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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags
Subject: ST Report: 25-Feb-95 #1108
Reply-To: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Posted-By: xx004 (aa789 - Bruce D. Nelson)
Date: Sun Feb 26 18:38:49 1995



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      At about four pm today, I was scanning my E-Mail when lo and behold I
 saw there was a Flash Rom update waiting for me from ZEOS Computers. 
 Version 10 for the Pantera P90 Coral MB.  At a time when the whining about
 support is seemingly at an all time high, its nice to see that despite all
 the nasty remarks and dire threats flying everywhere companies are still
 moving forward with their sights set on quality support.  While I am
 unsure of all the new refinements to this new Bios, I know I read about it
 fixing a random beep problem, I am sure there are other very spiffy
 refinements.  Especially after having noticed a performance increase. 
 Everything seems a bit "snappier" now.  

      While I'm yapping about service..  It seems there's an epidemic going
 on at this time.  An epidemic where the user feels he is "entitled" to
 unlimited hand-holding.  In the last month, while researching other topics
 one could not help but notice the clamoring, moaning, threatening and
 otherwise ultra-immature carrying on coming from all over about various
 companies not jumping to the whiner's every call.  Some went so far as to
 demand toll free numbers on the help lines.  Its amazing.  I am willing to
 wager that just about every one of the companies being hammered would love
 to; (a) hire many people specifically to handle these types of calls, (b)
 install dozens of "800" lines and generally "be there" at a moment's
 notice.  Yessir, they'll do it but are the consumers ready to _pay_ for
 such "ultra top notch" service?  Will they accept an increase in the price
 of the products to cover such services?  Not a chance!  Everything, from
 disks to mainframes is being deep-discounted all over the place.  Since
 such is the case, then the "platinum" type serve must be "discounted" too. 
 Especially if these firms are to stay in business.  There is no such thing
 as a free lunch.  I've watched a major computer manufacturer, a very well
 known modem manufacturer and a very popular hard disk manufacturer get
 hammered repeatedly and, for the most part, unfairly over the last six
 months.  Strangely enough... sooner or later a number of the loudest
 mouths pop up rather sheepishly and apologize for having made such
 spectacles of themselves becuase they were too lazy to read the manuals. 
 Things do have a way of fixing themselves...  Such is the real world.
   
      During the past week, on one of the OnLine services, there appeared
 the ever present comments about "Windoze".  One, in particular, stood out
 like a sore thumb because it literally reeked of sour grapes.  It was in a
 MAC area and the author was crying about the old, worn out apple lament
 concerning "look and feel".  You had to read this post to appreciate its
 real meaning.  This guy was actually screaming out his alarm at the real
 possibility that Win'95 is going to be the Top Dog.  Over NT.. over them
 all.  Especially other platforms.  Going to be top dog??  In my opinion,
 it already is.  You see, I am now and have been using Win'95 for some six
 weeks already and its really very nice.  It did my heart good to see The
 Courts throw out Apple's "never-ending" suit trying to kill Windows and
 others saying these products "look too much like theirs".  This decision
 should put an end to the apple killing crusade.  They should only know how
 much ill-will this particular effort earned the company.  A number of
 lesser computer platforms seemingly died premature deaths due in part to
 apple's incessant litigation.

      Another of the now very worn out blahs..  Is the claims of Windows
 being slow and very buggy.  In this regard..  I say its due, in most
 cases, to operator error and/or improper setup and installation.  I can
 honestly state that with a careful installation I rarely see a GPF and my
 system literally flies.  I do not believe I am so different from anybody
 else.  I just paid attention to detail when I installed WFWG 3.11 and also
 in maintaining it now.  While the "generalized" bad-mouthing continues,
 its not surprising that much of it comes from those who had an adverse
 learning experience with Windows 3.0 and are now using other formats. 
 They'll all be back eventually.  After they realize that playing around
 with the look-a-likes and wannabes is pure folly.  Win'95 will take good
 care of that.

      Speaking of Win'95... MS is offering a preview program where the
 users may obtain a copy of Win'95 and begin using it in the next few weeks
 or so.  People, believe this the multitasking is wonderful and fast even
 with three or four major applications up and running at the same time. 
 The Plug-n-Play feature of Win'95 works well.  It works like this... say
 Joe Glotz ambles on down to his favorite Chump US Computer outlet and buy
 the very latest gizmo.  He brings it home connects it however it connects,
 either plugs or slot.  Then, he tells Win'95 its there and that's it. 
 Win'95 does the rest.  All he need do is follow the prompts if any appear. 
 In most cases they don't since all the info needed is already known by
 Win'95.  Apple and its zealots have very good reason to be concerned. 
 They thought they could copyright and patent knowledge.  Will they ever
 learn?  I doubt it.

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                  ******* General Computer News *******
  
  
                     >> IBM to Launch New ThinkPad << 
  
    IBM's new ThinkPad 701C, featuring a large screen and a unique key-
 board that slides to full size when the machine is opened, will be 
 launched by IBM next month.
  
    Reports say the machine "solves two major complaints -- tiny screens 
 and cramped keys -- about devices known as subnotebook computers," which 
 are defined as computers that weigh less than four pounds.

    The new unit also has a screen with a 10.4-inch diagonal measurement 
 compared to 7-inch screen on earlier models.

    A ThinkPad 701C with a 486 chip running at 50 MHz and a 540 megabyte 
 hard drive is expected to cost $5,000 when it goes on sale March 7.
  
  
                    >> OS/2 Warp with WIN-OS2 Ships << 
   
    IBM has released OS/2 Warp With WIN-OS2, an operating system upgrade 
 for customers running OS/2 2.0, OS/2 2.1 or OS/2 2.11.
  
    OS/2 Warp With WIN-OS2, often referred to as "Fullpack," gives users 
 of earlier versions of OS/2 the OS/2 Warp operating system with integ-
 rated and optimized Windows 3.1 application support. The product is 
 being released simultaneously in more than 13 languages.
  
    The first edition of OS/2 Warp, announced last October, is aimed at 
 users already running DOS and Windows on their PCs.
  
    IBM also says it has added improved Internet support to both OS/2 
 Warp and OS/2 Warp With WIN-OS2.
  
    OS/2 Warp With WIN-OS2 costs $199. OS/2 2.1 and 2.11 users can 
 upgrade for $129.
  
  
                   >> TI Sets Gigabit Chip Research << 
  
    Texas Instruments and IMEC, an independent research and development 
 organization based in Leuven, Belgium, say they are collaborating on re-
 search for an advanced lithography process that will allow TI to move 
 from megabit-class memory chips to next-generation gigabit-class 
 devices.
  
    The cooperative effort between TI and IMEC focuses on 0.18 micron 
 photolithography process development. The research is being done at IMEC 
 facilities in Belgium by both TI and IMEC researchers. The joint program 
 between IMEC and TI is the first phase of an on- going lithography 
 research program, says TI.
  
    Photolithography refers to creating the actual circuitry of a semi-
 conductor chip. Shrinking the size of structures on the silicon chip to 
 only 0.18 micron in width allows manufacturers to put significantly more 
 functions on a chip, enabling more compact and more powerful devices.
  
    TI notes that gigabit memory chips will be capable of holding the 
 contents of today's typical PC hard disk. The technology will enhance 
 future digital applications such as HDTV, video on demand and desktop 
 videoconferencing.
  
  
                  >> Fujitsu Buys Multimedia Company << 
   
    For undisclosed terms multimedia company Future Vision Technologies 
 Inc. has been acquired by the Fujitsu Microelectronics Inc unit. of 
 Japanese electronics giant Fujitsu Ltd.
  
    The 5-year-old Future Vision will form the basis for the Fujitsu 
 unit's new Graphics Products business, company officials said.
  
    Future Vision currently has a PC card on the market and will have a 
 family of chips and other multimedia products on the market within six 
 months.
  
  
                  >> Hewlett-Packard Earnings Up 64% << 
   
    Hewlett-Packard Co. has announced first quarter earnings that climbed 
 64% to $602 million (or $2.30 a share) from $358 million (or $1.42 a 
 share) a year ago.

    Sales for the computer company that is second only to IBM Corp. were 
 up 29% to $7.3 billion, compared to the $5.68 billion in the year-ago 
 quarter. Domestic revenues gained 22% to $3.2 billion and foreign sales 
 rose 34% to $4.1 billion.
  
    HP also announced a two-for-one stock split and a 33% dividend 
 increase. The stock split is effective Mar. 24 and distribution of new 
 shares will begin on April 13.
  
  
                >> Digital Introduces New Workstations << 
  
    Digital Equipment Corp. today released two entry-level Alpha computer 
 systems for the workstation market.
  
    Reports are that the new systems include the AlphaStation 200 4/100 
 priced at $4,991 and the AlphaServer 400 4/166, which sells for $9,980.
  
    Digital will sell both computers directly and through independent 
 partners.
  
  
                   >> Intel, Micron Eye Flash Memory << 
   
    A cross-licensing agreement for flash memory chip technology has been 
 signed by chipmakers Intel Corp. and Micron Technology Corp.
  
    Reports from Intel's offices saysthe firms have agreed to use each 
 other's patents covering the design and manufacture of the memory 
 devices, which are commonly used as a replacement for a hard disk in a 
 portable computer.
  
    Sources say "Flash memory is typically built into a computer or a 
 memory card as a way of distributing a large block of software to cus-
 tomers. It can be erased in blocks, making it easy for software to be 
 upgraded."
  
  
                     >> HP Offers New Vectra Model << 
    
    A new model has been added to Hewlett-Packard Co.'s high-end Vectra 
 desktop computer line.

    Officials from HP said the new Pentium-based Vectra XU 5/100C system 
 comes with an estimated street price of $3,910 and is available now.
  
    HP said the computer offers advanced 3-D graphics and networking 
 capabilities as well as dual processing support.
  
  
                   >> Philips Denies Apple Takeover << 
   
    Philips Electronics NV this week denied any interest in a takeover of 
 Apple Computer Inc., stressing it will not rush into any multimedia 
 expansion.
  
    Philips Chairman Jan Timmer firmly denied the rumors when he said in 
 a news conference, "I deny we have any interest in Apple. It's just 
 rumor. We take our time over serious acquisitions. We're not in a 
 hurry."
  
  
                  >> Technology Targets Disc Pirates << 
   
    Chicago-based Disc Manufacturing Inc. (DMI), the U.S.'s largest inde-
 pendent CD manufacturer, has introduced ImageDisc, a new technology that 
 aims to make CDs and CD-ROMs more difficult to counterfeit.
  
    The ImageDisc process produces holographic-like images visible on 
 both sides of the disc, providing an extra measure of piracy deterrence 
 as well as new opportunities for graphics and artistic product 
 differentiation.
  
    According to the Software Publishers Association, CD-ROM piracy of 
 business software alone resulted in worldwide losses of more than $7.4 
 billion in 1993.
  
    The ImageDisc process imprints available, non-data areas of the disc 
 with digitally mastered artwork, such as a logo or label. To create 
 these holographic-like images, DMI digitizes the customer's artwork and 
 then produces an embedded image on the glass master disc. If desired, 
 replicated discs can still feature silk-screened artwork or offset 
 printing over the embedded images, adding to the visual effect and 
 adding yet another level of deterrence.
  
  
                  >> Dell's Profits More Than Triple << 
   
    Dell Computer Corp. this week reported fiscal fourth quarter profits 
 that more than tripled from the same period a year ago due largely to 
 strong sales of notebook and higher-end computer systems based on the 
 Pentium microprocessor.
  
    Reports say that for the quarter ended Jan. 29, Dell earned $60.3 
 million (or $1.36 a share), including a one-time benefit of about $5 
 million (or 10 cents a share) from an extra month of international 
 operations. This compares with $17.7 million (or 39.9 cents a share) for 
 the fourth fiscal quarter of 1994.

    Sales increased 39%, topping $1 billion for the first time as they 
 rose from $742.9 million a year ago to $1.03 billion this most recent 
 quarter.

    Reports say that systems based on Intel Corp.'s Pentium micropro-
 cessor represented 44% of worldwide systems sales, up from 32% in the 
 third quarter. Controversy over a flaw in the Pentium chip apparently 
 didn't hurt those sales.
  
  
                   >> Hitachi Makes 1-Gigiabit DRAM << 
   
    A one-gigabit DRAM (dynamic random access memory) chip, with a 
 storage capacity above any other chip now on the market, has been 
 developed by Hitachi Ltd. This followed news NEC Corp. also has 
 developed a one-gigabit DRAM.

    Hitachi officials said the firm will start sample shipments of the 
 memory chip in 2000 and mass production in 2002. They added the new chip 
 will be suitable for use in future multimedia terminals such as video-
 on-demand terminals and mobile notebook computers.

    NEC has said it won't start mass production of its one-gigabit DRAM 
 until 1999 at the earliest.
  
