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From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
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Subject: ST Report: 17-Jan-97 #1303
Reply-To: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson)
Posted-By: xx004 (Atari SIG)
Date: Sat Jan 18 08:42:01 1997

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     The fools are at it again!  A women's medical center in Atlanta that
happens to also do abortions is diabolically bombed.  This is the first
time the bombing plan included a second bomb timed to go off after the
first in an obvious attempt to cause considerable injury to emergency
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     Office 97 is shipping and what do you know?  Certain of my
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Don't let spin doctors of the lesser variety make up your minds for you.
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PM 6.5.  This puppy won ALL the honors.  When coupled with Adobe's
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                       Apple Eyes Cheaper PCs in '97

The sale of lots of better-performing, cheaper personal computers and the
unveiling of a new global advertising campaign are among Apple Computer
Inc.'s goals for this year, according to Apple chief operating officer
Marco Landi.  Speaking at a press conference at this week's Macworld trade
show in San Francisco, Landi adds that as part of Apple's three-year plan
to turn its fortunes around, the company also will continue to simplify its
product lines this year and will introduce powerful laptops and multimedia
computers to compete against a new generation of Pcs.  The Reuter News
Service quotes Landi as saying, "The mission that we have set up for
ourselves is to make sure that we are the leader in providing simple to
use, powerful, very high-performance products."

Reuters reporter Kourosh Karimkhany says products to be introduced include:

    A $999 Macintosh to rival PCs based on Intel Corp. Pentium
        microprocessors with the same price.
    A high-end Macintosh based on a 533-megahertz PowerPC microprocessor,
        a computer chip that the company claims to be one of the fastest available.
    Better-performing PowerBook laptops, traditionally one of Apple's most
        profitable products.

Also, Landi acknowledged Apple has made mistakes in selling to consumers,
which account for about 40 percent of its revenue in the Christmas quarter,
but said the company still is in good shape to carry out its product plans
in 1997, adding the $1.7 billion in cash that Apple has on hand is a
"strong, solid base for us to make the investments to execute our
strategy."  He said Apple will use some of that cash to launch in January a
global advertising campaign to bolster its image, a campaign based on the
slogan "Give your dreams a chance."

                         Microsoft Ships Office 97

Microsoft Corp. has launched the latest version of its hugely profitable
Office suite of applications.  "While early reviews of Office 97 have been
positive," notes reporter Martin Wolk of the Reuter News Service, "industry
analysts said corporate users in particular will take a hard look before
deciding whether the dozens of new features are worth an upgrade investment
of $200 per seat or more."

Wolk says Microsoft Bill Gates predicts Office 97 will be the biggest
upgrade ever in percentage terms for the market-dominating product, which
has an installed base approaching 50 million users including component
applications such as Word and Excel.  "By most estimates," Wolk adds,
"Microsoft dominates the market for desktop productivity suites, capturing
more than 90 percent of revenues." Analyst Scott McAdams of Ragen MacKenzie
projects Office will account for nearly $3 billion of a total $10.2 billion
in revenues for Microsoft this year.

McAdams says the new Office is filled with Internet hooks designed to drive
broader acceptance of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser, "so it's an
important product strategically."  Still, adds Wolk, Microsoft faces
increasingly aggressive competition from Canada's Corel Corp. and IBM's
Lotus unit.

                      Toshiba Unveils Digital Camera

Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. is entering the digital
photography market with the PDR-2A, a color still camera.  Priced at $499,
the PDR-2A is targeted toward the rapidly growing market of computer users
who use a notebook computer as their main information processing tool. The
device comes with a built-in PC Card for transferring images to a notebook
computer, a 2MB removable flash memory card and PC and Macintosh imaging
software. The camera is set to ship in April.

                      Adobe, Fujitsu Bundles Products

Adobe Systems Inc. and Fujitsu Computer Products of America say they have
signed an agreement that will provide an off-the-shelf solution to easily
convert paper-based and electronic information into high-quality,
searchable electronic documents ready for distribution via corporate
Intranets, the World Wide Web or CD-ROM.

Under the agreement, Fujitsu will bundle Adobe Acrobat 3.0 software with
the Fujitsu ScanPartner 600C, a high- resolution color desktop scanner
intrduced today by Fujitsu. The bundling agreement is designed to provide
customers with a Web-ready document-imaging solution that can support a
broad range of user needs including support for high-quality color content
and multi-page documents.

The companies note that with Acrobat 3.0 and the Fujitsu ScanPartner 600C,
customers can make practically any document ready for distribution on the
Internet through a process as simple and familiar as printing or scanning.
Both paper documents and those created with standard desktop authoring
tools, such as word processors, presentation packages and page layout
tools, can be turned into Portable Document Format (PDF) files with Acrobat
3.0 and posted immediately onto the Web. As a result, customers can quickly
distribute information through external Web sites or corporate Intranets
without learning new tools or spending additional time and resources
reauthoring documents into other formats.

The ScanPartner 600C provides true 600 dpi resolution, single-pass 24-bit
color and grayscale and bitonal scanning supported through scanner's bed
and built-in 50-page automatic document feeder.  The Fujitsu ScanPartner
600C is expected to become available later this month for $1,995, including
a SCSI adapter, cables, Adobe Acrobat 3.0 and the ScanRight Image Kit, an
enhancement package that includes support software and an image-capture

                     Corel, Netscape Team on Software

A new suite of integrated productivity applications will be marketed
because of a new agreement between Canada's Corel Corp. and Netscape
Communications Corp.  Reporting from Ottawa, the Dow Jones news service
quotes Corel as saying it has licensed Netscape Communicator, Netscape's
new integrated suite of client software for open email, groupware and Web
browsing, and will integrate it with Corel WordPerfect Suite 8 and Corel
Office Professional 8.

Corel and Netscape will jointly develop the new products, which Corel plans
to ship later this year, and both companies will work together to market
and promote them, Corel says, adding development efforts will center on
combining the open-standards-based features of Netscape Communicator, such
as email and groupware, with the desktop functionality of Corel's products.
Also, Netscape has licensed Corel's WordPerfect Suite for internal use, the
company says.

                     Microsoft to Make PC/TV Software

Software to create entertainment and information services for a new
generation of appliances that merge TV and PCs is in the planning at
Microsoft Corp.  Writing in The Wall Street Journal this morning, reporter
David Bank says Microsoft "is seeking to extend the rach of its Windows
operating system and define the standards for the new services, which would
combine TV-style video with interactive features now found on the

As part of the plan, the software giant this week unveiled a set of
echnologies at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  Microsoft Vice
President Jim Allchin told the paper, "Both the PC and consumer-electronics
industries are predicting the evolution of home computers into home
entertainment appliances," adding his employer hopes to provide a "common
open platform" for the new services.

The Journal notes CES is seeing a host of companies -- including Microsoft
rival Oracle Corp., and start-ups such as WebTV Networks Inc. -- exhibiting
TVs and set-top boxes do the Internet's World Wide Web.   "In Microsoft's
long-range vision," says Bank, "all television programming and Internet
services will be digitized and delivered via PC/TV devices. Microsoft's
initiative is designed to help entertainment, consumer-electronics and
computer companies create programming, services and features for the hybrid
devices."  Endorsing the initiative are IBM, Compaq Computer Corp., Hitachi
Ltd., General Electric Co.'s NBC unit, Sony Electronics Corp. and Spelling

                       CE Chip Market Set to Rebound

While the consumer electronics semiconductor makers struggled in 1996, the
market will rebound in 1997 with the emergence of both next-generation and
digitally enhanced consumer electronics, according to Dataquest.  The
consumer electronics semiconductor market declined $1.9 billion in 1996,
but the market will grow to $27 billion in 1997, reports the San Jose,
California, market researcher.

"Because of the establishment of industry standards for most of these
products, analog, digital and mixed-signal ASSP products are expected to
find extremely high growth opportunities," says Dale Ford, senior industry
analyst for Dataquest's semiconductor applications markets program. "More
than half of the value created for semiconductors in the next-generaion
consumer electronics market comes from chips directly involved in
processing audio, video and graphics."

Next-generation consumer electronics and digitally enhanced consumer
electronics will drive the total chip market over $45 billion by the year
2000, finds Dataquest. Legacy consumer electronics (products such as
standard color TVs, portable stereos and VCRs) will find markets at the mid
to low-end segments, but the chip shipments in these products will remain
relatively flat. Next-generation consumer electronics products include
digital set-top boxes, digital satellite set-top boxes, 32/64-bit video
game consoles, DVD players, DVD audio players, digital cameras, video CD
players, HDTV-SDTV-ATV receivers, digital camcorders (DVC) and other
products employing advanced semiconductor technologies.

"The poor showing for consumer electronics sales during 1996 has created a
sense of urgency among consumer electronics companies working to employ new
technologies to revitalize a slumping industry," says Ford. "At the recent
Winter Consumer Electronics Show, leading industry executives revealed that
their future plans rely on recapturing consumer interest in their core
products by adding digital enhancements to legacy products and by pushing
the development of a new category of advanced consumer electronics."  More
information about Dataquest's programs, descriptions of recent research
reports, and full text of press releases can be found on the World Wide Web

                        New HTML Standard Approved

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has endorsed the use of HTML 3.2, an
updated version of the Hypertext Markup Language, on Web sites.  A
statement issued by the Cambridge, Massachusetts, Web standards group says
HTML 3.2 is "stable" and "contributes toward the W3C mission of 'Realizing
the Full Potential of the Web'"

HTML 3.2 was developed throughout 1996 by W3C and industry leaders
including IBM, Microsoft, Netscape Communications, Novell, SoftQuad,
Spyglass and Sun Microsystems. W3C notes that HTML 3.2 offers a number of
new features, including tables, applets, text flow around images,
superscripts and subscripts, while providing backward compatibility with
the existing HTML 2.0 standard.

"For data or applications intended to work across platforms, or having a
lifetime of more than a few months, conformance to HTML 3.2 gives the best
guarantee of interoperability," says Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World
Wide Web and director of the W3C. "If you're looking for a railroad through
the marshes of ranging HTML implementations, HTML 3.2 is it."

W3C is continuing to work on extensions to HTML for multimedia objects,
scripting, style sheets, layout, forms, higher quality  printing and math.
W3C plans on incorporating this work into further versions of HTML.  "We
are working closely with Member oganizations and recognized experts in the
development, testing and refinement of HTML," adds Dave Raggett, visiting
scientist at W3C and the lead architect of W3C's HTML activity. "By
providing a neutral forum, W3C is playing a key role in bringing players
together to work for the lasting interoperability of the Web."

                     FCC Considers Wireless Net Links

A plan that could offer schools, hospitals and businesses a potentially
cheaper, wireless way to connect to the Internet is set for approval by the
Federal Communications Commission.  The idea, says Associated Press writer
Jeannine Aversa, is "to set aside a large chunk of radio frequencies for
free and unlicensed high-speed communication over short distances."  Aversa
adds, "It would then be up to companies to develop devices to use these
frequencies to enable wireless links over a range of about one to three
miles. Since the frequencies would be unlicensed, users would not have to
pay a company for service, as users of cellular phones do. Instead, these
frequencies would be treated like those used to open garage doors

FCC officials say schools could use the wireless links to connect classroom
computers to each other. "In this way," notes Aversa, "only one of the
computers would need to be hooked into the Internet via high-speed
telephone line, rather than having a phone line hooked to each computer."
Also, businesses could use the wireless links to tap into a private,
"intranet" version of the World Wide Web. Other possible uses for the
wireless links would be to exchange e-mail, faxes and computer files among
nearby buildings on a small college campus.  "And they could be used by
hospitals to link computers in different rooms or nearby buildings to
exchange patient data, X-rays and medical charts," says AP.

Urging FCC approval of the plan are Apple Computer Inc. and a group called
WinForum, which is composed of Lucent Technologies Inc., Motorola Inc. and
Northern Telecom Inc.  Says Aversa, "Apple wants to sell radio-equipped
computers that would operate on the wireless frequencies. WinForum's
partners also are interested in selling equipment for the new frequencies."
Attorney James Burger, who has been working on the FCC's plan for Apple, is
disappointed longer-range communications links -- up to nearly 13 miles --
can't be used under the FCC's plan. That would have permitted computers in
a community to be linked. So, he says, the FCC's plan won't do much to help
rural schools because the radio signals would probably need to travel at
least that far to reach a central school office hooked to the Internet.
Also, says the wire service, the technology won't work well in cities
because the signals can't penetrate brick walls or glass very well without
additional equipment to boost the signals.

