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Article #709 (730 is last): From: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.mags Subject: ST Report: 17-Jul-98 #1426 Reply-To: aa789@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Bruce D. Nelson) Posted-By: xx004 (Atari SIG) Date: Fri Aug 14 22:19:44 1998 [Silicon Times Report] "The Original Independent Online Magazine" (Since 1987 - Our 11th Year) [Image] July 17, 1998 No.1426 Silicon Times Report International Magazine Post Office Box 6672 Jacksonville, Florida 32236-6672 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 Publishings FTP Support Server 14gb * Back Issues * Patches * Support Files (Continually Updated) ftp.streport.com Anonymous Login ok * Use your Email Address as a Password Check out STReports NEWS SERVER news.streport.com Have you tried Microsofts Powerful and Easy to Use Internet Explorer 4.01? 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In the meantime, here in Jacksonville, we are in the midst of the great Annual Kingfish Tournament. It runs for a week every year and spawns so much excitement for sport fishing and boating in general that its a given this spectacular event will continue for years. This year, its being held at the Sister's Creek Marina on Hecksher Drive. With over 900 entrant boats and a Willie Daniels Concert.. this is going to be the July event in the southeast for boaters and sportfishermen. Hecksher Drive is right on the Intracoastal and only minutes from the jetties. One thing is certain, the interest this event generates is only rivaled by the large annual Southern Boat Shows. We are not in this year's Tournament. You can bet we will be next year. Also, count on us entering a number of lesser tournaments up and down the SE coast. We wish to exhibit various computing applications (both hardware and software in the course of our activities) We have, however, been in daily attendance meeting folks and "glad-handing" at every opportunity. One item that is seemingly taking BOTH the fishing and boating people by storm are the many GPS navigational systems available today. An interesting sidebar is, some of the hand held units are capable of being connected to a laptop thus affording the user a magnanimous viewing area for both the charts and real time navigation. Stay tuned, we will be doing some extensive reviews of these puppies and their application to both the fisherman and mariner. Just this week we received two wonderful software packages for review. * Fishnet * Florida Fishing & Tide Guide One is aimed primarily at Floridians (both resident and vacationers) and the other is for sportfishing 'round the world. These packages will be reviewed in our next issue. For a preliminary glance... both of these software programs offer untold power in the analyzing of fishing data and records keeping. Including specific GPS entries. We have also made the arrangements to review a number of the hardware entries, Northstar, Trimble and Garmin for openers, into the GPS/Chart/plot arena. Stay Tuned [Image] http://www.streport.com ftp.streport.com news.streport.com ICQ#:1170279 STReport is now ready to offer much more in the way of serving the Networks, Online Services and Internet's vast, fast growing site list and userbase. We now have our very own WEB, FTP and NewsGroup Sites, do stop by and have a look see. Since We've received numerous requests to receive STReport from a wide variety of Internet addressees, we were compelled to put together an Internet distribution/mailing list for those who wished to receive STReport on a regular basis, the file is ZIPPED, then UUENCODED. 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Laberis Angelo Marasco Donna Lines Brian Boucher Leonard Worzala Scott Dowdle Please submit ALL letters, rebuttals, articles, reviews, etc., via E-Mail w/attachment to: Internet: email@example.com STR FTP: ftp.streport.com WebSite: http://www.streport.com STReport Headline News LATE BREAKING INDUSTRY-WIDE NEWS Weekly Happenings in the Computer World Compiled by: Dana P. Jacobson Gates Calls Win98 A 'Milestone' The only thing missing from [the] launch of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 98 was the dog. For the San Francisco debut of its long-awaited software, Microsoft recruited a cast of admirers that included cute kids, feisty seniors, down-home country music singer Reba McEntire and a valiant disabled Chicago police officer. All extolled Windows 98 in testimonial videos designed to help Chairman Bill Gates and Vice President Brad Chase introduce the world to the new operating system, which makes Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser for the first time a unified part of the monopoly-making software. "It is a milestone - an early milestone, but an important milestone," Gates said of Windows 98, which has been described by early reviewers as a useful, but modest upgrade to the system software used on more than 90 percent of PC systems. "Although it has a lot of innovations to be proud of, the majority of what we're going to do is still in front of us." Basing his remarks around the theme of the event, which was called "Route 98," Gates compared the evolution of the personal computer industry to that of the automobile industry. But he noted that while "it took almost a century from the time when [the automobile] first appeared to the time when 75 percent of all the people in the U.S. were able to use a car and thought of it as part of their normal activities," the rate at which the PC is being embraced is much faster. That progress, Gates said, is possible in large part because of the Windows operating system (OS), which he called the "foundation" for the PC hardware and software industry. "Over the next three years, the PC OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] . . . will take Windows 98 as the given and build on top of it," Gates told the gathering of press, analysts, employees, independent software vendors and users. "This is the time frame when Windows 98 will be the consumer platform." Chase, meanwhile, started out introducing Windows 98, at an event broadcast live to an audience of about 100,000 viewers at 91 locations, by talking about two "cool" new features the operating system will deliver to PC users - but not until later this fall. They include a Task Center that will be available off the Windows Update Web site, an online extension to the OS that allows registered users to receive software updates along with information on new features. The Task Center enables Windows users to customize their desktops, choosing, for instance, from a palette of desktop patterns that will be available in an online gallery, Chase said. Windows 98 also will include, starting this fall, a technology, code-named "chrome," that gives Windows users advanced graphics display capabilities, including the ability to view multiple Web pages on-screen at once. Chase said Microsoft has received 120,000 preorders for Windows 98 - a "really nice" number. But he, like Gates, acknowledged that the new OS is a stepping stone to a future major release of the OS - due in three years. "People ask me: 'Why did you choose the theme Route 98?" Chase said. "There is something magical about the open road. It symbolizes that we've come a long way down the road in just a short time in this industry. . . . But the road still has a long way to go." Microsoft Pays For Right to Internet Explorer Name Microsoft Corp. settled an embarrassing trademark lawsuit [last week], agreeing to pay $5 million for the right to continue using the name Internet Explorer for its strategically important browser software. On the second day of a jury trial in a Chicago federal courtroom, Microsoft reached a settlement with lawyers for SyNet Inc., a defunct Illinois software company that claimed the right to the Internet Explorer trademark. As part of the settlement, Microsoft takes over SyNet's pending application to register Internet Explorer as a trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, but Microsoft spokesman Mark Murray said he was not sure whether the software giant would complete the registration. Intel Denies FTC Charges, Says Does Not Monopolize Market Semiconductor giant Intel denied many of the charges leveled against it by the Federal Trade Commission last month, saying it has not monopolized any market, used unfair methods of competition or violated any antitrust laws. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company also said the current lawsuit filed against it is not an appropriate matter for action by the FTC. Intel's response was its formal answer to the complaint that was filed in early June by the FTC. In its lawsuit against the chip giant, the FTC alleges that Intel used its dominant market position and withheld key information from three companies in an attempt to stifle competition and impede innovation. "The allegations in this matter arise out of intellectual property disputes between Intel and three other major high- technology companies," Intel said in its answer to the FTC's complaint filed in Washington. Intel said two of those disputes have been settled on mutually agreeable terms among the parties. Its third dispute, with workstation maker Intergraph Corp., is currently in litigation in Alabama, where Intergraph is based. "In none of these cases did Intel deny anyone a supply of microprocessors or any product," Intel said in its answer to the complaint. Intel's actions did not and could not harm competition in any relevant market, it said. In its lawsuit against Intel, Intergraph alleges Intel cut off its supply of microprocessors, semiconductors and advance samples of future chip products. Intergraph buys Intel's chips for its workstation products. An Intergraph spokesman in Huntsville, Ala., did not have any immediate comment on Intel's answer to the FTC complaint. Intel said it has an absolute right to refuse to license or share its intellectual property, including confidential information, and that its products, intellectual property and proprietary information are not essential facilities in any relevant market. Intel also said it did not infringe any valid patent belonging to the companies named in the complaint. Intergraph is suing Intel for patent infringement, as one of many counts in its separate lawsuit filed last November against Intel. Intel said one or more of such companies infringed valid patents belonging to Intel but its own conduct did not adversely affect competition. AOL's CompuServe Unveils Software Upgrade CompuServe Interactive Services Inc., a unit of America Online Inc., on Monday launched its upgraded online service software, offering its customers a new "look" and enhanced features, as well as simplified navigation to the areas they seek. CompuServe 4.0, unveiled in the United States, streamlines navigation by using Internet browser-style features, the company said. It still features content aimed at adult users by offering services like a securities database, business research and patent searches. The upgrade also includes CompuServe Instant Messenger, which enables CompuServe members to send and respond to private, personalized electronic text messages, and to know when colleagues, friends and family are online. Economist Sees Severe Year 2000 Recession Probable As the clock ticks toward the start of the year 2000, a leading Wall Street economist says the odds have risen that computer malfunctions will send the world into a severe recession. "The fact is, there are only 550 days, and only 377 business days, until Judgment Day for our computers on Jan. 1, 2000," said Edward Yardeni, chief economist at Deutsche Bank Securities. "Progress is occurring, but not as fast as the year 2000 is approaching." Yardeni said the probability of a recession had increased to 70% from his previous forecast of 60%, and he said inaction on the part of global leaders and slow progress by the U.S. government had increased the likelihood of a crisis. Biology for the Squeamish: A 'Virtual Frog' Researchers at Stanford University said Tuesday they have developed a new and improved "virtual frog" so that squeamish students can dissect it over the Internet without the blood and gore associated with an actual lab. The so-called "Frog Island" Web site lets users view the computer-simulated frog from any angle, or hit a command that turns its skin transparent so that its internal organs and skeleton are visible. Other commands will peel back the frog's muscles to expose more of the inner anatomy. The frog is the first creation of the Virtual Creatures project at the Stanford University Medical Media and Information Technologies Group. Study Explains Junk E-Mail Problems A government report describes the hours wasted by people reading junk e-mail and the financial burden of sending it, but stops short of recommending strong measures to relieve clogged e-mail boxes and ban unwanted get-rich-quick offers. The study, released today by the Federal Trade Commission, recommends that companies sending unsolicited messages be prohibited from trying to disguise the content or origin of their e-mail, which would allow people to better filter their incoming messages. But citing free-speech issues, the report stops short of proposing an outright ban on unsolicited commercial e-mail, commonly called ``spam." The study was put together by an ad hoc group that included major Internet companies, such as America Online and AT&T, and organizations whose members send junk e-mail. Because the different groups couldn't agree, the report doesn't specify whether there ought to be new federal laws controlling junk e-mail. "It's a burden and an irritation, but it's the threat of being so overrun that I can't use e-mail anymore is what bothers and worries me," said George Crissman, an Internet user in Oceanside, Calif., who receives a couple dozen e-mails a day. He said one-fourth of them typically are unwanted junk messages promoting moneymaking schemes or pornography. The FTC's report describes hours wasted by people downloading and reading junk messages. The process can be costly for Internet users who pay hourly connection fees, and it's expensive for Internet providers to store and transmit those unwanted messages across their networks. ``If every business that was sending out unsolicited commercial e-mail had to hear back from all the 300,000 people they ... (made angry), and they had to bear the cost of that, folks would realize it's not the most effective means of getting your message out," said Deirdre Mulligan of the Washington-based Center for Democracy and Technology, which coordinated the report. Bill Hamill of Sarasota, Fla., estimated that roughly two-thirds of the 50 e-mail messages he receives weekly are unsolicited junk. ``Without anyone's consent, they decide to inflict these nifty sales pitches on you," he said. Legislation isn't going to take care of the problem," he added. A computer user should educate himself, learn how to configure their e-mail (software) to filter out undesirable garbage." For example, a person can set up the latest software to automatically delete any message it finds containing specific words or phrases, or sent from certain companies. But if a company disguises its information, the filter is useless. It tends to be a cat-and-mouse game," said Jill Lesser, director of law and public policy for America Online. ``Spammers do have mechanisms to allow them to get around our filters." Filters ... will really never be perfect," said Jason Catlett, president of Junkbusters Corp., a New Jersey company that fights unwanted e-mail. "If you're taking your laptop to Paris and you have to download your e-mail over an expensive long-distance phone call, you still have to download that stuff even if it's junked before you see it. It's really sweeping the cost under the carpet." Lesser called the problem of junk e-mail "the single most widely received complaint from customers" at AOL, with more than 12 million subscribers. "People are furious about it," she said. The FTC report's lack of a general condemnation of junk e-mail was upsetting to the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial E-mail, which supports a ban on the practice and participated in the study. The recommendations and conclusions in the report, we find are somewhat misleading in the way they seem to represent a consensus among the participants," said Ray Everett-Church, who co-founded the coalition. "The implication there was a broad consensus ... is just not correct." AOL's Lesser said her company is "very comfortable" with the recommendations. "When you look at the breadth of the group - there were consumer advocates, Internet service providers, spammers - I think the recommendations went about as far as they could go in a group with such divergent interests," she said. FTC Tackles the Bane of the Internet: Spam Federal Trade Commission officials Tuesday morning gave words of encouragement to opponents of unsolicited e-mail, but left details of their larger investigation of the practice hanging. In a morning gathering focused on results of a year-long, private-sector probe of spam artists, FTC, representatives of the online industry and public interest groups all agreed that consumers need better ways tocontrol the flood of junk e-mail that regularly pours into their boxes. More contentious, however, were proposals to produce new laws and regulations to control the practice. "The report is clear that regulatory and legislative action must work in tandem with actions by the Internet community to stop the problems associated with unsolicited commercial e-mail," said Ray Everett-Church, Counsel to the Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial E-mail, also known as CAUCE. Jill Lesser, deputy director law and public policy at America Online Inc., however, shied away from strong action in the short term. "I wish we could be saying there was a silver-bullet solution. Unfortunately, there isn't," she said. Representatives of the Direct Marketing Association and other groups