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/// CPU Status Report Late Breaking Industry-Wide News
** Trial Edition of Quicken for DOS now Available **
Intuit Inc. this week announced a new Trial Edition of Quicken for
DOS, Windows and the Macintosh. The finance software publisher says the
Trial Edition lets people test drive Quicken. Intuit notes that it
developed the Trial Edition for the 8.5 million PC-owning households
that don't currently use personal finance software.
The Quicken Trial Edition contains all the functionality of the lat-
est versions of Quicken, but limits users to setting up eight accounts
and to entering 50 transactions per account, providing about a month's
use of the software. Users can continue to run reports and graphs even
after they've reached the 50- transactions per account limit.
The Trial Edition also includes a Getting Started guide providing an
overview of Quicken's features.
The Trial Edition is available for $8 directly from Intuit by calling
800-624-5071. A rebate coupon good toward the product's full $69.95
purchase price is included.
** IBM Tries Again with ThinkPad 500 **
IBM has resumed shipments of its ThinkPad 500 subnotebook computer, a
system it pulled from the market last month because of a battery prob-
lem. Sources say the IBM PC Co. will install and test the new battery
free to owners of the unit, which went on sale in July. If you are a
ThinkPad 500 owner and need information, call IBM at 800/426-7244.
** U.S. Chipmakers Outdo Japanese **
According to Dataquest, a market research firm, for the first time in
eight years, U.S. semiconductor makers this year retook the lead in chip
production. The Dataquest report says American companies controlled 41.9
percent of the world semiconductor market in 1993, compared with 41.4%
for Japanese makers.
Dataquest says that Intel Corp. was the world's largest chipmaker for
the second year, stretching its world market share to 9.6%, 2.2 points
ahead of Japan's NEC Corp. Motorola Inc. moved ahead of Japan's Toshiba
Corp. to become the world's third-largest chip company.
** Apple No Longer in First Place **
The research firm, International Data Corp., sees IBM reclaiming from
Apple Computer the title as top seller in the U.S. for the year. IBM is
expected to edge out Apple Computer Inc. by 25,000 units in the U.S.,
which represents 40% of world market.
IDC says the 10 largest firms account for 9.5 million of the 14.8 mi-
llion PCs sold in the U.S., or about 64% of the market, compared to 52%
a year ago.
"That is a big, big change," Richard Zwetchkenbaum, chief of PC
market research at IDC said. "A brand name has become important for a
number of reasons. These vendors have more marketing muscle, more R&D
capability, the ability to have multiple brands and an array of dis-
IDC's projection of 14.8 million units shipped in the United States
represents a 26% increase from 11.8 million units in 1992. The research
firm projects worldwide shipments of 36.1 million units, up 19% from
30.4 million in 1992.
-:- IBM's U.S. sales rose 51% to 2.08 million units from 1.37 million
in 1992. Worldwide sales climbed 37% to 4.4 million units from 3.2
million a year ago.
-:- Apple showed 32% growth in the United States, with 2.05 million
units compared to 1.55 million a year ago. Its worldwide sales were 3.6
million, up 30% from 2.8 million in 1992.
-:- Compaq posted the year's biggest growth, more than doubling U.S.
sales to 1.4 million units from nearly 676,000 in 1992. Worldwide sales
were up 96% to 3.05 million units from 1.56 million a year ago.
Packard Bell remained No. 4, followed by Dell Computer Corp., Gateway
2000 Inc., AST Research Inc., Tandy Corp., Toshiba Corp. and Zenith Data
Systems Inc., which rose to No. 10 from No. 16. Compudyne Computer Corp.
fell out of IDC's top 10 in U.S. sales.
