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Watch out for discount hardware/software houses. PC World has identified several people in Los Angeles who have ripped off readers for $100K-$500K. They use each other as references to get bank credit and merchant status, then place ads in leading magazines. Substantial discounts may be offered for cash in advance. They get your money, but never ship the merchandise. Law enforcement officials have shown little interest. If you're not sure about a company, order COD. (Charge cards will give you a refund, but you don't want to give your charge number to a crook.) You can ask the Better Business Bureau or the regional postal inspector about complaints, but that won't help with a new company. Make sure you're offered a 30-day money-back guarantee and after-sales support. Keep detailed records of every conversation -- including first and last names. If something seems to be wrong, cancel the order for a full refund. [Eric Knorr, PC World, 5/92.]

Several complaints and lawsuits allege bad faith by discount retailer Computer HQ (Palo Alto, CA). [CC, 8/11. Also Palo Alto Weekly, 8/12.] Computer Currents is continuing to carry the owner's two-page ads, and to carry his bids via its Fax-a-Quote service.

Counterfeit versions of PKZIP 1.10 are appearing on bboards. PKWARE, Inc. reports that PKZ201 and PKZIPV2 can damage hard disk data. [Alan Alper, CW, 8/17.]

New standards from the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) have dropped a proposed restriction on government employees participating in professional associations. Federal employees should continue under previous regulations. [FYI (fyi@aip.org), 8/10. Russel Shermer (rsherme@diamond.nswc.navy.mil), sci.research, 8/10.] OGE will issue a new proposed rule at a later date, but is waiting for the furor to die down. Over 1,000 comments were received, many of them from professional associations.

An NSF report says that the U.S. spends too little on R&D and spends it poorly. R&D spending has leveled off, from 7.5% annual growth in 1980-85 to 0.4% in 1985-90. Our non-military R&D as a percentage of GDP trailed Japan, West Germany, France, Britain, Italy, and Sweden by 25% in 1989 and 34% at present. (Even including military research, we lag by 3%.) Japan spends 3% of GDP on non-military research; the U.S. spends 1.9%. In addition, many U.S. industries develop new products much more slowly than other countries. "Implementation of a national technological policy, establishing a rationale and guidelines for federal action, should receive the highest priority," according to committee co-chair Roland Schmitt, president of RPI. [UPI, 8/12. agentsee.]

A panel of economists says that the U.S. and California economies will not stage meaningful recoveries until the mid-'90s. Declining interest rates are a positive factor, but there's no baby boom to fuel housing sales. Government, industry, and consumer debt forestall the usual anti-recession measures, and German and Japanese recessions hurt U.S. exports. Defense cuts will keep the California economy shrinking into 1994. [Steve Kaufman, SJM, 8/13.]

The House VA/HUD/IA Appropriations Bill cuts $75M from the Administration request for the Earth Observing System (EOS), but gives $83M to the Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network (Saginaw, MI). Last year CIESIN received $28M, but retiring committee chairman Bob Traxler (D-MI) wanted to leave his district a little extra as a parting gift. CIESIN would disseminate EOS data if EOS had the money to collect data. $13.5M has been cut from SETI, of which $8M went to the Delta College Learning Center. The Senate is cutting back on pork, so Senator Byrd couldn't repeat his last year's gift of $35M to 1400-student Wheeling Jesuit College; Rep. Mollohan (D-WV) covered as best he could with $2M from the House bill. Now the House/Senate Conference gets to have its say. [Robert L. Park, WHAT'S NEW, 8/14.] The address for all members of Congress is U.S. Senate, Washington, DC 20510, or U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC 20515. Both are at (202) 225- 3121. [James P. Love (love@pucc.princeton.edu), com-priv, 7/21.]