  
                     >> Hyundai Buys NCR Division << 
  
    South Korea's Hyundai has bought NCR Microelectronic Products Divi-
 sion unit that makes computer chips and other electronic devices.
  
    The unit has been renamed Symbios Logic Inc. Said Al Lofthus, site 
 director in Colorado Springs, "We thought that Symbios represented two 
 organisms working together for mutual benefit. We like that as the idea 
 of what we're trying to do with our business partners and what we're 
 doing with Hyundai."
  
    Bean notes National Cash Register was founded in 1884. The name 
 changed to NCR 30 years later.
  
  
                     >> Spreadsheet Utility Ships << 
   
    Softool Corp. has introduced CCC QuikTrak, a program that helps users 
 automatically keep track of the changes made to a spreadsheet, why the 
 changes were made and how to get back to a prior version.

    CCC QuikTrak also provides comparison capabilities that allow users 
 to compare changes between versions and identify the impact of those 
 changes. Additionally, CCC QuikTrak works to saves disk storage space by 
 storing only the changes between spreadsheet versions instead of 
 duplicate copies of the entire file.
  
    The product appears as a pull-down menu in major spreadsheet 
 programs, such as Microsoft Excel and Lotus 1-2- 3.
  
    CCC QuikTrak is available directly from Goleta, California-based 
 Softool as well as leading distributors and resellers. The product's 
 suggested retail price is $99.
  
  
                    >> New NEC PC Models Make Debut << 
   
    NEC Technologies Inc. has added several new desktop PC models.

    The company's PowerMate V and VP desktop systems are being positioned 
 as a line of low-end Intel 486- and Pentium processor-based systems for 
 general office and corporate use.
  
    The models incorporate a PCI architecture and Desktop Management 
 Interface (DMI) support. System prices range from $1,179 to $2,469.
  
    NEC is also shipping the Image P90D, a 90MHz Pentium- based slimline 
 expandable desktop PC, as well as Image P90E and Image P100E dual 
 processor mini-tower models. The systems are designed to meet the needs 
 of corporate power users.
  
    NEC notes that Image P Series combines powerful processors, asset 
 management and security options and the latest in multimedia 
 capabilities. System prices range from $2,119 to $5,089.
   
  
                  >> Telecommunications Sales Soaring << 
  
    Fuelled by demand for high technology services, sales of U.S.
 telecommunications equipment and software are seen rising 15% to 16% a 
 year.
  
    That forecast comes out of new research by the North American Tele-
 communications Association, whose 1995 review finds demands for elec-
 tronic conferencing, networking, and intelligent telephony are driving 
 the market, which was worth $63 billion in 1994.
  
    1994 specifics from the study:
  
    -:- Data communications equipment grew 17.6%
    -:- Computer and phone integration software sales rose 19%
    -:- Markets for equipment should soar to $96 billion in 1997 from 
        $44.8 billion in 1990.
    -:- Teleconferencing, long impeded by lack of common standards, 
        should be a market worth $5 billion by 1997.
    -:- The mobile communications industry should generate equipment 
        sales of $600 million in revenues by the year 1997.
  
  
                  >> Faked Microsoft Software Seized <<
  
    West Coast authorities say they are continuing to break up a software 
 counterfeiting ring that cost Microsoft Corp. $3.3 million in sales.

    Earlier this week, sheriff's deputies in Alhambra, California, un-
 covered software packages, computers and certificates of authenticity in 
 an unoccupied home.
  
    The raid was the latest assault in a six-month software counter-
 feiting investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. 
 Four men were arrested Friday and booked for investigation of conspiracy 
 to commit counterfeiting. Each was held on $1 million bail.
  
    Deputy Mark Bailey said the raids the same day at seven Los Angeles 
 County locations turned up a variety of duplication materials and 
 another factory used to manufacture pirated software disks.
  
    Bailey said, "Inside was sufficient machinery to manufacture and 
 package the final product. The business location was a printing company 
 that produced 83,000 manuals of instruction."
  
    He added that also seized were 200 completed counterfeit software 
 packages, printing plates for instruction manuals, $64,000 cash, three 
 handguns and an assault rifle. The seized software was valued at $2 
 million.

  
                   >> Apple Claims Gates Threatened <<
  
    Apple Computer Inc. has alleged that top Microsoft Corp. officials, 
 including Chairman and CEO Bill Gates, threatened to withhold crucial 
 software in an attempt to bully Apple into withdrawing lawsuits against 
 Microsoft, as well as halting a competing technology development effort.

    Wall Street Journal reporters Don Clark and Viveca Novak report that 
 two of the threats to Apple were delivered in person by Gates at a Jan. 
 13 meeting with Apple CEO Michael Spindler. Apple alleged in court that 
 Microsoft only agreed to give the company an early version of the 
 Windows 95 operating system after a Saturday night telephone call from 
 assistant Attorney General Anne Bingaman, who negotiated the 
 controversial antitrust settlement between the U.S. Department of 
 Justice and Microsoft Corp. (The Justice Department confirmed for The 
 Wall Street Journal that Bingaman did call Microsoft's lead attorney to 
 discuss the firm's refusal to give Apple access to Windows 95.)
  
    These latest allegations have been sent by letter to U.S. District 
 Judge Stanley Sporkin, who is reviewing the antitrust settlement, as 
 well as in sworn declarations of five Apple executives. The documents 
 have been filed in federal court in Washington, D.C.
  
    Apple has argued that the episode shows Microsoft can't be trusted to 
 abide by the proposed settlement.
  
    Mike Maples, a Microsoft vice president, said Bingaman's call had no 
 influence on the company's decision to give Apple a copy of Windows 95. 
 He also denied threatening Apple, although he admitted Microsoft did ask 
 Apple for cooperation on litigation in return for giving it Windows 95.
  
  
                  >> CERT Warns of New Internet Crack <<
  
    Federally funded network watchdogs at the Computer Emergency Response 
 Team have issued a public warning about a new weakness they've discover-
 ed that could leave more than half of the host computers on the Internet 
 vulnerable to electronic break-ins.
  
    CERT says the security lapse could let vandals commandeer Internet 
 computers that use the UNIX operating system, specifically a program 
 that manages electronic mail.
  
    Reports say that the new 'hole' could let hackers shut down elect-
 ronic-information sites that hundreds of companies have set up on the 
 World Wide Web, a multimedia portion of the Internet.
  
    The vulnerability allows an intruder "to penetrate a hole in nearly 
 20 commonly used electronic-mail programs," then, according to an 
 advisory that went up on the network last night, "read any file on the 
 system, overwrite or destroy files."
  
  
                 >> University Bans Internet Newsgroup << 
  
    Access to an Internet "child pornography" newsgroup has been 
 prohibited for students and teachers using campus computers at Michigan 
 State Uni-versity. Officials are quoted as saying they don't know 
 whether actual porn was available, "although there had been at least one 
 complaint about an explicit photo of a 2-year-old."
  
    Reports say The decision to block the newsgroup was based only on the 
 title because it suggested illegal activity."  University officials com-
 pared the "child pornography" newsgroup to other blocked Internet mes-
 sage groups whose descriptions imply illegal action, such as "where to 
 buy drugs."
  
  
                  >> Supreme Court Rejects Apple Suit << 
   
    Apple Computer Inc. this week lost its bid to persuade the U.S. 
 Supreme Court to reinstate its massive copyright lawsuit against rivals 
 Microsoft Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Inc.
  
    Without comment, the court turned down Apple's argument that
 Microsoft's Windows software and HP's NewWave program improperly copied
 the screen display design of its Macintosh system.
  
    The high court decision appears to have ended seven years of litigation 
 between the parties.

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 > Frankie's Corner STR Feature
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 The Kids' Computing Corner
 --------------------------



 by Frank Sereno

                 Reader Rabbit's Interactive Reading Journey
                Dual format CD-rom for Macintosh and Windows
                                 ages 5 to 7
                            suggested retail $99
                                    from
                            The Learning Company
                               6493 Kaiser Dr.
                              Fremont, CA 94555
                                510-792-2101

           IBM Requirements                       Macintosh Requirements
           ----------------                       ----------------------
           CPU:    386/25                         CPU:    Mac Color Classic
           RAM:    4 megs                         RAM:    4 megs
           Video:  16-color VGA (256 SVGA rec.)   Video:  256-color
           Hdisk:  1 meg                          Hdisk:  1 meg
           CD-ROM: Double-speed                   CD-ROM: Double-speed
           OS:     Windows 3.1                    OS:     System 7.0.1
           Misc:   Sound card, mouse

 "Reader Rabbit's Interactive Reading Journey" is a stimulating and
 entertaining program designed to build children's phonics and reading
 skills.  It will entertain and teach children for many hours of learning
 fun.

 The program consists of forty small books which tell the tale of Reader
 Rabbit and friends as they journey to find a kingdom for Sam the Lion.
 Two books are available in each of the twenty Letter Lands.  In each
 Letter Land, various objects beginning with the letter can be clicked on
 to start humorous animations.  A Skill House is featured in every Letter
 Land as well.  Children will do three exercises in each Skill House.  Upon
 completing a number of exercises in each Letter Land, children will then
 progress to the next land.

 The interface is very simple.  The child will enter his name in the log. 
 After a short introductory animation, the Reading Journey begins.  As each
 Letter Land begins, Reader Rabbit will read a short poem featuring the
 letter of the land.  Reader Rabbit and his friends, Mit and Sam will be
 shown on a path.  A sign is the button for entering the Skill House. 
 Clicking on Reader Rabbit shows a map of the journey.  Sam the Lion will
 give game hints if he is clicked upon.  Mit the Mouse provides help.  The
 help is displayed as text boxes but the program will say the words when
 the boxes are clicked upon.  The storybooks are accessed by clicking on
 the books on the path.  A Program Options Pad (POP) is available in the
 lower right-hand portion of the screen.  Options include turning off the
 narration of the stories and increasing the percentage level needed to
 leave a Letter Land.

 Reader Rabbit will state the title and give a synopsis upon the start of
 each storybook.  He will then pronounce a short list of vocabulary words
 which will be used in the story.  As each page is turned, it will be
 narrated.  The words will be highlighted as they are pronounced.  Once the
 page has been ready, the child can click on the black and white
 illustration to colorize it.  The child can click on individual words to
 hear them pronounced or click on the characters on the bottom of the page
 to hear the entire page again.  As the child advances through the Letter
 Lands, the vocabulary will gradually become more complex and the pages
 will contain more words.

 The Skill Houses will teach children about phonics and word meanings. 
 There are four Skill House hosts and each teaches  different lessons.
 Nanny Toucanny teaches word sounds, Mit the Monkey teaches rhyming words,
 Ben the Ant teaches word meanings and Roc Fish teaches word recognition. 
 All words used in the Skill Houses are used in the stories.  Audible help
 is available by clicking on the host.  The program tracks wrong answers so
 children will be asked about that word in later activities.  Each host
 provides enthusiastic encouragement for correct answers and gentle
 negative feedback for incorrect answers.

 The graphics for "Reading Journey" are outstanding.  Each screen is filled
 with vibrant colors and detailed characters.  Animations are smooth and
 lifelike.  The only flaw is that the character's lips are not synched with
 the audio track.  The sound is top-notch.  The voice characterizations are
 done as well as any animated cartoon.  Each voice is distinct and easily
 understood.  Regional dialects and proper emotional pitch adds to the
 realism of the voices.  The program does not use a lot of music but it is
 done excellently.  The tunes are bright and varied.  Sound effects are
 used to great effect and are digitized with no distortion.

 The interface is excellent.  Audible help is available in all sections of
 the program.  The program even provides a parent's guide within the POP. 
 The included user manual is very concise but it does contain an excellent
 troubleshooting guide.  Technical assistance is available via a toll call. 
 "Reading Journey" also paperback versions of each of the forty stories so
 that the child can practice reading while away from the computer.

 Play value is very good.  I feel that most children will spend many hours
 exploring the twenty Letter Lands.  The program is filled with many
 humorous touches which entertain both child and adult.

 Educational value is excellent.  This program will enable most children to
 read with comprehension by insuring children's success and the lower
 levels and gradually increasing the difficulty and complexity of the
 vocabulary and sentences.

 Bang for the Buck is very good.  If this program has any real shortcoming,
 it is its high retail price.  I have seen the program discounted to around
 $69 but that still leaves it the high end of preschool educational
 software.  Two points are important to remember.  First, reading is a
 priceless skill for a person to have at any age.  Second, The Learning
 Company backs this product with a 30-day unconditional guarantee.  If you
 are dissatisfied with this product, you are simply required to return it
 with proof of purchase and your reasons for the return.  You can choose to
 get a refund or exchange it for titles of equal value.

 "Reader Rabbit's Interactive Reading Journey" is an incredible mix of
 entertainment combined with fun learning exercises.  I highly recommend
 this program.

