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December 16, 1994
Volume 1 / Issue 3
Copyright, 1994, (C)1994
Cannot be Reproduced or Used without Prior Consent

Table of Contents

| General Topics |

1.0 Where to Get CyberNews
1.1 How to Contact Us
1.2 How to Write for Us

| Reviews |
2.0 Software Review Section
2.1 Business Software
2.11 Approach by W. Macleod
2.12 Astound by M. Christensen
2.13 Crossties by J. Bear
2.14 Ecco Professional by N. Kay
2.15 Harvard Graphics by W. Macleod
2.16 Idea Fisher by J. Litt
2.17 InfoCentral by M. Gibbs
2.18 Mondial by G. Marsella
2.19 One Write Plus by J. Litt
2.20 Performance Now by C. Cox
2.21 Timeline by R. Klein
2.3 Home Software
2.31 Announcements for Windows by D. Reed
2.32 Home Medical Advisor Pro
by M. Johnson
2.33 Microsoft Musical Instruments
by D. Golder
2.34 Homebrewer's CDROM by A. Pardoe
2.35 Tripmaker for Windows by D. Reed
2.4 Multimedia/Games Software
2.41 Companions of Xanth
by J. Eichelberger
2.42 Microsoft Arcade by P. Grote
2.43 Multimedia Toolbook 3.0 by R. Klein
2.44 Return to Zork by R. Klein
2.45 Sam & Max Hit the Road by C. Cox
2.46 Wrath of Gods by Don Pellegrino
2.5 Graphics Software
2.51 DesignCAD 2D by J. Bear
2.52 DoDot by J. Bear
2.53 Graphics Tools by W. Macleod
2.54 MetaMorph by J. Bear
2.6 Utility Software
2.61 File Manager Plus by M. Christensen
2.62 QEMM for Windows/DOS by W. Frazier
2.63 Screen Cam by T. Talegeri
2.64 Uninstaller 2.0 by R. Klein
2.65 WinZip 5.5 by P. Grote
2.7 Educational Software
2.71 Bodyworks CDROM by D. Larson
2.72 Civil War CDROM by B. Garrson
2.73 Smithsoniam Dinosaurs by G. Marsella
2.74 Time Riders in American History
by T. Cook
2.8 Communications Software
2.81 NavCIS by C. Cox
2.82 Procomm Plus for Windows
by W. Macleod
2.9 Network Software
2.91 LAN Escort by C. Cox
2.92 Win Install by C. Cox

3.0 Book Reviews
3.1 Internet How To by C. Cox
3.2 Simple Internet by N. Kay
3.3 The Small Business Legal Guide by
P. Grote
| Features |
4.0 CyberNews Features
4.1 Upgrading your 486 Computer
Don Pellegrino takes an in-depth,
non-technical look at upgrading your
486 based PC
4.2 Internet via Email
Is your access to the Internet
limited to email messages from a
BBS? Thought all you could do is
send messages and maybe FTP a file?
Guess again! Dr. Bob Rankin shows us
everything you need to know to
Gopher, Veronica, and more!
4.3 Graphical Shell Accounts
Do you have a shell account from a
Unix provider? Want the benefits of
a SLIPP account? Odd de Presno
explains how!

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| Interviews |
6.0 CyberNews Interviews
6.1 David Strom - Publisher, industry
insider and seer, David takes a few
email minutes to talk turkey.

| Columns |
7.0 CyberNews Columns
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with us!
7.2 Editorial - Ramblings from Patrick Grote

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Software Reviews
By CyberNews Staff
Business Software
By Wayne A. MacLeod

Lotus Approach 3.0 is an extremely nice and powerful relational
database for MS Windows. System requirements include an IBM PC or compatible
with a 386 or greater CPU. At least 4 MB of RAM, though 6 MB is recommended
and the more the better. A VGA or higher resolution monitor. Full install
takes 19 MB of Hard drive space with a minimum install occupying 6.7 MB with
an additional 1.8 MB needed for temporary files during the install. A Mouse
or other pointing device and MS Windows 3.1 or higher. Approach is fully
compatible with most Network systems.
A database is simply an organized collection of data. This can be
something as simple as your record collection to something as complex as the
US Census Bureaus records. A relational database allows you to bring
together data from separate databases and use it as if it were all stored in
one single database file. A strong point of Approach and a tribute to its
"ease of use" goal is that it does not require the user to posses any
programming skills as so many other database products require. Lotus states
that the average user should be able to put together something useable
within 2 hours of "opening the box". I may be a little slower than the
average user, but did find that I was working at a comfortable level with
the product within 3 to 4 hours. Not that I had mastered the program by any
means, but having no real previous database experience, I no longer felt
lost and mystified. I also spent possibly more time with the on-line
tutorial, highly recommended, than others might.
Installation went quickly and without incident. Lotus installs look
for other Lotus products and attempt to eliminate duplication of files and
tight integration between its products. Approach uses the Lotus common Spell
Checker used by AmiPro and other Lotus products. You can select to install
to a stand alone system, as a network node or as a network file server. Due
to its exclusive integration with other Lotus products you can create
reports, forms, mailings and more directly with Lotus 1-2-3 ver 4.01 or
higher or Lotus notes data directly. You can access Approach's management
capabilities from within 1-2-3.
Again, I highly recommend that new and even database proficient
users, spend time going through the on-line tutorial after install. There
are 50 predesigned templates that allow you to put together various
databases with little effort or give you a good starting point for creating
your own. Approach features fast thorough context sensitive help. Lotus has
gone to great lengths to make Approach easy to learn and easy to use while
maintaining all the "power features" one expects to find in a world class
database management product.
Beyond the seamless integration with other Lotus products, Approach
also offers what it calls "PowerKey Technology". This allows Approach to
read and write to a variety of other database formats including dB III and
dB IV, Paradox 3.5 and 4.0, Foxpro, MS Access, SQL server and several
others. It also allows working with other, non directly supported,
applications that utilize an ODBC driver. OLE 2.0 is supported for seamless
integration of graphics and data.
Approach uses Lotus well known SmartIcons that allow you to
customize tool bars to do about anything you want with their products.
Common commands, menu options, loading of macros and even starting of other
applications can all be assigned a SmartIcon and added to a particular
toolbar. It comes with default icon bars for Browse, Find and Preview. There
are three default icon bars and a floating palette of icons for Design.
Prior to trying Approach, my experience with database applications
had been limited to the fill in a few blanks address record keepers. I have
looked at several shareware database apps, but have found them all equally
confusing enough to prevent more than a short and mostly fruitless
experience. My experience with Approach during this evaluation period has
been quite the opposite and maybe now I can finally get around to some of
those projects I have been putting off since before there even was a "round
tuit" Approach can be purchased as a single application at a MSRP of $495
after 12/31/94 and for a promotional introductory price of $129 until
12/32/94. Street prices and upgrade prices will of course be lower.
Approach is also part of Lotus Smart Suite of applications for Windows.

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Astound for Windows, v. 1.5
Reviewed By Mike Christensen

Astound bills itself as "The next generation desktop presentation
solution for multimedia presentations." That's a pretty fair
description of this software. It's a versatile package that
includes animation, video, and sound. The system on which I tested
it was not equipped for sound or video, so I'm unable to comment on
the effectiveness of these enhancements.
The software requires an IBM-compatible PC with a 386/20MHz
processor, Microsoft Windows 3.1, 1.44MB 3.5-inch floppy drive, hard
drive, VGA monitor, Windows compatible mouse, at least 4 MB RAM.
Optional requirements are sound card, microphone and CD-ROM drive.
The manual recommends 8 MB RAM. On a 4-meg system, I ran into some
memory problems, especially with redrawing graphics on the screen,
and frequently had to save and re-open in order to get the screen to
redraw. Using a master slide for complex backgrounds seemed to help
I found Astound to be relatively easy to learn and use, at least for
simpler presentations. The tutorial is straight forward, stepping the
user through the basics in a systematic, easy to follow manner.
Beyond the basics, some of the enhancements can be a little
confusing if you're just "menu-surfing," but the documentation is
well organized and clearly written. Those with the patience to
study the manual will be rewarded with some fun special effects.
Animation choices are easy to follow, with drag-and-drop icons for
entry and exit points, and slide-bar timelines that allow delays,
pauses, and halts. There is a decent, but not overwhelming, choice
of special effects for text and graphics presentation. A rotation
tool for graphics would be useful, but I could find none.
Astound comes with a good selection of templates for slides and
charts, as well as clip art, animated actors, sounds and video. The
animated actors included were pretty much limited to standard
cartoon characters, as was much of the clip art. A "bonus" CD,
however, promised a much better selection.
The charting capabilities of Astound are impressive, with excellent
3-D and animation available. Users can choose the order of
appearance of chart items, method of appearance, and depth of
perspective. Importing from outside spreadsheets, such as Excel or
Lotus, is supported, as is OLE. Existing charts are easily updated
and reformatted.
Overall packaging is easy. Slide order can be changed quickly by
dragging and dropping icons. Previewing is accomplished with a
mouse-click, and can be done slide-by-slide or for the entire
presentation. The preview can be stopped at any time with a
keystroke ("Escape," what else?). This single-slide preview makes
experimenting with special effects a breeze. Just make a change,
preview, escape, modify and re-test.
Animation was sometimes choppy, although I suspect this could be
improved with enhanced memory. Movement of two or more animated
actors or graphics was awkward (again, something which more memory
would probably fix).
The drawing tools are pretty rudimentary, but you can import
graphics in various formats from other drawing applications. EPS
files aren't importable, but bitmaps, TIFF, and GIF files are.
Once a presentation is complete, you can run it directly from
Astound, or it can be saved as a self-running EXE file and
distributed on disk.
Astound is a versatile multimedia presentation package that's easy
to learn and use. Despite its appetite for memory (typical with
most graphics applications), Astound's suggested retail price of
$399 is, in my opinion, very reasonable for the performance it

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Reviewed by Jacci Howard Bear

I don't work for CrossTies Software Corporation and they haven't
paid me to "say nice things." Why am I making this statement? Because
CrossTies for Windows is such a wonderful program and I am so
enthusiastic about its potential that I'm afraid my review might read
like a company-sponsored press release. In my opinion, this software is
truly amazing. With that said, please read on. If you "do Windows" you
need this program.
CrossTies for Windows is not "yet another whiz-bang PIM." It
combines the features of an address book with the primary functions of
Windows for something unique. The usual Personal Information Manager
stores information about people, places, and activities. Program Manager
groups your programs for more or less easy access. File Manager lets you
move, copy, delete, or view your files. With CrossTies, Program Manager
and File Manager are almost obsolete. Now one program truly does "do it
Reading the CrossTies box gives several clues as to the power and
scope of this program. Until you apply its features to your own work it
is hard to understand just how much the program revolutionizes Windows.
Let me give you one example of how I use CrossTies.
As publisher of a small magazine I have many files, people, and
to-do items related to each magazine issue. Note the word related, it is
one of the key aspects of CrossTies. Prior to CrossTies I managed to
keep most of the elements for one issue together by putting all the word
processing and layout files and graphics in one directory. Of course I
had to create a directory for each issue and change the default data
directory of each program each month. And we all know the frustration of
deciphering those letter file names. Then I kept information on the
people involved with each issue, in my PIM, along with a list of
appointments and To Do items--only some of which might relate to the
specific issue in production. Then of course, e-mail messages and faxes
were stored with their respective programs.
But take a peek into my CrossTies database and see how much more
efficiently I can work now. Think about how you would manage your own
projects using this program.
For each issue of the magazine I create a PROJECT object. In that
object I create LINKS to all the files, programs, people and activities
related to that Project. By opening one window I can see at a glance all
the files--with meaningful descriptions--along with critical information
such as due dates and current status. I can also see a list of people,
activities (such as appointments), faxes, and e-mail involved in that
particular project. Each item (object) in the list has an icon that
tells me at glance if it is an AmiPro document, or a Photo-Paint graphic,
or a Person in my database. But CrossTies doesn't stop there. Click on
an object in the list and another window pops up with more detailed
information about the object. With the built-in CrossTies Viewer I can
look at documents, spreadsheets, and drawings without launching the
program. I can also launch the program from that window and the file I
want to work on is immediately available--no more searching for cryptic
file names in a maze of sub-direct .
This object-oriented organization makes working with files so much
more logical than before. For instance, to edit this review I don't open
up my word processor then look for the CTIESREV.SAM file (or whatever
other odd name I might use). Instead I open up a project called
CyberNews and launch an object that I've described as the working review
of CrossTies. I don't even have to know or care what program or where
the file is located. If, for some reason, you need to locate a file by
the traditional dire ry means--CrossTies stores all files in
sub-directories according to the program used to create the file. All my
CorelDraw files are in a CorelDraw directory under the main CrossTies
directory; all Windows Write files are under the Write directory, and so
on. When first installing CrossTies and creating objects, you have the
option of letting CrossTies move files you have already created and want
to manage under CrossTies.
CrossTies doesn't leave out the "traditional" aspects of a Personal
Information Manager. You can store information about people with 30
pre-formatted fields and freeform notes. Daily, weekly, and monthly
calendars keep track of your calls, meetings, tasks. Schedule activities
with durations and priorities. CrossTies can also alert you of impending
activities. Templates, profiles, filters, and macros let you streamline,
customize, and automate your work.
CrossTies can replace Program Manager as your shell or you can run
it as a regular program from a Program Manager group. The Shelf,
analogous to a bookshelf, holds your most frequently used programs and
objects--similar to the quick access icons of other Program Manager
add-ons or replacements. I've noticed that while other programs totally
replace Program Manager, with CrossTies as the shell Program Manager is
still accessible to those programs that require it for installation.
I've installed several p rams that create their own program groups.
CrossTies simply transfers that program information to The Shelf.
As powerful as it is, CrossTies is also easy to use and highly
configurable. Size and place icons where you want them. Use menus,
keyboard shortcuts, drag 'n drop, or macros for almost any
task--whichever method you prefer. Like other programs with dozens of
options for customization, the choices can be overwhelming at first.
Fortunately, it is not necessary to alter or "play with" every feature
in order to start using the program. Start work now. Customize later.
I used to hear a lot of hoopla about the "trashcan" on the Macintosh
computers. I tried a few add-on programs that promised similar
functionality. They were "OK." Well, CrossTies has that drag 'n drop
trashcan. It has so many ways to drag 'n drop that each time I try
something new with the program, the first thing I do is try to drag 'n
I know what you're probably thinking. Never buy version 1 of a
program. Wait for other people to find all the bugs first then get the
"fixed" version. We must commend the folks at CrossTies for putting out
such a complete and well-behaved program on the first release. Sure, now
that I've used it I can find a dozen new items I'd like to see added but
not anything that should stop you from grabbing up this version.
At the moment, CrossTies only directly supports a limited number of
fax programs, most specifically, FaxWorks from SofNet. For e-mail
support you need MAPI or VIM e-mail software. As the CrossTies user base
grows I'm certain we'll be seeing support for more and more programs.
When the company adds direct support for WinFax and CompuServe e-mail
I'll be in total bliss. If this version had that support now this would
be such a glowing review that no amount of disclaimers on my part would
convince you that I'm not a hired hand for CrossTies Software Corporation.
Yes, it's that good.
For now I can get around the fax and e-mail support question by
converting selected files to PCX or TXT formats--which CrossTies easily
supports. Don't let lack of support for your current fax or e-mail
system stop you from checking out this "revolutionary information
management product." (Description lifted from a CrossTies press
release--but I agree whole-heartedly.) And if you buy it based on my
recommendation but don't like it ... it comes with a 60-day money-back

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Arabesque ECCO Professional
Reviewed by Nathan Kay

Every so often, a product comes along that is something different,
something extra special. It's rare to find a program that you don't just
like to use, but love to use.
Arabesque ECCO Professional is such a piece of software. It's
marketed as a 'SuperPIM' (PIM being Personal Information Manager), and
after using it for a few weeks, I believe it.
When I first read the packaging and press release about ECCO
Professional, I had my doubts. Nothing could be quite as good as they
were claiming ECCO Professional was.
As usual, installation was provided no problems. Modern Windows
software packages have become very good at installing easily. One word
of warning, however. If you're planning to use the networking features
of ECCO Professional, you'll want to have your system administrator
present. But, as most of us probably are not planning on using the
network features, so it's not a major problem.
Once installed, I tried simply running the program, without reading
any of the excellent manuals, and skipping the tutorials. It turned out
to be a mistake, in my case. While ECCO Professional is easy to use and
learn, it does help a lot to take the time to check out it's basic
tutorial, which teaches you the best ways to navigate the program, and
also gives you enough of an idea about how the program works that you'll
be able to get started easily.
Once I'd mastered the basics of ECCO Professional, the first thing I
noticed is how amazingly flexible it really is! With a few clicks of
the mouse, and just a little thought, I had ECCO Professional doing
things I never thought I'd see any PIM do easily. Tasks like 'nested'
to-do's, meaning that when you finish one to-do, you can have another
to-do that only can be seen once the first has been finished. This can
be very important in implementing projects and such.
Projects are handled mainly though the use of a very flexible and
powerful outline interface that allowed me to assign priorities to each
outline item, and link parts of the outline into the calendar, or into
the to-do list. Another part of the outline system provides
user-definable columns that can be used to create checklists,
date-completed columns and, well, just about anything that might be
needed. Branches of the outline can also be collapsed and expanded so I
could view any given part of the outl tree without having to view the
entire outline at once. These branches can be linked into to-do's, and
time schedules.
There's also a special outline called Hot Issues which I could link
parts of my other outlines and to-do's to. The Hot Issues outline
provides one single location in the program where I can go to see a
quick list of the things that I absolutely have to get done soon. It's
little touches like this one all throughout the program that make it
really special.
I've mentioned the to-do list in ECCO Professional several times.
The to-do list is just that - a list to keep track of the things I need
'to do'. Items in this list can have start dates, or start at whatever
time that I input the to-do. They can be made to end at certain times,
regardless of if the to-do was finished or not, or remain until I mark
them as done. I could set to-do's to repeat in any way I found useful.
To-do's are important to me seeing as they allow me to keep tabs on the
things that I 't have a set time for, but that need to be done.
I also found the Phonebook very useful. The Phonebook can store much
more than just phone numbers. It can keep logs of what calls you've
made, and provided you have a modem with a phone attached, it can even
dial the number for you. But the most critical function aside from
storing names and their related phone numbers, is it's ability to keep
records of critical or interesting information about the people in your
phonebook. I found I could store birthdays, anniversaries, information
about what they do r a living, the names of their family, and just about
any other piece of information I might need to know.
I've been using the default mode of ECCO Professional, which does
personal time management. But sometimes, I need more than personal time
management, and people in management know that what works for managing
your personal time usually doesn't work for managing projects.
ECCO Professional deals with this simple fact by providing several
'templates' ready-made to help users start working quickly and
efficiently. The Legal Template was designed to help an Attorney manage
tasks and cases, while the Manager Template was designed as an all
purpose time and task management tool. The Project Template was designed
to help manage projects of any kind. The Research Template was designed
to help you perform research and report writing, and finally, the Sales
Template was designed r the sales professional managing multiple
accounts and multiple or single products.
Just as wonderful are the network features, which allow a group to
share the information in a given data set, creating not only personal
management files, but giving the chance for a group to all work with the
same planner, giving great access to group planning features. This way,
anyone in the group can check to see what meetings have been planned,
what things need to be done for the group, and what the long-term plan
is, and where they fit in.
The minimum configuration I'd recommend for using ECCO Professional
would be a 386SX-16 with four megabytes of ram, at least ten megabytes
of hard disk space, and a VGA monitor. With that system, ECCO
Professional is fully useable, but, as always, the more memory and
processor power you have, the faster and smoother your programs will
Selling for $279, I must admit, it's not cheap. Those looking for a
good product, but at a lower cost should look at ECCO Simplicity, a
scaled-down version of ECCO Professional. For a recommended price, based
on my experience, I'd say that $200 might have been a nicer price, but
the $279 price tag is certainly worth it!
I found that once I started pouring my life into it, ECCO
Professional virtually lends itself to all sorts of time and
productivity management. In short, I found ECCO Professional to be a
great pleasure to use!

Arabesque Software Inc.
2340 130th Avenue N.E.
Bellevue, WA 98005-1754
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Reviewed By Wayne A. MacLeod

Harvard Graphics 3.0 for Windows is an exceptional full featured
presentation graphics package. Requirements are: IBM compatible 386
PC or better. Minimum 4MB of RAM, more is better. At least 9.1 MB
of free hard disk space with a full install taking just under 24 MB
of hard disk space. DOS 3.1 or higher and windows 3.1 or higher.
At least a VGA display. Windows compatible mouse and Windows
compatible sound device if you desire multimedia playback
My first impression upon preparing to install HGFW was, "24Megs
for a full install!" The installation process was painless enough
though and further scrutiny revealed that a fully functional install
can be performed in just over 9MB. The only caveat is not to have
any memory resident virus detection programs loaded during the
installation, these can be safely re-enabled following the install.
The "extras", especially the "5 Minute Coach" are well worth the
disk space if you have it available. The amount of space required
at first seems excessive till one remembers that as we demand more
and more from the products we use, those products will only get
Software Publishing states that their research shows that the
number one concern for users of presentation graphics is "a product
that helps them create the most professional looking presentation"
with user friendliness and speed running close behind. They have
certainly met those concerns in this release. I have had limited
experience with presentation graphics, but found that after
completing the interactive tutorial and spending a little time with
the manual I was able to put together a presentation I would be
comfortable in using in a "real life" situation. If you have never
used this type of software and really do not know what you are
doing, this program is the answer.
You can start up the program and click on the Quick
Presentations and select from several categories of "pre-prepared
presentations" such as New Product Proposal, Quarterly Review and
Brainstorming Session. These are templates for complete
presentations that allow you to click and replace the existing text
or graphics with your own with your own. Even if none of the
included designs are what you are looking for, they are sure to give
you some ideas and assistance in getting out the presentation you
desire. While being an excellent vehicle for those with little
presentation experience, the program provides the tools and power
for the most demanding user.
Trying to give adequate coverage to all the features that
contribute to the ease and power of HGFW is beyond the scope of this
review, but some areas must be mentioned. One such area is the
Harvard Graphics Advisor. The Advisor consists of the Quick
Presentations, Quick Advice that gives you "how to" advice on
selection and use of styles, types of charts and output device
choices. There is an interactive Design Checker that checks the
presentation for you and offers suggestions for improvement. There
are Quick Tips and Design Tips available to assist you throughout
the creation of your presentation. All of these features are
available via mouse click during all stages of your work.
There is also an animation player that comes with 15 pre-made
animation clips to enhance your presentation. Harvard F/X, a
special effects program that interfaces directly with HGFW and can
be installed during the initial HGFW install or separately at a
later time. F/X comes with over 30 effects that can easily be
applied to your presentation as well as a full set of drawing and
modification tools. It includes effects for text, objects and
bitmap art
HGFW has a conference facility that allows a presentation to be
displayed on as many as 64 networked computers. Control can even be
passed to another user over the LAN. If you are using a MAPI or VIM
compliant mail system it is possible to transmit your work with just
a click of an icon.
The program is well documented and has excellent on-line help
system as well as the Advisor and series of Tutorials. Software
Publishing provides a full array of outside support services, from a
BBS to 800 and 900 pay support calls, to a CIS forum to a bi-monthly
journal called TechJournal.
Again, this is a full featured program that emphasizes ease of
use for the new or casual user, but comes with all the power and
options that anyone should need to create powerful and professional
graphical presentations.