** Sharp to Sell Sun Workstations **
Starting next year, Japan's Sharp Corp. will sell workstations made
by Sun Microsystems Inc. Sharp also plans to start development of its
own workstations and server models by acquiring Sun's processors and
** Compaq Quits Printer Business **
Compaq Computer Corp. this week announced that it's leaving the prin-
ter business. The company will continue to offer its existing Pagemarq
product line during early 1994, but is discontinuing its printer devel-
opment immediately. It will also continue to offer its printer customers
** Piracy of CD-Roms Alleged **
A federal grand jury has indicted a woman for allegedly importing
more than 900 counterfeit CD-ROMs from Hong Kong with the intent to sell
them in the United States. An indictment for software piracy had been
handed down against Clare Waioi Sham, 29, and her company, C-88 Interna-
Sham is alleged to have imported more than $200,000 worth of the co-
unterfeit computer parts along with manuals. If convicted, Sham could be
sentenced to 20 years in jail and a $1.75 million fine.
** Thieves Steal Computer Chips **
A band of armed robbers yesterday handcuffed employees at an Irvine,
Calif., computer chip business and escaped with an estimated $200,000
worth of property. Five to six men armed with handguns handcuffed the
employees and taped their eyes, mouths and legs while they removed
property from the business, said Police Lt. Vic Thies.
** Magazine Editor Convicted of Mail Fraud **
The editor/publisher of defunct computer magazine Desktop Publishing
Journal has been convicted of mail fraud following an investigation of
an alleged computer scam.
Set for sentencing March 18, Linda Ann Laurie, 37 -- who used the
name Linda Hansen when she operated the magazine that folded in 1988 --
faces up to five years' imprisonment and/or a $250,000 fine.
A statement from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service in Seattle al-
leges from September 1988 through November 1989, after the magazine
ceased publication, Laurie mailed numerous letters from her home in
Snohomish, Wash., to computer hardware and software companies throughout
the United States, "claiming that the Desktop Publishing Journal had a
monthly circulation of as many as 80,000 and requesting that certain
computer-related items be loaned to her for an evaluation to be reported
in an upcoming issue of her publication."
The statement says that the indictment handed down against her last
May further charged she received equipment worth about $75,000 and
attempted to get additional items worth over $95,000.
** Video Games Might Not be a Link to Epilepsy **
A study commissioned by the British government says video games are
no more likely to trigger epileptic seizures than TV. The U.K.'s
National Epilepsy Society study was commissioned by the Department of
Trade and Industry last May after reports of several cases of epilepsy
among young video game players. The report says:
-:- About 30,000 people in Britain have a first epileptic seizure
-:- Of these, about 600 are susceptible to seizure triggered by TV,
video games, computer graphics and other flashing light sources,
meaning they are photosensitive epileptics.
-:- Up to 150 people a year may have their first seizure triggered by
playing a video game, but the report estimates that TV will touch off
about the same number.
The report found no evidence that photosensitivity itself can be
caused by playing video games, watching TV or by other light sources.
** Study Says U.S. School Computers Outdated **
While America has boasted of the extent to which computers have come
to its school classrooms, a new study says the technology often is
outdated and that teachers lack adequate training.
"Teachers are not afforded the time they need to become conversant in
computer technology or to plan lessons which integrate technology into
classroom activities," concludes "Computers in American Schools," a
study by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational
Achievement, a cooperative of research centers in more than 40 countries
that study educational practices.
The research, paid for by the National Science Foundation, compared
computer use in schools in the U.S., Germany, Japan, Austria and the
The study fewer than half the schools surveyed have introductory com-
puter courses for teachers either in their schools or at local colleges.
By comparison, in the other countries, two-thirds to 95 percent of the
schools said training is available.
Japan, Austria and the Netherlands all had a higher percentage of up-
to-date school computers than the United States, the study found.
** BBS-Delivered Death Threats Gets Houston Teen Jail Sentence **
A death threat made on a computer bulletin board system has meant a
30-day jail term for a Houston teenager who already was on probation for
allegedly trying to hire the killing of a romantic rival.
Eighteen-year-old Shawn Kevin Quinn also was ordered by State
District Judge Denis Collins to spend three months in the county's boot
camp for young offenders after finishing his jail sentence.
"On Sept. 7, Quinn was using the Spitfire computer bulletin board and
found himself discussing his probation with a man who called Quinn a
whiny complainer who probably belonged in jail."
Quinn responded, "I deserve freedom, criminal conviction or not ...
