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One of my staff recently described my fetish as
an "uncontrollable lust for electronic personal
organizers and i n f ormation m anagement
devices." This month, I decided to splurge and
get the granddaddy of all I'DAs (personal digital
assistants): the Newton MessagePad 2000. I actuallywent out and bought one for$1,549, includin~ a keyboard, spreadsheet and zippered case.

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The zippered case goes a long way towards making the unit like a notebook. It is still lighter
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Regular readers of this column
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Wizards, H - P Omn i G o's,
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numerous PC-based software
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browsing, and basic informam l'
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My most recent experiment
. 4- tion management. Did I menwas with the USR Pilot. I like
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ti o n i t is fast?
this unit because it fits right
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Batte r y l ife for this unit is
into your pocket. It has great
supposedly 50 hours of activity
connectivity to a desktop. The downside is that
(in c l uding Web surfing and using the backlightyou need to tie it to a real computer to get any
in g ) on four AA batteries. While I did not time
productive data entry done. It does accept handthi s , it took about a week of very heavy activity
writing data entry through Graffiti, but has no
to k i l l t h e first set of batteries despite Apple's
"your
optional keyboard for longer sessions away from c l aim of a few weeks of work. As they say,
the computer. This means dragging a full-sized m i l eage may vary." Still a week is pretty good
notebook along to feed the thing.
compared to most notebook computers I have
I tried one of the Windows CE handheld PCs t r i ed, which usually die about half way through
(HPCs), and enjoyed the compactness of it, but
my T o ronto to Vancouver flight.
was put off by the tiny keyboard. (Memo to USR
and HPC makers: get an optional fuller-size key- Sell the Newton or sell Newtons?
I have been reading lately that cash-strapped
board happening for your units.) Besides, if I
were to go that route, I would probably go back Apple is apparently considering selling off its
to the Psion, which is really a great little unit. It
Newton division. I think this would be a big misdoes most things a Windows CE device does, but
take. The Newton has finally hit its stride. With
is a little smaller and more likely to fit into one' s the new chip, the handwriting recognition is
pocket.
great. It is fast, responsive and very accurate.
Another issue is that the CE devices' battery
There is a decent selection of third-party softlife goes all to hell as soon as you plug PC card ware available for it. Everything is in place for
modems into them. We watched the battery
booming sales.
charge drop to almost zero after about five minApple just needs to make a compact executive-style unit combining the chip in the 2000
utes of modem use. The Psion uses an external
modem with its own battery pack.
with a sleek clamshell design that incorporates a
keyboard. Then it needs to price it down, closer
Needs paralysis
to the $600 that the Windows CE devices sell for.
My needs this time round for a PDA are a little
I think they could sell truckloads of these things.
different. I am planning a trip with my family
The market is there and a Newton could be very
and I want to both travel light and stay concompetitive to Windows CE-powered HPCs. I
can't believe there is much difference in manunected. I wanted a decent keyboard for data
entry and to be able to browse the Web. Good
facturing costs once you get past volume limitations. Apple needs to start thinking big about
backlighting was important. Reading everything
Newton technology and marketing it.
I could on the various devices, I thought that the
Microsoft has enough clout to rope in six or
Newton might be the ticket.
My choices were to buy an older Newton
seven major manufacturers to get the CE off the
MessagePad 130 for about $900 or the state of
ground. Could Apple do the same? At one point
the art Newton 2000 for around $1,600. Apple
it probably could have. Steve Jobs, with his
also sells a rugged clamshell unit called the
famous reality distortion field, was reputed to
have been able to get people to do things for
eMate, but only to schools. After looking at the
him that they later wondered why they were
specs, I went for the high end. The new Newton
doing. I can't help but think a few HPC manu2000 has a chip that runs five times faster than
its predecessor and claims double the battery
facturers are wondering what they are doing in
life. Hard to argue with that kind of improvethat market about now,
ment.
I nhay keep this one (for a while anyway)
After a full week of use, I give my recommendaKeyboard kludges and other design flaws
Apple has done it again in its never-ending quest
tion for the Newton. This is a fast little computto recreate the computer universe. It is forever
er. There are still limitations, the price being the
coming up with new kinds of ports. Instead of
biggest one, but if you are on the road, you want
using the DB9 port that it has managed to make
your information close at hand, the ability to
standard in the Apple world, the company creattype large volumes of text into it and you hate
ed a new port, so of course
you have to use a
your batteries running out on you, try a Newton
highly losable, little dongle-adapter to plug the
MessagePad 2000.
keyboard or serial cable into the unit.
Enjoy the issue
Not all the applications for Newton are what
you would call excellently designed, but there
Douglas Alder
are usually a couple of competing products to
Editor/Publisher
choose from. People looking for a power spreadsheet will be disappointed with the Newton
Works application shipping with the unit. In our
Sources:
spreadsheet tests, it was very slow. This seemed
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A n o t her minor quibble is that the included word
p r o cessor lacks a spell checker.
The a d do n keyboard is one of the best
t h i ngs about the unit, but it also has the feeling
o fbeing tacked on late in the design phase.

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Since I am once again searching for more harddrive space, I was pleased to see the hard-drive Lab
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Regarding the article on PC Banking ("Banking
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prog am it does not quite measure up.


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made is now in a separate dataset. As the backup
system is not incremental and does a total dataset
overwrite, you can't use it to restore any of the
data. So, I now have three datasets, the system will
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I realize that PC banking is just getting started
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ready, you would have thought they would have
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A pple not dead but. . .
In response to Mr. Bushell's rebuttal letter "Apple
not dead, repeat, not dead," firstly, I do not take
delight in declaring the death of Apple because I
use [Apple computers] everyday. What I do want
are companies working towards increasing the
strength of the Macintosh market, and from what
we have seen so far, Apple is not one of them.
Mr. Bushell, why are you quoting figures that
are one to three years out of date?Is the truth of
just how bad the Macintosh market is that terrifying to face? Let's hope this isn't a sign of things to
come ...
To quoteMacUSER, "M ac OS 7.6w as arush job,
designed more to prove that Apple could actually
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significant new functionality." As for Apple's hardware development: the Powerbook 3400s do look
wonderful, but at a starting price of over $6,500
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the vast majority of users, and because of its power
consumption, never in laptops. The rest of us will
have to wait for the 620 and G3, due to arrive
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I'd like to point out a few things about the letter
you entitled "Apple not dead, etc."
First, Apple registered huge losses even with
those huge market shares. A company can't survive
with losses, no matter what its sales.
Second, the older 1995 data could well have
changed drastically by now.
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very important point, which is often missed. The
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B. Measuring user satisfaction by repeat purchase
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opinion of customer satisfaction.
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While I don't think Apple has a chance of
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Michael Lewchuk, via email
(Background: Mr, Firth got this debate going with a ietter to the editor entitled "Long live Mac ciones" which
appeared in our April 97 issue. In it, Mr. Firth said
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with the Mac clone vendors. Mr, Bushel! responded to
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not dead, repeat, not dead.")

Do Inkjets fade from under use?


I am very interested in buying the Epson Stylus 500
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800 models. Do you know if the 500 has been
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Also, I know my color printing will be very limited. Could the color cartridges dry up from too little use? The article mentions that these cartridges
go from $35 to $60? Are there significant price differences on the make of printer?
Stephen St. Denis, via email

DT replies: The Stylus 500 was introduced in August


'96, and as you suspected, has been replaced by the
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indicate that inkjets hold up over time. One ofTCP's


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stored for more than a year, and it worked just fine
when he plugged it in and attached it to the computer.
Another case: we have an Epson Color Stylus ll,
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As to your question about ink cartridges drying from


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Compton's correction
Your review of Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia
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new ThinkPad 760XD and the 760XL also have
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resolutions of 800x600 on th e 760XL and
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support for digital video playback. The ThinkPads
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Best of shareware balloting online WARWICK, R.I. (NB)
The Shareware Industry Awards
Foundation (SIAF) and the operator of a Web site
specializing in shareware distribution are inviting
Web browsers to cast their ballot for Shareware

Hall of Fame induction nominees. Net surfers and


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Sharewarefunkies.corn Web site until June 1.
Ballots can be cast for current or defunct programs
regardless of the platform on which they run.
Shareware is computer software ranging from
simple utility programs to complex business
applications, and is usually offered on a "try it
before you buy it" basis.
Winners will be announced during the 1997

application and graphics software and the vast


opportunities presented by the Java-based operating system. We are confident Hoffmann +
Associates will lead the Corel CD Home
Collection to continued success while enabling us
to place better focus on our flagship Corel
WordPerfect and CorelDRAW products."
Under the terms of the deal, Hoffmann will
pay Corel $1 million cash and a royalty fee on
future sales of the former Corel titles. As well,
Corel will retain a minority interest in Hoffmann,
and wdII continue to sell CD Home titles through
its online shopping centre, Corel Galleria, and
will cooperate with Hoffmann in developing sales
through Corel's established channels.
I. Hoffmann+ Associates is a long-established
Canadian CD-ROM publisher, noted especially for
children's titles. According to founder Isabel
Hoffmann, "over the years we have worked closely with Corel and have developed a great affinity
for the titles in the CD Home Collection while
gaining a keen respect for the creative genius of
the developers who worked with Corel to produce
them. This acquisition represents a natural step in
the planned growth of Hoffmann + Associates,
The Corel CD Home Collection is an excellent
complement to our own successful product lines,
especially the Nikolai's Adventures series and our
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Contact: Sharewarejunkies,
DocuPrint CSS Color Laser Printer is a 12 page per
Web site: http: //www.sharewarejunkles.corn.
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dpi printer with a street price around $4,900.
With a footprint of only 47x42 cm (18.5x16.5
Corel sells i:D Home Collection multimedia
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software line Ottawa-based Corel Corp. has on the market. The base model comes with 30 MB
announced the sale of it s Corel CD Home
of memory (6 MB of Flash ROM, and 24 MB of
Collection line to I. Hoffmann + Associates Inc., a
RAM), and support for PCL. A higher end model,
Toronto-based publisher of interactive CD-ROMs.
the CSS MP, comes with Adobe PostScript Level 2
The line includes a popular movie guide, and a
built in, and an Ethernet networking card for a
wide range of family-oriented "edutainment" titles.
street price of about $6,100.
Corel founder and chief executive officer,
Xerox claims a host of innovative new features
Michael Cowpland, says the sale is in line with
with the CSS, all aimed at lowering cost of ownerthe company's strategy "to move forward in purship and increasing efficiency and ease of use. The
suing our interests in the field of productivity
ImageFix feature automatically corrects low-quali-

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converts colored documents into black-and-white
patterns that are readable after being sent through
a monochrome faxing machine, and the Hold Job
Function gives users a grace period to load special
media or pick up sensitive documents without
being bumped out of the print queue.
The C55 also incorporates Intelligent Color
3.0, which applies the best imaging techniques to
particular document elements such as photos,
charts and other graphics. Xerox CentreWare DP
network printer management software and
CentreWare Internet Services software for accessing the printer via Net connections with a browser interface are also available for use wdth the C55.
Ron Pratt, the vice-president of the Xerox
Canada Channels group, claims "The DocuPrint
CSS is the first of a new generation of color laser
printers and the flagship of the Xerox network
printer line. It is differentiated by its productivity
and value, providing ingenious solutions to everyday business problems. The color market is growing rapidly as more workgroups integrate color
into their documents and the DocuPrint CSS will
reinforce Xerox's position as a color leader from
the desktop to the production environment."
Pratt says that in addition to a lower sticker
price, the CSS has greatly reduced cost of ownership, due to simple network integration, lower
cost supplies, and higher reliability.
An IDC study of th e color laser market
claimed that over the next four years, sales will
grow from US$564 million to US$2.8 billion.
According to Angele Boyd, IDC's vice-president of
peripherals research, "Much of this growth will be
fueled by products like the DocuPrint CSS, which
offer increased functionality at ever-decreasing
price points." fE

International Industry Conference, set for June

Contact:
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Web site: httpf/www.xerox.corn.
intel faces cash crisis:makes too much
money Intel Corp. has announced its financial
results for the first quarter of 1997, and its main
problem would seem to be finding rental space to
store all the extra cash that keeps pouring in.
Gross revenue for the quarter was US$6.4 billion,
up 39 percent from the same period in 1996. Net
income was almost US$2 billion, a 116 percent
increase over the previous year.
According to Intel, "revenue andearnings
per
share both set new records driven by higher
demand for the company's most advanced
processors, the Pentium processor with MMX
media enhancement technology and the Pentium
Pro processor."
Competing PC processor makers, such as
Motorola, Cyrix and AMD, cannot assume that
Intel's prosperity will be a flash in the pan. Intel
has been investing its profits in a vast and aggressive research and development program to create
even more powerful generations of processors. In
1997 Intel plans to spend $2.4 billion on research

and development, and capital investments (mainly chip fabrication plants) of $4.5 billion.
Intel chief

cx ccutivc officer Andy Cruvc

claims, "1997 will be a year of major product transitions for Intel... In May, we plan to introduce
the Pentium II processor, the next major step in
computing. As we shift to these more powerful
processors, our challenge, as always, will be to add
manufacturing capacity fast enough to supply all
market segments."
Intel is so impressed with its own performance it has repurchased 92.6 million of its own
shares, at a cost of US$4.6 billion, so it won't have
to share too much of its gigantic proflts with public shareholders. It has also announced a two-forone stock split to take place June 10. No word yet
on whether negotiations to rent storage space in
UncleScrooge's Money Bin have gone beyond the
exploratory stage. fE

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NEC MobiiePro 400
Size: 17.5x9.7x2.5 cm
Weight: 839 g with batteries
Software: Microsolt Windows CE1.0
Memory: 4 MB (MobilePro 200 has 2 MB)
Keyboard: 61 keys
Sound: Windows CEsupports 8-bit 11 KHz mono
.WAV sound files.
Price: $949

hen one of the companies that


began and still leads the portable
computer industry puts its mind to
entering a tough market, expect it to take a
leadership position. Th e ne w h a ndheld
Windows CE (WinCE) computers can all
boast of computing power greater than the
earliest engineering workstations, but NEC's
MobilePro 400 using the 33 MHz NEC Vr
4104 RISC is the first handheld to use a CPU
based on a design (MIPS R-4000) that has
actually been used in recent workstations.
On the other hand, that same experience
leads the company in the direction of choos-

ing a relatively safe Microsoft software base.


WinCE is supposed to be the "Windows you
already know" in a smaller package. But there
are two functional problems with it. First,
there are differences that are at times minor
irritations and sometimes worse; and second,
sometimes "Windows-like" is simply not
appropriate. Moreover, it's not the established
Windows. You can't ru n y o u r d esktop
Windows programs on these handhelds not
yet, anyway.
Software experience
The applications appear to be like those of
other pen-based systems, but they operate
more like "keyboard-only" apps adapted for
pen usage. For example, despite the pen interface, there are no "digital ink" capture, drawing or paint functions. Neither does it have
extensive capabilities for data reusability and
integration like the applications supplied on
Sharp or Psion machines.
The contacts and calendar/scheduler
functions are similar in use to those in the
HP200LX, though the WinCE contacts file
has a much finer and broader array of fields.
Pocket Word and Excel are subsets of the larger desktop versions of the software. Pocket
Word outline mode works well, as do the font
styles and sizes. Some document graphics are
supported, but there is no spell checker. The
Pocket Excel spreadsheet handles 3D "books"
but doesn't make graphs, and some functions
are missing. In all, these are generally ade-

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quate applications, comparable to, but not
better than, the competitors.
The Pocket Internet Explorer 1.0 Web
browser included on the CD-ROM gives minimal functionality, including still graphics,
but no caching (athough Version 1.1, which
does offer caching, is available for downloading). Even with a better Web browser, there
isn't enough room for adequate caching and
the cost of PC Card memory is very high for
use in this way. Email is a more practical
Internet duty on the MobilePro 400 and 200.
Hardware impressions
Physically, I found the spacing on the keyboard was too much of a stretch for thumb
typing and too small for touch typing. The
latter is a common disappointment for all the
current WinCE devices. This is the only problem I found that could not be corrected with
software. The screen font for the personal
information manager applications was hard
to read in bad lighting, but even this could be
altered in future software upgrades.
Speed tests
Fun ti n
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Screen redrawing:
2
Contacts file (100 records)
Opening file:
6
Closing file:
2
3
Sorting file:
Bringing up minimized process:
2
The spreadsheet benchmark
2-3
(400 calculation floating point recalculationandredisplay)

The NEC performance is respectable. The


screen redraw times for "index" views and
spreadsheets are more comparable with the HP
OmniGo 100 t h a n w i t h t h e N e w ton
MessagePad 130, File opening times show why
leaving files "open" and accessing them via
the button bar is the preferred way to work,
Conclusions
The MobilePro has
the common shortcomings of current
WinCE systems. But
these problems are

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addressed over time.

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tioo o f f u t ure software upgrades. Microsoft is pursuing the


rapid upgrade pattern of the Apple Newton
rather than the "no upgrades" pattern that
has been common with most other manufacturers. 'rhere is also an array of third-party
software rapidly coming on stream. Perhaps
some will even incorporate advanced programming from the workstation world.
Within the range of WinCE computers,
the NEC MobilePro is a good product at a
competitive price from a company with a
solid reputation for quality and support. It is
a welcome addition to the mobile world. Cl

Contact:
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Newton Messagepad 2000 a


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BY PETER

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transfer information; and Apple


has made quantum improvements
to the Newton hardware and operating system.

Newton
MessagePad 2000
Manufacturer: Apple
Suggested retail price: $1,399
When Apple launched its first MessagePad
back in 1993, it was hailed as the harbinger of
the next big wave in mobile computing. The
prediction never came true for several reasons, including poor handwriting recognition, mediocre system responsiveness, lack of
connection capabilities and limited expansion.
Fortunately for Apple, its persistence in
sticking with the platform may be about to
payoff in a big way. Why? There are three reasons: Windows CF. handhelds are just hitting
the market, which will beg comparisons from
serious users; that mother of all networks, the
World Wide Web, provides a universal way to

networks
a n d des k t o p com p u ters
(MacOS/Windows). Additionally, there is a
dual-mode IrDA and ASK infrared port for
beaming information back and forth with
compatible infrared devices.

Hardware
To begin with, the MessagePad 2000 is an
entire order of magnitude more capable than
its predecessors. The CPU has been upgraded
to a 162 MHz StrongARM RISC processor. This
chip manufactured by Digital under licence
from Advanced RISC Machines (ARM) is
truly one of the wonders of the digital world.
Consider this: the StrongARM occupies a die
size of only 50 sq. mm and at 162 MHz dissipates less than 0.5 watt (a Pentium MMX at
160 MHz occupies a die size of 141 sq. mm
and dissipates 8 watts).
In addition to 8 MB of mask ROM and 5
MB of RAM (I MB DRAM/4 MB flash RAM),
the MessagePad 2000 also comes with two PC
Card slots for further hardware upgrades,
such as RAM, or options like cellular, radio or
landline modems. At the front of the unit is a
pop-up door that contains a jack for an AC
adapter and an RS-422 port. This port can be
used for various options, such as connecting
to printers, modems, keyboards, AppleTalk

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the front of the unit are an internal microphone (for voice recording and playback) and
a speaker grille. A welcome addition is a double-hinged plate that protects the LCD display when your Newton is not in use. When
you unlatch it, it conveniently swings to the
back of the unit and snaps into place. It can
also be removed.
The MessagePad 2000 is powered by four
AA alkaline batteries, which will give you
anywhere between three to six weeks of intermittent use. There are also the options of
alkaline rechargeables or a n i ckel-metal
hydride (NiMH) pack.
The LCD panel is noticeably larger and
has a higher resolution than in its predecessors. The 480x320 pixel, 14.9 cm (5.9-inch)
display has a resolution of 100 dots per inch
and is capable of displaying 16 levels of gray.
It also has a backlight that you can use at your
discretion.
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power and flexibility of the Find and Assist
icons that are present in Newton's docking
station.
~ A few things take a little getting used to if
you use a desktop computer. Because the
Newton OS is ROM-based, the MessagePad
2fiPO is instantly available for use when you
turn it on. There's also no Save command as
everything you enter is stored automatically.

ing, is extremely quick and accurate. Many


fine-tuning options have been added to
increase accuracy. And impressively, the
MessagePad 2000 learns from its mistakes so
it will continue to improve.
Some of the nice touches to the interface
include audio feedback on touchscreen operations and the ability to rotate the display to
view software in either portrait or landscape
mode. Those who have never tried a Newton
will get a kick out of its natural and intuitive
interface. For example, to erase some text you

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come a long way since 1993. It was specifically designed from the ground up to support
robust communications capabilities. Apple
has spent a lo t o f e f fort i m proving the
Newton OS, and its performance really shines
on this greatly enhanced hardware.
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The Messagepad 2000 comes bundled with
built-in software that helps keep you organized and connected. Organizer features such
as a calendar, address book, call log, notepad
and outliner make paper organizers a thing of
the past. It also comes with business productivity software including a word processor,
spreadsheet, email client and Web browser. I
have to admit it was kind of cool Web browsing with a handheld computer. It brought a
whole new meaning to the song He's Got the
Whole World in His Hand.
Today, Newton has an extensive library of
third-party horizontal and vertical market
software applications. Additionally, there are
many hardware expansion options.
An invaluable addition is the Newton
Connection Utilities package. This software
and cabie hardv are allows you to easily
install, exchange, backup and synchronize
your data back and f o rth w i t h M acs or
Windows PCs. Connection options include
transfer by serial or AppleTalk protocols.
Another bonus is the ability to use your desktop computer's keyboard for data entry if you
don't already have the optional Newton keyboard. I used this software to download all
my information from Claris Organizer into
the MessagePad, and it worked flawlessly.
I only have a few criticisms of this unit:
the LCD screen, even with backlighting, is
difficult to see in extreme lighting conditions;
the aluminum touch-screen pen should have
a rubber grip as it's sometimes difficult to
grasp in dry conditions; and it takes a bit of
getting used to writing on the slippery screen
surface. If Apple could make the experience
more like writing on paper it would be a great
advance.
There are rumors of other advances to
come for the Newton: a PC Card to turn your
Newton into a cell phone, and voice dictation
that will convert your speech into text.

