advantage of Haitian workers for years by only paying
 them the average of $12.00 to $21.00 per 40hr week!  Could it be the
 American Major League Baseball people?  After all, ALL the baseballs used
 in the major leagues are made in Haiti.  Finally, can it be the, all too
 powerful, Military-Industrial Complex of the USA that must continue to
 feed upon the flesh of not only this nation's young but also those of
 other nations to survive?  One can't help but wonder if money isn't the
 real, all-powerful deciding factor behind the Clinton-Haitian Debacle.  

      Admittedly, I am ashamed for and of my govt for these acts of self-
 serving discrimination.  The ravaged peoples of Bosnia deservedly need the
 protective cloak of the UN and the USA.  Much more so than we or any
 country in the western hemisphere does.  Threatened?? By what?  Three
 loudmouthed Generals commanding a ragtag mob in a poverty stricken
 country?  Is it going to take another winter of seeing a constant stream
 of horribly mutilated men, women and sadly, children flowing from Bosnia
 to get some _real action_ there?  How many must die from the hot action in
 Bosnia before Clinton gets off his duff and acts _in the name of the
 people_ to stop the horrific carnage there.  Ultimately it will be proven
 that We, as a nation, a super power, really have/had nothing to fear from
 or about the Haitians.  The "Haitian Defense Force" is only a name!  A
 facade!  They have nothing to boast of except a few dilapidated, if
 working at all, WWII fighter planes and an old, H55 (Korean War)
 Helicopter.  

      Perhaps, after we bully our way through Haiti as we did in Granada
 and Panama, we may as a nation, finally be forced to have second thoughts
 about how we regard ourselves in the eyes of Almighty God.  For, in the
 eyes of man, we can be regarded only as a belligerent giant protecting its
 own, seemingly selfish, interests.

      Ever wonder what would've happened if some other nation came along
 and kidnapped Bush, placed him on trial in a criminal court and then
 jailed him as we did Panama's Noriega?  Whatever became of an individual
 nation's borders and sovereignty?  Obviously, by our own actions, we do
 not respect any other nation's sovereignty.  How, in heaven's name, can we
 expect any nation on earth to respect ours other than simply by brute
 force?
   
      Since 1987, our first issue, I've never seriously commented about
 politics except to poke some fun at the zany antics of a few politicos. I
 simply had to get those comments off my heart.  It was and is hurting.  I
 apologize for doing so.  But maybe just maybe, the so called "expert
 advisors" will somehow see that the majority of the people in the USA do
 not support this Haitian action.

      Now, Back to computers and computing... Seybold was this past week
 and the news from its "hallowed halls are first beginning to filter back. 
 In the next few weeks, we shall explore every last tidbit.

      Quarterdeck has announced QEMM 7.5, all the information about this
 memory saving wonder are in this issue, don't miss it.  Thanks again for
 reading STR and in particular, my Haitian commentary, my first political
 and hopefully, last commentary.  Remember we welcome your mail, let us
 hear from you!
   
      In closing, Delrina has asked for a list of annoyances in their
 WinComm Pro program... send them along to us in either Email or hard copy
 mail.  Rest assured, Delrina will get each and every one of them.

                                    Thanks for your support!

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                   Computer Products Update - CPU Report
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                  Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
   
                                Issue #38
   
                    Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.



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



                  ** IBM May Delay New PCs Until 1995 **

    Reports say that IBM is "in a major dilemma" over the launch of its 
 much-anticipated PowerPC-based PCs and may delay the systems' release 
 until early 1995.

    "I don't think they will announce next month," Daniel Mandresh, a 
 Merrill Lynch analyst said.

    An IBM spokesman said that the company's plan to introduce the 
 PowerPC models remains intact, but whether or not that means a general 
 availability has not yet been determined.
  
  
                   ** IBM and CompuAdd Set OS/2 Deal **

    Reports say that IBM and CompuAdd Computer Corp. have agreed to a 
 joint marketing deal for current and future versions of IBM's OS/2 
 operating system, including the OS/2 Warp version now in beta test.
  
    Effective immediately, customers can have the 32-bit operating system 
 preloaded on any system in CompuAdd's product line, which has been 
 certified OS/2 compliant by IBM.
  
    "This agreement allows CompuAdd to capitalize on the growing momentum 
 behind OS/2, and in particular we expect it to foster incremental sales 
 of our high-end products," says Jerry Mixon, CompuAdd's director of 
 sales and marketing.
  
    CompuAdd will continue to preload operating system software from 
 Microsoft Corp.
  

                   ** PC Input Device Deal Announced **

    MicroSpeed Inc., a manufacturer of trackballs, mice and keyboards, 
 says it has acquired the joystick, mice, trackball and game controller 
 card product lines of Kraft Systems Inc.  The deal's terms weren't 
 disclosed.

    MicroSpeed notes that the acquisition gives it approximately 1,200 
 new retail outlets, making its product line available at over 3,500 
 locations nationwide as well as nearly 1,000 locations in Europe and 
 other international markets.
  
  
                   ** Compaq Introduces Presario PCs **

    Compaq Computer Corp. this week will introduce the next generation of 
 its Presario home computer line.  Compaq introduced its first Presario 
 models last year. The line is Compaq's fastest selling and most 
 successful product in its history.

    According to reports, the new models all have a telephone answering 
 machine, a speakerphone, a CD-ROM drive and stereo speakers. Some models 
 can double as a television through a special hook-up, or users can run 
 television in one window while working in another.
  
  
                   ** U.S. Electronics Exports Rise **

    The Electronic Industries Association reports that U.S. exports of 
 electronics products reached more than $48 billion in the first half of 
 1994, representing a growth rate of 16% over last year's record exports 
 of $41 billion during the same period.
  
    Imports of foreign electronics reached $55.4 billion in the first 
 half of 1994, or 18% over last year's first half imports of $46.8 
 billion.


                   ** Panasonic Notebook Has CD-ROM **
  
    Panasonic Personal Computer Co. says it has created the first truly 
 portable notebook computer with an internal, full-size CD-ROM drive and 
 stereo sound.

    The system, called the V41, is designed to provides multimedia com-
 puting capabilities for mobile professionals. The V41 will be targeted 
 at a wide spectrum of business applications, including sales present-
 ations, education and training, service and technical reference manuals, 
 and legal databases.
  
    The V41 features a full-size, double-speed CD-ROM mounted under the 
 keyboard. The unit supports CD-ROM, multi-session Kodak Photo CD and 
 audio CD formats.

    The notebook weighs 8.4 pounds, with a floppy disk drive, and 9.1 
 pounds, with the main battery installed. The V41 accepts PCMCIA cards. 
 The system is available in several configurations, including a DX4/100 
 MHz, DX2/50 MHz and, in late 1994, a 3.3-volt Pentium CPU. The system 
 has standard RAM configurations of 4MB, 8MB or 16MB, and can be expanded 
 to a maximum of 32MB via optional memory cards.

    The V41 goes on sale October 10. Three typical configurations and 
 prices are:

    -:- Intel DX2/50 MHz CPU; 10.4 inch passive matrix (STN) color 
 display; 260MB hard disk drive; 4MB RAM. $4,299.

    -:- Intel DX4/100 MHz CPU; 10.4 inch active matrix (TFT) color 
 display; 450MB hard disk drive; 8MB RAM. $7,199.

    -:- Intel DX4/100 MHz CPU; 10.4 inch active matrix (TFT) color 
 display; 450MB hard disk drive; 16MB RAM. $7,799.


                   ** Court Halts Internet Promotion **

    A credit-repair promotion on the Internet has been halted by a 
 federal court in Sacramento, California, after the Federal Trade 
 Commission filed a false advertising complaint.
  
    Reports from Washington, D.C., said that the FTC has charged Brian 
 Corzine of Sacramento with making false claims in promoting a credit-
 repair program. Corzine said he was a reseller of a program that was 
 developed by others and presented to him as legal. He explained that 
 other businesses are also selling the same program, although they are 
 not doing it by computer.
  
    "As these computer networks continue to grow, we will not tolerate 
 the use of deceptive practices here any more than we have tolerated them 
 on other recently emerged technologies for marketing," said FTC Chairman 
 Janet D. Steiger.
  
    Corzine, who is also known as Brian Chase, sold the credit-repair 
 program for $99 through a business he called Chase Consulting. He 
 claimed on the Internet that he could provide legal ways to repair 
 credit, although he actually suggested taking illegal steps.
  
  
                   ** Compaq-Intel Feud Goes Public **

    A report of a rift between Compaq Computer Corp. and its main micro-
 processor supplier, Intel Corp. first appeared Monday in Britians Fina-
 cial Times.
  
    The Financial Times report noted that at a recent technology confer-
 ence in Spain, Compaq chief executive Eckhard Pfeiffer accused Intel of 
 pursuing strategies that were damaging Compaq.

    Compaq spokeswoman Yvonne Donaldson said that while she was unable to 
 confirm Pfeiffer's precise remarks, "apparently the concerns that he 
 voiced are concerns that we have voiced for several years."

    Donaldson said Pfeiffer commented on Intel's "Intel Inside" adver-
 tising campaign, which she said "suggests that customers only have to 
 worry about what microprocessor they use in their computers. "The 
 microprocessor is important," she said, "but Compaq's quality engineer-
 ing and design and manufacturing in our own shops, let me add, are 
 factors critical to customers' happiness with the product."
  
  
                     ** New PCMCIA Modems Unveiled **

    U.S. Robotics Inc. has introduced four new PCMCIA modems: two 
 Sportster models and two Courier models.

    The company notes that each product line will include a V.32bis 
 Data/Fax PCMCIA modem and a V.34 Data/Fax PCMCIA modem. All of the 
 products include both data and fax capabilities and are compatible with 
 PCMCIA 2.1 slots.

    The $259 Sportster 14.4 Data/Fax PCMCIA 2.1 and the $499 Courier 14.4 
 Data/Fax PCMCIA 2.1 will ship in September. The $499 Sportster V.34 
 Data/Fax PCMCIA 2.1 and the $575 Courier V.34 Data/Fax PCMCIA 2.1 will 
 ship in October. All four products include U.S. Robotics' Easy Install 
 and CardSoft PCMCIA software by SystemSoft. They also include a compact 
 dual-RJ11 connector for simultaneous modem and telephone connectivity.
  
  
                    ** Acer Unveils Multimedia PCs **

    Acer America Corp. has added six new models to its AcerAcros desktop 
 and AcerPower minitower families.

    The $1,899 AcerPower 60MHz Pentium multimedia system features a 420MB 
 hard disk drive, 8MB of RAM, 256KB of cache, a 16-bit sound card, a 
 double-speed CD-ROM drive, a data modem and bundled software.

    At the high-end of the new PCs is an AcerPower 90MHz Pentium 
 multimedia PC, featuring a 810MB hard disk drive, 8MB of RAM, a 16-bit 
 sound card, a 14.4K bps data/fax modem with voice mail capability, a 
 double-speed CD- ROM drive and bundled software. The system sells for 
 $2,499.

    Acer is using the new systems to debut its OOBE (out-of-box 
 experience) support material, which aims to eliminate the frustration 
 users often encounter in setting up and customizing their new PC.

    Key elements of the OOBE program include:

    -:- A poster illustrating a seven-step PC set-up process.

    -:- A one-time "power-up" disk that guides users through setting up a 
 printer, updating the system's time and date settings and completing 
 online registration.

    -:- The Acer Computer Explorer (ACE) an intuitive menuing system that 
 works with Windows.


                   ** V.34 Modem for Compaq Laptops **

    Piiceon says it has developed the industry's first V.34 internal 
 direct-connect cellular fax/data modem for Compaq laptop PCs. The 
 company says it will begin shipping evaluation units within 30 days.
  
    The $499 28.8K bps unit offers backward compatibility to V.32bis and 
 V.FAST CLASS. It also provides V.FC, MNP 2-4, MNP 10 and V.42 error- 
 correction support, as well as MNP 5 and V.42bis data- compression (data 
 rates to 115.2K bps), Hayes AutoSync, Group 3 fax and both Class 1 and 2 
 compatibility.
  
  
                    ** Power Macs Get Bigger Drives **

    Apple Computer Inc. has announced larger hard disks for its Power 
 Macintosh computers.

    All Power Macintosh models now feature at least 250MB and up to 1GB 
 of mass storage. System prices remain unchanged. The computer maker has 
 also reduced the prices of configurations which were already equipped 
 with hard disks of at least 250MB.

    Apple has also announced the availability in the U.S. of the Power 
 Macintosh AV Card. Priced at $479, the user-installable card allows 
 owners to upgrade any Power Mac 6100/60 configuration to a Power Mac 
 6100/60AV, which features additional audio visual and multimedia 
 capabilities.
  
  
                  ** Toshiba Has Fax Machine/Printer **

    The Electronic Imaging Division of Toshiba America Information 
 Systems Inc. says it will offer the first multifunctional plain paper 
 laser fax machine that incorporates the Microsoft Windows printing 
 system.

    Utilizing a standard parallel printer interface, the TF505 fax can 
 serve as a PC printer. The unit has a transmission speed of 14 seconds 
 per page and a printing resolution of 300 dpi. It has a universal 160 
 sheet paper tray to accommodate both letter and legal-size paper. The 
 machine has an automatic reduction feature to reduce legal-size 
 documents to 8.5- by 11-inch sheets.

    The TF505 is equipped with 512KB of memory. It has the ability to 
 store approximately 22 letter-size pages. A Fast Scan feature scans 
 pages to memory before dialing. Delayed transmission of up to 24 hours 
 and sequential broadcast dialing are standard. The machine's 20-page 
 automatic document feeder can transmit 16 levels of gray scale for the 
 transmission of photographs, line art, schematic and graphic 
 communications.

    The TF505 features automatic redialing, 20 one-touch dialing keys, 
 four programmable one- touch Group Dialing keys and last number 
 redialing. The unit also comes with alphabetic dialing and a built-in 
 phonebook for storing 50 frequently called destinations.

    The $2,399 TF505 will be available in the fourth quarter.


                     Lotus Expects Notes Users to Double

    Lotus Development Corp. reportedly is preparing to introduce a lower-
 cost, scaled-down version of its Notes communications software this 
 week.
  
    Analysts are quoted as predicting Lotus will introduce at the 
 NetWorld/Interop trade show this week the Notes Express, to sell at $99 
 when purchased in volume.


                    ** Sony Plans Internet Service **

    Sony Corp of America is planning a new interactive online service to 
 be available over the Internet.

    The U.S. subsidiary of Japan's Sony Corp. said the system will draw 
 from all of Sony's operating companies and will be operated by Sony 
 Online, a new division created for coordinating the interactive services 
 offered by each of Sony's main operating divisions.

  
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 > QEMM 7.5 STR InfoFile   Quarterdeck has your computing future in mind!
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                        QEMM 7.5 FOR WINDOWS AND DOS
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 QUARTERDECK ANNOUNCES QEMM 7.5 FOR WINDOWS AND DOS The Safest, Most
 Powerful Memory Manager for Windows, DOS and Games Provides New Features
 for Windows, Stacker, IBM Thinkpads and more.

  
 SANTA MONICA, Calif., September 13, 1994 -- Quarterdeck Office Systems,
 Inc. (NASDAQ:QDEK) today announced version 7.5 of QEMM, its award-winning, 
 category-leading memory manager.  This new release marks the first time a 
 memory manager has been released with native Windows installation,
 configuration, and reporting utilities. The new version will ship by the
 end of the fiscal quarter to Quarterdeck distributors and retailers.
  
