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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags
Subject: ST Report: 12-Jan-96 #1202
Reply-To: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Posted-By: xx004 (aa789 - Bruce D. Nelson)
Date: Mon Jan 22 00:10:03 1996

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     The Internet is bustin' loose.. The Games coming down the pipeline are
as plentiful and dandelions in a summer field.  But. most important of all
are the herds of new and updated applications for Windows 95/NT.  Before all
the "cry babies" get started about "being picked on" for their using the
wrong operating system or, being on the wrong platform, this editorial is
for informational purposes only and does not reflect or allude to any
persons, places or situations both now or perhaps in the afterlife!  
It never ceases to amaze me that no sooner does an issue come out in which
the wonders of being part of a supported and thriving platform are made
mention of, almost immediately the accusations of putting down those who are
not on this platform begin to fly.

     The computing community is growing in leaps and bounds.  We now have
.Intel Pentium 166's (that's FAST!) and higher, Itel Triton II Chipsets,
Sync Burst Pipeline Cache on all Motherboards, EDO or Regular RAM, 8x CD-ROM
drives, inexpensive hard disks, etc., the choices are "multitudinous"!  I
might add, it keeps getting better all the time.  As a result, most every
facet of this platform's vitality is alive with innovation and positive
growth.  The wonders that are "just around the corner" in the areas of both
sound and video are going to astound everyone.  The downside is slight.
Slight even for those who have yet to migrate to this platform.  Many
manufacturers and consultants realize the anxiety and intimidation involved
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     Software, Experience, Learning Curves and Cost are the seriously
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All that's required is a tiny bit of courage and a minimal investment.  The
staggering prices are no longer there for entry participants.  Of course,
with some relatively careful planning ahead, one can enter this platform
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     Beginning next week, there will be a series of articles detailing the
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Online is Lifeline for Blizzard '96     While  some scoff at the notion  of
Many   victims   of  the   infamous     low-cost  gadgets that use  TV  and
Blizzard of 1996 are at home and at     the phone to let people find online
their computers -- giving and often     data on the Internet and elsewhere,
requesting  advice  and  help.  The     the  idea  got broad support  among
record-setting snowstorm has closed     computer executives at the Consumer
major avenues of transportation  on     Electronics  Show this  weekend  in
the  East  Coast from  airports  to     Las  Vegas.   Business writer  Evan
highways, transforming city streets     Ramstad  of  the  Associated  Press
into  icy  expanses  more  fit  for     reports several companies soon will
skiers than drivers.  As has  often     begin    selling   network   access
been the case in other emergencies,     devices that cost $200 to $500,  an
CompuServe   members   are   coming     idea  that  has been  promoted  for
together    through   the    online     months  by  companies such  as  Sun
community  to  ease  isolation  and     Microsystems Inc. and Oracle Corp.
offer  solace  to  others.  Weather     Ramstad  notes some PC  makers  and
Channel  Forum  member  Sandy  Rice     analysts have scorned the idea that
writes,  "I'm  from Louisville  and     people  will  want  something  less
got  17  inches of snow. The  roads     than  a  full-featured system  that
are  too dangerous to go out but  I     starts     at    around     $1,500.
need food. My son is out of school.     Nonetheless, some major players  --
Until  a salt truck comes I'm stuck     including  Compaq  Computer  Corp.,
in  my subdivision. Should I try to     Packard  Bell Electronics Inc.  and
get out or stay in my house?"           Acer  America Inc. -- all told  the
Dave Hall, answering from "under 20     wire  service their developers were
inches  on  Long  Island,"  writes,     playing with different, less costly
"I'd   have  to  recommend  risking     designs focused on network access.
it...cabin  fever is  no  fun,  but     For   instance,  Paul  Chapple,   a
running  out  of food and  supplies     spokesman  for Philips  Electronics
isn't    you    have     Inc.,   said   his   employer    is
neighbors   who  have  four   wheel     developing a $400 phone to  connect
capability?   Best   not   to   get     to  the  World Wide Web through  an
depressed about it, and give  it  a     online  service that will  reformat
try!  Be  careful,  and  be  safe."     data  on  a  small  screen.    "The
Brian  Foy says, "All the  airports     executives  said they  realize  PCs
are closed as well as New York City     won't ever reach as many households
being under a "Snow Emergency".  As     as  TVs  and  telephones,"  Ramstad
long as everyone stays safe, I love     writes, "but that something will be
the snow. We got around two feet of     needed  to  let everyone reach  the
the  white fluffy stuff.  Pull  out     information      available       in
those sleds and snow shoes."            cyberspace."  Ramstad cited several
By  typing  GO BLIZZARD, CompuServe     devices introduced at CES:
members  can connect to the Weather           The   $500  Pippin  cyber-CD
Crisis Menu, listing "Blizzard News       player, designed by Apple Computer
Clips,"  The Weather Channel  Forum       Inc.  and  made first by  Japan's
and  the  CompuServe Weather  area.       Bandai Co. Ltd. It will go on sale
The  Weather  Channel Forum  topics       in  Japan in April and the United
include      conferences       with       States    this   summer.    Other
forecasters       and        on-air       manufacturers also are expected to
meteorologists, library  files  and       make Pippin, which connects to a TV
message  sections.  To  share  your       like a video game machine. It can
personal experiences of the  storm,       play video games, music CDs, send
GO  TWCFORUM,  Message  Section  6,       and receive email, and use Netscape
"Snow and Ice Center," "I'm trapped       software to browse the World Wide
in the Blizz," "Weekend snowstorm -       Web.
-   NY,"   "Buried,"  and   related          The $200 Telesmart 4000 by US
threads.!                                 Order    and    Colonial     Data
 Low-Cost Net Devices Coming Soon
Technologies  Inc.,  that  will  be     Tandem  Computers  Inc.   From  the
  adopted to receive email in a few     company's   Cupertino,  California,
  months.                               United  Press International reports
      A  $300  box  from  ViewCall     Pieper,    who   has   served    as
  America,   a  unit  of   Colorocs     president/CEO   of   Tandem's    UB
  Information Technologies Inc., that   Networks subsidiary since 1993,  is
  attaches  to the TV and  provides     pledging  to focus the  company  on
  World Wide Web access.                "open" system products designed  to
      A  modem  and  service  from     interconnect  with  a  variety   of
  Catapult Entertainment Inc.  that     different      brands.       Pieper
  allows Sega or Nintendo video games   previously  was  president/CEO   of
  to  be played across phone lines.     AT&T's  UNIX  Systems  Laboratories
  When  players  are  done  with  a     and is credited with turning around
  session of NBA Jam, they can check    the unit from significant losses to
  their Internet email.                 profits  in  less than a  year  and
Zip Drive Gets Portable Power Pack      moving  the  UNIX  system  into   a
Iomega   Corp.   has   unveiled   a     strong  commercial market  position
portable  power pack  for  its  Zip     based on open-systems standards.
drive.  The company, based in  Roy,     Said    Pieper,   "Most   of    our
Utah,  says the rechargeable  power     technologies   have   always   been
pack will be targeted at people who     brought   to  market  with  closed,
want  use  the Zip drive in  remote     proprietary technology. We're going
locations.   When  recharging   the     to    take   advantage   of    more
battery,  users can plug the  power     opportunities to get our technology
pack  directly into a wall  socket,     to  market."   He said Tandem  also
alleviating the need for additional     will    seek    to    expand    its
chargers or power cords.                partnerships with other   high-tech
With  an estimated average run-time     companies  in order to broaden  its
of  approximately  two  hours,  the     product  line and lower its prices.
power  pack weighs less than  eight     Treybig  remains on Tandem's  board
ounces and is about the size  of  a     of directors and will assist Pieper
deck  of cards.  Iomega's Zip drive     in the transition. Pieper will join
uses  100MB disks to provide up  to     the  board and Tandem's board  will
70    times    the   capacity    of     add  several  new  members  in  the
traditional floppy disks with  hard     coming  months  with  the  goal  of
disk-like performance. The unit  is     bringing  in additional  experience
available in parallel port and SCSI     from the computer industry.
versions for about $200. The  disks       Sun Sets Up Separate Java Unit
sell for $15 each.                      Sun  Microsystems Inc. has spun off
"Many  of  our customers carry  the     a separate unit to handle Java, the
Zip drive between work and home, or     evolving  programming  language  it
are  using  it on the road  with  a     developed for the Internet. To head
notebook   computer,"   says   Andy     the  new  division, Sun has  chosen
