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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags
Subject: ST Report:12-Apr-96 #1215
Reply-To: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Posted-By: xx004 (aa789 - Bruce D. Nelson)
Date: Mon May  6 17:11:33 1996



                                      
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>From the Editor's Desk...

     After last week, one can only wonder if there is anything else to harp
about.  How about. the present congress and senate has given the baby bells
back to AT&T, allowed corporate giants to merge, ally or otherwise join
forces in an attempt to "setup the US Consumer" for another long, long gouge
ride.  AT&T has for a very long time grabbed high dollars for its long
distance lines. now, with the new communications bill,  its gonna be a free
for all .all over again.  Only with a twist.

     The Baby Bells are crying over the Internet voice modems and AT&T
"loves" it!  Why?  Perhaps the lost revenues by the Baby Bells will lower
their net value and AT&T can begin buying them back into the fold.  But more
importantly, AT&T is going back into the residential telephone business.  Its
going to get interesting.  A decade ago, our lawmakers saw a justified need
to force AT&T to "let go" of the population's throats.  What does Newt & Co.
do?  Give AT&T the green light to do it to it all over again.

     You can bet it will not be so easily undone as it was.   AT&T learned
many lessons.  One good thing is coming from all this and that's the end of
the reign of the "Bell Heads".  Telephone service in the USA, while touted to
be the best in the world, is about to become just that.  The "Bell Heads"
will no longer be able to hold things back due to their ignorant stubborn old
fashioned ways.

Florida's Internet Tax Proposal...

     To think the "public official" who proposed this new Tax Law probably
used the net free while in college makes me want to puke!  Would you believe
..a few of the "slick and shifty" bean counters in Tallahassee, FL have
gotten together and decided that the new Internet Technology is fair game for
their grubby grabbing tax hands??   Yessir, one expressed the thoughts that
they "deserved the right" to tax the new technology.  We're looking at taxing
all E-Mail traffic at this time.  He added.  As I listened to this State
Government Official who is "supposed" to representing me. I said to myself..
"you have no idea what you playing with "Mr. Official Bean Counter"!!  You
think Florida's Tourism is down now??  What till they get started bad-
mouthing Florida with its high crime rates, speed traps and gouge artist
tourist traps. you ain't seen nothing' yet."

     Can you imagine if. the users being hammered by Florida's Proposed
Internet Tax begin telling everyone on the NET about the crime rates in their
local areas on a daily basis??  About all the murders, rapes, drug busts,
etc., that do not make the news?   (If you think that doesn't happen, then
listen to this.. either yesterday or the day before, a LIVE Bomb was
discovered in the Jacksonville County Courthouse.. not a word was mentioned
in any of the newspapers or on the local TV newscasts.  I discovered this
incident from a friend's wife and daughter.  Both of whom work in the State
Attorney's Office located in that building.)  Such revelations will paint a
wonderful picture of Florida.  Care to wager  telling the whole truth about
Florida's Crime Rate will send bunches of tourists elsewhere??

     If the State's Elected, Appointed and Civil Servant Officials find it
difficult to listen to and abide by the wishes of the people ..then it stands
to common sense and good reason the people must make themselves heard
quickly.  Before another NEW, very unwelcome, TAX Proposal becomes LAW.
Keep an eye on our WebSite for a list of Florida Politicians (by Wednesday).
You as Internet Users, can send E-Mail to any or all of them indicating your
wishes that Florida not set such an UGLY hateful precedent.  Many other
States, greedy for your dollars, are waiting to see the outcome.  They will
certainly jump on the bandwagon and TAX the NET too if Florida manages to ram
this thing through!
                                        Ralph.

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                         HP Updates Printer Language
Hewlett-Packard Co. has announced the next generation of HP Printer Control
Language (HP PCL), the defacto industry-  standard printer language.  HP PCL
6 now offers modular, object-oriented commands that are designed to take
advantage  of graphics-intensive applications. HP notes that the product also
includes font- synthesis technology for true what-you- see-is-what-you-get
(WYSIWYG) printing and better document fidelity. Other features include a
faster return to applications, faster printing of complex graphics, more
efficient data streams for reduced network traffic and backward
compatibility.

"As goes PCL, so goes the printer industry, because PCL is the industry-
standard link between PCs and printers," says  Carolyn Ticknor, vice
president and general manager of HP's LaserJet solutions group. "PCL 6 will
give business users  improved ease of use and better performance and print
quality for today's increasingly complex documents."  PCL 6 will  be included
in new HP printers as well as in printers from other manufacturers.

                       HP Unveils New Ink-Jet Printers
Hewlett-Packard Co. has introduced a new line of color ink-jet printers
designed for small office and home office users.  The HP DeskJet 820C
Professional Series printers are HP's first color ink-jet printers custom-
engineered exclusively for  Windows users. The new printers, which are set to
sell for less than $400, are Plug-and-Play-ready for Windows 95 and  support
Windows 3.1 and 3.11.

The DeskJet 820C printers can print at speeds of up to 6.5 pages per minute
in black text and 4 ppm in color -- up to  twice as fast as most low-cost ink-
jet printers. Additional features include an envelope feeder that allows
users to print  envelopes one at a time and support for manual duplex
printing. The printers also offer 50 professional TrueType fonts.
The DeskJet 820Cse model includes HP's Quick-Start tool, a CD-ROM that aims
to provide small-business and home- office customers with tools to help make
their business communications more effective, including a guide to printer
setup. Also included is a copy of Microsoft Publisher.

                        Apple Ships Software for Free
Apple Computer Inc. is waiving shipping and handling charges on its System
7.5 Update 2.0 Mac OS system software,  and making the software free of
charge through May 31.  Reporting from Cupertino, California, the Dow Jones
News  Service quotes Apple as saying it made the move in response to an
"enormous" demand for the product, which is causing  Apple's servers to
become overloaded.

System 7.5 Update 2.0 is a new Mac OS system software update designed to
enhance overall system stability while  delivering some performance
improvements for Apple Macintosh and Mac OS-compatible computers.  DJ says
localized  versions of the system update will be available to international
customers in many countries by the end of the second  quarter of 1996. Apple
also plans to update the Macintosh System 7.5 retail upgrade package to
incorporate the  improvements in System 7.5 Update 2.0 this summer.

                       Bell Atlantic to Offer Net Link
Bell Atlantic Corp. has become the latest of the regional telephone operating
company to announce a full suite of Internet  products for businesses and
consumers, including high-speed links and an offer to manage companies' sites
on the World  Wide Web. The company also said that by July, it will offer
consumers unlimited access to the Internet for $19.95 a  month, matching the
lowest rates in the industry. Users will have access to Netscape
Communications Corp.'s Internet  software.

"The move," writes reporter Jared Sandberg in The Wall Street Journal this
morning, "represents the latest foray from a  regional Bell company into the
frenetic Internet industry. All of the Baby Bells, including Pacific Telesis
Group and  Ameritech Corp., are offering business access to the Internet and
planning to launch consumer services by the end of the  year. Many believe
the Baby Bells, by leveraging their expertise in building networks and
massive customer lists, could  provide the much-needed reliability and ease
of use often lacking in the industry."

Bell Atlantic says its newly created Internet Solutions division would offer
its 1.5 million corporate customers and  roughly 12 million residential
customers simple navigational tools and localized online information such as
local sports  scores and local government information.  Says Robert Beran,
president of the Internet Solutions division, "Our overall goal is to make
the Internet as simple as using the telephone."

                       Singapore Firms Renew Hayes Bid
In Singapore, engineering/electronics company Acma Ltd. is reviving its plans
to take over U.S. modem maker Hayes  Microcomputer Products Inc. after
enlisting new partners.  The Reuter News Service quotes an Acma statement as
saying  two companies listed on the main board of the Stock Exchange of
Singapore and a third, SP Quek Investments Pte Ltd., a  company controlled by
Acma Chairman S.P. Quek, will take stakes in Hayes.

Earlier, Acma announced an initial proposal to take over Hayes was scuttled
when Canada's Northern Telecom withdrew  from a joint takeover bid. Nortel
and Acma were each to inject $17.5 million for a combined 49 percent stake in
Hayes.  Acma says now it will take up a further $3.6 million in Hayes,
resulting in a total investment of $20.13 million for 28.2  percent of Hayes,
which recently implemented court-approved reorganization after filing for
bankruptcy protection.

The Singapore firm said it also will make $7.48 million in convertible loans
to Hayes.  Says Reuters, "Under the new  takeover plan, the two SES listed
companies will take a total share of $6 million in Hayes, SP Quek Investments
another  $2.4 million and the balance of $12.0 million will be subscribed to
by other investors from Hong Kong invited by Dennis  Hayes, the company
founder and chairman."

Reuters says Acma renewed its commitments to the acquisition because of
"significant concessions which will give the  company more influence in the
restructured Hayes."  The Acma statement says, "Acma will nominate two
directors to the  Hayes board while its chairman, Quek Sim Pin, will also
join the board as a third directorrepresenting new Singapore  investors."
Reuters says Dennis Hayes will remain as Hayes chairman, but "the Hayes board
will appoint a new chief  executive officer who will report directly to the
board." The appointment is expected next month.

Acma said the revised shareholders agreement is expected to be signed within
the next few days, "after which the  completion will be subject to
confirmation by U.S. authorities," Reuters reports.

                       Escom Sells Amiga Technologies
German computer retailer Escom AG says it has signed a letter of intent to
sell its unit Amiga Technologies GmbH to  Visual Information Services Corp o
f the United States.  Reporting from Bonn, the Reuter News Service says
Chicago- based VIScorp also plans to buy the intellectual property rights to
Commodore Business Machines, but that Escom will  retain marketing rights for
Commodore products.

In a statement today, Escom said the transaction was valued at around $40
million, and must now to be submitted for  approval by the companies'
management.  Last January, Escom, a computer manufacturer headquartered in
Bersheim,  Germany, finalized a licensing agreement with VIScorp to add the
Amiga operating system to Viscorp's new set-top TV  appliance, Electronic
Device.

At the time, VIScorp officials said adding the Amiga operating system to ED
would allow users to access any online  service, local bulletin board service
and any address on the Internet at speeds thousands of times faster than a
conventional telephone modem. Access will be allowed through a TV remote
control, a computer keyboard, a touch- sensitive pen or the microphone that's
into ED.   In 1995, Escom AG acquired all Commodore and Amiga licenses,
patents and trademarks.

                           Chip Sales Drop Sharply
Unexpectedly, U.S. computer chip sales have taken a nose dive. The
Semiconductor Industry Association reports its  book-to-bill ratio was 0.80
in March, meaning chipmakers got only $80 in new orders last month for every
$100 worth of  chips they shipped.  This breaks February's record as the
lowest since the SIA began keeping track nine years ago. A  month ago, the
trade group reported February's book-to-bill ratio was 0.90. It has now
revised that to 0.89.

"We weren't expecting to see such a large drop in March," analyst Charles
Boucher of Hambrecht & Quist in San  Francisco told business writer Catalina
Ortiz of The Associated Press.  However, Boucher added the numbers weren't
out  of line with the slowdown in demand for PCs as well as bloated
stockpiles of chips among computer  manufacturers.   Boucher says orders soon
should pick up again -- maybe as soon as this month -- and that investors
shouldn't be alarmed  by the results, "but I think they will."

The SIA said that March semiconductor orders totalled $3.33 billion while
billings were $4.16 billion. In March 1995,  bookings were $3.90 billion and
billings were $3.39 billion.  "Semiconductor sales have been sluggish," Ortiz
writes,  "because demand among Americans for personal computers is cooling
after several years of torrid growth. About half of  all chips wind up in
computers; the rest become part of consumer electronics products, cars and
home appliances.  Adding to the slowdown in demand is an excess of
semiconductors PC makers have on hand."

The book-to-bill ratio was above 1.00 all of last year, peaking at 1.19 in
July, then declining to 1.12 in December. It fell  to 0.92 in January.  But
despite the latest gloomy figures, the SIA says the U.S. market appears to be
stabilizing as PC  makers use up their inventory, AP reports. The group still
forecasts strong overall growth in the industry by the end of  the year.
"While the American market is slowing down," says AP, "ones overseas continue
to grow vigorously. Sales of  microprocessors ... jumped 105 percent in Japan
and 46 percent in Europe."

                       CD-ROM Publisher Changing Name
One of the industry's oldest CD-ROM publishers is undergoing a name change.
The Princeton, New Jersey-based Bureau  of Electronic Publishing Inc. says
that effective immediately it plans to do business under the name "Thynx."
"When  founded in 1988, Bureau of Electronic Publishing Inc. was an
appropriate vendor name for Bureau's products, which  were sold exclusively
into schools and libraries," notes a statement issued by the company.

"The company name needs to reflect our entire customer base and our corporate
vision: to enrich, empower, and  entertain through multimedia," adds Larry
Shiller, the firm's chairman and CEO.  The company will keep Bureau of
Electronic Publishing as its official name and BEPI remains the NASDAQ
symbol. The firm will use Thynx in its correspondence and has filed for a
trademark for the name.

                       Web to Host Virtual Trade Show
The world's first virtual trade show -- with keynote speakers, new products
demonstrations and the exchange of business  cards, all by computer -- is
being hosted on the Internet's World Wide Web later this month.  The April 23-
25 InterAct  '96, being staged by InfoWorld, Stratus Computer Inc. and Time
magazine, can be "attended" at no cost by anyone who  registers.  "It
redefines the trade show business," director Francois Gossieaux told reporter
Natasha Wanchek of United Press  International, "and increases possibilities
for conducting business without incurring travel expense."  And, backers say,
it  simplifies the trade show experience by allowing attenders to personalize
the events to their own scheduling needs and  interests.

Participants will use the InterAct '96 Intelligent Navigator to answer
questions about trade show interests, software,  hardware and hot topics they
would like to have flagged. The Navigator then informs the attender of
discussions and  events missed, changes in speakers and other information of
interest.  Three kinds of online discussion rooms will be  featured,
including rooms for technical topics, chat rooms linked to partner booths and
question-and-answer speaker  sessions that follow presentations.
Presentations can be viewed live with real-time video or in text.  Attenders
will choose between the standard Web page format that uses Hypertext Markup
Language (HTML) and the  more complex 3-D Web page that uses Virtual Reality
Markup Language (VRML), depending on their computer capabilities.  Says
Wanchek,

"The 3-D trade show booths and chat sessions will be visible to anyone with a
VRML  browser, and interactive avatars, figures that users see moving
throughout the trade show floor, are already available with  Black Sun Inc.'s
CyberGate technology. After traveling into the 3-D space, a sprawling black
and blue grid, users will  use their computer mouse and keyboard to walk up
to virtual booths and view real-time product demonstrations,  download video
presentations and chat online with company experts."  Details on the
conference are available on the Web at Web address http://www.interact96.com.

                        Florida Eyes Net Business Tax
                     Proposed Tax Called a STATE GOUGE!
Net businesses are gearing up for a fight in Florida over a state proposal to
tax businesses that provide access to the  Internet.  Protesting the plan --
which calls for the tax on business connections to the Net and online
services, not  personal or recreational users -- business owners yesterday
sent thousands of e-mail messages and faxes to the state capitol in
Tallahassee.