                        FCC OKs Wireless Net Plans

As predicted, the FCC has cleared the way for creation of new wireless
devices that could allow people to tap into the Internet and exchange
e-mail, faxes and computer files.  As reported, the plan could offer
schools, hospitals and businesses a potentially cheaper, wireless way to
connect to the Net by setting aside a large chunk of radio frequencies for
free and unlicensed high-speed communication over short distances.

Associated Press writer Jeannine Aversa notes it is up to private companies
to actually develop wireless equipment to work on the frequencies. They
would have at most a three-mile range.  The FCC made the new frequencies
available at the request of equipment makers Apple Computer Inc. and
WinForum, a group comprising Lucent Technologies Inc., Motorola Inc. and
Northern Telecom Inc.

Motorola spokesman Tim Kellogg told AP his employer also is developing
products but declined to discuss availability or price.  "Since the
frequencies are unlicensed," says Aversa, "users would not have to pay for
service, as users of cellular phones do. Instead, the frequencies would be
treated like those used for cordless telephones."

FCC Commissioner Susan Ness told the wire service, "Wireless local area
network and other equipment can now be developed to connect our computers,
laptops and personal digital assistants to each other, to the Internet of
today and to the global information infrastructure of tomorrow. In many
buildings, including schools, a wireless connection will be a
cost-effective alternative to pulling wire through walls and ceilings."

                       Gateway Adopts Zip Technology

Iomega Corp. reports that it has begun supplying Gateway 2000 Inc. with
internal Zip drives. The devices will be sold as optional storage equipment
for Gateway's desktop Pcs.  Iomega's drives allow users to save, use,
organize and manage information on removable 100MB Zip disks. Zip drives
and disks have quickly gained popularity as an alternative to traditional
floppy disk because they provide 70 times more capacity and fastr

"Today's multimedia applications, operating systems, and Internet services
are creating a greater demand for storage," says Timothy L. Hill, vice
president of worldwide sales and marketing at Roy, Utah-based Iomega. "As
one of the largest personal computer makers in the world, Gateway is
addressing these needs with affordable products that expand their
customers' storage capabilities rather than limiting them."  Gateway is the
latest of several PC makers to adopt Iomega's Zip technology in its

                          Net Telephone Unveiled

A Silicon Valley start-up called InfoGear Technology Corp. has teamed with
telephone maker Cidco Inc. to introduce a telephone that can surf the
Internet as well as make calls.  iPhone can be used to send and receive
electronic mail, visit the World Wide Web and conduct some Web
transactions, writes reporter Barbara Grady of the Reuter News Service. It
features a screen that measures 7.4 inches diagonally and a pop-out
keyboard for tasks like writing e-mail or typing in Web page addresses.

InfoGear President Robert Marshall told the wire service, "This product is
not designed to replace the PC but to get on and off the Web quickly and
allow consumers cheap, easy access.  You can use it to order flowers, make
travel arrangements, check stock quotes -- you know, on  the way out the
door you want to do something but don't want to spend three minutes booting
up the PC."

Marshall said he expected the phone to sell for about $500. However, Morgan
Hill, California-based Cidco and InfoGear of Redwood City, California, plan
to sell it initially to telephone carriers to market to their subscribers.
Grady notes, though, the phone will face a lot of competition by the time
it hits the retail market, which is expected by June.  Marshall said the
iPhone technology was developed by InfoGear and was based on work started
at National Semiconductor Corp. It uses National Semiconductor chips.
Cidco, which makes advanced telephones and caller ID systems, developed the
telephone hardware.

                    Netscape Delivers 1 Million Servers

Netscape Communications Corp. delivered a million Internet and intranet
servers in 1996, although not all the deliveries generated revenue, the
Mountain View, California, company says.  According to the Reuter News
Service, Netscape noted the delivery total included downgrades of free
trial versions of the software as well as final versions for which it
received revenue. It declined to break out the percentage of servers that
generated revenue.

Netscape officials say the company sees accelerating momentum for the
products, and identified  Fortune 500 customers of its software for
corporate intranets, internal networks based on Internet technology.  "The
clients included Lockheed Martin, United Technologies' Pratt and Whitney
unit, Rockwell International, in addition to Chrysler Corp., Prudential
Securities and US West," Reuters reports.  Netscape Vice President Srivats
Sampath of server marketing told the wire service, "It took Lotus Notes
seven years to get a million seats and in our case it took us a year to get
a million servers."

                        Netscape Stock Takes a Dive

Netscape Communications Corp. stock tumbled more than 10 percent yesterday
Tuesday), after cautionary comments by a Wall Street analyst regarding the
firm. The stock dropped $4.50 to $42.25 on the Nasdaq market on volume of
more than 6.5 million shares.  Apparently prompting the dive was Merrill
Lynch analyst Bruce Smith's research note that Netscape had scrambled to
make its fourth-quarter goals in a way that could hurt its current first
quarter and the outlook for all of 1997.

Writing for the Reuter News Service, reporter Samuel Perry notes this is
the second time in less than a week that Netscape stock has taken a
beating.  In fact, "the stock of the Mountain View, California-based
company has lost more than a quarter of its value since the end of 1996,
including a drop of around 19 percent after another analysts' warning last

Analyst Smith said he remained neutral on the stock but cited industry
sources as saying Netscape had scrambled to meet its fourth-quarter numbers
at the end of 1996, which he said did  not bode well for its current
quarter and all of 1997.  Added Smith, "They closed a significant amount of
business on Dec. 31 just to make the quarter, which they've never had to do
before." In his research note, he wrote, "We have heard of two major deals
that were closed on Dec. 31, one of which apparently closed late in the
However, a Netscape spokeswoman rebutted this, saying the company did
complete some of its deals toward the end of the quarter, but denying it
was pushing down to the wir to lock up deals that would make a major impact
on its financial results.  "We did no deals that were of materially
significance on Dec. 31," she said. "Sure, we did deals towards the end of
the quarter, like everyone does."

Last Wednesday's tumble came after Deutsche Morgan Grenfell analyst William
Gurley cut his rating on the Netscape stock to "accumulate" from "buy" and
cited risks from its transition to a new business plan and new pricing.
Perry says several other analysts, including Goldman Sachs's Michael Parekh
and Morgan Stanley & Co.'s Mary Meeker, have put "buy" or "strong buy"
ratings on the stock, recognizing near-term risks but remaining upbeat on
the stock in the longer term.

                         Apple Posts $120M 1Q Loss

Apple Computer Inc., which late yesterday reported a $120 million loss in
its first fiscal quarter, is warning investors it doesn't expect to return
to profitability until September.  The struggling computer maker says much
of the loss can be attributed to slow holiday season sales of its Performa
computers.  Apple's loss, which equaled 96 cents a share, compared with a
loss of $69 million, or 56 cents a share, in the year-ago period. Sales for
the company's first fiscal quarter, which ended on Dec. 27, fell to $2.13
billion from $3.15 billion.

Apple says it plans to develop additional restructuring programs during the
second quarter with the goal of returning profitability by the fourth
fiscal quarter, which ends Sept. 26.   "While we were very disappointed by
the Performa sales results and the associated loss, our financial position
remains sound," says Fred Anderson, Apple's chief financial officer. "We
exited the quarter with $1.8 billion in cash and continued to show
improvements in our inventory management during the quarter."  In trading
this morning (Jan 16), Apple was down nearly 3 percent, dropping 50 cents
to $16.75 a share. Apple's shares fell 62 1/2 cents Wednesday, before the
Cupertino, California, company posted its results.

                       OS Shipments Up 9.6% in 1996

Researchers at International Data Corp. say worldwide shipments of personal
computer operating systems rose 9.6 percent last year to 74.8 million
units.  Reporting from Seattle, the Reuter News Service quotes IDC research
director Dan Kusnetzky as saying the increase from 68.3 million operating
systems shipped in 1996 was below the firm's original estimate of a 15.6
percent growth rate, largely reflecting a sluggishness in PC sales.

Adds Reuters, "Operating system shipments closely track PC sales, although
some personal computers have more than one operating system and some
operating system software is sold separately."  Some particulars from
Kusnetzky included:

    Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 95 easily was the market leader in 1996,
        accounting for 62.9 percent of all operating systems shipped, up from 28.6
        percent the year before.
    Windows 3.x and DOS operating system accounted for 17.4 percent of
        systems shipped, down from 49.1 percent in 1995.
    Microsoft Windows NT Workstation rose to 3 percent of the market from
        0.8 percent the year before.
    IBM's OS/2 system fell to just 3.3 percent of the market from 6.2
        percent in 1995, while various versions of DOS alone fell to 3.3 percent
        from 5.1 percent.
    Apple Computer Inc.'s Macintosh operating system fell to 6.6 percent
        of the overall market from 6.8 percent.

Reuters adds, "The IDC report, which does not count operating system
upgrades, is based largely on figures reported by the software makers
supplemented by interviews with computer manufacturers and others."

                      Hard Drive Shipments Up in '96

Dataquest Inc. reports that the worldwide hard drive market showed slower
growth in 1996 as unit shipments increased 18 percent over 1995, well below
1995's growth rate of 30 percent.  The San Jose, California, market
researcher says shipments reached 106 million units in 1996, up from 90
million units shipped in 1995.

Seagate topped Quantum as the top-selling disk drive vendor as a result of
Seagate's merger with Conner Peripherals early in 1996. Quantum had held
the top position since 1993.  "Nineteen ninety-six was a pretty good year,
in spite of a slow start, and we believe that 1997 will be even better,"
said Phil Devin, vice president and chief analyst of Dataquest's computer
storage program. "All companies are producing good volumes of desirable
products and prices are not being driven down to unacceptable levels.
Book-to-bill ratios are the highest in years."

The biggest maret-share gain came from Western Digital Corporation, which
increased its market share 4.7 percentage points  from 13.7 percent in 1995
to 18.4 percent in 1996. Devin attributes this strong growth to Western
Digital attracting customers previously loyal to Conner, Quantum, and
Seagate. Dataquest's Web site is located at

                       AOL Sued by California Users

Five frustrated California subscribers have sued America Online saying that
when they try to log on, all they get is a busy signal. Filed in Los
Angeles Superior Court, the class-action suit seeks $20 million, claiming
negligence and consumer fraud.  The Associated Press says the plaintiffs
contend AOL's new price plan boosted the number of users even though the
system was unable to handle the increased load. The suit says the
subscribers have encountered "busy and unavailable phone lines and/or
inaccessible computer equipment" since the company began offering unlimited
access for a $19.95 fee at the beginning of the year.

The action was brought by Richard Basch, Robert Friedland, Jeffrey Rayden
and James Kranz of Los Angeles County and Jason Cartwright of San Diego
County.  Their attorney, Louis Marlin, told AP, "They try over and over and
over again to try and get in and they get a constant busy signal. One
client tried 26 times the other night."  Marlin said the $20 million sought
is only a minimum estimate "to give warning to the other side that we are
seeking significant monetary damages."

The suit also asks for a court order stopping AOL from selling any more
flat-fee, unlimited-access service until there is "sufficient equipment" to
handle the increased amount of users.  Meanwhile, AOL said in a statement,
"We expect to prevail in the class action suits addressing member access to
AOL," adding, "Although we understand the frustration some members are
experiencing at not being able to obtain immediate local access during peak
periods, the average AOL member gets more value under unlimited pricing
than ever before."  AOL said in the statment it plans to expand the
system's capacity through a $250 million addition in equipment and services
over the next two months.  AP says a similar lawsuit against AOL was filed
in Chicago on Dec. 18.

                        AOL Hit With More Lawsuits

More lawsuits have been filed against America Online by frustrated
subscribers.  And, probably not helping the situation, the Dulles,
Virginia, online service also suffered a computer glitch yesterday that led
to a shutdown of half the system for nearly four hours.  Writing for the
Reuter News Service, reporter Therese Poletti says system problems led AOL
to shut down half of its system from 3:45 p.m. EST until about 7:30 p.m. to
find the problem.

An AOL spokeswoman told the wire service, "The system was able to
accommodate 124,000 subscribers." Reuters quotes AOL as saying it usually
accommodates about 258,000 users simultaneously.  "The problem," adds
Poletti, "was with an interface board in a router device, which manages the
flow of data in a network, the company said. AOL said its network was back
to full capacity by 8 p.m. EST. The spokeswoman said the outage was not
related to the onslaught of member usage since AOL switched to unlimited
use for a flat rate of $19.95 a month."

