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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags
Subject: ST Trport: 3-Nov-95 #1144
Reply-To: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Posted-By: xx004 (aa778 - Fred Horvat)
Date: Sat Nov 25 09:35:10 1995



                                                 

                                      
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                      AT&T and Cirrus Form Chip Venture
     AT&T  Microelectronics  and  Cirrus Logic Inc.  have  announced  a  $600
million  joint  chip manufacturing venture.  The companies  plan  to  make  a
variety  of  advanced  integrated circuits for  use  in  computers,  cellular
phones,  and other electronic devices. The project will operate  in  a  newly
constructed  clean  room  within an existing AT&T  semiconductor  fabrication
facility in Orlando, Florida.  The venture, which will be owned 60 percent by
AT&T  and 40 percent by Cirrus, is slated to begin production by early  1997.
The  companies  will  equally  share production capacity,  which  will  focus
initially  on  the  0.35-micron processing of silicon wafers.  The  venture's
business plan calls for an eventual migration to a 0.25-micron process.
     AT&T  and  Cirrus  say  the venture will operate as  a  separate  entity
through a five-member board of directors, with three directors from AT&T  and
two  from Cirrus. The venture will be named before it begins operation.   The
project is expected to create about 600 new jobs.

                      US Robotics Makes Offer for Hayes
     US  Robotics  Corp. has offered to acquire Hayes Microcomputer  Products
Inc.  As part of the deal, U.S. Robotics would pay its rival's debts and  add
nearly $100 million of its own stock, reports the Associated Press.  Such  an
arrangement would solidify the role of US Robotics in the modem market.  Long
recognized as setting the technical standard in modem design, Hayes has  been
reorganizing  in Chapter 11 of federal bankruptcy laws since  last  fall.  It
owes  creditors about $60 million to $85 million.  US Robotics  announced  it
has  submitted a bid to Hayes' unsecured creditors, following a procedure set
out  in  the  bankruptcy court. It also offered payment of creditors'  claims
with  interest  and  up  to  $97.5 million of its stock,  notes  AP.  Such  a
transaction would have to be approved by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Hugh Robinson,
who is presiding over the Hayes reorganization.
     Hayes,  which  had  no  immediate comment on the offer,  is  a  private,
Atlanta, Georgia-based company that is chiefly owned by its chairman,  Dennis
C.  Hayes.   Earlier  this year, Hayes reached a tentative  agreement  to  be
purchased  by  Boca  Research, another maker of communications  products  for
computers, but the deal fell through.  Meanwhile, AP reports that  Hayes  has
been  proceeding with its own restructuring proposal, the core of  which  was
approved  by  the  bankruptcy court in May. The company had $270  million  in
sales last year.

                        Borland Earnings Up Eightfold
     Borland  International Inc. has reported a nearly eightfold increase  in
second  quarter  profits despite a 37 percent drop in  revenue,  reports  the
Associated  Press.   Citing  improvement in its  client-server  business  and
benefits  from restructuring, Borland officials said the company earned  $2.6
million (or 8 cents a share) for the period ending Sept. 30. This compared to
earnings  of  $350,000 (or 1 cent a share) for the same quarter a  year  ago.
Revenue fell to $51.3 million from $81.3 million.
     The  company  reported results after stock trading ended yesterday  when
its  shares  closed  at  $14.50, up 12.5 cents, on the Nasdaq  Stock  Market.
According to CompuServe's Quick Quotes, Borland's stock was down 25 cents  to
$14.25  in mid-afternoon trading.  Borland noted that the results represented
the  second  straight quarter of profitability since it reorganized.  Earlier
this  year,  the company slashed its staff and scaled back its operations  to
concentrate  of products for software developers, reports AP.  "We  continued
to  make  outstanding progress toward our corporate objectives," said Borland
president Gary Wetsel.  While gross profit was down, expenses also were  down
sharply,  and last year's second quarter included at $3.1 million charge  for
an  earlier restructuring.  For the first half of fiscal 1996, Borland earned
$5.4  million (or 18 cents a share), down 91 percent from $61.7  million  (or
$1.84 a share).
     Revenue  fell  30 percent, to $105.1 million from $150.4 million.   Last
year's figures include several special items, including a $99.9 million  gain
on  the  sale  of Borland's Quattro Pro spreadsheet line to Novell  Inc.  and
revenue  of  $24.5 million from sale of Paradox database licenses to  Novell.
Without the special items, Borland would have lost $35.7 million in the first
six months of last year.

                      IBM Exec May Head Digital PC Unit
     Bruce  Claflin  has  resigned as general manager of  product  and  brand
management  at  IBM  Corp.'s  PC unit, and may be  headed  to  rival  Digital
Equipment Corp. to lead the company's PC business.  IBM says Claflin resigned
to pursue other interests. An internal memo issued by the computer maker says
a  replacement will be named shortly.  "Bruce has done an outstanding job  at
the  (IBM)  PC Co. and at IBM,"  says Robert Stephenson, an IBM  senior  vice
president  and  group executive of the company's personal systems  group.  "I
wish  him  well  in  his  future."  Late Thursday, the  Reuter  News  Service
reported that Claflin is expected to be named the head of Digital Equipment's
PC business.

                         Ex-Lotus Exec Jumps to Wang
     Robert Weiler, former vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at
Lotus  Development Corp., has joined Wang Laboratories Inc. as a senior  vice
president and president of the company's software business unit.  Weiler left
Lotus earlier this month, shortly after the resignation of CEO Jim Manzi.  He
is  widely  acknowledged as one of the driving forces behind the  success  of
Lotus  Notes,  the  IBM  Corp. subsidiary's groupware  product.  In  his  new
position,  Weiler  will have worldwide responsibility  for  the  development,
marketing, sale, and support of Wang's workflow, imaging, document management
and COLD software products.
     "Bob was my colleague and friend at Lotus," says Donald P. Casey, Wang's
president and chief technology officer. "I was excited when Bob expressed his
interest  in joining Wang, and I am now delighted to welcome him to the  Wang
team."   Before  joining  Lotus  in  1991, Weiler  was  president  and  chief
operating  officer of Interleaf Inc., an electronic publishing  and  document
management  software  and services company. Prior to  Interleaf,  Weiler  was
president and chief operating officer of Cullinet Software Inc.

                     Lotus Loses One Exec, Keeps Another
     Lotus  Development Corp. has lost one more top executive,  but  retained
another.   The  IBM  Corp.  subsidiary says Kc  Branscomb,  its  senior  vice
president  of  business  development, has resigned. Meanwhile,  John  Landry,
Lotus'  chief  technology  officer, will  remain  on  board  as  a  strategic
technology consultant to IBM.
     Landry  will  provide  strategic consulting to  Lotus  and  IBM  on  the
Internet  and  the  integration of Lotus Notes and Internet technologies,  as
well  as  on IBM's network-centric computing strategy in general.   Branscomb
joined   Lotus  in  October  1992  as  senior  vice  president  of   business
development.   Previously,  she was chief executive  officer  of  IntelliCorp
Inc.,   a  Mountain  View,  California-based  developer  of  object  oriented
software. No immediate word was released on Branscomb's plans. "We're pleased
that  John  will  continue to contribute not only to  the  growth  of  Lotus'
business,  but to IBM's overall network-centric computing strategy as  well,"
says  John M. Thompson, senior vice president and group executive of the  IBM
Software  Group. "We've been impressed not only with John's understanding  of
technology  trends,  but his understanding of the market opportunities  those
trends create and the impact they will have on our customers' businesses."
     Landry  joined  Lotus in November 1991 as a senior  vice  president  and
chief  technology  officer. Previously, he was executive vice  president  and
chief  technology  officer  for Dun & Bradstreet Software.  Prior  to  Dun  &
Bradstreet Software, Landry was chairman and CEO of Agility Systems Inc., and
was  executive  vice  president and a member of the  board  of  directors  of
Cullinet  Software.  Lotus has been in management turmoil  and  bleeding  top
talent since the resignation of CEO Jim Manzi earlier this month.

                        Treybig Leaving as Tandem CEO
     James  G.  "Jimmy"  Treybig,  one of the longest-tenured  executives  in
Silicon  Valley, is stepping down in the next six months as president/CEO  of
Tandem  Computers Inc. so someone else can try to revitalize the  company  he
founded 21 years ago.
     Writing  in  the  Wall Street Journal, reporter Joan  E.  Rigdon  quotes
analysts  as  saying  Treybig failed to control costs and  develop  a  strong
senior management team.  Rigdon adds that after a successor is found, Treybig
will  be named chairman, succeeding Thomas J. Perkins, the venture capitalist
who  wrote  the  $1  million check that put Tandem  into  business  in  1975.
(Perkins,  who  is Tandem's largest individual shareholder with  2.2  million
shares, will remain chairman of the board's executive committee.)
     Rigdon says Tandem also shook up the rest of its senior management team,
noting  Robert  C. Marshall, chief operating officer, will retire  by  year's
end,  as  will  Donald  E. Fowler, a general manager  of  Tandem's  solution-
products  group. The board will add two or three executives from the computer
industry to its ranks in the next six months.
     "Tandem  announced the latest move along with surprisingly low  earnings
for  the fiscal fourth quarter and year ended Sept. 30," the Journal reports.
"Net  income for the quarter plunged 72 percent to $19.8 million, or 17 cents
a share, from $71 million, or 62 cents a share a year earlier, and was barely
half  of analysts' lowest expectations. Revenue increased 6 percent to $523.7
million from $503.8 million."
     The  paper  adds that two years ago, Tandem faced a revenue  and  profit
drain because its main products -- fault-tolerant computers that are designed
to  keep  working  even  through power outages and other  glitches  --  "were
overpriced and didn't use a standard industry operating system, Unix."

                      Hayes Bids to Remain Independent
     Intent   on  remaining  independent,  modem  maker  Hayes  Microcomputer
Products Inc. has launched a plan under which it will received $35 million in
equity investment.  However, Hayes CEO Dennis C. Hayes has told reporter Mark
Boslet  of  the  Dow  Jones  News  Service he  doesn't  see  suitors  Diamond
Multimedia  Systems Inc. and US Robotics Corp. abandoning their  attempts  to
buy  the  company.  Hayes told the wire service the $35 million from Northern
Telecom Ltd. and Singapore-based ACMA Ltd. combined with a $50 million to $60
million credit facility from two financial institutions will enable Hayes  to
re-emerge from bankruptcy. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Atlanta has scheduled
a Dec. 18 confirmation hearing on the plan.
     But "I think (US Robotics and Diamond Multimedia) will try to make a run
at it," Hayes added, since they have publicly expressed their interest in the
company.  He  added,  though, that market leader US  Robotics  may  run  into
regulatory  hurdles  if it seeks government approval  for  such  a  purchase.
Northern Telecom and ACMA each will receive 24.5 percent interest in Hayes in
exchange  for  their  investment, DJNS says.  Hayes told  Boslet  that  after
paying  creditors  with  interest  (estimated  at  about  $85  million),  his
independent  firm will have enough cash to operate, which  "leaves  us  in  a
reasonable position."
Hayes also said:
z    The turnaround in his $300 million-a-year modem business has continued,
  saying the firm has seen an "substantial improvement in its operating
  profits."
z    His plan to keep the company independent calls for the hiring of a chief
operation officer and that the hiring process is underway.

                         SoftKey Plans Acquisitions
     SoftKey   International  Inc.  says  it  plans  to   acquire   Minnesota
Educational  Computing  Corp. (MECC) in a stock  swap  deal  valued  at  $370
million.   MECC  specializes  in  educational  software.  Softkey,  based  in
Cambridge, Massachusetts, publishes a wide array of consumer software titles.
In  a  separate move, Softkey is marking a hostile $606 million bid  for  The
Learning Co., an educational software publisher that has already agreed to be
acquired by Broderbund Software Inc. The Learning Co.'s titles include Reader
Rabbit  and Math Rabbit.  "There is no overlap in the MECC product  mix  with
SoftKey's,"  says Kevin O'Leary, SoftKey's president. "This further  enhances
SoftKey's  shelf  space  in retail with proprietary  brand  name  educational
titles in math, social studies, language arts and science."
     Adds  Michael Perik, SoftKey' CEO, "MECC is a leading developer  in  the
educational software market with over 190 titles such as Oregon Trail II.  It
will  be a great asset for SoftKey."  Notes Dale E. LaFrenz, MECC's president
and  CEO,  "This merger provides MECC with very significant opportunities  to
leverage  its  position  in  both the school and  home  educational  software
markets."   The MECC transaction is subject to several conditions,  including
stockholder and government approvals.

                          Lycos Passes a Milestone
     Lycos    Inc.    reports   its   World   Wide    Web    search    engine
(http://www.lycos.com) has cataloged more than 10 million sites, representing
nearly  92  percent of the entire Web.  The Marlboro, Massachusetts,  company
says  its  online catalog currently covers 10.79 million Web  sites.  Current
calculations put the number of Web pages, or Uniform Resource Locators (URLs)
at  11.74  million  worldwide on 103,059 Web servers. Lycos  notes  that  Web
servers are coming online at a rate of 6,000 per month, adding more than  1.1
million URLs every month.
     "Our estimates of the size of the Web are conservative," says Michael L.
Mauldin, Lycos' chief scientist, and developer of the Lycos spider technology
at  Carnegie  Mellon University. "Nevertheless, with our technology  we  have
been  able  to  rapidly identify and catalog new Web sites  at  a  rate  that
exceeds  the growth rate for the Internet as a whole."  The 10 millionth  Web
site   cataloged  by  Lycos  deals  with  "Fun  Insect  Facts."   The   site,
http://ham.spa.umn.edu/kris/science.html,  is  a  sub-page  of  a  home  page
belonging  to a fourth year graduate student at the University of  Minnesota,
Kristine Sigsbee.

                      Report Calls for I-Way Safeguards
     A   new  government  study  says  safeguards  must  be  built  into  the
information  superhighway  to keep Americans' personal  information  private.
"Concerns  about  safeguarding privacy will likely grow as  the  (information
superhighway) becomes a pervasive, functioning reality," states the  Commerce
Department  white paper report. It notes that the Internet  and  other  data,
voice, and video services will be used for commerce in a wide range of areas,
including banking, entertainment, education, recreation, and health  care  in
the  years  ahead.  "These transactions, by their very execution  ...  create
electronic records which are easily stored and processed," says the study.
     The 28-page report says companies on the information superhighway should
voluntarily  notify  consumers about the implications of  the  personal  data
being collected and obtain users' permission before distributing it.  Failing
voluntary  compliance,  "government action will be needed  to  safeguard  the
legitimate  privacy interests of American consumers," warns the report.   The
report  notes  that the average American's name appears on 100 mailing  lists
and 50 electronic databases.

                          Survey Analyzes Web Users
     Home-based accounts are the primary access method to the World Wide  Web
for  55 percent of web surfers, finds an online survey of users of the Yahoo!
World  Wide  Web  site (http://www.yahoo.com). The survey  was  conducted  by
Yahoo!  of  Mountain View, California, which runs the Web search engine,  and
Jupiter Information, a New York-based media research firm.
     The average survey respondent is a single American male between the ages
of 25 to 34 who holds a professional managerial career with an income between
$35,000 to $49,999 and at least a college degree. Forty-six percent of survey
respondents have two or more computers in their household. Six in  ten  users
have access to a commercial online service.
     The  majority of respondents have been on the Web for less than a  year.
They  use online services or the Web more than once a day, and spent at least
one hour during their last online session. The average user's online time per
week  is approximately 20 hours.  Thirty-five percent of users reported  that
surfing  Web sites is their primary online activity. Twenty-eight percent  of
respondents reported that e-mail is their primary online activity.  Sixty-one
percent  of correspondents reported that they are spending less time watching
TV because they were spending time online.
     Nearly  66 percent of respondents are unwilling to pay a monthly fee  to
enter  Web sites. Of those who are willing to pay for entry into a Web  site,
slightly more than half (55 percent) say they would be willing to pay  $1  to
$4  per month.  Nearly 30 percent of respondents have made an online purchase
in  the  past  six months with 66 percent of those having made that  purchase
through individual Web sites.
     "The  large  numbers of current users accessing from home validates  the
notion  that  the  Web  is  truly a developing consumer  medium,"  says  Kurt
Abrahamson,  Jupiter's  managing director. "The World  Wide  Web  will  be  a
transactional platform and a vital advertising venue. The survey results back
up  the  strength  of the Web for all sorts of commercial ventures  aimed  at
consumers."

                     Study Finds 24 Million on U.S. Net
     An  exhaustive  new  study  by Dun & Bradstreet  Corp.'s  Nielsen  Media
Research unit finds some 24 million people in the U.S. and Canada now are  on
the  Internet, or fully 11 percent of the North American population over  age
16.  Writing in the Wall Street Journal this morning, reporter Jared Sandberg
notes  that while "doubters have hotly contended that the Internet's  soaring
growth has been wildly inflated in the past year," the Nielsen study says "an
impressive  17.6  million people use the World Wide Web  ...  and  of  those,
nearly  one-quarter use the Web to peek at the on-screen  displays  of  their
business rivals."
Other findings:
1.   Women make up about one-third of all Internet users, far more than
  previously thought.
2.   Internet users spend an average of five hours online each week, more
time than TV viewers spend with their VCRs.
3.   Nearly 37 million people have access to the Internet in the U.S. and
  Canada, indicating an even larger potential population than the current 24
  million.
4.   Some 2.5 million people have purchased products or services over the
  Web.
5.   Users tend to be upscale, educated professionals with a household income
of more than $80,000.
     Sandberg  called the Nielsen study, based on interviews with  more  than
4,000  households, "one of the most rigorous efforts so far  to  gauge  usage
based  on  a  large  random  sample." President/CEO  Nicholas  Donatiello  of
research  firm Odyssey Ventures Inc., an independent research firm, told  the
paper  the  sample  is large enough for the results "to be taken  seriously,"
adding the findings were consistent with his own previous efforts.
     The   Nielsen  report  was  commissioned  by  CommerceNet,  a  nonprofit
consortium  of  high-tech companies with an interest in promoting  electronic
commerce.

