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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
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Subject: ST Report: 22-Nov-96 #1247
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Date: Thu Dec  5 16:41:17 1996

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                       Comdex Expecting 210,000 Guests

Some 210,000 people are expected to attend Comdex, still considered by most
to be the most important  industry trade show, which opens today in Las
Vegas.  More than 2,000 Comdex exhibitors have 13,500 booths in two immense
convention halls, a hotel and a couple of pavilions, "displays that range
from the techno-nerd dull to glitzy enough to do the Strip proud," says
business writer Catalina Ortiz of The Associated Press, who adds, "But even
with 94,000 hotel rooms -- more than any other American city - Las Vegas is
overflowing."  In fact, she notes, hotel rooms -- the difficulty in finding
them and their high prices -- are the No. 1 gripe among Comdex attenders.

"As is common at many trade shows, Softbank Comdex Inc. buys up rooms in the
most desirable hotels and makes reservations for participants," says Ortiz.
"But those and other rooms are quickly booked and often cost two to three
times what they do the weeks before and after the show. The conventional
wisdom -- that techies don't gamble and therefore hotels must raise prices
to make up for lost casino revenue -- is largely correct."  Also, she notes,
long cab lines are the norm, as are daunting distances between key venues.
It's more than 2  miles from the Aladdin hotel, where keynote speeches are
given, to the Las Vegas Convention Center.  All  this is a long way from the
first Comdex in 1979 when it was still "the Computer Dealers Expo" and drew
150 companies and 4,000 attenders.

               Founding Fathers of PC Industry Receive Awards

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- COMDEX brought together the founding
fathers of the PC industry  earlier this week for award ceremonies as part
of COMDEX/Fall's continuing celebration of the 25th anniversary of the
microprocessor.   Ten categories of microprocessor innovations were chosen
for awards, prompting a rare reunion of industry legends.  Among the
revolutionary chip innovations to receive  recognition at COMDEX were: MOS
Technology 6502, Zilog Z80, Intel 9088, Motorola 68000 processor, Intel
386(TM) processor, Sun SPARCstation, and the Intel Pentium(R) processor.

Nolan Bushnell presented the MOS Technology 6502 award to two recipients.
Bushnell created the video game industry in 1972 by founding Atari with
$250,000 and co-created the table tennis-like game Pong.   One of the
awards went to William D. Mensch, Jr., president and CEO, The  Western
Design Center Inc.  Mensch was  fundamental to the development of the
Motorola 68000 microprocessor, and he went on to help invent and develop the
6502 chip at MOS Technology in the early 1970s.  The 6502 was eventually
used in Apple,  Commodore and Atari computers.

The second award in the category was presented to Chuck Peddle, president,
Thstyme Ltd., and another MOS Technology veteran.  Peddle pioneered the
phenomenally successful 6502 microprocessor, and, under Commodore, led the
development of one of the first personal computers: the PET (Personal
Electronic Transactor), which put the 6502 chip to practical use.  Gordon
Eubanks, Jr., president and CEO, Symantec  Corporation, presented awards for
the Zilog Z80, one of the most popular microprocessors in industry history.
The Z80 was particularly well suited for personal Computers and was powerful
enough to run business  applications, paving the way for a whole new segment
of the PC market.  Federico Faggin, president and CEO, Synaptics Inc., and
co-founder of Zilog Inc., received one of the Zilog  Z80 awards.  Masatoshi
Shima, chairman, V.M. Technology Corporation, and co-developer of the Z80,
received the second award. Another award went to Ralph Ungermann, president
and CEO of First Virtual  Corporation (FVC). Ungermarm also co-founded Zilog
Inc. and introduced the Z80 product line.

Dan Bricklin presented the award for achievements with the Intel 8088.
Bricklin, along with Bob Frankston,  designed VisiCalc, the first
spreadsheet program for the computer in 1976.  The 8088, introduced in 1979,
was intended as an entry level device designed to coax 8-bit customers into
the 16-bit world.  Instead, the 8088became one of the most influential
microprocessors of its time. The award went to William B. Pohlman, a 25-year
veteran of Intel who worked as design manager on the chip.  Heidi Roizen,
vice president, DeveloperRelations, Apple Computer Inc., presented the award
for Motorola 68000 innovation.  In 1979, Motorola introduced the 68000, the
most advanced microprocessor on the market at the time.  The 68000 played an
important role in the development of Apple Computer and the Macintosh, and
was quickly adapted to workstations.  Systems based on the 68000 were known
industry-wide for their graphic capabilities, a distinction the Mac still
holds today.  Tom G. Gunter, corporate vice president and general managerat
Motorola, received one of the Motorola 68000 awards.

Rod Canion, co-founder of Compaq Computer Corp., and now chairman, Insource
Technology Corporation, presented the Intel 386 award to John Crawford.
Crawford, a former computer architect for microprocessordesign, is now
director of microprocessor architecture at Intel.  The Intel 386 was the
first Intel  Microprocessor with 32-bit data and address buses, and enabled
the launch of IBM-compatible graphical  operating environments, such as
Microsoft(R) Windows(R) and IBM's OS/2.

Michael Slater, publisher and editorial director of Microprocessor Report,
presented the award for innovations with the Sun SPARCstation. The SPARC
microprocessor by Sun represents the first real commercial success  of the
RISC (reduced instruction set computing) design philosophy, perhaps the most
significant shift in computer architecture of the past 15 years.  The award
went to Bill Joy, founder and vice president for  Research, Sun Microsystems
Inc., and a co-designer of the SPARC architecture.

Theodore Waitt, chairman of the board and CEO, Gateway 2000 Inc., presented
awards for the Intel Pentium(R) processor.  In 1993, Intel launched the
Pentium, a significant improvement over the Intel 486processor.  The Pentium
dominates the PC market today, and has brought forth a new generation of
sophisticated multimedia and communications applications with startlingly
realistic graphics.  Avtar Saini,  general manager, Platform Components
Division, Intel Corporation, who co managed the design of the Pentium chip,
received the award.

The awards categories and winners were selected by a panel of experts from
Ziff-Davis Publishing Company.  They sought to recognize seven innovative
microprocessors that fundamentally changed the information technology
industry.  COMDEX/Fall '96, taking place November 18-22, 1996 in Las Vegas,
has  provided a record number of attendees with a first-hand look at more
than 10,000 new products, providing the most  exciting series of product
launches in COMDEX history.  From the desktop to the server to the Web, over
2,100 companies from around the world are currently demonstrating products
and technologies for more than 210,000 attendees representing over 120

COMDEX/Fall is the largest and most significant IT trade show and
conference, providing exhibitors and attendees alike with the latest product
and technology information in the areas of Internet and the Web;
Communications; Network Computing; Multimedia; Servers; Computer Telephony;
Desktop Systems; Mobile and Wireless Computing; Office Systems and OEM
Sources. The COMDEX Conference Program brings together the industry leaders
to provide in-depth direction, comparison and evaluation on today's
technology  and products through more than 70 high-impact sessions.

                       Gates Nods to NCs, Defends PCs

Bill Gates now concedes there is a role for stripped-down Network Computers
that are dependent on online  resources for performing functions.  But he
also sees a bright future for personal computers -- that depend onMicrosoft
Corp. software.  Taking the stage in Las Vegas for the keynote address at
the Comdex tradeshow, the Microsoft chief who once dismissed the NC concept
outright, gave a nod to the new generation of  machines. (NCs are not
popular with the software giant because their software will be downloaded
from  central computers via the Internet or corporate networks, rather than
requiring costly installation on each machine's hard drive.)

Still, says business writer Catalina Ortiz of The Associated Press, Gates
told Comdex that customers want  such snazzy features as voice recognition,
better video conferencing and programs that can adapt to different  tastes.
He says it's easier and cheaper to do that on PCs than on computer "servers"
that run computer  networks, which also can become overloaded.  Speaking to
7,500 people, Gates said, "I see PCs becoming  more powerful, not less
powerful. A lot of what the attack (on the PC) has been has sort of been a
questioning of empowerment."  Ortiz notes Microsoft is being challenged on
the NC front by Oracle, Sun Microsystems and Netscape, each of  which hopes
to make computing cheaper and simpler -- and dethrone Microsoft -- with the
new diskless  terminals, a few of which are on display at Comdex.  While not
mentioning his rivals by name, Gates acknowledged NCs will work well for
some things. For instance, Sony is thinking of making diskless terminals
running entertainment software to put on the back of airline seats.

Still, he also emphasized recent and future PC advances, including faster
microprocessors, greater storage  capacity and enhanced multimedia features
to mix text, sound, video and graphics.  Said the Microsoft  founder, "We'd
like to give more and more power out to the machines but hide the
complexity," adding the PC industry's economies of scale and the falling
price of components are keeping the new technology relatively affordable.
Ortiz notes that while so far the Comdex speaker podium has been dominated
by the promoters of "Wintel"  technology -- Intel Corp. CEO Andy Grove
delivered the main Comdex keynote earlier -- the NC camp gets its chance
today when Netscape Communications Corp. CEO Jim Barksdale gives his

                       Clinton Signs Encryption Order

An executive order liberalizing U.S. export policy to allow companies to
sell more powerful encryption  devices abroad has been signed by President
Clinton.  However, as noted, firms taking advantage of the new  rules first
must assure the U.S. government that law enforcers -- acting on court orders
-- can crack the code and intercept the communications.  This has caused
critics to contend the plan is difficult to administer,  doesn't offer
companies enough export freedom and raises privacy concerns.

Also yesterday, the president named David L. Aaron, currently the U.S.
representative to the Organization for  Economic Cooperation and
Development, as special envoy to promote international cooperation and
coordination on encryption matters. He will serve while retaining his
current position.  Associated Press writer  Lawrence L. Knutson quotes Vice
President Al Gore, the administration's point man on the encryption issue,
as saying, "These two actions will help promote the growth of international
electronic commerce and robust secure global communications in a manner that
protects the public safety and our national security."

The point of all this, of course, is software that allows users to scramble
phone and computer messages in  cyberspace. Users want to keep their data
private with few or no restrictions, while law enforcement officials  have
argued that they need the power to unscramble the messages to investigate
terrorists and other criminals.  "The goal," AP comments, "is to balance the
needs of law enforcement with the needs of U.S. companies,  which contend
that existing export restrictions are causing them to lose billions each
year in potential sales  abroad. Law enforcers want access to an electronic
'key' to unlock secure communications in the event of a  national security
or law enforcement emergency."

Clinton's order transfers jurisdiction for export control of commercial
encryption from the State Department to  the Commerce Department and will
become effective when regulations are issued later this year.   AP notes
current policy permits companies to export encryption devices with
electronic key lengths of up to 40 bits.  Devices with a large number of
bits are stronger and harder to decode. The new plan allows companies to
export devices with a harder-to-crack length of 56 bits, as long as they
have a plan for law enforcement to  unlock secured communications, the wire
service reports.

                      HP Plans Encryption Announcement

On the heels of President Clinton's signing of a new federal data encryption
order, Hewlett-Packard Co. is set  to unveil technology it says will provide
a breakthrough in the long-deadlocked debate over secure datatraffic.
Reporting from Palo Alto, California, Samuel Perry of the Reuter News
Service says, "If the  encryption technology has won the backing of industry
and the U.S. and other governments -- which Hewlett- Packard officials say
is the case -- the development could eliminate a key obstacle to the growth
of electronic commerce via the Internet."

Look for HP Chairman Lewis Platt this week to provide details on the plan,
which includes technology  patented by the Palo Alto computer giant as well
as other technologies.  A company spokesman told Perry technology from RSA
Data Corp. the de facto standard-setter for Internet security, will be
involved Hewlett- Packard officials said.  Meanwhile, Microsoft Corp. and
Intel Corp. executives also are scheduled to attend  tomorrow's news
briefing at the National Press Club in Washington.

HP officials told the wire service the technology will make it possible to
export products containing so-called  "strong encryption," which cannot be
exported under national security laws dating back to the Cold War. "Under
national security law, the U.S. government has allowed the export of
software and other computer  products containing only weaker data encryption
technologies," Reuters notes.  As noted, encryption has been  classified as
munitions because of its potential for use by terrorists, spies or other
criminals to conceal messages. Encryption programs use mathematical formulas
to scramble information, such as electronic mail  messages or credit card
numbers, to render them unreadable to computer users without a password or
"software key" that can unlock the coded material.

Silicon Valley executives recently noted that consumer devices, such as
WebTV Network's Web browsing  television device that hit store shelves this
autumn, use the same levels of strong encryption as used in militarysystems.
Notes Reuters, "The government recently proposed that the roadblock be
eliminated by providing a  key recovery system, in which authorities could
recover keys to crack messages if they received a court  warrant to do so.
Industry has rebuffed this as difficult to manage."

HP says its solution will be flexible, allowing customers to use the levels
of encryption required by different  governments, allowing "very strong
encryption," said a spokeswoman.  The company said its technology  provides
a means of "solving the data security and integrity issues that have
impaired and frightened users andcompanies from exploiting the full power of
the Internet."  As reported earlier, Clinton has signed an executive order
liberalizing U.S. export policy to allow companies to sell more powerful
encryption devices abroad. But firms taking advantage of the new rules first
must assure the U.S. government that law enforcers - - acting on court
orders -- can crack the code and intercept the communications.

                       Net Search Market Shakeout Seen

The market for consumer-oriented search and directory services is
overcrowded, and a shake out could be in  the offing in 1997, according to
New York market research firm Jupiter Communications.  "There are simply
too many players offering similar functionality and features, competing for
a limited number of advertising  dollars and users," says Diana Simeon,
Jupiter's content publisher. "Search and directory players are now in
direct competition with online aggregators, local and specialized content
sites, and the many others that are threatening to usurp the traditional
role of these services."