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lets users see the first line or two of the messages in their mailboxes and then decide
"Infowave's wireless enabling software and
whether they want to download the whole
message.
Windows CE, allows handheld computing to
Infowave's Boyko is optimistic about
expand to it s f ul l p o tential for business
Office Enabler's chance of making a signifiusers."
cant impact on the wireless data market.
The Infowave CE software is designed to
"Current remote access is costly, difficult to
let users of Windows CE-based handheld
computers wirelessly send and receive corpo- train, configure and manage," he says.
rate email, internet email, faxes and receive
Web pages.
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should have big appeal to corporate computer users who need to keep in touch with their
offices without the weight and expense of a
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says. "Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes and
cc:Mail, Netscape Mail, and Novell Groupwise
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Infowave CE is not the company's only
wireless project to attract major interest in
recent months. In early March, the company
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Laptop
computer use
on airplanes
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n years ago, it was unusual to see people


in a plane working on laptop computers.
Now, they are everywhere, along with
the odd few making phone calls, sending faxes,
checking email and even surfing the Web.
The fact is that the humble portable computer and latterly, the in-flight phonehave transformed commercial airline flights
from tranquil mid-air "getaways" to hives of
activity. As soon as the announcement is
made that passengers may now begin using
their electronic devices (and quite often
before), the lids of dozens of notebook computers creak open and fingers start flying over
keyboards in a last-minute rush to complete
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Several airlines led by Delta Air Lines (which
is running a trial scheme) and quickly followed by American Airlines late last year are
installing in-seat laptop computer 12-volt DC
sockets for first-class and business-class passengers.
American Airlines installed the first such
"power ports" in one of its Airbus 300
transAltantic planes in December and has said
it plans to upgrade many more of its Airbus
fleet in this way throughout the rest of this
year. The company says that any laptop user
who has a standard 12-volt cigarette lighter
power adapter (commonly used to power
laptops when used in a car) will be able to get
power from the in-seat socket.
So if you are planning to book a flight on
American Airlines, you' ll now have another
question to ask your travel agent so that
you get that window seat in business class on
one of the planes that has been equipped
with 12-volt power for your laptop! GW

leaving for the airport.


For the airlines, it has been a gradual
process. It all started when they began to have
a consistent policy about the use of laptop
computers during flight, something that
many airlines initially regarded with alarm
and suspicion following several scare stories
about strong electro-magnetic radiation coming from early laptop systems. It soon become
clear that this was not a major worry and laptop computers, initially in the form of modest
systems like the Tandy Model 100, were
cleared for take-off.
Then came the on-board phone from companies such as GTE Airfone, which first
allowed passengers to make those urgent lastminute calls to the office and later allowed full
data communications to fax machines, corporate computer networks and the Internet. And
this year, airlines are starting to offer in-seat
power sources for notebook computers so that
passengers don't find themselves running out
of battery power in mid-flight.
Meanwhile, the pre-flight and post-flight
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pace. Business centres have sprung up at airports all over the world offering services for
notebook computer users
and recently even
Internet-connected terminals with built-in
Web browsers.
Last year, Virgin Atlantic also recognized
that not everyone wants to use technology to
work at least not until they are stuck onboard the plane. At the airline's "Virgin
Clubhouse" at Heathrow (for its first class passengers), it installed a Namco "Alpine Racer"
ski simulator. The machine, with stationary
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enjoy being able to "drop in a calculation"
anywhere on a page whenever you want,
Some people buy the HP-200LX handhelds for the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet. Others
buy Windows CE devices for Pocket Excel.
There's nothing wrong with that, but if you
prefer one device, don't dismiss it just to
avoid l earninga new spreadsheet syntax.

Modern spreadsheets are so similar that learning another is not really a problem.
You may find graphing capabilities useful.
If so, look for a spreadsheet that supports this.
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Also 3D a inter-page referencing is a useful
feature that can be used to maintain small
spreadsheet layouts over larger data systemsbut eventually, you start losing track of the
data as you do with large single sheets.
Speed
We tested the speed of several PDA spread

sheets for horizontal and vertical calculations.


The "horizontal" and "vertical" refer to the
order the cells are calculated. The test sheet is
made up of successive cells, each multiplying
the previous cell by 1.001.
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to nA1'1.001". In the 'vertical" test sheet cell
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A2 is equal to DA1'1.001". Each test sheet
contains 400 calculations. Numerical formatting for the main test is fixed formatted with
two decimal places. Final answers are reported at full precision.

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Horizontal sheet: not tested
Vertical sheet: 30 sec. (4 columns)
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our new MessagePad 2000 posted. The test
was done using the spreadsheet module in
the "Works" integrated application, so perhaps it was not a fair comparison. Also available for the MessagePad is PelicanWare's
QuickFigure, which we did not test.
HP-200LX
Horizontal sheet, 0.9 sec. (8 rows)
Vertical sheet: 0.9 sec. (4 columns)
Final Answer: 1.4915265613
Notes: This test amply illustrates that in some
circles and for some tasks, DOS still rules. Our
2 MB version ran circles around the competition, nearly matching the times of our 486
notebook "reference" system.
The HP-200LX evolved from the 95LX
and, later, 100LX. The line has attracted a
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Horizontal sheet: 2.8 sec. (8 rows)
Vertical sheet: 3.2 sec. (8 columns)
Final answer: 1.49152656125741
Notes: The maximum sheet size of 64
columns and 64 rows is the smallest of all current products. Graphs and inter-page referencing are not supported. Clip 'n' Go connectivity software supports Excel 5.0, Lotus I2-3 5.0 and Quattrol'ro 6.0 with some minor
incompatibilities.
NEC Mobllepro 400
Horizontal sheet: 2.5 sec. (8 rows)
Vertical Sheet 2 6 sec (4 columns)
Final answer: 1.491526561
Notes: Pocket Excel lacks "range copy" and
graphs, and some Excel 5.0 functions are
missing, but it supports Excel 5.0 books.
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Horizontal sheet: 1.8 sec. (8 rows)
Vertical sheet: 1.9 sec. (4 columns)
Final Answer: 1.491526561
Notes: Casio'sCassiopeia is another handheld PC that uses Windows CE (and Pocket
Excel). It is powered by a Hitatchi SH-3 RISC
processor, and we' ve seen reports claiming
that it is approximately 30 percent faster than
the NEC MobilePro, which uses an NEC RISC
processor.
Our spreadsheet test results, observed on
an A-10 with 2 MB of RAM, seem to confirm
the performance advantage of the Cassiopeia
over the MobilePro 400.
Psion 3a, 3c, Sienna
Horizontal sheet: 6.0 sec. (8 rows)
Vertical sheet. 3.5 sec. (4 columns)
Final answer: 1.49152656125747
Notes: Connectivity software available separately now imports and exports to Excel 5.0
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P-200 .....

....... $ 695
........ $ 946
....... $ 984
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P-166 .................... $1,457
P-200 ..................... $1,537
MMX-166 ............... $1,516
MMX-200 ............... $1,802
AMD K6 166 ......... $1,493
AMD K6 200 .......... $1,623

SCSI FEVER

Pentium-Processor
8 MB EDO Memory
Triton II 430 HX/512K, SCSI

1.2 GB SCSI HDD.


15" N/I, L/R Monitor
1.44 MB FDD.
S3 Virge 3D/2MB
15" Tower Case/230 W
33.6 Fax/Modem/Voice
12X CD-ROM/SCSI
16 Bit Sound Blaster
Serial Mouse
Win95 Keyboard
P-133,.................. $1,740
P-150 .................... $1,775
P-166 ................... $1,865
P-200 .................... $ 1,945
MMX-166 .....,........ $1,925
MMX-200 .............. $2,225
AMD K6 166 ........ $1,930
AMD K6 200 ......... $2,060

Microsoft Mouse ...............................................


Printer
Brother HL730/760DX Laser ....................... $479/573

Canon BJC-240/4100/4200 lnkjet ....... $221/304/312


Canon LBP-460 Laser beam .............................. $329
HP690C/820Cxi Inkjet ................................. $395/514
HP 5L/6P Laser.......................................... $545/980
Video Card
Cirrus Logic 5446 64 Bit 1MB up. To 2MB .......... $36
S3 Virgo 3D 2MB wl Games ................................ $87
ATI Mach 64 Video Boost PCI 1 MB/2MB DRAM .... $70/80
ATI 3D Xpression+ PCI 2MB/4MB SDRAM $149/171
ATI 3DXpression+ PC2TV 4MB/8MB SGRAM $235/325
Diamond Stealth 3D 2000 PCI 2MB/4MB DRAM$13t/156
Matrox Millennium PCI 2MB/4MB WRAM ... $238/340
Matrox Mystique 3D 2MB/4MB SGRAM ..... $180/215
Monitor
Acula 14"/1 5 "/1 7" ................................. $235/325/615
KTX 14"/15"lt 7" ................................... $235/325/61 5

NEC 15" (M500)/ 17" (M700) ................... $526/1,062


Sony 15 100SX/100SF .............................. $515/595
Sony 17" 200SX/200SF ........................... $890/1,110
Vtewsonic Opliquest15" V665 .......................... $415
Viewsonic Optiquest 17" V773/V775 .......... $720/727

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Pentium-Pro Processor
16 MB EDO Memory
Intel Venus ATX Main Board
2.1 GB HDD.
15" N/I, L/R Monitor

Pentium II
Intel 440 FX ATX/SCSI
64 MB EDO(upg. To512 MB)
1.44 MB Floppy Drive
3.1 GB Hard Drive
Matrox Millennium WHAM2 MB
1 7" ATX Tower Case
17" N/I, UR Monitor

1.44 MB FDD.

ATI Mach 64Video Boost/1MB


17" ATX Tower Case
33.6 Fax/Modem/Voice
16X CD-ROM
32 Bit Sound Blaster
Serial Mouse
Win95 Keyboard
Pentium-Pro 150...... $1,935
Pentium-Pro 180 .....,. $2,255
Pentium-Pro 200,..... $2,395

24 X CD-ROM
Sound Blaster 64 AWE
USR 56 KVoice Fax/Modem
Pentium ll 233 MHz ....... $4,795
Pentium II 266MHz ......,. $5,595
Pentium il 300 MHz ....... $7,395

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AMD K6266

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$78 5 ,99
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$49 9.99
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$399.99
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$315.99
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$229.99
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Toshiba 12X/16X CD ROM


Panasonic 12X/24X CD ROM

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Intel Triton 430VX


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2.0 GB HDD,
16MB RAM
1.44MB FDD
PCI SVGA
Card
14" SVGA
.28 NlColor Monitor
104 WIN 95
Keyboard
MSC SuperDeluxTower
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101 EnhancedKeyboard

Peutium Pro 200MHz $2,1 59

14' SVGA 28 Nl Color Monitor

' Video Cards

5x86-133 System

$1,579

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4MB MPEG video Card

$24999
/$22999
/$19999
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3.0 GB EIDE
4.0 GB WD
5 GB Maxtor
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$29.99
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SMB 72 pin/EDO $ 53.99/$52.99
16MB 72 pin/EDO
$98.99/$99.99
32 MB 72 pin/EDO $190.99/$184.99
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$104.99
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20 GB HDD
1.44 MB FDD
TV output, video capture 3D MPEG

Windows 95 ready.
Intel Triton 430VX Chipset Motherboard
8 MB EDO RAM
1.3 GB EIDE HDD
1.44MB FDD
PCI SVGA Windows acc,
14" SVGA.28 Nl Color Monitor
MCC Super Delux Tower
104 Win95 Enhanced Keyboard
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30 framespersecond video playback


33.6kVoice Fax/MODEM
w/ speaker phone
18x CD ROM
FullduplexPnP sound system
Amplified speakers
500 CD titles
15' SVGA.28 dp N.l. monitor
Digital case w/ sliding door
Win95 keyboard w/ arm rest

Intel Venus Pentium-Pro III.B.


intel Pentium Pro 150 MHz s1 739
intel. Pentium Pro 200 MHz s2,169

Intel Triton chipset M.B.


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Intel Triton chipset M.B.

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Fireball&T 4.3Gb Ultra/33
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S3 3D-ViRGE PCI 4Mb EDO
16X internal CD-ROM drive
SoundBlaster 32 PnP sound
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120watts Shielded stereo speaker
104-key keyboard & serial mouse
33.6 internal fax/data modem
Mid Size Tower Case CSA PS
SONY 200SX 17" 0.25 SVGA monit
2 Year parts & labor warranty
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W in95 CD OEM .....
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Intel Triton2 4300Xchipsei, support Intel


Cyrix, AMD processor, /28mb memory
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Intel 133Mhz Pentium processor

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Intel Triton2 VX Chipset, Flash BI S
512k Pipeline Burst Cache
16Mb EDO Ram 60ns
1.7Gb EIDE Hard Drive
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12X EIDE CD-ROM drive,
SB compitable 16bit full duplex sound
Shielded Amp. speaker
104-key keyboard & serial Mouse
33.6 fax/data modem internal
Mid Tower Case CSA PS
14" SVGA 0.28 Nl LR color monitor
2 Year Parts & Labor Warranty

original retail box CPU by inter 3yr warranty

Intel Triton2 HX Chipset, flash PnP BIOS


32Nlb EDO Ram, 512k Pipeline cache
2.1Gb EIDE mode% Hard Drive
3.5 e 1.44Mb Floppy Drive
ET6000 128bit video PCI 2Mb e o r 7
12X EIDE CD-ROM drive
SoundBlaster 16bit sound
120 Watts Amp. speaker
104-key keyboard & MS serial at uite+
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33.6 Voice fax/modem internal
Mid Tower Case CSA PS
15" SVGA 0.28mm, Nl color mon
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5 year Warranty

Intel Venus Pentium Pro ATXMainboard


Intel Natoma 440FX chipsel,

ZIF socket-8 for 150-ZOOMhz P6 CPU


EIDE & fast I/O built-in, PCI/1Xrf bus
Intel Pentium Pro 180Mhz processor
Intel Venus Chipset, flash BIOS
32Mb EDO Ram,
2.5Gb EIDE modeX Hard Drive
3.5 n 1.44Mb Floppy Drive
ATI mach64 PCI w/2Mb DRam
12X EIDE CD-ROM
SoundBlaster 16bit sound
Shielded 120w Amp. speake
Fujitsu 104-key keyboard
MS serial Mouse
33.6 Voice fax/modem internal
17e ATX Tower Case CSA PS
MS Windows NT Workstation C
2 Year Parts & Labor Warranty.'"

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64bit PCI bus
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2Mb EDO Ram
upgradable 4Mb
MPEG software
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The latest Series 3 model, the Series 3c,


was unveiled late last year and compares pretty favorably to anything you' ll find on a
Windows CE system. It provides an onboard
spreadsheet that is more powerful than
Pocket Excel (yet can be transferred to a desktop PC in Excel format), and a word-processor
that offers a lot more than Pocket Word
(including the same file format transfer capabilities, along with a built-in thesaurus and
spell check). There are also the address book

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and time management applications that you


would expect on such a machine, along with
a game,
The real joy of working with this machine
is that you get a true sense of the maturity of
both the onboard software and the design of
the machine. Psion uses a simple but effective keyboard and menu-driven interface
with all its applications, so there is no messing around with trying to issue pen-based
commands to the screen.

In fact, the great thing about the Psion,


overall, is that everything works as you would
expect it to. Using the PC file transfer software package that you can buy with the
machine, all the files move over to the PC
and open in PC applications properly. And
there's even a Windows version of the address
book enclosed so you can do all of your data
entry on the PC and then transfer it to the
Psion,
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onboard 2 MB of RAM or via Psion Solid


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each. The Series 3c has room for two such
devices. Connectivity is via mfrared link
(new to this edition of the machine) or a
serial cable link.
The serial cable connector can also be
used to plug in an optional PCMCIA modem
card cradle that will allow you to use PC Card
modems with the Series 3c. Psion also sells its
own proprietary Travel Modem that offers the
benefit of running off its own AA batteries
and therefore does not drain the two AA batteries in the Series 3c itself.

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recording). Rather than jotting down notes to
yourself when you are in a hurry, you can
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your meeting" or anything else you like,
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All of that being said, the machine is
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backlit option has been available and the
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some other handhelds. It also cannot run
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computer and wireless communications link.
"One day you will," or something like it, was
the TV announcer's tagline.
I saw that and I wanted it. And my desire
was not necessarily for the reasons you might
think. I started sending "faxes from the
beach" usinglaptop computers and acoustic
coupler modems (which I would hook up to a
pay phone) about 10 years ago, but have
rarely found it as satisfying or easy an experience as the bronzed types in the aforement ioned commercial would h av e ha d u s
believe.
Connections were always unreliable,
expensive and hugely frustrating. I still
remember with great angst the half hour or so
I spent at a pay phone in the town square of
a small French village on the way to Nice in
the summer of 1987. I was trying to get my
Tandy Model 100's acoustic coupler to send
my email before the batteries on the acoustic
coupler (or the computer) died all the while
furiously feeding French francs, into the pay
phone as my friends sipped cafe au lait and
enjoyed fresh morning croissants.
In those days it was almost inevitably
faster and cheaper to dictate my copy to some
kind soul at the other end of the phone. Now
fast forward to the summer of 1995 when I
took possession of a Motorola cellular."flip
phone" and an Epson PC Card cellular
modem at my home office in Vancouver.
Using these pocket-sized devices alongside
my notebook computer, a whole bunch of
things became possible. Soon I was surfing
the Internet from the comfort of my local coffee shop, filing stories while watching my
daughter at her skating lesson and even
sending a fax from the beach.
And it was all a lot more painless and hassle-free than ever before. There were still a
number of issues to watch (which I' ll get to),
but the overall experience was quite liberating, meaning that I could count on being able
to file stories and send information wirelessly
from wherever I happened to be.