 "We are constantly updating QEMM to meet the requirements of the newest 
 platforms and applications," said Alexander Eckelberry, group product
 manager for utilities.  "This new version has many enhancements including
 new utilities for Microsoft Windows, and significant under-the-hood
 improvements to QEMM itself.  We have also increased our support for the
 IBM Thinkpad and Toshiba lines of portables, certain Compaq PCs and
 Stacker disk compression software; as well as enhancements to QEMM's
 ability to accommodate and configure a wider variety of unusual system
 architectures to provide increased available memory to these systems."
  
 "QEMM has been completely re-engineered internally" added Michael Bolton,
 QEMM technical product manager. "We are now using a 32-bit flat memory
 model that puts us in line with the present and future of PC operating
 environments, and that gives us improved performance.  The QuickBoot
 feature and Stealth support enhancements are also impressive technological
 innovations from our developers."
  
 The major enhancements found in QEMM 7.5 are:
 --------------------------------------------- 
 Windows Installation - QEMM 7.5 can now be installed from DOS or Windows, 
 detecting the user's environment and presenting the approprate DOS or
 native Windows user interface.  This is an improvement over having
 separate programs for DOS or Windows installation.
  
 Windows Version of Qsetup - QSETUP is the utility that allows the user to 
 optionally customize QEMM configurations quickly and easily, and provides
 a wealth of technical tips for advanced users.  Formerly a DOS-only
 program, Qsetup automatically presents the user with a DOS or native
 Windows interface in the same way as the installation program.
  
 New Manifest 3.0 - Manifest, Quarterdeck's award-winning system reporting
 and diagnostic utility, now comes in a version that presents a DOS or
 native Windows interface in the same way as the setup and installation
 programs.  In both environments, new reports on hardware IRQs and on
 PCMCIA assist users in learning about their system configuration.  Under
 Windows, Manifest will also provide detailed reports on memory usage by
 Windows itself and by the programs running under it.
  
 Enhanced Support for Stacker - Through a cooperative effort between
 Quarterdeck and Stac Electronics, QEMM 7.5 now includes technology to save
 Stacker 4.0 users an additional 8K, 16K or 32K of conventional memory,
 depending on disk size. This allows the Stacker driver to reduce its
 memory footprint to less than 10K in conventional memory, an innovation
 accomplished by providing a means for a Stacker driver to load its disk
 buffer into extended memory.  This functionality is provided through a new
 Stacker driver, to be made available free of charge within the next 30
 days by Stac Electronics to registered Stacker 4.0 users.
  
 "With Stacker 4.0, we significantly reduced our conventional memory
 footprint, and our users responded very positively," said Anne Galdos,
 senior product manager for Stac Electronics.  "Now, thanks to this
 cooperative effort between Stac and Quarterdeck, Stacker 4.0 users will
 get even more conventional memory when using QEMM 7.5."  
  
 Enhanced Support for IBM Thinkpads - The design of some IBM Thinkpads
 prevented previous versions of QEMM from correctly configuring these
 systems.  QEMM 7.5 can now properly detect and optimize all current IBM
 Thinkpad models.
  
 PCMCIA Support - QEMM 7.5 is now the only memory manager to detect and 
 accommodate automatically the memory addresses used by PCMCIA cards.  This 
 feature is essential for users of most current laptops and notebooks.
  
 QuickBoot - QuickBoot provides substantially faster system rebooting by 
 providing a highly efficient routine for initializing the system hardware
 and BIOS.  This is particularly valuable for programmers, power users and
 those configuring systems.  It also makes the OPTIMIZE process faster.
  
 Stealth Enhancements - Stealth is the patented QEMM feature that gives
 users extra High RAM by mapping system, video, and other ROMs out of the
 first megabyte of memory.  Stealth and OPTIMIZE have been improved to
 accommodate unusual BIOS designs.  This will provide users of these
 systems with even more High RAM than was previously possible.
  
 32-bit Flat Memory Model - QEMM's internals have been modified to use a
 32-bit flat memory model.  This provides improved performance and
 establishes a clear path for future innovations.
  
 Documented 3rd-party API - A previously undocumented feature of QEMM is
 its Application Programming Interface (API), which allows third party
 software developers to design their products with built-in support for
 QEMM.  This gives access to ROMs that have been "Stealthed" away using
 Quarterdeck's patented Stealth technology and allows developers to manage
 or even emulate hardware via I/O port trapping.
  
 Built-in Fail-Safe Recovery - QEMM now records and saves your system 
 configuration at installation and each time you run the OPTIMIZE program. 
 At any time you can restore one of these configurations using the new 
 OPTIMIZE/RESTORE option.
  
 The suggested list price of QEMM 7.5 is $99.95.  In the United States
 upgrades for QEMM 7.5 are available both directly from Quarterdeck and
 from dealers.  The upgrade price directly from Quarterdeck for QEMM 7.5 is
 $29.95 plus $5.00 shipping and handling.  The suggested list price of the
 upgrade through dealers is $34.95.
  
 Quarterdeck registered users who purchased the current version of QEMM
 after July 20, 1994 may upgrade for $5.00 shipping and handling, with
 proof of purchase.  All upgrades include new manuals.
  
 In the United States, users may upgrade from Quarterdeck by calling
 24-hours a day.  Contact Quarterdeck's automated order processing system,
 Quartermaster, at (800) 366-7145 (customer ID number is required), send a
 fax to (800) 354-3329 or call Quarterdeck's order department at (800)
 354-4757.  Canadian users may contact Quarterdeck Canada Upgrades at (800)
 268-5181, or via fax at (905) 528-9349.  Large volume MultiPaq and
 FlexiPaq upgrades are available upon request.
  
 Quarterdeck is a leader in software technology and specializes in
 enhancing the power and performance of personal computers.   Their best
 known product, QEMM, manages a PC system's memory resources to make sure
 that applications, utilities, DOS and Windows programs can work together. 
 Other Quarterdeck products provide multitasking of DOS applications
 running on one computer; while still others support seamless distributed
 computing by ensuring cooperation among multiple systems in cross-platform
 applications.  Quarterdeck Office Systems, Inc. is located at 150 Pico
 Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA  90405.  The company can be reached at (310)
 392-9851.

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                             DENNIS HAYES SPEECH
                              KEY NOTE ADDRESS
                                 ONE BBSCON
 8/18/94

 I want to welcome everyone to Atlanta.  This is our hometown where we
 started our business back in 1977 and I hope you enjoy the hospitality
 the city has to offer you.

 Every dynamic of your computer system is progressing.  The speed of the
 processor is increasing.  The size of the memory is growing.  The
 resolution of the screen is increasing.  The size of the hard drive is
 growing.  For the typical PC user today, whether in a corporate
 environment or an individual user, the rate of change of each of the
 dimensions of the computing environment has been developing at a very
 rapid, predictable manner.

 For the past 15 years, the speed of modems has doubled every 18 months.
 And, the difference is dramatic.  In 1981 we were sending data at 300
 bit/s with the Hayes Smartmodem 300 and it was taking 9 hours to send a
 1 megabyte file.  Today with our OPTIMA 288 that same megabyte of data
 can be sent in less than a minute.

 We've seen a tremendous increase in speed and performance in the last
 few years but it wasn't enough.  Late in 1993, our customers were
 telling us that the time had come for another leap forward with speed.
 They wanted more than 14,400 bit/s.

 The standard committee working on V.Fast was supposed to have finished
 V.34 two years earlier.  They had just finished a round of sessions and
 all indications were they wouldn't get finished for probably another
 year.  In order to meet the demand of our customers, we decided to
 deliver 28,800 bit/s with the V.FC technology.

 Fortunately we chose to do it in such a way that the whole industry
 would be equipped with a compatible transmission capability.  Through
 the development efforts of Hayes working together with Rockwell, new
 technology allowed modem manufacturers of modems to build 28,800 bit/s
 devices that were almost instantly compatible because they worked on the
 same basic technology.

 At ONE BBSCON last year, we wanted a real test for this technology so we
 worked with several of the larger boards and Fidonet hubs to put these
 products into "live" service. We wanted to see if there were going to be
 any compatibility problems with the existing installed base of products,
 and after a couple of minor problems were discovered and fixed, we were
 able to bring to market one of the fastest, most reliable products ever.
 Reviewers agree with us.  OPTIMA 288 has recently won awards from the
 editors of BYTE and PC Magazine.

 But what's happening now?  V.FC is well established worldwide.  There
 are now over a million modems in the installed base with V.FC.  While
 the V.34 standard was being hammered out, over a million modems using
 V.FC technology have been in use day in and day out.  Under the
 accelerated procedures for establishing standards, member countries of
 the ITU-T (International Telecommunications Union) are now voting on the
 V.34 standard expected to be passed by September.

 In that same timeframe, the V.34 standard will be well enough shaken out
 from the laboratory work and the testing to be a viable standard.  In
 the meantime, with V.34 being anticipated, V.FC has served us very well
 and we are proud to have been able to be a part of that.  In no way has
 the V.FC activity been intended to undermine the standards process, but
 it was only done to supplement.

 What does this mean for you as a board operator?  It means that when you
 start to move up to 28,800 bit/s, remember that there is an installed
 base of one million V.FC modems. You are going to need products that
 support both V.34 and V.FC.

 Being as forward thinking as each of you are, you are probably thinking...
 what's the NEXT speed?  Can we double the speed again?  If you want to
 understand how the top speed works, it is a lot like trying to travel at
 the speed of light.  You remember from your physics courses that if you
 get close to traveling at the speed of light, to get a small increase in
 speed, it takes a tremendous amount of energy.  It is the same way when
 you're trying to get a little bit more information through a channel.  You
 approach Shannon's Law as information passes through that channel.  In
 order to get a little bit more information through there, it takes a
 tremendous amount of processing.  The limit of speed of Shannon's law will
 not allow us to double the 288 speed like we did with 144. It will allow
 us to squeeze the sponge and get the last drop.  You will probably see a
 V.34bis specification for approximately 33,000 bit/s.  That will be the
 highest speed for analog modems.

 What else are we going to do with modems?  Voice functionality in modems
 is about to get really hot.  While voice modems have been available for
 several years, modems with voice functionality represent less than 5
 percent of the market today.

 What exactly do we mean by voice?  First, there is voice-data switching.
 There's a group that has developed and is licensing the capability of
 doing an automatic handshake between modems.  Hayes has announced our
 support for this.  This is called Voice View. You and I could be talking
 on the phone with each other and I could click on an icon on my machine,
 send the command to the modem, and go from voice mode into data mode. I
 can sit at the screen and read the screen.  What you'll hear is a beep
 and quiet seconds then another beep, and all of a sudden the information
 pops up on your screen.

 Another type of voice is the voice record and playback -- similar to an
 answering machine.  The third is simultaneous voice and data.
 Simultaneous voice and data allows you to send high speed data and
 communication with compressed voice or voice that is mixed into the
 analog part of the DSP.  The two techniques are different in that when
 you mix it into the DSP, the cost per modem is very low.  But the
 ability to take it in and out of the computer is limited.

 With the voice compression techniques, where the voice and data are
 mixed together before they are put through the channel and are able to
 feed it in and out of the computer system, a broader degree of
 flexibility is gained.  I think if you find out now about what voice
 might be capable of doing and if you talk to the software developers who
 write the bulletin board tools, you'll have a big opportunity to get
 ahead of the wave and be prepared to be part of making it happen as we
 extend the capabilities of fax and add voice support.  Voice offers new
 services such as the ability to store voice messages and the ability to
 take electronic mail and do voice annotation.

 Another area I'm getting very excited about is the possibility of
 sending compressed video over 28,800bit/s modems and ISDN connections.
 The compressed video opens up a big opportunity.  It's like taking your
 .GIF viewers which give you a static picture and turning them into
 practically real time video or stored video capabilities.

 When we look at the "need for speed" as it's been referred to, and the
 opportunity that speed presents to broaden the applications, we very
 quickly arrive at the fact that the analog telephone line will go only
 so fast and that we're rapidly approaching that limit.

 In late `95 or early `96, ISDN is going to be needed by the PC community
 as a communications vehicle.  This is the first time the PC industry or
 the BBS industry has been limited by something that's outside their
 control, and that's outside the technology.

 The limit comes from the fact that public policy and the public
 infrastructure are involved for ISDN to be available.  You still cannot
 get ISDN in many places today.  Where you can get ISDN, the tariffs
 often do not make sense.  And, when the tariffs make sense, the
 installations are ridiculous.

 This is a problem that affects not only bulletin board operators but the
 entire computer industry and the entire social structure of the economy.
 It affects not only the United States.  In order for information
 utilization to continue to develop in a natural manner, we have to have
 readily available the economic transport vehicles to help us bridge the
 distances in making communications.  A majority of the people in Public
 service Commissions who set the tariffs and many of the people who set
 public policy don't understand.

 A few states, such as Tennessee, have taken the lead.  Tennessee has
 mandated that ISDN be made available throughout the state to everyone
 who wants the service.  In doing so, the Public Service Commission has
 set reasonably priced tariffs for residential use and business use and
 has forced the cost of installation to be reduced so that it is
 affordable. As a matter of fact, the first six months they offered it,
 installation was free.  Tennessee is an example that we need to hold up
 in front of every other state in the country and every other country in
 the world and say "Why can't you do this?"

 You've heard a lot today already about the importance of what happens in
 the public sector affecting the industry.  I think one point that was
 made that is very relevant is as long as nobody was making money on
 bulletin boards, nobody cared.  No law suits. No legislation.  No
 taxation.  Guess what?  As soon as we as an industry start making money,
 these folks start crawling out from under the carpet everywhere.

 When I formed the Georgia High Tech Alliance, I really didn't know much
 about how state government worked.  In the last four years, I've learned
 a lot about that.  A lot of it is people who come from various walks of
 life to the state legislature because people in their community respect
 them and somebody convinced them to run for office.  They want to try to
 do things that are right for the people they represent.  The problem is
 that they get so many different people talking about what the right
 thing is. Unless there is a group to represent and people who have a
 common interest in what you provide -- unless we have a voice with the
 legislators -- they don't know when they are helping us or when they are
 hurting us.  For example, they don't realize that if they pass a tax
 that it would damage our ability to grow a fledgling part of the
 industry.  They don't know that if they pass some other local laws what
 impact they're going to have.  They need someone they can go to.

 A lot of attention is placed on Washington.  Certainly a lot is going on
 in Washington today with activities such as the NII.  Crime is one of
 the hottest topics in the country today and computer crime is a part of
 that.  Misuse of information systems has become a topic that gets
 headlines. Television shows are full of stories on stalkers and
 pornography, or adult material getting into the hands of children.  All
 that stuff scares people who don't know about it.

 On the other hand, there has been some publicity, but not nearly as much
 as I think there could be, about the positive side of bulletin boards
 and Sysops. Positive things like being able to use bulletin boards
 during the floods in South Georgia or the earthquakes in California need
 to be made more visible.  So, we need some way to have a public voice
 for public policy, as well as a public voice for public relations.  I
 think we're ready to get something organized.  It's up to you!

 I think that Sysops need their own group.  There's one that is being
 proposed that has initial funding to get it started -- the Association
 of Online Professionals.  I've agreed that if we can raise enough money
 to operate the organization for a year, I'll serve as the Chairman for
 the first year.  If there's anyone here who wants to be involved, we'd
 love to have your help because the issues are massive.  The tidal wave
 is over our heads and about to break on us.