Jupiter forecasts that:

    Only the select few search and directory sites that have already
        established a critical mass of usership and brand name resonance have a
        reasonable chance of survival.
    Those players competing in the consumer space must evolve into more
        rich and deep World Wide Web  services in order to keep users and, in turn,
        boost advertising dollars. This is requiring the development ofspecialized
        services, such as personalization, and the licensing of news, entertainment
        and other programming.
    Advertising has become (and will continue to be) the primary revenue
        stream. In the first half of 1996, the top  five major players -- Yahoo!,
        Excite, Magellan, Infoseek and Lycos -- generated approximately $14 million
        in  advertising revenues, putting them among the top online publishers.
    There is an opportunity to diversify the revenue stream with new
        offerings, including offline ventures,  derivative online ventures and,
        potentially, for-fee services. These companies will be partnering with a
        variety of strategic players on these fronts.
    Major players could indirectly -- or directly -- begin to pose
        competition to major online services such as  Microsoft Network, CompuServe
        and even America Online, and vice versa.

The race is on to get maximum share of the "Web desktop" by partnering with
client developers, such as  Netscape and Microsoft.  Technology advancements
are of central importance to players, as they seek to be  the "best" in
consumers' minds, plus derive revenues from licensing.

                          Compaq Settles Complaint

Under an agreement with 22 states, computer industry leader Compaq Computer
Corp. has pledged to adopt  measures to prevent dealers from repackaging
used computers and selling them as new.  Also, Compaq will no  longer give
dealers materials such as extra marked boxes and factory sealing tape, which
had been used to  replace cartons damaged in transit.

The Associated Press reports Houston-based Compaq will be allowed to provide
dealers with styrofoam pieces  and unmarked boxes for use in returning
products to the company.  And Compaq will pay $6,000 to each state  to cover
costs of their investigations.  The wire service notes the investigation was
sparked by complaints that
some Texans may have bought used Compaq computers they thought were new.

Compaq lawyer William D. Coston said the company itself had asked the states
to look into ways in which  independent computer stores took care of returns
of its computers, adding, "The outcome for Compaq is not  that we were doing
anything improper in handling returns."  As reported, Compaq rival Packard
Bell  Electronics Inc. agreed in September to a similar settlement with the
same 22 states. The company said it  would place notices on all its computer
and monitor boxes explaining that the products may contain components from
previously sold computers. Packard Bell also agreed to pay $70,000 to each

In addition to Texas, states entering yesterday's agreement with Compaq are
Arkansas, Arizona, California,  Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois,
Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri,New Jersey,
New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, WestVirginia and Vermont.

                        Net Ads Challenge Newspapers

New Internet-based classified advertising technologies are evolving so
rapidly they may seriously impact the  revenue patterns of traditional print
newspaper classifieds sections in as little as three years, according to a
new industry study.  The report, to be published by Editor & Publisher Co.
on Dec. 2, warns that "if the  newspaper industry does not respond to the
threats posed by electronic competitors creating new niche  products and
services, serious injury is certain." Editor & Publisher, based in New York,
publishes a weekly newspaper industry trade journal.

The issue of cyber-competitors is critical for newspapers, warns Editor &
Publisher, because classified ads  account for so much of their revenue.
U.S. papers, for instance, derive 37 percent of their total advertising
income from classifieds. The issue is also controversial. Opposing camps in
many print publishing companies  are currently fighting bitterly over
whether to expand their companies' advertising presence in cyberspace or
focus on protecting the traditional print classifieds franchise - even
against the marketing programs of their  own companies' new media divisions.

The reports finds that although many newspapers have set up Web sites that
include classified advertising  sections, the strategies and functions of
those sections are generally weak and ineffectual in comparison to the
innovative systems deployed by the leading non-newspaper cyber-classifieds
companies. It notes that "only a  few traditional print publishers have been
able to think 'out of the box' when it comes to reinventing classified
advertising."  Additional information about the report may be found on
Editor & Publisher's Web site at

                        New Mail 'Virus' Is Book Hoax

Word from London is online rumors of a new virus circulating by e-mail are a
hoax orchestrated by Penguin  Books as a publicity stunt.  Consultant Graham
Cluley with Dr. Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit told Wes Thomas of the
Newsbytes computer news service that the online message in question reads:

"There is a computer virus that is being sent across the Internet. If you
receive an e-mail message with the  subject line 'Irina,' DO NOT read the
message. DELETE it immediately. Some miscreant is sending people  files
under the title 'Irina.' If you receive this mail or file, do not download
it. It has a virus that rewrites your  hard drive, obliterating anything on

The message cites as its source "Professor Edward Prideaux, College of
Slavonic Studies, London."  The  London Daily Telegraph notes "Prideaux" is
one of the main characters in the Irina book Penguin is planning to launch.
Cluley told Newsbytes that Penguin sent out a bogus letter to newspapers and
television stations,  adding, "The hoax was eventually traced back to
Penguin via the envelopes used. The College of Slavonic  Studies does not
exist. But London's School of Slavonic and East European Studies said it had
been inundated with calls to the fictitious Prof. Prideaux."

Newsbytes quotes Cluley as saying the letter was sent by Guy Gadney, the
former head of electronic  publishing at Penguin, adding, "Although Gadney
sent out a second letter explaining that the first was a hoax,  it has done
little to stop the spread of the alert, and it is now beyond anyone's
control, like the Good Times  hoax."  And at least one anti-virus company
apparently complicated matters by faxing the phony alert to their  users.
"Seems they didn't realize it was a hoax," said Cluley, adding, "One should
note that merely reading an e-mail text message -- as long as that e-mail
program is not foolishly configured to launch attachments automatically --
cannot cause damage or spread a virus."

                      U.S. Firms Report Computer Crimes

More than half the major corporations in America have been victimized by
computer break-ins, suggests a new  survey done in cooperation with a
congressional committee.  USA Today reported this morning the survey,  done
in conjunction with the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations,

    58 percent of the companies that responded said they had experienced a
        break-in in the past 12 months.
    Nearly 18 percent said they suffered losses of more than $1 million.
    Two-thirds reported losses exceeding $50,000.
    More than 20 percent of the break-ins were believed by the corporations
        to be the work of competitors.
    More than a third of the corporations would report a break-in only if
        required by law. Many companies said they were concerned that disclosure of
        the crime would undermine customer confidence.

Jim Christie, a Defense Department computer crime investigator, told the
paper, "A lot of this kind of crime  goes unreported despite everyone seeing
it happen. The survey supports what we understood."  The paper says  the
Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which held public hearings
on this summer on computer crime, cooperated in the survey along with major
corporations. A total of 236 out of 500 companiesquestioned responded to the

                        Computer Injuries on the Rise

An Illinois-based consumer group finds a significant boost in the percentage
of on-the-job injuries that are  musculoskeletal disorders that corresponds
with an increased use of computers in various occupations.  Reporting from
Springfield, Illinois, United Press International says a study by the
Coalition for Consumer  Rights finds that:

    66 percent of all new on-the-job injuries reported during the past two
        years were computer related.
    About 75 percent of people who work with computer terminals suffer some
        sort of disorder, even if it is not severe enough to prevent them from

Director Nancy Cowles told the wire service such injuries "can be as
devastating as a violent crash or  explosion, making it impossible for them
to work or to carry out day to day activities without pain."  The  report
indicates service and retail trade workers suffer 46 percent of all keyboard-
related injuries, and note the  number of women with such disorders is
significantly higher than the number of men.  In the past, coalition
officials have been critical of changes made by the Republican-dominated
General Assembly of the past two  years in the area of worker compensation

"Those changes were intended to benefit business interests by bringing
injured-worker lawsuits under control,"  UPI notes, "but Cowles said they
have had the effect of making it more difficult for people who suffer
computer injuries to collect compensation."  Meanwhile, Mike Doyle, director
of the Chicago-based Families  Advocating Injury Reduction group, says
results in higher costs for government, as Medicaid winds up paying  for
treatment, adding, "Government ought to be trying to reduce the number of
injuries, not just shifting off  the burden for paying for them."

                         California Eyes Ergonomics

California is set to become the first state to pass ergonomics standards to
protect workers from injuries caused  by repetitive work, such as typing on
keyboards or working an assembly line.  Reporting from San Diego,
Associated Press writer Matthew Fordahl says that after two years of debate
and a court order, the state's  Occupational Safety and Health Standards
Board has voted unanimously to approve the regulation.

"The ergonomics standards are not due to take effect until January," Fordahl
says, "but already they are being  criticized by labor groups as too soft
and by businesses as too harsh."   The regulation calls for employers to
evaluate the work site, control exposure to the injury-causing routine and
implement a program designed to  minimize the problem. Preventative measures
include training programs, special breaks and special furniture. AP notes a
state report two years ago showed 31,800 California workers reported
repetitive motion injuries,  including carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis
and muscle sprains, which are generally believed to be the fastest- growing
workplace ailment among both blue- and white-collar workers.

The standards apply only to businesses with 10 or more employees and after
doctors document that two workers with similar jobs suffer from repetitive
motion injuries.  Labor unions are unhappy with that. "It is an
unenforceable standard," said Tom Rankin, of the California Labor
Federation, AFL-CIO. "Any employer can say, `Sorry, the work wasn't
identical.'"  But AP says the occupational safety board defended the
measure,  which passed after a state court ordered the board to comply with
a Legislature-imposed deadline.

Said spokesman Rick Rice of the state Department of Industrial Relations,
"The reason it is written this way is  that no two workplaces are alike. It
would be impossible to draft regulations that specifically cover conditions
in every workplace."

                        First Net Commercial to Debut

The first full motion video commercial made specifically for the Internet
will begin appearing at six Web sites  next week, marking a new milestone in
the development of the Net as a commercial medium.  The commercial  is
sponsored by VDOnet Corp. and promotes the Palo Alto, California, company's
VDOPhone as an ideal  holiday gift to bring families living apart closer
together. VDOnet specializes in Internet communications and video

"The video commercial made specifically for the Internet is a strong
indication of how far and how fast video  streaming technology has advanced
the past year and how the Internet continues to develop as a commercial
medium," says Yuval Cohen, vice president, marketing, for VDOnet. "Because
the quality of video on the  Net has evolved far enough, people will be able
to make educated buying decisions based upon  what they see  and therefore
we expect to see a significant growth in such Internet commercials by a long
list of advertisers."

The VDOnet commercial was written and directed by Michael Tarr, an Emmy
Award-winning screenwriter  and film maker.  The commercial will run through
the end of the holiday season. VDOnet says it will track ad  viewership at
each site and measure the effectiveness of the message through sales data.
The VDOnet  commercial will appear on the following web sites:;;;; and

                       Net Homes to Hit 66.6M by 2000?

A prominent Internet observer is predicting the number of worldwide "online
households" -- those with PCs or  other devices for accessing online
services and the Internet -- will reach 66.6 million by the year 2000, up
from 23.4 million this year.  Jupiter Communications says increased PC
penetration, telecommunications deregulation and deployment of ISDN
(integrated services digital network) in Europe and Asia will be the key
factors driving growth.  Kurt Abrahamson, managing director of New York-
based Jupiter  Communications,  says in the report, "The global market for
online services is in position to grow tremendously over the next five
years."  The company provided this breakdown of world Net connections today
and its prediction for year 2000:

    North America, 15.4 million currently, 38.2 million in 2000.
    Europe, 3.7 million to 16.5 million.
    Asia/Pacific Rim, 3.4 million to 10 million.
    "Non-Primary markets," 0.9 million now to 1.9 million in 2000.

In a statement from New York, Jupiter comments, "Japan, Germany, and the
U.K. are clearly the non-U.S.  front-runners for growth in online
households. The U.S. will continue to lead in online households with 36
million in the year 2000, but its share of the total world market will drop
from 62.8 percent in 1996 to 54.1 percent in 2000."

                     Computers Most Wanted Holiday Gift

A survey sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Manufacturers Association
finds that computers top Americans' holiday wish lists.  Large-screen color
TVs, Internet appliance/Web TV devices, camcorders and VCRs are the other
top electronics products that consumers hope to receive as gifts this year.
CEMA, based  in Arlington, Virginia, polled 1,000 U.S. adults in late
October and early November.

"With the growing popularity of the Internet and all of the different
services that personal computers can  provide, computers are really a gift
that the whole family can enjoy," says CEMA President Gary Shapiro.  "We're
seeing this trend across other product categories, as well."  The survey
finds that during the holiday  season, desktop computers will be purchased
for family use 53 percent of the time. Forty-one percent of VCRs, 42 percent
of camcorders, 44 percent of home stereo systems and 42 percent of cordless
phones will be purchased for the entire family, the survey finds.

                      Survey Says Firms Rushing to Net

>From London comes a new survey that finds consumer-related companies are
rushing to the Internet to  communicate with the public about a wide range
of subjects.  Some 83 percent of top advertisers in Britain --  comprising
multinationals in the United States, Western Europe and Japan, and local
British companies -- have  created home pages on the Internet's World Wide
Web, says Kathleen Callo of the Reuter News Service,  which conducted the

"The survey showed people on the Internet could use company Websites to buy
books, get insurance quotes,  track soccer results, check flight schedules,
learn how to fit a bathroom, get advice on choosing a dog and avast number
of other day-to-day activities," Callo reports.  While companies such as
Britain's Tesco and  J.Sainsbury allow Internet users to order wine,
chocolate and flowers from their Websites other companies use Websites for
softer marketing, Reuters found.

For instance, Procter & Gamble, the world's biggest advertiser, has about 10
Websites, but singles out its  "parenttime" site http:/
as a valuable connection to consumers, providing information for busy
parents about child development.   Meanwhile, Britain's Bass Brewers said it
created a site (http// to show the public the company
loves soccer, providing information about soccer  clubs, results and
players, and offers soccer club shirts and other merchandise.

Says Callo, "Just under half of the companies who responded said they used
their Website to sell products or  services. They said Internet users could
use a variety of payment methods, including online payment by credit  card,
and orders placed by fax, phone or e-mail."  Also, just under half the
respondents said their companies  advertised on or sponsored other Websites.
Called "Advertising and Marketing on the Internet," the Reuters  survey
covered the top 100 advertisers in Britain, as listed by Register MEAL
research group.

                        Microsoft Unveils Windows CE

Windows CE -- a slimmed-down version of the Windows 95 operating system
designed for a growing class of  smaller consumer and business devices --
has been unveiled by Microsoft Corp. on the eve of the Comdex  trade show in
Las Vegas.  At least seven companies are expected to launch products built
around CE and, says  business writer Catalina Ortiz of The Associated Press,
while most are hand-held computers similar to Sharp's  Zaurus or the Psion
Palmtop, "the operating software could be used for a huge range of devices,
from set-top  boxes that turn televisions into Internet cruisers to 'smart'
phones that handle electronic mail."