interested in legitimizing spam through wiser use of the widely discredited practice also opposed legislation. Bogus addresses hinder blocking The private sector report said that spammers' repeated use of forged return addresses remains a serious problem, since forged addresses make it difficult to block millions of junk e-mails that routinely surge through Internet service providers' systems, disrupting service and, in some cases, crashing Internet mail servers altogether. To fix the problem, the report concedes new legislation banning forged addresses in the context of bulk e-mail may be necessary. The Senate, in fact, passed such legislation last May as part of the Consumer Anti-slamming Act; the House has yet to take up the issue in earnest. Authors stopped short of endorsing a bill by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), however, that would require companies to get permission from recipients before sending them spam. Instead, they recommended further studies on the economic costs imposed by spammers on ISPs. CAUCE's Church estimated some three or four dollars of most ISPs' $20 monthly fees go to fighting the scourge. The dirty dozen The FTC Tuesday morning also released its list of 12 of the most common consumer scams perpetrated through spamming operations. For the most part, the scams are no different from confidence games played outside of cyberspace, said Jodie Bernstein, Director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection. Man Collects Under 'Anti-Spam' Law A Seattle man has collected $200 from a company that sent him unsolicited commercial e-mail, apparently the first to collect under Washington state's "anti-spam" law. "I'm sure people will be very happy to see somebody claim a victory for the Net," said Bruce Miller, a contributor to computer publications. The law, which took effect June 11, bans unsolicited commercial e-mail that misrepresents its source so consumers cannot respond by simply hitting the reply button, Assistant Attorney General Paula Selis said Wednesday. It also targets "spam" containing misleading header information that suggests the material comes from someone else, she said. The law allows recipients to collect $500 and Internet service providers to collect up to $1,000 or actual damages for each item of unwanted spam. It applies only to e-mail received in or sent from Washington state, Selis said. Miller had complained about Stan Smith, a Salem, Ore., distributor of Tahitian Noni Juice who used spam to pitch the product. He called the 800-number provided and received a packet in the mail that included an address for ordering. Miller printed out the original spam and wrote to Smith. He basically threatened legal action and said, "p.s., I'm willing to settle for $200," Selis said. Nevada has a law under which consumers who receive spam can ask not to be sent any more and senders must comply or face penalties. While anti-spam legislation is under consideration in Congress, "to my knowledge, Washington is the only state other than Nevada that has anything on its books right now," Selis said. Yahoo, AOL Top List of Most Visited Web Sites Here are the top 10 Web sites for the week ending June 20, 1998, according to NetRatings Inc., a Web audience research firm. 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For Vendor Partnership Palm's Pilots Want To Pilot PSINet Says "Auf Wiedersehen" Something New Shaky Voice Mail W3C Okays Netscape's Web Technology The State Of The Apple Internet Groups Agree On Interim Solution Lexis-Nexis Cuts Deal With 600 Single-Electron Transistors Make University Libraries Quantum Leap E-Rate Supporters Eye Block Grants IBM To Avoid Deals With Latin Warily American Governments CPA Seal Of Approval For Web Return Of The Honorary Subscriber Businesses Administrations Relents (A Little) European Net Community Stalemates On Encryption Exports On Domain Name Plan Community Colleges Tout New Senate Targets Set-Top Market Distance-Learning Network Fingerprint I.D. System Online Coupons Used Offline No More Media Elite EDS And Hachette Swap Technology For "Content" Cadence Claims New Evidence In Suit CIA Warns Against "Information Against Avant Warfare" Information Age Haves And Have-Nots Amazon Means Books Chemical Society Teams With Tiny Turbines To Power Laptops Libraries On Low-Cost Journal The Wireless Revolution Group Offers Compromise On Encryption Technology New Study Estimates Cost Of Campus FCC Looking For A Way To Lift Computer Attacks Some Regulations Long-Distance Bid Is Not A Microsoft Hopes To Show Real Popularity Contest Estate Real Networks Wants You To Smile Big Ad Agency Enters Digital Fray Phone Security Sun Dreams Of Jini To Provide Magic Computing Fabric MCI Sells Internet Assets-Merger FGCU Faculty Voice Concerns Over With WorldCom Approved Distance Learning Is Web-Posting "Prior Publication"? ISPs Haggle For Cash Up-Front Linux Rising McCain Skeptical Of School Internet Program Time Warner Wants A Phone Deal Make Big $$$$ On Internet Collecting From Spammers ELSEVIER CHANGES POLICY ON E-JOURNALS Elsevier Science, the largest publisher of scholarly scientific journals, will now allow libraries to make paper copies of requested articles appearing in electronic journals and share them with scholars at other institutions. Librarians have long lobbied publishers to treat electronic journal articles the same way print articles are treated for interlibrary loan purposes. Elsevier's new policy still prohibits libraries from sharing the electronic version of the article, but is seen as a positive step toward equal treatment of the two media for scholarly purposes. Yale University associate librarian Ann Okerson says, "This will send a signal to the rest of the publishers." (Chronicle of Higher Education 3 Jul 98) FCC PUTS QWEST DEAL ON HOLD The Federal Communications Commission told Ameritech Tuesday to temporarily stop marketing long distance service on behalf of Qwest Communications. The directive comes as the FCC considers whether the arrangement between Ameritech and Qwest, and a similar one between U S West and Qwest, violate the 1996 Telecommunications Act. The deals call for Qwest to pay a fee for each subscriber signed up by Ameritech and U S West. Long distance carriers AT&T and MCI have sued in federal court to block the arrangement, and the courts havedeferred judgment to the FCC. The FCC is expected to issue a final decision within 90 days. (Reuters 1 Jul 98) FTC DOESN'T HAVE TO CLARIFY CHARGES AGAINST INTEL The Federal Trade Commission will not have to redefine its charges of unfair competition against Intel Corp., as the chipmaker had requested. An administrative law judge denied Intel's request without comment, but at the same time granted Intel more time to file a response to the FTC's initial charges. Intel had complained that the FTC's charge of unfair competition were too vague, and had hoped to narrow it through further clarification. (Wall Street Journal 30 Jun 98) MICROSOFT TO PAY $5-MILLION FOR INTERNET EXPLORER NAME Microsoft has agreed to pay a small Chicago-area software company $5 million for use of the "Internet Explorer" name. SyNet Inc., which is undergoing bankruptcy reorganization, owned the trademark on the name Microsoft was using for its popular Web browser. Microsoft had argued that SyNet did not deserve the trademark because it wasn't the first to use it, and because the words "Internet Explorer" are merely descriptive. "We are confident we would have won this case on the merits but we are pleased to put this issue behind us," says Microsoft in a statement. (Los Angeles Times 2 Jul 98) VENDORS UNITE AGAINST BAD APPLETS A group of vendors has teamed up with the International Computer Security Association (ICSA) to form a Malicious Mobile Code Consortium, aimed at combating the threat of malicious or corrupt Java applets and ActiveX controls. Malicious applets are capable of freezing a user's screen, slowing PC performance to a crawl, or even scrambling a hard drive. Charter members include Advanced Computer Research, Computer Associates, Cybermedia, Digitivity, Dr Solomon's Software International, eSafe Technologies, Finjan, Internet Security Systems, Quarterdeck, Security-7, Symantec and Trend Micro. The consortium will focus on educating companies and consumers, developing product-certification standards and testing, and providing a venue for information exchange. "The threat by mobile malicious code has been established," says ICSA's malicious mobile code program manager. "We have the benefit of anticipating these attacks and preventing them." (Information Week 1 Jul 98) EUROPE, U.S. CLASH OVER INTERNET PRIVACY ISSUES Disagreement between European and U.S. government officials over how online consumers divulge information about themselves and how that information is used has led to a stalemate over technical standards now under consideration by the World Wide Web Consortium. The Privacy Preferences Project (P3P) and the Open Profiling Standard (OPS) both enable computer users to determine how much personal information they are willing to make available to Web sites, but are not stringent enough in their controls to comply with the European Privacy Directive, which restricts the ability of businesses to collect information from individuals without their permission. A European Union technical committee issued a draft opinion June 16 criticizing the technologies, and saying that "a technical platform for privacy protection will not in itself be sufficient to protect privacy on the Web." The EU is pushing for a new set of laws protecting privacy and worries that if either standard is adopted, it will mislead European companies and individuals into thinking that they have adequate privacy protection on the Web. (New York Times 2 Jul 98) BENNET IS PAUL REVERE, NOT CHICKEN LITTLE, ON Y2K PROBLEM Referring to alarmists who are stockpiling food and guns to protect themselves against the chaos they think the "Y2K problem" will cause when the year turns from 1999 to 2000, Senator Robert Bennet (R-Utah) says: "I have to be Paul Revere, but I have not yet become Chicken Little. If Y2K were this weekend, all of the doomsdayers would be right. But when somebody says to me, 'Should I start stockpiling food and take my money out of the bank?' I'd say it's a little early. We have 18 months to see how some of these (fixes) are going to work out." Bennet heads a special U.S. Senate subcommittee on the Y2K problem. (USA Today 2 Jul 98) FUNNY BUSINESS, WITH AN "E" E Technologies Associates LLC, a two-person consulting company based in New York and Paris, is suing IBM over the right to use the "e" mark signifying "electronic" (as in the phrase "e-business,") which is at the heart of a $200-million IBM ad campaign. The smaller company says it has been using the trademark since April 1997; IBM claims it has acquired prior rights to the trademark from other companies that it has not identified because of the legal battle. (Wall Street Journal 2 Jul 98) INTERNET GROUPS AGREE ON INTERIM SOLUTION Some 200 representatives of companies, organizations and individuals attending the Global Incorporation Alliance Workshop held in Virginia last week agreed to form an interim group that will decide how to select the new international board responsible for overseeing Internet domain name registrations. The Clinton administration's plan calls for a 15-member board that will deal with such thorny issues as expanding the number of domain names and handling trademark disputes. The meeting in Virginia was the first of three international conferences on the topic the others are slated for July 24-25 in Geneva and August 11-12 in Singapore. "We are beginning to build a real trust and dependence on each other," says conference chair Tamar Frankel of Boston U. School of Law. "The cultures of the Internet -- the corporate and service provider cultures -- are slowly merging. (TechWeb 3 July 98) LEXIS-NEXIS CUTS DEAL WITH 600 UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES The popular database Lexis-Nexis will be available in a limited version to patrons of more than 600 university libraries in a deal said to be worth more than $4 million. Twenty-three library consortia and three individualslibraries teamed up to work out the arrangement. The Academic Universe version of Lexis-Nexis, which is offered by the company's Congressional Information Service Inc., contains fewer sources than the parent database, but is available via the Web and requires no special training to use. Following a challenge by Mark Capaldini, president of Congressional Information Service, to the academic community to work out a new kind of contract based on the combined number of users, the libraries were able to build their coalition in just three months, offering Lexis-Nexis 3.7 million users at a cost of $1.52 per person. "There's never been a deal like this before," says a spokesman for the International Coalition of Library Consortia, noting that the scale of the Lexis-Nexis deal is "unprecedented." The one catch -- Lexis-Nexis plans to sell advertising on the service. The company has pledged to form an advisory council of librarians and company representatives to set guidelines for the advertising. "We've specifically excluded alcohol and tobacco," says Capaldini. (Chronicle of Higher Education 3 Jul 98) SINGLE-ELECTRON TRANSISTORS MAKE QUANTUM LEAP Researchers at Yale University have created an ultrafast, single-electron transistor that could lead to the development of "quantum" computers the size of a thumbtack with supercomputer powers. The breakthrough involves inducing a tiny part of the transistor to "resonate" with the arrival of each electron. That resonance creates a way to track each electron and also gives an extra push to the electrons as they're moving through the switch, making it 1,000 times faster than any previous device. The first applications of the device will likely be in astronomy and microscopy. (Business Week 6 Jul 98) E-RATE SUPPORTERS EYE BLOCK GRANTS WARILY Supporters of the federal government's e-rate program, which will subsidize the cost of Internet connections for schools and libraries, are skeptical about Republican plans to turn the program into a block grant to states.House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) is pushing to have the funds transferred from the Federal Communications Commission to the states for distribution. Supporters of the program say too many schools have already signed contracts for networking services to change the rules now: "Thirty-thousand schools have already gone through theprocess under one set of rules," says a legislative consultant to the Consortium for School Networking. "It would be enormously unfair to change it in the middle of the program." About 28% of the classrooms nationwide have an Internet connection, with that percentage falling to 14% of rural and inner-city schools. (TechWeb 3 Jul 98) IBM TO AVOID DEALS WITH LATIN AMERICAN GOVERNMENTS Without giving a reason, IBM says it will no longer make computer engineering deals with Latin American governments, but will continue selling computer hardware and software as usual. Some former IBM executives in Argentina have been implicated in a bribery investigation conducted by prosecutors in that country. (Reuters/New York Times 4 Jul 98) CPA SEAL OF APPROVAL FOR WEB BUSINESSES The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants has developed a certification program called CPA WebTrust, which is a seal of approval for vendors who are doing business on the World Wide Web. Three of the biggest U.S. accounting firms have already begun offering the seal, which can be carried on the vendor's Web site, and which can be obtained for a fee by firms that pass a review of their business practices. An executive of the AICPA says: "The WebTrust seal ensures transaction integrity. It tells you that if you order five blue ties, you'll receive five blue ties, and not something else you didn't order. It also ensures that your credit card number will be safe, and you'll know what they're going to do with your information from a privacy point of view." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution 4 Jul 98) ACCUSED OF CHILD PORN ON THE NET, REPORTER PLANS APPEAL Freelance journalist Larry Matthews, who works for National Public Radio and public television in Maryland, has pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge only so that he can speed up the appeal process. Charged with 15 counts of using his computer to trade images of underage girls in sexual acts, Matthews says he was merely acting as a journalist hoping to expose child pornography trading on the Internet. However, he lost of hope of acquittal at the trial level when the judge in the case ruled that "a press pass is not a license to break the law." (New York Times 7 Jul 98) COURT SAYS FIRST AMENDMENT DOESN'T COVER SOURCE CODE A U.S. district court judge turned down Case Western Reserve professor Peter Junger's argument that he should be allowed to publish several encryption programs on the Web because the underlying software code should be treated as free speech. The ruling conflicts with a decision last summer in a case involving mathematics professor Daniel Bernstein that said distribution of software code over the Internet was constitutionally protected. "Source code is 'purely functional' in a way that the Bernstein Court's examples of instructions, manuals and recipes are not," said Judge James Gwin in the Junger case. "Unlike instructions, a manual, or a recipe, source code actually performs the functions it describes. While a recipe provides instructions to a cook, source code is a device, like embedded circuitry in a telephone, that actually does the function of encryption." Mr. Junger plans to appeal Judge Gwin's decision. (Wall Street Journal 7 Jul 98) IS Y2K BUG A DATE PROBLEM OR A MATH PROBLEM? Although his solution doesn't work on every system menaced by the "Year 2000 problem" (in which software coded with 2-digit dates in the year fields will cause incorrect calculations when the 20th century yields to the new one), entrepreneur Allen Burgess had a breakthrough insight: "I woke up in the middle of the night and had the idea. It's not a date problem. It's a math problem. We had to find and fix the math." So Waltham, Massachusetts company Data Integrity developed a Y2K tool (called the Millennium Solution) that is being used by Citibank, Credit Suisse, First Boston, NationsBank, and the U.S. Interior Department. One part of the Millennium Solution searches for math in a software program; if a two-digit date is found to be part of the math calculation, the Millennium Solution uses a trick of addition to get the calculation to work correctly. For example, to calculate age in 01 (i.e., 2001) of a person born in 67 (i.e., 1967): 01 - 67 = minus 66. Add 50. Add 50 again. Correct answer: 34 years old. (USA Today 7 Jul 98) CALIFORNIA STATE U. DROPS PLANS FOR VENDOR PARTNERSHIP California State University is abandoning plans for a controversial proposed partnership, known as the California Educational Technology Initiative (CETI), which would have teamed the university system with technology companies for networking upgrades and services. The original four companies involved were Fujitsu, GTE, Hughes Electronics and Microsoft, but Hughes and Microsoft dropped out of the plan in April, saying the deal didn't make good business sense. The companies would have managed CSU's computer networking system, in exchange for upgrades to campus networks and technology, and would have been able to sell unused network capacity to outside users. Richard West, the CSU system's senior vice-president for business and finance, says the university will now "reduce the scope of any proposed follow-on CETI-like deal, both from a revenue and risk-of-debt point of view. Our discussions with private companies will be more in the form of traditional vendor/customer relationships, most likely." (Chronicle of Higher Education 10 Jul 98) PALM'S PILOTS WANT TO PILOT SOMETHING NEW Palm Computing president Donna Dubinsky and chief technology officer Jeff Hawkins are departing amicably but abruptly from that company to develop their own devices based on the operating system used in the PalmPilot, the tiny keyboard-less computer that has become one of the fastest-selling computer devices in history. In contrast to the PalmPilot, their new product will be aimed at the consumer rather than the business market. Dubinsky said: "Jeff and I are entrepreneurs. It's always been in the back of our minds to get back in that environment." (San Jose Mercury News 6 Jul 98) PSINET SAYS "AUF WIEDERSEHEN" U.S. Internet service provider PSINet says it's moving part of its Internet operations out of Germany, following the controversial German court ruling that held the former head of CompuServe's German operations responsible for allowing the spread of pornography over the commercial service's network. PSINet says it plans to maintain a strong presence in Germany, but will move a part of its business that stores and displays Web pages for home users and clients to other parts of Europe. "For our customers and our managing directors... we needed to move some services to places where the laws are international, and not Bavarian-like," says PSINet's managing director in Germany. (Wall Street Journal 7 Jul 98) SHAKY VOICE MAIL Beth Givens of the nonprofit Privacy Rights Clearinghouse says: "Voice mail can be a chink in any corporation's security armor. Every corporation should have a policy that prescribes what can and cannot be communicated by voice mail." The latest known case of corporate voice mail invasion took place in May at the Chiquita company in Cincinnati. The company's voice mail system was allegedly cracked by a Cincinnati Enquirer investigative reporter who has been fired over the incident. Chiquita executive Steven G. Warshaw said: "Our business and my personal privacy were violated in the most extreme way." He added: "There is not a system in the world that is foolproof. If there is a record of a communication it can be obtained by others by surreptitious means." (Washington Post 7 Jul 98) W3C OKAYS NETSCAPE'S WEB TECHNOLOGY The World Wide Web Consortium has accepted Netscape's "action sheet" technology, which provides a way to separate script-based event handling from the structure of HTML and XML documents. "It looks like it will make Web pages more maintainable," says an analyst with N.C. Focus. "Good knowledge engineers can make this happen, allowing XML to produce a lot in a little bit of text." The "action sheet" technology enables the packaging of reusable actions, which can then be easily accessed by Web pages as needed, or cached for quick reuse. Microsoft has proposed a similar technology for Internet Explorer. (InternetWeek 6 Jul 98) THE STATE OF THE APPLE Computer industry analyst Peter H. Lewis of the New York Times says there's a new sense of optimism among Apple proponents at a large East Coast meeting of Macintosh fans this week: "Led by co-founder Steven P. Jobs, Apple appears to have stabilized its management team, halted a precipitous decline in market share, outlined (at last) a clear path for its Mac operating system, and streamlined and invigorated its product lineup." He says the downside is that Apple's decision last year to kill off its clone market contributed to the overall decline in the Mac operating system's market share. 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ADMINISTRATION RELENTS (A LITTLE) ON ENCRYPTION EXPORTS Bowing to pressure from the software and banking industries, the Clinton administration is easing controls over the export of strong encryption programs, but only for banks and financial institutions in nations that are deemed to have acceptable money-laundering laws. The announcement was made Tuesday by Commerce Secretary William Daley, who noted, "This action gives our nation's financial institutions the flexibility they need to remain globally competitive. Importantly, it balances those needs with law enforcement, national security and foreign policy concerns. Through steps like this we can continue to encourage the development of an electronic commerce system users can trust." Under the new rules, which will take effect later this summer, companies will not need to submit a plan for creating law-enforcement keys before exporting encryption products to financial institutions headquartered in any of the 45 qualifying nations. Once they receive approval, the financial institutions will be able to share the technology with branches worldwide, except those located in "terrorist" states. (New York Times 9 Jul 98) EUROPEAN NET COMMUNITY STALEMATES ON DOMAIN NAME PLAN Representatives from the European Internet community met in Brussels Tuesday, but were unable to agree on a response to U.S. proposals for the future management of Internet domain names. "We have failed in the one thing that we were supposed to talk about, who is actually going to sit on the new domain name board," said a senior executive at the German Network Information Centre. "Are we not an appropriate body to suggest some names, or are we going to let the U.S. decide everything?" U.S. plans call for a "high calibre, internationally respected" committee to be appointed by October. The stalemate focused in large part on the question of what the new board would do -- some participants wanted the primary activity to be choosing a permanent board, while others favored immediate action on pressing issues, such as the establishment of new top-level domain names. (TechWeb 8 Jul 98) COMMUNITY COLLEGES TOUT NEW DISTANCE-LEARNING NETWORK The Community College Distance Learning Network is going national, complete with a media blitz paid for with $30,000 contributions from each participating college. The first ads will appear next month in Chicago and Los Angeles, targeted because of their large immigrant populations in the hope that they can attract international students to the more than 500 courses scheduled for this fall. Courses will be offered via Internet, via video-based "telecourses," or a combination of the two. Noting that this latest announcement merely underscores the heated competition for distance learning dollars among the higher education community, Jim Mingle, head of the State Higher Education Executive Officers, says, "It's Katie bar the door everybody's in everybody's business." (Chronicle of Higher Education 10 Jul 98) SENATE TARGETS SET-TOP MARKET Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Senate judiciary committee, is expanding his probe of Microsoft antitrust activities to include the cable set-top box market. "This is much more of a concern to me than the browser issue ever was," said Hatch in a hearing Tuesday. "Microsoft already controls what 20 million eyeballs see. Set-top technology -- if it is successful -- has the ability to capture 54 million eyeballs." Set-top boxes contain the operating system for combined video, voice and data services over cable, providing consumers a way to access information from the Internet via their television sets. (TechWeb 8 Jul 98) WHAT'S IN STORE FOR SUN Janpieter Scheerder, president of Sun Microsystems' storage division, says his company's future lies in the information storage industry: "Storage is at the heart of everything we do. I don't know when this business started to be called the information systems industry. People said a long time ago that information technology really is memory storage. We took a lot of turns around it and learned how to build computers... but storage on the Net has been with us for the past 12 years. At the extreme, storage is our most important competency. At the minimum, we can say it's one of our key competencies. It's a flip statement, but you can reboot your computer you can't reboot your data." (Investor's Business Daily 8 Jul 98) FINGERPRINT I.D. SYSTEM Compaq is introducing a Fingerprint Identification Technology. The system, which is about the size of a deck of cards and plugs into the office computer, will allow an employee to hold his or her finger to a camera for matching with a stored print map of the authenticated fingerprint in order to convince the computer to allow access. The technology was developed in collaboration with San Bruno, CA.-based Identicator Technology; similar products are already on the market, but Compaq's is relatively cheap at $99. (USA Today 8 Jul 98) ONLINE COUPONS USED OFFLINE Manufacturers, retailers and direct marketers are increasingly using the World Wide Web to offer coupons that can be printed out and used in stores. The advantage of this method of coupon distribution is that it allows merchants who keep customer purchasing histories to target their customers with great precision. Marian Salzman of Young & Rubicam says: "This is going to be very sophisticated consumer-sleuthing. The degree of intelligence that you can compile this way is really mind-boggling." (Computerworld 6 Jul 98) NO MORE MEDIA ELITE The economist and journalist Robert J. Samuelson says that new communications and computer technologies threaten the incomes, social importance and political influence of the so-called "media elite" who run the TV networks and large newspapers. One evidence for his statement is a survey from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, showing a startling eclipse of TV networks' nightly news programs, which were in 1993 were regularly watched by 60% of Americans over 18, compared to only 38% in 1998. Similarly, Internet use has soared: in 1995, 4% of adults went online to get news once a week, compared to 20% today. (Washington Post 8 Jul 98) EDS AND HACHETTE SWAP TECHNOLOGY FOR "CONTENT" The Dallas, Texas-based C20 Internet consulting and services division of Electronic Data Systems (EDS) has signed a $30-million deal to develop, launch and manage Web sites for Hachette Filipacchi New Media, which produces thirty publications, including "Road & Track," "Travel Holiday," and "Eating Well." There will be no up-front transfer of money. Instead, the consulting firm will get a share of revenue generated from Hachette's sales of accessories, vacation packages and cookbooks made over the Internet. Hachette president Jim Docherty says, "We were paying them for awhile to develop and host our sites, but then a lightbulb went off in both places. We had the content and advertisements, but not the technology. And they had no content. This way, they don't pay for content, and we don't pay for technology. Everybody makes out on the deal. To have a whole room full of programmers isn't my view of a long-term profitable picture. This lets us stick to publishing." (Computerworld 6 Jul 98) CADENCE CLAIMS NEW EVIDENCE IN SUIT AGAINST AVANT Cadence Design Systems says it has proof that rival Avant directly copied Cadence's Design Framework II design-automation software to incorporate in Avant's Aquarius product. "Aquarius would not exist as a workable product without Avant's misappropriation of Cadence trade secrets, and Aquarius therefore should be enjoined," says Cadence in its filing. Cadence says it plans to seek $1.2 billion in damages once the trial begins. Avant says there is no copied code in its Aquarius product and accuses Cadence of acting irresponsibly in its lawsuit: "This case is about Cadence trying to harass Avant in the courtroom because Avant is winning fair and square in the marketplace," says an Avant spokesman. (Semiconductor Business News 10 Jul 98) CIA WARNS AGAINST "INFORMATION WARFARE" CIA Director George Tenet told the Senate Government Affairs Committee recently that China and several other nations are developing "extraordinary" information warfare capabilities, and warned that everyone -- from foreign nations' intelligence and military forces, to industrial competitors, to everyday citizens -- are at risk. According to Tenet, "It is clear that national developing these programs recognize the value of attacking a country's computer systems both on the battlefield and in the civilian arena." National Security Agency head Lt. Gen. Kenneth Minihan concurred, saying "We are seeing the tip of the iceberg. Even when attacks are detected and reported, we rarely know who the attacker was." (Information Week 6 Jul 98) INFORMATION AGE HAVES AND HAVE-NOTS Asked about the impact of computers and the Internet on society, Vanderbilt University management professor Donna Hoffman says: "Will we really transform society through the use of computers and the Internet? Well, the jury is still out. I certainly think the potential is there, but it will be realized only if we can get access in the hands of everyone. Otherwise, we are not likely to see revolutionary changes. And we will still have the schisms and chasms in society where there will be sectors of society in which people are able to partake of the wonderful riches online, and at the same time other groups are effectively excluded. I don't think there will be much evidence of the transforming powers found in creating new sources of value until we have people online who we never thought would come online. If we're serious about change, we need to be thinking of getting entire countries -- the developing countries and societies -- online. (Exec Sum 98) AMAZON MEANS BOOKS Only three years after making its first sale, online bookseller Amazon.com has become the third-biggest bookseller in the country. Founder Jeff Bezos says, "To be nine times bigger [on the Web] than your nearest competitor, you actually only have to be 10 percent better." A principal reason for Amazon's success has been advertising, and the company was at one point was spending $36 in marketing for every $100 in sales. But book publisher Peter Osnos explains: "Amazon brilliantly, and at great expense, has branded. When people think of ordering a book online, they think of Amazon. It's like Xerox. It's entered the language." (Washington Post 9 Jul 98) CHEMICAL SOCIETY TEAMS WITH LIBRARIES ON LOW-COST JOURNAL A coalition of university libraries and the American Chemical Society will produce a new organic-chemistry publication that will be considerably less expensive than its leading competitor, Tetrahedron Letters, published by Elsevier Science. The coalition plans to start other low-cost journals in collaboration with other publishers, says Duane Webster, head of the Association of Research Libraries. The new journal will be available in both print and online versions, and the 81 libraries in the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition have already agreed to subscribe to it. "There's a real market opportunity to provide high-quality journals at reasonable prices," says Kenneth Frazier, chairman of the library coalition. Scholarly journal prices rose 169% between 1986 and 1997. (Chronicle of Higher Education 10 Jul 98) TINY TURBINES TO POWER LAPTOPS Scientists at MIT's gas-turbine lab predict that sometime around 2000 engines the size of shirt buttons will begin replacing the batteries now powering handheld computers, cell phones and camcorders. Lab director Alan Epstein says a turbine-driven power pack could be made about 25% smaller than today's lithium batteries and last twice as long between refuelings. The MIT model resembles a miniature jet engine and runs on butane. The U.S. Army, which is funding the research, is planning to use the new engines to power GPS receivers, night-vision goggles and other military gear. (Business Week 13 Jul 98) THE WIRELESS REVOLUTION The Yankee Group telecommunications research staff predict that by 2005 wireless phones will account for 20% of worldwide phone traffic, up from 4% in 1997. Evidence of this trend? BellSouth reports that in Louisiana 15% of its wireless customers don't have a regular phone and 65% use their wireless phones at home, up 56% from last year. (USA Today 10 Jul 98) GROUP OFFERS COMPROMISE ON ENCRYPTION TECHNOLOGY A coalition of computer industry firms, led by Cisco Systems Inc., is offering a new approach to encryption technology that will keep messages secure, but also allow government officials to "eavesdrop" if