                     House, Senate Finalize Telecom Bill
     Negotiators  from the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S.  Senate
are  meeting this week for the first time to iron out differences on  a  bill
that  would  rewrite  telecommunications laws in the United  States.   Reuter
correspondent  Roger  Fillion  reports  from  Washington,  D.C.,   that   the
negotiators hope to send a final bill to President Clinton by the end of  the
year.   The  two bodies of Congress overwhelmingly passed similar  pieces  of
legislation  that would unleash competition among the telephone,  cable,  and
broadcast   industries.   The  bills  represent  the   biggest   rewrite   of
communications law in 60 years.
     Any  compromise  bill agreed to by the 45 lawmakers  on  the  conference
panel  must  also  be  approved by both chambers of Congress  and  signed  by
President  Clinton, who has threatened to veto the legislation as now  worded
in  the  House  and  Senate bills.  "Our bills are close," said  Rep.  Thomas
Bliley, a Virginia Republican.  "We should be able to work it out in a timely
fashion and present a bill to the president that he will sign."
     Reuters  notes that some of the major sticking points that could trigger
a  veto  are  provisions  to allow media companies  to  own  more  television
stations,  cable companies and newspapers, as well as language to  deregulate
cable  TV rates. The bills also would scrap legal barriers so local and long-
distance phone and cable companies could invade each others' markets.
     Those  opposing the legislation say it would raise phone and cable rates
and  promote  monopoly power in the media business. But supporters  disagree,
insisting  it  will  give  consumers  a  greater  choice  of  services,  more
competition, and lower rates.

                      Study Finds Computer Crime Rising
     A  new survey of 200 businesses across the nation has found more than 90
percent  of  the firms responding have been victims of computer  crime.   And
43.3 percent of these had been computer crime victims at least 25 times.  The
study  --  conducted by Michigan State University criminal justice  professor
David  Carter  and  research  assistant Andra  Katz  --  "showed  substantial
increases  in the introduction of computer viruses into company machines  and
harassment  of  employees  through computer network communications,"  says  a
statement from East Lansing, Michigan.
     Also, the study found the most common thefts were committed by employees
and  contract  workers,  but  it noted a "significant  increase  in  computer
hackers."   Carter  commented in the statement, "This will  undoubtedly  grow
with  the  increased numbers of computers, more networking and wider computer
literacy. There is also an increasing threat of computer crime from organized
crime  groups from Eastern Europe."  He added it is difficult to put a dollar
figure  on  many of the thefts because they represent "intellectual property"
such as client lists and pricing information.
     The  statement  noted,  though,  that the  British  Banking  Association
recently  estimated  computer fraud is costing $8 billion  a  year  or  $22.4
million  a  day.  The Michigan study projects the average business  fraud  is
$23,000 while the average business fraud involving computers is $500,000.
The study found the most common computer-related abuses by the respondents
were:
z    Credit card fraud, 96.6 percent.
z    Telecommunications fraud, 96.6 percent.
z    Employee use of company computer equipment for personal reasons, 96
percent.
z    Unauthorized access to computer files for snooping, 95.1 percent.
z    Cellular phone fraud, 94.5 percent.
z    Unlawful copying of copyrighted or licensed software, 91.2 percent.

The most dramatic increases over the past five years were:
z    Theft or attempted theft of client or customer information, 81 percent.
z    Theft or attempted theft of trade secrets, 77.6 percent.
z    Theft or attempted theft of new product plans, 76.7 percent.
z    Theft or attempted theft of product descriptions, 75.7 percent.
z    Unauthorized computer access to confidential employee information, 74.5
percent.
z    Unauthorized computer access to confidential business information, 74.4
percent.
z    Theft or attempted theft of money, 72.2 percent.
z    Theft or attempted theft of product pricing data, 71.8 percent.

The research suggested a two- step approach to protecting against technology
related crime:
1.   Address physical security issues, including training employees who use
  computers about their responsibilities and security related issues, and
  controlling access to computers.
2.   Address operations security, including training, screening personnel,
supervision, systems monitoring, compartmentalizing critical information,
cryptography and password changes on a regular basis.

                         Online Libel Case Resolved
     Prodigy  Services  Co.  says it has reached an agreement  in  a  closely
watched libel case that could lead to a ruling that online providers are  not
responsible  for  the  content on their services.  The  Reuter  news  service
reports that the anticipated ruling could have enormous impact on the  online
field  and  on  companies  offering personal computer  users  access  to  the
Internet.  Prodigy had been sued for libel by Stratton Oakmont Inc., a  small
brokerage firm, which alleged that it had been libeled by an unknown  Prodigy
member  in messages about it on a Prodigy bulletin board. The judge ruled  in
May  that Prodigy, as a publisher, could be held liable for statements posted
on its bulletin boards.
     Now, Prodigy says it and Stratton Oakmont have reached an agreement that
could  lead  to  the  judge  reversing his ruling.  "The  two  sides  are  in
agreement,"  a Prodigy spokesman told Reuters.  "This paves the way  for  the
judge to reverse his judgment and then dismiss the case."

                         Forbes Blasts Need for FCC
     Publisher and Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes said  today
he  would  scrap  the Federal Communications Commission if  he  were  elected
president,  since  technological changes have eliminated  the  need  for  the
agency.
     The  Associated  Press reports that Forbes insisted the FCC  has  turned
into a roadblock to the development of new technology.  "In recent years, the
FCC  has  been a blocker of cellular telephones, it's been a blocker  of  the
advance  of cable television," he said. "Get rid of something that's outlived
its  usefulness."  Forbes' comments were made during a taping of Iowa  Public
Television's "Iowa Press" program to be aired on Sunday.
     The  publishing magnate said he advocates a flat tax on income  that  he
acknowledges would substantially reduce tax revenues without spurred economic
activity.  Asked  where  he would find cuts within the  government  to  avoid
ballooning the deficit, Forbes focused on the FCC, notes AP.
     He  said that the agency was initially created when broadcasting was  in
its  infancy  to  regulate access to scarce airwaves,  but  such  fundamental
justification  no  longer  remains.  Forbes is best  known  for  running  the
publishing empire built around Forbes Magazine. He said he owns no  broadcast
outlets regulated by the FCC.

                        Cyber Kids May Watch Less TV
     A  new  telephone  survey says children who can use a computer  at  home
watch  slightly  less television.  And the poll of 1,200  families  conducted
earlier  this year on behalf of a score of U.S. computer, media, and learning
enterprises also found that initially girls spend more time at the  keyboards
than boys, but that by seventh grade, boys overtake girls.
     Vice  President  Tom  Miller  of Find SVP,  a  consulting  company  that
performed  the  study  in  association with  Grunwald  Associates,  told  the
Associated Press that four out of 10 households surveyed had PCs and reported
children  averaging  11.9 hours of TV a week, compared  with  12.8  hours  in
computerless homes.
Other findings:
z    From pre-kindergarten through third grade, girls use computers an
  average of 9.6 hours a week, boys 6.6 hours. In fourth through sixth grades,
  girls drop to 8.9 hours and boys increase to 7.2.
z    In seventh and eighth grades, boys put in 12.4 hours at terminals to 11
hours for girls. In high school, it is 12.3 hours for boys and 10 hours for
girls.
z    They start out spending more time playing games, but that changes as
  homework increases.
z    In the early grades, boys do homework on computers for about three-
  quarters of an hour a week; girls less than less than half an hour, the study
  found. By high school, boys are doing 3.4 hours of homework on computers and
  girls 4.5 hours.

                      CompuServe Puts Info on the Phone
     CompuServe  Inc.  is  putting  some of its  online  information  on  the
telephone.  Through an exclusive agreement with Premiere Communications Inc.,
the  company  is introducing a service that lets people take advantage  of  a
wide  variety of online communications services by dialing in from any Touch-
Tone  phone  in the United States and from more than 40 countries.   The  new
product,  code-named  the  CallingAll Card, looks  like  a  phone  card,  but
provides  access  to an array of personalized information and  communications
products.
     Using  a  toll-free number and a private identification code, CompuServe
members  will  be able to use a phone to preview "select" e-mail  based  upon
personally-set criteria. For example, a CompuServe member can choose to  have
"priority" messages sent to his or her CallingAll Card e- mail box. Then  the
user  can send any messages he or she wishes to read immediately to  any  fax
machine.
     Other  services  include: fax mail, voice mail, speed  dial,  conference
calling,  travel  services and news events weather  and  sports  reports.  At
anytime  from  anywhere. Future plans include text-to-voice  translation,  so
members  can  "hear" their e-mail.  "Now, you don't even need a  computer  to
access  e-mail.  You don't need a modem to tap into online  information.  You
just  need  a  phone and our CallingAll Card," says Rob Mainor,  CompuServe's
vice president of product marketing and business information services.
     Adds   Steve  Owens,  CompuServe's  account  manager  for  strategic/OEM
relationships,  "This  service  is ideal  for  business  people  on  the  go.
Anytime, anywhere, CompuServe's industry-leading information is right there."
The  CallingAll Card will be available internationally with toll-free  access
in  more than 40 countries at its release early in the first quarter of 1996.
The  service  will  be included in the $9.95 per month CompuServe  membership
fee. The card will be free to current CompuServe members; however, a 25 cents
per  minute fee will apply when the card is in use. The CallingAll Card  acts
as a credit card, accruing charges as it is used. It includes 20 free minutes
of  access for the first month and can also be used as a traditional  calling
card.

                        Lotus Ships Notes Pre-Release
     Lotus Development Corp. says it has begun shipping a pre-release version
of  its Lotus Notes Release 4.0 groupware, dubbed Test Build 2, to more  than
10,000  business  partners and customers worldwide.  Lotus states  that  Test
Build  2  is  part  of the Lotus Notes Release 4.0 phased  development  cycle
rather than a conventional beta program. Lotus says the approach allows it to
maximize  development  resources, permitting  greater  business  partner  and
customer participation earlier in the design and development process.
     In  mid-1994, Lotus delivered a Field Test Partner Build of Lotus  Notes
Release 4.0 to a select group of business partners and customers.  In October
1994,  nearly 250 business partners received a Professional Developers Build.
Test  Build  1  was  delivered in June 1995 to 1,000  business  partners  and
customers.  "With Test Build 2, we commence the final phase of bringing Notes
Release  4.0 to market worldwide," says Jeff Papows, executive vice president
and chief operating officer of the IBM Corp. subsidiary.  Lotus Notes Release
4.0 includes enhancements in integrated client-server messaging, ease of use,
mobility,   application  development,  enterprise  management  and   Internet
integration.   The final version of Lotus Notes Release 4.0 is  scheduled  to
ship before the end of 1995.

                                      
                         The Kids' Computing Corner
                                      
                          Holiday Activity Fun Pak
                   Hybrid-format Windows/Macintosh CD-ROM
                           retail price around $15
                              for ages 3 and up
                      from VroomBooks, T/Maker Company
                              1390 Villa Street
                          Mountain View, CA  94041
                                415-962-0195
                                      
                            Program Requirements
     IBM                                     Macintosh
CPU:         486                                  CPU:         Color
Macintosh
RAM:        4 megs                           RAM:        4 megs
OS:            Windows 3.1                        OS:            System 6.0.7
Video:        640 by 480 with 256 colors               Video:        256
colors
Hdisk:        1k for program group                Hdisk:        1k
CD-ROM:  Double-speed recommended            CD-ROM:  Double-speed
recommended
Misc.:         Sound card, printer optional

     Unless you haven't watched television or ventured to your local stores,
you know that Christmas is just around the corner on the calendar.  If your
children haven't captured the holiday spirit yet, T/Maker Company's new
Holiday Activity Fun Pak will surely do the trick.  This CD-ROM contains four
activities based on Christmas themes.  Blizzard the snowman will be your
child's guide as paints pictures, unwraps gifts, decorates the tree and
builds a snowman.
     Masterpiece Paintbox features twenty holiday line drawings.  The paint
program has seven colors including an excellent flesh tone.  Two brush sizes
are available plus a fill-in tool.  A pencil eraser is used to make minor
corrections while a large eraser starts the painting process over again.  The
line drawings can be printed out to be colored by hand.   The program does
not print out finished paintings nor does it allow them to be saved for later
viewing.  These features should have been included.
     Are your children already begging to decorate for Christmas?  Decorate
the Christmas Tree will give your children a computer simulation of
decorating five different kinds of Christmas trees.  The choices include two
traditional pines, a cactus, a palm and a television antenna.  To change the
tree, simply pull on the drape cord in the picture.  Children can choose from
twenty-four ornaments held in a shadowbox.  Children click on an ornament and
drag it to the tree.  Ornaments can be used more than once.  The lights will
twinkle when the switch is in the on position.  The program again does
include a save program for preserving images of favorite trees.
     Unwrap the Presents is a matching game featuring ten wrapped packages.
Children click on packages to find the picture or sound contained within and
then must find its match among the other packages.  While this part of the
program is nicely done, it is again lacking in features.  The program
provides no computer opponent nor does it readily support competing players.
The number of packages cannot be changed to increase the challenge of the
game nor does the computer time the player in his effort to match the
packages.  These features would add to the replay value of the game.
     The final activity is Make a Snowman's Face.  Children build an almost
endless assortment of snowman faces by choosing and changing his eyes, hair,
mouth and nose.  Faces can neither be saved nor can they be printed out.
This is a fun activity for younger children but it lacks depth to entertain
older children.
     As an added bonus, the program includes a Yule Log Screen Saver but it
only works when Holiday Activity Fun Pak is running in the foreground.  A
dancing, crackling fire burns in the fireplace while a medley of Christmas
songs is played.  This portion of the program could have been improved by
including more songs.  It only takes a short while before the songs are
repeating.
     Holiday Activity Fun Pak features beautifully-rendered graphics.  Images
appear ready to jump off the screen at the viewer.  The sound portion of the
program is very high quality.  The voice characterization of Blizzard is
enthusiastic and animated.  Children will love Blizzard's cowboy lingo.
     The interface is very simple and easy to use.  Blizzard describes the
functions of each icon in every screen. If a child needs help, clicking on
Blizzard will cause him to repeat his help narration.  The program has no
user manual except some brief installation instructions inside the CD-ROM
packaging and a short readme file containing troubleshooting tips.
     Play value varies according the child's age and computer experience.
Younger and less experienced children will enjoy this program more.  The
program really offers nothing new so older children will probably have played
similar activities in other packages.  Additionally, the program suffers low
replay value because of missing save and competition features.
     Holiday Activity Fun Pak is not being promoted as an educational title
but as a children's entertainment title.  The program does have some
educational value as it promotes hand-eye coordination, encourages artistic
expression and allows children to exercise their visual and auditory memory.
     At a price of $15, Holiday Activity Fun Pak is not a large expense.  It
has shortcomings in that play value is not high, educational content is low
and the program has no moneyback guarantee.  I can only recommend this
program if you have very young children and you have no other programs with
similar activities.  The program had a lot of potential, but perhaps it was
not exploited to keep the price down.

                                   Ratings

                              Graphics ....... 9.0
                              Sounds ....... 9.0
                              Interface ........ 9.0
                              Play Value ..... 6.5
                              Educational Value .. 5.0
                              Bang for the Buck .. 6.0
                              Average ...... 7.42

                                      
                           Neue Medien fr Kinder
                                      
Hmm,  this  title sounds like something that the Muppet's Swedish Chef  would
say.   This is actually the name for an international conference centered  on
new  media for children.  The conference will take place November 29 and  30,
and  December 1 in Frankfurt, Germany.  The agenda will include a  discussion
of children's education and the opportunities for computer software to assist
children's learning through interactive multimedia.
You  might ask, "But what does this have to do with Muppets?"  Brighter Child
Software  has  licensed  the Muppet characters for use  in  their  children's
software products.  The CEO of Brighter Child Interactive, Richard Pam,  will
be  the  keynote  speaker for the conference.  The attendees will  learn  how
Brighter  Child effectively uses licensed characters to teach children  while
entertaining them.
Mr.  Pam,  a  former  mathematics teacher, has  led  Brighter  Child  to  the
forefront  of the children's software industry.  His company also produces  a
series  of  workbooks which can be used with the software or as  stand  alone
learning products.  Brighter Child can be contacted at 614-847-8118.


                                      
                                 TERRAGLYPH
                             Interactive Studios
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Native Windows 95 Title Targets Whole Family

               TERRAGLYPH LAUNCHES HANSEL & GRETEL, 1ST SERIES
                  OF INTERACTIVE GAMES BASED ON FAIRY TALES
            FEATURING HOLLYWOOD QUALITY ANIMATION, ORIGINAL MUSIC
                                      
SCHAUMBURG,  IL  - Hansel and Gretel leap out of the pages of  Grimms'  fairy
tales and come to life on the personal computer with the release of "Hansel &
Gretel  and the Enchanted Castle," a native Windows 95 interactive multimedia
game for the whole family from TerraGlyph Interactive Studios.
Setting  a  new  standard  for animation CD-ROMs, TerraGlyph  utilizes  film-
quality  production  values, high resolution graphics and original  music  in
the  timeless tale, producing an interactive adventure game that  appeals  to
all members of the family.
"'Hansel  &  Gretel and the Enchanted Castle' is a great way for parents  and
kids  to  spend time together," said Ken Hansen, vice president,  publishing,
TerraGlyph.   "We  start with the basic story line and  then  use  innovative
technology, involving strategy games and spectacular images to draw the whole
family into the game."
Children and parents follow Hansel and Gretel as they make their way  through
the  forest and find the castle.  As in the original story, the wicked  witch
feeds and nourishes the pair before locking them away.
In  the main part of the game, Hansel must scheme to escape from the dungeon,
where  the witch has thrown him, to rescue Gretel.  Helping players  navigate
through the treacherous castle is Prin, an imp early befriended by Hansel and
Gretel.   Prin  plays hide-and-go-seek with Hansel, leading him  through  the
rooms and providing clues in primary and secondary languages.
Throughout the game, players can click on any of dozens of "hot spots" hidden
in  each scene, discovering clues and secrets which allow them to travel from
room  to  room.   Surprises,- hidden trap doors, secret  rooms  and  haunting
creatures - are everywhere.  The game has multiple levels of difficulty,  and
clues  are different each time the game is played, making each game  solution
unique.  Multiple animation sequences, simultaneously displayed, keep players
engrossed in the action.  Because the cursor remains active, players  do  not
have to wait for one event to end before initiating the next move.
Animation  is  delivered at 24 frames-per-second, equivalent  to  Hollywood's
Academy  of  Arts  and  Sciences standard, yielding  the  smooth  performance
comparable  to  television  or animated movies.   Transparent  or  ghost-like
animations are also used.
Original music and sound effects reveal the story's plot and involve  players
in  the  emotion  of the characters.  One song explores the  motives  of  the
stepmother  as she contrives to leave Hansel and Gretel in the  dark  forest.
Another  is  a lullaby sung by Hansel and Gretel to comfort each  other  when
they  find out that their heartless stepmother was planning to leave them  in
the  forest  to die.  Still another song provides a glimpse into the  twisted
character of the wicked witch as she plots a course to "fatten up" Hansel and
Gretel before she eats them.
"Hansel  &  Gretel"  also  has a multiple-language  feature.   Choosing  from
English,  Spanish, French, Japanese and German, users can select two  of  the
five  languages at the beginning of the title, allowing more than 220 objects
to  be  identified in the secondary language.  Prin, the imp,  then  provides
clues incorporating both languages.  For example, if the user chooses English
as  his primary language and Spanish as the secondary, then Prin might assist
Hansel  by  saying, "I am hiding behind la puerta, (the door)."  Players  can
use this information to uncover the secrets and find Gretel.
"Hansel  &  Gretel  and the Enchanted Castle" is the first  in  a  series  of
interactive fairy tale CD-ROMs from TerraGlyph.  Created for Windows 95,  the
title  will  be  available in October 1995.  Street price is expected  to  be
$49.95.
Founded  in  1994, TerraGlyph Interactive Studios designs, develops,  markets
and distributes family entertainment software for Windows 95.  The company is
located  at  1375  Remington Rd., Schaumburg, IL., 60173.   For  distribution
information, call 708-781-4100.


