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Article #670 (730 is last): From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags Subject: ST Report: 31-Oct-97 #1343 Reply-To: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Posted-By: xx004 (Atari SIG) Date: Wed Nov 12 17:37:27 1997 Silicon Times Report "The Original Independent Online Magazine" (Since 1987) October 31, 1997 No.1343 Silicon Times Report International Magazine Post Office Box 6672 Jacksonville, Florida 32205-6155 R.F. Mariano, Editor STR Publishing, Inc. Voice: 1-904-292-9222 10am-5pm EST FAX: 904-268-2237 24hrs STReport WebSite http://www.streport.com STR Publishing's FTP Support Server 10gb - Back Issues - Patches - Support Files (Continually Updated) ftp.streport.com Anonymous Login ok - Use your Email Address as a Password Check out STReport's NEWS SERVER NEWS.STREPORT.COM Have you tried Microsoft's Powerful and Easy to Use Internet Explorer 4.0? Internet Explorer 4.0 is STReport's Official Internet Web Browser. 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Analysts notes two of four other rumored candidates in Apple's ongoing CEO search have recently joined other firms: Last Friday, PointCast Inc., the pioneer of push technology on the Internet, named David Dorman, formerly of SBC Communications Inc., as its new president and CEO. The previous week, Joe Costello, formerly the head of Cadence Design Systems Inc., said he was going to head up Michael Milken's educational services company, Knowledge Universe. As noted, Apple has been looking for a CEO to replace Gil Amelio, who was ousted by Apple's board in July. Rumors are Apple had narrowed down its CEO candidates to Costello, Dorman, Ed Zander, president of Sun Microsystems Inc.'s computer business, and Sam Palmisano, a senior vice president and rising star at IBM. Jobs was named interim CEO of Apple in September after joining Apple's board in a major board shake-up in early August, which was announced at the MacWorld show. The company also stunned the computer industry by announcing a $150 million investment by its former archenemy, Microsoft Corp. Added Reuters, "Jobs has already made some sweeping changes at Apple, including halting the company's licensing of its operating system to clone makers, starting a new marketing campaign and folding the company's Newton handheld computer business back into Apple, instead of spinning it off as planned." Jobs Declines Apple Leadership Steve Jobs has reiterated he doesn't plan to become Apple Computer Inc.'s permanent CEO. As reported earlier, Jobs had indicated he would have a decision on the post when he returned yesterday from a vacation in Hawaii. Now The Wall Street Journal quotes analysts Jobs briefed in a conference call as saying the Apple co-founder has turned down the offer. Jobs has held the title of interim CEO while the company searches for a permanent successor for Gilbert Amelio, who left the company in July. "Remarks Mr. Jobs made during a technology conference this month triggered widespread speculation that he might take the job permanently, after considering the matter on a vacation that ended Sunday," the paper observes this morning. "But during a conference call following an earnings announcement by Richmond, California-based Pixar Animation Studios, where he is also chief executive, Mr. Jobs said he isn't in the running for the Apple job, analysts said." Jobs expressed confidence that Apple would recruit a new CEO before the end of the year. The Journal notes the conference call took place after stock markets closed, adding that Apple was one of the few computer-related stocks to end the day in positive territory, after A.G. Edwards & Sons Inc. raised its rating on the stock. Apple shares rose 31.25 cents to $16.75 in Nasdaq Stock Market trading. Samsung Creates Tiny DVD Player The world's smallest portable digital video disc player is being announced by South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. Reporting from Seoul, the Reuter News Service quotes Samsung officials as saying the player is about the size of a medium-sized book -- 7.9 by 6.3 by 2.2 inches -- and weighs two pounds. Samsung told the wire service the "P-Theater" could be connected to a regular TV or a big-screen projection TV. It also could be connected to a personal computer for use as an external DVD-ROM (read-only memory) drive. "Outside the home," adds Reuters, "it could be connected to a head-mounted display which, worn like glasses, would give the effect of looking at a 40 to 70 inch screen." But don't look for it on the market yet. The player still is only a prototype and the company says it aims to offer a commercial version in the second half of next year. 20GB Tape Drive Unveiled Tecmar Technologies Inc. says it has developed the industry's highest capacity Travan NS tape drive. The Longmont, Colorado, company reports that its new NS 20 drive provides network users with up to 20GB of capacity at a 2MB per second transfer rate for about half the cost of comparable tape products. Volume shipments of the NS 20 are set to begin in early 1998. The internal unit will sell for $649. "With the arrival of NS 20 technology, the Travan NS platform has advanced the price-performance curve of 3.5- inch tape technology," says Fara Yale, director and principal analyst at San Jose, California, market research firm Dataquest. "Based on the widespread industry support from Tecmar, Imation and others, Travan NS should prove to be very attractive to OEMs and integrators." Visit Tecmar on the Web at http://www.tecmar.com. Xerox Reveals Laser Breakthrough Scientists at the Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center have generated a blue diode laser beam, a development the company describes as pivotal technological achievement in the eventual development of a new generation of high-speed, high-quality laser printers. Xerox says it is now following up on the research to create light-emitting diodes and laser diodes that operate in the blue to green region of the visible spectrum, where the shorter wavelength of the beam could result in a two-fold increase in printing resolution. The spot diameter of a blue laser is half that of a conventional infrared laser -- particularly critical for color laser printing, where accurate spot placement and size control are necessary for higher quality printing. Blue lasers could also someday replace infrared lasers in compact-disc players, increasing the amount of data stored on a CD. "While we still have much work ahead of us, this is a significant step towards realizing our goal of using this technology in Xerox printers and digital copiers," says Mark B. Myers, Xerox's senior vice president for corporate research and technology. Tool Offers Net Access to Blind IBM Corp. has unveiled prototype software aimed at helping people who are blind keep up with their sighted colleagues as the workplace embraces the Internet. The new software "reads" aloud the information on the computer screen in a synthesized computer voice through small speakers attached to the computer. IBM notes that the tool is the first screen-reading software built using Java technology. The company's inventors have code-named prototype "Java Jive." "Because Java is becoming so popular, we need to take action now to make it accessible," says Dennis O'Brien, product manager of IBM's special needs systems unit. "If we don't, computer users with special needs will once again be left behind." O'Brien expects that early efforts to make Java and network computing accessible will result in Java-based adaptive products reaching the marketplace as early as next year. More information on IBM's Java initiatives can be found at http://www.ibm.com/Java. More information on IBM Special Needs Systems can be found at http://www.ibm.com/sns. CompuServe to Reach China CompuServe says its Network Service division is working with the Chinese government to provide companies there with internal computer networks -- known as intranets -- and Internet access. From its Columbus, Ohio, headquarters, the company said it has entered into an agreement with China to bring its corporate network division to the country, adding initial service will be available in Bejing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen by early next year. The Dow Jones news service says the agreement was signed with JiTong Communications Corp., the communications branch of the Chinese Ministry of Electronic Industry. Report Advocates Web Chats "Service-related chat," a less-known byproduct of the ever-popular "social chat," will have a profound effect on the competitive positioning of commerce sites and online marketers, claims a study released this week by Jupiter Communications. The report recommends that businesses should consider adding chat rooms to augment their Web site services with "publisher-to-user" communication, in addition to rooms where users may talk among themselves. "This type of communication will not only foster better client relationships, but also aid in marketing products, closing sales, competitive positioning, and building communities," notes the report. "While there is significant interest in social chat environments, the chat market is growing in different directions." says Kate Doyle, a Jupiter Communications analyst and the report's author. "Social chat has a definite place as a value-add on for niche-interest Web sites and large aggregators. However, this application is also becoming a great asset in terms of improving customer service and promoting cross-sell opportunities." Chat will add incrementally to publisher revenue over time and bring positive returns in overall site traffic, advertising and commerce, notes the report. The audience, however, is not likely to grow significantly. Jupiter Communications 2002. In addition, sites that use chat as a primary content offering will have limited market potential since they lack either the traffic of the aggregator sites or the affinity group audiences of niche-oriented sites. The report also notes that the chat market is still evolving with instant messaging applications playing a large role in the common perception and usage of chat. Almost one- quarter of the online audience use these applications today. Jupiter predicts that this usage will grow dramatically in the next few years, surpassing that of chat rooms on Web sites. Visit Jupiter's Web site at http://www.jup.com. Microsoft Sets Cereal Box Promo Microsoft Corp. is teaming with Kellogg USA to launch a national cereal box promotion. The promotion will be posted on more than 80 million cereal boxes in supermarkets, club stores and mass merchants around the U.S.. More than a dozen Microsoft titles will be offered on 16 of Kellogg's ready-to-eat brands of cereal. The promotion offers rebates on selected Microsoft software titles and gaming devices. It will also provide consumers with the opportunity to obtain additional Microsoft titles from a special collection for $4.99 plus three proofs of purchase from participating Kellogg cereal brands. "As PCs become more mainstream in American households, what better brand to partner with than Kellogg's -- a name known and trusted in every home," says Ruthann Lorentzen, director of division marketing for Microsoft's interactive media group. For Microsoft, the promotion with Kellogg USA is designed to generate consumer awareness of its holiday products. Other Microsoft consumer promotions have included such companies as Kraft Foods Inc., Dole Food Co. Inc., PepsiCo Inc. and Campbell Soup Co. Visit Kellogg USA on the Web at http://www.kelloggs.com. Compaq, Dell, HP Lead PC Sales Taking advantage of the PC industry's strong 16 percent worldwide growth, Compaq Computer Corp., Dell Computer Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. have pulled away from the pack in the third quarter, increasing their market share by more than a third. Writing in The Wall Street Journal this morning, reporter Jim Carlton quotes figures from both International Data Corp. and Dataquest Inc. as saying the three manufacturers each increased unit shipments by more than 50 percent in the quarter. Meanwhile, the other big sellers -- IBM and Packard Bell NEC Inc. -- each lost market share. Carlton says the three fastest-growing makers accounted