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Article #518 (730 is last):
From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags
Subject: ST Report: 7-Apr-95 #1114
Reply-To: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Posted-By: xx004 (aa789 - Bruce D. Nelson)
Date: Mon Apr 10 09:36:07 1995



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      Editors usually have a great deal to say...I'm no exception.  I have
 one major request to make... The level of mutual respect has dropped
 alarmingly on the major OnLine services, private BBS's and Internet.  What
 is going on??  There was a time when one could drop in on the services,
 read the messages in most any area and feel comfortable if the wife or
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      While its a favorite whipping boy, the television (boob tube) is
 certainly behind much of the "liberalized speech" we are finding popping
 up in the weirdest of places.  Prime Time TV seems to be one or more of
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 hope the TV writers are proud of themselves.  What sleaze bags they must
 be if they need to write in this sort of rotting garbage to create a
 saleable interest in their efforts.  The second two can be controlled very
 easily.  You, like myself, have a vote in the life of every show they hit
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 and/or the language.  Don't BUY the sponsors products!!  Also, to add
 impact to your sponsor boycott, drop a card or two to the sponsor telling
 them of your decision.  Things will change quickly.

      OnLine, its easy to see the negative influence, just go to the areas
 where one is likely to find large amounts of lively message posting by
 mostly youngsters and young adults.  Guaranteed you'll soon find the slop
 language flowing as if its straight from Yale or Oxford.  Its a disgrace! 
 Let's clean it up... please?? 

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                   Computer Products Update - CPU Report
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                  Weekly Happenings in the Computer World
   
                                Issue #14
   
                    Compiled by: Lloyd E. Pulley, Sr.



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


                     >> Chip Sales Up 28.6 Percent <<

 Worldwide microprocessor sales were up 28.6% last year over 1993, topping
 $10.7 billion.

 Officials with the Semiconductor Industry Association trade group are also
 quoted as saying:
  
    -:- Sales of 16- and 32-bit microprocessors have doubled since 1992.
    -:- 1993 sales of $8.3 billion represented a 59.1% increase over the 
        1992 sales figure of $5.2 billion.
    -:- Sales of non-embedded microprocessors used in PCs and 
        workstations reached 58.7 million units in 1994, a 16.6% hike 
        over the 1993 sales level of 50.4 million units.
    -:- Figures for sales of embedded microprocessors, such as those used 
        in laser printers, totaled 54.5 million units last year, a 3.4% 
        increase over the 52.7 million sold in 1993.
  
  
                      >> Canon Denies Apple Rumor <<

    Japan's Canon Inc. is denying a rumor that it intends to buy Apple
 Computer Inc. An Apple spokesman said that the company had no comment to
 make on the rumor, noting, "This is just the latest of a long line of
 rumors."
  
    The report comes just two days after Apple announced a sweeping
 corporate restructuring. The computer maker aims to expand its presence in
 high-growth customer segments, including home, education and business
 markets
  
  
                  >> HP Unveils Graphical Calculator <<

    Hewlett-Packard Co. has announced the HP 38G, a graphical calculator
 for high school math teachers and students.
  
    The unit incorporates a concept the Palo Alto, California-based company
 calls "ApLets." HP notes that the feature, an abbreviation for "small
 applications," provides a simple, intuitive way for students to use the
 calculator to explore and solve math problems.
  
    The ApLets dynamically represent a mathematical problem, the
 problem-solving process and the solution, says HP. ApLets for the HP 38G
 will be available free of charge to teachers through online services, the
 Internet and the HP calculator bulletin board, as well as by mail from HP
 and at educational conferences.
  
    "By incorporating ApLets into the HP 38G, we have created an easy to
 use and affordable graphic calculator that introduces a whole new level of
 teaching mathematics in the classroom," says Kheng-Joo Khaw, general
 manager of HP's Asia Pacific PC Division.
  
    The HP 38G will cost $79.95. Product documentation will be available 
 in several languages. The unit is scheduled for a May release.
  
  
                  >> Ergo Debuts Big Screen Notebook <<
  
    Ergo Computing Inc. has added a wide-screen model to its NoteBrick 
 notebook computer family.
  
    The new Ergo BigScreen NoteBrick features an 11.3- inch, high
 resolution, 256- color display that the company says is comparable in
 image size to the usable screen area on a 14-inch desktop monitor. The PC
 also offers a 100MHz 486DX4 CPU and up to 1GB of storage capacity.  Ergo
 notes that the system weighs 6.5 pounds, is thinner than a ream of paper
 and has a footprint that's only slightly larger than a sheet of paper.
  
    The Ergo BigScreen NoteBrick is available in configurations starting at
 $3,095.
  
                
  
                   >> Tektronix Cuts Printer Prices <<
  
    Tektronix Inc. has announced price reductions of 18 to 30% on three 
 of its color printers.
  
    Prices of the company's Phaser 220i and Phaser 220e models have been 
 reduced from $5,995 and $3,995 to $4,195 and $3,695, respectively. The 
 Phaser 140, which sold for $1,695, now costs $1,395.
  
    Tektronix says the Phaser 220i and the Phaser 220e are designed for 
 workgroup environments and are capable of printing at speeds of up to 
 two pages per minute. The Phaser 220i and the 220e can print on most 
 common laser papers.
  
    Tektronix describes the Phaser 140 as an economical color printer for 
 people who are beginning to use color, or for professional users who 
 want a printer featuring more memory, faster processing and brighter 
 colors than other ink- jet printers on the market.
  
    All three printers come standard with Adobe PostScript Level 2 
 software.
  
  
                    >> Doonesbury Software Readied <<
  
    Software publisher Mindscape Inc. is teaming up with political and 
 social cartoonist Garry Trudeau to develop a line of software products 
 based on Trudeau's Doonesbury characters.
  
    Doonesbury Toonscapes, as the line will be called, will include three 
 titles: Doonesbury Screen Saver; Flashbacks: 25 Years of Doonesbury; and 
 FrontRunner '96: the Doonesbury Election Game. The Doonesbury Screen 
 Saver will debut this spring, with the other titles set to follow later 
 in the year.
  
    "Microsoft was my first choice, but then I heard about Mindscape, 
 which had a cooler name, and the people seemed smarter. So I went with 
 them." Trudeau says he will donate all creator royalties to charitable 
 causes.
  
    Bob Lloyd, Mindscape's CEO, adds, "We are excited about bringing 
 Garry Trudeau's perspective on current events, which has been an 
 important part of American culture for a quarter of a century, to 
 generations of computer users." 
  
  
                    >> SATAN Worries Security Pros <<
  
    A new program called SATAN, available on the Internet, has computer 
 security people wary because it is designed to find chinks in the armor 
 of online systems. The program already has cost one of its designers his 
 job.
  
    SATAN -- which stands for "Security Administrators Tool for Analyzing 
 Networks" -- could enable managers to plug cracks in security, keeping 
 unauthorized people from breaking into off-limits areas to steal or 
 scramble valuable data, but it also could help malicious hackers, 
 showing them weak spots in defenses where they could concentrate an 
 attack.
  
    The program was made available for downloading this week on several 
 Internet-connected computers around the world, despite fears that 
 vandals will use it to execute break-ins.
  
    SATAN co-designer Dan Farmer said, "As far as abuse goes, I think it 
 will actually decrease because people can make better decisions about 
 improving their security."
  
    There have been similar programs, and that serious vandals already 
 are familiar with ways of breaking into systems, but "experts say SATAN 
 is significant because it is easy enough for novices to use."
  
    "It's like any other powerful tool: It can be used for great good and 
 great harm," said Donn Parker, a computer security consultant with SRI 
 International, a consulting company in Menlo Park, Calif.
  
    Farmer, who lives in San Francisco, developed SATAN with Wietse 
 Venema, a security expert at the University of Eindhoven in the 
 Netherlands. They had planned to release the program on April 1, but 
 because that was Saturday, they delayed the release to today, Farmer's 
 33rd birthday.
  
    Parker said he believed Farmer should have sold SATAN only to experts 
 guarding computer systems, and he disputed the argument that SATAN will 
 help protect against electronic intrusion.
  
    Meanwhile, security experts at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 
 already have developed a program to alert operators to SATAN attacks. 
 Dubbed Courtney, the software sounds an alarm and identifies the 
 computer where the intrusion originated. It also is available free on 
 the Internet.
  
    Reports about SATAN led to a disagreement between Farmer, a computer 
 security expert, and his employer, Silicon Graphics Inc. in Mountain 
 View. Farmer quit last month over what a company vice president, Bill 
 Kelly, described as a difference in philosophies.
  
  
                     >> CPU Sales Top $10 Billion <<

    The worldwide sales of 16- and 32-bit microprocessors has doubled in 
 just two years, reaching almost $11 billion, reports the Semiconductor 
 Industry Association.
  
  
                   >> Fujitsu to Increase PC Output <<

    Tokyo's Fujitsu Ltd. plans to almost double its output of personal 
 computers to a million units a year by reorganizing the operations of 
 its affiliated manufacturers.
  
  
                   >> Apple Reorganization Reported <<
  
    Reports indicate that the chief of Apple Computer Inc.'s largest 
 division is leaving amid a restructuring that's aimed at ending the 
 split between the company's hardware and software operations

    According to stories in the San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose 
 Mercury News, Apple's four product divisions will be combined into 
 separate research and development and marketing divisions. Manufacturing 
 will remain a separate unit, the reports said.
  
    The stories also claim that Ian Diery, Apple's executive vice 
 president of worldwide sales and chief of the computer maker's PC 
 hardware division, has resigned. Diery is reportedly taking the blame 
 for slowness in getting the PowerPC microprocessor, which Apple co- 
 developed with IBM and Motorola, into all of its computer models.
  
    Apple is declining comments on the reports.
  
  
                   >> Publishers Win Rental Law Test <<
  
    Software publishers have won the first case to test the Computer 
 Software Rental Amendments Act of 1990.
  
    The Software Publishers Association reports that a federal court 
 ruled in favor of its members in a civil copyright infringement suit 
 against Global Software & Accessories Inc. for the unauthorized rental 
 of computer software.
  
    The SPA notes that Global, which operates three stores on Long 
 Island, New York, offered software on a "Deferred Billing Plan." The 
 plan allowed customers to take software home for up to five days for a 
 "non- refundable deposit." If the customer kept the software for more 
 than five days, the customer was charged the difference between the 
 deposit and the purchase price.
  
    Global Software argued that the practice did not constitute a rental. 
 In practice, however, the software was returned by the customer 99% of 
 the time, and U.S. District Judge Leonard Wexler rejected the 
 defendant's argument.
  
    Wexler ruled that the plan constituted copyright infringement that 
 the plaintiff software publishers were entitled to a permanent 
 injunction. He also ruled that the plaintiffs, which included Central 
 Point Software Inc. and other SPA members, were entitled to an award of 
 costs and attorneys' fees, which will be set by the court at a later 
 date.
  
  
                  >> Apple Offers New Macs for School <<

    Its most powerful line of Power Macintosh computers, tailored for 
 U.S. schools, is being introduced by Apple Computer Inc. this week, part 
 of the company's strategy to roll out systems built around the speedy 
 PowerPC microprocessor to every market.
  
    Reports say the new Power Mac LC series, available immediately to 
 educators and to schools for grades kindergarten through 12th grade, 
 start at $1,699. They join the Power Mac that was introduced a year ago.
  
    Apple Product Manager Carlos Montalvo said Apple plans to make 
 changes in the models and eventually deliver them to the consumer 
 market, adding, "We'll be gearing up for new production cycles in 
 June/July."
  
    The new Power Macs are built around the new PowerPC 603 chip and are 
 priced well below current Power Macs sold through retailers.
  
    Apple, which typically offers schools discounted rates, already 
 commands about 60% of the schools market, making it the leading player, 
 Reuters says.
  
  
                  >> HP's Home PCs to Roll Mid-month <<
  
    Stores should begin receiving Hewlett-Packard Co.'s new line of home 
 PCs by the middle of this month.

    The computer giant today is introducing three HP multimedia PCs 
 priced from $1,699 to $2,299.

    The systems, based on Intel Corp.'s 60-, 75- and 90- megahertz 
 Pentium chip, are being aggressively priced to further HP's strategy to 
 compete with IBM Corp. Compaq Computer Corp. and Apple Computer Inc., 
 according to the Reuter News Service.
  
  
                  >> Compaq Offers New Pentium Units <<
  
    Compaq Computer Corp. has launched 12 new Presario PCs, including its 
 first consumer models to be based on Pentium-class microprocessors.
  
    Compaq says three new models of the Presario 500 Series -- CDS 524, 
 CDS 526 and CDTV 528 -- range in price from $1,849 to $1,999 and include 
 an integrated monitor, built in stereo speakers, speakerphone and 
 television capability. These models are based on 486-DX2 
 microprocessors.
  
    The Presario 900 Series are mostly based on Pentium-class micro-
 processors and range in price from $1,799 to $2,999, without the 
 Presario multimedia monitor.
  
  
                   >> Toshiba Cuts Prices Up to 15% <<

    Toshiba America Information Systems Inc.'s Computer Systems Division 
 is reducing prices up to 15% on its high-end T4800CT and T4850CT 
 notebook computers featuring a 75MHz Intel Corp. DX4 processor.

    Toshiba says that also estimated street pricing on the Satellite Pro 
 T2400CT and T2450CT Series were reduced 7 to 11% and the Satellite 
 T1960CT models were reduced 15 to 16%.

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 that run under previous versions of DOS (3.3 and above): Norton Disk
 Doctor for file system analysis and repair; Space Wizard to free up disk
 space; Norton Diagnostics (Ndiags) for complete system and hardware
 diagnostics; Speed Disk to perform disk optimization; and a bootable
 Emergency Disk.

      These new and significantly enhanced utilities support long-file
 names, take better advantage of extended memory and protected mode, and
 support any size hard drive.  A special Tune-Up utility guides the user
 through the step-by-step tune-up process.  These tools also support the
 new Windows 95 Preview Program file system in the event of an emergency.

     NEW CENTRALIZED MONITORING, PROACTIVE RESPONSE AND RECOMMENDATIONS
     ==================================================================

 Norton System Doctor
 --------------------
      Norton System Doctor (SysDoc) introduces a new architecture which
 allows NU/Win 95 to provide centralized, proactive and automated
 functionality.  SysDoc is an active monitoring tool which stores
 historical system information and alerts the user to potential problems
 that could result in system lock-ups, crashes and subsequent system damage
 and data loss.  It runs continuously in the background and takes full
 advantage of the advanced capabilities of the Windows 95 Preview Program. 
 SysDoc takes the guess work out of knowing which utility to run in which
 situation.  A periodic system scan allows SysDoc to automatically launch
 utilities like Disk Doctor and Speed Disk as appropriate, removing the
 burden of decision from the user.

      Continually Monitors and Analyzes Vital System Resources and System
 Integrity System Doctor can monitor and analyze over 60 parameters,
 including CPU usage, disk integrity, disk fragmentation, disk space and
 network throughput, as well as Windows 95 Preview Program memory and other
 system vitals, making it possible for individual users and MIS managers to
 easily customize hardware and software according to a user's computing
 habits.  Offering a higher level of protection than Windows 95 System
 Monitor, SysDoc also monitors the behavior of 16- and 32-bit applications.

 Alerts Users to Potential Problems
 ----------------------------------
      System Doctor continually compares system parameters to pre-set,
 default thresholds.  Users can also reset thresholds to different values
 to provide custom alerting capabilities.  When SysDoc detects that a
 threshold has been exceeded, the user is alerted (audible alarm, if
 desired) and can then "head-off" problems before they result in system or
 data damage and/or loss.  For example, SysDoc will alert users to low
 memory conditions before any system lock-up or data loss can occur and
 then recommend both temporary and permanent methods for fixing the memory
 situation.

 Recommends Action
 -----------------
      When it detects and reports a threshold being reached, SysDoc
 recommends the appropriate action for the user to take, including advice
 on which other Norton utilities to run.  This provides the user with an
 easy way to correct reported problems.

 Automatically Launches Other Norton Utilities
 ---------------------------------------------
      System Doctor provides true automatic protection as it launches the
 appropriate Norton utility, without user intervention, when it detects a
 problem condition.  For example, SysDoc can launch Disk Doctor if a file
 system error is found; Speed Disk if fragmentation is high; or Space
 Wizard if free disk space is low; or Rescue when an update is necessary.

 Provides Centralized Control and Launching of Other Norton Utilities
 --------------------------------------------------------------------
      All level three protection utilities can be run from the
 user-friendly System Doctor graphical user interface.  These include
 Norton Disk Doctor and Speed Disk.

 Space Wizard
 ------------
      Space Wizard, the new freespace management utility, safely frees up
 disk space for installing the new operating system.  SpaceWizard looks for
 temporary files, files in temporary directories, older versions of
 graphics and backup files, leftover install program files, Readme, help
 and tutorial files, and makes intelligent recommendations on which files
 to delete or move.  In addition, Space Wizard shows disk space allocation,
 a critical resource for safe operation of the Windows 95 Preview Program,
 and quickly determines which files will free up the largest amounts of
 space.  A 32-bit version of Space Wizard helps users locate space for
 other new 32-bit applications after installing the Windows 95 Preview
 Program.

 AFTER INSTALLING WINDOWS 95 PREVIEW PRODUCT
 -------------------------------------------
      NU/Win 95 provides a level of data and system protection, recovery,
 and optimization that is not possible with the Windows 95 Preview Program
 alone.  All the new NU/Win 95 utilities are true 32-bit applications,
 providing continuous protection without adversely affecting system or user
 performance, and are unaffected by other running applications.  Additional
 16-bit, DOS-based utilities are provided only for emergency situations as
 a last line of defense against data loss.

 Norton Disk Doctor
 ------------------
      The new 32-bit version of Norton Disk Doctor provides the most
 advanced diagnosis and repair of standard and compressed drives (to ensure
 safe and reliable operation of NU/Win 95 Preview product on the Windows 95
 Preview Program, compression support in both Speed Disk and Disk Doctor
 has been disabled).  Disk Doctor can run with System Doctor, or it can be
 run automatically in the background to provide continuous protection,
 scanning and correcting problems in the file system and physical media on
 an ongoing basis.  With more extensive capabilities than ScanDisk, the
 Windows 95 Preview Program disk repair utility, Norton Disk Doctor also
 diagnoses and repairs partition table damage, and offers superior handling
 of cross link errors and complete diagnosis/repair reporting.

 Speed Disk
 ----------
      Speed Disk, launched independently or by System Doctor, 
 automatically performs disk defragmentation in the background, resulting
 in faster file system performance and a greater level of recoverability in
 the event of a disaster.  Speed Disk supports larger disk drives and
 compressed drives and uses several new methods, such as file usage, to
 reduce the future level of fragmentation on the drive.  Speed Disk
 performs defragmentation faster and safer due to its true 32-bit
 implementation and ability to communicate with the Norton Disk Doctor when
 necessary.

 UnErase
 -------
      With NU/Win 95's UnErase feature, users can recover accidentally
 deleted files even if the files are erased in a DOS box or application
 program.  While UnErase provides automatic and manual methods of
 recovering lost files, configuration options let the user protect selected
 files and directories, e.g., users can specify protection of document
 files or spreadsheets, but not temporary files.  UnErase guarantees
 one-hundred percent recovery if files are accidentally erased while
 SmartCan is running.  Because SmartCan dynamically utilizes unused disk
 space only when needed, the user does not have to set aside hard disk
 space for protecting files.  UnErase can also be run in a wizard-like
 interface, making it easier to recover accidentally erased files.

 Rescue
 ------
      NU/Win 95 allows the user to create a Rescue disk which, in the event
 of a system failure, contains all the critical system files needed to
 quickly get the user up and running.  Rescue makes copies of files that
 are not included by standard backup software or the Windows 95 Preview
 Program startup disk, such as startup files, Windows 95 Preview Program
 Registry, CMOS, hardware drivers and compression drivers, which are unique
 to each system.  In addition, the user can add other files to be copied
 onto the Rescue disk.  Rescue also copies a complete set of emergency
 recovery utilities on a bootable diskette, placing all recovery needs at a
 user's fingertips.

 System Information
 ------------------
      System Information (SysInfo) provides a complete inventory of all the
 components in the system and benchmarks their performance against standard
 equipment.  In an easy-to-read chart and graph form, SysInfo gives
 detailed information -- data on hardware, peripherals, software running in
 the environment and the new Windows 95 Preview Program plug-and-play
 capability.  A new 32-bit benchmark, Norton SI-32, provides feedback on
 system performance -- so users can ensure that their hardware is operating
 at full capacity.

 PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
 ------------------------
      The Norton Utilities Preview for the Windows 95 Preview Program is
 available for $30 through June 30, 1995 by calling 1-800-453-1190,
 extension NU95.  Minimum requirements for the Norton Utilities Preview for
 Windows 95 are a 386 DX2 with 4MB RAM (8MB recommended).

 Symantec  Corporation  develops,  markets  and supports a complete line of
 application  and  system  software products designed to enhance individual
 a n d  workgroup  productivity  as  well  as  manage  networked  computing
 environments.    Platforms  supported  include  IBM personal computers and
 compatibles,  Apple  Macintosh  computers  as  well  as  all major network
 operating systems.  Founded in 1982, the company has offices in the United
 States,  Canada, Australia and Europe.  Information on the company and its
 products  can  be  obtained  by calling (800) 441-7234 toll free, or (503)
 334-6054.

 The Norton Utilities Preview for Windows 95 is designed exclusively to run
 only  with  Microsoft's  Windows  95  Preview  product.  Brand and product
 references  herein  are  the  trademarks or registered trademarks of their
 respective holders.

 Microsoft  and  Windows  are either registered trademarks or trademarks of
 Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.


