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A virtual season's greetings

exchange. But I guess email has become no other personal stuff to grandparents and fam-

It started as an e mail d i scussion about


Christmas cards. For the past few years The
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years, at trade shows, for example. However, I

have yet to meet the majority of them face-toface. Still, we maintain a productive business
people oow have hearey relationship almost exclusively by email.
conversations and develHowever, I'm not sure if email will become
op important relation- a part of my personal life. I' ve got 10-year-old
s hips t h r ough e m a i l letters and greeting cards stuffed in some
exchanges. We' ve heard of friendships and drawer at home. I can't say that about any
romances that have blossomed from Internet email not yet anyway.
email exchanges. And it's no longer newsworthy that new parents email baby pictures and 2S years in the telesphere
Email is our current pre-occupation, but it' s
often observed that Canadians have long been
fixated on communication. And, as a country,
we are early adopters of new communications
technologies. Whether it's Internet access,
cashless Interac cards or cable TV, we seem to
just lap this stuff up.
It's not surprising, then, that we were first
in the w orld w it h a d o mestic satellite.
November marked the 25th anniversary of
T elesat Canada's launch of A
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was the w o rld's f irst synchronous-orbit
domestic communications satellite. Anik 1
and its successors have become a central part
of our lives, whether we realize it or not. The
major TV networks like CSC, CTV and Global
use it to beam their programs across the country, as do specialty channels. Telesat will be
launching a d irect broadcast satellite in
November 1998, which will carry the directto-home TV services we' ll be hearing more
about in the coming months, as companies
start pitching us about the virtues of a 500channel universe.
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medium is different.
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and industry representatives across Canada
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check out the top of the kiosk next time you


fill up. If there's a small satellite dish there,
there's a good chance that location's transaction processing is handled by VSAT.
Telesat recently introduced a new satellite
data comm service called IP-Advantage. The
service promises better speeds than ISDN or
even some frame relay systems. IP-Advantage
grafts the company's consumer DirectPC
Internet access service with the VSAT business
service, and Telesat claims performance of up
to 24 megabits per second. If you consider
that the fastest consumer modems today are
rated at 56.6 kilobits per second, you' ll get an
inkling of how fast that is. Telesat claims that
it is equivalent to about 15 TI l i nes. That
ought to be just enough to handle the surge of
animated, talking, seasons-greetings cards
we' ll be sending and receiving via email this
time next year.

A new focus on small business


Beginning this month, you' ll find a new section in The Computer Paper,focusing on products, services and issues that are relevant to
computer users in small business, which we' ve
defined as companies or branch offices with
up to 50 employees. This is not a radical
change in editorial direction, but a formalizing of some small course corrections we' ve
made during the past few years.
Our readership surveys have been telling
us that the interests and desiresof TCP readers
are evolving, as much as the computer industry itself is evolving. Many of our readers work
as professionals in companies, or are small
business entrepreneurs, who want the straight
goods on how computer technologies are
going to help them survive and prosper. If this
is you, then you now have a section to turn to
each month.
Whether you use your computer as a business tool, as a means of personal productivity
or as part of the family recreation centre, we
intend to keep Tfre Computer Paperrelevant to
your interests;
Enjoy the issue

networking services under the VSAT banner. If

David Tanaka

you buy your gasoline at a Chevron station,

Editor

Editorial appointments at The Computer Paper


David Ritter, Publisher and President of
Canada Computer Paper Inc., is pleased to
announce the appointments of D avid
Tanaka to the position of Editor and
Graeme Bennett to the position of Senior
Editor of The Computer Paper.
Mr. Tanaka will assume overall responsibility for the editorial direction of Th e
' Computer Paper. He has been The Computer
Paper 's NewsEditor for the past three years,
and a technology writer and columnist since
1989. Mr. Tanaka has a Bachelor of Arts in
psychology and attended the Masters program in journalism at Carleton University.
Mr. Bennett will be responsible for the

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LETTERS
Strangers in the
Network Neighborhood
I'd like to draw attention to a poorly documented and unwelcome feature of Rogers
Wave. Prior to getting the Wave installed I
had only two nodes on my network: my wife' s
system and my own. After the install, while
clicking on the " Entire Network" icon i n
Win95, I found a whole big list of new groups.
Suddenly I can see a whole bunch of servers

that are not on my network. These servers


cannot be accessed due to password protection but thanks to the Wave, and the fact that
I have not set up any passwords, they can
probably access me.
A call to Rogers tech line revealed that
this is not some freakish occurrence but a situation common to many users of the Wave.
In fairness to Rogers I find there is a disclaimer in their agreement that mentions

the fact that other users may have access to


your computer under certain conditions.
But, if you are like me, your eyes tend to
glaze over when confronted by a large grey
area of fine print, especially with the added
d istraction of a n e w h i gh-speed link t o
cyberspace. So be warned: when you buy the
Wave, you need to pay some attention to
system security.
Alan H

Whatever'9 important ta yau appointments, contacts,

e-mail, expensetracking the pocket-sized PaimPilat


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HotSync technology lets yausynchronizedata with your PCwith

CE sales lackluster? Well no wonder!


I noticed in a recent issue of The Cfunpfftr
Paper the comment that Windows CE has
failed to "take off." I think I know why.
I live and work in Kitchener, Ont., proudly p r omoted a s C a nada's "Technology
Triangle" and having two local universities,
one community college and many well
known high-tech companies.
I have recently decided that a Windows
CE machine might be more suitable for my
needs than the laptop I am currently using, as
I don't need a lot of computing power just a
fast and easy way to keep my customers and
contact information at hand.
I decided a Windows CE machine, printer
and ACT contact manager (that's what I use
on my desktop) would be ideal. Well, it took
much looking to find anyone with a demonstrator model. Most places just had them sitting in a box beside the electronic address
books and knew absolutely nothing about
them. I finally found a running HP 320LX at
Batteries Plus of all places. I found out the
only way to print is via the IrDA port. Also
that outlet didn't carry printers or software.
After four more stops I found a portable
printer (Canon BJC-80) with an IrDA port, but
no open (demo) units. CE drivers? They have
no idea. Ask Canon! (This dealer did have a
CE machine: a Cassiopeia, in a box. No demo
unit. No software. After several phone calls I
found a dealer who will order ACT for CE if I
come in and put down a deposit. Software is
of course not returnable if you open the shrink

wrap.
just the touch of a button. Andwhen you're on the road. use
Network HotSync software to synchronize with your PC
aver the companynetwork. Call 1-800-881-7256, or
visit aur web site at www.paimpilotcam for the
rebhger nealoht yau. Naw that's a number
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So why hasn't CE taken off? At the retail


level at least, it's apparent that no one knows
what it is. Any product that is not made accessible to the consumer will certainly fail. So far
I have spent over eight hours driving, phoning, Web browsing and emailing to try and
find information and product, and I still don' t
have all the answers or any product.
Kent Hunter-Duvar, via email
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according to Statistics Canada. In other
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organizations that have up to SO employees. On these pages, we' ll try to bring you
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Continuedfram page 8
lwore tlnestlona on hard drives
Thanks for your article on hard drives in the
Septemberissue of TCP, it was quite informative.

My question is, would you invest in a hard drive


(2.1 GB) for a 486DX66 PC with 16 MB or RAM
and 420 MB hard drive, or buy a new system?
To be quite honest, I cannot afford a brand
new system at the moment. My kids are driving mecrazy,because they cannot download

games from theInternet.


Tony Hutson

The decision to buy a rrew hard drive shauld


be bused on whether or not your inunediate stor-

tional AS and get an extru 1.1 GB of space.


Most 2.1 GB drives today are going for $250, but

age needs justify the expense. The new drive, youcan get a32 GB model for $29S. Gr, spend
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drive, it could be used in yorrr new system a year
fmm now and can be used us the main hard drive,
or a secandary one for additional storage.

won't do much to improve? our current system's


performance, although you will notice faster data
amss becauseof the higher spindle rates and

a total of $365 and you' ll have a 4.3 GB drive.


With hard drives, the more spuce you buy, the

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Creative Labs hasintroduced its PCDVD Encore Dxr2, a digital video
disc kit designed to enable a PC to
play the latest in DVD audio and
video titles. The Encore Dxr2 consists of a DVD drive (which will also
play most formats of CD-ROM and
CD-Audio discs, including CD-R

and CD-RW), and a decoder PC monitor, rather than a home TV set. As well,
board, which can decode the number of movie titles available on DVD forMPEG 2 video and other mat was very small until quite recently. According
data streams.
to Creative Labs representatives, the Encore Dxr2
Creative Labs' first DVD kit "features picture enhancement technology
kit suffered from sometimes that gives PC-DVD Encore smoother, crisper,
tricky installation, and the high-definition video playback when compared
lack of NTSC or SVHS video with today's DVD solutions."
output, so DVD movies
The new kit's feature set includes ability to
could only be displayed on a output video simultaneously to a PC monitor, a

TV set, and an SVHS recorder. The DVD drive runs


at 20x speed (3MB/sec), twice the speed of earlier
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"mouse," so named because it generally has a "tail" (the cord), and intended to allow a range of sitting
early mice often squeaked when . or "roaming" interaction with the
being moved around by the user. computer, with the trackball and
Even with care and regular cleaning, m ouse buttons being used to conthe innards of a mouse eventually trol menus and icons, while the
become gummed up with human microphone allows voice input for
skin flakes and skin oils, spilled food d ictaphone or speech to text input.
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The difference between trying to
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good quality new one is profound.
For a little more money ($45 to

Simplest computer upgrades

Bigge r capacity hard drive: In

Bumping up the performance of an (Cheap, too!)


the last 18 months, drives with
olde r c o mputer is often a better H e rearesomegoodstockingstuffers o v e r on e G igabyte (over 1,000 short-term policy than buying a
th a t w ill increase the performance m egabytes) have become incredibly
new one, if only because even if o f a PC at a relatively modest cost. c h eap. Any older computer is likely
you could afford the new comput- K eep in mind that whatever you t o h ave a hard drive with 200 to
er, it would quickly become obso- buy has to be compatible with the 8 0 0 MB capacity, and it's probably
lete as welL Care should be taken c o mputer you are intending t o
pr e tty much filled up and slow in '
a g ainst the common hazards of i n s tall it on. Politeness would sug- p erformance. For a little over $200,
upgrading: lack of user knowledge, gest that if you buy an upgrade for y o u c a n g e t a 1 G B c a pacity '
a n d compatibility and installation y o u r c o m puterist, yo u s h o ul d e n h anced IDE drive, by a brandi
p r o blems. So, our first recommen- i n c lude proper installation as part of n a m e m a n u facturer s uc h a s I
d a t ion is either of two excellent t h e g i ft.
b o oks on buying and upgrading a
Mor e RA M : R A M ( r a ndom o f d r ives the target PC is compatiPC:
access memory) chips are what your b l e with, and unless you are handy;
Refe r ences:
The PC Upgrade and PC uses to run software programs, w i t h c o m puters, make arrangeRepair Bible a
is huge book that con- a nd t he more RAM a PC has, the m e n ts to have a technician do the:;
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Car t r i dge drive: One of the;

them and keeps them company, but ever want or need to know about s u ites, games, and graphics. RAM m o s t popular upgrades is a data
very young children's motor skills h o w to fix, upgrade and operate his c h ips have become so cheap in the s t o rage device that uses cartridges
are often not fine enough to enable or her computer. If you actually read last 18 months that they are by far t o m ake backups of files from the
t he whole thing carefully and prac- t h e cheapest, easiest and most effec- c o m puter's h a r d dr i v e . T h e
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ticed the activities it describes; you t i v e add-onb for boosting computer I o m ega Zip drive is probably the '
would become a fairly expert corn- p e rformance.
most popular, though the LS 120
puter technician. The book's drawVir tu a lly every operation o n flo p p y drive is gaining in popularabout $100), you can get a premium
b acks are its price, and the fact that y o u r c o m puter, f ro m I n t ernet it y .
quality mouse, including one of the
you probably won't read more than b r owsing to printing documents,
Fast e r C D -ROM drive: Most
new "scrolling and zooming" mice,
a few percent of it. The 970-page benefitsfromadditionalRAM.Costs m u l t i media PCs that are more
which take advantage of features in
softcover book (ISBN 0-7645-3023- per megabyte currently range from t h a n two years old probably have a
the Windows 95 operating system.
2) is by Barry Press, published by $ 6 t o $8. With most existing PCs 2 x o r 4 x C D-ROM drive, which
Logitech was one of the first
IDG Books, and sells for $69.99.
havi n g between 8 and 16 MB of c a n r ead information at a rate of
manufacturers on the market to
Canadian Computer Handbook, RAM, you can
add another 16 MB of 300 to 600 KB per second, which is
offer mice that support vertical
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only a fraction of the speed of a hard drive.
For between $80 and $200, you can buy a
much faster CD-ROM drive, between Sx and
20x (1.2 to 3 MB per second data transfer
rate). This will allow you to load software

Senrlces assd supplies

To get the most out of a computer, there are


ongoing expenses that need to be met: printer
supplies, tech support, training, telecom services and the like. Gifts that take some of the
programs, large graphics and video files sting out of the computerist's overhead costs
much faster, and multimedia games and might include:
High-speed internet service: The Rogers
educational software, particularly t hose
WAVE cable modem service offers up to 500
with long sequences of animation and
kilobits upload and download speed, using
video, will be able to run.

an Ethernet card installed in the subscriber's


PC, connected to a cable modem that in
turn connects to the household cable TV
line. Rogers' WAVE is somewhat more
expensive than a POTS (Plain Old Telephone
Service) Internet hookup, but the added
speed plus unlimited online time make for
an attractive service for anyone who spends
a fair amount of t ime surfing the Web.
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local phone service, and Internet services
that offer the 56 KBPS X2 or competing
download capability. The big drawback of
ISDN is the cost of the ISDN modems: though
prices are going down, they still cost over
$350.

printer supplies ansi paper


Printers, particularly color inkjet models, have
plummeted in price: in fact, for under $200 a
Lexmark color printer would make a very nice
holiday gift. However, the shocking truth of
the Great Printer Scam is that printer manufacturers make most of their profits nowadays
from selling supplies mainly ink cartridges
for inkjets, and toner cartridges for laser printers. A handful of brand name, new ink cartridges for your computerist's insatiable inkjet
would be a welcome gift, perhaps in conjunction with some high-quality specialty paper
for making iron-on T-shirt transfers, or photoquality prints.
Be somewhat wary of buying non-name
brand supplies. A Toronto company called
Image Control does a good, conscientious
job of refilling and reselling laser toner cartridges and black ink c artridges for fax
machines, and there may be other reputable
companies in your area. But keep in mind
that the formulation of color inks for highresolution inkjet printers is a tricky business:
stick to the name brand ink cartridges unless
you see good inkjet output that has been
made using the reloaded or alternative ink
cartridges.

Sometblne really affordable...