for 26.2 percent of total shipments, up from 19.6 percent a year ago, according to IDC. The Journal says: z The market's overall growth remained at the same robust level as in the second quarter on strong demand in most parts of the world. z The U.S. remained a booming market, with IDC and Dataquest reporting an increase in PC shipments here of 20 percent and 22.9 percent, respectively. z Recovering Europe turned in a gain of 14 percent, according to IDC. z That performance helped offset a stunning slump in Japan, where IDC reported that unit shipments actually fell 12 percent in the quarter from a year ago compared with a blistering 37 percent growth rate in the same period of 1996. "The real story of the quarter, though, was the surging growth of Compaq, Dell and H-P," Carlton writes. "Compaq's shipments jumped 56 percent and 52 percent, respectively, according to Dataquest and IDC, to widen the Houston-based company's position as the PC industry's top manufacturer. In the quarter, according to IDC, Compaq's share of the world's PC market jumped to 14.2 percent from 10.8 percent a year ago. In the U.S. market, Compaq's share grew to 18.8 percent, nearly double that of the No. 3 vendor, Dell." Analysts say Compaq's masterstroke was to flood the retail market with sub-$1,000 PCs, at a time when competitors such as No. 2 IBM still were waiting on the fence to enter that popular new consumer category. The Journal says that as of August, Compaq's Presario line dominated 71% of the U.S.'s sub-$1,000 retail sales. "Similarly," says Carlton, "Compaq has moved aggressively into the laptop retail market, broadening a product line that used to include mainly high-end machines. As a result, Compaq's share of the U.S.'s retail laptop sales soared to 30.4 percent in August from just 5 percent in the same month a year earlier." Netscape Browsers Lead Home Market Netscape Inc.'s Navigator and Communicator are the most popular World Wide Web browsers in U.S. households using Windows-based PCs, finds a new study. The report, issued by Media Metrix, finds that 12.9 million U.S. households own one or both products and 9.5 million households actually use the software. Microsoft Corp.'s rival Internet Explorer browser has a projected ownership of 8.8 million households and usage of 6.4 million households. "Netscape's household leadership tracks to trends we see in other productivity software that have a strong corporate leadership," says Bruce Ryon, vice president and chief technology analyst for the New York-based market research firm. For example, notes Ryon, Microsoft Word has the highest household ownership of any productivity product. "There seems to be a propensity for households to prefer what they use at work." Media Metrix's Web site is located at http://www.mediametrix.com. (Editor Note) All one need do is access the STReport WebSite and go to the site survey page to see the truth about which Browser is the most popular. STR's Site Survey is "auto-generated" and un-edited. Its updated every thirty days. 9.8 Million Kids Are Online A new study says 9.8 million children -- almost 14 percent of all kids under 18 -- use the Internet and/or online services, with more than half of them teen-agers. The survey -- conducted by telephone by FIND/SVP and Grunwald Associates, contacting 13,000 randomly selected U.S. households -- found that of the total, 16 percent were under 10 years of age, 21 percent were 10 to 12, and 60 percent 13 to 17. (Three percent of respondents did not reveal their children's ages.) Speaking with reporter Grant Buckler of the Newsbytes computer news service, Peter Grunwald, president of Grunwald Associates, said that when his firm last looked at children's online use, in 1995, there were not a significant number of kids going online from school, while about 4.1 million do so now. Other findings: z About 5.6 million children are using the Internet or online services from home, nearly double the 2.9 million found in 1995. z Fifty-two percent of all children who use the Internet go online from home, 47 percent from school, and 18 percent from other locations (since children may connect from more than one location, the numbers add up to more than 100 percent). z The 9.8 million children online live in 6.5 million households, with an average of 1.6 children per household, the survey found. Those 6.5 million households make up 18 percent of the 35.3 million U.S. households that include children under 18. z 32 percent of children aged 16 and 17 spend five or more hours online each week, and said school-related activities are the most popular online pastime for children, engaged in by kids in 57 percent of online family households. z Homework accounts for almost half of online activity by children under eight, but less than a third for other age groups. Electronic mail and chat accounts for about 25 percent of 16- and 17-year-olds' online activity. Market Dive Hits Computer Moguls Five of the computer industry's richest chieftains lost more than $3.5 billion in yesterday's stock market dive. The Associated Press this morning lists these five high-tech billionaires and the drop in value for their principal holdings: z Bill Gates, chairman/CEO of Microsoft Corp., $1.76 billion. z Larry Ellison, chairman/CEO/president of Oracle Corp., $666.9 million. z Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft Corp., $600 million. z Michael Dell, chairman/CEO of Dell Computer Corp., $324.4 million. z Gordon Moore, chairman of Intel Corp., $236.2 million. The Dow Jones industrial average plunged 554.26 points yesterday, the worst single-day point drop ever and the first time since the 1987 crash that the New York Stock Exchange shut down because of heavy losses. And, while Wall Street was sinking, the Internet was clogged, as people scurried to computers to visit financial news sites and trading centers. Editor Dave Kansas of TheStreet.Com, a financial news site on the World Wide Web, told AP the traffic was so heavy that some subscribers were sent messages warning that too many users were online. "That's never happened before," he said, adding that the traffic surge started last week when currency instability from Southeast Asia spread to Hong Kong. Meanwhile, the Reuter News Service notes that the central computers of online stock brokerages groaned under a crush of trades at the height of yesterday's market plunge, but most of them continued to operate without a hitch. "The online brokerage sites of companies like E Trade Group Inc., Charles Schwab & Co. and Fidelity Investments each reported slow response times because of record trading activity," says Reuters, "but none of them stopped working or failed to execute a trade for customers." Reuters adds that the online stock-trading business has been doubling every six months by some estimates, yet some investors have been leery about opening online accounts. Fed Computers More Vulnerable A senior U.S. intelligence official says more than 250 Defense Department computer systems were broken into last year and that the number of attempted break-ins is projected to double this year. Air Force Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minihan, director of the National Security Agency, told the recent annual convention of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, "We have evidence that our known network and computer communications vulnerabilities are being exploited by real-world attackers." The NSA, the ultra-secretive Defense Department arm that eavesdrops on global communications, released Minihan's talking points to reporter Jim Wolf of the Reuter News Service. "Last year," said the NSA statement, "over 250 unclassified (Department of Defense) computer systems were known to have been penetrated. Number of attacks escalating; will double this year." The culprit or culprits were not identified by Minihan, nor did he say what sort of information they might have stolen or what damage they might have done. Reuters notes that in May 1996, the General Accounting Office, the audit arm of Congress, cited Pentagon estimates that the number of unauthorized efforts to enter its computer systems may have reached 250,000 in 1995, but the report did not estimate how many of the "attacks" were successful. Pentagon officials were quoted at the time as saying they knew of no instance in which secret information had been stolen. Minihan also commented that: z Mounting U.S. reliance on computer networks has heightened vulnerability to "adversarial nation-states" as well as guerrilla groups, narcotics traffickers and organized crime syndicates. z Threats involved network "sniffers" -- an eavesdropping program that monitors communications or commercial transactions -- as well as "malicious" software and sophisticated information "attack" tools. z The U.S. is more dependent on computer networks than any other country, with what he said was 42 percent of the world's "computing power" and 60 percent of the "resources" of the Internet, the worldwide network of networks. (By contrast, China had one percent of the world's computing power and Russia less than one percent.) z America is woven together by 1.3 million "local area" computer networks, a number that he projected would jump to more than two million by 2000. Minihan said the U.S. built its information infrastructure on a "poor foundation -- and we will eventually pay for it," urging stepped-up awareness of "cyber security" issues. Millennium Bug Threatens Oil Computerdom's so-called "Millennium Bug" could paralyze the offshore industry in the North Sea, one of the world's biggest oil production areas. That is the warning of major oil companies which say that in a worst case scenario, oil platforms would be forced to shut down just over two years from now simply because automated systems fail to recognize the year 2000. At a conference in Aberdeen, Scotland, experts noted this week companies like Royal Dutch/Shell British Petroleum Co. Plc realize they are "sitting on a time bomb," says reporter Hans De Jongh of the Reuter News Service, "and are racing against the clock to check millions of microprocessors. But, they fear smaller firms have not yet fully grasped the threat to the oil industry." As noted, the problem stems from short cuts taken by computer programmers in the past. To save memory space, they abbreviated dates to their last two digits, so that 1999 becomes 99. But unfortunately, computers will read 2000 as a meaningless 00 and may crash at the turn of the millennium. Reuters adds, "At the 'Project 2000 in Oil and Gas' conference, industry suppliers and service providers were warned that time is running out and urged to act soon to prevent major upheaval. Digital Signature Law Struggling Uniform legislation governing digital signatures is being opposed by the Clinton administration, despite varying laws adopted by some states and other countries. Urging Congress not to enact the law, Commerce Department general counsel Andrew Pincus told the House Science Committee's technology subcommittee, "It is too early -- and we do not know nearly enough -- for the federal government to endorse a particular legislative approach." But industry officials have told Aaron Pressman of the Reuter News Service that some limited federal legislation might be appropriate to harmonize conflicting state laws. Pressman notes, "Digital signatures, unique identifying marks generated by computers and attached to electronic documents, are increasingly being used to authenticate e-mail and contractual arrangements made over the Internet. Without a digital signature or similar technology, a bank could not be sure a message it received from a customer was authentic, for example." Attorney Stewart Baker of Steptoe & Johnson told Pressman that some states, seeking to encourage the use of electronic signatures and thereby encourage electronic commerce, may act hastily and enact undesirable laws, adding, "This is a technology that is in danger of being loved too much." Reuters reports Germany, Italy and a few other nations have passed laws mandating excessive regulation. Baker urged the U.S. government to oppose such laws, saying, "That is coming to be a crisis and it's a crisis the federal government needs to face." Visa USA Vice President Ken Lieberman told lawmakers new