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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags
Subject: ST Report: 5-Jan-96 #1201
Reply-To: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Posted-By: xx004 (aa789 - Bruce D. Nelson)
Date: Mon Jan 22 00:02:40 1996



                                      
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      Whew!  The holidays are behind us.  This year was a memorable one
that's for sure.  I saw the last vestiges of my Atari computer stuff getting
ready to be packed and sent to a new home.  At the same time, the
entertainment center in the family room received a new component.  Seated
alongside the complete Sony Playstation console is a full house Atari
Jaguar.  The main features of both are being enjoyed to the max.  Highlander
looks great on the Jag, and most all the titles we have for the PSX are
absolutely outstanding.  So.. Whenever there is inclement weather or,
whatever, there is always our own little arcade center waiting there ready
and eager to please.

     CES is upon us and the KEY words are going to be Virtual Reality.  In
every sense of the term, VR is here.   It may not have fully arrived but its
presence is being sufficiently felt to ensure it has a very bright future.
Watch for many action packed titles in the entertainment arena that involve
VR in one way or another.  Speaking of NEW things in the software world .
Atari Interactive has thrown its hat into the multi-platform gaming arena.
Don't be surprised of you see the familiar Atari logo on that new software
package for your PC, MAC or PSX, Saturn and of course the Jaguar.  In a
quickie interview with Atari's Don Thomas ( a really nice guy).. I in my
usual diplomatic way pointedly asked if there is a future for the Jaguar.
Don emphatically stated "there is!"  He then went on to state that if the
new price for the Jaguar Game Console, $99.00, had the intended effect, a
great deal could easily be on the horizon for the Jaguar.  I then asked what
the overall view was of the future of Atari in general.  Don really was
highly confident of a very positive future for Atari.  This reporter feels
that with Ted Hoff seemingly in control, there is a very good possibility
that Atari will finally have an excellent shot at the ever elusive "Brass
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promotions, PR and leadership.  Perhaps Hoff is the key.  We shall see.

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                      CompuServe Blocks Six Newsgroups
     Responding to a direct mandate from the prosecutor's office in Germany,
CompuServe has suspended member access to some 200 of the Internet's  15,000
newsgroups.  Targeted  were those electronic bulletin boards  considered  by
some to be pornographic.
     The Associated Press said Germany's request "marked the first time that
a  government  has taken such drastic action to limit public access  to  the
Internet,"  and that some in the interactive community fear it  "may  prompt
other  governments to take similar steps to block access  to  material  they
deem inappropriate."
     AP  notes  German authorities notified CompuServe this week  they  were
investigating  200 distributors of sexually explicit material in  connection
with  a government probe of what's on the Internet. They told CompuServe  to
block member access to them.
     "Since  CompuServe  doesn't have the technical ability  to  block  only
German  users from such material, it had to ban every CompuServe  user  from
access,"  the  wire  service  observed. "Each of  the  newsgroups  that  was
suspended   was  specifically  identified  to  CompuServe  by   the   German
authorities as illegal under German criminal law."
     In  a  statement  from  its  Columbus, Ohio, headquarters,  the  online
service  said, "CompuServe cannot alter the content on the Internet  in  any
way  and  has only suspended access to the disputed newsgroups through  CIS.
The  issues being investigated in Germany, like those being addressed across
the  industry, need to remain focused on the individuals and groups  placing
content  on  the  Internet.  CompuServe,  as  an  access  provider,  is  not
responsible  for the origination or nature of content on the  Internet  over
which it has no creative or editorial control."
     The  statement  called the global market "vital" to CompuServe,  noting
the  system  currently has 500,000 members in Western Europe and anticipates
doubling that number in the next year.
     "CompuServe must comply with the laws of the many countries in which we
operate,"  said  the statement added. "However, laws in different  countries
are  often  in  conflict,  and this creates new  challenges  unique  to  the
emerging online industry. CompuServe is investigating ways in which  we  can
restrict user access to selected newsgroups by geographical location."
     The  statement said German authorities are investigating newsgroups and
other   Internet   content  that  may  contain  "child  pornography,   other
pornographic  material illegal for adults, as well as content that  although
not  illegal for adults is of such an explicit nature that it is illegal for
minors."
     Meanwhile,  cyber-rights groups worried aloud  today  about  the  First
Amendment  implications.  Staff  attorney Shari  Steele  of  the  Electronic
Frontier Foundation told reporter Jared Sandberg of the Wall Street Journal,
"Right  now,  Germany  is dictating what Americans who access  the  Internet
through  CompuServe are going to be able to see. If any service provider  is
going  to have to track all of the laws for all of the countries, we're  not
going to have very many service providers."
     CompuServe's   statement  said,  "While  access  has  been   suspended,
CompuServe  continues  to  work  with German  authorities  to  resolve  this
matter."
                       Germans Re-state Net Ban Stand
     German  authorities now say they never mandated that  CompuServe  block
access  to some 200 sexually explicit newsgroups on the Internet,  and  that
they  didn't explicitly threatened the online service with criminal charges.
The  comments, which seem to conflict with last week's statements  from  the
federal  prosecutor's  office in Germany, come in  the  wake  of  widespread
protests on the Internet and a new boycott of German beers.
     CompuServe  spokeswoman Daphne Kent told Associated Press writer  Frank
Bajak  the  Columbus, Ohio, company stands by the original  statement:  that
German  authorities  themselves specified the  newsgroups  to  which  access
should be suspended.  As reported earlier, CompuServe said last week it  was
responding  to a direct mandate from the prosecutor's office in  Germany  in
suspending  member  access to some 200 of the Internet's 15,000  newsgroups.
Targeted  were  those electronic bulletin boards considered by  some  to  be
pornographic.
     Since  CompuServe  doesn't have the technical  ability  to  block  only
German users from such material, it had to block every CompuServe user  from
access.   Each  of  the  newsgroups  that  was  suspended  was  specifically
identified to  CompuServe by the German authorities as illegal under  German
criminal law, the company says.
     However, now Munich senior public prosecutor Manfred Wick is saying his
office  did not provide any such list as part of its investigation of  child
pornography on the Net.  To this, CompuServe spokeswoman Kent told AP,  "The
newsgroups were specifically identified by German officials. I don't know if
the   German  prosecutors  are  backpedaling  a  little."   She  adds   that
CompuServe's  legal  department is in talks with prosecutors  "and  that  is
something that is going to have to be hashed out."
     Regarding  a  threat of criminal charges, Kent comments, "We  got  some
information  from (German prosecutors) that there was a real possibility  of
arrest  if we didn't comply."  Back in Germany, Wick says state police  will
present a finding before mid-February of what material available on computer
networks can be considered criminal and what effect that can have on  online
services.
     Authorities   there,   he  says,  consider  online   services   legally
responsible for information found on their networks, even if it  comes  from
outside  the networks, as is the case with Internet newsgroups.   Meanwhile,
in San Francisco, a gay rights group is calling for a boycott of two German-
brewed  beers  to protest the nation's stand, noting the banned  information
includes discussion groups on homosexuality and AIDS.
     Says  the  Reuter  News  Service, "Angered by the prosecutor's  action,
Americans  for Gay Rights, a small San Francisco gay rights group,  said  on
Tuesday  it  would launch a month-long boycott of two popular  German  beers
sold in America."  AGR spokesman Michael Petrelis says, "We want to send the
German  government a message that says we want them to keep their hands  off
the   Internet."  He says his group plans to start the boycott  tomorrow  by
pouring bottles of Beck's and St Pauli Girl beer down the sewer in front  of
the Goethe Institute, the German cultural center, in San Francisco.
                      CompuServe May Reopen Newsgroups
     CompuServe  says it hopes by the end of the month to reopen  access  to
200  sexually-oriented Internet newsgroups to all but its German  customers.
Spokesman Jeff Shafer told the Associated Press that the company is  working
on  a  way  to prevent Germans from accessing the newsgroups, while allowing
access  to  customers  in  the  rest of the  world.   As  reported  earlier,
CompuServe  said  last  week it was responding  to  a  direct  mandate  from
Germany's  federal prosecutor's office in suspending member access  to  some
200  of  the  Internet's 15,000 newsgroups. Targeted were  those  electronic
bulletin boards considered by some to be pornographic.  Suspending access to
the  newsgroups  has  sparked Net-wide protests. Since CompuServe  currently
doesn't  have  the technical ability to block only German  users  from  such
material,  it had to block all its 4 million users from access,  but  Shafer
says he hopes that technology will be developed by the end of January.
     CompuServe  says  each  of  the  newsgroups  that  was  suspended   was
specifically identified to CompuServe by the German authorities  as  illegal
under  German  criminal law.  As reported yesterday, Munich's senior  public
prosecutor, Manfred Wick, has said his office did not order a ban or provide
CompuServe with any list as part of its investigation of child pornography.
     However,  Wick  later  did  acknowledge  police  asked  CompuServe   to
scrutinize a list last month.  Wick maintains, "The decision on whether  and
to  what  extent  the  groups  on the list would  be  blocked  was  left  to
CompuServe."   CompuServe disputes this. Spokeswoman  Daphne  Kent  told  AP
yesterday  the  company  stands  by  the  original  statement:  that  German
authorities  themselves specified the newsgroups to which access  should  be
suspended.
     Meanwhile, Shafer says the ability to block access by country "will  be
an  important  tool to have," adding, "We're in more than 140 countries.  It
would be silly to think we would not come up against this elsewhere."
                       Acma Ltd. Bids for Hayes Micro
     From  Singapore comes word that investment and electronics company Acma
Ltd.'s   proposed   purchase  and  reorganization  of  modem   maker   Hayes
Microcomputer  Products Inc. still is being evaluated.  The Dow  Jones  news
service quotes a statement to the Stock Exchange of Singapore in which  Acma
says  its  joint bid with Canada's Northern Telecom Inc. for Hayes is  being
studied by the Bankruptcy Court in Atlanta.  As noted, Hayes has been  under
bankruptcy protection and also is being wooed by Diamond Multimedia Inc. and
U.S. Robotics Corp.
     "The  planned reorganization of Hayes," says Dow Jones, "calls for  100
percent   repayment  of  all  valid  creditors'  claims,  including  accrued
interest.  If  the  bid is successful, it will result in Acma  and  Northern
Telecom taking a 24.5 percent stake in Hayes. Acma said that the court  will
make a final decision by early February."
                       AT&T Announces Massive Job Cuts
     AT&T  Corp. says it will cut up to 40,000 jobs as it splits itself into
three  separate  companies.  The company also says it will take  a  post-tax
charge of approximately $4 billion against fourth-quarter earnings to  cover
the costs of its restructuring.
     The job cuts will take place over three years, with about 70 percent to
be completed by the end of 1996. Since more than 6,500 managers have already
taken a voluntary severance package and about 4,000 other employees could be
moving  with  units  AT&T  intends  to divest,  involuntary  reductions  are
expected  to total about 30,000, says AT&T. The company adds that  extension
of  the  voluntary  separation  offer to additional  employees  may  further
decrease the number of involuntary cuts.
     "The  reduction in our workforce will be the most difficult and painful
step  we've  had to take in this restructuring process," says AT&T  Chairman
Robert E. Allen. "Compassion will be an essential ingredient in the handling
of  the  job  cuts that are part of today's announcement. But I believe  the
reductions and other actions are absolutely essential if our businesses  are
to be competitive."
     The  moves  primarily affect the new AT&T company, which  will  provide
telecommunications services, as well as the systems and technology  company,
which  will provide network, business and consumer technology and equipment.
The   third  company,  computer  unit  AT&T  Global  Information  Solutions,
announced in September that it would eliminate 8,500 jobs in 1995 and 1996.
                      TI Sues Samsung Over Chip Patents
     Texas  Instruments  Inc. has filed a patent infringement  suit  against
Korea's  Samsung  Electronics Co. Ltd. and its two  U.S.  subsidiaries.   In
addition to unspecified monetary damages, TI is asking the court to issue  a
permanent  injunction  barring Samsung from using TI's  patents.  The  suit,
filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of
     Texas, alleges violation of several patents involved in the manufacture
of  semiconductor devices, including dynamic random-access memories (DRAMs).
A  five-year cross-licensing agreement between the firms expired on Dec. 31.
"TI  has a strong patent portfolio that reflects billions of dollars in  R&D
investment," says Richard J. Agnich, TI's general counsel. "Our  resolve  to
protect  it and get a fair return for others' use of our technology has  not
wavered.
                       Feds Arrest Three in Cell Fraud
     Federal  authorities have arrested a man who used cyberspace to  openly
advertised  illegal  electronic surveillance equipment and  cloned  cellular
phones, charging him with conspiracy, fraud and money laundering.   Bernhard
Bowitz, along with his estranged wife and another man, were arrested by  the
Secret  Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration after  the  agencies
received  court  approval to monitor online communications,  Secret  Service
spokesman Bill Whiteside told the Associated Press in New York.
     The wire service reports search warrants executed in New York, Seattle,
Las  Vegas and Hong Kong resulted in the seizure of illegal bugging  devices
and  cellular phone cloning equipment as well as laptop computers, scanners,
bugging transmitters and receivers and a satellite cellular telephone.
     Whiteside  told  the wire service the investigation  began  after  AT&T
notified  federal  authorities someone was selling illegal  devices  online.
He  said the company was concerned that illegal activity was occurring  over
its  telephone  lines.  "The investigation revealed a World  Wide  Web  site
where  Bowitz advertised the illegal devices and cloned phones,"  AP  added.
Whiteside  said Bowitz "pretty much openly advertised" them as  illegal  and
allegedly  bragged  to  undercover agents that drug  dealers  had  purchased
equipment from him.
     Bowitz, a native of Germany, was arrested Dec. 19. His estranged  wife,
Rachel,  was  arrested  in Las Vegas while Gregory Brooks  of  Seattle,  who
Whiteside  said  was a salesman for Bowitz, was arrested in New  York.  They
were  charged with conspiracy and access device violations.       Meanwhile,
Brooklyn  U.S.  Attorney  Zachary Carter told a Manhattan  news  conference,
"These arrests offer a glimpse into what crime and law enforcement will look
like  in  the  21st  century.  Criminals  are  adjusting  to  new  means  of
communications in the same way we are."
     Reporter Tracey L. Miller of United Press International says the  three
suspects  allegedly "set up a lucrative business to sell a device  that  can
steal  and store numbers from legal cellular phones and another device known
as  a  'celltracker' that can be used to eavesdrop on nearby cellular  phone
conversations."  Miller says the investigation began last spring, when  AT&T
Wireless  Services'  security  team spotted  Bowitz's  ads  spotting  up  on
CompuServe.
     "After determining what was for sale, the company referred the case  to
the  Secret Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration," Miller writes.
"The  Department  of Justice and the U.S. district court gave  investigators
authorization to monitor the trio's outgoing and incoming CompuServe  e-mail
messages, the first time permission for such a wiretap over the Internet has
ever been granted."
     Brian  Gimlett, who heads the Secret Service's New York  Field  Office,
commented,  "This  authorization was critical,  since  Bernhard  and  Rachel
Bowitz,  and  Gregory Brooks, perhaps believing that Internet communications
were  immune  from  interception, spoke relatively openly  in  their  e-mail
communications."    Undercover  officers  also   allegedly   caught   Bowitz
laundering and attempting to launder $225,000 that he believed was  used  in
drug trafficking.
     Said  Gimlett, "The significance of this case should not be  minimized.
This  case  has  substantially impeded the spread of technology  that  would
undercut   law   enforcement's  ability  to  conduct  effective   electronic
surveillance,  endanger  the telecommunications and  international  business
community and intrude upon the public's right to privacy."!
                       Computer Finds Shakespeare Poem
     A  computer program has confirmed that a 383-year-old poem unearthed in
a  library  appears to be the work of William Shakespeare.   Scholar  Donald
Foster  found the 578-line poem -- "A Funerall Elegye In Memory of the  Late
Vertuous Maister William Peeter," about the death of a young actor in 1612 -
- in the Oxford University library in 1981.
     From  Chicago, the Associated Press reports Foster ran the poem through
a  program  called  SHAXICON, which he wrote to weed out poetry  not  really
written  by  Shakespeare.  The software compares word usage and  style  with
that  of Shakespeare and 50 other Elizabethan writers. He said the new elegy
fit  Shakespeare's  usage in all 17 tests made by the SHAXICON  program.  No
other author came close in more than five areas.
     Still,  Foster  acknowledges that, even if it is  accepted  as  one  of
Shakespeare's  works,  the  poem  will  never  be  counted  as  one  of  his
masterpieces.  Said the scholar, "It's not a poem that will ever  be  widely
loved,  but it will change how we read his other texts. It is, in a  way,  a
retirement  poem, talking of theatricality as a fraud. He also talks  of  `a
sadder case of knowing shame,' possibly scandal of a sexual nature."
     He  said Thomas Thorpe, publisher of Shakespeare's Sonnets, entered the
1612 elegy in London Stationers Register, a copyright depository, along with
the  initials "W.S." Shakespeare's last plays were written at about the same
time; he died in 1616.
     The poem reads in part:
                "But whether doth the stream of my mischance
              "Drive me beyond myself, fast friend, soon lost,
                  "Long may thy worthiness thy name advance
          "Amongst the virtuous and deserving most, who herein hast
                           "Forever happy proved;
            "In life thou livest, in death, thou diedst beloved."
                                      