In fact, "That's a key Microsoft technology you're going to hear a lot about
because we intend to use it in  quite a variety of devices," Microsoft
chairman Bill Gates said at last night's unveiling.  Analyst Tim Bajarin  of
Creative Strategies Research International told the wire service Windows CE
was an attempt by Gates "to  take his Windows 95 franchise and extend it
beyond the desktop," adding, "It could be on anything that's  digital -- and
specifically for the consumer."  Previously code-named Pegasus, CE is its
first operating system smaller than existing ones and shares many  key
components with Windows 95, which should make it relatively easy for people
familiar with it to use the  new hand-held computers and write programs for

                        Compaq Unveils Hand-Held Unit

A hand-held computer called The PC Companion, designed to work in
conjunction with traditional desktop  PCs, has been unveiled by Compaq
Computer Corp.  Reporting from Compaq's Houston headquarters, The  Wall
Street Journal this morning quotes the computer maker as saying the battery-
powered device can be used separately to enter and organize data or to
access the Internet, and information can be transferred to any desktop PC
running Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 95 operating system.

Compaq said the unit uses Microsoft's new Windows CE operating system, a
scaled-down version of Windows  95. The PC companion is available today
through both retail and direct channels at $499 to $699. It is manufactured
in conjunction with Casio Computer Co., which is expected to release its own
version of the  product.  The Journal says the product weighs less than a
pound and includes a small keyboard and touch- sensitive gray screen. It
comes with either two megabytes or four megabytes of random-access memory,
includes word-processing and spreadsheet software packages, and can be
combined with a pager from the  SkyTel unit of Mobile Telecommunications
Corp. for wireless two-way messaging.

Several other computer makers also are expected to unveil similar products
this week as Microsoft touts  Windows CE at the Comdex trade show in Las
Vegas.  Notes the Journal, "Compaq didn't label its device a  personal
digital assistant, or PDA -- an unwelcome tag in tech circles. Those early
versions of the hand-held  computer were plagued by software and hardware
bugs. Computer makers are positioning the new generation  of products as PC
supplements rather than stand-alone machines."

                        U.S. Robotics Upgrades Modems

A program for upgrading modems to its new faster "x2" technology, including
some free upgrades, has been  unveiled by modem market leader U.S. Robotics
Corp.  From Robotics' Skokie, Illinois, headquarters, the  Reuter News
Service reports the x2 technology allows users to connect at speeds of 56
kilobits per second over  regular analog phone lines, twice as fast as
today's common connection.

U.S. Robotics officials told the wire service that customers with remote
access servers, modem pools and  Courier desktop modems purchased between
Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 will be eligible for a free upgrade. For  products
purchased as of Jan. 1, x2 upgrades will be priced at about $60 to $95 per
port.  The upgrade will be  in the form of a software and will not require a
change in chip or equipment, Reuters says. U.S. Robotics said  software
upgrades for Courier products will be available in January and for Total
Control Enterprise Network  Hubs in February. Upgrades for other systems are
expected in February and March, depending on the product.  U.S. Robotics
said it will offer additional upgrades once a standard for the 56K bps
technology is established.

                          Apple OS Chief Steps Down

Isaac Nassi, head of Apple Computer Inc.'s computer operating system
division, has resigned from the  company to pursue other interests. Nassi
headed the Applesoft Division of the computer company for the last  two
years.  The Reuter News Service quotes an Apple spokesman as saying the move
was announced  internally to Apple employees on Friday.  Reuters notes Apple
declined to elaborate on Nassi's reasons for  leaving "and whether it was
the result of disagreements over the company's direction under Chairman and
Chief Executive Gilbert Amelio."  The wire service notes Apple has been
widely rumored to be interested in buying Be Inc., a start up company
founded by former Apple executive Jan-Louis Gassee, a move which would allow
Apple to improve its  operating system.  Nassi's duties will be assumed by
Ellen Hancock, Apple's new chief technology officer.

Browser War has a NEW FACE?  STR Focus    Barksdale trying a NEW Twist?

                              Here WE GO AGAIN!
                                 An Opinion
by Ralph F. Mariano

     In this reporter's opinion, Jim Barksdale,  CEO of Netscape, has made
it abundantly clear.  Its no longer a simple and easily defined Browser War.
It's a Fight for Survival as far as Netscape is concerned!  While he may not
have stated so directly. in this reporter's opinion, the handwriting is
already on the wall.  Microsoft's Internet Explorer has literally entranced
and captured the Brower world with its sleek, sure-footed performance.  Now,
we see Barksdale and company busy touting an end run affair they're
"proudly" calling "Constellation".  To bad they didn't ask me what name I'd
prefer to use. Titanic seems to fit rather well.

"Netscape Communications is developing software designed to organize a
computer desktop, pushing  Microsoft's Windows software off center stage.
Constellation, which is expected to ship in mid-1997, gives  the computer
the look of a television screen with a row of buttons down one side.  Each
button represents  either a Web site to visit or an application program.
Netscape "hopes" its new product could become a de facto  operating system,
with software developers writing their programs for Constellation rather
than Windows."

Microsoft on the other hand, plans to introduce a competing product, called
Active Desktop, in the second half of next year.  One analyst says
Netscape's new approach to the browser battles shows it's growing up:  "Up
until this point it's been primarily a religious battle, with Netscape
saying, it's us or them.  Now they're saying, we realize we will not rule
the entire domain.  However, what we will do is become the entire container
within which disparate pieces can be used."

     This may, in a certain warped interpretation, make sense to the
stockholders and most of the cheerleaders of Netscape. But in reality, we've
all seen the "move over Windows" OS promotions and gimicks before.  Can
anyone recall the names of some recent contenders that didn't make it?
Frankly speaking, any progress Netscape makes with this exercise will be due
to Microsoft allowing such.  At this point, its fairly obvious that Windows
95/NT is "the name of the game.  In all honesty, if this is anything like
some of the other recent schemes popping up on the `Net ..for the benefit of
the `Net.. perhaps, its time for the Netscape stockholders to consider a new
"catch word" like SELL.  Especially after all the AWARDS Microsoft has had
bestowed upon them at Comdex.   Oh well. the times they are changing and
going to get interesting.  At least for Netscape and company.


For Immediate Release

                 Corel Corporation Launches Corel VENTURA 7
      Full featured, high-end DTP package offers multimedia publishing
   capabilities, a new customizable UI and powerful document design tools.

OTTAWA, Canada -  November 18, 1996 -  Corel Corporation and its
subsidiaries celebrated the launch today of Corel VENTURAT 7 at Fall Comdex
in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Scheduled to begin shipping by late November, Corel
VENTURA 7 is a high-end desktop publishing package that combines the ease of
traditional desktop publishing with the power of the online world.
Rewritten to take full advantage of Windowsr 95 or Windows NTr 32-bit
processing and multi-tasking capabilities, and for the first time featuring
multi-document windowing, Corel VENTURA 7 is a fast, smooth and efficient
way to produce documents.

A fully customizable interface, multi-user access and the drag-and-drop
features of VENTURA LibraryT and VENTURA NavigatorT add to the user's
control and flexibility.  In addition to advanced desktop publishing
capabilities, Corel VENTURA 7 ships with a full assortment of valuable
applications and utilities such as Corelr WordPerfectr 7, Corel PHOTO-PAINTT
6, Corelr Database Publisher, Corelr CD Creator 2 and much more.  The
package carries a suggested list price of $895 US, with upgrades available
for $249 US.

"Corel VENTURA 7 has reached a new level of ease-of-use along with
unprecedented publishing power.  This latest version allows users to publish
one document to paper, to a portable electronic EnvoyT document, or to the
World Wide Web, while consistently maintaining formatting and markers," said
Dr. Michael Cowpland, president and chief executive officer of Corel
Corporation.  "Multiple master pages, a context-sensitive Property Bar and
the ability to easily transform documents to the Web using the power of
JavaT technology in Corel BaristaT make this powerful publishing software at
its best."

According to the July 15, 1996 edition of INFOWORLD, "the new Corel VENTURA
7 currently offers the most alternative publishing options, and they are
better designed than those that you'll find elsewhere.  Corel VENTURA 7 now
equals and often surpasses the functionality of its competitors."  The
August 1996 edition of Home Office Computing adds that "Corel VENTURA 7 will
provide you with helpful features including pre-designed layouts and
advanced drawing tools.  The latest version of Corel VENTURA offers
practical, high-level function to create sophisticated publications."

New User Interface Features in Corel VENTURAT 7
  Property Bar: The Property Bar, which complements the modeless cursor
  operation in Corel VENTURA 7, is an innovative and powerful context-
  sensitive toolbar that changes depending on the tool and object the user
  has selected.

  Modeless dialog boxes:  Many dialog boxes are now modeless, meaning that
  users can leave them open while working on documents, or open more than
  one dialog box at once.

  Master pages:  To give users more power in document design, Corel VENTURA
  7 now incorporates multiple master pages into each publication.

  Grids and guidelines:  To assist with the layout and design process,
  Corel VENTURA 7 now provides optional non-printing grids and guidelines.
  Tables:  All tables now include spreadsheet-like features such as
  hundreds of built-in functions, support for formulas, and AutoFill and
  Sort commands. Users can import spreadsheets as Corel VENTURA 7 tables
  and maintain any supported formulas.  Other enhancements include the
  ability to have multiple paragraphs in a cell, a skewed header row and
  skewed header text.

  Conditions:  Paragraph tags, frames, graphics, tables, and ruling lines
  now support conditions.  Conditions allow users to produce different
  versions of a document from one Corel VENTURA 7 publication.

Electronic Publishing Features
  Publish As:  This command enables users to publish Corel VENTURA 7
  documents to HTML, Novell EnvoyT, Adobe Acrobatr, a CD-ROM, over an
  internal network, or on the Internet.

  Corel BaristaT:  Corel has taken the power of the JavaT programming
  language and incorporated it into Corel VENTURA 7, giving users the
  ability to create Web documents that will appear consistently across all
  Java-enabled browsers and operating system platforms.   Web pages can be
  created in Corel VENTURA 7 and published to the Web with WYSIWYG accuracy
  -- with  no programming knowledge required.

  Corel SGML Layout Designer: Allows users to pre-format documents by
  associating Corel VENTURA based layout tags with SGML objects in a
  context-sensitive manner.

  Corelr Visual DTDT (Document Type Definition): Allows users to compile an
  SGML DTD, a textual description of a SGML document pattern.

  InContext SGML Editor: Allows users to edit and validate a SGML document.

New Paper Publishing Features
  Hi fidelity color printing: The Pantoner HEXACHROMET color library is now
  included for high fidelity color printing and separations.

  Powerful drawing tools: Full vector drawing and node-editing tools have
  been included for creating objects and node-editing frames and imported
  vector graphics.  A new artistic text tool which enables text to be
  fitted to a path, stretched, skewed or rotated has also been added.

  Advanced color separations and prepress tools: The package now includes
  full page print preview, controls for trapping and custom imposition,
  halftone type selection, support for PostScript level 2, RGB to CMYK-TIFF
  conversion and selective printing of inks, text or graphics.

  High-end typography controls: Users can now maintain high precision
  control over tracking and kerning within the publication or shared with
  other publications.

  Support for additional file formats: Corel VENTURA 7 can now import 44
  different graphic file formats and 50 text file formats.

  Advanced color management system
New Document Management Features
  VENTURA NavigatorT: This feature provides one location for users to find
  everything they need to manage a publication.  It displays information
  about all open publications, making it easy  to share information between
  documents, or to drag and drop files.  VENTURA Navigator works like
  Windowsr 95 Explorer: click and double-click to expand and compress the
  display of a publication's structure, including chapters, master pages,
  and style sheets.

  VENTURA LibraryT: This feature makes the documentation process easier and
  less time-consuming.  A Library is a file window that contains all
  available VENTURA components from graphics and bitmaps, to tags and
  master pages.  Users can borrow any of the components or any previously
  created document, or share them with other users, other documents or open
  publications.  Simply drag the desired element into the open publication.
  In addition to this, when changes are made to an element in a Library,
  the changes are reflected in every element to which it is linked the next
  time the document is opened.

  Corelr Versionsr:  Corel Versions provides document archiving and version
  control for all file types.  Users can compare any two files to see the
  differences between them and retrieve any archived version of a file.
  Users can also track multiple users of a common file, delete any archived
  file from the history list, or protect a specific archived version from
  being discarded.

  Multi-user access control: You can now assign read/write access rights
  for chapters, style sheets, or entire publication as well as create
  passwords and assign administrator rights to maintain control over shared

Other applications include:
  Corel WordPerfect 7:  This award-winning, 32-bit version puts the
  Internet to work while taking advantage of Windows 95 to enable users to
  finish faster and work smarter with improved output.
  Corel PHOTO-PAINT 6: A powerful paint and photo re-touching program.
  Corel Database Publisher: Databases to Corel VENTURA 7 or HTML can be
  published weekly or daily at timed intervals automatically with this
  Corel CD Creator 2:  To complement the new electronic publishing
  capabilities of Corel VENTURA 7, Corelr CD Creator 2 software is included
  for publishing documents to CD-ROM.
  Corel SCRIPT EditorT: This feature allows the user to automate complex or
  repetitive tasks.  Scripts work like macros and can be created by
  recording actions or keystrokes, or by using this feature to create
  dialogs and make Corel VENTURA work the way the user works.
  CorelMEMOT: An OLE compliant utility that allows users to attach notes to
  their drawings or documents without altering the original graphics or
  Corel CAPTURET: An advanced screen capture utility used to capture all or
  custom areas of a screen.
  CorelDEPTHT: An easy-to-use utility that facilitates the creation of 3D
  logos and text.
  CorelrWEB.Site Builder: A graphical Web site creation tool.
  ATM (Adobe Type Management ) 4.0 Lite: A font-management program.
  Over 80 new templates
  Libraries of HTML buttons and graphics
  Over 20,000 clipart and symbols
  Over 100 HTML Templates
  Over 1,000 Type 1 and TrueTyperFonts

System Requirements
Users will require a minimum of a 486 DX2, 16 MB of RAM, 640x480, 256
colors, 120 MG of hard disk space for a typical installation, (65 MG for a
minimum install) a CD-ROM player (double-speed or higher recommended), a
Mouse or Tablet, and Windows 95 or Windows NT version 3.51 or higher.