For immediate release:

                     Activision's Mechwarrior 2 Ranks #1
                     3-D Combat Action Simulation Named
                        Best-Selling Game by PC Data
                                      
Los  Angeles,  CA-  Activision  inc.  (NASDAQ:  ATVI)  announced  today  that
according to PC Data, Mechwarrior 2 was the #1 entertainment CD-ROM  for  the
PC  games  category  during the month of August.  The  3-D  combat-simulation
title,  which  exploded onto retail shelves on July24, is  being  carried  in
approximately  9,000 stores across the United States and Canada.   Translated
and  localized  versions  of  Mechwarrior 2  for  the  international  markets
commenced  shipping late in September.  To date, 300,000 units  of  the  game
have shipped worldwide.
"Mechwarrior  2 continues to be one of the strongest selling  titles  of  the
season," explains Jerry Madaio, senior buyer for Electronics Boutique.
Based   on   the   popular  BattleTech  universe,  Mechwarrior   2   combines
sophisticated  simulation gameplay with vivid graphics thrusting  the  player
into  an  explosive world of sight, sound and action.  The game was  launched
with  an  ambitious marketing campaign of approximately $1.5  million,  which
included advertising in trade and consumer-based publications in addition  to
a number of innovative online and retail-based promotions.
In  November,  Activision will be introducing a Mechwarrior 2 expansion  pack
which will offer an exciting range of new `Mechs, missions and terrains.  The
expansion  pack will also include a NetMech feature which allows  friends  to
compete  head-to-head over a modem, or eight players to battle over  a  local
area network.  Additionally, the company will release a Windows 95 version of
Mechwarrior 2 later this year.
Mechwarrior  2's stunning full-motion video sequences and cutting-edge  sound
effects  have  set  new standards for computer game production.   To  achieve
this,  Activision  collaborated with the leading  Hollywood  special  effects
house  Digital Domain (Apollo 13") and Academy Award-winning Soundelux  Media
Labs ("True Lies," "Pocahontas," "Braveheart," "Cliffhanger").
Activision,  Inc. is a publicly held developer and publisher  of  interactive
entertainment software for Microsoft Windows and MS-DOS-compatible, Macintosh
and  other  computers, as well as Nintendo, Sega, 3DO, and  Sony  PlayStation
game  systems.   Headquartered in  Los Angeles with offices in London,  Tokyo
and  Sydney, the company sells and markets products under the Activision  and
Infocom trade names.
                             Believe It or Not?
        Sanctuary Woods announces shipment of The Riddle of Master LU
                                      
     Sanctuary Woods has released a 3D graphic adventure based on the life of
Robert Ripley, author of the famed "Ripley's Believe It or Not!"  His life
was an adventure that matched that any that Indiana Jones had on the silver
screen.
     The Riddle of Master Lu  contains over two hundred rooms and more than
thirty video characters that combine to give the game more than sixty hours
of game play.  An original score and challenging puzzles add to the gamer's
experience.  The story is set in 1936.  Ripley must travel throughout China
to find the emperor's jade seal, a talisman of great power.  Failure to
obtain the seal will have cataclysmic consequences for the entire world.
     This 3D adventure game has a suggested retail price of $59.95.  It can
be purchased from many retailers or directly from Sanctuary Woods by calling
1-800-943-3664.  An official's player guide filled with hints is available
for $12.95 also.

                                      
For Immediate Release

                          More News from Activision
                                      
                ACTIVISION ENTERS INTO AN EXCLUSIVE AGREEMENT
                   WITH GAMEBANK CORPORATION TO DISTRIBUTE
                            GAMES FOR WINDOWS 95
                                      
                Deal Underscores Activision's Support for New
                  Operating System in Japanese Marketplace
                                      
One  of  the first American companies to strongly support Windows 95  in  the
Asian  marketplace,  Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq:  ATVI)  has  entered  into  an
exclusive distribution agreement with GAMEBANK Corporation - a joint  venture
between  Microsoft  Co.,  Ltd.  And SOFTBANK Corporation  -  to  release  the
Japanese  language  versions  of its blockbuster  games  Pitfall:  The  Mayan
Adventure  and  Shanghai:  Great Moments on  the  new  Microsoft  Windows  95
operating  system.  Under the terms of the agreement, Activision will  retain
full  ownership of the games and all distribution rights outside Japan.   The
announcement  was  made today by Bobby Kotick, Chairman and CEO,  Activision,
Inc.
"This  agreement further underscores our continued commitment to the Japanese
market and to the Windows 95 operating system," explains Kotick.  "Windows 95
has  the  ability  to  revolutionize the PC market, and thus  expand  overall
gaming demand and add a whole new medium in which to play games."
Two  of  the  first games ever to be developed for Windows 95,  Pitfall:  The
Mayan  Adventure  and  Shanghai:  Great Moments  showcase  the  "Auto  Start"
capabilities  of  the new operating system, and take full  advantage  of  the
system's ability to increase interactive response speed, as well as enhance a
game's animated graphic and sound performance.
"The  advent of Windows 95 has made the PC a superior platform for all  sorts
of  games," said Hiro Fukami, president, GAMEBANK.  "This is because  Windows
95 includes a variety of features that dramatically improve game performance.
As  a  result, the overall demand for games will grow rapidly, and  PCs  will
become one of the major game platforms."
In  Pitfall:  The Mayan Adventure, players must maneuver Pitfall  Harry,  Jr.
through  thirteen levels in a perilous attempt to rescue his father from  the
spirit  of  an  evil  Mayan  warrior.  This latest adventure  contains  three
challenging  new levels - Palenque Ruins, Tomb of Palenque and  Jaina  Island
Falls.   Game fans also will enjoy discovering an exact and playable  replica
of  the original Atari 2600 Pitfall! hidden within a secret level of the  new
game.
Building on the well-established Shanghai franchise, Shanghai: Great  Moments
features  a  variety  of  digitized video clips,  computer-generated  images,
compelling  music,  and actress Rosalind Chao as a live-action  emcee.   This
latest  version also includes three all-new games - Action Shanghai,  Beijing
and  The  Great Wall - in addition to Classic Shanghai.  Motion  picture  and
television  clips,  colorful animations, and digitized  music  create  lively
reward screens when players match intricate pairs of tiles.  After a game  is
successfully completed, the background screen or a video segment  related  to
the particular tile set being played comes to life.
GAMEBANK  was recently formed as a joint venture by Microsoft Co., Ltd.,  and
SOFTBANK  Corporation of Tokyo, Japan.  Its charter is to port  the  best  of
game  software  titles  to  Windows 95.  To that end,  GAMEBANK  is  securing
publishing  and distribution rights from game creators, and will  handle  the
marketing, sales, and distribution of Windows 95-based games in a variety  of
markets.
      Benign Macintosh Virus on Edmark's Thinkin' Things 1 v1.1 CD-ROM
     Edmark recently published an updated release of its fine educational
software title, Thinkin' Things Collection 1.  This is a hybrid CD-ROM which
includes both Macintosh and Windows versions of the software.  Edmark
recently discovered that a benign Macintosh virus resides on the disc.  This
virus does not affect IBM compatibles in any way and appears to do no harm to
Macintosh computers.  To alleviate any customer concerns, Edmark is taking
the following actions:
z    Edmark has stopped all shipment of the infected product and has begun
   manufacturing new product.
z    Edmark has notified retail channels of the proper procedures.
z    A notice has been posted on  their America On-Line bulletin board.
z    Any Macintosh customer who registers the product with Edmark will be
   notified of the virus and sent a replacement copy of the product.
z    All Macintosh customers who have a virus detecting utility can simply
call Edmark for a replacement CD-ROM.
z    Disinfectant is being sent to customers who wish to use it to scan,
   disinfect and protect their system.
z    If customers have any questions, they can call either Customer Service
   at 206-556-8484 or Technical Support at 206-556-8480.

     To date Edmark has not detected any multiplication by the virus, nor
have they detected any instances in which it copies itself from the CD to the
hard drive.
     Edmark wants its customers to know that they take every precaution to
guard against this occurrence.  In this case, however, reasonable measures
did not prove sufficient.
Reporter's note:  This just shows how important it is for everyone to
maintain the integrity of your data.  Make backups of your most important
data on a regular basis and use virus-killing software to keep your data bug-
free.

                                      
                                      
                        The Escape of Marvin the Ape
                   Hybrid-format Windows/Macintosh CD-ROM
                             retail price $19.95
                              for ages 3 and up
                      from VroomBooks, T/Maker Company
                              1390 Villa Street
                          Mountain View, CA  94041
                                415-962-0195
                                      
                            Program Requirements
     IBM                                     Macintosh
CPU:         486                                  CPU:         Color
Macintosh
RAM:        4 megs                           RAM:        4 megs
OS:            Windows 3.1                        OS:            System 6.0.7
Video:        640 by 480 with 256 colors               Video:        256
colors
Hdisk:        1k for program group                Hdisk:        1k
CD-ROM:  Double-speed recommended            CD-ROM:  Double-speed
recommended
Misc.:         Sound card, printer optional

     The Escape of Marvin Ape is an interactive multimedia version of the
best-selling children's book of the same title by Caralyn M and Mark Buehner.
Narrated by ingenious comedian Jonathan Winters, this title will appeal to
parents as well as children.  The program also features beautiful
illustrations and up tempo music to delight and entertain your child.
     Marvin features the Interactivator user interface.  It consists of a
pipe surrounding the viewing screen.  On the left side of the screen are the
three bookworm hosts for the story.  Each will talk to the child about the
current page of the book when he is clicked on.  Albert is a scientist and he
will relate facts pertaining to an item in the page.  Wendy is a teacher who
will explain the story.  Pablo is an artist who tries to heighten your
child's imagination.  The bottom pipe has two arrow buttons for moving back
or forward a page.  The middle button shows the page number.  Clicking on
that takes the child to a control panel which allows him to jump to any page;
change the narration of the story to French, German or Spanish; or he can
play one of three games.  The final button is located on the right pipe and
it is the text button.  Pushing it will cause the page to be read again.  The
child can then click on individual words to hear them pronounced again.
     Each page is filled with at least a dozen hotspots.  Clicking on these
will result in a sound or animation surprise for your child.  Some of these
are humorous, others propagate the story but these will certainly entertain
your child.  Be sure to click on the three bookworms in each page to gain the
most educational value from the program.
     The included games are very simple.  The first is The Musical Fruit
Machine.  Six fruits represent six musical sounds.  Clicking on a fruit sends
it moving back and forth across the window.  When it reaches either side, it
will sound its note.  Dozens of notes can be placed on the screen at once and
the tempo can be changed between slow and fast.  This activity promotes
musical exploration and creativity.  Unfortunately, it does not include a
save feature for preserving your child's masterpieces.
     Peekaboo Windows is a matching game.  Ten windows contain pictures or
sounds.  Your child must open one window, observe its contents, and then open
the matching window.  This activity promotes observation skills along with
auditory and visual memory.  While the program does randomize the contents of
the windows to prolong game play, it will soon prove boring to older
children.  This activity would have benefited if the number of windows could
have been increased, if a timer had been added to spur interest or if a two-
player competitive mode had been included.
     The final activity is Masterpiece Paintbox.  It features fourteen line
drawings taken from the storybook illustrations.  The painting program has
very simple tools and only allows the child to use seven colors.  The line
drawings can be printed for hand coloring, but completed pictures can neither
be printed nor can they be saved.  These two features would have added more
value to the program.
     The graphics in Marvin are outstanding.  The illustrations are full of
vibrant colors and rich details.  Some animations could be smoother but this
small flaw does not detract from the program.  The sound portion of the
program is first-class also.  Jonathan Winters gives a rather low-key, but
funny and effective performance reading the story.  He also provides the
voice of Pablo.  The music is varied and interesting.  Sound effects are used
often and are very realistic.
     The interface is very easy to navigate and master.  The user manual is
very brief.  The documentation would be better if it contained more
troubleshooting tips.  Free technical support is available by telephone, fax,
e-mail and mail.
     Play value is fair.  Children have many hotspots to explore and the
narration is entertaining.  The included activities are only average at best.
Younger children may be satisfied with these, but older children (five and
up) will quickly tire of them.  The educational value is good.  The program
is filled with many interesting tidbits of information.  Children can learn
words by seeing them highlighted as they are read.  A dictionary to explain
the meaning of words would have greatly increased the value of the program.
The option of listening and reading the story in four languages is an
excellent learning opportunity.
     The Escape of Marvin the Ape is a value-priced program.  It only has a
guarantee of the program's media for ninety days.  However, in the readme
file included with the program, T/Maker offers a full refund to purchasers
who find that their computers lack the capabilities to run the program.  It
is a nice program for younger children but may be lacking enough variety for
older children.  If a few more features had been added, I could have given
this a definite "thumbs up" but I have to rate it as a "try before you buy"
title.
                                      
                                   Ratings

                              Graphics ....... 9.5
                              Sounds ....... 9.5
                              Interface ........ 9.0
                              Play Value ..... 6.5
                              Educational Value .. 7.0
                              Bang for the Buck .. 7.0
                              Average ...... 8.08

That's the end of this week's installment of The Kids' Computing Corner.
Whew!  If you have any comments, send them to fsereno@matrix.uti.com.





Cerious Software, Inc.
http://www.cerious.com
1515 Mockingbird Ln. Suite 209
ftp.cerious.com
Charlotte, NC 28209 USA                                          ftp
beta@cerious.com
CompuServe: 76352,142                                            AOL:
CeriousSW

          Cerious Software, Inc. is preparing to begin beta testing
               THE 32-BIT SHAREWARE VERSION OF THUMBSPLUS 3.0.
This release will include the following new features since the last shareware
                               release (2.0e):
                                      
z     32-bit for Windows 95, NT and 3.1/3.11 (using Win32s) for much improved
  speed and ease-of-support.
z    New file types supported:
      PNG: CompuServe PiNG format (read/write)
      AVI: Windows animation (read only)
    MOV: Macintosh animation (read only)
      UUE: uuencoded files (read and decode)
z    A new database format, which provides:
      Keyword assignment and searching
       Automatic keyword assignment based on file type, file name, and  file
     color characteristics
    Long file name support (except on Windows 3.1/3.11)
    Selection of thumbnail size and color depth (32 gray levels, 236-color
palette, or 15-bit high color)
    Improved disk volume recognition (especially for network and CD-ROM
drives), and assignment of volume aliases
      File annotations (comments in the database)
z    Files larger than 16Mb (except on Windows 3.1/3.11)
z    Improved display speed and memory usage for large files
z     Contact  sheets  (showing  parts or all of a  thumbnail  catalog  in  a
  graphics file)
z    Improved OLE client support
z    Color selection for the directory list folders and various other user
interface elements
z    Toolbar improvements:
      Customizable main window toolbar
      View window toolbar (also customizable)
      Tool tips for buttons on toolbars
z    View window status line
z    Reorganization of some menus for ease-of-use
z    Addition of right-button (context) menus
z    Use of property sheets (tabbed dialog boxes) to simplify adaptation of
the program to your needs
z    Printing enhancements
z     The version 3.0-R registered beta will be ready in three to four weeks,
  but will only be available to registered users of ThumbsPlus. Here are some
  of  the  features in the registered version that are not in  the  shareware
  release:
z    Additional file types:
      DXF  (AutoCAD Exchange format) support (2D only)
      ATM  Adobe Type 1 font support
      EMF  Enhanced Windows Metafiles
z    TWAIN scanning (TWAIN32; possibly TWAIN16 also)
z     Digital  image  filtering (sharpen, blur, etch,  emboss,  median,  edge
  detection, etc.)
z    Image histograms and histogram equalization
z    OLE2 Server support for all image types it supports internally
z    Show ZIP files as directories, which can be browsed, and the files in
the archive may be treated as regular files.
Please  check  our  Web  site  (http://www.cerious.com)  or  our  FTP  server
(ftp.cerious.com) for announcements and the shareware beta file  itself.  The
file should be posted around 5 Nov 1995. We also plan to make it available in
the  Shareware  Beta (GO SWBETA) and Graphic Support (GO  GRAPHS)  forums  on
CompuServe.
                                      
Remember  -  to  test the registered beta, you must be a registered  user  of
ThumbsPlus, so register today! Thank you for your support for ThumbsPlus  and
the shareware concept.


President - Cerious Software, Inc.


Editor's Note..  Thumbs Plus is STReport's Editor's Choice!