                    Retail Computer Sales Top $23 Billion
     More  than  $23  billion  in sales are being  reported  by  the  retail
computer  industry  for 1995, a year that apparently saw  record  gains.   A
survey  in  the  current issue of Computer Retail Week finds retailers  this
year  experienced a gain of 38.3 percent in sales, which translated  into  a
growth of $9 billion in retail sales of computers, peripherals, software and
other computer related-products in the last year.
     Also,  says the magazine, five stores finished the year with more  than
$1 billion in sales of computer-related merchandise each. They were CompUSA,
Best  Buy,  Computer  City,  and two new entrants into  the  "billion-dollar
computer club," Office Depot and Circuit City. According to a statement from
the  magazine's Manhasset, New York, headquarters, other key findings of the
survey were:
    CompUSA remained the dominant retailer overall, racking up more than $2
  billion in retail sales, followed by Best Buy and Computer City.
     Computer superstores accounted for 36.1 percent of all retail computer
  sales in 1995.
    Software Specialists, a staple of malls across America, saw their sales
  fall  flat  in 1995, as general retailers such as toy and book stores  and
  supermarkets  leapt into the software market. ("Computer superstores  also
  stole a portion of their sales," said the statement, "contributing to a 2.4
  percent drop in sales by software specialists compared to last year.")
     Additions to the top 100 list of retailers include toy giant Toys  'R'
  Us and media retailer Virgin Megastore.
    The number of stores selling computer-related products jumped by 13.3
percent in 1995.
                      '96 Internet 'Hangover' Foreseen
     The  International  Data  Corp.  is predicting  a  shift  in  corporate
leadership online in the new year. It foresees activity on the Internet  and
World  Wide  Web  lurching from an "intoxication" to a "hangover"  stage  in
1996.
     The   Framingham,  Mass.,  technology  consultant  also  predicts  many
corporations that invested in online services now will suffer "discouraging"
losses  in  1996  and decide to pull out of the Internet.  Nonetheless,  IDC
gave  online  services a bullish 10-year outlook. Writing for  United  Press
International, Andrea McDaniels reports, "IDC said two of the leading online
service  providers  --  CompuServe, America Online,  Microsoft  Network  and
Prodigy -- are expected to founder in 1996, leaving only two network  giants
providing access to the Web."
     IDC Vice President Frank Gens told the wire service, "The seeds will be
sown  for  the  creation of new leadership and the downfall of some  current
giants." He did not predict specifically which would fall.
     Citing network "traffic jams" encountered by Net wanderers, Gens added,
"If  they  sign  on  during rush hour on the information superhighway,  they
could  wait  five  to  10 minutes for one screen to  appear.  Most  will  be
underwhelmed by the content on the Web once they get there and cancel  their
online subscriptions."
Other IDC predictions reported by UPI:
     Networks  will  develop new technologies to cope with the  exponential
  growth of subscribers, whose numbers were expected to soar in the next five
  years  from  8 million to 10 million to more than 200 million, reaching  1
  billion by 2010.
     Providers  will  streamline services through data compression,  adding
  high-speed telephone lines and hooking up larger computers.
     Some  companies,  retailers and publishers will bail  out  during  the
  "hangover" period, "crippling their business's ability to compete  in  the
  virtual economy," says UPI, adding, "This will clear the way for leaders in
  the electronic marketplace to hike their investment in services."
     Slow  development of a wide consumer base will lead 20 percent of  the
  some  170 Fortune 500 companies with commercial Web sites to close or stop
  maintaining them, resulting in "ghost sites."
    Microsoft Corp. will have to put out its new online products, including
  its NBC-affiliated news service, under a different brand name tailored  to
  Internet users if it wants to stay ahead. (Said Gens, "There's a limit  to
  the  power of the Microsoft brand.") He also thinks the growth of the  Web
  will  buck  Microsoft  from  its top spot in the  next  10  years.  ("It's
  impossible for Microsoft to be as dominant as it has been in the  past  10
  years," he said.)
     Net access cost will drop in 1996 from $25 to $70 a month to as little
  as $10 a month and Internet appliances will be given away free.
    Some "corporate visionaries" will seize the key home consumer market by
  developing  a  cheaper multimedia PC that breaks below the magical  $1,000
  mark. Multimedia computers, which now cost about $1,500, will be pitched for
  $800 by 1997.
     Said  Gens,  "The ones who figure out how to penetrate the home  market
will be the leaders five years from now."
                       "Cyberspace," "Online" Clichs?
     A  Michigan university has put "cyberspace" and "online" at the top  of
its  annual New Year's list of overused terms, saying they are cliches  that
ought  to  be  retired.   The 20th annual list by the  Lake  Superior  State
University's   public   relations  department   selected   "online"   as   a
representative of offensive jargon worthy of being discarded.
     Reporting  from  Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, the  Reuter  News  Service
quotes  nominator Michelle Batterbee as asking, "Where is  the  'line'  that
everyone  is  on.  It  sounds  like some  place  a  fish  should  be."   And
contributor Michelle Mooney in her nomination wrote, "Cyber-ANYTHING sets my
teeth on edge."  Beyond the cybersphere ... oops ... the O.J. Simpson murder
trial spawned the disingenuous "the race card," and, Reuters notes, "several
contributors merely sought relief from those ubiquitous initials, 'O.J.'"
     Also making the list were promotions of "alternative music" groups from
Nirvana  to  Kiss  who  rocked  "unplugged." And,  says  the  wire  service,
"Overworked  euphemisms  such  as  actor  Sylvester  Stallone's  exclamation
'Absolutely!,' instead of a simple 'yes,' irked other contributors."
     House  speaker  Newt  Gingrich  was singled  out  for  using  the  word
"frankly"  12 times in one speech, "nearly as often as he intoned 'liberal,'
which was on the university's list of banned words last year," Reuters says.
And  news  reports  about  the civil war in the former  Yugoslavia  produced
"ethnic  cleansing"  for  genocide, and referred  to  foreign  troops  as  a
"peacekeeping  force.  "The university also aimed jabs at "revisit,"  "touch
base," "done deal," "on the same page" and "closure."
                               1995 In Review!
   Here are 1995's leading computer and information industry news stories,
         as reported by CompuServe's Online Today's Monitor section
Microsoft to Introduce Bob (Jan. 3): Microsoft Corp. reported it was set  to
introduced a new $100 program called Bob intended for new PC users among the
rapidly expanding home market. Bob, running on top of DOS and Windows, has a
set  of  eight  programs  for  handling common household  chores,  including
options to balance checkbooks, mark calendars and handle electronic mail.
Kahn  Steps  Down  as  Borland  CEO (Jan. 11):  Borland  International  Inc.
announced that founder Philippe Kahn stepped down as president and CEO,  but
will  remain  with  the  software publisher as chairman.  Gary  Wetsel,  49,
executive  vice  president of operations and chief  financial  officer,  was
named president and appointed to Borland's board of directors.
AMD,  Intel Settle Legal Fight (Jan. 12): After seven years in court,  chip-
making rivals Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. ended their  court
fights, and some observers are declaring AMD the winner.
Bad  Pentiums Cost Intel $450 Million (Jan. 18): A $450 million  charge  was
taken  by  Intel  Corp.  to account for the costs of  replacing  its  flawed
Pentium microprocessor.
Man  Arrested  for  Internet Messages (Feb. 10): A  University  of  Michigan
student  was  arrested on charges he threatened another student  by  writing
about  her  in  at  least one rape-murder fantasy story  he  posted  on  the
Internet.
Borland  Sells  Rights  to  Kahn (Feb. 14): For undisclosed  terms,  Borland
International Inc. sold rights to its Sidekick for Windows and Dashboard for
Windows  programs  to  Starfish Software, a new company  headed  by  Borland
Chairman Philippe Kahn.
Borland  Introduces  Delphi (Feb. 14): Borland International  Inc.  formally
unveiled Delphi, its long-awaited visual application development software.
Judge  Nixes  Microsoft Settlement (Feb. 15): Stunning many in the  computer
industry  and  in  Washington, a federal judge  rejected  the  U.S.  Justice
Department's proposed antitrust settlement with software publisher Microsoft
Corp.
Feds  Appeal  Microsoft  Ruling  (Feb. 16):  Saying  delay  would  cost  the
taxpayers  money,  the  federal government asked an appeals  court  to  move
quickly  to overturn a federal judge's rejection of the Justice Department's
antitrust settlement with Microsoft.
Lotus  Takeover  Rumors 'Silly Talk' (Feb. 22): All  those  rumors  about  a
takeover  of Lotus Development Corp. are nothing but "silly talk,"  insisted
Jim Manzi, chief executive officer of the software group.
Samsung  Eyes Big Stake in AST (Feb. 28): For $377.5 million, South  Korea's
Samsung  Electronics Co. agreed to buy a 40.25 percent stake in AST Research
Inc.
Intuit  Admits to Bug in Tax Program (March 2): Intuit Inc. said it found  a
major  bug  in  its  income tax software that can affect  its  TurboTax  and
MacInTax  programs and said it would replace the affected programs  free  of
charge.
Jury  Clears  IBM in RSI Suit (March 9): Ending the first case of  its  kind
against IBM to go to trial, a jury in Hastings, Minnesota, ruled the company
is  not liable for the disabling repetitive stress injuries a secretary said
she suffered from using IBM keyboards.
Borland  Wins  Lotus  Case  (March 10): A federal appeals  court  in  Boston
overturned  a  lower-court ruling for Lotus Development Corp.,  siding  with
Borland  International  in  an action that limits copyright  protection  for
software. The ruling may help struggling Borland survive.
Intel  Already  Planning 'P7' Chip (March 13): P6 isn't out yet,  but  Intel
Corp. already is thinking of P7. The Washington Post reported that Intel  is
at   work   with   partner  Hewlett-Packard  Co.  on   the   next-generation
microprocessor, code-named P7, which is to appear in 1997.
CompuServe to Buy Spry Inc. (March 14): Seattle-based Spry Inc., producer of
the  Internet  in a Box software, was acquired by CompuServe Inc.  The  Wall
Street  Journal says the deal called for the exchange of about $100  million
in  stock  and  cash,  and  is "believed to be the largest  Internet-related
acquisition."
Microsoft, DreamWorks Team Up (March 22): Microsoft Corp. and DreamWorks SKG
signed  a  joint venture agreement to create a new software company designed
to produce interactive and multimedia entertainment properties.
Cray  Computer  Files Chapter 11 (March 24): Cray Computer Corp.  filed  for
protection  under  Chapter  11  of the U.S. Bankruptcy  Code.  The  Colorado
Springs, Colorado-based company suspended work on its supercomputer  systems
and laid off its engineering, manufacturing and marketing personnel.
Publishers Win Rental Law Test (April 4): Software publishers won the  first
case  to  test  the  Computer Software Rental Amendments Act  of  1990.  The
Software Publishers Association reported that a federal court ruled in favor
of  its  members  in  a  civil copyright infringement  suit  against  Global
Software  &  Accessories Inc. The company offered software  on  a  "Deferred
Billing  Plan" that allowed customers to take software home for up  to  five
days for a "non-refundable deposit."
Poulsen  Sentenced  to  Prison (April 11): Renegade  computerist  Kevin  Lee
Poulsen  was  sentenced to 51 months in federal prison  after  admitting  he
rigged  radio  call-in contests to win luxury cars, Hawaiian  vacations  and
thousands in cash.
Gates  Settles  Wedding  Lawsuit  (April  13):  For  undisclosed  terms,   a
television reporter arrested covering the Jan. 1, 1994, Hawaiian wedding  of
Microsoft  founder Bill Gates reached an out-of-court settlement with  Gates
and Dole Food Co. Inc., which owns the island where the wedding was held.
Samsung Gets Major Hold on AST (April 15): South Korea's Samsung Electronics
disclosed  it  will gain significant management control over  struggling  PC
