close this bookVolume 4: No. 42
View the documentFunding news
View the documentBusiness news
View the documentElectronic commerce
View the documentSoftware development
View the documentIntellectual-property rights
View the documentJob opportunities
View the documentJournals and news services
View the documentSpeech recognition and generation
View the documentScientific analysis and visualization
View the documentArt and multimedia

Ottawa is expecting 15% cuts in its $7B science and technology budget over the next three years. [Toronto Globe & Mail, 10/13/94, B7. EDUPAGE.]

The US Dept. of Commerce, responding to input from industrial and academic scientists, is directing its $170M in new "focused" awards to health care and information technology exclusively. [Robert L. Park, WHAT'S NEW, 10/28/94.]

(What a coincidence: those were the topics in the news at the time of the panel meetings. "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard." -- H.L. Mencken.)

Commerce Dept.'s National Telecommunications and Information Administration has awarded $24M for 92 "superhighway" projects, from telemedicine to virtual field trips. [WSJ, 10/13/94, B6. EDUPAGE.]

For a list of ATP winners, gopher to gopher-server.nist.gov (NIST News & General Information). NIST announced $72M for Information Infrastructure for Healthcare, $56M in Tools for DNA Diagnostics, $40M in Component-Based Software, and $1.5M in CIM for Electronics. [Michael Baum (baum@micf.nist.gov), NIST UPDATE, 10/24/94.]

The Initiativkreis Ruhrgebiet is sponsoring an INSPIRIT '95 international competition for globally conscious research. 250,000 DM prize for the best proposal with new, globally applicable solutions for densely populated and highly developed industrial conurbations. http://www.eco.de/Inspirit/. [Rainer Klute (klute@tommy.informatik.uni-dortmund.de), www-announce, 9/26/94. Roy Turner.]

The Cornell Theory Center has announced its 1995 Supercomputing Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR), 6/4/94-8/4/94. US-resident students may apply to work on a specific research project under the guidance of a Cornell faculty or staff member at Cornell University. $2K stipend plus travel and expenses. See http://www.tc.cornell.edu/Edu /CTC/EduUndergrad.html for available projects in acoustics, climate modeling, chemistry, social dynamics, earthquake modeling, pollution remediation, fractals, and visualization. Apply by 2/28/94 to Donna Smith (spur@tc.cornell.edu), 607/254-8614, 607/254-8888 Fax. [Jeanne Miller (jeanne@tc.cornell.edu), net-hap, 10/27/94.]

NSF has a new program guidelines for Grant Opportunities for Academic Liaison with Industry (GOALI). FTP nsf94138 and nsf94139 from stis.nsf.gov. [grants, 11/1/94.]

Some of the new NSF program directors are Dana M. Latch, CCR Computer and Computation Theory; Sallie K. McNulty and Stephen M. Samuels, Statistics and Probability; and Richard Kaplan, Advanced Scientific Computing Centers Program. [NSF Bulletin, 11/94. grants, 11/25/94.]

DavidVR@aol.com has funds and investors to back a good virtual reality software project: 3D walkthrough games, education, investment, training, virtual mall, virtual office, training. programs, etc. Internet software is also of interest: intelligent agents, resource tracking, mail screening, indexing programs, HTML conversion for new publishers, Internet extensions for windows users, etc. [SEML, 10/24/94.]

Do research consortia work? Sematech has declared victory and will wean itself from $90M/year in federal support by 1997. US companies now control half of the $77B semiconductor market. [St. Petersburg Times, 10/10/94, p. 9. EDUPAGE.]

Caere Corp. (Los Gatos) will acquire Calera Recognition Systems Inc. (Sunnyvale) through a merger, if approved. Caere dominates retail channels with OmniPage/OmniScan full-page OCR that retains font, format, and graphics information; Calera sells WordScan OCR systems mainly to value-added resellers (VARs). Caere also sells a PageKeeper document management system. Warren Teitelman, 53, is Caere's new VP of Engineering. He was previously at CIT, MIT, Xerox PARC (DLisp research), Sun (Window Systems Group), and Lucid (VP Engineering). [Business Wire, 10/17/94.]