"Reinventing Government" discusses bureaucracy as an equitable solution to past problems and why we need a different solution today. David Osborne and Ted Gaebler have studied innovative and successful government and social service agencies. Common threads include "competition between service providers; empowerment of citizens by pushing government into the community; measurement of outcomes, not inputs; goal-driven rather than rule-driven; oriented toward 'customers,' not 'clients'; anticipating problems; emphasis on earning rather than spending; decentralized authority; market mechanisms; and steering all sectors of the community into solving its problems." Michael Pellecchia comments that "when you take these concepts to heart, the presidential election looks distant and the prospect of change from the top down looks remote." [SJM, 8/17.]

Federal SoapBox is an editing and mail-merge program with a graphical database of government contacts, including staff listings, descriptions of 500 agencies, committee assignments, and biographies of selected personnel. Three free updates per year. SoapBox Software (Corte Madera, CA), (415) 927-2562. [CC, 8/11.]

For a 3136-line list of news/media-related BBSs, send a "get media bbslist" message to comserve@vm.ecs.rpi.edu. [Peter M. Weiss (pmw1@psuvm.psu.edu), PACS-L, 8/18.]

You can reach Bill Clinton as 75300.3115@compuserve.com, and Marrou (Libertarian) as 75300.3114@compuserve.com. For Bush, fax to (202) 336-7117 or write to Will Feltus, Dir. of Communications, 1030 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005 about communications issues. Jim Warren (jwarren@well.sf.ca.us) has been trying to arrange online position statements and email debate. [MicroTimes, 8/3.]

VP candidate Al Gore visited Thinking Machines Inc. (Cambridge, MA) last Tuesday. TMI responded by announcing new vector chips that would permit a teraflop CM-5 for $250M. The largest CM-5 so far, a $30M Los Alamos machine, would support 1/10 that speed. [Gady A. Epstein, The Boston Globe, 8/12. agentsee.]

President Bush has awarded Bill Gates the National Medical of Technology for developing DOS and making PCs a common desktop appliance. Gates, 36, is the youngest American and first software-industry executive to receive the award. [Boardwatch, 9/92.] Gates purchased the original DOS, and it was IBM that created the market -- but never mind.

The Industrial Research Institute (IRI) promotes government/industry research and cooperation. James J. Tietjen, president and CEO of SRI International, has been named to its board of directors. Tietjen was formerly president and CEO of David Sarnoff Research Center, now an SRI subsidiary. [SJM, 8/17.]

Former NSF director Erich Bloch has joined the board of Convex Computer Corporation (Richardson, TX). Mr. Bloch, a 30-year IBM veteran, also serves on the Council on Competitiveness. [PR NewsWire, 8/10. agentsee.]

A Russian non-commercial scientific research network, RELARN (Russian Electronic Academic and Research Network), will be created by the Ministry of Science, Higher Education and Technical Policy of the Russian Federation, the Russian Academy of Sciences, and the Russian Scientific Centre "Kurchatov Institute." It will use the RELCOM transport infrastructure. RELCOM serves over 2,500 subscribers, including 300 Russian academic and research institutions. [Vladimir Shliemin (nev@renews.relcom.msk.su), ReNews, 8/17.]

Software Tool & Die (world.std.com) has just received permission to connect to the NSFNet backbone, provided that users are told about NSF's Acceptable Use Policy. [Barry Shein (bzs@world.std.com), com-priv, 8/13.] ST&D is a commercial provider of internet access, similar to netcom or PSI. One really shouldn't send NSFNet-traversing commercial messages _to_ companies on world.std.com or the other CIX and commercial networks, but NSF has made little effort to educate net users in such matters.

The Knowbot Information Service can help you find net addresses on internet and MCI Mail, but not on Prodigy, GEnie, or CompuServe. It's free from the Corporation for National Research Initiatives (Reston, VA), a nonprofit AI developer. For instructions, send a "?" message body (without quotation marks) to netaddress@nri.reston.va.us. (From MCI Mail, write to NRI Directory Services, on Internet, then enter the email address.) Knowbot looks for a flush-left name on the first line and optional service, country, and organization specifiers on succeeding lines: "Pete Jones |service mcimail |country FR |org INRIA." Case is important. [Judy Heim, PC World, 5/92.]