Even if I was in jail, and I read your stupid, rude message, I would
probably think about getting a gun or other lethal weapon, Brady bill
or not, and you can guess the rest. The moment I escaped or got
paroled, guess what I'd do? And you don't need a gun to kill someone,
though it certainly makes things a bit easier."
Quinn was placed on probation Aug. 12 "after pleading no-contest to
charges stemming from him giving seven Atari computer games and $5.30 to
a district attorney's investigator in January to assassinate a fellow
student at Alief Elsik High School."
** Two Accused of Stealing Systems **
Charges of stealing desktop computers containing the records of 7,000
people who receive AIDS-related services have been lodged against two
hospital security guards in Miami. The two insisted they did not know
what was on the computers taken from the South Florida AIDS Network at
Jackson Memorial Hospital. Some activists fear the confidential informa-
tion could be used against the named patients.
** Massachusetts Child Porn BBS Busted **
A Massachusetts man has been indicted by the federal government for
operating a computer bulletin board system from his Medford home that
offered explicit child pornography images to anyone who logged on.
Reports say that Alden L. Baker, 44, distributed child pornography
from his home computer BBS during the late 1980s and early 1990s to
users all over the United States and as far away as New Zealand. Baker
called his BBS Boston's Eagle's Nest.
Federal prosecutors said Baker's computer files contained numerous
graphic images "which involve the use of minors engaged in sexually
explicit conduct." The government also accused him of employing or
coercing a minor to perform sexually explicit acts to be distributed via
U.S. Attorney Donald K. Stern said this indictment "emphasizes that
we will vigorously prosecute any sexual exploitation of children. The
use of computerized bulletin board systems which distribute pornographic
images to members throughout the country are particularly deserving of
our vigorous prosecution."
UPI notes that if convicted, Baker would face a maximum of 10 years
in prison on each count and a fine of up to $100,000.
** Microsoft Introduces New Windows Releases to Developers **
At its Professional Developers' Conference in Anaheim, Calif., this
week, Microsoft Corp. is providing in-depth technical information to
5,000 developers to prepare them for the next major release of the
Microsoft Windows operating system -- code-named Windows "Chicago."
At the same time, a pre- release version of Windows "Chicago" for
developers is being released to attendees. Technical presentations at
the conference explain how the same applications programming interface
(API), Win32, can be used to develop a new generation of 32-bit
applications that can run across the entire Windows platform -- on the
Windows 3.1, Windows "Chicago," Windows for Workgroups and Windows NT
operating systems, as well as the next major release of Windows NT,
code-named Windows NT "Cairo" -- and also can optionally exploit new
functions in each.
In addition to presentation materials, each developer is receiving
two CD-ROMs: the new developer release of Windows "Chicago," including
the latest 32-bit development tools for Windows "Chicago" and Win32, and
a pre-release implementation of the next version of OLE that provides
distributed object support for 32-bit Windows platforms.
Microsoft notes that more than 250 32-bit applications for Windows
are now available, with several hundred more expected to ship by spring
of 1994. Windows NT began shipping in July of 1993, Windows "Chicago" is
scheduled to ship in the second half of 1994 and Windows NT "Cairo" is
scheduled to ship in the first half of 1995.
** COMMON GROUND For Windows Ships **
No Hands Software says it will begin shipping the Windows version of
its Common Ground electronic document distribution software this week.
The software publisher says the product is the first commercially
available, cross- platform competitor to Adobe Acrobat.
Common Ground 1.0 for Windows retains all of the major features of
the Macintosh version, including a free, compact MiniViewer and pixel-
for-pixel fidelity to the original document. Common Ground 1.0 for
Windows also offers full Postscript support, JPEG compression and the
ability to save documents into popular word processor formats.
Common Ground also acts as an OLE 2.0 server, providing seamless
integration into other applications, including electronic mail and
"Common Ground users can send documents with confidence they can be
viewed and printed, because Common Ground lets them include a small,
free MiniViewer, which runs on a minimal system configuration," says
Tony Stayner, vice president of marketing at No Hands Software.