Lotus has selected Xerox TextBridge OCR as the Workgroup OCR Option engine for Lotus Notes: Document Imaging Release 2.5. "TextBridge consistently provides accuracy and performance across the broadest range of document types." The Lexifier feature increases recognition accuracy for documents that integrate text with numbers, such as financial reports and telephone lists. [PR Newswire, 10/20.] (Xerox is also announcing a version for Windows.)

Columnist Michael Schrage says that personal finance software will be the "killer app" of the next decade. That would benefit Microsoft, which recently purchased Intuit (home and small-business bookkeeping leader with Quicken and QuickBooks). [Washington Post, 10/21/94, B3. EDUPAGE.] (For investment and retirement planning, Managing Your Money is recommended.)

An elite specialty shopping center in Texas is taking gift orders on http://www.onramp.net/shopping_in. The high-resolution images take about 20 seconds for transmission. [Dallas Morning News, 10/20/94. EDUPAGE.]

James Clark's company, Mosaic Communications Corp., will soon start distributing free Mosaic NetScape software, said to be ten times faster than Mosaic. They hope to make money from secure WWW server programs for businesses, at $5K to $25K per copy. [BW, 10/24/94, p. 90. EDUPAGE.] (Get Netscape from ftp.mcom.com.)

The "Internet Adapter" lets you use Mosaic or other SLIP-based web browsers with just a Unix shell account and TCP/IP net connection. "Equals or exceeds the speed of standard SLIP." BBS operators can offer pseudo-SLIP accounts to their subscribers. $25/user or $495/host; can be tried before purchase. tia-single@marketplace.com or softaware@marketplace.com. Cyberspace Development (tia-info@marketplace.com), 310-314-1466. [Steve Outing (outings@netcom.com), CARR-L, 9/18/94. net-hap. Chilukuri K. Mohan.]

Need an Internet consultant? Are you an Internet consultant? Then check out CommerceNet's Internet consultants directory at http://www.commerce.net/directories/consultants/consultants.html. [Chini Krishnan (sk@eit.com), www-announce, 9/22/94. Roy Turner.]

Direct Marketing World is a WWW directory of direct-marketing professionals, commercial address lists, jobs postings, a discussion forum, and tutorial literature. http://mainsail.com. Comments to Mark White (mmi@mainsail.com). [Mainsail Marketing (ibv@zen.holonet.net), c.i.announce, 7/29/94. net-hap. Chilukuri K. Mohan.]

The cost of setting up an electronic marketing channel (i.e., a shopping service or CD-ROM catalog) runs from $75K to $500K. Subsequent channels cost only 10%-20% of that. Outsourcing to Sprint's Global Commerce Link is less than $4K/month, but you still need to restructure your databases and integrate the new marketing/ordering channel. [Gartner Group. Joseph Maglitta and Ellis Booker, CW, 10/24/94, p. 79.]

Open Market, Inc. (Cambridge, MA) offers forms-based Web pages (virtual stores) for $300 plus $50/month, which includes help with security and payment options. Users get searching tools and "shopping cart" links for comparing products from multiple vendors, and software or documents can be downloaded immediately. info@openmarket.com. [Ellis Booker, CW, 10/24/94, p. 4.]

WWW developers and information providers can find how-to help in the WWW Virtual Library's section at http://www.charm.net/~web/Vlib.html. [Alan Richmond (richmond@guinan.gsfc.nasa.gov), www-announce, 9/22/94. Roy Turner.]

P.Developments Ltd. and the Internet Ad Emporium are offering a manual on direct marketing for an income from home. Check out http://mmink.cts.com/mmink/dossiers/prissick.html. [Rick Degelsmith (rdegel@cts.com), net-info, 10/17/94.]

Prodigy for Business is a new online service for small businesses, telecommuters, and small office/home office (SOHO) workers. It includes a daily electronic periodical (from Lexis/Nexis), the [extra-charge] HeadsUp clipping service, a discussion forum, advice column, marketing database, sample contracts and letters, and access to Prodigy's email, travel reservations, news, and other services. 35% of US households have some type of small business operation. 800-PRODIGY or 914-448-8000. [Patrick McKenna, clari.nb.online, 10/5/94.]

Commercial Use of the Net home page lists 70 sites and articles. http://pass.wayne.edu/business.html. Comments to Andrew Dinsdale (adinsda@cms.cc.wayne.edu). [inet-marketing, 8/5/94. Chilukuri K. Mohan.]