 Politicians need to create issues that can get them votes.  There are
 two ways for politicians to create issues and they can either be for
 issues or against issues.  They appeal to issues that get people's
 attention on an emotional level.  One way they do that is by saying
 they're going to do things that help the state to raise money or help
 the country to raise money.  The other way to do that is to promise to
 stop bad things from happening. There's a good reason to be involved
 with law enforcement but there's also due process involved in the
 government.

 Look at the emotional appeal that it has to parents to say we're going
 to prevent people from exposing your children to violence and nudity.
 My point is not that we shouldn't worry about what people want to use
 the media for, but I think that unless there is an industry-based
 initiative to allow parents to make choices about what children can see
 on the system or to give them the kind of control they would have with a
 TV set to block out certain channels, it is going to become political
 and certain politicians are going to pick it up.

 Video games (Nintendo and Sega) are already in the middle of it.  How
 long will it be before politicians recognize how many users you
 represent and how long before we are required to get licensed like
 amateur radio operators?  Can you imagine what it would be like if you
 had to be licensed to be a Sysop by the federal government or FCC?  Can
 you imagine what it would be like if several states started passing
 entertainment taxes on activities when people get on for chat sessions
 -- let alone the moods among some of the telephone companies to go to
 the Public Service Commission and say we want to charge more for data
 services?  We killed that when it first reared up in Oklahoma, however
 we have to always watch for those kind of things.

 There's legislation in Washington today that, unless some things get
 modified, will force you to provide public access on your board to
 groups that qualify for public access in television.  How would you like
 to have to provide 25% of your air time or say every fourth or every
 fifth frame that you transmit to a public service announcement?

 The problem is the people who are trying to deal with these issues don't
 understand where we are.  Hayes has operated a bulletin board service
 for years, and we know that the people who are in the position of
 passing those kinds of laws or creating those kinds of regulations,
 don't understand what we do.

 You know also that, when you get organized as we did here in Georgia
 with the Georgia High Tech Alliance, you can do incredible things.  Here
 in Georgia we did two things that I'm really proud of through the
 Alliance.   Aside from stopping a couple of ridiculous tax bills which
 might have passed, we got legislation passed that relates to computer
 crimes. And, we got a software tax exemption law passed.  We did this by
 working with the legislators so that they could understand the real
 issues.

 As Sysops, we need to take the issues that our industry faces into
 "regular talk" that can be understood by people outside our industry --
 the politicians.  We can take initiatives to head off political
 juggernauts.

 While some of you may have a problem with this, we need to take the
 initiative to establish an industry-based rating system regarding the
 nature of materials on boards.

 We need to tell people what we're doing.  We need to demonstrate that
 along with freedom we are willing to take responsibility.  Again, we're
 not going to mandate what the content is but we're saying that choices
 should be available.  It's important for people to know they can
 exercise control over their environment, and they have choices they can
 make.  In a free society, I think that's where it belongs.

 I think that all this talk about information highways has really brought
 us into the mainstream of society.  The thing that we have to understand
 is that being in the mainstream means we bring all the social issues
 with us.  The same con artists that try to take advantage of people over
 the telephone, the same criminals that might do something wrong in any
 other forum, are going to do it in this medium.  We have to be able to
 show that there are responsible, credible businessmen and hobbyists who
 are doing something that is very important and who should be able to
 continue to do it with the freedom that allows rapid innovation and
 rapid change.

 I found an interesting note about the information highway in some of the
 research we were doing recently.  The perspective of the people in
 Washington is information highway.  It is big infrastructure, big
 projects, lot of concrete factories cranking out stuff and public money
 and the government.  A 12-year old student in one of the gifted programs
 in Atlanta came up with something I thought was very revealing and shows
 the difference between the mentality of the people in Washington and the
 mentality of our children.  This 12 year old kid said this information
 highway stuff is from the sixties and said we ought to think about it
 like it was the information super worm hole.

 Think about it: kids watching TV and dealing with concepts in science
 fiction can see that the capability of a worm hole can throw you across
 the galaxy in an instant.  That is really much more like what we have.
 We have the ability and technology to continue straight through the
 world to create totally new communities of interest, to create new
 villages of interest.  People with common interests can do things in the
 electronic media in ways that have never been possible.  This will allow
 for social evolution at a much faster rate than we can imagine and with
 it we bring along all the parts of society.

 We need to be assured that the public, as well as the people who make
 policy, know that we're ready to do the job -- to be responsible and to
 make the technology continue to develop in ways that are going to serve
 the good of the public as well.  If we make money along the way, that's
 fine too!

 With your help and your support, I think that we can make a big impact
 at both the State and Federal level.  It takes money to do the mailings,
 to do the communications, to get the legal research done and things like
 that.  Aside from that, it takes commitment.  The kind of commitment
 I've seen in many of you in the way you operate your board. Something
 that you did not knowing if it was going to make money or not.
 Something you wanted to do.  Something you believed in.  That's the kind
 of commitment that can make a big difference and a huge impact when you
 go to the political centers and deliver our message.

 I want to thank you for making this industry what it is.  It's
 incredible what you've done. It is incredible what we're going to do
 over the next decade.  I just hope we all have a lot of fun while we're
 doing it.  Thank you very much.

 For further information about AOP (Association of Online Professionals),
 contact Dave McClure at AOP 202 265-1266 or at 1818 Wyoming Avenue NW,
 Washington, DC 20009, Fax:202 265-7308, E-mail 70631.266@compuserve.com.


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 Adobe Systems Introduces;

                        VERSION 2.0 OF ADOBE ACROBAT
                        ============================


 Adobe Systems Introduces Version 2.0 Of Adobe Acrobat Product Family
 Enables More Direct Access to, Better Management, Use and Reuse Of
 Electronic Information, Plus Customization and Integration Within Existing
 Computing Environments

 San Francisco, Calif. (September 12, 1994) (NASDAQ:ADBE)  Adobe Systems
 Incorporated today announced Version 2.0 of Adobe Acrobat electronic
 document software, a major upgrade to its family of software products that
 expand users' ability to access, manage and use electronic documents
 across diverse computing platforms. In addition, the Acrobat Reader 2.0
 will be available for free distribution to Macintosh and Windows platform
 users, and with a standard licensing agreement, Acrobat Reader 1.0 will be
 available to DOS and UNIX users.

 Version 2.0 of the Adobe Acrobat product family is designed to address
 specific customer needs, ranging from general business office uses to
 traditional publication applications, to the collaborative efforts of
 workgroups. Version 2.0 provides timely and direct access to electronic
 information, document security features and better ways to manage, use and
 reuse information.  Adobe Acrobat 2.0 software is a complete solution for
 integrating with existing computing environments, and with more than 500
 Application Programming Interfaces (APIs), the ideal product for
 customization.

 "Adobe Acrobat 2.0 software acts as the universal electronic information
 standard for direct, timely access to electronic documents that can be
 managed easily, used and reused as necessary and integrated seamlessly
 with existing computing environments," said John Warnock, chairman and CEO
 of Adobe Systems.

 "We hope that, in a few years, users will be so comfortable with the
 seamless electronic interchange of rich information that they won't be
 concerned about which operating systems they or their customers are
 using."

 The Adobe Acrobat 2.0 Product Line
 ----------------------------------
 The Adobe Acrobat 2.0 product line consists of Adobe Acrobat Reader 2.0,
 Adobe Acrobat 2.0, Adobe Acrobat Pro 2.0 and Adobe Acrobat for Workgroups.
 Adobe Acrobat 2.0 software is available for Apple Macintosh and Microsoft
 Windows platforms. Adobe Acrobat 2.0 products include the following
 components:

      Acrobat Reader 2.0 is the tool for viewing, navigating and printing
      PDF files.

      Adobe Acrobat 2.0 is targeted for general office users. It includes
      the new Acrobat Search, Acrobat Exchange, PDF Writer for creating
      PDF files from common business applications and Acrobat Reader for
      Macintosh, Windows, UNIX and DOS.

      Acrobat Pro 2.0 is packaged to meet the demands of corporate and
      commercial publishers creating visually rich documents with
      applications and fonts using Adobe PostScriptt technology. The
      package comes standard with Adobe Acrobat 2.0 software, plus
      Acrobat Distiller for Macintosh 680X0, Power Macintosh or Windows
      and Acrobat Reader for Macintosh, Windows, UNIX and DOS.

      Acrobat for Workgroups 2.0 is a collaborative application that lets
      workgroups get the most out of large volumes of information
      available on a network. It includes Acrobat Catalog, a Windows
      application that creates full- text indexes for collections of PDF
      files shared over a network of Macintosh and

 Windows users, allowing them to find information instantly with Acrobat
 Search. Acrobat for Workgroups also includes 10 licenses for Adobe Acrobat
 2.0 software for Macintosh or Windows, plus Acrobat Distiller for
 Macintosh 680X0, Power Macintosht or Windows and Acrobat Reader for
 Macintosh, Windows, UNIX and DOS.

 Acrobat Reader software is the tool for viewing, navigating and printing
 electronic documents. The program lets users display and print documents
 in the PDF format and use navigation features such as article threads,
 annotations and links. Versions of Acrobat Reader run on DOS, Windows,
 Macintosh and UNIX systems. Acrobat Reader will be included with all Adobe
 Acrobat 2.0 products and is available free of charge from on-line
 services, the Internet and from Adobe for a nominal shipping and handling
 fee.

 Adobe Acrobat 2.0 software enables users to create PDF files with PDF
 Writer from any standard desktop application.

 Acrobat Exchange 2.0 lets users view and print PDF files as well as
 annotate, build navigational links into and add security controls to PDF
 files.

 Acrobat Search is a new feature in Acrobat Exchange that lets users
 retrieve PDF files by conducting full-text searches of indexed PDF files.
 With the TOPICt Search Engine, licensed from Verity, Inc., users can
 search full document texts including charts, graphs and captions  by key
 words, phrases, proximity, word stemming, synonym and other parameters.

 Acrobat Distiller converts any PostScript language files created with DOS,
 Windows, Macintosh or UNIX applications into PDF files.  It can be used
 with files from drawing, page layout or image editing programs; documents
 containing high-resolution or Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) language
 artwork or images; or documents containing complex blends or gradient
 fills.

 Acrobat Catalog creates full-text indexes for collections of PDF files
 shared over a network of Macintosh and Windows users, automatically
 building on-line indexes of all PDF files. This enables users to manage
 large volumes of information on a network.

 New Feature Highlights
 ----------------------

 More Direct Access to Information 
 ---------------------------------
 Full-text search lets users find specific information in multiple PDF
 files. Users can employ a variety of techniques to search for words
 anywhere in the body of a document, including graphs, charts and captions.
 Cross-document and application links and bookmarks provide quick access to
 hard-to-find or often used information, allowing users to link instantly
 to related information in other PDF files or in other applications. For
 example, users can link automatically to a QuickTimet movie or a word
 processing program.

 Article Threads make it easier to read multiple-column documents on-screen
 by automatically zooming or centering the view, for example. This allows
 users to easily read multi-column documents on-screen. Thumbnails offer a
 miniature page overview and let users copy and paste, and replace or
 delete pages.


 Better Ways to Manage Information
 ----------------------------------
 Acrobat Catalog is a Windows platform application that works with network
 servers and CD-ROMs to automatically generate word lists or "indexes" that
 support searches of PDF documents across an enterprise.
  
 Security features enable authors to prevent or allow PDF files from being
 opened, printed, copied, saved and changed. 

 Multi-user notes simplify document review, allowing users to merge and
 export annotations. Users can also customize their notes with a personal
 label and color.

 The ability to copy and paste formatted text and graphics from PDF files
 into other applications enables users to reuse information.   

 Compressed file formats include a default binary file format and industry
 standard compression methods to minimize file size and optimize use of
 network resources.  

 Document information features let users assign document titles and other
 specifics to speed searches and obtain file information on fonts, security
 and so on.


 Integrating with Current Environments and Customization
 -------------------------------------------------------
 Lotus Notes users can embed PDF files in Lotus Notes databases, preserving
 the true look of documents. Users can also search the text of PDF files
 embedded in Lotus Notes databases.

 Industry-standard interfaces help applications play together. As an OLE
 (Object Linking and Embedding) server supporting OLE automation, Acrobat
 Exchange integrates with major Windows applications such as Visual Basic.
 Adobe Acrobat 2.0 software seamlessly integrates with Macintosh
 applications through AppleEvents.

 Comprehensive APIs allow customization and extend functionality.
 Developers can integrate Adobe Acrobat software with other applications
 and create enhancements to standard Adobe Acrobat 2.0 functions. They can
 also customize the Adobe Acrobat 2.0 interface.  APIs are part of the
 Acrobat Software Developers Toolkit, available separately from the Adobe
 Developers Association. For more information, call (415) 961-4111.


 Price and Availability
 ----------------------
 The Adobe Acrobat 2.0 product line is expected to be available from Adobe
 authorized dealers within 30 days. Acrobat Reader 2.0 will be available
 for free distribution to Macintosh and Windows users, and with a licensing
 agreement, Acrobat Reader 1.0 will be available to DOS and UNIX users.
 Acrobat Reader will be included in all Acrobat software packages and
 available from on-line services, or can be obtained from Adobe for a
 nominal shipping/handling fee of $9.95 for the Macintosh or Windows
 platforms on floppy, and $14.95 for the Macintosh, Windows,

 DOS and UNIX versions on CD-ROM. The CD-ROM also includes bonus content
 such as the complete works of Shakespeare, an informal dictionary of
 computer terms, Adobe technical literature and product information and
 U.S. historical documents.

 Adobe Acrobat 2.0 will have a suggested retail price of $195; Acrobat Pro
 2.0 will cost $595; and Acrobat for Workgroups will be $1,595. Volume and
 other discounts are available. Adobe is also working with a variety of
 system integrators and value added resellers. Customers may contact Adobe
 at 1-800-87- ADOBE for the dealer nearest them.

 Adobe Systems Incorporated, founded in 1982, is headquartered in Mountain
 View, California. Adobe develops, markets and supports computer software
 products and technologies that enable users to create, display, print and
 communicate electronic documents. The company licenses its technology to
 major computer and publishing suppliers, and markets a line of type and
 application software products. Revenue for fiscal 1993 exceeded $313
 million.

 -----------

 Acrobat, Adobe, Acrobat Catalog, Distiller and PostScript are trademarks
 of Adobe Systems Incorporated, which may be registered in certain
 jurisdictions. Apple and Macintosh are registered trademarks, and Power
 Macintosh and QuickTime are trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. Microsoft is
 a registered trademark, and Windows is a trademark of Microsoft
 Corporation. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other
 countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company Ltd. Lotus Notes is
 a registered trademark of Lotus Development Corporation. TOPIC is a
 registered trademark of Verity, Inc.


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 > Kid's Computing Corner STR FOCUS!   
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 Kids' Computing Corner
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          KID'S BOOK GIANT LAUNCHES AGGRESSIVE SOFTWARE PUBLISHING
                                     AND
                              MARKETING EFFORT



 Western Publishing Company, Inc. Signals Its Commitment To Edutainment
 Software By Launching Extensive Marketing Support for Step Ahead Software

 Racine, WI., Sept. 6; Western Publishing Company, Inc., publisher of
 children's Golden Books, today announced an aggressive trade and consumer
 marketing campaign to support its new Step Ahead Software line.  The plan
 focuses on consumer advertising and retail merchandising and promotion. 
 The Step Ahead Software line of interactive "edutainment" software is
 based on the Golden Books Step Ahead workbook series and includes five
 titles designed for children ages three through eight.  The software will
 be launched primarily through mass-market outlets and sell for less than
 $25 at retail, a dramatic price break for consumers.