                                      

                                      
                  Micrografx Reports First Quarter Results

     Richardson, Texas (October 23, 1995)  -  MicrografxO, Inc. (NASDAQ:
MGXI), a leading graphics software developer, today reported income of $0.4
million, or $.05 per share, on revenues of $15.1 million for the fiscal 1996
first quarter ended September 30, 1995.  For the three months ended September
30, 1994, the company reported revenues of $14.2 million and net income of
$0.1 million, or $0.01 per share.
     "This quarter is very exciting on all fronts," said J. Paul Grayson,
Micrografx chairman and chief executive officer.  "Revenue and profitability
growth was accompanied by an unparalleled achievement in product development
and marketing, during which our entire product line was renewed and launched
within a 60 day period."
     New product shipments during the quarter included Hallmark ConnectionsO
Card StudioO and Micrografx ABC Graphics SuiteO.  Hallmark Connections Card
Studio was released in August 1995 and offers cards, announcements,
invitations, signs and certificates that can be tailored for any occasion and
created with an easy "point and click".  More than 1,000 pre-designed cards
feature familiar Hallmark characters, artwork and messages.
     In late-September 1995, the company began shipping the Micrografx ABC
Graphics Suite designed for the WindowsO 95 and Windows NT operating systems.
The ABC Graphics Suite is an integrated offering of diagramming,
flowcharting, clipart management, painting, image editing, drawing, and 3D
applications with an interface designed for Microsoft Office for Windows 95.
     "We are very pleased with the revenue growth this quarter given the
timing of our new product releases and customers' transition to Windows 95
applications", added Gregory A. Peters, Chief Financial Officer.  Revenue
from our Hallmark Connections and Crayola products increased 108% over the
same quarter last year to approximately $2.3 million for the quarter,
comprising approximately 16% of total revenue.  Our balance sheet remains
strong and we ended the quarter with approximately $15 million in cash and
short-term investments."
     Geographically for the quarter ended September 30, 1995, the Americas
region contributed 45% of consolidated revenue, Europe contributed 36%, and
the Pacific Rim represented 19% of total revenues.  Revenue growth, as a
percentage of revenue, was greatest in Japan, which showed a 55% increase
over the quarter ended September 30, 1994.
     The company purchased 40,000 shares of the company's common stock during
the first quarter ended September 30, 1995 in connection with the company's
ongoing common stock repurchase program, which was approved by the company's
board of directors in May 1994.  The company has targeted approximately
200,000 shares to repurchase during the current fiscal year.  Approximately
275,000 shares have been repurchased under the plan inception to date.
     In October 1995, the company released CrayolaO Art StudioO 2 and Windows
DrawO 4.0.  Crayola Art Studio 2 turns any home PC into a creative studio and
features two age-appropriate, fun-filled play areas -- one designed for
children ages 3-6 and the other ideal for children ages 6-12.  Windows Draw
4.0, designed expressly for the family that uses a PC running Windows 95,
offers powerful graphics capabilities that are easy to use for non-artists
and features pre-designed templates that make creating stylish output in a
matter of minutes easy for everyone.
     "With these recent announcements, Micrografx's product line has been
completely refreshed for both consumer and business users running Windows
95," said J. Paul Grayson. "This product offering is the strongest in the
company's history."
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  located  in  San  Francisco.
International subsidiaries are located in Canada, the United Kingdom, France,
Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia and Japan.

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

Crayola Art Studio is a trademark of Binney & Smith Properties, Inc.

Hallmark, Connections and Card Studio are trademarks of Hallmark Licensing,
Inc.




TBU WOES STR Spotlight              Separating the Chafe from the Wheat!



                              ARCADA'S BLOOPER!
                                      

By Ralph F. Mariano

     At first, I wanted to avoid the "name dropping" as the entire Windows 95
environment is new.  But in all fairness to those companies who haven't found
the Win95 arena all that "difficult" to release software On Time that [w]orks
[a]s [d]esigned WAD. here we go.  After last week's article about the
"Disaster Recovery" nightmare, reader insistence upon knowing "what & why"
about a program that caused such grief steadily increased.  Thus, this follow-
up article.
     Being on a number of beta teams over the past two years, I have managed
to gain some modicum of experience as to how a productive beta and a "so-so"
beta are conducted.  One can easily determine the primary cause of mediocre
beta efforts and a highly successful beta by observing the attitude of the
beta director and/or the team of software engineers heading up the project.
In the case of Arcada, it was more than obvious the Whigs in charge had very
little faith in what the beta testers had to offer.  That is, unless of
course a tester found a bug that stopped the program in its tracks.  There
were numerous complaints voiced directly to this reporter, outside and after
the beta itself closed, about how, exactly, people on the beta team had filed
reports about problems with the software and received  absolutely no
acknowledgment of having done so.  Or, as in a number of similar cases,
having filed reports of certain problems only to find then still present in
the release version of the product.  While some kind of consideration may
have been given to such things its fairly evident to this reporter that the
product, Arcada's Tape Backup, hitting the streets at a certain time was far
more important that it making it's market debut in good shape.
     I have given a great deal of thought to this article as it represents
something I usually do not do.  But in light of the number of calls, Emails
and "sends" I've received it must be brought to the userbase's attention.  If
for no other reason than to send a very loud and clear message to Arcada and
others.. that the users do have a voice and active support.
     As recently as yesterday, I received a call from an extremely distraught
yet highly experienced user who had been told the tape drive she was using
was a fault.  She abided by the advice from Arcada's people only to find
after she received her new DAT Drive the very same BAD condition STILL
vengefully presented itself.  Now, she and her husband are questioning the
cables, the motherboard and their ability.  Its costing these people a great
deal of time and money.  Arcada should be ashamed of themselves!  This is a
clear cut example of TWO major problems in the computer programming business.
Arcada is obviously suffering deeply from both.
Precisely they are;
z    The "Bean Counters" are calling the Shots not the programmers and beta
  testers.
z    The Marketing People are in CAHOOTS with the Bean Counters! They want to
  be the first ones on the market with this "wonderful" TBU Software package.
  Aka "bomb"
     A long time ago, another "software kinda guy" gave me some solid
info.for short, we'll call him Leonard.  He told me a story about software,
its completion and its failures.  He coined an expression at that time that
fits this sorry situation to a tee!  The Arcada Tape Backup Software is BAD.
[B]roken [A]s [D]esigned.  It should never have been released in its present
condition.
     One of the most important necessities a Tape Backup Program should have
is complete, no questions asked.. DISASTER RECOVERY!  Arcada did not and does
not at this time have a hope of offering anything close to Disaster Recovery.
Oh, maybe by NEXT SPRING. as one of their reps put it.  Disaster Recovery is
NOT IN THIS RELEASE 1.0 VERSION.  Arcada should try telling the businesses
that have moved to Win95 that they have to wait `till next Spring before they
can backup their data.  NEXT!!

       Thankfully, there's more than one TBU package on the market. ..  In
                                   steps..
                                      
Folks,
     Adaptec has outdone themselves with this beauty.  Yes, it DOES have
Disaster Recovery!  Adaptec, long the TRUE AUTHORITY in the SCSI world, has
produced an eloquent but very easy to use Tape Backup program that.. simply
put, profoundly embarrasses the "blooper" Arcada left for its loyal users.
After reformatting my tapes, each tape taking approximately half a minute, I
was ready to go.  The package consists of a disk and a CDRom.  It has BOTH
DOS and Windows files.  The entire package is very complete.
     If you have or are planning to add SCSI peripherals like tape or disk
drives, recordable CDR Drives, magneto-optical drives or scanners, Adaptec EZ-
SCSI software provides everything you need to manage and take full advantage
of each powerful device.
     Adaptec EZ SCSI Version 4.0 Software is a suite of practical 32bit
applications and power tools that are remarkably easy to install and use.
Simple desktop controls give you immediate access to any function.  A unique
online tutorial explains everything you need to know about SCSI in easy to
understand terms.
Some Key Benefits are;

z    Absolutely the easiest way to manage SCSI Peripherals

z    Perfectly tailored for Windows 95 and Windows NT operating systems

z    Includes these practical applications;
     1.   Adaptec Backup makes saving and restoring quick and easy.  Select
       volumes, directories or files for easy backup using the graphical directory
       tree and a simple "drag and drop" interface.  You can choose to backup all
       files or only those created or modified since the last backup.  A number of
       tools let you easily specify criteria for backup, such as date of creation or
       date files were last saved.
     
     2.   Quick Scan is a useful companion for your scanner.  You can scan an
       image with a single mouse click; the image can be saved as a file that can be
       exported to other applications, or sent to your printer for immediate
       viewing.
     
     3.   Audio CD Player lets you listen to your favorite CD's from your CD-ROM
       drive by using on screen controls.  You can access the CD Audio controls
       automatically in a full sized "Jukebox" display, a standard sized display, a
       mini-sized CD player audio control panel that can be placed anywhere on your
       screen, or control buttons placed on yourWin95 Taskbar.  Controls include
       start, stop, pause, eject, repeat, shuffle and program.
     
     4.   Photo CD Viewer lets you view and edit Photo CD images on your CD ROM
       Drive.  You can display images in five different resolutions, from thumbnail
       to full photographic resolution, in 16 color, 256 color, gray-scale and True
       Color.  Then you can easily manipulate images by flipping them, rotating them
       or cropping them.  You can export images to other applications or create a
       slide show.  Over eighty Photo CD Images are included.
     
     5.   CD Writer allows you to create your own CDs.  Record information to a CD-
       R drive simply by dragging and dropping selected files or directories from
       Explorer to the CD Writer window.
     
     6.   CD Copier is the quick easy way to duplicate your personal CDs.  Select
       the source and destination, click on the number of copies and let it fly.
       Copy from any SCSI-2 CD ROM to selected models of CD Recorders.


z    Includes these Power Tools
     1.   SCSI Explorer (Power Management) You can specify the time of day certain
       drives are powered down.  Drive powerup the moment you need them.
     
     2.   SCSI Interrogator give you a clear view of your SCSI lineup.  A
       graphical representation details the hardware characteristics of each device
       connected to the SCSI bus including the name and version number, available
       storage capacity, supported SCSI features, defects and mode parameters.
     
     3.   Read/Write Disk Cache Tool provides for faster performance of your SCSI
       hard drives and removable media drives.
     
     4.   SCSI Tutor helps you get the most out of your SCSI system and all your
       SCSI peripherals.
     
     5.   SCSI Bench measures how fast your SCSI Host Adapter transfers data
     
     6.   Drive Light allows you to monitor all SCSI Devices in use.  The "lights"
       are installed on the Task Bar.


z    Pricing and Availability
     The Adaptec EZ SCSI 4.0 software package is available at this time and
is reasonably priced at $89.95 full and $49.95 upgrade.





                                CorelDRAW 6.0
                         Frequently Asked Questions

The following document describes the most commonly asked questions on
CorelDRAW 6.0.

Please note: "FIXED" indicates that Corel has identified and corrected these
issues in a pending maintenance fix of DRAW 6.0 that will be available in
late November. Other issues are not Corel specific and therefore workarounds
are provided where possible.

Installation:

Q Why is it that when I try to install DRAW 6.0, a "FILE = Common List.error
  message is generated?
A This is most often caused by 16 bit (Real mode) CD-ROM device drivers
  being loaded through the AUTOEXEC.BAT and/or CONFIG.SYS files, as opposed
  to utilizing the native 32 bit (Protected mode) CD-ROM device drivers
  found in Microsoft Windows 95.  Please download document 6002.txt from
  Library #8 for the steps needed to install DRAW correctly.

Q Why does the error message, "Cannot Load Executable.." occur when I try to
  install?
A Make sure that the system has a valid temp directory.  Go to the MS-DOS
  Prompt, and type the word "set" to see your temp path statement.  Once you
  have verified this, make sure that this temp path exists; if it doesn't
  then create it.  Once this is done try the install again.

Q After doing a custom install, access to different filter types in any of
  my DRAW applications are unavailable. Why?
A When doing a Custom Install, by default,  many of DRAW's import and export
  filters are not installed, therefore, do a custom install to select all of
  the filters.

General:

Q Why am I getting an IPF when opening the Layers Manager in DRAW 6?
A Selecting the Layers Manager in CorelDRAW6.0 may cause an Invalid Page
  Fault (IPF) under certain conditions.  To avoid this IPF, all references
  to 16 bit device drivers must be removed from the following configuration
  files:  AUTOEXEC.BAT, CONFIG.SYS, WIN.INI and the SYSTEM.INI.  Please
  download document 6001.txt from Library #8 to get all the steps necessary
  to eliminate this error.
FIXED

Q Why does the Fit Text to Path rollup display for a second then disappear?
A Delete the cdrrols.cfg from the corel/draw directory to reset CorelDRAW's
  rollups.  Open DRAW.  Do not use the "autoclose" , (icon of a tack that is
  in the up position).
FIXED

Q Why is it that after saving a file in DRAW 6.0 as a DRAW 5.0 format, the
  file is unable to be opened and/or re-saved in DRAW 5.0?
A The answer to this pertains to the styles used in the coreldrw.cdt of DRAW
  6.0.   Before saving as version 5.0, take the following precautionary
  steps:
  I.   Open the Styles Manager, and delete all six bullet styles.
II.  Under the TOOLS menu, options \ advanced, remove the "enable
multitasking" check.
  III. In the SAVE AS dialog box, remove the check for "Save Presentation
  Exchange Data" After doing these steps, (the first one being the most
  important), you should not experience problems bringing your file into DRAW
  5.0.
FIXED

Q Why can I not move the slanted guidelines by clicking and dragging in
  DRAW?
A Double click on the guideline to reveal the edit dialog box.  Move or
  delete the line manually through this dialog.
FIXED.

Q Why is it that I am not able to edit a Powerclip when it is on another
  page, besides page 1, of a document?
A Move the Powerclip to page one, by dragging it first to the desktop area
  outside of the actual page, then go to page one, and drag it onto the
  page.  Edit the Powerclip, then drag back to the desktop, and go back to
  the desired page.
FIXED.

Q Why am I getting random IPFs, especially when using paragraph text, or
  saving?
A Deselect "enable multitasking" from the Tools menu, then Options and
  Advanced.  This feature can then be selected again if you are going to be
  doing large print jobs.  If this does not help, then download our document
  on diagnosing and solving IPF, 2100.TXT from Library #8 in the Corelapps
  Forum or through our FaxBack service at 613-728-0826 Ext.3080 and ask for
  document 2100.

EPS Filter:

Q Why is it that when exporting to Encapsulated PostScript (*.eps) using the
  TIF preview, the preview is not seen in non Corel applications?
A When using the TIF preview type, choose black and white or greyscale.
FIXED.

Q Why is it that when exporting to Encapsulated PostScript (*.eps) using the
  WMF preview, the files does not come in correctly into non Corel
  applications?
A The EPS export filter uses whatever setting is current for the WMF export
  filter when it makes the WMF preview. Therefore, before doing WMF/EPS
  exports, export a file, any file, as WMF and clear the placeable header
  checkbox in the export dialog.  Quit Draw to make sure the change is
  written to the ini file.  When you start Draw again and export EPS with
  WMF preview,  it will now work in non Corel applications.
FIXED.

Paragraph Text:

Q Why is it that when I save a file, with paragraph text, then changing the
  text to italic, an IPF occurs when  saving the file again?
A Under the TOOLS menu, the Options and Advanced, deselect the "enable
  multitasking" before saving the file.
FIXED.

Fonts:

Q Why am I only getting every other letter to appear when typing text in
  DRAW?
A This occurs with Type 1 fonts with older versions of ATM.  Make sure that
  the version of ATM is 3.01 or greater.

Q Why is it that when I install most of my CorelDRAW fonts, I get the error
  "No Font List - CorelDRAW Not Installed Properly", followed by
  "Unexpected Condition #5000 - DRAW - 1291" when opening DRAW?
A This occurs when too many, (600+), fonts have been installed through
  Corel's install process and has resulted in a corrupt Font file, of which
  still has a 64K limit.  When installing fonts through Corel's install
  process, Corel adds the entire path of the font, which quickly brings the
  Font file past its 64K limit, and therefore corrupting the file.
  Presently the only way to resolve this is to un-install DRAW, remove the
  fonts that have been installed, then reinstall Windows'95.  The other
  possibility is to rename any backups you might have of the user.dat and
  system.dat files then re-register any apps that have been installed after
  the time these back ups were created.  Another work around for this will
  be confirmed in the next week or so.  At that time, this FAQ will be
  updated..

  If you need to have many fonts on your system it is recommended that you
  use a font utility program and that you install the fonts through that
  program, or through ControlPanel of Windows'95.


Miscellaneous:

Q Why can't I get the Fish-eye lenses to work on bitmaps in DRAW?
A As designed.  Feature was designed for vector objects only.

Q Why can't I get the full screen preview to work consistently in DRAW?
A Some files may have been saved with View/Preview Selected Only checked and
  will behave as such.  Simply turn this off, (remove the check).
FIXED.  Option will always be set to off.

Q Why is it that the contour effect does not always work text?
A Use contour with simple artistic text strings.
FIXED.

Q Why does skewed text displays incorrectly in some situations?
A Avoid large zoom levels with skewed text.
FIXED.

Q Why does the text rollup accept only integer font sizes in DRAW?
A Use Text / Character to enter any non-integer font size.
FIXED.

Q Why is it that when I click and drag to resize an object, the Status Line
  does not reflect the increase or decrease measurement until the dragging
  is complete, as it did in DRAW 5?
A Use the transform rollup to set a specific size.
FIXED.

Q Why does an IPF generate when selecting "Wrap paragraph text" attribute
  from the Spiral Tool properties to be used with a paragraph text block?
A Close the curve before applying 'wrap paragraph text'.
FIXED: No wrapping for open paths now.


Document 2100 - Diagnosing Internal Page Faults (IPFs)

USER  ADVISORY
 This document is designed solely to assist the user in the detection and
correction of memory conflicts,  incorrect system configuration or device
incompatibilities.  The importance of adhering to recommended recovery
precautions as listed cannot be overstated.  The Corel Corporation assumes no
expressed or implied liability for any system or software damages resulting
from the use or misuse of this information.

The operation of current computer systems depends upon the dynamic and
interactive manipulation of data.  Optimal performance of system hardware is
essential for the correct operation of Corel software.  Before attempting to
diagnose and correct Invalid Page Fault (IPFs) errors within the Windows '95
environment, the following precautions are strongly recommended:

1.Create a Startup Disk.  This is invaluable for the recovery of basic
computer function in the event of complete system failure.  The Startup Disk
may be created during the Windows '95 installation process or after
installation is complete by selecting "Start | Settings | Control Panel | Add-
Remove Programs | Startup Disk | Create" from within Windows '95.

2.Copy the SYSTEM.DAT, USER.DAT, CONFIG.SYS, AUTOEXEC.BAT, WIN.INI and
SYSTEM.INI files, plus any CD-ROM or other device drivers to a subdirectory
on the STARTUP diskette, or to an additional diskette if there is not enough
space on the Startup Disk. Disable the Windows Background, Screen Saver and
any third-party applications to free up active memory space.  Remove all
applications from the Startup folder.

NOTE:  The following files mentioned in this document are essential to the
operating system and CorelDRAW 6.0.  If you are unsure as to how to edit  the
contents of these specific files, please contact a Microsoft Representative
for further assistance.  Please backup all files before making any changes by
copying these files to a floppy diskette or to another directory.

If the system has failed from within an active application, an attempt should
be made to save any files that are currently open.  If the lockup occurred
while working in CorelDRAW, check for .ABK or .BAK files on the system.
These are CorelDRAW autobackup files that may be renamed to a .CDR extension
to recover the open file.  You must rename the file to a .CDR extension
before exiting Windows '95.

A system IPF may be eliminated by one of the following independent trouble-
shooting steps, or by a combination thereof.  It is advisable, therefore, to
try to re-create the IPF after completing each of the steps.  This will
indicate whether or not the problem has been solved and will prevent the user
from taking any unnecessary steps.

1.Verify that the system conforms to Corel's minimum hardware/system
requirements.

2.Exit all applications.  Select Shut Down... | Restart the computer. Try to
duplicate the error which caused the original failure.  The error condition
may not re-appear if it was caused by a momentary memory conflict.

