Visit Atarimax Store


Free-Net Logo
The Atari SIG Historical Archive
Created and hosted by: atarimax.com
[ HOME | GO ATARI | 8-BIT | ST/TT | PORTFOLIO | LYNX | JAGUAR | LIBRARY ]


Article #611 (730 is last):
From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags
Subject: ST Report: 15-Nov-96 #1246
Reply-To: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Posted-By: xx004 (aa789 - Bruce D. Nelson)
Date: Sat Nov 16 23:23:38 1996



                                    
                            Silicon Times Report
                                   
                  The Original Independent OnLine Magazine"
                                (Since 1987)
                                      
       November 15, 1996                                      No.1246

             Silicon Times Report International OnLine Magazine
                            Post Office Box 6672
                      Jacksonville, Florida  32221-6155

                       STR Electronic Publishing Inc.
                               A subsidiary of
                         STR Worldwide CompNews Inc.

                            R.F. Mariano, Editor
                                      
                     Voice: 1-904-292-9222  10am-5pm EST
                  STReport WebSite http://www.streport.com
                                      
                         STR Publishing Support BBS
                                      
                        THE BOUNTY INTERNATIONAL BBS
                   Featuring: * 5.0GB * of File Libraries
                             Mustang Software's
                         WILDCAT! Client/Server BBS
                               Version 5 95/NT
                                      
                      Featuring a Full Service Web Site
                           http://www.streport.com
                       Voted TOP TEN Ultimate WebSite
        Join STReport's Subscriber List receive STR through Internet

                      MULTI-NODE Operation 24hrs-7 days
                    Analog & ISDN BRI Access 904-268-4116
                    2400-128000 bps V. 120-32-34 v.42 bis
               ISDN V.34  USRobotics Courier Internal I-MODEM
                           FAX: 904-268-2237 24hrs

                   BCS - Toad Hall BBS      1-617-567-8642

 11/15/96 STR 1246  The Original Independent OnLine Magazine!

 - CPU Industry Report - Corel NT News       - Acrobat Reader
 - N64/JAG64?          - HP Scanners PnP     - 486 Comeback?
 - NEW Cardinal Modems - Crash Bandicoot     - Comdex 1996
 - Diamond DVD Kits    - NEW Encryption Flap - Dana's Tidbits
 
                 Glitch Hits 200,000 AT&T Users
                  Virus Shuts Down EPA Network
                WebCrawler Awards Man $1 Million
                                      
                   STReport International OnLine Magazine
                              Featuring Weekly
                 "Accurate UP-TO-DATE News and Information"
      Current Events, Original Articles, Tips, Rumors, and Information
              Hardware - Software - Corporate - R & D - Imports
                                      

STReport's  BBS  -  The Bounty International BBS, invites all  BBS  systems,
worldwide, to participate in the provision and distribution of STReport  for
their  members.   You  may call The STReport Home  BBS,  The  Bounty   @  1-
904-268-4116.   Or  obtain the latest issue from  our  WebSite.   Enjoy  the
wonder and excitement of exchanging all types of useful information relative
to  all  computer  types, worldwide, through the use of  the  Internet.  All
computer  enthusiasts,  hobbyist or commercial, on  all  platforms  and  BBS
systems are invited to participate.

                   ** WEB SITE:  http//www.streport.com **
                 CIS ~ PRODIGY ~ DELPHI ~ GENIE ~ BIX ~ AOL

                              IMPORTANT NOTICE

STReport,  with  its policy of not accepting any input relative  to  content
from  paid  advertisers,  has  over the years developed  the  reputation  of
"saying  it  like  it really is".  When it comes to our editorials,  product
evaluations,  reviews  and  over-views, we shall  always  keep  our  readers
interests  first  and  foremost.  With the user in  mind,  STReport  further
pledges  to maintain the reader confidence that has been developed over  the
years  and to continue "living up to such".  All we ask is that our  readers
make  certain  the  manufacturers, publishers etc., know exactly  where  the
information  about their products appeared.  In closing, we shall  arduously
endeavor  to  meet  and  further  develop the  high  standards  of  straight
forwardness our readers have come to expect in each and every issue.
                                                  The Publisher, Staff &
                                                  Editors



Florida Lotto - LottoMan v1.35
Results: 11/09/96: 4 of 6 numbers, 3 three number matches


>From the Editor's Desk...


     Comdex looms closer and closer.. Adobe is shipping Photoshop 4.0 for
both the Mac and Windows arenas and its the most outstanding new graphics
tool this year.  Delrina/Symantec is shipping WinFax Pro 7.5 nad its simply
put, amazing.  Fax anywhere.. in any format, via any medium.  As always,
WinFax Pro is the product when it comes to Faxing ala PC.  This year's Fall
Show promises to be the biggest yet and the one with the most innovative
technological advances yet.  To even the youngest of users both direct and
indirect, most all the goodies to debut at this show are milestones of one
type or another in the computing industry.

     Voice command soft/hardware and recognition soft/hardware are ready to
pounce upon the waiting markets and then, right on its heels, comes the
Universal Serial Bus (USB). heard anything about it yet?  You will.  Once
this takes hold, the IRQ blues will be a thing of the past completely.
Coupled with the PCI bus.. the pair will make the pursuit of speed a
secondary consideration in machines of the future.  The primary
consideration being the creation of new innovative goodies that'll make full
use of the architecture.

     Stay tuned. we'll have full reports and coverage of Comdex.


                                                                Ralph...



Of Special Note:
                           http//www.streport.com

STReport is now ready to offer much more in the way of serving the Networks,
Online  Services and Internet's vast, fast growing site list  and  userbase.
We  now  have our very own WEB/NewsGroup/FTP Site and although  its  in  its
early  stages of construction, do stop by and have a look see.  Since  We've
received  numerous  requests to receive STReport  from  a  wide  variety  of
Internet   addressees,  we  were  compelled  to  put  together  an  Internet
distribution/mailing  list for those who wished to  receive  STReport  on  a
regular  basis,  the  file is ZIPPED, then UUENCODED.  Unfortunately,  we've
also  received a number of opinions that the UUENCODING was  a real pain  to
deal  with.  So, as of October 01,1995, you'll be able to download  STReport
directly from our very own SERVER & WEB Site.  While there, be sure to  join
our STR list.

STReport's managing editors                      DEDICATED TO SERVING YOU!

                    Ralph F. Mariano, Publisher - Editor
                  Dana P. Jacobson, Editor, Current Affairs

Section Editors
     
PC Section                    Mac Section         Special Events  Section
R.F. Mariano                  J. Deegan           Lloyd E. Pulley

Gaming & Entertainment                            Kid's Computing Corner
Dana P. Jacobson                                       Frank Sereno

STReport Staff Editors
Michael Arthur                John Deegan              Brad Martin
John Szczepanik               Paul Guillot             Joseph Mirando
Doyle Helms                   John Duckworth            Jeff Coe
Steve Keipe                   Victor Mariano            Melanie Bell
Jay Levy                      Jeff Kovach              Marty Mankins
Carl Prehn                    Paul Charchian            Vincent P. O'Hara
     
Contributing Correspondents
Dominick J. Fontana           Norman Boucher            Daniel Stidham
David H. Mann                 Angelo Marasco            Donna Lines
Ed Westhusing                 Glenwood Drake            Vernon W.Smith
Bruno Puglia                  Paul Haris               Kevin Miller
Craig Harris                  Allen Chang              Tim Holt
Ron Satchwill                 Leonard Worzala          Tom Sherwin

       Please submit ALL letters, rebuttals, articles, reviews, etc...
                               via E-Mail to:
                    CompuServe                    70007,4454
                    Prodigy                     CZGJ44A
                    Delphi                        RMARIANO
                    GEnie                         ST.REPORT
                    BIX                         RMARIANO
                    AOL                         STReport
                    Internet                    rmariano@streport.com
                    WebSite                     http://www.streport.com



                           STReport Headline News
                                      
                      LATE BREAKING INDUSTRY-WIDE NEWS

                   Weekly Happenings in the Computer World

                        Compiled by: Dana P. Jacobson



                        Net Per-Minute Charges Fought

Some two dozen hardware, software and online service companies -including
Apple Computer and Netscape -- are fighting what they say is an attempt by
regional phone companies to charge for Internet access on a per-minute
basis, just like for phone calls.  Business writer David E. Kalish of The
Associated Press says the group, called the DATA Coalition, contends the
phone charges almost certainly would be passed along to Net users,
potentially stifling future growth of the medium where currently most pay a
flat monthly rate to an Internet service provider for unlimited Internet
access.