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Review by Judy Litt

IdeaFisher is:

-The computer equivalent of brainstorming
-What anyone who must come up with new ideas needs

IdeaFisher is not:

-An outliner
-A substitute for your gray matter
-An omnipotent being who will write all your advertisements, speeches, and reports for you

IdeaFisher is a software program that lets you bounce ideas off of
it. There are two parts to the program. The QBank and the IdeaBank. You can
start a problem solving session by using either part; if you like, you can
even combine the two.
I often started with IdeaBank. I do graphic design for a living, and
I regularly design advertisements for one of my clients. Very often I have
an idea in my head of what I want to do, but it may take several days or
weeks before that idea coalesces into an actual ad. Enter IdeaFisher.
My mission: design a Christmas ad for my realtor. I wanted to
picture her as a Santa's helper; so I clicked on the icon for the IdeaBank
and typed in Santa's helper. This returned several topics: Christmas/New
Year's/Hanukkah; help/aid/assist; etc. I chose Christmas/New
Year's/Hanukkah, which returned with several section titles: People/Animals;
Things/Places; Verbs; and so on. You get the idea. When you choose a topic,
you get a list of words related to that subject. Double clicking any word
adds it to your idea notepad.
The purpose of the idea notepad is to jot down ideas - not just the
ideas that IdeaFisher gives you, but the ideas those ideas trigger. In a few
minutes, I decided to make the background for the ad a gift box with a large
bow. The headline for the ad read: "Carole Phillips gave all these people a
gift they'll enjoy for years. Their home. Want to see your name on this
list? Call 878-5600". Without IdeaFisher this ad would have taken several
days to design, rather than one.
QBank is an assortment of questions designed to help you accomplish
certain tasks and solve certain problems: new product, product improvement,
name development, marketing strategy, etc. Once you have chosen the topic
you're interested in, you'll be presented with a list of questions. There
are questions underneath the main questions; you can display just the main
questions or all of the questions.
Answer as many of the questions as you like. Once you're finished
answering the questions, you filter them - IdeaFisher will provide you with
a list of key concepts from your answers. You can go on to the IdeaBank with
the key concepts that interest you.
IdeaFisher is totally customizable. There is a toolbar across the
top of the program; you can add, delete, and rearrange any icons that appeal
to you. You can also assign hot keys to different functions. You can add
questions to QBank and words to IdeaBank.
There are four add-on modules available for IdeaFisher: strategic
planning; speech and presentation; business and grant proposals; and
consultant's. These modules give you more questions for QBank on the above
topics. I was able to look at all the add-on modules except for the
consultant's; I'd say they're worth the money if you have need of those
topics. All the modules except the speech and presentation, which costs $79,
are $99.
I had read about IdeaFisher in several different places before I had
the opportunity to review it, I wanted it, bad! Now that I've had the chance
to review it, I'm not disappointed. I'd recommend this software to anyone
who works with words or pictures, owns a business, runs an organization,

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WordPerfect InfoCentral v1.0
Reviewed by Michael J. Gibbs

In this day and age, most folk are no more likely leave their office without their
daily planner or organizer than they would walk out the door without the clean
underwear that their mother always warned them to wear. In order to keep better track
of the events and people that shape our lives on a daily basis, an increasing number of
computer users are turning to Personal Information Managers (PIMs).
WordPerfects latest entry into this field is InfoCentral. Launched under the new
WordPerfect MainStreet banner, InfoCentral should help them get established in the
home computing market.
InfoCentral (WPIC) takes advantage of the graphic power of Windows to present
the user with a visually familiar model for tracking events, meetings and appointments;
the ubiquitous daily planner.
The Calendar provides not only a visual look at your appointments, but also
allows you to keep an ongoing to-do. Changing days on the Calendar is as simple as
clicking the mouse at the top corner of the pages. A nice touch is that the monthly
calendar shown on the daily screen will indicate dates with Calendar objects that have
been scheduled and not removed.
One of WPICs features that I appreciate most is how alarms are handled for
upcoming Calendar objects (events, appointments, meetings, etc.) As with most other
PIMs, you can set an alarm to go off a varying number of minutes beforehand.
WordPerfect was thoughtful enough to include a button in the pop-up alarm screen that
allows you to ask the program to remind you again a certain number of minutes later.
Calendar objects that have passed their deadline while the InfoCentral program was not
running, will cause WPIC to notify the user of the missed events when you next start the
The only complaint that I had about this section of the program is that in the
revision reviewed here, there was no way to add recurring Calendar objects. This
oversight has been fixed in the version 1.1 update. The version update will also include a
more complete manual and better on-line help as well as the ability to import/export data
to and from WordPerfects GroupWise applications.
While the Calendar uses a familiar visual cue to help guide the users, the rest of
the programs modus operandi will be quite foreign to most. All the data contained in
the information bases (iBases) that you will create are based upon objects.
An object is simply a record of an individual, company, event or whatever else
information you need to store in your iBase. Each iBase may be made up of any number
of different data types. The Personal iBase included in the package consists of objects
like Airlines, Persons, Organizations, Project, Products, Tasks, Schools, Events, etc.
The power of this object-oriented approach to data is that you can create
connections between various types of objects, and include appropriate data within the
connection itself. Say you have a Rolodex card with the all the information you normally
would need on Steve Jones from the ZikZak company. With InfoCentral, you would
create a Person object on Steve Jones, an organization object for ZikZak and then
connect the two objects together with Steve Jones title within the ZikZak company.
By properly setting up your iBase, you will find a wealth of new information that
can be derived from your existing data, just by looking at the information differently.
To find information buried within your iBase, InfoCentral will allow you to
search on partial strings. The results of your search are shown in tree format where you
can open up the branches to reveal various layers of connections to other objects within
the iBase.
Other features include auto-dialing (with a modem if you have one attached to
your voice phone line) and telephone call logging. The program will also allow you to
establish a connection between objects within the iBase and files created by external
The iBase concept is so versatile that 4 iBases full of content are included with
the package covering topics like wines, travel and contacts within the computer world.
For most homes, this package could eliminate the need for a standard database program
as InfoCentral allows the user to create any type of iBase that the users could need.
When it comes down to whether InfoCentral is for you, you must remember that
PIMs are just that, personal (like the underwear that we discussed earlier.) Everyone has
their own preferences. Some like bikini underwear, putting flash and visual appeal before
comfort and function while others would rather wear a comfortable old pair of briefs.
Boxers, the undergarment equivalent to this product, are popular because of their
freedom and versatility. InfoCentral will most likely succeed for the same reasons.

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Mondial World Class Accounting
by Gail B.C. Marsella

Despite its very reasonable price, Mondial World-Class Accounting
appears designed for a large, complex organization. Its network ready, has
an elaborate password system, and provides a very large number of muscular
accounting features. The one generating the most interest in the vendor's
forum on CIS was the conversion function for international currencies
(apparently fairly rare in accounting programs). Mondial also tracks
projects, warehouse inventory, product assembly/disassembly, formulates
departmental budgets, allows a choice of cost systems, and can combine
several companies into one integrated set of books. It can keep several user
generated tables of information such as sales tax and discounts readily
available, and logs the receipts and purchases of individual users for
auditing purposes. It can even time transactions so that no one can tie up
an account for more than a specified number of seconds. An optional module
can be purchased separately to do payroll.
As I worked with it, however, I began to narrow my view of who might
buy it. The only clue to the intended audience appears in the manual's
introduction, which mentions "vertical markets." Despite the packages claim
that everyone from individual consultants to multinational corporations can
use it, the program is really designed for medium to large businesses with
highly specialized accounting requirements, skilled bookkeeping personnel,
and insufficient resources to hire their own programmers.
The system requirements seem very modest at first glance: IBM or
clone, DOS 3.3 or better, and 640 K of RAM. They are not kidding about the
RAM. You need more than 580K of conventional memory absolutely free of any
other device drivers or TSRs. I had to ditch nearly the entire contents of
my autoexec.bat file just to free up enough to load the program. It
apparently cannot use extended memory at all, although I did not try a third
party memory manager with it. (The manual makes little mention of extended
memory except vague instructions to "consult your DOS manual.") Do not even
think about running under Windows.
Mondial loads fast, as expected with a DOS program, and the first
screen is blank except for a menu bar across the top, and the company name
and current date along the bottom. It's a nice interface - clean and
uncluttered. With the mouse, you call up individual screens as you need them
to enter transactions, and you can enter new accounts, tables, customers,
and other information as needed from many of the screens. The data entry
screens are designed to look like regular paper forms, so skilled workers
should be able to make the transition from paper to computer fairly readily,
once they have figured out which menu choices call particular screens. (This
brings up another problem with the manual; its index is completely
inadequate - there is not even an entry for billing - so finding the right
screen requires considerable trial and error at first.)
Mondial provides import filters for data from Quicken, Pacioli 2000,
and ASCII text files, although I cannot imagine Quicken user trying to
convert to Mondial; the contrast in friendliness between the two is just too
great. Even Mondial's manual tries to be all things to all users, and not
surprisingly falls short. It is hopelessly terse for the beginner (there is
no tutorial on either the program's operation or on setting up a small
business accounting system), but an experienced businessperson would not
need the accounting jargon definitions that are provided. Even worse, the
directions in the manual for setting initial account balances individually
(instead of importing from a file) are practically unintelligible.
An earlier review (August, Computer Shopper) mentioned several
rather nasty bugs, and I was indeed bumped back out to the DOS prompt
occasionally without warning, so you will want to save frequently. Mondial
does have a backup feature, but it only works with disks, not tape. If you
back up to tape (and a large organization often will, in order to store the
tapes off site) you will need another backup program.
A large variety of standard business forms are available with the
program, and paper blank forms can be purchased. Also available are video
and audio tutorials on Mondial (I certainly hope they are better than the
user's manual.) The technical support is free for the first 6 months (well,
okay, only if you consider a toll call to be free), and then costs $60 for
the next year. (Actually their literature says that the retail price of the
tech support is $150, but Mondial users get it for $60. Who else would buy
it?) There are a variety of other technical support options, including fax
back and a 900 number. They maintain a section of the PC Vendors C forum on
CIS, but my message was removed by the sysop after only a day or so, and no
one ever answered my posted question.
Even without the bugs, I would not switch to Mondial, as a sole
proprietor I do not need this much accounting power. To broadly paraphrase
Pournelle: if you need what this program does, you need it bad, maybe even
in spite of its quirks, but then again maybe you can wait until version 2.0
comes out. I think Mondial will eventually do just about whatever you need
to keep your books - however sophisticated those requirements may be - but
you are going to need experience in both accounting and DOS computerese to
get it up and running reliably. It's not for beginners.

Mondial World Class Accounting
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15806 Midway Road
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One-Write Plus
Review by Judy Litt

For most small business owners, accounting is a four letter word.
I'm no exception. Although I took an accounting course in college, that was
in a different galaxy far, far away. The purpose of accounting software is
to make accounting easy for the non-accountant, you and me. One-Write Plus
almost lives up to that purpose.
Installation was relatively painless, but I ran into trouble the
first time I tried to run the program. One-Write Plus is a DOS program, and
requires at least 512 K conventional memory free to run. If you're like me,
with a fully loaded computer, chances are you won't have that. I had to
disable both my scanner and CD-ROM drivers in order to run the program. This
means that I need to set up two autoexec.bats: one if I want to run
One-Write Plus and one for regular work. This is a major annoyance to me,
but others might consider it only a minor inconvenience. One-Write Plus will
run under Windows.
A rather strange custom: you must call an 800 number in order to
register the program. If you don't, you are limited in the number of times
you can use it; approximately twenty-five.
I'm a by-the-book learner: I like to work through manuals and
tutorials, but first I generally open up a program and start to play around
with it. Playing around didn't get me very far, so I turned to the manual
next. The manual is clear enough, but to my mind it doesn't explain basic
accounting terms and principles enough. In short, I didn't find the manual
to be much help in learning One-Write Plus.
One-Write Plus ships with an audio tutorial. There are four lessons
on the tape (although there is room for much more). These lessons will teach
someone who doesn't know the first thing about computers or accounting how
to be off and running with One-Write Plus. However, these four lessons
(which take about half an hour) only skim the surface of the program. Having
the tutorials on tape makes it more difficult for you to return to the areas
you need more help with.
At the beginning of the tutorial tape, you're promised information
on how to get more tutorial tapes for free. You get this information once
you've finished the entire tape. It turns out that you can only receive the
rest of the tutorial tapes for free if you enroll in one of the Premier
support plans; the cheapest costs $139.95. You can, of course, purchase the
tutorial tapes for $39.95. I take exception, big time, to a company that
makes you pay to learn how to use its program. There is no tutorial in the
manual. There are sample files included with the program, but no on-line
tutorial; those sample files are for use with the tutorial tapes.
One-Write Plus comes with a lot of useful information all set up for
you. There are thirteen general business types already defined for you; each
has a different set of accounts already set up for it. You may also define a
custom type of organization, and add or delete accounts as needed. There are
three different types of invoices already set up: inventory, service, and
professional. You do not have the ability to truly customize those invoices.
One-Write Plus works like most accounting programs. There is a
general ledger; you can enter sales and bills to pay, and then record those
transactions when they actually occur. You can write checks, budget, and
memorize transactions. There is a payroll feature. You can generate a number
of reports, including financial, payroll, vendor, and customer reports.
One-Write Plus is distributed by NEBS (New England Business Service,
Inc.). Not surprisingly, NEBS also distributes a number of printable forms
that can be used with the software (these are already in the program).
I think One-Write Plus is probably a wonderful program for someone
who is somewhat familiar with accounting. If all the audio training tapes
were provided free of charge, it might be a wonderful program for any
business. I do think they're missing the boat by not providing a Windows
version. The bottom line? I don't think One-Write Plus is long for my hard

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Performance Now
Reviewed by Chip Cox

Anyone who has been a supervisor or manager over other employees
knows the problems associated with employee performance. One of the best
tools for dealing with poor employee performance is a performance
review. Most of the managers I know who do performance reviews,
considered them a waste of time for good employees and a headache for
employees who need counseling. At first I shuddered when I thought about
another package to try and make me do my performance reviews. One of my
main problems was providing consistent review criteria to my employees.
Not providing consistent review criteria to employees with the same job
description can probably be more damaging to your company from a legal
perspective than not doing performance reviews at all. KnowledgePoint
has done an excellent job in making creditable performance reviews less
of a burden for managers.

Performance Now starts out by making you create a form for your
various job descriptions. When creating this form you can select from
many different categories on which to review your employees performance.
These categories range from physical appearance to customer service and
many things in between. Not all categories will be relevant to every job
description. Select only those that are relevant. This same form can now
be used to gauge all employees falling into this job description. For
example as a technical support manager I have two levels of support
personnel reporting to me. The first level is my entry level support
staff. They are required to have good product knowledge, communication
skills, and customer support skills. The second level support personnel
are required to possess problem solving skills, initiative, and
supervisory skills in addition to those skills possessed by the entry
level support staff. Rating levels between 1 and 5 can be assigned
names. This is primarily used to word text in the review the way your
organization wants it. Finally you decide what employee information is
to be displayed on the form. The information maintained for each
employee is extensive and even includes the last review date and a
planner for the next review date.

After building the performance review form it is time to start
entering employee information. Keep in mind that the information you get
out of your system is only as good as the information you put into it.
If you don't keep the employee information current as the period between
performance evaluations goes by, you will have a lot of catchup work to
do when employee evaluations come again. Performance now makes recording
this information relatively easy. Not only does it keep up with salary
increases and other pertinent employee record information, it also keeps
up with an employee event log where notes on employee events both good
and bad can be kept. These events are useful in providing backup
information to a review.

After your employee information has been input the next task is one
of keeping the information current and logging all incidents relating to
the employee both good and bad. It's terrible when you have an employee
who has a major oops right before a review. All the employee can think
about is the oops and often times it's foremost in the managers mind as
well. Having the log of good and bad things the employee has done allows
the manager to look back and see all of the good things the employee has
done in the past recognizing the oops for what it was or possibly
recognizing a disturbing trend. All this makes the review process fair
to both employee and employer.

Now it's time to do an employees review. For each element selected
for review several questions will be asked. These questions are answered
on the 1 to 5 scale you selected earlier. As questions are answered
appropriate text is entered into a text box on the screen. After the
text has been entered it can be edited as needed then pasted into the
appropriate section of the performance review. If the answers to the
questions result in an extremely good or poor rating in that element,
suggestion boxes will be displayed requesting that you input additional
information from the employee file to backup the information. If a poor
review, suggestions are made indicating that information be provided on
how the employee might resolve the problem. After all elements have been
entered, Performance Now progresses to the Summary section and Plans for
improvement section. The plans for improvement section is very nice in
that it provides suggestions for improving each element that was
included in the review. The reviewer simply checks the boxes with the
suggestions needed.

One nice feature of Performance now especially useful to those of us
without a strong background in human resources is the advice button.
This button brings up a Windows help file full of advice in how to do
effective and constructive employee performance reviews. I only see two
negatives in Performance now. First I would like to have the ability to
scale the elements in the review forms by percent of job. I would like
to assign a multiplier of say 50% for customer support since I feel it's
more important that physical appearance which I might assign 5%. I would
like to be able to assign a 0% multiplier for my entry level support
personnel in the elements dealing with the higher level support
personnel. This lets me review them on the same elements as the second
level support personnel and show them what they need to do to progress
to that next level without lowering their review score due to elements
they are not responsible for yet. Secondly is a negative I see in many
different "corporate" products today. Performance Now needs to have the
ability to exchange employee information with various other employee
database products. There is not enough time in any of our work days to
do double entry of data. Salary information entered into a payroll
program should be accessible either through data import or through a DDE
link with Performance Now. Systems which do not allow for data exchange
quickly just become "another system I have to maintain". In my case the
benefits derived from Performance Now outweigh the double entry
drudgery. But I can always dream.

Performance Now is one product in a suite of products from
KnowledgePoint. Other products include Descriptions Now and Policies
Now. KnowledgePoint has taken a giant step to making the management of
human resources easier for everyone.

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Time Line for Windows 6.0
Review by Roger W. Klein

"Project Management Gets Real" is the claim made by Symantec
regarding the new Time Line for Windows 6.0. In my opinion their claim
is well founded. Time Line provides a powerful, flexible model that
accurately mirrors the real world and the way groups work. It requires
less training than competing products, thanks to a unique Point and Plan
interface and customizable front and back ends. The open architecture of
Time Line connects with your business and accurately reflects today's
Powerful Multiproject Planning is one of the features of Time Line
that combines sophisticated features with an environment that makes all
its power and information instantly accessible. Convenient graphic tools
make it easy to build and revise schedules and to assign and coordinate
resources, dependencies, and due dates across multiple projects.
Multiple views allow you to see many aspects of a complex model
With Time Line for Windows 6.0 you can build a real-world model that
allows for the variables and fine points of your business. This provides
you the ability to ramp up to meet deadlines, or accounting for costs
that change over time. You can allocate resources more accurately and
efficiently, plan more realistic schedules, and create more accurate
The included Guide Line software lets you generate project schedules
just by answering a series of questions and the Guide Maker add-on lets
you create custom "guides" for any business situation. Time Line also
includes a powerful report engine with over 30 prebuilt, mail-enabled,
exportable reports with WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) preview.
And the Report Maker add-on lets you graphically create custom reports
that access Time Line and other databases.
Time Line has been re-engineered to serve as the foundation for a
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Home Software
Announcements for Windows
Reviewed By Deborah Reed

Announcements for Windows allows you to create unique posters,
cards, and postcards as well as envelopes, letterheads, gift
certificates and business cards. Before I began using this program,
I had a number of expectations to be met before I would be
satisfied. First, this program had to be easy to use. Second, the
program had to allow me to be as creative as possible. Lastly, it
had to be fun. Well, I was not disappointed. This program is very
easy to use. The Windows format allows you to jump right in. I can
be creative as I want by designing my own "art" in other programs
such as Designer and exporting them to Announcements. I can also
use other clipart images besides the 200 that are supplied with the
program. With this much flexibility, anyone will enjoy using this
Inserting and manipulating text, pictures and borders is quick
and easy. Each element is inserted in the project within its own
frame. Once inserted, elements can be moved by pointing within the
frame and dragging. Elements can also be locked into place so they
are not accidentally moved. This is especially convenient when
working on large projects. To align elements of your announcement
precisely, the program provides a snap to grid feature. This sets
up an invisible grid that guides you in lining up elements in your
announcement. There are also options allowing you to left, center
or right justify elements within a frame. Elements may also easily
be centered in relation to the announcement as a whole. Resizing an
element is easily done by grabbing one of the frame's handles and
dragging inward to reduce size or outward to enlarge. Dimension has
also been given consideration in this program. You can stack
elements and change their position within the stack with ease.
The appearance of your product can be modified in several ways.
Twenty-six fonts, as well as several font styles, are available.
You can also choose the shape in which your text is displayed. For
instance, you can display text in the shape of a pennant, eye or
ribbon. This flexibility allows you to convey any feeling and do so
in a slick and professional manner. This feature also works with
pictures allowing you to change their general shape. The general
shape of pictures can also be changed by determining how a picture
will fill its frame. You can choose stretch proportional which will
maintain the picture's original proportions or stretch fill which
may change the picture's proportions in order to fill the frame. By
changing picture's shapes and proportions, you can create some very
interesting pictures yourself. Of course, they can also be quite
distorted but that's part of playing with the settings for each
element. This is one reason the program allows you to save your
announcement and recall it at a later time to reposition and modify
elements until you are satisfied. This is essential for complex
For those of you with color printers, some of the graphic images
can be printed in color.
Additionally, text and background can also be printed in color.
You can easily create some very sharp looking announcements using
this program.
I really enjoyed using this program. It's easy to use and is
expandable in the number of available graphics images whether you
create them yourself or get them from other sources. You can create
some very professional and unique announcements or cards without
being a professional graphic artist. All you need is a little
imagination. This program provides all necessary tools.