The number of commercial vendors on the net is expected to grow from 1,000 to 5,000 by the end of next year. [Ellis Booker, CW, 10/24/94, p. 4.]

The Internet Mall listing is now available in HTML format on http://www.kei.com/imall/. [Christopher Davis (ckd@kei.com), imall-chat, 10/30/94.]

Rany Adam's Internet Shopping Network, recently bought by Home Shopping Network (HSN), lists 20K products (from 1,000 vendors) and plans for 100K by the end of next year. Adams says proudly: "We're businesspeople and Unix geeks." HSN sells 250K orders per day, about half of them via voice-recognition technology -- part of a $60B industry heading for $300B by the end of the decade. Internet sales are not in that league, but some analysts predict $5B in a few years. Total online sales in 1993 were under $200M, mostly in computer and electronics products. One informal poll found that the Internet Mall listing draws 150 browsers per day, for perhaps one sale per day per vendor. (The IMall freebie that I offer gets less than one taker per week.) CompuServe's 4M subscribers spend an average of $15/year via online ordering. Pizza Hut in California sells only 2-10 "cyberpizzas" per week. [Joseph Maglitta and Ellis Booker, CW, 10/24/94, p. 79.]

IMall has implemented classified advertising on the Web, with free posting, browsing, and "regular expression" search. HTML links can take browsers to pictures or long descriptions. Ads remain active for two weeks. 3,000 ads in Usenet's misc.forsale.* hierarchy have been included. http://www.imall.com /ads/ads.shtml. [Phil Windley (windley@leopard.cs.byu.edu), net-hap, 10/14/94.]

A successful commercial service: IndustryNet for manufacturing suppliers grew to 150K users in its first year. National advertisers such as IBM and Honeywell finance the network. [WSJ, 10/11/94, B2. EDUPAGE.]

The UN is launching a Global Trade Point Network to help companies find trade leads, navigate trade regulations, and conduct business. Directories are planned for freight forwarders, insurance companies, financial services, and network services companies. Problems of electronic contract enforceability still need to be settled. A few sites are already using the UN's Edifact standard for electronic data interchange (EDI). Subscriptions are currently free, but may go to $1K/year. Access http://opus.natp.liftea.com/natp.html from the US. NATP, (614) 645-1700, (614) 645-1740 Fax. [Lynda Radosevich, CW, 10/24/94, p. 64.]

A survey of 1,000 MA software companies finds an increasing emphasis on localization for foreign sales. Companies with revenues above $10M average 20-23% of that from overseas. Companies are also shifting to electronic distribution and to pricing by site or by concurrent users rather than by host or operating system. Free support is seldom included. [IDG. William Brandel, Computerworld, 10/30/94.]

The Object Management Group (OMG) has chosen TCP/IP as its base networking protocol for object request brokers. [Jean S. Bozman, CW, 10/24/94, p. 16.] Bridging mechanisms will be provided for OSF's DCE remote procedure calls, and the two protocols are likely to get equal treatment. [Mary Jo Foley, PC Week, 11/1/94.]

To track down source code on the net, get the finding-sources FAQ from the comp.sources.wanted archive on rtfm.mit.edu, or post a message to send-finding-sources-faq@sparky.sterling.com. [Kent Landfield (kent_landfield@sterling.com), comp.answers, 10/17/94.]

The Used Software Exchange (USX) offers searchable classified ads at no charge to buyers or sellers. Point your forms-capable browser to http://www.hyperion.com/usx/. [Steven Grimm (usx@hyperion.com), net-hap, 10/15/94. Bill Park.] (If you're not on the Web, try the misc.forsale.* newsgroups.)

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have introduced copyright laws, untested as yet. Software piracy rates have been estimated at 90%-99% of usage, respectively, with vendor losses there of $150M/year. Microsoft is investing $10M-$15M to develop Arabic software. [Reuters, 10/30/94.]