"Local telephone companies assert that the extra usage is clogging their
lines," says Kalish. "The access fees are needed, they say, to pay for
upgrades to their networks or build new ones to handle the millions of
Americans going online each day for everything from movie reviews to stock
trading."  Pacific Bell, Nynex, Bell Atlantic and other regional phone
companies complain Net usage is clogging phone lines so much that thousands
of local calls are not going through.

"Besides," says Kalish, "the Internet has grown into a money-making
enterprise, where advertisers peddle information and goods in 'electronic
storefronts' -- and as such users shouldn't be getting a free ride by local
phone companies."  Bell Atlantic and other regional phone companies are
urging the Federal Communications Commission to eliminate the Internet
service providers' exemption from regular phone rates and the FCC has
started work on the issue. It expects a decision by the middle of next year.

AP notes the phone companies favor a fee of about one-third penny per
minute, but critics says the costs could add up to hundreds of dollars a
month for subscribers used to paying just $20 a month, who tend to keep
their lines open for many hours at a time.  Spokeswoman Grace Hinchman of
for Digital Equipment Corp., a member of the DATA Coalition, told the wire
service, "We in the coalition are sure that it's going to have a chilling
effect. There's a lot of rhetoric that (Internet service providers) want a
free ride. That's not it at all."  Hinchman said the group is trying to
convince the FCC to create incentives for phone-company rivals to build
alternate networks for Internet access.

                        Virus Shuts Down EPA Network

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has shut down its mid-Atlantic
region computer network, because of a computer virus that destroyed data
while displaying a "smiley face" on the screens of its victims.  According
to The Associated Press, the virus caused differing degrees of damage to the
government computers, deleting files in some and wiping out all data in
others. EPA spokeswoman Leanne Nurse told the wire service the largest
impact of the network shutdown was the loss of word processing and
electronic mail.

The agency's national databases were not affected, the EPA said.  Users in
the EPA's offices in Wheeling, West Virginia, first noticed trouble
Wednesday evening and alerted administrators in Philadelphia, where regional
headquarters are located, AP said. After an attempt Wednesday night to clear
the virus, regional managers shut down the system Thursday as a precaution,
Nurse said.

The mid-Atlantic EPA region is responsible for federal environmental
programs in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and
Washington, D.C.  Nurse said the regional office hoped to have its computers
back in operation by Tuesday, after the Veterans Day holiday. Meanwhile, Jim
Newsom, deputy assistant regional administrator for the EPA, estimated that
15 percent of the region's work stations were contaminated.

                       Glitch Hits 200,000 AT&T Users

More than 200,000 AT&T customers were prevented from receiving e-mail for
almost a day and a half this week because of a problem with a computer in
the company's WorldNet system.  AT&T spokeswoman Patty Allen told The
Associated Press the "brownout" started at 2:35 p.m. Eastern Time on
Thursday and was resolved by 10:15 last night, "but not before it affected
about half of WorldNet's 425,000 subscribers," reports business writer David
E. Kalish.

"It did not hurt their ability to send e-mail, except if they tried to send
mail to another WorldNet customer affected by the brownout," he added.  No
mail was lost as a result of the problem because it is being stored in other
computer databases, Mike Miller, another AT&T spokesman.  AT&T said it was
the biggest problem to hit its online service since it launched WorldNet
last March.  Said Allen, "We had experienced other e-mail problems in the
past that were rectified. We've never experienced a problem like this one."
Kalish says the company was keeping customers informed about the problem
through news groups and customer announcement areas in the online service.
Customers also have been phoning the service's help line about the trouble.

                      WebCrawler Awards Man $1 Million

"The only time I've ever won anything is $50 on a bingo game up in Alaska,"
says 53-year-old Lancaster, Pennsylvania, fork-lift driver Ray L. Burns.
But he won't be saying that anymore. Burns is now a millionaire, winning the
Million Dollar WebCrawl sweepstakes on the Internet's World Wide Web.  And
he won the big prize with his first and only try at entering the
sweepstakes, sponsored by the Net's WebCrawler search engine
(http://webcrawler.com).  The sweepstakes took place over the course of
three months and attracted more than 350,000 individual players, most of
whom took advantage of the contest's invitation to enter more than once.

Burns is not a nubie on the Net. He first got interested in the Web as a way
to advertise a mail-order business he had previously co-owned. He currently
is online about an hour a day and used his home PC to enter the sweepstakes.
In a statement from its Berkeley, California, headquarters, WebCrawler
quotes Burns as saying that he's won, "a motorcycle or a sailboat to take
out on the Susquehanna River, Pa., are dreams that may now become reality."
WebCrawler teamed with New York-based Yoyodyne Entertainment, an online game
shows developer, to implement the sweepstakes, the prize of which is awarded
in the form of an annuity.

                        Germans Consider New Net Law

A new proposed law being considered by the German government would not
require companies providing gateways to the Internet to police cyberspace
for pornography or neo-Nazi propaganda.  "The legislation would make
operators of online services responsible for their own offerings," says the
Reuter News Service in a report from Bonn, "but stops short of holding them
liable for third-party contributions."  In fact, Technology Minister Juergen
Ruettgers told a news conference today that online providers would be
prosecuted only for outlawed material they are aware of and have the
technical means to prevent.  A separate part of the law would make Germany
the first country in the world to set up a framework in which unforgeable
digital "signatures" backed by a personal ID code would be legally
acceptable, he added.

Said Ruettgers, "Providers will not be required to constantly search through
their systems for outlawed material or material that could be harmful for
adolescents. This is not meant as censorship."  Reuters notes Germany
originally had hoped to present the draft last spring, but it was delayed
because federal and regional state governments only recently struck a
compromise agreement to share in the jurisdiction of the law. They're
service comments, "Executives at companies providing access to the Internet
are likely to breathe a sigh of relief when they see the new legislation.
Many had feared they could be held personally responsible for millions of
pages created all across the world."

                       Panel Backs School Net Hookups

A plan to set aside $2.25 billion a year to link schools and libraries to
the Internet at discounted rates has been approved by a Federal
Communication Commission panel. However, the group rejected President
Clinton's call to hook them up for free.  The panel of federal and state
regulators proposed yesterday that eligible institutions could buy access to
the computer network at discounts of 20 percent to 90 percent.  FCC Chairman
Reed Hundt, who oversaw the panel, told Roger Fillion of the Reuter News
Service, "Schools will be able to connect every single classroom to the
Information Highway. The ramp will be a high-speed, high bandwidth, cutting-
edge connection. The discounts, tailored to each school's individual level
of need, will make building and maintaining the ramp truly affordable for
every school."