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Dr. Schueler's Home Medical Advisor Pro CD ver 3.1
Reviewed By Madonna Johnson

Dr. Schueler's Home Medical Advisor Pro CD ver 3.1 is a very
thorough introduction to a wide range of health issues. Areas of
interest include disease, injury, tests, medicines, health & diet,
and poison. This guide to health issues is an interactive resource
developed with a wide range of users in mind. Even the computer
novice can navigate their way around the program with little
trouble. A large number of extremely graphic illustrations,
photographs, and videos include brief but thorough descriptions.
The program divides several integrated modules. Areas of
specific interest are categorized generally. A user may choose to
directly search in the appropriate category for the area of
interest. With the organization of this program it is possible to
use it aid in prognosis of an ailment or just to do research on an
area of interest.
The first screen in the program holds a photo of your choice,
either a woman or man. You may highlight a general area of the body
which then brings the active list of ailments or conditions related
to that portion of the body. You can choose to simply list general
symptoms or all available symptoms within your chosen search
category. As you scroll through the list of ailments or conditions
you can double click on one to receive detailed information or other
options. The paragraphs that follow hold highlighted related words
and phrases that you can also click on and enter into another level
of more specialized information in your search.
The following string of information gives an example of the
research process available to users. I chose to research
information available on eyes. On the image of the woman on the
main screen, I highlighted the head area. A list of choices became
available for research. The alphabetical lists included the
following symptoms that would be generally related to the head;
anxiety, confusion and memory loss, dental pain, depression,
difficulty speaking or swallowing, dizziness, ear pain, eye pain or
irritation, facial pain, fainting or faintness, hair loss and scalp
problems, headache, hearing loss, hoarse voice, lumps and swollen
glands, mouth or tongue pain, neck pain or stiffness, noises in the
ears, rashes and spots, runny nose, sleeping difficulty, sore
throat, and vision impairment.
To follow my test, I double-clicked on eye pain or irritation.
A screen with a short description of eye pain or irritation follows.
It reads, "This is frequently caused by inflammation or infection.
Occasionally dust, dirt, or a flake of debris can result in
secondary irritation to the eye. Injury in the form of a direct
blow, puncture, or chemical exposure, must always be evaluated by a
physician. Foreign substances retained in the eye can scratch the
cornea (the outer clear coating of the eye). With the exception of
eye injuries and glaucoma, diseases which can compromise vision are
usually painless. All of these cases should be evaluated promptly
by a physician. Consult this section for the evaluation of eye pain
or irritation. See vision impairment in the Symptom File for the
evaluation of blurry or painless loss of vision."
Following the information above, users have an option to move on
to an area called "diagnose symptoms." From here the screen prompts
the following thread of questions. "Have you had an injury to your
eye, or an exposure to a harsh chemical? Yes or No? Choosing No
brings the query, "Does it feel like there is something in your eye,
or have you gotten a spec of dust, dirt or metal into your eye?" Yes
or No? Choosing NO brings the next question. "Is the white of your
eye reddened? Yes or No? Choosing Yes brings the following, "Are
your eye(s) itchy and watery?" Yes or No? The answer Yes brings the
following diagnosis. "Allergic conjunctivitis is a possibility.
This is more likely if you have red eye(s), itching, clear tears, or
a history of allergies. The conjunctiva is the transparent coating
on the outer surface of the eye.
Irritation and inflammation of this structure is known as
conjunctivitis. Common symptoms of allergic conjunctivitis include:
a reddened eye(s), itchy eyes, tearing, and in some cas es, swelling
to the eyelids. Pain in the eye, or a colored thick discharge
should make the patient suspicious of bacterial conjunctivitis. See
allergic conjunctivitis in the Disease File for additional
information on the evaluation and treatment of this problem."
This program also offers a large video and image library. Some
of the video images are as long as a minute or more. Most are clips
of surgical procedures or biopsies of internal organs. The image
library shows still photos of many injuries and ailments. A warning
message precedes many images that have a highly graphic or sensitive
My first thought after reviewing this program was that users
could potentially save themselves from complications of a particular
ailment by having this information and acting responsibly and then
obtaining the proper medical attention. Many people tend to ignore
symptoms and put themselves at risk until the medical situation
escalates to a more serious condition. After a bit more
consideration to this idea, it occurred to me that the type of
person who would purchase and use this program would probably not
ignore medical symptoms anyway. In my opinion, this program can be
very useful for the responsible user who heeds the disclaimers and
warnings shown throughout the program. There are constant reminders
that the information offered should not ever replace the official
diagnosis of a trained physician.

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Microsoft Musical Instruments
Review by David Golber

The good words are
Sometimes charming
A good quick listen
Clear sound

The bad words are
No references to go deeper

This CD ROM from Microsoft has, according to its box, information
about more than 200 instruments. I didn't count, but I'm willing to
believe them. For each instrument, it typically has a few pictures of
the instrument, a short (fifteen seconds) sound sample of the instrument
being played, and a quick list of little facts about the instrument. For
some instruments, you can play individual notes by clicking them on a
scale. There are also sound samples of different ensembles, ranging from
various kinds o estern orchestras and popular music ensembles, to
gamalan, both Javanese and Balinese. And it has nice point-and-click
indexes to instruments by families or geographical origin, and various
kinds of cross-reference mechanisms. Oh yes, there is a voice that
pronounces the name (in English) of the instrument.
The CD ROM cost me about $50 by mail. I tried it out on a Macintosh
Quadra 950, quite a powerful system. I had no problems using the ROM,
and it ran fast enough that I never felt that I was waiting impatiently.
The sound quality (on the Quadra's built in speaker) was quite good.
On the other hand, even though the box claims that the photographs
are "high-quality", they are not. For example, in the picture of the
Northumbrian small-pipe, the keys are just a hazy blur. It's good that
the label of the picture explains that there are seven of them; the
viewer certainly could not count them. And no, you can't "Zoom in."
(A particularly annoying inanity on the box is the statement that
the sounds are "recorded live by professional musicians using the actual
instruments." Wow!)
Some of the selections were, well, charming. I'm not sure whether
I've heard zampogna before. I had heard of it, though. It's a bagpipe,
played in southern Italy, by shepherds. Their custom is to come into the
cities around Christmas time, and play on the streets. It's a wonderful
rich, warm sound. I smile as I think about it.
And I suppose it's nice to have these fifteen-second samples of all
sorts of instruments.
But in the end, my real feeling about this ROM is a wry, twisted
half smile, with raised eyebrows.
The quality is uneven. As one would expect, the recordings of
western classical and popular music of various kinds are excellent. Some
of the recordings of music of other cultures is of the same high
quality. For example, the sample of Shanai music is from a recording by
Bismillah Khan. `The recording of Hardanger fiddle music, on the other
hand, is definitely the worst sample of playing of this instrument that
I have ever paid money for. A nameless snatch of plunking and sawing. By
a Ben Mandelson. he text accompanying the Hardanger fiddle entry is also
strange. It says in part "accompanies singing and dancing at traditional
village festivals and events". At first glance, these words drift in one
ear and out the other. At second glance, one thinks "What a silly and
meaningless statement; one could say that about any music." Finally I
realized: It's not even true! In all the time I have listened to this
music, both live in Norway and on recordings, I have never heard singing
accompanied by Hardan fiddle in traditional use. In fact, I'm not sure
whether I've heard this combination even in innovative modern pieces.
Some of the 15-second samples do a pretty good job of communicating
the real sound and feel of the music. Bits of chamber music, jazz,
orchestra. But sometimes the little selections are so far out of context
that the listener will surely get no idea of what the music is about.
For example, the Turkish zurna selection is played without davul
accompaniment; there is no sense of the drive and excitement, the dust,
sweat and hot sun, of this music.
But the central criticism of the ROM is the continual feeling, that
touches every part, of superficiality. You are supposed to jive on the
quick samples, the bright colors, the effortless cruising. You are not
supposed to go deeper, to probe, to think deeply, to compare.
As an example, consider the entries on the modern grand piano and
the older forte-piano. There is a great deal of interest these days in
performances on period instruments. There are those who say that we are
missing a great deal in hearing Mozart on the modern piano instead of
the forte-piano of Mozart's day. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to hear
the same passage played on both instruments? Perhaps, but it's not on
this ROM.
Close comparison of the two entries uncovers the following:
The grand piano developed from the harpischord [sic] in Europe in
1709. and The forte-piano was invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori in

If you wanted to really understand what it was that Cristofori built
in 1709, or the relation of the forte-piano and the modern grand piano,
well, you won't find it here.
How could these two passages be in the same document? Because (I
think) the writers and editors view each entry as a single isolated
piece. The reader is not expected to probe, to relate one entry to
another. Perhaps we should be particularly disappointed, since one of
the capabilities of the ROM medium is the easy following of
relationships. In comparison, read the article on Piano in a good
encyclopedia. No, it's not easy to read, and the story isn't simple. But
it really describes the complicated flow of invention and modification
that began in 1709.
An important part of a good encyclopedia article that is missing
from the ROM is the list of references to follow up. This can be done so
easily in a ROM - just click on the button labeled "More info". But
there's no such button.
Another important part of an article in a good encyclopedia that is
missing in this ROM is the initials at the end. These are the initials
of the scholar (full name and affiliation at the end of the last volume)
who wrote the article. Again, this could be done with an "Author info"
button. But there's no such button.
To me, the absence of an acknowledged author for an article means a
lot. First of all, I get the feeling that the articles are written by
faceless "researchers". Their job is to read a couple of encyclopedia
articles, and write a half a dozen little sentences. But there's a more
philosophical aspect: the absence of a name gives the feeling that
information is certain, impersonal, and merely "data". A _.n_.a_.m_.e at
the end of an encyclopedia article tells the reader that there is a
scholar involved, wh uts his or her knowledge and opinions on the line.
Even more, a name should make the reader realize that there is a human
being involved, fallible and opinionated as we all are, and that there
might be other scholars who might disagree with something in the
article. The kernel of scholarship is the realization of uncertainty.
On this ROM, not only are there are no names of the writers of the
individual articles, even the identities of the recordings and musicians
are half hidden. They are not in the individual articles, but are pulled
up from the "About ..." item in the Mac menu. They are in order of
recording, or of musician's name. So if you want to find out who is
playing the Hardanger fiddle selection, for example, you have to read
down the list. It gives a feeling that these lists are here because they
fill some legal requirement, like the statement "Microsoft is a
registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation", not because correct
musical manners require that the musician is acknowledged by name. This
may be the way they do things in marketing computer software ... but it
is not the way in music. Can you imagine buying a recording of the
Beethoven Violin Concerto, which had in small type on the back cover
"Violin played by Itzhak Perlman"? There could be a "Performers" button
with each item. But there's no such button.
The "About ..." information lists a number of writers, photographers
and illustrators. There are also two "consultants", Jeremy Montagu and
Peter Cooke, a "Composer/Musical Arranger", Robyn Smith, and a
"Researcher", Donna Rispoli. So far, I have not found any of these in
Who's Who's, lists of university faculty, and so forth.
All in all, should you buy this ROM? For the price of four music
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The Beer Homebrewing Guide
Reviewed by Andrew J. Pardoe

"So you want to brew beer?" Ever heard that question before? Well, here
comes another one. This one, however, is for good.
I've put a lot of money into my home-brews in the past couple of
years. I've brewed double bocks and root beers, meads and sake. And I've
bought a lot of books, magazines, and even a few programs. But nowhere
have I found as much information for such a low price.
The Beer Homebrewing Guide features a how-to book with pictures on
every page which I found to be basic, although accurate. For the
advanced homebrewer, there is a reference guide of supply shops,
catalogs, homebrewing books, etc. What sets this disc apart, however, is
the capture of messages on an internet homebrewing newsgroup. Most of
the messages are quite informative and, as anyone who has tripped
through cyberspace knows, detail problems and solutions from actual
people in your situation. Every to I looked for was included in the
index, although the nature of internet sessions cannot guarantee to be
comprehensive. In any regard, it certainly beats paying for online
access time.
The disc also includes over 400 recipes in the following categories:
pale ales; lagers; wheat beers; steam, smoked and sourmash; stouts and
porters; bocks and Doppelbocks; herbs and spices; fruit; Scotch,
Trappist, Belgium and other ales; Meads; Ciders, Other and Historical
Interest. If that isn't enough for you, extra recipes literally
photocopied out of catalogs, newsletters and the like are included.
Is this disc the best thing to hit homebrewing since canned malt
extract? Not in the least. But it is much more useful than any one book
I've seen. This isn't the type of disc you'd ever want to lose,
regardless of how experienced you become at brewing. The biggest problem
I have with this disk is the fact that it is Windows handicapped: I much
prefer DOS, but was able to glide through this disk with ease.
Everything is cross-reference in hypertext, and the graphics quality was
excellent. Make sure to b g a sixer of homebrew to the 'puter when you
first boot this up--you won't want to leave the screen long enough to
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Tripmaker for Windows
Reviewed by Doug Reed

Rand McNally describes Tripmaker for Windows as the "all-in-one
computer software solution for planning a trip by car in the United
States, Canada, and Mexico." It contains up-to-date maps of over 640,900
miles of roads and 125,000 cities and towns. The program itself is easy
to load and you should be able to use it with minimal reading of the
manual. Tripmaker is very user-friendly and makes good use of
What makes this program very simple to use, though, is the Trip
Guide, which asks you questions about your trip and then can very
quickly plan the trip for you. Trip Guide asks you the starting location
and destination, and allows you to customize the trip to suit you. You
can assign stopovers, the distance travelled per day, and adjust the
trip for the quickest, shortest, or most scenic route. Once Trip Guide
calculates the trip, you can adjust it even more, by changing the
locations where you stop at end of each day and the numbers of days
spent in different locations. You can also ask it to avoid certain areas
(if, for instance, you don't want to drive through the downtown area of
a major city). After finishing its calculations, Tripmaker then displays
a map of your trip and an itinerary. You can zoom the map yourself or
click on different sections of the itinerary to have Tripmaker zoom to
those locations for you. The level of detail of the maps is impressive;
not only ar e major highways and intersta tes shown, but also lakes,
rivers, and attractions. These maps can be printed out for you to take
on the trip with you.
Unfortunately, the maps printed out by my Epson 12 pin dot matrix
printer are barely usable; to get good high quality maps requires a
modern color printer or laser printer. The maps included with the Press
Guide were pretty and useful; just be aware that to obtain such images
requires a high quality printer.
Tripmaker can do more for you than simply draw out your trip. Provided
with the daily costs of hotels, entertainment, food, and an estimate of
gas prices and mileage, it can provide a good estimate of the total
budget required for your trip. If you need suggestions of the
attractions along your trip and places to stay, Tripmaker can help you.
You can then pick the ones you find interesting and add these to your
list of stopovers. It also includes 5 Attraction Packs that list
thousands of exciting attractions: Discovering History; Urban
Attractions; Fun for Kids; Airports, Military Bases and Universities;
and Scenic Tours. The first four can suggest possible destinations or
stopovers, based on either your interests or locale. The Scenic Tours
pack, on the other hand, comes with 88 preplanned trips. By telling the
program what area of the country you are interested in, it can suggest
several pre-made tours of local attractions and scener y. Each trip
comes with a short narrative to tell you where you will be going and
what you can see. You can very easily add one or more of these
preplanned trips to your itinerary, and Tripmaker makes all the
calculations for you. Additional Attraction Packs are available from
Rand McNally.
There is only one problem with this program. The scale printed next
to the map by the printer was not even close to being accurate. On one
of the maps it indicated that the distance between Dallas, Texas and
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to be less than one hundred miles; I know from
experience that it is 200 miles between the two cities. The itinerary
that was printed out, however, had the correct mileage on it. So stick
to the itinerary and forget the printed maps.
Overall I would say that I really like this program. It is easy o
use and capable of doing a great deal of the planning required in
preparing for a cross-country trip by car. The scenic tours are also a
nice touch. If you like to take trips by car, this program is a

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Multimedia/Game Software
Companions of Xanth
Reviewed by Jerry W. Eichelberger

If you like to dabble in puzzle solving/adventure/role playing
games, then this game is a must have! I was impressed with the amazing
sound effects and outstanding graphics. The installation from CD-ROM was
a snap and required very little interaction. Within minutes I had the
games installed on my hard drive (one of two options) and was beginning
my adventure. I played this game on my Dell 80486/66 with a SoundBlaster
16 card and Creative 2x CD-ROM drive. I experienced no problems with the
game running xcept an occasional failure of the speech processor to
completely read what was listed in the dialog box.
You begin you adventure as a boy named Dug. You are sitting in your
room staring at your blank computer screen when your buddy, Edsel, gives
you a call and challenges you to play a game to see if you like it. The
dialog boxes are easy to follow and allow you to select "personalized"
phrases to respond to questions ask by the various characters of the
game. After accepting the challenge, you will wait for the package to
arrive and then load the game on the PC in your room. After selecting a
companion (I ommend Nada Naga), you will begin you adventure into the
land of Xanth.
The story begins (make sure you watch the introduction screens) ad
demon XANTH and demon EARTH make a bet to see if a "Mundane" could solve
all the clever puzzles and attain the prize. If demon EARTH wins, then
all magic would be stricken from the land of XANTH. Once you have
entered the land of Xanth, you will meet a girl named Kim. She is the
other Mundane that is also searching for the prize. During the game you
will have several opportunities to monitor your adversary's performance
and see how far a g she is. The game continues into a Village the
Crossroads. This is where you will have to solve your first puzzle and
help the villagers by dousing the censorship (BE IMAGINATIVE). You will
also have to find a way to get past the pail (a catapult should work).
After you get past the pail, Fairy Nuff will provide you instructions on
the censorship.
Once you succeed in passing this puzzle, many more await you in the
Void, Region of Earth, Region of Fire, Region of water, ComPewter
(TOUGH!!!), the Region of Air, The Gap, Humfrey's Castle and then the
Gourd. Each region has a particular puzzle that must be solved before
you can proceed. Be prepared to take your time and take to Nada often.
She will help you with your quest and the dialog boxes you speak to her
with can give you hints to the solution to various puzzle parts.
Remember that she is a nat of Xanth and knows the regions. PAY ATTENTION
to ALL the little puns in the game, they are you best hint source.
The puzzles in the game are quite clever and paying careful
attention to all the puns in the game will determine whether you succeed
or fail in your quest. Some of the puzzles are logic or require
patience, but others require very specific object to resolve. Don't
overlook anything on your journey that you feel insignificant, from a
jar of mustard to a simple rock. Most items are necessary to solve a
puzzle, or to mix with other items to create potions and solutions.
The graphic interface of the game is simple to use and provides you
a variety of information. All the items that you obtain in your quest
are displayed along with the commands to assist you in you journey. The
commands are simple (take, put, give, open, look at, etc) to use and
items are easily manipulated and utilized. If you need assistance to
make a solution, you can refer to the compendium of Xanth. This book can
offer you an understanding of various places, potions, people and the
like. If you have a question about the "Love Spring" just open the book
and look under "mystical places" and read what could happen to you
should you decide to listen to the demoness and drink from the spring.
The land of Xanth is an enchanted land filled with a variety of
wondrous creatures that will delight and amuse you, but be careful that
you don't irritate the wrong individuals and find yourself starting
over. But the way, during this game it is STRONGLY recommended that you
have the presence of mind to save often so that you will be able to
restore should you get trapped or killed. Remember that certain death
could await you around the next corner.
I enjoyed this roleplaying adventure game, and one a scale of 1 to
10 would rate it a solid nine. This game is anything but "Mundane"!