A federal appeals court says that a for-profit corporation violates copyright if researchers make free copies of journal articles for their professional collections. Such archival use supplants additional subscriptions or licensed document retrieval. [NYT, 10/30/94, p. 16. EDUPAGE.] The appeals court limited its decision to the facts in the case against Texaco -- e.g., archival rather than immediate use -- and did not address broader issues of fair use. The 2-to-1 decision may be appealed. [Reuters, 10/28/94.] (Additional motivation for online self-publishing by authors and their institutions.)

(BTW: William H. Calvin says that Scientific American used an incorrect hexagons-and-triangles figure in his "The Emergence of Intelligence" article, p. 106 in the special issue on Life in the Universe. A TIFF replacement is sciamer.tif in public/wcalvin on ftp.u.washington.edu. Or wait for his "Searching for Intelligence" book next year. [wcalvin@u.washington.edu, sci.cognitive, 10/17/94. David Joslin.])

The PTO has delivered a 98-page decision denying Compton's 46 patent claims on multiple views or menus that index a multimedia database. Appeal will be difficult. [Rory J. O'Connor, SJM, 10/29/94, 10D.]

The MITRE Corporation needs a US BS/MS AI/CS researcher for command-and-control rapid prototyping with growth potential in planning, DSS, information fusion, intelligent agents, software architectures, and knowledge-based simulation, models. Military simulation experience preferred. Martha Farinacci (farin@ai.mitre.org), (703) 883-7194. [ai-jobs, 10/27/94.]

Yale and NLM are offering a 7/95 postdoc fellowship in medical informatics, for candidates who have completed US residency training. Perry Miller (perry_miller@yale.edu), 203-785-6753 [Scot Silverstein (silver@seviche.med.yale.edu), bionet.jobs #5100, 10/27/94. Also m.j.o. Georg Fuellen.]

The Xerox Digital Imaging Technology Center (Webster, NY) is seeking an MS+ developer for C/Windows color image processing algorithms. Robert Buckley (buckley.wbst128@xerox.com), 716-422-1282, 716-422-2126 Fax. [Vanathi Gopalakrishnan (vanathi@cs.pitt.edu), grad@cs.pitt.edu, 10/25/94. David Joslin.]

Xerox PARC (Palo Alto), Graphics and Interaction Research group, needs a PhD researcher in HCI for multimedia information visualization and management. Eric A. Bier (bier@parc.xerox.com). [sci.research.postdoc, 10/21/94.]

M.I.S. International (Bloomfield Hills, MI) has an immediate opening for a C/C++/Prolog AI software engineer. Knowledge representation, constraint satisfaction (required), layout and computational geometry, graph theory, graph algorithms, and translation of symbolic math code into a compilable language. Marie Clark, (810) 253-9500, (810) 253-9506 Fax. [DICE BBS. m.j.o, 10/25/94. David Joslin.]

A Fortune 50 company in the Northeast needs a PhD manager of information architecture for database engineering, OOD including real-time applications, software & systems engineering, and the extension of digital measurement and control techniques. Also, a BS/MS-plus-MBA leader of business applications and architecture. Continental Personnel Service, (713) 771-7181, (713) 771-4444 Fax. [Msen Online Career Center, m.j.o, 10/25/94. David Joslin.]

Georgia Institute of Technology, EduTech Institute, is offering a 2-year postdoctoral traineeship in learning sciences and technology -- specifically, multimedia courseware authoring tools for use with Mosaic and similar browsers to teach computer science classes. $35K/year, beginning early in 1995. Questions to Janet Kolodner (jlk@cc.gatech.edu), 404-894-3285; apply to Barbara Durham (barbara@cc.gatech.edu), 404-853-9378 Fax. [comp.ai, 10/28/94.]

Belmont Research, Inc. (Cambridge, MA) needs 2-6 software engineers in relational and OODB, OOP (esp. C++), GUI application generators, visual programming, bio-informatics, computational biology, and medical informatics. Relaxed, informal, and highly technical atmosphere. Steve Gallant (sg@belmont.com). [0/28/94.]

Kurzweil AI needs Windows C/C++ software engineers and a mathematical "language model scientist" for speech recognition and applications. Apply by 11/4/94 to Kurzweil Applied Intelligence, Inc., Attn. Human Resources, 411 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02154; 617/893-6525 Fax. [Boston Globe, 10/30/94. Ron A. Zacharski (raz@shore.net).]