Reuters said the Net proposal is part of a broader plan to overhaul the
multi-billion dollar "universal service" program that ensures affordable
phone service to rural communities and low-income neighborhoods. The FCC
must adopt rules by early May.  "Officials hope the wide-ranging proposal,
which stems from the new telecommunications law, eventually will generate
lower phone rates through increased competition," the wire service added,
"but some board members fear the plan -- to be paid for from the revenues of
phone companies, cable TV operators and other communications carriers -- may
prove too ambitious and ultimately push up rates."

For instance, chairman Laska Schoenfelder of the South Dakota Public
Utilities Commission, commented, "A universal service fund that taxes
consumers billions of dollars a year is not only inconsistent with
congressional intent, but could be extremely harmful nationwide to
consumers."  Reuters says the Net provision calls for less well off
institutions and those in out-of-the-way high-cost areas being entitled to
the larger discounts.  The average discount would be 60 percent, officials
said, adding one-third of schools would get at least an 80 percent discount,
and the poorest 15 percent would get a 90 percent discount.

On this, Vice President Al Gore told reporters, "It is no secret and no
surprise that access to technology in the nation's schools and classrooms is
tremendously unequal. Wealthier schools are twice as likely as poor schools
to have Internet access, and wealthier students use computers 20 percent
more than their poorer peers."  Nonetheless, the new plan stops short of the
president's proposal to give schools and libraries free basic service, with
the nation's communications carriers footing the bill.

Covering the same FCC action, Associated Press writer Jeannine Aversa
characterized the Net proposal as "a centerpiece of President Clinton's
second-term educational goals," a proposal that would cover 50 million
students and teachers at 100,000 schools.  Aversa says the FCC proposal
would make available $2.25 billion per year, which would come from an
existing fund paid for by telephone companies to support universal telephone
access.

"In addition to discounts for the Internet service itself," she writes,
"schools would be given discounts on the costs of hooking them up to
telecommunications networks necessary to tap into the Internet and on the
costs of wiring inside classrooms."  Other than for the most affluent
schools, discounts would range from 40 percent to 90 percent, "depending on
the wealth of the school and whether it is in a high-cost telecommunications
area such as a rural community," AP says. "Cut rates also would be available
to libraries."

And "wealth," she writes, "would be defined by the number of students
eligible for federally subsidized school lunches." For instance, schools in
which less than 1 percent of students participate in the subsidized lunch
program would get a 20 percent discount.  AP says about half the nation's
public schools were linked to the Internet in October 1995, up from 35
percent one year earlier, according to a survey the Education Department
released earlier this year. However, only 9 percent of individual classrooms
had access.  Before becoming final, the plan must be approved by the FCC.
Parts of the plan also may have to be approved by state telecommunications
regulators, AP says.

                       Computers in 40% of U.S. Homes

The percentage of families owning computers has climbed to 40 percent, from
22 percent six years ago, according to new figures on consumer buying
habits.  In fact, says The Conference Board, consumers have been stocking up
on all kinds of electronic conveniences besides PCs, including microwaves,
VCRs and car phones.  "Despite times of extreme weakness in the economy over
the last six years," says The Associated Press in a report about the
findings, "more Americans bought practical electronic goods during that
period, the New York-based business-research group found in a nationwide
survey of 5,000 homes."

Lynn Franco, associate director of The Conference Board's Consumer Research
Center, told the wire service, "The proliferation of electronic products
strongly suggests that the American dream house continues to be designed for
convenience."  Other findings of the survey, done for The Conference Board
by NFO Inc. of Greenwich, Connecticut, include:

    85 percent of the responding families had microwave ovens, compared
    to 75 percent in 1990.
    VCRs were found in 85 percent of the homes surveyed, up from 68 percent
        in 1990. In fact, 40 percent have at least two VCRs.
    27 percent own car phones, compared to just 3 percent in 1990.
    52 percent of the surveyed families have CD players, compared to 15
        percent in 1990.
    70 percent have answering machines, up from 38 percent six years ago.

                        Egghead Looks to Web for Help

Egghead Inc. aims to become the first major software retailer to deliver
programs over the Internet directly to customers' computers. It's a bid to
turn around the company's sagging sales in traditional stores.  Writing in
The Wall Street Journal this morning, reporter David Bank notes Egghead's
Internet delivery system is the first of several pilot projects backed by
Microsoft Corp. "to preserve the role of traditional retailers in the
electronic marketplace."  Adds Bank, "Internet sites have sold boxed
software before, but it has been delivered to customers by mail. A handful
of small Internet start-ups and some software publishers also allow users to
download programs directly into computers."  He notes Ingram Micro Inc., the
nation's largest wholesale distributor of computer hardware and software,
plans to launch electronic sales experiments later this month.

The Journal observes, "Analysts expect electronic software distribution to
account for as much as 20 percent  of retail software sales by the end of
next year. By the end of the decade, they predict, it will overtake
storefront and mail-order sales."  Egghead, of Spokane, Washington, one of
the largest software-only retailers, began offering three programs for
direct download from its Web site last Friday, including Microsoft's
FrontPage and Sidekick from Starfish Software Inc. By next year, Egghead
expects to offer thousands of titles.  Adds the paper, "Egghead will be 
using technology from Release Software Corp., Menlo Park, California, that 
allows customers to try the programs free for a short time. The software is 
then cut off unless buyers pay by Internet, phone, fax or mail and get a 
digital 'key' that allows the software to be used permanently."

                        IBM Creates Division for NCs

A new division to sell network computers -- stripped-down PCs customized for
the Internet and dependent on corporate computer networks for performing
functions -- has been created by IBM in a move seen as boosting Big Blue's
commitment to the NC concept.  Business writer David E. Kalish of The
Associated Press says the unit will coordinate all IBM's efforts to develop,
make and promote its NCs, which are expected to go on sale early next year
at less than $700 apiece, not including a monitor.   "While IBM introduced a
version of the new product in September," adds Kalish, "its reorganization
signaled the effort has top priority at the world's largest computer
company. The network computers are a centerpiece of IBM's new strategy to
reap strong profits from the combination of Internet and traditional
mainframe computer technologies."

Analyst Greg Blatnik of Zona Research Inc. characterized the move as "a
fairly big deal," adding, "It goes well beyond just producing a cheap piece
of desktop hardware."  Citing an internal company announcement, Kalish
quotes IBM Chairman/CEO Louis V. Gerstner as describing customer demand for
NCs as "extremely high."  Sun Microsystems Inc., Microsoft Corp. and other
high-technology companies also are promoting versions of NCs, with software
for the machines to be downloaded via the Internet or corporate networks,
instead of requiring costly installation on each machine.  AP says internal
IBM forecasts call for network computers to capture more than 20 percent of
the corporate PC market by the year 2000 -- up from 1 percent now.  "That is
much more optimistic than many analysts' forecasts," Kalish observes.
"International Data Corp., based in Framingham, Massachusetts, expects
annual U.S. sales of 2.5 million network computers in 2000, or about 3
percent of the 80 million corporate PCs expected to be sold that year."

                       '486 CPU Headed for a Comeback?

The '486 processor may be headed for a comeback.  National Semiconductor has
released a thin-client reference design for an Internet-based PC based on
the venerable CPU. Code-named Odin, the design aims to allow PC makers to
create a bare bones PC costing about $200.  Odin is based on National's
NS486SXF embedded processor. The company notes that the combination of an
X86 architecture and an ISA bus interface will allow PC makers to take
advantage of low-cost peripherals rather than create proprietary peripheral
chips and custom drivers.  Other Odin features include a graphics controller
for SVGA monitor and TV output, Rockwell's WaveArtist single-chip audio
system and a 33.6K bps modem. National notes that its design works with a
variety of operating systems and application programs.  The reference design
will be available to PC makers and software developers in early 1997. More
information is available on the World Wide Web at www.national.com/ns486.