3.If the lockup occurs when typing text of any kind, re-install that
particular font.  Remove the font from the Control Panel | Fonts list, and re-
install the font from the original source.

4.Use STEP #4 for Installation related problems:
All applications require an area of hard disk space to be set aside for the
creation of temporary files      used during the course of normal operations.
At the DOS Command Prompt, enter the command SET to find the TEMP directory
path(s). A TEMP directory path will be generated:
TMP=C:\WINDOWS\TEMP
TEMP=C:\WINDOWS\TEMP

The TEMP directory must be located on a drive with ample space for expansion.
Windows '95   supports TEMP files on compressed drives by default.   Try
relocating the TEMP directory to an uncompressed drive by modifying or
constructing appropriate statements in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file.
SET TEMP=D:\TEMP
SET TMP=D:\TEMP

5.Use STEP #5 for Application specific issues:
Remark (REM) out the statements in the AUTOEXEC.BAT file for the SET TMP and
the SET TEMP variables (by placing the statement REM before them).  Open the
CORELAPP.INI file and locate the [TempPaths] section.  Place the alternate
temp paths in this location. ie.

[TempPaths]
Cleanup=1
0=C:\TEMP
1=D:\TEMP
2=E:\TEMP (.etc.)
Save this file and restart the system.

6.Run the Scandisk* utility by selecting Start | Programs | Accessories |
System Tools | ScanDisk.  The "Automatically fix errors" box should be
selected.  This will repair lost clusters and corrupted sectors of the hard-
disk.

7.Using Microsoft Explorer or File Manager, locate the CORELAPP.INI file in
the COREL60\CONFIG directory.  Make sure to create a BACKUP of this file
before proceeding to make any changes.  Browse the file to find the [Temp
Paths] section which contains the TEMP file directory locations, ie.
0=C:\TEMP.  Additional lines may be added to this section to point to other
drives or partitions on the system with available space.  Insert additional
TEMP file pointers underneath 0=C:\TEMP ie. 1=D:\TEMP, 2=E:\TEMP.  Make
appropriate changes,  select File, then Save.  Corel applications may be
returned to default initialization values by re-naming the backup file to
CORELAPP.INI, or re-copy the original from the CD-ROM.

8.In CorelDRAW 6.0, select from the Tools menu, Options then Advanced tab. De-
Select the "Enable multitasking" function.

9.The drive partitions should be defragmented. Defragmentation consolidates
the information stored on the hard drive so that it is more easily accessed,
and prevents read/write errors when the hard drive is activated. Select
"Start | Programs | Accessories | System Tools | Disk Defragmenter*".

10.Check system resources by invoking "Start | Programs | Accessories |
System Tools | Resource Meter*".  This will place the resource meter in the
bottom right hand corner of the display.  Double-clicking this icon will
display system statistics.  Low values for System Resources, User Resources,
or GDI Resources indicate that system performance is deficient, and may be
the cause of  IPF errors.

11.Re-boot the system.  When the "Starting Windows '95" appears press F8.
Choose Step-by-Step Confirmation.   Select NO to avoid executing the
AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS files.  Select YES when prompted for all other
questions.

12.Install the Standard VGA display driver.  Select "Start | Settings |
Control Panel | Display | Settings | Change Display Type... | Change Adapter
Type | Show all devices | Standard display types | Standard Display Adapter
(VGA)".  If the video card installed on the system is not supported by
Windows'95, have a backup copy of the driver on hand.

13.Verify that all devices (CD-ROM, Display Adapters, Monitor, Mouse, Sound)
are operating properly.  Select "Start | Settings | Control Panel | System |
Device Manager".  By double clicking on a device and viewing the properties
of that device the Device Status may be viewed.  Any device with a memory
conflict will display a yellow 'flag' with an exclamation point inside it.

14.Select System Performance, Control Panel | System | Performance.  Select
the following settings:

Graphics -> Turn OFF any video acceleration. This prevents possible memory
conflicts.

Virtual Memory -> Virtual Memory ( Swap File) is space reserved on the hard
drive for RAM memory to store information it requires on an ongoing basis.
You may specify your own settings to increase this space as follows:  Select
Let Me Specify My Own Virtual Memory Settings. Re-locate the virtual memory
to a NON-COMPRESSED drive, and specify a Minimum of 10MB and a Maximum of
30MB (increase as necessary).  Re-boot the computer when prompted.  Windows
will revert to managing the virtual memory by expanding or contracting it
within the boundaries of your specified settings.

15.Un-Install the application.  Select Start | Settings | Control Panel | Add-
Remove programs | Select the application to Un-Install, or run Corel's own un-
Install utility located in the Corel folder.  Re-boot the computer and re-
install the application when finished.

16.Safe Mode removes all specific system configuration settings, and loads
generic Window '95 device drivers.  It is a method of determining if system
settings and device-specific drivers, etc., are interfering with the normal
operation of hardware and software.  To operate in Safe Mode, re-boot the
computer.  When the "Starting Windows '95" appears press F8.  Select Safe
Mode. This will bypass all startup routines including registry entries,
CONFIG.SYS and AUTOEXEC.BAT files, and the [Boot] and [386Enh] sections of
the SYSTEM.INI file.  The standard VGA display driver will also be installed
at this time.  If the installed video card is not supported by Windows'95, be
sure to have a backup copy of the driver on hand. Note:  The user will notice
reduced system speed and lower display resolution during this test.  Safe
Mode may also disable any CD-ROM devices.   Re-booting the computer will
return the system to the default configuration at any time.

17.Re-boot the computer. When "Starting Windows '95" appears, press F8 and
select Command prompt only.  Start Windows '95 by entering these commands on
consecutive re-boots, or enter either of these commands if a specific
condition is suspected:

WIN /D:F  -> This disables 32 bit disk access.  Use this for disk access
problems.

WIN /D:X ->This disables the adapter area (from A000 to FFFF) which Windows
'95 scans for unused space.  This may resolve memory problems on systems
using video accelerator cards.

18.Empty the RECYCLE BIN (if  activated) of unwanted files.  Invoke  Recycle
Bin | Properties and select "Use one setting for all drives".  Select 0%,
then select "Do not move files to the Recycle Bin..."  This procedure
prevents Window '95 from filling the hard disk with copies of deleted files.
Because the Recycle Bin utilizes hard disk space, disabling its functionality
allows resource intensive software to access this space more efficiently.
NOTE: All subsequently deleted files will be irretrievable.

To free up additional disk space for TEMP files, check each drive in the
Explorer for a Hidden directory called "Recycled" (View | Options | Show all
files).  Remove any unnecessary files from these directories.  Windows '95
will prevent the deletion of any files currently in use.

19.Through the Windows Control Panel select System | Performance | Advanced
Settings | File System | Troubleshooting and select "Disable new file sharing
and locking semantics".

20.For DRAW v5 and earlier releases only, Windows '95 can enhance the
compatibility of 16 bit applications with its 32 bit environment. To
troubleshoot 16 bit applications,  enter "MKCOMPAT.EXE" at the Start | Run
command line.

Select "Lie about Window's version number" to allow the 16 bit application to
operate under Windows 3.1 parameters.
Select "Give application more stack space" to provide DOS file buffering.

*Note:  If these programs are not on the Desktop or Start Menu, they can be
installed via "Control | Panel | Add/Remove Programs | Windows Setup |
Accessories | Details..."




   Delrina Shows Cyberjack Internet Client Software at Internet World Show

 Free Beta Version of the Best Way to get the Full Power of the Internet for
                                 Windows 95
                 Available for Test Drive from the Internet

     Internet World, Boston, Booth 961 -- October 30, 1995 -- Delrina
Corporation (NASDAQ:DENAF, TSE:DC), the leading developer of PC
communications software for Windows will show it new Microsoft Windows 95 -
based Internet client software, Delrina Cyberjack 7.0, at the Internet World
trade show in Boston this week.
     Cyberjack is an integrated feature-rich product that makes exploring the
Internet easy for both the novice and the expert Internet user.  Written to
take full advantage of the Microsoft Windows 95 operating system, the product
encompasses a unique Cyberjack GuideBook as its central feature, which
provides one-click access and navigation of the World Wide Web and the rest
of the Internet.
     Earlier this month Delrina posted a free beta version of the much
anticipated Cyberjack on the Internet for users to download and play with.
More than 200,000 users have visited the special Cyberjack site to get their
free copy.  One user, David W. Boles of the David Boles Gang, in New York
city, wrote "WOW!  I just downloaded the Cyberjack beta and it is grand.
It's fast and keen and cool and integrated and lovable.  A home run."

More Than A Web Browser
     Unlike existing Internet products that are mainly browser-based, Delrina
Cyberjack equips users with full featured client applications including: a
Web browser; UseNet News reader; FTP (File Transfer Protocol) file transfer;
Internet chatting sessions (IRC -- Internet Relay Chat); e-mail via Microsoft
Exchange (the built-in e-mail client software in Windows 95); search
capabilities with Gopher and Archie; and more.  Each of the tools can be
launched individually from the Windows 95 Start Button, or the GuideBook
toolbar, or by clicking on the site in a folder in the GuideBook (sites are
treated as OLE 2.0 graphical objects), or by in-place activation through OLE
2.0 from within the tool itself.  For example, if a user finds a Web address
in a Newsgroup, they can simply right mouse click on the address and
Cyberjack will parse the information, recognize it as a Web page, and
automatically activate the Web browser while taking the user there. The
Cyberjack GuideBook functions as a personal trail guide to the Net.
     Like a library card catalogue, it is the entry point that provides some
sense of order to the vast wealth of information on the Internet.  The on-
line beta of Cyberjack comes loaded with more than 500 World Wide Web, FTP,
Gopher, Newsgroup, chat addresses and search sites that are organized as
objects in various file folders to make it easy to sort and categorize places
of interest.  To explore any of the sites, users simply click on the site
name in the GuideBook and Cyberjack activates the appropriate Internet
application (WWW, FTP, Gopher, etc.) taking the user there -- without having
to type confusing and cryptic Internet addresses.  At any point, users can
click on a button on the toolbar and save the site to the GuideBook.  The
site can be dragged onto the user's desktop for instant access or sent as an
e-mail attachment to share with others.

Taking the Cyberjack Test Drive
     The on-line beta test drive of Cyberjack is available from Delrina's
special Cyberjack World Wide Web home page at http://www.cyberjack.com.  The
site also includes links to other places where users can download the
product, as well as media sites that have reviewed the beta version and
posted their reviews.  The on-line beta test drive of Cyberjack is the full
featured version, but has a limited time usage that expires on December 15,
1995.
     The downloadable file -- cybrjack.exe --  is a self extracting ZIP
compressed file of approximately 5MB.  To run Cyberjack users require a
minimum 486 or higher PC, with 8MB of RAM, 10MB of free disk space, Windows
95, and of course, an Internet service provider.  As part of the promotion,
users who provide feedback and commentary to Delrina will automatically be
entered in a daily draw for a free copy of the shipping version.
     Cyberjack 7.0 is expected to ship in November and will be available as a
standalone product with Delrina WinComm PRO 7.0 (on-line data
communications software) or as part of Delrina CommSuite 95, which also
includes WinFax PRO 7.0 (fax, paging and e-mail integration),
TalkWorks (voice messaging/telephony), and WinComm PRO 7.0.
     Cyberjack 7.0 (with WinComm PRO 7.0) will have a suggested retail price
of US$129 (Cdn $159).  The suggested retail price for CommSuite 95 is US$179
($229Cdn).

About Delrina
Delrina Corporation designs, develops, markets and supports innovative PC
software products and services in the fax, data and voice communications,
electronic forms, and consumer software markets.  Founded in 1988, the
Company is ranked in sales among the top PC software publishers in North
America and is recognized as the world leader in PC fax and electronic forms.
Delrina recently announced a definitive agreement to merge with Symantec
Corporation (NASDAQ:SYMC) of Cupertino, CA.  Delrina can be contacted for
more information at 1-800-268-6082 or through Delrina's Internet Web site at
http://www.delrina.com.



                Delrina Releases WinFax PRO 7.0 to Production
                  Product Gets Thumbs Up From Beta Testers

TORONTO,  ONT  --  November  2,  1995 -- Delrina  Corporation  (NASDAQ:DENAF,
TSE:DC),  the  leading  supplier of PC communications software  for  Windows,
today  announced that its new Microsoft Windows95 fax software -- WinFax  PRO
7.0  -- has been released to manufacturing for production.   The product will
be  in  general distribution and begin appearing in retail outlets throughout
North America in about one week.
WinFax  PRO  7.0  is a complete revision of the world+s most popular  PC  fax
software  that provides users with the best way to send, receive  and  manage
faxes in Windows 95.  The new 32-bit WinFax has more than 100 enhancements
including:  the ability to send better quality faxes, faster fax  throughput,
the  ability  to manage fax, e-mail (through MAPI), and voice messages  (with
the soon-to-be-released Delrina TalkWorks telephony option for WinFax
PRO 7.0), new cover pages and viewer enhancements.
According to Mark DeMazza of Mind Computer Consultants, Clinton, Connecticut,
one  of  the  many WinFax PRO 7.0 beta testers who helped Delrina  bring  the
product to fruition, "WinFax PRO 7.0 looks like a fantastic product.  I  must
say  that  Delrina  has  really worked hard to get a  solid  product  to  the
market."  Another beta tester, Jim Gunn of Sterling
Consulting,  Salt Lake City, Utah, said "I+ve in been running  in  production
mode with WinFax PRO 7.0 since beta 3 and I+m delighted with this product."
The  completion of WinFax PRO 7.0 fulfills a key condition in  the  announced
definitive   agreement  for  Delrina  to  merge  with  Symantec   Corporation
(NASDAQ:SYMC) of Cupertino, CA.


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


Press Contact:
                        Shelly Sofer ,Media Relations
                                Delrina Corp.
                               (416) 441-4702
                             shellys@delrina.com



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 Apple/Mac Section
John Deegan, Editor (temp)
     




STR Mail Call          "...a place for our readers to be heard"

                             STReport's MAILBAG

                     Messages * NOT EDITED * for content





Date: Fri, 27 Oct 95 22:10:38 0000
From: Shervin Shahrebani 
Organization: yorku.ca
To: rmariano@streport.com
Subject: (no subject)
X-URL: http://www.streport.com/editor.html

     I would just like to mention that your coverage of the Apple Macintosh
world, while better now, is still lacking. Every issue, I see the "MAC" ascii
banner (I read the ascii version due to lack of time!) towards the middle of
the issue but after it, I often see press releases from companies releasing
new products for PCs. Only occasionally do I see something for Mac or Mac/PC.
Please start reviewing hardware and software for the Macintosh. Am I
justified to ask for all this? I think so.
Here is why:
z    God knows we are getting more and more software and hardware everyday in
  the Power Macintosh world.
z    Apple is now the *** #1 *** WORLDWIDE computer vendor (and number 3 in
North America).
z    Almost 70% of multimedia development is done on Power Macs.
z    Apple is rated #1 in customer satisfaction (over 90% of Mac owners would
buy Macs again).
z    Apple has shipped almost 23 million Macintoshes. They shipped 1.25
  million Power Macs for the last quarter (and have been shipping 1 million
  Power Macs for the past few quarters, every quarter). There are currently
  almost 4 million Power Macintosh machines out there.
z    All the top notch games are being released for the PowerMac and Mac
  platform.
     Apple's software technologies such as Mac OS, Quicktime, Quicktime
Conferencing, Quicktime VR, Quickdraw 3D, etc. are becoming a popular
mainstay in the computer industry as a whole (all of which ship as standard
with Apple's Power Macintosh 7500, 8500 and 9500 machines).
     While Apple's profits were down this last quarter, they had over $11
BILLION in revenues for the fiscal year, 1995! They have been experiencing
major supply shortages, granted (a record $1 billion in backorders). However,
there are also 1 million companies who would rather trade places with Apple
RIGHT NOW. Having a huge backorder is not as bad as Wall Street Analysts and
ST Report make it out to be.
     Besides, many of these problems will be alleviated by Spring 1996, at
the latest, when the AIM (Apple IBM and Motorola) alliance catch up with the
supply shortages of PowerPC chips and Apple decouples the Mac OS from the Mac
custom hardware. Remember, even though Copland has been delayed, System 7.5.X
IS being ported to the CHRP platform. CHRP will be a *formidable* force to
deal with by the end of 1996. In the meantime, Apple is busy selling
Performas and PCI PowerMacs that consistently outpace Pentium equivalents in
performance, and do so at over 1 million Power Macs a quarter. Apple own 63%
of the educational market. A PC World study of 23 customers ranked Apple #1
for reliability and service.  Market segmentation is an industry trend and
Apple is leading the way.
     "An October 1995 study of technical support costs in business
environments by Gartner Group Consulting Services indicates there is no cost
penalty for maintaining dual personal computer platform environments.
Moreover, the study indicates that the higher the percentage of Macintosh in
a given Mac/Windows environment, the lower the overall support costs. Support
costs for Macintosh are approximately 25% lower than those for Windows."
     Latest reports from SPA indicate that sales of Mac apps are up 16%
through May of 1995. There are thousands of Mac applications on the market
today, and over 500 Mac-only applications. Attendance at Apple's developer
conference in May was higher than ever. With WorldScript technology built
into the Mac OS, Macintosh is the world's best multilingual computer, now
available in 44 language versions. Apple is the only personal computer
company with systems that run both Mac and Windows applications (albeit at a
small price).
ETC, ETC.
     I could go on and on but I think you get the point. In view of the above-
mentioned facts and information, do you not deem it appropriate to increase
the Macintosh coverage in STReport? After all, it is called The Silicon Times
Report and NOT PC Report!
     And please, tone down that Microsoft and Windows 95 propaganda machine.
Windows 95, while not a particularly revolutionary product when compared to
the Macintosh operating system, is indeed, revolutionary when compared to
Windows 3.1 or 3.11 Bill Gates is a true genius (albeit more of a
business/marketing genius than anything else) and he deserves his share of
credit. However, I think MS is engaging in enough marketing hoopla and STR's
constant blind praise of Win 95 is doing a major *diservice* to those PC
users who are spending hours trying to install the software and get it to
work (some of which are very bright, computer-literate individuals and my
friends!) Instead of simply praising its good points, you should point out
ALL the faults and do so on a regular basis.
Thank you for your time.

Regards,

Shervin Shahrebani.


Shervin.
     First. thank you for reading our humble offering.  Second and last.. may
I take a moment to point out that my editorial comments are just that "my
sincere comments".  My feelings are simple.   Apple . if they don't wake up
soon are headed down the same path that Atari's ST and Commodore's Amiga
went.  Its not a happy observation, its an honest one.  The signs are all
there.  Its just a matter of reading the signs and overcoming the disbelief
one is quickly overcome with.  I know, "been there and done that".  As for
coverage of the Mac, Power PC et., we welcome all articles and reviews of
products for this platform.  In fact, we are seeking a "few good people"
specifically for our MAC group.  Interested??