maker AST Research in return for its planned investment of $377 million.
Power  Unveils  Mac  Clones  (April 17): Power Computing  Corp.,  the  first
company to receive and announce a license for Apple Computer Inc.'s Mac  OS,
introduced its first three Mac-compatible systems: the Power 80,  Power  100
and  Power  110. The systems, available in desktop and tower configurations,
are  based  on  80MHz,  100MHz  and  110MHz  versions  of  the  PowerPC  601
microprocessor  and are comparable to Apple Computer's Power Macintosh  7100
and  8100 class of computers. Intel Halting '486 Production (April  26):  To
solidify  the  Pentium  chip  as  its  core  product,  Intel  Corp.  stopped
production  of  most versions of the 80486 microprocessor.  Intel  spokesman
Howard High said the company most likely would make '486 processors only for
low- end notebook computers.
Feds  Challenge  Microsoft  Deal (April 28):  An  antitrust  suit  to  block
Microsoft  Corp.'s $2.1 billion acquisition of financial software  publisher
Intuit  Inc.  was  filed by the U.S. Justice Department in a  San  Francisco
federal court. Microsoft and Intuit immediately vowed to fight.
CompuServe  Tops 3 Million Members (April 29): CompuServe Inc.  reported  it
has  more than 3 million active accounts and is signing up as many as 60,000
new members each week. The firm attributed the growth to the rising interest
in online services, its improved Internet access and increased content.
CompuServe Sets Wireless Pacts (May 1): CompuServe Inc. announced  alliances
with  wireless industry leaders that will allow it to provide  members  with
broad  mobile  systems coverage. The services includes e-mail  notification,
which will allow a member to select critical mail and forward it to a pager.
IBM  OS/2 Warp Sales Soar (May 8): A study by Computer Intelligence InfoCorp
(CII) revealed that sales of IBM's OS/2 Warp operating system increased more
than 300 percent since the product first became available late last fall.
IBM to Preload Win95 on PCs (May 11): Despite its substantial investment  in
OS/2 Warp, IBM Corp. announced that its PCs will also run Windows 95. IBM is
working with Microsoft to ensure system compatibility and support of Windows
95  for  its  customers. IBM also says it intends to preload Windows  95  on
selected desktop and mobile systems.
Mike  Maples  to  Leave Microsoft (May 15): Microsoft  Vice  President  Mike
Maples  announced  plans  to  retire in  the  near  future  and  there  were
unconfirmed  reports  the  software giant  planned  to  reorganize  its  top
management to fill the gap left by his departure.
NBC,  Microsoft Join Forces (May 16): NBC and Microsoft Corp. announced  the
formation  of  a  multimedia  alliance covering  a  broad  range  of  areas,
including online, CD-ROM, interactive TV and other digital products, as well
as  the  integration of those efforts into traditional broadcast  and  cable
television.
Microsoft  Drops  Intuit  Deal (May 21): Blaming a  protracted  legal  fight
needed  to  overcome U.S. Justice Department antitrust objections, Microsoft
Corp. canceled plans to buy financial software publisher Intuit Inc. for  $2
billion, an all-stock deal announced last October.
Robert Palmer Named DEC Chairman (May 23): President/CEO Robert B. Palmer of
Digital Equipment Corp. added the title of chairman. This was the first time
the  Maynard,  Massachusetts, computer firm had a  chairman  since  it  went
public in 1966.
Compaq  Suing  Packard Bell (May 26): In a patent violation lawsuit,  Compaq
Computer  Corp.  sought  $450 million from Packard  Bell  Electronics  Inc.,
according  to  comments from a Packard Bell attorney  during  a  hearing  in
another dispute between the rivals.
Win95  Net  Feature  Scrutinized (June 1): A feature  in  Microsoft  Corp.'s
upcoming  Windows  95  software that allows users t register  electronically
instead of mailed post card came under scrutiny because of its capability to
report what other programs also are on a customer's computer.
IBM  Plans to Buy Lotus (June 5): In  a blockbuster move, IBM Corp. said  it
planned  to  acquire software publisher Ltuos Development Corp. The  Armonk,
New  York-based  computer giant launched a $0 6per share  tender  offer  for
Lotus'  stock. IBM said it planned to pay for the deal with money  from  its
cash reserve.
Computer  Pioneer  Eckert  Dies  (June 6): Seventy-six-year-old  J.  Presper
Eckert,  who  co-invented  the first electronic digital  computer,  died  in
Pennsylvania  after a long battle with cancer. A spokeswoman  at  Bryn  Mawr
Hospital   told  the  Associated  Press  the  computer  pioneer  died   from
complications caused by leukemia.
Lotus  Agrees to Takeover by IBM (June 12): A week after the launch of IBM's
hostile takeover bid, Lotus Development Corp. agreed to be bought out by the
computer  giant  for  $3.52 billion, or about $220  million  more  than  was
originally offered.
Intel  Announces  New Pentium (June 12): Intel Corp. announced  its  fastest
production  microprocessors to date -- a 133MHz Pentium model. The  chip  is
targeted  for  servers and high-performance desktop computers.  It  was  the
second  member of the Pentium processor family to be introduced in  as  many
weeks.  There  are  now nine versions of the Pentium,  each  with  different
prices and performance points for different market segments.
IBM's  PowerPC Units Rolling Out (June 19): IBM's new PowerSeries PCs, based
on the PowerPC chip IBM designed with Apple Computer Inc. and Motorola Inc.,
were  announced  to hit the market in July. But IBM didn't expect  to  begin
selling the machines in substantive volume until next year.
Internet  Fantasy  Charges Dropped (June 21): Charges were  dropped  against
Jake  Baker,  a  21-year-old  former  University  of  Michigan  student  who
published on the Internet a violent fantasy about another Michigan  student,
using  her  real  name.  Judge  Aervn Cohn, in dismissing  the  case,  ruled
publication  of the rape-slaying story would have been better handled  as  a
disciplinary matter by the university.
Adobe Buys Frame Technology (June 23): Expanding its holdings in electronic-
publishing interests, Adobe Systems Inc. agreed to buy Frame Technology Inc.
in  a  stock  swap  valued  at $500 million. Frame,  based  near  San  Jose,
California,  specializes in software for creating long documents,  including
books and technical manuals.
AST-Samsung  Deal Approved (July 4): Stockholders and the Korean  government
approved a plan for AST Research Inc. to sell 40 percent of itself to Korean
electronics  giant Samsung for $377 million. The deal marks the first  major
overseas investment in a leading U.S. PC producer.
Gates Is World's Wealthiest Person (July 5): Bill Gates headed Forbes' ninth
annual list of the world's wealthiest people, the first time an American has
occupied  the  top spot. The magazine estimated the Microsoft Corp.  chief's
worth at $12.9 billion.
NEC  to  Buy  Stake in Packard Bell (July 5): In Tokyo, officials  with  NEC
Corp.  said the company would pay $170 million for a 19.99 percent stake  in
leading U.S. PC maker Packard Bell Electronics Inc.
Radius  Taps  IBM for Mac Clones (July 5): Radius Inc. said  it  signed  IBM
Corp. to manufacture its line of Macintosh-compatible computers. Radius said
it  selected IBM following an exhaustive search that began after the company
completed  a  Mac  OS  licensing agreement with  Apple  Computer  Inc.  last
December.
Last  Typewriter  Maker  Quits  (July  5):  The  last  American  company  to
manufacture  typewriters  filed for bankruptcy protection,  saying  personal
computers have eroded demand for its products. Smith Corona Corp. filed  for
reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code, freeing it from
the threat of creditors' suits while its reworks its finances.
Dataquest Says Compaq Is Top Vendor (Aug. 7): Compaq Computer Corp. remained
in  first place among PC vendors during the second quarter this year,  where
it  had  been  since  the  first quarter of 1994. That  is  the  finding  of
Dataquest   Inc.  analysts  who  also  said  IBM  ranked  second,   followed
sequentially  by Apple Computer Inc., NEC Corp., Packard Bell  and  Hewlett-
Packard Co.
Feds  Won't Block Win95 Release (Aug. 9): Antitrust regulators with the U.S.
Justice Department said they would't take action on the Microsoft Network or
Microsoft Corp.'s new Windows 95 software before the new products' release.
Netscape  Stock Bumps Records (Aug. 10): Netscape Communications Corp.  took
New  York by storm as one of the most successful new stock issues on record.
The  day saw the new Internet web browser software publisher's shares double
in price.
'Dilbert'  Creator Loses Day Job (Aug. 11): Scott Adams --  whose  "Dilbert"
cartoon strip is a favorite among many Net surfers -- was laid off from  his
post  at  Pacific  Bell's  San Ramon, California, office,  causing  some  to
speculate on whether he drew himself out of a job.
Stones  Tune  to  Launch  Win95 (Aug. 18): Members of  the  Rolling  Stones,
breaking  their  long standing refusal to sell song rights  to  advertisers,
reportedly accepted $12 million to let Microsoft Corp. use their hit  "Start
Me Up" to launch the Windows 95 software campaign next week.
Judge  OKS  Microsoft  Settlement (Aug. 21): A  federal  judge  approved  an
antitrust  settlement  reached more than a year  earlier  between  Microsoft
Corp.  and the U.S. Justice Department, changing the way the software  giant
sells its key product.
IBM  Announces  Win95  Support (Aug. 24): At the last  minute,  on  the  day
Windows  95  became available, IBM Corp. became the last major PC  maker  to
announce  support for the operating system. The company says  it  signed  an
agreement with Microsoft Corp. to offer Windows 95 preloaded on its  desktop
and portable systems.
Microsoft Sells 1M Win95 Copies (Aug. 29): Microsoft said it estimated  that
more  than  1  million copies of Windows 95 were obtained  by  customers  at
retail  during  the  product's  first four days  of  availability  in  North
America.
'Prank Macro' Strikes MS Word (Aug. 30): Loath to call it a virus, Microsoft
Corp.  said  a  "prank  macro" that was annoying  but  mostly  harmless  had
infected  its  popular Word word-processing software. In  a  statement  from
Microsoft's Redmond, Washington, headquarters, Michael Hebert, group product
manager  for office applications, said the rogue macro (a group of  computer
commands  that can be performed by hitting only one or two keys): "seems  to
be becoming relatively widespread" in documents produced with Word.
Web  Sites Top 100,000 (Aug. 31): Internet's monstrously popular World  Wide
Web  passed  the  100,000  mark in the number of Web  sites,  and  observers
predicted it would reach nearly a half-million by year's end if the  current
exponential growth rate continued.
Viruses Slow Win95 Installation (Sept. 1): Microsoft Corp. said some  buyers
of  its new Windows 95 were finding the version of the operating system that
installs  from  floppy diskette can be ruined by a virus on their  machines.
However, Win95 itself does not carry a virus, the firm added.
AST  President, Others Step Down (Sept. 12): In a major management  shakeup,
AST  Research  Inc.'s  president and two other top executives  quit  as  the
Irvine,  California, computer maker forecast a quarterly loss  and  stagnant
sales.  The  move  came  less  than  a month  after  South  Korea's  Samsung
Electronics  Co.  invested $377.5 million for a  40  percent  stake  in  the
company, but AST CEO and co-founder Safi Qureshey told business writer  Evan
Ramstad that Samsung did not force the executive changes.
FBI  Accuses 12 of Child Porn (Sept. 14): Wrapping up a two-year  nationwide
investigation  dubbed  "Innocent Images," the FBI arrested  a  dozen  people
accused  of  trading  in child pornography by computer  networks,  and  more
arrests  were  expected.  Federal authorities  said  their  probe  monitored
America Online to catch suspects distributing child pornography, as well  as
those alleged to be arranging sex with children.
Sides  Agree on New CD Standard (Sept. 15): In Tokyo, two competing industry
alliances put aside their differences and agreed to standardize on a  single
high-capacity CD standard.
Security  Flaw  Found in Netscape (Sept. 19): Two graduate students  at  the
University  of  California  at Berkeley found a  serious  security  flaw  in
Netscape Communications Corp.'s Internet web browser, jeopardizing data such
as   credit-card  numbers  that  users  pass  over  the  Net.  The   company
acknowledged the flaw and said it was issuing a software fix.
AT&T  Quits PC Business (Sept. 20): AT&T Corp. planned to divide itself into