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Microsoft Arcade
Review by Patrick Grote

It's amazing to think that this computer revolution started about 15
years ago. Remember the early 80s? The cutting edge couldnt be found on
your computer at home, Commodore 64, IBM PC or Timex Sinclair, but at
the arcade.
The arcades contained these illuminated boxes that could propel you
through space or put you in the seat of a tank. Everyone thought arcades
would bring the final sweeping blow to modern civilization. Heck, a kid
would go into the arcade at 1:00pm, come out at 6:00pm and swear only 30
minutes passed. Arcades were a place of refuge were a quarter could buy
a good player fifteen minutes of fun, an excellent player an hour of
worship from fellow gamers.
If you stop by arcades these days you dont get the same feeling of
time loss. Heck, instead of a quarter, most of the games cost fifty
cents to a dollar. Sure, they are really cool, nothing beats Mortal
Kombat II, but the sense of accomplishment is lost in the new cutting
edge of games. That loss coupled with the fact many of todays arcade
games barely beat whats available on a PC today, add to the fact
arcades arent what they used to be.
With games today that actually show a persons head being taken off,
I found sanctuary in simpler games like Ms. PacMan. Sure, the games
werent as visually stunning, but they had a basic one on one against
the computer. You against some silicon.
One of my all time favorite games was Asteroids. A very simple game
based on the story that you were stuck in an asteroid belt and had to
blast your way out. The graphics were stunning black and white with
animation rivaling that of the early Pong games. Today the only
Asteroids games you can find are in so called Coin Operated Museums
where old games go to die.
Of course, leave it to Microsoft to bring back five arcade classics
from the grave. MICROSOFT ARCADE includes five classic Atari arcade
games in Windows versions. The games include my favorite Asteroids,
Missile Command, Centipede, Tempest and Battle Zone.
Asteroids features you in a triangular shaped spaceship clearing an
asteroid belt of deadly asteroids while fighting off UFOs. You can warp,
jet around and even hyperspace.
Missile Command features you as a laser missile defense operator
charged with saving the cities in your territory. To do this, you must
launch your anti-missile lasers at incoming nuclear warheads.
Centipede is probably the most poplar arcade game of its time. You
are in charge of a mushroom patch and charged with exterminating all
insect life. Not only do you have to worry about the centipede that
snakes quicker and quicker through the mushrooms towards you, but
spiders, fleas and scorpions make their presence felt.
Tempest pits you against the unknown. It is your job to ensure that
creatures climbing up from the pit dont make it into our universe.
Lighting quick reflexes are needed to completed the task.
Battle Zone is a classic tank simulation game. You steer left, right
and move forward, backward to home in on targets and attack. Not only
are you after tanks and other military vehicles, but UFOs make their
presence felt as well.
All the games were originally made between 1979 and 1983 by Atari.
During this timeframe Atari not only owned the arcade game market, but
also the home game market. These were the glory days for arcade games.
Each game is not only an actual port to Windows with sound card
support, but includes a really neat help file section describing how
they designed, manufactured and marketed the original arcade games. Some
of the neat trivia includes the design team on Missile Command started
having nightmares of nuclear war and Battle Zone achieved multicolor by
using red cellophane across the top part of the screen. The only changes
Microsoft made to each game is the ability to control your playing
environment. You ca ontrol items like the number of points needed for an
extra ship in Asteroids or Spike Protection in Tempest. Microsoft even
left in the animated volcanoes in Battle Zone and the UFOs in Missile
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Multimedia ToolBook 3.0
Review by Roger W. Klein

Multimedia ToolBook 3.0 is a complete Multimedia authoring system
for Microsoft Windows. The package includes everything you need to
create striking applications for home or business. With the tools
provided in Multimedia ToolBook 3.0 you have the ability to develop
interactive courseware for education and training, information kiosks,
CD-ROM titles and much more. The product is more powerful and at the
same time easier to use than earlier versions.
Using Multimedia ToolBook 3.0 to create custom Windows applications
you can organize information intuitively using Multimedia ToolBook's
book metaphor. You can also create some extremely rich user interfaces
by utilizing the full range of controls provided, including graphic
buttons, 3D-style objects, dialog boxes, tool bars, drag-and-drop, and
object linking and embedding (OLE). You can even link related
information using hypertext and hypermedia capabilities.
Simple, yet sophisticated multimedia is standard with Multimedia
ToolBook 3.0. Organizing media clips using the Clip Manager is an easy
way to improve efficiency and make sure your clips are always at your
finger tips. Controlling media is easy with the simple, built-in
commands and objects. Add transition effects and volume control.
Animating objects can even be accomplished without scripting! These and
many more features make this "the" application for manipulating
multimedia objects.
Powerful text handling is also an important feature with any
development application and of course Multimedia ToolBook 3.0 has it.
You can format your text with word processor-like control of font,
style, color, on-line graphics, superscript, subscript, and more. Enable
full-text and keyword searching for instant access to every word in your
application. Utilize text tools such as spelling checker, embedded
TrueType fonts, and rich-text format (RTF) information exchange.
The author-friendly visual environment of Multimedia ToolBook 3.0
makes it easy to build applications without scripting using a powerful
feature called Auto-Script. Productivity is maximized using authoring
tools such as right-click menus and the Properties Browser. Developing
sophisticated applications is made easy by using OpenScript a robust
and easy-to-use object oriented programming language. Edit graphics,
wave audio files, and menu bars seamlessly with integrated editing
tools. Build database f t-ends with integrated dBase III and Paradox
Comprehensive learning aids help to learn Multimedia Tool Book using
a interactive on-line tutorial and over 20 sample applications. You can
even get answers as you work from the extensive on-line Help system.
If you want to use Multimedia ToolBook 3.0 for Professional
distribution you can do so with the royalty-free runtime files, media
packager, and professional installation utility. There is even the
ability to take advantage of advanced CD-ROM optimization for best
performance when CD authoring.
With all these wonderful features Asymetrix was generous enough to
include their Digital Video Producer! This application provides the user
with built-in video capture, intuitive timeline, animated titles,
bitmaps, and video overlays. Special effects can even be added to video
such as transitions and video filters.
If you want to get into the world of multimedia application
development, Multimedia ToolBook 3.0 is a full function, feature rich
application that can provide the tools needed for just about any task.
The features found in Multimedia ToolBook 3.0 are those usually only
available to a multimedia professional.

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Return to ZORK
Review by Roger W. Klein

"According to the myth, the Great Underground Empire of Zork was
destroyed and all evil magic was dispersed. But now, the IT&L
Corporation claims to have discovered the mythical dark recesses beneath
the Valley of the Sparrows. Since their discovery, nightmares have
become common. People have vanished. Buildings have disappeared. And
you, the unwitting traveler, must save the underground empire from the
forces of evil."
So the adventure begins - picking up where the highly acclaimed text
based Zork adventures left off. For all of you adventure fans out there,
Return to Zork is a far cry from those early adventures! Granted, the
original Zork's were some of the best adventures available, but Return
to Zork is a full featured multimedia adventure.
As in the original adventures you'll need to call on your
imagination to solve this mystery. The big difference is that the
atmosphere has now been enhanced with all the sights and sounds of a
top-notch multimedia interface. Return to Zork is mouse driven and
features a cast of Hollywood stars, over one hour of spoken dialogue,
over 180 original compositions, and one challenging puzzle after
Return to Zork is a mesmerizing interactive adventure of danger,
intrigue and cunning. Through a revolutionary interface you'll quickly
and easily master complex interactions. Choose your conversational tone,
from threatening to friendly, to obtain different responses from the
characters that you'll meet along the way. You can even take snapshots
and tape conservation's to call upon when needed to solve a puzzle.
Return to Zork will appeal to novice and experienced adventurers
alike. Once you start trying to solve this mystery you'll be hooked (as
in all of the Zork adventures). The only way out is to call on every bit
of resourcefulness you've got and conquer the forces of evil!

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Reviewed by Chip Cox

Sam & Max is a children's crime fighting computer game. It
implements the degree of new technology normally associated with LUCAS
Arts. Their method of encoding both digital computer data and digital
audio tracks onto the same CD provides a richer quality of sound both
musical and spoken than I have ever heard in a game before. This quality
was not hampered when running on a 386-33 with a Sound Blaster Pro sound
card. The technology is top notch.
On the other hand with new technology comes new problems. In my
normal setup my CD-ROM drive is in my fileserver. Not in my desktop
unit. This meant that I had to remove it from my fileserver and move it
to the desktop. Most other games and software I work and play with work
fine from the fileserver. Due to the new technique of mixing audio
tracks with computer data my server was unable to mount the CD. Granted
my situation is unique. Most people have their CD-ROM drive in their
desktop PC. It is howeve something to be aware of. When I called Lucas
Arts technical support to ask about this problem, they immediately
started telling me to make a boot disk because my problem was probably
memory and Sam & Max needed lots of memory. This wasn't my problem, but
it did lead me to think that memory would be a problem on my system. It
turned out not to be a problem at all. Unlike some other games I was
able to use my standard boot configuration and run the game in about
540K of RAM. Sam & Ma x does use a DOS extender to access the required 4
Megs or extended memory. My system had 16 Megs so this was not a
Probably due to the speed of my system the characters mouth
movements and the words did not come close to matching. The speech and
video mismatch was probably the most entertaining part of the game for
me. It looked like something out of a Japanese movie dubbed with
English. I really expected more considering the other technological
improvements. In my opinion, the content also left something to be
desired. Seeing someone shot to death and a cat given a tonsillectomy
within the first few minutes just wa ot my idea of a kids game. Again I
would have expected more from Lucas Arts.
In conclusion, even though the game uses some wonderful technology
it follows the same path as other games. Make the users system conform
to what we want. I had rather see games which tried harder to work
regardless of the system configuration. I do realize that this is
difficult and Sam & Max is not as bad as other games I have played. It
could be better.

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Wrath of the Gods From Luminaria
Review by Don Pellegrino

Suggested Price: $59.95

Requirements (Windows):
- IBM/100% compatible 386 25MHz and up.
- 4MB of RAM (8MB recommended). Note: 4MB systems require a 6MB permanent
swap file.
- Single-Speed CD-ROM drive (Double-Speed recommended).
- VGA,SVGA 256 color display with 640x480 resolution.
- Windows compatible sound card (SoundBlaster, ProAudio Spectrum, etc.).
- DOS 5.0, Windows 3.1. Mouse.

Wrath of the Gods is also available for Macintosh CD-ROM.

Requirements (Macintosh):
- Macintosh LC III, Performa 450, IIci, PowerBook 160, Centris, Quadra.
- 256 Colors, 640x480 Resolution.
- Minimum 4MB RAM (2,500K of free RAM), Single-Speed CD-ROM Drive.
- Recommended 8MB RAM, Double-Speed CD-ROM Drive.
- Requires System 7.

Wrath of the Gods is an adventure game based on Greek myths. The
player is on a journey, during the time of Greek legend, to regain his
birthright. The game features photo-realistic actors and animation. There
is an extensive geography to explore and many of the puzzles let the player
relive the adventure s had by famous heroes such as Hercules, Jason, and


WOTG is very easy to use. There is a standard icon interface much
like the one you would see in any of Sierra's adventure games (King's Quest,
Space Quest, etc.). The characters all speak to the player therefore there
are not any monotonous dialog bubbles to read. The speech is very clear and
the plot is easy to follow. An on-line map is provided to make the landscape
more identifiable. Many adventure games give the player a maze of screens
to navigate which can become troublesome and take away from game play. After
using the map you will get the feeling that you are in an alternate reality
with an area with which you are familiar.
Luminaria even offers an original concept in the hint area. When
you are discouraged you don't have to quit the game or even pick up a hint
book. On-line cheating is given through the "Oracle." Back in the time of
Greek mythology the people would consult the mythical Oracle for wisdom. Of
course, the Oracle was usually pretty vague. So, following this history, the
game lets the player trade points for clues. The first few hints don't admit
an obvious answer, which can usually let you get back into the game and
solve the puzzle yourself. If you are completely baffled it does still give
the complete solution (click on the x and then click on the y), it will cost
you though.
Another distinctive enhancement to the adventure game genre is
Luminaria's addition of historical background, made available in screen
specific areas of the game. One puzzle has the player faced up against the
deadly Hydra. When "Info" is chosen text is displayed relating the story of
how Hercules defeated the Hydra. With the knowledge of Hercules'
experiences the player is able to mirror the actions and slay the Hydra.

Graphics and Sound:

Real actors portray the characters and the mouth movements follow
the speech accurately. The costumes are also professionally produced giving
an authentic depiction of the time. The backgrounds are outstanding. Most
of the art comes from various historical societies.
Sound effects totally immerse you into setting. Trees rustle in the
wind, rivers flow, and lightning strikes with an echoing bang. The
characters not only have great diction but their tone of voice is clear and

Game Play:

The story line is short and simple. The player must regain his
throne, rescue his mother, and finally find his father. It takes a lot of
exploring to make progress along this line and the player will come across
many other, more elaborate puzzles. If you can complete them you get bonus
points to be spent at the Oracle, if you are stumped, you can just come back
later or skip the puzzle completely. This nonlinear type of progress is a
much better design than the kind seen in many of Sierra's or LucasArt's
adventures which require the player to take one puzzle at a time. If you
get stumped without a hint book, the game looses its entertainment value. If
it was not for sleeping and eating you would probably never quit playing
WOTG. Another irritating aspect of the traditional adventure style is
death. One death could set the player back hours of progress. In WOTG,
when you die you simply go to Mt. Olympus or Haydes (usually Haydes). This
has no greater consequence than repositioning the player on the map. Simply
walk out the door marked "Exit" and head back to where you left off.


For the most part WOTG is error free. On a Pentium system all of
the animation is well timed to the speech and sound effects. On a slower
system mouth movement may become sporadic and animation slow or jerky. Quick
Time for Windows is responsible for these quirks. Like most other games
the program is limited by the speed of your system. I experienced some
incompatibility problems with Quick Time. I needed to update my Sound
Blaster 2.0 Driver to a beta version just to get the speech to work
correctly. Luminaria technical support answered on the first ring and was
able to send the driver out within the week. Another problem with Quick
Time is that when you return to the program manager all of the icons will be
on a white background regardless of your screen colors. The only real game
related problem I could find has to do with saving. Beware, do not save
while you are in the map screen. The game will exit back to the program


Wrath of the Gods is a breakthrough in adventure gaming. The
Graphics and Sound represent Luminaria's clear link with Hollywood. The
interface is easy to use and the player does not have to waste any time
reading complex technical manuals. Game play is revolutionary. The Oracle,
Historical Background, Map, and handling of death all pound the gaming style
far beyond any previous adventure.

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The Zork Anthology
Reviewed by Nathan Kay

Some of my favorite computer games I've ever played have been in the
series of Zork games written by Infocom. To say the least, these are
truly classic games. In a way, I learned to thinking constructively by
playing Zork.
The Zork games are text-adventures, meaning that instead of the
sound and graphics that today's games rely heavily upon, the classic
Zork games use only text to convey the surroundings. The user interacts
with the game by typing commands in normal English. For instance, say
the game told you there was a piece of gold on a table in the room you
had just entered. To take the gold, you would simply type 'take gold'.
To give a brief history of Zork, this is roughly what happened. In
days gone by, Infocom released Zork One, and it was great. Not content
with a one-time success, they went on to create Zork Two, a masterpiece
that seemed to represent the best in text-adventure games. To the great
wonderment and surprise of their fans, they wrote Zork Three, a game
that made the past two Zorks seem pale in comparison. For a time, they
wrote other games that took the computer world in those days by storm.
Legends such as anetfall, Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy (The Game),
and many others that achieved success and fame in their times.
But Zork remained a compelling mystery. Fans of Infocom wanted more
of the strange world of the Great Underground Empire. Beyond Zork was
created, and proved that the world of Zork had wonders and dangers yet
to be explored, even for the most hardy player. Never one to rest on
it's laurels, Infocom released what was to be for a long time, the
crowning masterpiece of the Zork series, Zork Zero: The Revenge of
Since these games stopped being released several years ago, copies
have been rare and often hard to come by. But the demand for them has
stayed strong.
Then Infocom was acquired by Activision, who later released the
top-selling multimedia game, Return to Zork.
The Zork Anthology, which will be free with any copy of the highly
popular Return to Zork until the end of 1994, and will be available
separately at the beginning of 1995, contains the first five classic
Zork games and as an extra, the popular Infocom game, Planetfall on a
single PC and MAC readable CD-ROM.
Infocom's games have always stood apart from other text adventures
for two reasons. First, they have the easiest to use English interface,
which has a vast vocabulary to draw upon, that makes it easy to interact
with the game. And second, the in-depth plots and well thought-out
problems, traps and puzzles that are scattered throughout the games.
In Zork One, users take on the part of a young adventurer, out
looking for fortune, fame, and treasure, and in general, something
interesting to do. The adventure starts as the user finds oneself
outside what appears to be a perfectly ordinary white house. However,
the gateway to adventure lies nearby, for those smart enough to find it,
and who are brave enough to enter! Deal with a cunning thief, solve
strange and wondrous puzzles, and explore the Great Underground Empire.
Filled with puzzles, challen and amazing places, this game is a perfect
way to be entertained while thinking. It's challenging, witty and fun.
With Zork Two, the adventure continues as the user continues into a
new, stranger, more dangerous and tricky area of the Great Underground
Empire, promising greater fame, greater glory, and more chances to get
killed. Wizards, dragons, princesses to save, and the mysteries of the
tomb of the Flathead Kings are just a few of the challenges this game
provides. As with all the Zork games, the puzzles and challenges it
provides are sure to keep one coming back for more.
Zork Three presents the player with the final challenge, and the
final section of the Great Underground Empire, with mysteries,
challenges and a land where nothing is quite what it seems.
In Beyond Zork, the player takes the role of a different adventurer,
who, inexperienced and unwitting, must find the Coconut of Quendor and
get it to a place of safety, where it may lay in wait for the Age that
is coming.
With Zork Zero, the player is taken back to the time of Dimwit
Flathead himself. With humor, challenges of logic, gentle nudges, and a
very strange and annoying jester, you must search the Empire for the
items and wisdom that will save the Empire from the Curse of the mighty
wizard, Megaboz. See the origins of the white house, and make history in
the Zork world. Just be careful not to become history!
The Zork games are a well balanced combination of wit, logic, and
cunning, both low and high. With an easy to use interface, well written
and executed plots, and wonderful richness of language and locations,
the Zork Anthology has appeal for both adults and older children. Adults
can laugh and have fun as they travel the Great Underground Empire, and
older children can begin to learn logic, critical thinking, and
problem-solving skills.
With a suggested price of $19.95 for the Zork Anthology, this is a
good deal indeed. I would have expected such a bundle of good games to
sell for quite a bit more.
The Zork Anthology needs 512k of RAM, a CD-ROM reader, CGA graphics,
and a hard disk with 2 megabytes of RAM to run on an IBM. For Mac users,
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Graphics Software
DesignCAD for Windows 2D
Review By Jacci Howard Bear

Shortly after installing DesignCAD 2D (DCAD for short) I knew I was
in over my head. This is a powerful program for serious CAD users. My usual
"fiddling around to see what happens" approach didn't work. Fortunately I
didn't throw up my hands in despair and beg to exchange the software for
something like a new solitaire game or a screen saver. A few hours with the
tutorial manual and DCAD hooked me.
It's a Windows program all the way--cutting down considerably on the
learning curve. A little practice with plotting points for lines, arcs,
circles, and boxes and suddenly I forgot my earlier intimidation. I even
discovered features that I wish my primary vector drawing program included.
DCAD is not for the casual user wanting to draw the occasional
widget or sketch out a minor room remodeling. You can use it for that, but
it is really a professional quality design and drafting tool that happens to
be user-friendly enough for a novice like me. For the beginner wanting to
experiment with a Windows CAD program, DCAD is an excellent choice. Its
price is a tenth of other comparable CAD programs; the Windows interface
along with comprehensive online Help and well-written manuals cut the
learning time; and, you don't need state-of-the-art equipment--DCAD runs
fine on my 386SX with only 6 megs RAM. Screen redraws and some drawing is a
bit slow--unacceptably so for serious business use--but owners of 386DX and
higher systems will probably find little to complain about.
Like the best Windows programs, DCAD allows you to set up your
workspace and issue commands in whatever fashion suits your work style. I
love flexibility. So many programs--for text or graphics--try to force me to
work in ways that are uncomfortable, inconvenient, or non-intuitive. DCAD
offers the ultimate in flexibility: - pull-down menus accessible from
keyboard or mouse - keyboard shortcuts for more commands than most Windows
programs - multiple, floating, configurable tool boxes of icons - a variety
of rulers, grids, and cursor options - 256 layers for drawings and pre-set
colors plus custom color palettes - uses right mouse button and if
available, uses middle mouse button - support for digitizer tablet
While going through the tutorial I discovered that I could work most
efficiently and issue almost any command by keeping my left hand on the
keyboard and my right hand on the mouse.
In addition to the flexibility in performing tasks, DCAD provides
great flexibility in how you can draw elements--depending on your
preferences and the needs of your current design. For instance, you can draw
an arc eight ways: set a radius and a specified angle; between 2 points with
a specified radius; using 3 points; setting points for center, beginning,
and end; setting points for beginning, end, and radius; quarter circle;
semi-circle; elliptical arc. While drawing the arc (or any other element)
you can also plot points in a variety of ways--even mixing methods while
drawing one element. Perhaps it was this flexibility that overwhelmed me at
first look; but, it is also this flexibility and functionality that gives
the program its power.
Have you ever "lost your place" while zoomed in close on a section
of a drawing? In DCAD you can have unlimited open windows at any size. Open
up side by side windows. Zoom in one window for close-up work. Leave the
full drawing visible in the other view window so you can always see "the
whole picture."
Some programs have a status bar that displays the name or function
of a button when the cursor passes over it--great for identifying obscure or
seldom used buttons. DCAD goes a step further and also displays brief
instructions for using the tool. This is a great feature to aid in learning
the program.
I'm certainly not a power-user but I experimented with other
features that CAD pros will enjoy. When setting points for drawing elements,
you can first set the points then tell the program what you want it to draw
(using those points). If the available commands aren't enough for your
needs, write your own with the BasicCAD programming language included with
DCAD. The commands I wrote weren't particularly useful but I can certainly
see the possibilities.
Although the drawing tools allow you to draw almost any imaginable
shape, DCAD save you much time by supplying libraries full of commonly used
elements such as architecture (doors, appliances, landscape plants,
furniture, windows ...), electrical, piping, and more.
DCAD will import DXF, IGES, HPGL, ASCII, and XY coordinate files. It
exports in DXF, IGES, and WordPerfect format. Additionally, it has full
Windows clipboard support so that you can copy, cut, and paste to and from a
variety of Windows programs. For instance, you could copy a BMP background
scene for your drawing into the DCAD file using the clipboard.
Even as a CAD novice, I recognize and appreciate the wealth of
features in DCAD. In spite of my early trepidation, DesignCAD for Windows 2D
is a keeper.