                                   Ratings
                                   -------
                          Graphics ........... 9.5
                          Sounds ............. 9.5
                          Interface .......... 9.5
                          Play Value ......... 9.0
                          Educational Value ..10.0
                          Bang for the Buck .. 9.5
                          Average ............ 9.5 


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 > ART FESTIVAL STR InfoFile
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                      WINTER PARK SIDEWALK ART FESTIVAL
                      OFFERS VIRTUAL SHOW ON COMPUSERVE

 One of the finest and most prestigious outdoor fine arts shows in the
 southeastern United States, the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Fesitval attracts
 over 300,000 people during three days. The central Florida show, to be
 held this year from March 17-19, will feature exhibits by over 250 artists
 competing in 9 categories: Oils and Acrylics, Watercolor, Drawings and
 Graphics, Photography, Metal, Clay, Glass, Sculpture and other media.

 An online exposition of the 36th Annual Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
 is now underway in two forums on the CompuServe Information Service: the
 Fine Art Forum (GO FINEART), "Winter Park ArtFest" (#22) and "WPAF Focus"
 (#23) sections, and the Florida Forum (GO FLORIDA), "Winter Park ArtFest"
 (#20) section.

 The Fine Art Forum focuses on the arts and techniques of the old masters,
 as well as local and regional traditional-media artists. The world's first
 online art gallery, it also represents physical galleries, museums and
 agencies online, most notably Mill Pond Press.

 The Florida Forum provides CompuServe subscribers and Florida residents a
 useful area of information to be used in the planning of a Florida visit
 or vacation, and about the state as a whole.

 The 'Go Graphics' Group, Inc., an Orlando-based corporation, offers
 professional online management of data, images, databases, information and
 related services through the CompuServe Information Service. Most noted is
 their work in supporting the popular GIF and JPEG graphics standards. 'Go
 Graphics' also handles the online presentation of multimedia, animation,
 full-motion video, page replication and other customized services for its
 clients.

 In addition to the Graphics Forums on CompuServe (GO GRAPHICS), they also
 manage a wide variety of special-interest forums, including the Cooks
 Online Forum (GO COOKS), the Dinosaur Forum (GO DINOFOR), the Florida
 Forum (GO FLORIDA), the Living History Forum (GO LIVING), the Vegetarian
 Forum (GO VEGETARIAN), and, most notably, the free Missing Children Forum
 (GO MISSING) in cooperation with CompuServe and the National Center for
 Missing and Exploited Children.

 'Go Graphics' also specializes in the customized design and day-to-day
 online management of an interactive area and database on behalf of major
 clients such as Archive Photos, Multimedia Graphics Network, Mill Pond
 Press and Energy Productions.

 Established in 1979, the CompuServe Information Service provides its
 worldwide membership of more than 2.5 million with databases and services
 to meet both business and personal interests. CompuServe can be accessed
 by any modem-equipped personal computer or Macintosh utilizing the
 CompuServe Information Manager(R) (available for Windows, Macintosh, OS/2
 and DOS) or general communications software. In addition to the CompuServe
 Information Service, CompuServe Incorporated provides frame relay, wide
 and local area networking services, electronic mail and business
 information services to major corporations worldwide. CompuServe is an H&R
 Block company.


 Contact: Matt Drury, 'Go Graphics'
                                                 75300.1610@compuserve.com
                                                 407/658-2687 voice
                                                 407/282-0319 fax

                                                 Harold L. Downing, WPSAF
                                                 407/875-0033 voice
                                                 407/875-0044 fax


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 > STR InfoFile
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           KODAK ADDS PRINTABLE DISCS TO LINE OF WRITABLE CD MEDIA
           =======================================================



 SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 7, 1995--Customers who purchase KODAK Writable 
 CD media with the INFOGUARD Protection System can now easily 
 identify their discs using a new version having a special ink 
 receptive surface. The new media, announced by Kodak today at 
 Intermedia '95, can be custom labeled using ink-jet printers to 
 provide a professional looking appearance, or with felt-tip markers 
 for simplicity and convenience.

 The top (non-recording) surface of the new discs is blank, making 
 the full area available for disc printing. Discs can be labeled with 
 text, graphics, logos, or bar codes using popular work processing or 
 graphics software and any compatible ink-jet printer. The disc 
 identification number, (a unique feature of the KODAK INFOGUARD 
 Protection System), etched in machine-readable bar code and human-
 readable numerals, is also clearly visible near the inside of the 
 disc.

 The blank surface allows users to label their discs by printing 
 text, graphics, logos or bar codes using popular word processing or 
 graphics software and any compatible single or multicolor CD ink-jet 
 printer. The discs can be printed using single or multiple color 
 ink-jet printers.*

 "Just as the recording side of a KODAK disc performs extremely well 
 in a wide range of CD writers, the non-recording side can be used in 
 a variety of CD printers," said Larry Zimmer, program manager, CD 
 Media in Kodak's Digital and Applied Imaging unit. "Customers can 
 print on the new KODAK discs with excellent image quality, fast 
 drying times and a well-bonded image to withstand frequent handling. 
 The high quality appearance of the printed surface reflects the high 
 value of the content of the disc."

 Zimmer explained that the printable discs are a natural extension of 
 Kodak's Writable CD product strategy, which targets customers in 
 medium- and high-volume CD-recordable (CD-R) applications. Products 
 include the KODAK PCD Writer 600, the world's fastest CD writer 
 (that can write an entire 63-min disc in 10 minutes), the PCD Writer 
 225 and the KODAK Disc Transporter, a robotics device that enables 
 unattended recording of up to 75 discs at a time.

 "Many of our customers produce custom CDs in quantity, which they 
 need to personalize for their external customers or label for 
 internal tracking and distribution," Zimmer said. "Kodak's printable 
 media provides our customers a new option for labeling these discs--
 an option that gives the discs a professional look when used with an 
 appropriate printer."

 KODAK Writable CD media with the INFOGUARD Protection System is also 
 available with distinctive Kodak red and black trade dress, or can be 
 custom screen printed to user specifications. The media is available 
 in "63-minute" (580 megabyte) and "74-minute" (680 megabyte) storage 
 capacities. 


 INFOGUARD Protection System
 ---------------------------
 All KODAK Writable CD media incorporate the same unique design 
 features that together comprise the INFOGUARD Protection System. 
 Along with the unique identification number described above, those 
 features include:

 >>>  A carefully selected, highly stable dye chemistry that resists
      fading from light, heat, and humidity resulting in optimum data
      integrity;

 >>>  A protective coating that resists scratches, dirt, rough
      handling, or other common mishaps that may damage the disc's
      readability;

 >>>  A surface design that resists fingerprints, allowing discs to
      maintain a "like-new" appearance after handling; and

 >>>  The ability to record well at speeds from 1X through 6X.

 Pricing, Availability
 ---------------------
 The new printable discs will be available in March, and will be sold 
 in bulk packs of 200 discs. The 63-minute and 74-minute media have a 
 suggested list price of $17.95 and $19.95 per disc respectively. 

 Kodak may offer other packaging options in the future, such as 
 individual discs packaged in jewel cases, if the market demands.

 For more information on KODAK Writable CD products, customers in the 
 U.S. may call 800/CD-KODAK, or 800/235-6325. Information also is 
 available on the Kodak forum on CompuServe (GO KODAK).


 (Note:  Kodak and InfoGuard are trademarks.)

 *  Kodak makes no representation with respect to the freedom to use
    ink-jet printers with this product.


                 ___________________________________________



 > HAYES! STR FOCUS!      OPTIMA & ACCURA UPGRADES NOTICES EXTENDED!
   """""""""""""""""


                         UPDATE!!!! -- 25 Feb, 1995
                         --------------------------
   The upgrade program for existing V.FC owners has been extended from the
     March 1st date listed in the press release below to June 1, 1995!!



                 HAYES ANNOUNCES ACCURA 288 V.34/V.FC + FAX
                 ==========================================


 Hayes Low-Cost 28.8 kbit/s Modem 
 Now has V.34 Capability


         ATLANTA, GA, 1 November 1994 --Hayes Microcomputer Products,
 Inc. today announced Hayes ACCURA 28800 V.34/V.FC + FAX modem with ITU-T
 V.34 capabilities.  ACCURA 288 V.34/V.FC, Hayes fast, low-cost modem for
 personal and home office use, is shipping in the United States and
 Canada for US$299 and CDN$479.
      
         "ACCURA 288 V.34/V.FC + FAX is ideal for home and small office
 users who are looking for a low-cost modem that will serve their
 specific needs," Hayes President Dennis C. Hayes said. "Compatibility is
 an important issue for home and small office users and Hayes high-speed
 ACCURA 288 now incorporates ITU-T V.34 and V.FC technology for maximum
 interoperability."

         Beginning 1 December and running through 1 March 1995 Hayes is
 offering a free upgrade to ACCURA 288 V.FC + FAX and OPTIMA 288
 V.34/V.FC + FAX users if they purchase an additional ACCURA 288
 V.34/V.FC + FAX or OPTIMA 288 V.34/V.FC + FAX modem. Customers must
 purchase the same type of modem as the modem that they wish to upgrade
 in order to qualify for this special offer.  Customers who do not wish
 to purchase an additional modem can upgrade to V.34 for US$49 before the
 1 March 1995 deadline.

         ACCURA 288 V.34/V.FC + FAX transfers data up to 115,200 bit/s
 using data compression and can be used for transferring large files and
 remote computing.  "This product is positioned for the price conscious
 buyer who doesn't need the additional speed and operating cost savings
 available with Hayes OPTIMA 288 V.34/V.FC + FAX.  ACCURA 288 V.34/V.FC +
 FAX is sold through the rapidly expanding retail and consumer channels
 to meet the needs of this particular market segment", Hayes explained.

         This external data + fax modem supports ITU-T V.34 and V.Fast
 Class (V.FC) for 28,800 bit/s data transmission; ITU-T V.42
 error-control; V.42bis data compression featuring Hayes superior
 implementation for up to 4:1 maximum data compression for 115,200 bit/s;
 and Group 3 fax using V.17 for 14,400 bit/s fax transmission.  The
 product is fully compatible with the installed base of V.32bis (14.4
 kbit/s), V.32 (9600 bit/s), V.22bis (2400 bit/s), and V.22 (1200 bit/s)
 modems.

         Hayes complements its high-speed modems with Hayes ESP
 Communications Accelerator, a 16-bit high-speed serial card with either
 single or dual ports.  Hayes ESP solves many of the system problems
 associated with using high-speed modems such as data loss, limited
 throughput, and poor Windows performance.  ESP can enhance the
 performance of other high-speed serial devices such as printers,
 plotters and scanners.  To prevent data loss, Hayes ESP provides dual
 1024-byte send and receive buffers which increase the amount of data
 that can be buffered before the computer's processor must retrieve it.
 In addition, automatic flow control signals the modem to stop sending
 data if the buffers become full.  The dedicated communications
 coprocessor helps provide maximum modem throughput and system
 performance by reducing the number of interrupts required by the
 computerís main processor to process the transmitted data.

         ACCURA 288 V.34/V.FC + FAX comes with Smartcom for Windows LE
 and Smartcom FAX for Windows LE communications software.  The product's
 limited performance warranty is extended to five years to customers who
 register the product within 90 days of purchase in the U.S and Canada
 only.  A two-year limited performance warranty is extended automatically
 at the time of purchase.
      
         Best known as the leader in microcomputer modems, Hayes
 develops, supplies and supports computer communications equipment and
 software for personal computers and computer communications networks.
 The company distributes its products in more than 65 countries through a
 global network of authorized distributors, dealers, mass merchants,
 VARs, systems integrators and original equipment manufacturers.

 Hayes, ACCURA, Smartcom, and ESP are trademarks of Hayes Microcomputer
 Products, Inc.  Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.  Other
 trademarks mentioned are trademarks of their respective companies.



                 HAYES ANNOUNCES OPTIMA 288 V.34/V.FC + FAX
                 ==========================================


 Hayes High-Speed Award Winning Modem 
 Now has V.34 Capability


         ATLANTA, GA, 1 November 1994 -- Hayes Microcomputer Products,
 Inc. today announced Hayes Smartmodem OPTIMA 28800 V.34/V.FC + FAX modem
 with ITU-T V.34 capabilities. OPTIMA 288 V.34/V.FC + FAX, Hayes fastest
 modem with throughput capabilities up to 230,400 bit/s - more than a
 megabyte a minute - using up to 8:1 maximum data compression, is
 shipping in the United States and Canada for US$579 and CDN$699.

         "OPTIMA 288 V.34/V.FC + FAX is the same award-winning OPTIMA 288
 V.FC product that has been field tested for the last year.  Now it
 incorporates V.34 technology," said Hayes President Dennis C. Hayes.
 "In a recent Gallup Poll, Hayes modems were named the brand of
 preference among Fortune 1000 companies -- all things being equal.  With
 this product Hayes now offers the latest technology as designated by the
 ITU-T in our high-performance modem."
      