three  separate  companies and was leaving the PC business. AT&T's  computer
unit, AT&T Global Information Solutions (GIS), would eliminate approximately
8,500   jobs,   including  1,000  positions  from  the  its  Dayton,   Ohio,
headquarters, as well as 1,300 independent contractors who perform  services
for the unit.
Novell Sets UNIX Course (Sept. 20): Novell Inc. gave up control of its  UNIX
software,  forming business relationships focusing on the popular  operating
system with Hewlett-Packard Co. and the Santa Cruz Operation Inc. The  Santa
Cruz  Operation  acquired  Novell's UNIX software business,  while  Hewlett-
Packard was to collaborate on future technology developments.
Seagate to Buy Rival Conner (Sept. 21): Disk driver maker Seagate Technology
Inc.  agreed  to  buy arch rival Conner Peripherals Inc.  in  a  stock  swap
observers  say is valued at about $1.04 billion. Wall Street Journal  writer
Charles  McCoy said the proposed transaction would combine two of  the  four
largest makers of disk drives and other computer-memory components.
Ex-Intel  Programmer  Jailed (Sept. 25): Accused  of  stealing  millions  of
dollars  worth of Intel Corp.'s Pentium chip production secrets  and  giving
them to a rival computer company, a software engineer was jailed in Arizona.
The FBI arrested 43-year-old William Gaede at his home in Mesa Saturday.  An
FBI  complaint  alleges  that Gaede sent videotapes  with  instructions  for
making Intel's Pentium microprocessor to Advanced Micro Devices Inc., which,
said the bureau, immediately returned the material to Intel.
Apple  Tries  to  Persuade IBM (Sept. 25): Word is Apple  Computer  Inc.  is
trying  to  persuade IBM to abandon its own OS/2 operating  system  for  the
Macintosh and, instead, market Apple's system. Also, the Wall Street Journal
reported  IBM made a bid for Apple in September 1994, offering $4.5 billion,
according to people familiar with the talks.
IBM  to  Sell  PC's Birthplace (Sept. 28): IBM Corp. is likely to  sell  its
historic Boca Raton, Florida, research facility, the birthplace of  the  IBM
PC  in  1981, reported the Wall Street Journal. According to the  newspaper,
the  550-acre property was to go on the market late this year.  But  an  IBM
spokesman added that the decision wasn't yet final. IBM announced earlier in
the  week  that  it  was moving 800 OS/2 software developers  and  marketing
professionals from Boca Raton to Austin, Texas.
CompuServe  Debuts  Net  Service  (Oct. 4): CompuServe's  Internet  division
announced the first worldwide consumer Internet service. Priced at $4.95 per
month,  the service -- code-named SPRYTE -- is designed to make the Internet
available to every household.
NexGen  Unveils  New Microprocessor (Oct. 10): NexGen Inc. released  details
about  its planned sixth generation x86 microprocessor line. The chip  maker
said its Nx686 CPU offers up to twice the performance of Intel's Pentium Pro
on  16-bit  applications and up to 33 percent higher performance  on  32-bit
code.
CompuServe  Makes  Beeper Link (Oct. 10): Starting in  November,  CompuServe
subscribers will be able to get electronic mail delivered directly to  their
beepers.  The  service will work on alphanumeric beepers that  have  digital
screens allowing for short written messages.
Jim  Manzi Resigns as Lotus CEO (Oct. 11): Just four months after  his  firm
was  acquired by IBM in the software industry's biggest merger, Jim P. Manzi
resigned as CEO of Lotus Development Corp., telling employees in a memo that
he feels he no longer fits with the company.
CD-ROM  Sales  Soon  to Top Floppies (Oct. 12): Market  researcher  IDC/LINK
forecast  that CD-ROM software sales would pass floppy disk revenue sometime
in  1996. The company, based in New York, reported that CD-ROM revenues were
$1  billion  in 1994 and are expected to grow at a compounded annual  growth
rate  of 43 percent by the year 2000. By contrast, floppy disk revenues were
$.63  billion in 1994 and were expected to decline $2.7 billion  within  the
next five years.
Online  Libel Case Resolved (Oct. 25): Prodigy Services Co. said it  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 reported that the anticipated ruling  could  have
enormous  impact  on  the  online field and on companies  offering  personal
computer users access to the Internet.
CompuServe Puts Info on the Phone (Oct. 26): CompuServe Inc. is putting some
of  its  online information on the telephone. Through an exclusive agreement
with  Premiere  Communications Inc., the company introduced 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.
Novell  to Sell WordPerfect (Oct. 31): Just 16 months after buying  out  the
word  processing giant for $855 million, Novell Inc. said it will sell  most
of  WordPerfect  Corp.  along with other parts of  its  office  applications
software  business.  Analysts  said this  is  a  major  change  in  Novell's
marketing  plan, turning away from what has been deemed its losing  strategy
in the word processing and spreadsheet businesses.
Intel Offers Faster Pentium (Nov. 1): Intel Corp. unveiled its fastest  chip
to  date, the Pentium Pro, which will run at 150MHz, meaning it can  execute
150  million instructions per second. Intel Chairman Andrew Grove  told  the
Reuter  News Service the Pentium Pro initially will be targeted at users  of
turbo-charged  desktop  computers and will make advanced  PCs  at  least  as
powerful as $40,000 workstations from Silicon Graphics Inc.
Softbank   Acquires  Ziff-Davis  (Nov.  9):  Japanese  software  distributor
Softbank Corp. and an affiliate agreed to acquire Ziff-Davis Publishing Co.,
the  largest  U.S. publisher of computer and high-tech magazines,  for  $2.1
billion. Ziff-Davis publishes several major computer magazines, including PC
Magazine, Computer Shopper, PC Week and MacUser.
IBM  Plans 'Internet Station' (Nov. 14): IBM Corp. CEO Louis V. Gerstner Jr.
said  his company is working on an "Internet station" that would give  users
Internet  access and computing capabilities for only a few hundred  dollars.
In  his  COMDEX/Fall  keynote speech, Gerstner  remarked  that  the  machine
wouldn't have as much storage capability as a regular PC, but would offer  a
fast  communications  connection so that programs and information  could  be
downloaded as needed from the Internet and other online services.
Common  IBM-Apple Platform Agreed On (Nov. 14): IBM and Apple Computer  Inc.
said  they have agreed on details to develop new machines able to  run  each
other's  operating  software. The announcement comes a year  after  the  two
companies first proclaimed their intentions to develop a common platform.
Borland  Chairman  Kahn  Steps Down (Nov. 22):  Borland  International  Inc.
Chairman  Philippe Kahn is stepping down to devote his attention to Starfish
Software  Inc.,  the  company  he  founded shortly  after  being  ousted  as
Borland's CEO. The move is set to take effect on Jan. 1. Kahn will remain  a
director of Borland, which he founded 12 years ago.
Gartner  Group  to Buy Dataquest (Nov. 28): In a cash and stock  transaction
valued  at  about  $75  million, Gartner Group Inc. agreed  to  acquire  the
Dataquest Inc. market research and consulting firm from the Dun & Bradstreet
Corp., which also owns a little more than 50 percent of Gartner Group.
IBM, Apple, HP End Taligent Work (Dec. 1): Taligent Inc. -- a software joint
venture  by  IBM, Apple Computer Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co.  --  is  being
dissolved.  More  than  half  the staff is being  laid  off  and  Taligent's
technology is being moved to IBM.
Feds  Launch  Windows  95  Probe (Dec. 4): Word on the  street  was  federal
investigators  were  asking  whether Microsoft Corp.  intentionally  set  up
digital  roadblocks  in  its Windows 95 operating system  to  disable  rival
companies'  Internet access programs. According to the Wall Street  Journal,
the   Justice   Department   issued  subpoenas   to   CompuServe,   Netscape
Communications Corp. and Netcom On-line Comumnications Services Inc.
Intuit to Provide Net Banking (Dec. 5): The publisher of the popular Quicken
financial  program  is  setting up to provide  banking  over  the  Internet,
developing a connection to enable customers to do routine transactions, such
as  pay  bills,  check account balances and transfer funds.  Officials  with
Menlo  Park,  California-based Intuit Corp. told the  Associated  Press  the
service will be available by the second half of next year.
Apple's  'Pippin' Comes Next Year (Dec. 5): Pippin -- Apple Computer  Inc.'s
new  multimedia  device, a hybrid between a television-based  computer  game
player  and  a  stripped-down  but speedy computer  --  is  expected  to  be
introduced next year, first in Japan and later in the United States.
Sony's  First PC Coming Next Fall (Dec. 6): Japanese electronics giant  Sony
Corp.  said  it  will introduce its first personal computer -  one  probably
based on Intel Corp microprocessors -- next fall.
IBM  Licenses  Sun's Java Language (Dec. 6): IBM Corp. said it has  licensed
Sun  Microsystems Inc.'s Java programming language and intends to use it  to
enhance  the way customers view and interact with content on the  Internet's
World  Wide  Web.  IBM  said it plans to implement the  Java  technology  in
products that exploit the Internet, such as Web browsers and Web servers, as
well as in its Lotus Notes integrated messaging and group ware software. IBM
also  notes that it intends to port the Java technology to its OS/2 and  AIX
operating  systems,  as well as to Windows 3.1, and will  make  those  ports
available over the World Wide Web.
Microsoft Licenses Java Program (Dec. 7): Eager to illustrate it still is in
the  hunt  for  the Internet market, Microsoft Corp. announced  several  new
products and said it will license the hot new Java programming language from
Sun Microsystems Inc. Business writer George Tibbits of the Associated Press
called  the  endorsement of Java for designing software that can  be  easily
distributed on electronic networks "a rare embrace by Microsoft of a product
it did not develop or buy."
Judge  Rules  Against Prodigy (Dec. 14): The judge in a  much-watched  libel
case  refused  to vacate his earlier decision holding Prodigy  Services  Co.
responsible for messages its subscribers post. As reported earlier,  a  $200
million libel suit against Prodigy by Stratton Oakmont Inc. of Lake Success,
New  York,  after one of the online service's subscribers posted  a  message
accusing the brokerage firm of fraud.
Microsoft,  NBC in Joint Venture (Dec. 14): Microsoft Corp.  agreed  to  pay
$220  million  over the next five years for a 50 percent interest  in  MSNBC
Cable, a new 24-hour news service it is forming with NBC. The companies also
expect  to  invest approximately $200 million over five years  to  fund  the
operation's  cable and online services. Microsoft and NBC said  MSNBC  Cable
will  be  developed  from  the  outset to  integrate  news  delivery  across
broadcast, cable, and Internet platforms.
Apple Forecasts Loss (Dec. 15): Despite recent price cuts that have resulted
in higher sales and shipments, Apple Computer Inc. said it expects to post a
loss for the final three months of 1995. Apple blames the shortfall on price
cuts  that  didn't  generate  as much revenue as  expected  and  on  tighter
margins. It would mark Apple's first quarterly loss in more than two years.
PC  Shipments  Exceed Estimates (Dec. 18): U.S. personal computer  shipments
are  to  rise 22 percent this year, exceeding previous estimates.  Look  for
Compaq  Computer  Corp. to keep a slight lead over Packard Bell  Electronics
Inc. and Apple Computer Inc. as the nation's largest manufacturer.
German  Computer Legend Zuse Dies (Dec. 19): German computing pioneer Konrad
Zuse  died  at 85 in the central German town of Huenfeld. Zuse  is  credited
with  building in 1941 the world's first fully functioning computer  system,
the  Z3.  The  machine,  programmed with punched  tape,  featured  a  binary
calculation system with 600 relays.
CompuServe Hits 4 Million Mark (Dec. 23): CompuServe Inc. said the worldwide
membership  of  the CompuServe Information Service has surpassed  4  million
individuals.  The company reported that more than 20,0000  new  members  are
joining  the service each month, with local dial-up access now available  in
more than 140 countries. CompuServe officials are optimistic about prospects
in the new year.
Intel  Investing  in Phoenix Tech (Dec. 27): Intel Corp. is investing  $10.9
million in Phoenix Technologies Ltd., which specializes in software used  in
PC  design and manufacturing, giving the chip giant a 6 percent stake,  with
an option to add another 7 percent over the following four years.