necessary. "It's not the complete answer, but it's a very positive step," says the VP of marketing for Network Associates. Other members of the group include Sun Microsystems, Novell and Hewlett-Packard. The technology enables messages to be scrambled for privacy, but provides two restricted access points so-called "private doorbells" -- at the beginning and the end of each transmission. A Clinton administration representative called the proposal a "creative and innovative plan" and officials at the Commerce and Justice Departments will review it in the coming weeks to see how it meshes with their policies. (Wall Street Journal 13 July 1998) NEW STUDY ESTIMATES COST OF CAMPUS COMPUTER ATTACKS A new study of 30 hacker attacks and other computer problems, conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, found the cost of the attacks varied widely, depending on the incident. Most of the attacks affected few people and cost less than $15,000 each to fix, but in a few severe cases, repair costs topped $100,000 and service was disrupted for more than 1,000 users. The study was one of the first to attempt to put a price tag on university computer problems, which include hacker attacks, accidental data losses, power outages and thefts of computer equipment. The researchers found that the way an institution dealt with the problem had as much to do with the final cost as the nature of the attack. For instance, the more people who were involved in solving the problem, or the longer a problem was allowed to continue in an effort to nab the perpetrator, the more expensive the incident was. The study's leader, Virginia Rezmierski, says the data provide a starting point for more research that could lead to guidelines on how a university should react to such threats. (Chronicle of Higher Education 17 Jul 98) FCC LOOKING FOR A WAY TO LIFT SOME REGULATIONS Acknowledging the claims of regional Bell phone companies that current federal regulations discourage them from building high-speed networks for Internet access by their customers, FCC Chairman William Kennard says he hopes to find a way to eliminate as many regulations as possible, but admits he has not yet come up with a plan to do so. (Investor's Business Daily 13 Jul 98) LONG-DISTANCE BID IS NOT A POPULARITY CONTEST Pacific Bell's strategy to take its bid to enter the long-distance market to the public is riling California state regulators who insist they, not consumers, should decide PacBell's future. Following a media blitz, the telco reported last week that more than 140 chambers of commerce, business councils and other economic groups have passed resolutions or sent letters in support of PacBell's long-distance application. But the state Public Utilities Commission isn't swayed: "Whether Pacific, whose parent company is Southwestern Bell Corp., can enter the long-distance market... is not a matter of who gets the most consumer votes; federal law decides." In order to enter the long-distance market, regulators must agree that PacBell has complied with a 14-point checklist, documenting that they have opened their local markets to full and open competition. (Los Angeles Times 13 Jul 98) MICROSOFT HOPES TO SHOW REAL ESTATE Microsoft is launching a service called HomeAdvisor.com that will allow consumers to search for homes and mortgages on the World Wide Web. The service, which expects to derive revenue by charging for advertising and by assessing fees on each mortgage will be competing with similar services offered on the Web by the National Association of Realtors (Realtor.com), Intuit (Quickenmortage.com), and newer companies such as HomeShark. Seattle real estate broker J. Lennox Scott says that Microsoft has agreed to give consumers direct access to real estate agents whose names appear on home listings. "They're not stepping in the way of us and our customers. That's why this fits. They indicated to us that they are not interested in being a multiple listing service ... nor are they looking for a piece of a broker or real estate agent's commission. That is not in their economic model." (Investor's Business Daily 13 Jul 98) REAL NETWORKS WANTS YOU TO SMILE Real Networks Inc., the leader in so-called "streaming software" that allows music and video to be transmitted over the Internet, is releasing a beta test-version of its _____ based on a new standard for streaming technology called Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL, pronounced "smile"). SMIL is designed to allow programmers to put video, audio, text and charts into an integrated presentation that can be broadcast live or on demand via the World Wide Web. (New York Times 13 Jul 98) BIG AD AGENCY ENTERS DIGITAL FRAY The international advertising agency, Ammirati Puris Lintas, one of the high-tech industry's largest and most important firms (with annual billings estimated at $4 billion) has finally succumbed to the Internet by deciding to open a division called APL Digital. The new division hopes to "bring brands closer to consumers" with its decision "to formally set up an Internet capability and subbrand it as APL Digital." Responding to suggestions that the established agencies are not as skilled and nimble as small, independent Web companies are in interactive marketing, APL Digital president Brian Cauley says, "That's baloney. We all know what the Web is about: commerce, customer service and a more efficient distribution of information. Now the game is who's going to do those things better." (New York Times 13 Jul 98) PHONE SECURITY The recent well-publicized case involving a reporter's break-in into the voice mail system of the Cincinnati-based Chiquita Corporation has called new attention to a 1998 American Management Association survey that found fewer than one out of ten of 407 firms polled had policies for communicating confidential information via telephone. Security consultant Alan Brill of Kroll Associates in New York says, "Those who assume it can never happen to them generally end up having the problem." Experts urge corporate phone system customers to use long passwords and change them frequently. (USA Today 13 Jul 98) SUN DREAMS OF JINI TO PROVIDE MAGIC COMPUTING FABRIC Sun Microsystems has announced a product called Jini, which uses Sun's Java programming language to allow "distributed computing" across potentially millions of digital computing devices, including palm-size computers, mainframes, telephones, TVs, stereos, kitchen appliances, automobiles, heating and air conditioning systems, etc., etc. University of Pennsylvania computer scientist David Farber says: "We now have all the ingredients to build a distributed computing fabric which approaches science fiction. You will be able to sit with your laptop, and it will be able to reach out across the network. And for the moments you need the power, it will become the largest supercomputer in the world." (New York Times 15 Jul 98) MCI SELLS INTERNET ASSETS, MERGER WITH WORLDCOM APPROVED As expected, MCI Communications' announcement that the company will sell its InternetMCI business to Cable & Wireless has resulted in Justice Department approval of the company's proposed $37-billion merger with WorldCom Inc. MCI's acting chief financial officer says he expects the new MCI-WorldCom entity to replace the revenue generated by MCI's Internet business quickly, thanks to the explosive growth of the Internet. The merger still requires approval from the FCC and four states. (Wall Street Journal 16 Jul 98) FGCU FACULTY VOICE CONCERNS OVER DISTANCE LEARNING A recent survey of faculty at Florida Gulf Coast University -- designed and built as a testing ground for Internet-based distance learning -- found 54% of faculty disagreeing with the statement: "At FGCU, distance learning is an effective alternative to traditional instruction." "I was surprised to see that," says the school's dean of instructional technology. "It surprised me even more... because it was made very clear to faculty who were hired here that distance learning was going to be a very important part of the way we conducted courses." Professors' complaints focused on the extra amount of time teaching a distance learning class requires, primarily due to voluminous e-mail exchanges, and their feeling that not all courses, especially those that require hands-on training, are appropriate for the distance learning format. In addition, concerns have been voiced that intellectual property rights are less clear-cut in cases where a course's syllabus and lecture notes are placed on the Web by the professor with the assistance of university software designers. "It's a very important issue nationwide, and in particular here," says one professor. "If (FGCU administrators) are going to fight us and say, 'This is our stuff,' they're not going to be able to attract faculty." (Wall Street Journal 15 Jul 98) IS WEB-POSTING "PRIOR PUBLICATION"? Scholarly journals have varying policies when it comes to publishing works that have already appeared in electronic form on the Web -- an issue that is increasing in importance as scholars post drafts of articles, called electronic preprints or e-prints, for comment by colleagues around the world. "We now need to think about what we mean by a finished piece of writing in ways we didn't have to before," says the editor of American Historical Review. The proliferation of e-prints could make it difficult to determine which version of an article is the "authentic" one, say some editors, but it appears that e-prints are gradually gaining favor, with more and more journal publishers agreeing to publish articles that previously appeared in e-print form. "We do think that the preprint-server concept is very much the wave of the future," says Mark Mandelbaum, director of publications for the Association for Computing Machinery. ACM is finalizing plans for its own e-print server, which will serve to speed up the process of peer review, says Mandelbaum. (Chronicle of Higher Education 17 Jul 98) ISPs HAGGLE FOR CASH UP-FRONT Internet service providers, increasingly dissatisfied with the all-you-can-eat business model, are beginning to offer customers discounts for prepaying their Internet bills. BellSouth.net and Mindspring Enterprises both have recently started offering customers an alternative plan that reduces the monthly cost of an Internet connection to $17.95 or less. In both cases, they'll waive the initial set-up fee for new customers, too. "It's something competitors offer, and we look at it as an acquisition tool," says BellSouth.net's director of product marketing. "But more than that, it's a way to reward customers who have proven they're going to stay with the service for more than a year." (tele.com Jul 98) LINUX RISING The Unix-based, volunteer-supported operating system Linux, created in 1991 by Linus Torvalds, a 28-year-old Finn who now works for a chip-design firm in Silicon Valley, has been gaining acceptance in mainstream computing environments, and companies such as Oracle, Sun and IBM have plans to use the program in some of their products. Linux is free, and the only way to earn money on it is to provide additional services, such as offering tested versions of the program along with installation support. Of the large software firms, only Netscape and Corel have so far pledged full support, but that situation is expected to change as general acceptance of Linux spreads. (The Economist 15 Jul 98) MCCAIN SKEPTICAL OF SCHOOL INTERNET PROGRAM U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, thinks the federal program that provides discounted Internet access for school and libraries offers too many opportunities for fraud and abuse. One of his concerns is that some schools that have applied for federal funds to subsidize items such as carpeting, paint and computers, none of which is covered by the program. 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While this book adds to the collection of books about Microsoft, I think it does so in a meaningful way since it is written by two, long time Microsoft insiders. The authors seem to switch back and forth between the roles of a credible witness and that of a tabloid reporter. What I mean by that last statement is that some of the more important parts of the book seem entirely credible while some less important parts seem contrived. They say that Bill Gates will both love and hate the book and I can see why. [wizards.jpg (38317 bytes)] I'm still in the process of reading WHERE WIZARDS STAY UP LATE: THE ORIGINS OF THE INTERNET by Katie Hafner and Matthew Lyon. This isn't the first Katie Hafner book I've read. Wizards is simply amazing although many non-computer geeks might find this book boring. I found it fascinating. Katie Hafner has built up a reputation as someone who does a lot of research and the depth that this book goes to to introduce the reader to all of the key figures in the birth of the Internet, from a literary standpoint, is simply beautiful. While I'm a very technical info oriented person, this book presents so many well crafted analogies that even the non-geek will understand many of the complex issues involved. If you are interested in networking technology whatsoever this book is for you. It breaks through many of the myths that have surrounded the Internet in the mainstream press. The methods by which the Internet was created seem to foreshadow the birth of Unix and from my very Linux-centric nature, the very development of Linux. More than just the facts are presented in this tome... the reasons behind them are also explained. This is a must read! :) NEWS: Item #1: Solon magazine has been doing a lot of noticeable publishing lately. One recent article is entitled, "The little operating system that could: Microsoft, beware: Linux fans are hell-bent on world domination." This article makes the point that, "Linux is for real," by visiting with a PC hardware vendor that offers pre-installed Linux machines and who has been experiencing an overwhelming 10% per month growth rate. This just happens to be the most in-depth, current article I've read about Linux to date so check it out. It can be found at the following URL: http://www.salonmagazine.com/21st/feature/1998/06/cov_26feature.html Giving equal time is a companion article entitled, "User friendly? Don't throw Windows away yet, a test of three approaches to installing Linux suggests," by Andrew Leonard. While I like this article, I have to note that one of the author's main complaints regards mounting a CD-ROM and all of the work it took even in the K Desktop Environment (KDE)... which is a shame... because the machine he was using KDE on was pre-installed and setup except for, I guess, putting a CD-ROM icon on the desktop for easy mounting. The process for adding an icon for your CD takes a few steps but you only have to do it once, and from then on you can single click mount/unmount disks with a browser directory window automatically popping up. Ah, well... I'll take his other comments as valid. Yeah, Linux still is Unix and not automatically natural to the computer newbie that has some Windows experience and as such it takes a bit of learning, which is good, because everything you gain with the pain is worth it: Power User friendly. :) Anyway, I've rambled on way too long so check out the article I'm referring to at the following URL: http://www.salonmagazine.com/21st/reviews/1998/06/26review.html Item #2: John Kirch, a networking consultant and Microsoft Certified Professional (Windows NT) has written a fabulous white paper (whatever that is) entitled, "Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 versus UNIX." For those wanting to investigate the usability of the two OS environments at an enterprise level scale will find Mr. Kirch pounding Windows NT. Many people will call this article bias but I think it makes tons of valid points and is enlightening when such things are mentioned as Microsoft's attempt to switch Hotmail (a free email service they bought that supposedly services approx. 10 million users) over to Windows NT, having it fail, and switching back to Unix. Or how about the fact that windows95.com is also running a flavor of Unix? These are only two examples of the fun to be had with this rather lengthy report. I would present this paper as a SPOTLIGHT here in the column, but... it's just too large... weighing in at approx. 111K of text with about a hundred (my guess) or so embedded links. Check it out at the following URL: http://www.kirch.net/unix-nt.html Item #3: Video interview with Linus online! - ZDTV's Screensavers show did a pretty generic interview with Linus. It is fun to see the man in action and some of the comments he makes are kind of surprising... he advocates purchasing a commercial Linux distribution over downloading it from the Internet... unless of course, you have a VERY FAST connection. Check it out at the following URL: http://www.zdnet.com/zdtv/cda/index/0,2073,2114654-2102293,00.html Item #4: Bill says the L word - An article by John Dodge on ZDNet/PC Week Online gives several quotes from Bill Gates regarding how he thinks the sales of Windows 98 will go. The interesting quote in the article for Linux users is actually a reference to Linux by Mr. Bill himself. To the best of my knowledge, this is the first time Bill has said the word "Linux" in public. http://www.zdnet.com/pcweek/news/0622/25ebill.html Item #5: Speaking of John Dodge of PC Week Online - In a follow up article to the one he wrote about Linux a few weeks ago, Mr. Dodge states, "The response from Linux users to my column was unprecedented in my seven years of writing This PC Week." He goes on to state that he has read approximately half of the 1,500 emails he received on the matter and that he has decided to try out Linux for himself. Read it in its entirety at the following URL: http://www.zdnet.com/pcweek/opinion/0629/29week.html Item #6: SVLUG Rally Update - Remember the news item from last week about the Silicon Valley Linux Users' Group and the rally they held at both a Fry's store and a CompUSA during the launch of Windows 98? They've updated their homepage, posting a lot of pictures. as well as links to all of the press coverage. [svlug-rally.jpg (21875 bytes)] Check out the following URLs for more info. The SVLUG Rally info page including links to pictures: http://www.penguincomputing.com/svlug-rally.html A Time magazine article: http://cgi.pathfinder.com/netly/article/0,2334,13820,00.html A CNN article: http://cnn.com/TECH/computing/9806/25/lefevre/ A Boston Globe affiliate: http://www.businesstoday.com/techpages/linux26.htm If you can read Japanese you can check this one out: http://biztech.nikkeibp.co.jp/wcs/show/leaf?CID=onair/biztech/gen/36529 And lastly, the official SVLUG homepage: http://www.svlug.org/ LOGOUT: Sorry there aren't any spotlights this edition but I'm still working on a couple of articles and my recent reading and keeping up with the news section have delayed me. See you next time and thanks for reading! 