         "In the full year Hayes OPTIMA 288 V.FC + FAX has been on the
 market, it has been unchallenged in performance at compression speeds of
 up to 230,400 bit/s," Hayes added. "At a time when so much focus is
 placed on the cost of the product, buyers can benefit even more by
 looking at the speed of the product and the reduction in their line
 operating cost," Hayes explained.  "With its superior 8 to 1 data
 compression and 230,400 bit/s operating speeds, OPTIMA 288 can save
 sufficient long distance charges to pay for itself within a single
 year...and thatís on the average long distance call.  When used for
 overseas business applications where $1 a minute is not unusual, the
 total cost of the OPTIMA 288 can be recovered in less than one month."

         Beginning 1 December and running through 1 March 1995 Hayes is
 offering a free upgrade to OPTIMA 288 V.FC + FAX users if they purchase
 an additional OPTIMA 288 V.34/V.FC + FAX modem.  Customers who do not
 wish to purchase an additional OPTIMA 288 V.34/V.FC + FAX can upgrade
 their OPTIMA 288 V.FC + FAX modems for US$49 before the 1 March 1995
 deadline.

         OPTIMA 288 V.34/V.FC + FAX is a high-performance solution for
 applications such as multi-media, remote node access to a LAN, shared
 modem access from a LAN, and transfer of large data files.  In addition,
 the modem comes with Smartcom for Windows LE and Smartcom FAX for
 Windows LE communications software.

         This external data + fax modem supports ITU-T V.34 and V.Fast
 Class (V.FC) for 28,800 bit/s data transmission; ITU-T V.42
 error-control; V.42bis data compression featuring Hayes superior
 implementation for up to 8:1 maximum data compression for 230,400 bit/s;
 and Group 3 fax using V.17 for 14,400 bit/s fax transmission.  The
 product is fully compatible with the installed base of V.34 and V.FC
 (28,800 bit/s), V.32bis (14.4 kbit/s), V.32 (9600 bit/s), V.22bis (2400
 bit/s), and V.22 (1200 bit/s) modems.

         The internal version of the modem, OPTIMA 288B V.34/V.FC + FAX
 will begin shipping in late December 1994 for US$499 and CDN$599.
 OPTIMA 288B V.34/V.FC + FAX comes complete with Hayes ESP Communications
 Accelerator built onto the internal board.

         Hayes complements its high-speed modem with Hayes ESP
 Communications Accelerator, a 16-bit high-speed serial card.  Hayes ESP
 solves many of the system problems associated with using high-speed
 modems such as data loss, limited throughput, and poor Windows
 performance.  ESP can enhance the performance of other high-speed serial
 devices such as printers, plotters and scanners. To prevent data loss,
 Hayes ESP provides dual 1024-byte send and receive buffers which
 increase the amount of data that can be buffered before the computerís
 processor must retrieve it.  In addition, automatic flow control signals
 the modem to stop sending data if the buffers become full.  The
 dedicated communications coprocessor helps provide maximum modem
 throughput and system performance by reducing the number of interrupts
 required by the computerís main processor to process the transmitted
 data.

         The modemís limited performance warranty is extended to five
 years to customers who register the product within 90 days of purchase
 in the U.S. and Canada only.  A two-year limited performance warranty is
 extended automatically at the time of purchase.
      
         Best known as the leader in microcomputer modems, Hayes
 develops, supplies and supports computer communications equipment and
 software for personal computers and computer communications networks.
 The company distributes its products in more than 65 countries through a
 global network of authorized distributors, dealers, mass merchants,
 VARs, systems integrators and original equipment manufacturers.

 Hayes, Smartmodem, OPTIMA, Smartcom, and ESP are trademarks of Hayes
 Microcomputer Products, Inc.  Windows is a trademark of Microsoft
 Corporation.  Other trademarks mentioned are trademarks of their
 respective companies.

               ______________________________________________


 > Internet Jet STR InfoFile
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                         Delphi Internet Jet v2.009
                         ==========================

 Introducing Delphi Internet Jet v2.009, a graphic interface for Delphi and
 a LOT more!

 It is *HIGHLY* recommended that you first download the file INTJET.TXT as
 this file informs you as to what files you need to run Internet Jet and
 how to set-up it up. You may already have some of these files and may not
 need to download all of them.

 Overview:
 ---------
 Delphi Internet Jet (or IntJet) is a Windows-based GUI that makes using
 Delphi easier than ever. IntJet is more than graphical front-end; it's
 also an off-line reader with features that include:

 Features:
 ---------

  * Scheduled Automatic Sessions. You can schedule IntJet to go out at some
    time and pick up mail, retrieve & deliver forum postings, check USENET
    newsgroups, etc. You can also tell it to check your mail every hour (or
    other time interval) or retrieve your monthly usage.

  * A Full-featured Mail Utility: Message quoting and reply functions are
    supported, and you can save frequently-used addresses in an e-mail
    'address book'

  * Pre-configured Database of Delphi Forums and USENET newsgroups: Allows
    rapid at-a-glance selection of forums and newsgroups.

  * Forum Host Support: Change banners, topics, subjects, etc, as forum
    host via IntJet.

  * Internet Address Book: Allows you to store commonly accessed FTP sites,
    gopher servers, e-mail addresses and telnet sites.

  * User-Configurable Toolbar: Handy for recording commonly-used commands.

  * QWK-packet Support: Forum postings and USENET newsgroups are accessible
    via this popular format, allowing you to use your favorite
    QWK-packet-capable OLR. If you don't have a QWK packet-capable off-line
    reader, there are many shareware and freeware OLRs from which to
    choose.

  * Built-in SprintNet & TYMNET Phone Book: This allows fast setup and is a
    great help for anyone who needs to check Delphi while travelling.

  * Multiple User Profile Support: Do you have several accounts on Delphi?
    Would you like to store multiple telephone access numbers in case your
    preferred network provider is slow, busy, or unavailable? Would you
    like to save the connect configuration for several cities so you can
    easily connect to Delphi wherever you are? Multiple user profile
    support makes all this possible.

  * Built-in Modem Configuration Database for Rapid Setup

  * Supports Delphi Access from BOTH the US and the UK (Canada, too, eh!)

  * Product Support Via Custom Forum 267: Help is always available in
    Custom Forum 267. 267 is also the perfect place to suggest new
    features to add to IntJet. User suggestions have led to many of
    IntJet's features. PBE actively encourages user suggestions and
    regularly makes these suggestions a reality.

  * Automatic Bug Reporting: No program is perfect but very few programs
    handle their own imperfections as well as IntJet. IntJet has a built-in
    bug reporting feature that sends bug reports to PBE's customer support
    staff for prompt resolution!

  # Session logs are now archived (up to a total of 10)
  # USENET Newsgroup support (single-pass or double-pass retrieval)
  # Faster selection/deselection of forums

 System Requirements:
 --------------------

  * Windows 3.1, 3.11 - WFWG 3.11
  * VBRUN300.DLL; commonly available in both the PC databases or in the
    Custom Forum 267 database.
  * Any QWK-packet-capable OLR (only necessary for forum support) - there
    are several in both the PC databases and the Custom Forum 267 database.
  * PKZIP/PKUNZIP
  * DELPHI Account
  * Modem
  * 4 MB RAM


      Intjet 2009 is available on Delphi in custom area 267 and PC
 Computing.  This program is a "must see" D/L your copy today.




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                          APPLE VS MS-INTEL-CANYON
                          ========================



 For any of you who are following the latest legal action in the Apple
 vs ... in the video area, here's MicroSoft's statement on their support
 for developers using their products.

 Microsoft Message Follows:
 --------------------------

 Sb: MSFT & Developer Support
 Fm: Rick Segal[Microsoft] 76276,2706
 To: ALL

 Hello.

 Developers from all over the world have been asking about our response to
 the Apple Video Lawsuit.  Here it is. Bottom line: Microsoft will not
 abandon it's developers. We care about every developer that uses Microsoft
 Product.  This is a copy of the letter that has gone out to our
 developers. You are free to cross post this anywhere on any forum/BBS or
 NewsGroup.

 Thank you,

 Rick Segal, Manager Developer Relations rsegal@microsoft.com

 ---------------
 Microsoft Stands Behind Video for Windows

 Dear Developer:

 You may have been confronted in recent days with incomplete information
 from Apple Computer Inc. concerning Microsofts Video for Windows (VFW)
 Software Developer Kit.  I want you to know that Microsoft stands behind
 its products and the developers that use our SDKs to produce their own
 great products.  Because of Apples aggressive PR campaign on this subject,
 it becomes necessary for us to clarify our position.

 Microsoft has only just received information to enable us to begin to
 evaluate Apples case against The San Francisco Canyon Company, Intel and
 Microsoft.  Microsoft today told the court, "In light of Canyons 1993
 assignment to Intel, there are serious questions regarding whether Apple
 in fact owns the code on which its claim is based."  This and other
 fundamental facts are in question in the case.

 Despite such questions, Apple seeks to rush its case to judgment.  Intel
 and Microsoft are seeking, and Apple is resisting, expedited discovery in
 the lawsuit in order to fully explore these and other issues which Apple
 ignores in its statements to you and the press.

 To that effect, Microsoft announces the following:

  . First, we will aggressively defend VFW 1.1d against Apples lawsuit.

  . Second, if Apple files a lawsuit against you or any other developer
    for the distribution of VFW 1.1d, Microsoft will defend you.

 We will stand behind you in your use of Video for Windows and your support
 of the Windows platform. If you have any questions about this topic,
 please feel free to email mmdinfo@microsoft.com.


  Brad Silverberg                       Roger Heinen
  Senior Vice President                 Senior Vice President
  Microsoft                             Microsoft

                                    ****


                                :News Flash:
                                 ----------

 FORTUNE On COMPUSERVE Exclusive:  Look in FFORUM -- Section 1 News & Views
 To Read Apple's Letter to Federal Judge Sporkin Accusing  Microsoft of
 Bullying Tactics.

 The simmering, decade-old rivalry between Apple Computer and Microsoft is
 boiling over. On February 13,  the day before Judge Stanley Sporkin made
 his now famous decision to strike down the Justice Department's
 controversial anti-trust consent decree with Microsoft,  Apple Computer
 delivered an envelope of documents to the  judge's chambers.

 Those papers, which Judge Sporkin quietly placed in the public record of
 the case on Tuesday, February 21, give  details of what Apple called
 anticompetitive practices of Microsoft in recent weeks.  The papers
 include an incendiary account of a January 13 meeting in which,  Apple
 asserts, Bill Gates personally threatened Apple CEO Michael Spindler that
 Microsoft would stop developing applications software for Apple's
 Macintosh if Apple didn't abandon its work on a software development tool
 called OpenDoc.  Microsoft is developing a similar object- oriented
 development tool, OLE, that it hopes to make an industry standard.

 Microsoft's reaction to the letter was terse.  Senior vice president Bill
 Neukom told Fortune late Wednesday night:   "If the Apple believes it has
 some legal concerns about how Microsoft does business, they know how to
 find Microsoft and its law department. They haven't approached us yet."

 As a service to its Compuserve subscribers, FORTUNE is posting a
 electronic copy of the full text of the cover letter that accompanied the
 Apple court filing. It summarizes the company's provocative allegations.
 For a glimpse of the  *real* Silicon Valley, go to News & Views in the
 Fortune  Forum. (GO FFORUM)  The letter was written by Apple's vice
 president, general counsel and secretary, Edward B. Stead.

                                    ****

            Apple Lawsuit Regarding Microsoft Video For Windows:
                          Q & A, February 21, 1995

 Q1:  What is Microsoft's comment concerning the recent Apple lawsuit
 regarding Video For Windows?

 A:   Microsoft has done nothing wrong.  As a result, we are disappointed
 that Apple has chosen to take this matter to court rather than resolve it
 through constructive discussion.  For over two months, Microsoft has
 attempted to resolve this matter with Apple, but Apple has remained
 intransigent.

      Further, Microsoft would like to make it clear that we will defend
 our products, protect our customers and insulate our developers from the
 impact of Apple s legal actions.  Microsoft has issued a letter to
 developers outlining our commitment.  In particular, the letter states if
 Apple sues any developer over use and distribution of Microsoft  Video For
 Windows  1.1d Microsoft will defend any such lawsuit.

 Q2:  Apple has demanded developers join the QuickTime amnesty program and
 stop using Video For Windows 1.1d.  What is Microsoft doing about this?

 A:   We are defending our developers and vigorously contesting Apple s
 lawsuit.  Apple appears to be using this lawsuit and the attendant  PR
 campaign to compel developers to switch from Video For Windows to Apple 
 QuickTime  for Windows.  We think developers should be free to base their
 product decisions on superior technology and customer preference, not on
 litigation tactics or implicit threats.  Microsoft stands behind Video For
 Windows.  If Apple files a lawsuit against any developer for the
 distribution of Video For Windows 1.1d, Microsoft will defend that
 developer.