Recent advances in signal compression permit 100Mbps over conventional copper wiring. Expect renewed interest in video, fax, and information services to the home over existing phone lines. [Gil Amelio. David Needle, CC, 8/11.]

Connected Education (Connect Ed) is a distance education service run by Paul Levinson (plevinson@dcunsn.das.net), (212) 549-6509. Courses are two months each, with about five offerings per term and ten students per class. A complete master's degree in Media Arts is available. $393 per undergraduate credit, $416 graduate, including communication charges to New York. Most students are business, government, or education professionals. They often form strong bonds, and keep in touch through Connect Ed's electronic "student union," the Cafe. [Kathleen Creighton, MicroTimes, 8/3.]

Jack Rickard suggests that publishers in the future will offer the full text of books online to entice people to order hardcopy. ("Books smell good. They feel good. ...") For now, you can come close with downloads or floppies from the PaperLess Readers Club, Advantage International (Houston, TX), (713) 977-1719, (713) 977- 9505 BBS. Prices are $4.95 to $9.95, with titles long available in paperback. You can download the reader software, reader25.zip, and try out a couple of free text collections. Special software is available for visually impaired users. [Boardwatch, 7/92.]

Certain jobs are particularly suitable for telecommuting: computer programming, writing and editing, telemarketing, administration, and executive decision-making. Successful employees need a stronger than average drive to succeed, as they must master their own natures and a considerable amount of technology. Companies may need to supply additional training in time management and goal orientation, but save in terms of improved communications and productivity, reduced office space and commute time, increased customer contact, flexible hours, and employee satisfaction. AT&T is very happy with its "virtual office" experiment. Telecommuting works best if employees come in a day or two per week for paperwork and team-building, though. For more info, contact the National Association for the Cottage Industry, (312) 472-8116. [Robert Moskowitz, MicroTimes, 8/3.]

SunSolutions (Mountain View, CA), a product-development venture within Sun Technology Enterprises, has introduced its ShowMe TCP/IP conferencing software. SPARC workstation users can hold online meetings and collaborate on graphic documents. About $250/user in quantity; (415) 336-6851. [Business Wire, 8/6. agentsee.]

Jim Carroll (jcarroll@jacc.com) has just published an article about executive use of online service. He may be willing to send a hardcopy if you give him your physical address. The journal, CAMagazine reaches about 40K chartered accountants in Canada. [online, 8/10.]

Sales Automation Success is an $87 newsletter for salesmen interested in contact software such as Telemagic and ACT! The editor, Rich Bohn, also runs the Sales Automation Success BBS at (206) 392-8943, Issaquah, WA. Call (206) 392-3514 for details. [Boardwatch, 7/92.]

AppleLink Personal is for Mac-based professionals and educators who need more than America Online (AOL) and less than the full AppleLink service for Apple developers, consultants, and retailers. AppleLink is especially good for reaching technical support professionals, accessing demos and updates, and opening documents written with applications you don't have. You can also tap Redgate's Macintosh Registry of products. Many schools participate in the Apple Global Forum (AGE), exchanging HyperCard stacks and graphics from around the world. Apple Online Services (AOS) is also encouraging free forums for information publishers. AppleLink Personal costs $70 to start (plus sales tax), $12/hour, and $0.045/KB (or $0.055 prime time), $12/month minimum. There's also a $.50 charge for each internet message sent or received. AOL is free to start, $5.95/month, and $4/hour ($8 prime time), with discounts for new members and certain services.

Boardwatch is the leading magazine for BBS developers and sysops. Jack Rickard is the editor, and provided most of the information below (in his 7/92 issue). He's been publishing since 1987, and active in BBSs for much longer. $36/year in the U.S., or $60 with included online information service. (800) 933-6038.

The number of dial-up BBS services is overwhelming. Dave Fisher's list of OS/2 forums shows about 100 in the U.S. and abroad. (Let me know if you need one in your area.) Another Boardwatch list includes 65 people or BBSs keeping lists of active BBSs. Another Boardwatch list shows 228 information services, including the C.A.R.L. list of 4M books, CTC IEEE database of 20K engineering resumes, Federal Job Information Center opportunity lists, Science Resource Studies' data on the Federal R&D budget, Transnet dictionaries and language translation services, UT Library catalog of 3.5M books, and support groups for everything else.