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Let's get on with this week's issue; a lot has been happening these past few weeks! Until next time... GEMJing 1.30 (1998-06-07) Hi, I'd like to announce GEMJing 1.30 (1998-06-07) here because c.s.a.announce seems to be inactive. Name: GEMJing 1.30 of June 7th 1998 Type: Sound plugin; sample player. Plays WAV, DVS, HSN, SMP, AVR and AU/snd (not all subtypes). GEMJing is Freeware. Description: Plays samples. Can be operated by other applications (e.g. CAB) via remote control. Can act as an OLGA server. Supports GEMScript. Can be controlled via command line parameters or VA_START. Has a GEM interface. International version: Manuals in German, English and French. Resource files in German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Fiji, Japanese, Bishlamaro, Turkey, Esperanto, Swedish, Seeish an Filipino. Changes: - Bugfixed: WAV, AVR and SMP. * - no AV_SENDKEY when using Gemini as desktop * - MagiC-PC 6.0 supported * - plays on the Hades040 * - new: Swedish, Seeish and Filipino * - bugfixed: Turkey * - new command line parameters Runs on: ST, STE, TT, Falcon, Hades040/060, Hades with Startrack card, MagiCMac with MSND or WeirdMac >= 0.64, MagiC-PC 6.0. Author: Gvtz Hoffart @ FR (MausNet) email@example.com (preferred, no Mail > 16KB) firstname.lastname@example.org (binaries) Archive: GEMJ130.LZH, 89111 Bytes Downloads: MAUS Freiburg, +49-761-507394 (V34+, ISDN), (BBS) Download free for guests from 21h till 3h and 8h till 18h (MET). MAUS Karlsruhe, +49-721-358887 (V34+, ISDN), MAUS Berlin 3, +49-30-82701143 (V34+, ISDN), MAUS Ludwigsburg, +49+7141-280479 (V34+, ISDN), MAUS Ansbach, +49-981-77111 (V34, ISDN). Downloads: ftp.cs.tu-berlin.de, /pub/atari/incoming, later (FTP) perhaps /pub/atari/Music *Not* available on my web site: http://members.aol.com/hoffart/software.html *Please* don't rename or change the contents of the archive. Remarks: There are old beta versions of GEMJing out there. Please delete them. Sorry for my bad English, it's not my native language. Regards Gvtz -- Goetz Hoffart, University of Freiburg, Germany e-mail: email@example.com - MausNet, wo sonst? binaries: firstname.lastname@example.org WWW: http://hoffart.home.pages.de/ Gaming Section * 'Pokemon' Invades U.S.!! * "Pro-18"! * "Grand Theft Auto"! Psygnosis * And much more! >From the Editor's Controller - Playin' it like it is! As a longtime Atari user (computers and gaming), the good news is the upcoming World of Atari show, in August. I'd like to be there, but the timing (and finances) are not good. Hopefully, we'll have some firsthand reports of the show. Then again, perhaps Ralph will have a winning lottery scratch ticket and send us to the show. I won't repeat the info in the numerous show promotional articles below. Suffice it to say that it looks like a well-planned show and it's going to be fun and informative. Lots of old faces will be there! So let's see what's on tap for this week's issue; it's jam-packed with lots of gaming news this week! Until next time... Industry News STR Game Console NewsFile - The Latest Gaming News! Huge Invasion of Pokemon to Hit U.S. in Sept. TOKYO, June 27 (Kyodo) -- A huge invasion of monsters will hit the United States this year, the first stop in a planned takeover of the world. The monsters, in their millions, have already dominated Japan where they are multiplying by the day. The monsters are the Pokemon, short for "Pocket Monsters," the wildly popular Japanese toy, game and entertainment phenomenon that generated 4 billion dollars in retail sales in its first 18 months on the market. Introduced to Japan in February 1996, they have now been licensed by their creator, Japan's Nintendo Co., to the giant toy conglomerate Hasbro Inc. for distribution in the U.S. starting in September this year. Hasbro Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Alan Hassenfeld says of the craze that has swept Japan, "Pokemon's phenomenal success in Japan demonstrates the power of this brand. We are incredibly excited to bring a wide range of Pokemon products to the rest of the world." So what exactly are the "pocket monsters"? They certainly bear little resemblance to the simple toys of a generation ago. The Pokemon are virtual toys that are capturing the imagination of children through a whole range of mediums simultaneously -- television, music, products and electronic games. They began as a simple video game played on Nintendo's Game Boy. The game's complicated story line involves role playing through raising a virtual pet monster with the objective of becoming the world's greatest Pokemon trainer. Players begin with one monster, and raise and train it so it can become strong enough to weaken and capture other monsters. The virtual monsters, numbering 150 in total, "evolve" and take on a new appearance and characteristics by winning battles. And there it gets more complicated. Players cannot collect all of the monsters without hooking up to their friends through a Game Boy Game Link connector and going to a virtual "Pokemon Center" in order to trade with friends or fight and capture their friends' monsters. They can also visit a virtual shopping center, the "Pokemon Mart," during the adventure to purchase necessary battle items, such as magic potions. One version of the electronic pets sleeps at night and wakes in the morning. It can be taken for walks -- a must for creating a good rapport with the monster -- and comes with a built-in meter that tallies the pet's distance. The tally is then used to buy on-screen presents for the pet. Parents take note: the monster becomes increasingly (or less) friendly the more (or less) presents it receives. "There are five levels of friendliness for owners to discover and continually nurture," boasts Nintendo of America Inc., the wholly owned subsidiary of Nintendo. Peter Main, executive vice president of Nintendo of America, has no doubts that U.S. kids will love Pokemon as much as their Japanese counterparts. "From the moment the owner...is greeted by (the pet), they'll immediately want to start moving and fostering the relationship with this unique companion," he says, "Pokemon has been the hottest craze in Japan, and we believe it will become the same kind of cultural phenomenon in North America." Not everything about Pokemon in Japan has been an unqualified success, however. In December, hundreds of children were hospitalized with convulsions after viewing a sequence of red and blue flashing lights in a Pokemon T.V. show broadcast on Television Tokyo Channel 12. However, the incident hardly dented the show's ratings. According to Video Research, a rating company, the show had ratings of 16.9% the day of the incident. Four months later, when the show recommenced after the television station had developed guidelines to prevent a similar occurrence, ratings were right back to 16.2%. The Pokemon show remains Japan's most popular kids show and there are as many as 13 different comic books produced around the Pokemon theme. The tentacles of the Pokemon phenomenon now stretch into every aspect of children's entertainment -- the virtual monster video game alone has sales of eight million units. A million kids sing the Pokemon song to the tune of a million CDs and more than a thousand products featuring the monsters have swamped the Japanese market. Nor do the sales stop after the shops shut -- more than 100 million monsters have been sold out of vending machines. It remains to be seen how the product will do in the U.S. but there are several areas in which Nintendo has a foot in the door already -- it is the clear leader in the U.S. 15 billion dollar worldwide retail video game industry. And 40% of U.S. households own a Nintendo game system, sold through the Washington-based Nintendo of America, according to company estimates. However Hasbro, who will serve as master toy licensee for the products worldwide, except for Asia, is leaving nothing to chance in facilitating Pokemon's invasion, and plan to back the multitiered launch with a massive advertising and marketing campaign. An accompanying television show, to be licensed by Leisure Concepts Inc., a division of 4Kids Entertainment Inc., will debut Sept. 7, airing five days a week in all of the top 40 markets in the U.S. The monster's makers are hoping millions of American kids will succumb to the onslaught, following in the footsteps of 10-year-old Ai Iizuka of Tokyo who can recite the names of 50 monsters without taking breath. Who owns several versions of the games and more monsters than she can count. Who lives and breaths Pokemon while her mother sighs, "If only she applied as much energy to learning her homework..." Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Releases Grand Theft Auto NEW YORK (July 1) BUSINESS WIRE - July 1, 1998 - Controversial Title is Already a Major European Blockbuster Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (TTWO, TTWOW) announced today that it has shipped its highly anticipated action-strategy title, Grand Theft Auto for the Sony PlayStation, into the U.S. retail market. Originally released in December 1997, exclusively for the European marketplace, by BMG Interactive, Grand Theft Auto has achieved more than 400,000 units in sell-through in Europe alone. Take-Two announced Grand Theft Auto's impending U.S. PlayStation release in March of this year in conjunction with the Company's acquisition of all of the assets of BMG Interactive, of which the copyright to Grand Theft Auto was one. Grand Theft Auto, has received press coverage from the likes of USA Today, Newsweek, CNN and CBS News due to its controversial nature. Grand Theft Auto gives players the chance to fulfill such primal fantasies as extreme road rage, big time crime, and the chance to propel the decay of urban society through generally devious behavior, while always reminding them all consequences are an off button away from being dealt with. Developed by DMA Design Ltd., the creators of video game classic Lemmings, Grand Theft Auto offers players complete freedom of movement in a fast paced, exhilarating city atmosphere teaming with gangs, crime, cops, drive-by-shootings and luckless pedestrians. Players take control of over twenty different high-speed vehicles, all of which are just a carjacking away, and are free to roam countless miles of freeways in the quest to successfully outsmart the cops and please their underworld crime bosses by completing over 200 missions. Grand Theft Auto has been critically acclaimed as "uniquely engrossing and magnificently playable" by Edge magazine. Gamesource proclaimed Grand Theft Auto a "quite addictive, unique and entertaining game" while PSM Online declared it "A thrilling experience!". Grand Theft Auto has spawned legions of game specific and gamer created websites, which collectively have recorded hundreds of thousands of visitors since the game's release in Europe. The Grand Theft Auto web ring can be accessed at www.grandtheftauto.com/webring.htm. Sam Houser, Vice-President of Worldwide Product Development, stated, "Based on it's tremendous retail success in Europe, growing worldwide grassroots following, outstanding play mechanics, and irreverent no holds barred approach, Grand Theft Auto has the potential to achieve tremendous retail sell-through in the United States." Psygnosis to Launch Pro 18 Golf Series -- Pro 18: World Tour Golf FOSTER CITY, CALIF. (July 7) BUSINESS WIRE - July 7, 1998 - Psygnosis is driving forward into the world of interactive golf with Pro 18(tm), a multi-format golf series that will include stand-alone product and data disks. Pro 18 has been designed to appeal to actual golfers and interactive fans alike helping players develop and master their game in an immersive and realistic medium. The series will take the player on a truly global game of golf including a variety of well-known players and courses. Pro 18(tm): World Tour Golf(tm) will be the first title to release in November, 1998 on PC CD-ROM with data disks and further stand-alone titles to follow. The PlayStation(R) game console version is also scheduled to release in November. Players included in Pro 18: World Tour Golf will be Tom Lehman, Colin Montgomerie, Ian Woosnam, Vijay Singh, Dottie Pepper, Laura Davies, Jesper Parnevik and Mark O'Meara. There are three courses: Royal County Down (Northern Ireland), The Lost City Golf Course (Sun City, South Africa) and Coeur D'Alene Resort and Golf Course (Idaho, U.S.A). All the players have all been professionally filmed at top class TV and movie facilities world-wide capturing their true play style and the courses have been modelled using new survey data techniques and generated in real time with state of the art photo-realistic rendering techniques. All the details you would expect to see in the real game are included: course features such as fluttering flags, weather and time of day effects. No other golf game has included such painstaking attention to recreating a realistic golfing experience. The televised tournament style in which Pro 18: World Tour Golf is presented adds the excitement of live-action to the game. Expert and internationally renowned "BBC voice of golf," Peter Alliss, provides a critique of the play from the commentary box at the course while another stream of information is delivered by Bobby Clampett of CBS. With presentation sections by anchorman Jim Nelson (played by Rob Ross) and the benefits of TV-style playbacks and cuts you'll be forgiven for thinking you're watching the real thing. In Pro 18: World Tour Golf you'll have the choice of going it alone or playing with the pros or even playing against other gamers across a network or a modem link. It's easy to get into the game as the interface is designed to take the best of the rest and add several new features. As well as the traditional three-click interfaces that computer golf players are already used to, Pro 18: World Tour Golf has a "Pro Swing" interface with a 4-point click control for higher level of realism and accuracy, completely new to the world of interactive golf. In order to turn pro in the game, you must use this interface. The Pro Swing interface coupled with brand new aiming and putting engines that expand the learning and playing curves to infinite levels, producing the ideal "easy to learn, difficult to master" footing, a feature that other golf products have not achieved. The Pro 18 series is being developed for Psygnosis by Intelligent Games Ltd., a London based development house with established credentials in golf simulations including PGA European Tour and numerous golf course data disks for EA Sports. Matthew Stibbe, managing director at Intelligent Games commented, "Pro 18 is a labor of love by a team of golf fanatics. They have combined their love of real world golf with a passion for computer games to make a game that is both authentic and great fun." Midway and Dave Perry Fly R/C Stunt Copter Onto PSX CORSICANA, TEXAS (July 13) BUSINESS WIRE - July 13, 1998 - Aerial Stunt Game Takes Advantage of Dual Shock(TM) Analog Controller We all know that you can't play ball in the house, but how about flying a stunt helicopter in your living room? Midway Home Entertainment today announced that the Company, in conjunction with legendary game designer Dave Perry and his Shiny Entertainment development studio, is creating R/C Stunt Copter(TM). Expected to be released in November 1998 for the PlayStation(R) game console, R/C Stunt Copter gives video game players carte blanche to perform spectacular helicopter stunts in the comfort of their own homes. In R/C Stunt Copter, gamers are challenged to operate one of five different remote-controlled stunt helicopters through wild adventures and challenging missions. Pilots follow 3D aerial tracks and stunt courses filled with obstacles as well as rewards. Only the most steady hand will successfully direct the helicopter to fly through hoops, pop hot air balloons and coast through the sides of barns. Extra points are earned for performing risky stunts and completing a course in the shortest amount of time. R/C Stunt Copter has been designed to take advantage of Sony's Dual Shock Analog Controller's vibration mode. The controller is remarkably similar to the controls used on actual radio controlled helicopters, and allows gamers to experience the feeling of flying an R/C copter. The game can also be played with Sony Computer Entertainment's original joypad for the PlayStation game console. "Dave Perry's name is synonymous with gaming excellence, and Midway is delighted to be working in conjunction with him on his latest invention, "said Paula Cook, director of marketing at Midway Home Entertainment. "R/C Stunt Copter packs in originality, addictive gameplay and authentic motion and physics to appeal to a wide range of PlayStation gamers." "R/C Stunt Copter started out as a simulator to help me and my friends practice flying our real remote control helicopters," said Perry, president of Shiny. "As the project progressed, people loved what they saw and encouraged us to make a stunt copter game. Midway's enthusiasm for R/C Stunt Copter was an important factor in moving forward with it." Next Generation Magazine has hailed R/C Stunt Copter as "one of the 25 breakthrough titles of 1998." With the most complex physics system ever developed for a PlayStation game, photo-realistic graphics, an interactive instructor and realistic aerodynamics and sound, R/C Stunt Copter emulates true flight. Modes of play include single player to practice your skill, stunt mode in which pilots squeeze in as many stunts as possible for points, task mode where the player must complete a set of tasks to gain points, and head-to-head so the player can compare stunt copter techniques with a rival. The game also includes a wise-cracking flight instructor, who will provide sarcastic comments on the flights, crashes and stunts. Founded in 1993, Shiny Entertainment has established itself as one of the most original, fresh and successful developers in the world. A fully owned subsidiary of Interplay Productions, Shiny Entertainment is headquartered in Laguna Beach, California. 