For those who have extremely small budgets,
or are just stingy, here are some under-$20
suggestions.
A new mouse pad: Is your computerist a
Star Trek or Garfield fan with a tatty old
mousepad? Give him or her something that is
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A scanned family picture for use as a
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the kids, the dog, the sports car that got sold
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A photo CD stock photo disc: Check


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Clfts galore
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package, with over 1,000 pages and four CDROMs, Windows 95 Secrets Gold lays out all
Windows 95's secrets, undocumented features, time-saving shortcuts, and fixes to common probiems. Some might think it unfair
and perverse that the clumsier, less intuitive,
harder to use MS Windows operating system
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for the notebook PC user


Notebook PCs, because of their tiny size and
various user needs (for example, sometimes
you need your floppy drive, sometimes you
can get by without it), seem to lend themselves to a proliferation of neat gadgets. There
are credit card modems and network interface
cards, tiny portable printers, carrying cases,
spare batteries, and anti-theft devices. Here are
some of the more useful or appealing gift ideas

for the notebook user on your list.


A desktop monitor and full-size key-

board: Current mid- to highl and notebooks


really can be "desktop replacements," but that
means having to live with a fairly small screen
and keyboard 100 percent of the time, not just
while traveling. Many people who find themselves relying totally on a notebook find a fullsized monitor or keyboard on the desk at
home or in the office a good investment. At

least a 15-inch monitor (preferably 17 inches)


and agood ergonomic keyboard areideal,and
can reduce health risks and fatigue, and
increase productivity.
A spare battery: Few notebook computer
batteries last for more than three hours of
intensive use before needing a recharge. In
many cases, especially with notebooks that
have a large I I- or 13-inch color screen, hattery
life is much less. A spare battery will douhle the

The ultimate gaming peripheral


The Windows PC hasbecome a very capable

games platform, due to Microsoft's enhancement of the gaming and multimedia support
in Windows, the proliferation of cheap, powerful graphics and sound cards, and the
appearance of the MMX features on current
Intel chips. Nevertheless, I have a simple and

politically incorrect suggestion for the dedicated PC gamer. get.a video games console
suchastheNintendo 64,SegaSaturn,orSony
Playstation.
The logic is simple: rather than buy a
$3,000 PC with all the bells and whistles needed to run Quake II at hyperspeed, spend about
$200 on a video games console. This will free '
up the family PC for business or educational

uses, and reduce competition for scarce keyboard time. A 64-bit video gamesystem
off
ers
gaming performance better than or comparable to any PC on the market.
Video game titles are widely available for
rental at local video stores, making the "try

before you buy" option inexpensive and easy


to take. My personal favorite among the video
game systems is the N64, due to its unbelievable 3D animation capability. Its downside is

that game titles are relatively few (though


superb in quality and playability), and fairly
expensive (the N64 uses cartridges that store

games on chips, rather than the cheaper CDROM format).


The N 6 4
is , t h e
computing/entertainment

fa s t est s e l ling
pl a t f or m in

Canadian history. The Sega Saturn uses CDROMs, which gives it the mass storage capacity to offer amazing video and audio playback,
as well as good 3D performance. Sega also
releases a number of its best games, induding
Virtua Fighter 11 and Sonic the Hedgehog, in
Windows PC versions, 'so a PC user can see

what the fuss is about, before buying a Sega


Saturn. The Sony Playstation rounds out the
Big Three of the video games console contenders, offering a custom chipset that produces 3D graphics that rival those of the N64.
DVD or not DVD?
In spite of the endless marketing barrage
about digital video disc in 1996 and 1997, this

technology, which offers a compact disc format with between 4.7 GB and over 14 Glj of

storage capacity, has failed to make a quick


impact on the computer market. However,
hope springs eternal, and 1998 may be "the
year of DVD."
As far as buying a DVD upgrade kit, a new,
improved version has just been launched by
Creative Labs, but at this still-early stage, DVD
is mainly of interest only to the true audiovisual enthusiast.

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THE COMPUTER PAPER BC EDITION www.tcp.ca DECEMBER 1997 31

Hit the road, Jack,


effective mobility of the mobile computerist.
An unobtrusive notebook bag: Targus, with a mobile computing device
the largest maker of notebook computer carry- Quite often, someone who is' comfortable
ing bags, has taken to making a wider variety with their desktop PC may need some kind of
of bag designs that don't shout ni've got a mobile computing capability, but not a fullfledged notebook computer. This brings us to
notebook computer in here!" to potential
thieves. Some of their models are built as back- the possibility of buying a handheld device for
packs, briefcases or schoolbook bags, offering our Christmas computerist.
It used to be that the landscape downmarsome degree of protection by camouflaging
ket from a notebook PC was populated by an
the presence of the notebook computer.

unruly mob of rather feeble electronic organizers. No more. Now, if a PC user wants a
high degree of real functionality in a handheld computer, there are a host of new devices
that have lots of built-in capabilities, along
with the ability to communicate via the
Internet, and directly with PCs and printers.
Philips Velo CE palmtop computer. The
Windows CE platform, which was intended
by Microsoft to take over the handheld com-

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puting space, has not succeeded as well as


hoped, largely due to the limited file compatibility between the CE versions of. popular
Windows business applications and their PC
equivalents. Nevertheless, the Philips Velo
Windows CE device, which offers integrated
voice mail and super fast processing speed, is
the most impressive CE device we' ve seen, and
Microsoft is expected to introduce a much
improved CE platform in 1998.
3Com Palm Pilot: In t he m eantime,
though, definitely the coolest and most popular hand held computing device is the 3Com
Palm Pilot. Originally introduced by US
Robotics before that company was taken over
by 3Com, the Palm Pilot has single handedly
g enerated most of 'the excitement in t he
handheld computing market in 1997.
The basic unit is an inexpensive electronic
organizer with the ability to send and receive
data from a computer, but with add-ons from
3Com and over 2,000 third-party developers,
the Palm Pilot can be used as a wireless cellular email system, and much more.
According to some retailers specializing in
the handheld computing market, such as the
Toronto based Palm Top Shop, the Palm Pilot
is outselling all the other handheld computers
or personal digital assistants by a factor of several to one.
Apple Newton Message Pad 2000 and
Apple e-Mate 300: Apple has gone hot and

g
cold on the Newton since its invention, seeing
the potential of Newton technology, but
unable to begin to realize that potential until
recently. The first Newton was difficult to use
due to weak handwriting recognition software, and had a high sticker price for a gadget
that needed a lot of extra hardware and software to be added before it became particularly

useful.

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The current model of Message Pad is a


much more satisfactory product, and the eMate 300, which is based on Newton technology, but packaged as a kind of light weight
miniature notebook, has proven to be quite a
h it i n
the
educational
market. The
Message Pad
2000 sells for
a street price
of
ar o u n d
$1,400, and
the e - Mate
doesn't have
a street price,

since Apple is
selling
it
directly to the education market at a list price
of about $1,200. Also, although we don't have
many details, Apple has announced the coming release of the Message Pad 2100, which
include 3 MB DRAM and an enhanced

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CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS

communications software suite. Message Pad


2000 owners will be able to upgrade their
machines to the 2100 spec.

These boots are made for waihin". the


ultimate mobiie dream machine
You don't have to settle for a modest little
handheld computer to supplement and communicate with your desktop PC. If you have
the money, you can dispense with your big PC

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altogether, and buy an industrial strength,

ital camera, video capture hardware, and high

We ran across two notebooks recently that


qualified as dream machines, and admirable
replacements for a PC.
The Toshiba Tecra .759 CDT: This is the
"highest drool factor" notebook of the fall
1997 season. Based on a 233 MHz Pentium
processor, the 750 CDT comes standard with

for playing Duke Nukem and other business ports, a 20x CD-ROM drive, and 3D sound
applications), an optional 4.7 GB DVD-ROM and Wavetable Synthesis, and full duplex
drive, 5.1 GB hard drive, and full Plug and audio. All this, for only $10,869. For more '
Play and power management utilities.
information, call 905-470-3478, or check out
The 750 CDT's graphics subsystem is par- http: //www.toshIba.ca.
ticularly impressive, based on a S3 Virge video
The Kurocom 7200 No tebook: This
controller with 4 MB of video ram that sup- Canadian-made desktop replacement notevideoconferencing capability (including a dig- ports 1,024x768, 24-bit display on the 13.3- book also comes with a 233 MHz processor, 64
MB of RAM, 20x CD-ROM drive and 13.3-inch
TFT screen, but it lacks the videoconferencing
capability and NTSC TV output, as well as
some other features of the 750 CDT. However,
e.
for mainstream business tasks, it is one of the
fastest notebooks we' ve seen, and at a suggested retail price of $4,775, it is much more
affordabfe. For more information, point your
browser to http: //www.entoom.ca.
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A computer can be made a lot more flexible


and fun with the addition of devices that
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computer or exported from the computer, and
shared with other people. Here are some neat

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Agfa and Storm Scanners: Storm and


Agfa have both come to market with incredibly inexpensive flatbed scanners, for under
$300, just in time for the 1997 holiday season.
The Agfa Snapscan 300, at $299, and the
Storm EasyPhoto Image Wave, for $229 (less a
$50 U.S. rebate), bring amazingly high quality
scanning to the PC at a trivial price.
Be aware, though, that these are not highvolume, professional graphic arts scanners:
they have limited resolution, speed and durability. Still, in terms of price and performance,
both devices are quite amazing achievements.
A digital camera: Some computer retailers
report digital camera sales have surpassed
scanner sales in the last 18 months. Currently,
there are lots of easy to use 640x480 resolution cameras on the market for $500 or less;
Epson, Casio, Sony and Kodak all have excellent offerings in this category.
The current excitement in the digital camera market, however, is in the new wave of
high-resolution "megapixel" cameras, including the Kodak LC120, Epson, Olympus and
Vivitar models. These new high-resolution

cameras create images with 1280x960 or


1,024x768 pixel resolution, and currently cost
about $1,100 to $1,200. All digital cameras
have the ability to transfer pictures to a PC
simply and quickly, and most decent digital
- cameras also now coine with a tiny color LCD
screen to view pictures before saving them
onto a computer.
Santa in a Big Blue suit:
IBM for Christmas

IBM's PC company is offering a wide range of


software, peripherals and consumer and small

office PCsystems for the holiday season, ranging in price from $39.95 to $4,399.
At tke stocking stuffer level is the IBM
Brings You the Crayola Kids Adventures Color
a Story in 3D program, a multimedia kids'
"edutaimnent" title that lets users create 3D

images based on themes suggested by

Gutli
ver's Travels,20,000 Leagues Vnder theSen,
and The iliad (the tale of the Trojan Horse).
The appeating graphics of this Windows title
are enhanced by music and voice storytelling
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NASCAR Racing 2 (NR2), the first Papyrus
product to be distributed by Sierra On-Line,
the little rodent the best got a lot better in early '97.
It may have been a sequel, but NR2 had
back to initiate
more
than enough legs (wheels?) to stand all
the backswingthe further you on its own and was the first Papyrus product
drag, the higher made to appeal to the masses, not just hardyour on-screen core realism fans. In that respect, N2 offered
alter-ego raises several optional driving aids and even a pure
arcade mode! Upgraded visuals (particularly

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Fortunately, none of the above came at the
expense of the program's strength, an accurate
depiction of a muscular stock car being
pushed to the limit. If there's another racing
game that comes this close to real life, I' ve yet
to see it.

Street price: $50


If you' ve got a hockey fan on your gift-giving
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best, would you? And the best over the last
several years has been EA Sports' NHL Hockey
series, one that has been smartly upgraded
with its latest installment, NHL 98.

experience

power of your
shot is determined by the forward thrust,
draws and hooks by how far you deviate from
a straight path, and punches by the amount of
backswing. What a concept!
Sierra's first golfing game isn't perfect. It' s
missing some of the impressive extras of EA's
PGA Tour and is hampered with a few visual

annoyances, such astemporarily disappearing


golf balls. But none of this has a profound
impact on what is otherwise a wonderfully

innovative gameplay design that real golfers


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whatever layout you' ve concocted. Or, select

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You want showy? You want spectacular?


Like its predecessors, NHL 98 delivers a graphic bonanza that's second to none. As a matter
of fact, you' ll have to remind yourself every
now and then that you' re playing a computer

More importantly, true students of the


game will appreciate EA's attention to artificial

97, and if previous efforts (NHL PowerPlay 96) it's been spotted still kickin' around on store
and early word are any indication, it' ll give shelves and YOU MUST BE WARNED!
intelligence this time around. Yes, the odd
the EA Sports game its first serious competiT his weak e f fort w a s i n d icative o f
glaring AI quirk remains, but for the most part tion. Consider yourself prepared.
Microsoft's first ugly forays into computer
NHL 98 plays much smarter than before and is
gaming. Yes, the cut scenes were beautiful, hut
game and not watching a television broad- absolutely brilliant in head-to-head mode.
Not even in the discount bin
the circa 1985 Space Invaders gameplay was
cast that's how real this thing looks. Add real
Of course, EA Sports doesn't have a Deadly Tide, from Microsoft: Released back in astoundingly repetitive and m ost astute
life Vancouver Canucks announcer Jim monopoly on PChockey. By the time you late '96, Deadly Tide deserves mention garners could work from beginning to end in
Hughson and his mostly accurate play-by-play read this, Virgin will have released yet anoth- because, one, it was preceded by an heretofore less than half a day. Thank your lucky stars
and this is hockey, baby.
er Vancouver-designed title, NHL PowerPlay unparalleled marketing campaign, and two, I'm here to save you.
NBA Jam Extreme, from Acclaim: Truly stu-

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generic and often mistaken commentary by


the one and only Marv Albert, and downrigitt

strange gameplay. Sound good to you? I didn' t


think so.
Pray For Death, from Virgin: Adding to the
recent glut of fighting games, Virgin saw fit to
spew forth this monstrosity at the beginning
of the year. It' ll take any fight fan less than an
hour to kick and punch their way from beginning to end, and even that hour is thorough-

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Pro and CH Products with the Force


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feedbackcode, but the Force FX is
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talks to radios BURLINGTON, the proper information for routing and
Mass. (NB)
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vers will be talking to car radios, which multilingual text-to-speech technology.
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the freeway, and how to reroute your- series of notebook computers. Aside
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evolution of car navigation systems. 512KB of Level-2 cache), AST has conToday, rental car companies such as centrated on addressing the security
Hertz offer satellite-delivered car navi- issues of mobile computing.
gation, but the system requires a sendNational marketing manager, Bruce
ing and receiving display with com- Yott, says "Beyond top performance
mand buttons to select destinations and intelligent system design, the value
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sure to meet everyone's storage needs and the
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mark, and for IDE drives, the fastest spindle
rates are still at 5,400 RPM.
The one thing we'd like to emphasize is

speeds, and if so, how much?


