GIF News Issue 17

November / December 1991


GIF News

November 1991

Issue #17

(C)1991 Hsiao & Hunter, Inc.

Release date: November 8, 1991

Dear GIF News reader,

Sorry for the week and a half delay of the release of this

issue. It's been a busy month here with a new upgrade from a

286 12MhZ to a 386-33MhZ. Everything is running smoothly now.

You may have noticed that this issue only has the month November

on it. Does this mean GIF News has gone from bimonthly to monthly?

Well, not exactly. We plan on releasing another issue in December

solely for review of products for the Holiday season. This includes

games, hardware, software, etc. Be sure to look for it on a BBS near

you. Starting January, GIF News will go back to being bimonthly.

Files in this archive:

GN9111-1.GIF --- Page 1

GN9111-2.GIF --- Page 2

GN9111-3.GIF --- Page 3

GN9111V4.GIF --- Page 4 (256 Color page)

GN9111.TXT --- This file

GN-DISKS.TXT --- How to get .MOD files for Sound Blaster

GIFNEWS.ADS --- How to advertise in GIF News

BACKISSU.TXT --- Description of all back issues of GIF News

Thanks for taking the time to download this issue of GIF

News. I really hope you like it. In this issue there are articles

on: Mustang Acquisition of Qmodem, Windows 3.1 news, Wing Commander

built-in cheat and information of the Secret Operations Disks, review

of WordTris, new games coming out for various computer platforms,

more handy Internet TELNETable addresses, Police Quest III, a closer

look at the AdLib Gold, and more.

Again, GIF News can be freely copied and shared just as

long as no modifications what-so-ever are made to this

archive. If you enjoyed reading the past 6 or so issues of

GIF News, please consider a small donation of $5 to cover my

cost of uploading GIF News long distance to BBS's across the

country. Or instead, please upload GIF News to a couple of

your favorite boards. Any bit of distribution helps.

Free advertising GIFNEWS.ADS for more

details. Also, interested in megs of TrakBlaster .MOD files

without the cost of downloading them long distance? Read the

file GN-DISKS.TXT for an offer you can't refuse.

Special note to Internet readers: If you would like to

be a GIF News subscriber, just send me E-mail and I'll add you

to the mailing list. GIF News will be uuencoded and sent to

you via E-mail. Many uudecoders exist for both unix and ms-dos

platforms. If you can't unzip on your machine, let me know and

I'll send up the file in an LZH archive or a ZOO archive.

Also, if you're anonymously FTP'ing, and come across some

files you think might be GIF News. You can easily tell which

issue is up by looking at the filename. For example, you see: <-- The gn stands for GIF News, the 91 re-

presents the year, and the 11 is the

month (November in this case).

So be sure to look for come December.

Several FTP sites you might want to look for GIF News are: /pub/MSDOS_UPLOADS/gif-news /pub-write /incoming/gifnews

ab20.larc.nasa/gov /incoming/amiga/Gif-news

I am happy to receive any comments or suggestions.

Please send them to any of the addresses below.

Thanks for your support,

Eric Hsiao

Editor-in-chief of GIF News

How to reach me:

US Mailing Address #1

Eric Hsiao

7 Fair Way

Poughkeepsie, New York 12603-5014

************* Please send to this address between 9/1/91 to 5/1/92) ********

US Mailing Address #2 (reach me quicker between dates

Sept. 1, 1991 to May 1, 1992)

Eric Hsiao

406-A BARH Mailroom, RPI

Troy, New York 12180-3590








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** Descriptions of every single issue of GIF News that has come out **

If you want any of these issues, just send a Self-Addressed-Stamped-

Envelope and a blank floppy (5.25 or 3.5) and I'll copy them over for you.

Each issue is around 100K zipped. You must include the FLOPPY AND S.A.S.E

or else you won't receive anything back. ------------------

Issue # Date Description

------- ---- -----------

01 Nov/Dec 1988 Reviews of Leisure Suit Larry II, Fire Power,

and Sentinel Worlds, a short autobiography of

Hsiao & Hunter, Inc.

02 Feb/Mar 1989 Virus protection safeguards, review of Police

Quest II, "Are MS-DOS Games Getting Better"

editorial, game hints to Leisure Suit Larry 2.

03 May/June 1989 Industry news, Space Quest ]I[ review, 1st

annual Sight & Sound Awards, "Taito Games Are

Terrible" editorial.