         "Western Publishing is the first to launch a high-quality
 affordably-priced educational software line to the mass market,"  said
 Bonnie Predd, senior vice president for planning and new business at
 Western Publishing Company, Inc.  "This unique price/quality/distribution
 model merits a high level of promotional and advertising support to reach
 non-traditional and first-time software buyers.  Our educational software
 marketing spending level to launch our line equals the total consumer
 advertising dollars spent last year on the entire educational software
 category."

         Step Ahead Software is the first children's edutainment software
 from Western Publishing Company, Inc., the nation's leading publisher of
 children's books.  The five-title line will be launched in September in
 more than 500 WalMart and more than 500 Kmart stores' children's book
 departments.  The accompanying consumer advertising campaign begins with
 the November and December issues of several magazines including Parents,
 Parenting, Family Fun, Family PC and People's Holiday Gift Collection.

         "Our marketing efforts will be timed to boost retailers' fourth
 quarter sales and access mass-market shoppers," said Predd.  "We plan to
 maintain trade support into the next year."


                 --A Trusted Brand In A New Medium--

         "Home use of educational software is an exploding market and an
 increasingly important part of how children learn to think, reason, count
 and spell," said Predd.  "At Western Publishing, we believe price and
 availability should not be a barrier.

         "The Golden Books 50-plus-year heritage is about providing high
 quality, sensibly-priced children's products to America's families through
 thousands of mass retailers," continued Predd.  "We have brought that same
 business philosophy to the creation, pricing and distribution of our first
 line of computer products.  The name families have trusted for decades in
 print now will be focused on quality children's computer software."

         The initial Step Ahead Software line includes five titles.  "ABC
 with Hickory and Me" is designed for children ages three to six and is
 available in both Windows and Macintosh versions.  It teaches children
 letter/sound relationships for consonant and short vowel sounds, uses
 pictures to illustrate beginning letter sounds and teaches sequencing of
 letters in alphabetical order.  "123 with Hickory and Me" teaches simple
 math skills, and focuses on recognizing numerals, counting to ten and
 matching sets of numbers.

         "Monker's Math Factory" and "Monker's Spelling Submarine" are
 designed for children ages six to eight.  "Monker's Math Factory" builds
 on children's basic math skills by reviewing number families, helping
 children understand the concept of place value and helping them practice
 single and double-digit addition and subtraction.  "Monker's Spelling
 Submarine" teaches beginning and ending consonant sounds, long and short
 vowel sounds, letter blends and rhyming words and word families.

         The fifth title, "AJ's World of Discovery" addresses more
 cognitive thinking skills including reasoning, memory, logic and
 creativity.  Four additional lessons that augment and enhance this program
 can be purchased directly by consumers via a toll-free phone number.  The
 supplements are called "World of Math" and "World of Language."  Each
 comes in a version for ages four to five and six to seven, and all are run
 in conjunction with the initial AJ program.

 Characters With Nervous Systems:
                    Superior Graphics and Animation Make
                   Software Fun and Engaging For Children

         Western Publishing Company, Inc., together with an advisory board
 of educators, used its strength as a major publisher of the Step Ahead
 educational workbook line to create the curriculum for the software.  The
 company then teamed with Sierra On-Line, Inc., a leading publisher of
 entertainment and education software, to create the products.  Since
 children learn to speak and read via a combination of sight and sound,
 Western Publishing commissioned Sierra to use its patented lip-sync
 technology.

         "Children are very demanding about the animation quality in
 software," said Sherry Short, who produced the line at Sierra On-Line,
 Inc., in Bellevue, Washington.  "They are quick to point out badly dubbed
 voices or awkward character movements that don't match the environment."

         "We used advanced multimedia programming techniques developed by
 Sierra to produce cutting-edge, high-resolution animation in the Step
 Ahead Software.  These techniques produce animation quality that's close
 to what is seen on television and film."

         The characters were given personalities and "nervous systems"
 through which they display human traits like scratching their heads,
 winking and laughing.  Children can click on different characters and
 options so they can craft their own learning experience.  An original
 musical score and sound effects were added to round out the package.  The
 result is entertaining, interactive software which closely imitates the
 one-to-one teaching methods that are used by parents and teachers.

               --Helping Mass Merchants Sell Software--

         Western Publishing's marketing support program addresses
 retailers' concerns about working with edutainment software for the first
 time.  The company will maintain a technical support line for consumer's
 hardware or software questions about using educational software.  A CD-ROM
 sample is being created that will include five-minute demo versions of
 each of the new titles.  Since many retailers do not use CD-ROM players
 but do use televisions and VCRs, Western Publishing is providing a POP
 demonstration video.  Additionally, retailers can sell the software from a
 colorful and dramatic floor display or a counter pack.

         The packaging resembles the company's best-selling Step Ahead
 workbooks to capitalize on the brand's consumer awareness.  The packaging
 is also more compact than traditional software packaging which increases
 merchandising options for both the mass-market and more traditional
 software retailers.

         Western Publishing Company, Inc., a subsidiary of Western
 Publishing Group, Inc., is the nation's largest creator, publisher,
 printer and marketer of children's storybook, electronic interactive
 storybook, coloring books and other activity books.  It is also a major
 producer and marketer of children's audio cassette and book sets, video
 cassettes and music albums.  These products and books are sold principally
 under the Golden Book brand name.
                                               
                 Step Ahead Software Titles At-A-Glance

  --Western Publishing Company, Inc., The Publisher of Golden Books,
 Creates One-on-One Tutorials Delivered Through The Home P.C.--

  Title                    For Ages                    What Does It Teach?
  -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 ABC with Hickory  |  Three to Six  | Children learn the following alphabet
 and Me            |                | and letter sound skills via fun games
 ($19.95 to $24.95)|                | with the characters Hickory and Nat:
                   |                |
                   |                | Understanding letter/sound
                   |                | relationships for consonant and
                   |                | short vowel sounds;
                   |                |
                   |                | Using pictures to illustrate
                   |                | beginning letter sounds;   
                   |                |
                   |                | Sequencing letters in alphabetical
                   |                | order.   
 ------------------------------------------------------------------------

 123 with Hickory  |  Three to Six  | Interactive program with Hickory and
 and Me            |                | Nat makes children enjoy learning to:
 ($19.95 to $24.95)|                |
                   |                |     Recognize numerals;
                   |                |
                   |                |     Count to 10;
                   |                |
                   |                |     Match sets of numbers.
  -----------------------------------------------------------------------

 Monker's Math     |  Six to Eight  | Elementary school-aged children built
 Factory           |                | on these math skills:
 ($19.95 to $24.95)|                |
                   |                | Reviewing number families;
                   |                |
                   |                | Understanding the concept of place
                   |                | value;
                   |                |
                   |                | Practice single- and double-digit
                   |                | addition and subtraction.
 ------------------------------------------------------------------------

 Monker's Spelling |  Six to Eight  | Learning to read is fun for kids
 Submarine         |                | It's made easier as children
 ($19.95 to $24.95)|                | enjoy learning about:
                   |                |
                   |                | Beginning and ending consonant
                   |                | sounds;
                   |                |
                   |                | Long and short vowel sounds;
                   |                |       
                   |                | Letter blends;
                   |                |
                   |                | Rhyming words and word families.
 ------------------------------------------------------------------------

 AJ's World of     | Four to seven  | This software product helps children
 Discovery         |                | learn cognitive skills including:
 ($19.95 to $24.95)|                |
                   |                |       Reasoning;
                   |                |
                   |                |       Memory;
                   |                |
                   |                |       Logic;
                   |                |      
                   |                | Creativity and imagination.
                   |                |
                   |                | 4 supplemental lessons are available
                   |                | for purchase via a toll-free phone
                   |                | number.  These additional lessons,
                   |                | called World of Math and World of
                   |                | Language, run together with AJ's
                   |                | World of Discovery and address
                   |                | specific math and language skills
                   |                | geared to the two different age
                   |                | groups.
 ------------------------------------------------------------------------


 I hope to receive review copies of some of the above titles and review
 them before the Christmas shopping rush.  I previously reviewed AJ's and
 I'll reissue a mini-review of that title in a few weeks.  Next week I'm
 going to look at some shareware titles, including Phonics 123.  Until next
 time, I thank you for reading.


 For:  Western Publishing Company, Inc.     From: The Newlin Company
       1220 Mound Avenue                          72 Madison Avenue
       Racine, WI. 53404                        New York, NY 10016
           (414) 631-5202                           (212) 689-0777


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 > Creative Technology NEWS! STR FOCUS!
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                         CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY INTRODUCES 
                        BLASTERWARE SOFTWARE PRODUCT LINE
      

 SINGAPORE -- August 24, 1994 -- In order to broaden its range of
 multimedia product offerings for the retail and OEM marketplace, Creative
 Technology Ltd (Nasdaq: CREAf) today announced a new line of BlasterWare
 software titles.  With the release of its first five high-quality,
 affordable titles in September, Creative aims to increase brand name
 recognition of its successful line of Blaster multimedia products.   The
 company will be marketing its software titles worldwide and will
 aggressively promote its new titles through Sound Blaster audio board and
 multimedia upgrade kit promotions.

      "Creative pioneered multimedia by providing standard-setting, quality 
 consumer products that redefined value and quality to the end-user. 
 BlasterWare draws from the success of Sound Blaster hardware by answering
 consumer demand for software marketed under a respected and recognizable
 brand name," said Arnold Waldstein, director of software product marketing
 for Creative Labs, Inc., Creative Technology's U.S. subsidiary.

      "In addition, BlasterWare broadens merchandising possibilities for
 the multimedia hardware retailer and provides branded distribution to the
 distribution channel.  Creative will provide resellers with a
 comprehensive merchandising plan in which BlasterWare titles will be
 positioned together with their Sound Blaster counterparts, the
 industry-leading sound cards that not only defined PC audio but also
 comprise over 60% of PC audio card market share," added Waldstein.

 Titles
 ------ 
      The following five titles are the first in a series of titles to be
 marketed by Creative under the BlasterWare product name.  The company
 will roll out additional titles throughout the winter and spring. 
 Creative's existing VoiceAssist speech recognition software and series of
 Screen Singer family entertainment titles will also be marketed as part of
 the BlasterWare line.  

 A Brief History of Time (S.R.P. $59.95)
 ---------------------------------------
      Based on Stephen W. Hawking's best-selling book of the same name,
 this interactive CDROM allows users to explore black holes, quantum theory
 and even the Big Bang with the renowned scientist.  Created by Jim Mervis
 & Robit Hairman for Crunch Media, A Brief History of Time captures
 Hawking's disposition and features easy navigation of spectacular visuals,
 animation, film excerpts, and text.

 American Visions: 20th Century Art from the Roy R. Neuberger 
 Collection (S.R.P. $49.95)

      Featuring over 189 works from 129 American artists including Georgia
 O'Keeffe, Jackson Pollock and Stuart Davis, this title has already been
 honored with two awards, a 1994 NewMedia Magazine INVISION Award and an
 international CINDY award - for its stunning visuals, unique design and
 remarkable user interface.  Created by Eden Interactive, American Visions
 presents an innovative way to view art and gain insight by allowing the
 user to access background information, quotes and anecdotes on the artist
 and the era in which the work was created.

 Gus Goes to Cybertown (S.R.P. $39.95), Gus and the Cyberbuds Sing, Play &
 Paint-Along (S.R.P. $39.95), Gus Goes  to Cyberopolis (S.R.P. $39.985)
      
      Modern Media Ventures' series of educational titles feature the
 learning adventures of a hip dog named Gus and his friends the Cyberbuds. 
 Included in each title are eye-catching graphics and animation, full
 motion video, digital photos, playful sound effects, and original songs,
 all of which offer children numerous fun adventures and exciting learning
 opportunities.  

      "We're very excited to bring to market a series of innovative titles
 from small software developers who can truly benefit from Creative's
 retail presence.  The BlasterWare program will provide these developers
 with the necessary resources to gain shelf space without the normal
 difficulties associated with an affiliate label program," said Greg
 VandenDries, Creative Labs' v.p. of sales.  

      Stephen Reade, head of retail software sales for Creative Labs, added 
 "The introduction of this new product line will create a new model for
 distribution for developers and will enable Creative to introduce a
 well-packaged, well-merchandised software selection for both end users and
 retailers."

      Creative Technology Ltd develops, manufactures and markets a range of
 sound and video multimedia products for PCs under the Blaster family name. 
 The company's Sound Blaster sound platform enables PCs to produce
 high-quality audio for entertainment, educational, music and productivity
 applications, and has been accepted as the industry standard sound
 platform for PC-based software.



            CREATIVE LAUNCHES SOUND BLASTER COMPATIBILITY PROGRAM

                   THREE SOUND BLASTER COMPATIBILITY LOGOS
                      OFFERED TO REGISTERED DEVELOPERS

 SINGAPORE -- September 6, 1994 -- Creative Technology Ltd (Nasdaq: CREAf) 
 today launched a cost-free, formalized program that will allow registered
 developers to offer software titles that have been tested and guaranteed
 by Creative to be 100% compatible with Sound Blaster(tm), the industry
 standard for high quality PC audio.  Developers will be given free access
 to three different Sound Blaster logos for incorporation onto packaging
 and collaterals, assuring both the end-user and the retailer that their
 software titles are fully Sound Blaster compatible.

      The Sound Blaster audio product family has captured over 60% market
 share, with over 95% of all software titles claiming Sound Blaster
 compatibility.  This program emphasizes the importance of Sound Blaster by
 ensuring software customers full compliance with the multimedia sound
 standard as well as the highest performance and quality, said Arnold
 Waldstein, director of software product marketing for Creative Labs, Inc.,
 Creative Technology's U.S. subsidiary.

 Logos
 -----
      Reflecting the evolution of Creative's successful Sound Blaster audio
 card family from basic 8-bit to 16-bit sound to 32-voice Advanced
 WavEffects(tm) synthesis, Creative's three new logos include Sound
 Blaster, Sound Blaster 16 and Sound Blaster AWE32(tm). Software titles
 carrying any of the three Sound Blaster logos operate with all Sound
 Blaster audio cards, though their feature sets vary.  These titles will
 begin to hit the channel in the fall.

      Registered developers who participate in the program will also be
 eligible to partake in other Creative marketing programs including
 bundling, tradeshows, advertising, channel events and catalogs as well as
 several retail promotional opportunities.

      Waldstein added that Sound Blaster is a symbol of multimedia quality
 to the consumer marketplace.  To the developer, Sound Blaster is a
 technical standard that brings coherence to the underlying audio
 capabilities of the platform.  To the retailer, it is an umbrella under
 which to sell a series of standard-setting multimedia products.  And to
 the consumer, it is a symbol of value and a guarantee of performance.

      Creative Technology Ltd develops, manufactures and markets a range of
 sound and video multimedia products for PCs under the Blaster family name. 
 The company's Sound Blaster sound platform enables PCs to produce
 high-quality audio for entertainment, educational, music and productivity
 applications, and has been accepted as the industry standard sound
 platform for PC-based software.