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) has ten CS faculty openings for 1995-96, 3-year renewable contract with 25% bonus on completion. Visiting positions are available for senior applicants. Interests include computer engineering, AI, DBMS, KBMS, software technology, theoretical CS, Chinese/multilingual computing, NLP, NN, and robotics. Apply by 12/31/94 (preferably) to Prof. Vincent Y. Shen (vshen@cs.ust.hk), Head, Dept. of CS, HKUST, Clear Water Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong; (852) 358-2679. [Michael Stiber (stiber@cs.ust.hk), 11/1/94.]

Hong Kong Polytechnic/CS is advertising for PhD lecturers in SE, AI, IS, DB, HCI, graphics, communications, office automation, multimedia, and Chinese computing. Apply by 11/26/94 to gsstaff@hkpcc.hkp.hk, (852) 364 2166 Fax, or Personnel Office, HKP, Hong Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong. [sci.research.postdoc, 10/21/94.]

Johannes Kepler University (Linz, Austria), Dept. of Systems Science, needs a 2-year MS/PhD researcher in computer vision for structural object recognition using multiple feature classes. Unix/C/Lisp and LaTeX; also KBVision or KHOROS. Knowledge of German helpful. Apply by 11/15/94 to Wilhelm Burger (wilbur @cast.uni-linz.ac.at), +43 732 2468 898, +43 732 2468 893 Fax. [sci.research.postdoc, 10/25/94.]

UGlasgow is offering a chair in CS from 8/1/95 or earlier, with special interest in databases, formal methods, functional programming, information retrieval, and interactive systems. A lecturer may also be required. Informal enquiries to Dr. David Watt (daw@dcs.gla.ac.uk), +44 141 330 4470, +44 141 330 4913 Fax. Apply by 11/25/94 to Academic Personnel Office, UGlasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, Scotland. [rich@dcs.gla.ac.uk, dbworld, 11/1/94.]

Connect! is a commercial newsletter covering the computer industry. Nano-connect! is an abridged version on http://www.io.org/~jwsmith. Comments to Jason Smith (jwsmith@io.org). [John Higgins (higgins@dorsai.dorsai.org), Net-Letter Guide, 10/15/94.]

Legal Bytes is a lengthy quarterly computer law review by George, Donaldson & Ford (Austin). Contact gdf@well.sf.ca.us. [John Higgins (higgins@dorsai.dorsai.org), Net-Letter Guide, 10/15/94.]

"Standpoints: the Electronic Journal of Information Contexts" is a planned refereed e-journal for the library and information sciences. Topics include multiculturalism, feminism, methodology (e.g., ethnography), and other changes and non-traditional perspectives in LIS. Edited by Kathleen Burnett (kburnett@gandalf.rutgers.edu) and Hur-Li Lee (hurlee@eden.rutgers.edu). [Rebecca Pressman (rebeccap@eden.rutgers.edu), PACS-L, 10/13/94. NewJour-L.]

Mac*Chat is an e-newsletter for Macintosh graphics professionals. Send a "subscribe macchat your name" message to listserv@vm.temple.edu. [Sriram NCV (shrim @astro.ocis.temple.edu), New-List, 10/18/94. CARR-L. Annamaria T Profit.]

"Computational Intelligence: An International Journal" from Blackwell Publishers has a Web page at http://calypso.cs.uregina.ca. Comments to ci@cs.uregina.ca. [IDSS Mailing List Newsletter, 10/13/94. Bill Park.] (Abbreviated CI, not to be confused with Computists International.)

Neural Processing Letters has begun publication, in 9/94. For info, see http://www.dice.ucl.ac.be/neural-nets/NPL/NPL.html or FTP from /pub/neural-nets/NPL on ftp.dice.ucl.ac.be. + 32 2 245 43 63, + 32 2 245 46 94 Fax. [esann@dice.ucl.ac.be, connectionists, 10/14/94.]

Speech Recognition Update is a monthly professional/business newsletter. Sample issues and possibly 3-month free trials are available from TMA Associates (72162.3175@compuserve.com). [William Meisel (meisel@aol.com), comp.speech, 10/11/94.]

