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Michael Webb Publisher, Editor-in-Chief
Samuel Ormes Senior Editor, Chief Correspondent
Anthony Becker Executive Editor, HyperText Wizard
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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
Jerimy Campbell
Sidewinder (Eric Gieseke)

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Editor's Notes...

"I stand upon the threshold, in search of resolution, conscious of little beyond my own plight, my own struggle, the essence of that for which I have labored and toiled for so long; the future is nearly realized, the days to come are almost upon us, and the results shall become indelibly engraved upon history, regardless of whether they are consummated in fire or ice, in success or failure..."

And where is the Amiga? In more or less the same place it was a month ago (big surprise). One is left wondering if this will ever end, or as in the case of children born during the Depression or World War II, it seems as though what now exists is the only way it ever has been, and the only way it ever shall be.

I don't know about that, though...something is probably going to happen. And I honestly think it will probably be soon.

If you are into strangely connected events, just for the fun of it, you may recall that last month I mentioned the New York Yankees having their first real World Series shot in quite a long time, and drew an analogy with the Amiga. Well, they went on to win it all. Will the Amiga follow suit? Only time will tell.

It's truly amazing how much can happen in a month while nothing happens at all. For instance, the Yankees won the World Series, Bill Clinton was reelected President of the United States, it snowed in the southern U.S. where it hardly ever does in any quantity, and the Amiga stood still. I would advise you to keep your eyes open, however, because if the Amiga doesn't return soon, its chances of success will be greatly dimished, slim as they already are.

On to issues of this month's Issue, you'll find a number of interesting and varied items in this issue. Among other things, we would like to welcome Sidewinder as a contributing writer. He even got published twice in this issue, actually.

One final thing I would like to mention here is that I received a request to be added to one of the AM distribution lists this month, and when I attempted to reply to the person, the E-Mail address proved defective. I tried as many variations as I could think of, with no success. The reason I mention this is explained in the masthead above: if you send me a message and get no response within a week, please check your E-Mail address in your E-Mail software, and resend the message. I would like to avoid any more "lost" requests. In the meantime, if anybody has ever heard of a provider that is called something like "weynet," kindly let me know what the entire domain name is.

But until then, let us proceed without further delay into the November 1996 issue of The Amiga Monitor.

Michael Webb




AOL Goes Flat!
By Michael Webb
What's this? Did AOL run over a piece of broken glass on the highway? No, not exactly...but what they have done is certainly anything but a "spare" piece of news...

... quickest with the mostest ...(WebTV)
By Paul Somerfeldt
What's it like to be one of the first in the world to own a new piece of technology, especially with the bittersweet taste of VIScorp's yet unfulfilled promise for the Amiga's salvation in a set-top box? Paul Somerfeldt investigates.

The Sam Report: OFFENDED!
By Sam Ormes
Fed up with indecision, inaction, and mismanagement, our Chief Correspondent brings you yet another edition of The Sam Report, sharp as a knife's edge.


By Danny Green
Danny Green's internet series continues this month with a look at the internet's Telnet Protocol, something that allows you to log onto remote computers via the internet.

Amiga Music: The MOD
By Sidewinder
Famed Amiga musician Sidewinder offers a definitive guide to Music MODules; a must-see for any aspiring computer musicians.

The Time Capsule-Part III
By Greg Noggle
Greg's look back through the history of the Amiga continues this month with an information-packed group of Frequently Asked Questions...and the answers too, of course!

Amiga Music/MIDI: Sound Samples
By Fred Ericksen
Our resident Amiga music expert discusses sound samples, the building blocks of digital music; and how to find, obtain, and use them.

To Program an Amiga...
By Paul Somerfeldt
Unfortunately, something went awry on the internet! Paul Somerfeldt was unable to receive your information last month, so we now publish his article once again. In it, he starts out what promises to be a fascinating series, with the prologue to a comprehensive look at Amiga programming languages. In case you didn't read it before, this one involves reader participation, so if you have any interest in this field, be sure to check this out!


By Michael Webb
Do you have a schedule to maintain? Events to keep in order? This calendar/reminder program can help you.


Amiga Gaming Retrospective: Part 4 - More on Crystal Hammer
By Michael Webb
It turns out I'm not the only one to remember Crystal Hammer. We are going to dedicate this month's edition of the Amiga Gaming Retrospective to remembering this classic Amiga breakout/arkanoids game, with those who wrote over the last month.


By the Editorial Staff
The staff of The Amiga Monitor tackles your problems and answers your questions, just like we do every night live on Genie.

By you, the readers
The readers speak out about the Amiga industry, Amiga community, and The Amiga Monitor.

Tone's TidByte
By Anthony Becker
Tone takes a quick looks at a number of current Amiga products.

Lame Humor Department
By Kyle Webb
A satirical, sarcastic, sardonic, and sometimes downright silly look at affairs in the Amiga community, and life in general...also known as The Amiga Monitor's comic page.


Be sure to check out the December 1996 Issue of The Amiga Monitor

What you'll see in our next issue:

Look for Volume 1 Issue 5 in Early December

The Amiga Monitor: 1996, Excelsior Digital Publishing
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