GIF News Issue 20
May / June 1992
(C)1992 Hsiao & Hunter, Inc.
Release date: May 1, 1992
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GN9205.TXT --- This file (From the Desk of the Editor)
GIFNEWS.ADS --- How to advertise in GIF News
BACKISSU.TXT --- Description of all back issues of GIF News
RANGS.TXT --- EZ BAK Boomerangs, an interesting look
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March 5, 1992
** 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-
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Issue # Date Description
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01 Nov/Dec 1988 Reviews of Leisure Suit Larry II, Fire Power,
GN88-11 and Sentinel Worlds, a short autobiography of
Hsiao & Hunter, Inc.
02 Feb/Mar 1989 Virus protection safeguards, review of Police
GN89-02 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
GN89-05 annual Sight & Sound Awards, "Taito Games Are
04 July/Aug 1989 Nintendo Game Hints (Super Mario Bros 2, Rad
GN89-07 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
GN89-11 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
GN90-01 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?"
GN90-03 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
GN90-05 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
GN90-07 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
GN90-09 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
GN90-11 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
GN91-01 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
GN91-03 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
GN91-05 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'
GN91-07 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
GN91-09 for Game Software" Editorial, Internet News,
Contest Winners Announced.
17 Nov/Dec 1991 Closer look at AdLib Gold, Windows 3.1 news,
GN91-11 Wing Commander II Built-in cheat, Police
Quest III, WordTris, Internet sites, new
releases for various computers.
18 Jan/Feb 1992 AdLib Gold Delayed, Brief Windows 3.0 program
GN92-01 review, Oh No More Lemmings!, 1992 planned
releases, best graphical adventure game company,
first SVGA page, Internet Archie Server.
19 Mar/Apr 1992 Reviews of two VGA shareware games: Scorched
GN92-03 Earth and Galactix, short look at two multi-
media groups, the new US Robotics 16.8K Modem,
SupraCorp's v32bis modem, industry news,
coming Apogee releases, $49 CD full of share-
ware and public domain software.
20 May/June 1992 IBM/compatible sound cards reviews. Pro Audio
GN92-05 Spectrum 16, AdLib Gold 1000, Sound Blaster Pro
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Boomerangs - The thinking man's Frisbee
The Boomerang a Stone Age Invention that mystifies all who
see it's flight as well those who throw it. Modern Boomerangs
thrown correctly will return! The principles and forces which
make the Boomerang return are :
1. Aerodynamic Lift.
2. Gyroscopic Precession.
THE THROW - A boomerang throw is an overhand throw, NEVER
SIDEARM. Face the wind and aim the throw between 45 and 90
degrees to the right of the wind. Aim the height of the throw as
if to hit a object six feet off the ground 75 feet away in the
direction of your throw. The tilt should be between vertical and
30 degrees to the outside of vertical. The amount of tilt to the
outside determines the height that the boomerang will reach. The
higher the boomerang flies the more the wind will effect the
SPIN - Spin or rotational velocity is critical. There is no need
for a high speed forward throw but there is need for high
A good flight should go something like this. Standing on
home plate of a baseball field with a slight breeze from the
direction of the pitcher, the throw should go out over first base
then start a rising arc to the left, out over center field. The
Boomerang will then arc back in over third base slowing down to a
hover over home plate before dropping in for an easy catch at
If you would like to give this a try, Boomerangs and/or
information are available from.
EZ BAK Boomerangs
P.O. Box 356
North Stonington, CT
For a real working (cardboard, indoor) Boomerang Kit and info
send $1.00 to cover shipping and handling.
Handcrafted, Wooden, Returning Boomerangs also available:
One - for $12.95 plus $1.50 shipping
Two - for $24.00 postage paid