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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags
Subject: ST Report: 21-Jul-95 #1129
Reply-To: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Posted-By: xx004 (aa789 - Bruce D. Nelson)
Date: Thu Jul 27 11:14:04 1995




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 of Win95 is lean, sleek and very fast.  From experience, I can tell you it
 performs like a thoroughbred with only eight mbs of ram and like a rocket
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      Steve ("the Case") Case of AOL has made it clear that he and the
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 weapon against MS because they fear the competition.  Perhaps MS should be
 saturating the market with disks and CDS with the MSN Software on it along
 with a few PD goodies for goodwill.  I'm certain that Steve and his
 "buddies" will make a "Federal Case", "such a case", of that too.  AOL and
 friends are beginning to act like they are losers by carrying on about
 MSN.  If the government allows such to continue, it'll open the flood
 gates for everyone to "doittoit" whenever they feel threatened by _their_
 competition.  AOL should first learn to pay its own employees a livable
 wage before they try dragging other corporations down to the AOL level.

      Most of the major software companies already have updates in the
 works for Win 95.  They plan to have the new releases ready for the August
 24 debut date and for 'Fall COMDEX.  The advent of Win95 will definitely
 mark the beginning of a "New Era in Computing."  Each of you will realize
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                  ******* General Computer News *******



                 -/- Online Stats Up 17% in 3 Months -/-

      In just the past three months, the number of subscribers to
 commercial online services has jumped 17 percent, from 7,303,300 at the
 end of March to 8,556,800 at the end of June.  That is the word from the
 Information & Interactive Services Report, which released the figures at
 the Interactive Services Association's 10th annual conference, a Boston
 gathering of more than 700 industry executives.

      Reporting on the numbers this morning, Associated Press writer
 Richard Lorant characterized the surge as resulting from "the scramble
 to grab customers before Microsoft Corp. enters the business." The survey
 finds more than 90 percent of the subscribers on the three major online
 services, 3.2 million on CompuServe, 3 million on America Online and 1.6
 million on Prodigy.

      Rod Kuckro of the Information & Interactive Services Report says
 the survey, based chiefly on figures provided by the companies, found
 Delphi in fourth place with 140,000 subscribers, followed by Apple's
 eWorld with 90,000 and GEnie with 75,000.  "The top three services all
 registered double-digit growth during the quarter, due in part to
 marketing blitzes in advance of the new Microsoft Network is due to start
 next month," Lorant wrote. "In addition, all three now provide access to
 the World Wide Web" of the Internet.

      Industry analyst Eric McKinney of Matrix Information and Directory
 Services in Austin, Texas, told the wire service the numbers may be
 somewhat inflated, adding, "They would certainly have a vested interest
 in saying they have a large number of users. Our services have produced
 consistently lower numbers than have been used."  However, Kuckro said
 inflating the numbers could result in major financial setbacks for the
 companies if it were discovered.

      "Still, he said it is unclear how many of the new customers will
 stick with the services," AP reports. "In the past, 20 percent to
 25 percent of new customers have dropped their subscriptions in the
 early going."

 Editor Note:  
 ------------
      Inflating of the subscriber lists is not something new, unusual or
 different.  A few of the services do this on a regular basis.  For example
 counting in those accounts that have lapsed or closed due to any number of
 reasons.  Each of the above figures should be reduced by at least 20% in
 the name of true accuracy.  RFM 



                 -/- Microsoft Speeds Internet Links -/-

      Microsoft Corp. now says its new Microsoft Network will offer full
 Internet access to some users beginning with its launch next month.
 Earlier the firm had said complete Internet links wouldn't come until
 year's end.

      "Analysts said Microsoft had to speed its effort," Martin Wolk of
 the Reuter News Service commented this morning, "to catch up with rivals
 when it launches the online network Aug. 24 along with its Windows 95
 operating system."

      Rod Kuckro, editor for multimedia publishing at Business Research
 Publications, told the wire service, "It's something they almost had to
 do, since almost all the services they plan to compete with are offering
 it."
      Reporting from a Microsoft conference in Long Beach, Calif., Wolk
 says next month's Internet linkup will not be worldwide. While U.S. users
 of the Microsoft Network will get full Internet access beginning Aug. 24,
 full Internet access won't be available elsewhere until the second quarter
 of next year.

      "The officials also said that a tool for navigating the Internet
 would not be available with the initial release of Windows 95 but could
 be downloaded or purchased as part of a package of added features,"
 Wolk writes.

      As reported, CompuServe, America Online, Prodigy and other leading
 commercial online services all have been moving rapidly to offer better
 access to the Internet, particularly the increasingly popular World
 Wide Web.



                -/- Online Execs Urge Microsoft Probe -/-

      The top executives at CompuServe, America Online and Prodigy are
 calling on congressional leaders to support a government investigation
 of Microsoft Network, Microsoft Corp.'s proposed online service.

      New CompuServe President/CEO Robert Massey told reporters at a
 briefing in Washington today that letters are being sent to Senate
 Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., as well as other Republican and
 Democratic leaders in Congress, "asking for their support for the
 Department of Justice investigation of anticompetitive practices by
 Microsoft."

      As reported earlier this month, Dole has spoken out against the
 Justice investigation, saying that news media reports indicated
 Microsoft was being harassed by "overzealous" government investigators.

      According to The Associated Press, Massey said the goal of
 contacting congressional leaders is to make "them aware of the
 potential ramifications of having any one company monopolize an
 operating system and an applications marketplace."

      AOL CEO Steve Case added at the briefing, "It's not just an online
 service issue. We think it's a broader competitive issue."  Massey, Case
 and Prodigy President/CEO Edward Bennett told journalists they believe
 Microsoft's decision to link its online service with its new Windows 95
 software is unfair competition.

      As noted, the Justice Department is investigating whether the
 combination of the online service and the new Windows 95 software
 violates federal antitrust laws. Microsoft contends its new service
 will benefit consumers and increase competition in the online services
 business.

      But, pointing out Microsoft controls more than 85 percent of the
 market for operating system software, the online executives argue the
 software publisher is using its dominance to gain an unfair advantage
 in applications programs as well.

      Adds AP, "That could eventually lead to higher prices for
 consumers and less innovation, the executives said."



                 -/- Gates Asked to Unbundle Network -/-

      Executives of the three dominant online services are appealing
 directly to Bill Gates to separate access to the new Microsoft Network
 from the Windows 95 software to be released next month.  "You more than
 anyone should understand the power that comes with controlling the
 operating system market," says the open letter to Gates from the CEOs of
 CompuServe, America Online and Prodigy. "With dominant position comes
 added responsibilities."

      As reported yesterday, the three executives also are calling on
 congressional leaders to support a Justice Department anti-trust
 investigation of Microsoft Network.  In The Wall Street Journal this
 morning, reporter Viveca Novak quotes CompuServe CEO Robert Massey as
 saying Microsoft, with its "anticompetitive" conduct, is trying "to put
 its muscle around the windpipe of this nation's commerce" and would reduce
 consumer choice.  Massey added he believes the Justice Department could
 make a decision on whether to file suit on the matter this week.

      As noted earlier, the government would have to seek a preliminary
 injunction to keep Microsoft from shipping Windows 95 in August with
 access to the Microsoft Network included. Windows 95 was sent to
 production plants last Friday.

      Microsoft contends its plan will make the online industry more
 competitive, not less. In a memorandum filed yesterday in preparation
 for a federal court hearing on Monday in New York, the software giant
 accused the Justice Department of a "striking lack of candor" and of
 using an approach "that should have disappeared with the Berlin Wall."

      The fiery memo asserted the Justice Department, in its own memo
 filed last week, hadn't described any potential antitrust case against
 the company that would justify the subpoena.

      Microsoft General Counsel William Neukom told the paper, "We think
 the investigation is based on a very weak legal theory with virtually
 no facts to support it," adding the two sides haven't had any settlement
 discussions over the subpoena.

      The Journal notes Windows 95 is to carry a prominent icon for
 Microsoft Network, and users will be able to sign up instantly.  In other
 developments, Luntz Research Cos. has released a survey predicting between
 11 million and 19 million PC users would sign up for Microsoft Network in
 its first year.

      At a press briefing in Washington yesterday, Massey told reporters
 other online services must pay "bounties" to PC makers to have their
 software included in computers they ship, something Microsoft will not
 have to do.

      America Online CEO Steve Case added Microsoft could resolve the
 problem "in five minutes" by agreeing to market its online service the
 same way competitors do.



                -/- Half of U.S. Homes Have Computers -/-

      Nearly half of American households now own a computer, according
 to a new national survey, and 17 percent of those who don't already
 have one plan to buy a computer in the next year.

      United Press International says the survey by Lansing, Mich.,
 EPIC-MRA also found radio and TV news are losing more people to online
 news than newspapers are.

      Media analyst Gerald Lundy told the wire service, "This latest
 survey indicates that the computer -- through the Internet -- is
 becoming the medium of media. It is the only one of its type, capable
 of delivering information in print, graphics and video format."

      Sampling 1,000 consumers, the survey, which has a margin of error
 was plus or minus 3 percent, also found:

      -:- About 16 percent of those who own a computer subscribe to an
 online service.

      -:- Of those who plan to buy computers, 39 percent said they plan
 to subscribe to an online service.

      -:- The top reason the survey found for subscribing to the services
 is getting help with a home business. Following the news and current
 events ranks fourth, behind entertainment and self-improvement.

      -:- Of online users, 56 percent say they use news magazines less as
 information sources, compared with 41 percent saying they used newspapers
 less. Forty-seven percent said they use radio and TV news less, while
 46 percent said they use business periodicals less.

      UPI says demographics from the study show college-educated people
 with higher incomes and children are more likely to own computers. The
 numbers also indicate Republicans and Independents own more computers
 on average than Democrats.

      "Other findings say Catholics and those without a stated religious
 preference own more computers than Protestants," the wire service said.
 "Computer ownership is also higher among those who are pro-choice on
 abortion."  Finally, residents of Western, Pacific and Northeastern states
 are most likely to own a computer.



                  -/- Fax Still Major Business Tool -/-

      A new study says fax remains as well used at businesses using
 electronic mail as at those without email capabilities.  According to
 United Press International, the Gallup Organization conducted the study in
 the first quarters of 1992-95 through random phone interview, sampling
 daily U.S. fax users at Fortune 500 and Dun & Bradstreet mid-size
 companies. In 1994 and 1995, Gallup also conducted a fax study of Fortune
 500 and telecommunications managers.

      Says UPI, "Gallup's survey showed that 47 percent of the respondents
 preferred fax use, 30 percent chose overnight courier services, and 9
 percent relied on E-mail. In 1995, a majority at both Fortune 500, 51
 percent, and 64 percent of mid-size companies said fax usage had increased
 in the past 12 months, the study said."

      The survey found users perceive the fax as the second-easiest way
 to communicate, after the phone. Only 33 percent at Fortune 500 companies
 rated email as "extremely easy" to use, while 56 percent of respondents
 called faxing "extremely easy."

      Most users also preferred faxes for international documents. Fewer
 chose to use an overnight courier for overseas messages.  "International
 faxing accounts for 11 percent of total fax volume at the Fortune 500 and
 8 percent at Dun & Bradstreet mid-size companies," the wire service says.
 "Most of the international Faxes are sent to Britain, Canada, Germany and
 Japan."

      Dennis Roney, president of Pitney Bowes Facsimile Systems Division,
 told the wire service, "Compared with fax, other emerging technologies
 are not as universal. Of the companies surveyed with daily fax users,
 email was present in 84 percent of Fortune 500 and 39 percent of
 mid-size companies."



                -/- Time Retreats on Cyberporn Story -/-

      Time Magazine now appears to being acknowledging flaws in an
 academic study on which it based a controversial cover story earlier
 this month about pornography in cyberspace.  The July 3 cover, which said
 online pornography is much more popular than surveys may indicate, was
 based on a study conducted by an undergraduate at Carnegie Mellon
 University.

      However, in an article to be published in this week's edition,
 Time now says, "Serious questions have been raised regarding the
 study's methodology, the ethics by which its data were gathered and
 even the true authorship."  Reporting on the development in this morning's
 Wall Street Journal, writer G. Bruce Knecht notes Time "recognizes the
 point made by critics of the study on the Internet: that the study
 exaggerated the extent of the problem by lumping together Internet
 communications with 'bulletin board' traffic."

      The magazine says in its article that other academics believe the
 study "grossly exaggerated the extent of pornography on the Internet by
 conflating findings from private adult-bulletin-board systems that
 require credit cards for payments (and are off limits to minors) with
 those from the public networks (which are not)."

      Time spokesman Robert Pondiscio told Knecht this week's story
 doesn't amount to a correction of the cover story. "Call it what you
 will," he said, "but I would call it a follow-up story, not a
 correction."

      The Journal notes Time also reported study author Marty Rimm has
 been involved in another controversial study. In 1981, while a student
 at Atlantic City (New Jersey) High School, Rimm organized a study that
 "purported to show that 64 percent of his school's students had
 illicitly gambled at the city's casinos."

      "That study," says the paper, "which was widely publicized and
 sharply criticized by casinos, 'inspired the New Jersey Legislature to
 raise the gambling age in casinos from 18 to 21,' according to Time." 
 Rimm, who graduated from Carnegie Mellon in May and now works as a
 researcher at the university, stood by his study, telling the Journal,
 "I'm astonished that the people who see the data are attacking me
 rather than those who distribute child pornography. I'm just the
 messenger."

      Time reports Carnegie Mellon hasn't disavowed the study, but it
 is "forming a committee to look into it." University spokesman Donald A.
 Hale confirmed for the paper a review will take place. "There has been an
 active debate on the Internet," he said, "and we are going to give this a
 fair hearing."


                -/- Lawmakers Hear of 'Smut Filters' -/-

      "Smut filters" were the talk of Capitol Hill yesterday, as online
 companies, software publishers and civil liberties groups came to make
 their case that cyberspace can be made safe for children without
 government involvement.

      "With congressional attention focused on the easy availability of
 pornography on computer networks," writer Kara Swisher of The Washington
 Post reports this morning, "the groups converged to try to head off
 passage of legislation that would ban obscene material outright."  Swisher
 reports the experts said smut filters (defined as software that can "let
 parents control what children can get with computers") could be coupled
 with a nationwide education campaign to help educate the public about the
 technology.

      "In a demonstration," says the Post, "a computer user tried to to
 call up an Internet 'sex shop' where various sex toys and other
 pornographic material are available. It had been blocked by technology
 called WebTrack. If an address contains a word that parents have banned,
 the connection will not be made."

      Rep. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) told the paper, "Clearly to guard the
 portals of cyberspace, the private sector is in a far better position
 than the federal government. If there is a Federal Internet Censorship
 Army, it will make the Keystone Kops look like crackerjack
 crimefighters."

      As reported earlier, the Communications Decency Act, sponsored by
 Sens. J. James Exon (D-Neb.) and Dan Coats (R-Ind.) and passed
 overwhelmingly by the Senate last month, would ban "obscene" material
 transmitted over online services and establish fines and prison terms
 for people who "knowingly make, or make available" obscene
 communications across electronic networks.

      An alternative to the Exon measure is a House bill proposed by
 Wyden and Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Calif.) that encourages private
 industry to develop filtering technology that would give parents and
 teachers tools to control what children encounter online.

      Exon told the Post any kind of blocking device "is an important
 step in the right direction ... though I had heard precious little
 from the industry until I rang their bell." He added, "We may need
 these tools but we also need more federal laws. ... I mean, if we gave
 everyone a bulletproof vest, it does not mean we should repeal the
 murder laws."

      Organized by the D.C.-based Interactive Working Group, a coalition
 of some 50 high-tech companies and civil liberties groups, yesterday's
 event was intended to show some of the action already being taken.  Also
 the Silver Spring, Md.,-based Interactive Services Association trade group
 says it will launch a national "Parental Education Program" to give
 parents more information about Internet blocking technology.



                 -/- Cyberporn Proposals Challenged -/-

      Online obscenity is only a tiny portion of computer communications,
 say critics of congressional moves to outlaw "cyberporn," adding news
 media, politicians and social conservatives who haven't used the
 networks have prompted hysteria.

      According to United Press International, Jerry Berman, executive
 director of the Center for Democracy and Technology, said in a debate
 held at the Cato Institute that many of the Internet's critics don't
 understand its technology or its sprawling reach worldwide.

      Advocates of censoring Internet communications fail to see that
 taking pornography off the network is not as simple as pulling
 something objectionable down from a bulletin board, Berman said.

      Said Berman, "The only way to take it down is to take the whole
 thing (the Internet) down."  However, Cathy Cleaver, director of legal
 studies at the Family Research Council, called computer pornography is
 "the Internet's dirty little secret," and said she doesn't understand why
 people considered well-intentioned legislation so threatening.

      Cleaver declined, though, to answer questions about how much
 first-hand experience she had on the global network.  And Bill Burrington,
 America Online Inc.'s assistant general counsel, said debate should center
 on "what is going to work" to block children's access to obscene or
 inappropriate "sites" on the network.

      Burrington said a good start has been made with existing laws to
 go after "bad actors" on the network, and he praised software products
 that enable users to screen some material on the Internet.