Meanwhile, on the legal front, two more lawsuits against AOL have been
disclosed, both filed in  New York state court this week, claiming breach
of contract, deceptive trade practices and false advertising, says Reuters.
As reported yesterday, AOL already has been hit with a suit in Los Angeles
on behalf of five subscribers, seeking damages for what they call
fraudulent and malicious representation. A similar lawsuit against AOL was
filed in Chicago on Dec. 18.

And at least one other New York suit has been filed. The Associated Press
reports Ezra Graber of Staten Island brought suit in Manhattan State
Supreme Court, contending AOL subscribers "are greeted with busy signals,
and, once online, encounter serious technical difficulties because of,
among other things, insufficient support," making their subscription
"virtually useless."

"In addition," says Poletti, "at least two state attorneys general have
confirmed they are in discussions with America Online, seeking some
resolution to complaints they have received from consumers about the
continuing problem of network access." Specifically, New York state Attoney
General Dennis Vacco and Wisconsin state Attorney General Jim Doyle are in
discussions with AOL, Reuters says.  The suits contend that since AOL began
offering its members unlimited access for $19.95 a month, its network has
been deluged by subscribers, many of whom cannot log onto the system during
peak evening hours or on weekends.

                       Intel Faces MMX Rights Fight

A copyright fight appears to be in the offing between chip giant Intel
Corp. and its traditional rivals, Cyrix Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices
Inc., over rights to the name of Intel's new MMX chip technology.  As
reported, Intel Corp. has unveiled its much-anticipated Pentium processors
with MMX (multimedia extension) technology designed to offer users PCs with
improved graphics, video and audio features.

In The Wall Street Journal this morning, reporter Dean Takahashi writes
that Intel has notified   the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that it
intends to trademark the name MMX, which stands for multimedia extension.
However, Cyrix and AMD contend Intel isn't entitled to a trademark on the
MMX name, and both said they intend to use it in their own forthcoming
chips.  Said AMD spokesman John Greenagel, "We don't believe MMX is a valid
trademark. We think it is a generic term, and we plan to use the term in
our marketing. We're trying to solve this amicably with Intel."

And Cyrix Vice President Steven Tobak told the paper his employer plans to
introduce an MMX-equivalent chip in the first half of this year and it will
include the MMX name, over Intel's objections.  Takahashi says Cyrix cloned
its version of MMX technology, while AMD licensed its version from Intel.
Intel Vice President Michael Aymar said the chipmaker didn't give away any
rights to use the MMX name.   In fact, adds the Journal, "Intel will be
including MMX in a redesigned logo as part of a multimillion-dollar
marketing campaign that began yesterday and picks up speed in a couple of
weeks with extensive advertising world-wide."

                   New York State Sued Over New Net Law

A new state law in New York State imposing restrictions on "indecent"
online material is being challenged as unconstitutional in a suit by the
American Civil Liberties Union and a number of library, publishing and
Internet groups.  Filed this morning in federal court in New York City, the
suit argues the law's prohibition on online distribution of indecent
material to minors would effectively ban distribution of the same material
to adults, including works of art and literature, safe-sex information and
"a wide range of robust human discourse" that could include sexually
oriented language.

According to the Dow Jones news service, the suit alleges that because
minors have general access to the Internet, and because Internet postings
and home pages are accessible to New York residents no matter where they
originated, the state's law "effectively would require almost all discourse
on the Internet, whether among New Yorkers or among users anywhere in the
world, to be at a level suitable for young children."  The wire service
notes the law, which took effect Nov. 1, makes it a felony to use any
"computer communication system" to distribute material containing nudity or
sexual content and which is "harmful to minors" - anyone under age 18. The
potential penalties for anyone convicted under the law range to up to four
years in prison.

The law is similar in intent to the federal Communications Decency Act,
which criminalizes the online dissemination of "patently offensive"
sexually explicit material to minors. Two federal appeals courts have
declared the federal law unconstitutional, and the U.S. Supreme Court has
agreed to consider the issue.  The New York suit seeks a declaration that
the state law is unconstitutional, as well as preliminary and permanent
injunctions barring the state from enforcing it.  Besides the ACLU, the
suit's plaintiffs include the American Library Association, the Magazine
Publishers of America, the Association of American Publishers, the American
Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the Interactive Digital
Software Association, and three New York-area Internet service providers.

                        Olivetti Sells PC Division

An agreement to sell its personal computer division reportedly has been
reached by Olivetti, the Italian information systems company.   In Rome,
the financial daily Il Sole 24 Ore says the buyers are Centenary Group, a
European takeover company, and Italian businessman Gianmario Rossignolo.
According to The Associated Press, an agreement in principle was reached
late Friday night, and the deal could be announced within a few days.  The
Rome newspaper, quoting unnamed sources, says the division could be sold
for about $130 million.  AP notes Olivetti, which employs about 28,000
people, has been in talks for several months to sell off the troubled PC
unit. It wants to focus on information services.

                      New York State Waives Net Taxes

New York's State Tax Department has been directed to exempt Internet access
service from sales taxes as part of Gov. George Pataki's effort to boost
employment in the new industry. The Reuter News Service notes the action
comes after the state tax department conducted a year-long study, required
by 1995 legislation, on issues posed by the Internet, which was submitted
to the governor this week by Taxation and Finance Commissioner Michael

"The report also concluded that because Internet access services were not
telecommunications, their receipts were outside the scope of the Section
186-3 gross receipts excise tax," Reuters notes.  The wire service says New
York state will not collect sales taxes from out-of-state or non-U.S. firms
that advertise on the Internet through a New York-based access provider, a
decision designed to make such firms more attractive to such entities.
Said the governor, "New York is the first state in the nation to take this
bold step. We have improved our competitive edge as we compete with places
like Seattle and Silicon Valley in California for Internet-related jobs."

                   New York State Sued Over New Net Law

A new state law in New York imposing restrictions on "indecent" online
material is being challenged as unconstitutional in a suit by the American
Civil Liberties Union and a number of library, publishing and Internet
groups.  Filed this morning in federal court in New York City, the suit
argues the law's prohibition on online distribution of indecent material to
minors would effectively ban distribution of the same material to adults,
including works of art and literature, safe-sex information and "a wide
range of robust human discourse" that could include sexually oriented

According to the Dow Jones news service, the suit alleges that because
minors have general access to the Internet, and because Internet postings
and home pages are accessible to New York residents no matter where they
originated, the state's law "effectively would require almost all discourse
on the Internet, hether among New Yorkers or among users anywhere in the
world, to be at a level suitable for young children."

The wire service notes the law, which took effect Nov. 1, makes it a felony
to use any "computer communication system" to distribute material
containing nudity or sexual content and which is "harmful to minors" -
anyone under age 18. The potential penalties for anyone convicted under the
law range to up to four years in prison.

The law is similar in intent to the federal Communications Decency Act,
which criminalizes the online dissemination of "patently offensive"
sexually explicit material to minors. Two federal appeals courts have
declared the federal law unconstitutional, and the U.S. Supreme Court has
agreed to consider the issue.  The New York suit seeks a declaration that
the state law is unconstitutional, as well as preliminary and permanent
injunctions barring the state from enforcing it.  Besides the ACLU, the
suit's plaintiffs include the American Library Association, the Magazine
Publishers of America, the Association of American Publishers, the American
Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the Interactive Digital
Software Association, and three New York-area Internet service providers.

                        Inaugural Web Site Launched

Last year's campaign was the first World Wide Web's first presidential
campaign. Now the Net will have its first inauguration in conjunction with
Bill Clinton's second term, which begins Jan. 20.   "The Virtual Inaugural"
site (reached at has been unveiled by the 1997
Presidential Inaugural Committee to provide updates and photographs of all
the inaugural festivities.

Presidential Inaugural Committee co-chair Ann Dibble Jordan told United
Press International, "A future generation of Americans will remember
President Clinton's inauguration the same way we remember Herbert Hoover's
inauguration, the first to be broadcast live on radio, and Harry Truman's,
the first to be shown on television."  The committee has announced a joint
Internet venture with the Public Broadcasting Service to provide online
lesson plans for middle school and high school teachers, adding students
also can use the web site to study citizenship, democracy and the history
of American inaugurations.  Visitors to the site can get information on the
parade, gala or Mall and can their home states on a map and learn about
local participants and other items of interest. The web site will have an
inaugural schedule, accommodation information and details on events.

                      HAL Has First Birthday (Again)

Happy Birthday, HAL!  The thinking, talking computer -- which reads lips,
plays chess and eliminates astronauts in the sf classic "2001: A Space
Odyssey" -- celebrates a birthday today, well, srta. In Arthur C. Clarke's
original book version of "2001," HAL is activated on Jan. 12, 1997, at the
"HAL Plant" in Urbana, New York.  However, the successful film version of
the story shifted the birth year five years forward, to 1992.   In both,
notes Associated Press writer Matt Kelley, "HAL became a symbol of
technology's dangers as well as its promise.

The goal of a computer that really thinks is still unrealized.  That
doesn't mean computer scientists here aren't trying, however."
Incidentally, when Clarke was writing his tale in the 1960s, scientists at
the University of Illinois still were building Illiac IV, then the largest
and fastest computer in the world.  "That computer," says Kelley, "ran at
13 megahertz, less than a tenth the speed of a common PC today, and had
just 1 megabyte of memory, a fraction of what's standard on modern home

                     Bill Gates Eyes Gumbel for MSNBC

Word is Microsoft Corp. chief Bill Gates wants Bryant Gumbel, who recently
left "Today" after 15 years on the morning TV show, to play a major role in
MSNBC, Microsoft's joint venture with NBC, home of "Today."  No one's
confirming that, but The Associated Press reports Gumbel recent toured
Microsoft's Redmond, Washington, facilities and met with Gates.

In California, Merrill Brown, MSNBC editor in chief, told the wire service
the purpose of Gumbel's visit "was to get more Internet savvy and to
understand what we're doing, both at Microsoft and at MSNBC."  Added Brown,
"We did a little demo for him, we let him sit through the news meeting and
he had stimulating things to say about the news and what we may or may not
do about it."

                     Traditional Modem's Days Numbered

The days of the traditional telephone modem are numbered, predicts market
researcher Frost & Sullivan.  "The slow decline over the next several years
in the traditional analog dial-up modem market is a direct result of the
acceptance of the new high speed cable and digital ADSL modem
technologies," says Brian Phillips, an analyst for the Mountain Vew,
California, company.  In order to catch users' attention and draw them to
their Web sites, site designers are incorporating more extensive graphics
and animation in their Web pages. This can make the process of accessing a
home page to find specific information tedious, particularly when several
hundred kilobits of graphics must be downloaded along with the desired

This trend will cause a shift in the kinds of modem hardware used for
Internet access, driving the need for higher speed digital and cable
modems. But Frost & Sullivan doesn't expect the change to occur overnight.
"High speed technologies will impact the market in a significant way, but
will not take over," says Phillips. "There will be room for dial-up, ISDN
and high speed access to coexist in the 21st century modem market. Those
companies that stay on top of the market and technology developments and
are able to determine which market niche is best suited for them will be
the most successful."

           Netscape sees server momentum grow with new products

Netscape Communications Corporation Monday said it is seeing momentum
accelerate for the Netscape SuiteSpot family of Intranet servers. The
company delivered more than one million servers in 1996. Netscape continues
to build its server momentum this week by announcing the availability of
two more products in the new SuiteSpot 3.0 line: the final version of
Netscape Proxy Server 2.5 and the beta version of Netscape Collabra Server

           Multi-service access switches adopt ID authentication

Dynatech Communications, Inc. announced Monday that DynaStar multi-service
access switches are available with Security Dynamics' ACE/Server and
SecurID user authentication technologies. DynaStar Access Switches utilize
a packet/frame/cell architecture offering a multi-service capability for
solutions to universal access in enterprise networks and protocol mediation
in carrier networks. DynaStar's scaleable architecture will migrate traffic
from X.25- to-IP-to-ATM as well as carry Frame Relay, ISDN and SDLC data on
one platform.

           Adobe and Fujitsu to provide scan-to-the-web solution

Adobe Systems Incorporated and Fujitsu Computer Products of America Monday
announced they signed an agreement to provide a solution to convert paper-
based and electronic information into searchable electronic documents ready
for distribution via corporate Intranets, the World Wide Web and CD-ROM.
The agreement will provide customers with a web-ready document-imaging
solution that can support a broad range of user needs. Distribution will
occur without spending time re-authoring documents into other formats.