And finally, you should also realize that
these modems offer 56Kbps speeds on downloads only. Any information that you are
required to upload will be transmitted at
33.6Kbps. The price difference between
that doubling the internal data transfer rate 56Kbps and 33.6Kbps modems is pretty slim,
will not double the overall speed of the hard so you may as well go ahead and take the
drive. Despite what some poor unsuspecting plunge. Both USR and other manufacturers
customers are being told by salespeople (who are offering cash rebates on current models,
most likely don't know better), these drives plus a free upgradeonce the ITU standards
will not speed up your applications by 100 have been established. This alone was enough
percent, they will not give you an additional to make the'decision a no-brainer for many.
20 frames per second in Quake, nor will they
cut your Windows 95 load time by half. The 3D graphics
bottom line is, sure they' re faster, but don' t Depending on who will be using the computexpect miracles.
er, it may be worth your while to consider the
CD-ROM drives have also seen increases in purchase of a 3D accelerator. Now we' re not
speed, as well as considerable price drops. You talking about one of those all-in-one 2D, 3D
can now go out and pickup a 24x drive for as video cards either. We' re talking about a dedilittle as $120. With prices this low, there's no cated card whose one goal in life is to provide
sense in settling for anything less. And con- incredible 3D acceleration and make you glad
sidering that nearly every piece of software you spent your hard-earned money on Hexen
these days wants to occupy 150 MB of your II or NHL 98.
hard drive, getting a fast CD-ROM drive is a
Although there are cards that claim to be
great way of keeping those install times down both 2D and 3D accelerators, they' re no
to a minimum. Games and applications that match for a dedicated pass-through card such
leave a large amount of information on the as Diamond's Monster 3D. These cards are
CD-ROM will also benefit thanks to the high- used in conjunction with your current video
er drive speeds.
card, and are not designed to replace them. In
fact, they' re no good without one, which is
Modems
why they' re known as pass-through cards.
The latest craze in the world of digital com- They have to be hooked directly to your video
munications are the new 56Kbps modems. card before you can see anything on the
Even though the official standards have not screen. So, are they worth it? Absolutely,
yet been established, sales of both USR's x2 without a doubt, yes!
series and the KFlex models have been quite
It should be noted that these cards are
high.
designed strictly to enhance games, and won' t
Whether or not you' ll benefit from one of be of any use to your applications. But if
these new high-speed modems depends on a you' re playing a game that supports 3DFX,
number of things. First and foremost is the the difference is like night and day. Always
quality of your phone lines. The goodnewsis look for the 3DFX logo on the box of any
you don't need to be a phone technician to game you buy to make sure it supports your
determine whether or not these new modems 3D accelerator. Also, check the 3DFX Web site
will benefit you. There is a utility available at http: //www.3dfx.cornfor 3DFX updates and
from USR's Web page that will give you a good patches to existing games.
indication as to whether or not the x2 speeds
As mentioned previously, two of the more
are possible on your existing phone lines, and recent titles at the time of this writing include
you can perform that test without a 56Kbps Hexen II and NHL 98. Both games will work
with or without a 3DFX card, but once you' ve
modem.
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whether or not your ISP (Internet service


provider) supports the new breed of modems,
internal data and if so, which technology? Do they have
transfer rates USR x2 modems, or the KFlex series? Dothey
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$260, or slightly less for the OEM versions
that do not include any games.

for just under $200, These drives will read


your existing 720KB and 1.44 MB floppies, as
well as the new 120 MB floppy disks. They' re
considerably faster, around five times the
speed of current floppy drives, and connect
via your IDE connector.
Some manufacturers have already started
to make these drives standard issue on some

traditional floppy, it's a faster drive, and it' s


backwards compatible. These drives could
quite possibly spell the end of 1.44 MB floppy
drives and make way for this long-overdue
technology.
But before that happens, the $190 price
tags on these drives will have to be dealt with.
There's no telling how long that will take, but

The re-inventedfloppy
The long awaited LS-120 floppy drives have of their models. And why not? You' re getting if demand for the new technology is great
finally begun shipping, and are now available more than 80 times the storage capadty of a enough, it could be a matter of a few short

months. So should you buy one now or wait


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Monitors
The one part of your system that will outlast
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we always recommend you give some serious


consideration as to its size and features offered

before you think about the price. While it may


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stoppedmakingthem, and second, the viewing area on a 15-inch monitor is far more
comfortable as far as screen real estate goes,
not to mention the higher resolutions that are
possible without eyestrain.

to move the image left or right, up and down


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But the really good monitors are those that go
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image's pincushion settings, or misconvergence values. The general rule is that the more
things you can configure, the better the pic-.
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high as $550 for some Trinitron models. As far
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..$57 $62
.,$82 $87
$107 $112

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$107 $112
$103 $108

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Adaptec 2940U............,.
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$237 $242
$295 $300

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AMD K6-200...................

.$132 $137
.$177 $182
.$248 $253

AMD K6-233...................

. $5(0

Cyrix 6x86 200+...............


Cyrix 6x86 MX 200+.......
Intel PISO........................
Intel P166........................
Intel P166 MMX..............
Intel P200 MMX.............,
Intel P233 MMX..............
Intel PII 233...................,
Intel Pll 266....................
Intel PII 300...................

$92
$97
. $192 $197
$134 $139
$188 $193
.$177 $182
.$295 $3(O
.$430 $43$
.$614 $619
.$770 $775
$1093 $I098

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AMD K6-166............o......

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(approx.)

W.D. 2.IGB EIDE..................... $245 $2$0


W.D. 3.IGB EIDE..................... $269 $274
W.D. 4.0GB EIDE..................... $361 $366
W.D. 4.3GB ultra............,.......,. $335 $340
Quantum 2.IGB ST.....................$243 $248
Quantum 3.2GB ST....................,$272 $277
Quantum 4.3GB ST.....................$339 $344
Quantum 6.4GB ST.....................$442 $447
Quantum 4.3GB Fireball SCS1....$462 $467
Iv)uantum 4.5GB UW SCSI......,...$787 $792

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.....$53' $56
. ....$22 $ 2 5
. ....$14 $ 1 7
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4M 72Pin................................$21
$24
4M 72Pin EDO................,......$21
$24
8M 72Pin................................$37
$40
8M 72Pin EDO.......................$27
$30
16M 72Pin.............................$56
$60
16M 72Pin EDO.....................$49
$53
32M 72Pin............................. $100 $104
32M 72Pin EDO..................$101 $105
32M SD Ram....,.................... $116 $120
64M SD Ram..........................$296 $302

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Acer 56K Int. Fax/Voice.......... $101 $107


Supra 33.6K Int. Fax/Voice........$78 $82
Supra 33.6K Ext.(Retail).......... $(2( $125
Supra 56K Int. FaxlVoice..........$145 $1$0
USR 33.6K lnt. Fax/Voice........$118 $122
USR 56K Int Fax/Voice....,.......$1/7 $182
USR 56K Ext. (Retail).......,....$227 $232
USR 56 Ext. Fax/Voice (Retail)$2/I $276

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(approx.i

Acer 15 56c.............................$328 $333


Acer' 17 76e.................,...........$560 $$70
ADI 15 E40........,..................,.$325 $330
ADI 17 5P..... )...................,...$620 $630
Daytek 15 1536D....................$260 $26$
Daytek 17 1731 D.....,.....,.,....$504 $514
Panasonic IS S15...,.................$342 $347
Panasonic 17 S70...................., $634 $644
Royal 14..................................$191 $196
Sceptre IS P511........,..............$299 $304
Sceptre 17 P73.........................$56S $$7$
NEC 15 E500......,....................$501 $$11
NEC 17 E700....................,......$891 $901
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Asus VX 97.......
Asus T2 P4.......

Asus TX 97E.....

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....$(84 $189
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Asus PZL97 Pll.......
GIGA 586 ATV VX...............$118 $123
GIGA 586 HX.......................$148 $153
GIGA 686 LX Pll.................$265 $270

NINNg(e

(approx.)

L ogiiech PS/2 2B...,..........,.....$14 $ 1 6


L ogitech PS/2 3B....................$21 $ 2 3
L ogitech Serial 2B..................$14 $ 1 6
L ogitech Serial 3B..................$16 $ 1 8
MS.l MouseV.2 Serial..............$27 $29
Zoltrix Serial 2B.......................$7
$7
G enius 2+ I B Ne(Mouse,...........$15 $ 1 7

Nnter

(approx.)

Canon BJC-80 Portable.........$368 $373


Canon BJC-250..................,...$212 $217
Canon BJC-4300......,...........,.$277 $282
Epson Stylus 400....................$268 $273
Epson Stylus 600....................$348 $353
Epson Stylus 800....................$495 $5(X)
HP DJ 692C...........................$361 $366
HP DJ 890CXI.......................$598 $608
HP LJ 6L.....,...,.........,...........$524 $539
HP LI 6P...................,.........$960 $975

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A cer FX-3D.....,.....................$22

C irrus Logic 5446 PCI I M.......$27 $ 3 0


Diamond Stealth
3D 2200 2M.$70 $73
Matrox Millenium II 4M.......$222 $227
Matrox Mystique 220 4M...,...$150 $155
Rainbow Runner Studio,..........,$232 $237
S 3 3D Virge 2M.......................$45 $ 4 8
S 3 Trio 64+ PCI IM................$31 $ 3 4

ONsng

(approx.)

586 Cooling Fan.............$SALE $SALE


Pll Cooling Fan...............$SALE $SALE
ISA Network Card............$SALE $SALE
PCI Network Card............$SALE $SALE
Mic with stand..................$SALE $SALE
Headset W/MickUol Ctrl.$SALE $SALE
Full Surge Power Bar.........$SALE $SALE
Zip Disk...........................$SALE $SALE
Blank CD.......................,..SSALE $SALE
Plain Mouse Pad...,..........$SALE $SALE
1.44M Floppy Drive....,....$SALE $SALE

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HP Scan)et 55.........................$261 $266


HP Scan)et 5P.....................,..$373 $378
UMAX Astra 600S.................$245 $250
UMAX Astra 1200S...............$423 $428

$25

Acer AW35 Pro.....................$28


$41
S ound Blaster 16 PnP..............$55 $ 5 8
Sound Blaster AWE64...........$107 $112
Sound Blaster AWE64 Gold..$242 $247

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ATI All-In-Wonder 4M.......,$279 $284


ATI Pro Turbo PC2TV 4M..$174 $179
ATI Xpert Cap(ay 4M............$253 $25(l
ATI Xpert Ca)WOrk 4M..........$221 $226
ATI 3D Xpression 4M...........$106 $111
ATI 3D Xpression PC2TV4M$133 $138

SUPRA 33.6 EXT..

$Call
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3C 509B NETWORK..................................SCall
MATROX MYSTIQUE 2MB RETAIL..........SCall
MATROX MILLENIUM 11 4MB RETAIL....$Call
MATROX MYSTIQUE 2MB Upgrade Mod. $Call
ATI 3D EXPRESSION 2M...........................$Call
ATI 3D 2M EXPRESS1ONSG RAM..............SCall
$Call
CL 5429..
S3 TRIO64+(200)..
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USR 28.8 INT V34..
USR 33.6 INT OEM..

JAZZ DRIVE EXT SCSI.................,..............$CBII


IMB 30PIN.
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256K CACHE MEMORY..........,...................SCBII


BTC 16X CD ROM
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A computer for Christmas
and 32 MB of RAM, and to try to keep the sysCnntinuerf f'raw page64
tem at around $2,000 not including the monof machines ever, not to mention some very itor. All the machines were tested with the
nifty case designs. Cases ranging in color from BAPCo benchmark suite, and were configured
off-white to charcoal gray, from sub-compact at a resolution of 800x600 with 65, S36 colors.
to roomy mid-sized towers, even the tradiAlthough there were two processor classes
tional desktop design. No matter what you' re in this month's tests, the 200 MHz machines
looking for, this month's roundup of systems were not compared directly to the 233 MHz
has something for everyone. Whether you' re models for overall performance. Taking the
looking for something very value-oriented, or price difference between the two processors
a machine that leaves little to be desired, the into consideration, the machines were ludged
next few pages tell it all.
on their price/performance ratio and overall
value. All machines were configured with 32
Our tests
MB of RAM except for the Ultinet system,
W e asked vendors to s end u s systems which used 64 MB. We would like to note that
equipped with 200 or 233 MHz processors, this did not give the Ultinet machine an

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runs one application at a time, neither of
which requires more than 32 MB of RAM. The
STD machine, which was equipped with 32.
MB, came in very close to the Ultinet system.

Thecoateeders
Compaq Presario 4$28
Leave it to Compaq
to come up with
some of the most
aesthetically pleasing
comp u ters
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privilege of seeing.
This
par t i c ular
model, the Presario
4528, is not only easy on the eyes, but offers
some innovative features not found on other
systems, To start, the CD-ROM drive does not
have a tray that holds the discs. Instead, you
insert your CD-ROM about 1-2 cm into the
drive slot, at which point the drive senses the
disc and pulls it in the rest of the way. When
the discs get ejected, they are pushed out just
enough for you to grab them. Also, just above
the CD-ROM drive are controls that allow you
to adjust the system volume, as well as call up
your browser at the press of a button,
All nifty features aside, this machine is
powered by a 233 MHz Pentium MMX processor, ZS6KB of pipelined cache, 32 MB of
SDRAM, a 3,2 GB hard drive, 24x CD-ROM
drive, an S3 video card with I MB onboard, a
56Kbps voice/faxmodem and a JBL 3D Virtual
Theater sound system. The overall performance on this system wasn't what it should
have been, due mostly in part to the video
card used in the machine. The Presario 4528
has a suggested retail price of $2,492 and
comes with a one-year limited warranty, with
the first 90 days on-site.

L2300 video card with 8 M B o f SGRAM


onboard,a 56Kbps voice/faxmodem, and an
LS-120 floppy drive. Multimedia compnnents
include a Sound Blaster AWE64 Value sound
card, a 24x CD-ROM, and a pair of Rock-Excel
SOW speakers. Priced at $2,490, this system
carries a two-year parts and labor warranty.
Darius
The Danus system
falls into the 200
M Hz
Pen t i u m
M MX c l ass o f
machines, which
make up a fair portion
of
th is
month's roundup.
Using the l atest
430TX chipset and S12KB of pipelined I.evel2 cache and 32 MB of SDRAM, this system
offers good overall performance while maintaining a fairly modest price tag.
The makeup of this system includes a 3.5
GB hard drive from Fujitsu, an 53 ViRGE video
card with 2 MB of EDO RAM onboard, a
Panasonic 24x CD-ROM, a CreativeLabs
Sound Blaster
AWE64, and a 33.6Kbps modem
from USRobotics with voice and speakerphone. On the benchmarks, this machine
came in at a score of 202 overall. This system
is priced at $2,030 and comes with a threeyear parts and labor warranty.