Getting and staying online


I can, however, offer a few tips for anyone
considering doing the same thing. The first
tip is to make sure you have a clear and clean
connection from where you are calling. So
hefore making any data calls, try making a

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screen space taken up in Windows by things
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greater ease of use. Whether this ease of use is
due to the more intuitive graphical user interface of Windows CE or simply due to my
exposure to Windows-style conventions, I
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no problems navigating the various programs
nor executing the jobs I needed to perform on
the Zaurus.
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you to jot down a note and save it for later.
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could also type a fax or letter on your desktop
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drop it as a document file into the Zaurus.
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computer or printer you can connect to it
without even taking off whatever happens to
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benefits of the new palmtops and personal
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units eliminate the hassle of having to constantly access the back of your desktop com. puter.
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voice call to someone, even if it is just to the
operator. If the line is scratchy or reception
poor, you may want to reposition your antenna before making your data call.
Ihe second tip is to make sure that you
know the order in which things need to be
switched on. In my system, for example, the
computer and modem had to be powered up
before I sv itched on my mobile phone.
1'hirdly, you should think about which
numbers you need to call before settling on
this solution. In my situation, I did experience some frustration in b eing unable to
direct-dial calls to the United Kingdom from
my cellphone with my account with BC Tel
Mobility ( t h e l o ca l c e l lphone service
provider).
And this did mean that I was unable to file
stories directly to customers at their access
numbers in the U.K. unless I was willing to
put up a deposit in the region of $1,000
against the potential overseas long distance
charges I might incur. Instead, I use my BC Tel
calling card to make operator-assisted voice
calls to the U.K. and wait until I can connect
to a land line to send any stories that need to
go directly to a U .K. telephone number.
Finally, I was also unhappy about the fact that
incoming calls incurred charges on my
account a situation that is pretty universal
throughout North American mobile phone

systems. This made me reluctant to give out


my cellphone number particularly to anyone out of area as all incoming calls were
charged at the highest rate (as they were not
made with the use of my discount calling
plan).
Jump now to May and June of 1996, when
I decided to do a first-hand comparison of
U.K. and North American wireless data offerings. I spent three weeks in the U.K. doing
research for some stories, visiting with editors
and filing some stories remotely. For the duration of the visit, I m ade arrangements to
make use of a Digital Equipment Corporation
HiNote Ultra notebook computer with CDROM and sound capabilities, alongside a
Mercury Communications Mobile Services
DataMotion data transfer package with Nokia
data cardand connection and a Nokia 2110
GSM mobile phone.
The computer came first and it was a
lightweight, but surprisingly powerful, little
beast that easily allowed me to install my
applications and data from the CD-ROMs I
h ad brought w it h m e . 1'hen came t h e
DataMotion kit, which gave me my first real
experience of modern wireless digital data
communications over the European GSM network (which has the benefit of greater digital
capabilities than most Niorth American cellular networks, which are still largely analog).
The system was easy to install and configu re with M icrosoft Windows 95 and t h e
Digital HiNote. The data card was extremely
clever in the way that it handled the wireless
data calls, einulating the functions of a standard modem without many of the disadvantages of modem technology. Because the data
card and the phone were not needing to modulate and demodulate information (i.e., turn
it from digital to analog information), this
made it perform much quicker than its rated
9600 baud specification would have initially
indicated.
It was also more cost-effective than the
North American analog systems I was used to,

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line noise and interference). With a digital
connection, either the connection was made
or it w a sn' t. There were no f r ustrating
"halfway" connections that faded in and out.
The other pleasant surprise was that there
was no extra charge (over and above airtime)
for incoming calls. This inade it much more
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European coverage was also good. I found
the system worked just as well from a hotel
room in Paris as it did from a restaurant table
in London. The system automatically figured
out the necessary connections and left me
free to get on with my data communications.
My only quibble would be with the covera ge in c e rtain a r eas. I n p a r t s o f th e
Northhamptonshire countryside particularly the village where I was staying the recep-

tion was uneven and I could not always get a


signal. In North America, that has been less of
a problem. I have even made calls from the
tops of ski mountains without difficulty,
This irritation aside, wireless data communications in the U.K. and North America is
one of the most liberating developments I
have enjoyed over the past five years and I
expect that as wireless data networks continue to expand and diversify, things will only
get better from here on in. LI

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lthough Canon has been a major technology leader in the inkjet printer market for many years (I bought a Canon
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it still works), the company's bubble jet printers seem to have been overshadowed by the
competition in the last couple of years. At
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and the unending stream of ever-better, evercheaper new inkjet models from HewlettPackard, Epson and Lexmark, it got to the
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Spec sheet
I'he BJC is a color bubble lnkjet printer, with
maximum 720x360 dot per inch (dpi) resolution with smoothing, and a maximum mono:hrome print speed, with the optional BC-20
alack cartridge, of up to five pages per minute
;ppm). It comes standard with a BC-21 car:ridge, which gives good-quality color prints
>n a variety of paper stock. For the PhotoIealistic quality output, an optional Photo Kit
s available, with the BC-22 Photo Cartridge,
10 sheets of special high-resolution paper,
ind a storage container. This kit makes use of
:anon's PhotoRealism technology to allow
mage printing that is comparable to the best
luallty available on any other consumer
nkjet printer, according to Canon. The
rptionat monochrome (black) High Capacity
lC-20 Cartridge ls available for high-volume,
>lack-only printing, and is rated at up to 900
>ages per cartridge, An extensive bundle of
oftware is included in the Canon Creative
:D package, which ls shipped with every BJC200.

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(for Canon Creative CD), mouse, and a 16-bit


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Windows printer on just about any PC made
in the last seven or eight years, but it requires
a reasonably well-featured multimedia PC to
take advantage of the features of the bundled
software.
Out of the box
The basic BJC-4200 printer unit comes with
one regular BC-21 color cartridge and storage

container, documentation and softv are, AC


adapter, and Canon Creative CD-ROM software bundle, and user manual. A parallel
cable is required, but is not included and
must be purchased separately. As with most
current consumer inkjets, a bi-directional
cable is required to enable all the printer's features to be used, and to ensure the most reliable operation.
You have to adjust a paper thickness lever
to accommodate the type of BJ cartridge
being used. The default centre position was

the correct one for the regular BJ-21 cartridge


that we started with.
Installing the software was a matter of
starting up the PC (we used a Pentium 133
MHz-based model with 16 MB of RAM), after
ensuring the BJC-4Z00 was first connected
and powered on. A PC running Windows 9S
will detect the printer at the other end of the
bi-directional cable only if the printer is powered up before the PC, We inserted the Canon
Creative CD Disc 2 in the CD-ROM drive, and
followed the instructions to install the neces-

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Quick glitch fix


In some cases, users running Windows 9S may
initially encounter problems of printouts that
are half to three-quarters of their proper size, or
which show large, white bands. This can be corrected by following some simple troubleshooting instructions, included in the documentation, to reset options in the Properties/Device
Manager window, and in extreme cases, to
make a change in the BIOS settings.
Print quality
We tested the BJC-4200's output from a variety of software programs, using a variety of
paper and ink cartridges. With the monochrome cartridge installed, the BJC-4200 is
fast, and produces good laser-quality text and
line art in black and white. With the regular
color cartridge on plain paper, output quality
is similar to what competing color inkjets
produce. Printing images with a full 16.7 million palette is quite slow: you can greatly
increase speed by printing with fewer colors,
and using the Draft print quality, and by
resorting to speed-enhancing tactics such as
turning off the print manager and creating a
permanent swap file (if you are running
Windows 3.1), avoiding diffusion halftones,
and avoiding screen matched color. Print
quality even on uncoated stock is very good.
The most spectacular capability of the
Canon BJC-4Z00, of course, is the photorealistic printing, with the BC-22 Color BJ Photo
Cartridge and the HR-101 Hi Resolution
Paper. In the photo mode, the printer is slow,
as are the other photo quality printers we' ve
tested. It takes several minutes to print out a
page. The results, however, were very impressive very sharp, with good contrast and
good reproduction of details in shadow areas
and highlights. A more accurate comparison
to the other high-quality printers on the market will have to await our next inkjet printer
survey, however.
Some options for the BJC-4200 that are
available in the United States are not yet
available in Canada, for some reason. The two
models of fluorescent ink cartridges, and special greeting card and brochure paper kits are
not authorized for sale in this country.
Canon creative software bundle
In common with other vendors' consumer
inkjet printers, there is a vast array of creativity and productivity software contained on
the two CD-ROMs included with the BJC4Z00 printer. This bundle is named Canon
Creative 2.0, and the list of software titles
includes CreataCard Special Edition, Coloi
Store, Curious George Visits th e L ake
Norman Rockwell Images, Bartlett's Familiai
Quotations, QuiltSOIT, and more. With thi.'
software, even the most artistically chal
lenged user can create many impressive form.
of printed works, such as greeting cards anr
stationery. With a bit of artistic flair, the rangr
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w/INFRA 1800 CDCanon BJC
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ard drives have


become so big
and so cheap
of late, that we might
h ave e x pected a
smaller market for
backup and storage
devices. H o w ever,
software developers
are taking full advantage of our new hard
drive capacities and writing ever more space-hungry applications while the
Internet h a s si m u l taneously
encouraged us all to download massive
amounts of information. The result has been
a backup and storage industry that's flourishing under increased attention from both
manufacturers and consumers.
The traditional solution had long been a
tape backup system of some description, and
these are still very popular and practical
today especially with their vastly increased
capacities and relatively low price. But, several other technologies have additionally been
developed to overcome the limitations of tape
as well as introduce some flexibility and
increase the return on the investment such
machines represent.
Data portability, for example, has become
a more widespread consideration. As applications get bigger and hard drives get bigger,
files are getting bigger too. There are all kinds
of reasons for wanting to move or remove
these increasingly large files: artists creating
portfolios of space hungry pictures; legal
types wanting safe, incorruptible archives;
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night; etc.
As these circumstances have become more
commonplace, the following technologies
provide a variety of answers to our problems
of overstuffed hard drives, huge backup
requirements and data removal and moval.
Some of the technologies noted here have
been around for a while but have become
more practical or affordable. Others are newer
approaches to the storage problem.

Phase change dual (PD)


PD has been on store shelves for a little more
than a year now but is proving far less popular than many including myself anticipated. A phase disk looks like a giant floppy, but
the disk inside the plastic case looks an awful
lot like a CD with lines etched onto it. You' ll
find the specs for PD drives virtually identical
because virtually every drive is manufactured
at the same factory.
The different brands Panasonic, Toray,
Plasma, etc. choose their own cabinets (for

external models) and,


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own drivers and utilities.
PD used to be a
l uxury i t e m w i t h
prices for hardware
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things but, as always,
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price down while adding
some refinements in hopes of
finally capturing more consumers'
hearts .
Its unpopularity is somewhat of a mystery
as PD technology itself is ultimately practical.
It is re-writable, relatively quick, and hooking
a PD up to your computer is not unlike simply installing a huge, 650 MB floppy drive.
And, just like a floppy, you can drag and
drop to it, save to it, copy to it, erase from it
and retrieve from it. Which is why they' re
often referred to as "flopticals." One of the
recent improvements is that PDs now recognize and accommodate those backup utilities
that compress, automatically schedule, incrementally save and all that other neat backup
stuff. This just wasn't possible last year and
the ability to perform such true, compressed
backups was the major factor separating PDs
and floppies (apart, of course, from capacity).
Unfortunately, the operational kinship
between PDs and floppies also means that the
former is subject to the same limitations as
the latter. They' re fast, but still not fast
enough from which to run exuberant games,
animation or other speed-sensitive software.
PD drives are based on what's called
phase-change technology which, in simplest
terms, uses a laser to alter and read the reflective properties of the disk surface, thus encoding whatever information you' re putting on
it. The key development that makes PD most
practical, however, is the single micro lens
that automatically senses whether there's a
CD, CD-ROM or PD cartridge inside the drive.
Those related media each involve rather different technologies and would previously
have required different drives.

W ritable CD-ROM (I - R )
Last year, CD-R was a very expensive as well
as fiddley solution to data storage and backup, the latter largely due to underdeveloped
software. Impressively, however, subtle refinements have been developed and applied to
the most crucial problem areas so that CD-R is
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SOUND CARD
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Zoltrix 3D 16bit PnP .............................. 28
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Keyboard/Mouse/Mise.
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MS Natural Keyboard................................ 79
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Genius Internet Mouse....................
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Now, for example, you can simply drag
and drop onto the disk in a manner similar
to that facilitated by your file manager or
Windows 95 Explorer. That also wasn't possible a year ago, and makes CD-R operate a
lot more like the other technologies we' re
looking at here. You have to remember,
though, that CD-R remains the only write-

once, read-many (WORM) technology in


our survey.
The reason for this is the way CD-R works.
The laser in the drive encodes the digital data
into the disk's reflective layer by altering its
chemical composition. Once that's done,
there's no going back because the chemistry
only reacts once (you' ll recall that PD can rewrite many times because the laser only alters
the disk's reflective properties).
Now, you may have heard rumors about
something on the way called CD-E, or CD

Erasable (i.e., rewritable), but it's been in


development for years and isn't likely to
appear soon because it's so chemically problematic, And, even if the engineers do succeed
in making CD-E work, there's no guarantee
that the disk you make will be readable by
any player other than the one it was made on.
The moral of that story being... forget it for
now.
Notwithstanding i m provements and
refinements to drivers and software, the steps
to making your own CD-R disk essentially

remain the same you first create the data


you wish to write, then save it to your hard
drive as a whole, single file, then write it to

your CD-R drive. Keep in mind that, if you


plan on filling up the whole 650 MB disk
capacity, you' ll need that much free space on
your hard drive to store the prepared data.
The most common failure in the CD-R
process arises from the fact that CD-R lays
data down i n a s p i ral which makes it
absolutely crucial to maintain a constant data
stream from your hard drive to the CD-R
drive. The moment that data stream is inter-

rupted, the disk becomes nothing more than


a shiny coaster.
But that's where those crucial software
and driver refinements have really made a difference. I spoke to several CD-R users who are
m uch m or e e n t husiastic about t h e i r
machines now that the process of writing to
the disks has been made reliable. The reject
rate for disks is now much lower, and, in the
case of our sample machine, Windows 95
compatibility has also greatly improved.
That means that CD-R has, at last, become
a viable as well as economical means of storage and backup. Plus it's very versatile for
other applications too. Artistically, a CD-R
can be very handy for creating and distributing the fruits of your talents whether they' re
sonic or graphic or both. Make a master, have
it copied for cheap, then liberally sprinkle
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In the legal professions, CD-R is the best
way to make incorruptible electronic archives
of contracts, files and all other manner of
paperwork CD-ROM images are accepted by
the courts in many jurisdictions as true representations of original documents because
they quite simply can't be corrupted.
It's time for those put off in the past to
take a fresh look at CD-R.
A few CD-R tips: I) always run a simulation before burning a disk; 2) choosing an
external over an internal CD-R will maximize
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The foremost concern for many contemplating a tape backup system is that tapes
write and read magnetically. This means
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Also, because tapes read and record data in a
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latest multi-tracking which does, in fact,
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Further, the backup process usually makes
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which can make it very tricky when it comes
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a final drawback for the inveterate backerupper and restorer is tape's distinct lack of
robustness.
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A tape cartridge marked TRAVAN indicates


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TR-4, tapes that offer 4 GB of uncompressed
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to 72 tracks in a single cartridge.


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Coupled with average data transfer rates
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Removable cartridge
There isn't much to say about removable cartridge systems because they constitute little
more than the creation of an infinitely sized
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The drives themselves come in internal
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Prior to the introduction of PD and the fixing
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A slight drawback at the consumer level,
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CANON BJC 4100 Color Printer
$265
Built-In PCI EIDE Controller. 2S/IP
CANON
BJC 4200 Color Printer
$31 9
19" CSA Appmved PS Med. Tower Case
FREE
33.6 Int. Voice Fax Modem
$79
Mouse Sc Pad
104-KEY Windows 95 Keyboard
USR 33.6 Int. Voice Fax Modem $132
MS Windows 95 CD FULL VER.
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NEC M700, 17o .25DP $999
$245 ACER 12x Cdrom Drive $113
16x Cdrom Drive S135
SONY 15" 100SX .25DP $509
Quantum 2.5GB
$315 ACER
ACER 18x Cdrom Drive S149
SONY 15" 100sr.25DP $579

32M B

Sound Blaster 32 PNP Sound Card


COMPTON'S ENCYCLOPEDIA1887,
Pairs of SOW Speaker

18X

E DO RAM,1.44MB
Floppy

Sp eed EIDE Cd Rom Drive

Q uantum 3.2GB

SONY 17" 200SX,.25DP $899

$ 3 6 9SB Comp. 16-bit sound card S33

Quantum 3.8 GB
$409 Sound Blas(or 16 PNP
S65
Western Digitals 1.6GB $249 Sound Blaster 32 PNP
S108
Western Digitals 2.1GB $279 Sound Blaster
AWE64 PNP S/87
Western Digitals 2.5GB $309
Western Digitals 3.1GB $339
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$59
Seagate 1.0G scsi $335 Trident ISA I MB
Trident PCI Imb
$39

A DI 15" 4V .28DP $ 4 3 9
ADI 17" 5V . 28DP
$ 73 9
Viesv Sonic 17GS .26DP $789
Viewsonic 17PS .26DP $925
Optiques( v775 17" .26DP $849
SVGA 17" Non-Int Color $539

D iamoad Slralth SD Virgo,amb Edo $ 1 3 5

ATI 3D Expression, 2mb Edo $99

BROTHER HL730dx $479


BROTHER HL760dx $575

lomcga Zip Drive loomb int. scsi $205 Matrox Mystique zmb El)o S

143
Matrox Ibtulenium, rmbwram S 235
Iomega Zip Drive 100mb E>t. $205 Matrox Mystique dmbEDO S 169
Matrox Millenium, dmb wram $269
Iomcga Zip Drive 100mb Exr. scsi

CANON 4550 Color(iixi7) $569

18X SpeedInt.cd rom drive

HP 692C Color inkjet $389


$205
HP 820Cxi Color inkjet$539
HP 870Cxi Color inkjet$639
Iomega Jazz Drive IGb int. s/si $5 15
HP 6L LASER
$575
)omega Jazz Drive I Gb Ext. scsi $649 33.6 INT. VOICE FAX S 79
HP 6P LASER
$1025
Zip
DISK 100mb Sis)gle $19 USR 33,6 INT. VOICE S 132
HP Color LASER 5 $ 5 7 99
JAZZ DISK 1Gb Single $135 USR 33.6 EXT. VOICE S 229
Epson Stylus 600
$395
SUPRA 28.8 INT. VCE S 85
Epson Stylus 800
$569
SUPRA 33,6 INT. VCE S 95

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BY ROSS

recently had the opportunity to p l ay


with several machines representing a
variety of t y pes of removable storage

M A CD O N A LD

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16 MB 72-PINEDO MEMORY EXPANDABLE
MAXTOR 1.7GB EIDE HARD DRIVE EXPANDABLE TO YOUR X-GB SIZE
NEW ENHANCED HIGHDENSITY FAST SONY 2.88/1.44M 3.5"FLOPPY
DR
PCI-64 BIT I MB VIDEO - S3/ATI/MATROX 2M/4M/BM AVAILABLE
DELUXE NATURAL WAVE ERGONOMIC WIN95KEYBOARDFRENCH, CHINESEAVAILABLE
14" SVGA NILR MONITOR0.28 DPAND 15'/l7"/20" AVAILABLE
MINI-TOWER CASEWITH 230W CSAPOWEROVER 10 STYLES
SERIAL MOUSE ORTRACKBALL
PC DIRECTPENTIUM SYSTEMS ARE NT4.0HVVCL

P133 P166 P 200 MMXP166 MMXP2(I


81199 $1359 $1499 $1 499 $ 1 799

PENIPR200
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$2099

IBM/CYRIX686-200+ PCI-SYSTEM WITH MONITOR


AMD 586-133PCI-SYSTEM WORKHORSE
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USR 28.8/336/562K INTERNALVOICEFAXMODEM OEM/RETAIL $149/199
14.4FAXMODEM INTERNAL VOICE
69
SOUND CARD:ZOLTRIX/MEDIA/SB16/AWE64/GOLD
55/75/99
/269/329
CDROM:BX/12X/16XEIDEINTERNAL
129/159/219
SPEAKERS:2W/20W/40W/BOW/I20W
10/25/45/88/I 20
MONITORS:15/17" NON-INTERLACEDLOWRADIATION
+120/450
MEMORYUPGRADETO32M/64M EDO
129/269
ZOLTRIX33.6WINMODEM
99
HARD DRIVETO2.1GB/2.5GB/3.5GB/5.1GB
65/99/199/399
VIDEO TOS3-3D 2MB/ATI-PC2TV-2MB/MATROX
89/I 39/CALL
TOWER CASE15/17/19'/24/32"
10/25/
35/65/395
ATX BOARDFORMATAND ATX TOWER
185

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COLOR JET
S299/388
LEXMARK RN+/LXNs/N/LX+/C-PRO 21883288/3888/2738/9500
LEIS tARK LX. OPTRA:120P
iDP 4M PS.! 5. PM
2599
HP400C/680C/690C/QOCX!/780CX!
285690/450/545/885
HP 6P/BMP/4V/5SI/5SIMX
999/1 29VCALL
HP4P/4C/M!CROTEKE3/LOG/TECHPS
GLVU15/470/399
CANON BJ24/V4100/4550
245/299/580
OKi DATA 4VV/5!0
399550
ECON EJ 105BVV /NKJET -! PER GAMILY
99
BR0THER4500-300opl/455/Hiooopl LAsER
5-INU 7 99i1198
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499
EPSON STYLUS~
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150/185/225/425
8M/16M/32M EOO 72PINS!CALL FOR NEW PRICE) 49/99/189