Writing for The Associated Press, reporter Bill Bergstrom says a House
Finance and Tax Committee workshop that expected to address the issue ran out
of time and put off debate until next Monday.  "The tax is a new
interpretation of an  old law," says Bergstrom. "if the business is
classified as a taxable telecommunications service, Internet service
providers  must pay the government 2.5 percent of gross receipts. The tax
would be 7 percent on subscription fees or usage charges  for connecting to
computer networks, including commercial services like CompuServe and America
Online."

But business owners say the new tax is unfair because the affected companies
already pay taxes on phone service.  "Residential and commercial phone-
service users," says AP, "already are subject to a 2.5 percent state
utilities tax and  commercial customers pay additional sales taxes."  George
Johnson of the Florida Chamber of Commerce told the wire  service several
other states -- including Ohio, Illinois and New York - are considering a
similar tax but none have enacted it.

Bergstrom says Jim Marchant, owner of Mercury Communications in Gainesville,
set off the debate last year when he  asked his chamber of commerce how he
should tax his customers, and the chamber asked the state Department of
Revenue.  "After reviewing the laws," write Bergstrom, "the state decided
commercial computer connections met the  definition of a taxable
telecommunications service that had existed on the books for decades.
Protests over the ruling  prompted the department to delay collecting the tax
until July 1."

                    Netscape Licenses Antivirus Software
Symantec Corp. says it is licensing its Norton AntiVirus Internet Scanner to
Netscape Communications Corp.  The  software will be included in the Netscape
Power Pack 2.0 for Windows and companion utilities, as well as in plug- ins
for Netscape Navigator.  The deal's terms weren't disclosed.  Symantec notes
that its Norton AntiVirus Internet Scanner  provides virus protection by
automatically checking for viruses as users save files downloaded from the
Internet. The  software can detect more than 7,300 viruses and eliminates
almost all rogue codes, says Symantec, including Word  Macro viruses and the
Boza Virus, which targets the Windows 95 operating system.

"Cruising the information superhighway without virus protection is like
driving your car without insurance. You can do  it, but why take the risk?"
says Mary Engstrom, general manager of Symantec's security business unit.
"This integration  of Norton AntiVirus with the Netscape Navigator ...
represents an easy new way for Internet users to protect while they connect."


Microsoft Introduces Bookshelf 1996-97 Edition: Provides Even Quicker Access
                      to Expanded World of Information

    New Content Includes Internet Directory, Concise Encarta World Atlas
REDMOND, Wash. - April 8, 1996 - Finding up-to-date information quickly with
the Microsoftr Bookshelf r CD-ROM reference library has been made even easier
with today's announcement of the 1996-97 Edition. With one click, users of
all ages have access to nine of the latest reference works, including the new
Microsoft Bookshelf Internet Directory 96 and the Concise Encartar 96 World
Atlas.

"Since Microsoft introduced Bookshelf nearly 10 years ago, each edition has
incorporated valuable new innovations that have helped Bookshelf earn a loyal
following as one of the most trusted and recognized products in its
category," said Patty Stonesifer, senior vice president of the interactive
media division at Microsoft Corp. "The new features in Bookshelf 1996-97
Edition have been developed to meet the needs of today's users who want quick
access to timely and relevant information - including information on the
Internet."

New Features Make Finding and Using Information Easier Than Ever
Bookshelf 1996-97 Edition includes the following new features:
Bookshelf Internet Directory 96. The new Bookshelf Internet Directory 96 is a
guide to nearly 5,000 useful and interesting sites on the Internet. The
Internet Directory contains overviews and visuals of resources such as the
World Wide Web, Gopher and FTP sites, mailing lists, and Usenet newsgroups,
as well as a glossary of common Internet terms. Whether a user needs to find
a specific fact or just wants a great starting point for browsing, the
Internet Directory aims to make it as easy as possible, providing one-click
access to the listed sites when used with an Internet browser. With the
addition of the Internet Directory in Bookshelf, Internet resources can now
be included in searches on any topic.

Monthly updates to the Internet Directory will be available online at no
charge. Bookshelf 1996-97 Edition also includes Microsoft Internet Explorer
version 2.0 and one month of no-charge access to MSNT, The Microsoft Network
(for new subscribers in the United States or Canada only; long-distance or
toll charges may apply. The software to access MSN is a feature of the
Windowsr 95 operating system. Access to and use of MSN requires payment of a
separate fee).

Concise Encarta 96 World Atlas. Derived from the Encarta 96 World Atlas, this
resource helps users keep up-to-date with the latest facts about the world by
providing a quick way to locate the world's continents, most of the
countries, states and provinces, and many cities. The atlas also features 54
easy-to-read maps with pop-up information, including pronunciation of
location names, audio national anthems, and information about disputed
borders. These maps can also be copied and pasted directly into documents
created in applications such as Microsoft Word and the PowerPointr
presentation graphics program.

Updated Year in Review. Bookshelf is more than a powerful reference tool for
work or education - it's also fun to use. The popular Year in Review is one
example of the creative side of Bookshelf - it makes for entertaining
browsing while keeping users up to date. Year in Review offers a fun way to
sample highlights of the past year's news. Users can see and read about news
events such as the rescue of American pilot Scott O'Grady from Serb-held
territory in the former Yugoslavia, or Baltimore Orioles shortstop Cal Ripken
Jr. breaking Lou Gehrig's record for most consecutive games played in Major
League Baseball.

A Fresh New Look. The new interface in Bookshelf 1996-97 Edition allows users
to search all nine reference sources more easily than ever before, ensuring
that the most thorough search is performed and the most relevant answers are
delivered. Customized searching across any combination of books and media is
also available. With its streamlined look and convenient hints about which
areas are interactive, the interface encourages users to explore all the
content available in Bookshelf.

Multimedia Brings the World of Information to Life
Bookshelf 1996-97 Edition brings information to life in a way no printed book
can by containing more sights and sounds than ever before, including more
than 200 new images of musical instruments, animals and well-known paintings,
for a total of nearly 2,000 images; 54 maps; audio clips totaling five hours
of sound, from famous quotations to musical scores; more than 100 video clips
and animation sequences on topics from news events to dangerous animals;
nearly 200 national anthems; and more than 80,000 pronunciations, 8,000 of
which are new or have been re-recorded.
In addition to the new Internet Directory and Concise Encarta World Atlas,
updated versions of the following works are also included in Bookshelf 1996-
97 Edition:
    The American Heritager Dictionary, Third Edition
    The Concise Columbia Encyclopedia
    The Original Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases
    The World Almanacr and Book of Facts 1996
    The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations
    The People's Chronology
    National Five-Digit ZIP Coder and Post Office Directory

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in Bookshelf 1996-97 Edition. The handy three-hole-punched guide features a
hands-on introduction to Bookshelf 1996-97 Edition resources and more than 20
student activities for exploring the weather, creating multimedia
presentations, learning about music and more - all designed to help teachers
integrate Bookshelf 1996-97 Edition into the classroom curriculum.
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Microsoft Bookshelf 1996-97 Edition is available now for the Windows 95 and
Windows version 3.x operating systems. The version for the Macintoshr is
scheduled to be available in late May and will include native support for the
Power Macintoshr. Each version of Bookshelf will retail for approximately
$54.95. Licensed users of previous versions of Bookshelf can receive a $10
rebate from Microsoft on the new version. The school edition includes the
Teacher's Activity Guide at no additional cost.

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 Microsoft Announces FrontPage 1.1 With New Pricing and Availability Of Free
                           Beta on World Wide Web

New $149 Price Delivers Power of Web Publishing to Broader Base of PC Users

REDMOND, Wash. - April 8, 1996 - Microsoft Corp. today announced that
Microsoftr FrontPageT 1.1, the new version of its critically acclaimed tool
for easily creating and managing Web sites, is available in beta form for
immediate download at no charge. Microsoft also announced that the estimated
retail price for FrontPage has been lowered from $695 to a special
introductory estimated retail price of $149, and that the Microsoft FrontPage
server extensions, previously priced at $200 each, are now free from
Microsoft. Microsoft Office for Windowsr 95 customers will be eligible for a
$40 rebate. The FrontPage 1.1 beta and server extensions are available from
the Microsoft Web site at Widespread retail availability of FrontPage 1.1 is
expected by the end of May 1996.

"With FrontPage, Web publishing is not just for webmasters any more," said
Chris Peters, vice president of Microsoft's Web authoring product unit. "The
combination of FrontPage's ease of use, rich features, aggressive pricing,
and integration with Microsoft Office helps bring Web publishing to the
broadest range of computer users."

Web Publishing Made Easy

FrontPage 1.1 includes a number of technical breakthroughs that provide users
with a fast and easy way to develop and maintain professional Web sites
without programming. Designed for both individual users and collaborative
work environments, the FrontPage client-server architecture supports
authoring and Web-site management from a user's desktop, across a corporate
LAN, or over the Internet. FrontPage 1.1 is designed to look and work like
Microsoft Office applications, allowing a vast number of users to leverage
their existing knowledge. FrontPage 1.1 includes the following features:

    New Easier installation. FrontPage 1.1 offers an improved setup allowing
     users to be up and running fast.
    New WYSIWYG table support. FrontPage 1.1 makes it easy to create WYSIWYG
     tables, giving users direct control over all table features.
    New HTML Frames Support. FrontPage 1.1 provides a Frames Wizard offering
     existing frame templates or the ability to create a custom frame grid.
    New Auto Recalculate Links. FrontPage 1.1 lets users automatically
     update all occurrences of a hyperlink throughout the Web when a file is moved
     or renamed.
    New WYSIWYG image alignment. FrontPage 1.1 image alignment is fully
     WYSIWYG, so users can see how the image will actually appear.
    New Integration with Microsoft Office. Microsoft FrontPage 1.1 has a
     consistent interface and shares features with Microsoft Office such as
     multiple level undo and spell checking. Users also can open documents from
     and save documents to FrontPage webs from within Microsoft Word 95 and
     Microsoft Excel 95.
    FrontPage Editor. A WYSIWYG editor that makes it easy to create and edit
     Web pages with no knowledge of HTML.
    FrontPage Explorer. A visual Web site manager that allows users to
     graphically view and manage a complex Web site.
    Personal Web Server. Server software that allows users to stage Web
     sites and host webs on their computer.
    WebBotT components. Drop-in Web server functionality such as full-text
     searching, threaded discussion groups, and surveys, without requiring complex
     CGI scripting or any setup.
    Wizards and templates. Automated content creation tools that allow users
     to interactively build Web pages, providing them with preformatted templates
     to which content can simply be added.
    Multiuser remote authoring. Ability to set permissions for multiple
     authors to enable collaborative Web creation and management.
    Server extensions. Software (available for download from the Web at no
     charge) for popular Windows NTr operating system and UNIXr Web server
     platforms that allows proper hosting of FrontPage-created Webs. Server
     extensions for Microsoft Internet Information Server are scheduled to be
     available on April 22, 1996.

"Web Documents" Strategy
Allowing users to create and edit Web documents easily is a key aspect of
Microsoft's desktop applications strategy. Microsoft believes the same broad
category of users for whom word processing and spreadsheet documents are the
most common daily business communication formats today will author webs for
corporate intranets or the Internet in the near future. FrontPage extends the
notion of document creation to include a variety of document types such as
HTML pages and Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPointr
presentation graphics program files, all connected by hyperlinks.
Microsoft Office applications already offer a complete set of Internet
Assistants that allow users to publish to the Web without complex HTML
programming. The combination of Office applications and FrontPage provides a
complete Web publishing solution for the broadest range of business users.
Microsoft FrontPage 1.1 has a consistent interface and shares features with
Office such as multiple-level undo, spell checker, and the ability to change
font sizes, styles and colors. FrontPage 1.1 also allows users to update
Office documents in webs by automatically launching the appropriate Office
application from inside FrontPage Explorer. In addition, from the Microsoft
Web site, users can download a FrontPage Open and Save add-in, which enables
them to open spreadsheets and documents from a FrontPage web, or save them
from Microsoft Excel 95 and Microsoft Word 95 to a FrontPage web.
"Integration between FrontPage and Office is a smart strategy aimed squarely
at intranets, where business users are expected to rapidly increase the
sharing of information and collaboration online," said Stephen Auditore,
president of Zona Research Inc. "This announcement clearly strengthens
Microsoft's position as a key player in the Web and intranet content-creation
market, and alters the competitive environment, emphasizing content creation
as a horizontal activity on a par with word processing."

Special Introductory Price of $149 Through March 31, 1997

FrontPage 1.1 will be available through March 31, 1997, for a special
introductory price of $149 (estimated retail price). In addition, existing
customers of Microsoft Office 95 or any of its standalone applications are
eligible for a $40 rebate. Customers who have purchased FrontPage 1.0 are
eligible for a free upgrade to FrontPage 1.1 once the final retail product is
available, expected to be before the end of May 1996.
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and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of
making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full
power of personal computing every day.
Microsoft, FrontPage, Windows, WebBot, Windows NT and PowerPoint are either
registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States
and/or other countries.
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licensed exclusively through X/Open Company Ltd.
                                      
                                      
                                      
                   Microsoft Announces Internet Newsgroups
             For Peer-to-Peer Discussions on Microsoft Products
                  Boosting Internet Presence and Providing
       Another No-Charge, Easy-to-Access Support Choice for Customers

REDMOND, Wash. - April 9, 1996 - Microsoft Corp. today announced the addition
of no-charge Microsoft-sponsored NNTP newsgroups on the Internet to its
family of Information Services offerings. This new service boosts Microsoft's
Internet presence and further addresses customer demand for one-stop
information and services over the Internet. Microsoft is investing in the
newsgroups to create a community in which customers can share technical
information about Microsoftr products and technologies. Microsoft Newsgroups
are scheduled to be live and accessible to customers on April 15, 1996, via
the Support area of the Microsoft World Wide Web site

"Our goal is to provide accurate and timely information that is widely
available and affordable for our customers, and the Internet newsgroups are
one more way for us to meet this goal," said Linda Glenicki, general manager
of AnswerPoint at Microsoft. "Customer discussion groups provide a rich
source of technical information, and the increasing popularity of the
Internet allows us to provide access to this information to a very broad set
of customers."

Microsoft Newsgroups on the Internet will replace Microsoft-sponsored forums
on CompuServer as of April 20. CompuServe customers can easily link to the
Microsoft support Web site and the newsgroups from the Microsoft Connection
area on CompuServe. In addition, CompuServe will offer third-party forums on
Microsoft products.

Customers currently access the Microsoft Frequently Asked Questions,
Knowledge Base, and Software Library more than 850,000 times per week on the
Internet. The addition of Microsoft Newsgroups rounds out Microsoft's
Internet offerings by providing an interactive environment for customers to
send each other messages and responses about Microsoft products. Customers
need only an NNTP-compatible newsgroup reader and Internet access to connect
to Microsoft Newsgroups at no charge (Internet connection charges apply).
Microsoft MVPs (most valuable professionals) will provide technical answers
and foster the growth of the online community. Microsoft will stay involved
in Microsoft Newsgroups, monitoring responses for accuracy and assisting MVPs
as needed. The MVP program recognizes Microsoft customers who voluntarily
assist others in customer-to-customer discussion areas. Microsoft MVPs come
from a wide range of backgrounds and professions, yet they all share one key
attribute: a willingness to give time, expertise and advice to enhance other
customers' technical skills.