A lways able t n
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and performance

are svstems hearing


the Hits name, and
this month was no
exception. Powered
by the latest Intel
Pentium 233 MHz Pentium MMX processor,
Compucon
512KB of pipelined cache and 32 MB of
The Compucon SDRAM, this machine managed to achieve a
system this month decent overall score on our benchmarks.
was unique in that
All the latest technology went into buildit used the new
ing this machine, everything from the new
A MD
K6-2 3 3 ATI Xpert(~'Play with 4 MB of SGRAM to the
p rocessor. W i t h
Panasonic LS-120 drive. Multimedia acces512KB of pipelined sories include a 24x CD-ROM, also from
cache and 32 MB Panasonic, a Sound Blaster AWE64 sound card
o f SDRAM t h i s and a pair of multimedia speakers. Storage
system managed to place among the top few needs are met with a Quantum Fireball 3.2 GB
machinesas faras performance goes.
drive with Ultra DMA support for maximum
The system consists of a 2.1 GB Ultra DMA performance. On the software side of things is
hard drive, a very fast Leadtek WinFast 3D
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Maybe you'd rather have a Mac for Christmas


Power Mac 6500/300 mixes business with pleasure
BY PE T E R

IVI I L B U R N

Power Macintosh 6SOO/300


From: Apple Computer
CPU:300 MHz PowerPC 603e RISC, with 512KB
Level-2 cache (expandabie to 1 MB)
Memory: 64 MB RAM(expandable to 128 MB)
Storage: 6 GB
IDEhard drive, 24x CD-ROMdrive, 100,
MB removable Zip drive. 1.44 MBMac/PCSuperDrive
Video: ATI Rage II 2D/3D graphics accelerator, with 2
MB SGRAM,supports 24-bit (millions) color on 17-inch
monitor up to 800x600 pixels and 16-bit (thousands)
color on 21-inch monitor up to 1,152x870 pixels.
Expansion: Two 7-inch PCI slots, Apple Video System
card, Apple TV/FMTuner card, SCSI. ADB, serial with
AppieTalk network, 16-bit CD-quality audio output
Pros: Screaming performance, built-in 64-bit 20/3D
video acceleration, 3D surround sound and subwoofer,
incredible software bundle
Cons:CPU notupgradeable,accelerated video SGRAM
not upgradeabie
Suggested retail price: $4,299

market to come from Apple since the launch


of PowerPC-based Macs in 1994. Its hardware
features read like a power user's wish list: a
PowerPC 603e microprocessor running at 300
MHz with a512KB Level-2 cache, 64 MB of
RAM, a 6 GB IDE hard drive, 24x CD-ROM
drive and an internal 100 MB Zip drive. Add
to that an onboard ATI Rage Il 2D/3D 64-bit
graphics accelerator, a
5 6 K B i n t ernal
data/voice/faxmodem and an integrated dualfunction subwoofer with 16-bit 3D surround
sound, and you begin to get the impression
that this machine is loaded with everything
the average user is likely to ever need for at
least a few years, anyway.
The 6500 hardware components are
housed in a rugged, kidproof minitower case.
Unpacking it and plugging in all the clearly
marked cables takes less than five minutes.
When it's all done you .simply press the
power-on key on the keyboard and you' re
ready to rock 'n' roll.
Upgrade and expansion are a breeze. To
access any of the drive bays you simply slide
upwards the front bezel on the CPU case, To
access the motherboard for RAM, PCI, Video
or TV/Radio tuner expansion slots, you
remove two screws from the back plate, pop
out a metal handle and slide the board out of
the case. To put the board back, you line its
edges up with two guide rails and slide it back
in totally painless and convenient.

ust a few years ago, who would have ever


dreamed that a m i d -range computer Software
would clock in at 300 MHz? Well, that' s
By itself, the hardware configuration is
precisely what Apple is currently offering impressive enough. But what gives the 6500
the home and small business user.
tremendous value is the productivity, learning
The PowerMac 6500/300 the flagship and entertainment software that comes bunmodel of the 6500 series is certainly the dled with the unit. All of the pre-installed softmost impressive bundle for the home user ware is on CD-ROMs that are neatly packaged

cornu
copia

A computer for Christmas


Contirrned from page 66
the ATI games bundle, which ships with the
Xpert@Play card, and the Windows 95 CDROM. Priced very competitively at $1,949,
this system aims to please both the powerhungry and those on a budget.
CompuPartner

about jumper settings. Video on this machine


is achieved through a Matrox Mystique video
card with 4 MB of SGRAM onboard, which
helped this system achieve the second fastest
overall score, as well as in the desktop graphics portion of the benchmarks. A 3.2 GB
Quantum hard drive with Ultra DMA support
is the primary storage device, offering adequate storage and good performance.
Without a doubt,
Multimedia applications will make use of
one of t h e b e st t he OPTI 9 3 1M-3DS sound c ard a n d
buys this month is Panasonic 24x CD-ROM drive as well as a pair
this fully l o aded of speakers. Rounding out the system is a
CompuPartner sys- Linkskey 56Kbps voice/faxmodem based on
tem from STD. This the Rockwell chipset, Priced at $1,699 with a
system strikes an three-year warranty on parts and labor, this is
excellent balance one machine you won't want to pass up.

between performance and pricing, being the second fastest


system in the entire survey as well as the lowest-priced.

The machine is driven by a 233 MHz


Pentium MMX processor, 512KB of pipelined
cache on aQDI motherboard, and 32 MB of
EDO RAM. QDI motherboards have a feature
called SpeedEasy, which allows you td configure the CPU speed from inside the CMOS.
This is a superb idea, allowing even the most
novice users to insert a CPU onto the motherboard and set it up without having to worry

in a plastic-sleeved booklet. These titles are


not the watered-down offerings you'd expect
to find in a clearance bin at your local computer supoestore. Some of the 15 titles include
ClarisWorks,
N ow
To uc h base Pro,
MegaPhone, Grolier Encyclopedia, 3D Atlas,
KidPix Studio, Descent II , V R S o ccer,
Mechwarrior II, Virtual Pool and others.

The 6500/300 will run any standard productivity applications as fast as anybody
would possibly want to run them, This computer really demonstrates its prowess when it
flexes its muscle on multimedia. The combination of a fast microprocessor and on-board
64-bit accelerated graphics make this one
mean gaming machine.
Any one of the bundled gaming titles
Impressions
amply showcasesthis machines awesome
The 6500 offers just about all of the communi- graphics capabilities. An excellent test of CPU
cation tools a small business owner could use. and video perforniance is Descent II. Game
The built-in 56K modem is capable of trans- play was incredibly smooth and fluid in the
mitting and receiving data, fax, voice and high-res mode. Even when I engaged a dozen
email. And of course, it can also be used to or more enemy ships at one time. the 65OO
browse the Internet. Of particular interest to never flinched in it's responsiveness. And
this reviewer was the bundled MegaPhone soft- when you couple the built-in 3D suhwoofer
ware. It turns your Power Mac into a digital with a pair of external speakers you get awetelephone manager and answering machine.
some, bone-jarring sound capabilities.
. One of the neat features
especially if you
have a family is the ability to set up multiple Summary
telephone answering mailboxes. MegaPhone Two words best describe the Power Macintosh
can integrate itself with any of the contact 6500/300: performance and value. The only
organizers you use, and is an indispensable reservations I have about this system is the
tool if you spend a lot of your time on the non-upgradeable CPU and video RAM. If you
telephone.
are an avid gamer it's probably best that you
One of the more interesting upgrade wait for the next-generation Gossamer Macs
options is the Apple Video System and Apple that have video RAM expansion built-in.
TV/FM Tuner cards. If you'd like to be able to However, if you feel you can live with a maxcapture and ed'it video, listen to the radio or imum of 300 MHz and 2 MB video RAM then
watch TV on the 6500, then you can purchase the 6500/300 comes close to the ideal home
this expansion kit separately. If you are seri- and small business computer. just remember
ously interested in these options then I would all work and no play, makes]ack a dull boy.
suggest you purchase the next model down in
the chain the Power Macintosh 6500/275 Contact:
Creative Studio. You get 25 MHz slower clock Apple Computer, Web site: http: //www.apple.corn
speed, no Zip drive and 32 MB less RAM, but
this tradeoff is more than made up by the cost Peter Milburn is a consultant with Elite Systems
of purchasing the video and tuner cards sepa- Support located in Calgary, Alta. He can be reachedon
rately.
the Internet at elite@cadvision.corn .
2S6KB of pipelinedcache, and 32 MB of
SDRAM. A 3.2 GB hard drive is also found in
the system, along with an ATI 3D Rage II+
video card with 2 MB of SGRAM onboard. A
16-bit 3D sound system will enhance the multimedia experience, and the 24x CD-ROM
keeps video and audio clips flowing smoothly.
A 56Kbps.Kflex modem is also included as part
of this package to get you online right away.
On the software side of things, we have
Lotus SmartSuite 97, Netscape Navigator, PC
Doctor, Crystal AudioStation and I BM's
Antivirus. The Aptiva E25 is priced at $2,699,
which includes a 15-inch monitor, and a one-

year express service warranty.


Mycomp
From

IBM
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series we review

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achieved s o me

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NEC Ready 97S3


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balance of hardgood numbers on


ware, software and
the benchmarks,
very competitive although it encountered some problems with
pricing on a first tier machine. This unit con- the database portion of th e tests. Other than
sists of a 200 MHz Pentium MMX processor, that, all numbers indicate this machine offers

computer.
To start, there is the latest 233 MHz
Pentium MMX processor, 256KB of pipelined
cache,32 MB of SDRAM, a 4.3 GB hard drive,
24x CD-ROM, 16-bit sound system with
wavetable surround sound and a USRobotics
x2 56Kbps faxmodem. The ATI 3D RageII+
video card with 2 MB of SGRAM will help

speed up games and the system as a whole.


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SDRAM (IDns) 64 Sx8..................$280
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ECC DIMM 128M ........................$790
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Tyan 430TX AT ................................$170
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Epson 400/600 l440dpi...........$279/369
Epson Stylus Photo........................$629
HP DeskJet 670C/820C...,......$285/359
HP DeskJet 692C/722C............$359/459
HP DeskJet 870C/890C............$529/599
HP OfficeJet 300/350..............$579/619
HP OfficeJet-Pro 1150C................,$l329

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Panasonic/Toshiba24X CDROM......SIIS/125
Pioneer l2X/24X Int. SCSI ..................$129/169
Plextor 20X Int/Ext SCSI,.....................$289/399
Mitsumi 6x2 IDE CDWriter Kit...
HP 7100i Rewritabl CD IDE........
Sony 928 8x2 IDE CDWritcr........
Yamaha 400i 6x4 CDWriter..........
Yamaha 4001 IDE Rewritable CD
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Brother HL720................................$339
Brother HL730DX+ w/ Interne.....$43*
Brother HL760DX.........................$519* 16bit 3D PnP Sound Card...............................$23
HP 6L 600dpi,6ppm.........................$529 Accr 3DFX/AW35-Pro Wavctabl.........,.,$27/49
HP LaserJet 6P!6MP...............$989/1269 Sound Blastcr 16/32 PnP......................$59/99
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Acer 33.6/56K Voice/Fax............$79/1 19
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USR 33.6/56K Voice/Fax..........$129/179

Motorola 56K Ext Fax/Voice....$159/169


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Cardinal Int. ISDN Modem...........$269
Xircom 33.6 PCMCIA PC Card.......$229

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Quantum 2.1/3.2G ST.............$239/289
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WD 3.1/4.3/5.1G..............$289/369/479
Maxtor 2.5/3.2/4.3G........$249/269/349
Maxtor 5.2/7.1/8.6G........$419/499/589
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QT Altasll 2.2/4.5G UW...,....$479/799
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Cheetah4.5/9.1G UW..........$969/1539
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Panasonic 1.44 Floppy.....................$28
IOmega Zipl00 IDE......................$139
OR Tech LS120 SuperDisk...........$169
Ditto 2.0/3.2G TapeDrive........$189/269

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YAMAHA MI5/M20/Subwofr........$89/129/115
Altec LansingACS45 w/Subwoof.............$129
Altec LansingACS48 PowerCube...........:..$199

64 bit SVGA IM w/MPEG................................$29


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ATI Mach64 w/ MPEG.......................................$75
ATI 3D Xpression 2M .......................................$69
ATI 3D Plus/TV 4M SGRAM...................$1 19/139
ATI 3D Pro Turbo PC2TV 4/8M............$189/239
ATI All-In-Wonder 2/4M.......................$279/329
Diamond Stealth 3D PC2TV 4M.....................$139
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Matrox Millcnium Il 4/8M......................$219/$339
Monster 3Dfx Woodoo4M............................$223
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ASUS 3D-Exploer 30004M AGP...................$199
TekRam How-R-V Video Confer................$269
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KTX/Proview l4" /15".28 Digital............$209/289
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NEC 15" A500.28/E500.25.....................$479/529
SONY 15" 100SX/SF:25..........................$519/549

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NEC A700/E700,25 Multisync................$779/919
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Liteon Natural KB TouchPad.................$79
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Mitsumi PS/2 Mouse,...............................$15
Logitech 2B/3B MouseMan................$19/35
Genius Net Mouse/Track Ball..........$19/39
Microsoft Intelli Mouse.........................$59

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Packard Bell Multimedia $61S
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Packard Bell's latest
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An interesting feature on this machine is
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CD-ROM drive, floppy drive and a digital
loaded with great
panel that shows the current date and time, as
components and
well as the number of fax and voice messages
ready for work or
you have waiting. Priced at $2,499, this sysplay. Powered by a
tem comes with a one-year limited warranty,
Pentium 233 MMX
with the first six months being on-site service.
processor, 256KB of

pipelined cache and 32 MB of SDRAM, this


system offers good performance and pricing
for a system in its class. The hard drive in this
system is a large 5.1 GB Maxtor, which delivers plenty of performance, not to mention
more than enough storage space. The video
system consists of an ATI 3D Rage II+ video
card with 2 MB of S G RAM o nhoard.
Multimedia accessories include a Sound
Blaster 16 compatible sbund card, and a 24x

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the box, this system also includes a USR x2
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Priced at $2,399, this system is hacked hy a
one-year limited warranty fo r h ardware
defects, and 90 days of on-site service is
included for those who register their Packard
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components eager to please the most demanding users. Powered by an Intel 233 MHz
Pentium MMX processor, 512KB cache and 64
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benchmarks, propelling it to the top of the
bunch when it comes to raw performance.
Taking a look at the machine's internal
workings, it's easy to see why. With components like the Matrox Millennium II video
card with 4 MB of WRAM, and a Quantum
Fireball ST 4.3 GB drive, this system was
already well on its way to achieving first place.
To add the finishing teuches to this system,
we have a Sound Blaster AWE64 sound card, a
Panasonic 24x CD-ROM drive and a
USRobotics Sportster 56Kbps faxmodem. If
you' re looking for the fastest Pentium system
we have ever tested, this is the machine to get.