                   -/- Hayes Settles Rockwell Suit -/-

      For undisclosed terms, modem maker Hayes Microcomputer Products
 Inc. says it has resolved all legal disputes with Rockwell
 International Corp.

      In a statement from Atlanta, Hayes says a "mutually satisfactory
 out-of-court settlement" means:

      -:- A supply of modem chips and chip sets to Hayes will continue
 uninterrupted.

      -:- Litigation no longer threatens to delay Hayes' emergence from
 Chapter XI.

      The statement adds Hayes expects the settlement to be approved by
 the U.S. Bankruptcy Court soon.  Last May, a federal judge ordered
 emergency relief for Hayes by issuing a temporary injunction compelling
 Rockwell to deliver all chips and chip sets required for Hayes' modem
 production through July.



                -/- Cray Computer to Sell Off Assets -/-

      Cray Computer Corp., the Colorado firm founded by pioneering
 supercomputer designer Seymour Cray, says it now has no hope of continuing
 in business and will sell off its assets.

      Commenting on the development, The Washington Post this morning says,
 "Through decades of work, Seymour Cray made his name synonymous with
 supercomputers. ... In 1989 he left his old company, Cray Research, and
 founded Cray Computer to pursue a new generation of the behemoth machines.
 But researchers became enamored of smaller, multiprocessor machines, the
 Cold War ended and computer budgets fell. And Cray was late getting his
 new creations to work."

      While Cray Computer is collapsing, Cray Research remains very much
 alive, the paper notes.



                  -/- Ohio Man Sues Because of Raid -/-

      A Cincinnati, Ohio, area computer company owner has filed a federal
 suit against the local sheriff's office and other agencies involved in
 seizure of his computer equipment in a raid last month.  Bob Emerson,
 owner of Cincinnati Computer Connection in Batavia alleges in the civil
 suit filed in U.S. District Court that authorities violated his First
 Amendment rights.

      The suit centers on a June 16 raid on homes and businesses during a
 pornography investigation by the Regional Computer Crimes Task Force.
 (Search warrants were executed at three locations in Hamilton County,
 one in Clermont County, Ohio, and in neighboring Kenton County, Ky.)

      United Press International reports the suit names as defendants
 Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis Jr.; the sheriff's office; the
 sheriff's office's Regional Computer Crimes Task Force and its commander,
 Dale Menkhaus; the Union Township Police Department in Clermont County and
 acting chief Michael Burns; and Cincinnati Police Chief Michael Snowden.

      Since 1982, Emerson has operated a for-profit computer bulletin board
 system that now has some 5,000 users.  His suit accuses the defendants of
 harassing him, threatening him with criminal prosecution and seizing his
 equipment.

      "The sheriff's department seized about $45,000 worth of computer
 hardware and software from Emerson, who said he has lost about $28,000
 in monthly subscriber revenues because of the raid," UPI says.

      As reported, the sheriff's office says the raid was initiated after
 receiving citizen complaints about obscene material being available from
 the BBS. Emerson said access to adult-orientated material is restricted to
 a limited number of adult subscribers who must first request access.


                    -/- SPA Targets Distributors -/-

      The Software Publishers Association has started targeting
 distributors in its war on software piracy.  The Washington-based trade
 group says preliminary injunctions have been served in three lawsuits
 against five distributors that allegedly sold counterfeit copies of SPA
 member software.

      The lawsuits, filed on May 30 in California, are part of an
 investigation undertaken by SPA on behalf of its members to stop the
 unauthorized duplication and distribution of PC software.  The injunctions
 were served against E.V. International, M&S Associates, Stylin Multimedia
 and MaxMedia Distributing Inc., which does business as Mr. CD ROM and
 Softshoppe. The firms have been preliminarily enjoined from distributing
 counterfeit versions of titles published by five SPA members. The suits
 were initiated based on reports that the defendants, selling primarily
 through organized trade shows in California, were distributing
 unauthorized copies of software products.

      The SPA retained private investigators who combed trade shows and,
 in several cases, defendants' stores to identify and purchase suspect
 products.  The software involved include The Doctors Book of Home Remedies
 from Compton's NewMedia Inc., Falcon Gold from Spectrum Holobyte Inc.,
 Global Explorer from DeLorme Publishing Co., Wrath of the Gods from
 Luminaria Inc. and DOOM II from id Software Inc. 

      The SPA is seeking damages and a permanent injunction against
 further distribution of the plaintiffs' software. Each defendant faces
 damages of up to $100,000 per work infringed, plus court costs and
 attorneys fees.  In addition, the SPA says it is seeking to identify the
 defendants' suppliers of the counterfeit software.



                  -/- Intuit Signs Up Online Books -/-

      Twenty companies -- including such large firms as Chase Manhattan
 Corp., American Express Co. and Smith Barney Inc. -- are signing up to
 use online banking services offered through Intuit Corp.'s Quicken
 financial software.

      "By striking partnerships with so many large corporations,"
 reporter Timothy L. O'Brien writes in The Wall Street Journal this
 morning, "Intuit will take a significant lead over such competitors as
 Microsoft Corp. and a partnership of NationsBank Corp and BankAmerica
 Corp. in the rapidly growing market for home-banking services delivered
 on personal computers."

      O'Brien notes that so far many consumers have been reluctant to use
 home-banking services, allowing users to check their bank deposits and
 credit-card balances by computer, transfer funds and pay bills
 electronically, and manage their personal finances.

      "But," he adds, "as more banks announce partnerships with software
 companies and the software itself becomes easier to use, banks hope
 that consumer usage will increase." Some analysts see home banking as a
 way for financial institutions not only to cut costs but also to
 increase their customer base nationwide.

      "Right now," says the Journal, "a big question is which software
 will become the industry standard. Microsoft, whose attempt to acquire
 Intuit for $2 billion was recently scuttled because of antitrust
 worries, has been making renewed efforts to interest banks in its own
 personal-finance product, Money."

      Earlier this month, Chemical Banking Corp., Bank of Boston Corp.,
 and CoreStates Financial Corp. all announced partnerships with
 Microsoft to provide home-banking services to their customers. But,
 notes O'Brien, the three banks also have signed up with Intuit,
 "indicating that the banks plan to offer various software packages to
 see which is the most popular with home-banking customers."

      The Journal notes the third major competitor in home banking is a
 partnership of NationsBank and BankAmerica, recently purchased H&R
 Block's Meca Software division, which publishes Managing Your Money.


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                   System & Motherboard PCI Bridge Support
                   =======================================


 Document #W21130
                                                     AHA-3940/    AHA-3985
 Vendor      System                     Processor    AHA-3940W    AHA-3980
 *************************************************************************
 A-trend     ATC1563P Motherboard         P54C-100          Yes
 ACER        AA700 Series System                            Yes
 ACER        AA7000 Series System                           Yes
 ACER        AA800 Series System                            Yes
 ACER        AA900 Series System                            Yes
 ACER        AEB8000 Series System                          Yes
 ACER        AP5C Motherboard             P54C-100          Yes
 ACER        AP5CS Motherboard            P54C-100          Yes
 ACER        DP5 Motherboard              DUAL P54C-100     Yes
 ACER        LP5 Motherboard              P54C-100          Yes
 ACER        M3 Motherboard               P5-66             Yes
 ACER        M5 Plus Motherboard          P5-66             Yes
 ACER        V12C Motherboard             P54C-100          Yes
 ACER        V12P Motherboard             P5-66             Yes
 ACER        V30 Motherboard              P54C-100          Yes
 AIR(UHC)    486PI Motherboard            486               Yes         Yes
 AIR(UHC)    54CDP Motherboard            DUAL P54C-100     Yes         Yes
 AIR(UHC)    54CMI v1.1 Motherboard       P54C-100          Yes
 AIR(UHC)    54CPI Motherboard            P54C-100          Yes         Yes
 AIR(UHC)    54CSH v1.0 Motherboard       P54C-100          Yes
 AIR(UHC)    54IDP Motherboard            DUAL P54C-100     Yes
 ASI         4DUPC Motherboard            486-50            Yes
 ASI         4DUPM Motherboard            486-50            Yes
 ASUS        P/I-P55TP4XE Motherboard     P54C-75/100       Yes         Yes
 ASUS        PCI-486AP4 Motherboard       486-33            Yes
 ASUS        PCI/E-P54NP4 Motherboard     DUAL P54C-75/100  Yes         Yes
 ASUS        PCI/I-P54NP4D Motherboard    DUAL P54C-75/100  Yes         Yes
 ASUS        PCI/I-486SP3G Motherboard    486-33            Yes
 ASUS        PCI/I-54TP4 Motherboard      P54C-100          Yes         Yes
 ASUS        PCI/I-AP55T Motherboard      P54C-75/120       Yes
 ASUS        PCI/I-P54NP4 Motherboard     P54C-90           Yes         Yes
 ASUS        PCI/I-P54SP5 Motherboard     P54C-100          Yes
 ASUS        PCI/I-P5SP4 Motherboard      P5-66             Yes
 Chaintech   486 SPM Motherboard          486DX2-33         Yes
 Chaintech   586IDM Motherboard           P54C-100          Yes
 Chaintech   586UBM Motherboard           P54C-100          Yes
 Compaq      PCI Deskpro System                             Yes         Yes
 Compaq      PCI Prolinea System                            Yes         Yes
 Compaq      Proliant 1500 System         P54C-100          Yes         Yes
 Compaq      Prosignia 300 System         P54C-90           Yes         Yes
 Compaq      Prosignia 500 System         P5-90             Yes         Yes
 DEC         Prioris HX590 System         P54C-90           Yes
 DEC         Prioris HX590DP System       DUAL P54C-90      Yes
 Dell        Dimensions Power Edge 5100-2 P54C-100          Yes         Yes
 Dell        Dimensions Power Edge 5120-2 P54C-120          Yes         Yes
 Dell        Dimensions Power Edge 5133-2 P54C-133          Yes         Yes
 Dell        Dimensions Power Edge 590-2  P54C-90           Yes         Yes
 DFI         586VPM Motherboard           P54C-100          Yes
 ECS         SI54P-AIO Motherboard        P54C-120          Yes
 ECS         TS54P-AIO Motherboard        P54C-120          Yes
 ECS         TS54P-VIO Motherboard        P54C-120          Yes
 ECS         UM8810P-AIO Motherboard      486-33            Yes
 FIC         PA2000 Motherboard           P54C-100          Yes
 FIC         PIO2/486 Motherboard         486-33            Yes
 FIC         PN2000 Motherboard           P54C-100          Yes
 FIC         PN3000 Motherboard           P54C-90           Yes         Yes
 FIC         PT2000 Motherboard           P54C-100          Yes         Yes
 Gigabyte    GA-486AM Motherboard         486DX4-75/100     Yes         Yes
 Gigabyte    GA-586AL Motherboard         P5-60/66          Yes         Yes
 Gigabyte    GA-586AP Motherboard         P54C-100          Yes         Yes
 Gigabyte    GA-586AS Motherboard         P54C-100          Yes
 Gigabyte    GA-586AT Motherboard         P54C-75/150       Yes         Yes
 Intel       Advanced/AL-100 Motherboard  P54C-100          Yes         Yes
 Intel       Advanced/AL-90 Motherboard   P54C-90           Yes         Yes
 Intel       Advanced/MN-100 Motherboard  P54C-100          Yes         Yes
 Intel       Advanced/MN-90 Motherboard   P54C-90           Yes         Yes
 Intel       Advanced/ZP-75 Motherboard   P54C-75           Yes         Yes
 Intel       Advanced/ZP-90 Motherboard   P54C-90           Yes         Yes
 IWILL       486SP Motherboard            486DX-33          Yes
 IWILL       P54AS Motherboard            P54C-100          Yes
 IWILL       P54SP Motherboard            P54C-100          Yes
 IWILL       P54TS/TSW/TSW2 Motherboard   P54C-75/133       Yes         Yes
 Micro-Star  MS-5117 Motherboard          P54C-75/133       Yes         Yes
 Micro-Star  MS-5119 Motherboard          P54C-75/133       Yes         Yes
 Micro-Star  MS-5120 Motherboard          P54C-75/133       Yes         Yes
 Micronics   09-00208-03A4 Motherboard    P54C-100          Yes
 Micronics   M54Hi Motherboard            P54C-75/120       Yes         Yes
 Micronics   M54Pe Motherboard            Dual P54C-90      Yes         Yes
 MITAC       PB5400D  Motherboard         P54C-100          Yes
 MITAC       PH4500A Motherboard          486-33            Yes
 MITAC       PL4600C Motherboard          486-33            Yes
 MITAC       PL5400D Motherboard          P54C-90           Yes
 Mitsuba     Mitsuba Pentium Base System  P54C-90           Yes         Yes
 Muftek      Mecer B885 Motherboard       486               Yes         Yes
 Muftek      Mecer B920 Motherboard       P5                Yes         Yes
 Olivetti    SNX200 System                P54C-100          Yes         Yes
 Olivetti    SNX400 System                P54C-100          Yes         Yes
 Siemens     PCD-4H-PCI Motherboard       486DX2-66         Yes
 SOYO        37A2 Motherboard             486-33            Yes
 SOYO        5TA2 Motherboard             P54C-100          Yes
 SuperMicro  P55CM Motherboard            P54C-75/90/100/1  Yes         Yes
 SuperMicro  P55CWA Motherboard           P54C-75/90/100/1  Yes         Yes
 SuperMicro  P55CWS Motherboard           P54C-75/90/100/1  Yes         Yes
 TAKEN       PCI580 Motherboard           DUAL P54C-100     Yes
 Tatung      TCS-9570 Motherboard         486-33            Yes

 If your system or motherboard is not on this list, IT MAY STILL WORK.

 This list is the latest information available to us through first hand
 testing.

 If your motherboard or system is not listed, it is possible that it has
 PCI Bridge support and will work.  If not, the system supplier may have
 a BIOS upgrade available which will add PCI Bridge support.

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                              WELCOME TO LINUX
                              ================


 by Scott Dowdle

      Hi! I've been tasked with writing a column on Linux and I thought
 that it would be a good idea to include my personal experience with it.  I
 have been using Linux for approximately three months, and I have virutally
 no experience with any other flavor of Unix.  Ah, but perhaps I'm getting
 ahead of myself... most of you probably don't know what Linux is.  I am
 still a "newbie" with Linux so I think it a good idea, whenever possible,
 to consult whatever authoritative Linux documents I can get my hands on. 
 Luckily there is a large amount of digital Linux reference material, as
 well as printed books and magazines to help us on this journey.  Over the
 following few columns I hope to bring us all up to speed on what Linux is,
 how to get it, and what it can do for you.  Hang on tight because Linux is
 very adventurous and reminescent of the earily days of computerdom when
 "hacking" was a noble persuit.

      Why learn about Unix when the vast majority of personal computer
 users are plunking away at Microsoft DOS and Microsoft Windows?  Well,
 with the dawn of personal Internet Service Providers more and more people
 are "getting online."  The usage of the Internet has been growing at an
 exponential rate for some time now... and given that the Internet was born
 mostly from the gene-pool of Unix and Unix flavored Operating Systems, it
 is becoming more important for the personal computer user to learn about
 Unix so that some of the more complex issues of Internetworking may be
 more easily comprehended.  For those interested in starting up their own
 Internet Service Provider systems, knowledge of Unix is a must.  The Linux
 Operating System can and is being used as the "brain" for many Internet
 sites including such places as idsoftware.com (makers of the VERY POPULAR,
 multiplatform game DOOM and DOOM II) and many others. 

 This first Linux column isn't going to be very ambitious; it's going to
 start with the basics and build from there as time goes by.  For those
 that have any questions or comments, please feel free to send me Internet
 email at dowdle@mcn.com.  I'm also currently at dowdle@delphi.com but I'm
 not sure how much longer I'm going to have that address.  I can also be
 reached via US Mail at the following address:

                                Scott Dowdle
                              STReport Magazine
                                P.O. Box 6672
                         Jacksonville, FL 32221-6155

 A dictionary definition of Linux?
 ---------------------------------
      The following is taken with permission from the pages of LINUX
 JOURNAL MAGAZINE, a monthly printed magazine originating in Seattle
 Washington that serves the Linux community world wide.

         "Linux is a Unix-like operating system that can run
          on the average personal computer.  It is a free,
          independent implementation of a superset of the
          POSIX specification with which all true versions of
          Unix comply.  It is capable of running software
          written for many different flavors of Unix.  Linux
          is available over the Internet from sunsite.unc.edu,
          tsx-11.mit.edu, nic.funet.fi, ftp.cdrom.com, and
          literally hundreds of other sites.  It is also
          available from various vendors, on floppies or
          CD-ROM.

          Linux is the kernel, the "core" operating system.
          However, "Linux" is also used more loosely as the
          term for all the software which goes together to
          make a useable "Unix-like" system.  There are many
          people and organizations which put the kernel
          together with other software to make complete
          systems.