laws might be useful to provide a "safe harbor" assuring the validity of digital authentication means used in private networks like his company's payment system. And, says Pressman, "Industry officials also urged lawmakers to separate the digital signature issue from the more contentious debate over use of computer encoding, or encryption, technology." At issue is a bill approved by the Senate Commerce Committee that seeks to link the system needed to verify certain digital signatures with a system used by law enforcement to decode covertly encrypted messages. Netizens and high-tech companies as a rule support the use of digital signatures but strongly oppose the law enforcement system, known as key recovery. Meanwhile: z House lawmakers are considering limited legislation, according to subcommittee chairwoman Constance Morella (R- Maryland), who said, "A top down regulatory approach would stifle the dynamic nature of the electronics industry. There may be, however, some need for legislation either in the area of ensuring universal interoperability or in liability protection." z Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) has said he will introduce a bill early next year to "authorize and validate" the use of electronic authentication technology in the financial sector without dictating use of particular methods. The bill may also encompass use of electronic authentication by "appropriate businesses" beyond strictly financial institutions, Bennett said. New York Subway Signs Hacked The words weren't exactly clear, but the message itself was: New York City subways are not impervious to hackers. Electronic signs that usually tell subway riders to "Watch your step" and "Have a great day" were flashing new messages yesterday in what authorities figure was the work of computer intruders. The Associated Press says signs at a Manhattan subway station briefly displayed the messages, "Volume Fourteen, Number Three," and "The Hacker Quarterly." Notes AP, "'The Hacker Quarterly' is a Long Island-based magazine that chronicles the activities of computer hackers. It was not clear what the message was meant to convey." Editor Emmanuel Goldstein said he knew nothing of the incident, adding, "I hope nobody was confused and thought it came from us." He said his publication offers tips on hacking into computer systems but does not condone destructive behavior. Meanwhile, Julio Lussardi, a Transit superintendent, told the wire service the electronic signs have been invaded before. "It's more of a nuisance than anything else," he said. Microsoft Countersues Sun Micro A legal counterattack against Sun Microsystems Inc. has been launched by Microsoft Corp., which denies it was trying to disrupt Sun's plans to establish a universal software language for computers. Business writer David E. Kalish of The Associated Press says the suit, filed in San Jose, California, federal court, "heightens the rhetoric between the software makers over a programming language that Sun is seeking to establish as an alternative to Microsoft's Windows operating software for computers." As noted, Java is intended to enable developers to write software that runs on all computers, freeing people from excessive reliance on any one type of machine. Kalish says Microsoft wants "to punch holes in Sun's lawsuit, which was filed early this month in the same court," noting Sun alleges Microsoft distorted the Java language so it works only on Windows computers and not rivals' products. "Sun maintains Microsoft, in its zeal to protect its business, is abusing its dominance of personal computer software to fracture the drive to create a universal software language," AP adds. Sun accused Microsoft of breaking its licensing contract, and now Microsoft contends Sun did the same, alleging Sun failed to live up to the agreement's terms by introducing a new version of Java that doesn't work well with previous versions. Also, Microsoft contends: z Sun broke the contract by failing to make public its compatibility tests that it used to determine that Microsoft's version of Java didn't work well with other software products. z Many manufacturers -- including Netscape, the rival maker of Internet browser software -- have created versions of Java that don't work well with other operating systems. Novell Wins $12.7M Court Award Novell Inc. reports that it has been awarded over $12.7 million plus attorney's fees in a case involving a large software counterfeiting ring in Southern California. The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California awarded the damages against Softcom Computers, Software Distribution Center, Allnet Computers, Advanced Digital Corporation, Digital Soft Technologies, Inc., Grand Software Corporation and the individuals Mohammad Asadi, Dusko Molak, Tony Simic, Tony Alvarez, Mohammad Shahzad Salermi, Yahood Eshagh, Hossein Asadibagheri (also known as Hossein Asadi), Mike Benz, Allen Bernstein and Michael Bernstein. Novell says the parties involved counterfeited Novell's NetWare and distributed the software throughout the U.S. and Europe. The counterfeiting activities included printing boxes, labels and altering Novell upgrade products by removing the word "upgrade" in some cases and by covering the word with fake markings in others. Novell filed the complaints in February 1996. Many of the companies and individuals have come forward and settled out of court, says Novell, but some chose not to respond to the complaint. "We are obviously very pleased with the court's judgment in this matter," says David Bradford, senior vice president and general counsel for Novell. "Once again, Novell's anti-piracy team has demonstrated that individuals and organizations who violate the rights of Novell and our customers will be identified, caught and brought to justice. We will now focus resources on enforcing this judgment against the defendants." Gartner Buys Jupiter Stake Computer industry market research giant Gartner Group Inc. is making a 32 percent equity investment in Jupiter Communications LLC, a New York-based provider of Internet and interactive industry research services. The transaction's terms weren't disclosed. "We are very excited about this business relationship and are extremely optimistic about Jupiter's prospects for the future," says Michael D. Fleisher, president of emerging businesses at Gartner, which is based in Stamford, Connecticut. "From a strategic viewpoint, this investment allows Gartner Group to leverage Jupiter's success in new markets like new media and consumer technology, and Jupiter gains the ability to leverage our skills in building a world-class distribution channel and research methodologies." Fleisher and John J. Neeson, Gartner's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, will join Jupiter's board. "We are extremely happy with the nature of this relationship," says Gene DeRose, Jupiter's chairman and CEO. 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This "stuff" is gorgeous! A T T E N T I O N-A T T E N T I O N-A T T E N T I O N "Unforgettable" STR Feature "Thanks Binky! This is a good one!" A Nice Lesson By Sister Helen P. Mrosia He was in the first third grade class I taught at Saint Mary's School in Morris, Minn. All 34 of my students were dear to me, but Mark Eklund was one in a million. Very neat in appearance, but had that happy-to-be-alive attitude that made even his occasional mischieviousness delightful. Mark talked incessantly. I had to remind him again and again that talking without permission was not acceptable. What impressed me so much. though, was his sincere response every time I had to correct him for misbehaving - "Thank you for correcting me, Sister!" I didn't know what to make of it at first, but before long I became accustomed to hearing it many times a day. One morning my patience was growing thin when Mark talked once too often, and then I made a novice-teacher's mistake. I looked at him and said, "If you say one more word, I am going to tape your mouth shut!" It wasn't ten seconds later when Chuck blurted out, "Mark is talking again." I hadn't asked any of the students to help me watch Mark, but since I had stated the punishment in front of the class, I had to act on it. I remember the scene as if it had occurred this morning. I walked to my desk, very deliberately opened my drawer and took out a roll of masking tape. Without saying a word., I proceeded to Mark's desk, tore off two pieces of tape and made a big X with them over his mouth. I then returned to the front of the room. As I glanced at mark to see how he was doing, he winked at me. That did it! I started laughing. The class cheered as I walked back to Mark's desk, removed the tape and shrugged my shoulders. His first words were, "Thank you for correcting me, Sister." At the end of the year I was asked to teach junior-high math. The years flew by, and before I knew it Mark was in my classroom again. He was more handsome than ever and just as polite. Since he had to listen carefully to my instructions in the "new math," he did not talk as much in ninth grade as he had in the third. One Friday, things just didn't feel right. We had worked hard on a new concept all week, and I sensed that the students were frowning, frustrated with themselves - and edgy with one another. I had to stop this crankiness before it got out of hand. So I asked them to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name. Then I told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down. It took the remainder of the class period to finish the assignment, and as the students left the room, each one handed me the papers. Charlie smiled. Marked said, "Thank you for teaching me, Sister. Have a good weekend." That Saturday, I wrote down the name of each student on a separate sheet of paper, and I listed what everyone else had said about that individual. On Monday I gave each student his or her list. Before long, the entire class was smiling. "Really?" I heard whispered. "I never knew that meant anything to anyone!" "I didn't know others liked me so much!" No one ever mentioned those papers in class again. I never knew if they discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn't matter. The exercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happy with themselves and one another again. That group of students moved on. Several years later, after I returned from vacation, my parents met me at the airport. As we were driving home, Mother asked me the usual questions about the trip - the weather, my experiences in general. There was a light lull in the conversation. mother gave Dad a side-ways glance and simply says, "Dad?" My father cleared his throat as he usually did before something important. "The Eklunds called last night," he began. "Really?" I said. "I haven't heard from them in years. I wonder how Mark is." Dad responded quietly. "Mark was killed in Vietnam," he said. "The funeral is tomorrow, and his parents would like it if you could attend." To this day I can still point to the exact spot on 1-494 where Dad told me about Mark. I had never seen a serviceman in a military coffin before. Mark looked so handsome, so mature. All I could think at that moment was, Mark, I would give all the masking tape in the world if only you would talk to me. The church was packed with mark's friends. Chuck's sister sang "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." Why did it have to rain on the day of the funeral? It was difficult enough at the graveside. The pastor said the usual prayers, and the bugler played taps. One by one, those who loved Mark took a last walk by the coffin and sprinkled it with holy water. I was the last one to bless the coffin. As I stood there, one of the soldiers who had acted as pallbearer came up to me. "Were you Mark's math teacher?" he asked. I nodded as I continued to stare at the coffin. "Mark talked about you a lot," he said. After the funeral, most of Mark's former classmates headed to Chucks farmhouse for lunch. Mark's mother and father were there, obviously waiting for me. "We want to show you something," his father said, taking a wallet out of his pocket. "They found this on Mark when he was killed. We thought you might recognize it." Opening the billfold, he carefully removed two worn pieces of notebook paper that had obviously been taped, folded and refolded many times. I knew without looking that the papers were the ones on which I had listed all the good things each of Mark's classmates had said about him. "Thank you so much for doing that" Mark's mother said. "As you can see, Mark treasured it." Mark's classmates started to gather around us. Charlie smiled rather sheepishly and said, "I still have my list. It's in the top drawer of my desk at home." Chuck's wife said, "Chuck asked me to put this in our wedding album." "I have mine too," Marilyn said, it's in my diary." Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her pocketbook, took out her wallet and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group. "I carry this with me at all times," Vicki said without batting an eyelash. "I think we all saved our lists." That's when I finally sat down and cried. I cried for Mark and for all his friends who would never see him again. STR Editor's Mail Call "...a place for the readers to be heard" Editor's MailBag Messages * NOT EDITED * for content We received this reply or, should I say "comment" relative to our Editorial and Opinion about the DOJ Tilting at Windmills.. From.. Anonymous: "The Amazing Ralph said: ">From the Editor's Desk... "Whaddaya know! Old. Janet (Waco & Ruby Ridge) Reno is at it again. Persecuting Microsoft. This time though, I'm willing to bet she's throwing up a monstrous smoke screen to hide her "pussyfooting" around the Slick Willie Campaign $$BUX$$ issues and the abysmal failure of the Justice Department to put a stop to the runaway Drug Problems this nation is suffering from. Yes sir, the DOJ is a master a diversion. Imagine that. and its not even election time yet. Elsewhere is this issue, we cover the matter with an opinion of our own.<" Gee whiz, I'm not a great fan of Clinton, either, but this implies that Bill Gates is a white-handed innocent cherub. Get real! I have to deal with MickeySoft every day - they are arrogant, technically ignorant, and would be laughed out of business if there were any competition at all! The Microsoft policy of demanding that PC makers snub the M$ competition /is/ a blatant violation not only of the agreement that M$ signed with DOJ in 1995, it's probably the most obvious example of why DOJ ought to force M$ to break up the company - OSes in one camp, all other M$ products in another. And I'm making my living making things that make M$ go, so while I would be perfectly happy to make other OSes go (like Novell, for example), I do have something of a vested interest in seeing M$ survive as a company." EDITOR REPLY: Rarely, will I offer an "anonymous email" a reply. But I felt this, "off the wall" noise, needed to be seen and addressed. If, for any reason, you feel I should not have used such a post, please understand its done simply to show our readers the IQ level of some of the mail we, unfortunately, receive.
In short reply mode.. Sport we ARE real. as is Bill Gates and MS. They have one of the WORLD'S largest payrolls and pay an enormous amount of taxes to every level of Government from the corner town hall to the granite grist mills of Washington D.C. The truth is.. MS is a competitive Giant in Business to make a profit. In doing so, MS keeps tens of thousands of hard working people gainfully employed. Just because a couple of DOJ Nimrods, out to make a name for themselves, begin listening to the erroneous garbage being spewed upon them by Netscape and friends doesn't mean its correct or, in fact, slightly believable! The truth is; z Netscape is the most popular Browser. z Netscape enjoys a wide margin of leadership in online usage of its Internet Products. z Netscape forces the users to download well over 15mb of code especially when one figures in the "motherload" of Plug-ins needed to allow Netscape to come close to the performance levels of IE4. z Netscape shuns all HTML code advances and enhancements that MSIE4 allows. (affording the developers of HTML, DHTML etc., the opportunity to SEE the results of their efforts using IE4.) Of course, these "slight" Netscape transgressions (Forget JAVA) are conveniently overlooked by the moaning and groaning trolls dancing on the desktops at DOJ demanding action. On another note.. From a friendly reader. Just like to say thanks for providing a up to date quality online weekly resource to "what's new in the computing world". I depend on STReport more that those ZD counterparts. Keep up the good work! Larry Mears author of IG for the Atari ST(online graphics in 1985, one of the sparks that made the WWW what it is today.) I have more ideas but my bones are dry. :) firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks for the kind words Larry. you have no idea how much they mean to us. EDUPAGE STR Focus Keeping the users informed Edupage Contents U. Of California Plans New Online Library 10 Million Kids Online Proton Memories NEC Develops 128-Bit Encryption Technology Lucent Technologies Tackles Spam Telecommuting On The Rise Live, Streaming Educom97 Boston U. Sues Term Paper Mills Microsoft Countersues Sun Over Java Intel-Digital Settlement May Signal End Of Alpha Chips Online Classifieds Could Be Big Money Maker For Microsoft Jobs Says No To Permanent Apple Job IBM Offers Design Kits For Copper Chips New Standard For Parallel Processing Workstations Xerox Develops Diode For Laser Printers Live, Streaming Educom97 Shake-Up At Silicon Graphics BT May Buy Out MCI Share Of Concert Rockwell Ups The Ante In Modem Wars Motorola Pagers Tie Into MTV Info Whither Digital Now? U. Of Minnesota Links To Internet2 Internet Ethics Code IBM Offers Design Kits For Copper Chips Live, Streaming Educom97 U. OF CALIFORNIA PLANS NEW ONLINE LIBRARY The University of California System will create a completely digital library, with the entire collection available online. The California Digital Library will concentrate initially on building a collection of materials related to science, technology and industry. One goal of the digital system will be to encourage professors to publish their research online. "We would like to change the way information is disseminated for scholarship," says the Digital Library's first librarian. (Chronicle of Higher Education 24 Oct 97) 10 MILLION KIDS ONLINE A new report by FIND/SVP and Grunwald Associates, based on a survey of 2,000 households, reports that almost 10 million children are using the Internet -- 14% of the approximately 70 million children under 18 in the U.S. Nearly half of the children currently access the Internet from school, and most of them use it for school or homework as their primary Net activity. "There will be a fundamental shift in the market in late 1998/early 1999 when more children will go online at school than at home," says Peter Grunwald, president of Grunwald Associates. "This is a result of government and private initiatives to wire classrooms." For more information, call 1-800-346-3787. PROTON MEMORIES A team of scientists at Sandia National Laboratories and France Telecom has developed a prototype digital memory device that uses protons to save crucial information, even in the event of a power outage. The work stems from research for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, which is seeking radiation-hardened, low-voltage chips that could survive a nuclear event. Researchers report that the protonic device is simple to produce, low-powered, and inexpensive -- characteristics that could finally bring so- called static memory devices to the commercial marketplace. (Popular Science Oct 97) NEC DEVELOPS 128-BIT ENCRYPTION TECHNOLOGY Japan's NEC has developed 128-bit key encryption technology that makes use of an algorithm to create fake keys, which are then substituted for the real encryption keys when a potential hacker tries to crack the code. Under Japanese law, the product cannot be exported from Japan. (InfoWorld Electric 22 Oct 97) LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES TACKLES SPAM Lucent Technologies' Personalized Web Assistant offers a filter between users and unsolicited bulk e-mail. The service originally was intended as a privacy screen for users filling out Web-based registration forms, but by adding an intermediate proxy server between users and any Web site they might be visiting, the Personalized Web Assistant can filter incoming mail; if users are being bombarded with junk, their addresses can be shut down or they can trace the source of the spam. "The concept was to give the user a system that manages e-mail and identities on his behalf," says a research scientist at Lucent's Bell Labs. "The antispam feature was sort of a consequence of how we generate e-mail addresses. You can use your own e- mail filters to handle spam domain names, but domain names can change. We've found that if they really want to get to you, spammers can easily adapt to crude filters." Lucent plans to release a commercial version of the Personalized Web Assistant next year, and is considering offering it to ISPs as a value-added service for their subscribers. (InternetWeek 24 Oct 97) TELECOMMUTING ON THE RISE A study from Telecommute America, an organization formed to promote telecommuting, indicates that 62% of 500 companies surveyed have more employees working at home than they did two years ago. The survey defined a telecommuter as an employee who works at least one day a week at home, a satellite office, or while on the road, keeping in touch via computer. (USA Today 24 Oct 97) LIVE, STREAMING EDUCOM97 The three keynote sessions at EDUCOM'97 this week will be available as live, streaming webcasts via RealMedia at www.educom.edu/conf/97/webcast.html. Viewers will need the RealPlayer, Version 5 (at www.real.com) and at least a 28.8 connection to the InternetWebcast times (CST -5000 UT) are 9:30 am October 29 (Educom Medal awards and address by Eli Noam), 9:45 am October 30 (address by Sherry Turkle), and 11:15 am October 31 (address by John Perry Barlow). BOSTON U. SUES TERM PAPER MILLS Boston University filed a lawsuit last week in federal court against eight companies that sell college term papers over the Internet. The university's suit charges the companies with wire fraud, mail fraud, racketeering, and violating a Massachusetts law prohibiting the sale of term papers. According to B.U., its lawsuit is the first federal action brought by a college or university over the sale of term papers online. The suit seeks unspecified damages and legal costs, along with an injunction barring the companies from doing business in the state. In addition, the companies would face seizure of all term papers, theses and research documents available for sale. The companies have responded that they post disclaimers on their Web sites warning against plagiarism and sell the papers as research tools only. A university spokesman calls the disclaimers a "sham" and says B.U. would welcome any other universities that wish to join the lawsuit. (Chronicle of Higher Education 31 Oct 97) MICROSOFT COUNTERSUES SUN OVER JAVA Responding to Sun Microsystems' lawsuit against Microsoft over alleged violations of the terms of Microsoft's Java license, Microsoft is now suing Sun, charging breach of contract related to the Java license, breach of "the covenant of good faith and fair dealing," and unfair competition for Sun's "repeated failure to live up to its obligations under the two companies' agreement," according to a Microsoft statement. "We stayed within the absolute letter of the agreement and Sun tried to rewrite that agreement, after the fact," says a Microsoft group product manager. Sun says they fully expected a countersuit, calling it "your garden-variety legal tactic," according to a Sun spokeswoman. (InfoWorld Electric 28 Oct 97) INTEL-DIGITAL SETTLEMENT MAY SIGNAL END OF ALPHA CHIPS As part of a settlement ending a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Digital Equipment Corporation against ntel, Intel is paying Digital $700 million and royalties but Digital is committing itself to develop computers based on the next-generation of Intel chips and competing directly against Digital's Alpha chips. Thirty-five computer vendors have already promised to use Intel's new chip when it comes out in 1998, and industry analysts see Digital's commitment to Intel chips as a signal of the end of