The Windows and Macintosh versions of Common Ground each have an
introductory price of $99.95.
** Dell Offers New Systems **
A second group of Pentium processor-based personal computers has been
introduced by Dell Computer Corp. Called the Dell OmniPlex 560 and 566,
they start at $3,499 for the 60Mhz and $3,999 for the 66Mhz model.
The OmniPlex systems are based on Intel Corp.'s Peripheral Component
Interconnect architecture and extended Industry standard architecture,
featuring the highest level of Intel-based computing power now
** Newton's Sales Slow Down **
Sources say that Apple Computer Inc.'s Newton message pad's sales
have slowed considerably since they peaked in October. The hand-held
communicator, the first of its kind, was introduced in August. Specula-
tion is that sales could increase as more software and features become
** FoxPro 2.5 for Mac is Here! **
Microsoft Releases to Manufacturing the New FoxPro 2.5 Relational
Database Management System for Macintosh Microsoft FoxPro Defines New
Standard for Performance and Power; Offered at Special Introductory
Price of $99
Microsoft Corporation announced this week that the Microsoft FoxPro
database management system version 2.5 for Macintosh has been released
to manufacturing, with commercial availability in January 1994. Designed
to empower developers and users alike, FoxPro provides unsurpassed
speed, full cross-platform capabilities and extensive support for
Macintosh System 7 technologies. Through June 1994, FoxPro for Macintosh
will be available at a special introductory price of $99.
CENVI FOR OS/2, DOS, AND WINDOWS
(Now executes faster and can create stand-alone, royalty-free executables.)
Cmm (C minus minus) is 'C' for the rest of us. CEnvi runs Cmm programs in
the DOS, Windows, and OS/2 environments (more to follow). Together, CEnvi
and Cmm make the power and flexibility of the C programming language part
of every computer user's environment without the hardware, time, and
programmer resources needed for developing full-blown C programs.
With CEnvi and Cmm, anyone can take control of their computer environment.
C is not just for programming nerds anymore. CEnvi utilities, macros,
batch files, and scripts can quickly be created, shared, and modified among
all computer users, professional and amateur alike.
CEnvi can be incorporated at a pace that is comfortable to you: you may
only want to use CEnvi code set up by a more experienced user, you may want
to enhance existing batch files with a line or two of CEnvi code, or you
may write complete utilities using CEnvi. The following statement is a
single-line CEnvi example that you can include into batch files to return
ERRORLEVEL 1 only on Fridays:
CEnvi "date = ctime(time()) return( strstr(date,"Fri") ? 1 : 0 )"
Nombas provides over a hundred samples such as this one--many single-line
and other complete program files--and more samples are added every day to
provide solutions to CEnvi user's needs. Sample programs included with the
CEnvi shareware demonstrate Cmm programming; looping in batch files;
altering environment variables; using environment variables in mathematical
equations; user input; reading time; sounds; setting ERRORLEVEL; file
read/write; OS/2 WPS and PM calls; controlling OS/2, PM, and Windows tasks;
interacting with DOS, OS/2, and Windows operating systems; defining windows
and Windows functions; extending PATH; scheduled command execution; setting
NUMLOCK; and much more. Even if you don't learn the Cmm programming
language, you could still personalize these samples to suit your needs. (Do
you need a program to tell if it is a Thursday? I'll bet that you could
"reprogram" the above sample Cmm code to return ERRORLEVEL 1 only on
If you choose to learn the Cmm programming language (C programmers will
find that they already know it), then step through the Cmm programming
tutorial in the CEnvi Registered User's Manual. This tutorial takes you
step by step through the planning, creation, and debugging of a simple text
With the /BIND option, you can create stand-alone executables from your Cmm
code. These executables can be freely distributed without paying any
royalties to Nombas. (This is a great feature if you are a computer
support guru who must often come up with a quick fix in diverse
CEnvi costs $38 for a license that includes the OS/2, DOS, and Windows
versions. Additional site licenses (which do not include the 100+ page
manual) are $15 each. The CEnvi Unregistered Shareware package is a working
version of CEnvi with occasional registration reminder screens.