                                                  Ed..





 Portable Computers & Entertainment Section
Marty Mankins, Editor



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Pinball Fantasies
IBM Compatibles Design:       Digital Illusions/FrontLine Design/Spidersoft
Both Versions Published by:        21st Century Entertainment, Ltd
Jaguar Conversion:            Spidersoft Limited


IBM (& Compatibles) PC
System Requirements:               386/33 MHz or better; DOS 3.3 or higher;
150K Hard
Drive Space;                  560K RAM minimum (580K+ for all features); 256
Color VGA;
Most Popular Soundcards. CD ROM required for Deluxe CD version.
Price: $30-$40.  Shop around.

Jaguar
Format: Cartridge
Price: $59.99


PREFACE

     Welcome to the first STReport Head-To-Head column.  Before I get into
the meat of the article, I should take some time to explain what this column
hopes to achieve and why I felt it would be interesting for STReport readers.
     The first questions I heard were:  Why are you bothering with two (or
more) versions of the same video game?  And why am I putting them head-to-
head in categories such as graphics, sound and playability?  "That's not
fair!" scream the faithful STReport readers.  "Those systems are completely
different!  You're comparing Apples and Oranges!"
     The first answer is simple - Many video game players own two or more
gaming systems.  And many of those people own or use PCs and one or more
video game console(s).  PC gaming is getting very sophisticated.  So are the
consoles.  High resolution, full motion graphics, CD ROM technology and
stereo sound are now common in both worlds.  And the price gap between a
fully loaded console (console, memory cartridges, extra controllers, higher
priced software) is beginning to creep up near a solid, well stocked 468
50+DX computer system.  If you own the more than one system, I hope to help
you decide which version of the game, if any, is the right purchase choice
for you.  I'd like to save you time, money and grief at the retail counter.
     The next answer is in three parts:  1)  The comparisons will also serve
as "mini-reviews" of the components of each game (in this case Jaguar and IBM
compatibles).  2) Because PCs and consoles are employing the same types of
technology (CD, Stereo sound, similar graphic resolutions, etc.), making them
more similar than you may realize.  3)  You might be able to spot which
developers are doing "quick and dirty" ports of video games and which put a
lot of effort into making each version excellent for it's platform (taking
advantage of the best the machine has to offer).
     If, after reading this article, you feel that it's a good or bad idea,
then please email me and let me know.  Send thoughtful messages, not just,
"It stinks" or "It's great!"  Enjoy.

NOTE:
Please read STReport's review of Pinball Fantasies for the Jaguar (by Dana
Jacobson) for further information.


PINBALL 101

"Ever since I was a young boy, I played the silver ball..."
                             - "Pinball Wizard" by The WHO

     For kids of all ages, few things beat the adrenaline rush of a great
pinball machine.  Most of my free hours, between the time school let out and
the time I had to be seated at the dinner table, were spent playing pinball
tables, like Galaxy, Viking, Mata Hari, Gorgar, Black Knight and other
classic machines.  Pinball is a game of skill.  It requires lightning
reflexes and a special touch; lightning reflexes for those incredible tip-of-
the-flipper saves and the right touch for bumping the machine hard enough to
affect the roll of the ball enough to save it, but light enough so as not to
tilt the game.  If you're good, really good, you can play for hours on a
single quarter (though today's machines are set heavily against that
happening).  How can you beat that?
     Video pinball has never been able to deliver these things.  I've never
been a fan of video pinball games.  The early versions were nothing more than
glorified pong games that had little resemblance to the read thing.  Between
the days of the Atari 2600 and our newest toys - Sony Playstation, Sega
Saturn, Atari Jaguar, 3DO and the powerful home PCs - only a few video
pinball games raised my interest; David's Midnight Magic for the Apple II
(and, later, other computers), Pinbot for the Nintendo Entertainment System
and Devil's Crush, the best I'd seen until Pinball Fantasies, for the
TurboGrafx-16.
     Now, finally, pinball seems to be coming of age in the land of video
games.  Pinball Fantasies offers highly realistic play physics, wonderful
control (*), several music selections and sound effects in stereo, as well as
nice, colorful graphics, within a four unique tables.
   (*) Depending on which version you are playing!


LADIES AND GENTLEMAN, THE CATEGORIES AND WINNERS

Graphics - Tables:
Winner:  IBM PC
     The PC beat the Jaguar here on only a couple of minor differences.  The
PC Partyland table had slightly more graphics on the table (by the flippers)
and slightly better screen 'crispness.'  Granted, a regular tv tends to
'bleed' colors, which is one problem.  However, hooking the Jag up to RGB
only made the screen look worse, as it clearly defined the pixels, making it
look more blocky than I preferred.  The Jaguar does have a more realistic
looking ball - it's silver, where the PC ball is grey.
Graphics - Miscellaneous:
Winner:  Jaguar
     The Jag wins because the table 'introduction' graphics are more colorful
and it has a sizzling, psychedelic 'screen melt' for the background during
the game selection, high score and credits screen.  It's cool, but not
important for game play.
Music:
Winner: Jaguar
     I connected the my Soundblaster 16 and the Jaguar to the same stereo
and, for whatever reason, the Soundblaster was a bit better (I did choose
MAXIMUM as my default sound setting during installation.  Perhaps the PC
version added more to the overall mix).  The music you hear before and during
the games is the same in both versions.  However, I give the nod to the
Jaguar because it had some extra music AFTER the game ends.  I particularly
liked the energetic tune after ending a game of Stones'N'Bones.
Sound Effects:
Winner:  IBM PC
     Good all around for both versions.  As far as I could tell (hear) they
were nearly identical.  Lots of bells, whistles and quirky sound effects
throughout.
Playability/Control:
Winner:  IBM PC
     This puzzles me.  The Jaguar version is supposedly an identical port
from the PC version, yet the game plays noticeably worse on the Jaguar.
There are several examples:
1)   Hitting outside (far left or right) ramps and targets is *much* tougher
  in all of the Jag games (I played both versions thoroughly, specifically
  testing outside shots).
2)   The ball tends to interact with the Jaguar flipper tips in an
  unrealistic manner, as if it were employing slightly different physics.  It
  can be described as jerky.  This is a problem most mediocre video pinball
  games have.  It's present in the Jaguar version, yet it's rare in the
  original PC version.  It makes it difficult to "juggle" the ball from one
  flipper to the other and to make tough saves.  And it's an adventure trying
  to hit outside targets when the ball doesn't act in a consistent manner with
  the tips of the flippers.
3)   The "nudge" or "bump" (tilt) feature is more pronounced on the Jag,
  allowing for unrealistic play, such as moving a ball UP a ramp after it has
  lost its momentum (I was able to do this several times).
4)   The Jaguar screen is simply too small for my tastes.  You see the
  flippers and only a bit above the left and right Contact Kickers (those are
  the triangular rubber band kickers just above the flippers).  It's not fun
  trying to aim for targets - *anywhere* on the table - that you cannot see!
  The PC version, especially in High Resolution Mode, is far better.  I was
  able to consistently hit what I was aiming for on the PC.
5)   The PC version was "tighter" and had a better "feel" during play.  I'll
  give you two examples.  When you play the Speed Devil's table, you try to get
  the ball into the Offroad area to collect bonus multipliers and also to get a
  lot of points during the special Offroad bonus time.  When the ball exits
  this area, it drops down into the left side drain/flipper lane area.  On the
  PC the ball can rattle around a little, but more often than not it will drop
  into the left flipper lane, as it was designed to do.  On the Jaguar, this
  area is a complete adventure.  The ball rattles around quite a bit and it
  usually DOES NOT enter the left flipper lane.
     And, worse, it often drains down the left drain lane.  When the game is
originally designed for heavy use of this area, with a small chance of losing
the ball, it gets annoying to play the Jaguar version in which it becomes
likely it will drain each time through the area.  Second, it was easy to hit
the Arcade button (on Partyland) on the PC version.  In fact, it was tough to
NOT hit it a bunch of times during play.  However, on the Jaguar this is a
tough target to hit.  Also, in Partyland, the Cyclone and tunnel were much
more difficult to hit from the upper left flipper than on the PC version.
     I liked the Jaguar controller a little better, because I would rather
use the joypad than the keyboard keys.  Still, when considering the
comparitively poorer playability of the Jaguar version, the keyboard is a
small detraction.  See Options for further explanation.
     To give you an idea of how difficult it was to play the Jaguar version,
compared to the PC version.  Here are my high scores after, roughly, the same
number of games played on each table (between a dozen and two dozen games
each - identical number of balls and difficulty settings):
                                 Jaguar:                           PC:
PartyLand:               43,878,630               150,562,590
Speed Devil's:           15,375,830               261,534,940
Billion Dollar Game Show:     Under 50,000,000         Under 50,000,000
Stones 'N Bones:         41,455,130               155,997,010
     I have no idea why these differences exist.  After all, this is
supposedly a direct port.  However, the ball appears a *tad* smaller on the
Jaguar and the flippers (tips) are fatter on the PC, so perhaps the
dimensions are not quite right on the Jaguar?   Or maybe the code was altered
a bit?  (Examples of this would be the large difference in the Tilt/Table
Bump feature and also the fact that, in Partyland, the special bonuses last
30 seconds on the Jaguar as opposed to 25 on the PC.  Not a major difference,
but a difference just the same.)
Options:
Winner:  IBM PC
     Except for one option, this was another close category.  Both have
identical difficulty settings.  Both allow three or five ball games.  Both
allow you to turn off in-game music.  Both allow you to customize the
controllers (Jag-joypad, IBM-keyboard). The Jag allows sound effects to be
turned off.  Why anyone would do that, instead of simply adjusting the main
volume, is beyond me, but it's there.
      The PC wins this category because it has an additional scrolling option
(how you wish the game to follow the ball as the screen scrolls up, down and
around) and, most importantly, a screen resolution selection option.  On the
Jaguar you get one resolution, like it or not (I didn't like it!).  On the PC
you can choose between Normal and High.  What this translates to is how much
of the table you see on the screen without the game having to scroll the
screen to display where the ball is located.  Both Normal and High were
better than the Jaguars single mode.
     The Jaguar needs approximately (not scientific ) 3.25 "scrolls" to
display the entire table.  That means you see less than a third of the total
table on screen at any time.  In Normal resolution mode, the PC must scroll
about 2.6 times to display the table, so you see more than a third of the
total table.  In High resolution mode, the PC needs approximately 1.75
scrolls, so you see more than half the table at one time.  Believe me, this
makes a huge difference in aiming your shots, following the path of the ball
(easier to react to it) and being able to see what targets are lit and what
you need to concentrate on.
Ease of Use:
Winner:  Jaguar
     I'm sure I don't have to remind most of you why the Jaguar wins this
category.  Anyone with a PC will know that, depending on your system set-up,
you may have to fiddle around with your Config.sys and/or Autoexec.bat
file(s) to get the software to run perfectly.  I had to eliminate a couple of
extras with my sound driver software to get the
     Partyland table to load correctly.  It was easy for me, but people
unfamiliar with the workings of their PC may have some difficulty.  The
manual does a nice job of walking you through the most common problems.  The
only true Plug'N'Play belongs to the Jaguar version.
Manual:
Winner: IBM PC
     While both manuals do a fine job of explaining the features of each
table, the manual for the PC version is more detailed and does a better job,
in general, of tying together all of the goals (bonuses).  The Jaguar manual
was fairly terse, perhaps to save paper since Atari instruction booklets are
printed with 3 languages included (English, German & French), while the PC
version offered, on average, an extra page of detail for each table.
Number of Players:
Winner:  TIE
     Both allow one to eight players per game.
Price:
Winner:  IBM PC
     You will find the PC version for about $25-$30 less than the Jag cart,
depending on where you shop (retail, discount or mail order).  Sure the
markets are different, but that's the way the CD ROM spins.  And, of course,
you get the four extra Mania tables in the $35 Pinball Fantasies Deluxe CD
for your PC.
Overall:
Winner:  IBM PC
     As I've explained, most of the categories were very close, as only a
minor detail or two separated the Jaguar and IBM versions.   However, the IBM
version claimed top honors in the Price and Playability/Control categories by
a large margin in each case.  The physics of the ball movement on the
flippers and during play is better on the PC and, to me, the physics of a
video pinball game are crucial.  It usually means the difference between Okay
and Outstanding (PC Pinball Fantasies is outstanding).  These are the reasons
I have given the Overall thumbs-up to the PC version.  (If you include the
fact that the CD ROM version includes four additional, more challenging
tables, then the PC version wins in a landslide.)  If you don't compare the
different versions, I would think that you'd be happy with either.  However,
I have played them side by side (a lot!) and I see the differences and a few
are significant enough to heartily recommend the PC version over the Jaguar.
I would suggest to Jaguar owners that they wait for the upcoming Ruiner
Pinball, which should be released  within the next 3-6 weeks, and then
compare the two.
BUGS:
     I found the following "bug" in the Jaguar version (none found, so far,
in the PC version):  Incorrect M-A-D sequence lit up (didn't register the A),
resulting in no Crazy Letter being awarded.  There was a bug in which the
ball got stuck in the PC version, but this was on a Mania table (programmed
by a different team), not one of the original PF tables.


 Atari Jaguar/Computer Section
Dana Jacobson, Editor






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From: Mike Loader @ Soft-Logik 76004,1676


Q. I own PageStream for Amiga or Atari and want to get PageStream for
Macintosh. How much will it cost me?

A. You have two options:

1. Wait for the Final Release Version in the first quarter of 1996. The
upgrade price will be $90 if you own PageStream3, or $125 if you own an
earlier version.

2. Buy the Pre-Release Version now for $25 to start using it right away.  If
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you owned PageStream3 Amiga, or $75 if you owned an earlier version for Amiga
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You can get the Pre-Release Version for just $25 to give it a try. You will
receive the program on disk with a short installation and startup guide, but
not a full manual. Free updates will be posted online, so that you can
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The Final Release Version will be available at the end of the first quarter
of 96 and will come with the full printed manual.  The Pre-Release option
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Regards,

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                               Jaguar Section


Atari's Ted Hoff Speaks Out!
More Games Enter Production!
Hover Strike CD & Highlander CD Out!
CATnips!  Atari 3rd Quarter Report!
And Much More!!


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

     Well, the games appear to be coming, and not limited to cart format.
"Hover Strike: Unconquered Lands" and "Highlander: The Last of the MacLeods"
are the latest CD games to appear and both are getting high marks so far.
I've been putting a lot of time into both of these games over the past couple
of weeks, but admittedly, more with Hover Strike.  They're both a lot of fun
and I recommend them if you own the JaguarCD.
     If you're debating getting the JaguarCD due to the lack of games, these
two are a good start c expect more quality games soon.  I was hoping to have
my review of Hover Strike (CD) for this issue, but didn't complete it in time
to include it in this issue.  Rather than rush out a review, we'll have it
for you next week.  Highlander will also be appearing soon, by Craig Harris.
Keep an eye out!
     There have been a number of rumors floating around the Usenet about
Atari getting out of the Jaguar market and a variety of other comments.
Atari's Ted Hoff has addressed those comments and rumors; and we've included
his statement in this issue.  Atari's 3rd Quarter results are in and don't
look too promising.  The delay in the JaguarCD getting out the door has
certainly had an influence, but it's also the typical slow period of the
year.  However, it seems that this past quarter was worse than previous
years.
     Atari needs to take some positive strides to overcome and move forward
in this regard if it has any intention of doing well in the next few months.
We all know this and I'm sure it's not unknown to Atari either.  But, it
still needs to be said.   Atari really needs a terrific holiday season this
year.  It's unfortunate that it's likely that Atari will be reaching its
goals for LAST year's holiday season with the amount of games available.  If
a game isn't in production NOW, it's doubtful that it's going to be out in
time for Christmas, or even by the holiday.  If my count is correct (and it
could be wrong), I figure that we'll see another 6-10 games out by the
holidays.  A far cry from the "reaching 100 games" stated by Atari's Sam
Tramiel.




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CONTACT:  Patricia Kerr or Jennifer Hansen
          Shandwick USA
          (310)479-4997 or (800)444-6663

                      "Hoverstrike: Unconquered Lands"

                            Charges to Forefront
                                      
               Fast Action CDcROM Released for Atari Jaguar 64

     SUNNYVALE cc Gamers will don flight jackets and all the courage they can
muster as Atari Corporation's "Hoverstrike: Unconquered Lands" for the Jaguar
64  CD  player  hits stores today.  The mission: pilot a  state  of  the  art
armored  hovercraft, equipped with a rapid fire cannon and powerful  missiles
to save colonists stranded on a distant planet.
     "Hoverstrike:  Unconquered Lands is an intense space  action  game  with
enhanced cinematic effects to take full advantage of Jaguar CD capabilities,"
said  Ted Hoff, Atari's President of North American Operations.  "It  is  our
first of more than twenty CD titles releasing soon for the Jaguar CD."
     Hoverstrike: Unconquered Lands engulfs players in intense battle  action
with  realistic  hovercraft  simulation.   It  features  40  different  fully
texturecmapped 3D levels, including several challenging Night Vision missions
and ten new missions developed specifically for the CD version of the game.
     Playing off the powerful 790 megabyte storage capacity of the Jaguar  CD
player,  Hoverstrike: Unconquered Lands boasts full "Battle  Surround"  sound
effects   with   CD  quality  soundtrack  and  improved  game  controls   for
smootherhovercraft handling.
     Hoverstrike:  Unconquered Lands has a suggested retail price  of  $59.99
and is available in stores nationwide.
     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.