                 Corelr Announces Corel Print & Photo HouseT
Corel's New Graphics Tool Perfect for Home or Small Business Design Projects
OTTAWA, Canada -- November 19, 1996 -- Shipping now for Windowsr 95 and
Windows NTr 3.51 or higher, Corel Print & Photo HouseT is an easy-to-use
graphics package designed to help home or small business users create
greeting cards, certificates, banners, business forms, signs, calendars and
more.  Corel Photo House, a brand new photo-editing and bitmap creation
application, has been developed to make it easy for users to scan in their
own photographs, touch them up, and add fun special effects or create bitmap
images using the painting tools.

"Corel Print & Photo House is a simple, all in one graphics shop with a
friendly wizard-based interface that anyone can use without training," said
Dr. Michael Cowpland, president and chief executive officer of Corel
Corporation.  "With a variety of ready to print sample files, drawing tools,
clipart images, photos and phrases, users will be able to create any project
within minutes."

Corel Print & Photo House includes more than 1,600 ready-to-print sample
files (700 of which are cards), 1,000 photos, 1,000 phrases, 150 TrueTyper
fonts, 7,000 clipart images, 200 backdrops, 70 intelligent borders and
templates from PaperDirect Inc.  Users can also use their imaginations to
express their own ideas once they have become familiar with the program.

New features in Corel Print House include the following:
  Shapes: A feature that allows shapes, including circles, hearts and
  raindrops, to be dropped onto artistic, paragraph text objects and
  Fit Text to Path: A feature that makes it possible to fit text to a path.
  Rainbow fills: This feature allows users to create fancy looking rainbow
  Align/Distribute: Allows users to easily align and distribute objects.
  Display Printable area

Corel Print House key features include the following:
  Wizard-based User Interface: Corel Print & Photo House wizards are
  available to walk users through any task such as changing the color of an
  object or adding shadows to text.
  Notebook: Convenient on-screen context-sensitive help guides users
  through various operations such as how to apply effects, choose a paint
  brush or access the photo collection.  It also provides easy and visible
  access to clipart, borders, backdrops, and preset styles that can be
  dragged and dropped into designs.
  Tools: In addition to the Rectangle, Ellipse, Pen and Text tools, the
  Polygon tool lets users easily create multi-sided objects such as stars
  and flowers.  The Table tool automatically creates tables for business
  Namelist: Corel Print House gives users the ability to create customized
  lists of names and groups.  This option makes it possible for users to
  print letters, greeting cards or any other design for a group of people.
  Shadows and Fading: Allows users to easily create shadows for text and
  objects and fade any object.
  Fully Editable Graphics: All vector graphics and text can be flipped,
  rotated, re-sized, ungrouped and fully customized by color and shape.

Corel Photo House key features include the following:
  Notebook: Convenient on screen help guide gives users easy and visible
  access to photos, effects, colors and brushes.
  Tools: Selection, Rectangle, Freehand, Eyedropper, Eraser, Flood Fill,
  Paintbrush, Spray Can and Clone tools give users plenty of mobility when
  touching up photos.
  Touch-up Effects: Seven effects including Sharpen, Brightness/Contrast,
  Remove Dust and Scratches, Reduce Speckles, Simplify Colors, Remove Red
  Eyes, and Change Colors gives users everything they require to spruce up
  or enhance photos.
  Fun Effects: With these special effects -- Page Curl, Emboss, Swirl,
  Custom Negative, Vignette, Motion Blur, Add Light Source, Psychedelic,
  Ripple, Texture, Impressionist and Sketch -- photo editing possibilities
  are endless.

Availability and Pricing
Shipping now, Corel Print & Photo House is available for a suggested retail
price of $69 US.

System Requirements
The minimum system requirements for Corel Print & Photo House are an IBMr PC
486 DX or compatible, Windowsr 95 or Windows NTr, a CD-ROM drive, a VGA card
and monitor and a mouse or tablet.  Windows 95 users will require 8 MB of
RAM and Windows NT 3.51 or later users will require 12 MB of RAM.
             Corel Corporation Hopes You Can Help Save The World

Ottawa, Canada - November 14, 1996 - Corel Corporation today announced the
release of The Wild World of Madison JaxxT.  This educational, geographic
game is one of the latest additions to the CD HOME line and is targeted
towards anyone from eight years old to adults.  The Wild World of Madison
Jaxx will be available for a suggested retail price of $59 US.

"The Wild World of Madison Jaxx is a comprehensive and fun way to learn
about geography and current world affairs," said Dr. Michael Cowpland,
president and chief executive officer of Corel Corporation.  "The hundreds
of maps, photographs and profiles of over 150 countries will quickly improve
anyone's geography skills and knowledge."

The game revolves around nine occupational characters who travel around the
world as they try to track down dangerous criminals.  In the course of the
characters' missions, players will be asked to answer questions about each
of the countries that the characters visit and provide information on the
criminals who cross their paths.  This five-CD-ROM title features real-time
video characters, 90 cases to solve, over one hour of narrative video, 530
sites, over 450 location photos, 200 country and regional maps and an
interactive geographical encyclopedia.

The game begins in the headquarters of the Global Special Services (GSS), a
crime-fighting enterprise owned by Mr. Madison Jaxx.  Mr. Jaxx himself
addresses the nine specialists in the room and asks for their help in
solving the many new cases which the GSS has been asked to solve.  Once his
briefing is over, the player selects an assignment through the occupation

Players can choose from characters including a diplomat, a TV journalist, a
film maker, an archeologist and an environmentalist.  By clicking on the
face of one of the characters, the player will hear them state their name.
A click on the button displaying their job title will call up detailed
information on the character including their education, languages spoken,
previous experience and other skills.  The player can accept this character
and their missions or return to the occupations list and choose another.

The missions reflect the nature of the characters' work and are informative
in a unique way which makes geography come alive.  In the course of the film
maker's assignment, for example, the player will learn about Portuguese
wines, Spanish history and even experience the usual and the not-so-usual
problems which can beset a film crew.  As players follow the characters
around the world, they will gain an insider's knowledge of the politics,
history and culture of every country they visit.

The interactive story of the player's journey is narrated for their
enjoyment.  These entertaining audio segments are very informative and
contain answers to the clues which the player must attain.  After listening
to each segment, they will be prompted to answer specific geography
questions relevant to the storyline.  The players score points for each
correct answer and lose if an answer is incorrect.  If they don't know an
answer but do not want to lose points, they can click the "Country Info"
button and access the GSS database right from their laptop via a simulated
Internet connection.  A click on the "Country Map" button will provide
information pertaining to a country's borders, location and geography.

The goal of the game is to continue visiting different sites and answer the
questions, which will result in the successful solution of the case.
However, brain power alone is not enough.  Players have to be nimble and
quick in order to neutralize dangerous criminals, or that could be the end
of their assignment.  After each encounter with a criminal, the player can
click on the "Crime Lab" button and relay the clue which they have just
obtained.  After the player has been to more than 10 countries and solved as
many clues as possible, Madison Jaxx will greet them and congratulate them
on their success.

Development and System Requirements

The Wild World of Madison Jaxx was developed by Studio Arts Multimedia, Inc.
Minimum system requirements include Windowsr 3.1x, a 486 DX 66, 8 MB of RAM,
23 MB hard disk space, 640x480, 256 color graphics display, 16-bit audio
capabilities, speakers and a double-speed CD-ROM drive.

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
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(symbol:COSFF). For more information visit Corel's home page on the Internet
at  Corel and WordPerfect are  registered  trademarks
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JFK STR Spotlight

                           John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Quotes about the Man.

"John F. Kennedy was a man of his generation, an eloquent spokesman for that
strange new world which the Second War had ushered in. More than any
President since Woodrow Wilson, he believed in the power of ideas. His quick
intelligence gave him an extraordinary grasp of the vast scope of the
Presidential office; his deep intellect molded a philosophy of government
that rare oratorical powers enabled him to articulate with grace and with

"He was a man of the world, who understood the role of the United States in
this world. He was a man of peace, who at first hand had experienced war. He
was above all a man of political sophistication, who appreciated what the
United States could do and what it could not do in its relations abroad.
While a brilliant exponent of American democracy, he never fell into the
trap of believing in the myth of American omnipotence.

"He was a man of moderation, as he demonstrated repeatedly during his too-
brief years in office; he was also a man of courage, as he showed in that
moment of acute crisis over Cuba a year ago...

He has been murderously cut off in the prime of life and power; the Nation
has suffered another day of infamy which the American people will never

Quotes of His own..

     "I do not promise to consider race or religion in my appointments.
 I promise only that I will not consider them.""Hungry men and women cannot
  wait for economic discussions or diplomatic meetings -- and their hunger
           rests heavily on the consciences of their fellow men."
   "Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer but the
                               right answer."
   "Man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human
                    poverty and all forms of human life."
 "When written in Chinese, the word 'crisis' is composed of two characters..
    one represents danger and one represents opportunity.""While we shall
    negotiate freely, we shall not negotiate freedom.""I believe in human
  dignity as the source of national purpose, human liberty as the source of
   national action, the human heart as the source of national compassion,
 and in the human mind as the source of our invention and our ideas.""With a
  good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our
deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His
      but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own."
"We seek not the world-wide victory of one nation or system but a world-wide
 victory of man. The modern globe is too small, its weapons too destructive,
   and its disorders too contagious to permit any other kind of victory."
 "I do not believe that any of us would exchange places withany other people
                          or any other generation.
  The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will
  light our country and all who serve it..  and the glow from that fire can
                           truly light the world."
"...Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. The advancement
   of learning depends on community leadership for financial and political
                 and the products of that learning, in turn,
     are essential to the leadership's hopes for continued progress and
prosperity..."                     (to have been delivered at Dallas, Texas,
                             November 22, 1963.)

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MS Office 97 STR Spotlight  Does it get any better than this?
                             Microsoft Office 97

Preliminary Overview
Microsoft Office 97 brings organizations the power of the intranet, enabling
users to share information, collaborate on projects and be more effective in
getting their work done.

Office 97 provides:
    Individual Efficiency   Intelligent and integrated software helps users
        get organized and be more productive.
    Intranet Solutions   Users can exploit the power of the intranet for
        sharing information throughout an organization.
    Improved Software Management   Enhanced setup and administration tools
        translate to easier migration and reduced support costs.

This whitepaper will discuss in detail how organizations can make a
successful transition to Office 97 through software management improvements
over previous releases of Office. All of the capabilities mentioned in this
whitepaper are fully documented in the Microsoft Office 97 Resource Kit from
Microsoft Pressr.

Customer Requirements
Upgrading software for end users in a large organization is not a trivial
undertaking. Most large organizations go through extensive evaluation of any
software prior to purchase. In addition to providing capabilities end-users
want, software is also evaluated for:

Ease of deployment.
    Administrative flexibility in setting defaults.
    File sharing capabilities across different platforms and versions of
        the same software.
    Ability to get information and support for deploying the software.

                           Migrating to Office 97
Microsoft Office has an installed base of more than 22 million licensed
users. Over 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies use Microsoft Office. The
rise in popularity of Microsoft Office started with Microsoft Office 4.x,
when many large organizations recognized the benefits of the ease of use and
consistency of the products, and standardized their entire organization on
Microsoft Office.

Microsoft works closely with large organizations to find ways to make it
easier to deploy new versions of Microsoft Office. This includes making it
easier for users to work together when they are using different versions of
Microsoft Office, or using Microsoft Office on different operating systems.
Following are some of the capabilities, tools and strategies in Office 97
that make it easier to migrate, and some pointers for deploying Office 97 in
your organization.
Microsoft Office is a full-featured set of desktop productivity software
tools with a wide variety of setup options to support Microsoft's broad
customer base. It is designed to provide administrators with the same high
level of flexibility and control whether end-users go through setup
themselves, a technician goes out to the computer to set-up the software, or
a fully-automated, hands-off process such as Microsoft Systems Management
Server is used. All of the options discussed below work on all three
platforms Office 97 supports: Windowsr 95, Windows NTr Workstation and the
Macintoshr, except where noted.

Physical Media   There are a variety of media sources from which to install
Office 97. Users who are not connected to a network can install Office 97
from a CD-ROM or floppy disks. For users connected to the network, it's
easier to create a network installation (formerly called an administrative
installation) of Office 97 on a server. Not only is it easier for the end
user (no swapping disks), but the administrator retains maximum control and

What to Install?   For simplicity, administrators can advise users to do a
Typical installation. This installs the most frequently-used components
without forcing users to make decisions they may not understand.
Administrators can use the Network Installation Wizard (described below) to
effectively create a custom Typical installation, to ensure users have all
of the components they need. Since this customization allows for several
different scripts, several Typical installation types can be used within one

Where to Install?   Users can also choose where to install the software. For
example, laptop users may want to install all the software on their hard
drive to ensure they have all of the tools they need even when they are
disconnected from the network. Some organizations may prefer to run all
software from a network server for complete control and easier
administration, even though it may increase network traffic and decrease

A third option, making it possible to run the shared components from a
server, reduces the install size on an end-user's computer without
sacrificing performance. Individually, these components are smaller and used
less frequently, but combined, they can save a great deal of hard drive
space on the end-user's computer.

Batch Mode   Setup supports creation of one or more script files that work
with the setup engine to customize an installation of Office 97. Switches
can be used to specify the script file to use and to turn off any
user-interaction dialog boxes. Switches also control whether the user's
screen shows the progress of the installation or shows nothing (a "quiet"
installation). In Office 97, batch-mode setup is supported on the Macintosh
as well as Windows.

Additional Setup Features   It is not uncommon for a user to delete a
vitally important file such as Excel.exe, to decide after the fact that they
want a feature they did not initially install, or, to want to delete clip
art to free hard disk space. To address these needs, additional setup
options are available after Microsoft Office has been installed. These
include Reinstall, Add/Remove Components, and Uninstall, which will
completely remove Microsoft Office. Reinstall does not recopy files that are
fine - it just fixes files that may have been deleted and makes sure all
registry or preferences information is restored. A new feature in network
installations writes to a network log every time a user installs Microsoft
Office. This gives administrators a way to track users who have installed
from each share point.