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Reviewed by Jacci Howard Bear

DoDOT 4.0 from Halcyon Software is a integrated graphics utility
package for Windows. I work with a lot of graphics in many formats.
While DoDOT doesn't do everything I might want, it certainly does do
many things that I need.
Five separate modules make up the DoDOT suite. DoSNAP, DoVIEW,
DoCONVERT, and DoThumbnail are stand-alone programs that can be run
individually or accessed from the main DoDOT program. In addition to
accessing the supporting modules, DoDOT provides its own image
processing capabilities, tracing and rasterizing tools, and Fax and Scan
The basic tools for image processing include rotation, scaling,
inverting, conversion to grayscale, color separation, color palette
editing, dithering, and gamma correction. If you have a TWAIN compatible
scanner, you can scan images directly into DoDOT. With INTEL or CAS
compatible FAX hardware you can send a fax from within the program.
Perhaps the most impressive part of the core DoDOT package is its
ability to handle both bitmap and vector images and its ability to
convert between the two formats us the trace and rasterize tools.
For greater conversion capability there is the DoCONVERT module. It
allows you to do batch file conversions between different graphics file
formats. For instance, you might want to convert a collection of BMP
graphics to PCX. With DoCONVERT you quickly and easily create a script
file that automates the conversion process. You don't have to open each
individual file and go through the conversion steps over and over.
If you've ever longed for an easy way to view images without
cranking up your paint or draw program, now you can have it. The DoVIEW
module allows you to view images in over 50 different supported graphics
file formats including bitmap, fax, and vector formats.
Only recently have I come to appreciate a really good screen capture
utility. Previously I relied on the Print Screen button and the Windows
Clipboard for all my screen captures. With DoSNAP I have much more
flexibility. DoSNAP can be configured to capture an entire screen, a
specific open window, any rectangular section of the screen, or any
arbitrary portion--using the freehand tool to outline the desired
section in any freeform shape. Once captured, you can send the screen
capture to the Windows clip rd, your printer, or a file. When doing a
series of screen shots, you can specify a common file name prefix and
let DoSNAP number the shots for you automatically. For example, a series
of screen shots with the prefix DD in the BMP format would be saved as
DD0.BMP, DD1.BMP, DD2.BMP. DoSNAP supports TIFF, PCX, BMP, RLE, GIF, and
WPG (bitmap) file formats.
While the other modules are good, it is the DoThumbnail portion of
DoDOT that gets highest marks from me. An image cataloging program that
handles both bitmap and vector formats is essential to my graphics work.
DoThumbnail has an impressive array of features. It creates miniature
images of your graphics which you put into groups--databases--and store
on your hard drive or on floppy disks. Each thumbnail image contains a
user supplied description, reference information for the original file,
and an appl tion association. The Application command allows you to
specify what program you want to have loaded for that image when you
select the Run command. Catalogued images can also be dragged and
dropped onto a Windows application.
You can quickly find specific images in a database using filename or
text string searches. Images can be marked and unmarked for easy
execution of other options such as deletion or printing.
DoThumbnail provides 5 ways to print your databases. You may print
one image per page--printing the actual image not just the thumbnail.
Or, you can print the thumbnail image, specifying the number of rows and
columns to print; include the file reference information; include the
description of the thumbnail; or, include both the description and file
An important consideration when printing a catalog of images is the
quality of the printed thumbnail. Some programs print too small, or too
large, or without enough detail. DoThumbnail lets you specify how large
the thumbnail will print and whether or not to retain the original
proportions. Even on my 24 pin dot matrix printer, both bitmap and
vector images are clear and well-defined.
If you have both bitmap and vector format graphics then this one
package is ideal. For my own needs, I found the image processing
limited; although, for moderate editing it works beautifully. With some
images the viewer is woefully slow. However, the screen capture,
conversion, and image cataloging features are superb.

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Reviewed by Wayne A. MacLeod

Graphics Tools from Delta Point is a powerful and easy to use suite
of five integrated utilities designed for the heavy graphics user.
Requirements as tested are: 386 or higher IBM PC or compatible, DOS
4.01 or higher, MS Windows 3.1 or higher, 4 MB of free disk space, Win
compatible pointing device, 2 MB of RAM (4 MB recommended) and at least
an EGA monitor, though a VGA is strongly recommended.
Installation is straight forward and does not presume to make any
major modifications to any of your primary configuration files. It makes
only a small entry in your WIN.INI file and notifies you of this during
the install. The program offers a selective install allowing you to
install the basic operational files or a complete install that adds
sample images and import/export translation files. The full install
takes nearly 11 MB, but the program can be installed in as little as 4
The five integrated utilities consist of the Media Manager, Image
Tools, Image Processor, Convert and Capture. By default, install creates
icons for media Manager and Capture, but each individual utility can be
assigned an icon if so desired. Each application has a Tool Bar that
allows easy access to the other applications.
Media Manager is used to create and manage "collections" of various
media. These collections are represented in Media Manager by thumbnail
views of the graphic, object or linked application files. Pointers to
the original files are also maintained and double clicking on the thumb
nail will load the image, object or linked file into the appropriate
application. For example, double clicking an image file will load it

into the Image Processor module, while double clicking on a linked
ProComm Plus Aspec t will load ProComm Plus and run that script.
Creating, deleting and modifying collections is a simple process. The
number of files that can be cataloged is limited only to the amount of
memory you have available. Clicking on a thumb nail representation
allows you to view, index or print the graphics file directly from media
manager. Media Manager supports "drag-and-drop" and OLE.
Image Processor allows you to manipulate the graphic images you have
in your collection. You can enhance, retouch, crop, color correct,
utilize custom color palettes and various special effects to get the
image you want. You can create new original imaged utilizing the tools
provided. The special effects include inversion, emboss, sharpen,
pixelize, sculpt, blur, posterize and more. There is an "optimize"
feature that calculates the best values for brightness, contrast and
gamma and auto adjusts for ossible picture. All the tools are there for
the experienced user to work their magic, but also for the newer user to
accomplish simple and not so simple graphic editing functions without
much difficulty. The Image Processor provides support for TWAIN
compatible scanners and allows scanning directly into the processor.
The manual gives some excellent step by step instructions in usage of
the Image processor
Image Tools is the image processors little brother. It is used to
perform viewing, tracing and basic editing of any vector or bitmap
image. A really neat feature of Image tools is AutoTrace. This tool is
used to trace all or part of a bitmap image and convert the image to a
vector drawing file. Outline, solid fill and zig zag vector files are
supported. You can also rasterize vector images to convert them to
bitmap. You can perform basic color control, image rotation and
cropping. Image tool is MDI comp nt allowing opening of multiple
documents for image editing.
The Convert module is a batch file conversion utility capable of
using scripting to convert different file formats within the same
batch. You can convert between DOS, Windows, OS/2, SUN and MAC bitmap,
vector and fax graphics formats from hundreds of applications.
Conversion can be performed in the background. Includes 20 bitmap
formats, 15 vector, nine fax and PCD and JPEG formats. Convert does not
handle conversion of bitmap to vector formats, but the tracing feature
of Image Tools does allow this co rsion.
The screen Capture utility is one of the most powerful and flexible
that I have seen. It allows numerous types of captures; Freehand, Area,
Window, Icon, List Box, Full Screen and coordinate Area. It allows
saving the capture to over 20 graphics formats. Supports 16, 256,
16-bit, 24-bit color and monochrome screens.
DeltaPoint's' Graphics Tools is an excellent package. It may be more
than the casual user needs right now, but it also handles the basics
very well and the power is there if and when you need it. The program
comes with a bonus CD that includes over 700 pieces of clip art, image
libraries and DeltaPoint demos programs.

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Review by Jacci Howard Bear

MetaMorf is a fun and inexpensive ($29.95) introduction to the magic
of morphing. It's a DOS program that performs basic morph and warp
For the uninitiated, morphing is a special effect seen in movies and
television where two images--such as a person and an animal--transform
from one into the other in a smooth transition. Some familiar examples:
the villain in Terminator 3 who transforms from a blob of liquid into a
person, and the shaving product commercial on TV where the men's faces
change smoothly from one face to another and another.
The DOS version of MetaMorf won't run under Windows and requires a
great deal of conventional memory. You can use the images created by the
program in most DOS or Windows graphics programs. Morphing is a slow
process so be prepared to take a coffee break when executing 20 or 25
frame images.
The main MetaMorf screen is fairly straight-forward. Load starting
and ending images into the upper left- and right-hand portions of the
screen. The bottom half of the screen controls how the program works.
Most choices are self-explanatory or easy to figure out without even
reading the book. The whole program is so easy to use that the manual
devotes most of its pages to describing the ways to get the best image
and ideas on how to use the images you create.
You can create morphed images in two formats--an animation file in
FLI format, and individual graphic images of each frame (step) in the
morphing process (in GIF, BMP, PCX, or TGA formats). MetaMorf has its'
own built-in animation player for the FLI files. Within the main program
all images appear in black and white even though the original files and
the resulting morphed images may be in color.
MetaMorf comes with a selection of GIF files of people and animals
and pre-configured matrices so you can start experimenting immediately.
A matrix is a series of lines that correspond to key points (such as
eyes, nose, and mouth) on each image that help make the transformation
smoother and the results more pleasing. I found the creation of a matrix
confusing at first but with practice it becomes simple.
The Warp function is similar to the morphing process. With warping
you can change the shape of individual portions of an image--such as
enlarging the eyes or making an image of a car appear to wrap around a
spherical object.
MetaMorf requires a 286 processor, 2MB of RAM, VGA, 2MB minimum free
space (not including the files you create), Mouse, and DOS 3.1. The
recommended configuration is a 386/20 and 4MB of RAM.
MetaMorf does one thing--transform images--and the program itself
does most of the work. For the best results you should spend some time
selecting the best images to morph and creating a good matrix but,
beyond that MetaMorf does the hard stuff and you're left to have fun
with the resulting images.

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Utility Software
FileManager Plus
Reviewed by Michael Christensen

FileManager Plus is a sharp little add-on Windows utility that, like
all sharp objects, should be approached with a bit of caution. It enhances
Windows File Manager by adding several disk and file management tools as
well as several security features.
FileManager Plus installs directly over File Manager and includes
its own un-installer, in case you decide you do not want it. It includes a
customizable toolbar for most functions, making it easy and quick to use.
Trash-It is an obvious take-off of Macintosh's Trashcan, but it's
not quite as dummy-proof as the Mac version. Trash-It, at least in the
beginning, requires cautious use.
Options for Trash-It include Hide, Delete, or Compress. With the
default setting, Hide, it's easy to use and pretty much bullet-proof. When
you trash files, they do not leave the disk. The file attribute is changed
to hidden, and they are easily and quickly retrievable until you empty the
trash. Emptying trash can be done either manually or automatically at
user-determined intervals.
If the option is set to delete, Trash-It can become treacherous. A
single inadvertent mouse-click can wipe out entire directories in the space
of a startled gasp. While I didn't have the courage to experiment on the C
drive root directory, I did set up a test directory that included several
fairly large files. One click destroyed it without asking for confirmation,
even when the Confirm Delete option was checked. Scary.
You do have the choice of MS-DOS Recoverable deletion, which is some
consolation. It also includes choices for DOD Shred and Paranoid Shred,
which will wipe files thoroughly and irrecoverably. Proceed carefully.
For safety, you might want to customize the toolbar by removing the
Trash-It single-click icon and replacing it with a Delete File icon.
Zip-It uses the popular PKZIP and PKUNZIP for file compression.
Zipped files can be encrypted and password-protected. There is also an
option for Automated ZIP, which lets you set up a named instruction set for
repeated use. The only thing lacking in Zip-It is the capability for making
self-extracting (.EXE) files. If you need these executable files, you'll
still have to go back to the standard PKZIP.
Data Encryption gives you choices ranging from Nosy Neighbor (barely
encrypted) up to Data Encryption Standard III. DES III, according to the
manual, is approved for use with Retail and Wholesale banking and financial
transactions. This is probably more security than the average user needs,
but it's reassuring to have it available.
For those who need absolute data security (or the absolutely
paranoid), data encrypted, compressed files can be armed with a password,
included into a vault, and the original files wiped from disk using DOD
Shred, the Department of Defense specification, to thoroughly wipe the file
from your system.
Clean-It, as the name implies, is a useful tool for cleaning up your
disks. It will locate file types, such as .TMP or .BAK, as well as finding
duplicate files that can be deleted.
Disk-It, the disk management utility, performs a number of tasks,
including monitoring available space, labeling disks, running specified
programs. It includes an alarm system which can be set to activate when
available disk space falls below a specified level. At that point, it can
either display a warning box or activate a batch file or other program to
delete .BAK, .TMP or other files.
FileManager Plus also can be configured to use .WAV sound files to
indicate operations, such as shredders, creaking vault doors or clanking
trash cans.
Altogether, I found FileManager Plus to be a useful disk and file
management utility, easily worth the $49.95 list price.

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QEMM Version 7.5
Reviewed by William M Frazier

Who needs a memory manager? Heck, you get MemMaker free with MS-DOS
V6, so why would you want to buy one? Most programs will run without a
problem on most PCs. If you work exclusively in the Windows environment,
you may never have a problem. I didn't, until I recently started using
my computer for gaming, um..., I mean entertainment. Then it happened.
"Out Of Memory Error!" Huh? Device drivers were sucking up my
conventional memory. Even after using MemMaker I only had 542K of free
conventional memo . The solution is simple enough. Make a floppy boot
disk with a minimum configuration, or set up multiple boot programs if
you are using MS-DOS V6. But I knew there must be a better way. The
better way turns out to be QEMM, now in Version 7.5.
Installing QEMM is now easier than ever. It installs from both DOS
and Windows. That's right, QEMM now has a Windows install routine. It
also has a Windows specific version of Manifest and QSETUP. I installed
QEMM from Windows to a somewhat loaded 486DX with 8 Megs of RAM. The
install command is the same in DOS or Windows, A:\Install. I chose the
express installation, and unless you're an expert in PC memory
management, I would suggest you do the same. After feeding two disks to
my machine, and watching reboot itself 3 or 4 times, QEMM reported that
it had optimized my start up files, saving me 80K of conventional
memory. I went to DOS and ran the Mem command. Sure enough I now had
627K of free conventional memory.
QEMM comes with better than average documentation. An Installation
Guide includes all the information most users will need to get QEMM up
and running. Another small booklet details the operation of the Manifest
program, Quarterdeck's system reporting and diagnostic utility. The QEMM
Reference Manual is a 220 page book that is capable of teaching most
users just about everything they will ever want to know about memory
architecture and management in a DOS environment.
In addition to Windows support, Version 7.5 includes a number of
additional enhancements over previous versions of QEMM. Enhanced support
for the popular Stacker disk compression program now saves Stacker 4.0
users an addition 8K to 32K of conventional memory. The QuickBoot
routine speeds up the three fingered salute. At present, QEMM is the
only memory manager that detects and automatically uses the memory
addresses of PCMCIA cards. Possibly most important, QEMM has been
modified to use a 32-bit flat m ry model.
Installation problems are a very real possibility when dealing with
the infinite variations of PC, peripheral, and software combinations
available in today's market. To respond to this problem, QuarterDeck
provides a number of support options. At the bottom level are the
manuals and program help files. The distribution disks also contain
White Papers and Technotes discussing hardware and software
compatibility issues. If you can't find the answer there, your can call
Quarterdeck's Q/FAX system. This fax k system is accessed via a toll
free 800 number. Quarterdeck also operates a BBS system where you can
contact tech support personnel and also download the latest patch files.
You can contact Quarterdeck on the Internet, CompuServe, BIX, Fidonet,
MCI Mail, and SmartNet. If you are still stuck, Quarterdeck provides 90
days of free (but not toll free) telephone support. After your free
telephone support expires, Quarterdeck offers VIP paid support plans.
Although most people buy QEMM for it's memory management
capabilities, Quarterdeck also includes Manifest, a system reporting and
diagnostic utility. If you have ever installed a new peripheral to your
system and then suffered DMA or IRQ conflicts, you know how valuable a
program like Manifest can be. Manifest can give you a complete overview
of your systems memory usage. It also reports on which system IRQs are
in use and those that are free. If you are installing a new CD-ROM or
sound card, this infor ion can make the difference between a simple
installation and a nightmare.
Well, QEMM is now installed, up, and running. I now have 627K of
free conventional memory. So what? Well, my games now run without
booting the machine from a special floppy boot disk. Whenever I get
tired of doing 'real' work on the computer, I can switch directly to my
favorite game and enhance my motor skills. QEMM is a great product and
solves a number of problems, but don't throw away that floppy boot disk.
While QEMM works in most cases, some programs can still give it fits.
Historically, game software pushes the limits of programming tricks and
techniques. Every now and then you will find one that baffles QEMM,
making that old floppy boot disk a must have item.

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Lotus Screen Cam
Reviewed by Tony Taglieri

When a software package arrives at my doorstep, I can be found
ripping it open removing the disks and heading for the computer to see
what new marvels have been invented in the past few months. Much to my
usual predictability, when Lotus ScreenCam happened across my path I
immediately looked at the box, saw that it had something to do with
recording Windows actions thus proceeded to do my typical virus scan
then install routine. To be honest, I had little idea what to expect
with this product. My initial response was that it would be a super
charged Windows Recorder type program.
Not being one to let the docs slow me down, I first try to use the
program then try to figure out what it is supposed to do. Actually, I
find that this is also a good test for user friendliness. I ascertain
that if I can figure out how to get something out of it without opening
the manual or even quick start leaflet and without swearing more than
twice, then surely most computer users will be able to get this thing
running with the directions.
I quickly found out that ScreenCam is indeed not an enhanced macro
recorder but rather a "VCR" for your PC. The program does basically only
two things but does them relatively well... when they work. Two things
you ask? Well, it records your video and/or audio. Big deal, right?
Actually it is really pretty neat! It reminds me of a product I saw a
few years back at a friend's house that enabled the recording of screen
actions and voice recordings through a special phone that would act as a
video/voice l system. That particular system did what this does, but
required a special operating system, telephone equipment and pen tablet.
ScreenCam depicts the epitome of an open system design in that it does
what that system did plus MORE with regular industry standard
DOS/Windows based systems. The only requirement is that you do need a
sound card to record and play back voice.
The recording is straight forward and simple. You simply start the
recording by clicking an icon then hitting the record button. A small
stop button appears in the lower left-hand corner of the screen and you
go about your business, opening applications, processing images or
crunching around spreadsheets while talking into your microphone to the
audience that will be watching your presentation. When you are through,
hitting the stop button will end the recording.
Playback is done by simply pressing the play button. After watching
your demo, if you are satisfied with it, you can save it in the .SCM
format to be played back by the Player supplied with ScreenCam or as a
stand alone .EXE file. That's right -- you can pass a single ..EXE to a
colleague, friend or user and they can play it with no special software.
A REAL self running demo that also features a fast forward button so you
can skip the junk you don't want to be bored by. There is also OLE
support so you incorporate the presentation in a document.
The usefulness for Demos Training It is very evident as soon as you
see the results.
But alas nothing is perfect. My Trident Local Bus video card drivers
caused a GPF until I tracked down the video driver as the culprit and
switched to the generic Microsoft SVGA driver. The videos are not
editable after you create them, and the STOP button is in actually
recorded in the screen captures - it is displayed, but is not available
during playback.
The only other problem is that the screen does not resize to the
recorded size. When it records at 800x600 it will only show the upper
left part of the screen if played back at 640x480 resolution.
All things considered, this is a rare piece of software that does
its job well.

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UNiNSTALLER for Windows 2.0
Review by Roger W. Klein

Finally, an application that does windows! Or to be more exact -
cleans Windows! Everyone knows the story, you install a new Windows app
and it ends up all over the place. Changing whatever it wants, hanging
out wherever. You couldn't get rid of it - even if you tried.
Well at least until now. UNiNSTALLER for Windows 2.0 is the best
thing to come along since "Rent-a-Maid"! If you've installed a Windows
app and have decided that you don't want it anymore, you can now get rid
of it, all of it. UNiNSTALLER will retrace all changes that the
application's installation made to your Windows configuration and give
you the ability to undo them. It even restores your "ini" (Window's
initialization files) files to their previous state.
In addition to uninstalling apps UNiNSTALLER for Windows 2.0 has
many other useful functions. The Undo Option is a safe and simple backup
and restore feature just in case you accidentally uninstall something
that you needed. The System Clean-Up completely clears your system of
unwanted fonts, video drivers and other files Windows doesn't use. The
Orphan Finder tracks down and removes the remnants of applications that
were manually uninstalled the old way (before UNiNSTALLER came along!).
The Duplicate F Finder finds and deletes duplicate files throughout your
If you're a Windows user, you need UNiNSTALLER for Windows 2.0. It's
the best way to keep your Windows sparkling clean and running at peak
performance. It's also a lot cheaper than having a maid come in once a
week, if you can find one that does windows that is!