                        DVD-ROM Encyclopedia to Debut

The first DVD-ROM encyclopedia is scheduled to debut at next week's
COMDEX/Fall computer industry trade show in Las Vegas.  The Reuters news
services reports that Xiphias' Encyclopedia Electronica will compete against
a variety CD- ROM-based titles, including Microsoft's industry-leading
Encarta.  The Xiphias title, will contain more than 80 minutes of MPEG-II
video, far more than a CD-ROM can hold. Xiphias president Peter Black told
Reuters that the title will include video clips from CBS News and the
National Archives. The software will also have the ability to update its
content via the Internet.

                       Seagate Passes 100M Drive Mark

Seagate Technology Inc., the world's largest disk drive maker, says it has
passed the 100 million drive milestone.  Founded in 1979, Seagate offered
the world's first rigid magnetic disk drive for desktop PCs, the ST-506.  "I
am very pleased to see the tremendous growth and advancement that both
Seagate and the disk drive industry have made," says Alan Shugart, Seagate's
president, chairman and CEO. "The marking of Seagate's 100 millionth disk
drive is significant for both ourselves and the industry."  To commemorate
the milestone, Seagate has presented its 100 millionth drive to the Tech
Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California. The Seagate Medalist 2.5GB,
3.5-inch unit is now on display in the museum.

                     Cardinal Unveils Upgradable Modems

Cardinal Technologies has unveiled a new family of 33.6K bps analog fax and
data modems that can be upgraded to 56K bps as well as 128K bps ISDN
support.  The Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based company says the modems will
utilize the "x2" 56 Kbps technology recently announced by US Robotics. The
x2 technology takes advantage of the digital connections already in place
between the telephone network and central site equipment used by many
Internet service providers and corporate remote access servers.  Cardinal's
modems will also work with a $79 ISDN Option Kit that includes the necessary
system software and an ISDN cable connector. Usage of the ISDN function will
require the installation of an ISDN line and account from a national or
local telephone company service provider.  Cardinal says its new modems will
start at about $149 and should be available in early 1997.

                          HP Scanners P&P Certified

Hewlett-Packard Co. reports it has received Windows 95 Plug and Play
certification from Microsoft Corp. for its desktop flatbed scanners, the
ScanJet 4c and ScanJet 4p.  HP notes that its products are the first SCSI
scanners to receive the "Designed for Microsoft Windows 95" logo. Both
models are now shipping with a new Plug and Play SCSI card that simplifies
scanner installation. According to HP, the card makes it easy for users to
install their scanner by automatically resolving PC-system conflicts.

HP is recommending that customers who have purchased but not yet installed a
ScanJet 4c or ScanJet 4p to upgrade to the new card. HP does not recommend
the upgrade for customers who are already using their scanner.  U.S.
customers who purchased a ScanJet 4c or ScanJet 4p on or after Sept. 11,
1996, may upgrade to the new HP SCSI card for shipping and handling costs of
$10. Customers who purchased a ScanJet 4c or ScanJet 4p scanner before Sept.
11 may upgrade to the new card for $35.

                       TI Unveils New Notebook PC Line

Texas Instruments Inc. has announced the Extensa 900, a family of ultra-thin
Notebook PCs.  According to TI, the Extensa 900 is designed for users who
require a lightweight mobile computer that can be transformed into a full-
power, state-of-the-art multimedia desktop replacement system.  Standard
features include a 133MHz Pentium processor, a 1.35GB hard drive, 16MB of
EDO RAM (expandable to 48MB) and an external 1.44MB floppy drive. Weighing
5.1-pounds, the base Extensa 900 offers a 12.1-inch SVGA dual-scan display.
The Extensa 900T, which weighs 4.9-pounds, features a 11.3- inch SVGA active-
matrix color display.  Designed to remain in the office or attach to the
notebook, a companion 2.2-pound Mobile Productivity Base features a modular
8x CD-ROM drive, a secondary battery with weight-reduction module, standard
PC interfaces and a 32-bit Advanced PCI Card expansion slot.  Extensa 900
street prices range from $3,299 to $4,299.

                       MCI Completes Internet Upgrade

A $60 million Internet upgrade has been completed by MCI Communications
Corp., which says it plans to double overall Internet infrastructure
capacity in 1997 because its electronic traffic is increasing by nearly 30
percent per month.  Reporting from Dallas, the Reuter News Service says the
upgrade:

    Increases MCI's Internet infrastructure speed to 622 megabits per
    second from 155 megabits per second.
    Adds about 13,000 ports to accommodate increasing consumer and
    business demand for Internet service.

MCI chief engineering officer Fred Briggs told the wire service, "With this
upgrade to 622 megabits, we continue to build on our commitment to offer MCI
customers the fastest, most reliable Internet service in the world. That
effort will continue in 1997, as we further boost the speed of our network,
giving customers enough network speed and power to meet and exceed their
needs."  As noted, British Telecomm Plc and MCI earlier this month announced
plans to merge.


Adobe's Acrobat Reader STR Infofile    Acrobat Updates



                   New Features of the Acrobat 3.0 Reader



A growing number of Web publishers is using the Adobe Acrobat suite of
universal electronic publishing products to bring visually rich, compelling
content to the Web.  The freely available Acrobat Reader is the universal
way to view, navigate and print electronic documents created in the Adobe
Acrobat Portable Document Format (PDF).

Acrobat 3.0 Reader is an update to the Acrobat Reader 2.1.
Acrobat 3.0 includes several new features:

Acrobat Reader 3.0 Beta Release 13 (Macintosh, Windows 95, Windows NT, and
Windows 3.1) 27 September 1996.

    This version has no expiration date.
    A forms plug-in has been added; it allows Acrobat Reader users to fill
        in forms and submit them over the Web. It also allows use of PDF files
        containing dynamic controls.
    A movie plug-in has been added; it allows Acrobat Reader users to play
        audio and video stored with PDF files on CD-ROM and hard disks.
    The Windows 95/Windows NT version of the Reader supports Microsoft
        Internet Explorer, as well as Netscape Navigator.
    A number of bugs which existed in earlier beta releases have been
        corrected.

Acrobat Reader 3.0 Beta Release 1 (OS/2) 27 September 1996.

    This version has no expiration date.
    A number of bugs which existed in the previous Alpha releases have been
        fixed.
    Anti-aliased text is now supported.

Acrobat Reader 3.0 Beta Release 12 (Sun OS, Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, IRIX,
LINUX) 27 September 1996

    This version has no expiration date.
    A number of bugs which existed in the earlier beta releases have been
        fixed.
    Viewing PDF One-page-at-a-time Over the Web

There are four pieces of the Acrobat-on-the-Internet picture:

    The Acrobat 3.0 Beta Reader for integrated viewing over the Web.
    Web servers that can "byteserve" PDF files one page at a time, to the
        Acrobat 3.0 Beta Reader.
    Optimized PDF files for progressive display and maximum file
        compression.
    Weblinks to connect your PDF files to other content on the Web.

Any non-optimized PDF file can be viewed in the Netscape window (without
page-at-a-time display) with the Acrobat 3.0 Reader and Netscape Navigator
2.0 or better.

Page-at-a-time display requires a Web server with byteserver
capability,either built-in (as with the Netscape and Open Market server
products) or as a CGI script. Best viewing performance (page-at-a-time
display and progressive rendering) for PDF documents over the Web is
achieved with optimized PDF files and a server with the ability to byteserve
the files. The optimized PDF format and byteserver protocol are not yet
final, so we have provided a set of demonstration files on Adobe's server to
allow you to test the page-at-a-time performance. See for yourself how cool
PDFs get even cooler.