There are now more than 44K public-access BBSs serving 10M users, according to Jack Rickard. This is up from 3.5K just five years ago. A typical dial-up BBS costs $3K and can support 1 to 8 phone lines. Exec-PC in Elm Grove, WI, the largest U.S. BBS, has 230 lines and nearly as many services as CompuServe. [(414) 789-4210.] Channel 1 in Cambridge, MA, has 85 lines and makes $20K/month from 2,500 calls/day. [(617) 354-3230.] Annual BBS fees are usually $15-$60. A third of BBSs are free and 80% are nonprofit. The companies making BBS software are obviously doing well in this $20M market: Gallacticomm Inc. (Fort Lauderdale, FL); Mustang Software Inc. (Bakersfield, CA); eSoft Inc. (Aurora, CO); and Clark Development Co. (Murray, UT). The phone companies probably make another $700M/year. [Judith Berck, NYT. SJM, 8/9.] Multiline BBSs currently require a dedicated PC for up to 8 lines. Multinode BBSs use a LAN of N+1 PCs to support N lines, and permit greater customization (via software "doors"). Software will soon permit LANs of multiline computers, greatly reducing maintenance and depreciation

Corporate BBSs are growing even faster than public-access ones, with about 120K installations. Such BBSs are used for internal/branch communications and for access to corporate data, policy statements, and minutes of meetings. Many use the same BBS servers as the hobby systems. I'm not sure if LAN groupware products like Lotus Notes are counted.

For internet BBSs, the best commercial product appears to be TEAMate from MMB Development (Manhattan Beach, CA). Telnet to supernet.ans.net to sample an impressive TEAMate BBS for the supercomputer community. The software runs under Unix and comes with documentation and optional training sessions. About $4K + $1K/year for server software supporting 16 simultaneous users. (Discount for nonprofit institutions.) TEAMate is modular, so you can also purchase simpler configurations. (800) 832-6022 or (310) 318-1322

Other commercial Unix products -- currently with dial-up access or email gateways only -- are CocoNet, XChange, Magpie, and WAFFLE. For research/academic/free internet software, check out the Gopher server by telneting to consultant.micro.umn.edu and logging in as gopher. (I think there are also VT100 servers at gopher.uiuc.edu, gopher.uwp.edu, and panda.uiowa.edu.) You can get server and client software by binary-FTPing /Unix/gopher1.02.tar.Z from /pub/gopher on boombox.micro.umn.edu. Gopher is particularly exciting because servers can gateway to Archie, WAIS, WWW, and other internet information services.

But wait, there's more! The CoSy BBS interface is becoming popular for internet distance education and the Teachers' Information Exchange. Telnet to cue.bc.ca and log on as cosy to try the system at UGuelph. (Another is at Virginia Tech, 123.173.5.10, log cosyreg.) Front-end client software is being developed. I'm not sure, but there also seem to be internet connections associated with FreeNet (cleveland.freenet.edu), FreePort Software [Dennis Risen, (risen@po.cwru.edu)], and the Community Information Exchange (129.27.8.75) [Steve Shoemaker (sshoe@tso.uc.edu)]. A few dial-up BBSs have arranged for telnet connections.

BBS Internet/NREN connectivity is a hot topic at the first ONE BBSCON convention this August 13-16. Hundreds of BBSs will soon communicate with the net, including systems based on UFGATE, uuPCB, FSUUCP, and WAFFLE. Some, including WAFFLE BBSs, already have email connections. A new network email system for PC BBSs is the $125 SEAmail from System Enhancement Associates, Inc. (Clifton, NJ), (201) 473-5153. I've heard that CocoNet may soon support internet access to BBS services, much like TEAMate; ask developer/owner Brian Dear at (619) 456-2002.