                 ___________________________________________


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



                 DISNEY'S ANIMATED STORYBOOK, THE LION KING
                        Windows and Macintosh CD-ROMs
                               for ages 3 to 9

                               DISNEY SOFTWARE
                             500 S. Buena Vista
                              Burbank, CA 91521

           IBM Requirements                      Macintosh Requirements
           CPU:    486SX-25                       CPU:    68030/16    
           RAM:    4 megs                         RAM:    5 megs   
           Video:  256 color SVGA                 Video:  256 color, 13"
 monitor
           Hdisk:  10 megs                        HDisk:  5 megs
           CD-ROM: Double-speed                   CD-ROM: Double-speed
           OS:     Win 3.1                        OS:     System 7.1
           Sound:  16-bit sound card              Sound:  8-bit

 by Frank Sereno

 Disney Software tries to hit a home run with this multimedia extravaganza
 but the ball falls just a bit short of the fence.  The Lion King Animated
 Storybook is similar to Broderbund's Living Book series of titles.  The
 program features an abridged and modified animated story of the Lion King
 movie.  Children can play noncompetitive games, read pages, learn
 vocabulary and search for hotspot animations.

 The Lion King features a friendly and intuitive interface complete with
 audible help from Timon the Meerkat.  He will explain the child's playing
 options each time the program starts.  The child can choose to PLAY, READ,
 PICK-A-PAGE, HELP or EXIT.  In the READ mode, the computer reads the story
 to the child does not allow him to interact with the story.  PICK-A-PAGE
 allows the child to choose his favorite part of the story or to go
 directly to the three included games.  In HELP, Timon will explain all the
 functions and options of the program.  EXIT allows the child to leave the
 program.

 PLAY will allow the child to explore each page after it is read to him. 
 The page will compose 80% of the screen.  Each side of the page has a
 column of three icons.  The top left icon is Zazu, the bird.  Clicking on
 him will cause the program to read the page again.  Below Zazu, but only
 on select pages, is an icon featuring Nala and Simba.  Clicking on these
 lion cubs will start a fun game.  The final icon is a left-pointing arrow
 to go to the previous page.  On the right side, the top icon is Rafiki,
 the wise ape.  (I'm not certain of the exact species!)  Clicking on Rafiki
 starts an Action Dictionary.  Key words in the text will be highlighted. 
 Rafiki will define the word by animations and words.  Timon is the next
 icon.  Clicking on him takes the child back to the intro screen.  The
 final icon is a right-pointing arrow which will lead to the next page of
 the story.  Within in each page, the child can move the tiger paw cursor. 
 When the cursor becomes solid black, the child can click the mouse to
 start a hotspot animation.

 The graphics are filled with vibrant color with much attention to detail. 
 The animations are smooth and use realistic motion.  Lion King uses
 digitized voice tracks from the actors in the movie.  It uses the music
 from the movie but it does not digitize the original recordings.  My son
 was very disappointed that Simba and his friends did not sing any of the
 big musical numbers.  The program occupies 220 megs, or only one-third of
 the disc.  Space was available for portions of the original soundtrack had
 the producers desired to use it.

 In READ mode, the complete animated storybook is displayed in only fifteen
 minutes.  In PLAY mode, each page has about ten hotspots which should keep
 the child's interest for quite some time.  I guesstimate that most
 children would use the program about a dozen times before becoming bored
 with it.

 Educational value is good but it could be improved.  While Rafiki's
 dictionary is excellent, I feel more words should be defined.  When the
 program pronounces the text, groups of words are highlighted rather than
 individual words.  Only words in Rafiki's dictionary can be individually
 pronounced.  In Living Books, each word can be clicked on to hear its
 pronunciation.  

 The Living Books also offer multilingual software with each program. 
 Disney offers four multilingual editions but you must purchase each
 directly from Disney for an additional $6.95 plus sales tax.  The four
 languages paired with English are Spanish, French, Italian and German.  If
 one or more of these languages had been offered on the original disc, the
 Lion King would have more value.

 The Lion King has a limited ninety-day warranty which only covers
 defective media.  Satisfaction with the program is not guaranteed. 
 Technical assistance is available free of charge via telephone, mail, fax,
 e-mail and a company-sponsored electronic bulletin board system.  The Lion
 King is sold at many stores for $30.  It has good play and educational
 value giving it adequate bang for the buck.  

 I will say that if your Windows PC does not have a 16-bit sound card, I
 would not purchase one solely to run this program.  The Lion King refuses
 to even install unless a 16-bit sound card is present.  Most people are
 unable to discern between 16-bit samples and 8-bit ones anyway due to
 inexpensive speakers or ambient home noises.  The Lion King is a good
 product, but it is not worth spending $80 or more for a sound card to use
 it on your computer.  

 One final note, the Lion King includes a mousepad featuring a graphic of
 Mufasa and Simba.  I wonder if someday people will collect mousepads in
 the same way that salt shakers and porcelain figurines have been collected
 over the years?

                                   Ratings

                          Graphics ........... 9.0
                          Sounds ............. 8.5
                          Interface .......... 9.0
                          Play Value ......... 7.5
                          Educational Value .. 7.5
                          Bang for the Buck .. 7.5
                          Average ............ 8.16

 Thanks for reading!


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 > Editmaster 2.5 STR InfoFile           The "Editor's Editor"
   """""""""""""""""""""""""""


                           EDIT MASTER FOR WINDOWS
                                 Version 2.5
                    (c) 1994 Princeton Computer Consulting
                            All Rights Reserved.

     Edit Master for Windows is a replacement for the Windows notepad.  It
 features unlimited file sizes, MDI, search & replace, recent file list,
 word wrap, drag and drop from file manager, and more.  Version 2.2 now
 supports drag and drop moving and copying, automatic UNIX conversion and
 much more.

     You can get the most recent version of Edit Master via ftp at...       
                 ftp.njcc.com (pub/bmurray).  
 Login as ftp with your address as a password.

    You can also get it on the world-wide web at...                         
              http://pluto.njcc.com/~bmurray/Shareware.html.
  
    You may contact me (Brad Murray) by E-Mail at pcci@pluto.njcc.com.  I
 would like to hear suggestions for updates as well as overall comments.

 REGISTRATION
 ------------
     Edit Master for Windows is distributed as "shareware."  It is not 
 free software. You are being given a chance to use this program for a 
 period of thirty (30) days before buying it.  If after this time you 
 continue to use Edit Master, you are expected to register it.  
 Registration gives you the right to continue to use this software 
 as well as news and discounts on future upgrades.  You are encouraged 
 to distribute this software, providing it is distributed in its 
 entirety and without charge (except for media and handling, if 
 applicable).  I reserve the right to change these restrictions in 
 future versions.
  
     If you find this product useful and continue to use Edit Master 
 after thirty days, you are required to register it by making a payment 
 of $15 (US) to Princeton Computer Consulting.  Include an additional 
 $5 (US) if you would like the most recent version mailed to you.  This 
 fee will license one copy of Edit Master for use on any one computer at 
 any one time. To register Edit Master, print out the form called 
 REGISTER.WRI using Windows Write and send with your payment to:

                        Princeton Computer Consulting
                         16 Pennington-Hopewell Road
                          Pennington, NJ 08534-3612

     Edit Master can also be registered on Compuserve.  Go SWREG and 
 use Registration ID 3638.

 DISCLAIMER
 ----------
     Edit Master is distributed without warranty, either expressed or 
 implied.  No guarantee as to its suitability for a particular task is 
 given.  No responsibility is assumed for any consequential loss or 
 damages arising from its use.

 PACKING LIST
 ------------
     This program is distributed as a ZIP file.  Unzip EDITMAST.ZIP to 
 a temporary directory or floppy disk and run SETUP.EXE.  If SETUP.EXE 
 is not in the zip file, make a directory for Edit Master and put copy 
 all of the files into that directory.  See the IMPORTANT note below 
 about where to put the DLL and VBX files.

     EDITMAST.EXE    - The Windows executable
     EDITMAST.HLP    - The Windows help file
     README.TXT      - This file
     REGISTER.WRI    - Registration form in Windows Write format
     VBPRINT.DLL     - See Below
     VBRUN300.DLL    - See below
     CMDIALOG.VBX    - See below
     EMEDIT.VBX      - See below
     THREED.VBX      - See below

 IMPORTANT
 ---------
 You must have the following files:

     VBPRINT.DLL
     VBRUN300.DLL
     CMDIALOG.VBX
     EMEDIT.VBX
     THREED.VBX

 in your Windows\System directory for Edit Master to work.  If these 
 files were not on the distribution disk that you received, they are 
 available on Compuserve, America On-Line, or most local bulletin 
 boards.  If you are just evaluating Edit Master, you can just put 
 these files in the directory where you installed Edit Master.

 RELEASE HISTORY:

 Version 2.5
 -----------
     Added left and right trimming functionality
     Added support for saving a .BAK file
     Added an option to ignore Temp Files from the frequent file list
     Expanded the grep utility to take multiple expressions
     Added a printing library to eliminate a lot of the printing problems
     Added printing margins
     ASCII 12 character for printed page breaks
     Read-only command-line parameter (either -r or -ro)
     Visible modified flag on status bar
     Added paste from file
     Turned off drag-drop on read-only files and disable save button
     Made tool bar buttons enable and disable according to selections
     Added more information on the about screen
     Added a single bookmark with set and goto functionality
     Added a button on the find/replace screen to run character map from
      the Windows directory

 Version 2.4c
 ------------
     Fixed the setup so that it doesn't say that it failed
     Fixed the priting bug so that Print is enabled as long as you have 
       an installed printer

 Version 2.4a
 ------------
     Fixed "Bad DLL Calling Convention" error when printing
     Fixed hanging when a word-wrapped window is minimized
     Fixed saving of an untitled file when quiting
     Added disabling of printing when no printers are installed
     Added an option to have word wrap as a default
     Slimmed down help file size

 Version 2.4
 -----------
     Fixed text conversion so that the selection is correct afterwards
     Fixed error if not cancel is selected on UNIX save
     Made sure Read-Only files aren't automatically saved over themselves
     Added a new setup program that does not cause random problems
     Added a Save All function to the Window menu
     Increased maximum open windows to 45
     Completely removed introduction screen from registered version
     Added multi-select to Frequent File List
     Added multiple files under one Frequent File entry for opening groups 
       at a time
     Changed Unix Save to a switch that makes the file save in Unix format
       every time it is saved
     Added an option to automatically turn on the Unix Save option 
       whenever a file is in Unix format
     Added an exit button to the tool bar
     Added simple Grep functionality

 Version 2.3
 -----------
     Fixed Save As bug when running from the command line
     Made command line running accept multiple files
     Made command line with multiple arguments work when it is already open
     Fixed Frequent Files screen so that it displays correctly on large 
         font systems
     Removed lock-up after hitting OK on registration screen with an
         invalid registration number
     Added run minimized by using a -min command line argument

 Version 2.2
 -----------
     Fixed backspace key so that it deletes the selected text
     Removed intro screen on registered version when run with a command 
         line parameter
     Fixed the word wrap so it wraps while you type
     Fixed the word wrap so it wraps based on the window size
     Fixed overwrite mode so it adds at the end of a line
     Added drag and drop to move/copy selected text
     Added automatic detection and conversion of UNIX text files
     Added saving of text in UNIX format

 Version 2.1
 -----------
     Added drag and drop support from file manager
     Made the tool bar configurable
     Added tool bar tips
     Added file deletion
     Added option to not print the file name header with printed file
     Got rid of rare File Not Found error on exit
     Fixed error from sizing the form too small
     When maximized child is selected, new windows are maximized
     Added UNIX file conversion
     Added ROT13 encoding/decoding
     Added ASCII inversion
     Added configurable width word wrap
     Background and foreground text colors are now set based on your
         Windows settings
     
 Version 2.0
 -----------
     Added ability for very large text files
     Added editing of the file dialog filter list
     Added tab width control
     Added left margin size control
     Added setting of text selection type (none, stream, line, column)
        (Warning - line and column mode are still a little bit buggy)
     Added ability to set Edit Master as the default text editor
     Added auto indenting option when return is hit

 Version 1.1
 -----------
     Changed name to Edit Master since MultiEdit was already taken
     Fixed file dialog box so Save As always works
     Added multi-select to File Open dialog box
     Fixed child windows so that they retain the selection when inactive
     Fixed left and right shift so that it doesn't lose the selected text
     Made tool bar appear as a default
     Added window management tool bar buttons

 Version 1.0    ** FIRST SHAREWARE RELEASE **
 -----------
     Help file added
     Setup program created
     Startup window position added to the INI file
     Added Find/Replace functionality to the Edit menu
     Made disabled tool bar buttons turn grey
     Added a pop-up edit window brought up by a right mouse click

 Version 0.3
 -----------
     Added undo functionality to the Edit menu
     Added left and right shifting of text
     Added recent file list
     Added tool bar

 Version 0.2
 -----------
     INI file added
     MDI capability added
     Added upper and lower case conversion

 Version 0.1
 -----------
     Initial version - never released.

 INSTALLATION
 ------------
 To install this program, make a directory for the EDITMAST.EXE and 
 EDITMAST.HLP files.  If they are not already there, copy the VBX and 
 DLL files to your WINDOWS\SYSTEM directory.  A default EDITMAST.INI 
 file will be created in the directory where the EXE and HLP files are 
 the first time you run the program.


 Editor's note;
 -------------
      Editmaster 2.5 has proven itself beyond "the call of duty" not only
 does it do an excellent job of search and replace, it also runs perfectly
 in Win'95.  Do yourself a favor.. try this editor its called a replacement
 for Notepad..  But its far more than just that.  This Shareware is a
 bargain for the features you get.  Look for it and download it from your
 favorite service, FTP it or, download Editmaster version 2.5 from our
 support BBS 904-786-4176.  

                   _______________________________________
                                                                            
               

 > CREATIVE GOODIES STR InfoFile             Blaster is the Master!
   """""""""""""""""""""""""""""


                        CREATIVE LABS PRODUCT CATALOG
                        =============================


 The Creative Labs Catalog provides a brief description of the Creative
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 are available on most of the products.  A list of products and their 
 corresponding spec sheet can be found on the last page of the catalog.


 Audio:
 ------

 Sound Blaster Value Edition Family
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 Now the best-selling PC sound cards in the world are an even greater
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 * Sound Blaster Value Edition
    - 8-bit digital mono sampling and playback
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    - 8-bit digital sampling and playback with 4-44.1 kHz mono, 4-22.05 kHz 
      stereo
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    - 8- and 16-bit stereo sampling and playback from 5-44.1 kHz


 Sound Blaster 16 MultiCD
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 The highest quality 16-bit stereo sound card now supports three industry-
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 for Qsound Virtual Audio, Creative TextAssist and hardware
 compression/decompression.

 * 8- and 16-bit stereo sampling and playback from 4-44.1 kHz
 * Enhanced 4-operator, 20 voice, stereo FM music synthesizer
 * CD-ROM interface for Creative Labs, Mitsumi and Sony CD-ROM drives
 * Wave Blaster and Advanced Signal Processor upgrades
 * Built-in power amplifier
 * Software controls for volume, bass, treble, input & output gain
 * Microphone, stereo line-in and CD-Audio jacks, stereo output jack
 * Joystick/MIDI interface, microphone included
 * Software includes Creative VoiceAssist speech recognition system and 
   state-of-the-art audio utilities


 Sound Blaster 16 SCSI-2
 -----------------------
 The ideal tool for rich CD-quality stereo sound, this industry standard 
 Sound Blaster supports up to seven SCSI devices including CD-ROM drives
 and hard drives.  Enjoy CD-Quality stereo sampling and playback for both 
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 * 8- and 16-bit stereo sampling and playback from 4-44.1 kHz
 * Enhanced 4-operator, 20 voice, stereo FM music synthesizer
 * SCSI-2 interface for connecting up to seven SCSI-1 or SCSI-2 devices
 * Wave Blaster and Advanced Signal Processor upgrades
 * Built-in power amplifier
 * Software controls for volume, bass& treble, input & output gain
 * Microphone, stereo line-in and CD-Audio jacks, stereo output jack
 * Joystick/MIDI interface, microphone included
 * Software includes EZ-SCSI configuration software, Creative VoiceAssist 
 speech recognition system and state-of-the-art audio utilities.


 Wave Blaster II
 ---------------
 A General-MIDI add-on daughterboard for Creative's line of
 standard-setting Sound Blaster 16 audio cards, Wave Blaster II improves
 upon FM synthesis with realistic instrument sounds, reverb, chorus, and
 QSound Virtual Audio.  Wave Blaster II uses E-mu Systems' DSP wave
 synthesis technology for creating great sounding music.  Use Wave Blaster
 II with a MIDI instrument by connecting a MIDI device to the Sound Blaster
 16's MIDI port.

 * General MIDI compliant
 * Presets: 128 instruments, 10 drum kits, 46 sound effects
 * 32-note polyphony
 * 2 MB of sampled sounds in ROM
 * Reverb, chorus, Qsound 180 degree soundscape technology
 * 16 MIDI channels
 * Connects to sound Blaster 16 series of audio cards for a single-slot 
   solution (Does not connect to Sound Blaster 16 Value Edition or Sound 
   Blaster AWE32 Value Edition)
 * Includes Cakewalk Apprentice for Windows -- a professional-quality MIDI 
   sequencer and MIDI adapter cable for connecting MIDI instruments to your 
   Sound Blaster 16.


 Sound Blaster AWE32
 -------------------
 Sound Blaster AWE32 is designed for power users, multimedia presenters, 
 developers, and serious musicians who demand CD-quality digital audio and 
 real instrument sounds and effects.  Includes a special effects DSP, 
 Advanced WavEffects and Advanced Signal processor for compression and 
 decompression of audio files.
   
 * 8- and 16-bit stereo sampling and playback from 4-44.1 kHz
 * E-mu Systems Advanced WavEffects for realistic sounds, chorus and reverb 
   effects, and downloadable SoundFont technology
 * 32-note polyphony
 * Supports General MIDI, Sound Canvas and MT-32 standards
 * Advanced Signal Processor DSP, Qsound 180 degree soundscape technology 
   and Creative TextAssist advanced text-to-speech synthesis
 * 20-note, 4 operator FM synthesizer ensures backward compatibility
 * Joystick port/MIDI interface with MPU-401 UART support
 * High-performance condenser microphone
 * CD-ROM interface for Creative Labs, Mitsumi and Sony CD-ROM drives
 * Add up to 28 MB of additional memory
 * Software includes Cakewalk Apprentice for Windows, HSC Inter Active SE 
   and several state-of-the-art audio utilities
 * Windows 3.1 and MPC level 2 compatible


 Sound Blaster AWE32 Value Edition
 ---------------------------------
 Sound Blaster AWE32 Value Edition is a cost effective-solution for users 
 who demand the highest quality digital audio and real instrument sounds
 and effects.  Sound Blaster AWE32 Value incorporates a special effects DSP
 and Advanced WavEffects wave sample synthesis technology.

 * 8- and 16-bit stereo sampling and playback from 4-44.1 kHz
 * E-mu Systems Advanced WavEffects for realistic sounds, chorus and reverb 
   effects
 * Downloadable SoundFont technology
 * 32-note polyphony
 * Supports General MIDI, Sound Canvas and MT-32 standards
 * 20-note, 4 operator FM synthesizer ensures backward compatibility
 * Joystick port/MIDI interface with MPU-401 UART support
 * CD-ROM interface for Creative Labs, Mitsumi and Sony CD-ROM drives
 * 512 KB RAM onboard
 * Software includes Monologue for Windows, and several state-of-the-art 
   audio utilities
 * Windows 3.1 and MPC level 2 compatible


                               Multimedia Kits
                               ===============
 Creative OmniCD 2x
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 Upgrade you PC with Creative Omni 2x, a cost-effective double-speed CD-ROM 
 upgrade solution.  Now you can unlock the power of all the newest, most 
 dynamic games and applications.  Included are top-selling productivity 
 software titles.

 * Includes Aldus PhotoStyler SE, Gallery Effects, Altamira Composer SE, 
   Digital Morph, Kai's Power Tools, and the award-winning New Grolier 
   Multimedia Encyclopedia.

 * CD-ROM interface card and all cables
    - Connects directly to Sound Blaster Pro, Sound Blaster 16 Value, Sound 
      Blaster 16 MCD, AWE32

 * Double-speed internal CD-ROM drive
    - 300 KB/second transfer rate, fast data access of 320 ms
    - Large 680 MB data storage with 64KB RAM buffer
    - Multi-Session Photo CD compatible, XA-Ready CD-ROM drive
    - Exceeds MPC level 2 specifications
    - Software controlled, automatic tray-loading drive
    - Daisy-chain up to 4 Creative Labs drives


 Creative OmniCD 3x
 ------------------
 Upgrade your PC with the Creative Omni3x, a cost-effective triple-speed 
 CD-ROM solution.  This high-performance SCSI-2 drive lets you unlock the 
 power of all the newest, most dynamic games and applications.  Included
 are top-selling productivity software titles.

 * Includes Aldus PhotoStyler SE, Gallery Effects, Altamira Composer SE, 
   Digital Morph, Kai's Power Tools, and the award-winning New Grolier 
   Multimedia Encyclopedia

 * SCSI-data cable and CD-Audio cable (Audio cable connects to Sound 
   Blaster 16 SCSI-2.  Contact your nearest reseller for audio cables for 
   your system)

 * Triple-speed, internal SCSI-2 CD-ROM drive
    - 450 KB/second transfer rate, fast data access of 195 ms
    - Large 680 MB data storage with 656 KB RAM buffer
    - Multi-session Photo CD compatible, XA-ready CD-ROM drive
    - Exceeds MPC level 2 specifications
    - Caddy-loading drive


 Sound Blaster Discovery CD 16
 -----------------------------
 Get leading multimedia technology and cutting edge value.  Discovery CD16 
 gives you everything you need:  best-selling multimedia software titles, 
 CD-quality stereo sound card, stereo speakers, and a multi-session, Photo 
 CD compatible, double-speed CD-ROM drive.

 * Includes The New Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, Aldus PhotoStyler SE, 
   Altamira Composer, Kai's Power Tools, Digital Morph, Gallery Effects and 
   much more
 * High performance stereo speakers
 * Industry-standard 16-bit stereo Sound Blaster
 * Creative Double-Speed Technology CD-ROM Drive (internal)
    - 300 KB/second transfer rate, fast data access of 320 ms
    - Large 680 MB data storage with 64KB RAM buffer
    - Multi-Session Photo CD compatible, XA-Ready CD-ROM drive
    - Exceeds MPC level 2 specifications
    - Daisy-chain up to 4 Creative Labs drives


 Sound Blaster Digital SchoolHouse
 ---------------------------------
 Discover how much fun learning can be with the Sound Blaster Digital 
 Schoolhouse.  Along with industry-standard 16-bit audio and CD-ROM 
 hardware, you'll receive 14 innovative, top-selling educational titles, 
 including the award-winning New Groliers Multimedia Encyclopedia. 
 Exciting sound utilizes are included.