CONTACT:
                      Patricia Kerr or Jennifer Hansen
                                Shandwick USA
                       (310)479-4997 or (800)444-6663


Players Fulfill Their Destiny as

                              "The Highlander"

Atari Corporation Releases Second CD Title in One Week for Jaguar CD

     SUNNYVALE, CA (October 30) -- The rapidly expanding software library for
the  newly  released  Jaguar CD grew again this week,  as  Atari  Corporation
launched  its  second CD title. "Highlander: The Last of  the  MacLeods"  was
shipped to retailers this morning.
     An   action  adventure  game  based  on  the  popular  animated  series,
"Highlander:  The  Last  of  the MacLeods" boasts both  a  truly  sensational
storyline and advanced gaming technology. Players assume the role of  Quentin
MacLeod, an immortal whose destiny remained unclear until his mother revealed
his  true identity as "The Highlander." With this knowledge, Quentin must set
upon  a  quest  to fulfill his destiny, rescue his village and save  humanity
from the evil Kortan.
       "Highlander:  The Last of the MacLeods" features both original  dialog
and Cinepak sequences from the animated series. Atari Corporation used Motion
Capture  technology in the development of the game, giving the 3D  characters
lifelike movement.
       "By releasing 'Highlander: The Last of the MacLeods' and 'Hoverstrike:
Unconquered  Lands'  in  successive weeks, our Jaguar  CD  title  library  is
rapidly  growing  in  scope and depth," said Ted Hoff, Atari's  President  of
North American Operations. "We will bring Jaguar gamers numerous  top-quality
titles  for  both  the Jaguar cartridge and CD formats in  the  next  several
weeks."
       "Highlander: The Last of the MacLeods" has a suggested retail price of
$59.99,  is  rated K-A (appropriate for kids and adults) and is available  in
stores nationwide.
  For  more than twenty 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.
 HIGHLANDER (c) 1994 Gaumont Television. All rights reserved. Highlander is a
protected  trademark  of Gaumont Television. Licensed to  Atari  Corporation.
Cinepak and the Cinepak logo is a registered trademark of Radius Inc.  Atari,
the  Atari logo and Jaguar are trademarks or registered trademarks  of  Atari
Corporation.
                  CPTV ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATES FOR TWO GAMES
     DENVER,  Nov.  1  /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
announced  revised release dates for two of its new video games. The  company
also  reported continued strong results for one of its games first introduced
in  September 1994, and cancellation of a previously announced contract  with
Atari Corporation (AMEX: ATC).
     Acclaim Entertainment, Inc., one of the world's leading distributors  of
interactive  entertainment software, shipped two versions of the video  game,
"Demolition  Man," to retail establishments in September, 1995.  One  version
was  for  the Super Nintendo Entertainment System platform and the other  was
for  the Sega Genesis video game system platform.  A third platform, for  the
Sega  CD,  will  be shipped within the next few weeks. All versions  will  be
available  for  the 1995 Christmas holiday selling season.   The  "Demolition
Man"  game  is  based  upon  the movie of the same title  starring  Sylvester
Stallone  and  Wesley Snipes. The video game, "Izzy's Quest for  the  Olympic
Rings,"  will  reportedly be shipped by publisher  U.S.  Gold  in  the  Super
Nintendo platform during the week of November 6, 1995 and in the Sega Genesis
version  the  following  week.   "Izzy's  Quest"  was  advertised  on  TV  in
conjunction  with  an August 1995 airing of the animated TV special  starring
"Izzy,"  the official mascot of the Atlanta Olympic Games.  U.S. Gold reports
it  will initially ship 35,000 units in each platform version, and it expects
sales  to increase significantly as the time gets closer to the beginning  of
the Olympics in the summer of 1996.
     Gary  R. Vickers, CPTV's chairman and president, commented, "In addition
to U.S. Gold's promotional expenditures, we will also get a secondary benefit
from  the numerous advertisers who will market their products around the Izzy
theme.   The  pre-Olympic build-up creates an opportunity  for  broad  market
penetration,  including direct point of purchase and other  direct  sales  in
Atlanta where more than two million people are expected to attend the games."
     Ken  Balthaser,  president  of  CPTV's  Alexandria  Studios,  said,  "By
dovetailing on marketing momentum created by the Olympics, U.S. Gold will  be
able  to  create a selling season from Christmas in 1995 through next summer,
which  is six-to-nine months longer than the typical selling season for video
games."
               "Cagey Capers" Video Game Sales Remains Strong
     "Cagey  Capers,"  a video game based on the Warner Brothers  characters,
Sylvester and Tweetey, has sold more than 104,000 units since its release  in
September,  1994, according to Time-Warner Interactive.  Vickers  noted,  "In
the currently eroding market for cartridge-based video games, where a typical
product  sells  25,000 to 30, 000 total units, 'Cagey Capers" superior  sales
demonstrate  that we have the ability to design a market winner."   The  game
was  developed by Alexandria Studios, an operating company of CPTV's  Virtual
Hollywood  subsidiary.  As previously announced, anticipated sales of  "Cagey
Capers"  are  not  likely  to provide significant  royalty  revenues  to  the
company.  By  agreement with the publisher, Time-Warner, Alexandria  received
much of its compensation in conjunction with the development of the game.
     Finally,  CPTV  also  reported  that Atari  Corporation,  citing  missed
development  deadlines by Alexandria Studios, canceled work on "porting"  the
3DO  version of the video game, "Return Fire," to the Atari Jaguar  platform.
Balthaser,  Alexandria's  president, said, "Our  speculation  is  that  Atari
canceled  the project at least in part due to internal budgeting  issues  and
marketing efforts in its Jaguar system."  "Porting" is the adaptation  of  an
interactive entertainment software product originally developed  for  use  on
one  proprietary hardware platform so that it can be used on other platforms.
Alexandria  continues  to  seek  additional  game  development  and   porting
contracts with various game publishers.
     Creative  Programming and Technology Ventures, Inc. (CPTV), through  its
operating   subsidiaries,  OddWorld  Inhabitants  and   Alexandria   Studios,
headquartered   in  Los  Osos,  Calif.,  designs  and  develops   interactive
entertainment  software  for  the latest video game  systems,  such  as  Sega
Saturn,  3DO and Sony Playstation.  It plans to publish games under  its  own
Virtual Hollywood brand label.  CPTV is headquartered in Denver and its stock
trades on the Nasdaq Small-Cap market under the symbol CPTV.

CONTACT:
Gary Vickers, President & CEO, or Dr. Stephen Kirkpatrick, Vice President,
of Creative Programming and Technology Ventures, Inc.,
303-694-5324; or George Zagoudis, General Information, of FRB
Chicago, 312-640-6663/(CP
                        Sierra Sets Football Contest
     Software  publisher Sierra On-Line has announced its Front Page  Sports:
Football  Pro 96 Super Bowl contest.  Entrants have a chance to win  a  Super
Bowl  party for 20 people -- including a 50-inch big screen TV--for correctly
predicting  the  four  teams that will play in the AFC and  NFC  championship
games,  the winners of each division and the game scores. One-hundred second-
prize  winners will get a one-year subscription to PC Gamer magazine and  200
third-prize winners will receive a limited edition FPS: Football Pro  '96  T-
shirt.   Entry  forms will be available in the November  issue  of  PC  Gamer
magazine  and in the holiday issue of InterAction magazine. Participants  may
also  enter online by accessing Sierra's web site at www.sierra.com.  Winners
will  be  announced on Jan. 17, 1996.  The contest celebrates the  launch  of
FPS:  Football  Pro  96,  the fourth in series of football  simulations  from
Sierra.
                        Nintendo Sells Billionth Game
     Nintendo  has  sold  its  1  billionth  video  game  worldwide,  or  the
equivalent of one game for every teenager in the world, the video game  giant
says.
     "I  don't know that anyone could have envisioned the universal appeal of
Nintendo's interactive video games when they were first introduced," Chairman
Howard Lincoln of Nintendo of America, told United Press International at his
Redmond, Washington, headquarters. UPI adds, "Since introduction of the first
Mario  game in Japan in the early 80's, Nintendo has sold video games at  the
rate of nearly 3 per second of every day for the last 12 years. ... Of the  1
billion  games,  50  percent  were bought for  the  original  8-bit  Nintendo
Entertainment  System introduced in Japan in 1983 and the  United  States  in
1985.  Some  23  percent were sold for the hand held  Game  Boy.  Another  27
percent were sold for the 16-bit Super Nintendo Entertainment System."
Or, divided by geography:
z    44 percent of the software cartridges were purchased in Japan.
z    42 percent in the United States and Canada.
z    The other 14 percent sold around the world.
     UPI  says  the fastest selling game was last fall's Donkey Kong  Country
for  the Nintendo Entertainment System, which sold more than 2 million  units
in  five weeks in the U.S. alone. But the largest selling single game was the
original Super Mario Brothers cartridge for the NES, which has sold more than
40 million copies over 12 years time.

                         NEC Develops $3,300 Game PC
     A  $3,300 PC called Ready PowerPlayer PC, specially designed for  people
who like to play games, has been created by NEC Technologies Inc.
     Calling  it  "an  unusual  step for a PC maker" (since  "most  emphasize
productivity and communications uses of a personal computer"), the Associated
Press  comments the new machine nonetheless "may help NEC standout  on  store
shelves  among  machines that mostly look and act alike." NEC Vice  President
Murali  Dharan told the wire service, "Study after study has shown the hidden
use  of computers is games. People don't ever come out and say the No. 1  use
is  gaming  but people always say it is No. 2 or 3. This is still  a  serious
computing  machine,  but  it is going to attract those  for  whom  games  are
important."
     The new NEC unit is equipped with a 133MHz Pentium microprocessor, a six-
speed CD-ROM drive, 1.6 gigabyte hard drive, 16MB of standard memory and  2MB
of  video  memory.  Also on board are 45-watt Yamaha speakers  and  Microsoft
Corp.'s  new  SideWinder  joystick, a 28,800-baud modem,  speaker  phone  and
answering machine capabilities and 11 computer games.




Jaguar Online STR InfoFile    Online Users Growl & Purr!

         A Message from Ted Hoff, President North America (10/30/95)
     Tomorrow is Halloween. I hope everyone has a great time and remains
safe.  Watch those goblins as they cross the street.  
     "Hover Strike: Unconquered Lands" and "Highlander" have reached stores
and the initial feedback is "FANTASTIC!". Gamers seem to be noting even the
nuances we painstakingly incorporated into these CD titles and these are just
the beginning. Many more are to come.
     About 6 or 7 other CD titles are scheduled for release before the end of
the year and the plate is full with projects on through 1996. I am
particularly looking forward to "Primal Rage" and "Max Force", but games like
"Dragon's Lair" and "Myst" are "Prime Time" favorites.
     The cart-based software lineup is also outstanding. "Ruiner Pinball" is
but weeks away. I think everyone will love "Atari Karts", "NBA Jam Tournament
Edition" and "Missile Command 3D". We've gone to a great deal of effort to
look for an assortment of working projects that will appeal to all of you. We
have some hot sports titles, graphics-intense challenges pumped full of eye
candy and phenomenal remakes of classic favorites.
     I understand that there are some rumors being spread around. Maybe I can
address one or two of them. One of them seems to be regarding "Iron Soldier
II" and whether it will include all the original features planned for that
title.
     The overall priority asked of the Producer of "Iron Soldier II" is that
the game meet or exceed original specifications established for the game.
These specifications were determined by many means including feedback from
the original release of Iron Soldier in cartridge form. Atari has not
released the specific features of "Iron Soldier II"  to the public for a good
reason. Specifications often change before a game makes it to a store shelf.
Usually, the specifications are enhanced because programmers find new and
exciting things to add as they progress through the development process.
     For the record, I anticipate that "Iron Soldier II" will include every
feature and specification originally planned as well as new ones we decided
to add. Additionally, we are regularly looking at other major enhancements.
Please note that Atari Corporation is the ONLY authorized party to publicly
discuss the specifications of our products. Please be suspicious of news from
any other source. There are often multiple ways to accomplish tasks and
specifics can change readily. We will publish more information regarding
"Iron Soldier II" and other titles as soon as we have those matters confirmed
and ready.
     I have also heard that other rumors may be brewing regarding to Atari's
commitment to the Jaguar. To the best of my knowledge, these rumors are
originating from the very people who don't appreciate Atari's increase in new
quality software releases. I assure you that Atari Corporation is moving
forward with Jaguar support and development as hard as ever.
     Those who have one, know this already... The Jaguar is a lot of fun to
own and play. You're continued support is our mandate for the future.
 --Ted Hoff


         CATnips... Jaguar tidbits from Don Thomas        (95.10.29)


Top of the List...

Videos  are  in  and  ready  to  ship. Gamers have  asked  me  to  get  extra
dealer/demo  videos and now they're in! They are available to North  American
addresses  for  $8.95 plus $4.95 shipping and handling. California  residents
need  to add .69 for sales tax. To order, call toll free 800/GO-ATARI  during
business  hours  or  fax  your  order to 408/745-2088.   MasterCard  or  Visa
accepted. To mail your order, write:
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                               P.O. Box 61657
                          Sunnyvale, CA  94089-1657
Offer  while  supplies  last. The tape includes captures  from  Atari's  most
recent  releases  and  the best upcoming titles. Atari's  newest  commercial,
dubbed one of the best in September by Adweek Magazine is also included.   E-
Mail your order for prompt service to: 75300.1267@compuserve.com.


Here's a note from a friend on GEnie...

SERVICE: GEnie
FROM: D.GNADT
DATE: October 24, 1995  09:29PM
CATEGORY: The Jaguar, Atari's latest game console
TOPIC: Atari Jaguar, 64-bit Game Console

     Picked up Pitfall last week and got Hover Strike: Unconquered lands
today.  Hover Strike is GREAT! It's like they took all our complaints about
this game and fixed them. Control is better, frame rate is better, textures
are better, sound is MUCH better, more levels, nice FMV (with pretty clean
sound). The night missions are sooooooooo cool now (not that they weren't
before) because the flares last longer and they do gourand shaded textures!
The lava at night looks killer. Hmmm........ wish they would do a nice job of
redoing Checkered Flag like they have with this baby. Did Imention I love the
music?

Thanks Atari, you did a fine job on this one. Looking forward to more titles
like this one!


Frans Keylard forwarded this from the Internet...

In rec.games.video.atari, scall@ccnet.com (Scott Call) wrote:

This is not so much a review as a collection of observations and opinions.

Oh wait... That IS a review :)

Well, being a sucker for 3d games, I picked up Atari's latest offering. Hover
Strike for the JagCD.
 For those who don't know about the cart version of HS, here's a quick lo-
down:

Hoverstrike is a 1st person 3d hover-tank battle game (it mutated out of
efforts to make a "BattleZone 2000") in which you battle to complete a series
of progressively harder levels to destroy the "Terrakan"(SP) pirates who have
taken over the colony world.
 The game, although pretty fun, got dinged a lot for it's somewhat slow frame-
rate, short horizon, and controls.
 Atari seems to have justified themselves in this re-release.

The CD comes up with an FMV "Prepare to Launch" sequence, followed by a "Star-
Wars" style scrolling intro and credits sequence.  The game includes the
levels from the cart, as well as 10 new ones mixed into the 6 sets of levels.

The controls are now configurable, addressing many of the problems people
cited with the first release of the game.

1> You can now toggle "Hover" mode on and off. A lot of people could not get
used to the fact the a hovercraft continues to move along the vector it was
heading, even if you steer it. With hover turned off, you stop almost
instantly after releasing the accelerator.

2> You can now toggle "Damage from terrain" which turns on and off collision
damage from running into steep grades, falling off of them, or sitting in a
pool of lava.

3> You can toggle the affects of enemy fire on your tank.  If you set it to
on, you will be pushed around by enemy fire, otherwise you won't be.

You can also completely configure the joypad directions and buttons.  I
started playing this game on one of the new levels not in the cart "Stealth
Attack"

The first few things I noticed:

1> Frame rate seems to be much higher than in the cart version.

2>   The lighting effects of shots, explosions, etc. that was only in the
  Gourand-Shaded "night" levels of the cart is present in every level.

3>   Overall lighting and textures appear much better. I am getting my S-
  Video compatible TV next week, so hopefully some of the artifacting will
  vanish.

4> Music is MUCH better than the cart (same tunes, but CD audio now)

5> There are 2 save slots, and it only takes up 512 bytes in a Memory Track
to hold both games and all the options.

Playing onwards I found that the night missions are now fully texture mapped
as well.

Conclusions:

I was pretty non-plussed by the cart version because it lacked an instant
gratification, and didn't seem to offer enough to work towards.  The new
control options, plus the updated game engine, however, have made the CD
version a very enjoyable game for me. New Enemies and Levels, plus even
better T-Mapping, make me think I'll be playing this for a
while.

If the cart HS just wasn't enough to suck you in, but you like a good 3d
battle game, the CD version might be for you. If you dislike the whole
concept of 3d gaming, or tanks, you might want to steer clear.  The FMV seems
(so far) to only be in the intro, and then at the end of every level. It can
be toggled off. Seems to be rendered, of slightly higher object/texturing
quality then Blue Lightning.

Tech Observation:

Although load time is about the same as it was on the cart (I guess the cart
had to decompress the levels), I noticed the CD spinning up and down during
the mission briefing screens. I don't know why, but it's an interesting
observation (someone before had mentioned they thought the CD always spun)

If anyone has any more questions about this title, feel free to ask.

--Scott Call aka Zapo Zapper



Yea, so what are they saying about Power Drive Rally?...

In rec.games.video.atari, bgilbert@natinst.com (Ben Gilbert) wrote:

     I just picked up Power Drive Rally at the local EB yesterday, and I must
say I am very impressed. This is the first new game I have got since AvP
(well, ok, I bought Dino Dudes and Tempest 2000 second hand so those kept me
entertained pretty well) although I am excited about all the new releases
which look to be arriving for the holiday season. I didn't think they would
sell PDR for $70, and that is definitely pretty steep, but I try not to think
about it since it is such a good game.  :)
      What really makes this game is all the nice touches they put on it to
make it more realistic and playable. The graphics are excellent also and the
overall style reminds me of the old Electronic Arts game Racing Destruction
Set. If only someone could convince EA to make an updated version of that
game, I'd be in heaven. Anyway, I love the various effects in PDR such as the
different weather conditions (love that lightning!), road conditions, and the
way the cars are animated. I really get into the game and there is a feeling
of actually being there despite the fact that it's not a first person
perspective type game. The different cars handle differently and I find it
very challenging even just playing against the computer. Plus, the variety of
courses is really cool and I like how sometimes you race the same track but
in the opposite direction. The sound effects are not anything amazing but
they are all that is needed for the game, and the sounds of your car running
into things or sliding around corners is well done.

Definite cool things about this game:

- Cars: wheels turn, headlights, back up lights, love that horn!

- Weather: It can be raining, snowing, thunder and lightning, or just
nighttime in which case you need your headlights to see. Oh, there's also a
sandstorm.  :)

- Tracks: There are so many different courses which you must learn and it's
definitely not easy to come in on time on every course. Plus, the skill tests
are not always easy to finish in time and it takes practice to learn how to
maneuver your car optimally.

- Road: Mud, dirt, cement, ice, snow, sand. They're all different and present
different handling of your car.

I could swear driving on the mud courses I can feel the mud sticking to the
tires.  :)

- Game: You can save three games, adjust the controls, all the usual stuff.
Also,  there is a training mode to use before going into actual races.

Minuses:

- I can't think of any!

Overall, this game is thoroughly enjoyable and interesting. The realism is
top notch and it puts you right in the driver's seat. If you like driving
games at all, this one won't disappoint you.