Grolnick, Iomega's Zip product line     Alan Baratz, formerly president/CEO
manager.  "The new Zip  power  pack     of  Delphi Internet Services  Corp.
gives these mobile professionals  a     Sun   President/Chairman/CEO  Scott
new  level of portability, allowing     McNealy    told    United     Press
them   to   use  their  Zip   drive     International, "We're privileged to
anywhere."   The  power   pack   is     have someone of Alan's stature  and
expected  to ship this  spring  for     background       leading       this
under $50.                              organization.   His    15    years'
   Roel Pieper Named Tandem CEO         experience    in    high-technology
Replacing  company  founder   James     engineering      and      executive
Treybig after 22 years, 39-year-old     management is just what we need  to
Roel  Pieper has been named CEO  of     grow  this critical aspect  of  our
                                        Before  assuming the leadership  of
                                        Delphi,    Baratz    held    senior
management  positions with  IBM  in     "The  sales and orders results  for
New   York,  culminating  in  being     the first nine months of 1995 point
named  IBM  director  of  strategic     to  another  full  year  of  record
development.     Of    Java,    UPI     improvement     for      U.S.-based
comments,  "Since its  introduction     technology companies," says William
last  year, Java has emerged  as  a     T.  Archey, president and  CEO,  of
budding   standard  for  developing     the Washington- based trade group.
Internet   and   World   Wide   Web      Windows Newsletter Debuts on Web
content. It has been successful  in     IDG  Newsletter Corp. says  it  has
large part, industry trackers said,     launched the first World Wide  Web-
because  it  is  not  tied  to  any     based    newsletter   for   Windows
particular  operating   system   or     professionals.   The   Boston-based
microprocessor."                        company    says    its    Winsurfer
McNealy     added,    "Java     has     publication  will  aim  to  provide
revolutionized programming for  the     readers  with  tips and  techniques
Internet    and    other    complex     they  can use to get the most  from
networks.        Creating        an     Windows 95 and Windows NT.
infrastructure     around      this     A   sample  issue  of  the  monthly
revolutionary technology will  help     publication   can  be   viewed   at
us  get the power of Java to  every  A 12-
software  developer for the  public     month  subscription  is  priced  at
Internet  and corporate  intranets,     $49.00.
and  develop  Java as the  Internet      IBM Had Most U.S. Patents in 1995
programming standard."                  IBM Corp. was awarded the most U.S.
Analysts  seem pleased  with  Sun's     patents   for  the  third  straight
move, saying creation of a separate     year,   receiving  a  record  1,383
division shows just how bullish Sun     patents  from the U.S.  Patent  and
has  become  about  Java's  future.     Trademark  Office  in  1995  --  27
Philip  Rueppel of Alex. Brown  and     percent   more   than   any   other
Sons   told   the   wire   service,     company.   The previous record  was
"Essentially,  this indicates  that     1,298  U.S. patents, set by IBM  in
Sun sees the vitality of Java as  a     1994.   IBM  also  led  with  1,087
long-term    solution    and     by     patents  in  1993, the  first  year
separating it, they can make a play     since 1985 that a company based  in
at   making  Java  self-sustaining.     the  U.S.  received the  most  U.S.
They  want  to  capitalize  on  the     patents.
momentum Java has gained."              Trailing  IBM  in the  top  10  for
 U.S. Electronics Sales Set Record      1995, according to IFI/Plenum  Data
New   figures  from  the   American     Corp.,  were  Canon KK,  which  had
Electronics Association  show  that     1,088  patents,  Motorola  (1,012),
worldwide  sales  of  U.S.-produced     NEC  (1,005) Mitsubishi Denki  Ltd.
electronics  products and  services     (971), Toshiba (970), Hitachi  Ltd.
increased 17.4 percent to a  record     (909),  Matsushita  (852),  Eastman
$334.7  million in the  first  nine     Kodak  (772)  and General  Electric
months  of 1995 compared with  $285     (757).
billion   the  same  1994   period.     The   IBM   patents   were   almost
Orders for electronics products and     exclusively   in   the   field   of
services also set a record  in  the     information  processing.   "We  are
first   three  quarters  of   1995,     pleased with the ranking and   will
rising   19.2  percent  to   $339.0     continue  to  work  hard  to  bring
billion from $284.5 billion in  the     these    innovations   to    market
year-earlier period.                    quickly,"  says  Marshall   Phelps,
Third quarter sales increased  17.1     Jr., vice president of intellectual
percent  to  $115.1  billion   from     property and licensing services for
$98.3   billion  in  the   year-ago     IBM.  "IBM  continues to invest  in
period. Orders rose 18.0 percent to     key    technological   areas   like
$114.8  billion from $97.3 billion.
software, networking, data  storage     associate  dean  of the  Wiesenthal
and   microelectronics  --  as  our     center, based in Los Angeles,  says
patent portfolio for 1995 attests."     the some 250 U.S.-based hate groups
      CD-ROM Lists Trademarks           now  "have  a magnificent marketing
Business    owners    looking    to     technology  dumped in their  laps."
trademark  a  new product  can  now     He adds, "They are able to dress up
take  advantage of a CD-ROM  that's     their  message in a way that  looks
designed to offer low-cost security     ... presentable."
against   trademark   infringement.     Notes   Webster,  "The   Wiesenthal
The  Trademark Checker contains the     Center's  request  is  part  of   a
fully  searchable text of all  U.S.     growing    debate   over    whether
federal  trademarks  --  registered     Internet  service providers  should
and  pending,  live  and  dead   --     be viewed as publishers responsible
dating back to 1884.  "You'll still     for  what  moves on their networks,
need   a   trademark  attorney   to     or   carriers  who  simply  provide
process  the application and  do  a     access   to   a   service   without
thorough search of state and common     monitoring  what is  communicated."
law  databases. However,  with  the     While  the Wiesenthal Center argues
Trademark Checker you can  do  most     the  services  are  publishers  who
of   the  work  yourself  and  save     have a civic responsibility not  to
thousands of dollars in legal  fees     promote   bigotry,   Godwin    says
by   screening  out  names  already     Internet   providers   should    be
taken," says Peter Tracy, president     treated   like  bookstores,   which
of  East  Haven,  Connecticut-based     exercise  some  control  when  they
MicroPatent,  which  publishes  the     decide  to  specialize  in  science
software.  The CD-ROM can  also  be     fiction  instead of mysteries,  but
used   by  publishers,  advertising     are not expected to read every book
agencies, publicists and others who     and  be  held responsible  for  the
need   to   check  for  trademarked     books' contents.
words.  The Trademark Checker sells      More Execs Leave Struggling Apple
for $199. Additional information is     More   top  executives  have   left
available  on  MicroPatent's  World     struggling   Apple  Computer   Inc.
Wide       Web      home      page:     Barbara    Krause,   the   computer                maker's vice president of corporate
 Group Wants Ban of Net Hate Sites      communications,  and  one  of   the
The  Simon  Wiesenthal  Center,   a     company's  highest  ranking   women
leading Jewish human rights  group,     executives,  has  resigned.   Keith
has   began  sending  hundreds   of     Fox,  vice  president of  the  home
letters    to    Internet    access     division, has also left the firm.
providers asking them to refuse  to     The San Francisco Chronicle reports
carry    messages   that   "promote     that three other high-ranking Apple
racism,  anti-Semitism, mayhem  and     executives are leaving: Jim  Groff,
violence."   The effort  has  drawn     vice    president   of    education
fire  from  civil libertarians  and     marketing;  Peter  Friedman,   vice
access  providers, who argue public     president  and general  manager  of
debate  is the way to defeat  hate.     online     services;    and     Don
Mike Godwin, staff counsel for  the     Strickland,   vice   president   of
Electronic   Frontier   Foundation,     business   and  government   sales.
told    Associated   Press   writer     According  to the newspaper,  Apple
Katharine   Webster  the   Internet     plans   to   announce  company-wide
allows  users  to "show  the  whole     layoffs  after Jan.  17,  when  the
world  what's wrong about what  the     company  will release first quarter
hate  speakers  are  saying."   And     results that could include a  loss.
CompuServe spokesman William  Giles     Apple   hasn't  commented  on   the
told the wire service, "The correct     report.
place to try and put pressure is on          Microsoft Layoffs Coming?
the  people who create the content,     Word  around  Washington  state  is
not  the person who provides accessthat Microsoft Corp. is planning to
lay  off  some employees.   Quoting
from  a report in the Seattle Post-
Intelligencer            newspaper,
Computergram   International   this
morning  noted rumors of  impending
cutbacks  have been circulating  in
Microsoft's   Redmond,  Washington,
headquarters for more than a month.
"Adding  to the uncertainty,"  says
the  newsletter,  "are  lower-than-
expected retail sales of Windows 95
and  a  refocusing of the company's
software development efforts to try
to    get    aboard   the   rampant
to   it."   Rabbi  Abraham  Cooper,