SEARCH ONLINE is a new electronic newsletter in German. "Mit SEARCH ONLINE werden Sie sicherlich nicht das gesamte Informationsspektrum rund um den Information-Highway beziehen." You can get a free subscription by sending a "BEZUG SEARCH ONLINE" message to Michael Klems (michael.klems@dm.rs.ch, m.klems@link- gl.cl.sub.de, or 100023.572@compuserve.com), 02204-23504, 02204-63469 Fax. [Michael Moebius (au007@rs1.rrz.uni-koeln.de). NewJour-L, 10/20/94.] (Not "InfoBahn"?)

INDIVIDUAL, Inc. (Cambridge, MA) is introducing a "First for Mosaic" customized news feed in HTML format. 100 stories/day to a company with 100 readers would cost about $50K/year. No multimedia yet, as it's not provided by the service's 350 news sources. [Ellis Booker, CW, 10/24/94, p. 64.] (INDIVIDUAL is also offering HeadsUp fax and email services. Their AI topic carries about 2-5 articles or patents per day. Other good topics are OCR, statistical/math software, object-oriented technology, commercial software distribution, educational software, and intellectual property. Retrieval by email is easy and almost instantaneous.)

PowerNeWS is a new Internet/Newton morning news service. $29.95 start-up plus $6.95/month for two topics (national, business, stock reports, Newsbytes computer news, sports, health/science, or entertainment) and $3/month for each additional topic; first month free. PenTekk Software Technologies, Inc. (Norcross, GA), powernews1@eworld.com, (404) 564-0977. [10/10/94. Charles L. Morefield.]

HPCwire is offering free daily coverage of SUPERCOMPUTING '94. Sign up with a message to live-dc@hpcwire.tgc.com. [10/27/94.]

Philips Electronics (the Netherlands) has announced a 25K-word phoneme-based continuous-speech recognition system. Speaker training is required. Philips Dictation Systems (UK), 01206 755600, 01206 755666 Fax. [The Financial Times, 10/7/94.]

Integrated Speech Solutions (Cambridge, MA) has announced PureSpeech 1.0, a continuous-speech, speaker-independent, large and phonetic vocabulary recognition system, for the Dialogic Antares board. IIS's SpeechAct 1.0 NLP module adds additional speech understanding capability. 617/441-0000. [Business Wire, 10/19/94.]

SounText (for Windows) can read/speak text in English, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish, and soon Japanese. $99.95 from Fortress Systems, (408) 955-9888. [Craig Crossman, SJM, 9/11/94, 9E.]

George L. Dillon has created an archive of resources for studying speech sounds, primarily American and British English. Check out http://alfred1.u.washington.edu:8080/~dillon /PhonResources.html or write to dillon@u.washington.edu. [Gail Stygall (stygall@u.washington.edu), Linguist, 9/21/94. Michael Niv.]

SPSS 6.1 from SPSS Inc. (Chicago) will bring full mainframe statistical functionality to the Macintosh. The release has been re-engineered to have a Mac-style interface. The base module will sell for $395 through 11/23/94 and $495 through 12/31/94, then $695. Four specialty modules -- advanced statistics, tables, trends, and categories -- are pre-selling at $295 and up ($100 off). Upgrade discounts are also available. 800/457-0161. (A Windows version brought in almost $30M last year. The $250M statistical analysis market is part of a $5B data analysis market.) [Business Wire, 10/17/94.]

Spyglass is offering analytic/graphic add-ons for Maple, Mathcad, Mathematica, Matlab, Statview, Systat, and spreadsheets for Windows, Mac, and Unix. Through 12/31/94 you can get Spyglass Plot for vectors and time series for $199 (list $295), Plot and Transform for matrix and image data for $399 ($890), or Plot/Transform/Slicer for volumetric data for $499 ($1585). Plus a free copy of "The MOSAIC Handbook" for your platform. 1-800-647-2201. [Catalog, 10/24/94.]

Portfolio managers at Prudential Insurance are using IMSL C Productivity Tools from Visual Numerics Inc. (Houston). C gives them efficient number crunching; the tool modules for Motif/X give them hundreds of mathematical, statistical, and graphical functions. "All it takes is a one-line function call" -- versus up to five calls for IBM's Optimization Subroutine Library -- and the shared code links quickly into small executables. Graphic routines can modify 300 plot attributes without recompilation. [David Baum, InfoWorld, 10/23/94.] (Academic programmers never consider cost-effective solutions; only free ones. It seems to be a side-effect of the grant system.)