Known Problems

Adobe does not provide direct end-user technical support for unreleased
products. You can view the current known problems or report bugs on Adobe's
Web site.

How to Report Bugs

You may report problems to Adobe using the Bug Report form.

Check the Known Problems section to see whether your problem has already
been reported. Please provide as much detail as possible about the problem
you encounter. Detailed instructions are included with the Bug Report form.
Due to the volume of reports we receive, Adobe cannot respond directly to
individual bug reports. We do screen each report and make every effort to
keep the Known Problems list up to date. We appreciate your assistance in
making the Acrobat 3.0 Beta Reader a top-quality product.

Electronic End-user License Agreement

You may make unlimited copies of the Acrobat 3.0 Beta Reader and give copies
to other persons or entities for evaluation and trial use purposes only as
long as the copies contain the Electronic End-User License Agreement.

The Acrobat 3.0 Reader is a beta version, does not represent final product
from Adobe, and may contain bugs, errors, and other problems that could
cause system failures.  The Acrobat 3.0 Reader is currently available for
Macintosh(R), Windows(R) 95, Windows NT(TM), Windows 3.1, SunOS, Solaris,
AIX, HP-UX, IRIX, LINUX and OS/2.


Comdex FALL'96 STR Spotlight


                        Be part of the most powerful
                            IT event in the world

You can still participate! On-site registration opens Sunday, November 17th.
It's over 2,000 exhibitors, over 10,000 new products, and over 200,000
attendees from over 100 countries. It's your chance to see, touch, and test-
drive solutions across the IT spectrum from the Internet and server
technologies to multimedia and OEM sources ... network with technical
experts from every corner of the industry ... get your first look at new
products at the ultimate launching pad for next-generation technologies ...
and meet the big players, the start-ups, and every company in between.

Powerhouse COMDEX Keynotes:



Andrew Grove,
CEO
Intel Corp.
Monday,
November 18,
9:00-10:00 a.m.




Bill Gates,
Chairman and CEO
Microsoft Corp.
Tuesday,            .
November 19,
9:00-10:00 a.m.




Jim Barksdale,
President and CEO
Netscape Communications Corp.
Wednesday,
November 20,
9:00-10:00 a.m.



The COMDEX Show Daily follows the action - as it happens


Don't get caught sleeping - make sure you check back throughout the show for
regular updates on the latest and greatest technology news - as it breaks!"
The preview edition is now live! Also, don't miss our special Las Vegas
section to help you fill your hours outside the show walls.

COMDEX/Fall '96 Webcast


Apple will Webcast this year's COMDEX/Fall '96. Webcasts let you experience
interesting and exciting events using the latest multimedia technology.
Pictures, sounds, videos, text and even virtual reality bring distant
happenings and news to life on your computer screen. And interactive events
such as chats and discussions let you share your point of view with other
participants.

Spice up your COMDEX/Fall experience by using Apple's new HotSauce plug-in
to nagivate the COMDEX/Fall, Show Daily and Webcast sites in 3D.

Announcing a special 25th anniversary celebration of the microprocessor

To mark the silver anniversary of the introduction of the microprocessor,
COMDEX/Fall celebrates 25 Years of Industry Achievement -- a very special
program featuring an opening keynote address from Intel CEO Andrew Grove,
the man behind the microprocessor. In addition, COMDEX/FALL will feature
"The 25th Anniversary Museum", a time-warp chronological walk through of
computing from that first historic innovation, as well as an awards and
recognition program dedicated to the products that have defined our
industry...


                                      

For Immediate Release
                                      
                                      
                                      
             Corel Announces New CLP for Upcoming Corelr Office
                                     for
                           Windows NTr Server 4.0
                                      
     New server software offers unique pay-per-server approach to volume
                                 licensing.

OTTAWA, Canada -- November 11, 1996 -- Corel Corporation announced today a
new, innovative licensing program for Corelr Office for Windows NTr Server
4.0, scheduled for release by late November.  The program will offer
simultaneous, unlimited usage of all applications in the suite to all users
connected to the server.  It will also allow an organization the flexibility
to grow without having to purchase additional licenses -- an offering
completely unique to the office automation industry.

"This revolutionary pricing strategy is an incredible opportunity for any
organization looking for an inexpensive and efficient network environment
solution," said Dr. Michael Cowpland, president and chief executive officer
of Corel Corporation.  "Corporate customers will not find another licensing
offering of this kind in the industry."

Corel Office for Windows NT Server 4.0 will be available to corporate
customers through the  following three CLP (Corel License Program)
purchasing options:

  Shrink wrap: Customers can purchase one copy of the shrink wrap software
  for a SRP of $1,995 US.  Once installed, the applications can be accessed
  from both 16-bit and 32-bit workstations.  The package will contain two
  CDs -- one containing all the Business Applications and the other
  containing all of the Internet Applications.  Documentation for the core
  business applications will be available electronically in EnvoyT format,
  with additional paper manuals available through any Corel Authorized
  Reseller.  There are also two paper manuals included in the box: Getting
  Started with Corel Office and a Corelr WEB.GRAPHICS SUITE user manual.

  CLP Choice: Organizations wishing to install the Corel Office for Windows
  NT Server 4.0 on more than one server can purchase additional licenses
  through CLP Choice.  This license-only program has no minimum purchase
  restrictions and is available through any Corel Authorized Reseller at a
  SRP of $1,595 US.  To obtain media, users simply purchase one copy of the
  shrink wrap version of Corel Office for Windows NT Server 4.0.  To obtain
  documentation, users are required to purchase document sets through any
  Corel Authorized Reseller.

  CLP Universal: This option is targeted towards larger organizations with
  25 servers or more using the Windows NT Server 4.0 operating system and
  is available through any Corel Universal Authorized Reseller.
  Organizations with more than 25 servers can take advantage of incremental
  discounts and pay as low as $1,200 US.  CLP Universal further facilitates
  the implementation of the Corel Office for Windows NT Server 4.0 by
  offering annual maintenance which includes all upgrades, interims and
  patches available during the year.  Premium support contacts or incidents
  will also be available to organizations purchasing this option to assist
  in implementation and management.

Corel Office for Windows NT 4.0
Designed specifically for the Windows NT Server 4.0, the new suite offers
powerful business applications, advanced Internet and Intranet technology,
efficient network installation, aggressively low pricing and electronic
technical support.  Once the package is installed on the Windows NT Server
4.0, users of all three Windows platforms, including Windowsr 3.1x, Windowsr
95 and Windows NTr, can access relevant applications through the network.
Corel Office for Windows NT 4.0 is scheduled to begin shipping by the end of
November 1996.

Windows 95 and Windows NT client applications include Corel WordPerfect 7,
Corel Quattro Pro 7, Corel Presentations 7, Paradox 7, InfoCentral 7, 
Corel Time Line, Envoy 7 Viewe, Netscape Navigator 2.02, Corel 
WEB.GRAPHICS SUITE, Corel WEB.DATA, as well as the new Corel WEB.Site 
Builder, a graphical tool for creating and managing an interactive Web site 
without the need to write software code.

The Windows 3.1x version includes Corel WordPerfect 6.1, Corel Quattro Pro
6.0, Corel Presentations 3.0, Paradox 5.0, Envoy 1.0 Viewer, Netscape
Navigator 2.02 and Corel WEB.GRAPHICS SUITE.

Corel Office for Windows NT 4.0 also includes Netscape FastTrack ServerT,
which can be accessed by 16-bit and 32-bit workstations, 5,000 clipart
images, 7,500 Internet-ready clipart images, over 150 fonts and on-line
documentation.