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CorelDRAW Module
User Interface
    the Layers roll-up would crash when using some 16-bit mouse TSRs under
    ToolTips for the Node Edit roll-up will now display when the roll-up
has focus
File I/O
    inability to reopen a file saved as vers. 5. Format in vers. 5.0
    inability to open some files saved to 5.0 format which contained
bitmaps, when reopening in 6.0
    AI export improved when exporting text objects
    no 22-byte 'placeable' header is created on WMF portion of EPS export -
  IPF generated when importing large EPS file with WMF headers
    New feature: the CMX format can now be opened and saved directly within
    the moving of slanted guidelines by grabbing with the cursor - snapping
to slanted guidelines
    Feet weren't marked on the ruler correctly when using Imperial
measurement units
    several Grid Frequency problems with the grid was set to Meters, Feet,
Miles or Km's
    files from previous versions which contained text with line spacing set
  to points was opening with inflated values in Version 6.0.  These files will
  now open to line spacing at 100% of character height.
  Drawing/Editing/Attribute Tools
    Auto Reduce numeric on Shape Tool Properties was set to .00002.  This
  is now .004.
    some imported B&W bitmaps were coming in with 256 color palettes - they
wouldn't accept outline or fill assignment
Special Effects
    couldn't Contour a long string of text
    unable to edit PowerClips on pages other than Page 1
    Fit Text to Path roll-up would become unavailable if the roll-up was
    Hairline outlines on plotters were drawn as thicker polycurves - non-PS
  copies were being reset following each job
    2-sided printing was sometimes not stopping at 50% to allow for paper

Corel PHOTO-PAINT 6.0 Build 169 Significant Fixes Editing Operations
    Attempting to do a Cut or Copy twice would cause an IPF.
    Attempting to delete 3 or more Objects at once would cause a lock-up. -
  Attempting to Undo List 16/256 color images after Clr Adj/Transform Effect,
  cause an IPF.
    Pen, Eraser and Color Replacer strokes were not working for Stroke
  Mask. Effects
    Attempting to apply a Displacement Map or Canvas in the Effects would
not work.
    Selecting F1 (default .acl to Help) when Effect list is displayed would
cause an IPF.

File I/O
    Attempting to open TIFF files with Alpha channels would not work.
    Attempting to Save a Read Only image would cause an immediate shut-
down. File Management
    Attempting to suspend printing using the Task Progress Manager would
cause an IPF.

OLE Operations
    Attempting to select DRAW app during Resample in Paint when doing an
  OLE In-Place Edit would cause an IPF.

    Running a script with no file open would cause an IPF.