Technologies Supported
Many large organizations use tools to manage their users' desktops, so
Microsoft has provided the technology to support these tools.

System Policies
Introduced in the Windows 95 operating system, and now supported in
Windows NT Workstation 4.0, System Policies give the administrator control
over custom settings for both the operating system and the applications on
end users' computers. System Policies can be enabled for any user who logs
on to the network. Through System Polices, the administrator can determine
operating system options, the appearance of the Desktop and Start Menu, and
options in Microsoft Office. Options in Microsoft Office that can be
determined via System Policies include default file formats in which to save
documents, default file locations, Office Assistant settings, the workgroup
template location, and many of the options available in the Tools, Options
dialog boxes in each of the applications.

Microsoft Systems Management Server
Microsoft Systems Management Server is one of the BackOfficeT server
products from Microsoft. It provides the following services:

    Hardware and software inventory
    Software distribution
    Remote administration of end user desktops

Microsoft included support for Systems Management Server in Office 97 and
individual applications to make it easy to deploy Microsoft Office
throughout an organization without having to make a physical visit to each
desktop. The appropriate Package Definition File (PDF) is included with the
software. The PDF is the set of instructions Systems Management Server uses
to distribute software. PDF and the many batch-file switches for Office
Setup described below, make it possible to create a customized, completely
hands-off method for distributing Office 97. At the end of setup, a message
information file (MIF) is generated for Systems Management Server, so a
report is returned on whether or not the installation was successful, and
what error(s) occurred.

Administrative Tools
Most large organizations have worked diligently to establish a network and
computing paradigm that works well for their enterprise and desktop
computing needs. These models vary widely between organizations. Rather than
providing solutions for the few common permutations, Microsoft has created
tools that allow administrators to customize Microsoft Office to an
organization. Following are descriptions of these tools.

Network Installation Wizard
Many organizations want to be able to create several types of custom
installations to handle different departments and user populations. The
most-frequently requested improvement to our Setup program is friendly
interface for customizing batch scripts. For Office for Windows 95, we
delivered the first version of the Network Installation Wizard, and we've
improved it for Office 97. This is a tool that functions like a typical
Office Wizard, stepping users through the process and options for creating a
custom Setup Table File (STF) for Office 97. Options include choosing which
features should be installed; whether users should install the software on
their local hard drive or run it from the server; the default folder for
installing Microsoft Office; the default location for the "My Documents"
folder; and the ability to add additional files to Setup, such as custom
templates. The Network Installation Wizard is available on the CD-ROM in the
Microsoft Office 97 Resource Kit, which is available in book form and
electronically on the World Wide Web.

Setup allows users to specify which STF to use during any given
installation, so Network Installation Wizard lets users create one network
installation of Microsoft Office 97 and several different STF files - one
for each type of setup. Users simply give each type of setup a different
name, such as accntg.stf or sales.stf, and use the appropriate Setup switch
to point Setup to the correct STF file, without having to create another
network installation.

The Network Installation Wizard runs on Windows 95 and Windows NT 3.51 or
later. Custom installation scripts can be created for each of the platforms.
                       The Network Installation Wizard

Policy Template
Most users would find it very difficult to create a Windows 95 or
Windows NT 4.0 System Policy entry from scratch. What really makes System
Policies useful are templates with the settings and appropriate options
defined by software developers. The Microsoft Office 97 Resource Kit CD-ROM
includes a policy template developed for the common custom settings for
Office 97. It can be used with the Policy Editor utility that comes with
Windows 95 or Windows NT to check off options that the user wants to set.
For more information on implementing System Policies, customers can refer to
the Windows 95 Resource Kit or the Windows NT Resource Kit.
     Windows 95 System Policy Editor with the Office 97 Policy Template

The Office Upgrade Wizard
One of the benefits of Office 97 is that nearly 50 percent of the code is
shared by the Office 97 applications, so it uses less memory and disk space.
In addition, many Office Family and Office Compatible applications, such as
Microsoft Project, Microsoft Publisher and a variety of third-party
products, also rely on this common code and won't install it if it's already
available on the computer or network.

Because of this, when upgrading from Office 4.x to Office 97, it is not
always best or necessary to remove all previously installed software. The
Office Upgrade Assistant, available with the Microsoft Office 97 Resource
Kit, helps end users and administrators remove all old Office 4.x or Office
for Windows 95 software. It provides a variety of choices and is
configurable by the administrator.

Other Office 97 Tools
    Batch file converters   Convert entire directories of files to any file
        format supported by that application.
    Complete list of files   A database with a complete list of files
        installed, including queries that show what feature installs which files,
        where they are installed to, version information, and whether they are
        included in Typical Setup.
    Project Deployment Planning Template   A template created in Microsoft
        Project to help users plan and schedule the deployment of Microsoft
        Office 97, including resource allocation. There will also be a Microsoft
        Excel version of this tool.

File-Format Compatibility
File-format compatibility is potentially one of the greatest areas of
concern for organizations moving to a new version of desktop productivity
applications. Unfortunately, new features, which greatly enhance software,
often also require changes to the file format. For example, additions such
as Microsoft Excel PivotTabler dynamic views, Visual Basicr for
Applications, an object model, and support for shared code such as for the
new OfficeArt, have all required changes to the file formats.

Microsoft's goal is to develop file formats that do not need to change when
new features are added. Until this goal is achieved, the groundwork is laid
in Office 97 to eliminate converter issues, even when the file formats

New File-Converter Architecture
In a mixed environment of Microsoft Office users, sharing files can be
problematic. Administrators don't want to expend the effort and cost of
installing converters for older versions of software, and users of the new
version don't want to give up new features in order to save in older
formats. It is also annoying to end users to receive a Microsoft Word
object, for instance, in email, but double-click, and have Microsoft Word
fail to recognize the file or open it. These are the problems the new
converter architecture should solve.

    File Format Detection   Starting with the Office 97 applications,
        Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and PowerPointr will be able to determine 
        if a file that is being opened was created in a newer version.
    Network File Converter Location   Converters will be able to exist on a
        shared network location, even if the user has installed Microsoft Office on
        the local hard drive. This is supported via a registry entry which tells 
        the applications where to look for additional converters.
    System Policy Template Support   Administrators will be able to
        predetermine or change the location of the converter using System Policy. 
        We will make it easy to set this entry by supporting it in our System 
        Policy Template. This support is available only on Windows 95 and Windows 
        NT 3.51 or higher, since these are the only two operating systems with 
        this feature.
    Install from Web   if the application detects that there is neither a
        converter stored locally for the given format nor a network location for 
        the new converters, it will inform the user that this is a newer file 
        format and that there is a converter available for reading it. If it 
        detects that the user has a way of connecting to the Internet, it will 
        invite the user to connect to the Web and download this new converter from 
        the Microsoft Web site. If the user agrees, the application will start up 
        the connection, allow the user to download the filter, install it, and end 
        the connection.  The user can then open the file successfully.

Migration to new versions of Microsoft Office will be much smoother since
users working with different versions of Office will not have problems
sharing files. Even better, there are no costs associated with this

File Format Differences
There is a great deal of compatibility between different versions of
Microsoft Office. The few incompatibilities that do exist are documented in
the Microsoft Office 97 Resource Kit. There is also thorough documentation
on file-format compatibility for those switching from applications other
than Microsoft Office, such as WordPerfectr and Lotusr 1-2-3r.

Default Save
Another frequently requested feature from administrators is the ability to
restrict users to saving in a particular file format. Since most large
organizations do not upgrade everyone at one time, this is an effective
intermediary solution for sharing files. Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and
PowerPoint all support the new Default Save feature that only allows users
to save documents in the file format of a previous version of the
application. End users can specify the file format in which to save
documents in the Tools Options dialog box in each of the applications. In
addition, on the Windows 95 and Windows NT platforms, the administrator can
set the file format using the System Policy. Administrators can set what
file format to save in and customize the message users see when they save in
a different file format. If users are not sharing files and want to save
them in the Office 97 format, they can override this setting.

Batch File Conversion
Once users have migrated to Office 97, many administrators will want to
convert all older files so end users don't have to do it one file at a time.
Batch file converters provided with the software will convert entire
directories of files from any given format to the Office application format.

The ultimate compatibility tool, Viewers allow users who do not have Office
to view and print Office documents. Although they cannot create or edit
files, Viewer users can accomplish specific tasks such as following
hyperlinks, using the various views in the Microsoft Word Viewer, showing a
presentation in the PowerPoint Viewer, or using the AutoFilter feature in
the Microsoft Excel Viewer.
Viewers will be available for Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, and
Microsoft Excel on the following platforms:

                                 Windows 3.1
                                 Windows 95
                                 Windows NT

File Format Compatibility
The following section highlights ways users of different versions of
Microsoft Office can share files and the compatibility between these
versions. Full details can be found in the Microsoft Office 97 Resource Kit.

Microsoft Word
Microsoft Word 97 will be able to open and save documents created by earlier
versions of Microsoft Word, back to version 2.0 of Microsoft Word for
Windows, 4.0 of Microsoft Word for the Macintosh, and 5.0 of Microsoft Word
for MS-DOSr. In addition, users of Microsoft Word for Windows back to
version 2.0 and Microsoft Word for the Macintosh back to version 5.0 can
open Microsoft Word 97 files by using a converter that must be installed
separately. If changes are saved in the earlier version, there may be loss
of some features that are new in Microsoft Word 97, but data is preserved.
Although the development environment and language have changed completely in
Microsoft Word 97, almost all older WordBasic macros should work without

Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Excel 97 can open and save to earlier versions of Microsoft Excel,
back to version 3.0 on both the Windows and Macintosh platforms. Microsoft
Excel can save both the Microsoft Excel 97 and the Microsoft Excel 5.0/95
format information into one file. The file will be larger than the average
file, and will take longer to save, but, end users of Microsoft Excel 5.0,
95 and 97 can open and save files in this format. It is not necessary to
install special converters for users of Microsoft Excel 5.0 or 95.  The
older macro language, XLM, continues to be supported in Microsoft Excel, so
older macros should run without problems.

Microsoft Access
Microsoft Access can open all older Microsoft Access files on the Windows
platform only. (Microsoft Access is not available on the Macintosh.) Users
can view all objects in the database and add, delete, or modify records.
However, users can't modify the design of objects such as Forms, Reports or
Modules. Earlier versions of Microsoft Access can not open Microsoft
Access 97 files, but, Microsoft Access for Windows 95 users can use (attach
to) data from Microsoft Access 97 tables and queries.

A solution for compatibility among Microsoft Access users is to separate the
tables and queries from the application, put data in one format that all
users can attach to, and then have more than one version of the application
so users of Microsoft Access 97 can take advantage of new functionality.
Microsoft Access 97 can run both older Access Basic and older Visual Basic
for Applications modules with very few exceptions.

Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft OutlookT desktop information manager replaces previous Microsoft
Mail and Microsoft Exchange e-mail clients and Schedule+. The following
information covers most compatibility scenarios. More information can be
found in the Microsoft Office 97 Resource Kit.

Outlook 97 users will be able to participate in the following activities
with users of Outlook 97 and all previous Schedule+ versions, regardless of
whether the mail system is Microsoft Mail 3.2 or Microsoft Exchange Server.
Send to and receive meeting requests View published free/busy information
Import calendars from previous Schedule+ versions and other common formats
(text, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel)

Schedule+ 95 introduced a new feature which, with permission, allows users
to right-click on a busy time for another user in Planner View, and get the
details of the appointment. Outlook 97 users will be able to view these
details for all users, However, Schedule+ 95 users will not be able to see
the details for an Outlook 97 user.

Delegate Access allows one user to appoint another user to act as an owner
of a schedule - planning appointments, requesting meetings and accepting
meeting. Outlook 97 supports Delegate Access, but only among Outlook 97

The Microsoft Exchange client and Outlook 97 support the ability to create
customized views of email messages, both for personal and public folders.
Outlook 97 users will be able to use views created in the Microsoft Exchange
client, and both will be able to use views created in Outlook, provided that
the Microsoft Exchange client switch is turned on when the view is created
in Outlook.

For electronic-forms compatibility between Microsoft Exchange client and
Outlook 97 users, users should create forms with the Microsoft Exchange
Forms Designer, which will run in Outlook 97.  Finally, the Outlook object
model is very different from the Schedule+ 95 object model, so solutions
created for Schedule+ 95 will not work in Outlook 97.

Microsoft PowerPoint
The PowerPoint presentation graphics program can open and save to older
files back to versions 3.0 on both the Windows and Macintosh platforms.
There will be converters that need to be installed separately for users of
PowerPoint for Windows 95 and PowerPoint 4.0 on both the Windows and
Macintosh platforms. These converters allow users of previous versions to
open PowerPoint 97 files. PowerPoint also allows users to save files in a
version that includes all information needed for both PowerPoint for
Windows 95 and PowerPoint 97 formats. This will enable users of these
versions to share files without being concerned about the version.
The object model in PowerPoint has changed extensively for more consistency
with other applications and to include a host of new objects. Consequently,
programs written for PowerPoint for Windows 95 will need to be updated.

Microsoft Office 97 Resource Kit
In the tradition of the various Windows Resource Kits, the Microsoft
Office 97 Resource Kit is designed to be the administrator's guide to
Microsoft Office 97, and will be available when Microsoft Office 97 ships.
Organized into five main sections, the resource kit covers the majority of
IS migration issues:

    Deploying Office 97   Fully explains Setup procedures, including
        customizing client installations, optimizing Office 97, and 
    Upgrading to Office 97   Complete coverage of how to upgrade from
        previous versions of the Office applications, back to Office 3.0.
    Switching from Other Applications   Similar to the preceding section,
        this is complete information on making the change from non-Office
        applications, such as WordPerfect, Lotus 1-2-3 and Lotus Freelancer.
    Using Office 97 Throughout Your Organization   This section covers many
        topics, including supporting multiple versions of Office at the same time,
        workgroup functionality in Office 97, administering an Office Web, and
        interoperability with electronic mail.
    Architecture   Detailed information on the architecture of the Office
        applications, including registry settings, and ways to exploit the

    Microsoft Office is overwhelmingly the most popular suite of desktop
        productivity applications in the world and there are a variety of resources
        available to assist efforts to deploy and support Microsoft Office.
    Microsoft Office 97 Resource Kit Available Online
    The Microsoft Office 97 Resource Kit is continually updated after it is
        published. As accounts deploy Office 97, new information is learned that 
        can help others. The up-to-date, electronic version of the Microsoft 
        Office 97
        Resource Kit can be found in the following locations:
    Microsoft Web Site:
    Microsoft TechNet CD-ROM

Solution Providers
a host of Microsoft Solution Providers are specifically trained to assist in
deployment of and development with Microsoft products. Information about
Solution Providers can be obtained by calling 1-800-SOL-PROV in North
America or by calling your local Microsoft subsidiary.
Training Organizations
A variety of training organizations offer training to end users on
Office 97. For information on Authorized Training and Education Centers,
call 1-800-SOL-PROV in North America or a local Microsoft subsidiary.