 Q3:  What should third party developers who use Video For Windows 1.1d do?

 A:   Developers should evaluate Apple s actions - including the amnesty
 program - on the merits and in the proper context.  That is, Apple has
 asked developers to support QuickTime For Windows by implying that, if
 developers don t, they will be sued.  Microsoft s response is we stand by
 our product, and we stand by our developers and customers.

 Q4:  Why did Apple file suit now?

 A:   You should ask Apple.  The pattern of events suggests that Apple felt
 they were better served by the publicity and confusion generated by a
 lawsuit than by providing Microsoft the basic information necessary to
 evaluate Apple s claims and work constructively to resolve any disputes. 
 It is unfortunate that Apple has chosen to communicate incomplete and
 misleading information to gain the public spotlight.

 Q5:  Did you try to settle this matter with Apple?

 A:   Repeatedly.  As soon as Apple sued Canyon, we suggested to Apple to
 meet with us on this matter.  Instead, Apple chose to steamroll a smaller,
 relatively defenseless party (Canyon) and refuse, for over six weeks, to
 meet.  When we finally did meet, we made three reasonable requests of
 Apple:  tell us exactly what code you believe is being misused; provide
 evidence of ownership of that code by Apple; and, if in fact there is a
 problem, propose a reasonable remedy.

      Apple refused to address our requests.  They refused to identify what
 Apple code was being infringed, much less reasonably demonstrate ownership
 of any code.  Yet they demanded that Microsoft cease all distribution of
 any  infringing  code, and that the code be recalled from both Microsoft
 and third party products.  Without reasonably specific information it was
 impossible for Microsoft to determine whether there was a real problem,
 what action should be taken or how to even proceed with Apple to come to
 any resolution.  In the weeks that followed, Apple continued to stall.  In
 fact, while Microsoft executives continued to pursue business discussions
 on the Monday and Tuesday prior to the Thursday filing of the lawsuit, the
 Apple PR machine was finalizing a carefully orchestrated publicity
 campaign.  We were surprised that Apple chose to file suit without giving
 the discussions a chance to succeed.

 Q6:  Exactly what code is involved?

 A:   This is what we would like to know.  What we do know is Microsoft
 licensed some low level driver code from Intel that Microsoft modified and
 included in Video For Windows 1.1d.  Intel apparently used Canyon as a
 subcontractor to develop some portion of that code.  Apple had apparently
 also used Canyon as a contractor to develop portions of QuickTime for
 Windows.  Apple claims that some of the driver code which Canyon developed
 for Intel had originally been developed for Apple.

      The code that appears to be in question is low-level assembly code
 which programs the registers of specific graphics chips.  Generally this
 code is derived from the reference manuals, data books, and sample code
 which is provided by the graphics chip vendors.  It is not clear at this
 point as to the origin and the ownership of the code in question.

 Q7:  Where is the disputed code found?

 A:   The disputed code is contained in a file called DCISVGA.DRV.  This
 driver is called by the implementation of DCI ( Display Control
 Interface ) that is part of Video For Windows 1.1d.

 Q8:  What is DCI?

 A:   DCI is an open specification published by Microsoft and Intel to
 guide hardware manufacturers in building display subsystems.  DCI is
 particularly focused upon the requirements of digital video.  DCI extends
 the benefits of Microsoft s Direct Video Access ( DVA ) technology that
 first appeared in Video For Windows 1.1 into a broader range of video
 hardware.  The primary difference between DCI and DVA is that the DCI
 implementation in Video For Windows 1.1d supports some additional chipsets
 and is an open specification which allows third parties to write their own
 drivers to be supported.

 Q9:  Why did you continue to ship the disputed code after Apple sued
 Canyon?

 A:   We licensed the code from Intel and therefore believed, and continue
 to believe, that the code belongs to Intel, not Apple.  To date, Apple has
 not provided evidence that disproves this.  It was also not at all clear
 what code was at issue. As stated above, Apple refused to provide any
 reasonable information on the matter.  Further, not being a party to the
 litigation with Canyon, Microsoft did not have access to the discovery
 produced to Apple.  Since we had licensed the code from a reputable and
 sophisticated party, Intel, the appropriate course seemed to be to
 continue with our business as usual and not react to unsubstantiated
 allegations and threats.

 Q10: Why did Apple s videotape show a performance difference between Video
 For Windows 1.1a and Video For Windows 1.1d?

 A:   Video For Windows 1.1d added support for two graphics chips that were
 not supported in prior releases.  Apple s demonstration videotape was
 carefully crafted to choose a graphics chip which was not supported in
 Video For Windows 1.1a.  Had Apple chosen to use one of the many graphics
 chips already supported in earlier versions of Video For Windows, the tape
 would have shown comparable performance between Video For Windows 1.1a and
 Video For Windows 1.1d.  Apple s use of this videotape misleads viewers
 into thinking that the performance difference is due to some change in
 underlying technology, rather than addition of a driver which supports the
 graphics chip running the video.  On either QuickTime For Windows or Video
 For Windows, running a video on an unsupported graphics chip results in
 poor performance.

      We have created a similar videotape demonstration which shows an .AVI
 file playing on a 486/66 PC (similar to the configuration used by Apple in
 its tape) under Windows  for Workgroups 3.11 with an ATI Mach32 VLB video
 card.  The Microsoft videotape clearly demonstrates that there is little,
 if any, performance difference between Video For Windows 1.1a and Video
 For Windows 1.1d.  This tape was shown to the court last Friday.

 Q11: How are Video for Windows and DCI being distributed?

 A:   The code which Microsoft licensed from Intel is included in Video For
 Windows 1.1d and the DCI 1.0 DDK ( Device Driver Kit ).  Video For
 Windows 1.1d is a developer toolkit.  Software developers would use this
 toolkit to create products to capture, edit, and playback digital video. 
 Graphics hardware developers would use the DCI toolkit to create device
 drivers.  These toolkits are distributed through the same mechanisms that
 are used for other Microsoft developer tools.  This includes electronic
 sources such as CompuServe  and Microsoft's Internet FTP server, as well
 as on CD-ROMs like the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) and the
 Jumpstart 2.0 CD. This is the typical way in which Microsoft distributes
 such tools.  The Video For Windows 1.1d toolkit comes with a license that
 permits developers to redistribute certain runtime files in object code
 form, including the DCISVGA.DRV file mentioned above.

      The code in question was not distributed with versions of Video for
 Windows prior to version 1.1d.

 Q12: Isn t QuickTime the only cross platform digital video standard?
 A:   No.  Starting with Video for Windows 1.1, Microsoft has shipped a
 converter for the Macintosh  to allow users and developers to use their
 Video for Windows movies on the Macintosh and to convert their QuickTime
 movies to Video for Windows. We have continued to improve this support. We
 recently announced our intention to support the Video for Windows file
 format on Apple systems without conversion.

 Q13: What Microsoft titles include the allegedly infringing code?

 A:   We are still completing our investigation in this respect.

 Q14: Will Apple's suit affect shipment of any Microsoft products?

 A:   We have not stopped shipment of any products.

 Q15: What happens next?

 A:   Apple has filed for a preliminary injunction to prohibit us from
 shipping the code in question.  The hearing on that is scheduled for March
 30.

 Q16: What if I have questions not answered in this document?

 A:   If you have any further questions, please feel free to email
 mmdinfo@microsoft.com.


 Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
 Apple and Macintosh are registered trademarks and QuickTime is a trademark
 o f   Apple  Computer,  Inc.  CompuServe  is  a  registered  trademark  of
 CompuServe, Inc.




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                 -/- Baker Now Internet Tale Victim -/-


     Jake Baker -- the 20-year-old college student whose fantasy account
 of rape, torture and death prompted his arrest after he posted it on
 the Internet -- now himself has been named as the victim in a similarly
 posted story.

     Writer Tanith Tyrr, 25, of Richmond, California, told the Detroit
 Free Press her Internet fantasy was written in retaliation against Baker,
 a University of Michigan sophomore who was indicted by a federal grand
 jury earlier this week.

     Baker, who has appealed his Feb. 2 suspension from the university,
 was being held without bond pending arraignment on a federal charge of
 interstate transmission of a threat to injure.

     As reported, Baker, a Boardman, Ohio, resident, was charged because
 his graphic account carried on the Internet in January contained the
 real name of a woman from a class he took in the fall. He could face up
 to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine, if convicted.

     According to The Associated Press, in Tyrr's story, "she confronts
 Baker on a street, points a gun at him and tortures him before shooting
 him." AP says federal authorities in California have not commented on
 whether Tyrr might face the same charges as Baker, but "Tyrr, who claims
 to have written and edited pornography for five years, said she wasn't
 worried about being charged. 'I don't think anyone would think I was
 serious,' she said."

     Defense attorney Douglas Mullkoff contends Baker, also known as
 Abraham Jacob Alkhabaz, is being unfairly treated because his story was
 taken out of context and that he poses no threat.



                -/- Mitnick Arrest Points to Problem -/-


     Security risk to consumers and businesses in an increasingly
 networked world are underscored in this week's arrest of notorious
 computer intruder Kevin Mitnick, analysts say.

     President Jim Bidzos of RSA Data Security Inc. in Redwood Shores,
 California, told Martin Wolk of the Reuter News Service, "The bottom
 line is that it is entirely possible -- and there are a large number
 of people who know how to do it -- to have the run of your computers."

     As reported yesterday (GO OLT-221), FBI and local law officials
 arrested 31-year-old Mitnick in a predawn raid in Raleigh, North
 Carolina Authorities allege Mitnick stole 20,000 credit card numbers and
 billions of dollars worth of corporate information in a two-year spree
 of computer piracy.

     Says Reuters, "The case is particularly alarming as businesses rush
 to tap into the giant computer network ... Internet to publicize and
 sell their products. ... While electronic commerce is becoming an
 increasingly important component of the Internet, experts warn that
 pirates are lurking throughout cyberspace."

     On this point, Ron Pernick, marketing director of The WELL, said,
 "There's no such thing as 100 percent security on the Net. That's
 because of the nature of the Net -- it's about the exchange of
 information and ideas."

     Mitnick -- convicted of stealing $1 million in software from
 computer giant Digital Equipment Corp., and more recently, he was
 suspected in break-ins at Motorola Corp. and Apple Computer Inc. -- is
 "an especially bad dude," says Bob Kruger, director of enforcement at
 the Business Software Alliance, "but unfortunately he's not all that
 special. There are plenty of people who aspire to be Mitnick, and
 plenty of people out there who could give him a run for their money."

     Bidzos, whose company provides encryption devices, says Mitnick's
 long record of hacking success should serve as a warning to businesses
 with "Internet fever, adding, "If there's a cable that leads out the
 back of it, then it can be hacked from the outside."

     Reuters commented, "Previously computer security experts believed
 they could establish 'firewalls' between the Internet and the server
 computer that serves as a bridge to individual users and in-house
 company networks. But last year an attack on the San Diego Computer
 Center, which ultimately led to Mitnick's arrest, proved that hackers
 working through the Internet could masquerade as a known computer to
 gain access to the institution's internal network."



                   -/- Mitnick Jailed Without Bond -/-


     Arrested fugitive computerist Kevin Mitnick, jailed in Raleigh,
 North Carolina, without bond, may use the phone to speak to his lawyers,
 his mother and his grandmother, but marshals or jailers must place and
 monitor the calls.

     As reported earlier, the 31-year-old Mitnick has been charged with
 computer fraud and illegal use of a phone access device and is accused
 of cracking security on some of the nation's most protected computers.

     Arrested by the FBI on Wednesday after a two-year manhunt, Mitnick
 appeared in court yesterday, but was not required to enter a plea yet.

     Prosecutors allege he commandeered cellular phone circuits to raid
 corporate computer systems and steal information worth more than
 $1 million, including at least 20,000 credit card numbers.

     Among Mitnick's alleged targets was the famed Sausalito, California,
 online service, The Well.

     "We're doing what we can, but it's impossible to give people the
 world with a fence around it," Well owner Bruce Katz told Associated
 Press writer Estes Thompson.

     Thompson says Mitnick's alleged security breach was so severe that
 Well technicians will have to rebuild the system, which has 10,000 users,
 from scratch next week.

     "We're actually going to have to go off the air for two full days to
 do it," Katz said, comparing it to evacuating a small town so police can
 search for bombs.

     "Since The Well was ravaged," Thompson writes, "it has moved all its
 internal communications and accounting systems behind a portion of its
 computer that the public can't reach. And a new password program going
 up next week will only let users chose 'strong passwords.'"

     Says Katz, "If people pick a word that's in the dictionary, it will
 tell them to find another."

     Meanwhile, security expert Tsutomu Shimomura, who led the high-tech
 posse that helped the FBI and Justice Department track down the suspect,
 has told the Reuter News Service that Mitnick may have been the world's
 most-wanted computer vandal, but he is far from the best.