User Interface
    Custom Color Palette would not be maintained; Palette would go back to

Corel PRESENTS 6.0 Build 169 Significant Fixes New Features:
    Import Corel SHOW 5 files
    Paragraph options dialog now available to adjust bullet, indent and tab
    New improvements under Win NT:  Runtime Player is now available - Fancy
  coloured bullets now available in the Layout library
    Import .txt files to CHART data sheet UI/Performance
    Tooltips available within Libraries dialog for Layouts
    Speed has been increased in the Libraries and in slide sorter.
    Generate Slide in Advance option has been added to allow slides to pre-
  load while running presentation - benefit seen in particular with complex
    Default set to Autoscan data in CHART data sheet when plotting chart,
  with option  to manually select a data range
    Enhanced file compression in Runtime Player format File I/O
    Editing a DRAW .cmx file no longer causes an error when returning to
    Importing files with layered objects now fixed
    Imported Actors and Props (.mlb files) have been fixed Text
    Header/Footer page numbers now appear correctly throughout presentation
  - Font size list box now updated when resizing artistic text on a slide
    Edit, Undo Fit Text to Path fixed
    With Artistic tool selected,  changing selection to text frame on slide
now correctly updates to the Paragraph tool
    Moving bullets in Outline view to different slides will not unlink from
Master Slide Layout view
    Changing font attributes in Outline view now correctly unlinking from
the Master Slide Layout
    Removing bullets in Master Slide view now maintains indent spacing -
  Templates are now linked to the Master Slide Layout
    Frame attribute information for OLE objects now accessible after
  saving, closing and re-opening files

    Transitions on 3D objects,  preview of transitions on grouped objects,
  text effects now working correctly
    Text effects using pause at paragraph options now working correctly -
Imported .avi files now display thumbnail
    Wave editor under NT has been fixed

January, 1996

        Summit96: A Whole New Twist for the Annual Ventura Conference

SAN JOSE, CA  -- The seventh annual conference for Ventura users, Summit96,
is scheduled for the week
of April 22-26, 1996, at the Red Lion Hotel in San Jose, CA, and this year's
event will reflect the many
sweeping changes that are crossing the electronic publishing landscape.

As in the six previous years, the Summit will offer high-quality seminars
and presentations across three full
days, with specific tracks for users of different interests and levels of
experience. Hosted by Rick Altman,
the Summit will feature the most notable authors and publishing specialists,
including Daniel Will-Harris,
Carol Lovelady, Foster Coburn, Byron Canfield, and David Satz. As always,
the Summit Help Center will
be open all day for free drop-in technical support.

Furthermore, the 1996 event will take on a greatly expanded role from
previous years--similar to a mini-
Seybold conference just for Corel users. With two days of optional seminars
and workshops, registrants
can pick and choose the topics they want to learn about, enroute to building
their own personal conference.
Among the highlights during that week:


Rick Altman's eight-city West Coast seminar series makes a stop at the
Summit on April 22-23. The
complete agenda for this highly-acclaimed two-day seminar is available at Registration
for these seminars is $279 alone, or just $175 if added to the main


For the most comprehensive overviews on today's hot publishing topics, these
$99 half-day seminars are
the perfect complement to the main event, or excellent appetizers all by
themselves. At the Summit, you'll
find courses on the following topics:
- An Introduction to Ventura
- In Step with Windows 95, Part I and II - Exploring the Internet -
PhotoPaint WOW, Part I and II
- A First Look at CorelXara

The Crash Courses take place on Monday and Tuesday, April 22-23, before the
main event on Wednesday.


It's no secret that Ventura 6 intends to be a major player in paperless
publishing, with built-in support for
HTML, SGML, and Adobe Acrobat. Whether you have been surfing the Web for
years or have been
waiting for the right time to dive in, you'll find all the answers in San
Jose this April. The Summit will
feature an entire track of seminars from Wednesday through Friday dedicated
to Internet publishing, Web
page design, HTML development, portable documentation, effective on-line
communication, and much

Registration for the three-day Ventura conference is $525 for regular
registration and $495 if you sign up
by March 18. This price covers all of the seminars and workshops, access to
the Help Center, breakfasts
and lunches on all three days, numerous social events, and eligibility to
take a dip in our huge prize pool.

The optional seminars on Monday and Tuesday can be added to your Summit
experience or taken on their
own. In any case, the Red Lion is holding rooms for Summit registrants at
$109 for single occupancy and
$129 for double occupancy, and you can reach the hotel at (408) 453-4000.


Whether you publish on paper or on ether, whether you are a Ventura veteran,
a Ventura neophyte, a
CorelDRAW user, or just looking to break into the world of electronic design
and publishing, you can't do
better than Summit96, the Annual Conference for Ventura Users and Electronic


You can reach host Rick Altman the following ways: PHONE:  408-252-5448
FAX:    408-252-5451
EMAIL:   or   CIS 72341,1714

You can receive an immediate brochure on the Summit by calling the
Conference fax hotline at 408-252-
5586, or by visiting

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             Microsoft INTERNET STUDIO Visual Publishing System

Microsoft Internet Studio (formerly code-named "Blackbird") is the easy way
to create, publish, and manage a new generation of interactive sites for the
World Wide Web. Internet Studio lets you easily create multimedia Web pages
that incorporate stylized hypertext documents, rich graphics, real-time
sound, and animations. All of this can be done within Internet Studio's drag
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coding. Internet Studio allows you to work with familiar tools, and
incorporate content from any OLE-enabled application such as Microsoft
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also fully extensible via OLE controls and a published SDK.

Product Features:

    Internet Studio allows designers to easily create rich, multimedia
  pages by dragging and dropping pictures, text, sounds, and other media to
  layout their designs. The model is very much like Aldus Page Maker or
  Microsoft Publisher: Internet Studio provides a full frame-based layout
  environment where no programming or HTML coding is necessary.
    The Internet Studio system automatically manages content making it easy
  to create sites with constantly changing information. Internet Studio
  dynamically generates and maintains hyperlinks so there are no "dead" links.
  The design environment supports "one button" publishing to easily place new
  content on the server.
    Since Internet Studio separates design from content and uses common OLE-
  based design elements with a persistent cache, users get high performance
  for rich multimedia pages on-line.
    Internet Studio is also fully extensible. Designers can use their
  favorite content editing tools (such as Microsoft Office, Adobe PhotoShop,
  Corel Draw, and Macromedia Director). Since Internet Studio is based on open
  OLE controls, third-party software developers can create their own unique
  design elements for use within Internet Studio.

When will Internet Studio be available? How do I get Internet Studio?
A developer release of the Internet Studio design tool has been in beta test
since July, 1995. A beta for publishing on the World Wide Web will be
available in Q1, 1996. Version 1.0 of Internet Studio for publishing on the
Web will be released in 1996.

What Platforms does Internet Studio support?
Internet Studio pages can be viewed by any Web browser on any platform.

How does Internet Studio compare to HTML?
Internet Studio 1.0 outputs HTML, so standard Web browsers on any platform
can display Internet Studio content. In addition, Microsoft is proposing,
through the Internet Engineering Task Force, additional open extensions to
the HTML standards that provide users with a richer interactive experience.
Both Internet Studio and Microsoft Internet Explorer will support these and
other approved extensions to HTML, thereby providing users with an
interactive Web experience. Microsoft will also provide a free,
downloadable, viewer application that will enable the current version of
existing browsers (such as the Netscape Navigator and Spyglass) on Windows
95 and Windows NT to view Internet Studio sites including the full range of
new HTML capabilities. But even if a customer does not have a browser that
supports all of the HTML extensions, sites developed with Internet Studio
are fully "downlevel" compatible, so that these customers can still see the

Does a user need an Internet Studio browser or viewer to view Internet
Studio sites on the World Wide Web?
No, Internet Studio pages can be viewed by any standard Web browser on any

How does Internet Studio compare to SUN's Java?
Internet Studio and Java are very different. Java is a programming language
while Internet Studio is an online publishing system. Java is designed for
programmers while Internet Studio is designed for online publishers. As a
publishing system, Internet Studio includes open scripting capabilities, but
also includes a frame-based layout environment, hypertext authoring, content
management, one-button publishing, and extensible third-party design
components (based on OLE). While Microsoft will include VBA and C++
scripting capabilities directly with Internet Studio, other programming
languages, like JAVA, can be plugged in based on the open scripting

Can I create custom processing scripts in Internet Studio?
Yes. Information on creating Internet Studio extensible actions is provided
with the Internet Studio Technical Reference. These actions are
automatically added to the Internet Studio action dialog so that non-
programmers can easily integrate custom scripts into their pages. Internet
Studio scripting can be done in C++ and Visual Basic for Applications, as
well as other scripting languages based on Internet Studio's open scripting

Will Internet Studio include Visual Basicr Scripting?
Yes. Visual Basic will be incorporated as an integrated scripting language
for Internet Studio 1.0.