"Being an MVP is a natural extension of my desire to help others solve their
computing roadblocks," said Ross Pfaff, who was recognized as an MVP in
August 1995. "Whether it's a mission-critical situation or a home-
entertainment problem, assisting fellow computer users as an MVP allows me to
give back some of what I've been given: knowledge and satisfaction." For more
information on the MVP program or how to become an MVP, please see the About
Support area of the Microsoft World Wide Web site
(http://www.microsoft.com/supportnet/).

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software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products
and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of
making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full
power of personal computing every day.

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in the United States and/or other countries.
CompuServe is a registered trademark of CompuServe Inc.


                                        Digital, MCI and Microsoft Ally to
                                                       Offer
                                           Integrated Business Solutions
                                         Companies Expand Relationships to
                                            Deliver Intranet, Messaging
                                         And Groupware Solutions From MCI
                                       
                                       
                                       
                                       April 9th Press Conference: Bellevue
                                       WA - Left to Right
                                       Bob Palmer, Chairman & CEO Digital
                                       Bill Gates, Chairman & CEO Microsoft
                                       Corporation
                                       Bert Roberts, Chairman & CEO MCI
                                       
BELLEVUE, Wash. - April 9, 1996 - Digital Equipment Corp., MCI Communications
Corp. and Microsoft Corp. today announced they are delivering integrated
intranet, electronic mail and messaging, and groupware business
communications services. Digital Chairman Bob Palmer, MCI Chairman Bert
Roberts, and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates stated that this alliance builds
on existing agreements and leverages MCI's communications expertise and
integration capabilities, Digital's technology and support services, and
Microsoftr software products and technology.

Incorporating the combined expertise of the three companies, MCI will package
and deliver local and wide area end-to-end managed network services.
Initially targeting the U.S. business market, the solutions will be marketed
by MCI under its recently announced Enterprise Network Solutions initiative
and supported by the company's networking, Internet and communications
technologies and the consulting and implementation expertise of its systems
integration subsidiary SHL Systemhouse. The underlying components of the
service's first offerings will include Digital's client-server computing and
support strengths and components of the Microsoft BackOffice family of
integrated server software - Microsoft Exchange Server, Internet Information
Server and the Windows NTr Server network operating system.
"Large corporate customers and small businesses alike will benefit from the
leading-edge turnkey communications solutions that enable them to better
serve their customers through gains in efficiency and enhanced communications
capabilities," Roberts said. "MCI will leverage the world's leading hardware,
software and network services to deliver the next generation of enhanced
intranet and messaging applications for its business customers."

Electronic Mail, Messaging and Groupware
Working together, the three companies intend to develop a fully integrated
suite of managed electronic mail and messaging solutions, which will be
marketed and licensed by MCI. These solutions combine MCI's robust messaging
network; Digital's Alpha server systems; and the Microsoft Exchange server
software, the first messaging platform with integrated groupware and Internet
connectivity. The suite will provide customers with a "single source" managed
environment for enterprise electronic mail and groupware. The service also
provides systems management, operations, administration and help-desk
services to provide customers a turnkey managed electronic mail environment.
Because of the dramatic increase in Internet use, electronic mail and
enhanced messaging services have become critical to business productivity. As
a result, the business is expected to grow to $62 billion by the year 2000.
Following are benefits of this powerful combination of products and
technology:

 Installation and management. Seamless delivery, installation and
  management of hardware and communications services - from a single point of
  contact and with one high standard of network performance and reliability.
  This will allow businesses to achieve enterprisewide messaging and
  interoperability.

 Messaging services. A comprehensive package of messaging services
  ranging from basic electronic mail services, such as Internet electronic
  mail, to premium electronic mail and messaging services that integrate
  directory functionality, message storage and gateway services with reliable,
  secure delivery.

 Network and applications management. Around-the-clock network and
  applications management, which takes advantage of the global network
  management capabilities of MCI and the client-server telecommunications
  management information platform (TeMIP) management software from Digital to
  ensure reliable message delivery.

 Systems integration. Systems integration and services expertise will be
  delivered by MCI's SHL Systemhouse with support from Digital.

 Groupware services. A comprehensive package of groupware services
  ranging from simple bulletin boards and discussion databases to more
  sophisticated sales-tracking applications will be developed on Microsoft
  Exchange Server public folders. Public folders are replicated databases that
  can be used to distribute and share information both inside and outside an
  organization.

MCI has also announced it will use Microsoft Exchange Server for its internal
messaging platform. MCI will integrate Microsoft Exchange Server with the MCI
Mail infrastructure to provide enhanced messaging and groupware capabilities
to its employees and customers.

"Microsoft Exchange was created to meet the messaging, groupware and Internet
electronic mail requirements of companies today and in the future," Gates
said. "Providing a reliable and high-performance solution to today's
distributed workplace, Microsoft Exchange enables work teams spread across an
enterprise to share information and collaborate as if they were across the
hall. The combined services of Microsoft Exchange Server and the
communications, network management and computing capabilities of MCI and
Digital offer customers a complete infrastructure for deploying mission-
critical business solutions."

Intranet Networking Services

The three companies will work together to develop solutions that will enable
MCI to help businesses increase workplace collaboration and productivity by
offering a package of managed intranet solutions. Included in the initial
offerings will be MCI WebSite Services and MCI Enterprise Connect. Intranets,
private web-based Internet networks accessible only within an enterprise, are
used to connect employees and business partners to critical corporate
information. Intranets are also used for file sharing, document transfers and
establishing interactive bulletin boards within an enterprise.
"This alliance combines all of the technologies and services required for
businesses to gain the enormous productivity benefits of a corporate
intranet," Palmer said. "Digital, MCI and Microsoft will bring to the
intranet market the same innovations they have already delivered to the
Internet."

Industry analysts estimate the current $400 million market for intranet
services, software and hardware will reach $8 billion by 1998. It is also
projected that by the end of the decade, 90 percent of all Web servers and
software sold will be for intranet applications.

The end-to-end managed network solution combines the world's leading Internet
technologies to provide the following products and services:

 MCI WebSite Services. Provides Web site content creation, hosting,
  access and Internet security and management.

 MCI Enterprise Connect. A component of MCI's new Enterprise Networking
  Solution initiative, MCI Enterprise Connect offers a range of intranet and
  Internet connectivity options over MCI's Internet backbone, including
  dedicated, frame relay, SMDS, ISDN and remote dial-up access.

 Search engine and interactive tools. A suite of technologies from
  Digital that provide Internet search and indexing capabilities, workgroup
  collaboration software for online audio, and document conferencing with
  remote access and security.

 Web site and browsing software. MCI will package leading Internet
  software with its intranet solution, including the following:

 Microsoft Internet Information Server. These new services will be built
  upon Internet Information Server (IIS), the only Web server integrated into
  Windows NT Server. IIS is an easy-to-use yet powerful platform for Web
  applications.

 Customized versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer. MCI will offer
  privately branded versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer to businesses both
  for their own internal use and to provide to their customers. Microsoft
  Internet Explorer is the first cross-platform Internet client to integrate
  ActiveXT technologies, which enables businesses to create, view and share
  highly interactive applications and content.

 MCI will adopt Windows NT Server and Microsoft Internet Information
  Server for its Internet and Intranet Web Hosting Services.

Digital Equipment Corp. is the world's leader in open client-server solutions
from personal computing to integrated worldwide information systems.
Digital's Intelr and Alpha platforms, storage, networking, software and
services, together with the industry-focused solutions from business
partners, help organizations compete and win in today's global marketplace.

MCI (NASDAQ "MCIC") is one of the world's largest and fastest-growing
diversified communications companies. With annual revenue of more than $15
billion, MCI offers consumers and businesses a broad portfolio of services
including long distance, wireless, local access, paging, Internet software
and access, information services, outsourcing, business software, advanced
global telecommunications services, and music distribution and merchandising.

An MCI company, SHL is a leader in client-server computing and offers a wide
range of consulting and systems integration services as well as customized
software solutions.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products
and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of
making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full
power of personal computing every day.

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

For product information, customers may call:
(888) 200-7002


Quarterdeck Corp News STR Focus   What About InfoWorld's "Accuracy"??


                Questions and Answers on "Bad Memory Rising,"
                          InfoWorld, March 18, 1996

InfoWorld, in its March 18, 1996 issue, performed a comparative test of
memory management software for Windows 3.1  and Windows 95 systems. Two of
Quarterdeck's leading products, QEMM 8.0 and MagnaRAM 2, were included in
this review. Quarterdeck met with the staff of InfoWorld's test labs on March
22, 1996, and as a follow-up would like to  provide the following questions
and answers in response to the article.

Q. Do you agree with InfoWorld's conclusions?

A. No. While Quarterdeck holds InfoWorld in high respect, there are many
aspects of its conclusions with which we disagree.

Part of the goal of the study was to compare the memory management
capabilities of the products surveyed, and this  aspect of the evaluation was
underplayed. The article did not give weight to the benefits that our
products (and those of  our competitors) provide: allowing you to load more
programs, and to use larger programs and data sets, and to extend  the
Windows and DOS environment in other ways. We would like to have seen more
detailed data on resource  management, and more thorough breakdown of
performance results in each of the three memory management categories
identified in the article.

While we choose to disagree with the methods by which InfoWorld came to its
conclusions, we acknowledge our respect  for InfoWorld and its right to make
its own judgments, even when its conclusions do not match our expectations,
observations, or experience, nor those of our customers, our competitors, and
other members of the press.

Q. Do you agree with InfoWorld's testing methods?

A. No. The objective test results were obtained through automated testing,
which uses the computer itself to simulate a  user performing large numbers
of operations. This is often done by simulating many keystrokes very quickly,
as quickly  as the machine can process them. MagnaRAM, either on its own or
as a component of QEMM 8, does much of its work  when the system is idle.
During normal use, a Windows system will have large amounts of idle time--
while the user is  pausing, even between single keystrokes. Since the system
is not idle during the course of automated testing, MagnaRAM  does not get a
chance to complete its work. This causes MagnaRAM to occupy memory without
providing benefits. In the  normal course of operation of a Windows system,
operated by a person rather than a program, there are significant  amounts of
idle time in which MagnaRAM can do its work. InfoWorld has acknowledged that
automated testing could reflect poorly on MagnaRAM's performance.

Subjective tests are by definition subjective, and as such their results are
difficult to confirm or refute. Quarterdeck notes  with thanks that InfoWorld
has expressed willingness to provide us with more detail on some of its
observations.  Quarterdeck has not observed results that match InfoWorld's
experience. MagnaRAM is highly configurable and clearly  documented. Our
customers' experiences and our own have shown that some of the configuration
options available  through MagnaRAM's user interface can help to balance
speed and memory. InfoWorld did not choose to take advantage of these
options.

Q. Do you have to repartition or reformat the hard drive in order to remove
QEMM's QuickBoot feature, as the  InfoWorld article states?

A. No, not at all. There are several easy and clearly documented ways to
disable QuickBoot in the unlikely event that  you do not want to take
advantage of it. The simplest is to use the QSETUP program, either from DOS
or from  Windows, to disable the feature easily. Additionally, QuickBoot is
disabled when the QEMM386.SYS driver is not  loaded; there are several well-
documented ways of achieving this as well.  Quarterdeck representatives have
been assured by InfoWorld staff that a correction will be printed on this
point.

Q. Does QEMM support Windows 3.1, Windows 95, and Windows NT, as the
InfoWorld article states?

A. QEMM supports all of DOS, Windows 3.1, and Windows 95. It does not,
however, provide any support for Windows  NT. InfoWorld intends to print a
correction on this point.

Q. Will MagnaRAM and QEMM incorporate the Windows 95 call_when_idle VMM call
that InfoWorld suggests?

A. MagnaRAM (in the standalone version and as a component of QEMM) already
includes the call_when_idle function,  in both its Windows 3.1 support and
its Windows 95 version. InfoWorld will note this fact in a future edition.
Indeed, as  noted above, MagnaRAM's implementation of call_when_idle may
explain some of the performance deficiencies  observed in InfoWorld's
automated testing.

Q. How can I ensure that MagnaRAM is performing best for me?

A. The MagnaRAM documentation contains many hints and tips for configuring
MagnaRAM so that it works best for  you. MagnaRAM, both in the standalone
version and as a component of QEMM 8, allocates 25% of the physical (RAM)
memory available when Windows starts up, and uses this memory for its
compression buffer. Reducing the size of this  buffer may provide a possible
increase in speed at the expense of the amount of memory that can be
compressed. If you  are dealing with large data sets of highly compressible
memory (as in a database or graphics program), you may find that  increasing
the size of the buffer allows you to keep more data in memory, and to reduce
access to the Windows virtual  memory swap file. A nearly-full hard drive can
degrade the performance of Windows regardless of MagnaRAM's  presence;
InfoWorld has acknowledged the possibility that a lack of hard drive space
could have affected the results of its testing.

For more information on configuring MagnaRAM to your specific needs, please
consult the MagnaRAM documentation and on-line help system.

Q. Will Quarterdeck improve MagnaRAM and QEMM?

A. Absolutely. While we are proud of our products and stand behind them, we
recognize that there is always room for  improvement in every product. Since
its inception, Quarterdeck has been setting the standard in memory management
and other technologies on the PC platform. Expect this to continue. We intend
to listen not only to InfoWorld, but also to  our customers, and to other
members of the press who point out viable ways to enhance our products and
services.

Q. Is Quarterdeck's company information, as listed in the article, correct?

A. No. There are several points of Quarterdeck's company information which
are inaccurate as printed in the InfoWorld  article. DESQ was the first
multitasking, multiwindowing product for the PC; its successor was spelled
DESQview,  rather than DeskView. QEMM, and not QRAM, was Quarterdeck's first
memory management product. In 1995,  Quarterdeck purchased both Inset Systems
and StarNine in 1995, rather than "Starnine Inset Systems." Our staff
currently  numbers 750 employees, rather than 250. The correct spelling of
Quarterdeck's Chief Executive Officer's name is Gaston Bastiaens.

Q. How can I get more information?

A. Visit Quarterdeck's Web Site at  http://www.quarterdeck.com/, or call
(310) 309-3700, for more information on all of our products.

                           Quarterdeck Corporation
                             13160 Mindanao Way
                        Marina del Rey, CA 90292-9705
                               (310) 309-3700



      QUARTERDECK ACQUIRES DATASTORM TECHNOLOGIES, DEVELOPER OF LEADING
                           COMMUNICATIONS PACKAGE
                                PROCOMM PLUS

Combination of Technologies From Quarterdeck, DATASTORM And The Intended
Acquisition of Future Labs Inc. Will Offer a Powerful Platform for
Collaboration and Communications on the Internet and Intranet

MARINA DEL REY, Calif., March 28, 1996 -- Quarterdeck Corp. today announced
it has acquired DATASTORM  TECHNOLOGIES Inc. in a stock-for-stock merger to
be treated as a "pooling of interest" for accounting purposes.  Quarterdeck
will issue approximately 5.2 million shares in connection with the merger.
The acquisition of DATASTORM is  a significant step in Quarterdeck's
collaborative computing and communications strategy.