its own line of Alpha chips. (New York Times 28 Oct 97) ONLINE CLASSIFIEDS COULD BE BIG MONEY MAKER FOR MICROSOFT Web sites that publish online classified ads are beginning to generate revenues, but still lag far behind newspapers in classified ad income -- $100 million for online ads in 1996 vs. $16.6 billion in revenues for newspapers this year, according to New York-based Technologic Partners. The research firm says online ads could grow to $1.5 billion in the next five years. Meanwhile, Microsoft is eyeing the field, and is actively developing transaction-based Web sites and classified ad services. "Microsoft represents an immediate threat to newspapers and their classified ad revenue," says a VP of Arlen Communications Inc. Microsoft's CarPoint site is generating $10 million in car sales each week, and the software giant is planning a real estate listings site for the second quarter of '98. (Investor's Business Daily 28 Oct 97) JOBS SAYS NO TO PERMANENT APPLE JOB Interim CEO Steve Jobs says he's not interested in a permanent position at Apple Computer, and is confident that the company will find a successor to former chief executive Gil Amelio before year's end. (Wall Street Journal 28 October 1997) IBM OFFERS DESIGN KITS FOR COPPER CHIPS IBM says that in January it will begin offering manufacturers chip design kits, allowing them to use IBM's breakthrough technology using copper rather than silicon for computer chips. Copper chips will be significantly faster and more powerful than chips currently available. (Wall Street Journal 27 Oct 97) NEW STANDARD FOR PARALLEL PROCESSING WORKSTATIONS Compaq, Digital, Intel, IBM and Silicon Graphics have agreed to support Open MP, a new standard developed by Silicon Graphics and Kuck & Associates to allow programmers to write a single version of their software that will run on parallel processor computers using Unix or Windows NT operating systems. The new standard will hasten the trend in which scientists and engineers choose high-end workstations rather than supercomputers for complex computational applications. (New York Times 28 Oct 97) XEROX DEVELOPS DIODE FOR LASER PRINTERS Xerox has developed a semiconductor diode that generates tiny blue laser beams with shorter wavelengths to produce more dots in an image and thus achieve much higher picture resolution than is possible using wavelengths at the infrared end of the spectrum. The new technology is not expected to reach the marketplace for at least five years. (Wall Street Journal 27 Oct 97) LIVE, STREAMING EDUCOM97 The three keynote sessions at EDUCOM'97 this week will be available as live, streaming webcasts via ealMedia at www.educom.edu/conf/97/webcast.html. Viewers will need the RealPlayer, Version 5 (at www.real.com) and at least a 28.8 connection to the InternetWebcast times (CST -5000 UT) are 9:30 am October 29 (Educom Medal awards and address by Eli Noam), 9:45 am October 30 (address by Sherry Turkle), and 11:15 am October 31 (address by John Perry Barlow). SHAKE-UP AT SILICON GRAPHICS Ed McCracken has resigned as chief executive officer of Silicon Graphics Inc. but will remain as chairman. The SGI board of directors has also decided that the company will lay off 700 to 1,000 employees in its 11,000- member workforce and will continue to try to transform the company from a high-end graphics workstation manufacturer to a provider of server computers. (San Jose Mercury News 30 Oct 97) BT MAY BUY OUT MCI SHARE OF CONCERT British Telecom says it's considering buying MCI out of its 25% share of Concert Communications Services if the two companies don't merge. "If MCI is taken over, we have the right to reclaim that company if certain conditions apply. But the way to look at it is that, in just about any circumstances, Concert Communications Services will be controlled by BT," says BT's CEO. Concert is the cornerstone of BT's ambitious global strategy to form alliances with foreign carriers and offer one-stop telecommunications services for multinational corporations. (TechWeb 30 Oct 97) ROCKWELL UPS THE ANTE IN MODEM WARS Rockwell International, in an effort to influence a current meeting of the International Telecommunication Union, says that within a year it may introduce computer modems capable of transmitting data over conventional phone lines at speeds up to 20 times faster than current models. "We hope that, by presenting this technology very early in the ITU discussions, we can accelerate the standardization process," says a Rockwell VP. Meanwhile, 3Com's U.S. Robotics has developed a competing standard for 56- Kbps modems. Rockwell says that if its standard is accepted now, it can provide "a seamless transition" between 56-Kbps technology and the next- generation consumer digital subscriber line standard. (Wall Street Journal 29 Oct 97) MOTOROLA PAGERS TIE INTO MTV INFO In a marketing strategy to make its pager products more attractive to young adults and teenagers, Motorola plans a new line of pagers that display news about contests and programming on Viacom's MTV cable network. The devices, which will also provide traditional pager services, will be available next month. (Los Angeles Times 29 Oct 97) WHITHER DIGITAL NOW? Now that Digital has settled its differences with Intel and will turn its Alpha plant over to Intel in return for cash, CEO Robert Palmer says he plans to move Digital ahead as a provider of computer hardware services and consultancy, similar to Electronic Data Systems Corp. And although Digital plans to continue making computers with both Alpha and Intel chips, Digital founder Ken Olsen, who was forced out in favor of Palmer five years ago says, "Alpha was a good chip, but they set about to destroy the rest of the company to build Alpha, and that wasn't smart. I hope they're finally seeing the light." (Wall Street Journal 30 Oct 97) U. OF MINNESOTA LINKS TO INTERNET2 The University of Minnesota has completed its hook-up to the Internet2 network -- a high-speed backbone that links the national supercomputer centers at speed up to 1,000 times faster than the original Internet. The OC-3 link-up to Internet2, provided by Norlight Telecommunications, is 84 times more powerful than a standard university Internet connection, and more than 5,000 times faster than a typical home modem, according to a Norlight VP. Besides linking the University of Minnesota to Internet2, Wisconsin-based Norlight will maintain and monitor the connection under a two-year renewable contract, says university Chief Information Officer Don Riley. (NewsBytes 29 Oct 97) INTERNET ETHICS CODE The Canadian Direct Marketers Association, which represents 80% of the country's $11-billion annual direct marketing industry, is amending its code of ethics and standards of practice requiring its 650 corporate members to respect consumer privacy on the Internet. The measures, to take effect in January, focus on two areas: giving consumers a clear opportunity to reject unsolicited e-mail (commonly known as spam); and informing consumers about what personal information is being collected from them on-line and how it might be used. (Toronto Globe & Mail 24 Oct 97) IBM OFFERS DESIGN KITS FOR COPPER CHIPS IBM says that in January it will begin offering manufacturers chip design kits, allowing them to use IBM's breakthrough technology using copper rather than aluminum for computer chips. Copper chips will be significantly faster and more powerful than chips currently available. (Wall Street Journal 27 Oct 97; revised from Edupage 26 Oct 97) LIVE, STREAMING EDUCOM97 Yesterday's live webcast of Eli Noam's speech was viewed by at least 120, and possibly as many as 500 people located all over the world. 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On the positive side, you will receive evaluation software packages from me to review. I always try to send programs that will fit your children's or students' needs. The only cost to you is the time to write your review. If you've had a hankering to become a writer and would like some free software, here's an opportunity to get your feet wet with little pressure, flexible deadlines and a very understanding editor. For more details, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Name Frank's Baby And now for something completely different, it's time for a new contest. Name Frank's Baby is the contest's title. The doctor said to expect a boy, but you're welcome to send names for a girl too. We won't necessarily use the winning entry, but the person sending that entry will get a children's software package as a prize. Just send your entries to email@example.com with the title of Baby Name. You can send one male and one female name with each e-mail. Each name entry should include a first and middle name (or initial). The parents are supplying the surname. All entries must be received by December 1st (the current due date is December 12th). I had hoped to be able to include a sampling of the entries to the contest, but there haven't been any yet. Maybe it's because I didn't name the prize last week. Well, I haven't picked it this week either, but it will be a software package worth $25 or more, new in the box with no costs or obligations to the winner. I might be able to offer a choice of programs so you can be assured of receiving a program suitable for your kid's needs. Or we can bypass software and I can offer a current Beanie Baby (Yes, Beanie-mania rules supreme in my home, too) as the prize. I'm open to suggestions. The e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org In the News New Programs from Davidson Just in time for the holidays (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Kwaanza, Hanukkah -- take your pick)! Davidson's new titles in the Blaster Learning System are now shipping! Math Blaster: Ages 9 - 12, Math Blaster: Pre-Algebra, Math Blaster: Algebra and Reading Blaster: Ages 9 - 12 -- all brand-new titles -- will hit stores next week. Current titles with their new names and boxes -- Math Blaster: Ages 4 - 6 (was Math Blaster Jr.), Reading Blaster: Ages 4 - 6 (was Reading Blaster Jr.), Math Blaster: Ages 6 - 9 (was Mega Math Blaster), Math Blaster: Geometry (was Geometry Blaster) and Reading Blaster: Ages 6 - 9 (was Reading Blaster 2000) will also be in stores then. Math Blaster: Ages 9 - 12 Windows/Mac CD-ROM Approx. $30 in stores Players embark on a new journey with the Blaster Pals as they build advanced math skills in subjects ranging from simple addition to complex number patterns. Highlights include cool video, graphics and sound; a wide range of gameplay and difficulty levels; and a bonus spreadsheet program. Math Blaster: Pre-Algebra Windows/Mac CD-ROM Approx. $30 in stores Students roam Dr. Dabble's mystery mansion in search of the math-stealing machine that is sucking away the world's math knowledge. Students unravel the mystery by completing different activities and solving word problems in each room, mastering a wide range of math and algebra topics. Math Blaster: Algebra Windows/Mac CD-ROM Approx. $30 in stores A fun and interesting way to learn a full year of high-school algebra, this brand-new version offers great graphics, challenging thinking puzzles, and five exciting activities. Other features include a video chalkboard to visually display algebraic concepts, lots of tutorials, hundreds of practice problems, and a glossary of algebraic terms. Reading Blaster: Ages 9 - 12 Windows/Mac CD-ROM Approx. $30 in stores Dr. Dabble's mansion, which has been abandoned for years, is the perfect setting for an intriguing reading adventure. Players get to play detective, exploring the mansion as they build important skills such as reading comprehension, inference and vocabulary building. Headbone Interactive Launches Television Animation Studio Headbone Interactive, an award-winning leader in children's software and Web publishing, announces the opening of their new fully digital animation division. Using proprietary technology, Headbone Interactive will be able to quickly produce high-quality, low-cost animation for both television and the World Wide Web. In the near future, the company will be providing television programming featuring their trademarked characters. Headbone Interactive also hosts one of the Web's most popular sites for kids. The Headbone Zone (http://www.headbone.com) features