GIF News Issue #20

May / June 1992:

IBM/compatible sound cards reviews. Pro Audio Spectrum 16, AdLib Gold 1000, Sound Blaster Pro comparison chart.





                             GIF News
                          May/June 1992
                            Issue #20
                   (C)1992 Hsiao & Hunter, Inc.
                     Release date: May 1, 1992
------------------- From the Desk of the Editor -------------------------
Hi, this is Eric Hsiao, the creator of GIF News.  Thanks for taking the
downloading GIF News.  This issue is dedicated totally to sound boards,
and we really hope the information you find within helps you pick the
sound board that best suits your needs.  If you find the information
useful and helpful, please consider a small donation of around $5 to 
help cover long distance telephone charges incurred from the distribution 
of GIF News.
So, sit back and enjoy the issue.  Please feel free to send me any
comments and questions you may have (i.e. that green on white font is
too difficult to read, what software do you use to create GIF News,
do you have any more information on the Pro Audio Spectrum 16, etc.).
Our next issue will be July/August.  Look for it around July 1st.
                                   Eric Hsiao
Files in this archive:
          GN9205-1.GIF     --- Page 1 (Super-VGA 640x400 256 color page)
          GN9205-2.GIF     --- Page 2 (Super-VGA 640x400 256 color page)
          GN9205-3.GIF     --- Page 3 (EGA 640x350 16 color page)
          GN9205-4.GIF     --- Page 4 (EGA 640x350 16 color page)
          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
         8 Files Total
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  Eric Hsiao                                                              
  406-A BARH Mailroom, RPI                                                
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--------------------- Thank-you for downloading and reading GIF News,
                              Eric Hsiao
                              March 5, 1992
            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.
     3. Gravity.
     4. Inertia.
     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
flight path.
SPIN - Spin or rotational velocity is critical. There is no need
for a high speed forward throw but there is need for high
rotational velocity. 
     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
home plate.
     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
Policy updated for May 1992, subject to change.
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       5.  The final deadline for the next issue is 10 days before the issue
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  Issue #     Date           Description
  -------     ----           -----------
    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
                             Terrible" editorial.
    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
                             comparison chart.