PCI-VLB-ISA j MB-2MB
S55/75//5
ATI-M54 2M/3D-PC2TV 2M/4M/PRO-4M
199/215/259/299
93-3D2M/4M PCI
125/279
MATROX M!STQ 2M/4M MILLEN-2M4M
190/235/250/370
M TROX Ml'LENIUM 2MB?CI SPEC!AL
238
MIRO VIDEOCAPTURETVQUAUTYDC20/DC30
799/U50
MIND DEMO CAPTURESCARDS
FROM 299
MATROX PCI-CAPTUREFORMILLENIUM
399
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CAS!0 QV10A+/QV100
LOG!TECH PIXTURA
LOGITECHPHOTOMAN 6/W
CONNECTIXCOLOR
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488//88
788
199
288
14999

TOWER CASEiPS 13/15'/17 /19/24


949/54/5
0/70/99
BLACK 13'
MINUTOWER+POWER
55
SCS/TOWER CASE+PS7X5.25 HD/CDROM
195
USED CASESips
25+
MAK!TA POWERDRILL7.2 V KIT FOR ASSEMBLY
79
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FRENCHNCRKEYBOARD (DEMOS! X!00
!9
MAC-SMALL KEYBOARD
35
BLACK!O'I
ENHANCED KEYBOARD
45
TRACKBALL 3-BUTTONS
45
BLACK 3-BUTTONSMOUSE
25
NORTHGATE HEAVYMETAL KEYBOARD
85
WIN 95'NATURALWAVE KEYBOARD
29ns
WIN 95'NATURALCHINESEWAVE KEYBOARD
45 89

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J7 SVGA Nl MONITOR 0.28
5259/355/649
NEC KV/st/17XV+/MGOO/M700/PU50 599/999/
549/1040/2680
SDNY 100SX/200SX/SF! 5/SF!7/SONY20 530/920/610/1090/2/00
V/BI%SONIC15GS/17GS/PS
475/840/960
MAG DX! 5/DX/00/D J702
490/1015/859
ACER! 4/! 5'/1T
299/390/7 I 0
SAMSUNG 15GU/1/GLS/ 0.26
499/999/
DEMO 14/15'/u'/VIEWSON!C 2/PS
SCALUt850

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ADAPTEC 1520/
2940/2940W/2940UW/3940 90/250/295/320/519
IOMEGA JAZ! GB /NT/EXTiZIP 100MB
493l593.'255
SYQUEST230MB EXT FZ si YER
338
CO/! NER250!MTAPEDR!VE /NT/EXT
129/199
MLA<TON! //5./GB EiDE CRYSTAL
259'5%
DITTO2GB/3.2GB!NT. TAPEDRIVE
199/295
DISK:CD/ZIP100M/JAZ!G 0!SK/L44M/L2M 10/!8/125/0399
SYQUESTSYJET L5 GB DRIVE
799
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SI3sn05
COROM 4X/8XSCSI
299/350

486/586 Color Notebook $65/day


SVGA Monitor
$29/d
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Laser Printer
$35/day+toner
486 Desktop System $199/month
Digital Camera
$65/day

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SONY/YAMAHA/RP CDV/BITER4R2W/4R4W SCSI 800/1050
PNP SOUND-16 BIT
55
USR INT/EXT28.8/33.8/57.2X2FAXMOD RETAIL
5209/239 CREATIVE SB18/32 PNP
99/155
USR INT 33.6 FAXMODEM OEMVOICE
148 CREATIVE AWE 64PNP/GOLDRETAIL
259/329
USR SPORTSTER!SDN!28!/COUR!ER1281
325/545 CREAT!VELAB SBIEVIBRA OEN! PNP
'19
USR 28.833.
/ 6PCMCIA/MEGAHERTZ
299 PRO-AUDIO!8 SCSI!/F RETAIL
145
USR 33.8 EXTERNAL FAXMDDEM R TA/L
2!8 SPEAKERS2W/30W/80W/120W
'/0/35i89/129
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99 GRAY!SJOYSTICK
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KTX 28.
8/33.6EXTERNAL FAXMOOEM
6030X/5050X/6050MX
999 NEC 4200/
3499/5599/7299
SR 562K!NT/EXTREAT!LFAXMODEM
299/358 ACER NOTEL!GHT/NOTEPRO
2388/3999
IBM THINKPAD TET760EU/60ED
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3999
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S!58 PCMCIA CDROMX4
499
SMC EASZ ISA/PCI 10/100
145/!95 TH/NKPAD/Zs!.2 GB HD/340M/UOM
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3COM!SA 10BT' OEM
99 NOTESTAR.488.COLOR-STUDENTS
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440rxi scsl+SOUNDtUTP100 9999
119/1/5 INTEL DUAL.PENT-PRO
WIN NT. 4.0 STATION UPG/FULL
185/385 ACER OPEN/EXPERTTRITON 440FX PENTIUMPRO SPECIAL 199
CDNSENSUS POWER 8-PORTSDEMOX1+DOC
599 INTEL TUSCONATX
249
CABLES.
JOINTS.ENDs.TERM IN ATORS.CUSTOM/240
STOCK ASUS T2 HX256KC/T2 ATX256K
2002!0
3COM 33.6 FAXMODEMLAN COMBOPCMCIA
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340
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399'699
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699/899
FLOPPY DR!VE L44/2.88/L2/COMBO .
29/65/55/!25 CPU INTELPENT-133/188/200
219/299/399
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From: Matsushita Electric (Panasonic) of Canada Ltd.


Estimated street price: $599 internal (LF-1004AB),
$649 internal (LF-1004ABK) AB w/SCSI card, $749
external (LF-1000AB). $59 each Panasonic PD disk.
(Look for price reduction in the future.)

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MANY BOARDS,CONTROLLERS,
CASES KEYBOARDS
AVAILABLE

Matsushita, Panasonic's parent company, is


one of the main innovators of PD drive technology and it also gets the credit for developing the hologrammatic laser mechanism that
makes PD drives capable of reading both CDs
and CD-ROMs. Panasonic has confirmed the
above price reductions and says that the specs
remain otherwise unchanged from last year.
The LF-1000AB I received is mounted in a
long, slender cabinet that will sit comfortably
atop most tower cases without protruding
over the sides. The whole unit is only slightly
wider than a normal 5.25-inch drive bay. The
power button is situated nicely at the front of
the machine.
Technical specs for the Panasonic LF1000AB include a 256KB buffer, a very good
165ms average seek time, and a data transfer
rate averaging 870KB per second to and from
the 650 MB capacity disk.
Using a SCSI II interface, installation of
the LF-1000AB is as straightforward as with
any SCSI device that is, it requires a bit of
understanding of how that interface operates
to get the termination and ASPI drivers working in harmony with everything else in your
machine. Anyone who's used SCSI before
won't have much difficulty.
Once installed, you' ll actually find two
new drives listed for your machine (each
assigned the next available drive letter in
my case D and E). D drive is designated as
Removable Disk and E becomes my CD-ROM
drive, though it is important to remember
that both letters pertain to the same device.
When I want to access the PD disk, I simply
ask for D. When I want to use a CD or a CDROM I now have to look to E. Otherwise, all

else works like normal,


The LF-1000AB comes with CorelSCSI for
PD software, which injects the necessary driv ers an d ut i l i t ies i n t o yo u r system
(DOS/Windows and Macintosh versions are
both included). CorelSCSI also incorporates
an audio CD controller and something called
PhotoCD Lab t o p l a y w it h a n y K odak
PhotoCD images you might have aroundbut it does not make Photo CDs.

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PentiumSystems

PentiumPlusSystems PentiumProSystems Upgrqdeppfipns

Cyrix 6x86 P
IS(N/166+/?I)+ CPU
Triton Chipset MB/Built-in EIDE
Ctrl & FastI/O. 256KPBCache
SMB RAM(exp. 128htB)
I.? GBEIDEHardDrive
1.44MBFloppyDrive
PCI VideoCardwlIM Memory (exp. to2M)
14" Nl. LR,SVGA,1024x768.?SMonitor
Mini-towerCasew/?OOWPS
104 Win'95EnhancedKeyboard
Logitek 3B
hlouseman

Intel PentiumI?(V133/bOMHzCPU

Intel Pentium
166/hLWU?OO/htMX MHzCPU
Triton ChipsetMBw/Built. in EIDE
Ctrl & FastI/O. 51?KPipe-line Burst Cache
16MBF..DO.RAM(exp.12SMB)
1.6GBEIDEHardDrive
1.44MB
FloppyDrive
ATI Mach64
VideoCard w/IM DRAM
15" Nl. LR,SVGAProview Monitor
Mini-towerCasew/?3OV' PS
IO(Win'95EnhancedKeyboard
Logitek 3BMouseman

Triton ChipsetMBw/Built-in EIDE


Ctrl & FastI/O, ya6KPipe-line Burt Cache

8MB RAM
(exp. I?Sh(B}
1.6GBEIDEHardDrive
1.44hlBFloppyDrive
PCI VideoCardw/I hl Memory(exp.to 2M)
14" Nl. LR.SVGA,1024x768.28Monitor
Mini-(owerCasew/?OOWPS
104 Win'95EnhancedKeyboard
Logitek 3B
Mouseman

$949/
$999/$1129 $999/$1049/$1899
Memory

Pentium 120/133 MHz ......5245/289


Pentium 150/I 66 MHz ......$319/399
MMX 166/?OOMHz...........$489/799
Pentium?00/Pro?00............$489/949
686 P150+/166+,................5?45/279

ATI 3D+. PC/I'V, 2M/4M SDRAM.....S159/$195


ATI 3D+, ProTurbo, PCII'V, 4M/8M...$249/$349
ATI Mach 64, 2M/4M V .....................$229/5349
ATI TV Tuner Card/All-in-one 2M.....$129/$339
Diamond Stl 64, I M/2M D ...................$955115
Diamond Stl 64, 2M/4M V .................$249/$319
Diamond 3D 2M EDO RAM........................$125
Diamuotd Monster 3D 4M ED0..............,...$299
Matrox Millenia 2M/4M W..................5209/$269
Matrox Mystique 3D 2M/4M...............$1355169
Millenia TV Tunner/Video Capture.....s I 69/$399

Iomega Zip Drive. IOOMB.SCSI/Para...$199


lomega Jaz Drive, I G. Int/Ext.......$499/$605
Zip I OOMB/Jaz I GBDisk.................$17/$99
Colorado TIOOO,
800MB Int/Ex(...$159/S199
Colorado T2000 Int/Ext.................$229/$279
Iomega Ditto 2.0GB Int/Ext ..........$199/5249

Cirrus Logic VLB/PCI, I M ....................559/$29


S3 Trio 64, I M/2M D .............................539/$55
S3 Virge 3D,? M/4M..............................SS9/$69
ATI Mach 64, I M/2M D .........................575/$89
ATI 3D Xpression. 2M EDORAM.................$95
ATI 3D+. 2M/4M SDRAM..................$1495185

Tape/Zip/Jaz Drives

Video Cards

VLB EIDE Controller...............................$27


Adaptec 1520/1522 SCSI Ctrl ...........$85/$90
Adapiec 2940 SCSI Ctrl .........................$235
Adaptec 2940W SCSI Ctrl .....................$269
Adaptec 3940 SCSICtrl.........................5509

1.2GB EIDE HD........................$239


1.6GB EIDE Hard Drive ...........5259
?.OGB FIDE Hard Drive ...........$?79
2.5GB EIDE Hard Drive............5309
3.1GB EIDE Hard Driie............$359
4/5/6GB EIDF. HD...$3995549/$579
I.OSGBSCSI-2 Hard Drive .......5319
2. I GB SCSI-2 Hard Drive .........$419
3. I GB SCSI-? Hard Drive .........5489
4.?GB SCSI-2 Hard Drive .......51249

Proview 14 "/I 5
"/I 7" ..................$219l$309/$559
Daytek 14 "/15"/17" ....................$2355325/$635
Acer 14 "/15 "/I 7" ........................$249/$349/$659
MAG I 5" T/DJ530 ..............................$4495469
MAG 17" DJ700/700T.........................$795/$849
ADI 4V 15"/SV 17" .............................$439/739
View Sonic 15"GS/17 "GS....................$489I$799
NEC 15" C500/M500..........................$479/$519
NEC 17XV+/P750.............................$969/$1229
NEC 17" M700...........................................$1029
SONY IOOSx/100Sf...........................$519/$599
SONY 200Sx/200 Sf/SE2T.....$889/$1069/$1299

HD Controllers

Hard Drives

Monitors

Canon BJ-30/240G4200C.......$2795219/309
Canon LBP 460 laser...............................$319
HP DeskJet 40K/69? C..................S?695399
HP Desk)et 820Cxi/870C...............$5395638
HP LaserJet SL/SN.........................$569/1979
HP LaserJet5/SM/SSi..........$1709/2359/3669
HP LaserJet 5MP/4M+ ..............$1370/$2610
HP 4V/4MV/1600C........$2580/$3819/$1819
HP 6P/6MP...................................$979/$1259
Brother HL-641, 300dpi, 6ppm..............$389
Brother HL-730, 600dpi, 6ppm...............$459
Brother HL-1660, 1200dpi, 12ppm......$1399
Epson Stylus 400/600/Pro.....$315/$3995520
Lexmark?030/2050/2070.....5280/$3355399
HP Scan)et 4S/5P/4C..........$269/$499/$1119
UMax s6e lite/full..........................5395/$795

Motherboard with CPU

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Multimedia/CD Writer
16 Bit PnPSound Card ..........................$35
Sound Blaster 16PnP/32PnP..........$695119
Sound Blaster 32/64AWE............$139/$235
Panasonic CD-ROM12x/I 6x.......S1255155
Mitsumi CD-ROM 12x/16x.........$1255155
Toshiba CD-ROM12x/16x..........$135/$165
Sony CD-ROM12x/16x..............$135/$165
Pioneer 12xSCSI CD-ROM.................$209
Panasonic 4x5 CDChanger..................$169
HP Surestore6020i CD-Writer.............$599
Sony 926SCD-Writer...........................$429
Blank recordable CD................................$9

Modems
33.6 Kbps Int. Fax/Data ........................$79
33.6 Kbps Int. Voice/Fax/Data ..............$85
Supra 33.6 Int. Voice/Fax/Data ...........$95
USR 33.6K Int. Fax/Data....................$129
USR 33.6/56K Int. Voice............$139/$239
33.6 Ext Voice/Fax/Data.....................$119
PCMCIA 28.8/ 33.6K Fax/Data..$189/289

Cases/Keyboards/Mouses
104 Windows 95keyboard .........,.........$20
Fujitsu 8725/4725 ..........................$30/555
Logitech MouseManSerial ...................$33
Logitech MouseManBus .................,....$89
13"/15" TowerCasew/200W ........$47/$57
19"/25" TowerCasew/230W ........$67597

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16 Bit FullDuplex3DSoundCard
MultimediaStereoSpeakers
48 CDtitles with encyclopedia

InternetPackage...............................520
33.6FaxModem.............................589

Mulbmedla12/1Q8 XKit..$229/259I$299

Home Depot

MacDonakfs

8$IB to16MB
.................................554
16MB to3?MB..............................5109
I? GB->1.6GB->2.OGB
HD....S?0/5?0
2.1GB->".SGB->3.OGB
HD........$30/60
14" to 15"monitor..........................,...590
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importing through a desktop icon. This same
software is available separately for the ZR-5700
and ZR-5800. Sheets are handled individually,
but 3D referencing between sheets is supported.
Multiple graphics can be stored with each sheet.

PDA spreadsheets
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p 38
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page referencing.

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Vertical sheet: 8 sec. (4 columns)
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Notes: The screen refresh started after about
5.5 seconds. The screen redraw was about 2.5
seconds. The latest ZR-3000 and ZR-3500
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Horizontal sheet: 0.5 sec. (8 r-ws)
' Editor'sote: all machines were tested by the
Vertical Sheet: 0,7 sec. (8 columns)
author except the Newton Messagepad 2000,
Final answer: 1.49152656125734
1 HP 200LX and Casio Casseopia, which were
Notes: For comparison, we ran test sheets on tested by TCP editors.

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Removable storage
',:outiuued front page 62

To help you along, I'anasonic has written


=omprehensive, albeit not entirely simple,
manuals to aid you in th e installation and
operation of your PD and SCSI utilities. As
listed above, you can buy the LF-1004ABK
internal version, which is identical to the regular internal drive except there's a SCSI II controller card in the box for those who don' t

already have one.


PhaseWrlter DUAL

From: Toray Optical Storage Solutions


Estimated street price: $549 external/$599 w/SCSI
card, $399 internal/$479 w/SCSI card. $60 each PD
disk. $79 SCSI-parallel adapter, $99 parallel-SCSI
adapter. (Prices represent a huge drop over last year.)
l.ike all VD drives, this machine is capable of
performing two handy tasks as a PD drive
incorporating a 6x CD-ROM drive (replacing
the 4x reader of last year). 'I'oray is currently
planning the release of the same machine
again but with an Bx CD-ROM drive later this
year.
Stretching things only slightly, Toray
touts the VhaseWriter DUAL as actually fulfilling three functions in allowing for backup,
interchangeability and the playing of CDROMs which makes for a great savings in
both purchase price and computer real estate
to those who would otherwise purchase and
use all three (tape backup, interchangeable
drive and CD-ROM).
1'echnical specifications for the currently
available 6x PhaseWriter DUAL SCSI version
include a 256KB buffer, 125 ms average seek
time for PD disks and 160 ms for CDs. The
peak data transfer rates are 1,141KB per sec-

ond for I'Ds and 900KB per second for CDs.


(As usual, expect a 30 to 50 percent drop in
speed when going through the parallel port.)
Storage capacity on a PD disk is 664 MB.
Arguing for a genuine difference between
PD manutacturers, however, is 1'oray's claim
of hasdng come up with a new recipe for the
disk surface: "The active layer where information is recorded on conventional phase
change media uses just two or three metals to
create the alloy that makes up the active layer
where critical information is stored," says a
company news release. "1'oray has developed
a new formulation by adding a fourth metal
to the mix to create a more durable product
for vastly i m p roved c yclability. T oray
PhaseWrite media are rated for at least one
million read/write cycles, unsurpassed in the
industry."
As another SCSI II device, installation of
the I'haseWriter again harks back to all the
pains and pleasures that interface has to offer.
But one of the new developments for this year
is that yo u ca n p u rchase the external
VhaseWriter DUAI. in either a SCSI or parallel
port version and then, as the price list indicates, buy a separate adapter kit to allow use
of the machine through the alternate interface. Very considerately, Toray has come up
with a nice new cabinet for the external models to make carrying the machine around as
unobtrusive as possible.
As before, Windows 95's formatter will
get you up and running just fine through
the included software package called VD Pak,
which allows for low-level formatting (that
means partitioning the disk as you please,
plus checking and re-writing disk sectors). It
is likely most users won't ever want such an
option but t h ose who w il l j ust h ave to
ensure that the ASPI manager that came
with their SCSI controller is the one specified in CONFIG.SYS. Also, if you' re still
using Windows 3.x, you must use I'D I'ak
because Win 3.x can't format the PD disk on
its own.
Toray's software bundle also includes the
very efficient Seagate Backup utility, which
facilitates all the handy items you'd expect
backup software to do.

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Hard drive ashackupdevice


One of the alternatives often overlooked as a
means of backup and storage is a second hard
driver. It's likely that everyone knows it can be
done, but equally likely that few have actually
done it. A second hard drive can be set up as a
"slave" drive with it's own address and identity which means it's a perfect place for data
storage and protection as long as you make a
system boot disk and use the second drive
exclusively for backing up.
Should the most horrible happen and your
"master" hard drive actually crash (or get corrupted), you will have copies of your data on
the slave drive. The only danger, and it's more
common than you might think, is that many
people eventually fill up the master hard drive
and start throwing stuff onto the slave as a
matter of course,
As convenient as that might be, it opens up
the door to having only a single copy of your
data on the hard drives, which defeats the purpose of putting in the second one in the first
place.