          Many people around the world have worked together
          to write Linux, under the direction of Linus
          Torvalds, the original author, and each holds the
          copyright to the code he or she has written.  Linux
          is NOT public domain software.  It is protected by
          the GNU Public Lincense, which (among other things)
          specifies that the source code to Linux must always
          remain freely available, but allows people to charge
          money for Linux if they wish, as long as they do not
          attempt to limit the redistribution of Linux.

          Linux is being used today by hundreds of thousands
          of people all over the world.  It is used for
          software development, networking (intra-office and
          Internet), and as an end-user platform.  People are
          running bulletin board systems and companies on
          Linux.  Linux has become a cost-effective solution
          to expensive Unix alternatives."


 History of Linux?
 -----------------
      A lot has been written about the history of Linux so I'm going to
 borrow yet again from someone who knows more than me about it. :)  The
 following quote comes from the book _LINUX INSTALLATION AND GETTTING
 STARTED GUIDE_ by Matt Welsh.  This book is part of the Linux
 Documentation Project (more on that sometime in the future) and it is
 available both digitally and in printed from... mainly because it is also
 freely distributable as long as credit is given to the orignal author.

         "Linux is a freely distributable version of UNIX
          developed primarily by Linux Torvalds at the University
          of Helsinki Finland.  Linux was developed with the help
          of many UNIX programmers and wizards across the Internet,
          allowing anyone with enough know-how and gumption the
          ability to develop and change the system.  The Linux
          kernel uses no code from AT&T or any other proprietary
          source, and much of the software available for Linux is
          developed by the GNU project at the Free Software
          Foundation in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  However,
          programmers all over the world have contributed to the
          growing pool of Linux software.

          Linux was originally developed as a hobby project by Linus
          Torvalds.  It was inspired by Minix, a small UNIX system
          developed by Andy Tanenbaum, and first discussions about
          Linux were on the USENET newsgroup comp.os.minix.  These
          discussions were concerned mostly with the development of a
          small, academic UNIX system for Minix users who wanted more.

          The very early development of Linux was mostly dealing with
          task-switching features of the 80386 protected-mode interface,
          all written in assembly code.  Linus writes,

                 'After that it was plain sailing: hairy coding still,
                  but I had some devices, and debugging was easier.  I
                  started using C at this stage, and it certainly speeds
                  up developement.  This is also when I start to get
                  serious about my megalomaniac ideas to make "A better
                  Minux than Minix".  I was hoping I'd be able to
                  recompile gcc under Linux someday...

                 'Two months for basic setup, but then only slightly
                  longer until I had a disk driver (seriously buggy,
                  but it happened to work on my machine) and a small
                  filesystem.  That was about when I made 0.01 available
                  [around late August of 1991]:  it wsn't pretty, it
                  had no floppy driver, and it couldn't do much anything.

                  I don't think anybody every compiled that version. But
                  by then I was hooked, and didn't want to stop until I
                  could chuck out Minix.'

          No announcement was ever made for Linux version 0.01.  The 0.01
          sources weren't even executable: they contained only the bare
          rudiments of the kernel source, and assumed that you had access
          to a Minix machine to compile and play with them.

          On 5 October 1991, Linux announced the first 'official' version
          of Linux, version 0.02.  At this point, Linus was able to run
          bash (the GNU Bourne Again Shell) and gcc (the GNU C compiler),
          but not much else was working.  Again, this was intended as a
          hacker's system.  The primary focus was kernel development ---
          none of the issues of user support, documentation, distribution,
          and so on had even been addressed.  Today, the Linux community
          still seems to treat these ergonomic issues as secondary to the
          'real programming' --- kernel development.

          Linus wrote in comp.os.minix,

                 'Do you pine for the nice days of Minix-1.1, when men
                  were men and wrote their own device drivers?  Are you
                  without a nice project and just dying to cut your
                  teeth on an OS you can try to modify for your own
                  needs?  Are you finding it frustrating when everything
                  works on Minix?  No more all-nighters to get a nifty
                  program working?  Then this post might be just for you.

                 'As I mentioned a month ago, I'm working on a free
                  version of a Minix-lookalike for the AT-386 computers.
                  It has finally reached the stage where it's even usable
                  (though may not be depending on what you want), and am
                  willing to put out the sources for wider distribution.
                  It is just version 0.02... but I've successfully run
                  bash, gcc, gnu-make, gnu-sed, compress, etc. under it.'
          After version 0.03, Linus bumped the version number up to 0.10,
          as more people started to work on the system.  After several
          further revisions, Linux increased the version number to 0.95,
          to reflect his expectation that the system was ready for an
          'official' release very soon.  (Generally, software is not
          assigned the version number 1.0 until it is theoretically
          complete or bug-free.)  This was March of 1992.  Almost a year
          and a half later, in late December of 1993, the Linux kernel was
          still at version 0.99.pl14 --- asymptotically approaching 1.0.
          As of the time of this writing, the current kernel is [1.2.11].

          Today, Linux is a complete UNIX clone, capable of running X
          Windows, TCP/IP, Emacs, UUCP, mail and news software, you name
          it.  Almost all of the major free software packages have been
          ported to Linux, and commercial software is becoming available.
          Much more hardware is supported than the original versions of
          the kernel.  Many people have executed benchmarkes on 80486
          Linux systems and found them comparable with mid-range worksta-
          tations from Sun Microsystems and Digital Equipment Corporation.
          Who would have ever guessed that this 'little' UNIX clone would
          have grown up to take on the entire world of personal computing?"


 More to follow....


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 > Frankie's Corner STR Feature
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                         HOW THINGS WORK IN BUSYTOWN
                         ===========================




 CD-ROM for IBM compatible computers
 for ages 3 to 6
 from Paramount Interactive

 Program Requirements
 --------------------
                     CPU:     386SX-20
                     OS:      Dos 3.3
                     RAM:     2 megs
                     Video:   VGA
                     CD-ROM:  Double-speed recommended
                     Misc:    Sound card, mouse

 Climb aboard the Applecopter and enjoy a visit to the world of Busytown! 
 "How Things Work in Busytown" provides many hours of learning fun via a
 series of entertaining exercises.  The program uses the characters of
 Richard Scarry to teach important lessons about problem solving, counting,
 word recognition and vocabulary, cause and effect, pattern recognition and
 teamwork.

 Colorful graphics and charming music will grab the attention of your
 child.  The fun gameplay and enthusiastic vocal encouragement will keep
 him in interested and learning.  "How Things Work" (HTW) includes nine
 learning areas covering many important learning concepts.

 The program features an excellent point-and-click interface.  It includes
 audible help in all play areas at the phone booth  The child can easily
 get instructions for each exercise.  The program has two levels of
 difficulty.  On "Easy," a flashing star indicates the child's next action. 
 On "Advanced," he gets no visible clues.  The child will also have to make
 "phone calls" to obtain supplies or tools for each exercise.  These are
 provided on the "Easy" level.  HTW also has an excellent "Parent's Guide"
 which explains all the learning concepts taught in the program and
 includes a thorough troubleshooting guide.

 HTW has nine learning areas.  The Studio displays videos of seven songs
 from the program.  On the bottom of the screen, the lyrics are displayed
 as captions and each word is highlighted as it is sung.  The songs are
 professionally done and quite entertaining.  Children have the opportunity
 to learn music appreciation and gain reading skills.

 At the Recycle Plant, children will learn about recycling.  Their task is
 to sort the contents of a garbage truck into one of three recycling
 machines.  One is for paper, another for plastic and the final machine is
 for metal.  As the trash is sorted, a display shows the number of objects
 in the machines.  Once all the garbage has been sorted, the materials are
 refined and sent to the Toy Factory.  As each item is refined, the count
 for that bin will be reduced by one.  By watching the counters, children
 can learn addition and subtraction.

 The Toy Factory uses the refined recycled materials to build toys and
 other useful items.  An order for a product is shown in a window at the
 top of the screen.  The child must then choose the correct machine to
 produce the correct material.  Then he must manipulate the machine buttons
 until the correct item is on the machine window and then press the green
 button to make the product.  For plastic items, the color can be
 determined by properly throwing the levers controlling red, blue and
 yellow pigments.  Multiple levers can be used to mix colors.

 Are you feeling hungry?  Just visit the Bakery!  Here children will learn
 to follow recipes and proper sanitary procedures in the correct sequence
 to bake many different items.  Recipes are represented as pictograms and
 ingredients are crossed off as they are added to the mixing bin.  If the
 child forgets to take a shower before kneading his dough, it becomes dirty
 and must be thrown away.  Children also learn about cooking safety as they
 must use a long paddle to insert and remove goods from the stove.  If he
 has followed the recipe correctly, a happy customer will praise his
 baking.  If he made a mistake, the customer will criticize the product.

 The Flour Mill gives children a puzzle challenge as they assemble the mill
 by fitting mill parts into blank spaces on the screen.  The name and
 function of each part are described as the child places it in the correct
 space.  The child must then place his flour and bran sacks in the correct
 places in the mill and then operate the correct levers to mill the wheat. 
 If the child does not follow the proper sequence, he will fail to make
 flour or it may be wasted.

 No trip to Busytown is complete without a trip to Turnip Goat's farm. 
 Children must follow sequential directions to plow, plant, water, and
 harvest wheat.  This portion of the program teaches scientific skills,
 observation, attention to detail and problem-solving.  Children learn to
 use the correct farm implements for each portion of the farming process. 
 They must be careful to cover the entire field for each process.

 Mr. Sweepy does more than just pick up garbage in the Garbage Truck game. 
 While he is picking up the trash, he is ever vigilant for people in need
 of assistance.  When a problem occurs, the child must drive the garbage
 truck to a phone and then call the proper people to tow a car, clean a
 chimney and more.  Children will learn about being a good member of the
 community.

 Road Construction teaches how roads are built.  Children will use a
 bulldozer, a rock crusher, an asphalt spreader and several other pieces of
 heavy equipment to construct a highway.  Learning concepts in this
 activity are following directions, sequencing, operating levers on
 machinery and problem solving.  Most children love construction equipment
 so they will find this portion of HTW to be very interesting.

 The final activity area is the Assembly Plant.  All the machinery used in
 Busytown is assembled here.  Children follow a diagram to place each part
 of the machine onto its pattern on the frame.  Recognizing patterns,
 following directions and learning vocabulary are the concepts emphasized
 in this activity.

 One of the more important concepts that HTW teaches is about community
 relationships.  Children will learn just how many people are involved in
 making a loaf of bread or any other item.  People have to assemble the
 necessary machines, the farmer has to grow and harvest the wheat.  The
 wheat must be transported to the mill where it is ground into flour.  Then
 it must be sent to the bakery to be made into bread.  Children will
 observe that each person in the chain must do their job well or the
 product will suffer.

 "How Things Work in Busytown" is a very enchanting and educational
 program.  The highest recommendation I can give for a program is that my
 children enjoy it.  HTW is one of the few programs that can enthrall my
 children for an hour or more at a sitting.

                                   Ratings

                     Graphics ............ 9.0
                     Sound ............... 9.5
                     Interface ........... 9.0
                     Play Value .......... 9.5
                     Educational Value ... 9.0
                     Bang for the Buck ... 9.5
                     Average ............. 9.25

                                     ###

 If you have any comments, suggestion or reviews, my new e-mail address is
 fsereno@matrix.uti.com or you fax me at 815-942-4469.  Snail mail can be
 sent to:
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                                P.O. Box 6672
                         Jacksonville, FL 32221-6155

 Thanks for reading!

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                              FROM COREL TO YOU
                              =================

 July, 1995
 ----------
 Dear Corel Software Enthusiast:

 Greetings from Corel! This month our attention is focused on preparing for
 the release of CorelDRAW 6 and the Corel $2,000,000 World Design Contest
 in Ottawa, Canada on August 10th. We continue to release a barrage of new
 products in our CD Home and Professional Photo CD product lines. New
 products designed for Windows `95 are in development and scheduled for
 release in the coming months.

 On June 28th, Corel officially announced the pricing policy for CorelDRAW
 6.  CorelDRAW 6 is Corel's first 32-bit Windows `95 offering. It
 represents the most comprehensive and complete graphics suite developed to
 date by Corel Corporation. The product is on schedule to ship in late
 August and it will contain four full-featured software modules and nine
 utilities, plus extensive libraries of fonts, clipart images, symbols, 3D
 models and photos.

 CorelDRAW 6 includes the following software modules:
 ----------------------------------------------------
 CorelDRAW:          a comprehensive vector-based drawing application
 Corel PHOTO-PAINT:  a powerful paint and photo retouching application
 CorelDREAM 3D:      a 3D modeling and rendering application
 Corel PRESENTS:     a business and multimedia presentation application

 In conjunction with the launch of CorelDRAW 6, we are mailing CorelDRAW
 registered users in North America an invitation to attend a FREE seminar
 in 28 cities from August 24-31. These events are open to the general
 public and we invite you to come and see the exciting features in the new
 version. The seminars focus on DRAW 6, Photo- Paint 6, Corel Presents and
 CorelDREAM 3D.  All seminars take place from 9 am to 12 noon with the
 exception of Orange County, California. Corel is giving away free copies
 of CorelDRAW 6, Stock Photo Library, CorelFLOW and CD Creator at each
 seminar.  Approved Service Bureaus and Training Centers will also be in
 attendance. For more information on the CorelDRAW 6 Preview Tour call
 Corel's Customer Service for the date and location nearest you or you
 can request information via the Corel FaxBack System at 613-728-0826,
 extension 3080 and request Document #1080. Space is limited so you must
 call to reserve a seat for the city nearest you. To reserve your seat call
 613- 728-0826 extension 85095.

 Previews of CorelDRAW 6 for the general public are also scheduled for the
 United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Kuala
 Lumpur, Jakarta, and Bangkok in the end of August.

 CorelDRAW 6 will be available exclusively on CD-ROM with a suggested list
 price of $695 US. CorelDRAW 3 and CorelDRAW 4 customers can upgrade to
 CorelDRAW 6 at a suggested retail price of $425 US for the CD-ROM version. 
 CorelDRAW 5 customers can upgrade to CorelDRAW 6 for a special upgrade
 price of $249 US.  To order CorelDRAW 6 please contact your local reseller
 or call Corel Customer Service. In North America call 1-800-772-6735.
 Comprehensive documentation on CorelDRAW 6 product features will be
 available after July 15th. A `white paper' covering the new features in
 the product will be posted on our FaxBack System, in the Corel Forum on
 CompuServe and through the Internet on CorelNET and on the Corel Home
 Page.

 In conjunction with the release of CorelDRAW 6, Corel is adjusting its
 existing technical support policies. To meet the expected increase in
 technical support issues related to Windows'95 and the CorelDRAW 6
 product, Corel is expanding its in-house support team. In order to help
 customers through the initial learning curve, Corel is offering 90 days of
 free support on a toll line from the official release date of the product.
 Thereafter, customers will be offered 30 days of free support on a toll
 line from the date of their first technical support call.  Free support
 within the warranty period will be offered directly from Corel's in-house
 support department. Extended support beyond the warranty period will be
 offered to Corel customers by third party suppliers. Existing support
 plans will remain in effect for all other products.

 In Europe, Corel Ireland will handle all warranty support calls as per the
 above plan.  Corel Ireland will also handle post-warranty support along
 with Corel Approved Support Partners. Corel is continuing to qualify and
 add new `Approved' Support Partners in all markets world-wide.

 Although Corel is not shipping a diskette version of CorelDRAW 6 to
 retailers, diskettes will be available to our customers as a special
 order. CorelDRAW 6 is the equivalent of 40 diskettes.  Customer Service
 Centers will handle requests for the diskettes from registered CorelDRAW 6
 users who have purchased the CD-ROM version. Users will be required to pay
 $149 US as a supplement to the purchase of the CD-ROM version of
 CorelDRAW6.

 Special corporate site license pricing is set for CorelDRAW 6.  The site
 licenses are available for both the full retail version and the upgrade.
 Ideal for corporate customers, the license pricing model offers discounts
 for customers with requirements for 20+, 50+, 100+, or 250+ users. For
 more information on license certificates and pricing, please contact
 Corel's Corporate Resellers or our Customer Service department.

 Corel's CD HOME department is shipping more new exciting multimedia titles
 for children this month. Scheduled for release before the end of July are
 these 3 new titles - Wild Board Games, Nikolai's Trains, and Blue
 Tortoise.

 Wild Board Games contains 5 popular children's games for ages 4 to 10. It
 also includes fun hot spot animations. Learning how to play chess,
 checkers, reversi, snakes and ladders and unscrambling puzzles has never
 been this much fun! Play any of these popular board games against a cast
 of zany, fully-animated cartoon opponents in a variety of fun-filled
 settings_the attic, the basement, the backyard and the kitchen. In
 addition, each room contains exciting activities such as a paint editor,
 cake decorator, arcade game, doll maker and a switch puzzle. Wild Board
 Games has a suggested list price of $39.95 US and is both Windows 3.1 and
 Mac compatible.

 Nikolai's Trains is a story of two friends_Nikolai and his toy cat
 Neow-Neow. Each colorful page in this fully-interactive CD-ROM has dozens
 of enjoyable animations set to a background of music and art. Children
 will learn about the solar system, trains, diesel engines, or discover the
 ecosystem all within the context of this story designed for children
 between the ages of 4 to 8. Nikolai's Trains is an English/Japanese CD-ROM
 supporting both Windows 3.1 and Macintosh based systems. The title has a
 suggested list price of $39.95 US.