04 July/Aug 1989 Nintendo Game Hints (Super Mario Bros 2, Rad

Racer, Karnov), Reviews of 4 different driving

simulation games (Vette, Test Drive 2, Lombard

Rally, F40 Pursuit Simulator), Review of the

game Caveman Ugh-Lympics, a short overview of

Lotus 123 Release 3.

05 Nov/Dec 1989 Review of Maxis' Sim City, the new Tears For

Fears CD "Seeds of Love", and a review of

Sierra's Manhunter II.

06 Jan/Feb 1990 A Look back at the eighties, review of Sierra's

the Colonel's Bequest, and a overview of music

cards (AdLib, GameBlaster, SoundBlaster, &

Roland), the best VGA games.

07 Mar/Apr 1990 "Do Sound Cards Really Sound that Good?"

editorial, a profile of the Channel 1(tm) BBS

in Cambridge, MA, review of Access' Crimewave

and Bitmap Bros' Xenon II, look at digitizing


08 May/June 1990 Detailed look at the VGA and VESA video

standard, the Ultima VI built-in cheat, the

World of Amiga show in New York City.

09 July/Aug 1990 Request for BBS distribution sites, Computer

Industry News, a look at the Sound Blaster card,

a review of Spectrum Holobytes' Faces game.

10 Sept/Oct 1990 Review of the games Atomix & Puzznik, a look at

Battlechess II and future game releases, v.42

& v.42bis - what their advantages are.

11 Nov/Dec 1990 Look at the TrakBlaster program, new Flight

Simulator scenery disks, Reviews of games

Spellcasting 101 and Jones in the Fast Lane,

the Amiga Video Toaster by NewTek, Being a

Game Designer for Electronic Arts.

12 Jan/Feb 1991 V.32bis standard, XGA, LaserDiscs, the

controversial Lotus-Equifax CD-ROM CD, "Boo to

Disney Software" editorial, FD-Format, review of

the game Hard Nova.

13 Mar/Apr 1991 Look at Workstations, BBS's pay business rates

on their phone lines, JMPlayer review, Amiga 24

bit graphics, the first VGA page ever.

14 May/June 1991 The Prodigy STAGE.DAT controversy, review of

TrakBlaster v2.0, MediaVision's Pro-Audio

Spectrum, Amiga News, Review of Lemmings.

15 July/Aug 1991 The PC Expo in NYC, look at Creative Labs'

Voice Edit program, hints to the adventure game

Time Quest, a review of the game Armor Alley,

Internet News, and the first-ever GIF News


16 Sept/Oct 1991 Sound Blaster Pro Vs. AdLib Gold, "High Prices

for Game Software" Editorial, Internet News,

Contest Winners Announced.

17 Nov/Dec 1991 Closer look at AdLib Gold, Windows 3.1 news,

Wing Commander II Built-in cheat, Police

Quest III, WordTris, Internet sites, new

releases for various computers.



That's right! Advertise for free in GIF News today! Anything under

1/5 of a page is absolutely free! Advertise your BBS, advertise your

business, advertise anything of interest to the computer world. All you

have to do is mail your ad to me 10 days before the next issue is due

out (i.e. Nov 21st for the Dec 1991 issue). Also, please consider

a small donation or contribution if you enjoy reading GIF News. You will

help offset the cost of long distance calls to upload GIF News to a BBS

near you, plus you'll get a bigger ad space. I make no profit, and I

create GIF News as a hobby and to provide a service to the BBS community.

-> If you want to advertise a BBS, all I ask is that you add me to your

user roster, giving me a normal user account and password (which you can

mail to me along with your ad). <-

In order to help me keep track of which bulletin boards are still up

and which ones have gone down, I request that sysops who advertise their

BBS in GIF News to let me know before each & every issue comes out that

they want an ad to be in it. In other words, if I don't hear from you

before the next issue comes out, your ad most likely will not go in.

Sorry, but I cannot grant requests that say "please put my BBS ad in the

next 10 issues." - you must notify me each time before an issue comes out

that you want your ad in it. This makes it easier for me to keep track

of ads, as well as give you the chance to update the information in it.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Thank you,

Eric Hsiao

Editor of GIF News


Note: GIF News has the right to refuse any advertisement, and complaints

arising from any advertisements should be directed toward the

advertiser, not GIF News. GIF News is a free publication which may

be freely copied and distributed, so long as no modifications what-

so-ever are made.



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