the Headbone Derby, an interactive educational game that encourages children to search the Web for answers to multi-disciplinary problems to win prizes ranging from software to computer systems. The contest is designed for children ages 10 to 14 and involves team play in an interactive story. Ray Dream Studio 5 MetaCreations for Macintosh & Windows 95 Suggested Retail Price $449 Estimated Street Price $299 Upgrade $99 http://www.metacreations.com Sales: 800-846-0111 Review by Donna Lines (email@example.com) MetaCreations has come up with another crowd pleaser with the release of Ray Dream Studio 5. This major upgrade boasts vastly improved rendering speeds, more 3D tools, an additional modeler, and enhanced animation features. RDS5 now supports MMX and SMP (Symmetric Multi Processing) on both Macintosh and Windows 95/NT. New to version 5 is the polygon-based Mesh Form modeler. This modeler allows the user to easily create precise 3D objects by pulling and pushing on the polygons of the object itself (instead of sweep paths and cross sections as in the Free Form Modeler). Using Boolean operations, objects may be subtracted from one another, merged, or intersected to create a new object. For example, you can subtract a shape from an apple to make it appear that the apple has a bite taken out of it. Volumetric and particle- based primitives such as fire, fog, clouds, and fountains add special effects and realism to an image or animation. Deformers include Atomize, Bend and Twist, Black Hole, Dissolve, Explode, Punch, Shatter, Spherical Morph, Spike, Stretch, Warp, and Wave. They've also added a new rendering engine - ThinkFish Natural Media. This rendering engine has seven options to covert 3D objects into 2D hand drawn styles -- including sketches, paintings, or even cartoons. The animation tools are second to none and rival those found in packages costing thousands more. New behaviors are based on physics, incorporating factors such as gravity, velocity, friction, and accurate collision detection. If you animate a ball bouncing down a set of stairs, you can use collision detection to realistically depict how a ball would interact with the stairs. These new behaviors work effectively with the powerful animation tools familiar to Ray Dream Studio 4 users -- Inverse Kinematics, Total Control Timeline, Rotoscoping, Tweeners, and user-controlled behaviors. Ray Dream Studio is fully extendible. With MetaCreations and third party plug-ins, you can add new lights, cameras, shaders, and even alternative rendering engines. You can even use Adobe PhotoshopT plug-ins! RDS5 supports virtually every major Windows and Macintosh format for image and movie files including MetaCreations' Painter 5T RIFF format and Adobe Photoshop'sT native format. MetaCreations provides two Wizards to help budding 3D artists get started - - the Scene Wizard and the Modeling Wizard. The Scene Wizard guides you through the steps necessary to create a scene, complete with background, cameras, and lights. The Modeling Wizard is based on the Free Form Modeler and is accessed by clicking on the Modeling Wizard icon on the toolbar. This wizard lets you choose from six presets to mold your design. There is a tutorial included in the User Guide that covers the basics. (One of the AVI files necessary to complete the tutorial was omitted from the CD ROM. The file may be downloaded from MetaCreations' web site -- look under RDS5, Goodies.) Many third party books will be available by the time you read this review to help you explore all of the new features of RDS5. There are some minor bugs in version 5.0 and MetaCreations has posted fixes on their web site. MetaCreations is very responsive to customer requests for new features and reported bugs are addressed promptly. The considerable speed improvements (up to 400% on multi-processors), added animation tools, along with the easy-to-use, frustration-free Mesh Form Modeler make this one a no-brainer. It is a must-have upgrade. Customers who purchased Ray Dream Studio 4.1 after May 19, 1997 are entitled to a free upgrade (for a shipping and handling fee) with proof of purchase. For graphics users looking for a complete 3D graphics program, MetaCreations' Ray Dream Studio 5 combines unparalleled performance, function and price. System Requirements: Windows: 486, Pentium, or Pentium Pro Compatible PC Windows 95 or Windows NT 4.0 16 MB System RAM (24+ recommended) Color Display (24 bit recommended) CD ROM drive Power Macintosh System 7.0 or later 20 MB of application RAM (24+ recommended) Color display (24 bit recommended) CD Jason's Jive Jason Sereno, STR Staff firstname.lastname@example.org CH Gamepad 6 button joystick for the PC Approximate price: $19.95 CH Products 970 Park Center Drive Vista, California 92083 www.chproducts.com email@example.com CH products has released the CH Gamepad, their new innovative six button joystick for IBM computers. This highly compatible controller gives the user two turbo buttons located on the front of the pad for a total of eight buttons in all. Using the 8-Way directional disk will be much easier when you consider the seven foot cable attached to the CH Gamepad. After you plug the joystick into your gameport you will be ready to play both Windows and DOS games and see the difference in this products' control. This gamepad features six front-faced push buttons. Two turbo buttons have been placed on the top of the pad for a total of eight buttons in all. The shape and design of the gamepad may look odd at first glance, but the shape fits the users hands very well. It does resemble most new types of home gaming system's controller such as the N64 and Sony Playstation. Something different about this pad is the way the 8-way directional disk is placed on it. The up arrow is actually pointing towards the upper-right part of the controller and the down towards the bottom left. It resembles an X when looked at. This does feel natural when you use the pad however. When you place your hands on the controller your right thumb naturally aligns with the vertical axis. It is a very simple idea that does make playing more comfortable. Two numbers that can be associated with the CH Gamepad are seven and three. Seven is how many feet long the gamepad' cord is. This makes for the maneuverability of a wireless controller but without worrying if your are going to lose your signal or not while playing. The number three is for the number of years warranty that come with this pad. It is very durable and made of a stronger plastic when compared to other cheaper joysticks. The CH gamepad requires no installation. It simply plugs into your gameport and you are ready to go. It works with all Windows and DOS games that offer joystick play and is also compatible with games that require or offer six button play. The CH gamepad is for serious gamers and will outplay other cheaper brands. The three year warranty guarantees that. Seven feet of cable is a nice touch to this product and it adds maneuverability. The innovative layout of the pad and the amount of buttons is very good for users that are tired of four button joysticks. If you want more than your average joy, try the CH Gamepad from CH Products. Special Notice!! STR Infofile File format for Articles File Format for STReport All articles submitted to STReport for publication must be sent in the following format. Please use the format requested. Any files received that do not conform will not be used. The article must be in an importable word processor format for Word 6.0 and/or Word Perfect 7.. The margins are .05" left and 1.0" Monospaced fonts are not to be used. 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Adobe Systems Announces Adobe WebType For Web Graphics 12 Best Selling Adobe Original Typefaces Optimized To Look Crisp, Clean And Legible On-Screen San Jose, Calif., (October 28, 1997) (Nasdaq: ADBE) - Adobe Systems Incorporated today announced AdobeR WebTypeTM, a typeface software package of 12 best selling Adobe Original typefaces optimized for on-screen viewing. Adobe WebType is the first typeface package from Adobe created to specifically meet the demands of customers creating Web graphics with text. Great looking at all point sizes, Adobe WebType helps customers avoid the time-consuming trial and error process of creating legible text for Web graphics. "I use type everyday on the Web but often have to select fonts by trial and error to see which fonts will look clean on-screen. The beauty of WebType is that it's an entire group of fonts that have been optimized for on-line viewing. These fonts are clear, crisp and easy-to-read in my graphics," said Eric Johnson, design director at Ikonic, a Web consulting and implementation firm. "And WebType is created by Adobe, THE type developer. I think designers are in need of a serious set of tools like WebType." Although customers have hundreds of typefaces to choose from, most typefaces have been designed for high- resolution printed pages and not the low-resolution environment of on-screen Web graphics. As a result, many typefaces can be hard to read on-screen, especially at small point sizes, and certain ornate typeface styles are barely legible at all. Many customers waste precious time manipulating typefaces and experimenting with typeface styles until they find something that works. Adobe WebType helps customers eliminate the guesswork involved in choosing a good typeface. Highly optimized for the low-resolution environment of the Web, Adobe WebType typefaces look good at all point sizes and are easy-to-read--even as part of a tiny button or navigation bar GIF. In addition to the 12 typefaces included in the WebType package, WebType also comes with Image Club's WebMorselsTM, a package of more than 400 images for Web site design--such as buttons, navigation bars, banners, bullets and more. Also included in the WebType package is a copy of Adobe AcrobatR Reader; a tryout version of Adobe PageMillTM (Adobe's Web site development software program); and a guide containing tips for great Web page design and on-screen typography. The typefaces in the Adobe WebType collection were selected as a result of interviews with various Web site designers and include Adobe Originals: MyriadR Web Regular, Myriad Web Italic, Myriad Web Bold, Myriad Web Condensed Regular, Myriad Web Condensed Italic, MinionR Web Regular, Minion Web Italic, Minion Web Bold, Caflisch ScriptR Web, MezzR Web Bold, PenumbraR Web Regular Serif and GiddyupR. WebType typefaces were selected for their readability and functionality and can be viewed on Adobe's Web site at http://www.adobe.com While Adobe is working on industry initiatives like OpenType to provide standardization of fonts on the Web, the WebType product addresses the immediate need of customers, working with today's technologies, to have the tools they need to make fonts in graphics look good on-screen. Beyond the Web, WebType typefaces are also a great choice for other documents created to be viewed on-screen, such as multimedia presentations or electronic publications. System Requirements WindowsR: i386TM or faster processor (i486TM recommended); MicrosoftR Windows 3.1 or later, Windows 95, Windows NTR; 8 MB of RAM; CD-ROM drive; VGA, SVGA, or higher resolution video card and color monitor. Macintosh: 68030 or faster processor (Macintosh Quadra or Power Macintosh recommended); Apple System Software version 7.1 or later; 8 MB of RAM; CD- ROM drive; and color monitor. Price and Availability Adobe WebType for Windows 95 and Macintosh are available immediately. The product has a price of $49.99 and is available directly from Adobe in the United States and Canada by calling 800-445-8787. Outside of the United States and Canada please contact a local distributor. Minion WebType will also be available through a bundle with Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0. About Adobe Systems Incorporated Based in San Jose, Calif., Adobe Systems Incorporated develops and supports products to help people express and use information in more imaginative and meaningful ways, across all print and electronic media. Founded in 1982, Adobe helped launch the desktop publishing revolution. Today, the company offers a market-leading line of application software and type products for creating and