Support
Classic (toll-line), Priority or Premium Support services are available at
an extra charge and can be purchased directly from Corel or from a Corel
Universal Authorized Reseller.  Clients who purchase maintenance in the CLP
Universal option are the only customers entitled to Premium Support, the
highest level of support offered by Corel.

Corel Corporation

Incorporated in 1985, Corel Corporation is recognized internationally as  an
award-winning developer and marketer of productivity applications,  graphics
and  multimedia  software. Corel's product line includes CorelDRAWT,  Corelr
WordPerfectr Suite 7, Corelr Office Professional, CorelCADT, CorelVIDEOT and
over  30  multimedia software titles. Corel's products run on most operating
systems,  including:  Windows, Macintoshr, UNIX, MS-DOS  and  OS/2  and  are
consistently  rated among the strongest in the industry. The  company  ships
its  products  in  over  17 languages through a network  of  more  than  160
distributors  in  70 countries world-wide. Corel is traded  on  the  Toronto
Stock   Exchange  (symbol:  COS)  and  on  NASDAQ-National   Market   System
(symbol:COSFF). For more information visit Corel's home page on the Internet
at  http://www.corel.com.  Corel and WordPerfect are  registered  trademarks
and  CorelDRAW,  CorelVIDEO, Corel VENTURA and CorelCAD  are  trademarks  of
Corel Corporation or Corel Corporation Limited.  All products mentioned  are
trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.




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


                               LEXMARK OPTRA C
                                    COLOR
                                LASER PRINTER

For a limited time only; If you wish to have a FREE sample printout sent  to
you  that demonstrates LEXMARK Optra C SUPERIOR QUALITY 600 dpi Laser  Color
Output, please send a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope [SASE] (business sized
envelope please) to:

                      STReport's LEXMARK Printout Offer
                                P.O. Box 6672
                      Jacksonville, Florida 32205-6155
                                      
Folks,  the  LEXMARK Optra C has to be the best yet.  It is far superior  to
anything we've seen or used as of yet.  It is said that ONE Picture is worth
a  thousand  words.   The out put from the Lexmark  Optra  C  is  worth  ten
thousand words!  Send for the free sample now. (For a sample that's suitable
for  framing,  see  below)  Guaranteed. you will be  amazed  at  the  superb
quality. (please, allow at least a two week turn-around).

If  you would like a sample 8x11 printout that's suitable for framing.  Yes
that's  right!   Suitable for Framing.  Order this  package.   It'll  be  on
special stock and offer superb quality and originality.  We obtained a  copy
of  a  1927  COLOR ENGRAVER'S ADVERTISING YEAR BOOK.  Our Scanner  is  doing
"double duty"!  The results will absolutely blow you away.  If you want this
high  quality  sample package please include a check or money order  in  the
amount  of $6.95 (covers expenses only) Please, make checks or money  orders
payable  to; RFM.  Be sure to include your full return address and telephone
number  .   The sample will be sent to you protected, not folded in  a  9x12
envelope.   Don't hesitate.. you will not be disappointed.  This "stuff"  is
gorgeous!

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



EDUPAGE STR Focus    Keeping the users informed

                                   Edupage
Contents

New Encryption Blow-Up Likely
Telecom Panel Recommends Discounts For Schools, Libraries
Egghead Moves Software Sales To The Internet
Oracle Puts IT Training Online
Big Mac -- Exponential Working On 500-Mhz Mac Chip
SEC Files First Case For Stock Manipulation Using Internet
WorldNet Subscribers Get A Day Off From E-Mail
Revealing Software Glitch Bares Credit Card Info On The Web
Cray Unveils Teraflop Supercomputer
Harvard's Business School Embraces High-Tech
Online Training Poised For A Boost
Businesses Reporting A PC Shortage
Diamond Systems To Offer DVD-ROM Kits
IBM Forms Networking Unit
IBM And Siemens Use Net To Let Utilities Do Power Trades
Digerati Less Inclined To See A Library In Their Future
Full Menu From Apple
Interval Research To Spin Off Three Start-Ups
Intellectual Property Treaty Worries Some Academics
Internet Transaction Tax Urged 
IBM To Buy Educational Software Company
McNealy Predicts Sunny Future
Pointcast Rides Wavephore's Network
IBM Targets Web Server Market
Junk Fax Crackdown In Canada
FTC Shuts Down Pyramid Scam
Microsoft Joins MCI/BT To Develop Global Intranets


                        NEW ENCRYPTION BLOW-UP LIKELY
Because it makes use of a 128-bit encryption code that is much more powerful
than the 40-bit code authorized  for export by the Clinton Administration, a
$300 TV set-top device developed for Web-surfing and e-mail has   been
classified in the "munitions" category to keep it away from terrorists and
criminals.  The device is  manufactured by the Sony and Philips corporations
based on a design by Web TV Networks, Inc., which had  planned to market it
next year in Europe and Japan.  However, having recently proposed a "key
recovery"  encryption plan using third parties to hold parts of the
encryption key, the Clinton Administration is unlikely  to allow exportation
of the Web TV device.  (New York Times 8 Nov 96 C2)

                          TELECOM PANEL RECOMMENDS
                      DISCOUNTS FOR SCHOOLS, LIBRARIES
A panel of federal and state telecommunications regulators has made its
recommendations regarding  expansion of the universal-service system,
suggesting that rural health-care providers, schools and libraries all  have
access to new telecommunications services at discounted rates.  The panel's
findings, which were  submitted to the Federal Communications Commission,
recommended a tiered system for discounts to school  systems, from 20% for
the country's wealthiest school districts, to 90% for low-income areas.  The
subsidies  could total as much as $2.25 billion a year.  (Wall Street
Journal 8 Nov 96 B17)

                EGGHEAD MOVES SOFTWARE SALES TO THE INTERNET
Egghead Inc. has become the first major software retailer to deliver its
computer programs directly to the  customer via the Internet.  A number of
Internet sites sell software online, but the product is then boxed up  and
shipped to the buyer by mail.  Egghead's move is the first of several pilot
projects backed by Microsoft to  bolster the ability of traditional
retailers to compete with software companies that distribute their products
directly via the Net.  Analysts predict that online distribution will
account for 20% of retail software sales by  the end of next year.  (Wall
Street Journal 8 Nov 96 B6)

                       ORACLE PUTS IT TRAINING ONLINE
Oracle's education unit will begin offering information technology training
courses over the Internet,   beginning in December.  By next summer, the
company plans to expand from the original 75 third-party  courses to more
than 1,000.  "We'll provide one-stop shopping for all kinds of corporate
training," says  Oracle's senior director of worldwide marketing.  The
company has about 60 partnerships with other vendors and training companies,
including Hewlett-Packard, Lotus, Microsoft and Novell, that are providing
the  content and technical support for the online venture.  "The Holy Grail
of training via the Internet is the ability  to slice and dice content to
suit individuals' training needs," says the marketing director of HP's
education unit.  (Information Week 4 Nov 96 p106)

             BIG MAC -- EXPONENTIAL WORKING ON 500-MHz MAC CHIP
Exponential Technology recently debuted its X704 microprocessor, a 500-MHz
PowerPC chip slated for use in  Apple Macintosh computers, as well as
machines made by DayStar Digital Inc., Power Computing Corp. and  UMAX
Computer Corp.  Apple has worked closely with Exponential engineers during
the development  process and is rewriting the Mac ROMs to function at the
higher speeds.  The X704 is based on BiCMOS  technology -- a combination of
the CMOS technology typical in microprocessors and the bipolar architecture
more commonly found in mainframe processors.  The X704 chips are scheduled
to ship in March 1997.  (MacWeek 3 Nov 96)