     Speaking with Reuter's Colin Soloway, Shimomura says, "I don't think
 he's particularly good at this. I don't think in the great scheme of
 things he is particularly skilled. He could have done a lot more damage,
 could have been invisible doing it."

     Shimomura, a senior fellow at the San Diego Supercomputing Center
 who was one of the alleged victims of Mitnick's attacks, said that in
 the end it wasn't that hard to catch him.

     "It was very straightforward," Shimomura said, adding that once he
 and his colleagues discovered Mitnick had broken into The Well, they
 monitored his forays into dozens of other systems, including Apple,
 Motorola, NEC, and Silicon Graphics. With federal agents, they traced
 his calls back to a cellular phone exchange in Raleigh.

     "Just from California and the phone records we had him narrowed
 down to a couple of kilometers," Shimomura said.

     Security software designer Julia Menapace, who worked with Shimomura,
 said her team recovered many files that Mitnick had stored in systems.
 The files, which can be used as evidence, were easy to retrieve because
 Mitnick had not bothered to encrypt them.

     "It was carelessness, really," Menapace said. "I guess he thought no
 one would be looking for him. He didn't think he could be caught."

     Reuters notes agents seized a 200-channel police scanner from
 Mitnick's apartment at the time of the arrest Wednesday, noting, "When
 Mitnick eluded police by minutes in Seattle in October, a similar
 scanner was found in his apartment. To keep from tipping off Mitnick,
 neither Shimomura nor agents used radios or cellular phones and only
 used land lines sparingly for fear he was listening in."

     Shimomura told the wire service he believes Mitnick broke into his
 computer Christmas Day in order to steal security information and
 software tools that would help him break into other systems.

     He added, "He does not have technical expertise. He takes tools and
 assistance from others. His chief quality is persistence."


 >Shades of Bill Gates/Microsoft?

 Southern Baptist Convention Enters Bidding for Commodore International

 NASHVILLE (EP) -- In a surprise announcement today, lawyers for the
 Southern Baptist Convention tendered a bid for the assets of Commodore
 International, the ailing computer vendor which is currently in
 Chapter 11 protection from creditors. In light of Microsoft's
 acquisition of the Roman Catholic Church, announced on December 1st of
 last year, and IBM's bid to acquire the Episcopalian Church in the US,
 which was announced on January 4th of this year, it seemed likely that
 more mergers and acquisitions between computer companies and major
 religious groups, although this would mark the first time that a
 religious group acquired a computer company, rather than the other
 way around.

 Neither Commodore nor the SBC would make an official comment on the
 story, preferring to wait and see whether the SBC offer is accepted
 before making any official announcements. Details of the offer have
 not been made public, but analysts speculate that, in view of competing
 offers for Commodore already on the table, the SBC would have to agree
 to assume all outstanding debts of Commodore, as well as a cash
 offering. Since the SBC is not traded on any major stock exchange, a
 stock swap does not appear to be an option.

 Some analysts speculate that Commodore and the SBC would make good
 "fit." Commodore has never had particularly effective marketing,
 preferring to compete on price. Thus, technically accomplished
 products like the Amiga languished in the marketplace, while other,
 less capable products took most of the market share. Then too,
 Commodore offers a nice product mix to the SBC. "Baptists never seem
 to be able to get along with one another," commented an SBC source who
 asked to remain unnamed. "Any time you get two Baptists together, you
 get three opinions!"  None of Commodore's product lines -- the
 Commodore 64/128, Amiga, or MS-DOS compatibles, are capable of running
 the same software. Some observers speculate that the SBC will revive
 production of the discontinued Commodore 64/128 line, in order to offer
 Baptists a full range of incompatible options. In fact, some speculate
 that the SBC would attempt to re-enter Commodore's original electronics
 market -- the desktop calculator.  "Hey, in some Baptist churches, a
 calculator would be pretty radical technology!" commented an anonymous
 Baptist source.

 Programmers at Broadman, developers of the Church Information System
 sold through Baptist Bookstores, are said to be hard at work porting
 CIS to the Commodore 64/128 and Amiga platforms. Some managers at
 Baptist Bookstores are already trying to find room in their stores to
 fit in demo models of the different computer lines. "I just really
 don't know where to put them!" one manager wailed. "I just can't really
 sacrifice the praying hands snow globes, or the glow-in-the-dark Holy
 Family steak knives. Maybe I'll just cut back on the Guy and Ralna
 albums, but that's just really hard to do!"

 Commodore and the Southern Baptist Convention have some interesting
 parallels. The Baptists originally began in Europe, although they have
 achieved their greatest market penetration in North America.  The
 Southern Baptists are reported to have 14 million users in the United
 States, with overseas marketing divisions in most countries of the
 world.

 On the other hand, Commodore began in North America, and have had their
 greatest success recently in Europe, where the Amiga holds a sizeable
 market share in Germany. "That should be no surprise," said a Baptist
 insider who refused to divulge his name. "A prophet is without honor in
 his home town."

 Copyright (c) 1995 Evangelical Press


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                               JAGUAR SECTION
                               ==============


 Cannon Fodder Out!  New Jag Prices!
 More Vintage Minter!  Defender 2000
 And much more!


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


      Well, Cannon Fodder is out and Marty Mankins has it in his hands.
 We should have a full review of it shortly.  We're hoping that this
 initial offering for 1995 will lead to a flood of games in coming
 months.  With the CD ROM player due out within a month (he said
 hopefully!), things might start happening once again.  Sooner or later,
 these long periods of droughts have to end!
   
      We've got some interesting tidbits for you this week, including
 new price reductions for the core Jaguar system.  Also, that amazing
 Minter has been busy on the World Wide Web - captured and re-posted
 here for your entertainment!
   
      Let's get to the rest of the column, and then get back to our
 Jaguars!!  Me, I'm already for more Iron Soldier and Val D'Isere
 snowboarding!

      Until next time...

                   ______________________________________


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

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

    CAT #   TITLE                 MSRP      DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER

     J9000  Cybermorph           $59.99         Atari Corp.
     J9006  Evolution:Dino Dudes $49.99         Atari Corp.
     J9005  Raiden               $49.99     FABTEK, Inc/Atari Corp.
     J9001  Trevor McFur/
            Crescent Galaxy      $49.99         Atari Corp.
     J9010  Tempest 2000         $59.95     Llamasoft/Atari Corp.
     J9028  Wolfenstein 3D       $69.95       id/Atari Corp.
     JA100  Brutal Sports FtBall $69.95          Telegames
     J9008  Alien vs. Predator   $69.99     Rebellion/Atari Corp.
     J9029  Doom                 $69.99        id/Atari Corp.
     J9036  Dragon: Bruce Lee    $59.99         Atari Corp.
     J9003  Club Drive           $59.99         Atari Corp.
     J9007  Checkered Flag       $69.99         Atari Corp.
     J9012  Kasumi Ninja         $69.99         Atari Corp.
     J9042  Zool 2               $59.99         Atari Corp
     J9020  Bubsy                $49.99         Atari Corp
     J9026  Iron Soldier         $59.99         Atari Corp
     J9060  Val D'Isere Skiing   $59.99         Atari Corp.
            Cannon Fodder                         Virgin

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

     CAT #   TITLE               MSRP          DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER

             CatBox              $69.95               ICD
             Hover Strike        $59.99              Atari

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

     CAT #   TITLE               MSRP          MANUFACTURER

     J8001  Jaguar (complete)   $249.99        Atari Corp.
     J8904  Composite Cable     $19.95      
     J8901  Controller/Joypad   $24.95         Atari Corp.
     J8905  S-Video Cable       $19.95
            Jaguar CD-ROM       $149.99        Atari Corp.

                   ______________________________________


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

                CATnips.... Jaguar Notes from Don Thomas
  
 Here's welcome news....
  
 I spoke this afternoon with a dealer who had Cannon Fodder in stock.
 He just got them in and, although he was already beginning to sell them,
 he assured me that he could get more fast. To verify this great news, I
 called another dealer known to get software fast for their customers and
 he assured me he was filling orders for his customers tomorrow (Friday).
  
 What's a Cannon Fodder?... here's the excerpt from a recent press
 release...

 "Cannon Fodder: War has never been so much fun. The first of a new
 caliber of games published by Computer West, Cannon Fodder is a product
 brought to us from the innovative people at Virgin. Command your
 company through enemy territories and hostile environments; jungles, 
  swamps and frozen wastelands. Highlights of this whimsical and
 entertaining approach to war are: Over 300 conscripts with different
 skills, 72 phases of action, 24 different missions, an animated
 introduction, an ambient soundtrack complete with the howling of icy
 winds and a projected minimum of 50 hours to complete the game by most
 gamers."
  
 "...probably the most addicting game since 'Lemmings'.", Electronic
 Gaming Monthly.

 Cannon Fodder kicks off a 1995 assortment of third-party games. Also
 look for Troy Aikman Football, Ultra Vortex, International Sensible
 Soccer, Theme Park, Syndicate and Double Dragon V coming soon to your
 favorite Jaguar retailer.
  
 If you are a retailer and carry Cannon Fodder in your stores, let me
 know and I'll pass the word. It's a fun game and I expect gamers will
 find it absorbing a lot of their time.

  --Don Thomas
    Atari Corporation


                 CATnips... Jaguar news from Don Thomas
  
 I have attached a note recently released by Mr. Sam Tramiel, President
 of Atari Corporation. It is intended to let the online community know
 that we (Atari) hear them and to assure them that recent pricing
 strategies implemented by many of the retailers are paving the way for
 the Jaguar to become more and more of a mainstream multimedia
 entertainment product.
  
 My only two concerns are that:
  
 1) people are not disappointed if they pass up the opportunity to get
    a free Tempest 2000 or Wolfenstein 3D PLUS a controller by buying the
    system as it is now available. Even if your retailer has a slightly
    higher price, this is a tremendous value.
  
 2) the "cost reduced" Jaguar, Mr. Tramiel refers to does not include
    any cartridges or free offers.
  
 In the meantime, we know how much the online community helps us and
 stands by us and we want to let you know as much as we can as soon as
 possible.
  
 From Sam Tramiel...
  
 "The recent price decrease for the Jaguar at ToysRUs and Babbages, and
 Electronic Boutique, has caused a lot of speculation amongst our loyal
 Jaguar fans. Please don't go over the edge in your speculation. We at
 Atari will be making a public announcement in the very near future, end
 Feb early March, about the future pricing plans for Jaguar. Our plans
 revolve around the fact that we have cost reduced the system and want
 to make the Jag a mass market product. The announced price will make
 the Jag very affordable and will insure its success in the marketplace.
 The Jaguar will be the most affordable of the new systems and with the
 many great titles out there and new software titles coming it is a must
 buy."
  
  --Sam Tramiel
  
                  _________________________________________


 > Jaguar Developers STR InfoFile  -  Current Developer Lists & Titles
   """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""