distributing visually rich communication materials; licenses its industry-standard technologies to major hardware manufacturers, software developers, and service providers; and offers integrated software solutions to businesses of all sizes. For more information, see Adobe's home page at http://www.adobe.com on the World Wide Web. Adobe, the Adobe logo, Acrobat, Caflisch Script, Giddyup, Image Club, Mezz, Minion, Myriad, PageMill, Penumbra, WebMorsels and WebType are trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated. Apple, Macintosh, Macintosh Quadra and Power Macintosh are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc. registered in the United States and other countries. Microsoft and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ChromaFax STR Focus Windows 95 Users Can Send and Receive Faxes in Brilliant Color San Jose, Calif., Oct 14. Compressent (NASDAQ: CSNT) announced today that ChromaFax, its color fax software application for Windows 95 users, is available at retail outlets. CompUSA already has the product on store shelves, and ChromaFax can be ordered through several mail-order software catalogs such as Micro Warehouse, PC Zone, and PC Mall. ChromaFax is the first software product based on international color fax standards that allow users to send and receive faxes in brilliant color. Over the next few weeks, ChromaFax will be available in many other retail outlets, including Egghead, Computer City, Electronic Boutique, J&R Music World, and Software City. The product carries a Suggested Retail Price of $69.95, though it initially includes a $20 manufacturer's mail-in rebate. This news release contains forward-looking statements which are subject to risks and uncertainties including those set forth in Compressent's filing on Form 10-Q for the third quarter ended September 30, 1997, and including the performance of the retailers listed here. Compressent (NASDAQ:CSNT) develops, manufactures, licenses and markets color imaging software and compression technologies for the home, small office and OEM markets. Its premier product, ChromaFax, is state-of-the-art color fax software for Windows 95 users. Compressent was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in San Jose, California. Information about the company and its products can be found at www.compressent.com. CONTACT: Brownell Chalstrom of Compressent, 408-879-6600 x235 or email@example.com. or Web Site: http://www.compressent.com Classics & Gaming Section Editor Dana P. Jacobson firstname.lastname@example.org >From the Atari Editor's Desk "Saying it like it is!" Today is one of my favorite holidays! Halloween. All Hallows Eve. Whatever you wish to call it, it's a fun holiday. How about Jack Tramiel for a Halloween costume? Brrrr! Shivers down my spine with the thoughts of that scary sight! I really enjoy watching the kids dressed up in their various costumes. Having lived in a city like Boston, I really didn't see many kids come by "trick or treating". But, moving out to the 'burbs, I expect that to change. Our neighborhood is filled with kids; and I anticipate lots of scary visitors! It should be fun. So, watch out tonight and drive safely - there will likely be lots of kids out after dark, walking door-to-door. Let's help to make sure that they have a fun night. So what does all of this have to do with Atari? Well, I did mention Jack Tramiel, didn't I? Until next time... "MyMail" MyMail, a STiK/STinG client by the Swedish programmer Erik Hall, is up to v0.21b. This is the third update, so it's under heavy beta testing; so don't expect too much with this early version. But it works fine to me, for the very first time I can send and receive Swedish characters with my Falcon. A support page with this beta version is at: http://www5.tripnet.se/~mille/english/mymail.html Erik Hdll's Homepage is located at: http://www2.tripnet.se/~erikhall Here You can find MyMail and several other Atari applications made by him, such as LedClock, JingleFalcon... ...and he own a Hades. Atari Alternative Desktops These web pages are under construction and there are no links to them yet. Check out: http://www5.tripnet.se/~mille/desktops/ You will find very nice snapshots, info, download etc of Thing, jinnee, NeoDesk and Gemini. My homepage If You can't remember my URL: You can now, 'course You can type and remember this one: channel Atari is located at: If you still can't remember my sites, then type: for channel Atari Mille Babic Gaming Section PlayStation & Pepsi! Recall! P2 Games! And more... >From the Editor's Controller - Playin' it like it is! Have a safe and enjoyable Halloween!! Maybe I'll pull out my Jaguar and load up Doom or Alien vs Predator and crank up the volume for the scary sound effects!! C'mon you little spooks and goblins...have I got a "treat" for you....! Until next time... Industry News STR Game Console NewsFile - The Latest Gaming News! Pentium II Arcade Games Debut Intel Corp. and four game developers -- Hanaho/Kalisto, Inner Workings, Interactive Light/Immersia and Location Based Entertainment Systems -- have debuted the first arcade games based on Intel's Open Arcade Architecture and high-performance Pentium II processors. Players may score soccer goals, drive race cars, pilot high-performance aircraft and engage in multiplayer action games on the new systems, the first of which are now shipping to arcade operators. "Pentium II processor-based arcade systems offer operators a tremendous selection of games, the opportunity to install multiple games on one system, and the ability to easily upgrade existing systems," says Claude Leglise, vice president of Intel's content group. "Players benefit from new games, new features such as Internet-connected play in arcades, and the chance to enjoy their favorite arcade games on their home PCs." More than 80 companies have joined the Open Arcade Architecture Forum, which Intel and other industry leaders formed this summer to help bring PC-based arcade systems to market. Open Arcade Architecture Forum members include Acclaim, Gremlin, Microsoft and Sega Gameworks. Visit Intel on the Web at http://www.intel.com. Sony Computer to Recall Unsold PlayStation Software TOKYO, Oct. 24 (Kyodo) -- Sony Computer Entertainment (Japan) Inc. (SCE) plans to recall software products for its PlayStation video game machines that are left unsold at stores, company officials said Friday. SCE aims to prevent falls in the products' prices and reduce the costs of inventory before the Christmas season, when a series of new titles are planned for marketing, the officials said. It plans to collect around 800,000 products of about 200 titles by the end of November, at a price of 2,000 yen each. The total cost is thus estimated at 1.6 billion yen, they said. Being the first major video game machine maker to take such a measure, it plans to recall products marketed in January or before which have received no additional orders, under an agreement between software makers and stores, they said. Sony Computer usually buys all the software packages from makers to sell wholesale to stores, while rival Nintendo Co. carefully screens products for its machines. Sony has marketed 800 new titles this year for PlayStations, of which cumulative domestic sales have amounted to more than 8.5 million units, the officials said. The growing video game software market, however, has recently suffered from overloaded inventories, they said. PlayStation Plans Major Promotional Activities FOSTER CITY, CALIF. (Oct. 29) BUSINESS WIRE - Oct. 29, 1997 - Further asserting itself as the leader in the next generation videogame market, Sony Computer Entertainment America, makers of the best-selling PlayStation(TM) game console, has teamed up with Pepsi-Cola and Post Cereal to offer consumers two incredible nationwide promotional campaigns throughout the holiday season. The joint promotions with these leading companies augments PlayStation's calendar of strategic promotional efforts in 1997, which includes, among other events, the popular PlayStation Touring Attraction. This overall promotional effort is a portion of the company's $100 million marketing campaign supporting the PlayStation brand and a multitude of other key videogame titles. The entire marketing effort also includes high profile television advertising, extensive print advertising, public relations, retail promotions, merchandising, direct mail, sampler discs and Internet support. "Millions of consumers have already embraced PlayStation as the next generation videogame system of choice," said Jeffrey Fox, senior director, public relations and promotions, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "The strength of our great promotional partners, combined with highest quality and most diverse videogames on the market, will further broaden the PlayStation's mass market consumer appeal." "Holiday Power Play," an innovative promotion, gives consumers the opportunity to win one of thousands of PlayStation(TM) game consoles and PlayStation game titles, play their favorite PlayStation games while holiday shopping and get $5.00 off on select PlayStation game titles. To kick off the promotion, Sony Computer Entertainment America and Pepsi will be placing more than 5,000 interactive display kiosks in major grocery and retail outlets across the country beginning November 10. While shopping, consumers will have the opportunity to play some of the hottest games currently available exclusively on PlayStation -- Final Fantasy(R) VII, Jet Moto(TM)2 and NCAA GameBreaker(TM) '98. The "Holiday Power Play" will run through December 31, 1997. Pepsi brands included in the promotion are Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew and Diet Mountain Dew. In addition, Pepsi will support the promotion with national print and broadcast advertising. The company has also developed point-of-purchase materials that will feature the three select PlayStation titles on everything from shelf-talkers to posters and fountain cups. A huge campaign is currently featuring Crash Bandicoot on the backs of more than 33 million boxes of Post brand cereals including Golden Crisp, Alpha-Bits, Marshmallow Alpha-Bits, Fruity Pebbles, Cocoa Pebbles, Waffle Crisp, Honeycomb and Frosted Shredded Wheat. Inside each box will be a coupon good for $5 off the retail price of Crash Bandicoot or Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back. Post is supporting the campaign with dedicated television spots, as well as print advertising targeted to children. The massive 68-foot long PlayStation tractor-trailer will continue to tour across the country, showcasing the hottest videogame titles available only on PlayStation. The mobile gaming vehicle features 31 fully operational game kiosks, plus an eight-foot video wall to truly share the videogaming experience with all participants. Since June, the PlayStation Touring Attraction has delivered the PlayStation experience at sporting events, musical concerts, and festivals to hundreds of thousands of consumers in scores of cities across America. Kids of all ages will show off their creativity at the nationwide "Ultimate PlayStation Videogame Search," sponsored by PlayStation. Kids will compete for the chance of a lifetime -- the opportunity to win a $10,000 savings bond. Depending on their age, kids will draw or describe their ultimate PlayStation videogame title, which will be judged by four leading videogame magazine editors. Children eight and under will be asked to draw their most creative interpretation of their dream PlayStation videogame. Kids between the ages of nine and 17 will be asked to describe their ideal PlayStation videogame in 25 words or less. The search is being held through November 23 in 12 major malls around the country, including Manhattan Mall, New York; South Shore Plaza, Boston; The Gallery Market East, Philadelphia; Walden Galleria, Buffalo; North Point Mall, Atlanta; Town and Country Center, Miami; Northgate Shopping Center, Seattle; Clackamas Town Center, Portland; Glendale Galleria, Los Angeles; Fashion Valley Center, San Diego; Ridgmar Mall, Fort Worth, Red Bird Mall, Dallas. ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine The wires are a hummin'! PEOPLE... ARE TALKING Compiled by Joe Mirando email@example.com Well folks, it happened again, didn't it? Last week's column was a carbon copy of the week before's. That must have come from our "Department of Redundancy Department". Editor Note. "Wazzup with `dat?" Sorry, but I just couldn't resist. Here's what you should have read last week: Hidi ho friends and neighbors. Boy, has this been an educational few weeks for me! Remember back in school, when you studied the industrial revolution? With the long hours, bad conditions, and almost total lack of regard for employees? I'll be you're glad that you live in the second half of the twentieth century, huh? Well guess again! I've been finding out the hard way just how few protections there are for employees when it comes to schedules and hours unless you've got a union contract. I've always tended to think of today's working conditions sort of like a heavy, dry cereal, maybe with some dried fruit added. It's nobody's first choice, but it's better than nothing, and it will sustain you. But this is nooooo bowl of Raisin Bran, my friend. Did you know, for example, that your employer can assign you to any shift of just about any amount of hours that he wishes. Even if you are a 'first shift' employee and were hired for first shift, you can be assigned to second or third shift! And there is no MAXIMUM number of hours! And how about breaks? Did you know that an employer need only provide ONE break for employees who work over seven and a half hours? That is, of course unless there are less than five employees on that shift... or unless the job involves public safety! (Yeah, THOSE are the guys and gals that _I_ want to see go without a break!) "That can't be right", you say? Well check it out for yourself on the Department of Labor's web page. It's all true. As far as things like this are concerned, anything that isn't expressly forbidden is allowed (for the employer, that is). And if by some chance you don't want to change your work schedule your employer can 'quit' you. That's right. If he fires you, there's a chance (a good chance) that you'll be able to collect unemployment and then his premiums would go up! We can't have that now, can we? So what he can do is tell you that you are assigned to, let's say, second shift. If you don't show up, he can assume that you are quitting. That way you'll have a much harder time collecting and his premiums are safer. I won't go into too much detail because there are a few employers who not only can, but actually do read, and I don't want to give them any of the specifics of my case. What I found most interesting is the 1996 amendment that says that a computer programmer making at least $27.63 per hour does not have to be paid time-and-a-half for over forty hours. I'd just love to know the reasoning behind that one. Well, wasn't that refreshing? Hearing me rant and rave, and not having it be about computers for a change? I know that we looked at the UseNet last week, but I'm trying out a new setup for capturing and using the messages from the UseNet, and I can't wait to see how it works out. From the COMP.SYS.ATARI.ST NewsGroup Peter Rottengatter tells us: "Here we go finally. New version is available on my web page. It will make many many Falcon users with PPP problems very happy ;-) But all other users will benefit too, I'm sure." Katherine Ellis tells Peter: "I asked my provider what software/installation they had for their PPP/SLIP , where I could find info about that. They told me to read all that: http://www.livingston.com/Tech/Technotes/Routing/subnet-table.s well, and all this site actually www.livingston.com A lot of stuff there, but very techy. This is what they use, probably other providers use that too, It would be great if perot could check that site out, that might contain some interesting clues." Robert Schaffner posts: "I can't ping any other adress. No data from host. Next point, in dialer setup dialog the path for the dial.scr is set C:/DIALER as default. My dial.scr is in: C:/STING/DIALER/DIAL.SRC STinG can't save this path. After any startup I find C:/DIALER as default again." David Bolt tells Peter: "I've just replaced v1.06 with v1.08 and have found a could of things have changed between 1.06 and 1.08. First, the trace-route in the new dialer doesn't want to show anything but numeric IP addresses. Secondly, when booting up, I now have DNS cache errors even though the DNS cache file is there. Now, is this because I set the DNS cache to 128 entries instead of the 64 entry default, or something else?" Peter tells David: "Hmm, something's wrong with your resolver setup. Maybe reinstall the resolver ? Extract RESOLVE.STX and CACHE.DNS from the package, and put them where the other STinG modules are. Observe the bootup message. It displays the name of every loaded module. RESOLVE must be amongst those." "Jason" asks for help with his copy of MagiC 5.03: " Where do I go or what do I do to get help with this program? I installed the program successfully, but when I tried to run it, it started driving the screen at 50hz. My SC1224 runs at 60hz. What to do?" Harry Sideras asks Jason: "Is this something that changed when moving from TOS to Magic, or was it an upgrade from a previous Magic version? I suspect the former... I hadn't heard of this problem before, but I can imagine how it happened. Someone will correct me if I'm wrong here, but I thought that the refresh rate was saved in the DESKTOP.INF or NEWDESK.INF file in TOS. It would seem that the default MAGX.INF file is set with a 50Hz refresh rate. If that's true, disable MAGX.INF by renaming it and reboot with a utility that sets the refresh rate to 60Hz. Save a new MAGX.INF and then edit back in any previous settings (#_ENV lines etc) that you want in your setup. Obviously, whether this works or not depends on whether I've got the first bit right, but if I have then I think this should work. Strange that the question's never come up before... to my knowledge anyway..." Terrence Kelly adds: "I had the same problem with MagiC 4. It was fixable by editing the Magicram file to change one value at a particular address. I got the information from Keith Gerdes. I wouldn't know if it would still be the same for MagiC 5+ though. I'll try to see if still have the message that allowed me to fix that problem." Jason checks things out and then tells Harry Sideras: "I've never run MagiC before in my life. It was moving from TOS. I looked in DESKTOP.INF and couldn't see anything pertaining to Hz in there. I have never used or seen NEWDESK.INF in my life. That goes with the Ataris MultiTOS doesn't it? I am moving from single tasking TOS. I just read the section in the MagiC manual pertaining to the MAGX.INF file and its parameters. Nope, nothing about screen Hz in that either. I haven't tried to load MagiC just on its internal defaults yet. But I have a hunch that it would come up in 50Hz anyway. I'm starting to get the feeling that I received a disk that was not fully tested on a 60Hz machine. I want to try it and see though. It seems to start rolling before it reads MAGX.INF. What version of MagiC are you guys using over there? What version of MagiC are most people using in America? Did I get a disk which was not fully tested on a 60Hz machine? I'm using 5.03 right now. Regardless, I found my own fix. I'll explain it in another post soon. First I have to document it. My first action in MagiC was to backup a disk with 40 files on it. Disapointed was I when it was soon discovered that disk-swap-mania was the thing when you only have 1 floppy drive, and don't copy to the harddrive first. This desktop told me to swap disks atleast once per file, and sometimes twice, maybe three times per file. It was henious. On the other hand, the compatability and robustness seem very strong. I was able to run Forthmacs with no problems, altho it was quite a bit more pokey running through the window, rather than just from TOS. that was because the VT52 was sucking up a lot more bandwidth than TOS for character IO. Well, VT52 has a lot more to do than TOS which explains why. Things such as print characters which can be resized in a jiffy, and output into a moveable window. So far it seems pretty decient." While we're on the subject of MagiC, the preemptive multi-tasking system for Atari 16 bit computers, G. Greenway asks for help: "I just can't get Magic5 and Extendos to cooperate on my Mark X. The CD player acc works okay, but the start up message looks odd and I can't get a drive icon. Can I download some Extendos patches from somewhere?" Daniel Rojo tells him: "I had the same problems on my Falcon until a kind soul told me that only the last version of ExtenDOS works with MagiC 5... you can download the right patches (up to v2.3b)on the Anodyne Software's Home Page: URL: http://www.cyberus.ca/~anodyne/ " And the last question and answer are for all you MiNT aficionados out there. David De Ridder asks for help with setting up MiNTnet: "I have been running MiNT 1.12 with init tools for about six months, but now I want to install MiNTnet (for the httpd). So I decided to install the MINIX FS because that would be more convenient (access rights, long filenames etc.). I have a SyQuest 555 removable harddisk (44 Mbyte) available for minixFS. This disk is currently a 1 partition TOS FS, which is drive E: . Therefore I downloaded disk1 from the MiNT Distribution Kit which contains a Setup program to do the basic installation for me. I have configured it right (I think) and when I run the installation procedure, it installs MiNT 0.95 and the MINIX XFS driver. MiNT executes, the XFS driver is loaded but then MiNT complains it can't find 'init.prg' and then exits ("Leaving MiNT") although the documentation specifies you only need init for the multi-user config. After a lot of trial and error, it still doesn't work. I even tried to drop my init in several places on my harddisk. My E: is still a TOS FS partition and although the Setup prgram has moved many files back and forth, my system is still the same. Is there any way to do installation manually, if possible with preservation of MiNT 1.12b ? I currently have a MINIX.XFS which is version 0.55. I also have many un*x tools available (ls, chmod etc.) I just need to configure E: as a Minix partition and be able to access it under MiNT as such." Theo Hopman tells David: "Rule #1. Don't use the Mint Distribution Kit. It's horribly out of date, and the impression I have is that the install routines are somewhat suspect. You're better off to use KGMD or KEMD, or, if you have a working MiNT setup, just get the MinixFS package (available from any good ftp site). The docs included with the MinixFS package should be enough to get you started; I seem to recall, though, that I needed to have MiNT running with MINIX.XFS in order to run minit.ttp, something that isn't mentioned in the docs, although it does make sense. Note that minit.ttp will erase everything on the partition you're installing the filesystem on -- not surprising, since the layout of the filesystem is entirely different. If you're running the ICD driver, you may run into problems depending on the version. AHDI and HDDriver both work perfectly." Since these posts are coming from the Internet, I thought it'd be a good idea to include as many questions and answers as possible about using it. Let me hear what you think. I may not answer every piece of email I get, but I do answer most of them, and I read every one of 'em! Well, that's it for this installment of "Joe's ranting and raving, and a little bit of Atari stuff to make it all legitimate" Be sure to tune in again next week, same time, same station, and be ready to listen to what they are saying when... PEOPLE ARE TALKING EDITORIAL QUICKIES WIFESPEAK: ENGLISH TRANSLATION GUIDE WIFESPEAK ENGLISH EQUIVALENT You want. You want. We need. I want. It's your decision. The correct decision should be obvious by now. Do what you want. You'll pay for this later. We need to talk. I need to complain. Sure...go ahead. I don't want you to. I'm not upset. Of course I'm upset, you moron. You're...so manly. You need a shave and you sweat a lot You're certainly attentive tonight. Is sex all you ever think about? I'm not emotional! I'm on my period. Be romantic, turn out the lights. I have flabby thighs. This kitchen is so inconvenient. I want a new house. 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