System Requirements: Microsoft Windows 3.1 or later
3MB free disk space
Minimum 2MB of RAM (4MB recommended)

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WinZip 5.5
Reviewed by Patrick Grote

One of the most frustrating processes any new user to communications
with a modem goes through is downloading, receiving, files from a BBS or
on-line service to their PC. We have entered an age with protocols like
Zmodem and CISB+ where the transfer of the files can happen
automatically with no user input necessary. Unfortunately, that is where
ease of use stops and massive confusion sets in.
Once the user has the file they downloaded on their local PC what do
they do with it? If the file is like 90% of those you'll download for
the IBM platform, it will be ZIPPED. What is a ZIPPED file? It's a file
that has an extension of .ZIP and has been compressed by the market
leading compression program, PKZIP by PKWare.
If the user is lucky enough to figure out/understand that you need
to uncompress the file before using it, they will always have a tough
time understanding the concept behind PKUNZIP and its friend PKZIP. This
is where WinZip steps in.
WinZip is a utility that brings the convenience of the Windows
environment to the use of PKZIP/PKZUNIP. The end user, after installing
WinZip, doesn't need to know anything about the command associated with
PKZIP or PKUNZIP. All they have to do is click on a ZIP file through
File Manager or click on the WinZip icon.
When you have clicked on a ZIP file you want to look at, WinZip
displays a listing of files inside the ZIP file. This is where WinZip
shines. From this main menu you have complete control of the ZIP file.
You can simply extract the files or add to the archive. WinZip adds much
more ability to your ZIP environment. The following just touches on it's
Install/Uninstall: WinZip includes a built in installation feature.
Let's say you download a program from a BBS or on-line service. You
think it is what you are looking for, but you just can't be sure. With
WinZip you can easily install the program into your Windows environment,
run it, check it out, then have WinZip uninstall the program for you!
Amazing! This feature works only with programs that have an INSTALL or
SETUP program. Before you get all bummed out look at this . . .
CheckOut Facility: WinZip will closely watch a program that doesn't
have a formal INSTALL or SETUP routine, so you can install and uninstall
these programs as well!
Built-In ZIP Support: WinZip has built-in ZIP and UNZIP support, so
for standard functions such as creating an archive, unzipping an
archive, etc. you don't even need PKZIP/PKUNZIP on your hard drive! For
the more advanced features such as drive spanning, WinZip will allow you
to do this if you have PKZIP/PKUNZIP installed.
Virus Checking: If you have one of the popular virus checking
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you manipulate.
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or LHA. WinZip supports these formats when the ARJ and LHA programs are
Getting WinZip is as easy as using it! You can download a shareware
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Educational Software
Bodyworks 3.0: An Adventure In Anatomy
CD-ROM Multimedia for Windows
Reviewed By Dale Larson

I'm a naturally curious person. I like to know how things work.
So I jumped at the chance to review this title, thinking that I'd
quickly be drawn into learning neat new things about the human body.
I was wrong. I was slowly drawn into learning neat new things about
the human body.
Installing the software was a snap on my OS/2 system, but I
discovered that to get sound out of my Sound Blaster for a Windows
application, I'd have to upgrade OS/2 or boot under Windows.
Booting under Windows, I found that Bodyworks doesn't use much
sound. It does, however, precisely pronounce all of the labels for
different parts of the anatomy. This is an important feature you
can use to help overcome embarrassing mispronunciations before your
next doctor visit. On the other hand, you'll probably have to hold
your nose closed to achieve intonation anything like that used on
this CD.
After clicking around a few places, I quickly got bored. There
was no exciting introduction, no guided tour, no compelling intro
screen (just a skeleton with various labels). I discovered that you
could click on the icons for several different systems (i.e.,
skeletal, muscular, digestive, nervous, etc.) and major organs
(i.e., brain, heart, lungs). There is also an icon for a health
section. On the left side of the screen was a picture for the
topic, and on the right a list of parts. Clicking a part (either in
the picture or in the list) brought up a small description. Double
clicking a part might take you to a new topic or subtopic with a
picture of its own. Some pictures had unexciting interactive 3D
views attached to them. Some had better QuickTime movies attached
to them. I didn't feel drawn into the information, and didn't have
much motivation to follow the hypertext links in the descriptions or
to double click items which would take me to new screens.
It all seemed shallow, and I was ready to put it down and write
a boring review of a boring product. I was going to highly
recommend a guided tour mode, hoping that would have given me the
extra push I wanted. I figured that before writing the review,
though, I should at least finish reading the short manual. There, I
had a few surprises waiting for me.
Hidden in the very back of the manual, I found out that the
program had a Lesson mode and a Quiz mode. There was no overall
guided tour or introduction, but I could take a series of lessons on
different topics. Each of the lessons would take me through several
screens in a logical order, but allow me to explore at will before
moving on to another screen. This served as the push I needed. Now
I was quickly exposed to enough material that I wanted to explore
further. I discovered a surprising amount of depth on many
subjects. I witnessed a birth for the first time. I watched
kidneys emptying into a bladder. I was impressed.
On the down side, some of the movies seem quite dated. The
actors are wearing 70's styles, and the blood donation movie, for
example showed a local anesthetic given by injection and blood
products handled by workers who've obviously never heard of AIDS.
As well, the "animated cutaways" have a minor visual bug (they
display as cut away while the text window fills in, then they become
solid for an instant before the animation), and there are a few
inconsistencies (for example, the manual shows that there is a movie
for the eye, but the software doesn't have one). All of these flaws
are easily overlooked, but I hope SMC will fix them before 4.0.
If you are interested in anatomy for some reason, or are just
naturally curious, I'd recommend Bodyworks to you. No age range is
given for the software. I think the vocabulary would probably make
it unsuitable for pre-teens. If you have a teenager, though, I'd
probably recommend this title for him or her, as long as you check
to see that the reproductive sections don't clash with your beliefs.
If you do get it, just make sure you turn to the back of the after
you've gone through the installation so that you can be drawn in

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America's Civil War--A Nation Divided
Reviewed by Bob Garsson

The American Civil War_actually The War Between the States_continues
to fascinate Americans nearly 130 years after it ended. Software Publishing
has managed to put together the story of that war in a manner that will
allow users to experience the events through sight and sound.
The CD-ROM has something for everyone, whether you're a devoted
student of the war or a novice eager to learn more about the great conflict
that so bitterly divided the nation. There's more than one way to view the
information, depending on whether you want to see the events chronologically
or search for specifics.
A "timeline" across the top of the screen goes from 1861 to 1866.
The timeline marker can be set anywhere and a timer can be set for slow,
medium or fast to access each event in the order in which it took place. If
the time is not used, one has the ability to do a search by event, script,
date, event name or by key word. Search criteria can go several levels deep
(see illustration) and the user can view such things as weaponry, tactics,
political actions and strategies in many ways.
Maps are detailed and contain numerous icons that, when clicked with
the mouse, display the associated event. A click with the left mouse button
zooms in on the map and the right button zooms out. In some instances the
maps appear to be cluttered with an over-supply of icons, although this
probably results from the need to associate all the events of a day with
their location.
Troop movements can be revisited through more than 100 maps
depicting everything from minor skirmishes to epic battles. The CD-ROM
contains more than 1,200 still photos illustrating life in the service and
outside the military. Some of the pictures are of the earliest images of the
war captured on film from the Matthew Brady collection. (See illustration)
Numerous video clips bring battlefields alive as one sees and listens to
realistic re-enactments. In addition to all this, there are scripts that
detail the war and related events and the database can be searched by
literally hundreds of attributes covering more than 2,300 separate events.
Users will discover unusual facts, such as the fact that instant
coffee and aerial reconnaissance were both invented during the Civil War.
What's more, the war's last shot was not even fired in America and if you
thought "Wild Bill Hickock" was a figure of the old West, you might be
interested in knowing he as a Union scout.
I've been to numerous Civil War sites_from the Carolinas to
Vicksburg, Miss., and from Gettysburg to Georgia. I found that looking at
the contents of this CD-ROM reinforced the accuracy of my memory and even
added some additional knowledge that I had not been aware of in my travels
over the years.
If I have any fault to find with this product, it's the fact that
using it is not intuitive and the manual is skimpier than it ought to be,
making it more difficult and time-consuming than necessary to learn how to
navigate the five years of strife. Despite this shortcoming, however,
America's Civil War_A Nation Divided will provides many hours of education
for anyone with an interest in the events between 1861 and 1866.
The CD-ROM requires Windows 3.1 with 4 megabytes of RAM, a 386SX16
or higher microprocessor, a CD-ROM drive with MPC Level 1 or higher, a hard
drive with 2 megabytes available, a 256-color VGA display and a mouse. A
sound card is recommended. The application uses Microsoft Video for Windows
and a runtime version is included.

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Smithsonian Dinosaur Museum
Reviewed by Gail B.C. Marsella

The Smithsonian Institution is up against some tough competition
with Dinosaur Museum. Kids get dinosaur overload everywhere they turn, from
Jurassic Park to science class in school to T-shirts, toys, and birthday
cakes. They may very well be getting sick of the subject.
Not to worry, this is a beautifully designed and implemented
educational program. Available on CD-ROM for both Macintosh and Windows, it
features gorgeous graphics (some in 3-D), an intuitive interface, a dinosaur
trivia game, several clips from classic dinosaur movies like "The Lost
World," and interesting authoritative text. It also, thank God, only takes
up about three megs of hard disk space, and installs directly and simply
from the CD-ROM.
The opening screen fades to a choice of three doors: the
conservatory, the library, and the game room. The library has three books in
it, one from each of the major periods - Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous
- and the information is organized around individual dinosaur species of
those periods. After choosing a species, you go to a museum-like room to
learn about that species.
The information in the conservatory overlaps with that in the
library to a certain extent, but the focus is on the theories about and
ecology of whole groups of dinosaurs and their surrounding environment. This
is the place to find extinction theories, myths, movie clips, references,
and the physiography of the specific periods. In both the library and the
conservatory, the child explores and gathers information by clicking objects
on the screen to open new text and graphics areas.
The games (in three increasingly challenging modules) ask questions
about dinosaurs, and correct answers are rewarded with a puzzle piece added
to a blank puzzle in one corner. (The child chooses yes or no to the
question by clicking one of two cartoon dinosaurs; one is nodding, and the
other shaking its head.) Answers to all of the game questions can be found
somewhere in either the library or conservatory.
Adults are not always qualified to review a kid's program, so I got
some assistance from two younger members of the household and a friend of
theirs. The older child (age 11) felt it was too easy and probably designed
for littler kids, but she thoroughly explored the movie clips and played the
trivia game for quite awhile before professing to lose interest. The younger
children (both age 9) played with it for several hours without either
frustration or boredom (although they were impatient with the fade-ins
between screens, which take about five seconds apiece). Two of the children
were delighted to find some discrepancies between the information in the
program and the alleged facts in the movie Jurassic Park. The 3-D glasses,
usable on certain labeled screens, elicited the most excitement - they are
just cardboard, and rather flimsy, but they do the job. The reading level is
pretty high, so the most interested audience is probably somewhere between
the second and sixth grade.
I did have trouble with the sound - okay, I usually have trouble
with the sound, at least for a while - and this time it was not fixable.
Dinosaur Museum supports a sound card, but apparently not mine (an Ensoniq
Soundscape that emulates SoundBlaster), and the manual was useless. There is
no way to choose a particular card or find out where the program is trying
to access the sound files. In short, there is no way to troubleshoot it.
The telephone support is not much help either. They cheerfully
informed me that my sound card must be the culprit, it probably needed new
drivers, and I should contact the manufacturer. I downloaded the latest set
of drivers and installed them, but the problem remained. Fortunately, every
sound error message asks whether you want to see any more error messages or
not; just say no and you can use the program silently without further
interruption. Ordinarily that would be a severe criticism, but in this case
the program is so reasonably priced and well designed that it's worth a
serious look even without the sound.
Note: The original publisher of Dinosaur Museum was Software
Marketing Corporation in Arizona. It is now published by SoftKey
International, so the phone numbers and address are different from those
listed in the user's manual.

Smithsonian Institution Dinosaur Museum
Published by: SoftKey International
Telephone (new): (617) 494-1200
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Reviewed by Timothy W. Cook

This is a game the whole family will enjoy. It can best be described
as an adventure in American History. Each player takes on the task of
team leader. Your mission is to correct errors in the history being
broadcast over the Telenews Communications Satellite. It seems that Dr.
Thanatopsis Dread has taken over the news satellite and is changing
various facts about history to suit his own needs. The Benefactor is
busily looking for parts to build a rocket so that he can regain control
of the satellite. I he mean time you must use various tools to discover
the errors, correct them and upload the real facts before the broadcasts
take place.
Once you accept your mission, you'll pick up a communicator from
your locker. Then you meet your team members, Amanda, Josh and KAT (
Knowledge Access Terminal ). Each team member has special qualifications
to provide you with needed information and will help you operate some of
the equipment available. In addition to the communicator there are six
other devices to assist you in your search for the true historic facts.
There are various machines to help with geographical locations, probable
time of even and KAT can even travel back into time and interview
historic personalities for you.
In true "The Learning Center" style this program is so much fun I
almost forgot it is educational as well. The structure of the program
emphasizes making decisions based on what is important and what is most
likely to have an effect on an event. The period covered is from 1492 to
1902. Throughout this period there are various divisions that the player
must place in proper perspective based on known facts. In addition to
time discrimination, geography is another key element to determine
whether or not t news story is correct. Much of the information is drawn
from newspapers, original works, speeches and poems.
Installation went without a hitch. Operation with both a mouse and
the keyboard works well. I do highly recommend reading the entire users
guide. Besides operating tips there is good information for parents
tucked inside the story line.
The program is recommended for ages 10 - Adult, and I concur.
Hardware requirements are stated as: 8086 - 8Mhz or higher, color
monitor, (VGA recommended), DOS 3.0 or greater and at least 3MB of free
disk space. Optionally a mouse and sound card are supported. Suggested
Retail Price is $59.95 but this two year old edition has been seen for
under $40.00. At that price it's a steal.

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Communications Software
Reviewed By Chip Cox

NAVCIS by DVORAK Development is one of several off-line navigators
for CompuServe. All of these packages provide the same basic functions
with a few special features to make them unique. NAVCIS allows you to
download message headings, messages to you, marked messages, library
catalogs and sign on screens from requested forums. NAVCIS also lets you
upload files, download files and submit messages to CompuServe Mail,
Internet, or any Forum.
NAVCIS uses drag and drop objects to perform many of it's features.
For example to upload a file you drag the upload icon over the forum you
want to upload the file to and drop it. NAVCIS then prompts you through
the necessary screens for additional information. One particular feature
I liked in NAVCIS is it's ability to recognize internet addresses. In
normal CompuServe all messages sent to people on the Internet must be
preceded with the "INTERNET:" string. NAVCIS understands standard
internet @ style dressing and converts it to what CompuServe needs to
see. So when sending a message to myself at, I can enter
"[email protected]" as the address and when the message is sent,
CompuServe gets the addressing it needs and my message gets to me.
NAVCIS is full of bells and whistles that other similar packages don't
have. NAVCIS allows you to download weather maps and display them from
inside the package.
You can configure NAVCIS to allow you to show multiple pictures at
once or only one at a time. I personally like being able to look at
today's weather map, tomorrow's weather map and the current radar
summary at the same time. Viewing of objects is not limited to weather
maps downloaded from CompuServe. Other formats including GIF, JPEG,
TIFF, BITMAP, PCX and TGA can be viewed as well. NAVCIS is very
graphical. I have seen several programs of different types in the past
that were "graphical". This was not always a good thing. NAVCIS did
"graphical" ri ght in my opinion. One nice feature I wonder a bout
though is the usage of fonts in messages. NAVCIS lets you change fonts,
colors and font sizes in messages. However unless you are using NAVCIS
to read the message, you don't get anything but regular text and a
little bit of gobbledygooks at the bottom of the message. However if
everyone you correspond with is using NAVCIS, fonts will bring a new
dimension to your letters.
The only thing keeping me from giving NAVCIS perfect marks is it's
lack of a scripting tool. I would like to be able to save scripts of
things to do and have them execute at a predefined time. For example: I
want to come up stairs in the morning and have the daily weather
reports, mail, forum messages and forum message headings from the forums
I participate in, already downloaded and ready for me to peruse. I
shouldn't have to come in every time and pick the things I want to do.
Considering all the other really nice features in NAVCIS this was a major
oversight in my opinion.
NAVCIS version 1.25 costs $69.00. This includes NAVCIS Pro and a 200
page manual. DOS and Windows versions are available. The windows version
requires Windows 3.1 in Enhanced mode, 4MB free disk space, 4 MB RAM,
386-20 or faster processor, VGA or better monitor, modem and a mouse.
NAVCIS SE (special edition) is a limited function version of NAVCIS
available as freeware in LIB 1 of the DVORAK forum on CompuServe. All
information collected in this version will import easily into the
commercial version if purchased.
NAVCIS TE (timed edition) is the package I reviewed and is also
available in LIB 1 of the DVORAK forum on CompuServe. This package
expires after 30 days of use. As with the special edition mentioned
above all information collected will import easily into the commercial
version if purchased.

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Reviewed by Wayne A. MacLeod

ProComm Plus for Windows version 2.0 is an extremely good, almost
"perfect", Windows Communication program Requirements include; a 386
or better PC compatible or PS/2 computer, Windows ver 3.1 or higher,
minimum of 4 MB of disk space for a minimal install with up to 10 MB for
a complete install, at least VGA, Windows compatible pointing device and
a modem.
Installation offers two choices, Express or Custom. the Express
option installs all features of the program while the Custom allows you
to select just a basic install of the program files or to add utility
programs and help files, dialing directories, sample scripts, the
on-line tutorial and more. A nice feature of the install comes after you
enter your registration information. The program offers you the
opportunity of completing your registration of the program via an
interactive script that dials the taStorm BBS via a toll free number and
completes the registration process for you automatically. You can also
register via conventional means and if you do not take advantage of the
auto register during install, the script and the opportunity are
I have been using communication and fax programs for many years now
and have tried just about every shareware program out there, including
ProComm Plus TD, and a good many of the commercial entries as well.
Prior to evaluating PCPW, I have not found a Windows communication
program, shareware or commercial that could compare to the DOS
counterparts. This program is as good as any I have tried and far
superior to most ProComm has come a very long way from its shareware
roots to get to PCPW 2.0. As part of stall, the program will, if
allowed, find your modem and auto configure it for "optimal" usage. You
also have the option of selecting a modem from a quite expansive
database of modems and configurations.
Once you have completed the basic install ProComm is launched and
you are taken through the base program configuration screens. This is
followed by the opportunity to view the on-line tutorial, an Aspect
script that takes you through many of the functions of the program.
Topics include Dialing directory, Meta Keys, setup, Script Files, Faxing
and much more. The tutorial is straight forward and recommended. You can
keep and run the tutorial anytime you want or you can delete the
tutorial files and recove ome real estate. The tutorial combined with
the extensive on-line help and well written manuals provide an
impressive and functional array of program information.
The program provides 34 of the most popular terminal emulations from
ANSI-BBS to Wyse 100. It supports 80 and 132 column modes and creation
individual keyboard maps for each.
It offers a full featured and highly customizable dialing directory.
The directory allows you to configure each entry as you choose including
linking dialing scripts and assignment of an individual Action bar for
each entry. The Action bar consists of a row of icons that displays
during connection and allows one click operation of selected features
such as up and down loading of files, running of scripts, open and close
of capture buffers and much much more.
PCPW offers configurable Meta keys, a not uncommon feature of good
Win communications programs. Meta Keys are buttons that sit along the
bottom of your terminal window and provide a quick and easy way to pass
repetitive or long commands. Assign your name to a key and when a BBS
asks for your name a single click on that key sends the information for
you. You can configure each of the 10 Meta keys in 4 different ways
allowing 40 separate Meta Keys. Each Meta Key can be configured to run a
script, send ass ed text to the terminal with and without echo, run a
linked program, perform a menu command or send a terminal command
PCPW utilizes Aspect, a very powerful scripting language that allows
the advanced user to do most "anything" with the program and the newbie
to create simple scripts to perform repetitive tasks such as logging on
to a BBS or On-line service and getting your mail. The program has a
script record feature that allows you to "record" the keystrokes you use
to perform a task and then later can be used to do that for you. Basic
login scripts are almost a necessity to any user that spends much time
on a BBS.
ProComm Plus seeks to do the communication suites combining linked
communications and fax programs one better by integrating the fax
capabilities into the communication program. Your fax modem is auto
configured to work with PCPW at the same time as the data portion is
being set up. You can send and receive faxes with any Class 1, Class 2
or Sendfax modem. Their is a fax scheduler that allows for unattended
faxing, broadcast to multiple recipients, and send faxes directly from
other applications via t installed fax driver. Their is an included fax
viewer and intelligent logging system. Their is an included editor that
allows creation and editing of cover sheets. Supports setting up of a
host mode for fax on demand. All in all, complete faxing capability from
within the program without all the overhead of a separate yet linked
faxing program.
So why isn't it perfect, a few reasons, some that effect only
certain users and some more common. My main complaint with the program
is that the fax capability does not support CAS modems. My primary modem
is a CAS modem and it is not possible to use any of the fax features
with this modem. The program offers the ability to convert dialing
directories from several popular communications programs to its format.
I found the selections to be too few and the one I tried did not work,
but imported the fields to the wrong areas within PCPW. The program
includes a database of Tymnet and Sprintnet nodes which I found to be
hopelessly out of date and inaccurate. there may be more, but nothing
comes to mind right now. The program is not perfect, but it is close.

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Network Software
LAN Escort 3.00
Reviewed By Chip Cox

LAN Escort is a Windows based program that provides applications
for managing users, and applications. LAN Escorts strongest point
is probably its ability to maintain user's windows desktops and ini
files either located on the network or on their local hard drive.
LAN Escort also comes with a couple of programs that can be used to
simplify network printing and network program installation and
execution by end users.
I had some initial problems during installation with an error
message telling me I had an invalid serial number. This was
resolved by LANOVATIONs tech support department sending me a new set
of disks. Their technical support department was very helpful,
competent and pleasant to deal with. I received the same friendly
support when I called back with an error caused by a rude windows
INI file from another vendor.
I installed the program in about 5 minutes the next morning,
after I received the new disks, on a Netware 3.12 Fileserver. The
installation only took about 3 megabytes of disk space. I was eager
to get started so I dove right in. I began by opening each menu
item. The items seemed to be laid out in a logical order. I
created a new user, assigned it to groups and assigned trustee
rights. Users should note that LAN Escort does produce a user login
script for your new users. This will prevent the default login
script from being executed. I then went in and installed an
application. I told LAN Escort to make it available to my new user.
I went to another system and logged in as the new user. I added the
applist program from the escort directory.
This application gives you a list of all the programs currently
available to the user. Installation to your new desktop is as easy
as dragging the Icon from the LAN Escort Programs window and
dropping it in the window where you want it. Trying to run the
application I realized I needed to add the user to another group.
To do this I went back to the admin program and dragged the test
user to the appropriate group and dropped him there. I then logged
back in on my test workstation as the test user and everything
worked fine. This is not to say that all installations will be this
easy but this was far easier than old method requiring me to jump
back and forth between DOS and windows at each user's workstation.
The only thing I didn't see in LAN Escort that would have been nice
is the ability to associate a group with and application. It would
be nice to assign a program to a user or group and have all of the
groups needed for that program automatically added to the users.
Maybe we will see that in LAN Escort 4.0.
The thing I think I was most impressed with about LAN Escort was
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There are a couple of universal truths regarding the support of
Microsoft Windows. No two users after using windows for one day will
ever have identical INI files. Your hair if you have any left will go
gray. While I don't believe that WinINSTALL can do anything to prevent
hereditary hair loss or graying, it does have the potential to help.
WinINSTALL is a windows software installation program designed to make a
network administrators' life easier when installing applications to
multiple workstations us Windows. I installed WinINSTALL on a Novell
3.12 fileserver. My administrators workstation was a 33 MHz 386 with 16
Meg of memory and my client workstation was a 25 MHz 386SX with 8 Meg of
memory. Both workstations were running Windows 3.1. WinINSTALL took
approximately 3 megabytes of disk space to install. Additional disk
space will be required to hold configuration files for each application
set up. Additional disk space may also be required to hold executable
and data files to be copied to client workst ations during application
WinINSTALL lets the network administrator build a profile or DAT
file which describes where files will be placed, modifications to
various system files, and system requirements for installation on other
workstations. These workstations can then select from a list of
available applications that should be installed. From personal
experience it is not fun upgrading even forty or fifty copies of a
windows application around a company. With WinINSTALL you can specify
all changes to INI, DAT and system files t need to be made during the
installation process. You can also let WinINSTALL monitor the
installation procedure and determine what changes need to be made based
on the comparison between a before and after snapshot of your system.
The DAT file made via this "discover" process can then be customized by
editing the DAT file as if it were created using the manual method. On
Demand Software put a lot of work into the details of this software.
Even little things like hi ghlighting the options that are applicabl e
on the manual setup screens are a nice timesaving touch. I am not
referring to enabling and disabling the options. All options are enabled
but the ones that have been used and have information in them are shown
in a different color. Some of the many manually configured options
include setting installation and removal passwords, disk space checks,
and system requirements (memory, CPU, video resolution, DOS version,
Windows version).
I installed WinINSTALL without any problems from diskette to my
Novell 3.12 fileserver. The documentation shipped with WinINSTALL is
available both in hard copy and electronic form on the diskette. The
documentation is well written and easy to understand. I took one look at
the manual configuration screen and vowed never to come back to it
unless I had to. I then tried the discovery option. This option took me
through step by step in creating a before installation snap shot of
relevant parts of my syste It then allowed me to install the
application. I could leave WinINSTALL and windows, make changes to other
things and these would be captured as well. Finally it worked through an
after installation snapshot of my system. These two snapshots were then
used to determine what hand changed due to the installation. I was then
prompted for locations where to store the files and system change
information for later use in installing on other systems. This should
probably be an area acces sible to all users. After a bout 10 minutes, I
was done. I had created a DAT file for use in installing the
I then decided to tempt fate and went back into the manual entry
screen. I started to look at some of the options and found that the
on-screen help messages coupled with the information now available from
my applications was enough to help me understand what was going on (I
later read the documentation and confirmed most of my ideas). I added
messages to be displ ayed during the install and set the reset option to
re start windows after I was done. With the application I was installing
this was not necessary since there were not any changes to the win or
system INI files but it was nice to see you could configure WinINSTALL
to do it if you wanted to. Finally I went to another PC started windows
and tried the installation I had just configured. It worked smoothly and
cleanly. The applications worked correctly after installation.
In conclusion I have to say that I like WinINSTALL. It can correctly
interpret and modify INI files and other system files. I believe that it
would pay for itself by the timesaving it can produce the next time you
have a new product to install or upgrade. WinINSTALL won't stop
hereditary graying or hair loss but may help postpone it.