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backup, absolutely simple to use (as simple as
the original drive, at least), very very fast, and
very cheap on a dollar-per-megabyte basis at
today's hard drive prices.
Of course, the major disadvantage compared to all the other methods we' re looking at
here is that the medium is non-removable, so
you' ll be no further ahead in terms of data
portability, For those to whom that is not an
issue, however, a second hard drive may be the
most practical route to safe computing.
Of course, an external hard drive is an
option to consider, as they come with their
own cabinets and power supplies. However,
the increase in cost might make other technologies more appealing while the fact that
BIOS settings have to altered to address an
external hard drive on other computers might
make your intended file sharers very nervous
when you walk into their office with the unit
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$ 385

12X SCSI

CREATIVE

W/MPEG
4MB W/MPEG
4HB W/MPEG
W/MPEG
W/NPEG
4NB W/PC2TV
4MB W/PC2TV
W/PC2TV
W/PC2TV
SMB W/PC2TV
8NB W/PC2TV
W/PC2TV
W/PC2TV
4MB

ATI TUNER CARD


DIAMOND 3D MONSTER4MB
MATROX MILLENIUM 2MB WRAN W
/M PE G
MATROX HILLEN IBM 4 MB WRAN
W /M PE G
MATROX MILLENIUN
VIDEO CAPTURE/MPEG
MATROX MZLLENIUM
TV TUNER
HATBOX MZLLENZUM 2MB UPGRADE MODULE
MATROX MZLLENIUM 4MB UPGRADE MODULE
MATROX MILLENIUH 6MS UPGRADE MODULE
2 MB SDRAM
W /MP E G
MATROX MYSTIQUE
NATROX MYSTIQUE
4 MB SDRAN
W/ M P EG
MATROX MYSTIQUE
2HB UPGRADE MODLUE
MZCRONIC RZGRTOUS 4MB
2NB EXP. 4MB W/MPEG
S3 3D VIRGE
4NB EXP. SMB
STB VELOCITY 3D
2MB
STB LIGHTSPEED
STB POWERGRAPB 64 2MB
TRIDENT 9680
1NB DRAM
W/MPEG
W/PC2TV
TRIDENT 9685
2MB DRAM

$1640
81840

P IONEER

235
$
$
$
$

( 1 2 MS/256K) NARROW $ 3 4 5
UI TRA $ 405
$ 555
( 9 MS/ 256K) U W.
( 1 1MS/128K) ULTRA 6 465
( 9MS/256K)
ULTRA $ 6 4 0
( 9 MS/256K)
U.W.
$ 720
ULTRA
$ 705
(8HS/512K)
U.W.
$ 770
(8MS/512K)
ULTRA
$1120
( SMS/512K)

1GB
2GB
2GB
2GB
(32171N) 2GB
(32171W) 2GB
(34371N) 4GB
(34371W) 4GB (SMS/512K)
(2170-3) 2 G B ( SMS/512K)
(2170-7) 2 G B ( SMS/512K)
(4360-3) 4 G B ( 8 MS/512K)
(4360-7 ) 4 G B ( 8 N B / 5 1 2K)

12X SCSI
12 X

$ 275
S 305
$ 229
$249
$299
$ 309
5 379
5 46 9

(31055N) 1GB (9MS/256K)

$4300
$4250
S 270

4 II

4X CD RECORDER KIT

$ 23 9

.a

YAMAHA

3 00 D P Z

82299

4 I I

4X CD RECORDER EXT

$105
$ 125

PLEXTOR
PIONEER

CREATIVE SOUND BLASTER AWE64 PNP (BOX)


$229
PNP (BOX)$ 295
$ 8 4 9 CREATIVE SOUND BLASTER AWE64GOLD
$ 6 5 9 CREATIVE DISCOVERY AWE64 KIT
5 349
$ 2 8 9 YAMABA WAVETABLE
$ 199
$1899
6 399
$ 799
5 699
5 899
$249
$ 495
$ 979
8 349

E L E C T 'R & t 4 R
TV

YAMAHA

( 10M S / 1 2 8 K )

(31055W)
(52160N)
(32155N)
(32155W)

M ITSUMI
16X
PANASONIC 12X

95

1 .7 GB
(10MS/128K)
2 . 1 G B (10MS/128K)
2 . 6G B (10MS/128K)
1 . 1GB
(12MS/64K)
1 . 3G B (10MS/128K)
2 . 1GB
(10MS/128K)
2 . 5GB
(10MS/128K)
3 . 1GB
(10MS/128K)
3 . 8GB
(10MS/128K)
I . 3GB
(10MS/64K)
1 . 6G B (10MS/128K)
2 . 1GB (10NS/128K)
2 . 5G B (10MS/128K)
3 . 1G B (10MS/128K)
4 1GB
(11MS/128K)

(51080N) 1G B

$179
$159

16X

ACER

$129
$349
$ 129
$205
$ 599
6 839
$949

INT.

FUJITSU
FUJZTSU
FUJITSU
FUJITSU
QUANTUM
QUANTUM
QUANTUM
QUANTUM
QUANTUM
QUANTUM
W.D.

W.D.
W.D.
W.D.
W.D.

256K $ 690
256K 8 760
512K $1325

CF13G22

-8

VOI C E / S P EAKER

NI CROTEK 8 6 P R O
FALTBED
600DPI
MICROTEK E 6 STANDARD FLATBED
600DPI
MI CROTEK 83
FLATBED 300DPI
MZ CROTEK I I I
FLATBED 1200DPI
UMAX
S 6E L I T E
FLATBED 300DPI
UMAX
FLATBED
300DPI
S6E FULL
UMAX
S 12 L I T E
FLATBED 1200DPI
UMAX
S12 FULL
FLATBED 1200DPI

SEAGATE
SEAGATE
SEAGATE
SEAGATE
SEAGATE
SEAGATE
SEAGATE
SEAGATE
SEAGATE
SEAGATE

TOSHZ)3A TV

'

EXT.
EXT.

$ 165
5 179
6 195
$209
$229
$ 255
255
279

SCSI

6 390
8
6
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$

EXT.

VO I C E / S P EAKER

HARD DRIVE

$3599
$ 270
$ 320

CYRI X/ IBM
CYRZX/ZBM
CYRIX/IBM
INTEL
INTEL

56.0
56.0
33.6
33.6

INT .

': SCANNERS.

$1180
$949
$1685

'- CPU

$129
$ 199
$ 239

16MB 168 PIN EDO


3 2MB 7 2 PIN EDO
32MB 168 PIN EDO

INT .

HP 4S
HP 5P
BP 4C
KTX

8 260
555

OPTRA E

35
55
99

33.6
33.6
33.6
33.6
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56.0

MULTIMEDIA

ZNT.
VOICE
33. 6
EXT
ALL MODEMS ARE IN RETAIL BOX

$ 625
5 519
$2379
$2039

5N
6MP
6P

2070

LEXMARK

$
$
$

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USR
USR
USR
USR
USR
USR
USR
KTX
KTX

5 210
$ 47 9
8 56 9
$309
6 39 5
6 57 5
$ 38 0
6 24 5
5 369
8 449

L ASERJET 5
L ASERJET 5 S I
2 03 0
FRE E PHO T O P A K
2 05 0
FRE E P HO T O P A K

LE XMARK

4MB

USR

$1599
$ 99
$2549
$ 35
$ 49
$ 99
8 199

8 285
$ 29 9
$ 559

BJ 30
B JC- 4 2 0 0
B JC-4 5 5 0
B JC- 2 4 0
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H L-7 6 0 D X
COLOR 400
C OLOR 60 0
C OLOR 80 0
D ESKJET 3 4 0
D ESKJET 4 0 0
D ESKJET 6 9 2 C
D ESKJET 8 2 0 C X I
D ESKJET 8 7 0 C X Z
L ASERJET 5 L
L ASERJET 5 M

CANON
CANON

$129
$135
$179
$199

TYAN
TYAN

I.49

PRINTER5 '
$115

SB16
SB 1 6

MQGGMS
C'

1 0/1008T ( 3 C509) ( P C I )
100BT ( 3 C215A) H UB
10/100BT
(PCI)

( OEM) $ 7 9
( OEM) $11 9
( BOX) $12 5
( OEH) $ 1 3 9
( BOX) $ 1 5 5
(OEM) $13 5
( BOX) $ 1 5 5
(OEM) S 155
(BOX) $185
( OEN) $ 1 9 5
( BOX) $ 2 1 9
(OEM) $25 5
(BOX) $ 2 7 9
(OEM) $30 5
( OEM) $ 3 3 5
(OEN) $ 145
(BOX) 5 299
( BOX) 6 1 9 5
(BOX) 8 249
(BOX) 6 379
( BOX) $ 1 6 9
( BOX) $ 1 2 5

( BOX) $ 2 2 9
( BOX) $ 3 2 9
(BOX) S 139
( BOX) $ 1 6 9
(BOX) $ 7 9
( BOX) $ 2 9 9
(BOX) $ 8 0
( BOX) $2 4 9
( BOX) $ 1 7 9
( BOX) $ 1 4 9
(BOX) $ 49
( BOX) $ 8 9

$30

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15"
17'

17"
14
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15"
17"
17"
17"

20"
14"
15

15"
17"
17"

20"
17"
17"

20"
20"
21"

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1280x1024
1280x1024
1280xl024

1600x1200
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17038
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17058
2000H
1024x768
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$239
8 339
$379
$639
$679
S 299
S 399
$439
$699
$779
$749
$1499
$ 21 9
$ 289
5 310
$ 569

17"
PRINCETON 17"
PRINCETON 17'
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17'

SANS
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17"

SONY

0 71704C $ 7 8 0

DT200N $ 1 399
CM1711 $ 1 195
CN611CE $1360
CW2011 $ 1 9 20
C M701 $ 2 3 1 0
O48000 S 2 4 10 VI ERSON
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VIEWSOHIC

17
17
20'

VIZWSONIC

i5"

VIZWSOHIC

15"
15'

VIEWSONIC

VIEWSOHIC
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NEC
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21"
14"
15"
17"
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15 '
15"
17"
17"
17"
17"
17"

1600%1200
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1600x1200
1600x1280
1600x1280
1024X768

1280X1024
1280r1024
1024x768
1280x1024
1280x102
1280%1024
1280x102
1280x1024
1280xl02
1600x1280

1600%1280

15'

1280x1024
1280x102
1600x1200
I 600x1200
1600r1200
1600x1200
1600x1200
1600x1200
1600x1200
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17"
17'
17'
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20"
21'
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17"
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$1099

17"
20"
20"

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15"

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1600x1200
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$2599
$4299

HITACHZ
HZTACHI

M%133T
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P133
P133

449
459
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479

HITACHI
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MX166T
M120D

P166
P120

HZTACHZ

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IBM T HI NKPAD
IBM THI NKPAD

1 00SF 5 5 3 5
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IBM THI NKPAD


IBM THI NKPAD

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8655
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$2 0 1 9
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$ 22 4 8

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15"
15'
17"
17 '
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1280x1024
1024x768
1280x1024
1280x1024
1280xl024
1280xl024
1280X1024
1280x1024
1280xl024

PT813 $2213

TOSHIBA

15"

17"

1600%1200

20
20'
21'
20'
21"
21"
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1600x1200
1600xl200
1600x1200
1600%1200
1600xi200
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IBM TH I N K P AD

KTX 8 8 0
KTX 880

KTX 880
KTX 880
2400
2430CD
2530
2630CD

NEC VERSA
NEC VERSA
NEC VERSA
NEC VERSA

6030H
6030X
6200MX
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$6499
$2449

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$2549

$2259
$2669
$2949
$2699
$3599

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$ 2 329
$ 299

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1600xl200
1600%1200
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$2579
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$6599
$6425
$7025

$2839
$5829

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$6859
$2399
$3399
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$3 8 2 9
$1999
$2689
$2749

$3249
$4969
$5239
$8349
$6999
$8599
$38 9

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9150
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650CDT
TM6020
TM5200
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P133
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TM5300
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$8039

$3519
$3599
$3825

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$4899
$3599
$6419
$2099

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$2599

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$8599

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$ 189
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$569
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$ 765
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8 96 9
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8 669
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$949
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$1069
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$1 3 2 9
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$ 2 249
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Another new twist to Hewlett-I'ackard's
approach is making the SureStore 6020 available as either a SCSI or a parallel port interface
device. As expected, the latter version's performance won't be as impressive as the former's.
But TC P c o n t r i buting e d i t or, G e o f
Wheelwright has been using the parallel version for several months now and really likes it.
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data transfer through the parallel port and
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to the data stored... yet another advantage to
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Removable storage
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The CD-writing machine I received was an


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beige cabinet. Just as with a PD drive, disk
data capacity here is about 650 MB which
amounts to about 74 minutes of audio if Pop
stardom is what you have in mind. The box
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SCSI card.
Installation and set-up was as simple as
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tem so it still operates). But that's where some
of the m ajor advancements have been
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many of the idiosyncrasies and glitches experienced last year have been thankfully cirFrom:SyQuestTechnology Inc.
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Estimated street price: $375 ezflyer (external only)
Great improvements in how the software
parallel or SCSI II, $40 each 230 MB disk cartridge.
works have led to the all important ability to
drag and drop when a simple quick backup or $629 syJet external SCSI, $569 syJet internal SCSI,
$699 syJet external parallel port. $169 each 1.5 GB
file transfer is the order of the day.
cartridge, $125 syJet SCSI-parallel adapter cable ($50
For just about any CD-ROM concept you
when purchased with drive)
have in mind, Hewlett-Packard has bundled
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all through the process. Easy CD is the pack- SyQuest is one of the names that immediately come to mind when you think of removage that lets you transfer files to CD-ROM.
Easy-CD Audio is a relatively straightforv ard able storage, and the ez drives constitute its
entry-level products. Though examined last
package for recording your own audio.
time around, this remains a current product
Alchemy Personal is a sophisticated custom
so here's a recap.
database creator that can be used on your selfThe 230 is available in either a SCSI II or
made CD-ROlvt or simply on your hard drive,
parallel port version, the latter being the conand Magic Lantern is a viewing and editing
figuration I received. Where the parallel port
utility for any Kodak Photo CD-ROMs you
may have (note: Magic Lantern does not cre- was intended really only for printers or scanners or other peripherals sans celerity, the
ate Photo CDsl.
Though you loadallthese packages as a SCSI interface was built for speed. Specs on
bundle into a n e w W i n dow called HP the two versions reflect this: a sustained data
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transfer rate of 1.25MB per second on the parallel version, but a possible 2,4MB per second
from the SCSI.
Throughput is limited to 25 M B p er
minute on my parallel version but can reach
60 MB per minute if you go with SCSI. In
empirical terms, it took about 30 minutes to
backup 100 MB of compresseddata through
my parallel port. Of course, and I can' t
emphasize this too much, you' re going to
have very personal results depending on your
own hardwareset-up and your software configuration.
The drivers for the ezfiyer 230 are provided on standard 3.5-inch floppies one each
for DOS/Windows, Windows 95 and OS/2
and Windows NT, but, where the box tells
you that you get your first actual disk cartridge included free, this is only partially true
because the rest of your software bundle and
documentation are written onto that cartridge.
Most salient in that software bundle is
SyBack, SyQuest's own backup utility package. Asexpected, this lets you backup and
compress and schedule automatic backups,
etc. And, since capacity is limited to 230 MB,
SyBack nicely accommodates multiple cartridge backups by politely asking for another
cartridge after the current one's full. SyQuest,
the next application, is a simple formatter.
And, thrown in for good measure is Zip Zapa data-base of U.S. Zip codes, area codes and
time zones around the world plus a game
called Triazzle.
Physical installation is as simple as plugging the ezflyer 230 into your parallel port
using the cable provided (and they' ve considerately wired another parallel connector
into the back of the machine so your ezflyer
and your printer can both speak to the computer). It's neat, it's handy and it's small.
And the performance to price ratio is hard to
beat.
The same can be said of the syJet 1.5 GB
cartridge drive SyQuest's answer to today' s
need for greater capacity. This machine looks
almost identical to the ezflyer and even
comes with the same software bundle, but
you know you' re dealing with something else
when you compare their relative cartridges,
which are quite different in appearance and,
of course, capacity.
Just as with the ezflyer, the machine itself
can be positioned either horizontally or vertically with a couple of little LEDs strategically
placed at the front to show you what's up
when the thing is running regardless of
which position you choose. A stable snap-on
foot is now provided so you can use the drive
in the vertical position without it wobbling
all over the place.
Tech specs for the SCSI syJet 1.5 GB
include an impressive minimum sustained
data transfer rate of 3.7 MB per second with a
maximum rate reaching about twice thatthat means full-motion video without any
skipped frames. There's also a 512KB cache
built in to help keep all that data flowing
uninterrupted.
And, following in what has all the earmarks of a trend, the syJet can be adapted to
interface through the parallel port using a
special optional cable, though performance
will necessarily be reduced by about 50 percent. This adapter cable includes an extra outlet so you can simultaneously hook up your
printer.

As promised by the technology, having a


SyQuest ezflyer or syJet 1.5 GB is not unakin
to having a second hard drive hooked up to
your computer. Either of these machines
backup, copy, save, load and run applications
at a pace virtually indistinguishable from
your regular hard drive. And, of course, since
it virtually is another hard drive, you can use
your favorite compression software to
increase the capacity.
Z1p 100 and Jaz 1 CB

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Iomega just happens to be the other name


that springs to m in d w hen t h i nking of
removable storage, largely due to the strength
of its three very popular product lines J.
Zip and Ditto Easy. Jaz is the big guy, a remo
able hard drive system with capacities up tc
GB. Ditto Easy is a tape system strictly!
backups, while Zip, the product Iomega st
mitted for the first roundup, is its modest 1
MB removable disk system and rema.
included here as a current and still ve
ular product.
The specifications for the SCPt
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won't be fighting a hard sprung door or tipping the Zip 100 over when inserting or
removing cartndges.
On the comparative converse, though,
where SyQuest's cartridges are thick and solid
and heavy, the Zip 100 disks are far more
physically akin to a regular 3.5-inch diskette
because, where the SyQuest cartridge virtually constitutes a removable hard drive, the Zip
100 is better categorized as a high speed flop-

py.

The Zip 100 is a pleasant little machine to


install and use. Again we have all the software
and documentation bundled onto the "free"
cartridge that comes with the drive and
lomega recommends that you keep that cartridge uncorrupted for future installations.
The software bundle is called ZipTools and
provides you with everything you' ll need to
backup, move, catalogue, secure, share and
t ransport all your stuff 100 MB at a t i me
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ASUS P55 T2P4 HX 512K............$189
A'SUSVX97 256K..........................$159
Panasonic 1.44 Floppy...........,$30
SCSI Controller
ASUS TX97 512K..........................$239
Advansys
Ultra
SCSI
PCI........$99
FIC P2005VIA S12K (7SMhz!)....$165
HP Colorado T I 0(X) Tape.....$160
Gigabytc ATV/VX 512K..............$160 Diamond Fireport 40U W........$239 Ditto 2G Tape Drive............. 195
Adaptec
2940U
Ultra
SCS1.....$259
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Tyan S1470 VX 256K.....................$189
Tyan S1570 TX S12K ....................5239 Adaptec 2940Ultra Vvide.....$299 IOmega Zip 100 Int/Ext........,$249

TyanTomcat HI Dual P5/512K.....$325 Ethernet ISA/PCI............$35/$49

Tvan Pro S1662 Dual P6................$499 8 Port IOBast-T Hub...............$109


AMD 5x86-133 ................................555

Lotus SrnartSuit 97 Full Ver.....$99

AMD K5-75/133....................$59/$139 MS-Encarta 97 CD Packs.........$89

Pentium 100/120......................$139/145 (Encarta,works. Money, Golf.Exp.)