How much does Internet Studio cost? How will I buy Internet Studio?
Packaging and pricing have not been announced.

Does Internet Studio include content authoring tools?
Internet Studio works with existing Microsoft and third-party content
authoring tools. For instance, graphics, sound, and other multimedia content
can be authored in third-party tools (such as Microsoft Office, Adobe
Photoshop, Macromedia Freehand, etc.), then integrated within Internet
Studio pages using the Internet Studio designer. Internet Studio supports
most popular graphic formats, including BMP, TGA, TIF, PCX, WMF, GIF, DIB,
and JPG. Also, any application supporting the OLE document standard can be
used to author Internet Studio content (for instance, Microsoft Excel charts
and tables, CorelDraw illustrations, etc.) can be embedded in Internet
Studio pages and published online. Internet Studio also includes Internet
Assistant for Microsoft Word for easily authoring hypermedia documents with
links and graphics.

Does Internet Studio support VRML?
Yes. Microsoft has announced that Intervista is providing enhanced VRML
capabilities for Internet Studio. Microsoft has also licensed 3D editing
software from Calagari to include with Internet Studio allowing designers to
create rich 3D worlds published online. Finally, programmers can create
sophisticated 3D animations within Internet Studio titles using Windows 95
based technologies such as Reality Labs and OpenGL 3D APIs.

Does Internet Studio support Macromedia Shockwave?
Yes. Macromedia demonstrated an OLE Control for delivering and viewing
Shockwave for Director movies within Internet Studio pages at their recent
User's Conference.

Does Internet Studio support Adobe Acrobat?
Yes. Internet Studio pages will be able to take full advantage of content
stored as Acrobat PDF files. Adobe has announced an Acrobat control for
Internet Studio that enables Acrobat files to be used directly within
Internet Studio pages.

Can I create Electronic Eforms in Internet Studio?
Yes. Microsoft will supply a set of Internet Studio Eform controls that
allow content providers to create rich MAPI-based Eforms without any
programming. Internet Studio will also support all standard HTML forms.

Does Internet Studio support secure transactions?
Yes. Internet Studio sites will support Secure Transaction Technology (STT)
for financial transactions, and SSL and PCT for secure communications across
the Internet.

What about security when downloading OLE components?
There will be security measures for downloading OLE components that are part
of Internet Studio pages. Companies will be able to certify their OLE
components and code scripts so consumers can choose to only download
components supplied by clearly identified, known companies (based on digital

Can I use Internet Studio to develop CD-ROM titles?
Yes. While Internet Studio is optimized for developing online interactive
pages, content providers can publish standalone Internet Studio applications
to CD-ROM.

Can I use Internet Studio to develop applications for Interactive TV?
Microsoft has announced no plans for Interactive TV and Internet Studio.
Microsoft is committed, however, to ensuring that content providers'
investment in content creation and content authoring tools follows a logical
progression from narrow-bandwidth media to higher-bandwidth media.

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EDUPAGE STR Focus    Keeping the users informed


CompuServe's Can Of Worms
New Supercomputing Competition
Two Phone Companies Want ISDN Rate
AT&T Lured To The Web
More Pentium Power
Boosting Internet Bandwidth
Canada's National Education Network
Satellite Provides Remote Links
Online Shopper Demographics
Net Spreadsheets
Barons Of Bytes Among Canada's
Court Rejects Challenge To Indecent
Broadcast Laws
Court Hears Lotus, Borland Case
Blizzard Strains Online Resources
Chip Sales Up 40%
64-Bit Chips Set To Overtake 32-Bit
DSVD Modems -- Poor Man's ISDN?
IRS, FBI Eye Internet With
Students In Cyberspace
Bell Canada Fights Back
Microsoft's "Simply Interactive"
Human Rights Group Wants Ban On
Internet Hangover?
CompuServe's Motives Questioned
Oracle Plans To Ship First Internet
PC In March
Cell Phone Rates On Their Way Down
Smart Phone
NCR Retakes Its Maiden Name
Internet Provider Takes On Phone
Canada A Hotbed For Crackers
Dole Criticism Of Telecom Bill
Perot Systems Links With Swiss Bank
Apple Loss Higher Than Anticipated
Resume Buzz Words For '96