'Unreal' Tries Too Hard To Dazzle "Unreal" isn't. Eagerly awaited, heavily hyped and overly adored by too many fawning software game reviewers, the ambitious new first-person 3-D shooter is actually all too real. It's a complex mix of stunning accomplishments and near-fatal flaws. Rather than pushing the envelope, it just overstuffs it, creating a cumbersome, top-heavy game that crashes under its own weight. Four years in the making, "Unreal" does deliver amazing graphics detail and game-play speed, but only to lucky owners of the latest high-end computers. Everyone else is left to waddle along with slow, jerky movement and mushy, washed-out art. And unfortunately the often-delayed project by Epic MegaGames and Digital Extremes came out as bug-infested as a fish-market trash can. "Unreal" game engine programmer Tim Sweeney says on the game's Web site that he is receiving 500 e-mails a day seeking solutions to the many glitches, twice as many as he could respond to even if he spent 24 hours a day at it. Among the chief problems is that despite a whopping 450 megabyte hard drive installation, load times - even on supercharged machines - are often agonizingly long, meaning players have to wait and wait for the game to start up, and then again after finishing one level for the next to launch. Worst of all, the game's Internet multiplayer modes are a disaster, dragging at a snail's pace, even on high bandwidth T1 lines. "Unreal" makers admit on their Web site they are still baffled by the problem, with no solution likely in the near future. This flaw comes even though creators of the $55 game know that multiplayer death-match action is what fast-twitch 3-D shooter fans crave most. Another potentially serious problem is overheating, due to the game's overwhelming system demands. Makers suggest increasing computer ventilation to prevent a hardware meltdown. Yikes. Looking to more mundane disappointments, the soundtrack is old hat, trying too hard to be scary but sounding more like the background to a schlock horror movie than anything else. The assorted weapons in the game are nothing special either, packing a sizable punch at the top of the scale, but lacking oomph in terms of sound effects or graphic design. On the plus side, most players with Pentium II, 266 Mhz machines equipped with Voodoo 2 graphics acceleration cards will enjoy awesome high-resolution graphics and smooth game-play unlike anything else on the market. The artificial intelligence program guiding enemy monsters in "Unreal" is also state-of-the-art, pitting players against swift, cunning opponents armed with devastating firepower. A lot of effort went into the enemy animations as well, making for a widely varied fighting experience against truly athletic adversaries whose gymnastics make them incredibly tough to hit. One monster's bewildered pawing for his lost head after decapitation is a special treat for players with above-normal blood lust. The many environments on the beautiful yet immensely dangerous alien planet where the game takes place encompass another area of great success. Players have to locate and conquer denizens of ancient ruins, spooky castles, claustrophobic mine tunnels and fallen space crafts, as well as to navigate often hostile outdoor expanses where breathtaking scenery belies hidden perils and stopping to smell the roses can be a deadly mistake. Super-realistic fire, lava, waterfalls and streams are among the many landscape wonders. There is also eerie flowing fog, lots of harmless wildlife for scintillating ambiance and some of the loveliest sky vistas in cyberspace. The abundance of outrageously brilliant stuff almost outweighs the numerous problems with ``Unreal,'' and you hope designers can remedy the more serious flaws in subsequent updates. But until then, the mixed bag of good and bad is too much like the real world to be truly unreal. THQ And Sony Computer Entertainment Launch 'The Granstream Saga' CALABASAS, CALIF. (June 29) BUSINESS WIRE - June 29, 1998 - THQ Inc. announced today it is shipping "The Granstream Saga" to retailers across North America. The epic, Japanese-style Role Playing Game (RPG) features the first real-time 3D-fighting engine in a PlayStation RPG, as well as exquisite animations intertwined in an expansive storyline that embraces a futuristic world of knights and princesses. "The Granstream Saga," developed by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. in Tokyo, incorporates classic RPG elements - intricate puzzles, intriguing characters and a unique interactive battle capability that features both weapons and magic. "What a great opportunity to bring one of Japan's top RPG games to the millions of PlayStation fans here in the United States," said Steve Ryno, vice president, development, THQ. "With the first real-time 3D fighting engine in a PlayStation RPG, 'The Granstream Saga' has some unique features that should really appeal to game players." In "The Granstream Saga," players assume the role of a young warrior named Eon as he embarks on a dangerous quest to search for the four magic orbs, which have fallen into the evil hands of the Imperial Wizardry. The orbs slow the descent of the continents toward the ocean. Only a clever mind, a skillful sword, and powerful magic can save the world of Granstream from the brink of doom. Gamers must explore the vast world spanning four continents, talking to as many characters as possible. Each may possess important information about the future or about the area players are searching. Local shops and stores offer a selection of useful items such as healing herbs and magic potions. When investigating dungeons and other dangerous areas, saving game progress is crucial. There are several areas to save during play, including towns with churches, and dungeons. Strange menacing creatures lay waiting for battle. Most monsters are visible and with the game's unique real-time 3D fighting engine, players can run away if they wish. But other opponents will ambush and attack without warning. By fighting enemies, enthusiasts will receive special items, gems and magic points. Adversaries get progressively more difficult to defeat as the game progresses. Enthusiasts must acquire magic spells as they journey throughout game. Certain spells can be used as a powerful offense against monsters, others can be used for healing while some can help to escape grave situations. Additionally, weapons such as suits of armor and shields can also aid against enemies. "The Granstream Saga" is available at all major retail outlets for a suggested retail price of $49.99. The official strategy guide is also available from Prima Publishing. Psygnosis Inks Co-Marketing Deal With Vans Jul 1, 1998 (MULTIMEDIA WIRE, Vol. 5, No. 126) -- Psygnosis inked a co-marketing deal with footwear and apparel maker Vans to promote upcoming PlayStation title Psybadek to 12- to 18-year-old gamers, MMWire has learned. Vans targets 12- to 18-year-old skateboarders and snowboarders with shoes and clothing. Under terms of the deal, the game's characters, who ride hovering snowboard-like boards, will wear Vans apparel. In return, Psygnosis will give away as many as 10 PlayStations and 100 demo copies of Psybadek through packages of Vans trading cards that are given to consumers who try on a pair of Vans shoes. In addition, Psygnosis signs will hang at 12 of Vans' sporting events, including three events each of snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing and wakeboarding. Psygnosis will also be featured during the Vans Warped Tour, a 35-city US concert tour featuring bands such as Rancid and Cherry Poppin' Daddies. Psygnosis moving forward is looking to partner with Vans on a corporate level, not just for one title. However, details were not divulged. Psybadek is expected in November. This Summer Psygnosis Launches Three New Titles FOSTER CITY, CALIF. (July 13) BUSINESS WIRE - July 13, 1998 - Psygnosis prepares for summer with the launch of three new titles suitable for the younger PlayStation game console demographic. Licensed by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), the three new titles for the PlayStation(R) game console include Spice World(tm), an interactive musical program based on the internationally popular Spice Girls group; Rosco McQueen: Firefighter Extreme(tm), an action-packed 3D fire fighting game and Kula World (working title), an innovative 3D puzzle game suitable for all ages. The titles will be available at retail stores nationwide. Spice World will be released July 28, in concert with the Spice Girls US tour this summer and has an estimated street price of $29.99. Rosco and Kula World will be available in September with estimated street prices of $44.99 and $39.99 respectively. Commenting on the games, vice president of marketing at Psygnosis Harry Vitelli explained, "Psygnosis U.S. Publishing is introducing a trio of quality titles for the PlayStation's new younger demographic, children 8-12 years old. This is the fastest growing segment of PlayStation users, already representing 25% of the installed base. Additionally, the titles hold interest for both boys and girls in theme and provide a gaming experience that will be fun for the whole family." Spice World is a single-user PlayStation game console product based on the Spice Girls pop group. Designed for girls ages 8-12, players guide 3D animated models of the real-life Spice Girls, including Ginger Spice, through sound mixing, and individual and group choreography to produce and record a finished television performance. The product includes three number-one hit songs as well as exclusive never-before-seen behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the real Spice Girls. A 3D platform game, Rosco McQueen Firefighter Extreme is set against the gala opening of the world's tallest building. Unfortunately, the building's owner has gone mad, and is threatening to torch the building and its occupants. Only Rosco McQueen, action hero and firefighter-par-excellence can save the day by rescuing civilians and putting out fires at each level, until he reaches the top of the tower for a final confrontation with the pyromaniac owner. Designed for players ages 6-10, Rosco McQueen features fifteen levels of dramatic, cartoon-style action, hidden sections and secret paths, a 70s funk soundtrack, and a bigger than life hero. With spectacular 3D graphics and intensely addictive gameplay, Kula World (working title) turns the puzzle game genre literally on its head as users control the world's coolest beachball on a mission through 200 fantastic platform worlds. Kula World allows players to completely flip the playing perspective a full 360 degrees as they move from level to level for a mind-bending, puzzle adventure. Designed for gamers of all ages, Kula World includes a memory-challenging two-player battle mode, 50 bonus levels and 10 different environments. Eidos Begins Shipping 1997's Top-Selling PSX Title, for PC Jun 25, 1998 (MULTIMEDIA WIRE, Vol. 5, No. 122) -- Eidos Interactive yesterday began shipping the PC version of Square Soft's Final Fantasy VII ($49.95), PlayStation's top-seller of 1997. By the end of 1997, FF7 for PSX sold-through a projected 1.1m - 1.2m units in the US, according to The NPD Group. By those lofty standards, however, sales on PSX have slowed. In the first five months of 1998, FF7 sold-through about 100k-200k units. NPD projects total US sales at 1.2m - 1.3m from initial shipments in August 1997 through the end of May. FF7 for PSX was published by Sony Computer Entertainment America. Final Fantasy VIII will be published by joint ventures created by Electronic Arts and Square Soft. A sticker on some boxes of the PC version, which arrived in our offices yesterday, advertises a $10 rebate offer to buyers of the title and GamePad Pro, a peripheral from Gravis. Eidos today also will announce shipment of Deathtrap Dungeon ($49.95) for PC. Midway Mortal Kombat-r 4 for Nintendo-r 64 and PSX CORSICANA, TEXAS (June 30) BUSINESS WIRE - June 30, 1998 - Retailers Report First Week Sales Exceed Expectations The fast and furious fighting action of Mortal Kombat 4 (MK4) is coming home! Midway Home Entertainment, a subsidiary of Midway Games Inc., one of the industry's leading entertainment software publishers, has shipped the eagerly anticipated new installment in the Mortal Kombat series to retailers this week for the PlayStation game console and Nintendo 64. The PC version is shipping today. Initial shipments of the game have already sold through in a number of retail outlets and re-orders are being processed due to the overwhelming demand for the title. Mortal Kombat 4 represents the first Midway franchise PC title to be published and distributed by Midway since it regained domestic PC distribution rights in March 1998. Commenting on the strength of the franchise and initial sales results, Byron Cook, President of Midway Home Entertainment said, "Having shipped strong initial levels of both the PlayStation and N64 versions of MK4, we are delighted at the initial reports of sell through at several retailers and are actively processing re-orders. Mortal Kombat is the most famous fighting series in the history of video games, and MK4 brings the franchise to a new level of excitement. We are proud to release such a high quality, action-packed game which is re-energizing the genre." Mortal Kombat 4 is now available nationally at mass merchants, software and consumer electronics retailers. "The Mortal Kombat franchise has an immense fan base, and the tremendous customer reaction has exceeded our already high level of expectation for this newest installment," said Jim MacKenzie of Kay Bee Toys. "The outstanding early sales of MK4 are a reflection of Midway's ability to continuously keep the franchise exciting, and we look forward to participating in their ongoing success." MK4's fight-to-the finish slug-fest features fifteen characters including returning favorites Sub-Zero, Sonya, Reptile, Jax and Scorpion. Seven new controllable characters have been added to battle in Mortal Kombat's deadly arenas. MK4 features true weapon combat, where players can use their weapons at any time, drop their weapons to battle hand-to-hand, or steal their opponent's weapons to use against them. Stellar previews of MK4 have appeared in the top industry publications for months. The game graced the cover of GamePro's June 1998 issue, which exclaimed, "There's one helluva game coming!" And Nintendo Power proclaimed "MK4 is yet another dead-on hit." Midway is supporting the release of MK4 with a multi-million dollar national television advertising campaign. Ronaldo to Become Video Game Star RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, July 10 (Kyodo) -- Brazilian striker Ronaldo will become the star of a series of interactive video games for personal computers and television designed by a French company, a Brazilian business daily said Thursday. The games will center on Ronaldo's performances in matches of the Brazilian squad played in this summer's World Cup finals in France and are playable on Sony, Nintendo and Sega platforms, Gazeta Mercantil said. The French firm Infogrames signed a contract with U.S. sports goods company Nike Inc. for the exclusive use over five years of Ronaldo's and the Brazilian team's images in video games designed for personal computers. Nike has acquired the right to explore the image of the Brazilian soccer squad in interactive games through a 300 million dollar sponsorship contract with the Brazilian Soccer Confederation, valid for the next 10 years. NFL Xtreme is PlayStation's First Arcade-Style Football Game FOSTER CITY, CALIF. (July 13) ENTERTAINMENT WIRE - July 13, 1998 - 989 Studios, creators of the number one selling PlayStation(R) football videogame, NFL GameDay(TM) '98, announced today the availability of NFL Xtreme(TM). Complete with high-impact, hard-hitting NFL action, NFL Xtreme is the first NFL and Players Inc.