April 10, 1997 |
Continuing its shopping binge in the entertainment software industry, Connecticut-based CUC International has agreed to acquire Berkeley Systems Inc., a maker of popular games and computer screen savers. Up to a third of Berkeley Systems' 120 employees will be laid off after the acquisition, according to company spokeswoman Monica Granados. Terms of the deal, which is scheduled to be completed Friday, were not disclosed.
October 1, 1993 |
Berkeley Systems Inc., best known for its Flying Toasters personal computer "screen saver," is hoping to make toast of a new competing product that it says violates a copyright. Berkeley Systems said it is suing Delrina Corp., a Toronto-based publisher of a screen saver featuring a cartoon penguin engaged in a shooting match with winged toasters. The penguin fires a shotgun and is in turn bombarded with burnt toast.
October 11, 1993 |
Berkeley Systems Inc. said a federal judge stopped Delrina Corp. from using the disputed "Flying Toaster" symbol in Delrina's Opus 'n Bill Screen Saver computer software. Berkeley Systems said in a statement that U.S. District Judge Eugene F. Lynch ruled Berkeley Systems had a valid copyright on the symbol and issued a preliminary injunction against Delrina, a Toronto-based software developer.
September 21, 1993 |
Some creative programmers and artists are out to prove that the most fun you can have with your personal computer is when you're not using it. They create "screen savers," those varied displays that kick in when a computer is idle to prevent images from burning into the phosphors of a screen. And, as more people are turning on to personalizing their computer, the work is getting more sophisticated, depicting everything from comic strip characters and old movies to national parks.
December 30, 1996 |
If you know "You Don't Know Jack," then you are hip to one of the most clever CD-ROMs, the irreverent computer game show that has won countless awards since its introduction in 1995. If you know "You Don't Know Jack Volume 2," then you know that celebrities now are equally hip to the game. The new sequel boasts guest appearances by 17 stars, ranging from Tim Allen to Erik Estrada. "CD-ROMs are the wave of the future," says Estrada, the former "CHiPs" star. "It's in good fun."