 Based on the popular children's book by Alan Rogers, Blue Tortoise is a
 fun-filled interactive storybook on CD-ROM featuring colorful pages and
 dozens of activities.  Designed for children ages 3 to 6, this story
 recounts the tale of the Tortoise's race to the picnic. You can have the
 narrator read the story out loud to your child in either English or
 Spanish.  An electronic coloring book is also included which allows
 children to color each storybook page. The pages they color can then be
 saved and used to create a slide show. Blue Tortoise has a suggested list
 price of $39.95 US and supports both Windows 3.1 and Mac compatible
 systems.

 We're very excited to bring you these new products and we look forward to
 your questions and comments.  With all of the new products scheduled for
 this fall we are planning to visit your area with `Product Showcase'
 events in order to meet with you and demonstrate these new technologies.
 We encourage you to make arrangements to attend the scheduled events in
 your area. Corel Technical Specialists and Support Partners will be on
 hand to answer your questions. Watch for mailings and information
 on-line regarding these upcoming events.

 Thank you for expressing interest in Corel software, please call if you
 have additional questions.


                                Arlen Bartsch
                          Director, Sales/Marketing
                              Corel Corporation

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                           MICROGRAFX DESIGNER 6.0
                         Among the First to Support
                       MICROSOFT OFFICE FOR WINDOWS 95


  

 Product Featured by Microsoft as an Example of Binder 
 Usage by an Office-Compatible Vendor

 Micrografx, Inc. announced that Micrografx Designer (TM) 6.0, the upcoming
 version of the company's flagship illustration software for the Microsoft
 Windows (R) 95 operating system, will fully comply with the interface 
 and technical specifications of Microsoft(R) Office for Windows 95.

 Micrografx Highlighted by Microsoft at PC Expo
 ----------------------------------------------
 Micrografx was featured in a presentation at Microsoft's booth during the
 recent PC Expo trade show held in New York City.  Micrografx was featured
 due to its Office Binder functionality in the upcoming Designer 6.0.  In 
 addition, Designer was one of three Office-compatible applications
 highlighted at the Office 95 launch held on June 20, 1995 in conjunction
 with the New York PC User Group.

 Using the metaphor of a traditional three-ring binder for compiling and
 distributing documents, Office Binders allow users to easily collect,
 print and distribute collections of varied document types in a coordinated
 and comprehensive way.  Each section of the Binder can contain a different
 file type, and the Binder itself can easily be posted on a network so
 colleagues can contribute and edit different sections of the Binder at the
 same time.

 "Micrografx Designer 6.0 is a great example of the integration
 capabilities of Office-compatible products," said Chris Peters, vice
 president, Office Product Unit of Microsoft.  "Micrografx's support for
 the Office Binder will enable users to easily integrate graphics with text
 and other data types seamlessly into a single document."

 Designer 6.0 is expected to be available within 30-45 days after the
 release of Windows 95, which is currently scheduled for August 24.  The
 product will take full advantage of the Windows 95 operating system
 benefits, such as multithreading and the interface attributes common 
 to all Windows 95 and Office 95-based applications.  Micrografx Designer
 6.0 will carry both the Windows 95 and Office 95 logos upon shipment.

 "Micrografx Designer's strengths in technical documentation make the
 Binder feature a perfect extension for current and future users of
 Office," said Darryl Worsham, product manager at Micrografx.  "By
 combining full-document viewing, multiple page support and multiple layer
 support, the Binder feature provides an intuitive way for users to combine
 data from several applications into a single, easy-to-manage document."

 Microsoft's highlighting of Designer 6.0 at PC Expo continues the close
 relationship between Micrografx and Microsoft, which began at Spring
 Comdex 1994 when Microsoft chairman Bill Gates showed a Windows NT version
 of Micrografx Picture Publisher (R) on stage during his keynote address. 
 The relationship continued with Microsoft's use of Picture Publisher(R)
 for Windows 95 during the recent Windows 95 World Tour, and will culminate
 with shipping Micrografx applications expected to be available within
 30-45 days after Windows 95.

 Micrografx develops and markets graphics software to meet the creative
 needs of everyone who uses a personal computer.  Founded in 1982,
 Micrografx has become a leading software publisher by responding quickly
 to customer and worldwide market needs.  The company's U.S. operations are
 based in Richardson, Texas, with a development office in San Francisco. 
 International subsidiaries include Canada, the United Kingdom, France, 
 Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, and Japan.

                                   * * * *

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

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            MUSTANG SOFTWARE INTRODUCES INDUSTRY'S FIRST ON-LINE
                   COMMUNICATIONS SOFTWARE FOR WINDOWS 95 



 New Generation Program Offers Users 32-Bit, Multi-threaded Performance
 Price: $69 Upgrade
        $129 New 

 Mustang Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: MSTG) plans to ship the industry's first
 aftermarket on-line communications software for Windows 95 -- QmodemPro
 for Windows 95 version 2.0, in conjunction with Microsoft's release of
 Windows 95, scheduled for August 24, 1995. QmodemPro offers the consumer a
 wide array of features including file transfers, terminal emulation, TAPI
 and OLE 2.0 all utilizing full 32-bit multi-threaded technology. 

 With their newest release, Mustang hopes to define its position as an
 industry leader with the ability to drive the communications market and
 fill consumer needs in short order. "As communications specialists, we
 immediately recognized that consumers weren't going to be satisfied with
 the terminal software included with Windows 95," explains Mustang CEO Jim
 Harrer. 

 QmodemPro allows computer users to take full advantage of their modems,
 whether they are connecting to a computer Bulletin Board System (BBS),
 corporate mainframe or another PC to transfer data and files. It has
 numerous features beyond the Windows 95 standard terminal program,
 including a phone book, a Telnet client, programmable toolbar, graphic
 viewer, OLE 2.0 drag & drop handling, script language, macro keys, host
 mode, 35 terminal emulations and 11 file transfer protocols. 

 Features Enhanced On-line Sessions 
 ----------------------------------
 QmodemPro boasts an impressive 35 terminal emulations so that on-line
 sessions operate smoothly no matter what the remote connection expects.
 Among the wide variety of emulations are ANSI, RIPscrip, VT100, VT220,
 VT320, IBM 3270, and WYSE 30 through 185. In addition to terminal
 emulations, users can take advantage of keyboard remapping and macro
 definition to customize the terminal to their specific needs. 

 QmodemPro's Phone Book gives the user a place to store their most
 frequently dialed systems such as a BBS or Mainframe. Once a system has
 been added to the phone book, the user can reference the system with an
 icon of their choice for easy point and click operation. Phone Books can
 be sorted a variety of ways, and individual Phone Book Icons can be
 dragged and dropped directly on the Windows 95 desktop to create a
 shortcut to a specific entry. Other impressive features in QmodemPro
 include a programmable toolbar and graphical file viewer. The toolbar can
 be customized from nearly 50 different program function icons which can be
 moved and arranged to create a truly personalized interface. The graphical
 file viewer can be used to display files in GIF (graphics interchange
 format), BMP (bit map) and JPEG (joint photographic experts group)
 formats. As more and more BBSs include graphic files in their file
 libraries, the viewer can be configured to fully automate the display of
 graphics while downloading, and even offers a zoom feature for close-up
 inspection. 

 Taking advantage of true 32-bit multithreading technology, QmodemPro's
 file transfer protocols deliver exceptional CPS rates even when minimized
 on the taskbar. Every major protocol is supported, including Zmodem,
 CompuServe B+, Ymodem, Xmodem and ASCII, and they can even be used during
 a telnet connection. 

 QmodemPro offers the user a powerful script language with QuickLearn
 capabilities for automating on-line sessions and creating custom
 interfaces. Modeled after the BASIC programming language, the script
 language offers both a compiler and debugger, seldom found in
 communication script languages. Coupled with the new syntax highlighting
 editor that makes code much easier to read, it's easy for even a novice to
 create and debug powerful applications with minimal effort. 

 Windows 95 allows Mustang to Add Features to QmodemPro 
 ------------------------------------------------------
 With the Windows 95 platform, Mustang has been able to add many new
 features to QmodemPro. Some of these features include: 

 TAPI (telephony API) support, enabling the sharing of communication
 devices between multiple applications like Microsoft Exchange Fax system,
 QmodemPro's Host Mode, Dial-Up Networking and other applications which may
 need to share the modem. Credit card dialing and international dialing is
 handled seemlessly. 

 MAPI (mail API) support enabling users to transfer text, images and files
 to many of the major electronic mail programs including Exchange,
 Microsoft Mail and cc:Mail. 

 OLE 2.0 support enables the user to drag a phone book entry directly to
 the Windows 95 Desktop and connect to that service right from the desktop
 by clicking on the icon. Transferring files to another location (uploads)
 can also be done using OLE by dragging files from other applications such
 as Explorer to the QmodemPro upload box. Users can also drag text from the
 terminal screen to another application or the desktop, giving them total
 control of the information. 

 Long file names and path support enables the user to make full use of the
 Windows 95 file structure, an especially handy feature when connecting to
 other long file name systems through Dial-Up Networking and Telnet
 connections. 

 Product Offers Enhanced Features for Telnet Sessions 
 ----------------------------------------------------
 QmodemPro incorporates access to the Internet by taking advantage of the
 built-in support for it in Windows 95. Besides modem communication, users
 can now establish Telnet connections to remote sites using QmodemPro's
 phone book. The user simply replaces the normal phone number entry with
 the desired Internet address. Instead of dialing, QmodemPro routes the
 user to the remote computer. The advantage for the user is he/she has all
 the benefits of QmodemPro's impressive list of emulations and file
 transfer protocols during the telnet session, such as a Zmodem file
 transfer from a BBS located on the Internet. 

 Mustang addresses Internet security issues by implementing automatic
 password encryption in QmodemPro for Windows, utilizing the RSA Data
 Security, Inc. MD5 Message-Digest Algorithm. In order for it to be
 effective, the remote host system must also support the MD5 secure
 password feature, such as Mustang's own Wildcat! BBS product. Whenever
 QmodemPro is used to telnet into a Wildcat! BBS, the user's password is
 first encrypted before it is sent over the Internet so it can't be
 compromised. 

 Features that Set QmodemPro Apart 
 ---------------------------------
 Users will benefit from other features found in QmodemPro, including
 support for sound files that lets users attach .WAV files of their choice
 to specific events such as a completed "download" or "disconnect". 

 The scrollback buffer size is configurable, allowing each user to decide
 how many lines of text should be stored in case they later want to see
 something that scrolled off the screen. 

 Up to 40 Macro Keys can be defined and customized for each dialing entry.
 One click of a button and a key can send predefined text, run a script or
 call up one of QmodemPro's internal features like the editor or graphic
 file viewer. 

 Font selection is automatically based on window size, allowing each user
 to control the size of terminal screen characters by simply re-sizing the
 program window. QmodemPro will find the largest terminal font that will
 fit in the window, eliminating repeated guesswork. 

 A special File Clipboard allows users to grab file names from the terminal
 window for recall later. For example, when prompted by a BBS or CompuServe
 for a file to download, the user recalls the names from the special
 clipboard instead of having to type in each file name. 

 QmodemPro fully supports Trimark's "Doorway mode", popular among BBSs for
 allowing full keyboard control, including function keys with the remote
 program. 

 QmodemPro Allows Users to Take Advantage of Windows 95 Advanced Features 
 ------------------------------------------------------------------------
 "To benefit from the 32-bit horsepower provided by Windows 95, computer
 users need applications specifically designed to harness it. Using your
 old 16-bit communications software in a 32-bit environment will work, but
 it will adversely affect the performance of the entire system," notes
 Mustang's CEO/President Jim Harrer. "The new QmodemPro delivers advanced
 features and performance in a specifically-designed 32-bit package that
 keep other Windows 95 applications humming." 

 "With this first telecommunications software for Windows 95 and our new
 version of our Wildcat! Bulletin Board Systems software, which will be
 launched in the fourth quarter, Mustang should significantly enhance its
 market position," he added. 

 QmodemPro for Windows 95 will be available through national retail chains
 such as Software Etc., Babbages, Comp USA, Computer City, Electronic
 Boutique, Egghead, and other software outlets and will carry a suggested
 retail price of $129.00. Mustang's products are also carried through
 several national distributors including Ingram Micro, Merisel and
 DistribuPro. 

 Existing Qmodem and QmodemPro customers will be able to upgrade to
 QmodemPro for Windows 95 for $69. Mustang is offering these users an early
 bird upgrade special of $49 if they order by September 30, 1995. 


             MUSTANG SOFTWARE UPGRADES WILDCAT! BBS PRODUCT LINE
                                    WITH
                       BILLING AND SECURITY FEATURES 

 Mustang Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: MSTG) announces the introduction of
 Wildcat! 4.11, an upgrade to its bulletin board system (BBS) software that
 features new billing and security capabilities. 

 MSI Offers New Billing Add-On 
 -----------------------------
 The most important feature of Wildcat! 4.11 is its support for wcBILLING,
 a new add-on utility available from MSI. This new add-on allows system
 operators (sysops) to track callers' use of their BBS resources and bill
 for their use instantly. 

 Previously, Wildcat! BBSs were limited to charging callers a prepaid flat
 rate that covered a monthly or annual time period. Now with wcBILLING,
 sysops can design their BBSs to require prepay, postpay or a combination
 of the two for itemized resources used, such as reading and writing
 messages, uploading and downloading files, using doors or chat sessions,
 and more. Sysops may also bill their callers for each minute connected to
 their BBSs. 

 Sysops may also use the add-on utility as a management tool to track and
 create reports on the popularity of particular BBS resources and the
 frequent users of those resources. This data can be exported to DBF, fixed
 length or comma-delimited ASCII format for use in accounting software
 packages. Reports and invoices can be printed, saved as a file or sent as
 an e-mail message over the BBS. 

 The market research gained through wcBILLING can assist sysops in planning
 the future of their BBSs and projecting revenue for resources added to
 their BBSs. 

 Secure Internet Logins Supported Now 
 ------------------------------------
 With this new version, Wildcat! BBSs that are connected to the Internet
 can now offer their callers a more secure way to log in through a telnet
 connection. The RSA Data Security, Inc. MD5 Message-Digest Algorithm has
 been implemented which was developed as a result of the concern for the
 lack of security of data sent across the Internet. Hackers can "sniff" out
 another person's connection to the Internet and watch what they send to
 the other end. If it happens to be their password, then their account can
 be compromised. By using MD5 secure passwords, the telnet user never needs
 to send an unprotected password across the Internet to log in to a
 Wildcat! 4.11 BBS. With MD5 support also now available in QmodemPro for
 Windows 1.11c, MSI offers a totally secure telecommunications environment
 when connected to the Internet. 

 DIZ Style File Listing Mode Added, Message Editor Improved 
 ----------------------------------------------------------
 The new Wildcat! version incorporates the BBS-industry-standard DIZ
 (Description In Zip) style file listing mode for BBS file descriptions.
 "During beta testing of Wildcat! 4.11, the DIZ style file listings
 received overwhelmingly positive response from customers," noted MSI
 President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Harrer. 

 Improvements to the message editor were included in the new version as
 well. The automatic quoting system now wraps, rather than truncates,
 previously unquoted material during message replies. In addition, callers
 may now set Wildcat! to automatically spell check their messages when they
 are saved. 

 Wildcat! is offered in five separate versions, starting with the $129
 single line package popular with the hobbyist sysop. The product line
 extends to the Wildcat! BBS Suite for $999, the most complete BBS solution
 in the industry. 

 Upgrades to Wildcat! 4.11 will be available on June 20 to registered users
 of Wildcat! 4.0 and 4.1 for $30 direct from MSI. The wcBILLING add-on
 requires Wildcat! 4.11 and is available at a manufacturer's suggested
 retail price of $149. MSI is offering an introductory price of $79 for
 wcBILLING orders placed directly before July 31. 

 Wildcat! products are available nationwide on the retail level through
 such outlets as CompUSA, Software, Etc., Computer City and Electronic
 Boutique, and through major distributors including Ingram Micro of Santa
 Ana, California, Merisel of El Segundo, California, and DistribuPro of
 Santa Clara, California. 


                        QMODEMPRO FOR WINDOWS V1.11C 
                       RELEASED AS FREE PATCH UPDATE 


 Adds password protection on the Net 
 -----------------------------------

 QmodemPro for Windows v1.11c adds support for secure passwords by using
 the RSA Data Security, Inc. MD5 Message-Digest Algorithm. This feature is
 primarily designed for outbound telnet sessions using the COMt
 communication driver for Windows. Your favorite communications package can
 now be used for telnet with the added benefit of maintaining the
 confidentiality of your password to remote systems. 

 Secure your connection! Protect your password from prying eyes! 
 ---------------------------------------------------------------
 The net is not a secure entity and we want your password on our BBS to
 remain private. Wildcat has implemented MD5 secure password protection at
 login and you can make use of it with QmodemPro for Windows! We want to
 keep your account with us private and we know that you have the same goal.
 You owe it to yourself to connect ONLY with a secure connection! 