Pentium 133/I S0......................$179/219 MS-Office Pro95..................$2749
Pcntium 166/200..........,...........$309/409 MS-Office Pro97....................$459
MMX P166/200...
....................$399/669 N1' 4.0 SVkstation Full...........$289
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AMD K6 166/200 lvlMX ........5369/539


Cynx (rx86 PR-(50+I(66+........5129/169

Cyrix 6x86 PR-200+......................'$239


8%1/EDO 72pin (60ns)....................$55

16(VUEDO72pin (60ns)..................$99
168 SDRAM 16/32M ............$129/229

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Zoltrix 33.6 Fax.................,.$79

Cirrus Logic 64bit SVGA....................$29


S3 Trio64 V+ MPEG )M....................$49
S3 3D Virgc 4M EDO........................$79
ATI Mach64 w/ MPEG........................$75
ATI 3D Xprcssion 2M EDO................$99
Diamond Stealth 3D 2M EDO...........$119
ATI 3D Plus/rV 2M SDRAM....$149/169
ATI 3D Pro'Ibrbo 4/8M...........$235/325
Matrox Mystique 2M/4M..........$169/209
Matrox Millenium 4M WRAM..........$279

MAG DX15T 15" .25 OSD.............$479


Sceptre 15" P531/17" ...............$369/$689
SONY 15" IOOSX/SF .25.........$5~
7605
Acer 17" 76ie/78ie .26 1600.......$679/699
Optiqucst 17" V773/775 .26........$689/819
Sceptre 17" P73 .28/.26.............$629/$669
Viewsonic 17" GS/PS 1600.25...$779/929
SONY 17" 200SX/SF .25..........$929/1069
NEC 17XV+ Multis nc.................... 979

Acer 33.6 Voice/Fax..............$99


Supra 33.6 Voice/Fax..........$109
USR 33.6 Voice/Fax............$135
USR 56K In. Fax.................$219 Epson Color400 720x720dpi.......$33S
Zoltrix 33.6 Ext. Fax......,...,.$129 Epson C600/800 1440dpi....,$425/639
Motorola 33 6 Ext. Fax ........$149*
HP Deskiet 690C Color...............$389
USR 56K Int Fax....,...,.......$229
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Brother HL730DX 600dpi.6ppm..$449


Brother HL760DX 1200dpi..........$589
Canon I.RP 460 600dpi ...............$349
Panasonic 1200dpi,6ppm..............$469

Panasonic 8X CDROM.......................$109
Pioneer/Panason ic 12X CDROM......$115

Goldstar / Hitachi 16X......................$139


Pioneer 12X Int. SCSI CDROM.........$199
Plextor 12X Int. SCSI CDROM..........$399
HP 6020i 6x2 CDWriter w/ Ctrlr.........$699
TDK CDR 74min 650MB.....................$10

ES1868 16bit PnP 3D Full Duplex.......$29


Sound B(aster 16 PnP............................$69
Sound Bluster 32 PnP................,........$115
Sound Blaster AVVE64 (Retail)..........$225
80/160W Multimedia Speaker.........$25/$59
YAMAHA M7/M15/M20.......,.,$69/99/129
ACCO is the Brrstto offer Warranty
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Removable storage
Continuedfrom page 70
through an icon-based interface. A very nice
utility called Guest allows you to temporarily
install drivers and software from a 3.5-inch
floppy onto any computer that you just
quickly want to inject with data from one of
your Zip 100 disk cartridges.
The Zip 100 is economical, light and simple to use while the cartridges, though of lim-

ited capacity, are affordable enough to let you


separately move or store multiple directories
on individual disks as a practical alternative
to backing up or copying the entire hard
drive. The addition of the new Zip Unleashed
battery pack this year will also go a long way
toward making this an even more popular
product.
Our newcomer to this survey, though, is
the Jaz 1 GB cartridge drive, which also comes
as a SCSI or parallel port interface device. The
SCSI boasts an average 5.4 MB per sec data

transfer rate aided by a 256KB cache. You can


expect an overall reduction of those numbers
by about 30 percent for the parallel, And, as
the name suggests, the capacity of the pleasantly robust disk cartridges is 1 GB.
Strangely enough, no one at l omega
would define the software bundle because,
they said, it's changing all the time.. However,
you can at least expect to receive a disk of specialized Jaz tools for backing up, cataloguing,
etc., an d f o r n o w , s o m ething c a lled
AppMover that lets you shift your applica-

tions onto a Jaz disk in a configuration that


will be usable from there.
Like its SyQuest competitor, the Jaz drive
is also very easy to set up and use. The cartridge itself is quite different from the Zip in
employing a rigid platter instead of the highspeed floppy technology. The Jaz drive is very
appealing, indeed, for those who like the
combination of speed, flexibility and the
gigabyte capacity.

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IBM Aptiva C23
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$680/700
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$ 2 0 0 Fujitsu Print Partner 14 Laser Printer $830
Intel Netport Express XL Print Server $567
$200
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Epson Stylus Colour 400/600 $322/400
lomega ZIP Disk 100MB
$20
Epson Stylus Colour 800
$575
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$1950
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$ 1 3 5/378 Epson Stylus II ProXL
$275/373
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$533/989/1247
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$135/215
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HP 5/5N
$1755/2077
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$280/330
$229/275
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USR 56K Fax/Modem IntJExt.
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Lexmark 7000
Connectix Quick Cam(8/W)/(Colour) $145/331
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Motorola Montana (33.6 w/voice)
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16" ATX F/F Tower w/ CSA P/S

ColoradoT1000 800 MB IntJExt. $


159/ 207
Colorado T4000 8.0GB SCSI Int./Ext. $490/599
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Tape 3M TR-1 400MB
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$199/260
lomega Ditto 3.2GB 3200 Int
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Seagate SCSI DAT Drive 2GB IntSEXI $775/890
Seagate SCSI DAT Drive 4GB IntJExt. $899/1080
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Backpack 8000t

Continued from prige 72

cavantape
Colorado T4000s

From: MicroSolutions
Estimated street price: $649, $50 each TR-4 tape cartridge.

From: H-P Colorado Memory Systems Division


Estimated street price: $575+ internal, $700+ external,
$50 each (es) TR-4 Tapecartridge.
This SCSI-only machine was included last
time around but remains a very current and
popular product.
Using the TRAVAN TR-4 tapes means the
T4000s is capable of storing 4 GB of "native"
(read: uncompressed) data and, as you might
guess, 8 GB of compressed data, which makes
for an excellent capacity-tocost ratio.
Installation, as usual, is mechanically simple but typically SCSI complex. The clear and
simple installation guide for the T4000s is
about 30 pages but, be warned, the manual
for the bundled Colorado Backup software
more than triples that. I should mention too
that the latter is exceptionally comprehensive
with lots of illustrations, but add the codicil
that 28 of the book's 99 pages are devoted to
interpreting error messages.
Conversely, much of the manual explains
Colorado Backup software's sophistication in
allowing for lots of options in terms of full,
incremental and automatic (pre-scheduled)
backups. The machine itself is designed to fit
any standard 5.25-inch drive bay and comes
with the necessary ribbon cable to the SCSI
card included.
1'echnically, the T4000s boasts a very
happy 514 KB per second data transfer rate,
which, for those who don't have their calculators handy, adds up to optimum backup
speeds of 31 MB per minute for native data
and double that rate when the optional twoto-one compression is applied. Once operating smoothly on a Pentium-based machine,
it doesn't take much longer than half an
hour to completely backup a 1 GB hard
drive.
Like so many SCSI systems, the H-P
T4000s demands substantial fiddling to get
going comfortably. Once done, however, you
ought to be able to backup and access your
data without much further thought.

This is another TR-4 tape backup system,


this time, however, configured for use
through the parallel port. This slows things
down a bit compared to SCSI, but with an
average data transfer rate of about 450KB per
second (about 30 percent slower than SCSI)
and the ability to backup compressed data at
up to 30 MB per minute (that's about half
the SCSI rate), the 8000t is an impressive little speedster in the parallel port interface
race.
Still, as outlined in th e i n troduction,
there's much to be said for the parallel interface in terms of convenience and ease of use,
which, enhanced by the price and portable
design of this drive, makes it a very desirable
machine. As well, the Backpack 8000t has
both cable-in and cable-out parallel jacks on
the back so you can simultaneously connect
your printer and the tape drive to the computer in daisy-chain fashion.
Specifically addressing the portability
issue, MicroSolutions has considerately made
an optional Backpack Survival Kit available
for about $75 that includes a fitted carrying
case, a 1'R-4 tape cartridge and a special tape
head cleaning cartridge. Though not torture
tested (at least by me), this drive gives the
impression of having the robustness of construction necessary for the anticipated porting around.
1'he 8000t comes bundled with Seagate's
Backup Software package for Windows,
Windows 95 and DOS. A very nice machine.

Sales
Service
Support

MicroSolutions,
132 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb, IL, 60115.
Tel: 800-890-7227 (ext 200) Fax: 815-756-2928.
SyQuestTechnology Inc.47071 Bayside Pkwy.,
Fremont, CA, 94538. Tel: 510-226-4000.
Toray Optical Storage Solutions,
720-1875 Grant St., San Mateo, CA, 94402.
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Tapestor 8000
From: SeagateTechnology
Estimated street price: $479 (external), $399
(internal), $50 each TR-4 tapecartridge.

W e also sell
new 8 used, .';
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.:Please call for pricing & details.
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Yet another 8 GB entry in the TRAVAN TR-4


tape drive category, this particular machine
can be had in external or internal and SCSI or
IDE interface versions. The one I received was
an internal IDE (contact Seagate for prices
and specifications on othe= versions).

c,

Contact:
H-P Colorado Memory Systems Oiv.,
800 S.
TaftAve.,Loveland,CO,80537.
Tel: 800-81 0-0134. Fax: 970-667-0997.
lomega Corporation, 1821 W. lomegaWay, Roy,
Utah, 84067. Tel: 800-MY-STUFF.
Matsushita Electric (Panasonic) of Canada,
5770AmblerOr.,Mississauga,ON,L4W 2T3.
Tel: 905-238-2254. Fax: 905-238-2414.

The nice thing about the IDE interfacethe same interface commonly used by hard
drives is that you' ll already have an IDE
interface somewhere in your computer so you
can dodge the need to purchase a SCSI card.
However, the IDE interface performance
varies in allowing an average data transfer
rate equal to that of the MicroSolutions' parallel interface 450 KB per second but facilitating a backup speed more akin to HewlettPackard's SCSI rate of 30 MB per minute
(native) and 60 MB per minute compressed.
A nice little bonus here is t hat t h e
TapeStor 8000 comes with Seagate's Backup
Exec software package, a slightly enhanced
version of the Seagate Backup package found
bundled with many of the other machines
looked at here.

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thing you would expect from AutoDesk.


Once you have the kitchen laid out, you
can do a walk through or take an aerial view
and see how it l ooks. The 3D views are
ome design/renovation software does- impressive but the colors are all wrong
n't have a reputation for being easy to because you haven't yet decorated. At this
use or producing very realistic render- point it is a good idea to link together items
that will have the same color.
ings. Home design programs are usually
For example, all the cabinets will likely be
dumbed-down versions of their professional
the same. Linking them now will mean that
CADD (computer-aided design and drafting)
when you want to select a particular cabinet
cousins, built to be inexpensive and run on
less powerful computers than professionals color, or design, and apply it, one click will
change them all.
use.
There are many colors but
Thus the software has usuthere
are a number of patterns
ally been awkward to use and
g J:~
too, and borders, and counters
unlikely to produce the kind of
that are marble or stone or
i mages that y o u would
l aminate o r l o t s o f o t h e r
expect especially if you judge
t hings. This i s where the
by looking at the boxes of " g , -q;.8
importance of a 65,000-color
these programs. Until now,
display becomes apparent. This
that is.
H O M EI
i AutoDesk, the makers of
is also where the benefits of a
p owerful computer can be
AutoCAD, have come out with
seen, for each change means a
a n e w l i n e of home
short wait while the scene is
design/decorating/renovation
rendered anew.
software that is both aesthetic
Those are the basics of the program but
and as close to intuitive as it gets. Picture This
Home! Kitchen is one of the members of this there is a lot more. Because this is a CD-based
program, there is enough storage to include
family and it is good.
videos. These videos explain various features
It's a great program for a number of reasons, but first, here is what it does. You pick a and procedures. The program doesn't need a
manual because of the excellent help and
kitchen that looks like yours and then manipulate it to the correct specifications. Or, like because the software is intuitive.
Knocking out a wall, adding a window,
me, you find your kitchen is unique so you
begin with a box and start placing walls, cab- changing the width of a cabinet, changing
the floor color, or wallpaper pattern are relainets, counters and all the other things that
tively easy. Save the designs you like and later
are in your kitchen onto a floor plan.
When you are done, which may take any- compare the differences between your choices and those of your spouse!
where from a couple of hours to many hours
Also included are other features. Budget is
depending on your kitchen, your abilities,
your computer's power and your desire to be a program that will give you an approximaprecise, you start the fun part. The fun part is tion of the cost of all the items that you have
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To run this program, the recommended alogue of brand name products, such as refrigerators, stoves, sinks, floorings, wallpaper,
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ers. The database includes photos and approxcolor (65,000 shades). Other requirements
imate prices and is searchable by various criiliclude a sound card, printer and CD-ROM
teria. Contact information is also given.
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receive free catalogues from some renovation
images.
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grams that run on 95 but do not take advandesigned and useful. There are a number of
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This program is smart. In Picture This
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another cabinet and they click together. This program that is a pleasure to use,
If the other programs in this series are on
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bined with snap-to-whatever seems likely to
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counters are usually in alignment with each
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In a moment, I am going to do a fiddle test." STop DtcrAnoN. I mean, I am
going to do a little test, not a fiddle
test, bnnt first a little background.

he dream of speech recognition is largeiy unfulfilled. It is amazingly difficult to


convert spoken language into written
text. Having said that, there have been great
strides in this area in the last few years, to the
point where the technology can be quite useful under certain conditions.
An example: right now, faster than I can
do so with the mouse, I can say, "Start,
Program
s, Microsoft Word, Begin Dictation"
and I will be in the word processor and ready
to start speaking. That is navigation and it is
quite good. If 1 were unable to use my hands
for any reason this would be even more useful. This application of the technology is
impressive and likely to become widely used
in certain environments.
However, when we turn to the other side
of the voice recognition coin, there are
greater difficulties. Whereas there are a relatively small number of navigational commands, there are tens of thousands of words
that the dictation program must recognize.
W orse, wordsthatarespokennaturally r u n
together. If the computer must also analyze
where words start and stop, as well as which
words they are, the process becomes more
than today's desktops can handle.
It is for this reason that the program must
b e spoken to discretely. That is, with ' a '
space ' between ' every ' word. This is not as
easy as it seems and takes some practice.
V oiceType 3.0 for W i ndows 95 i s t h e
Windows 95 version of IBM's high-end voice
recognition program for businesses. There are

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product comes with a microphone and headset and a couple of jack adapters in case your
sound card is not the one expected.
'I'he software requires some beefy hardware, starting with a minimum Pentium 90
with a256KB Level-2cache and 16 MB RAM
or better (my test machine was a 200 MMX
Pentium with 512KB Level-2 cache and 32
MB EDO RAM, I wouldn't buy the product
without a Pentium 120!). A 100 percent
Sound Blaster-compatible sound card is needed along with 30 MB of disk space. The program comes on a CD-ROM, with an additional disc containing video tutorials.
VoiceType does not require enrollment,
the process of teaching the computer (and
yourself) your pronunciation, but it is an
option and will improve both navigation and
dictation. For the tests in this review I spent
an hour enrolling for dictation but no time at
all enrolling for navigation. The navigation
worked so well I never thought it necessary
and the dictation was so onerous that one
hour was all I could manage. Could ' you '
spend ' more ' than ' an ' hour ' talking ' like
* this?

Here are some features of the program.


VoiceType is written to work with certain
word processors, namely the ones in Office
95, SmartSuite 95 and Perfect Office 3.0. If
you have another word processor, such as
Office 97, you must either use the specialized,
and quite good, WordPad that comes with the
program or the Quick Dictation window that
will take your work and when you are finished dump it into the open word processor.
As you would expect, VoiceType allows for
templates and macros. Using templates is
especially useful where a business or institution routinely records the same information.
Also, in this scenario the program's accuracy
would be practically 100 percent because of
the small number of words and the fact that
they are repeated and expected.
Macros are also a very useful tool. Let's say
that you regularly use the same sentence,
phrase or even paragraph. By recording a
macro for that text, you need only say a certain phrase to insert that wording. Voicel'ype
is also customizable for different professions.
Journalists, hospital workers, those that work
in law firms and others can increase their
accuracy and productivity by purchasing
expanded and specialized vocabularies,
Here is the test that I mentioned earlier.
As quickly as I can, 1 am going to type a sentence and compare It to the speed it takes me
to say the sentence. Here is the sentence:
"I'he quick brown fox jumped over the lazy
dog. " Typing: 11 seconds.
Now back to the voice recognition. "The
creek Brown f ox , O ver t h e l azy d ock."
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importantly, it connects via a basic parallel
port so that it can be used with every kind of
PC, from a sub-notebook system all the way
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In several months of using this drive,
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robust it has proved to be. It h as been
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system crashes or software failures.
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Personal) provided all the basic functions you
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For a small business that hasn't had
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CD-R machine hooked up.
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while actually writing to the CD.
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rather than "fed" shouldn't be quite so hard
Corrtirruedfrom page 77
but after right-clicking I saw the word "fed"
again: "the quick Brown box jumped over the was the program's third most likely selection.
lazy dock." Time: eight seconds, still too fast. The transcription of "Will" for "Oil" is understandable if you say the words to yourself and
Last try: "the quick Brown box jumped
listen. Four errors, not bad, not great.
over the lazy." STop DicrATioN
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the program thought the last word "dog" was tinuous speech programs at the consumer
"dot" and, thus, that is where the sentence level in the next year. This is possible a year
in this industry is a long time. Whether that
ends.
is true or not remains to be seen, but it is sure
Here is another test of voice recognition.
Without worrying about speed I will dictate a that this type of application will only get better. As a marvel of leading-edge technology,
line from the theme song of one of my
favorite old television shows, and whatever is this software is impressive. As a work tool for
specialized customers, this program is filling
recorded I will leave for your observation,
an important niche market. As a general,
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advertising. The more people promote your
business because they know you or are satisfied customers, the more sales you are going
to make. Personal testimonials are very persuasive and credible. Attempt to cultivate positive and respectful customer relations at all
times. Remember, the customer is always
right, even when the customer is wrong. One
dissatisfied customer can taint your goodwill
to many other people. You should therefore
deal with any customer complaints in a
prompt and efficient manner.

It is i mportant to
understand what marketing is and some of
the low cost ways to market your business
while being aware of the bottom line in doing
so.
Marketing involves a wide range of factors that impact on the public perception of
your business. These factors will influence
the desire of the potential customer to deal
with you or not. It is simply not possible to
succeed in business without marketing. The
types of factors that could affect the perception of others when assessing your business
include: your personality, business name,
business location, business cards and stationery, the clothes you wear, the personnel
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response. You may then want to test a display ad in those newspapers that produced a
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Big three office suite spreadsheets


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But remember spreadsheets were the pioneering application that really put PCs on the
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The Excel alternative


Meanwhile, Microsoft has worked on making
many of the features in Excel easier to use.
Microsoft has said that when It was researching the design of Office 97, it discovered that
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requesting be added to the product were
already there. People just didn't know how to
get to them or that they were even included.
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coordinates. This means that a formula such
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columns to get a quarterly total and it doesn't require naming ranges or doing anything
complex.
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Word. These include Formula AutoCorrect,
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to help spot extraordinary sales, outstanding
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data. Microsoft says you can use this feature
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data.
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If you do buy Excel 97 as pari of Office 97,
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tency there Is between Excel and all the Office
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t In addition, Lotus has included a feature
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work and see the changes take place in a
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'I'he eMate ushers in a whole new class of
computers for education. The eMate is not
intended to completely displace desktop computers, only to supplement them and to make
computing more accessible. One can see
Apple's strategy is to leverage the Newton OS
into an environment where young minds are
open to new paradigms in computing.
An elegant and powerful interface that
combines a touchscreen pen with a keyboard
is a real hit with children. The bundled learning software is a boon to the fundamentals of

reading, writing, math and organizational


skills. And as a bonus, the Newton OS reliability is exceptional. All of this power is accessible in a durable package that weighs only
1.8 kg (4 lb.) and is a mere 5.3x30.5x29 cm
(2x11.9x11.3 in.). And teachers will appreciate its low-cost, easy integration with Mac
OS/Kindotvs PCs and ability to be administered from a server.
Initially, eMate will only be available to
the educational market. It has been rumored
that both an educational and business version
of this product might make it into the retail
channel sometime in the future. For over a
year we' ve al! heard from the industry about
how network computers are going to take the
world by storm. The only problem is nobody
seems to be able to find one.
Vvell, surprise I think the elvlate is a network computer in disguise! J
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Products reviewed
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Compaq Presario 1070
Daewoo CPC-7550
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Eurocom 6200T
Hewlett-PackardOmniBook 5700CTX
Hyperdata Hyperbook759MX
Impulse Powerlite 6000
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Toshiba Tecra740CDT
Ultinet

The new desktop replacement machines


B Y T I M B I N G H A IVI - W A i. L I 5 A N D 5 T E V E N A I. I N D A

hy on earth would anyone want to


buy a notebook? Generally, they' re
expensive, cumbersome, relatively
slow (compared to a desktop PC with the
same processor) and m or e d i f ficult to
upgrade. 'I'hey have small keyboards, and
even smaller display screens. Yet, notebooks
remain an i n dispensable item for many
mobile professionals.
Notebook users tend to fall into three categories:
First are marketing professionals v ho use
notebooks for off-site presentations. These
people are selling ideas by using their
notebook's, multimedia capabilities to

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wow an audience.
Second are the remote professionals. For
these users, the office has no walls. Today,
notebooks are found in some of the most
rugged environments, from construction
yards to swamps.
'I'hird are general mobile professionals,
w ho take their work home o r t o t h e
boardroom. For them, their notebook
must be a desktop replacement.