     CompuServe's CAN OF WORMS          which is increasingly  popular with
After   cutting  off   subscribers'     computer  users connecting  to  the
access  to more than 200 electronic     Internet.   The two companies  have
bulletin boards that feature  adult     found that average subscribers  use
material last week,  CompuServe now     the   service 47 hours a month,  or
is  trying to find a technical  way     more than three times what had been
to  block  only German subscribers,     anticipated when the companies  set
whose  government  originally   had     the   current   rates.     Industry
lodged  the  complaint against  the     analysts are questioning the wisdom
commercial     online     provider.     of  raising ISDN rates  at  a  time
Industry  executives  are  pointing     when  cable companies are beginning
out  that  this  would  set  a  bad     to    provide  low-cost  high-speed
precedent,   possibly   encouraging     digital phone service and access to
other governments to make their own     computer networks.  (New York Times
demands      regarding      content     5 Jan 96 C2)
restrictions.   Every country  will            AT&T LURED TO THE WEB
now  jump in and say we don't  want     AT&T  is abandoning the proprietary
any    antigovernment   propaganda.     system  it spent $50 million  on  a
Every  country  in the  world  will     year  ago  in favor of  moving  its
push  its  own  local hot  button,"     business-oriented  online   service
says  a  University of Pennsylvania     directly to the Internet.  The AT&T
professor.  (WSJournal 5 Jan 95 B2)     Business Network will open its site
  NEW SUPERCOMPUTING COMPETITION        on the World Wide Web in mid- 1996.
The National Science Foundation  is     "We  believe that some people  will
planning a new competitive  process     want  to  buy  just plain  Internet
for     allocating     funds     to     access," says the president of AT&T
supercomputer  centers,   beginning     New  Media  Services.  "Others will
in 1998, after funding for the four     want something more -- they'll want
currently  supported supercomputing     to   buy  that  access  along  with
centers  expires.  The four centers     meaningful    content."      AT&T's
--   located at Cornell University,     current  Interchange system  offers
the University of California at San     information from CNN, McGraw Hill's
Diego,  the University of  Illinois     Standard & Poor's Rating Group  and
at    Urbana-Champaign,    and    a     Dow   Jones  &  Co.   (Wall  Street
collaborative  effort  between  the     Journal 5 Jan 95 B2)
University   of   Pittsburgh    and             MORE PENTIUM POWER
Carnegie Mellon University -- share     Intel   has  two  new  super-speedy
about   $65  million   a  year   in     Pentiums for use in home and  small
government funds.  The new  program     office desktop computers -- running
will      encourage      consortial     at    150-   megahertz   and   166-
arrangements among companies, state     megahertz, respectively.  Officials
governments, universities and other     at  IBM, Dell Computer and Hewlett-
federal agencies.  "It's an attempt     Packard  all said their   companies
to  draw  more of the resources  of     would  be building computers  using
the  country  into   the  program,"     the  new chips, and Advanced  Logic
says NSF's assistant director.  The     Research   says  it  has   a   150-
program  solicitation can be  found     megahertz   machine  for  sale  now
at:                                     starting at $2,195 and a 166  model
                                        for  $2,495.  (Investor's  Business
 (Chronicle  of  Higher         BOOSTING INTERNET BANDWIDTH
Education 5 Jan 95 A23)                 Internet  service  provider   iStar
TWO PHONE COMPANIES WANT ISDN RATE      beefed  up  the  capacity  of   its
             INCREASES                  network   with  new  links  between
Pacific  Bell  and  U  S  West  are     Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa  and  the
seeking  to  more than  double  the     American  portion of  the  Internet
rates they charge for ISDN service,     and    increased    its    Internet
bandwidth   28   times.    (Toronto                   RICHEST
Financial Post 5 Jan 96 p39)            Pioneers on the information highway
CANADA'S NATIONAL EDUCATION NETWORK     have  been  ranked  as  among   the
     A  $500,000 pilot project will     richest  people  in  Canada.    Ted
evaluate    a   proposed   National     Rogers   of  cable  giant    Rogers
Education  Network that will  bring     Communications came in fifth with a
together    Canada's     commercial     personal  fortune of  $1.4-billion.
training   schools,   universities,     (Ottawa Sun 5 Jan 96 p4)
colleges,  non-profit  schools  and     COURT REJECTS CHALLENGE TO INDECENT
school boards.   (Ottawa Citizen  5               BROADCAST LAWS
Jan 96 A1)                              The  Supreme  Court  has  rejected,
  SATELLITE PROVIDES REMOTE LINKS       without  comment, a  constitutional
Ottawa-based TMI Communications saw     challenge  to  a 1992  federal  law
its   $500-million  MSAT  satellite     that  bans indecent  radio  and  TV
investment  start to pay  off:  the     programming   during  daytime   and
world's  most   powerful  satellite     "primetime"  evening  hours.    The
will   provide   voice   and   data     Federal  Communications  Commission
transmission   service   throughout     defines indecency as "language that
Canada,   the   US,   Mexico,   the     depicts  or  describes,  in   terms
Caribbean   and  Latin  America  to     patently  offensive as measured  by
millions of people in remote areas,     contemporary   community  standards
including Canadians who live in the     for the broadcast medium, sexual or
85%  of  the  country outside   the     excretory  activities  or  organs."
reach  of  cellular phone  systems.     The  appellate court judgment,  now
This  mobility comes  at  a  price,     upheld by the Supreme Court,  ruled
however,   since   handsets    with     that    the    law    served    the
antenna  cost between   $5,000  and     government's      interest       in
$6,000  and  calls  are  $2.50  per     "supporting   parental  supervision
minute (Ottawa Citizen 4 Jan 96 C5)     of  what  children see and hear  on
    ONLINE SHOPPER DEMOGRAPHICS         the  public airwaves."  One of  the
"It's  mostly young, male  nerds...     unsuccessful  appeals  argued  that
techno-weenies.      The     buying     the law would restrict  American TV
population    on   the    Net    is     and  radio  audiences "to  watching
essentially social misfits.  People     and  hearing  only programming  fit
who  are comfortable in public will     for  children."  (New York Times  9
go   to   a  store,"  says  Seymour     Jan  96 A5)
Merrin,   head   of   a   technical       COURT HEARS LOTUS, BORLAND CASE
research firm, who estimates   that     The  Supreme Court heard  arguments
online  shopping  ultimately  could     by   Lotus's  lawyer  that  Borland
represent  6%  to 8% of  all  mail-     International  Inc. violated  Lotus
order  sales.  (Investor's Business     Development   Corp.'s copyright  on
Daily 8 Jan 96  A10)                    its    Lotus    1-2-3   spreadsheet
         NET SPREADSHEETS               commands by using all 469  of  them
Formula                    One/Net,     in    Borland's   former    Quattro
at:,     software.   "The expression  is  in
offers Web surfers using Netscape a     deciding  what words  to  use,"  he
way  of  viewing  and  manipulating     told  the court.  Borland's  lawyer
spreadsheets embedded on Web pages.     disputed   the   claims,   however,
For  example,  a site  might  allow     saying  that  the software  allowed
investors to make online "what  if"     users  to  choose between  Borland-
comparisons of different investment     designed    commands    or    Lotus
strategies based on financial  data     commands,  because so many  already
which it provides to those visiting     were   familiar  with   the   Lotus
the  site.   (Computerworld 26  Dec     software.   "Whatever  word   Lotus
95/2 Jan 96 p68)                        used  to  operate its system,  that