       CONTACT INFORMATION
      -------------------
      Benita Kenn                             
      Creative Labs, Inc.                     
      (408) 428-6600 ext. 6406      
      

 Creative Technology Ltd was incorporated in 1983 and is based in
 Singapore.  Creative Technology's U.S. subsidiaries include Creative Labs,
 Inc., E-mu Systems, Inc. and ShareVision Technology, Inc.  Creative also
 has other subsidiaries in China, Europe, Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan. 
 The company's stock is traded on Nasdaq under the symbol CREAf and on the
 Stock Exchange of Singapore.
                                     # # #
 Blaster, BlasterWare, Sound Blaster and VoiceAssist are trademarks of
 Creative Technology Ltd.  E-mu is a registered trademark of E-mu Systems,
 Inc. and ShareVision is a registered trademark of ShareVision Technology,
 Inc.
      
 A Brief History of Time is a trademark of Crunch Media Corporation.
 American Visions: 20th Century Art from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection is
 a trademark of Eden Interactive.  Gus Goes to Cybertown, Gus and the
 Cyberbuds Sing, Play and Paint-Along, and Gus Goes to Cyberopolis are
 trademarks of Modern Media Ventures.

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 > MS OFFICE! STR Spotlight
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 Microsoft Announces;
 -------------------

                       OFFICE PROFESSIONAL & BOOKSHELF
                       INTEGRATED PRODUCTIVITY PACKAGE

                          BEST-SELLING OFFICE SUITE
                                    ADDS
                       MULTIMEDIA REFERENCE CAPABILITY

      REDMOND, Wash. _ Sept. 8, 1994 _ Microsoft Corporation today
 announced the availability of Microsoft Office Professional & Bookshelf, a
 CD-ROM-based productivity package for the Microsoft Windows operating
 system.  This newest version of Office Professional integrates Microsoft's
 popular Bookshelf '94 CD-ROM reference library into the family of
 Microsoft Office products, while adding special functionality to enable
 these products to work together seamlessly.  Bookshelf '94 will join
 Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, the Microsoft PowerPoint presentation
 graphics program, the Microsoft Access database management system,
 Microsoft Office Assistant and CapScreen to complete the office suite
 contained in the Office Professional & Bookshelf CD-ROM.

      "As millions of users move to CD-ROM, they are demanding more from
 their applications," said Pete Higgins, senior vice president of desktop
 applications at Microsoft. "Office Professional & Bookshelf offers users a
 single, powerful package that addresses the business needs of small,
 medium and large organizations."

 CD-ROM Adoption Takes Off
 -------------------------
      The CD-ROM market is currently experiencing explosive growth
 worldwide, a phenomenon partly attributable to increasing use of CD-ROMs
 in the business sector.  According to a recent Dataquest report, CD-ROM
 drives constitute one of the fastest-growing segments of the hardware
 market, with 1994 sales expected to top 17.5 million units worldwide. 
 This figure is nearly twice the number of drives sold in all previous
 years combined, and more than half were sold to businesses.  CD-ROM drives
 are particularly popular in small businesses; approximately 45 percent of
 small businesses already own a CD-ROM drive or plan to purchase one in
 the next year.

      Microsoft has developed Office Professional & Bookshelf to provide
 the world's most popular business applications in a single package, with
 one-click access to important information.  Office Professional &
 Bookshelf brings together a number of applications and, through the
 seamless integration of their key technologies, enables them to function
 as a cohesive and consistent set.  Through the Microsoft Office Manager
 (MOM), users will be able to open instantly any of the applications within
 Office Professional & Bookshelf simply by clicking an application button
 found on the MOM toolbar.  Because it is delivered on CD-ROM, installing
 Office Professional & Bookshelf is quick and easy.

      "In our work of supporting financial, medical, and legal businesses,
 we've found Microsoft Office to be a valuable asset," said Jim Lasser,
 partner in the consulting firm of Lasser, Stern, Kinder and Company, Inc. 
 "A number of our customers currently use Bookshelf in conjunction with
 Office to obtain census information for their sponsors, which they then
 import into Word documents or Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.  To have all
 this capability available on CD-ROM is invaluable, particularly for small
 businesses that don't have the resources to maintain a research
 department."

      Another unique feature of Office Professional & Bookshelf is the
 inclusion of Microsoft Office Assistant.  Designed for small businesses,
 Office Assistant contains 54 predesigned templates that cover everything
 from invoices and purchase orders to financial statements and business
 plans.  For users interested in developing multimedia, the new CapScreen
 feature offers the ability to record and play back all actions performed
 on the computer screen.

 CapScreen also allows users to annotate these actions verbally as they
 perform them to aid in later review during playback.  The Reference Works
 of Bookshelf '94

      The functionality within Bookshelf '94 redefines traditional ideas of
 reference by providing lightening-fast searches, easy access to
 information, and rich capabilities for sound, video and animation. 
 Bookshelf '94 goes beyond printed reference books to offer rich
 multimedia, such as 80,000 dictionary words, each spoken in a human voice,
 and more than 60 animations and video clips of scientific concepts and
 historical events.  Simply clicking a desired word within a document can
 produce a definition, a list of synonyms, or the pronunciation of the
 word.  With Office & Bookshelf, users have one-click access to hundreds
 of thousands of entries in any of the following popular reference sources:

      -    The American Heritage Dictionary, Third Edition
      -    Roget's Original Thesaurus of Words and Phrases
      -    The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations
      -    The People's Chronology
      -    The Concise Columbia Encyclopedia
      -    Hammond Intermediate World Atlas
      -    World Almanac and Book of Facts 1994

 Technologies That Work Together
 -------------------------------
      Combining the IntelliSense and OfficeLinks technologies of Office
 with the multimedia reference capabilities of Bookshelf '94 has produced
 an extremely effective productivity package. For example, a user who wants
 to include a particular quote or definition from Bookshelf in a document,
 spreadsheet or presentation need only drag and drop it into the desired
 Office application.  Because they automate simple tasks and make complex
 tasks easier, these features allow users to concentrate more closely on
 the task at hand.

      Built into every Microsoft Office program, IntelliSense technology
 senses what users want to do and intelligently produces the desired
 result.  Examples of IntelliSense technology include AutoCorrect in Word,
 which automatically corrects common typing and misspelling errors;
 TipWizard assistant in Microsoft Excel, which monitors what users do and
 then makes suggestions on how to perform tasks more quickly and easily;
 and ToolTips, provided in all the applications in Office Professional &
 Bookshelf, which instantly identifies the functions of each toolbar
 button.

      Another Microsoft innovation, OfficeLinks makes it easier to share
 information among applications and to accomplish cross-application tasks. 
 With OfficeLinks, users can concentrate on their work, rather than the
 tools they're using.  For example, users can easily create a Microsoft
 Excel spreadsheet in a Word document, by simply clicking a button on the
 Word toolbar.  Without leaving Word, the user can access all of the
 Microsoft Excel tools and menus.

 Pricing and Availability
 ------------------------
      Expected to ship by the end of September, Microsoft Office
 Professional & Bookshelf will be available for approximately $599; a
 version upgrade or competitive upgrade price will be available for
 approximately $399.

 System Requirements
 -------------------
      To ensure flexibility and accommodate various hard-disk space needs,
 users can choose from three installation options: typical, laptop
 (minimum), and complete/custom.  Microsoft Office Professional & Bookshelf
 requires 59 MB of free disk space for the typical installation, 31 MB for
 the minimum installation, and 84 MB for the full installation.  Microsoft
 Office Professional & Bookshelf requires a minimum of 6 MB of memory
 running under Microsoft Windows 3.1 (8 MB recommended).  A Multimedia PC
 is needed to take full advantage of the multimedia functionality.

      Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
 software for personal computers.  The company offers a wide range of
 products and services for business and personal use, each designed with
 the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take
 advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

                                     ***

 Microsoft, Bookshelf, PowerPoint and Microsoft Access are registered
 trademarks and Windows, IntelliSense and TipWizard are trademarks of
 Microsoft Corporation.  World Almanac and Book of Facts is a registered
 trademark of Funk & Wagnalls Corporation.  The Original Roget's Thesaurus
 of English Words and Phrases (Americanized Version) is licensed from
 Longman Group UK Ltd.  The People's Chronology is licensed from Henry Holt
 and Company, Inc.  The American Heritage Dictionary of the English
 Language, Third Edition is licensed from Houghton Mifflin Company.  The
 Columbia Dictionary of Quotations and The Concise Columbia Encyclopedia
 are licensed from Columbia University Press.  Hammond Intermediate World
 Atlas is licensed from Hammond Incorporated.  The World Almanac and Book
 of Facts 1994 is licensed from Funk & Wagnalls Corporation.



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 > ITU - CCITT STR InfoFile      V.34 V.FC - What does it all mean?
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  ITU/94-16 * ITU Press Release PR16/1994

  TITLE: MILESTONE IN MODEM TECHNOLOGY: THE V.34 STANDARD....(ITU-94-16)

  ITU/94-16 
  ORIGINAL: English

      Milestone in modem technology: the V.34 standard is agreed upon by
 ITU-T and put under ballot for adoption.  Study Group 14 of the
 International Telecommunication Union - Telecommunication Standardization
 Sector, ITU-T (formerly known as CCITT), has been meeting in Geneva,
 Switzerland for the last week to decide on the approval of the
 long-awaited standard for future high-speed modems. The meeting was
 chaired by Mr K. Kern (Germany). The  work of Study Group 14 covers modems
 and transmission techniques for data, telegraph and telematic services.

      The adoption of the standard will give a go-ahead signal to the
 industry to offer new products using high performance data transfer
 technology. Work on the drafting of the standard started some three years
 ago  Termed by industry experts V.fast in its development stage, V.34 as
 it will now be called, will surpass the current technology used in data
 transfer via traditional telephone lines. 

      V.34 future modems will transfer data at speeds twice the current
 technology, thus the nickname V.fast. By increasing transmission speed,
 they will drastically cut down the time needed by computers and faxes and
 in turn lower user phone bills. These new modems will have variable data
 transmission capacity ranging from 2'400 bits/second all the way up to
 28'800 bits/second. The new modems will use a feature called "line
 probing" that will allow modems to identify the capacities and quality of
 the phone line and adjust themselves to allow, for each individual
 connection, for maximum throughput using the highest possible data
 transmission rate. In addition the standard will support a half-duplex
 mode of operation for fax applications and will support automoding to
 existing V-series modems.

      Other important features of the new technology include an optional
 auxiliary channel with a synchronous date signalling rate of 200
 bits/second.  Data conveyed on this channel would be independent of the
 primary channel (2'400 - 28'800 bit/second) and would consist mostly of
 modem control data. Multi-dimensional trellis coding will be used to gain
 higher immunity to noise and other phone line impairments thus improving
 throughput. V.34 modems will also be the first modems to identify
 themselves to telephone network equipment (handshaking). Most important to
 the industry, V.34 will not only foster world-wide connectivity due to its
 adaptive capabilities, but will enlarge the market opportunities in areas
 which face poor telephone line quality. 

      V.34 technology has been long in coming and has had to overcome many
 obstacles.  One year ago, members of the modem manufacturing industry had
 become so impatient, they suggested that an interim standard for modems be
 approved. This interim standard, however, only made speed improvements. 

      The proliferation of high-speed non-V.fast modem production led many
 market analysts to become sceptical of the interoperability such non-
 V.fast technology-oriented products. The adoption of V.34 is therefore
 very opportune. "V.34 modems will be transmission devices that will be
 faster, more reliable and cheaper to use," said Mr Kern at the outcome of
 the meeting.  Given its half-duplex mode of operation, the use of V.34
 will also help reduce costs of fax transmissions and make feasible the use
 of colour fax. "The fax market is in sharp increase on a global basis,
 thus providing a new market outlet for modem manufacturers," Mr Kern
 added. The approved standard should be applicable within a period of 16
 weeks maximum.  "One of the main issues for the future will be to make it
 possible for V.34 modems to adapt their speed while transmitting data to
 adjust with changes occurring on the lines such as noise impairments,"
 concluded Mr Kern. 

 BREAKTHROUGH FOR DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
 -----------------------------------------
 At the same meeting of Study Group 14, a standard - Recommendation V.18 -
 was also approved. It will provide, for the first time, recognition of the
 communication needs of the deaf and hard of hearing. This Recommendation,
 with its capability to interwork with all existing devices, provides the
 platform on which a universal standard communication device can be built.
 A maximum period of one month is required for circulation the draft
 recommendation to the Membership, a three-month period is given for the
 ballot.


          * ITU  < = International Telecommunication Union        *
          * TSS  < = ITU Telecommunication Standardization Sector *
          * TIES < = ITU Telecom Information Exchange Services    *
                                  
          I.T.U. and I.T.U.-T.S.S. since 1993; formerly C.C.I.T.T.,
          (Comite Consultatif International Telegraphique et Telephonique,
          International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee)

          * What is I.T.U. (International Telecommunication Union) ?

          The ITU, an agency of the United Nations, with its headquarters
          located in Geneva, Switzerland, is a world-wide organization
          within which governments and private sector coordinate the
          establishment and operation of telecommunication networks and
          services. It does held the responsibility for the regulation,
          standardization, coordination and development of international
          telecommunications as well as the harmonization of national
          policies.

          * Main Address and E-Mail:

          ITU - International Telecommunication Union
          Place des Nations,
          Case Postale/P.O. Box
          CH-1211-Geneve/Geneva 20 ** Suisse/Switzerland **

          Telephone: ++41-22-730.51.11 * Telefax: ++41-22-733.72.56
          Telegrams: ITU GENEVE        * Telex: 421 000 UIT CH
          X.400 email; S=itumail; P=itu; A=Arcom; C=ch ; O=CCITT.

          * For General Information from:

          ITU Telecom Information Exchange Services (TIES):
          International Telecommunication Union
          Information Services Department
          Place des Nations
          CH-1211-Geneve/Geneva 20 ** Suisse/Switzerland

          Tel: ++41-22-730.55.54 * Telefax: ++41-22-730.53.37
          Internet email: helpdesk@itu.ch
          X.400 email: S=helpdesk; A=arcom; P=itu; C=ch


          * Other helpful addresses are shown below in the
             at the end of this document.


           ==================================================== 
           ]---- CCITT/ITU-TSS * V-Series Recommendations ----]
           ====================================================


 PART 1 - GENERAL
 ----------------

 V.1     Equivalence between binary notation symbols and the      
         significant conditions of a two-condition code.

 V.2     Power levels for data transmission over telephone lines.

 V.3     International Alphabet No.5.

 V.4     General structure of signals of International Alphabet No.5
         code for data transmission over public telephone networks.

 V.5     Standardisation of data signalling rates for synchronous data
         transmission in the general switched telephone network.

 V.6     Standardisation of data signalling rates for synchronous data
         transmission on leased telephone-type circuits.

 V.7     Definitions of terms concerning data communication over the 
         telephone network.

 V.8*Draft > Procedures for starting sessions of data transmission
 [1994]        over the general switched telephone network.

 V.9*Draft > Definition of flow control standard, integrating the
 [1994]      existing de-facto systems (XON/XOFF and RTS/CTS) with
             advanced synchronous communications procedures.


 PART 2 - INTERFACES FOR VOICE-BAND MODEMS
 -----------------------------------------

 V.10    Electrical characteristics for unbalanced double-current
         interchange circuits for general use with integrated    
         circuit equipment in the field of data communications. 