 Get the free patch to QMWIN v1.11c and never again send your actual
 password over the net. Download or ftp QWIN111C.EXE and COMT.ZIP and set
 yourself up for MD5 encryption and get the ability to download your
 favorite files using a program that has been fine-tuned for BBS
 connections. If you don't already have QmodemPro for Windows you really
 should consider make an investment, if only to protect your connections. 

 How it works 
 ------------
 MD5 secure passwords is an encryption specification that allows a host and
 caller to exchange a password without actually sending the password. The
 MD5 secure passwords option is automatically used any time you connect
 with a host that is capable of exchanging MD5 encrypted information, if
 dialed from the phonebook entry for this site, and your password is
 entered in the PASSWORD field of the dialing directory entry. It will be
 used any time the host sends the appropriate handshake immediately after
 connection, regardless of whether the connection is dial-in or telnet. MD5
 operates by having the host (BBS) send a handshake with a unique string of
 text immediately after answering the call. The string of text is received
 by the caller and is used as a seed to encrypt the password, which is sent
 back to the host system. The host performs the same encryption with the
 same seed and compares its result with the result received from the
 caller. If they match the caller is not asked for a password. 


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                            Microsoft WINDOWS 95
                            =====================
                                IBM OS/2 Warp

 The following charts provide a summary comparison of OS/20 Warp, Version 3
      and Windows'95 features, including multitasking characteristics,
          application environments, and bundled productivity tools.

 Part 1
 ------
      Feature                                 Warp           Windows 95
      =======                                 ====           ==========
      32-bit Window Management                Yes                 Yes  
      Folder Work Areas                       Yes                 Yes
      32-bit Graphics Subsystem               Yes                 Yes  
      32-bit Printing Subsystem               Yes                 Yes  
      Launch Pad                              Yes                 Yes
      32-bit Multimedia Subsystem             Yes                 Yes  
      Drag & Drop Deletion                    Yes                 Yes
      32-bit Kernel                           Yes                 Yes  
      Drag & Drop Faxing                      Yes                 Yes
      Demand Paged Virtual Memory             Yes                 Yes  
      Drag & Drop Access Paths                Yes                 Yes
      Non-locking Input Queue                 Yes                 Yes
      Robust, Full featured File Explorer     No                  Yes  
      Object Type Templates                   Yes                 Yes
      Parent Folder Closing Options           Yes                 Yes
      MultiTasking TaskBar                    No                  Yes
      Plug 'N' Play Implementation            Yes                 Yes
      Image Viewer                            Yes                 Yes
      QuickView Included                      No                  Yes
      Photo CD Support                        Yes                 Yes
      16-bit Windows Applications             No                  Yes
      Fast, Efficient Disk Compression        No                  Yes
      Universal Compatibility                 Some                Most
      Screen Font Smoothing                   No                  Yes
      32-bit Windows PM Applications          No                  Yes
      Simple Hassle Free Installation         No                  Yes  
      Play any Audio File from Internet       Yes                 Yes
      Win32s Applications                     Yes                 Yes  
      Audio/Video Synch Manager               Yes                 Yes
      MPEG Support                            Yes                 Yes
      Preemptive Multitasking4                Yes                 Yes  
      32-bit Audio/Video Playback             Yes                 Yes
      Win 16 Application Support              Yes                 Yes
      Win 16 Device Driver Support            Yes                 Yes
      Popular Needed Device Drivers Incl.     Some                Yes 
      Popular 32-bit Apps Available           Few                 Yes
      TCP/IP - PPP - SLIP Included            Some                Yes
      Internet Access Tools                   Yes                 Yes
      FTP                                     Yes                 Yes
      Telnet                                  Yes                 Yes
      Gopher                                  Yes                 Yes
      WEB Browser                             Yes                 Yes
      Smart URL's                             No                  Yes
      Preemptive of 32-bit Windows Apps       No                  Yes
      Preemptive of DOS Applications          Yes                 Yes
      Preemptive of Win 16 Applications       Yes                 Yes
      Preemptive of mixed 16/32 Apps          Yes                 Yes  
      Word Processor                          Yes                 Yes   
      Multiple, Protected Win 16 VDMs         Yes                 Yes
      Electronic Mail                         Yes                 Yes
      Crash Protection                        Yes                 Yes  
      Image Viewer                            Yes                 Yes
      Preemptive Multithreading               Yes                 Yes
      FAX Cover Page Editor                   No                  Yes  
      FAX                                     Yes                 Yes
      Phonebook                               Yes                 Yes
      System Info                             Yes                 Yes
      Powerful Enhancements Available         No                  Yes
      

            All information obtain via reliable, non-confidential
                    sources that are readily verifiable.
                    Non-inclusive of Last Minute Changes.



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 allow at least a one week turn-around)

         A T T E N T I O N -- A T T E N T I O N -- A T T E N T I O N
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                         /_____|_____|/__/_|__|/__/
                        /__/|____/|__|________|__/
                       /__/ |___/ |__|_/   |__|_/_____
                      /__/  |__/  |__|/    |__|______/
                  ________________________________________
                 /_______________________________________/

                           MAC/APPLE SECTION (II)
                           ======================
                         John Deegan, Editor (Temp)


 > PageMaker 6.0 STR InfoFile
   """"""""""""""""""""""""""

           

 Adobe Systems Announces


                             ADOBE PAGEMAKER 6.0
                             ===================


 Major Upgrade Adds 50 New Features
 ----------------------------------
 Seattle, Wash. (July 17, 1995) (Nasdaq:ADBE)ˇCommemorating the tenth
 anniversary of the shipment of Aldus PageMaker 1.0, Adobe Systems
 Incorporated today announced Adobe PageMaker 6.0 for the Apple
 Macintosh/Power Macintosh and Windows 95 platforms, a major upgrade that
 adds more than 50 new and enhanced features to the world's leading
 professional page composition software.

 The first major upgrade to the program since the merger between Aldus
 Corporation and Adobe Systems Incorporated, Adobe PageMaker 6.0 offers a
 range of powerful new features emphasizing versatile color publishing,
 flexible page design, expert printing and prepress controls, extensibility
 via plug-ins, and enhanced compatibility and integration with other Adobe
 products as part of the Adobe publishing solution. In addition, PageMaker
 6.0 features new technology for creating publications in Adobe's Portable
 Document Format (PDF) and authoring Hypertext Markup Language documents
 (HTML) for electronic publishing on the World Wide Web.

 "Version 6.0's new professional features and electronic publishing tools
 keep Adobe PageMaker at the forefront of publishing technology," said Mike
 Peronto, vice president of Adobe Publishing Products. "And, with its
 tighter integration with Adobe's other world-class graphics and publishing
 products, PageMaker is uniquely positioned to be the product of choice for
 creative professionals."

 Versatile Color Publishing
 --------------------------
 Appealing to high-end publishing professionals, Adobe PageMaker 6.0 adds
 nearly a dozen new color features. Among the most significant color
 publishing enhancements in version 6.0 are: the Kodak Precision Color
 Management System (CMS), complete Photo CD support with auto-sharpening
 capabilities, RGB-to-CMYK TIFF conversion, and expanded PANTONE color
 librariesˇincluding the PANTONE Hexachrome libraries.

 The Kodak Precision Color Management System helps PageMaker 6.0 users
 ensure accurate and consistent color from scanning to on-screen
 manipulation, proofing, and final output. Automatic sharpening and
 color-management of imported Kodak Photo CD images in PageMaker streamline
 the workflow of the production-focused user. Expanded PANTONE color
 libraries allow the specification of inks such as metallics, fluorescents,
 and pastels directly in PageMaker, while support for such advanced
 printing technologies as the PANTONE Hexachrome libraries extends the
 gamut of process color printing by permitting the use of more than the
 four standard process colors.

 "The fidelity of PMS colors on the screen is greatly improved," said Jim
 Dornbos, beta tester and owner of service bureau Dornbos Press. "By
 supporting high-fidelity color, PageMaker gives us the tools and
 flexibility to print the expanded color gamuts customers want. Adobe keeps
 providing more and more reasons to use PageMaker instead of the
 competition."

 Page Design Enhancements
 ------------------------
 New page layout features, designed with substantial input from PageMaker
 users, include: multiple master pages, grouping and ungrouping, a new
 Table Editor, position locking and unlocking of elements, polygon drawing,
 a zoom tool, the ability to mask text and graphics, automatic alignment
 and distribution of objects, user-definable grids, improved automatic
 kerning, and the ability to move selected elements forward or backward. 

 "PageMaker's multiple master pages are great, especially for creating
 catalogs and magazines," said beta tester Doug Lidster, owner of catalog
 publisher Woodsmith Corporation. "Adobe has added a lot of power without
 making the product foreign to longtime users like us. All the new features
 are intuitive."

 Expert Printing and Prepress
 ----------------------------
 New printing and prepress features of Adobe PageMaker 6.0 include
 integrated automatic color trapping with sophisticated trapping controls,
 such as the ability to specify trap width, trapping thresholds, black
 attributes, and the ability to auto-overprint black text, lines and fills.
 Print Fit view displays the relationship between the page and paper or
 film to ensure a proper fit, while reader's spreads allow for printing of
 two-page spreads. PageMaker 6.0 also offers the option to designate
 objects as nonprinting, which can speed output and allows users to make
 production notes directly on the page.

 Enhanced Compatibility and Adobe Product Integration
 ----------------------------------------------------
 Adobe PageMaker 6.0 has several new features that enhance compatibility
 with other Adobe products. PageMaker users can apply Adobe Photoshop
 special effects from Adobe Photoshop plug-ins, such as Kai's Power Tools
 and Gallery Effects, to images directly in PageMaker. Additional
 compatibility includes hot links to Adobe Photoshop, the ability to save
 publications in PageMaker 5.0 format, and OLE 2.0 client support.

 Electronic Publishing Features
 ------------------------------
 Anticipating the transition of print-based publishing to on-line delivery,
 Adobe PageMaker 6.0 provides new tools for the electronic distribution of
 publications. The Create Adobe PDF plug-in enables PageMaker documents to
 be saved seamlessly in Adobe's Portable Document Format, complete with
 automatic hypertext links, bookmarks, and article threads. PDF files can
 then be distributed electronically, including on CD-ROM or the World Wide
 Web. PDF files can also be viewed and printed across Macintosh, Windows,
 DOS, and UNIX platforms. PageMaker 6.0 includes new templates for
 on-screen design, making it even easier to design interactive, on-line
 documents. The HTML Author plug-in lets users convert PageMaker
 publications into HTML format for distribution on the World Wide Web.

 Windows 95 Compatibility
 ------------------------
 Adobe Systems has worked closely with Microsoft Corporation to ensure that
 PageMaker 6.0 will be one of the first major applications released for
 Windows 95. A 32-bit program, PageMaker 6.0 will take full advantage of
 the new user interface, performance enhancements, and memory management
 promised by Windows 95. PageMaker 6.0 for Windows will be shipped with Win
 32s dynamic linking libraries (DLLs) to enable users of the 16-bit Windows
 3.1 to use the new features in version 6.0.

 Extra Value CD-ROMs
 -------------------
 Adobe PageMaker 6.0 is shipped on floppy disks, as well as on a Deluxe
 CD-ROM. The Deluxe CD contains technical information and thousands of
 dollars' worth of software, including: the Adobe Acrobat Distiller and
 Reader, Kodak Photo CD images, Straight Talk technical white papers, and a
 multimedia presentation of new features. A second CD-ROM includes Adobe
 Type Manager and Adobe Type On Call 2.0 with 220 free fonts that can be
 unlocked upon registration of the Type On Call CD.

 Pricing and Availability
 ------------------------
 In the United States and Canada, Adobe PageMaker 6.0 for the Apple
 Macintosh and Power Macintosh is scheduled to be released in the summer of
 1995. The Microsoft Windows 95 version is expected to be released in the
 fall of 1995. The suggested retail price for PageMaker 6.0 is $895 (U.S.)
 for Macintosh/Power Macintosh or Windows. Registered users of any version
 of PageMaker can upgrade to version 6.0 for $149 (U.S.). Customers who
 purchase PageMaker 5.0 after June 17, 1995 in the United States or Canada
 are eligible to receive a free upgrade to version 6.0. For more
 information, customers can call Adobe at 1-800-42-ADOBE (23623). Localized
 language versions and support and upgrade polices for other countries will
 be announced later.

 System Requirements
 -------------------
 Power Macintosh System Requirements: A Power Macintosh with 16 MB of RAM
 (10 MB available to PageMaker*), Apple System Software 7.1.2 or later, 20
 MB of free hard drive space for installation, and a 9" (PowerBook ) or 12"
 or larger monitor (640 x 840 pixels).

 Macintosh System Requirements: A 68030 or greater processor, Apple System
 Software 7.1 or later, 16 MB of RAM (8 MB available to PageMaker*), 20 MB
 of free hard drive space for installation, and a 9" (PowerBook) or 12" or
 larger monitor (640 x 840 pixels).

 Windows 95 System Requirements: An Intel486 processor, 12 MB of RAM (8 MB
 available to PageMaker*), Microsoft Windows 95, 24 MB of free hard drive
 space for installation, a VGA display card, high-density disk drive, and a
 mouse or other pointing device.

 Windows 3.1 System Requirements: An Intel486 processor, 16 MB of RAM (10
 MB available to PageMaker*), DOS 5.0 or later, Microsoft Windows 3.1 or
 later running in enhanced mode, 24 MB of free hard drive space for
 installation, a VGA display card, high-density disk drive, and a mouse or
 other pointing device.

 *On the Power Macintosh/Macintosh, RAM requirements comprise 6 MB/8 MB for
 the PageMaker application and a total of 2 MB for color management and OLE
 libraries. Under Windows 95/Windows 3.1, RAM requirements comprise 6 MB/8
 MB for the PageMaker application and 2 MB for color management.

 Adobe  Systems  Incorporated  was  founded in 1982 and is headquartered in
 Mountain  View, California. Adobe develops, markets, and supports computer
 software  products  and technologies that enable users to create, display,
 print,  and communicate all kinds of information. The company licenses its
 technology  to  major  computer,  printing,  and publishing suppliers, and
 markets  a  line  of applications software and type products for authoring
 visually  rich  documents.  Additionally,  the  company  markets a line of
 powerful,  but  easy-to-use,  products  for home and small-business users.
 Adobe  has subsidiaries in Europe and the Pacific Rim, serving a worldwide
 n e t w o rk  of  dealers  and  distributors.  Adobe's  1994  revenue  was
 approximately $598 million.

                                   * * * *

 Adobe,  the  Adobe  logo,  Acrobat,  Adobe  Photoshop, Adobe Type Manager,
 Aldus,  Gallery  Effects,  PageMaker,  and  Type On Call are trademarks of
 Adobe  Systems  Incorporated  or its subsidiaries and may be registered in
 certain  jurisdictions.  Apple,  Macintosh, PowerBook, and Power Macintosh
 are  registered  trademarks  of Apple Computer, Inc. Microsoft and Windows
 a r e  registered  trademarks  of  Microsoft  Corporation.  PANTONE  is  a
 registered  trademark  of  Pantone,  Inc.  Pantone,  Inc.'s check-standard
 trademark  for  color  reproduction  and color-reproduction materials. All
 other brand or product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of
 their respective holders.


                     ___________________________________


 > TWO JOYSTICKS! STR FOCUS!
   """""""""""""""""""""""""



                             USING TWO JOYSTICKS
                             ===================


 by Luca Nosotti (73747,153)

 Pinouts to make a Y Cable to connect two joysticks to the game port of
 SB16/Awe32 sound card

 Requirements
 ------------
 (1)  15 pin male D-connector
 (2)  15 pin female D-connectors
 (2)  Two cables (1 meter for each) with eight wires (preferably with 
 different colors)

 Make the following connections:
 -------------------------------
 Female D-connector A (Joystick A)      Male D-connector
 ---------------------------------      ----------------
 Pin #1..........(+5Vdc)..................Pin #1
     #2..........(Button 1 Joy A).............#2
     #3..........(X Value Joy A)..............#3
     #4..........(Gnd)........................#4
     #6..........(Y Value Joy A)..............#6
     #7..........(Button 2 Joy A).............#7
     #10.........(Button 3 Joy A).............#10
     #14.........(Button 4 Joy A).............#14

 Female D-connector B (Joystick B)      Male D-connector
 ---------------------------------      ----------------
 Pin #1..........(+5Vdc)..................Pin #8
     #2 .........(Button 1 Joy B).............#10
     #3 .........(X Value Joy B)..............#11
     #4 .........(Gnd)........................#5
     #6 .........(Y Value Joy B)..............#13
     #7..........(Button 2 Joy B).............#14
     #10.........(Button 3 Joy B).............#2    (Optional)
     #14.........(Button 4 Joy B).............#7    (Optional)

 I made this cable and I tried it with two Gravis Game Pad and a Sound
 Blaster 16 sound card. Everything worked fine!

 NOTE
 ----
 If you have a joystick with throttle (like the Gravis Analog Pro) you must 
 also connect Pin #13 of female D-connector A (Joystick A) to Pin #13 of
 male D-connector.