Navigating CompuServe: STR Focus         NavCIS is the NAME of the GAME!

              Dvorak hurtles into the 21st century with NavCIS
                                      
     Dvorak Development & Publishing Corporation, the Louisville, Colorado,
company that produces second-generation navigators that help users get
around in cyberspace, is strengthening its play for the fast-growing
consumer market. NavCIS, the flagship product among an impressive family of
cyberspace navigation products, smartly positions Dvorak for the coming
explosive growth.

     NavCIS is a next generation off-line navigation program, essentially an
intelligent "search engine" designed to work in concert with the well-known
CompuServe Information Service. With 3.8 million users and growing,
CompuServe dominates the commercial online market, turning an impressive
profit of $102 million (before taxes) on sales of $429 million in 1994.
CompuServe is acknowledged as the biggest of the Big Three (America Online
and Prodigy being second and third respectively).  With the recent addition
of its newly acquired SPRY web browser  (a first-generation online Internet
browser), access to the Internet's Usenet, and a fourth-quarter upgrade of
its online information manager, WinCIM, new subscriptions on CompuServe are
exploding, with well over 100,000 new subscribers signing up each month.

    In addition to NavCIS' sophisticated auto-navigation features, NavCIS
includes amenities such as a built-in spell checker, a viewer for graphic
files such as Windows bitmaps, JPEG photos, and other graphic file types,
and is the only software which allows users to send and receive alternative
fonts including Arial, Times Roman, and WingDings, in e-mail and forum
messages.

     Consumers by far out-distance traditional business and educational
users in terms of new subscriptions. According to one enthusiastic user, "It
has actually changed my life .  I get a lot more out of CompuServe,
and I can do so without feeling guilty about tying up the phone line; thanks
for a  GREAT product!".

     Dvorak markets NavCIS directly through the CompuServe Information
Service through its forum, aptly named "DVORAK." To visit Dvorak's
CompuServe forum, GO DVORAK.

     NavCIS for Windows is available in a 30-day trial version that can be
downloaded directly from CompuServe.  This free trial version, called NavCIS
TE, works for 30 days from the first day a user logs onto CompuServe with
it.  NavCIS TE requires a 386/33 or faster, 4mb of RAM, a VGA or higher
resolution monitor, Windows 3.1 or higher (works with Windows 95 as well),
and of course, an active CompuServe account.  To download NavCIS TE: GO
DVORAK, library 1, and download the file, WPROTE.EXE.

     NavCIS Pro for Windows and Windows 95 ($69) is Dvorak's flagship
product, adding sophisticated search features and cutting-edge technology.

     Dvorak Development & Publishing Corporation develops second-generation
off-line navigators, software programs that supercharge cybersurfing.  The
company is based in Louisville, Colorado, and was founded in 1992 by John C.
Dvorak, chairman, and Mike Ceranski, president and CEO.  The company employs
15, including a full time German speaking specialist who handles Dvorak's
growing numbers of Europeans.
 
    Dvorak Development has a unique two-pronged strategy: to specialize in
next-generation navigation tools for cyberspace, and to ensure their
products work on a wide range of information services including CompuServe,
the Internet, Prodigy, and soon, America Online and Microsoft Network.
An explanation is in order: imagine the Internet (or a similar cybernet like
CompuServe) as a skyscraper. Once inside, it's an awful mystery just to get
around. The rooms don't have signs, nobody's manning the information desk,
even the elevators are hard to find. A first-generation browser would search
floor-by-floor and room-by-room to see what's there. A second-generation
navigator, on the other hand, already possesses a blueprint of the
skyscraper's layout and is smart enough to know which floor, room, and file
cabinet to look into for information.

     The proven success of NavCIS for CompuServe, the company's flagship
product among an impressive family of products, has already positioned
Dvorak to make a play for the fast-growing online market. Dvorak's newest
Windows and Windows 95 product, OUI (Off-line Usenet Interface), builds on
that success and is designed for navigating the complex Usenet, an Internet
subnetwork that is one of the fastest-growing networks in cyberworld (use is
expected to double over the next 18 months). A fourth-quarter Dvorak
product, called NavStar, is the Prodigy equivalent of NavCIS and OUI and is
designed to work on the Prodigy Information Service. All three programs are
marketed and distributed directly through cyberspace: NavCIS and OUI through
the DVORAK forum on CompuServe, OUI via the Web, and NavStar directly
through the NAVSTAR Bulletin Board on Prodigy.

     Many consumers find the prospect of searching for and gathering
information on diffuse databases, newsgroups, forums, and bulletin boards to
be a daunting task. "Saving money, saving time, and ease-of-use. Those are
the three dominant issues among online consumers today," says Ceranski of
Dvorak Development. "Our Windows products, NavCIS, OUI, and NavStar solve
these problems by easing the demands on the clock and the pocketbook while
lowering the frustration factor."

     In sum, intelligent navigators accelerate the process of finding useful
information, allow the user to review the gathered information while off-
line (thereby saving hourly charges), and finesse the need for super-
technical know-how since they already posses plenty of built-in "cyberspace
intelligence."  With the addition of the Internet pathway, CompuServe and
Prodigy now provide easy gateways to the Internet subnetworks-- Usenet and
the World Wide Web. And with the number of first-time users growing
exponentially, Dvorak makes things easier and less expensive for them.

     To visit Dvorak's CompuServe forum, GO DVORAK. If using the Web, the
URL is http://www.dvorak.com, and users can download timed trial versions
from ftp.dvorak.com. Prodigy users can JUMP DVORAK to find out more about
NavStar.
          Contact Mike Ceranski, president of Dvorak Development, for more
information


                                 What's HMI?
                     CompuServe's change to NISA forums
December 26, 1995

     CompuServe, as many of you have read, is changing over to NISA.  What
does that mean? "NISA" is an acronym and stands for "New Information Server
Architecture". Essentially, it means CompuServe is upgrading both its
computers  (called "host-servers") and its host software.  They are
replacing the old mini-computers that act as the current host- servers, and
replacing them with PCs running Windows NT.  These new 32-bit host-servers
will be running new software  as well.  This software controls forums, e-
mail, and special interest areas such as ENS (Executive News Service).

     Why is CompuServe doing this?  It's the price of success.  CompuServe
is adding thousands of new users each day.  This  is taxing their current
host-servers and software enormously and will soon be unable to keep up with
demands.  Already,  many of you have experienced problems related to too
much traffic.

     Unfortunately, the conversion process to NISA will not be painless.
The fact is, CompuServe is moving into uncharted  territory.  Phenomenal
growth is forcing them to address expanding their network (the number and
location of modems  available for us, the general public, to call),
implement a new server architecture, upgrade the host-side software, and do
all this while keeping up a good level of service.  A humongous task.

The advantages to switching over to NISA:
    Able to "grow" the system to support increased traffic easily.
    Increased reliability of the forums.
    Faster data access.

The disadvantages:
    The changeover from old hosts to new hosts will not be seamless for a
  while.
    While online, going from an old server to a new NISA server takes time.
  Our experience indicates as much as 30 to 45 seconds.  This should go away
  as CompuServe learns how best to handle it.
    Unexpected hangs may cause forum or e-mail to be temporarily
  unavailable during the switch-over.

Part of the NISA conversion is the switch-over to HMI protocol only.  This
is why we are coming out with a new version of NavCIS.  In NavCIS 1.75 we
have replaced our ASCII command communications engine with a new one based
on CompuServe's HMI communications toolbox (this is the same comm engine
that WinCIM uses).  This represents a huge amount of work for us, and has
taken two engineers nearly three months to accomplish.  NavCIS using HMI is
faster in   some areas than previous versions of NavCIS (notably header and
message downloading) and somewhat slower in others  (such as file
downloading).  These changes are forced upon us by HMI, and there's not much
we can do about it except  to encourage CompuServe to improve performance in
future versions of the HMI toolbox.

NavCIS v1.75 is free to customers who have bought previous versions of
NavCIS.  As we've stated, "all upgrades are free within the version 1.x
series".   Though it would make good economic sense for us to have called
this version 2.0  and charge an upgrade fee, we are unwilling to do that.
You've given us your support, and this is how we chose to show  our
appreciation.  When NavCIS 1.75 comes out, we hope you enjoy it and find it
as easy to use as previous versions.

The advantages of switching to HMI:
    CompuServe is quickly moving to HMI-only, so failing to do so means our
  product would eventually not work at all.
    HMI is more robust than the ASCII command protocol.  For instance, when
  CompuServe makes a change to a forum's name, HMI can still find the forum
  while ASCII-based navigators cannot.
    NavCIS v1.75 works with CompuServe's Internet Dialer and Winsock,
allowing you to be online and using NavCIS and CompuServe's Mosaic Web
Browser at the same time.
    NavCIS v1.75 supports popular corporate networking mechanisms such as
Int14 and X.25.  If it works with inCIM, it will work with NavCIS v1.75.
    HMI is being constantly improved and added to.  New functions and
  features are being added by CompuServe.   Combined with the advantages of
  NISA, the new NISA-HMI system will bring a very strong yet flexible synergy
  to CompuServe.
    Speed increases in messaging and related functions.

The disadvantages of switching to HMI:
    Slower file transfer speeds due to smaller packet sizes.  CompuServe
  intends to address this in the next version of the HMI toolbox.

We'll be uploading NavCIS v1.75 fairly soon, possibly before year's end.  We
have a large and very active beta test group and they've been doing their
best to find problems and bugs.  We are lucky to have such a dedicated and
hard working group of beta testers, and you will certainly benefit from
their labors.  Version 1.75 is, in my opinion, the best version of NavCIS
we've ever built.

About different versions of NavCIS 1.75:
    NavCIS Pro will be the first version we release (LIB 15).
    NavCIS TE, our 30 day Timed Edition will follow within a few days.
    NavCIS SE, the Special Edition, will be phased out.
    NavCIS SO, the SysOp version, will follow.  This version, designed for
  CompuServe Sysops, will require the new HMI toolbox and will take a lot of
  work and effort. Engineering estimates run from as little as 4 weeks to as
  much as 12 weeks.  We do not have an exact estimate... there are too many
  unknowns at this point.  However, we will be creating an SO version as
  quickly as we can.

-Mike Ceranski, CEO
 Dvorak Development





McAfee Version 2.2.8 STR InfoFile

                                      
                                      
                                      
                What's New in VirusScan Version 2.2.8 (9512)
                    Copyright 1994, 1995 by McAfee, Inc.
                            All Rights Reserved.



These release notes cover what is new in VirusScan 2.2.8 and the December
DAT release (9512) of VirusScan for DOS, VirusScan for Windows, VirusScan
for OS/2, VirusScan for Windows 95, VirusScan for NT and VShield.


Vshield 2.2.8

   You will need VShield 2.2.8 in order to use these DAT files with
VShield for DOS.

New features for VirusScan 2.2.8 and OS/2 Scan 2.2.8:

/CLEAN /FORCE
When confronted with a boot sector virus, /CLEAN /FORCE tells VirusScan to
forcibly remove the virus using its generic remover capabilities.  For MBR
infecting viruses, this is similar to the use of FDISK /MBR.

/NODOC
In 2.2.7, we introduced .DOT and .DOC into the default list of files checked
when you run Scan.  /NODOC forces DOT and DOC files not to be checked.  Some
of our users requested this flexibility.

/CONTACTFILE
Display contents of  when a virus is found.  Previously it worked
only for viruses found during disk scan.  Now, it also applies to viruses
found during memory scan.

OS2SCAN 2.2.8

Creating a Clean Boot Disk:
When creating a clean OS/2 boot disk, it is necessary to copy the file
NLS.DLL to the disk as well as OS2SCAN.EXE and *.DAT.

The file NLS.DLL is part of standard OS/2.  The path where it can be found
is: \OS2\DLL\NLS.DLL


About Macro viruses...

Included in this ZIP file is a self-extracting archive, MVTOOL10.EXE, being
distributed by Microsoft.  It is a way to protect yourself against the
Concept virus, as well as to warn you against document files that contain
macros without your knowledge.