Fortunately, there are systems to suit all


needs. The notebook market has fragmented
into several niche markets. each vying for an
increasingly specialized audience. Each niche
places greater or lesser emphasis on the tollowing characteristics: mobility, durability,
and multimedia functionality. For example,
general mobile and marketing professionals
are likely to have a wall socket nearby when
the system is up and running. Therefore, concerns such as maximum battery life are a
lower priority.
As with all systems, the quality of notebooks is defined by four elements: memory
structure, processor pov:er, display screen and
component integrat ion.
'I'his month we reviewed the extreme high

end of the notebook market. These notebooks


are loaded with all the latest features, and
then some. This market is designed for users
who place a premium on functionalitv.
A central characteristic in these systems is
multimedia functionality. The technologies
associated with these notebooks have evolved
to the point v here they are of comparable
q uality t o their d esktop c o unterparts.
However, buyers must beware of the trade off
between miniaturization and performance.
Processors
One exciting development is the use of leading-edge chips in mobile systems. In the past,
there v as a significant lag in the movement
of high-end chips from desktop to notebook
systems. However,the systems we reviewed
this month are sporting the latest MMXenhanced chips with clock speeds of up to
200 MHz.
Both heat and power requirements influence designers' decisions on what processor
to use in a mobile system. Faster chips require
more power and cooling mechanisms.
In notebooks, electricity is a particularly
scarce resource. It takes time for chip manufacturers to effectively redesign their latest
chips to make them smaller and less power
demanding. The end result is a slov er pace in
notebook processor speeds.
Readers will note some of this month's
manufacturers didn't wait for the mobile version of the processors. They have included
200 MHz desktop processor chips in their
mobile systems. At present, Intel only makes
a 150 MHz and 166 MHz version of its mobile
MMX chip. These chips operate at 2.45 volts
whereas the desktop variety operate at 2.8
volts. The lower voltage means longer battery
life and less heat dissipation.
By including a regular desktop chip in
their machines, some of our lab participants

are trying to avoid the trade off between


miniaturization and p r ocessor speed.
llowever, the trade off doesn't disappear; it
simply shifts.

Display screens
ln the recent past, notebooks had very limited graphic capabilities. Today, the quality
of flat-screen displays has vastly improved.

Still, buyers must remember that unlike


desktop models, the laptop's display is a
keeper. You may be able to upgrade most of
your notebook's parts with the exception of
the display. Fortunately, LCD flat-panel
technology has progressed so rapidly that

the best displays are of equal quality to their


desktop cousins.
Common to all the systems is the incorporation of larger screen sizes. Some of the
systems are pushing 14 inches at the time of
this writing. In addition, almost all of our
tested systems use active matrix TFT rather
than older, passive matrix (DSTN) display
technology. The benefits of active matrix over
passive matrix are sharper picture quality and
the ability to view the display at a variety of
angles. Active matrix machines can give viewers the benefit of millions of colors, with
instantaneous response times, which are
essential for multimedia presentations.
The active displays also differ from passive
displays because you do not need to have a
direct, head-on view of the screen to see the
images clearly. For people using their systems
for boardroom presentations, this latter capability is of upmost importance
However, there is one key drav back to
active matrix displays price. Active matrix
displays are still rather expensive, so users
who are looking for a mobile system with cost
as a key factor should consider forgoing the
fancy display and investing in other components.

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batteries. i'hese batteries are tar superior to
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Unfortunately, there is a Catch-22 to power
supply. The more etfective the battery, the
more gadgets manufacturers cram into the
machines. For example, the inclusion of a 200
XilHz lvflvfX desktop chip and its required
cooling fan will drain the system's batteries at
a greater rate.

Storage
Processor and processor-enabling technologies are not the only advances in this round
up of notebooks. Storage and connectivity
devices of all kinds are appearing in notebooks.
Storage capacity is no longer an issue for
these top-of-the-line systems. Hard drives
designed for notebooks have grov;n in capacity and continue to be more compact. A 2.1
GB hard drive is standard in this month's
round up, with one particular model sporting
a 3.1 GB drive. Several systems offer space for
an additional i nternal hard drive.
Again buyers should be aware that hard
drives designed for mobile systems are much
slower than their desktop cousins. This is due
to a combination of compact system integration, slower transfer rates, lower spindle rates
and higher access times. This is a key reason
why a typical desktop machine v ill almost
always outperform a similarly configured
notebook.
In addition to hard drive improvements,
this month's tested notebooks have some of
the most up-to-date storage features, like 10x
CD-ROM drives, and PD (phase change dual)
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a built-in 33.6Kbps voice/faxmodem.
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Presario 1070 is its sound system, which
Compaq has termed the PremierSound Audio
System. The stereo speakers on this unit are to
the left and right sides of the touchpad. This
machine produces the best possible sound
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files and music on compact disc proved a

Oupcontendevs

Upward mobility
Coritinuerl from page 90

Angel
5800 Performer Plus

drives, which have only recently appeared in


desktop systems.

A new contender to
this month's Test
Add-ons
Lab is t h i s 5 8 00
Plus
In addition to built-in storage, manufacturers
Performer
from
are increasing their use of drive bays and
notebook
Angel. The system
PCMCIA slots, allowing for the inclusion of
numerous "extras," such as modems, network
is loaded with feacards, and exotic storage devices.
tures, and wasted
Some of these machines include internal
no time making an memorable experience.
modems, thereby saving you a PC card slot.
With Compaq's Phone Centre, you get
impression. With its tested configuration, it
For many users, their mobile computer needs managed to score second highest on our
complete telephony at your fingertips. The
to seamlessly integrate into their office envibenchmark suite, with an overall score of 145. Phone Centre features an answering machine
ronment. Notebooks need to access system- The 5800 Performer Plus consists of a 200
with up to four individual voice mailboxes,
wide resources, moving from client to standMHz MMX processor,backed by 256KB of each with its own password, an electronic
alone status at a m oment's notice. Other
Level-2 cache, and 64 MB of RAM, further
address book, a two-way full duplex speakerremote users need to keep in constant contact
expandable to 72 MB. The display is a sharp phone, a fax centre with full send and receive
with their home base. These users are typicalcapabilities, as well as caller ID and name dis12.1-inch active matrix design, with a maxily employing h i gh-speed modems for
inum resolution of 800x600, at a 16-bit color
play for incoming calls.
Internet or direct links.
With all its features and good looks, we
depth utilizing 2 MB of v ideo RAM. The
There is a misconception that PCMCIA
were surprised when we discovered that the
onboard video accelerator also features fullcards are handy but limited by low perforscreen MPEG playback. The hard drive in this machine does not have a Level-2cache,
mance. However, several manufacturers
Because of this, it achieved an overall score of
unit is 2.1 GB in size, which should provide
have introduced cards with the latest feamore than enough storage space when you' re 62 on our benchmark tests, much less than it
tures. At Comdex Japan, TDK introduced
would have with the aid of the much needed
on the move.
both ISDN and 56Kbps PCMCIA network
256KB external cache. If you aren't all that
Multimedia components in the Performer
cards. US Robotics has also announced its
bothered by this and want a machine that
Plus series include an internal 8x CD-ROM
t o s h i p 56K b p s cards.
intention
will have your friends and coworkers grinding
drive, a 33.6Kbps PCMCIA faxmodem, and a
Unfortunately, purchasers will pay through
16-bit sound system from ESS. For presenta- their teeth in envy, the Presario 1070 is still a
the nose for this premium technology, at
great notebook. Compaq will cover you with
tions, you' ll find a video-to-TV RCA connecleast initially.
tor on the back of the machine. Software titles its one-year warranty on parts and carry-in
Component integration
labor, with the first 90 days being on-site.
included with th e machine are Microsoft
The key variable in determining the quality of
Works, MS Money, MS Undersea Scenes
notebooks is component integration. The
Daewoo
Screen Saver, and seven CD-ROM titles,
fastest processor in the world will be next to
CPC-7550
including Grolier's Encyclopedia 1997 ediAnother new conuseless if the system's hard drive is of poor
tion. Overall, this machine offers excellent
tender to our Test
design. The widest active matrix screen will
performance and is yours for under $6,000
Labs is t hi s sl im
fail to impress if the system lacks a quality
with a one-year parts and labor warranty,
C PC-7550 f r o m
video subsystem. Our Editors' Choice systems which can be extended to three years.
Daewoo. It features
are those with the best holistic designs.
a P entium 133
Compaq
MHz processor, 16
The tests
Presario 1070
MB of RAM, a 1.44
W hen w e fi r s t
We asked each manufacturer to send us what
GB hard drive, a
took this machine
they would consider their current "top-ofthe-line" notebook. To some, this meant a
out of its box all
video accelerator with 2 MB of video RAM
we could do was
133 MHz machine, while others quickly
capable of resolutions up t o 8 00x600, a
gawk at its sleek
removable 6x CD-ROM drive, floppy drive,
jumped at the chance to send their latest 200
design. When it
MHz MMX systems loaded with 64 MB of
and 16-bit sound system. The unit weighs just
comes to designover 2.25 kg (5 lb.), making it the lightest one
RAM and enormous hard drives. Our benching
n ot e books of the bunch.
mark suite was run on each machine at a resthat are aesthetiThis was another machine that didn' t
olution of 800x600, with a 16-bit color depth,
have an external cache, and as a result, its peror 65,536 colors. To minimize the possibility
cally pleasing, Compaq has very little in the
formance suffered. If your main concern is
of system crashes and inconsistencies, each
way of competition. If this were a competinotebook's power savings features were disportability, this is definitely a machine you
tion for best looking notebook, the Presario
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Eurocom
6200T
Eurocom has recently made the headlines by
being one of the very first manufacturers to
put out a notebook
w ith I n t e l ' s 2 0 0
MHz processor. If
you' re looking for a
notebook to replace
your desktop computer, Eurocom had
you in mind when
they designed the
6 200T. The unit consists of a 200 M H z
MMX processor, 256KB of Level-2 cache, 64
MB of RAM, a 1.0 GB hard drive and both
an internal 8x CD-ROM drive and floppy
drive.
On the back of the unit, you' ll also find
an RCA video-to-TV port; perfect for playing your favorite games on your TV or for
making your presentations all that much
easier to see. As can be expected from a
machine with such a c onfiguration, the
6200T scored very well on our benchmark
suite.

Impulse
Powerllte 6000
Still lingering on
our minds is the
Impulse Duonote
we reviewed back
in January. If ever
there was a notebook that made an
i mpression, t h e
D uonote was i t .

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Hewlett-Packard
OmniBook 5700CTX

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W ith t h e ne w
' 5700CTX, Hewlett-Packard has
decided t o tr y
out a d i f f e rent
design. The new
m odel u ses a
more c o mmon
casing found on
many
ot h er
n otebooks, r ather t h a n the ultra-slim
design found on t h e O m niBook 800CT,
which we reviewed in January (see our Web
site at http: //tcp.ca). Gone is the pop-out
mouse fancied by many on the old design,
as is the smaller 10.4-inch display, which
has been replaced by a l arger 12.1-inch
model. Our test unit came equipped with a
Pentium 166 MM X p r ocessor, 512KB of
Level-2cache, 32 MB of l(AM expandable
to 64 MB, a large 3 GB hard drive, and a
10x CD-ROM drive. The 5700CTX has a
suggested list price of $8,846 and comes
with a standard three-year parts and labor
warranty.

timedia applications, and should make your


games and presentations come alive, especially when used in conjunction with the videoto-IV port found on the back of the machine.
Although the Powerlite 6000 does not
have the 10Base-T network connector, it does
have a faster 33.6Kbps faxmodem. This model
is priced at $5,999 and comes with a threeyear "I-Care" limited warranty. This includes
24-hour, seven-days-a-week, bilingual (I:rench

One of the most appealing things about that


model was its built-in communications support with both a 28.8Kbps faxmodem and a
built-in 10Base-T Ethernet connector.
The Powerlite 6000 is a newer model, with
a few differences. Themodel we reviewed was
equipped with a 166 MHz MMX processor, 32
MB of RAM, a 2.1 GB hard drive and both an
internal 10x CD-ROM drive and floppy drive.
The ESS 1888 will provide great quality 16-bit
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Yet another machine
to take ad enrage of
I n tel's 20 0 M Hz
MMX p rocessor is
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Hype rbook 759MX
The 759MX we tested was loaded with
features. To start off,
we have 64 MB of RAM, a video subsystem
with 2 MB onboard that delivers 800x600
resolutions on the 12.1-inch TFT screen, and
a high-speed, internal 10x CD-ROM drive.
Making the system all the more desirable is
the huge 3.1 GB hard drive and a wireless
(infrared) mouse.
With a setup such as this, replacing your
desktop computer with a n o t ebook has
never been easier. The 759MX is priced at
$5,074 with a t h ree-year parts and labor
warranty.

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Our evaluation model came to us with 3Z
MB of RAM, ZS6KB of Level-Z cache, and a
1.08 GB hard drive. The screen on this unit
was a 10.4-inch active matrix TFT with a
maximuln resolution of 800x600, The gx
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swapping back and forth between the two.
Although it uses a slnaller 10.4-inch display, this notebook would still make a great
traveling companion for anyone w:ho just
can't bear the thought of not being wired at
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The KTX 880 is a model we tested back in
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changes in its configuration for this month's
tests. The unit is powered by a 133 MHz
processor, 256KB of level-2 cache and 40 MB
of RAlv(, expandable to a total of 80 MB.
The hard drive differs slightly, this time
being 1.3 GB in size. KTX notebooks are distributed in various cities worldwide by Edge
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I or 16-bit 3D sound,
the J e tbook 7000
makes use of the ESS
1878 chipset. Optional
accessories f or t h i s
machine i n clude a
33.6Kbps faxrnodem, a
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your Windows 95 screen savers).
able 10x CD-ROM drive and a built-in
The 6200MX was the fastest notebook in
28.8Kbps faxmodem.
'I'he s creen on t h e this month's survey. Although some may
wonder how a 166 MHz MMX machine can
6200MX uses the latest
t e c h n ology a outperform a similarly configured 200 MHz
model, the answer lies in tight integration,
13.3-inch
act ive
matrix T F I ' p a n el, and the use of the highest-quality components. In the game of raw performance,
with a maximum resoeverything counts. Whether it's the type of
lution of 1,024x768easily comparable to a RAM, the make of the hard drive, the type of
video accelerator and especially the con15-inch desktop monitor. To say that the
struction and layout of the motherboard
images were sharp and brilliant on this disitself, they all play a crucial role in separatplay would be an understatement.

its latest creation, featuring the new 166 MHz


MMX processor. Our evaluation unit was
equipped with32 MB of RAM, which can be
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Only after we set the


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c ome across t h e
Eject button, located
near the base of the
k eyboard.
Upo n
pressing it imagine
our surprise when
we heard the light
sound of a small motor and saw the keyboard
begin to lift up, and a CD tray pop out, The
CF-62 has a combination PD/CD-ROM drive
housed beneath the keyboard. The one tray
will accept either a standard CD-ROM or a I'D
d isc (which i s s i milar t o a CD but i s
rewritable). Although more expensive than

ing the good from the best. NEC seems to


have found the perfect combination, as can
be seen from their 6200MX. If you want a
notebook that has it all and then some, get
the Versa 6200MX.
Pan asonic
CF-62
The CF-62 from Panasonic gives new meaning
to ingenious design. It's equipped with 16 MB of
RAM, expandableto 72 MB, a 256K Level-2
cache and a 1.3 GB hard drive. When we first
took this notebook out of its box, we were wondering why they didn't include a CD-ROM drive
with it. Upon further examination of the box,
we figured they forgot to pack it.

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PowerBook 3400c
Apple's full-featured laptop packs a 240 MHz punch
BY PETER
or years, the promise of desktop performance in a notebook computer has
never quite lived up to the hype. The
compromises have generally been related
to issues such as power consumption, heat
dissipation in t h e C PU, and bu s design
constraints in trying to accommodate fullfeatured circuitry into a portable package.
'I'he good news is that the wait is finally
over.

I I(IIL B U R N
d ecided t o t h r o w in
more smooth curves and
give >t a more "muscular"
look than t h e s quarish
1400 design.
There are two raised

pies a die size of 141 sq. mm.


The PowerPC architecture has
some o b v i ous advantages
when it c ost>es to portable
design.
But clock speed is wast-

speaker g

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ed unless the subsystems
the cover that house
surrounding the CPU
pseudo sub-woofers
are optimized. To
r n addition to t w o
help this cause,
smaller speakers at
the 3400c has a
the top of the key256KB LevelPerformance
board.
Thi s
2
ca c h e ,
A'pple has upped the ante considerably by
four-speaker
which
is
introducing a 240 MHz notebook design and
s ystem o f f e rs
supplemented
has amply served notice that it is "ready to
the best sound
by
16
MB
I ' ve heard on a
rumble" with its PC competitors. Other more
to
(expandable
model,
affordable models are being offered at speeds
portable
144 MB) of 128-bit
of 180 MHz and 200 MHz.
but audiophiles will
Apple's design goal was a no-compromise fast in ter le a ved EDO
still prefer to use the 16-bit/44 KHz audioRAM. A 12 x CD-ROM drive and 3GB fast
package and it came close to realizing that
out jack to their stereo.
ATA hard drive help the cause even further.
objective. It started by choosing the RISC
An i n t egrated microphone enables
An accelerated video circuit was added to
PowerPC 603e d esigned by I B M and
sound
recording or the utilization of Apple's
d rive a b r i g h t 12.1-inch SVGA active
Motorola. The 603e has remarkable specificaspeech
recognition software. Below the midmatrix screen in thousands of colors. And
tions and is chosen over its 604e cousin for it
dle of the screen are two convenient slider
it's all interconnected by a 64-bit PCI bus.
frugal power savings.
controls for volume and brightness. The
Today's 603e's running at 300 lvfHz only
3400c shares the same great full-spaced keyIndustrial design
dissipates?.5 watts and occupies a die size of
board and precise trackpad as the 1400c. A
The case design of the 3400c is distinctly
42 sq. mm. On the other hand, a 160 MHz
different from th e 1 400c model. Apple single lithium ion battery provides two to
MMX Pentium dissipates 8 watts and occu-

four hours of use on a single charge and


recharges in a couple of hours.
One drawback to the 3400c is that it' s
not as easy to upgrade internally as the
1400c. It requires some disassembly with
torx s crewdrivers. It's d i mensions are
6.6x29.3 x24 ctn (2.57x11.42x9.36 in.) amd

this entire package weighs in at 3.3 kg (7.26


lb.) That's heavy as far as portables go, so
whiners need not apply.
(We' ve read reports of so>nesers econnterwhich are
intt proble>ns with ineinory carrts
located imrlcr tile keyboard working tose. The
>a>official fix is to add a bit of foam tape bettveei>
the keyboarrt ai>d ineinoty carrl to help keep tht.'

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Expansion
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baby. A clever innovation is a combination
E thernet/33.6Kbps faxmodem p or t t h a t
can be accessed simultaneously. Add to
that two PC card slots for support of Type
I, ll and III cards (with the bottom slot supporting "zoom video," a method for displaying full screen video on external displays).
There is also an external VGA monitor
port to hook into a second display. It only

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host against claims by t h i r d p a rties for


infringement of their intellectual property
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The following are common business and
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which should be addressed in a written agreement between the owner and the host.

Confidentiality
The Web site host may o b tain v aluable
information regarding the owner's business
and clients, and the transactions occurring
through the Web site. Information of this
type may have significant value to others.
The host and all of its employees and contractors should agree to keep in confidence
all information they obtain regarding the

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Other services
There should also be specifications regarding
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regarding site transactions and user information.

System failure remedies


The agreement should include the Web site
owner's rights and remedies in the event that
the host fails to provide the required service
in a timely manner, and the host's liability to
compensate the owner for loss resulting from
system failure.

Web site, transactions occurring through


the Web site, and the owner's business and
clients.