-licensed, five-on-five, arcade-style football videogame for the PlayStation. "NFL Xtreme will transcend the traditional football videogamer," said Jeffrey Fox, vice president, marketing, 989 Studios. "With its arcade-style gameplay, NFL Xtreme will appeal to hardcore and casual sports fans, as well as to the millions of fighting and action-adventure videogamers." With hundreds of marquee NFL Players, NFL Xtreme is fast-playing and high-scoring, with no out of bounds and no penalties, allowing videogamers to do things NFL players would get ejected from a game for doing. "Forget sportsman-like conduct, NFL Xtreme is all about taunting, trash-talking, helmet flying hits and countless player celebrations; 50 plus touchdown dances, linebackers flexing their muscles after delivering a harsh blow and defensive linemen 'raising the roof,'" added Fox. Complimenting 989 Studios' strong heritage in delivering exceptional gameplay excitement will be NFL Xtreme's stunning graphical presentation. Incorporating a 400 polygonal player model (four times the amount of polygons used to create the award-winning NFL GameDay '98 player models), NFL Xtreme players are re-created in exceptional detail, including large biceps, thunderous thigh pads and individual player scaling, including personal height and weight. NFL Xtreme also incorporates actual NFL player movements, which were "motion captured" to enhance the gameplay realism. Players "motion captured" for NFL Xtreme include a virtual who's-who of All-Pros, like Pittsburgh Steelers' RB Jerome Bettis; Oakland Raiders' WR Tim Brown; Tampa Bay Buccaneers' FB Mike Alstott and LB Hardy Nickerson; New York Giants' CB Jason Sehorn; Seattle Seahawks' LB Chad Brown; and top NFL QB-to-be Ryan Leaf. NFL Xtreme Key Features * -- Five-on-five, open eligibility, arcade-style, hard-hitting football videogame action * -- All 30 NFL teams * -- All 30 NFL stadiums with banners * -- Individual scaling, weight and height on each player * -- More than 50 endzone dances * -- Players celebrate after touchdowns, sacks, big hits or getting a first down * -- Ball carrier does high-step, spin move, hurdle, stiff arms, shoulder charge, dive over the pile * -- Large python biceps and thunderous thigh pads on each player * -- Trash talking on big plays; players taunting opponents * -- 400 polygons per player (3-D graphics) * -- Real zone and man coverage with the latest NFL defensive schemes * -- High resolution game presentation, including player shadows * -- Play in rain, snow, wind, blizzards and the dark * -- Water/snow/grass splashes with every stride of the players * -- Play as any position on offense or defense * -- Injuries (players limp when injured) * -- Automatic instant replay after big plays 989 Studios, formerly known as Sony Interactive Studios America, is a wholly-owned division of Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. and the third-largest PlayStation(R) software publisher in North America. Gaming Online STR InfoFile - Online Users Growl & Purr! World of Atari '98 Copyright 1998 Donald A. Thomas, Jr. may be reprinted in its entirety including copyright and byline. What promises to be one of the most exciting events for die-hard gamers will take place in Las Vegas on Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23. The World of Atari '98 will reunite many of the industry's most seasoned gaming fanatics and promise to fulfill the tasks to entertain and educate visitors young and old. The show itself is hosted by a group of people who consider classic videogaming as one of life's basic rites of passage. To them, a special focus has always been dedicated to Atari. They favor Atari not just for an appreciation of an endless stream of exceptional products over the years, but moreover for the role Atari has played in the industry. Unlike any other company in the home computer and video game industries,A tari is often named the hub to the industry's true roots. Atari has directly spawned or inspired virtually every major name related to sprites, pixels, RAM and ROM. But the show is not just about Atari. The promoters promise activities of interest to all gaming aficionados who consider classic gaming more appealing than a vat of ripened grapes in a Napa Valley winery. The show will take place directly on the Vegas strip in the Holiday Inn Boardwalk Hotel and Casino. A special reception will be held on Friday evening for the venders and guests. On Saturday and Sunday, World of Atari '98 will host the first-ever, licensed, bonded game collectors auction conducted by U.S.A.Auctions. Visitors are encouraged to bring collectibles for an ongoing swap meet. Demonstrations and displays will offer attendees a rare look at prototypes and hard-to-find vintage products in rare mint condition. Gaming celebrities will mingle with the crowd and offer an autograph, a handshake or an answer to that question you always wanted to ask. Las Vegas offers an atmosphere of celebration that will blend perfectly with the excitement of the World of Atari '98 show. Night and day, there will be something to do for all those who attend. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call (916) 422-7424 Tell them ICWHEN.COM sent you! I'll see you there, Donald A. Thomas, Jr., Curator firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.icwhen.com ANNOUNCEMENT: World of Atari '98 Show in Las Vegas From: Keita Iida email@example.com A once in a lifetime gathering to pay homage the legacy of Atari and its products will be held at the Holiday Inn Casino Boardwalk in Las Vegas, Nevada from August 21-23, 1998. Although World of Atari '98 is geared toward the celebration of the historic videogame and computer company, it is far from just Atari. In fact, WOA'98 could just as easily be called "World of Classic Videogames And Computers." Practically any classic console and computer will be represented there. Keita Iida, Atari Gaming Headquarters (www.atarihq.com) co-editor explains. "World of Atari '98 is an event for all Atari aficionados to honor and celebrate the contributions made to the videogame and computer community by Atari and other pioneering companies and individuals. Atari's products have provided hours of enjoyment, and the company literally defined the concept of electronic entertainment. It was high-time to set a stage for its fans to gather and pay tribute to Atari's influence on the world of technology and leisure." While the show is still two months away, World of Atari '98 is already attracting serious attention from both the industry and press. Videogame authorities such as Gamepro, Game Informer and Electronic Gaming Monthly (videogames.com) have ran stories about the event, and others are sure to follow. A large number of fan sites have also helped to support the cause by publicizing World of Atari '98 on their web pages. The event promises to offer something for everyone. Many of the industry legends, old and new, will be on hand including Don Thomas (customer support manager at Atari), Rob Fulop of Imagic fame (Demon Attack), Doug Engel and Stephanie Wukovitz of 4-Play (BattleSphere), Howard Scott Warshaw (2600 Yar's Revenge, E.T. and others), Jerry Jessop (hardware development for home consoles and computers), Dennis Koble (co-founder of Imagic), John "Jawbreaker" Harris (formerly of Tigervision), Dan Kramer (5200 Trak-ball) and Andrew Soderberg (product manager for the Atari Computer Division). These guests of honor and several others will be giving speeches and providing workshops, as well as taking part in Q&A sessions. Many other surprise guests are slated to be in attendance and will be announced as they are confirmed. Vendors of Atari, classic videogame and computer products will also be in full force. Dealers such as Best Electronics, B&C Computervisions, Telegames, 16/32 Bits, chro_Magic Software, Emulators, Inc., Centek, O'Shea, ICD, Video 61 and Wizztronics Soundpool, Steve's Computer Technology, Systems for Tomorrow will be have a wide array of products for sale, as well as many private collectors who have secured dealer space to offer their items for sale or trade. In addition, an official auction will be held with a professional auctioneer, and you can expect that some valuable items will be exchanging hands when it's all said and done. Other show features you will not want to miss include gaming tournaments (with prizes!), an exhibit with rare and historic items and a welcome reception on Friday before the offical opening of the show. A French TV crew will be at World of Atari '98 filming the event. The show will also be the place where many developers show off their wares. Darek Mihoca of Emulators, Inc. will be displaying (and selling) his latest Atari 8-bit and ST emulators. An individual from France has completed Alfred's Challenge for the Atari 2600 and will be selling cartridges of his game for the first time at World of Atari '98. Bob Colbert of Retroware will be unveiling his latest creation for the Atari 2600. BattleSphere, the highly anticipated tour-de-force for the Jaguar, will be shown by the folks at 4-Play. And several European design houses are set to show off their latest creations for the Atari 8-bit and ST computers. The event is promoted by Richard Tsukiji, who had previously been responsible for staging the wildly successful World of Atari shows which catered to the Atari 8-bit and ST computer crowd. Atari Gaming Headquarters (www.atarihq.com) is the offical website of World of Atari '98, and is actively working with Mr. Tsukiji to help organize the event. For up-to-the-details on the event, as well as information on show discounts and details on how to purchase tickets, please visit Atari Gaming Headquarters at www.atarihq.com. WHERE: The Holiday Inn Casino Boardwalk, Las Vegas WHEN: August 21-23, 1998. WHO: Well, you for one, but the list of attendees is over 400 names long at present. Keita Iida firstname.lastname@example.org www.atarihq.com - Atari Gaming Headquarters Fygar on #RGVC and #turbolist FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Mr. Keita Iida, email@example.com or Mr. Rich Tsukiji, firstname.lastname@example.org CLASSIC GAME SHOW CELEBRATES ATARI By Donald A. Thomas, Jr. (permission to edit and reprint with byline) What started it all is starting all over again. On Saturday, August 21, and Sunday August, 22, some of the computer and gaming industry's most innovative pioneers will gather in Las Vegas to attend the first annual World of Classic Gaming Show and Auction. The event has been inspired by the resurgent interest in classic game re-releases and updates such as "Pitfall 3D" by Activision, "Williams Arcade Classics" by Williams and "Namco Museum" by Namco Hometek as well as the recent acquisition of Atari's intellectual assets by Hasbro Interactive. Veteran show promoter, Mr. Richard Tsukiji, has teamed up with the gurus at Atari Gaming Headquarters (http://www.atarihq.com), a frequented Internet Web Domain appealing to classic gamers the world over, to host the first-of-its-kind celebration. "Atari was once the nucleus while the industry evolved around it," explained Mr. Keita Iida of Atari Gaming Headquarters. "We expect to find the same interest we have in classic Atari products in a plethora of other popular names from yesteryear. On display will be mint-condition restorations of products once produced by Magnavox, Coleco, Mattel, Apple, TI and many more." Besides the competitions, displays and auctions held throughout the two-days in the Holiday Inn Boardwalk Hotel and Casino, will be a number of noted programmers, developers and spokespersons. All of them are expected to make themselves available to trade smiles, answer questions and fulfill occasional requests for autographs. Among those who have announced plans to attend include: * -- Mr. Rob Fulop is best known for cutting-edge graphics and sound design in "Demon Attack" for the Atari VCS (2600) also designed "Space Invaders" (Atari 400/800), "Night Driver" (VCS), "Missile Command" (VCS), "Cosmic Ark" (VCS), "Fathom" (VCS) and "Cubicolor" (VCS). * -- Mr. John Harris is the Sierra On-Line mastermind behind "Jawbreaker", "Frogger" and "Mousekattack" for the Atari 8-bit computers. * -- Mr. Jerry Jessop worked at Atari from 1977-1985 and was involved with the testing and repair of pinball machines. Later, he worked on hardwaredevelopment for home videogame consoles and computers as a Senior Technical Associate in consumer hardware design. * -- Mr. Arnie Katz, co-founded "Electronic Games Magazine", the first and immensely popular publication devoted to electronic entertainment. Katz is now the Editor of "Inside Games", an online interactive games magazine. * -- Mr. Dan Kramer is best known for designing the Atari 2600 and 5200 Trak-Ball controllers. He is currently the President (and founder) of DK Enterprises, where he specializes in restoring classic coin-op machines. * -- Mr. Scott LeGrand is the grand wizard and creator of "BattleSphere", a soon-to-be-released new Jaguar game by 4-Play. A complete "BattleSphere" setup will be on display at the show, and will be playable and linked for multiplayer action. * -- Mr. Andrew Soderberg was one of the hardware product managers for the Atari Computer Division from 1980 thru 1983. He was involved in the development of the first computer and laserdisc-based interactive information kiosks used in retail (E.R.I.C. - Electronic Retail Information Center), among many other projects. Soderberg was the Production Manager for many of Atari's award-winning television commercials and was responsible for training Mr. Alan Alda on the use of Atari computers for his role as spokesman for Atari. * -- Mr. Donald A. Thomas, Jr. joined Tramiel's Atari in November 1989 and worked as a Marketing Manager and, later, as the Director of Customer Support Marketing. Don is often referenced as Atari's Spokesperson throughout Atari's final days. Don currently holds a prestigious position in the industry and hosts a website domain which offers a comprehensive chronological history of video games and computers ( * -- Mr. Howard Scott Warshaw designed "Yar's Revenge", "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "E.T." for the Atari VCS (2600). Howard will debut a new volume of his "Once Upon Atari" episode at the show. * --Mr. Steve Woita is best known for creating "Taz" and "Quadrun" for the Atari VCS (2600). He also has "Kid Chameleon" (Genesis), "Sonic Spinball" (Genesis) and "Waterworld" (Virtual Boy) to his list of impressive credits. Mr. Woita is currently active in Java game design. * -- Ms. Joyce Worley co-founded "Electronic Games Magazine". Currently, she is the News Editor for "Inside Games", an online interactive games magazine. * -- Stephanie Wukovitz is the musician, mathematician, and computer voice effects artist for "BattleSphere". "We are not surprised by the interest in this event, but we are surprised how fast it has grown in just the first year," concluded Mr. Iida with a smile. "We are consistently urged to plan this as an annual event. I suspect we will have to." For more information regarding World of Atari '98 visit http://www.atarihq.com/atari98 or e-mail email@example.com . AtariNews: On The Prowl--July 2, 1998: New Jaguar Cheats LATEST HEADLINES: NEW JAGUAR CHEATS ARE OUT! * - Blue Lightning Instant Repair * - Breakout 2000 Banish Robots * - Fight For Life Character Codes * - Fight For Life Shorter Junior Battle * - Kasumi Ninja Codes * - Supercross 3D Crash Replay * - Worms Codes and Landscapes * - Zero 5 Codes Drop by the JI2 page below and click on the "Jag Cheats" link. http://atarihq.com/interactive/ 2600 VCS RESURGENCE Been wanting some new blood for your Atari 2600? Stop by the Hozer Video Games page and check out all the new 2600 games available for purchase. Includes screenshots and game summaries. http://www.angelfire.com/ma/hozervideo/ DON THOMAS TO APPEAR AT WORLD OF ATARI Don Thomas, former well-known Atari spokesman, will be attending the 1998 World of Atari convention being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on August 21-23. Drop by the site hosted by Atari Gaming Headquarters to get all the latest news surrounding this event. http://www.atarihq.com/atari98/ See the article released by Don Thomas about the convention at: http://www.geocities.com/timessquare/arcade/8063/worldofatari98.html NEW STARPATH SUPERCHARGER CD Glenn Saunders recently confirmed in a newsgroup posting that another Starpath Supercharger CD will be released in some form for the 2600 VCS. The first CD, "Stella Gets a New Brain", was a sellout hit among collectors and hobby developers alike. Stay tuned to AtariNews for details as they become available. WANT TO PLAY YOUR LYNX ON A BIGGER SCREEN? Wizztronics ( www.wizztronics.com ) has announced that they are developing an adapter to connect the Atari Lynx to any TV! It will be on display at The World of Atari Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. http://www.wizztronics.com/lynx.htm ARCHIVE OF ATARINEWS: ON THE PROWL AtariNews: On The Prowl is now archived, so if you want to see the earlier issues that came out before you subscribed, or you want to get one back, go to: http://www.geocities.com/timessquare/arcade/8063/atarinews.html Send any comments or submissions for "AtariNews: On The Prowl" to: Brian Gudzevich (Editor) at: Brionhold@aol.com Sponsoring web sites: -The Atarian Atmosphere: http://www.geocities.com/timessquare/arcade/8063 -The Jaguar's Domain: http://www.millcomm.com/~forhan/jaguar.html ONLINE WEEKLY STReport OnLine The wires are a hummin'! PEOPLE... ARE TALKING Compiled by Joe Mirando firstname.lastname@example.org Hidi ho friends and neighbors. Yes, it's been a while since you've seen us around and I've missed bringing you all the news, hints, tips, and info every week, but it's also been nice to take a break for a while and gain some perspective. I've been on vacation the past couple of weeks, and it's been great to be able to just kick back and relax. I've also done a few of the things I've been saying I was going to do for a while and just never gotten around to. I've updated my web pages and set up some new (and old) things on my TT030 and gotten the system ALMOST the way I want it. Since I'm not one of those people who gets right to work on getting things exactly they way they want them right from the start, there are lots of little things that I could have configured right from the start. But I've usually found that by leaving things so that they've got to be tinkered with every once in a while, I get more of a feel for the way the program or accessory works. Heck, way back when I first got Flash II I waited for about three months before I even set up macros to dial into the three online services I used. It wasn't for lack of interest... I just wanted to get the feel of not only they way that Flash worked, but also the way each online service and dial-up provider (SprintNet or TymNet) worked. I know, it sounds silly, but it made me much more comfortable with the way things work. Several years ago, when I worked part time at a friend's computer store during the Christmas season, I carried this philosophy over to getting OTHER PEOPLE used to their new machines. "Get a game that looks interesting and play the heck