DATASTORM is the developer and publisher of Procomm Plus, the industry's
leading data communications package.  It  recently shipped Procomm Plus 3.0
which runs on Windows 95 and 3.1, which includes an integrated FAX package,
a  Winsock-compliant TCP/IP stack, and a complete set of graphical
applications for accessing the Internet, including a  Web browser, telnet,
FTP, and a news and mail reader.

Privately-held DATASTORM will remain in its Columbia, Missouri headquarters.
The company's revenues for calendar 1995 were about $39 million with a level
of  profit before taxes of approximately 20%. The acquisition of DATASTORM
is expected to be accretive to Quarterdeck's earnings per share.  In addition
to the DATASTORM acquisition, Quarterdeck announced it signed a memorandum of
understanding to acquire Future Labs Inc.   Future Labs develops  TALKShow, a
whiteboarding and collaboration technology that allows two or more people to
work together in the same
application from remote locations.

"The combination of DATASTORM's communication technology with our advanced
Internet solutions will give us a  unique position in the collaborative
computing environment," said Gaston Bastiaens, President and CEO of
Quarterdeck.   "Adding Future Labs technology on top of this will push
Quarterdeck to the forefront of collaborative computing and  communications
technologies."

"Partnering with Quarterdeck will allow us to take our technologies to the
next level quickly," said Tom Smith, Executive  Vice President and co-founder
of DATASTORM.  "Plus, Quarterdeck's world-wide marketing and distribution
muscle is among the most extensive in the industry, and this will enable us
to make Procomm Plus available to a much larger  potential audience,
particularly in Europe and the Far East."

"Quarterdeck and DATASTORM are two highly recognized and respected names in
the software industry," said Bruce  Barkelew, President and co-founder of
DATASTORM. "By combining the brand name equity and technology of both
companies, we will have an industry-leading marketing, technology, and
mindshare combination now and into the future."

Added Stephen Monaco, Vice President and co-owner of DATASTORM,
"Quarterdeck's powerful retail marketing organization will provide an
additional sales channel for Procomm into the SOHO and international markets.
This will  help preserve and even expand our lead as the top broad
communications software developer in the industry."

Tom Smith has been appointed Senior Vice President of the Communications
business unit of Quarterdeck Corp., of  which DATASTORM is an integral part.
Mr. Monaco and Mr. Barkelew will stay on as consultants to Quarterdeck.

About DATASTORM
World headquarters are located in Columbia, Missouri, with a European office
in Cambridge, England. DATASTORM  TECHNOLOGIES INC. and DATASTORM
TECHNOLOGIES, LTD. are privately-held corporations employing around  350
people internationally.  DATASTORM markets their Procomm brand of
communications software products world-wide.  Procomm Plus and Procomm Plus
for Windows consistently rank in the top ten best-selling software products.

             QUARTERDECK STRENGTHENS ITS PUSH INTO COLLABORATIVE
                  COMPUTING TECHNOLOGY WITH AN AGREEMENT IN
                   PRINCIPLE TO ACQUIRE FUTURE LABS, INC.

Acquisition Will Provide Quarterdeck With Real-time Collaboration and Virtual
Conferencing Technology for the Internet

MARINA DEL REY, Calif., March 28, 1996 --- Quarterdeck Corp. (Nasdaq: QDEK)
today announced it has reached an  agreement in principle to acquire Future
Labs, Inc. a developer of real-time collaborative technology that allows two
or  more people to work together on an application or document.  The proposed
transaction would offer Quarterdeck a  springboard into the growing
collaborative computing market and will greatly enhance the collaborative
abilities of  WebTalk, Quarterdeck's Web phone product that allows voice
communication over the Internet, LAN, or WAN.  The  combined technology will
give Quarterdeck the first full-featured, stand-alone, complete collaboration
suite for the  Internet.  The transaction is subject to certain conditions,
but is expected to close in April 1996.

Future Labs develops TALKShow, a third-generation document conferencing
product that allows two or more people in  remote locations to work
collaboratively in real time by sharing desktop applications or viewing live
presentations  remotely over a network.   Future Labs has just launched
Virtual Conference Center, a service on the Internet that integrates services
combining their flagship TALKShow product and mature telcom applications,
such as multiparty  audio bridging, and additional Internet utilities that
bring enhanced value to the virtual conferencing experience.

"The addition of Future Labs technology and talent will be invaluable in
giving Quarterdeck a boost in the collaborative  computing market," said
Gaston Bastiaens, President and CEO of Quarterdeck.  "We are in the era of
the home or virtual  office, and remote technologies are a vital piece of
working efficiently at a distance.  TALKShow compliments what we  have on the
market and what we are developing, and is a major piece in providing
corporate users with a complete, robust technology system for working
together from a remote location."

John Chua, President & CEO and co-founder of Future Labs, added "Our new
position with Quarterdeck will provide us  with all of the core business
components for success along with the great technology of the combined
companies. This  combination brings immediate value to our recently announced
Virtual Conference Center and its mission to provide an  integrated service
model to meet the needs of the remote business conferencing market."

Quarterdeck will issue 750,000 shares to acquire Future Labs.  The
acquisition will be accounted for as a pooling of  interests. The company and
its 22 employees will remain in their Los Altos, Calif.  office. Chua will
remain at the helm  of the company, in charge of the Future Labs activities.

About Future Labs
Future Labs, Inc., is a pioneer in the network-based collaboration software
marketplace.  The company's award-winning  TALKShow document  conferencing
software is used for a range of applications, including training, education,
and workgroup collaboration.  Internet TALKShow is available for download
from Future Labs' Web site, http://www.futurelabs.com.  TALKShow and other
Future Labs products are also available through OEMs and select resellers.
The company is located at 5150-E21 El Camino Real, Los Altos, California,
94022 and can be reached at (415) 254-9000.



              QUARTERDECK RELEASES SPEEDYROM, A POWERFUL CD-ROM
                 ACCELERATOR THAT CAN REDUCE CD ACCESS TIME

Automatic 32-bit CD Turbocharger Reduces Time and Frustration Associated with
Slow, Choppy CD Performance
MARINA DEL REY, Calif., March 25, 1996 --- Quarterdeck Corp. (Nasdaq: QDEK)
today announced the release of  SpeedyROM, a 32-bit turbocharger that
instantly increases the speed and performance of CD-ROMs.   SpeedyROM is a
CD-ROM turbocharger which incorporates a unique caching technology to
intelligently determine the most frequently  used information from CDs and
speeds-up access and performance with each subsequent use.

CD-ROM reference, gaming and multimedia enthusiasts will appreciate
SpeedyROM's ability to smooth out graphics and  audio in their favorite
applications. Quarterdeck benchmarks show gains ranging from 11% to 92% for
the second and  subsequent passes on a CD-ROM with SpeedyROM active.  With
these gains, users will be able to enjoy faster  performance from any CD-ROM
drive.

"This will be a big help for all CD-ROM users," said Alex Eckelberry, vice
president and general manager of the utilities  business unit at Quarterdeck.
"Even with the recent improvements in CD performance, CD access time remains
a weak  spot in multimedia.  SpeedyROM will allow users to speed-up any CD
application for far better performance without  having to purchase a new
drive."

SpeedyROM's "persistent caching technology" stores frequently-accessed CD ROM
information directly to a user's hard  drive.  In addition, it utilizes a
"lookback" or "history" cache  that maintains performance-enhancing
information on  multiple CD-ROMs. SpeedyROM is the only product of this type
to support compressed drives, including Stacker and DriveSpace.

As the product is a true Windows 95 application, it will accept user changes
without requiring a machine reboot and will  also recognize a user's
installation of a new CD drive automatically. "These unique features allows
users to speed up any CD-ROM application without frustration and wasted
time," said Elissa Murphy, senior product manager for general utilities.

In addition to speeding up searches of commonly used reference information,
including encyclopedias, directories, and  clip-art files, SpeedyROM boosts
responsiveness of interactive games and multimedia application, and can
reduce the "choppiness" of CD-ROM based games.   SpeedyROM installs in two
minutes and supports Windows 95 applications  as well as Windows 3.1 or DOS
CD programs if run inside of Windows 95.

SpeedyROM requirements include: IBM PC or 100% compatible; Windows 95; 386sx
(486sx recommended); 4MB RAM  (8MB recommended); 2 MB hard disk space (20 MB
recommended); and a 32-bit CD ROM driver. SpeedyROM will be  available in all
of Quarterdeck's retail channels this week for an estimated street price of
$39.95.

About Quarterdeck
Quarterdeck Corporation is a pioneer in the development of software  products
in  four  strategic business areas:  Utilities,  Internet Solutions, Internet
Services,  and Communications.  The company has led the industry in  bringing
utilities   solutions  to the Windows and DOS environments  with  its  award-
winning  QEMM  memory  management software.    The  company  also  offers  an
entire line of powerful, next-generation Internet tools for corporate,  small
business  and individual  users, including the award-winning WebCompass,  and
the company's first product in the Communications market,  WebTalk.

Quarterdeck  Corporation's headquarters are located at  13160  Mindanao  Way,
Marina  del Rey, CA 90292. The Dublin,  Ireland office serves as its European
headquarters,  with  offices  in  England, France,  Germany,  and  Australia.
Further   product  availability and pricing information can  be  obtained  by
calling  (310)  309-3700, by accessing Quarterdeck's  Internet  Web  site  at
http://www.quarterdeck.com/,   or   by   sending   an   e-mail   request   to
info@quarterdeck.com.

Quarterdeck  and QEMM are registered trademarks and SpeedyROM,  WebTalk,  and
WebCompass  are  trademarks of Quarterdeck Corporation. All other  brand  and
product  names  are trademarks or registered trademarks of  their  respective
companies.




EDUPAGE STR Focus    Keeping the users informed


                                   Edupage
Contents

Social Insecurity
The Whole Engineer
Word Macro Viruses Could Cost A
Bundle
Apple Sells Mac Plant, Turns To
Outsourcing
AT&T Likes Internet Phone Idea
E-Mail From Outer Space
More Routers = More Internet
Brownouts
Euro-Modem
Universal Access Project
Judge Gives Hacker Idle Time
Microsoft, MCI, Digital Target
Corporate Intranets
Seek And Ye Shall Find An Investor
Yahoo! Goes! Public!
Spectrum Auction Hits $20 Billion
Mark
Businesses Poised To Spend More On
Technology
Government May Suffer Most From Year
2000 Problems
Profs Face Problems "Marking Up"
Electronic Texts
Microsoft Says "Aha!"
New TCI Venture Targets Education
African Market Potential
Kid-Proof Keyboard
New Moves At AT&T
IBM To License Mac O/S
Bell Atlantic Is Latest Telecom
Internet Provider
Loose Change To Go On Plastic Card
Time Warner, Compuserve Team Up
Laptops Replacing Desktop Machines
Netscape Teams Up With GE
Information Services
I-Tech Training Market To Double By
2000
AOL's Primed For Prime Time
Digital Cellular Phone Use Up In
Europe
Education, Not Entertainment, Is The
Key, Says Ellison

                              SOCIAL INSECURITY
Several employees of the Social Security Administration are accused of using
access to the agency's computerized  database to obtain private information
on 11,000 individuals and pass the information (such as the person's mother
maiden name) to a credit card fraud ring, which was able to activate cards it
had stolen.  (New York Times 6 Apr 96 p6)

                             THE WHOLE ENGINEER
A new book, "The Whole Engineer" by Samuel C. Florman,  says Eastern European
universities are doing a better job of  integrating the humanities and social
sciences into the engineering curriculum than universities in the U.S.
"Programs at  U.S. universities concentrate on blending engineering
disciplines such as electrical engineering and computer science, or  at most
on combining engineering with other allied fields such as chemistry and
manufacturing...  The new European  thrust, by contrast, is broader and more
ambitious, reaching beyond the technical to emphasize the auspicious effect
of humanistic studies on the engineer-citizen."  (Technology Review Apr 96
p67)

                   WORD MACRO VIRUSES COULD COST A BUNDLE
The latest epidemic of Microsoft Word macro viruses could cost American
businesses billions of dollars in lost  productivity and maintenance this
year, predict computer security experts.  A National Computer Security
Association  survey of 300 large North American companies shows 50% suffered
macro virus attacks in January and February.  The  Word viruses are
especially contagious because they can be transmitted through applications
such as e-mail.  "The most  striking thing is how fast they're spreading and
how widespread the infestations are," says the president of the Computer
Security Institute.  NSCA estimates virus-caused losses to U.S. companies
will total $5 billion to $6 billion, up from $1  billion last year.  Half of
the increase is attributable to the Word macro viruses.  Microsoft says its
Virus Protection  Tool, available at < http://www.microsoft.com/ > offers
protection from the virus.  (Information Week 1 Apr 96 p22)

                 APPLE SELLS MAC PLANT, TURNS TO OUTSOURCING
Apple Computer is selling its Colorado plant, one of its two large
manufacturing plants in the U.S., and will use the sale  to help pay debt and
reduce operating costs.  The move is an indication that under new CEO Gil
Amelio, Apple will place  more emphasis on outsourcing.  (New York Times 5
Apr 96 C3)

                       AT&T LIKES INTERNET PHONE IDEA
While small companies are banding together to combat voice transmissions via
the Internet, telephone giant AT&T kind  of likes the idea.  "Obviously,
we're in the telephone business, but we're also in the Internet business,"
says an AT&T  spokesman.  "We view telephone services on the Internet as a
potentially large business, and we're looking into it."   (Investor's
Business Daily 8 Apr 96 A8)

                           E-MAIL FROM OUTER SPACE
Sky Station International has filed an application with the FCC to build a
global wireless communications system using  250 geostationary stratospheric
platforms to beam signals to and from personal communicator units, providing
64 kbps  access to the Internet.  Each Sky Station would be capable of
handling 600,000 data transmissions simultaneously, at an   estimated cost of
about 10 cents a minute.  "`Star Wars' was interesting," says an SSI
principal.  "We're doing the same  thing, only for universal broadband."
(Broadcasting & Cable 1 Apr 96 p54)

                   MORE ROUTERS = MORE INTERNET BROWNOUTS
As businesses and Internet operators keep adding routers to speed electronic
content on its way, the proliferation of  routing devices actually begins to
slow traffic, causing Internet "brownouts" -- when the response time slows to
a crawl.   The solution could be an updated Internet, redesigned for fewer,
more powerful routers, so that data packets need fewer  hops.  "The U.S.
Internet is about as reliable these days as the phone system in Russia," says
NetStar's VP for sales and  marketing.  (Business Week 8 Apr 96 p82)

                                 EURO-MODEM
European laptop users will appreciate a new Global Link modem card with
software that's designed to work with all the  Western European phone
companies, alleviating the problem of different standards and connections in
each country.  A  EuroKit provides a handful of plugs that will fit almost
any phone or wall jack.  The products are made by Smart  Modular Technologies
in Fremont, Calif.  (Investor's Business Daily 8 Apr 96 A8)

