The Staff of The Amiga Monitor

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Michael Webb Publisher, Editor-in-Chief
Samuel Ormes Senior Editor, Chief Correspondent
Anthony Becker Executive Editor, HyperText Wizard
Contributing Editors
Greg Noggle Telecommunications Editor, Hardware Guru
Fred Ericksen Music and MIDI Editor
Charles Jefts Games Editor
Kyle Webb Graphics Designer, Artistic Coordinator
Beth Wise Associate Publicist
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Paul Somerfeldt
Danny Green

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Editor's Notes...

Well, it's been just over a month, and here we are again. I'd like to start off by thanking all of you who helped to make our first issue a success; your interest is appreciated, and it is our goal to continue to earn it in the future.

The last month has been an interesting one; let's just say it's amazing to see how fast one person's email traffic can increase in such a short time ;).

Seriously, though, the interest and feedback were appreciated; in general, all contact with you, the readers, helps to improve this magazine. This has, of course, been a time of developing and implementing a working system of bureacracy by which we can efficiently and effectively manage all AM-related business. This system is much-improved from a month ago, but is, of course, still in its early stages. So I ask that you bear with us if there has been any delay or omission in processing your communications with us; we're working on it, and we appreciate your patience in working with this issue.

As a result of requests and inquiries from a number of readers, we have added several new "features" to the magazine: there are now mailing lists for distribution of the magazine, as well as a well-defined policy on the addition of new mirror sites, in addition to a current list thereof. In addition, I am happy to say that the HTML code, while still IBrowse-Enhanced, is now significantly more Netscape-friendly. If you detect any major formatting errors, feel free to let us know, as we endeavor to iron out all the bugs and make the magazine more widely-readable. Oh, yes, I can also tell you that you shouldn't be able to find any stray hyphens in this issue ;).

With that, I'm going to leave the rest up to our contributors for now, and hope you enjoy reading the second issue of The Amiga Monitor.

Michael Webb




The Sam Report: Thirty Miles from West Chester
By Sam Ormes
One may ask just how devoted Amiga users are; one of the more remarkable answers to that question takes the form of the Cecil Amiga Users Group.

Our Charter...Continued
By Michael Webb, with a contribution from Paul Somerfeldt
In our first issue, you got to meet all of us except for Paul. Now he provides his story as an addendum to the original message.


Lynx: Dinosaur or Dragster?
By Danny Green
Lynx is a text-based WWW browser that has been available with many online services and ISP shell accounts for some time. While some may consider it hopelessly outdated, Danny Green reveals some of the true power and ease of use of Lynx in this, the first in a series on using the internet.

The Time Capsule - Part I
By Greg Noggle
Part one of this series takes a step back to the REALLY early years of the Amiga -- where it all began. Adapted from a presentation by RJ Mical in the mid 1980's.

Amiga MIDI Tools We Can All Use
By Fred Ericksen
Fred Ericksen investigates the Amiga Music/MIDI scene, and tells what's out there for all current or would-be Amiga musicians. If you do music, this is your guide.

Michael Webb's Investigation of AmigaDOS
By Michael Webb
Shortcuts, keyboard equivalents, hints, suggestions, and otherwise "neat" things -- Michael Webb gets out his digital magnifying class and starts looking for clues...clues to make using your Amiga easier and more pleasant.


Final Writer 5...Revisited
By Michael Webb
This really is a review, more a review of a review. The readers demonstrated clearly that they were paying attention by pointing out"oversights" in the original review. Michael Webb supplements his original article accordingly.

The Plextor 6PleX CD-ROM Drive
By Michael Webb
Just as CD-ROM drives have improved significantly in recent years, so have Amiga users' options in CD-ROM storage. Michael Webb investigates this fairly recent high-performance offering from Plextor.


Amiga Gaming Retrospective: Part 2 (MarbleMadness!)
By Michael Webb
Michael Webb's Amiga Gaming Retrospective continues this month with a look back at MarbleMadness!

Myst Hoax
By Anthony Becker
Some things are not as they seem! Tone investigates a recent "UFO" sighting on Aminet that proved to have about as much substance as the cold fusion theory (!)

Almagica: -Scions of a Forgotten World-
By Anthony Becker
If you like role-playing games, be sure to check this out. The latest addition to that field, in demo form, allows you to have great fun "playing God."


By the Editorial Staff
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Be sure to check out the October 1996 Issue of The Amiga Monitor

What you'll see in our next issue:

Look for Volume 1 Issue 3 in Early October

The Amiga Monitor: 1996, Excelsior Digital Publishing
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