Microsoft TechNet
Microsoft TechNet is a comprehensive information resource for anyone who
evaluates, implements, or supports Microsoft business products. A survival
guide for the technical jungle, TechNet includes more than 150,000 pages of
in-depth information on CD - shipped to subscribers every month. The
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UltraEdit32 STR Spotlight

UltraEdit / UltraEdit-32 - v4.20aThe editor for all your editing
needs.UltraEdit is an excellent replacement for NOTEPAD and a lot more, with
support for unlimited file sizes,  100,000 word spelling checker, full HEX
editing capabilities, configurable syntax highlighting for  programmers,
column editing.  UltraEdit has all the features you will need.  UltraEdit
handles multiple files at  once, even if they are multi-megabyte files.  It
is Disk based and only requires a small amount of memory,  even for very
large files.  UltraEdit-32 designed for Windows NT and Windows 95, and
UltraEdit for  Windows 3.1 with no additional fee.

Standard Features:
-    Disk based text editing
-    No limit on file size, minimum RAM used even for multi-megabyte files
-    Multiple files open and displayed at the same time
-    Column mode editing!!!, Insert columns/ delete/ cut/ add sequential
-    numbers
-    File sort (with remove duplicates, ignore case, ascending, descending)
-    100,000 word spell checker
-    Syntax highlighting - configurable, pre configured for C/C++ and VB
-    Automatic word wrap at specified column with hard return
-    Insert file into an existing document at cursor position
-    Drag and Drop support from the file manager
-    Configurable toolbar
-    Splitter windows
-    Insert and overstrike modes for editing
-    Multi-level undo and redo
-    UltraEdit is Windows 3.x CUA compliant
-    Find and Replace - Also allows selection of text between caret and
-    find target when shift key is pressed
-    Goto Line Number/Page Break
-    Font Selection for display and printer. (Supports all fonts installed
-    including TRUE-TYPE fonts)
-    Print support with headers, footers, margins and page breaks.
-    Automatic Line Indentation
-    Tab Settings
-    Word Wrap Support
-    Hexadecimal Editor - Allows editing of any binary file - HEX Cut,
-    copy and paste support
-    HEX Insert and Delete of characters
-    HEX Find, Replace and Replace All
-    Bookmarks - Unlimited number of Bookmarks
-    Multiple Windows of the same file
-    Comprehensive macro support, including saving and loading
-    Context Sensitive Help
-    Automatic backup file generated with (.BAK) extension in the directory
        of the original file
-    UltraEdit retains its screen position each time it is used
-    Line & column number display (line number display may be disabled)
-    Pop-up menus with right mouse button.
-    Text conversion to lower or upper case and capitalization.
-    Unix/Mac to DOS Conversion
-    DOS to Unix conversion
-    Auto detect UNIX/Mac files
-    Convert Word Wrap to CR/LF's allowing word wrap to be written to file
-    with hard returns
-    Convert CR/LF's to Word Wrap (removes CR/LF's from file)
-    Template Support
-       More ...

Also: - UltraEdit accepts a command line input and so can be used to replace
NOTEPAD or other editors that  are called up from a file manager by clicking
on a file.

RegistrationYou are limited to 45 Days of use for an unregistered
version.UltraEdit is a shareware program. If you find it useful and continue
to use it you are obligated to register it  with the author by sending
$30.00 (Ohio Residents add $1.65 Sales Tax) to:

     Ian D. Mead
     8209 Chestnut Hill Ct.
     West Chester, OH 45069

Free upgrades for at least 1 year.  Upgrade fee is $15.00 (Ohio residents
add $0.83 Sales Tax)for previous
registered users.

                          VISA/MASTERCARD Accepted

For VISA/MasterCard orders, include:

1) Name of card holder
2) Address of card holder
3) Name and address of user if different from card holder
4) Expiration date of card
5) Card #.

Credit card orders may be faxed or telephoned to (513) 779 8549, or sent to
my E-Mail address (see below).

                           Compuserve Registration

UltraEdit may also be registered online on compuserve by typing GO SWREG and
following instructions for  registering using ID 2662 (Same ID was used for
MEDIT and EditPro - UltraEdit replaces these products at  the same cost).
This will entitle you to an authorization code, the latest registered
version, and technical support.  For CompuServe registrations, a newer
version is not sent out if the latest version is available on CompuServe.

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CompuServe:             71613,2654

Return Policy

No refunds are issued after an authorization code has been issued.
Exchanges are allowed if appropriate.

This program may be freely distributed provided it is unmodified, no charge
is made for the software, and all of the following files are included:

1) READ.ME         - This File
2) UltraEdt.EXE    - Executable File
3) UltraEdt.HLP    - UltraEdit help file

                               Latest Version

The latest version of UltraEdit/UltraEdit-32 may be found in several places:

The following www page:

-    In the WINUSER Forum on CompuServe, an official distribution and
        support online resource for future  updates.  Search for ULTRAEDIT.ZIP, and
-    The Windows Users Group Network (WUGNET), operators of the oldest and
        largest independent support  resource forum (WINUSER) for Windows Users on
        CIS with nearly 1,000,000 active members is recognized  in the press, user
        groups, developers, and Microsoft as the foremost resource for shareware
        publishers on CompuServe and the Internet.
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History - Purged changes prior to v3.10

v3.10   - Enhanced macro support for file loading, saving closing, HEX
       and mode switching - see help for full set of features.
     - Allow multiple macros, with configurable HOT KEYs
     - Allow nested macros
     - Added support for upto 6 languages for syntax highlighting
     - Allow configurable block comments with syntax highlighting
     - Spawn a DOS command and capture output - run a compiler
     - Start a Windows Program
     - Auto detect UNIX or Binary/Hex files when loaded
     - Added regular expression support
     - Added literal character insertion to insert control codes - CTRL+I
     - Added find matching brace
     - Other minor changes and fixes

v3.10a  - Fixed GPF with open of file from most recent file list when file
did not exist.  Minor fix to syntax  highlight for configurable block
comments on and off.  Fix problem not being able to open multiple instances.
Shows up when opeing files from file manager.

v3.10b  - Fixed "Nocase" not working with Syntax Highlighting and causing
possible GPF's.  Fixed pop-up  format menu on pop-up edit menu. Fixed
possible lockup with Convert Wrap to CR/LF's.  Fixed loading of  pre v3.10
macros with find/replace.  Other minor fixes.

v4.00   - Added the following features:
     -  Configurable toolbar
     -  Splitter Windows
     -  Read Only default option and edit menu item
     -  Save Select As file
     -  Delete Line
     -  Insert Date and Time
     -  Command line option for line and column
     -  Enhancements:
     -  HTML keyword for syntax highlighting to allow '<,>,/' characters
     -  UNDO for column paste, insert functions
     -  Time/Date in status bar and page headers follow control panel
     -  Column functions honour select start and end for inserts

v4.00a - Minor change for deleting columns in column mode and fix DOS
command in 32-Bit version on  Windows 95.  Generated at customer request.

v4.00b - Fixed GPF when exiting using EXIT button on TOOLBAR.    - Allow
multiple files on command line on 32-Bit version if fully  qualified, or in
quotes ("...")v4.10   - File Sort with ascending, descending, remove
duplicate, ignore case (no undo for sort)    - Convert ANSI to OEM, OEM to
ANSI (format menu)
     - DOS to MAC conversion
     - Color selection for background, normal text, bookmarks (view menu)
     - Tools configuration, up to 10 user tools in advanced menu
     - Improved DOS commands and output capturing (particularly for Win95)
       (now can pass path and/or filename and/or extension)
     - Invert Case
     - Macros can choose not to show the cancel dialog
     - Option to automatically reload the last set of open files on startup
     - Ctrl+Double Click now selects a complete string (configurable
     - 20 Templates now available
     - HEX mode highlights both sides of display (HEX and ASCII)
     - Improved macro support
     - Syntax highlighting now has configurable delimiters to better
       support langauges with words that contain not alpha characters
     - Show spaces, tabs and new lines (View menu)
     - Bug fixes

v4.10a  - Bug fixes - Foreign keyboards not working with AltGR+0 to AltGR+9
       Change templates 10 - 19 to use Shift+Alt+0 - 9.
     - Fix window sizing when invoked from right mouse button
     - Allow commas in file names
     - Fixed Find in Files to not lose sreen information
     - Changed Ctrl+Alt for aumlet characters - see help
       keyboard commands
     - Fixed intermittent problem with two small square
       boxes showing up at end of file (at last)

V4.20   - ASCII file compare under file menu
     - Replace in files
     - Replace in all open files (option under standard replace)
     - Command line improvements:
       a) The command line parameter /r will open the specified files for
        read only.
       b) Wildcard support: you may now specify *.c to open all c files.
       c) You may specify that the filename on the command line contains a
list of file to open:

        uedit32 filelist.txt /f

        where filelist.txt contains a list of files, each on a separate
     - New spelling checker engine that supports French, German, Spanish,
       Italian, Finnish, Swedish and Dutch.  Download dictionaries
       separately.  Alos support multiple user dictionaries and can share
       Microsoft's custom dictionaries.
     - New column markers to indicate the lines extending beyond specified
       columns (View menu).
     - Added option "Save File As Input Format" also that allows a Unix
       file to be opened and then save as Unix format automatically when
       used in conjunction with the "Auto Convert Unix Files" function.
     - User selectable reference help files.  From the Help menu you may
       add help files that you want UltraEdit to be able to reference
       with keyword searches.  Great for adding help support for your
       programming API.
     - Syntax Highlighting improvements:
       a) Fixed //* problem with comments for C/C++
       b) Added support for selectable colors for all 6 languages
       c) Added 5 user colors per language (was 3)
       d) Added color selection for strings (stings not recognized if
          cross multiple lines)
     - Added FORTRAN_LANG key word for syntax highlighting to support
       'c', 'C' and '*' as comment indicators if in first column.
     - Long or short filename support passing file names in the
       Dos/Windows and Tools commands.  If the %F, %P, %N and %E are lower
       case the name passted to the application is the long file name and
       the user should put the %f in quotes i.e.
          c:\somecommand "%f" or
          c:\somecommand "%p%n"
     - Other changes

V4.20a  - Bug Fixes:
       Vertical Scroll Bar Thumb Size
       Opening files with UNC convention computer name
       Fix possible crash with syntax highlighting (reported once)

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MICROSOFT OFFICE 97 STR Review     "The BEST becomes BETTER!

                             MICROSOFT OFFICE 97
                            Editor's Choice 1997
By Ralph F. Mariano

The evolution and maturation of Microsoft's universally acknowledged top of
the line suite of productivity applications has a list of powerful yet easy
to use functions.  Office 97 is bound to appeal to Office 95 users in
droves.  Office 97's New features, options, and benefits are both plentiful
and well thought out. They range from easy to use enhancements and updates
to truly a more intuitive and easy to observe interface.  The everyday-
language help system, along with a simplified network installation and
management tools are added bonuses.  For Network Administrators increased
code sharing offering less hard disk consumption and fewer GPF's generated
by corrupted DLLs and overwritten system files is an added plus.   Office 97
Professional showcases the fact that Microsoft's code crunchers understand
the implications and future of Web technology. This powerhouse package also
includes Web search, hyperlinks, and a powerful HTML formatter. A new Web
toolbar provides easy access to all the `Net features of the suite's
IntelliSense IntelliSense, an anticipatory sort of machine intelligence,
tries to understand what you want to accomplish. With an interface similar
to the real-time spelling checker in Office 95, IntelliSense has been
expanded, enabling it to detect grammar errors in real time.  IntelliSense
works across all of the suite's modules. In Excel, for example, it lets you
write formulas that refer to a cell's contents instead of requiring you to
define a named range. In addition, Excel will now automatically correct the
dozen or so most common errors in formula building.

Office Assistant
How do you write software for millions of users, while making it work as if
it were designed for each individual user? Microsoft created software that
can learn from the user and change its behavior based on what the user does.

The role of user assistance, or help, in Microsoft Office has evolved over
time. Initially I all help files, the goal was to document every feature and
its use in a hard copy manual. However, since many people didn't have the
time to read that type of huge documentation, Microsoft decided to integrate
user assistance into the product. They put more information into online
help, making it easier to access or search for particular topics. Along the
way, they added features such as Cue Cards, which are a form of online help
that stays on-screen while you use it, and the TipWizardr assistant, which
watches what you do and suggests an easier way to accomplish specific tasks.

While these innovations advanced users' abilities to work with Office,
customer feedback and a series of research projects indicated the need for a
fresh approach to online assistance. Microsoft observed the phenomenon of
the departmental guru, and created the Office Assistant to emulate that
guru, allowing the user to ask questions in everyday terms, not
"technobabble," to get assistance in using Office 97. The Office Assistant
also serves as the central place to unify all of the user assistance
provided in the Office products. Microsoft obviously spent a great deal of
time testing Office Assistant, ensuring that it would be appropriate for all
levels of users, and for users around the world. The Office Assistant is in
every Office 97 application.

Some of the ways the Office Assistant helps the user include:

    Natural Language Assistance   When a user asks the Office Assistant a
        question in everyday language, such as "How do I print sideways", the 
        Office Assistant shows the way.
    Tips   Based on the way a user uses Office 97, the Office Assistant can
        give tips for methods that are more efficient, or expose features the user
        may not have discovered.
    Intelligent Help   Based on user actions, the Office Assistant will
        actually guess what they might need assistance on without their even having
        to ask.