To make use of it, execute the program:

     MVTOOL10.EXE    40732  bytes

It will create these files:

     README.DOC      36864  10-02-95  1:08p
     SCANPROT.DOT    49152  10-02-95  3:44p

Enter Word and read the README.DOC to see if the package is suitable for
your environment.

Removal of macro viruses directly from within VirusScan will soon be made
available.  If you wish to help us test the beta, please check our beta area
on our Web Site (www.mcafee.com) in the download area.


Detectors added or updated in the 9512 DAT file (106):
AC.1400                                 HLLO.7227
ACIDWARP                                HLLO.41714
AEP.2518                                HOME SWEAP.658
AMZ.1100                                HYDRA.1657
ANARCHIST.478                           IMI.1536.G
ANARKEY.1179                            ITTI.161
ANTI PASCAL.400.A                       IVP.939
ANTI PASCAL.400.B                       IVP.FLIPPER.872
ANTI PASCAL.407                         KOHNTARK.KOMPANION.268
ANTI PASCAL.440.A/B                     LEPROSO.1221
ANTI PASCAL.480.A/B                     MAGIC DOLLAR
ANTITB                                  MIREA_II.4157
AUSTRALIAN PARASITE.306.A               MNEMONIX.NEUROPATH.928
AUSTRALIAN PARASITE.482.A               MOSQUITO.768
BEDA.1530                               MRTINY.155
BROTHER                                 MZBOOT.B
CIVILWAR.RATBOY.303                     PC FLU.763
COITO.644                               PS-MPC.670
COP-COM.286                             REKLAMA.2723
COP-COM.287                             RTL
CREATIVE.877                            SCRATCH.554
DAEMAEN.2041.B                          SEMTEX.686
DARK_AVENGER.OLIVER                     SEPULTURA.2136
DEI.1526                                SHARK.1027
DSME.DEMO                               SHARK.B
EAF.656                                 SHIFTER.983
EMF                                     SHZ
END-OF.788                              SILLYRC.414
ERRORINC.465                            SIRIUS.640
EVOLUTION.2770                          SISTER
EVOLVE.2770                             SMALL COMPANION.160
EXEHEADER.FUNKED.425.C                  SMALL.65
EXEHEADER.PURE.DE'BUGER.427             SMASH
FAIRZ.2340                              SPM.A
FOGGY.91                                STONED.IVT
FOGGY.129                               STONED.PC-AT
FOGGY.149                               TRIVIAL.123
FOGGY.188                               VACSINA.VACSINA-LOADER.A
FOGGY.220                               VCL.DIAL.600
FOGGY.228                               VIENNA.BYTEWARRIOR
FOGGY.256.A                             VIENNA.M1.B
FOGGY.256.B                             VME_1.DEMO
FOGGY.292                               VRD
FOGGY.300                               WEREWOLF.658
FOGGY.382
FOGGY.420
FOGGY.444
GIRL.2273
HIPERION.249
HLL.4075
HLL.4629
HLL.6167
HLL.8902
HLL.12304
HLL.BIRTHDAY.5824
HLL.KASIENKA
HLL.MERCURY
HLL.SAURON
HLL.VOVA.8896
HLL.VOVA.9904
HLLC.4768.B
HLLO.4032.B


Removers added or updated in the 9512 DAT file (37):
ANTI PASCAL.400.A
ANTI PASCAL.400.B
ANTI PASCAL.407
ANTI PASCAL.440.A/B
ANTI PASCAL.480.A/B
DARK_AVENGER.OLIVER
DVD.455
FOGGY.91
FOGGY.129
FOGGY.149
FOGGY.188
FOGGY.220
FOGGY.228
FOGGY.256.A
FOGGY.256.B
FOGGY.292
FOGGY.300
FOGGY.382
FOGGY.420
FOGGY.444
FREDDY_2.1
HI.802
HOME SWEAP.658
HYDRA.1657
MRTINY.155
OVER1644
PS-MPC.670
QUICKSILVER.1376 (Needs 2.2.8
Executable)
SAYAWATP
SHEHAS
SMALL COMPANION.160
STONED.ZAPPA
SVC.2936.C
SVC.2936.D
TRIVIAL.123
VIENNA.648.LISBON
WEREWOLF.658


False Alarms fixed:
HLL.4984
KILROY
NOKERNEL (BOOT)
OVER1644
PS-MPC.ARCV.3
THIEF


Significant virus name change:
Breasts -> SheHas
Yale -> Alameda


Top active viruses other than those presented above:
AntiCmos (alias: Lixi)
Byway.A (*)
Byway.B (*)
Concept
Da'Boys (**)
Junkie
MonkeyA
MonkeyB
Natas
NYB (alias: B1)
Ripper
Sampo

(*) To remove Byway, boot up with the virus in memory.  Copy all executable
files to floppy, with a non-executable extension.  Copy all the data files
off.  Format harddisk.  Replace files.

(**) To remove Da'Boys from a hard disk infection, one needs to boot from a
clean corresponding DOS version and execute the command "SYS C:".




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            A T T E N T I O N-A T T E N T I O N-A T T E N T I O N



 Apple/Mac Section
John Deegan, Editor
     



EDUPAGE STR Focus    Keeping the users informed


A New Year
AT&T Search For Identity Results In
Massive Layoffs
E-Mail-Tap Nets Criminals
CD-ROM Software Sales Soar
Huge Corporate Upgrade In Store
Apple Gains In Market Share, Loses
Revenue
DVD Slated To Be Electronics Show
Star
Number Portability
Atari Plans PC Games -- 3-D PacMan?
What States Have The  Information
Technology Jobs?
Smart Cards To Make American Debut
At Olympics
NetDay In California
Another New Year's Greeting ALSO
The Telecom Bill Controversy
Reactions To Compuserve's Action
Against Cyberporn
Europe Gearing Up For Home Stretch
On Info-Highway
Tech Stocks -- Sizzle, Not Fizzle
India's New Software Powerhouse
Spy Viruses
Global Information Infrastructure



                                 A NEW YEAR

                        A new year, a new chance ...
   All of us wish you a very happy, prosperous and peaceful new year! ...
                                      
 Toute l'equipe d'Edupage vous souhaite que 1996 soit une tres bonne  annee,
                    remplie de paix et de prosperite! ...
                                      
Wir alle wuenschen Ihnen ein sehr gluckliches, reiches und friedliches neues
                                  Jahr! ...
                                      
  Nagyon boldog, sikerekben gazdag, be'ke's u'j esztendo"t ki'va'nunk! ...
                                      
          ANU MEACHLIM LACHEM SHNAT SIMCHA, SHNAT SIGSUG VE-SHALOM
                                      
Auguriamo a tutti un anno nuovo felicissimo, prosperoso e pieno di pace! ...
                                      
   Me ko~ik soovime Teile o~nnelikku, edukat ja rahulikku uut aastat! ...
                                      
  Todos nos desejamos a voces um ano novo muito feliz, prospero e cheio de
                                   paz! ..
                                      
  Todos nosotros les deseamos un muy feliz, prospero y pacifico Ano Nuevo!

                          TELECOM BILL CONTROVERSY
The  proposed major telecommunications legislation put forward by  a  House-
Senate conference committee continues to be under attack as a "giveaway"  to
broadcasting companies, which would be given a valuable portion of the radio
spectrum  for  TV  stations  to  roll out high-definition  television.   The
licenses  are  estimated to be worth as much as $70  billion  if  they  were
auctioned  in  the  same manner as the new wireless phone service  licenses.
(New York Times 30 Dec 95 p21)
             REACTIONS TO CompuServe's ACTION AGAINST CYBERPORN
Complaints  have poured in to CompuServe forums, following the  decision  of
the  commercial  online provider to prevent its 4 million  subscribers  from
accessing  sex-oriented  portions of the Internet,  after  the  company  was
pressured  by  criminal prosecutors in Germany.  CompuServe had  no  way  to
block  German  subscribers from such material without depriving  subscribers
throughout  the  world.  Civil liberties groups have been  outraged  by  the
company's action, while a spokesman for the National Center for Missing  and
Exploited Children said, "That's electronic citizenship."  (Atlanta Journal-
Constitution 30 Dec 95 E2)
             EUROPE GEARING UP FOR HOME STRETCH ON INFO-HIGHWAY
A  recent  report  by  Gemini  Consulting shows  74%  of  telecommunications
professionals  believe  that Europe will have its high-speed  communications
infrastructure in place within 10 years.  Driving the transformation will be
future competition among telephone markets and common European standards for
technology.  Obstacles include Europe's traditionally strong, local cultural
heritage.  (Investor's Business Daily 2 Jan 95 A10)
                      TECH STOCKS -- SIZZLE, NOT FIZZLE
After  driving  much  of  the  current stock  market  boom  since  mid-1994,
technology  stocks are expected to remain hot through the  next  few  years:
"We're  only  in the middle of a long, multiyear technology cycle,"  says  a
Morgan Stanley analyst.  While networking gear manufacturers seem assured of
continued  prosperity,  software  gains are  expected  primarily  for  those
companies  that  focus on the corporate market rather than  the  home  user.
(Business Week 25 Dec-1 Jan 96 p86)
                       INDIA'S NEW SOFTWARE POWERHOUSE
The number of Indian software export companies has exploded in the past five
years,  from  seven to more than 130, providing jobs for more  than  100,000
programmers.  Revenues reached about $500 million for the year ending  March
31,  1995,  about  50%  higher than the previous  year.   "The  industry  is
changing,"  says the head of one Indian software firm.  "American  customers
now  demand  code that is rigorous, methodical and reengineerable.   Indians
know how to do it that way."  (Forbes ASAP 4 Dec 95 p74)
                                 SPY VIRUSES
Syndicated  columnist Gina Smith predicts a proliferation of computer  "spy"
viruses  similar to Microsoft Windows 95's registration wizard that can  zip
around  your  CPU  and determine whether you've legally registered  all  the
software you've got loaded on there:  "It's already possible to do this sort
of scanning without alerting the user, so it doesn't take much of a futurist
to  imagine  the  same sort of stealth technology being  used  on  unknowing
bulletin  board  and Internet users.  In fact, I think  a  trend  away  from
juvenile-prank computer viruses to information-seeking `spy'  viruses  isn't
merely likely, it's inevitable."  (Popular Science Dec 95 p12)
                      GLOBAL INFORMATION INFRASTRUCTURE
Harvard's Kennedy School of Government is hosting a symposium 25-27  Jan  96
to  consider  national  and international Information Infrastructure  policy
issues.Info:eshan@ksgrsch.harvard.edu  or .
             AT&T SEARCH FOR IDENTITY RESULTS IN MASSIVE LAYOFFS
AT&T  is  eliminating  40,000 of it 300,000 jobs in  order  to  prepare  for
competition in a swiftly changing telecommunications industry.  The  company
is  splitting  into three separate companies, with AT&T retaining  the  core
long-distance   telephone   business  but   spinning   off   the   equipment
manufacturing  and  computer  units.  AT&T's  head  of  financial  relations
explains:  "We decided to ask ourselves, what kind of company do you want to
be?  What kind of customers would you focus on, what kinds of products would
you  have?  How big do you want to be, and how do you want to be organized?"
(New York Times 4 Jan 96 A1)
                          E-MAIL-TAP NETS CRIMINALS
The  first-ever court-approved wiretap of an e-mail account has resulted  in
the  arrest  of three people charged with running a sophisticated  cellular-
fraud   ring.   The  alleged  mastermind,  a  German  electrical   engineer,
advertised his illicit wares on CompuServe, where they caught the  attention
of  an  engineer at AT&T's wireless unit.  The Secret Service and  the  Drug
Enforcement  Agency then got into the act and obtained the  Justice  Dept.'s
permission to intercept e-mail messages between the alleged perpetrator  and
his  accomplices.  "This case represents the challenges in the future if  we
can't  get  ahead  of the curve in technology," says a U.S. attorney,  whose
office is prosecuting the case.  (Wall Street Journal 2 Jan 96 p16)
                         CD-ROM SOFTWARE SALES SOAR
The  Software Publishers Association reports that second quarter 1995  sales
of CD-ROM software totaled $291.7 million, up 225% from the same period last
year.   Windows-compatible  products  accounted  for  71%  of  total  sales.
Entertainment unit sales remain the largest unit category, but  their  lower
price  points  generate  lower overall revenues. Business  products,  though
lowest  in  terms of units, lead in sales revenue. Home education sales  for
first half '95 were $59.3 million, up 136% from $21.6 million in first  half
1994.  (Heller Report Jan 96)
                       HUGE CORPORATE UPGRADE IN STORE
Computer  industry  analyst Seymour Merrin sees strong PC  sales  growth  as
consumers and businesses struggle to keep up with software that demands ever-
more-powerful  machines, complaining all the while about increasingly  short
product  lifecycles:  "Yes, there's a limit (to product cycles) if you're  a
consumer.   On  the corporate side, it's different.  Senior  executives  are
suffering from speed deprivation.  They have a faster computer at home  than
they  do in the office.  And they're all over the information systems people
to get new technology.  You're going to have a one-time increase in turnover
in  the  corporation  over  the next 24 months to 36  months."   (Investor's
Business Daily 2 Jan 96 A10)
                 APPLE GAINS IN MARKET SHARE, LOSES REVENUE
Apple  Computer's  strategy  of slashing prices and  raising  inventory  has
netted it 9.3% of the worldwide PC market this past fall, up from 7.9%  mid-
year, but at a significant cost -- the computer maker is expected to post  a
$5  million loss for the Christmas quarter, down from a $178 million  profit
on  sales  of  $2.8 billion for the same quarter a year ago.   CEO  Spindler
isn't  about  to  back away from his strategy now -- dealers are  predicting
Apple  will cut prices 10% in January on some PowerBook laptops and high-end
9500  Power Macs.  Insiders worry that workforce reductions will be used  to
balance the books until the computer maker can recover from its recent round
of red ink.  (Business Week 8 Jan 95 p33)
                   DVD SLATED TO BE ELECTRONICS SHOW STAR
As electronics retailers flock to the 1996 Winter Consumer Electronics Show,
most  are  predicting that the new high-density digital video  disks  (DVDs)
will   steal   the  show.   DVDs  are  expected,  over  time,   to   replace
videocassettes, laser discs, audio CDs and CD-ROMs.  The first  DVD  players
will  be designed to play movies and will appear on the shelves by next fall
at  a  cost  of $500 to $800.  Other eye-catching products include  the  new
digital  camcorders that allow users to output home movies to their PCs  for
editing,   and  the  Compaq-Fisher  Price  line  of  kid-oriented   computer
peripherals.  (Investor's Business Daily 4 Jan 95 A8)
                             NUMBER PORTABILITY
The  CRTC has ordered Canada's phone companies to prepare for local  service
competition by developing a system that allows consumers to take their phone
number  with  them if they change service providers.  Phone  companies  have
opposed  portability  because  it serves as  an  incentive  to  competition,
according  to  the  Public Interest Advocacy Center.  The  group  adds  that
recent  licensing of personal communications services may provide an impetus
to portability. (Toronto Globe & Mail, 2 Jan 96 B3)
                     ATARI PLANS PC GAMES -- 3-D PACMAN?
In  a move to diversify beyond the video-game market, Atari Interactive will
produce games for PCs.  Much of the new material will be recycled video from
the  company's 1980s heyday, updated with 3-D graphics and stereo  sound  to
run  on high-end PCs.  "We have a library of video-game titles, and we  want
to  put some of those games on the PC," says the president of Atari's  North
American operations.  (Wall Street Journal 3 Jan 96 B4)
             WHAT STATES HAVE THE  INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY JOBS?
In  terms  of payrolls for computer industry employment, the leading  states
are  California ($17.7 billion), with Texas a distant second  ($4  billion),
followed  by  Massachusetts ($3.3 billion) and New York ($3 billion).   (New
York Times 1 Jan 96 p34)
               SMART CARDS TO MAKE AMERICAN DEBUT AT OLYMPICS
The  "smart cards" that are moving us to a cashless society will make  their
mass-use  debut in the United States at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta,
where Visa and a number of regional banks will market about a million of the
cards  in  denominations  ranging from $10 to $100.   The  cards  contain  a
microchip that stores a monetary value that is reduced as purchases are made
with the card.  (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2 Jan 96 E1)
                            NETDAY IN CALIFORNIA
Organizers of NetDay96 (March 9) say tens of thousands of parents, students,
teachers, and volunteer engineers from California's high-tech companies will
participate in installing network wiring for at least five classrooms and  a
library  in  many  of California's ten thousand public and private  schools.