          AOL spends more on network upgrade as membership soars

America Online Inc., plagued with overload problems and angry members, said
Thursday it will spend even more than planned to shore up its network, amid
another soaring subscriber growth report. The Dulles, Va.-based company has
experienced service outages since it switched its members to unlimited
usage for $19.95 a month in December. The largest online services company
in the world said it will now spend $350 million to upgrade its network,
instead of $250 million as previously planned, to add new modems and build
an 180,000 square foot data center.

               Telecoms sign Internet connectivity agreement

Virtual Telecom, Inc., announced Thursday the signing of an Internet
connectivity agreement with British Telecom Ltd., Geneva to acquire dual
high quality Internet connections to the British Telecom/MCI Communications
Corp. worldwide Internet backbone (Concert Internet Plus). This agreement
will allow Virtual Telecom to deliver high-availability "industrial
strength" Internetworking connectivity over its domestic Swiss network.
Virtual Telecom operates as a Swiss-based Internet service and information

       New full-service network offered for rural Colo. Subscribers

RELTEC Corporation and Aware, Inc., have joined to deploy digital
multicarrier technology for telephony to provide POTS, Calling Name and
Number, FAX and data services to Pacific Telecom, Inc. (PTI) subscribers in
an ongoing field trial at Rocky Ford, Colo., the companies said Thursday.
Larry Burton, vice president of RELTEC Loop Electronics, said the PTI trial
represents the first application anywhere of digital multicarrier
technology for telephony. The trial began in mid-September.

                Bonn vows to fight neo-Nazis in cyberspace

Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel vowed Thursday that Germany would remain
vigilant in its fight against neo-Nazis and was determined to stamp out
their racist propaganda--even in cyberspace. "We will not allow the
Internet to be used as an electronic meeting place for the extreme right
wing," Kinkel said. Chancellor Helmut Kohl's cabinet approved the bill last
November to protect Internet users' privacy and keep out Nazi propaganda
and pornography--a project the United States and other governments have
largely given up as impossible without compromising civil liberties.

                North Korean news agency debuts on Internet

North Korea formally made its debut on the Internet Thursday in what one of
its officials said was a bid to remove "misunderstandings" about one of the
world's most reclusive nations. Reports in English from the official Korean
Central News Agency were made available to Internet users worldwide. The
address is An official from the Korea News Service
said North Korea also planned eventually to disseminate information on the
web in the Korean and Japanese languages.

          Wireless modem jack connects to Internet from AC outlet

FutureNet has developed a wireless modem jack that converts any electrical
outlet into an enhanced jack with a range of 75 feet. A user can plug the
unit into any electrical outlet and connect to the Internet. The wireless
jack is an FM carrier extension system designed to work with computer
modems. All of the control tones and pulses except the ring signal are
transmitted in both directions along with the duplex audio signals. The
power lines are isolated from the phone lines at each end by the use of
high-voltage, U.L. approved capacitors and inductors.

         Network Internet access offered through single connection

Microtest, Inc. Monday announced the forthcoming release of WebEtc, a
software solution that allows multiple network users to simultaneously
access the Internet through one modem and one Internet connection. WebEtc
is compatible with Windows 3.x, Windows 95 or Windows NT. It requires no
special client software and operates on either Microsoft or Novell
networks, without the need for a dedicated PC or server. WebEtc
automatically configures itself during installation. It is scheduled to
ship Jan. 31.

          Artisoft now shipping Visual Voice Text-to-Speech v2.0

Artisoft, Inc. announced Monday it is shipping Visual Voice Text-to-Speech
(TTS) v2.0. The latest version of Visual Voice Text-to-Speech adds the
ability for software applications to convert ASCII strings or files into
highly intelligible speech. Version 2.0 of Visual Voice Text-to-Speech now
supports Microsoft's Speech Application Programming Interface (SAPI),
allowing developers to take advantage of a variety of SAPI TTS engines
offering multilingual support, unlimited vocabulary and nine voice types.

             Ziff-Davis launches 10 new international editions

Building on ZDNet's growth in France, Germany, the United Kingdom and
United States, Ziff-Davis Wednesday announced the launch of 10 new,
international editions of ZDNet on the World Wide Web. ZDNet China debuted
Wednesday. Australia, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, Malaysia/Singapore, Russia,
Spain and Taiwan will be online with their local editions of ZDNet in
March. ZDNet Japan will debut in April. Each edition will feature the
10,000-title ZDNet Software Library as well as local translations of
ZDNet's news and buying information. In November 1996, the company said,
34.5 percent of ZDNet's monthly visits came from outside the U.S.

                     Brooktrout to accelerate Internet
                      telephony standards development

In a move to accelerate development of standards in Internet telephony,
Brooktrout Technology, Inc., has proposed to extend existing International
Telecommunications Union (ITU) standards for real-time transmission of fax
on packet data networks. The proposal extends the existing standards to IP
networks including the Internet. Broadening its participation in Internet
telephony standards development, Brooktrout also announced that it has
joined the Voice Over IP (VoIP) Forum. The VoIP Forum is a group of 40
computer and telephony vendors to ensure and promote industry-wide
interoperability of Internet voice communications products.

                Exabyte announces 8mm technology available

Exabyte Corp. Wednesday reported that the Exabyte EXB-8700LT is now
available to end users within the United States. The field proven 8mm tape
drive is designed for high-end desktop and network applications, has a
capacity of 10GB (compressed) and a transfer rate of 60 MB per minute.
Exabyte Corp. says the EXATAPE 8mm data cartridges are readily available
and more cost effective than the 4mm DAT counterpart. Exabyte storage
products provide cost-effective compact data storage in one of the fastest-
growing segments of the computer industry.

             Peru hostage takers call for support on Internet

Marxist rebels holding 74 hostages in the Japanese ambassador's residence
posted a message on their Internet web page Wednesday urging supporters to
help pressure President Alberto Fujimori to release their imprisoned
comrades. Fujimori has refused to give in to rebel demands to swap the 74
hostages for 400 jailed MRTA members. The MRTA web page gave the address
and fax number of Fujimori's Government Palace and electronic mail
addresses of local human rights groups, the International Red Cross and
news organizations.

                  E-9-1-1 compliance solutions proffered

AccuCom, a San Diego-based provider of wireless location solutions, said
Wednesday it can solve infrastructure cost concerns involved in compliance
with Enhanced 9-1-1 mobile services rules the Federal Communications
Commission issued in June. In complying to the two-phase FCC ruling,
wireless carriers were faced with "who pays?" and "how much?" questions in
deploying the technology. AccuCom President Paul Bouchard said in exchange
for providing hardware, AccuCom would contract with carriers to provide
and/or re-sell various location-based services and applications as well as
share a 9-1-1 surcharge. Beta testing could begin later this year.

            China eases Internet blocks but keeps careful watch

Beijing has loosened controls barring Chinese Internet users from accessing
foreign news sources but is keeping watch for politically suspect content
on the worldwide computer network, an official said Wednesday. Blocks
imposed last year on Internet Web sites operated by CNN, the Wall Street
Journal and other news providers had all been removed, industry experts in
the Chinese capital said. China is eager to be part of the technological
revolution, but officials have long been concerned that the information
superhighway could bypass strict communist control of the media and fuel
internal dissent.

Office 97 STR Overview

                        Office 97 Top NEW Features

A quick overview of the top new features in Microsoft Office 97.Get
organized with a unified workspace and tighter integration between all
Office applications

    Microsoft Outlook - Provides an integrated desktop where you can
        organize and manage your e-mail, calendar, contacts, tasks, and files in
        one place.
    Auto Journal -  Logs Outlook communications and Microsoft Office
        application activities.
    Address book integration -  Stores your address book contacts in one
        location for easy access from any Office application.
    Multiple views -  Allows you to view information in any Outlook folder
        by icon, table, card, timeline, or calendar, or to customize your own view.
    Complete portable solution -  Takes your Outlook information with you
        by way of paper planner, laptop computer, personal data assistant, or
        Timexr DataLink watch.
    Office Binder -  Stores all your files for a project in one place-you
        can even add common headers and footers so they look and print like one
    Get connected with Internet-ready software that enhances interactive
    Adding Hyperlinks - Creates live links to a file or site automatically
        when you type the URL or UNC address.
    ActiveWeb - Allows you to author and view documents in their native
        format on your corporate intranet or the Internet Full-text searching
        Enables you to find information on your network quickly and easily.
    Web toolbar -  Brings the navigational and searching tools of the Web
        to your Office applications.
    Save as HTML in Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, and
        PowerPointr -  Saves your Office documents into HTML format with the click
        of a button for posting to the Internet or corporate intranets
    Web templates in Word - Provides custom templates to design great
    Web pages Document Versioning in Word - Tracks and stores all previous
        version of your document in one file.
    Web Queries in Microsoft Excel - Pull real-rime information from Web
        sites directly into your worksheet.
       Publish To The Web in Microsoft Access - Converts your data or reports
        to HTML so you can create dynamic, interactive database pages and share
        them across a company intranet or the World Wide Web.
    Save to URL in Microsoft Excel - Allows you to save to a Web server by
        simply specifying the URL address.
    PowerPoint Animation Player for ActiveXT - Lets you publish
        presentations to the Internet as a Web page with animation and narration.
        Get results with a personalized desktop and intelligent software.
    Office Assistant Provides interactive advice, help, and tips to help
        you learn as you work and it's completely customizable so you can choose
        the Assistant and the options that best suit the way you work.
    Grammar Check and Spell It in Word - Proofread your documents for
        spelling and grammatical errors as you type, and correct errors with one
        click of the right mouse button.
    Enhanced Auto Correct in Word - Corrects common multiple-word
        typographical and grammatical errors, fixes capitalization mistakes, and
        creates handy shortcuts for frequently used text and graphics.
    Natural language formulas in Microsoft Excel - Allow you to use your
        own terminology when building formulas.
    Multiple Undo in Microsoft Excel - Allows you to undo multiple
    AutoPreview in Outlook - Lets you view the first three lines of each e-
        mail message.
    IntelliMouse support in Office 97 applications - Takes advantage of
        the IntelliMouse Wheel for enhanced navigation, close-up viewing, and
        panning left and right (hardware sold separately).
    Office Art - Gives you drawing tools to easily design sophisticated 3-
        D effects, shadows, multicolored fills, textures, and Bezier curves.
    Images and fonts on CD-ROM - Includes approximately 3,000 clip-art
        images and 150 fonts.

                   One Window to Your World of Information

Microsoft Outlook 97

Introducing Microsoft Outlook 97, a breakthrough in workgroup and
individual desktop information management. With Outlook, you and your team
can organize, integrate, and manage electronic mail, calendars, tasks,
contacts, documents, and scheduling-all from one window.   Microsoft
Outlook 97 desktop information manager for the Windowsr 95 and Windows NTr
Workstation operating systems helps you communicate, organize, and manage
all of your information with one centralized application.

Get organized.
Organization begins with the Outlook Bar-the user-friendly navigation tool
that creates shortcuts to your e-mail inbox, calendar, contacts, tasks,
mail folders, favorite World Wide Web sites, and documents.   With the
Outlook drag-and-drop feature, you can quickly move data, schedule
appointments, and prioritize your tasks. You can even use drag-and-drop to
create new Outlook items automatically from existing ones.

Communicate with ease.
Outlook provides the e-mail functionality you've been waiting for! You're a
step ahead with e-mail features such as Auto Preview, which displays the
first three lines of each e-mail message so you can scan through and
prioritize them quickly. You can also use Message Flag to mark your e-mail
messages with due dates or follow-up actions, and Voting and Tracking to
tally your team's opinions on issues. Outlook 97 also gives you powerful
personal contact management tools. You can store extensive information
about each contact, including multiple phone numbers, addresses, e-mail
addresses-even an Internet URL.