 * The New Groliers Multimedia Encyclopedia, 3-D Dinosaur Adventure, Speed, 
   Allie's Playhouse, Kid Works 2, Spell It 3, The Cruncher, Four Footed 
   Friends, Stradiwackius, peter pan: A Story Painting Adventure, Scooter's 
   Magic Castle, Eagle Eye Mysteries The Original, Eagle Eye Mysteries in 
   London, Gus Goes to Cybertown, plus Creative Ensemble, Creative 
   WaveStudio, Creative Soundo'Le, Creative Mosaic, Creative Talking 
   Scheduler and Monologue for Windows
 * Industry-standard 16-bit stereo Sound Blaster
 * Double-Speed CD-ROM Drive (internal)
    - 300 KB/second transfer rate, fast data access of 320 ms
    - Large 680 MB data storage with 64KB RAM buffer
    - Multi-Session Photo CD compatible, XA-Ready CD-ROM drive
    - Easy tray loading
 * Stereo speakers included


 Game Blaster CD16
 -----------------
 Every serious gamer will want to own Game Blaster CD 16 -- a multimedia
 kit that combines the hottest hardware and the coolest software.  Award-
 winning, number one selling CD-ROM titles are featured along with high-
 performance hardware including a double-speed CD-ROM drive, Sound Blaster 
 16 sound card, stereo speakers and high-performance joystick.

 * Includes Rebel Assault, Return to Zork, Iron Helix, Sim City 2000, The 
   New Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia and Creative Labs utilities.
 * Stereo speakers
 * Industry-standard 16-bit stereo Sound Blaster
 * Creative Double-Speed Technology CD-ROM Drive (internal)
    - 300 KB/second transfer rate, fast data access of 320 ms
    - Large 680 MB data storage with 64KB RAM buffer
    - Multi-Session Photo CD compatible, XA-Ready CD-ROM drive
    - Exceeds MPC level 2 specifications


 Sound Blaster Edutainment CD16
 ------------------------------
 For individuals or families who want the best in multimedia and want it 
 now.  Edutainment CD 16 features over 40 titles, including best-selling 
 education, entertainment and productivity software.  Includes all the 
 hardware you need for CD-Quality stereo, double speed CD-ROM performance 
 and Photo-CD viewing.

 * Top-selling titles including Quicken Deluxe CD-ROM, Rebel Assault, The 
   new Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, Aldus PhotoStyler SE, 3-D Dinosaur 
   Adventure, Wing Commander II, Digital Morph, Gallery Effects, Kai's
   Power Tools, Peter Pan: A Story Painting Adventure, Scooter's Magic
   Castle, Eagle Eye Mysteries, SSN-21 Seawolf, Pagan, Ultima VII,
   Syndicate Plus and much more..
 * 16-bit  stereo Sound Blaster
 * Double-Speed CD-ROM Drive (internal)
    - 300 KB/second transfer rate, fast data access of 320 ms
    - Large 680 MB data storage with 64KB RAM buffer
    - Multi-Session Photo CD compatible, XA-Ready CD-ROM drive
    - Exceeds MPC level 2 specifications
    - Easy tray loading
 * Stereo speakers and microphone


 Sound Blaster Multimedia Office
 -------------------------------
 Multimedia Office combines industry-standard Creative Labs hardware with 
 the hottest business software suite, Microsoft Office Professional.  Also 
 includes Microsoft Encarta multimedia encyclopedia, Personal Training 
 Systems' interactive Microsoft Office tutorial, and innovative audio 
 software for business.  Perfect for home office or corporate use.

 * Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Power Point, Microsoft 
   Access, Microsoft Mail, Microsoft Encarta, Personal Training Systems 
   multimedia training program for Microsoft Office, Windows Sound System, 
   Creative Voice Assist, Creative TextAssist and 6 other utilities that
   add speech recognition and sound capabilities to your PC
 * Industry-standard 16-bit stereo Sound Blaster with Advanced Signal 
   Processing
 * Double-Speed CD-ROM Drive (internal)
    - 300 KB/second transfer rate, fast data access of 320 ms
    - Large 680 MB data storage with 64KB RAM buffer
    - Multi-Session Photo CD compatible, XA-Ready CD-ROM drive
    - Exceeds MPC level 2 specifications
    - Easy tray loading
 * High performance headphones and microphone


 Sound Blaster Digital Edge 3x
 -----------------------------
 For uncompromising performance, choose the Sound Blaster Digital Edge 3x,
 a SCSI-2 compatible multimedia upgrade kit.  Today's leading-edge triple-
 speed CD-ROM technology will supercharge your multimedia software.  
 Included are top-selling software titles, state-of-the-art audio 
 utilities, 16-bit stereo sound with advanced digital signal processing,
 and a multi-session Photo CD-compatible triple-speed CD-ROM.

 * Top titles include Intuit's Quicken Deluxe CD-ROM, the New Grolier 
   Multimedia Encyclopedia, Rebel Assault, Aldus PhotoStyler SE, Altamira 
   Composer, Kai's Power Tools, Gallery Effects, Speed, Creative
   TextAssist, Creative Voice Assist and a variety of sound utilities.
 * High-performance stereo speakers and condenser microphone
 * 16-bit stereo Sound Blaster 16 SCSI-2 with Advanced Signal Processor
 * Triple Speed NEC CD-ROM Drive
    - 656 MB(Mode 1) or 748 MB (mode 2) data capacity
    - 450KB/sec data transfer rate, 195 ms access time, 256K cache
    - Multi-session Photo CD compatible, XA-ready CD-ROM drive
    - Exceeds MPC level 2 specifications


                                   Video:
                                   ======
 Creative TV Coder
 -----------------
 Specifically developed to complement Creative's Video Blaster, Creative TV 
 Coder is a VGA to Video signal encoder for low-cost video output. 
 Creative video presentations using Video Blaster then display them on a TV
 monitor or record them to VCR.

 * Supports NTSC 4.43 50 Hz, NTSC 4.43 60 Hz, NTSC-M 60 Hz
 * Supports PAL B/G 50 Hz, PAL-M 60 Hz, PAL-N 50 Hz
 * Flicker Filter improves stability of video display
 * Supports SVGA display up to 640 x 480 resolution with 256 colors
 * Compatible with all popular VGA cards
 * Control Panel provides software controls for video selection, color 
   enhancements and special effects
 * Can connect to a VGA monitor and a Tv for simultaneous display
 * S-Video output jack, RCA output jack, two 15-pin D-shaped output jacks
 -- 
   one for connecting to VGA monitor, one for connecting to VGA card or 
   Video Blaster


 Video Blaster FS200
 -------------------
 This versatile digital video capture card combines live analog overlay, 
 still image capture, and digital video sequencing.  Users can integrate 
 live audio and video from an array of sources including video cameras, 
 VCR's and laserdiscs.  Ideal for multimedia presentations and
 applications, Video Blaster FS200 supports chroma and color keying and
 print-to-video capabilities.

 * Software selectable video source from 2 composite inputs and 1 S-Video
 * Supports NTSC and PAL
 * Interpolation on playback
 * video overlay via graphics color keying up to 64K color
 * Export live video to other applications utilizing chroma and color key
 * Supports JPEG, PCX, TIFF, BMP, MMP, GIF,  and TRA formats
 * Resolution up to 800x 600  at 64K  SVGA displays up to 2 million colors
 * Re-size, flip, fade, and crop images
 * MCI overlay driver, DOS driver Video for Windows supports


 Video Blaster RT300
 -------------------
 Creative multimedia presentations completely on you PC with Video Blaster 
 RT300.  Capture and playback true full-motion video at 30 fps at 320 x 240 
 pixels.  Plus, anybody with a 386-33 or greater PC can playback RT300 
 videos without buying extra hardware or software.  Includes Adobe Premiere 
 and Asymetrix Compel PE

 * Record and compress video at 30 fps in windows up to 320 x 240
 * Further reduce file size by compressing and optimizing off-line
 * Intel Indeo technology lets you playback on any 386-33 or better
 * Software automatically adjusts playback to individual Pcs
 * Includes Adobe Premiere software for professional editing, transitions 
   and special effects
 * Includes Asymetrix Compel PE for creating multimedia presentations
 * Captures video still images at full frame
 * 3 composite/1 S-Video input, NTSC or PAL formats
 * Upgradeable to the ShareVision teleconferencing system


 3DO Blaster
 -----------
 3DO never looked or sounded so good!  3DO is acknowledged as the most 
 realistic and exciting game platform.  It's even more spectacular on your 
 high-resolution PC monitor!  This ISA expansion card works with any 386-25 
 or higher PC and requires no external box.  Includes a 3DO control pad and 
 two of the most incredible 3DO titles.

 * Photo-realistic graphics, images and full-motion video on your high 
   resolution PC monitor
 * 3DO control pad for ultimate control
 * 64-million pixel per second animation
 * On-board DSP for CD-quality stereo soundtracks
 * 32-bit RISC CPU and twin graphics processors
 * Works as a standard Windows application
 * Requires Creative Labs CR-563 CD-ROM drive and Soundblaster with CD
   Audio connector and speakers
 * Includes SHOCK WAVE: A Sci Fi Movie Experience and GRIDDERS


 ShareVision PC300
 -----------------
 Now, over a single ordinary phone line, you and a colleague can simul-
 taneously talk and collaborate on shared documents.  It's like working in 
 the same room, even if you're continents apart.  ShareVision PC300
 includes everything you need -- audio card, software, hands-free headset,
 high speed fax/modem and cables.

 * Simultaneous voice and data over a single telephone line
 * Simultaneous control over shared Windows documents, even if only one
   user has the application
 * Whiteboard feature lets you brainstorm and display ideas graphically
 * High-speed fax/modem for all your communication needs
 * Includes audio card, software, hands-free headset and cables
 * Autodialing Phonebook stores names, numbers, even faces
 * Requires 486 SX-25 or higher, with open ISA slot, 8 MB RAM and available 
   6 MB hard disk space, Windows 3.1, VGA or SVGA display
 * Requires two ShareVision PC300 units for operation


 ShareVision PC3000
 ------------------
 ShareVision PC3000 lets you and a colleague talk and see each other in
 full color video windows, while you simultaneously collaborate on
 documents.  Requires only a single ordinary phone line.  Save time and
 money spent on travel.  Increase communication and productivity.  Includes
 all necessary components.

 * Full color, two-way video plus document sharing over an ordinary phone
   line
 * Includes Whiteboard for real-time brain-storming and auto-dial Phonebook
 * Sizable video windows can display both you and your colleague
 * Simultaneous control of any Windows document, even if only one user has 
   the application
 * Includes 1/3" CCDColor Video Camera and Stand, RT300 video card, audio 
   card, high speed fax/data modem, software, hands free headset, all
   cables
 * Requires 486 SX-33 or higher, with two open ISA slots, 8 MB RAM and 6 MB 
   hard disk space, Windows 3.1, VGA or SVGA display (16 or 24-bit VGA card 
   recommended)
 * Requires two ShareVision PC3000 units for operation


                                 BlasterWare
                                 ===========
 Blasterware:  The Gus Series
 ----------------------------

                            GUS GOES TO CYBERTOWN

 1994 CES Innovations Winner, this acclaimed educational title features
 GUS, the hippest, most lovable dog in all Cybertown.  Join him on an
 interactive search for the CyberBuds through five interactive playgrounds,
 each chock full of puzzles and lesson on counting, spelling, letters and
 shapes.  Designed for kids 3 to 7, featuring original songs by David
 Maloney.  Chosen as one of MacUser's Top 50 CDs of 1994

               GUS AND THE CYBERBUDS SING, PLAY & PAINT-A-LONG

 Now Gus, the hippest, most lovable dog in CyberTown, enters a unique world 
 of sing-a-long, paint-a-long creativity.  All-time favorite and original 
 children's songs are played aloud while kids use stamps, paint buckets, 
 pens, backgrounds and erasers to illustrate the lyrics.  It's a ton of 
 musical and artistic fun for kids 3 to 7, from the makers of the award-
 winning Gus series.

                           GUS GOES TO CYBEROPOLIS

 The sequel to the acclaimed Gus Goes to Cybertown, this fun-packed CD-ROM 
 features six new interactive environments where kids can observe, 
 experiment and learn.  They'll practice dictionary and geography skills, 
 travel through a global restaurant, create stationary and compose letters 
 while searching for the CyberBuds.

 * Macintosh Version:  
    - LCII or faster including Performa, Quadra, and PowerMac Series
    - 256 Color
    - 13" monitor
    - 5MB RAM
    - System 7.0 or later
    - a CD-ROM drive

 * Windows Version:  
   - (MPC) CD-ROM 386/25 MHz or faster
   - VGA color monitor (or larger) and graphics card running at 256 colors
   - 8 MB RAM
   - Windows 3.1
   - Sound Blaster or compatible sound card
   - Mouse
   - CD-ROM drive

 Blasterware: 
 ------------
                           A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME

 By Stephen Hawking - An Interactive Adventure
 Steven Hawking's universe comes to life in this interactive environment
 based on the book and film documentary "A Brief History of Time".  You'll
 have access to a graphical universe where icons and artifacts lead to
 adventures based on Hawking's theories.  Graphics, movies and animations
 combine to express abstract ideas in humorous, understandable ways. 
 You'll travel to distant galaxies, black holes, alternate dimensions and
 across centuries of scientific thought to confront the supreme questions. 
 The Complete text of the book can also be accessed.

 * Macintosh version:
   - LCII or faster including Performa, Quadra, and PowerMac Series
   - 256 Color
   - 13" monitor
   - 8MB RAM
   - System 7.0 or later
   - Double Speed CD-ROM drive

 * Windows Version:  
   - (MPC) CD-ROM 386/25 MHz or faster
   - VGA color monitor (or larger) and graphics card running at 256 colors
   - 8 MB RAM
   - Windows 3.1
   - Sound Blaster or compatible sound card
   - Mouse
   - Double Speed CD-ROM drive

 Blasterware:
 ------------
                              AMERICAN VISIONS

 20th Century Art  From the Roy R. Neuberger Collection
 American Visions is a whole new way of viewing art, an interactive museum 
 that Wired Magazine lauds as "indisputably drop dead gorgeous".  Winner of 
 the 1994 Invision Award, American Visions features over 80 works of art in 
 full color, each linked to related information, including photos and Quick 
 Time movies of the artist, and comments from critics and historians.

 * Macintosh version:
   - LCII or faster including Performa, Quadra, and PowerMac Series
   - 256 Color
   - 13" monitor
   - 5MB RAM
   - System 7.0 or later
   - CD-ROM drive

 * Windows Version:  
   - (MPC) CD-ROM 486/25 MHz or faster
   - VGA color monitor (or larger) and graphics card running at 256 colors
   - 8 MB RAM
   - Windows 3.1
   - Sound Blaster or compatible sound card
   - Mouse
   - Double Speed CD-ROM drive


 Blasterware:
 ------------
                            CREATIVE VOICE ASSIST

 Activate your PC with sound of your voice.  Creative VoiceAssist allows
 you to quickly and effortlessly create personalized commands and customize 
 Windows applications.  This speaker dependent, single utterance speech 
 system uses minimal hard disk space and features high accuracy, quick 
 response command recognition as well as simple verbal representation of 
 complex-action macros.

 * Customize 1,024 voice commands -- 32 generic and 996
 application-specific 
   29,760 total commands
 * Supports up to 256 individual users
 * Control up to 30 Widows applications -- automatically loads the user's 
   file for each active Windows applications
 * Easy to train -- train each command only once
 * Takes minimal hard disk space
 * Requires 386 SX /Windows 3.1 or higher, 4MB RAM, Sound Blaster or 
   equivalent sound card with Windows audio drivers and microphone jack
 * Microphone included

 Blasterware:
                                SCREEN SINGER

 Each Screensinger CD-ROM lets you enjoy music, graphics and video on your
 PC in four different ways:

 1.  MTV-style music 'videos' give you 640x480 graphics in 256 colors, plus 
     animation and video clips
 2.  Karaoke mode lets you sing-along with lyrics and dazzling graphics
 3.  A clip image library and 20 PowerPoint templates can be imported into 
     your presentations
 4.  Screen saver mode makes you PC come alive with crystal clear music and 
     images

 *  Each Screensinger CD features 7 to 10 songs professionally arranged and 
    recorded in the style of the original artists.  Screensinger offers a 
    selection of children melodies, Christmas memories and folk tunes.  And 
    Screensinger CDs can also be enjoyed on you home or car CD.

 * Requires 386-33 MHz or higher (486-66 MHz recommended), 4 MB RAM (8 MB 
   recommended), 2 MB free disk space, Windows 3.1 or higher, Sound Blaster 
   series audio card or 100% compatible, CD-ROM drive, speakers or 
   headphones, microphone and mouse (optional)


                                Accessories:
                                ============
 AeroDuet
 --------
 AeroDuet offers a mouse, pen and 3-D digitizer in one wireless solution.  
 Infa-red technology detects which function is being used and automatically 
 makes adjustments.  Which means you don't have to change ports, slot in
 new cards, or switch system settings.  Four best-selling graphics
 applications and 3D games are included.

 * Includes Kai's Power Tools, Digital Morph, Spectre VR and a special 3-D 
   version of Fractal Designs' Dabbler
 * 3D detection along X, Y, Z axes
 * Wireless infra-red input technology
 * Requires only one serial port for all three functions
 * Supports relative and absolute modes in 2-D or 3-D
 * Compatible with Microsoft Mouse
 * Operates in Windows 3.1 and MS-DOS.
 * Requires 386-33 Mhz or higher, MS-DOS 3.3 or higher


 Developer Kits
 --------------
 If you're interested in developing applications that incorporate
 Creative's audio, video and speech technologies, please call Developer
 Relations at 1-408-428-2345.

 * Developer Kit for Sound blaster Series, 2nd Edition
 * Sound Blaster AWE32 Developer Kit
 * Video Blaster SE Programming Information Kit
 * Video Blaster FS200 Programming Information Kit
 * VoiceAssist Developer Kit


 Sound Upgrades
 --------------
 Advanced Signal Processor Upgrade for Sound Blaster 16

 The Advanced Signal Processor provides real-time compression and 
 decompression of sound files and QSound audio.  The Advanced Signal
 Processor is a programmable digital signal processor (DSP) that reduces
 files up to 75% without sound quality degradation and frees the CPU for
 other tasks.

 Also includes Creative TextAssist which provides nine predefined voiced
 for realistic text-to-speech synthesis.  Fine-tune voices by adjusting
 pitch, phoneme length, speed and volume settings.  Have your Windows-based 
 spreadsheets, electronic mail and documents read back to you.

 Vienna SF Editor
 ----------------
 The ideal complement for Sound Blaster AWE32, Vienna SF Editor allows you
 to edit your own samples or presets to create entire SoundFont banks. 

 Features sample downloading, sample preset editing and supports
 multi-sampling and multi-layering techniques.  Add effects such as reverb,
 chorus, tremolo, and vibrato or manipulate pitch and volume envelopes. 
 All SoundFont banks can be directly downloaded to your Sound Blaster AWE32
 for enhanced MIDI playback.

 * Requires 386SX or higher
   - 4MB RAM
   - Windows 3.1
   - Sound Blaster AWE32 or AWE32 Value Edition with Windows drivers

 Sound Blaster CT-38 Speakers
 ----------------------------
 This is a portable, efficient pair of stereo speakers.  The Sound Blaster 
 cards can directly drive these speakers or they can be powered to provide 
 additional amplification.  These speakers run on 4 "C" batteries or 6V DC
 (not included).

 Sound Blaster SBS300 Speakers
 -----------------------------
 Enhance your multimedia experience.  The Sound Blaster SBS300 speakers 
 provide endless hours of deep acoustic audio reproduction.  This high-
 performance duo can be placed near magnetically sensitive equipment, such
 as a computer, monitor, or electronic instrument, without compromising
 sound integrity or quality.  Includes 14v DC power supply.

                              MIDI Accessories
                              ================
 MIDI Kit
 --------
 The MIDI Kit includes a MIDI connector box or MIDI adapter cable and 
 sequencing software enabling you to connect a MIDI instrument to your
 Sound Blaster's MIDI port and compose or play MIDI music

 * The kit includes Cakewalk Apprentice for Windows sequencing software, a 
 highly rated professional sequencer that includes all the essential
 features for recording and editing MIDI files.

 * View music in piano roll, event list, and staff notation, have multiple 
 window editing, and drag-and-drop measures

 MIDI Adapter Cable
 ------------------
 Connects to the Sound Blaster MIDI/Joystick port.  Enables you to connect
 a joystick as well as provides MIDI in and out connectors.

 MIDI Box
 --------
 Used to connect a MIDI device to your Sound Blaster card.  Contains one
 MIDI in, four MIDI out and one MIDI through connector plus joystick
 connector.