Steve Cisler (sac@apple.com) attended ONE BBSCON, and says that it's going to be an important and successful annual conference supporting a major new industry. (Annual meeting of Fidonet sysops previously folded.) Business uses are beginning to overshadow hobby applications, but both will co-exist. "The BBS world is changing, growing, exploding." [PACS-L, 8/18.]

Client interfaces to Gopher, TEAMate, and other servers are available for Mac, PC, NeXT, Sun, and most other machines. BBS server software is usually more specific. For Macs, you can get Proline, First Class, Hermes, Mansion, Novalink Pro, Sight, Tabby, and Telefinder. (BMUG is switching its BBS to First Class, which it claims is more stable, user-friendly, and operator-friendly than PC-based alternatives. Internet access is promised soon.) OS/2 supports Magnum BBS, Maximus-CBCS, and Multi-Net servers; Windows 3.1 has PowerBBS. Judging from special sessions at ONE BBSCON, the most popular DOS systems are PCBoard, Wildcat!, Major BBS, TBBS, and Searchlight. Other DOS servers include DCI, DLX, Falken, Fido, FSUUCP, GAP, Genesis BBS, InfoHost, Kitten, Maxkhost, Opus-CBCS, Oracomm, Osiris, QuickBBS, RBBS, Sapphire, Spitfire, Synchronet, TAG, Tritel, UFGATE, and WWIV. (Let me know if you need contact info.) These are optimized for different user communities and have very different capabilities.

WAFFLE is a popular shareware BBS, available in both DOS and Unix versions. (XBBS is also shareware, but dated.) WAFFLE source code is even available, for about $120. Darkside International (Mountain View, CA), (408) 245-7726.

If all this is too much for you, there are companies that will implement and manage your public BBS or corporate information service for you: GW Associates (Holliston, MA), (508) 429-6227; On-Line Technologies, P.O. Box 453, Lake Grove, NY 11755-0453; or The Business BBS (Los Angeles, CA), (310) 477-0593.

Prediction Company (Santa Fe, NM) is a start-up using nonlinear forecasting for financial trading applications. Chaos researchers Doyne Farmer and Norman Packard are the founders. A senior computer scientist is needed to lead the Unix/C-based programming staff of physical scientists and mathematicians. Laura Barela (laura%predict.com@santafe.edu). [Norman Packard (n%predict.com@santafe.edu), connectionists, 8/12. Also m.j.o, Bill Park.]

Stanford's Concurrent Product and Process Design Project needs a postdoc to lead research on the SHARE agent-based distributed concurrent engineering environment. Requires experience in AI, engineering design, modeling, planning, KR, and system integration. Mark R. Cutkosky (cutkosky@cdr.stanford.edu), (415) 723-4287. [Les Gasser (gasser%morue.usc.edu@usc.edu), DAI-List, 8/13.]

CompuServe, Inc. (Cambridge, MA) needs a German-speaking project leader to evaluate, license, and adapt a machine translation system for draft-quality applications. (French would be a plus.) Must be a hands-on self-starter able to build and manage a small group. Cole Harrison (c.harrison@csi.compuserve.com), (617) 661-9440. [harrisn@ccs.northeastern.edu, m.j.o, 8/12. Bill Park.]

Sterling Software is seeking a U.S. AI developer, wargame/simulation specialist, and other programmers for work in Bellevue, NB, and Fort Leavenworth, KS. Nina Moehring (nina_moehring@imd.sterling.com). [Steve Scheuber (steves@imd.sterling.com), m.j.o, 8/12.]

Inference Corp. (El Segundo, CA) needs experienced BS/MS KBS engineers for its consulting practice. C/C++ and ART, ART-IM, CLIPS, ECLIPSE, or OPS. David Subar (subar@inference.com). [m.j.o, 8/11.]

An MS/MBA principle software engineer is needed to lead AI research in reusable software and OPS5 knowledge-acquisition tools for the Easy Programming Project. $79,664. Job Order #21071, P.O. Box 8968, Boston, MA 02144. [CW, 8/17.]