                          UNIVERSAL ACCESS PROJECT
"Connecting K-12 Schools To The Information Superhighway" and the report of
the Kickstart Initiative, which is a  project to help raise funds that will
allow schools to get online, are available without charge from the National
nformation Infrastructure Advisory Committee: 202-482-3999 or see <
http://www.niaac-info.org/~niiac/ >.   (Electronic Learning Mar/Apr 96 p8)

                        JUDGE GIVES HACKER IDLE TIME
After placing a 19-year-old computer hacker under house arrest while he faces
computer fraud charges that could bring  30 years in prison, a St. Louis
magistrate ordered that the man have no access to modems, computers, or
computer parts, and not even talk about computers during his house arrest.
The suspect, who is linked to the Internet Liberation Front,  which is
opposed to commercialism of the Internet, is charged with breaking into
military and commercial computer  systems, apparently without a profit
motive.  (New York Times 5 Apr 96 A16)

             MICROSOFT, MCI, DIGITAL TARGET CORPORATE INTRANETS
Microsoft, MCI Communications and Digital Equipment Corp. have formed an
alliance to offer businesses an integrated  package of communications
services and products, including high-speed Internet access, e-mail and
groupware.  The new  agreement pits Microsoft, MCI and Digital directly
against AT&T, IBM and Netscape, which have teamed up to offer  similar
Intranet services.  "This stuff is hotter than hot," says an analyst at
Forrester Research.  "Over half of the Fortune  1000 companies will be up and
running with Intranets by the end of the year."  "These phone companies are
rapidly  expanding into areas that are way outside of their core areas.
Anything and everything that address businesses'  communications needs is in
play," says an Atlanta-based telecommunications consultant.  (Wall Street
Journal 8 Apr 96 B6)

                     SEEK AND YE SHALL FIND AN INVESTOR
The Nynex Corporation, a Regional Bell telephone company, is buying 5% of
Infoseek, which manages an Internet-based  service designed to help people
find Web sites of interest to them, and the Tribune Company, owner of
newspapers, TV  and radio stations, is buying 8% of Excite, which provides a
similar search facility.  (New York Times 9 Apr 96 C4)

                            YAHOO! GOES! PUBLIC!
Yahoo!, another well-regarded software company that manages a facility for
searching the World Wide Web, is making a  public stock offering this week.
Analysts expect Yahoo! stock (ticker symbol YHOO, without the exclamation
point) to  open in the mid-$30s and to offer investors a wild ride of highs
and lows in a short period of time.  (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 9 Apr 96
B5)

                   SPECTRUM AUCTION HITS $20 BILLION MARK
Bidding in the FCC's spectrum auctions reached $20 billion last week, with C-
block PCS (personal communications  services) bidding alone accounting for
almost half.  "Auctions have proven once again to be a success not only by
awarding licenses to those that value them the most, but also by decreasing
the national debt," says FCC Chairman Reed  Hundt.  The A and B blocks of PCS
spectrum came in second, raising $7.7 billion in revenue.  (BNA Daily Report
for Executives 8 Apr 96 A16)

                BUSINESSES POISED TO SPEND MORE ON TECHNOLOGY
Businesses will spend 5.4% more on technology this year than they did in
1995, according to a poll of 346 executives  conducted by Computer Sciences
Corp.  "We're spending more on software than on hardware," says an insurance
company CIO.  "Our story is very common, considering the costs of software
updates."  In addition to software  upgrades, training and support for
networks are claiming a large share of technology dollars, says a Forrester
Research  analyst.  And putting the hardware in the hands of employees has
actually created a "hidden IT cost," says the chairman  of the International
Center for Information Technologies.  Every time a highly compensated worker
stops what they're  doing to fix a printer jam, they become an extremely
costly computer technician.  "While decentralized client-server  computing
was supposed to lower IT costs, the opposite has happened.  Equipment costs
are one-fifth of total costs...   Firms are now spending on education and
support."  (Investor's Business Daily 9 Apr 96 A8)

             GOVERNMENT MAY SUFFER MOST FROM YEAR 2000 PROBLEMS
The Gartner Group says too many corporations still have their heads in the
sand over the problems that will arise when  the date changes to 2000 and
older computer software hasn't been modified to accommodate the new
millennium.   "People are becoming aware of the problem, and the degree of
urgency we're seeing is escalating, but not fast enough to  get us out of the
woods," says Gartner's research director.  "Fixing this is a lot of work.
It's expensive, roll-up-your- sleeves work.  Some systems won't be ready." He
predicts government will have the biggest headaches:  "The degree of  denial
we're seeing in government, plus budget constraints and the relative age of
the systems and applications many  governments use, add up to big, big
trouble."  (St. Petersburg Times 8 Apr 96 A1)

              PROFS FACE PROBLEMS "MARKING UP" ELECTRONIC TEXTS
Professors who allow their students to submit classwork electronically are
devising new ways to grade and edit papers.   "The old standby editing marks
just don't work," says one professor, who's devised a notation system using a
series of  parentheses and brackets for use in the electronic environment.
Another professor just prints the homework out and marks  it up with a pen,
old-fashioned-style.  Some professors see a plus in the ability to insert
stock comments easily:  "I  suspect that most anyone who has graded lower-
division papers sometimes wishes for a rubber stamp to address issues that
arise over and over," says an assistant professor of philosophy at Oregon
State University.  E-mail "allows me to put  in a lot of commentary without
having to make redundant comments."  But he still misses grading papers at
the breakfast table.  (Chronicle of Higher Education 12 Apr 96)

                            MICROSOFT SAYS "AHA!"
Microsoft is buying the Aha! Software Corporation, maker of pen-based
programs for portable computers and Inkwriter  software, which allows a users
to write, edit, and transmit notes in their own handwriting.  The acquisition
is seen as a  signal that Microsoft is committed to pen computing, especially
as it can be applied to vertical market applications in  which forms can be
filled out by salespeople, inventory clerks, medical support staff, and other
mobile workers.  (New York Times 9 Apr 96 C2)

                      NEW TCI VENTURE TARGETS EDUCATION
Cable giant Tele-Communications Inc. has formed a new venture in partnership
with Discovery Communications, the  Northern Arizona University Foundation,
The Lightspan Partnership, Compton's New Media, The Learning Co.,  InGenius
and SoftKey to develop educational products that can be delivered through
several different channels, including  cable and DBS channels.  ETC w/tci, as
the partnership is called, will supply schools with a range of programs,
including   Spanish language series and Geonauts, a science program that
explores the Grand Canyon.  ETC plans to work with  universities to provide
college credit for teachers participating in ETC's staff development program.
(T.H.E. Journal  Apr 96 p24)

                          AFRICAN MARKET POTENTIAL
Saying that Africa "represents a significant opportunity,"  Electronic Arts,
the largest producer of video game software,  has bought Johannesburg-based
software distributor Vision Software, which is building is building import
operations in  Kenya and four central African countries.  (New York Times 9
Apr 96 C5)

                             KID-PROOF KEYBOARD
A husband-and-wife team has come up with a child-proof keyboard that's
resistant to spilled juice, hard knocks and  inadvertent wipeouts.  It has 55
keys, color-coded for letters, numbers and other functions, and the letters
are  alphabetically arranged for easier hunting and pecking.  Control, alt
and delete keys are not included, preserving the  CPU's integrity from
accidental data losses or crashes.  In addition, the keyboard can't be
activated until the computer  has finished booting up.  "That way, even if
they're banging on it, it's not going to hurt the files," says the designer.
My  First Keyboard is made by Kidtech and costs $49.  (St. Petersburg Times 8
Apr 96 p13)

                              NEW MOVES AT AT&T
AT&T's Internet Toll-Free Directory now allows users to "hot-link" to the Web
sites of AT&T's 800-line customers.  So  if a customer uses the online
service to locate L.L. Bean's toll-free 800 number, he or she can either call
the number or  link to L.L. Bean's Web site to place their order there.  <
http://www.tollfree.att.net/ >  (Investor's Business Daily 10  Apr 96 A8)
Meanwhile, AT&T WorldNet will license Lycos Inc.'s Internet search tools,
including the Lycos catalogue  and the a2z directory.  "AT&T's new service is
designed to help people find their way into cyberspace, and it has chosen the
Lycos products to hop guide customers toward the specific information they're
looking for," says Lycos's CEO.   (Investor's Business Daily 10 Apr 96 A9)
And AT&T's Bell Labs has developed Watson ASAP, a speech-processing system
that recognizes up to 100 customized commands and can read e-mail messages
over the phone.  The system,  named after Alexander Graham Bell's assistant
Thomas Watson, understands words spoken at conversational speed and  an be
adapted so that other electronic gadgets, such as VCRs, will respond to voice
commands.  (Wall Street Journal 10 Apr 96 B6)

                           IBM TO LICENSE MAC O/S
IBM and Apple are apparently close to an agreement in which IBM would license
the Macintosh operating system so that  it could offer Apple clone makers a
one-stop shop for buying IBM Power PC chips and Mac O/S.  (New York Times 10
Apr C2)

              BELL ATLANTIC IS LATEST TELECOM INTERNET PROVIDER
Bell Atlantic plans to offer businesses and consumers Internet access and a
full suite of Internet products, including  Netscape's browser software and a
one-button click to the Microsoft Network.  Bell Atlantic Internet Solutions
also will  include local sports scores and local government information. "Our
overall goal is to make the Internet as simple as using  the telephone," says
the president of the new division.  (Wall Street Journal 11 Apr 96 B4)

                     LOOSE CHANGE TO GO ON PLASTIC CARD
Two major banks (Citibank and Chase Manhattan) and two major credit card
companies (Visa and MasterCard) are  joining forces for a field test in
Manhattan of plastic "cash cards" intended to offer an alternative to coins
and bills for  purchases under $20.  The cooperation of these rival
corporations in this venture will help speed the deployment of  compatible
cards throughout the nation.  (New York Times 10 Apr 96 C1)

                       TIME WARNER, COMPUSERVE TEAM UP
Time Warner and CompuServe have formed a partnership that will allow
CompuServe subscribers exclusive access to a  portion of TW's popular
Pathfinder Web site, which contains news from People and Time magazines, as
well as some  original feature stories.  The companies hope the arrangement
will boost Time Warner's Pathfinder revenues while giving  CompuServe
subscribers more specialized content to choose from.  (Wall Street Journal 11
Apr 96 B4)

                     LAPTOPS REPLACING DESKTOP MACHINES
The Giga Information Group in Cambridge, Mass. predicts that the number of
workers using portable computers will  expand from about one in five today to
about one in three by 2000, and that 80% of portable users will use their
portables  as their primary machines, up from the current 30%. (Computerworld
8 Apr 96 p1)

               NETSCAPE TEAMS UP WITH GE INFORMATION SERVICES
Netscape Communications and General Electric's Information Services unit have
formed a joint venture called Actra  Business Systems to market software
solutions for conducting business-to-consumer transactions over the Internet.
The  Actra venture capitalizes on Netscape's encryption technology and ease
of use and GE's leadership in electronic data  interchange, or EDI.  (Wall
Street Journal 10 Apr 96 B6)

                  I-TECH TRAINING MARKET TO DOUBLE BY 2000
The global market for information technology training and education is rising
by 13% a year, and will reach $27 billion  by the end of the decade,
according to International Data Corp.  Spending totaled $14.4 billion last
year.  Leading the  trend is corporate America's need to provide continuous
training, professional development and employee skill  certification.  Top
training organizations last year were IBM Education & Training, Oracle
Education, Knowledge Pool  (a joint venture of ICL PLC, Amdahl Corp. and
Fujitsu Ltd.), SAP Customer Education, and Global Knowledge Network (formerly
Digital Learning Services).  (Investor's Business Daily 11 Apr 95 A8)

                         AOL'S PRIMED FOR PRIME TIME
America Online CEO Steve Case has beaten the odds on whether the new surge in
Internet popularity will undermine the  market for commercial online
services.  AOL now generates 30% of all Web traffic, according to Find/SVP,
and its  Global Network Navigator Internet-only service has signed up 100,000
subscribers since last fall.  "If you look at how  this young fella has
positioned this company, he has ventures with every big player in the
business.  Instead of being beaten to death by Microsoft, as everyone
predicted, they came courting him," says one longtime AOL director.
Meanwhile the head of AOL's Greenhouse program, Ted Leonsis, sees prime time
sitcoms as his next big challenge.   While on a good Thursday night, about
400,000 subscribers are signing onto AOL, 20 million people are watching
"Seinfeld."  "We are pathetic compared to that," says Leonsis.  "But we have
to get there.  We have to be prime time."   (Business Week 15 Apr 96 p78)

                   DIGITAL CELLULAR PHONE USE UP IN EUROPE
A Dataquest report says that 1995 saw a 60% increase in digital cellular
phone use in Europe, with 22.6 million cellular  phone subscribers at the end
of the year, for a penetration rate of 6% of the population.  (Financial
Times 9 Apr 96 p19)

           EDUCATION, NOT ENTERTAINMENT, IS THE KEY, SAYS ELLISON
Oracle founder Larry Ellison thinks movies-on-demand will never make it as
the prime motivator for online video  services:  "Movies-on-demand are such a
lousy application of network computing.  What's really important are training
videos.  We spend 10 times as much money on education as on movies in this
country."  (Forbes ASAP 8 Apr 96 p54)



Kids Computing Corner
Frank Sereno, Editor
                                      
                                      
                         The Kids' Computing Corner
                     Computer news and software reviews
                        from a parent's point of view
                                      
                                 In the News
                                      
                    Microsoft Sponsors Children's Contest
                 2nd Annual "Imagine the Magic" Competition
                                      
Time is running out for entries in the "Imagine the Magic" contest.  Co-
sponsored by The Cartoon Network and Sports Illustrated for Kids, the contest
asks children from six to eleven to imagine "what the coolest computer could
do."  Children can cut, paste, write or draw their entry.  Written entries
are limited to fifty words.

Last year's contest drew 18,000 entries!  This year's prizes include six
grand prizes of all-expenses paid trips to Microsoft's headquarters in
Redmond, Washington for an exclusive meeting with Bill Gates.  The grand
prize winners will also receive Gateway 2000 Destination Multimedia Systems,
complete Microsoft software libraries, a limited-edition animation cel from
the Cartoon Network's "Dexter's Laboratory" cartoon series and an appearance
on "Toon World News."  They will also appear on a special page in the
September issue of Sports Illustrated for Kids.  Their schools will receive
the Microsoft learning library and a Gateway 2000 Destination Multimedia
System also.

Fifty semi-finalists and their schools will receive Microsoft software and
all entrants will receive an official Microsoft "Imagination Navigation"
certificate signed by Bill Gates.

More detailed information on contest information and entry forms can be found
on the web at http://www.microsoft.com/kids.  Entries must be received by May
15, 1996 and winners will be announced by June 7.  This is not a random
drawing. Entries can be filed at the web site or can be mailed to "Imagine
the Magic" Contest, P.O. Box 39105, Chicago, IL 60639.  Winners will be
selected based on imagination and creativity.  So fire up those bright minds
to win this fantastic contest!

                   N-TK to Release Four Storybook Classics
                                      
N-TK will release four classic fables on CD-ROM for IBM compatible in May
1996.  The titles will be available as part of its Classic Line of Memorexr
software with a retail price of 14.99 each.

The Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp, Beauty and the Beast and
Gulliver's Voyage to Lilliput feature 3-D animation, musical scores and
illustrations in typical nineteenth century style.  Sleeping Beauty and
Aladdin feature a movie option that displays the stories without
interruption.  Sleeping Beauty also includes a jigsaw puzzle game featuring
scenes from the story.  These titles provide an excellent opportunity to
replace television and movies with interactive software.

                                      
                       Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
              Jason Project Is World's First Undersea Web Site
                                      
Kids, young and old alike, can get "into" science in a high-tech, interactive
learning adventure.  Web surfers can participate in experiments and chat with
scientists at the JASON Project homepage at
http://seawifs.gsfc.nasa.gov/JASON.html.

The available activities include cruising on a nuclear submarine, chasing
sharks, exploring a shipwreck.  All this is possible via cutting edge
audio/video streaming cybercasts that are beamed live via satellite.
Visitors can also enter real-time chats with scientists living the underwater
laboratory.  The site also has interactive investigation section in which
participating schools post data gathered in local projects.

The main goal of the JASON Project is to promote scientific interest and
understanding while fostering global friendships.  The site is highly rated
for its educational content by I-way Magazine and Parent Soup.

               Microsoft Introduces Bookshelf 1996-97 Edition
                                      
Microsoft has enhanced its Bookshelf offering with new features that make it
easier to use and more helpful than previous editions.  This legendary
reference work is available now for Windows priced at about $55.

The newest and hottest addition to Bookshelf  is the handy Internet Directory
96.  This guide to nearly 5000 useful and interesting sites includes
information and overviews of the World Wide Web, Gopher and FTP sites,
mailing lists, Usenet newsgroups as well as a glossary of common Internet
terms.  The Internet Directory 96 can be used in conjunction with the
included Microsoft Internet Explorer version 2.0 to instantly access any site
listed.  Free monthly updates will be available online.

Bookshelf  also features the Concise Encarta 96 Atlas.  This work is derived
from Encarta 96 World Atlas and includes maps and info about the world.  The
maps and text can be copied and pasted into documents.

For more information on Microsoft Bookshelf, visit Microsoft's web site at
http://www.microsoft.com/bookshelf.



                    Ready to Learn 3 in 1 Activity Pack
                               Windows CD-ROM
                               for ages 4 to 8
                                 MSRP $69.95
                             Edmark Corporation
                               P.O. Box 97021
                           Redmond, WA 98073-9721
                               1-800-320-8379
                                      
                            Program Requirements
     IBM                                     Macintosh
OS:        Windows 3.1, Windows 95            OS:            System 7.0.1
CPU:         486/33                          CPU:         Color Macintosh
HD Space:  6 MB                                        HD Space:  ? MB
Memory:    8 MB                              Memory:    8 MB
Graphics:   640 by 480 with 256 colors                           Graphics:
256 colors, 13" monitor
CD-ROM:  Double-speed recommended            CD-ROM:  Double-speed
recommended
Audio:       8-bit Windows compatible sound card
Other:        mouse; printer, microphone optional      Other:        printer,
microphone optional
                                      
reviewed by David H. Mann


The people at Edmark have come up with an excellent product for people with
kids 4 to 8 years old.  It's called Ready to Learn 3 in 1 Activity Pack.  It
is a combination of a desktop interface and two multi-activity programs.  The
individual retail prices for the titles in this package would total over
$120.

The first is called Kid Desk (the Family Edition).  Kid Desk is a PDA
(Personal Data Assistant) for kids, and data security system for adults.  It
provides a desktop (that looks like a desk), notepad, phonebook, rolodex,
event calendar, talking clock, calculator, voice mail, e-mail, name plate,
working lamp, and program launcher.  Your child can select from several
desktops.  Every family member can have his own personal desktop.  E-mail and
voice mail can be sent to all users (or family members) on the system.
Parents can control the programs and setup for each user of the system.  The
desktop can even be started on bootup, protecting the system from any foul
ups that seem to happen when kids are on the computer.  The system can be
password protected (internally and externally) to keep precious data from
being spied on or corrupted by other users.  All in all, the program gives
kids, and novice adults, the ability to get the feel of what the real
computing world is all about without destroying the system.

Trudy's Time and Place House is a collection of five activities that show the
relationship between time and space.  In Earth Scout, kids can fly around the
globe, take pictures of famous landmarks in other countries (print and color
them if they wish), and correlate the areas of a flat map and a globe.  In
Time Twins, kids can learn to tell time on digital and analog clocks on the
quarter, half, and whole hour.  In Calendar Clock, they learn about units of
time as they move (forward or backward) in an animated cartoon movie by
months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds.  In the Jellybean Hunt they guide
a cartoon ant (left, right, and forward) to jellybeans, while seeing the
relationship between north, south, east, and west on a map.  And in Symbol
Sandbox, kids can see the hills, roads, lakes, and cities grow from map
symbols that they place in a sandbox.  Trudy and other characters encourage
kids along the way of each activity with music and speech.  The program is
also Kid Desk aware, meaning it loads itself upon installation.

 Thinking Things Collection One, is six exercises (in sound, shape, motion,
music, and memory), that help promote logical thinking, basic musical
sequencing, and spatial discrimination.  The first Oranga Banga, is an
orangutan that plays several percussion instruments.  A child  plays a
sequence (that Oranga repeats), or repeats one that Oranga has played.  The
activity has a sliding intelligence scale, that increases or decreases the
number of the sequence, to thwart discouragement in the exercise.  Blox-
Flying  Shapes, is a collection of  flying geometric shapes.  Each shape can
fly either uniformly or in different directions.  The shapes have distinct
designated sounds that you hear when the shape comes in contact with the
sides of the screen.   The child controls the direction, size, and sounds.
Children learn spatial relationships during the activity, and can even save
the work they do (as a file) for later viewing or showing to friends or
family.  In Fripple Shop, kids use AND, OR, and NOT (Boolean logic) to pick
out cute little Fripples that customers order by phone, fax, or at the door
of the shop.  They must find the correct Fripple from the size of eyes,
stripes, color, texture of hair, etc..  The complexity of the Fripple ordered
is controlled by the adult with the intelligence scale.  Feathered Friends,
is an activity in which a kid can build, color, and dress a bird either by
instruction, or by themselves.  In Blox-Flying Spheres, kids can experiment
with music, the illusion of depth, and motion.  Selected music and 3-D
backgrounds can be used as colored spheres controlled by the child appear to
bounce off illusional walls inside the screen. The direction can be uniform
or multi-directional and can be saved for later viewing.  And in Toony Loon,
a stork helps increase memory and music skills as a child repeats or creates
sequences of notes on one of several xylophones. This activity is also
controlled by the intelligence scale.

The Ready to Learn 3 in 1 Activity Pack offers a great starter package for
any parent with preschool or grade school kids.  This package will help their
kids to become computer literate and learn some neat things about the world
around them.  The secure desktop (with a built in screen saver) and the
ability to control the environment your child works in, adds value to a set
of already great programs.  The documentation is easy to understand and
offers suggestions on parent and child follow-up activities to each program.
I think Edmark has a winner in the packaging and setup of these programs.
And with twenty five years of experience in education, how can a parent go
wrong?
                                      
                                      
                                      
                                      
                                The Playroom
                Dual-format CD-ROM for Windows and Macintosh
                           approximate retail $30
                               for ages 3 to 6
                             Broderbund Software
                              500 Redwood Blvd.
                            Novato, CA 94948-6121
                                415-382-4400
                                      
                            Program Requirements
     IBM                                     Macintosh
OS:            Windows 3.1, Windows 95            OS:            System 7.0.1
CPU:         386DX/25MHz                     CPU:         68030/20
HD Space:  1 MB                                        HD Space:  N/A
Memory:    4 MB                              Memory:    5 MB
Graphics:   640 by 480 with 256 colors                 Graphics:   256
colors, 13" monitor
CD-ROM:  Double-speed recommended            CD-ROM:  Double-speed
recommended
Audio:       8-bit Windows compatible sound card
Other:        mouse, printer optional                  Other:        printer
optional

reviewed by Frank Sereno


The Playroom was first introduced to children in 1989.  The program won many
awards for its user-friendly interface, engaging characters and fine
educational content.  Pepper and Ginger, the friendly mice hosts, are back
with a new, enhanced multimedia version of The Playroom that is sure to
delight, educate and fascinate young children.

To get started, your child chooses either Pepper or Ginger to be his host and
then he enters the playroom.  He can begin activities by clicking on objects
within the room.  Some objects merely serve as hotspots for funny animated
sequences while others are linked to the learning games.  The interface is
somewhat deficient because it doesn't have audible help.  Most programs offer
spoken help by clicking on the main character or a help icon.  In The
Playroom, help is available only as text files accessed by clicking on the
menu bar.

The activities are simple and fun to play with fantastic educational
opportunities.  Your child can develop counting and logic skills by visiting
the Mousehole and playing the three-level counting game.  He can learn about
time by playing the Clock.  The Computer game teaches letter names and
phonics as he presses keys on the keyboard.  Your child can also learn
spelling by completing words.  The ABC Book game also teaches letter names
and sounds as he picks letters with the mouse or keyboard.  In this game, he
can add images that begin with the chosen letters to a house scene.  The
Spinner Toy teaches counting and number recognition.  Children will learn
logic and matching The Mixed-Up Toy game as they complete toys by matching
the body parts to create the desired toy.

Several activities have both free and interactive modes.  In the free mode,
your child is free to explore the game as he wishes.  By clicking on the
game's host, he enters the interactive mode in which the host will prompt him
to solve a problem.  Your child can switch modes at any time.  Printing is
permitted in the Mixed-Up Toy and ABC Book games.  The program will print
line art reproductions of the image on the screen that your child can color.
These features will prolong his interest in the activities.

The Playroom features a superior user manual.  It includes all necessary
information on installing and operating the program plus it includes a
wonderful parent's section.  This section describes the educational content
of the program and recommends numerous activities to do on and away from the
computer.  It also includes reproducible pages of finger puppets and coloring
pages.

The graphics are appealing and interesting.  The animations are very smooth
and detailed.  The program features five original songs which will set
children's toes to tapping.  The voice characterizations are very pleasing
and entertaining.  Broderbund made tremendous strides in these areas in the
improved The Playroom.


The interface is very solid with the exception of the lack of audible help.
Play value is superb because the games have great variety and are very
entertaining.  Educational content is quite high.  The Playroom is an
excellent value.  It is modestly priced and it is backed by an industry-
leading ninety-day moneyback guarantee.  If you are looking for a first
program for your young one, this risk-free offering from Broderbund is an
excellent choice.

                                   Ratings
                                      
                              Graphics . . . . . . . . .  9.5
                              Sound . . . . . . . . . . .  9.5
                              Interface . . . . . . . . .   8.0
                              Play Value . . . . . . . .  8.5
                              Educational Value . . .  9.0
                              Bang for the Buck . . .  9.5
                              Average . . . . . . . . . .  9.0





Portable Computers Section
Marty Mankins, Editor



                         Microsoft cooking up tasty
                       technology tidbits in Explorer

By Peggy Watt

Network World April 8, 1996
Redmond, Wash.

Although Microsoft Corp. is busily beta-testing its Internet Explorer 3.0
browser, the release after that is the one that  adds a new spin with
features such as local data directories that look like Web pages and a
personal Web server.   Internet  Explorer 3.0 is scheduled to ship for
Windows 95 by July and for other platforms by year-end.  But more significant
new  features will first arrive in the Internet add-on known as Nashville,
and will then be implemented in later commercial  versions of Explorer for
Windows 95 and Windows NT late this year.

For example, Microsoft has promised that the Nashville add-on will provide a
Site Map that displays a hierarchical chart  of both file and network
directories as well as icons designating Web pages. The configuration is
similar to the Windows  95 Explorer screen, which replaced the Windows 3.1
File Manager.   But Nashville and versions of Internet Explorer  after 3.0
will also offer the reverse. Users will be able to navigate and view local
files and directories with an interface  that resembles a Web browser and
uses common browser commands, said Mike Ahern, Explorer product manager.

That configuration will let users move among windows and even applications
using VCR-style forward and back buttons,  a feature key to browsing Web
pages. The local and intranet directories themselves will be presented
through an HTML  template that resembles a typical Web page, with variable-
size text and icons.  For example, subdirectories are  represented as large
icons, and the hard disk directory name appears in large, HTML headline-style
text.

Nashville, to be sold commercially, is essentially a superset of Explorer and
provides features beyond those in the basic  browser, which is distributed
free of charge, Ahern said. 'It will add the combination of [local, network
and Web file menus and a news reader,' he said. 'The network manager can use
HTML templates and customize or change them to set  up the user's interface
to local files.'  Net managers can also tie the view to a user's access
privileges so it displays only files to which a user has access. Users  can
share the templates on an intranet or peer-to-peer LAN.

The primary additions to Explorer 3.0 are support for ActiveX multimedia
controls and support for frames. Frames  divide a Web page view into several
segments that can change based on a user's inquiry or input, so a Web page
may  appear differently to each user. Netscape Communications Corp.
implemented frames in Navigator 2.0, but Microsoft  wanted to go one better
by handling floating frames and frames of any shape, not just rectangles.

Meanwhile, Explorer's support for ActiveX client controls, which are Web-
enabled OLE extensions, serves some of the  same functions as Navigator's
plug-ins. Ahern said a key difference is that users can write scripts using
tools such as  VB Script to drive the controls, while plug-ins are usually
not modifiable by users.

The hottest new browser features will appear first in Explorer for Windows
95.  Updates for Windows NT, Windows 3.1  and Apple Computer, Inc.'s Mac OS
are expected to lag about six months behind the Windows 95 version. For
instance,  beta-testing of Explorer 3.0 for those platforms is expected to
begin this summer.




Atari Interactive - software/Jaguar/Computer Section
Dana Jacobson, Editor




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

     I've been looking over some of our past issues for this time of year.
Ironically, I came up with the issue from two years  ago, this very same
week.  In it, I found that the sentiments that I wrote in my editorial are
still valid today.  And what  others me the most is that most of my views at
that time have come to pass.  Instead of my usual original witty and thought
provoking opinions this week, I thought I'd re-print that editorial from
STReport Issue #1015, April of 1993.

     "Spring is here.  The not-so-obvious signs are there: Atari users are
coming out of their long winter hibernation and  starting to realize that
things aren't as rosy as they'd like.  Let me take a philosophical outlook on
this for a minute or  two.  These "thoughts" are my own and may or may not
agree with others on the staff here, but I feel that there's a need  to
express them.

     Most Atari users, past, present, and future are users of Atari
computers.  That's the impression one gets when talking  about "Atari users"
in general.  For all intents and purposes, Atari as a viable computer company
is dead.  I didn't say  that Atari is dead, just the computer side of it.
They aren't actively moving ahead with new projects.  If they are, it's  very
low-key and minimal.  All of their resources are being directed to the
Jaguar.  The Jaguar, as most will agree, is  Atari's last hurrah.  If it
doesn't succeed, they may be faced with the same predicament that Commodore
is nearing.