 SPEC SHEETS
 -----------
 All Spec Sheets can be found on Compuserve in Creative's Support Area (Go
 Blaster) in Library 1, General Information:

 Audio:
 ------
 Sound Blaster 2.0 -                           SB20.TXT
 Sound Blaster Pro -                           SBPRO2.TXT
 Sound Blaster 16 Value, MutliCD & SCSI-2 -    SB16.TXT 
 Wave Blaster II -                             WVBLS2.TXT
 Sound Blaster AWE32 -                         AWE32.TXT

 MultiMedia Kits:
 ----------------
 Creative OmniCD 2x -                          OMNICD.TXT
 Sound Blaster Discovery CD16 -                DISCCD.TXT
 Sound Blaster Digital SchoolHouse -           SCHOOL.TXT
 Game Blaster CD16 -                           GAMECD.TXT
 Sound Blaster Edutainment CD16 -              EDUTCD.TXT
 Sound Blaster Multimedia Office -             OFFICE.TXT
 Sound Blaster Digital Edge 3x -               DIG3X.TXT

 Video:
 ------
 Creative TV Coder -                           TVCODR.TXT
 Video Blaster FS200 -                         VFS200.TXT
 Video Blaster RT300 -                         VRT300.TXT
 3DO Blaster -                                 3DO.TXT
 ShareVision PC300 -                           PC300.TXT
 ShareVision PC3000 -                          PC3000.TXT
 BlasterWare (all titles) -                    BLSTWR.ZIP

 Accessories:
 ------------
 AeroDuet -                                    AERODT.TXT
 Vienna SF Editior -                           VIENNA.TXT

 Spec sheets are available for the following products that are not listed
 in the Creative Product Catalog:

 Discovery CD New Edition -                    DISCOVNE.TXT
 Starter CD -                                  STARTRCD.TXT
 Value CD -                                    VALUECD.TXT
 Multimedia Home 4x -                          MMHOME4X.TXT
 Creative Text Assist -                        TXTAST.TXT
 Modem Blaster Voice 19.2 -                    MBVOIC.TXT
 Modem Blaster PCMCIA 14.4 -                   MBPCMC.TXT
 Video Blaster MP400 -                         VMP400.TXT



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                     :HOW TO GET YOUR OWN GENIE ACCOUNT:
                      _________________________________

       Set your communications software to Half Duplex (or Local Echo)
                      Call: (with modem) 800-638-8369.
                Upon connection type HHH (RETURN after that).
                          Wait for the U#= prompt.

                  Type: XTX99587,CPUREPT then, hit RETURN.

            The 2.0 version of GEnie for Windows is now available
            -----------------------------------------------------
      winfe200.exe  :  The self-extracting archive
      winfe200.hlp  :  The help file, rename to FE.HLP after installation
                                     ***
       GENIE Information Services copyright   1995 by General Electric
             Information Services/GENIE, reprinted by permission

                                      
                                       
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 > GEnie Windows Front End Version 2.0 STR FOCUS!
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                        GEnie for Windows Version 2.0
                        =============================

 Wow! Have we got a new program for you!
 ---------------------------------------
      If  you  have  used a previous version of GEnie for Windows you won't
 believe  your  eyes!  If you've used other programs to access other online
 services,  you're going to be delighted.  If the world is going to Windows
 then the NEW GEnie for Windows is a good example of the reasons!

      The  NEW  GEnie for Windows is designed to help you have the most fun
 and  get the most benefit from your GEnie time.  We know you have a choice
 in online services and we want you to choose GEnie.

 New Look
 --------
      Genie for Windows has a new look.  There's an attractive desktop with
 18  icons.    A single click on any of the icons will take you directly to
 any of those areas.

 New Signup Procedure
 --------------------
      There's a new, easy-to-use signup procedure.  If you're not a member,
 you will be presented with the signup screen after you install GEnie for
 Windows.  If you are currently a GEnie member, you can use the signup for
 friends and family.  As their Buddy, you can get credit for their signups!

 New Animated Logon
 ------------------
      Are you tired of staring at an unmoving screen while your modem dials
 the phone?  You won't be when you see the new, animated logon in GEnie for
 Windows!

 New Sounds
 ----------
      You  can  put  that  sound  card  to good use with GEnie for Windows.
 While  some  sounds  are  supplied, you can easily add others.  And change
 them  as  you  wish.    A fanfare makes moving to your favorite RoundTable
 special!

 New Auto Configure
 ------------------
      It's  easier  than  ever  to  configure  GEnie  for Windows with Auto
 Configure  and  the  list  of modems that require special strings for best
 access.

 New Logon Announcements
 -----------------------
      There's always something special happening on GEnie.  With GEnie for
 Windows you'll see the announcements of these events as soon as you logon.
 You can move to the area featured in any of the announcements with a quick
 click.

 New E-Mail Manager
 ------------------
      You've  got the world in your mailbox with the NEW GEnie for Windows.
 One  click  on  the  Mail  icon on the desktop takes you to the new E-Mail
 manager.  You can get your new mail, compose new letters, open the Address
 Book or File Cabinet and send your Out Box (To Do Manager).

 New Address Book
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 > GIFIASCO STR InfoFile
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           The GIF Controversy: A Software Developer's Perspective
           =======================================================


     January 27, 1995 - Text revision 2 - March 31, 1995
     by Michael Console Battilana 
     Copyright (c) 1995 Cloanto Italia srl, All rights reserved
     Parts are quoted with permission from CompuServe Information Service
     Parts are excerpted from the PNG specification
     Permission granted for non-profit electronic distribution
     Suggested file name: "giflzw1.txt"
     Keywords: GIF PNG LZW WELCH COMPRESSION UNISYS PATENT HISTORY TEXT
     Free by mailing  before April 30, 1995

     This article was written with great care. It may reflect personal
     opinions of the author, which are not necessarily shared by the
     publishers, who cannot assume any responsibility for mistakes or
     misprints. Nothing in this article should be regarded as legal
     counsel. If you require legal or other expert assistance, you should
     consult a professional advisor. Many of the designations used by
     manufacturers and sellers to distinguish their products are
     trademarks. The author of this article has made every attempt to
     supply trademark information about manufacturers and their products.
     GIF and Graphics Interchange Format are service marks of CompuServe
     Inc., an H&R Block Company. PostScript is a registered trademark of
     Adobe Systems Inc. TIFF is a trademark of Aldus Corp.

 Abstract

 During the past eight years, GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) peacefully
 became the most popular file format for archiving and exchanging computer
 images. At the end of December 1994, CompuServe Inc. and Unisys
 Corporation announced to the public that developers would have to pay a
 license fee in order to continue to use technology patented by Unisys in
 certain categories of software supporting the GIF format. These first
 statements caused immediate reactions and some confusion. As a longer term
 consequence, it appears likely that GIF will be replaced and extended by
 the new PNG (Portable Network Graphics) format.


 Introduction

 This is a very interesting case, which could teach more than one lesson on
 the theory and practice of software and the laws. There are many entities
 involved. Fingers have been pointed at lawmakers, Unisys, CompuServe and
 developers. In theory, it may have been possible for any or all of these
 parts to prevent the matter from creating so much anxiety in the first
 place. Yet we are all here, debating on this issue. This article intends
 to provide a collection of information from the history of the controversy
 to the most recent events, as they were perceived by a software
 developer.

 CompuServe released GIF as a free and open specification in 1987. GIF soon
 became a world standard, and also played an important role in the Internet
 community. It was well supported by CompuServe's Information Service, but
 many developers wrote (or acquired under license) software supporting GIF
 without even needing to know that a company named CompuServe existed. GIF
 was relatively simple, and very well documented in books, articles and
 text files.

 GIF images are compressed to reduce the file size. The technique used to
 compress the image data is called LZW (after Lempel-Ziv-Welch) and was
 first described by Terry A. Welch in the June 1984 issue of IEEE's
 Computer magazine. Unisys holds a patent on the procedure described in the
 article, but the article describing the algorithm had no mention of this.
 The LZW procedure was simple and very well described, and it soon became a
 very popular technique for data compression (just as GIF would become a
 standard in its own field). It appears that neither CompuServe, nor the
 CompuServe Associate who designed GIF, nor the computer world in general
 were aware of the patent. GIF is not alone in the use of LZW. The TIFF
 file specification also includes LZW-compression among its compression
 methods, and so do dozens of very popular file archiving programs (such as
 Compress).

 While having the right to pursue legal action or seek damages against
 infringing LZW developers and publishers, Unisys has so far been very
 accomodating and fair. It is likely that the success of LZW and its
 thousands of implementations, especially among small developers, caught
 Unisys unprepared. Otherwise, it would be difficult to understand how
 Unisys could first allow a very large number of small and big developers
 to use LZW for years, and then, after the establishment of various
 standards based on LZW, change its attitude.

 The original CompuServe/Unisys licensing agreement text which had upset so
 many developers was immediately followed by clarifications from both
 CompuServe and Unisys. Given that the online community tends to be
 suspicious about anything that is big, has a legal department or owns
 software patents, Unisys had to face a particularly delicate challenge.
 But it probably wasn't easier for CompuServe, who had to explain the
 patent issue to its own developers, some of whom felt "betrayed". The
 outside world would learn about this issue from the press in the following
 days.

 Even Time Magazine reported about this matter, although like most of the
 newspapers it concentrated on GIF more than on TIFF, LZW, Unisys or
 software patents. In the meantime, a group of leaders of the online
 graphics community began working on a patent-free future of GIF. These
 efforts would later converge into the PNG specification (scan this text
 for #1). The full texts of official statements from CompuServe and Unisys
 are also included at the end of this article (scan this text for #2).

 Among the first reactions, some bulletin board systems had all GIF files
 deleted from their hard disks (or converted into JPEG format). Common
 remarks included:

     "PROTEST OF NEW COMPUSERVE-UNISYS GIF USAGE TAX !!"

     "They [CompuServe] seem to think that GIF is the greatest thing
     since free online magazines."

     "The announcement by CompuServe and Unisys that users of the GIF
     image format must register by January 10 and pay a royalty or face
     lawsuits for their past usage, is the online communications
     community's equivalent of the sneak attack at Pearl Harbor."

 These reactions may require some clarification.

 Unisys, and not CompuServe, has been "trying to impose" a royalty. The
 problem is not specific to GIF, but includes TIFF and archiving software.

 GIF files are not covered by the patent. There is no risk in distributing
 GIF files or in using the GIF name. According to a CompuServe
 spokesperson,

     "Recent discussions of GIF taxes and fees are totally without
     merit. For people who view GIF images, who keep GIF images on
     servers, or who are creating GIF images for distribution, the
     recent licensing discussions have no effect on their activities."

 Only the software employing the LZW algorithm for writing GIF files is "at
 risk". The Unisys patent includes claims which specifically cover the
 decompression of LZW-compressed material, so it may also affect simple GIF
 readers. Several patent attorneys consulted on this matter have concluded
 that decompression-only programs do not infringe upon the Unisys patent.
 Unisys however does not appear to share this opinion.

 A format such as JPEG cannot be used as a substitute for GIF. Unlike GIF
 (and PNG), JPEG was designed as a "lossy" format. This means that it
 slightly changes an image as it is compressed. This is unacceptable for
 many applications. Also, while JPEG excels in compressing real world true
 color images, it offers no support for palette-based images.

 The CompuServe licensing agreement was intended as a voluntary service to
 the few dozen developers creating software for use primarily in
 conjunction with the CompuServe Information Service (CIS). This includes
 applications such as CompuServe "navigators", but does not apply to
 general purpose GIF readers/writers (which are not intended for use
 primarily in conjunction with CIS).

 On January 27, 1995, Unisys announced new licensing policies regarding
 "The Welch Patent". These include a .45% royalty on the total unit selling
 price of GIF/LZW products (minimum $0.10, maximum $10.00 per unit) and a
 .65% royalty on GIF/TIFF/LZW products (minimum $0.20, maximum $25.00). For
 further information and a copy of the written agreement it is possible to
 call Unisys at +1 215 986-4411, or send E-mail to .

 Any organization using LZW should look at whether they have an
 infringement on Unisys' patent. CompuServe is not involved in any of these
 discussions - they are between Unisys and outside developers.


 Software Patents

 Normally, procedures such as LZW are published in magazines so that they
 can be shared by the community of software developers. LZW itself is a
 refinement of other algorithms published in the years before (Ziv-Lempel
 and others). Software is usually protected by copyright law, but in recent
 years (since 1981 in the USA) in several countries it has become possible
 to patent software. Initially, only software used to control hardware
 could be patented. This interpretation was soon extended to include all
 types of software (except for "pure mathematical algorithms"). While
 software patents have become an opportunity for many, they remain a
 controversial danger for others. Any programmer or publisher might be
 trapped at any time by a patent infringement claim that could not be
 foreseen or avoided.

 Publication of an algorithm in a magazine does not automatically exclude a
 patent application. In many countries, including the USA, it is possible
 to apply for a patent and still publish the paper without mention of the
 application. In the USA (but not in many other countries), the patent
 application may even be filed within 12 months of the publication. Under
 such regulations, the only algorithms that might be used freely and
 without risk would be those published prior to 1981 (e.g. Donald Knuth's
 "The Art of Computer Programming").

 Today, even designing a graphics file format can become a programmer's
 nightmare. One very active member of the Internet community has collected
 information on more than 350 patents on lossless data compression and 100
 on lossy image compression. Lempel, Ziv, Cohn and Eastman patented their
 original LZ78 algorithm (US patent 4,464,650). The LZW algorithm which is
 now attracting so much attention is patented by both IBM (4,814,746) and
 Unisys (4,558,302), while British Telecom holds a similar patent. The IBM
 patent application was filed three weeks before that of Unisys, but the US
 patent office apparently failed to recognize that they covered the same
 algorithm. (The IBM patent is more general, but its claim 7 is said to be
 exactly LZW.)


 10 Years of LZW

 While the original article on LZW was published in 1984, the LZW patent
 issue first surfaced in the press in 1989, when the BTLZ algorithm (a
 procedure similar to LZW developed and patented by British Telecom) was to
 be approved for data compression into the V.42bis modem standard. Unisys
 said on at least one occasion that it first began to learn of the
 widespread use of LZW in connection with the development of this standard.
 The first licensing arrangements put into place included those with modem
 manufacturers ($ 20,000 for each one-time license) and with Adobe
 PostScript developers ($ 10,000).

 An article on "LZW Data Compression" was published in the October 1989
 issue of Dr. Dobb's Journal (see the Bibliography section for more details
 - scan this text for #4). A reader replied in the December issue
 explaining that the algorithm was patented. The author of the article
 added that he was unaware of any patent on the algorithm. More readers
 wrote, and in the March 1990 issue the editor-in-chief dedicated his
 Editorial to this topic, which in his words "sparked a forest of fires".
 The same issue also contained an official statement by Unisys Corporation,
 which confirmed that LZW was patented, mentioned the modem industry, and
 indicated how developers could contact Unisys.

 In the October 2, 1989 issue of PC Week a columnist wrote:

     "Alas, there's no consolation for developers of archiving programs
     that rely on the LZW data-compression algorithm. While cruising
     the bulletin boards last week, Spencer learned that Unisys has a
     patent on the algorithm, upon which a slew of data-compression
     programs are based. Watch out."

 In about the same period, an article in InfoWorld mentioned the fact that
 modem manufacturers were facing the possibility of having to pay royalties
 to Unisys and to other patent holders for the right to use LZW.

 Page 132 ("LZWEncode Filter") of the PostScript Language Reference Manual,
 Second Edition, published in December 1990, contains the address of the
 Welch Licensing Department at Unisys Corporation.

 In the March 1991 issue of Byte, Steve Apiki ("Lossless Data Compression")
 explained that LZW is used in GIF, and that "The [LZW] algorithm itself is
 patented by Sperry [now Unisys]."

 At this point, at least the readers of some publications were potentially
 aware of the LZW patent. But still, there were few links to GIF. Unisys
 apparently didn't know about GIF, nor did most GIF developers know that
 GIF contained LZW technology. And those who may have known, not
 necessarily knew about the patent.

 This issue was also discussed among a small group of the better informed
 members of the CompuServe PICS Forum (now GRAPHSUP). The general feeling
 at that time was that "Unisys only intends to get royalties from hardware
 vendors," and there was some consensus on the idea that Unisys "wouldn't
 do anything about pure software implementations".

 Until the end of 1994, discussions on CompuServe's Information Service
 showed no clear mention of the requirement to get a license from Unisys
 for using LZW in GIF applications. During 1988 at least one developer
 stopped working on GIF tools because of considerations regarding the LZW
 patent, and reportedly "made CompuServe aware of it". This apparently was
 limited to private verbal conversations, and information on this behalf
 could be found neither in the press nor in CIS.

 Among the developers who contacted Unisys between the end of 1990 and the
 beginning of 1991, there was at least one GIF developer. He recently
 described his experience:

     "Finding the right person was the most difficult part of licensing
     LZW, but hopefully it's easier today (perhaps only 5 phone calls
     would be needed!)... When talking to Unisys back then, my
     recollection is that we had to basically tell the people at
     Unisys, 'Believe me, you DO own a patent on LZW; who do we talk to
     about LICENSING?' When we finally reached the licensing/legal
     department, THEY knew they had a patent, and spelled out the
     terms. I recall the person we were dealing with saying something
     like, 'They [Unisys] laugh when I make all these $1 deals, but we
     have to charge something to protect the patent.'"

 In those days, the standard license fee for PC-based software products was
 $1 per copy sold (or a 1% royalty), after a $100 advance payment.
 Apparently, Unisys still didn't know that GIF was based on LZW. In January
 1995, Unisys stated: "Two years ago, Unisys learned that the LZW method
 was incorporated in the GIF specification and immediately began
 negotiations with CompuServe in January of 1993. We reached agreement with
 CompuServe on licensing the technology in June 1994..."

 Two years before the Unisys statement, at the end of 1992, Cloanto, an
 Italian software house, contacted Unisys because it was interested in a
 license for the possible use of LZW in its PostScript Level 2 drivers.
 That correspondence also mentioned GIF and TIFF as using LZW, and
 anticipated some of the controversies which would follow 25 months later.
 Unisys replied: "... You raise a number of interesting issues which
 require consideration..."

 While disclosing the full contents of this correspondence would probably
 not serve anyone's interest, the text of two letters sent to Unisys in
 1992 is included at the end of this article (scan this text for #3),
 because the author feels that this 1992 perspective could complement the
 article with a few interesting ideas. The letters have not been edited, so
 some details (such as the reference to ZIP) may be incomplete with respect
 to current knowledge.

 Unisys offered Cloanto a $ .25 per unit royalty (1% of the net income) as
 an alternative to the PostScript one-time license, but did not answer the
 question raised by Cloanto: "If we implemented a software GIF or TIFF
 image file loader and saver (both formats are based on the LZW algorithm),
 would we need a license from Unisys Corp., as far as U.S. Patent 4,558,302
 is concerned?". According to public statements, Unisys did however contact
 CompuServe the following month.


 December 29, 1994 - The Days After

 Between 1993 and 1994, the majority of developers still didn't know that
 GIF employed a patented algorithm, although both Unisys and CompuServe
 were aware of this (as the developers would learn in December 1994).
 Different opinions have been expressed on this. Some developers feel that
 reaching an agreement behind the scenes was the least destructive thing
 that could be done. Other (at times passionate) opinions picked up on
 electronic media are similar to these three:

     "Consider this. CompuServe admits to knowing about patent problems
     with the GIF file format as early as January of 1993. ... We added
     GIF support to Fastgraph months after CompuServe admits knowledge
     of the patent problem... We relied on the information that was
     supplied to us by CompuServe. If CompuServe had told us the truth
     when they knew it, we never would have added GIF support..."

     "If I chose to put GIF encode/decode functions in my software
     development toolkits, my main threat of legal liability would not
     come from Unisys, but rather from one of my customers being sued
     by Unisys, who would turn around and sue me for selling them some
     code that contained patented algorithms."

     "I still don't have a clue what my situation is if I want to sell
     source and object code that imports and exports GIF images. I am
     not in the end-user app business, but my customers are, and they
     certainly will have to have an LZW license, but what about me?
     I've talked with Unisys by voice and E-mail, and the voice
     discussion was entirely unsatisfactory as I posted when it
     happened - basically the Unisys guy said anyone who sells code for
     $100-$300 a pop was a total _____ for selling it that cheap. The
     E-mail discussions I've had said 'OK - we hear you - we'll get
     back to you.' Never happened."

 Unisys replied in part with reassuring clarifications to the general
 public, explaining that if the software was developed prior to 1995, or if
 it is public domain or freeware, the developer need not to worry:

     "... Unisys does not intend to pursue previous inadvertent
     infringement by versions of GIF-based software products marketed
     prior to 1995... Unisys does not require licensing, or fees to be
     paid, for non-commercial, non-profit GIF-based applications,
     including those for use on the online services... Commercial
     developers... are expected to secure a licensing agreement with
     Unisys for software products introduced beginning in 1995, or
     enhancements of products that were introduced prior to 1995."

 However, these statements were followed by far more restrictive
 interpretations. It soon became clear that Unisys could be demanding
 royalties for everything "manufactured" after 1994. One developer
 contacted Unisys and reported:

     "I called the Unisys lawyer you referred me to and he confirmed
     this position. Even a book or CD containing *pre 1995* freeware is
     subject to royalties if the disk is put together in 1995...
     Royalties must be collected *again* for each update release."

 While the new Unisys licensing policies (announced on January 27, 1995)
 enabled many software publishers to again ship their products after a
 month-long pause, other developers preferred to wait, hoping for a
 patent-free evolution of GIF. Comments included:

     "What if I sign up and then they announce a new GIF specification
     which does not use LZW?"

     "Labeling and user notification requirements in the agreement are
     ridiculous. I understand their desire to 'spread the word' about
     their patent, but they're telling me that I have to provide far
     more info on their ownership of the patent than they require in
     the docs/packaging of modem manufacturers and other users of LZW.
     Fair is fair. A blurb in the online help and docs should be
     sufficient; a 'non-defeatable' splash screen at startup is going
     too far."

     "Unisys is attempting to control how we (and other shareware
     authors) do business, and to make us billboards for their LZW
     patent... By making me tell my users how many security backups
     they can make, etc., they're telling me how to run my business and
     how to interface with my customers."

     "Imagine the nightmare of having to pay royalties to 10 patent
     holders, each of whom tells you how to run your business..."

     "Unisys has given us a chance to work together to change the
     system - rather than waiting to be sued one by one for this patent
     or that. We can win the fight against software patents, if we
     speak loud and clear against them."

 Some of the most active developers decided to collaborate on the design of
 a patent-free evolution of GIF (and TIFF's LZW compression mode). A
 variety of different procedures and data structures (such as Shannon-Fano
 and AVL trees) have been used to compress data in ways similar, if not
 equivalent, to LZW. But this diversity apparently does not escape the
 patent. As one expert said, "If the output data is GIF, the compressor
 infringes the Unisys patent regardless of the algorithm."