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CyberNews Book Reviews
Reviewed By: Chip Cox

The Waite Groups INTERNET HOW-TO by Harry Henderson is an internet
survival guide for UNIX shell account users. For those of you who do not
know what I am talking about when I refer to a shell account, a shell
account is an account on any system which after logging in leaves you at the
operating system prompt (DOS prompt, UNIX $ etc). Today there are several
alternatives to this type of account in the form of X windows systems for
UNIX users and Microsoft Windows systems for DOS users. Each of these offers
a graphical user interface to the internet.
The INTERNET HOW-TO guide is written in a unique "Q&A" format. All
of the topics are listed in the table of contents. Each section consists of
five sections, Problem, Technique, Steps, How it works, and Comment. The
five sections are pretty much self explanatory and remind me of my Statics
and Dynamics courses in Engineering. The first step to resolving a problem
is to identify the problem. The next step is to decide upon the technique to
use to resolve the problem. Next you detail the steps to resolve the problem
as indicated by the technique. A welcome addition to the standard
engineering formula for problem solving is the "How it works" section. Here
we get a brief easy to understand description of what the steps section
actually accomplished. Finally, the comment section describes additional
features and limitations of the selected technique.
This format allows in depth coverage of some of the programs used
to resolve problems on the internet. However there are a couple of drawbacks
and things to note about this format. First, this is not a book to site down
and read in bed. This book is for those impatient souls who get into their
shell account and then say "what do I do now?" This book and format will be
very helpful for those users. Due to the nature of a shell account, only
command line systems are presented here. None of the newer graphical easy to
use windows based packages are discussed. Finally for any given problem only
one system is discussed for resolving it. Granted the resolution usually
involves packages almost certain to be on any system connected to the
Internet. However, as an example when discussing Usenet news readers the
discussion revolves around the "nn" news reader. This is a full featured
package available on most UNIX systems. I, however, use "tin", a menu based
Usenet news reading package.
In conclusion, if you are looking for good bedtime reading this
probably is not the book for you. If you have gotten a shell account and do
not know what to do with it, this is the book for you. It is full of useful
information in an easy to access, use and understand format. I wish I had
reviewed it last year when I got my shell account and had to learn to
stumble around in it. INTERNET HOW-TO is probably available in your local
bookstore. If not they can probably order it for you or you can contact the
Waite Group at the address below. I am sure they can help. It has a list
price of $34.95 US funds or $48.95 in Canada.

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Simple Internet -- The Book
Reviewed by Nathan Kay

Internet books seem to be the current 'fad' in computer oriented
bookstores these days. Sometimes, it seems that just trying to pick a
good book to learn about the Internet from is as hard as learning how to
'surf' the Internet itself! My faith in the printing press has been
restored recently by a book titled merely, Simple Internet.
I must admit, Simple Internet was not quite what I was excepting it
to be. Simple Internet is written in the style of 'private eye' fiction
novels. The book stars the private eye, Archie Finger (named after two
Internet programs), who has been hired to track down a missing man.
As the plot opens, Archie's only clues are a mysterious Internet
address, and a highly technical book about the Internet. With the help
of his loyal friend Veronica (also named after an Internet program) and
several other helpful people, Archie must explore the vast world of the
Internet, finding hidden clues buried in the many parts of the Internet.
From finding and signing up with an Internet provider to using the
most advanced programs on the Internet, I watched with wonder as I
looked over Archie's shoulder while he learned. And as I watched him
learn, I saw him review things he's learned, giving clear-cut, simple
explanations of how to do things. There's almost never an explanation of
exactly how the Internet manages to work, in technical detail. Rather,
through Archie, I got the low-down of to make the best use of the
Internet, regardless of t complex mathematics and strange theories that
make it all run.
Archie seems to like drawing neat little diagrams that make it easy
to visualize what's going on just enough to be able to make good use of
the Internet programs. Several times, this helped me get a grip on what
was going on.
Simple Internet isn't joking in it's name. The whole point of the
book is that it is simple. I didn't need a degree in computer science,
or mathematics to understand and learn how to use the Internet, just a
few free hours and a willingness to enjoy the humor, while not taking
the fictional plot of the book too seriously. Simple Internet may be
fiction, but it's fiction that is used to teach, not to entertain
(though, several times, I had to put down the book because I was
laughing so hard!).
In the first chapter, Archie and the reader are introduced the
mystery of the missing man who leaves only the cryptic
'[email protected]' address as a clue, as well as being introduced
to the concept of the Internet and what it is. He also gives good ideas
about how to find an Internet provider in your area. From there, it's a
fun, easy, and insightful journey though the Internet. In spite of
myself, I learned more about the Internet reading this book than any
technical document I've seen.
While reading, I was worried that once I had finished reading a
chapter, I'd have problems remembering where FTP or something else had
been discussed, but one glance at the last few pages set that worry to
rest, for a very complete and well organized index is included, making
finding a discussion of any given program easy to find again.
Expect to laugh, smile, and learn while reading Simple Internet!
Simple Internet sells for $16.95 in the USA, and $23.95 in Canada.
The minimum system for this book is any computer with a terminal
emulation program and a modem.

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Reviewed by Patrick Grote

The wave of the future is small business. As more and more people
are cast aside by the traditional corporate model, many people will band
together to form more and more small businesses.
The disappointment many people will feel when joining a small
business is the lack of resources typically available to a corporate
employee. The lack of resources is very evident in legal matters.
Your typical corporation will have a full blown legal staff ready to
handle any legal situation or problem that arises. The legal department
is always involved in corporate decisions. Everything from contracts
with vendors to employee manuals. Even for a market research document,
the legal department should be involved.
The Complete Small Business Legal Guide by Robert Friedman is your
guide through the maze of legal obstacles you will face in a small
business. With over 18 chapters of forms and advice, the book is sized
slightly larger than 8.5x11, which makes copying the forms enclosed in
the book very easy.
Chapters cover a range of subjects from small business start up
tasks to protecting your small business in case of a partner's death.
Incredibly, the text is well laid out in two column fashion allowing for
easy highlighting and note taking.
Almost every chapter includes a hint/tips section at the end that
explains when you need to use certain forms. This is a very good summary
for some of the larger chapters.
The book has a few downsides in its entirety. The chapter of dealing
with the federal government via the IRS is a little skimpy.
Understanding that some forms change on a yearly basis, this is
understandable, but you would expect a little more hand holding
regarding how to fill out the general forms that will always be
Another area that could be improved is in form layout. Sometimes it
is hard to distinguish between a form and the book text. Had the forms
been perforated or labeled from the bottom or top, the reader wouldn't
have had a hard time distinguishing.
The last improvement that could be made is to make the forms
available on diskette. With the advent of the personal computer this is
a requirement. You can easily make the text forms available in TXT or
WordPerfect files and the graphic files can be saved as TIFF files. This
way users with IBM compatibles, Macintoshes or PowerPCs can read the
The book does distinguish itself from the rest of the "self-help"
business type books by being well documented and thorough. It is very
rare to see a book on this subject matter so meticulously documented on
each form.
If you are in business for yourself or are part of a small business,
you owe it to yourself to purchase a copy of The Small Business Legal
Guide today!

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CyberNews Features
How To Upgrade Your 486 CPU
By Don Pellegrino ([email protected])

If you need more speed for math, complex processing, or just need
better performance overall, you should consider upgrading your Central
Processing Unit (CPU). Because of the significance and complexity of
your CPU, you must consider many factors when upgrading. Brand name,
speed, compatibility, and price must all be taken into account. Because
of the variety of motherboards and processors out there, this article
has been specifically written in the interest of the 80486 user.

When upgrading, no less than double the power is recommended. A 25
MHz to 33 MHz upgrade would not be worth the cost and trouble,
especially considering the rate at which technology is evolving. You
should look past you current needs and more at your budget. Get the best
that you can afford now and it will be cheaper and more effective in the
long run. If the applications you are running now are working at a
comfortable rate there is no reason to upgrade. Remember, "Don't fix it
if it ain't broken." If u wait until things slow down you will be able
to take a bigger jump at a lower price. If you find yourself getting a
bite to eat between program execution a CPU upgrade is the most
effective upgrade you can perform.

Intel, Cyrix, and AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) are the three major
producers of processors. Intel was one of the first developers of the
CPU. They had a monopoly on production until they were challenged on the
copyright of a number (80486). Since then, Cyrix and AMD have been
producing processors based on the 8086 command set. Intel however, is
the only producer of the Pentium processor.
Intel has greater customer loyalty and their processors are
considered to be of slightly higher quality. You have probably heard the
"Intel Inside" slogan. Intel is trying to gain business through
advertisement and customer support. If you were to get a faulty CPU from
Intel you would probably have an easier time getting it replaced.
Cyrix and AMD are just as reliable as Intel and totally compatible.
They simply don't do as much advertising. Cyrix and AMD processors are
usually twenty to thirty dollars cheaper. I recommend a Cyrix or AMD
CPU. You may need to buy a CPU fan (about eight dollars) to get the few
extra clock ticks the Intel equivalent provides, but, you will still
save money with a Cyrix or AMD.

The speed that you upgrade to is relative to your current speed. If
you are slowing at 50 MHz an upgrade to 66 MHz is not going to make that
much of a difference. You need to be looking at DX4100 and Pentium
technology. If 25 MHz is your bottleneck then 66 MHz would be
appropriate. 33 MHz to 100 MHz would be useful as well.
When you upgrade the CPU, don't forget about the crystal. Most
motherboards come with a removable thumbnail sized box that determines
the speed at which your video and IO will operate. A 66 MHz CPU with a
25 MHz crystal is going to run at 50 MHz. Crystals will be discussed
further in the compatibility section.
Your 80486 motherboard will probably operate at one of the following
speeds: 25, 33, or 50 MHz. Processors come in SX, DX, DX2, and DX4
variations of those speeds. An SX extension means that the CPU comes
without a built-in coprocessor. A DX extension means that the CPU comes
with a built in math coprocessor. A DX2 is a DX that internally runs at
twice the speed. A DX4 internally runs four times faster than a DX but
the motherboard and IO still run at DX speed. A DX4100 will calculate at
100 MHz but and BUS access will still operate 25 MHz.

Most 486 and all Pentium motherboards come equipped with a ZIF (Zero
Insertion Force) socket. The ZIF allows you to remove the current CPU,
whereas the earlier systems came with the CPU soldered into the
motherboard. You must have a ZIF socket to upgrade your CPU.
Your new CPU may or may not be compatible with your current
motherboard. Compatibility is usually determined by the crystal
installed. Every motherboard uses a crystal, either soldered in, like
most Tandy computers, or removable, as in most systems. If your crystal
is soldered in, you can only upgrade to a processor that is compatible
with that crystal. A motherboard with a 50 MHz crystal cannot be
upgraded without changing the crystal. A new crystal of any speed will
cost around ten dollars and is probably available from the same dealer
who sold the CPU.

This article was written to advise on upgrading a 486 CPU. It was
written in an easy to understand manner that will give you all of the
information you should need to decide on an upgrade. No less than an
encyclopedia sized document could present enough information to cover
the entire spectrum of technology surrounding the microprocessor. If you
would like more information on microprocessors, you should give Intel's
Fax Back service a try. The number is 18005253019. Intel Customer
Support could also y useful (18005383373). Don't stop there however,
book stores, libraries, and on-line resources also abound with
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Accessing The Internet By E-Mail
A Special "Doctor Bob" Report
Copyright (c) 1994, "Doctor Bob" Rankin
All rights reserved. Permission is granted to repost this document in
complete and unaltered form only.

If your only access to the Internet is via e-mail, you don't have to
miss out on all the fun! Maybe you've heard of FTP, Gopher, Archie,
Veronica, and WAIS, but thought they were out of your reach because your
online service does not provide those tools. Not so! And even if you do
have full Internet access, using E-mail servers can save you time and
This special report will show you how to retrieve files from FTP
sites, explore the Internet via Gopher, search for information with
Archie or Veronica and query hundreds of WAIS databases using E-MAIL AS
If you can send a note to an Internet address, you're in the game!
This is great news for users of popular online services such as
CompuServe, Prodigy and America Online where there is partial or no
direct Internet access.
I encourage you to read this entire report first and then go back
and try out the techniques that are covered. This way, you will gain a
broader perspective of the information resources that are available, an
introduction to the tools you can work with, and the best methods for
finding the information you want.


Many introductory texts on the Internet go into excruciating detail
on the history, composition and protocol of the Internet. If you were
looking for that you won't find it here, because this is a "how to"
lesson, not a history book.
When you buy a new car, they don't make you read "The Life and Times
of Henry Ford" before you can turn the top down & squeal off the lot.
And when you get a new computer, nobody forces you to read a text on
logic design before you fire up Leisure Suit Larry or WordPerfect.
So if you're the type that wants to short-circuit the preliminaries
and just dig in, you've come to the right place. I'm not going to bore
you with the gory details. Instead, I'll just offer up my Reader's
Digest condensed definition of the Internet, and encourage you to read
more about the Internet in one of the many fine Internet books & guides
listed in the Appendix. Some of them are even free, and accessible
directly from the Internet!
Internet (noun) - A sprawling collection of computer networks that
spans the globe, connecting government, military, educational &
commercial institutions, as well as private citizens to a wide range of
computer services, resources, and information. A set of network
conventions and common tools are employed to give the appearance of a
single large network, even though the computers that are linked together
use many different hardware and software platforms.

FTP stands for "file transfer protocol", and is a means of accessing
files that are stored on remote computer systems. Files are stored in a
hierarchical "tree" of directories, each of which pertains to a
different subject. Using FTP by e-mail can be nice even for those with
full Internet access, because some FTP servers are heavily loaded and
interactive response can be very sluggish. So it makes sense not to
waste time and connect charges in these cases.
To access FTP by e-mail, you first need a list of FTP "sites" which
are the addresses of the remote computer systems that allow you to
retrieve files anonymously (with having a userid and password on that
system). To get this list, send an e-mail note to:
[email protected]

without a subject and include these lines in the body of the note.

send usenet/news.answers/ftp-list/sitelist/part1
send usenet/news.answers/ftp-list/sitelist/part2
send usenet/news.answers/ftp-list/sitelist/part3
send usenet/news.answers/ftp-list/sitelist/part4
send usenet/news.answers/ftp-list/sitelist/part5
send usenet/news.answers/ftp-list/sitelist/part6
send usenet/news.answers/ftp-list/sitelist/part7
send usenet/news.answers/ftp-list/sitelist/part8

You will then receive (by e-mail) 8 files which comprise the "FTP
Site List". Print them out or store them in a place where you can
reference the list handily. Another file you might want to retrieve is
"FTP Frequently Asked Questions", so add this line to your note as well.
This file contains lots more info on using FTP services.

send usenet/news.answers/ftp-list/faq

If you find an interesting FTP site in the list, send e-mail to one
of these addresses (in order of preference):

[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]

And in the body of the note, include these lines:


This will return to you a list of the files stored in the root
directory at that site. In your next mail message you can navigate to
other directories by inserting (for example)

cd pub

before the dir command. ("pub" is a common directory name, and
usually a good place to start.) Once you determine the name of a file
you want to retrieve, use


in your note instead of the dir command. If the file you want to
retrieve is plain text, this will suffice. If it's a binary file (a
program, etc.) you'll need to insert the binary command in your note
before the get command.
So to summarize, here's the e-mail message you would send to the
address "[email protected]" in order to retrieve the text of The
Declaration of Independence from a remote FTP site:

cd pub/CAF/civics
get dec_of_ind

Some other interesting FTP sites you may want to "visit" are listed below:

ocf.berkeley.edutry: pub/Library for documents, bible, lyrics, etc. pub/usenet/news.answers for USENET FAQs & archives
oak.oakland.edutry: pub/msdos for a huge DOS software library
ftp.sura.nettry: pub/nic for Internet how-to documents try: pub/humor for lots of humor files

You should note that FTP mail servers tend to be quite busy so your
reply may not arrive for several minutes, hours, or days, depending on
when and where you send your request. Also, some large files may be
split into smaller pieces and returned to you as multiple messages.
If the file that is returned to you ends up looking something like what

you see below, (the word "begin" with a number and the filename on one
line, followed by a bunch of 61-character lines) it has been uuencoded
by the sender. You'll need to scrounge up a version of the uudecode
program for your operating system (UNIX, DOS, OS/2, VM, etc.) in order
to unscramble the file. Most likely you'll find a copy in your service
provider's download library.

begin 001

Another point to consider... If your online service charges you to store e-mail files that are sent to you and you plan to receive some large files via FTP, it would be wise to handle your "inbasket" expeditiously to avoid storage costs!

Let's say you know the name of a file, but you have no idea at which
what FTP site it might be lurking. Or maybe you're curious to know if a
file matching a certain naming criteria is available via FTP. Archie is
the tool you can use to find out!
Archie servers can be thought of as a database of all the anonymous
FTP sites in the world, allowing you to find the site and/or name of a
file to be retrieved. And using Archie by e-mail can be convenient
because some Archie searches take a while to complete, leaving you to
tap your toes in the meantime.
To use Archie by e-mail, simply send an e-mail message to one of the
following addresses:

[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]
[email protected]

To obtain detailed help for using Archie by mail, put the word


in the subject of the note and just send it off. You'll receive
e-mail explaining how to use archie services.

If you're the "just do it" type, then leave the subject blank and


where "" is the name of the file to search for, in the body
(not the subject) of the note.
This will search for files that match your criteria exactly. If you
want to find files that contain your search criteria anywhere in their
name, insert the line set search sub before the "find" command. Some
other useful archie commands you might want to use are:

set maxhits 20 limit amount of output , default 100 files
set match_domain usa (restrict output to FTP sites in USA)
set output_format terse (return output in condensed form)

When you get the results from your Archie query, it will contain the
names of various sites at which the desired file is located. Use one of
these site names and the exact filename listed for your next FTP file
retrieval request.

Gopher By E-Mail
Gopher is an excellent tool for exploring the Internet and is the
best way to find a resource if you know what you want, but not where to
find it. A gopher system is menu-based, and provides a user-friendly
"front-end" to Internet resources, searches and information retrieval.
Without a tool like Gopher, you'd have to wander aimlessly through
the Internet jungles and swamps to find the treasures you seek. Gopher
"knows where things are" and guides you to the good stuff.
Gopher takes the rough edges off of the Internet by automating
remote logins, hiding the sometimes-cryptic command sequences, and
offers powerful search capabilities in as well. And of course you can
use Gopher by e-mail!
Although not every item on every menu will be accessible by "gopher
mail", you'll still find plenty of interesting things using this
technique. Down to brass tacks... let's send e-mail to one of these
addresses: [email protected] or [email protected]
Leave the subject blank, enter help in the body of the note, and let
it rip. You'll soon receive by e-mail the text of the main menu at the
gopher site you selected. To proceed to one of the selections on the
menu just e-mail the whole text of the note (from the menu downwards)
back to the gopher server, placing an "x" next to the items(s) you want
to explore. You'll then receive the next level of the gopher menu by
e-mail. Some menu choices lead to other menus, some lead to text files,
and some lead to arch facilities. To perform a search, select that menu
item with an "x" and supply your search words in the Subject: of your
next reply. Note that your search criteria can be a single word or a
boolean expression such as:

document and (historical or government)

Each of the results (the "hits") of your search will be displayed as
an entry on yet another gopher menu!
Just remember, you must return the entire gopher menu and all the
routing info that follows it each time you reply to the gopher-mail
server, marking your selection(s) with an "x", and specifying search
words (if appropriate) in the Subject of the e-mail message.