 Enjoy.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask.



   **********************************************************************


                           ATARI/JAG SECTION (III)
                           =======================
                            Dana Jacobson, Editor


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



      It's been a weird week.  I finally have my new Falcon and have it
 up and running.  It's a nice new experience, and a lot of fun.  I've
 got my former assortment of hard drives installed in a PC tower case;
 and it feels very odd not to have a ton of electrical cords all over
 the place!  My wife can't believe it either!  "What else are you going
 to get rid of" has become a familiar question the last few days.

      Atari computing news has been essentially non-existent during my
 online travels this week.  I know, it's summer and prime vacation time.
 Things will improve.  And, I go on vacation #2 next week (I'll still be
 'here' though).

      So, let's get to some interesting general news (Lloyd's back and
 he's got the majority of the news in his column).

      Until next time...


                _____________________________________________



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         Look for the above files in the RECENT ARRIVALS database.


               ______________________________________________




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


 "Fight For Life" Knocked Out!
 CATnips!  Activision Signs!
 Hasbro VR Cancelled!  FlipOut!
 And much more...


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


      The unofficial (as of this writing) word has it that Fight For
 Life has died.  It appears that Atari has learned from earlier fiascoes
 such as Checkered Flag and Club Drive, and decided it best not to
 release a game that is likely going to be panned.  I applaud that
 policy decision, but regret that FFL was the title not to see the light
 of day, at least as we knew it from a variety of video clips and online
 hype.  I'm not a fighting-genre enthusiast, but even if I were, I
 wasn't excited about what I saw on the various videos that I viewed it.
 Atari cannot afford any adverse reaction to an over-hyped game that
 just doesn't live up to the excitement generated.  Stuff like this
 happens all the time, and it's a wise decision.  Hopefully, we'll see
 some future game that incorporates some of the hard work that went into
 this game, and a better effort in the long run.
   
      We hope to have a Jaguar CD unit for review very shortly, along
 with a variety of the CD games that are ready.  August is rapidly
 approaching and the CD unit is still on track for release next month.
      
      Activision is now signed to do at least one game for the Jaguar,
 and likely others including some of the old 2600 games.  They're also
 going to be putting some more of their old hits out on the PC platform.
 Imagine my surprise when, while listening to a talk radio station one
 very early morning before leaving for work and hearing Atari's Ted Hoff
 making the announcement!
      
      Well, I can tell that you're all dying to get to the news and
 information this week - so let's get to it.  We'll certainly keep you
 posted on the latest Jaguar news, as it happens.  Stay tuned!

      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 $29.99           Atari Corp.
      J9005  Raiden               $29.99           FABTEK, Inc/Atari Corp.
      J9001  Trevor McFur/
             Crescent Galaxy      $29.99           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    $39.99           Atari Corp.
      J9003  Club Drive           $59.99           Atari Corp.
      J9007  Checkered Flag       $39.99           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/C-West
             Syndicate            $69.99           Ocean
             Troy Aikman Ftball   $69.99           Williams
             Theme Park           $69.99           Ocean
             Sensible Soccer                       Telegames
             Double Dragon V      $59.99           Williams
      J9009E Hover Strike         $59.99           Atari Corp.
      J0144E Pinball Fantasies    $59.99           C-West
      J9052E Super Burnout        $59.99           Atari

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

      CAT #   TITLE               MSRP          DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER

              White Men Can't Jump  TBD               Atari
              Air Cars              TBD        MidNite Entertainment
              Flashback             TBD             U.S. Gold
              Power Drive Rally     TBD                TWI
              Rayman                TBD              UBI Soft
              Ultra Vortek          TBD               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
             CatBox              $69.95             ICD

                 ___________________________________________

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



 SUNNYVALE, Calif. July 17 (Reuter) -

 Atari Corp said it has finalized a deal with Activision Inc, under
 which Activision will produce games based on classic Atari titles for
 multiple new platforms.

 Also, Atari said Activision's "Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure," will be
 released for Atari's Jaguar 64 game player in mid-September.

 "Our collaboration with Activision will offer exciting entertainment
 for both Jaguar 64 consumers and PC users," said Ted Hoff, Atari's
 president of North American operations.

 -- Los Angeles Newsdesk, 800-330-6397



 BRADENTON, Fla--Jul. 12--Palmetto college student Conrad Barski invents
 aliens in his spare time - and his hobby is about to pay off.

 Atari Corp. will pay Barski $25,000 plus royalties for a video game he
 conceived called "Flip Out!"

 Players of the puzzle game attempt to move colored tiles into
 particular sequences as alien creatures attempt to foil their moves.

 Barski said he came up with the idea for the game while working as a
 part-time computer programmer at Gorilla Systems in Oldsmar.

 He worked at the company for four years while attending the University of
 South Florida as a full-time pre-med student, he said. Over the past
 eight months, Barski joined four other programmers and two artists at
 Gorilla Systems to build the game.

 "The game took about eight months to develop until final production,"
 he said.

 The new game is designed to run on the Atari Jaguar home entertainment
 system, but Atari is working with Gorilla Systems to develop a version for
 personal computers, said Jeanne Winding, product marketing manager for
 Atari.

 Winding said Flip Out! will be sold in retail stores for $49.99
 beginning in mid-August.

 After graduating in August, Barski said he plans to go on to medical
 school in Miami.



                CPTV REPORTS SIGNIFICANT REVENUE GAINS FOR THIRD ...

                Announces New Contracts For Alexandria Studios, Inc. 

      DENVER, JULY 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Creative Programming and Technology 
 Ventures, Inc. (Nasdaq:CPTV), a leading producer of innovative video game
 development technology through its group of operating companies, today
 reported a significant increase in consolidated revenues for the three
 months and nine months ending May 31, 1995.  Continued increases in
 software development and marketing costs produced a net loss per share
 for both periods.  The company also completed the sale of its 80 percent
 interest in Celluloid Studios, Inc., recording a gain upon the sale of
 $76,020.  This transaction is being treated as a disposal of a
 discontinued business for reporting purposes.  As a result, CPTV's
 consolidated balance sheet, statements of operations, shareholders'
 equity and cash flows for each of the three and nine months periods
 ending May 31, 1995, have been restated.  Management also announced the
 recent award to Alexandria Studios, Inc. of two new software development
 contracts with a combined value of approximately $600,000. 
    
      Revenues from continuing operations for the third quarter were
 $172,259, an increase from $53,579 during the same period in 1994.  CPTV
 reported a loss from continuing operations for the three months of
 $390,607, or 11 cents per share, compared with a loss of $224,525, or
 7 cents per share, for the third quarter of 1994.  Including discontinued
 operations,  the company reported a net loss of $292,347, or 8 cents per
 share, compared with a net loss of $307,810, or 9 cents per share. 
    
      For the first nine months of fiscal 1995, revenues from continuing
 operations were $537,505, compared with $53,579 for the same period in
 1994.  CPTV reported a loss from continuing operations for the nine month
 period of $763,758, or 23 cents per share, compared with a loss of
 $326,002, or 12 cents per share, for the same period in 1994.  Including
 discontinued operations, the company reported a net loss of $392,978, or
 12 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $403,172, or 15 cents per
 share. 
    
      Revenues from continuing operations in 1995 include funds paid to
 Alexandria under agreement with Capcom, a leading producer of
 coin-operated games, to license one of the company's proprietary PI(TM)
 (Platform Independent) software developer tools.  Alexandria has also
 provided software development services for additional interactive video
 games, including Izzy's Quest for the Olympic Rings for US Gold, and
 Demolition Man, whose rights were recently acquired by Acclaim
 Entertainment.  US Gold and Acclaim are major publishers of interactive
 game systems with extensive worldwide distribution.  Alexandria has
 retained royalty interest in both game titles. 
    
      CPTV's cost of revenues for the three and nine month periods
 increased primarily from expenses incurred in the development of PI(TM)
 software tools and the above-mentioned titles.  Expenses were also
 incurred in connection with a new product, SoulStorm(TM), CPTV's first
 initiative under its new trade name and product label, Virtual
 Hollywood(TM), a collaboration between Alexandria and ODDWORLD
 Inhabitants, Inc. to develop and license interactive entertainment
 software for advanced video game systems, including 3DO, Sega Saturn, Sony
 Play Station and Nintendo Ultra-64, as well as PC CD-ROM platforms. For
 the third quarter and nine months, CPTV experienced a significant increase
 in selling, general and administrative expenses primarily due to legal and
 other fees associated with the company's launch of its KG Squared-ODDWORLD
 interactive entertainment publishing unit, and the divestiture of its
 interest in Celluloid Studios.
  
      Subsequent to the end of the third quarter, Alexandria signed a
 contract with Atari Corporation to port an interactive entertainment
 product, called "Return Fire," to Atari's new 64-bit game platform,
 Jaguar and CD-ROM.  The other recent contract awarded is with game
 publisher Interplay Productions, Inc. to port an interactive video game
 based upon the Frankenstein novel to several next generation 32-bit game
 platforms including the Sony PSX, Sega Saturn, and 3DO game platforms.
 Both contracts have a combined value of approximately $600,000. 

      Commenting on the first nine months of fiscal 1995, Gary R. Vickers,
 chairman and president of CPTV said, "We have now completed the strategic
 steps necessary in our transformation to a pure play among interactive
 video game developers with the sale of our commercial subsidiary and the
 addition last month to our board of Michael Katz, formerly president of
 Sega of America.  As we anticipated, the market for 16-bit systems is
 giving way to the next generation of CD-ROM game platforms (32-bit and
 64-bit).  To meet this opportunity, Alexandria has been building
 important tools and technology, including PI(TM) software, in an attempt
 to position itself with a competitive advantage in porting interactive
 software to the various new game platforms.  Based on current game titles
 under contract, and a number of proposed projects, we continue to build
 upon our status as a leading producer of interactive entertainment.  In
 addition to financial resources, we have enhanced our management
 capabilities and marketing skills."  At May 31, 1995, CPTV had
 approximately $5 million in cash, cash equivalents and treasury bills. 
      
      Creative Programming and Technology Ventures, Inc. (CPTV) went public
 on November 12, 1993 with the purpose of producing and distributing
 innovative, interactive games, cable programming and digital
 entertainment.  Its game development subsidiaries, based in Los Osos,
 Calif., designs and develops interactive games for popular home video
 game systems such as Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Super Nintendo Entertainment
 Systems and 3DO.  It also plans broad market release of two additional
 titles, Demolition Man and Izzy's Quest for the Olympic Rings, with
 Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. and U.S. Gold, Inc. in the fall of 1995. 
 Virtual Hollywood also plans to develop games for cable television
 channels, and future home game systems, including Sega Saturn, Sony PS-X
 and Nintendo's Project Reality.  CPTV's primary shareholders and founders
 include Gary R. Vickers, Gary Magness and Kim Magness, all from Denver.
 CPTV is headquartered in Denver and its stock trades on the NASDAQ
 Small-Cap market under the symbol CPTV. 
  

 7/18/95 /CONTACT: Gary Vickers, President and CEO or
 Dr. Stephen Kirkpatrick, Vice President, both of CPTV, 303-694-5324;
 George Zagoudis of The Financial Relations Board for CPTV, 312-640-6663/ 
 (CPTV) CO:  Creative Programming and Technology Ventures, Inc. ST:
 Colorado IN:  CPR SU:  ERN 



               -/- Hasbro Scraps Virtual Reality Game -/-

      Hasbro Inc. spent $59 million and three years to develop a virtual
 reality game that it has now scrapped because the retail cost would
 have been prohibitive.
      Associated Press writer Frank Baker reports from Providence, Rhode
 Island that the toymaker has abandoned plans to market the virtual
 reality game because it would have cost consumers more than $300.
      
      "We were not successful in achieving what we set out to do," said
 John O'Neill, chief financial officer. "We've developed the technology,
 we still believe in it. However, unless something else happens, we have
 not at this point been able to bring it to a point where we can mass
 market it."
   
      The game would have been a head-mounted virtual reality system that
 would allow the player to look into a viewer and be part of the game.
 Analysts called the announcement the second big electronics blunder
 Hasbro has made in recent years. The first was in the late 1980s when
 the firm spent millions of dollars on research and development for a
 video game system only to scrap the plans when it determined the
 system would also be too expensive for consumers.  Hasbro shares fell 50
 cents to $30.25 on the American Stock Exchange.

               ______________________________________________


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



       CATnips... Jaguar tidbits from Don Thomas        (95.07.18)
       """""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""


 Here's a summary of some new image files I uploaded to GEnie,
 CompuServe and CATscan BBS [209/239-1552]...
  
    BLUE1.JPG JPEG file of "Blue Lightning" / 68,659
    BLUE2.JPG JPEG file of "Blue Lightning" / 67,316
    BLUE3.JPG JPEG file of "Blue Lightning" / 63,799
    BLUE4.JPG JPEG file of "Blue Lightning" / 76,364
    BLUE5.JPG JPEG file of "Blue Lightning" / 76,438
    """""""""
      Approx 300x200 JPEG format image files of: "Blue 
      Lightning" for the Atari 64-bit game system. "Blue 
      Lightning" is one of the Jaguar's first CD-based games 
      for the CD-ROM peripheral. It features incredible
      graphics for the flying combat experience of your 
      64-bit life. This image is (c)1995 Atari Corporation. 
      It may be republished in a complimentary fashion if 
      copyright notice is included.
  
    FLIPOUT1.JPG JPEG file of "Flip Out" / 71,235
    FLIPOUT2.JPG JPEG file of "Flip Out" / 89,600
    FLIPOUT5.JPG JPEG file of "Flip Out" / 73,762
    FLIPOUT6.JPG JPEG file of "Flip Out" / 78,270
    FLIPOUTB.JPG JPEG file of "Flip Out" / 42,972
    """"""""""""
      Approx 300x200 JPEG format image files of: "Flip Out" 
      for the Atari 64-bit game system. "Flip Out", a 
      cartridge based 'fun factor' game, looks a whole easier 
      than it is. If you liked "Tetris" or "Klax", you'll 
      flip for "Flip Out"! This image is (c)1995 Atari 
      Corporation. It may be republished in a complimentary 
      fashion if copyright notice is included.
  
    WMCJ_LL.JPG JPEG file of "White Men Can't Jump" / 79,191
    WMCJ_LR.JPG JPEG file of "White Men Can't Jump" / 75,030
    WMCJ_UL.JPG JPEG file of "White Men Can't Jump" / 72,114
    WMCJ_UR.JPG JPEG file of "White Men Can't Jump" / 79,612
    """""""""""
      Approx 300x200 JPEG format image files of: "White Men 
      Can't Jump" for the Atari 64-bit game system. "White 
      Men Can't Jump" features multi-player action and is the 
      first Jaguar game to use the new Team Tap adaptor which 
      is included. Each Team Tap allows up to four players on 
      one joystick port. This image is (c)1995 Atari 
      Corporation. It may be republished in a complimentary 
      fashion if copyright notice is included.
  
 The images were captures from Atari's marketing Department in Macintosh
 .PCT format. I used a translator to change them to .TGA format as I
 found that to offer the best sustained resolution. I then CROPed the
 image to eliminate unnecessary black borders and scaled the image down
 by 50% using a paint and imaging application. Once scaled down, I 
 lightened contrast and brightness to better match the original Jaguar
 look and feel. Finally, I touched up stray pixels that evolved over the
 process. (I'm trying to straighten out problems with my PC. Aggh! )
 My final step involved "ZIPing" the image so I can include a .DIZ 
 description file.
  
 The result is a thumbnail library of clear images that are easy to
 download and view. Here's some initial reaction of what users found:
  
      SERV: CompuServe
      USER: Cody  Maloney 75204,3532
      DATE: 7/17/95
      TOPC: Jaguar General: Excellent Screen Shots
      MSG#: 85654
  
      Don, I have to say is the screen shots are fabulous!

      Flip Out took my breath away. It left me breathless.  
      Its one game that is on my list.
  
      Blue Lighting look stunning.
  
      White Men Can't Jump is also stunning as well.
  
      Cody
  
      -++- ============================================= -++-
  
      SERV: CompuServe
      USER: Edward  J. Mazmania 102211,2662
      DATE: 7/17/95
      TOPC: Jaguar General: Excellent Screen Shots
      MSG#: 85655
  
      I have to agree. The screen shots look nothing like 
      what I saw at the E3 for Blue Lightning. The game I 
      have to say looked like garbage at the show. Every 
      other game was awesome from Rayman to Hover Hunter, 
      Highlander, Battlesphere, and the progressing D2K. I 
      tried to play BL and loved the music but found no 
      gameplay and poor graphics. Of course I only saw some 
      level in the clouds. After seeing these screen shots I 
      have second thoughts now.  
  