                 SEC FILES FIRST CASE FOR STOCK MANIPULATION
                               USING INTERNET
The Securities & Exchange Commission has filed a suit alleging a massive,
ongoing market manipulation of  the stock Systems of Excellence Inc.  The
Florida company's chief executive has been accused of distributing
unregistered shares of the company to accounts controlled by him and to a
market research company that   published an Internet-transmitted stock
market newsletter.  (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 9 Nov 96 H3)

               WORLDNET SUBSCRIBERS GET A DAY OFF FROM E-MAIL
The AT&T WorldNet Internet access service (which, with 425,000 customers is
the second-largest Internet  access provider, after Netcom) experienced a
computer problem last week, which prevented more than  200,000 of its
customers from receiving e-mail for more than a day.  No mail was lost.
(New York Times 9 Nov 96 p29)

                       REVEALING SOFTWARE GLITCH BARES
                         CREDIT CARD INFO ON THE WEB
Some Web shoppers have recently had their worst fears about electronic
commerce confirmed -- the credit  card information they trustingly typed in
was accessible by anyone using a simple Web browser.  The sites  affected
had improperly installed a software program called SoftCart, made by
Mercantec Inc., to handle their  transactions.  "Our standard documentation
clearly explains how to avoid these security break-ins," says  Mercantec's
president. The problem was attributed to human error, which occurred when
inexperienced installers failed to place completed order forms in
directories not accessible to Web browsers.  Vendors  affected by the glitch
say they've taken steps to remedy the situation.  (Wall Street Journal 8 Nov
96 B6)

                     CRAY UNVEILS TERAFLOP SUPERCOMPUTER
Silicon Graphic's Cray Research unit has unveiled its new CRAY T3E-900
supercomputer capable of  performing a trillion calculations per second,
becoming the first company to bring a teraflop system to market.   Shipments
will begin in Spring 1997, with prices starting at $500,000.  Cray
anticipates selling the super-fast  systems to oil companies and other
exploratory concerns, which could use the machine's power to map and
analyze sites to find oil and minerals for extracting.  The new machines can
handle in just a few days  calculations that it would take less powerful
systems up to three months to process.  (New York Times 12 Nov 96 A18)

                HARVARD'S BUSINESS SCHOOL EMBRACES HIGH-TECH
Harvard Business School has completed an $11-million high-tech overhaul, the
brainchild of dean Kim Clark  who took over a year ago.  The new MBA
curriculum is focused on the Web, which is used to organize and  deliver
information to students, including multimedia content and links to corporate
sites.  Before last year, courses were mostly text-based, with some
supplemental videotaped material.  "We're trying to build  programs that
allow students to experience the environments they'll be likely to face in
the outside world,"  says one Harvard business professor.  "In traditional
case studies, we have to rely on the text to create a  picture in the
students' minds.  Now, we have much richer media to do this for us...  One
of our objectives is  for students to come out with a certain literacy with
the technology."  (Chronicle of Higher Education 15 Nov  96 A29)

                     ONLINE TRAINING POISED FOR A BOOST
As the costs of bricks-and-mortar-based learning experiences skyrocket,
companies increasingly are turning to  technology to deliver training and
education.  Quality Dynamics Inc. predicts that by the year 2000, half of
all   corporate training will be delivered via technology.  A separate study
by the Gartner Group projects the  demand for technology-based training
rising 10% a year for the next two years, to $12 billion.  "Corporate
America spends $50 billion a year on continuing education to improve their
employees' skill sets and retrain  them to deal with the rapid pace of
change in the workplace," says the CEO of The Home Education Network,
affiliated with UCLA.  "More and more of that funding is going to go into
distance learning."  (Information  Week 4 Nov 96 p32)

                     BUSINESSES REPORTING A PC SHORTAGE
Some businesses are reporting a shortage of high-end personal computers, and
Intel is confirming that demand   has outpaced supply of its popular 200 MHz
Pentium Pro microprocessor.  An Intel spokesman says the  company is
noticing "a general tightness across the board" as sales of high-powered PCs
exceed projections in  what was predicted to be a relatively flat fourth
quarter. (Miami Herald 11 Nov 96)

                    DIAMOND SYSTEMS TO OFFER DVD-ROM KITS
Diamond Multimedia Systems says it plans to incorporate Toshiba's DVD-ROM
drives into its multimedia kits  for PCs, with shipments planned for early
1997.  The Diamond kits are likely to be the first DVD (digital  video disk)
products for computers to hit the market.  (Investor's Business Daily 12 Nov
96 A18)

                          IBM FORMS NETWORKING UNIT
IBM has formed a separate unit to concentrate on building and selling
network computers, or NCs, targeted at  customers who require specific
functions, such as Internet connectivity, but don't need a full-fledged PC
to  accomplish that.  "Customer interest in our NC initiatives has been
extremely high," says Chairman Louis  Gerstner.  "Customers are looking for
solutions that lower the cost of desktop computing and provide access to
networks."  (Investor's Business Daily 12 Nov 96 A18)

                         IBM AND SIEMENS TO USE NET
                      TO LET UTILITIES DO POWER TRADES
IBM and a unit of Siemens will work together to develop an Internet-based
system to allow utility companies  to reduce costs by making it easier for
them to temporarily use each others' transmission lines.  Currently,  70% of
this specialized market is controlled by the small Austin, Texas company
TradeWave and two  partners.  (Wall Street Journal 12 Nov 96 A6)

           DIGERATI LESS INCLINED TO SEE A LIBRARY IN THEIR FUTURE
A survey by the Benton Foundation, which advocates wider public access to
libraries, concludes that computer  users are far more likely than non-
computer users to think that libraries will become less important in the
future; the survey also indicates that persons between the ages of 18 and 24
are less willing to pay higher taxes  to support libraries.  < http://www.
benton.org >  (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 12 Nov 96 C3)

                            FULL MENU FROM APPLE
In partnership with Mega Bytes International, a firm owned by London real
estate developers, Apple  Computer will be opening an international chain of
"cybercafe" restaurants offering customers Web access,  videoconferencing at
every table, and a full menu of international foods.  The restaurants will
also be used to  sell Macintosh software, and will be designed by Landmark
Entertainment, a theme-park development firm  that has undertaken such
projects as "Jurassic Park:  The Ride."  (Los Angeles Times 12 Nov 96)

                INTERVAL RESEARCH TO SPIN OFF THREE START-UPS
Closely held Interval Research -- founded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen
-- is spinning off three separate   start-up companies in an effort to
commercialize some of its more viable inventions.  One company, Purple
Moon, will focus on developing interactive software and related products for
girls age 7 to 12.  Much of the  product line is inspired by computer-design
expert Brenda Laurel, whose work has focused on discovering  why many girls
don't find today's videogames entertaining and how to engage their interest.
Another,  Ogopogo Studies, will use live video combined with computer-
generated images to enable children to create  imaginary landscapes and
situations.  The third, Carnelian Inc., will market technology developed for
online   publishers, incorporating new payment mechanisms and copyright
protections.  "These represent the things  that were ripe to take to
market," says Interval CEO David Liddle.  "We don't want anybody to conclude
that  they are the whole scope of what we are doing here."  (Wall Street
Journal 13 Nov 96 A3)