 V.11    Electrical characteristics for balanced double-current
         interchange circuits for general use with integrated    
         circuit equipment in the field of data communications. 

 V.13    Simulated carrier control.

 V.14    Transmission of start-stop characters over synchronous 
         bearer channels.

 V.15    Use of acoustic coupling for data transmission.

 V.16    Medical analogue data transmission modems.

 V.17    The most recent Fax standard, speed up to 14400 bps.
 [1991]

 V.18*Draft > It does provide, for the first time, recognition of
 [1994]       the communication needs of the deaf and hard of hearing.

 V.19    Modems for parallel data transmission using telephone    
         signalling frequencies.

 V.20    Parallel data transmission modems standardised for universal 
         use in the general switched telephone network.

 V.21    300 bits per second duplex modem standardised for use in the 
 [1964]  general switched telephone network.

 V.22    1200 bits per second duplex modem standardised for use in
 [1980]  the general switched telephone network and on point-to-point
         2-wire leased line telephone-type circuits.

 V.22bis 2400 bits per second duplex modem using the frequency division 
 [1984]  technique standardised for use in the general switched telephone 
         network and on point-to-point 2-wire leased line telephone-type 
         circuits.

 V.23    600/1200-baud modem standardised for use in the general   
         switched telephone network. 

 V.24    List of definitions for interchange circuits between data terminal 
         equipment (DTE) and data circuit-terminating equipment (DCE).

 V.25    Automatic answering equipment and/or parallel automatic calling
         equipment on the general switched telephone network including
         procedures for disabling of echo control devices for both manually
         and automatically established calls.

 V.25bis Automatic calling and/or answering equipment on the general 
         switched telephone network (GSTN) using the 100-series interchange
         circuits.

 V.25ter*Draft Combination and integration of V.25bis and AT system.
 [1994]

 V.26    2400 bits per second modem standardised for use of 4-wire leased 
         telephone-type circuits.

 V.26bis 2400/1200 bits per second modem standardised for use in the
         general switched telephone network.

 V.26ter 2400 bits per second duplex modem using the echo cancellation 
         technique standardisedfor use on the general switched telephone 
         network and on point-to-point 2-wire leased telephone-type
         circuits.

 V.27    4800 bits per second modem with manual equaliser standardised for 
         use on leased telephone-type circuits.

 V.27bis 4800/2400 bits per second modem with automatic equaliser    
         standardised for use on leased telephone-type circuits. 

 V.27ter 4800/2400 bits per second modem standardised for use in the
         general switched telephone network.

 [1976]  
 V.28    Electrical characteristics for unbalanced double-current
         interchange circuits.

 V.29    9600 bits per second modem standardised for use on point-to-point
 [1976]  4-wire leased telephone-type circuits.

 V.31    Electrical characteristics for single-current interchange
         circuits controlled by contact closure.

 V.31bis Electrical characteristics for single-current interchange
         circuits using opto-couplers.

 V.32    A family of 2-wire, duplex modems operating at data signalling 
 [1984]  rates of up to 9600 bits per second for use on the general
         switched telephone network and on leased telephone-type circuits.

 V.32bis Extension to V.32, with speed at 14,400 bps using TCM.
 [1991]

 V.33    14400 bits per second modem standardised for use on point-to-point
         4-wire leased telephone-type circuits.

 >>> >>> Pending and un-official (de facto) high-speed+ standards: (***)

 V.34    formerly V.FAST, CCITT-ITU draft specifications, up to 28800 bps,
 [1994]  with advanced line probing function, calling tone modulation and
 (*)(**) multi-dimensional trellis coding.

     (*) From reliable source, to be officially ratified not before Oct.94.

    (**) UPDATED NEWS FROM ITU-TIES: "The V.34 standard is agreed by..."
         See Press Release of June 9, 1994 --> File: V34-FAST.DOC.

 V-FC    formerly V.Fast Class, based on the draft specification of V.34,
         proposed by Hayes Microcomputer Inc., developed by Rockwell Inc.

 V.32TER formerly V.32terbo, up to 19200 bps, supported by AT&T and USR.

 V.32ASL Between two V.32terbo USRobotics HST modems, up to 21600 bps.

 V.32HST High Speed Technology-proprietary by USRobotics, up to 16800 bps.
  
 V.32UHS Ultra High Speed-proprietary, up to 16800-19200 bps, by ZyXEL.
         Under beta testing, ZyXEL-proprietary up to 21600 bps.  

 V.34ZyX Up to 28800 bps, proprietary-protocol by ZyXel; with upgradable
         option to ISDN support (beta under testing phase).

 CV.Fast formerly Codex V.Fast, up to 24000 bps, supported by Motorola.

 V.fastC formerly V.fast-Class, up to 24400 bps, by Supra Corp./ZOOM Tel.

 PEP/Trb formerly PEP/Turbo PEP, up to 23000 bps, by Telebit (and w/UNIX).

 >>> >>> (***) See note below.


 PART 3 - WIDEBAND MODEMS
 ------------------------

 V.35    Data transmission at 48 kilobits per second using 60-108 kHz
         group band circuits.

 V.36    Modems for synchronous data transmission using 60-108 kHz
         group band circuits.

 V.37    Synchronous data transmission at a data signalling rate higher 
         than 72 k bits per second using 60-108 kHz group band circuits.

 V.39*Draft > Procedures and definition of fast serial interfaces,
 [1994]       operating at one Megabit/sec and more.


 PART 4 - ERROR CONTROL
 ----------------------

 V.40    Error indication with electromechanical equipment.

 V.41    Code-independent error control system.

 V.42    Error-correcting procedures for DCES using 
 [1989]  asynchronous-to-synchronous conversion.

 V.42bis Data compression procedures for DCEs using error correcting 
 [1990]  procedures.

 V.42terDraft > Compression standard for asynchronous communications,
 [1994]         including now the multiple data streams over one single
                connection, allowing for separate compression libraries.


 PART 5 - TRANSMISSION QUALITY AND MAINTENANCE
 ---------------------------------------------

 V.50    Standard limits for transmission quality of data transmission.

 V.51    Organisation of the maintenance of international 
         telephone-type circuits used for data transmission.

 V.52    Characteristics of distortion and error-rate measuring   
         apparatus for data transmission.

 V.53    Limits for the maintenance of telephone-type circuits used
         for data transmission.

 V.54    Loop test devices for modems.

 V.55    Specification for an impulsive noise measuring instrument
         for telephone-type circuits.

 V.56    Comparative tests of modems for use over telephone-type
         circuits.

 V.56bis*Draft > Definition and specifications of the ITU-T standard
 [1994]          for modem testing. 

 V.57    Comprehensive data test set for high data signalling rates.

 V.58*Draft > Modem management allowing for stored templates, used as
 [1994]       database of modem parameters, linkable to a comms protocol.


 PART 6 - INTERWORKING WITH OTHER NETWORKS
 -----------------------------------------

 V.100   Interconnection between public data networks (PDNs) and the public
         switched telephone networks (PSTN).

 V.110   Support for data terminal equipments (DTEs) with V-series type 
         interfaces by an integrated services digital network (ISDN).

 V.120   Support by an ISDN of data terminal equipment with V-series type
         interfaces with provision for statistical multiplexing.

 V.130*Draft > Definitions of terms and settings for ISDN terminal adapters
 [1994]        including the standard framework within which other ISDN
               standard can be implemented.

 V.230   General data communications interface layer 1 specification.

  
  (***)  Un-official notes added by:
         R. Schiappacassa, Consulting Engineer
         CIS_ID 70374,3542,
         CH-6830-CHIASSO, TI, Switzerland

 {Sources}: Byte, PC Computing, PC Magazine [US/UK], Online Access, PC
 World,
            Windows User [US/UK], Windows Sources, Win DOS Magazine, Chip,
            PC Format, PC Plus, PC Today, Computer Shopper [US/UK], DOS
 Extra,
            DOS International, Connect, TeleCom, MC, CompuServe Magazine;
            private European BBSes, ITU-TSB and ITU-TIES in Geneva,
 Switzerland.
  

    

    ITU-TIES DOCUMENTATION: ITUDOC Contact Information
    --------------------------------------------------

  * If you have general question on ITUDOC, please contact:

    International Telecommunication Union
    Information Services Department
    Place des Nations
    CH-1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland

    Telephone: ++41-22-730.55.54 * Telefax: ++41-22-730.53.37
    Internet email: helpdesk@itu.ch
    X.400 email: S=helpdesk; A=arcom; P=itu; C=ch

  * If you have questions relating to the ITU Telecommunication
    Standardization Sector documents, please contact:

    Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
    Electronic Document Handling
    International Telecommunication Union
    Place des Nations
    CH-1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland
  
    Telephone: ++41-22-730.58.57 * Telefax: ++41-22-730.58.53
    X.400 email: S=tsbedh; A=arcom; P=itu; C=ch
    Internet email: tsbedh@itu.ch

  * If you have questions relating to the ITU Radiocommunication Sector 
    documents, please contact:

    Ms. Annabel Behrouz
    ITUDOC Support
    Radiocommunication Bureau
    International Telecommunication Union
    Place des Nations
    CH-1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland

    Telephone: ++41-22-730.53.15 * Telefax: ++41-22-730.57.85
    X.400 email: G=annabel; S=behrouz; A=arcom; P=itu; C=ch
    Internet email: behrouz@itu.ch

  * For other support or if you wish to make a suggestion on how the
    service can be improved, please contact:

    Mr. Robert Shaw
    ITUDOC Project Leader
    Information Services Department
    International Telecommunication Union
    Place des Nations
    CH-1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland

    Telephone: ++41-22-730.53.38/55.54 * Telefax: ++41-22-730.53.37
    X.400 email: G=robert; S=shaw; A=arcom; P=itu; C=ch
    Internet email: shaw@itu.ch



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                           =======================
                            Dana Jacobson, Editor



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

      Well, is everybody enjoying either being back in school, or having
 the enjoyment of seeing their kids going back?  Yes, it'll soon start
 to look and feel like fall again - where did the summer go?  Probably,
 it's gone in much the same vein as the '94 baseball season!!  I had to
 make a comment about that fiasco!  Unbelievable.  I think that this
 country will be searching for a new "national past time" from now on!
 Of course, the ones really hurt by all of this are the fans and the
 businesses that depend on the baseball season.  How typical...

      I had to get that out of my system - sorry about that!  We're
 looking to improve upon the pages of the Atari section of STReport...
 again!  I'm a little disappointed with my current lack of more computer
 news, specifically with more reviews and general interest articles.
 With just a "two-man" team consisting of CIS Editor Joe Mirando and
 myself, it's extremely difficult at times to do the original articles
 that we'd like to see in these pages.  So, if you're interested in
 contributing, especially on a regular basis, please get in touch with
 me.  The entire Atari computing community will benefit!

      STReport will be branching out further to Internet's userbase in the
 very near future.  We've received numerous requests to receive STReport
 from a wide variety of Internet addresses.  As a result, we're putting
 together an Internet distribution/mailing list for those who wish to
 receive STReport on a regular basis, and we'll UUENCODE each issue and
 mail it to you.
      
      If you're interested in being added to our mailing list, please, send
 your requests to either "dpj@delphi.com" or, RMARIANO@DELPHI.COM.  Look
 for mailings to begin by October first.  We are also considering a number
 of Internet ftp sites in which to post our issues as well.  Whatever we
 can do to make STReport available to you, we'll try it!
      

      Well, let's get on with this week's issue, shall we?!

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 > Delphi's Internet! STR NewsFile! - Delphi Increasing Internet Support!
   """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""

 For immediate release:

 In an attempt to make the Internet a little less daunting to access,
 DELPHI's Atari Advantage SIG is now offering two new Internet features
 to its members.  Both are designed to make the task of maneuvering 
 around the 'net less intimidating for novice Internet users.

 The first offering is called an Internet Gopher.  First developed at
 the University of Minnesota, Gophers use a system of menus to access 
 sites on the 'net.  Simply choose an item number from the menu, and you 
 are presented with the next menu, until you find the particular thing 
 you want.  The Gopher in DELPHI's Atari Advantage SIG Gopher currently 
 has a few Atari-specific Gopher sites on its menus, including the HENSA 
 site in the UK, and will be adding more as they are located.

 The second offering, just out of development by DELPHI, is by a means
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 around the world, and uses a form of hypertext instead of menus.
 Because of inherent delays due to using a packet-switching network for
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 e.g. [1].)  WWW pages are maintained by people all over the world,
 with all kinds of subject matter available.  WWW pages with an Atari
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 > Aladdin Ghostscript! STR InfoFile!  -  PostScript Support Update!
   """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""


 A beta release of Aladdin Ghostscript 3.01 is now available from:

 ftp://lifshitz.ph.utexas.edu/pub/atari/ghostscript/gs301bt1.zoo.

 The code in this archive is a 68000 executable, and has all of the
 PostScript support files and three fonts (Courier, Times-Roman,
 Charter-Italic) compiled into the code. This reduces the baggage that
 accompanies GS, but it makes the executable rather large (~800K). Also
 included in the archive are a bunch of files to support the new on-line
 help features.

 The extensive changes in the Atari interface are certain to have
 introduced bugs, so please expect them. When enough kind people have
 made useful bug reports and most problems appear to be fixed, I plan to
 make available several versions with various levels of hardware support.
 There will probably also be versions without the start-up files compiled
 into the executable.

 The Atari interface has changed a good deal since GS 2.61. Look at
 http://godel.ph.utexas.edu/Members/timg/gs/gs.html if you want an
 overview of what has changed before you download anything.

 Tim Gallivan
 timg@landau.ph.utexas.edu



 > Atari 8-bit Omnibus! STR InfoFile!  -  More Atari 8-bit Support Access
   """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""

 Since Atari dropped the 8-bit computer line it's become progressively
 more difficult to find software and equipment for our Atari 8-bit
 computers.  The days of Antic and Analog issues filled with ads are
 gone.  Many suppliers and software authors can no longer afford to
 advertise.

 Back in April, I decided to try to remedy this.  I sent out a mailing to
 over ninety suppliers, inviting them to send in free ads for "The Atari
 8bit Omnibus".  This resource guide will be available for sale beginning
 October 10th for $5 US, including shipping and handling.  Once it's
 being printed I will release full ordering information.
 Right now, I'm offering the same free advertising to the rest of the
 Atari 8bit community.  Free classified ads will be accepted, subject
 to the following limitations:

 (1) Maximum 50 words/ad, two ads per person.  Editor decides what
     constitutes a word.  Editor will edit oversize ads.

 (2) All ads must pertain to the Atari 8-bit computer line.

 (3) All ads must include the advertiser's full name and postal address.
     Email and phone numbers are a good idea as well.

 (4) Advertisers offering software may only offer software originals.
     Ads offering pirated software will be refused.

 (5) Editor and publisher are not responsible for personal losses dues
     to situations arising from these ads.

 (6) Hope nobody was scared off by all this.

 (7) Send ads via Email to:
         D.PATERSON2@genie.geis.com
         Use the message title: Omnibus Ad

 Thanks for your support.  Watch for the release announcement later this
 month.


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



 > From the Editor's Controller  -  Playin' it like it is!
   """"""""""""""""""""""""""""

      You can once again feel it in the air!  New Jaguar games
 information is starting to filter out of the woodwork once again,
 including news of titles not mentioned much before.  Jaguar ads are
 once again hitting a number of cable stations.  There's even talk of
 Atari advertising during NFL football games this season!  Could this be
 the start of what we've all been waiting for these past months?  We can
 certainly hope.
   