Use the revolutionary Outlook Journal to maintain an itemized log of your
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EDUPAGE STR Focus        Keeping the users informed


Beeper Madness
Time Warner Offers Internet Coaching In The Classroom
FCC Designates Wireless Spectrum For Schools, Others
DOE's Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative
Try This Bus For Speed
European Union Wants Sales Tax On Telecom Services
IBM Internet Service Experiences Some Problems
BellSouth Targets Cellular Market In Latin America
Programmer Pleads Guilty Of Defrauding AOL
Internet Deadbeats
Lotus Tunes Up Notes; Netscape, Corel Double-Team Microsoft
Encryption Export Policy Won't Work, Says McAfee Boss
ABA Appoints Electronic Banking Committee
Engineering Ed, Via African Virtual U.
Nextel Cuts "Roaming" Rates
Indictments For Child Porn On Net
NCR And Computer Associates Form Alliance
Internet Job  Register
Gateway 2000 Victimized By X-Rated Sabotage
Blank Slate
FBI Offers New Proposal For Digital Wiretaps
China Loosens Restraints On Internet Access
Suit Seeks $20 Million From AOL For Busy Signals
Nortel, Baby Bell Have Internet Traffic Control Deal
Just Say No To Cybertaxes
Computers & Jobs
Autodesk Blueprint Targets Home Improvement
HP Cozies Up To Informix, Cisco
Our Love Affair With E-Mail
Phone Fraud In England
Microsoft, Intuit Set The Pace For Internet Banking

                              BEEPER MADNESS
A technical glitch on Thursday caused the SkyTel paging network to send
erroneous call-me-back messages  to more than 100,000 customers.  The
problem was exacerbated when some diligent subscribers returned the  call
and left their phone numbers so that whoever had beeped them could call
back.  The result was a 26- minute major phone traffic jam as thousands of
other SkyTel customers then called those numbers.   Apparently, the whole
mess started when a customer desiring a new PIN (personal identification
number)  was mistakenly assigned one linked to a secret code that the
company uses to beam Dow Jones News Service  information out to 100,000
customers.  The PIN, a seven-digit number that looked like a phone number,
was zapped to the Dow Jones subscribers, many of whom then tried to dial it
as a local call.  Others recognized it  as a PIN, and called SkyTel to
retrieve the "caller's" number, jamming the lines there.  "One frequency of
our one-way nationwide network experienced an anomaly in the database that
caused customers to be paged  erroneously," says a spokesman for SkyTel's
parent company, MTel, which has apologized for the snafu.  (Wall Street
Journal 10 Jan 97 A1)


As part of its 1995 settlement negotiated with the Federal Communications
Commission over cable rate  complaints, Time Warner Cable has launched
"Cable Connections," a combination of teacher training  materials and
workshops designed to assist teachers in incorporating Internet access and
cable programming  in their lesson plans.  The company already provides
free cable hook-ups to about 90% of the schools in its  service areas,
which receive 500 hours a month of commercial-free educational programming
through the  industry's Cable in the Classroom program.  Now Time Warner
will provide free connections to its ROAD  RUNNER high-speed Internet
access, including a free cable modem and service throughout the school
year.   (BNA Daily Report for Executives 8 Jan 97 A19)


The Federal Communications Commission has set aside 300 megahertz of
spectrum for free, unlicensed,  short-range wireless communications by
individuals, schools, hospitals and libraries.  Metricom's Ricochet
network already provides its subscribers with wireless data communications
and Internet access using an  unlicensed portion of the radio spectrum.
The FCC anticipates similar services proliferating, as well as  educational
and medical applications, such as teachers using the designated airwaves to
call up student  background records and grades from the schools central
database using handheld machines or doctors calling  up X-rays from a
hospital database and ordering drugs from the pharmacy.  (Investor's
Business Daily
10 Jan 97 A21)


The reduction of the arms race is causing a computer race, as the U.S.
Department of Energy steps up the  pace of developing high-performance
computers.  "In this program, we have to work with the computer  industry
to compress the length of time between... generations of computers," says
the DOE deputy assistant  secretary for strategic computing and simulation.
The high-powered machines are needed to perform the  complex calculations
that are used to assess factors such as the impact of aging on weapons and
their ability  to perform.  The DOE says it will need supercomputers
capable of performing at least 100 trillion operations  per second by the
year 2004.  To accelerate the process, the agency has established the
Academic Strategic Alliances Program to create and fund university "centers
of excellence." (Science News 4 Jan 97 p7)

                          TRY THIS BUS FOR SPEED

Intel plans to add a 100-MHz bus to its Pentium Pro microprocessors,
allowing the company to bump up chip  speeds to 400 MHz by next year.  The
GTL+ bus will appear later this year on Pentium Pro chips with  clock
speeds of 300 MHz.  Meanwhile, the company will continue to enhance
existing Pentium Pro  processors that use the 66-MHz internal bus -- in the
next few months, Intel will introduce 233-MHz and  266-MHz chips.
(Information Week 6 Jan 97 p24)


The European Union is planning to adopt a rule that allows EU governments
to impose value-added taxes on  all telecommunications services - including
telephone "callback" systems that have been devised to  circumvent high
European phone rates for international calls by allowing Europeans to call
a callback service  in the U.S., which immediately hangs up the call,
returns it at the much-lower U.S. phone rates, and then  connects the
caller to the number originally dialed.  Theoretically, the rule could also
require U.S. companies selling goods over the Internet to pay value-added
taxes on merchandise sold to European  customers.  Such taxes are in excess
of 20 percent in some EU countries.  (New York Times 11 Jan 97 p27)


IBM acknowledged that it has experienced some problems with e-mail delivery
on its Internet Connection  service, which has been ranked by PC World
magazine as one of the best Internet access services.  A number  of
messages were delayed, but IBM said it had "no reports of significant mail
loss." IBM is working on a  major upgrade of its servers in order to
quadruple capacity. The number of current users on IBM's Internet  Connect
is reportedly in the low thousands.  (Reuters 10 Jan 97)


BellSouth, which already claims 450,000 of the 2 million cellular customers
in Latin America, is rapidly  expanding its activities there, and has just
bought a majority stake in the Peruvian cellular phone company  called Tele
2000.  The overall customer base in Latin America is expected to increase
to 19 million within  the next five years.  BellSouth's president for Latin
American operations calls the use of cellular phones a  "cultural
phenomenon" and says:  "In the United States, people often leave cellular
phones in their cars, but  in Latin America, people carry them everywhere
they go." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 12 Jan 97 G5)


A former Yale computer science student has pleaded guilty to defrauding
America Online and faces a  maximum sentence of five years in prison, a
$250,000 fine, and restitution to AOL for using that company's  services
without paying for them.  AOL estimates it lost between $40,000 and $70,000
in service charges  because the student distributed his computer program,
which he called AOL4FREE, to hundreds of other computer users. (UPI 9 Jan

                            INTERNET DEADBEATS

Network Solutions Inc., the authorized collector of fees paid for Internet
addresses, reports that it's about  $10 million short of the $20.7 million
that should be in the account, based on the number of addresses  registered
since payment was first mandated in 1995.  The unpaid fees are partly
attributable to "speculators  and resellers who have no intention of
paying," says a spokesman for the National Science Foundation, the federal
agency that appointed Network Solutions Inc. and oversees its work.  Thirty
percent of the money  collected is earmarked for the "preservation and
enhancement" of the "intellectual infrastructure" of the  Internet, but so
far, none of the funds have been spent.  "The sooner that the money is
spent on the good of  the Internet, the better, in my opinion," says the
president of the Internet Society.  Meanwhile, a chemical  engineering
professor at Virginia Tech has called for a public accounting of the $10.7-
million shortfall:  "I think NSF has a tiger by the tail, and the prudent
action is to let go of the tail." (Washington Post 11 Jan 97 D1)

                           DOUBLE-TEAM MICROSOFT

Lotus is revamping its Notes mail client, building in new calendar and
scheduling features, in anticipation of  competition from Microsoft
Outlook.  "Microsoft is getting ready to carpet bomb America with Outlook,
which ships free with Office 97, and Lotus has to ready itself for that,"
says a Gartner Group VP.  Lotus is  also considering unbundling its Domino
Server, giving users a choice of Internet standards-based servers for
smaller clients.  The announcements will be made later this month at
Lotusphere 97.  (InfoWorld Electric 10  Jan 97)  Meanwhile, Netscape and
Corel are producing their own rival to Microsoft's Office 97, based on
Corel's WordPerfect suite of applications programs.  The new version, due
out in April, will incorporate  Netscape's Communicator groupware software,
which includes e-mail, conferencing and other collaboration  products.
(Wall Street Journal 14 Jan 97 B10)


McAfee Associates CEO Bill Larson says the U.S. government's latest
approach to encryption product  export just isn't going to work:  "The
question the administration has to ask itself is:  Does it want to have an
American encryption industry or not?  If it does, it has to allow
competition and free commerce to take  place.  If there were any terrorists
who wanted to get 180-bit encryption, all they would have to do is walk
into any U.S. store and buy our PCCrypto product.  They could put one
floppy into a briefcase and get on an  airplane...  All the governments --
the Russians, the Chinese -- already have their own internally developed
180-bit encryption."  And the difference between 56-bit and 180-bit
products is significant:  "Basically, 48-  to 56-bit encryption can be
broken by a supercomputer in a matter of weeks.  As you move up over 120-
bit  encryption, you're talking about months with a supercomputer.  And 180-
bit is a huge effort -- over six  months." (Investor's Business Daily 13
Jan 97 A6)


The American Bankers Association has created a Payments System Steering
Committee to advise members  on electronic banking and commerce issues.  An
ABA task force last fall recommended that only insured  financial
institutions should be permitted to issue stored-value card products, such
as smart cards, and other  forms of electronic money.  "Technology and
electronic payments are absolutely critical issues to the future  of the
banking industry," says the committee's chairman.  (BNA Daily Report for
Executives 13 Jan 97 A8)


The African Virtual University, sponsored by the World Bank, is providing
engineering students the  opportunity to take courses in electrical
engineering from a professor at the University of Massachusetts at
Amherst.  The professor's stateside course is videotaped and transmitted
via satellite to participating  institutions in Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania,
Uganda and Zimbabwe.  The professor is available by telephone  three times
a week to answer questions that the on-site instructor can't answer, or for
which clarification is  needed.  Eventually, the African Virtual U. will be
available in more than 40 countries on the African  continent.  (Chronicle
of Higher Education 17 Jan 97 A24)

                        NEXTEL CUTS "ROAMING" RATES

Nextel Communications is trying to pull ahead of the wireless pack,
announcing it will eliminate for about  300,000 of its one million
customers the exorbitant "roaming" rates charged by many cellular
companies.   The new plan begins February 1, and affects calls made from 50
different cities. "We've been somewhat of a  stealth wireless company, but
now we're about to emerge," says Nextel's CEO.  "By the end of this year
our  second-generation digital network will address 70% of the U.S.
population and 85% by next year."  The  company has already spent $1.85
billion to construct its digital network and plans to channel $2 billion
more  into efforts to secure nationwide coverage.  (Wall Street Journal 14
Jan 97 B1)


Ontario police have charged several people with downloading child
pornography off the Internet.  The police  refuse to reveal the techniques
they use to build cases against people caught with huge stockpiles of child
porn, and defense lawyers and legal experts say constitutional issues
surrounding the state's right to monitor  a person's private computer will
surface as the cases come to court.   Defense lawyer Marie Henein finds it
"a little frightening" that you could be sitting at your computer at home
while the police are assessing what  you're doing.  She and another lawyer
represent an Ontario man charged with distributing child pornography  on
the Internet after police seized 20,000 computer files containing photos
and video clips. (Montreal Gazette 13 Jan 97 A5)


NCR Corporation, which was recently spun off from AT&T, has struck a deal
with Computer Associates  International (the world's second-largest
independent software company after Microsoft) that would  encourage NCR's
large retail and financial-industry customers to use CA software to manage
their systems.   Last April Computer Associates worked out a similar
arrangement with Digital Equipment Corporation.  (New York Times 14 Jan 97

                          INTERNET JOB  REGISTER

The Canadian government has introduced an Internet employment network for
students and recent college  and university graduates, called the National
Graduate Register < >. The service  is free to
students and employers, but in 1998 employers will be asked to pay a small
fee to make the service   self-supporting.  The service cost $750,000 to
develop.  (Ottawa Citizen 14 Jan 97 B6)


A video distributed by Gateway 2000 Inc. to promote its new big-screen PC
that performs TV, cable and  stereo functions was found to contain 30
seconds of explicit sexual material, forcing the company to recall  20,000
copies of the tape.  A company executive says it's a case of sabotage by
some disgruntled employee,  but is not sure whether the target of the
sabotage was Gateway 2000 itself or the video house that produced  the
tape.  (Wall Street Journal 14 Jan 97 B1)

                                BLANK SLATE

Michael Kinsley, the editor of "Slate," a Microsoft-supported Web-based
political/cultural magazine, has  abandoned plans to charge readers who
visit its Web page.  "Even in our headiest moments, we couldn't  convince
ourselves that people lust for political and cultural commentary the way
they lust for sex and  money,"  says Kinsley, who still plans to use e-mail
to deliver a printable version of the magazine for $70 a  year.  (Atlanta
Journal-Constitution 14 Jan 96 B5)