Picker St. Davids (St. Davids, PA), formerly Dynamic Digital Displays, needs an MS/PhD programmer to develop C software for its Voxel Q volumetric imaging workstation. Dave Sebok (sebok@stdavids.picker.com). [m.j.o, 8/17.]

Providence University (Taiwan) has 5 CS faculty openings in computer graphics, image processing, DB, simulation and MIS. Ting-Yu Chan (prout013@twnmoe10.edu.tw). [m.j.o, 8/12.]

USouthampton (UK) needs two CS lecturers for 1/93. Topics include declarative systems, image and media, and concurrent computation. Peter Henderson (+44 703 593440) or Tony Hey (+44 703 592069). [Dave DeRoure (dder@ecs.soton.ac.uk), m.j.o, 8/12.]

UC Riverside needs an EE professor in sensors, image processing, intelligent control, real-time architectures, or visualization. Apply by 10/1. [Brian Saylor (asmodeus@riker.ucr.edu), m.j.o, 8/12.]

Lund Institute of Technology, Lund University (Sweden), is offering a chair in CS. Current faculty are in algorithm theory, programming environments, AI, and distributed systems. Rolf Johannesson, +46 46 107517, +46 46 104714 Fax. Apply for position #6195 by 9/9. [Rolf Karlsson (rolf@dna.lth.se), m.j.o, 8/14.]

CEMAX (Fremont, CA) is looking for a Unix/C software research engineer in medical image analysis. Requires 2 years in medical imaging and 2 year in AI, PR, CV, or robotics. Arturo Gamboa- Aldeco (arturo@cemax.com), (510) 770-8612 x340. [Eric De Mund (ead@netcom.com), m.j.o, 8/15.]

Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), Advanced Technology Group of Academic Computing and Network Services, is looking for someone with Mac experience to evaluate and integrate new technologies for research and instruction -- including multimedia, visualization, communications and distributed computing, AI, DB, and information services. Unix and IBM PC experience desirable. Gary Greenberg (gary_greenberg@nwu.edu). [m.j.o, 8/15.]

Sydney University (Australia), CS Knowledge Systems Group (KSG), needs a PhD research fellow in interactive systems modeling using logic and belief revision. Norman Foo (norman@cs.su.oz.au). [Michael Wise (michaelw@karl.cs.su.oz.au), m.j.o, 8/12.]

The University of Westminster, AI Div., needs a PhD-level lecturer in AI, KBS, ML, NLP, HCI, or Computer Vision topics. Contact Vassilis Konstantinou (vassilis@sun.pcl.ac.uk) by 8/30. [comp.ai, 8/14.]

UOttawa/CS and Carleton U./School of Business have a postdoc opening in "Automation and Support of Decisions with Strategic Interactions." $27,500. Stan Szpakowicz (szpak@csi.uottawa.ca), (613) 564-2450. [comp.ai, 8/15.]

UEdinburgh has a research fellowship open in formal approaches to system design. M.P. Fourman (mikef@lfcs.ed.ac.uk). [Monika Lekuse (mkl@dcs.ed.ac.uk), m.j.o, 8/17.]

The 2nd edition of "Dvorak's Guide to PC Telecommunications" is just $39.95 for 1050 pages. (The first edition sold 70K copies at $49.95.) Osborne/McGraw Hill, (510) 549-6600. [Boardwatch, 7/92.]

"Bulletin Board Systems for Business" is a great idea and has its good points, but the book is full of technical errors. $34.95 from John Wiley & Sons, (212) 850-6777. [Ibid.]

"The Information Broker's Handbook," by Sue Rugge and Alfred Glossbretter, is about the business aspects of freelance database searching, phone interviewing, and information brokerage. The business supports about 1,000 generalists and former librarians. (Others have gone into specific industries as consultants.) The book has little about specific information resources, perhaps because the generalists use mainly Dialog and BRS. 379 pages, $29.95. Windcrest/McGraw-Hill (TAB Books), Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17294. [Ibid.]