      Alien vs Predator has "unofficially" gone into production and the
 first runs are expected by Columbus Day.  The last bug was discovered
 and fixed last weekend.  This is one of those games that has been
 highly anticipated for months.  From all reports, it will have been
 well worth the wait.  I already have it ordered and I've usually waited
 a few weeks after a game has been released before considering getting
 it!

      Look for our review of Brutal Sports Football review within the
 next two weeks.  Editor Marty Mankins has been busy on an extended
 business trip and he hopes to get back to the review shortly.  We'll
 also be doing a couple reviews of AvP shortly.  We're anticipating as
 the new games come out in October and November that we'll all be kept
 quite busy in the next few weeks!

                              Let's get to the latest Jaguar news!

      Until next time...



 > Industry News STR Game Console NewsFile  -  The Latest Gaming News!
   """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""


                -/- Electronic Arts Ripe for Takeover -/-

      A New York computer industry analyst said today that Electronic
 Arts Inc. is an extremely attractive acquisition candidate for a large
 content provider or other firms involved in developing the information
 superhighway.

      Reuters reports that Lee Isgur, an analyst with Jeffries & Co.,
 said that the scarcity of large, successful interactive software
 companies combined with Electronic Arts' negligible takeover defenses
 make the firm ripe for a takeover within the next 12 to 18 months.

      Isgur said that Electronic Arts has a superb track record, a strong
 balance sheet and interactive software expertise. However, its directors
 only own 11.6 percent of the stock with most of the balance owned by
 institutions and venture capitalists leaving the directors with very
 little control over a corporate takeover attempt.

      "With the right bid, we think the management of Electronic Arts
 could become accustomed to working with a 'Big Content Company' or
 'Information Highway Behemoth,'" Isgur wrote.

      CompuServe's Quick Quote (GO QQUOTE) reports that Electronic Arts
 Inc. stock was up 18.8 cents to $18.375 in mid-afternoon trading.




 > Jaguar Online STR InfoFile         Online Users Growl & Purr!
   """"""""""""""""""""""""""

      There have been numerous messages online mentioning potential
 Jaguar games that, no one but those involved in the actual games seem
 to know about, are close to being released.  These are occasionally
 being referred to as "secret" games, but more than likely, they are
 third party developments that Atari simply hasn't mentioned because
 they haven't been apprised, yet, of their current status.  One of these
 games, Aircars, was recently mentioned by ICD/4Play president Tom
 Harker.  Some, like myself, thought that the impending new game might
 be 4Play's Star Battle.  Harker dispells that possibility, but mentions
 Aircars:

 "I wish it was StarBattle but that is scheduled to be completed in
 Winter. :-(  Aircars and the guys at MidNite Entertainment Group are
 what and who I have been working with.  It will be the first network
 game out as far as I can tell.

 They are trying for 8 players and we should be testing that out this
 weekend.

 Later,

  - TOM -

 And more from Mr. Harker:

 Aircars or Air Cars is the current working title and probably the final
 title.

 I don't have much to say about it at this time so go ahead and start the
 rumors. :-)

 They are trying to support 8 players with CatBox and 2 players with Jag
 modem.  Of course it is tough to get hardware at this time to test
 things out.

 MidNite has not sent it to Atari for "approval/testing/encryption" yet
 but will any day.

 I hope to be playing it myself this weekend over the network.  It is
 supposed to go into final intensive beta testing in a week or two.

 Aircars are hovercraft type vehicles.  Since I don't have any "official"
 info from MidNite, I will wait for that before spilling more.

 MidNite is a new company but made up of pros.  Former Atari titles
 include a couple of Lynx games.  I believe all of their previous work
 was under contract for Atari or other game companies.  This is their
 first independent title.

  - TOM -


 And then to top it all off, Dave from Bits of Fun adds:

 To All,

 MidNite Entertainment Group proudly presents:

                       AIRCARS

 CATEGORY:      3D Science Fiction/Simulator

 SYSTEM:        Atari Jaguar 64-bit Interactive Multimedia
                System

 NO.OF PLAYERS: 1 to 8

 DESCRIPTION:   You are in a Post-holocaust era.  A highly
                technical organization has emerged to
                re-organize society as they see fit, E.vil
                B.ureaucratic N.uclear E.codestructious
                R.ebellion S.ociety.  You have been given
                the responsibility to defend this new threat
                to a decimated Earth.  The only weapon that
                can do the job is a prototype AIRCAR.
                Capable of traveling over all terrain in any
                conditions, this is more than an off-road
                toy.  Sophisticated electronic systems allow
                this vehicle to install improved weaponry
                and armour.  Now you must go and kick some
                E.B.N.E.R.S. butts!

 HIGHLIGHTS:    Fast paced action through a variety of
                terrain and climates.

                Upgrade your AIRCAR with weapons and armour
                by scavenging wrecks, destroyed buildings,
                and finding ancient treasures.

                Battle various enemies to include tanks,
                turrets, and other AIRCARS.

                Up to eight players can play together on
                separate Jaguars, through serial port
                connection. (Possibly with the use of the
                Catbox.)

                For a realistic fell, AIRCARS uses 3D, stereo
                16-bit sound, Gouraud shading with light
                source and atmospheric effects to all objects
                and terrain.

                Suggested retail price at this time $54.99

                Street date end of November - 1st week December

                Any and all of the above subject to change.  We
                are accepting advance orders.

                Dave
                Bits of Fun


 And from that 'Net Surfer, Dimitri LaBarge, on CIS also:

 Hi all!  First of all, no new news on the production front, except we
 can probably add Air Cars to the list of early November releases--it's
 very nearly complete and they'll hopefully be finishing up network
 testing this weekend.

 Of course, by now most of us have seen or have heard of the Jag
 commercials running on cable--they've been sighted frequently on
 USA's Duckman, MTV's Beavis and Butthead as well as Speed Racer, and
 on TNT's 75 Years of the NFL. For those of you anxious to spot a spot
 , it's always the second or third commercial at Beavis &
 Butthead's 7-minute break (the first break--they run the short
 version of the commercial here), and the 23-minute break (the second
 one--there's a longer version with more clips here).  For those of
 you without cable, so far we know that they're going to show up on
 The Simpsons and NFL Football games.  Target marketing indeed!  Some
 people have wondered when the AvP ad will start to air--I wouldn't
 expect this one until October.

 Now, a little news from Daily Variety, and a game that has aroused some
 curiosity, Rise of the Robots:

 >>The world of thinking robots is about to hit your nearest cd-rom
  dealer, as Time Warner interactive is releasing a new warrior game
  that uses artifical intelligence to heighten the competition.

  Called "Rise of the Robots," the program features 3-d fighting
  robots and a program that has the ability to learn opponents'
  favorite fighting moves and act accordingly.  The program uses
  movie-quality computer generated graphics and martial arts
  choreographed by Black Belts, and features a new rock score written
  by Queen's Brian May (YES!, YES!, YES!).

  Time Warner will release the program both on CD-ROM and floppy disk
  on November 17 in North America with a simulataneous release on
  CD-ROM, floppy and on *8 other interactive platforms.*<< [emphasis mine]

 8 platforms?  Could the Jag be among them??  November 17...

 Let's see...well, looks like Atari is optimistic about its future, as
 it's advertising for additional developers in Game Developer magazine.
 Other Jag sightings...Wired magazine lists the Jag platform as one that
 the new CyberMaxx helmet will support...an ad for an IBM PC Fair in a
 Penn State college newspaper had Jag eyes and said "Win three Jags!"...
 rumors of a third party joystick?

 So far, not a bad month a'tall...

 Dimitri


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  Joe Mirando
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      Hidi ho friends and neighbors.  Well, it's been a long week.  But no
 matter how hectic and drawn-out a week gets, I make it a point to check
 and see what's going on with my favorite on-line service.  I always enjoy
 catching up on what's new, the questions that people want answered, new
 products, and all manner of things.

      But sometimes things get so hectic that it's an effort to put all
 this information into this column for the rest of you.  I start to wonder
 if anybody really reads this column... I mean, what the heck, if nobody
 reads it, why bother writing it?

      Then, along comes an occasion like the Connecticut AtariFest. 
 Several people mentioned to me that they found something useful in the
 column.  And friends like Myles Cohen, who pointed out to me that my
 CompuServe ID number no longer appeared on my column header, showed me
 that folks really do read this column.  Believe me, at times like this,
 that little bit of info means a lot... Thanks Myles!

      Well, let's get on with the reason for this column... all the great
 news, hints, tips, and info that's available every week here on
 CompuServe.


 From the Atari Computing Forum
 ==============================


 Chad Blain posts:

   "At work there is an Atari SM124 (if that makes sense) and we need to
   transfer files (mostly text) to a Mac based system. My question is...
   
   -Can files (text or graphics) be transferred to the Mac? If so how?
   
   Hopefully you can assist me, otherwise I will be re-typing well into
   the new year."

 Albert Dayes at Atari Explorer OnLine Magazine tells Chad:

   "You can format a 720K on the MAC using the Apple File Exchange and
   that disk can be used on the Atari.  The Atari is MS-DOS file system
   compatible.  I assume that the Atari had a double sided drive."

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Chad:

   "The SM124 model number you mentioned refers to the monochrome Atari
   monitor only... the actual computer model number should be on the upper
   right of the keyboard. Actually though, the exact model of the
   computer really doesn't matter...  as Albert mentioned, the Atari file
   format is compatible with MS-DOS, so it's also compatible with the Mac
   File exchange program.
   
   Atari graphics files are usually Atari specific, although most of them
   can be converted to the GIF format for transfer to the Mac.
   
   Text files may or may not be compatible with Mac text processors,
   depending on the Save format..  if you Save the files on the ST in
   ASCII though, they should transfer OK, although without formatting
   commands."

 Jon Sanford tells Chad:

   "You can transfer files from the Atari to the Mac if they are in ASCII
   format.  Special word processor files probably wont make it unless you
   get some special programs.   If you can tell us which model Atari you
   have it will be easer to give you the right instructions.
   There is a Mac program called Debaleiser (? sp) lite & regular that
   claims to translate IMG & GEM & ...a amazing lot of other file
   formats. I am valiantly trying to squeeze it into my computer budget.
   The heavy duty version is @$250.
   
 On the subject of half-gigabyte hard drives selling for $350.00, Albert
 Dayes of Atari Explorer OnLine Magazine posts:

   "Someone was saying somewhere else that 1.0 gig hard drives are close
   to $500 now as well.  It sounds like a relatively good price on the 500
   meg drives."

 John Amsler tells Albert:

   "WOW!!  I didn't know the prices had fallen *that* far!"

 Sysop Bob Retelle adds his thoughts on the subject:

   "It's really amazing how the prices on hard drives has dropped
   recently..

   I bought a Western Digital 540Meg drive a couple of months ago for
   $399, and I've seen them as low as $299 now..!
   
   I never would have believed it...  (and I used to think my 20 meg
   drive on my ST was so biiiiig..."

 John Amsler tells Bob:

   "When I upgraded my dual-floppy 1040ST to a grandiose system with two
   floppy drives AND a gift from the gods in the form of a Megafile30 (for
   which I paid $525 during a *sale*!!), I thought Niagara Falls would dry
   up before I'd fill up THIRTY megabytes!  Heh, heh.
   
   Who knows, twenty years from now a 500Mb HD may seem like 360K 5.25"
   floppies seem to us now!"

 Bob tells John:

   "I got that WD 540 Meg drive at Egghead a few months ago.. their price
   has dropped since then, and other PC outlets have dropped the price as
   low as $299...  take a look through Computer Shopper for some real
   surprises..!"

 Peter Joseph tells Albert (and the rest of us):

   "I read on another forum that someone got a 1GB drive (IDE) for
   _under_ $500.
   
   What's amazing is that my Atari Megafile 60 is only about a quarter
   full and it's got everything I use regularly and some not so regularly
   on it.  My new PC on the other hand has a 1GB drive in it, and it came
   loaded with about 130MB of stuff.  It's so ironic; I'll never come
   close to filling the 60 with the ST, but I'm adding stuff to the 1GB at
   a rate that would use up the 60 in no time.  This PC stuff takes a lot
   more room.  Then they give us 640k of 'conventional' memory to use it.
   Go figure."

 Albert tells Peter:

   "It is amazing on the prices.  I still can not see how you did not
   fill up your Atari hard drive.  When I went from 20 meg to an 85 meg it
   was filled within 2 days."

 John McCarthy jumps into the conversation:

   "I think the real fast HDs are still expensive. Not all HD are
   suitable for say, digital audio or video. Just a thought."

 Albert Dayes muses:

   "I was looking at the 9 gigabyte Seagate hard drive recently.  That is
   the one I want! ...

   It is only $4500 for 9 gig drive.  It meets all of the requirements of
   the Unix system at work.   Even I can dream of having it on my Atari.
   ."

 Peter Joseph tells Albert and the rest:

   "Heh heh.  Up until about 2 years ago, I never even had a hard drive.
   Once I got it, I only really put on it what I used regularly.  A couple
   databases and associated files, telecommunications stuff, word
   processors, MIDI stuff, and many utilities to name some of it.  The
   stuff I do doesn't involve large files like graphics and animation
   files."

 Sysop Bob Retelle posts a word of caution about those "low, low prices"
 advertised in magazines:

   "The drives quoted with these amazingly low prices are usually IDE
   interface drives...
   
   SCSI drives of similar capacity are usually a bit more expensive, but
   still not bad compared to what they used to be, not all that long ago..
   
   Another thing to note is that there seems to be an increasing trend
   for SCSI drives to be very large capacity (and with correspondingly
   large prices), while the middle-large range drives (like the 500-540
   meg sizes mentioned in these messages) are mostly available in IDE.
   
   Where I work we're replacing all the HUGE (I mean washing machine
   sized!) disk drives with SCSI hard drives in the 1.2 gigabyte range..
   we can put half a roomful of drive capacity into a large PC tower
   case, and at a fraction of the cost of the original 200 Meg RP06
   drives..
   
   Progress is just simply amazing..!"

 Robert Aries tells Bob:

   "I have a Megafile 30 that's full, and a Link hooked up to a floptical.
   I was hoping to just stick a bare SCSI drive in the Megafile case (use
   its power supply and hopefully ditch the fan that sounds like a 747),
   and use the Link to access it.  You're right, SCSI drives under 500
   megs are getting rare these days.  I honestly don't think I need more
   than 300 or so.  (I know, famous last words !)."

 Peter Joseph agrees with Robert:

   "Hehe.  Truer words were never spoken.  Between that and the SLM's
   fan, I am almost inclined to use hearing protectors when using the ST."

 John Amsler asks Robert:

   "Say, how do you like the floptical?  I've been hemming and hawing for
   almost a year now, zig-zagging back and forth between the decision to
   buy one and the decision to wait until the prices drop even further."

 Robert Aries tells John:

   "The floptical is great but the price difference between that and a
   Syquest may not be that much nowadays.  I got mine on sale from Purple
   Mountain Computing.  I paid around $250, I think (it's been a while).
   
   One advantage the floptical has that you couldn't get with a Syquest
   is that it'll read & write DOS HD 1.4 meg floppies as well as standard
   TOS disks.  This means that I'm disk compatible with Atari, DOS, *and*
   Mac machines (Apple File Exchange on the Mac only reads & writes HD DOS
   disks, not 720K).
   