                        INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY TREATY
                           WORRIES SOME ACADEMICS
A multinational treaty on intellectual property protection for databases,
slated for consideration at the World  Intellectual Property Organization's
meeting next month in Geneva, has scientists, librarians and some  scholarly
societies concerned over what they view as overly broad protections for
information contained in a  database.  While database publishers need some
protection against digital piracy, any solution should also  protect "the
interests of society and the full and free flow of information for
scientific research," says the  president of the National Academy of
Engineering.  The Academy has joined with the Institute of Medicine in
recommending that the U.S. take "no precipitous action" on the treaty.  A
lawyer at the U.S. Patent and  Trademark Office has called scientists'
concerns about fair use overblown.  He says the draft treaty contains
provisions to allow the U.S. to enact a fair-use exemption in the
legislation it would pass to enact the treaty.   (Chronicle of Higher
Education 15 Nov 96 A31)

                       INTERNET TRANSACTION TAX URGED
Acting to stem the tide toward broad taxation of Internet-based activities,
the Interactive Services Association  has called for state and local
taxation entities to target online purchasers rather than the entire
information technology industry.  "The industry believes that the only type 
of tax that can be applied effectively to Internet   and online transactions 
will be a transaction tax that is imposed upon the purchaser, not upon the 
industry," says the executive summary of a soon-to-be-released ISA white 
paper on the topic.  The paper also urges one  uniform tax rate within each 
state:  "The greatest threat to the type of tax system contemplated here is 
any requirement that a remote seller have to account for a multiplicity of 
taxes at lower levels of government."   ISA warns that "relieving the 
industry of such a requirement is the key to obtaining the industry's 
cooperation" in collecting such taxes, and suggests that states move slowly 
in developing their tax policies for the online  industry.  "A deliberate 
and cooperative approach will avoid the dangers that lurk in precipitate and  
uninformed action on the part of the states."  (BNA Daily Report for 
Executives 8 Nov 96 H3)

                   IBM TO BUY EDUCATIONAL SOFTWARE COMPANY
IBM is buying Edmark Corporation, the Redmond, California company that sells
educational software to  schools and homes.  Because of its small size,
Edmark has had difficulties convincing large retailers to place  its
products on the shelves.  With this acquisition, IBM will be placing new
emphasis on selling to consumers,  and may also use Edmark's strong presence
in schools to sell more hardware there.  (New York Times 14 Nov 96 C4)

                        MCNEALY PREDICTS SUNNY FUTURE
Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy predicts that in five years, Sun will be
one of the "Big Three"  hardware providers:  "We want to be a computer
equipment supplier providing the `Web tone' and `data tone'  to MIS
departments and Internet service providers.  We'll provider the servers.
We'll do chips, software, the  whole deal.  Who do I think will be the big
three players?  ...IBM is the leader in the host-based computing  market.
WinTel is the leader in the desktop stand-alone computing market.  We're the
leader in the network  computing model.  I think the network computer model
is the only one that matters down the road."   (Investor's Business Daily 14
Nov 96 A8)

                     POINTCAST RIDES WAVEPHORE'S NETWORK
PointCast Inc., which offers a real-time newscast service via the Web, is
teaming up with WavePhore to offer  businesses a subscription-based service
using WavePhore's proprietary satellite or FM wireless data broadcast
network as the delivery vehicle.  The OneCast service will offer a
combination of public news, internal  company news and business-to-business
news, using its Pro-Server software.  "The premium service will run
alongside the PointCast service and the internal newscasts," says
PointCast's marketing VP.  "Every time  something happens, it flashes on
your screen in a headline."  (Broadcasting & Cable 4 Nov 96 p67)

                        IBM TARGETS WEB SERVER MARKET
IBM says it's happy to let Netscape and Microsoft duke it out on the Web
browser front -- what Big Blue's  really interested in is the server
software that runs the computers hosting Web sites and other information.
"Nothing helps us more than competitors that become distracted," says IBM
Internet division head Irving  Wladawsky-Berger, who says Microsoft is "out
of their league" when it comes to developing industry-specific  Internet
applications capable of operating on a global basis.  Meanwhile, Lotus
president Jeff Papows thinks  Netscape lacks the experience and workforce
numbers to support and maintain Web server software that could  compete with
Lotus's Domino. "We've got more people in Akron, Ohio than they've got
worldwide."  (Wall Street Journal 13 Nov 96 B6)

                        JUNK FAX CRACKDOWN IN CANADA
The Canadian federal regulatory agency for telecommunications has limited
the hours during which uninvited  "junk fax" calls can be made in British
Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, and has reduced (from 30 days to 7  days) the
amount of time telemarketers can take to remove a name from a junk fax list
when asked to do so.   (CTV Network 7 Nov 96)

                         FTC SHUTS DOWN PYRAMID SCAM
The Federal Trade Commission has shut down a pyramid scheme run by a
California company called The  Mentor Network, which induced people to pay
$30 a month to the network and to recruit three additional  subscribers, for
a promised eventual payoff of about $12,000.  The company claimed to be
helping raise  money for a children's charity.  (Atlanta Journal-
Constitution 14 Nov 96 G12)

                           MICROSOFT JOINS MCI/BT
                         TO DEVELOP GLOBAL INTRANETS
Microsoft is joining forces with MCI and BT to manage private communications
networks for global  corporations and their clients.  In the heated
competition to provide intranet services for multinational  companies, the
Microsoft/MCI/BT team will be facing off against such opponents as Sprint,
AT&T, and IBM.  (Wall Street Journal 14 Nov 96 B6)


     Edupage is written by John Gehl (gehl@educom.edu) & Suzanne Douglas
                            (douglas@educom.edu).
                  Voice:  404-371-1853, Fax: 404-371-8057.
   Technical support is provided by the Office of Information Technology,
                        University of North Carolina.

EDUPAGE is what you've just finished reading.  To subscribe to Edupage: send
a message to: listproc@educom.unc.edu and in the body of the message type:
subscribe edupage Marvin Minsky  (assuming that your name is Marvin Minsky;
if it's not, substitute your own name).  ...  To cancel, send a message to:
listproc@educom.unc.edu and in the body of the message type: unsubscribe
edupage...  Subscription problems:  educom@educom.unc.edu.

EDUCOM REVIEW is our bimonthly print magazine on learning, communications,
and information technology.  Subscriptions are $18 a year in the U.S.; send
mail to offer@educom.edu.  When you do, we'll ring a little bell, because
we'll be so happy!  Choice of bell is yours:  a small dome with a button,
like the one on the counter at the dry cleaners with the sign "Ring bell for
service"; or a small hand bell; or a cathedral bell;  or a door bell; or a
chime;  or a glockenspiel.  Your choice.  But ring it!

EDUCOM UPDATE is our twice-a-month electronic summary of organizational news
and events. To subscribe to the Update:  send a message to:
listproc@educom.unc.edu and in the body of the message type:  subscribe
update John McCarthy  (assuming that your name is John McCarthy;  if it's
not, substitute your own name).

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE
The CAUSE organization's annual conference on information technology in
higher education is scheduled for the end of this month in New Orleans.  The
conference will bring together administrators, academicians and other
managers of information resources.  For full conference information check
out  or send e-mail to
conf@cause.colorado.edu.

ARCHIVES & TRANSLATIONS. For archive copies of Edupage or Update, ftp or
gopher to educom.edu or see URL: < http://www.educom.edu/>.   For the French
edition of Edupage, send mail to edupage-fr@ijs.com with the subject
"subscribe";  or see <  http://www.ijs.com  >.  For the Hebrew edition, send
mail to  listserv@kinetica.co.il containing : SUBSCRIBE Leketnet-Word6
 or see  < http://www.kinetica.co.il/ newsletters/leketnet/ >.  For
the Hungarian edition, send mail to:  send mail to subs.edupage@hungary.com.
An Italian edition is available on Agora' Telematica; connection and/or free
subscription via BT-Tymnet and Sprint (login: 


Visit Atarimax Store