Adam Rogers

A Game Sartre Would Love

Haruhiko Shono is one weird guy, last year he designed and decorated the CD-ROM Gadget, a masterpiece of paranoia and locomotives. And now he's back with a new game called L-Zone (Synergy, $69.99).

A Software Fix For Intel Chips

BY NOW THE FLAP OVER THE flaw in Intel's Pentium chip is but a blip in the annals of computer history But Intel's initial intransigence in what turned out to be a public-relations fiasco has left a sour taste in the mouths of many PC owners.

A Private Trip To The Moon?

COMPANY CALLED LUNACORP MAY HAVE FIGURED out the perfect incentive to get someone to pay for another moonshot: entertainment. In conjunction with International Space Enterprises, LunaCorp wants to send up two robot rovers designed by the same Carnegie Mellon researchers who sent that 'hot into Alaska's Mount Spurr volcano last summer.

Eeeek! Boys!

Keeping boys out of the clubhouse is one of those girlhood missions that collapse the minute the first girl in the club decides boys aren't so icky after all.

Clean Machines

EONS AGO, KIDS USED TO want to be major leaguers. Now they dream of creating the next get-rich-quick invention. Widget Workshop, a science game from Maxis, helps develop this budding ambition.

Building A Better Wing

When planes with Delta shaped wings fly, the wings' leading edges generate tornadoes of air called vortices that help create lift. Now a team of engineers at UCLA and Caltech has developed what they call "microflaps," silicon squares less than half a millimeter across that can flip up into the vortex and disrupt it; one wing loses its lift, but the other doesn't, and the plane snaps into a highly controlled roll.

Big Mystery By The Bay

Any computer game that suggests the user play it with a Pentium chip, 16 megs of RAM and a CD-ROM jukebox has chutzpah. So it is with "Under a Killing Moon" (Access Software, Inc., $69), a game that fills four CDs and all your spare time.

A Galactic Guide

WHEN ENSIGNS FRESH OUT OF THE ACADEMY FIRST beam aboard the USS Enterprise, Cmdr. William Riker must hand them something a lot like "Star Trek: The Next Generation Interactive Technical Manual" (Simon & Schuster Interactive, $69.95).

High-Tech Homecoming

SOME TROOPS IN HAITI ARE keeping in touch with home through a new video teleconferencing system that lets them see and talk to their families. The setup, a high-tech military first, is meant for command communications --but when the big brass aren't talking to each other, the troops have a chance to phone home.

A Printer For Your Pocket

HERE'S A NEW WEAPON FOR road warriors. Citizen's PN60 printer is billed as the world's smallest portable laser-quality printer. It weighs only a pound and is just wide enough for a sheet of paper.

Virtual Swimsuits

No doubt about it CD-ROMs are hot. So hot that we're seeing all kinds of mismatches between form and function as publishers look for new ways to churn out profits.

Digital Graffiti

A new Wev site called Art Crimes gives Guerilla art a place on the Internet. Run by Susan Farrell, an artist and graduate student in Georgia Tech's Information Design and Technology program, Art Crimes displays elaborate graffiti from Prague, Atlanta, Los Angeles and Fresno. "These graffiti paintings often appear and disappear in a single day, and I feel a strong need to capture them," Farrell wrote in an e-mail message. "Imagine loosely knit bands of rugged individuals sneaking through back...

Sorry, Bill

This list has been floatting around the Internet for several weeks: 10. The number of floppies it will ship on9. The percentage of people who will have to upgrade their hardware8.

Get A Grip On Technology

THE NEAT THING ABOUT American entrepreneurs is that they fix problems we even know we had. Case in point: the Grip-it Strip. These textured polypropylene strips work like the rubber on the floors of shower stalls- stuck to a laptop, they create a secure surface to hang on to and prevent the dreaded slip-off-the-lap-and-Shatter syndrome.


ATTENTION, QUICKEN SHOPpers! Version 4 for Windows is here. Fans of this highly popular personal-finance program are used to buying yearly upgrades with subtle improvements, a clever marketing strategy by publisher Intuit.

Fax Me To The Moon

It's smaller than a notebook computer, bigger than a remote control and heavier than a Filofax. Sony's Magic Link personal communicator, introduced last week, combines many of the functions of those Yuppie accouterments in one sleek package.

Game Guide

Hard copy about cyberspace can be a bit pedantic. But "Net Games" (Michael Wolff & Co. and Random House. $19) avoids this problem by leaving out all the philosophy and laborious instructions.

Math Made Fun And Easy

Kriss and Kross, two whimsical elves, are the hosts of Anno's Learning Games, a CD-ROM from Putnam New Media. They guide children through seven activity groups designed to develop math and logic skills for ages 6 to 10.

Old Hippies Never Die

DR. TIMOTHY LEARY, the counterculture shaman of the hippie generation, is on the road promoting cyberspace as the next big frontier of the mind, in his one-man show called "now to Operate Your Brain." Billed as a "multimedia rave lecture," Leafy delivers pithy McLuhanisms, Beavis and Butt-head style, while a hyperkinetic video collage plays on a projection wall next to him.

High-Flying Hardware

Scramble, Tom Clancy fans! Scramble! This is not a drill! The CD-ROM "Warplanes: Modern Fighting Aircraft" (Maris Mulitmedia Ltd. $59.95) details that most technological of pursuits, combat flying from the cold war to the gulf war.

How To Flame Like A Pro

A timesaving "flame" form letter found on the Net: Dear sir clueless one twit madam dweeb twerp Elvis moon beam boor grad student cur You are being gently flamed because: you continued a boring useless stupid thread you initiated incoherent, flaky and mindless threads you posted profanities you advocated Net censorship you SCREAMED!

A Revealing Couple

Even though they're married, Adam and Eve, the stars of the CD-ROM "A.D.A.M.: The Inside Story." seen like they'd be pretty good dates. Not only do they teach human physiology through beautiful illustrations and animations, but they do it with with (Adam does impressions of Peter Lorre and Arnold Schwarzenegger; Eve has a kind of Lauren Bacall coolness).

Not Quite A Holodeck

VIRTUAL REALITY GENERALLY requires wearing a cumbersome helmet and glove, and VR environments tend to move sluggishly. But the Cave Automated Virtual Environment, a hit at this year's SIGGRAPH computer-graphics convention, doesn't have these problems.

Beware Of The Worm Woman

Crickets chirp as you enter the freak-show tent. Tex the Barker invites you, waving a cigarette and a megaphone, to gawk at the human exhibits-like Jelly Jack "the boneless boy" or Wanda the Worm Woman, who "wiggles and giggles like a tub of rubber blubber." You'll find this and more in "The Residents' Freak Show" CD-ROM (Voyager, Mac only), a cult favorite among devotees of the bizarre.

The Birth Of The Internet

In the summer of 1969, not everyone was at Woodstock. In laboratories on either side of the continent, a small group of computer scientists were quietly changing the future of communications.

All Disney, All The Time

Worried about Michael Eisner's health? Ready to role-play as a 'toon? You're not alone. In rec.arts.disney, a very popular Usenet newsgroup, there are more than 200 threads waiting for you to pull.

I Want My V-Tv

In the arms race between television program directors' imaginations and viewers' stomachs, there may be a technological truce to be had. It's called a V-Chip.