  -++- ================================================= -++-
  
  The Jaguar Gamers' Books are shipping from Sandwich Islands 
  Publishing. Here's some initial reaction:
  
      SERV: GEnie
      USER: J.SCHRAM
      DATE: 7/13/95
      TOPC: Jaguar: 64-bit game console
      MSG#: 153
  
      I received my "Jaguar Official Gamer's Guide" Thursday.  
      It looks really well done, though I haven't read that 
      much yet. Nice cover, 244 pages, covers 18 games, and 
      loaded with pictures. The pictures are B/W but they are 
      very sharp and serve the purpose. It looks very up to 
      date with coverage of Hover Strike and even a preview 
      of Rayman. It's full of maps, cheats, hints, and tips. 
      A lot of the info can be found on GEnie, but it's nice 
      to have it all in one handy reference to keep by the 
      Jag.
  
      Joe Schram
  
      -++- ============================================= -++-
  
      CATscan E-Mail
  
      Msg Num: #1 of 6
      Sent By: (#38) Brian Mccleary - Loyal Jaguarian
      Sent To: (#1) Don Thomas - Atari Corporation
      Sent On: July 13, 1995 at 4:38pm
      Recv On: July 15, 1995 at 6:29pm
      Subject: Gamers' Guide
  
      The books are great Don! The maps for Aliens -vs- 
      Predator are excellent!  
  
  -++- ================================================= -++-
  
  Super Burnout continues to attract the rave reviews from 
  serious gamers. Here's what Steve Kipker of Steve's 
  Software wrote to me recently....
  
    "Well, Super Burnout has only been released for 2 weeks 
    now and has continued to be a big success with our 
    customers. What I keep hearing over and over are things 
    like:
  
      'This game is better than the Arcade, and I am saving 
      .50 each time I play. That has more than paid for this 
      game in one day!!!'
  
      'Two player action is as good as it gets'
  
      'Riding Super Burnout is better than the real thing, 
      and cheaper on Insurance'
  
      'Super Burnout is so real that I felt like I had to put 
      on my crash helmet'
  
      'Super Burnout is truly the Fastest racing Simulator 
      for the Atari Jaguar - I feel the need, the need for 
      Speed'
  
    "Don, Super Burnout has been a great success and will 
    continue to sell just on customer referrals alone...Atari 
    has delivered a true 64-bit racing simulator - What's
    next?"
  
  Yes, I know it sounds like hype, but Steve really does like 
  selling Super Burnout (He also likes Pinball Fantasies; 
  another recent hit.) Ask him yourself, you can write Steve 
  at:  on the Internet.
  
  -++- ================================================= -++-
  
 CONTACT: Jessica Nagel or Patricia Kerr
          Dorf & Stanton Communications, Inc.
          (310) 479-4997 or (800) 444-6663
  
  _For Immediate Release_
  
 Atari Corporation Inks Licensing Agreement With Activision Inc. Deal
 yields release of classic Atari titles for PCs.
  
 Sunnyvale, CA -- (July 17, 1995) -- Atari Corporation announced today
 the finalization of a contract with Activision Inc., a Los Angeles based
 leader in software development. Atari Corporation's pact with the
 prestigious developer will bring consumers classic Atari titles in 
 multiple formats. The agreement will also result in the release of the
 all-time American favorite, "Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure" for Jaguar
 64.
  
 "Our collaboration with Activison will offer exciting entertainment for
 both Jaguar 64 consumers and PC users," said Ted Hoff, Atari
 Corporation's President of North American Operations. "'Pitfall' is a
 fine example of our continued commitment to provide Jaguar gamers with 
 top-quality titles."
  
 The release of "Pitfall: The Mayan Adventure" for the Jaguar 64 system
 will be an ideal showcase for the extensive capabilities of this advanced
 home entertainment system.  "Pitfall" reflects the power of Jaguar's
 superior 64-bit technology, resulting in brilliant color, intense speed,
 and stereo sound. The jungle adventure game has a target ship date of
 mid September.
  
 Numerous Atari classic games will soon be available to PC users when
 Activision releases "Atari Action Pak II" for single-user IBM and PC
 compatible computers. The special "Pak" will also provide consumers
 with PC versions of such memorable Atari titles as: "Air Sea Battle";
 "Breakout", "Super Breakout"; "Space War"; "Surround"; "Millipede"; 
 "Combat"; "Yar's Revenge"; "Canyon Bomber"; "Gravitar"; "Maze Craze";
 and "Night Driver".
  
 The "Pitfall" release under the Activision agreement is one of the many
 exciting games for the Atari Jaguar 64 library, which will approach
 100 titles by the end of the year. The expanded library will include CD
 titles for the much anticipated Jaguar CD system, which will be
 shipping in August.

 For over 20 years, Atari Corporation has provided consumers with
 high-quality, value- priced entertainment. Atari Corporation markets
 Jaguar, the only American-made, advanced 64-bit entertainment system
 and is located in Sunnyvale, California.
  
  -++- ================================================= -++-
  
 A final note to this episode of CATnips, Darryl Still of Atari UK tells
 me that "Zero 5" and "Gotcha!" (working title) were shown at a EuroPress
 Conference last week. He says both are contracted for early '96 release
 and both are "worth watching for". Add those to your lists!
  
                           ### END OF FILE ###



 Fm: Atari Europe 75162,2024
 To: Don Thomas 75300,1267 (X)

 A quick note on the schedule. Attack of the Mutant Penguins is Cart
 only (not Cart/CD). and you can add two further Eurodevelopments into
 the December/January period which we showed at our press conference
 last week. Namely Zero 5 and Gotcha! (working title). Both are
 contracted for early '96 release, both have a small chance of sneaking
 in early. Both are worth watching for.

 Darryl


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 Hidi ho friends and neighbors.  Ahhh, vacation.  Time to do what you want
 to do (or, if you're like me, what you've been puting off for weeks if
 not months).

 I've been meaning to check out web sites and such on the Internet for
 quite a while.  Heck, I haven't even seen STReport's web page yet.  But
 first comes the furniture re-arranging that my wife insists needs to be
 done.  Then there's the work that my car needs.  Then perhaps... just
 perhaps, I'll be able to check out the Internet.

 The Internet hasn't been a high priority with me since I can always find
 whatever I'm looking for right here on CompuServe.  Everything from
 shareware programs to up-to-the-minute help with all of my old favorites.

 And I'm not the only one who checks in for news and info... let's check
 it out.


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

 Jeffrey Horn asks...

   "A question regarding customs here.  It would seem that one of the two
   parties involved in an online-arranged (not in person) transaction must
   part with their "goods" first - da money, o' da equipment, right?  If
   so, what is the protocol?  Who first?  Any help will be greatly
   appreciated."

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Jeffrey:

   "Usually the two parties involved in a transaction will have to agree
   as to how the deal will proceed...
   
   I think from all the online deals I've seen and participated in, the
   usual way is for the buyer to send the money first, then the seller
   sends the articles.
   
   There are variations of course, depending on what levels of trust are
   involved...  many times the buyer will insist on a money order, or the
   seller will send the package COD.
   
   The real problem of course is that with an online transaction you
   never meet the other person face to face, so you have to end up going
   on trust alone.
   
   The good news is that it's extremely rare for a deal to go bad, or to
   run into someone who's being purposefully dishonest."

 Meanwhile Daniel Osborne posts:

   "Well, I have been browsing the NET with the TAF (Chimera) program
   today.  I logged onto the TAF home page, which has changed thier
   display and have a few more options.  One was "Chimera Hints & Tips,"
   and another was on "Using X-Windows," both gave me errors when I tried
   access them.  I guess they are still under construction.
   
   I also logged onto the Toad Computers home page.  Very interesting.
   Although the TAF program crashed on me several times, I think the key
   is to resize the window, so it does not scroll off your screen.
   
   In the WWW Browser Help file, it says you can save your WWW HTML files,
   but I am having trouble with this.  When you first log onto a home
   page, the HTML and picture files are downloaded to your Minit XF
   partition and are temporaly saved under the TMP/ directory.  This is a
   slow process, about 2-3 mintues for the download of the files, before I
   got to view the Toad home page.  Each time I accessed another area from
   the home page, more HTML files and pics had to be downloaded, before
   being displayed.
   
   If the system crashes, the TMP files are still in the TMP directory.
   You can load them up and edit out the header and trash lines, then save
   them.  I used the capture buffer in Flash 1.6, and it worked just
   file. The header of each file tells you the filename of the file, where
   it came from, etc.  Just write down the filename, and remove the header
   trash up to:
   
     -- for HMTL files
   GIF     -- for GIF picture files

   Look for the main Home Page HTML file, and check the file to see where
   the other HMTL and picture files need to be loaded from.  Create
   directories for these other files.  You can then copy them back to your
   Minit XF partition, load up the TAF program, select the WWW browser,
   and open up the HTML home page file.
   
   Like I said, I wish I knew how to save these HTML and GIF files from
   within the WWW browser, it would make it a lot easier to view these
   home pages offline.  Maybe an "Automatic Save Session" function on the
   WWW browser.
   
   If your system did not crash while online, ALL the TMP files are
   deleted when exiting from the TAF (Chimera) program.
   
   P.S. Next weekend, its off to configure Netscape for Internet access on
        the MAC running under Spectre GCR 3.0!!!!  Wish me luck!"

 Denis Postle tells Daniel that it's...

   "...Good to hear that you got onto the web via taf. not so good that
   it is unstable to this degree. I find that with a mac and netscape, I
   turn off the pictures most of the time. it's quicker and a lot of the
   subsidiary images aren't of much interest.
   
   Not so good too that you don't seem to be able to view the files as
   they download, as would be the case with Macweb and Netscape. A pretty
   vital function, since it's easy to log on so something in error, or
   that's of no interest and the first half page can make that clear.
   
   re your parting remark about netscape and Spectre. I have tried out
   TCP and PPP with spectre in the last weeks and while i could get both
   installed, I could never get ppp to communicate properly with the
   modem. Like, I could type a script into the terminal window and it
   would activate the modem but there was nothing to be seen, no feedback.
   Tough to log on like that. i never pursued a full CIS script if you
   want to try one, I can send you the one from ppp on this mac I'm using
   now.  Also I seem to remember that both Macweb and Netscape require
   sys7. Sorry to be discouraging. If you have some new info I'd like to
   hear it.
   
   I will mail you some useful home pages tomorrow when I can get time
   with Netscape."

 Daniel tells Denis:

   "Thanks, for kind advice.  I will still attempt to try out various WWW
   browsers using Spectre.  I have several versions of MAC TCP and PPP,
   some which work under system 6.0.8.
   
   Yes, some working sample script files would be much appreciated.
   
   I am waiting for the author of DuFTP program (an Atari WWW and FTP
   browser) to return to London this week, so I can ask him more questions
   about setting up his program.  I am getting a few errors right now.
   One of them is setting the SLIP.DIP file to correctly connect to the
   modem.  I have changed the port value to MODEM1, but it still tries and
   use the Falcon's modem port 2.  He wrote and tested his DuFTP program
   on a Falcon.  I am going to send him a sample dial up file from the NOS
   program.  Maybe then he can tell where I am going wrong.  This is a
   learning experince!"

 Denis tells Daniel:

   Configuring TCP. my version is 2.0.4 it works fine (on a Powerbook160).
   select ppp in first dialog

   click on more
   in obtain address, check server.
   across to the right set class C,
   various other setting then change. nothing else there needs
   to be touched.  At the bottom in the domain area follow this exactly!

   line one, box one: compuserve.com
   line one, box two: 149.174.211.5
   line two, box one: a full stop "." only
   line one, box two: 149.174.211.5
   
   click ok
   
   configuring ppp
   in the opening dialogue set:
   port to modem port
   time to none
   echo interval to off
   terminal window unchecked
   hangup on close checked
   quiet mode unchecked
   select your server(modem) from the list
   click new to name the configuration you are writing
   then select config
   
   on the first config page
   there are obvious settings local to you set flow control to cts&rts
   there is no need to even look at lcp options, authentication or IPCP
   options select 'connect script' this gives a series of boxes the
   following is my working script line by line:
   
   timeout 40 secs
   check out  \d\d\d\d\d\d\r
   check wait Host Name:
   check out  CIS\r
   check wait User ID:
   check out  yourid/GO:PPPCONNECT\r
   check wait Password:
   check out  yourpassword\r
   check out  \r
   
   do not check the right hand [cr] column
   
   notes on the script. This has to be case-exact and no stray spaces (I
   hope i haven't introduced any typos) I know that the capital letters
   are supposed to be left off Host, User id, and Password, it works fine
   for me as is. Another thing i gleaned from the endless suffering on the
   CIS PPP forum was that PPP is intolerant of unusual characters in your
   password. Apparently forward slash "/" is ok, if you have any odd
   characters change them.  If you have any trouble with the script, like
   it sticks somwehere, run it in the terminal window.
   
   Final note, as I said in my earlier message, under 6.0.5 I couldn't
   get PPP to drive the modem at all. If you get it to go I'd be delighted
   to hear how. And also let me know what Macbrowser, if any, there is
   that will run on sys6.x.x.?
   
   Good luck.
   
   I'm going to try taf later today I'll let you know what happens."

 Daniel tells Denis:

   "Thanks for the info.  Although in several sets of docs for configuring
   MacTCP for use on CIS, the IP Address is different than the sample you
   provided.
   
        Shouldn't it be "149.174.64.41" for the first line and
   "149.174.64.42" for the second?
   
        This was the IP Address I used to get the TAF disks to work."

 Denis explains:

   "The addresses I put up for you come for the current MacPPP help file
   from Vidya Tolani that I mentioned a few messages back. recommendable.
   It is in the Internet New UsersForum MacPPPsection, I think, and the
   file is MACWWW.TXT update 6.5.95"

 Okay, that's enough of the Mac stuff.  Let's listen in on some talk
 about the "TAF" disks.  Daniel Osborne posts:

   "Somewhere on the Mint XF partition, I think home/docs/mint-XF, are
   some doc files about using the Mint XF system and a Mint command to
   actually UNDO a Mint XF partition and return it back to a TOS
   partition."

 Lloyd Pulley tells Daniel:

   "That's nice - if you get to the point of being able to get to that
   doc and read it.  But if you make a mistake like I did (go to the wrong
   partition) and then want to correct it (before setting up the program),
   there's no way to do it.
   
   Also, you assume that someone knows how to use Mint.  I've got it up
   (at least the window) but have NO idea what to do from there.  I can't
   get to a command level where I can find out what's on the directory -
   or access any of it.
   
   I'm to the point of getting ready to format that drive and forgetting
   about about PPP until I get a PC.  I think this program is more than I
   want to learn.  It's not the program per se, it's learning Mint,
   XWindows AND the program."

 Daniel tells Lloyd:

   "Yes, I know.  That is why I have uploaded all of the docs from the TAF
   disks, the file is called TAF_DOC2.ZIP, to help out others.
   
   I assume nothing.  The docs that came with the TAF disks are very hard
   to understand for the layman.  It took me two weeks to finaly set up
   the disks and get it to work.  I have very little knowledge about using
   Mint, Mint-Net, and the Chimera program.  I am here to help others get
   this program running from my experices using the program.  The basic
   Atari user should not have to spend the time I did, just to get the
   program up and working.
   
   If you go back to the original TAF docs for setting up the program and
   read from "Congrats:" through to "Using X-Windows" this should help
   you.  When you finaly get into X-Windows, press your left mouse button,
   and select "Xvt[tsch]", a window will pop open and you will be in the
   Unix command line (tsch shell).  Here are a few Unix commands you can
   use (which are not documented in the original TAF doc):
   
        cd        - change directory
        cd ..     - move back one directory
        ls        - list directory
        cp        - copy file
        mv        - move and rename file
        rm        - delete a file
        mkdir     - create a directory
        rmdir     - delete a directory
        vi        - edit a text file (reffer to Appendix A for vi commands)
        mget      - download a file from a FTP site
   
   By the way, I did know these commands before using the TAF disks.  The
   friendly users here on CIS provided all of us here in this messagge
   base with this info.  Thanks guys!
   
   You are right!  This program may not be for everyone.  If you do not
   want to take the time and undulge yourself into other lines of what
   your Atari can do, them you might just want to wait for a easy to use
   GEM or TOS WWW browser, when and IF it becomes available.
   
   Right now, this it the best WWW browser we have at the moment.  I can
   remember the early Atari ST days before Flash, Interlink, Storm, etc..
   were available.  There are many more Mint related programs out there.
   Once you get your Mint and Mint-Net software configured, you will be
   able to run other Unix ported software on your Minit XF partition, and
   also multi-task at the same time!
   
   Stick around, we all can help each out with these type of programs!"

 Pierre Deschenes jumps in and posts:

   "I have troubles installing the TAF internet prg. on my j drive..
   Everything goes well until during the installation of disk #3,5 and 7;
   I get the messages: ...  usr/local/bin/X11/chimera

                        *  gzip: stdin: trailing garbage ignored

                        *  gzip: stdin: internal error, invalid method
                        *  tar : child returned status 1

                       insert disc 4 in drive A: then press return

   Could it be that my prg is corrupted or am I doing someting wrong?
   Once installed I cant boot to Xwindow; I can access to the shell(tsch).
   But I cannot access all the file and docs that I'v seen unzip during
   the installation process. Also I cannot configure any setup for me to
   connect to compuserve...?
   
   When I call vi :I get the message Elvis out of memory... I have a STE
   4megs with j partition at 30 megs.

   Can anybody give me a hint on what is going wrong?"