The Federal Bureau of Investigation has released for public comment a new
proposal for facilitating tapping  of digital phone calls by law
enforcement officials armed with court orders.  Under the new proposal,
which  is significantly more modest than what the Bureau had asked for in a
earlier plan, law enforcement officials  would operate under a formula in
which (for example) 523 phone lines could be monitored simultaneously in  a
place such as Manhattan.  Privacy advocates oppose the FBI's plan as an
unacceptable expansion of electronic surveillance.  (New York Times 15 Jan
97 A8)


China has restored access to many Western media Internet sites, but
barriers remain intact for sites that  Beijing considers politically
sensitive, particularly those containing news and commentaries from Hong
Kong  and Taiwan.  Chinese language sites and those sponsored by Chinese
dissident groups are also off-limits.    The move to relax restrictions
comes several months after access to some 100 sites was blocked last fall.
The government has said it plans a more selective approach to Internet
censorship in the future.  (Wall Street Journal 16 Jan 97 B4)


Five California men have brought a class-action suit for negligence and
consumer fraud against America  Online, charging in a Los Angeles Superior
Court that AOL introduced flat-fee pricing that increased activity  well
beyond what it was prepared to handle, so that subscribers encountered
"busy and unavailable phone  lines and/or inaccessible computer equipment."
(Atlanta Journal-Constitution 15 Jan 97 B6)


Northern Telecom has signed a deal with American phone company SBC
Communications introducing the  first service to eliminate phone line
"bottlenecks" due to exploding Internet use.  SBC, which owns  Southwestern
Bell, will use Nortel's Internet phone service to route Internet calls to
less-congested parts of  its phone network.  Nortel is the first equipment
maker to address what carriers say is a growing problem --  too many
Internet users tying up phone lines for too long.  Nortel's new offering
removes Internet calls from  the voice network and places them on the
carrier's data system, which is better able to handle such traffic.
Nortel is talking to all U.S. and Canadian regional phone companies, and
some British carriers, to sell its  new Internet product.  The potential
market for Nortel's service is somewhere between $1- and $2-billion, he
added. (Toronto Financial Post 16 Jan 97 p8)

                         JUST SAY NO TO CYBERTAXES

Representative Christopher Cox (R-Calif.) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)
plan to propose a moratorium  on any new federal, state or local taxes on
electronic commerce.  The Cox-Wyden bill calls on the Clinton
Administration to develop a comprehensive Internet policy.  (Business Week
20 Jan 97 p41)

                             COMPUTERS & JOBS

A new study prepared by Canadian Policy Research Networks concludes the
spread of computers in the work  place is wiping out job opportunities for
unskilled workers.  It points out that although computers have  created
more jobs than they have destroyed, employers have used computer-based
technology to eliminate  unskilled jobs, and have not given the displaced
workers the training they would need to move into the new  high-skill jobs.
Currently, there is a sharp dichotomy in the employee make-up of computer-
oriented vs.  non-computer-oriented firms.  In low-tech companies, managers
and professionals comprise about 15% of all  workers, while 36% are
unskilled.  In high-tech firms, 31% of workers are managers and
professionals, and  only 10% are unskilled.  The biggest winners in the
shift in job types are people who know their way around  computers: about
15% of the new jobs created went to managers in engineering, architecture,
science and  information systems, while another 21% went to mathematicians,
systems analysts and computer programmers.  Overall, managers and
professionals accounted for 53% of the new jobs created but only 9%  of the
jobs eliminated.  The biggest losers were in "intermediate" jobs, mainly
clerical jobs in corporate  purchasing and accounting departments, and in
banks and insurance companies.  They accounted for 22.9%  of the new jobs
created by computers, but fully 60% of the job types eliminated. (Toronto
Globe & Mail 15  Jan 97 B3)


Autodesk is launching a new product that offers a do-it-yourself approach
to designing kitchens, and plans to  follow up with software for designing
homes and bathrooms.  "This really is a huge category," says the CEO  of
Books That Work, another do-it-yourself software maker.  "It really is a
productive use of computers."   The software allows users to experiment
with various photo-quality combinations of cupboards, countertops  and
appliances, and view the result from various angles.  (Wall Street Journal
15 Jan 97 B5)

                      HP COZIES UP TO INFORMIX, CISCO

Hewlett-Packard has cut deals with database maker Informix Corp. and
networking giant Cisco Systems to  promote their products as part of an HP
marketing effort.  Informix's Universal Server database, which is  designed
to handle multimedia data picked up off the Web, will be bundled into HP's
Domain XE Enterprise  Server this summer.  And Cisco will recommend that
its customers purchase HP computers in exchange for  HP touting the
benefits of Cisco networking products.  "Companies must rapidly start
moving toward the model of a global networked business if they are to
prosper in the years ahead," says Cisco's CEO. (Investor's Business Daily
16 Jan 97 A6, A17)

                        OUR LOVE AFFAIR WITH E-MAIL

Forrester Researcher says 15% of the U.S. population now uses e-mail, up
from 2% in 1992.  And they  predict that within five years, that number
will rise to about 50%.  "It's the most popular online activity,"  says a
Forrester analyst.  "Growth will be fueled by the increase in home PC
penetration and the growth of  Internet access in corporations.
Furthermore, the emergence of personalized services and tools that let
ordinary people combine graphics and attachments will help make e-mail a
preferred means of communication."  (Investor's Business Daily 15 Jan 97

                          PHONE FRAUD IN ENGLAND

A man in England has filed suit against British Telecom  because someone
was able to hack into his phone  line and run up several thousand of
dollars in charges for calls to international sex lines.  "This is not just
about money," the man said. "Like many others in my position I was
initially told by BT that phantom calls  were not possible on a domestic
line, the implication being that one of my three sons must have made the
calls. That caused considerable and unjustified friction which affected the
whole family."  BT insists it treats  all customers fairly and says:  "We
do not deny that domestic telephone fraud happens but it is rare. You  have
more chance of becoming a millionaire on the lottery than becoming a victim
of telephone fraud." a  spokesman said.  But the  Telecom Managers
Association, of which BT is a member, says:  "There are only  two types of
phone user -- those who have been defrauded and those who will be."  (The
Sunday Times of London, 12 Jan 97)


Microsoft and Intuit Inc. have teamed up with Atlanta-based CheckFree Corp.
to devise and promote a single  standard for banking over the Internet.
The Open Financial Exchange standard seeks to establish rules for
exchanging financial data among financial institutions, businesses and
consumers over the Internet.  Both  Microsoft and Intuit will modify their
competing personal-finance programs to adhere to the new standard.
Conflicting standards have been cited as one reason that online banking
hasn't really caught on with  consumers and financial institutions.  "The
banks are saying we don't want to have all of these choices," says  an
industry consultant. (Wall Street Journal 16 Jan 97 B4)

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I have a PC at work and I may get about 10-15 minutes a day, if I'm lucky,
to play around on the Internet just to check out a few sites.  It's
interesting but I know there's a TON of stuff out there that I just don't
have time at work to check out.

As I mentioned last week, I finally managed to get an Atari web browser to
work - STiK and CAB.  It works very well (and switching my Falcon's
resolution to 256 colors increased the quality of the graphics
tremendously!).  I've been checking out more and more sites and getting my
feet even wetter - it's been fun.  I still recommend it highly.

Now my next project is to get the other modules to work, like AntMail,
Newsie, FTP, and others.  These will provide me with even more tools to get
around the Internet and many of the features that the other platforms
currently have.  It's exciting, especially on Atari computers, to find
another new use for these "antiques"! 

I've also been playing around with a relatively new Web page/HTML creator,
Home Page Penguin.  It's pretty basic and nothing fancy, but I was
successful in creating a web page (basically for my wife's Star Trek
"Imzadi" fanclub and newszines as well as her home Star Trek collectibles
venture).  The page is really basic at the moment, but I hope to clean it
up and add some things related to my BBS and Atari user group.  If you feel
like dropping by, the URL is "".

I also found another creator earlier this week, Web Spinner, but I haven't
looked at it - I'll keep you updated on both of these Atari HTML programs
as I delve into them deeper in the days to come.  I also have another (new)
e-mail address via STReport's site, at "" - another address
to remember!

Before I forget, I just want to send out my best wishes for a speedy
recovery to Lloyd Pulley, our illustrious PC Public Domain software "guru".
Lloyd recently underwent heart surgery and all of us here wish him well!

Until next time...

Newsbytes NewsReel - 12 Years Ago This Week

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S.A., 1997 JAN 10 (Newsbytes) -- By Nick Gorski.

Twelve years ago, January 8, 1985, these Newsbytes stories were filed. A
Look Back At CES, Apple Update, and Komputers To The Kremlin.  These
stories were taken from the extensive archives at the Newsbytes Website at

A Look Back To CES

Scheduled for introduction are three new computers from Atari. Early
reports say the Atari "Jackintosh," a 32-bit Macintosh-like machine, will
NOT be introduced. In fact, we'll have to wait until at least April, either
the Chicago CES or the West German Hanover Fair for that. InfoWorld
suggests a 16-bit system with either 128 or 192K will be unveiled. And,
rumors still persist that Mindset and Atari are STILL TALKING regarding a
collaboration on a new machine or the old Mindset. For sure, Fractalus" and
"Ballblazer" games will soon become commercially available for Atari

It's no secret that a flurry of MSX products will be on display from
Japanese manufacturers, many of them hosted by Microsoft, which invented
the MSX technology. InfoCorp, a Cupertino, Ca. market research firm, says
MSX machines accounted for 40 percent of all home computer sales in Japan
last year, mainly because they are compatible with a variety of other
Japanese electronics products. Whether they will take the U.S. by storm is
another matter. Their biggest selling point may simply be their price. MSX
computers generally run between $300 and $900 dollars.

Apple Update

John Scully has just been named "Adman of the Year" by Advertising Age.  He
won the distinction by rewriting "the marketing ground rules for the entire
industry." He not only raised the cost of advertising, spending $100
million last year, but staged quite a few promotional "events," not the
least of which was the "1984" commercial last year.  Speaking of spending,
Apple assistant to the chairman Robin Reed was quoted by the Wall Street
Journal, in reference to Apple's $110,000 Christmas party, "Just say we
have a little music and some hors d'oeuvres. We have an image to worry
about. The stockholders won't like this at all." (Thanks to "Softletter"
for that item.) And finally,  California Technology Stock Letter reports
Apple sold 250,000  Macintoshes last year, "making it the most successful
first-year personal computer ever."

Komputers To The Kremlin

Apple II, Kaypro and Radio Shack Model 100 computers will now be exported
to the Soviet Union, based on new rules established by the Department of
Commerce. The feds say that PC/XT and Apple Macintoshes and a variety of
other, more powerful micros, will remain banned from exportation. The
Commerce Department has decided that the less powerful machines pose no
military threat if they "fall into the hands of Soviet leadership." The
question is, does the Soviet Union want them? A report from the New York
Times' Moscow bureau last week indicated that the Soviets are extremely
paranoid of hackers and are doing everything they can to keep micros out of
the hands of the populace.

                              Gaming Section

Super Bowl - Game Console Style!
PlayStation, N64, and Saturn News!
NHL '97!  NFL '97!  WCW!
And more...

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

There's plenty of game and industry news this week that gives me the
inclination to be very brief this week.  No "new" Jaguar news, but
everything is still "on target" for the next releases.  The winter sports
season is in full throttle, and the games are out there as well.  NHL '97
and NFL '97, and others.  The Super Bowl console "wars" are also upon us
(Go Patriots!!).  Otherwise, let me shut up and let you get on with this
week's issue!  I'll be more vocal next week, news-withstanding.

Until next time...

Industry News STR Game Console NewsFile  -  The Latest Gaming News!

          GTE: GTE Interactive Media to Cease Operations in March

JAN 10, 1997, M2 Communications - GTE Interactive Media will cease
operations as of March 14,1997.  Founded in 1990, GTE Interactive Media has
been an innovative interactive software publisher that has developed or
distributed products for a variety of technology platforms, including
CD-ROM, Sega and Nintendo.

"GTE has made a strategic decision that it does not need to be a primary
participant in the creation and management of content," said Richard Scott,
vice president and general manager-New Ventures for GTE. "At its inception,
GTE Interactive Media was viewed as a complementary adjunct to GTE's plans
to develop broadband video services networks.