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15" Mid-(owcr Case, 230W PS
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17" ATX Case
104 Win'95 Keyboard. Mouse
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HP Desk)ei 670C-
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Viewsonic 15" GS .27-
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Viewsonic21" Gb I 0/PN IO 0.25- --5 INSO/$1950
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16MB EDO RAM
Asus TX97 Mother Board
PCI/ISA Mother Board. 512k Pipeline
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Burst Cache, Built-in EIDE Ctrl
PCI 64bit Video Card
S3 3D Virge Video Card
2.1G Quantum ST Ultra IDE Hard Drive
2.6GB Ultra IDE Hard Drive
1.44MB Floppy Drive
1.44M Floppy Drive
I S" Mid-tower Case, 23OW PS
15" Mid-towcr Case, 23OW PS
104 Win'95 Keyboard. Mouse
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15" SVGA Monitor
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Software not up to hardware on Visioneer flatbeds


B Y EMRU T O W N S E N D

Visioneer PaperPort 6000


(Model 3000 also available)
Manufacturer: Visioneer
System requirements: IBM PC or compatible,
Windows 95
Estimated street price: $420 (Model 3000 is $250)

ention the n ames Visioneer or

PaperPort and many computer

enthusiasts think of Visioneer's successful line of PaperPort page scanners, from


the earlier monochrome models to the more
recent, funkier-looking Strobe. While these
units were impressively compact and easy to
use, they were designed specifically for scanand
ning single-sheet paper products 'books
magazines need not apply, When the time
came to use flatbed scanners, people had to
look elsewhere... until now.
Visioneer has recently released its new
entries into the low-cost flatbed scanner market,
the PaperPort 3000 and 6000. These two units
are identical, save that the 3000 has an optical

resolution of 300x600 dpi (dots per inch), and


the 6000 goes up to 600x1,200 dpi (both can
interpolate up to 2,400 dpi). Both boast 30-bit
color, as well as their trademark ease of use and
intuitive document management software. After
using the .PaperPort 6000, I'm convinced
Visioneer has got what it takes to be a contender.
Physically, the PaperPort is unassumingone might even say petite. About the only
remarkable feature is that the lid opens on the
longer side of the scanner, something I' ve never
seen before. The lid also lifts about 2 cm (.75 in.)
off the hinge, neatly accommodating books. I
spent a little time searching in vain for the power
switch, only to discover it doesn't have one; the
unit powers down after prolonged inactivity.
Installation was a snap. I connected the
PaperPort to the parallel port (sorry, Mac owners) of my computer, and put my existing parallel cable into the scanner's pass-through
connector. After installing the TWAIN driver
and the PaperPort S.l document management
software from the CD-ROM (a few mouse
clicks and a short wait), I was ready for action.
My first test involved scanning a lettersized document at 600 dpi in monochrome
(line art) mode. As expected, the PaperPort's
parallel connection made the scan noticeably
slower than a similar test on a SCSI scanner,
the Microtek ScanMaker E3. (Oddly enough,
the scan preview took three times longer on
the PaperPort, but the actual scan took only

58 seconds compared to the ScanMaker E3's


46 seconds.) Unexpectedly, the PaperPort took
slightly longer than some other parallel scanners, which was somewhat disappointing,
Everything changed, however, when I
tried a SxS cm (2x2-in.) color scan at 300 dpi.
The speed was a grudgingly acceptable 3I seconds compared to the ScanMaker's 22 but the
lost nine seconds were worth it. The resulting
image was sharper than that of any scanner
I' ve ever tried in this price range. So much
sharper, in fact, that I double-checked the settings to make sure I hadn't accidentally
scanned the image at a higher resolution.
Perhaps my only real complaint aside
from the speed is with the PaperPort scanning
software. While I appreciate some of the
usability features, such as one-click scan area
settings for a variety of paper sizes, on the
whole the program seems a little sparse. There
is no option for zooming in on part of the
image during a preview. There is no provision
for creating more than one set of custom scan
settings, unless you' re willing to erase one ofthe five existing presets. Unless you have a
photographic memory, there's no way to get
the original settings back without clicking on
the "Restore Defaults" button which, incidentally, also erases all of the customized settings.
Oh, did I mention that the customized settings can't be saved to disk?
This is doubly irritating since the default

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Along with t h e r emarkably intuitive
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Diamond Fire GL 1000 Pro 8M ............ 299
Diamond Monster 3400 3D 4M ............... 215
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ATI 3D Xpression 2M,............................... 57
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Sound Blaster PnP 16/32 Bit ............. 59/109
Sound Blaster AWE 64 ..........................114
SB Discovery Kit (AWE 64 &24x) ........ 339
Speakers 100/320/300W ................ 18/48/69
Yamaha M7/MIS/M20 ................. 65/77/105
Micphone Portable/Gooseneck................ 3/9
HeadphoneSetw/Micphone .................. 14

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Win95 104 Keyboard PackardBell .......... $17
Fujitsu KB 8725/4725 ......................... 25/55
MS Mouse 2B/3B(intel li mouse) ..........29/55
MS Nature Keyboard .................................74
Mouse 3B/Mitsumi .................................... 8
Genius Internet Mouse............................... 18
Logitech Mouse 2B/3B/PS2 ............... 14/22
1.44 Floppy Drive Fujitsu/Mitsumi ......... 28

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PnP Ethernet Card ISA/PCI ................ 27/32
3COM 3C905-TX IOOMb PCI ................ 88
9/16 Port Ethernet Hub..................... 85/175
Cable Assembly 15/25/50ft ............. 9/12/19
Cable per ft Coax/Rj45.................. 0.15/.19
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72pin 4/8/16/32M.................... 22/34/55/112
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Pipe Line Cache 256/512K ................. 14/29
256K Cache for 486/586 M.B ................ 15

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Intel P150/166/200.................... 135/185/289
Pentium MMX 166/200/233..... 179/290/425'
Pro 150/180/200 ................ 279/299/679
Cyrix/IBM 6x86 P200+ ........................... 99
Cyrix M2(MMX)166/200................. 125/179
AMD KS 100/133/166................. 89/118/139
AMD K6 166/200/233 ............. 169/249/485
Pentium II 233/266/300......;...599/789/1109

ZIP DRIVES

lomega ZIP IOOM Int./ Ext ...............138/178


Iomega Jaz I G Int/Ext.......................385/519
ZIP Disk 100MB/Jaz IG ................. 16.5/115
LS120 MB Flopy Drive/Disk ............ 165/21
Dito 2G Tape Drive Int./Ext.............179/259
Dito 3. 2G Tape Dr. Int./Ext.............259 /285
Dito Tape 2G./3.2G.......................... 29 /call

UPGRADE OPTIONS

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MS Home Bundle.......................................85
Norton Anti-Virus .................................... 49
Compon's Encyclopedia 97 ............,......... 18
Corel Draw 7 Full'................................... 179
CorelWordPerfect 8 suite*........................69
Lotus SmartSuite 97 .................................. 39
Grolier 97 &Lot Games (10 CDs) ............ 39
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The technology resource for growing businessin Canada

Oracle toput
Intel inside NC
lt appears another of the great
differences between the Network
Computer (NC) design backed by
Oracle Corp. and the Microsoftsupported NetPC initiative is disappearing. After months of talk
about getting an NC with an
Intel p r ocessor t o
ma r k et,
Oracle's Network Computer Inc.
(NCI) subsidiary was finally able
to announce this fall that just
such a thing was about to hap-

pen.
NCI and Taiwan-based Umax
Data Systems Inc. have unveiled
a software licensing agreement
they say will bring network com. puters r u n n in g
X8 6 - based
microprocessors to the corporate
and home office markets. Umax
says it will m anufacture and
market network computers running NCI's NC Desktop client
software and sell them through
its channels and system integrators into corporate markets glob-

ally.
The first systems from this
new Intel-based NC product line
will use 200 MHz Intel Pentium
processors typical of Windowsbased desktop PCs. Umax hopes
its NC-based systems will sell for
less than US$700. The company
also promises its new NC products will support standard network interfaces including built-

in Ethernet and graphic/sound


cards, smart card readers as well
as a standard keyboard and
mouse. Umax expects to ship the
NCs as early as next month initially in Europe, with North
America t o
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Wheelwright

Seachange secures
remote access
Would you like to be able to
access the Internet, your office
network and the contents of
your home or office PC from
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th e wor l d ?
Mississauga's SeaChange Corp.
aims to m ake secure global
Internet access available to businesses and individuals in 1998.
In October, SeaChange was
appointed a Canadian Master
Solution Partner by iPass, a system that allows mobile computer users to log onto any of 1,300
Inte;net providers' points of
presence, in 150 countries, and
make secure encrypted connections'via the Internet, to corporate networks, and individual
computers. The iPass system,
according to SeaChange's Bill
Simpson eliminates the need for
Continued on page $t6

Annual survey
of Canadian

payroll software
B Y jOA N

HORNAL

Canadian payroll software continues to become


more feature packed and easier to use each year
indows software has become the
norm. There are still many more
D OS p ayroll
us er s th a n
Windows payroll users, however, the DOS
products are not evolving, they are simply
being maintained, I have chosen to review
only Windows software this year as organizations looking for a new payroll program will, in all likelihood, be looking for
a Windows- or Macintosh-based system.
All programs surveyed support multiple pay period types and all provinces and
territories of Canada. The software features
continue to improve; user interfaces are
more consistent with the Microsoft standard and most of th e products have
become more flexible. I found all of the
programs to be ready for the year 2000.
More and more systems are including
human resources information (or offering
add-on modules for human resources

management purposes) along with userdefinable fields.


Paymate and Easypay offer the best
value for your dollar in the under-$500
category with their high-end features, ease
of use and user friendliness. In the integrated category I liked the flexibility and
costing features in Quickbooks Pro.
There was no obvious winner in the
over $500 category. All of these products
are outstanding. Accpac for Windows and
Canadian Payroll fo r W i n dows and
Macintosh are easier to use than Avanti
a nd Grandmaster Il b u t A v anti a n d
Grandmaster have more high-end features.
All of the programs reviewed in this
survey, except Checkmark, were installed
a nd tested using Windows 95 o n a
Pentium 100 MHz system with 16 MB
Co@tinued onpage 86

..OUNTING

Spreadsheet inventor turns to the Web


Bricklin was the inventor and
co-creator of the original "killer
e xt time y o u l o a d u p application" for personal computM icrosoft E x cel, C o r el ers: something called VisiCalc for
Quattro Pro or Lotus 1-2-3, the Apple II. So, along with prospare a thought for Dan Bricklin, grammer friend Bob Frankston (who
a ctually w r ot e t h e c o d e f o r
inventor of the spreadsheet.
VisiCalc), Bricklin unleashed the
world's first spreadsheet in October
of 1979. It sold for $100 and quickly became agood reason forusersto
buy Apple II microcomputers.
Word-processors, presentation
graphics software, integrated pack-

ment on-screen is a secondary function to eventually printing the document out on paper or as an overhead transparency,
Trellix does, however, support
export to th e H TML (hypertext
markup language) standard used to
create Web pages, and Bricklin suggests Trellix will thus be an ideal
way for creating online documents
that can be viewed on the Web or
over a corporate intranet.
"When Bob Frankston and I created VisiCalc, we realized how
important it was to let users build
calculations which suited t heir
needs. That meant allowing the user
to lay out numbers, create labels,
etc., without adhering to some predetermined outline we had arbitrarily imposed," he recalls. "This made
working with numbers accessible to
all kinds of people, not just pro-

tk

grammers and financial managers.

BY CEOF WHEELWRICHT

Dan Bricklin

fully built on what Bricklin had


pioneered.
Meeting D a n
Br i c kiin in
September of 1997, you would not
see a man who seemed bitter or disappointed about the way things
tumed out. In fact, Bricklin was full
of enthusiasm and "big ideas" when
he t u rned u p at Mi c r osoft's
Professional Developer's Conference
in San Diego to share a stage with
Microsoft co-founder and old rival
Bill Gates (Microsoft's Multiplan was
one of the first spreadsheets to comages, desktop publishing applica- pete with VisiCalc).
Bricklin was promoting what he
tions and Web browsers followed
from other manufacturers, but few called "the first, innovative mainsingle pieces of software had as big stream application in a long time on
an impact on the development of Windows."
It is called Trellix and aims to
the industry as VisiCalc.
Yet for all its brilliance and sim- p roduce the w o rld's f i rst t o o l
plicity, the spreadsheet wasn't an designed purely for creating documents that will b e v i ewed onidea that Bricklin attempted to
own. In fact, he made far less screen. He argues that all previous
money from the spreadsheet indus- attempts to do this have been based
try than any of those who success- on the idea that viewing the docu-

As we began developing Trellix, we


Continued on page 89

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Srnal J IBusiness Computing


NetAngel
Cnrrtinued from pageS2
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can add in their own dll's and put in their
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Record keeping

Web functionality and will not have voice.


Jones says it's geared for a small town computer consultant, like himself. "If a client calls
with a problem and just has one line, I can' t
talk them through a fix. So what I' ll do is havethem dial in with their modem. I go online
and communicate via chat. For that kind of
level for a computer consultant we' re looking
around the $300 range.

What if the client either isn't happy with the


result or claims the tech blew up his computer'? First there's a basic log at the service desk.
The log tracks all the activity. The only thing
it doesn't track is the voice interaction.
The client also has a copy of the activity.
And that means the client can always send in
their record to the manager of the system and
point out where they think the technician
make amistake.
But Jones adds, "We cannot guarantee that
a technician will not blow up your machine. I
would suggest that the chances are probably
less than if the tech said now press any key."
Platforms
NetAngel Manager and Service Desk are
designed for Windows 95 and NT. The Client
is for Windows 95 but the company is developing one for Windows 3.1. Jones says a
Macintosh client is a possibility, but a version
for Unix is not planned. However, if they get
they get enough interest, they may port
Manager and Service Desk over to that environment.
The most basic system will not have the

Dan Bricklin
Crmtimred from pageSf
wanted to create a product environment
which would let users edit an entire hypertext document in a single, integrated package. It had to be more than just editing individual, linear pages and then linking them
together."
He says this is where Trellix broke new
ground, giving users automation and direct
manipulators through an on-screen document map. "It's the way we integrate hyperlinking and working with all the pages at
once which sets Trellix apart from the traditional office applications like Microsoft Office
or Lotus SmartSuite," suggest Bricklin. "As we
developed the product we incorporated recommendations from a variety of expertsincluding neuropsychologists on the way
people process information. We conducted
formal usability testing, videotaping dozens
and dozens of people of all ages and backgrounds using successive versions of the
product."
But Bricklin still enjoys looking back on
his VisiCalc days, knowing that they marked
a watershed in the computer industry.
"It lcreating new types of applications] is
what I do, it is how I am wired," Bricklin says.
"I am successful sometimes, but you have
always to keep trying. And when I turned 40,
I didn't have to say 'what am I going to do
with my life' and that really makes me feel
good. If you are a child of the 1960s, you
want to change the world."
And anyone who can remember what it
was like to work with grids of numbers before
the spreadsheet would have not trouble
admitting that this child of the 1960s did
indeed change the world. And he's still at it.
0

The next level is for small companies, such


as computer suppliers. They may want the
capability to put the customer on hold, to
have one or two technicians, and a couple
clients being served.
The final level is unlimited service desk
seats with bAlt-in supervisory capabilities
needed in a big shop. (Supervisor desk software is 90 percent complete.)

The current plan Jones says is to give away


the Client software. It's easily downloadable,
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Seraph CanadaLtd., http:I/www.seraph.corn.
Robert Earley is a freelance writer in Alberta.
He can be reached at rearleyOcable-lynx.net.

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Canadian payroll software
Continued frow page 86
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for the payroll to be correct. Reporting flexibility is good, you select reports and audit
trails for viewing on the screen or printing by
simply clicking the mouse. The program also
has good import and export capabilities.

Pay-Cele
Pay-Calc is an inexpensive, easy-to-use program that has many features of more expensive programs. This is the first year for the
Windows version and I found it somewhat
incomplete. You are guided through the setup
process and not allowed to enter any time
data until the setup is complete and correct.
This is a feature taken from the DOS version
and it works well.
Earnings, benefits and deductions are easy

to setup. There is an "unposting" feature


available to correct errors found after posting
of the cheques. Pay history retention is good
and the reporting is flexible. The manual is
online and help is context sensitive.