 On January 16, 1995, CompuServe declared its intention to coordinate the
 development of GIF24, a freely usable successor to GIF capable of 24-bit
 lossless compression. Several developers invested a lot of time and
 energies to solve the Unisys patent problem, and rapidly worked out
 different modifications to the GIF specification. One of the better known
 efforts was the project for a "GEF" graphics-exchange format. GEF and
 GIF24 converged into PNG (official abbreviation of "Portable Network
 Graphics", unofficially "Png is Not Gif").

 The open architecture of PNG preserves the simplicity that made GIF so
 popular, and adds features such as true color. Test results indicate that
 PNG is capable of (losslessly) compressing true color images better than
 any other widely used image format. It is also more effective than GIF in
 storing palette-based images. (More information on PNG is included in the
 Reference and Bibliography sections.)

 At the end, it appears that if so many efforts converge into a new,
 improved standard, we still have to give part of the credit to the LZW
 patent...


     The author of this text can be contacted at .
     Any comments, or experience you would like to share, would
     be very appreciated.



 Reference

 [search key: #1]

 If the excerpts from the PNG specification are not included here in order
 to keep the file size reasonable ("lossy compression"), please check for
 another file accompanying this text (suggested file name: "giflzw2.txt"),
 or send E-mail to  before April 30, 1995. The latest
 hypertext version of the full document is available on the World Wide Web:
 

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------
 Excerpts from the  PNG (Portable Network Graphics) Specification,
                    Ninth Draft - Revision date: 7 March, 1995

 [The text is not included here]

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



 [search key: #2]

 If the official texts from CompuServe and Unisys are not included here in
 order to keep the file size reasonable, please check for another file
 accompanying this text (suggested file name: "giflzw2.txt"), or send
 E-mail to  before April 30, 1995.

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------
 AGREEMENT FOR USE OF GRAPHICS INTERCHANGE FORMAT(SM)

 [The text of the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) Developer Agreement,
  released by CompuServe on December 29, 1994 is not included here.
  It became obsolete when Unisys announced its new licensing policies
  regarding "The Welch Patent" on January 27, 1995.]

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


 -----------------------------------------------------------------------
  %: 174559 S19/GIF/LZW Discussion  [GRAPHSUP]
     04-Jan-95  17:07:50
 Sb: #GIF/LZW Clarification
 Fm: Larry Wood 76703,704
 To: All

 [The text is not included here]

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


 -----------------------------------------------------------------------
  #: 181065 S3/Hot News and Rumor
     07-Jan-95  19:12:19
 Sb: #Unisys GIF Clarification
 Fm: Steve Ahlstrom/SYSOP 76703,2006
 To: All

 [The text is not included here]

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


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

 From: rmarks@ecdcsvr.tredydev.unisys.com (Richard Marks)
 Date: Fri, 6 Jan 1995 22:09:14 GMT

 Unisys LZW Patent FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS             January 6, 1995

 [The text is not included here]

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



 [search key: #3]

 If the texts of the two letters are not included here in order to keep the
 file size reasonable, please check for another file accompanying this text
 (suggested file name: "giflzw2.txt"), or send E-mail to
  before April 30, 1995.

 -----------------------------------------------------------------------
 From Cloanto/Unisys - November 6, 1992

 [The text is not included here]

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


 -----------------------------------------------------------------------
 From Cloanto/Unisys - November 12, 1992

 [The text is not included here]

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 Bibliography

 [search key: #4]

 [Author Unknown - Information Appreciated]
 "Spencer the Katt"
 PC Week, October 2, 1989

 Adobe Systems Incorporated
 "LZWEncode Filter"
 PostScript Language Reference Manual, Second Edition
 Addison-Wesley Publishing Company
 ISBN 0-201-18127-4

 Apiki, Steve
 "Lossless Data Compression"
 Byte, March 1991, pages 309-314, 386-387

 Association of Shareware Professionals Forum
 CompuServe GO ASPFORUM

 Bell, Timothy C., Cleary, John G. and Witten, Ian H.
 "Adaptive Dictionary Encoders"
 Text Compression
 Prentice Hall
 ISBN 0-13-911991-4

 Boutell, Thomas (Editor)
 PNG (Portable Network Graphics) Specification
 Ninth Draft - Revision date: 7 March, 1995
 Hypertext version available on the World Wide Web:
 

 Clay, Betty
 "Texas Tales"
 ICPUG Newsletter, January/February 1995, pages 18-23

 Cloanto Italia srl
 Supplement to Personal Paint Manual
 Version 6.1/1995, January 27, 1995

 CompuServe Graphics Developers Forum (GO GRAPHDEV)

 CompuServe Graphics Support Forum (GO GRAPHSUP)

 Console Battilana, Michele
 "LZW Data Compression without Hashing"
 University of Udine Exam Project, July 9, 1987

 Elmer-Dewitt, Philip
 "Will Gates Get the Net?"
 Time, January 30, 1995, Page 47

 Erickson, Jonathan
 "Patent Letter Suits" (Editorial)
 Dr. Dobb's Journal, March 1990, page 6

 Erickson, Jonathan
 "The Green, Green Cash of Gnomes" (Editorial)
 Dr. Dobb's Journal, April 1995, page 6

 Gardner, Ray
 "LZW Patent Issues" (Letter)
 Dr. Dobb's Journal, December 1989, page 8

 Internet comp.graphics Newsgroups

 Internet comp.sys.graphics Newsgroup

 Knuth, Donald E.
 The Art of Computer Programming
 Volume 3 / Sorting and Searching
 Addison-Wesley Publishing Company
 ISBN 0-201-03803-X

 Landy, Gene K.
 The Software Developer's and Marketer's Legal Companion
 Addison-Wesley Publishing Company
 ISBN 0-201-62276-9

 Miles, J. B.
 "Patent Issues May Stall Approval of New V.42bis Modem Standard"
 InfoWorld, approximately fall of 1989, pages 43-44
 [Author, Article Title and Exact Date Unknown - Information Appreciated]
 [InfoWorld Article on LZW and Modem Implementations - Is this it?]

 Nelson, Mark R.
 "LZW Data Compression"
 Dr. Dobb's Journal, October 1989, pages 29-36, 86-87

 Nelson, Mark R.
 "LZW Patent Issues" (Reply to Letter)
 Dr. Dobb's Journal, December 1989, pages 8-12

 PNG (Portable Network Graphics)
 Information and support material available from:
    Internet comp.graphics Newsgroups
    Internet comp.sys.graphics Newsgroup
    CompuServe Graphics Support Forum (GO GRAPHSUP)
    Via FTP from 
 The PNG specification is also available on the World Wide Web:
    

 Unisys Corporation
 "Patented Algorithms" (Letter)
 Dr. Dobb's Journal, March 1990, page 8

 Vaughan-Nichols, Steven J.
 "Saving Space", "Squeeze, Squash, and Crush" and "Legal Seagull"
 Byte, March 1990, pages 237-243

 Welch, Terry A.
 "A technique for high-performance data compression"
 IEEE Computer, June 1984, pages 8-19

 Ziv, Jacob and Lempel, Abraham
 "A universal algorithm for sequential data compression"
 IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, May 1977, pages 337-343

 Ziv, Jacob and Lempel, Abraham
 "Compression of individual sequences via variable-rate coding"
 IEEE Transactions on Information Theory, September 1978, pages 530-536


 Special thanks to Dave, David, Diana, Frank, Jason, Jean-loup, Jon, Kevin,
 Larry, Pierce, Richard, Tim, Tom and many others for their precious help.


 


                ____________________________________________


 > TVRO UPDATES STR Feature              "from the inside track..."
   """"""""""""""""""""""""


 Welcome All,

    This is a new feature of the STReport.  TVRO information from the
 field.  My Name is Paul Guillot and I install Satellite equipment for a
 living.  Needless to say, I must keep up with all of the ins and outs of
 the business.

                            Satellite TV NewsWire
                            =====================


 by Paul Guillot


      In the past few months, the satellite business has been buzzing about
 the various satellite and transponder changes.  This however, is not the
 real worry for the users at this time.  Many people are concerned that the
 changes will make their system and services less attractive and useful
 because they can't receive all the satellites due to their geographical
 location.  My real concerns are mainly concentrated in another area.  It
 seems that Houston Tracker Systems has allowed rumor to spread saying that
 they are getting out of the business and will no longer produce the HTS
 series.  If true, its a tremendous loss!  That would leave a large gap in
 the satellite business where the stability of small companies depend
 almost entirely upon reliable equipment.

      From the time we began installing the HTS hardware series to be used
 as our primary system, our service calls have dropped to almost nothing. 
 The system is a real pleasure for all users and their Premier 70 is
 literally the cats meow.  That leaves Uniden as a backup system.  At best,
 its a very shaky backup.  In the past, we used the Uniden President series
 as our primary system and the system was relatively stable, but
 something.. happened at the factory and now the system is a nightmare and
 I mean a bad one reliability wise.  I fully expect flack on this one.. but
 here are my reasons:

 1.  The system stores all your settings whether they are right or wrong.

 2.  If you program a satellite in the middle and reverse polarity with the
 POL button, it reverses the entire database.

 3.  If the CALL button gets stuck (which it can) and you press 2,3, and 5
 in succession, you reset the DISH AT location to a point outside your
 limits.  The system is now rendered "stupid" and must be completely
 reprogrammed.  What a painful headache this is!

 4.  A call to the company in an attempt to resolve the problem revealed
 the following; Their answer is to install a static grounding wire to the
 receiver and the ground plug to bleed off any ground potential voltage. 
 But that effort is meaningless because some homes do not have proper, safe
 grounding installed.  A grounding rod helps a great deal.  But some units
 still require the CALL kill.  I feel this is due to a bug in the program.

 5.  The system runs VERY HOT!  You could cook an egg on the system if you
 left it there long enough.  I guess Uniden copied Chapparell's power
 supply problem.


      As with all my reports,  They are strictly my opinions and you are
 welcome to disagree.  But I might add the service I am doing involving
 these units really proves my point.  Uniden apparently needs to fix these
 problems in their lines.  Especially if they want me to recommend their
 systems anytime in the near future.  I am talking about the President and
 4400 series. Too many mistakes have been carried forward they must be
 examined and corrected.

 Satellite UPDATES
 -----------------
 As of the beginning of the year,  The following changes took place to the
 birds high in the sky.

 ASC 1 C-Band and KU-Band are gone... The satellite is Out of Service.
 Galaxy 6 C-Band has replaced the Dead Galaxy 2 satellite.  It was moved
 from its old position and now subs for G2.  Satcom F2R C Band went out of
 service as of March 1, 1995

 Telstar 402R  is scheduled to launch in 1995 but I wouldn't hold my
 breath, It could be as late as 1996 before we see anything from it. We
 heard AT&T is suing Martin Marietta because of the repeated delays.

 I get my information from SAT TV WEEK,  ORBIT, ONSAT, and the grapevine.
 Pick up a copy and read the changes too.



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                            Dana Jacobson, Editor



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


      Was it me that said, a couple of weeks ago, that Spring was in the
 air?  I wonder whether or not I specified exactly where?!?  Typical New
 England weather here!!  The old saying "If you don't like the weather,
 wait a minute" certainly holds true!!  One day it's summer-like
 temperatures, the next it's winter again!  It's COLD out there!

      I think I'm going to wander off and see if I can find one of those
 blankets that we put away recently, to get warmed.  While I'm away, why
 don't you all catch up on the news!

                                              Until next time...



             __________________________________________________




 > Speed of Light! STR Update! - Speed of Light 3.7 Release A Fixes Bug!
   """""""""""""""""""""""""""

 From SOL's Stu Denman:

 I have just put out a new RELEASE A of SOL version 3.7.  Please erase the
 old version 3.7 and replace it with this version 3.7a.  Release A fixes a
 bug with monochrome on older Atari computers.  The new version should be
 up on my WWW page now, but not on all the ftp sites yet. Please be sure to
 overwrite any old copies of SOL 3.7 that you might have uploaded to BBSs
 or other sites.

 The new filename is spolt37a.zip.

 The bug cause SOL 3.7 to say "Speed of Light does not work in Truecolor
 Modes" when you tried to run it on STs or STEs in monochrome.  It worked
 fine on the Falcon and TT.

 I will try to post to comp.binaries.atari.st, but who knows if it will
 ever show up.  I'll post a list of FTP sites later.

 Thank you,

 Stuart Denman
 sdenman@cs.washington.edu
 http://www.cs.washington.edu/homes/sdenman/

 [Editor's note: As of 04/04, there was another bug discovered during the
 registration process - look for version 3.7B as the most current.]



                    -/- Sun's Dress Code Is for Fools -/-


     "Are blue jeans and Hawaiian shirts really appropriate for
 representatives of a $5 billion company?"

     So asked Sun Microsystems Inc. CEO Scott McNealy last week in a
 general e-mail to his 13,000 employees worldwide.

     The Washington Post this morning reports that after reading the somber
 message, employees were asked to click on an electronic image of the new
 dress code, which showed McNealy himself donning a full tuxedo.

     "No more grunge look," he says from their speaker-equipped computers.
 "We're taking our competition to the cleaners, so we might as well have 
 something to drop off." April Fool.  The Post notes Sun is renowned for
 its April Fools' Day antics.  One spoofed employee was heard to exclaimed,
 "Now he's a marked man for next year."


                   -/- Publishers Win Rental Law Test -/-


     Software publishers have won the first case to test the Computer
 Software Rental Amendments Act of 1990.

     The Software Publishers Association reports that a federal court ruled
 in favor of its members in a civil copyright infringement suit against
 Global Software & Accessories Inc. for the unauthorized rental of computer
 software.

     The Washington-based SPA notes that Global, which operates three
 stores on Long Island, New York, offered software on a "Deferred Billing
 Plan." The plan allowed customers to take software home for up to five
 days for a "non-refundable deposit." If the customer kept the software for
 more than five days, the customer was charged the difference between the
 deposit and the purchase price.

     Global Software argued that the practice did not constitute a rental. 
 In practice, however, the software was returned by the customer 99 percent
 of the time, and U.S. District Judge Leonard Wexler rejected the
 defendant's argument.

     Wexler ruled that the plan constituted copyright infringement that the
 plaintiff software publishers were entitled to a permanent injunction. He
 also ruled that the plaintiffs, which included Central Point Software Inc.
 and other SPA members, were entitled to an award of costs and attorneys'
 fees, which will be set by the court at a later date.



                   -/- GAO Says Schools Not Data-Ready -/-


     America's schools lack even the basics to take advantage of new online
 information technologies, according to a new study by the government's
 General Accounting Office.

     And heralding the report, Sen. Carol Moseley-Braun, D-Illinois,
 announced creation of the National Education Technology Funding Corp. to
 finance schools' and libraries' efforts to get onto the Internet.

     Moseley-Braun told United Press International the corporation will be
 a public-private partnership under the leadership of former Sen. John
 Danforth, R-Missouri, former Fannie Mae president James Murray and Mary
 Hatwood Futrell, former president of the National Education Association. 
 Murray added that currently, the corporation has no private partners nor
 public funding.

     Futrell told the wire service the corporation will work with other
 national public-private school partnerships.

     The GAO report, "School Facilities: America's Schools Not Designed or
 Equipped for 21st Century," reveals most schools do not fully use modern
 technology, 40 percent of schools don't have basic facilities, more than
 half of schools don't have space and two thirds of schools cannot meet
 needs of before - or after - school care.

     Said the study, "Although at least three-quarters of schools report
 having sufficient computers and televisions, they do not have the system
 or building infrastructure to fully use them. Moreover, because computers
 and other equipment are often not networked or connected to other
 computers in the school or outside world, they cannot access the
 information superhighway."

     FCC member Reed Hundt praised the report, saying it "adds to the
 growing body of evidence that advanced communications technology is
 lacking in most of our nation's schools and preventing us from training
 our children for the 21st century workplace."



                   -/- Record Software Sales Reported -/-


     Sales of application software in the U.S. and Canada topped $7.38
 billion in 1994, a 16.6 percent increase from a revised $6.33 billion in
 1993, according to the Software Publishers Association.

     The SPA says Fourth Quarter 1994 sales were a record $2.48 billion,
 easily surpassing the previous record quarter (Fourth Quarter 1993), where
 sales were $2.04 billion.

     "For the year," said the SPA in a statement from Washington, "unit
 sales in North America increased 77 percent, and were up 74 percent for Q4
 '94. Worldwide unit sales increased 77 percent for Q4 '94 and 78 percent
 for the year."

     Some findings:

     -:- Windows applications accounted for 65 percent of the application
 software sold in the U.S. and Canada in 1994, with sales of $4.78 billion.

     -:- DOS and Macintosh applications split most of the balance, with
 sales of $1.28 billion and $1.25 billion, respectively.

     -:- For the year, Windows application sales increased 45.2 percent,
 DOS application sales fell 37.2 percent, and Macintosh applications
 increased 18.7 percent.

     -:- Macintosh applications sales and growth in Q4 '94 were the best of
 the year, increasing 23.6 percent to $397 million for the quarter.

     -:- In the final quarter of the year, DOS sales declined 26.9 percent
 to $415 million, as Christmas season sales of entertainment software
 buoyed the category.

     -:- Nearly half of the DOS application sales was in the entertainment
 segment in Q4 '94. "The entertainment segment was the only segment in
 which DOS sales increased in Q4 '94 and the full year when compared with
 year-ago sales," the SPA statement said.

     -:- Word processor and spreadsheet software remained the largest
 application software categories in 1994, with sales of $1.03 billion and
 $830 million, respectively. But, while unit sales growth in these
 categories remained solid, price declines limited revenue growth for the
 year.

     -:- With sales of $358 million (up 64 percent), entertainment was the
 largest category in Q4 '94, surpassing both word processors and
 spreadsheets.

     -:- Home education was the third largest category in Q4 '94, with
 sales of $233 million, an 81 percent increase from Q4 '93.

     Commenting on the findings, SPA research director David Tremblay said,
 "The past year has been one of turmoil in the application software
 industry. Application segments which have traditionally led the industry
 had little or no revenue growth, while other segments emerged as growth
 leaders because of new users (e.g. the home market) or new technologies
 (e.g., the PowerPC Macintosh)."


                _____________________________________________


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

                           JEFF MINTER CONFERENCE!!
                    ACTIVISION 2600 COLLECTION CONFERENCE!
                    DOUBLE DRAGON V & SENSIBLE SOCCER OUT!
   
      


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


      Well, Sensible Soccer and Double Dragon V are the latest games to hit
 the streets.  There has been mixed reactions to Sensible Soccer, and very
 little so far with regard to Double Dragon.  We hope to have more news
 about both soon, including reviews.

      Speaking of reviews, review carts have been slow coming our way as of
 late, so that's why some of our reviews are late.  We hope to have a
 number of them making these pages shortly, so look forward to seeing them
 (I know I plan to!).

      The CatBox has hit the streets, but I haven't seen any activity from
 anyone who's received theirs yet.  We're hoping to get some feedback, as
 well as our own review, soon.  Seems like everything will be coming
 "soon"!!  Sounds like someone else we all know!  ACK!

      I missed the Jeff Minter conference on GEnie last week,
 unfortunately.  But, we have the transcript available here in case you
 missed it also.  We also have the transcript of the CIS conference with
 the folks at Activision.  They discussed the 2600 Collection that's
 currently out.  I realize that this collection isn't for the console
 hardware (yet!), but since this collection is made up of all of our 2600
 favorites, I thought you might be interested.  I know I thought it was
 pretty cool info!

      Things are happening on the Jaguar front.  The 3rd party developers
 are starting to get those games out.  I just wish that they'd be a little
 more active online to keep us posted on these releases!!  It's almost out
 of the blue when we see a random message somewhere saying that the game
 was seen on the shelf at a local store! Let us know folks!!

      Still nothing concrete on the JagCD release date, but all indications
 are that it won't see daylight until sometime in May.  Let's just hope
 that the games are ready AND worth the wait (and more waiting).

      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        $69.99          Virgin
             Syndicate            $69.99           Ocean
             Troy Aikman Ftball   $69.99          Williams
             Theme Park           $69.99           Ocean
             Sensible Soccer                      Telegames
             Double Dragon V      $59.99          Williams

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

      CAT #   TITLE               MSRP          DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER

              CatBox              $69.95               ICD
              Hover Strike        $59.99              Atari
              Jaguar CD-ROM       $149.99             Atari

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

      CAT #   TITLE               MSRP          MANUFACTURER

      J8001  Jaguar (complete)   $189.99        Atari Corp.
      J8001  Jaguar (no cart)    $159.99        Atari Corp.
      J8904  Composite Cable     $19.95      
      J8901  Controller/Joypad   $24.95         Atari Corp.
      J8905  S-Video Cable       $19.95

   
          ________________________________________________________


 > Online With Minter! STR Game Console NewsFile  
   """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""



                        Atari ST RoundTable
                        Real Time Conference

            Special Guests - Jeff Minter and Dan McNamee

                           March 29, 1995


  Thanks to everyone for coming tonight. This is the first
 formal conference with famous game developer Jeff Minter
 and I would like to welcome Jeff to GEnie... the home of
 loyal Atarians! Yeah! I would also like to thank Dan
 McNamee from Atari for joining us and I am sure that Dan
 will have some interesting things to tell us tonight.
 Finally, thanks to Atari for providing some neat prizes
 tonight. As you read in the banner, we will give away 3
 copies of the Tempest 2000 game cartridge plus 3 copies of
 the newly released Tempest 2000 CD soundtrack and 3
 Jaguar T-Shirts. The lucky winners will be the first ones
 to answer a skill testing question. There will be three
 questions in all. Each time we have a question, the first
 answer judged to be correct will have first choice of a
 Game, CD or T-Shirt. Second answer gets the next choice.
 Third answer gets the remaining prize.

 OK Let's meet Dan McNamee and Jeff Minter. Gentlemen,
 your mics are open. GA please

  Baaa!

   this thing on?

  Time to open my Inca Kola.

  Yep. Step up and speak into the mic

  Lance here, I'm sharing the space, but no Kola?

  Well, you all know me. I'm Dan McNamee, and I've been at
 Atari a long time. 7 years and 1 week now. ;-)

  Well, you may know me, and I'm very strange indeed.

  I've worked almost every position available in the
 company, and I now work in software test.

  I currently work in a poky apartment.

