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HyperCache Pro V2.0 now works with AmigaDOS 3.1...William Near had an
early version that didn't.  The fix is free of charge from Silicon
Prairie, and includes a better GUI.

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CEI got itself into a wire news report recently, with comments about how
Amigas are becoming incredibly hard to find to meet the US demand for
them...something painfully obvious to Amiga users everywhere, but nice to
see in the general press.  It brings things one step closer to being
jump-startable once someone gets the Amiga goods.

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CEI held a conference on Portal this Tuesday.  Its transcript and the
participants (67 all told) are available in this issue.

BIX is actively pursuing CEI for a conference (Once again, Amiga Report
will be acting as the intermediary for the conference.  As an aside, Amiga
World's Tim Walsh took part in the Portal conference, but Amazing
Computing was not represented, despite over a week advance notice of the
event.)  CEI was also working on arranging for a conference on CompuServe.

On that note, I have asked Alan Buxey to give David Pleasance my home
number and a 24-hour-a-day invitation to call to arrange a similar
conference, but Pleasance has not been reachable at the Maidenhead office.

If someone with contact with Pleasance reads this, my voice number is
printed in the magazine, and the offer still stands.

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A third company, a German computer manufacturer, has joined the bidding.
Escom was the name given by Jim Meyer, the editor of ViewPort magazine.
So far, that's all I know about it.

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From Alan Buxey, Man on the Streets of Great Britain:

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) networking club has now been
running for over 2 months. Its aim is to get the common household owner
onto the Net as easily as possible. And to help them into by
giving them "sponsors" - people who will help them around a bit and give
them some info.

The club comprises of a WWW site - almost totally open to all people
(even none club members), an FTP and telnet site (only for club members)
and various other pages. There is also a set of pages covering the TV

One of the most exciting ideas of the club is "interactive
communication". several of the companies television and radio shows can
be contacted via email -> and some are contactable WHILST THE SHOW IS ON
AIR. This enables you to do anything from putting a request for a song
on a radio show, to sending in your most recently done picture to an art
program -> all in real time. No more phone in competitions, the future
will be "best picture in 1 hour on <this topic>" etc ;)

Now, this is all very well for the average Net user, but what has this
to to with the Amiga? Well, apart from the fact that the Amiga would be
great for the graphics competitions etc, the whole system is going to be
designed with an easy to use front end system.

Unfortunately, less than a month ago, this front end system was going to
be for PC's, Mac's and Acorn Archimedes machines only. After a large
number of requests - and press interest from people like myself, the
Networking Club has realized that there are a LARGE amount of Amigas on
the Net _already_ and that although the Acrhimedes may be highly used in
schools (hence the support), the machine that most of the kids have back
home will be an Amiga. Demon Internet were ready to confirm this data.

Now, Dominik von Malaise a chief systems developer for the BBC
Networking Club has stated that the Amiga front end package is in
development and will be ready for next spring (earliest).

For more information on this club, subscription costs etc contact;

BBC Networking Club
Tel:  081 576 7799 Fax: 081 5761130

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= A New way to connect to Portal: any speed, $2.95/hr, 24 hours a day =

If you live in the Continental USA (the lower 48 states),
You now have another alternative for connecting to Portal.  This letter
contains a lot of info.. please read ALL of it to avoid confusion.
It is worded so that the novice user will understand it.

As you probably already know, you can connect to Portal in these ways:

1. Dial direct to Portal's San Jose, CA modems. (You pay for the
   phone call if it's not local).

2. Dial your local SprintNet number and connect with "c portal" and
   pay the usual SprintNet charges (typically $2.50/hour for evenings
   and weekends, and higher during "prime" business hours, or you can
   buy bulk hours under the Portal Pursuit plan for Sprintnet.)

3. Telnet to "" from another Internet-connected host, with
   no hourly charge at all.

One of these 3 ways works for most people. However some of you do not
want to dial long distance, and do not have another Internet account
and do not have a local SprintNet number.... if this sounds like
you, then read on:

You now have another way in to Portal and it DOES NOT replace any
of the above methods.  It is a new way in ADDED to the above methods.

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You can now connect to Portal via the Compuserve data network. Before
you read further, be aware that YOU DO NOT NEED TO JOIN THE CIS
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You will simply use their data network's local number, at ANY login
speed it supports, to connect to Portal, like you would use SprintNet.
You do NOT need to buy a CIS account.  So don't. :-)

All billing will be direct to your Portal account BY Portal.
You see it each time you log off.  You can start using this new
login method if you want to right now.  It is operational right now.

Logging in this way will cost you $2.95 per hour, 24 hours a day,
365 days a year. There is NOT a higher rate for "prime time" usage.
This same rate applies at ANY login speed: 300, 1200, 2400, 9600,
or 14.4Kbps, all day, all night, every day and night.


Call 1-800-848-8980 with a telephone. Press option 2.
Follow the voice prompts to find your local access number.

Once you have the number, here is how to connect to Portal with it:

      Instructions for connecting via Compuserve Data Network

1. Set your serial interface to 8N1 (8 bit data, no parity, 1 stop bit)

2. Dial the local Compuserve number

   To get your local Compuserve number, call 1-800-848-8980,
   select option 2, and follow the instructions.

3. After the modem CONNECT message, enter "<RETURN>"

4. You should see a "Host Name: " prompt.

   With some communication software, this prompt will be garbled.
   If it's garbled, enter "+<RETURN>" (plus key then return key)
   and the correct "Host Name: " prompt will appear.

5. At the "Host Name: " prompt, enter "portal<RETURN>"

6. This will connect you to Portal. When you see the
   "Enter service or help: " prompt, follow the normal Portal
   login procedure.

7. There are some shortcuts you can use when connecting to a specific
   Portal service. The table below shows what will happen if you enter
   additional information at the "Host Name: " prompt:

     Enter              Action
  "portal,online<RETURN>"  connect directly to online system login

  "portal,shell<RETURN>"   connect directly to shell system login

  "portal,uucp<RETURN>"    connect directly to uucp system login

  "portal,ppp1<RETURN>"    connect directly to ppp system login

  "portal,slip<RETURN>"    connect directly to slip system login

  "portal,pop1<RETURN>"    connect directly to pop system login

Canadian users - details are still being worked out for you to use
this new login method.  Stay Tuned.

Harv Laser
Amiga Zone Sysop/Moderator
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Dr. Allan Havemose, former director of systems software at Commodore,
has signed on as VP of Engineering at Digital Sound Corporation.

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Upcoming reviews will include the latest version of Transition, the
graphical manipulation utility (The earlier version is available on the
Micro R+D CD 1, where it receieved a short review) from DarkSoft, and
Guardian by Acid Software for the CD32...a press/trade copy arrived
unannounced in my mailbox today.  I assume that means they want a review.

The full version of Guardian CD32 is scheduled for an October 1st release.