Regards,

--Ben Gilbert
e-mail: bgilbert@natinst.com
National Instruments, Austin, TX


What's up at Atari lately...

CONTACT: Patricia Kerr or Jennifer Hansen
         Shandwick USA
         (800)444-6663 or (310)479-4997

       Atari Corporation's Jaguar Will Keep Night Owls "Up All Night"
   Sweepstakes through USA Network and Electronic Gaming Monthly to reach
                                  millions

NEW YORK -- Atari Corporation, USA Network and Electronic Gaming Monthly have
teamed  up  to  offer sleepless viewers the "USA: Up All Night  Atari  Jaguar
Sweepstakes."
  The  sweepstakes  will  air on the "USA: Up All Night"  program  for  three
consecutive Friday nights from 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. on November 10,  17  &
24. The program is hosted by television personality Rhonda Shear.
Five  Grand  Prize  winners  will  receive an  Atari  Jaguar  64  interactive
multimedia  system  and software including the popular titles  Doom,  Tempest
2000   and  Alien vs. Predator. Each winning Atari Jaguar 64 bit  system  and
software package is valued at approximately $300.To enter, Rhonda will invite
viewers to fill out an entry form in the November issue of Electronic  Gaming
Monthly or send a postcard with their name, address and telephone number to:

                "USA: Up All Night Atari Jaguar Sweepstakes "
                                P.O. Box 3966
                         Rockefeller Center Station
                          New York, NY  10185-3966

The  USA  Network  is  the  nation's highest rated  basic  cable  network  in
primetime  and  is  seen  in  over 65 million  homes  nationwide  via  12,500
affiliates. USA: Up All Night is hosted by Rhonda Shear and Gilbert Gottfried
Friday and Saturday nights from 11 p.m. to 3 a.m. respectively.  In addition,
more  than  7,000,000  copies of Electronic Gaming  Monthly  are  distributed
annually.  Winners will be announced at a later date.
Atari, the Atari logo and Jaguar are trademarks or registered trademarks of
Atari Corporation. All Rights Reserved. All listed software is authorized by
Atari for use with the Jaguar 64-Bit Multimedia System.
Electronic  Gaming  Monthly is a registered trademark  of  Sendai  Publishing
Group Inc. 1995 Sendai Publishing Group Inc. All rights reserved.


RE: More about Hover Strike CD - Unconquered Lands!

In rec.games.video.atari, neuralog@Starbase.NeoSoft.COM (Neuralog) wrote:

In article <46p58q$oor@decaxp.harvard.edu>, Brian Osserman
 wrote:

"... Hoverstrike UL isn't claiming to be a sequel. It came out only a few
months after Hover Strike, and by all accounts does an excellent job of
living up to its billing as an enhanced version of Hover Strike. IS II"

Yeah Man! HS-UL does NOT disappoint!

I just finished level 2 and am having the most fun I've had with a video game
since Battle Zone and Defender in the early '80's!

Great mix of gameplay/strategy/graphics, and MUSIC. The music rivets you to
the game. The layout of the missions forces you to use your brain to exercise
the various weapons/resources you have.  Very well done!

I've given ample time to Cybermorph, Iron Soldier, Rayman, Tempest 2000 (all
modes), and about 7 others. But none has provided the depth of enjoyment of
Hover Strike CD!

I was waiting for Battlemorph because I like CM so much, but now it's gonna
have to go a long ways to beat HSUL.

If you've got JagCD, get HSUL and have some real fun!

IMHO,

--Ken Land


As  a  reminder,  Highlander started shipping last Friday and  I  expect  the
critic's (er, I mean gamer's) reviews in soon. Don't forget, the Atari Jaguar
is  the  ONLY  value-packed, U.S.-built, next generation system  that  offers
fantastic new CD games as well as a growing library of outstanding cartridge-
based  software. Cart-based software loads fast and offers instant  play!  Be
cool,  play  Jaguar!  Not to say I have any personal interest  in  what  game
system you play. .



More games have entered production, according to Atari's Laury Scott, on
CompuServe's Jaguar Forum:


Lotsa Software Coming...

As you will have seen over the past week or so I have posted a number of
messages regarding software now in production.  In case you missed any of
them between now and early-mid December the following games will hit
retailers:

        Ruiner Pinball
        Missile Command 3D
        Battlemorph
        I War
        Fever Pitch Soccer
        Supercross 3D
        Atari Karts

And the list will grow longer by the end of this week...

-Laury





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                            PEOPLE... ARE TALKING



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compiled by
Joe Mirando
73637,2262



     Hidi ho friends and neighbors.  Boy, what a relief to only have _one_
column to turn in.  My other effort, TECH... No Babble, will be appearing
every other week.  I haven't received much feedback on the new column, but
what I have has been favorable.  If you've got a comment or even a request.
Y'know, if there's something that you'd like to know about like how a modem
does what it does or how a CDROM drive works, or maybe even why PGP is a
better bet than the government's "clipper" technology (look for this one next
week), just drop me a line at 73637.2262@compuserve.com or via our fearless
leader at streport.com and Ralph will forward it to me.
     Well, anyway, let's get on with the reason for _this_ column... all the
cool news, hints, tips, and info available every week right here on
CompuServe.

>From the Atari Computing Forums

Richard Peck posts:

  "I was after some classified ads specifiically for Ataris - but there
  does'nt seem to be one.  I was wondering if anybody has any memory for
  a 1040 STf - I've currently got a standard 1 meg - and I would like
  another 4 or more  (it's for running CuBase) - can anybody help? I live
  in England but I am prepared to pay shipping (as long as I can get a
  guarantee.!!!!)"

Sysop Bob Retelle tells Richard:

  "Unfortunately I can't offer any recommendations for sources of Atari
  memory upgrades in England, but a good one to try here in the States
  is Toad Computers..

  Their phone number is:  (410) 544-6943  and they can send you a
  catalog of everthing they carry."

Simon Churchill adds:

  "Get a copy of ST Format, it has a Ad section at the back.  You could
  put in a wanted Ad and as it's all for free you have nothing to loose.

  You will probably need to get a newsagent to order it for you as it's
  quite hard to find."

Patrick Wong voices a complaint:

  "I've been using CompuServe since the mid 80s under my parent's account
  and now my own and in the past year I have experienced more crashes
  than all my years using CompuServe put together (which were very few).
  Forums can't be accessed, software can't sychronize, timing is off.
  Forums are even taking longer to get in.  I think it has something to
  do with the huge surge in users.  There are times I can't get my mail
  or news.  It's getting a little annoying.  Let's hope that CompuServe
  fixes the crashing real soon."

To those of you who don't have a CompuServe account I'd just like to say
that these are not as widespread as they may seem.  I've never had
trouble getting into any Forum.  My biggest complaint is the lag
involved in retrieving mail.  But it's not a long lag and someone who
hasn't been using CompuServe for a long time wouldn't even notice it.

Meanwhile, Mike Myers posts:

  "I searched your libraries using "IBM finder", trying to find some
  variation on S code (or Esscode) for my son, who has an IBM clone. All
  that turned up were 4 programs, all apparently for Windows. And that he
  doesn't have. If there's another program for sending numerics files
  back and forth on the internet, it would have to have an atari version
  for me. Suggestions?"

Dana Jacobson, our own Atari Section Editor, tells Mike:

  "EssCode 6.3 should be here as I remember uploading it some time ago.
  Try doing a search using the keyword "uudecode"...

  I just checked, it is here:

  [71051,3327] Dana P. Jacobson         Lib: 4
  ESCD63.ZIP
    Bin,  Bytes:    89856, Count:    53, 13-Dec-94  Last:28-Oct-95

    Title   : ESS-Code 6.3 - UUENCODE/UUDECODE utility.
    Keywords: ESS-CODE UUENCODE UUDECODE MIME BTOA SHAREWARE
              ELECTRIC STORM

    ESS-Code 6.3 from Electric Storm Software. UUENCODE/UUDECODE
    program, plus other options."

Carl Barron tells Mike:

  "Look for uuencode,mime,ship in the IBM file finder, Also check
  UNIXFORUM especially DOS LIB there [lib 13]. You should find a summary
  file in the last 30 days in lib 13. [Dos endlines] Containing a oneline
  description [I THINK its one line] of every file in the library. If
  that fails try lib 5 - Communications there.  There is even a windoze
  version I think.

  Note well folks he said IBM FINDER and IBM clone."

Laurent Mangane asks:

  "Can anyone tell me how to configure the DIAL.SCR to be able to
  connect on Internet via a CIS node ?

  If possible, posting a running DIAL.SCR after removing the passwd (of
  course :-)) would be of appreciated help."

Michel Vanhamme tells Laurent:

  "CIS uses the PPP protocol to connect to the Internet, while Stik only
  supports the SLIP protocol at this moment, so using Stik with a CIS
  node is impossible until Stik supports PPP (as far as I know)."

Alvin Baligad posts:

  "I'm very interested in MagicMac but have a few questions:

  1) How does MagicMac handle Atari's two button mouse?

  2) How is game compatability?  I know Atari didn't have the
  sophistication of a lot of Mac games, but I REALLY like Cannon Fodder
  ;>

  3) Are there other developers for MagicMac specific software?  This
  would seem to be saving grace of GEM/TOS/the Atari faithful..."

Richard Brown tells Alvin:

  "MagiCMac does handle the 2 button mouse via a control key/click
  combination.  The only odd thing is that certain programs that
  distinguish between the left and right shift keys have a little trouble
  in that MagiCMac does not fully emulate this esoteric BIOS call (but
  this will probably be corrected in the future).

  As for games, I'd say, on the Mac side itself you'd find a lot of fun,
  but nowhere near the fun of the clunky DOS universe, the defacto gaming
  standard.

  Finally, yes, there are dedicated MagiCMac software developers. I'm
  president of one such company. Our software is professional level stuff
  that really shines in the immense speed of MagiCMac on even older 68030
  Macs. The thing you should know - MagiCMac's OS and Ease desktop
  soundly beat all things Atari (including both of our TT030's) in any
  measure of speed. In fact MagiC "feels" many times faster than the host
  Mac itself!

  We strongly believe that the performance levels that MagiCMac brings to
  the Mac universe will bolster this otherwise bogged-down platform
  which, like Atari before it, will soon face the end of its run in the
  market.  This time around, however, it will not be a case of thousands
  of orphan machines - but millions of them - and a ready market for
  programs that run _unlike_ regular Mac fare - that is - WITH SPEED.

  ** One last note - Atarians can rejoice in another fact: any properly
  written program for MagiCMac will ALSO run fine on all Ataris sporting
  sufficient RAM (4Mb RAM should be considered normal for high-end
  programs). While backwards compatibility is cool - once again - it's
  the eye-popping SPEED of MagiCMac that will fulfill even a jaded
  PowerMac 9500 user (such as myself) in the quest of finally having a
  computer that waits on the user - instead of the vice-versa norm.

  Look for DynaStar's first MagiCMac programs within the next six months
  or so..."

Alvin tells Richard:

  "Thanks for the info.  I'm mixed about the info.  I'm glad MagicMAC is
  so impressive, I'm glad its tolerant of older Atari STuff ;> and I hope
  it takes off the way Atari dedicated stuff should have.  Good luck,
  keep up the good work. BTW, whaddya call the OS?  It isn't DOS, it
  isn't TOS, is it MOS?"

Richard adds:

  "As it happens, the latest version of MagiCMac, including the PowerMac
  version, is available now from Canada's Computer Direct. There is also
  an upgrade to the original MagiCMac release that eliminates much of the
  "German-ese" that was in the original package.

  We're finding MagiCMac to be the saving grace of the ill-fated MacOS
  platform. Unlike Atari, when Mac computing goes the way of the orphan,
  there will finally be a real home for new Atari softwares: millions of
  machines in the U.S.

  My programming staff is working on MagiCMac-specific software, starting
  with a high-end script writing system (vastly better than all similar
  programs attempting to accomplich these tasks on the PC or Mac).

  Mainly, the speed is the thing that is astounding. Our software, while
  backwards compatible to all the good ol' Ataris out there (4 Mb or
  greater, of course), FLIES in MagiC. I own all the WP's and scripting
  systems that have ever existed on the Mac - and I'd say our program, in
  MagiC, is 10-100 times faster in just about all respects. My PowerBook
  145 B (25MHz 68030) is twice as fast as my Atari TT030, andis in many
  ways much faster than my PowerMac 9500, an $18,000 monster. I can't
  wait to get the PowerMac version of MagiCMac on the 9500.

  Another example, our Performa 638 (33 Mhz 68040) in MagiCMac is vastly
  faster than the 9500. The real beauty - we've been able to chuck the
  conventions of AtariOS, MacOS, WindowsOS, and SGI-OS (all of which we
  have) and introduce a "power environment" in which our programs run
  that finally delivers the promise of power in a GUI.

  To compare anything previously seen on the desktop to our system is to
  look backwards into the primordial swamp. We banish the featureless
  so-called windowed environment and empower the user with intelligent
  ergonomic power....

  'Nuff said for now."

Patrick Wong jumps in and posts:

  "I've been hearing a lot about this thing called MagiCMac and I only
  have a vague clue of what it is.  Can someone please tell me more about
  this thing?  Or software or whatever it is.

  So far I think it's a ST emulator on the Mac though a slot or
  something. Sorta like the ST card for the IBM.

  Also is it true that there are companies writing software just for
  MagicMac?  Also how much does this hardware or software cost?"

Bill Anderson tells Patrick:

  "MacicMac can be thought of as an Atari emulator for the Mac.
  Actually, it is a different OS (Magic) and a replacement desktop/GUI
  (Ease).  It is software only, and allows you to run Atari software on a
  Mac."

Daniel Davenport posts:

  "I plan to buy a relational database.  Of Twist and Superbase Prof,
  which is the best?  Will be used to computerise small office system.
  Anyone with experience of both, who can compare?"

Paul Matthews tells Daniel:

  "They are both excellent products and I use them both on a regular
  basis. Twist is better at the layout of forms for your database because
  of SpeedoGDOS support but Superbase is more programmable. Do you need
  to change the way your database works? if you do you need superbase. If
  you require DBASE compatability you will need to use superbase. I am
  awaiting my Twist 3 upgrade and i will post some information when I get
  it."

John Peabody posts:

  "I don't know if anyone remembers the Atari STs anymore, but here
  goes...

  I've used my STacy (LST 2144) daily until about six months ago.
  Today, it won't even begin to power up at all, the battery light
  flashes and a low battery click-click-click comes from the speaker (it
  can be adjusted with the volume knob!).  I opened up all the easy
  ports/panels to look for a battery (the large spot for the supposed
  nicad has always been empty), but could not find any spot for a
  battery...

  Any help?  I got this machine in the UK (a grey market deal) without a
  manual...it's been a great little machine (*ahem*) until now."

Richard Rives tells John:

  "I don't know if this will help or apply, but when I added some extra
  hardware to my Stacy (these pieces took power from the computer) I got
  the same resulting click sound or when booting it would die upon the
  hard drive access.  I added a Adspeed accelerator, 127meg HD, and a
  Midex+(midi/smpte expander).  The cure for this was to modify the power
  regulator board inside. I got this info from someone else so here goes:

  WARNING........ LONG POST!

  Here is a solution, ending my miserable hard drive/power supply
  problems for my STacy.  Have you wanted to replace your inadequate
  stock CONNER hard drive with a larger model?  You may have found that
  there isn't enough power available from the stock power supply, and
  with goodies like GCR, the entire computer crashes and reboots.

  WHY??...... The stock PHIHONG power supply's specifications are: 16.5V
  at 2.5 amps. I found by watching the oscilloscope during floppy and
  hard drive accesses that the external power supply can deliver EXACTLY
  2.5 AMPS and NO MORE! If the load exceeds 2.500000 amps, it shuts down
  until the load has returned to under 2.5 amps.

  Nothing seemed to help. I tried tweaking the 12 and 5V potentiometers
  on the internal power supply board, trying other hard drives, large
  filter capacitors on the 5 and 12 volt lines and trying non-ATARI
  floppy drives.  No luck here....

  THE SOLUTION!......was finally discovered when I realized that by
  improving the filtering and stability of the power supply, the
  transient current loads no longer exceeded the maximum supply ratings.
  Simply, de-solder the 5v line leading to the hard drive at the
  power/regulation board. Solder the input leg of a LM340K-5 (5v, 3amp
  positive-voltage regulator) to the 12v line. Solder the case (GND) to
  the GND terminals between the 12 and 5v lines on the power
  supply/regulation board. Solder the wire leading to the hard drive
  5volt line to the output leg of the LM340K-5.  This solution has been
  flawless, running an impressive 2 years now!

Several weeks ago, I included a couple of installments of BJ Gleason's
"Reports from the Field".  BJ was a professor at American University and
is now teaching with the Armed Services through the University of
Maryland.  He is currently in Korea and, from his letters, enjoying the
heck out of it.  Here's his third installment:

  "Hey Gang...

  Since several of you had written asking when the next report from the
  field would be, well, here it is.

  Well, the first term ended about two weeks ago.  I had a week off, so
  I spent a couple of days down in the Pusan (South East Coast).  I also
  spent a few days in Osan at the Air Force base, trying to get some
  flying in...  but there has been a lot going on.  Some north koreans
  slipped into south korea, and things have been a bit dicey... there
  were major operations to catch the guys (2 of them), and Osan
  partipated... the second guy was caught today south of Osan... he had
  made quite some distance undetected.

  I'm scheduled to get checked out in a C172 on 1 Nov...

  The new term has started and I teach mon/wed from 6:30-9:30, and then
  Sunday, 9-4...  Only two classes this time, since the third class was
  cancelled becasue the troops were in the field until Nov 20th.  I'm
  teaching C and another Intro class.

  Another faculty member and I are planning a trip over the christmas
  break that might include: Hong Kong, Vietnam, Taipai, Singapore, and
  maybe a few other places...  I'll let you know details as I get them.

  There is going to be next weekend a dry run of the NEO exercise, which
  is supposed to evacuate all non-combat personnel from Korea.  I am on
  the short-list of people who might spend a weekend in Japan as part of
  the exercise...

  On my days off, I am taking a course in Korean...  which I am sure
  will be as successful as my forays into Russian and German...  Altho I
  might be able to actually use some of it...  There is actually little
  chances to use Korean...  becasue of the SOFA  agreement, most signs in
  Korea are bilingual, and everybody who speaks Korean want to practice
  their english on me.  The class is interesting, since during this first
  week, we  were not allowed to take notes, and we just kept saying
  various things, none of which I can now remember...

  Let's see... that should be enough for now...  oh, the OJ verdict was
  the big thing on the news here as well, and all my students wanted to
  know more about it...   it was a constant topic about here.

  Keep those cards and letter coming!


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

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