     Has Atari made the right decision here?  That's depends on who you ask,
obviously.  Atari does not have the resources to  produce and market
computers and Jaguars.  Game consoles, such as the Jaguar, are always going
to be major hits if the  hardware warrants it; the Jaguar does.  Computers,
at least non-PC ones, aren't selling as well as the parent companies  would
like.  If you were Atari, which option would you take?

     I know, I don't necessarily like that choice and the obvious answer
either.  I've been an "Atari" consumer since the days  of the 2600.  That
product satisfaction led me to buy the ST.  That same satisfaction
subsequently led me to purchase the Lynx and now the Jaguar; it was a natural
progression.  I want to be able to use that same "logic" on future computer
purchases as well, but there are too many factors prohibiting that from
happening, for me.

     This isn't something new, but it is something that _many_ Atari users
are finally realizing, and admitting.  There is an  extremely limited number
of available dealers.  I'm not referring to the occasional music store,
touted as an official Atari  dealer, who sells a minimal amount of Falcons
and MIDI software.  I'm talking full Atari dealers with various hardware,
software, peripherals, and some service. You could probably count them all on
both hands, perhaps adding a toe or two.   2-3 years ago, new software was
not arriving in truckloads; today it's even worse.  Many of the developers
are still  around, but not active in the Atari market as they once were.
Sure, much of our favorite software has seen a number of  updates for which
we're all very grateful, but new software from them is rare.  Take a look at
a current list of IAAD  members and name any new products in the last 6
months from them.  There are some, but not that many overall.

     Where are the new users?  The old?  Every week I see another message
from a long-standing user who has finally given  up the ghost. At best,
he/she keeps the computer but also buys a Mac or a PC and spends the majority
of their time with  it rather than the Atari machine.  They keep it around
because it's hard to get rid of it, both financially and emotionally -  it
was a good friend.  And, in the back of their mind, is some faint glimmer of
hope that things might turn around.

     What bothers me the most about this current dilemma is how it's
affecting the userbase, in a number of ways.  The  diehards (and I
occasionally see myself in this category) are hoping that the success of the
Jaguar will enable Atari to  fulfill their "promise" that they will pick up
where they wanted to leave off with new computer developments.  Reality
tells me that Atari will have to surpass the hold that the likes of Nintendo
and Sega have on today's game console market.   The profits will have to be
so great that they can afford to take another chance with the computer
industry and achieve  and hold on to a toe-hold, perhaps achieve a marginal
success to maintain that support.  If they don't have the means to  do this
successfully, they're not likely to waste their time and money to do so.
It's a business decision that makes sense,  much to the chagrin of us all.

     Will the Jaguar be successful?  It has all of the capabilities to be so.
History Lesson #42: So did all of their past products  and look where they
are today.  Atari has to do it right this time if they are ever going to
survive.  The Jaguar is going to  have to provide very early successes before
the competition comes along with an equal or better product.  Atari has had a
quick start, and a few stalls in the almost 6 months that it's been
available.  It appears that Atari is back on track again,  and moving ahead
fairly well.  Let's hope that it continues, and improved a thousand-fold!

     The other thing that's bothering me in this regard is the current
attitudes that I'm seeing online.  I see current users and  those sitting on
the fence (or recently jumped off) at odds with each other.  It's similar to
what we're all used to seeing in  the form of platform bashing, but amongst
Atari users.  There are those, as I mentioned earlier, who are the diehards
who will never admit (publicly) that anything is wrong with Atari; that
they're on track and things will get better in the  near future.  There are
those who have continued to stay with the Atari platform, but realize that
things aren't likely to   improve anytime soon.  But, the fact that they feel
comfortable and moderately satisfied with what their machines can do,
they're still sticking to their systems.  And then there are those who have
finally said, for whatever reason, that's it, I'm  going to buy a Mac or PC
so I can have all the software that I could ever want.

     Seeing all of these people, probably all "friendly" with one another at
some point in the recent past, at odds with each  other is a strange feeling.
There has always been a controversy or another to liven things up, but that's
not what I'm  referring to here.  It's the comments from a recently-departed
user who tells someone that he's a fool for sticking with Atari computers.
It's another who tells someone that he should show his support of Atari by
buying a Falcon or a Jaguar.   It's another..... I think you get my point.

     I think a lot of boils down to sheer frustration at not being part of
the majority.  Peer pressure, perhaps?  It's hard to  pinpoint, actually.
Atari users are close to being unique - we're a loyal bunch, somewhat
fanatical, but loyal nonetheless.   I think it's going a bit overboard to
blindly maintain loyalty to the company; we've already made that singular
major  purchase with our machine of choice.  As long as there are developers
bringing out new products, albeit in dribs and drabs, there's a reason to
maintain what we have as long as we can still do what it is we want to do
with them.  Why buy  a PC just for the ability to have more software choices
if we already own software that will do it on an Atari machine?   Granted, if
you need to be able to do something and that capability _isn't_ there, you'd
be making a right decision to go  elsewhere.  Should someone begrudge you for
that?  Of course not.  On the other side of the coin, don't begrudge me for
staying with the Atari platform when it aptly performs the functions that I
require of it.  Atari, the company, isn't going  to change that whether it's
still around, or not."

Until next time.....


New Atari Mag STR Spotlight

                        Classic Atari OnLine Magazine

This magazine is set up to help everybody in the Atari world, novice to
expert.  Classic Atari OnLine publishes every two  months and is available
it:

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             Classic Atari OnLine - your NEW Atari source

This issue:

                                  EDITORIAL
                     What Classic Atari OnLine is about

               REVIEWS                       HARDWARE

          Spider-Man (2600)                  Novice Section (Chaining drives)
          Secret Quest (2600)                     HELP!!
          Spy Hunter (8-bit computers)            The 815 drive (PICTURE)
                         Atari Writer (8-bit computers)

               TIPS/TRICKS (They work!)           DISGRACE TO PLASTIC

          One on One (7800)                  Tax Avoiders

    Atari History ("He Created a Company Called Atari and It Was Good.")
                  Current News (Interview with Don Thomas)
                 Voting (What's your most wanted vaporware?)
                                      
                            And a wee bit more!!
                              04-96 (2nd Week)



CN Continues STR Spotlight


                           CURRENT NOTES MAGAZINE

CURRENT NOTES is out! The MAR/APR issue is jam-packed with news, information,
reviews and support; everything  you need to help get the best from TOS/GEM
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IN THIS ISSUE:
     - Reviews: Keyboard Gizmo, Electronic Spinster Graphics CD,
       Pixart, Parafin, Backwards, and a whole lot more*
     - Our series on Personal Info Managers continues with CardFile*
     - alt.info.everything*
     - 8-Bit updates. Important new information*
     - Color DTP processing techniques*
     - Troubleshooting MIDI (and everything else!)*
     - Our new series on MinT and MultiTOS/AES 4 begins*
     - Small Office/Home Office. Work smart*
     - Creeping consumerism*
     - Atari Corp/JTS merger*
     - Web sites, CDs, Wave Cable telecommunications, new products*

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                               Jaguar Section

Hmmmmm......


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



I got about 5 minutes of playing time in the past 7-8 days and not a second
more!  My wife is addicted to Battlemorph and  she won't let me near the
controller.  It's a good thing that STReport staff member Tom Sherwin did a
review of the game because it doesn't look like I'm going to be able to
complete my assigned review of the game.  Maybe I can sneak  in a round of
Baldies or something and get a review out.  

Atari's Don Thomas informed me that the recent "Atari Warehouse Special
Offer" sale went extremely well this past week.  They are still busy filling
orders, with many more to go.  I have to sit down and go over which Lynx
games I still  want to add to my collection and see if I can still buy them.
Maybe a couple of those old Warner Atari 3-ring bindersas collector's items,
as well!

While talking to Don, I asked him if he had found any other "gems" while
going through the warehouse.  "As a matter of  fact...," he mentioned, he
had.  He also stated that I could relate this to you, and mention a special
and exclusive STReport offer!

Everyone remembers Pac -Man and Ms Pac-Man from the arcades, computer, 2600,
etc.  C'mon, admit it, you were a big fan!  I know that I was.  Well, many
moons ago (and probably even a few more!), Atari had some promotional PaccMan
outfits put together.  Don found them.  Two of the outfits are Pac-Man, or Ms
Pac-Man (or one of each!)   he doesn't recall.  The other two are Ghosts (you
know, those monsters chasing Pac-Man all over the board).  They're life-size.
No, not Pac-Man size, but LIFE SIZE!  He's going to sell them.  These are
probably one-of-a-kind items and arecustom-made (obviously).  These are an
Atari game collector's dream,  from what I have heard described to me.

Don has told me that he will sell EACH outfit for $100.  The caveat is that
the shipping for each one is also approximately another $100 (these things
are huge, and heavy, shipping-wise).  I repeat, each outfit is $100 and the
shipping & handling for each is another $100 or so.  Don only has four of
these outfits available.  If interested, contact Don via ecmail at:

          75300.1267@compuserve.com or atari@genie.com
          Subject line: Pac-Man outfits offer

  This offer is on a first-come, first-serve basis - subject to the normal
                      sales approval policies at Atari.

On to other things....

     There's very little new items of interest to relate this week.  I do
know that Fight For Life will be appearing next Friday (April 19) and that is
likely the only game to be released this month.  I understand that Iron
Soldier II is going through  final test and should be appearing in May or
early June.  Breakout 2000 is also another likely candidate for May or June.
There's been no official word on other games or release dates.  In fact,
there still hasn't been a revised list of pending  games - at least anything
official.  Still, Atari is reviewing all potential titles and considering
what will or will not be released.  It's frustrating for those wanting to
know, and will likely be that way in the coming months.

     While viewing the Atari newsgroups, I came across an announcement from
Sega that you should find interesting.  I haven't been able to confirm this
item as of this writing.  It appears that former Atari North American
president Ted Hoff  has found a new home with Sega.  Details of Hoff's new
job are elsewhere in this issue.

     Well, while we watch the latest snow from two more nor'easters melt away
(almost another 8-9 inches in the Boston area!), I'm going to try and pry the
Jaguar controller out of my wife's hands.  Maybe it's time to purchase a
second JaguarCD so I can hook it up to my second Jaguar and leave my wife to
her Battlemorphing while I play something else!  Wish me luck!

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          $19.87         Atari Corp.
J9005          Raiden                        $19.87         FABTEK, Inc/Atari
Corp.
J9001          Trevor McFur/Crescent Galaxy  $19.87         Atari Corp.
J9010          Tempest 2000                  $32.87         Llamasoft/Atari
Corp.
J9028          Wolfenstein 3D                $26.87         id/Atari Corp.
JA100          Brutal Sports FootBall        $39.99         Telegames
J9008          Alien vs. Predator            $42.87         Rebellion/Atari
Corp.
J9029          Doom                          $42.87         id/Atari Corp.
J9036          Dragon: Bruce Lee             $19.87         Atari Corp.
J9003          Club Drive                    $19.87         Atari Corp.
J9007          Checkered Flag                $19.87         Atari Corp.
J9012          Kasumi Ninja                  $19.87         Atari Corp.
J9042          Zool 2                        $19.87         Atari Corp
J9020          Bubsy                         $19.87         Atari Corp
J9026          Iron Soldier                  $19.87         Atari Corp
J9060          Val D'Isere Skiing            $26.87         Atari Corp.
               Cannon Fodder                 $29.95         Virgin/C-West
               Syndicate                     $44.99         Ocean
               Troy Aikman Football          $64.99         Williams
               Theme Park                    $44.99         Ocean
               Sensible Soccer                              Telegames
               Double Dragon V               $54.99         Williams
J9009E         Hover Strike                  $30.72         Atari Corp.
J0144E         Pinball Fantasies             $42.50         C-West
J9052E         Super Burnout                 $42.87         Atari Corp.
J9070          White Men Can't Jump          $32.87         Atari Corp.
               Flashback                     $54.99         U.S. Gold
J9078E         VidGrid (CD)                                 Atari Corp
J9016E         Blue Lightning (CD)           $59.99         Atari Corp
J9040          Flip-Out                      $32.87         Atari Corp
J9082          Ultra Vortek                  $42.87         Atari Corp
C3669T         Rayman                        $59.99         Ubi Soft
               Power Drive Rally             $59.99         TWI
J9101          Pitfall                       $42.87         Atari Corp.
J9086E         Hover Strike CD               $49.99         Atari Corp.
J9031E         Highlander I (CD)             $49.99         Atari Corp.
J9061E         Ruiner Pinball                $42.87         Atari Corp.
               Dragon's Lair                 $49.99         Readysoft
J9097E         Missile Command 3D            $49.00         Atari Corp.
J9091E         Atari Karts                   $49.99         Atari Corp.
J9044E         Supercross 3D                 $49.99         Atari Corp.
J9106E         Fever Pitch Soccer            $49.99         Atari Corp.
J9043E         I-War                         $49.99         Atari Corp.
J9069          Myst (CD)                     $49.99         Atari Corp.
               Primal Rage                   $59.99         Time Warner
               Battlemorph                   $49.99         Atari Corp.
J9055          Baldies                       $49.99         Atari Corp.
J9089          NBA Jam TE                    $57.99         Atari Corp.
               Zoop                          $42.99         Atari Corp.
               Space Ace                     $52.99         Readysoft
               Defender 2000                 $59.99         Atari Corp.
               ...Mutant Penguins            $49.99         Atari Corp.
               Braindead 13                  $52.99         Readysoft


     Available Soon

CAT #          TITLE                         MSRP      DEVELOPER/PUBLISHER

          Fight For Life                     $59.99         Atari Corp.
          World Tour Racing                  TBA            Atari Corp
          Breakout 2000                      $42.50         Atari Corp.
          Max Force                          $59.99         Atari Corp.
J9021     Brett Hull Hockey                  $59.99         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                  $26.76         Atari Corp.
J8910     Team Tap 4-Player Adapter)         $26.76         Atari Corp.
J8907     Jaguar ProController               $27.87         Atari Corp.
J8911     Memory Track                       $26.76         Atari Corp.
J8909     Tempest 2000:  The Soundtrack      $12.99         Atari Corp.

Industry News STR Game Console NewsFile  -  The Latest Gaming News!
Unconfirmed, from the Internet:

                             Ted Hoff Joins Sega
CONTACT:
Dan Stevens,
Sega of America,
Redwood City, CA
415/802-3996


REDWOOD CITY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- April 10, 1996--Sega of  America
Wednesday announced that Theodore  "Ted" Hoff has joined the company as
senior vice president, sales and marketing services.  Hoff is responsible for
the overall retail marketing and sales performance of Sega's hardware and
software products.   Sales, trade marketing, creative services, media and
communications functions report to Hoff.

Hoff joins Sega with more than seven years experience as a senior executive
in the interactive entertainment industry and  almost 20 years experience in
technology and consumer goods.  In welcoming Hoff to Sega, President and
Chief Executive Officer Tom Kalinske stated, "Ted's strong background coupled
with his management style and personality  will be a valuable asset to Sega
as we lead the industry in the changing realm of interactive  entertainment."
Most  recently Hoff served as president, Atari North America.  Prior to
Atari, Hoff launched Fox Interactive, the interactive  division of Twentieth
Century Fox, as senior vice president and general manager.  Previously, Hoff
served more than  four years as senior vice president, marketing and sales,
at Time Warner Interactive.