The most recent versions of CEnvi Unregistered Shareware, including sample
files, are always available via anonymous FTP from "world.std.com" in the
"pub" directory: cenvi2.zip, cenvid.zip, and cenviw.zip are CEnvi for OS/2,
DOS, and Windows, respectively. From CompServe: CEnvi for OS/2 is
CENVI2.ZIP in OS2USER library 4, CEnvi for DOS is CENVID.ZIP in IBMSYS
library 1, and CEnvi for Windows is CENVIW.ZIP in WINSHARE and WINUSER
library 6. Also available for download from the Nombas BBS (suggested dial
string ATDT16173916565,,,,,44444). Upgrade patches for this latest version
are available for electronic download to registered CEnvi users.
Nombas may be reached at:
Nombas Internet: email@example.com
P.O. Box 875 CompuServe: 72212,1622
Medford, MA 02155 USA Phone: (617)391-6595
BBS: (617)391-6595 ext. 44 after 2nd ring
************************* CENVIW.ZIP FILE LIST *************************
CENVIW.ZIP, the Unregistered Shareware CEnvi package for Windows, contains
the following files:
*CENVI.EXE: CEnvi shareware executable for DOS, OS/2, or Windows.
*CENVI.DOC: CEnvi Shareware Manual, Chapter 1: CEnvi Unregistered Shareware
*CMMTUTOR.DOC: CEnvi Shareware Manual, Chapter 2: Cmm Language Tutorial
*CMM_VS_C.DOC: CEnvi Shareware Manual, Chapter 3: Cmm versus C, for C
*CENVILIB.DOC: CEnvi Shareware Manual, Chapter 4: Function Library
*LICENSE.DOC: CEnvi Unregistered Shareware License Agreement
*README.DOC: Introductory file. Read this first for quick intallation.
*REGISTER.DOC: CEnvi registration form
*INSTALL.CMM: Cmm source file for installing this shareware version
*Ascii.cmm: Display the ascii character table
*BattMem.cmm: Show values stored in a PC's battery-protected memory
*BootEd1.cmm: Start NotePad to edit c:AutoExec.bat and C:Config.sys using
*BootEd2.cmm: Start NotePad to edit c:AutoExec.bat and C:Config.sys using
CEnvi's spawn() function.
*Border.cmm: Draw a simple border on the screen
*BugHunt.cmm: Example for using the ClipBrd.lib routines. Constantly scan
clipboard for "bug" in clipboard text
*ClipBrd.lib: Library of routines for reading from or writing to the
*CmmEdit.cmm: VERY simple text editor; developed step-by-step in the
tutorial chapter of the Registered CEnvi Manual.
*Comm.lib: Simplified function interface into Windows' serial communication
*DosTime.cmm: Show time according to computer's internal clock
*Fibonacc.cmm: Two methods for generating the Fibonacci sequence
*FranTick.cmm: Animated tick who drank too much coffee
*GDI.cmm: Demonstrate some of Windows' graphics functions from GDI.lib
*GDI.lib: Library of a few of Windows' graphics routines
*Hello.cmm: My first Cmm program. Used to begin the Cmm tutorial.
*HexDump.cmm: Display hexadecimal dump of a file
*Icons.cmm: Minimize all windows. Demonstrate PostMessage() from
*IdleTime.cmm: "ScreenSaver" - Show clock if computer is idle
*Install.cmm: Install this registered version of CEnvi.
*KeyCode.cmm: Display keycodes returned by getch().
*KeyGhost.cmm: Demonstrate how to use KeyPush.lib to control other
*KeyPush.lib: Library of routines created for passing keystrokes to a
window with the current focus.
*Message.lib: Wrapper for Windows' PostMessage() and SendMessage() function
to send commands to windows.
*MsgBox.lib: A wrapper library for Windows' MessageBox() function. This
file is #include'd in other CEnvi sample files.