  ;-)

  poky?

  We do have a cube for you though, Jeff. 

  Poky=small, constrained

  ah

  But better than a cube :):)

  

  I need to get myself a place with a llamasworth of space

  (He just doesn't want to have to sit next to me)

  hehe My this Inca Kola is llovely!

  OK fellas. Thanks for the intros.

  *urpp!*

  Please describe some of the user configurable fx
 of VLM. How does it compare to Trip-A-Tron and
 Colourspace, (earlier Minter lightsynths)? What
 musical qualities are tracked? Beat? Amplitude?
 Frequencies? Just tell us all about it!

  Well, there is not as much control as in TaT... some parameters
 are configured to respond to joypad movement and button
 presses... basically there is an FFT of 128 bins, sometimes all
 the values are used to draw something which is thrown into a
 symmetry generator.. there are also five trigger bands, which
 bracket groups of frequencies, which are used to trigger some
 one-shot events.. the bands can be moved to select which part of
 the spectrum to use, and the thresholds can be varied. TaT had
 more user config stuff.. but then again, there you had a mouse
 and keyboard! VLM is meant to be a more naive-user oriented
 thing ...but VLM effects blow away TaT bigtime  okay?

  Jeff, what is your opinion about the current state and future
 of Atari home computers and consoles?

  Well, obviously I believe the Jag has a future, or I wouldn't be
 here. I think what we need now is a lot of high-quality
 software. Sure, we're not about to outsell Nintendo this year..
 but I think that there's prospects for a good solid Jaguar
 market.

  As for the computers... well, I still use a TT and a Falcon, and
 I suspect the Falcon will continue to sell to the music biz
 ok... gA

  Thanks. On to Kodogr

  Yak, any chance for a Total Carnage mode in Robotron 2K? Any
 Chance that you'll be doing work on Adventure 2K?

  well, I haven't been granted the Robotron license yet! You can
 rest assured that it would *be* total carnage...

 Not sure I'd particularly like to copy their game exactly.. I'd
 rather have a Llamatron mode! As for Adv2K... not been asked to
 do that! It'd be cool though... I have been playing a version
 on the PC which sadly cannot be released.. the guy wants to do
 it as shareware but atari don't want him to as adv. is their
 copyright... shame! ga

  Yak, did you ever finish hardcore and are you planning any STE
 games such as perhaps an STE version of Llamazap? (registered
 user of Llamatron here)ga

  No, I never finished Hardcore, as I had to break off to do
 Falcon Llamazap and after that I was straight into the Jag.
 Can't see myself doing any more ST/E/Falc thangs while I'm busy
 with Jag... ga

  Hi Jeff. Thanks for all the great games and
 light synthesizers for Atari products over the
 years. I can't wait to get my hands on your
 VLM and Defender 2000. What I really want to
 know is, can I register my shareware copies of
 Llamatron, Revenge of the Mutant Camels, and
 Trip-a-Tron here in the US? How much and where
 can I send my US dollars? I need the manual
 for Trip-A-Tron, so please let me know if you
 need additional money for it. Thanks and sorry
 for getting off the topic of the Jaguar.

 P.S. Thanks for Llamazap. It was well worth
 the wait! GA

  Hi... glad you liked the games so far... as for registering the
 games, yeah, the address is: Llamasoft, 49 Mount Pleasant,
 Tadley, Hants RG26 6BN, UK and the phone is 0734814478. I am not
 sure how much the games are for overseas at the moment, normally
 just a bit extra from the UK prices for postage.. you ought to
 ring them up and ask them how much, my mum'll sort you out. ga

  Jeff, how "successful" ($$$) have your shareware games
 been? And man, LLAMATRON is still my FAVORITE game.
 It's terrific!

  Llamatron is kinda fun :) On the ST Llamatron made quite a bit,
 probably about 20K pounds. On the Amiga and PC, users are
 obviously not so honest  and the game's not made a huge
 amount there. Revenge didn't make nearly as much as Llamatron; I
 guess it wasn't so universally addictive.

  Atarians revere their developers, Jeff. :-)

  Mind you you should play the TT version, it kicks @ss!! ga

  Is there a demo version?

  You can get the TT version if you register the game :)

  Sounds like a plan

  Jeff> You can leave a copy on my TT when you finish the
 CO tonight. 

  Yak, a quick Q about yer Web page -- will you be updating it
 anytime soon? (I know yer busy n all...) The last update
 for D2K was on the 12th :-) (I'm looking at it right now.
 Sounds GREAT. 60Hz...drool ) GA

  Yeah, about the web page, I'm sorry. You see, the guy who gives
 me space is at Uni.. and he has to xfer my updates from where I
 upload them to the web server. If he isn't there, or is busy, it
 languishes, and I guess he musta been on spring break or sommat.
 I will update again sOOn.. ga

  Hey, it's time for TRAVIS!

  All hail Yak!  Greetings and welcome to our humble online
 home. About VLM, you mentioned a "symmetry generator"
 earlier. Will all effects & gizmos go through that, or will
 there be asymmetrical aspects to the displays? GA

  Some are symmetrical and some are asymmetrical. There's plenty
 to choose from. The sym generator, when deployed, uses
 rotational symmetry followed by mirror symmetry... it's much
 better than the TaT one! ga

  Sounds great. One more question for now. Can you give us a
 -brief- update on the status of D2K? Everyone's dying for
 more info! GA And thanks again.

  Sure. Plus is nearly complete. We have been overhauling the
 graphics.. now, all the enemies in Plus are pre-rendered and
 look cool. I just put in a new ship, which tilts as you move it
 up and down, has an IPAZ flame out the back.. and as two gun
 tubes are now visible I doubled the firepower :) Right now, most
 of the tiling stuff for 2K is running, got 11 layers of parallax
 in a little demo mode.. so backdrops should look great.

  IPAZ?

  I am currently working on some trix with the OLP/GPU IPAZ is
 that p-system generator they have in 3D Studio. Also, new sounds
 are in

  Ah. Ok. I only knew that they looked cool. 

  there is a great sizzle on the Llightning Llaser! Yak-mode is
 in as well (all humanoids become llamas, and you fly Flossie) ga

  Dooz saw the Plasma Fire (?) in Plus at ECTS and said it was
 lovely. Sort of like the aurora borealis.

  Yeah, the plasma is cool.

  The Plasma is great!

  I llove blitter fx :)

  I'm done for the mo'.

  ga

  Tony is next. Mr. Wetmore?

  Hiya yak -- i think this question has been asked before, but...
 Does the Jaguar CD (and VLM) have the ability to accept line
 input from a stereo? 5 Floyd discs are better than one, and
 all that. (ga)

  Well, the hooks are in the software but it would need a small
 amount of external hardware to do it Not much... maybe VLC might
 make some... ga

  something a user could rig together if given pinout specs? 

  Probably. I don't know exactly what is needed. ga

  good enough -- thanks. (done)

  Jeff, how difficult was it to get used to the new "64-Bit"code
 and was it a pain or easy to get used to?

  Actually it was pretty easy.

  Not real likely. I think it has to go through the cart
 port (I could be wrong) which could make things
 difficult.

  The GPU instruction set is quite easy to understand for a 68K
 coder

  (^ referring to homebrew VLM interface)

  and the co-processors, well, if you have used an amiga you are
 halfway there, you are used to the idea... and I had a
 headstart, I worked on the Panther for awhile, which had
 something a lot like the OLP in it. So.. you can get up on the
 Jag in a few days, then you get better as time goes by and you
 learn how everything works together. ga

  Hi Yak... we enjoy your stuff so much that I thought it
 would be interesting to know which Jag games (released
 or not) impressed _you_. What stuff do _you_ think
 really "kicks bottom"? BTW, thanks for coming here
 tonight... GA

  Hi TB, no worries... well, I like Doom, Val D'Isere and Iron
 Soldier the best so far. IS has great poly handling.. Val
 D'Isere is one of the few to keep 60Hz, and the hill effects are
 well done, and it's a hoot to play too. Mind you, I haven't seen
 all the Jag games so I'm not saying others aren't as good.

  Yeah...we've been inspired by the explosions in Iron
 Soldier and want ours to be even COOLER. The Jag is
 incredibly powerful! ga

  yeah, it's nice to be on a machine where you can do so much...
 I am having fun doing OLP stuff this time...

  Hassen got bumped off so I am letting him in now....

  Hello Jeff. I work retail part-time at a software store. Can
 you give me any advice for selling Jags. You and I both know
 it's the way to go, but these people are wondering how it
 stacks up to The PlayStation, Saturn and Ultra 64. They're
 also worried about the lack of software. Any advice?

  Run Doom... run T2K with the sound turned up...

  Speaking of Tempest 2000...

  ...run IS.. basically, you need to run some of the better s/w on
 there, after all the games are what will sell a system, more
 than the soecs Specs I mean ga

  I am going to stop here and ask the first prize question.
 All people will be put in TALK mode at the same time.

  Type your answer but don't hit RETURN until you see the
 TALK mode prompt OK. Dan, Jeff, you ready?

  Yep!

  Question ONE: the Soundtrack.
 The style of music used in Tempest 2000 can be described as:

 A. Rock and Roll
 B. Techno-Rave
 C. Rap
 D. Industrial

  OK we need the first person to get the right answer Looks
 like Eggs. Do the judges agree?

  Yep, I got Eggs first here. (Jeff is in the little yaks
 room, though)

  (Back from my slash)

  Lance, you there?!

  WHEEE!!!

  Eggs

  Yahoo!!!

  Pick a prize... Tempest 2000 GAME, CD or a Jag T shirt.

  Congrats, Eggs!

  yeah, Dan?

  The game for sure!

  You got it. Send me your address in email after the
 conference. Email to ST.LOU. Got it?

  YEP!

  Don't forget to mention the prize you chose.

  hehe... another addict...

  Looks like GregLeg is second Then Gary W

  Yay. Already HAVE the game, so I'll take the shirt (which
 is what I wanted anyway )

  That's what I have too.

  You got it! Email your choice and mailing address to
 ST.LOU after the conference. That means Gary gets the
 CD! Gary, you there?

  DUDE! That's great!

  Sooper!

  (I already have the game.. heh.)

  Email address and choice to ST.LOU. OK?

  gaspacio!

  Thanks!

  I like it when everybody gets what they really wanted :-)
 What say we give away a second round of prizes? Right
 NOW! :-) On account of all the great questions we had so
 far.... So here we go.... Trick Question: TWO answers
 needed!

 The most evil enemy in Tempest 2000 is:

 A. Level 64
 B. The Flopmeister
 C. Pulsar Tankers
 D. Trip Hawkins


  I think the answers are A and C. Can the judges verify
 that?

  Yup

  Steve, Vernon and Matt look like the first three to get
 BOTH A and C Dan, we asked for TWO answers in the leadup
 to the question.

  Steve, Vernon and Matt it is.

  Yippee! As I already have the game and CD, I'll go for the ...

  Lance here-yeah

  Steve, first pick to you

  T-shirt! Thanks! ga

  Great! Send your choice and address to ST.LOU in email.

  ill take the CD.

  You got it!

  thanks!

  Send choice and mailing address to ST.LOU after the
 conference. That leaves MATT Matt, do you have the game?

  Sure do....

  Lance here, did we mention that Jeff was kind enuf to put his
 jon hankok on the CD's?? it's true

  Hmmm, judges... would you allow Matt a trade for the CD
 or T shirt?

  well I think he should..

  OK Matt. Pick T shirt or CD

  Then spin me a CD, Lou...

  Lou, I don't that that should be a problem.

  You GOT it.

  Thanks!

  Send address and choice to ST.LOU

  okey!

  OK, judges. Thanks for the help.

  Thanks Dan and Jeff!

  We will have one more round of questions in a few
 minutes.

  Dim ots duude!

  Congrats guys!

  At that time we will have 2 games and one tshirt left.
 Back to our questions. Next is Pat Forister coming back
 as Job 11 GA Pat

  Any chance you could upload a few pics in gif and true color
 formats of D2K ga

  umm... I don't have any Defender shots in a PC format to upload
 although I could ask and see if they will let me upload maybe
 one or two things like maybe the ship.. or some of the enemies.

  Thanks... GA

  Thanks Pat.

  Trouble is the screen is so full of *moving* shit anyway that a
 static shot doesn't do it justice!

  Jeff, I just ordered LLamazap yesterday. I know little about
 the game except for the pictures I've seen in ST Format. Can
 you tell me a bit about the game? I also wanted to tell you
 that T2K is still the best Jag game around! GA

  Well, Llamazap is a h/scrolling blaster which incorporates a lot
 of references to Llamasoft games... it starts out with AMC, and
 you get references to Gridrunner.. Metagalactic Llamas Battle at
 the Edge of Time, Sheep In Space and Llamatron... as well as a
 couple of new thangs. The h/scrolling sections feature some nice
 GFX and there are bigtime weapon powerups on the ships. And the
 title page with the big llama with the gun and cybershades kicks
 @ss. ga

  Well T-bird took my initial question, so, what does
 your development system consist of and what's your
 next serious project?

  I vote for Sinistar 2000!

  well, I got a PC that I have a Transputer board in; I use the F
 folding editor running on the Trannie to edit, shell out to run
 the Atari development tools, and squirt it all down via the
 Alpine board to a development Jag. It's quite a compact dev
 system, just the PC, 2 monitors and the Jag (and a small pottery
 statue of a llama, and 2 empty cans of Inca Kola). As for what's
 next, well, I will have to talk to the bossdude come the end of
 D2K. There was talk of Major Havoc.. (although I wouldn't mind
 the Robotron thang... and Sinistar... yeah... *I HUNGER!!!!* ga

  Carlos is next

  Thanks for joining us here on Genie, hope to see you here
 more often :) Were those options seen on the dealer tape left
 in the final version of VLM.. I am talking of the extra
 options you were displaying.. GA

  Well, they're there... somewhere. Is all I can say :) ga

  How big is T2K and approximately how big will D2K be in Megs?
 GA.

  well, the cart size on t2k is 2Meg, and about half that is
 audio. D2K is going to be on CD though, so we will have plenty
 room for kickin' audio and a shitload of levels! So... half a
 gig odd, if we fill that CD ga

  T-bird?

  Well STORMY KNIGHT took my second question, so, perhaps
 instead I'd like to ask you what "Panther" game you
 wrote, and what (if any) options can be _saved_ in
 VLM?!?! GA

  The Panther game was to be kinda a cross between star raiders
 and defender, I only got as far as doing a few demos of stuff
 for the game before the P. got @xed. On the VLM, not a lot is
 saved - the last effect you were in, I think. Dunno what CD
 parameters are saved. Dave S. is doing all that code. ga

  Doug? Finished?

  Speaking of Jaguar games.... you give much thought to
 multi-user games?

  VLM saves the volume level and the last effect you set.
 GA

  Well.. I'd like to do multi-user, particularly Llamatron/
 Robotron In Defender, maybe, I haven't decided for sure. ga

  If everyone has finished, I will hie me hence and eat the flesh
 of dead chickens..

  What about Pink Floyd and Roger Waters? Think they ever
 could/should get back together?

  I enjoy both of them, separately, in slightly different ways,
 personally. (Is that considered heresy?)

  Well, I think it would be *great* if they got back together..
 ..but the acrimony, especially with Roger, seems too strong...
 Me, I like them both, in slightly different ways, as you say...

  I agree. I like Waters and Floyd together, but not if it
 would tear the band apart.

  although I do think Rog's lyrical content is superior, if a bit
 bleak (but that's our Rog, innit?) ...but Dave sure does know
 how to play that cheesegrater... ga

  No question, just a comment (and hint) that I hope you get
 some =serious= vacation time before you start on Sinistar
 2000! I'd hate to see a burned out Yak. ;) GA

  I will do my be(a)st to do that. Maybe I'll pop back to the UK
 and visit Flossie

  Albert is next

  How well does the Rotary controller work in Tempest 2k?

  BTW, Several years ago Nick Mason and Rick Fenn did an
 album together called Profiles, and Watters did the
 vocals on a couple of tracks. It's a great album. Pick
 it up!

  Do you have parts list? ga

  Thanks Albert

  well, I don't know for sure... all I had was a converted Indy
 500 driving controller, and it lacked the flywheel weight to
 really give it any kind of Tempest feel. As for parts and pinout
 details... you'd have to ask Atari. ga

  Unfortunately, the pinout is covered under NDA. (I think
 some people have scoped it out and posted lists, though.
 )

  Matt is next

  It's me again, Jeff! Will D2K support external hardware, that
 is the VLM, etc.? Will the ability to save into a cart be
 used? GA.

  Hi Matt... well, the VLM is a separate entity, it won't be
 running when the game is! I guess when the save cart is ready I
 could include code to use it - I guess most CD titles will. ga

  Is VLM complete and burned in to ROM? If not can
 you add stereo pair imaging for 3d fx via the VR
 headset? Or have you already done that?

  We really can't do anything more on VLM at this time. I have D2K
 to do! However it would be possible to maybe do an upgrade to
 VLM on CD or cart later.. ga

  Yak: I LOVE T2K! Great game. I really appreciate your
 enthusiasm for keeping frame rate up. I think that has gotten
 lost in games these days. T2K is my favorite Jaguar game, and
 I'm not just saying that.... (I want the rotary ctrlr!) (I've
 been told that I should mention that I'm a 3DO owner as
 well.. don't everyone shoot me all at once! ;-) )

  Glad you like T2K... yeah... I figure a h.scrolling game should
 keep frame rate. Oh, I like Soccer on the 3do! ga

  So, do you think Gary fell for that joke about winning a
 prize? 

  hehe

  Stormy is back....

  I can't wait to get my hands on the ROM drive! I'm
 dying to see what Led Zeppelin will do on the VLM.
 What's your favorite bit of music on the VLM?

  probably just about any Floyd.. VLM loves Floyd! And Ozric
 Tentacles, an' Eat St@ic.. ga

  Will any enemies/features from Defender:Stargate make it into
 D2K (such as Firebombers and Inviso)? Also, are the controls
 set up with the new 6button controller in mind? (I'd love to
 see a Yak version of Sinistar!) Love T2K! GA

  All of it!  I've been having fun with Nine Inch
 Nails recently and with Rhino's Just Can't Get Enough:
 New Wave Hits of the 80s

  Well, the Stargate is in there, I may sneak Firebomber-
 equivalents into Plus.. Inviso is replaced by Llightning Llaser,
 in Plus... Anyway, dudes, it has been fun but I really have to
 go ingest dead chicken sometime soon. So... a couple more and
 I'm outta here ok? ga

  OK, let's end the formal part of our conference by giving
 away the third and final set of prizes. I would like to
 thank Atari once again for their generosity in donating
 these prizes. Previous winners are not eligible. :-)

  Jeff's getting PECKish. 

  Before we do Thanks Jeff and Dan for spending the night
 with us.

  No worries, it was a blast

  I am sure I speak on behalf of our attendees when I say
 it has been lots of fun.

  No Problem. B5 was a rerun anyway. ;-)

  Here goes the last question

  (and the Inca Kola was lovely)

  ;-) Jeff, you MUST get a GEnie account! :-) Maybe we can
 get you a free one! Interested?

  Well... yeah, why not? after all, I do have a modem 

  And PLEASE consider joining the IAJD, the best outfit
 around for developing Jag Games.

  OK... although I can't promise too much as I have a lot of online
 commitments already

  Question Three:

 Classic Defender can best be described as being:
 A. A texture mapped RPG.
 B. A vertical scrolling shooter
 C. The precursor to the "Mario" series.
 D. A horizontal scrolling, finger-pounding shooter.

  Dave Fairweather

  I got David Fairweather, Vernon and STumped

  JR and STumped Vernon won already! :-)

  Yeah, JR second

  love that Aladdin message buffer! Got any Xtra
 Large T-Shirts?

  Oops, missed JR. ;-)

  You GOT it! They are all XL.

  Alright!

  They used Brodie for a model :-) Next is J.R. J.R. your
 pick of the CD or the game

  I'll go for the CD

  David, send me your choice and your mailing address in
 email to ST.LOU. Same for you J.R.

  well already got the cart, but I guess I'll have a spare.
 Unless an xtra cd is lying around

  Pat, I guess you have to take the game. Do you own it?

  its Pete BTW

  CD... OK. You can trade down Pete.

  Cool! thanks LOU!

  Send me your choice and mailing address. We want everyone
 to be happy

  :)

  I want a llama. Can I have my llama please?

  Well, that's about it folks. Thanks for coming and thanks
 to my buddy Travis for riding backup and helping with the
 transcript

  A llama lives on my street

  Uh.. yes. The llama is back behind the store.

  How about if we ship Flossie out?

  Send her over!

  its a strange animal

  Llamas are llovely.

  spits a lot, however

  Thanks again Jeff and Dan. Good night everyone.

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  be reprinted only with this notice intact.  The Atari Roundtables on
  GEnie are *official* information services of Atari Corporation.
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  okay, and now a few opening comments from Activision...
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  Joining us tonight will be...
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  Maryanne Lataif, Eric Johnson...
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  The mouse takes the place of ...
  the paddle control.  GA

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   Animaniac (26)

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 direct...
  ports from the Atari? GA

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  they are the actual game cart...
  ROM images running on a ...
  software emulator of the Atari 2600...
  They therefore run EXACTLY like the originals.  GA

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 (Dave) I loved the old games, and ever since I saw...
  the ads for them in magazines, I've been...
  impatiently waiting.  I called your sales...
  office in NY, but they didn't know of the product...
  When will it actually release and hit the streets? GA

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 (MODERATOR-Ron) (It's available in South Florida as of this week.

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   Jeremy (30)

 (Jeremy) Hi.  What kind of stores could this game be bought at?
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  That's cool!

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   Andrew Horne (20)

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  and draw some random winners at the end of the conference.

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   Eddie Brown (28)



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 (Eddie Brown) thank you

 (mike livesay) running on faster computers.  
  GA

 (MODERATOR-Ron) Mike-- will Pitfall run at the same speed on a Pentium
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  of factors, including  processor speed,...
  video card performance, etc.  I put in some code..
  which will limit the speed of the games to...
  no more than 60 frames per second.  So the...
  games will not run wild on a P90. GA

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   Richard Malsch (4)

 (Richard Malsch) When can we expect to see a fix for Win'95?  I try to
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  GA

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  This product is intended for Windows 3.1...
  and we are investigating upgrades for...
  Windows '95!  Remember, Windows '95 ...