Before entering the interactive entertainment field, Hoff served as strategic
management counsel to many high-technology  companies, as vice president and
partner of Korn-Ferry International.  He also held senior executive and
general  management positions with three Fortune 100 companies.  Hoff was
vice president of operations at the Seven Up Co.,  where he ran company-owned
plants throughout North America, and was also the vice president, retail
sales, during his four year tenure.  Earlier, Hoff was part of the founding
team of A&W Beverages, where, during his seven years with the company, he
helped build the company into a worldwide leader in the beverage industry.
Hoff holds a B.S. degree in business and  marketing from the University of
San Francisco; he resides with his family in Los Altos Hills, Calif.

                      Deal to Bring Web Game to CD-ROM

GT Interactive Software Corp. has entered into an agreement with CyberSites
Inc. for the rights to publish CyberSites'  Internet mystery game, SPQR, on
CD-ROM.  The deal's terms weren't disclosed.  According to GT, the agreement
represents the first time a game designed for the Internet is being brought
to CD-ROM. GT expects that PCs, Macintosh  and game machine versions of SPQR
will be available later this year. The company says it also plans to work
with  CyberSites on future CD-ROM titles with Internet components.  SPQR has
quickly achieved success as a World Wide Web game, receiving positive
response from game fans, puzzle  enthusiasts and reviewers alike. The game
has generated more than 12 million hits since its July 1995 launch on Time
Warner's Pathfinder site (www.Pathfinder.com/twep/rome).

"SPQR encompasses all of the elements we look for in a hit game - a
compelling storyline, incredible graphics,  entertaining game play and a
built-in fan base, " says Chris Garske, GT's senior vice president of
publishing.  "We are  excited to work with GT Interactive to bring SPQR to CD-
ROM," adds Rory O'Neill, president of CyberSites.  "Combining our development
expertise with GT Interactive's marketing and distribution strength, we
believe we will  successfully bring the mass market an even more exciting
version of our game."
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                            PEOPLE... ARE TALKING


On CompuServe

compiled by
Joe Mirando
73637,2262


Well folks, remember the stomach virus I had about a week and a half ago?
And remember that I said last week that each  year this virus seems to learn
a new trick?  Well, it seems that this little bug spent part of this last
year in Australia  because it has learned how to boomerang!

Yes, that's right, as if I didn't enjoy it enough the first time around I am
now being treated to another few days of  discomfort.  Heck, I'll get over it
eventually... I just won't enjoy myself much till then.  My great fear is
that, this  weekend when I see my nieces and nephews (who were kind enough to
share this little beastie with me in the first place),
I'll have to deal with it yet again.

Okay, on to computer-related stuff.  I've recently taken an interest in
getting on the World Wide Web using my ST.  Of  all the options out there,
there really aren't any perfect choices out there.  You can either use a
terminal program and not   get the graphics, use a UNIX clone and slow your
system way down (not to mention sacrificing a hard drive partition to   UNIX-
only hell), or use a small, easy to use, shareware program that uses a
protocol that is being phased out by Internet  Service Providers.  There is
hope that this will change, but it ain't here yet.  So, for now the best bet
is to use a program  called CAB (Crystal Atari Browser) and find a provider
that can give you a SLIP connection.

Until we find the perfect answer, I'll be quite happy to cruise around on
CompuServe and do what I've been doing for  years now.  I still learn a lot,
I still have a lot of fun, I still meet new friends all the time.

Let's take a look at what's going on this week!


>From the Atari Computing Forum

On the subject of difference between ST ram and TT ram, my pal Gregg Anderson
posts:

"While all programs have to use ST Ram to display their graphics and access
other parts of the system, the bulk of their  work can be done in TT Ram
faster than in ST Ram...  I don't do a lot of complex CAD work, just a little
simple  drafting with EasyDraw (and maybe Kadinsky later). Most of my work is
wit hAtariWorks and Calamus SL (I finally got  tired of all the disk access
at 600 DPI with virtual memory active).  The process to upgrade the ST RAM
boards sounds interesting, let us know how well it works out for you.  Who
knows,  your contact may have started a new career for himself if it proves
both practical and affordable."

Bill Anderson tells Gregg about his TT's ST ram board:

"The 10 meg ST RAM board works very well.  Jeff, the guy I bought it  from,
said that it didn't work with Flash, which  is no problem for me, since I
don't use Flash.  I did notice a problem loading the spell checking
dictionary for 1st Word  Plus, which is not as much of a problem as it used
to be, since I've started using Atari Works instead."

On the subject of using ST-formatted disks in a Macintosh, Mark Kelling
posts:

"...The ability of the Mac to read PC format disks is very limited.  The Mac
_insists_ the disk is in a by-the-book PC  format.  That means: no twister,
extra segments, extra tracks, or extra or different ANYTHING. The ST differs
from the  PC standard in a very small way, but it is enough so that the Mac
usually won't read the disk.  I have had good luck with  disks formatted
while in Universal Item Selector.  It seems to produce a more PC type of
disk.  Lately, though, I have  just been buying preformatted disks.  The
price is the same at the store I shop at and since I only use the disks in
Macs  and STs I doubt any virus present on the disks would do much damage to
either machine."

Mark Kelling tells us about some of the things to watch out for on a Mac:

"My copy of MacCIM has a "suggested" RAM requirement of 2300K and a minimum
of 2Meg.  If you are left with less  than two Meg, that probably is the
reason the current MacCIM won't run on your system.  Also, I noticed you said
you  have System 7.1.  Docs with MacCIM 2.4.3b say it is "suggested" to use
System 7.5 to avoid crash problems.  In my  short time with Macs, I have
found that these "suggestions" are actually _requirements_ and if the machine
you try to use  doesn't exceed these the chances of having a program perform
for you are minimal!  I have seen the speed difference in ASCII mode too.
Maybe that's because so many CIS users are in the HMI CIM  environment.  The
ASCII servers have a light load and can get around to you sooner."

Robert Aries tells Mark:

"I figured that memory was the problem with running MacCIM.  I guess I'm just
used to my ST, with 2.5 megs of ram-- more than I've *ever* needed.  I've
heard that memory prices have gone down recently.  When I get the  word from
my  accountant as to how much of my savings account will be transferred to
Uncle Sam's coffers, I'll see if I can add some to  the Duo 210.  Getting
system 7.5.x may be more problematic--I have an 80 meg HD that's almost full,
and I hear that   7.5 is kind of a hog.  Also, I wonder how fast it'll be on
the Duo ('030 at 25Mhz--not exactly a speed demon in the Mac  world)."

Mark tells Robert:

"Memory prices do seem lower now.  A local computer retailer had an add last
week offering an 8Meg SIMM installed  for $99 -- if you purchased any
computer from them.  I have not found Mac memory prices that low, especially
since  most Macs seem to want you to install SIMMs in groups of two.  For
example, my new 6220CD with 16Meg would  require I purchase _TWO_ SIMMS of
equal RAM to upgrade which would be to 32Meg at a cost of a couple thousand!
I'm not sure how much space the System 7.5 takes up, but my system folder is
close to 50Meg in size!  [This of course  includes tons of extras in the form
of Preference files, extra fonts, etc.  Your mileage may vary ;-) ]  The
update released  by Apple to bring everyone up to System 7.5.3 is 30Meg by
itself.  Guess Gigabyte drives aren't that big after all!"

Shaun Johnson asks Chief Sysop Ron Luks:

"I was wondering if you could tell me how to get into a private room when in
a chat forum.  I use Flash II software.   People ring me also to talk and I
don't know how to anwser.  I would appreciate any help, I hear your the guy
to ask!!"

Sysop Ron tells Shaun:

"Go into any conference room and type /HELP for a full set of commands for
using the private talk groups available in  this forum."

Robert Grode tells us:

"Boy, I'm like so confused on what is the best Package to have for accessing
the Internet!  Can anyone give me some  suggestions.  I currently have the
WWW130 P Package.  I cant seem to get cab to work; with anysort of grace
anyway.   It works but is combersome and slow and has tons of errors and
lockups.  I was thinking of using MINT. I downloaded it  and then read
something on KA9Q.  I'm really lost as to which one is the best. I really
like the thought of regular HTML pages for the atari, like cab. Can either
MINT or KA9Q offer IMG's and GIF's and other picture files on regular pages?"

Sysop Jim Ness tells Robert:

"You may want to look at the package uploaded into our Telecom Library
(library #2) by Dana Jacobson recently.."
This is the package that I was talking about folks.  If I get a chance to
sign up with an ISP (Internet Service Provider), I'll  let you know how it
works out.

Jon Sanford asks about using MagiCMac, the Atari ST emulator for the Mac:

"I read here that MagiCMac ver. 1.2.5 "had some problems"  I spent a little
time tring to get some Atari programs to run  on the Mac.  Gave up with out
much perserverance.  I am wondering if i should try harder or try to find a
newer  version."

P. Walding tells Jon:

"I have had no great problems with MagicMac V1.2.5  Certainly it is the most
stable of the releases so far and , from  memory , the first to run under
PowerMac's.  I understand that V1.2.7 should be out soon. Personally , I find
MagicMac  works quite well.  Most software that runs under Magic / Geneva
performs with no problems.  I had already been running Geneva for some time
so had weaned off software that did not 'follow the rules' before I started
MagicMac."

Jon tells "P.":

"Thanks I need some encourageing words to get back to work on it.  The list
of working Atari programs that Mark put up  contained none of the ones I
have, so I am crashing everything I try so far. Next time Ill start with
simpiler programs  first.  The GDOS ASSIGN.SYS stuff may be my problem."

Michel Vanhamme adds:

"Apart from my peculiar problems (no 16 and 24-bit display with NVDI, no
French keyboard), I've had no problems  with Atari software. In fact,
everything I used to run on my Falcon seems to run flawlessly under MagicMac
1.2.5. But  keep in mind that almost all of my programs were released after
the Falcon had been lauched, when software became a  lot more 'compatible'
than before."

Jon has a 'eureka moment' and tells Michel:

"Ahaha!  almost all my software is old. I have been going thru the Graphic
section of the GEMNI CD ROM. Throwing  away the stuff that crashes
immediately & saving the maybe working for further inspection later. At  this
point a list of  what doesn't work would be the longer, by far. I hope to
post a list of what I find that works  RSN.

Inspite of my apparent complaining. I am fantasizing doing a show & tell of
MagiCMac at the local Macintosh users  group. It really bugs me that people
who have never seen an ATARI assume the Mac was so much better in the old
days.  (@ 7 years ago)   It was amazing compared to MS/DOS but ATARI &
AMIGA were hard competition."

Mark Kelling jumps in and adds:

"Which type of programs did you try?  MagicMac 1.2.5 is the latest available
as a demo, a version 1.4 should be along  by May.  The hardest thing I have
found about getting programs to run in MagicMac is getting them onto a floppy
the  Mac will read!  (Telecom programs are an almost sure bet _not_ to run,
as are games which require ST low res.  The  Mac can't get that low!!)"

Jon tells Mark:

"I was trying EASYDRAW, PageStream, I think I need to study the setup
procedures of EASE. The Mac has got me  used to not reading DOCs.    I
have started going thru the GEMNI CD ROM. There is a lot of stuff I haven't
tried  on the ATARI yet. So I'm killing 2 birds so to speak.  I transfer
ATARI programs onto a AHDI formatted EZ135 disk  then plug it into the Mac.
The people at TOAD sold me a cable to connect the ATARI HD to the Mac SCST
bus but the  former method is easier for me.
I actually haven't tried loading an ATARI program from Floppy yet.  I also
think that games don't work because game  programmers go down to the metal
for speed & performance of their program caring little about the guidelines
for future  compatibility & ..."

Stewart Murrell asks for help in hooking up a serial printer:

"Does anyone know which pins to use to make a serial lead between an Atari
520 STE and a Quendata DWP 1120  daisywheel printer?  I've previously had the
printer connected to an IBM-compatible using a lead with 25-pin D  connectors
with pins 2 to 3, 3 to 2, 4 to 20, 20 to 4, 7 to 7 (gnd), and pins 4, 6 and 8
linked together in each connector.

Worked fine with the PC, but not on the Atari. The first few characters get
printed OK, but then there are lots of "@"  characters.  I suspect that flow
control's not working. I've tried with the Atari set to use XOn/XOff,
Hardware, and both.  Nothing works."

Sysop Bob Retelle tells Stewart:

"From the description of the pin connections in the cable you're using, it
sounds like it's a "null modem" cable.. that is,  everything is connected "in
reverse"...  It seems odd that a printer would need that kind of cable...  I
wonder if trying a  normal, "straight through" RS-232 cable would work.  That
is, one with all the pins wired directly from one end to the  other, pin 1 to
pin 1, pin 2 to pin 2, etc.  A standard PC-style modem cable with 25 pin
connectors should work.  Maybe  you could find someone with such a cable who
would be willing to let you borrow it just to give it a try...

Then again, that doesn't explain why some of the characters print OK.  Pins 4
and 5 are the CTS/RTS pair which should  be involved in hardware flow
control.  It doesn't sound like your cable has pin 5 connected at all.  Do
you have a manual  for the printer that gives the pinouts for the connector?"

Stewart tells Sysop Bob:

"Right, I finished blushing now.  That was my mistake in scribbling down
the connections, of course.  As you  rightly say, the connection I described
would have been along the lines of a null modem cable, and would not have
worked with the PC previously, nor with the Atari for those few characters
(possibly 128 of them before all the "@" signs start.  Here's what I suspect
the message *should* have said...

... a lead with 25-pin D connectors with pins 2 to 2, 3 to 3, 5 to 20, 20 to
5, 7 to 7 (gnd), and pins 4, 6 and 8 linked  together in each connector...
But if the CTS/RTS is looped back locally, and XOn/Xoff is enabled on both
ports, that  should be good enough, shouldn't it?  Not here (the system is at
someone else's house) but I would imagine it's  pretty  standard, whatever
'standard' means in the world of serial comms.  I suspect the problem is
something to do with the  wiring of the lead.  BTW, I forgot to mention that
this was when printing from Protext -- don't know whether  that will have a
bearing on anything."

Sysop Bob tells Stewart:

"Yes.. if software flow control is enabled, the RTS/CTS signals shouldn't
matter.  In fact, the wiring of the cable you  just described sounds like it
should work just the way it is.  Have you been able to try printing from
anything other than  Protext..?  Just as a way to eliminate anything related
to the program...  maybe try printing a document right from the desktop.
Here's a thought... did you use the Control Panel Accessory to redirect the
output from the parallel port to the   serial port, or is that handled by
Protext..?  If the latter, there may be some setups in the program that might
have to be  looked at...  There's a setup dialogue box in the Control Panel
accessory associated with the VT-52 emulator that should  let you control a
number of things like the number of dots per inch and redirecting the printer
output to the serial port...    it sounds like Protext is handling that
internally in this case.

What that means is that no other printing will work to the serial printer
though...  printing from the Desktop or from  other programs will still go to
the default parallel port.  I hate to have to suggest it, but it sounds like
having the Protext
documentation might be necessary to get this sorted out..."


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

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