"Today, with the exponential growth of the Internet and the acceleration of
players in the entertainment marketplace, GTE believes the need to be a
primary source of content to feed its own networks has diminished. There
are numerous sources available," Scott said.

"This move allows us to increase our focus on our core tele-communications
business," Scott said. "We attempted to find a solution that did not
involve a shutdown," Scott said, "but we talked with several potential
buyers without reaching a satisfactory agreement."

GTE Interactive Media's 85 employees will continue on the payroll until
March 14, 1997, but will be given the opportunity to look for other
employment in the interim. Where possible, some of them will be placed in
other parts of the GTE organization. A small group of employees will be
retained to assist in the shutdown activities through  June 30, at which
time the company will close its office in Carslbad, Calif.

With revenues of $20 billion in 1995, GTE is one of the largest publicly
held telecommunications companies in the world. GTE is also the largest
US-based local telephone company and a leading cellular-service provider --
with wireline and wireless operations that form a market area encompassing
about a third of the nation's population.   Additional information about
GTE can be found on the INTERNET at

              Sega Sells 7 Million Saturn Consoles Worldwide

OSAKA, JAPAN, 1997 JAN 14 (Newsbytes) -- By Martyn Williams. Sega of
America, the North American unit of Osaka-based Sega Enterprises Ltd.
[TOKYO:7964], says worldwide sales of its Saturn games system have topped
seven million. In North America, sales passed projections to total 1.2
million in 1996.

Combined with the installed base of 400,000 Saturn systems, there are now
1.6 million consoles in North American homes. Analysis of the sales data
outlined in the press release from the company shows just how important
promotions and the Christmas sales period is to the company in North

It said a special "three pack" promotion helped push December sales to
500,000 units, almost half the annual sales. That month saw a 300 percent
increase on the previous month, which puts November sales at 125,000 units.
With Sega's reported 1.2 million systems sold in the year, more than half
were sold in the last two months of the year.

This leaves average monthly sales for the rest of the year at just 57,500
consoles. For the remaining three months of fiscal 1996, which ends on
March 31, the company said it expects to sell 100,000 units. This works out
to an even lower average monthly sale of 33,333 units.

In the "three pack" promotion mentioned, consumers received three free
arcade translation games -- "Virtual Fighter 2," "Daytona USA," and
"Virtual Cop" -- with the purchase of a Sega Saturn. The promotion also
included coupons for discounts off two future games.

The company said software sales of Saturn games totaled 5.5 million in
1996. Of those, 2.7 million were made by the company with the remainder
from othe suppliers. Popular games during the holidays were "Sonic 3D
Blast" and "Nights," said the company.

Within the home video games industry, the company is facing strong
competition from Sony's PlayStation and the Nintendo 64, a fight which has
pushed it into third place currently. In addition, the home video games
market in general is fighting a battle for users as leisure time activities
increasingly grow with the popularity of personal computers, the Internet,
and more entertainment, such as multichannel digital satellite

          T-HQ Brings World Championship Wrestling to PlayStation

CALABASAS, CALIF. (Jan. 13) BUSINESS WIRE -Jan. 13, 1997--T-HQ Inc.
(NASDAQ:TOYH) Monday announced that it will publish the company's first
title under its World Championship Wrestling license, "WCW vs. the World,"
pursuant to an agreement with game developer Asmik of Japan.  "WCW vs. the
World" is a true 3-D wrestling game for the Sony PlayStation and T-HQ
expects to ship the title in the Unites States in March of 1997.

The game, which was originally released in Japan for the Sony PlayStation
under the name "Virtual Pro Wrestling," brings one of Turner Broadcasting
System's premier sports entertainment franchises, World Championship
Wrestling (WCW), to the 32-bit Sony game platform.

"WCW vs. the World," based on Nielsen's top syndicated weekly programming
and featuring World Championship Wrestling and its superstars, will
incorporate the signature moves of world-renowned WCW wrestlers including
Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Lex Luger.

World Championship Wrestling (WCW), "Where the Big Boys Play," is a
subsidiary of Turner Broadcasting System Inc., which produces and markets
television programs and live events featuring wrestling superstars.  WCW
produces eight hours of original programming seen each week throughout the
United States and in over 25 countries throughout the world.  Check out
WCW's Web site at

Asmik Corp. is a leading Japanese developer, publisher and distributor of
high-quality entertainment software for next-generation 32-bit videogame
systems.  The company, founded in 1985 and based in Tokyo, also distributes
award-winning motion pictures, as well as home videos throughout Japan.

T-HQ develops, publishes and distributes interactive entertainment software
for a variety of hardware platforms including Nintendo, Sony and Sega.
Most of the company's products are based on licenses from popular sports,
movies and arcade games.  T-HQ has headquarters in Calabasas.

Contact:  Rob Fleischer

          ASCII Entertainment Software, Inc.
          900 Veterans Blvd., Suite 600
          Redwood City, CA  94063
          (415) 780-0800, (415) 780-0855

                    STRAP IN FOR THE RIDE OF YOUR LIFE!

0 to 1,234,800 mph in load time with the Mach 1 controller

Speed is of the essence.  Moving from point A to point B has never been so
simple.  ASCII has given the gameworld yet another amazing controller to
make flight, driving, and racing games mirror real life.

As you travel through the sound barrier you will be transported to another
dimension where light and gameplay unite to provide a complete and total
bliss for those in control.  And in control you will be.

With the most comfortable ergonomic design of any steering wheel/flight
controller out there, you won't be left in space.  As you weave between
cars and alien aircraft you will hardly find the time to thank us; but we
understand.  This solid, durable steering unit will sit perfectly on any
table top, or for that special, one-of-a-kind, flight controller/steering
wheel feel, that only ASCII can provide, you can rest the controller snugly
between your legs.  Angle the steering column up or down to suit your need
for speed and then position the separate foot pedals within feet's reach
and you are on your way to the finish line (in 1st, we hope).

Options, options, options_faster, faster, faster_concentrate, concentrate,
concentrate.  Oh, those voices in your head, wanting so much and always
expecting to get it.  The quickest way to satisfy these voices is getting
your driving gloves on a Mach 1. With four adjustable button
configurations, four different controller settings (analog, digital, pulse,
and "analog joystick"), and an independent turbo fire feature (to borrow
from "Back to the Future") where your going, there are no roads. Nothing to
hold you back.  And not only do all of these aid in agility and swiftness,
but the unique forward and backward motion of the steering column certainly
won't hurt.  Now you can fly_. Yeager style!

But the fun doesn't stop there!  Strap yourself in cause here comes the
whiplash!  No gravity is gonna pull you back.  Fly high as you cruise
coolly using the most advanced steering controller available. The 360
top-hat gives pin-point accuracy for last second lock-ons and directional
control while the 2-axis analog control propels you forward at break-neck
speed.  A controller for all seasons (we'd recommend you get radials for
winter driving) and all speeds, whether it's a Sunday drive you're after,
or a Sunday driver that's after you, the getaway will be made easier with
the Mach 1.  So buckle up cause you are in for the ride of your life.

Just to get you up to speed, ASCII Entertainment Software is the American
wholly owned subsidiary of ASCII Corporation of Japan. Concentrating on the
software division of ASCII Corporation's diversified high technology and
mass media industries, ASCII Entertainment has carved out a niche in the
U.S. and the rest of the video gaming world both in video game controllers
and software titles.

Coming February...

                 PlayStation Dominates The Ice In San Jose

FOSTER CITY, CALIF. (Jan. 15) BUSINESS WIRE -Jan. 15, 1997--Wayne Gretzky.
Mario Lemieux.  Brett Hull.  Patrick Roy.  Some of the greatest names in
hockey.  What do they have in common?  Not only are they all selectable
players in NHL Face Off '97 for the PlayStation game console, but they also
will all be playing in the Pinnacle/NHL FANtasy 47th Annual All-Star Game
at the San Jose Arena on Saturday, January 18.

As part of the celebration surrounding the All-Star Game, Sony Computer
Entertainment America, the people behind the PlayStation game console, will
be taking part in the NHL FANtasy, which starts on Thursday, January 16 and
runs through Sunday, January 19 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

Sony Computer Entertainment America will have a booth with 8 interactive
PlayStation kiosks running NHL Face Off '97.  Each day  there will be the
opportunity for people to play NHL Face Off '97 against another person to
win a number of prizes - from hats and t-shirts to hockey pucks.  Some of
hockey's brightest stars will also be making daily appearances at the
PlayStation booth to sign autographs, pose for pictures, and even to play
Face Off against the fans.  Players include Sharks cener Darren Turcotte,
Phoenix Coyotes' left wing Kris King, and others.

As a reward to the hockey fans making the trip out to San Jose for the
All-Star Game (as well as the local die-hard Sharks supporters), the NHL is
hosting the NHL FANtasy during the days prior to the All-Star Game.
FANtasy is a chance for hockey fans to learn more about the sport through
hands-on trials, as well as check out the various NHL licensees.  People
will have the opportunity to practice their slapshot, meet some of the
NHL's best players, and play NHL Face Off '97, the leading next generation
hockey video game, in the arcade area of the event.

Realism is key to any sports video game and NHL Face Off '97 has every
imaginable element: real stats and player attributes on all 650 NHL
players; the home and away uniforms for all 26 teams, including the
relocated Phoenix Coyotes; and each team's respective arenas recreated
in amazing 3D detail.  Beyond inclusion of all of these hockey mainstays,
the game developers at Sony Interactive Studios America have added hockey
elements such as drop passes, fake shots, the give-and-go, backwards
skating, flips, fighting, celebrations and injuries. Athletes can also be
traded freely between teams and have their stats edited.  New players can
even be created from scratch, allowing the player to add new team members
as rosters change, or to put himself in the game.

           Midway Games Ships Third Nintendo 64 Home Video Game

CHICAGO (Jan. 15) BUSINESS WIRE -January 15, 1997 Midway Now Offering Two
N64 Sports Games Nintendo Projects Continued Strong Nintendo 64 Sales
Midway Games Inc. (NYSE: MWY) announced today at Oppenheimer & Co.'s Visual
Media Technology Conference that it shipped to retailers today its third
Nintendo 64 (N64) video game software title, NBA Hang Time, for sale to
consumers on January 17.  NBA Hang Time and Midway's The NHLPAT & NHLr
Present Wayne Gretzky's 3D HockeyT are the first sports games available for
N64 and Midway is currently the only third-party licensee offering software
titles for Nintendo 64.

Through the end of December, Nintendo has sold at least 1.7 million units
of N64 hardware at retail in the U.S. Nintendo anticipates selling an
additional 2.2 million Nintendo 64 systems by fiscal year end and projects
retail sales of 6 million more N64 units worldwide by its 1997 fiscal year

Midway's first two Nintendo 64 video game software titles, Mortal Kombat
Trilogy and The NHLPA & NHL Present Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey, enjoyed
tremendous sales this holiday season selling over 500,000 units in
aggregate.  Midway believes the combination of a strong start for hardware
sales and a limited library of software titles provides Midway with an
opportunity to secure major market share.

NBA Hang Time is based on the popular arcade game, and features 2-on-2
full-court action and life-like players from all 29 NBA teams equipped with
ultra-realistic movement capabilities.  NBA Hang Time boasts over 900
secret "power-up codes", new hidden characters, the option to play on
various courts and a sophisticated "Create-a-Player" option featuring
up-to-date 1997 player rosters, including the latest NBA rookies.  This
option lets gamers custom-build their very own NBA Hang Time players with
the physical appearance including height, weight, face and skills - such as
speed, shooting, dunking, passing, and defensive ability - of their choice.
NBA Hang Time also features play-by-play announcing and audio effects that
simulate the sounds of an NBA arena during game time.

            PlayStation Game Console Catches Super Bowl Sunday

FOSTER CITY, CALIF. (Jan. 15) ENTERTAINMENT WIRE -Jan. 15, 1997--Over the
course of the next two weeks, tens of thousands of football fans will
converge upon the "Big Easy" for "Super Bowl Sunday," in search of
entertainment and excitement...and Son Computer Entertainment America,
Inc., the people behind the PlayStation(TM) game console, will be there
to make sure that there's plenty of both for everyone.

Over the course of Super Bowl week, activities will include gameplay
competitions on dozens of interactive PlayStation kiosks at the NFL
Experience and Fox Field, as well as the long awaited Second Annual "Game
Before the Game(TM)".  The "Game Before the Game" is a unique event which
pits a player from the Green Bay Packers against a player from the New
England Patriots in a head-to-head interactive preview of Super Bowl XXXI
on the huge Sony Mobiltron, the biggest screen on wheels.