 (Richard Malsch) Not to Do you know anything of why the ...

 (Activision) is still in Beta!! GA

 (Richard Malsch) program runs slower in Win'95's implementation of
  WinG than it does on the...
  WinG that you ship?  I am...
  a preview site, so yes...
  this is all legit!!!  GA

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  for Microsoft.  Win95 is supposed...
  to be backward compatible.  We targeted...
  Win31.  Once win95 is more stable, we will...
  most likely generate a compatible version.  GA

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   Christopher Fallen (38)

 (Christopher Fallen) how many games...
  are in each pack? ga

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  volume in a four volume series....
  Each volume will have from ...
  10 to 15 titles. GA     

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 (David I.) Greetings Activision programmers! ...
  Greetings Activision programmers! ...
  Which commercial compiler did ...
  you use to write the games ...
  for Windows? [GA]

 (Activision) Hi there!!  Mike?
  GA

 (mike livesay) My company, LTI, did all of the software development...
  I used Borland C++ and Turbo ASM.  The emulator was...
  written 90% in 486 assembly and the rest in C++.  GA

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   John Harris (23)

 (John Harris) Are there any plans to license...
  the emulator to other companies...
  to release other old Atari...
  2600 titles?
  GA

 (Activision) Since we are doing a four volume....
  series of Action Packs, we....
  will be needing the emulator...
  for awhile longer!  GA

 (John Harris) Thanks! GA

 (mike livesay) I think that this..

 (MODERATOR-Ron) I think what John may be asking...

 (mike livesay) will probably working reverse.  Activision may end up
 licensing games from other publishers.  GA 

 (MODERATOR-Ron) (Thx, Mike.)

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   Laureano Giraldez (1)

 (Laureano Giraldez) Are you going to include the game were frog has to
 cross the highway and gets squashed if it is not careful wityes  ga

 (mike livesay) I think you are referring to Frogger? GA

 (Activision) Frogger was a great game!...
  Try Freeway in Action Pack...
  It's a similar kind of game...
  where you have to get your chicken...
  across the freeway without getting...
  squished!  GA

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   ByteHead (12)

 (ByteHead) I "cut my teeth" on games like these.  After all these years,
 what... prompted you to bring them back?  (I'm glad somebody did)!
  ga

 (Activision) Well, a bunch of us here, namely...
  Rawson, our Atari expert....
  thought it would be a great...
  idea!  And a lot of people...
  who played them years ago...
  wanted to play them on their...
  PCs.  GA

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   Jim (29)

 (Jim) What about multiplayer, head to head and modem play?...
  Will any of the games provide this?...
  What about my joystick too? GA

 (Activision) The games that originally supported two...
 players  still do!  There is no support...
  for head to head, network, or modem play....
  since we are emulating the original...

 (Jim) How will two players play each or take turns GA

 (Activision) games.  The Atari 2600 didn't have those options either!...
  You play a two player game...
  using different locations on the keyboard...
  or having one person on the keyboard and...

 (Jim) Thanks!
  GA

 (Activision) the other on the joystick or mouse!  GA

 (mike livesay) Very interesting idea, Jim!  Modem 

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   Atari_8bit_Power! (18)


 (Atari_8bit_Power!) Will Activision be modifying these old 2600
  titles to be more "up to date" with current audio/video
  technologies? Although I still own all of my original 2600
  carts, it'd still be nice to play a 3d perspective Pitfall or
  Commando!
  GA

 (Activision) Sorry, Atari_8bit_Power!...
  We didn't catch all of your message.  GA

 (Atari_8bit_Power!) Will Activision be modifying these old 2600 titles
  to be more up-to-date with current PC audio/video technologies..
  Although I still own all of my original 2600 equipment,..
  I'd still like to one day be able to play a 3d perspective...
  Command, Pitfall, Chopper Command or River Raid.. GA

 (Activision) Great idea!  All of the Action Pack...
  volumes have emulations of the original...
  games and are not modified in any way...
  But we are developing updated versions...
  of some of these games.  Look for...
  Pitfall : The Mayan Adventure on...
  SNES, SEGA, and SeG
  Sorry!  SNES, SEGA, and SEGA CD.  GA

 % Moderator recognizes question #15
   mike n. (15)

 (mike n.) you stated that this will...
  will be available on the jaguar...
  when? and will it be on cd? GA

 (Activision) Yes!!...
  If you are referring to Pitfall...
  the Mayan Adventure, that is.....
  It will be on the Jaguar soon...
  and possibly other platforms.  GA

 (MODERATOR-Ron) (A few more questions then the prizes)

 % Moderator recognizes question #16
   Dale Dobson (57)

 (Dale Dobson) For Mike: Was it more difficult to ...
  emulate the scan-line graphics mode...
  in a frame-buffered world or to come up...
  with a means of mimicking the 2600's...
  sound chip using FM synthesis?  (BTW,
  add my vote for a Jaguar version of...
  the Action Pack!  Nostalgia city! :)  GA

 (mike livesay) Dale, the scanline graphic emulation...

 (Activision) We'll note your vote, Dale!!  Mike?

 (mike livesay) was a real bear.  Sound turned out...
  to be a bit difficult because there was...
  no way to get FM to do some of the explosion...
  type sound effect (ie: white noise).  I had to..\
  therefore use both PCM and FM sound channels.  The
  CPM sound effects are actual samples from a VCS unit.
  GA

 % Moderator recognizes question #17
   Robert Montague (Ro (31)

 (MODERATOR-Ron) Robert?

 (Robert Montague (Ro) "I don't have a lot of time left so can we get on
  with the prizes."GA

 % Moderator recognizes question #18
   karl schwinck (22)

 (karl schwinck) as a shareholder of activision, i've attempted....
  to reach the shareholder relations dept but w/no luck...
  any idea what these games will do to the earnings of atvi...
  and when the company plans to release their next earnings report? thx. ga
  did my ? go thru?

 (Activision) Yes, ...

 (MODERATOR-Ron) (We saw it, Karl)

 (Activision) Try calling (310) 473-9200 Pacific Time...
  and the operator will help you out....
  Of course, buying Action Pack...
  wouldn't hurt either!  GA

 % Moderator recognizes question #20
   Daniel Delisle (2)

 (Daniel Delisle) Just as a matter of comparison ...
  What is (roughly) the size of these ...
  ROM dumps from the cartridge?  It would ...
  Just as a matter of comparison...
  What is (roughly) the size of these ...
  ROM dumps from the cartridge?  It would ...
  be interesting to compare that to the ...
  Multi-megabyte games of today.  GA

 (Activision) Mike? GA

 (mike livesay) Good Question, Daniel!  Back in the...
  early 1980s, most games were measured...
  in kilobits, rather than megabits.  The...
  average size of a VCS game cart is 4..8K...
  although, during the late 1980s, some companies...
  actually started to put in extra RAM, sound chips,etc...
  in their carts.  GA

 (MODERATOR-Ron) okay folks...
  Sorry if we didn't get to your question....
  but I want to give away some games now [grin]....
  In a moment, I will open up the floor and let everyone shout
  out an answer to a trivia question....
  and everyone who gets the answer right...
  will be eligible for one of the 6 prizes...
  (We have to ask one trivia question to meet certain state laws...)
  Everyone who gets the answer will have their online job number...
  eligible for a random number drawing. ....
  so here's the question:

 (Activision) OK, folks!...

 (MODERATOR-Ron) What is the model number of the first successful....
  Atari VCS system:

 % Discussion period beginning

 (mike n.) tha2600
 (Jimmy Tonn) 5200
 (Joe from ENSONIQ Co) 2600
 (David I.) 2600!
 (Bill) 2600
 (ann) 2600
 (Erik) 2600
 (pedro)  2600
 (Mike) 2600
 (John R./GS (VIDPUB)) 2600
 (John Harris) 2600
 (Richard Malsch) "uXn2600
 (Judah Warshaw) 2600
 (Jim) 2600
 (Gabe Wiener) 2600
 (Greg Hegstrom) 2600
 (karl schwinck) 1200
 (Kevin Hall) 2600
 (Dustin R. Newton) 2600
 (Dave) 2600
 (David Dyer) 2600
 (Dave) 2600
 (John Smetzer) 22600
 (Jim Montoya) 2600
 (Falcon030) 2600
 (Tam-puter) 2600
 (karl schwinck) 2400
 (Edwin Iskandar) 2600
 (Atari_8bit_Power!) 400
 (Bob) 2600
 (John Morris) 2600
 (karl schwinck) 2600
 (Christopher Fallen) 2600
 (ByteHead) 2600
 (tom) 2600
 (Aleks) cx2600
 (Andrew Horne) 2600
 (Rob Argy) 2600
 (Eddie Brown) 2600
 (Judah Warshaw) 2500
 (Roy Wagner) 2600
 (Richard Masclh) 2600
 (Jake E. Hamby) 2600
 (Daniel Delisle) 1200
 (BILLY WALKER) 26000
 (Dale Dobson) 2600 (previously known as the Video Computer System)
 (John R./GS (VIDPUB)) (VCS)
 (Andrew Horne) 2600
 (Eddie Brown) 2600
 (Dustin R. Newton) 2600
 (Judah Warshaw) 2500
 (mike n.) 26--
 (Edwin Iskandar) 2600
 (John Smetzer) 2600
 (Richard Malsch) 2600
 (Roy Wagner) 2600
 (Judah Warshaw) 2500
 (mike n.) 2600
 (Eddie Brown) 2600
 (Richard Malsch) 2600
 (Roy Wagner) 2600
 (Judah Warshaw) 2600
 (Jake E. Hamby) 2600
 (mike n.) 26600
 (Andrew Horne) 2400
 (Roy Wagner) 2600
 (David Andrus) 260026002600
 (Joe from ENSONIQ Co) 2600
 (John Smetzer) Command
 (Eddie Brown) 26002600
 (John Harris) This is surreal.
 (David Dyer) 26/2600
 (karl schwinck) 200
 (Eddie Brown) 2600
 (Aleks) cx2600
 (MODERATOR-Ron) okay okay okay...
 (tom) 2600
 (BILLY WALKER) BILLY WALKER 2600
 (Andrew Horne) 2400
 (Kevin Hall) 2600
 (John Smetzer) 2600

 % Discussion period ending

 (MODERATOR-Ron) Except for a few wrong answers...
  most of you qualify...
  So here's the first random number....
  Job 27....
  Bob 75430,2726 wins a copy of the Action Pack...
  Second random number is:...
  18...
  Atari 8-bit power....
  76571,454  wins a copy of Return To Zork...
  next random number:...
  Job 37....
  Ann 76766,1003  wins an Atari Action Pack....
  next random number:.....
  job 50....
  Heather Keesecker 73142,3206....
  Wins a copy of Return to Zork....
  (2 more prizes to go)...
  next random number....
  job 11....
  John R.  76421,2325....
  Whoops!  John's a VIDPUB staff member now...
  so he's disqualified...
  (sorry John!)...
  re-rolling...
  job 26 Animaniac 71643,1355....
  Wins an Atari Action Pack...
  and the last winner...
  job 28 ....
  Oh no!  Another forum sysop....
  (sorry Mike)...
  re-rolling...
  job 14...
  Tim Sartain 76552,3114 wins the copy of Return to Zork....
  Okay, thats 6 winners and 2 angry sysops. [grin]...
  Winners will be contacted in EMAIL.
  Any last comments from Activision now?\
  GA

 (Activision) That's all we have for tonight.  We would like to... 
  thank you all for attending and hope you got... 
  something out of it.  I'm sure we did.  Thanks.
  GA

 (MODERATOR-Ron) Thanks to everyone attending tonight's ...
  conference.  Prize winners will be contacted ...
  by Activision via EMAIL within the next 48 hours ...
  to make arrangements for sending your prizes.  ...
       -
  We will have a transcript of tonight's session ...
  posted in the Activision library of the Video ...
  Game Publishers Forum  sometime tomorrow. ...
       -
  If you didn't get a chance to ask your question ...
  during tonight's conference, please post it in ...
  the Activision message section of VIDPUB.
       -
  Goodnight everyone!

 % The conference has ended
   Thank you for attending

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 Game Title             Date   Game Type           MSRP      Publisher
 -----------------------------------------------------------------------
 Air Cars               1Q/95  Racing              $59.99    Midnight Ent.
 Alien vs Predator       NOW   Role Play/Adventure $69.99    Atari
 Arena Football         2Q/95  Sports               TBD      V Reel
 Assault                2Q/95  Action/Combat       $59.99    Midnight Ent.
 Barkley Basketball     2Q/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 Battlemorph            2Q/95  Flying/Action       $59.99    Atari
 Battle Wheels          2Q/95  Racing/Combat        TBD      Beyond Games
 Blue Lightning (CD)    2Q/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                2Q/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 Cannon Fodder           NOW   Action/Adventure    $69.99    Virgin
 Checkered Flag          NOW   Racing              $69.99    Atari
 Club Drive              NOW   Racing              $59.99    Atari
 Creature Shock (CD)    2Q/95  Adventure/Sci-Fi     TBD      Atari/Virgin
 Cybermorph              NOW   Flying/Action       $59.99    Atari
 Dactyl Joust           2Q/95  Action               TBD      Atari
 Demolition Man         2Q/95  Action/Combat       $59.99    Atari
 Doom                    NOW   Action/Combat       $69.99    Atari
 Double Dragon V         NOW   Action/Adventure    $59.99    Williams
 Dragon:Bruce Lee Story  NOW   Combat              $59.99    Atari
 Dragon Lair (CD)       2Q/95  Adventure            TBD      Ready Soft
 Dreadnought (CD)       2Q/95  Adventure            TBD      Atari
 Dungeon Depths         2Q/95  Action/Adventure    $59.99    Midnight Ent.
 Evolution: Dino Dudes   NOW   Puzzle/Adventure    $49.99    Atari
 Flashback              2Q/95  Action/Adventure     TBD      US Gold
 Fight For Life         2Q/95  Combat               TBD      Atari
 Hardball Baseball      2Q/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 Highlander (CD)        2Q/95  Action/Adventure    $59.99    Atari
 Horrorscope            2Q/95  Combat               TBD      V Reel
 Hover Strike           2Q/95  Action/Combat       $59.99    Atari
 Iron Soldier            NOW   Action/Strategy     $59.99    Atari
 Jack Nicklaus Golf(CD) 2Q/95  Sports               TBD      Atari
 Kasumi Ninja            NOW   Combat              $69.99    Atari
 Rage Rally             2Q/95  Racing               TBD      Atari
 Raiden                  NOW   Action/Adventure    $49.99    Atari
 Rayman                 2Q/95  Action/Adventure     TBD      UBI Soft
 Robinson Requiem       2Q/95  Adventure            TBD      Atari
 Sensible Soccer         NOW   Sports               TBD
 Soccer Kid             2Q/95  Sports               TBD      Ocean
 Space War              2Q/95  Action/Adventure    $59.99    Atari
 Star Raiders           2Q/95  Space Simulation     TBD      Atari
 Syndicate               NOW   Simulation          $69.99    Ocean
 Tempest 2000            NOW   Action/Adventure    $59.99    Atari
 Theme Park              NOW   Simulation          $69.99    Ocean
 Tiny Toon Adventures   2Q/95  Action/Adventure    $59.99    Atari
 Trevor McFur            NOW   Action/Adventure    $49.99    Atari
 Troy Aikman NFL Ftball  NOW   Sports              $69.99    Williams
 Ultimate Brain Games   2Q/95  Puzzle               TBD      Telegames
 Ultra Vortex           2Q/95  Action/Adventure    $69.99    Beyond Games
 Val D'Isere Skiing...   NOW   Sports              $59.99    Atari
 White Men Can't Jump   2Q/95  Sports               TBD      TriMark
 Wolfenstein 3D          NOW   Combat/Action       $59.99    Atari
 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]

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 > Jaguar Online STR InfoFile         Online Users Growl & Purr!
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                CATnips... Jaguar Tidbits from Don Thomas
                =========================================


 I regret that I was unable to attend last evening, but, I hear the
 Jeff Minter conference on GEnie was a smashing success! I have not yet
 a chance to read the transcript, but I understand it will soon be
 available in the Genie download libraries. Jeff was the popular author
 of "Tempest 2000" and the upcoming new "Defender 2000". Congrats to the
 prize winners.

 The Jaguar Forum on Compuserve has a new Forum logo for WinCIM and MacCIM
 users. After giving a "weak" crack at doing a logo myself, I understand
 Atari's own Scott Sanders did the nifty new replacement that comes up
 bold and proud now. It looks great! Check it out.

 I have confirmed that Sensible Soccer by Telegames IS in stores and is
 now shipping. If you cannot find it in your nearest gaming store, check
 out one of the following mail order firms for fast service:

  ~*~ GREAT MAIL ORDER PLACES TO BUY JAGUAR GAMES ~*~
  B&C Computers ...................... (408) 986-9960
  Steve's Software ................... (916) 661-3328
  Toad Computers ..................... (410) 544-6943

 Please send me some feedback on Sensible Soccer. I want to know what
 the gamers think of it.

 The newest issue of Atari Explorer Online is out. It is in the Jaguar
 download areas of GEnie, CompuServe and Delphi as well as popular Jaguar
 support cites worldwide and on CATscan [209/239-1552].

 Steve Kipker of Steve's Software shared with me an issue of Next
 Generation magazine. WOW! The cover is a slick black with the Jaguar
 eyes and the magazine is full of high-tech gaming stuff including Jaguar
 coverage. You can order an issue direct from Steve's Software at
 916/661-3328.

 Atari recently mailed to key audio/entertainment targets a press release
 and sample of the Tempest 2000 soundtrack. Hundreds of the nations top
 (applicable) stations and media points will receive their copies this
 week. I welcome suggestions from our online friends... If you know a hot
 wave station or club in your area, send me their name and address and I
 will make certain we follow up. If you have a copy of the great audio
 soundtrack on compact disc, you know what the hype is about. I urge you
 to call your local stations and ask them to play your favorite track.
 Copies direct to onliners are available direct from Atari for $12.99 plus
 $3.50 S&H. (North America only-other restrictions may apply.) Write
 75300.1267@compuserve.com for more info.


                           ### END OF FILE ###


           CATnips.... Jaguar Tidbits of news from Don Thomas
           """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""

  I have verified that "Double Dragon V" is shipping and has arrived in
 some stores today (4/5/95). The Jaguar version of "Double Dragon V" is
 a GREAT kid's approach to fighting games with outstanding Saturday
 Cartoon characteristics in graphics and animation.

 If you cannnot find Double Dragon V in your local retailer, contact
 one of the firms below for fast delivery.

  ~*~ GREAT MAIL ORDER PLACES TO BUY JAGUAR GAMES ~*~
  B&C Computers ...................... (408) 986-9960
  Steve's Software ................... (916) 661-3328
  Toad Computers ..................... (410) 544-6943
  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 Also ask you dealer for the CATbox by ICD. Reliable sources tell me
 that units have started to ship.  The CATbox offers an high-tech
 assortment of connections to the Jaguar such as various video out
 formats, stereo audio outs including two headphone jacks, JagNet ports
 and much more. See your dealer for details.
  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  From the Internet....
  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  From:  IN%"kepper@rs6000.ivcc.edu"  "Talonz"
         5-APR-1995 14:32:50.18
  To:    IN%"jaguar-l@ctrc.fs.saci.org"
         "Atari Jaguar List"
  Subj:  Tempest 2000:The Soundtrack

  Just got the Tempest 2000 Soundtrack, and it
  totally rocks!!!!!! This techno-rave stuff is
  just awesome!!This disc is definatley worth the
  money. I'd recommend it to anybody.   -Talonz
  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  From: khaley@nova.gmi.edu (Kevin Haley)
  Newsgroups: rec.games.video.atari
  Subject: Jaguar taking off?
  Date: 3 Apr 95 16:08:15 GMT

  What a weird week.  

  Consider, for the past 5 months, I have only
  known 1 other Jaguar owner in my social circles.

  Now, consider the following, all of which have
  happened in the past 10 days:

  1. At a video rental, renting a Jaguar game,
  clerk there I know mentions that she just got a
  Jaguar...

  2. Driving downtown when, to my surprise, I see
  a car with a "Jaguar" bumper sticker.

  3. My sister asks me the other day if I have the
  cheat codes for Alien v. Predator. Asking why she
  would need the cheat codes, she tells me that a
  friend of hers just got a "new 64-bit Jaguar"
  and he says that "Alien v. Predator is simply
  awesome".

  4. A friend of mine, whom I see about once every 2
  weeks, just told me that he will be buying a
  Jaguar right after Easter.

  In 10 days, the number of Jaguar owners in my
  social circles has increased by 4, which I
  consider to be quite significant, especially
  considering how quickly this has taken place.

  Weird coincidence?
  Or is the cat starting to come to life?

  I believe the price reduction has made the Jaguar
  a much more attractive deal to a large # of
  people...   /Kevin
  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
  Happy Gaming!!!