The Office Assistant is designed to give guidance to the user in using the
existing user interface, not to replace it, as was the case with Microsoft
BobT.  It is highly customizable, allowing the user to control what it looks
like and how it behaves. There is even an object model so that developers
creating custom solutions with Microsoft Office can add their own help to
the Office Assistant.

Office Art

Every one of the Office applications are able to use the same powerful set
of greatly enhanced drawing tools.  Create 3-D objects with shading,
beautifully formatted fills, or textures that can also be used to enhance
charts, Bezier curves, and connectors to create flow charts or diagrams.
Special effects include lighting and finishes such as matte or metallic, and
there are a host of pre-created shapes that you can size to your needs. Text
can be added to any object without creating an additional text box and any
drawing object can have a hyperlink associated with it. This makes it easy
for any Office user to create great-looking navigation buttons or maps
within their documents or for use elsewhere. With Office Art, you get one
set of sophisticated drawing tools that have the ease of use of Office to
use in all of the applications.

Outlook Outlook, a multilayered personal information manager, (PIM) combines
an address book, contact manager, calendar, universal in-box (superseding
Exchange, Microsoft Mail, and Schedule+), and a personal task manager that
can manage every minute of your professional life.  As with all of the
applications in Office 97, Outlook is also packed with innovative and useful
touches.  For example, E-mail Preview shows the first two lines of messages,
AutoName inserts the recipient's name from your address book, and the
Meeting Planner shows available times for the people you want to attend a
meeting.  The applause for the best new goodie in Office 97 goes to Outlook.
Outlook is the hub of Office 97's enhanced workgroup capabilities.  One of
the Key benefits includes a full Messaging API-compliant e-mail messaging

                                   Word 97
Letter Wizard
The Office Assistant in Word works together with the Letter Wizard to offer
assistance in creating letters. As soon as the Assistant sees that you are
addressing a letter, it offers assistance and starts up the Letter Wizard.
The Letter Wizard then functions as a central place to choose and edit all
letter elements. No more rewriting common text and tweaking details to make
sure that the letter "looks" right. In addition, the Letter Wizard helps
place all the necessary elements with the right punctuation. And, when
you're done with your letter, it even offers to step you through creating an

Different audiences for your documents often want to see varying levels of
detail. Your manager may want all of the details of the project you are
working on, but the division vice president may only want a synopsis.
Word 97 now helps you automate document summaries by creating them for you.
Word analyzes the document statistically and linguistically to generate
summaries based on the following choices:

    Choose a specific percent of the document or word-count-based summary.
    Condense the document or highlight relevant portions on-screen.
    Create an abstract and insert it in the document
Background Grammar Checking

In Word for Windows 95, we introduced background spell checking. While you
worked, Word would go through your document, spell checking it, and putting
a wavy line underneath words that were misspelled. A simple shortcut mouse
click on the word would reveal the suggested corrections for that word.

Background Grammar Checking is very similar to this feature. Now, while you
work, Word uses its new natural language Grammar Checker to check your
document for grammatical errors. It puts a green wavy line under problem
words, phrases, or sentences, and gives you suggested corrections when you
click on the underlined text with the shortcut mouse button. By changing the
options for the grammar checker, you control what mistakes it looks for.

Table Drawing Tool
What's more intuitive than simply drawing out a table the way you want it?
That's how you do it on paper, and now you can do it that way in Word 97.
Simply click on the Table Drawing tool on the toolbar, and start drawing.
You can draw in the rows and columns where you need them, and Word will make
corrections for grammatical errors.  It puts a green wavy line under problem
words, phrases, or sentences, and gives you suggested corrections when you
click on the underlined text with the shortcut mouse button. By changing the
options for the grammar checker, you control what mistakes it looks for.

Excel now shares its workbooks thus, allowing multiple users to collaborate
on the same spreadsheet. The Merge Workbooks function consolidates changes
in multiple copies of a single workbook and exports it to Office Binder.
Extending the idea of group cooperative efforts to intranets, Office 97
includes Web FindFast, a full-text search engine; hyperlinks; and Web
Toolbar, which substantially speeds up the creation, editing, and posting of
HTML documents.  Office 97's Publish to the Web wizard handles most of the
time-consuming conversion details with ease.  If. you still can't find the
application or feature that fits your needs within Office 97, build in your
own!!  That's right, build your own custom solutions using the suite's
bundled Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), Release 5, and VBScript.  VBA's
integrated development environment is complete, including a project
explorer, an object browser, property sheets, a debugger, and ActiveX
control support. Dialog boxes are created with Forms, a set of 32-bit forms
and controls to create custom windowless dialog boxes.

                                PowerPoint 97
Save as HTML Wizard
With the Save as HTML Wizard for PowerPoint 97, you can build dynamic
presentations that can be easily exported as robust HTML pages without
having to master HTML. The Internet Assistant simply asks a series of

    Would you like your output to contain frames?
    Would you like your speaker notes displayed as text?
    Would you like your output to have an outline that allows those viewing
        your presentation to manually browse through your slides?
    Would you like your presentation to have links?
    Would you like it to export as static GIF or JPEG images, or would you
        like it to export as a full animation?

PowerPoint Animation Player
You can use PowerPoint 97 to easily add multimedia to a Web page by taking
advantage of built-in PowerPoint animation, movies, and sound. Simply create
a great-looking animated presentation with all of the easy-to-use PowerPoint
tools, and use the Internet Assistant to save the file as a PowerPoint
Animation. Those who want to view the animation can simply download the free
PowerPoint Animation Player (a browser extension that works Netscape
Navigator 2.0 and higher, and Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 and higher),
which allows individuals to view a full-fidelity presentation within a
window. The PowerPoint Animation Player and Viewer are distributed for no
charge at, or you can choose to allow users to
download it from your site as well.

Presentation Conferencing
It isn't always possible to collect everyone in the same room for a
presentation. The people needed may be scattered around the country or
around the world, or perhaps there simply aren't enough conference rooms
available when you need to meet.  With PowerPoint Presentation Conferencing,
you can hold a "virtual" meeting, presenting your information via PowerPoint
over the network. Presentation Conferencing allows users to join a
conference over the network, and then sends the presenter's presentation, in
slide-show mode, to all of those users.  It's remains a live meeting because
the presenter advances or otherwise navigates the slides when appropriate,
driving them on all of the audience members' machines as well. Presentation
Conferencing supports up to 64 users connected via TCP/IP on a LAN, WAN, or
even an Internet connection.

                      Improved Software Administration

For a larger organization, the answer to the question of whether to upgrade
or change software is based largely on what it will take to make the change.
Issues that have a bearing on such a decision include how easy it will be to
deploy and administer the software, whether existing hardware supports it,
and whether users with different versions of the software will be able to
work together. Office 97 provides features, tools, and documentation that
support the administrator.

System Policy Template
The Windows 95 and Windows NT Workstation 4.0 operating systems have a
feature called System Policies. When a user logs on, the policies the
administrator has set up are downloaded to her computer, enforcing a
standard set of policies. This makes it much easier to administer the
desktop. Office 97 supports system policies in two ways: first, most of the
user settings are stored in the registry, and second, Microsoft created a
policy template that can be used with the System Policy Editor. The
administrator can determine user settings such as the default directory for
saving files or the default file formats to use. With a policy template,
it's as easy as checking off features to define.

Network Installation Wizard
The Network Installation Wizard is used to create custom setup scripts. It
looks and operates like a traditional Office wizard, and prompts the
administrator to determine whether the user will run the software from the
hard drive or network server, what features to include, and even how the
program items should appear on the Start menu or Program Manager.

Support for Microsoft Systems Management Server
Also included is support for Systems Management Server in Office 97 and the
individual applications to make it easy to deploy Microsoft Office in your
organization without having to visit each desktop. You create the
appropriate Package Definition File (PDF) and include it with the software.
This is the set of instructions Systems Management Server uses in order to
distribute software. When used in conjunction with the many batch file
switches for Office Setup described below, it's possible to create a
customized, completely hands-off method for distributing Office 97. And, at
the end of setup, a MIF (message information file) for Systems Management
Server is created, so you'll get an entry in your Systems Management Server
database on whether the installation was successful; if it wasn't, the entry
will include what the error was.

Office 97 Cleanup Utility
Since Office 4.x, Office has installed code that is shared not just by the
Office applications, but by Office Compatible and other applications as
well. Because we cannot always tell whether there are other applications
installed that depend on this code and would break if it were removed, we
tend to be cautious in removing this code when upgrading Office. The
Office 97 Cleanup Utility allows the end user or administrator, who knows
whether any of the old software is still needed, to have Setup remove all
old files.

Microsoft Office 97 ProfessionalMicrosoft Corp.'s sweeping remake of its
flagship suite combines superb wide-ranging enhancements, an outstanding
lineup of features, and a user interface that, almost magically, is able to
make time at the keyboard highly productive and unbelievably, fun.  Soon
after Office 97 Professional ships, Microsoft will offer the Office 97
Developer Edition, which will contain distribution tools, sample code, and
developer licensing agreements.

Positives: Intuitive, helpful menus; total collaborative computing; custom
application development; Internet and intranet connectivity; fast
performance.  There is no going back to Office 95 ..this product is superb.
Complaints: So Far.. NONE!

EDUPAGE STR Focus        Keeping the users informed


Time Warner Asks FCC To Squelch MCI Satellite Plan
Debate Over Internet Taxation Continues
Microsoft Bleeding Red Ink On Net Services
New Group Formed To Advance Internet Telephony
NRC Report Refutes Assumptions In Intellectual Property Treaty
BellSouth Says Interactive Cable Not Yet Profitable
Chip Insecurity
Hewlett-Packard Has New Encryption Scheme
NYU Expands Learning Opportunities
Neural Nets Concentrate On Virus Particles
Computers Become Part Of Solution To Urban Problems
Clinton Okays Encryption Policy Change
Campus Computer Growth Slowed Since Last Year
Bank Warns E-Money Needs Regulation
Compaq's New Hand-Held Computer
Time Pathfinder Moves To Subscription Model
MasterCard Takes 51% Stake In Mondex
PC Makers Must Deliver More Than PCs
Bell Plans Market Trial
CompuServe May Pull Admin Unit Out Of Germany
Computer Theft, Low-Tech Style
Canada Eyes Internet Regulation
German Police Seize Corel Software
Remembering Paul Evan Peters
Half Of Companies Surveyed Hurt By Computer Break-Ins
"Ping Of Death" Security Flaw
Treasury Says:  No Taxes On Internet
IBM Smart Card Spells Computing Mobility
Sun Powers Up MIT Project
Intel Urged To Slow Down
New AMD Chip Challenges Intel Hegemony
Compaq Acts To Stop Dealer Malpractice On Used PC Sales
Netscape Plans To Edge Microsoft Off The Desktop
Barksdale Says E-Mail Will Soon Look Like A Web Page

                       TIME WARNER ASKS FCC TO SQUELCH
                             MCI SATELLITE PLAN
Time Warner is urging the Federal Communications Commission to deny MCI's
application for a satellite license, on the grounds that MCI is being
acquired by a foreign-owned company (British Telecommunications). If the MCI
satellite plan is blocked, a major loser would be Rupert Murdoch's News
Corporation, which in partnership with MCI hopes to use the satellite for
direct-broadcast TV services in the U.S.  However, it seems unlikely that
the FCC will withhold MCI's license.  (New York Times 16 Nov 96 p23)

At a conference held last week on taxation of telecommunications and
electronic commerce, several  participants advocated federal pre-emption of
state taxation powers, saying that state tax laws would take too  long to
update and that state tax officials often get hung up on the "how much money
are we talking about"  level. Bruce Reid, director for excise and property
tax at Microsoft, pointed out that Internet service providers  already pay
telecommunications taxes when they acquire connection services from
carriers, and that online  customers pay taxes on their phone line
connections.  Meanwhile, Dan Bucks of the Multistate Tax  Commission said he
was "in total shock" to hear that the Treasury Department apparently is
leaning toward  residency-based taxation, which he says is "a dead end in an
Internet world" because computer servers can be  relocated at any time in a
matter of minutes.  (BNA Daily Report for Executives 14 Nov 96 H5)

Microsoft Executive VP Steve Ballmer says his company will spend about $400
million this year on content  development for its Internet services, and
plans to continue investment at approximately that level over the  next few
years. "We're going to lose a lot of money before we break even," says
Ballmer.  In addition to  content for Microsoft Network, the company is also
investing in MSNBC and its Expedia travel service.  None  of the services is
expected to be profitable for several years. "If only companies with the
financial power of  Microsoft can make it in the content business, then
we're years away from a viable Internet economy," says  the president of
Forrester Research.  A group director at Forrester estimates that revenues
generated from  companies' Web activities are covering only about 20% to 30%
of their costs.  (Wall Street Journal 15 Nov 96 B9)

A coalition of about 40 vendors has formed the Voice Over IP (VoIP) Forum,
with the goal of creating and  deploying a set of technical standards for
Internet telephony products, including hardware, software and  networking.
The group's formation was instigated by networking giant Cisco Systems and
Internet telephony  software firm VocalTec Inc., and includes companies such
as Dialogic Corp., 3Com Corp., Creative Labs  Inc., Micom Communications,
Microsoft, Nortel, Nuera Communications, Vienna Systems, Voxware and  U.S.
Robotics.  "The VoIP goal is to complement" the International
Telecommunication Union's H.323  interoperability standard, and address
those issues not covered by H.323, says VocalTec's chairman.   (InfoWorld
Electric 12 Nov 96)

The National Research Council is taking the unusual step of releasing a
portion of its upcoming report on  electronic copyright concerns, called
"Bits of Power," in an effort to counter government forces advocating the
treaty on database copyright drafted by the World Intellectual Property
Organization.  Debate on the draft  treaty is scheduled to begin on December
2 in Geneva.  The report's findings indicate that market forces are  not
capable of protecting the public good associated with open access for
scientists and educators.  The full  report, which has been two years in the
making, will be released Nov. 22.  Researchers have argued that
implementation of the draft treaty, as it's now written, could make it more
difficult and costly to access data  on everything from the human genome to
global weather patterns.  (Science 15 Nov 96 p1074)

