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ASBURY PARK PRESS SUNDAY, JULY 13, 1997 c I :MiiMrei (71 PAGE C4 Get me off all these mailing lists! Q I 'm on a zillion mailing lists on the Internet because I started subscribing to a lot when I first got on. I'm being overwhelmed. Can I Just kill everything? B. P., Internet A I don't know if you can kill them all, but there is a way you can kill many of them. I saw this tip on the CARR-L mailing list Send this message: "SIGNOFF (NETW1DE" (without the quotes, open paranthesis only) to this address: "LISTSERVLISTSERV.NET" (without quotes) and you should be off all your mailing lists. If it doesn't work, you'll have to sign off the rest manually. It will work on any list using any of the three standard listserv programs. QYou often talk about shortcuts for Windows 95. 1 don't know what shortcuts are or where to find them. C. C., Internet A A shortcut is something you create in Windows 95 and put either on your start menu, start button column or desktop. When you double click on it, the result is the same as if you had double-clicked on the actual program. To create a shortcut, highlight the program file and right click with your mouse. A menu will appear and one of the items is "create shortcut." Click on "create shortcut" and the shortcut appears on the bottom of your folder. Drag it to your desktop. Or, drag it to your start column by dragging it to the top of the start button. You can add a shortcut to the list of programs in your program columns this way: Go to the start button, select settings and then taskbar. Select the "start menu programs" tab and select "add programs." Simply type in the path to the program you want to add to the program list and it will be added. Ql want to add programs where I want them on my start menu and programs menu. But I can't seem to move them around. How do I select the order in which they appear? E.D., Brick Township A You don't, unless you want to play some tricks with the program names. Windows puts those programs on the list in alphabetical order. The only way you can control the order is by controlling the names. For example, the program name of the early Eudora mail reader programs was WEUDO-RA.EXE. In later versions, the program file is called EUDORA.EXE. If you want to keep the shortcut at or near the bottom of your list, rename the new shortcut, WEUDORA.EXE. It will work just fine. Computer questions can be sent to Gary Deckelnick via CompuServe at 74503,210 or on the Internet atghdapp.com. s, ; GARY DECKELNICK Going, going . . . Leading U.S. auction companies have found a home on CompuServe's Antique Forum (GO ANTFOR). Christies, C.G. Sloan and Co., Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, and Young Fine Arts Auctions are represented on the forum. You can request reports on catalog items, preview auction schedules and get notification of upcoming sales. They'll even take online bids through e-mail and make arrangements for the sale of an item or a complete estate. Press wire services AND TECHNOLOGY : " ' At. yl. mm -.- ' -- " " - . -J ... : - - Illl-IMIIllllll Disney Children can go from zero to reading hero with Disney's Animated Storybook, Hercules. The CD-ROM offers five learning activities and an introduction to Greek mythology. Hercmles goes high-tech By ROY BASSAVE THE MIAMI HERALD H ercules" powered his way into theaters last month, but there's more to the story. Disney Interactive has three ways you can bring his adventures home. , Featuring the voices of James Woods, Danny DeVito and Tate Donovan, each product offers entertainment for the entire family. Disney's Animated StoryBook: Hercules is Disney Interactive's seventh title in its successful Animated StoryBook line. This interac tive reading journey, which fol-1 o w s the adventures of Hercules, features five learning activities, captivating music, sing-alongs and an introduction to Greek mythology. Available in a Windows Macintosh hybrid format for $35. For ages 3-8. Disney's Print Studio: Hercules CD-ROM is a print program that lets you create projects using images of the "Hercules" characters. It features more than 100 images of Disney Disney Interactive's Hercules animated storybook (above) and print studio (at right) CD-ROMs are just a few of the software products based on the tale of Hercules. characters from the movie, along with colorful backgrounds and borders. Children can try their hand at 19 different print projects, including stationery, calendars, greeting cards and more. Kids will love the new sticker program that lets them create customized stickers with all the characters from the feature film. Available on Windows CD-ROM for $20. For ages 6 and up. "Disney's Hercules Action Game" lets you become Hercules. To take your rightful place in the Realm of the Gods, you must prove yourself a true hero by defeating a host of earthly monsters, defend- Disney's Animated StoryBook. Hercules Disney's Print Studio, Hercules Manufacturer: Disney Interactive PC minimum system requirements: 486DX or better, 8MB of RAM, VGA card with 256 colors, color monitor, 2X CD-ROM drive, sound card and speakers, modem optional, Windows 3.1 or Windows 95. Macintosh system requirements: Performa or better33Mhz, 8MB of RAM, color monitor with 256 colors, 2X CD-ROM drive, QuickTime 1.6.1 or higher, System 7.0.1 or higher. Selling price: $20-$50 ing Mount Olympus from the Titans and defeating Hades in the Underworld. This two-player action game will be available in late July for PlayStation (published by Virgin Interactive) and in September for Windows 95 CD-ROM. Expected price range, $45-$50 for each version. For ages 8 and up. And heroic Hercules extends beyond Disney titles. Look for these products in stores in the next few weeks: "Quest for the Scrolls, Hercules & Xena Learning Adventure" CD-ROM from Sound Source Interactive teaches logic, language and math skills on a fun journey through ancient Greece, based on the characters from the TV series. For ages 8 and up. "Here's Adventure" for Saturn and PlayStation from LucasArts, also with a mytho logical theme. You can be Hercules, or other mythological figures, in a funny adventure with a touch of LucasArts magic and storytelling. For ages 8 and up. Converting your address list from Netscape to Eudora THE WASHINGTON POST 0, you finally took the advice of the guy in systems and that smug technology section in your newspaper and decided to make a change of religious significance in your computing life. That is, you're switching from Netscape Navigator to Qualcomm's Eudora for your e-mail (or maybe you're going the other way, although we have no idea why you'd want to do that). Either way, there's one big, ugly problem in your way: converting your address list from one program to the other. Before you type in all those ad-dresses from scratch, visit www.interguru.commailconv.htm. This page, the creation of Silver Spring, Md.