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paycheque is modified before your eyes.
Reporting is very comprehensive with
good pay history retention. In the setup for
job costing, payroll costs can be made to
include benefit costs. Overhead costs can also
Paymate for Windows
be added. I was disappointed that the version
Paymate for Windows is new this year and is I reviewed did not contain the excellent perfull of features and easy to use, Paymate is sonnel information that is included in the
compatible with most popular accounting DOS version; this is only available as an add
packages, in particular the Accpac Plus for DOS on. A direct deposit feature and a time clock
General Ledger and Job Cost modules, A calcu- interface are also available as add ons.
lator and notepad are available in all versions. Paymate Plus has excellent reporting features
Paymate is extremely easy to set tjp. and is an extremely flexible and easy-to-use
Context sensitive help is at your fingertips. A product.
feature called Tips and Techniques has been
added to the help menu to guide you through Time Frame Window to Payroll
setup and error recovery procedures, This Time Frame Window to Payroll allows the defproduct will batch time cards for quick setup inition of custom earning and deduction
and review of payroll entries. The pay is cal- codes. It interfaces with many general ledgers.
culated from the default information and as A direct deposit interface and a time clock
interface can be added on. With its workers'
compensation calculations and m u ltiple
union reporting, it is a good solution for a job
costing and union environment.

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MYOB AccolInting with Payroll


MYOB Accounting with Payroll is available for
both the Macintosh and Windows environment. It Is a fully integrated software program
for small- and medium-sizeII businesses. 1he
new multi-user version is amazingly affordable and comes with six months of free
updates for tax tables and support. It ships
with extensive help on CD-ROM. MYOB provides for a large number of very flexible earnings and deductions. As a result of its flexibilit it requires good understanding of the payroll process when setting it up,
Both versions come with an easy setup
Wizard to walk you through the setup procedures. The program does not track insurable
hours or print a r ecord of employment.
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good program for organizations requiring job
or departmental costing and a very flexible
payroll solution.

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accounting solution for small- to mediumsized businesses and professional practices.
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AccPac $imply Accounting
setup and use. Instructions pop up in a box as
AccPac Simply Accounting is very simple to you are using a function. Reporting is very
install and the payroll is very easy to set up complete and I>istory retention is good.
and use, It is available for both the Windows
You should choose the Quickbooks Pro
a nd Macintosh environments bu t t h e version if you require project tracking, time
Macintosh version does not have all the fea- tracking and job costing. It offers you the
tures described here.
opportunity to enter time to a timecard that
Accpac handles manual and computer can be used both for invoicing and payroll.
cheques and after the fact payroll. Payroll You can edit invoice and paycheque hours
chequescan be adjusted by using the adjust and the original records remain intact. You
cheque command to enter the correct infor- can elect to view the pay earnings and deducmation. The program prepares the adjusting tions prior to generating a cheque or you can
entries for you. The program has been review a list of the persons and amounts to he
enhanced to retain two years of detailed infor- paid and generate a batch of cheques.
mation. Earnings and deductions types are
Like most of the newer products, it has
limited but the program calculates workers incorporated a personnel management funccompensation and prints T4s, T4As and tion with the payroll. You may find it difficult
Reievels. Simple job costing is also available. to adjust to accounts with no account numThis program is a good solution for small ser- bers, but if you require a low cost complete
vice or construction businesses.
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was up and running in no time. I found the
screens difficult to read as the employee eamings and deduction information was all on a
single screen. However, this made it easier to The products in this group are designed for
locate the information. The payroll program is larger businesses and not-for-profit organizaextremely streamlined and easy to use, You tions from 50 to 5,000 employees. AII have
can prepare pay cheques one at a time or in a the ability to calculate complex earnings and
batch mode. It is, however, missing essential benefits and to track accruals and bank time.
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Dynacom Accounting 97
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one of the few bilingual Canadian payroll time clock interfaces and human resource
products. It is an excellent choice for business management features are usually available.
and non-profit organizations needing project These programs are all more difficult to
costing and job costing in Quebec. With its
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Canadian payrollsoftware
Contimred from page 90
install; they are multi-user and usually on a
network. As a result of their flexibility they
require a skilled payroll professional for set up
and operation.
AccPac For Windows
AccPac For Windows is a complex and flexible

product with unlimited earnings and deductions and the ability to retain payroll history
for 99 years. Earni ng, benefits and deductions are user definable and the set up is so
simple you can easily calculate the most complex amount.
You can select up to three general ledger
account segments for cost centre reporting.
Any combination of segments can be assigned

t'o an employee's earnings and deductions.


The system distributes statutory deductions
propoitionatefy to the cost centres in which
the employee's taxable wages were earned.
The batch timecard entry system uses tables to
calculate overtime and shift differentials for
union workplaces. Time cards can be reused
from period to period or imported from other
systems. As well as eight user-defined custom

"...tops in service"

fields, the system maintains extensive person-

nel information and an area for free form


notes.
Operators have complete control oi' the
timing and level of consolidation of general
level posting. Macros are available to automate repetitive procedures such as calculating
payroll, printing cheques and printing standard pay-period end reports. Cheques and
forms can be modified and custom reports can
be prepared using the built-in Caret report
writer.
The Crystal Info report writer incorporated
in the system manager further enhances the
product's reporting flexibility. The payroll
module can be used with either the Accpac
Plus for Windows system manager or the
Accpac for Windows Standard system manager. This flexible, easy to use software is a good
choice for medium to large businesses and
nonprofit organizations.
Ave nti
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for large businesses in a network environment

and businesses downsizing from mainframe

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applications. Avanti GT 7,0 is a transition


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with many third-party general ledger systems
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and locations. Complex deductions and benefits can be defined with a spreadsheet-typeformula to facilitate calculations within the program. Tax can be calculated using the graduated method, the bonus method and the lump
sum method.
You can establish up to 9,999 locations or
divisions, each with individual general ledger
earnings and benefit costing. Rate grids are
available for groups of employees assigned to
the same wage scale. Earnings can be entered
from timecards, imported or generated by the
system. The program comes with a complete
set of standard reports or custom report formats can be set up using the report writer. The
payroll run can be cancelled, corrected and
reprocessed even after cheques have been
printed. Avanti payroll has full lob costing
capabilities and large general ledger account
numbers. You can file submissions to CEC and
T4s to Revenue Canada on diskette. Direct
deposit is a standard feature of the program.
This is a very powerful payroll system for complex payrolls.

The Canadian Payroll System


for Windows and Iilaclntosh
The Canadian Payroll System for Windows

and Macintosh was developed to integrate


seamlessly with Great Plains Dynamics
accounting software and other third-party
products or as a standalone system that can
be configured to export to an y g e neral
ledger. It takes full advantage of the graphics environment with its menu bars, teol
bars, buttons, and look up features. Setup is

easy.
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are easily configured, and samples are available in th e t r aining manuaL Individual
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general ledger accounts and departments can

be assigned to every paycode. Every payroll


entry can be assigned to a job for costing purposes. Extensive user definable fields are provided. Data entry is in a batch mode. Batches
can be automatically generated and overtime
can be automatically calculated. Flags can be

set to repeat field contents and facilitate quick


entry.
One nice feature is the capability of combining batches that have been prepared by different operators. Standard and user-customized reports are available at all stages of
the payroll cycle. One feature I particularly
like is the ability to drill down to detailed paycheque and earnings information from the

employee setup screen. This feature packed


payroll system is suitable for most business
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extremely flexible cost reporting. Tht product's special features include the ability to
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special report to provincial school offices.
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Srnajjjj IBustness CornputIng

Sun, Microsoft and the ava lawsuit s


B Y GEOF W H E E LW RI G H T

ation to deliver a compatible implementation


of Java technology" on its products.
Sun says it is seeking an injunction to preeapons are finally out of their holsters in the Java wars that have been vent Microsoft "from improperly using" the
rumbling in th e distance of the Java Compatible logo. The suit further seeks to
whole network computing battlefield since "prevent Microsoft from misleading Java
earlier this year. Relations between Microsoft developers" and to prevent them from "delivand Sun Microsystems have gotten so bad that ering anything but fully compatible Java techin early October, Sun finally launched a law- nology implementations." In fact, there isn' t
suit against Microsoft for claiming infractions much that the complaint doesn't charge
of Microsoft's licence to use Java.
Microsoft with (although there's no mention
This could have major long-term implica- of grassy knolls and a second gunman).
tions for both. If Microsoft and Sun have a
Specifically, t h e
c o m plaint c h arges
.permanent parting of the ways over Java, we Microsoft with trademark infringement, false
could see dual (and duelling) versions of Java advertising, breach of contract, unfair compein the marketplace.
tition, interference with prospective economThis threatens to completely undermine ic advantage and inducing breach of contract.
the idea of "write once, run anywhere" that No skimping on the charges here.
has made Java such an attractive platform for
All of these charges arose from the way
the development of open computing applica- Microsoft has chosen to implement Java on its
tions. And if users have to choose between a new Internet Explorer 4.0 browser and the
Microsoft-backed version of Java and a Sun- bits of Java that it has chosen to include. Sun
backed version, then they will also be forced contends there should be no messing around
to choose more starkly between rnanufactur- with Java when Microsoft implemented it on
ers who produce Microsoft-backed NetPCs or IE 4.0, while Microsoft maintains the right to
Oracle/Sun-supported NCs.
tune it for the Windows platform and thus
B efore becoming too gloomy at t h i s could leave out those software components
prospect, however, it's worth reviewing the that duplicated what Windows does.
facts of the case. The most recent fracas startSun does not see things that way. "One of
ed on Oct. 7 when Sun announced it had filed Microsoft's, or any Java licencee's, most signifa lawsuit in a U.S. District Court against icant contractual obligations is to pass the
Microsoft for "breaching its contractual oblig- Java-compatibility tests, which determine if

their technologies conform to the Java specifications and APIs," the company said in the
announcement of its lawsuit.
"The products that failed are Microsoft's
new Internet Explorer 4.0 browser and its
Software Development Kit for java (SDKJ). As
a result, applications written using Microsoft's
development tools may not run on other
operating systems, such as MacOS, UNIX, or
other browsers such as Netscape Navigator.
Conversely, applications written using Sun' s
J ava Development Kit (IDK) that run o n
MacOS, UNIX and Netscape Navigator may
not run on Internet Explorer 4.0."
For its part, Microsoft is maintaining that
it doesn't interpret its licence agreement with
Sun in the same way Sun does
and that it
will not be party to the creation of a new operating system layer on top of Windows just to
run Java applications.
Bllcrosoft answers in ltlnd
At press time, Newsbytes news service reported that Microsoft is not taking the lawsuit
lying down. At the end of October, it filed its
own suit against Sun in U.S. District Court
claiming breach of c o ntract, breach of
covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and
unfair competition, it refutes Sun's charges,
and seeks unspecified damages.
Microsoft is also seeking a declarative
judgement, which involves having the terms

of the contract read by a judge who will


decide if Sun's lawsuit has any merit. If the
judge finds the suit has no merit, it will be
dismissed and Microsoft will not have to wait
the 18 to 22 months it will take before it can
argue its case in a courtroom, according to
Microsoft group program manager Charles
Fitzgerald.
"Eighteen m o nths a g o, " c o n t inued
Fitzgerald, "two very smart companies signed
an agreement about a programming language
called java. In that agreement, Sun gave
Microsoft more control than it gave other
companies. Now they are asking the court to
redefine the contract in terms of a new strategy
Microsoft also alleges Sun, contrary to the
agreement, "failed to deliver technology that
passes Sun's own test suites and runs on the
Microsoft Reference Implementation. Nor has
Sun provided a public set nf test suites as
required by the agreement. Further, Sun has
consistently failed in its obligation tn treat
Microsoft on an equal footing with ail other
licencees."
Microsoft also accused Sun of "intentional
interference with prospective advantage and
unfair business practices for its repeated false
statements about the compatibility and desirability of Microsoft's products and Microsoft's
rights under the agreement."
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with your toddler. Ten different activities, exercises, and do truly improve or reinforce
he focus of educational software used to colorful screens and lively activities offer a reading, math, spatial, etc. skills. They usuaiiy
be on early learni n. Today, developers are hands-on extension to preschool learning. also provide progress reports for parents and
extending the age ranges of their products Also included is a parenting guide on CD- teachers.
in both directions, from predaycare to post ROM. A preschool version of Ready for
Microsoft has just added its name to the
puberty. This is a crowded field, with many School, for ages two to four, is available sep- list of curriculum-based software with a new
new and excellent products heing released. arately.
four-CD program called My Personal Tutor.
While we don't have the space to cover them aff,
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here is a short selection of some of our favorites. My Personal Tutor
Reading and Math. Like the other curricufumFrom: Microsoft Carrada
based software, this program progresses with
Age suitability: 3-7 years
kids, offers encouragement and gently points
Platforlns: Windows 95/NT
out errors and provides the repetitive practice
Price: $89.95
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Continued f'yoyn page102
humorous adventure, in which players help
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are based only on the continental U.S.).
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Platforms: Windows, Macintosh
Price: $45
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Sanctuary Woods/Theatrix. The lastest and
greatest is Franklin's Activity Centre, which is

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Madeline Claesroon Companion
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Platforms: Windows 3.1/95, Macintosh
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Madeline Classroom Companion, for Grades I
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Major league Reading
From: Sancturary Woods
Platforms: Windows 3.1/95. Macintosh
Price: $29.95
Getting boys to read can be a p roblem.
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modes: you can leam the game from scratch,
attempt to solve chess puzzles or test your
acquired skills against Wigby the Wizard in a
full-fledged game of chess.

Mario Teaches Typing 2


. From: GT Interactive/MacSoft
Function: Typing Tutor
Platform: Mac OS,Windows 95
Retail price: $55

Mario Teaches
Typing 2 turns
t he
b on n g ,
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of learning to
type into a fun
g ame. H a v e
Mario, Luigi or
the
P r i n cess
escort
you
through
th e
beginning, intermediate and advanced worlds
of keyboarding skills, and before long you will

become a touch-typing expert. 0

greatest computer games of


all
ti me.
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h ave
been
m ade to t h e
user interface,
g raphics a n d
artificial intelligence. You first start out as the
ruler of a'n infant civilization. The ultimate
challenge is to build an empire that stands the
test of time.

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Retail price: $65
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Web site: http: //www.siennasoft.corn

Peter Milburn is aconsultant with Elite Systems


Support located in Calgary, Alberta. He can be reached
on the Internet at elitecadvision.corn

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quakes and see the
effect. Over 200 sampies of rocks and
*
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e volution of t h e
Earth and plate tectonics. Whether or
not your child is a
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g eophysicist, t h i s
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child by showing it to the school librarian. A
pocket book, Rocks6r Miernls, is included as 6
bonus.

4 oosebssmps
From: DroamworksInteractive

Platform:
Windows95
Price: $56.99
Goosebumps, is worthy of mention because
it is based on one of the most popular series
of books for pre-teens. If playing the game '
encourages kids to pick up books and read
more, then t humbs up. Goosebumps:
Attack of t h e Mu t an t c o mes f r om
Dreamworks, an offspring of Microsoft. The
30 graphics are great (Dreamworks is
known for innoyative graphics) and the
game play can be quick and tricky. There is
some violence and scary subject matter in
the game, but on the same level as the
books. You are pulled into the game to help
the "good guys" thwart the Masked Mutant
through 15 scary but exciting levels of
game play. Should keep them busy for most
of the Christmas holidays.