Tsunami Plus is a $499 library of C source code for wavelet transformations and analysis, including graphic display. Mac A. Cody Associates (Richardson, TX). [Emily T. Smith, BW, 10/7/94.]

If you're into newsletter publishing -- or have kids -- Zedcor (Tucson) is offering 30K B&W clip-art images for $57.45 (incl. shipping) plus $3.50 tax in AZ. 400+ categories: home, school, church, holidays, food, travel, sports, computers, etc. Three CD ROMs for Mac/Windows/DOS, plus a 539 pp. catalog of thumbnails, a Mac/Windows database of image descriptors and thumbnails, an image viewer for the 25 image formats, and 36 TrueType display fonts. Call 1-800-482-4567, 1-800-482-4511 Fax, by 12/31/94. 60-day money-back guarantee. For $15 they'll throw in their excellent DeskPaint utility for simple image manipulation and editing. [Ad mailing MV22, 10/15/94.] (These are old-fashioned images -- over half from the Dover clip-art collections -- without the graphic impact of modern artwork and often difficult to scale up or down. Great for hobby/school/charity work, though. For newer stuff -- EPS (PostScript), color, European art, eye-catching fonts, etc. -- get the catalog from Graphics Express (nee Tiger Software), 1-800-335-4054.)

A friend of mine -- "the reclusive DragonLord and his Evil Dwarfs" -- has produced a multi-indexed CD-ROM travel guide to Nara, Japan. It takes 3-5 hours to explore the 1,200 640x480 color pictures and 300 mixed sound recordings, plus another hour if you do the language lessons. (Future products will be limited to about two hours, to better fit the educational market for Japanese culture lessons.) Images are a bit grainy, but it's a fun tour -- a little slow, but faster than spending two days in Nara. Kazuko, the young lady narrating the tour, adds considerable visual interest to the scenes -- I was surprised at the effectiveness of the technique, for what are basically "home movie" slides. The music is especially well done, from koto music to the rousing Evil Dwarfs' March. (The transition can seem a bit odd.) Production costs were in the neighborhood of $200K over the course of a year. A 4MB Mac or Windows MPC machine is required, 8MB and a double-speed ROM reader recommended. $79.95 from DragonLord Software, 204 N. El Camino Real Bldg., E-123, Encinitas, CA 92024; 1-800-353-9753 x6000 or (619) 793- 3888, (619) 942-4238 Fax. [10/28/94.] (The MacroMind Director engine unfortunately caused annoying bugs in ROM version 1.0. One learns a lot from such a project. The DragonLord's expertise is available for consulting/employment arrangements.)

Simon & Schuster Interactive has just published "Star Trek: The Next Generation Interactive Technical Manual" on a $40 CD ROM. Apple's new QuickTime VR lets you walk through the USS Enterprise at your own discretion, sitting in Captain Picard's seat or walking around Engineering. Or you can follow a tour guided by Commander Riker, with text and other notes at appropriate places. QuickTime VR allows 360-degree horizontal and vertical pan and motion. Certain objects can be "grabbed" with the mouse and rotated in 3D, including a tricorder with active displays. A PowerPC helps, but the ROM will work well with an 8MB Quadra 610. 212/698-7000, 212/698-7555 Fax. [Richard C.S. "Doc" Kinne (kinnerc@snymorva.cs.snymor.edu). Bill Park, 11/1/94.] (Museums patrons could pick up sculptures and artifacts -- exciting technology, but somehow a bit dull. The real estate and construction industries are eager to show you some houses, which seems more interesting.)

MIT's Media Lab groups, projects, and courses are listed on http://debussy.media.mit.edu/alternate-lab-homepage.html. [WEBster, 10/25/94.]

Daniel Green's virtual reality web page is http://www.pencom.com/org/vrasp/. It includes a pointer to VR News, http://www.pencom.com/org/vrasp/vrnews.html. [dang@pencom.com, 10/19/94.]

-- Ken

Television is the first truly democratic culture -- the first culture available to everybody and entirely governed by what the people want. The most terrifying thing is what the people do want. -- Clive Barnes. [Bits & Bytes, 1/22/94.]