Though reaffirming his company's commitment to continued tests of
interactive cable services, BellSouth   executive Duane Ackerman admits that
a pilot program involving 8,000 households in an Atlanta suburb has  failed
so far to demonstrate the economic viability of interactive television,
because the necessary equipment  costs too much at the present time.
(Atlanta Journal-Constitution 15 Nov 96 H1)

                               CHIP INSECURITY
Cambridge University lecturer Ross Anderson says even the most secure chips
on the market can be  penetrated:  "We have been able to break every chip we
have turned our attention to. The onus is now on  companies to show their
system is sound."  Anderson thinks banking system designers are unwise to
trust the  claims made by manufacturers that their smart cards and other
security processors are resistant to tampering.  (Financial Times 16 Nov 96)

Hewlett-Packard thinks it has developed an encryption scheme that will
resolve the controversy over the  government's rules for limiting
exportation of technology using powerful encryption algorithms.  The HP
encryption scheme, supported by Intel and Microsoft, adheres to export
controls because it incorporates an  authentication procedure that would
enable the government to maintain control over who receives and uses
products containing stronger cryptography.  (Los Angeles Times 16 Nov 96)

New York University has teamed up with IBM to boost the number of online
course offerings from four to 30   by next year.  The partnership focuses on
classes geared toward information systems professionals, as part of a
"global virtual college" program.  "The goal is to allow computer
professionals to sharpen their IT skills or  obtain graduate degrees without
entering a classroom," says the director of NYU's IT continuing education
program.  (Information Week 11 Nov 96 p136)

Researchers at IBM's Thomas J. Watson lab have found a way to enable neural
networks to sniff out viral  code without exposing them to the entire
universe of existing viruses.  Rather, by digesting computer code into
sequences of three bytes each, and isolating those likely to be present in
computer viruses but not in legitimate  programs, the "virus particles" have
formed the basis for the learning process that neural networks go through
to train as virus spotters.  "Our program is on millions of desktops and has
detected about a half-dozen  previously unknown boot viruses," says a senior
manager at the lab.  "There have been only three false  positives, and all
of these were security programs whose codes share many similarities with
viruses."  (Forbes 18 Nov 96 p252)

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been working to
revitalize East St. Louis, Missouri,  developing hard evidence with which to
confront slow-moving city inspectors -- 800 specific sites of serious  code
violations (illegally dumped trash, derelict buildings, dense overgrowth)
that students surveyed and  entered on the university's computerized
Geographic Information System.  The project's Web site
 is being used to gather data,
maps and analysis for  neighborhood improvement and to force city
cooperation.  Computers, including surplus university equipment,  are being
installed at multiple sites, with training available.  (Washington Post 16
Nov 96 F07)

President Clinton has signed an executive order loosening U.S. encryption
export policy, allowing companies  to begin exporting encryption technology
with key lengths longer than the previous limit of 40 bits.  At the  same
time, the order mandates third party "key escrow," ensuring that U.S. law
officials could obtain  decoding keys on a case by case basis from a
"trusted" third party.  Hewlett-Packard has already developed an  encryption
technology that can be built into any computer, but must be activated by a
third party before it can  be used.  Theoretically, that would give the
government the ability, through licensing and other restrictions, to
determine whose encryption system gets activated.  "We support any move that
encourages electronic  commerce in a safe and sensible manner," says an HP
spokesman.  (Wall Street Journal 18 Nov 96 B3)

The 1996 Campus Computing Survey results are in -- and indicate that about
25% of college courses use e- mail, up from 20% last year.  The 5% increase
was small in comparison to the previous year, which saw  growth rate of
about 12%.  "After a year of tremendous growth, it's not unusual that we see
a period of  consolidation," says survey author Kenneth Green.  More than
half the schools surveyed had a technology  resource center for faculty, but
only one in eight rewarded their faculty for the time they put in on
integrating  information technology into their teaching methods.  About half
the faculty surveyed had computers, but  fewer than a third of the students
did.  One in seven campuses surveyed uses a private company to provide
students with Internet accounts.  (Chronicle of Higher Education 22 Nov 96

The Bank for International Settlement, sometimes called the "Central
Banker's Central Bank," warns in a  recent report that electronic money
currently is so unregulated that it risks being used as a cross-border
vehicle for illegal activities, including money laundering.  The report
notes that while the use of e-money can  make retail transactions cheaper
for both the merchant and the consumer, the issue of who actually has final
legal jurisdiction over e-money in cross-border transactions bears close
scrutiny.   In countries such as Japan and the United States, where cash
constitutes a large portion of central bank liabilities, extensive use of
"electronic money" could shrink those liabilities very quickly.  "This issue
is, at what point this shrinkage might begin to  adversely affect monetary
policy implementation," notes the report.  (BNA Daily Report for Executives
18 Nov
96 A1)

                       COMPAQ'S NEW HAND-HELD COMPUTER
Compaq Computer's new hand-held PC companion is designed to be used
separately to enter and manipulate  data or access the Internet, and can
then transfer information to any desktop running Windows 95.  The PC
companion uses Microsoft's Windows CE operating system, weighs less than a
pound, and includes a small  keyboard and a touch-sensitive screen.  (Wall
Street Journal 18 Nov 96 B3)

Time Inc. has launched its Pathfinder Personal Edition, offering customized
Web content to subscribers at  $4.95 a month.  Readers can choose content
from Time, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and Entertainment  Weekly, as well as
30 news feeds and other content sources.  Time hopes its new format will
experience the  same success that the Wall Street Journal's online
subscription service has enjoyed.  The Journal currently  claims 30,000
online subscribers.  (Broadcasting & Cable 11 Nov 96 p65)

                    MASTERCARD TAKES 51% STAKE IN MONDEX
MasterCard is acquiring a 51% stake in Mondex International, a company which
issues prepaid smart cards  containing embedded computer chips that store
value and allow a card holder to make small retail purchases.   Additional
value can be added to a card from the card holder's bank account.  (New York
Times 19 Nov 96 C19)

Intel CEO Andy Grove says there's more to the PC business than just building
machines:  "By the end of the  decade, the definition of the personal
computer will broaden again to include interactive, lifelike experiences.
We need to look at our business as more than simply the building and selling
of personal computers.  Our   business is the delivery of information and
lifelike interactive experiences."  (Wall Street Journal 18 Nov 96  B4)

                           BELL PLANS MARKET TRIAL
Bell Canada announced plans to launch a one-year trial market of a new
wholesale service aimed at providing  billing choice in the wireless market.
The trial will allow wireless service providers to offer cellular and
personal communications system users the option of subscribing to a service
in which the calls they receive  would be billed to the caller. (Toronto
Financial Post 19 Nov 96 p11)

CompuServe's administrative operations in Germany may be transferred to
another country because of  proposed German legislation that would make
Internet companies block access to pornography, neo-Nazi  material or
extremist pictures or writing.  CompuServe says it does not want to be in
the position of having to "censor" the Internet.  (New York Times 19 Nov 96

                       COMPUTER THEFT, LOW-TECH STYLE
A thief broke into a Visa International data processing center in California
a couple of weeks ago and stole a personal computer containing information
on about 314,000 credit card accounts, including Visa, MasterCard,  American
Express, Discover and Diners Club, says a Visa spokesman.  Some issuers,
including Citibank,  began calling customers last week and have issued new
cards.  Others are keeping quiet about the event and  monitoring accounts
for unusual activity.  Authorities speculate that the perpetrator was stolen
for the resale  value of the hardware, rather than the information it
contained. (St. Petersburg Times 19 Nov 96 E2)

Canada's federal regulator says it may regulate content on the Internet to
provide for more Canadian content.  (Ottawa Citizen 15 Nov 96 D15)

Police in Munich confiscated CorelDraw 6 software from store shelves because
it contains Nazi-related "clip  art" images under the historical people
sections that are allegedly not legal for use in Germany.  The move
followed the use by one individual of images of Adolph Hitler in neo-Nazi
propaganda. Corel says its software  includes a provision that clip art
images not be used for unlawful purposes and insists that the images in its
clip  art do not glamorize the former Nazi leader or nazism.  The company
has appealed the seizure, and a German  judge has overturned an earlier
judicial order that allowed police to seize copies of its CorelDraw software
that  contained clip art images of Hitler.  (Toronto Globe & Mail 18 Nov 96
B8, 19 Nov 96 B4)

                        REMEMBERING PAUL EVAN PETERS
We are saddened to report the untimely death of Paul Evan Peters, from
complications of asthma.  Well-  respected by the entire Educom community,
Paul was Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked  Information.  He
will be remembered and missed for his wisdom, charm, and sweet nature.

WarRoom Research LLC, a Baltimore-based security firm, says 48% of the 200
Fortune 1,000 companies it  recently surveyed had experienced computer break-
ins over the past 12 months, with 84% putting their losses  at $50,000 or
higher per incident.  Forty-one percent said their losses totaled $500,000
or more per intrusion.    costs were calculated based on the loss of
assets, plus the costs of repairing the damage and installing new  security
protections.  WarRoom's executive VP cautioned that the survey was "far from
being a scientific  survey" of the overall state of corporate computer
security, but called it "the best indicator that has been done so far."
Assisting in the survey were the National Computer Security Association, and
several vendors of  computer security equipment, including IBM and Symantec.
(Wall Street Journal 21 Nov 96 B4)

                        "PING OF DEATH" SECURITY FLAW
Software programmers are scrambling to fix a recently documented security
flaw found in the "ping" Internet  function, which is used to check whether
a piece of hardware is properly hooked up to a network.  The  problem arises
when a cracker sends a booby-trapped ping command, nicknamed the "ping of
death," to a  targeted computer.  The computer responds by rebooting,
crashing or shutting down.  Computer security  expert Eugene Spafford says
he's seen two such attacks on his campus, neither of which was malicious:
"You   ust track down where this came from and have a long talk with them,
with or without a blunt instrument."  For  more information on the "ping of
death," check out < >.  (Chronicle  of
Higher Education 22 Nov 96 A23)

The U.S. Treasury Department is issuing a draft report opposing new federal
taxes on the Internet.  A deputy  secretary said:  "We absolutely reject the
idea that the Internet is some sort of golden goose whose feathers  should
be taxed.  The key message of the report is, no Internet taxes."  The
department plans to post the  document at < >.  (New
York Times 21 Nov 96 C20)

IBM has developed a network computer with a built-in smart card reader,
allowing users to download their  "computing personalities" from any
location.  The feature would allow users on a network to sit down at any  NC
and download all their individual applications and files.  In conjunction
with IBM's NC, Lotus has  developed a series of Java-based applets that
allow users to customize the interface that appears on a  networked system,
depending on that person's job responsibilities.  "The applets let you
customize the GUI  depending on what class of user you are in your company.
And if you like to check your e-mail first, you can  make sure that comes up
first when you log on in the morning," says a Lotus spokesman.  (InfoWorld
Electric 19 Nov 96)

                          SUN POWERS UP MIT PROJECT
Sun Microsystems has donated $2.6 million worth of computing equipment to
the Massachusetts Institute of  Technology to be used as the basis for
Xolas, MIT's high-performance computer-clustering project.  The gift,  which
Sun says is one of its largest donations to a university to date, comprises
nine symmetric multiprocessor  servers and related gear.  The Xolas system
will handle large-scale computations for the physical sciences and  other
research.  "Xolas will enable a unique collaboration of physical and
computer scientists at MIT to play a  leading role in the future development
of high-performance computing," says an MIT nuclear science  professor.
(Investor's Business Daily 20 Nov 96 A8)

                          INTEL URGED TO SLOW DOWN
A Gartner Group analyst says Intel's relentless drive toward higher-powered
microprocessors is wearing  down PC makers and buyers.  Computer
manufacturers "would love to skip a generation and I think the end  users
would love to skip a generation," he suggests.  In response, Intel is
working on a module that would  allow users to install a new microprocessor
in their existing machines.  (Wall Street Journal 20 Nov 96 B1)

A new 200-megahertz microprocessor from Advanced Micro Devices threatens to
give Intel a run for its  money, says AMD group VP and former Intel engineer
Vinod Dham.  The new K6 chip will be faster than  Intel's Pentium and
Pentium Pro chips, will have multimedia capabilities, and will be smaller
and cheaper as  well.  Intel plans to retaliate next spring with two new
generations of chips, including multimedia Pentium and Pentium Pro chips.
"It's going to be an interesting 1997," says Dham.  The K6 chip, which will
ship in early  1997, is based on NexGen technology.  AMD acquired NexGen
last January for $800 million in stock.  (Wall  Street Journal 21 Nov 96 B5)

                         COMPAQ ACTS TO STOP DEALER
                        MALPRACTICE ON USED PC SALES
To prevent dealers from trying to repackage used PCs and reselling them as
new ones, Compaq will stop  providing dealers with materials such as extra
marked boxes and factory sealing tape (which had been given to  dealers so
that they could replace damaged cartons).  Packard Bell recently took
similar steps to combat the  same problem.  (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 21
Nov 96 D3)

Netscape Communications is developing software designed to organize a
computer desktop, pushing  Microsoft's Windows software off center stage.
Constellation, which is expected to ship in mid-1997, gives  the computer
the look of a television screen with a row of buttons down one side.  Each
button represents  either a Web site to visit or an application program.
Netscape hopes its new product could become a de facto  operating system,
with software developers writing their programs for Constellation rather
than Windows.   Microsoft plans to introduce a competing product, called
Active Desktop, in the second half of next year.  One  analyst says
Netscape's new approach to the browser battles shows it's growing up:  "Up
until this point it's  been primarily a religious battle, with Netscape
saying, it's us or them.  Now they're saying, we realize we  will not rule
the entire domain.  However, what we will do is become the entire container
within which  disparate pieces can be used."  (Wall Street Journal 20 Nov 96

Netscape chief executive officer James Barksdale says that the Web browser
"is just the beginning of what  you'll be able to do. The next phase will be
rich and robust e-mail" that will allow a message to look like a  Web page
and to be enhanced with spreadsheets, audio files, and full-motion video.
(Atlanta Journal-Constitution 21 Nov 96 D3)

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