Here are summaries of some recent Computing product reviews. Each product is rated on a scale of one to four, with one computer indicating poor and four indicating excellent:
HyperAccess-5 2.0, for PC, PS-2 or compatible with at least 340K free memory (which realistically means 512K of RAM), hard disk or high-capacity (1.2MB) floppy disk drive and either DOS 2.0 or later or OS-2 1.x or later. $99 for DOS version or $199 for both DOS and OS-2 versions. From Hilgraeve Genesis Centre, 111 Conant Ave., Suite A, Monroe, MI 48161. (313) 243-0576.
HyperAccess-5 is as easy to use as telecommunications programs get, which isn't easy enough. It starts with a powerful core that supports all the latest modems and protocols and adds to that things most telecom programs don't even approach: remote control of other PCs, a built-in bulletin board feature, disk and file management, a special high-speed file transfer protocol
and virus protection while on-line.
It needs a Windows version and could be improved with a spelling checker and more canned log-on scripts, but can definitely claim to be my favorite DOS telecom package. The price for the combined DOS and OS-2 versions is fantastic.
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These are reviews of shareware programs for IBM and compatible computers. Shareware programs are available from computer bulletin boards and computer clubs. Users try them, then pay a fee to register them if they decide to use them regularly.
Touch Type Tutor. Here's a touch-typing program that will prepare you for almost any kind of job. If it's general typing you're looking for, TTT will test your skills in typing, "It was a cold and blustery night. . . ." There's technical typing, as well as lessons that you can customize. You'll also be tested on speed, and the tutor beeps at you when you err. This program would be helpful both for employers testing prospective employees and for prospective employees who want to polish their skills.
TTT runs on either monochrome or color monitors on IBM and compatible computers. To register, send $10 to Gray Design Associates, P.O. Box 333, Northboro, Mass. 01532.
Personal Financial Planner 3.0. Ron Kline, a financial planner from Florida, has updated Personal Financial Planner to reflect 1991 tax rates. PFP holds your hand as you divulge the precariousness of your financial situation. It then tells you how to get out of the mess you've gotten into and how to plan better for the future. Or if you already are budgeting well, how to use your resources even better.
The basic program will give you information on such subjects as budgeting, life insurance, installment loans, education planning, income protection and retirement planning. Supplemental programs, which go into more depth, also are offered for each area. To register for the basic program, send $30 to First Financial Software, P.O. Box 592967, Orlando, Fla. 32859. The supplemental disks cost $5 each. If you're a registered user, you can update for $15. (We'll send you trial disks of the basic program for $7 or the basic program and the supplemental disks for $15.)
We'll send you copies of Touch Type Tutor for $4 each and Personal Financial Planner for $7 ($15 for the complete trial program). We also have a catalog on a disk for $1. Write to Shareware, P.O. Box 7031, Long Beach, Calif. 90807. Or call (213) 595-6870. Please specify 5 1/4 - or 3 1/2 -inch disks.