  --Don Thomas
    Atari Corporation




 Sb: Jaguar Game Ratings
 Fm: SYSOP*Jeff Kovach 74777,3071
 To: All

  Newsgroups: rec.games.video.atari,alt.atari-jaguar.discussion
  From: paiement@pascal.info.polymtl.ca (Nick)
  Subject: <<<<< Nick's Jaguar Game Ratings >>>>>
  Date: 4 Apr 1995 00:51:50 GMT



  >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Nick's Jaguar Game Ratings
 <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

 ==========================================================================

  New entries since last post:

  Theme Park                              Syndicate

  Number of votes this week:         21


  Date of Compilation :  03/27/95


                                  THE TOP 3
                                  =========


 ==========================================================================

                                               # of    Year
  Ranking  Name of Game                Rating Voters Released Company

 ==========================================================================
     1=  Tempest 2000                   9.223  233     1994   Llamasoft
     2=  Aliens vs. Predator            9.143  203     1994   Rebellion
     3=  Iron Soldier                   9.073  123     1994   Eclipse

 ==========================================================================

                     LISTING OF ALL THE GAMES EVALUATED
                     ==================================


 ==========================================================================
  Name of Game                 Game   # of   This  Last   # of   Desc
                              Rating Voters  Week  Week  Players

 ==========================================================================

  Aliens vs. Predator          9.143  203      2     2      1    Fighting
  Brutal Sports Football       5.898   59     12    12      2    Sports
  Bubsy                        5.889!  27     13    14      2    Platform
  Cannon Fodder                7.000   10      -     -      1    Arcade
  Checkered Flag               5.384!  86     15    15      2    Racing
  Club Drive                   4.655!  58     16    16      2    Racing
  Cybermorph                   6.468  265      8     9      1    Flight
 Sim.
  Doom: Evil Unleashed         8.986  141      4     4      2    Shooter
  Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story  5.918!  61     11    11      2    Fighting
  Evolution:Dino Dudes         5.874! 135     14    13      1    Strategy
  Iron Soldier                 9.073  123      3     3      1    Shooter
  Kasumi Ninja                 6.571!  77      7     7      2    Fighting
  Raiden                       6.312  170     10    10      2    Shooter
  Syndicate                    9.000    1      -     -      ?
  Tempest 2000                 9.223  233      1     1      2    Arcade
  Theme Park                   8.000    1      -     -      ?
  Trevor McFur/Crescent Galaxy 4.174  144     17    17      2    Shooter
  Val d'Isere Skiing and Snowb 7.649   37      5     5      1    Skiing
  Wolfenstein 3D               7.203  158      6     6      1    Shooter
  Zool 2                       6.440   25      9     8      1    Platform

 ==========================================================================
   20 games reviewed
   Games are ranked from 1 to 17.
  The minimum number of votes required to qualify is 15.

                                    GLOSSARY
                                    ========

     !      -  Game in which you find a lot of discrepancies in the voting.

  This document is written by and copyright (c)1995 by Nicolas-M. Paiement
  Thank you for voting...

  Nick

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 > ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine          The wires are a hummin'!
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                            PEOPLE... ARE TALKING
                            =====================
             
              
 On CompuServe
 -------------
 compiled by
 Joe Mirando
 CIS ID: 73637,2262



      Hidi ho friends and neighbors.  A full week has gone by and very few
 of you have sent me your opinions about opening up a topic in the message
 base to help the poor lost souls who haven't the common sense to use
 CompuServe.  C'mon, don't be one of those people who think that their
 opinion won't make a difference one way or the other.

      As a brief re-cap, what I would like to do is have folks with
 questions and Internet accounts send the questions to me, which I would
 then post in the message base.  When our highly qualified and ever-helpful
 members answer, I'll include the posts in this column...

      Whaddaya think?  Drop me a line and let me know (Internet users can
 send their opinions to me at 73637.2262@COMPUSERVE.COM).

      Well, let's get on with all the useful hints, tips, and news that can
 be found every week right here on CompuServe...


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

 Myles Cohen posts:

   "There seems to be a new way of listing the files in the MUSICARTS
   LIBS i.e.  they are putting the name and CIS Id number of the uploader
   before the name of the file...
   
   What can I do to make QCIS cope with this new format...
   
   Here is an example...
   
   This plays hell with your program and also with UIS III...
   
   
   
   [70007,1112] MARC SCHILLER            Lib: 8 NETNEWS1.TXT
     Bin,  Bytes:    18441, Count:     0, 01-Apr-95
   
     Title   : HOB NET NEWS 1.0
     Keywords: HOUSE BLUES SCHEDULES
   
     This is an ASCII text file of House of Blues Net News 1.0, a
     bi-weekly email newsletter from House of Blues Entertainment. It
     contains monthly concert schedules, "Live From the House of Blues"
     updates, House of Blues Radio Hour playlists, etc."

 The author of QuickCIS, Sysop Jim Ness tells Myles:

   "This change to the file format (it'll be active in all forums soon)
   does pretty much mess up the way QuickCIS parses out the filename and
   User ID.  As you know, I don't update QuickCIS anymore.
   
   About the only way to handle this is to write down the filenames of
   any files you wish to download, and enter them manually in the Files
   List.  QuickCIS will accept either the filename only, or the filename
   followed immediately by the User ID in brackets (no space between).
   
   As in:  NETNEWS1.TXT
      or:  NETNEWS1.TXT[70007,1112]
   
   The only reason to include the User ID is if you think there might be
   two files of the same name in the same library (uploaded by different
   users).
   
   CompuServe's reason for doing this is that they wanted to include the
   user's name in the file description, so people would know who uploaded
   the file.  That caused space problems with other things on that line,
   so many listing styles were reorganized.
   
   As far as I know, every auto-navigator was broken by these changes,
   and there are still a few being fixed."

 David Bulpitt asks Jim:

   "...Is this the reason that I see "String Overflow" everytime I try to
   see a library download file on quickcis for the last 2 days?"

 Jim tells David:

   "Probably.  Myles had't mentioned that specific error, but since the
   size of the file description header has grown, I'm not surprised that
   it would now overflow.
   
   Too bad about that, because the files part of QuickCIS did some things
   that no other navigator does, and did other things better than the
   competition.
   
   I'll check to see if there is a way to tell CIS to present the
   libraries in the old-fashioned manner.  They sometimes offer that
   capability, for this very reason."

 Sysop Keith Joins tells Jim:

   "One can get the old library presentation by logging on with a switch
   of ;OLDFORUM.  Of course QuickCIS doesn't allow you to do this as there
   isn't room in the Configuration window nor can you edit this part of
   the CNF file and have it sent at log-on.
   
   Sure we can't talk you into one more update? :)"

 Jim tells Keith:

   "[One more update??]...That's like one more salted peanut...  There's
   always another.
   
   You can't use ;OLDFORUM, because QuickCIS already tags the User ID
   with ;TTY.  In the past, don't I recall another way to get OLDFORUM
   functionality?  The OLDF command, or something similar?"

 Keith tells Jim:

   "Back a few years ago when the first installment of the New forum
   software was introduced you could switch back and forth between them by
   issuing the commands OLDF or NEWF at any ! prompt--at least I think
   those were the commands.  That type of command isn't available for this
   change.  Only the log-on switch can be used and I would bet that this
   will not be available for any great amount of time.
   
   I don't recall--does QuickCIS allow a manual call to start with and
   then continue on automated?  If so I guess one could get online in a
   manual call, issue the command LOG and relog with the switch and then
   proceed to the automated session."

 Jim replies:

   "Yeah, I thought of that, too.  It would work, I guess."

 Keith tries it out and tells Jim:

   "I just tried it and it works fine."

 Ethan Mings adds a few of his own suggestions:

   "A possible work around for downloading files is ....
   
        1.   Select the desired files using Qcis

        2.   Use Edit to edit the files list. Specifically, remove the
             author CIS ID number.)

        3.   Save the 'revised' files list.

        4.   Exit Edit and go back into Qcis.
        
        5.   Use a quick call and get the files in questions.
   
   It worked for me. :-)

   Any chance of hoping for a Qcis update to work with the new forum
   software?"

 Hal Scheie says:

   "Why not just release the code and let someone else hack a fix?  if its
   not supported what difference does it make?"

 Ethan Mings agrees with Hal:

   "Good point.  However, I think you need to ask the author of the
   software, Jim Ness if that is possible.  In all fairness to Jim, he did
   a large volum of work on the software.  I think in the end, enough was
   enough.
   
   Maybe, just maybe, if we made a short list of the five most important
   changes he *might* consider.
   
   Something to think about."

 John Damiano of Transierra adds:

   "yeah...I would pay actual money [for an update].  This is
   disappointing.  I guess CIS has not heard the old saying "If it aint
   broke..don't fix it."

 Ethan tells John:

   "Sometimes people can't leave a good thing alone.  If you look at past
   posting explaining why they have made this move, the rational is very
   week. Never the less, we have a current problem and we need to get it
   fixed so we can move on.
   
   Good point about money.  How much would it cost to get the software
   fixed. I mean, like $10.00 US per member or user.  Is money the reason
   for the lack of fix.  IF so, it would be good to know.  After all, any
   problem has a infinite number of solutions.
   
   .. and when it comes to atari users, solutions is our first name."

 Simon Churchill tells Jim Ness:

   "You may have seen messages from fellow members and one has asked:
   
   'If you do not wish to support and upgrade QuickCIS how about letting
   someone else?'
   
   If a version of the source file was supplied and data for the new
   operation of the forum's then I am sure someone would be interested in
   updating the software.
   
   A small provisoe might be your name must stay in the program and be
   displayed when the software is first run.
   
   You have created a very useful program and it would be a waste to
   loose it, I currently use a PC to log on and was hoping to set up my ST
   in the future and use that as the PC belongs to the old man.    Without
   something like QuickCIS I would not be-able to contact CIS efficently
   from my ST,  I don't want to buy a PC just to log on, but I would with
   my ST if I had the software.   I and other's who use an ST would like
   to log on to CIS and without QuickCIS our forum would soon loose
   members and these forums would soon become dead themselfves.
   
   It's a plea I know but consider it, you enjoyed your ST to write a
   program for it which helped us all log on.   How about letting someone
   else build on the foundations you started so this forum can be used by
   those without a MAC or PC.  I'm no programmer but my ST dose get alot
   of attention and I would like it to talk to the world as it has the
   capacity to do so.
   
   Thank you for attention.
   
   P.S. - In england we get charges for ALL call's, be they long distance
   or local.  An off-line reader is a MUST!  Consider our request,
   PLEASE."

 Jim tells Simon:

   "At this point, I have no objection to giving the source code away to
   someone who could work with it.  But, I don't want to give it to just
   anyone who may have a friend who may be able to get hold of Personal
   Pascal and may have some time to work on it.
   
   If someone who legitimately is interested, and has the programming
   tools, asks about getting the source code, I'll consider it."

 Myles Cohen tells Jim:

   "But Jim...don't you see...it is precisely "at this point" that you
   need to let go of the source code...while we still may have a few
   programmers left in this rapidly shrinking market...
   
   What do you gain from hoarding it...nothing as far as I can see...and
   if you "publish" it with no restrictions...we all might all benefit...
   
   "IF IT'S OUT THERE...THEY WILL COME!"..."

 I think what Jim may be worried about is that someone will either build
 up our expectations and then lose interest in upgrading QuickCIS, or
 someone doing a bad job that disappoints us and having people think that
 he was involved in the upgrade. Maybe Jim will clarify it for us at a
 later date.

 Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Sysop Keith tells us:

   "As some people have remarked, the new forum software has broken the
   library scan feature of QuickCIS causing a string overflow error when
   you read the files.  Here is a work-around for this problem.
   
   Start off by selecting Manual Call to get on-line.  Once you are
   connected and at the ! prompt enter the command LOG.  This will take
   you back to the User ID:  prompt.  Now enter your User ID: number
   followed by ;OLDFORUM. For example I would enter 76702,375;oldforum.
   Then enter your password. You are now logged back on and by using the
   ;OLDFORUM switch the library display will be presented in the old
   format that QuickCIS can handle.
   
   If you use a terminal type at GO TERMINAL other than vt52 or tty then
   enter the command SET TER TTY now.  If your setting at GO TERMINAL is
   other than for Brief prompts then enter SET BRIEF YES now.  After these
   are entered select ALT-N to switch to a normal automated call.  If you
   always use QuickCIS for your calls then you can GO TERMINAL using any
   comm program or QuickCIS in manual mode to change your terminal type
   and brief prompt settings permanently.  You can do this even if you use
   another comm program interactively but things will look a bit different
   perhaps when you are connected with that program.
   
   Your list of files can now be browsed and download selections made.
   Use the Quick Call option to retrieve the files.  If you use the Normal
   Call option to download the files then simply remove the library
   selections from that forum in your View Configuration window before
   making the call.
   
   Not a perfect solution, but......"

 Ethan Mings tells Keith:

   "I really think we need to come up with a better solution.  Why not
   see if we can fix qcis.  I'm concerned this amount of 'work arounds'
   will make the forum and access to CIS 'too complicated'.
   
   Again, is possible to ask the author to create a fix for this problem
   or let some other programmer work on a work around.
   
   Time is ticking and in the great scheme of things, this should be fix
   to the software so we move on to bigger and better things."

 Jim Ness explains some of the changes to the forum software:

   "The new library description format moves some data around, and
   increases the line length of some lines.  The latter causes a string
   overflow, and the former causes necessary info to be in different
   places.
   
   It's not that big a fix, but there are other problems with the code
   and other fixes would be necessary before a new version would work.  I
   figure about 40 hours of coding and testing.  The code had become
   convoluted enough that I started to rewrite it from scratch back in
   late 1993.  That was such a task that I eventually ran out of ambition.
   
   I'm not all that interested in working on QuickCIS anymore, and I'm up
   to my ears in spring stuff, as usual (I'm an umpire and both kids play
   ball - every night requires careful time management).  I sympathize
   with the remaining ST crowd, but I just won't be continuing to work on
   the thing."

 On the subject of "Mouse Problems", Robert Bannister tells us:

   "I have a 1040ST with an uncooperative mouse.  It looked like a
   problem with the mouse itself - so I got a new mouse.  It still doesn't
   work.
   
   The pointer moves erratically in response to mouse movement and will
   not track across the screen but gets "stuck" in a small area.
   
   Is this a motherboard problem? Any one got any ideas?"

 Albert Dayes of Atari Explorer Online Magazine tells Robert:

   "Have you checked for viruses?  Does the new and/or old mouse work on
   other machines (ST)?"

 Robert tells Albert:

   "Thanks for your suggestion re viruses.  I'm confdent that isn't the
   problem as the computer has not been in contact with any other.
   Perhaps some more detailed description is required?
   
   HISTORY
   The computer is old and in semi-retirement but my young
   children now want to use it - and I would like to encourage them.  The
   original atari mouse suffered terminal mechanical failure - it got
   broke!
   
   The mouse is BRAND NEW! purchased mail order from Maplin in the UK.
   It is a Primax unit made in China.  The box suggests refers to a
   readme.txt manual but no disk is provided - neither are there any
   instructions / guarantees / packing notes etc.
   
   SYMPTOMS
   Move the mouse smoothly in any direction and the cursor twitches as if
   it is trying to follow.  It will occassionally move an inch or two, but
   not necessarily in the same direction as the mouse.
   
   HELP
   I need to know where the problem lies so that I can either a) fix it,
   b) abandon it, or c) complain to the right person."

 Frank Heller tells Robert:

   "This is gonna sound silly: Is it plugged in the correct port?"

 Robert tells Frank exactly what I would have:

   "that's not silly... it's worth checking... but the answer is yes it
   is in the right (correct) port."

 Simon Churchill adds his own thought:

   "It might sound stupid but is the mouse ST AND Amiga compatable?
   
   If it is then look for a small switch on the side or underneath, if
   you find one move it to the oposit position and try again.
   
   I have a dual mouse and the sympoms you report are the same when I
   flicked the switch.  (I was bored and wondered what it would do, I soon
   found out! it gose haywire, just like the sounds of your new one.)
   
   If there is no switch then the plug under the keyboard will need
   attention, yes I have had this as will, it requies the keyboard to be
   taken to bits and the joints all resoldered on the connector.
   
   I've had a fare share of problems with mice and cured most so I hope
   this helps."

 Alberto Sanchez posts:

   "Hi Folks! A friend of mine has read on Internet that Atari is working
   in a PowerPC-based new line of computers. Any of you have heard about
   this? Atari is still alive! Europe stands with Atari!!"

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Alberto:

   "There have been rumors about new Atari computers since there WERE
   Atari computers...
   
   The only thing that's certain at this point is that Atari is putting
   their full attention and resources into making the Jaguar game system a
   success.
   
   If there are plans for any new Atari computers, we probably won't see
   them for quite some time."

 On the subject of Atari including Vidgrid as the 'pack-in' game to come
 with the Jaguar CD, Derek Steiger posts:

   "If they pack Vid-Grid for the CD Player, that would be a total shame.
   Battlemorph or Blue Lightning.. but NOT Vidgrid.. yikes!  What would
   cause them to think of doing such a thing?  It would only hurt their
   reputation even more.

   Vidgrid - Nay!  Battlemorph - Yay!"

 Our own Atari Section Editor, Dana Jacobson, tells Derek:

   "I can't begin to guess why VidGrid might be the pack-in.  Well, I
   guess that I could speculate, but would be the point?   It doesn't
   matter which game it is.  The point is that there has been 99% negative
   feedback on this potential pack-in that Atari needs to sit up and take
   note.  People are saying that they don't want this game, even if it's
   _free_!  That's significant feedback, in my opinion."

 Mitch Crane adds his thoughts:

   "If they give it to me free, I may just put it in the microwave and
   watch it sparkle. That's what I do with my useless music CDs, and it's
   great fun to watch. I figure that way I'll get at least 3 seconds of
   fun out of the game."


 From the Graphics Support Forum
 ===============================

 On the subject of Unisys deciding to enforce their patent on the
 compression algorithm used in GIF pictures, Steve Wagy posts:

   "I just read this thread so I'm getting in on the end of this.  I'm
   just a guy sitting at home developing a graphics viewer for my own use
   and maybe one day it will become a $5-10 shareware product, but
   probably not.  My program supports GIF decompression but not
   compression.  Maybe these events will be an advantage for me since I
   have never figured out how to create a GIF.  How much would the "Unisys
   GIF license" be for me?  I'm programming on a Mac (Think C 5) and the
   compression code is not available.  If I pay something to someone can I
   get a code snippet for GIF compression?
   
   BTW, to all: is there any PNG code (or documentation) for the Mac
   floating around?  I've never heard of PNG but I would like to get in at
   the start of something for a change ."

 Timothy Wegner tells Steve:

   "Royalty for you would be $.10 a copy. Plenty of free code abounds right
 here
   in PICS. I forget where it is at the moment. But if I were you I'd
 forget
   it. Some PNG sample files exist already as well as some sample code. The
   official reference sources will be out this weeek (hopefully.)
   
   You are at the start [of PNG]!"

 Steve tells Tim:

   "Gee.  Doesn't seem like much.  I wonder what all the fuss is about.
   So I assume you mean $.10 a copy for each registered shareware owner?
   
   "Plenty of free code abounds right here in PICS."
   
   In PICS?  I'm sorry, but I'm unaware of the nomenclature.  Do you mean
   this forum?
   
   "But if I were you I'd forget it. Some PNG sample files exist already
   as well as some sample code. The official reference sources will be out
   this week (hopefully.)"
   
   Well, what I think I will do is provide full support for GIF in my
   personal graphics application and maybe in the near future release a
   shareware application which revolves around PNG, PICT, JPEG, and GIF24
   (hopefully will not use LZW).  That sounds like a good plan.  I'll look
   around for some PNG files and code here in the forum."

 Tim replies to Steve:

   "...$.10 a copy for each registered shareware owner?...

   Well it all depends. Doesn't seem like much, but there are a whole lot
   of requirements for auditing etc. Some folks can make a business case,
   others can't. Most can't. It depends on the contribution LZW makes to
   your program, if substantial it might make sense. But now you are in
   bed with Unisys. They will tell you how to structure your shareware
   license, when to report to them,  what kind of records to keep etc.
   What will they do for you? Nothing.  Not sue you I guess. No support
   for GIF, no help coding LZW, no debugging, no answering technical
   questions. You'll be paying for initiative some guy named Welch took in
   patenting an obsolete, inferior compression algorithm, that you are
   stuck with because it was used in GIF. (Newer, free algorithms are
   faster and compress better. The free ones even have people who will
   *help* you with them!!!)
   
   I'm an author, and the $.10 represents a huge hunk of my royalty, which
   might be $1 or $2 on a book. Would you cheerfully give away 10% of your
   income? The royalty is calculated on the gross selling price. For many
   forms of distribution, the author receives a fraction of that. Then the
   $.10 looks huge.
   
   Oops, PICSis theold name of GRPHSUPPORT. Still works to say GO PICS,
   but I'm sure the staff wishes PICS would go away."

 Diana Gruber tells Tim:

   "Don't forget, for many people the royalty is considerably more than
   $.10 per sale. Also don't forget, the real problem here is the whole
   concept of paying for software patents. A large portion of the online
   development community does not want to set this important precedent.
   So, for some of us it is the money, and for some of us it is the
   principle."

 Ray McVay asks Diana:

   "Are they willing to go back to 2400 bps modems?  The horse is already
   out of the barn."

 Diana asks Ray:

   "Do you see hardware patents as equivalent to software patents, then?
   I realize, when we are talking about eproms, the distinction is
   blurred. Still, I think the distinction is there. Eproms are physical,
   algorithms are intangible."

 Ray counter-asks Diana:

   "Have you ever seen Ken (shoot, can't remember his last name)'s patent
   covering a Unix security mechanism?  He describes a mechanical device
   that embodies the security mechanism and then sort of says, "Oh, by the
   way, this can be accomplished with software, too."   I think the
   thing most likely to be patented is a PROCESS that is usually realized
   in the context of a machine.  I'm not necessarily against patents for
   processes realized only in software but I think the patent office has
   done an abysmal job of researching prior art and "obvious" processes.
   
   Programmed PROMs are covered by copyright, BTW, regardless of the
   patentability of their content."

 Diana posits an interesting thought:

   "Too bad the modem manufacturers didn't get organized and fight back
   like we are doing. They could have come up with an alternate algorithm
   if they tried.  Probably they are so competitive they don't talk to
   each other like we do.
   
   I still think patenting algorithms is wrong. Algorithms are not
   invented, after all. They are discovered. They were always there. They
   pre-existed everything.  Kind of like Calculus was always there, even
   before Newton and Leibnitz discovered it simultaneously."

 David Holm brings up an interesting point:

   "LZW in modems is done by software, just like LZW in GIFs.  The use of
   LZW in modems is most assuredly *not* coverd by a "hardware" patent.
   It covers the SOFTWARE used to implement the LZW algorithm (although
   Unisys considers it to be a patentable process, as does the US Patent
   Office).  The fact that the program is stored in an EPROM has no
   bearing on the patentability of LZW (according to Unisys, anyway)."


 Well folks, that's about it for this week.  Tune in again next week, same
 time, same station, and be ready to listen to what they are saying when...


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