                         ANOTHER NEW YEAR'S GREETING
Here  is  another New Year's greeting, in a language that will soon be  used
for  another translation of Edupage:  Xin Yi Nian, Xin Qi Xiang.  Zhong  Xin
Zhu Fu Ge Xia You Yi Ge Mei Hao, Feng Sheng De Yi Nian.  (The greeting was a
little late for our own New Year's, but not for those who speak the language
shown.)

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Theodore M. Hoff
President, Atari USA

As   President,   Atari  USA,  Ted  Hoff  oversees  all  marketing,   sales,
development,  and  corporate strategy for Atari Corporation  in  the  United
States,  Canada  and Mexico. Under his direction, Atari  has  broadened  its
efforts  and formed a new division called Atari Interactive, which  develops
"multi-platform" interactive entertainment software for consumers.

Prior  to joining Atari Corporation, Mr. Hoff was Senior Vice President  and
General  Manager  of Fox Interactive, a division of Twentieth  Century  Fox.
During  his tenure, Hoff launched Fox's interactive entertainment  division,
establishing  the  company's  mission, structure,  five-year  strategic  and
financial  plans, and led the launch of multiple titles based on their  film
and television properties.

>From  1990  to 1994, Mr. Hoff held the key position of Senior Vice President
of  Time  Warner  Interactive, Inc. (TWI), the home  entertainment  software
publishing  subsidiary of Time Warner, Inc. At TWI Hoff directed  sales  and
marketing  and   established annual and long-range strategies and  financial
objectives.

Hoff  hired  and  directed senior staff, including directors  of  marketing,
sales,  licensing  and  acquisition, and third party  publisher  affiliates.
Under Hoff's direction, Time Warner Interactive launched 15 to 20 new titles
per year including arcade, theatrical, and sports licenses.

Mr. Hoff's previous experience also includes senior management positions  at
United  Brands Co. and Phillip Morris, where Hoff launched new products  and
directed retail sales, marketing, and operations at both corporations.

Atari  has  been  in the video game business for over twenty  years.  Today,
Atari  markets Jaguar, the only American made, advanced 64-Bit entertainment
system. Atari Corporation is located in Sunnyvale, CA.




                    ATARI INTERACTIVE'S PREMIERE LINE-UP
                OF CD-ROM SOFTWARE TITLES FIRST QUARTER, 1996


ATARI INTERACTIVE:

Atari Interactive, the newly created entertainment software division of
Atari Corporation, will develop and market multi-platform interactive 
software for consumers. Atari Interactive will create titles for a 
variety of platforms and consoles such as Atari's Jaguar system, PC, 
Mac, the Internet and websites. The new games will be available to
preview through the Atari web site on the Internet (address:
http://www.atari.com) & (http://streport.com).


 Four CD-ROM titles under the Atari Interactive name will be available in
the First Quarter. These premiere software titles are:


TEMPEST 2000:   Price point:  $ 29.95

HIGHLANDER:     Price point:  $ 39.95

BALDIES:        Price point:  $ 34.95

FLIPOUT!        Price point:  $ 29.95


 CONTACT:
                          Tom Tanno or Stacy Libby
                                Shandwick USA
                      (800) 444-6663 or (310) 479-4997





 Atari Jaguar/Computer Section
Dana Jacobson, Editor


                               Jaguar NewsWire

Atari Interactive!
Jaguar's Edge!
Atari/Jaguar in 1996!
And more....



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

     It's hard to believe that the holidays have come and gone - welcome to
1996!  We hope that you all had a great holiday season!  It's been a pretty
rough start for 1996 here in the northeast.  Snow storms for most of the
week have kept me pretty busy doing other things to stay busy rather than
doing what I'd prefer in my spare time.  But, that's life in New England!

     Fortunately, depending on your point of view, it's been a very slow
week for Jaguar news.  Even slower for the computer portion of this section
of STReport this week, my apologies to those who will miss that portion this
week.

     Although not Jaguar-related, Atari's Ted Hoff officially announced a
new division of Atari Corporation, Atari Interactive.  As has been reported
some issues back, Atari is going to be devoting some of its efforts into the
PC gaming world, starting with PC ports of some of their classic games.  The
first to appear will be Tempest 2000 (a demo should be appearing online by
the time you see this issue).  I'm sure that we'll be hearing more about
this new endeavor in other sections of STReport, in the weeks to come.

     The new year has been busy so far for new Jaguar games to arrive.
Baldies is out; and NBA Jam TE and Zoop should be appearing on dealers'
shelves next week.  The big news is that Fight for Life and Defender 2000
are supposed to arrive next month, along with the cart version of Brett Hull
Hockey.  Look for updates to the upcoming games, shortly.

     Speaking of games, it looks to be an interesting 1996 for Atari.  For
the first time that I can remember, Atari isn't over predicting games.  I
feel that Atari's Ted Hoff has seen the damage that this "practice" has
caused in the past two years.  Reality Lives!  I believe that Atari, at
least Ted Hoff, realizes that the Jaguar isn't going to be the system-killer
that everyone had hoped, and hyped.  Be realistic with a projection of 20
[Atari] games, come out with them, and hope that more make it.  Add in any
3rd party games and work with that.  Empty promises has hurt Atari time and
time again.  I think an honest and realistic tact will get a much better
reaction from the users.  There will always be the negativism attached to
this approach as well, but there's no getting around it. Here's hoping for
an enjoyable new year for our favorite cat!

     In the meantime, enjoy this week's issue (albeit a shorter than usual
one) and enjoy the new games along with the rest of us.  The Jaguar
reviewing staff will have its hands full shortly with all of the new (and
some older) games to test.  It's been a busy last month for many of the
staff with non-STReport responsibilities, so reviews have been slower than
usual to get finished.  Things are starting to settle down now, so we hope
the tempo will pick up!

     Until next time...


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

Current Available Titles

CAT #          TITLE                    MSRP      DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER
J9000          Cybermorph               $59.99         Atari Corp.
J9006          Evolution:Dino Dudes     $19.99    Atari Corp.
J9005          Raiden                        $29.99    FABTEK, Inc/Atari
Corp.
J9001          Trevor McFur/
          Crescent Galaxy          $19.99         Atari Corp.
J9010          Tempest 2000             $39.95         Llamasoft/Atari Corp.
J9028          Wolfenstein 3D           $29.95         id/Atari Corp.
JA100          Brutal Sports FootBall   $69.95         Telegames
J9008          Alien vs. Predator       $69.99         Rebellion/Atari Corp.
J9029          Doom                $69.99    id/Atari Corp.
J9036          Dragon: Bruce Lee        $29.99         Atari Corp.
J9003          Club Drive               $29.99         Atari Corp.
J9007          Checkered Flag           $19.99         Atari Corp.
J9012          Kasumi Ninja             $29.99         Atari Corp.
J9042          Zool 2                   $19.99         Atari Corp
J9020          Bubsy                    $19.99         Atari Corp
J9026          Iron Soldier             $29.99         Atari Corp
J9060          Val D'Isere Skiing       $39.99         Atari Corp.
          Cannon Fodder            $49.99    Virgin/C-West
          Syndicate           $69.99         Ocean
          Troy Aikman Football          $69.99         Williams
          Theme Park               $69.99         Ocean
          Sensible Soccer                         Telegames
          Double Dragon V          $59.99         Williams
J9009E    Hover Strike             $39.99    Atari Corp.
J0144E    Pinball Fantasies        $59.99         C-West
J9052E    Super Burnout            $59.99    Atari Corp.
J9070          White Men Can't Jump          $49.99    Atari Corp.
          Flashback           $59.99    U.S. Gold
J9078E    VidGrid (CD)                       Atari Corp
J9016E    Blue Lightning (CD)      $59.99         Atari Corp
J9040          Flip-Out            $49.99         Atari Corp
J9082          Ultra Vortek             $69.99         Atari Corp
C3669T    Rayman              $69.99         Ubi Soft
          Power Drive Rally        $69.99         TWI
J9101          Pitfall                  $59.99         Atari Corp.
J9086E    Hover Strike CD          $59.99         Atari Corp.
J9031E    Highlander I (CD)        $59.99         Atari Corp.
J9061E    Ruiner Pinball           $59.99    Atari Corp.
          Dragon's Lair            $69.99    Readysoft
J9097E    Missile Command 3D       $59.99         Atari Corp.
J9091E    Atari Karts              $59.99    Atari Corp.
J9044E    Supercross 3D            $59.99    Atari Corp.
J9106E    Fever Pitch Soccer       $59.99         Atari Corp.
J9043E    I-War               $59.99         Atari Corp.
J9069          Myst (CD)           $59.99    Atari Corp.
          Primal Rage              $69.99    Time Warner
          Battlemorph              $59.99    Atari Corp.
J9055          Baldies                  $59.99         Atari Corp.
          Space Ace                               Readysoft

Available Soon

CAT #          TITLE                    MSRP      DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER
          ...Mutant Penguins       $59.99         Atari Corp.
          Breakout 2000            $49.99         Atari Corp.
          Max Force           $59.99         Atari Corp.
J9089          NBA Jam TE               $69.99         Atari Corp.
J9021          Brett Hull Hockey        $69.99         Atari Corp.
          Zoop                TBA       Atari Corp.
          Defender 2000            TBA       Atari Corp.
          Fight for Life           TBA       Atari Corp.
          World Tour Racing        TBA       Atari Corp.

Hardware and Peripherals

CAT #          TITLE                    MSRP      MANUFACTURER
J8001          Jaguar (no cart)              $99.99         Atari Corp.
J8904          Composite Cable          $19.95
J8901          Controller/Joypad             $24.95              Atari Corp.
J8905          S-Video Cable                 $19.95
          CatBox                        $69.95         ICD
J8800          Jaguar CD-ROM            $149.99             Atari Corp.
J8908          JagLink Interface             $29.95              Atari Corp.
J8910          Team Tap
          4-Player Adapter)             $29.95              Atari Corp.
J8907          Jaguar ProController          $29.95              Atari Corp.
J8911          Memory Track                  $29.95              Atari Corp.
J8909          Tempest 2000:
          The Soundtrack                $12.99              Atari Corp.