 Carl barron tells Pierre:

   "I got lots of gzip errors regarding trailing garbage and one
   unexpected eof.  These are normal if as these files have, the files
   were transferred via xmodem, some time during their lives. What is
   wrong with VI [elvis] I have not heard of."

 Denis Postle adds:

   "I had a similar experience with repeated installations of the TAF
   discs due to various other download/disk/fault problems.  Eventually I
   checked what the last file on each disc was. When all of the sequences
   ending in these files had appeared on the screen during
   decompression/installation, I assumed that the xfer was ok and since
   TAF seems to have installed, this seemed to be so.

   Here is a lsiting of the last file from each disk as it appears
   onscreen before the messages about garbage, children and insert the
   next disk.

   disk2. usr/ucb/telnet
   disk3. usr/local/bin/x11/chimera
   disk4. usr/lib/x11/chimera
   disk5. usr/bin/x11/startx
   disk6. usr/bin/x11/xvt
   disk7. sorry no details at hand.

   I hope this helps.

   Keep in touch."

 Daniel posts:

   "Well, I have been browsing the NET with the TAF (Chimera) program
   today.  I logged onto the TAF home page, which has changed thier
   display and have a few more options.  One was "Chimera Hints & Tips,"
   and another was on "Using X-Windows," both gave me errors when I tried
   access them.  I guess they are still under construction.

   I also logged onto the Toad Computers home page.  Very interesting.
   Although the TAF program crashed on me several times, I think the key
   is to resize the window, so it does not scroll off your screen.
   
   In the WWW Browser Help file, it says you can save your WWW HTML files,
   but I am having trouble with this.  When you first log onto a home
   page, the HTML and picture files are downloaded to your Minit XF
   partition and are temporaly saved under the TMP/ directory.  This is a
   slow process, about 2-3 mintues for the download of the files, before I
   got to view the Toad home page.  Each time I accessed another area from
   the home page, more HTML files and pics had to be downloaded, before
   being displayed.  If the system crashes, the TMP files are still in the
   TMP directory.  You can load them up and edit out the header and trash
   lines, then save them.  I used the capture buffer in Flash 1.6, and it
   worked just file. The header of each file tells you the filename of the
   file, where it came from, etc.  Just write down the filename, and
   remove the header trash up to:
   
          -- for HMTL files
        GIF     -- for GIF picture files
   
   Look for the main Home Page HTML file, and check the file to see where
   the other HMTL and picture files need to be loaded from.  Create
   directories for these other files.  You can then copy them back to your
   Minit XF partition, load up the TAF program, select the WWW browser,
   and open up the HTML home page file.
   
   Like I said, I wish I knew how to save these HTML and GIF files from
   within the WWW browser, it would make it a lot easier to view these
   home pages offline.  Maybe an "Automatic Save Session" function on the
   WWW browser.
   
   If your system did not crash while online, ALL the TMP files are
   deleted when exiting from the TAF (Chimera) program.
   
   P.S. Next weekend, its off to configure Netscape for Internet access
        on the MAC running under Spectre GCR 3.0!!!!  Wish me luck!"

 Denis tells Daniel:

   "Good to hear that you got onto the web via taf. not so good that it
   is unstable to this degree. I find that with a mac and netscape, I turn
   off the pictures most of the time. it's quicker and a lot of the
   subsidiary images aren't of much interest.
   
   Not so good too that you don't seem to be able to view the files as
   they download, as would be the case with Macweb and Netscape. A pretty
   vital function, since it's easy to log on so something in error, or
   that's of no nterest and the first half page can make that clear.
   
   re your parting remark about netscape and Spectre. I have tried out
   TCP and PPP with spectre in the last weeks and while i could get both
   installed, I could never get ppp to communicate properly with the
   modem. Like, I could type a script into the terminal window and it
   would activate the modem but there was nothing to be seen, no feedback.
   Tough to log on like that. i never pursued a full CIS script if you
   want to try one, I can send you the one from ppp on this mac I'm using
   now.  Also I seem to remember that both Macweb and Netscape require
   sys7. Sorry to be discouraging. If you have some new info I'd like to
   hear it.
   
   I will mail you some useful home pages tomorrow when I can get time
   with Netscape."

 Daniel tells Denis:

   "Thanks, for kind advice.  I will still attempt to try out various WWW
   browsers using Spectre.  I have several versions of MAC TCP and PPP,
   some which work under system 6.0.8.
   
   Yes, some working sample script files would be much appreciated.
   
   I am waiting for the author of DuFTP program (an Atari WWW and FTP
   browser) to return to London this week, so I can ask him more questions
   about setting up his program.  I am getting a few errors right now.
   One of them is setting the SLIP.DIP file to correctly connect to the
   modem.  I have changed the port value to MODEM1, but it still tries and
   use the Falcon's modem port 2.  He wrote and tested his DuFTP program
   on a Falcon.  I am going to send him a sample dial up file from the NOS
   program.  Maybe then he can tell where I am going wrong.  This is a
   learning experince!"

 Denis tells him:

   "So I finally got try logging on with Taf and after various
   misadventures ( hadn't realised that *copying* the re-written files
   onto the mint drive didn't work) I did get it to start up but only so
   far as torturing the modem - high pitched screaming for 60secs or more.
   It never got to the familiar dial up sounds.
   
   I've checked and re check the log on script as being the same as your
   nmessage and I've re-set the ip addresses etc the numbers in the modem
   file seemed ok serial 1 and 19200 baud.
   
   Any idea what could be adrift?"

 Daniel takes a shot in the dark:

   "Could it be your modem?  I am using a Supra Fax Modem 14.4 V 32.bis
   with the default configuration from the factory.
   
   Even with the original "chatfile" script that came with the TAF disks,
   at least the modem responded to dailing out.  Of course the I got a
   error message from BT saying invalid phone number, and I edited the
   chatfile script with the VI editor to change the phone number to my
   local CIS node.
   
   Even when I got the chatfile script correct to call CIS and login via
   the Internet,  I got a few errors somtimes in the intial connection.  I
   just reset the modem and tried again.  You might have to re-try it a
   few times.  And even when you are connected and all goes well, somtimes
   CIS can not lock up sysnc and return a IP Address.  I just call back
   till it finaly connects all the way through.
   
   I also assume when you call CIS with the TAF program, you are clicking
   on the "Connect" selection to call.
   
   By the way, when you were using Spectre, did you ever install MacCIM
   and connect to CIS?  The MacCIM ver 2.4 works fine on Spectre under
   System 6.0.8, and of course I installed the Communications ToolBox disk
   in the System folder."

 Denis tells Daniel:

   "I use the same modem, a mac version
   
   This feels like living too dangerously but since you included more of
   the commands and especially how to get into the *editor*, I might just
   try changing something. It would be more direct, I suppose, than the
   tedious business of coming in and out of mint to edit and then see what
   haoppens or not.
   
   Yes all of these messages are all from Maccim. I would never use CIS
   if I had to use the text interface, except it's real quick for
   downloading a file.  And using thne serial 2 port I have been able to
   get a 57000 connection that really fizzes.
   
   This seems to have passed me by. Do I need it? with 6.0.5? I didn't
   know there was a 6.0.8. I find 6.0.5 really stable with Spectre, few if
   any crashes, and it runs word 5 very fast. Which, alongside CIS, is
   mostly what I use it all for these days.
   
   Anyhow I'll take another look at Taftomorrow eneving probably. wish me
   luck."

 Daniel replies:

   "Yes, to make sure all of the text files are editied correctly on the
   TAF disks, I use the VI editor.

   I have used the capture buffer of Flash 1.6 to edit other texts, on the
   Minit XF partition, but the chatfile, for expample, I wanted to make
   sure it was editited correctly in the Unix format.
   
   I hate to say this, but to edit the original chatfile, you might have
   to re-install the whole program, if you have messed up the the original
   on the Minit XF parition, unless you have a back-up copy handy.
   
   I have used the capture buffer in Flash ver 1.6 to edit HTML texts and
   GIF files on the Atari TOS paritions, and copied them over to the
   Minit XF paritions with no problems yet.  I have run the FSCK program
   several times, and so far no errors yet!!!"

 Carl Barron adds:

   "For what it's worth:

   There is a VI tutitorial in UNIXFORUM. sca des key:vi lib:all should
   find it or them.

   There is also an O'Reilly ,"nutshell book" on VI if it is really
   needed. I think the vi tut. might be enough.
   
   Now to figure out what to change in lynx.cfg  X does not load at all
   with h3 mhmint for me at all, so chimera is temp. out.
   
   There is an exec [without docs of any kind] ttify or something like
   that.
   
   Does anyone know what it does?
   
   All files used by the taf distribution need unix endlines! (ascii 10
   only).  Vi is a safe way to ensure this."

 On the subject of using an accelerator in a machine with a blitter,
 Simon Churchill posts:

   "I have a T28 in my ST and was warned NOT to try to use a blitter with
   it as it can't cope.    I don't know how the chip will be installed but
   as it's a MEGA ST then I would assume it is one of the sqaure 68pin
   chip's,  the STFM mother board's (TOS 1.2) had a space for the socket
   to be installed and the chip pluged in.  Next to the chip was two
   solder connection's labeled W3 and W4 (The number's I think are
   correct, they might be 4 and 5)
   
   If the chip was removed then these to connector's needed as solder
   bridge so the 68000 would now there was no blitter installed.  Rather
   than remove the chip it would be best to leave the system as is, you
   never know, one day you might need the extra screen update speed of the
   blitter for ST work.
   
   Just a thought,  did you remove the T-25 to replace it with the
   AdSpeed or for another accel. board??     It should be possable to have
   BOTH installed at the same time then you could ignore the blitter chip
   completely as the T-25 would be faster on it's own compared to a normal
   68000 AND Blitter."

 Domingo Alvear tells Simon:

   "I'll check out the BLiTTER socket in my Mega, but I solved my
   troubles by just putting the T-25 back in.  :-)  I was testing the
   AdSpeed to see if it worked (I bought it used).  It worked fine, but
   caused the BLiTTER conflicts that I mentioned.
   
   Whatever, my machine is humming along just fine at 25Mhz.  (Until I
   can get a NOVA (regular) VME for my new TT!)"

 Simon asks Dom:

   "Sound's o.k.   Does your T-25 work with your Blitter o.k. then?   As
   I said my T28 won't have any of it.  8-(   (That's a 28Mhz + 64K Fast
   cache memory)
   
   You have a TT??    WOW!  DOUBLE WOW!!    Oh to have the money to get a
   machine like that.   Hmmm,  it's nice to dream........"

 Our Atari editor, Dana Jacobson posts:

   "Well, I have the Falcon up and running - yeah!!  In the end, I
   decided to put all of my hard drives into a medium tower case instead
   of trying to work around the four different HD boxes, taking out the
   host adaptors, and cut/add a few more SCSI plugs.  Works great now that
   I found what AUTO program was crashing the system (Warp 9).  Speaking
   of Warp 9, what was the version that works on the Falcon?  I thought it
   was 3.80, unless I don;t have that version installed!  
   
   I've got a lot of playing around to do, but so far, so good.  Thanks
   to all of you who had responded to my pleas for help getting the HDs
   figured out. Without you, I'd be still pulling my hair out!!  <>"

 Frank Heller tells Dana:

   "Congrats. BTW the WARP9 version is 3.80....but it is a specific
   version for the Falcon. There are two different 3.80 versions. I think
   the Falcon version was called WARP9_FA.PRG    The ST version had a
   different name. I got rid of it and replaced it with NVDI...which seems
   to be (so far) superior to W9...especially with the Oregon Research
   products. That stuff gets a noticable speed up with NVDI. Oh
   yeah...call Cy Sperling."

 Dana tells Frank:

   "Hmmm, I have Warp 9 version 3.80, but when I use it, the desktop
   comes out all distorted.  Colors are off, I have vertical lines through
   the desktop, and other "weird" stuff.  I am using the Falcon version of
   the program, but I'm wondering if I have a wrong version of the .ACC?!
   I'd like to use Warp 9 as I don't think I can live without it!  Any
   idea what the correct file size is for the ACC so I know which to use?
   Thanks again, Frank!"

 Dana tells Frank:

   "I've heard a number of things about NVDI but don't know that much
   about it.  What does it do (or have) that makes you say it's better
   than Warp 9?
   
   BTW, Sy Spurling didn't wanna talk to me! "

 Frank replies:

   "I keep my Falcon optimized for Cubase Audio Falcon...as I beta for
   Steinberg. I do this by using Diamond Edge an awful lot (the audio
   files get fragged a lot) It is with the Oregon products (Edge and DB3)
   that you can see an NOTICABLE difference in speed between W9 and NVDI.
   NVDI wins hands down. CAF shows no real difference in screen redraw
   speed between the two. There, it's a toss-up."

 Alvin Baligad sends up an S.O.S.:

   "Help!  After recently upgrading my memory from 1 to 4mb in my STe, a
   lot of my older software isn't cooperating anymore.  Is there anything
   anyone can suggest  that would let me use my old disks again?  They are
   mostly games, but with the drought on Ataris in games, even the old
   ones are important."

 Sysop Bob Retelle tells Alvin:

   "Some games have problems running on computers with 4 megs of memory,
   usually due to sloppiness in the programming.
   
   Some of these can be fooled by running a little program from our
   software library called  MAKE1MEG.TOS  which resets the internal
   pointers of the computer to indicate there is only one Meg of RAM.
   When you're done playing the games that are affected, you just reboot
   the computer and it goes back to the full four Megs."


 Well folks, there's lots more stuff that I could include, but the column
 has gotten longer than I had anticipated.  Tune in again next week, same
 time, same station, and be ready to listen to what they are saying
 when...

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 - Akron, Ohio                 COMPUSERVE PUSHES FOR NISA/HMI
   -----------                      TRANSACTIONAL CHARGES

      According to our super snoop, the pursuit of perfection by CompuServe
 is virtually limitless... From sysop commands that operate seamlessly in
 HMI to the newer NISA forums that are exclusively HMI oriented. 
 CompuServe is clearly pushing to be on the cutting edge of tomorrow's
 Online Service today.  So much so that highly qualified third party
 navigator programmers are reportedly being brought in to smooth the "rough
 waters".  

      The KEY WATCHWORD for the FUTURE is: "TRANSACTIONAL PRICING".  YOU
 PAY FOR WHAT YOU GET.  PLUS A SERVICE CHARGE?  Pay by the file D/L, and
 per MB of messages read.  (Ever vigilant for the Buck) We suggest that the
 "By the File charge is sufficient and that "messages read" should be part
 of the monthly service fee.


 - Phoenix, AZ                        NEW NAVIGATOR FRAMEWORK TO DOMINATE
   -----------

      Ole Snoop has found a new flap that's gonna generate some real
 excitement among the telcom junkies.  It seems that a strong group of
 programmers have come up with a design for making online service
 navigators a "walk in the park".  Seems the concept of a core program
 (more like an active shell) (Watch for Mozart.  You know, the Prodigy) and
 a slew of complimentary modules have been generated as a construction
 library.  When an online service want a first rate navigator, all they
 need do is ask..  And bingo!  Instant Navigator.  One I might add that
 works.  There are some really sad ones out there.  One, in particular,
 snoop adds, is actually CHASING subscribers away in droves its called FE
 or Flea or some such non-sense.  It has pretty graphics and is guaranteed
 to freeze at least once in every session.   


 - San Francisco, CA                    McAFEE REPORTS TROJAN HORSE FOUND!
   -----------------

      We have received a report through our International sales department
 that there has been an incident with a Trojan Horse disguised as VirusScan
 2.22 (A Trojan Horse is a destructive program that has been disguised as
 some other innocuous program.  Trojan Horses are not viruses).  When
 executed, it deletes all the files and directories on the disk being
 scanned.  VirusScan has a program named Validate to verify that the
 VirusScan program the user downloaded is the real one. 


 - Cupertino, CA                         APPLE LOSING GROUND??
   -------------

      As usual, Snoop is at it again... Seems to be some real unrest in
 Macaroon land.... overheard in the ether....

 First...

      If I buy my next Mac OS machine from Gateway and they pay a royalty
 to Apple, what's so bad?  Apple had the chance to license to either
 Gateway or Micron, but blotched the chance. Apple has continually botched
 their opportunities, and this latest is the worst sign yet. You'll never
 buy a Mac OS machine from a mass marketer such as Gateway. Why would
 anyone license the Mac OS now? You and I both own the betamax of
 computers.  Apple stinks.

 Then.. there's..
      
      There's a front page story about Apple's new "strategy" for the
 company's long term prosperity. It seems that they have abandoned their
 push for increased market share, and will focus on selling more stuff to
 their installed base.  Is it me, or has Apple raised the white flag to
 Microsoft and Windows? 

 As for the Internet...

      My point was that, instead of demanding riduculous licensing fees for
 individual or distribution copies of MacTCP, Apple should be breaking down
 Netscape's door with offers for co-marketing.  Marketing blunders like
 this are not how one enlarges market share.

      Snoop sez, that if Apple doesn''t "get the message", they'll be busy
 making high priced PC Clone within five years and that the MAC OS etc.,
 will be nothing but a fond memory.
  



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