*MsgBoxes.cmm: Show various message box types using the function in
*NumLock.cmm: Set the NUMLOCK key ON
*OpenCmm.cmm: Use Windows' common dialog (via PickFile.lib) to select a
*.cmm file to edit.
*PickFile.lib: A simple interface to the GetOpenFileName() function in the
Windows Common Dialog DLL. This library file is #include'd in some of
the other CEnvi sample files.
*PMCorner.cmm: Minimize Program Manager and then move its icon to the
lower-right corner of the screen.
*PongTime.cmm: Bounce the Windows clock mini-app around
*Quote.cmm: Choose a "profound" quote at random
*RunTime.cmm: Schedule a command to execute at a specified hour and minute.
*Terminal.cmm: A simple terminal program; demonstrate some of the functions
*WhoRYou.cmm: Design and implement a dialog box using CEnvi's MakeWindow()
and DoWindows() functions
*WinBeep.cmm: Call Windows' MessageBeep() function.
*Window.lib: A few functions and many defined values useful for CEnvi's
MakeWindow(), BreakWindow(), and DoWindows() functions
*WinExec.lib: A wrapper library for Windows' WinExec() function. This file
is #include'd in other CEnvi sample files.
*WinExecs.cmm: Demonstration of Windows' WinExec() function using the
wrapper from WinExec.lib.
*WinList.cmm: Show a list of all Windows, their handles, and their
*WinMsg.cmm: Demonstrate how to make a window, and show all the messages
that go to that window
*WinShell.bat: Start windows with a specific shell. Run Windows for a
single program. This use CENVI.EXE for DOS.
*WinTools.cmm: Demonstrate many of the capabilities of WinTools.lib
*WinTools.lib: Library of routines for directly manipulating windows by
name or by handle
*WinUtil.lib: A small selection of utilities that may be #include'd in
CEnvi code to get simple access to Windows DLL functions.
NetMinder for Windows Version 1.01 Release
CPProgma Software Inc is pleased to announce the general release of the
newest version of its high successful NetMinder Internet address book
program for Microsoft Windows.
Version 1.01 Update Features:
-Much improved memo functionality. Paste from your terminal to
the memo window with Shift-Ins.
-Improved interaction with your Unix session prompt via the
new "LaunchLines" feature.
-List by "type gopher" category.
-Faster searching with large databases.
NetMinder is a program that allows the easy use, storage and manipulation
of hard to remember Internet or other network addresses. NetMinder lets you
enter these addresses into its database either by manually entering them, or
by using the Windows cut and paste functions to "cut" them from your Windows
compatible terminal screen and "paste" them right into the
NetMinder database entry screen.
One way to think of what NetMinder does is to view it as an interactive
electronic address book. You could use it to record E-Mail addresses and then
use it's search capabilities to find a specific name. Or perhaps for example,
you might want to list everyone who has the domain .edu in their address.
NetMinder stores more than just E-Mail addresses, it is specifically
configured for Telnet, FTP, Gopher or any other conceivable network category.
While the "Address Book" analogy for NetMinder is in some respects true,
NetMinder is far from being just another address book program. NetMinder is
a powerful database program that can create an unlimited number of different
databases, each containing many thousands of entries. NetMinder not only has
the capability to record network information for each entry, but external
information such as postal addresses and memos as well. NetMinder stores
its information in a standardized DBASE IV file format. This makes it easy
to take the information you have stored in NetMinder and use it in another
application (such as Microsoft Access or Borland Paradox). Using this
capability you could for use Microsoft Access to print postal mailing
labels for the entries in your NetMinder database.
NetMinder is completely compatible with your Windows network. Multiple
instances of NetMinder can be run, and databases can be exchanged
amongst them or with any other users of NetMinder.
****************** Obtaining NetMinder 1.01 ******************
A demonstration version of NetMinder for Windows (nmdr11.zip)is
available for FTP or download from the following and other sites:
Compuserve: WUGNET file library
A fully enabled, registered version is available for $45.00 UPS included
CPProgma Software Inc.
108 - 4800 Kingsway
Canada V5H 2C0
Please feel free to address any queries regarding NetMinder to firstname.lastname@example.org
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