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Price: $68
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Legacy Software. It
was one of the few

games rated for high


schooiers and beyond
for intellectual rather
than violence or moral considerations. The
company's new release is DA Pursuit of
Justice. Both have interesting graphics with
full-motion videos that pop up from time to
time. The game play is challenging but educational.
ln D.A., players assume the role of a district attorney and must use their legal
knowledge, which they gain by playing the
game, to convict criminals in increasingly
difficult cases. You must review the evidence, analyze finger prints, check autopsy
reports, interrogate witnesses and challenge
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and jury.
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coroner's office and access Io police records.
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Linv courtroom and interacting with script,
set and actors, just as Emergency Room put
you in the hot seat as a young resident hoping to aspire to chief of the E,R.
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Publishing 97 Seybold report


B Y GRAEME B E N N E T T

The ComputerPaper
was in San Francisco

Sept. 29-Oct. 3, at the


Seybold publishing
conference, to track
down the latest graphics
and publishing software
and hardware systems.

"Think Different" campaign


in short, one of

how to solve mission-critical problems, or to

the more influential trade events of the year.

learn about the latest technologies in digital


ad delivery, color manag
em
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ne

lishing, and so on,

Ctnannglnnl focBs
Uke many tradeshows, the Seybold publishing conference is divided into different categories, some of which are free and some of
which cost money to attend, The free part of
Seybold is the tradeshow, where vendors

Thus, the Seybold show has gained a broad-

er focus since the dayswhen publishing wasa


paperwnly production, On day one of the conference, Netscape demonstrated its latest Web

development effort, code-named Aurora.


such as Adobe, Apple, I ntergraph, Netscapeshowedhow Aurora's Web-site layout
Macrornedia, MetaCreations, Microsoft, and

language tedmology used a meta data frame-

Quark host expansive booths and demo work, called Resource Description Framework
their wares. The other aspects of the show

{RDF), to organize, describe, and display infor-

are the keynotes speeches, conference and mation from the Interne, intranets, LANs,
tutorial sessions, where professionals pay

legacy databases, and PC hard drives into one

big money (around USSI,500) to sit in on universally recognizable format.


Microsoft had some Web-related announcements of its own that day.

panel discussions or tutorial sessions on

Not interested
Don't be so sure.

ment, Warnock sees emerging opportunities


for merging and creating content once and
using it for print, CD-ROMs, and the Webwhile separating form and content to ease

Explorer d e velopment that re-purposing, Warnock foreseesasset and


team offtdally launched IE document management also becomingmore
4.0.
impor
tantto companies as content is growing

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proof that it is becoming a major launchpad
for markets other than professional print publishing. It was the site of t h e o fficial
Explorer 4.0 and the kickoff of Apple's new

developed to aid in "cross-media" develop-

called Mason's near the


Moscone hall, Microsoft
chief executive officer Bill

Gates and the Internet

e conference, which is hosted by

announcement of Microsoft's Internet

That evemng, at a dub

Back at the Seybold at a faster rate. Adobe says it will release free
conference, Adobe's chief updates to PageMaker 6.5 that will provide
executive officer Johri support for i
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the city's spectacular Museum of Modem Art,


waiting in line to attend featured keynotes by
both Gates and Apple "interim chief exectut ive officer,"' Steve Jobs on Oct. I an d 2,
respectively,
The main foyer provided the first evidence
that this wasn't the same sort of Seybold show
we'd attended a few years earlier (check out
the Seybold report from our Dec. '93 issue in
our online archives at http: //www.tcp.ca). In
bygone days, the registration system was handled on Macintosh systems, and the Mac was
clearly the dominant platform with the pony' tailed and brightly vested attendees. This year,
attendees looked more corporate (the $1,500
conference session fees might have had something to do with that), and they lined up at PC
portables to complete their registrations,
while a huge Microsoft banner hanging over
the escalator pronounced "Windows: the
Platform for Publishing."
On a nearby wall, a monstrous Intergraph
banner touted the speed of Windows NT publishing workstations that company officials
claimed were up to 36 times as fast as Apple's
PowerMac 9500.Indeed, things had changed
in Apple's stronghold.
Of course, Apple was there at the show,
and under the guiding hand of Jobs, was making a few splashes of its own. The night before
the conference opened, during the television
premiere of the computer-animated movie
Toy Story on the Wonderfiil Worlrl of Disney,
Apple had rolled out its controversial new
"Think Different"' ad campaign. (This was not
coincidental, Toy Stvrywas produced by Pixar,
a company whose chief exectutive is none
other than Jobs.)
The new Apple ad that ran on the Disney
show focused on great historical figures
instead of MIPS, windows and megahertz. A
similarly therned full-page ad ran in Monday's
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clear that it's not out of the raceyet. And yes,

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where, instead of being used, as today's PC
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length away, the "smart TV" will be in the farnily room, with the users sitting ten feet away.
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with a hard drive inside to cache your favorite
content will bring this Web lifestyle to the
mass market, and several of his comments

reflected this belief. He talked of the benefits of ence before him. As is seemingly inevitable at
having color management in the Web browser such events, Gates resorted to the popular
(and used online shopping for sweaters as his "dog and pony show" technique of parading
example) and claimed that Microsoft is assum- out a stream of leading solution providers. For
ing that natural (continuous) speech input wi)I his one-two punch, Gates chose Adobe chief
be the way most of us communicate with our John Wamock and Macromedia boss Bud
computers in a few years.
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founder Tim Gill made an emotional pledge of
support for Apple at Jobs' keynote the next

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to Windows platform support. Quark, Gates
said, was announcing its intent to port all of
its apps to Windows. (Elsewhere on the show

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demonstrated advanced Plug and Play functionality in its upcoming OSes by plugging a
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relief on Gates' face.
Note that USB support is already available in recent releases of Windows 95specifically, the OSR2.1 release added USB
drivers. USB support will be a standard feature in b oth W i ndows 98 and N T 5 .0.
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an existing system, using add-on cards available from several manufacturers.
Gates also described NT 5.0's new "Find a
Printer" feature that allows you to search for
printers on a network based on the printers'
capabilities (color, paper size, etc.). Gates
claims that, once found, Windows will, with
a simple right-click, install the necessary driver and install the appropriate color management device profile automatically. He
also noted N T c u r rently h a s b u i l t-in
AppleTalk network connectivity.
Such demonstrations, plus state-of-the-art
software support f r o m Q u a rk, A d obe,
MetaCreations and others, showed all too
clearly the speed at which NT is catching up as
a publishing platform.
After his keynote, Seybold conference
founder Jonathon Seybold came out of his
post-Softbank retirement to ask Gates several
questions. One of the most interesting was
why Gates neglected to even mention Java
during his talk, Gates replied, "I didn't think
the audience wanted to hear about programming. I didn't talk about Cobol, either."
Gates added, "Hey, I'm a programmer, I love
talking about languages." Thus, Gates neatly

sidestepped the issue.


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bones to the print publishing crowd every now
and then, and then return to his main theme;
the Internet is the future of publishing.

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about the events in the weeks before the
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had put th e l argest Mac cloner (Power

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and IBM (the suppliers of the PowerPC chips

at the heart of every PowerMac!) had lost


their MacOS licenses as welt.

Jobs explained, in a passionate speech frequently marked by profanity, how the deals
Apple had made with Power Computing,
Motorola and IBM were not good business
deals and how their exiting the Mac clone

market would be a Good Thing. It was a


tough sell, but, as at Gates' talk the day
before, a number of th e company's best

known developers came up on stage to vow


their commitment and support for the
moves. Adobe's Warnock noted that Mac

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sales of Adobe software titles were still strong
(over 50 pecent), and said he believed in
what Jobs was doing. Quark's Gill got all
choked up as he uttered his words of support. And then Jobs played twice the new
Apple "Think Different" ad and described
how things were indeed going to be different
at the new Apple.
How do you get to talk to Jobs (other
than emailing him at Pixar!)? Careful planning worked for your faithful reporter, who
managed to speak personally to Apple's chief
at the Seybold conference. Getting up early,
standing in line for the Jobs keynote on Oct.

2 (the only people in front of me were a pair


of editors from Ma cAddict
appropriate,
don't you think?), and racing down to sit in
an aisle seat next to the microphone was
easy. Now, the tricky part what would I say
if I got the chance? Considering the crowd' s
penchant for publishing, I elected to ask
Steve about Apple's plans for OpenType,
PostScript Level 3, OS-level PDF support and
so on. When the QRA session began following his one-hour pep talk on why some of
the recent tough decisions had to be made; I
jumped up and asked point blank why
Adobe Type 1 font support wasn't built into
the OS (what professional publisher on the
Mac uses TrueType?), and (to loud applause)
whether TIFF/IT and PDF might be more useful than PICT as OS-level graphics formats
on a platform where almost nobody uses
PICTs for publishing. Jobs replied with a
question; "What if PostScript was built right
into the MacOS?" and elaborated by saying
the OS team are currently examining the
possibility of adding PostScript to the OS.
Perhaps Mac OS (and qot just Rhapsody)
will gain some of the Display PostScript features from Nextstep? Apple needs to act decisively and quickly in this regard to reclaim its
lead in the publishing arena the enemy is at
the gates, if you' ll pardon the pun.

Trade show highlights


I spent the rest of day two perusing the many
booths in the North and South halls. I was
struck by how many vendors were showing
products running on the Windows NT platform. I was also amazed to see how many companies were in the large-format printer market.
Such printers, w'hich typically print metrewide or larger pages in full color on glossy
stock, were seemingly everywhere. I particularly liked the offerings from ColorSpan, the
company formerly known as LaserMaster.
Hewlett-Packard's giant inkjet units were producing spectacular output, too.
At its huge booth, Quark was busy handing out demo versions of QuarkXpress 4.0 and
crowing about its plans to move its entire
suite of publishing apps, including the highend (and p r eviously M ac-only) Q uark
Publishing System, to the Windows platform.
Quark reps were also boasting about their
direct import of Adobe PDF files in an upcoming version of XPress but, when quizzed on
the subject, they conceded that the import
function will only import a single page at a
time weak! This feature is not expected to
make it into the still-unreleased version 4.0.
Looking back on our Seybold report from
The Computer Paper's Dec. 1993 issue, it is
amazing to consider how much has changed
in the interim. Back then, the Internet wasn' t
even mentioned in our report. Apple hadn' t
even released the first PowerPC computers,

and Microsoft's very first application to support Object Linking and Embedding had just
been released.
Now, of course, there is scarcely a company on the show floor that doesn't have an
Internet tie-in in some form, except Quark
which, perhaps not coincidentally, is at this
writing still selling as its current product
version 3.3x of QuarkXPress. Discounting a
few bug-fixes, this is the same version the
company was selling at the 1993 show, and
the s t i l l -unreleased v ersion 4 . 0 of
QuarkXPress does not include Web-authoring support, either, although several thirdparty products I saw on the show floor
added Web-page output features to Xpress,
Extensis'
Cybe r Press,
Astr o b yte's
BeyondPress 2.0, Terry Morse Software's
Myrmidon 2.0, and HexMac's HexWeb XT
all deliver HTML output from Xpress. Of the
b unch, I
wa s m o s t i m p r essed w i t h
BeyondPress 2.0, a l though M y r midon,
which is designed as a Mac-only printer driver, is perhaps the easiest to use and most
widely compatible.
BeyondPress handles tables, fonts, style
sheets, TrueDoc and more quite elegantly
(although not always accurately) and, best of
all, it can output HTML documents of any
length automatically from XPress pagesincluding graphics.
For more info on these and other Web
publishing products, see the report on Web
A uthoring T o ol s a t our Web sit e :

http: //www.tcp.ca/gsb/net,
Of all the vendors at Seybold, the one
that had changed the most since the 1993
show was undoubtedly a company that in
1993 had been known as HSC and had, in
the interim, bought up several other companies including Specular I n t ernational,
Fractal Design, and Real Time Geometry. It
then fused its product lines with its own
Metatools
o fferings,
yi eldi n g
MetaCreations. At t hi s show, Metatools
titles like Painter 5.0, Ray Dream Designer
5.0, Kai's Photo Soap and KPT Bryce 3D were
wowing crowds not only with their elegant
feature sets, but also with their low prices.
Soap, for example, is only US$49.
Without a doubt, MetaCreations' offerings are some of the most "artistic" graphics
tools on the market. A good example is KPT
Bryce 3D, a 3D landscape modeling and rendering program that, for the first time, supports animation. (Check out the demo versions of Bryce for Windows .or Mac at

http: //www.metacreations.corn.)
Elsewhere on the show floor, author Susan
Kitchens, known as "Brycequeen" to her fans,
was autographing copies of her new book on
Bryce 2. Like the first edition, Kitchens' Real
World Bryce 2offers deep technical info in an
entertaining and easy to understand way.
Details that are glossed over in the official
Bryce manual, such as the "deep texture editor," get plenty of pages inReal World Bryce 2.
It's from Peachpit Press.
For those who don't consider themselves
artists or publishers per se, the most promising
package on the floor was undoubtedly Ipublish
2.0 from Design Intelligence. This package, for
Windows 95/NT, makes it extremely easy to set
up stylish looking printed and/or Web-based
documents. Ipublish is the easiest to use publishing tool I' ve ever used. Of course, its
extreme ease means that it has more limited
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Ceffee table CD-ROMs


BY RO S S

MACDO NALD

espitethe fact that they' re consider-

ably less interactive than a Iot of


software products, discs that come
across simply as coffee table books on CDROM have proven reasonably popular

among consumers,largely because they


cost the same or less than a cellulose version while often offering additional content
and multimedia. And it's those additional
features that make defining which CDROMs can be called coffee table books largely subjective.
I applied no hard-and-fast rule for the
handful of Christmas suggestions listed here,
applying a rather more intuitive approach by
mentally extrapolating how a paperbound
versiern of particular CD-ROMs might appear.
lf I could see it as a large format, heavily illustrated book, it got considered for this assignment.
Strangelyenough, though many many
discs might qualify as coffee table books using
the above oblique criteria, the vast majority of
what ended up as most suitable came from
The Voyager Company. Its lengthy catalogue
contains perhaps more coffee table style CDROivls than any other, and on a wide range of
interesting topics, too.

The First Emperor of China


From: The Voyager Company
Platforms: dual format {PCand Mac)
Estimated price: $69.95
The first time I
' heard about the
now famous terra
cotta horde was
over the airwaves
in 1984 while living in a VW van
,; tJ
outside Fort St.
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B.C.