out of it for a week or so", I'd tell them. "That'll help you get used to the way the computer works". And more often than not, the next time I saw those people, they'd have adjusted to their purchase quite well. So I guess the moral of the story is "don't keep your nose to the grindstone, look around and enjoy a bit too". Oh, another interesting thing I've discovered over the past few weeks is that there is an email list, or "loop" dedicated to the MagiC operating system. It's composed of a bunch of MagiC users, but it's not limited to just discussions about MagiC. We've talked about everything from configuring STinG for different dial-up numbers to memory add-on boards for the Falcon, to under-powered power supplies. To join up you can do one of two things: You can either use a browser like CAB and go to gic_oshttp://www.onelist.com/viewarchive.cgi?listname=ma or send email to email@example.com and introduce yourself. I would recommend the first way, since you then get to look around and see what other email lists are available. That's how I did it, but the online documentation states that simply sending email to the address will sign you up on the list. If you sign up, don't be surprised if you run into some old friends there. I have only encountered one problem with email lists. Because of the high incidence of SPAM on the internet email system, many services have installed 'spam-blockers'. Usually, these consist of a list of servers that they will not accept email from. Evidently Delphi is on many of these lists, because I have had to use other accounts even to simply get signed on to email loops. So if you want to sign up for one of these cool email lists, I recommend using a service other than Delphi. That's a real shame, because Delphi is my email server of choice. Well, let's get a start on what's being said on the UseNet... there's a lot of info this time around. >From the comp.sys.atari.st NewsGroup James Smith asks for help in locating a long-time Atari supporter: "Can anyone tell me a Web address for the above ? (I'm looking for a download area to update my Diamond Edge & Diamond Back disks.)" Bud Connolly tells James: "Well it was www.orres.com but I get a DNS error, stating that the host does not exist. Try calling 503/620-4919 (voice) or 503/624-2940 (FAX). Those numbers were on my last invoice. You might also try Using Dogpile to search the net turned up the following bit of bad news. Oregon Research has gone out of business as of June 30, 1998. See Bob Luneski's farewell message here s/980522_oregon.html" http://soporte.databasedm.es/amiga/sau/english/new Martin-Eric Racine adds: "Michael White bought the sources, if you read between the lines in this thread. We should eventually have new releases." Derryck Croker talks about waiting for the latest version of MagiC to come out: "We're all looking forward to MagiC 6 in the UK, is it available yet in Germany, System Solutions last claimed that it was only in Beta?" Micha Knorpp tells Derryck: "I got a message directly from ash in germany which offered the new magic 6.0 two or three weeks ago - and surely that won't be a beta !!!! Sadly i didn't have time yet to order an update..." Derryck gives voice to one of my own thoughts: "...[It] Seems odd that System Solutions don't know what's going on. I've got my money ready here! Anyone got any comments about MagiC 6, or is all the traffic only on that new mailing list??" Micha tells Derryck: "I ordered my magic 6 update today, after I got NVDI5 to work over the weekend. so I will know more soon... wdialog is still mysterious to me. I thought I wouldn't need it if I used magic (>5.0). isn't that right? (sorry, i didn't follow the discussion about that theme... but there seems to be a lot confusion about it!)" Peter Rottengatter, the author of STinG, explains a bit about Wdialog, the 'system extension': "My understanding is that MagiC provides a fair bit of extra system calls for things like dialogs in windows etc. In order to make these things available to singleTOS machines the Behnes did WDIALOG. However, they added things to WDIALOG that cannot be found in MagiC, if I recall correctly, related to printing for instance, that is why installing it even under MagiC still makes sense." Derryck agrees with Peter's assessment: "As far as I can tell it was written to add some of MagiC's features to ordinary TOS, but in the process a few extras were added, which means that if you want to have access to those then you have to run Wdialog with MagiC. In any case there are few if any progs that use these extra bells and whistles as far as I know, in fact it can interfere, for example Texel loses all of its print output dialogue in favour of a more-or-less useless replacement from Wdial That's my understanding of the situation anyway!" On the subject of installing STinG (the ST Internet Next Generation) TCP/IP and dialer from Peter Rottengatter, Terry May asks about problems he's having: "What do "Dropped" counts in the STinG dialer mean for TCP and Modem 2? These are the only two places where I've seen dropped counts. Also, what's happening when the modem's send light is very active? Lately I've had times where the receive light is almost solid, normally indicating a very fast connection. However, the send light is almost as active, with my actual received data (according to the CAB display) slowing to a crawl or even stopping altogether. At times it almost looks like the two sides are fighting." Kerstin Hoef-Emden tells Terry: "Transmission errors of single data packets are counted, but don't ask me for details. When the connection is rotten, the received/sent data packets come with CRC-errors. The modems or ISDN-adaptors exchange information about it. If a packet is identified to be defective, its transmission is repeated. So, a dialogue between the two sides is necessary." Terry asks: "Wouldn't the modem's error correction stop those errors, or are you talking about errors that occur before they get to modem transmission?" Kerstin tells Terry: "The communication between the modems and the dropped packets in the STinG counter are something different, as far as I know. The CRC-errors are corrected by the modems simply by repeating the transfer until CRC-sum is OK. But I don't know exactly for the counter in STinG. It must have to do with the further passing on in the system." Clive Gordon asks for help with an old hard drive: "I have an Atari that has not been used for about 2 years. I am having problems getting the hard drive to go. I know the hard drive is about 20 Meg with partitions. The Hard Drive Unit was Custom built so I don't know what type it is. I have had the Hard Drive unit working with AHDI Driver about 2 Years ago I have AHDI/SHDRIVER v5.00 & HDX v5.00 When I boot I get the following message ACSI Devices : Unit 0 Identification unavailable I have created an icon for the d drive. But I get an error saying the drive does not exist." Nick Bales tells Clive: "Have you tried booting AHDI from floppy ? Shouldn't the drive letter be C (capital C, not c which is the cartridge port) rather than D ? Old HDs usually end their life "sticking", the heads stick to the disk surface which cannot spin. Is your disk spinning ? Not the fan, the drive itself ? When this occurs, one remedy is to disassemble the unit and take out the drive mechanism. Hold the drive in your hand horizontally, switch the drive on, and give it a circular horizontal shake, just to unstick the head and get it spinning again. This works sometimes. If it does work, backup all your data and never switch the drive off again." Roger Cain adds: "Sometimes the spindle itself will stick in the bearing. This can be cleared by the sharp twist you describe .... OR ... with some drives you can access the lower spindle bearing through (or under) the PCB. With power applied you can attempt to ease the spindle by pressing with a rubber pad (eraser, rubber band etc.) and turning. If this works apply a VERY SMALL amount of machine oil (as much as you can pick up on the head of a pin) to the bearing. I have managed this twice with old Seagates and they have continued working for YEARS.!" Clive comes back and tells us: "I have fixed the problem by dropping the hard drive unit 1cm from the table" Roger Cain reminisces: "Ha! A rubber-hammer job. Must have been something sticking." Terry May asks: "Anyone know of a source for a good, free web hit counter? Also, why do GeoCities counters always display 0000? Is that a CAB problem or a GeoCities problem?" David Ridder tells Terry: "www.pagecount.com ; used to be good. I cannot tell how they're doing now..." **For what it's worth, I use a pagecount hit counter on my page, and I'm fairly happy with it. jm Colin Polonowski tells Terry: "Try Showstat at http://www.showstat.com It's not a conventional counter but I reckon it's pretty good." Martin Byttebier tells Terry: "Try It's for free and you have also a free guestbook. if you want to know how it looks like go to my webpage Don't know [what the problem is with GeoCities' counters] but I've noticed this too." One of the 'big names' in the Atari NewsGroups, Hallvard Tangeraas, asks for help with configuring STinG: "I'm having problems with StiNG.. I've had it working before, but don't use it very often since I've been quite happy with my terminal emulation connection. But sometimes I need to get a PPP connection and STiNG comes in handy. I don't know what I've messed up, but something has apparently changed since things don't work like they should (I guess I've messed things up even more by changing parameters here and there as well). I'm able to get a connection, but none of seem to respond. Like the "Infitra" email program says something like "making a connection to 126.96.36.199" (which is my mailserver -"mail.online.no), but nothing seems to happen and finally I get a timeout. Normally a mail connection with this program takes a couple of seconds. I've also tried "Newsie", "Finger", "Telnet", "Cab" and other programs but it seems that I get no response. I've also tried using the tools that are found within the StiNG dialler -"ping" for example, to my mailserver and my provider tells me that the same amount of packets sent are received, so I guess the actual connection is OK. So what am I doing wrong?" Louis Holleman asks Hallvard: "what does your ISP says is (if I'm getting this right): packets are received. What does the tools say? Packets being returned??? You can see that easily, they're coming back with a small delay. If not, your set upis stinking." Hallvard does what I have done so many times, and tells us: "I got it working!! I found out that I had wasted so much money connecting again and again that I might as well just download the whole archive again, so I did, spent a while reconfiguring things and got it to work! I don't know why I've had these problems, but I don't want them to happen again as I occasionally need PPP, though I normally use terminal emulation. I also use my machine with "Notator SL" which is very picky about several programs, among them STiNG, so most of the time I will have it disabled (simply by disabling it in the AUTO folder), but to be on the safe side with the whole package -which files can I write protect (i.e. "read only")? I really don't know which files are written to when connecting, so I'm hoping you or someone else will know. By the way, has anyone successfully been able to FTP files to/from their own disk area with their provider? I've been trying the various FTP programs for the ST, and although anonymous FTP works fine I can't in the world get non-anonymous FTP to work properly. I'm able to enter, but listing the files just show something like ---drwx--- ---drwx--- ---drwx--- ----rw---- (just taken from memory, so don't take the above representation literally). The point is that I'm not able to show the filenames at all. Should I use a specific "port" number or something else?" Terry May tells Hallvard: "Yeah, aFTP works fine for me in this area. The only thing I haven't been able to do is create a directory, but that might be a GeoCities limitation rather than an aFTP problem." Hallvard tells Terry: "Yes, that's right! I tried to do this a while ago in UNIX, but was told that they didn't have this "feature" for their customers. Is "aFTP" the one which needs MiNT? Or perhaps I'm confusing it with other FTP programs... I guess I'll have a look at Husita's web page. I currently have CAB-FTP and MG-FTP as well as NEWSie which has FTP built-in. None of them have allowed me to successfully connect to my user-area... Well, I just tried doing FTP with some new programs I haven't tried with before: Newsie 0.90 as mentioned above and aFTP 1.4b2, both of them giving me the same results as before. It seems that I'm able to access my provider using my username/password, but no file/folder names show up, just the previously mentioned file-rights in NEWSie and folder/file icons in aFTP. What am I doing wrong? Other (anonymous) FTP sites work fine. Could there be a setting with STiNG perhaps?" Roger Cain posts: "I use CAB v2.5 in TT med. res. mode as my usual browser and have become used to the poor image display quality in this mode. Just as an experiment I downloaded the demo version of Jens Heitmann's Adamas and displayed some graphics from the CAB cache. The image display quality is AMAZING. Try it. How does Jens manage it? And why can't CAB do similar?" Eric Hayes tells Roger: "Even in 256 color Falcon mode, the picture dithering is slightly better in Adamas then in CAB, things look sharper and brighter. I'm not sure exactly what is done differently. But there is a downside in that it takes a bit longer for pages to display. On the other hand, because Adamas saves the *dithered* image in its cache, going back to the page is almost instantaneous. Somehow these cached images contain all the image data too, so I can download in 16 colors, and review later in 256 colors (the image will have to redither because of the new graphic mode, but it will have all the color information). Its all very nice. I just wish it worked with STiNG. Draconis works well enough, but after noodling with STiNG until I got it just the way I want it, I don't fancy going through all that again with another IP stack. I know there were once plans to make a bridge module for Adamas to use STiNG, but I don't know what has come of that." After hearing that, Terry May asks: "Where can I get the demo of Adamas?" Eric tells Terry: "From: http://dc2.uni-bielefeld.de/atari/edracon.htm Terry tells Eric: "Thanks, I had that link in my Hotlist, but didn't make the connection between Draconis-Adamas. In any case, I downloaded the latest version and tried it out in ST-Med. The interface looks decent (I like the % counter when loading pics). As expected, I didn't see any improvement in picture quality (what can you do with 640x200x2?). If anything, it's worse, because it doesn't (as far as I know) ofter half-height image display. That probably makes for a slightly cleaner image, but it throws the scale out of whack. I'll have to check it out again when my Falcon gets its wings back." William Platt asks: "On the NVRAM settings on my F030, there is an option for boot preference which allows either TOS, or Unix. What is this for?" Carsten Krumnow tells William: "This option refers to a nearly unused feature of TOS 3.0x and higher which should allow to preselect your favourite OS. Unfortunately a wrong setting will cause your computer not to boot fromhard disk any more. So be careful. Usually you can only boot with either "TOS" or "none", "MagiC" does not work. There are rumours that "TT/SVR", "Unix", "Linux" or "NetBSD" should work but I've never seen this..." William replies: "I guess I'm gonna have to get an FPU and and another Jazz cartridge so I can install Linux. Does anyone know if the F030 vers. of linux utilizes the DSP. It's a shame more applications don't use the DSP chip. I got a 32mhz chip in my computer that gets no use. After some of the things I've seen programmers do with a 16 color 8mhz ST, It would be amazing what they could do with a machine 4 times as powerful. I am still amazed at Photochrome3 on my STe, and the 50hz mod player.......the list goes on and on......at least we still have some of the best utilities available on any platform." Paul Nurminen asks: "Is there a viewer for the Falcon that displays Windows bitmap (.BMP) pictures?" Terry May tells Paul: "The commercial program Imagecopy will. I believe the shareware program Gem-View also will." Neil Roughley posts: "I've noticed MagxDesk doesn't update the directory after a file is saved. Example: I'm in qed and save a file with MagxDesk's target directory in the background -- the directory window doesn't get updated. Under the Ease desktop there's no such problem, which has a setting called 'Refresh window contents automatically'. Is there a way to make MagxDesk do the same?" Mark Simpson tells Neil: "I run MagiC4/Ease4 on both my falcon and my TT. Ease is run as a shell for MagiC. I would love for my windows to refresh automatically but I must hit the escape key (manual refresh). After seeing your post, I looked in the Options menu of Ease and found the "refresh windows automatically" selection (Window 1 settings), but it was grayed out, and the box was selected. Being as it was grayed out, I'm not able to select or deselect it. How are you getting ease to do this? Or are you referring to running ease under TOS as opposed to Ease w/MagiC?" Neil explains it to Mark: "You need to run the bundled changes.prg to enable automatic window updates in Ease 4. Install it from the auto folder or desktop and Ease will make that function available (it won't be grayed out). Note that you'll get different 'refresh' results depending on the actual program saving the file. Like writing a new file, some programs will refresh the background directory but the file will show as 0 bytes; other programs will do a complete 'refresh' (file size and time stamp)." Well folks, that's about it for this time around. 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