  BARONS OF BYTES AMONG CANADA'S        word  is  not  copyrightable,"   he
                                        said.   Lotus is seeking more  than
                                        $100   million   in   damages   for
copyright  violation.   (Investor's     experts  emphasize   the  need   to
Business Daily 9 Jan 96 A28)            expand   the  horizon  beyond   64:
 BLIZZARD STRAINS ONLINE RESOURCES      "Today's  move toward  64-bit  file
There's no such thing as a snow day     systems  and 64-bit processing  are
anymore for many knowledge workers,     just  stages  in the  evolution  of
and  the stress placed on telephone     information  technology.    It   is
and   online   services   yesterday     important to recognize this and not
proved   it.    UUNet's   president     develop solutions for 64-bit   that
estimated that high-speed  business     are  not sufficient for 128-bit and
use of the Internet was down by  as     beyond."  (Information Week  1  Jan
much  as 15% yesterday, while dial-     96 p39)
up  home  users' rose 60%.  America       DSVD MODEMS -- POOR MAN'S ISDN?
Online reported a 60% increase from     Digital Simultaneous Voice and Data
normal levels, and AT&T said  long-     modems can deliver some of the bang
distance   calls   were   up    35%     of  ISDN  modems without having  to
yesterday  morning,  with   a   15%     shell  out  the bucks.  The  modems
increase   in   conference    calls     allow simultaneous transmission  of
during  the  day.  Nynex  said  the     voice  and data to the same  person
number of residential calls was  up     equipped  with the  same   kind  of
60%   and  Bell  Atlantic  reported     DSVD    modem.     Although     the
their  residential  call  load  had     stipulations  are  restrictive,  it
nearly   doubled.    (Wall   Street     could  conceivably  allow  you   to
Journal 9 Jan 95 B1)                    receive technical  support  from  a
         CHIP SALES UP 40%              help  desk while staying  in  voice
Revenue      from     sales      of     contact with them, or allow you  to
semiconductors rose 40% last  year,     work  on  documents  simultaneously
to  $154.7  billion,  according  to     with   a   long-distance  co-worker
preliminary results compiled  for a     without  the  added  expense  of  a
new   study  by  Dataquest.   North     second  phone  line.  International
American  chip  makers'  lead  over     Data Corp. predicts as  many as 35%
Japanese  competitors  narrowed  to     of  the  19 million modems sold  in
0.3%, down  from 1.2% last year  --     1996  will be DSVD devices, selling
with   North   American   suppliers     for around $300.  "DSVD will be the
claiming  39.8% of  the  market  to     next major modem advance throughout
Japan's 39.5%.  Dataquest  predicts     the  world,"  says  a  manager  for
healthy sales in the future, fueled     MultiTech   Systems   Inc.,   which
by   global  demand  for  PCs   and     manufactures      the       modems.
corporate  networks, and  estimates     (Investor's Business Daily 8 Jan 96
chip  sales  will top $300  billion     A10)
by  the  year  2000.  (Wall  Street         IRS, FBI EYE INTERNET WITH
Journal 9 Jan 95 B2)                                 SUSPICION
64-BIT CHIPS SET TO OVERTAKE 32-BIT     The     Clinton    administration's
              COUSINS                   reluctance  to ease  up  on  export
If  you  think  you're  on  top  of     controls  for  encryption  software
things  because you  just  switched     stems  in part from pressure   from
over  to  a  32-bit  system,  think     U.S. law enforcement agencies,  and
again  -- 64-bit chips are expected     the   owner  of  a  New  York-based
to  be  the norm by the year  2000.     software    company   sees    heavy
Driving the change is the need  for     lobbying  behind  the  government's
speed   to  run  graphics-intensive     desire  to regulate content on  the
computing  applications and  heavy-     Internet:  "I  think  the  Internal
duty  databases.  So  far,  Digital     Revenue  Service and  the  FBI  are
Equipment Corp. is one of  the  few     watching  this one very  carefully.
64-bit chip suppliers with its  own     They   wouldn't  mind  seeing   the
64-bit  operating system -- a  must     government  set  a  precedent   for
for taking full advantage of the 64-    deciding what can and cannot go  on
bit   architecture.   But  industry     the  Internet."  The IRS fears that
                                        easy    access   to    cheap    and
                                        sophisticated  encryption  software
will  make  income  and  sales  tax     Engineering  conference  in  April.
evasion  too  easy,  and  the   FBI     (New York Times 8 Jan 1996 C2)
worries    about    criminal    and       HUMAN RIGHTS GROUP WANTS BAN ON
terrorist    plots    hatched    in                  CYBERHATE
cyberspace, but some observers  say     The  Simon  Wiesenthal  Center   is
government control tactics are  too     asking    university    presidents,
little,   too   late.    A   Hudson     Internet      access     providers,
Institute      economist      says,     commercial online services such  as
"Electronic   money   gets   really     AOL, CompuServe, Prodigy and MSN to
interesting  when you  realize  how     make  a  voluntary pledge to refuse
impossible  it is to  put  national     service to any individual or  group
walls around it, mandate the use of     that   wants  to  use  the  Net  to
national  currencies,  or   require     promote    racism,   anti-Semitism,
that    transactions   go   through     mayhem  and violence.  A  spokesman
banks...  The country will have  no     for   the  Center,  a  well-  known
practical choice but to rely   more     Jewish  human  rights  group,  says
than   ever   on   voluntary    tax     that   the  Internet  gives  people
compliance.  That means  tax  rates     "incredible   power   to    promote
will  have  to be kept  as  low  as     violence,     threaten       women,
possible   on   people    and    on     denigrate    minorities,    promote
businesses."  (Investor's  Business     homophobia,  and  conspire  against
Daily 9 Jan 96 B1)                      democracy."   Some civil  liberties
      STUDENTS IN CYBERSPACE            organizations   are  characterizing
Officials in Ontario's Ministry  of     the Wiesenthal Center's proposal as
Education are developing  plans  to     censorship and the director of  the
introduce credit courses that would     Institute  for  Historical  Review,
be  available  through  a  computer     which  challenges the existence  of
network  for high school  students.     the  Holocaust, calls the  proposal
Students   in  rural  centers   and     "outrageous    and   hypocritical."
adults  trying  to  complete   high     (New York Times 10  Jan 96 A1)
school    through    correspondence             INTERNET HANGOVER?
programs  could see courses  online     A  senior VP at International  Data
by  this  fall.  (Toronto  Globe  &     Corp.  predicts widespread consumer
Mail 9 Jan 96 A3)                       disillusion with the Internet:  "We
      BELL CANADA FIGHTS BACK           also  believe  the   Internet   and
Bell  Canada criticized independent     World  Wide Web phenomenon will  go
Internet   service  providers   for     from  an  intoxication stage  to  a
making "entirely untrue" statements     hangover stage during the next  two
alleging  that the phone  company's     years.   About  20%  of  the  large
marketing    teams   are    sending     firms will jump off the Web because
potential  customers to  BellSygma,     the  consumer demographics are  not
which    operates   the   company's     developing   quickly  enough.   But
Sympatico Internet service.(Toronto     just  as  those 30 to 35  companies
Star 9 Jan B3)                          jump off, another 175 will hop  on.
 MICROSOFT'S "SIMPLY INTERACTIVE"       The  growth  in online  subscribers
               PLANS                    will  continue to be  very  strong,
With   a  new  development  program     but  there will be underlying  high
called  "The Simply Interactive  PC     turnover  rates as  users  who  are
for  1997," Microsoft hopes to work     underwhelmed by content on the  Web
closely        with        hardware     cancel  and  turn  on  their  TVs."