Speaking of searches, this is a good time to mention Veronica. Just
like Archie provides a searchable index of FTP sites, Veronica provides
this function for "gopherspace". Veronica will ask you what you want to
look for (your search words) and then display another menu listing all
the gopher menu items that match your search. In typical gopher fashion,
you can then select one of these items and "go-pher it"!
To try Veronica by e-mail, retrieve the main menu from
[email protected] using the method just described. Then try the choice
labelled "Other Gopher and Information Servers". This menu will have an
entry for Veronica.
You'll have to select one (or more) Veronica servers to handle your
query, specifying the search words in the Subject of your reply. Here's
another example of where using e-mail servers can save time and money.
Often the Veronica servers are very busy and tell you to "try again
later". So select 2 or 3 servers, and chances are one of them will be
able to handle your request the first time around.

WAIS Searches By E-Mail
WAIS stands for Wide Area Information Service, and is a means of
searching a set of over 500 indexed databases. The range of topics is
too broad to mention, and besides, you'll soon learn how to get the
topic list for yourself!
To try WAIS by e-mail, retrieve the main menu from [email protected]
using the method just described. Then try the choice labelled "Other
Gopher and Information Servers". This menu will have an entry for "WAIS
Based Information".
There are several paths to follow from here. You might choose one of:

List of all WAIS databases
WAIS databases sorted by letter
WAIS databases sorted by Subject

A good path for beginners would be the last entry, followed up by
"Subject Tree". After 1 or 2 more levels you'll select the database you
want to search, specifying the search words as before in the Subject of
your reply.

Note: The path to some resources, files or databases can be a bit
tedious, requiring several e-mail messages to the gopher-mail server.
But here's the good news... If you've done it once, you can re-use any
of the e-mail messages previously sent in, changing it to suit your
current needs. (This applies to all gopher-mail services.)

Usenet is a collection of over 5000 discussion groups on every topic
imaginable. In order to get a proper start and avoid embarrasing
yourself needlessly, you must read the Usenet new users intro document,
which can be obtained by sending an e-mail note to
[email protected] without a subject and including this line in
the body of the note:

send usenet/news.answers/news-newusers-intro

Once you've handled the preliminaries, you'll need to know to read
and contribute to Usenet newsgroups by e-mail. To read a newsgroup, you
will use the gophermail service discussed earlier in this guide.
Send the following file by e-mail to [email protected] (or
another GopherMail Server) to obtain a list of recent postings to a
particular newsgroup. (You must replace "" below with the
name of the Usenet newsgroup you wish to access. eg: alt.answers,, news.newusers.questions, etc.)

---start here---
x 1. /

You may edit the following two numbers to set the maximum sizes
after which GopherMail should send output as multiple email messages:

Split=27K bytes/message <- For text, bin, HQX messages (0 = No split)
Menu=100 items/message <- For menus and query responses (0 = No split)

Path=news group
---end here---

The gophermail server will mail you a typical gopher menu on which
you may select the individual postings you wish to read. If you decide
to make a post of your own, mail the text you wish to post to:

[email protected]

or example, to post to news.newusers.questions, you would send your
message to [email protected]. Be sure to
include an appropriate Subject: line, and to include your real name and
e-mail address at the close of your note.

There are some other interesting things you can do by e-mail. Some
of them are accessible only by e-mail!


"Finger" is a utility that returns information about another user.
Usually it's just boring stuff like last logon, etc., but sometimes
people put fun or useful information in their finger replies. To try out
finger, send e-mail with

Subject: FINGER [email protected].
To: [email protected]

You'll receive some current sports standings! (The general form is
FINGER user@site.)

Don't have your dictionary handy? Send e-mail to
[email protected] again, but this time make the subject WEBSTER TEST
and you'll get a definition of the word "test" in reply.

Infomania offers a bunch of other services by e-mail! Almanac (daily
updates), Weather, CD Music Catalog, etc. Send e-mail to
[email protected] with subject HELP for full details.

Find out if your congressman has an electronic address! Just send
mail to the address [email protected] and you'll get a listing of
congressional e-mail addresses.

There are literally thousands of discussion groups that stay in
touch using e-mail based systems known as "mailing lists". People
interested in a topic "subscribe" to a "list" and then send & receive
postings by e-mail. For a good introduction to this topic, send mail to
[email protected] with GET NEW-LIST WOUTERS as the first line.

USENET Searches
A new service at Stanford University makes it possible to search
USENET newsgroups for postings that contain keywords of interest to you.
You can even "subscribe" and receive a daily list of newsgroups posting
that match your search criteria. Send mail to
[email protected] with no subject and help in the body of note for
full details.

To learn how to get tons of info on movies, actors, directors, etc.
send mail to [email protected] with no subject and help in the body of
note for full details.

Send e-mail with subject Stock Market Quotes to
[email protected] and you'll receive a stock market report.
(updated daily)

There are lots of good books and guides to help you get started on
the Internet, and here are some that I recommend. The first three are
free via anonymous FTP, and the others can be found in most bookstores
that carry computer-related books.

"Zen and the Art of the Internet", by Brendan Kehoe
Via ftp site:; directory: pub/zen

"There's Gold in them thar Networks", by Jerry Martin
Via ftp site:; directory: rfc; filename: rfc1402.txt

"Hitchhiker's Guide to the Internet", by Ed Krol
Via ftp site:; directory: rfc; filename: rfc1118.txt

"The Whole Internet User's Guide and Catalog", by Ed Krol
ISBN: 1-56592-063-5
Price $24.95

"The Big Dummy's Guide to the Internet", by Adam Gaffin
Publisher: MIT Press
ISBN: 0-262-57105-6
Price: $14.95

"The Internet for Dummies", by John Levine & Carol Baroudi
Publisher: IDG Books
ISBN: 1-56884-024-1
Price: $19.95

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The World Wide Web from a Unix shell account
By Odd de Presno
Until recently, if you wanted to use Mosaic for the World Wide Web,
you needed a direct SLIP or PPP connection to the Internet. In many
countries, such a connection costs a leg and an arm.
Now, you can also use Mosaic if you connect to the Internet through
a Unix shell account. The administrators may not even notice that you
Having a shell account means that you can dial up and "remote
control" a computer on Internet, called a "host," by entering commands
on a Unix command line. Typical commands include ftp, telnet, and mail.
You must have write access to your own directory on the Unix host
use the methods explained here.
Using a shell account, your personal computer is not actually
directly connected to the Internet at all. Access to the network is
through what is known as a "shell" (like Korn, Bourne, and C).
The opposite is true for those connecting with SLIP (Serial Line
Internet Protocol). This method connects a personal computer to the
larger Internet etwork over thin phone lines (instead of thick network
cables). To do so, your computer must be able to "speak the language" of
the Internet, i.e. it must have TCP/IP software installed.
SLIP doesn't do anything by itself. It just establishes a
connection. You must run applications on top of this connection, just
like you need to run desktop applications on a local area network.
These TCP/IP applications are called "clients," because they use and
provide access to network services (provided by "servers"). Mosaic (for
he World Wide Web) and Eudora (for mail) are examples of client programs
running under the Windows operating system on personal computers.
Some clever people have come up with "pseudo-SLIP," i.e. software
that makes it unecessary to have a direct connection to the Internet.
These two offerings are available at very low prices, are fairly
easy to install and use. The nature of this software is such that there
is probably no need to ask your system's administrator's permission to
Oslonett A/S (Norway) distributes the Remsock pseudo-SLIP system for
MS-DOS computers running MS Windows. Send mail to [email protected]
with "info remsock" on the subject line. An email robot will return
information and anonymous ftp retrieval instructions. Shareware.
Registration US$15 (1994).
When I wrote this, Remsock came as a 179 KB compressed distribution
file from:

Today, Remsock works with the following types of host computers:
SunOS4, Solaris 2.3, and Ultrix 4.2. If your Unix host is not on this
list, then Remsock is not for you.
Cyberspace Development, Inc. (USA) sells The Internet Adapter (TIA).
Price for a single-user "adapter" is US$25.00. Email to
[email protected] for information, or connect via telnet, FTP, or
gopher to, or by WWW to

There are versions of TIA for the following types of host computers:

Sun Sparc Solaris 2.x, and SunOS 4.1.x,
386/486 BSDI 1.x, SCO, and Linux,
DEC Alpha OSF/1 2.0
IBM RS/6000 AIX 3.2
HP 9000 HPUX 9.0

Retrieving and installing Remsock was easy. I installed it on a
Toshiba 4400DX (80486) notebook computer. The modem is internal 14,400
bps withLAP-M, V42.BIS, and a 57.600 bps interface speed.
For a long time, I had unsuccessfully tried to install full SLIP on
the Toshiba (it works well on my generic 486DX desktop). Trumpet Winsock
connected fine to the host, but none of the client applications worked.
A friend indicated that Winsock and SLIP at high speeds possibly were
the cause of the problem. I don't know. My patience run out.
In contrast, Oslonett's Remsock runs fine. I installed part of the
software on the local Unix shell account, had Remsock log in, opened
Mosaic, and World Wide Web pages appeared on my screen.
I have tested Remsock extensively with Mosaic, and sporadically with
Eudora for email. Oslonett tells me that ntp will not work, and possibly
also some other applications (like ping). Personally, I have been unable
to make it work with the Netscape WWW browser.
The Mosaic/WWW connection works like a charm.
Access provider suddenly offered dial-up SLIP on their Unix shell
account. When I asked for information, they secretely referred to
"pseudo-SLIP." A quick search in the net-happenings WAIS database gave a
pointer to The Internet Adapter!
Net-happenings is InterNIC Information Service's announcement-only
service bringing news about tools, conferences, calls for papers, news
items, new mailing lists, electronic newsletters like EDUPAGE, and more.
The full net-happenings archives can be searched (WAIS) and
retrieved on gopher . Select Search the InfoGuide (and
elsewhere). You can also reach it on the WWW using these URLs: |

General information about TIA is available from an automatic mail
robot at
[email protected]

It did not take me long to decide on submitting my credit card data.
The following day, I retrieved the software by anonymous ftp, and had
TIA installed on my disks.
On my PC, the system was set up to use the same Trumpet WINSOCK.DLL
that is used for full SLIP connection (Remsock uses a special
WINSOCK.DLL file). After fumbling with Trumpet's LOGIN.CMD script, I was
ready to go.
Trumpet logged into the shell account, SLIP was enabled. I opened
Mosaic, and it worked perfectly.

Here is my Trumpet LOGIN.CMD file:

#Comment lines start with # in the left margin
output atz\13
input 10 OK\n

#Modem initialization command. MegaHerz modem. Note the use of "\\"
#in modem commands requiring one preceding "\"! Change these settings
#to suit your modem.
output at&C1&d2 \\V2\\N5W1S9=12 \\K3\\Q2 &S1\13
input 10 OK\n

#Dial phone number to host
output atdt,370-35036\13
input 50 CONNECT
wait 30 dcd
output \13

#Wait for Login:
input 30 ogin:
output presno\13

#Wait for Password prompt
input 30 sword:
output secretword\13

#Wait for @ (in the shell prompt "@Gaia%")
input 50 \64

#Now it is time to enable slip

Both are fine products, but I prefer TIA. It is reliable, flexible,
and works well with Netscape and most other client software. A free test
drive is available by ftp from (14 days).
If Mosaic and Eudora are all you want, then Remsock is also an
option. The lack of ability to handle Netscape is a serious drawback,
though.In the crystal ball
While writing this, a program called SlipKnot was announced. It is a
soon-to-be released World Wide Web browser for Windows that is supposed
to work on any Unix dial-up shell account without requiring SLIP, PPP,
"pseudo-SLIP," or TCP/IP.
Unlike TIA, SlipKnot deposits no binary executable programs on the
host. As soon as it is installed on your PC, you're ready to play.
This is one possible future direction of WWW browsers, email
software, and other client applications. Chances are that TCP/IP will be
handled by the applications, rather than by separate "adapters."

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In this issue of CyberNews, we are happy to present an interview
with a leader in the field of network computing. I guess in a punnish
sort of way you could say he started Network Computing.
David Strom is a revered member of the press who not only reports
and writes about the happenings of the computer world, but is also
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He started Network Computing and turned the magazine from an
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and writes a column for InfoWorld called ON SITE which deals with real
world issues in the networking arena.
We held the interview via Internet email, I from my PC and David
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CYBER: How did you get started in the PC business? How long have you
been in the business?

STROM: I have been using a PC since the early days of the Apple II and
the classic IBM 64 k machines in the late 70s. I was always
interested in technology, having programmed in Basic since high
school days on a teletype (I may be dating myself here)

I really got my start in the "business" by working as the R&D
manager for a small software startup called FutureSoft
Synergies, which was funded by a bunch of guys that made their
money from Software AG/Adabase. (And nothing to do with the
FutureSoft comms company in present existence.) I was in charge
of getting their Applesoft Basic programs ported over to the IBM
platform (this was in 1982). That got my appetite going for
doing more work with computers. Since then I have held all sorts
of jobs, ng end-user support, journalism, and now running my own
consulting firm, where I help the product vendors of mostly
networking products make better products.

CYBER: No one can just "do computers" all the time. Do you hit the golf
course? Play a little ping pong? What?

STROM: What spare time I have goes towards doing things with my family.
Physical things including biking and swimming, which I would
love to say that I do year round but who are we kidding?

CYBER: What's the next defining leap in networking? The wiring or the

STROM: I think the actual exciting developments will be in the client.
Chicago/Windows 95 has lots of good networking things built-in:
NetWare peer servers, NetWare clients, modem drivers, etc.
That's going to make a big impact, similar to what Apple did by
putting that localtalk port on the back of every computer.

CYBER: Just for grins, what kind of car do you drive?

STROM: A five year old Mazda MPV van. But most of the time I either
walk or take planes to where I have to go. I am probably in the
air at least three times a month.

CYBER: Of all time, what are your top five PC/network based

STROM: Eudora: it is one of the best email products around, and I spend
lots of time every day using it.
Discport from Microtest. The ability to share CD ROMs over a
NetWare network from either a Mac or a PC client is amazing,
useful, and cost-effective.
PC/Anywhere from Symantec. Remote control application that keeps
getting better
Open Mind from DCA/Attachmate. The ability to share ideas over a
network and how they have implemented it is extremely exciting.
Ericsson's wireless Mobidem. While still a long ways from where
it could be, ever since I got this thing and started using
wireless email my work habits have changed forever. Indeed, this
message is being sent to you via the device.

CYBER: What is the best challenge in working with technology?

STROM: There is always something new every day. And, there is so much
that doesn't work as advertised that it sometimes gets
frustrating when you want to get some actual work done and not
just play with technology all day long.

CYBER: What's the best movie you have ever seen?

STROM: Boy, that is a tough one. I'd have to say that anything Kubrick
has directed has had a big impact on me: 2001, Strangelove, etc.

CYBER:What is your favorite on-line service or BBS?

STROM: The Internet, bar none. Always something going on, always
changing, and sometimes broken (or at least my on-ramp).

CYBER: What's the best city you have traveled to? Why?

STROM: Vancouver, BC. It has all the geographic niceties of Seattle
with a nice Canadian/British flavor, and a lot less people.

CYBER: What's the latest magazine you have read?

STROM: Hard to say, since I read about a dozen different trades a week,
along with a few for enjoyment. Being a former editor in chief
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Chip's World
By Chip Cox
Internet : [email protected]

Looking for a new job can be fun. Yes, I have gotten too many
rejection letters but they haven't driven me completely looney. The
trick is to remember who is on the other side of the table from you. If
you have every done any interviewing you know that most interviewers are
as nervous trying to figure out how much a prospective employee knows in
one hour, as the prospective employee is. When thinking about the fact
that the person you will hire, based on one to three hours of discussion
and a brief refe ce check that only verifies that the person worked
somewhere and left there breathing, may play a vital role in the most
important project of your career. It's enough to make even the most
hardened executive sweat a little.
I remember a guy graduating from college who must have had the worst
resume of all times. I never actually saw the resume. But, during his
senior year in Electrical Engineering with a better than average GPA, he
sent out 200 resumes to perspective employers. He got back 210 rejection
notices. He went down to Huntsville AL to a job fair and the first
company that talked to him before reading his resume hired him.
Someone once told me that a one page resume is the maximum size for
someone fresh out of college. Someone with many years of experience can
go up to two pages but no more. You should be Albert Einstein, have been
in charge of the space shuttle redesign, have been a primary developer
on Microsoft Windows and UNIX to go over two pages. After reading
resumes for the latest job we advertised for at work, I realized that
the ones that got moved into the keep stack were the ones that impressed
me in about 10 15 seconds. They had to be well laid out with headings I
could easily see. I didn't really care about the work experience at
first glance. I wanted to know what skills they had that would benefit
me. Cover letters are great but I used them and the work experience
sections to limit the keeper stack.
How do you get the salary thing out in the open? My boss set up an
interview with someone for a tech. support position in our company. I
asked my boss what salary range the applicant was looking in. He said he
didn't ask. When the guy came in the first question I asked was "what
salary range are you looking for". My boss's mouth dropped as if to say
how dare you get so personal with this guy right off. When the applicant
said 60K I thought my boss would faint. We were looking for someone in
the 20K ran So, is it Ok to ask a perspective employer what salary range
they are looking in. I think so. It keeps you and the employer from
potentially wasting time. I am not saying that you should start trying
to negotiate salary at the first interview. Wait till they have decided
they want you before you start negotiating. Your negotiating hand will
be stronger then.
Considering the interview. I think I have had all types now. I had
one where I walked in to visit a friend for lunch and his boss asked me
if I knew more about computers than my friend did. I jokingly told him
yes. He told me to come back tomorrow. The interview if you can call it
that took about 15 minutes. I worked there for 5 years as a network
administrator. I had another interview where the two interviews were
separated by 6 months. I couldn't remember the people who had
interviewed me previously o hat job they were looking for. I walked into
another interview one day after work. I was wearing jeans and a leather
jacket. The manager who interviewed me said that anyone confident enough
in themselves to come to an interview dressed that informally was Ok in
his book. He hired me on the spot. I arrived 10 minutes early for
another interview. Instead of the receptionist calling down to the
office of the person I was to meet. She escorted me down there. He was
interviewing a fri end of mine at the time. Tal k about embarrassing.
The receptionist got the interviewer so mad that neither my friend nor I
were considered for the job. By far though the interview type I like the
most, I have had twice. It's the panel interview. A group of people sat
across a table from me and asked me canned questions. It was funny
watching them try to write down every word I said. I found my self
pausing to let them catch up sometimes. I actually found that it helped
to pause briefly w hile answering the questions. I was able to form
ulate my responses and choose my words more carefully.
If you are looking for a job, just remember that your resume gets
the door opened or slammed shut in about 15 seconds. Any job
announcement gets at least 50 resumes. Make the important stuff stand
out and be easily identified. If it isn't I don't bother looking for it.
If you get an interview, remember the person on the other side has a lot
riding on their decision. They need to get a sense of confidence in
their decision to hire you. They can't get that confidence in you if you
don't have it in yoursel I love to scuba dive. My scuba teacher taught
us to do the following 4 things when in a stressful situation. I think
interviewing qualifies. Stop whatever you are doing, it got you into
this situation so stop it. Breathe, most important underwater, but even
on land you pass out if you don't do it. Think, you can't get out of a
situation unless you can think clearly about what got you there and what
you need to do to get out. Once you have done the preceding 3 items, and
only then, ACT. You have gotten your self under control and decided what
to do. So now just do it.
Just some side notes for those of you looking for jobs. There are
news groups available on the Internet for job hunters. Some I have found
useful for contract and permanent openings are,, and several other newsgroups.
Many national headhunters advertise in these news groups and will accept
resumes either by mail, fax or e-mail. Remember you will always come
across as more confident in yourself when you are enjoying yourself. So
good luck, relax and enjoy yourself.

Ramblings . . .
by Patrick Grote

(Feel free to respond to [email protected])

Ok, this issue is a little late out the door. No particular reason,
except that in our effort to keep the commitment to publishing an
electronic publication entirely through electronic means, we have
met with some pitfalls:

*Email connections lost.
*Uuencoded files showing up corrupt.
*Missed deadlines due to hardware failure

With each obstacle faced, we have developed better processes and
work-arounds. Look for us on a monthly basis with our next issue due
out on January 29, 1994!

Remember, CyberNews is produced by a team of dedicated people. We
are devoted to bringing you real world reviews from real world
people. Sometimes, the grammar or punctuation may not be the best,
but these are real people.

Wayne Macleod joins us in this issue as the Reviews Manager. Wayne
is responsible for assigning reviews, coordinating the editing of
the reviews and ensuring writers complete assigned reviews. Join me
in wishing Wayne luck by sending an email message to him at
[email protected].

In a certain sense you can say that we all exist forever in
cyberspace. As long as there is a message thread with our name in
it, a file with our credits on it or a compiled message listing
available for download with a glint of wisdom from us in it, we live
forever in the electronic domain.

I've come to reflect on death and cyberspace just recently. Not that
anything has happened to me personally, but something strange
happened with a piece of software I own and use . . . FidoPCB.

If you are a PCBoard sysop you may know that FidoPCB was about the
only mail tosser available for Fidonet mail for your PCBoard. The
author of FidoPCB, Matjaz Koce, was a resident of Slovenia. As a
typical American I have absolutely no clue where Slovenia is on a
globe. About the only thing I cared about concerning Slovenia was
that support and new releases came from its telephone lines.

One day while scanning my mail packet, I noticed that someone had
entered a message concerning Matjaz's death. My first impression was
one of disbelief. I was in shock. As the day wore on it quickly sank
in that he was gone and the software might be going as well.
Luckily, the chief support person in the Untied States. Jeffrey
Boyd, quickly dispatched a message to all FidoPCB owners letting us
know that support and development would continue through Matjaz's
partner. Whew, that was a relief. The product knew and loved
wouldn't be disappearing. But what about Matjaz? His family? These
were questions we began to talk about in the FidoNet FidoPCB Forum.
As we were just beginning to get a grip on Matjaz's death, Jeffrey
Boyd died.

What do you do? Now that the author and the chief support person
have passed away does the product fade away? What about their
memories? These are people known only to you by the pixels formed by
their words. You never met them. You never felt them. You never even
saw them. Your whole impression or thought of them was based on
their writing style and what you thought someone with their name
should look like. How do you deal with this?

In a typical death you would go through a traditional period of
mourning. Maybe send your regrets to the family, attend a wake or
service then attend the funeral. But in Cyberspace you don't know
the family. You don't even really know the person. How do you mourn?
This is just one of the many questions we are still facing as
cyberspace becomes more and more populated.

We'll see you next month . . .

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