 Game Title             Date   Game Type           MSRP      Publisher
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------
 Air Cars               1Q/95  Racing/Combat       $59.99    Midnight Ent.
 Alien vs Predator       NOW   Role Play/Adventure $69.99    Atari
 Arena Football         1Q/95  Sports               TBD      V Reel
 Assault                1Q/95  Action/Combat       $59.99    Midnight Ent.
 Baldy (CD)             2Q/95  Action/Adventure     TBD      Atari
 Barkley Basketball     2Q/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 Battlemorph            1Q/95  Flying/Action       $59.99    Atari
 Battle Sphere          1Q/95  Space/Combat         TBD      4-Play
 Battle Wheels          1Q/95  Racing/Combat        TBD      Beyond Games
 Blue Lightning (CD)    1Q/95  Flying/Action       $59.99    Atari
 Brett Hull Hockey (CD) 2Q/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 Brutal Sports Football  NOW   Sports/Combat       $69.99    Telegames
 Bubsy                   NOW   Action/Adventure    $49.99    Atari
 Burnout                1Q/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 Cannon Fodder           NOW   Action/Adventure     TBD      Virgin
 Casino Royale           2Q/95 Gambling             TBD      Telegames
 CD League Bowling (CD)  2Q/95 Sports               TBD      V Real
 Checkered Flag          NOW   Racing              $69.99    Atari
 Club Drive              NOW   Racing              $59.99    Atari
 Commando               2Q/95  Action/Combat        TBD      Atari
 Creature Shock (CD)    1Q/95  Adventure/Sci-Fi     TBD      Atari/Virgin
 Cybermorph              NOW   Flying/Action       $59.99    Atari
 Dactyl Joust           2Q/95  Action               TBD      Atari
 Demolition Man (CD)    1/95   Action/Combat       $59.99    Atari
 Doom                    NOW   Action/Combat       $69.99    Atari
 Double Dragon V        1Q/95  Action/Adventure    $59.99    Williams
 Dragon:Bruce Lee Story  NOW   Combat              $59.99    Atari
 Dragon Lair (CD)       1Q/95  Adventure            TBD      Ready Soft
 Dreadnought (CD)       2Q/95  Adventure            TBD      Atari
 Dungeon Depths         1Q/95  Action/Adventure    $59.99    Midnight Ent.
 Evolution: Dino Dudes   NOW   Puzzle/Adventure    $49.99    Atari
 Fight For Life         1Q/95  Combat               TBD      Atari
 Flashback              1Q/95  Action/Adventure     TBD      US Gold
 Flip Out               2Q/95  Puzzle               TBD      Atari
 Freelancer 2120 (CD)   2Q/95  Adventure/Sci-Fi     TBD      Atari
 Galactic Gladiators    2Q/95  Space/Combat         TBD      Photosurr.
 Graham Gooch Cricket   2Q/95  Sports               TBD      Telegames
 Hammerhead             2Q/95  Flying/Sci-Fi        TBD      Atari  
 Hardball Baseball      2Q/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 Highlander (CD)        1Q/95  Action/Adventure    $59.99    Atari
 Horrorscope            1Q/95  Combat               TBD      V Reel
 Hover Hunter           2Q/95  Action/Adventure     TBD      Hyper Image
 Hover Strike           1Q/95  Action/Combat       $59.99    Atari
 Iron Soldier            NOW   Action/Strategy     $59.99    Atari
 Jack Nicklaus Golf(CD) 2Q/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 James Pond 3           2Q/95  Action/Adventure     TBD      Telegames
 Kasumi Ninja            NOW   Combat              $69.99    Atari
 Legions of the Undead  2Q/95  Role Playing/Adv.    TBD      Atari
 Off Road Rally         2Q/95  Racing               TBD      TWI
 Phear                  2Q/95  Puzzle               TBD      Atari
 Pinball Fantasies      1Q/95  Arcade               TBD      21st Cent.
 Rage Rally             1Q/95  Racing               TBD      Atari
 Raiden                  NOW   Action/Adventure    $49.99    Atari
 Rayman                 1Q/95  Action/Adventure     TBD      UBI Soft
 Redemption (CD)        2Q/95  Adventure            TBD      Atari
 Robinson Requiem       1Q/95  Adventure            TBD      Atari
 Ruiner Pinball         2Q/95  Arcade               TBD      Atari
 Sensible Soccer        1Q/95  Sports               TBD      Telegames
 Soccer Kid             1Q/95  Sports               TBD      Ocean
 Soul Star (CD)         2Q/95  Action/Sci-Fi        TBD      Atari
 Space Ace (CD)         2Q/95  Space/Combat         TBD      Ready Soft
 Space War 2000         1Q/95  Action/Adventure    $59.99    Atari
 Syndicate              1Q/95  Simulation           TBD      Ocean
 Tempest 2000            NOW   Action/Adventure    $59.99    Atari
 Theme Park             1Q/95  Simulation           TBD      Ocean
 Tiny Toon Adventures   1Q/95  Action/Adventure    $59.99    Atari
 Trevor McFur            NOW   Action/Adventure    $49.99    Atari
 Troy Aikman NFL Ftball 1Q/95  Sports              $69.99    Williams
 Ultimate Brain Games   1Q/95  Puzzle               TBD      Telegames
 Ultra Vortex           1Q/95  Action/Adventure    $69.99    Beyond Games
 Val D'Isere Skiing...   NOW   Sports              $59.99    Atari
 Vid Grid (CD)          1Q/95  Puzzle/Music Video   TBD      Atari
 White Men Can't Jump   1Q/95  Sports               TBD      TriMark
 Wolfenstein 3D          NOW   Combat/Action       $59.99    Atari
 Zodiac Fighters        2Q/95  Combat               TBD      V-Real
 Zool2                   NOW   Action/Adventure    $59.99    Atari

 [Editor's note: Titles, scheduled release dates, and prices are
 verified from Atari and Edelman Public Relations - all subject to
 change]

                  ________________________________________


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

 From STReport staffer & CIS SysOp Jeff Kovach, from CIS:

 Sb: 2/12 D2K Update
 Fm: SYSOP*Jeff Kovach 70761,3015
 To: All

 Time for a couple of more updates on Defender 2000, from Jeff Minter's
 world wide web page:

 --------------

 D2K at 12 Feb 1995


 Finished off my warp sequence on Monday, then decided that I needed some
 momentary screens to flash up at entry and exit to warp.  Doing this, I
 got struck by the Bug from Hell.  You get one of these from time to time.
 My new circledraw, which is a pretty simple thing and had been working
 perfectly, started going bananas.  At first I thought this might be the
 infamous A1 clipping bug manifesting itself again, and indeed after I
 inserted some voodoo to ward it off the problem seemed to go away.  Then,
 upon adding a satisfying noise on exit from warp, once again the blitter
 began to emulate multiple curved yellow fruit.  Hmm... problem appeared
 to be dependent on the position of code... something somewhere must be
 treading on RAM...

 Eventually after an extensive debuggery session I found that in part of
 a GPU module I wrote at the start of November, if a certain value was
 $ffc8, it would fritz my circledraw.  Closer inspection revealed that
 I had typed 'r23' instead of 'r24' on one line of the code, so a byte
 was getting written to wherever r23 was pointing at, which could be
 anywhere... fixed the typo, all was funky.

 Removed the Lissajous explosions and reinstated pixelshatter.  Much
 happier, the explosion density is back up there.  Since the sprites are
 truecolour and the explosion-plane is 256 colour, there is a slight
 downgrade of the colour resolution of a shattering image, as it's
 translated to an approximation in the 256-colour plane; you won't care,
 as all the pixels are receding from each other very quickly anyway.

 Even so, *still* dropping out of 60Hz when you've a s***load of swarmers
 onscreen and plying the Llightning Llaser.  Tried various optimisations,
 got some stuff back, but still you'd get the framedrop.  Noticed that
 the framedrop always occurred around the biggest mountains, due to the
 blitter sucking bandwidth to draw the wibbly textures... so: simple
 solution, reduce the mountain height in Plus.  60Hz all the way. Goody.

 Put in the Llightning Llaser gauge - no longer unlimited.  Extra charge
 is added when you get an extra life and Smart Bomb.

 Then, put in a new enemy you're going to hate.  I call it the Phish, it
 looks like a kind of robot pterodactyl that flicks a tail like a fish.
 It flies towards you as soon as it 'sees' you, and takes multiple shots
 to kill. This makes it a pain on your Llightning Llaser - it drains
 multiple charges, and holds the laser for a long time - for example, if
 you come out the Star Gate with LL activated, expecting to pop a Llander
 and tractor up the Humanoid, if there's a Phish on the screen your
 llaser gets locked onto it for long enough that you miss the Llander
 and it's byebye Humanoid, hello Mutant.

 Phish fire bursts of conventional bullets whenever you shoot them.  They
 also emit, when they're on the same screen as you, a stream of tiny
 goats - yeah, I know, Atari will probably want me to change the
 graphics - which bounce about leaping off the mountainsides.  These are
 a menace.  It's all too easy to catch a goat upside your ship while
 you're busy trying to catch a Humanoid.

 Finally last week, I decided that I wanted a neat effect when you Smart
 Bomb, so I produced this big circular explosion which expands over the
 screen when you do so.  It looked so neat, that I thought it might look
 good if applied to the Llightning Llaser too, and by God it does!  When
 you cut loose in the middle of Swarmers it's like multiple flashbulbs
 going off all over the screen. And still inside the 60Hz.  Yummy, yummy.

 Next up - I have a small bug I need to fix, then maybe some AI assist to
 help you deal with everything..
  
 \ (:-)


 Sb: 2/17 D2K Update
 Fm: SYSOP*Jeff Kovach 70761,3015
 To: All

 And now the current contents of Jeff Minter's web page:

 -------------

 From: llamaman@ix.netcom.com (Jeffrey Minter) Subject: The D2K updates
 from offa my Web page Date: 17 Feb 1995 21:21:30 GMT

 Jaguar Developments - from my Web page

 These are the Jag/D2K updates from my web page, which I have been asked
 to post here for those who are interested and don't have Web access.
 I'll post updates here as well as on the Web from now on.

 \ (:-)


 D2K at 17 Feb 1995

 Just a quick report on this week's activities - I have just received the
 forms which will get me my visa, allowing me to live and work here in
 California for a few years, and I have to nip back to Blighty tomorrow
 to complete the formalities at the American embassy in London.  I'll be
 gone about a week, and I'll doubtless avail myself of the opportunity
 to have a vindaloo and a few pints of llager, hang out with my UK mates,
 drink proper beer, experience proper English February weather (i.e. cold
 and icy), and most importantly collect my ski gear!  It'll be a relief
 to finally get my visa, so I can stop being just a visitor, and do
 important stuff like buy that Mazda MX-5 and get the hell out of this
 apartment and into somewhere with beastie-support capability.  I notice
 that the documentation says that I will officially become an Alien
 Worker. I hope that doesn't mean I'll have to be forever looking over
 my shoulder watching out for Ripley...

 The game's going *fine*.  I am most pleased with Plus.  Started the week
 by adding in an AI droid, which hovers near your ship 'till it 'sees' an
 enemy, then swoops in and lasers it up.  I lliked it so much, and as
 it's just another generic object and easy to have other iterations of,
 I decided to give you a pair of these little beauties, one each side of
 the ship.  They're great. They're fast and smart and you can really kick
 some severe botty with them at your side.  Then, as they were so cool, I
 decided to make them even smarter, and have them catch falling Humanoids
 as well, and bring them back to your ship.  This proved to be totally
 cool.  It's just great to be in the thick of things, bad guys everywhere,
 robopterodactyls disgorging streams of bouncing, tail-twitching goats,
 Llightning Llaser blazing, and see your droids flash off, execute a
 couple of flawless rescues, and bring you the booty.

 Then, since the droids were so effective, I decided to crank up the enemy
 density on Plus.  You get twice as many Llanders per rez-in, and twice as
 many on any given wave.  This makes the higher levels *unbelievably*
 busy, but you've got the droids at your side, and your rapidfire
 laser's a-pumping, and you can *handle it*.   Everything's just
 screaming by, big explosions all over the place, shreds of enemies
 everywhere, and it keeps 60Hz.  Yum, yum, yum. I've been playing with
 the first demo tune sent to us by Imagitec playing back on the PC's
 speakers, volume on high, got up to level 30 odd, with 700,000
 points - and I'm starting to get that intense, buzzing speed-rush that
 I love in a game... mighty fine. Got some new artworx from my artist
 today, but I probably won't get a chance to put them in until I get
 back from the Old Country ... after they're in, I'm gonna pull back
 off Plus, 'coz it's 90 percent there now, and get into the
 let's-torture-the-object-processor stuff which will let me determine
 how much funky stuff I can throw into the backgrounds on 2K. Then I
 can give my graphic artist specs on the BG generator and have him get
 *really* busy....

 It's llooking more and more like this is gonna be on CD, so you can
 llook forward to totally awesome music, no limitations as we'll be
 doing direct redbook audio.  Also we can have a s***load of levels,
 and I'd kinda like to do a historical section on there as well, as we
 get so much room; an interview with Eugene Jarvis, maybe, and other
 historical data about Defender.

 Anyway, that's it for now... right, I'm gonna have four masala
 pappadoms, a nan, and a chicken vindaloo with pilau rice, not to
 mention a couple of pints of llager... I'm salivating already.

 \ (:-) - playing T2K on my llaptop on the flight, no doubt...


 Sb: Minter Interview
 Fm: SYSOP*Jeff Kovach 70761,3015
 To: All

 From the Internet, an interview with Jeff Minter:
 ------------
  Newsgroups: rec.games.video.atari
  From: rbarbaga@jupiter.cs.uml.edu (Ralph Barbagallo)
  Subject: Hey, here's my unpublished Jeff Minter interview.
  Date: 20 Feb 1995 18:01:26 GMT


      Hey, last year, around when Tempest 2000 came out, I did an
 e-mail interview with Jeff minter that was supposed to get printed in
 good ol' NewType Gaming.  It never did, but well here it is.  Just
 to add to the raging Minter Mania here in r.g.v.atari. :)

 Ralph Barbagallo:

      Over the many years you have been involved in electronic
 entertainment, you have created many games.  A lot of them have become
 genuine classics.  Which game was your favorite project to work on?

 Jeff Minter:

      Probably have to be Tempest 2000, as not only was I given free
 rein to mess with what I consider to be one of the best shoot-em-up
 designs ever, but also I had *totally* kickin' hardware to do it with...
      I guess the most creative satisfaction I've had has been with
 the light synthesizers, since they're more entirely mine than any game
 I've done (as all games are basically variations on a number of
 established themes).
 ---
 RB:

      Have you heard from the creator of the original Tempest, David
 Theurer, on how he likes your version?