manufacturers  to  make  the  PC  a     (Investor's Business Daily  10  Jan
consumer-friendly "appliance"  that     96 A6)
will  "turn  the PC into  the  best       CompuServe's MOTIVES QUESTIONED
platform     for     entertainment,     CompuServe's recent action to  shut
Internet         access         and     down   subscriber  access  to   200
communications."  The plan will  be     newsgroups carrying sexual  content
presented  at the Windows  Hardware     was   motivated    more   by   U.S.
politics  than  German  objections,     growing  at about 28% a  year,  and
apparently.    Reports   that   the     sales  of educational and reference
action  was in response to Bavarian     software  grew by 142%  last  year,
government complaints are false  --     according  to IDC/Link Inc.  Not to
the  incident  was  sparked  by  an     be  left  out, Packard Bell expects
inquiry from a district attorney in     to  launch its family-oriented add-
Munich   regarding    the     ons,     dubbed    Packard     Bell
groups. Leaders of all four parties     Interactive, and rumor has  it  IBM
in  the  Bundestag have spoken  out     and  Microsoft also are  developing
against any legislation to regulate     child-sized  hardware and  software
the    Internet  and   agree   that     this  year.  (Business Week 15  Jan
existing criminal law in Germany is     96 p38)
sufficient to handle any  potential     CELL PHONE RATES ON THEIR WAY DOWN
legal  misconduct.   It's   rumored     Cellular  phone rates,  which  have
that,   rather  than  reacting   to     remained high for years in the face
German   authorities,  CompuServe's     of  enormous  consumer growth,  may
restrictions   were   enacted    in     finally    be     responding     to
response to  legislation pending in     competitive pressures and beginning
Congress against "indecent" digital     to  drop.  Subscriber growth  rates
content  in  an effort  to  bolster     are slowing down, and wireless wars
CompuServe's   reputation   as    a     have  ignited in New York,  Chicago
morally  responsible online service     and  Washington, DC.   Figures  for
provider.  (STERN Infomat 03/96)        the largest 15 carriers in the U.S.
ORACLE PLANS TO SHIP FIRST INTERNET     show  a  12%  growth rate in  1995,
            PC IN MARCH                 down  from  63% the previous  year.
Oracle   Corp.   is   putting   the     And    the   advent   of   personal
finishing  touches  on  its   first     communications  services  may  push
Internet  PC,  which it  says  will     prices  down even further, possibly
ship in March, and is working  with     another 10% to 40% according to  an
Acorn  Computer Group on  a  second     analyst     at    EDS    Management
version.  The new device will  meet     Consulting  Services.  (Wall Street
the  $500 price goal, but will come     Journal 11 Jan 96 B1)
without    a   monitor.    Instead,                 SMART PHONE
consumers will use cables  to  hook     Colonial     Data     Technologies'
it  up to their television sets  or     Telesmart  4000 phone  incorporates
PCs.    The   manufacturing   cost,     the ability to send e-mail over the
according to Oracle's VP of network     Internet,  pay  bills   and    bank
computing,  is under $200  --  $100     electronically, type and send  text
for  four megabytes of RAM, $30 for     messages  directly to pagers,  shop
an  ARM   7500 microprocessor,  and     from   electronic   catalogs,   and
the  rest  for the keyboard,  mouse     manage  calls via a  full range  of
and   network  connections.   (Wall     Caller   ID  services.  The  device
Street Journal 11 Jan 96 B2)            includes a graphic display  screen,
            COMPU-TOYS                  magnetic  card reader, alphanumeric
One  of the widely awaited products     keypad,  v.22 modem and  processor,
debuting  at  the  recent  consumer     and    is    priced   at   $289.99.
electronics show was the  new  line     (Newspage Business Wire  8 Jan 96)
of brightly colored  and over-sized         NCR RETAKES ITS MAIDEN NAME
computer attachments built for kids     NCR,   which  became  AT&T   Global
by  Compaq Computer in league  with     Information   Systems   when   AT&T
Fisher-Price Inc.  The first fruits     acquired  it in a hostile  takeover
of   the  partnership  are  a  $150     in  1991, will  become known  again
Wonder  Tools Cruiser -- a  driving     as  NCR, now that the current  AT&T
toy that steers a toddler through a     reorganization is spinning  it  off
computer  game  --  and    a   $130     as   a   separate   company.    The
keyboard  scaled  to  fit  a  small     company,  whose initials originally
child's hands.  The team may hit it     stood  for  National Cash Register,
big  this  year  --  shipments   of
electronic   learning    toys   are
will  return  to  focusing  on  the     Systor,  which is SBC's information
manufacture  of   computer  systems     technology  subsidiary.  (Financial
for  retailers,  banks,  and  large     Times 10 Jan 96 p14)
companies.  (New York Times 11  Jan     APPLE LOSS HIGHER THAN ANTICIPATED
96 C5)                                  Although    Apple    had    already
 INTERNET PROVIDER TAKES ON PHONE       projected  losses  for  its  fiscal
              COMPANY                   first quarter, which ended December
Canada's  largest Internet  service     29th,  the actual figure  for   the
provider  iStar is challenging  the     loss  turns  out to be about  twice
phone companies head-on by offering     what  analysts  had  expected  ($68
private   networks   to  businesses     million), putting more pressure  on
communicating   on  the   Internet.     Apple CEO  Michael Spindler.   (New
Secure*net,  known in the  industry     York Times 11 Jan 96 C1)
as a virtual private network allows     
companies  to  transmit   data   to          RESUME BUZZ WORDS FOR '96
remote offices over lines dedicated     Employers  of  information  systems
to one client for a fraction of the     experts in 1996 will be looking for
cost many companies pay for leasing     people   who  know  the   Internet,
transmission   lines   from   phone     client-server      computing     or
companies. (Ottawa Citizen  11  Jan     networking,  according  to   hiring
96 C6)                                  executives.  "IS organizations  are
    CANADA: HOTBED FOR CRACKERS         looking  for people experienced  in
Security  consultants say  computer     working    with    the    Internet,
hackers  have  breached  a  leading     particularly   regarding   security
American  satellite  TV  direct-to-     issues   and  building  firewalls,"
home company's  security system  to     says  the  CEO  of a Santa  Monica,
steal   programming  for   decoding     Calif.  consulting  firm.   In  the
signals.   (Toronto Financial  Post     client-server  area,  expertise  in
11 Jan 96 p3)                           C++,   Visual   Basic   and   Forte
  DOLE CRITICISM OF TELECOM BILL        programming is in demand,  as  well
Senator  Majority Leader  Bob  Dole     as    front-end   graphical    user
says  there  need to be changes  in     interfaces,  relational   databases
the     telecommunications     bill     and help-desk support.  Programmers
recently  negotiated by  a   House-     who   otherwise  would  be  in  the
Senate     conference    committee,     $50,000  to $60,000 salary category
because  the  proposed  legislation     might  see  an  extra  $10,000   to
would  contain a provision he  says     $20,000   tacked   on   for   these
would  provide  "corporate welfare"     skills,    say   some    recruiting
to TV broadcasters by allowing them     experts.  (Information Week  1  Jan
to  use,  without charge, a portion     96 p64)
of   radio  spectrum  for   digital
services such as high-definition TV
and  interactive TV.   The  Federal
Communication    Commission     has
indicated  that  the   spectrum  at
issue could be worth $40 billion on
the  open market.  (New York  Times
11 Jan 96 C4)
Perot   Systems  and   Swiss   Bank
Corporation  will  jointly  develop
and   market   financial   industry
related   information    technology
products  and services,  and  Perot
Systems  will  buy a 40%  stake  in

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