Jack Rickard says that if you don't own Bernard Aboba's "BMUG Guide to Bulletin Boards and Beyond," you have $23 more than you know what to do with. Expertly done, technically flawless, thoroughly original. Designed primarily for Mac owners, but useful for PCs and Unix. 560 pages. Quantum Books (quanbook@world.std.com), (617) 494-5042, (617) 577-7282 Fax. [Ibid.]

"Cyberspace: First Steps" is a good read, according to Ed Vielmetti (emv@msen.com). It includes stories and essays by Gibson, Morningstar, Farmer, Benedikt, and Wexelblat, on topics such as cyberspace architecture and semantic spaces. 430 pages, ISBN 0-262-52177-6, MIT Press, 1991. Filed by the Library of Congress under "Space and Time." [comp.infosystems.gopher, 8/12.]

The J. of Intelligent Information Systems is now available. Editors in Chief are Larry Kerschberg, Zbigniew Ras, and Maria Zemankova. Quarterly, $75 individual, $163 institutional, from Kluwer Academic (kluwer@world.std.com), (617) 871-6600, (617) 871-6528 Fax. Sample issue available on request.

ACM will be publishing a new Transactions on Computer Human Interaction (TOCHI). ACM TOIS will continue its interest in information retrieval. [Craig Stanfill (craig@think.com), IRLIST Digest, 8/17.]

Interpersonal Computing and Technology is an ASCII electronic journal about scholarly electronic publishing, electronic libraries, and use of information networks. It's due out in 1/93, to be issued quarterly or biannually with 64 page-equivalents per issue. A print edition is contemplated. A companion Interpersonal Computing and Technology Discussion List (IPCT-L) will be hosted by Georgetown University, free to charter subscribers for at least the first year. (Send a "sub ipct-l your name" message to listserv@guvm.georgetown.edu.) Editors and referees (or "associate editors") are needed, as are submissions of 10-20 pages in APA format. Endorsements from organizations are also sought, especially those with lists of online subscribers. Gerald M. Phillips (gmp@psuvm.psu.edu or gmp@psuvm.bitnet). [Don Kraft (kraft@bit.csc.lsu.edu), ibid.]

There is an NSF-ACM "Project Envision" to create an electronic library of computer-related publications. Submissions will be possible in either electronic or paper form. [Craig Stanfill (craig@think.com), ibid.]

The new European IR Specialist Group (EIRSG) will serve as an umbrella group for various European national information retrieval groups, with emphasis on raising money for IR conferences. [Keith van Rijsbergen (UGlasgow), SIGIR '92. Ibid.]

Springer-Verlag is starting "Telos, The Electronic Library of Science," a new paper-and-electronic publishing venture in California. Allen M. Wylde (wyldeman@applelink.apple.com) is the publisher, with assistance from Linda Lane Magallon. All possibilities are still open, starting with electronic editing of traditional CS texts (with accompanying floppies, ROMs, or information services?) and planned expansion into electronic delivery technologies. Telos is soliciting names of prospective authors, editors, consultants, contractors, production resources, reviewers, and partners. 3600 Pruneridge Avenue, Suite 200, Santa Clara, CA 95051-5994; (408) 249-9314, (408) 249-2595 Fax.

Larry Hunter (hunter@nlm.nih.gov) has been happy using Macintosh WYSIWYG software -- MathType, Canvas, Word, and Quark Xpress -- to produce his new book in AI and Molecular Biology. It was faster than his dissertation formatting in LaTex, easier to control, and gave a more professional result. TeX is fine if the defaults work for you, but customization greatly increases the time and effort. Larry suggest that people check out MathType 2.11, FrameMaker, and other recent WYSIWYG or GUI products.

Ruay-Shiung Chang (rschang@cs.ntit.edu.tw or rschang@twnntit.bitnet) is an associate professor at the National Taiwan Institute of Technology, Dept. of Information Management, where he works on network management, GDSS, and group decision support systems. He has a BS in EE from NTU and a PhD in CS from National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan. He has also worked on Navy C3I systems for four years at the Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology. Ruay-Shiung loves to play bridge, and would like to see network software supporting this prototypical group activity.

-- Ken