Ownership and control


The host may beasked to acknowledge and
agree that the owner has exclusive ownership
and intellectual property rights to the Web
site and all of its contents. From the owner's
perspective, he or she should have absolute
control over the Web site content and any
changes to the content. The host should be
prohibited from altering the Web site, or
copying or disclosing its contents, without
the owner's express written permission.
Commercial exploitation
The owner may wish to prohibit the host
from commercially exploiting the Web site or
its content, including providing links to the
site or disclosing that it is the host of the site.
Termination
Termination rights, and the consequences
of termination, should be clear, including
the form and length of termination notice
and the fees or penalties payable by the
defaulting or terminating party. The host
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the transfer of the Web site and domain
name to another host, and return all data,
documents, and information regarding tht
Web site and its operation, in both prin~
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Warranties and indemnities


The Web site owner may be asked to warrant that it has the right to use, reproduce,
distribute, and modify the Web site and its
components, and to agree to indemnify the

Insurance
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Looking at the Tecra
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oppy
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Netscape Layers
BY KEITH SCHENGILI-ROBERTS

areas, so you can see the card immediately


behind it or perhaps see several cards
immediately behind it through this transparent window. Now imagine that in addition to flipping pages, you can have part of
a card appear in front of another card. So if
a small creature suddenly ran across your
i maginary Rolodex, i t w o u l d s eem t o
appear and re-appear as it scurried between
the layers.
Hy now you have a better idea of how
layers work. Essentially, they can behave
like a standard Rolodex, bringing various
cards into view and soinetimes multiple
parts of different cards at once or they
c an b e u s e d for s i m pl e a n i m a t ion
sequences.
The H'IMI, code for layers is quite simonion.
ple: the <LAYER> container tag begins and
'I'his needs a bit of explaining, aS the
ends a layer on a Web page. The <LAYER>
concept is a new one, even for the desktop
and </LAYER> tags contains all of the conpublishing community, from which many
tent that appears in the layer which is
new Hl'ML concepts have been derived.
probably best thought of in terms ot' sepaI'robably t h e c l o sest concept already
rate Web pages. You can have multiple layhnown to experienced IITSII. authors is the
ers by h a v in g m u l t i ple <LAYER> and
idea of having hyperlinks contained within
</LAYER> tags enclosing separate regions of
a page, linked to a kind of Rolodex that
c ontent w i t h i n a single Web page. For
brings nets "cards" into view when you
exainple, the following code displays two
click a link
separate layers:
In a typical Web page that contains local
links, you have a l arger-than-usual \Veb
<LAYER>
page that tahcs the viewer to a place further
This is one layer of material.
down on the same page they are viewing.
</LAYER>
This arrangement is handy if you want to

ith the release of the initial "prerelease" v e rsion of N etscape


Navigator 4.0 a few months ago,
Netscape took the opportunity to introduce
yet another set of hypertext markup language (HTML) tags. 'I'hese "layer" tags are
designed to provide precisely positioned,
overlapping layers on a Web page.
These layers can be transparent or solid
and can be "stacked" in a particular order
within a IVeb page. The idea is that with a
little JavaScript wizardry, you can move
around and display different layers to the
user. Ideally, a Web user viewing a Web
page using the new layer tags should be
able to peel away and view the content on
the different layers, kind of like a hypertext

limit th e n u m ber of l i n k s t o o t her W eb


pages, and to keep the total number of Web
pages on your site down to a manageable
level.
Layers add this Rolodex function, so
that when a user clicks on a link it brings
another page "forward" to the display. In
this way you can have many layers of individual pages contained within what is actu-

ally a single Web page. In effect, you are


flipping through the Web equivalent of a
Rolodex, all while staying within the single
Web page.
'I'o explain Netscape's Layer tags further,
now imagine that this imaginary Rolodex
holds cards that are transparent in some
.

]avaScript program uses this attribute to


know which layer to manipulate and display.
The LEFT and TOP attributes specify the
horizontal and vertical positions at which a
layer is to appear as a pixel value. With
these attributes it is also possible to position
one layer adjacent to another.

The WIDTH attribute determines the horizontal width of the layer in pixels. More correctly, it sets the maximum value for text
within a layer before it is "wrapped" to the
next line. Things that cannot be wrapped,
such as images, extend beyond the margin.
C'ontinued onpage 108

<LAYER>
This is another layer of material.
</LAYER>

Ohay, it isn't really this easy. If you try


to view the above code through Netscape,
you won't see inuch of anything. To make
your layers functional, you have to provide
a number of other display and ordering
characteristics to the <LAYERS> tag.
One of the parameters you have to add
is the NAME attribute. It works much like
the NAME attribute within a framed Web
page. It specifies the naine to be associated
with a layer. This is important later, as the

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Web site: http: //www.razberry.corn/raz/censor/
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expression and the right to p rivacy in
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Fight
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Censorship Mailing List Archive It
Web site: http: //www.efc.ca/
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h uge archives, but i s d evoted to t h e
Toronto.
Web site: http: //www.eff.org/-declan/fc/
American perspective.
Web site: http: //www.elc.ca/pages/chronicle/
FTP site: ltp://vorlon.mit.edu/pub/I-c/
Web site: http: //www.ell.org/
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Web site: http: //www.efa.org.au/
10.Student A ssociation fo r F r eedom
of Expression (SAFE) Censor Bait
page 'I'hese Ivll'I' students have gathered together a collection of links at this
site to all kinds of controverial stuff on
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dare look?
Web site: http: //www.mit.edu:8001/activities/
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Contact: Electronic Frontier Canada,
Email: David Jones, djones@efc.ca
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the Web page. Here is the sample code for
our layers examples:

<LAYER NAME="Croequo0"
TOP=175 WIDTH=400 >
Mallards on sale! Drake scott!
<P>
<IMG SRC=" mallard.gif" >
</LAYER>

<IMG SRC="bullfrog.gif">
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<LAYER NAME="Croequo3" L EFT =75


TOP=175 WIDTH=400 VISIBILITY="HIDE" >
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<LAYER NAME="Croequol" L EFT=75
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<SELECT
NAME
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onChange="changeCroequo(this.selectedl
ndex); return false;">
<OPTION>Ducks
<OPTION>Cactus
<OPTION >F rog s
<OPTION>Fish
</SELECT>

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Web page. Note that this will only work in
the latest release of Netscape Navigator 4.0
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writing).
It should be noted that we have only
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as Z-INDEX, ABOVE, BELOW (which determine positioning of the layers in the stack),
CLIP (which allows you to create a transparent wi ndow i n a la y e r), BGCOLOR
(which allows you to add a background
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sites seem to have adopted Netscape's layer
tags. It has a few strikes against it being
widely adopted within the HTML authoring community: i t r e quires JavaScript to
function, it is a Netscape-only tag set, and
much the same effect can be achieved
u sing c a scading s t y l e sh e e ts (see
Positionin g
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function hideAIICroequoLayers() (
document.layers[" Croequog"].visibility
"hide";
document.layers[" Croequol "].visibility
"hide";
document.layers[" Croequo2" ].visibility
"hide";
document.layers[" Croequo3 "].
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function changeCroequo(n) (
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called for.
Now we need something to trigger the
visibility of each page. This can be accomp lished with a Java applet, plugin or a
form. In this case we will use a simple selection form so that users can choose which
layer will be visible. The following code
(which also makes up its own layer) does
the trick:

Keith Schengili-Roberts welcomes any comments.


suggestions or HTML tips and tricks you may have.
You can email him at: kschengi@interlog.corn. His
book on HTML,The Advanced HTML Companion
(ISBN: 0-12-623540-6), is available in bookstores.
Previous articles in the series can be found atThe
Computer Paperweb site at: http: //tcp.ca/.

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technological breakthroughs, Ubi Soft's Pod. Then we' ll get a little reptilian with Microsoft's ultra-cute scroller, CEX.
Pod
From: Ubi Soft Entertainment
System requirements: MMX 166 MHz / Pentium 120
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a c c elerator thing looks and sounds awesome.
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mundane stuff for anyone else, but if you' ve
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second on a 3D-accelerated system, and all I
got the latest gear, Pod is simply a great
show.
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and will make you forget there's such a thing
name of Pod is doing what planet-eating as individual frames in the first place, an
viruses do, namely consuming planets. Your
absolute blessing in a genre where the frame
rate issue has always been a sore spot. And in
home turf is gonna be next, and in order to
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case you think Pod's speed has anything to do
galactic belch, a series of car races have been with sparse scenery, you' re wrong, 3D breath.
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Certain button combinations initiate actions
of dazzling scope, including tail-whipping,
Microsoft's latest attempt at gaming falls into
gobbling up power-ups with his snaking
a genre that's been cooked beyond the point
tongue, or spitting fireballs. All the while,
of overdone the side-scroller. A nintendo
GEX smiles idiotically, sometimes watching
staple, the side-scroller is often greeted in the
you watching him, and is certainly the type
PC world with cries of "ixiot again!"
GEX, however, succeeds because it goes so of hero you want to rescue.
And the Media Dimension, though a little
much farther than the scrolling norm. As a
frightening for poor GFX, will go over great
matter of fact, with large animated characters,
with garners. Yes, it's scrolling, but vertically
complex tasks, and loads of varied actions,
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channel. Customers and channel partners
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The second key element in this retooling is Compaq's plans to offer custom configuration of i t s p r oducts which allow
either its "channel partners" (including distributors, dealers and resellers) to custom
c onfigure p r o ducts f o r c u s t omers o r
Compaq itself to do the custom configurations directly. While some of C ompaq's
rivals do offer such a service, it is generally
available only through those v ith a direct
sales model (such as Dell Computer or
Gateway 2000).
The key for Compaq is that it allows the
company to match its competition, while still
m aintaining a good relationship with i t s
extensive existing partners in the indirect distribution channel, where it currently makes
about 90 percent of its sales. "We' ll let the
customer and the channel define exactly
where the configuration should be done,"
said Pfeiffer. "Compaq is the only manufacturer who is partnering with the channel-

not competing with [it]."


C ompaq is implementing the plan i n
the United States and Australia beginning
in May, with "similar phased implementations" through th e company's worldwide
operations throughout the rest of the year.
In the U.S., Compaq is hoping to h ave
betv een 80 to 90 percent of its volume generated through "build to order" by the end
of 1997.
An Armada for the masses
Compaq also announced a new, aggressively
priced $3,000 (street price) portable computer

w ith b u i l t -i n C D ROM drive, sound


card, modem and
1 6 MB o f R A M ,
which is aimed at
returning the company to its former
number one position in the notebook c o mputer
market.
K nown as t h e
C ompaq
Arma d a
1 500, i t i s ai m e d a t
achieving what Pfeiffer has
termed "a large and long-range
opportunity for growth" amongst the company's core businesses. "No one knows
more about the PC than Compaq," said
Pfeiffer. "No one has app! ied PC technology
to more areas of business or the home. That
said, we' re far from satisfied. We still see a
huge opportunity t o s t rengthen our core
business by getting continuously better at
the fundamentals."
Compaq senior vicepresident
Mi ke
Ci.
Winkler was even
more specific about
the
company's
objective to knock
a rch- c o m p e t i t o r
Toshiba from the top
worldwide notebook
computing s p o tparticularly
as
Compaq virtually pioneered the w h ole
portable computing market and once held a
vice-like grip on it. "We are dedicated to re-

establishing ourselves as number one in


portables," he said.
Winkler said that since the introduction
of an earlier range of value-priced notebook
computers last summer, the company has
atreaOy made some strides in regaining market share claiming a number one position
in recent market surveys of $3,000plus notebook computers (which
are primarily those used in business and by corporations).
T he n e w Arm a d a 15 0 0
machines come in three models and
offer a choice of Intel's Mobile Pentium
Processors in either 120 MHz or 133 MHz;
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GENERICCADD USERS GROUP. Contact:Frank Zander(604)5828283. BBS: 294-8287 (9600 n.8,1).
HELP DESKINSTITUTE LOCAL CHAPTER.An organization providing training, education and a networking forum for Help Desk
Professionals: Those people who help computer users with hardware or software problems. For more information on memberships,

...... at MacPherson Centre ~


The Lower Mainland's Computer Market Place

please call KarenYuenat 631-6088.


INDEPENDENTCOMPUTER CONSULTANTS ASSOCIATION OF BC.
The ICCAis a non-profit association of consultants who provide services in the field of Information Technology. The objectives of the
ICCA are to provide a forum where consultants can network with
each other, exchange ideas, and improve their business and com-

M acPhersonConvention Centre
7325 McPherson Ave.,
Burnaby, BC

Mgg 24th
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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puter skills. Monthly meetings with speakers. For further information contact us at: Suite720-999 W.Broadway,Vancouver,BC V52
1K5.Tel:(604} 734-2747 Fax: (604) 734-2767 o r E Mail:iccaindlink.bc.ca WWW:httpy/www.icca-bc.orgficca/

LOTUSNOTES.- see Pacific Notes UserGroup


MACWESTCOMPUTERSOCIETY.Meetings for members and visitors include PDcopy sessions. General meetings: 2nd Wednesday

of eachmonth; Beginner'smeetings: 3rdWednesdayof eachmonth.


7:30 p.m., Guildford Public Library, Surrey.Messagesandinformation at 268-9530.

MS ACCESSTECHNICAL USER'S GROUP. For those who wantto


participate in teaming more about MSAccess. For information call
Greg Hind at 454-0262, from 9:00 to 5:00.
NANUGS !Northern Alberta Novell Users Group Society) - meets
guarterly at the CompuSmart store on Mayfield Road. For informa-

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OBJECTSUSERSOCIETY. See British Columbia OpenStep Group
(B.C.O.G.).
OPENSTEP
USERSOCIETY(VNUS). SeeBritish Columbia OpenStep
Group (B.C.O.G.).
PACIFICNOTESUSERGROUP (PACNUG) - Lotus Notes usersmeet
thelastW ednesday ofeach month.5:15pm atRosie's on Robson
on July 31st. Contact Delores Beier at 988-2141 or deloresbfifi
awcda.corn
PC/MAC USER
GROUP. Wanted Professional Photography/Graphic
Designers to share, network and learn the latest hardware andsoftware programs available. Starting May 7th we will meet at 7:00pm
every 1st and3rd Tuesday of the month, at Tricera ComputerCenter,
4203-1836 W 5th Ave. If you are interested please contact: B.
Hanington at either 873-6915 or rasta@mindiink.bc.ca for further
info.
PORT COQUITLAMCOMPUTERCLUB. Commodore, Amiga - IBMMac. 1st 8 3rd Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Room 8 MinnekahdaMiddle
School, 1390 Laurier Ave., Port Coqurtlam. Ed Dyer-Publicity at
942-0954.
POWERBUB.DER. Usergroup being formed. Meetings are planned
for first Wednesday To enroll call Perform System Developers at
vrxce mail 604-264-0247.
SQL SERVER.User group being formed. Meetings are planned for

first Monday. Toenroll call Perform System Developers at voice mail


604-264-0247.
T I.99/4ACOMPUTERB.C. 99er Users Group, every Thursdky 7-10
p.m. For information, call Ron: 522-2598. 1st Thursday Tutorials,

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2nd ThursdayGeneral, 3rd Thursday Tutorials, 4th ThursdayUbrary


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TEENSINVANCOUVER USER GROUP. Forteens undertheageof16
interested in doing computer related protects regularly, WWW,proin goal is to share computer
gramming, games; anything! The ma
knowledge and to make fnends. If there are any homeschoolers
interested, that would be great. If interested, please call Orton Mak
at 926-2835.
THE TOPKIDSCLUB. A user group for kids, teens and parents.
Monthly meetings are family focused with software/hardware
demonstrations, guest speakers, WindowsandMac tips and online
demonstrations. A BBS is available to members. Call Garland
Coulson 279-5439 oremail garland coufson@topkidscorn
VANCOUVERAUTOCAD USERS SOCIETY.1st Wed.of the month.
7:30p.m.,8 C.I.T.Bby.Campus Bldg.SW5 Room 1850 Contact:
Frank Zander (604) 582-8283

VANCOUVERDELPHI DEVELOPERSASSOCIATION meets once a


month at the Vancouver Pubhc Library (downtown). The meeting is

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Join us for an informal workshop beginning


at 11:30 am on the first and third Saturdays
of each month at Doppler Computer
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Contact:
Jim Shewchuk 876.4780.
VANCOUVER PC USERS SOCIETY
(VPCUS; 2nd Thursday. 7pm at Science
World. 55 guest admission General 0&A
session. fealure presentation. Speciai
Interest Groups (seeaiso seoarate listings)
and educational seminar registration. Ondisk newsletter. Telephone 290-0660.
VANCOUVER SMALLTALKUSERS GROUP
(VSMUG) is a group of individuals and
Organraabons interested in obiect-onented
analysis. design, and programmmg with a

(VFUG) September-June,2nd Tuesday,at


1900 hours: 200-1177 W. Broadvvay. Info
Doug at 736-2922. BBS 231-9709 and email to joytan@uniserve. corn
VANCOUVER GEOWORKS USERSCLUB

ideasand expenences, discuss technical


issues and learn cool stuff. It s designed
not to be a forum for sales pitches f;om
vendors RSVP VSMUGCvcn.BC.CAor

usually on the 2nd or 3rd week of the


m onth
on Tue ar Wed dependmg on availability of facilities. The purpose of the
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farum far Oelphi developers to get together
and discuss Delphi related issues 610
admission to cover rental ot room. All
meeting notices aresent via fax or email To
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VANCOUVERGEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION
SYSTEMS USER GROUP Meetings are
held on the 1st Wednesday of each month,

September through May. at B.C I.T. Town


SquareRoom 'C at 7:30pm. Contact

Dwight at 940-151 8
for informaIion.
VANCOUVER KAYPRO USERS GROUPVANCOUVER PORTABLE COMPUTER
CLUB (VPCC).AMO17, fnendly members.
heritage CP/Msoftware. the latest DOSand
Windows files, plus inexpensrve access to
the planetwide Fidonet! Visitors welcometo
our BBS Contact person: Jay Siegel. 4251
LancelotDr, Richmond, B.C., V7C 4S4.
271-1519; BBS 271-5934

VANCOUVER NETWARE USERS GROUP


(VNUG) is anofficial user group recognized
by the Netware Users' International Assoc
and supported, in part. by Novell. Meetings
are held on the first business Monday of
every month at The Stanley Park Dining

Pavilion All aspects ot the netwarking environment are discussed and presented with
emphasis on the Netware network operating system The workshop begins at:
400p.m., buffet dinner at 6:00pm, at
7:00pm is a 08 Asession followed by a presentation ending at around 830pm
Member, no-member and student pricmg
appkes to the workshopand/or dinner-pre.
sentation. For further information or meeting topic announcements call aur voice
mail at 689-VNUG(689-8684) .
VANCOUVER
OS/2 USERGROUP Attended
by OS/2 gurus and novices alike and well
supported by IBM. The large and Irvely
meeting is held on the first Wednesday of
each month at the BC Te( Building. 3777
Kingsway, Burnaby and starts at 6:45 pm.

parIicuiar emphasis on Smalitalk. Primarily


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GROUP (VANTUG) is a iorum for both
developers andadministrators interested in
shanng their NT experience with their
peers Meetings areheldevery two months
at the Justice Insbtute of BC(JIBC) in New
Westminster. For more information contact
Glen Houghton at ghoughton4ttbc.org or
at (604) 528-5501
VISUAL BASICPROGRAMMERS GROat
Contact
Johann
Iohannwi@intergate.bc ca
VISUAL OBJECT DEVELOPERSASSOCIATION OF
VANCOUVER- For information on

our next meetmg, contact John Kniewasser


(604) 430-8210 fax (604l 431-3946 CIS
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VPCUSClanon SIG Cianon is a tull-featurea DOS &Windows application develop-

up goodies from the meeting. Meetings for


the next few months will be informal, and
held at a local pub. Contact Brad Froese,

theSUMMERCOMPUTERINSTITUTE presents...

939-3093.
VPCUSEducational Seminars Members

M i c r osoft A u t h o r i z e d
C ertification C o u r s e s
MICROSOFT CERTIFIEDPRODUCT SPEGIALIST-

S5, Non-members S15. Various tapics,


times and dates. Contact GwendaEllwood.
737-8674.
VPCUS HTMLSIG-Want to learn how to
create a hame page on the web? Do you
want to share your expertise? HTML SIG
meetsthe 2nd Tuesday of each month at
7pm at Execu Train,Suite 1010, Cathedral
Place. 925 West Georgia. contact bdeIaney@unixg.ubc.ca
or

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VPCUSInternet SIGMeets last Wednesday


of month. 7pm at 1129 Main Street.
Contact Bab Turner at bturner@dtrect ca
for more details.
VPCUSLINUXSIG-Meets 3rd Monday of
each month at7.00pm atExecuTrain. Suite
1010, Cathedral Place, 925West Georgia.
For further information please call Stan
Clausson 532.6846 or email to claussondirect.ca
VPCUS Novel Netware SIG. This is the
place for you if youare anetwork administrator vnth Novel glory stones and tips to
share. or if you iust want to get together
with other Novel users to explore its insand-outs
Con tact
Bre ndaat
bdelaneyunixg.ubc.ca
VPCUSMICROSOFTOFFICESIG. The place
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software development tools will soon be


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a range of participants from seasonedprofessional programmers to new users and


the cunous.Meets second Tuesday of
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Contact
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VPCUS DBUG(Data Base Users Group)

Emphasis is On SOlving problems of data

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Meets second Tuesday ofmonth at
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Hawthorne 8 79-2703
or
at
caseyh@istar.ca
VPCUS WordPerfecl SIG .Participants
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