-based computer consultant Joe Davidson, can take your address-book files and "automagically" generate a new address list in your browser window; all you need to do is save the resulting page in the right location (and with the right name) on your hard drive. Programs being programs, though, this site has its share of bugs. Davidson reports that certain browsers Microsoft's Internet Explorer and Mac versions of Netscape sometimes fail to cooperate with this site, raising the dismaying prospect of users having to convert their e-mail ' address books the ame way people convert their paper address books. The Press wants to hear from you Unfriendly e-mail can byte back The low point for Julia Roberts' self-centered character in the movie "My Best Friend's Wedding" is when she's sitting in front of a computer, composing a nasty, damaging e-mail. Her goal is to stop her friend from getting married, so she forges an electronic message from his would-be father-in-law as if the man is trying to get her friend fired. She doesn't intend to send the e-mail, just have her friend happen upon it coincidentally. But off it goes, causing waves of trouble. It nearly ruins the wedding and then, when her friend discovers the truth, it almost severs their friendship. ("You're lower than pond scum," he tells her. "You're the fungi that feeds on pond scum.") Julia's patented smile is totally absent when she experiences the consequences of her misdeed: It's a good dramatization of the instant karma that comes with electronic mail. What goes around comes around much faster when negative thoughts instantly go from your brain to the keyboard, and ii J. GREG PHELAN with a click of the button, to the world and back again. Oh, how often I wish I had a "take back" button. But there was none to be found after I had sent off hastily written electronic expressions of my frustra tion du jour to all those friends, dates, colleagues and clients over the years. I put them all in their relative places using words typically reserved for a heated private argument, not an easily saved (and reread) document. And boy, did everyone of them come back to bite me. Like death and taxes, you can count on it. The worst thing about it was that each electronic message was the kind you know you shouldn't have mailed a half second after you clicked "send." It is the First Law of Cyberspace: Nothing good comes from sending negativity over the wires. On the contrary, e-mail seems to magnify every off-the-cuff comment into a full-fledged misunderstanding. And it's not just these intentional flames. In cyberspace, you can send a tasteless joke about cats to your golf buddy across town, who forwards it to members of the town council, one of whom happens to be your cat-loving wife. Remember, you're using a medium of electronic documents that are easily duplicated and broadcast to the world. It's unnerving, like your mom is looking over your shoulder saying, "See, I told you that you shouldn't say mean things or talk behind people's backs." Of course, it's the rare individual who doesn't occasionally vent about a less-than-competent associate to a trusted colleague or . friend. It's accepted in our society and so it naturally happens in cyberspace, but often with an unintended outcome. For example, a friend of mine sent a mean e-mail to a friendly client, complaining about the cluelessness of an individual at the client's company. Naturally, the client inadvertently . sent an e-mail to the supervisor" of the person , without a clue, including the original message , tacked on at the end. The supervisor then forwarded the message to Mr. Clueless himself with my friend's verbatim e-mail (which called an idiot among other things) still attached. Of course, my friend didn't mean to say those nasty things to that person's face, but with e-mail, thoughts that have been translated into bytes naturally find their way to the target with your name attached. So how do you avoid this instant electronic karma? There's only one solution and that's to do what your Morn and the Buddhists recommend: Say positive things in your e-mail and only good will come of it on the Net and off. Comments can be sent to J. GregPhelan via electronic mail tojgphelanepresence.com or to P.O. Box 6403, Fair Haven, N.J. 07704. "Technoculture" appears Sundays. Like the rest of the high-tech world, "Home Computing and Technology" going through a redesign. To better serve our readers, we want your input in what we do. Currently, along with computer and technology-related stories and reviews, there are two weekly features on the page: "Computer Rx" by Gary Deckelnick helps readers out with questions they have on using their computers, while "Technoculture" by J. Greg Phelan takes a look the road we travel down the information superhighway. Here are some of the ideas for the future: , More game reviews and game information; More stories on the Mac; More stories on the lesser known operating systems, such as OS2 or Unix; A regular feature on the Internet, which would vary weekly from a review of a hot site, to suggestions about a collection of sites on one subject, to how-to information (how to use the Internet, how to configure your browser, how to add and edit bookmarks); Software reviews of the latest commercial products; Reviews on shareware, software via the Internet that is sold on a try- it-before-you-buy-it basis; Technical information you need to use and update your computer; Computer terminology. Paula Vitakis is the editor of "Home Computing and Technology." Please write to her with your opinions: What do you think about the material currently on the page. What changes would you like to see? Feel free to suggest any story idea that's not included above. You can reach her by snail mail at the Asbury Park Press, P. 0. Box 1550, Neptune, N.J. 07754-1551. For those of you with computers who want to use e-mail, write to her at paulavapp.com. There are plenty of ways to use the Internet. A single source brings them together, Bell Atlantic Internet Solutions Dedicated Business Connectivity Web Site Hosting I Production Bell Atlantic.net dial-up access Customer Support: 24 hours, 7 days www.bellatlantic.net Whatever your game plan, include the SPORTS section tor the best coverage in NJ..,

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