                   Second Annual "Game Before the Game"

On Tuesday, January 21, Sony Computer Entertainment America will be hosting
the Second Annual "Game Before the Game."  A player from the Patriots will
take on an opponent from the Packers in an early interactive glimpse of
Super Bowl XXXI.  The players will square off for a fierce game of NFL
GameDay(TM) '97, the new hit football game for the PlayStation game

This year, the competition has grown to become an outdoor extravaganza,
which will take place at the PlayStation Arena.  The Arena is a re-creation
of an actual football stadium, complete with bleachers and
field, as well as the Sony Mobiltron, a 9'x12' video screen.
Public events begin at 1 p.m., when the PlayStation Arena opens, allowing
eager fans the opportunity to play NFL GameDay '97 on the Mobiltron or one
of the several kiosks surrounding the arena.  During the afternoon there
will be a steady stream of giveaways and raffles, as well as an abundance
of food and drinks at discount prices.

Then, at 6 p.m., players from the Patriots and the Packers will take center
stage to challenge each other on the Mobiltron.  The audience will have a
clear view of their favorite player from the bleachers, while announcers
provide commentary as the action unfolds.

                              NFL Experience

Sony Computer Entertainment America can also be found at the NFL
Experience, which beginsThursday, January 23, and runs through Super Bowl
Sunday.  Sony Computer Entertainment America will be located in the arcade
area, where there will be 10 PlayStation kiosks running NFL GameDay '97.
The booth will have a competition stage for the public with prizes for all

The Mobiltron will be set up inside the Experience, and there will be daily
player appearances by some of the professional athletes visiting New
Orleans for the week.  Players will compete with fans, as well as pose for
pictures and sign autographs.  NFL Experience is located inside the New
Orleans Convention Center.

               Miller Lite/PlayStation NFL GameDay Challenge

Sony Computer Entertainment America can also be found in the Miller
Lite/PlayStation NFL GameDay '97 Challenge tent at Fox Field, a huge
outdoor area being set up in the French Quarter by Fox Networks.   The
GameDay Challenge will be inside a 30'x30' PlayStation tent at one end of
the field, located on Decatur Street near Jax Brewery. Inside the tent will
be eight PlayStation kiosks running NFL GameDay '97, with contests and
giveaways happening throughout the day.  The NFL GameDay Challenge runs
from Thursday, January 23 through Saturday, January 25.

          ADVISORY/Sega Sports Predicts the Green Bay Packers...

The team that won Super Bowl I & II is back for the first time in 29 years,
leaving the "Big Easy" with the "Big" Super Bowl victory.

WHAT:  Sega Sports has predicted the outcome of the National Football
League's Super Bowl with "NFL '97" -- the all-new Sega Sports football
video game for Sega Saturn.  Building off the success of past predictions
including the Nebraska Cornhuskers College Football National Championship,
the San Francisco 49ers '95 Super Bowl win, the Dallas Cowboys '96 Super
Bowl win, the Houston Rockets '95 NBA Championship clinch, the Chicago
Bulls '96 NBA Championship win, the Stanley Cup-winning Colorado Avalanche,
and the Atlanta Braves '95 World Series win, Sega Sports has once again let
its sports video game do the talking.

HOW:  Sega Sports video games are built with all the real teams and real
players.  Players aren't just represented with a jersey number and team
name, but are rated and designed to play to their actual ability --
allowing Sega Sports to pit any two teams against each other for an
accurate prediction.  Once the two teams are chosen to play one another,
Sega Saturn takes care of the rest -- providing a realistic, simulated
prediction on its best-selling video game "NFL '97."

Sega Sports' Super Bowl Highlights
(Available on Satellite Feed)

First Half (14-6 Packers)

1st Qtr:  Brett Favre hands off to Edgar Bennett for the 5 yard TD run

2nd Qtr:  Reggie White sacks Bledsoe to end the half (Packers)

2nd Qtr:  Drew Bledsoe connects with Terry Glenn for a 63 yard pass
setting up a 24 yard field goal by Adam Vinatieri (Patriots)

Second Half (Final 28-13 Packers)

3rd Qtr:  Eugene Robinson picks off a Bledsoe pass (Packers)

4th Qtr:  12 yard screen pass by Favre to Dorsey Levens for the TD

4th Qtr:  Bledsoe hands off to Curtis Martin for a 3 yard TD run

ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine          The wires are a hummin'!

                           PEOPLE... ARE TALKING

 On CompuServe

Compiled by Joe Mirando

     Hidi ho friends and neighbors.  This week's column is going to be a
short one.  This is mostly because I've  een burning the midnight oil all
week, cruising around on the world wide web, seeing what there is to
see....  and then there is the fact that there really isn't that much going
on in the forums this week.

     Speaking of the web, there is word that Oregon Research Associates is
working on a web browser for the ST  series and will be announced next
month.  It is a port of a program that they wrote for the Amiga... but it
might be okay anyway.   No sign of an attitude here, huh?

     Before we start, I want to tell you that we'll have a few goodies
coming your way in the coming weeks.   We're planning a review of NVDI, the
screen accelerator/GDOS replacement, and a continuation of the  "Emulator
Wars" series.  Both of these projects are the work of our friend and
neighbor Alejandro Aguilar.   We may also have a head-to-head review of
MagiC and Geneva off in the wings, but that won't be for a  while yet.
Head-to-head reviews are terribly hard to write.  Not because you have to
compare two  programs, but because there always seems to areas where both
win, areas where neither win, and areas  where winning doesn't matter.  We
want to be fair to everyone involved, but most of all we want to be fair
to you, the reader.

Well, let's get on with the news, info, hints, and tips available here on

                      From the Atari Computing Forums

In a continuing conversation about using QuickCIS, the automated CompuServe
access program for the ST,  Kevin Sheridan tells Jerry Coppess about his
"clock-setting problem":
"The battery on my computer is still working however when I log in using
quickcis it "corrects" the time  based on somthing it finds on Compuserve
and isn't doing it right.  Oh well... Any hope for a new HMI  graphic
package for the Atari?"

Jerry tells Kevin:
"QCIS was designed to reset your clock from CIS's. This was a great feature
until CIS changed it's log in.  Now QCIS is reading the wrong info and
resetting your clock with it.  QCIS also needs work arounds for  mail and
the changing of file names from  6 to 8 characters plus the extension. It
is a pain but still better than using a terminal program.  HMI?? Do you
mean HTML(HyperText Markup Language)? Like is used on the WWW ?  If so yes.
It is called CAB. There is also a demo for a potential commercial program
called  Webspace. It comes in 68000 and 68030 versions."

Kevin explains:
"HMI has something to do with the graphic interface the IBM and MAC use to
comunicate with  Compuserve.  I saw some talk of some of the Atari users
getting together to write such a package but had to  get some specs from
compuserve in order to do it.  It would give us a much better interface
than QCIS or a  terminal package and would really be an improvment on using
internet mail.  By the way I also use Flash.   Does anyone out there have a
good "do" file set up for uploading/downloading mail?"

Carl Barron tells Kevin:
"Sorry to report the atari hmi project is a dead horse. I was one of the
group of users, active this project. it is dead."

Mark Gardiner asks for help:
"I upgraded my 1Mb 1040 STf to 4Mb and all works OK except the one game I'd
keep my ST for al time for !! :.-(  My copy of ANCOs Player Manager (Kick
OFF2) no longer runs. It boots but when it comes to make  a disk access it
2 bombs out.  I got another copy from ANCO (unbelievably after all this
time!) and the same  happens. I get no probs with any other major apps...?
I have tried the Make1Meg.TOS file and that does't  ork?  Any ideas

Simon Churchill tells Mark:
"You might like to try the 3meg ram drive trick.   You make a reset proof
ram disk (for games that need a  warm boot to start from a boot sector
loader) and run the game as normal.  One of the best util's to do this
with is RDE 5 which can make a ram disk and save it as a small file which
can be placed in the auto folder of  your boot disk.  (For games that DON'T
use the boot sector to load) It will load and reset the computer and  allow
the games AUTO folder to start as before, BUT 3meg's of memory have now
been used.  If your game uses a boot sector to load then you would need to
set the ram drive then reset the computer  after changing to the game disk.
Naturaly this is the harder setup to get to work properly."
Dennis Bishop Posts:
"I have a Seagate ST 3600N SCSI2F 540meg Drive, I have tryed to add it to
either my Falcon030 or my  TT/030, but it will not work.  On my Falcon I
have a TOAD cable hooking up my syquest 44meg drive, The cable has two
50pin connectors, So I set the 44 to device 0 and the 3600 to device 1 but
HDX on the Falcon  will not even see the 3600.  so I opened up my TT,(4megs
ST/4 megs TT RAM) and removed the ST157N drive, I set the 3600 to device 0,
on the TT, HDX sees it as Device 2!, I was able to format the drive and
partition it too, but the driver can not be installed and on reboot the
machine will not see the drive and partitions at all.  Has anyone used this
drive? I've tryed both with and without the resistor packs on it too. Got
any idea as to how I can make this work?"

Albert Dayes asks Dennis:
"Does the drive hard partity enabled? If so try disabling it and see if
that works."

Dennis replies:
"I've got the book with info on the drive and it just says if it's the end
device to keep the restor packs in it, if  it's going to be in the middle
to remove them. I tryed it both ways, even tryed it set to device 0 and
then  device 1, on the TT it showed up as device 2, on the falcon with the
syquest inline, it would not even see the  drive at all. There are other
jumpers, but I have no idea what they are for."

Albert asks Dennis:
"If you place the new 3600N drive on the bus by itself does that work?
Assuming you leave the resistor paks  in and set the device to #0.

You can ask in the (GO SEAGATE) forum for specifics on your drive also."

Mike Mortilla posts about his...

Monday, January 13, 1997

                      -An Historic Internet 'First'-

Just when you thought it was safe to turn on your computer...

On January 22, 1997 the Internet and the broadcast industry will come a
little closer together. In an historic  irst, the American Film Institute
(AFI) will broadcast Charlie Chaplin's THE RINK complete with Michael
Mortilla's orchestral score, over the Internet! THE RINK is presented in
cooperation with Film Preservation  Associates, Kino On Video and Michael

Made possible with a new technology by VDOnet Corp., "VDOLive" allows the
real time transmission of  Video and sound over the net without the need
for the viewer having to download any files. Previously,  music and video
of just a few minutes could take hours to dowload and view.  AFI will
launch AFI OnLine  Cinema on January 22 at 7:00 p.m. PST with the Internet
premiere of the Charlie Chaplin classic THE RINK  (1916). The Chaplin film
will be presented through the month of January, after which AFI OnLine
Cinema  will begin featuring a continuing program of different classic
Hollywood movies. The second feature,  scheduled to run in February, is
Buster Keaton's THE BOAT (1921). AFI OnLine Cinema will be located at  To download the free software, contact:

During the 1996 Olympics, Mortilla's score for Chaplin's film "Easy Street"
was performed as part of the  Olympic Arts Festival. Under the direction of
Richard Kaufman (UA/MGM) the Brevard Music Center  Orchestra performed the
work at Symphony Hall in Atlanta with Mortilla at the piano.

Contact MIDI-LIFE CRISIS: Beth Burleson at 805-569-3378 (voice/fax)
 PO Box 1266,
 Santa Barbara, CA  93102-1266 email:"

The Big Kahuna himself, Chief Sysop Ron Luks, tells Mike:
"Congrats on being part of this Internet "first"!!"

Carmen Flak asks about a classic video game... the grand-daddy of 'em all,
Pong... or was in "Ping"?:
"What ever happened to that tennis ball game from way back in the dark
ages?  Does it exist anywhere? Can we get it?"

Albert Dayes fills in the blanks for Carmen:
"Pong, by Atari (1972)"

Albert asks Larry:
"Where are the sound effects? "

Larry replies:
 Blip....... Blip........ Blip........."

     Well folks, I told you that this was going to be a short installment.
Be sure to tune in again next week, same time, same station, and be ready
to listen to what they are saying when...

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The Times.. They are a-changin'!!

In less enlightened times, the best way to impress women was to own a hot
car.  But women wised up and realized it was better to buy their own hot
cars so they wouldn't have to ride around with jerks.

Technology has replaced hot cars as the new symbol of robust manhood.  Men
know that unless they get a  digital line to the Internet no woman is going
to look at them twice.

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