Industry News STR Game Console NewsFile  -  The Latest Gaming News!
                                      
                          Atari to Market Software

Trying  to  diversify beyond its struggling Jaguar video-game system,  Atari
Corp.  has  started  a  new business called Atari Interactive  to  make  and
distribute games for personal computers.  Writing in The Wall Street Journal
this  morning,  reporter Jim Carlton quotes Atari officials  as  saying  the
Sunnyvale,  California, company will draw heavily on its library  of  1980s-
vintage video games, such as Asteroids and Pac Man.

Atari  "will update those games with three-dimensional graphics  and  stereo
sound  to  run on the latest generation of high-powered PCs," Carlton  adds.
The Journal notes the move comes as Atari's Jaguar player "struggles against
competing  players  by Nintendo, Sega, Sony Corp. and  3DO  Co."  The  paper
comments  that  the  system has been "hobbled by a dearth  of  support  from
independent  software  developers," noting that only about  200,000  of  the
Jaguars have been sold worldwide since the machine was launched in 1993.

(By   contrast,  analysts  estimate  that  Sony  sold  500,000  of  its  new
PlayStation  machines since their launch in the U.S. last September.)   Hoff
told  the paper his company continues to stand by Jaguar, adding the  player
should  benefit  from a recent price cut to $99 from $149,  as  well  as  an
expanded number of games to about 50 from four at the machine's launch.

The  Journal says one of the first releases for PCs is a remake of  the  old
Atari  game Tempest. The other three -- Highlander, Baldies and FlipOut!  --
are new titles. A total of 17 PC games will be shipped this year, Hoff says.
Atari plans PC games soon based on other of its old games, including Missile
Command  and  Crystal Castles. Updated versions of Asteroids, Pac  Man,  and
Centipede are expected to be available next year, the paper reports.

              ADVANCE/BART Technician Rings in New Year by  ...

(ADVANCE)  SACRAMENTO, CALIF. (Dec. 28) BUSINESS WIRE  -  Dec.  30,  1995  -
Donald  Birkhimer, a Bay Area Regional Transit technician from El  Sobrante,
celebrated the new year by spinning and winning $2 million on "The Big Spin"
show,  making him the 296th person to win a prize of a million or more since
the  show  began  in  1985.   The electronics  technician  made  an  uncanny
prediction  when he told show host Larry Anderson that his first spin  would
be  a  "DOUBLE."   Indeed, Birkhimer's first spin landed  his  ball  in  the
"DOUBLE" slot, automatically doubling the amount of his second spin.

When  asked  what his next spin would be, Birkhimer answered, "$1  million!"
Again his prediction came true as he spun and the second ball landed in  the
$1  million slot, winning him a total of $2 million. Immediately,  his  wife
and  two  of his four children rushed onto the stage to celebrate with  him.
"This  really changes things.  I plan to start an account for my  children's
education  and  maybe  even  buy an Atari CD-ROM computer  game,"  commented
Birkhimer,  while  his  son stood next to him, grinning  from  ear  to  ear.
Birkhimer  plans to pay off his house and invest some of the money  for  the
future.

When asked if he planned to quit his job, Birkhimer replied, "No I won't  be
quitting.   I love what I do.  When I walk into a BART car that  has  broken
down  and  I fix it, I walk out to 1,000 people applauding me.How many  jobs
give  you that kind of appreciation and recognition?" Birkhimer will receive
$72,000  a year after taxes for the next 20 years.  Since 1985, the  Lottery
has  raised  more than $7.4 billion for public schools and has  provided  an
annual average of approximately 38 percent of total revenues to schools.


Jaguar Online STR InfoFile        Online Users Growl & Purr!

>From the Internet comes this message regarding the Jaguar specific hard copy
magazine, Jaguar's Edge (this is not a confirmed report):

Jaguar's Edge: the "Official" Word

I live in Sacramento and posted to our local Atari BBS about what's going on
with  John  Marcotte and the Jaguar's Edge magazine.  Someone who knows  him
contacted him and posted a reply.  It seems he's had computer problems, etc.
and that the magazine is in limbo.

Here's  the reply I received from the BBS...hopefully it will clear up  some
of  the  questions.   Look for more info. as of January 1st  on  the  Kitten
Litter website at http://www.dfw.net/~kitten

Official..word from John Marcotte as for:

                             "The Jaguar's Edge."

John  has  not  been able to send any email responses because  his  computer
"broke."   I.E.  The hard drive crashed and there were some other  problems.
He  bought  a  new PC, but something else doesn't work on that  one,  so  he
hasn't  had  time due to Christmas and everything else to return  it  for  a
working  one.  As for "The Jaguar's Edge."  It's probably not going to  fly.
John  can't  get a definite word from Atari as for the future of the  system
(he  gets  different opinions from different people), so he isn't  too  keen
into  jumping  into it, since most businesses usually lose money  the  first
year, but keep operational in hope of profits in coming years.  Problem  is,
who  knows  if the Jaguar is going to last one more Christmas, if that?  (Or
the  Sega Saturn, on the other hand)  John has been looking into getting the
subscriptions turned over to ST Format and covering the Jaguar for them, but
he can't get hold of them.

There  is  an  Atari user's group in Texas with 200 members  that  might  be
interested in taking over the managing and publishing of "The Jaguar's Edge"
(w/John editing it), but the President of the club has a few days before  he
makes  his  mind  up if he wants to do that.  So currently,  the  magazine's
future  is  not too bright.  John says he keeps on getting more subscription
fees, but he hasn't cashed any of the new checks.  So if the magazine folds,
those  checks  won't be cleared, and anybody that had cashed checks  in  the
past can send in a request to the current P.O. Box and John will refund  the
fees  (this is if the magazine doesn't fly)...In the event that the magazine
does  not get published, the P.O. Box will be renewed for another six months
just  so people can send in their claims... Feel free to pass this info onto
the other Jaguar web pages...

So  there you have it...that's all I know or can find out.  If anything else
comes up I'll be sure to share it.

Happy New Year!




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     Hidi  ho  friends  and neighbors.  I hope that the holiday  season  has
found you in good spirits and health, and that you remain so throughout  the
year.  Looking back, it was a fairly normal year for us Atarians...  no  new
hardware,  a  shrinking  user-base, and a small but stupendously  loyal  and
talented   bunch  of  developers.   The  users  and  developers  that   I've
encountered in my trip through Atariland have made me thankful that I bought
an ST and that I've stayed here for so long.
     Of  course  there are those (and you know who you are) that  point  out
(and  quite rightly so) that Atari is a fairly dead-end platform.  Who could
debate  the  point?  Atari no longer manufactures computers.   No  computers
equals no new users.  No new users equals no hot new applications.  That, in
turn, equals no future.
     Well,  the  math  is  _almost_ right.  The  fact  that  the  users  and
developers are so loyal to each other allows us to enjoy, if not  the  full-
fledged, ever-expanding, cutting-edge of computing technology, at least  the
ability  to  do  what we need to do with the machine of our  choice.   These
folks are special.  I thank them (and you) for the things I've learned about
my  computer and about people.  Let's see if we can make it last for a while
longer.
     Okay,  that's enough of that.  Let's get on with the purpose  for  this
column...  All  the hot news, cool tips, and interesting info  to  be  found
every week right here in CompuServe.


>From the Atari Computing Forum

Okay, at the risk of boring you, we're going to talk a little bit about the
possibility of being able to access CompuServe using their special protocol
known as HMI.  I offhandedly posted that most Atari users want nothing more
than to use their computers until they die.  Of course, I meant until the
computers die.  Jon Sanford, being the stickler for precision that he is,
asks me:

  "Till we die or the machines?"

Mark Kelling, a CompuServe employee, posts:

  "Hmmm, hope you mean the machines. ;-)  But the way most Atari
  computers last maybe he meant the user!  (My 1200XL 8 bit is still
  going strong after more years than I can remember!)"

See that folks?  It just goes to prove that you can never measure your
words carefully enough.

Richard Davey, another CIS employee, tells us a bit about the changes
that require an HMI-capable program:

  "Okay, basically we are implementing a new mail system known as Nisa
  mail.  The problem with this is that it's 100% HMI based and therefore
  will cut off 100% of our Terminal-accessing members (including a lot of
  blind people who use special voice systems I might add).  The overall
  plan is to make Compuserve 100% HMI and do away with those times when
  it jumps into "Terminal" mode (Wincim users will know what I mean).  In
  reality there is very little that can be done about this, you could try
  the GO FEEDBACK service and leave some poignant mail messages or
  something but in the overall shape of things I doubt it'll influence my
  bosses that much.

  Sorry.  I'll try and find out exact dates for you if you like.  Nisa
  mail has been in beta testing for months now so my guess is that the
  change over will happen soon.  Despite teething troubles it is a vastly
  superior mail system, there is no doubt about that."

Bob Ledbetter tells Richard:

  "Probably "vastly superior" to CompuServe, but not to those of us who
  are going to have to get a whole new system.  Course nobody thinks
  about that when they come up with their "vastly superior" systems."

Richard replies:

  "Surely it can't be a surprise to you?  CS has been talking about HMI
  standards ever since they first launched Wincim and how they plan to
  move from away from text-only.  Other than CIX (in the UK) I can't
  think of any other access provider that supplies a friendly text-based
  front end (ie MSN, Prodigy, AOL, Delphi, etc).  If you want to make a
  fuss then GO FEEDBACK and let your opinions be known.

  Rich "I only work here, don't blame me"

I tell Bob:

  "Unfortunately, that's the way it is with progress... but it _would_ be
  preferable to provide a way to access this supperiority without having
  to go out and buy a new system."

Bob replies simply:

  "Isn't that the TRUTH!!"

Patrick Bass asks Sysop Bob Retelle:

  "Does Dave Groves still check in here?  Where's Tom Hudson?  Come to
  think of it, I haven't tweaked Steve Ahlstroms' nose in quite a while.
  Does Daddy Tramiel still run the company?  What's going to happen now
  that CIS is dropping text access?  Blah blah blah.  Pick one of the
  above.  Oooohhh, it feels strange in here.  Does anyone want to buy the
  publisher's copy of the first edition of ANTIC?  Does anybody care?"

Bob tells Patrick:

  "Gosh... let's see...  yup... the Tramiel family is still running the
  show, although there's a new "outsider" president holding the
  day-to-day reins, reportedly...

  Haven't seen Tom Hudson in quite a while, but Dave Groves runs the
  Diabetic Forum here on CIS, so he's still around.. Steve Ahlstrom too,
  although he's running the Amiga areas now.  (Seems like everyone's just
  scattering to the winds...)

  There might be good news for Atari users if we can find a programmer
  who'd like to create an HMI compliant telecom program for us..
  CompuServe has decided finally to release the specs on the protocol..
  now, where is Alan Page when we need him..?

  Otherwise, we'll stick with the ASCII interface as long as we can, but
  it'll mean we won't be able to use any of the newer areas on CIS that
  require some kind of CIM program.

  Heh.. I think I've got an ANTIC #1 up on the shelf here... right next
  to my Byte #1...    but not the publisher's personal copy..."

Patrick tells Bob:

  "This is kinda embarrassing for someone who used to bang the Atari
  Drum as loudly as I did, but I thought the Jaguar was a dedicated Video
  Game.  From some of the references in here I get the idea a person can
  hook a keyboard, et al, to it and use it for other applications.

  Am dis so?

  If so, could you spec it quickly for me?  Does Lenny and Sammy control
  the software?  Do they just build 'em in Sinapore and sell 'em in
  Europe?  Have I simply overlooked them in Toys R Us christmas shopping
  this year?  I found Playstation, Saturn, etc.  It's funny to watch some
  old fart like me knock the little kids down trying to hog the demo
  machines in the aisles."

Mark Kelling tells Patrick:

  "To answer (some of) your questions about the Jaguar.

  First, the machines are built by IBM but I'm not sure exactly which
  part of the world handles the assembly (guessing it is Mexico).

  Second, the software can still be found at a retail outlet called
  Babages (might not have spelled it right ;-).  The did sell the machine
  here (Houston) too, but dropped it due to slow sales.  I did get to
  play several games on the demo model they had set up and found things
  to be very nicely done.  The controler pad is a little bulky though.

  The machine does have several ports on it which could possibly let you
  hook up keyboards etc to make it a full fledged computing machine.  The
  basic system runs off a good ol' 68000 chip with some serious 64 bit
  data paths and graphics chips.  Very imaginative integration of old and
  new.  The _new_ CD package for Jag was put together after several
  former Sega big shots came onboard at Atari.  At least they have some
  good people pushing the machine along! ;-)"


Well folks, since the holiday still sort of has me in its grip, and some
nasty little bug is just starting to take hold of my sinuses and throat, I'm
going to stop here and sign off till next time.  Tune in again then, same
time, same station, and be ready to listen to what they are saying when...

                             PEOPLE ARE TALKING


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