, Whomever it was
th e
l! radioenthused for
,i
some considerable
' ' time over a literal
army horses and all of life-sized terra cotta
statues found buried near Xian in China. The
thing I remember that impressed him mostand now me too is that every single figure
was cast as an individual... di(ferent faces,
postures, dress, etc., and that goes for the
horses too!
At the time I had the impression this was
only just discovered in 1984. But, thanks to
The First Emperor of China CD-ROM, I now
know that the site was accidentally discovered
in 1974 by some peasants digging a well.
Of course, an army of archaeologists soon
Sacred and Secular: The Aerial
descended on the site to unearth the rest of
photography of Marilyn Bridges
these thousands of figures and eventually,
From: The VoyagerCompany
identify the phenomenon as the tomb of
Platforms: dual format {PC andMac)
China's first emperor, Quin Shi Huang Di,
Estimated price: $54.95
who reigned briefly from 221 to 206 BC. The
Here we have a
figures have since been relocated to the spevery nice collection cially inaugurated Qin Museum of Warriors
of aerial i m ages and Horses.
that photographer
As you might have already anticipated,
. Marilyn Bridges has this disc contains lots of photos, scholarly
created of p laces essays and background information regardshe obviously coning this incredible find along with a video
" siders as sacredtour of the museum and film footage of the
and secular. Her original excavation. But, as CD-ROMs can
accompanying nar- accommodate plenty of material, you' ll also
ration explains the find several extras here like bibliographic
w hy o f e ach i n text, maps, a timeline of contemporary his*'
accordance to her
tory and even a glossary of Chinese terms
own sensibilities. with the appropriate characters and audio
And the pictures are excellent indeed.
pronunciation.
Invariably shot from low altitudes in the
Further to that latter item but functionlight of early morning or late evening, each ing more a curiosity than a practical tool 1' ll
picture in this collection is stark and para- wager in the majority of cases The First
doxically luscious at the same time. All are Emperor of China comes with a bilingual
high contrast and beautifully textured in
English/Chinese soundtrack. As well, you get
black and w h i te a deliberate choice a compact aerial tour of The Great Wall of
explained by Bridges in t h e n a rration: China.
"Color is not archival," she says. "It fades in
Like most coffee table books, the speciten to 20 years and I want to make some- ficity of The First Emperor of China is not
thing that lasts...."
going to attract a wide general audience.
Unfortunately, the only way to convey a However, the terra cotta army itself is so
sense of the photos without being able ta unique and impressive, l don't think anyshow them is to compare them to the more one would balk at finding this fascinating
familiar work of Ansel Adams bleak, fasci- mylar document inside their Christmas
nating and often demanding of a response.
stocking.
I would heartily endorse this disc to
those who share Bridges' vestigial sense of Comic Book Confidential
the sacred, but I would more broadly recom- From: The Voyager Company
mend Sacred and Secular to just about any- Platforms: dual format {PCandMac)
one who has an interest in photography or
Estimated price: $54.95
simply enjoys looking at pictures that are This one might seem like a bit of stretch as a
assuredly artistic and somewhat out of the coffee table book but i' ve seen so many books
ordinary.
on this interminable art form

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in all kinds of formats, so 1 figured this disc
just has to qualify here.
The contents of Comic Book Confidential

alone would almost justify purchasing this


disc as it displays the art and artists behind all
the great comics. Stan Lee is in there and, of

newspaper funnies into comic book size and


selling them at a newsstand for 10 cents

Parade
in 1933 right up to the '80s revival.
Produced with panache, the movie portion

invented by his dad (who, apparently, came


up with the idea of folding up the Sunday

toric comic books like Supenyinfl, Captain


America, and The Fabulous Furry FreakBrothers.

Even more entertaining is the rare footage


in the movie of a laughably too familiar U.S.

apiece).
Congressional hearing convened in the 1950s
But, of course, there's lots more than a to address the dangers posed to society by
kick off with Ron Mann's titular 90-minute course, Robert Crumb, but perhaps the best
c omics! 1 c a n
documentary movie of the same name. The surprise for me was coming across William movie here. Even the most impassive user will
remember a simifilm chronologically traces the history of the Gaines (of Mtfd Mngazine fame) telling the likely be captivated by the hundreds of pages
lar fear of long
comic book from the very first Funnies on
story of how the comfc book was, apparently, of art and full reproductions of original hishair on men in
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Like I said, those are the things you must
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image map you' ll hardly know you' re doing
something difficult.
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use a WYSIWYG editor, a standalone image
mapping tool is what's required to create
clickable graphics painlessly.
WebMap for Macintosh: On the Mac, the
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starters, httput/www.download.corn is a pretty
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the good links that are listed on many of the
Web and HTML pages on Yahoo. Sometimes
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yourself is half the fun.
This installment, then, is intended to give
you a taste of the things that are available to the
Web designer. The cool things that don't really
have acategory.The uncategorials that make
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pieces of software, it makes it more convenient to lump them into small groups rather
than give you a bunch of otherwise-unrelated
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defined within the ISO Latin-1 standard: a reg-

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different way.
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works like any space you may add in an HTML wanted to "indent" a line by five spaces, you line of words being broken by the browser,
file all but the first space in a line of charac- could use them in the following manner:
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want to display some sample HTML code in
it how do you do it? If you try inserting
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tags. This can be accomplished by inserting an
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6tlt;B6tgt; This is bold6tlt;/BBtgt;

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different Japanese character sets are specified
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current Unicode standard goes under the name
UTF-16. Under this scheme, to specify a Web
page that used Cyrillic characters, you would
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content="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-5">

There are also plans in the works to add a


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Color management tools

Okay, so I just made this category up. But it


breaks down like this: color on the Web is rendered differently than it is in print, Further,
'Web color is rendered in a more limited way
than it is on most designe'r's screens.
One of the challenges in designing for the
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you intended once they get to your viewer's

screen. Like I said, it's a challenge. And to do


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wanted in the first place.
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since it's a plug-in, it works right through'
Photoshop so you don't have to waste a lot of
time opening and closing programs.
Of course, that advantage is quickly lost
on anyone who doesn't use Photoshop. At
present, DitherBox works through Photoshop
or not at all, but I wouldn't be surprised if the
company worked out a plug-in for other
image-editing packages at some future date.
The good news is that DitherBox is available in both PC and Mac versions, so designers on either platform can use the product.
You can download a trial version of
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Web site, you' ll also find information regarding purchasing the full version of the plug-in
online. It's available for US$29.95.
ColorFinder ColorFinder is one of those
simple hacks I was talking about earlier. And
before you read any further, it's important to
know that ColorFinder is Mac only, and no PC
version is on the horizon.
Mac users will enjoy ColorFinder, though.
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Okay, so strictly speaking, the Connectix
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However, the teeny price tag puts it nearly
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it's become one of my own personal favorite
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The Connectix QuickCam is so inexpensive because all of the costly brains and things
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Lycos, and HotBot, attempt to assist users to
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merican courts have recently consid- Wide Web by creating vast searchable cataered a novel form of misleading adver- logues of the entire contents of the Web.
tising on the Internet, which uses invis- Users seeking Web sites regarding specific
ible codes to manipulate Internet search subjects can submit queries to a search
engines and mislead users, These cases illus- engine, which uses its catalogue to provide a
trate the application of conventional legal list of hyperlinks to Web pages that meet the
principles to control abuse of this novel fea- search criteria.
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Hypertext markup language (HTML) is the Web sites. 1he collected data is indexed and
basic platform-independent computer lan- organized into a s e archable catalogue.
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and the ubiquitous hyperlinks that give the in different ways. Robots can index Web
Web its easy-to-use, point-and-click interface, page titles, or the first few paragraphs of a
HTML is comprised of instruction codes, Web page, or the entire page contents.
known as tags, which provide instructions to Robots read Web page source code, includInternet browser software regarding a Web ing the HTML tags that are ordinarily invispage's structure, format and h y perlinks. ible to the user.
HTML tags are ordinarily not visible to the
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how to prioritize Web sites in search result


lists. Like the other HTML tags, META tags and
the information they contain are normally
not seen by users.
META tag misuse
META tags can be used to incorrectly describe
Web page content and thereby manipulate
search engine results in order to lure users to
the Web page. For example, an unscrupulous
Web page owner could put famous names,
popular words, or competitors' names into his
or her Web page META tags, even though they
have no legitimate connection with the Web
page contents. Search engine robots would use
those misleading META tags to describe and
index the Web page.
When users search for those names or key
words, the search engine results might direct
them to the incorrectly described Web page.
The same result can be achieved by placing
false key words in colored type under solid
bands of the same color. This renders the key
words illegible to the user, but they remain
readable by search engine robots. Both types
of trickery have been the subject of recent
American lawsuits.

Playboy Enterprises inc.


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In Playboy Enterprises lnc.v. Calvin Designer

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and other hidden codes on the defendants'
adult-oriented Web pages. Playboy claimed
the defendants were attempting to lure to
their own Web sites those users searching
for authorized Playboy Web sites. Playboy
claimed this constituted unfair competition and trademark infringement and dilution.
On Sept. II, 1997 the United States Federal
District Court in San Francisco granted a temp orary restraining order prohibiting t he
defendants' use of Playboy's trademarks in the
defendant's Web site domain n'ames, its META
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META tag misuse is a high-tech form of oldfashioned misleading advertising, In many
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Unscrupulous sellers using that technique
advertise desirable products as bait to get customers in the door, and then attempt to fasttalk those customers into switching to other
products instead. One unique aspect of META
tag misuse is the fact that the codes are usually invisible to the misled search engine users.
Nevertheless, this fact should not legitimize or
excuse the deliberately misleading objective
of META tag misuse.
There is no reported Canadian court
decision regarding META tag misuse. There
are good arguments, however, that misleading META tags would constitute violations
of Canadian laws regarding trade-marks,
misleading advertising, and unfair competition. Cl

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of Internet-related services) unlawfully used
the firm's trademarked name in META tags
on the defendants' Web pages. The law firm
alleged that the defendants intended to
deceive the public into believing that the
defendants' Web pages were connected
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Continued frow page 140
T he software t ha t s h ip s w i t h t h e
QuickCam makes it very easy to save your
photos in a format that can be read by just
about any image editing package: this makes
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QuickCam takes and manipulate them into
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use. On the Mac, the QuickCam connects via
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your keyboard port between your keyboard
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national software and updates have been colThere is a wide variety of graphics prolected, reviewed and archived by the TUCOWS grams available for the Pilot. Using a program
team. All you have to do is pick them up.
called TealPaint, you have a handful of drawThis issue, we' ll give you an overview of ing tools, erasers and even textures to work
the different kinds of software available for with. You can export the final image to your
the Pilot, We think once you see what is PC, convert it to BMP format, and import it
already available, the Pilot will go to the top of into documents or graphic manipulation softyour "hint" list. It literally fits in the palm of ware. The result is a very sketchy image, but
your hand, but weighs only a few ounces, and it's enough to keep the ideas fresh until you
with optional modem and software, it makes get to your PC.
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A f t er making some discreet inquiries, I found
the summer of 1969, when our family got i t s owner who said that it didn't work and he
the new car, There wasn't a suitable model r eally didn't care since it was old and was used
in the showroom, so Dad had one specially f o r spare parts for other machines. I could
ordered from the factory. It was a plain
h a v e it for a small consideration if I could
Chevrolet Biscayne with just enough chrome r esuscitate it. Once again, my native frugality
to satisfy minimum legal requirements and a e merged. With the assistance of a computer
blank panel on the dash indicating where m a nual from the company library and a boreveryone else had a radio.
rowed toolkit and a thorThis was th e b ase ough search of office storThlS ~aS fhe
model they talked about,
age rooms the machine
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d k d o l t t ok
a bluish glow. Within a
minute, a fully operational
antique Mac Plus presented its friendly screen.
Everything was in perfeet order except the space
bar o n t h e k e y board,
h ich didn't w o rk. A t
first this appeared to be a
minor nuisance, but upon
reflection it occurred to

me t hat this was a specia

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pape r when printing let

ters and reports. I went to


the owner immediately
for total computing luxuand without comment,
ry. I paid $4,986 including the newly intro
pa i d his asking price in full: 1 {one) can of
duced GST to buy my Macintosh Ilsi, the corn- Coke (cold).
puter to end all computers, the only one I'd
The P l u s found a caring home in my
need for the rest of my life. We were living in d a ughter's room upstairs and was soon covup north at the time, and having more money ered with little pictures of cats.
than patience then, I also paid $140 to have it
I the n ran phone lines to each of the bedrooms to use the networking capabilities of.
air freighted into town.
Within the year, a smaller, faster and t h ese machines. A co-worker revealed to me
cheaper model had come out to tempt me. t h a t there is a "secret" topology for AppleTalk
However, I was reminded that the total family c a lled "passive star." The technical description
computer budget for the 20th century already goes like this: take all the red wires and twist
had been spent. After awhile, I stopped caring t h em together, then do the same with all the
about smaller, faster and cheaper. And I didn't g r een wires. It just works. So now I have three
computers, ranging in cost from about $5,000
dare mention buying another computer.
A little while ago, thee was a notice on the to the price of a can of soda.
bulletin board at work: the company was disMy fi r s t purchase, the venerable Mac Ilsi,
posing of a n u mber of ancient desktop remains in the den as the network "mother"

word processing and went

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moment of truth. A pleas-

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machines, all of them compatible with the one and print server, and the compact Macs are
we had at home. Wouldn't it be great if we had perfect satellite units for kids to do their word
another computer in the house to reduce all p r ocessing for school. The only problem is
those line ups and arguments? Sadly, it was soli t h at we have got two more kids who also want
the 20th century, and there would be no funds computers. So, next spring, I think I' ll buy a

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along with some other bits and pieces, It now J R. (Bob) Nichol is the principal research engineer
sits in my son's bedroom downstairs.
with the Centre for Engineering Research in Edmonton

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4 MAC ARENA

Apple delivers developer Rhapsody NOS on time


databasemanagement.

B Y PATRICK M C K E N N A

programs from software developers who


were seeded with an earlier version of

CUPERTINO, Calif. (NBI Apple Computer


officials say it is shipping the developer version of the company's network operating

Rhapsody. Samples include desktop and Developer Program can receive Rhapsody
server-based "solutions" covering general
productivity, Internet, publishing, and

Any developer registered in Apple's

Omni Development, PBL Systems, Ymd


Incorporated and Metrowerks inc. 2

DR. Early d e velopers include, AAA+ Coislaet Apple, Website:


Software, Anderson Financial Systems, htlp J/ssessa~pp ie,corn

system I NOS}, rode-named Rhapsody. More


than 10,000 developers will receive the new
desktop
O5 in order to create new highland
and server applications.

According to Apple, a "Premier Release"


will follow sometime early in 1998. The
developer release and the premier release
will not have complete integration with aU
of Apple's Macintosh elements, but, "the
premier release will be a customer-ready

product, says Apple spokesperson, Russell


Brady.
Apple's Mac OS will continue to operate

F- iiear

as Apple's general consumer desktop OS for


many years. Avie Tevanian, senior vice-pres-

ident, software engineering for Apple, says,


lt could be four or five years, maybe longer
beforeRhapsody and the Mac OS are completelv integrated."
He says the Rhapsody strategy is parallel
to Microsoft's Windows 95 and Windows
NT strategy. For the long term, both companies plan an eventual unified OS across corporate networks and standalone desktops,
At this time, Mac OS will remain as the
general OS for i n dividual users, while

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clients to access "Yellow Box" or ported
Rhapsody applications.
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hardware platform for Rhapsody. Power
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