 JM:

      ...I regret that I have had no contact with the esteemed
 gentleman and therefore am unaware of how he likes Tempest 2000....
 ---
 RB:

      There has been a lot of misinformation floating around about the
 Jaguar's hardware.  Since you're a developer, could you give us some
 insight on how powerful the Jaguar really is (without breaking NDA of
 course).  Could you clear up the rumors about the 68000's function in
 the system?

 JM:

      Well, the thing about Jag is multiple parallel processing: different
 processors optimized to do particular jobs most efficiently.  The 68K is
 basically there to do non-compute-intensive stuff - you know, sync to
 the frame interrupt, read the joysticks, run game logic, etc.  The GPU
 is a general-purpose RISC CPU in its own right, optimized towards
 graphics calculations.  Typically a Jag programmer places code in the
 GPU to do things like poly rendering and matrix transformations.  Why
 do a multiply on the 68K, taking 70-odd cycles, when you can do it in
 the GPU in one?
      The Blitter is one of the true 64-bit devices, and basically hurls
 data about at ridiculous rates.  You can do *lovely* things in just one
 blitter op, like the melty screen effects and motion blur.  The icing on
 the cake is the ability to do blits which are rotated and scaled, and the
 ability to draw lines of Gouraud-shaded pixels at full 64-bit bus
 bandwidth.  You also get z-buffering.  The combination of GPU and Blitter
 is particularly effective: if you keep the GPU inside its on-chip RAM it
 can run completely off the system bus, so you can have the GPU
 calculating stuff for one line of a poly or effect while the Blitter gets
 on with drawing the previous line.
      Then you have the Object Processor, which is another 64-bit
 beastie which is basically the best hardware sprite engine you ever saw.
 The distinction between sprites and playfields disappears entirely; you
 can have 'objects' as small as a pointing cursor or as large as a big
 playfield, with any bit depth; you get transparency and scaling too.
 Then you have the DSP: another RISC CPU, this time optimized for audio
 processing, giving you any kind of sound synthesis you can dream up and
 code.
      If you move to a Jag after an ST or Amiga, believe me, it'll blow
 yer t*ts off.  :)
 ---
 RB:

       Although you do work with others on your game projects, you seem
 to be part of a shrinking group of one-man programming teams.  Do you
 think the days of the small development team and the spare-bedroom game
 company are numbered due to the invasion of media giants like MCA and
 Viacom into the video game industry?

  JM:

      No, not really.  There are certain *kinds* of games it is
 impossible for one individual to create - these massive FMV jobs with
 digitized actors etc. for example.  People seem to think that because it
 is now possible to create such games, ordinary arcade-style blasters
 will die out.  This simply is not true.  Sometimes you don't want to
 play a massive, complex game for hours - sometimes you just want to
 sit down and give those aliens a good kicking.
      Tempest 2000 is a very simple game - basically glorified Space
 Invaders on speed in pseudo-3D - but it seems to be causing a few sore
 thumbs amongst Jaguar owners nonetheless ;-) and it's quite possible for
 an individual to code such a game.  What you *do* have to do now is
 employ professional graphic artists and musicians (and I was lucky to
 have excellent examples of both on T2K), but it's still possible just
 to sit at home coding and put it all together yourself.
      Also, remember Tetris... one guy from out of nowhere comes up
 with a game with virtually *no* graphics, which could be written in ten
 lines of BASIC, which just happens to become one of the most successful
 games of all time, ported or cloned to just about every platform in
 existence (I know of a version which runs on character-mode Unix
 terminals) That could happen again.
  ---
 RB:

      It seems that the first wave of video games originated in the USA,
 then the Japanese became the central player, but Europe's influence is
 steadily growing.  Is it possible that as far as software, Europe may
 become the new focus in the industry?

 JM:

      Hmmm... certainly there are a lot of skillful coders here, with
 years of experience from the ST and Amiga markets which never really took
 off in the US and Japan... look at the Jaguar, for example: out of the
 initial releases, Cybermorph, T2K, Kasumi Ninja, AVP and Humans, all UK
 programmed... I wouldn't like to go so far as to say that Europe will
 necessarily be *the* new focus, but I do believe there's a lot of
 coding talent in Europe which will surely be sought-after by the console
 manufacturers.
  ---
  RB:

      What do you think of the industry from an artistic standpoint?
 How do you feel about the level of creativity in current game designs?
 Are people spending too much time concentrating on using the technology
 rather than the actual content of the game?

 JM:

      Well, most of the mainstream 16-bit console games *do* seem to
 have fallen into a bit of a rut... loads of RType scrolly-shooters,
 loads of generic platformers etc... but I think the emergence of the
 more powerful systems is inspiring game designers to start doing more
 with their designs... I think there's a bit of a danger of
 'everybody do DOOM' though which we'll have to watch out for..
      I like the idea of Atari's to resurrect the old designs and
 bring them up to date for 2000 versions though, as a lot of those designs
 were successful at a time when you couldn't just clothe the same old
 gameplay in newer, prettier graphics, it was all down to top design...
 add state of the art graphics and sound to an established classic design
  and you've gotdynamite!  Use of the tech is important, but the single
 most important factor in any game is playability, and designers should
 *never* lose track of that.  Remember Tetris...
  ---
 RB:

      You've been on the inside early on with many Atari projects
 including the Panther, Jaguar, and now the Jaguar CDROM.  Could you tell
 us a little bit more about the project you are working on for the CDROM

 JM:

      Yeah, it's a bit of code which runs when you go to play an audio
 CD on the Jag CDROM.  Basically, it generates psychedelic effects
 according to the music.  There should be almost 100 settings suitable
 for everything from rave to ambient.  The user can also interact with
 the pattern generation using the joypad and firebuttons.  Sort of like
 what they did on the 3D0, but a lot better.  And no, I didn't get the
 idea from the 3D0, I have been working on light synthesizers on various
 hardware platforms for 10 years!

 --
 Ralph A. Barbagallo III --- rbarbaga@cs.uml.edu --- Only AMIGA makes it
 URL: http://www.uml.edu/~rbarbaga "Don't be a Dunk!"*   Possible...   *
 R.I.P. Jay Miner: June 20th 1994  Father of the 2600, Atari 8bit, Amiga
 -=-VAPS Member=-=-Classic Game Collector=-=-Broke Freelance Journalist=-

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 Well folks, I've been found by the fickle finger of fate yet again...
 As I booted up my trusty STe to capture some of the info for this week's
 column, my modem hiccuped and froze like a Minnesota pond in January
 (nice imagery, isn't it?).

 It turns out that it was only the saved profiles that got blown away
 instead of a mechanical or electrical failure in the modem itself and I
 was able to re-load the factory default settings, but now I'm left with
 the un-enviable task of remembering all of the settings that I had
 "tweaked" to get every last ounce of speed and reliability out of my
 modem (not to mention getting my BBS up-and-running again).

 So take a bit of advice from me:  In your terminal program (while
 off-line) type "AT&V" (without the quotes) and capture the resulting
 text.  Save it as a file and print out as hard copy as well.  If you
 wish, you can simplify the task of re-installing these values by adding
 an "AT" before each line, changing the colons to equal signs, and
 removing the spaces between the characters in each line.  Then, if your
 modem ever hiccups on you, you can simply load the file into your
 type-ahead buffer and send the settings to the modem then save them by
 typing "ATWn" (where "n" is the profile number).

 Had I done this, this week's column would be the usual length.  Gee, how
 modems have advanced in the past fifteen years.  I can remember my
 college computer lab's Hayes 300 baud modem (remember that cool
 smoke-grey acrylic case and the rainbow-colored ribbon cable that kept
 going flaky?)

 It was all much simpler then... just a few peeks and pokes and, pow, I
 was computing at the break-neck speed of 300 characters per second...
 And I can remember my professor telling us how pampered we were because
 he remembered when 110 bits per second was "the only speed in town".
 Well, perhaps some day we'll all be telling our grandkids that we
 remember back when no one had a positronic optical multiplexing
 sub-ether virtual gigabaud modem (neutronium pattern buffers optional,
 of course)  ... well, maybe not all of that, but you never know! 

 Okay, let's get on with the reason for this column:  All the news,
 hints, tips, and other miscellaneous stuff to be found each week right
 here on CompuServe.


 From the Atari Computing Forums
 ===============================


 David [no last name available] asks for help:

   "I have a defective mouse on my 520 ST, can anyone recomend a
   replacement. Will a PC mouse work on an Atari?"

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine tells David:

   "The Golden Image mouse is the replacement one I have for my Atari ST.
   It works great.  You can find it at Atari dealers like Toad Computers."

 In addition to the Golden Image mouse, I'd like to mention the Best
 Electronics "Fancy Mouse"... It's really cool.  It has a clear case so
 that you can see the circuit board, ball and rollers.  It also has
 several LEDs that blink as you move the mouse... It's quite a
 conversation-piece, and is in the same price range as the Golden Image
 and Beetle mice.

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells David:

   "A PC *bus mouse* (not the more commonly available serial mouse) will
   work on an ST with some modifications.  We have a number of text files
   in our library that tell how to do this if you're interested..  just
   BROwse in the library with the keyword of  MOUSE  to find them.
   
   Also, what exactly is the problem with your urrent mouse..?
   
   There are some problems which are fairly common, and some can be fixed
   fairly easily..."

 While we're on the subject of mice, Carl Katz asks:

   "Has anyone out there experienced what appears to be an ST  TOS bug,
   where the cursor control inverts and up becomes down and down becomes
   up? (Right and left maintain there integrity). I have experimented with
   dropping AUTO accessories to no avail. Any info or solutions would be
   greatly appreciated."

 My friend Myles Cohen tells Carl:

   "Yes...I have...annoying isn't it...

   Found out I was the victim of a virus...You may be one too...
   
   Cure:  Virus killing program..."

 Michel Vanhamme tells Carl:

   "That seems to be the work of the "Ghost" virus. Except for the mouse
   cursor being inverted, it doesn't do anything harmful. I've had this
   virus a few years back.  Solution: a virus killer, and patience, you'll
   have to check all your floppies. When I discovered it, I had to
   disinfect about 40-50 floppy disks!"

 Carl tells Michel:

   "Thanks for the info, I actually experienced this problem five years
   ago when started using my 1040, and it just seemed to disappear
   spontaneously. Problem is I just purchased a hard drive and its quite
   clear that the new HD is the source of the problem. Thankfully it has a
   virus killer."

 Uh-oh, I hope that Carl is mistaken about the virus originating from the
 hard drive, because the _original_ Ghost Virus was floppy-based
 _only_... it only affected you when you booted with an "infected" floppy
 in drive A.

 Carl comes back after trying the best shareware virus killer around and
 says:

   "I have tried unsuccessfully two run a later version of the virus
   killing program that I have- VKILLER-. I down loaded ver 3.84 and can't
   run it... I keep on getting TOS error #35 shortly after launching the
   program. This also happened with a TOS symtoms program that I
   downloaded. I initially thought that the programs had to be
   decompressed, and downloaded a two programs to try, and received the
   message "nothing to extract". Does anyone one know what TOS error #35
   is.
   
   I need a version of VKILLER that can access my hard drive, ver 3 has
   no "C" hard disk option. Any info will be greatly appreciated."

 Sysop Bob tells Carl:

   "So far none of the Atari viruses that I know about will infect a hard
   drive...  thus the lack of anything other than A and B drives in the
   virus killer programs.
   
   Did you get any floppy disks at the same time as the hard drive..?
   Those would be the main suspect in a virus infection, as the Atari
   viruses ride on floppy disk boot sectors.
   
   Did you uncompress the files you downloaded..?
   
   One of the most common causes of TOS ERROR #35 is trying to run a
   compressed file that was downloaded without using an uncompression
   utility to restore it to its original form."

 Frank Heller tells Sysop Bob:

   "As far as I can gather, there are such things as "link"
   viruses...that get into the hard drives. Check with Oregon Research
   about Ultimate Virus Killer. They can be reached via GO ATARIVEN. There
   is a brand new revision just shipping.  You might want to ask them what
   this link thing is all about."

 Bob tells Frank:

   "There's been talk about "link viruses" for years, but still as far as
   my personal experience, I've never known anyone who's had any exposure
   to them, or known anyone else who has...
   
   Theoretically a "link virus" will infect an individual program file,
   and thus can be transmitted by a downloaded file, and affect hard
   drives (so yes, it's a real danger), but so far we haven't seen them
   materialize. (Fingers crossed!)"


 Well folks, I know that the column is _very_ short this week (HEY!  Stop
 clapping, Lloyd ), but it is getting late and I still must try to
 fix my modem settings (right now I'm using the factory defaults which
 aren't quite what I want).

 Please remember to print out and save your profiles as I suggested...
 you'll thank me someday.

 Next week we'll have lots more info from the Atari world and a good look
 into the discussions going on about Unisys and its decision to enforce
 its patent on LZW compression, which is used in GIF graphic viewers and
 many other programs.

 So tune in again next week and be ready to listen to what they are
 saying when...

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