   The flopticals make great backup disks for my hard drive, and with
   ICD's software I can even boot from them (I'm pretty sure on this, not
   positive).  I'm a musician, and there are times when I need to bring my
   computer setup to a studio; bringing the floptical is a lot easier than
   my Megafile 30!
   
   Another advantage:  The floptical is a SCSI device.  Theoretically I
   can use it with my wife's Mac setup as well as my ST (haven't tried it
   yet). All around it is a great medium; much faster access & throughput
   than floppies (not as fast as Syquests, though), and the disks
   themselves look identical to 3.5" floppies, so I'm assuming they're
   more rugged than Syquest cartridges (you don't worry much if you drop a
   3.5" floppy, do you?!).
   
   If you don't need massive storage (flopticals are 21 megs; disks are
   around $15 each) or super fast access & throughput, but do need floppy
   compatibility with all formats, the floptical is a great choice."

 On another subject, Derek Inwood asks:

   "Can anyone help me with the problems I have had with downloads?  I
   have tried downloading with a number of different terminal programs
   including Storm, Connect, Vanterm, Miniterm  & QuickCIS using X,Y modem
   and Compu [Cserve B without success. The only time I succeeded was
   using Shadow as a standalone terminal and downloading a small file.
   This has been driving me crazy so I would be grateful for any help."

 Dazzz Smith tells Derek:

   "You are probably connecting to CIS using 7-E-1 for the terminal
   emulation yes?
   
   You need to switch to 8-N-1 to use one of the transfer protocols or
   alternatively use a mode to strip a bit, i.e. in Freeze Dried you can
   logon with Strip 7th bit as the emulation which solves the problem."

 Graham Addicott asks:

   "I work with a small company and we use Atari 1040 STE computers and
   1st Word Plus What we need is a laptop computer that will work on 1st
   Word Plus and transfer the work done to the office computers. In an
   ideal world we'd like a laptop that took the same floppy disks as we
   use in the office machines.  Rumor has it that there was a laptop (not
   the heavy Stacy) but that it was only on sale in continental Europe.
   Can anyone help?"

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Graham:

   "Atari did make a handful of notebook sized computers based on the ST
   series, but they were so limited in usefulness that they were never
   really put into full production.
   
   Other than the Stacy, there really isn't a portable solution from
   Atari.
   
   It's *possible* that you might be able to run the Gemulator ST emulator
   board in a PC compatible laptop if you can find one that will accept a
   normal half-sized PC add on card.  For full-speed emulation of the ST,
   you need a 486 based system.  The floppy disks are compatible between
   the ST and a PC if you remember to format them on the PC, and to format
   them as 720K disks."

 Jonnie Santos posts:

   "..I haven't been doing much of anything new with my STe lately.  Just
   basically using QCIS to retrieve/post some Email.
   
   I did get around to using Straight FAX and think it's pretty neat.
   
   I will be getting a DOS Box probably before Xmas only because my job
   has decided to allow me to connect via modem to work - this will be
   really convenient for me!
   
   So I've been trying to think about what to do with the STe.  I'm
   thinking about putting the Michtron BBS back OnLine but it won't
   support modems speeds over 2400 - and I don't like the way Forem BBS
   software make you manually hit the RETURN key to get to the login
   prompt.
   
   Then I've thought about dedicating the STe to a MIDI program (I know,
   more toys...)
   
   And then again I thought about putting it in a bookshelf and using it
   for a database of books and music (but I really don't have that much of
   either...)
   
   But most of all I just have this overwhelming feeling that I MUST not
   just get rid of it or sell it (gee, what do they sell for?...
   $100...)"

 STReport Atari Section Editor tells Jonnie:

   "MichTron BBS has been upgraded (new name too!) and should be coming
   out sometime this month.  If you're running one line, the system will
   now support the higher baud rates with no problem!!  I'm looking
   forward to getting it!!"

 Jonnie tells Dana:

   "That may be a good choice (re: the new Michtron BBS software)...
   I've got one of these nifty 14.4k Supra modems with the green digital
   display that would work nicely with a higher supported bps rate BBS
   software.
   
   I wonder if it'll net like the old MNET setup?  I remember downloading
   the MNET archive from Toadhall but I never installed it.
   
   Different subject...
   
   I bought a JAG and have Raiden, T2k and Cybermorph - have you seen any
   more titles available yet?  My attention span is rather short and the
   JAG has been sitting idle for a while now."

 Dana fills Jonnie in on some of the new Jaguar games:

   "...There's Crescent Galaxy, Wolf 3D, Dino Dudes, and Brutal Sports
   Football as well.  There are a number of new games imminent (October?),
   such as AvP, Checkered Flag, Doom, Kasumi Ninja, Zool2, Dragon, and
   Space Wars. There are probably others."

 Paul Nicholls  asks:

   "Some time ago someone mentioned that they had seen 16 or 256 color
   weather maps in the GO MAPS area on CIS using a Windoze program.  Every
   time I've been there I just get 2 or 4 color maps.
   
   Would anyone who can capture one of these please mail it to me?  I'd
   like to find out why I don't get exactly what I select when the
   resolution menu appears."

 Sysop Jim Ness tells Paul:

   "The highest available rez in Maps is 378x240x16.
   
   When you enter the Maps area, CIS sends an enquiry sequence, asking
   your program what features it supports.  Maybe your response sequence
   tells CIS you only support 4 colors?"


      Well folks, that's about it for this week.  Gee, now that I've
 finished the column, I feel good.  It HAS been fun.  I tend to forget that
 knowledge can be its own reward.  But I guess that people like SysOps Bob
 Retelle and Jim Ness, Albert Dayes, and Myles Cohen already knew that.

      Be sure to tune in again next week (same time, same station) and be
 ready to listen to what they are saying when...

                             PEOPLE ARE TALKING


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 - Los Angeles, CA             MA BELL ON THE "PROWL" AGAIN??
   ---------------

 The excerpts below from the Los Angeles Times:

 "Shorter phone calls may soon cost more."

 "Telephone companies want to impose a new charge on communications such
 as e-mail."

 "Today, as people leave voice mail rather than call back--or send e-mail
 rather than call at all--some 52 percent of residential phone calls last
 one minute or less, compared with 22 percent of such short connections in
 1982."

 "Telephone companies are not happy about this. They say it is costing them
 money--not because overall phone traffic is down (it isn't), but because
 the first few seconds of a call, when the initial connection is made, is
 the most expensive to handle."

 "Not surprisingly, they have a solution: a new "set-up" charge that could
 make some short-duration calls as much as five times more expensive."

 Other things this will effect are: pagers, fax machines, and credit card



 - Peoria, IL          CONTEST!  ->     DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY '95
   ----------

      The PEORIA ART GUILD presents DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY '95, a juried
 exhibition to be held April 21 - May 20, 1995.  The ENTRY DEADLINE IS
 FEBRUARY 1, 1995. Entrants may print out and use the form at the end of
 this file as their official entry.

 This is the second year that the PEORIA ART GUILD has sponsored this
 juried competition to explore current work being created in this new
 medium. The images selected for the exhibition will be shown in both the
 "physical space" of the gallery, and in the "virtual space" of computer
 networks, where more than 14,000 people (as of September) have seen the
 1994 exhibit.

 Any two-dimensional image that had its origin in a lens-imaging camera
 devise and was brought to completion within a computer is eligible.

 Jurors are:
 -----------
 Mark Siprut, Lecturer, Art Department, Sand Diego State University
      Author of The Photoshop Handbook (Random House)
 Howard Goldbaum, Associate Professor, Bradley University

 SLIDE SUBMISSION
 ----------------
 Artists may submit a maximum of three entries for the non-refundable fee
 of $15. Checks or money orders should be made payable to the Peoria 
 Art Guild. Entries must be received by February 1, 1995. Mail or deliver
 to: Digital Photography '95, The Peoria Art Guild, 1831 N. Knoxville Ave.,
 Peoria, IL 61603. All slides must be standard 2x2 35mm color
 transparencies in a cardboard or plastic mount.
  
 No glass mounts will be accepted. Each slide must be labeled in the manner
 shown below, with the information on the slide matching that on the entry
 form. Slides of accepted entries will be retained by the Peoria Art Guild
 as documentation for the exhibit.


                                top of slide
                         __________________________
                         |                 entry   |
                         |   TITLE         letter  |
                         |      _____________      |
                         |     |             |     |
                         |     |             |     |
                         |     |             |     |
                         |     |             |     |
                         |     |_____________|     |
                         |                         |
                         |      Artist's Name      |
                         |_________________________|

 ENTRY RULES
 -----------
 * All artists working in computer-photography media are welcome.
 * All entries must be received by the February 1 deadline.
 * Accepted work must be delivered between March 8 and 22.
 * Each artist may submit up to three works.
 * All art must be original and entirely the work of the individual
   artist.
 * Only individual works may be entered (portfolios or works in series
   will not be counted as one work).
 * A non refundable entrance fee of $15 must be received at the time of
   slide submission.
 * Enclose a S.A.S.E. for return of slides and/or notification slip.
 * Entry form may be duplicated.

 The Peoria Art Guild is a nonprofit, member-supported organization
 dedicated to the advancement of Fine Arts and Fine Crafts in the
 community. A 40% commission on all sales resulting from this exhibit will
 be retained by the Peoria Art Guild.

 JURYING
 -------
 Jurying will be by slide submission only. The jurors will review all
 slides submitted and determine which entries will be included in the
 exhibition. Artists whose works are accepted from the slide jurying
 process will be notified by mail with further shipping information and
 labeling material. An RartistUs statementS will be requested of accepted
 entrants.  The jurors reserve the right to withhold from the exhibition
 works which do not fulfill the expectations as indicated by the slides.
 Prize awards will be determined by the jurors after viewing of the
 exhibited work.  All accepted work must remain for the duration of the 
 exhibition.

 CALENDAR OF DEADLINES
 ---------------------
 February 1          Deadline for receipt of slide entries.
 February 8          Jurying of slides.
 February 11         Acceptance notification mailed. Slides 
                     of rejected entries returned to artists.
 March 8 - 22        Work accepted for exhibition must be 
                     received during these dates.
 April 21            Exhibition opens.
 May 20              Exhibition closes.

 Shipped artwork will be returned as soon as possible following the close
 of the exhibit.

 ENTRY SPECIFICATIONS
 --------------------
 Any photographically-derived work using computer image-processing is
 acceptable.  Works submitted may be in any type of two-dimensional print 
 format (silver print, C-print, Ilfochrome, dye sublimation, thermal
 wax-transfer, etc., window-matted in one of the following sizes:
       11 X 14
       16 X 20
       20 X 24
 Mattes should be white or neutral gray. 

 AWARDS
 ------
 First, second, and third place cash awards totaling $500 will be offered. 
 There will also be four Honorable Mention Awards. 

 INSURANCE
 The Peoria Art Guild will insure those photographs selected for exhibition
 for their fair market value while on the Art Guild premises only. While
 the Peoria Art Guild will exercise professional care in handling all works
 submitted, it cannot assume responsibility for accidents or incidental
 damage to works not accepted for exhibition. The Peoria Art Guild will not
 insure works while in transit. The artist must assume insurance
 responsibility for shipment to and from the Peoria Art Guild.

 DELIVERY OF WORKS FOR EXHIBITION
 --------------------------------
 Photographs selected for exhibition must be matted, NOT framed, and sent
 prepaid in a sturdy, reusable container. (A fiberboard shipping container
 is preferred.) A check (to the Peoria Art Guild) to cover all return
 shipment and insurance charges (if desired) must be included with the
 work. Work will be exhibited under glass. Return shipment of artwork and 
 slides will be made in the same container and in the same manner as
 received. Artists selected for inclusion in the exhibit will be asked to
 submit an "artist's statement" with the work shipped to the exhibition.
  
 AGREEMENT
 ---------
 Submission of an entry to this exhibition constitutes an agreement by the
 entrant to the conditions set forth in this prospectus and for the
 reproduction of their work for all publicity purposes connected with the
 exhibition. Scans made from the slides of winning entries will be posted
 in low-resolution format to selected national computer networks, with
 copyright notice credited to the individual artist. The Peoria  Art Guild
 reserves the right to install accepted works in any manner deemed
 necessary for exhibition or security reasons.

 Please print clearly or type. Mail signed entry form, notification form,
 slides, entry fee, and a 4" x 9.5" self-addressed, stamped envelope to:

                           Digital Photography '95
                            The Peoria Art Guild
                           1831 N. Knoxville Ave.
                              Peoria, IL 61603.


      ENTRY CHECKLIST

 *    Completed, signed entry form
 *    Notification form
 *    Entry fee enclosed
 *    Slides
 *    S.A.S.E. (for notification)


 ------------------------------CUT HERE-----------------

 Name ____________________________
       
 Address __________________________
       
 City _____________________State______ Zip 
  
 Phone __________________________

 e-mail __________________________



 I have read and fully understand the conditions of the Peoria 
 Art Guild's "Digital Photography '95" Show. 

 signed__________________________________ 


 SLIDE "A"

 Title ________________________________
      
 Medium ______________________________

 Matte Height _____________ Matte Width ______________

 Image Height _____________ Image Width ______________

 Value ___________________
      

 SLIDE "B"

 Title ________________________________
      
 Medium ______________________________

 Matte Height _____________ Matte Width ______________

 Image Height _____________ Image Width ______________

 Value ___________________
       

 SLIDE "C"

 Title ________________________________
      
 Medium ______________________________

 Matte Height _____________ Matte Width ______________

 Image Height _____________ Image Width ______________

 Value ___________________

 (If not for sale, indicated value for insurance and write 
 "NFS.")


 NOTIFICATION FORM

 Name __________________________


 Slide "A"
           ____accepted             ____rejected


 Slide "B"
           ____accepted             ____rejected

 Slide "C"
           ____accepted             ____rejected





 - Sunnyvale, CA       DIAMOND LAUNCHES MAJOR MULTIMEDIA BUSINESS STRATEGY
   -------------

      Diamond Computer Systems, Inc. announced a major expansion of its
 multimedia business strategy and a change in its corporate name to:

                      DIAMOND MULTIMEDIA SYSTEMS, INC. 

      "Our new name reflects Diamond's strategic direction, technology
 leadership and future growth opportunities," said William J. Schroeder,
 president and CEO of Diamond.  "Leveraging our strength in high
 performance graphics, Diamond is now ideally positioned to deliver
 next-generation, multimedia solutions for the desktop."

      Technology convergence has fueled Diamond's transition into the
 multimedia arena, Schroeder said.  "As users continue to demand
 cost-effective, multimedia capabilities for their personal computers, the
 need for companies to offer an integrated solution for audio, video and
 graphics becomes crucial.  Future applications of these technologies
 include interactive video, desktop conferencing and entertainment
 graphics."

      Over the past five years, Diamond has become one of the leading
 graphics subsystems suppliers with its popular Viper, Stealth and
 SpeedStar graphics accelerators targeted for the personal computer market. 
 Last year, the company broadened its multimedia offerings with its first
 digital video capture and playback product, VideoStar, and its SonicSound
 line of sound cards.

      Diamond also announced that it will begin shipping multimedia upgrade
 kits incorporating one of the industry's fastest quadruple-speed (4X)
 CD-ROM drives, a 16-bit FM synthesis, wavetable-upgradable sound card and
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